Final injury report
Zach Ertz was left off of the final injury report.
Hayden Hurst left off of final injury report.
Jonnu Smith and Irv Smith Jr. are both out of the active lineup, giving TEs Anthony Firkser and Kyle Rudolph a major boost heading into Sunday.
Out: Jonnu Smith (knee), Irv Smith. Jr (back)
Questionable: Ryan Izzo (hamstring, hand)
Thursday injury report
Jonnu Smith continues to be held out of practice with a knee injury. It’s his second consecutive day with the DNP tag, meaning that fantasy managers will need to keep a close eye on his status heading into Sunday.
Irv Smith Jr. is still not practicing for the Vikings, making it appear more likely that he’ll miss another week.
Hayden Hurst was downgraded to DNP after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday. He dealt with this ankle injury ahead of Week 12, too, but he was active for the game. He played a season-low 47% of offensive snaps, though he commanded 8 targets.
DNP: Jonnu Smith (knee), Irv Smith Jr. (back), Hayden Hurst (ankle), Marcedes Lewis (knee)
Limited: Zach Ertz (ankle), Dan Arnold (knee), Ryan Izzo (hamstring, hand)
Full: Adam Shaheen (foot), MyCole Pruitt (knee), Hunter Bryant (concussion)
Wednesday injury report
The biggest injury update on the day is that Zach Ertz got in a limited practice Ahead of his likely Week 13 recovery. The bad news? He wasn’t doing much for you if he was in your lineups prior to his ankle injury.
Hayden Hurst also got in a limited session Wednesday. He was listed with the same injury last week and was a go; the lighted workload is likely just maintenance.
Irv Smith Jr. missed practice Wednesday with a back injury. It’s the same injury that he missed Week 12 with. If he is out of this game, Kyle Rudolph is a top-10 play at TE.
Jonnu Smith also earned the DNP tag with a new knee injury. Smith has been unreliable for fantasy in recent weeks, but if he is unavailable, Anthony Firkser could make an interesting GPP pick.
DNP: Irv Smith (back), Jonnu Smith (knee)
Limited: Marcedes Lewis (knee), Zach Ertz (ankle), Hayden Hurst (ankle), Ryan Izzo (hamstring, hand),
Full: Hunter Bryant (concussion), MyCole Pruitt (knee), Adam Shaheen (foot)
One again, the Eagles tight ends have shown out, as Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers once again finished in the top-five of non-PPR leagues. Rodgers did so on a 33-yard Hail Mary pass from Carson Wentz to close out the game. It didn’t matter for much outside of fantasy, considering that the Eagles lost this matchup by six points.
Other top-five performances included those of Rob Gronkowski, Evan Engram and Robert Tonyan. The most surprising finish of the week was likely Travis Kelce at TE10, but perhaps there wasn’t much left in the tank for him following a monstrous performance by Tyreek Hill to win the day.
Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. missed another week with a groin injury. Though he isn’t fantasy relevant on his own, his absence does provide a boost to teammate Kyle Rudolph.
Mark Andrews was placed on the COVID-19 list after testing positive amid the Ravens outbreak. With the postponements in the Ravens schedule, he does have a chance to suit up in Week 13. However, fantasy managers won’t know of his availability until most tight ends have already played. He’ll be a risk in fantasy lineups, despite his high upside.
The Bucs and Panthers are on bye in Week 13. Fantasy managers won’t be missing much from the Panthers, but they will certainly miss the prowess of Rob Gronkowski, which has returned to the game in full force for the 2020 season.
Evan Engram, New York Giants
Evan Engram has always been thought of as a greater PPR thread in fantasy leagues, but in Week 12, he showed his standard-league-prowess with his performance. He cleared 100 receiving yards for the first time since Week 3 of 2019. Next up, he gets the Seahawks secondary, who allowed Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers a 128 yard and two touchdown day in Week 12.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
This streamer is dependent on the status of Irv Smith Jr. Though Smith Jr. has accumulated just 23 targets through the course of 2020, Kyle Rudolph has managed 11 catches for 131 receiving yards in his two games without him. Consider the target share without Smith in the lineup along with the nine scores the Jaguars defense has allowed to opposing tight ends, and you’ve got yourself a solid streaming candidate for Week 13.
Tight end non-PPR rankings for Week 18
|1||Travis Kelce||KC||@ DEN|
|2||Mark Andrews||BAL||vs PIT|
|3||George Kittle||SF||@ LAR|
|4||Rob Gronkowski||TB||vs CAR|
|5||Zach Ertz||ARI||vs SEA|
|6||Darren Waller||LV||vs LAC|
|7||Dawson Knox||BUF||vs NYJ|
|8||Dalton Schultz||DAL||@ PHI|
|9||Kyle Pitts||ATL||vs NO|
|10||Mike Gesicki||MIA||vs NE|
|11||Hunter Henry||NE||@ MIA|
|12||Noah Fant||DEN||vs KC|
|13||Tyler Higbee||LAR||vs SF|
|14||Gerald Everett||SEA||@ ARI|
|15||Tyler Conklin||MIN||vs CHI|
|16||Jared Cook||LAC||@ LV|
|17||Cole Kmet||CHI||@ MIN|
|18||C.J. Uzomah||CIN||@ CLE|
|19||Evan Engram||NYG||vs WAS|
|20||Albert Okwuegbunam||DEN||vs KC|
|21||Pat Freiermuth||PIT||@ BAL|
|22||Brock Wright||DET||vs GB|
|23||David Njoku||CLE||vs CIN|
|24||Cameron Brate||TB||vs CAR|
|25||Brevin Jordan||HOU||vs TEN|
|26||Foster Moreau||LV||vs LAC|
|27||Jack Doyle||IND||@ JAC|
|28||Austin Hooper||CLE||vs CIN|
|29||Jonnu Smith||NE||@ MIA|
|30||Dallas Goedert||PHI||vs DAL|
|31||Tyler Kroft||NYJ||@ BUF|
|32||Anthony Firkser||TEN||@ HOU|
|33||Tyree Jackson||PHI||vs DAL|
|34||James O'Shaughnessy||JAC||vs IND|
|35||Josiah Deguara||GB||@ DET|
|36||Geoff Swaim||TEN||@ HOU|
|37||Ricky Seals-Jones||WAS||@ NYG|
|38||Dan Arnold||JAC||vs IND|
|39||Adam Trautman||NO||@ ATL|
|40||Jack Stoll||PHI||vs DAL|
|41||Hayden Hurst||ATL||vs NO|
|42||Mo Alie-Cox||IND||@ JAC|
|43||John Bates||WAS||@ NYG|
|44||Jimmy Graham||CHI||@ MIN|
|45||Will Dissly||SEA||@ ARI|
|46||Stephen Anderson||LAC||@ LV|
|47||Marcedes Lewis||GB||@ DET|
|48||Pharaoh Brown||HOU||vs TEN|
|49||Ian Thomas||CAR||@ TB|
|50||Darrell Daniels||ARI||vs SEA|
|51||Durham Smythe||MIA||vs NE|
|52||Adam Shaheen||MIA||vs NE|
|53||O.J. Howard||TB||vs CAR|
|54||Nick Vannett||NO||@ ATL|
|55||Jesse James||CHI||@ MIN|
|56||Jeremy Sprinkle||DAL||@ PHI|
|57||Nick Boyle||BAL||vs PIT|
|58||Blake Bell||KC||@ DEN|
|59||Kyle Rudolph||NYG||vs WAS|