Player injury update: Week 16

Player injury update: Week 16

Injury Analysis

Player injury update: Week 16

There were more big injuries in Week 15. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups, especially during fantasy playoffs. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community:

Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers – Rodgers returned from a broken collarbone last week but his status for Sunday is unclear. The Packers were virtually eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the Panthers on Sunday. Rodgers still isn’t fully recovered from the injury and Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he took too many hits. There’s a good chance Brett Hundley finishes out the year as Green Bay’s starting quarterback.

Rex Burkhead, RB New England Patriots – Burkhead left last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury. The Patriots believe he suffered a sprained knee. Burkhead will likely miss Week 16. Dion Lewis and James White will shoulder more of the load if Burkhead can’t play versus the Buffalo Bills.

Tevin Coleman, RB Atlanta Falcons – Coleman missed Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a concussion. He’ll need to get cleared by Sunday. Consider Coleman questionable to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Leonard Fournette, RB Jacksonville Jaguars – Fournette missed Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with quad and ankle injuries. The Jaguars didn’t miss Fournette in their route of the Texans. He’s only expected to miss one week, so Fournette should be back for a favorable matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Joe Mixon, RB Cincinnati Bengals – Mixon missed his second straight game with a concussion. If Mixon still isn’t cleared in time for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, Giovani Bernard will start again in his place.

Davante Adams, WR Green Bay Packers – Adams is dealing with a concussion after a brutal hit by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis knocked him out of the game Sunday. Adams is listed as week-to-week. He’ll likely miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Keenan Allen, WR Los Angeles Chargers – Allen was carted off the field with a back injury late in Saturday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the scare, Allen is expected to be fine. He’ll be locked in as a WR1 for Fantasy Super Bowls.

Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers – Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle early in the Steelers loss to the Patriots. Brown is expected to return for the playoffs but he’s out for the remainder of the regular season. It’s a devastating blow to both the Steelers offense and fantasy owners. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant will start in a great matchup versus the Texans this week.

Amari Cooper, WR Oakland Raiders – Cooper missed Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with an ankle injury. He’s played just 14 snaps in the last three games. Cooper is listed as week to week.

Chris Hogan, WR New England Patriots – Hogan was inactive last week with a shoulder injury. He returned two weeks ago but Hogan either suffered a setback or just wasn’t fully recovered. He should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Marqise Lee, WR Jacksonville Jaguars – Lee suffered an ankle injury early in Sunday’s win over the Texans. Keelan Cole (7/186/1) and Jaydon Mickens (4/61/2) exploded in Lee’s absence. Lee is expected to miss Week 16, opening the door for Cole, Mickens and Dede Westbrook to see more targets against the San Francisco 49ers.

Jeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore Ravens – Maclin missed Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. He’s expected to miss Week 16 as well. Mike Wallace will remain Joe Flacco’s top target against the struggling Colts secondary.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR Denver Broncos – Sanders suffered a bruised ankle late in Thursday night’s win over the Colts. He’s listed as day to day. The Broncos passing game is one to stay away from for owners in Fantasy Super Bowls.

Hunter Henry, TE Los Angeles Chargers – Henry is dealing with a small laceration on his kidney. He could miss the rest of the regular season. Henry wasn’t officially ruled out on Monday but fantasy owners playing for a championship need to be making other plans at tight end.

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