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2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact

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Thanksgiving is a time for offering gratitude and thanks for what we have. Delicious food is plentiful, awkward familial encounters are numerous and of course, the football gods bestow upon us a three-game slate in the middle of the week.

There’s lots to be thankful for if your fantasy football team has been sizzling like piping hot gravy. Not so much if you’re the league turkey.

Either way, playoffs are just around the corner. Whether you’re making the pilgrimage to the post-season or your team regularly gets stuffed, it’s important to analyze the league’s fowl play and the players who have been gobbled up by injuries.

It’s time to feast your eyes on the 2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact, where you can make the most of the leftovers.

2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Impact

Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts have a 6-5 record after losing a tight tilt with the Houston Texans by a field goal in Week 12. They also lost their primary pass-catching tight end in Eric Ebron.

Ebron experienced a break-out season in 2018, in his first year with the Colts. The former Detroit Lion earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season, becoming Andrew Luck’s top redzone threat in the process. He posted 750 yards on 66 catches while adding 14 total touchdowns a year ago.

This season has been a disappointment for both Ebron and fantasy owners alike. The towering tight end has only amassed 375 yards through 11 games. With a dip in production, experts around the league began to speculate that the University of North Carolina alumnus has been battling through injuries all season long.

It came as no surprise when Ebron took to social media to announce the end of his season because of nagging ankle injuries:

With the Colts sidelining Ebron for the rest of the season, Jack Doyle becomes the de facto starter in Indy. Doyle has 30 catches on the season for 304 yards and a trio of touchdowns.

Doyle isn’t an ideal option for fantasy owners, as he doesn’t typically produce explosive yardage. One thing Dolye gives fantasy owners is consistency – he has hauled in at least three catches in every game since Week 2.

With Ebron out, Jacoby Brissett should lean to his new target man more often. Doyle becomes a low-end option at TE in Week 13.

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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Julio Jones is a top-tier wide receiver in the league, often selected in the first round of fantasy drafts. He’s put up ridiculous numbers throughout his career. Last game against Tampa Bay, Jones moved into 30th in all-time receiving yards, surpassing Megatron himself, Calvin Johnson.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, Jones also seemed to injure his shoulder in the loss to the Bucs. Jones underwent post-game treatment despite still playing after a brief exit.

On Monday, Jones was listed as a non-participant on Monday’s practice estimate. Although Jones has only missed three games in his career, a DNP is a bad sign for fantasy owners.

If Jones was to miss time, Calvin Ridley becomes the WR1 in Atlanta. The second-year wide-out has had a stellar fantasy year. After having a consensus ADP of over 55 across most fantasy platforms, Ridley has been on par with Jones.

Jones is notorious for not scoring touchdowns at a rate one would expect from such an offensively gifted receiver, but Ridley has picked up the slack by reaching pay dirt six times, while reeling in 50 catches for 699 yards.

Sure, Ridley is a no-brainer, but when moving down the injury-depleted depth chart of the Falcons, things get murkier.

Out of the remaining options, Russel Gage is the best bet for a resulting waiver-wire pickup.

Gage had an outstanding performance against the leaky Buccaneers secondary, lining up in the slot on three-wide sets. Gage picked up 76 receiving yards on eight catches last week. Even more impressive were the 10 targets garnered by the second-year pass catcher.

If Jones is out for Atlanta’s Week 13 matchup against New Orleans, Gage could have a big day against the middling Saints secondary, who was without star corner Marshon Lattimore last Sunday. Whether Lattimore is in action for the Thursday Thanksgiving showdown remains to be seen.

Keep an eye on Julio’s participation in the practices leading to this Thursday.

Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants

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The New York Giants have had a tough season. Injuries have played a gigantic role in their abysmal 2-9 record. Ailments to their top players at skill positions have been a huge setback — running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Evan Engram and wide receiver Sterling Shepard — all have missed time this season.

Finally, after missing five games to a concussion, Shepard was back in the mix on Sunday.

The Giants sustained another blow to their wide receiving corps last Sunday, however, when veteran Golden Tate left their tilt with the Chicago Bears last Sunday. The Giants’ slot receiver  apparently suffered an injury during his touchdown reception as Tate’s helmet makes heavy contact with the turf after making the grab.

It’s unclear how much time Tate will miss, but with Shepard showing signs of rust in his return, fantasy owners should be proactive.

Darius Slayton has emerged as one of Daniel Jones’ favorite targets this season and currently leads the Giants in receiving yards from the wide receiver position with 461. Although leading the Giants isn’t saying much, Slayton has big-play ability (seven catches for over 25 yards). He also leads the team with five touchdowns.

We can expect Shepard to hinder Slayton’s role once he gets up to speed, but with Tate out, he’s the most viable waiver option for the Giants.


Fantasy success with Slayton is largely dependent scoring a touchdown, so consider him to be a boom-or-bust play against the Packers.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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