Week 15 Injury Report (2020 Fantasy Football)
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.
*This will be the final injury report of the 2020 season. Good luck in the championship this week and see you all in 2021!
Derek Carr (QB – LV)
On a seemingly innocuous scramble Thursday night, Derek Carr pulled up lame and immediately grabbed his groin. Marcus Mariota replaced Carr and played better than Carr has all season. Carr’s injury looks to be of the multi-week variety. The Raiders have no real incentive to rush him back. Mariota will start as long as Carr is out.
Fantasy Value Impact: N/A
Jamaal Williams (RB – GB)
A first-half quad injury ended Jamaal Williams’ day early. A.J. Dillon played one series, but it was all Aaron Jones otherwise. If Williams can’t play Week 16, I’m cautiously optimistic it will be another heavy Jones game.
Fantasy Value Impact: Aaron Jones ⬆️
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF)
For what seems like the fifth time this season, Raheem Mostert left a game early due to injury. I have no idea why he was even active for this game as he was clearly not healthy. Jeff Wilson dominated touches after Mostert left. I’d be stunned if Mostert played next week. Wilson is firmly in the RB2 discussion. Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman do not matter.
Fantasy Value Impact: Jeff Wilson ⬆️
James Robinson (RB – JAX)
I did not see any injury to James Robinson, but there were reports that he may have tweaked his ankle. It doesn’t sound like anything to worry about, but monitor practice reports throughout the week to make sure Robinson is a go for the fantasy championship. If for some reason Robinson doesn’t play, it appears as though Dare Ogunbowale would get increased usage, but he would not be a fantasy option.
Fantasy Value Impact: N/A
Cam Akers (RB – LAR)
The Rams’ rookie running back left in the first half with an ankle injury. He got his ankle taped up and returned shortly thereafter. He will likely be limited in practice this week, but expect him to play.
Fantasy Value Impact: N/A
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC)
Late in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ win over the Saints, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was tackled awkwardly and struggled to get up. He was unable to put any weight on his left leg. He’s obviously not playing this week and by the looks of it, he may miss the postseason run as well. We’ve already seen what the Chiefs’ backfield looks like without CEH and it’s an ineffective Le’Veon Bell mixed with pass blocking specialist Darrel Williams.
Fantasy Value Impact: Le’Veon Bell ⬆️ ⬆️
*Given that this is the final week of the fantasy football season, the “estimated return to lineup” and “course of action” sections no longer have any value. I will indicate whether I think a player will return this week and you can drop any player you are not starting.
DeVante Parker (WR – MIA) and Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA)
Both DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki got in limited practices last week, but ultimately were not able to suit up. The fact that there was even a chance they’d play is encouraging for their prospects of playing this week, but it’s no sure thing.
Kenny Golladay (WR – DET)
At this point, we can safely assume Kenny Golladay will be shut down. If you somehow made it this far with Golladay on your roster and haven’t dropped him yet, feel free to do so. He’s not playing again.
Julio Jones (WR – ATL)
I am not ready to write off Julio Jones for the rest of the season. He’s the type of guy that will play in one of the Falcons’ two remaining meaningless games if he can. Hamstring injuries are tricky, though, and my guess is Julio does not play again, but if you made your championship without him, I’m sure you can find a way to keep him on your roster until he’s ruled out, just in case.
Alex Smith (QB – WAS)
Dwayne Haskins was a disaster last week, despite nearly upsetting the fading Seahawks. Alex Smith will start as soon as he can, but there’s no guarantee that will be this week. J.D. McKissic and Logan Thomas were just fine with Haskins last week, but Terry McLaurin definitely misses Smith.
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