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Injuries and Waiver Wire week 13 2021
WEEK 12 INJURIES:
Teddy Bridgewater (Leg) - Bridgewater injured his leg in the first half but was able to play through it.
Dalvin Cook (Shoulder) - Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder on Sunday. Cook is expected to miss at least the next two games.
Ezekiel Elliott (Knee) - Elliott was able to play through a knee injury on Thursday. There has been some talk about the Cowboys giving Elliott the week off, but that is not official yet. Elliott practiced in full on Monday, so perhaps he will try and play through the injury.
Christian McCaffrey (Ankle) - McCaffrey sprained his ankle in the first half and did not play in the second half. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Kareem Hunt (Leg) - After the game, it was reported that Hunt's leg was feeling tight, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Hunt was not able to play on the last drive for Cleveland on Sunday night.
J.D. McKissic (Neck) - McKissic was carted off the field on Monday night.
Miles Sanders (Ankle) - Missed most of the second half with an ankle injury on Sunday.
Trey Sermon (Ankle) - Sermon left Sunday's game with an ankle injury.
D'Andre Swift (Shoulder) - Swift sprained his shoulder and did not return in Thursday's game.
Randall Cobb (Groin) - Cobb was not able to finish week 12's game with a groin injury.
Jaelon Darden (Concussion) - Darden was evaluated for a concussion and did not return.
J.J. Koski (Hamstring) - Was unable to return after injuring his hamstring.
Deebo Samuel (Groin) - Samuel suffered a groin injury late in Sunday's game and did not return. He is expected to miss one to two weeks with a groin strain.
Darren Waller (Knee) - Waller suffered a sprained IT band in his knee on Thursday.
Harrison Bryant (Ankle) - Bryant suffered an ankle injury and did not return on Sunday night.
TEAMS ON BYE IN WEEK 13: Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans
WEEK 13 WAIVER WIRE:
Carson Wentz (IND) - What if I told you that the QB who has the 10th most fantasy points among all quarterbacks in the NFL is available in 58% of NFL.com fantasy leagues right now and has a matchup vs the 2-9 Houston Texans next week? That's right, Carson Wentz is that guy. Wentz faces off against the division rival Texans who are allowing 269.7 passing yards (eighth-most), 1.70 passing touchdowns (10th-most), and the 14th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. The Colts are currently fighting for a wild-card spot in the AFC playoffs right now, so this is a must-win game for them. Wentz and the Colts should be able to beat up on the Texans this week.
Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) - In week 13, Jimmy G and the 49ers face off against the Seahawks. Over the last two weeks, Seattle has allowed the second-most passing yards, and 13th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Aside from a down-week in week 12, Garoppolo has been on a tear for the better part of the last month. He has scored 15+ fantasy points in all but one game in November (In week 12, he scored just 12.20 fantasy points). Look for Garoppolo and the Niners to keep their three-game win-streak going.
Also Consider: Jared Goff (DET)
Alexander Mattison (MIN) - Unfortunately, star RB Dalvin Cook went down with a potentially serious shoulder injury in week 12. Per sources, Cook is expected to miss at least the next two games. This means that backup Alexander Mattison is going to have to step up for the Vikings again. We have seen Mattison excel as a starter before while Cook was out. In week three, Mattison ran for 112 yards, and scored 23.10 fantasy points, and in week five, he ran for 113 yards and a touchdown, totaling 26.30 fantasy points, so we know what to expect from him. Mattison is available in over 80% of NFL.com fantasy leagues and 77% of ESPN fantasy leagues. He is a priority add in all leagues this week.
Chuba Hubbard (CAR) - Christian McCaffrey was unable to play in the second half of Sunday's game for the Panthers due to an ankle injury. On Monday, he was placed on injured reserve. If Hubbard was dropped in your league, add him now. He's shown that he can be a solid RB2 to have on your team when he receives a large workload. Hubbard is available in 70% of leagues.
Also Consider: Tony Pollard (DAL), Jamaal Williams (DET), Dontrell Hilliard (TEN)
Van Jefferson (LA) - Jefferson was mentioned in this article a few weeks ago, and he did not disappoint. In his first game after a bye, Jefferson scored 18.30 fantasy points in what was a 36-28 shootout in Green Bay. With all of the attention opposing defenses have to place on Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr, Van Jefferson will have the weakest coverage in most situations, which is a positive thing for fantasy production. He's got a phenomenal matchup vs the Jaguars in week 13, too. Over the last four weeks, the Jaguars are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to receivers. Van Jefferson should be rostered in most 12-team PPR leagues.
Laviska Shenault (JAC) - Viska has been a disappointment for a majority of this season from a fantasy perspective, but perhaps things are starting to turn around for him. He scored 8.30 PPR fantasy points this week, after scoring 8.00 fantasy points the week prior. Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer recently said he needs to get Shenault more involved out of the backfield, so it is possible that we will see that come to fruition soon. He's more of an upside play at this point since you can't really trust him right now. This week, he gets a tough matchup vs the Rams, but after that, he's got great matchups @ TEN, vs HOU, and @ NYJ. Perhaps Shenault becomes a factor later in the season.
Also Consider: Josh Reynolds (DET)
C.J. Uzomah (CIN) - If you are searching for a cheap one-week rental, look no further than Uzomah vs the Los Angeles Chargers. No team has allowed more touchdowns to the tight end position over the last two weeks than the Chargers. Uzomah is currently tied for the second-most touchdowns in the league through the first 12 weeks of the season. If you are desperate for a TE this week, perhaps Uzomah could fill the void for you.
Jared Cook (LAC) - In week 13, Jared Cook and the Chargers face off against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed 27.50 fantasy points per game to tight-ends over the last two weeks. That's a full 6.80 fantasy points more per game than the next team (Philadelphia). Cook just scored a touchdown in week 12. I'd expect him to continue to be involved in week 13, given the great matchup.
Also Consider: Pat Freiermuth (PIT), Evan Engram (NYG)
Kansas City Chiefs (vs DEN)
San Francisco 49ers (@ SEA)
Miami Dolphins (vs NYG)