Injury Status: Week 15

Thu Dec 12 9:54am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Well, last week was a really tough one when it comes to injuries. Several receivers went down, leaving some holes in fantasy lineups. And injuries weren’t just limited to receivers. Other positions also were impacted. This could make setting lineups a little iffy for fantasy owners this week, which is a shame because we are in the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully, all the injuries don’t impact your lineup too much. Here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . . 

Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins. Guice is injured once again, hurting his knee last week. He has been placed on Injured Reserve and is done for the season. This leaves Adrian Peterson as the starter for the Redskins going forward. Guice is a talented player but injuries have marred his career to date. He is going to need to show he can stay healthy if he hopes to land a starting job in this league. 

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens. Jackson has been limited in practice this week because of a quad injury but is going to be ready to go for the game Thursday night. This injury won’t keep him out and shouldn’t slow him too much. We would play him with confidence in a great matchup against the Jets.  

Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles. Agholor continues to battle a knee injury and is iffy to play this week. The Eagles are likely to do all they can to get Agholor on the field, though, because the team is super thin at the position right now. Consider him a game-time decision but the chances of him playing seem decent. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery is done for the season because of a foot injury suffered last week. He suffered a non-contact foot injury. This leaves the Eagles very thin at receiver for the rest of this season. 

Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens. Andrews suffered a minor knee injury last week and has been limited in practice this week because of the injury. He is questionable to play Thursday, but seems to have a pretty good shot to play. As long as he is in the lineup, Andrews is a solid play for fantasy teams. 

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets. Bell was battling an illness last week, which kept him out of the game. He is already practicing in full this week and seems over the bug that sidelined him last week. He will be good to go and get his usual workload in the Jets offense. 

Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram remains limited in practice because of a foot injury. He remains iffy to play and should be considered a game-time decision for Week 15. At this point, we would just get other options ready to play. Engram is a real wild card. 

Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Olsen missed the game last week because of a concussion, but is back practicing some this week. He could be cleared to play Week 15 before the week is out. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Olsen seems to be progressing. If he isn’t able to return, Ian Thomas gets another start for the Panthers. 

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins. Parker was knocked from last week’s game with a concussion. He is practicing some to start the week, which is a pretty good sign, but is no sure thing to be cleared for the game. The good news is Parker should have his status figured out before the week is out, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Allen Hurns would likely be the top target in the passing game if Parker is unable to play.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders. Jacobs sat out the game last week because of a lingering shoulder injury. He had an MRI on the injury this week and received good results on the injury. The expectation is Jacobs should be able to play this week, barring some sort of late-week setback. He should be ready to go for Week 15.

Marvin Jones, WR, Lions. Jones is done for the season because of an ankle injury. He was injured last week and has already been placed on Injured Reserve. Danny Amendola could see a slight uptick in targets with Jones out of the lineup. 

Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings. Thielen has missed the last several games because of a hamstring injury, but is finally set to return this week. He is practicing to start the week, which is a very good sign, and should return to the starting lineup, barring a setback late in the week. Thielen has high upside as long as he is active and in the starting lineup for the Vikings. 

Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs. Williams is back practicing this week. His rib injury seems to finally be getting better. He is looking like a pretty good bet to return this week and split the work at running back for the Chiefs with their host of backs. This is a really tough situation for fantasy owners because you aren’t sure the back that will get the most carries.

Jameis Winston, QB, Bucs. Winston suffered a fractured thumb last week but was able to play with the injury. He is out of practice to start the week but should get in some work before the week is out. The Bucs believe he will be healthy enough to play and start the Week 15 games.

Mike Evans, WR, Bucs. Evans is another receiver that was injured last week. He suffered a pretty serious hamstring injury and is already being ruled out for the rest of this season. This puts Breshad Perriman in the starting lineup opposite Chris Godwin for the Bucs. 

D.J. Chark, WR, Jaguars. Chark injured his ankle last week and was seen in a boot early in the week. The Jaguars are calling him week-to-week. We would not expect him to play this week. Chark could return before the season is out, but get other options ready. Things don’t look great for the rookie right now. 

Daniel Jones, QB, Giants. Jones was held out of last week’s game because of a sprained ankle. Reports are the injury is a multiple week injury, meaning Jones is likely to miss this week, too. He is practicing on a limited basis, but we expect the Giants to play it safe with their rookie quarterback. Expect Eli Manning to get the start in Week 15.  

Noah Fant, TE, Broncos. Fant suffered a foot injury last week but had a huge game before the injury. The good news is the injury doesn’t seem too serious. He has not been ruled out for this week just yet. We should have a better idea late in the week, but get other options ready for now. The Broncos might play it safe with their young player since the team has little to play for.  

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks. Penny is done for the season, suffering a torn ACL last week. He is set to undergo surgery and will face a long recovery. He might not even be ready for the start of the ’20 season. It is a shame to see him get hurt when he was playing his best football to day.  

