Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 16 Injury Report
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 16 Gameday Injury Update
December 22, 2013
Week 16 GameDay Injury Report
It's Fantasy Championship Sunday and unfortunately for fantasy owners, there are a lot of names on the injury report heading toward kickoff. Fantasy owners will need to pay attention to the statuses of some of the biggest names in the NFL as there will be several game-time decisions.
Maurice Jones-Drew - MJD is the top name to watch this week because he has the best matchup of any running back that is in danger of missing the game. Keep an eye on MJD's status, and if he does not play then Jordan Todman becomes a waiver wire fantasy starter this week. Just like a zebra can't change its stripes, a defense can't change its identity this late in the season. The Titans are giving up an average of 119 rushing yards per game and they have given up the second most rushing touchdowns, 20. Which ever Jaguar running back gets the start for Jacksonville should also get the start for fantasy teams.
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Joe Flacco - Flacco suffered a knee injury last week and he is questionable to play this weekend in a must win game against the Patriots. The reports say that he will play, but he will be limited. It is unclear how the knee injury will affect Flacco's performance, but this could spell trouble for fantasy owners who are also relying on Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta.
Ray Rice - The Ravens are also having trouble at the running back position as Ray Rice is also listed as questionable this week. The Ravens running backs have a nice matchup this week as the Patriots are giving up the second most rushing yards a game, 132.5. Reports say that Rice should play, and if he does than fantasy owners should strongly consider giving him a chance this week. Rice will be going up against a weak rushing defense and his QB will be hobbled by a knee injury which could translate into more screen passes and checkdowns. Make sure Rice is active before you settle on him, and if he misses, pick up Bernard Pierce and start him this week.
Adrian Peterson - One of the best fantasy players in recent history has been a major headache come playoff time this fantasy season. Today is no different as AP has not been "all-day" this season and he is leaving his fantasy owners dangling from a string once again. AP is listed as questionable which means there is a chance he will play, but there is no guarantee he will. If AP suits up, he is worth trusting because he is a beast and he always plays with maximum effort. The problem is that he may not play and that would mean Toby Gerhart could start. AP is a much better option to go up against the tough Bengals defense this week, but Gerhart could be a serviceable flex option if AP sits this one out.
Calvin Johnson - Johnson has been limited in practice basically all season, but this week his injuries are apparently starting to catch up to him. Johnson will most likely play, and if he does, fantasy owners will be hoping his knee injury does not affect his hands and cause him to drop wide open passes. Fantasy owners need to verify Megatron's status, especially since they have a late kickoff, and they should prepare a backup plan in case the worst happens and Johnson is held out.
Brandon Pettigrew - As if the Megatron injury was not enough, the Lions will also be without their big chain moving tight end, Brandon Pettigrew. This makes Joseph Fauria a very risky and sneaky fantasy play this week. The biggest impact of Pettigrew's absence could be felt for Stafford owners, especially if Johnson misses the game as well.
Larry Fitzgerald - Larry is still questionable due to a concussion. The Cardinals have the toughest matchup that a team could have this season, and that is playing in Seattle. However, the Cardinals are no slouches themselves, and Fitzgerald is as clutch a wide receiver as any in the league. Larry could make some plays this week in a must win game for the Cardinals, but he has to be on the field to do that. Check his game time status to confirm he will play, and have a back plan in place in case he does not suit up.
T.Y. Hilton - Hilton is listed as questionable. although he is expected to play. But like Fitzgerald, the Colts are playing in an extremely difficult environment as they are travelling to Kansas City. Both Hilton and Luck are risky starts this week, but Luck will become even riskier if Hilton does not suit up. His status should be monitored by fantasy owners who are planing on playing any Colts offensive starters this week.
Other Players to Note
Garrett Graham - Graham is listed as questionable this week even though he did not practice. He is risky to start, but if he is active, he could make for a nice play this week as the Texans should need to throw a lot to keep pace with Peyton and the Broncos.
Ben Tate - Ben Tate has been placed on IR, and now Dennis Johnson is the starting running back for the Texans.
Lance Briggs - Briggs could return this week for the Bears which should add some stability to the middle of the Chicago defense.
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