2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article.

Well, fantasy friends, the "king" returned this week (Cooper Kupp). He caught eight (team-high) of 12 targets (team-high) for 118 yards (team-high). Kupp's return didn't sour Puka Nacua's fantasy value either, so that's great to see. Nacua caught seven of his 11 targets for 71 yards and one touchdown. He is a must-start for the rest of the season.

We also saw the return of Jonathan Taylor, albeit in a limited fashion. Unfortunately, it's not all good news around here.

First off, the first bye week of the season has caused mass panic among the fantasy community. Secondly, we were without the service of a gaggle of key fantasy players. Amon-Ra "The Sun God" St. Brown, Jahmyr Gibbs, and Tee Higgins couldn't suit up in Week 5.

Safe to say, this week was a rollercoaster of emotions.

Was Week 5 a bully again? This De'Von Achane news is a huge surprise!

Continue reading the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article to find out.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact

Scary Situations

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Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Hamstring)

Justin Jefferson came up limping during Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He did not return. It was announced that Jefferson suffered a hamstring injury. For WRs, this has been a common injury in 2023. With that being said, the probability of Justin Jefferson missing a game is likely. I must mention that he is a freak, so I wouldn't put it past him if he is ready to go for their next game.

If Jefferson does miss time, Jordan Addison must be in your starting lineups in every format. He would have high-end WR2/fringe WR1 potential. Addison caught six (team-high) of his nine (tied for team-high) targets for 64 yards (team-high) and one touchdown (18 FPTS). He has now scored in three of his first five career games.

As for K.J. Osborn, he caught five of his nine targets (tied for team-high) for 49 yards (9 FPTS). He has flex appeal in 12+ team leagues.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (Ankle)

Yes! Travis Kelce went down with a low-ankle sprain. Yes! It looked a whole lot worse than just a sprain. And Yes! Travis Kelce was able to return after this "bad" looking injury.

Not only did he return, but he returned and still dominated. He caught 10 of his 11 targets for 67 yards and one touchdown (22 FPTS). Still, this is an injury that must be monitored. With Kelce's next game coming on TNF, don't be surprised if they hold him out against an easy opponent (Denver Broncos).

If that's the case, Noah Gray will get the start. That's all you need to know. Unless you are down bad, and I mean DOWN BAD, you can leave him out of your starting lineups. Other than that, expect Mahomes to spread the ball around enough to where not one WR will be relevant.

*If there is any receiver to keep your eye on, that would be Rashee Rice (5/4-33-1). He has now seen five or more targets in four of his five games (three straight).

James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Knee)

James Conner (6-46-0) exited the game with a knee injury. He did not return. The severity of this injury is unknown at this time, so monitor this situation closely. We should get the news on Monday.

With us not knowing the severity of the injury, we can only speculate on what the impact will be if he does miss time.

So, who benefits the most?

Emari Demercado is the answer to that question. With Keaontay Ingram injured, Demercado was given the bulk of the work (11 touches for 47 yards and one touchdown).

There was also a little sprinkle of Rondale Moore (3-50-0) in the running game. With Rondale Moore getting work on the ground, he is creeping into flex territory (12+ team leagues). As for Demercado, don't be chomping at the bit to start him anytime soon (roster him though).

Trouble in NY

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Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (Neck)

We should've seen this coming. The fact that Daniel Jones has been sacked 17 times in the past two games is downright pitiful of the Giants' offensive line.

How do you expect him to stay healthy while dealing with that?

Anyways, Daniel Jones took a shot in the back and hurt his neck. He did not return. My initial thought was whiplash, but since he is getting an MRI, there could be something serious going on. Let's hope it's nothing bad. You must monitor this situation in the coming week.

If he were to miss time, Tyrod Taylor would get the start. I'm sure everyone knows this by now, but you aren't starting anyone in this offense except Barkley (when healthy) and Darren Waller (who finally broke out).

Don't fall asleep on me now, continue reading the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article for more news.

Welcome Back To The List

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Anthony Richardson, QB, Indianapolis Colts (Shoulder)

Anthony Richardson finds himself back on the injury list. This is a trend you don't want to be a part of, especially as a rookie.

This is now the third time he has been hurt in a game, so how can we expect him to finish a full game now?

The talent is there, but can his body hold up in the NFL is the question everyone will be asking moving forward. Now, Richardson is dealing with an AC Sprain in his throwing shoulder. If his accuracy was rough to begin with, this will only make matters worse.

With that being said, Gardner Minshew (11/14-155 0-0) will get the start. He is an SF option, but nothing more. This also helps out the offense a bit more. Michael Pittman (7/5-52-0) is a serviceable WR2/3, while Josh Downs (6/6-97-0) is providing some flex appeal.

Decimation

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The Chicago Bears' RB Room (Khalil Herbert, Rochon Johnson, and Travis Homer)

The Bears' RB room got decimated on TNF. Khalil Herbert (ankle, 10-70-0) was on his way to a productive day on the ground till he sprained his ankle. Herbert tried going back out there, but his ankle gave out on him. He did not return.

*Expect Khalil Herbert to miss a few weeks*

Rochon Johnson (concussion) was knocked out of the game early, so he couldn't come in for Herbert's relief. He finished with 19 rushing yards on three carries.

*Rochon Johnson has 10 days to recover, he has a chance of playing (roster him).*

Next in line, is Travis Homer. Does he stay healthy? Nope. Homer left the game with a hamstring injury. Nobody was rostering him anyway, but still, he had to be brought up.

D'Onta Foreman was a healthy scratch, which left Khari Blasingame as the only RB left on TNF. He rushed the ball eight times for 26 yards in the Bears' first win in almost a year.

What do we do with this mess?

This is simple. You must hold onto Khalil Herbert and Rochon Johnson. Rochon has a chance to play in Week 6. D'Onta Foreman should be a waiver-wire thought going into Week 6 as well.

*I feel like I don't have to state this, but don't pick up Khari Blasingame (HAHA).*


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