Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Injury Impact article.
Last week, Kirk Cousins was lost for the season. The trade deadline has passed, and very few "fantasy-relevant" players were moved. Joshua Dobbs was sent to the Vikings (to replace Kirk Cousins), then led them on a game-winning drive (good for them). Their playoff hopes remain alive.
Other than that, the injuries that occurred in Week 8 were just ones that had to be monitored. Was Week 9 similar? Or are the injuries back in full force?
Well, short answer, Week 9 was one of (if not) the most calm weeks on the injury front. There was still a QB that would be out for the season (shocker), but we weren't starting him anyway. Keep reading the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Injury Impact article to see who made the list.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Injury Impact
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Gone For 2023
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (ACL)
Well, there goes 100 million dollars.
Daniel Jones (4/9-25 0-0, 2-9-0) looks to have torn his ACL, his season is over. Tyrod Taylor was put on IR, so that leaves Tommy DeVito (15/20- 173 1-2, 4-17-0) will be the new signal-caller. He looked better than Daniel Jones (to be honest), so I would say he is worth a pickup in SF (Superflex) leagues.
We weren't starting anyone except for Saquon Barkley anyway, so this isn't a huge hit for the offense. Wan'Dale Robinson (5/4-35-1) should be rostered in deeper leagues (12+). 10-team leagues it is a little ambitious hoping for something productive from Robinson.
Cam Akers, RB, Minnesota Vikings (Achilles)
WOW! Just wow is all I can say.
Could this be the end of Cam Akers' career? How often do people recover from two Achilles tears?
Let's hope for a quick recovery and a return to the NFL.
With this terrible news, Alexander Mattison gets thrust into a full workload (once again). He ended up garnering 18 touches (we like this) for 93 total yards and one touchdown. If this sort of production continues, Mattison must be in starting lineups moving forward. With Joshua Dobbs at the helm, don't think that isn't a possibility.
Expect Time Missed
Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers (Concussion, chest, ETC.)
Christian Watson's (2/1-37-0) disappointing season continues. He did not return to the game on Sunday (multiple injuries). With the amount of injuries (concussion, chest) he piled up in one game, it seems like he got into a car crash. I expect Watson to miss a week.
With that being said, there are some pass-catchers that must be rostered (maybe even in starting lineups).
Luke Musgrave (4/3-51-1) had one of his better games of 2023. He should be rostered, and with the TE position being brutal, you can give him a shot in starting lineups (preferably 12+).
As for the WRs, please leave Eveyrone NOT named Romeo Doubs on the waiver wire. He only saw three targets, catching three of them for 36 yards. Romeo Doubs should be the main option among the WRs, which isn't saying much (to be honest). He should be rostered, but putting him in starting lineups is a little ambitious.
K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (Concussion)
K.J. Osborn left the game with a scary head injury. Turns out that Osborn suffered a concussion, he did not return.
Concussions depend on the player, so let's just assume Osborn will miss their next game. With that being said, there are only two players (pass catchers) we want to start from this team. T.J. Hockenson led the team in targets (12), he must be started every week. Jordan Addison (7/5-52-0) is a risky WR3 at best.
You may be thinking of picking up Brandon Powell (3/2-15-1), I suggest not doing that. He doesn't provide enough upside for you.
Must Be Monitored
Jalen Hurts (Knee Sprain), QB and Dallas Goedert (Elbow), TE, Philadelphia Eagles
I probably shouldn't even be mentioning them here, but they are (huge) fantasy assets.
With the bye week coming up for them, I expect these guys to be healthy for their next game. Jalen Hurts (17/23- 207 2-0, 10-36-1) is still dealing with a knee sprain, but he is the one I'm not worried about. Fire him up with full confidence.
Dallas Goedert (4/3-50-0) injured his elbow. As of right now, it's an elbow sprain. Monday there will be more news on the injury. If there is a fracture, expect a good chunk of time to be missed. If that's the case, leave the other TEs on the waiver wire (obviously).
That should do it for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Injury Impact article. Be sure to check out what goes down in Week 10.