By: Jon Margulis @jon_magulis
Week 3 – Injury Update
This weekly column brings you a weekly update on all the injuries that happen of the course of the weekend. PLease keep in mind that information on these players is always changing and statuses may change later in the week. This column comes out only on Tuesday and should be treated as just a preliminary reaction to injuries that happen in-game.
LAR @ SF
Sammy Watkins – Concussion
Sammy finally came to play putting up a huge game, over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. He got hit hard on the second touchdown in the head and was evaluated for a concussion on the sideline. He did not return to the game. He is currently in concussion protocol.
Fantasy Impact: If everything goes ok, Watkins should be a full go for Sunday. Keep an eye on him and an ear to the beat writers for when he clears the concussion protocol. Watkins gets plus matchup next week against a mediocre Dallas secondary.
Tavon Austin – Concussion
Austin gathered a couple rushes but was not featured in the passing game at all. He was pulled late in the game and put in concussion protocol.
Fantasy Impact: Austin has not fantasy value as it it, so this does not change anything. Austin is not ownable in most formats.
Kyle Juszczyk – Concussion
Juszczyk, there that’s the last time I will spell his name, suffered a concussion as well after hauling in one pass for 34 yards. He is now in concussion protocol.
Fantasy Impact: A great pass catching and blocking fullback, Kyle doesn’t have much fantasy value but is vital for the ground game in San Francisco. This could give Carlos Hyde a small uptick, especially in the passing game.
NYG @ PHI
Darren Sproles – Arm & ACL (IR)
Sproles went down early in the game with what seemed like an arm injury. After the game it was believed that he broke his arm. Monday morning revealed that he indeed did break his arm but he also tore his ACL on the same play. To say his season is over is an understatement.
Fantasy Impact:Sproles season may be over, but it’s possible his career is as well. With Sproles out of the picture the immediate impact is to Wendell Smallwood. Expect for him to get the majority of Sproles’s touches. Look for Smallwood and Blount to have bigger roles and don’t be afraid to stash Corey Clement in deeper leagues and in dynasty.
Fletcher Cox – Calf
Cox suffered a calf injury in the first half of the game before being called questionable to return and then finally being ruled out.
Fantasy Impact: Cox is an integral part of the Eagles defense. Keep an eye on him and see what happens, his absence may be felt as teams can rush all over the Eagles.
Oliver Vernon – Ankle
Vernon suffered a high ankle injury in the game and did not return. Head Coach Ben McAdoo said, “It’s still early in the week,” coach Ben McAdoo said Monday. “We have to see how he responds to treatment.”
Fantasy Impact: Vernon is a key peg of the Giants Defensive line and is important in the run game and the pass rush. Already a lackluster start for the Giants, this could be yet another setback in the only part of the team that seems to be playing well.
Orleans Darkwa – Back
Darkwa suffered a back injury in week 3. Darkwa has a long history of injuries and this just adds to the list. The Giants have come out and said it is nothing major and he should be ok.
Fantasy Impact: Darkwa, like much of the Giants backfield in un-ownable in most formats. This has no fantasy impact. Paul Perkins will still not get anything going until the Giants address their offensive line woes.
MIA @ NYJ
Jay Ajayi – Hand/Wrist
Ajayi was seen holding his hand or wrist after coming off the field in first drive for Miami. He came back in on the second drive but had no production for the day.
Fantasy Impact: This is definitely something to keep an eye on. It seems like he will be fine, but Ajayi is an injury ticking bomb waiting to go off. He has a well documented case of poor knees.
Matt Forte – Toe
Let’s face the truth, Forte is old. And grandpas get hurt a lot. Add this injury to the list that ail him. He is one major hit away from retirement. He left the game in the second half. He will have an X ray on his toe this week.
Fantasy Impact: This basically insures that Bilal Powell is the feature back. But this offense is not running through him. It seems with each week that the back to own in New York is Elijah McGuire.
NO @ CAR
Kelvin Benjamin – Knee
Benjamin got his leg caught under a defender and had it twisted in all sorts of wrong ways. He did not return and his week 4 availability has been listed as doubtful. The Panthers have come out and said that Benjamin missed any serious damage and will recover in a couple weeks.
Fantasy Impact: This is yet another blow to the Panthers receiving corps. With Olsen out for the season and Benjamin out for a couple weeks possibly, there will be more pressure on Cam to produce. Is this the time for Devin Funchess finally? He will have to step up in a big way. Look for him, McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to get big boosts in their usage.
ATL @ DET
Julio Jones – Back
Jones injured his back at some point in the game versus the Lions. He is said to be dealing with a lower back injury and will be limited in practice this week. Head Coach Dan Quinn didn’t seem concerned for Jones’s status going into week 4. This is something to monitor this week.
Fantasy Impact: Sounds like Jones will still be a go come week 4 matchup, but it is something to be concerned with. While Jones has yet to score a TD this season, his targets have increased this season and it’s only a matter of time before the TDs start to come as well.
