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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 10 Injury Fallout

Here’s a list of all the fantasy-relevant Week 10 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons 

Freeman left Sunday’s game against the Saints with an ankle injury. He played the entire first half, but he did not return for the second half. He was initially listed as questionable to return, but he was later ruled out for the game.


The Falcons haven’t provided any additional information on Freeman’s injury at this point, so you’ll need to look out for updates. If Freeman is forced to miss time, then third-year back Brian Hill will likely be the starter, although Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison could also get some work. With Freeman sidelined for half of the game, Hill ended up with 20 carries for 61 yards against the Saints, and he also hauled in a 10-yard touchdown reception. His high-volume day was partially the result of the Falcons leading for most of the game, which isn’t something you can necessarily count on from a 2-7 team. Still, Hill looked capable when called upon, and a good Week 11 matchup against the Panthers would make him a top-30 play if Freeman is out.


Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

Barkley left Sunday’s game against the Jets on a couple of occasions — once to get his right shoulder checked and another time after grabbing his left leg — but he ended up finishing the game. Nevertheless, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur stated that Barkley was “banged up” in the game, and reporters spotted Barkley entering the X-ray room afterward.


At this point, we don’t know what the X-rays were for, nor do we know if Barkley is even dealing with an actual injury. The only thing we can do right now is wait for an update. The good news for Barkley is that the Giants have a Week 11 bye, so he’ll have extra time to get healthy before the next game. If he ends up missing Week 12 against the Bears, then third-year back Wayne Gallman would be the starter. Gallman isn’t anything close to the superstar that Barkley is, but volume alone would put him in the flex conversation if Barkley can’t play.


Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Hooper left Sunday’s game against the Saints with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury when linebacker Demario Davis tackled him low. Hooper limped off the field and was listed as questionable to return, but he did not come back into the game.


Hooper appeared to be experiencing some discomfort following the hit, so this injury is definitely worth monitoring. However, it’s also possible that the Falcons wanted to be cautious with their productive tight end. For now, all we can do is keep an eye on the injury reports to see if Hooper practices throughout the week. If he is unable to suit up for Week 11 against the Panthers, Luke Stocker and Jaeden Graham would be the next men up at tight end for Atlanta. Neither player is worth an add in fantasy though, as they have combined for just eight catches this season.


Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions

Johnson left Sunday’s game against the Bears with a head injury in the first quarter. He was initially listed as questionable to return, but he was later ruled out with a concussion.


This development presumably puts Johnson in the NFL’s concussion protocol, which he will have to clear if he hopes to play in Week 11. If he is unable to get back on the field for that game, then J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins will most likely split the backfield work. McKissic led the team in carries and receptions against the Bears, although that still only resulted in 55 yards from scrimmage. Nevertheless, McKissic has looked like the best Lions running back since Kerryon Johnson went on IR, and his receiving chops would make him a decent flex play in PPR leagues if Ty Johnson is out.

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.