It was a very quiet this past Sunday in the NFL injury landscape. There was Jacoby Brissett, or Spicy Brisket, who did injure his knee, and a few other spots, but this week has mostly been a recovery week for stars like Patrick Mahomes, James Conner, T.Y. Hilton, and others. It’s important to keep up with all of the latest injury news and reports, especially as he slowly crawl to Week 14 and the start of the fantasy playoffs.

Let’s talk about who landed on the injury report this week.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis (Knee)

After a nasty collision with an offensive lineman, Brissett went down immediately against the Steelers last Sunday. It is a bit unknown to when Brissett will back, and while he did practice on a limited basis yesterday, it is sort of expected that he’ll be out multiple weeks. We’ll know more later this week, but for now, I wouldn’t expect him to go this week at the minimum.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota (Hamstring)

It was a risk that Thielen would re-aggravate his strained hamstring, and it paid off horribly for Thielen and the Vikings, as the receiver re-aggravated it last week, and will be expected to return in 3-4 weeks. Thielen will come back when he’s fully healthy, but that might be for a little bit. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philladelphia (Core Muscle)

The Eagles on Wednesday placed Jackson on the injured reserve, effectively ending his season. The earliest he could come back would be in the wild card game, but it’s more likely that we see a return in 2020.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City (Knee)

Suprisingly, Mahomes was listed as questionable for Week 9 most of last week, but he wasn’t really ever expected to play. However, there is a chance Mahomes will be able to play in Week 10, barring any setbacks. We’ll have to keep our eye on his status later in the week.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati (Ankle)

There have been several reports that Green is eyeing a Week 10 return. He has been practicing in limited fashion, so we may see his return and start of his 2019 season. He’s considered day-to-day according to Zac Taylor, so it’s something to keep our eye on.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis (Calf)

After hurting his calf mid-way through last week, he wasn’t able to go for Week 9, and will likely miss the next two weeks, if not more.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams (Concussion)

Cooks saw a concussion specialist this past week to get an idea of where he stood with his recovery, and he was reportedly encouraged by the news. I would assume Cooks will continue to miss a few weeks, but his long-term future looks good as of now.


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  1. Mike says:

    Assuming Conner doesn’t play, you start Samuels or OBJ (1/2 pt. PPR)? If Conner does play, do you start Conner or Samuels over OBJ, or too risky? Thanks.

    • Better Call Limehouse says:

      if only one of those PIT guys plays i’d play him over OBJ. probably conner over OBJ anyway too for me. haven’t checked with FP’s top half PPR guys on if this idea is far from standard though.

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      I’d start Samuels over OBJ if Conner can’t go.

  2. miles proudfoot says:

    Dr. Zach,

    Would use the majority of FAAB on Theilen? (Right now $40)

    Also how would you rate A. Tate, Ballage, Reynolds, Whitten for flex spot?

    Thank you!

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      I wouldn’t ever spend a whole FAAB budget on one player, even if it is Week 10.

      I’d go Ballage, Tate, Reynolds, and Witten.

  3. jeff aces says:


    0.5 PPR


    Fournette and John Brown


    Aaron Jones and Marquise Brown?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      I wouldn’t do that trade

  4. friar says:

    How worried should I be about George Kitte’s injury? He’s played through injuries all season without issue, but the 49ers sound a bit more pessimistic this week. Given they’re playing Seattle, I assume they’ll do everything they can to get Kittle on the field, but with the game on MNF, I don’t want to get stuck without a TE.

    I have a couple options:

    1) Wait until the MNF inactives are released and, if necessary, drop Penny for Hollister (assuming no one blocks me by claiming him first, in which case I’d pick up…Dickson? Dwelley?)
    2) Bench Kittle for the week, pick up and play the top TE on waivers (currently Doyle – I’d drop either Anderson or Penny to do so)

    I’m planning to go with option 1, but would appreciate a second opinion.

    Roster (12-team, 0.5 ppr)
    QB: Wilson
    RB: Chubb, David Johnson, Samuels, Mattison, Penny
    WR: Watkins, Landry, Hollywood, Cooks, Anderson
    TE: Kittle

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