As usual, injuries had a big impact on fantasy football lineups last week. Our Fantasy Football Injury Rundown goes though all the fantasy-relevant injuries you need to be aware of.
Here are the key fantasy-relevant injury situations we’ll be monitoring. Both for this week’s action and moving forward. Also, be sure to check out our Week 8 waiver wire and FAAB recommendations.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB) Dallas Cowboys: Elliott is dealing with a hyperextended right knee that has caused swelling and bruising. He is expected to sit in Week 8. The one time Tony Pollard played without Zeke, he posted 31 fantasy points!
Matt Ryan (QB) Indianapolis Colts: Ryan suffered a Grade 2 shoulder sprain. However, he was benched in favor of Sam Ehlinger and the coach made it clear it was a benching. Ehlinger brings more mobility to the position.
Russell Wilson (QB) Denver Broncos: It was revealed this weekend that Russ did have a slight tear in his hamstring. This makes his timeline for a return very murky.
Breece Hall (RB) New York Jets: Hall continued to look every bit the prospect he was projected to be in Week 7 until he went down with a knee injury. Unfortunately, the team has announced he tore his ACL and did some damage to his meniscus which will cost him the remainder of the season. He will hope to be ready for Week 1 next season. However, the team did trade for James Robinson (for a conditional sixth-round pick) who has been struggling recently with the Jaguars with an apparent knee injury. His presence will reduce the workload for Michael Carter who has flashed well in a lightning roll to Hall’s thunder, which leaves J-Rob as a low-end flex option.
Mike Boone (RB) Denver Broncos: Boone has been sent to IR with an ankle injury. This will open up more touches for Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray.
Chuba Hubbard (RB) Carolina Panthers: Hubbard exited Sunday with an ankle injury leaving the split backfield to D’Onta Foreman. However, the team has said that he could have returned to the game if needed.
D.K. Metcalf (WR) Seattle Seahawks: Metcalf went down with what looked like a serious knee injury this week and the Seahawks feared the worst. However, reports were positive and it will not require surgery. He is expected back this season but does not have a clear timeline for a return.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR) Detroit Lions: St. Brown exited this week with a concussion and did not return. It sounds like this is a Teddy Bridgewater situation though. He was pulled by a spotter but was not diagnosed with a concussion which could be good news for his availability next week.
Mike Williams (WR) Las Angeles Chargers: Williams went down with an ugly ankle injury on Sunday. Luckily, the injury wasn’t as bad as it looked, but he is still expected to miss some time with a high-ankle sprain.
Allen Lazard (WR) Green Bay Packers: Lazard injured his shoulder on Sunday and was spotted with his arm in a sling following the game.
Nico Collins (WR) Houston Texans: Collins was forced from this week’s game with a groin injury and did not return. It’s unclear if he will miss time, but these injuries tend to linger. Phillip Dorsett stepped up in his absence.
David Njoku (TE) Cleveland Browns: Njoku suffered a high-ankle sprain and will likely be out 2-5 weeks. Harrison Bryant should see an uptick in volume this week.
Daniel Bellinger (TE) New York Giants: On a freak play, Bellinger was punched in the face and broke his eye socket. It will require surgery and there is a chance his season is over. Tanner Hudson is next on the depth chart although fullback Chris Myarick may be the better add if he’s TE-eligible.