With Alex Collins out, Edwards should be a solid RB2
For Week 13 of the fantasy season, most fantasy owners are either out of it or needing to win. The worst possible scenario is to start a player that you were expecting would play — and then finding out they have been ruled out.
Joe Flacco and Mitchell Trubisky are doubtful, but fantasy owners should not expect either quarterback to play. Melvin Gordon, Kerryon Johnson and Evan Engram have been ruled out. Fantasy owners also should note that Baltimore placed running back Alex Collins on injured reserve on Saturday. Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was on the injury report earlier this week, but he was removed on Saturday night and is good to go for Washington's game with Philadelphia on Monday night.
As always, be sure to check the inactive report before game time to ensure your players are active.
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Dec. 2 unless listed otherwse.
Marlon Mack (concussion), RB, Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Mack still needs to officially clear the league’s concussion protocol. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status. It seems likely that he will be given the green light, given that he did practice in full this week, but concussions are often tricky. If Mack plays, he is a RB2 against a Jaguars defense that allows the second-fewest points to opposing running backs.
Gus Edwards (ankle), Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Edwards practiced in full on Friday, which puts him on track to play. Edwards has back-to-back 100-yard games, and he should see plenty of carries in Week 13. On Saturday, it was announced that Alex Collins was going on injured reserve. Kenneth Dixon (knee) was activated, but at this point, he shouldn’t be started in fantasy. He may come in for some goal-line work, but Edwards is a RB2.
Josh Adams (hip) and Darren Sproles (hamstring), RBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Sproles hasn’t played a game since Week 1, as he’s had a lingering hamstring injury that he ended up aggravating. At this point, he should not be in fantasy lineups. It’s still a question mark to see if he actually ends up playing on Monday night. He could easily re-injure the hamstring in warm-ups or during the game. Sproles will likely be eased into the game, and Adams' fantasy owners should not be worried at this point. However, they should be concerned that Adams was a late addition to the Saturday injury report. What's worse is that this is the Monday night game, so fantasy owners may not know until Monday if he's active. If you're planning on using Adams, make sure you have Corey Clement (or Wendell Smallwood) on your bench, just in case. Worst case, Sproles is likely available and could be a desperation fill-in if Adams sits. If you are debating between running backs for the week, let this be the reason to bench Adams.
Jordan Reed (back), TE, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
It’s not a fantasy year unless Jordan Reed is on the injury report at some point. While he’s stayed fairly healthy this season, he also hasn’t been the top-tier tight end that fantasy owners have been used to. However, he has a great matchup in Week 13 and should be a TE1, assuming he’s active. He showed up on the Friday injury report with a back issue, but he still put in a limited practice session. Fantasy owners should expect him to play on Monday night unless breaking news pops up before then.
Sam Darnold (foot), QB, New York Jets at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
Even though Darnold is questionable, the Jets will likely be starting Josh McCown. Darnold may be active, but he’ll simply be a backup. Most fantasy owners aren’t starting a Jets quarterback, but they certainly shouldn’t be looking to start Darnold.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.