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Week 13 Fantasy Injury Report: Dalvin Cook, DJ Moore injured this week

Our NFL Week 13 injury report & updates for fantasy. Will guys like Daniel Jones, Dalvin Cook, Phillip Lindsay, or DJ Moore be active?

Week 13 Fantasy Injury Report: Dalvin Cook, DJ Moore injured this week
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 15: DJ Moore #12 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Week 12 had an incredibly unique set of games, which unfortunately featured some surprise injuries to some key offensive stars. That means fantasy football GMs must stay on top of Week 13’s fantasy injury reports and updates to stay ahead of the curve in an effort to optimize their waiver wire claims. Heading into Week 13, the waiver wire will be especially crucial considering how important the players were that suffered injuries. For example, key offensive players Daniel Jones, Dalvin Cook, Phillip Lindsay, DJ Moore, and JuJu Smith-Schuster all have landed themselves on the injury report this week.

The fantasy Week 12 injury report will leave fantasy GMs scratching their heads when trying to set their lineups this weekend. Will they play, or do we have to scramble to try and find a few last-minute replacements?

NFL Fantasy Injury Report and Updates Week 13: Is Daniel Jones playing in Week 13?

Update Sunday, December 6: Daniel Jones is inactive for the New York Giants Week 13 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

With the score tied between the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals, Daniel Jones was forced to leave the game early after suffering a hamstring injury midway through New York’s first drive of the second half.

Jones finished the day 16-for-27 for 213 yards and extended his streak of games without a turnover to three, which is a huge sign of growth considering the rocky start his career has gotten off to. Veteran backup quarterback Colt McCoy took his place and helped the Giants squeak out a 19-17 victory.

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Fortunately for the G-Men, it sounds like they won’t have to turn to the journeyman from the University of Texas again, as the initial reports surrounding Jones’ hamstring injury have been positive.

According to head coach Joe Judge’s post-game press conference, the Giants training staff cleared Jones to return to the game, but the team decided to play it safe and wait to see what his MRI shows on Monday. Judge said he feels optimistic Jones will be able to play in next week’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, but they’ll have to “wait and see.”

Player Availability Updates: Which fantasy RBs are we watching this week?

Dalvin Cook

Update Sunday, December 6: Dalvin Cook is active for the Minnesota Vikings Week 13 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With the Minnesota Vikings’ halftime lead over the Carolina Panthers going up in flames, Dalvin Cook landed himself on the fantasy injury report for Week 13 with a leg injury that looked terrifyingly severe at the moment. The injury forced Cook to release his grip on the ball, which was quickly returned by Jeremy Chinn for a Panthers score, giving Carolina a 21-10 lead. After the play, Cook was unable to walk off the field under his own power and seemingly couldn’t place any of his weight on the injured leg.

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Fortunately for Vikings fans, though, Dalvin Cook was spotted sprinting on the sideline just minutes later, and he would eventually make his return to the game. His return was massive for the Vikings and helped lead them to a remarkable 28-27 comeback victory to keep their playoff hopes alive, even if they are on life support.

“I feel good,” Dalvin Cook stated after the game. “It was a great win overall. We fought back and showed the resilience of the team. Showed the character of this team.”

Considering that he was able to return to the field for this game and that he was still feeling in good shape after the game, it would be fairly surprising if Cook had any obstacles preventing him from playing next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cook wasn’t the only star to go down in this game, though, as Panthers’ star receiver DJ Moore suffered a lower leg injury late that he wouldn’t return for, but more on that later.

Phillip Lindsay

Update Sunday, December 6: Ian Rapoport reported that Lindsay is expected to be active in Week 13.

In Sunday’s blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints, Phillip Lindsay was forced into an unnatural quarterback role and ended up suffering a knee injury that cut his day short and will land him on the fantasy injury report for Week 13.

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As far as the severity of the injury, there is very little we know so far, considering that at the point Lindsay suffered the injury, the game had been over for a while, and so Denver could have chosen to keep him out of the rest of the game as a precaution.

After the game, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio strengthened that position by saying he couldn’t update the media on Phillip Lindsay’s injury at that time because he was unsure as to severity himself.

“Phil tweaked his knee a little bit,” Fangio said. “That’s all I know at this point.”

However, we should get some injury updates for Week 13 on Monday. Sunday night, Mike Klis of the Broncos-affiliated 9News reported that Lindsay would be receiving an MRI on his knee, as well as a second opinion on Monday.

Player Availability Updates: Which fantasy WRs are we watching this week?

DJ Moore

Update: Matt Rhule has not ruled out a potential return for DJ Moore in the Carolina Panthers Week 14 matchup with the Denver Broncos.

Late in the Panthers’ heartbreaking loss to the Vikings, DJ Moore landed on the fantasy injury report for Week 13 with an injured ankle while extending for a touchdown pass in the end zone, which fell incomplete. Immediately after the play, Moore was clearly shaken up and needed help to get off the field and onto Carolina’s sidelines.

Following the injury, Moore did not return to the game, though to be fair, he sustained his injury inside the game’s final two minutes, making it difficult for him to return.

Once DJ Moore receives an MRI on Monday, we’ll have a better idea of just how severe the injury is and when he should return to the Panthers lineup.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Update Monday, December 7: JuJu Smith-Schuster is activefor the Steelers Week 13 matchup with the Washington Football Team.

JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered what is likely the weirdest injury of last Sunday’s action in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. While walking towards the sidelines, Smith-Schuster accidentally stepped on one of the referee’s penalty flags, twisted his ankle, and did not return to the game.

Fortunately for the Steelers, after being a limited participant in last Tuesday’s practice, Smith-Schuster has been a full participant in every practice since.

As a result, he is currently off the fantasy injury report for Week 13 and is listed as active for the delayed yet highly-anticipated bout between two of the AFC’s best teams on Wednesday night.

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