- No concerns for Murray: Feel free to insert Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray back into fantasy lineups ahead of his Week 12 showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.
- Start Wilson: Miami Dolphins RB Jeff Wilson Jr. has a great opportunity to excel this week with fellow Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert doubtful due to a knee injury.
- No worries about Brown: Philadelphia Eagles No. 1 receiver A.J. Brown is good to go after fighting and illness and should thrive against the Green Bay Packers defense.
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|Colt McCoy||ARZ||Right Elbow||LP||LP||FP||(-)|
|Matthew Stafford||LAR||Concussion, Neck||DNP||DNP||(-)||(-)|
|Aaron Rodgers||GB||Right Thumb||LP||FP||FP||(-)|
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields (shoulder, questionable): He suffered a dislocated shoulder in his non-throwing arm in Week 11. At a minimum, Fields isn’t a must-start fantasy option compared to the position’s top-eight or so talents due to his designed rushing usage potentially being compromised. The Bears will turn to Trevor Siemian if Fields is ultimately sidelined. Siemian had six extended appearances for the New Orleans Saints last season and performed surprisingly well with an 11-to-three touchdown-to-interception ratio. Overall, he was PFF’s 25th-highest-graded quarterback among 39 signal-callers with at least 150 dropbacks last season. Siemian turns 31 years old in December but did once decline a Pro Bowl invite. Ultimately, this passing “attack” has already been without all that much volume or production: The offense has yet to reach even 200 team passing yards in a game when accounting for sacks.
Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect Fields to play in Week 12. I do believe if the Bears were in the hunt he would play but this is a long-term decision coming from the higher-ups.
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring, not listed): He is fully expected to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Cardinals were patient enough to not bring back Murray from injury in 2021 before he was completely healthy after he struggled to play through the pain in 2020 so expect Murray to be operating at close to 100% ahead of this potential shootout. Murray continues to warrant top-10 treatment any week he’s healthy enough to suit up, even if he hasn’t tapped into his upside QB1 ceiling in a bit.
Expert Injury Analysis: I believe Murray will make his return and will not be limited. The Cardinals did the right thing in being cautious with Murray as hamstring strains reinjure at a 20-25% rate.
Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford (concussion/neck, out), John Wolford (neck, not listed): Dual-threat QB Bryce Perkins will be under center if neither Stafford nor Wolford are healthy enough to suit up this week, although head coach Sean McVay wouldn’t commit to Perkins as the starter ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Perkins might run enough to provide somewhat fantasy-relevant production, but just realize he’s not a viable starter outside of two-QB formats with the Rams implied to score a week-low 13.25 points.
Expert Injury Analysis: Stafford is dealing with his second concussion in just three weeks. I expect him to miss at least two weeks and would not be shocked if he contemplates retirement this off-season. Stafford has suffered multiple spine and head injuries, and with four little girls I believe it is a very real possibility.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (hip, not listed): Jackson and this passing game haven’t been the same monsters in their last seven games despite the more than stellar 5-2 record. Overall, the Ravens have averaged just 21.3 points in Weeks 4-11 after going for 24, 38 and 37 points in their first three games. The passing offense has surpassed 200 yards on just one occasion since Week 3. Add it all together and Jackson hasn’t finished higher than the fantasy QB10 in any single week since his back-to-back overall QB1 performances in Weeks 2 and 3. His rushing floor prevents any sort of true free fall in fantasy land, but just realize this passing game isn’t exactly guaranteed to get right in a major way without much change expected in the personnel department.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concerns for Lamar Jackson.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (right thumb, not listed): He has said he’s in fact playing through a broken right thumb. This issue was clearly bothering Rodgers in Week 7 and perhaps played a role in the Packers choosing to run a lateral play instead of a Hail Mary on the game’s final snap against the Washington Commanders. Still, Rodgers’ thumb shouldn’t impact his play-to-play volume in a matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles’ top-ranked defense in a variety of coverage metrics.
