Fantasy Football Sweep: Javonte Williams, Jonathan Taylor, Antonio Gibson
The NFL news cycle is 24/7, especially during the season. For fantasy football managers, it can be overwhelming to stay on top of all of the news and the fantasy-relevant analysis that comes with it.
That’s where the Fantasy Football Sweep comes in.
With this article, I’ll attempt to bring you up to speed with all of the latest storylines, analysis and injuries to monitor all in one place.
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Javonte Williams appears to have suffered a significant knee injury
Williams left the game on Sunday with an apparent knee injury and was downgraded from questionable to return to out almost immediately. That is never a good sign. He couldn’t put any weight on his leg and was spotted using crutches after the game. He is headed for an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, but the team is reportedly bracing for bad news.
Update: Javonte Williams has a torn ACL, LCL and posterior lateral corner and is out for the remainder of the 2022 season. Depending on the severity of these tears and his recovery, it’s possible that Williams isn’t even ready for the start of the 2023 season.
Not only does #Broncos RB Javonte Williams have a torn ACL, but the MRI revealed a a torn LCL and posterior lateral corner, sources say. A significant injury and a long road back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2022
Jonathan Taylor could miss time with a high-ankle sprain
Taylor’s situation doesn’t sound quite as bad as Williams’, but there is concern that he suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday. The severity and recovery time for those sprains vary. Our own Dr. Deepak Chona says the average recovery time for someone like Taylor from an injury like this is 2-4 weeks, with the assumption that Taylor would be back at the early end of that timeline depending on the results of Monday’s MRI. We should know more Monday once he undergoes additional testing.
Update: Taylor’s tests on his ankle came back negative, and he “has a chance” to play on Thursday. The quick turnaround means Thursday’s game is very iffy, but this is positive news nonetheless.
Gibson received 13 carries on Sunday against the Cowboys, but fellow RBs Jonathan Williams and J.D. McKissic also combined for 13 carries. That isn’t ideal usage, especially with Brian Robinson eligible (and likely) to be activated this week. Robinson was already reportedly taking the starting job from Gibson during training camp, and his return could make this backfield extremely messy. If you can sell Gibson this week before we see what the backfield looks like when he, McKissic and Robinson are all active, it’s worth seeing what you can get in return. It might already be too late, unfortunately.
A 3-headed RB committee is quickly approaching.
Antonio Gibson – 16 touches
Jonathan Williams – 5 touches
JD McKissic – 11 touches
Brian Robinson’s return is not good for Gibson.
— Andrew Erickson™ (@AndrewErickson_) October 3, 2022
Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) ruled out for Week 5, still has no timeline for a return
Tua pretty clearly had a concussion that caused him to stumble multiple times in Week 3 but was allowed to return to that game and play four days later on Thursday Night Football, where he suffered a subsequent and very scary concussion. The doctor who examined and cleared Tua in Week 3 was dismissed by the NFLPA, and the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to new protocols for clearing players who suffer head injuries.
Based on how Tua looked on Thursday night on national television and the fact that he probably suffered a significant concussion in Week 3, holding him out for at least Week 5 is probably the smart move. Now, we’ll have to see just how much time he misses. My extremely cynical guess here is that holding him out for Week 5 is more of a Miami Dolphins and/or NFL PR move than anything else and that he’ll be back in Week 6 regardless. Maybe that’s too harsh of an opinion, but it’s hard to trust the league or the team based on how this situation has been handled so far.
From the News Desk
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Cordarrelle Patterson is going on IR and will miss at least four games due to his knee injury, according to multiple reports. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Patterson played on Sunday despite being questionable but received just nine carries. Subsequent reports indicate that he had a minor procedure performed this morning that necessitated the move to injured reserve. With Patterson out, rookie running back Tyler Allgeier is expected to play a larger role in the Atlanta backfield. Fellow RB Damien Williams is also on IR and is eligible to return Week 6.
– Mike Maher
Fantasy Impact: Golladay only logged one target during the Giants’ win over the Bears Sunday. The 28-year-old has only registered two receptions for 22 yards this season. Fantasy managers should feel comfortable moving on from the veteran wide receiver.
– Jesse Garcia
Daniel Jones is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday’s win with an ankle injury. He will continue to have tests on his ankle but there is optimism that he will be able to play in Week 5. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Jones completed eight of his 13 pass attempts for 71 yards, while adding 68 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Jones injured his ankle and was replaced by Tyrod Taylor, but was eventually forced to go back into the game when Taylor was diagnosed with a concussion. The Giants travel to London for a game against Green Bay in Week 5.
