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Fantasy Football Injuries: Josh Jacobs, Hollywood Brown Rankings, Backup Plans, More

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Raiders RB Josh Jacobs

It was a busy week on the injury front. We’ve got some marquee fantasy football injuries to monitor leading up to kickoff, but don’t worry, our rankers have you covered in the event any of the players listed below are ruled out.

With this article, we’ll give a brief rundown of some of the players who are entering Sunday with a questionable tag, along with where our fantasy experts — Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman — will have each player ranked if they’re active. We’ll also run through which players would benefit the most if the questionable players are ruled out and who you could pick up on waivers if you’re in a pinch.

Here’s a quick list of the five players we’ll cover:

  • Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  • Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
  • Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets
  • Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
  • Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Keep a close eye on our experts’ real-time fantasy rankings, too, which will be continuously updated until kickoff.

Note: Beneficiaries, recommended waiver wire pickups and rankings as of 7 a.m. ET. Ownership data is via Yahoo Fantasy.

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Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

After being limited in practice all week with his nagging hamstring injury, Fuller is not expected to suit up today against the Broncos, per’s Ian Rapoport.

His likely absence frees up around 22% of the Texans’ target share.

Fantasy Rankings If Fuller Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR22
  • Raybon: WR33
  • Freedman: WR25

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Fuller Is Inactive: Kenny Stills (Koerner WR39, Freedman WR45, Raybon WR39)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

Jacobs is normally held out of practice early in the week with his shoulder injury, but this week he was held out of practice two days in a row for the first time since he sustained the injury.

Rapoport reported that Jacobs is a true game-time decision heading into their matchup against the Titans.

Fantasy Rankings If Jacobs Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB15
  • Raybon: RB16
  • Freedman: RB13

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Jacobs Is Inactive: Jalen Richard (Koerner RB33), DeAndre Washington (Koerner RB30, Freedman RB36, Raybon RB33)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.

>> Get our experts’ up-to-the-minute fantasy football rankings before lineups lock.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Brown was a mid-week addition to the Ravens’ injury report, which seems to happen nearly every single week as his ankle continues to bother him.

Rapoport reported that Brown is expected to play Sunday against the Bills. Even if Brown turns out to be inactive, I probably wouldn’t start Willie Snead based on our experts’ rankings below.

Fantasy Rankings If Brown Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR50
  • Raybon: WR54
  • Freedman: WR54

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Brown Inactive: Willie Snead (WR70, Freedman WR72, Raybon WR71), Mark Andrews (Freedman TE5)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.

Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets

Griffin has been dealing with an illness this week, but he was able to get in some limited practices, suggesting he’s trending toward playing.

I’ve been tracking every injury all season and have rarely seen a player miss a game due to illness — with the exception of Le’Veon Bell, who was ruled out on Saturday.

If Griffin does miss the game, Daniel Brown would not be worth a start.

Fantasy Ranking If Griffin Is Active:

  •  Koerner:  TE13
  • Raybon: TE16
  • Freedman: TE16

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Griffin Inactive: Daniel Brown (Koerner TE38, Freedman TE45, Raybon TE45)

Mike Gesicki is Sean Koerner’s top tight end streaming option.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Agholor didn’t practice all week, which doesn’t provide much optimism for his Week 14 status against the Giants on Monday night. The Eagles consider Agholor a game-time decision.

Fantasy Ranking If Agholor Is Active:

  •  KoernerWR68
  • Raybon: WR60
  • Freedman: WR70

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Agholor Inactive: Greg Ward (Koerner WR71, Rabyon WR70), J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Koerner WR82, Freedman WR70)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.

Quick Hits

  • Julian Edelman (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) are both expected to play against the Chiefs.
  • Jordan Howard (shoulder) is supposed to be out again Monday night against the Giants.
  • 49ers WRs Dante Pettis (knee) and Marquise Goodwin (knee/toe) are still considered questionable. Pettis didn’t practice all week and Goodwin has pretty much been phased out of the offense.

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