Thu Nov 19 9:14am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
The injury report doesn’t always have to be bad news, right? At this time of the season, there is a chance players will be returning from an injury suffered earlier in the year. And this week has a few of those players that make the list. Hopefully, some of these guys can give your team a boost going the rest of the way. Below is all the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers. McCaffrey is out another week because of his shoulder injury. There was some hope he might play this week but he has already been ruled out. It isn’t certain when McCaffrey will return, but it could be another week or two. Mike Davis starts while McCaffrey is out of action.
Drew Lock, QB, Broncos. Lock is pretty banged up, dealing with a muscle strain and bruising near his ribs. He is out of practice to start the week but has a chance to return before the week is out, giving him a chance to play Week 11. Don’t rule him out just yet, but get other options ready. Brettt Rypien or Jeff Driskel would start if Lock is unable to play.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Brees is dealing with cracked ribs and a collapsed lung. He is going to miss some time with this one, likely out at least a couple weeks. Jameis Winston is expected to be the starter for the Saints while Brees is sidelined.
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals. Mixon remains out of practice because of a foot injury. He is being called day-to-day but it is not looking good for him to play once again. Unless he makes a quick recovery later in the week, Mixon will miss the Week 11 game. Gio Bernard should get another start for the Bengals.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions. Golladay is already practicing some this week, putting him in a good spot to play Week 11. His hip injury is finally improving. As long as he doesn’t have a setback later in the week, look for Golladay to play this week and serve as the top option in the Lions passing game.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Stafford is dealing with a partially torn ligament in his right thumb. This is on his throwing hand, which is a concern. Stafford still has a shot to play this week but nothing is certain. And even if he plays, Stafford might struggle some to throw the ball. You might just want to go with other options this week.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers. Bridgewater hurt his knee last week but avoid something too serious. He is dealing with a sprain and has been practicing on a limited basis. He has a pretty good chance to play this week. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest but things look good for Bridgewater right now.
Marvin Jones, WR, Lions. Jones is out of practice to start the week because of a knee injury. We don’t believe the injury is too serious but keep an eye on the notes for the latest. The Lions are likely just taking it cautious with their veteran receiver. We expect him to play Week 11.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks. Carson has missed a few weeks because of a foot injury but was able to get in some limited practice this week. He is listed as questionable for the Thursday night game, but it is not looking good for him to play right now. He has a better chance to return Week 12. The short week didn’t help Carson’s chances for playing time.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks. Lockett has some sort of knee injury and is listed as questionable on the Injury Report. This is a new injury but the Seahawks claim Lockett will be fine to play. He is expected to start and get his usual workload.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons. Ridley missed his last game with a foot injury but had the bye week to get healthier. He is practicing on a limited basis this week, giving him a chance to play. Nothing is certain right now but he is trending the right way. Consider him a game-time decision.
Matt Breida, RB, Dolphins. Breida is finally back practicing in full. His hamstring injury is finally back to near full strength. He should return to the lineup and could play a role right away with the Dolphins beat up at running back. Salvon Ahmed should continue to start for the Dolphins, though, while Myles Gaskin is out of action.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs. Watkins has missed the last four games because of a hamstring injury. He is practicing in full this week, though, and expected to finally return to the lineup for the Chiefs. He should return to his starting role and get his looks in the offense.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cowboys. Dalton has missed the last two games because of a concussion and COVID concerns. He is back practicing in full and set to make his return to the starting lineup Week 11. This is good news for all Cowboy offensive players. Dalton should give the offense a boost.
David Johnson, RB, Texans. Johnson will miss at least the next two games because of a concussion. He was placed on Injured Reserve last week, giving Duke Johnson the No. 1 running back job while he is out of action.
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets. Darnold was held out last week because of a shoulder injury and is likely to miss another week of action because of the injury. He is out of practice to start the week, giving Joe Flacco another start at quarterback for the Jets.
Davante Adams, WR, Packers. Adams is dealing with a new injury, being limited in practice because of a ankle injury. We don’t think this is too serious but something to at least keep an eye on. It might limit him some this week. But as long as he is active, Adams is a must start for fantasy teams.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seahawks. Hyde is set to return to the lineup this week. He is practicing in full this week and isn’t even on the Injury Report because of his hamstring injury. Hyde has a chance to start and play a big role in the offense right away with Chris Carson likely out once again for the Seahawks.
