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Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Darren Waller, Deebo Samuel, Kadarius Toney, more affecting Week 14 rankings



Darren Waller, Deebo Samuel, Kadarius Toney, and Sterling Shepard will need to be monitored this week for potential returns from their injuries, and their statuses leading up to game day will affect Week 14 fantasy rankings. Each player has been productive when they’ve been on the field, soย potential returns to fantasy lineups could be huge with the fantasy playoffs right around the corner. We have the latest injury updates on this key pass-catchers.

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WEEK 14: Top waiver pickups

Darren Waller injury update

Waller (knee)ย is now considered “day-to-day”, which is an improvement from his “week-to-week” status last week, so there’s optimism he could return to play against the Chiefs this week. The best thing to do here is just to keep up with practice reports and see how things are trending as we approach Sunday. Waller will probably be a game-time decision, at best.

Foster Moreau laid an egg against Washington, but we still view him as a top streaming option against Kansas City, who has a bottom-10 defense against fantasy tight ends. Moreau is our TE12 in standard and in PPR leagues. Waller would regain his customary top-three spot if healthy.

WEEK 14 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Deebo Samuel injury update

Kyle Shanahan said he is “hopeful” Samuel can play against the Bengals in Week 14, but we’d guess Samuel is going to be on the wrong side of “questionable.” That’s not official, though, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens later in the week.

If he plays, he’s a must-start and will be ranked as a top-10 WR, and if he’s out, we like Brandon Aiyuk as a low-end WR2 or high-end flex option.

WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Kadarius Toney injury update

It will probably be later Tuesday when we hear something out of Giants’ practice about Toney (quad), so we can’t speculate at the moment. However, his return should come soon, and it very well could be in this game against the Chargers. That said, Daniel Jones (neck) is almost certainly going to be out, and Mike Glennon (concussion) might be out, too. That would mean the newly signed Jake Fromm would make his first career start.

With all the uncertainty and the fact that Los Angeles is a top-five unit against fantasy WRs, we have Toney as our WR33 in standardย and WR35ย in PPR leagues. Ultimately, his floor is much lower given the circumstances, but he’ll likely get a ton of easy touches, especially if Sterling Shepard (see below) is out.

Sterling Shepard injury update

Shepard (quad) is in the same boat as Toney, and we don’t have much information at this time. Both WRs will likely be close calls, and again, there’s a chance Jake Fromm is the one throwing them the ball. Stay tuned for later updates.

Shepard should have a safer floor, but it’s almost impossible to know how Fromm will play and who he will target. We rank Shepard as the WR33 in PPR and WR34 in standard leagues.



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