Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, and Devante Parker have combined to miss a season’s worth of games so far, and when any return — perhaps as early as Week 13 — fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions will be affected. Not all appear to be in position to play this week, though, so get the latest updates on these players and how they’ll affect this week’s fantasy rankings.
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WEEK 13: Top waiver pickups
Kyler Murray injury update
Kliff Kingsbury said he’s hopeful Murray (ankle) can play in Week 13 against Chicago (and fantasy owners sure are, too). He’s now had an entire month to heal, and Arizona has to be anxious to get him back for the late-season run at the No. 1 seed in the NFC. It would be surprising if he doesn’t play, but the possibility exists.
Chicago is a middle-of-the-pack unit against fantasy QBs, but a healthy Murray should mean a return to the top of the QB rankings. That is precisely where we have him, as he comes in as the QB5 for Week 13.
DeAndre Hopkins injury update
Everything we just said about Murray applies to Hopkins (hamstring), too. He’s also been out for a full month, so he should be ready to go as the Cardinals start their late-season playoff seeding push. We’ll have to just keep up to date with his status throughout the week.
Calvin Ridley update
There are no updates on Ridley’s status, as he remains on the reserve/NFI. It’s fairly safe to assume he’s not going to be back for Week 13. Against Tampa Bay, although since he’s not dealing with a physical injury, he theoretically could “return” quicker” than normal.
Even with that said, we like Russell Gage as a low-end WR3 this week in a favorable matchup.
DeVante Parker injury update
Brian Flores indicated Parker (hamstring) will be evaluated later in the week, but we don’t know whether he’ll be able to go in Week 13 at this time. Flores did say Parker and Will Fuller (finger) are getting better, though, so we shall see. If Parker can play, the matchup is favorable against the Jets.
If Parker plays, we like him as the WR31 in standard and WR29 in PPR leagues. Jaylen Waddle is the No. 1 WR in Miami at this point, but there should be a lot of targets to go around and Tua Tagovailoa is playing well.