Plug and Play: Trey Burton PHI
A big part of Carson Wentz’ success this season has been the use of his tight ends, mostly Zach Ertz. Ertz has in turn been a top fantasy tight end, but he may miss this week’s game after suffering a concussion in last week’s loss in Seattle. Ertz is a high injury risk according to Inside Injuries and seems unlikely to play, meaning that Burton should get the start for Philly against the Rams. Ertz missed one previous game this season, in which Burton filled in with 2 catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. Burton also hauled in 4 catches for 42 yards last week in Seattle after Ertz left the game. With how much Wentz loves feeding tight ends, especially in the red zone, Burton is a great streaming option at tight end if Ertz does indeed miss this week, as expected.
Wait and See: Adrian Peterson ARI
Peterson’s run with the Cardinals has been incredibly up and down so far. In 2 of his first 3 games with Arizona, he topped 130 yards, but he’s also failed to get to 30 yards in 3 of the other 4 games he’s played. Now, Peterson is dealing with a neck injury that cost him Week 13 and has earned him a high injury risk designation from Inside Injuries. Peterson is highly questionable for Week 14, and time is running out for him to get back in time to contribute for the Cardinals, not to mention fantasy owners. If you’re in a shallow league, there might not be enough of a reason to hold onto Peterson any longer, especially if he’s unable to suit up in Week 14. In most leagues, however, the upside, even if inconsistent, is still too much to cut ties just yet. Continue to track his health and any progress he makes throughout this week and even into next week.
Drop: Jordan Reed WAS
If you drafted Jordan Reed this season, it’s been an incredible disappointment. Reed’s ability and potential to dominate at the tight end position have made many owners hold onto him for weeks, waiting to see if he can return to the lineup and produce. At this point, if you haven’t already, it’s time to cut ties for the remainder of this season. Reed hasn’t played since Week 8, and won’t suit up again in Week 14, due to a hamstring injury that has given him and the Redskins fits. Many are calling for Reed to go on IR with the ‘Skins playoff hopes all but dashed, but the word out of Washington is that he won’t be, as of now. Either way, there’s no reason to hold on any longer, as Reed hasn’t practiced since Week 10, and is a high injury risk according to Inside Injuries. It’s a lost season for Reed, who has only worsened his reputation as one of the most injury prone players in the league.
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