Injury Based Waiver Wire Analysis: Ameer Abdullah, Vernon Davis
Colin Kaepernick QB, 49ers
Kaepernick has quietly been posting strong Fantasy numbers over the last month thanks to his ability to run the ball- in four of his last six games he has rushed for at least 50 yards. The offseason was long and tough for him as he had to work his way back from three surgeries (shoulder, knee, thumb), but he's finally healthy. Inside Injuries has him back at low risk and above average Health Performance Factor, so the algorithm shows that he has recovered well, and his performance on the field is backing up the numbers.
Wendell Smallwood RB, Eagles
Smallwood is sitting behind two injured running backs, and one of them may be out multiple weeks. Darren Sproles was active and out-snapped Smallwood on Monday night while playing through a rib fracture, while Ryan Mathews could be facing a multi-week absence because of an MCL sprain. As long as these two are banged up and Mathews isn't playing, Smallwood may be worth a flex play some weeks.
Ameer Abdullah RB, Lions
If you're deciding between stashing Abdullah or Peterson, Abdullah is the better way to go. I don't see him playing or being effective for the next four weeks, and he was seen in a walking boot as recently as last week, but he could have some value during the Fantasy playoffs if you have room on your roster to hold him. A follow-up appointment with Dr. Andrews showed that his foot is structurally sound, so now it's just about making sure he doesn't have any lingering pain and can get back into football shape.
Denard Robinson RB, Jaguars
Robinson may be third on the Jaguars’ depth chart, but he's sitting behind two banged up players and saw 13 carries on Sunday. It's too soon to tell Ivory's status for Week 13 after leaving with a hamstring injury. Yeldon didn't practice all week but played through an ankle injury, and the same thing could happen again this week. Anything can happen, so Robinson may very quickly become Jacksonville's best option, and he's been Fantasy-relevant before.
Tyreek Hill WR, Chiefs
Hill (low IRC, peak HPF) exploded on Sunday against the Broncos for a rushing, receiving and special teams touchdown, and he's officially become a must-add in all leagues. While Maclin has been out with a groin strain, Hill has earned his spot and proven that his explosive play should earn him equal respect, even when both are active. There's still no timeline for Maclin to return and he hasn't practiced yet, so Hill's value is especially high at the moment.
Malcolm Mitchell WR, Patriots
Rob Gronkowski can't seem to stay healthy- he missed week 11 because of a punctured lung and then injured his back on Sunday, finishing the day without a catch. Martellus Bennett has also been playing through an ankle sprain since week 5 and it seems to be getting worse, although he continues to say he will play through it. With these tight ends banged up and less effective while playing through injuries, the door is open for the Patriots wide receivers to see more targets. That makes Mitchell worth an add following a two touchdown performance. He may not consistently earn a starting spot on your roster, but his value could continue to rise, making him fantasy-relevant later in the season.
Vernon Davis TE, Redskins
Jordan Reed played through an incredibly painful grade 3 shoulder separation on Thanksgiving Day and somehow finished with 95 yards and two touchdowns, but he may not be able to play week 13. The optimal recovery time for this injury is at least three weeks, so Davis will be first in line to take Reed's place if he can't go. Davis has been a nice complement to Reed, and with Kirk Cousins at the top of his game the Redskins offense is performing well. Davis could become a nice streaming option this week with two of the game's top tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed, possibly out.
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