So . . . another week of NFL football is over. This year, Week 10 fell on Veterans Day and the NFL, as usual, did a great job of honoring those who have served our country with their Salute to Service Initiative.
I see Week 10 as a major turning point in the season. It is after the halfway point and I feel we can start to see a clearer picture of the playoff race. With that said, here are some of my Week 10 takeaways.
The Redskins are for real. A win against the Buccaneers may not seem like much, but it is. The Redskins, plagued with injuries this year, were able to protect Alex Smith with a jumbled O-line playing very well. Look for the Redskins to finish strong and make the playoffs.
What happened to the Patriots? They were completely dismantled by the Titans on Sunday. The Patriots did not play like themselves. They were out coached and outplayed by the Titans. But . . . they are the Patriots so you know what that means; they will come out of their bye week firing on all cylinders.
What happened to the Jaguars? They quickly went from being a contender to a team that could miss the playoffs. They have lost five straight and are sitting at the bottom of the AFC South. I'm not saying that they won't make the playoffs, but it will take a lot. They will have to turn things around quickly and the red hot Texans will have to cool off.
2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Injury Impact
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Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp's knee buckled on a play in the fourth quarter. He was helped to the locker room and did not return. It is feared that he tore his ACL. If this is the case, then he will be out for remainder the season.
I think that it is very likely that he tore his ACL. Sean McVay commented that the injury was not a good one. Kupp brought in 5 targets for 39 yards before exiting.
If Kupp is out, the wide receiver position for the Rams gets interesting. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods will likely see increased targets. This could also lead to more playing time for Josh Reynolds. Although, I think the Rams might look to the free agent pool for a veteran wideout.
For fantasy, the value of Cooks and Woods goes up. At the current stage, I would not pick up Josh Reynolds yet. I would say give it a week. So that we can see the extent of Kupp's injury and how large of a role, if any, Reynolds will play.
#Rams WR Cooper Kupp suffered a knee injury today and sources say the initial concern is that it is a torn ACL. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow, but this explains why coach Sean McVay said it was “not good.” A potential big loss for a top team.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2018
Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions
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Marvin Jones injured his knee in Sunday's game. He injured his knee in the third quarter when trying to catch a pass over Bears defensive back Kyle Fuller. He did not return to the game.
There is not much news on Marvin Jones' injury yet. Lions coaches declined to comment when asked about the injury. In my opinion, I think he will be fine and not miss anytime.
This is just something to keep an eye on. If he is out, other Lions pass catchers will get a boost. Specifically, I think Kenny Golladay will benefit the most. That being if Jones is indeed out for an extended period of time.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Edelman left in the fourth quarter after suffering an ankle injury. Before the injury, he brought in nine of 12 targets for 104 yards. The injury is very concerning not only for fantasy owners but also the Patriots organization.
Edelman has come back from his suspension and made an immediate impact. He has made fantasy owners like myself glad to have drafted him. As for the Patriots, a major injury could be a big blow. This is not only because of the production of Edelman but also because star tight end Rob Gronkowski is currently dealing with a injury.
The Patriots have a bye week next week. So hopefully this will give Edelman enough time to recover and be ready for week 12. If he is held out for an extended period of time, I would think that Josh Gordon would see a larger target share, thus increasing his fantasy value.
I personally think that Edelman will be fine but this is just my opinion. He was walking after the game without a limp which is a great sign. Even if the injury is more serious, the bye week should give him a good amount of time to recover and nurse his ankle.
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