Fantasy Football News and Notes: Justin Fields injures his shoulder

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The news: Bears QB Justin Fields injured his non-throwing shoulder in Sunday’s first game of the final drive against the Falcons.

What it means in fantasy: Fields’ shoulder pain was so severe that he had to be carried off the field after the game. His hamstrings also bothered him during the game. Fields’ mobility waned as the game progressed, having rushed 14 times in the first half, the most by any quarterback since 2000. He led the Bears with 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 tries. Fields also had 153 passing yards and one touchdown and one interception. He tied Kyler Murray for most consecutive games with a pass-and-rush touchdown in the Super Bowl era. Fields’ arm was not in a sling but he will have an MRI on Monday. Keep an eye out for updates. The Bears play the Jets in Week 12.

The news: Bengals RB Joe Mixon left Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a concussion.

What it means in fantasy: Mixon had 20 rushing yards on seven carries and 42 receiving yards on three catches when he went for evaluation. Samaje Perine filled the gap for the Bengals. He had 30 rushing yards on 11 tries and added four receptions for 52 yards and three touchdowns. Perine became the first Bengals running back in team history with three touchdown receptions in a single game. Perine could be an excellent RB2 against the Titans if Mixon doesn’t erase the league’s concussion record.

go deeper: Mixon has averaged 19.9 touches and 19.1 fantasy points per game this season.

The news: Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire was sidelined Sunday against the Chargers with a high ankle sprain.

What it means in fantasy: The Chiefs tried to get CEH more involved after he wasn’t given a single rushing attempt or goal and only played four snaps in Week 10 against the Jaguars. He received 2 carries but left the game before halftime. RB Isiah Pacheco rushed for a career-high 107 yards in 15 attempts against the Chargers, becoming the first Chiefs running back to surpass 100 rushing yards this season. Jerick McKinnon ran 21 routes and did most of the handover work. The Chiefs’ upcoming schedule bodes well for running backs and should have fantasy managers salivating. Coming into Week 12, Pacheco is firmly on the RB2 radar should Edwards-Helaire miss at any point.

The news: Falcons TE Kyle Pitts left Sunday’s game against the Bears in the third quarter with a knee injury.

What it means in fantasy: The worst-case scenario may have been avoided as The Score’s Jordan Schultz reported that early signs suggest he hasn’t torn ligaments in his knee. Pitts led the Falcons to receptions (3) and reception yards (43). After Pitts left the game, MyCole Pruitt filled the gap for Atlanta as Anthony Firkser was a healthy inactive. Missing Pitts for an extended period would be a huge blow to a Falcons team surprisingly contending for the NFC South title. After the MRI on Monday we should know more.

go deeper: Pitts caught 68 of 110 goals for 1,026 yards and a touchdown as a rookie last season. With Marcus Mariota at center this season, the Falcons’ offense sits fourth in the league with 32.8 rushing attempts per game, while Pitts has averaged 5.9 goals and 7.6 fantasy points.

The news: ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported that WR Wan’Dale Robinson may have sustained a serious injury to his right knee against the Lions on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Robinson hit nine of 13 goals for 100 yards in what was his best fantasy effort this season. Robinson posted an Instagram story with the disappointed face emoji after the game. The Giants play division rivals Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas. As things stand now, New York looks extremely short-handed for the rematch. Darius Slayton, who has at least 11 fantasy points in four straight games, is a candidate for a bigger role. It’s also possible that Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants will get back together due to Robinson’s injury.

The news: Steelers RB Jaylen Warren suffered a hamstring injury against the Bengals on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Warren was slowly earning more playing time in the Steelers backfield. After his injury in the first quarter, Najee Harris grabbed the most snaps in the rest of the game, finishing the game for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 24 touches. Harris can be considered a volume-based RB1 against the Colts in Week 12 if Warren misses time as the Steelers have relied heavily on their running backs.

The news: Chargers WR Mike Williams injured his right ankle again against the Chiefs on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: On Sunday morning’s show, ESPN’s Stephania Bell and the Fantasy Football Now team discussed the possibility of Williams’ injury worsening again. Bell mentioned on social media that it was a “challenge for a WR coming back from a high ankle sprain in both cutting and landing.” If Williams misses overtime, Josh Palmer and DeAndre Carter would benefit. Palmer recorded eight receptions, 106 receiving yards and two touchdowns Sunday and led the Chargers with 36 routes run.

