Week 14 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. A number of key injuries kept many fantasy managers out of the playoffs just as they were needed the most. The FullTime Fantasy Football Injury Rundown goes over some of those key injuries. Plus, we’ll see how they impact the fantasy playoffs.
Also, be sure to join us in the FullTime Fantasy Discord Channel for injury updates throughout the week. And, check the Week 15 waiver wire and FAAB suggestions for help. Now, let’s check out the Week 15 fantasy football injury rundown.
Friendly reminder: there are 3 NFL games this Saturday to plan around
Kyler Murray (QB) Arizona Cardinals – Monday night was a brutal game for injuries. Murray went down with a non-contact injury on Arizona’s third play. Unfortunately, we knew it was going to be bad. Sadly, Murray’s season is over with a torn ACL. Plus, with the injury occurring so late in the season, there is also a real chance Murray could open the 2023 season on the PUP list. Colt McCoy will step in for the fading Cardinals.
Deebo Samuel (WR) San Francisco 49ers – Samuel was carted off the field on what appeared to be a severe leg injury. Tuesday it was reported that Samuel only suffered a sprained left ankle and potentially sprained MCL. While this is good news for Samuel’s 2023 prospects, his fantasy season is almost certainly over.
Rhamondre Stevenson (RB) New England Patriots – Another victim of the Monday Massacre, Stevenson tried to return after an ankle injury but was in the locker room prior to halftime. Stevenson did not return in the second half. The initial diagnosis looks like a sprained left ankle but there has been no update (unsurprisingly) out of New England.
Dameon Pierce (RB) Houston Texans – Pierce exited in the second half with a high-ankle sprain. The rookie rusher has been ruled out for Week 15. And, with the Texans having nothing to play for, there is little motivation for the club to rush Pierce back for Week 16.
D.J. Moore (WR) Carolina Panthers – A week after blowing up, Moore put up a goose egg in Week 14. Of course, the star wideout also sprained his knee and is in danger of missing a week or two. The Panthers play Thursday, so there is next to no chance Moore will play in Week 15. Moore is day-to-day.
Kenneth Walker (RB) Seattle Seahawks – Pete Carrol wisely held his star rookie out last week. This gives Walker a better chance of being fully healthy for the playoffs. However, with Seattle due up on Thursday, Walker should be considered very questionable.
Tee Higgins (WR) Cincinnati Bengals – Higgins logged one snap in Week 14. A hamstring injury that occurred in practice ultimately kept Higgins on the sidelines. Also, the frustrating part is that there was no indication that the hamstring was going to be an issue at all. Higgins is day-to-day but this situation is hard to trust.
Tyer Boyd (WR) Cincinnati Bengals – Boyd dislocated his finger and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks. Trenton Irwin will take over as Cincinnati’s slot receiver. Irwin should be considered a PPR waiver priority for the playoffs.
Russell Wilson (QB) Denver Broncos – Wilson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after slamming his head against the ground in the fourth quarter. If Wilson is forced to miss time, Brett Rypien would step in as the starter. Rypien would be a downgrade for the entire Denver offense.
Jeff Wilson (RB) Miami Dolphins – Wilson left Sunday’s loss with a hip injury and was absent from practice on Tuesday. The Dolphins play on a short week so Wilson should be considered on the negative side of questionable.
Kenny Pickett (QB) Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers lost their rookie signal caller to a first-half concussion. This is Pickett’s second concussion, so it would be no surprise to see the club exert caution. We’ll keep the Discord channel updated but for now, expect Mitchell Trubisky to get the starting nod in Carolina.
DeVante Parker (WR) New England Patriots – A concussion also knocked Parker out of Monday’s brutal matchup. Parker will have to clear the protocol before he can return to action.
Tyler Huntley (QB) Baltimore Ravens – Huntley also suffered a concussion early Sunday. However, Huntley returned to practice on Tuesday, which is a good sign that he should clear the league’s protocol in time to play this week.
Dontrelle Hilliard (RB) Denver Broncos – Hilliard exited Week 14 with a neck injury. However, if Hilliard missed time, Hassan Haskins would take over as the change-of-pace back.
Mike Boone (RB) Denver Broncos – Boone re-injured his ankle and the initial diagnosis is the dreaded high-ankle sprain. This will end Boone’s season. Marlon Mack played 32% of Denver’s snaps on Sunday and appears to be the team’s RB2 moving forward.