Expert Injury Analysis: Rodgers will continue to play through his fractured thumb. There are more issues just his thumb injury causing Rodgers play to slide.
|Derrick Henry||TEN||Not Injury Related||DNP||FP||FP||(-)|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||ATL||Not injury related — Rest||(-)||LP||(-)||(-)|
|Jerick McKinnon||KC||Hamstring / Shoulder||FP||FP||FP||(-)|
|Aaron Jones||GB||Shin / Glute||LP||LP||LP||(-)|
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion, out), Chris Evans (knee, not listed): Mixon didn’t practice all week and won’t suit up Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. While there hasn’t been a game featuring Mixon fully sidelined due to injury since 2020, Perine easily worked ahead of Evans in terms of carries (11 vs. zero), targets (five vs. two) and snaps (61% vs. 10%) when Mixon was playing through the pain and on a pitch count in Week 5 last season. Note that Evans wasn’t healthy enough to suit up in Week 12. Perine is a top-20 option at the position against a Titans defense that has allowed league-high marks in yards (92) and receptions (72) to opposing running backs this season.
Expert Injury Analysis: Mixon was unable to clear the five-step concussion protocol in time to play in Week 12 but I do believe he returns in Week 13.
Miami Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert (knee, doubtful): Jeff Wilson Jr. was already a must-start option in lineups of all shapes and sizes before this issue against the Houston Texans’ league-worst defense in PPR points per game allowed to the position. Overall, the Texans have somehow managed to allow the week’s overall PPR RB1 or RB2 in five of their 10 games this season. Fire him up with confidence as a legit upside RB1.
Expert Injury Analysis: Mostert was able to log a limited practice Friday after being listed as a DNP all week. I do not think it will be enough for Mostert to play in Week 12.
Denver Broncos RB Latavius Murray (wrist, not listed), Chase Edmonds (ankle, IR): The first problem with firing up Murray as a must-start fantasy asset is the reality that the league’s 32nd-ranked scoring offense is terrible. Overall, the Broncos remain the only team in the league that hasn’t scored 20 points in even three games yet, and they rank just 29th in EPA per run play. The second problem is Murray, who ranks 46th in yards per carry (3.6) and dead last in yards after contact per carry (2.2) among 50 running backs with at least 50 carries this season. Reminder: Murray turns 33 years old in January. Anybody can be a fantasy-relevant running back with 20-plus touches, but that sort of extreme workload is more of an estimate than a given in the offense’s first game without Melvin Gordon and Edmonds in the picture. Murray is a mid-tier RB3 who isn’t a must-start fantasy asset inside of a Broncos offense implied to score just 19 points this week.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concerns for Murray. Edmonds suffered a high-ankle sprain, return-to-play timeline is typically four to six weeks.
Packers RB Aaron Jones (shin/glute, not listed): This week’s matchup against the Eagles isn’t quite as scary as it seems, as this defense has allowed 124, 134, 144, 168, 152 and 99 rushing yards in its last six games. Fire up Jones as his usual upside RB2 self against an Eagles run defense that simply hasn’t been the same without first-round run-stuffer specialist Jordan Davis (ankle, IR).
Expert Injury Analysis: I have no concerns for Jones.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette (hip, doubtful): Bucs beat writer Greg Auman tweeted that he expected Rachaad White to retain the starting job after the bye week anyway, but obviously, Fournette’s absence cements the rookie as Tampa Bay’s lead back ahead of a weather-induced matchup against the Cleveland Browns that could lead to more of a focus on the ground game than usual. White immediately is elevated to top-12 treatment ahead of guys with more backfield competition and/or are in worse offenses such as Nick Chubb, Dameon Pierce and Aaron Jones.
Expert Injury Analysis: Fournette is dealing with a hip issue and I do not believes he plays in Week 12. The return-to-play timeline is typically two to three weeks.
Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, IR): Fire up Isiah Pacheco as a volume-based RB2 with far more appeal in standard leagues while Jerick McKinnon is a low-floor RB4 in full-PPR formats. Neither is set up particularly great against Aaron Donald and company, although the Chiefs’ status as 14.5-point favorites could produce the sort of run-heavy game script that Pacheco needs to reach his fantasy ceiling.
Expert Injury Analysis: Edwards-Helair was sent to IR with a high-ankle sprain, typical return-to-play timeline is four to six weeks.
Ravens RB Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee, questionable): At least two running backs will stay fairly evenly involved no matter what. Edwards seemed close to returning in Week 11, but both Kenyan Drake and (to a lesser extent) Justice Hill will also most likely maintain decent-sized roles inside of an offense averaging just 21.3 points in Weeks 4-11 after going for 24, 38 and 37 points in their first three games. Overall, Ravens running backs rank just 28th in total carries (192) and dead last in targets (30), so I’ll be answering most close start/sit questions involving any Baltimore running backs with the other guy.
Expert Injury Analysis: Edwards logged two straight full participant practices at the end of the week. I believe Edwards will return from his hamstring strain. He will not be limited but reinjury rate is at 20-25%.
Titans RB Hassan Haskins (hip, questionable): His absence opens things up for Dontrell Hilliard to work as the clear-cut backup for Derrick Henry this Sunday against the Bengals. White Hilliard doesn’t hold consistent standalone value, he continues to boast underrated handcuff upside that is further boosted by Haskins getting banged up this week.
Expert Injury Analysis: Haskins was a late add to the injury report with a hip issue but was able to log a limited session on Friday. I believe there is a good chance Haskins plays in Week 12.
Atlanta Falcons RB Caleb Huntley (ankle, questionable): Fellow backup Tyler Allgeier has 11, 11 and nine touches in his last three games with Cordarrelle Patterson back in the lineup, so he’s an average RB4 option who is capable of occasionally producing a start-worthy performance when able to flirt with upper-end efficiency, something that shouldn’t be expected against a Commanders defense that has allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards in four of their last five games.
Expert Injury Analysis: Huntley logged limited practices all week and I am optimistic he plays in Week 12.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Warren (hamstring): He is not expected to suit up Monday night after failing to practice on Thursday or Friday. Najee Harris will be back to being a weekly recommended start almost regardless of the matchup if Warren is sidelined, as the Steelers ignored Benny Snell even though he was active last week. Credit to Harris for booming (for him) that efficiency over the past two weeks, as he has a chance to keep the good times rolling against an Indianapolis Colts run defense that shouldn’t be overly feared down the stretch without difference-making LB Shaquille Leonard (back, IR).
Expert Injury Analysis: Warren is likely dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, return-to-play is typically one to three weeks. I do not expect him to be ready for Week 12.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (illness, not listed), Mark Ingram (knee, questionable): The Saints’ clear-cut featured back remains a must-start RB1 regardless of the matchup. The main problem has been the lack of receiving volume in recent weeks: Kamara caught six, six, seven and nine passes in his first four games with Andy Dalton under center but has only three, three and four receptions over the past three weeks. Kamara still has the workload that necessitates he be started even in the worst matchups, but keep expectations for a boom performance in check against the San Francisco 49ers’ stingy front seven.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concerns for Kamara. Ingram was a full participant at practice Friday giving optimism to his return from injury in Week 12.
|Amari Cooper||CLV||Not Injury Related – Rest||DNP||FP||FP||(-)|
|Terrace Marshall Jr.||CAR||Shoulder||LP||LP||FP||Q|
Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip, questionable): He never practiced fully this week but seems to have a real shot at suiting up this week against the Titans. Fire up Chase as his usual WR1 self if active while Tee Higgins remains an auto-start option regardless. Tyler Boyd has been downgraded with just five, six and seven targets in three games with Chase sidelined, but a bounce-back performance is certainly possible against the league’s fifth-worst defense in contested-target rate to wide receivers aligned from the slot.
