Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 3
Welcome to the dreaded injury report. Professional football is a violent game, and your fantasy players are going to miss time because of it. Hopefully, you don’t have many names on this list.
Josh Gordon (WR – NE)
Doing his best Matt Breida impression, Josh Gordon left the field twice with two separate injuries on Sunday but returned both times. First, Gordon fell hard on his hip and spent some time in the medical tent. He later jammed his finger attempting a block and was seen shaking out his finger throughout the second half. Ultimately, Gordon played through both injuries, and while he is likely to appear on the injury report this week, he should be on the field next week.
Julian Edelman (WR – NE)
It is unclear whether Julian Edelman remained on the bench due to the severity of his chest injury or the score. Either way, monitor the practice reports throughout the week. If Edelman can’t get ready for Sunday, Phillip Dorsett is an immediate WR3 at worst.
Royce Freeman (RB – DEN)
The thunder to Phillip Lindsay‘s lightning, Royce Freeman, briefly exited the game to deal with a shoulder injury. He returned after a short while and should be good to go for next week.
Ito Smith (RB – ATL)
Devonta Freeman had his best game on Sunday with 88 yards on 16 carries. That was helped in part by Ito Smith missing a large portion of the game with a concussion. He will go through the protocol and hope to be cleared in a week’s time. If this past game was any indication, there is no next man up, it will just be all Freeman all the time. But for informational purposes, Brian Hill is the next man up.
LeSean McCoy (RB – KC)
There were obvious concerns over LeSean McCoy’s ankle when he arrived at Arrowhead Stadium with a noticeable limp. Shady played well and scored two touchdowns, but he aggravated the injury late in the game. The Chiefs’ backfield is a giant question mark right now. We have no idea the extent of Damien Williams’ knee injury. Darrel Williams is definitively third on the depth chart, while Darwin Thompson didn’t enter the game until very late after Shady left. You want the Chiefs’ lead back. We just don’t know who it is right now. All four should be owned until we get some clarity on the injuries.
T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND)
After playing through a questionable tag with a quad injury, T.Y. Hilton aggravated his injury in the second half of the Colts’ win over the Falcons. It will likely be the same deal leading up to next week’s contest. If Hilton can’t play, Parris Campbell is an interesting name given Jacoby Brissett’s better than expected play.
Vance McDonald (TE – PIT)
The Steelers’ tight end had just one catch for 10 years before departing with a shoulder injury. Healthy or not, McDonald was droppable regardless.
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG)
Sometimes, you save the worst for last. Saquon Barkley landed awkwardly after a reception and sustained a high-ankle sprain. He will miss four-to-six weeks and is a candidate for IR with the added concern that the Giants shut him down if they are out of contention. High-ankle sprains don’t fully heal for months so even if Barkley does return, he is not going to be 100% of the guy we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. Wayne Gallman obviously needs to be owned everywhere because he is now a starting running back in the NFL, but Barkley succeeded because Barkley is incredible at football. Gallman will be nothing more than a middling Flex.