So, if you unplugged from the NFL world Monday, you missed out on a lot of news. A lot of big news. Like, "there goes my Fantasy season" kind of news. 

The biggest headline is that Christian McCaffrey's season is over after he was placed on IR for the second time. He was forced out of Sunday's game against the Dolphins because of an ankle injury, and while he was spotted in a walking boot after the game, there was no indication publicly that this was a big enough concern that it might end his season. However, testing Monday indicated that the damage was severe enough to be a season ender. 

That's now two straight season-ending injuries for McCaffrey, who has played just 10 games since the start of 2020. McCaffrey was excellent yet again this season despite the injuries, averaging 18.2 PPR points per game, but this does raise real questions about his ability to stay healthy at this point in his career. That puts Dynasty and Keeper players in a tough spot, but for what it's worth, if McCaffrey's 2022 price is depressed as a result of this even a little bit, I think this is a good opportunity to buy, because I still think he's the best player in Fantasy when healthy, and I'm not sure Derrick Henry or Jonathan Taylor has really bridged that gap. 

Of course, McCaffrey's injury put those of us with him in an especially tough spot for the rest of this season. The good news is, Week 13 actually isn't a bad week to need a running back on waivers, though that's in large part because of how many people are likely going to be looking for running back help thanks to other injuries around the league. 

Before we get to the top waiver-wire targets for Week 13 as well as your first look at my rankings for the week, let's run through all of the news you need to know about from Monday, because there's a ton to catch up on. And there's going to be a ton to stay up to date with all week long.

Make sure you tune in to Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ at noon ET for updates on the latest injury news, and for help locking in your waiver-wire claims join Heath Cummings, Adam Aizer and I on the FFT YouTube stream tonight at 8 p.m., where we'll be taking your questions live for an hour. If you have any questions before then, as always, you can email me at with the subject line "#AskFFT" to be included this week -- including in tomorrow's trade mailbag. 

And here's what we've got on tap in today's newsletter: 

  • 🏥Injuries, news, and notes
  • ➕Top Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets
  • 📈Week 13 Rankings📉

🏥Injuries, news, and notes


Here are the key news items from Monday you need to know about. 

  • Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is expected to miss at least two games -- Cook suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder after dislocating it Sunday, according to reports. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer denied those reports when speaking to the press, so I suppose there is a glimmer of hope that Cook's injury is less serious than that, but at this point, you should expect to be without him for at least the next few weeks. Cook has had recurring shoulder issues going back to high school and has also reportedly been playing through a torn labrum in his other shoulder this season, so he's no stranger to this. There is, of course, always the possibility that Cook won't recover as quickly as expected, and with the end of the season looming, there's a lot of risk here at this point.  But you've got to keep Cook stashed as long as there's a chance of him returning. Hopefully, you also stashed Alexander Mattison.
  • Darrell Henderson strained his quad in Week 12 -- Henderson has dealt with a ton of minor injuries this season while missing just one game, and head coach Sean McVay downplayed the severity of this injury Monday. Maybe that means he'll be able to play through this one, but at this point, assume Sony Michel will start until we hear otherwise. 
  • Dan Campbell does not expect D'Andre Swift (shoulder) to play -- The exact quote was, "It's hard to say that you'd see him playing." So, I'm expecting Jamaal Williams to be the starting running back for the Lions and I'm viewing Swift as week to week -- hopefully he'll be back in Week 14, but I'm not counting on it right now. 
  • J.D. McKissic (head) was forced from Monday's game -- McKissic took a knee to the head during the fourth quarter of Monday's game and had to be carted to the locker room. It was a scary sight, but McKissic's agent tweeted after the game that McKissic was "all good," which is great news. Still, he'll have to be watched for concussion symptoms and is obviously at risk of missing Week 13 against the Raiders, especially with one fewer day to prepare. 
  • Deebo Samuel (groin) is week to week -- Samuel will miss 1-2 weeks with a strained groin, which can be interpreted as good news. Of course, it still means he won't play in Week 13, and you should probably assume Week 14 is out, as well. That puts Brandon Aiyuk in line for an even bigger role in upcoming matchups against the Seahawks and Bengals, and seeing as Aiyuk is averaging 10.5 yards per target since re-emerging as an every-down player in Week 8, that's a big opportunity. Aiyuk averaged 15.7 PPR points per game in the six games Samuel missed last season. 
  • Darren Waller (knee) is week to week -- Waller avoided a long-term injury, but I'm assuming he'll sit out Sunday's game against Washington at this point. Foster Moreau figures to see a significant role if Waller is out -- more about him in the top waiver targets. 
  • Jalen Hurts is dealing with a sore ankle -- This is one to monitor when the Eagles kick off the week of practice Wednesday, and hopefully it's nothing more than just a little soreness. Hurts has a great matchup on the way against the lowly Jets in Week 13 and is a must-start QB as long as he's active. 
  • Dan Arnold (knee) will miss 4-6 weeks -- This effectively ends Arnold's season for our purposes. You can drop him, and it'll be interesting to see what happens with his contract this offseason, because Arnold emerged as a go-to target for the Jaguars and could be a Fantasy sleeper in this offense if he's still around in 2022. 

