Week 16 Fantasy Football Injury Report
So you head over to the local watering hole a little bit before the beginning of the early games, feeling on top of the world. You’re drinking your Sam Adams draft, fcasually watching the Fox pregame show while mingling with a couple friends.
Jay Glazer comes on the television and says, “Just got word on a surprising injury update. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who expected to play all week, will not suit up against the Panthers tonight. This is a huge game for the #1 seed in the NFC, but the Giants apparently want Jacobs to be 100% for the playoffs and are fully confident in Derrick Ward.”
“What in the flying f#%k?!”, you scream.
You think it over for a few minutes: “Alright, I’ve still got Tim Hightower I could play against the Pats…”
But what’s that sound in the background? That’s Dick Stockton: “And the kickoff between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New England Red Sox!”
So it’s too late to get to a computer to change your lineup, and your league doesn’t allow you to pick up a player off waivers and play him that day.
What happens? You lose by a freaking point.
That would suck, and you certainly don’t want it to happen to you. The point is, do yourself a favor and keep track of these injuries closely all week, especially if you’ve got a lot on the line. Yes the Brandon Jacobs story is made up, but something like that could happen as teams handle things differently at this time of the year.
Anyway, here’s the injuries that you should be aware of for week 16 of fantasy football…
QB: Jeff Garcia. Battling a calf injury, Garcia still expects to play Sunday against the Chargers, whose pass defense is ranked 31st in the league. He’s likely to be limited in practice all week but the Bucs need this game, so if Garcia can go, he will.
Trent Edwards. Word is he’s going to play after missing the last 2 games with an injured groin. He has a good matchup against Denver, but there’s about 20 better options out there this week.
RB: Brandon Jacobs. He claims he could’ve played through a knee injury in week 15 against the Cowboys, and fully expects to play this Sunday against the Panthers. Of course, maybe I’ve jinxed him with that fictional story I told. Anyway, don’t expect too much out of him if he’s a go. I'd guess he gets 10-12 carries.
Frank Gore. He’s “Questionable” with an ankle injury, possibly a game-time decision. Since the game is against the Rams and their 29th ranked run defense, you really want him to be able to play in this one. He ran for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns in week 11 against them.
Joseph Addai. We still don’t know if he’s going to play today as he’s dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out of week 15. Even if he does play, he’ll probably split carries with Dominic Rhodes.
Marion Barber. He’s still dealing with the toe injury that he played through in week 15, and he’ll probably do that again this week. However, it will be against the Ravens, so don’t expect him to have much success.
Reggie Bush. As you’ve probably heard already, he was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with an MCL sprain and is officially done for the season. Pierre Thomas was outstanding the last 2 weeks, and facing the Lions with more touches likely since Bush is out, could very well make him the fantasy scoring leader this week.
WR: Anquan Boldin. He has a shoulder injury and missed practice Wednesday. He should be alright to face the Patriots on Sunday though.
Marvin Harrison. He’s officially out for tonight’s game at Jacksonville. I’d imagine if you’re still in the fantasy playoffs, you weren’t starting Marvin Harrison at wide receiver. This is bigger news for Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark owners as Peyton might target them more.
TE: Zach Miller. The rookie out of Arizona State is having a great season, and is JaMarcus Russell’s main target. He hurt his neck against the Pats in week 15, but it sounds like he’ll play against the Texans this week.
You can read more of my fantasy analysis, as well as get links to great fantasy rankings, projections, and much more on my Week 16 Fantasy Football Roundup.