It’s the end of the regular season or the start of the playoffs in fantasy football and the injuries just don’t care which situation you are in. Some injuries are going to be older ones while we also have a spate of fresh hurts that will impact your fantasy rosters. That being said, let’s see who’s in the clinic this week.

Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring) went down hurt in the first quarter of last week’s game and didn’t return. Nelson has missed a couple days of practice this week and doesn’t appear to be on target to play Sunday night against Detroit.

With it being a Sunday night game, have a backup plan ready either way. Sure, the Patriots and Texans play Monday so there are some quality options available (if you have them on your roster). Either way, I wouldn’t count on Jordy Nelson this week and would expect Greg Jennings to believe in himsmelf and be the primary target for Aaron Rodgers.

Detroit WR Ryan Broyles tore his ACL and is done for the season. Lions WR Titus Young is also on IR so Mike Thomas will get the call opposite Calvin Johnson this week. As mentioned in the waiver wire piece, Thomas has the opportunity to put up good numbers and Brian Robiskie wil be fighting for the scraps as the WR3.

Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy (concussion-phase 3) is getting closer to getting back on the field. While he has moved from phase 2 to 3 of the recovery, it’s still no safe bet that he’ll be back on the field this season. Michael Vick has been stuck at stage 4 for about a month now and he has been shelved for the rest of the season. Look for the Eagles to contemplate the same thing at 3-9.

Carolina WR Brandon LaFell (foot sprain) is an iffy proposition for this week’s game against Atlanta. He’s suffering from the dreaded turf toe and reportedly also has a chipped bone in his foot too. It looks like Cam Newton will have to rely on Steve Smith and Greg Olsen more in the passing game this week against the Falcons.

New York Jets TE Dustin Keller (ankle sprain) is still limping significantly and may not play this week. Greg Cumberland, the hero of the scintillating 7-6 win over Arizona last week, would get the call if Keller can’t play. Neither of them look to be particularly strong options against the Jaguars.

Jacksonville RB Rashad Jennings (concussion) left last week’s game. He hasn’t practiced since and is highly doubtful for this week. With MJD still being listed as highly questionable, look for Montell Owens to be the lead back with Jordan Todman expected to split carries. Neither has any real fantasy value.

New England WR Julian Edelman (foot) has put on IR and his season is done. He left last week’s game with a foot injury and it turns out to be a broken foot. Brandon Lloyd will have to step up to try and fill in the gap Edelman leaves. Devin McCourty could see extra duties in the kick return game with Edelman out.

Pittsburgh will be getting QB Ben Roethilsberger (rib) back for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. While there will be some familiarity coming back for the Steelers, it remains to be seen how effective he will be. it’s one thing to be okay in practice but in my eyes, Big Ben needs to prove that he can do it on the Big Stage before I consider starting him again. Not with the playoffs on the line. I need a healthy dependable quarterback for the playoffs.

Chicago LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring) may miss the rest of the regular season. Look for this to be week to week for now for those of you who play IDP formats. The Bears DST will not be as strong without him, but still should be an every-week play.

Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson (calf) shouldn’t slow him down this week. He’s gotten two full days worth of practice in and is good to go with a favorable matchup against the Eagles.

Dallas RB Demarco Murray (foot) looks to be back to normal and should be started as usual this week. Murray takes on a tough Bengals’ defense that doesn’t surrender many points to rushers so lower your expectations a little. Dallas WR Miles Austin (hip) is probable this week as well. Yet again, Cincy has a tough defense and Dez Bryant has been hot as of late. Austin and Murray both get the same outlook against Cincy.

And now for the quick wrap-around the rest of the relevant injuries, it’s time for…

Speed Rounds

Donald Brown will be out for the Colts this week so RB Vick Ballard will have another chance to shine…Arizona QB Kevin Kolb was limited in practice this week but John Skelton will get the start as the Cardinals try to snap their eight-game losing streak when they visit Seattle. That sounds like a lot of Angry Birds going at it in Starbucks City…St. Louis WR Danny Amendola(foot) is still limited for this week against Buffalo and could be the dreaded game-time decision…Cincinnati K Mike Nugent (calf) looks to be out this week as the Bengals signed Josh Brown for this week. Brown has missed just 10 times in eight seasons from inside the 40-yard range so he could be a good last-minute add to replace Nugent.

