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2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Injury Impact


Week seven provided NFL plans all around the globe with exciting finishes. First came the game in London, in which the Titans scored with 31 seconds left to move within an extra point of a tie but elected to go for two and ultimately failed. Resulting in a Tennessee loss.

Another exciting finish was the BearsPatriots game. The Bears came storming back and eventually threw a hail mary that resulted in a catch but a tackle at the one-yard line as time expired sealed the win for the Patriots.

In a game in which Drew Brees threw touchdown number 500, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed his first ever extra point with the Ravens down by one and 24 seconds left in the game.

In an NFC East battle between the Redskins and Cowboys, Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher missed a 52-yard field goal to give the Redskins the win and sole possession of 1st place atop the NFC East.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Injury Impact

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LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

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McCoy suffered a head injury in the Bills 37-5 loss on Sunday. He exited early in the game and would not return to action. This led to Chris Ivory taking over as the Bills running back.

Ivory turned 16 carries into 81 yards. In a game that felt over during the second quarter, Ivory was successfully able to put together a string of runs. Going forward I don’t know what to think of the Bills backfield.

So far this season, McCoy has been a disappointment and with Josh Allen out the Bills offense can’t move the ball. At this point, I would stay away from all Bills players not just running backs. Their offense is atrocious, especially without Josh Allen under center. There is just no consistency which has led to there being no reliable fantasy players.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots

Michel suffered a nasty leg injury in the first half of Sunday’s game. The staff carted him off the field and into the locker room. The injury was formally called a knee injury and he was later ruled out of the game.

With the injury to Michel, James White was able to see the field more. White finished with 3o PPR points as he was able to haul in two touchdown grabs.  Michel will likely miss an extended period of time. I look for not only James White to receive a bigger role but also Kenjon Barner.

I think that White will take on the role as the primary back with Barner serving as the change of pace back. For this reason, White needs to be owned in all formats. I look for White to have some big games coming up and I see him as a guy who could add value to your fantasy team.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

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Melvin Gordon was scratched from the lineup shortly before the game in London. Gordon’s absence came as a surprise after limited injury news during the week. It was reported that he is currently dealing with a hamstring injury.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn talked about trying to protect Gordon and have him at 100% as reasons why he didn’t play. Austin Ekler took over for the Chargers. He rushed 12 times for 42 yards.

The truth is Ekeler is not on the same level as Gordon. As a result, the Chargers running game struggled to get going. Consequently, the Chargers nearly lost to a much inferior Tennessee Titans team. Melvin Gordon should be back next week. So if you are a Gordon owner don’t stress as his rest this week was precautionary.

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans

The young Texans wideout suffered a hamstring injury. He is expected to miss Week 8 and could be out longer. This led to an increased target share for Fuller and Hopkins.

As you know, hamstring injuries are weird. They just linger and can never really heal. This is what makes me nervous about Coutee’s injury. I am skeptical as to how soon he will be able to return.

In the meantime, Fuller and Hopkins become must plays. They will likely see their targets continued to rise with Coutee out. Increasing their fantasy values for the next couple of weeks.

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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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