Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article.
As you may know by now, I will be going over the most impactful injuries to have occurred in Week 5.
The injuries are starting to pile up, there were many players that couldn't suit up in Week 5. These players include Keenan Allen, Jonathan Taylor, and many others. As for during the games, there was a season-ending injury and many other minor injuries that could affect your decisions in the coming weeks.
If you want to know the impact of these injuries, continue reading the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article.
2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact
RB "Star" Can't Stay Healthy
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (Fractured Tibia)
What a shame. Rashaad Penny (8-54) is often injured throughout his career and unfortunately, this year is no different. Rashaad Penny left the game with what ended up being a fractured tibia.
He is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Kenneth Walker, the rookie, will take over as the starter. Walker rushed the ball eight times for 88 yards and one touchdown after taking over the primary rushing duties. This Seahawks offense is performing better than expected, so use your waiver claim on Kenneth Walker this week.
Concussions are Becoming The Norm
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Miami Dolphins
What is going on in Miami? Apparently, the Dolphins can't escape these serious injuries. On his first play, Teddy Bridgewater took a hit and was knocked out. He ended up being ruled out for the rest of the game.
In his place, Skylar Thompson was 19/33 for 166 yards and one interception. Do not pick him up, by the way.
I expect Teddy Bridgewater to miss next week's game. Couple this with the fact that Tua will be out as well (assumingly), along with an injured Tyreek Hill and we got a mess of a Dolphins' offense.
I would be tempering expectations on all players, except Raheem Mostert.
Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints
This was a scary injury and I can only hope that Chris Olave is okay.
On his TD-making play, Olave was slammed on his head which knocked him out. Before the injury, Chris Olave caught four of six targets for 54 yards and a touchdown.
I expect Chris Olave to miss a game, at least. This was a brutal hit and the new NFL protocols will be keeping a close eye on him.
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pat Freiermuth (2/2-12) was ruled out of Sunday's game with a concussion. We all hate to see concussions and we hope that Pat Freiermuth and everyone mentioned above turn out okay.
With the new protocols in place, I expect Pat Freiermuth to miss next week's game. I'm not an expert, that is just my thinking right now. If this is the case, Zach Gentry (6/5- 43) is worth a look in deep leagues. As we know, The Steelers are not a good football team right now, so getting someone from this offense (garbage time points) isn't the worst idea.
Injuries To Monitor
Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins (Foot)
Tyreek Hill (7/7-49) was seen in a walking boot after the game. Uhm! This is not ideal.
James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Ribs)
It's never good for a running back to come out of the game with a rib injury. It's worth mentioning that James Conner did not return.
As of right now, we do not know the severity of the injury. With that being said, monitor this situation this week. Hopefully, you have a backup plan in place already.
If James Conner does miss time, expect more work for Eno Benjamin. On Sunday, Eno rushed the ball eight times for 25 yards and one touchdown. It's also noteworthy that he was able to catch three of four targets for 28 yards. Eno Benjamin is worth a pick-up in deeper leagues, not so much 10-teamers right now. Keep an eye on him though.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (Hamstring)
This is not good for fantasy players who are starting Damien Harris.
Damien Harris left the game with a hamstring injury, which allowed Rhamondre Stevenson to receive the full workload. Rhamondre Stevenson rushed the ball 25 times for 161 yards. I don't want to say it just yet, but we could be looking at the new starting running back for the Patriots.
As for Damien Harris, monitor this hamstring issue throughout the week. There is a very good chance he misses out a week, at least.
If he is out, Rhamondre Stevenson must be started.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (Shoulder)
Saquon Barkley gave the fantasy world quite a scare on Sunday. Near the end of the game, Barkley exited with a shoulder injury. For fantasy players, this is never fun to see.
Thankfully, the fantasy gods were with us today. Saquon Barkley came back and was his usual self. But it's worth checking up on throughout the week though.
That should do it for the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article. Tune in next week for Week 6.