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Commanders QB Jacoby Brissett injury: What status means for Week 17 vs. 49ers

Jacoby Brissett is dealing with a hamstring injury for Week 17. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

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Inactives update: Brissett is officially inactive, giving Sam Howell the start. Howell has been a downgrade between the two for the offense of late.

Game day update: Brissett is unlikely to play on Sunday, per Adam Schefter. He’ll go through pre-game warmups to confirm his status, but the plan right now is for Sam Howell to get the start.


After relieving QB Sam Howell in back-to-back games, Jacoby Brissett was finally elevated to Washington Commanders starting QB for Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, Brissett suffered a hamstring injury in practice leading up to the NFC showdown.

Here’s what you need to know.

Jacoby Brissett injury

Fantasy football analysis

Brissett has entered in relief for a struggling Howell in consecutive contests, and he’s had success in garbage time. In his last two appearances, Brissett has completed 18-of-23 passes for 224 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He has a tough matchup this week against the Niners if he plays.

NFL DFS analysis

If Brissett plays, he’s a solid option in DFS tournaments. He’ll have low ownership and could be an option for a build that doesn’t pay up at the QB position. The 49ers look like a tough matchup on paper, however, they’ll be with starting DL Arik Armstead and will most likely be starting third-string safety Logan Ryan. The Niners are also coming off a short week and traveling.

Betting analysis

The Commanders are currently 13.5 point home underdogs. With Brissett dealing with a hamstring injury, that doesn’t make Washington’s outlook any better. As we mentioned before, though, the Niners' defense could be ripe for giving up points. If Brissett plays, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Commanders can backdoor cover and still lose by double digits.