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 9 - 2017
1. Jameis Winston re-aggravates his shoulder injury and the rest of the Week 9 injuries.
Winston got hit by Saints DE Alex Okafor and re-aggravated his shoulder injury that first occurred in Week 6. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced him for the remainder of the game and will be a comparable replacement. The flow of the offense shouldn’t change too much as Fitz has given Winston a spell in Week 6 and the offense did not skip a beat. There is a greater risk for turnovers. The ugliest injury of the week has to go to Winston’s teammate, DE William Gholston who was carried off in a stretcher after suffering a neck injury that kept him out of for the rest of the game.
• Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy suffered a groin injury, further muddling the latest shuffling of who will be Seattle’s lead back.
• Redskins TE Jordan Reed left his Week 8 contest with a sore hamstring. Water is wet, the sky is blue, Jordan Reed is hurt again, what else is new? If this injury holds up then Vernon Davis is the TE1 in reserve waiting.
• Cowboys WR Dez Bryant left Sunday’s game with the Chiefs in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
• Jets WR Jeremy Kerley left the Thursday night game early with an ankle injury. He was developing good rhythm with Josh McCown. If sidelined, more attention will be given to Robby Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
• After catching his first touchdown, Bills WR Zay Jones injured his right leg after being tripped. He’ll be day-to-day until it’s evaluated this week.
• Broncos RB C.J. Anderson’s ben his leg awkwardly in a pile up in the first quarter. He left the game under his own power and returned to the game before halftime.
• Texans TE Ryan Griffin suffered a concussion and will be in protocol this week.
• The 49ers were the hardest hit by injuries losing TE George Kittle early in the game with a leg injury but returned after his replacement Cole Hukutini suffered a knee injury. LB Reuben Foster got a leg injury trying to make a stop on Cards’ RB Adrian Peterson. Foster left the field on his own. Safety Jaquiski Tartt hurt his arm in the sequent quarter and it wound up being a broken arm and the young safety in his third season is done for the year.
2. Just remember, that’s Brissett, not BBQ Brisket
Just because Brissett threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, doesn’t mean that everyone should be rushing out to see if he can be your new starting quarterback. He’s had four games of note. Against the Browns on September 24 where he threw for 259 yards, threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more. He threw for 314 yards against the 49ers on October 8 with one rushing touchdown. In Week 8, Brissett threw for 233 and two touchdowns against the Bengals.
Of those performances, he was 3-1 and beat teams that he should have. The Browns, 49ers and the Texans who without Deshaun Watson hiding the glaring holes on defense are a shell of what they were in the month of October. Brissett beating up teams that he’s supposed to is a good thing. That means there’s something to build on. He’s worth at least a streaming start against weak teams, but there are very few of those left on his schedule. With the Steelers, Titans, Jaguars, Bills, and Broncos up next, the first real break Brissett has is against the Texans again in Week 17.