Kyle Allen

For most of us, Round 1 of the playoffs is a thing of the past. Whether you survived and advanced or found early playoff success, there is still work to be done. This brings us to week 15, where we not only get our normal Thursday, Sunday, and Monday slate of games, but some bonus football in the form of 2 Saturday games. Make sure you take extra care to note when games are played while setting your lineups this week. Especially in an instance where a play has a questionable designation, I always recommend placing players with later games in your flex positions to maximize the options available should you need to replace them. Enough about rosters, let’s talk injury. As always, if you have a question that isn’t answered in this article, or a question about one of these players, you can always reach out to me on twitter (@kallen_4) or reddit (u/kallen_4)!

*This list excludes players on their bye week, on the COVID list, and players currently on IR who are not eligible to return this week.*

Quarterbacks:

Brandon Allen, Cincinnati Bengals

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Thursday- DNP, Friday-
Next Man Up: Brandon Allen, who replaced Joe Burrow after his devastating knee injury is now dealing with a knee injury of his own. While far less severe, it still brings Allen’s playing status under question as head coach Zac Taylor stated that Allen could still play Monday night despite missing multiple practices this week. If Allen is unable to play, this leaves the Bengals with Ryan Finley at QB, which obviously diminishes the value of all Bengals pass catchers even further.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Ribs/Thumb, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday-
Next Man Up: After being hampered over the last two weeks with a thumb injury, Stafford suffered an injury to his rib cartilage last week. The Lions are, “not overly optimistic,” that Stafford will play this week. Chase Daniel is expected to start in his absence, which dampens the expectation for Lions pass catchers.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Hamstring/Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday-
Next Man Up: Another week of questionable status for Jones leaves the Giants’ offensive skill player values in question. If he is unable to play Colt McCoy will lead the way again, leaving the Giants pass catchers with very little reliable fantasy relevance. However, Wayne Gallman should continue to see enough volume to warrant a flex play.

Alex Smith, Washington Football Team

Calf, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Smith began complaining of calf soreness during last week’s game and was replaced by Dwayne Haskins, who began the year as the Washington starter. Smith has been ruled out for week 15 and the aforementioned Haskins will get another shot at the starting job in Washington. This may spell an uptick in production for Terry McLaurin as he averaged 17.75 PPR points per game with Haskins under center and 12.3 with Smith as the starter. Against a pedestrian Seahawks secondary, McLaurin should be a great play this week.

Running Backs:

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Quad, Doubtful
Practice Status:
Tuesday- Limited, Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP
Next Man Up: Much to the shagrin of McCaffrey’s fantasy managers, it appears he will miss another week. While he is expected to travel, McCaffrey likely will not suit up against Green Bay. Mike Davis will again start for the Panthers.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Calf, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: With the Cowboys playoff aspirations dwindling, it is not unreasonable to expect them to be cautious with their franchise RB. Despite this, his head coach and team owner have stated that they expect Elliott to be available. Zeke did not practice at all this week with a calf injury that also limited him through practice in week 14. His back up, Tony Pollard has taken on an increased workload of late and looked great in that time. Should Zeke miss any time, Pollard is a must start.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Hip, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Both of the Broncos top running backs have been limited throughout the week. This leaves very little for the Broncos to look forward to in the run game as these two have accounted for nearly 80% of RB snaps for the Broncos. The likely starter if neither is ready to go will be Royce Freeman.

Duke Johnson, Houston Texans

Neck, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: From limited to DNP twice as the week progressed, Johnson’s outlook isn’t great for the weekend. Luckily for Houston, his counterpart, David Johnson, no longer carries an injury designation, and figures to handle the bulk of Houston’s RB work.

Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins

Shoulder, Questionable
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: The Dolphins backfield just may never come around, with Myles Gaskin on the COVID list and Ahmed’s nagging shoulder issues, Miami continues to run a carousel at RB. Last week, DeAndre Washington led the Dolphins in carries, but Lynn Bowden held the most fantasy value with his 7 receptions for 82 yards.

Damien Harris, New England Patriots

Ankle, Questionable
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited

James White, New England Patriots

Foot, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: The Patriots are known for having lots of players on the injury report through the week, and this week is no exception. Two of their leading running backs were limited all week and carry their questionable designation into the weekend. Should either player miss time this week, with Rex Burkhead also on IR, Sony Michel will likely take on the lead back role again.

