Dynasty Injury Report: Week 11

Bruce Matson

Injuries are a part of the NFL game, making them an integral part of fantasy. Knowing who is injured and how long they will be off the field is essential to setting lineups and making trades for your dynasty teams. Players can lose some of their fantasy value due to an injury. We also see players gain a bump in value if they become more involved in their offense due to one of their teammates being out with an injury.

Week 11 was very important because it is one of the final weeks of the regular season before we roll into the fantasy playoffs. A devastating injury could completely derail a team’s chances of making the playoffs.

QUARTERBACK

Joe Burrow, CIN

It was one of the saddest moments of the NFL season when Burrow was carted off the field on Sunday. The incident was too gruesome to be re-aired on television. After receiving multiple tests, Burrow will be out for the season due to tearing both his ACL and MCL along with some structural damage in his knee. He has a 9 to 12-month timetable for recovery.

There’s a chance that he won’t be ready for the start of the season next year. There is optimism that he could be back for training camp. At this point, we don’t know exactly how he’s going to recover. Fantasy managers will need to remain patient throughout Burrow’s healing process.

His dynasty stock might have taken a hit in some leagues. Most owners are more than willing to hold him until he comes back. He’s a 24-year-old rookie which means he has plenty of time to get healthy and develop into a functional fantasy starter before we have to worry about the bottom falling out.

Fantasy gamers can try buying him low on the trade market. There might be some situations where his manager is on tilt and desperately needs a replacement. We are going to quickly find out that there are going to be more buyers than sellers when we start kicking the tires.

Kyler Murray, ARI

Murray is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury that he endured during last week’s game. There’s a good chance that he will be on the field for Sunday’s contest against the New England Patriots. Dynasty managers will need to monitor his status throughout the week. He was seen rehabbing to the side of Tuesday’s practice. There are no clues indicating he will be on the field this week.

The injury should have no impact on his dynasty value. Murray is one of the most expensive quarterbacks in all of fantasy football and his fantasy managers are not going to sell him on the low over an injury that’s not going to keep off the field for an extended period of time.

Philip Rivers, IND

The 38-year-old quarterback is dealing with a sore toe. He will be on the injury report throughout the week, but he is expected to be on the field to face the Tennessee Titans. His toe issue is a reminder that he is not getting any younger and the hourglass will eventually go empty.

Rivers had his moments this year where he started to show his age. There shouldn’t be many dynasty managers relying on him to be their starting quarterback. I suggest having a backup plan ready going into next year just in case Father Time decides to step in.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

His name popped up on the Steelers’ injury report for the first time this season. The injury isn’t regarded as severe. Roethlisberger is expected to be on the field for the team’s Thanksgiving Day game. He will play through the injury as he has off and on throughout his career.

RUNNING BACK

Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins, BAL

Both Ingram and Dobbins tested positive for Covid on Monday. Neither running back will be available for Thursday’s game against the Steelers. Fantasy managers will need to watch their status over the next couple of weeks to see when they will be able to return to the field.

From a dynasty perspective, this illness doesn’t affect either player’s long-term value. Dobbins is going to hold his value going into the off-season. Ingram’s dynasty value is on “E” and there are no gas stations on the road map. As long as neither of them experiences any long-term complication from the sickness, then their value should remain steady for the rest of the season.

Rex Burkhead, NE

Burkhead was carted off the field Sunday with a knee injury. After receiving an MRI it was reported that he tore his ACL, ending his 2020 campaign. The 30-year-old running back will be a free agent in 2021. He still has enough gusto to get picked up by another team. Dynasty gamers will need to temper expectations because he is at the point in his career where opportunities will be limited.

WIDE RECEIVER

JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT

Smith-Schuster endured a foot injury during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been a limited participant in practice and there’s a chance he could be on the field for Thursday’s game against the Ravens. Fantasy managers will need to monitor his status before they slide him into their fantasy lineups.

TIGHT END

TJ Hockenson, DET

Hockenson is dealing with a shoulder injury. He is expected to play this week. Fantasy players will need to check on his status over the next couple of days to see if he will be available. His injury won’t affect his dynasty stock as he is expected to not miss any time.

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