It wasn’t a terrible week for injuries, but there were a handful of receivers and quarterbacks who got banged up. Here’s everything we know about this week’s injuries, along with the fantasy impact:
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp left Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a left knee injury in the second quarter. He suffered the injury when safety Darian Stewart dragged him down with a horse-collar tackle, causing his knee to bend awkwardly. After being carted to the locker room, Kupp briefly returned for the second half, but he was quickly removed from the game as he was still bothered by the injury.
It’s unclear if this injury will force Kupp to miss time, but it seems like a legitimate possibility, given how much pain he appeared to be in. If he sits out, then second-year receiver Josh Reynolds would take his place in the lineup, although Reynolds wouldn’t see enough work to be a reliable fantasy option. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods could see a slight uptick in targets, but they would remain high-end WR2s since they are already so involved in the offense.
Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu, WRs, Atlanta Falcons
In Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, Ridley suffered an ankle injury and Sanu suffered a hip injury. Ridley was ruled out for the rest of the game, while Sanu was listed as questionable to return, although he did not re-enter the game. Ridley was able to walk on his ankle after the game, but he will still undergo an MRI on Monday.
The severity of either player’s injury is unknown at this point, so we’ll have to wait for more information this week. Unfortunately, the Falcons play on Monday night in Week 7, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan in case one or both receivers are questionable heading into the weekend. If Ridley or Sanu is forced to miss that game, then fourth-year receiver Justin Hardy would be next in line to start, with third-year wideout Marvin Hall also seeing added snaps. Neither player has shown enough to warrant starting consideration in fantasy, although Hardy — who got seven targets against the Buccaneers — would be the preferred option if you’re desperate. Austin Hooper, who hauled in nine catches for 70+ yards for the second consecutive game on Sunday, would probably be the biggest beneficiary if Ridley or Sanu sits, making him a fringe TE1 against the Giants.
Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets
Enunwa left Sunday’s game against the Colts with a right ankle injury in the second quarter. After getting tackled and fumbling the ball, he came up limping and was taken to the locker room. He did not return to the game, and he will undergo an MRI on Monday.
We won’t know the severity of the injury until the MRI results come in, but Enunwa’s inability to re-enter the game is certainly concerning. Enunwa had twice as many targets as every other Jets receiver coming into this game, so it’s difficult to project how those targets will be redistributed if he is forced to miss time. However, Terrelle Pryor also suffered an injury against the Colts, so Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse could see a serious uptick in targets if both Enunwa and Pryor are out next week. Still, Anderson and Kearse would only be WR4 options in a tough matchup against the Vikings.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
Cooper left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks after taking a big hit from safety Bradley McDougald in the second quarter. He remained on the ground for several minutes before being assisted to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. He was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Cooper will now have to clear the concussion protocol to return to game action, but Oakland’s Week 7 bye will afford him some extra time to recover. If he is unable to clear the protocol by Week 8, then Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook, Martavis Bryant, and Seth Roberts (who also left the game to be evaluated for a concussion) could all see added usage. It’s difficult to trust anyone in this struggling passing game, but positional scarcity should keep Cook in the low-end TE1 conversation, while Nelson can be a boom-or-bust flex option.