Welcome fantasy football fans to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact article.
We all got to experience quite a wild weekend of football this week. If you were playing in an ESPN league, more than likely someone in your league picked up Taysom Hill. That person was able to play Taysom Hill at Tight End even though he was announced as starting Quarterback.
This led to a lot of drama on Twitter and pretty much everywhere else that was fantasy football related. Honestly to me, I found it quite funny that so many people were peeved about it.
Enough about that, lets get into the injuries of Week 11.
The Cincinnati Bengals dominated the news cycle this week with their injuries. Some bad news rolled around before the Sunday games even started with that being the franchise running back Joe Mixon was put on IR as he has been dealing with a foot injury.
The news only got worse for not only Bengal fans, but fantasy football fans everywhere. Joe Burrow, their franchise Quarterback went down with a gruesome knee injury during Sunday's game. I will go over more of this injury in more depth down below along with some of the other injuries that will have an impact of fantasy football.
So without further a do here is the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact article.
2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact
First off I want to go over the impact of the injuries to the two star Bengal players in Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon.
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals - Torn ACL (Season)
Just when you think it couldn't get any worse for injuries, this had to happen. After throwing for 203 yards on 22 completions with one TD, a Football Team player went low on a sack on Joe Burrow and then all hell broke loose. Joe Burrow went down so awkward, and in gruesome fashion that everyone knew something bad just happened. I warn you, do not look up the slow motion version of it. It shows a lot, and it is pretty gruesome.
This is a terrible injury for the Bengals as an organization. This is also a terrible injury for fantasy fans in general, and for those who own any of the Bengals players. With Ryan Finley now the signal-caller the rest of the team is in trouble in terms of fantasy.
I believe Gio Bernard and Tyler Boyd will suffer the least, but they will still have a dip in production. A.J. Green has been flirting with the drop list all year, you can probably do that now and feel good about it.
The shame of this injury is going to be the impact it will have on breakout rookie Tee Higgins. Although he still saw 10 targets he was only able to catch three of them. With Ryan Finley now at QB I don't think they will be throwing as much, or will they be throwing deep very much. This hurts Tee Higgins value tremendously. I now see him as a borderline flex option instead of the solid WR3 he has been all year.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals - Foot (IR)
He didn't get hurt during Week 11, he actually has been out since Week 7 but I thought it would be a good idea to include him here as he was put on IR this week.
With him going on IR there will be an obvious impact right away for Giovani Bernard. He should see most of the carries as he has been, and should see a decent amount of targets now with Ryan Finley as the signal caller.
Since Week 7, Giovani Bernard has had two games over 20 fantasy points, but also has had two games under 10 fantasy points. Moving forward he is going to be boom or bust.
Major Impact Injuries
I will now go over the few major impact injuries that happened on Sunday. There weren't many but some of these players were solid fantasy players.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots - ACL ? (Season)
I don't know how many people really started Rex Burkhead but I will include him here because he has been fantasy relevant. He also unfortunately suffered a major injury which is why he is on here.
After only touching the ball seven times in Week 11, Rex Burkhead suffered quite an ugly injury as they wouldn't show it on replays a whole lot. More than likely it was his ACL, and it tore. He will be gone for the rest of the year.
Expect Damien Harris to get even more attention in the running game and James White to dominate the passing game. Also don't forget about Sony Michel, he will also be healthy and should see some touches.
Randall Cobb, WR, Houston Texans - Toe (2+ Weeks)
It seemed like right after catching the TD pass Randall Cobb went down with a gnarly toe injury. He ended up with only eight fantasy points, which is his third straight game under 10 fantasy points. So for the most part he wasn't in many people's lineups, I hope.
He will miss Thursday's game for sure with a possibility of a week or two missed after that. In his absence Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks will dominate the targets obviously. The two other names to look out for are Keke Coutee(four targets, one TD), and Jordan Akins(five catches for 83 yards, 13 fantasy points). They should receive more attention with Randall Cobb out for a few weeks.
These injuries should have very little to no impact on fantasy players. There is two you have to keep any eye on for the rest of the week. That would be Julio Jones and Teddy Bridewater. I will go over those two first.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons - Hamstring (hopefully 0 weeks missed)
This is one injury you definitely want to keep an eye on for this week. Hamstring injuries are not fun to predict as they could be nothing or it can be a couple of weeks till he is able to come back.
Julio Jones wasn't able to stay in for the rest of the game after injuring that hamstring so that isn't the greatest news to hear. I don't expect him to miss time, but if he does it will probably only be a week or two. That still isn't good as we are nearing the fantasy football playoffs.
With that being said Calvin Ridley will get most of the targets along with Russell Gage(12 targets, seven catches) and with a sprinkle of Hayden Hurst maybe? Even though he was held without a catch this week, I still think he can contribute if Julio were to miss time.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers - Sprained MCL (1 more week?)
Teddy Bridgewater had quite a confusing morning as there were some reports saying he was active and possibly starting while others said he is just an emergency QB this week.
It turns out he wasn't any of those. He was inactive for the game because of his strained MCL. This injury could be more serious than we think, or they are just trying to be safe about it. Either way I expect him to at least miss one more week.
In that case P.J. Walker will get the start again I'm assuming. Some plays he looked really good, and at times he looked bad. He threw two interceptions in the redzone, those are big no no's for Quarterbacks. As we saw Sunday I don't think it hurts anybody's production on that team, it might even bring out more targets for D.J. Moore.
La'Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets - Ankle (?)
Not many people are using Perine in fantasy right now I'm assuming but I will still add him here. He had a decent day before getting injured as he was able to score a touchdown.
In his place, the forever young RB Frank Gore had 15 fantasy points on Sunday. He ran the ball 15 times for 61 yards and a touchdown.
I wouldn't be starting Frank Gore every, anywhere but he will be getting most of the carries if La'Mical Perine were to miss time.
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