NFL Offensive/Defensive Line Injury Impact: Week 12

Each week we will provide a game-by-game breakdown of offensive and defensive line injuries and what that impact they may have for DFS purposes._

Week 12

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Sunday Games

Jacksonville @ Buffalo

Jacksonville Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Josh Walker (O) A.J. Cann (Q)

Defense – Marcell Dareus (Q)

Buffalo Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Russell Bodine (Q)

Defense – Trent Murphy (Q) Taron Johnson (Q)

Fantasy Impact:

The Jaguars are dealing with injuries up front, as Josh Walker has been ruled out already and A.J. Cann was limited. Overall, the Jags are the team we have seen for several weeks and as such your fantasy impact is limited with this injury report.

All three of the Bills listed here were limited in practice throughout the week. Starting center Russell Bodine would be a big loss if he is unable to go.

Cleveland @ Cincinnati

Cleveland Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – None

Cincinnati Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Cordy Glenn (Q)

Defense – Nick Vigil (O) Dre Kirkpatrick (D)

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns are as healthy as you can get coming into the matchup with their in-state rivals.

Cincy is not only bad on defense, but will likely be without two starters against Cleveland as both Vigil and Kirkpatrick should sit here. You have to put some serious thought into a bump for Browns skill players.

New England @ New York Jets

New England Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Shaq Mason (Q)

Defense – None

New York Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – James Carpenter (D)

Defense – Brandon Copeland (Q) Marcus Maye (D)

Fantasy Impact:

Surprise, the Patriots players are questionable this week. Mason was limited so your guess is as good as mine. We will have to wait for inactives here. Overall the players you are looking for to tip the scales are on the offensive side and in skill positions.

For New York, I would expect both Carpenter and Maye to sit, with Copeland more than likely playing. We have seen the secondary injuries far worse than this and I like them to play tougher than we have seen overall given the health.

New York Giants @ Philadelphia

New York Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – Kerry Wynn (O)

Philadelphia Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – Destiny Vaeao (Q) Jordan Hicks (O) Jalen Mills (O) Sidney Jones (O) Avonte Maddox (O) Rasual Douglas (Q)

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants are not great, but at least they are healthy.

On the flip side, we have an Eagles secondary that is absolutely decimated by injuries. This is a clear situation where the Giants skill positions should get a bump from a traditional projection based on matchup.

San Francisco @ Tampa Bay

San Francisco Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – Reuben Foster (Q)

Tampa Bay Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Ryan Jensen (Q)

Defense – Vinny Curry (Q) Jason Pierre-Paul (Q) Lavonte David (O) Justin Evans (O) M.J. Stewart (O)

Fantasy Impact:

San Francisco has a pretty light injury report for the week, but Foster would be a big miss if he cannot suit up. The 49ers struggled early in the year with Foster out and it would be a good opportunity for Tampa to attack the intermediate game.

Another week and another Tampa injury report full of defenders. It’s no secret you can attack the Bucs and these injuries just keep piling up in a year that has completely wrecked the original unit.

Seattle @ Carolina

Seattle Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – K.J. Wright (O)

Carolina Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – None

Fantasy Impact:

Seattle and Carolina pretty clean overall in terms of injuries and you should play this straight up as far as this article is concerned.

Oakland @ Baltimore

Oakland Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – Leon Hall (Q)

Baltimore Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Alex Lewis (Q) James Hurst (O)

Defense – Tavon Young (Q)

Fantasy Impact:

Oakland remains very healthy overall outside of WR and Leon Hall is the only player showing up on the report this week for this article. He did not practice and is probably closer to doubtful than questionable. For fantasy purposes this is virtually no impact.

The Ravens continue to have trouble up front with Hurst ruled out again and Lewis not practicing with a shoulder injury. We saw them use Jackson’s legs a ton last week and while I would expect him to throw a bit more here, it should bring plenty of schemed rollouts.

Arizona @ Los Angeles Chargers

Arizona Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – D.J. Humphries (O) Mike Iupati (Q)

Defense – Corey Peters (Q) Robert Nkemdiche (Q) Deone Bucannon (O) Budda Baker (Q)

Los Angeles Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

Defense – Brandon Mebane (Q)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Cardinals, we see a lot of the same names week in and week out. At this point, you are getting an Arizona squad that has played with these injuries for several weeks and as such that is baked into overall projections.

The Chargers are coming off of a surprise loss and have minimal injuries as they look to bounce back. This is as healthy as we have seen the defense and it would be a bit of a surprise to see them struggle.

Pittsburgh @ Denver

Pittsburgh Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Marcus Gilbert (O)

Defense – Stephon Tuitt (O)

Denver Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – None

DefenseBrandon Marshall (O) Bradley Roby (Q)

Fantasy Impact:

Pittsburgh is going to be without Gilbert and Tuitt again this week. We should not adjust anything based on this news as it is similar to what we have had for a few weeks.

The Broncos are coming off a big win and will get one of their starters back as Roby is closer to probable than questionable as a full participant in practice this week. This could be a tougher game for Pittsburgh than most would anticipate.

Miami @ Indianapolis

Miami Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Ted Larsen (Q) Ja’Wuan James (Q)

Defense – Davon Godchaux (Q) T.J. McDonald (Q)

Indianapolis Breakdown

Offensive Lineman – Ryan Kelly (O)

Defense – None

Fantasy Impact:

Both lineman were limited in practice this week and as such we will have to wait for inactives to see their status. T.J. McDonald should be able to go given the fact that he was a full participant in practice. With Tannehill coming back this week we could see a ton of pressure applied if he is missing starting lineman.

Indy is getting healthy all things considered and have played some pretty good football as of late. In terms of injuries they have the advantage here.

About the Author

  • Andrew Cook (louiescards)

  • Andrew “LouiesCards” Cook is a DFS veteran who has been playing since 2009. You will see him grinding MLB, NBA, and NFL with a main focus on DraftKings. Over the years he has held several roles at RotoGrinders helping write articles and features, both in-front and behind-the-scenes. Andrew was able to throw the first pitch out at a St. Louis Cardinals game, courtesy of DraftKings. You can follow Andrew on twitter @louiescards


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