Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey Injuries Create Needs and Options – .

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Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey Injuries Create Needs and Options – .


The injury report at the end of week 12 was brutal. It wasn’t a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend for many fantasy managers.

It started on Thursday when D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Darren Waller (knee) were injured. Then came Sunday when Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Dalvin Cook (shoulder), Deebo Samuel (groin) and Dan Arnold (knee) were all seriously injured. It’s not ideal with the fantasy playoffs on the horizon.

McCaffrey has been placed in the injured reserve and is out for the season, and Cook is out for at least two games. Waller is considered “week to week”, while Samuel is expected to “run out of time”. Arnold is likely out for 4-6 weeks, which means his Fantasy season is over.

There’s a chance Swift could play on Sunday in week 13, but we’ll have to see what happens during practices. We’re also keeping an eye out for other injuries from Jalen Hurts (ankle), Miles Sanders (ankle), Darrell Henderson (quad) and JD McKissic (neck), and hopefully they can all play this week.

Now all is not gloomy. Alvin Kamara (knee) and Mark Ingram (knee) are heading in the right direction to play for the Saints in Week 13, and the Cowboys also recover CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19). The Cardinals could also have Kyler Murray (ankle) and DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) returning in Week 13.

However, when you lose guys like McCaffrey, Cook, Waller, and Samuel for a long time, especially with the Fantasy Playoffs almost here, it’s hard to get over. But we’re here to help.

There are plenty of quality replacement options for you in this column to keep your Fantasy season afloat, including some of my favorite options like Taysom Hill, Boston Scott, Jamaal Williams, Sony Michel, Logan Thomas and Foster Moreau, among others. It’s going to be a busy week on the renunciation thread. So let’s get started.

Editor’s Note: For this waiver column, we’re only looking at players registered in less than 65% of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 13 Waivers

  • Injuries: Kyler Murray (ankle), Aaron Rodgers (toe), Jalen Hurts (ankle), Teddy Bridgewater (shin), Justin Fields (ribs), Taysom Hill (foot), Daniel Jones (neck) and Zach Wilson (knee).
  • Bye : Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill et Baker Mayfield.
  • Check if available: Derek Carr (88 percent registered) and Carson Wentz (80 percent). Carr played well in Dallas in Week 12 with 22 fantasy points, and he should stay warm in Week 13 against Washington. He again deserves his trust as a starting quarterback in all leagues with this game. … Wentz had a solid fantasy outing in Week 12 against Tampa Bay with 26 points, and he’s having a great game in Week 13 in Houston. He scored 20 fantasy points against the Texans in Week 6 and should again be considered a usable starter in the rematch.
  • Abandonment of candidates: Cam Newton (87 percent enrolled), Ryan Tannehill (84 percent) and Matt Ryan (69 percent). Newton isn’t worth hiding in quarterback leagues. He has a favorable game in Week 14 against Atlanta, but he’s also just scored five Fantasy points in Week 12 in Miami. … Tannehill isn’t worth hiding, either, especially with his receiving body decimated by injuries. … Ryan has accumulated 13 Fantasy Points in his last three games. Until Calvin Ridley (staff) returns, you can’t pitch Ryan in any league.
Strategist
Priority list for week 13
WAIVER THREAD

Ball carriers

  • Injuries: Darrell Henderson (quad), D’Andre Swift (shoulder), Alvin Kamara (knee), Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Dalvin Cook (shoulder), Miles Sanders (ankle), Mark Ingram (knee), Michael Carter (ankle), JD McKissic (neck), Chase Edmonds (ankle), Derrick Henry (foot), Jordan Howard (knee), Jeremy McNichols (concussion), Trey Sermon (ankle), Rashaad Penny (hamstrings) and Travis Homer (calf) .
  • Bye : Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Chuba Hubbard, Ameer Abdullah, D’Onta Foreman, Dontrell Hilliard et Jeremy McNichols.
  • Check if available: Alexander Mattison (78 percent enrolled) and Devin Singletary (75 percent). Mattison is the No.1 player to add if available, Cook is expected to miss at least two weeks. Mattison is in the top five in all leagues as a starter for the Vikings, and he’s scored at least 22 PPR points in his two starts for Cook earlier this season. … Singletary appears to be the Buffalo running back, although he’s still in tandem with Matt Breida. In Week 12 in New Orleans, with Zack Moss in good health, Singletary led the Bills with 16 overall touches, compared to Breida’s 11. Now Singletary has only managed 48 yards overall (Breida had 54), but you should still line up Singletary if necessary.
  • Abandonment of candidates: Christian McCaffrey (100 percent on list), Zack Moss (69 percent), Jeff Wilson (67 percent), D’Ernest Johnson (61 percent) and Tony Jones (32 percent). There’s no reason to put McCaffrey into the seasonal leagues now that he’s out for the season. … Moss isn’t worth hiding in most leagues if he’s third on the depth board behind Singletary and Breida. … Wilson can be kept as a handcuff for Elijah Mitchell, but he is clearly the second running back in San Francisco. … Johnson isn’t worth hiding with healthy Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, especially with Cleveland goodbye. … Jones is again third in the depths leaderboard for the Saints behind Kamara and Ingram, and he’s not worth hiding in most fantasy leagues.
To recover
Priority list for week 13
WAIVER THREAD

