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2018 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact

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Week 11, wow, can’t believe we are already almost to the playoffs. It seems like just yesterday was week one.

Teams and their true talent is being to show. In my opinion, there are three dominant teams. The Saints, Rams, and Chiefs. And we are blessed with a matchup of two of these teams on Monday Night Football.

So be sure to tune into MNF as the 9-1 Chiefs take on the 9-1 Rams. It is a matchup of high-powered offenses and will likely be a shootout. I like the Rams to come on top. Fantasy owners with players on either team should rejoice in knowing that there will be little defense from either team.


And now onto the injuries and why you should care . . .

With the fantasy football playoffs quickly approaching, it is important to keep track off all of the NFL injuries. It is very important to have a fully healthy team going into the playoffs to give you the best shot at the League Championship.

With that being said … on to the biggest injuries from week 11.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact

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Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins

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Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury in Sunday’s game. Smith underwent x-rays shortly after he was carted off the field. The x-rays revealed he fractured both his fibula and tibia. He is obviously out for the season.

The injury comes with some weird coincidences. It came 33 years to the day that Joe Theismann suffered his leg injury. Adding to the coincidence, Theismann was at the game! And the game ended with the same final score but this time the Redskins lost.

As much as this injury hurts the Redskins, it has limited fantasy impact. Washington does not have any dominant wide receivers. Only one Redskins pass-catcher is owned by over 50% of owners in ESPN leagues and that is Jordan Reed: a tight end.

I do think that this could open up the door for Peterson to get more carries. This will take the pressure off Colt McCoy who hasn’t played in a few years. I also think that McCoy with boost Peterson value with his ability to run the option. In less than two quarters McCoy rushed 5 times for 35 yards.

 

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
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Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury in the third quarter against the Panthers. He was tackled hard on his left knee and was seen clearly in pain. He would not return but he was having a great day up to this point.

Before the injury he rushed 15 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. There is a lot of speculation currently surrounding his injury. Some believe that he tore his ACL. This would mean he would miss the remainder of the season.

He will undergo an MRI on Monday. This being to see the extent of his injury. If he is out this could lead to an increase in carries for both Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount. At this point Theo Riddick has more values especially in PPR formats. Specifically because of his large number of receptions.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

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Marcus Mariota re-injured his elbow late in the first half. He was questionable to return, but held out for the remainder of the game. At this point I really don’t know what to think of the Titans offense.

I thought that they would have another good week but I guess not. They played flat out terrible against an inferior Colts team. I don’t see much fantasy value in any Titans players at the moment.

They are just so inconsistent. I thought Corey Davis would continue on his hot streak but it wasn’t meant to be. So to sum up . . . Marcus Mariota’s injury isn’t that big of a deal because of the lack of consistency and production from Titans players.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers

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Jimmy Graham suffered a broken thumb in Thursday’s loss to the Seahawks. He suffered the injury in the first half and he did not return. Lance Kendricks filled in in his place.

Coach McCarthy said he wasn’t sure how long Graham would be out. He also hinted at Robert Tonyan receiving more playing time if Graham is held out. I expect Graham to miss at most one week.

If Graham is your Tight End, I would look for a replacement for next week. At this point it is probable that he won’t play in week 12. I would look for someone on the waivers to replace him. I recommend someone like Antonio Gates because he can bring upside to your team.


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About Dylan Small

Dylan Small is from Virginia and is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins. Dylan has been playing fantasy football for the past 5 years and he loves the RB heavy draft strategy. Ask him fantasy questions on twitter @DylanSmallFF1

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