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.
1. In today and gone tomorrow - The biggest injuries of Week 13
• Bengals RB Joe Mixon got knocked out of with a concussion and is in danger of missing Week 14 due to concussion protocol. Gio Bernard becomes a potential heavy workload back with Jeremy Hill already out for the season.
• Eagles TE Zach Ertz is also in concussion protocol and that has his owners in desperate need of a replacement. Trey Burton will fill the roll but he’s not an equal swamp.
• Lions QB Matthew Stafford hurt his throwing hand but it was thankfully not broken. However it is sore and is questionable for Week 14. Jake Rudock would replace him if he can’t go and that would downgrade the Lions’ chances of hanging in the playoff race as well as all of the fantasy players on the Lions offense.
• Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was carted off into the locker room in the fourth quarter and owners need to plan for an alternative in Week 14.
• Ravens CB Jimmy Smith tore his Achilles Tendon Sunday, and was having a great season, pushing the Baltimore secondary into the elite status. However he had two straight weeks of subpar play due to this injury getting worse and finally, it gave way and this alters our view on the Ravens DEF moving forward.
• The same could be said about the Bills CB Tre’Davious White who got a cheap shot elbow drop from Rob Gronkowski and is now in concussion protocol. White is having a splendid rookie season but the Bills secondary will miss him if he can’t go this week. Another Bills CB Leonard Johnson suffered a knee injury.
• Another CB in protocol is Titans’ top cornerback Logan Ryan. Already a vulnerable secondary, they could be even weaker this Sunday.
• Keep an eye on Dak Prescott who bruised his hand. He is not expected to miss any time but it’s something that could be a development over time.
2. The growing problem of owning Drew Brees
The shift in strategy and building a game plan around Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara has Drew Brees owners wondering what they have headed into the playoffs. What you don’t have is an elite quarterback anymore who is going to put up three touchdowns and 300-plus yards. In fact, he’s thrown for three just once this season and has just three 300-yard games. He’s playing well, he’s just not putting up elite stats anymore and he doesn’t have to with the way his backfield is playing. Just know you may have to compensate with the Saints schedule facing the Falcons twice in three weeks, sandwiching the Jets underrated defense.