Even with three games on Thanksgiving to start Week 12, there are still plenty of players fantasy owners need to pay attention to on the injury report. While some of the big names should be fine to play, some owners are going to have to make some tough decisions when it comes to putting together a lineup. At least every team is back in action this week so the player pool should be relatively stocked.
As it relates to quarterbacks and tight ends, Cody Kessler and Julius Thomas have already been ruled out, while Jay Cutler is doubtful, but not expected to play either. You will find the lowdown on the other quarterback (you may have heard of him) and a few tight ends that also are on the injury report. Be sure to check out the latest on the running back and wide receiver (part 1, part 2) front before setting your lineup. And as always, when in doubt, check the inactive report prior to the start of a particular game.
Note: All games are on Sunday, Nov. 27 and times are ET.
Rob Gronkowski (chest), TE, New England Patriots at New York Jets, 4:25 p.m.
The sense throughout the week was that Gronkowski probably should be listed as doubtful because he will likely be outn again on Sunday. However, on Saturday, the news changed to calling him a game-time decision. This is tough for fantasy owners because of the late start time. It's hard to bench Gronk, but fantasy owners had to go without him in Week 11 and they should have other plans in place for Week 12 as well. Gronkowski did practice this week, but in a non-contact jersey. He should be back for Week 13, but for Week 12, it's a gamble to count on him.
Tom Brady (knee), QB, New England Patriots at New York Jets, 4:25 p.m.
This is the brutal one for fantasy owners. Brady missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, which raised alarm bells. He did return for a limited practice on Friday, but earned the questionable tag for Sunday's late afternoon matchup. Brady’s owners understandably don’t want to sit him in what should be a great matchup. However, if Brady does miss the game and fantasy owners don't have a Plan B, they will be stuck with having to rely on Ryan Fitzpatrick (16 percent owned), Carson Wentz (37 percent owned), Alex Smith (25 percent owned), or Trevor Siemian (11 percent owned), assuming any of these guys are available in the first place. Another possible option could be Jimmy Garoppolo, who would start in Brady’s absence. The point is, Brady owners need to be prepared.
Martellus Bennett (ankle), TE, New England Patriots at New York Jets, 4:25 p.m.
With Rob Gronkowski out in Week 11, Bennett was expected to take on a bigger role. However, he managed one reception for 14 yards on two targets. With Gronk likely out again in Week 12, fantasy owners may be hesitant to take their chances with Bennett again, especially in DFS. However, he should bounce back, although his outlook is somewhat tied to Tom Brady’s status. As long as Gronk is out Bennett is a relatively safe TE2.
Charles Clay (knee), TE, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Despite the questionable tag, Clay is expected to play on Sunday. The Bills are struggling in terms of finding pass catchers, with Robert Woods out, Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins questionable and LeSean McCoy also questionable. Clay should see more targets in Week 12 after seeing seven in his last game (caught five for 23 yards). He is TE2 with some upside.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.