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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 13

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AFC East:

Dolphins WR Albert Wilson left the team’s loss to the Browns with a rib injury. This has been the story all season for the Dolphins high priced slot man. He simply cannot seem to stay healthy. The Dolphins have seemingly moved on from last year’s big free agent acquisition. In his stead the team has re-upped Allen Hurns and turned to fellow slot man Jakeem Grant to pace the offense from that spot on the field. I would not be surprised if the team decided to take it easy with Wilson the rest of the way in order to move on in the off-season. 

Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant suffered an ankle injury in the team’s loss to the Browns. Grant was coming into this game after his best contest of the season. The injury had the looks of a high ankle sprain at a minimum which would likely  cost him the remainder of the fantasy season. In his stead look for the Dolphins to feature Allen Hurns and DeVante Parker with a heavy dose of TE Mike Gesicki in the passing game. I would also not be surprised to see the team look to feature passing down RB Patrick Laird.   

AFC South:

The AFC South avoided any major fantasy relevant injuries in week 12.

AFC North:

The AFC North didn’t suffer any fantasy relevant injuries. 

AFC West:

Raiders slot maven Hunter Renfrow suffered a rib injury in the team’s loss to the Jets. It was revealed Monday that the injury was a broken rib and punctured lung. Ouch! The tough rookie was enjoying a quality maiden voyage in Oakland this year following a storied run at Clemson. To this point he had at least one catch in every single game this year. This injury seems like it will cost him at least a game or two and break his impressive streak. While not a fantasy dynamo his loss will be felt by a Raiders squad fighting tooth and nail for the last wild card spot in the AFC. If he misses time look for mid-season acquisition Zay Jones to handle a slightly bigger load. It would also not be surprising to see more 12-Personnel with their talented TE’s Waller and Moreau on the field together. 

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NFC East:

Redskins WR Paul Richardson injured his hamstring in the team’s victory over the Lions. He had only a single catch before aggravating the hamstring. Richardson has been one of the biggest free agent busts in recent seasons for the Redskins. The team has struggled as of late with rookie Dwayne Haskins getting his feet wet. Richardson may well miss next week’s contest at Carolina. If he does indeed miss game action look for rookie Kelvin Harmon to play alongside fellow rookie Terry McLaurin and slot man Trey Quinn. Outside of Scary Terry this is a passing game to avoid at all costs. 

Giants WR Golden Tate suffered a concussion against the Bears on Sunday. The playmaker put up 3/33/1 in the contest before the injury. Tate has been a reliable veteran presence for rookie Daniel Jones since returning from his four game suspension. If he is unable to gain clearance before next week’s game against the Packers the Giants will be forced to turn to an uninspiring group of players to feature alongside starters Sterling Shephard and rookie Darius Slayton.   

NFC South:

The AFC South made it through the week largely unscathed. 

NFC North:

Detroit WR Marvin Hall exited the team’s loss to the Redskins with a foot injury. A minor role player on a team going nowhere, Hall is the epitome of a long shot play by any stretch of the imagination. I hesitate to include him in the weekly report but with so few injuries and so close to the wire any injury is noteworthy. Look for the Lions to continue to feature Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, and Danny Amendola on the short week against the Bears on Thanksgiving. 

Chicago WR Taylor Gabriel suffered a concussion in the team’s victory over the New York Giants. This is the second concussion on the season for the pint sized speedster. The Bears are coming back on a very short week opening Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions in the traditional early game. With this being his second head injury in his many weeks look for the team to be extremely cautious with Gabriel. In his place look for the team to continue Anthony Miller’s late season resurgence. I would anticipate Javon Wims and Cordarrell Patterson filling out the group with the possibile season debut of Riley Ridley. 

NFC West:

The NFC West made it through the week largely unscathed.

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