Fantasy Damage Updates: Myles Gaskin, DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki, who’ve extra affect in week 16, begin them, make selections


Fantasy football owners have to make their key decisions, making them a little earlier than they are used to this week. The NFL has a three-game Saturday schedule and there will be many injury concerns in these matchups. In particular, the Dolphins Raiders game features several key, troubled players as Myles Gaskin, DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, and Derek Carr all grapple with issues that could make them "questionable" on the matter. This is where you can find the latest information on these injuries and their impact on the fantasy football rankings prior to the fantasy championship games.

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Is Myles Gaskin playing this week?

Before their game against the Raiders on Saturday night, the Dolphins activated Gaskin from the COVID list and he was able to train on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. That means Gaskin will play on Saturday.

It's unclear exactly what role Gaskin will play in the Dolphins offensive after Salvon Ahmed's 122-yard breakout as a head start last week, but the most likely scenario would be that the two transfers split and serve as a real one-two punch. Both are a good start against a weak Raiders defense. So you can start Gaskin in a cheap matchup.

Quarterback | Run back | Wide receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker

Is DeVante Parker playing this week?

UPDATE: Parker's practice was restricted all week and is officially "questionable" for the game on Saturday night.

Last week the Dolphins had "hope" that Parker (thigh) could play the Patriots. That didn't quite work, but with another week off he could have a chance to play against the Raiders.

Parker was "restricted" in Dolphins training Tuesday and Wednesday after being restricted in training for the last week before being declared inactive. If Parker can't log a "full" training session before Saturday, playing against the Raiders could really be "questionable". That will make Parker's status on Thursday crucial to his availability.

If Parker is unable to play, Mack Hollins and Lynn Bowden will continue to receive additional snaps at the receiver location. Bowden is a better option for fantasy owners because of its bulk. So if Parker can't play a solid matchup, feel free to reach out to the Kentucky rookie.


Is Mike Gesicki playing this week?

TO UPDATE: Gesicki's practice was restricted the whole week and is officially "questionable" for the game on Saturday evening.

As with Parker, Gesicki (shoulder) appeared to have a shot against the Patriots last week when NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Gesicki had "a real chance to play". That didn't happen, but that should indicate that Gesicki is about to return.

It is unclear whether Gesicki will be playing at this point, as he recorded "limited" practices in a row earlier in the week. He and Parker seem to be in the same boat a lot. So if Gesicki is unable to record a "full" session on Thursday, he will likely be really "questionable" for his matchup with the Raiders.

If Gesicki can't play, Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen will get most of the work at TE. Smythe led the team with 40 receiving yards against the Patriots so he could be a low-end streamer or a bargain fantasy option, but there are better players to trust on this week's list. If Gesicki fails, you will definitely switch to another higher-ranking player from our Fantasy TE Leaderboard for Week 16.

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Is Derek Carr playing this week?

TO UPDATE: Carr wasn't in the Raiders' final injury report, which suggests he'll start on Saturday night.

Carr suffered a groin injury at the start of the Raiders' Thursday night loss to the Chargers in Week 15 and did not return. It looked like Carr was a botch to miss time due to the injury, but according to The Athletic's Tashan Reed, Carr was able to train fully, which should get him on track to play the Dolphins on Saturday.

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Those hoping for a battle between Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa will be a little disappointed, but this should bring a little nuisance to the raiders receiving guns, as Carr is nowhere near the threat that Mariota would have been if he were would have played. Carr is in a difficult matchup so trusting him outside of the two-QB and Superflex leagues is not recommended, but having him around should be a little boost to the Raiders' passing game.


Steven Gregory