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2018 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Injury Updates

by Ethan Sauers | @ethansauers | Featured Writer
Dec 22, 2018

Tyler Boyd joins A.J. Green and Andy Dalton out for Cincy

For most leagues, Week 16 marks Championship Weekend and the deciding matchups for trophies, cash winnings, and a whole lot of pride. This season has been marked with ups and downs and weekly news that undoubtedly helped to dictate the seasons for both those in championship matchups and those watching from the consolation bracket. This week has more of the same, so let’s jump into the news for this week’s games.

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Washington at Tennessee (Saturday, 4:30 PM ET)

Washington: Once again, QB Josh Johnson will get the start as Colt McCoy (fibula) has been ruled out. Quite a few of his top weapons are on the injury report this week, too. TE Jordan Reed (ankle/foot) has already been ruled out. TE Vernon Davis (concussion) and WRs Maurice Harris (concussion) and Josh Doctson (lower back) are all questionable for Saturday’s game.

Tennessee: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers (Saturday, 8:20 PM ET)

Baltimore: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers will get RB Melvin Gordon back this week after a week of full practice. Still on the injury report, RB Austin Ekeler (neck) has already been ruled out. This suggests that rookie Justin Jackson will be Gordon’s backup. Also injured, with a questionable tag for this week, is WR Keenan Allen (hip). Allen went down last weekend and is considered a game-time decision.

Atlanta at Carolina (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Atlanta: WR Julio Jones (hip) is the only player on the Falcons’ injury report this week. He is considered a game-time decision.

Carolina: The only player to note on the Panthers’ injury report is QB Cam Newton (shoulder). He has been ruled out and QB Taylor Heinicke will start in his place.

Cincinnati at Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Cincinnati: The Bengals will be without WR Tyler Boyd (knee) this week. However, RB Joe Mixon (wrist/thigh) was able to clear up his status after a full practice on Friday. He is no longer listed on the official injury report.

Cleveland: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

Tampa Bay at Dallas (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Tampa Bay: This week’s injury report lists WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) as questionable after missing the past few weeks. However, he has been confirmed as active for Week 16.

Dallas: Going into their matchup against the Colts, the Cowboys have already ruled out TE Geoff Swaim (wrist), G Zack Martin (knee), and DL David Irving (ankle). They do, however, hope to see both LB Sean Lee (hamstring) and WR Tavon Austin (groin) back in the starting lineup, though both carry a questionable designation on the injury report, going into the weekend.

Minnesota at Detroit (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Minnesota: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

Detroit: The Lions have a lot to report on offense. WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring) has already been ruled out on the official injury report. Additionally, RB LeGarrette Blount (calf), WR Kenny Golladay (chest), and QB Matt Stafford (back) all carry questionable designations for Sunday’s game.

New York Giants at Indianapolis (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

New York Giants: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) will miss his third-straight week. Joining him on the injury report are LB Alec Ogletree (concussion) and WR Russell Shepard (ankle). All have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Indianapolis: The Colts have listed WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) as questionable on the injury report for a second-straight week. He was active last week, despite being held out of practice, so it is likely he could play this week after being limited in practice on Friday.

Jacksonville at Miami (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Jacksonville: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

Miami:  There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

Buffalo at New England (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Buffalo: RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) is the lone player on the Bills’ final injury report, this week. He is listed as questionable.

New England: There is no fantasy relevant information to report, however, WR Josh Gordon has stepped away from the team to focus on his mental health.

Green Bay at New York Jets (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Green Bay: WR Randall Cobb (concussion) is the headliner of the Packers’ injury report. He is listed as doubtful for their game against the Jets.

New York Jets: The Jets will be without WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) for another week as he has been ruled out on their official injury report.

Houston at Philadelphia (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Houston: RB Lamar Miller (ankle) and WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) both suffered injuries last week against the Jets. Both of them are listed as questionable after limited participation in practice this week. WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is on the injury report with a questionable designation as well.

Philadelphia: QB Carson Wentz (back) will miss another week, this week as Nick Foles will start in his place.

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)

Los Angeles Rams: RB Todd Gurley (knee) is a true game-time decision this week. His primary backup, Justin Davis (shoulder) is also on the injury report so RB C.J. Anderson could see significant playing time.

Arizona: The Cardinals may be without CB Patrick Peterson (illness) and TE Ricky Seals-Jones (illness) this weekend as both are listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

Chicago at San Francisco (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)

Chicago: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

San Francisco: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

New Orleans at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

New Orleans: There is no fantasy relevant information to report.

Pittsburgh: The Steelers have ruled out RB James Conner (ankle) this week.WR Juju Smith-Schuster (groin) joined him on Friday’s injury report and is listed as questionable.

Kansas City at Seattle (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET)

Kansas City: The Chiefs will, once again, be without WR Sammy Watkins (foot). RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) joins him on the injury report after limited practice this week. He is listed as doubtful.

Seattle: RB Rashaad Penny (knee) has already been ruled out for Sunday Night’s matchup against the Chiefs. WR Doug Baldwin (hip) is on the injury report again this week but is expected to play. He is officially listed as questionable.

Denver at Oakland (Monday, 8:15 PM ET)

Denver: WR Courtland Sutton (quad) has been limited in practice so far this week but check the report before games lock on Sunday as the Monday night teams have not finalized their injury reports.

Oakland: No relevant injury information so far this week, keep an eye on any updates, as the Monday night teams have not finalized their injury reports.

As always, injury information is a fluid element and should be treated as such. Things change between the final injury reports and game-time so make sure to stay alert and watch for news as we go through Week 16.

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Ethan Sauers is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Ethan, check out his archive and follow him @ethansauers.

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