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The Lateral Writer
Each week, we will take a look at the 5 (or hopefully less!) biggest injuries in fantasy football. These are meant to be the injuries that had the most impact on a fantasy roster, not an NFL roster, so some injuries may be left off.
5 Biggest Week 6 Injuries
1. Miles Sanders (Knee)
Miles Sanders went out with a knee injury against the ravens in the third quarter and never came back. Sanders is still set to undergo an MRI, so there will be nothing definitive until that happens, but there seems to be a heightened level of concern regarding the sophomore running back.
Even more concerning? Boston Scott seems to be irrelevant as a handcuff, going from preseason darling to only getting 2 carries once he was Sanders' replacement in Week 6. The only good news with Scott is that he is widely available, so he should be attainable for those needing an RB in Week 7.
2. Zach Ertz (Ankle)
The good news for fantasy managers rostering Ertz is that the Eagles seem to be less concerned about the upcoming MRI for the Eagles tight end. But that is about as far as the good news goes. Even before his early exit against the Ravens, Ertz was performing like his usual 2020 self, which for those keeping score at home, is not good. Despite six targets, he had only 1 catch for 6 yards. Even if he is not out for an extended period of time, fantasy managers who held onto Dallas Goedert have to salivating over the potential for a takeover once the Eagles other TE is healthy.
In the meantime though, may I interest you in some Travis Fulgham?
3. Raheem Mostert (Ankle)
Mostert presents a unique problem to fantasy owners. He is clearly the San Francisco RB to start when healthy, but that is becoming less and less frequent. Only last week he was just coming off a knee injury that left him sidelined for two weeks, and now he is down again. This gives him a ratio of 2 healthy games : 2 early exits : 2 absences, which means you are basically hoping that if you can start him, it will be one the 1/3 games you get a full 60 minutes from him.
Unfortunately, replacing him is as difficult as guessing whether or not he will be healthy. Week 3 it was a combination of Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr., but the following week it was all McKinnon all day long, and then last night it turned into the Jamycal Hasty show in San Francisco. It will be anyone's guess who will take over in Week 7 if Mostert is out again, but I would lean towards McKinnon getting the lead role to start the game.
4. Jonnu Smith (Ankle)
Jonnu Smith fans have to be literally praying that the Titans TE is beloved by his coaching staff, and viewed as the talent that most people believe he is, because backup TE Anthony Firsker made Smith look like a system TE (is that a thing?).
In all due seriousness, if Smith is healthy, I am not concerned about him losing target share in that offense. The real news here is that Firsker is now a must roster handcuff tight end (again, is this a thing??) if you have Smith, have the roster spot, or need a TE in Week 7. While Smith's injury is minor, he is now "Questionable" for Sunday, so I recommend grabbing Firsker first, then dropping him if it turns out Smith is fine.
5. DeVante Parker (Groin)
This one is a disappointment, given that Parker had largely silenced the doubters with a WR20 performance through five weeks, even with the potential injury scare always looming in the background. Unfortunately, his injury history seems to have caught up with him, and chased him early from a quiet Week 6 against the New York Jets. If Parker is forced to miss any games, Preston Williams is a lock to take over the WR1 role in Miami, so get him while you still can.
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