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The doc is in…the playoffs, that is. Are you? Let’s grab the charts and see what injuries will impact your week 13 matchups.

Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy is still out with a concussion as is Eagles QB Michael Vick. This wasn’t much of a surprise but it makes RB Bryce Brown a strong play for this week.  It’s no surprise that Brown performed so well on Monday night. Remember that he was rated AHEAD of Trent Richardson in 2008 when both were seniors in high school.

Another Brown that’s a little black and blue is Giants RB Andre Brown. He has a broken left fibula and is down for the year. David Wilson looks to be the new backup although the G-Men signed Kregg Lumpkin this week as insurance. Ahmad Bradshaw, should he stay healthy, looks to not have anyone to vulture carries from him anymore.

Chicago RB Matt Forte injured his ankle in the Bears’ thrashing of Minnesota last week. He’s been limited in practice but is expected to play. The Bears will be a little short offensively with WR Devin Hester out this week. He also takes a bit of the luster off of the Bears DST but certainly not enough to bench them.

For the Vikings, WR Percy Harvin is listed as questionable right now for this week against the Packers. It would be a huge boost to Minnesota to get him back in the lineup but check today’s official injury report for a real indicator of his status for the weekend.

Green Bay WR Greg Jennings is back to full practice and will play this week. Look for his role to be limited as he gets back up to speed following abdominal surgery four weeks ago. He should be full speed ahead for your team as you start the playoffs.

San Francisco K David Akers has reportedly been suffering through pelvic issues. Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff have been brought in for tryouts if Akers can’t go. Either way, look in another direction as the 49ers head to the Show-Me State to take on the Rams.

St. Louis WR Danny Amendola is listed as questionable and is again wearing the walking boot he sported this time last week. Yes, he got in the game against Arizona and had 1 catch for 39 yards but he’s still up in the air as of now.  Like Harvin, keep an eye on the official injury report later today to get clued in on his status.

Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure is officially questionable with an ankle injury. He missed Wednesday but was back at practice yesterday. This looks to be more of a preventative measure at this point in the season and he has a favorable matchup against Indianapolis. Expect him to start and be productive against the Colts.

Jacksonville is still without Maurice Jones-Drew and could be another week before he gets back in the lineup. With Jalen Parmele done for the year with a groin injury, Rashad Jennings will be the lead back against a soft Buffalo rush defense. Montell Owens will also be worked in so the situation isn’t as desirable as it looks on paper. Jennings is a desparation start while Owens shouldn’t be owned.

The final two stops on the injury tour for this week are Oakland and Pittsburgh.

In the Steel City, QB Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for this week’s game at the Ravens. Big Ben has been dealing with a significant amount of pain  since his rib injury three weeks ago against Kansas City. Pain is what it all comes down to for Roethlisberger. Can he handle the pain in his body and the pain the Ravens want to inflict on him? I wouldn’t put it past the Steelers to try and play him but the smarter move is to hold him out this week. Either way, there should be other quarterbacks on your roster or the waiver wire to take his place.

Regardless of who is under center for the Steelers, they will have the services of WR Antonio Brown for this week. brown sprained his ankle against the Giants and is ready to roll. Brown should still be on your bench, if you have him. If you don’t, there’s no real reason to dash to the wire and look for him.

Over in Oakland, RB Darren McFadden is finally practicing.  McFadden was hurt, again, and missed time, again, but is actually in the possibility of playing football in December. Just like the Steelers above with Big Ben, the Raiders would be prudent to wait another week before potentially bringing McFadden back. It would be easy for him to reinjure himself this weekend against Cleveland.

Not because of the fact it’s Cleveland but because of the weather. A heavy weather system is dumping inches of rain in the Bay Area this weekend and will make the field very swampy. Keep that in mind when contemplating Raiders and Browns this week. The point is the field at O.co is going to look more like O.no and there should be no way McFadden plays. If the Raiders go a little more conservative. They should being where they are in the standings.

There are no fantasy-relevant injuries in Carolina/Kansas City and there is little if anything fantasy relevant in Arizona against the Gotham Butt Fumbles. I mean the Jets. Really. I do. Naw. I just wanted to say Gotham Butt Fumbles.

Always keep on eye on the last-minute inactives as well. There are going to be a lot of people listed on the injury report and some of them will be decided Sunday morning.

On that note, leave your questions below and good luck on Week 13.

–Doc

18 Responses

  1. Chris says:
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    2 questions this week in a must win:
    Chad Henne or Jake locker and
    A Bradshaw or Chris Johnson??
    Thank you

  2. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    I need to win this week for playoffs… RB situation is good, but tough matchups this week. I have Trent Richardson slated for my #1 slot… #2 would normally be Ray Rice, but I’m worried about the matchup vs Pitt. My bench guy is Chris Johnson and he’s playing Houston. Starting to consider bringing in Knowshown Moreno vs Tampa due to the machup. What do you thinK?

  3. Leeor says:
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    i need a slot guy to start…
    greg jennings or mcfadden? i also have heyward-bey and mike williams (TB) on the bench.

    in my other league, i have reece in the slot.
    i also have maclin, hartline, michael bush and dwyer on the bench.
    who shold i start of those?

    thanks

  4. Elaw77 says:
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    Flex question: Mike Williams or Beanie Wells?

    Also for another league:

    Witten of Hernandez? Im thinking Hernandez

    Pick 2: Dez, Maclin, Reece, or LeShoure.