Keenan Allen also looked great on his return. He caught five of eight goals for 94 yards. Bell said Allen “is looking strong so far on his return from a hamstring injury. Explosive off the line, sharp course.” ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry reported that Allen had a snap count, but it was very encouraging for fantasy managers to watch him take 67.6% of offensive snaps in his first played second leg.

The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cooper Kupp is likely to be out for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery for a high ankle sprain.

What it means in fantasy: It typically takes players six to eight weeks to recover from tightrope surgery. Some players have returned earlier than planned, while others have taken longer. Bringing the Rams back into playoff contention would increase the chances that Kupp could return later in the season. If fighting continues in Los Angeles, Kupp may not play again until 2023. To make matters worse, Matthew Stafford left Sunday’s game to be checked for a concussion, although head coach Sean McVay could not confirm it. The Rams will likely start John Wolford or Bryce Perkins against the Chiefs in Week 12.

Some notable Sunday performances

For more on Sunday’s top performers, see Tristan H. Cockcroft and Matt Bowen’s Week 11 Fantasy Highs and Lows

The news: Cowboys RB Tony Pollard rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 21 touches against the Vikings on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Pollard was the lead back on early downs and played 39 snaps against Ezekiel Elliott’s 21. Elliott had missed the last two games with a knee injury and finished for 47 total yards and two touchdowns on 16 touches. In the last three games, Pollard has had 22 or more fantasy points, including two games with more than 33 fantasy points. Elliott has averaged 21.6 touches per game in his career and could reclaim his full workload. If you want to maximize Pollard’s value, now is the time to trade him in.

go deeper: Pollard had two touchdowns from 30 yards or more against the Vikings on Sunday. He became the first running back since Jamaal Charles in 2015 to accomplish the feat in one game. Pollard has averaged 6.8 yards per touch this season. Most of any running back with 100 or more touches.

The news: Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth and WR George Pickens posted season-high fantasy points against the Bengals on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Freiermuth caught eight of 12 targets for 79 yards and ran 26 routes. He led the Steelers in goals for the second straight week. Four of Freiermuth’s nine games this season ended with 75 or more receiving yards. He’s firmly on the TE1 radar against the Colts in Week 12. Before Picken’s penalty and sacking, he caught four of six targets for 83 yards and a touchdown. He played 86% of offensive snaps. For weeks, the Steelers’ coaching staff has been talking about Pickens becoming the team’s top receiver. Since he played nearly the same number of snaps, ran the same number of routes, and saw a similar number of goals as Diontae Johnson, that’s true. Pickens has scored 14 or more fantasy points in consecutive games. He can be considered a high-end flex option in Week 12 against the Colts.

The news: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught six of 10 goals for 115 yards and three touchdowns against the Chargers on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: This was Kelce’s 33rd career game for 100 yards or more. It breaks a tie with Rob Gronkowski by the most tight end in league history. Additionally, Kelce had a season-high 72 yards after the catch. Kelce has scored 20 or more Fantasy points in three consecutive games while completing 34 objectives.

The news: Raiders WR Davante Adams caught seven of 13 goals for 141 yards and two touchdowns against the Broncos on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: This was Adam’s 13th career game for 100 yards or more and two touchdowns. He has rebounded after scoring 1.2 fantasy points against the Saints in Week 8 and scoring 27 or more fantasy points in three straight games. He is the sixth player in league history with six or more seasons receiving 10 or more touchdowns, joining Hall of Famers Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Cris Carter.

Today on and on the ESPN Fantasy App

• Eric Moody’s Waiver Wire Pickups identify the best players to claim for your team

• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Monday Morning Edition recaps Sunday’s games (8am ET)


• Week 12 fantasy football rankings at each position (PPR and NPPR)

Streaming pickups by Matt Bowen: deeper picks for lower leagues and emergencies

Eric Karabell’s Flex and Superflex Rankings for Week 12

• Fantasy Fallout by NFL Nation: Beat reporters answer our most pressing fantasy questions

• Eric Karabell’s trade index and rankings for the remainder of the season for week 12 and beyond

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)

In case you missed it:

• Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft on the fantasy highs and lows of Week 11


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