It wasn't all bad news Monday, as we did get some positive updates on the following players: 

  • Aaron Rodgers (toe) does not plan to have surgery -- That is per Ian Rapoport, who did add a "at this time" to the report. Rodgers is dealing with a fracture and any surgery would likely have required him to miss some time, so hopefully he can just avoid any kind of setbacks and play through whatever pain might be there. For what it's worth, the injury doesn't seem to have slowed Rodgers down -- he has six touchdowns in his past two games despite the injury. 
  • Taysom Hill (foot) seems likely to start in Week 13 -- Hill was a full participant in practice Monday and took first-team reps at QB, with Rapoport reporting that Hill is likely to start over Trevor Siemian Thursday against the Cowboys. He'll have to make it through practice without issue, of course, as he is reportedly dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot. Hill recently signed an incentive-laden contract that pays him more if he emerges as the Saints starting QB, and now they're going to give him the opportunity. 
  • Alvin Kamara (knee) was a limited participant in Monday's practice -- And Hill could have his best weapon back, as Kamara returned to practice for the first time since Week 9. Kamara will have to get through the next two days without incident, and we'd love to see him mix in a full practice to really feel confident, but Kamara will be worth starting in all Fantasy leagues if he's active. Mark Ingram, who missed Week 12 with an ankle injury, was able to practice without limitations Monday, so at least he'll be back. 
  • Ezekiel Elliott (knee) was a full participant -- There were reports over the weekend that Elliott might sit out Week 13 to give his nagging knee injury a chance to fully heal, but Monday's participation report doesn't seem to lend much support to that theory. I wouldn't be surprised to see Elliott's snaps and touches limited, though that might create a worst-case scenario for Fantasy, where we don't know whether he or Tony Pollard is worth trusting in a very tough matchup against the Saints. Elliott is more of an RB2 for me this week if he plays, while Pollard remains in that high-upside Flex range. 
  • CeeDee Lamb (concussion) was a full participant -- Lamb looks on track to return for Thursday's game, and he should be joined by Amari Cooper, who is eligible to return from the COVID-19 list prior to the game. 

➕Top Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets

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Hopefully, this week's waiver options will be able to make an impact, and there are a few who certainly have the opportunity. Before we get the guys who are more widely available, it's worth noting that, if you are in one of the 22% of CBS Fantasy leagues where Alexander Mattison is available, you need to do everything you can to get him on your roster. He's locked into a huge role with Cook out and was nearly my No. 1 RB for Week 13 against the Lions. He's the kind of player you spend a max FAB bid on if he's available. Chuba Hubbard ... isn't

You can find Jamey's entire breakdown here. We're gonna need the help: 

