The NFL is midway through the late afternoon stretch of the Week 11 Sunday schedule, and we have a few notable names on the injury report after the 1:00 p.m. games. There were not a lot of injuries during the morning session, but one big one is going to shake things up. Colts running back Marlon Mack is the big name having fractured his hand. This one and any additional will impact fantasy football waiver wire decisions.
We’ve still got the second half of the late afternoon games, and Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football to go, so this list could grow. But in the meantime, it’s time to start considering your waiver wire options for Week 12 of your fantasy football leagues. Below is a rundown of notable injuries, and who stands to benefit as you consider what to do with your waiver wire priority.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts lost Mack to a hand injury in the second half against the Jaguars. After the game, head coach Frank Reich said the team would know more on Monday. After Reich’s press conference, Adam Schefter reported Mack had fractured his hand and would not play on Thursday while his longer-term status is sorted out. Jonathan Williams took over the starter snaps in his place, with Nyheim Hines sticking to his passing down role. Fellow backup Jordan Wilkins was inactive and did not practice all week. His status could determine if Williams will be the name to watch on the Week 12 waiver wire.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Winston told the media after Sunday’s loss to the Saints that he should be fine after hurting his ankle late in the game. It will still be worth tracking the Bucs practice participation report starting Wednesday. Ryan Griffin is Winston’s backup.
Update: After the game, head coach Bruce Arians said Winston probably should have come out of the game and they had Ryan Griffin warming up, per beat writer Jenna Laine.
Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals receiver suffered a scary hit late in the game against the Raiders. He was taken off on a stretcher, but later reports had him passing all his medical tests and traveling back to Cincinnati with the team. He appears to have avoided a major injury, but will be worth tracking this week when the team gets back to practice.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots
The Patriots receiver suffered a head injury on his touchdown catch. He finished the day with three receptions for 33 yards and the score. If he misses any time, N’Keal Harry would see an increased opportunity.
La’el Collins, OT, Dallas Cowboys
This isn’t a skill position player injury, but it’s notable for the Cowboys offense. Collins injured his knee and did not return. It is not believed to be serious, according to reporter Patrik Walker, but he will be one to watch this week. It won’t have a significant impact on your fantasy decisions, but it will be something to track for managing expectations.