By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
For some reason, it seems like concussions have hit hard for fantasy teams in recent weeks. There are a lot of players dealing with concessions on this list this week. They are a trick issue to deal with for fantasy teams, mainly because players normally aren't cleared until very late in the week, causing for some trepidation for many of those owners. The good news about concussions is they normally aren't game-time decisions. We have the status of these players decided before games start. Below are all the players dealing with concussions and other injuries for Week 13.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons. Freeman has been cleared from the concussion protocol and is already practicing in full this week. He will be fine to play the Week 13 game. Get him back in your starting lineup.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars. Hurns remains out of practice because of an ankle injury. It is not looking good for him to play again this week, meaning more targets for rookie Dede Westbrook. We would expect Hurns to miss the Week 13 game.
Jameis Winston, QB, Bucs. Winston has been cleared to play from his shoulder injury and has already been announced the starter for Week 13 game. He will return to the starting lineup after missing few weeks of action.
Jay Cutler, QB, Dolphins. Cutler has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol. He will return to the starting lineup for the Dolphins, which is probably a plus for the offense after the team struggled with Matt Moore starting.
Damien Williams, RB, Dolphins. Williams injured his shoulder last week and is considered day to day, but early reports are he will miss two to four weeks. We would expect him to miss the game this week, barring a late-week turnaround. Kenyan Drake should get most of the work at running back for the Dolphins.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard missed the last two games because of migraines. He is already practicing in full this week, which is a great sign. He is expected to return to the starting lineup for the Giants and assume their No. 1 receiver duties.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers. Montgomery missed practice once again because of his rib injury. He was doing some work on the side but it seems likely he will miss another week of action. Rookie Jamaal Williams is expected to star again for the Packers in Week 13.
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Reed has already been ruled out for Week 13 because of his hamstring injury. He will miss another game yet again. Vernon Davis will remain in the starting lineup for the Redskins.
Doug Martin, RB, Bucs. Martin suffered a concussion last week and is iffy to play this week. He is in the concussion protocol and will need to be cleared before the week is out. Consider Martin up in the air right now. We should know his status before the weekend, though, so keep an eye on the notes for the latest. Jacquizz Rodgers should get the start for the Bucs if Martin can't play.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Bills. Benjamin suffered a knee injury Week 11 and missed last week. He is not practicing yet this week and seems a long shot to return to action. We would fully expect him to miss another week of action, giving Zay Jones a bigger role in the passing game for the Bills.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Olsen finally returned to action last week after missing several months because of a foot injury. He returned to action last week but had to leave the game early after aggravating his foot issue. He got it checked out Monday and the results were positive, but it doesn't mean he won't miss some time. He is out of practice to start the week and could be a game-time decision for Week 13. We would just avoid using Olsen this week after what happened to him in his first game back.
Alex Collins, RB, Ravens. Collins missed practice Wednesday because of a calf injury. This is a new injury and a bit of a surprise. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest on this injury. We would get other options ready, but don't rule him out just yet. He could get in some practice before the week is out.
Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders. Cooper took a huge hit last week, suffering a concussion but also injuring his ankle. He is not practicing to start the week and fully expected to miss the Week 13 game. The Raiders are going to be very shorthanded at receiver with Cooper out and Michael Crabtree suspended.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Bucs. Jackson injured his foot last week and has been unable to practice to start the week. He is another player that is up in the air for Week 13. It is looking like Jackson could be a game-time decision. He might not be worth the wait beaches of his erratic production with his new team.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans. Matthews missed the game last week because of a hamstring injury. He is out of practice to start the week, which is not a good sign for his status for the Week 13 game. At this point, we would expect him to miss another week of action. Corey Davis and Eric Decker should get the start at receiver for the Titans.
Coby Fleener, TE, Saints. Fleener is another player in the concussion protocol. He suffered a concussion very early in last week's game. We will have a better idea of his status late in the week, so keep an eye on his player notes for the latest on his status.
Aaron Jones, RB, Packers. Jones is finally back practicing some on his injured knee. He is limited in practice, though, and seems likely to miss the game this week. We would be surprised if he returns after missing the last several games because of the injury. He will need to ramp up his practice time before returning to the lineup. Expect rookie Jamaal Williams to get the start at running back for the Packers in Week 13.
Robert Woods, WR, Rams. Woods missed last week because of a shoulder injury and is out of practice to start this week. He is not expected to play this week, but could return in another week or two. For now, Cooper Kupp is the top receiver for the Rams with Woods out of the lineup.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @firstname.lastname@example.org