Week 12 was a tough week for some fantasy owners as injuries affected many players. Evan Engram injured his hamstring in pregame warm-ups and it wasn’t announced until after the game started, earning fantasy owners a zero. Melvin Gordon was active, but ended up injuring his knee (although fantasy owners should be satisfied with the points he gave them). Andy Dalton suffered a season-ending thumb injury. Jack Doyle suffered a season-ending kidney injury. Marvin Jones Jr. and Phil Dawson were among those added to injured reserve, ending their seasons. Keep an eye on DeSean Jackson as he is dealing with a thumb injury as well. What this means for fantasy owners is that some may have holes to fill in their lineups. And it's crunch time with the playoffs just around the corner.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (42 percent owned)
Fantasy owners who just lost Andy Dalton should pick up Jackson if he’s still available. While it is possible the Ravens turn back to Joe Flacco if he’s healthy, until they do, Jackson should be owned. In his second start, he threw for 178 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He added 71 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Colt McCoy, Washington Redskins (4 percent owned)
With no practice time with the first-team players, McCoy started on Thanksgiving for the Redskins. McCoy threw for 268 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Overall, it wasn’t a terrible performance given how he was thrown into the offense. The Redskins face the Eagles on "Monday Night Football" in Week 13, and the Eagles’ secondary is so banged up, even McCoy should find success against them.
Chase Daniel, Chicago Bears (2 percent owned)
While it’s no guarantee that Daniel gets the start in Week 13 against the Giants (watch the practice reports this week on Mitchell Trubisky’s shoulder), it is possible the Bears rest Trubisky in a game they believe they can win without him. In Week 12, Daniel threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t have any interceptions. Daniel wasn’t forcing long throws, instead utilizing his slot receiver and running backs. It worked, and he’s not a bad streaming fantasy option for Week 13.
Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (71 percent owned and 2 percent owned)
If Ekeler is available in your league, he should be the No. 1 waiver claim. In FAAB formats, he should be worth 99 percent of your FAAB budget at this point in the season. With Melvin Gordon out for at least two weeks, Ekeler will step in as the lead back. The Chargers likely won’t give him all of the work, so fantasy owners in deeper leagues should look for Jackson. Jackson had seven carries for 57 yards in Week 12.
T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (60 percent owned and 37 percent owned)
Leonard Fournette has been suspended for one game, so these players should just be added if needed for Week 13 (or as Fournette handcuffs). The Jaguars play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. The last time these two teams met, Fournette did score a touchdown. Yeldon is a RB3 in PPR formats; Hyde is a RB3 in standard.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (19 percent owned)
Burkhead is a stash option, as he is eligible to come off injured reserve for Week 13. He suffered a neck injury in Week 3 and the Patriots may bring him back to add to their backfield. Burkhead should not be started in Week 13, assuming he’s active, but he’s worth adding for fantasy owners that want to have that option for the playoffs.
Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30 percent owned)
In the past two games (with Jameis Winston), Humphries has two touchdowns. He had six targets in Week 12 and he caught all of them. With DeSean Jackson injured, Humphries is in line to be the No. 2 receiver in Tampa Bay. If D-Jax misses more time, Humphries will be a boom-or-bust WR3. The Bucs face the Carolina Panthers in Week 13. The last time Humphries faced the Bucs, he had eight receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals (10 percent owned)
In the past three weeks, Ross has found the end zone, although the number of receptions has been low. He had seven targets in Week 12, and he caught three of them for 31 yards and a touchdown. This has been his average over the past three weeks. With Andy Dalton out for the season, it’s going to be tough starting any Bengals receiver. However, Ross is worth a flyer in deep leagues.
David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (10 percent owned)
While Tyler Lockett was the best receiver in Week 12, Moore managed four receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps the team was preparing packages in case Doug Baldwin did end up missing the game, and Moore was the beneficiary, but either way he has had four receptions in each of the past two games. He’ll be a WR4 for Week 13.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (20 percent owned)
In Week 12, Smith caught his third touchdown on the year. In the past four weeks, he’s had an increase in targets and has become a bigger part of the offense. Fantasy owners that just lost Jack Doyle can look to Smith to fill in that void.
Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (2 percent owned)
With Colt McCoy in Week 12, Davis had the most yards he’s had all season (73). He also scored his second touchdown on the year. He only had four targets (compared to Jordan Reed’s eight), but he has shown that he can be part of this offense, even if Reed is playing. He’s not a recommended add, but for desperate fantasy owners, he’s likely available.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Seattle Seahawks (25 percent owned)
The Seahawks host the 49ers in Week 13. While the Seahawks haven’t been a great DST this year, they typically play better at home. Also, the 49ers are banged up and are just playing out the string at this point. Nick Mullens played like the backup quarterback he is in Week 12, and the Seahawks should take advantage of that.
Harrison Butker (Kansas City Chiefs) and Greg Zuerlein (Los Angeles Rams) were on a bye in Week 12, and their fantasy owners may have dropped them. Butker is 72 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues; Zuerlein is 85 percent owned. Both kickers have been excellent, and may be worth a waiver claim if they are available in your league.
— 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.