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NFL Week 12 Injury Report: All 15 games

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A player's injury status can have a significant effect on both real life and fantasy football. So, each week, PFF injury analyst Mario Pilato will comb through the official injury reports for each NFL game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players.

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KEY
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation
(-): Not listed
OUT: Player will not play
D: Player is unlikely to play
Q: Player is not certain to play
NIR – Rest: Not injury-related or resting veteran

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Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (+3)

Injury Analysis: QB Jared Goff missed last week due to an oblique strain and will be a true game-time decision. The lions have said he has a 60% chance to play. It is a tough injury for a quarterback to play through, but I believe Goff will do everything he can to play because of the significance of this Thanksgiving matchup.

Lions running back Jemar Jefferson has been a limited participant this week, but I believe it's a little too soon to play on his high-ankle sprain. If he does play, I do not expect him to be his normal self.

Quarterback Justin Fields sustained a rib injury in Week 11. With the short turnaround, I do not expect him to play on Thanksgiving.

Running back Damien Williams is listed as questionable with a calf/knee injury and wide receiver Allen Robinson is doubtful due to a hamstring injury. I am not optimistic either player suits up for Week 12. Luckily for the Bears, I do believe wideout Darrell Mooney will play after recording limited practices with a foot injury.

Fantasy Analysis: Start Darnell Mooney.

Allen Robinson II’s doubtful status bodes well for Mooney’s second-year breakout to continue. He blew up in Week 11 right before our eyes with five catches for 121 receiving yards.

His catch rate was abysmal, hauling in just five of 16 targets, but only half of his targets were deemed catchable. Questionable quarterback play will always be a concern with Andy Dalton under center, but fantasy gamers should have zero issues going right back to Mooney in Week 12. He leads the NFL in target share over the past four weeks (32%).

The Detroit Lions rank 31st in explosive pass-play rate allowed this season, so Mooney should deliver one, if not multiple, splash plays.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 41.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Las Vegas Raiders @ Dallas Cowboys (-7.5)

Injury Analysis: Wide receiver Amari Cooper missed Week 11 due to COVID-19, and I do not believe he will clear protocol in order to play on Thanksgiving.

Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb suffered a concussion in Week 11. With such a short turnaround, I do not believe he will clear the five-step concussion protocol for the Thanksgiving game. There is a chance he gets cleared, but it's slim.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott suffered a lateral ankle sprain in Week 11, but I expect him to play Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis: The biggest question mark in this game regards Lamb. If he is active you start him versus a Raiders defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs over the last four weeks. Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network that “it’s gonna be awfully tight but still theoretically possible” for him to play today.

For season-long league waiting is easy to do. However in DFS, I would build lineups assuming Lamb suits up because the general ambiguity about his status may make him less popular than he should. Lamb's presence shouldn't change Gallup's projection too drastically, but it makes Cedrick Wilson hands off. Wilson has been the No. 3 receiver all season and hasn't done much. He was only heavily targeted last week after Lamb left the game.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 51.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Buffalo Bills @ New Orleans Saints (+6)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Mon. Status Tues. Status Wed. Status Game Status
Trevor Siemian QB NO Right Hand QB27 19.6 FP FP FP (-)
Mark Ingram II RB NO Knee RB17 16.0 LP DNP LP Q
Cole Beasley WR BUF Ribs WR38 11.4 LP LP FP (-)
Taysom Hill QB NO Foot QB31 3.3 FP FP FP (-)
Ty Montgomery RB NO Hand RB93 0.5 LP FP FP (-)
Alvin Kamara RB NO Knee RB 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Injury Analysis: Star running back Alvin Kamara has missed the last two weeks with a high-ankle sprain. I am not optimistic he returns for Thanksgiving. Making matters worse, Saints No. 2 running back Mark Ingram has recorded consecutive DNPs with a knee injury and will most likely miss the game as well.

Fantasy Analysis: The rhetoric out of Saints camp is that Ingram is really banged up and he is advocating to play more so than the Saints medical staff. Apparently he wants to be the first player to play in all 18 regular season games. Either way, Ingram is trending in the wrong direction to have confidence in start him this week even if he does end up playing – which at this point is still no guarantee. The matchup is still tough despite what Jonathan Taylor did the Bill last week.

