Injured? Or Just Nothing To Play For? Either Way, It Matters Just As Much [Fantasy Football Injury Report]
You see, many of those fantasy superstars that got you to this championship won’t be playing much, if at all this week, and it’s not because of an injury. They’re on teams that have already clinched a playoff spot in real football, so they’ll be rested this week to avoid injury in a game that’s meaningless.
Here are the teams and their important players for fantasy football that are likely to sit at least some of the their game this weekend, and therefore won‘t put up the big numbers you were hoping for…
Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Dominic Rhodes(He’s officially out with a rib injury anyway), Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark.
New York Giants: Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs(listed as “Questionable” with a knee injury, don’t expect him to play at all), Kevin Boss(Injured ankle has him “Doubtful”, no way he’s going to suit up for this), Giants D/ST(likely some backups on the road against a Minnesota team that needs to win).
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Nate Washington, Heath Miller.
Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson, LenDale White.
Additionally, as the day goes on, there could be more teams that have nothing to play for. I didn’t put the Arizona Cardinals on here because they’ve been embarrassed lately and will likely play their starters quite a bit, as they need some momentum going into the playoffs.
As for key fantasy football players that are dealing with some injuries that would likely get usual playing time if they’re healthy, here you go...
RB: Pierre Thomas. This guy’s made the fantasy teams that picked him up weeks ago much better, probably the MVP of the fantasy playoffs for a lot of you. So it would suck if he can’t play in the fantasy championship this week for people that have him, and a back injury caused him to miss practice Friday, the third straight day that’s been the case. If he couldn’t go, Deuce McAllister would likely get most of the carries so he’s worth a pickup as he’d get goal line carries at least.
Marion Barber. He’s still deailng with a toe injury, and is a “Game-Time Decision”, which drives fantasy owners nuts, especially since his game isn’t until Sunday night. Tashard Choice is the Cowboys back you want, even if Barber can go.
Frank Gore. Another “Game-Time Decision” here with an injured ankle, but listed as “Probable”. Grab DeShaun Foster to be safe, but I’d think Gore will play.
Marshawn Lynch. “Questionable” to face the Patriots with a shoulder injury. We probably won’t know until around game-time, so pick up Fred Jackson in case Lynch can’t go.
Darren McFadden. He’s “Questionable”, but was able to go the whole practice on Friday and should be able to play at Tampa Bay. You shouldn’t be using him as more than a flex play though, and Tampa Bay will look to step up their defense in a must-win game after a pathetic week 16 against the Chargers.
WR: Anquan Boldin. Unlikely to play. He’s listed as “Questionable”, but isn’t practicing due to a banged up shoulder, but the Cardinals will likely play this one safe. Although they really want to win this game as I said earlier, if a key player is hurting and you’ve got the playoff spot locked up, it’s not worth the risk.
Derrick Mason. Hasn’t practiced this week with a shoulder injury that has him called “Questionable”. In the unlikely event Buffalo beats New England, this game wouldn’t matter to Baltimore and that would hurt Mason’s chances of playing. If New England wins, expect the tough Mason to play.
Bernard Berrian. The deep threat specialist sat out Wednesday’s practice with an injured ankle, and practiced in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday. Even if it’s still bothering him Sunday, I’d think he’ll be active as the Vikings must win this game against the Giants to win the NFC North, unless the Bears lose to the Texans as well.
Chad Ocho Cinco. More like Ocho Stinko this year. He’s likely out with a hamstring injury, and there was no reason to have him on your team anyway.
TE: Jeremy Shockey. He’s officially out with an ankle injury. Billy Miller will start at tight end and would be a great waiver wire gamble as Drew Brees will be throwing a lot in hopes of breaking Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record.
If there’s somebody that you’re wondering about that isn’t on here, they’re likely listed as “Probable” or expected to play. Feel free to post about a player's injury status that you're curious about though.
If you want some more fantasy football assistance, you can check out my “Week 17 Fantasy Football Roundup” on my blog. Great links from around the web for rankings, projections, and other useful articles, as well as some picks of my own.