Week 10 Injury Report Recap (2019 Fantasy Football)
It’s another week of NFL action, and so it’s another week full of player injury news. After teams release final injury reports on Fridays, I’ll be taking a look at them to give you some fantasy analysis each week. Let’s jump in!
Ravens at Bengals (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Although he’s listed as questionable, I expect that Lamar Jackson will play. He missed Thursday’s practice with an illness, but he returned to form for Friday’s practice session. He’s got an easy matchup against rookie Ryan Finley and the lowly Bengals, so barring anything unexpected, you can trust him as a QB1. Like Jackson, I expect Marquise Brown to suit up as well. He played through a questionable tag last week on his way to three receptions for 48 yards. That said, the Ravens could give him some time to heal up in what should be an easy win. If both of them do play, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s absence should give both of them more upside. The Bengals’ offense will remain without star receiver A.J. Green after he suffered a setback in Monday’s practice, but Green owners should know that he still plans to return this year. While Green’s absence means that Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, and Alex Erickson will see the bulk of the passing-game work, I’d bench them until we know what kind of quarterback Finley is.
Bills at Browns (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
The Bills continue to be one of the luckiest teams in football this year. They’ve avoided the injury bug while playing an easy schedule, and they’re just one game out of the AFC East lead. They should continue their winning ways this weekend against Cleveland, whose players seem more interested in their cleats than in winning football games. The Browns’ banged-up secondary is good news for Josh Allen, as the quarterback should be able to chuck it deep to John Brown with few consequences. While Randall is only listed as questionable, he hasn’t played since Week 6, so his status is worth monitoring for Allen owners.
Lions at Bears (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Lions: DL Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) OUT, QB Matthew Stafford (hip, back) QUESTIONABLE, DL Mike Daniels (foot) QUESTIONABLE, DL Damon Harrison (groin) QUESTIONABLE, DL A’Shawn Robinson (ankle) QUESTIONABLE, DL Romeo Okwara (groin) QUESTIONABLE.
Bears: No fantasy-significant injury report listings.
I haven’t been listing all of the Lions’ injured defensive linemen the past few weeks, as I chose to focus on two of their best, Mike Daniels and Damon Harrison. I’m choosing to list all of them this week to show you how bad things have gotten for Detroit. They have fewer healthy defensive linemen than they have injured ones. The Lions give up a league-high 29.2 Half PPR points per game to running backs, and that is destined to continue until their defensive front can get healthy. Sure, some of these guys should play through their injury designations, and Harrison even did that last week. But you should still plan to start your running backs against Detroit because of their poor health, and David Montgomery is a safe bet to finish as a top-10 running back this week. Also, I think that Matthew Stafford will play on Sunday despite his injury designation, but his status is something to monitor if you’re starting anyone on the Lions’ offense. Stafford has been carrying them all season, and there’s no way that Jeff Driskel can do anything similar.
Giants at Jets (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Giants: TE Evan Engram (foot) OUT, WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) OUT.
Jets: WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE, TE Chris Herndon (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE, RB Le’Veon Bell (knee) QUESTIONABLE.
On Sunday, Daniel Jones will have to make do without Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, two of his best weapons. Fortunately, he’s up against Adam Gase and the incompetent Jets. Golden Tate should carry high-end WR2 value this week as a result. Tight end Rhett Ellison could be a viable streamer, as he played every snap the last time Engram sat out. Jones threw his way seven times, although Ellison only caught three of those passes for 30 yards. Darius Slayton could also carry WR3/4 value this week, as the Jets have proven to be a juicy matchup (unless you are Dallas Cowboys). While the Jets have three big-name offensive weapons listed as questionable, I’d expect all of them to play. Demaryius Thomas has been playing through a questionable tag for much of this season, while Adam Gase thinks that Chris Herndon should finally make his return. Gase is also optimistic that Le’Veon Bell can play on Sunday, too.
Chiefs at Titans (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
The biggest story is who isn’t on this list: Patrick Mahomes. While the Chiefs still looked good with Matt Moore under center, Mahomes’ return gives all of their skill-position players a much higher ceiling. While Mahomes wasn’t playing his best before his dislocated kneecap, that was due to some lingering ankle pain. If he’s been able to rehab both his knee and ankle, I expect that he’ll return to his 2018 form. However, it isn’t all good news for Mahomes. He’ll still be without tackle Eric Fisher, who’s sat out since Week 2, and he might not have guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to protect him, either. Matt Moore got sacked eight times in his three appearances after Mahomes’ injury, so the Chiefs’ struggling and banged-up offensive line does create some re-injury risk for Mahomes. On the Titans’ side of the football, Derrick Henry would benefit from Frank Clark’s continued absence. Also, A.J. Brown and Jonnu Smith should see quite a few more targets without Delanie Walker and Corey Davis in the lineup. Brown has been outplaying Davis with Tannehill, so we’ll see if Davis’ injury allows him to cement the WR1 role in this offense.
Cardinals at Buccaneers (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Cardinals: RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring) OUT.
Buccaneers: No fantasy-significant injury report listings.
