It’s a holiday week and it’s fantasy football championship week, so there’s a lot going on. We’re giving you the Injury Wrap earlier this week, and this file will be updated at some point in the next 48 hours. Have a safe holiday, and good luck in your Week 16 games.
• George Kittle (foot) has been activated from injured reserve and is expected to play at Arizona. It’s his first appearance since week 8. The 49ers play Saturday, so make sure you double check his final status before committing.
• Hunter Henry was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. He won’t play against Denver. If you’re headed to the wire, you might want to consider Austin Hooper (54 percent rostered, the Jets are a free spin), Tyler Higbee (50 percent), Dalton Schultz (19 percent), or Cole Kmet (12 percent). Irv Smith was a disappointment last week, but he’s another option. Perhaps backup tight end Donald Parham Jr. (only five catches, but 75 yards and two scores this year) will do something versus the Broncos.
• Keenan Allen (hamstring) is a game-time decision. If Allen can’t go, you might want to explore Jalen Guyton or Tyron Johnson, both of whom have been getting deep with regularity. They aren’t direct fills for Allen — the styles are different — but every bump in potential opportunity matters.
• Marquise Brown (knee) was added to the injury report Thursday. He’s been in a groove of late (17-272-3 over the past four games), so we were excited to see him against the Giants. We’ll see what he can do Friday.
• Antonio Gibson (toe) has done some work Wednesday and Thursday, giving him a shot at playing against the Panthers. Alex Smith (calf) has also been limited, while Dwayne Haskins has taken two days of first-team reps. Terry McLaurin (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday.
• Derek Carr (groin) was limited Tuesday but had a full practice Wednesday. He could be ready to start Saturday against Miami. If Carr isn’t available, Marcus Mariota might offer some deep-league and Superflex appeal.
• James Robinson (ankle) missed Wednesday’s practice. We’ll monitor him closely the rest of the week. Dare Ogunbowale is an insurance pickup if you’re tied to Robinson.
• All signs point to Christian McCaffrey (thigh) missing Week 16, and he’s no sure thing to play Week 17, either.
• Brandon Allen (knee) is available this week, though the Bengals haven’t named a starter. Ryan Finley was effective in a scaled-down role against Pittsburgh.
• Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) won’t play Christmas Day against the Vikings, joining Michael Thomas (ankle) on the sidelines. Perhaps Emmanuel Sanders will seize the day.
• Julio Jones (hamstring) didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and looks like a long shot for Week 16.
• Matthew Stafford (ribs/thumb) wants to play Saturday against Tampa Bay, though he’s listed as questionable. The Lions are dealing with a makeshift coaching staff, putting the entire offense in jeopardy. Kenny Golladay (hip) didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday and is expected to miss another week.
• James Conner (quad) is back to full practice, setting him up to play against the Colts. Benny Snell had some moments in the Week 15 loss to Cincinnati, but he’s clearly the fallback option.
• Kyle Rudolph (foot) won’t play on Christmas at New Orleans. Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin have been splitting opportunity the last two weeks. Alexander Mattison (concussion) will not play.
• Ronald Jones (reserve/COVID-19) won’t play at Detroit. Leonard Fournette, by default, is an interesting play against the struggling Lions defense.
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