Thu Nov 7 8:40am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Green is iffy to play Week 10
This is going to be a tough week for fantasy teams when it comes to setting lineups. There are six teams on a bye, including a few big-time fantasy players, to go along with all the guys on this injured list. The injury list isn’t crazy populated this week, but there are a decent chunk of players on the list. So good luck getting your lineups set. Hopefully, byes and injuries don’t impact things for you too much.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram is out of practice to start the week because of a foot sprain. He is in a boot because of the injury, which isn’t a great sign. He seems a long shot to play this week, so get other options ready. Engram has been banged up in recent weeks, marring what looked like could be a breakout season for him.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets. Bell had an MRI on his knee but received good news on the injury. He is just battling a sore knee at this point. He has rested to start the week and still has a shot to play Week 10. Nothing is guaranteed, though, because Bell has struggled in recent weeks and just doesn’t look like himself. We would get other options ready to be safe. It would not be a surprise if the Jets sit Bell.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings. Thielen was a game-time decision last week and played in the game. He aggravated his hamstring injury early in the game, though, and sat the rest of the game. The Vikings claim the injury isn’t serious, though, and he didn’t have a major setback. Either way, you should expect the Vikings to make sure Thielen is 100 percent before bringing him back. We would expect Thielen to miss the game this week.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Newton is done for the season, getting placed on Injured Reserve because of his foot injury. This makes Kyle Allen the starter for the rest of the season for the Panthers. Newton’s time in Carolina could be done after battling injuries the last few years and underperforming when on the field.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard seemed to be making progress from his concussion, but had a setback late in the week last week. There is speculation he could be placed on Injured Reserve in the near future, ending his season. So don’t expect him to play this week or in the near future. Things aren’t looking great for Shepard right now.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green was set to finally return to the starting lineup this week, but had some sort of setback before practice Wednesday and sat out. He received treatment on the side and is considered day to day. HIs ankle injury is getting better but he’ll need to get in some practice before the week is out if he hopes to play Week 10. Get other options ready once again. Green is looking risky at this point.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts. Brissett was knocked from last week’s game because of a sprained knee. He has not been ruled out for this week and is practicing on a limited basis. He seems to have a pretty good chance to play Week 10. We’ll know more later in the week, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton remains out of practice because of a calf injury. He missed last week and hasn’t been ruled out for this week, but the chances of him playing look pretty slim. He should miss another week, barring a great recovery late in the week.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Ryan has been limited in practice to start the week because of a sprained ankle. He missed the Week 8 game and had last week off because of a bye, so the all the time off should help Ryan get back on the field this week. We would expect him to be ready to go for Week 10. The Falcons should make an official announcement before the week is out, though.
David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Johnson was close to a return last week but the short week (Thursday game) didn’t help his cause to play. He has already stated that he is definitely playing this week, though. We would completely take that to the bank but things look good for Johnson to play right now. His ankle is better, and he is practicing with the team to start the week.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints. Kamara returned to a limited practice Wednesday but is looking good to play this week. HIs ankle injury is improving after sitting out the last game and getting the bye last week to heal up even more. Kamara seems right on track for a Week 10 return to the starting lineup.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams. Cooks has already been ruled out for Week 10 because of a concussion. He is expected to see a specialist because of the injury, which has kept him out the last few weeks. At this points, we aren’t sure when Cooks will return to action.
O.J. Howard, TE, Bucs. Howard is back practicing in full this week after missing the last few games because of a hamstring injury. He is going to return to the starting lineup and has a prime matchup against the Cardinals, a team that struggles to stop the tight end.
