Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 12/21/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: Peterson, Welker, Rodgers and More
December 21, 2013
We’re heading into that all-important championship week in many fantasy leagues out there, so it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest developments around the NFL. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy injury situations across the league and try to determine what they’ll mean for our rosters in Week 16. Here’s the latest.
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: Welker owners will be utilizing replacements once again, now that he’s been ruled out for his second straight game due to his concussion. The dynamic WR last played on Dec. 8 against Tennessee, a game that saw him get five catches for 61 yards and a TD.
A report came out yesterday that said Welker was going to be shut down until the playoffs, which sounds like a prudent thing for Denver to do. His Week 17 matchup (Oakland) is strong, but if you’re in a 16-week fantasy league it doesn’t really matter anyway.
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Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: Ever since the news of his concussion broke on Wednesday, there’s been a distinct sense of foreboding surrounding Cameron. That feeling came to fruition yesterday, when he was officially ruled out for tomorrow’s game against the Jets. It’s unfortunate for fantasy owners (who were looking at a good matchup) and for the Browns (who have no one else but Josh Gordon to catch passes).
That said, Cameron’s stats took an immediate nosedive as soon as Jason Campbell took the reins. He may not even have outperformed his three-catch, 23-yard outing last week anyway.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: It looks like Lacy should be good to go for the Packers’ all-important matchup against the Steelers tomorrow. He missed out on practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to an ankle issue, but was able to partake on a limited basis yesterday. He’s been officially ruled as probable for the game.
Lacy is coming off a phenomenal game: 171 yards and a TD on 25 touches against the Cowboys. Pittsburgh will be less forgiving, but he’s a must-start regardless.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson owners who have eked their way into the fantasy championships without him are sweating this weekend. He’s been ruled as questionable, and will be a game-time decision for Cincinnati due to his groin and foot injuries. He was limited in practice Wednesday and yesterday, while sitting out fully on Thursday.
If Peterson does indeed play, can you rely on him? The Bengals are a difficult matchup, and he probably won’t put up the kinds of numbers he normally does. With that in mind, our stance is that you should definitely start him if he plays. Peterson at 60 or 70 percent is better than the bulk of the league at full strength.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: We’ll go ahead and mention Rodgers here as well, since it’s championship week and he remains a notable loss for fantasy teams everywhere. He’s been ruled out once again for tomorrow’s game against Pittsburgh, which will be his sixth straight missed outing.
By now, you’ve learned to live without Rodgers, but it would have been nice to have him for Week 16. If things fall the right way--and he ends up getting medical clearance--we may see him for the regular season finale, but don’t hold your breath.
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