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Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Report Creates Value for Miles Sanders, Benny Snell and Tyler Higbee

Dan Israeli
Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles
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It's the final week of the fantasy football regular season in most leagues, which means teams will be battling for playoff seeding and those final spots up for grabs. Lineup decisions will be more important than ever, and there are a number of key injury situations to consider when setting your lineup.

Here's a look at three injuries with major fantasy implications as we head into the Sunday slate for Week 13 of the NFL season.

1. Miles Sanders Will Start in Dream Matchup at Miami With Jordan Howard Out Again

New England Patriots v Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots v Philadelphia Eagles / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The opportunity has been there in the past two weeks for Miles Sanders, as Jordan Howard sat with a shoulder injury, but the rookie failed to have the breakout game owners were hoping for. With Howard sitting for a third straight game, Sanders will get another crack at it with his best matchup of the season. The Miami Dolphins give up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs and the Philadelphia Eagles are 10.5-point road favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook. If Sanders can finally get 15-20 carries, he'll have a good shot at his first 100-yard rushing day, with the chance for a TD and more fantasy points via the passing game. Sanders is a high-upside RB2 on Sunday, as long as Jay Ajayi doesn't see his role grow immensely from last week.

2. Benny Snell is the New Steelers Back to Trust With James Conner Doubtful to Play

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Despite positive reports earlier in the week, James Conner is in risk of missing his fourth game in five weeks, leaving another opportunity for a different Pittsburgh Steelers running back to make an impact. While Jaylen Samuels was considered the heir apparent earlier in the season, he has done next to nothing as a runner and bottomed out with just five total touches last week. Benny Snell, meanwhile, turned 21 carries into 98 yards, and is looking like Pittsburgh's best option at running back in Conner's absence. He doesn't have the greatest matchup against Cleveland, but any RB getting 20-plus touches is at least a FLEX play in fantasy, and Snell is going to be the option at the goal line should a scoring opportunity present itself.

3. With Gerald Everett Out, Tyler Higbee is in Smash Spot Against Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams v Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Rams v Pittsburgh Steelers / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

To say the Arizona Cardinals have been generous to tight ends this season is quite the understatement. Giving up the most fantasy points to the position by far, the Cardinals have allowed a tight end to score a touchdown in all but two games this season. With Gerald Everett out with a knee injury, Tyler Higbee is the next man up and in a prime spot to deliver for tight end-needy fantasy owners in Week 13. While he has failed to score a TD since Week 1, Higbee actually out-snapped and out-targeted Everett in Week 12, and should receive at least a handful of opportunities against the Cardinals on Sunday. He is a borderline TE1 based on the matchup alone.


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