Thu Sep 19 8:53am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Well, that wasn’t a good week for injuries, was it? There were several big-name players that were injured, causing shockwaves throughout fantasy land. Hopefully, the injury bug didn’t hit you too hard. But if it did, the good news it is early and you have time to get your roster in order for the rest of the season. Don’t give up hope!
Here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Newton remains in a walking boot because of a foot injury and is yet to practice this week. His status is not looking great right now. He might not be able to practice all week after aggravating a previous foot injury. At this point, we think Newton will miss the game but keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Kyle Allen is the starter if Newton sits.
David Njoku, TE, Browns. Njoku was knocked from last week’s game because of a concussion. He also apparently suffered a wrist injury in the game. The wrist injury was much more serious, breaking his wrist. He will be sidelined at least four weeks with the injury.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard missed last week’s game because of a concussion he suffered in the opener. He still isn’t practicing in full just yet, which means he hasn’t passed the concussion protocol. We would expect him to be able to return this week, but we won’t know for sure for another day or two. Stay tuned.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery had to leave last week’s game because of a calf injury. He is not expected to play this week because of the injury and could miss a few weeks of action.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson is another Eagles receiver that went down with an injury. His injury was a groin injury and also could keep him out a few weeks. Nelson Agholor becomes the top option at receiver with Jeffery and Jackson out of action.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles. Goedert is another injured Eagles player Goedert also is suffering from a calf injury. He has not been ruled out yet but things don’t look great for him right now. He could miss a week or two, making Zach Ertz the only prime target for the Eagles at tight end.
James Conner, RB, Steelers. Conner injured his knee last week but says the injury isn’t serious. He expects to play this week and have close to his usual workload. This injury is something to monitor but feel pretty good using him right about now.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Bills. Kroft is yet to play this year after breaking his foot in May. He is practicing in full for the first time all season this week. Kroft is right on track to play, barring a setback. He should move into the starting lineup for the Bills and could be a player to monitor going forward.
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills. Singletary suffered a hamstring strain last week and had to leave the game. He is being held out of practice to start the week, which is not a good sign. At this point, we don’t see Singletary playing this week, giving Frank Gore an even bigger workload at running back for the Bills.
Albert Wilson, WR, Dolphins. Wilson still isn’t practicing after aggravating his calf injury in Week 1. Things do not look good for him to play this week. He might be a few weeks away from returning.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Brees injured his thumb last week and need surgery to repair the injury. Early reports are he is expected to be back within eight weeks. Teddy Bridgewater takes over as the starter for the Saints while Brees is out of action.
Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs. Williams hurt his knee last week and left the game a little early. He has not practiced yet this week and is going to be questionable to play this week. Consider him a true game-time decision.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Chiefs. McCoy sprained his ankle during the game last week and had an MRI on the injury. He avoided something serious but still is in danger of missing the game this week. Just like Williams, McCoy did not practice Wednesday. He is going to be another game-time decision for the Chiefs. You would expect one of these two backs to play but it isn’t certain which one right now.
Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys. Gallup is going to miss a couple weeks of action because of a knee injury. He had to undergo minor knee surgery to repair his meniscus tear. Early indications are he will miss two to four weeks of action. This opens the door for Devin Smith and Randall Cobb to get more targets in the Cowboys offense while Gallup is out of action.
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts. This is a little bit of a surprise, but Mack has been out of practice to start the week because of a calf injury. This is a new injury, so we’ll keep you posted. At this point, it doesn’t sound too serious. He still would seem to have a decent shoot to play, especially if he gets in some practice before the week is out. Jordan Wilkins would get most of the work at running back if Mack were unable to play.
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets. Darnold remains out because of mono but is targeting a Week 5 return. This means he will miss this week’s game and get the Jets’ bye week to get two more weeks of rest before returning Week 5. Luke Falk gets the start at quarterback this week with backup Trevor Siemian also injured.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) underwent a procedure on his injured knee Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Matt Patricia.
Fantasy Spin: Initial reports had Johnson missing "some time," but an IR designation would pretty much knock him out for the rest of the season. Sixth-round rookie Ty Johnson should handle the majority of snaps in his absence and should be added in all leagues, while J.D. McKissic figures to take the bulk of the work in the passing game. It's also entirely possible the Lions bring back C.J. Anderson to assume at least part of the early-down workload after cutting him earlier in the season.
