Spoiler alert: This week was rough. We had four injuries to fantasy stars, three injuries to additional fantasy relevant players, and four injuries to non-fantasy relevant players that should affect their teammates going forward.
For each injury, I outline not only the injury, but how this affects other skill players on the team moving forward for fantasy purposes.
Injuries to Fantasy Stars
- Hall suffered a likely ACL tear during his Week 7 game against Denver.
- Michael Carter is likely rostered already in your fantasy leagues. He likely gives you 10-15 carries and 3-4 targets per week moving forward and is a fringe Top-20 option each week.
- Ty Johnson should be picked up on waivers, as he’s the next man up after Carter.
- Johnson is a competent pass-catcher with big play ability, but has yet to fully earn any team’s trust on a weekly basis.
- Expect 5-10 touches per game from Johnson as the lesser part of an unsexy committee.
- Metcalf suffered a potentially serious knee injury in Week 7 against the Chargers. Fantasy owners may have escaped total disaster as Pete Carroll told reporters that initial X-Rays on Metcalf’s knee were negative, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- Tyler Lockett gains minimal value, and is still a top-20 option rest of season.
- His targets likely increase slightly, but the overall Seahawks offense should steeply decline if Metcalf misses an extended period of time.
- I would leave SEA WRs Marquise Goodwin and Dee Eskridge on waivers, as they are unlikely to be worth high waiver priority or any decent chunk of your FAAB.
- Metcalf’s injury opens the door for Noah Fant to sneak into weekly top-12 range at TE, as he has a history of near 20% target shares from his time in Denver.
- Big Mike has a sprained right ankle, and it’s likely a serious one after getting carted off in Week 7 against SEA.
- Should Williams miss significant time, make sure to pick up WR Josh Palmer off waivers.
- Palmer missed Week 7 with a concussion and LAC has a Week 8 bye, so he will be dropped in many leagues.
- Palmer profiles as a WR3 type as the de facto WR2 in LAC.
- Palmer has eight or more targets in three of six games this season.
- WR DeAndre Carter should also be rostered in most leagues, as he could have flex viability as the LAC WR3 behind Keenan Allen and Palmer.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
- St. Brown left Week 7 early with a concussion.
- He has a chance to return as early as Week 8.
- Should St. Brown miss Week 8, make sure WRs Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond are not on waivers.
- D.J. Chark is on IR, so Reynolds/Raymond may be the top-2 options in Week 8 against a weak MIA secondary.
Injuries to Fantasy Relevant Players
- Lazard has an undisclosed shoulder injury.
- Should he miss any time, Romeo Doubs and Robert Tonyan should be rostered in all formats.
- Doubs has Top-20 upside if Lazard is OUT for Week 8’s battle in Buffalo.
- Tonyan should be a fringe top-12 TE option in Week 8 if Lazard misses time.
- Sammy Watkins should be rostered in deeper leagues, but is likely giving you 4-12 fantasy points most weeks.
- Njoku sprained his ankle in Week 7 against Baltimore.
- Reports are this ankle injury is “not serious”.
- Assuming Njoku misses at least the next couple games, TE Harrison Bryant can be started in his absence.
- Bryant has four games this season with at least four targets, even though he’s been backing up Njoku.
- Davis sprained his MCL (knee) in Week 7 against Denver.
- Assuming he misses time, this slightly boosts Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore.
- If Moore is on waivers, I would scoop him for up to 10% of your FAAB.
- The Jets are a team in flux, as star RB Breece Hall’s ACL injury should force the offense to shift to a more pass-focused gameplan.
- Zach Wilson has thrown for 231 combined yards over the past two weeks, so NYJ really would need a massive shift in pass rate for both Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore to become every-week starters in fantasy.
- WR Braxton Berrios can remain on waivers.
Injuries to Non-Fantasy Relevant Players
- Tannehill was spotted in a walking boot after the Titans’ Week 7 win against the Colts.
- Should Tannehill miss any time, rookie QB Malik Willis is a priority streamer against Houston in Week 8.
- Willis ran for over 1,800 combined yards in the 2020 and 2021 college seasons.
- I’d expect 8-12 rush attempts per game from Willis – a la Jalen Hurts – if he does get the start over an injured Tannehill.
- Hubbard left in the fourth quarter in Week 7 against Tampa Bay.
- Should Hubbard miss time, D’Onta Foreman is in line for 15-20 carries each game, with minimal pass game usage.
- No other CAR RB needs to be rostered at this time.
- Collins suffered a groin injury in Week 7 against the Raiders.
- Should Collins miss time due to injury, Brandin Cooks should see a slight target bump, and would enter fringe top-24 WR territory.
- No other HOU WR merits consideration on waivers if Collins misses Week 8 and beyond.
- Boone suffered an ankle injury in Week 7 against the Jets.
- Should Boone miss any time, this has minimal impact on Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray.
- Neither is a strong start moving forward, and both profile as borderline top-36 RB options most weeks.
We hope you enjoyed this Week 7 injury fallout analysis. Be sure to check back Tuesday, when Josh Larky releases his Week 8 fantasy rankings. If you want waiver wire advice, Nic Bodiford will have an article out Monday morning on the site, and Tuesday midday features the Waiver Wire video show with Ryan Reynolds and Josh Larky.