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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 3 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 3 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Carson left Sunday’s game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury when he got tackled awkwardly and a defender fell on top of him. He was able to limp to the sideline under his own power, but he did not return to the game. After the game, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that the injury was a knee sprain, and Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reported that it isn’t thought to be significant.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for the team to give us an official update once they have more information, but it sounds like Carson may have avoided serious injury. If he can’t play for any period of time, then Carlos Hyde would be the presumptive starter, although second-year back Travis Homer would also be involved. The 30-year-old Hyde isn’t a spectacular running back at this stage of his career, but he put together a solid 1,000-yard season with the Texans in 2019, so there is plenty of reason to believe that he would be a top-25 play in Seattle’s high-flying offense as long as Carson is out. Homer is more of a wild card since he only has 26 career carries, but he should be on your watch list if Carson is sidelined for a while. If Carson’s injury looks like it will keep him out for most of the season, then Rashaad Penny would also be worth monitoring. After tearing his ACL last December, Penny started this season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means that he can’t return until at least Week 7. So far, Carroll has indicated that Penny is ahead of schedule, so he’s a sneaky pickup if you’re willing to hold him for a few weeks.

 

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin left Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a hamstring injury in the third quarter, and he did not return to the game. The Buccaneers have not provided any updates regarding the seriousness of the injury.

Impact

We have very little information on Godwin’s injury at the moment, so it’s impossible to know if it will cost him any games. It’s worth noting that Godwin was ruled out fairly quickly after leaving the field, although the Buccaneers had a hefty lead that may have made the decision easier. If Godwin can’t play against the Chargers in Week 4, then it’s unclear who would fill his starting spot alongside Mike Evans and Scott Miller. Justin Watson occupied that role when Godwin missed the Week 2 game, but Watson is dealing with a shoulder injury that could also keep him out of Week 4. In any case, Godwin’s replacement isn’t worth a starting spot unless you’re in a very deep league, but his potential absence does vault Miller into the top-50 conversation in PPR leagues.

 

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Goedert left Sunday’s game against the Bengals with a left ankle injury in the first quarter. He limped to the sideline after making his only catch of the game, and he did not return. After the game, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Goedert is expected to miss some time and that he will have an MRI to determine the full extent of the injury.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for the MRI to know the true severity of the injury, but it sounds like it’s serious enough to sideline him for some period of time. Richard Rodgers will be the next man up while Goedert is out, but he’s not worth considering in fantasy. If anything, this injury further solidifies Zach Ertz as a top-five option at tight end. 

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.