By The Hudsonian, Joshua Hudson
Again?! Seriously man. This is getting old. I’m just going to jump into this before I start throwing things and end up on this list myself.
QB Aaron Rodgers (GB) – I’m pretty sure it’s not good for the league when arguably it’s best QB cracks a collarbone and will miss the remainder of the season. Not much they can do about that though. It was a legal hit, and that’s that. Rodgers will have surgery and is likely out the rest of the season. Will Brett Hundley be the answer? Who knows. If you drafted Rodgers, chances are you don’t have a viable backup. You’re not alone. I too suffered the same fate in one league. Get ready to pony up! No team will take it easy on you in trade talks.
QB Jameis Winston (TB) – Winston sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder during Sunday’s game at Arizona. Luckily, there was no structural damage and Winston is day-to-day. Those of us predicting a Winston break out – myself included – may be waiting a year. Even if he’s able to play next week, I doubt he’s going to be throwing comfortably the remainder of the season. I think this hurts DeSean Jackson’s value most, as he’s overly reliant on the deep ball.
QB Trevor Siemian (DEN) – Siemian left Sunday night’s game with a sprain of his non-throwing shoulder. You know what this mean? Demaryius Thomas now gets to catch passes from Brock Osweiler! But seriously, Siemian is considered day-to-day which bodes well for the status quo. But if he misses any time, say a prayer if you have any Broncos’ WRs.
RB Leonard Fournette (JAX) – This is not a name any of us want to see on this report after the start to the season he has had. Fournette tweaked his ankle this weekend, but luckily was able to return to the game, albeit briefly. He has already been ruled okay to play next week, but keep an eye on practice and make sure nothing flares up. He’s too important with how well he’s played this year.
RB Rob Kelley (WSH) – Kelley missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, even after having the bye week to heal up. Without Kelley, Chris Thompson is getting a chance to shine as an RB1 in PPR formats like Club Fantasy (shameless plug). It is also giving Samaje Perine a chance to get some work in the rotation.
WR Tyreek Hill (KC) – Hill suffered a concussion against the Steelers. You obviously don’t love this for the sake of his health, but after the Chiefs lost Chris Conley for the season a week ago and Albert Wilson didn’t suit up this week due to a knee injury, Hill and De’Anthony Thomas are all they have. Monitor this as concussions are tricky.
WR Golden Tate (DET) – This seemingly flew under the radar with how crazy the Lions-Saints game was. But Tate suffered a pretty serious shoulder injury that is likely to keep him out for a few weeks. With Stafford hobbled and taking sacks at a pace we haven’t seen in a decade, this is a huge blow to the Lions offense. Marvin Jones vaults into their de facto WR1, and hot shot preseason favorite Kenny Golladay should see an increase in target share as a result.
WR Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) – The Giants brought the injury bug to Denver with them and infected the Broncos’ pass catchers. Sanders suffered an ankle injury and already has been ruled out for Week 7’s contest. He wasn’t the only Broncos WR who got hurt, just the most notable in terms of fantasy. In case you missed our A Look Inside series over the summer, Thomas and Sanders accounted for more than 50% of the Broncos targets in 2016. They are currently averaging over 50% of the target share, so look for an increase in targets towards Thomas and look to add Bennie Fowler come Tuesday.
WR Demaryius Thomas (DEN) – I told you the Broncos caught the Giants’ bug. Thomas got nicked up, an injury to his lower leg. He finished the game but he was noticeably hobbling during the game. Thankfully it’s not too serious. Breathe a sigh of relief everyone.
WR Jeremy Maclin (BAL) – Maclin was ruled out this week with a shoulder injury after being limited in practice all week. The Ravens passing game isn’t much anyway, but without Maclin, they mustered a measly 180 yards passing. Maclin’s a FLEX play at best, but with all the injuries to your favorite players, a healthy Maclin is good for us.
Club Fantasy wishes all of these players a speedy recovery, not because we as fantasy players need them in our lineups, but because your absence likely hampers your team, and most of all, your families. Get well soon everybody.