This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
For many the start of the NFL season offers the promise of a bit of normalcy that has been missing since the words COVID-19 and social distancing entered our everyday lexicon. Yet, as the NFL attempts to get the 2020 season started in the middle of a pandemic, it's important to remember these players are also people. They are having to make difficult choices regarding the health and well being of themselves and their families at home. The decision to opt out of the upcoming season should be respected, especially as we learn more about the potentially long-term effects of COVID-19. In addition to its effect on the respiratory systems and lungs, studies have shown a bout with coronavirus can impact other organs and organ systems, including the heart and digestive tract. Keep that in mind as you begin your draft preparation for what is likely to be a rollercoaster season.
The First Round of COVID-19 Opt-Outs
The first wave of players electing to sit out the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns included several wide receivers who carried fantasy value. In Green Bay, Devin Funchess will have to wait a year to make his Packers debut after opting out. Funchess was added in the offseason to give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a big target opposite Davante Adams. Now the team will have to turn back to Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The duo failed to seize extra opportunities last year when given the chance and finished the year