Again, the biggest storylines in this one are about who isn’t on the injury report. Both David Johnson and O.J. Howard will return for their respective teams in this matchup. While Johnson will likely split snaps with Kenyan Drake, he should still have starting value in fantasy lineups. That said, the Buccaneers’ defense has been very strong against opposing running backs. The Bucs surrender the third-fewest Half PPR points to the position at just 13.9. Chase Edmonds continues to miss time, but I have no idea how Kliff Kingsbury intends to split the workload when he returns. Meanwhile, the Bucs are getting O.J. Howard back at the perfect time, as the Cardinals are the worst defense against tight ends this year. They allow 18.2 Half PPR points to the position, almost two points more than the second-worst defense, the Bucs. I’m optimistic that Howard can turn his mediocre season around against the Cardinals, but there is some risk. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin could just continue to attract the bulk of Jameis Winston‘s attention instead.
Falcons at Saints (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Matt Ryan and Drew Brees will both suit up in this one, although one AFC South quarterback is having a much better season than the other. The Saints look like division-winners while the Falcons seem bound for a top-10 draft pick. Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook will both be active for this one as well, giving Brees a full arsenal of weapons. While Kamara might now have to split work with Latavius Murray, we saw how well he performed while splitting work with Mark Ingram, so I’m not concerned. And if Desmond Trufant can’t play this week, Michael Thomas could be in for some big numbers to boot. For the Falcons, Ito Smith’s absence means that Brian Hill should have some deep RB3/Flex value as their RB2. He scored once on three touches in Week 8, so we’ll see if he can do it again.
Dolphins at Colts (Sunday, 4:05 PM EST)
Dolphins: WR Preston Williams (knee) IR, CB Ken Webster (ankle) OUT, S Reshad Jones (chest) OUT.
Colts: WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) OUT, WR Parris Campbell (hand) OUT, QB Jacoby Brissett (knee) QUESTIONABLE
Another Colts receiver bites the dust. Indianapolis lost Parris Campbell to a hand fracture this week, although he should make a return before the season’s end. T.Y. Hilton should be back in the next two to three weeks, but until then, Zach Pascal will lead the Colts’ wide receiving corps. Chester Rogers and Deon Cain are the next men up for the Colts, and I’d look for Cain to inherit some of Hilton’s and Campbell’s speedster-type work. Cain ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, so he’s got the jets to do it. It’ll be a tossup as to which Colts quarterback is under center on Sunday, but both Brian Hoyer and Jacoby Brissett are good enough to give the Colts’ receivers value against a bad Miami team with a banged-up secondary. With Aqib Talib, Xavien Howard, and Ken Webster all out of the lineup, you can expect some solid production out of the Colts’ passing game. On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins lost impressive rookie wideout Preston Williams last week to a knee injury. Look for Devante Parker to get an even larger target share without him around. Another player I’m optimistic about post-Williams is tight end Mike Gesicki, and his production has been trending upward of late. The Dolphins also have Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns at receiver, but I have more faith in Parker and Gesicki than I have in them.
Rams at Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 PM EST)
Trey Edmunds missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he avoided the Steelers’ final injury report. Look for him and Jaylen Samuels to continue splitting work like they did last week against the Colts. Look for Conner to try and return next week against the Browns. Snell’s injury should keep him out a week or two longer, so Conner will likely take back a workhorse role before Snell makes his return. JuJu Smith-Schuster was a late-week addition to the injury report and is questionable with a toe injury. We’ll have to see how this one plays out, but look for Diontae Johnson and Samuels to benefit the most from his absence. Brandin Cooks should be out for a while after yet another concussion, but he has expressed optimism that he’ll return this season. He has not been producing the kinds of numbers that we expected from him this season, however, so I’d expect owners who need to win now to move on from him. Josh Reynolds benefited the most from Cooks’ absence in Week 8, but the Rams’ offense has distributed passing volume pretty randomly this season. I’d wait to see if Reynolds is more than a fluke before starting him. My take? Look for a resurgence from Robert Woods without Cooks in the lineup.
Panthers at Packers (Sunday, 4:25 PM EST)
The Packers are suddenly a lot healthier on offense than they were a few weeks ago. That said, their once-injured wide receiving corps failed to impress last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Packers should be a strong bet to rebound, especially now that their health has improved. They could also get lucky, as the Panthers might be without starting cornerback James Bradberry. Likewise, the Panthers’ passing game could perform better than expected if Jaire Alexander or Adrian Amos can’t suit up. Unfortunately, the Panthers did lose starting quarterback Cam Newton for the season this week after his foot injury failed to improve, so it’ll be the Kyle Allen show from here on out.
Vikings at Cowboys (Sunday, 8:20 PM EST)
Adam Thielen’s hamstring injury will keep the receiver out yet another week. While his absence benefited Stefon Diggs in Week 8, Diggs caught just one of his five targets after Thielen left early in Week 9. I’m still expecting Diggs to have a decent day without Thielen around, but last week taught us not to assume that’s guaranteed. Because of Thielen’s absence, Olabisi Johnson is an intriguing bye-week filler option if you need one. For the Cowboys, Michael Gallup cleared the injury report while Amari Cooper did not. Cooper should play on Sunday despite his injury designation, but his poor health and the Vikings’ tough defense limit his upside this week.