Well, fantasy football friends welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact article. The playoffs are upon us and it has been quite a wild weekend so far. The stars are scoring their points and dominating while the "sleepers," like DeAndre Washington, for the most part, have been disappointing. Sorry to those who started him. Enough about the fantasy football weekend performers, let's get to the injuries.
Last week must have been an anomaly because this week we got hit really hard by injuries. There were a few potential major injuries that will have an impact on your fantasy teams, but hopefully, there is good news in the future for these players. Like always there were minor injuries that took people out of the game. I will be going over those minor injuries, the impact of them, and I will also be going over the major impact injuries obviously.
So fantasy football friends welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact article.
2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact
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Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins - Shoulder (TBD)
In the midst of a dominating fantasy game for Mike Gesicki (22 fantasy points), he was tackled awkwardly and had to exit the game with a shoulder injury. As of right now, there is no news for how severe the injury is, but it didn't look great. In his place, Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe will get the targets. I don't think those two are worth starting. I would leave them on the waiver wire for now.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions - Ribs (TBD)
Let's hope this isn't like the Drew Brees situation where it turns out he has multiple broken ribs. If this is the case he will likely be shut down for the year. I'm hoping there isn't any damage because I'm sure a lot of you guys might have been starting Stafford lately. He was enjoying a solid fantasy day before getting injured (244 yards, 1 TD).
DeVante Parker & Jakeem Grant, WR, Miami Dolphins - Leg (TBD)
What a shame for the Miami Dolphins. They are going to lose their top four offensive options: Myles Gaskin, Mike Gesicki, Devante Parker, and Jakeem Grant. This is not good for a team trying to make the playoffs.
Devante Parker went down with a leg injury early on after not registering even a single catch. The news on the severity of the injury hasn't come out yet, but prepare yourselves for some bad news. At least a few weeks of missed time I'm thinking.
As for Jakeem Grant, he also went down early with a leg injury after only catching three balls for 32 yards. He could also miss time.
Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Hamstring
On his first touch of the day - a run play - Deebo Samuel tweaked his hamstring. This is unfortunate for him because it's starting to seem like he can never stay healthy. More than likely he will be gone for a couple of weeks. He might even be shut down for the year.
As for the impact of that injury, Brandon Aiyuk should see a significant amount of targets now. We saw that today where he caught 10 of 16 targets for 119 yards. You can safely start him every week as a high-end WR3.
Alex Smith, QB, Washington Football Team - Calf Strain
Scary moment for football fans when Alex Smith went down with a leg injury. I, for one, thought the worst because of his previous injuries to his leg. Thankfully it was diagnosed as just a calf strain.
He should be back for their next game. If he is not, Dwayne Haskins will be the signal-caller which means the value for pretty much every starter on that team goes down.
Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos - Illness
Fant left the game with an illness and will stay overnight in Carolina. Let's hope it isn't COVID-19.
Injuries to Monitor
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks - Ankle
Returned to the game, and was still his usual self. Monitor this for the next week just in case.
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans - Ankle
Also returned to the game. As usual, he was pretty dominant. Just like Metcalf, monitor the situation.
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers - Hamstring
Returned to action but looked less explosive. This is the one to monitor the most, as it could lead to something worse.
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers - Back
Should be fine, just keep an eye on him.
Well, folks that should do it for the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact article. I hope you guys' all did very well in the playoffs. I will see you back here for another round of playoffs in Week 15. See ya!
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