2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact article.

Last week was brutal, to be honest. We lost Tank Dell for the season due to a Fractured Fibula. *Spoiler alert* There were more injuries to this Texans' offense (see below for the impact of all of this).

Another player who will be missing time is Rhamondre Stevenson. Ezekiel Elliott was/should've been the number one waiver-wire claim this past week. Hopefully, you were able to snatch him up. Dare I say it? But Zeke Elliott has a shot at winning some people a championship.

In Zeke's first start this year, he was the RB1 (26 FPTS). Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 22 times for 68 yards, caught seven of eight targets for 72 yards, and one touchdown.

Other than that, Week 14 started calm. There were no injuries on the offensive side of the ball.

Was TNF a sign of things to come? Or Was Week 14 another brutal one?

To find out, continue to read the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact article.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact

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QB Dropping Like Flies

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C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans (Concussion)

C.J. Stroud had the worst game of his career (arguably). He was only able to complete 10 of 23 passes for 91 yards and zero touchdowns. Unfortunately, Stroud wasn't able to finish the game as he was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

This is a huge downgrade for the whole offense. Until further notice, only Singletary should be in starting lineups. I expect the Texans to be playing from behind without Stroud, so having Singletary (the pass-catching back) is a must.

*I would not be starting Robert Woods, John Metchie, Noah Brown, and Nico Collins (see below).*

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (Broken Index Finger)

Justin Herbert was only able to complete nine of 17 passes for 96 yards (one interception). His two fantasy points were the lowest of his career. To be fair, Herbert did have to leave the game early with a broken finger.

This pains me to say it, but expect Justin Herbert to miss a game (at least). Easton Stick (13/24 179 0-0) will be the new signal-caller. He is worth a roster spot in deep leagues.

With that being said, there are only two players that are worth starting. Those two are Austin Ekeler (10-51-1, 7/5-49-0, 20 FPTS) and Keenan Allen (12/6-68-0, 12 FPTS). Quentin Johnston (4/3-91-0, 12 FPTS) is looking better. He must be rostered (not in starting lineups). With how TE's have been this year, Gerald Everett (8/5-39-0, 8 FPTS) deserves a look-see.

Lost Season for a STAR

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Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Ribs)

What a wild ride it's been for Justin Jefferson. In his first game back, Justin Jefferson took a shot to the ribs. He did not return.

Before exiting, Jefferson was only able to catch two of three targets for 27 yards.

With the fantasy playoffs starting next week, expect to be without Justin Jefferson (at least for Week 15). This offense is hard to trust with the combination of Joshua Dobbs and Nick Mullens, so it's fair to hesitate to start anyone.

Honestly, only T.J. Hockenson (8/5-53-0, 10 FPTS) should be in the starting lineup.

Weekly Resident

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Derek Carr, QB, New Orleans Saints (Everything?)

Welcome to the weekly Resident of the Injury Impact article.

Derek Carr, according to him, has been dealing with constant rib fractures. If you are starting him in SF leagues (only SF leagues), expect him to be a game-time decision all week. Eventually, we will see that Derek Carr is ready to play (somehow).

It's fair to say that Carr might be insane.

As we know by now, the only players that should be in starting lineups are Alvin Kamara and Chris Olave. Alvin Kamara (12-56-1, 5/3-(-11)-0, 13 FPTS) is a constant RB1 (must-start). Chris Olave (5/4-28-1, 12 FPTS) is a mid WR2 (five straight WR2 or better finishes). You can trust him in your starting lineups for the playoffs.

Please Monitor

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Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (Knee)

Josh Jacobs (13-34-0, 2/2-16-0) left Sunday's game with a knee injury. He did not return.

As of right now, the severity of this injury is unknown. It's fair to say he can miss a week, so let's assume that. Who benefits from this the most?

With Jacobs missing a game (or two), expect this offense to be more pass-happy. If that's the case, I would want Ameer Abdullah. Although he didn't do anything on Sunday (1-12-0, 2/2-7-0), Abdullah is still the pass-catching back. I suppose he is worth a roster spot, but please for the love of god, don't start him.

Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers are the only ones that should be in starting lineups right now.

Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans (Calf)

Nico Collins had to leave the game with a calf injury. He did not return. Collins's status for Week 15 is up in the air.

If he (Collins) plays, his status of being in starting lineups depends on C.J. Stroud's concussion. We aren't starting Nico Collins if Stroud is out. If Stroud plays(same with Nico), both must be in starting lineups.

I'm sorry if that got confusing (haha).

If Nico Collins can't suit up, but C.J. Stroud can, there are a few options on the Texans that can fill a starting role.

Noah Brown (starter snaps), with Stroud, put up back-to-back WR1 finishes. He is a risky flex. John Metchie (tied for first in targets on the team) has some intrigue. You can roster him (starting him is not on the table).

As long as Dalton Schultz is out, Brevin Jordan (3/3-35-0) can be rostered. I would not put him in your starting lineup.

That should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Injury Impact article.

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