Week 17 Fantasy Injury Update: Latest news on Kyler Murray, Cooper Kupp and Dameon Pierce

The fantasy injury report for week 17 includes Kyler Murray, Cooper Kupp, and Dameon Pierce. Let’s take a look.

Fantasy Injury Update: Kyler Murray, Cooper Kupp and Dameon Pierce for week 17

Fantasy Injury Update: Kyler Murray, Cooper Kupp and Dameon Pierce for week 17 

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  • Kyler Murray
  • Cooper Kupp
  • Dameon Pierce

Let’s get started.

1. Kyler Murray

UPDATE: Murray is believed to have suffered a “clean” ACL tear in Monday’s 27-13 loss to the Patriots and is set to undergo surgery, as well as another procedure to repair the meniscus in his left knee, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Murray is entering his fourth NFL season after finishing in the top ten in each of his first three.

Murray’s 69% completion rate and 7.9 YPA both ranked in the top five at the position in 2021, demonstrating his continuous improvement in the efficiency department.

Murray’s rushing output dropped significantly last season, but he still finished fourth in carries, yardage, and touchdowns.

His supporting cast is as strong as it has ever been, led by DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown, and Zach Ertz. Murray, at the age of 25, is still a solid fantasy QB1.

2. Cooper Kupp

According to Andrew Siciliano of DirecTV’s “NFL Sunday Ticket,” Rams head coach Sean McVay stated on Tuesday that he is “hard pressed” to see Kupp (ankle) return from injured reserve before the season’s end.

It’s reasonable to expect Kupp to slow down this season, especially given his age and the fact that he’s missed three of the last five NFL seasons, but he’s still a lock for a significant target share in one of the league’s top offenses. He should be selected in the first round.

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3. Dameon Pierce

According to Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans placed Pierce (ankle) on injured reserve on Saturday.

Houston selected Pierce in the fourth round of the draft in April. He is a powerful, explosive back who can contribute as a rusher and receiver.

He excelled at forcing missed tackles and after contact (3.6), gaining 10-plus yards on a class-best 20% of his carries, and displaying pass-catching ability by catching all 19 catchable targets and averaging 10.8 yards per target.

Pierce appears to have a lot of potential, but he lacks top-end speed (4.59 40-yard dash) and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll be considered a three-down back after never clearing 106 carries or 23 targets in four seasons at Florida.

Still, he has a chance to play a significant role, with Rex Burkhead, 32, as his primary competition for touches.

Pierce is a flex option who could put up RB2 numbers.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., Amazon

Sunday, Jan. 1

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., Fox

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., Fox

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans, 1 p.m., CBS

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 1 p.m., CBS

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants, 1 p.m., CBS

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox

Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders, 1 p.m., Fox

San Francisco 49ers at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m., Fox

New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Monday, Jan. 2

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:30 p.m., ESPN/ABC