Fantasy Injury Updates: A.J. Green, Kerryon Johnson, Mitchell Trubisky, more affecting Week 13 rankings

Written By Jacob Camenker

A.J. Green was supposedly close to returning last week, but Week 13 is his new target. Kerryon Johnson and Mitchell Trubisky were both out on Thanksgiving Day and they're both questionable for this upcoming week as well. Meanwhile, two receivers from high-powered offenses, Tre'Quan Smith (Saints) and Sammy Watkins (Chiefs), could be set to return after missing their last outings with foot injuries. And, Alex Collins (foot) may also be ready to return, though there are questions about his status in the Ravens' backfield. There are a lot of injury issues that are impacting the start 'em, sit 'em decisions of fantasy football owners as the fantasy playoffs approach.

We'll provide injury updates throughout the week to keep you in the know about everything happening across the NFL. Follow us on Twitter (@SN_Fantasy) for more updates and fantasy football advice.

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Week 13 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Is A.J. Green playing Week 13?

There had been some optimism in the lead-up to Week 12 that Green would return to action against the Browns. However, that was apparently overly ambitious. Green wasn't able to practice in the lead-up to the contest and was listed as "doubtful" before being ruled out for the contest. That said, things are looking up for him and he should return to action soon.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Green is targeting a Week 13 return after sitting out against the Browns. Anderson referenced that there were "signs of healing" for Green's injured toe, so it seems that he will be making his return sooner rather than later.

When Green returns, it will be interesting to see if he can continue to produce with Andy Dalton now out for the season. His chemistry with Jeff Driskel will certainly be something to watch, and considering that the Bengals have a tougher matchup with the Broncos coming up, Green may fall more into WR2 territory this week. But if he does play, he is certainly a must-start, and our WR rankings reflect that.

WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

Kerryon Johnson injury update

Johnson sat out the Thanksgiving game for the Lions after suffering a knee sprain. This was an expected development, as he had minimal time to get healthy on a short week. Now, attention shifts to his Week 13 status, as fantasy owners will hope to have him back in their final chances to make a playoff push.

As of right now, not much is known about whether or not Johnson will be returning from the knee sprain that sidelined him. His initial timeline was described as "week-to-week," so his practice status will tell us a lot about what he might be capable of this week. We'll keep a close eye on him this week and we'll provide an update when it becomes available.

If Johnson can't go against the Rams, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will see the action at the position. Neither is a very appealing option despite the Rams' recent struggles against the run. The workload split is simply too unpredictable.  

MORE WEEK 13: Waiver wire pickups | RB handcuff chart

Is Mitchell Trubisky playing Week 13?

Trubisky was unable to suit up for the Bears on Thanksgiving after suffering a shoulder injury against the Vikings on Sunday night. The quick turnaround was too much to overcome, so he was forced to miss the contest. Still, many were anticipating it was a minor injury and that Trubisky would certainly be back for Week 13. That may not be the case.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it is "not certain" that Trubisky will return for the Bears' Week 13 game against the Giants. Trubisky could sit out one more game just to ensure that he gets fully healthy and then would plan to return in Week 14.

Trubisky's absence would mean that his owners would have to start another QB this week. Thankfully, there are plenty of streaming options available in our Week 13 QB rankings, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Chase Daniel will make his second consecutive start if Trubisky can't play. Daniel showed well against the Lions, so the Bears' offensive weapons should be able to stay productive if Trubisky misses another week. Realistically, not much will change if Daniel is at the helm against the mediocre Giants defense.

Tre'Quan Smith injury news

According to ProFootballTalk's Josh Alper, Smith was "limited" at practice on Monday for the Saints. This comes after Smith was inactive for the team's Thanksgiving contest as he dealt with a foot injury. The limited designation is an improvement for Smith, and it should give him a chance to play on Thursday night against the Cowboys -- provided that he doesn't suffer any sort of setback with the injury.

If Smith does return, he will likely resume his role as the No. 2 receiver for the Saints. Smith had a 157-yard outing in his last game before the injury, so his stock was trending up at the time. The Cowboys will be a tough matchup, but Smith will definitely garner WR3 consideration because of the strong offense he operates within.

Sammy Watkins injury update

Prior to the bye week, Watkins was active for the Chiefs, but he only played on the first drive before exiting for the rest of the game. He clearly wasn't fully healthy, so they may have just had him active as a decoy for the first drive. 

After the bye, Watkins will have had two full weeks to get his injured foot right. His practice status will go a long way to deciding whether or not he will play, and the Chiefs won't try to rush him back from the injury given their solid footing in the playoff race. If Watkins has to miss time, Chris Conley could be a solid streamer as a WR3/FLEX, but we'll know more about that possibility later in the week.

Alex Collins injury news

Last week, Collins was a surprise inactive for the Ravens after logging a full practice on Friday. Collins was dealing with a foot injury, but he was expected to suit up. Instead, he was inactive and undrafted rookie Gus Edwards continued to see a lion's share of the carries against the Raiders.

Even if Collins is active moving forward, he simply isn't starter worthy. He's a TD-dependent option who appears to be behind Edwards on the Ravens depth chart. He's worth stashing as a handcuff, but the days of him being an RB2 appear to be over.

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