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Injury Status: Week 14

Thu Dec 6 8:49 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Last week was a rough one for injuries, seeing some top starters going down with injury and being lost for the year. It is never a good time for injuries, but late-season injuries can really be jarring to fantasy teams. It is hard to find a replacement late in the year. Here is to hoping you didn't get impacted too much by the injuries from last week. Here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green is done for the season, getting placed on Injured Reserve because of a toe injury. He will need surgery on the injury but the good news is he should be ready to go for next season. This brings a disappointing end to Green's season. Tyler Boyd will serve as the No. 1 for the Bengals going forward.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears. Trubisky is expected to return to the starting lineup this week after missing the last two games because of a shoulder injury. He is throwing the ball better and is on pace to play, barring a late-week setback.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos. Sanders suffered a torn Achilles in practice Wednesday, ending his season. He has a long road back and might not be ready for the start of next year. As for the rest of this season, Courtland Sutton becomes the No. 1 receiver for the Broncos and should see an increase in targets.

Doug Martin, RB, Raiders. Martin has a new injury, dealing with some sort of knee injury. The injury is considered minor, though, and he was able to practice to start the week. Expectations are he should be able to play Week 14, but keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.

Sam Darnold, QB, Jets. Darnold seemed close to a return last week but sat out the game. He is already practicing in full to start this week, which is a great sign. His foot injury finally seems to be in good order. He should return to the starting lineup for the Jets in Week 14.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Jets. Crowell is out of practice to start the week because of some sort of toe injury. We aren't sure the severity of the injury just yet, so keep an eye on the notes for the latest. He is looking a little iffy right now. Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon would split the work if Crowell misses the game.

James Conner, RB, Steelers. Conner suffered what many believe is a high-ankle sprain last week. He is going to miss some time with this one. He has already been ruled out for this week. Jaylen Samuels is expected to start for the Steelers with Stevan Ridley also getting work as the top backup.

Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram is nearing a return from his hamstring injury. He is back practicing on a limited basis this week and looks to return Week 14, barring a late-week setback.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Bucs. Jackson continues to deal with a thumb injury. He is yet to practice this week and is looking doubtful to play Week 14. Get other options ready. Chris Godwin will have an expanded role if Jackson misses the game.

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions. Johnson remains out of action because of a knee injury. He is still not practicing and hasn't played in several weeks. He is expected to miss another game this week, leaving LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick to handle most of the work at running back for the Lions.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs. Watkins continues to deal with a foot injury, which has kept him out of action the last few weeks. He is practicing on a limited basis this week and is nearing a return. He has a shot to come back this week but consider him a game-time decision for now.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. The Chargers are holding out hope Gordon can return from his knee injury this week but is looking pretty iffy right now. He is not practicing to start the week. He will need to get in some practice before the week is out if Gordon hopes to play. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. For now, consider Gordon likely to miss another week of action.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints. Thomas is out of practice to start the week because of some sort of ankle injury. We aren't sure the severity of his injury just yet, but it isn't a great sign Thomas was completely held out of practice. We'll know more later in the week but get other options ready.

D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texans. Foreman was finally activated from Injured Reserve and is practicing full this week. He seems fully recovered from his Achilles' injury and has a shot to return this week. He likely will be eased into action but could be the top backup for the team before long.

Player Notes
James White Jan 21 12:50am ET

New England Patriots running back James White caught four passes for 49 yards, including 23 rushing yards, in the team's 37-31 win over the Chiefs to advance to the Super Bowl. One week after White caught 15 passes, the veteran running back was targeted only six times in the passing game. White already has one Super Bowl MVP under his belt and has enjoyed a career season with 85 receptions and 12 total touchdowns. He will certainly have to share time in the backfield with teammates Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead but White will see plenty of action against the Rams on February 3.

From RotoBaller

Sony Michel Jan 21 12:40am ET

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel carried the ball 29 times for 113 yards with two touchdowns in the Patriots 37-31 victory over the Chiefs to reach the Super Bowl. The rookie running back was fantastic from the jump and the Patriots leaned on him to move the chains. Michel punched in a 1-yard score to get New England on the board and then sprinted untouched for a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter. Michel is hot at the right time and will have tons of sleeper potential as a possible Super Bowl MVP heading into the Patriots matchup against the Rams on February 3.

From RotoBaller

Rob Gronkowski Jan 21 12:40am ET

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 79 yards in the Patriots 37-31 win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Gronk was targeted a team-high 11 times and delivered some huge plays in the wild final minutes of the game. He was counted on to pick up some huge first downs, none more important than a big-time 25-yard catch to set up a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Gronkowski has not looked like himself this season but with one game left, the Patriots will do all they can to unleash Gronk against the Rams in the Super Bowl on February 3.

From RotoBaller

Tom Brady Jan 21 12:30am ET

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 30 of 46 passes for 348 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Patriots thrilling AFC Championship victory over the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime. The Patriots offense got off to a slow start but the future Hall of Famer turned it on when it mattered the most. From the beginning of the fourth quarter, Brady nearly doubled his passing yards with some nearly perfect drives. When the chips were down, the Patriots put the ball in Brady's hands and delivered strike after strike as the team scored 20 points in the final quarter in addition to overtime. Brady will now play in his ninth Super Bowl on February 3, striving to win an all-time record sixth Super Bowl.

