There were more big injuries in Week 12. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community:
Jay Cutler, QB Miami Dolphins – Cutler missed Sunday’s game with a concussion. He got in two limited practice sessions last week, so there’s hope that he’ll be able to return to face the Denver Broncos. If he’s not cleared, Matt Moore will get his second straight start.
Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winston missed his third straight game Sunday with a shoulder injury. He’ll resume throwing on Wednesday. If everything goes well, Winston could return this week against the Green Bay Packers. Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start again if Winston still isn’t healthy enough to play.
Devonta Freeman, RB Atlanta Falcons – Freeman missed his second straight game with a concussion. He returned to practice last week, so there’s a good chance Freeman will get cleared for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Tevin Coleman will get another start if Freeman can’t go. Coleman has scored four touchdowns since Freeman was injured.
Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Martin left Sunday’s game against the Falcons with a concussion. If Martin isn’t cleared for Week 13, Jacquizz Rodgers will likely get the start versus the Packers with Peyton Barber also seeing touches in Tampa Bay’s backfield.
Ty Montgomery, RB Green Bay Packers – Montgomery missed Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a rib injury. It’s the second straight game and third this season Montgomery has missed with the injury. Jamaal Williams will continue to dominate touches at running back if Montgomery is out again versus the Buccaneers. Williams gained 135 total yards and scored two touchdowns last week.
Damien Williams, RB Miami Dolphins – Williams injured his shoulder in Miami’s loss to the New England Patriots. He’s expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos and the injury could keep Williams out multiple weeks. Kenyan Drake will take on a bigger role with Williams sidelined.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR Buffalo Bills – Benjamin missed Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a torn meniscus. The Bills are listing Benjamin as day to day but he should be considered highly questionable to face the Patriots this week. Zay Jones will continue to see more snaps if Benjamin is out.
Amari Cooper, WR Oakland Raiders – Cooper suffered a sprained ankle and concussion in Sunday’s game against the Broncos. He should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson will both see more snaps this week if Cooper is unable to play.
Will Fuller, WR Houston Texans – Fuller missed Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with a rib injury. He still hasn’t been cleared to practice. Bruce Ellington will remain the starter opposite DeAndre Hopkins until Fuller returns.
Chris Hogan, WR New England Patriots – Hogan missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury. He hasn’t practiced since Week 8. There’s no timetable for Hogan’s return but at this point, owners shouldn’t plan on having him for fantasy playoffs. Danny Amendola will continue to start in his place.
Rishard Matthews, WR Tennessee Titans – Matthews missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. He’s listed as day to day. Matthews should be considered questionable for Week 13’s matchup with the Texans. The Titans passing game will continue to revolve around tight end Delanie Walker if Matthews is sidelined.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Pittsburgh Steelers – Smith-Schuster missed Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a hamstring injury. Martavis Bryant got the start in his place. The Steelers won’t know Smith-Schuster’s Week 13 status until later in the week. Bryant will start against the Bengals if Smith-Schuster is out again.
Greg Olsen, TE Carolina Panther – Olsen suffered a foot injury on Sunday. He was making his first start since breaking his foot in Week 2. Olsen did avoid a major injury and there’s a chance he could be back in the Panthers lineup for their important matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Olsen will be a TE1 if he plays. If he doesn’t, Ed Dickson will get the start at tight end.
Jordan Reed, TE Washington Redskins – Reed missed last Thursday’s game against the New York Giants with a hamstring injury. He was listed as a game-time decision, so there’s a chance he could return this week versus the Dallas Cowboys. Reed hasn’t played since Week 8.