Injuries play a key part in our decision making process for daily fantasy games. The opportunity created for low cost players on offense and the match up opportunities to exploit on defense can be the difference between winning and losing. This article will try to list all the injuries that could create value for your fantasy rosters and the likelihood that each event will occur.
Remember also that this is week 17 of the regular season. Teams that have something to play for may sit or go easy on some of these guys with injuries and teams with nothing to play for may not risk it. We only try to point out the players with concerns, but whether or not they ultimately play and how much is something you will have to look into for yourselves. With that being said, here are the guys on the injury report and what we do know about them currently.
Vincent Jackson (WR) – V-Jax is out. We usually see a ton of targets for Evans when that is the case, but the matchup here is tough.
Melvin Gordon (RB) – Gordon went under the knife for his knee, so he is no longer a guy in play. Danny Woodhead would be my choice for extra work.
Ladarius Green (TE) – Green will not play this week, which ticks up Antonio Gates now.
Robert Woods (WR) – Woods is out for the year now which solidifies Chris Hogan’s playing time in week 17.
Alshon Jeffery (WR) – Jeffery is out for this game and that is bad news for the Bears. Eddie Royal is now WR1, but the targets may go more to the RBs and Zach Miller, if he plays.
Shaun Draughn (RB) – Draughn is out for the year, so we will likely see some Kendall Gaskins and Dujuan Harris at RB.
Cecil Shorts (WR) – Shorts was officially ruled out on Thursday, so Nate Washington should see a bigger role.
Johnny Manziel (QB) – Johnny Football has a concussion and will miss the finale. Austin Davis will start in his place.
Dez Bryant (WR) – Dez was officially placed on IR and ended his disappointing injury riddled season. Terrence Williams will be the WR1 against what may be a defense with lots of starters sitting out, so it is not the worst thing.
T.J. Yeldon (RB) – Looks like another week with no Yeldon for the Jags. Denard Robinson and Jonas Gray will see the workload.
WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON?
Andre Ellington (RB) – Ellington was limited with a toe injury, but he is on pace to play Sunday. He will likely remain as the change of pace back and may get more work late in the game if Arizona wants to give David Johnson some rest.
Michael Floyd (WR) – Floyd sat out Wednesday and played last week, so I am not sure when his knee injury popped up. No one is saying he is in danger of missing this game yet, so for now I assume he is in play.
DeVonta Freeman (RB) – Freeman sat out of practice Wednesday with a knee issue. It may be just a day of rest, but if not I think Tevin Coleman would be a great play. The Saints have allowed the most points to fantasy running backs, so whoever gets the carries in a high total game should be a good option. It still is likely to be Freeman, but we need to monitor the situation.
LeSean McCoy (RB) – After sitting out practice again on Thursday, it seems their is no hope of him playing this weekend. That would leave Mike Gillislee and Karlos Williams to handle the workload. Both guys should see some carries.
Fozzy Whitaker (RB) – With Jonathon Stewart still likely out and now Whitaker on the shelf with a serious high ankle sprain, it looks like Cameron Artis-Payne will be the major beneficiary of the carnage. He should have a good week if he is the featured back here.
Jonathan Stewart (RB) – He missed practice Thursday again and looks very unlikely to play on Sunday. Stewart has not been ruled out yet, but I would not hold my breath.
Zach Miller (TE) – He did not practice Wednesday and is currently listed as questionable. I have no idea if he plays, but would monitor and see if he practices as a positive sign.
Matt Forte (RB) – He was limited on Thursday but mostly as a precaution. He is in the last year of his deal, so the bigger concern is not if he plays, but how much he plays. They may want to look at Langford in a featured role one more time before the off-season to see what they have.
Tyler Eifert (TE) – He was cleared to play and is back on the practice field.
Marvin Jones (WR) – He got in a limited practice Wednesday and is listed as day to day. We should see him in uniform, but just be aware he is not 100%.
AJ McCarron (QB) – Despite the Questionable tag, he will likely play. He hurt his wrist on Sunday, but nothing broken and likely nothing too serious that it would keep him out of this one.
Travis Benjamin (WR) – He did not practice Thursday and we have no idea what will happen this weekend. His status is truly uncertain, so we will have to wait and see.
Cole Beasley (WR) – He sat out Wednesday with the same injury he played through last week. That is good news, because he should play. The bad news is he is not 100%.
Calvin Johnsn (WR) – He was back at practice Thursday, so he should be fine for this weekend despite the questionable tag.
Ameer Abdullah (RB) – He was limited Wednesday, but all reports are he will definitely play. If you are still waiting for that big Abdullah game, here’s your last crack at it.
Eddie Lacy (RB) – He was limited in practice Wednesday, but the word is they were just taking it easy on him. He is likely to be playing this weekend unless things get worse.
Brian Hoyer (QB) – Hoyer was cleared to play, practiced, and is now likely to be the starting QB again for the Texans on Sunday.
Matt Hasselbeck (QB) – This one is interesting. With Charlie Whitehurst on IR this week and Luck still not ready to go, Hasselbeck is now the only guy left. He looks doubtful and that would make Steven Morris the only other guy they even have to play the position. This may be a reality now and that would mean good upside for the Titans D.
Donte Moncrief (WR) – We really do not know what will happen here. Moncrief did not practice Wednesday and unless he gets some practice time in, we will have to wait until game day to see if he goes.
Rishard Matthews (WR) – Ultimately sat out week 16 after suffering a setback on Friday in practice. He missed Wednesday, so we think that is a bad sign for week 17 too. DeVante Parker would continue to get snaps if Rishard is out.
Adrian Peterson (RB) – He missed Wednesday and Thursday, but he did that last week too. If he returns Friday like he did last Friday, I think that tells us he will be good to go.
Julian Edelman (WR) – Despite returning on a limited basis to practice, Edelman is probably not going to play in week 17. The Pats need him for the playoffs, so they want to give him as much time as they can.
Danny Amendola (WR) – Was back on a limited basis Wednesday, but his status is a long shot. We will not know up until game time, so Brandon LaFell and probably Keshawn Martin should remain on your radar until we do.
Ben Watson (TE) – Watson did play last week, but is not healthy. He normally plays a ton of snaps, but was severely limited in his field tie in this one. He will likely play, but that may not be a good thing if he does what he did in this one and is limited.
Drew Brees (QB) – Brees is questionable, but he should play. It’s a good spot for him too, so I expect him to have a solid game despite the tag.
Amari Cooper (WR) – Cooper is not 100%, which is part of the reason he was so bad last week. He is likely to play, but how well is another question to ponder.
Stevie Johnson (WR) – He practiced some last week and did not play. It will be interesting to see if he plays this week. He is practicing, so that is a step in the right direction.
Todd Gurley (RB) – Gurley missed Wednesday with a foot injury after playing all of week 16. The Practice reports are not in yet, so monitor the situation and see if he is able to go Thursday or Friday.
Kendall Wright (WR) – He remained on the sidelines again Thursday. It is very doubtful he plays, but nothing is imminent yet.
Matt Jones (RB) and Desean Jackson (WR) – Both guys were limited on Wednesday. Neither looks likely to be out because of injury, but that does not mean they will play in a game that has no bearings on anything for the Redskins. They are the #4 seed win, lose, or draw. That alone is a reason to think the starters may sit this one out.