2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Injury Impact article.

Sadly, this is the last edition of the Injury Impact article of the 2023 Fantasy Football season. I don't know about you guys, but this fantasy season has flown by. It feels like just yesterday that I was doing the team previews.

Here we are though, staring the fantasy championships dead in the eye. Whether you made it or not, there is always next year. Keep on grinding.

Thursday Night Football and Saturday Football were the homies this week. There were no injuries that were important enough to note.

Unfortunately, Sunday/Monday games came back with a vengeance. It wasn't the worst week, by any means, but there are still injuries we must monitor.

Again, welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Injury Impact article.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Injury Impact

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Trouble In The North

For all four of these players, the severity of these injuries is unknown at this time.

Please monitor this week.

But, as always, let's assume they miss a game. What would the impact of this be?

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings (Knee)

Update - Hockenson's season is officially over!

Of the four listed, Hockenson has the best chance of missing your championship game.

With that being said, who do we want to start from the Vikings now?

Johnny Mundt and Josh Oliver saw a combined five targets, leaving them on the waiver wire is best.

Expect a healthy amount of targets for Justin Jefferson (10 targets last week). Jordan Addison (if healthy, see below) can be used as a WR3/Flex option. I also expect more work for Ty Chandler. He only touched the ball eight times last week.

Jordan Addison, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Ankle)

I expect Jordan Addison to miss this game, unfortunately. There is a better chance than Hockenson, but don't hold your breath on it.

Like I said above, Justin Jefferson should get a healthy amount of targets. Expect him to be a WR1 this week. Ty Chandler should see more work, but I saved my thoughts on K.J. Osborn for this section.

With Hock and Addison out (probable), Osborn has some intrigue in the WR3/Flex department. He saw seven targets (twice now in three games), catching five of them for 95 yards and a TD (20 FPTS). That was good enough for a WR14 finish. Use that information wisely.

D.J. Moore, WR, Chicago Bears (Ankle)

D.J. Moore has been dealing with a few injuries for the past week, so this isn't surprising to me.

We don't want anyone else from this WR group to start on our championship rosters.

Khalil Herbert, who scored 20 FPTS, can be used as a risky flex option.

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Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (Knee)

Cole Kmet (5/4-107-0), who left with a knee injury, did not return to the game.

As I said above, let's assume he will be out. If that's the case, we don't want to start another TE from this team. IF D.J. Moore is out as well, this whole offense deserves to be on the bench (barring Justin Fields and maybe Khalil Herbert).

More QB Troubles

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Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Shoulder)

Trevor Lawrence left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. The severity is unknown at this time, but with the way Lawrence has been dealing with injuries, I expect him to go out there and play.

It's a big game for the Jaguars in Week 17.

Let's make this quick (If Lawrence is out). We are not starting C.J. Beathard, Travis Etienne (6 FPTS) is still a risky RB2, and Calvin Ridley (9/6-90-2, 27 FPTS) is a WR3. Evan Engram (4 of the last 5 games as TE1) should be in the starting lineups.

Must Monitor

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Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins (Multiple)

Jaylen Waddle had a rough Sunday. First off, he left with an eye injury. He did return from that.

Unfortunately, Waddle came down with another injury after returning from the eye. It turns out that Waddle has a high-ankle sprain. This is not good news heading into the fantasy championships.

I expect Jaylen Waddle to miss the game, so have a backup plan in place.

Tyreek Hill should get peppered with targets, Mostert is a start, and that is about it for safe players. Tua has a tough matchup, start someone like Stafford instead. Devon Achane has had three straight duds, so he is nothing more than a risky flex.

That should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 16 Injury Impact article. See you all in 2024.

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