Julian Edelman’s Sunday shoes are most definitely going to be “kicked off” for the next several weeks.  I actually started, umm, researching, let’s say, the Kevin Bacon movie Footloose to see how I could work a Julian Edelman Footloose pun into this post.  Then I came across something… interesting.  See, I’ve also spent a lot of time researching Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well.  And OH MY GAWD OH MY GAWD OH MY GAWD, you guys, it turns out the character’s name from Footloose is Ren McCormack!

The Knights of Ren follow Ren McCormack?

Perhaps all of these fellas just want to… cut footloose?

Anyway, depending on whom you ask, injuries might be the worst thing about fantasy football, the NFL and football in general.  (Another candidate for worst thing might include the fact that playing fantasy football can put us in a position where we end up rooting for some real scumbags…).  Writing this post sometimes makes me feel like I’m the bearer of bad news.  Nevertheless, I’m tasked with bringing you information to help you succeed in playing fantasy football.  In my quest to provide actionable fantasy analysis I like to reference people with medical credentials.  Well, this primarily turns out to be one person (named David Chao), not people, and as it turns out he is a very controversial figure in the NFL.  Yet he also has some of the best, readily available, film based injury diagnoses.  I’ve included a paragraph at the end of this post that addresses why I’m ultimately OK with using him as a reference for these injury situations.  So with that out of the way let’s talk some fantasy football injuries… (and I promise it’s delightful and full of people missing weeks due to foot injuries).

Julian Edelman (foot) has suffered a Jones fracture and will probably miss the rest of the regular season.  This is the same type of injury Dez Bryant suffered earlier in the year.

It’s great if you own Danny Amendola, yet I don’t think Edelman’s production in the offense is replaced that easily.  It just seems like between Edelman and Dion Lewis they’ve lost two big components which were helping to make that offense so efficient.  So it might seem enticing that Amendola, Brandon LaFell and possibly others will see a higher share of the targets, just remember, due to the loss of efficiency there will be less targets available as a whole.

Peyton Manning (foot).  I mean, wow.  Just wow.  We’ve seen bad Manning all year.  Now we’ve seen worst Manning.  I’m hopeful that he will stay off the field until he is feeling much much better.  And I’m not even sure that he will get there this year.  I hope he does.  I suspect Manning will miss at least two weeks, maybe the rest of the regular season?  Maybe if he starts to feel better and play better in practice they bring him back for the last week or two to get him ready for the playoffs?  I think to come back earlier than that he’ll have to feel a whole lot better and Brock Osweiler will have to be quite bad.

Carlos Hyde (foot) update:  Apparently Hyde might not get back to being the same player this year because his stress fracture isn’t going away anytime soon.  Between him missing weeks and questionable effectiveness when/if he gets back on the field I’m skeptical that he’ll be able to provide value this year.  I don’t think you drop him yet because I doubt there’s anyone on your wire worth dropping him for.

Breshad Perriman (knee) update:  He’s now officially done for the year.  Assuming he will go back to being himself next year, it’s a very interesting situation for him value-wise.  On the hand they don’t have much else there right now (who knows if Steve Smith Sr. will be back) on the other hand I think they will make further attempts to upgrade their WR corps as Perriman was supposed to be the first of such upgrades.

Kevin White (tibia) update:  Things aren’t looking any better for Kevin White.  And I think most of us would have loved to see what Perriman and White were capable of this year because they might have been capable of a lot as they both have QBs that have pretty good deep accuracy on deep throws.

Oh and DeVante Parker (foot) too.  He may still make a meaningful contribution this year, but I’m not hopeful of it.  The tale of his foot injury goes something like this:  Injured it in college, replaced screw in June, re-injured versus New England a few weeks back.


So now I leave you with the practice reports for week 11 of the NFL season.  These are the same reports that each team is required to give the league after every day of practice.  Teams that play Thursday have a full injury report with the “Out/Doubtful/Questionable/Probable” designations due by Wednesday.  Teams that play Sunday (or Saturday) only have a practice report due Wednesday and teams that play Monday have nothing at all due by Wednesday, which is when this post is written.

