Week 12 injuries: NFL Injuries Week 12
Published: November 29, 2015
Week 12 injuries: NFL Injuries Week 12, We know that a lot of football players also play fantasy football, just like we do.
We also know that they’ll often draft themselves when possible.
Well, thanks to a tweet earlier this year, those following Jeremy Hill were able to bookmark his fantasy team and follow along. Some noticed that the Bengals running back had himself benched heading into the day, leading to speculation about his role against the Cardinals — he even had started Travis Kelce in the flex spot over himself and teammate Giovani Bernard at RB.
Well, we hope you didn’t follow his early lineup because Hill subbed himself in just before kickoff and had his best game in weeks.
But what does it say about one’s self-confidence if they benched themselves in fantasy football? At least it worked for him in the end.
TS-EX- RAVENS, NEVERMORE
A tough season for the Baltimore Ravens is about to get a whole lot worse.
On Sunday, the team lost starting QB Joe Flacco and top RB Justin Forsett for the season, to go along with top WR Steve Smith, who was lost a few weeks ago.
Those losses should be felt across the board, essentially making Baltimore a fantasy wasteland.
Interception machine Matt Schaub will take over at QB and should be avoided, even in deeper leagues.
Javorius (Buck) Allen will become the starting running back, but didn’t look particularly impressive in relief of Forsett, posting a meagre three yards per carry. Raheem Mostart could also get some touches, but we see Allen as the feature back going forward and is worth picking up.
We hope you didn’t make any trade deadline deals for Marshawn Lynch like a certain columnist did.
The Seahawks running back had surgery for an abdominal injury this week and could be out until Week 16 at the earliest.
Thomas Rawls becomes an instant RB1 as the backup has looked dynamite this season, setting the record for being the first undrafted rookie to rush for 160 or more yards twice in his first season.
As for Lynch, we wouldn’t drop him quite yet, since there is hope he could return for the fantasy championship round, but we are a bit worried about him losing his job to the youthful Rawls, impacting Beast Mode’s keeper value as well.
DEVONTA KNOCKED OUT
What’s that, you dealt for Devonta Freeman, too? Man do you have terrible luck.
The league’s top-scoring non-QB suffered a concussion against the Colts and, after some optimism early in the week, has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
That means Tevin Coleman gets the start, but shouldn’t be considered more than a low-end RB2 in this tough matchup. Freeman’s status going forward clearly depends on passing the league’s concussion protocol.
TIME TO BE A-WARE
After Charcandrick West went down with a hamstring injury last week, Spencer Ware came in and ran all over the Chargers.
Now, with West missing practice all week, the backup to Jamaal Charles’ backup could be in for a huge role against the Bills.
Even if West plays, it remains to be seen how effective he would be. At the very least, we could see Ware getting goal-line carries, considering he’s the bigger back of the two and did score from in close last week.
BOY, OH BOYS
What were the odds that just seven quarters into his return from a broken left collarbone, Tony Romo would suffer a broken left collarbone?
That’s the case and his season is over, leaving Dallas in the not-so-capable hands of Matt Cassel.
While Darren McFadden remains a good fantasy play while healthy, you can certainly downgrade the Cowboys receiving corps, including Dez Bryant, who is no longer a blind start.
BEAR WITH IT
One of the most interesting developments from Thursday’s night game was the workload of the Bears backfield. Matt Forte returned from injury to start and had 15 carries while Jeremy Langford, who had been dynamite the past two weeks, had 12 totes. The rookie outscored Forte thanks to a TD, but it could have easily been the other way around had Forte not been stopped at the one-yard line.
This could be a headache going forward, but we think Forte is the Bears running back to ride.
Start Blake Bortles, QB, JAC vs. SD
This one should be a shootout with the Jags QB bouncing back from a bad week.
Sit Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA at NYJ
He’s facing one of the league’s toughest passing defences and should be under pressure all day.
Start Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS vs. NYG
Last time these teams met, he had 49 pass attempts. He could carve up a Giants secondary that has gone soft.
Start Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ vs. MIA
Chris Ivory has not been very effective of late and Powell played more snaps last week.
Sit Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG at WAS
He hasn’t scored since Week 1 and his highest rushing total is just 63 yards.
Sit Alfred Morris, RB, WAS vs. NYG
You can sit Matt Jones, too. The duo combined for 0 rushing yards last week and have played poorly.
Start Michael Floyd, WR, ARI at SF
Has scored in his past four games and should get open deep against the Niners.
Start Travis Benjamin, WR, CLE vs. BAL
Should get a lot of targets with McCown back under centre against weak Ravens.
Sit Charles Clay, TE, BUF at KC
Has been on a very poor run and faces the league’s best defence against TEs.
Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin briefly had the record for most rushing yards without a TD on Sunday at 140, before losing five yards and the record.
ADD OF TS-EX- WEEK
J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
With Michael Floyd out and John Brown hobbled, Nelson stepped in and picked up a smooth 20.2 points against the Bengals last week. We don’t see him keeping this up though when the rest of the Cards’ receiving corps is back to 100%, though.
DROP OF TS-EX- WEEK
Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
Despite reports that the rookie would see a bigger workload going forward, he saw just six touches against Dallas. It’s pretty clear that Lamar Miller will remain the man in Miami going forward.
WAIVER DEFENCE OF TS-EX- WEEK
Pittsburgh Steelers DEF
Likely dumped last week because of their bye, the Steelers have been a top 10 defence this season, picking up double-digit points five times this season. This week, they’re up against a Seattle offence that has been fairly average this season.
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