Below is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 8 injuries, along with the fantasy impact. We start with a trio of injuries in San Francisco:
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco
Garoppolo left Sunday’s game against Seattle with an ankle injury in the third quarter. He suffered the injury during a sack, and he did not return to the game. After the game, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that the injury may be a reaggravation of his previous high ankle sprain, and he said that further testing would occur on Monday.
We’ll have to wait for Garoppolo to undergo more testing before we know the true nature and severity of his injury, but his status for the Thursday night game against Green Bay appears to be in question. If he can’t play in that game, Nick Mullens would be under center. Mullens has been serviceable when called upon, and he actually had better luck moving the offense on Sunday than Garoppolo did. Still, it’s best to temper expectations for the San Francisco passing game on Thursday, so No. 1 wideout Brandon Aiyuk should be moved down to WR3 territory.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco
Kittle left Sunday’s game against Seattle with a foot injury in the fourth quarter, and he did not return to the game. After the game, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that X-rays revealed no broken bones and that Kittle will undergo an MRI on Monday.
The MRI results should give us a clearer picture of Kittle’s injury, but a short turnaround for Thursday Night Football certainly puts his Week 9 availability in question. If he is unable to play in that game against Green Bay, Ross Dwelley figures to be the next man up, although Shanahan stated that Jordan Reed could also return from Injured Reserve. Dwelley caught a late touchdown pass on Sunday, but Reed is the more athletic pass-catcher and should be the better fantasy option if he returns. Still, it would be hard to trust the oft-injured Reed in his first game back, putting him toward the bottom of the Top 20 discussion.
Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco
Coleman left Sunday’s game against Seattle with a knee injury in the first quarter. It’s unclear how he suffered the injury, but he was ultimately ruled out for the rest of the game. After the game, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Coleman’s injury occurred to the same knee that he injured earlier in the season. No further information is available at this time.
We don’t know the severity of Coleman’s injury at the moment, but it’s concerning that he hurt the same knee that he injured in Week 2 – an injury that sidelined him for five weeks. Making matters more complicated is the fact that San Francisco plays Green Bay on Thursday night, giving Coleman only a few days to recover if he hopes to play. If Coleman can’t play in that game, the team will be down to just JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon at the running back position, since Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson are not yet eligible to return from Injured Reserve. Based on the usage over the past two weeks, Hasty now appears to be the team’s preferred option over McKinnon. Hasty has flashed some good burst and quick feet over that stretch, making him a potential Top 20 option in a good matchup. Despite taking a backseat in recent weeks, McKinnon did get solid usage in the passing game on Sunday, so he’s still in the Top 40 conversation if Coleman is out.