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Fantasy Football 2020: Week 12 NFL Inactives

It’s hard to believe it is already Week 12. We are a mere two weeks away from playoff action in some leagues, and three weeks in most formats. Make sure to read up on the Week 12 NFL inactives report below, as fantasy managers need to be in the know as to which of their players they can expect to play. As always, good luck to all!

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Week 12 NFL Inactives

Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills

INJURED RESERVE – Austin Ekeler (RB) LAC – Hamstring

Ekeler was designated for return this past week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we will see him for the first time since Week 3. In fact, I would say he won’t suit up in Week 12, especially with the Chargers being 3-7, and will be looking forward to next season in the near future.

QUESTIONABLE – Kalen Ballage (RB) LAC – Ankle

The current Chargers starting running back is dealing with a nagging ankle injury, and his status for Week 12 is uncertain. He did get in limited practices, so one would think he is on the right side of questionable.

OUT – John Brown (WR) BUF – Ankle

The Bills number two will miss yet another game, this time after tweaking his ankle last week. Cole Beasley takes a massive bump in the absence of Brown, as he should be in line for close to double-digit targets.


Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

OUT – Adam Humphries (WR) TEN – Concussion

Adam Humphries will miss another game due to a concussion he suffered a few weeks ago. The Titans will once again have to primarily go to A.J. Brown and Corey Davis through the air. Jonnu Smith is also a major beneficiary of this, as he will take on a bulk of the slot/inside the hashes targets.

QUESTIONABLE – Philip Rivers (QB) IND – Toe

Rivers returned to practice on Friday, so he will 99.9% play barring any setbacks.

QUESTIONABLE – Zach Pascal (WR) IND – Knee

While Pascal hasn’t been a fantasy-friendly player this season in the absence of Parris Campbell, he has still been serviceable at times. Perhaps even more important, his absence would open even more targets up for rookie stud Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman is an excellent play in DFS this week.


Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings

QUESTIONABLE – Christian McCaffrey (RB) CAR – Shoulder

Even though he’s listed as questionable, it would be surprising to see McCaffrey suit up in Week 12. Expect a lot of Mike Davis.

COVID-19 RESERVE – Adam Thielen (WR) MIN – COVID-19

Thielen will, unfortunately, miss the Week 12 clash with the Panthers. Fire up Justin Jefferson with the confidence that you would have in Adam Thielen week to week.

DOUBTFUL – Irv Smith Jr. (TE) MIN – Groin

This is a big potential inactive this week, as Smith would have been a beneficiary to Adam Thielen missing game action. Now it looks like he will be out as well, and Kyle Rudolph will be the guy at tight end.


Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars

*The Cleveland Browns have no players on the most recent injury report with fantasy football impact*

OUT – D.J. Chark (WR) JAC – Ribs

While he has shown flashes, this has been all but a lost season for D.J. Chark. Hopefully, 2021 will bring him a clean billing of health, and a new quarterback. Likely receiving the number two pick in the 2021 draft, I’d wager a lot of money on the latter. Now is the time to buy Chark in dynasty leagues.

OUT – Chris Conley (WR) JAC – Hip

If Chark is out Conley will now benefit… wait. Conley is out too. Yikes. The only healthy receiver remaining is seemingly Keenan Cole. Expect a lot of running from James Robinson in Week 12. Unfortunately, they face a stout front in the Cleveland Browns.


 New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals

*The New York Giants have no players on the most recent injury report with fantasy football impact*

QUESTIONABLE – Giovanni Bernard (RB) CIN – Concussion

After being cleared to return to full practice, it is looking likely that we see Bernard on Sunday. He will face a surprisingly stout New York Giants defense, so temper expectations.


Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots

COVID-19 RESERVE – Larry Fitzgerald (WR) ARI – COVID-19

Fitzgerald went on the COVID-19 list on Thursday, so he will undoubtedly miss Week 12. Christian Kirk looks like a lot more interesting of an option now. Perhaps Andy Isabella sees more targets as well.

INJURED RESERVE – Rex Burkhead (RB) NE – Knee

In case you didn’t hear, Rex Burkhead tore his ACL last week, sidelining him for the rest of the season. Sony Michel will slot in and perhaps return to some relevancy in the New England backfield. However, Damien Harris is now the man in New England, and only injury will stop that.

QUESTIONABLE – N’Keal Harry (WR) NE – Shoulder

Harry has been injured for weeks now, but has played the past two games. Expect him to suit up, and have limited upside as he likely draws coverage from Patrick Peterson for a lot of the game.


Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

OUT – Salvon Ahmed (RB) MIA – Shoulder

Well dang. That came out of nowhere. In what looked like an excellent game to own Ahmed has turned into him being out. Fire up Matt Breida and potentially Myles Gaskin if he returns.


