2020 Season: 5 Biggest Week 3 Injuries

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Each week, we will take a look at the 5 (or hopefully less!) biggest injuries in fantasy football. These are meant to be the injuries that had the most impact on a fantasy roster, not an NFL roster, so some major injuries may be left off. For example, Tarik Cohen's ACL tear just missed this list, because despite being rostered in over 50% of leagues, he has been averaging 5.8 PPG, and should not have been a starter for you anyway.

5 Biggest Week 3 Injuries

1. Chris Godwin (Hamstring)

Given Packers star WR Davante Adams and Falcons star WR Julio Jones just missed their Week 3 games due to hamstring injuries, a hamstring injury forcing Tampa Bay Buccaneers star WR Chris Godwin out of Week 3 should give fantasy managers similar levels of panic. Especially since Godwin has yet to finish a game in 2020. The concussion he suffered at the end of Week 1 thankfully did not result in a prolonged absence, but the hamstring injury he suffered at the end of Week 17 in 2019 and hounded him leading up to Week 1 of 2020 may be a recurring problem. Monitor this situation carefully, roster Scotty Miller, and hope that Godwin is not the latest victim of not being in "football shape."

2. Dallas Goedert (Ankle)

Dallas Goedert started 2020 by picking up right where he left off in 2019. Despite having stiff competition at the tight end position with perennially elite TE Zach Ertz as a teammate in Philadelphia, Goedert finished as TE10 last year, and was on pace for a similar finish in 2020. Unfortunately, Goedert's 2020 season hit a major road block Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals as he exited the game early with an ankle injury. While a concrete timetable has yet to be established, head coach Doug Pederson confirmed that up and coming star will miss some time, so those still hoping for points from the Eagles offense will need to consider Greg Ward (number 3 in target share for the Eagles), or just sit this one out until Goedert comes back.

3. Chris Carson (Knee)

Make no mistake, RB9 Carson is a much more important component of a fantasy roster, so his being lower on this list is not a slight against him. Rather, it is a reflection on the seriousness of the injury. Despite the dirty tackle by Dallas Cowboy's Trysten Hill towards the end of the game, that pretty much everyone despised, Carson seems to have escaped serious injury. Tom Pelissero says that the MRI came back with great news, and that Carson may even be ready for a good match-up against a Miami Dolphins defense that just made Jacksonville fans forget Leonard Fournette ever existed. Target Carlos Hyde as a potential replacement in case this take a turn, but fantasy managers rostering Carson should not panic yet.

4. Diontae Johnson/Russell Gage (Concussion)

These two both suffered concussions in their respective Week 3 match-ups, which is why they are grouped together here. Concussions are complicated, so the fates of Johnson and Gage are entirely in the hands of the NFL's concussion protocol. Given Chris Godwin missed a game for Tampa Bay already this year, err on the side of caution and start looking at potential replacements for a game if these injuries leave you needing someone. For Diontae Johnson, there are no shortage of talented receivers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, with James Washington, Chase Claypool, and maybe even Eric Ebron stepping up to take Johnson's targets. However, Washington is the only one of the three I would trust to have a stable floor. Atlanta already has two star WRs ahead of Gage in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, but they have been able to support a third receiver so far in 2020. Unfortunately, while Olamide Zaccheaus looked decent as the number two WR this past week, a healthy Julio Jones would leave Zaccheaus as nothing more than a dart throw.

5. John Brown (Calf)

Brown rounds out this list because he's the number two WR in Buffalo, so his expected weekly impact is below Diontae Johnson's, and he's currently just behind Russell Gage who has been powered to new heights by Atlanta's offense trying their hardest to prop up the Falcons' blurred eyes, weak hearts, can't win defense. But make no mistake, Brown missing time will be an issue for plenty of fantasy managers, as the current PPR RB30 is rostered in most leagues (I currently am a majority shareholder in John Brown Enterprises personally). Unfortunately, there is no clarity on his status at this time, but given he has been working his way through injuries each of the past two weeks, the hope is he can power through this latest injury. Regardless, you should be targeting Gabriel Davis, especially in deeper or dynasty leagues, who loves catching the ball even more than Buffalo loves throwing it to him, and Buffalo loved throwing to him in Week 3.

Honorable Mention: Younghoe Koo

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