– Jesse Garcia
Trevor Lawrence completed 11-of-23 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns, an interception, and four lost fumbles, while also rushing twice for an additional seven yards in Jacksonville’s 29-21 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Lawrence and the Jags started off hot, building a 14-0 lead on the Eagles, then the wheels came off. Lawrence’s five turnovers more than negated his two passing touchdowns and he posted a clunker, granted against one of the best defenses this season, but a clunker all the same. Despite the lackluster performance, Lawrence had a chance to lead a potential game-tying drive in the final minutes but fumbled for the fourth time on the first play of said drive which ended that game. Lawrence had just begun to move into possible starter status even in single-QB leagues, but that took a hit in Week 4. Lawrence will face a Texans defense that scores no one in Week 5 so look for him to bounce back.
– Luke Monaldo
Injury Notes & Analysis
Scoops and Scores
J.K. Dobbins received 17 touches on Sunday and turned them into 45 yards rushing (3.2 YPC) and a touchdown on 13 carries and four receptions for 22 yards and another touchdown.
The opening over/under line for Seahawks – Lions was 48.5. They flirted with 100 total points on more than 1,000 yards of offense in Week 4. Jared Goff completed 26 of 39 pass attempts for 378 yards, four touchdowns and an interception despite being without Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Chark and D’Andre Swift. T.J. Hockenson caught eight of his 12 targets for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Rashaad Penny averaged 8.9 yards per carry on 17 carries and rushed for two touchdowns. This game was nuts.
The over/under line for this Seahawks – Lions game was 48.5.
They're at 86 with two minutes left to play.
— Mike Maher (@mikeMaher) October 2, 2022
Jamal Agnew made the most of an increased role by scoring two touchdowns. This could be a one-time thing because Zay Jones was out this week, but Agnew led the team in receptions and was dynamic with the ball in his hands. Jaguars HC Doug Pederson showed in Philadelphia that he isn’t afraid to ride the hot hand, so it would not be surprising at all to see more scripted touches for Agnew going forward. It may be hard to rely on him in most fantasy leagues, but he should definitely be a target in deeper leagues while we see if his role grows going forward.
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Random notes, stats and fun facts.
I don’t have many Kyle Pitts shares, but I wasn’t against taking him if he fell to the third round in drafts this offseason. And while I still believe in the player, it has been a ROUGH start to the season. John Daigle put this in very painful context:
Taysom Hill, 7.4 PPR points per game
Kyle Pitts, 6.2 PPR points per game
— John Daigle (@notJDaigle) October 3, 2022
It’s hard to believe this Kenny Pickett stat is true, but ESPN Stats & Info tweeted it out:
Kenny Pickett has found the end zone twice on the ground. He's the first QB in NFL history to have multiple Rush TD in his first career game. pic.twitter.com/QsbCKEBSrU
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 2, 2022
- Kenny Pickett replaced Mitch Trubisky on Sunday and immediately threw an interception on his first pass. He went on to complete 10 of his 13 pass attempts for 120 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions, so he technically didn’t throw any incompletions in his first career game. He also became the first QB in NFL history to have multiple rushing touchdowns in his first career game. Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said after the game that he was only looking for a spark and didn’t necessarily commit to Pickett starting in Week 5. The guess here is that he does.
- Daniel Jones left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and was replaced by Tyrod Taylor. Taylor then left the game with a concussion, and a hobbled Jones re-entered the game but was on handoff duty. Jones is considered day-to-day and will likely be questionable headed into a Week 5 matchup against the Green Bay Packers in London. Taylor is in the league’s concussion protocol.
- With Mac Jones out, Brian Hoyer started for the Patriots against the Packers. But he also left the game with a head injury and was replaced by rookie Bailey Zappe. Zappe came in and looked…OK? He completed 10 of his 15 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Will Lutz made a 60-yard field goal for the Saints in London and then almost came back a few minutes later and nailed a 61-yarder. Unfortunately, this happened instead:
DOUBLE DOINK! Will Lutz from 61 to tie the game. Vikings win 28-25. pic.twitter.com/sKbbVLZpcc
— Lᴀᴡʀᴇɴᴄᴇ Tʏɴᴇs (@lt4kicks) October 2, 2022
If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant, which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.