Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact article.
Thursday Night Football was rough. Once again, we lost a QB for the season (Joe Burrow). Mark Andrews was also injured (season-ender), Lamar Jackson had his ankle rolled (still played), and Odell Beckham injured his shoulder (TBD).
*For the impact of those injuries, scroll down below.*
As for Sunday, the injuries didn't let up.
The RB position got decimated, another QB is hurt, and Cooper Kupp's injury-plagued season continues. We also had to deal with players getting benched, ejected, and all sorts of mishaps in Week 11.
Continue reading the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact article to see the impact of these injuries.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (Wrist)
Joe Burrow's (11/17- 101 1-0) season is over.
For the pass-catchers, this is a huge blow. Ja'Marr Chase (7/2-12-1) is a must-start (still), but you must temper expectations (top-20). He is no longer the guy you drafted as the WR2. Tee Higgins, when healthy, has moved down to a borderline WR3/flex option. Even with Burrow around, Higgins was only a WR2 or better in 33% of his games (2 of 6).
*DO NOT GO FOR A TIGHT END IN THIS OFFENSE.*
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (Ankle)
The TE3 on the year (13.5 FPTS/game) was spotted on crutches. More than likely, Andrews' season is over. Isaiah Likely (2/0-0-0) will be the new TE in town. He must be rostered in all formats. I would even go as far as to say that he should be in starting lineups moving forward.
In three games without Andrews (dating back to last year), Likely is averaging 9.3 FPTS/game. It's also worth mentioning that Lamar Jackson targets the TE position at an incredible rate (25% in 2023, 42% in 2022).
With the loss of Andrews, I expect more targets for the pass-catchers. Zay Flowers (4/3-43-0) is a solid WR3 for the rest of the season. Rashod Bateman (2/1-10-1) is worth a roster spot (add him). I would not be chomping at the bit to start him though.
Odell Beckham must be rostered. He is even starting to garner WR3/flex appeal. In his past three games, Odell is sporting a 27% target share.
Down Goes Running Backs
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (Knee)
Aaron Jones (4-14-0, 2/1-3-0) was ruled out with a knee injury. The severity is unknown at this time, but it seems like he avoided serious injury.
This one must be monitored. I expect a game or two to be missed for Aaron Jones, so have a backup plan in place.
A.J. Dillon (14-29-0, 4/4-32-0) must be rostered (obviously). Putting him in starting lineups is risky, but with bye-maggedon coming up, you might have to.
The wideouts are starting to come along as well. Jayden Reed (18 FPTS), Romeo Doubs (16 FPTS), Christian Watson (11 FPTS), and Dontayvion Wicks (12 FPTS) should all be rostered. Some (Reed/Doubs) have WR3/flex appeal.
Kenneth Walker, RB, Seattle Seahawks (Oblique)
Kenneth Walker (4-18-0, 1/1- (-2)-0) left the game with an oblique strain. He did not return.
The severity of the injury is unknown, but it was reported that Walker could barely move (not a good sign). Expect some time to be missed for Kenneth Walker. In fact, don't expect to have him in your starting lineups when the playoffs roll around.
With that being said, Zach Charbonnet will get the starting nod. In relief of Walker, Charbonnet rushed the ball 15 times for 47 yards and zero touchdowns. He also caught all six of his targets for 22 yards (12 FPTS).
He must be rostered. Zach Charbonnet even has some appeal as a borderline RB2. Don't be afraid to start the rookie in Walker's absence.
De'Von Achane, RB, Miami Dolphins (Knee)
Is it possible Achane was brought back too early?
After garnering his second touch, Achane went down with a knee injury. He did not return (he wanted to come back).
The severity of this injury is unknown at this time, but his wanting to come back to the game is a good sign. I expect Achane to be good to go for their next game but with a light workload.
Raheem Mostert is the RB you want to start until you see Achane's workload come back. Mostert rushed the ball 22 times for 86 yards. He also caught one of his two targets (9 FPTS). Raheem Mostert is a mid-RB2 moving forward.
Injuries To Monitor
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams (Ankle)
The brutal season continues for Cooper Kupp. After missing a month due to a hamstring injury, Kupp has now come down with an ankle injury.
He was seen with quite a limp, so this is an injury that must be monitored. It pains me to say this, but It's looking like Cooper Kupp could miss some time (again).
There is still (fantasy) talent on this team, so don't write them off. Matthew Stafford is nothing more than a Superflex QB now, Darrell Henderson (12 FPTS) can be used as a borderline RB2, and Puka Nacua (18 FPTS) is a rock-solid WR2 (with WR1 upside).
As for the rest of the goons on this team, leave them on the waiver wire.
Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Elbow)
Geno Smith (22/34-233 1-0) left the game (briefly) with an elbow bruise. He did return to try and lead the Seahawks to a win, but the field goal was missed.
I expect everyone to monitor this situation closely. We want him to be fine (for fantasy purposes), and I expect him to be fine for their next game.
Since this is an injury-impact article though, let's assume he will miss a game (at least). That would be a huge blow to the offense (except RB). D.K. Metcalf (20 FPTS) would fall to WR3 territory, Lockett would be a borderline WR3, and JSN would only be worth a roster spot. We don't want Drew Lock in, so let's hope for the best.
That should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Injury Impact article. See you all next week.