Week 12: Injury Report

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Week 12 Rankings, Nick Mensio tells you who to start and who to fade in Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em, and Evan Silva breaks down every matchup in his award-winning Matchups Column. ” data-reactid=”11″>Week 12 of the fantasy football season is finally here, and the Rotoworld crew has everything you need leave the weekend with a win. Patrick Daugherty answers your lineup questions with his Week 12 Rankings, Nick Mensio tells you who to start and who to fade in Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em, and Evan Silva breaks down every matchup in his award-winning Matchups Column.

Rotoworld News Page, which will have every single inactive and all the late-breaking news up to kickoff and beyond. I also tweet last-minute thoughts at @notJDaigle.” data-reactid=”12″>As for me, I am here to shed some light on the most important injury situations facing fantasy owners heading into the weekend. The sister resource to this column is the Rotoworld News Page, which will have every single inactive and all the late-breaking news up to kickoff and beyond. I also tweet last-minute thoughts at @notJDaigle.

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Early Games” data-reactid=”19″>Early Games

Raiders @ Ravens” data-reactid=”20″>Raiders @ Ravens

Jordy Nelson (knee) is questionable for the Raiders’ receiver-needy offense. Without Brandon LaFell (torn Achilles’), though, Nelson should simply slide right back in across from slot wideout Seth Roberts and 6’5″ seventh-round rookie Marcell Ateman. Ateman is an enticing athletic stash for season-long, but this isn’t the matchup to test his receiving chops. With Martavis Bryant (knee) already ruled out, Dwayne Harris would be the fallback option if Nelson can’t go.” data-reactid=”21″>*Jordy Nelson (knee) is questionable for the Raiders’ receiver-needy offense. Without Brandon LaFell (torn Achilles’), though, Nelson should simply slide right back in across from slot wideout Seth Roberts and 6’5″ seventh-round rookie Marcell Ateman. Ateman is an enticing athletic stash for season-long, but this isn’t the matchup to test his receiving chops. With Martavis Bryant (knee) already ruled out, Dwayne Harris would be the fallback option if Nelson can’t go.

Alex Collins (foot) is questionable, making UDFA Gus Edwards an enticing option if the former is ruled out. Even if Collins is active, you’ll have to cross your fingers and hope he vultures goal-line touches away from Edwards. Another option is, you know, not starting him.” data-reactid=”22″>*Joe Flacco (hip) was officially ruled out Friday, giving Lamar Jackson another chance to shine against Oakland’s tanking defense. Baltimore’s offense averaged a 72% run play rate — the highest mark in Week 11 by a wide margin — behind Jackson’s 27 carries (!) last week. Alex Collins (foot) is questionable, making UDFA Gus Edwards an enticing option if the former is ruled out. Even if Collins is active, you’ll have to cross your fingers and hope he vultures goal-line touches away from Edwards. Another option is, you know, not starting him.

Jaguars @ Bills” data-reactid=”23″>Jaguars @ Bills

Keelan Cole was benched. Cole will likely return to the starting lineup across from Donte Moncrief and slot receiver Dede Westbrook, but he’ll potentially be running a majority of his routes on the outside against premier CB Tre’Davious White.” data-reactid=”24″>*LT Josh Walker (foot/ankle) was ruled out Friday, propelling incumbent LT Ereck Flowers into the starting lineup. WR DJ Chark’s (quad, out) absence may seem insignificant, but the rookie’s actually run the third-most routes (45) for Jacksonville since Keelan Cole was benched. Cole will likely return to the starting lineup across from Donte Moncrief and slot receiver Dede Westbrook, but he’ll potentially be running a majority of his routes on the outside against premier CB Tre’Davious White.

Josh Allen is fully expected to start against Jacksonville. He’s not a serviceable option himself, but his presence does directly affect LeSean McCoy since Allen was leading the Bills in red zone rushes (11) and carries inside the 10 (5) prior to injury. McCoy is still a salivating usage-based RB1 fresh off a season-high 26 carries in Week 10.” data-reactid=”25″>*Barring any soreness in his elbow over the next 48 hours, rookie Josh Allen is fully expected to start against Jacksonville. He’s not a serviceable option himself, but his presence does directly affect LeSean McCoy since Allen was leading the Bills in red zone rushes (11) and carries inside the 10 (5) prior to injury. McCoy is still a salivating usage-based RB1 fresh off a season-high 26 carries in Week 10.

Seahawks @ Panthers” data-reactid=”26″>Seahawks @ Panthers

Doug Baldwin (groin) didn’t practice all week but still somewhat-positively drew a questionable tag. A few in-the-know Hawks beat writers have speculated he’s closer to probable. Reportedly over the ailing knee issues that held him back earlier this season, Baldwin is a strong WR2 if active Sunday. He’ll avoid Panthers top corner James Bradberry, who’s traveled to the slot on just 24 snaps all year.” data-reactid=”27″>*Doug Baldwin (groin) didn’t practice all week but still somewhat-positively drew a questionable tag. A few in-the-know Hawks beat writers have speculated he’s closer to probable. Reportedly over the ailing knee issues that held him back earlier this season, Baldwin is a strong WR2 if active Sunday. He’ll avoid Panthers top corner James Bradberry, who’s traveled to the slot on just 24 snaps all year.

