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In most leagues this is championship week. It also means 80 percent or more of players are done for the season. For those who still remain, let’s take a look at the key injuries that can make or break your title dreams.

Adrian Peterson (foot, groin) was limited in practice the last couple days as was Toby Gerhart (hamstring) and Matt Asiata didn’t practice either so the Vikings’ running back situation looks like a big mess heading into this week against Cincinnati. Today should provide clarity as to who will do the running against the fifth-best rush defense in the league.

If Peterson’s available, you play him. Gerhart is more of desperation play and Asiata looks like someone to avoid all together. While Asiata scored three times last week, keep in mind his low yardage totals. Asiata should only be used in TD-only formats if both AP and Gerhart are out.

Aaron Rodgers of the Packers is another one of these questionable players who could make-or-break your title hopes Rodgers has been very guarded about his status this week and today will give more clarity. He’s suddenly relevant after Detroit has fallen apart and the Pack now has a chance to win the NFC North.

Green Bay hosts Pittsburgh this week and they are a top-10 team against the pass. I’m not overly sold on Rodgers if he comes back this week. Yes, he would provide the Green Bay offense a massive boost but it’s a lot different when the red practice jersey comes off and he’s in a live game. If you’ve made it this far without Rodgers evaluate your other quarterbacks on your roster and the free agents to find someone potentially more reliable. Jay Cutler (against Philly) looks like a nice option this week.

Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) has not yet passed all of the concussion protocols required by the league to be able to go back on the field. The Cardinals are in Seattle this week and, as tough as it is, it’s time to bench him. Earlier this season Fitzgerald was held to two catches for less than 20 yards against the Seahawks. Last time in Seattle it was one catch for two yards in the 58-0 disaster of a game. RB Andre Ellington (knee) is the only recommended option this week and he’s a weak FLEX play at best.

Joe Flacco’s knee has him questionable this week with a mild sprain of the MCL. It’s something that can be effectively supported with a knee brace so I don’t have concerns about him this week against New England. It’s the lack of touchdowns and offense in general last week that’s more concerning. Flacco is a borderline QB play this week.

Buffalo RB Fred Jackson could have a positive impact on your team if he performs well against Miami. He’s dealing with a rib injury but we’ve seen players play through worse this season (see also: Tate, Ben) so I like him to be productive against the Dolphins. He’s more of a flex player unless your roster has been decimated.

Speaking of Tate, he finally went on IR this week with a fifth broken rib. Apparently he couldn’t take it anymore and that fifth rib was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Losing 12 in a row also hurts too and it’s surprising he wasn’t shut down earlier given how awful this season has been. Dennis Johnson gets the call at running back with Deji Karim backing him up. Houston hosts Denver this week so Johnson should get plenty of opportunities to carry the ball. Johnson also makes a nice FLEX this week.

Wes Welker (concussion) still isn’t cleared to come back on the field. The Broncos probably don’t need Welker to get the win over Houston so the prudent play is to hold him out and have him ready for the playoffs. I don’t expect him to play this week so make sure he is out of your lineup.

Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars is questionable with a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup last week. Jordan Todman went off against Buffalo with about 140 yards of offense. Jacksonville has nothing to play for so it makes more sense to let M-J-D s-i-t on the bench this week. You should do the same. Todman has a nice matchup against the Titans who just allowed 145 rushing yards to Arizona and he makes an RB2 this week.

Daniel Thomas is questionable this week for Miami. We thought this guy was toast after damaging his ankle ligaments a couple weeks back but apparently he’s Superman in disguise. The Miami running back situation is a mess but it’s a favorable matchup this week against the Bills. While Thomas has scored three of the last four weeks, that’s the only way he should have value in this matchup—if he scores. And you can’t bet your whole season on it. Lamar Miller is the better play at the RB position since Miami has finally shown more confidence in him.

Danny Amendola (groin) is questionable for this week for New England at Baltimore. If he can’t go for some reason Julian Edelman will get the targets and Edelman has been one of the most frequently-targeted players in the league over the last few weeks. Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) are also questionable so look at today’s report for more clarity; anyone beyond Edelman is a crapshoot.

Victor Cruz (knee) is done for the season for the Giants. As if things haven’t been bad enough, Eli Manning loses his best receiving threat for the game against Detroit. The Giants are pretty much toast coming into this one so the Detroit DST is a great play this week for those who stream DSTs.

