This is the final week of the regular season for fantasy football, which means all the decisions you make this week will either make or break your chances at winning that elusive league title. So get your listening ears on and your reading glasses on as I give you all the latest news and information about injuries from around the NFL.
As usual, the entire Patriots team is listed as questionable (not really, but seems like it). They will all play, so Dolphins fans need to be especially loud in this one!
I wanted to say that my heart and prayers go out to Kasandra Perkins, her family, and the 3-month-old baby girl she left behind. The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing week 13 with more on their minds than most people could ever imagine.
Greg Jennings makes his long awaited return from abdominal surgery this week. The problem I see with playing him in fantasy leagues is the rust he will have to knock off, and the timing he will have to regain with Aaron Rodgers. Because he has the best QB in the NFL throwing to him, he is a threat to have a monster game every single week. But, I simply don’t trust him as anything more than a flex play.
Ben Roethlisberger is still out, meaning Charlie Batch will again draw the start at QB. I personally wouldn’t play a single Steelers player this week as the passing game is as ugly as it gets, and the running game is watered down by a 3-headed monster at RB. Jonathan Dwyer could be a low-end RB2, but I would put more faith in him finishing with flex player stats this weekend.
Matt Forte is going to play against the Seahawks today. Forte is still going to see his TDs vultures by Michael Bush, and I also expect for the back-up RB to see a few additional snaps due to Forte’s sore ankle. Forte is a RB2 with limited upside.
Sidney Rice was a late addition to the injury report with a calf ailment. He is going to be a game-time decision, but that might not matter as Charles Tillman is likely to be zeroed in on him all day long. Rice projects as a flex play at best this week.
Percy Harvin didn’t travel with the team to Green Bay, and has been officially ruled out for this match-up. What that means is Kyle Rudolph should see a few more targets and scoring is either going to come from Adrian Peterson or Rudolph as the WR corps is horrible without Harvin.
DeSean Jackson is on the I.R. (ribs), which means Riley “Don’t call me Coach” Cooper will draw the start opposite Jeremy Maclin. QB Nick Foles has shown nothing in his tenure as the Eagles starter, but Bryce Brown was a monster last week (178 yards and 2TDs) if you look past his 2 fumbles. I love Brown, but would pass on anyone else in an Eagles uni.
On the opposite side of the field, DeMarco Murray is ready to make his long awaited return for the Cowboys. Felix Jones is dealing with bad knees, which means you can insert Murray into your RB2 slot and stick Jones on the bench.
Jonathan Stewart is a lock to miss this week with a high-ankle sprain, which means DeAngelo Williams will draw the start and carry the load. The Chiefs run defense is already ranked 24th in the NFL (126.1 YPG), and of course they also have the tragic events of Saturday on their minds. This could be a huge motivator or a major distraction for them, and I would bet on the latter of the two. I have Williams as a RB2 this weekend.
Darren McFadden is being listed as a game-time decision, and was limited in practice on Friday. Check back about 30 minutes before kick-off, but Marcel Reece is looking like the RB to play for the Raiders regardless of Run DMC’s status.
Mikel Leshoure is going to start and get his usual 15 carries and goal-line work this week. For all you that were worried about the ankle problem, let it go and play him as you normally would.
Danny Amendola is being listed as doubtful for the Rams this week. He didn’t practice on Friday, but did shed his walking boot. He did the same thing last week and played just seven snaps against the Cardinals. I don’t think it would matter much even he was a 100 percent healthy go as the 49ers defense is one of the best in the NFL this season. Get him out of your line-up.
Beanie Wells owners need not worry about the questionable tag the Cardinals put on him this week. He is going to start and carry the load for a painfully inept offense that could also be without Andre Roberts (ankle, game-time decision). Wells is a solid flex play while Roberts should be benched as long as Ryan Lindley is under center.
Mohamed Sanu had surgery for a foot injury he sustained in practice on Thursday, and Andrew Hawkins is nursing a knee injury. You’ll want to avoid any WR except A.J. Green and bump Jermaine Gresham into the TE1 category for this weekend.
Jalen Parmele (groin) and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) are both out, which then forces Rashad Jennings back into the starting role. Jennings has put up a pathetic 2.8 YPC this season, and he is not someone I would recommend owning in any format.
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