For Week 14, fantasy owners need to pay attention to the injury report ahead of their playoff games. In the past day or two, a number of players have been added to the reserve/ COVID-19 list. For example, David Johnson was added to the list, so fire up Duke Johnson for this week against the Chicago Bears. In Miami, Myles Gaskin tested positive for COVID-19, which means he will miss both Weeks 14 and 15 (at least). In addition, Matt Breida also is on the COVID-19 list and Salvon Ahmed is out with an injury. If you are looking for a Dolphins running back to start, DeAndre Washington is the next man up. It's going to be hard to trust him, but based on opportunity alone, he will be an RB2.
Be sure to check the inactive reports before setting your lineup. Fantasy owners need to be sure they are setting a lineup filled with players that are healthy and active, especially now that it's playoff time (for most leagues).
Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins
Matt Breida, RB, Miami Dolphins
John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills
Dez Bryant, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Dec. 13 unless otherwise noted. Players are grouped by position.
Matthew Stafford (thumb), QB, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Stafford still is listed with the thumb injury, but clearly it didn't hamper him in Week 13. He threw for 402 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against what had been a tough Bears defense. Stafford will be just fine to play in Week 14 and should be considered a borderline QB1.
Daniel Jones (hamstring), QB, New York Giants vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
Jones is listed as questionable but the team feels that he will be active in Week 14. When he was on the bench, Colt McCoy led the team to a victory against the Seattle Seahawks. However, the Giants' pass catchers will benefit from having Jones back. He is a low QB2 in Week 14.
Josh Jacobs (ankle), RB, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts, 4:05 p.m.
Jacobs missed Week 13 and practice on Wednesday. He did return to limited practices for the remainder of the week, which usually points to a player being active. Fantasy owners should be a bit cautious, as the team will likely see how the ankle looks in warm-ups before allowing him to play. The hope is that he will not be limited in the game, although that’s not a guarantee. The Colts are a tough matchup and it will be difficult to have faith in Jacobs as more than a low RB2 if active.
Ezekiel Elliott (calf), RB, Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Elliott was listed as questionable, but there doesn't seem to be much concern about his availability for Week 14. The Cowboys played on Tuesday this week, giving them an unusually short turnaround but Elliott has been very durable in his career. The matchup against the Bengals is a decent one, so he should be viewed as an RB2, however, there's a chance that his workload is reduced based on how the game progresses and if he appears to be limited to any degree.
D'Andre Swift (illness), RB, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
It is going to be tough to trust Swift this week. It seems that he will be active, unlike last week, but it's also unclear exactly why he's been out. He suffered a concussion in Week 10 and then missed Weeks 11 and 12 while dealing with the concussion. In Week 13, he was listed with an illness and did not play. He did get in some practice time this week, but the team hasn't said how they will use him on Sunday. It's assumed that he will be active, and fantasy owners should start him if he is, but his usage may be a bit less than expected.
Kenyan Drake (hip), RB, Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Drake was limited in practice with the hip injury, but there have been no indications that he is going to miss Week 14. Drake has split carries a bit with Chase Edmonds, but this is still his backfield. He has four touchdowns in the past three games, and while the Giants have shown up on defense, Drake should still be started as an RB2.
Frank Gore (concussion), RB, New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Gore suffered a concussion in Week 13, but the team believes he will be cleared to play Sunday afternoon. This matchup is going to be tough for whoever is at running back, and Gore should be on fantasy benches if at all possible, regardless of his injury designation.
DeAndre Hopkins (neck), WR, Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Hopkins missed practice on Thursday, but he returned on Friday. The team has said it was "soreness" that kept him out, which makes sense at this point in the season. Hopkins had eight receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown in Week 13, and is allowed to be a little sore after that. He should be fine to play in Week 14 and is a WR1.
Brandin Cooks (foot/neck), WR, Houston Texans at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Cooks practiced all week, although his participation was considered limited. It's not clear which of the injuries is more severe, but all signs point to him playing in Week 14 and maintaining his role as the No. 1 receiver for the Texans. Cooks suffered the neck injury in Week 13, where it looked like it might be a concussion, but must have been ruled a neck injury instead. The Texans do have a tough matchup against the Bears, so Cooks is more of a low WR2 this week.
Jamison Crowder (calf), WR, New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Initially it seemed that Crowder might be a good start against the Seahawks, but the calf injury is concerning. This is an injury picked up in practice on Thursday. It seems that he will likely play through it, especially with Denzel Mims inactive. However, it's hard to trust Crowder as more than a WR3 for Week 14.
Tee Higgins (hamstring), WR, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.
Higgins put in limited practices all week, which typically means he'll be good to go on Sunday. The Cowboys' defense allows the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Even without Joe Burrow, Higgins still is a valuable wide receiver for fantasy purposes. He should be treated as a WR3 this week.
Keke Coutee (knee), WR, Houston Texans at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Not entirely sure why Coutee is on the injury report, but he will play in Week 14. He had a limited practice Wednesday, but then returned to practice in full on Thursday and Friday. Texans face the Bears in Week 14, which is a tough matchup. Coutee should be considered a WR3 this week.
Austin Hooper (neck), TE, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Hooper is dealing with a neck injury that cost him practice time. The team has said he will likely be a game-time decision, but fantasy owners should make that decision before kickoff for Sunday's games. Sit Hooper. Don't count on him to play as he is likely going to sit anyway, in a tough matchup, when he's been underperforming for weeks.
Tyler Eifert (shoulder), TE, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Eifert has shown good chemistry with Mike Glennon, who will return as quarterback in Week 14. Eifert had a touchdown in Week 12 and had six receptions for 45 yards in Week 13, both games with Glennon throwing the passes. The Jags face the Titans in Week 14, who allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Eifert hasn't really been on the fantasy radar, but he is a TE2 this week.
Cameron Brate (illness), TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Because it's 2020, fantasy owners need to be concerned when they see players with an "illness." It's likely that Brate will have a COVID-19 test done and will find out the results early Sunday. Fantasy owners need to be prepared for him to sit in Week 14, just in case. If he does come back positive, hopefully other players are not deemed close contacts. Brate has only been a low TE2, if that, this season, with Rob Gronkowski filling the No. 1 TE role for the Bucs.
Ian Thomas (knee), TE, Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners likely aren't starting Thomas at tight end, despite how barren the position is this season. He hasn't had more than three receptions or 28 yards in a single game this season. He is questionable with a knee injury, but he should be on fantasy benches.
— 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.