Fantasy Football Injury Watch: Week 15

Dec 17 2:55am

Hopefully you started out your semifinal matchup with a little Roddy White magic. Michael Turner and Julio Jones, both probable to play this week, ended up with double digit points as well. If you have anyone dealing with injury, you’re hoping they can mimic any of those performances this week. In the penultimate Injury Watch of the season, we’ll see if any banged-up players are worth playing … right now.


Sam Bradford (ankle) managed to play on Monday night, just not well. I wouldn’t expect him to give it a go this week, and with A.J. Feeley also hurt, the Rams may turn to Kellen Clemens. Yikes.

Jay Cutler (thumb) is out again after having surgery on his thumb, but he hasn’t ruled out returning for Week 16. I wouldn’t count on having him, and he’s OK to drop from all teams.

Josh Freeman (shoulder) is back to practicing fully, and with a good matchup against the Cowboys on Saturday night, I’d consider using him depending on my other options.

Matt Hasselbeck (calf) managed a limited practice on Sunday, and it’s looking like he’ll play, throwing cold water on my Jake Locker love this week (the rookie is also a little banged up).

Kevin Kolb (concussion) looks unlikely to play this week, but since John Skelton has been able to feed Larry Fitzgerald just as well, it doesn’t affect the star receiver’s stock on Sunday.

Colt McCoy (concussion) is looking unlikely to play after being sent home from practice on Thursday. It’ll be interesting to see if Seneca Wallace can do any better with this offense.

Matt Moore (neck) hasn’t practiced yet this week while recovering from a concussion, but all signs point to him playing. I hope he does, because I’m almost forced to rely on him this week.

Kyle Orton (finger) was able to put in limited practices this week, putting him on track to start for the Chiefs against the Packers. His return bodes well for Dwayne Bowe’s stock.

Christian Ponder (hip) hasn’t been limited in practice this week, so expect him to be under center for the Vikings. That’s good news for late-season breakout Percy Harvin.

Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) is going to have to make some strides in his recovery to take the field Monday night, and even if he plays, an aggravation of his injury could limit his action. Bench him.

Michael Vick (ribs) practiced in full on Thursday, and he’s in no danger of missing Week 15. However, he’s only a borderline fantasy play against the Jets. I’d rather have Tim Tebow.

Running Backs

Cedric Benson (back) has been taking it easy in practice, only getting in limited work on one day this week. Still, he’s a safe start this week and a must-start if you have him against the Rams.

Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) didn’t play in the first half of last week’s win, but that wasn’t injury related. He’s missed practice this week but looks on track to play on Sunday. Use him.

Matt Forte (knee) is still out, leaving Marion Barber to start again. I don’t really like his matchup, and I’d try to avoid using Barber in fantasy leagues.

Frank Gore (knee) was in and out of the lineup on Sunday while dealing with his knee injury, and although he looks better this week, I’d be hesitant to start the second-half dud.

Darren McFadden (foot) still isn’t practicing and still isn’t scheduled to play. Michael Bush should have a great game once again in his stead.

Adrian Peterson (ankle) isn’t quite back to full strength, but it looks like he’ll play this week after putting in limited practices. If you have him, you have to start him.

Kevin Smith (ankle) was limited in practice on Thursday, but the fact that he practiced at all is a good sign. Barring any Friday setbacks, he’s good to go this week and worth starting.

James Starks (ankle) hasn’t practiced yet this week after a Tuesday workout proved to be too much for his hurt ankle. Ryan Grant should get another start and is a solid RB2.

Beanie Wells (knee) has been limited in practice this week, but he’s a lock to start this week. Against a terrible Browns run defense, he should be in your lineups.

Wide Receivers

Deion Branch (groin) has been practicing in a limited fashion this week, making it appear he’ll be able to play against the Broncos. He’s no more than a deep WR3 option if he does play.

Sam Hurd (drugs) is taking a little break from football. If you had him in your fantasy felons league, congrats for winning the title.

Greg Jennings (knee) suffered a knee sprain that’s going to keep him out the rest of the regular season. Those in re-draft leagues should feel safe cutting him for WR help.

Andre Johnson (hamstring) hasn’t practiced this week and is unlikely to suit up on Sunday. He has an outside chance of being back in Week 16, and he’s worth hanging onto for now.

Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) had to miss the second half of last week’s game thanks to his still-not-healthy hamstring. He should be active this week but is a poor play against the Jets.

Nate Washington (ankle) played through a couple injuries last week to his ankle and back, and while he’s yet to practice this week, he should be able to start. If he does, play him.

Tight Ends

Scott Chandler (ankle) didn’t play last week with a bum ankle, and he probably won’t play this week. You should have already ditched him from your squad; if not, do it immediately.

Jimmy Graham (back) was limited in last week’s game and needed treatment for a back injury. However, he has practiced fully and is a virtual lock to play for the Saints and your team.

Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play through his injury after practicing on Thursday. He hasn’t done much during the second half though, so you’ll want to pursue other options.

R.J. White is the head writer at the Fantasy Baseball Cafe and Fantasy Football Cafe has also written for FanHouse. You can follow R.J. on Twitter here.

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