This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 9 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
There's a heaping helping of injuries on the NFL's post-Thanksgiving menu, giving Fantasy owners plenty to monitor throughout the morning. The medical report is heavy on big names, with the quarterback position more affected than usual by potential and confirmed absences. Without further ado, let's look at how matters are shaping up as of early Sunday morning:
The Patriots' Tom Brady (knee/illness) is questionable for Sunday's divisional battle against the Jets. The more prevalent injury for Brady is actually the illness, which kept him from practicing Friday. However, as per late Saturday night reports, he's fully expected to play in a game that will also mark the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski from ankle and back injuries.
The Ravens' Joe Flacco (hip) will remain sidelined in Week 12 against the Raiders. That will give Lamar Jackson his second career starting opportunity against an Oakland defense that's allowed 21.80 Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in standard scoring formats. Jackson made a splash in his NFL debut against the Bengals in Week 11, throwing for 150 yards and rushing for a whopping 117 yards on 27 carries. Ravens receivers see somewhat of a downgrade with the less-accurate Jackson under center, but the running threat he presents certainly seemed to benefit rookie running back Gus