Week 13 is upon us, and that means, for most of you, this is the final week before PLAYOFFS!!! With only about a month of fantasy football left (SAD!), I’ll let you know which injuries suffered in week 12 have a chance to linger into playoff season, and who will be good to go!
Carson Wentz, QB, PHI – Hand
Carson Wentz is one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the NFL. Unfortunately, he’s not getting a fair shake this year. We’ve seen this Philly offense totally healthy only one time this year (yea you guessed it…week 1) when Wentz put up 25 fantasy points. Since then, weekly injuries to all offensive positions have decimated this offense. How ironic that Carson Wentz has been able to stay healthy all year, but this time, he has no one around him that can say the same! Not so fast though, as Wentz suffered an injury to his throwing hand this weekend in what was a brutal game for the young quarterback. The injury is said to be a bruised right hand, which should not be a problem, other than some mild to moderate pain, but should not impact his grip as the musculature is not affected. Wentz has a juicy matchup as the Eagles begin to get healthy again with Jeffery, Agholor, and Lane Johnson all potentially returning. It feels like the Eagles may once again have some late-season magic up their sleeves.
Prognosis: Day-to-day; should not impact Wentz’ play
Jeff Driskel, QB, DET – Hamstring
Driskel has been a good fantasy asset since his insertion into the lineup for injured Matthew Stafford. Unfortunately, Driskel suffered a hamstring injury in the Lions ugly loss to the Redskins on Sunday. While it is quite possible for a quarterback to play through a hamstring injury, a significant portion of Driskel’s fantasy success has been with his legs. In an already tough matchup (vs. Bears) on a short week, whether he plays or not, he should not be in fantasy lineups as he has NO upside in what will probably be a game that makes you want to vomit your once very tasty Thanksgiving meal.
Prognosis: GTD; low floor/low ceiling
Julio Jones, WR, ATL – Shoulder
Another potential AC joint issue for a high-profile fantasy player. Jones missed a chunk of the game on Sunday but was ultimately able to return which improves his prospects for playing on Turkey Day. While James Conner owners may hear “AC joint” and think the worst, wide receivers are not subject to the same type of play-by-play punishment as running backs. That being said, while I DO think he plays, Julio has historically put his body on the line to go for contested catches, and one bad landing could knock him out of this game. Obviously, if you have Julio, YOU PLAY JULIO, but he does have added risk this week, and beyond, as the shoulder will not be fully healed for at least 3-4 weeks. Don’t expect to see much, if any, practice out of him on a short week.
Prognosis: Day-to-day; expect him to play
Golden Tate, WR, NYG – Concussion
Tate went into the concussion protocol after scoring a touchdown late in the game on Sunday. The Giants have played the majority of the season without their top two wideouts in the game at the same time (Sterling Shepard missed nearly two months with multiple concussions), and that trend may continue if Tate is unable to get through the protocol before the weekend. Will monitor his progress going forward.
Prognosis: Day-to-day; monitor protocol progress
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND – Calf
After admitting to aggravation to his calf strain on Thursday, that kept him out nearly a month, Hilton is looking VERY questionable for week 13. Calf strains have among the HIGHEST recurrence rates and the fact that Hilton only “hopes” he can practice this week is a telling sign. It is likely Hilton returned too soon from his initial injury and he will now likely face another absence. DO NOT count on Hilton for this week or the opening round of the fantasy playoffs as this injury can easily nag him for the rest of the season.
Prognosis: Week-to-week; VERY HIGH recurrence rates
Hunter Renfrow, WR, OAK – Ribs/Lung
The Raiders’ playoff hopes took a brutal hit on Sunday as the got ROCKED by the lowly Jets. In addition, the Raiders also lost their young/old wide receiver, Hunter Renfrow, as he got crunched on a pass from Derek Carr. Renfrow was able to return to the game for some time, but we later learned he was dealing with a broken rib AND a punctured lung. No idea how someone plays through that honestly as his breathing was certainly impacted. As far as Renfrow’s status going forward, I don’t believe he plays for the rest of the fantasy season, though he would have a chance if the Raiders made the real-life playoffs. If Renfrow was rostered, the ascending PPR staple can safely be dropped.
Prognosis: 4-6 weeks
Eric Ebron, TE, IND – Ankles
Ebron had been fighting through injury seemingly all year, and on Monday we learned that he was just unable to play through the pain any longer as the Colts’ redzone threat will undergo bilateral ankle surgeries. There has not been a firm diagnosis, as of yet, which points to this being more of a clean-up procedure. Jack Doyle and BIG Mo Alie-Cox are up next on the depth chart, neither of which are more than streaming options at this point in the season. Ebron will be back for the start of camp next season.
Prognosis: Out for season
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