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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 13 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 13 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals 

Higgins suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He said that he tweaked his hamstring when he jumped over a defender on the final drive of the game, according to ESPN’s Ben Baby. The Bengals have not provided any updates on the injury.

Impact

We don’t know the severity of the injury at the moment, but Higgins appeared to be moving around okay when he got up after hurdling the defender. Still, you should keep an eye on the practice reports this week to see if he is able to participate. If he ends up missing Week 14, then Tyler Boyd would be the team’s de facto No. 1 receiver, although A.J. Green would also figure to get more looks. The quarterback play for Cincinnati has been atrocious since Joe Burrow went down, so it’s hard to feel confident in any Bengals player going forward (don’t be fooled by Boyd’s 72-yard touchdown on Sunday, which was largely the result of poor defense on a simple out route). Nevertheless, Boyd’s consistent volume makes him a top-30 option in a good matchup against the Cowboys, with an elevated floor if Higgins can’t play. Green unfortunately appears to be a shell of his former self, so he should only be considered a top-50 option if Higgins is out, even with the favorable matchup.

 

Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets

Gore left Sunday’s game against the Raiders to be evaluated for a concussion in the first quarter. He was removed from the game as a result of a hard hit on his first run, and he appeared to be a bit woozy after the play. He was ultimately ruled out for the rest of the game.

Impact

Gore will now have to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol in order to play in Week 14 against the Seahawks. If he is unable to make it back in time for that game, then Ty Johnson would most likely be the starter since La’Mical Perine is still on IR. Johnson filled in admirably for Gore on Sunday, carrying the ball 22 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. He’s worth a pickup if you’re in desperate need of a running back, but he’s unlikely to get such a favorable game script again, plus Josh Adams will also take on some of the workload. If Gore is out, you can slot Johnson into the top-35 territory that Gore was occupying, putting him in the low-end flex conversation.

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.