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2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Injury Impact


With a third of the season in the books now, we’re starting to see which teams are contenders for the Lombardi trophy. The 49ers shutout last year’s NFC champions, Los Angeles Rams in convincing fashion to remain undefeated. The Patriots are also undefeated after their victory over the Giants. On the other end of the spectrum, we see teams that look like they’re playing Pop-Warner in a league of men. The three-alarm dumpster fire known as the Miami Dolphins may have picked up a victory last week, but are still on everyone’s radar for next year’s first pick of the draft.

One thing that affects the contenders and pretenders alike, are injuries. Any owner worth a nickle in fantasy sports has to make adjustments based on the inevitability of injuries in the NFL. This week we’ll be taking a look at the 2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Injury Impact, and the opportunities that open up on the affected depth charts.

2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Injury Impact

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Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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Todd Gurley, the savior of countless fantasy teams a year ago, was held out of the Rams pivitol NFC West matchup with the San Francisco 49ers due to a quad injury.

Gurley was expected to take a hit with regards to workload. We’ve seen load management play into Gurley’s touches this year already. Heading into Week 6, the 2017 Offensive MVP has only 338 yards on 78 touches for fantasy owners. Last year, through four games, Gurley had 538 yards on 94 touches – 79 rushing attempts and 15 touches through the air.

Now that Gurley was held out of his forts game of the year, owners should look to the Rams other running backs to pick up the slack. Maclolm Brown is the next man up for the Rams, and despite a pedestrian outing against San Francisco, he’s the one owners should target. Even with poor production last Sunday, Brown has had a decent year in yards per carry (4.2). He’s also the go-to running back in goal line scenarios. Stymied on a fourth and goal situation, Brown narrowly missed putting up six for owners last week, but should be the man in charge in close yardage as long as Gurley is sidelined.

In Gurley’s absence, rookie Darrell Henderson was finally given a shot at significant usage. Known as a home run hitter coming out of college, Henderson struck out in week 6. Henderson didn’t see action after losing a fumble on a pitch from Jared Goff. Up to that point, Henderson had five rushes for 39 yards.

It’s clear Gurley is a huge part of the Rams scheme whether or not he’s under a snap count. Going forward, the only viable option, should Gurley miss more time, is Brown. Henderson isn’t a pickup worth making for the time being.

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks

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After missing a majority of his rookie season to an ACL injury, Will Dissly has been solid for Seattle. Dissly emerged as one of Russel Wilson’s most reliable receiving options this year. In the redzone is where the lofty pass-catcher is a true threat to defenses across the league. He is first in touchdown receptions from the tight end position with four.

Against the Browns, Dissly was carted off with an apparent ACL injury once again. When head coach Pete Carroll addressed the injury in the post-game press conference, he used the words “serious” and “devastating”.

Seattle’s Luke Wilson will step into the top spot on the depth chart. The lesser-known Wilson on the Seahawks offense is relatively unknown to fantasy owners. Mainly because he hasn’t produced fantasy-viable numbers in the past. Now that he’s in the top spot in Seattle, this may change.

The tight end position in the NFL has evolved from the block-first mentality, of the past, but in terms of fantasy, it is one of the least robust positions with regards depth. Because of this,  Wilson could be picked up by owners looking to shore up a spot on their team.

Wide receiver Jaron Brown, is an intriguing option as well. Seattle will likely come out in more three-wide sets because of Dissly’s absence. Brown has only 145 yards on 11 catches this season, but has reeled in two touchdowns. He may actually benefit the most while  Dissly is sidelined.

James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers reverted to their run-first mindset with Ben Roethlisberger‘s season-ending injury and backup Mason Rudolph getting absolutely cranked by Earl Thomas in Week 5.

Devlin Hodges stepped in as the starting quarterback in the Steelers’ tilt against the Los Angeles Chargers. It was clear early in the game that Pittsburgh wasn’t looking to take any chances for their quarterback to get hit, and were going to run the ball often. Between James Connor and Benny Snell Jr., the Steelers’ backfield combined for 33 rushes, 116 yards on the ground, and a rushing touchdown. Connor also picked up 78 yards through the air and a touchdown.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, James Connor fell victim to the scheme and sustained a quad injury late in the fourth quarter. Benny Snell Jr. stepped in and took the majority of the workload.

Although details surrounding Connor’s injury remains unclear, Snell is an attractive option for owners to bolster their roster. Snell was serviceable against a defense that was betting on the run, and even with Rudolph potentially coming back in Week 8.

One thing to consider is Jaylen Samuels‘ timetable. His injury projection has him coming back after the upcoming bye week. If this is the case, he could potentially step into the role of RB1 when the Steelers play host to the Dolphins. All of this is dependent on Connor’s injury. Taking the wait-and-see approach is a prudent strategy for fantasy owners at the moment. Let the dust settle, but if there’s have room to stash, take a gamble on Samuels or Snell.

Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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As of late, Amari Cooper has had trouble staying healthy. In the Cowboys’ loss to the Jets, Cooper was taken out of the game with a thigh bruise.

Ian Rappaport of reported that Cooper’s injury, although painful, doesn’t seem to be long term.

If Cooper is to miss time, Michael Gallup will be the Dak Prescott‘s go-to receiver next week against NFC East rivals, Philadelphia. Gallup has been phenomenal for the Cowboys this season. Nearly averaging 100-yards per game. At 87% ownership in Yahoo! leagues, owners should look to other options for the Cowboys, should Cooper miss time.

After Gallup, the receiving corps of Dallas are abysmal. Randall Cobb is solid, but he’s injured. Next would be Tavon Austin. The pocket rocket looked like he would be relevant in the NFL, but has totally under-performed in his entire career. He’s a gadget player at best, and fantasy owners shouldn’t touch him with a ten-foot pole.

Expect Dak Prescott to hook-up with old-reliable, Jason Witten more frequently. Despite being up there in age, Witten has proven that his experience is invaluable to the Cowboys. With 230 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Witten’s stats aren’t eye-popping. However, with a lack of depth at wide receiver position, Prescott will be forced to utilize his tight ends more often. Old graybeard might be the play here.

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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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