• Pour one: Aaron Rodgers and JK Dobbins are the first major losses of the 2023 season, both suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon that will force them to miss the rest of the season.
• Wonders of week 1: Aaron Jones (RB1) and Jacob Meyers (WR3) finished at or near the top of their rankings in Week 1, but their availability for the next two weeks is in great jeopardy.
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After spending the entire offseason and preseason working toward Week 1, it really hurts to see players lose their hard work in an instant, but that’s the setup of the game we love. nature of fantasy football can, at times, make us forget that these athletes are people too, which makes it even more difficult to digest that a football player Aaron Rodgers‘ caliber suffers such a devastating injury.
But the game of football continues and the next man up mentality becomes a requirement rather than a coach’s speech. The list is already quite extensive and will only grow as the season progresses, but injuries do not have to mean the end of a player, team or fancy the manager’s hopes. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest NFL injury news from Week 1, their outlook and who could benefit from those vacant snaps.
QB Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets: Achilles (IR)
The long-awaited debut didn’t last long after Rodgers suffered a harrowing Achilles tendon injury early in Monday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills, prompting zack wilson to have an initial role again. Wilson has not been a model of consistency in his young career, leaving the outlook for the Jets’ offense up in the air for the rest of the season. With Breece Lounge (13.1 yards after contact per attempt) and Dalvin Cook leading the backfield behind PFF’s highest-graded Week 1 run-blocking OL (77.9 team run-blocking grade), the Jets should feature a lot of the run game, while Wilson will likely limit Garrett Wilson‘s after reaching 100 yards just once in their nine starts together last season, although they connected on their first touchdown last weekend.
RB JK Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens: Achilles (IR)
Dobbins simply can’t catch a break when it comes to his health, as he suffered a torn Achilles tendon against Houston in Week 1 that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Before his injury, Dobbins looked agile and seemed in line for a monster workload, playing 30 of a possible 37 snaps, totaling eight carries and two targets. With Dobbins out, job shifts to veterans Gus Edwards and justice hill, who are likely to see continued turnover in the future. Hill was the main beneficiary after Dobbins’ injury, finding the end zone twice on eight carries despite averaging just 1.1 yards per carry on 19 total plays, while Edwards produced four yards per carry on eight attempts in 15 plays. . Fantasy managers probably jumped on Hill after his two touchdowns, but Edwards has a longer track record of success at the NFL level and the playing style to handle a heavier workload, giving him the advantage for the rest of the season. However, Hill still has plenty of standalone value as a change-of-pace back who will likely see more passing work.
RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers: Ankle
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