Arizona Cardinals LB Ramik Wilson was released Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Free-agent LB Deone Bucannon (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the New York Giants on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Houston Texans TE Logan Paulsen was released Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The San Francisco 49ers expect wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) to return in Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers. Samuel missed Week 7 but appears ready to practice and play against a tough Panthers pass defense this Sunday. Despite showing exciting flashes this season, the rookie is averaging just 4.4 targets and 33.6 yards per game. His fantasy value will be further impaired with the acquisition of veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders. With the Niners leaning heavily on their running game and tight end George Kittle dominating target share, Samuel is gradually fading from redraft relevance. Hell be a desperation WR5 if he suits on in Week 8.
Minnesota Vikings CB Marcus Sherels was released on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Indianapolis Colts S Malik Hooker (knee) told reporters he expects to play in Week 8 versus the Denver Broncos. Hooker has been sidelined since Week 3 with a torn meniscus.
The San Francisco 49ers traded for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from the Denver Broncos on Tuesday. Reported by ESPNs Adam Schefter, the Niners will ship 2020 third and fourth round picks to Denver for Sanders and a 2020 fifth rounder. The 10-year pro should instantly upgrade a Niners receiving corps that have been anonymous outside of stud tight end George Kittle. However, Sanders should be downgraded fantasy-wise as he enters a run-heavy offense while competing for looks against Kittle, a versatile backfield and an amalgam of wideouts. Hell be a risky WR3 in Week 8 against a tough Carolina Panthers pass defense. Other losers in the deal are receivers Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel (groin) and Marquise Goodwin who all continue to slide outside of fantasy relevance.
New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will make his Patriots debut in Week 8 against a Browns Defense that is allowing the 14th fewest fantasy points to receivers. Sanu was acquired via trade from the Falcons and immediately brings size and physicality to a banged up wide receiving group in New England. Sanu caught 66 passes last season for 838 yards and four touchdowns but has been held to only 313 yards with one touchdown this season. Sanu is an excellent addition as a player that can bring the kind of size in the red zone that the Patriots have been lacking due to a banged up Josh Gordon and Rob Gronkowski's retirement in the preseason. Sanu should be thrown right into the mix against a Browns defense that has allowed 10-plus fantasy points to eight different receivers this season. He may lack the amount of targets, however, to garner anything higher than a WR4 play in Week 8.
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders was traded along with a 2020 fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for 2020 third- and fourth-round picks on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Fantasy Spin: A move to San Francisco makes a ton of sense since his learning curve should not be steep; Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello was hired by Denver in the offseason in part to install the kind of offense 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan runs. Sanders should quickly become the top receiver in Shanahan's offense and serve as a high-end fantasy WR3 in short order.
Free-agent LB Malcolm Smith (49ers) was signed to an undisclosed contract by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Free-agent CB E.J. Gaines (Bills) is visiting the Houston Texans Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas was released Tuesday, Oct. 22. QB Kyle Shurmur was signed to the 53-man roster. DT Braxton Hoyett was re-signed to the practice squad.
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is improving quickly, and he has a chance to play in Week 8 Thursday, Oct. 24, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Fantasy Spin: Thielen would be a WR1 against the Washington Redskins, and the entire offense would suffer if he were out. Keep tabs on him Wednesday.
Free-agent WR Braxton Miller (Browns) was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 22. CB Natrell Jamerson (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, and WR DeAndrew White was signed to the 53-man roster.
Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) has a Grade 1 high ankle sprain and a Grade 2 low ankle sprain.
Fantasy Spin: The Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night, and it doesn't seem likely that Peterson will be available. Wendell Smallwood could see a larger role and be worth slotting in as a flex.
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu was acquired by the New England Patriots Tuesday, Oct. 22, in exchange for a second-round pick. The Patriots previously tried to acquire Sanu during the NFL draft.
Fantasy Spin: Sanu has been quiet with a 33-313-1 line in seven games this season, but he is a good possession receiver whose value in PPR leagues increases a bit. He should be rostered in all formats, but give him a week or two to get acclimated before you can expect results in your flex spot.
Free-agent DT Datone Jones (Jaguars) is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The New England Patriots Defense stifled the Jets from the opening drive as the team cruised to a 33-0 win on Monday Night Football. The Jets offense rarely stood a chance as the Patriots held Jets quarterback Sam Darnold to a 34% completion percentage, 86 passing yards and a quarterback rating of 3.6. New England also intercepted Darnold four times and the unit now has two shutouts on the season. The Patriots defense has quickly emerged as, by far, the best defense in the NFL and will be the top fantasy option at the position heading into Week 8's action.