Expert Injury Analysis: I believe Chase is another week away from returning to play.
Eagles WR A.J. Brown (illness, not listed), DeVonta Smith (knee, not listed): Credit to the Packers for allowing the 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receiver this season. Of course, kings stay kings, and AJB should continue to be fired up as a weekly top-10 option at the position thanks to his status as the undisputed No. 1 in the offense. I’d be more worried about Smith if he wasn’t also pretty good at football. It’s just a shame Eagles wide receivers collectively have just the 23rd-most targets in the league this season.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concerns for Brown or Smith.
New York Jets WR Corey Davis (knee, not listed): Davis’ presence matters considering he just barely trailed Garrett Wilson for the team target lead (14 vs. 12) while out-producing him (9-164-1 vs. 6-76-0) with Zach Wilson under center in Weeks 4-6. Having Mike White at quarterback changes things, but just realize it’s not a given that having one of the NFL’s most check-down-heavy quarterbacks under center doesn’t guarantee newfound success for the wide receivers involved.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concern for Davis.
Colts WR Parris Campbell (illness): Campbell is a recommended start this week with PPR WR10, WR5, WR11 and WR32 finishes in his last three games with Matt Ryan under center. These performances have come on target totals of 11, 12, nine and six so don’t be surprised if Nyheim Hines‘ continued absence leads to Campbell continuing to soak up plenty of underneath work in the passing game. I’m comfortable firing up Campbell as a volume-based WR3 play ahead of Adam Thielen and Allen Robinson.
Expert Injury Analysis: Campbell was able to log two straight full practices Thursday and Friday. I expect Campbell to play in Week 12.
Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, not listed), Kadarius Toney (hamstring, out): Smith-Schuster is tough to rationalize benching in fantasy land considering his potential to eat up targets as arguably Patrick Mahomes’ last remaining viable underneath receiver. Smith-Schuster was on one helluva tear prior to getting injured with PPR WR7, WR4 and WR8 finishes in Weeks 6, 7 and 8, but he warrants volume-based WR2 treatment against Jalen Ramsey and company. Smith-Schuster will be joined by Marquez Valdes-Scantling in two-WR sets while Justin Watson should work a bit ahead of Skyy Moore when three receivers are on the field.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concern for Smith-Schuster and I believe Toney misses multiple weeks with his hamstring strain.
Rams WR Allen Robinson (ankle, questionable): A-Rob has three touchdowns this season and is yet to reach 65 yards in a game. He projects to be the leading wide receiver, but nobody inside of the league’s 29th-ranked scoring offense needs to be started ahead of Sunday’s likely bloodbath in Arrowhead. I’ll continue to answer the heavy majority of close start/sit questions involving Robinson with the other guy.
Expert Injury Analysis: Robinson has been able to practice on in a limited fashion all week. I am optimistic Robinson plays in Week 12.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (ankle, out): Keenan Allen is locked in as a volume-based WR2. There’s also the matter of Josh Palmer, who has returned PPR WR10 and WR3 finishes in two of the last three weeks. Perhaps this is a sign of things to come, but just realize Palmer has benefited from this wide receiver room being banged up virtually all season, and he failed to return top-20 production in his other seven games. Both are recommended starts inside of a Chargers offense implied to score 26 points – the seventh-highest mark of Week 12.
Expert Injury Analysis: Williams reaggravated his high-ankle sprain and will miss multiple weeks.
49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring, questionable): Absurd individual talent makes it tough to dive Samuel too far down the rankings despite his injury and crowded offense. He’s also still managed to get at least eight combined carries and targets in every game this season, even if it’d be a lot cooler if he had more of a featured role. Tentatively continue to fire up Samuel as an every-week starter, but just realize there are more than a few capable mouths to feed in this passing game at the moment.