Jamey Eisenberg's top targets

  1. Boston Scott, RB, PHI (38%) -- Scott certainly benefits if Miles Sanders is out in Week 13, but his value doesn't solely depend on that, which is what makes him a potentially more valuable waiver-wire add. If Sanders is out this week, Scott is a potential top-12 RB against the Jets, but even if Sanders does play -- or if he misses just one week before returning -- Scott could be a useful Fantasy option with a pretty great schedule to close out the season. 
  2. Jamaal Williams, RB, DET (55%) -- If you only need a running back for Week 13, Williams would probably be my preference, however. If Swift's shoulder keeps him out this week, Williams might be in line for 20 touches in Week 13 against the Vikings. The Lions throw 28% of their targets to running backs and Williams would likely play 75% of the snaps with Swift out. Swift has been an elite Fantasy option in this offense, and while Williams isn't the same kind of playmaker, he's still more than capable of being a must-start option if the opportunity presents itself. 
  3. Sony Michel, RB, LAR (41%) -- And Michel isn't far off. He had 20 carries in Week 3 with Henderson out, and that was against a Buccaneers team that many teams have just avoided trying to run against. The Rams should have a healthy lead to protect against the Jaguars in Week 13, so Michel seems like a very good bet to approach 20 carries yet again. 
  4. Taysom Hill, QB, NO (12%) -- Hill averaged 24.6 points per game in four starts last season, and it looks like he's going to be back in that role in Week 13 against the Cowboys after taking first-team snaps in practice Monday. Hill's rushing -- and especially his strength near the goal line -- makes him a potential must-start Fantasy QB, but there is one question hanging over him: Is he actually healthy? Hill didn't see the field in either Week 11 or Week 12 and has been listed on the injury report with a foot injury in recent weeks, with reports indicating he is dealing with plantar fasciitis. That's an injury you can play through -- and Hill practiced in full Monday -- but if it limits his rushing abilities even a little bit, Hill loses appeal very quickly. He's a potential top-12 QB and the top streaming target this week for sure, however.
  5. Foster Moreau, TE, LV (0%) -- We'll see if Darren Waller's knee sprain keeps him out this week, but Moreau is worth chasing on waivers if it does. Moreau is a very good athlete who has been productive when given the opportunity, including when he dropped 18 PPR points in a start with Waller out in Week 7 earlier this season. The Raiders won't use him exactly like they would use Waller, but he'll likely be the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Hunter Renfrow and would be a borderline top-12 TE against a Washington defense that has struggled against the pass this season. 

📈Week 13 Rankings📉

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Here's where things stand for me in my first run through of the Week 13 rankings for PPR leagues. You can find Jamey, Dave, and Heath's rankings right here:


  1. Lamar Jackson @PIT
  2. Josh Allen vs. NE
  3. Tom Brady @ATL
  4. Jalen Hurts @NYJ
  5. Patrick Mahomes vs. DEN
  6. Dak Prescott @NO
  7. Kyler Murray @CHI
  8. Justin Herbert @CIN
  9. Matthew Stafford vs. JAX
  10. Derek Carr vs. WAS
  11. Kirk Cousins @DET
  12. Taysom Hill vs. DAL
  13. Tua Tagovailoa vs. NYG
  14. Joe Burrow vs. LAC
  15. Russell Wilson vs. SF
  16. Taylor Heinicke @LV
  17. Tyrod Taylor vs. IND
  18. Ben Roethlisberger vs. BAL
  19. Carson Wentz @HOU
  20. Trevor Lawrence @LAR
  21. Teddy Bridgewater @KC
  22. Matt Ryan vs. TEN
  23. Jared Goff vs. MIN
  24. Daniel Jones @MIA

Running backs

  1. Jonathan Taylor @HOU
  2. Austin Ekeler @CIN
  3. Najee Harris vs. BAL
  4. Alexander Mattison @DET
  5. Joe Mixon vs. LAC
  6. Alvin Kamara vs. DAL
  7. Leonard Fournette @ATL
  8. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. TEN
  9. Ezekiel Elliott @NO
  10. Antonio Gibson @LV
  11. James Conner @CHI
  12. Elijah Mitchell @SEA
  13. David Montgomery vs. ARI
  14. Saquon Barkley @MIA
  15. Sony Michel vs. JAX
  16. Josh Jacobs vs. WAS
  17. James Robinson @LAR
  18. Jamaal Williams vs. MIN
  19. Myles Gaskin vs. NYG
  20. Boston Scott @NYJ
  21. Melvin Gordon @KC
  22. Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. DEN
  23. Javonte Williams @KC
  24. Devonta Freeman @PIT
  25. Tony Pollard @NO
  26. Alex Collins vs. SF
  27. Damien Harris @BUF
  28. Devin Singletary vs. NE
  29. Ty Johnson vs. PHI
  30. David Johnson vs. IND
  31. Rhamondre Stevenson @BUF
  32. Deejay Dallas vs. SF
  33. Kenyan Drake vs. WAS
  34. Darrel Williams vs. DEN
  35. Nyheim Hines @HOU
  36. Latavius Murray @PIT
  37. Rex Burkhead vs. IND
  38. Jeff Wilson @SEA
  39. Tevin Coleman vs. PHI
  40. Kenneth Gainwell @NYJ
  41. Matt Breida vs. NE
  42. Jaret Patterson @LV
  43. Mark Ingram vs. DAL
  44. Brandon Bolden @BUF
  45. Qadree Ollison vs. TEN
  46. Ronald Jones @ATL
  47. Devontae Booker @MIA
  48. Giovani Bernard @ATL

