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Doctor’s Tent: Week 17

A few impactful fantasy football players will likely be out this coming weekend during most fantasy title games. Find out who and what to do.

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James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals
James Conner was a huge fantasy sleeper this year, as he currently is second in the league in rushing touchdowns with 14. However, after suffering a heel injury in the Arizona Cardinals’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he is listed as questionable for next week. This could be a very big deal for many of you who are in the fantasy finals right now, and you can’t really take your chances here: look for a backup in case Conner doesn’t play, regardless of how minor this injury may seem. If he’s available, Chase Edmonds immediately comes to mind. Since James Conner won’t be there, Edmonds assumes the RB1 role in an offense that is missing their star wide receiver for the rest of the season. Plus, he’s not a bad running back himself, as he just recorded 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground, along with eight receptions and 71 yards in the air. If you have James Conner on your roster, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, look for a backup.

Mike Williams III, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
After an embarrassing loss to the Houston Texans, it seemed like things couldn’t get worse for the Los Angeles Chargers, until it did. Both Mike Williams and Jalen Guyton landed on the Covid reserve as the virus ravages the NFL for a second week in a row. That leaves many fantasy managers without an important piece during an important time: that also helps out those who have Keenan Allen on their roster, as he will likely be carrying most of the workload for the Chargers on offense on Sunday. But for those of you who have Guyton or Williams on your roster, you’re gonna have to find a replacement soon. Good luck!

Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
After suffering a knee injury in the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the Minnesota Vikings, Darrell Henderson is now officially downgraded to Out against the Baltimore Ravens. This could’ve been a big blow for those with Henderson on their teams, but luckily a miracle came at the perfect time: Cam Akers, who reportedly suffered a season-ending injury before the season even started, could play on Sunday. If Akers is cleared, then he should be a perfect replacement.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are still fighting for a chance at the postseason, but it won’t be easy for them to take on the Green Bay Packers without Dalvin Cook, who tested positive for Covid last Thursday. Head Coach Mike Zimmer still has hope that he’ll be able to play by then, but with how the virus has gone these days, you can’t really know. Luckily, Alexander Mattison has shown to be a perfectly good replacement for Cook whenever he’s needed, so worst case, you can pick him up, if he’s available of course. There’s still a chance for Dalvin to play at the frozen tundra, so I’d keep an eye on the situation.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially won the NFC South for the first time since 2007; to give some context, every other team in the division had won it at least three times since then. Now the Bucs find themselves in a very comfortable situation, as they have a first round playoff game locked, but are still a long shot to win the NFC. Plus, they have a relatively easy schedule coming up. That’s why their injured wide receiver room isn’t too big of a deal. After Mike Evans suffered a hamstring injury against the Carolina Panthers, he is now listed as questionable for next week. But big whoop, they’re playing the New York Jets. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs try not to push it with Evans and sit him out, regardless of how serious the injury really is. I would look for a replacement for Mike Evans as soon as possible.

Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints
Both Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian tested positive for Covid on Thursday, leaving rookie Ian Book to start for the New Orleans Saints. Obviously, playing your fourth string quarterback is never going to go well (unless your name is Tom Brady), so the Saints fell 20-3 to the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, as expected. But the question isn’t really about the New Orleans’ quarterback room, it’s about who they’re passing to. With Ian Book at quarterback, it was a given that no receiver for the Saints was going to have a great game. Some fantasy managers relied on Marquez Calloway as a replacement for whoever was injured for them. But if Taysom Hill can get healthy by next Sunday, then Calloway could be a solid option, since we know that Taysom can at least get the ball (given Calloway’s six reception 112 yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) to his receivers. This is yet another interesting situation to watch closely as the fantasy season is coming to an end.

Last Week’s Doctor’s Tent:

Chris Godwin, ACL + MCL – Still out for the season

Lamar Jackson, Ankle – Questionable vs. L.A. Rams

Travis Kelce, Undisclosed – Questionable at Cincinnati Bengals

Kendrick Bourne, Covid-19 – Healthy

Tyler Lockett, Covid-19 – Healthy

D’Onta Foreman, Ankle – Healthy

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