Here we go! This is by far the longest list yet so get ready! If you want to listen to this full list, check out our week 12 injury update podcast episode.
Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots) – Burkhead will be out for the season with a knee injury. Damien Harris will continue to be the lead back and I expect James White to take over Burkhead’s role as the receiving back. I would start both of these players this week.
LaMical Perine (New York Jets) – Perine has been placed in the IR and I expect him to miss the rest of the season. Frank Gore will be the lead back once again. Gore will be a fine flex for the rest of the season.
Todd Gurley (Atlanta Falcons) – Gurley will miss this week due to a knee injury. Brian Hill will take over as the lead back for the week and should be a decent flex against the Falcons.
John Brown (Buffalo Bills) – Brown will miss another week with an ankle injury. Cole Beasley will be the WR2 for the Bills this week and has the potential to be a WR2 for your fantasy team. Beasley is a must-start.
D.J. Chark (Jacksonville Jaguars) – Chark is really the only player for the Jaguars receiving core that I would have been comfortable starting this week. Unfortunately Chark will be out with a rib injury. I have little confidence in Glennon and his receivers this week, I need to see it first.
Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) – Jackson has tested positive for COVID and will miss this week. Robert Griffin III will be the QB for at least a week, most likely more.
J.K. Dobbins/Mark Ingram (Baltimore Ravens) – Both have tested positive for COVID and will miss this week. Gus Edwards will be the lead back and has some value this week, but his ceiling is capped because they are facing the Steelers.
Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings) – Thielen tested positive for COVID, then tested negative the following day. Unfortunately, he is still on the COVID list and probably won’t make it off in time for the Vikings matchup against the Panthers. Justin Jefferson will be the WR1 and will have a very good opportunity to have a good performance.
Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers) – Aiyuk is still on the COVID list and will most likely stay on this list until next week. Deebo Samuel should have some more value this week in Aiyuk’s absence.
Raheem Mostert (San Francisco 49ers) – Mostert has been taken off of the IR and has a chance to play this week. If Mostert does play this week, he will be limited and will share the backfield with Wilson, and Mckinnon. Mostert should be a flex this week if he plays but will have a higher value next week.
Phillip Rivers (Indianapolis Colts) – Rivers was limited in practice this week and are truly questionable. I wouldn’t start Rivers this week, or really any, but if he is out, receivers like Michael Pittman would have a lower value.
Hayden Hurst (Atlanta Falcons) – Hurst is questionable with an ankle injury this week. There are many other TE’s that I would rather start over Hurst.
Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) – Jones is questionable with a hamstring injury. Obviously, if Jones does play, you start him. Calvin Ridley will be the only other receiver that I’m interested in.
Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers) – Panther Head Coach Matt Rhule said that he is pessimistic about CMC’s return this week. Luckily we will know Sunday morning if he plays. Mike Davis will have value once again if CMC is absent.
Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals) – Bernard was dealing with a concussion mid-week but practiced in full on Friday. Bernard is trending upward to play on Sunday.
Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos) – Jeudy was limited in practice this week but he is expected to play. This is a tough matchup but I would still start Jeudy and Patrick against the Saints.
Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins) – Tua has been dealing with a thumb injury on his throwing hand for the entire week. He got in some limited practice and should be a decent stream this week if he plays.
Austin Ekeler (Los Angeles Chargers) – Ekeler has a small chance to play this week, but Head Coach Anthony Lynn didn’t sound too confident. We will know Sunday morning but I expect to wait another week.
Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) – Andrews was dealing with an injury mid-week and was questionable. With the game moved to Tuesday, Andrews has plenty of time to heal.
Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks) – Head Coach Pete Carroll stated earlier in the week that Carson will play. Carson had limited sessions this week and is trending towards playing. Carlos Hyde will be the backup and should be on your team for insurance.
Teddy Bridgewater (Carolina Panthers) – Teddy was dealing with a knee injury that held him out last week. Teddy should be all good to go against the Vikings and should put up some solid points.
Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons) – Ridley was dealing with a foot injury but has been taken off the injury list. Ridley is a must-start and could have even more value with Julio Jones possibly being out.
Jerick McKinnon (San Francisco 49ers) – McKinnon should be all good to go this Sunday against the Rams however, I would not start him unless Mostert misses this week.
Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers) – This happens almost every week. Tonyan gets placed on the injury report mid-week and always ends up playing on Sunday. I would not worry about Tonyan’s injury this week.
A.J. Brown (Tennessee Titans) – Brown was injured mid-week but was taken off the injury list. Brown should be a solid start even when he’s going up against one of the best defenses in the league.
Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) – Samuel is expected to play this week and has some value as the top receiver in Aiyuk’s absence. It is a difficult matchup this week so his ceiling is capped.
Sam Darnold (New York Jets) – Darnold will finally return this week. Now, I’m not saying to start Darnold by any means, but this bumps up Crowder’s value for the remainder of the season.
Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) – Murray was dealing with a shoulder injury since last week’s matchup against the Seahawks. Murray was questionable midweek but should be all good to go against the Patriots.