Jared Cook, TE, Saints. Cook has missed has missed the last few games because of a sprained ankle. He is practicing in full to start the week and will return to the starting lineup for the Saints.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs. Mahomes has missed the last two games because of a dislocated kneecap. The good news is he already is practicing in full this week. The Chiefs haven’t named him the starter just yet, but it sure seems like he will return to action this week. He seems near 100 percent.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Barring a setback in practice this week, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected to return for Week 15 against the Chargers after missing the last four games with his injury, according to a league source. Thielen returned to practice on Wednesday, so he's definitely on the right track. The Chargers have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game (11.5) to wideouts over the last five weeks, so Thielen will have his hands full if he's back and could be a bit rusty. Consider him more of a shaky WR2 for fantasy lineups if he's active this Sunday.
New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle), running back Bilal Powell (ankle, illness) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) will not play Thursday night against the Ravens. Griffin and Powell are both officially out, while Thomas is doubtful to play. Daniel Brown and rookie Trevon Wesco will help fill in with Griffin out, but neither should be fantasy targets this week. Powell handled 19 carries for 74 yards with Le'Veon Bell (illness) out last week, but Bell is set to return on Thursday. He'll be a low-end RB2 in a tough matchup. Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder should see plenty of targets in the passing game with DT unlikely to play.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been a streamable quarterback over the last month, but fantasy owners who had been relying on the sophomore signal-caller may want to explore other options in Week 15. Darnold has played well in recent weeks with soft matchups but this Ravens Defense is a different animal than Darnold has seen lately. Baltimore allows the second-fewest points to opposing quarterbacks and Darnold will face them on the road in a short week. In the fantasy playoffs, Darnold is best left on the bench.
New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for Week 15 against the Ravens on Thursday night. With Le'Veon Bell out last week with an illness, Montgomery had just nine carries for 31 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards. Bell is expected back Thursday night, so Montgomery will have zero standalone value if he's active, even though Bilal Powell has been ruled out. Josh Adams would be Bell's primary backup if Montgomery joins Powell on the Sunday inactive list.
The Detroit Lions placed wide receiver Marvin Jones (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he suffered his injury in the Week 14 loss to the Vikings on the final drive. Head coach Matt Patricia said he's unsure if Jones will need surgery. The 29-year-old had 62 catches this year for 779 yards and nine touchdowns. Fantasy owners unfortunately will not have Jones' services as they attempt to win a fantasy championship in the next couple of weeks. Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola and Chris Lacy should operate in three-wide sets the rest of the way. Amendola will become a little more attractive in deep PPR leagues, but his upside remains limited with third-stringer David Blough at quarterback.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (quadriceps) and tight end Mark Andrews (knee) are both listed as questionable for Week 15 against the Jets on Thursday night. Jackson practiced in full on Wednesday and is fully expected to play. If you own Jackson, you're not benching him whatsoever in a great matchup. Andrews is obviously much riskier this week as a strong TE1 after his injury in Week 14, but he's a must-start fantasy tight end if he's playing. If he's out, Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle should share tight end duties, with Hurst, who had a big game in Week 14, being the better streamer with TE1 upside.
Oakland Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs (shoulder), who sat out in Week 14 against the Titans, had positive results from his MRI exam and is expected to return to action in Week 15 against the Jaguars, according to sources. Barring a setback this week, Jacobs should only have a one-week absence. Jacobs has been one of the most impressive running backs in the NFL in 2019, let alone among rookies. Fantasy owners might've been eliminated from the first round of the playoffs without him last Sunday, but they should get him back if they were able to advance. Against a Jacksonville team that has been getting destroyed on the ground in recent weeks, Jacobs will return to high-end RB1 status if he's active. Deandre Washington and Jalen Richard will go back to backup duties.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) took part in individual drills Wednesday, Dec. 11, which was a moderate surprise to beat writer Joe Person.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen has a great matchup against the Seattle Seahawks this week if he's able to go. Olsen will be a low-end TE1 option in PPR leagues.
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) said the team's playoff eligibility won't be a factor on if he returns this season. 'I would never quit on my team,' Hilton said. 'I signed up for 16 games. Some guys may shut it down and call it quits. I don't do that.'
Fantasy Spin: We still view him on the wrong side of questionable to return this season. If he's able to, he'd be a WR2 option. Zach Pascal should be a WR3 in the interim.
