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Fantasy Injury Report: James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and more injury updates

As fantasy football managers finalize lineups for Week 18, what are the latest updates surrounding players on the injury report?

While rankings and projections are beneficial, few things are more important in fantasy football than following injury updates. Injuries not only impact the player in question but the teammates and the offenses around them. Here’s an update on some critical injury reports and their fantasy football impact.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update

Let’s go through the injuries currently impacting quarterbacks. What are their situations heading into game time?

Joe Burrow | Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow is not injured but is out this week as head coach Zac Taylor is resting his starters. Burrow would be out there if this game mattered. The Bengals have little incentive to win this game and are not a team to look at for fantasy players.

Justin Fields | Chicago Bears

Head coach Matt Nagy said Andy Dalton would start in the season finale. Justin Fields is out due to COVID-19. Dalton is a sneaky QB2 this week against a Vikings team that has quit on their head coach.

Jimmy Garoppolo | San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo got in another limited practice Friday. He’s listed as questionable with his torn UCL in his right thumb. Despite Trey Lance leading the 49ers to a win last week, I would expect Garoppolo to return in a must-win game against the Rams. He will not be a fantasy option.

Mike Glennon | New York Giants

Mike Glennon is out this week with a left wrist injury, and Jake Fromm will start. The Giants will continue to run the ball 40 times and make no effort to win. No one on this team should be in fantasy lineups.

Jared Goff | Detroit Lions

Head coach Dan Campbell said it’s “probable” Jared Goff plays on Sunday. Goff got in three limited practices this week due to a bone bruise in his knee. His return is an upgrade for everyone on the Lions’ offense.

Update: Goff is active.

Lamar Jackson | Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens ruled out Lamar Jackson from this week’s season finale. Tyler Huntley will start once more and is firmly on the QB1 radar in a game I think the Ravens win.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

At this point, we know the deal with Aaron Rodgers’ toe. He barely practices but carries no injury designation and plays on Sundays. This week is interesting because, apparently, the Packers are letting their quarterback decide whether he plays. Rodgers wants to play in a completely meaningless game, which makes no sense given the opportunity the team has to give him two weeks to rest his injured toe.

Even if Rodgers does ultimately play, there’s no guarantee he plays a full game or even half of it. All Packers are risky propositions and serve as this year’s example of why fantasy championships occur in Week 17.

Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger has been nursing a pectoral and right shoulder injury for a couple of months now. He carries no injury designation and will start what should be the final game of his career in Baltimore on Sunday. Big Ben is a mid-to-low QB2.

Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update

Which running backs are dealing with injuries that may affect their game status? Let’s see which RB committees are hobbled heading into Week 18.

Cam Akers | Los Angeles Rams

Cam Akers got in three full practices this week and will make his season debut in the final game on Sunday. Obviously, he’s nowhere near fantasy-relevant, as I imagine he just plays a handful of snaps to get his feet wet. Nevertheless, he could be a factor in the playoffs.

Saquon Barkley | New York Giants

Saquon Barkley was limited at Friday’s practice due to his ankle injury. He’s fine and will play Sunday. Barkley is nothing more than a mid-RB3 with almost no touchdown upside on a team not making any effort to win football games anymore.

Michael Carter and Tevin Coleman | New York Jets

Michael Carter cleared the concussion protocol and is good to go Sunday. He will split work with Tevin Coleman, who returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

James Conner and Chase Edmonds | Arizona Cardinals

James Conner got in three limited practices this week due to his heel injury. He’s listed as questionable, but with Chase Edmonds out due to ribs and toe issues, I would expect Conner to play. He’s an RB1.

Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and D’Ernest Johnson | Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb got in three limited practices due to a chest/ribs issue. He’s not listed on the final injury report and will play Sunday. Kareem Hunt also got in three limited practices with his ankle injury but is listed as questionable. D’Ernest Johnson returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.

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Chubb is in a smash spot against the Bengals’ backups. Hunt, even if he does play, is coming off a lengthy absence and cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups. We’ve seen too many players struggle after playing just days removed from having COVID. Therefore, Johnson is someone to avoid even if Hunt doesn’t play.

Update: Hunt is inactive.

Antonio Gibson | Washington Football Team

Antonio Gibson got in a full practice Friday. He’s been dealing with a hip injury but carries no injury designation. He’s all set to smash as an RB1 against a Giants team just going through the motions this week.

Damien Harris | New England Patriots

Damien Harris was limited at practice all three days due to his lingering hamstring strain. He’s listed as questionable and is a true game-time decision. Rhamondre Stevenson would be an RB1 if Harris can’t go.

Update: Harris is active.

Derrick Henry | Tennessee Titans

As expected, the Titans did not activate Derrick Henry from the injured reserve. He was never going to return before the postseason unless absolutely necessary. Assuming the Titans dispatch the Texans, Henry will return in the Divisional Round. D’Onta Foreman is a borderline RB1 this week in what should be his final start for the Titans.

Mark Ingram | New Orleans Saints

Mark Ingram did not practice Thursday or Friday due to his knee issue. The team listed him as questionable. Normally, I would confidently say he’s not going to play, but with this being a de facto playoff game for the Saints, if Ingram can give it a shot, he probably will. With that said, he is trending in the wrong direction. Alvin Kamara would see increased work if Ingram is out.

Josh Jacobs | Las Vegas Raiders

Josh Jacobs was limited at practice all week due to a ribs issue. He’s listed as questionable but is expected to play in a must-win game. Jacobs is an RB1 based on volume.

Aaron Jones | Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones got in three limited practices this week and is listed as questionable due to his lingering knee issue. He wasn’t on the final injury report at all last week, so this designation suggests the Packers may elect to hold him out in a meaningless game.

It is difficult to trust any Packers’ starters this week, given the skepticism that they actually play their starters more than a couple of series.

Update: The Packers did choose to hold Jones out. He’s inactive.

Ronald Jones and Ke’Shawn Vaughn | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones is out this week with a sprained ankle. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is good to go and will be the Bucs’ primary back this week. Le’Veon Bell will also take the field, which is not something any team should want in 2021. Leonard Fournette should be back for the playoffs.

Elijah Mitchell | San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers removed Elijah Mitchell from the injury report. The team protected his knee with some limited practices, but he’s good to go this week after a full practice Friday. He will be a high RB2 as the feature back. Jeff Wilson Jr. does not matter whenever Mitchell is healthy.

Joe Mixon | Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon is out Sunday due to COVID. He probably wouldn’t have played even if he was healthy, as the Bengals are resting starters. Samaje Perine is an RB2 this week.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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