2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Impact article.

Last week, the fantasy community was gifted an injury-free week (for the most part). We were without some "key" players coming into Week 13. Dallas Goedert, Aaron Jones, Dalton Schultz, Demario Douglas (to a lesser extent), etc.

With the playoffs looming, we have to hope for injury-free weeks now. Unfortunately, we got off to a bad start on TNF. Zach Charbonnet (19-60-1, 2/1-39-0, 16 FPTS (RB10 as of SNF) came down with a knee injury. Expect him to miss a couple of weeks. Kenneth Walker (Oblique) has also been dealing with injuries, which leaves DeeJay Dallas as the lead-back.

*He (DeeJay Dallas) is not worth a pick-up.*

So, as it turns out, Thursday Night Football was a sign of things to come. Week 13 brought some pain to the Fantasy community, so continue reading the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Impact article to see what occurred.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Impact

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Tank Dell, WR, Houston Texans (Fractured Fibula)

The promising season has come to an end. Tank Dell (fibula) was on a roll. Since the Texans' bye (Week 7, 5 games), Dell was the WR5 in FPPG (20.1) while garnering an incredible 27% T.S. (9.4 targets/game, 8th in NFL). During this span, he was a WR1 in three of those games.

With his season over, who on the Texans will take over?

This one is simple. Nico Collins, for the rest of the season, is a must-start. He caught 9 of his 12 targets for 191 yards (yeah! 191.) and one touchdown (34 FPTS). Dalton Schultz and Noah Brown (when healthy) should see an uptick in targets. Dalton Schultz would be a must-start, and Noah Brown can be used as a risky flex.

*This DOES NOT hurt C.J. Stroud enough to pivot away from him.*

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots (Ankle)

The drop tackle claims another victim. Rhamondre Stevenson (9-39-0, 1/1-0-0, 4 FPTS) left the game with a brutal ankle injury. He did not return.

I'm not a betting man (wink wink). But, if I was, you can bet on Stevenson missing a couple of weeks (at the least).

This means we get to see Zeke Elliott back in a starting role. Yes! He must be rostered. Yes! He is worth a starting spot in your lineups. Just temper your expectations because this offense is one of the worst in the league.

In relief of Stevenson, Elliott carried the ball 17 times for 52 yards and one fumble (yikes!). He did see five targets (4 catches for 40 yards, 13 FPTS, RB13 as of SNF), which is encouraging.

The Week of the Concussions

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Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns

Amari Cooper (5/3-34-0) left the game with a concussion. He did not return.

For the most part, Cooper has fallen into the WR3/flex territory (WR31). He has failed to finish higher than a WR40 (currently in Week 13) in three straight weeks (7 or fewer FPTS in all three). With this concussion, expect Amari Cooper to miss a week (at least).

With that being said, Elijah Moore has some flex appeal. He saw 12 targets in Cooper's absence.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry had himself a day (21-102-2, 2/1-18-0). Unfortunately, Henry had to leave the game with a concussion.

Currently sitting at RB3 (SNF/MNF pending), Derrick Henry had a season-high 25 FPTS. Losing him, even for a week (expect this), is a huge blow to fantasy teams. Hopefully, you have a backup plan in place.

If not, think about snatching up Tyjae Spears. In relief, Spears ran the ball 16 times for 75 yards. He also garnered 6 targets (4 catches for 13  yards).

Could Be Worse

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Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers (Knee)

This injury (literally) just happened.

Christian Watson went down with a non-contact knee injury (NOT GOOD). Before going down, Watson caught seven of his nine targets for 71 yards and two touchdowns (26 FPTS).

Expect the worst, and hope for the best.

Romeo Doubs (5/4-72-0) will see an uptick in targets, he can be used as a flex option.

Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (Heel)

What a shame. Marquise Brown (3/0-0-0) laid a goose egg. To make matters worse, Brown re-injured his heel that had been bugging him.

Hopefully, you've learned that Marquise Brown does not belong in starting lineups. In his last eight games, Brown has failed to score over 10 FPTS in six of those games.

With him out, expect the usual. Trey McBride (9/8-89-1) is the main target for Kyler Murray. Start him in every league you have him in. Greg Dortch (3/1-19-0), Rondale Moore (2/1-6-0), and every other pass catcher must remain on your bench.

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ankle)

Kenny Pickett (7/10- 70 0-0, 3-3-0) went down with an ankle injury. He did not return.

Expect Pickett to miss a couple of weeks.

In his place, Mitchell Trubisky will get the start (presumably). On Sunday, he completed 11 of his 17 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed the ball three times for five yards and fumbled the ball once.

Honestly, this doesn't hurt the offense (it was bad to begin with). George Pickens (5/4-86-0), Diontae Johnson (5/4-33-1), and Pat Freiermuth (5/3-29-0) are nothing more than WR3/Flex options (Borderline TE1 in Freiermuth's case).

Brian Robinson Jr, RB, Washington Commanders (Hamstring)

Not a good day at the office for the Commanders. To make matters worse, Brian Robinson Jr. went down with the dreaded hamstring injury. He did not return. Before the injury, Robinson carried the ball seven times for 53 yards.

With the Commanders staring down a bye week, Brian Robinson should have plenty of time to heal up for their next game.

Since this is an injury-impact article, let's pretend he does miss more time than expected. Antonio Gibson (10-35-0, 5/4-37=0, 10 FPTS) becomes an intriguing option in starting lineups. With the backfield 100% his, he could see a ton of touches.

Honestly, none of that matters though. Like I said, the Commanders are on bye. This gives B-Rob plenty of time to recover and resume taking lead-back duties.

That should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Impact article. Check out more Fantasy Football content!

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