Wide receivers

  1. Cooper Kupp vs. JAX
  2. Tyreek Hill vs. DEN
  3. Keenan Allen @CIN
  4. Justin Jefferson @DET
  5. Diontae Johnson vs. BAL
  6. Stefon Diggs vs. NE
  7. Chris Godwin @ATL
  8. Mike Evans @ATL
  9. CeeDee Lamb @NO
  10. Marquise Brown @PIT
  11. Tyler Lockett vs. SF
  12. Ja'Marr Chase vs. LAC
  13. Odell Beckham vs. JAX
  14. Brandin Cooks vs. IND
  15. D.K. Metcalf vs. SF
  16. Adam Thielen @DET
  17. Jaylen Waddle vs. NYG
  18. Amari Cooper @NO
  19. Terry McLaurin @LV
  20. Tee Higgins vs. LAC
  21. DeAndre Hopkins @CHI
  22. Brandon Aiyuk @SEA
  23. Michael Pittman @HOU
  24. Jerry Jeudy @KC
  25. Hunter Renfrow vs. WAS
  26. Chase Claypool vs. BAL
  27. DeVonta Smith @NYJ
  28. Jakobi Meyers @BUF
  29. Elijah Moore vs. PHI
  30. Darnell Mooney vs. ARI
  31. Cole Beasley vs. NE
  32. Michael Gallup @NO
  33. Kenny Golladay @MIA
  34. Mike Williams @CIN
  35. Van Jefferson vs. JAX
  36. Marvin Jones @LAR
  37. Mecole Hardman vs. DEN
  38. Jamison Crowder vs. PHI
  39. Tyler Boyd vs. LAC
  40. Laviska Shenault @LAR
  41. Courtland Sutton @KC
  42. Rashod Bateman @PIT
  43. Christian Kirk @CHI
  44. Russell Gage vs. TEN
  45. Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. MIN
  46. Emmanuel Sanders vs. NE
  47. Tim Patrick @KC
  48. Marquez Callaway vs. DAL

Tight ends

  1. Travis Kelce vs. DEN
  2. Mark Andrews @PIT
  3. Rob Gronkowski @ATL
  4. George Kittle @SEA
  5. T.J. Hockenson vs. MIN
  6. Mike Gesicki vs. NYG
  7. Kyle Pitts vs. TEN
  8. Dalton Schultz @NO
  9. Logan Thomas @LV
  10. Foster Moreau vs. WAS
  11. Dallas Goedert @NYJ
  12. Noah Fant @KC
  13. Tyler Higbee vs. JAX
  14. Dawson Knox vs. NE
  15. James O'Shaughnessy @LAR
  16. Tyler Conklin @DET
  17. Jared Cook @CIN
  18. Evan Engram @MIA
  19. Zach Ertz @CHI
  20. Cole Kmet vs. ARI
  21. Hunter Henry @BUF
  22. O.J. Howard @ATL
  23. Juwan Johnson vs. DAL
  24. Gerald Everett vs. SF

