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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 12 Injury Fallout

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

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

At the beginning of the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, the Falcons announced that Jones was questionable to return with a right shoulder injury. After having his shoulder examined by Atlanta’s training staff, he was able to return to the game, only missing one drive. After the game, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that Jones was unavailable to the media because he was receiving treatment on his shoulder.

Impact

We don’t know the severity of Jones’ injury at the moment, but his ability to return to the game suggests that it’s not very serious. Still, the Falcons have a quick turnaround to play the Saints on Thanksgiving evening, so it’s worth keeping an eye on Jones’ status. If he is sidelined for that game, then second-year receivers Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Christian Blake will be the team’s top wideouts, although Justin Hardy would also likely get some playing time. Ridley has been a solid WR2 this season, and he would be a borderline top-15 option at the position regardless of Jones’ health. Gage, who has caught 21 passes on 28 targets in the four games since Mohamed Sanu was traded to the Patriots, has quietly worked his way into the flex conversation in PPR leagues — he would be a top-40 WR if Jones is out. Blake and Hardy shouldn’t be considered for fantasy purposes.

 

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Wentz suffered an injury to his right (throwing) hand in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. The injury occurred when he was tackled by defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson after a botched handoff that led to a fumble. Wentz flexed his hand after the play, threw passes and took snaps on the sideline to test it out, and went to the locker room for further examination. However, he completed the game without missing a snap. After the game, Wentz received X-rays on his hand, which came back negative, although his hand was heavily wrapped as he exited the locker room. He will undergo further testing on Monday.

Impact

It’s unclear if this injury will jeopardize Wentz’s availability for Week 13 against the Dolphins, so you’ll have to monitor Philadelphia’s injury reports this week to see how he progresses. If Wentz is unable to play in that game, then veteran Josh McCown will take over the offense. McCown has proven to be a capable quarterback in the past, and given that Wentz has struggled over the last few games, his potential absence shouldn’t change the projections for Eagles pass-catchers all that much. Zach Ertz remains a must-start tight end regardless of the quarterback, while Alshon Jeffery (if he returns from his ankle injury) is in the flex conversation with either Wentz or McCown.

 

Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson, WRs, Miami Dolphins

Grant left Sunday’s game against the Browns with a right ankle injury in the first quarter, and Wilson left the game with a rib injury in the fourth quarter. Neither player returned, and Grant was spotted in a walking boot after the game.

Impact

Grant’s injury appears to be more serious than Wilson’s, although the statuses of both players seem to be in question for Week 13. With Grant and Wilson both banged up, DeVante Parker and Allen Hurns are the only healthy receivers on Miami’s roster at the moment. Parker and Hurns have been operating as the team’s top wideouts since Preston Williams tore his ACL three weeks ago, so it’s hard to imagine their usage increasing much with these new injuries. Still, the passes have to go to someone, and Parker has proven to be a volume-based top-30 option this season. If Grant and Wilson are both sidelined for Week 13 against the Eagles, then Hurns can be considered a top-50 wide receiver. Regardless of these injuries, Mike Gesicki is a borderline top-12 tight end.

 

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland Raiders 

Renfrow left Sunday’s game against the Jets with a rib injury in the third quarter, and he did not appear to return to the game. The Raiders have not provided any further information on Renfrow’s injury.

Impact

We don’t have much to work off of at this time, so we’ll have to wait for an update regarding Renfrow’s Week 13 status. If he is forced to miss that game, then either Trevor Davis or Marcell Ateman would join Tyrell Williams and Zay Jones in three-receiver sets. Unfortunately, none of those players present much fantasy upside, with only Williams entering the top-40 conversation at the position. Tight end Darren Waller is really the only pass-catcher you can trust in this offense, whether Renfrow plays or not.

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.