Anyone experienced in playing fantasy football knows that NFL player performance is difficult to predict on a year to year basis.  That’s in large part because of injuries.  The other components making it difficult are teams divulging very little information and teams simply not putting their best players on the field.  Sometimes teams do things that are flat out stupid.  Exhibit A for the last two points: Stefon Diggs, who started the year as an inactive for the Vikings’ first three games.  Nobody knows precisely why the Vikings had their best wide receiver inactive for the first three games but it obviously had something to do with them not knowing exactly what they had in the rookie. So as the folks that play fantasy football, we have attempt to know what even the teams themselves don’t know.  I bring up Stefon Diggs because I nearly wrote a paragraph on him and Adam Thielen in my Week 4 Injury Report.  We knew their roles were increasing that week due to injures to wide receivers Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright.  I ultimately scrapped it as unnecessary due to the fact that the Vikings bye was the following week and it seemed like it would be difficult to hold Stefon Diggs through the bye what with him being a player the Vikings didn’t truly believe in yet.

This brings me to James Jones, a very unspectacular wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and what I wrote about him and Davante Adams earlier in the year:  That when Adams came back from his injury he wouldn’t have the same number of targets waiting for him when he came back that he was getting before the injury because of Jones’ superior performance.  Then I’d say that proved to be wrong as James Jones put up three terrible games during the Packers three game losing streak while receiving only 10 targets in those games.  The lack of targets were partly due to not as many targets to go around but also Davante Adams did receive an astonishing 21 targets in Green Bay’s loss to Detroit.

I think this may very well fall into the “team doing something stupid” category.  Looking at each player’s yards per target gives us an idea of which player has been more productive this year. Davante Adams has 308 yards on 53 targets for 5.81 yards per target.  James DeAndre Jones has 592 yards on 50 targets for 11.84 yards per target.  Also James Jones has bested Adams’ career yards per target every year except the year he was in Oakland.  So all of that just to say something that you may have already known:  Sometimes fantasy writers give bad advice that’s only bad because NFL teams are too stupid to get out of their own way.  James Jones was never going to keep up his early season production that came due unsustainable touchdown efficiency.  But if he doesn’t at least see more targets the rest of the way than Adams, I’m not quite sure what to think.  Now feast on the week 12 injury report.

Justin Forsett (arm) is out for the season due to fractured bones in his forearm.  Javorious Allen will see the majority of work at running back this year while Justin Forsett is expected to make a full recovery for next year.  Assuming they don’t make any ‘writing on the wall’ type of moves at running back in the offseason, I would expect Forsett to beat out Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro as the running back to own next year, but the roles might not be as clearly defined as they were headed into this year.

Joe Flacco (knee, ACL and MCL) will miss the remainder of the season as well.  It’s likely that he’ll be ok for next year, possibly not 100% at first but still very functional.  Obviously the Ravens offense has taken a big hit, making it hard to predict the game to game production for any skill player on the team.

Marshawn Lynch (sports hernia) is expected to miss about two more games.  Thomas Rawls has already been much discussed at Razzball, both this week and earlier in the season.

Danny Amendola (knee, PCL) is exactly the type that would get injured right after being thrust into a greater role due to a teammate’s injury.  Expect him to miss a game or two or three, probably not more.  I think that means you hold him in 12 team leagues unless you can get one of the top adds of the week.  With the waiver periods for most league having passed already this does you no good…  But I’d say it’s a rule of thumb that you shouldn’t drop an every week starter for a player you are unlikely to start during the dropped player’s absence.

Aaron Dobson (ankle) reportedly has suffered a high ankle sprain.  So he’ll be missing some time.  He was only worth owning in deep leagues anyway.  Keshawn Martin is on his way back soon, which makes him worth consideration in 14+ team leagues for as long as Amendola remains out.  Chris Harper is the other New England wide receiver worth checking into, unless/until they sign someone.

Devonta Freeman (concussion) has a chance to play Sunday but concussions are both clear cut and unpredictable at the same time.  They are clear cut because if a player has passed the concussion protocol then he will play.  They are unpredictable because the time it takes to be cleared seems to vary a lot on a player by player basis.  The “Full Participation” they listed for their Wednesday practice reports is either misleading or flat out wrong according to other information out there.

Charcandrick West (hamstring) appears somewhat likely to play at this point.


So now I leave you with the practice reports for week 12 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 25th, 2015

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

Atlanta Falcons
Devonta Freeman – RB – Full Participation
Leonard Hankerson – WR – Full Participation

Baltimore Ravens
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

Buffalo Bills
Marcus Easley – WR – No Participation
Tyrod Taylor – QB – Limited Participation

Carolina Panthers
Corey Brown – WR – Limited Participation
Ted Ginn Jr. – WR – Full Participation

Chicago Bears
Martellus Bennett – TE – No Participation
Ka’Deem Carey – RB – No Participation
Matt Forte – RB – Limited Participation
Alshon Jeffery – WR – Limited Participation
Eddie Royal – WR – No Participation
Marquess Wilson – WR – Full Participation

Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton – QB – Limited Participation
Tyler Eifert – TE – Full Participation
Marvin Jones – WR – Limited Participation

Cleveland Browns
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant – WR – Full Participation
Brice Butler – WR – Full Participation
Darren McFadden – RB – Full Participation
Tony Romo – QB – Full Participation

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

Detroit Lions
Eric Ebron – TE – Limited Participation
Calvin Johnson – WR – Limited Participation

