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.
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.
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.