Welcome to Bruno Boys Ernie’s fantasy football week in review, a weekly installment where he summarizes the aftermath of the past Thursday and Sunday games, but more importantly makes 10 observations and their lasting fantasy impact.
Week 10 - 2017
With the big bye weeks behind us, we had an interesting Week 10 where the contenders and pretenders drifted further apart and a handful of teams showed that just because they’re down, they’re not out. We got a few more big injuries which have changed the fantasy landscape for the better and the worse. Let’s take a look back at what tidbits of information Week 10 taught us.
1. Injuries mount up in Green Bay and the rest of the key Week 10 injuries.
Packers RB Aaron Jones was carted off with a knee injury against the Bears. It was later revealed that Jones has an MCL injury and will miss a minimum of three weeks, and potentially up to six weeks. That bit of bad news looked to benefit RB/WR Ty Montgomery who had a breakout game, but re-aggravated a rib injury he sustained earlier in the season. There’s no timetable on Montgomery, but the next man up is Jamaal Williams who needs to take some big leaps in being able to fill the hole left behind Jones and Montgomery. Without a proper run game, Brett Hundley’s progress as the Packers’ starting quarterback could be even slower.
• Falcons RB Devonta Freeman took a big hit to knock him out of the game on Sunday, and is now on concussion protocol and is looking like he’ll miss Week 11. Tevin Coleman owners, you know what to do.
• Texans WR Will Fuller might have re-aggravated a rib injury from earlier in the season after taking a big hit by Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner. He was already on the steep decline without Deshaun Watson but this injury makes him droppable.
• Colts QB Jacoby Brissett suffered a concussion and is now locked in protocol. Scott Tolzien replaced him for only one series during the game but we shall see if he misses time.
• Browns QB DeShone Kizer left the game with the Lions after taking a big hit in the third quarter from Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs. Cody Kessler filled in and will be the starter for yet another change at signal caller for Cleveland. Even more damaging for the Browns though is losing Jamie Collins whose knee bent badly trying to make a tackle and will now miss the rest of the season with an MCL injury. This will impact their run defense greatly.
• Adding insult to injury in Arizona, Cardinals QB Drew Stanton sprained his knee and will miss 1-2 games. Blaine Gabbert is the new starter unless Stanton can quickly recover.
• Steeler’s CB Joe Haden fell badly on his left leg in a collision with Donte Moncrief; it was later revealed that he broke his fibula and is out indefinitely, downgrading the Steeler’s secondary some.
• Redskins RB Rob Kelley crumpled up after a pileup and will miss multiple games thanks to a knee and ankle injury.
• Bengals top cornerback Adam Jones suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter and missed the rest of the game. He is now in protocol.
• Let’s not forget one last CB, Seahawks’ Richard Sherman who suffered a non-contact season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon and is out for the rest of the season. Sherman is Seattle’s best cornerback and a big part of the Legion of Boom. Newly acquired left tackle Duane Brown left the game with an ankle injury and did not return.
2. Cowboys are in deep trouble
One last big injury from Week 10 is Cowboys LB Sean Lee, who was the latest domino to fall for the Cowboys suffering a hamstring injury and his presence was greatly noticeable in the blowout loss to Atlanta. He is going to miss at least two games. Of course before the game, the Cowboys were dealing with losing many key parts including starting tailback Ezekiel Elliott who will miss at least three more games before he gets another hearing. The biggest injury and loss was left tackle Tyron Smith (groin) and the Falcons’ Adrian Clayborn lit up Smith’s replacement Chaz Green for six sacks! Dak Prescott was sacked eight times total and they ditched the run game early.
Alfred Morris had 53 carries but just 11 carries. He was given the ball six times in the first half, so it’s hard to evaluable Zeke’s replacements during his suspension. Unless Smith can come back, the Cowboys are acing aggressive defenses over the next two weeks with the Eagles and Chargers. Weeks 16 (Seahawks) and 17 (Eagles) won’t be pretty either. The NFC East title will probably hinge on this week’s matchup but if the team doesn’t have at least Smith back in the fold soon, Dallas could be out of the playoff picture all together.
Week 11 could be a bad matchup for the Cowboys across the board and even more depending on what the Cowboys are able to fix.