Expert Injury Analysis: Samuel is dealing with a hamstring issue but was a full participant at practice all week. I expect Samuel to play in Week 12 with not limitations.
Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy (ankle, out), KJ Hamler (hamstring, out): Courtland Sutton is a low-end WR2 with both sidelined, but otherwise, he doesn't need to be started despite this winnable matchup due to the lack of fantasy-friendly opportunities inside of the league’s 32nd-ranked scoring offense. Kendall Hinton (86% route rate) and Brandon Johnson (37%) were the next most-used wide receivers last week with Jeudy and Hamler also sidelined.
Expert Injury Analysis: Jeudy and Hamler continue to miss time and likely to miss more.
Ravens WR Demarcus Robinson (hip, questionable), Devin Duvernay (hamstring, questionable): Both were mid-week additions to the injury report, making it far from guaranteed that either suit up. This week’s matchup is plenty winnable against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ bottom-five defense in defensive coverage grade, but just realize volume has already been hard enough to come by in this run-first offense, and the lack of healthy resources in the passing game could lead to more of a focus on the ground game than ever.
Expert Injury Analysis: Robinson was able to get a full practice in on Friday and I am optimistic he can play in Week 12. Duvernay was a late add this week with a hamstring injury. I am concerned he won't be ready for Week 12.
Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (foot, IR), Rondale Moore (groin, out), Greg Dortch (thumb, questionable): Brown is expected to be activated on Saturday and suit up Sunday against the Chargers, making him an immediate top-36 option at the position considering the lack of available bodies elsewhere in the offense. Dortch will also warrant fantasy consideration if active, as he’s ripped off 7-63-0, 4-55-1, 9-90-0 and most recently 9-103-0 receiving lines in his only four games this season when pressed into a full-time role. Still, the Cardinals-Chargers late afternoon start makes Dortch risky to trust with head coach Kliff Kingsbury giving him the dreaded “game-time decision” label.
Expert Injury Analysis: I am optimistic Brown returns from his injury in Week 12. If he plays I do not expect any limitations. Moore will be out for Week 12. A Grade 1 groin strain return-to-play timeline is typically two to the three weeks.
Carolina Panthers WR Terrace Marshall (shoulder, questionable), Shi Smith (illness, not listed): Marshall is tentatively expected to suit up after fully practicing on Friday. He’s outside the position’s top-50 options with questions surrounding what Sam Darnold’s pecking order will look like ahead of Sunday’s brutal matchup against the Broncos’ top-ranked defense in PFF coverage grade.
Expert Injury Analysis: Marshall and Smith both logged full practices on Friday and I am optimistic they play in Week 12.
Packers WR Allen Lazard (shoulder, not listed), Randall Cobb (illness, not listed), Romeo Doubs (ankle, out): It’d make sense if blossoming rookie Christian Watson sees even more opportunities moving forward – that’s what should happen when someone plays really well – but last week, Lazard (11 targets), Aaron Jones (seven) and Cobb (six) all saw as many or more targets as Watson (six). The bigger problem for everyone: The Eagles’ absurdly good secondary ranks among the league’s top-10 defenses in PPR points per game allowed to wide receivers, fourth in PFF coverage grade and second in EPA allowed per pass play.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concerns for Lazard and Cobb. Doubs will continue to miss time with his high-ankle sprain, return-to-play timeline typically four to six weeks.
Buccaneers WR Russell Gage (hamstring, out): Both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are top-20 plays at the position against the Browns’ 30th-ranked defense in scoring and 31st in EPA allowed per play. Julio Jones also offers some FLEX appeal after running a route on 77% of Tom Brady’s dropbacks before the team’s Week 11 bye.
Expert Injury Analysis: Gage will miss either another game. He should be nearing a return in the next week or two.
Browns WR David Bell (concussion, not listed): He is not a viable fantasy asset behind Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones inside of an offense that usually simply flows through Nick Chubb and the run game.