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 email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 13
The New York Giants placed starting outside linebacker Kyle Fackrell (calf) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a calf injury. Fackrell will miss at least the next three games, leaving the Giants very short-handed at the position. He was tied for second on the team with three sacks and was playing close to 100 percent of the defensive snaps before suffering the injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals. No outside linebacker on the active roster has more than one sack this year. Linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines are also on IR. Jamaal Sheard and rookies Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown could start in Week 13 against the Seahawks, making the New York defense one to avoid for fantasy managers after they were a popular streaming defense against Cincy.
The Denver Broncos activated quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after all three had PCR tests come back negative on Monday. They will all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chiefs. So barring additional team discipline, the Broncos won't be forced to use a practice-squad wide receiver under center against their division rivals. If Lock returns as the starter for this offense, it'll be excellent news for receivers Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant. Denver will likely be forced to throw often to keep up with the Chiefs high-octane offense, too, but Lock's inconsistency this season keeps him as a low-end QB2. The 24-year-old was 24-for-40 for 254 yards and two interceptions in the first meeting against KC back in Week 7.
The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he left the Week 12 win over the Raiders with a toe injury. In a corresponding move, the team activated receiver Laquon Treadwell from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and added him to the 53-man roster. Zaccheaus popped up for a couple decent games this year, but it his production was inconsistent on a weekly basis and he was too far down the team's receiving depth chart to be a viable fantasy option in most leagues. The second-year wideout's best game came in Week 9 against the Broncos when he had four receptions for 103 yards and his first touchdown of the season. If he doesn't make it back this year, he'll finish with 20 receptions (32 targets) for 274 yards and the one touchdown. Christian Blake and Brandon Powell could see some more playing time as the No. 4 wideout with Zaccheaus out.
Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II are both eligible to be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Week 12 game against the Steelers on Wednesday, but it's not a given that either will play. Both players have been isolated since testing positive for the virus on Nov. 22 and aren't allowed to fly on the team plane on Tuesday night. At this point, if you have Dobbins or Ingram on your roster, you've likely benched them for other running backs that already played in Week 12. Even if they both play, Gus Edwards could see the majority of backfield touches and will be the best fantasy play of the trio. Those that picked up Edwards in order to start him this week are hoping that neither Dobbins nor Ingram suit up in the tough matchup against the undefeated Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens activated defensive tackle Brandon Williams, quarterback Trace McSorley, nickelback Tavon Young and cornerback Khalil Dorsey from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. They could activate more players from the list before kickoff against the Steelers on Wednesday. McSorley should be the backup to Robert Griffin III on Wednesday with Lamar Jackson testing positive for COVID-19 and being unavailable this week. The return of Williams will be good news for Baltimore's defensive line, who will again be without Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell. The Ravens Defense is more of a gamble in DFS and season-long leagues against the undefeated Steelers, but inclement weather is expected and could make things tougher on both offenses.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) is 'just kind of beat up,' according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Cook briefly left the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers but returned to finish with 83 total yards and 22 touches. He leads the league with 1,385 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns on the season. The Vikings' schedule gets much tougher following the Week 13 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he'll remain a matchup-proof RB1 due to his heavy usage.
San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones, DE Jordan Willis and practice squad TE Daniel Helm will be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and practice Thursday, Dec. 3, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Matt Sokol and DB Jaylen Watkins were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Las Vegas Raiders LB Vic Beasley, PK Dominik Eberle, DE David Irving and DE Chris Smith were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Chad Hansen, DT Corey Liuget, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and WR Damion Ratley were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terry Godwin, DB Josh Nurse, DT Caraun Reid and PK Aldrick Rosas were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Dallas Cowboys DB Deante Burton, OT Jordan Mills, DB Rashard Robinson and OT William Sweet were named protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Denver Broncos RB LeVante Bellamy, TE Troy Fumagalli, DB Alijah Holder and LB Josh Watson were made protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cleveland Browns OT Michael Dunn, QB Kyle Lauletta, PK Matthew McCrane and OT Alex Taylor were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Free-agent WR Joe Webb (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray was designated as a protected practice squad player for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Kevin Hogan, WR Stanley Morgan, RB Jacques Patrick and TE Mitchell Wilcox were named as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Buffalo Bills DE Bryan Cox Jr., C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison and LB Darron Lee were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby were officially placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Texans also activated DT Andrew Brown from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.
Arizona Cardinals TE Seth DeValve, DE Michael Dogbe, RB D.J. Foster and WR A.J. Richardson were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.