Unlike last week’s injury report, Week 13 is chalked full of fantasy relevant injuries. While this may be disastrous for some owners vying for a playoff spot, many of the players below have fairly optimistic outlooks when it comes to being able to suit up. Since this is the last week of the regular season in most fantasy leagues, owners will want their lineups to be at full strength to battle into the playoffs.
Byes shouldn’t be too much of an issue this week as the Titans and Browns are the only two teams in the league that won’t be playing. If your team is currently plagued by injuries, the good news is that you should be able to find serviceable replacements with so few teams on a bye.
As usual, the information below is updated through Friday’s practices so every player’s status is worth confirming before kickoff on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers (QB) – Although Rodgers carries the questionable tag into the weekend, Head Coach Mike McCarthy has said he expects the star quarterback to be ready to go Sunday. Rodgers has participated in limited practices throughout the week after injuring his hamstring Monday night against the Eagles. While it does seem as though Rodgers will play, his status should still be confirmed before plugging him into lineups on Sunday.
Tom Brady (QB) – Brady, who participated in limited practice on Friday, is listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s match up against the Rams. Despite being listed with a knee injury Brady has almost no chance of missing this week’s game. While his status is always worth confirming, it appears that owners can go ahead and plug the always-productive quarterback into their lineups.
Andrew Luck (QB) – While Luck did participate in a full practice session on Friday, he has yet to officially be released from the NFL’s concussion protocol. He was scheduled to meet with an independent neurologist after Friday’s practice, and it now appears that Luck will be able to suit up on Sunday after missing last Thursday’s game. The star quarterback was also listed with a shoulder injury.
Theo Riddick (RB) – Riddick is once again listed as questionable with an ankle injury. The running back was a limited participant in practice throughout the week as he has been since returning from his ankle injury four weeks ago. While his status should be confirmed it seems Riddick will be ready to go Sunday against the Saints, a match up that provides a lot of fantasy appeal.
Mark Ingram (RB) – After missing practice all week with a toe injury, Ingram was able to participate in a limited fashion on Friday. While missing practice is never a good sign, the fact that Ingram was able to log one this week puts him in a good position for Sunday’s match up against the Lions. His status should be confirmed before putting him in this week’s lineups.
Latavius Murray (RB) – Murray was able to participate in limited practices throughout the week as he nurses an ankle injury. Murray has been able to play through this injury before and the Raiders are expecting him to do the same Sunday against the Bills.
Ryan Mathews (RB) – Head Coach Doug Pederson officially ruled Mathews out of Sunday’s match up after Friday’s practice. It appears as though Mathews knee is still not fully healthy and the Eagles will elect to go with a Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood backfield.
Julian Edelman (WR) – With yet another appearance on the injury report, Edelman is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams with a foot issue. Edelman has appeared on the injury report every week since Week 5 so it doesn’t appear as though he is in any doubt of missing this game. The Patriots are well known for conservative practices.
Sammy Watkins (WR) – Watkins is listed as questionable with his ongoing foot injury. The good news is that he was able to log limited practices on both Thursday and Friday which indicate his foot is doing well. The team has confirmed that Watkins will be ready to go Sunday against the Raiders. Watkins will not only see more snaps, but could benefit from both Robert Woods and Percy Harvin being ruled out.
Michael Crabtree (WR) – Although Crabtree is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills, he does not appear to be in any danger being held out. The wide receiver had the same ankle issue last week but was able to play against the Panthers.
Jordan Matthews (WR) – After injuring his ankle last Monday night against the Packers, Matthews was only able to log one limited practice this week. He appeared to be on track to suit up after returning to practice Thursday, but was listed as a non-participant for Friday’s practice. It appears as though owners should have some-sort of contingency plan in place – his status is worth monitoring before kickoff Sunday against the Bengals.
Tyrell Williams (WR) – Williams was able to participate in a limited fashion on Friday as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury. Reports out of Chargers’ practices indicate that Williams will likely be active for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. His status is worth monitoring before games start Sunday, especially with San Diego’s 4:25 p.m. kickoff time.
Marvin Jones (WR) – Jones, who is currently listed with a thigh injury, carries the questionable designation into Sunday. While he has been able to play through other injuries this year, it will be worth checking if he is available on Sunday. As of right now, it appears that Jones will be ready to go for Sunday’s match up against the Saints.
Tavon Austin (WR) – Austin, who is listed as doubtful with a chest injury, has not been able to participate in practices throughout the week. If his missed practices were any indication, it does not appear as though Austin will be able to suit up Sunday for the Rams’ match up against the Patriots.
Allen Hurns (WR) – Hurns has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Hurns was unable to practice throughout the week due to a hamstring injury. Marqise Lee seems primed for an uptick in usage and will slide into the Jaguars’ second receiver slot spot. Teammate Chris Ivory has also been ruled out of Sunday’s game with the same injury.
Jeremy Maclin (WR) – After participating in limited practices throughout the week it looks like Maclin will be able to suit up come Sunday. Despite carrying the questionable tag Maclin is set to return for his first game since Week 8 after dealing with a groin issue. It remains to be seen if he will have any restrictions as the Chiefs take on the Falcons.
DeVante Parker (WR) – Despite being listed as a non-participant at practice throughout the week, Parker will be a game-time decision on Sunday. Reports indicate the Dolphins remain optimistic that Parker will be ready to go by Sunday as he is listed with a back injury. Head Coach Adam Gase did indicate yesterday, however, that the Dolphins will be safe with their young receiver. Owners should check his status before kickoff Sunday against the Ravens.
Rob Gronkowski (TE) – Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair the ruptured disc in his back.
Jordan Reed (TE) – Reed has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a shoulder injury. After suffering the injury during the Redskins’ Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys it does not appear that Reed will be healthy enough to take the field. Vernon Davis will step into the starting tight end role in his absence.
Martellus Bennett (TE) – Bennett is currently listed as questionable for Sunday as he deals with ankle and shoulder injuries. While it does appear the veteran is a bit beat up, reports indicate that he will be available Sunday with Gronkowski out. His fantasy value should greatly benefit provided his health is able to hold up.
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