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Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) posted a video doing squats on Monday and said he feels like he’s in “midseason form.” (Source: Austin Ekeler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ekeler said on Twitch a couple weeks ago that he was eyeing a Week 13 return, and his squats video seems to go right in line with that. The Chargers likely hold him out another week and allow him a full week of practice in order to ramp up and get back out on the field. He’s still technically on IR, but it looks like patient fantasy managers are going to be rewarded with Ekeler for the fantasy playoffs, given he sees a full workload going forward.

Category: Injury Updates


Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) was listed as a limited participant in Monday's estimated practice report. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's important to note that the Lions didn't actually practice. Since they play on Thursday they're still obligated to submit an estimated report, however. Golladay seemingly has a chance to return on Thanksgiving against the Texans. We'll get a better idea of his status as the week goes on.

Category: Injury Updates


Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kenjon Barner is active for Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kenjon Barner is back from suspension and has been elevated from the practice squad for Monday night's contest. Barner plays on special teams and took Ke'Shawn Vaughn's spot on the active roster. Barner was also called up in Week 3 and Week 4. He saw snaps primarily in the return game, notching one kick return and four offensive snaps in Week 4. He may see a snap or two on offense but will not make a fantasy impact.

Category: Injury Updates


Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn is inactive for Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vaughn is buried on the depth chart and has been made inactive for Monday Night Football. Kenjon Barner will be active, presumably for his ability to return kicks. Vaughn remains a stash candidate in dynasty but is multiple injuries away from fantasy relevance this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Bucs OL Ali Marpet (concussion) is inactive for Week 11 against the Rams. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marpet remained in the league's concussion protocol throughout the week and was doubtful entering this one. It's a slight downgrade for Tampa Bay's offense versus Aaron Donald and company.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints QB Taysom Hill will officially lose his TE eligibility for Week 12 and beyond in ESPN Fantasy Leagues. (Source: Matthew Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hill managers in ESPN leagues were lucky enough to slot him in as their starting tight end in Week 11, but that will be short-lived as Hill will become only QB-eligible starting this week. He is still squarely in the QB2 conversation with upside, but he will no longer be a cheat code in ESPN Fantasy Leagues.


Raiders OL Richie Incognito is set to undergo season-ending foot surgery. (Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Las Vegas has had one of the best offensive lines in football this season, but this loss hurts. The 37-year-old is under contract for $6.35 million in 2021. It'll be interesting to see if the Raiders move on from him as there would be no dead money against the cap if they choose to do so. Ultimately, consider this is a slight downgrade for Josh Jacobs.

Category: Injury Updates


The Vikings placed WR Adam Thielen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. (Source: Minnesota Vikings on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thielen tested positive or came in close contact to someone who was infected. His status for Sunday’s Week 12 contest against the Panthers is in jeopardy. The 30-year-old WR is coming off a monster performance in Week 11, reeling in eight receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation throughout the week. If Thielen is ruled out on Sunday, look Justin Jefferson, Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson to lead the Vikings wideout corps for Week 12.

Category: Injury Updates


According to head coach Adam Gase, Jets rookie RB La’Mical Perine will “miss some time” after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 11 against the Chargers. (Source: Andy Vasquez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tough break for Perine, as it was reported the Jets were going to feature their rookie running back down the stretch this season. For now, it’ll be Frank Gore shouldering the workload for New York. He should be considered a RB3 for a matchup against one of his former teams, the Miami Dolphins, in Week 12.

Category: Injury Updates


Lions RB D’Andre Swift, who sat out Week 11 with a concussion, remains in the league’s concussion protocol on Monday ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving day game against the Texans. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Swift will have to clear the protocol and log limited practices this week to have a shot at playing on Thanksgiving against the Texans. If he can’t go, it’ll be a split between Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson once again, similar to Week 11.

Category: Injury Updates


Seahawks TE Greg Olsen (foot) has officially been placed on Injured Reserve after rupturing his plantar fascia in Week 11 vs. the Cardinals. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Olsen is expected to miss the remainder of the season with the injury, which means it’ll be Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister operating as the Seahawks’ top two tight ends for the foreseeable future.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


The Bengals have officially placed Joe Burrow (torn ACL/MCL) on Injured Reserve. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As reported earlier, Burrow tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee and is likely out 8-9 months, putting him on track to return for the start of the 2020-21 season if all goes well with rehab. Ryan Finley is the likely candidate to operate as the starting quarterback for the Bengals in Burrow’s absence for the remainder of this season.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Bears coach Matt Nagy says the team is still evaluating the injuries to both Nick Foles (hip) and Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder). (Source: Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nagy said the team will continue evaluating these injuries before making a decision on who will start in Week 12 against the Packers. Reportedly, a quarterback change is "still on the table." Allen Robinson is the only Chicago skill player worth starting in fantasy these days.

Category: Injury Updates


Falcons coach Raheem Morris said Monday that star wideout Julio Jones (hamstring) could be a "game time decision" in Week 12 against the Raiders. (Source: William McFadden on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones was in and out of the lineup in Week 11 against the Saints. He battled a hamstring injury earlier this season as well. In total, he played just 22 snaps on Sunday. Expect Jones to miss some practice time this week. We might not have a good idea of his Week 12 status until Friday.

Category: Injury Updates


Panthers coach Matt Rhule says star RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) will be evaluated "week to week", and that his Week 12 availability is up in the air. (Source: David Newton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: On Monday, HC Matt Rhule didn't seem all that optimistic when discussing McCaffrey's status for Sunday, stating that "Christian, we'll take it week to week." Fantasy managers have been without the expert consensus pre-season top-ranked player for the majority of the season, and they may have to wait a little bit longer. Mike Davis remains a must-start RB1 in McCaffrey's absence, and hopefully CMC will be back for the fantasy playoffs.

Category: Injury Updates


Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With the Ravens playing on Thursday, this likely causes him to miss Week 12. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Both Dobbins and Mark Ingram II have tested positive for COVID-19. That leaves Gus Edwards and Justice Hill as the two running backs that will be available for Thursday night’s Thanksgiving tilt with the Steelers. Edwards should be considered a RB2 this week. Hill is more of a desperation play, but could be appealing as a low-cost option for DFS.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


RB Mark Ingram tested positive for Coronavirus and will be placed on reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ravens’ running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins tested positive for COVID-19 and will be placed on the reserve list Monday. Both RBs will most likely miss Thursday’s contest against the Steelers. Ingram was seeing a reduced role as of late and kept losing touches to Gus Edwards and Dobbins. With Ingram and Dobbins unlikely to play Thanksgiving’s contest against the Steelers, look for Edwards to be the Ravens’ primary back for Week 12.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Panthers TE Chris Manhertz failed to catch his only Week 11 target.

Fantasy Impact: Neither Manhertz nor Ian Thomas are fantasy relevant this season. The Panthers tight end room is a fantasy football cesspool.

Category: Game Recaps


Panthers TE Ian Thomas did not receive a target in Week 11's win over the Lions.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas came close to his usual nothing stat line with a legit nothing stat line. He did not even get a target. He has been and will remain off the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Panthers RB Rodney Smith managed eight carries for 29 yards in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Lions.

Fantasy Impact: Smith saw secondary duties behind Mike Davis. It was not enough to garner any fantasy relevancy.

Category: Game Recaps