2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact article.

The fantasy playoffs have arrived. Injuries become detrimental to fantasy teams, so there is nothing better than to check out this article.

Where do I begin this week?

The first week of playoffs (for most) saw an abundance of fantasy "star" players get ruled out. Those players include Nico Collins, C.J. Stroud, Keenan Allen, Justin Herbert (season-ending), Chris Olave, plus many more.

Thursday Night Football was kind to us (THANK YOU), so does that mean that the rest of the games were the same?

To find out, continue reading the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact article.

*Side note*

Does anyone else feel like this NFL season has gone quicker than most? Feel free to reach out to me to talk about it on Twitter @ike2121.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact

Saturday Games

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Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (Separated Shoulder)

Unreal. Before leaving (separated shoulder), Chase caught all four of his targets for 64 yards (10 FPTS).

There is a possibility that Ja'Marr Chase can play this upcoming week as he is "day to day". Just in case, please have a backup plan in place (expect the worst).

If Chase can't go, bear with me. There is a lot we have to go over. There is one WR you want to play, and that would be Tee Higgins (8/4-61-2, 22 FPTS). He should be a solid WR3 for the rest of the season. Tyler Boyd has done nothing, so leave him where he is.

Jake Browning (29/42- 324 2-1) is still a safe SF option for the rest of the season. He has had three straight QB1 finishes. This includes two games (of the past three) with 300+ yards and two or more touchdowns.

Joe Mixon is a high-end RB2 with RB1 potential. On Sunday, he rushed the ball 10 times for 47 yards and one touchdown. Mixon also caught all three of his targets for 14 yards (14 FPTS). In three straight games, Joe Mixon has finished as an RB1. In fact, In six of his last eight games, he has finished as an RB1.

There is a TE streaming option emerging as well. Tanner Hudson (5/5-49-0) has finished as a TE1 in three of his seven games (given significant snaps). During this time, Hudson is TE14.

Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts (Concussion)

Michael Pittman left the game with a concussion. He did not return.

Concussions depend on the player, so this is one you must monitor. I expect the WR8 in 2023 (three straight WR1 finishes, nine games with 10+ targets, and 10 games with 8+ catches) to play in Week 16. If that's the case, he is a must-start (obviously).

If Pittman can't suit up, don't expect to play any other receiver in this offense. Josh Downs is nothing more than a risky flex option. As for Alec Pierce, he is a deep-league dart-throw.

Zack Moss, RB, Indianapolis Colts (Arm)

Zack Moss left Sunday's game with an arm injury.

Moss rushed the ball four times for 13 yards. He also caught all three of his targets for 20 yards. Zack Moss also scored (12 FPTS). I do expect him to be able to go for their next game, so keep that in mind. IF Moss can't go, expect a split workload between Trey Sermon (17-88-0, 8 FPTS) and Tyler Goodsen (11-69-0, 2/2-10-0, 9 FPTS).

I would leave Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodsen out of your starting lineups. Rostering them is a whole other entity. If you must, take a chance on Goodsen.

Even so, Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss MUST be out to even think about Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodsen.

Sunday Games

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Jayden Reed, WR, Green Bay Packers (Toe)

Jayden Reed (8/6-58-1 17 FPTS) left the game with a toe injury. He did not return.

The severity of this injury is unknown at this time, so please monitor this moving forward.

Since this is an injury-impact article, let's assume he misses a game. Aaron Jones (15-53-0, 4/4-16-0) should be the focal point. Romeo Doubs (3/3-30-0) and Dontayvion Wicks (7/6-97-0) should see more work. The same can be said for Tucker Kraft (6/4-57-1).

Aaron Jones is a must-start moving forward. Doubs is a risky flex (Seven WR3 or better finishes in 2023), Wicks should be rostered (that's it), and Tucker Kraft (three of the last four games as a TE1) is creeping into streaming territory.

Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets (Concussion)

Not that you are using him, but expect Zach Wilson (4/11- 26 0-0) to miss their next game. Trevor Siemian (14/26- 110 0-2) should be off your radar as well.

And, no, Aaron Rodgers isn't coming back in 2023.

Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson should be the only ones in the starting lineups. We've known this.

Tommy DeVito, QB, New York Giants (Concussion)

Tommy "Cutlets" DeVito left the game with a concussion. He did not return. Also, if you were using him in SuperFlex, expect him to miss the next game.

Before leaving the game, DeVito completed 20 of 34 passes for 177 yards (zero TD/INT). He also rushed the ball four times for 36 yards. In his place, Tyrod Taylor only attempted four passes. He completed two of them for 13 yards.

Do not put Tyrod Taylor in your starting lineups (even SF). This doesn't change our thoughts on this offense. All year there have been only two players (when healthy) that we were playing. Saquon Barkley (obviously) and Darren Waller are those two players.

Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (Heel)

Oh no, the dreaded re-injury. Marquise Brown left the game after re-injuring his heel. He did not return.

Brown (zero stats logged) has been non-existent this past month, so this injury shouldn't hurt. I (fully) expect Marquise Brown to miss a week or two, so keep that in mind if you still have him on your roster.

This doesn't need to be stated, but I will state it. There are no (skill-position) players we want to start on this team not named Trey McBride. He must be in starting lineups moving forward. McBride had a day today catching 10 of his 11 targets for 102 yards.

That should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Injury Impact article.


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