We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
The injuries mounted Sunday. The quarterback position was not immune to the bad news. Adam Schefter was one of the first to tweet an update on San Francisco quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, “49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain today.” Expect Nick Mullins to see extended action leading the depleted San Francisco offense. We lowered Garoppolo in the dynasty rankings due to his middling play and the injury gives Mullins an opportunity to seize the starting role.
Drew Lock was another quarterback who went down Sunday. He has a shoulder injury and is expected to miss a few weeks. Lock was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Driskel. Driskel is a middle-of-the-road backup and offers little upside for the Broncos against a tough schedule. Lock went down on his 13th snap. Driskel played the remaining 64, completing 18 of 34 passes for 256 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) will miss two to six weeks with a sprained AC joint. Given the lack of passing-game options for Denver, Driskel should be considered an add in only the deepest of SuperFlex leagues. On the severity of Lock’s injury, beat writer Mike Klis tweeted, “Per sources: Relatively good news on QB Drew Lock: He does have rotator/labral issue in the back of his shoulder. Out 2-6 weeks. #9sports.” His return might be dependent on the team’s success … or lack thereof at that time.
Fantasy players were shocked to see Tyrod Taylor inactive Sunday afternoon against the Chiefs. Rookie Justin Herbert played well, making some mistakes, but showing that the moment was not too big for him. On Monday, Adam Schefter tweeted an update, “Chargers’ QB Tyrod Taylor is considered week to week with the chest injury that prevented him from playing Sunday, per source. So Chargers unsure of who their QB will be Sunday against Carolina.” Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday afternoon, “#Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor missed Sunday’s game because he experienced complications from a pregame injection that was administered to address a rib injury, per me and @MikeGarafolo. His status for this Sunday is not yet clear. But that’s why Justin Herbert was called upon.” We cannot imagine the Chargers coaches going back to Taylor at this juncture but we will never understand the loyalty some coaches feel towards veterans.