The Week 16 fantasy football injury report gets you up to date on all the key injuries in the NFL!
It has been a tumultuous NFL season to this point, with star players dropping like flies each week. Listen, I know you’re busy and can’t keep up with every single piece of information that comes out regarding an injury. That’s where I come in. I’ll break down the latest injury news for each game so that you won’t have to build your lineups in fear of the dreaded “Q” designation. Let’s kick things off with the 1 P.M. Eastern Games:
Ravens at Texans
GAME-TIME DECISION - DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) - Hopkins missed practice all week, and while the Texans seem to think he could play, he looks like he is on the wrong side of “Questionable”. Check the active/inactive list before kickoff.
PROBABLE: Andre Johnson (concussion) - Johnson cleared concussion protocol and should play. He could see a much higher volume of passes than he is used to if Hopkins sits. The Ravens secondary has been suspect recently, and he could make for a nice tournament play.
Browns at Panthers
QUESTIONABLE: DeAngelo Williams- (hand) - DeAngelo is currently listed as an “emergency back” if something happens to Jonathan Stewart, but that’s it. Stewart has been efficient, and draws a solid matchup against a weak Browns run defense.
GAME-TIME DECISION: Joe Haden (shoulder) - Haden was out warming up and testing out his shoulder as of 10 A.M. ET. His status directly affects the Panthers’ top receiver Kelvin Benjamin. If Haden plays, bump up Greg Olsen as Benjamin will be blanketed by Haden all day.
The Derek Anderson experiment is over. Cam Newton will return and start today against a tough Browns pass defense.
Packers at Buccaneers
PROBABLE: Eddie Lacy (eye)- Lacy may have to channel his inner L.C. Greenwood and wear goggles today, but is a go aside from that.
Vikings at Dolphins
DOUBTFUL: Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle) - Rudolph is currently listed as “doubtful”, but it looks like he will sit this one out. Look for Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson to see a minimal boost.
PROBABLE: Matt Asiata (foot) - Asiata looks like he will play today and is a GPP-only option for me due to his ineffectiveness on the ground.
Falcons at Saints
GAME-TIME DECISION: Julio Jones (hip) - Julio arrived at the stadium a short time ago and seemed to be moving around fine. Monitor this situation closely, and if he can’t go, Roddy White and Harry Douglas would be huge benefactors. If he goes and is close to 100%, start him with confidence in a great matchup.
Patriots at Jets
OUT: Julian Edelman (concussion) and LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) - The Patriots offense goes as Rob Gronkowski goes, so these two sitting doesn’t make a huge impact for me. Shane Vereen gets a bump as a pass-catcher and Brandon LaFell may see a few more looks as well.
4 P.M. Eastern Games
Colts at Cowboys
QUESTIONABLE: Vontae Davis (groin) - Vontae is one of the top cornerbacks in the league, and draws a tough matchup against Dez Bryant this week, even if he plays. I’m not concerned about him shutting down Dez in a huge game for Dallas.
DOUBTFUL: T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) - Hilton is listed as a “longshot” to play as of this morning, and he seems very unlikely to play. Donte Moncreif should see a huge boost, especially with Reggie Wayne playing through a triceps injury.
QUESTIONABLE: DeMarco Murray (hand) - Murray had surgery on his hand this week, and should play, but reports out of Dallas this morning say the Cowboys are worried about his ability to pass block. He may see a decreased role and you can give a bump to Joseph Randle and Dez Bryant.
Giants at Rams
OUT: Rashad Jennings (ankle) - Jennings will not play and Andre Williams will start. This is a tough matchup for Williams, who has looked very mediocre outside of a big performance against an awful Titans run defense.
Bills at Raiders
PROBABLE: C.J. Spiller (collarbone) -Spiller is in line to return from his broken collarbone this week, and while his touches will be limited, he is a single-bullet GPP shot in my book. His explosiveness makes him dangerous at any time. With that being said, Fred Jackson is still the back to roster here.
Monday Night Football
Broncos at Bengals
LIKELY TO PLAY: Julius Thomas- Thomas was a full participant in practice al week. The Bengals have struggled with tight ends, so he makes for an intriguing play if he can go, but we all know better than to count on him playing.