NFL DFS Injury News and Updates for Week 12 DraftKings & FanDuel Lineups

Written By Nate Weitzer on November 20, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

Week 12 DFS NFL Injury Report and Updates

Daily fantasy football is one of the most popular DFS contests for good reason, as each Sunday is full of action and excitement. Every week, we’ll bring you our top GPP and Cash Game plays for NFL DFS on FanDuel and DraftKings. We’ll also provide an article every Monday to update you on the key injuries across the NFL and discuss how they might affect playing time and production for healthier players going forward.

In daily fantasy NFL, injuries are part of the game, and targeting players with increased opportunity is a great way to get cheaper options into your lineups on both DraftKings and FanDuel.


Key NFL DFS Injuries for Week 12 Lineups

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo, Knee
The Bills continued to look like a disaster on both sides of the ball. They were absolute beat down in Los Angeles by the Chargers. Adding injury to insult, Kelvin Benjamin took a hard hit to his knee and was carted to the locker room in obvious pain. He could miss extended time, and the Bills should turn back to Tyrod Taylor as a starter after Nathan Peterman threw five picks on Sunday. Buffalo’s receiving corps remains uninspiring with Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, and Jordan Matthews leading the way (that is, if Matthew can battle through his own knee issue). Charles Clay would be the best option to consider when Buffalo travels to Kansas City next Sunday.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams, Shoulder
Woods will miss a Week 12 date against the Saints and is expected to be out at least a few weeks with his shoulder injury. The Saints could be without top CB Marshon Lattimore (leg), which would seriously upgrade the matchup of the Rams remaining receivers, such as Sammy Watkins. Woods leads the Rams with 70 targets on the year and with him out, Watkins becomes a shot-in-the-dark option as he steps into his role as “X” receiver, while Cooper Kupp should see more action out of the slot.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington, Ankle
While Pryor had become completely irrelevant as a total bust in all fantasy formats this year, he was taking snaps away from other, more productive WRs on the Redskins. He’s expected to be out about six weeks after undergoing a scope on his ankle, paving the way for promising second-year man Josh Doctson and coach favorite Ryan Grant to play a heavy dose of snaps on the outside. Brian Quick (concussion) could also return by Week 13 if he’s not ready for a Thanksgiving tilt against the Giants.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins, Leg
Chris Thompson got rolled up while trying to protect his QB, and it was reported after the game that he has a fractured leg. He’ll likely require season-ending surgery, and Rob Kelley (knee) was inactive last Sunday, which forced rookie RB Samaje Perine into an increased role. Kelley is expected to miss multiple weeks, so the Redskins signed Oregon product Byron Marshall off the Eagles’ practice squad to add some kind of depth behind Perine. That said, the former Oklahoma star will get ample opportunity to follow up his 117-yard performance on Thursday night against the Giants.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston, Achilles
On his second touchdown of the day, D’Onta Foreman grabbed his calf as he suffered an apparently torn Achilles. The promising young back will likely miss the rest of the season, which morbidly clarifies the Texans’ backfield situation by guaranteeing more touches and goal-line work for Lamar Miller. Alfred Blue should see some work on Monday night but is not a recommended option against the Ravens’ surging defense.


Jay Cutler, QB, Miami, Concussion
Jay Cutler threw three interceptions before taking a hard hit late in the first half of a loss to Tampa. He didn’t return and is now in the league’s concussion protocol, opening the door for Matt Moore to start in New England next week against the rolling Patriots. New England’s pass defense is greatly improved but still vulnerable. With Moore under center, you can bump up Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas as safer interior receivers, whereas Cutler might’ve preferred to take downfield shots toward DeVante Parker.

Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans, Leg
Marshon Lattimore was able to return to the game last Sunday after suffering an apparent leg injury but took a hard hit on his first play back on the field and left the game once again. It’s possible he enters the league’s concussion protocol and is unavailable for next week’s game against the Rams. This would represent a serious upgrade for Robert factor in the Saints’ turnaround in pass defense this year.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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