Yesterday’s games left us with two thoughts. First, how are Le’Veon Bell and Rashad Jennings going to be for next week after suffering head injuries? Secondly, where’s the Pepto? I ate waaaaaay too much and it’s not sitting well. Even the turkey basted with butter every half hour that tasted like heaven.
Both of them looked wobbly at best coming off of the field. Bell’s hit looked harder since his head hit the turf after his helmet came off.
Jennings looked wobblier than Grandma’s Jell-o mold. They both had really good days but be glad they have extra days off before their next game. Look for reports on Wednesday of next week to clarify these two running backs.
Around the rest of the league we go in a short list form. Some us have to work the day after Thanksgiving, you know.
ARI: Carson Palmer (hand), Michael Floyd (shoulder), Andre Ellington (knee)
Palmer should be good to go against the Eagles and their weak pass defense. He would only be a good start if you’re streaming quarterbacks.Floyd is looking for a third straight 100-yard game and has WR3/FLEX appeal to me. Ellington popped up on the injury list yesterday but is expected to play. If he doesn’t Rashard Mendenhall should get almost all of the carries.
ATL: Tony Gonzaez (toe)
Gonzo’s toe is flaring up again and playing another game on turf (in the dome in Toronto) might aggravate it more. Then again at 2-9 and this being his last season, there’s little reason for him to play if he’s hurt. I wouldn’t count on him this week.
BAL: Dennis Pitta (hip)
You’d have to be exceedingly desperate to pick up Pitta in a redraft league. He has good talent but coming back this late in the season is going to be tough on him. I also wonder how he will share snaps with Ed Dickson who has been playing the position all weekend. Dynasty/Keeper players should snap him up.
BUF: Stevie Johnson (groin) sand Robert Woods (ankle)
This is a positive piece of news for EJ Manuel getting back two of his better weapons. Johnson should be the better play against a weak Atlanta defense. Woods will also get his catches too but I think Johnson gets more done. Johnson high WR3; Woods low WR3.
CHI: Brandon Marshall (quad)
He’s playing. Start him with confidence as a WR1.
CLE: Jason Campbell (concussion)
He’s baaaaaaack! Brandon Weeden is going back to lead the Cleveland offense after Campbell’s braisn got knocked around. Weeden is a desperate play against Jacksonville. The Jaguars defense is just as desperate. Pass.
DEN: Knowshon Moreno (leg)
Moreno made it to the practice field Thursday and everyone sighed in relief. Apparently the crutches were just a precaution after banging up his ankle against the Patriots. He’s going to have a tough go if with the Chiefs keying in on him. Montee Ball makes a good sleeper play for this week if Moreno’s ankle gives him any problems in the next 48 hours.
HOU: Owen Daniels (leg)
For the few of you waiting for Daniels to come back, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be of any real value. He might play the final three or four games of the season but you want to have no part of him.
GB: Johnathan Franklin (concussion IR)
Franklin going on IR solidifies James Starks as the RB2 in Green Bay. Keep that in mind if cold weather forces Eddie Lacy’s asthma to flare up down the stretch. Yeah it’s a long shot but you never know.
Even with Aaron Rodgers potentially coming back next week, the Packers passing game isn’t the same without Randall Cobb who should be dropped in redraft formats.
IND: T.Y. Hilton (shoulder)
Hilton’s shoulder issue has him listed as day-to-day after he missed time in the first quarter against Arizona. If Hilton goes out, Andrew Luck’s value takes another hit and I wouldn’t trust him with depleted receivers at this time of the year. Look for more on Hilton today to guide the way on whether he plays. With the Colts passing issues and slow starts, I don’t trust him either.
KC: Tamba Hali (ankle) and Justin Houston (elbow)
Even if both were healthy, you’re not starting the Kansas City defense against Denver. Both missed practice Wednesday. Hali has the lesser injury and should play this week, for all of you IDP nuts. Houston isn’t likely to play and may need another week to have that elbow heal.
Here’s a few quick hits to wrap it up.
Adrian Peterson will play and should be started in all formats.
Darren Sproles is expected to play but will have a tough go of it against Seattle. With that being a Monday night game, it’s going to be difficult to pin your playoff hopes on him. FLEX at best.
Chris Ivory is reportedly moving well despite having suffered an ankle injury last week. Look to today’s update for more direction on his status. If he’s out Bilal Powell makes a nice last-minute add against a pillowy Miami defense that made Ryan Mathews look good.
As always, leave your questions below. Good luck this week and get those playoff berths.