We’ve seen a lot of players get hurt this season and its wreaked havoc on lineups. Hopefully, you’ve been able to navigate the minefield of injuries and are still alive at this point. Leave your questions below and next week, we’ll reveal the All-IR team to close the season out.

29 Responses

  1. Brett says:
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    Ppr flex Rainey Nelson or white?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Brett: Rainey. Indoor game against the Rams should give him lots of room. GB game could be impacted by 4 inches of snow and no Rodgers…and I wouldn’t want to place all my chips on Roddy White on Monday night in SF.

  2. Sam says:
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    In the finals of PPR league. Starting 2RBs, should I start Todman, D. Johnson, Woodhead, or F. Jackson?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Sam: First two.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Oops, Todman and Woodhead.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: nope right the first time, first 2. woodhead barely used like last 5 or more weeks.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Sam: Todman and Johnson for sure based on the workload.

  3. Mikeoneymaker says:
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    Need help here, you guys have gotten me this far, .5pt ppr:

    D. Thomas, K Allen, Bryant and Edelman. Need to bench 1

    Vareen, Todman, and Stacy. Need to bench 1

    Ertz, Griffin, or Quarless. Who do I start?

    Thanks guys love the site.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Mikeoneymaker: Edleman, Vereen, Quarless

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: ertz, as CHI are much worse against TE’s than PIT. plus ertz is getting targets finally.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Mikeoneymaker: Bench Edelman, Vereen and start Ertz based on the matchup.

  4. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Two-QB league championship.

    Crazy to consider Cousins over Romo or even Newton?

    Is D. Jax a safe start? I heard Philly could rest players if DAL loses. Alternatives include Amendola and Mike Wallace.

    One flex: Todman, Andre Brown, or the aforementioned Amendola and Wallace.

    Thanks for any opinions!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: they better not bench a sunday night player. there’s nobody to pick up to replace him if so, unless earl bennett works for anybody. NOPE! or some bum like manningham (who may not even be open).

        • Hal Incandenza says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I would rather play Amendola .if there is a valid risk here. Heard anything to make you not trust D.Jax given the possible situation? He starts at 4:25 Eastern. . . I could swap him in if DAL looks to be losing. But I’d prefer to get a nice D.Jax whole game. . . .

          • Hal Incandenza says:
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            @Hal Incandenza: He [Amendola] starts at 4:25.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: Over Newton, somewhat. Over Romo, also somewhat.

      While Dallas is a tasty matchup, I’m still not buying into an unproven QB this late in the season. I’d still go with the Romocoaster. Newton is solid but is in a matchup with two of the top four defenses this season.

      DJax is a safe start, both teams will still have something to play for, even on SNF and I like him better than the others.

      Flex should be Todman against the Bills. The Giants look like they should run a lot w/o Cruz but that DET front four is tough. Amendola is questionable with a groin and Wallace has been erratic.

  5. Marco says:
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    Cutler or Kaepernick? And at TE, Bennett or Z Miller?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Marco: Cutler based on the matchup and Miller since AZ has allowed 15 TDs to TE this season.

  6. Walter says:
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    Pick two: Lacy, Morris, Murray? Pick one: Cutler or Stafford?

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @Walter: Lacy and Murray. Tough call at QB but neither seem a bad option to me. Dance with who brung ya.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Walter: Cutler at QB. Morris and Murray at RB. The game in GB will be impacted by snow and it could be hard footing. With it being cold it could give Lacy an asthma attack and you don’t want to see your title hopes fade because of a guy sucking on an inhaler.

      Green Bay is supposed to be 21 degrees with 30 MPH winds so it’s gonna feel damn chilly there.

  7. Tom says:
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    Morris, Bush or Todman. Need two, standard league. Thanks bud

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Tom: I’ll go first two. Dallas is awful against RBs. Detroit should be able to run a bunch hen they get a big lead on the Giants.

      Todman has a great matchup so I wonder if you could flex him in..

  8. Blake says:
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    PPR League – Cousins or tannehil?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Blake: Tannehill. He’s been more reliable this season and the Bills should give plenty of opportunities.

  9. Aaron says:
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    championship game and I need help. (non ppr)
    who would you start?

    Foles or Romo (pick 1)

    Edelman, Kendall Wright, Jordy Nelson (pick 2)

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew says:
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      @Aaron: Foles, Edelman and Jordy.

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    everybody bench MJD and Todman, MJD is playing.

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