Pleased Holidays! This was the primary week with out a Thursday recreation, however there’s a full slate throughout Saturday, Sunday and Monday for these in fantasy playoffs — and even those that aren’t — to get pleasure from. A couple of gamers have already been dominated out, however there are nonetheless a few key fantasy gamers whose standing is in query.
For reference, gamers could also be labeled on the ultimate injury report of any given week as questionable, uncertain or out. In addition to the plain designation of a participant being dominated out, “questionable” signifies a participant is unsure to play whereas “uncertain” means a participant is unlikely to play. Because the NFL did away with the “possible” designation two years in the past, gamers who’re anticipated to play on Sunday (or Monday) are merely faraway from the injury report by the reporting deadline (Friday night for Sunday video games, Saturday afternoon for Monday night time video games).
For the needs of this injury-related recreation preview, gamers will probably be grouped by place. Under their identify, workforce, injured physique half (as listed on the official NFL injury report) and official recreation standing designation the next components are included: any recognized related particulars in regards to the injury, the participant’s involvement in observe that week and any further notes to present context across the participant’s standing.
For anybody looking for extra particular element about sure sorts of accidents, there may be an illustrated injury glossary on the ESPN fantasy residence web page.
Additionally, please take a look at my “Answering the Bell” podcast the place we take a deeper dive into numerous medical subjects with particular visitors, together with specialists of their respective fields in addition to athletes who’ve firsthand expertise with numerous accidents or medical situations. All episodes are archived right here.
And now, on to the Saturday recreation preview.
Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans, four:30 p.m. ET
Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers, eight:20 p.m. ET
PLAYERS ALREADY RULED OUT: Jordan Reed, TE, Washington (ankle/foot); Vernon Davis, TE, Washington (concussion); Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (neck)
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans, foot (off pregame injury report)
Further injury particulars: Added to injury report this week for foot
Apply report: Restricted Tuesday; full Wednesday-Thursday (The Titans performed a walkthrough Tuesday; the Tuesday observe report is an estimation)
Notes: Mariota has been on the injury report for his elbow, hand, stomach and extra. This week it’s his foot that’s the point of interest, however it won’t be sufficient to sideline him. Two full practices upfront of Saturday’s recreation and elimination from the injury report affirm his standing.
Josh Johnson, Washington Redskins, ankle (off pregame injury report)
Further injury particulars: Added to injury report this week for ankle
Apply report: Full Tuesday-Thursday (Washington performed a walkthrough Tuesday; the Tuesday observe report is an estimation)
Notes: There isn’t a doubt about Johnson’s standing — however it’s nonetheless unlikely he is beginning in your fantasy championship.
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers, knee (off pregame injury report)
Further injury particulars: Sprained proper MCL Week 12; DNP Weeks 13-15
Apply report: Full Tuesday-Thursday
Notes: Fantasy gamers have to be respiratory a lot simpler seeing Gordon’s standing confirmed upfront of the sport together with his elimination from the pregame injury report. In reality, Gordon was very shut to enjoying final week, and had been it not for that recreation being on a Thursday night time, he may need. The additional restoration and conditioning time has little question served him properly, and Gordon heads into Saturday’s recreation in good condition.
Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins, shoulder (off pregame injury report)
Further injury particulars: Injured in Week 5
Apply report: Restricted Tuesday-Wednesday; full Thursday
Notes: Peterson will probably be on the injury report by means of the tip of the season due to the shoulder he dislocated in Week 5. He has but to miss a recreation, and he won’t miss this week both.
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers, hip (Q)
Further injury particulars: Injured in Week 15; hip pointer
Apply report: DNP Tuesday; restricted Wednesday-Thursday
Notes: Allen took a tough fall final Sunday that resulted in a hip pointer or a deep bruise to the higher and outermost portion of the pelvis. Allen’s rapid response of grabbing the world instantly upon attempting to stand up from the bottom hinted on the nature of the injury. He was unable to proceed regardless of attempting to press by means of the discomfort. The world is just not properly protected with tender tissue, making it susceptible to an injury with a direct blow. Allen has made progress this week, managing two restricted practices, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he’s anticipated to play, regardless of the questionable tag. The one concern could be if Allen had been to land on the very same spot and worsen the injury, however undoubtedly the workforce will probably be attempting to pad the world to supply some safety. Allen’s expertise, toughness and goal quantity is tough to overlook, even with him at lower than 100 % and dealing with a troublesome Ravens protection. Fantasy gamers are suggested to affirm his standing earlier than kickoff.
Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins, again (Q)
Further injury particulars: Added to injury report this week (Thursday)
Apply report: DNP Thursday
Notes: Late injury report additions are at all times worrisome, particularly when it ends in a “didn’t take part in observe” simply two days earlier than the sport. For fantasy gamers who might have been contemplating filling a vacant flex spot with Doctson, the late injury and questionable standing needs to be trigger for pause.