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    Fantasy Football Today: Week 12 injury updates include Justin Fields, Ja’Marr Chase; the latest rankings


    The Fantasy Football Today team is here to help you get your lineups set for Week 12, and the injury report has plenty of questions needing sorting through before kickoff. Jamey Eisenberg, Heath Cummings, and Dave Richard are live on CBS Sports HQ now until kickoff to cover the Week 12 slate from every ankle. 

    And if you want more direct answers to your questions, we’ve got other opportunities to help: Go to Twitter and use the hashtag “#AskFFT”, where our whole team will be answering questions all morning; and go to the FFT YouTube channel to chat with Adam Aizer and Frank Stampfl starting at 11:30. We’ll be there right up until kickoff answering as many questions as we can, so make sure you’re in the chat early to get your questions in. 

    Dan Schneier and R.J. White are pinch-hitting for me in the injury report section below, but you can find my updated rankings at the end of this newsletter. For more Week 12 help, here’s the rest of our preview content to get you ready:

    Quarterbacks

    • Out: Matthew Stafford (concussion, neck)

    With Stafford sidelined and John Wolford limited in practice this week, it’s expected to be Bryce Perkins under center for the Rams in a tough matchup against the Chiefs. Perkins made his debut briefly in Week 10 against the Cardinals, then completed 5 of 10 passes for 64 yards with three sacks against the Saints last week, adding five carries for 39 yards. He’s an intriguing dart throw with the Rams likely playing from behind all day, as he’ll likely scramble for enough rushing yards to have a solid floor. 

    • Questionable: Justin Fields (shoulder)

    Fields enters Sunday questionable but reports indicate he’s unlikely to play. That means it’ll be the Trevor Siemian show, with Nathan Peterman backing him up. Needless to say, Siemian doesn’t present nearly the challenge to defend for the Jets that Fields would have; despite the tough matchup, it’s possible taking Fields’ rushing plays out of the equation boosts the potential of the other Bears skill players, though the floor is pretty low across the board.

    Running backs

    • Out: Joe Mixon (concussion), Leonard Fournette (hip), Jaylen Warren (hamstring)

    The Mixon injury clears the way for Samaje Perine to serve as the lead back against the Titans after he scored three receiving touchdowns in Week 11. He figures to see the lion’s share of the touches at the position for Cincinnati. With Fournette out, it’s likely the Rachaad White show for Tampa Bay, but Giovani Bernard was activated from IR and could steal some work. Warren’s absence raises the ceiling for Najee Harris, as the first-year player managed 22 touches in two games prior to playing just three snaps in Week 11, when Harris had 116 total yards and two touchdowns.

    • Doubtful: Raheem Mostert (knee)

    With Mostert likely sidelined, Jeff Wilson has the opportunity to have a massive day with the Dolphins huge favorites against a Texans team that gives up loads of Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Now, if the Dolphins are indeed up by a wide margin in the second half, it’s possible Miami turns to Myles Gaskin or Salvon Ahmed to salt the game away, but Wilson figures to be a big factor today even if he doesn’t play through to the final whistle.

    • Expected to play: Josh Jacobs (calf), Gus Edwards (hamstring), Giovani Bernard (ankle)

    Jacobs was a surprise addition to the injury report on Friday after only seeing a limited practice. He’s yet to miss a game all year, and no other Raiders back has more than eight carries on the season. Reports Sunday morning indicate he’s expected to play, but it would be wise to have an alternative handy from the late afternoon slate in case something changes in pregame warmups. Edwards said this week he felt he made a lot of progress, and he is expected to return to action this week. He should return to starting duties, but the Ravens figure to continue mixing Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill in at running back as well, so Edwards should be nothing more than a flex option. As mentioned above, Bernard is back to give the Bucs some support behind Rachaad White with Leonard Fournette sidelined, but he’s not an option for Fantasy managers, nor should his presence be reason to doubt in White as a starter.

    Wide receivers

    • Out: Mike Williams (ankle), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Rondale Moore (groin), Kadarius Toney (hamstring), Russell Gage (hamstring), Romeo Doubs (ankle)

    The big name here is Williams, who aggravated his ankle sprain in last week’s loss to the Chiefs while playing just six snaps in the game. His absence means Josh Palmer continues to hold significant value after averaging 10 targets over his last four games, including notching 106 yards on eight catches last week.

