The beginning of the NFL season also marks the swarm of the injury bug. Each dynasty manager should tune into what these injuries mean for each player’s short- and long-term outlook. In this article, we will look at impactful Week 1 injuries and determine what the dynasty implications may be.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Subluxation of the hip
There is no indication of how long Ryan Fitzpatrick may be out for. Considering the anatomical make-up of the hip, subluxation often comes with a labral tear. To be clear, this has not been reported; therefore, the estimated return of 6-8 weeks seems to be what we should expect. From a short-term perspective, a lot depends on what damage is present in the hip joint. If there was no additional damage, then it’s a matter of which QB the Washington Football Team thinks can help them win most in about two months. If this were a younger QB in his prime or early in his career, this injury could potentially have a long-term/dynasty impact. As it is, I wouldn’t expect Fitzpatrick to be back as a starter in 2022. As we know, with a bit of Fitzmagic, anything is possible!
Raheem Mostert – Knee cartilage
Mostert’s initial timetable of 8 weeks seemed puzzling to me. A piece of torn cartilage is typically removed arthroscopically, and I would expect a 2–4-week return. Per his Twitter post today, he decided to have season-ending surgery. This indicates the injury was likely far worse than initially reported as “chipped cartilage.” Mostert will be 30 at the start of the 2022 season, so his dynasty outlook isn’t positive. I wouldn’t expect him to be much more than a backup in the NFL, assuming his surgery is successful. This operation is more likely to significantly impact “life after football” than for Mostert’s NFL career.
Jerry Jeudy – High ankle sprain
The three dreaded words every fantasy manager fears when they see a player going down with a sprained ankle. In a high ankle sprain, the injury occurs at the ligaments connecting the two lower leg bones together. High ankle sprains are more painful and come with a longer recovery than a low ankle sprain. Weight-bearing on the injured limb produces a force that causes the bones to want to widen apart—running, cutting, and jumping particularly put a great deal of strain here. Usually, rest and rehab can lead to recovery in about 6-8 weeks. Jeudy could, however, experience some pain the rest of the season. If he can recover with rehab, then I would see it as inconsequential to his dynasty outlook. This is the most likely outcome, but only time will tell as he heals.
Michael Gallup – Calf Strain
I Gallup to return from IR in about 3-5 weeks. Calf strains can linger and could or get aggravated easily if a player comes back too early. This is due to the massive amounts of forces that pass through this structure during running, cutting, jumping. Fantasy managers shouldn’t be concerned about his long-term prognosis but should be aware that this could flare up again within the first 2-3 weeks when he comes off of IR.
Rashaad Penny – Calf Strain
The outlook would be the same as Gallup, but Penny has a long history of injuries, and this was a reaggravation of a previous calf injury. At this point, I think the writing is on the wall for Penny as he just can’t stay healthy. His dynasty outlook was not very positive prior to this injury, so I don’t think this changes much.
That’s it for the Week 1 Rehab and Recovery! For a look at some potential injury replacements check out Next Man Up.
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