The Practice Report for November 18th, 2015

Arizona Cardinals
John Brown – WR – No Participation
Larry Fitzgerald – WR – Limited Participation
Michael Floyd – WR – No Participation

Atlanta Falcons
Leonard Hankerson – WR – Limited Participation

Baltimore Ravens
Nick Boyle – TE – No Participation

Buffalo Bills
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

Carolina Panthers
Fozzy Whittaker – RB – Limited Participation

Chicago Bears
Matt Forte – RB – Limited Participation
Alshon Jeffery – WR – Limited Participation
Eddie Royal – WR – No Participation

Cincinnati Bengals
Mario Alford – WR – Limited Participation

Cleveland Browns
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Dallas Cowboys
Brice Butler – WR – No Participation

Denver Broncos
Owen Daniels – TE – No Participation
Virgil Green – TE – Full Participation
Ronnie Hillman – RB – Full Participation
Peyton Manning – QB – No Participation
Emmanuel Sanders – WR – No Participation

Detroit Lions
Joique Bell – RB – Limited Participation
Calvin Johnson – WR – No Participation

Green Bay Packers
Jared Abbrederis – WR – No Participation
James Jones – WR – Full Participation
Eddie Lacy – RB – Full Participation
Ty Montgomery – WR – Full Participation
Aaron Rodgers – QB – Limited Participation

Houston Texans
DeAndre Hopkins – WR – No Participation
Brian Hoyer – QB – No Participation
Chris Polk – RB – No Participation
Nate Washington – WR – Full Participation

Indianapolis Colts
Phillip Dorsett – WR – No Participation
Andre Johnson – WR – No Participation
Andrew Luck – QB – No Participation

Jacksonville Jaguars
Toby Gerhart – RB – Full Participation
Allen Hurns – WR – Full Participation
Nic Jacobs – TE – No Participation
Marqise Lee – WR – Full Participation
Bernard Pierce – RB – No Participation
Julius Thomas – TE – Full Participation
Bryan Walters – WR – Limited Participation
T.J. Yeldon – RB – Limited Participation

Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce – TE – Full Participation

Miami Dolphins
Damien Williams – RB – Full Participation

Minnesota Vikings
Matt Asiata – RB – Limited Participation
Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Full Participation
Adrian Peterson – RB – Limited Participation
Adam Thielen – WR – Full Participation

New England Patriots
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

New Orleans Saints
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

New York Giants
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

New York Jets
Eric Decker – WR – Full Participation
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB – No Participation
Brandon Marshall – WR – Limited Participation
Bilal Powell – RB – Full Participation

Oakland Raiders
Lee Smith – TE – No Participation

Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Bradford – QB – No Participation
Ryan Mathews – RB – No Participation

Pittsburgh Steelers
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

San Diego Chargers
Malcom Floyd – WR – No Participation
Antonio Gates – TE – Limited Participation
Ladarius Green – TE – No Participation

Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin – WR – No Participation
Marshawn Lynch – RB – No Participation
Paul Richardson – WR – No Participation
Luke Willson – TE – Full Participation

San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin – WR – Limited Participation
Carlos Hyde – RB – No Participation
Colin Kaepernick – QB – Full Participation

St. Louis Rams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson – WR – No Participation
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Limited Participation

Tennessee Titans
Justin Hunter – WR – No Participation
Kendall Wright – WR – No Participation

Washington Football Team
Alfred Morris – RB – Full Participation
Andre Roberts – WR – Full Participation

Now, back to David Chao and my decision to use him as a reference.  First of all, when I first started using him I was unaware of his controversy (technically speaking I think I had come across an article but I forgot about it).  It was pointed out to me by a commenter.  So it turns out that David Chao has purportedly done a number of questionable things which you can read about here. (Warning: it’s some troubling, if not disturbing, stuff).  The bottom line is I that I think his information is still worthwhile, regardless of his questionable past.  However, if you know of anyone else that has as much worthwhile information I’d be happy to use that person as a source instead.  So let me know in the comments section.



Lance is also available on Twitter @RotoLance.

