Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact article.
The fantasy playoffs are here. Hopefully, you were able to make it in. Heading into our playoff matchups we were without the services of Russell Wilson, Dameon Pierce, Jeff Wilson, and countless others. For the most part, Russ wasn't starting on your team but the others are quite the blow. The NFL (once again) gifted us with games on Saturday. Four days of the week with NFL games, count me in.
To start this off, the Saturday games were spectacular. They weren't without some injuries though, as a star exited the game early (Jonathan Taylor). We also had to deal with a scare to fantasy "stud" Justin Jefferson and Round 1 breakout KJ Osborn. They both returned, so they should be good to go in next week's game. These injuries will impact odds across the NFL for sure. You can place those bets at WynnBet Casino in Michigan.
Now onto Sunday's games. They were much more kind to us, except for QBs. Other than that, it was a mild week on the injury front. Continue reading the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact for all the news.
2022 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts - Sprained Ankle
This is what hurts the most. When we needed Jonathan Taylor, his body couldn't hold up for us. He was only able to catch one ball for 13 yards before leaving with a sprained ankle. Jonathan Taylor did not return.
He has been dealing with these injuries all year, so I expect him to miss a week because of this. I am still holding out hope that he can make a return. Let us pray.
With the expectation that JT will be out, it looks like it will be a mix of Zack Moss and Deon Jackson. In deeper leagues, you can roster Zack Moss but I wouldn't play him. He was able to muster up 81 yards on 24 carries. Only good enough for eighth fantasy points. It's best to leave him on the bench.
Deon Jackson is the guy you would want to start. He saw 13 carries for 55 yards and had one catch. The one catch doesn't look great, but that is what he is used for in this offense. He should see more targets in future games.
*Editor update: reports early Monday AM is that this is a high-ankle sprain and its likely JT won't play again this season.
- Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings - Head
Although he took a shot to the head, Justin Jefferson (16/12-123-1) should be good to go for their next game. In fact, Jefferson did most of his damage after returning from the blue tent. Don't be scared of this.
- K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings - Hamstring?
Osborn (16/10-157-1) had a career day but came up with a hamstring injury. He did return to the game, but hamstring injuries can be tricky. Be sure to monitor this situation.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 20, 2022
QBs Get Stricken Again
I know that you guys aren't playing these two (for the most part), but they must be added still.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans - Ankle/Toe
Ryan Tannehill had a rough day. He exited early in the game with an ankle/toe injury, then went into the blue tent. Next thing we know he is being carted to the locker room, which is never a good sign.
Except this is Ryan "bleeping" Tannehill and he came back out on the field to almost get the win for the Titans. He threw for 165 yards and one interception. Not great at passing, but he did add a rushing touchdown to salvage the day (I guess).
This injury is tricky, he didn't look great out there after the injury. I suspect he was only out there because they needed to win this game. Nonetheless, this injury must be monitored moving forward. I expect him to be okay though.
If Ryan Tannehill can't go, Malik Willis would be the signal-caller. Please do not pick him up. I would also bench every Titan player unless his name is Derrick "The King" Henry.
Colt McCoy, QB, Arizona Cardinals - Concussion
Colt McCoy (13/21 - 78 - 0 -1) left the game with a concussion and did not return. I expect him to miss next week's game with the new concussion protocols, but it is still something that should be monitored.
Trace McSorley would be the signal-caller. I would suggest leaving him on the waiver wire. The impact of this injury is significant for Deandre Hopkins (11/7-60). His ceiling is now capped, he will see the targets but won't get the yards or touchdowns. James Conner will benefit the most from this. He should see more carries (16-63-1) and more targets (5/3-28).
Marquise Brown (8/4-19) should be benched in most leagues.
Injuries To Monitor
All three of these players returned. They should still be monitored going into next week.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers - Arm
Austin Ekeler exited the game (briefly) with an apparent arm injury. He even went into the blue tent for it and proceeded to miss out on the rushing touchdown to Joshua Kelley.
Austin Ekeler did return and was able to score a touchdown. He ended up with 12 rushes for 58 yards and one touchdown. That touchdown salvaged his fantasy day. I do expect Austin Ekeler to be just fine for next week's game.
If for whatever reason he can't go, Joshua Kelley should be rostered. He would be a flex option at best. Kelley rushed the ball 10 times for 24 yards and one touchdown.
Travis Etienne, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars - Ankle
Travis Etienne exited the game with an ankle injury but returned. Although he fumbled, Etienne still rushed for 103 yards (127 total). I expect him to be good to go for their next game. It is a little worrisome that Etienne keeps hurting his ankles every week. This is something that must be monitored.
If he can't go, Hasty and Snoop Conner will get the carries. Neither of them should be started.
Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears - Hamstring
Out of these three, Justin Fields' injury looked the worst. He came up limping (hamstring) pretty badly, but I still expect him to be good to go. He did finish the game, which is great news.
Once again, Fields was electric. He threw for 152 yards and two passing touchdowns while adding another 95 yards on the ground. He will be a top-5 QB again.
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