It seems that two renowned closed wings could be active in week 14, as Evan Engram and Austin Hooper reinforce the closed wing classification with probable returns of the injury. Things don't look so good for Greg Olsen, but his absence would create a closed dream in Ian Thomas. And then there are Gerald Everett and David Njoku, two more complicated situations that will cause them to start, feel headaches throughout Sunday.
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WEEK 14 RANKINGS NO PPR:
Field Marshal | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Does Greg Olsen play in week 14?
Olsen (concussion) I did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and he will be in a race to be eliminated by the league's concussion protocol before Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Ian Thomas would start if Olsen is out.
Thomas becomes a serious transmission option if Olsen is out and makes it a very easy plug-and-play replacement for Olsen owners. Thomas's statistics this season have been almost non-existent, but that's because he and Olsen are almost never in the field at the same time. If Olsen is out, Thomas should assume all of his role in Carolina's offense, the same role that saw him prosper last year while Olsen was away.
WEEK 14 DFS LINES:
DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | AND! Cash | AND! GPP
Austin Hooper injury update
Hooper (MCL) was a limited practice participant on Wednesday for the Falcons, his first official practice action since he was injured in week 10. Atlanta faces Carolina at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Hooper's return would make him a fantasy initiator of Week 14; anyway, their backups were not really at stake. The practices of the following week should provide confirmation that Hooper is good to go.
WEEK 14 PPR CLASSIFICATIONS: Running | Wide receiver | Hard end
Evan Engram injury news
Engram (foot) he told reporters on wednesday He hopes to play Monday night against the Eagles. In Thursday's injury report in New York, Engram was listed as a limited practice participant.
Engram's return makes him a fantasy initiator and crushes any streaming appeal that his backup, Kaden Smith, could have had. If you own Engram and things remain doubtful before the weekend, Smith is a good hiding place in case Engram is a surprise scratch.
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Gerald Everett's injury status
Everett (knee) missed Wednesday's practice after his absence from Week 13 allowed Tyler Higbee to shine against the Cardinals. The Rams do not play until Sunday night in week 14, and Everett's playing time was already decreasing in the weeks leading up to his absence.
Higbee is probably the preferred tight end, regardless of Everett's active / inactive state, but waiting for a repeat of the Higbee 100-yard game against the Cardinals would be silly. It is in another favorable place against the Seahawks, so it is still worth starting, but it tempers your expectations.
When will David Njoku be activated from IR?
This situation is becoming strange, as Njoku told reporters that he is ready to play, but the Browns are not yet activating it. They have until mid-next week to use their return from the IR function based on when they had returned to practice. Cleveland plays against Cincinnati in week 14 against the Cardinals in week 15.
#Brownns Freddie Kitchens waits to activate IR David Njoku TE: I just want to make sure he's ready to go. In that position, there is no half step. You have to be ready to enter the game.
– Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 4, 2019
At this point, Njoku is still at stake due to Arizona's dream in Week 15, and a return this week would take him to the brink of being a fantasy opener simply because of his talent. Demetrius Harris and Ricky Seals-Jones would compete for Cleveland TE snapshots with Njoku out.