There were more big injuries in Week 13. 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 practiced briefly on Saturday and the Packers are still targeting a Week 15 return from his collarbone injury. It’s far from a lock but Rodgers could be back in the middle of fantasy playoffs. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said they won’t know Rodgers’ status until next week. Rodgers’ return would also be a big boost to Jordy Nelson’s fantasy value.
Matthew Stafford, QB Detroit Lions – Stafford suffered a hand injury in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He escaped a break but his hand is badly bruised. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he didn’t know if the injury would impact Stafford’s ability to throw the football. If Stafford can’t go on Sunday, Jake Ruddock will get the start versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tyrod Taylor, QB Buffalo Bills – Taylor suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. He avoided ligament damage and has been diagnosed with a patellar tendon contusion. Taylor is listed as day to day but he’s in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. If Taylor can’t play, the Bills will be forced to turn back to Nathan Peterman.
Ameer Abdullah, RB Detroit Lions – Abdullah missed Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with a neck injury. He got in a limited practice last Friday but wasn’t healthy enough to play. If Abdullah remains sidelined this week, Theo Riddick will start again with Tion Green also seeing touches in the Lions backfield.
Alex Collins, RB Baltimore Ravens – Collins is dealing with migraines that started after the Ravens win over the Lions on Sunday. It’s unknown if the migraines will keep Collins out of Sunday night’s matchup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Collins is out, the Ravens will turn to the combination of Danny Woodhead and Buck Allen.
Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Martin missed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a concussion. Peyton Barber started in his place and rushed for 102 yards. It was the first time this season a Buccaneers running back went over 100 yards. Even if Martin returns this week, expect Barber to still be involved in the offense.
Adrian Peterson, RB Arizona Cardinals – Peterson missed Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams with a neck injury. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said it will be up to the doctors if Peterson plays in Week 14. Kerwynn Williams will draw the start if Peterson is out. Williams gained 97 yards on 16 carries last week.
Damien Williams, RB Miami Dolphins – Williams missed Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos with a shoulder injury. He could be dealing with a multi-week injury. Kenyan Drake gained over 100 yards in Williams’ absence. He’ll continue to be the feature back this week versus the New England Patriots if Williams misses another game.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR Buffalo Bills – Benjamin missed his second straight game with a knee injury. He’s expected back at practice this week. It sounds like Benjamin has a good chance to return on Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts but who the Bills starting quarterback will be is unclear.
Amari Cooper, WR Oakland Raiders – Cooper missed Sunday’s game against the New York Giants with a concussion and ankle injury. His status for this week’s game versus the Kansas City Chiefs is unclear. Cooper had by far his best game of the year the last time the Raiders faced the Chiefs with 11 receptions for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
Will Fuller, WR Houston Texans – Fuller remained sidelined in Week 13 with a rib injury. He’s yet to resume practicing, so Fuller is probably a long shot to play this week versus the San Francisco 49ers. Bruce Ellington will once again start in Fuller’s place.
Chris Hogan, WR New England Patriots – Hogan missed his fourth straight game with a shoulder injury. He hasn’t practiced since Week 8. There’s no timetable for Hogan’s return. With Hogan out and Rob Gronkowski suspended this week, Danny Amendola should see an uptick in targets.
Rishard Matthews, WR Tennessee Titans – Matthews missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. He’s listed as day to day. The Titans are hoping Matthews will return in Week 14 versus the Cardinals. If he does, Patrick Peterson will be waiting for him.
Zach Ertz, TE Philadelphia Eagles – Ertz left Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion. He’ll need to get cleared by Sunday to play in the Eagles big showdown with the Los Angeles Rams. Trey Burton will replace Ertz if he can’t go.
Greg Olsen, TE Carolina Panthers – Olsen was inactive in Week 13 versus the New Orleans Saints because of concerns about playing on an artificial surface. The Panthers play their next three games at home on grass. Olsen should return this week against the Minnesota Vikings but he’ll be an obvious injury risk.