    • Questionable: Ja’Marr Chase (hip), Allen Robinson (ankle), Greg Dortch (thumb), Terrace Marshall (shoulder)

    Chase is unexpected to make his return this week, leaving Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd as strong plays against the Titans. Robinson is not expected to play for the Rams, meaning Bryce Perkins’ top options at the position should be Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek. Not great! Dortch is unlikely to play, a missed opportunity at a DFS sleeper with Rondale Moore sidelined.

    • Expected to play: Deebo Samuel (hamstring), Marquise Brown (foot), Demarcus Robinson (hip), Devin Duvernay (hamstring), DeSean Jackson (hamstring)

    Samuel is dealing with his second hamstring injury of the season, though they appear to be unrelated. Reports indicate he is expected to play barring pregame setbacks, so feel good about starting him as usual, though it would be wise to carry an emergency option from the later slate. Brown was activated off IR on Saturday, setting him up to pair with DeAndre Hopkins for the first time this season. Brown averaged just over 10 targets per game in his run as the team’s top wideout with Hopkins suspended, and it’s likely neither will see the mass amount of targets they’ve enjoyed to date, though the absence of Rondale Moore may help.

    Tight ends

    • Questionable: Tyler Higbee (knee), Isaiah Likely (ankle)

    Higbee is yet another Rams pass-catcher dealing with an injury this week, which tells you the state of the L.A. offense.

    • Expected to play: Logan Thomas (ribs)

    Thomas was downgraded to a missed practice on Friday, but he’s reportedly in line to be in action against the Falcons..  

    Rankings Updates

    Quarterbacks

    1. Patrick Mahomes vs. LAR
    2. Jalen Hurts vs. GB
    3. Tua Tagovailoa vs. HOU
    4. Lamar Jackson @JAX
    5. Justin Herbert @ARI
    6. Tom Brady @CLE
    7. Geno Smith vs. LV
    8. Joe Burrow @TEN
    9. Kyler Murray vs. LAC
    10. Trevor Lawrence vs. BAL
    11. Derek Carr @SEA
    12. Aaron Rodgers @PHI
    13. Russell Wilson @CAR
    14. Taylor Heinicke vs. ATL
    15. Kenny Pickett @IND
    16. Andy Dalton @SF
    17. Jacoby Brissett vs. TB
    18. Marcus Mariota @WAS
    19. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. NO
    20. Kyle Allen @MIA
    21. Matt Ryan vs. PIT
    22. Bryce Perkins @KC
    23. Ryan Tannehill vs. CIN
    24. Zach Wilson vs. CHI
    25. Baker Mayfield vs. DEN
    26. Trevor Siemian @NYJ

    Running backs

    1. Austin Ekeler @ARI
    2. Josh Jacobs @SEA
    3. Christian McCaffrey vs. NO
    4. Derrick Henry vs. CIN
    5. Jonathan Taylor vs. PIT
    6. Alvin Kamara @SF
    7. Kenneth Walker vs. LV
    8. Aaron Jones @PHI
    9. Travis Etienne vs. BAL
    10. Nick Chubb vs. TB
    11. Rachaad White @CLE
    12. James Conner vs. LAC
    13. David Montgomery @NYJ
    14. Jeff Wilson vs. HOU
    15. Samaje Perine @TEN
    16. Dameon Pierce @MIA
    17. Najee Harris @IND
    18. Antonio Gibson vs. ATL
    19. Miles Sanders vs. GB
    20. Latavius Murray @CAR
    21. Cordarrelle Patterson @WAS
    22. Michael Carter vs. CHI
    23. Kenyan Drake @JAX
    24. D’Onta Foreman vs. DEN
    25. Jerick McKinnon vs. LAR
    26. Isiah Pacheco vs. LAR
    27. Elijah Mitchell vs. NO
    28. James Robinson vs. CHI
    29. Rex Burkhead @MIA
    30. Kareem Hunt vs. TB
    31. A.J. Dillon @PHI
    32. Chuba Hubbard vs. DEN
    33. Myles Gaskin vs. HOU
    34. Marlon Mack @CAR
    35. Deon Jackson vs. PIT
    36. Dontrell Hilliard vs. CIN
    37. Brian Robinson Jr. vs. ATL
    38. Kyren Williams @KC
    39. Cam Akers @KC
    40. Justice Hill @JAX
    41. Ke’Shawn Vaughn @CLE
    42. Tyler Allgeier @WAS
    43. Zamir White @SEA
    44. Kenneth Gainwell vs. GB
    45. Dwayne Washington @SF
    46. Darrell Henderson @KC
    47. Jamycal Hasty vs. BAL
    48. Caleb Huntley @WAS
    49. Sony Michel @ARI
    50. Boston Scott vs. GB

