5. Donte Moncrief-WR-Indianapolis Colts
Donte Moncrief sustained one of the more unusual fantasy football injuries so far this season when he was forced to leave the team’s Week 2 contest in Denver with what turned out to be a broken scapula. The scapula is more commonly known as the shoulder blade, and it’s a pretty tough bone to break. Also… ouch.
Moncrief looked to be set up for a breakout campaign as he was working well with the returning Andrew Luck. The good news for Moncrief and his fantasy owners is that the injury doesn’t require surgery and won’t end his season.
Right now, it looks like he’ll be out 4-6 weeks and could return in time for the second half of your fantasy season. Moncrief was clearly the no. 2 receiver in Indy, and he should return to that role once he recovers.
Until Moncrief returns, the Colts will be a little thin at WR. Phillip Dorsett is a great waiver wire pickup and solid DFS play since he’ll become the starting WR. Dorsett has big-play potential every time he touches the ball, and maybe this opportunity will give him a chance to shine.
Quan Bray will also step up and play more snaps while Moncrief is out. If you’re in a deep league where Dorsett was probably already owned, Bray could be a nice flier pickup in his second year out of Auburn.
The other players who should get more usage as a result of Moncrief’s injuries are the Colts’ two tight ends. Dwayne Allen becomes a solid TE1 instead of just a fringe option, and Jack Doyle becomes a week-to-week flier consideration.