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Doctor’s Tent: Week 18

What’s going on with Antonio Brown? If you have/had him on your team, apologies. If you have Mike Evans or Breshad Perriman, congratulations.

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Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
Although it’s the last week of the NFL regular season, there is still a lot on the line in the AFC. That doesn’t exclude the New England Patriots, who can find themselves as low as the seventh seed in the AFC, or (although very unlikely) can get a bye week. Plus, they probably don’t want to come into the playoffs straight off of an embarrassing divisional loss to the Miami Dolphins, which would complete a sweep of the Patriots on the season. With Damien Harris listed as questionable this Sunday, that definitely takes out a lot of explosiveness from this offense. However, they probably don’t want to risk anything right before the playoffs. I would watch this situation very closely, because if Harris doesn’t play against Miami, Rhamondre Stevenson could be a great replacement, especially after scoring two touchdowns in New England’s thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49er’s road to the playoffs is pretty straight forward: Win, and you’re in! But that might not be as simple as it sounds, as they play a red hot Los Angeles Rams who look to secure the NFC West with a win. And to make things worse, Jimmy Garoppolo is listed as questionable for Saturday’s divisional match-up. Although rookie quarterback Trey Lance did a pretty good job against the Houston Texans, throwing 16 for 23, 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. However, I doubt Kyle Shanahan opts to start a rookie quarterback when their season is on the line. So although Jimmy might not be feeling his best, the 49ers will likely decide to start him. This news can affect George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, so this is a situation to pay attention to.

Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks
In the Seattle Seahawks’ season finale, Alex Collins has been upgraded to questionable. But in the past four games, fourth year running back Rashaad Penny has been incredible, averaging 120.3 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game in his past four. It’s safe to say that Alex Collins, who has had just one game over 100 yards, won’t change too much. Rashaad Penny should be an important part of your fantasy championship.

Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It just never stops with this guy: Just this season, Antonio Brown was suspended for faking a vaccination card, and now I switch channels only to find him shirtless and dancing out of Met Life Stadium in the middle of the game. And I’d say that this is his last NFL game, but we’ll probably find him on the Rams next week. Anyway, all this means is more receptions for Mike Evans and Breshad Perriman in Tampa Bay’s last game of the regular season. If you had AB on your roster and hoped to start him in your championship, I’m sorry, but you should’ve known what you were getting into.

Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders
In a must win game for the Las Vegas Raiders, they’re missing their most explosive offensive player due to the ongoing NFL Covid outbreak. In addition to being out since a few weeks earlier, Darren Waller tested positive for Covid and will not play this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers. One potential replacement for him could be tight end Foster Moreau, but he’s used inconsistently and it’s too big of a risk during the championship. Whichever tight end you found to replace Waller during his injury should be a much better option.

Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
The last time we saw Cam Akers play was in last year’s playoffs, when the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. In that game, he rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown. However, that was almost a year ago, and Akers has spent the past half year recovering from a serious Achilles injury. After an amazingly quick recovery, Sean McVay has seemingly given the ok for the second year running back to play, especially since Darrel Henderson is reportedly out for three to five weeks. I’m sure the Rams will take it easy with Akers this weekend, especially when they have an already impressive passing attack. I don’t recommend starting Cam Akers in your championship game, even if he plays.

James Conner, Heel – Questionable for Week 18 vs. Seattle

Jalen Guyton, Covid-19 – Healthy

Darrel Henderson, Thigh – Out for 3-5 weeks

Dalvin Cook, Covid-19 – Healthy

Mike Evans, Hamstring – Healthy

Taysom Hill, Covid-19 – Healthy

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