Pro Football Doc Injury Advice: Thanksgiving Day (2020 Fantasy Football)
Injuries are unfortunately part of football, and they certainly impact fantasy football. But rather than throwing up your hands in hopelessness, know that you have an injury resource that can set you apart from your leaguemates. Pro Football Doc has you covered when it comes to everything NFL injuries. Pro Football Doc is led by David J. Chao, an ex-NFL head team doctor who spent 17+years that role.
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And for the rest of the season, we’re going to take a look at a few matchups each week along with Dr. Chao’s injury takes. This week, we’re going to zero in on the prime time AFC North showdown.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
As it stands, the 10-0 Steelers are one of the healthiest teams in the league with an A- overall grade while Baltimore has some issues leaving them a full grade lower. People are focused on the running back position due to the COVID-19 situation. Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive and will miss Thursday’s game. Gus Edwards has shined when called on as a lead back and should be a solid performer as the sole option in this backfield this week. On the defensive side the Ravens will miss two of their three defensive linemen, Brandon Williams (COVID-19) and Calais Campbell (calf), and possibly three of their front seven with Matthew Judon’s ankle now an issue.
The Steelers should be able to effectively run the ball as Derrick Henry shredded this unit for 133 yards and a score last week. Though he’s struggled of late, James Connor could have a big game on Thanksgiving. We have confidence in Juju Smith Schuster being able to play and be effective. Smith-Schuster slipped on a flag Sunday where he appeared to suffer a mild inversion ankle sprain, but it was the foot/toe injury earlier in the year that had him missing time. He likely did not return last week due to the score getting out of hand in the fourth quarter, and we feel he will be effective based on our medical analysis.
Overall, the Steelers are the healthier side going into their Thursday matchup with the Ravens.
– David J. Chao