Week 10 DFS NFL Injury Report and Updates
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Key NFL DFS Injuries for Week 10 Lineups
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay, Shoulder
The Buccaneers’ offense is an absolute disaster right now. Starting RB Doug Martin mysteriously gave way to backup Peyton Barber in the first half at New Orleans, and Mike Evans was lucky not to get ejected for decking a Saints player in defense of his sidelined quarterback. Amid the turmoil, Jameis Winston aggravated a shoulder injury he clearly shouldn’t be trying to play through. He’ll miss at least this next game against the Jets, setting up a revenge narrative for former Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. This can hardly be seen as a downgrade for any skill player in Tampa’s offense given how Winston was playing. Fitzpatrick is definitely on the radar as a value option against the Jets’ 24th-ranked pass defense.
#Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says he is shutting down QB Jameis Winston for several weeks while his throwing shoulder heals. Fitz it is.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2017
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay, Suspension
Evans was hit with a one-game suspension for blindsiding Saints rookie CB Marshon Lattimore in a blowout loss. He could win his appeal ahead of a plus draw against the Jets this Sunday, but if he’s inactive, DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries would see more targets as Tampa’s top receivers. Cameron Brate might be the biggest beneficiary as the primary red-zone target for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bucs would try to implement a new-look offense with their two most recognizable players potentially out. Of note, Evans is appealing his suspension.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons, Leg
Apparently Julio dropped that wide open potential 39-yard TD for a reason, as he was battling a leg injury throughout the second half of a physical divisional game against Carolina. He might be able to play through it this week, but could serve as more of a decoy against a Cowboys defense that loves to sell out to stop the opposition’s top target. If that’s the case, Mohamed Sanu would reap the benefits along with TE Austin Hooper, while Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman would likely see more looks in the passing game.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle, Groin
Reportedly slated to take over as the lead back for the struggling Seahawks running game, Eddie Lacy suffered a groin injury in the first half and didn’t return in Sunday’s loss to Washington. His continued absence or inefficiency would bring some clarity to a muddled timeshare between the big back and former standout Thomas Rawls. Rawls flashed while playing 41 snaps in Week 9, and he’ll be running behind a revamped offensive line that now includes Pro Bowl LT Duane Brown, so he’d be worth deploying in Thursday Night contests when the Seahawks travel to Arizona on a short week.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville, Inactive in Week 9 (coach decision)
Surprisingly, Leonard Fournette was held out of a Week 9 tilt against Cincinnati for disciplinary reasons. He reportedly missed a team photo among other issues deemed detrimental to the team. While he should learn his lesson and make things right ahead of a juicy Week 10 tilt against the Chargers’ horrendous run defense, his continued absence would put Chris ivory and T.J. Yeldon on the board as punt plays. Neither back carries the same upside as Fournette, yet Ivory handled 10 more touches (23-13) than Yeldon against the Bengals, indicating that he remains the lead back.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas, Ankle/Knee
The Cowboys were in control in the fourth quarter when Dez Bryant took a hard hit and was deemed questionable to return with an ankle injury. It was later revealed that he’s also battling a knee issue. A tough player, who has routinely played through injuries, Bryant is certainly capable of returning in Week 10 and could finally become the focal point of the Cowboys offense if Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is once again enacted. Either way, with defenses focusing on the Cowboys’ running game, Terrence Williams and Cole Beasley are beginning to show value as low-cost GPP options. They would see a spike in targets if Dez is forced to miss any time.
Chris Hogan, WR, New England, Shoulder
Chris Hogan is expected to miss a couple of weeks with his shoulder issue, and the Patriots aren’t going to release much more info beyond that vague timetable. He should be considered doubtful for a Week 10 tilt at Denver, opening up more snaps for Phillip Dorsett and Danny Amendola (knee), provided the latter is healthy enough to handle a larger workload. The biggest beneficiary of Hogan’s absence should be Rob Gronkowski, although he’ll also see more attention from the Broncos’ defense as a result. James White and Rex Burkhead are also likely to see more work in the passing game.
Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco, Neck (I.R.)
Pierre Garcon’s injury turned out to be more serious than initially thought, and the 49ers are playing it safe by placing him on injured reserve. That moves Marquise Goodwin into a de facto role as the 49ers top receiver while Aldrick Robinson and George Kittle should see increased targets too. There are no immediate plans to start Jimmy Garoppolo on a winless team, so those players will have limited upside with C.J. Beathard under center in Week 10 against the Giants.
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Jamison Crowder, WR / Jordan Reed, TE / Washington, Hamstrings
Both these players missed a road tilt at Seattle. It’s only newsworthy to note that Jamison Crowder failed to suit up because Reed is as injury prone as anyone in the NFL and can’t be expected to play much going forward. Vernon Davis stepped up in a big way with Reed and Niles Paul (concussion) out on Sunday. Crowder’s absence opened the door for Josh Doctson and Ryan Grant to see more targets. Washington hosts a stingy Vikings defense this week and may have a hard time throwing against Minnesota. If those receivers remain cheap, they’ll be worth a flier in GPP formats.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver, Ankle
Emmanuel Sanders appeared to aggravate his ankle injury on his sole catch of Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. He should be considered questionable to suit up this Sunday night against the Patriots’ woeful pass defense. Bennie Fowler would likely replace Sanders in the starting lineup, and Demaryius Thomas would see tons of targets out of necessity. Even against the league’s worst pass defense, it’s hard to trust a Brock Osweiler-led offense. There’s a chance second-year man Paxton Lynch draws the start in Week 10, so stay tuned and be ready to consider Thomas as a high-volume option for a desperate team.