Expert Injury Analysis: Bell has cleared the five-step protocol and expect him to play in Week 12.
Expert Injury Analysis: Eskridge continues to deal with injuries during his young career. He will miss Week 12 with a hand injury.
|Hunter Long||MIA||Concussion Protocol||FP||FP||(-)||(-)|
|Marcedes Lewis||GB||NIR – Vet Rest||(-)||DNP||FP||(-)|
Browns TE David Njoku (ankle/knee, not listed): Head coach Kevin Stefanski said that Njoku is “one week better,” so they’ll see if they can increase his workload this week. He’s firmly in the TE1 conversation and will be back to being a weekly top-eight option once back to his usual full-time role.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concern for Njoku.
Falcons TE Kyle Pitts (knee, IR), Feleipe Franks (calf, questionable): Anthony Firkser is the best bet to lead the position in targets, but just don’t expect the production to be enough to warrant fantasy consideration outside of as a low-priced DFS punt.
Expert Injury Analysis: Pitts has been placed on IR and could potentially miss the rest of the season with a MCL injury.
Ravens TE Isaiah Likely (ankle, questionable): He seemingly suffered the injury at Friday’s practice after not being listed on the injury report to start the week. Likely wasn’t a recommended start anyway, but Mark Andrews now has an even higher ceiling against the Jaguars’ burnable secondary.
Expert Injury Analysis: Likely was a late add to the injury report with an ankle injury, which is never a good sign. I am concerned about Likely's ability to be ready for Week 12.
Chargers TE Gerald Everett (groin, not listed): He is, once again, a viable fantasy TE1 considering the lack of many higher upside options at the injury-riddled position. Still, Everett is a weekly candidate to finish fourth in Justin Herbert’s pecking order behind Keenan Allen, Josh Palmer and Austin Ekeler,
Expert Injury Analysis: No concerns for Everett.
Packers TE Robert Tonyan (illness, not listed): He is good to go, but nothing more than a meh TE2 with just one touchdown all season and only one game with even 40 receiving yards.
Expert Injury Analysis: No concern for Tonyan.
Commanders TE Logan Thomas (rib, questionable): He was already a thin TE2 play, so Thomas can’t be trusted as a viable fantasy option after being downgraded to a DNP on Friday.
Expert Injury Analysis: Thomas followed two limited sessions with a full practice Friday, giving me optimism for his Week 12 chances.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee (knee, questionable): Higbee ran a route on an elite 89% of the Rams' dropbacks last week, but just realize that Bryce Perkins‘ expected presence under center lowers the floor of everyone involved. Further hurting matters is the reality that Rams-Chiefs kicks off in the late afternoon slate, so close start/sit questions involving Higbee should go to the other guy while his status remains murky. Higbee isn’t a must-start option by any stretch with the Rams implied to score a week-low 13.25 points.
Expert Injury Analysis: Higbee was able to get in limited practices but I am optimistic he plays in Week 12.
Panthers TE Ian Thomas (illness, questionable), Stephen Sullivan (illness, questionable), Giovanni Ricci (neck, doubtful): The absence of all three tight ends could lead to a rare full-time role for Tommy Tremble, who worked behind both Thomas and Sullivan in terms of routes last week. Tremble would still be a thin season-long start with these other players out, but just realize his DFS punt play potential would skyrocket.
Expert Injury Analysis: Thomas logged two straight DNPs Thursday and Friday due to an illness. He will need to be monitored to see if he is feeling well enough to play in Week 12.
Colts TE Kylen Granson (illness): Mo Alie-Cox and Jelani Woods‘ presence continues to make all parties involved two injuries away from flirting with fantasy relevance inside of an offense that loves to rotate its tight ends.
Texans CB Derek Stingley Jr. (hamstring, out): This was already a more than winnable matchup for Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and the fact that the 2022 NFL Draft’s No. 3 overall pick is sidelined is the icing on the cake.