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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 6 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 6 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Sanders left Sunday’s game against the Ravens with a knee injury in the third quarter. He appeared to suffer the injury when he was tackled awkwardly at the end of a long run. He was initially listed as questionable to return, but he was later ruled out for the remainder of the game. After the game, Jay Glazer of Fox NFL Sunday reported that Sanders will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for the MRI results to know the severity of the injury, but Glazer indicated that the Eagles have some concern about Sanders’ knee. The Eagles also have a short turnaround for Thursday Night Football this week, which could make it difficult for him to get back on the field. If Sanders can’t play in that game, then Boston Scott would be the team’s starter, although Corey Clement would also be involved. Scott is an undersized running back who hasn’t done much in his limited role this season, but he can be a dynamic player when he finds some space. If Sanders is out, you can consider Scott a top-25 option in a decent Week 7 matchup against the Giants. Clement is best left on waivers. 

 

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz left Sunday’s game against the Ravens with a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury when he got tangled up with a defender, and he tried to return to the game before he was ultimately ruled out. After the game, Jay Glazer of Fox NFL Sunday reported that Ertz will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Impact

As with Sanders, we won’t know the severity of the injury until the MRI results come in, and a quick turnaround for Thursday Night Football could hinder Ertz’s chances of suiting up. With Dallas Goedert unlikely to be activated from IR in advance of Thursday’s game, Ertz’s potential absence would open the door for Richard Rodgers to be the team’s No. 1 tight end. Rodgers doesn’t have the athleticism of Goedert or the route-running ability of Ertz, but he could see enough volume to sneak his way into fantasy relevance. Still, the Giants have defended tight ends well this season, leaving Rodgers outside of the top 15.

 

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Mostert left Sunday’s game against the Rams with an ankle injury at the end of the second quarter. He returned to the game for one play early in the third quarter, but he exited again after that and was officially ruled out. After the game, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that more information about the injury would be available on Monday.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for the team to update us on the injury, but for now, it appears that Mostert’s Week 7 status may be in question. If he is unable to play in that game against the Patriots, then Jerick McKinnon could become the team’s main back again, much like he was when Mostert was sidelined with a knee sprain. However, JaMycal Hasty was the running back who saw the most touches after Mostert left Sunday’s game, and it’s also possible that Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson could return from injury this week. If they don’t return, then you can feel comfortable rolling out McKinnon as a top-20 option, but if one or both comes back, then the backfield touches would be hard to predict. For now, all you can do is monitor the situation and hope that we get more clarity over the course of the week. 

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.