Last week was, dare we say, mostly kind to fantasy football owners. Not many major injury concerns popped up during the Sunday slate of games, and ahead of Week 10, fantasy football rankings appear to be getting healthier. At this point in the season, that’s a major win. Of course, there still are a few banged-up players who are trying to return from injuries after their byes (A.J. Green, Leonard Fournette), and Seahawks RB Chris Carson did suffer an injury in the Seahawks loss to the Chargers. All those issues could impact fantasy rankings, waiver wire strategy, and start ’em, sit ’em decisions moving forward, so they will need to be watched closely.
As the week goes along, we’ll provide you with more injury updates and will keep you in the loop on the latest developments. You can also follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for more fantasy football advice and updates.
Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Chris Carson injury update
Carson was “questionable” coming into last week with a hip injury, but he ended up being active. However, Carson left the game early and was seen with a heavy wrap on his leg. He ended up only playing 10 snaps and didn’t return to action after leaving with the injury. It’s unclear whether or not this injury, being labeled as a thigh problem, is related at all to the hip/groin injuries he has previously dealt with this season.
In place of Carson, Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny handled most of the workload, but it was Davis who shined the brightest. He saw 22 touches in the contest and managed to turn them into 107 yards. He was surprisingly effective in the passing game and tied for the team-high in targets with eight while leading the squad with seven catches.
If Carson misses time, Davis will be the lead back in Seattle and really shouldn’t skip a beat as a starter. He’s one of our top waiver adds this week, and Carson owners should definitely look to pick him up as a temporary starter/top handcuff for the coming weeks.
MORE WEEK 10: Waiver wire pickups | RB handcuff chart
Is A.J. Green playing in Week 10?
Green has had a rough bye week. After suffering a toe injury in Week 8, many assumed that he would heal up and be back in action for Week 10. Now, that is in significant doubt.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Green is visiting renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to better diagnose his injury. Per Schefter, Green is in a walking boot and is expected to miss “some games.” And according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, everything is on the table for Green — including potential season-ending surgery. His diagnosis will need to be watched closely, as it could have a major impact on receiver rankings moving forward.
Losing Green would be a major blow to fantasy owners, as he has been one of the better receivers in all formats this season. If he does miss time, Tyler Boyd would step into the No. 1 role in the offense and would have a chance to produce at a high level in a great Week 10 matchup with the Saints. Elsewhere in the receiving corps, John Ross is out with a groin injury, so the No. 2 role would likely be filled by some mix of Josh Malone, Alex Erickson, and Cody Core. Until we see what the pecking order would be at the position, it’s hard to recommend any of them, as they have combined for just 12 catches this year.
Guys at other positions could also get a boost if Green misses time. Notably, TE C.J. Uzomah would likely see more targets and RBs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard (when healthy) would get more opportunities to catch passes out of the backfield. They may be the bigger beneficiaries, so target them in trades or potentially add Bernard if he’s still on the waiver wire.
Once we get more of an official word on Green’s injury, we’ll be able to better recommend potential replacements. For now, this is arguably the most critical piece of injury news to watch.
Is Leonard Fournette playing Week 10?
We’re officially at Week 10 of the season now, and that means it’s likely that Leonard Fournette will return to action. ESPN’s Adam Schefter had previously reported that Fournette would be back after Jacksonville’s bye week and provided that he doesn’t suffer any setbacks in practice, he should be good to go. Hamstrings are tricky, but by playing it safe, the Jaguars have put themselves in position to have Fournette at close to 100 percent. And at this point in the season, they need that boost.
Fournette’s return will push T.J. Yeldon back into the receiving back/change-of-pace role. As for Carlos Hyde, he will likely spell Fournette a bit in his return, but he doesn’t have a lot of long-term upside. At this point, he’s more of a handcuff to Fournette than anything else, and this hierarchy in the Jaguars backfield is reflected in our Week 10 RB rankings.
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