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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 8 Injury Fallout

Week 8 started off with a major injury on Thursday night, but thankfully things got better, as the Sunday games yielded no serious injuries to fantasy-relevant players (based on current information). Still, a few players got banged up, so we’re here to give you the rundown. Here’s everything we know about this week’s injuries, including the fantasy impact:

Will Fuller, WR, Houston

Fuller left Thursday’s game against Miami with a right knee injury in the fourth quarter. He injured the knee when he was attempting to make a catch in the end zone, and he did not return to the game. After Fuller underwent an MRI on Friday, the team confirmed that he tore his ACL. He will have surgery this week and is expected to be sidelined for six to nine months.

Impact

Fuller’s recovery timeline indicates that he will miss the rest of the season, which is a tough break for the third-year wideout, who now has 11 touchdowns in 11 games with Deshaun Watson. This is also a big blow for Houston, who will likely elevate rookie Keke Coutee to full-time starter status. Like Fuller, Coutee is a bit of an undersized speedster who is great at getting separation, so he may get a chance to fill the same role. Coutee’s best performance of the season (11 catches on 15 targets for 109 yards) came in Week 4 against Indianapolis, when Fuller left early due to injury. It’s probably too much to expect Coutee to be a one-for-one replacement for Fuller at this point in his career, but the combination of talent and opportunity should give him WR3 value with WR2 upside, assuming that he’ll be fully recovered from the minor hamstring injury that he’s been dealing with.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati

Green left Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay in the fourth quarter. After making the catch that set up the game-winning field goal, he jogged to the sideline to have his toe/foot examined. Cincinnati has not yet released any further information.

Impact

The exact nature of Green’s injury is unclear at this time, so we’ll have to wait for more information to know if this is something to be concerned about. Green did miss three games in 2014 due to a turf toe injury, so this is definitely worth monitoring. Fortunately, Cincinnati has a bye week in Week 9, so Green will have some extra time to heal. If he is forced to miss Week 10 against New Orleans, then Tyler Boyd would become the team’s No. 1 receiver. While Boyd’s target volume would increase in this scenario, he would also see tougher coverage (Marshon Lattimore, in this case), so he would remain a WR2. If Green is out and John Ross is able to return from his groin injury in Week 10, Ross could also be an intriguing option against a vulnerable New Orleans secondary. Still, he would be a boom-or-bust play who is best-suited for deep leagues.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City

Hill left Sunday’s game against Denver with a groin injury late in the fourth quarter. After the game, head coach Andy Reid said that Hill strained his groin.

Impact

Kansas City has not yet given any other updates regarding Hill’s injury, so we don’t know the seriousness of it at this point. If Hill is forced to miss Week 9 against Cleveland, then Sammy Watkins would become the team’s No. 1 receiver, with Chris Conley being the likely starter opposite him. Watkins had his best game of the season (eight catches on nine targets for 107 yards and 2 TD) on Sunday, and the Kansas City offense is potent enough to make him a WR2 consideration if Hill is out. Conley’s production is harder to predict, so he should only be considered as a deep-league dart throw.

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.