2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact article.

We are a few weeks away from the fantasy playoffs. Now is the time to shore up those rosters. With injuries being a (real) problem in 2023, the injury impact article is becoming a must-read article (except for Week 12).

Unfortunately, the importance of this article went down the drain. With Week 11 giving us the business, Week 12 decided to take it easy on us.

There were no serious injuries (woo-hoo!). Although there were no serious injuries, we still got some players banged up that must be monitored. I will be going over these injuries below, so stay tuned to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact article.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact

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Trouble in the Bayou

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Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans' Saints (Concussion)

Chris Olave's last three games have been spectacular (averaging 18.3 FPTS/game). Unfortunately, that could come to a screeching halt when Week 13 rolls around.

Olave (9/7-114-0) had to leave the game with a concussion, he did not return.

Will Olave pass the concussion protocol? It depends on the player, but I will be hoping for the best.

Since this is an injury-impact article, let's just assume Olave misses a week. What do we do? Well, first off, don't go for any pass-catcher in this offense. The next highest WR (in terms of targets) was Rashid Shaheed (also hurt) with five targets.

Alvin Kamara (15-69-0, 5/4-50-0) will be the top target for Carr. He is, and forever will be a top-5 RB. Juwan Johnson has some appeal in deep leagues. He caught four of his seven targets for 45 yards. Taysom Hill (2/2-55-0) might get an increase in workload, but it's too risky to start him now.

Rashid Shaheed, WR, New Orleans' Saints (Thigh)

Shaheed (5/2-9-0) could have had a much better stat line if he didn't drop that TD pass, but that's life.

Shoutout to Frank Sinatra.

Unfortunately for Shaheed, he wouldn't be able to make up for that mistake. He left the game with a thigh injury and did not return. For the most part, Shaheed was never in our starting lineups so this pointless (probably).

With Shaheed (possibly) missing time (maybe Olave too), expect the targets to be funneled to Alvin Kamara. Keith Kirkwood (3/2-20-0) and AT Perry (TD in Week 10) will see more targets but they should be nowhere near your radar this week.

Cleveland is Down Bad

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Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns (Hip)

Amari Coopers' disappointing 2023 season continues (WR27, two straight games under 10 FPTS). To make matters worse, Cooper is now dealing with a hip injury.

Please monitor this injury as closely as possible.

With the injury being his hip, expect Amari Cooper to miss some time. More than likely, it will be only one week. With that being said, Cedric Tillman (5/4-55-0) has some appeal in deep leagues, but that's it. Elijah Moore (9/3-44-0) must be rostered, but not in your starting lineups.

There are only two players you want to start in this offense (no matter what). David Njoku (averaging 10.3 targets/game in the last three games, 10.4 FPTS/game) and Jerome Ford (RB23, four straight RB2 or better finishes).

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, Cleveland Browns (Concussion)

Dorian Thompson-Robinson (14/29 -134 1-0, 5-21-0) was having a modest day until getting pummeled near his own end zone. It turns out that Thompson-Robinson had to leave the game with a concussion (he did not return).

Let's just make this quick, DTR wasn't in your starting lineups and neither should the replacement (P.J. Walker). There is no drop-off between these QB changes, so proceed with your usual business of starting David Njoku and Jerome Ford (and only those two).

*See above in Amari Coopers' section.*

Injuries To Monitor

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Demario Douglas, WR, New England Patriots (Head)

If it wasn't for the fact that Demario Douglas is a solid bye-week fill-in, there is no chance he would be making this article. The New England Patriots are abysmal, but there are a few bright spots.

Other than Rhamondre Stevenson, Demario Douglas has shown some glimpses. Since being given starter snaps (Week 6), he is averaging 10.5 FPTS/game (WR44). Unfortunately, Douglas (9/6-49-0) had to leave Sunday's game with a head injury.

He did not return.

I expect Demario Douglas to be good to go for their next game. If Douglas can't play, please leave everybody on that team on the bench (except Rhamondre Stevenson).


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