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2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7: Injury Impact

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Week 7 was particularly rough on Fantasy owners. Injuries always play a huge role in football and the past week was no exception. This week we’ll look at some of the most notable injuries and discuss options for Fantasy owners looking to take advantage in the 2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7 Injury Impact.

As always, injuries can be a blessing in disguise.

Fantasy owners should circle like buzzards, and exploit newly arranged depth charts in order to gain an edge on opponents.

2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7: Injury Impact

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Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

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The Madden curse strikes again!

Patrick Mahomes is the most recent victim of the video game voodoo. Mahomes joins the esteemed group of superstar cover athletes failing to live up to expectations.

Mahomes is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the league. His ability to scramble, throw on the run and his cannon of an arm, paired with Andy Reid‘s offensive schemes made Mahomes the best quarterback in Fantasy football a year ago.

Mahomes suffered a knee injury attempting a quarterback sneak in the second quarter against the Broncos. The gunslinger will be out for three to five weeks.

As a result of the injury, back-up Matt Moore will be given his shot under center. With Mahomes out of the game, Moore went 10-for-19 with a touchdown and 117 passing yards. A big chunk of that yardage came from Tyreek Hill, who took a short pass the distance with a 57-yard touchdown.

Moore shouldn’t be on anybody’s radar going into Week 8. The Chiefs will simply run the ball heavily. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins will trend downward, while the biggest winners should be Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy. Although both backs should be taken in leagues, those who own should have more confidence in starting them.

Other than Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Kansas City pass catchers should remain on the bench.

Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons’ brutal year continued on Sunday, losing to the Los Angeles Rams, falling to a 1-6 record. Unfortunately for Atlanta, the game wasn’t all they lost.

Third-down running back Ito Smith was carted off after a head-to-head collision late in the fourth quarter. Head coach Dan Quinn has already ruled the second-year back for next week’s game versus Seattle. As a result, Devonta Freeman will be heavily relied on going forward.

Fantasy owners should keep an eye on running backs Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison next week. The only problem is that Atlanta will likely be playing from behind against Russell Wilson and Seattle next week, and both Hill and Ollison haven’t been utilized widely within the offensive scheme thus far.

For the time being, it’s safe to leave both Hill and Ollison backs on the waiver wire. Expect Freeman to have a big game.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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Adam Thielen is one of the top receivers in the league. His great hands and size make him one of the premier red-zone targets in the league. Fantasy owners rejoice more often than not when he’s in the lineup.

Thielen made a highlight-reel touchdown catch against the Lions on Sunday but ended up with a hamstring injury on the play. The Viking’s wide receiver will likely be out for next week’s matchup against the lowly Washington Redskins.

This bodes well for owners of Stefon Diggs, who should eat the ‘Skin’s secondary for lunch. Thielen’s ailment also makes room for Olabisi Johnson, the rookie out of Colorado State.

Johnson saw an expanded role against Detroit in Theilen’s absence, reeling in four catches for 40 yards. More importantly, Johnson saw eight targets, which is a career-high. Serving as the de facto WR2 in the Vikes’ offense, Johnson should get a healthy workload as long as Theilen is ruled out. Johnson will be one of the most popular waiver wire grabs, so get him while you can.

Tight-ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. should also see an uptick next week as well.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

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Heading into Week 7, Delanie Walker was a game-time decision. The Titans opted to start the 35-year old veteran but ran into issues early with his injured ankle. Battling a nagging injury, the pro-bowler was held out of the second half completely.

At QB, Ryan Tannehill is currently at the helm, and the move from Marcus Mariota has seemingly revitalized the passing attack for Tennessee. Without Walker in the game, TE Jonnu Smith grabbed three catches for 68 yards.

If Walker is to miss more time, there is sure to be value for Smith who has solid speed at the tight-end position. The FIU alumnus has only nine catches on the season so far but was able to break off a 57-yard catch-and-run against the Bills in Week 5.

With Walker’s status uncertain going into next week, owners can pick up Smith as a handcuff in order to hedge against another GTD.

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About Tyler Mulligan

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

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