Ryan Griffin, TE, Jets. Griffin is out of practice because of an ankle injury. He has already been ruled out for the Week 15 game. Daniel Brown likely starts for the Jets at tight end this week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers. Smith-Schuster is set to make his return this week after missing the last few games because of a knee injury. He is fully participating in practice this week and ready to go for Week 15. He will return to his spot as the No. 1 receiver for the Steelers.  

James Conner, RB, Steelers. Conner is another Steeler ready to return to the starting lineup. His is practicing in full this week. His shoulder injury is finally about 100 percent healthy. 

Will Fuller, WR, Texans. Fuller was held out of the game last week because of a hamstring injury. He has been limited in practice this week but has a shot to return. Consider him a game-time decision, but it is encouraging to see Fuller get some work on the practice field already.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Kenny Golladay Sep 25 12:50am ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday but is in line to make his season debut in Week 3 against the Cardinals. Golladay suffered a strained hamstring in practice on Sept. 9 and has missed the first two games of the season. Normally a pretty solid WR1 option for fantasy lineups, the Lions No. 1 wideout will carry a bit more risk with him if he makes his 2020 debut this weekend. Plus, Golladay will likely be covered by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, which won't be an easy task by any means. You're probably starting Golladay if he's active, but it might be wise to temper expectations a bit. If he's back, it'll be bad news for Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola.

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A.J. Brown Sep 25 12:40am ET

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee) missed his second straight practice on Thursday. It's not a good sign for the 23-year-old after he missed the Week 2 game. Brown will need to get in at least a limited practice on Friday to have a shot at suiting up this Sunday against the Vikings. Have a backup plan in place if you own him. Corey Davis will be worth flex consideration if Brown misses another game, Adam Humphries would have some sleeper potential in DFS and deeper leagues, and tight end Jonnu Smith would have real TE1 appeal after going for four catches, 84 yards and two touchdowns without Brown in the lineup last weekend.

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Laviska Shenault Jr. Sep 25 12:30am ET

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. was a popular pick to have a breakout game against the Dolphins in Week 3, but it didn't happen, as he finished with just 33 receiving yards. Shenault did record five receptions, but with his usage mainly coming in the short-yardage passing, Shenault didn't have the chance to do much with the opportunities he received. Moving forward, Shenault is a low-ceiling fantasy option until we actually see him used in a way that offers a chance for him to produce more than just a handful of yards.

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Chris Thompson Sep 25 12:20am ET

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Thompson continued to see his role expand on Thursday night, catching five passes for 35 yards and adding three rushing yards on two carries. Thompson isn't the same receiving threat that he was in Washington, but he's becoming a larger part of things for the Jaguars. That doesn't mean you need to rush out and put him in your fantasy lineups moving forward, but it's worth keeping an eye on what Thompson does in Week 4 against the Bengals.

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Keelan Cole Sep 25 12:10am ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole caught four passes for 43 yards in Thursday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. It was Cole's first game this year without a touchdown. Thursday showed us what Cole's floor this year likely looks like: a handful of catches with an average of around 10 yards per reception. You'll take that in deeper leagues, but he's likely just a tad too inconsistent to be a weekly start in 12-team leagues, especially when you consider this was a matchup that felt ripe for the taking for the Jaguars passing game and they responded with their worst offensive output of the season.

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Chris Conley Sep 25 12:10am ET

With D.J. Chark Jr. (chest/back) out, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley was a popular pick to see an expanded role on Thursday night. And he did, as he led the team in targets with eight. The problem? Drops and some poor positioning led to Conley catching just three of those passes for 34 yards. This was his chance to impress and show he deserved a larger role, and it just didn't happen. Conley's on the fringes of rosterability in season-long leagues at this point, with his value fully dependent on Chark missing more time.

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James Robinson Sep 25 12:00am ET

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson was the only consistent source of production in Thursday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. The undrafted rookie ran the ball 11 times, finishing with 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also led the team in receptions, catching six of them for 83 yards. Robinson might be the only player who can be a weekly starter on this offense right now and should be considered a fantasy RB2 going forward. Even when the Jaguars offense looks like a train wreck, Robinson manages to get his numbers.

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Gardner Minshew II Sep 24 11:50pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars weren't supposed to be blown out by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, but they were, as the Dolphins took the 31-13 victory. Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II struggled all night, going 30-for-42 for 275 yards with no touchdowns while throwing an interception and narrowly avoiding throwing a second. He also added 22 yards on the ground. Minshew was a huge disappointment to fantasy managers, and now we have reason to doubt the mustached passer, who we thought was on his way to being a consistent fantasy QB2.

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Lamar Jackson Sep 24 11:30pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has his most formidable challenge of the 2020 season thus far against the Chiefs on Monday night. The third-year signal-caller has played relatively well against Kansas City throughout his career (two games), throwing for 414 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 22 carries for 113 yards and an additional score. While his previous performances against the squad doesn't guarantee a similar output, it is reasonable to assume that fantasy managers may see the same type of production once again. In case there was any doubt, keep him starting in all formats.

