With the fantasy playoffs just one week away, we hope and pray that none of our stars get hit the injury bug. Yet this is the time, now more than ever to make sure we are fully prepared with handcuffs stashed away, and backup receivers scouted to make sure that if the bad news comes our way… we improvise, adapt and overcome!
It’s Thanksgiving Week, which means we have officially survived the bye weeks as well. What a time to be truly thankful.
Let’s talk about some of the biggest names in the league who landed on the injury report this week.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia (Hand)
Wentz is currently day-to-day with a bruised right hand. It is considered to be minor however, and shouldn’t keep him out of the lineup this Sunday against Miami. The Eagles need their franchise QB for the rest of the season as they attempt to make a run at the playoffs. They should get back to their winning ways this Sunday.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington (Wrist)
After grabbing his first career win (and a selfie to boot), Haskins came down with a “slight wrist injury” according to coach Bill Callahan. Haskins himself should be fine, while for the rest of us, anyone on Washington doesn’t seem to have any fantasy appeal as we march towards the postseason.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (Shoulder)
Speaking on Monday, Conner admitted that it would take some more time before he’s ready to return to game action from his Shoulder injury. He’s remained sidelined in practice, and isn’t expected to play against the Browns this week.
Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia (Shoulder)
Howard still hasn’t been cleared for contact, and remains day-to-day. He may not be able to go this Sunday, and if we get word that he can’t go, then fire up Miles Sanders in all formats in a tasty matchup against Miami.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco (Ankle)
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis (Calf)
During last week’s game against the Texans, Hilton admitted that his calf was still an issue with him. While he was able to get a limited practice session in yesterday, and he should be listed as “Questionable” for Week 13 against Tennessee. It is something to monitor throughout the rest of the week, and it isn’t great moving forward. We want a fully healthy T.Y. Hilton for the fantasy playoffs, not one that is battling calf issues.
Update: T.Y. Hilton is Out
Albert Wilson, WR, Miami (Ribs)
Wilson had to be helped off after taking a helmet-to-helmet shot in the third quarter of last week’s matchup against Cleveland. He’s considered day-to-day for now, but it’s something to keep our eye on for later in the week. The Dolphins are definitely running a little thin at the position.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland (Rib/Lung)
After exiting in the second half of last week’s game, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Renfrow broke a rib and punctured his lung, which caused the exit. It’s a big blow to the Raiders, who are vying for a playoff berth and leaned on Renfrow a lot. We should expect an uptick in targets for Darren Waller as a result.
Both Dorsett and Sanu missed last week’s game for New England with a concussion and ankle injuries. For Dorsett, he has cleared the league’s concussion protocol, and while he hasn’t practiced yet this week, he could make a return and play this Sunday. Same goes for Sanu, who is in much better shape than Dorsett, and should be expected to return Sunday night against the Texans.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota (Hamstring)
Thielen was able to resume practicing on Tuesday, but reportedly experienced a “slight scare” with his hamstring injury, and didn’t practice on Wednesday. It’s something to keep our eyes on, and he should be viewed as a game-time call for Sunday.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh (Concussion)
JuJu has officially cleared the league’s concussion protocol, but it is his knee issue that is concerning. His practice status on Friday will go a long way to decide whether or not he’ll be able to suit up this week. We’ll keep our eyes on this one.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee (Ankle)
After missing the past few weeks, Engram still has yet to practice this week, and it doesn’t look good for his availability on Sunday.
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and I will be back on Saturday for the next edition of Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em!
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