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Week 13 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Tyler Eifert, Rob Gronkowski, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Heath Miller

Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert

In Week 13, while the list of fantasy-relevant wide receivers on the injury reports is long, there are no quarterbacks that are in serious doubt to play this week. So that makes the usual quarterback/tight end injury report a tight end/kicker list only. Yes, kickers count in fantasy too.

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The reason for this is that names like Tony Romo, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck won’t play this week, but they were ruled out days ago and their being inaction isn’t a surprise to anyone. Other quarterbacks are banged up, nursing injuries, but guys like Brock Osweiler, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Sam Bradford, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick are all listed as Probable and will play.

The tight end picture is a little different, however. Zach Ertz, Martuellus Bennett, Ladarius Green, Travis Kelce (and Jason Myers for those who care about kickers) are all listed as Probable and have been practicing in full. These guys are fully expected to play, so start them as you would. What you will find below are those who statuses are more uncertain.

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And as always, be sure to check out the running back and wide receiver injuries to get the complete Week 13 picture.

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Out – Knee
Fantasy owners all panicked when Gronkowski went down in Week 12. The news at the beginning of the week was that he suffered a bruised/sprained knee and he would be day-to-day. It was a long shot for him to play in Week 13, and he has already been ruled out. If he can practice in a limited fashion this week, he may be able to play in Week 14. However, the Patriots will also want to see how much they need him depending on the real-life potential playoff standings, so keep an eye out on that as well. Scott Chandler will fill in, and he is a high-end TE2. One thing to keep in mind though is that the Eagles have given up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

Doubtful – Neck
After not practicing all week with a nerve injury in his back/neck that he suffered in Week 12, Eifert is most likely not going to play in Week 13. It is possible that fantasy owners will have him back for Week 14, so don't drop him. For now, A.J. Green will be the main beneficiary of Eifert being out. Don't look for a backup tight end from Cincinnati to start for your fantasy team, however.

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Questionable – Shoulder
It seems possible that Seferian-Jenkins actually plays this week. After missing over two months with a shoulder injury, he has been cleared for contact. While it isn't clear what kind of role he will have or if the Buccaneers will ease him in, if he is on the waiver wire, he's worth adding. Fantasy owners of Tyler Eifert, Rob Gronkowski or Heath Miller can add ASJ and hope for the best. In the first game of the season, he had five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Rib
The reports out of Pittsburgh are that Miller is not going to play Sunday night. Fantasy owners should be making other plans if they were relying on Miller. The backup in Pittsburgh is Jesse James, but he is not a fantasy option. Don't wait until Sunday night to try to find a tight end; look for a replacement now as Miller won't be able to help you this week.

Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Probable – Knee
Daniels is fully expected to play, but he is a TE2 as he isn't being used that much, even in a Gary Kubiak offense. The Chargers do allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, including five touchdowns to the position in the past five games. It's a great matchup, but Daniels only has three touchdowns on the year. There is always a chance he gets in the end zone, but it's hard to count on that.

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers

Questionable – Ribs
With Martellus Bennett likely back this week, Miller isn't on the fantasy radar as it is. He does have four touchdowns in the past four games, but after Bennett vocally expressed his displeasure about the lack of targets, look for him to get fed this week, leaving Miller as a low-end TE2.

Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants vs. New York Jets

Out – Neck
Donnell is out again, and at this point, fantasy owner that have been holding on to him can safely drop him. It is unclear if he will play again this season, but it's too much of a long shot to keep him on your bench. Will Tye will be the starting tight end on the Giants. In the past two weeks, he's had 11 receptions for 130 yards. He's on the TE2 radar.

Garrett Celek, TE, San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

Out – Ankle
Celek became the starting tight end once Vernon Davis left, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 12 and won’t play today. Vance McDonald filled in for him, and caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. McDonald is a solid fill-in for Tyler Eifert, Rob Gronkowski or Heath Miller owners that need someone for this week. The Bears have only allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends, but Celek should maintain value as a TE2 option once he’s able to return to the field.

Greg Zuerlein, K, St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

Doubtful – Hip
After missing Week 12, Zuerlein is likely to miss Week 13 as well. Some reports call it a groin injury, but he is listed on the official injury report with a hip injury. Either way, Zach Hocker will fill in again, but he is not a viable fantasy kicking option.

Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Out – Quadriceps
For the second week in a row, Bryant is out. Shayne Graham will fill in again for the Falcons. He made the one field goal that he attempted and the one extra point that he kicked in Week 12. While it is possible that the Falcons may have more opportunities for scoring in Week 13 than they did last week, Graham is just a fill-in for those that play in two-kicker leagues (yes, they exist).

— 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.