From a DFS perspective, you should be willing to FLEX Ingram at $6,200 in the off chance he does suit up. And even if he is ruled out, you can pay down for Tony Jones Jr. at just $4,000 who will be under rostered despite a potential workhorse role.

If I was playing on lineup with the information at hand, I'd build one team with Jones in the FLEX under the impression Ingram can't play. And if he does play, just swap to Deonte Harris at $3,700.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 45.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis Colts (+3)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Tom Brady QB TB NIR – Rest QB3 27.2 (-) DNP FP (-)
Chris Godwin WR TB Foot WR8 15.6 LP FP FP (-)
Mike Evans WR TB Back WR11 15.2 DNP DNP FP (-)
Rob Gronkowski TE TB Back TE8 12.3 FP FP DNP (-)
T.Y. Hilton WR IND Toe WR56 8.3 LP FP FP (-)
Antonio Brown WR TB Ankle WR 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Injury Analysis:  WR Antonio Brown is set to miss his fifth game and sixth week of the season for the Bucs. This timeline sets him up to return from his ankle injury next week or shortly there after.

Fantasy Analysis: Breshad Perriman saw a few deep targets from Tom Brady on Monday Night Football, but the two failed to connect. With A.B. out, play Perriman in DFS as a Hail Mary punt option at just $3,000.

His 24% target rate on just 16 routes run was very solid.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 53. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants (+3.5)

Injury Analysis: Saquon Barkley has been limited all week with his ankle injury. I believe you will see Barkley look a lot healthier this week compared to last week, and he will get better and better as the weeks go on.

WR John Ross has been a limited participant this week with a quad injury. I am optimistic he plays in Week 12.

WR Sterling Shepard is out with a quad injury. He has been dealing with the injury for the past four weeks which signals a Grade 2 strain, RTP four to six weeks.

TE Kyle Rudolph was a DNP all week with an ankle injury. I do not expect him to play and to miss the next week or two.

WR Kadarius Toney has been a DNP this week with a quad strain.  I believe he suffered a Grade 1 stain, RTP one to three weeks. I do not expect him to play in Week 12.

RB Jordan Howard suffered a knee sprain, and I expect it to cost him multiple weeks.

Fantasy Analysis: Miles Sanders could have easily found himself farther down the Week 12 fantasy football rankings had Jordan Howard not sustained an injury in last week’s game. Sanders’ Week 11 fumbles put him in the doghouse and would have made him an extremely risky play in Week 12.

However, the team went back to Sanders in the second half after Howard exited, rushing eight times for 47 yards. But to be clear, Sanders was still working in a near 50/50 split alongside Boston Scott while Howard was removed from the equation.

The matchup versus the New York Giants — fifth in fantasy points per game allowed to running backs — should enable Sanders to be a backend fantasy RB2. Nevertheless, be mindful that he’s one fumble away from the Eagles backfield becoming the Scott show, so don’t shy away from the Eagles’ No. 2 back as a fantasy RB3 or FLEX option.

Start Evan Engram with the Giants receiving corps battered with injuries at wide receiver and tight end.

The Giants tight end ran a route on 93% of Daniel Jones’ dropbacks in Week 11 and matches up against an Eagles defense that ranks last in fantasy points allowed to tight ends this season. New York’s tight end has an abysmal target rate per route run — 11% over the last four weeks — but he could see more opportunities with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett removed.

Per Adam Schefter, Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley, listed as questionable for Sunday due to an ankle injury, is expected to play vs. the Eagles, per source.

Barkley played 75% of the snaps and saw 12 touches before garbage time last Monday night, so it’s clear he has regained his workhorse role. His matchup versus the Buccaneers‘ suffocating run defense made Barkley irrelevant on the ground, but he did enough through the air to salvage a fantasy day in PPR scoring (RB19).

Look for Barkley to follow up a solid performance with a top-12 outing versus the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been a sieve to opposing running backs. Only the Bengals have allowed more catches to the position this season.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 45.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots (-7)

Injury Analysis: RB Rhamondre Stevenson popped up on the injury report mid week and has been a limited participant since. He is dealing with a knee issue, but I expect him to play in Week 12.

TE Hunter Henry and RB Damien Harris have been limited all week with a neck injuries, but I am optimistic they play in Week 12.

TE Jonnu Smith has been a limited participant with a shoulder injury. I expect Smith to suit up for Week 12.