Torrey Smith (knee, questionable) would return from his four-game absence Sunday. That would typically be bad news for rookie D.J. Moore, who’s buoyed his newfound opportunity into an 80% snap rate and 30 routes per game sans Smith in those four contests. Fortunately for Moore, Devin Funchess (back) is doubtful and likely out. Expect Moore and Curtis Samuel to work as Carolina’s primary wideouts, with Smith qualifying as an extremely dicey FLEX in smaller DFS slates. Both Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey should also be allotted more targets without Funchess.” data-reactid=”28″>*Head coach Ron Rivera said he felt “pretty confident” Torrey Smith (knee, questionable) would return from his four-game absence Sunday. That would typically be bad news for rookie D.J. Moore, who’s buoyed his newfound opportunity into an 80% snap rate and 30 routes per game sans Smith in those four contests. Fortunately for Moore, Devin Funchess (back) is doubtful and likely out. Expect Moore and Curtis Samuel to work as Carolina’s primary wideouts, with Smith qualifying as an extremely dicey FLEX in smaller DFS slates. Both Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey should also be allotted more targets without Funchess.

Browns @ Bengals” data-reactid=”29″>Browns @ Bengals

David Njoku (knee, questionable) has followed the same practice regimen the past few weeks — limited, questionable, active. His 10% target share since OC Freddie Kitchens started calling plays is more concerning than whether or not he’ll actually be out there Sunday.” data-reactid=”30″>*David Njoku (knee, questionable) has followed the same practice regimen the past few weeks — limited, questionable, active. His 10% target share since OC Freddie Kitchens started calling plays is more concerning than whether or not he’ll actually be out there Sunday.

Patriots @ Jets” data-reactid=”36″>Patriots @ Jets

Rob Gronkowski, who said he’s “good to go” after sitting out the past 27 days with numerous ailments. If the Jets can muster any amount of offense, Gronk could finally produce another vintage top-five performance. He’ll be a TE1 if officially active. Sony Michel (knee, questionable) is also a viable usage-based RB2, pending health.” data-reactid=”37″>*Tom Brady (knee) was limited mid-week and unavailable to practice Friday, but there’s reportedly no reason to panic. He’s expected to play, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Same goes for Rob Gronkowski, who said he’s “good to go” after sitting out the past 27 days with numerous ailments. If the Jets can muster any amount of offense, Gronk could finally produce another vintage top-five performance. He’ll be a TE1 if officially active. Sony Michel (knee, questionable) is also a viable usage-based RB2, pending health.

Giants @ Eagles” data-reactid=”39″>Giants @ Eagles

49ers @ Buccaneers” data-reactid=”42″>49ers @ Buccaneers

Pierre Garcon (knee) wasn’t able to practice ahead of Week 12 and was swiftly ruled out. It’s a shame as he led the Niners with a 23% target share in his first and only game with Nick Mullens under center. Without him in Week 10, note that Kendrick Bourne (38 routes), Marquise Goodwin (35), and Dante Pettis (26) were dispersed in three-wide sets. ” data-reactid=”43″>*Pierre Garcon (knee) wasn’t able to practice ahead of Week 12 and was swiftly ruled out. It’s a shame as he led the Niners with a 23% target share in his first and only game with Nick Mullens under center. Without him in Week 10, note that Kendrick Bourne (38 routes), Marquise Goodwin (35), and Dante Pettis (26) were dispersed in three-wide sets.

Justin Evans (toe), and starting corner M.J. Stewart (foot). DeSean Jackson (thumb, questionable), Adam Humphries, and even Cameron Brate should all see an uptick in volume with Mike Evans running most of his routes opposite Richard Sherman and O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) shelved for the year. Rookie Ronald Jones (hamstring) got in a full week of practice but should only be used as a change-of-pace back behind Peyton Barber.” data-reactid=”44″>*Even without Garcon, it’s still a terrific matchup on paper for Mullens as the Bucs are guaranteed to be without stud LB Lavonte David (knee), hard-hitting S Justin Evans (toe), and starting corner M.J. Stewart (foot). DeSean Jackson (thumb, questionable), Adam Humphries, and even Cameron Brate should all see an uptick in volume with Mike Evans running most of his routes opposite Richard Sherman and O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) shelved for the year. Rookie Ronald Jones (hamstring) got in a full week of practice but should only be used as a change-of-pace back behind Peyton Barber.

Afternoon Games” data-reactid=”45″>Afternoon Games

Cardinals @ Chargers” data-reactid=”46″>Cardinals @ Chargers

Dolphins @ Colts” data-reactid=”49″>Dolphins @ Colts

Steelers @ Broncos” data-reactid=”52″>Steelers @ Broncos

Sunday Night” data-reactid=”55″>Sunday Night

Monday Night” data-reactid=”59″>Monday Night

Titans @ Texans” data-reactid=”60″>Titans @ Texans

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