Green Bay Packers
Jared Abbrederis – WR – No Participation
Davante Adams – WR – Full Participation
Eddie Lacy – RB – Full Participation
Ty Montgomery – WR – No Participation
Aaron Ripkowski – RB – Full Participation

Houston Texans
Brian Hoyer – QB – Full Participation
Chris Polk – RB – Full Participation
Nate Washington – WR – Full Participation

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

Jacksonville Jaguars
Toby Gerhart – RB – Full Participation
Allen Hurns – WR – Limited Participation
Nic Jacobs – TE – Limited Participation
Bernard Pierce – RB – No Participation
Neal Sterling – WR – No Participation

Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce – TE – Full Participation
Brian Parker – TE – Full Participation
De’Anthony Thomas – WR – No Participation
Charcandrick West – RB – No Participation

Miami Dolphins
Jay Ajayi – RB – Full Participation
Jarvis Landry – WR – No Participation

Minnesota Vikings
Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Full Participation

New England Patriots
Danny Amendola – WR – No Participation
Aaron Dobson – WR – No Participation
Julian Edelman – WR – No Participation
Keshawn Martin – WR – Limited Participation
Matthew Slater – WR – No Participation
Michael Williams – TE – Limited Participation

New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram – RB – Limited Participation
Willie Snead – WR – Full Participation

New York Giants
Larry Donnell – TE – No Participation

New York Jets
Kellen Davis – TE – No Participation
Eric Decker – WR – Full Participation
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB – Full Participation
Brandon Marshall – WR – Limited Participation
Devin Smith – WR – Full Participation

Oakland Raiders
Taiwan Jones – RB – No Participation
Lee Smith – TE – Full Participation

Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Bradford – QB – Full Participation
Zach Ertz – TE – Limited Participation
Ryan Mathews – RB – No Participation

Pittsburgh Steelers
Matt Spaeth – TE – Full Participation

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

Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin – WR – No Participation
Marshawn Lynch – RB – No Participation
Thomas Rawls – RB – Limited Participation
Paul Richardson – WR – No Participation

San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin – WR – Full Participation
Carlos Hyde – RB – No Participation

St. Louis Rams
Case Keenum – QB – Limited Participation

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Limited Participation

Tennessee Titans
Dexter McCluster – RB – No Participation
Kendall Wright – WR – Limited Participation

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

I should be available to answer questions on this Thanksgiving Day.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the holiday.


Lance is also available on Twitter @RotoLance.

  1. Scooter G says:

    I used my waiver on Rawls over J Allen but if Lynch comes back in 2-3 weeks for fantasy playoffs would you rather have J Allen? Trade Rawls for Allen or hold?

    Thanks happy Thanksgiving!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Scooter G: Allen may not be startable for you in the fantasy playoffs anyway, depending on what else you have, so I’d probably stick with Rawls.

  2. Wacha Wacha says:

    Happy Turkey Day Lance

    Looking to set my team up for playoff success. Which 2 QBS would you want to be starting in week 15 and which 2 in week 16 based on list below? I’ve included the week 15 & 16 matchups for your convenience.

    Rivers vs MIA @ OAK
    Romo vs NYJ @ BUF
    M Ryan @ JAX vs CAR
    Cutler @ MIN @ TB
    Mariota @ NE vs HOU

    This will help me evaluate some potential trades thanks! It get tough to predict what will happen as teams clinch playoff spots and rest players or bad teams are eliminated and start young players…

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Wacha Wacha: I’m thinking romo and rivers for both weeks 15 and 16

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Wacha Wacha: With Romo potentially missing time now I’m thinking Cutler might be next best (after Rivers) for both weeks, although for week 15 pretty close between him and Ryan.

  3. GarthButchers says:

    start which two out of J Stewart, McFadden, Yeldon, Forte, or DeAngelo Williams?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @GarthButchers: it looks like by the time your question got approved the Dallas Carolina game had locked. First time commenter? Sorry. I would probably have said d will and forte.

  4. Lex says:

    Flex advice for a standard scoring league…Cobb vs chi, Amendola vs Den or Kendall Wright vs oakland…gillmore or Chicago’s miller? Bennett is out

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Lex: Cobb because Amendola is too risky with his injury situation. Zach Miller over Crockett Gillmore, hope Miller’s roll continues.

  5. Jon says:

    I’m a big underdog this week in a standard PPR League. My flex choice is Davanate Adams or Ben Watson, (unless I roll the dice in a big way on Will Tye). Would appreciate any input. I’m leaning Watson because of Adams’ bad ankle and awful weather forecast for Green Bay. Thanks very much.

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:

      @Jon: def watson over tye.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Jon: Adams didn’t have much of a game did he? So hopefully you went Watson :)

  6. Big w says:

    Looking for last minute advice!!! Would you play forte and Langford or forte and Starks?

    Any and all input welcome!!!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Big w: I’m not exactly in tune with the details of these situations but off the top of my head I’m inclined to say

      Forte and Starks.

  7. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:

    i don’t know what info you are looking at, but even stuff in the news from Nov 26th (you may of course have written this earlier) says Lynch out at least a month.

  8. Rick Dempsey says:

    I’m in a bad RB spot, I’m in a 2QB league and can offer cam Newton, Matt Ryan, or Alex Smith to a team that needs one. Their RB’s are Char West, Spencer Ware, DeAngelo Williams, Chris Ivory, and Todd Gurley. I think I need to make a move now before we get too close to playoffs. Could you give me some ideas so I can maximize value? Thanks!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Rick Dempsey: Ryan for West, Cam for D. Will or Ivory, maybe some options? I’m not really sure what the QB market will be like in that league.

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