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Drew Sample Sep 24 11:20pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Drew Sample caught seven of his nine targets for 45 yards against the Browns in Week 2. Although it's unlikely that rookie quarterback Joe Burrow will throw 61 passes against the Eagles as he did against Cleveland, the sophomore will likely be in line for an uptick in production after Cincy lost C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) for the remainder of the 2020 campaign. While Sample probably can't be depended on for consistent production moving ahead, he is a suitable dart throw for those in need of a tight end in Week 3 and the remainder of the year.

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Tyler Boyd Sep 24 11:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd has racked up 11 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown throughout his first two games of the year. With A.J. Green back in the mix after missing some time due to injury, concerns emerged as to whether or not Boyd would be able to produce a third-straight 1,000-yard season. Nonetheless, as the 25-year-old builds a familiar rapport with rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow, the door could open for an uptick in fantasy production moving head. While Green, John Ross III, and Tee Higgins will also be looking for Burrow's attention, Boyd may emerge as the undisputed No. 1 wideout for the team from a production standpoint. As far as his Week 3 outlook against the Eagles, fantasy managers should keep him starting, regardless of format.

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Joshua Kelley Sep 24 11:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley continues to get work as the No. 2 running back. Kelley received 52% of the snaps out of the backfield and 23 carries compared to the 16 that starter Austin Ekeler got. Kelley has now recorded 124 rushing yards on 35 attempts and has scored one touchdown in two games. He has also chipped in with a pair of catches for 49 yards. The Chargers have a favorable matchup against a Panthers Defense that has given up the sixth most points per game this season. Kelley is a solid option at the flex position for managers in Week 3.

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Keenan Allen Sep 24 11:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen will look to build off of a strong Week 2 outing in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. Allen was a beneficiary of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert drawing the last minute start over Tyrod Taylor (chest) this past Sunday. Allen capitalized by hauling in seven of his 10 targets for 96 yards. The Panthers Defense is 10th in the league in allowing the fewest receiving yards per game, but that same defense has allowed 32.5 points per game this year and that would increase the odds of Allen getting a chance for his first touchdown. Allen should be considered a low-end WR2 in Week 3.

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Hunter Henry Sep 24 11:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has been off to a hot start in 2020, but will have a tough challenge against the Panthers in Week 3. Henry has been one of the better options at a tough position and most importantly has looked healthy in two games. The Panthers have been successful in shutting down the tight end position thus far and have held Darren Waller, Jason Witten, O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski to just eight catches and 58 yards over the first two weeks. Henry should still be considered a TE1, but this will be his toughest test so far this season.

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A.J. Green Sep 24 10:50pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green hasn't had the most spectacular 2020 campaign but will attempt to get on track against Philadelphia in Week 3. Despite being targeted 22 times by rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow throughout the first two games of the year, the veteran has hauled in only eight of them for an unimpressive 80 yards. After having not played for nearly two years due to injury, the 32-year-old may have needed a game or two to get rid of any residual rust. While many are likely apprehensive about starting him against the Eagles due to his underwhelming play thus far, he has done enough throughout his career to earn another start or two before fantasy managers decide whether or not to pull the plug. For now, keep him starting.

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Austin Ekeler Sep 24 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will look to continue his strong season with a matchup against the Panthers in Week 3. Ekeler has been sharing work with rookie Joshua Kelley and received 56% of the snaps in Week 2. Kelley also got a big chunk at 52% last Sunday. The backfield has worked out well so far for fantasy managers and Ekeler should be considered a low-end RB1 against a defense that is allowing 127.5 yards per game and 32.5 points. Ekeler has rushed for 177 yards on the season with five receptions for 58 yards.

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Joe Mixon Sep 24 10:40pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will look to get things going against Philadelphia on Sunday. The 24-year-old has been a colossal disappointment through the first two games of the year, racking up an underwhelming 115 yards off of 35 attempts for a miserable 3.3 YPC. He has also hauled in just five catches for 42 yards. The former Sooner isn't a stranger to slow starts, especially since he didn't score on the ground until Week 11 of the 2019 campaign. Although Mixon hasn't done much to earn the trust of fantasy managers, there aren't many options with an upside as high as his. Keep him starting in all formats against the Eagles in Week 3.

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Joe Burrow Sep 24 10:20pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will look to keep things on track in Week 3 against the Eagles. The rookie has had an impressive inaugural season, throwing for 509 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception throughout his first two games. He has also racked up 65 yards and an additional score on 15 attempts on the ground. The 23-year-old has displayed maturity and game-management skills well beyond his years. Although he may have a few rough performances over the team's next 14 games, fantasy managers, especially in deep, Superflex leagues, shouldn't hesitate to roll with Burrow against Philadelphia on Sunday as the upside is certainly there.

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Cleveland Browns Sep 24 9:40pm ET

The Cleveland Browns Defense is a solid fantasy option for their Week 3 matchup against the Washington Football Team. Washington's offense has not been very potent through two weeks, scoring 42 total points and while allowing seven sacks and committing two turnovers. Cleveland is installed as a seven-point home favorite in a game that could be rather low-scoring. Fire up the Browns defense as a top-10 fantasy option for Week 3.

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Leon Jacobs Sep 24 9:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Leon Jacobs (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 3 game and has been ruled out.

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