Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Status: Out 6-8 weeks
Impact: It was not a good week on the injury front, and it started with two of the up-and-coming names under center both going down with broken fibulas. Carr suffered his broken leg early in the fourth quarter on a 2nd-and-long pass attempt with Oakland leading by 19 points. It’s led many to second guess coach Jack Del Rio leaving Carr in the game, but with that much time left, it would have been highly unusual to lift a quarterback with less than a three-touchdown lead. Carr has received the best protection in the league, having been sacked a league-low 16 times, but all it takes is one bad hit. Unfortunately, the Raiders and Carr owners will not be without his services for the rest of the season. Carr will finish 2016 with 3,933 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions and will be a sure-fire QB1 next season.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Status: Out for the season
Impact: The feel-good Titans came crashing back down to earth Saturday, as they fell to the lowly Jaguars, which eliminated them from the playoffs, and lost their quarterback. Mariota had to be carted off the field after getting his leg put in an air cast. He will not play in Week 17. He had a disappointing last couple weeks, but Mariota will be an intriguing QB1 option in 2017, his third season in the league. The 23-year-old recorded 7.94 yards per pass, 22 passing touchdowns, two rushing scores and four interceptions in his last 11 games. During that stretch, he averaged 19.2 fantasy points per game.
Bryce Petty, New York Jets
Impact: Petty left for a second straight week, this time with a shoulder injury to his non-throwing shoulder. After the game, the signal caller said he “felt something pop”, but he hasn’t officially been ruled out for Week 17. Without Petty, the Jets’ top two fantasy players for Week 16 – Bilal Powell and Robby Anderson – went invisible, as Ryan Fitzpatrick came on and didn’t make them a big part of the passing game. Fitzpatrick would start Week 17 if Petty can’t play, but look elsewhere for fantasy production.
Robert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns
Impact: The opposing defense killed Griffin again, as the Chargers recorded seven sacks and finally knocked Griffin out of the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion. Coach Hue Jackson said afterwards that he is in the concussion protocol. The Browns have allowed 49 sacks in their last 10 games. If he isn’t cleared for Sunday’s game versus Pittsburgh, rookie Cody Kessler would start.
Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
Impact: Ajayi owners are feeling wonderful, as the 23-year-old rushed for over 200 yards for the third time this season. His 27 fantasy points likely won a lot of fantasy championships in Week 17, but he was seen holding his shoulder late in the overtime victory. After the game, Ajayi said he was fine and that it might be an AC joint issue. Miami can still improve to the No. 5 seed, which would result in a trip to Houston rather than Pittsburgh in the Wild Card round, so the Dolphins don’t plan to rest their starter, but it wouldn’t be all that much of a surprise to see Ajayi get a lighter workload in Week 17.
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
Impact: Rawls didn’t come back onto the field after halftime and behind the spark provided from rookie back Alex Collins, the Seahawks rallied to score 28 second-half points. Coach Pete Carroll was vague after the game, calling Rawls’ injury a bruised shoulder and didn’t provide a timetable for return. Rawls owners should immediately pick up Collins.
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
Status: Out for the season
Impact: Hyde tore his MCL on a swing pass in the fourth quarter. He obviously won’t play in Week 17. Hyde will finish 12 yards shy of recording his first 1,000 yard season. He will likely remain the best fantasy weapon on a weak offense in 2017, which unfortunately significantly lowers his value. Shaun Draughn will start in the 49ers’ backfield next week against the Seahawks.
T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
Injury: Ankle & Hamstring
Impact: First, Yeldon tweaked his ankle on his second touch of the game. He was initially listed as probable to return, but he never did. Ivory saw more touches as a result, but he injured his hamstring early in the second half. Neither one is guaranteed to play in Week 17, especially with a meaningless matchup in Indianapolis. Denard Robinson is also dealing with an ankle issue, so the Jaguars could be down to fourth-string back Corey Grant next week.
DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Impact: Jackson posted 114 yards on five receptions in the first half versus the Bills, but he failed to haul in a catch after halftime. He left in the third quarter, suffering a jaw injury. His status for this week is unknown, but if he plays, Jackson is a boom-or-bust WR3. He has 100 receiving yards in four of his last five games, including each of the last three weeks.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Status: Out for the season
Impact: He made a tremendous catch that appeared to be a touchdown late in the second quarter, but he suffered a serious right leg injury on the play. Making matters worse for fantasy owners, the officials reviewed the play and ruled Lockett down at the 1-yard line. ESPN reports Lockett has a broken leg, and he is done for the season. He finishes his second NFL season with 41 receptions, 597 receiving yards and just one touchdown.
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
Impact: Apparently a shoulder injury or broken leg was the problem of choice in Week 16. Moncrief just returned from a hamstring issue, but he was unable to make it through his first game back. At least he caught a 24-yard touchdown before departing. Moncrief finishes this very disappointing, injury-ridden season with just 30 receptions for 307 yards, but he did manage to haul in a career-high seven scores.
Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams
Impact: Britt was on the injury report this week due to a shoulder problem, and he aggravated it Saturday against the 49ers. He only had one catch for 15 yards, so that was quite disappointing for owners hoping for more production in a championship matchup, but Britt did go over the 1,000-yard mark on the reception. He is the first Rams receiver to do so since Torry Holt in 2007. Coming off a career year – 68 catches, 1,002 yards and five touchdowns – Britt is a very interesting receiver as he hits free agency.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Impact: Brate took a massive hit to his back in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to New Orleans. The team listed him as questionable but then downgraded him to doubtful. He was reportedly in so much pain, he couldn’t sit or stand on his own along the sidelines. Brate never returned. He only had one catch, but Brate salvaged his day with a touchdown grab. The 25-year-old has eight scores this season.