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Finger/COVID IR, OUT
Practice Status:
N/A
Next Man Up: Jones was initially listed as questionable to play this week due to a fractured pinky finger, but will be held out of this matchup after being placed on the COVID reserve list as well. Leonard Fournette has been named the starter for week 15 after a healthy scratch in week 14.

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Toe, Doubtful
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Gibson’s turf toe injury is likely to hold him out again this week against the Seahawks. In his absence the Football Team has employed a combination of Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic that is likely to continue until Washington’s bellcow can return.

Wide Receivers:

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status:
N/A
Next Man Up: After missing last week, Julio Jones will miss the Falcons’ tilt against the Buccaneers in week 15. The Falcons receiving corps has been nicked up all season and will employ a combination of Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Brandon Powell without Julio this week.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- N/A, Thursday- N/A, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: After turning in a limited practice on Friday, Curtis Samuel will carry a limited designation into the weekend with a hamstring injury. Fellow receivers DJ Moore and Robby Anderson should see the bulk of the passing work in his absence.

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

Hip, Doubtful
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday
Next Man Up: Another week goes by with Kenny Golladay on the injury report. At this point, the Lions are considering shutting Golladay for the season. While this is obviously awful knews for Golladay managers, it means Marvin Jones’ fantasy value increases for the rest of the year and TJ Hockenson’s touchdown upside is also heightened in Golladay’s absence.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- LP, Thursday- LP, Friday- LP
Next Man Up: Parker has been limited throughout the week by a hamstring injury that cost him most of last week’s game as well. His fantasy production has waivered throughout the year leaving fantasy managers stumped. This week should be a little easier to decide as he will at best be limited, leaving Mack Hollins and Antonio Callaway as the top receiving threats.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Ankle, OUT
Practice Status:
N/A
Next Man Up: With the good comes the bad in New Orleans. The Saints get their franchise QB back after 5 weeks without Drew Brees, but they will be down their biggest receiving threat in Michael Thomas. The Saints will likely target Emmanuel Sanders and Trequan Smith in a higher capacity this week with Alvin Kamara returning to his role as a true RB1.

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Calves, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: The Jets best fantasy option enters the weekend with a questionable designation yet again. Last week it appeared that the PPR machine was not going to play, but he surprisingly played 72% of his team’s offensive snaps, and will likely play through injury again this week. If he is unable to play, Breshad Perriman and Braxton Berrios should carry the load in the Jets passing game.

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status:
N/A
Next Man Up: After suffering yet another soft tissue injury, Samuel will likely miss the rest of the regular season according to head coach, Kyle Shanahan. With Deebo likely missing more time, fellow young receiver, Brandon Aiyuk, will take over the 49ers leading receiver role and likely becomes a solid flex option with huge upside.

Tight Ends:

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears

Hip, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Full, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Jimmy Graham enters the weekend with a questionable designation due to a hip injury. Rookie Cole Kmet will take on the starting TE role should he miss time, but we likely won’t know more about Graham’s status until game time.

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns

Neck, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday-
Next Man Up: The Cleveland Browns’ leader in snaps at the TE position this year is dealing with a neck injury in practice this week. Their rookie TE prospect, Harrison Bryant, has looked great lately and is likely to be the favorite target at the position for Cleveland if Hooper is unable to play.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- LP, Friday- LP
Next Man Up: Gesicki was able to make progress this week in practice which leads to some confidence heading towards Sunday, but he is not 100% yet. Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen will split work at the TE position if Gesicki is unable to play in week 15.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Foot, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Rudolph will miss week 15 due to a foot injury. In his absence, Irv Smith will finally see an unencumbered full target share at the TE position.

Evan Engram, New York Giants

Calf, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- N/A, Thursday- N/A, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Evan Engram was a surprising late week add to the injury report in New York. There is not much known about the injury at this point, but he was still able to turn in a limited practice on Friday. It is likely that Engram will be available on Sunday, but Kaden Smith would be set to assume the starting TE role if Engram is out.

Remember, injury status is a moving target and the majority of these situations are liable to change between now and game time this weekend. Keep an eye on your roster, and monitor the official injury reports closely as the week comes to an end. When in doubt, play the healthy player, and remember, the best ability is availability! That concludes the week 15 injury report, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me via twitter (@kallen_4) or reddit (u/kallen_4). Good luck this week––and Merry Christmas!

Kyle Allen – Injury Writer/Editor
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