Fantasy owners should be thankful to many teams this week for ruling players out early instead of having to wait until game time. Plenty of big names are on the injury report, but many have also been ruled out. With three games already over, fantasy owners need to be aware of who has already played and who they can add to their lineup in case of injury.
For quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends, Marlon Mack, Damien Williams, Jordan Howard, Evan Engram, and Gerald Everett have already been ruled out. James Conner was given the Doubtful tag, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect to have for Week 13. As always, don't forget the wide receivers and be sure to check the inactive report before game time.
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Kyler Murray (hamstring), QB, Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.
As a Murray fantasy owner, this one worries me. He got in a full practice on Friday but was added to the injury report, indicating that something happened to his hamstring in practice. It seems like he will play, but part of Murray's fantasy lure is that he gets yards on the ground (he ran for 67 yards and a touchdown last week). A hamstring injury will likely limit the rushing potential. The matchup against the Rams isn't a great one (although Lamar Jackson disproved that in Week 12), so proceed with caution with Murray.
Zach Ertz (hamstring), TE, Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Ertz missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He returned for a limited session on Friday, which opens the door to him playing in Week 13. However, this has the makings of a game-time decision. The team seems to think he will play, but fantasy owners need to keep an eye on the inactive report. If possible, pick up Dallas Goedert (owned in about 60 percent of leagues) as a backup. Goedert becomes a TE1 if Ertz is out.
Matt Brieda (ankle), RB, San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Brieda hasn't played since Week 10, but Tevin Coleman hasn't been able to do much in his absence. Brieda practiced this week, which is a positive sign for him suiting up on Sunday. However, the matchup against the Ravens is daunting, and it would be tough for fantasy owners to trust any of the 49ers running backs this week. Desperate fantasy owners will likely find Brieda active, but they should look for other options.
Chris Thompson (toe), RB, Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Thompson hasn't played since Week 6, but he is expected to suit up in Week 13. He will likely aid in passing downs, but what he really will do is take work away from Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson. Thompson himself isn't a fantasy option, but his presence lowers the value of Guice and Peterson (not that either was high to start with on this offense).
— 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.
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