Fantasy Injury Updates: George Kittle and Chase Edmonds hit week 16 start them, feel them

George Kittle is out in Week 8, but it looks like he may have a chance to play in Week 16 if all goes well. Meanwhile, the Cardinals may drop Chase Edmonds, and if it comes out, that could have a big impact on fantasy owners who rely on Kenyan Drake to take them to fantasy football championship games. Here are the latest injuries for the NFL Saturday slate and how they will affect starting decisions, feel all over the NFL.

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WEEK 16 STANDARD CLASSIFICATIONS:
Quarterback | Backward | Large receiver | Tight end D / ST | Kicker

Is George Kittle playing this week?

UPDATE: The San Jose Mercury-News reported Thursday that “all signs point to” Kittle playing Saturday.

The 49ers may be out of the playoffs and may be without several starters on offense, but it looks like Kittle (foot) won’t be one of them. According to NBC Sports Bay Area Matt Maiocco, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said there is a chance Kittle will play this week and the team will play him if he is ready to return.

Kittle (foot) hasn’t played since Week 8, but returned to practice before the team’s Week 15 game against the Cowboys. Therefore, it will be more than a week in the field before Shanahan issues his final verdict.

Because Kittle is in IR, he will have no official practice status this week, so fantasy owners will rely on reports coming out of practice to find out Kittle’s condition. They should officially know if Kittle is activating a few hours before game time at the latest, and if so, it can be started as a solid TE1 with a high potential ceiling.

If Kittle can’t play, Jordan Reed would remain a streaming option, though he would fall at the lower end of the spectrum against a Cardinals defense that has been good against the TEs this year. Kittle would rank much higher than Reed, as Kittle is virtually match-proof, so if you need a head start in the position, feel free to hide Kittle and wait for him to play.

WEEK 16 PPR RATINGS:
Quarterback | Backward | Large receiver | Tight end D / ST | Kicker

Is Chase Edmonds playing this week?

UPDATE: Edmonds was limited to practice Thursday and is “questionable” for Saturday’s game.

Last week, Edmonds actually outscored Kenke Drake (13-12), and some homeowners may have hoped that Edmonds could serve as a flexor for them this week.

However, Edmonds has been practicing Tuesday and Wednesday while dealing with knee and ankle problems. If he can’t get to the training camp on Thursday, the Cardinals will probably have to operate without him. If it’s “limited” in practice, it may appear “questionable,” so fantasy owners will be watching Edmonds up close.

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If Edmonds can’t adapt, Drake will grab a big chunk of cash against the 49ers. This would increase his RB2 status, while Eno Benjamin would probably get some snapshots to write to Drake, but it wouldn’t be a viable fantasy option. If Edmonds ends up coming out and you need help with the flexible site, our flexible 16 week rankings can help you sort out potential options to trust your formations.