You know a week like this is going to happen, eventually. We have some of the best athletes in the world running at full speed and knocking each other’s heads off, so eventually a bunch of guys are going to get hurt within the same week. That time is now, sadly.
Let’s take a look at some of the tricky injury pivots:
RB Devontae Booker (filling in for Saquon Barkley, low ankle sprain): Booker didn’t waste much time, did he? He picked up a touchdown on the ground, and another through the air. After last year’s impressive showing with Las Vegas, I’ve consistently said that Booker is one of the best backup RBs in the game. Unfortunately, from a fantasy perspective, the long-term viability may not be there, as Saquon is “week to week”. Booker feels like a 2-3 week play in season-long fantasy, and a solid DFS play while Saquon is on the shelf.
QB Mike Glennon (filling in for Daniel Jones, concussion): New York hopes to have Jones back next week; if not, Glennon went 16-of-25 for 196 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs against Dallas. He could be a desperation Superflex or 2 QB play for a week, only. I’m definitely not a huge fan of his.
WR John Ross III (filling in for Kenny Golladay, knee): No word on the severity yet for Golladay, but it’s a peculiar situation indeed (and not exactly encouraging). I would write about Kadarius Toney here, but he’s probably off the board after last week’s breakout performance. He was even better this week. As for Ross, he’s in the Robby Anderson/Deonte Harris/DeSean Jackson mold, either he busts a big one for ya or does nothing.
WRs Rondale Moore, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk (Maxx Williams is down, knee): This looked like possibly the worst injury on the board. Williams could potentially be done for the year, solely based on what I saw with my own two eyes. Arizona doesn’t have a viable tight end to pivot to, but some of these receivers are still out there in certain shallow leagues. Kirk is the most likely to be available in most formats. More targets to go around, as Williams had been getting around 5 per game.
RB Darrel Williams (filling in for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, knee): This injury did not look good. “CEH” had to be carried off by teammates. Williams carried the ball 5 times for 27 yards, while adding 3 catches for 18 yards on 5 targets. Like the aforementioned Booker, he’ll be a good fill-in and may have more long-term value because CEH’s injury looked nasty. Still, it’s close between the two – Booker and Williams are both intriguing fantasy pickups.
WRs Mecole Hardman and Josh Gordon (filling in for Tyreek Hill, knee): Uh oh. Andy Reid threw that out there at the press conference, Tyreek Hill has a “knee injury”. I know I’m holding my breath; I’m sure you are, too. If it’s somewhat severe – which of course we hope it is not – Hardman has the edge over Gordon because of his obvious familiarity with the playbook and Mahomes’ throwing tendencies. He’s still out there for the taking in a lot of leagues.
TE Blake Bell (filling in for Travis Kelce, stinger): Kelce is a tough guy and I expect him to get back in the saddle right away, but if not, Bell had 1 catch for 4 yards on 1 target. What if -somehow - CEH, Hill and Kelce are all out simultaneously? Then, maybe Bell could be your second TE in a two-TE league.
QB Brandon Allen (filling in for Joe Burrow, throat contusion): Not sure about Burrow’s status for next week yet, but I’d probably play Glennon over Allen if I had to choose in a 2 QB or Superflex league. Allen is just too raw; performance could be a total disaster if his timing is off.
WR Marquez Callaway (Deonte Harris, hamstring): You never like to hear “hamstring” with a burner like Harris, and Callaway quickly capitalized with 2 touchdowns. He was a preseason darling, and his stock is going to rise once again, now. He’ll be a very popular pickup and we have to take a shot on him where the price is right. Big-play capability and high upside with Winston’s downfield throwing ability.
WR James Washington (filling in for JuJu Smith-Schuster, shoulder): This injury didn’t look good, either. Obviously Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool are “the guys” for Big Ben, but Washington has always been a solid player when given opportunities. He’s worth a look in 14 and 16-team leagues for his big-play potential.
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