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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 10 Injury Report — Raiders In a Cooper Stupor

Week 9 wasn’t quite as catastrophic as Week 8, but owners of Dion Lewis and Ben Roethlisberger were left heartbroken and crying in a corner.

Lewis, the New England Patriots pass-catching back, was enjoying a career year (622 total yards, 4 TDs) prior to his season-ending ACL tear. It’s a sad story because he was truly breaking out after failing to play any games in the previous two seasons. He’ll look to come back next year but it won’t be easy, as he’s already dealt with a fractured fibula during his career.

The Patriots will likely turn to second-year back James White, with Brandon Bolden next in line. Is it possible they sign Pierre Thomas, who only managed four snaps last week before getting cut by the 49ers? That would be an interesting development. In all likelihood, this turns into the LeGarrette Blount show.

The Steelers were absolutely rolling last week with a healthy Roethlisberger. Big Ben seemingly found Antonio Brown on every play, and Brown finished with a team record 284 yards on 17 receptions. The QB has a mid-foot sprain that they hope will heal quickly and give him a chance to return after their bye next week. It’s a shame for fantasy owners because they’ve been waiting WEEKS to get the duo back, especially for Brown owners who languished as Michael Vick and Landry Jones turned him into mush.

Those are last week’s big injuries; now let’s discuss some ailing players heading into Week 10.

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

Sanders has found himself on the Broncos injury report a few times this season. Previously it was his shoulder, and now he’s dealing with an ankle injury. He’s one of those players that almost always plays unless the injury is really severe, so owners shouldn’t be TOO worried, but it’s still something to monitor. He’s a must-start if he plays, but the Chiefs have been tough against receivers over the last four weeks, allowing the 12th-fewest fantasy points in that span.

Amari Cooper, Raiders

In a surprising development, Raiders’ star rookie receiver Amari Cooper exited Wednesday’s practice with a quad injury. There’s still no word on the severity, but if Cooper sits it will be a tough blow for owners in the thick of the fantasy playoff race. The rookie out of Alabama has put together a fantastic first season, catching 45 passes for 653 yards and four touchdowns. The Raiders already have an extremely difficult matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, who are allowing the eighth-fewest points to WRs over the past four weeks. Only Alshon Jeffery and Keenan Allen have managed to surpass 100 yards against the Vikes’ defense this season. Derek Carr would also take a big hit if Cooper sits.

More Notes From the Training Table

Eddie Royal, Bears – Royal (knee) missed yet another practice Wednesday. He hasn’t played since Week 8 and looks to be headed for a doubtful tag this weekend. Marquess Wilson is the man who’s taken his place, but he’s done next to nothing every time Royal’s sat out this season. He’s not worth adding at this point.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers – Will we FINALLY see ASJ (shoulder) back on the field this week? It’s looking that way. He practiced last week but the Bucs decided to hold him out. He was still limited in Wednesday’s practice but is trending in the right direction. With Vincent Jackson (knee) expected to sit again, ASJ could be in for a heaping of targets as the Bucs’ only other legitimate receiving threat after Mike Evans.

Dexter McCluster, Titans – McCluster (ankle) sat out Wednesday’s practice and there should be more news released today regarding his injury. His availability isn’t a direct concern for fantasy owners, but if he were to sit out Sunday’s game against the Panthers, we could see the debut of rookie David Cobb. Cobb has been on the IR all season with a calf injury, but the team activated him on Wednesday and he could take on a role this Sunday if McCluster is ruled out. A fifth-round pick out of the University of Minnesota, Cobb looked good in training camp before suffering an injury that would sideline him for the first nine weeks of the season.

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