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NFL Week 15 Injury Report: All 16 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

KC @ LAC | LV @ CLE | NE @ IND | NYJ @ MIA | CAR @ BUF |
WFT @ PHI | TEN @ PIT | ARZ @ DET | HOU @ JAX | DAL @ NYG |
CIN @ DEN | ATL @ SF | SEA @ LAR | GB @ BAL | NO @ TB | MIN @ CHI


Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers (+3)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Mon. Status Tues. Status Wed. Status Game Status
Austin Ekeler RB LAC Ankle RB2 17.2 DNP LP LP Q
Mike Williams WR LAC Heel WR21 13.1 DNP LP FP (-)
Darrel Williams RB KC Quad RB35 9.2 FP FP FP (-)
Jared Cook TE LAC Quadricep TE22 8.3 DNP LP FP (-)

The Over/Under for this game is currently 52. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts (-2.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Mac Jones QB NE Left Thumb QB23 20.9 FP FP FP (-)
Brandon Bolden RB NE Knee RB60 9.1 LP LP LP Q
Nick Folk K NE Left Knee K1 8.5 LP LP LP Q
Jack Doyle TE IND Ankle TE24 6.1 (-) LP FP (-)
Kylen Granson TE IND NIR – Rest TE53 1.4 LP FP FP (-)
Damien Harris RB NE Hamstring RB49 0.0 LP LP LP OUT

Injury Analysis: RB Brandon Bolden has practiced on a limited basis all week with a knee injury, but I am optimistic he plays in Week 15.

RB Damien Harris will miss Week 15 with a hamstring injury. He suffered the strain during the game in Week 14. Grade 1 strain RTP is typically one-to-three weeks with an average of 1.1 games missed.

Fantasy Analysis: The time has come for Rhamondre Stevenson with Harris ruled out for Saturday night. The rookie received 25 touches in his one start earlier this season against the Browns. He should be started in all lineups as a top-15 running back.

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 @ Miami Dolphins (-9.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
DeVante Parker WR MIA NIR – Rest WR19 13.9 DNP (-) (-) (-)
Adam Shaheen TE MIA Knee 4.6 LP LP LP Q
Tevin Coleman RB NYJ Concussion RB61 4.0 FP FP FP (-)
Trevon Wesco TE NYJ Ankle 0.0 FP FP FP (-)
Cethan Carter TE MIA Thumb 0.0 FP FP FP (-)
Hunter Long TE MIA Illness 0.0 DNP LP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: N/A

Fantasy Analysis: DeVante Parker ($4,300) is egregiously mispriced, as he has received at least seven targets in all but one game this season, and that outlier came when he made his return to action after a four-game layoff in Week 13. He played a season-low 71% snap share and still caught five passes for 62 yards. His snaps/routes run should rise back up to at least 90% after Miami's bye week.

I feel great about plugging Parker into season-long and DFS lineups against the Jets, as the big-bodied wideout owns a top-five advantage, per PFF's WR/CB matchup tool, among all receivers in Week 15. Jaylen Waddle is also unlikely to suit up after being placed on the COVID/reserve list, cementing Parker as Miami's clear-cut No. 1 target.

Myles Gaskin is coming off the COVID/reserve list and should also be started as a backend fantasy RB2 versus New York, which ranks last in fantasy points per game to RBs this season.

Rookie Michael Carter will have a significant role in his return from IR, per head coach Robert Saleh. RB Tevin Coleman (concussion) is also returning to action. Carter would be the only Jets running back worth starting as an RB3, but his upside is limited playing in a committee inside a bottom-five offense.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 41. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Carolina Panthers @ Buffalo Bills (-12)

Injury Analysis: QB Josh Allen was seen with a boot in his Week 14 post-game press conference, which sent fantasy players into a frenzy with the playoffs approaching. He is not in danger of missing Week 15, as he will likely wear a carbon fiber insert to help with his foot injury.

WR Emmanuel Sanders was a DNP all week, and I do not expect him to play in Week 15.

Fantasy Analysis: Gabriel Davis is a high-value target machine who looks to be in line for a massive uptick in playing time due to Emmanuel Sanders being out with a knee injury. He ran a route on a season-high 81% of Buffalo's dropbacks and caught five of eight targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Week 14.

The Bills’ second-year WR was targeted 12 times (18th) inside the five-yard line this season, which ties Sanders for the second on the team behind Stefon Diggs. It’s quite the feat considering Davis only has run 225 routes this season, which ranks 90th. Davis is definitely a great cash game pay-down WR.

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.


Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-1)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT Pectoral/Right Shoulder QB19 17.5 DNP LP FP (-)
Tory Carter TE TEN Ankle 0.2 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Kevin Rader TE PIT Hip 0.1 LP DNP FP (-)

Injury Analysis: N/A

The Over/Under for this game is currently 43. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Arizona Cardinals @ Detroit Lions (+13)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Zach Ertz TE ARZ Hamstring TE9 10.6 (-) (-) LP Q
James Conner RB ARZ Ankle RB12 9.8 DNP DNP LP Q
Josh Reynolds WR DET Thigh WR51 9.6 (-) LP LP Q
D'Andre Swift RB DET Shoulder RB66 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
T.J. Hockenson TE DET Hand 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
DeAndre Hopkins WR ARZ Knee 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Injury Analysis: TE Zach Ertz was a late add to the injury report, which is never a good sign. He was listed with a hamstring issue. This is something to monitor towards game-time, and it has me worried.

RB James Conner suffered an ankle injury at the end of their Week 14 game. He logged two DNPs followed by practicing on a limited basis. He is questionable, but I expect the Cardinals to be cautious because he is important for their playoff run. With RB Chase Edmonds likely back, I am leaning toward Conner sitting in Week 15.

RB D'Andre Swift has been ruled out yet again with his shoulder injury. I expect him to be back in the next week or be shutdown for the season.

DeAndre Hopkins suffered an MCL injury on the last play of Arizona's Week 14 game. He will undergo surgery. This is very uncommon — under 5% of the time. Recovery is typically two plus months, making it unlikely he returns for the playoffs.

Fantasy Analysis: Be prepared to pivot off Ertz due to his late addition on the injury report. The fill-in options I like include Gerald Everett (Tues), Tyler Conklin (Mon) and Brevin Jordan.

Play Chase Edmonds in DFS at $5,100 at sub-8% rostership. It's easy to envision a scenario where he is the healthiest of the two Cardinals RBs and runs wild versus the Lions.

A.J. Green ($4,900) or Christian Kirk ($5,300)? Debating between the Cardinals’ No. 2 receiver has been a headache all season due to their snaps, route participation, high-value targets and air yards being nearly identical. It’s even more important to nail the right guy with DeAndre Hopkins out the rest of the season.

The key difference is that Kirk plays more in the slot, which puts him over the top against the Lions. Detroit ranks 26th in passer rating allowed to wide receivers aligned in the slot (117.9) but fifth when lined up out wide (81.7). And, as I identified in my Week 15 fantasy football start'em, sit'em, Kirk had the biggest increase in routes run per dropback (83%) versus his season-long rate (77%). He also ran the most routes on the team.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 47.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-5)

Injury Analysis: RB Carlos Hyde has been ruled out of Week 15 with a concussion. I expect him to be ready for Week 16.

Fantasy Analysis: Play James Robinson ($5,400) in GPPs and in cash games alike. Urban Meyer is finally out of the way as is Hyde, which should greenlight Robinson for a full three-down workload versus the Texans, who have allowed the most rushing yards to running backs this season.

PFF’s 12th-highest-graded rusher can ball out when given opportunities to do so.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 39.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants (+10.5)

Injury Analysis: WR Sterling Shepard was a late add to the injury report with a calf injury, which is never good news. He will need to be monitored until kickoff, but it has me concerned.

RB Tony Pollard missed Week 14 with a foot injury and is considered a game-time decision for Week 15. I believe the Cowboys will be conservative but if he does play, expect a limited role.

QB Daniel Jones is out yet another week with his neck injury. He recently saw a specialist, but it is unknown whether he will miss the rest of the season or not.

Fantasy Analysis: Do not start Shepard with another new injury added.

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.


Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos (-3)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Joe Burrow QB CIN Finger QB11 23.6 DNP FP FP (-)
Tee Higgins WR CIN Ankle WR11 15.6 LP FP FP (-)
Javonte Williams RB DEN Knee RB19 13.7 LP DNP 0 (-)
Tim Patrick WR DEN Hand WR52 9.6 FP FP 0 (-)
Chris Evans RB CIN Ankle RB98 0.6 LP LP FP (-)
Andrew Beck TE DEN Elbow 0.1 FP FP 0 (-)

Injury Analysis: N/A

The Over/Under for this game is currently 44. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers (-9.5)

Injury Analysis: RB Elijah Mitchell has been ruled out of Week 15 with knee issues. I believe he is dealing with an MCL sprain or meniscus injury. It could cost him another week or two.

Fantasy Analysis: Keep going back to Jeff Wilson Jr. as a low-end fantasy RB2 and in DFS at just $5,000. He will start for the second straight week in a plus-matchup versus the Falcons. In his two starts this season (Weeks 11 and 14), he has averaged 59% of the snaps and 16.5 touches.