New York Giants TE Golden Tate (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Fantasy Spin: Tate had just one catch for 11 yards with Eli Manning last week, but he has a great matchup against the Miami Dolphins if he can go this week. He'd be a high-end WR3.
New York Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Fantasy Spin: He was limited in practice last week as well, and he didn't play. Rhett Ellison (concussion) was also limited, and this situation remains in flux. If Engram goes, he's a midrange TE1. If he doesn't, Kaden Smith could be worth streaming again.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a floor-play only for a Week 15 contest against the Los Angeles Rams. Witten has seen plenty of targets lately, with seven in Week 14 and right in Week 13, but he's only come up with 11 catches for 79 yards total in both games. He's one of the least likely players in fantasy football to put up a goose egg in your lineup, but he's also very unlikely to put up a game-changing score, even in PPR. He's a tight end to play when you only need to reach a floor in your matchup, otherwise, even in a position as shallow as tight end, there are likely higher upside options on the waiver wire.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin is not a strong fantasy option for Week 15 despite a strong performance in Week 14. Jarwin caught six passes for 50 yards against the Bears last week, but it was the first time this season he'd even been targeted more than four times. He's likely to sink back into the two-or-three targets per game life this week against the Los Angeles Rams and makes for nothing more than a dart-throw tight end option.
Dallas Cowboys brand new kicker Kai Forbath is a decent option at kicker for Week 15 fantasy lineups. Forbath was signed to replace Brett Maher, who was released by the Cowboys earlier this week. Forbath has made just under 86 percent of his field goal tries in his career and made his only attempt this year as a member of the Patriots. He did miss one of his two extra points, though. Most leagues will have higher-upside guys available on the waiver wire, but Forbath is fine as a fill-in kicker if needed.
The Dallas Cowboys Defense is a middling option at best in a Week 15 game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys defense has been generally disappointing this season, and this week they take on a Rams offense that looked like it finally figured things out in Week 14. There are likely better options on the waiver wire in most leagues, especially given this week's matchups.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is a solid choice in any Week 15 fantasy lineup. Cooper looked a bit slow in Week 14 due to his previous injuries, but he'll have had 10 days to heal up even more before the Cowboys take on the Rams on Sunday afternoon. With the Cowboys offense struggling somewhat of late and Jalen Ramsey likely attached to Cooper all day, Cooper's usual upside is a bit limited, making him more of a high-end WR2 this week.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup is a strong WR2 option for a Week 15 game against the Los Angeles Rams. With Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey likely shadowing Amari Cooper in this one, Gallup could be more of the first look for quarterback Dak Prescott than usual. Coming off a game in which he led the Cowboys in receiving with 109 yards, Gallup is a strong WR2 option with upside for Week 15.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb had a nice flash in the pan moment a few weeks ago, but it looks like he's settled back into fantasy irrelevance in most formats. Cobb saw at least seven targets for four games in a row from Week 9 to Week 12, but saw just eight balls thrown his way in Weeks 13 and 14 combined. That much smaller target share will likely continue in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Rams. Cobb is nothing more than a desperation dart-throw type wide receiver and is not a recommended starter in most formats.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to play in Week 15 and has a decent matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Prescott suffered a sprained left hand and an injured index finger on his throwing hand in Week 14's Thursday night loss to the Chicago Bears. With 10 days to rest, Prescott should be good to go against the Rams. Still, he's been struggling along with the whole Dallas offense of late and a possible flare up of the injuries won't help. Prescott hasn't been great on the field lately, but he's still been producing solid fantasy numbers. He's a low-end QB1 for Week 15.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott should be a solid fantasy contributor in a Week 15 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Elliott scored twice in Week 14 despite the Cowboys inexplicably going away from the running game for long stretches. Hopefully, coach Jason Garrett feeds his star running back in this one. Elliott comes in as a top-half RB1 for this matchup.