We saw a mixed bag of injuries in NFL Week 9, from an ACL tear to an Achilles rupture and a forearm fracture. Some big names suffered injuries, so let’s take an early look at some of them now.
As always, this article is an estimate with educated predictions on injuries and timelines based on limited information. Monitor practice reports for the most solid information throughout the week.
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The Top 9 Injuries To Know for Week 10 Waiver Wire
Ja’Marr Chase suffered a back injury, with likely no significant damage done. He’s said to be “day to day,” but I expect he’ll be pretty sore throughout the week. Monitor practice reports throughout the week to see how he is doing. I expect he may be limited or DNP Wednesday, working up to full practices by Friday and playing through some pain next week. Either way, Tyler Boyd is worth a pickup and is a great play if Chase sits.
Waiver considerations: Tyler Boyd
Dallas Goedert suffered a forearm fracture in the game against the Cowboys. Expect Goedert to miss significant time and a likely IR stint incoming. Plan on him missing anywhere from four to eight games, depending on the type and severity of his injury. If you have a roster spot and are looking like a playoff team, I recommend keeping him on your roster, as he could help you in the fantasy playoffs. Until then, expect Albert Okwuegbunam and Jack Stoll to have increased roles, although they are probably not fantasy-relevant. The targets will likely condense between DeVonta Smith and AJ Brown.
Waiver considerations: None – there are better options than backup Philadelphia TEs
T.J. Hockenson suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s game. He seemed to be in pretty significant pain after the game, but there is no word on a fracture yet. If there is no break, I expect Hockenson to play through the pain with a mild performance decrease, as it will be a pain tolerance issue. Although I expect Hockenson to suit up, If he can’t play, Josh Oliver will have an increased role.
Waiver considerations: None
Daniel Jones suffered an unfortunate ACL tear in his first game back from a neck injury. Jones will have surgery in the next month to reconstruct the ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Downgrade all of the Giants’ pass-catchers for the rest of the season.
Waiver considerations: None
Christian Watson left the game on Sunday with a back, chest and head injury. Since then, he has cleared concussion protocol, but it remains to be seen how significant his back and chest injuries are. While Watson continues to be fragile, Jayden Reed and Romeo Doubs are decent pickups and can be rest-of-season contributors. Monitor Watson’s practice reports to see how severe his injuries are.
Waiver considerations: Romeo Doubs/Jayden Reed
Treylon Burks suffered a significant head injury on Thursday and was carted off the field, likely as a precaution. The update is that he has movement in all extremities and is in concussion protocol. As we have seen with these types of injuries, players can miss multiple weeks. I expect Kyle Philips to see increased usage after a good game.
Waiver considerations: Kyle Philips
Josh Downs was a game-time decision Sunday with a knee injury and ended up leaving the game and not returning. He was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. Another bad sign for Downs is that the Colts worked out Sammy Watkins. Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce will likely be the main beneficiaries of his injury.
Waiver considerations: Alec Pierce
Unfortunately, Cam Akers suffered another Achilles rupture. He will miss the rest of the season and will try to be ready for Week 1 next year. Upgrade Mattison for the rest of the season.
Waiver considerations: Alexander Mattison (90% rostered, but make sure he wasn’t dropped)
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