TB @ MIN
Lavonte David & Gerald McCoy – Ankle
David Suffered a medial ankle sprain, while a high ankle sprain is a month’s recovery, this puts him week to week. He is doubtful to start week 4.
McCoy also suffered an ankle injury in week 3. McCoy was questionable going into week 3 with an ankle issue. It seems he re-aggravated it during the game.
Fantasy Impact: These are two huge losses to the Bucs defense and their ability to stop the run game. Look for teams to take advantage of this opportunity in the coming weeks for as long as both these guys are out.
SEA @ TEN
Doug Baldwin – Groin
It looked like the Seahawk’s troubles followed them into the first half of week 3. However, they came back with a vengeance in the second half. They rode on the shoulders of Baldwin who had a huge game for over 100 yards and finally found the end zone. He aggravated his groin in the fourth quarter and sat the rest of the game. As with all groin injuries, they could be nothing, or they can linger. Ian Rapoport said it did not appear severe but Coach Pete Carroll did not give any indication as to the severity of the injury.
Fantasy Impact: This is definitely something to follow this week. Hopefully the needle points to Baldwin playing. He has a great plus matchup against the swiss cheese defense of the Colts in week 4.
Paul Richardson – Finger
Richardson hurt his finger in week 2 and played week 3. He seemed to re-aggravate it on a long haul from Russell Wilson and came out of the game but he was back in soon enough to catch a touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: This shouldn’t have too much impact. But keep an eye on Baldwin. If he sits week 4, we may see a lot of Richardson against the poor Colts defense.
CIN @ GB
Randall Cobb – Chest
Cobb was held out of the week 3 contest. This was a mere precautionary move to get him up to 100%. He was back at practice on Tuesday.
Fantasy Impact: It was clear that Rodgers was missing Cobb to start the game, before he started hooking up with Allison. With Cobb back, Rodgers will have his full unit healthy. Expect him to spread the ball around like he always does.
John Ross – Knee
Ross didn’t practice thursday or friday going into week 3 so his absence made a lot of sense. It is unclear how much longer the injury will aflict him.
Fantasy Impact: With ross sidelined and the Bengals finally cracking the code: pass the ball, I expect another big week for AJ Green against the ever bad, Browns.
Tyler Eifert – Back
Eifert is said to be dealing with a back injury that will sideline him for “multiple weeks”. He has come out and said that he does not know when he will be ready to come back.
Fantasy Impact: This news is frightening. With out aiming for any return, Eifert will focus on getting healthy, something he has not been able to do for quite sometime. With Eifert sidelined it will be the Mixon, Green, LaFell show moving forward for the foreseeable future.
KC @ LAC
Melvin Gordon – Knee
Gordon suffered a knee injury late in the game against Kansas City. It is being called a minor bone bruise and it was noted that Gordon wanted to come back into the game. With report being that the injury is minor, Gordon should be a full go in week 4.
Fantasy Impact: We are getting to the point of the season where the big injuries begin to die down and the minor ones begin to pile up. The Chargers have no one else in the backfield really. So monitor this situation closely but Gordon should be good to go week 4.
OAK @ WSH
Rob Kelley – Chest
Kelley was almost a go for week 3, so we should see him at full strength in week 4 in primetime on Monday night.
Fantasy Impact: HC Jay Gruden has come out and said that Kelley will be the workhorse in Washington moving forward. Kelley was just beginning to look good before he went out in week 2. If the offense plays like it did in week 3, we may see some great games from him coming up.
Samaje Perine – Hand/Wrist
Perine was handed the reigns in Kelley’s absence. He did not perform the way many expected him to in the coming out of the offseason. It was by far the Chris Thompson show. Perine ended up injuring his hand in the game and Mack Brown came in to carry the rock.
Fantasy Impact: With Perine possibly missing week 4 and Kelley still not 100% Mack Brown may end up being featured. But it’s still Kelley’s backfield and with the other back not at 100% expect another full dose of Chris Thompson in week 4.
Jordan Reed – Shoulder, Toe, Chest
I think it would be easier to list all the things not ailing Jordan Reed than the ones that are. He is dealing with multiple injuries and is slowly becoming unstartable and un-ownable in fantasy.
Fantasy Impact: When he is on the field, Reed is a force, but the issue is him being on the field. In week 3, Vernon Davis filled the void valiantly. We should see another good dose of Davis until Reed comes back. Keep an eye on Jeremy Sprinkle as well.
Michael Crabtree – Chest
Michael Crabtree elevated and extended for a high Derek Carr throw and was hung out to dry. He took a shot to his chest and didn’t play a snap afterward. He doesn’t appear to have suffered anything serious, but be sure to monitor his status throughout the week.
Fantasy Impact: Crabtree’s injury doesn’t look to be too serious but what is concerning is his 1 catch for only 7 yards. This offense was absolutely dominated by Washington. Coming of a week 2 that was staggering with 3 TDs, expect Crabtree to bounce back but he has a tough matchup against either Aqib Talib or Chris Harris.