RB Jeremy McNichols has been ruled out with a concussion. He will return once he clears the five-step protocol.

WR A.J. Brown got nicked up in Week 11, as he sustained a big blow to the shoulder that caused an injury to his chest. Brown has been ruled out this week, but I expect him back after the Titans Week 13 bye.

Fantasy Analysis: The Titans are hurting at the skill positions. So much so, that guys like Dontrell Hilliard, Dez Fitzpatrick and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine figure to be the main component's on offense. Woof.

The sheer attrition to the Titans provides a sliver of hope that these three Titans players could be plug-and-play options in Week 12, but I wouldn’t be super hopeful. We just saw the Patriots shut down a lackluster Falcons squad, so I expect them to do the same versus Tennessee.

If forced to play someone in DSF, I'd opt for Fitzpatrick ($3,200) or Hilliard ($4,600). The rookie WR saw over 100 air yards and ran a route on 85% of Ryan Tannehill's dropbacks last week. Hilliard ran 38 routes and saw ten targets in Week 11 with Tennessee playing catch up.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 43.5 PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Carolina Panthers @ Miami Dolphins (+2)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Adam Shaheen TE MIA Knee TE40 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Preston Williams WR MIA Knee WR114 0.0 FP FP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: N/A

Fantasy Analysis: Consider Durham Smythe as a punt tight end on DraftKings at $2,600. The last game he played without Shaheen, he caught five of six targets for 59 receiving yards.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 42. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Atlanta Falcons @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+2)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
James Robinson RB JAX Heel/Knee RB12 14.6 LP LP FP (-)
Cordarrelle Patterson RB ATL Ankle RB30 13.6 LP LP FP (-)
Tavon Austin WR JAX Shoulder WR108 4.8 DNP LP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: N/A

Fantasy Analysis: Let it be known that all it took was injuries to D.J. Chark Jr.Travis Etienne and Jamal Agnew to finally unleash Laviska Shenault Jr.

The second-year wideout has been a massive disappointment after high praise during the offseason, but he has the chance to finish the back half of the season strong. Shenault had his best game since Week 6 with Agnew missing game action, as he caught all five of his targets for 50 yards last week. That may not sound that impressive, but he managed all of his production before the final drive in the fourth quarter — unlike teammate Marvin Jones Jr.

With an increase in opportunities and the best matchup imaginable versus an atrocious Atlanta Falcons defense, you could do worse than playing Shenault at $4,400.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 45.5 PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


New York Jets @ Houston Texans (-2.5)

Injury Analysis: WR Corey Davis sandwiched a DNP in between limited participant tags. The Jets are most likely just managing his groin strain, and I believe Davis will play in Week 12.

WR Nico Collins was a late add to the injury report with a hip issue, which is never a good thing. His status is up in the air, and he will need to be monitored closely up until kick-off.

RB Michael Carter suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 11. He has already been ruled out for Week 12, and I expect him to miss multiple weeks.

Fantasy Analysis: Start Ty Johnson. He has earned praise as a prime waiver-wire pickup in season-long leagues seemingly every week, and the time has finally come to target him in DFS. Starting running back Michael Carter will miss the next few weeks with an ankle injury, which will expand Johnson's role.

He has been heavily involved in the passing game all season — 13th in running back targets — which is why he should be rostered over veteran Tevin Coleman. The Jets are always playing from behind, so you want to target the better receiver from this backfield. And after Carter left in Week 11, Johnson out-snapped Coleman 12-9. In addition, the Texans are the fourth-best matchup for running backs, per PFF’s strength of schedule tool, so Johnson is a good middle-tier option at $4,300. The Jets running back ranks ninth in fantasy points per touch this season (1.26).

The Over/Under for this game is currently 44.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT Pectoral/Right Shoulder QB26 17.6 LP LP FP (-)
Tyler Boyd WR CIN Cramps WR30 12.5 FP FP FP (-)
Auden Tate WR CIN Thigh WR 1.4 DNP DNP DNP D
Mitchell Wilcox TE CIN NIR – Rest TE 0.3 DNP FP FP (-)
Eric Ebron TE PIT Knee TE53 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Injury Analysis: WR Auden Tate has recorded DNPs all week, and I do not believe he will play in Week 12. His thigh injury is not serious, though, and he will not miss extensive time.

