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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 12 Injury Fallout

Happy Thanksgiving! There’s not much to say this week except that I hope you all filled your stomachs with tons of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and whatever else your crazy family could conjure up. If you didn’t have an epic Thanksgiving feast, then, well, I hope you at least enjoyed some football. Here’s a list of all the major injuries from this week, along with the fantasy impact:

 

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

Cooper left Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a head/neck injury in the second quarter. He took a vicious hit from Broncos safety Darian Stewart, which appeared to knock him out. He was on the ground for a while as medical staff tended to him, but he eventually got up under his own power. He was ruled out of the game with a concussion.

Impact

Cooper’s future availability will depend on how quickly he can clear the concussion protocol, but considering the brutality of the hit, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him miss some games. If Cooper can’t go in Week 13, Seth Roberts would be next in line to start, while Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton would also get mixed in. With Cooper injured in the second quarter and Michael Crabtree ejected in the first, Patterson led all Raiders receivers on Sunday with three catches on four targets for 72 yards. Still, it would be extremely risky to trust any Oakland receiver aside from Cooper and Crabtree, so don’t pick up and start one unless you’re in truly dire straits.

 

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Olsen left Sunday’s game against the Jets with a foot injury in the third quarter. The injury occurred to the same foot that was surgically repaired earlier this year, and he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. After the game, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera downplayed the injury, referring to the foot as “a little sore” and saying that he thinks Olsen avoided serious aggravation of the injury.

Impact

Although Rivera made Olsen’s injury sound like a minor setback, it’s worth monitoring since it’s the same foot that he injured earlier this season. If Olsen is forced to miss time, eighth-year tight end Ed Dickson would continue to start for the team. However, Dickson’s erratic production suggests that he would be nothing more than a deep-league streamer if Olsen can’t go. You’re probably better off staying away from this situation until Olsen can prove that he’s healthy.

 

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin was taken out of Sunday’s game against the Falcons in the second quarter with a head injury. It’s unclear when exactly he suffered the injury, but he was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.

Impact

Although Martin has struggled lately, he was off to a hot start on Sunday, so the concussion came at an unfortunate time. If Martin is unable to clear the concussion protocol by next week, Jacquizz Rodgers would likely take over the bulk of the backfield work. Rodgers rushed for 31 yards on eight carries while catching one pass for six yards on Sunday, although second-year back Peyton Barber — who carried the ball five times for seven yards — vultured two touchdowns from him. When Martin was suspended for the first three games of the season, Rodgers carried the ball 40 times for 165 yards and a touchdown. Although that production isn’t eye-popping, it’s good enough to consider Rodgers a FLEX play if Martin is out. Pick up Rodgers if you need a spot-starter next week, but don’t be surprised if he loses goal line work to Barber and receiving work to Charles Sims.

 

Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins

Williams left Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. He was carted off the field and quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Impact

The Dolphins have not given a timeline for Williams’ injury, but he appeared to be in a lot of pain following the hit, and the need for a cart suggests that he could miss some time. With Williams possibly out for multiple weeks and third-string running back Senorise Perry potentially sidelined with a concussion, Kenyan Drake appears to be the only healthy running back left for the Dolphins. Despite two fumbles in the last four games, Drake continues to get work, and he has flashed some big-play upside. While Williams is out, Drake should be considered a solid FLEX option, and a potentially huge workload gives him RB2 upside. Pick him up if he’s still available in your league.

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.