Gaskin could be activated this week after missing a month with a knee injury. He was designated to return on Wednesday, opening the door for the breakout second-year back to return. If he plays, fire him up as a solid RB2.


The rookie suffered an ankle injury in Week 11, and will now miss at least the next three weeks. Frank Gore continues his lead back duties, but watch out for Ty Johnson as a sneaky play in the coming weeks.


Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons

*The Las Vegas Raiders have no players on the most recent injury report with fantasy football impact*

OUT – Todd Gurley (RB) ATL – Knee

With Todd Gurley set to miss Week 12, Brian Hill will take over lead back duties in a juicy matchup against a poor Raiders run defense.

QUESTIONABLE – Julio Jones (WR) ATL – Hamstring

The fact Jones did not practice on Friday is not promising. He has been hampered by his hamstring practically all season, and just hasn’t been the same player. The Falcons should plan on resting him the rest of the season, in hopes he has a few more elite seasons in the tank.

QUESTIONABLE – Hayden Hurst (TE) ATL – Ankle

Hurst got in a limited practice and should be likely to play on Sunday. His services will be much needed with the Falcons really struggling through the air as of late.


New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos

*The New Orleans Saints have no players on the most recent injury report with fantasy football impact*

QUESTIONABLE – Jerry Jeudy (WR) DEN – Ankle

After not practicing on Friday due to closure from COVID-19 exposure in the Broncos system, there has been a growing concern that Jeudy may not play this weekend. He did not practice on Thursday either but did get in a limited practice on Wednesday. This one looks like a game-time call in a matchup where it would be hard to start the talented rookie one way or the other.


San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams

INJURED RESERVE – Raheem Mostert (RB) SF – Ankle

INJURED RESERVE – Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB) SF – Ankle

Mostert and Wilson could suit up this week in a much-needed move for the backfield. It’s basically Jerick McKinnon as the last man standing at the moment. However, Mostert looks like he should suit up, and should be played as a top 20 option.

COVID-19 RESERVE – Brandon Aiyuk (WR) SF – COVID-19

Aiyuk was placed on the list on Friday and will miss Week 12. Deebo Samuel returns and should be played as a confident WR3 with upside.

QUESTIONABLE – Jordan Reed (TE) SF – Illness

Reed was a DNP on Friday due to an illness. He is not on the COVID-19 reserve list, so he is dealing with something else. Rob Dwelley will be the de facto tight end if Reed can’t go.

OUT – Tevin Coleman (RB) SF – Knee

Coleman tried to make his return from the injured list this week, but he has been ruled out.

QUESTIONABLE – Tyler Higbee (TE) LAR – Elbow

Higbee did not practice Friday, making him on the wrong side of questionable. Gerald Everett would be a borderline TE1 if Higbee can’t go.


Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

*The Kansas City Chiefs have no players on the most recent injury report with fantasy football impact*

*The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no players on the most recent injury report with fantasy football impact*


Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

DOUBTFUL – Nick Foles (QB) CHI – Hip

Foles won’t play this week despite not being ruled out yet. Mitchell Trubisky is set to return as the starter, with the hope that he has turned a light on. If Trubisky can’t get anything going to end the year, that all but dooms his outlook with the Chicago Bears.

QUESTIONABLE – Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR) GB – Achilles

MVS suffered an Achilles injury on Thursday, and the fact he missed Friday’s practice is all but writing on the wall. Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan are good plays if MVS doesn’t go.


Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

QUESTIONABLE – Chris Carson (RB) SEA – Foot

Carson got in a limited practice on Friday and looks set to return in Week 12. Fire him up as a confident RB2 with high probability of an RB1 finish.

INJURED RESERVE – Zach Ertz (TE) PHI – Abdomen

Ertz could be back in Week 12, and ready to muddy the tight end landscape in Philly. Dallas Goedert looks like the preferred option, but Ertz could always have a resurgence.

QUESTIONABLE – Boston Scott (RB) PHI – Abdomen

Scott practiced in a limited capacity on Friday and looks like a game-time call on Monday. He doesn’t have a significant fantasy impact with Miles Sanders as the lead back, but he is always capable of breaking off a huge play at any time. It looks like Jordan Howard could sneak his way back into an active roster, let’s just hope he doesn’t get goal-line carries.


Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Let’s just see if this game is played first, but here are the Ravens players with fantasy impact currently on the COVID-19 reserve list who won’t play on Tuesday:

Lamar Jackson (QB) BAL

J.K. Dobbins (RB) BAL

Mark Ingram (RB) BAL

If you found these Week 12 NFL Inactives helpful, make sure to check out the rest of our Week 12 Analysis for more help in optimizing your lineups.

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