The matchup in Week 15 is easier than his Week 14 one versus Cincy, so he should surpass expectations.

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.


Green Bay Packers @ Baltimore Ravens (+6.5)

Injury Analysis: QB Lamar Jackson has been a DNP all week with a lateral ankle sprain. I do not expect him to play in Week 15, but I also do not expect him to miss significant time. I believe his return will hinge on the Ravens' playoff situation, as making sure Jackson is healthy for the playoffs is the most important thing.

WR Equanimeous St. Brown is likely out for Week 15 with a concussion. He is likely to return in Week 16.

Fantasy Analysis: The Ravens star quarterback suffered an ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns, putting his status in doubt for the first week of the fantasy football playoffs. Jackson was struggling anyway, averaging 12.3 fantasy points per game since Week 10, and any limitations to his rushing would be detrimental to his fantasy value.

Fantasy gamers should not wait until inactives are announced before the late afternoon games to see if Jackson will play, and chances are that you can find a better/safer option even if Jackson ends up playing.

This is more so advice for superflex/2QB leagues as teams scramble for a Jackson replacement. Tyler Huntley is the guy to immediately slide in. He has averaged over 40 rushing yards in his two games this season, and the Green Bay Packers are a sieve against mobile quarterbacks.

No team has allowed more rushing yards to opposing signal-callers than the Packers have this season. Avoid the headache with Jackson, and start Huntley accordingly.

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.


New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-11.5)

Injury Analysis: N/A

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.


Las Vegas Raiders @ Cleveland Browns (-1)

Injury Analysis: WR Anthony Schwartz has been ruled out of Week 15 with a concussion. He is likely back in Week 16.

RB Kareem Hunt has been ruled out of Week 15 with an ankle injury. I expect him to miss the next week or two.

TE Darren Waller has been ruled out again with knee/back injuries. Typically, a player would have returned by now from the IT band injury he was dealing with. Either there is something more to his injury or his back issue is more serious then first reported.

QB Baker Mayfield is all types of banged up, as he is dealing with foot and shoulder injuries. Mayfield was also placed on the Reserve/COVID list but with the game being moved, he may have a chance to play.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 41. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears (+6)

Injury Analysis: WR Marquise Goodwin has recorded DNPs all week so far due to a foot injury, and I expect him to miss Week 15.

WR Adam Thielen has been a DNP all week due to a high-ankle sprain. I do not believe he will play in Week 15, and I expect him to miss the next week or two.

Fantasy Analysis: With no Adam ThielenK.J. Osborn commanded a whopping 30% target share and 140 air yards in Week 14. Safe to say he can be immediately plugged into all lineups as a top-36 wide receiver if Thielen is ruled out for Monday Night.

I would also not bury tight end Tyler Conklin after his Week 14 dud if you are still tight end needy. The fact that his target share dropped by 18% without Thielen looks more like target variance than anything concrete moving forward. Targets will likely flatten between Osborn and Conklin in Week 15.

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.


Washington Football Team @ Philadelphia Eagles (-8)

Injury Analysis: N/A

Fantasy Analysis: Jalen Hurts practiced fully on Friday, giving him a good chance of suiting up for the newly scheduled Tuesday Night Football game versus the Football Team. 

Fantasy football managers missed the QB6 in fantasy points per game, but they get him back just in time for the fantasy postseason. He should comfortably slide back into the starting lineups as a fringe fantasy top-12 quarterback. 

Washington’s defense has not allowed over 250 yards passing or more than two passing touchdowns to any quarterback since Week 7, so the matchup looked tough early in the week.

But that defense may not take the field on Sunday because of the COVID outbreak in the nation’s capital. The Football Team is down a lot of key defenders.

Therefore, Philadelphia should be able to move the ball at ease on the ground through their running backs to protect Hurts from further damaging his ankle. 

Ultimately, the fear that Hurts may not run as much even against a depleted defense has me favoring quarterbacks like Justin Fields, Kirk Cousins and Tua Tagovailoa in start/sit decisions. 

As a common practice to navigate during an extremely confusing week, any tiebreakers between players should be won by the guys playing earlier, rather than later. 

The Over/Under for this game is currently 43. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams (-5.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Freddie Swain WR SEA Ankle/ NIR-personal WR75 9.3 DNP FP 0 (-)
Travis Homer RB SEA Hamstring RB82 2.6 FP FP 0 (-)
Alex Collins RB SEA Abdomen RB76 0.0 (-) (-) 0 (-)

Injury Analysis: N/A

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.

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