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Doctor’s Tent: Week 15

A visit under the tent to check on Elijah Moore, Tony Pollard, Austin Ekeler and other stars, in this edition of The Doctor’s Tent.

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Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets
It seems like it’s become a yearly tradition for New York Jets fans to look forward to the draft around this time of year, as they have been eliminated from playoff contention yet again. However, there’s still something to look forward to from last year’s draft, and it isn’t number two overall pick Zach Wilson: Elijah Moore is playing like a veteran, averaging 5.7 receptions for 76.5 yards and 0.83 touchdowns per game in his last seven match-ups. However, the Jets have placed him on injury reserve until Week 17 due to a leg injury. I don’t recommend looking for other receivers on that offense, since no one will be able to put up numbers like Moore did. Guys like Jalen Guyton, Kendrick Bourne, or Russel Gage could be solid replacements for the rookie.

Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Pollard has been a great second option for the Dallas Cowboys behind Ezekiel Elliott. He averages the 5th most yards per carry in the league, has 602 total yards on the season in just 12 games, and has an additional 31 receptions for 259 yards. The only issue is that he doesn’t really get those red zone carries that fantasy managers really love, with only two rushing touchdowns on the season, as well as one kick return touchdown. However, he was sidelined for Dallas’ divisional win against the Washington Football Team with a foot injury. Pollard is likely to play next week, but do you really want someone who barely sees the end zone to start for you in the playoffs? Well, if you play in a ten or more man league, you might have to. His receptions should somewhat account for that though, which should make Tony Pollard a solid flex for the playoffs.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
After a 37-21 blowout of the New York Giants, the Los Angeles Chargers are seemingly playoff bound. All of this could not have been done without Austin Ekeler, who brings explosiveness to this offense. He totals 730 yards over 161 attempts and nine touchdowns on the season, as well as 535 yards over 58 attempts and seven touchdowns in the air. However, Ekeler left the game early against the Giants with an ankle injury, and is now listed as questionable for the Chargers’ divisional battle against the Kansas City Chiefs. Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson split carries while Ekeler was sidelined, and they put up ok numbers. They definitely are not playoff worthy starters in fantasy, so just in case Ekeler doesn’t play this Sunday, look for some other running backs on the waiver wire.

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
Myles Gaskin has put up some solid numbers during the Miami Dolphins’ five game win streak, totaling 247 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, 14 receptions, 52 yards, and one touchdown in the air during that time. Unfortunately, he was placed on the Covid reserve list on December 11, taking him out of… well nothing yet, as the Dolphins are on a bye week. However, there’s still a chance that Gaskin won’t be able to play next week against the New York Jets. Picking up another Dolphins running back shouldn’t help too much though, since Salvon Ahmed is also on the Covid reserve, and at that point it’s not worth picking up a less skilled running back with a struggling offensive line. I would look for a replacement for Myles Gaskin just in case.

Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers
After suffering a concussion in the San Francisco 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Elijah Mitchell was inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals. Of course, Deebo Samuel was able to fill in the hole the rookie left, rushing for 37 yards and a touchdown. Whenever Mitchell is out, expect Deebo to rush for the 49ers, since he can really do it all. I can’t imagine the concussion takes Elijah out for longer than a week, so he should be able to play for San Francisco’s important seeding game against the Atlanta Falcons. Elijah Mitchell should have a great game that day, and I wouldn’t even worry about looking for a backup for that game. He’s a great player to have available in time for the playoffs.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
Although it is extremely unlikely that Daniel Jones is even rostered in your league, it’s still extremely important to follow whether or not he plays this weekend, and whether or not he’ll play to his full abilities. Mike Glennon is just not it for the New York Giants, completing 17 of 36 passes, and passing for 191 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. That’s not what the Giants are looking for under center, and everyone is just hoping for a Jones return as soon as possible, including fantasy managers with one of his receivers on their team. However, that’s not a given quite yet, as Jones is to enter more testing for his neck injury. For now, I would refrain from starting receivers that play for the Giants, since it’s just too risky to have inconsistency on your roster in the playoffs. If Daniel Jones is back, I would consider starting one.

Last Week’s Doctor’s Tent:

Christian McCaffrey, Ankle – Out for the season

Logan Thomas, Knee – Out for the season

Deebo Samuel, Groin – Played at Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon, lllnes – Played vs San Francisco 49ers

Melvin Gordon, Hip – Played vs Detroit Lions

Joe Burrow, Hand – Played vs San Francisco 49ers

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