Danny Amendola, WR, Knee: Amendola struggled with this injury last week to produce his worst fantasy game of the year. He didn’t practice on Wednesday so things are not looking good. My take: Will play, bench him. 1 catch for 13 yards was all he managed with this same injury.

Randall Cobb, WR, Hamstring: Cobb is now on his third straight missed game, but Cobb did practice in some capacity on Wednesday. Reports from the open practice said that Cobb was very active in practice. My take: Will play, bench him. I’d wait to see how healthy he really is before starting him in this important week.

Alex Collins, RB, Foot: We knew Collins wasn’t going to practice so that’s not a shocker, but even if he plays what is his role? Gus Edwards seems to have taken this job and run with it. My take: Won’t play.

Keke Coutee, WR, Hamstring: Coutee was knocked out of his week 12 game, however the early reports are that Coutee is “trending toward being able to play” by Coach Bill O’Brien. My take: Will play, flex him. The Browns aren’t great against WRs so Coutee could thrive.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Knee: Sitting for an entire practice isn’t what you want to see from a top WR, but I’m not willing to pass complete judgement yet. It wasn’t a major topic of discussion at the end of the day so I’m staying optimistic. My take: Will play, start him.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Shoulder: Limited in practice is telling me that they’re just being extra careful with Drake after momentarily leaving his game on Sunday. My take: Will play, flex him if necessary. He has a weak opponent and by resting him during practice he should be at fuller strength.

Eric Ebron, TE, Back: I think for this one the Colts are just taking gentle care of their out of nowhere All-Pro tight end. My take: Will play, start him.

Evan Engram, TE, Hamstring: Engram hurt a lot of owners who weren’t paying close attention by missing week 12 due to a pregame injury. All in all it’s been a bust of a season for the second-year TE and now he’s injured again, didn’t practice Wednesday and is facing a tough Bears defense that’s only allowed 1 TE to score double-digit fantasy points on them in the last 6 weeks. My take: Will play, start him if you have to — but start looking at the waivers for other options.

Devin Funchess, WR, Back: The man with the most oxymoronic last name sat out in week 12 and Wednesday’s practice. My take: Won’t play. Even if he does he hasn’t caught over 5 passes in the last 5 weeks.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Personal: The man with the least oxymoronic name missed week 12 with this same family issue. My take: unknown. Sorry Goodwin owners — I can’t really predict non-injury issues. I think he’ll play — but it’s hard to predict right now.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Thumb: He played with the broken thumb in week 12 but 2 catches for 34 yards? Is that actually playing? My take: Will play, bench him unless you don’t have any other options.

A.J. Green, WR, Toe: Being limited in practice is a gentle step in the right direction with his injured toe. My take: Will play, but Andy Dalton is out and he might not be 100%. If he’s your best WR then yea, start him. But if you have 2-3 other good options — think about them.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Groin: There were no signs of injury during Hilton’s 125 yard game in week 12 so I’m thinking this is just a day of rest. My take: Will play, start him.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Thumb: Like Graham above, Jackson played through his thumb injury in week 12. I think they’ll be taking it easy with Jackson in practice this week but…: My take: Will play, start him.

Kerryjohn Johnson, RB, Knee: LeGarrette Blount owners are watching this game just as closely as Johnson owners after Blount’s week 12 performance. Not practicing on Wednesday is a rough start for Johnson. My take: Won’t play. I think the Lions will play it safe with their breakout RB of the future.

Marlon Mack, RB, Concussion: Uh oh. No practice on Wednesday isn’t great news for Mack’s eligibility. He’s stuck in the NFL’s concussion protocol and won’t be free until he shows some kind of improvement. My take: Won’t play.

Vance McDonald, TE, Hip: McDonald left Sunday’s game with this injury, but did return later on. That tells me he’ll be fine to play against the Chargers. My take: Will play, start him if he’s your best option.

David Njoku, TE, Knee: He played through this same injury in week 12 and put up 17 fantasy points. I’m not worried. My take: Will play, start him.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Ankle: If you haven’t figured this out yet: limited = playing. My take: Will play, flex him if necessary. Ravens defense is tough.

Adam Thielen, WR, Calf: This has been a lingering injury for our boy Thielen, but he still hasn’t missed a game all season. My take: Will play, start him.

Chris Thompson, RB, Ribs: Thompson’s played in 1 game the past 7 weeks so Thompson is due for a return at some point. My take: Will play, flex him if desperate. This is Adrian Peterson’s team now and in his first game back the Skins could be conservative with Thompson.

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Shoulder: Maybe I spoke too soon when I said “limited = playing” back in the Calvin Ridley blurb. Trubisky was limited in practice on Wednesday but those limits were anything pertaining to his throwing shoulder. The Bears could probably play with a back-up QB and still beat the Giants. My take: Won’t play. Why risk it? The Bears are playoff bound and have a tougher match-up in the Rams in week 14.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Foot: As of Monday Watkins still had foot soreness then Wednesday came and he didn’t practice. The Raiders aren’t really a team that the Chiefs will need a banged up Watkins in order to win. My take: Won’t play.

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    Engram is my second TE so may be able to do without him. Is he, Godwin, or Humphries a drop for Coutee?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @miles proudfoot: i’d drop a backup TE before humphries for sure.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Yea, if whoever your first TE is is better than Engram than Engram doesn’t have value for you ROS.

  2. jason batteiger says:
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    kerryjohn makes more sense in a name than kerryon anyway, i think you fixed this. good work, nice job. one of those things where when his parents knew the mother was pregnant they couldn’t decide which name they liked, she had the name if a girl, the father did for a boy, so they split it and went with kerryjohn.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @jason batteiger: My real name is Kerryjohn.

  3. jason batteiger says:
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    if more alley cocks IND (got usage when he plays even WHEN doyle was healthy) plays him or ellison (assuming engram doesn’t play)? engram isn’t looking likely. IND has by far the best TE available this week matchup. this is for 20 team redraft PPR. lost doyle. matchups

    -ellison (if engram out) vs CHI (6th vs TE’s, but CHI doesn’t have tons of pass catchers and it’s c.daniels safety blanket time)
    -more alley cocks (himself maybe still injured and they added another TE just today) @ JAX (17th vs TE). IND of course has more TE usage to this point than any team i’ve ever seen
    – VD @ PHI (5th vs TE’s)
    – j.thomas HOU vs CLE (3rd vs TE’s)
    – goedert vs WAS (10th vs TE’s)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @jason batteiger: Out of everyone mentioned I’d go with Ellison — all the other guys are back-ups who are no guarantee.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Kerry Klug: this got real easy when more alley cocks got ruled out and engram too. i did drop more alley for ellison before this was answered i was worried more than ellison would get grabbed than cocks would be. i had enough time such that i could’ve gone back the other way if the rule outs went differently. for some reason i got NYG and CHI confused as to the c.daniel safety blanket part though, that might help burton, not ellison.

  4. Bart Pagel says:
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    Would you start Green if you had my team of Green, Golladay, T.J. Moore ,Edelmen, Landry and Ridley? I need two receivers and possibly a flex. Who would you pick? My RB’s are Gurley, Ekeler, Cohen and could have Josh Adams off waivers. Who would you Flex? I can use a receiver or RB. My opponent and my team are so close it is a conundrum! Can you please help? Thanks for the help all year.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Bart Pagel: drop “tj moore” for j.adams anyway, unless of course that is dj moore CAR, then don’t do that. i’d bench green due to himself coming off injury and CIN’s suck offense in general and backup QB starting. the question for me is which of cohen/dj moore/edelman/gooladay is benched. that seems harder. possibly cohen there though.

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