  1. tentyme says:

    hello there !! good afternoon. In a 1 point PPR league do I play Allen hurns in a very good matchup vs tenn. or plat lafell vs buf. not the best of matches. tenn. is bad vs the #2 wr the worst in the league I think. but N.E. lost 2 big parts of that passing offense so lafell will be needed more. This is for my flex position my main starting wr is Hopkins and Landry. Could ya help me out with a lil advice. The guy i’m playing has Bortles as his starter and It be nice to watch my guy on Thursday but it also be nice to watch my guy on monday lol i’m all sorts of turned around.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @tentyme: Somehow I left Hurns out of the injury discussion. He’s playing through a groin injury apparently and offseason surgery may be necessary (according to Chao again). It hasn’t affected his play so far, but it does make him riskier. I like either play really.

      I’d probably go Hurns.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    I think I want to party with this Dr. Chao

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Ralph Lifshitz: Oh yeah. I can be a bit slow and naive at times so it didn’t dawn on me that someone would reach that conclusion, even facetiously.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:

        @RotoLance: Full of surprises

  3. Chris S says:

    Need to drop 1 in PPR league: CJ Anderson, David Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Karlos Williams

    Who ya got?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Chris S: Umm, wow. I hate decisions like this. I guess I’d rank them:
      Lacy > Cobb > Williams > Anderson in a close call. I know Yahoo! leagues let you drop people on your bench after their game, so if Cobb doesn’t do much tonight I might put him last in that list. I have Lacy first put, I literally could have put him last, decided against it for various reasons. There’s an argument to be made for everyone here.

  4. Scooter G says:

    Any chance Forte plays this week?

    Would you rather own Langford and Forte or McCoy and k williams going forward?

    Would you trade Forte for J forsett, l blount, cj2k, D woodhead, or is that selling too low?


    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Scooter G: Sure there’s a chance. I’m telling you there’s a chance. It’s doubtful.

      I think I’d rather own Langford and Forte due to their division of labor being more clear. I assume/guess that Langford will not eat into Forte’s carries all that much when he comes back. I wouldn’t trade Forte for any of those guys unless maybe I thought he would miss the next two weeks, but still, close call.

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:

        @RotoLance: Well, it’s pretty close with Forsett. Closer than I first thought, but still, I think not.

  5. Wacha wacha says:

    Now that Romo is finally healthy where do you rank him compares to these other QBs. Which of the QBs would you rather own than Romo Ros? He does have a tough play off schedule.

    Tannehil, Rivers, Palmer, big Ben, M Ryan, D Carr, bortles

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Wacha wacha: Tough playoff schedule? Romo knows not these things. I have a very high level of confidence in Romo but I also loved Big Ben coming into the season and Palmer’s been so good.

      Let’s assume Ben is going to come back completely healthy and stay healthy, which might not be a great assumption but anyway…

      Ben > Romo > Palmer > Rivers > Carr > Ryan > Bortles but with Ben having a bye this week I could see Romo being ahead of him for that reason, depending on how having to hold 2 QBs through the bye affects the rest of your team.

  6. Mike says:

    Hurns or forsett at flex?
    Standard league

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Mike: Forsett somewhat handily.

  7. malamoney

    malamoney says:

    Thoughts on Draughn?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @malamoney: He could put up decent numbers, he’s a borderline starter in 10 and 12 team leagues. I’d like to own him right now in case Hyde doesn’t come back this season because under that scenario Draughn probably has a few good weeks in him. I really don’t know anything about him as a player though, I’m under the assumption he’s just a guy.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @malamoney: Unrelated, if you get a chance you should watch the new Netflix series Jessica Jones.

  8. goodfold2 says:

    so we have a guy who’s a drunk driving, croaker, caught hiding evidence in court, bad doctor who also has “connections” that make sure any football player drops his cases, but regular people aren’t bought off and often win their cases against him (but the lost cases aren’t mentioned, could be many many more actually). One would think medical board(s) would be going out of their way to make sure this guy isn’t mentioned in same sentence along with the word “doctor” in it. I’m pretty sure writing yourself scripts isn’t at all legal and sufficient if caught to lose your license in the first place.

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