In the most important week of the fantasy football schedule, we saw some injuries occur and you will be needing to fill those holes in your roster. If you were the owner of a star running-back you should have already had their handcuff replacement. However, if you do not have your star player’s handcuff replacement you can find them in this article. You will also find how serious injuries are and if they could affect these stars long-term. Players to pick up will have an overview of their opponent and their availability in fantasy leagues. All statistics used in this article can be found on our website at https://www.lineups.com/nfl.
RB Dalvin Cook (Q) vs Green Bay Packers –
Dalvin Cook has emerged as one of the best fantasy assets to own in football. Ranking as the 2nd best fantasy football running-back in fantasy football, Cook has taken over a workhorse running-back workload this season. The Vikings adopted this run-heavy offense to aid Kirk Cousins and try to hide his inabilities. Cook has carried the ball 250 times for 1135 yards scoring 13 touchdowns so far this season. Cook suffered an injury in week 15 which has made his status for week 16 up in the air. If Cook is out in week 16, whoever comes in to fill his position could very well be the most valuable waiver wire pickup of the year.
The immediate backup that many analysts have been preaching to roster in your bench, Alexander Mattison, missed week 15 with an injury of his own. Failing to practice the entire week last week, his status is up in the air as week for week 16. Certainly a situation that you should be paying very close attention to if you are still in the fantasy playoffs. If Mattison is healthy to play in week 16, he is the back to pickup to replace Dalvin Cook. Mattison is available in more than 70% of fantasy leagues. Already seeing a fair amount of work so far this season, seeing 100 carries for 462 yards and a touchdown. Mattison has been in a complementary position behind Dalvin Cook this season. Not being a fantasy viable back with Cook still in the lineup, if Cook is to miss this week Mattison will see that workhorse work load in week 16 against the Green Bay Packers. However, if neither Cook nor Mattison are able to play in week 16 the next backup to pick up is Mike Boone. Available in more than 99% of fantasy leagues. We saw a glimpse of what Mike Boone is in week 15, carrying the ball 13 times for 56 yards and 2 touchdowns totaling 17.6 fantasy points. Whoever the starting back ends up being, they are the most valuable pickup of the season.
Facing the Green Bay Packers in week 16 who ranks 25th against opposing fantasy running-backs. The Packers have allowed the 9th highest yards per carry (4.6 yards), 9th most rushing yards, and the 8th most rushing touchdowns in the NFL. A very juicy matchup for the Packers division rivals, whoever the back is for the Minnesota Vikings will have a large workload and a great matchup to help you win week 16. This is a situation to pay close attention to and watch the injury report this week.
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WR Chris Godwin (Q) vs Houston Texans –
Cluster injuries have been a somewhat common thing this season, most notably affecting the Philadelphia Eagles. This injury bug has hit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers. With Mike Evans heading to IR after week 14, Chris Godwin is now injured. Suffering his injury in week 15 against the Detroit Lions. Fortunately for his fantasy owners, he caught 5 of 8 targets for 121 yards totaling 14.6 fantasy points before exiting the game with a hamstring injury. Going in for an MRI on Tuesday, the results are still unknown to the public as of yet. Godwin has yet to report to practice so far this week, putting his status for week 16 in danger.
If Godwin is to miss this weeks matchup against the Houston Texans, expect Breshad Perriman to be the biggest beneficiary. Perriman has been involved at a smaller scale throughout the year. Perriman has seen 6 targets in the past 3 games since week 13, before Mike Evans injury. Available in more than 90% of fantasy leagues. Perriman has had a few successful weeks this season but has yet to see consistency until recently. Scoring double digit fantasy points over the past 3 games in a row now. Scoring one of the biggest weeks for a wide receiver on the season totaling 32.1 fantasy points against the Detroit Lions last week. Perriman will be facing another plus matchup against the Houston Texans in week 16 who rank 20th against opposing fantasy wide receivers. The Texans have allowed the 5th most passing yards, 9th highest yards per completion (11.1 yards), 10th highest yards per attempt (7.2 yards), and the 5th most passing touchdowns in the NFL. A fantastic matchup for Perriman to continue to produce. If Perriman is not available, Justin Watson is another possible option. Much less dependable, Watson will also be benefitting from Godwin exiting the lineup. In week 14 when Evans first exited the game, Watson saw 8 targets in that game but then only saw 2 targets last week. The young wide receiver may have not earned the trust of the offense just yet but will be needed if Godwin is out in week 16. Available in more than 99% of fantasy leagues, he is a sleeper pick this week and a much better DFS play than to put into your season long starting fantasy lineup.
RB Josh Jacobs (O) vs Los Angeles Chargers –
Being ruled out relatively early this week, there is much more clarity in this situation than in others. Jacobs is out with a shoulder injury that he has been dealing with for a while now. Playing through it up until this week, with Jacobs out whoever will take over the starting position will be put into the workhorse role in the Raiders offense. Easily able to see up to 30 touches in a game, whoever steps into the starting role may not see that many but will likely see up to 20 or so touches against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The immediate backup running-back to Josh Jacobs is DeAndre Washington. Seeing double-digit carries in just one game so far this season in week 14 against the Titans. In that game he saw 14 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown along with 6 receptions for 43 yards totaling 18.3 fantasy points. Interestingly Jalen Richard, the receiving back for the Raiders, saw less passing work in that game against the Titans than Washington. A very good sign that the Raiders trust Washington to carry this workload fully. Facing the Los Angeles Chargers in week 16 who rank 22nd against opposing fantasy running-backs this season. The Chargers have allowed the 16th most rushing yards, the 21st highest yards per carry (4.1 yards), and the 19th most rushing touchdowns this season. Still available in about 75% of fantasy leagues, Washington is a must add this week to your fantasy roster.
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