2020 Season: 5 Biggest Week 8 Injuries

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
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 8 Injuries

1. George Kittle (Foot)

Kittle is out eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot per Adam Schefter. If you are in a keeper league, consider holding onto him, or if you are positive you are destined for the championship in your league you could potentially hold onto him for a miracle Week 16 comeback. Otherwise, drop him, and look for a new TE. Jordan Reed is a possibility to come back Week 9, but if you go that route I would grab an additional TE given Reed's injury history. Eric Ebron, Trey Burton, or Dalton Schultz is likely the next best option for many fantasy managers who rostered Kittle and only Kittle.

2. Kenny Golladay (Hip)

Another brutal injury for fantasy managers. The Detroit Lions WR went out with a hip injury against the Colts and seems destined to miss at least one game. The Lions brought in free agent WR Mohammed Sanu, who was already not good enough for the Patriots and the Niners, so you need to look elsewhere to replace Golladay's value on your roster. If Corey Davis is available in your league, that is your best bet.

3. Tevin Coleman (Knee)

Coleman reinjured the same knee against the Seahawks that had him on IR earlier in the season, so I expect him to miss at least one game, if not more. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. are both still on IR, and McKinnon is a non-factor in the run game for San Francisco. JaMycal Hasty is now a must roster for those desperate at RB after yet another Niners RB is likely to sit out Week 9. 

4. Jimmy Garoppolo (Ankle)

Full disclosure, I am a Niners fan. However, I promise that the only reason so many Niners are on this list is that so many of them got injured in Week 8. Trust me, I do not want to write about Jimmy Jesus missing yet more time. But unfortunately, Garoppolo seems destined for IR, and may honestly miss the rest of the season. Which as a Niner fan, is great, because that means we get to draft high again and go to the Super Bowl in 2022. As a fantasy manager though, this is a problem because not only is another potential streaming QB out, but the Niners' fantasy value could plummet if they're relying on their bench for the rest of the season. I think Hasty and Aiyuk will still be worth having on your roster, but I would avoid everyone else (see above for my thoughts on Jordan Reed).

5. Gardner Minshew II (Thumb, Scapegoat)

Rotoworld beat me to the punchline, so I will not even try to one-up them.

But seriously, this could have serious repercussions for fantasy, between Minshew, D.J. Chark, James Robinson, Laviska Shenault Jr., and Keelan Cole Sr., there are probably a lot more fantasy managers relying on the JAGs than you would think. Robinson is likely unaffected by this (could even see his value increase in PPR), but the WRs are frankly unpredictable in Week 9 with Jake Luton under center.


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