Fantasy Football: Week 10 Injury Report
Injuries are an unfortunate part of football. It's one thing we hate having occur to not only the players we roster but within the game itself. With that said, this does create opportunities for teammates, opening up potential pickups in season-long leagues while also producing value plays in daily fantasy football.
Using the practice report, we can glean a lot of information based on who's available and what coaches are saying from press conferences. This knowledge can allow us to make emergency plans to pivot or change our lineups come Sunday morning when inactives are announced.
Based on this week's practice reports, here are a few quick-hitters to give you a leg up on lineup decisions as crunch time approaches for Sunday lineup lock.
Allen Robinson (groin) has practiced in full for two straight days and barring any set backs should be returning this week against the Detroit Lions. Robinson should line up against Detroit cornerback Darius Slay for most of the afternoon, who is 36th in Pro Football Focus' coverage grades. Slay is also dealing with his own injury this week (knee) and so far has missed practice this week. Even with Slay, the Lions have been the fourth worst pass defense, per numberFire's rankings.
Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has practiced in full to start the week and is expected to play against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. Fournette has been dealing with hamstring issues all season and has only 24 touches through two games played. The Jaguars have been predominately a one running back offense, and with Fournette back in the mix expect T.J. Yeldon to back him up. Yeldon isn't completely droppable given that he's one of the better insurance policies as we head into the fantasy playoffs, and for any given week the lack of depth on the waiver wire for startable running backs are thin.
Quincy Enunwa (ankle) missed the first two practices this week, though he was a full participant on Friday. Their quarterback, Sam Darnold, was ruled out earlier in the week and Josh McCown will get the start. Enunwa has no prior history with McCown, but could be in line for a large target projection with one of his teammates as doubtful, which we will cover below.
Giovani Bernard (knee) is coming out of the Cincinnati Bengals bye week and officially questionable on Friday. Bernard was practicing on Monday, a typical non-practice day, which is promising and a Friday report said that Bernard has reasonable chance to play against the New Orleans Saints. While this is still Joe Mixon's backfield, we haven't seen the two play together for a consistent period of time as they have both have missed stretches of time this season. Mixon is projected for 19.8 touches and Bernard 2.9.
Sammy Watkins left the fourth quarter last week with a foot injury and practiced only on Friday, which is not ideal for his availability this week. The Kansas City Chiefs are a concentrated offense and will be narrower given that Watkins has a market share of 17%, while Kelce is at 25%, Hill at 22% and Hunt at 9%, respectively. With a tighter concentration this makes Chiefs stacks much easier to make given the offense will go through those three players. Chris Conley, a full-time player with a 66% snap share this season, could also be in line for a snap and target bump this week. In Week 4, Conley stepped in for Watkins when he was sidelined and saw a season high 6 targets.
Chris Carson (hip) has been a DNP this week and still questionable whether he will play. This is more or less expected, given what Pete Carroll has said throughout the week regarding Carson's injury. Given the two missed practices it is more than likely Carson sits this week. Mike Davis will be in line for a workhorse role, who had 25 touches in Week 4 and 23 last week, both games where Davis missed in full or played limited snaps. Mike Davis is only owned in 36% of ESPN leagues and currently projected as a low end RB2.
Jamison Crowder (ankle) is making progress this week and was upgraded to limited. Crowder has missed the past four weeks and with a participation on Friday his availability looks promising, given what the team expectations are. Crowder had limited rapport with Alex Smith to start the season, but in his last game played he saw a season-high 8 targets. The Washington offense will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allow an 0.30 Adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points (NEP) per play, second-worst in the league.
Marlon Mack (foot) has been limited in practice this week. Although there has been no indication that Mack will not play, he has practiced in limited fashion before and played in the game that week -- take Week 8 against the Raiders where he was limited, did not practice, and full throughout the week. Mack has been superb for the Indianapolis Colts running game, having a 0.39 rushing net expected points per play and a 58% success rate over their last three games.
Robby Anderson has been dealing with ankle injuries and missed the team's practices this week. Anderson is leaving Friday practice as doubtful for Week 10. Anderson was productive last season through their first 13 games before McCown had a season ending injury. Anderson accumulated 49 catches for 821 receiving yards and 7 touch downs with McCown, good enough for 22% target market share and 43% of the team's air yards (per air yards.com). Anderson's 173.9 points made him WR14 through that stretch.
Chris Thompson (ribs) was ruled out early in the week. Washington will continue to look for Adrian Peterson for most, if not all, of the running back rushes. Behind Peterson we saw Kapri Bibbs (four touches, 30% snap rate) split time with Samaje Perine (four touches, 22% snap rate) last week against the Atlanta Falcons, although Bibbs' suppressed snaps could have been due to his own injury struggles. Our game projections show this game as a tight one, with the Redskins losing by 2.8 points, and makes Adrian Peterson as a top-12 running back this week.
As is with all injuries, each individual situation is fluid. Make sure to keep tabs throughout the weekend and keep up with our numberFire player news feed for up-to-date reports prior to kickoff. Good luck this week!
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