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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 12

Week 11 saw some heavy hitters go down across the fantasy spectrum. @ReflipeWThenuz breaks down all the injuries across the league and highlights the next men up for your lineups.

Each and every week, players across the NFL suffer injuries. This weekly article will explore the injuries that affect your dynasty squads. We will briefly discuss the injured players themselves and those who stand to benefit or suffer as a result. In order to make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. Without further ado, let us examine the Regular Season Week 11 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Miami running back De’Von Achane was knocked out of his team’s Week 11 victory. The talented rookie runner seems to have re-aggravated the same knee he injured earlier this season. This being the second time he has injured the same knee this season, I expect the Dolphins to be careful with their young playmaker. For whatever time Achane is forced to miss, Miami will heavily feature veteran running back Raheem Mostert. Mostert will remain an every-week play and will be supplemented by Salvon Ahmed. 

Miami wide receiver Tyreek Hill briefly exited his team’s Week 11 contest with a hand injury. Hill was able to return and put up his typical dominant numbers. He should be good to go next week, but if he misses any game action, the Dolphins will lean on Cedric Wilson and River Cracraft to supplement Jaylen Waddle in the passing game.

AFC South:

The AFC South emerged from Week 11 healthy on the fantasy front.

AFC North:

Baltimore tight end Mark Andrews was forced from his team’s Week 11 victory with a brutal ankle injury. Testing revealed that the star tight end had sustained a broken fibula and ligament damage in his ankle. This injury will end his fantasy season and leave behind a massive hole in the Raven’s offense and his fantasy managers’ lineups. Baltimore will turn to intriguing backup Isaiah Likely in the tight end position. He will see an immediate bump and could be a high-upside TE2 the rest of the way. This injury will force Lamar Jackson to spread the ball around more, bumping up the playability of his wide receivers and running backs alike. This passing game will look considerably different down the stretch. 

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow left his team’s Week 11 loss to the division rival Ravens with a hand injury. Burrow was in a considerable amount of pain and was unable to grip the football properly. In a devastating turn of events, testing revealed that Burrow had ligament damage in his wrist that would require surgery, ending his season. 2023 has been one to forget for the former Heisman trophy winner. He has plenty of time to have the procedure and get ready for next year. This could open up a nice buying window for Burrow. The Bengals must turn to Jake Browning to finish the year. This will be a huge downgrade for the Bengals receivers across the board. The only potential beneficiary of this catastrophic injury would be the workload that running back Joe Mixon will see as he will most assuredly become the focus of the offense.

AFC West:

The AFC West teams didn’t suffer any fantasy-relevant injuries. 

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NFC East:

New York wide receiver Darius Slayton was forced out of his team’s Week 11 victory with an arm injury. Sadly for Slayton and the Giants, this was his best start of the season. At this point, there is very little information about the specifics of the injury. If Slayton were to miss action, the Giants would look to some combination of Wan’Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, Sterling Shepard, and Isaiah Hodgins to fill the receiver roles in the Giants offense.

NFC South:

The NFC South emerged from Week 11 healthy from a fantasy standpoint. 

NFC North:

Green Bay running back Aaron Jones was carted off the field with a knee injury during his team’s Week 11 victory. The veteran star had only just recently gotten back to full strength. Early testing has suggested that Jones avoided a season-ending injury. However, this certainly looks like a multi-week absence type of injury. Keep an eye on news about a more detailed timeline. AJ Dillon seems to be in line for a heavy workload, especially given that Green Bay also lost depth running back Emmanuel Wilson in this contest to a shoulder injury. The Packers have also gone out and brought James Robinson back into the fold.

Chicago running back D’Onta Foreman exited his team’s Week 11 contest early with an ankle injury. Early season starter Khalil Herbert was back in this one and immediately took over as the lead back in the offense. He was spelled by talented rookie Roschon Johnson, just like early in the season. If Foreman misses any game action, you could look for these two to chop up the work, with Herbert seeing the slightly bigger share.

NFC West:

Seattle running back Kenneth Walker exited his team’s Week 11 contest with an oblique injury. The second-year star appears set to miss some time, according to his usually optimistic coach Pete Carroll. You can expect Walker to miss at least one week as the Seahawks have a short turnaround ahead of a Thanksgiving showdown with the division-rival 49ers. Talented second-round pick Zach Charbonnet seems teed up for a big workload in the short week. Charbonnet will be a strong RB2 play based on volume alone in this one. 

Seattle quarterback Geno Smith hurt his shoulder during his team’s Week 11 loss. Geno took a brutal shot from Aaron Donald while throwing a pass. Geno exited the game and was forced to seek medical attention before coming back into the game with a heavily wrapped arm. Head Coach Pete Carroll indicated Geno would be good for Thursday night. However, if he were unable to go, the Seahawks would look to Drew Lock to lead to offense. This would likely lead to a run-heavy offensive approach against the explosive 49ers offense.

Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp was forced from the Rams Week 11 victory over the division-rival Seahawks. The former MVP had his ankle stepped on while making a block at the end of the line. Kupp was unable to get back into the game after the injury. Rams officials do not believe the injury will be a long-term issue as it was a low-ankle sprain. Due to his history of ankle issues, it is quite possible that the Rams play this one safe. If Kupp misses any time, Puka Nacua would again become a massive target hog. Tutu Atwell would also get a significant boost in passing game looks. The Rams would fill out the receiver rotation with Ben Skowronek, Demarcus Robinson, and Austin Trammell rounding out the group.

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