Wide receivers

  • Injuries: Deebo Samuel (groin), DeAndre Hopkins (hamstrings), Amari Cooper (disease), AJ Brown (chest), Antonio Brown (ankle), Odell Beckham (hip), Calvin Ridley (staff), Corey Davis (groin), Allen Robinson (hamstrings), Julio Jones (hamstrings), Kadarius Toney (quad), Sterling Shepard (quad), DeVante Parker (shoulder), Will Fuller (finger) and Randall Cobb (groin).
  • Bye : Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nick Westbrook, Chester Rogers et Dez Fitzpatrick.
  • Check if available: Calvin Ridley (80 percent registered) and Van Jefferson (69 percent). It’s not a bad idea to speculate on Ridley when he is available with the hope that he will return at some point this season. … Jefferson has at least seven targets in three straight games, and he’s just had nine targets in Week 12 at Green Bay for three catches, 93 yards and one touchdown. We hope this continues, and Beckham is a bit stuck, even though he is set to play Week 13 against the Jaguars. Jefferson is fortunate to be a Fantasy No. 3 wide receiver in most leagues going forward.
  • Abandonment of candidates: Emmanuel Sanders (91 percent on the list), Courtland Sutton (89 percent), Cole Beasley (87 percent), Marvin Jones (86 percent) and Tyler Boyd (66 percent). It’s hard to trust Sanders and Beasley right now. Sanders hasn’t scored since Week 5, and he’s racked up 16 PPR points in his last three games on just 10 targets. And Beasley has scored 18 PPR points in his last three games on just 12 targets while playing due to a rib injury. I would keep Beasley in PPR, but drop it in non-PPR formats. … Sutton has been bad lately, and it coincides with Jerry Jeudy’s return from his ankle injury. In his last four games, Sutton has accumulated 16 PPR points with just 12 targets. I hate to let it go, but you might have to move on. … Jones has had a touchdown since Week 2 and has scored nine PPR points or less in five straight games. … Boyd has had a touchdown since Week 3 and has two games on seven PPR points since Week 4.
Wide receiver
Priority list for week 13
  • Injuries: Darren Waller (genou), Pat Freiermuth (cérébrale commotion) and Dan Arnold (genou)
  • Bye : David Njoku, Austin Hooper, Tommy Tremble, Geoff Swaim et Josiah Degaura.
  • Check if available: Noah Fant (78 percent enrolled). It’s hard to trust Fant without any touchdowns since Week 6, and he’s racked up 16 PPR points in his last three games. But he’s got a positive clash against the Chiefs in Week 13, and he’s still worth using as a low-end starter in all leagues. Kansas City is No. 6 in most fantasy points allowed on the opposite tight ends this year.
  • Abandonment of candidates: Tyler Higbee (69 percent enrolled), Dan Arnold (59 percent) and Jared Cook (59 percent). Higbee has had a touchdown since Week 5 and only managed one catch for 3 yards on five targets in Week 12 at Green Bay. I would keep it in PPR leagues, but cut it in non-PPR formats. … Arnold probably finished the Fantasy season with a 4-6 week injury deadline, so you can drop him. … Cook scored against the Broncos in Week 12, but it was his first touchdown since Week 6. He also hit 48 yards or less in seven straight games.
Tight end

Priority list for week 13

  • Vikings (35 percent enrolled) at DET

    Chiefs (19% registered) vs. DEN

    Bengals (15% registered) against LAC

  • Daniel Carlson (51% registered) against WAS

    Matt Gay (52% registered) vs. JAC

    Matt Prater (35 percent enrolled) at CHI

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