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Injury Analysis

Waiting for Myles

by Denny Carter
Updated On: December 6, 2020, 12:41 am ET

We sit and wait for injured reserve and COVID-19 list activations that could change our Week 13 fantasy lineups as fantasy managers claw for the final playoff spots in their various leagues. 

Lamar Jackson and James Conner remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Saturday afternoon. David Johnson and Myles Gaskin could be removed from IR at any moment. These players will be worth monitoring as we edge closer to a critical week in fantasy football. 

Let's get into Week 13 injuries and how they might affect your start/sit decisions. 

Early Games

Bengals @ Dolphins

Bengals CB Tony Brown (hamstring) and G Alex Redmond (concussion) are out. 
DT Christian Covington (illness), C B.J. Finney (back), LS Clark Harris (illness), CB Darius Phillips (illness), WR Mike Thomas (hamstring), DT Xavier Williams (back), and S Brandon Wilson (hamstring) are listed as questionable. 

Miami’s backfield is a mess that could quickly become less messy if the team activates Myles Gaskin (knee, IR) to the 53-man roster on Saturday. RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and RB DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are out, and RB Matt Breida was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If Gaskin is inactive for Week 13, Patrick Laird and Lynn Bowden would likely split the backfield work, with Laird taking pass-game action. Gaskin would be a plug-and-play RB2 if he’s active. 

G Solomon Kindley (foot), WR Malcolm Perry (chest), and QB Tua Tagovailoa (left thumb) are questionable. Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like he’ll draw another start. The grizzled veteran under center is a massive boon for DeVante Parker, who has seen 30 percent of the team’s targets since Preston Williams injured his foot. Williams might not return this season. 

Lions @ Bears 

Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip), DE Da'shawn Hand (groin), and CB Jeff Okudah (shoulder) are out. The team is expected to release WR Marvin Hall to give younger players more run in the closing weeks of another lost season. Quintez Cephus should see more playing time this week and going forward; he remains a fringe fantasy option in deeper formats. 

DE Austin Bryant (thigh), QB Matthew Stafford (right thumb), RB D'Andre Swift (illness), and S Tracy Walker (not injury related) are considered questionable. Swift likely won’t see a full complement of snaps if he’s active against Chicago. The entire Detroit backfield should be considered hands-off unless fantasy managers are desperate for a Week 13 option. Adrian Peterson would be the best bet for a touchdown (or two) if Swift is inactive. 

Bears QB Nick Foles (hip), DT Akiem Hicks (hamstring), G Germain Ifedi (calf), T Charles Leno (toe), LB Khalil Mack (back), WR Darnell Mooney (knee), WR Allen Robinson (knee), LB James Vaughters (knee), and LB Josh Woods (foot) are questionable. Robinson injured his knee during Friday’s practice and was removed for precautionary reasons. It would be a shame if he missed this week’s superb matchup against an injury-riddled Detroit defense. 

Browns @ Titans

Browns WR KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring), WR Taywan Taylor (neck), and CB Denzel Ward (calf) are out. Ward missing this game is a boost for A.J. Brown and Corey Davis, who already had excellent matchups against a soft Cleveland secondary. C Nick Harris (ankle) and DT Vincent Taylor (knee) are considered questionable. 

Titans CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), TE Jonnu Smith (knee), and T Isaiah Wilson (illness) are out. Anthony Firkser will presumably serve as the team’s primary pass catching tight end with Smith sidelined, though Geoff Swaim was in that role last week against the Colts. Firkser is a last-ditch streamer. 
G Rodger Saffold (ankle) and DT Jeffery Simmons (knee) are questionable. 

Colts @ Texans

Colts T Anthony Castonzo (knee), LB Bobby Okereke (ankle), P Rigoberto Sanchez (illness), and S Khari Willis (back, quadricep) are out. RB Jonathan Taylor has been removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list and could resume his role as the team’s lead back against the Texans’ abysmal rush defense. Nyheim Hines should be regarded as a low-end RB2 play in PPR formats with Taylor back in the lineup. 

Colts T Chaz Green (back) and TE Noah Togiai (knee) are questionable. 

Texans RB Cullen Gillaspia (back) and RB C.J. Prosise (illness) are out, and DT Ross Blacklock (illness) is considered questionable. Houston is expected to activate David Johnson (concussion) from injured reserve this weekend. Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said this week that Johnson “looks great” since resuming practice on Wednesday. Johnson is a reasonable low-end RB2 play without much upside against the Colts, assuming he’s active. Duke Johnson would go back to RB4 status. 

Saints @ Falcons

Saints WR Marquez Callaway (knee), DE Marcus Davenport (concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), and RB Ty Montgomery (hamstring) are out. Jenkins and Davenport missing this one is a plus for Matt Ryan and the entire Atlanta offense. WR Deonte Harris (neck) and CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) are questionable. 

Falcons G James Carpenter (groin) is out, and DE Dante Fowler (hamstring), RB Todd Gurley (knee), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), and CB Kendall Sheffield (illness) are considered questionable. Both Julio and Gurley, who got in a limited Friday practice, are fully expected to play. Gurley is a touchdown dependent RB3 in a terrible matchup. 

Raiders @ Jets 

Raider S Johnathan Abram (knee), DT Maliek Collins (hamstring, ankle), and RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) are out. Devontae Booker will take over as the team’s lead back in a solid matchup. Jets opponents average 28.9 rushing attempts per game, the seventh highest mark in the NFL. Booker is a RB2 for those who stashed him this season. 

Raiders DT Maurice Hurst (ankle, calf), CB Isaiah Johnson (groin), and CB Trayvon Mullen (illness) are out. 

Jets G Alex Lewis (not injury related) is out, and G Pat Elflein (shoulder) and T George Fant (knee, ankle) are considered questionable. 

