Recapping the Injuries week 11 2018
Unfortunately, injuries are part of Football and pretty much every week, players go down. This week was no different. At times, some of the injuries are minor, while at others it can impact a player for multiple weeks, and even for the entire season.
Fantasy owners who lost players that are expected to miss significant time, adjustments need to be made, and the waiver wire will be your best friend.
With that said, let’s take a look at some of this week’s injuries and the impact of the injury.
Alex Smith – Redskins: Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury and was carted off of the field. He suffered a compound fracture, which is when the bone breaks through the skin and underwent surgery on Sunday. He is done for the season and has a lengthy recovery ahead. Colt McCoy is expected to replace Smith in the starting and Washington also added Mark Sanchez who will work as McCoy’s backup.
Marcus Mariota – Titans: Mariota left Sunday’s game after sustaining an elbow injury and never returned. On Monday it was announced that he suffered a stinger and is not expected to miss any time. It is a situation worth keeping a close eye on throughout the week, but barring any setbacks, he should be on the field in Week 12. Blaine Gabbert would get the start should Mariota miss any time.
Kerryon Johnson – Lions: Johnson suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Panthers. It was later announced that he avoided a serious injury and that he is dealing with a sprained knee. He is listed as week to week and it would not be surprising to see him miss some time. Detroit will likely run a committee with LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner during Johnson's absence.
Brandon LaFell – Raiders: LaFell exited Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with an Achilles injury. On Monday the team announced that he tore his Achilles and he was placed on the injured reserve, ending his season. The Raiders are extremely thin at wide receiver at this time. Seth Roberts, Jared Cook, and Jalen Richard will all likely see a boost in workload moving forward.
Jimmy Graham – Packers: Graham fractured his thumb in Thursday night’s game against the Seahawks. Initial reports suggested he would miss some time, but Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that Graham will attempt to play in Week 12. Whether or not he plays, remains to be know, but even if he plays, Graham would be a risky start cause of the injury, as we will not really know how effective he can be. It is a situation worth monitoring.