There you have it. There are a lot of dinged up players this time of year and hopefully your team isn’t getting bitten by the injury bug.

Leave your comments and questions below and good luck this week!


  1. Velocity_X says:

    I am in a desperate spot here and need the best of the worst for RBs in a PPR.

    My options are Bell, Beanie or Montell Owens. Also have Daniel Thomas, but that’s a nightmare matchup against SF.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @Velocity_X: Eeek. Those are bad. Beanie should get the most carries but the Cardinals look horrendous.

      Bell might get his due against Detroit but it’s too hard to predict what the split will be between him and LeShoure. In a PPR format, Bell would give you the most bang for the buck.

      Montell Owens will be the lead this week in JAX but the Jets are not easy to run on. Thomas against SF is also ugly.

      I would try Beanie based on being THE lead back in Arizona and that’s like trying to find the cheeseburger with the least mold in the McDonald’s dumpster.

  2. Chris says:

    Flex spot: Start 1: Chris Johnson, Jake Locker, Sam Bradford, BJGE
    Defense pick 1: Buffalo or St Louis.

    Thank you again


    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @Chris: I have to go Chris Johnson against Indy for that flex spot. He was a yard short of 100 last time out against Indy and averaged 122 YPG in his six previous games before last week.

      Green-Ellis has come on as of late and isn’t likely to have Cedric Peerman peering over his shoulder against Dallas. I think he’s a good second option for you and Dallas had problems stopping the run. I wonder if you could get both of these guys in your lineup.

      Locker is going to have issues with passing with the Titans O-Line being more of a MASH unit; handing the ball off to CJ2K also keeps Andrew Luck on the sidelines longer.

      I’m not big on Bradford as the Rams should be running S-Jax hard at the Bills and his receivers are good, but not great.

      Good luck this week!

  3. Nick says:

    Trying to decide on a TE to start this week. Currently have Martellus Bennett and Vernon Davis, with Greg Olsen and Dallas Clark sitting on the waiver wire. I like Bennett playing against a Saints D that will give up a lot of yards in the air, while LaFell’s injury makes Olsen likely beneficiary of more targets. Thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @Nick: I agree with your line of thinking on LaFell and the matchup against the Saints.

      Vernone Davis has been putting out crummy stats by comparison to what we’re used to. A stat line of 37-502-5 is nothing to write home about. Bennett has the matchup edge here and I would start him over Davis. I expect the Miami front four to make Colin Kapernick’s day rather rough. Cameron Wake will be able to tell you all about Kapernick’s tattoos by the end of the game.

      I like Olsen the best with LaFell on LaBench. Bennett gets a nod over Clark based on the matchup. Davis comes in last out of this four.

  4. steve says:

    1 WR – Justin Blackmon, James Jones, or Jeremy Kerley??!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @steve: Blackmon. I don’t trust Mark Sanchez for anything and James Jones seems to be relegated to a WR3 behind Jennings and Cobb this week. (Make that WR4 when Jordy comes back.)

      Blackmon will be the WR1 in Jacksonville this week with Cecil Shorts out with a concussion. Let’s see if the rookie can get the job done and that the Houston game wasn’t a fluke.

  5. Mark says:

    Two dilemmas:

    One: Brady or Luck at QB for this week?

    Two: at WR2 – Cobb, V. Jackson, or Garcon?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @Mark: I still like Brady but that’s a great problem to have. Look for Luck next week as the Pats take on SF. HOU has given up 440+ yards a game in their last three.

      VJax for sure. I prefer Cobb for the other since Jordy is out with a hammie and Greg Jennings is still going to draw the coverage.

  6. bluety says:

    Rams or Bills def.
    have to start 3 out of these wr please help.
    Steve smith
    D. Alex
    D. Avory

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @bluety: The Rams play the Bills….so I’ll go Rams. Look for St. Louis to pound it out with SJax all day.

      As for the WRs…I go with Avery since he’s been getting double-digit targets. Steve Smith gets a spot since Carolina will probably need to throw to keep up with the Falcons. WR3 goes to Alexander who is shockingly the Chargers’ second best receiver this season.

      Givens seems to be a feast-or-famine player with no consistency. Britt has been well below expectations this year and isn’t worth having on a roster except as an emergency player. Britt’s been beaten out (statistically) by Kendall Wright, the rookie from Baylor, so you know it’s been a bad year for him.

      Good luck!

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