Fri Oct 15 5:34pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, keeps his injured hand in a pad as he runs through a footwork drill with backup quarterback Geno Smith (7) behind him during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Renton, Wash. Wilson had surgery on his hand last Friday, and Smith is expected to be the starting quarterback Sunday when the Seahawks play the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) keeps his injured hand in a pad as he runs through a warmup drill with backup quarterback Geno Smith (7) behind him during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Renton, Wash. Wilson had surgery on his hand last Friday, and Smith is expected to be the starting quarterback Sunday when the Seahawks play the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks will place quarterback Russell Wilson on injured reserve and are considering a similar move with running back Chris Carson after ruling him out of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh due to a lingering neck issue.
Pete Carroll said Friday that Wilson will go on IR as he recovers from surgery on his right middle finger. That will keep Wilson sidelined until at least Nov. 14, when Seattle returns from its bye week with a game at Green Bay. Wilson has started every game of his career - 165 games regular season and playoffs combined - until now.
The Week 10 matchup with the Packers will be five weeks following Wilson's surgery. Geno Smith will start this week for the Seahawks.
''I'm hoping that he'll feel really comfortable in the game, because he looks great in practice and everything's gone well,'' Carroll said of Smith.
While the move with Wilson was expected once he underwent surgery, there is growing concern about the availability of Carson. The Seahawks were hoping Carson would return Sunday after missing last week with a neck issue but he wasn't able to practice late this week.
Carroll said injured reserve is a consideration for Carson.
''It is a delicate thing. He's got something going on in his neck, so we've got to make sure that we do it really well,'' Carroll said. ''And so we're going to take care of him and this just seems like the right decision.''
Carson is Seattle's leading rusher with 232 yards and three touchdowns in his four games played. Alex Collins will start for the second straight week and Seattle expects Rashaad Penny to return from injured reserve in the next couple of weeks.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a quiet outing in a Week 13 victory versus the Denver Broncos. The Cheetah was targeted five times during the contest and caught two balls for 22 yards. He also had a ball hit off his hands and into the hands of rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain II that would be the only interception for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes struggled on the evening and with windy playing conditions, those could both be attributed to Hill's final game line. Regardless, Hill posted a dud, but managers shouldn't be too concerned with his ability to put up WR1 numbers in most weeks. Hill will face the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14 and previously recorded 7 receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 10 victory.
Denver Broncos running back Mike Boone stepped into the RB2 role behind rookie Javonte Williams in the Sunday night loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with Melvin Gordon (hip, shoulder) inactive. Boone only had five touches on the night (four carries, one catch) compared to Williams' 29, but he looked explosive and fresh when he was called upon. On his four carries, Boone totaled 35 yards (8.8 yards per carry), and he caught his lone target for a 19-yard gain. The 26-year-old was basically used to spell the impressive Williams in this one, and that would likely continue to be the case if Gordon misses time, which won't give Boone any standalone fantasy value. If Gordon returns in Week 14, Boone will have an even smaller role as the RB3.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire played the lead role in his second game back from a knee injury during a Week 13 victory versus the Denver Broncos. CEH recorded 54 yards on 14 rushing attempts with three receptions for 28 yards. It wasn't the best performance for the sophomore runner, but it was a solid performance nonetheless. Backup running back Darrel Williams saw his fair share of action on Sunday evening and was on the field for all third-down plays. Edwards-Helaire should see his role grow down the stretch run, but managers would be wise to insure him with Williams. Next up will be a matchup versus the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14 and CEH should be considered a RB2 with RB1 upside in that contest.
Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams was finally unleashed on Sunday night against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs with Melvin Gordon (hip, shoulder) inactive, and he didn't disappoint. Williams was the Broncos offense, carrying 23 times for 102 yards while adding a team-high six receptions on a team-high nine targets for 76 yards and a receiving score for Denver's lone touchdown in the 22-9 loss. He averaged 4.4 yards on the ground and looked like the real deal. Williams is one of the toughest backs in the league to bring down, and he's an extremely powerful runner with tackle-breaking ability. His fantasy managers will be crossing their fingers that Gordon won't return in Week 14 for a dream matchup against the Detroit Lions. If Gordon is out again, Williams will have RB1 upside.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams recorded 20 yards on five carries in a Week 13 victory versus the Denver Broncos. The veteran was in for all third-down plays and recorded three receptions for 60 yards. With running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire healthy and back in the picture, Williams has fallen back into a backup role over the past two contests. Moving forward, Williams should be rostered by all Edwards-Helaire managers for the stretch run, but will be hard to trust without a full time role. Next up for Williams will be a Week 14 date against a Las Vegas Raiders defense that he had his best game of the season against earlier in the year.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (ankle) stated he "absolutely" expects to play in Week 15 against the Washington Football Team. During Sunday's meeting against the Jets, the 24-year-old aggravated the same ankle the landed him on the injured reserve list back in October. However, with the team having a Week 14 bye, Sanders has a good chance at being back. However, if he doesn't, Jordan Howard (knee), Boston Scott (illness), and rookie Kenneth Gainwell, who arguably had the best game of his career against Washington, could be in store for more work. Still, fantasy managers should keep Sanders on the roster as there is a small upside there, although he has been far from a reliable option throughout the 2021-22 campaign.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes put together another underwhelming performance in a Week 13 victory versus the Denver Broncos. The former MVP has been having an off year by his standards and completed just 15 of his 29 pass attempts for 184 yards and an interception. His interception came when wide receiver Tyreek Hill failed to haul in a pass that hit off his hands and into the hands of rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain II. It wasn't all bad for managers of Mahomes with him rushing four times for 12 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Mahomes has been a shell of himself this season, but his enormous upside makes him a must-start on a weekly basis. Mahomes will look to put up improved numbers versus a Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14, a defense that he torched for five touchdowns earlier this season.
Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had more interceptions than touchdown passes in the 22-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in Week 13. He finished the night 22-for-40 for 257 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a game-sealing touchdown for KC's defense. Bridgewater ran the ball four times for 17 yards. The yardage total was nice, but Bridgewater and the Broncos passing game never really got in sync all night, with a lot of his yards and his lone touchdown to rookie running back Javonte Williams coming in garbage time with the Chiefs ahead by multiple scores. The Broncos offense is usually in trouble when they have to rely on Bridgewater's arm. He'll have a nice matchup against the Detroit Lions next week, but Bridgewater lacks upside on a weekly basis as a low-end QB2.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin finished with only three catches for 22 yards during the win over Las Vegas on Sunday. The 26-year-old disappeared in Week 13, and it came after he had at least seven targets in each game since Week 1. However, Logan Thomas (knee) likely is done for the year, so McLaurin could get more looks from Taylor Heinicke moving ahead, starting in Week 14 during the NFC North battle with the Cowboys.
Baltimore Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey (shoulder) is expected to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in Week 13, according to sources. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Humphrey could be out 'a while.'
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 28 of his 38 pass attempts for 249 yards and gained 24 yards on two carries in a 17-15 loss to the Washington Football Team in Week 13.
Fantasy Spin: Carr has now finished with one touchdown or less in four of his last five games, and his hot start to the season seems like a distant memory. At this point, Carr is a reach as QB2.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson had another solid performance on Sunday during the win over the Raiders, compiling 88 yards off 23 attempts. He also secured five of his six targets for 23 yards while also finding the end zone off one of those catches. The 23-year-old has turned up the volume, as he now has at least 19 carries in each of his last four games. He's also been an essential contributor on the receiving end, and he could have an even more prominent role moving ahead with Logan Thomas (knee) likely done for the year. Nonetheless, Gibson has been the real deal and should be considered a priority option for fantasy managers in all formats.
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (ankle) has a high-ankle sprain, according to a source, and will undergo further testing Monday, Dec. 6.
Fantasy Spin: Not good. Regardless of the test results, it's improbable we'll see him in Week 14, and don't be surprised if he is out multiple weeks. WR K.J. Osborn will be a hot fantasy pickup this week.
Updating a previous report, Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a fractured ankle Sunday, Dec. 5, in Week 13.
Fantasy Spin: Drake had done hardly anything in the last month but was still a serviceable insurance policy for the oft-injured Josh Jacobs. Look toward RB Peyton Barber for roster depth and as a handcuff.
Updating a previous report, Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas (knee) is believed to have suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Sunday, Dec. 5, in Week 13. Las Vegas Raiders DE Yannick Ngakoue went low on Thomas to avoid a block on the play.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas was starting to shake off the rust after a hamstring injury derailed his season. If Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) is healthy, he'll be a fine play most of the remaining weeks. Look his way on the wire.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake (ankle) is done for the year. The veteran, who's currently second on the team in rushing, suffered a broken ankle during Sunday's narrow loss to the Washington Football team. As a result, Josh Jacobs could see an uptick in production. However, based on his injury history, Peyton Barber, the next man up on the depth chart, should get some work moving ahead and have limited value as a flex option for those needing to fill a void in deeper fantasy formats.
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke finished with 196 yards and two touchdowns on 22-for-30 passing during the narrow win over the Raiders on Sunday. He also had three carries for 10 yards and threw an interception. The 28-year-old now has six touchdown tosses throughout his last three outings while sporting at least a 72.7 completion percentage in each game during that span. He's a big reason why Washington now owns a four-game win stream, although the expected loss of Logan Thomas (knee) for the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign certainly won't make things easier moving forward. Nonetheless, based on Heinicke's play as of late, he at least deserves consideration in Superflex formats and deep seasonal setups for the upcoming NFC North matchup versus Dallas.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marvin Jones Jr. caught a pair of his three targets for 11 yards in Week 13 at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Fantasy Spin: Jones can be cast to the wire in most standard-sized leagues. He has no utility in Week 14 at the Tennessee Titans.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp was targeted 10 times, landing eight for 129 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Fantasy Spin: Kupp is must-see TV week in and week out. The Rams play Arizona on the road in Week 14's Monday nighter. Lock him into all weekly lineups, but be mindful that Kupp's worst fantasy game of the year came in Week 4 vs. this defense. He landed five of 13 targets for 64 yards.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Laquon Treadwell caught four of five targets for 62 yards in Week 13 at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Fantasy Spin: Despite Treadwell leading the team in receiving yards, he's mostly unplayable. Daily fantasy players could look his way for a cheap option in Week 14 at the Tennessee Titans, but coming off their bye, the matchup may not be as friendly as the stats suggest.