Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 10 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Brees suffered a rib injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the 49ers. He sustained the injury when he took a hard hit from defensive end Kentavius Street, but he remained in the game for the rest of the second quarter. However, he did not return to the game in the third quarter, and he ended up sitting out for the entire second half. After the game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Brees will undergo an MRI, while ESPN’s Mike Triplett reported that he plans to take it day by day and will do everything he can to be ready for Week 11.
We’ll have to wait for the MRI results to give us a true injury timetable, but it seems that Brees may have avoided major injury. Still, his inability to play in the second half is concerning, so this is a situation that should be monitored closely. If Brees is unable to play against the Falcons in Week 11, then Jameis Winston is likely to be under center, although Taysom Hill could also get increased snaps at quarterback. It’s difficult to project what the Saints offense would look like in this scenario, but Winston proved in Tampa Bay that he is capable of sustaining multiple receivers in fantasy, provided that head coach Sean Payton will let him sling it. Despite a frustrating season, Michael Thomas should still be considered a top-10 option regardless of the quarterback, and Emmanuel Sanders remains in the top-40 conversation due to the good matchup. Winston, himself, would be a streaming option because of the matchup, but his bust potential would place him outside the top-12 quarterbacks.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers
Bridgewater left Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a right knee injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury when he endured a low sack from defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, and he hobbled off the field, eventually walking to the locker room. He was initially listed as doubtful to return, and he did not re-enter the game. After the game, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Bridgewater will undergo an MRI on Monday, although NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the injury is not initially believed to be serious.
The general sense around Bridgewater’s injury seems to be positive at the moment, and his inability to return to the game could have been due to the fact that the Panthers had no chance of winning when he exited. Nevertheless, knee injuries are always concerning, so you should reserve judgement until the MRI results come in. If those results indicate that Bridgewater will be sidelined for Week 11, then P.J. Walker would likely get the start against the Lions, although the Panthers might opt to put Will Grier under center instead. It’s probably safe to say that either quarterback would be a downgrade from Bridgewater, but maybe some of Walker’s XFL magic could translate to NFL success. Carolina’s wideouts would be much riskier starts without Bridgewater, but D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson are good enough players to be considered top-35 options with a backup quarterback throwing to them.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Stafford injured his right thumb in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against Washington. He appeared to sustain the injury when he was sacked by linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, but the trainers taped his thumb after the offensive series, and he managed to play through the injury for the rest of the game. Multiple reports suggest that Stafford will undergo X-rays on his thumb.
It’s concerning that the injury occurred on Stafford’s throwing hand, but it’s also encouraging that he was able to play one of his best games of the season despite the injury. Still, you should look out for the X-ray results and monitor the injury reports to see how he is trending for Week 11. If the injury ends up sidelining Stafford for that game against the Panthers, then Chase Daniel would become the team’s starting quarterback. That development would throw cold water on the entire Lions offense, but D’Andre Swift, T.J. Hockenson, and Marvin Jones (if Kenny Golladay is out) would still be in the starting conversation. If Stafford is out, you can still consider Swift a top-20 running back, Hockenson a top-10 tight end, and Jones a top-35 receiver — although none would have the upside that they normally possess with Stafford.