    Thanks!

  5. Cam says:
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    Pick four for PPR league this week. FYI We do get points for kick and punt yardage too:

    Edelman
    Forte
    Deangelo Williams
    Dwyer
    Torrey Smith
    Antonio Brown

  6. Chris says:
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    whos the better TE choice this week, brandon myers or greg olsen?

  7. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @Chris, I ‘d go Henne for the matchup and Johnson for the fact there will be no one to vulture off of him.

    The NYG-WSH game will be a runfest and that game will go by quickly. Johnson will be taking on a Texans team that’s thin at linebacker with Cushing out for the year. They’ll also be missing Brooks Reed and Bradie James as well. Johnson should have a good game against them.

    Good luck this week and get in those playoffs!

  8. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @Cheeeeeeze, Leave Moreno on the bench against the best run defense in the league.

    Also, you have got to take Rice over Moreno. Johnson will have a good game against Houston (see above answer) so he could be a flex option for you, if your league offers it.

    Start your studs, but your best foot forward and get in the playoffs. Where anything can, and will, happen.

  9. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @Elaw77, I’d go with Beanie Wells for your first question. Williams draws a tough matchup in Denver while Wells should be pounding the rock against the Gotham Butt Fumbles.

    Wells came back from injury this past week and got 17 of the Cardinals’ 21 carries (they passed it 52 times). The Arizona coaching staff believes in him but don’t hold your breath about big yardage.

    Second league: I’d go Witten. He leads the NFL in receptions and has been really locked on with Romo for the last few weeks. Big bonus if you play PPR.

    Pick 2: Dez (since Austin is banged up) is the first one and the Eagles waived Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin this week. Romo will have less pressure to deal with.

    LeShoure for the second one. His ankle appears to be a non-issue and Indy gets torn up on the ground.

    Reece almost got the nod for the second one. I think it’s going to be a mudbowl in Oakland and the Raiders shouldn’t bring McFadden out for this one. Reece should get the carries but look like he went through Mud Factor by halftime.

    Not big on Maclin (see above).

  10. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @Cam, In no particular order…

    Forte (if he plays) since he’ll be pivotal to the Bears’ chances.
    Dwyer since he will start against the Ravens.
    D-Will (last time he took on KC he went for 123 yards and 2 TDs)
    Smith (at home where the Ravens have won 16 straight) and the Ravens’ DST should be forcing turnovers.

    On the bench, I go with Edelman since I don’t think the Patriots will be returning many kicks. McCourty is more of the KOR and Edelman will see punt return duty. I don’t know how much the Dolphins will be punting given how weak the Patriots secondary is and the fact they get almost no pass rush.

    Antonio Brown also gets a seat on the pine. He’s just coming back off of an ankle injury. Without Ben, he has almost no value as a wideout so all of his value is in the return game.

  11. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    Olsen for me. KC got burned with underneath routes by the Broncos last week. Tight ends went 6-51-1 on 10 targets last week for Denver and it wouldn’t be a stretch if Olsen did about the same.

    Myers will be playing in a mudpit and it’s hard to run routes when you’re ankle-deep in slop.

    Good luck this week!

  12. Mark says:
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    Doc, need help! 0.5 ppr pick 2 flex..

    DeMarco Murray
    DeAngelo Williams
    David Wilson
    D Bess
    G Jennings

    Love your columns & keep up the great work!

  13. Murph says:
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    @AndrewNordmeier

    Of course you’re in the playoffs you have 49 teams!!!

  14. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @Mark, Thanks for the compliments.

    I like Bess against the Patriots. I expect Miami to throw the ball at least 50 times today. I’d consider Murray a good 2nd option.

    I don’t know what to make on anything with CAR-KC in light of the events of yesterday. I think Wilson will get just a few touches and jennings will be somewhat limited this week.

  15. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @ Murph. Indeed I do. Just for the record 391-191-2 for the season and I have already wrapped up 29 playoff spots and 5 #1 seeds.

  16. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @Leeor, Jennings is the pick for me. Oakland is going to be a swamp and McFadden won’t run well in the mud, if he plays.

    DHB should be on the bench as well but Tampa Mike could be a good option if you want to bank on garbage time in the game against Denver. The Broncos are tough against the pass and Tampa will try to pound Doug Martin as much as possible against Denver to keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines.

    Second league: In order, I go Bush, Dwyer, Hartline, Maclin.

    Forte could be limpy for the Bears. Dwyer gets the start for the Steelers but Baltimore will be ready for the run. Steelers won’t have Ben this week, so it’ll be a ground and pound for Pittsburgh.

    Hartline could put up good numbers against a weak New England secondary and Maclin I just don’t trust with Foles under center against a good Dallas secondary.

    Good luck Leeor!

  17. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    @Chris, see my reply below…forgot to hit the button and man it’s early.

  18. Murph says:
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    @Andrew Nordmeier,

    Ray Rice 2008-2012 vs Steelers:

    78 Rush YPG 41 Receiving YPG .05 TD

    I’ll take Rice over Moreno any day. Tampa’s D is top tier not to mention this is a pass first Bronco’s team which is the only reason Moreno is starting (Best Pass Blocker). The best chance for production is if the Bronco’s get up early on the Buc’s but even then John Fox might want to try his hand with Ronnie Hillman to get the rookie more experience.

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