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.
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
By now, we all know the deal with Patrick Mahomes. He dislocated his knee cap and sustained some ligament damage, but perhaps the minimal amount possible. There have been conflicting reports as to when he will return. My prediction is he returns Week 13 following the Chiefs’ bye. It goes without saying, but the downgrade from Mahomes to Matt Moore is about as steep as it gets. Tyreek Hill goes from elite WR1 to high WR2. Travis Kelce remains a mid, non-difference making TE1. The rest of the receivers are fantasy useless.
David Johnson (RB – ARI)
The Cardinals’ lead running back should not have been active after Kliff Kingsbury revealed that David Johnson would not have been able to play if the game was Friday. Following the game, Kingsbury said that DJ was only going to play if necessary. It wasn’t necessary with the Giants incapable of stopping Chase Edmonds. Monitor practice reports throughout the week, but if this week follows the same pattern as last week, start Edmonds over DJ. Edmonds is an elite RB1 on the same level as DJ if he’s the lead back.
Matt Breida (RB – SF)
Perennially hurt, Matt Breida left the game to get checked for a concussion. He was cleared of that, but he also was poked in the eye, which, apparently, kept him out for the remainder of the game. It’s hard to imagine an eye poke keeping Breida out next week, but if he were to miss, Tevin Coleman’s volume would increase and Raheem Mostert would be on the deep flex radar.
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
A truly impressive back of the end zone touchdown grab came at the cost of Adam Thielen’s hamstring. Thielen did not return but was optimistic about his availability to play next week. Unfortunately, the Vikings play Thursday night and hamstring injuries not only tend to linger but are quite susceptible to reinjury. I would be surprised if Thielen suited up on a short week. There is no replacement on the Vikings. Stefon Diggs is a borderline WR1 if Thielen sits.
Will Fuller (WR – HOU)
A hamstring injury also derailed Will Fuller’s game. Not much is known at this point, but, similar to Thielen, I would be surprised if Fuller played next week. Kenny Stills balled out after Fuller departed, and has the looks of a rock-solid WR3. Keke Coutee is also a deep flex option in Fuller’s stead.
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG)
It is hard to tell if this was a real injury, but Saquon Barkley was limping a bit in the second half. He played through it and should be good to go next week, but it’s something to monitor.
Evan Engram (TE – NYG)
Adding injury to insult after completely faceplanting in a dream matchup, Evan Engram took a shot to his head/neck area and missed a handful of snaps. He should be fine.
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL)
It was likely a product of the score, but Matt Schaub played most of the fourth quarter while Matt Ryan had his ankle wrapped on the sideline. Ryan was in a walking boot after the game, but reports are it is precautionary, and he should be good to go next week. The Falcons are contending for the worst team in the league so I’m not even sure how much it matters.
Ito Smith (RB – ATL)
The Falcons’ backup running back exited early in the game with a concussion. He will go thorugh the protocol. With Devonta Freeman getting ejected, we got a clear look at the next man up. It was Brian Hill handling the bulk of the touches. He will be Freeman’s primary backup in the event Smith is out.
Kerryon Johnson (RB – DET)
It was the Ty Johnson show in the second half after Kerryon Johnson exited with a knee injury. It would be a shame if Kerryon missed a dream matchup with the Giants next week. Ty Johnson will be the top waiver pickup if the reports on Kerryon are less than inspiring and would be an immediate RB2.
Delanie Walker (TE – TEN)
Entering the game with an injured ankle, Delanie Walker didn’t play much before aggravating it. He wasn’t fantasy relevant to begin with. Jonnu Smith is a streaming option at an awful position with Walker out.