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What to do with Matt Ryan, Adam Thielen, Kerryon Johnson on injury report

The NFL injury report is loaded with big names following Week 7. We break down the fantasy football implications as you consider Week 8 waiver wire options.

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Dante Fowler hits Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan knocking the ball loose during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Will Fuller injury update 10/21, 1:10 p.m.

Fuller injured his hamstring in Week 7 and it is a serious injury, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. The MRI results indicate Fuller is likely to miss several weeks with the injury. In his absence, Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee should see more work opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

Matt Ryan injury update 10/21, 7:11 a.m.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He limped off the field and to the locker room, and was later seen wearing a walking boot. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but the Falcons do not think the injury is serious. Matt Schaub replaced Ryan and would take first team snaps if Ryan did have to miss any time.

Every week brings significant injuries in the NFL, but Week 7 is taking things to a whole new level. The past couple weeks the report has been relatively light, all things considered. This week, it is loaded with big names at the skill positions.

We’ve still got the second half of the late afternoon games, and Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football to go, so this list could grow. But in the meantime, it’s time to start considering your waiver wire options for Week 8 of your fantasy football leagues. Below is a rundown of notable injuries, and who stands to benefit as you consider what to do with your waiver wire priority.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

This season has been a disaster for the Atlanta Falcons, and Sunday Week 7 put the crappy cherry on top. In the fourth quarter of an ugly loss, Aaron Donald sacked Ryan. The veteran quarterback came up hobbled and walked back to the locker room with a serious limp. The Falcons eventually announced he would not return with an ankle injury. Matt Schaub took over and while he did manage a touchdown after six straight completions for 65 yards, it’s not pretty. Schaub is not a fantasy option if Ryan is going to miss any time.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen scored the Vikings first touchdown of the game on a beautiful diving catch in the first quarter, but injured his hamstring in the process. He was seen trying to loosen it up shortly after exiting the medical tent, but it didn’t work and he was eventually ruled out. Thielen spoke to the media after the game and said he will get an MRI on Monday, but is optimistic he’ll plan on Thursday, according to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero.

Stefon Diggs had a big game after Thielen left, finishing with seven receptions for 142 yards. Tight end Irv Smith was the unexpected pass catcher to step up in Thielen’s absence, finishing the game with five receptions for 60 yards. Wide receiver Bisi Johnson finished the game with four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions

Johnson injured his knee midway through Sunday’s game and was eventually ruled out. He finished the game with five rushes for 23 yards and no catches on one target. Ty Johnson replaced him as the starting back, rushing ten times for 29 yards and four receptions for 28 yards. J.D. McKissic had five rushes for 29 yards and two receptions for 31 yards. The Lions face a bad Giants defense in Week 8, and Ty Johnson would have some solid value if he got the start.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

Fuller suffered a hamstring injury early in the game against the Colts and left having caught one pass for six yards. Kenny Stills stepped up in Fuller’s absence, finishing the game with four receptions for 105 yards. DeAndre Hopkins led the team with nine receptions, 106 yards and a touchdown, and Keke Coutee added three receptions for 25 yards. If Fuller misses any time, Stills is an intriguing add.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

This injury happened on Thursday Night Football, but it’s part of the overall Week 7 injury report. Mahomes suffered a dislocated knee cap, but the team is optimistic he can return in the next month. Matt Moore will start in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers. Given the Packers solid pass defense and then an inconsistent but talented Vikings pass defense in Week 9, Moore is not a good add at this point.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

Walker entered the game questionable with an ankle injury, but was active. He did not see a single target and appears to have aggravated the injury in the first half. He was announced as questionable to return and we have not see him since. He will be one to track this week as an aggravation could mean it’s time to cut bait for now.