    Wide receivers

    1. Tyreek Hill vs. HOU
    2. Davante Adams @SEA
    3. DeAndre Hopkins vs. LAC
    4. A.J. Brown vs. GB
    5. Tee Higgins @TEN
    6. Jaylen Waddle vs. HOU
    7. Chris Godwin @CLE
    8. Keenan Allen @ARI
    9. Marquise Brown vs. LAC
    10. Amari Cooper vs. TB
    11. Mike Evans @CLE
    12. Tyler Lockett vs. LV
    13. Chris Olave @SF
    14. Courtland Sutton @CAR
    15. Deebo Samuel vs. NO
    16. Christian Kirk vs. BAL
    17. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. LAR
    18. DK Metcalf vs. LV
    19. Michael Pittman vs. PIT
    20. DeVonta Smith vs. GB
    21. Allen Lazard @PHI
    22. Donovan Peoples-Jones vs. TB
    23. Curtis Samuel vs. ATL
    24. Josh Palmer @ARI
    25. Brandon Aiyuk vs. NO
    26. George Pickens @IND
    27. Diontae Johnson @IND
    28. Garrett Wilson vs. CHI
    29. Terry McLaurin vs. ATL
    30. Tyler Boyd @TEN
    31. Christian Watson @PHI
    32. Darnell Mooney @NYJ
    33. Jarvis Landry @SF
    34. Parris Campbell vs. PIT
    35. Nico Collins @MIA
    36. Zay Jones vs. BAL
    37. Treylon Burks vs. CIN
    38. Brandin Cooks @MIA
    39. D.J. Moore vs. DEN
    40. Drake London @WAS
    41. Mack Hollins @SEA
    42. Robert Woods vs. CIN
    43. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. LAR
    44. Allen Robinson @KC
    45. Devin Duvernay @JAX
    46. Marvin Jones vs. BAL
    47. Chase Claypool @NYJ
    48. Justin Watson vs. LAR
    49. Terrace Marshall vs. DEN
    50. Julio Jones @CLE

    Tight Ends

    1. Travis Kelce vs. LAR
    2. Mark Andrews @JAX
    3. Pat Freiermuth @IND
    4. George Kittle vs. NO
    5. Tyler Higbee @KC
    6. David Njoku vs. TB
    7. Juwan Johnson @SF
    8. Hayden Hurst @TEN
    9. Cole Kmet @NYJ
    10. Evan Engram vs. BAL
    11. Greg Dulcich @CAR
    12. Robert Tonyan @PHI
    13. Tyler Conklin vs. CHI
    14. Trey McBride vs. LAC
    15. Foster Moreau @SEA
    16. Noah Fant vs. LV
    17. Cade Otton @CLE
    18. Mike Gesicki vs. HOU
    19. Will Dissly vs. LV
    20. Logan Thomas vs. ATL

