2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2023 Fantasy Football Injury Impact

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Injury Impact article.

Well, Week 7 was calm, for the most part. We did see multiple players get hurt, but they returned and were ready to play in Week 8 (including Brock Purdy and Jerome Ford). We were without the service of players like Zach Ertz (IR), Dawson Knox (IR), Deebo Samuel (Ribs), Justin Fields (Thumb), plus a few other role players.

With Week 7 being dull, we must expect the worst for Week 8 (It's brutal).

It's not the worst week we've had, but this one is up there. Week 8 saw the decimation of the QB position, multiple re-injuries, and injuries that must be monitored for Week 9.

Strap in, because the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Injury Impact article is here.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Injury Impact

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Just Ridiculous

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Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (Achilles)

He's out.

Kirk Cousins (23/31-274 2-0) will miss the remainder of the 2023 season with an apparent Achilles tear. This is devastating news for Kirk Cousins, the Vikings, the NFL, and fantasy football.

Let's hope for a quick recovery from Kirko.

Anyways, with this terrible development, the Vikings offense has a lot of questions. The new signal caller will be Jaren Hall (3/4-23 0-0), which can only mean bad things for the rest of this offense (fantasy-wise). Do not pick him up.

Does Justin Jefferson even come back now? HOT TAKE, I say no.

As we move on, It will be tough wanting to start anyone from this offense now, but some players must be started still. This includes T.J. Hockenson (rookies love TEs), and Jordan Addison (based on the volume, 8/7-82-1). K.J. Osborn should remain rostered (for now) but don't start him. As for the RBs, we shouldn't have been starting them anyway, so keep that same vibe moving forward.

Decimation of the QBs

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Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (Thumb)

Matthew Stafford (13/22- 161 1-1) and the Rams' offense had a rough day at the office today. To make matters worse, Stafford went down with a thumb injury. He did not return.

There are two likely outcomes. The first one (the good news), Stafford came down with just a sprained thumb. If that's the case, expect a week to be missed. The other outcome is far worse. If Stafford broke his thumb, expect him to miss a chunk of time.

Either way, this is a blow to the Rams' offense. Temper expectations on Cooper Kupp (10/4-21-0) and Puka Nacua (7/3-43-0). They are WR2's, at best. I say this because the incoming starter would be Brett Rypien (5/10-42 0-0). Do not pick him up.

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ribs)

Kenny Pickett (10/16- 73 0-0, 1-10-0) was ruled out with a rib injury, leaving Mitchell Trubisky as the starter for the rest of the day. He finished with 15 completions on 27 attempts for 138 yards one touchdown and two interceptions.

I don't expect a significant downgrade for this offense. Pickett wasn't lighting the world on fire. Depending on the status of Diontae Johnson (see him later), George Pickens could see a boost in targets once again.

Tyrod Taylor, New York Giants (Ribs)

Do not pick up Tommy DeVito (2/7- (-1) 0-0, 4-12-1).

Tyrod Taylor was taken to the hospital with a rib injury. He is still there, so it sounds serious. It looks like Tyrod Taylor will be missing some time, which is unfortunate.

As I said above, do not pick up Tommy DeVito. He should be the new signal caller until Daniel Jones can return. This is a HUGE blow to the offense. Do not start anyone not named Saquon Barkley, this includes Darren Waller (see him later).

Must Be Monitored

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Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons (Groin)

Drake London (7/5-55-0) was ruled out with a groin injury.

DO NOT expect Drake London to be playing in Week 9. The groin injury (other than the hamstring), is a common re-injury.

With that being said, none of the pass-catchers should entice you enough to start. KhaDarel Hodge (3/3-75) can be picked up in deep leagues. We are still rolling out Kyle Pitts (5/3-35-0), as he is now out-targeting Jonnu Smith (1 target) in multiple games. Plus, the TE position is scarce.

Travis Etienne, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Ankle)

Travis Etienne (24-79-0, 6/3-70-1) left the game (briefly) with an ankle injury. He did return to the game and looked fine on the ankle.

It's an injury you must monitor, but I expect him to be good to go.

If, for whatever reason Etienne can't play, Tank Bigsby (3-9-0) would get the start. He did fumble, but he should be rostered just in case there is a setback.

Darren Waller, TE, New York Giants (Hamstring)

Darren Waller (2/1-4-0) was ruled out with a hamstring injury. I hate to say it but expect Darren Waller to miss a few weeks with this injury. Let's hope you have a backup plan in place.

Daniel Bellinger (1 target), is not the plan. In fact, with so many injuries going on in New York (Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor, Darren Waller), do not start anyone not named Saquon Barkley (36-128-0, 5/3-0-0).

*For waiver-wire advice, be sure to check out the waiver-wire article/video by Dylan Clemons*.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (Hamstring)

This injury MUST be monitored. A re-injury of the hamstring is never good, although he did return to the game. Diontae Johnson finished the game catching 8 of 14 targets for 85 yards.

Like I said above (Pickett section), George Pickens should see an uptick in targets if Johnson were to miss time. As for every other WR/TE, leave them on the waiver wire. I would love to say you can start the RBs (9 touches for Warren and 12 touches for Najee Harris), but they are brutally inefficient (Jaylen Warren had a 3.8 YPC, and Harris had a 1.9 YPC).

Do not start them unless you are in deep leagues now.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Commanders (Toe)

Curtis Samuel left the game with a toe injury. The severity of this injury is unknown, but I expect a couple of weeks to be missed. Before leaving the game, Samuel caught all four of his targets for 22 yards.

Let's make this quick.

To the Curtis Samuel owners, he lost his number two WR job. Jahan Dotson (10/8-108-1) has returned to our good graces. In this pass-heavy offense, you must roster Dotson. Hell, I'll even say that he is a solid flex option moving forward.

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