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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 12 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 12 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas

Jacobs left Sunday’s game against Atlanta with a right ankle injury in the third quarter. He suffered the injury when a defender tackled him at the ankle, putting his weight on it as Jacobs went down. Jacobs grabbed at his ankle after the play and he did not appear to return to the game. When asked in the postgame press conference if there was concern about Jacobs’ injury, Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden answered in the affirmative, although he did not elaborate beyond that.

Impact

The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, so we’ll have to wait for the team to give us an update this week. If Jacobs is forced to miss Week 13 against the New York Jets, Devontae Booker would be the next man up. Booker doesn’t quite have the athleticism and vision of Jacobs, but he has mimicked his power running style well this season, suggesting that he should be a solid fill-in. If Jacobs is out, you can consider Booker a strong Top 20 option.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina

Moore left Sunday’s game against Minnesota with a right ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He suffered the injury when he jumped for an end zone pass that was behind him, and he immediately grabbed his right ankle after he came down. He had to be helped off the field, and he did not return to the game. Carolina has not provided any further updates on the injury.

Impact

It’s unclear if the injury is severe enough to threaten Moore’s future availability, but it looked concerning when it occurred. For now, all we can do is wait for the team to give us more information. If Moore is unable to play for any amount of time going forward, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel would both see an uptick in value. Both wideouts were already flirting with Top 20 numbers this season, so any absences from Moore would lock them into that territory of the rankings, making them reliable starters in all leagues.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

Jones left Sunday’s game against Cincinnati with a right hamstring injury in the third quarter. He suffered the injury at the end of a run, and he stayed in for a couple plays before leaving the game. He returned to the game on the next drive, but after appearing visibly uncomfortable for two plays, he permanently exited. After the game, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported that the Giants believe the injury is “pretty bad” and could force Jones to miss time. Giants head coach Joe Judge said that Jones will undergo testing to determine the extent of the injury.

Impact

The test results should give us a better indication of Jones’ injury timeline, but the early reports don’t sound optimistic. If he is forced to miss time, veteran Colt McCoy would replace him at quarterback. It’s hard to judge how much the 34-year-old McCoy has left in the tank, but he has been a serviceable backup in the past, and the Giants offense wasn’t exactly a juggernaut with Jones under center anyway. The team’s pass-catchers should all be slightly downgraded in this scenario, but Sterling Shepard can still be considered a Top 35 wideout, Darius Slayton can still be considered a Top 50 wideout, and Evan Engram can still be considered a Top 12 tight end. 

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.