TE Eric Ebron has been ruled out with a knee injury that likely requires surgery. He will miss extended time if he elects to get surgery.

Fantasy Analysis: Pat Freiermuth has seen his route participations decrease in the past two weeks due to Eric Ebron‘s return, but it has not stopped him from being targeted. He has averaged eight targets per game even with Ebron in the fold so confidently start him in a plus-matchup versus the Bengals, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends over the last four weeks.

Ebron has also been ruled out for Sunday’s game, providing another reason to back the rookie tight end as a locked-and-loaded option for Week 12. Use Freiermuth as a bring-back option in Burrow DFS stacks.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 44.5 PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos (+2.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Melvin Gordon III RB DEN Shoulder RB20 10.6 FP FP FP (-)
Justin Jackson RB LAC Quadricep RB77 2.6 FP FP FP (-)
Stephen Anderson TE LAC Ankle TE56 1.9 FP FP FP (-)
Mike Boone RB DEN Hip RB 0.3 LP LP FP Q
Tyrie Cleveland WR DEN Hamstring WR 0.3 (-) (-) DNP Q

Injury Analysis: N/A

The Over/Under for this game is currently 48. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers (-3)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
K.J. Osborn WR MIN Knee WR68 7.5 FP FP FP (-)
JaMycal Hasty RB SF Ankle RB82 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Elijah Mitchell RB SF Rib, Finger RB42 0.0 LP LP LP Q

Injury Analysis: RB JaMycal Hasty has been ruled out again due to his ankle injury. He should be returning in the next week or two.

RB Elijah Mitchell has been limited all week with his finger issue. He had surgery last week where a pin was inserted. Following the typical RTP, he should be able to play in Week 12.

Fantasy Analysis: Per Adam Schefter, 49ers’ RB Elijah Mitchell, listed as questionable for Sunday due to rib and finger injuries, is expected to play vs. the Vikings, per source. View him as a back-end fantasy RB2 with his workhorse role in question due to the severity of his finger injury.  Do not play Jeff Wilson with Mitchell active.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 49. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Los Angeles Rams @ Green Bay Packers (+2)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Aaron Rodgers QB GB Toe QB8 22.0 DNP DNP DNP (-)
Davante Adams WR GB Ankle WR2 18.5 LP FP FP (-)
Aaron Jones RB GB Knee RB70 11.7 LP LP LP Q
Allen Lazard WR GB Shoulder WR76 7.8 LP LP LP Q
Marcedes Lewis TE GB NIR – Rest TE42 3.0 (-) DNP FP (-)
Malik Taylor WR GB Abdomen WR 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Injury Analysis: RB Aaron Jones suffered an MCL sprain in Week 10. It does not make much sense for the Packers to play Jones with a bye next week. The Packers are known for having a conservative medical staff, but losing two of their last three games may cause Green Bay to press the issue and allow Jones to play.

WR Allen Lazard missed Week 11 with a shoulder injury. He was limited all week, and I believe he is inching closer to playing. I expect Lazard to have a shot at suiting up in Week 12.

Fantasy Analysis: Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) will be a game-time decision today against the #Rams, per Tom Pelissero. Jones practiced all week and there’s some optimism he’ll play, but they'll work him out pregame to see how he feels before making the final call.

Would lean towards Jones not being available based on how on conservative Green Bay's medical staff is. However, if he plays do not hesitate to use him in fantasy lineups.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 47. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)

Injury Analysis: WR Marquise Brown missed last week with a thigh injury. He has been a limited participant all week, and I am optimistic he returns in Week 12.

Fantasy Analysis: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones is expected to play despite being questionable. He offers more upside than Jarvis Landry in a matchup versus the Baltimore Ravens who rank 30th in explosive pass play percentage allowed this season. 

The Over/Under for this game is currently 47. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Football Team (-1)

Injury Analysis: N/A

Fantasy Analysis: It would not surprise me in the slightest if the Seattle Seahawks feature DeeJay Dallas more. He tied starter Alex Collins in snaps played (18 snaps, 36%) and ran the most routes among the team's trio of running backs. Other Seattle RBs, Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer, have already been ruled out for Monday night.

The second-year back earned a 78.0 PFF rushing grade, averaging 6.3 yards per carry with a rushing touchdown in Week 11. Stash him off waivers with Chris Carson on IR.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 46.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.

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