Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 14 (2019)
Welcome to the dreaded injury report. Professional football is a violent game, and your fantasy players are going to miss time because of it. Hopefully, you don’t have many names on this list.
Javon Wims (WR – CHI)
Back on Thursday, Javon Wims landed awkwardly on his knee and it looked like a very serious injury. Fortunately, Wims is dealing with a minor knee sprain. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL)
The Ravens’ breakout tight end hurt his knee in the first half and did not return. It is reportedly just a bit of a bruise, but with the Ravens playing Thursday night, it will be tough for Andrews to get ready. Hunter Hurst will be a streaming option if Andrews can’t go.
DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson (WRs – MIA)
The Dolphins’ banged-up receiving corps lost its top two guys against the Jets due to concussions. Both DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson will go through the protocol. If either cannot get cleared, someone named Isaiah Ford will join Allen Hurns as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s top two options.
Ryan Griffin (TE – NYJ)
Early in the first quarter, Ryan Griffin sprained his ankle and did not return. Daniel Brown replaced Griffin as the primary tight end but was barely targeted. Griffin is not a must hold if he has to miss Week 15, while Brown is not an adequate replacement.
Bilal Powell (RB – NYJ)
It was Ty Montgomery closing out the Jets’ comeback win over the Dolphins while Bilal Powell was getting x-rays on his foot. Le’Veon Bell should be back next week. Powell can be dropped as quickly as he was added.
Jared Cook (TE – OAK)
Jared Cook only caught two passes in the epic shootout between the Saints and 49ers, which is currently the game of the year. Fortunately, both went for touchdowns. Unfortunately, Cook landed hard on his head on the second one and will go through the concussion protocol. Josh Hill replaced Cook and caught a touchdown himself. Hill is a deep streamer if Cook is out.
Mike Evans (WR – TB)
After getting in a 61-yard touchdown, Mike Evans was forced from the game with a hamstring injury. With the Bucs eliminated from playoff contention and just three games remaining, it is likely Evans has played his final snap of 2019. It’s a huge blow to fantasy owners who very well may have survived Week 14 due to Evans’ early score. Chris Godwin gets a slight bump, but it remains to be seen whether Breshad Perriman or Justin Watson benefit as well.
Jameis Winston (QB – TB)
It was unclear why Ryan Griffin played a series in the middle of the second half, but it was later revealed that Jameis Winston was getting his right thumb looked at. Bruce Arians informed us that Winston is dealing with a small fracture. Winston finished the game, but there is no guarantee he is able to play next week. While Winston is a terrible NFL quarterback, his absence would be detrimental to Godwin and the offense as a whole.
Auden Tate (WR – CIN)
Dealing with injuries all season, Auden Tate was once again forced from a game early, this time due to a knee injury. Tate is not a fantasy option.
Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL)
It is unclear what exactly happened to Calvin Ridley. He left the game with abdominal pain, but there’s no definitive word on whether it was due to illness or an actual injury. Be sure to monitor practice reports throughout the week. If Ridley can’t play, Russell Gage is an interesting streaming option.
Derrius Guice (RB – WAS)
The oft-injured Derrius Guice hurt his knee again. He was playing extremely well prior to the injury. Guice is probably done for the season with a sprained MCL and this is now his third significant injury since being drafted in 2018. He will have to work hard to shake the injury-prone label. Adrian Peterson is back on the fantasy map.
Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK)
Jacobs was a game-time call entering Sunday, but many expected him to suit up. However, he was inactive against the Titans, and the Raiders’ running back is slated for an MRI this week. Given the Raiders’ standing and the unknown severity of Jacobs’ injury, owners should prepare to be without the rookie rusher for the remainder of the season, as it’s certainly within the range of possible outcomes.
Vance McDonald (TE – PIT)
Tight ends destroy the Cardinals…except Vance McDonald, who caught one pass before departing with a concussion. McDonald is far, far off the fantasy radar.
D.J. Chark (WR – JAX)
Late in the fourth quarter, D.J. Chark limped off the field with an ankle injury. It didn’t look overly serious. Hopefully, Chark is good to go next week. If not, DeDe Westbrook will be the only viable Jaguars’ receiver as Chris Conley and Keelan Cole just don’t see enough consistent targets.
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
The Chiefs were inexplicably conservative in the second half and just barely escaped with a victory, scoring just three points after the break. Following the game, we learned why — Patrick Mahomes hurt his right hand and it “doesn’t feel great” according to Mahomes. This is not what you want to hear. It’s hard to imagine Mahomes sitting next week with every game so important as the Chiefs hope the Patriots falter and give up the second bye, but he’s clearly operating at less than 100%.
Tom Brady (QB – NE)
The other quarterback in Sunday’s Chiefs/Patriots game was also injured during the contest, though Brady says he’ll be fine for next week’s game against Carolina. He was seen after the game with ice on his throwing elbow. He’ll likely be on this week’s injury report due to the ailment, but he’s expected to play as the Patriots fight for a bye.
Rashaad Penny (RB – SEA)
On his only touch of the game, Rashaad Penny took a screen pass for a nice gain and was smacking the ground in pain after being tackled. Nothing about the hit looked awkward at all, but Penny was seriously favoring his left knee. This has the looks of a serious injury, which is very unfortunate, especially given Penny’s recent play. Chris Carson will play as many snaps as he can possibly handle with Penny likely done for the season.