D’Onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans
The once explosive Tennessee Titans offense is now extremely injury ridden: No Derrick Henry, no Julio Jones, no AJ Brown, and now, even their backup running back D’Onta Foreman is questionable for Thursday’s match-up against the San Francisco 49ers. Now, the once top seed Titans are struggling to even win the AFC South, losing three of their last four games. With their chances of having a first round bye quickly diminishing, the Titans have to make sure they can at least maintain a homefield advantage in the post-season. To do that, they might have to win out, as the red-hot Colts are right on their tails. No one on the Titans is due for a big game this week fantasy wise (especially Ryan Tannehill), unless Julio Jones or D’Onta Foreman are cleared in time to play. It’s a bit concerning that Foreman didn’t practice this Monday, especially with a game coming up this Thursday. I would watch both of their availabilities very closely, but always make sure to have proper backups.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
For the first time in a decade, the Seattle Seahawks face a losing season. Russell Wilson has been out for the better part of the season, but with the way he’s been playing lately, that doesn’t change too much for them. And to make matters worse, Seattle currently has seven players on the Covid list, including star receiver Tyler Lockett. Although he’s had a relatively disappointing fantasy season, Lockett has been a solid flex option as of late. There’s a chance he won’t play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, which could be a pretty big deal for fantasy managers in the playoffs. Even if he is able to play, if he has a symptomatic version of the Coronavirus, then it could affect his ability on Sunday. If things don’t work out with Lockett this week, there are plenty of flex options on the market, including Seattle running back Rashaad Penny.
Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots
It’s rare that a New England Patriots wide receiver – or any skill position player in New England for that matter – are consistently good fantasy choices. Well, Kendrick Bourne doesn’t fit that criteria either from a fantasy perspective. Sometimes he records five receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns, and sometimes he can only manage three receptions for 44 yards: It’s not his fault, that’s just how Bill Belichick runs his offense. However, in a week where the Patriots host the Buffalo Bills in a match-up that could decide who wins the AFC East, Bourne has a real chance to shine. First of all, fellow wide receivers Nelson Agholor and N’Keal Harry are both questionable for this week with injuries, which could mean that Bourne sees most of the targets that game. Secondly, Buffalo’s star corner back Tre’Davious White will not play that game, as he is out for the season, leaving Levi Wallace to guard him. If that’s not enough for you, Belichick himself said that the Bills hadn’t seen any of their passing game yet, which he likely intends to use on them this Sunday. Unfortunately, Kendrick Bourne tested positive for Covid on Monday, but there’s still hope for him to play on Sunday, since he is vaccinated and has no symptoms. I would watch this situation closely: If Agholor and Harry are both out, and Kendrick Bourne is cleared to play, he might be an important part of your fantasy team this week.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
The Covid pandemic is hitting the NFL again, with almost 230 cases in the league right now. This is truly the worst time for all these positive tests from a fantasy perspective, since any player can fall to Covid at any given moment, regardless of their skill level. After an incredible performance against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night, the NFL probably tested Travis Kelce for drugs and Covid. Unfortunately, Kelce tested positive for the Coronavirus on Monday. However, he is vaccinated so there is a chance of him playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. We are unaware of whether or not Kelce is symptomatic, which could mean a lot about his condition, and his chances to play this week. If he’s unable to play, there aren’t a lot of tight ends that could fill in the role that Kelce does. All you can really do is hope for the rest of your roster to do well this week.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Lately, Lamar Jackson hasn’t been playing his best. In his last three full games, he averages a below average 61.6% completion percentage, 218.7 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, along with 54 yards over 11.3 carries per game. To make things worse, Lamar was taken out of the Baltimore Ravens’ loss to the Cleveland Browns early on due to an ankle injury. He hasn’t played since then, missing the Ravens’ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and is reported to not have practiced today either. It doesn’t look like things are trending towards a Lamar return anytime soon, which could be a big deal for those who have him on their fantasy teams: It’s never good to be on a hunt for a quarterback during the playoffs. Tyler Huntley has done a pretty good job for the Ravens, despite losing every game during Lamar’s ankle injury, and fantasy wise he did an incredible job against the Packers, recording 215 yards and two touchdowns in the air, as well as 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. I can’t guarantee you that he can keep that up, but it does look good that the Ravens face the Cincinnati Bengals, who generally allow a lot of points in their losses. If you need a replacement for Lama Jackson, you might want to take the risk and pick up Tyler Huntley as a replacement, or you can just play it safe and look for a more reliable option.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense suddenly became very injured, as they’ve lost both Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette for the season. To make things worse, Mike Evans is also questionable for next week, Breshad Perriman is out with Covid, and Giovani Bernard won’t return until Week 18: It’s safe to say they’re pretty banged up. Thankfully for the Bucs, this won’t really affect their playoff chances, but it could change whether or not they play at home in the second round (if they even make it there). Also, Antonio Brown just returned from yet another suspension, and this situation basically forced them to forgive him. In the coming weeks, it looks like Antonio Brown will be the number one option on the Bucs offense, and if he’s available in your league he could be a very valuable replacement for Chris Godwin in the fantasy playoffs.
Last Week’s Doctor’s Tent:
Elijah Moore, Quad – Now on IR for Covid-19
Tony Pollard, Foot – Healthy
Austin Ekeler, Undisclosed – Questionable for Week 16 at Houston
Myles Gaskin, Covid-19 – Healthy
Elijah Mitchell, Knee – Out Week 16 at Tennessee
Daniel Jones, Neck – Out for the season