Sunday Pre-Game Injury Updates
Matthews has been sidelined for the last two weeks with a hamstring strain but is expected to play today. He practiced all week and did not appear to suffer a setback. With a 3-5 week Optimal Recovery Time, he has not quite hit his healthy to return date, so he remains an Elevated Injury Risk.
Greg Olsen’s return from IR was short-lived when he quickly experienced soreness in his surgically-repaired foot. He missed Week 13 but is expected to play today despite the questionable tag. Olsen remains an Elevated Injury Risk and likely will for the rest of the year. Look for Olsen to be on a snap count again today, limiting his Fantasy value.
Walker tweaked his ankle again last Sunday but is expected to play today. He missed some practice time this week and remains a High Injury Risk. Walker often plays through injuries, and he clearly isn’t near 100 percent, but with a thin tight end position he is worth consideration in lineups today.
The Eagles reported that Ertz cleared concussion protocol on Thursday, but it turns out he was only cleared to practice. He never did return to a full practice, so Ertz will be a game-time decision. They want to see how he feels today before the game, but he is on the doubtful side of questionable, so his Fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place.
Anderson returned to a full practice on Friday and will play today against the Broncos. He wasn’t even on the team’s final injury report. Despite their optimism, he remains an Elevated Injury Risk due to the highly recurrent nature of hamstring strains. He is right on the border of the Above Average HPF (Health Performance Factor) category, so he could play well despite the injury.
Cooper cleared concussion protocol this week after missing Wek 13 and returned to practice on Friday. His ankle remains a concern and comes with a four-week Optimal Recovery Time. He still has a Below Average Health Performance Factor, so it’s best to keep him on the bench even if he is active. The Raiders will have him on a snap count, limiting his Fantasy value.
Benjamin tore the meniscus in his right knee in Week 11 and hasn’t played since. He is expected to return today but remains a High Injury Risk. Before his meniscus tear, Benjamin continued to have troubles in his surgically-repaired left knee. Now both knees are a concern. He has a good matchup today but is nothing more than a WR3/flex option due to injury concerns. The Bills also won’t have Tyrod Taylor under center, and the last time Nathan Peterman got the start it was a disaster.
Shepard is expected to play today after picking up a hamstring strain. He’s already missed four games this season due to an ankle sprain and then migraines. This is a very tough injury for a wide receiver to play through. Shepard will be a High Injury Risk today and is a very risky Fantasy play if he is active. At least Eli Manning is back under center.
After five weeks with very little information on Chris Hogan’s shoulder injury, he finally returned to practice this week. Hogan is expected to play tomorrow night, but he is still two weeks away from his Optimal Recovery Time. One week back at practice also isn’t enough time to come back after that much time off. He is High Risk, and his Health Performance Factor is Below Average. That means his shoulder could greatly impact his performance on Monday night.