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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 7 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 7 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Odell Beckham, WR, Cleveland Browns

Beckham left Sunday’s game against the Bengals with a knee injury in the first quarter. He suffered the injury when he attempted to tackle a defender who intercepted Baker Mayfield’s pass, and he did not return to the game. After the game, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the injury is feared to be serious and that Beckham will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for the MRI results to know the true severity of the injury, but early indications suggest that it could sideline him for an extended period of time. If that ends up being the case, then Jarvis Landry would become the team’s No. 1 receiver, with Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones also likely to play a majority of offensive snaps. Landry has been disappointing so far this season, but Beckham’s likely absence puts him back in the top-30 conversation, making him a solid flex option going forward. Higgins, who caught all six of his targets for 110 yards against the Bengals, could also be worth a look in deeper leagues, although it’s unlikely that he’ll be much more than a top-50 play most weeks. Peoples-Jones caught the game-winning touchdown on Sunday, but he’s likely to trail Landry and Higgins in snaps and targets, so he’s best left on waivers.

 

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Drake left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury on a 4th-and-1 conversion, and he remained on the ground for a minute or two. He had to be helped off the field and subsequently carted to the locker room, and he was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game. The Cardinals have not provided any further updates on the injury.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for more information to know the exact severity of the injury, but Drake’s inability to walk on his own certainly casts doubt on his future availability. The Cardinals have a bye in Week 8, so there’s a chance that the extra rest could help Drake get back on the field, but it’s probably best to prepare for the possibility of an extended absence. If Drake is out for the foreseeable future, then Chase Edmonds would be the unquestioned starter, as no other Cardinals running back has even touched the ball this season. Edmonds is a bit undersized to be a workhorse back, but he has been impressive when called upon, especially in the passing game. Consider him a top-15 option for as long as Drake is out.

 

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Carson left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a foot injury in the first quarter. It’s unclear how he suffered the injury, but he was listed as questionable to return, and he never re-entered the game. After the game, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reported that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Carson needs an MRI to look at a midfoot sprain.

Impact

The MRI should tell us if Carson indeed suffered a midfoot sprain, which would certainly put his short-term availability in question. If Carson’s injury is bad enough to sideline him for Week 8 against the 49ers, then Carlos Hyde would be the presumptive starter, although Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas could also be involved. Hyde was impressive on Sunday after Carson left the game, rushing 15 times for 68 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for two weeks. The 49ers present a much tougher matchup than the Cardinals, but Hyde should still be considered a top-20 option if Carson can’t play. Meanwhile, Homer and Dallas aren’t likely to be used enough to warrant starting consideration.

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.