Pass-catchers Darren Waller, DeAndre Hopkins, Pat Freiermuth, Sterling Shepard, and Kadarius Toney are likely to be close calls for Sunday, and we have the latest injury updates that will surely affect Week 13 fantasy start ’em, sit ’em calls.
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Darren Waller injury update
UPDATE: Waller did not practice Thursday.
As expected, Waller (knee) missed practice Wednesday, and he will almost certainly be ruled out for Week 13. The Raiders face off with Washington, and we’ve tabbed Foster Moreau as a top streaming option. Washington is just a neutral matchup for TEs, but this offense features TEs regardless, as demonstrated by Moreau’s 6-60-1 line against the Eagles when Waller was inactive earlier this year.
DeAndre Hopkins injury update
UPDATE: Barring a setback, Hopkins is expected to play in Week 13.
On Wednesday, Hopkins (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time in a month and is expected to play against Chicago. Chicago is a bottom-10 defense against fantasy wideouts, and Hopkins should be as healthy as he’s been all season. Additionally, Kyler Murray is expected back.
Hopkins is our WR6 in standard and PPR leagues. If he’s out, Christian Kirk becomes a must-start, A.J. Green becomes a high-end flex option, and Rondale Moore becomes a boom-or-bust low-end flex piece.
Pat Freiermuth injury update.
UPDATE: Freiermuth remained a full participant in practice Thursday, so there’s little to no concern he’ll play against the Ravens.
Freiermuth (concussion) practiced in full Wednesday and is trending toward being able to play against the Ravens. We’ll keep you up to date with his latest status, but for now, pencil him into your lineups.
Sterling Shepard injury update
UPDATE: Shepard was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice.
Shepard (quad) did not practice Wednesday, and he seems to have a 50/50 shot to play against Miami. Despite Miami’s recent defensive resurgence, its defense still ranks as the third-weakest unit against fantasy WRs. That said, Daniel Jones (neck) is up in the air, so Shepard’s fantasy outlook is tough to evaluate.
All in all, he should still command a ton of targets, so we think he’s worth taking the gamble on if he plays — especially if Kadarius Toney (see below) is out. Shepard ranks as our WR22 in standard and WR20 in PPR leagues. His floor should be fairly safe in PPR leagues, but his standard outlook could be hindered by Glennon.
Kadarius Toney injury update
UPDATE: Toney did not practice Wednesday.
Toney (quad) did not practice Wednesday, and his status is on the fence, just like Shepard. Toney has a similar fantasy outlook as Shepard (see above), but he has a lower floor but a higher ceiling in the favorable matchup with Miami.