The NFL playoffs are now here as we begin the quest for the next Super Bowl champion. Many people continue playing fantasy football into the postseason, so it is still necessary to monitor injuries and pay attention to who may or may not be on the field. The Eagles vs. Seahawks game is littered with injuries to many key players, so fantasy players need to take that into account when deciding who to go with in weekly or DFS games. So without any further adieu, let’s take a look at some of the walking wounded in the fantasy football emergency room.
Mark Ingram (RB-BAL)
The Ravens have a first round bye but there is cause for concern for their AFC Divisional game next week in terms of Mark Ingram ’s availability. He suffered a calf injury a couple weeks ago and was obviously held out of Baltimore’s Week 17 game against the Steelers. He still has not returned to practice and will likely be given as much time off as possible. It is still too early to panic, but we will need to see him get in some practice next week in order to ease any concerns about his ability to play in the Ravens’ first playoff game. Ingram would be a solid DFS option coming off a stellar season in which he rushed for 1,018 yards and ten touchdowns to go along with 26 catches for 247 yards and five touchdowns.
Zach Ertz (TE-PHI)
The Eagles have been completely decimated by injuries yet still managed to win the NFC East using third-string players and guys off the practice squad. One of the biggest injuries they are contending with is Zach Ertz ’s lacerated kidney and cracked ribs. He was unable to play in last week’s division-clinching win over the Giants, and he has still not been able to practice in a full capacity yet. It is anybody’s guess at this point whether he will be able to play, but fantasy GMs should be prepared to go with Dallas Goedert as a TE1 option. Josh Perkins played a big role in the win over the Giants last week and would also be involved in the Eagles’ passing attack.
Julian Edelman (WR-NE)
The Patriots appear vulnerable heading into the playoffs as they did not secure a first round bye as they have in most years. Julian Edelman is the team’s top receiver after finishing the season with 100 receptions for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns. However, he has been dealing with a shoulder injury for most of the season and is now also coping with a knee injury. He is listed as questionable for this Saturday’s game against Tennessee, but there is little doubt he will be on the field and heavily targeted by Tom Brady .
Miles Sanders (RB-PHI)
The Eagles were already missing several key players last week against the Giants when Miles Sanders went down with an ankle injury and did not return. He is dealing with some inflammation in the ankle as a result of sprain and is expected to play on Sunday against the Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card game. He has not practiced this week but should be able to get some work in on Friday. Philadelphia has shown tremendous depth and resiliency all season, but having Sanders on the field will be a big boom for the Eagles to pair with Boston Scott . Sanders is coming off a very solid rookie season in which he rushed for 818 yards and three touchdowns along with 50 catches for 509 yards and three touchdowns.
Will Fuller (WR-HOU)
The Texans are listing Fuller as questionable for Saturday’s Wild Card game against Buffalo, but it does not appear likely that he will play. Fuller is dealing with a groin injury that is just one of many injuries he has endured throughout his career. Houston is clearly a better team with him on the field as he provides a great downfield option for Deshaun Watson . However, Houston will likely have to play another game without him which means that Keke Coutee will see action as the third receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills . Fuller should never be counted on in any capacity due to his lengthy and well-documented injury history.
Adam Humphries (WR-TEN)
Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries has already been ruled out for Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game against New England due to an ankle injury. He missed the last four games of the regular season with the injury which means that Tajae Sharpe will line up in three wide receiver sets along with A.J. Brown and Corey Davis . Humphries caught 37 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games this year.
Nelson Agholor (WR-PHI)
The Eagles wide receiver corps is a who’s who of “who the hell is that?” Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson have already been placed on season-ending injured reserve, and Nelson Agholor has been out for several weeks with a knee injury. He still has not been able to practice and is not expected to play this weekend against Seattle. The Eagles will roll with the likes of Greg Ward and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside catching passes for Carson Wentz who has managed to lead this depleted offense into the postseason. Look for a lot of targets to running backs and tight ends as the Eagles attempt to muster enough offense to hold off Seattle in the NFC Wild Card game.
Jadeveon Clowney (DL-SEA)
Clowney has not practiced this week due to a core injury and is in danger of missing this week’s Wild Card game against the Eagles. He missed three games this year already and his absence had a detrimental effect on Seattle’s pass rush. The Seahawks will be heading into a hostile environment in Philadelphia and will sorely need to get pressure on Carson Wentz who will be without many of his top offensive weapons. Clowney had 31 tackles along with three sacks, an interception return for a touchdown and four forced fumbles. There is a chance Clowney will take the field on Sunday if he can get some practice in on Friday.