From RotoBaller

Julian Edelman Jan 21 12:30am ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught seven passes for 96 yards in the Patriots 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Edelman was quiet for most of the game but was heavily targeted in the games final minutes, delivering clutch catch after catch. Edelman is clearly quarterback Tom Brady's preferred target in crunch time and the veteran receiver made some fantastic receptions in traffic. Edelman will be a top choice to lead the team in targets when the Patriots take on the Rams in the Super Bowl February 3.

From RotoBaller

Michael Thomas Jan 21 12:20am ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught four passes for only 36 yards in the Saints 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game. Thomas was targeted seven times but disappointed for a player that caught 125 passes in the regular season. The Saints offense revolved mostly around teammate Alvin Kamara and Thomas was a non-factor. Despite the disappointing end to his season, Thomas will remain a top choice among wide receivers in fantasy heading into next season.

From RotoBaller

Todd Gurley Jan 20 11:33pm ET

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley's lack of involvement in the offense against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game was because of the 'flow' of the game, according to head coach Sean McVay.

Fantasy Spin: Gurley rushed just four times, and while he did drop a couple of passes, it is almost impossible to believe that the reason he spent most of the game on the sidelines wasn't related to the knee injury he suffered late in the year. If he is banged up, he will have two weeks to prepare before the Super Bowl.

Kyle Van Noy Jan 20 11:23pm ET

New England Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy finished with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops and a tackle for loss, and two sacks in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Rob Gronkowski Jan 20 11:13pm ET

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught six of his 11 targets for 79 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: There have been rumblings that Gronkowski may hang it up after the season, but for now he has to prepare for another trip to the Super Bowl. He isn't the overwhelming force he was a few years ago, but he is still capable of putting up big numbers compared to a majority of the other tight ends in the league.

James White Jan 20 11:13pm ET

New England Patriots RB James White rushed six times for 23 yards and caught four of his six targets for 49 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: It was a relatively quiet game for White, but you only need to look back one week at his 15-catch performance against the Los Angeles Chargers for a reminder of the type of production he is capable of providing.

Phillip Dorsett Jan 20 11:13pm ET

New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett caught one of his three targets for a 29-yard touchdown in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Rex Burkhead Jan 20 11:03pm ET

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead rushed 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime, and caught four passes for 23 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Burkhead often takes a backseat to Sony Michel and James White, but he still is capable of delivering when his number is called and is up to three touchdowns this postseason.

Julian Edelman Jan 20 11:03pm ET

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught seven of his 10 targets for a team-high 96 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Edelman was particularly clutch on third downs throughout the game, and he has been Tom Brady's favorite target this postseason. Heading into the Super Bowl, Edelman has 16 catches on 23 targets for 247 yards in two games.

Sammy Watkins Jan 20 10:53pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins caught four of his eight targets for 114 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Injuries remain a constant issue for Watkins, but he wasn't bad when he was on the field. He topped 60 yards in five of his final six games, including the playoffs, and even as the No. 3 option in the Kansas City passing attack, he will have WR3 upside in 2019.

Tom Brady Jan 20 10:53pm ET

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 30 of his 46 passes for 348 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: It wasn't the prettiest game of Brady's playoff career, and he had a third in interception that would have ended the game wiped out by a penalty. Still, he made enough big throws to put New England back in the Super Bowl, and he will try to add his incredible legacy in a couple of weeks.

Sony Michel Jan 20 10:53pm ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Michel has been a monster in the postseason, logging 53 carries for 242 yards and five scores in two games. He will try to add to those numbers in the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks.

Travis Kelce Jan 20 10:43pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught three of his five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: It marked just the second time all year and the first time since the season opener that Kelce failed to top 40 receiving yards. His season may have ended on a sour note, but that doesn't change the fact that Kelce may be the top fantasy option at his position heading into 2019.

Damien Williams Jan 20 10:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 30 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 66 yards and two scores in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Williams didn't do much on the ground, but an early deficit had a lot to do with that. Still, he showcased his versatility once again, and since taking over as the starter, he has left no doubt that he can be a workhorse for the Kansas City backfield. Williams will have RB1 potential entering 2019.

Patrick Mahomes Jan 20 10:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 16 of his 31 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns and rushed twice for 11 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Mahomes led the Chiefs back from an early deficit, but he never saw the ball overtime. His impressive season doesn't end with a Super Bowl appearance, but it will put him in the conversation to be the first quarterback selected in drafts in 2019.

Tyreek Hill Jan 20 10:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill caught one of his three targets for 42 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: As the Patriots often do, they took away the best offensive weapon for their opponent. It was a quiet end to the best season of Hill's career, but he looks poised to deliver WR1 numbers for the foreseeable future as the top target for Patrick Mahomes.