NFL Fantasy Injury Report: Leonard Fournette, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner, and more injury updates

Heading into Super Wild Card Sunday, what are the latest updates surrounding players on the NFL injury report and their DFS impact?

While rankings and projections are beneficial, few things are more important in fantasy football than following NFL 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 DFS impact.

NFL Injury Report: QB update

Each of the 12 quarterbacks starting this weekend practiced in full. None are listed on his team’s final injury report, and there are no injury concerns at the position.

NFL Injury Report: RB update

Which running backs are dealing with injuries that may affect their game status? Let’s see which RB groups are hobbled heading into Wild Card Weekend.

James Conner and Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

James Conner did not practice this week until Saturday, getting in a limited session with a ribs issue. Chase Edmonds was limited early in the week with ribs and toe issues, but he got in a full practice Saturday. Conner is questionable and considered a true game-time decision.

If this were a regular-season game, I have little doubt that Conner wouldn’t be playing. Since it’s the postseason, it’s more likely he gives it go, but I would expect Edmonds to be the primary back, making Conner a very risky DFS option. As for Edmonds, he’s going to play, but I would only consider using him if Conner is out.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

After practicing on Wednesday, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was unable to practice Thursday or Friday. He likely suffered a setback with his injured shoulder. He’s out this week. Darrel Williams is listed as questionable with a toe injury he sustained in Week 18. Williams is expected to play and is a must-roster in DFS lineups.

Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

Najee Harris was initially listed as questionable due to an elbow sprain. On Saturday, the Steelers removed Harris from the injury report. He will play. Harris is a safe bet for volume, but he may be lacking in the efficiency department with the Steelers having to throw as heavy underdogs.

Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, and Giovani Bernard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Leonard Fournette practiced all week for the first time since straining his hamstring a month ago, but he is not ready to go. The Bucs did not activate him from the injured reserve. Ronald Jones is out as well with a sprained ankle.

In a bit of good news, the Bucs did activate Giovani Bernard from the injured reserve. He should play a fair amount and take over the passing-down role. However, given the projected positive game script, I still prefer Ke’Shawn Vaughn to Bernard in DFS.

Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

A Wednesday absence from practice for Elijah Mitchell raised a couple of eyebrows. Fortunately, it was just maintenance on his knee. Mitchell returned to practice Thursday and carries no injury designation. He will play, but he’s a questionable DFS option due to his lack of passing game involvement and the Cowboys’ strong run defense.

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys

Tony Pollard did not play in Week 18 but surely would have if the game were more important. Instead, the Cowboys elected to give his torn plantar fascia some extra rest. He was back to a full practice all week and will play Sunday. Pollard remains a volatile DFS option as his explosiveness gives him a chance to break off a big play, but his usage remains firmly behind Ezekiel Elliott.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Miles Sanders practiced in full and is ready to rock after missing two games due to a broken hand. He is not a great DFS option due to the Eagles being heavy underdogs and his lack of involvement in the passing game.

NFL Injury Report: WR update

How are the fantasy-relevant wide receivers dealing with injuries? Let’s see which pass catchers may impact DFS lineups.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers

I am truly stunned I am writing about JuJu Smith-Schuster again this year. After his season-ending shoulder surgery, most believed he had played his final game for the Steelers. But with Pittsburgh making the playoffs, Smith-Schuster will get one more chance to play. He was cleared by doctors this week and activated off the injured reserve on Saturday.

Smith-Schuster is an extremely volatile DFS option as we simply have no idea what to expect after such a long layoff. However, at his stone minimum price (due to no one expecting him to come back), it won’t take much for him to return value. With that said, his price may also make him highly rostered.

Cyril Grayson and Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cyril Grayson started coming on strong late in the season. He was making a claim to the WR2 role opposite Mike Evans. Unfortunately, he pulled his hamstring in Week 18, and it has the looks of a multi-week injury. He’s out this week. Breshad Perriman, who got in a full practice on Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday with a hip issue, will likely take his place along with Tyler Johnson. Both are worth a look in DFS lineups as low-rostered options.

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Tyreek Hill hurt his heel in pregame warmups prior to Week 18. He played sparingly, but the injury wasn’t believed to be serious. Hill practiced all week and carries no injury designation. He will play but is a risky DFS option given his cost, the projected game script, and his poor production over the final six weeks of the season.

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals

Rondale Moore was limited at practice all week due to a lingering ankle issue. He’s listed as questionable and is considered a game-time decision. Moore is not a viable option in any fantasy format this week, even if he plays.

Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams

Van Jefferson gave fantasy managers a little bit of a scare when he was downgraded to limited at Friday’s practice due to a shoulder issue. Jefferson was also limited at Saturday’s practice and is listed as questionable, but head coach Sean McVay said he’ll play. He’ll check in as a nice contrarian flier in DFS lineups.

NFL Injury Report: TE update 

There are no tight ends listed on any of the playoff teams’ final injury reports. There are no health concerns at the position.

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