Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 10 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 9 of the season is in the books, and it seems like we just cannot get through a week of games without injuries that carry major significance for fantasy football owners.  The regular fantasy season has only a few weeks remaining so a number of these injuries will have impact on the playoffs.

Let's take a look at the relevant injuries for Week 10.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England - Lewis has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and is done for the year. It's really a shame for the team and for Lewis' owners, since he has proven to be a weekly difference-maker. It's anybody's guess what the Pats will do next - they have Blount for carries and James White, Brandon Bolden, or a free agent pickup could serve as the team's passing down back. We will have to see what the team does next but my guess is that anyone outside of Blount will not be worthwhile for fantasy purposes.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - This feels like deja vu. Roethlisberger with another multi-week injury? It looks likely, although it could have been much worse. He is expected to miss Week 10 with a foot sprain but possibly return after the team's Week 11 bye. Landry Jones will start at QB in his place, and DeAngelo Williams will play a bigger role in the Steelers' offense.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - McCoy sustained a shoulder injury on Sunday and did not return. He is insisting that the injury is not significant, but you can always assume that a player will sugar-coat an injury. The team will get an MRI on his shoulder early this week, and the we should know if McCoy will be ready for Thursday's game.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - An MCL injury kept Forte out of Monday night's game against the Chargers. Coach John Fox has called Forte day to day since the injury, so we will have to wait for an update early this week as to his Week 10 status.
Update: Forte received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection in an attempt to assist the healing in his knee. According to the Chicago Tribune, he is in "great doubt" for Week 10.

Calvin Johnson,WR, Detroit - Johnson stayed off of his injured ankle during the team's Week 9 bye. We will need to hear from the team what his outlook will be for Week 10, but his complete absence during the team's practices doesn't sound good.
Update: Johnson did not participate in Monday's practice.

Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland - Murray left Sunday's game with what is feared to be a concussion. If he misses Week 10 the Raiders will mix in Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones and Roy Helu.
Update: Coach Jack Del Rio has said that Murray is indeed going through the league's concussion protocol.

John Brown, WR, Arizona - Brown has missed time due to a hamstring issue.  The expectation is that he will be ready to play in Week 10 following last week's bye.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - Hankerson has missed two games with a hamstring injury.  His targets seemed to have gone mostly to Julio Jones and Jacob Tamme.  We will have to see if he practices this week ahead of the team's Week 10 game.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay - Lacy left Sunday's game at Carolina with a groin injury and did not return.  This has been a terrible season so far for Lacy and his owners, and Week 9 was no different.  James Starks may have jumped him on the depth chart after his performance against the Panthers.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Houston - Shorts is expected to return in Week 10 after missing time with a hamstring injury.  This is more of a minus for those who picked up Nate Washington than anything, as Shorts should take some of Nate's targets.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde missed Week 9's game in which the 49ers pulled off a surprising upset against the Falcons.  His return date is unclear and he is still not practicing so owners will have to wait for an update from the team.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay - In a bit of a surprise, the Bucs held the TE out of Sunday's game against the Giants.  Hopefully he can return from his shoulder injury next week against Dallas.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright missed Week 8's matchup against the Saints due to an injured knee.  Reports are that he should be able to play Week 10, but keep an eye out for any changes this week.
Update:  The Titans are already saying that Wright will not be able to practice on Wednesday.

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