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Week 13's Injury Questions

Saturday, December 04, 2010


Calvin Johnson is an unstoppable beast when Matthew Stafford is under center. He is a legit stud with Shaun Hill as his quarterback. What will he be with third stringer Drew Stanton for the foreseeable future? It's a worrisome situation for Megatron owners.

Despite flashing enough talent at Michigan State to be a second-round pick, Stanton has been woefully inconsistent in his NFL opportunities. And after all, if Matt Millen drafts you high, does that really mean anything?

Stanton is in a miserable situation this week, as the Bears' swarming defense is among the best in the league. Johnson's owners need to reel in expectations. As Larry Fitzgerald and Carolina's Steve Smith can tell you, extremely poor quarterback play is a recipe for low upsides.

Take the high road with your squad in Week 13. Check out the Rotoworld News Page all morning for the latest information on all the game-time decisions. Also, be sure to use the rankings from Gregg Rosenthal/Chris Wesseling in combination with Evan Silva's matchup column and you'll be good to go.

If you're looking to start over, you can get a new team via SnapDraft right now.

I've got you covered with the latest injury news right here.

1 P.M. GAMES
BILLS at VIKINGS
* Adrian Peterson (ankle) is listed as questionable, but coach Leslie Frazier called his workhorse "probable." Start him.
* Percy Harvin (migraines) barely practiced this week. He is a true game-time decision.
* Bernard Berrian (groin) is ready to go, but in-game aggravation is a strong possibility.
* C.J. Spiller (hamstring) is back to handle the return game.

BROWNS at DOLPHINS
* Brandon Marshall (hamstring) is expected to play, but his exact role is unknown. He's a risky fantasy start.
* Colt McCoy (ankle) remains out. Jake Delhomme gets another start.
* Josh Cribbs (toes) may see a few offensive reps this week in addition to his return role.

JAGUARS at TITANS
* Mike Sims-Walker (ankle) is out. Mike Thomas and Marcedes Lewis get a bump in targets.
* Kenny Britt (hamstring) is tentatively targeting Week 14 for his return.

BRONCOS at CHIEFS
* Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is out.

REDSKINS at GIANTS
* Santana Moss (hamstring) is a full go.
* Ryan Torain (hamstring) is a game-time decision, but we are not expecting him to play. Keiland Williams and James Davis appear set for a timeshare again.
* Steve Smith (pectoral) and Hakeem Nicks (lower leg) are both out again.

BEARS at LIONS
* Shaun Hill (finger) is out. Drew Stanton gets the nod.
* Jahvid Best (toe) returned to a full practice, but we have to see him get some real touches in a game before using him in fantasy.
* Nate Burleson (hamstring) is ready to play but is a weak option with Stanton under center.

49ERS at PACKERS
* Brian Westbrook (ankle) is set to be part of a timeshare with Anthony Dixon.
* Greg Jennings (foot) is merely sore. He is ready to go.
* Dimitri Nance (concussion) appears set to handle short-yardage duties.

SAINTS at BENGALS
* Pierre Thomas (ankle) is going to test himself in pregame. We would not bet on him playing this week, but he is close.
* Ladell Betts (neck) remains out.

4 P.M. GAMES
RAIDERS at CHARGERS
* Antonio Gates (feet) is headed for yet another game-time decision. After he came out of last week feeling better than expected, we would tentatively expect the game's best tight end to give it a go.
* Malcom Floyd (hamstring) sounds like he is going to play, but it's unclear if he will get a full complement of snaps. He is a high-risk fantasy option, even with Vincent Jackson (calf) out.
* Mike Tolbert (hand) is fully expected to play, but may be limited in the passing game. Ryan Mathews (ankle) is back in a supporting role.
* Zach Miller (foot) is expected to play, but is a weak option until he proves he is healthy enough to put something in the box score.

COWBOYS at COLTS
* Marion Barber (calf) is out. Tashard Choice will fill his role, and will likely be more successful in it.
* Dez Bryant (back) is a full go.
* Joseph Addai (neck) is out again, but Mike Hart (ankle) is expected back. Hart and Donald Brown will share the load.
* Reggie Wayne (knee) popped up with a questionable tag Friday, but we are expecting him to play.
* Austin Collie (concussion) is tentatively expected to sit out. Blair White would be a viable WR3.

RAMS at CARDINALS
* Steve Breaston (knee) is going to play but likely is not at 100 percent.

FALCONS at BUCS
* Jason Snelling (hamstring) is very questionable after missing practice all week. Michael Turner could get some extra targets.

PANTHERS at SEAHAWKS
* Mike Goodson missed a ton of practice time this week to be with his newborn son, but will play. He has earned a significant role despite Jonathan Stewart's return.
* Mike Williams (foot) is tentatively expected to play even though he is at less than 100 percent. Ben Obomanu would take a major hit if Williams does suit up.
* John Carlson (hip) is a game-time decision. He is just a blocker this season anyway.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
STEELERS at RAVENS
* Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is fine. Start him as you normally would.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
JETS at PATRIOTS
* Jerricho Cotchery (groin) says he is going to play. He will likely have a minimal role.

SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
If you are still in Survivor, you certainly don't need my help. But I'll give it anyway. The most popular pick this week will likely be the Chargers, who take on the scuffling Raiders at home. It's a letdown spot for the Chargers after last week's big win at Indianapolis, but it's a strong play anyway. The Chargers are on their patented late-season roll.

I'd also consider the Packers strongly. The Niners are off a road win on Monday Night Football and now have to go on the road without Frank Gore. Tough spot.

MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
In a 16-team league, I lost Pierre Thomas as my RB2 long ago. But I'm still in the hunt for a playoff berth, thanks in part to Mike Goodson and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

This week, my RB2 decision came down to those two saviors plus Toby Gerhart. If Adrian Peterson (ankle) surprisingly sits out Sunday, I'll roll with Gerhart. But I don't expect that to happen. So, I'm going with Goodson.

Goodson missed a ton of practice time this week to be with his newborn baby, but he has earned a major role in this offense with his play. He racked up 22 touches last week even though Jonathan Stewart was healthy. Seattle's run defense is declining badly over the second half of the season. Green-Ellis, meanwhile, would be a really poor bet for touches if the Patriots were to fall behind.

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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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