Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 13
Welcome to the dreaded injury report. Professional football is a violent game, and your fantasy players are going to miss time because of it. Week 13 was the lightest injury week of the year. As always, hopefully, you don’t have many names on this list.
Matthew Stafford (QB – DET)
Matthew Stafford suffered a hand injury late in the Lions’ blowout loss at Baltimore. He’s been battling injuries for a few weeks now but has played through them. I think he’ll be out there next week, but he hasn’t been 100% for weeks. Jake Rudock is awful and would be a huge downgrade to all Lions offensive players if Stafford can’t play.
Zach Ertz (TE – PHI)
Zach Ertz took a shot to the head in the third quarter Sunday and is now in the concussion protocol. He will have to get cleared to play in a mammoth showdown with the Rams that could determine home field throughout the playoffs. If Ertz can’t play, Trey Burton is the clear beneficiary and worth starting for all Ertz owners.
Tyrod Taylor (QB – BUF)
Tyrod Taylor hurt his knee early in the Bills’ loss to the Patriots but stayed in for most of the game until he eventually gave way to Nathan Peterman and was carted to the locker room. While the cart is always an ominous sight, it was more of a precaution than anything and reports are that Taylor avoided anything significant. He may very well be out there next week, but I wouldn’t put it past Sean McDermott to use this as another excuse to look at Peterman. Taylor’s absence would be a downgrade for LeSean McCoy, but not significant enough to consider benching him.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE – HOU)
C.J. Fiedorowicz suffered his third concussion of the season last week. His first came in the preseason, and he was fine for Week 1 when he sustained another, which took him out of action for most of the season. He was a designated to return from IR player and had only come back a couple weeks ago before his third head injury struck. It is almost certain to land him on season-ending IR. Neither Stephen Anderson nor Ryan Griffin are worth owning.
Bruce Ellington (WR – HOU)
The Texans pass-catching corps took another hit with the loss of Bruce Ellington, who had been somewhat relevant since Tom Savage took over. Ellington hurt his hamstring, which is always tricky. As a secondary option on a low-volume offense, Ellington can safely be let go if this is even a one-week injury. His direct backup is…
Braxton Miller (WR – HOU)
Braxton Miller also was concussed on Sunday. This is his first of the season so it is entirely possible he plays next week. While I hope Miller is alright, for fantasy purposes, this is irrelevant. Even if Ellington can’t go, Miller is not a fantasy option. DeAndre Hopkins remains the sole source of production for the Texans.