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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 7 Injuries
1. Odell Beckham Jr. (Knee)
OBJ's tortured season ended in an unfortunate manner with an early exit in Week 7 against Cincinnati. Despite the roller-coaster season, an ACL tear is always devastating for players and fans alike. Hopefully, he can fully recover in time to be fresh for the 2021 season.
The real question, is who takes over those targets? Beckham led the Browns in targets through seven weeks, and while Rashard Higgins took over en route to a team-best 6 for 6 with 110 yards, Harrison Bryant (likely to be replaced by a healthy Austin Hooper) posted a 4/56/2 line, and Jarvis Landry received plenty of work. Bryant should be a streaming option next week against the Raiders, and Higgins will be most fantasy managers top WR on waivers but do not be surprised when at the end of the season Jarvis Landry ends up being the one to benefit from a fantasy perspective.
2. Kenyan Drake (Ankle)
News broke today that Drake will be out for a few weeks with a ligament tear in his ankle. This one is big news, but also simple: if you can get Chase Edmonds, get him and start him. If you can't? Make a trade for him, because this could be the start of the Edmonds era in Arizona, Otherwise, this will really not affect your roster.
3. Chris Carson (Foot)
Another big injury with simple consequences from Sunday Night: Carson suffered a mid-foot sprain in Week 7 against Arizona, and is now week to week. Get Carlos Hyde if you can, since he clearly is the next man up in Seattle, especially after getting more rushing work than anyone else in the entire game last night. If you can't though, do not mortgage the future, since Carson will remain the starter once healthy. I personally am expecting a Week 11 return for Thursday Night Football against the Cardinals, but he could come back sooner.
4. Jeff Wilson Jr. (Ankle)
I talk about Wilson a bit in our upcoming "Week 7 Recap," and it is disappointing that Mostert's potential replacement is now unavailable for a few weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Look for Jerick McKinnon, who I think will be the starter in Week 8 against the Seahawks, but undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty is the must-add for serious fantasy managers looking for an RB. He has impressed through two weeks and offers elusive explosiveness that the other San Francisco RBs do not. I expect him to continue to have a role in this offense even once the rest of the RB corps is healthy, and will be fantasy relevant as long as the Niners RBs are sidelined.
5. Deebo Samuel (Hamstring)
Speaking of Niners' injuries (a familiar phrase), stud WR Deebo Samuel looks likely to be back on the injury report for some time with a hamstring injury. This is a shame since Samuel had been impressive since returning to the lineup but look at Brandon Aiyuk to step up in his absence. Aiyuk has been a WR3/FLEX over the past three weeks and was WR19 in Week 7. While most managers will target Rashard Higgins, smart ones will look for Aiyuk, and pick him up instead if they can. Luckily, the rookie WR is still widely available.
Honorable Mention: Currently in the concussion protocol: Andy Dalton (Concussion), Phillip Lindsay (Concussion)
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