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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 14 Injury Fallout

Here’s a list of all the fantasy-relevant Week 14 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans left Sunday’s game against the Colts with a right hamstring injury in the first quarter. He suffered the injury on a 61-yard touchdown catch, when he pulled up and went to the ground in pain. He eventually limped off the field, but he did not return to the game. After the game, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that the injury was “not good.”

Impact

The Buccaneers medical staff will likely perform further testing to determine the severity of Evans’ injury, but early indications suggest that it could be serious enough to sideline him for the remainder of the season. If that ends up being the case, then Breshad Perriman, who caught the game-winning touchdown on Sunday, would become a full-time starter opposite Chris Godwin. Godwin should remain a top-10 option with Evans’ potential absence, while Perriman would become a top-40 WR consideration. With a good remaining schedule and a high-volume passing attack, Perriman is worth a pickup if you’re looking for a wideout with some upside.

 

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Penny left Sunday’s game against the Rams with a knee injury in the first quarter. He suffered the injury at the end of a 16-yard catch, when he got hit awkwardly and immediately grabbed his knee. After heading to the locker room, he was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. After the game, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Penny suffered a “significant ACL sprain.”

Impact

Penny will most likely undergo testing to determine the severity of the injury, but Carroll’s description suggests that he is likely to miss some time. If Penny is out for the foreseeable future, then Chris Carson would most likely resume his workhorse role for Seattle, with C.J. Prosise as his backup. In a good matchup against the Panthers in Week 15, Carson should be considered an RB1.

 

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins

Guice left Sunday’s game against the Packers with a knee injury in the second quarter. He suffered the injury at the end of a 23-yard run, and he spent some time on the turf before limping to the sideline. He was officially listed as questionable to return, but he was later ruled out for the rest of the game. After the game, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the injury is believed to be an MCL sprain and that Guice will undergo further testing.

Impact

We won’t have an official prognosis until testing is completed, but if the reports of an MCL sprain are true, then there is a strong possibility that Guice could be shut down for the remainder of the season. If that happens, then Adrian Peterson would once again become the team’s primary ball carrier, making him a low-upside flex option. Chris Thompson, who caught a season-high seven passes on Sunday, would also regain his change-of-pace role, but he should only be used in deep PPR leagues.

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.