Fantasy football owners are going to have to make their key decisions to get them started, sitting them down a little earlier than usual this week. The NFL has a three-game lineup on Saturday, and there will be a lot of injury issues in those clashes. Notably, the Dolphins-Raiders game stars several key and battered players, as Myles Gaskin, DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki and Derek Carr all face issues that could leave them “moot” for the deal. Here are the latest updates on these injuries and their impact on the ranking of fantasy football ahead of fantasy league games.
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Is Myles Gaskin playing this week?
Ahead of their Saturday night game against the Raiders, the Dolphins disabled Gaskin from the COVID roster and he was able to train on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. This indicates that Gaskin will play on Saturday.
It’s unclear what exactly Gaskin’s role will be in the Dolphins’ offense after Salvon Ahmed’s 122-yard explosion as a leader last week, but the most likely scenario would be the two division scopes and serving as real punch. Both will be viable starts against weak Raiders defense, so feel free to throw Gaskin into a favorable game.
Is DeVante Parker playing this week?
UPDATE: Parker was limited in practice all week and is officially “questionable” for the Saturday night game.
Last week the dolphins were “optimistic” that Parker (hamstring) could play against the patriots. It didn’t really come to fruition, but with another week off under his belt, he could have a shot at playing against the Raiders.
Parker was “limited” to training for the Dolphins on Tuesday and Wednesday after being limited to training all last week before being declared inactive. If Parker can’t record a “full” practice session before Saturday, it could be really “questionable” playing against the Raiders. This will make Parker’s status Thursday essential in determining his availability.
If Parker can’t play, Mack Hollins and Lynn Bowden will continue to get additional shots at the receiver position. Bowden is the best option for fantasy owners due to his bulk, so if Parker can’t get into a solid game, don’t hesitate to roll with the Kentucky rookie.
Is Mike Gesicki playing this week?
UPDATE: Gesicki was limited in practice all week and is officially “questionable” for the Saturday night game.
Like Parker, it looked like Gesicki (shoulder) was going to have a shot at playing against the Patriots last week, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Gesicki had “a real chance to play”. It didn’t end up happening, but it should indicate Gesicki is set to return.
It is not known if Gesicki will play at this point, as he has recorded consecutive “limited” training to start the week. He and Parker appear to be very much in the same boat, so unless Gesicki is able to record a “full” session on Thursday, he will likely be really “questionable” for his clash with the Raiders.
If Gesicki is unable to play, Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen will get the bulk of the work at TE. Smythe led the team with 40 receiving yards against the Patriots, so he could be a low-end streamer or a fantastic negotiating option, but there are better players to trust this week. If Gesicki is out, definitely upgrade to another higher ranked player our ranking of week 16 fantasy TE.
Is Derek Carr playing this week?
UPDATE: Carr was not included in the Raiders’ final injury report, indicating he will be leaving on Saturday night.
Carr suffered a groin injury early in the Raiders’ Thursday night loss to the Chargers in Week 15 and did not return. It seemed Carr was a shoo-in for missing out on time due to the injury, but according to Athletic’s Tashan Reed, Carr has been able to train hard, which should put him on track to play against the Dolphins on Saturday.
Those hoping to see a Marcus Mariota battle against Tua Tagovailoa will be a bit disappointed, but this should provide a little boost to Raiders receiving weapons, as Carr is nowhere near the confusing threat that Mariota would have been on himself. he had played. . Carr is in a tough game, so trusting him outside of the two-QB and Superflex leagues is not recommended, but having him around should be a little boost to the Raiders’ passing game.