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Joe Burrow will play without limitations for Week 14

We break down the news that Joe Burrow is dealing with a pinky injury. He expressed optimism he’ll play in Week 14.

Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first quarter during a Week 13 NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Los Angeles Chargers At Cincinnati Bengals Dec 5 Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday update: Burrow will be a full go against the 49ers this week. Play him as you usually would in fantasy and expect Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase to do what they do.

Thursday update: Burrow was spotted throwing in practice on Thursday. He will likely be limited again, but it’s a good sign that he’s testing out his pinky earlier than later.

The Cincinnati Bengals got some good news in their first practice of Week 14. Quarterback Joe Burrow dislocated his pinky finger in Week 13, but got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He told the media Wednesday was the first time he’d thrown the ball since last Sunday’s game against the Chargers but he didn’t foresee missing this Sunday’s game against the 49ers, per Paul Dehner.

Fantasy football implications

Burrow is a fringe QB1, ranking 13th in overall points and 12th in points per game. This weekend he faces a 49ers defense giving up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The 49ers defense is very hit or miss, so there is some risk in a spot start. But there is upside against a defense that has been incredibly inconsistent this season.

Burrow finished out last Sunday’s game in spite of the injury. Barring a setback it’s hard to see him missing the game.