Jaguars @ Vikings

Jaguars LB Dakota Allen (hamstring), LB Kamalei Correa (hamstring), TE Ben Ellefson (knee), DT DaVon Hamilton (knee), and CB Sidney Jones (Achilles) are out. WR Chris Conley (hip), T Jawaan Taylor (knee), and S Jarrod Wilson (shoulder) are questionable. WR D.J. Chark will suit up after missing last week’s game against Cleveland. Chark is a volatile WR3 with Mike Glennon as his QB. 

Vikings TE Irv Smith (back) and DE D.J. Wonnum (ankle, back) are out. Kyle Rudolph will once again be a fine streaming option, though fantasy players shouldn’t expect Rudolph to see eight targets this week, as he did in Week 12. 

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Afternoon Games

Patriots @ Chargers 

Patriots LB Ja'whaun Bentley (groin), DT Adam Butler (shoulder), DT Byron Cowart (back), S Kyle Dugger (toe), K Nick Folk (back), TE Ryan Izzo (hamstring, hand), CB J.C. Jackson (hip), RB Jakob Johnson (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), QB Cam Newton (abdomen), WR Matt Slater (knee), and RB J.J. Taylor (quadricep) are listed as questionable. Newton will play. He’s a shaky mid-range QB2 option who’s probably best reserved for superflex formats. 

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (back) is out. RB Kalen Ballage (ankle), CB Casey Hayward (groin), DE Uchenna Nwosu (chest), and WR Joe Reed (ribs) are questionable. With Austin Ekeler back from injury, Ballage isn’t usable in fantasy leagues. 

Eagles @ Packers

Eagles S Rudy Ford (hamstring) is out, and CB Darius Slay (calf) is questionable. 

Packers C Corey Linsley (knee) is out. LB Krys Barnes (calf), RB Tyler Ervin (ribs), and LB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) are questionable. Ervin isn’t fantasy viable even if he plays this week, though he could eat into Jamaal Williams’ snaps. 

Giants @ Seahawks 

Giants QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) is out, making Seattle’s defense one of the week’s best options. Colt McCoy will get the start for New York. He should only be started in superflex formats. LB David Mayo (knee) is questionable. 

Seahawks CB Tre Flowers (hamstring), RB Travis Homer (wrist, knee), and T Brandon Shell (ankle) are doubtful for Week 13. DE Carlos Dunlap (foot), G Kyle Fuller (ankle), RB Carlos Hyde (toe), and G Damien Lewis (groin) are questionable. Head coach Pete Carroll said Hyde and Chris Carson will play against the Giants, and that Carson will get more touches in his second game back from a foot injury. 

Rams @ Cardinals 

Rams LB Terrell Lewis (knee) is out. C Brian Allen (knee) and DT Sebastian Joseph (hip) are questionable. 

Cardinals S Jalen Thompson (ankle) is out. DT Angelo Blackson (illness), DT Rashard Lawrence (calf), and S Charles Washington (groin) are listed as questionable. Larry Fitzgerald remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list and probably won’t play against LA, again opening up snaps and targets for Andy Isabella, who was second on the team in targets last week. Isabella is a high-end WR3 against the Rams. 

Sunday Night Football

Broncos @ Chiefs 

Broncos S Trey Marshall (shin) is out. WR Jerry Jeudy (ankle), RB Phillip Lindsay (knee), and LB Malik Reed (shin) are listed as questionable. Jeudy is slated to start in a rough matchup. If Lindsay is out, Levin Gordon is elevated to RB2 status based on volume alone. 

Chiefs LB Dorian O'Daniel (ankle) is out, while RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) is questionable after missing late-week practices with a stomach illness. The team seems confident CEH will be ready to play against Denver, but if he’s out, Le’Veon Bell is playable as a high-end RB3 who would probably absorb most early down touches in KC’s backfield. Expect Darrel Williams to take over passing downs if CEH is out. 

Monday Night Football

Football Team @ Steelers 

Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is listed as questionable. He’ll play against Pittsburgh. 

Steelers RB James Conner remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If he remains on the list headed into Monday, Benny Snell will again be the team’s RB1. In the pass-heavy Pittsburgh offense, Snell -- who totaled 93 yards against the Ravens in Week 12 -- is no more than a low-end RB2. 

Bills @ 49ers

Bills QB Josh Allen (knee, ankle) practiced fully Friday and should be ready to go for Week 13.

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (not injury related), DT D.J. Jones (not injury related), WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring), and DE Jordan Willis (not injury related) practiced in full Friday and will play on Monday. Samuel and Aiyuk are WR2/3 options against Buffalo. Samuel probably won’t dominate touches with Aiyuk back. 

Tuesday Night Football

Cowboys @ Ravens 

Cowboys T Cameron Erving (knee), G Zack Martin (calf), S Steven Parker (ankle), DE Aldon Smith (illness), and S Donovan Wilson (groin) didn’t practice Friday. 

Ravens S Chuck Clark (knee), LB Jaylon Ferguson (illness), CB Jimmy Smith (groin), DT Broderick Washington (concussion), and CB Tramon Williams (thigh) missed Friday’s practice. The team placed QB Robert Griffin III (hamstring) on injured reserve. That makes Trace McSorley the only active signal caller on Baltimore’s roster. The Ravens could activate Lamar Jackson from the reserve/COVID-19 list before Tuesday’s game. Fantasy managers banking on Jackson starting might be stuck with McSorley or Andy Dalton as their Week 13 QB. 

Denny Carter

Denny Carter is a fantasy football analyst for NBC Sports EDGE and co-host of Living The Stream. He specializes in kickers. He can be found on Twitter @cdcarter13. He never logs off.