In this series, we’ll cast a wide net to cover many different injuries that occurred during each week of the NFL regular season and what the implications are for your fantasy teams. If there were large injuries during the week, we’ll be sure to have a detailed piece in addition to this article.
This piece is written before the Monday game(s) each week. If there is any injury on your mind that you believe I missed or occurs during the Monday slate, please feel free to comment below and I’ll give you my thoughts!
Football is back and my Sundays haven’t been less productive in months. All the action this weekend was everything fantasy owners could have wanted and more with many superstars and fill-in players performing at top levels.
Perhaps lost in all the scoring shuffle was the fact there were players who we may have concern for moving forward. Specifically as it relates to injuries, we saw multiple players put up a goose egg in week one and some are potentially lost for the season. Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s injury impact.
Doug Baldwin, WR SEA
Injury: Grade 2 MCL Tear
Baldwin’s injury comes on the back of a month’s worth of discussion on his health for the 2018 campaign as it already stood with his other knee, admittedly only playing at 80-85% to begin the year. Prior to these two injuries, Baldwin has been a staple of health for the Seahawks, only missing two games since coming into the NFL in 2011 (both in 2012).
At this point, it remains unclear if Baldwin will miss extended time, but his week two status is in real jeopardy at the very least. Even if he manages to play through the injury, I would suggest leaving him on your bench until we see Baldwin have success despite his leg injuries.
The Seahawks were already thin at the wide receiver position – and playmakers in general – coming into 2018 after the departure of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson with few notable additions to replace them.
The most likely beneficiaries of Baldwin’s injury are – in order of prevalence – Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, and Brandon Marshall. These three, with Lockett leading the charge, will be the primary wide receiver options for Wilson moving forward should Baldwin miss time. The team also had a surprising performance from Will Dissly in week one, but I’m personally letting others spend FAAB on him. Overall, Tyler Lockett seems to be the odds-on favorite to lead the team in all statistical categories until further notice.
Leonard Fournette, RB JAX