Fantasy Football Injury Rundown

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Congratulations on advancing to Week 16! The championship is just a week away. To advance on, our Fantasy Football Injury Rundown will help keep you up-to-date on all the fantasy-relevant injuries that will impact playoff rosters.

Also, be sure to join us in the FullTime Fantasy Discord Channel for injury updates throughout the week. And, check the Week 16 waiver wire suggestions for help. Now, let’s check out the Week 16 fantasy football injury rundown.

Friendly reminder: there are 11 NFL games this Saturday to plan around

Jalen Hurts (QB) Philadelphia Eagles – The biggest injury to come out of Week 15 was one we didn’t even know occurred. Hurts sprained his right (throwing shoulder) last week but finished the game. He also took all of Philly’s practice snaps on Tuesday. There is some optimism that Hurts will be able to play through the injury. However, the Eagles have little to gain by rushing back the MVP candidate. That means there is a good chance Gardner Minshew will be under center Saturday. We should know more by Friday. Stay tuned and get ready for Minshew Mania.

Jonathan Taylor (RB) Indianapolis Colts – Many a playoff game was lost when Taylor got hurt in the first quarter. A high-ankle sprain will end Taylor’s season, along with any shot at fantasy redemption. The Colts will finish out their lost 2022 campaign with a committee of Zack Moss and Deon Jackson. Also, Jordan Wilkins could be sprinkled in.

Tyler Lockett (WR) Seattle Seahawks – Lockett had to have surgery on his injured finger and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks. This is a big blow for fantasy managers who have gotten a WR1 value out of Lockett this season. Marquise Goodwin should see a substantial increase in targets and snaps while Lockett is sidelined. Also, expect more targets for DK Metcalf in a scintillating matchup against the Chiefs.

Dallas Goedert (TE) Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles cleared Goedert to return to action this week. Godert has been out since hurting his shoulder in Week 10. This is great news for fantasy managers. Goedert will be an immediate TE1 down the stretch.

Mecole Hardman (WR) Kansas City Chiefs – Another welcomed addition to fantasy lineups. Hardman has been out since suffering an abdominal injury in Week 9.

Lamar Jackson (QB) Baltimore Ravens – There was growing optimism that Jackson will be able to play in Week 16 after missing two starts. However, Jackson missed Tuesday’s practice session. Also, the Ravens play Saturday which gives Jackson one less day to work with. We’ll update Jackson’s availability in the FullTime Discord channel.

Courtland Sutton (WR) Denver Broncos – A hamstring injury has sidelined Sutton for two games. But, there is speculation that Sutton is trending towards playing in Week 16. QB Russell Wilson (concussion) could also return this week.

Khalil Herbert (RB) Chicago Bears – The Bears opened Herbert’s 21-day window to return from short-term IR. Before he got hurt, Herbert was outplaying David Montgomery. Although his status for this week is in doubt, Herbert offers RB3/flex potential when he is back on the field.

Corey Davis (WR) New York Jets – Davis (concussion) returned to practice Tuesday. The veteran wideout looked poised to return to face the Jaguars on Thursday.

Mike White (QB) New York Jets – Zach Wilson will start Week 16 as White (ribs) won’t be ready to play on Thursday.

Kenny Pickett (QB) Pittsburgh Steelers – After sitting out last week, Pickett (concussion) will be back under center on Saturday. The first-rounder will be back on the QB2 streaming list at home against a putrid Las Vegas secondary.

Damien Harris (RB) New England Patriots – Reports indicated Harris was close to playing last week. He opened Week 16 with a limited practice session. If active, Harris would be on the RB3/4 borderline against the Bengals.

Chris Olave (WR) New Orleans Saints – A hamstring injury limited Olave to just 27 (49%) snaps on Sunday. Hamstring injuries are notoriously easy to reoccur, so we’ll have to keep an eye on Olave’s practice participation all week. We may not know Olave’s status until Saturday morning.

Equanimeous St. Brown (WR) Chicago Bears – St. Brown exited Week 15 with a head injury. Currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol, it will be difficult for St. Brown to suit up Saturday.

Devin Duvernay (WR) Baltimore Ravens – Duvernay suffered a potentially season-ending foot injury on Tuesday. However, Duvernay has been ineffective for two months.

 


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