For our Week 16 injury report, we wanted to start off by updating our readers about Joe Mixon’s status.
The rookie hasn’t played since Week 13 because of a concussion, but he’s going to be on the field against the Detroit Lions for the last week of the Fantasy playoffs.
His rushing yards fluctuate, but he scored three rushing touchdowns between Weeks 9-12.
If you need a flex play, Mixon has a great matchup. The Lions have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to running backs this season.
Now, let’s take a look at the rest of the players on our injury report for Week 16…
Week 16 Injury Report for Quarterbacks
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz had surgery on Dec. 13 to repair his torn ACL, and he could be out for as long as a year, according to an ESPN report.
Nick Foles did a commendable job as the backup in Week 15, throwing four touchdown passes and completing 63.2% of his passes.
His opponent this week is the Oakland Raiders, a team that has allowed the 13th-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Josh McCown, New York Jets
McCown broke his hand, and the Jets were forced to rely on either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg in Week 15.
They went with Petty.
The former fourth-round pick of the 2015 NFL draft completed under 50% of his passes, but he did help the Jets give the New Orleans a run for their money.
Robby Anderson was one of Petty’s favorite receivers, as the young quarterback targeted him 12 times. Anderson only caught five of those targets for 40 yards, but this is a connection to watch in 2018 if the Jets move on from McCown.
Week 16 Injury Report for Running Backs
Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
Perine missed practice on Friday because of a groin injury, and he’s questionable in his matchup against the Denver Broncos.
With a depleted backfield in Washington, it looks like Kapri Bibbs could get the start in Week 16.
Kirk Cousins looked to Bibbs on four of his 26 passing attempts in Week 15, and the 24-year old back delivered with a 4-47-1 stat line.
Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
Johnson was limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, but he’s expected to play in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears.
Johnson has been a bit of surprise this season, currently ranked as the 13th-highest scoring running back in PPR leagues.
He has 61 receptions this season, which ties his total from his rookie year in 2015.
Week 16 Injury Report for Wide Receivers
Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens
Maclin is doubtful to play in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts thanks to a knee injury.
He’s only appeared in 12 games this season, and he hasn’t had a chance to stay on the field and develop much of a rapport with Joe Flacco.
Mike Wallace has averaged roughly five receptions per game in his last four appearances, and he should once again see a large workload in Week 16.
Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills
Benjamin has been limited in practice this week because of knee issues, but he’s expected to play.
However, you don’t want to start him in the Fantasy playoffs. Benjamin has not managed to catch more than three passes since Week 7, and the last time he finished with more than 65 receiving yards was in Week 6.
Week 16 Injury Report for Tight Ends
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
It was announced on Dec. 18 that Henry had a small laceration of his kidney. The next day, the Chargers sent him to IR.
Henry’s touchdown production took a dip this year, as he went from eight in 2016 to four in 2017.
But in a bright spot, he did increase his yards per game average from the previous season, as well as his reception and receiving yard totals.
If this is Antonio Gate’s last season, the 23-year old tight end should make a huge jump next year. Gates was on the field for 42.9% of the offensive snaps, eating into Henry’s totals.
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