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Week 12 Injury Report (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Jason Katz | @jasonkatz13 | Featured Writer
Nov 30, 2020

Dalvin Cook’s injury will be important to monitor this week.

The 2020 injury report has been upgraded to include some new features. In addition to covering all of the fantasy-relevant injuries, I will update you on the previous weeks’ injuries. Also, I’ll explain the nature of the injury (if known), provide information on the expected length of each player’s absence, and offer an assessment of the impact on the injured player’s teammates.

With that, I welcome you to the revamped injury report. Football is a violent game, and, unfortunately, players are going to miss time due to injuries. I promise you I don’t want to be here just as much as you don’t, but this is a necessary evil in this game that we love. As always, I hope this list is as short as possible.

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New Injuries

Daniel Jones (QB – NYG)
A second-half hamstring injury ended Daniel Jones’ day early and it looked pretty bad. Colt McCoy took over and is going to make at least a start or two, possibly more. Monitor practice reports to be sure, but while Daniel Jones isn’t good, McCoy is unquestionably a downgrade for the Giants’ offense.

Fantasy Value Impact: Sterling Shepard ⬇️, Darius Slayton, ⬇️⬇️, Evan Engram ⬇️⬇️

Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
The Vikings’ running back went down with an ankle injury that looked pretty serious at first. Dalvin Cook eventually returned to the game, but that does not necessarily mean he will be able to play next week. Alexander Mattison did not play well in place of Cook when Cook was last out, but he is a volume-based RB2 if Cook has to miss any time. Tentatively, I expect Cook to play.

Fantasy Value Impact: N/A

D.J. Moore (WR – CAR)
The worst injury of the day went to D.J. Moore. It was a non-contact injury that, unfortunately, looked like a torn Achilles. It’s difficult to imagine any scenario where Moore plays again this season. Moore was already behind Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel in target priority, but you have to figure Anderson and Samuel consolidate some of Moore’s targets. Regardless, this is a tough blow for the Panthers’ offense.

Fantasy Value Impact: Curtis Samuel⬆️, Robby Anderson ⬆️

Teddy Bridgewater (QB – CAR)
On the very last play of the game, Teddy Bridgewater ran off the field with his left arm limp. It felt like the type of injury that wouldn’t keep Bridgewater out next week. Plus, the Panthers are on bye so with two full weeks to rest up, I expect Bridgewater to return Week 14.

Fantasy Value Impact: N/A

Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN)
A knee injury forced Phillip Lindsay from the Broncos’ abysmal attempt at football against the Saints. Lindsay was ruled out pretty quickly so while we don’t know the details just yet, it seems likely he will miss time. The Broncos will get their quarterbacks back next week so they will actually be able to play offense. Royce Freeman will assume the change of pace role behind Melvin Gordon.

Fantasy Value Impact: Royce Freeman ⬆️

Josh Jacobs (RB – LV)
It feels like Josh Jacobs is on the injury report every week, but he always manages to play. I did not see a clear injury for Jacobs, but I spoke to enough people who thought he might have been hurt that I feel inclined to include him here just in case. Jacobs, and the Raiders as a whole, were a disaster against the Falcons, but overall, Jacobs has been a solid RB2 this season. If Jacobs were to miss a game or two, Devontae Booker would likely assume pretty much the entirety of Jacobs’ role, making him quite valuable. Even if we don’t get an update on Jacobs before Wednesday’s practice report, Booker might be worth a speculative add. Unfortunately, any jump you may have been able to get by claiming him before actionable news came out will be thwarted by the main fantasy platforms delaying waiver processing to Thursday due to the anticipated Tuesday night game.

Fantasy Value Impact: Devontae Booker ⬆️⬆️⬆️

Injury Updates

Julio Jones (WR – ATL)
The Falcons blew out the Raiders without Julio Jones, but Matt Ryan still didn’t play well, as he typically does not without Julio. Julio did not appear particularly close to playing last week due to his hamstring injury. He remains week-to-week.

Estimated Return Time: 1-3 weeks
Course of Action: Hold

David Johnson (RB – HOU)
Duke Johnson finally had a solid game last week and will remain the primary back for as long as David Johnson remains out. DJ is eligible to be activated from IR this week, but we haven’t been given any indication that is going to happen.

Estimated Return Time: 1-3 weeks
Course of Action: Hold/Drop if necessary

Kenny Golladay (WR – DET)
The Lions suffered an embarrassing home defeat on Thanksgiving and noticeably missed their WR1. Kenny Golladay looks to be at least another week away and with the season lost, they are not going to force him back before he’s 100%.

Estimated Return Time: 1-3 weeks
Course of Action: Hold

D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)
I expected D’Andre Swift to return on Thanksgiving, especially after he returned to a limited practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but that did not happen. I fully expect Swift to return from his concussion this week and regain his role as the primary back.

Estimated Return Time: This week
Course of Action: Return to lineups

Myles Gaskin (RB – MIA) and Salvon Ahmed (RB – MIA)
The Dolphins designated Myles Gaskin to return from IR last week and he was pretty close to playing, but they held him out one more week. Gaskin is almost certainly going to return this week and with Salvon Ahmed likely still out with his shoulder injury, there’s no threat to Gaskin returning to his previous role as the three-down back.

Estimated Return Time: Gaskin: This week; Ahmed: 2-3 weeks
Course of Action: Return to lineups; drop

Tua Tagovailoa (QB – MIA)
A thumb injury forced Ryan Fitzpatrick to start against the team that got him benched (despite beating them 24-0). Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to another easy win. It feels like Tua will miss another week or two and, to be perfectly honest, I don’t really see a reason for the Dolphins to bench Fitzpatrick (there was never a reason in the first place). This is a very fluid situation, but fortunately, Tua is not fantasy-relevant so there’s not much need to worry about it.

Estimated Return Time: Could be this week, could be Week 1 2021
Course of Action: Drop

COVID Updates

With so many players out due to COVID, I am not going to go through each one individually, but rather provide a general refresher on how the COVID list works. Anyone who is on the COVID list due to a positive test has a much harder time getting back on the field than players who are on the COVID list due to contact tracing.

A player with symptoms can return after 10 days if his symptoms subside for 72 hours, he tests negative twice 24 hours apart and gets clearance from the team doctor.

A player that is asymptomatic can return after five days as long as he remains asymptomatic, tests negative twice 24 hours apart, and gets clearance from the team doctor.

A player that is out purely due to contact tracing can return after five days as long as he continues to test negative.

We can expect the Broncos’ quarterbacks, Jonathan Taylor, and Adam Thielen to return next week while guys like James Conner and the fantasy-relevant Ravens will have bigger hurdles to climb.

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