Ryan Mathews – Fantasy owners were jumping for joy on Sunday when Ryan Mathews rumbled for a 32-yard touchdown against the Rams, but the celebration was short-lived as the fragile back was taken back to the locker room with a shoulder injury. Fortunately, Mathews was back on the field shortly thereafter and has yet to turn up on any injury reports. This is just business as usual for Mathews owners who accept the fact that the 27-year-old is always one hit away from a season ending injury. Unless something goes awry, Mathews should be good to go for a very tough Week 13 matchup against the Ravens in Baltimore.
Marshawn Lynch – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch struggled with a stomach virus during Week 12 against the Cardinals and may have re-aggravated a chronic back issue. Seattle backup Robert Turbin filled in for Lynch while he sat out two series during the first quarter. Turbin should be a hot pickup this week as Lynch seems to be running out of gas and may need some extra rest.
Julius Thomas – Broncos star tight end Julius Thomas could be back on the field for Denver’s Week 13 Sunday night game against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas is dealing with an ankle injury, but his treatments are headed in the right direction. Owners need to monitor his practice schedule this week to make sure he’s still on track to play.
Jordan Cameron – It looks like Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is on track to play a difficult Week 13 game on the road against the hard-hitting Buffalo Bills. Cameron is currently dealing with his 3rd concussion since 2012, but the Browns medical team believes Cameron should be good to go. With Josh Gordon on the field, defenses will no longer be able to fixate on Cameron which should provide a nice boost to his fantasy value.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was knocked out of the Bears game on Sunday with a back injury. Tampa Bay has yet to provide any details on the extent of his injury. We should know more later in the week.
Ryan Mallett – Texans quarterback Ryan Mallet is done for the season with an injured right pectoral muscle. Mallet suffered the injury during pre-game warm ups and likely made things worse as he struggled to a terrible loss against the Bengals. No word yet out of Houston as to whether the team will go back to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick or give 4th round pick Tom Savage a shot at the big time.
Tashaun Gipson – The Browns defense suffered a crippling blow this past Sunday in a win against the Falcons when they lost safety Tashaun Gipson for the rest of the season with a Grade 3 MCL injury. Gipson collided with teammate Joe Haden near the end zone and had to be carted off of the field. The good news is that Gipson avoided any damage to his ACL, so there’s a slim chance he could return by the playoffs. Gipson boasts a league leading 6 interceptions on the season accompanied by 52 tackles.