Top-150 Flex Rankings

  1. Jonathan Taylor @HOU
  2. Austin Ekeler @CIN
  3. Najee Harris vs. BAL
  4. Alexander Mattison @DET
  5. Travis Kelce vs. DEN
  6. Cooper Kupp vs. JAX
  7. Joe Mixon vs. LAC
  8. Alvin Kamara vs. DAL
  9. Leonard Fournette @ATL
  10. Tyreek Hill vs. DEN
  11. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. TEN
  12. Keenan Allen @CIN
  13. Justin Jefferson @DET
  14. Diontae Johnson vs. BAL
  15. Ezekiel Elliott @NO
  16. Stefon Diggs vs. NE
  17. Antonio Gibson @LV
  18. James Conner @CHI
  19. Elijah Mitchell @SEA
  20. David Montgomery vs. ARI
  21. Chris Godwin @ATL
  22. Saquon Barkley @MIA
  23. Sony Michel vs. JAX
  24. Josh Jacobs vs. WAS
  25. James Robinson @LAR
  26. Jamaal Williams vs. MIN
  27. Mark Andrews @PIT
  28. Mike Evans @ATL
  29. CeeDee Lamb @NO
  30. Marquise Brown @PIT
  31. Tyler Lockett vs. SF
  32. Myles Gaskin vs. NYG
  33. Ja'Marr Chase vs. LAC
  34. Odell Beckham vs. JAX
  35. Brandin Cooks vs. IND
  36. D.K. Metcalf vs. SF
  37. Adam Thielen @DET
  38. Jaylen Waddle vs. NYG
  39. Amari Cooper @NO
  40. Terry McLaurin @LV
  41. Boston Scott @NYJ
  42. Tee Higgins vs. LAC
  43. DeAndre Hopkins @CHI
  44. Brandon Aiyuk @SEA
  45. Melvin Gordon @KC
  46. Michael Pittman @HOU
  47. Jerry Jeudy @KC
  48. Hunter Renfrow vs. WAS
  49. Rob Gronkowski @ATL
  50. Chase Claypool vs. BAL
  51. George Kittle @SEA
  52. DeVonta Smith @NYJ
  53. Jakobi Meyers @BUF
  54. T.J. Hockenson vs. MIN
  55. Elijah Moore vs. PHI
  56. Darnell Mooney vs. ARI
  57. Cole Beasley vs. NE
  58. Michael Gallup @NO
  59. Mike Gesicki vs. NYG
  60. Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. DEN
  61. Kenny Golladay @MIA
  62. Mike Williams @CIN
  63. Javonte Williams @KC
  64. Van Jefferson vs. JAX
  65. Devonta Freeman @PIT
  66. Tony Pollard @NO
  67. Kyle Pitts vs. TEN
  68. Alex Collins vs. SF
  69. Dalton Schultz @NO
  70. Marvin Jones @LAR
  71. Logan Thomas @LV
  72. Mecole Hardman vs. DEN
  73. Damien Harris @BUF
  74. Jamison Crowder vs. PHI
  75. Devin Singletary vs. NE
  76. Foster Moreau vs. WAS
  77. Tyler Boyd vs. LAC
  78. Ty Johnson vs. PHI
  79. Laviska Shenault @LAR
  80. Courtland Sutton @KC
  81. Rashod Bateman @PIT
  82. David Johnson vs. IND
  83. Dallas Goedert @NYJ
  84. Christian Kirk @CHI
  85. Rhamondre Stevenson @BUF
  86. Deejay Dallas vs. SF
  87. Russell Gage vs. TEN
  88. Noah Fant @KC
  89. Kenyan Drake vs. WAS
  90. Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. MIN
  91. Tyler Higbee vs. JAX
  92. Emmanuel Sanders vs. NE
  93. Tim Patrick @KC
  94. Dawson Knox vs. NE
  95. Marquez Callaway vs. DAL
  96. James O'Shaughnessy @LAR
  97. Tyler Conklin @DET
  98. Jared Cook @CIN
  99. Darrel Williams vs. DEN
  100. T.Y. Hilton @HOU
  101. A.J. Green @CHI
  102. Evan Engram @MIA
  103. Laquon Treadwell @LAR
  104. Zach Ertz @CHI
  105. Mohamed Sanu @SEA
  106. Nyheim Hines @HOU
  107. Cole Kmet vs. ARI
  108. Latavius Murray @PIT
  109. Rex Burkhead vs. IND
  110. Hunter Henry @BUF
  111. Jeff Wilson @SEA
  112. Nelson Agholor @BUF
  113. Rondale Moore @CHI
  114. Deonte Harris vs. DAL
  115. Tevin Coleman vs. PHI
  116. Sammy Watkins @PIT
  117. Zach Pascal @HOU
  118. Kenneth Gainwell @NYJ
  119. O.J. Howard @ATL
  120. Matt Breida vs. NE
  121. Darius Slayton @MIA
  122. Bryan Edwards vs. WAS
  123. Kendrick Bourne @BUF
  124. Nico Collins vs. IND
  125. Jaret Patterson @LV
  126. Mark Ingram vs. DAL
  127. K.J. Osborn @DET
  128. Brandon Bolden @BUF
  129. Qadree Ollison vs. TEN
  130. Danny Amendola vs. IND
  131. Demarcus Robinson vs. DEN
  132. Curtis Samuel @LV
  133. Ronald Jones @ATL
  134. Juwan Johnson vs. DAL
  135. Gerald Everett vs. SF
  136. Byron Pringle vs. DEN
  137. Tajae Sharpe vs. TEN
  138. Devontae Booker @MIA
  139. Giovani Bernard @ATL
  140. Olamide Zaccheaus vs. TEN
  141. Preston Williams vs. NYG
  142. Tavon Austin @LAR
  143. Samaje Perine vs. LAC
  144. Devin Duvernay @PIT
  145. Eno Benjamin @CHI
  146. Damiere Byrd vs. ARI
  147. Khalil Herbert vs. ARI
  148. Buddy Howell vs. JAX
  149. DeAndre Carter @LV
  150. C.J. Uzomah vs. LAC

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