2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

The NFL is back. Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Impact article. In this article, I will be going over the most impactful injuries that occurred on Sunday.

Before we get into that, let's touch on the players we were without in Week 1. To start things off, we were without Travis Kelce. This caused mass panic in the fantasy community, but there is good news. Kelce (hyperextended knee) will have 10 days to recover and he avoided serious injury. There is a very good chance he returns in Week 2.

If not, expect the Chiefs to roll out Noah Gray (5/3-31-0, 6 FPTS) and Blake Bell (3/2-12-1. 9 FPTS). Although Bell (40% snap count) scored the TD, Noah Gray (88% snap count) is the TE you would want to take a chance on (if you must).

Next up, is Cooper Kupp (hamstring). We will be without his services for four weeks, at least. For those who drafted him (me included), let's hope he comes back to his usual self. Puka Nacua (15/10-119-0. 21 FPTS) and Tutu Atwell (8/6-119-0, 17 FPTS) must be a top priority in the waiver wire. They should eat until Kupp returns.

I've got one more big name for you guys who missed Week 1 and that is Mark Andrews (quad). He should be okay by Week 2, but he should be monitored. In his absence, Isiah Likely (1/1-4) got the start. He, along with the Ravens offense, was disappointing.

Other players who missed Week 1 include Jerry Jeudy, Devante Parker, Devon Achane, Zack Moss, D.J. Chark, and John Metchie. All of those have a good shot at playing Week 2, so nothing to worry about too much.

Now that we are done with that lengthy introduction, let's get into the injuries that occurred on Sunday.

Once again, welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Impact article.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Impact

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In just his fourth snap, Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury. Later, we found out that it is feared he tore his Achilles.

This is just devastating news for Jet's fans, the NFL as a whole, and the fantasy community. Zach Wilson is now the incumbent starter. In Rodgers' place, Wilson completed 14 of 21 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown. He also threw an interception. Do not go and pick up Zach Wilson.

All of the position players now bring some risk. Although there is a risk, Garrett Wilson is a must-start (5/5-34-1, 14 FPTS), and Breece Hall (10-127-0, 2/1-20) is looking fantastic. He is worth a flex play moving forward.

As for everyone else, leave them on the bench/waiver wire. Dalvin Cook (13-33-0. 3/3-26-0, 8 FPTS) should be rostered, but playing him seems a little risky for me.

WOW!

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J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (Achilles)

What a nightmare. Buckle in because we got quite a doozy this week.

Well, J.K. Dobbin's 2023 season is over. In terrible news, Dobbins tore his Achilles. This is devastating for the Ravens as a football team, but they must move on.

In his absence, Justice Hill (8-9-2, 12 FPTS) and Gus Edwards (8-32-0, 3 FPTS) split the workload. Although Hill scored the TDs, we still aren't sure who will get the significant touches. As of right now, it seems like Justice Hill is the man you want. He was inefficient, but scoring two touchdowns is huge.

In shallow leagues, you can leave them on the waiver wire for now. In 12+ team leagues, you should be looking to add either one to your team.

*It's worth mentioning that the Ravens' top lineman got injured as well (Stanley and Lindebaum). They will be getting MRIs to determine the severity of their injuries. Losing them for multiple weeks can be detrimental to the run-and-pass game. Keep your eye on this as well.*

Attack Of The Hamstrings

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Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Just as Diontae Johnson was getting his share of the offense, tragedy struck. After catching his third ball (46 yards) on six targets, Johnson's hamstring gave out on him (he did not return). The severity of this injury isn't known yet but it didn't look good.

The whole Steelers' offense struggled all day, but in his absence, there are some names to be mentioned. George Pickens saw a healthy seven targets (5-36), he should be starting in all formats now. Allen Robinson is worth a look at in the waiver wire this week. He finished with five catches for 64 yards on eight targets.

Other beneficiaries of this injury include Jaylen Warren (6/5-12) and Najee Harris (2/2-2). They should see an uptick in targets.

With all this being said, I expect Diontae Johnson to miss multiple weeks. Look for other options.

*Puka Nacua or Tutu Atwell should be on your radars.*

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

No Aaron Rodgers, but an Aaron still destroys the Bears.

Coming into today, Aaron Jones has been averaging 20+ fantasy points against the Bears since 2021. Let's just say that the average will go up because he dropped 26 FPTS (9-41-1, 4/2-86-1).

Unfortunately, on his TD run, Aaron Jones came up limping (hamstring). He did not return.

The severity of this injury is unknown, so it's best to monitor this for Week 2. Be sure to have a backup in place, hamstring injuries are nothing to mess around with (see Cooper Kupp).

If Aaron Jones does miss time, expect A.J. Dillon to be a top-20 RB. Dillon (15-19-0, 3/2-17, 5 FPTS) struggled today but should see a huge workload if Jones is out.

Concussions Strike Again

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Jakobi Meyers, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

Jakobi Meyers was having a day on Sunday. He caught nine of ten targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns (29 FPTS). Unfortunately, Meyers was planted and suffered a possible concussion.

As of right now, he is questionable. It is possible he will miss Week 2, which would be a shame after such a terrific game in Week 1. Concussions are finicky, it really depends on the player so you will have to monitor this situation closely. If he can't suit up, don't go chasing anyone else in this receiver core. The one who is available for most of you is Hunter Renfrow, he saw ZERO targets.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks and Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Both of the receivers were evaluated for a concussion, they ended up returning to the game. They should be good to go for Week 2, just monitor the situation,

Lockett was unproductive (4/2-10-0), along with most of the Seahawks' offense (180 yards on offense). As for Mike Williams (5/4-45-0), he was a non-factor as well. In a high-scoring affair (36-34), this is disappointing.

Other Injuries To Monitor

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Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ribs)

It was a bleak day for Freiermuth. Sure, he scored, but he only saw four targets and caught one of them. We need to see more. The lack of targets could be because of injury, so keep that in mind.

It's never great to see a player return to the game (briefly) and then leave shortly after because of the same injury. The Muth Man suffered a rib injury, making his status for Week 2 questionable. I would lean towards him missing a game or two, so look for other options at the TE position.

Is Darnell Washington an option (you may be asking)? Short answer, No. Please wait and see what he can do first before picking him up. Remember, he saw zero targets in Week 1.

Greg Dulcich, TE, Denver Broncos (Leg)

Coming into 2023, the hype for Dulcich was real. Then, preseason hit and it looked like he was playing second fiddle to Adam Trautman. Why??

Anyways, in Week 1, when it matters, Dulcich (2/2-22-0) was out-classed by Adam Trautman (5/5-34).

Was it because of injury?

Just before halftime, Greg Dulcich went down with a leg injury. What kind of injury, or the severity of said injury is unknown at the time. All I do know is that it would be best to monitor this situation going into Week 2.

Or is Trautman that guy? Time will tell on this one, but if Dulcich misses time, you can give Trautman a look in the waiver wire.

Bottom Line

The waiver wire is going to be busy this week, Be sure to check out the waiver wire article and YouTube video by Dylan Clemons.


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