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Fantasy Football Injury Recap: Week 13

by Derek Norton
Dec 5, 2016

With Danny Amendola likely gone for the rest of the season, who will step up to fill the void?

With Danny Amendola likely gone for the rest of the season, who will step up to fill the void?

A good amount of our fantasy teams have been placed on injured reserve, but not too many fantasy-relevant players will be joining them on the shelf. Well, except for Rob Gronkowski, but we all expected that. Let’s take a look at who’s okay, who might be okay, who’s going to miss some time and who you should target as a replacement.

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Running Backs

Doug Martin (TB): undisclosed leg injury
Martin’s injury kept him on the bench late in the fourth quarter, but he says he’s fine.

Next up: Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers

Rodgers returned from injury and took over for Martin when he was on the bench. Also, Sims is scheduled to return from injured reserve in Week 14. He’s worth a pickup as a bench stash in case something happens to Martin. That has been known to happen from time to time.

Lamar Miller (HOU): rib and ankle injuries
Miller went to the locker room in the first quarter to get his ribs checked out, but he returned to lead the Texans with 14 carries. He only picked up 22 yards, though, which put him third among Houston running backs.

Next up: Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes

Blue (5-43) and Grimes (5-38) were the two running backs who finished ahead of Miller. The Texans are in first place in the AFC South, but it’s fair to wonder if Houston will sit Miller for a week or two at some point. Those relying on Miller may want to roster Blue, just in case.

Wide Receivers

Julio Jones (ATL): undisclosed lower leg injury
These kinds of injuries are par for the course for Jones, but he’s managed to fight through them so far. He claims he’ll be okay.

Next up: Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel

There’s no true replacement for Julio and Sanu is banged up as well. Perhaps Gabriel would be the greatest beneficiary of any Julio injury. He came just short of scoring another touchdown on Sunday and is already a decent boom-or-bust flex play.

Danny Amendola (NE): high ankle sprain
Amendola is likely done for the regular season as New England plans to get him ready for the playoffs.

Next up: Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan

Martellus Bennett owners can tell you there’s no telling how injury substitutions will play out in New England. But if New England’s game against the Rams is any indication, the Patriots are going to be using three wide receivers often going forward. If Mitchell and Hogan are never leaving the field, they get a boost.

Reexaminations

Quarterbacks

Trevor Siemian (DEN)
Siemian gave way to Paxton Lynch on Sunday, and it didn’t go so well. He could return to practice this week and play in Week 14.

Running Backs

Charles Sims (TB)
As previously mentioned, Sims should be activated from injured reserve this week.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed (WAS)
Reed was inactive and wasn’t cleared for contact in practice. His shoulder injury is serious and could keep him out several more weeks. He also could return this week, so monitor the practice reports.

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Derek Norton is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Derek, visit LeagueSafe Post, his archive, or follow him on Twitter @mdereknorton.