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Doctor’s Tent: Week 13

Dalvin Cook is out the next two games, at least. For those that held on to Alexander Mattison, you should have a nice end to your regular fantasy season.

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Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
In an important NFC seeding game, Dalvin Cook was carted off towards the end of the third quarter with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He had an MRI on Monday, and the Minnesota Vikings – as well as fantasy managers with Dalvin Cook – are hopeful. He’ll be out at least the next two games, and may come back after. Still, a torn labrum is pretty serious though, so I would start looking for replacements for Cook. Plus, they play the Detroit Lions next week, which should be an easy win, especially since Minnesota still has Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, not to mention Alexander Mattison to maintain the run game.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
As the month of November comes to a close, the Detroit Lions still find themselves winless. But as if things couldn’t get any worse, D’Andre Swift left the Lions’ Thanksgiving match-up in the second quarter with a sprained shoulder. Now, he’s listed as questionable for their games against the Minnesota Vikings next week.

It’s painfully clear to Dan Campbell that the Lions will not be making the playoffs this year, so I wouldn’t expect him to force Swift into this game. However, he might want to embarrass a division rival, and the young running back would need to play a big role in that game. That’s pretty unlikely though, so I would look for a replacement just in case. In fact, Jamaal Williams could be a solid option, since he would play the role of RB1 that game for the Lions.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
Sterling Shepard was a pretty solid pickup for crowded fantasy leagues earlier this season, until he left the New York Giants Monday Night Football matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then, he hasn’t played a single game this November, but there’s hope that he will be available for the Giants for when they travel to Miami. When he comes back, he should be about as good as he was, so if you’re in a 12+ man league, he could be a decent flex option, especially if someone on your team is injured or on a bye week.

Will Fuller, WR, Miami Dolphins
The already injury prone Will Fuller suffered a hand injury in the second week of the season, and hasn’t been back with the Miami Dolphins since. But after a long wait, the Dolphins expect him to return in time for next week’s game against the New York Giants. With a three game win streak, incorporating a solid threat at receiver couldn’t hurt Miami, as they look to advance to 5-7 on the season. It’s time to make a decision about Fuller on your IR: If you ask me, he deserves a spot on your roster.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara hasn’t played since the Atlanta Falcons’ upset over the very injury ridden New Orleans Saints. Now, there’s some hope that he might return next week for an important NFC seeding game for the Saints against the Dallas Cowboys. If he does return, he will likely play a massive role in that game. I would still hold on to your replacement for Kamara so far, but things are trending towards him to return this week.

Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans
Julio Jones really put the “bust” in “blockbuster”, with that word being thrown around during the offseason when he was traded to the Tennessee Titans from the Atlanta Falcons. However, with a very injured Titans offense, he will be forced to come back once he returns in Week 14. If Julio’s on your IR and you’re contemplating on whether or not to keep him, I’ll make the decision easy for you: Keep him. He’ll see a lot of receptions just in time for the fantasy playoffs, and when you give Julio Jones the rock, he knows how to produce.

Last Week’s Doctor’s Tent:

Deandre Hopkins, Hamstring – Questionable for Week 13 at Chicago

Kyler Murray, Ankle – Questionable for Week 13 at Chicago

Kareem Hunt, Leg – Played Sunday Night at Baltimore

Jarvis Landry, Knee – Played Sunday Night at Baltimore

CeeDee Lamb, Concussion – Questionable for Week 13 at New Orleans

AJ Brown, Chest – Still on IR, expected to return Week 16

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