For Week 13, it seems there are a lot of quarterbacks on the injury report, meaning some fantasy owners may have a decision to make. Some teams are already using a backup quarterback. However, be sure that your QB is active in what may be the most important game of the season so far, as many fantasy owners need a win this week in order to get into the playoffs.
Hopefully this week won't be as disrupted by COVID-19, although there are already two games on Monday and one on Tuesday, so that will extend the week for fantasy owners. The biggest thing we've learned so far this year is to make sure you are constantly checking that your players are active and not either injured or on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Those on the list often do now show up on the injury report, so just be sure to double-check (your league likely has a status next to the player's name to indicate this) that a particular player is active. Inactive reports are posted about an hour and a half prior to game time.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans
D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins
Travis Homer, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
DeAndre Washington, RB, Miami Dolphins
Teams on bye: Carolina, Tampa Bay
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Dec. 6 unless otherwise noted.
Ben Roethlisberger (knee), QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Football Team, 5 p.m. (Mon.)
Big Ben didn't practice all week. He was listed with both an illness and the knee issue. Fantasy owners did see Roethlisberger injure his knee in Week 9, but he hasn't appeared on the injury report. He seems to always manage to suit up for games, so fantasy owners should tentatively prepare to have him. This is a tough call because the Steelers don't play until Monday, but cross your fingers and hope he's active.
Julio Jones (hamstring), WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Jones had a limited practice on Wednesday but then didn't practice on Thursday. He did return on Friday, but he will likely be a game-time decision. It seems more likely than not that he will play, but cannot be counted on until the inactive report is released. If Jones is active, he is at risk of a setback but should be a WR1 if he plays.
Allen Robinson (knee), WR, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
The Bears clearly had some rough practices this week as Robinson and Darnell Mooney were added to the injury report after getting hurt. Robinson has a knee issue, but it doesn't seem that it will be something that keeps him out of the game. The Bears play in the early window on Sunday, so fantasy owners that want to use Robinson as their WR2 should have time to come up with a Plan B, if necessary. Pencil him however in as he is expected to play.
Todd Gurley (knee), RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
After missing Week 12 with a knee injury, Gurley did return to practice this week. He is on track to return although he will likely be a game-time decision. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he has to face a very tough Saints defense that held him to 26 yards in their meeting a couple of weeks ago. If possible, leave Gurley on your bench this week, even if he is active.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness), RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, 8:20 p.m.
While in the past, an "illness" was something that was basically ignored, now it's 2020 and illness is everywhere (literally). However, the team has said that the illness plaguing CEH is a stomach bug (hopefully that is all that it is, excuse the skepticism in a year of COVID). If in fact, he's just dealing with a bug, he'll be fine and ready to go as an RB1 on Sunday night. Just monitor the reserve/COVID-19 list, to be safe.
Terry McLaurin (ankle), WR, Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers, 5 p.m. (Mon.)
McLaurin is listed as questionable with an ankle issue, but there is no danger of him missing Week 13. He's had the same ankle issue for a few weeks, and it's clearly something that is just going to be part of his weekly regime. McLaurin will continue to play through it and be a WR1 for fantasy owners.
Jerry Jeudy (ankle), WR, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m.
Jeudy's ankle has been an issue, but that wasn't the cause of his goose egg for fantasy owners (that was the result of the team not having a quarterback). Drew Lock is back and Jeudy should be active for the prime-time game against the Chiefs. Lock will likely end up throwing a lot, so Jeudy should be a WR3 for this week.
Cam Newton (abdomen), QB, New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
Newton is going to play in Week 13. He's been dealing with the abdomen issue this week (and perhaps longer) and he isn't going to be 100 percent, but he'll play. Newton's passing hasn't been as strong as it had been earlier in the season, but he makes up for it with his rushing yards. Start him as a QB2 this week.
Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Tagovailoa has put in limited practices after missing the past week with a thumb injury. The team has announced that they will name a starter before the game, which means that this is going to be a game-time decision. The matchup against the Bengals is a good one, so Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick is worthy of QB2 consideration this week.
Carlos Hyde (toe), RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants, 4:05 p.m.
Hyde has been back after injuring his foot, but then missed practice this week with a toe injury. The team says that he should play, which only means that he and Chris Carson will both see carries for the team. The Seahawks face a Giants team relying on a backup quarterback, so the running game will likely be featured. Hyde is an RB3.
Kalen Ballage (ankle), RB, Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m.
Ballage was able to practice so it is likely that he will be active. However, with Austin Ekeler back, Ballage should not be in fantasy lineups. He can be stashed on the bench, but not started.
Phillip Lindsay (knee), RB, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m.
Lindsay didn't practice on Wednesday, but he was able to return in a limited capacity on Thursday. He should be active for Week 13, but Melvin Gordon is still the lead back. Lindsay has had games where he's been the No. 1, but it's hard to trust either back when both are active. Both should be treated as an RB3 this week.
Darnell Mooney (knee), WR, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Mooney has emerged as a decent pass catcher for the Bears, although the quarterback woes have limited his value. He popped up on the injury report and did not practice on Friday, which is never a good sign. It should be known fairly early on Sunday if he's playing or not, but to be safe, leave Mooney on the bench or waiver wire.
Chris Conley (hip), WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Conley missed Week 12 with a hip injury but he was able to return to practice this week. It seems that he will be active, although it's not clear how much the injury (or the quarterback) will hamper him. With Mike Glennon under center, all Jaguars pass catchers take a hit to their fantasy value. Conley is a WR4 if active.
Nick Foles (hip), QB, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Foles managed to practice this week, but somehow the team feels that Mitchell Trubisky is their best chance to win. Look for Foles to be active and possibly take over for Trubisky if he starts to falter. It's likely that Foles is still healing a bit and they don't want to rush him, but if the game gets out of hand, he may see time on the field. Neither Bears QB is probably worthy of fantasy consideration, unless it's a deep league or as a bye-week fill-in for Tom Brady for Teddy Bridgewater.
— 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.