2022-23 fantasy football year in review: Injuries the story

2022-23 fantasy football year in review: Injuries the story

Because the 2022 NFL common season and fantasy soccer leagues crown their champions, the cries of championships misplaced on account of damage get even louder. Fantasy analysts will at all times let you know that accidents occur and also you simply should roll with the punches, however this season has seemingly hit us more durable than ever earlier than. From the beginning of the season to the bitter finish of Week 17, accidents piled up this 12 months like no different earlier than. And so as to add insult to damage, they simply stored getting worse and worse. 

When operating again Javonte Williams tore his ACL in Week 4, our hearts dropped into the underside of our stomachs. Not solely was he one of the crucial promising younger gamers within the recreation, however expectations of him and the whole Denver offense have been by way of the roof. Granted, the Broncos proved to be the last word bust of a crew, however who’s to say issues wouldn’t have been completely different had Williams performed all 12 months? Fantasy house owners discovered themselves with out their second-round choose and with none alternative worth sitting on their waiver wire. 

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It went from unhealthy to worse in Week 10 when first-round choose and top-three vast receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a high-ankle sprain that required surgical procedure. Heading into that recreation, Kupp had 813 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns with 5 100-yard efforts, manufacturing in contrast to another participant on the time. There was fleeting hope he might return for the fantasy playoffs, however the Rams opted to close him down together with the remainder of their misplaced season. 

After all, the worst of the accidents has to come back proper initially of the fantasy playoffs. Sure, shedding Derrick Henry for championship week stings, however after carrying fantasy groups and the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs, Jalen Hurts suffered a shoulder damage that would not be overcome. Hurts averaged over 30 fantasy factors per week this season and we have been left with Gardner Minshew, Mike White and Nick Foles as replacements. These guys would wish a number of video games to breach the 30-point mark, and now we count on them to ship on the most important time of the 12 months? 

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We are saying it each season — this was the worst 12 months for accidents in fantasy soccer. Besides this time, we actually imply it. From begin to end, this was one of the crucial brutal gauntlets to get by way of. A few of us succeeded. Others didn’t. But when there’s one factor all of us have in widespread, it’s that all of us now seem like Rocky Balboa after going 15 rounds with Ivan Drago. Yo, Adrian! A few of us did it! 

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content material at FantasyAlarm.com. Observe him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Present” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports activities channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all of your fantasy sports activities recommendation, participant projections, damage updates and extra. 

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