Todd Gurley RB, Rams: knee inflammation
Gurley has yet to practice this week, but there is still a chance he plays through his knee injury this weekend. The Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a 2 week Optimal Recovery Time, which means Gurley won’t be healthy until Week 17. An MRI confirmed no structural damage, but playing through the injury will still be difficult, hence the Elevated Injury Risk. If Gurley does suit up, he will likely see fewer touches than normal. While it is good news that there is no structural damage, inflammation can be very painful and could lead to him being in and out of the game.
Keenan Allen WR, Chargers: hip pointer
Allen returned to practice on Wednesday after suffering a hip pointer last weekend, putting him back on track to play in Week 16. The Chargers have officially listed him as questionable, but the team seems to think he’ll be out there this weekend. Coach Anthony Lynn said he would like to see Allen run at full speed in pre-game warm-ups, which means Allen’s availability could be a game-time decision. It’s possible that Allen is able to run at full speed this weekend, but pain management will be key. There is also the possibility of suffering a setback if Allen plays through the injury, given his High Injury Risk.
Lamar Miller RB, Texans: ankle sprain
Miller has been limited at practice this week after missing most of Week 15 with a sprained ankle. He’s trending in the right direction, but even mild ankle sprains require at least 2 weeks to fully heal. Miller’s High Injury Risk is concerning if he plays this weekend, and his Below Average HPF (our metric for measuring player performance) suggests he will be a risky fantasy play.
Spencer Ware RB, Chiefs: hamstring strain
After sitting out last weekend, Spencer Ware is not expected to play again in Week 16. He’s been limited in practice this week and remains an Elevated Injury Risk due to the recurrent nature of hamstring injuries. Look elsewhere for a running back this weekend.
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, Steelers: groin strain
Smith-Schuster’s mid-week groin injury has us concerned. He suffered the injury at practice on Thursday and wasn’t able to finish, earning him the limited tag. Smith-Schuester didn’t practice on Friday and is officially questionable. A mild tweak needs at least two weeks to heal, but anything more serious would require a multi-week absence. Playing through a groin injury as a wide receiver is very difficult as they affect every single lower body movement, from route running to sprinting past defenders to jumping for a ball in the air.
Melvin Gordon RB, Chargers: MCL sprain
After missing the past four weeks with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, Gordon will make a return in Week 16. He has reached his 4 week Optimal Recovery Time according to Inside Injuries and was “full speed” at practice starting on Tuesday. The Chargers even removed him from the final injury report. Gordon remains a High Injury Risk, but his Above Average HPF is a good sign for fantasy owners. As long as he can stay on the field he should play well.
Joe Mixon RB, Bengals: wrist and thigh injuries
Mixon popped up on Wednesday’s injury report with a wrist injury, which was a knee injury for the running back. A thigh injury was added on Thursday, adding even more cause for concern. Luckily, Mixon returned to a full participant in practice on Friday and was removed from the final injury report. Mixon isn’t in any danger of missing Week 16, but his Elevated Injury Risk is something to keep an eye on. Mixon has been playing great recently, but his durability is starting to become questionable.
Julio Jones WR, Falcons: hip injury
Jones missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday this week with a hip injury. Fortunately for fantasy owners he returned to practice on Friday, giving some hope that he plays this weekend. Jones is great at playing through injuries and doesn’t need a lot of practice time in order to play, but hip injuries can be tricky. Jones is a High Injury Risk and it’s possible the Falcons decide it’s not worth risking their No. 1 receiver for a meaningless game.
Others to Monitor:
Zach Ertz TE, Eagles: ankle injury
Matt Breida RB, 49ers: ankle injury
Odell Beckham WR, Giants: quad injury
Rob Gronkowski TE, Patriots: ankle and back injuries
Austin Hooper TE, Falcons: knee and ankle injuries
Kenny Golladay WR, Lions: chest injury
Cole Beasley WR, Cowboys: foot injury
Marcus Mariota QB, Titans: foot injury
LeSean McCoy RB, Bills: hamstring strain
Austin Ekeler RB, Chargers: concussion and stinger
John Ross WR, Bengals: knee injury
Josh Doctson WR, Redskins: lower back
Eric Ebron TE, Colts: quad injury
Randall Cobb WR, Packers: concussion
Aaron Rodgers QB, Packers:
DeSean Jackson WR, Buccaneers: thumb sprain
James Conner RB, Steelers: ankle sprain
Doug Baldwin WR, Seahawks: hip injury
Keke Coutee WR, Texans: hamstring injury