4 Things You Need to Know, Week 10

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Week 10. Wow. Watch out, guys — we’re approaching fantasy playoff season. Batten. Down. The. Hatches. And read up — you should know these things.

1 I really thought last week would be the last time I’d be writing about Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott this fantasy season, but it turns out he was granted a temporary administrative stay on his suspension last week, and he ended up playing. But — BUT! — I feel pretty confident that I can finally say Elliott won’t be on this column again until Week 14. ESPN reports that after a court hearing this afternoon, Elliott’s six-game suspension will begin this week, and he won’t have another day in court until Dec. 4 — so he’ll likely be suspended at least four games, if not all six.

2 Tight end Martellus Bennett was dropped by the Green Bay Packers Wednesday and promptly picked up off the waiver wire by his former team, the New England Patriots, according to ESPN. The Packers reportedly dropped Bennett because of failure to disclose an injury. Bennett announced late last month on Instagram that this season would likely be his last in the NFL. The tight end, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots last season, has an animation side hustle, writes children’s books and designs children’s clothes inspired by his young daughter. I’m personally a huge fan of his Twitter account. Anyway, Bennett might be worth an add if he’s a free agent in your league — though bear in mind that Tom Brady’s favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, is healthy right now, so Bennett might not see a ton of play. But also remember that Gronk can be a little injury prone.

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is out for at least two weeks with a shoulder injury, per ESPN. He’s been iffy the past two weeks, exiting the Week 9 game against the New Orleans Saints early, but it looks like the shoulder injury he’s been battling has bested him. Look for an alternate option to get your team through the next couple of weeks — and, honestly, with Winston’s unreliable fantasy production the past few weeks, I wouldn’t trust him for your playoff bid, either, even if his shoulder heals up all right. For other injury news, check out this list of inactive players — and, as always, if you need a last-minute pickup to cope, check out our rankings before you make any roster moves.

4 Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been reactivated after dislocating his knee so badly in a 2016 preseason practice that none of his teammates would describe the injury out loud. Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford will be heading to the injured reserve to make room for Bridgewater on the roster. Quarterback Case Keenum, who’s been starting since Bradford went down with a knee injury earlier in the season, is expected to start this week, with Bridgewater serving as his backup, according to ESPN. We’ll see if that dynamic shifts in the upcoming weeks — Bridgewater played like a superstar in the 2015-2016 season, but he hasn’t played in an NFL game since then and a serious knee injury can really impact quality of play. Keep an eye on him moving forward.

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