    Flex

    1. Austin Ekeler @ARI
    2. Travis Kelce vs. LAR
    3. Tyreek Hill vs. HOU
    4. Josh Jacobs @SEA
    5. Christian McCaffrey vs. NO
    6. Derrick Henry vs. CIN
    7. Jonathan Taylor vs. PIT
    8. Davante Adams @SEA
    9. Alvin Kamara @SF
    10. Kenneth Walker vs. LV
    11. Aaron Jones @PHI
    12. DeAndre Hopkins vs. LAC
    13. Travis Etienne vs. BAL
    14. Nick Chubb vs. TB
    15. Rachaad White @CLE
    16. A.J. Brown vs. GB
    17. James Conner vs. LAC
    18. Tee Higgins @TEN
    19. David Montgomery @NYJ
    20. Jeff Wilson vs. HOU
    21. Jaylen Waddle vs. HOU
    22. Samaje Perine @TEN
    23. Dameon Pierce @MIA
    24. Chris Godwin @CLE
    25. Najee Harris @IND
    26. Keenan Allen @ARI
    27. Marquise Brown vs. LAC
    28. Amari Cooper vs. TB
    29. Mike Evans @CLE
    30. Tyler Lockett vs. LV
    31. Mark Andrews @JAX
    32. Chris Olave @SF
    33. Courtland Sutton @CAR
    34. Deebo Samuel vs. NO
    35. Christian Kirk vs. BAL
    36. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. LAR
    37. Antonio Gibson vs. ATL
    38. DK Metcalf vs. LV
    39. Michael Pittman vs. PIT
    40. DeVonta Smith vs. GB
    41. Allen Lazard @PHI
    42. Miles Sanders vs. GB
    43. Donovan Peoples-Jones vs. TB
    44. Latavius Murray @CAR
    45. Curtis Samuel vs. ATL
    46. Josh Palmer @ARI
    47. Brandon Aiyuk vs. NO
    48. George Pickens @IND
    49. Diontae Johnson @IND
    50. Garrett Wilson vs. CHI
    51. Pat Freiermuth @IND
    52. Terry McLaurin vs. ATL
    53. Tyler Boyd @TEN
    54. Christian Watson @PHI
    55. George Kittle vs. NO
    56. Darnell Mooney @NYJ
    57. Jarvis Landry @SF
    58. Cordarrelle Patterson @WAS
    59. Michael Carter vs. CHI
    60. Kenyan Drake @JAX
    61. Parris Campbell vs. PIT
    62. Nico Collins @MIA
    63. Zay Jones vs. BAL
    64. Treylon Burks vs. CIN
    65. Brandin Cooks @MIA
    66. D’Onta Foreman vs. DEN
    67. Tyler Higbee @KC
    68. Jerick McKinnon vs. LAR
    69. Isiah Pacheco vs. LAR
    70. Elijah Mitchell vs. NO
    71. James Robinson vs. CHI
    72. David Njoku vs. TB
    73. Rex Burkhead @MIA
    74. Juwan Johnson @SF
    75. D.J. Moore vs. DEN
    76. Hayden Hurst @TEN
    77. Drake London @WAS
    78. Mack Hollins @SEA
    79. Cole Kmet @NYJ
    80. Robert Woods vs. CIN
    81. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. LAR
    82. Evan Engram vs. BAL
    83. Allen Robinson @KC
    84. Devin Duvernay @JAX
    85. Kareem Hunt vs. TB
    86. Greg Dulcich @CAR
    87. A.J. Dillon @PHI
    88. Marvin Jones vs. BAL
    89. Robert Tonyan @PHI
    90. Tyler Conklin vs. CHI
    91. Chase Claypool @NYJ
    92. Justin Watson vs. LAR
    93. Chuba Hubbard vs. DEN
    94. Myles Gaskin vs. HOU
    95. Terrace Marshall vs. DEN
    96. Marlon Mack @CAR
    97. Julio Jones @CLE
    98. Trey McBride vs. LAC
    99. DeMarcus Robinson @JAX
    100. Deon Jackson vs. PIT
    101. Foster Moreau @SEA
    102. Dontrell Hilliard vs. CIN
    103. Russell Gage @CLE
    104. DeAndre Carter @ARI
    105. Brian Robinson Jr. vs. ATL
    106. Alec Pierce vs. PIT
    107. Kyren Williams @KC
    108. Van Jefferson @KC
    109. Noah Fant vs. LV
    110. Chris Moore @MIA
    111. Cam Akers @KC
    112. Cade Otton @CLE
    113. Skyy Moore vs. LAR
    114. Justice Hill @JAX
    115. Ke’Shawn Vaughn @CLE
    116. Mike Gesicki vs. HOU
    117. Will Dissly vs. LV
    118. Logan Thomas vs. ATL
    119. Sammy Watkins @PHI
    120. Robbie Anderson vs. LAC
    121. Trent Sherfield vs. HOU
    122. Tyler Allgeier @WAS
    123. Marquez Callaway @SF
    124. Kylen Granson vs. PIT
    125. Elijah Moore vs. CHI





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