**Updated 06/12 – 13:22 GMT/08:22 EST**
The one thing all of us fantasy players dread the most, injuries. Unfortunately, this is part and parcel with NFL life and it’s inevitable that at some point during the season one or more of your players will have the dreaded “questionable” or “doubtful” tags. The tricky bit is wading through the reports to find out the true status of your fantasy stud. Fantasy players are very often used as decoys when injured to fool defences, so it’s important that we’re sure that a player is 100% healthy before deploying into a line-up.
This article will take a look at the top injury concerns that we’re hearing about this week and provide a recommendation as to whether they should be starting for you or if you need to pick up their handcuff from the waiver wire.
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Top Injury Concern
Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB – Kansas City Chiefs
UPDATE: Should be ready to play
Chiefs believe RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who didn’t practice again Saturday and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game due to a stomach illness, should be ready to play to but they also need to see how he’s feeling pregame before making any final decisions, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 6, 2020
The curious case of Clyde Edwards-Helaire. CEH surprised everybody when he flagged up on the injury report on Friday with an “illness”. Thankfully, this isn’t COVID related and is thought to be a stomach bug. Not playing until Sunday night will help CEH’s chance of playing as Andy Reid doesn’t seem too concerned about Edwards-Helaire’s chances of suiting up against the Broncos.
Clyde’s usage has unsurprisingly decreased since Le’Veon Bell arrived in week 7. Averaging a healthy 21 touches per game in the first 6 weeks of the season, Edwards-Helaire was the RB11 (PPR) in this time period. Since week 7, CEH has averaged just 10.5 touches per game and his performance has fallen to that of an RB2, with him scoring the 19th most fantasy points at the position since week 7.
It’s a difficult matchup for the Chiefs RBs against Denver this week and CEH only managed 13.3 fantasy points against them in week 7 – despite scoring a touchdown. I’m reluctant to start him this week, even if he does suit up.
Other Injury Concerns
Cam Newton – QB – New England Patriots
UPDATE: Expected to play
#Patriots QB Cam Newton (abdomen) is listed as questionable, but a source said he took nearly all of the first-team reps this week and is expected to play today.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2020
It’s been a difficult first season for Newton in New England but he’s had some rather large shoes to fill. It was a better day in the office for Cam last week as they ran out victorious against the playoff chasing Cardinals. It’ll be another difficult matchup against the Chargers this weekend, albeit definitely winnable for the Pats.
Newton has been limited throughout the entire week with an abdomen injury. Newton has tried to downplay the injury but still remains questionable for the AFC tilt. He’s already missed a game this season after testing positive for COVID-19 and, if he misses again this week, it’d be difficult to say whether Stidham or Hoyer would get the nod.
Although Super Cam has had two 350+ yard passing games this year, he’s yet to throw for multiple TDs in a game and has only thrown a touchdown in 4 out of his 10 games. If you’re starting him, it’s for his rushing upside. Cam is 3rd in the league in rushing attempts at the quarterback position, 4th in the league with rushing yards and 2nd in the league with rushing touchdowns. Incidentally, he’s joint 5th in the league at any position with his 9 rushing TDs.
I would imagine that Cam starts in this one and, particularly in Superflex leagues, he starts for your team.
Terry McLaurin – WR – Washington Football Team
Another player with the benefit of playing late in the week, Scary Terry only cropped on the injury report on Friday and is listed as questionable against the Steelers with an ankle injury. Due to the Steelers playing Wednesday in week 13, this game has been pushed out to Monday night to form a double header with the Niners and the Bills.
Quietly, Washington have got quite a few pieces in this team with McLaurin, Gibson, McKissic, Thomas and a very underrated defense. Alex Smith, third on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, will start against the Steelers and will likely need to throw the football – a lot. If he goes, McLaurin will undoubtedly be the go to guy and should have another nice day. The PPR WR9 on the season, McLaurin shouldn’t be a start/sit decision if healthy.
Todd Gurley II – RB – Atlanta Falcons (Knee) UPDATE: Expected to play
Julio Jones – WR – Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring) UPDATE: Expected to play
Allen Robinson II – WR – Chicago Bears (Knee) UPDATE: Expected to play
Nick Foles – QB – Chicago Bears (Hip)
Darnell Mooney – WR – Chicago Bears (Knee) UPDATE: Expected to play
Mike Thomas – WR – Cincinnati Bengals (Hamstring)
Phillip Lindsay – RB – Denver Broncos (Knee) UPDATE: Expected to play
Jerry Jeudy – WR – Denver Broncos (Ankle) UPDATE: Expected to play
Matthew Stafford – QB – Detroit Lions (Thumb)
D’Andre Swift – RB – Detroit Lions (Illness)
Tyler Ervin – RB – Green Bay Packers (Ribs)
Chris Conley – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars (Hip)
Kalen Ballage – RB – Los Angeles Chargers (Ankle) UPDATE: Expected to play
Malcolm Perry – RB – Miami Dolphins (Chest)
Tua Tagovailoa – QB – Miami Dolphins (Thumb) UPDATE: Expected to play
Ryan Izzo – TE – New England Patriots (Hamstring/Hand)
Nick Folk – K – New England Patriots (Back)
Deonte Harris – WR – New Orleans Saints (Neck)
Zach Ertz – TE – Philadelphia Eagles (Ankle)
Ben Roethlisberger – QB – Pittsburgh Steelers (Knee)
Carlos Hyde – RB – Seattle Seahawks (Toe) UPDATE: Expected to play
DeAndre Washington – RB – Miami Dolphins (Hamstring)
Salvon Ahmed – RB – Miami Dolphins (Shoulder)
Daniel Jones – QB – New York Giants (Hamstring) UPDATE: Not expected to start
Travis Homer – RB – Seattle Seahawks (Wrist/Thumb/Knee)
Out – DO NOT PLAY
Larry Fitzgerald – WR – Arizona Cardinals (COVID IR)
KhaDarel Hodge – WR – Cleveland Browns (Hamstring)
Taywan Taylor – WR – Cleveland Browns (Neck)
Kenny Golladay – WR – Detroit Lions (Hip)
C.J. Prosise – RB – Houston Texans (Illness)
Josh Jacobs – RB – Las Vegas Raiders (Ankle)
Irv Smith Jr. – TE – Minnesota Vikings (Back)
Alexander Mattison – RB – Minnesota Vikings (Appendix)
Ty Montgomery – RB – New Orleans Saints (Hamstring)
Marquez Callaway – WR – New Orleans Saints (Knee)
Jonnu Smith – TE – Tennessee Titans (Knee)
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