It wasn’t the worst week for injuries, but the Packers — who already lost their star quarterback — could now be without their top two running backs as well. Green Bay eked out a tough road win, but it could be tough sledding for them going forward. Hopefully your team has survived this season with fewer injuries than the Packers, but if not, there should still be some opportunities to find value on the waiver wire. Here’s the rundown of this week’s major injuries, along with the fantasy impact:
Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery, RBs, Green Bay Packers
Jones left Sunday’s game against the Bears with a knee injury in the first quarter, eventually getting carted off the field and being ruled out for the game. Montgomery then stepped in as the lead back for the Packers, but he also suffered an injury when he took a shot to the ribs in the second quarter. Jones will undergo an MRI today.
We will have to wait for further testing before we know whether either running back will miss time, but if they’re both sidelined in the future, fourth-round rookie Jamaal Williams will step in as the lead back. With a 3.3 yards per carry clip this season, Williams has been an inefficient runner for Green Bay. Still, he’s likely to see a lot of volume if Jones and Montgomery are both ruled out next week, so he’s worth a pickup and could be in the FLEX conversation going forward.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Freeman left Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with a head injury in the first quarter, and he did not return to the game. He was originally listed as questionable to return, but he was later ruled out with a concussion.
Freeman’s future availability will now depend on his ability to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol. If he is forced to miss time, Tevin Coleman will step in as the workhorse running back. Coleman is likely rostered in most leagues, but he would be a clear Top-15 option at the position if Freeman can’t go.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
Fuller left Sunday’s game against the Rams with a rib injury in the first half. He was helped off the field and went to the locker room before eventually being ruled out.
Fuller’s prognosis is unclear at this point, so you’ll want to keep an eye on Houston’s practice reports this week. If Fuller is forced to miss time, Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller would likely see more playing time. Neither player would be a great start, but Ellington — who finished with four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s game — would have some deep-league appeal. Ellington has played more snaps this season than any Texans receiver outside of DeAndre Hopkins, and his burst and quickness in space make him an intriguing option. He should only be considered in deep PPR leagues, but he should be serviceable as a bye week fill-in if Fuller is out.
Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins
Kelley left Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a knee/ankle injury in the first quarter. He was originally listed as questionable to return, but he was later downgraded to doubtful. He will undergo an MRI today.
It has been a rough season for Kelley, who has suffered three different injuries that have kept him out of game action. We will need to wait for his MRI results before we know if his future availability is at risk, but either way, it would be difficult to trust him in your lineup with his current inefficiency and the multitude of injuries that have affected Washington’s offensive line. If Kelley can’t play, Samaje Perine would step in as the team’s early-down bruiser, but his 3.2 yards per carry clip and overall lack of wiggle make him nothing more than a deep-league add. Chris Thompson, on the other hand, would continue to be an RB2 in standard leagues and a borderline RB1 in PPR formats.