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2018 Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact

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Week 12 was a great week for watching football. There were many great games, including eight decided by one score. I think the best game of the day was the SteelersBroncos game.

I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping up with injuries. This is one of if not the most crucial part of fantasy football. Now … as we head into another week and as you recover from likely eating too much at Thanksgiving, here are the biggest injuries from week 12.

And be sure to look at Week 12 Waiver Adds article, if one of your players suffered an injury in week 12.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact

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Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

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Gordon injured his right knee in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. He left the game and would not return. Before the injury, he had already racked up two rushing touchdowns.

He is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL. He will likely miss at least one week if not more. Austin Ekeler looks like the guy who will take over. That being if Gordon is held out for the next few weeks.

Ekeler in my opinion is a must pick up, especially in PPR. He is owned in a little over 50% of ESPN leagues. I think he will be able to withstand the quantity of targets he is currently receiving while having more of a role in the ground game.

While I think he is a must pickup, I wouldn’t drop one of your crucial bench players to pick him up. He will probably only have an increase role for the few weeks that Gordon will be out.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

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Dalton injured his thumb in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. He suffered the injury while recovering a high snap. It was initially believed to be a hand injury. The preliminary x-rays came out negative. He will see a hand specialist on Monday.

Jeff Driskel filled in for the injured Dalton. He played well going 17/29 for 155 yards and a touchdown pass. I think Dalton should be back next week. He hasn’t missed a game since 2015.

Because the x-rays are negative I don’t think Dalton will miss any time. Although, he doesn’t currently have much fantasy relevance. Unless you are in a deep league or a two quarterback league.

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Mack suffered a concussion against the Dolphins. He had rushed for 85 yards before exiting the game and entering into concussion protocol.

Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins filled in. Hines got all of the carries, while Wilkins had more of a role in the passing game. For that reason, they both have value going forward if Mack is out.

I like Hines better as a pickup. The Colts seem to like to give him the ball more. However, Wilkins could be a valuable option in PPR because of his receiving skills.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

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Evan Engram injured his hamstring in pregame. He did not play in Sunday’s game. There was speculation as to why Engram wasn’t playing but it was because of injury.

Rhett Ellison filled in in his absence and made an immediate impact. Bringing in four targets for 77 yards. If Engram is held out for an extended period of time, Ellison will be an option going forward.

They are obviously going to be very cautious with his hamstring. Therefore, I think Engram could miss some significant time.  If he is your tight end, I would probably target someone like Vernon Davis on the waiver wire.


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About Dylan Small

Dylan Small is from Virginia and is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins. Dylan has been playing fantasy football for the past 5 years and he loves the RB heavy draft strategy. Ask him fantasy questions on twitter @DylanSmallFF1

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