Week 17 Injury QuestionsSaturday, December 31, 2011
It’s never easy for those owners still on the grind in Week 17. Minor injuries can cause players to sit out, the best teams often rest their players and the bad teams can use their finale as a chance to get a look at younger players.
As we get set for Week 17, we’ll have our eye out for 2012 prospects.
Of course, the Rotoworld News Page will be humming all Sunday morning to bring you official word on all your injured players ahead of kickoff. And to make sure you’re prepared, read every word of these rankings from Gregg Rosenthal/Chris Wesseling.
If you want to draft a new team just for this week, check out SnapDraft here. And if you don’t have the Rotoworld News App, you are missing an edge.
OK, let’s get to the hurt/resting folks:
JETS at DOLPHINS
* Reggie Bush (knee) is out. Daniel Thomas (knee) is a go and suddenly a candidate for 20 touches.
* Anthony Fasano (concussion) has been cleared and will play.
BILLS at PATRIOTS
* Tom Brady’s left (non-throwing) shoulder issue is not a real concern. He’ll be fine in a game the Patriots need to win to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
* Wes Welker (knee) expects to play all four quarters.
* Deion Branch (groin) appears to be in the same shape he was last week.
* Dave Rayner (groin) is out. Brandon Coutu will kick for the Bills.
TITANS at TEXANS
* Chris Johnson (ankle) is ready to go and says he’s feeling much better this week.
* Andre Johnson (hamstring) will return, but is only expected to play a half at most.
COLTS at JAGUARS
* Dallas Clark (neck) is expected to play in what could be his last game as a Colt.
* Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) is fine. He’ll be motivated to protect his status as the league’s leading rusher.
REDSKINS at EAGLES
* Roy Helu (toe) is expected to play, but may rotate with Evan Royster.
* LeSean McCoy’s ankle is not a major concern. He’s going after the rushing crown.
LIONS at PACKERS
* Calvin Johnson (Achilles) is fine. The Lions need to win in order to avoid a potential matchup with the Saints next week.
* Kevin Smith (ankle) practiced in full this week.
* Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers’ starters are not going to play very much, if at all. The Pack has clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
* James Starks (ankle, knee) is out. Brandon Saine is likely in line for a big workload.
* Randall Cobb (groin) is out.
BEARS at VIKINGS
* Marion Barber (calf) isn’t going to play. It’s the Kahlil Bell show again.
* Christian Ponder (concussion) will start.
PANTHERS at SAINTS
* Legedu Naanee (foot) is out. Brandon LaFell is a sneaky play again.
* Mark Ingram (toe) remains out. Chris Ivory is the power back again.
* Lance Moore (hamstring) is out.
49ERS at RAMS
* Kyle Williams (concussion) didn’t practice all week. Look for Brett Swain to start opposite Michael Crabtree.
* Ted Ginn (ankle) may be active, but won’t see many reps at wideout.
* Sam Bradford (ankle) will sit again, giving Kellen Clemens another chance.
BUCS at FALCONS
* Arrelious Benn (neck) is very questionable. Look elsewhere.
* Julio Jones (ankle) is going to play. However, the Falcons will be locked into the No. 6 seed if the Lions win their game.
RAVENS at BENGALS
* Anquan Boldin (knee) isn‘t going to play through a doubtful tag. Lee Evans and Torrey Smith will start again.
* Billy Cundiff (calf) remains a question mark.
STEELERS at BROWNS
* Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) is going to start, but may only play a half.
* Colt McCoy (concussion) still hasn’t been cleared. Seneca Wallace gets the nod again.
* Emmanuel Sanders (foot) is ready to return as the No. 3 receiver.
CHIEFS at BRONCOS
* Jackie Battle (foot) is out. Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster and LeRon McClain will share the carries.
* Willis McGahee (hamstring) isn’t even listed on the injury report.
CHARGERS at RAIDERS
* Ryan Mathews (calf) is headed for another game-time call. With the Chargers eliminated from the playoffs, Mathews is unlikely to see a full workload even if active.
* Vincent Jackson (groin) will play at less than 100 percent again.
* Darren McFadden (foot) remains out, but Taiwan Jones (hamstring) may return in support of Michael Bush.
SEAHAWKS at CARDINALS
* Kevin Kolb (concussion) is out. Skeltonmania takes the stage again.
* Beanie Wells (knee) will play through another questionable tag.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
COWBOYS at GIANTS
* Tony Romo (hand) is a full go.
* Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) is going to play at less than 100 percent.
* Mario Manningham (knee) is a good bet to play a full game as the No. 3 receiver.
* Felix Jones (hamstring) is expected to handle a full workload despite a questionable tag.
* Jake Ballard (knee) is out.
SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
Anyone left in Survivor should obviously look toward highly-motivated teams. It’s hard to see the Rams scoring against the Niners’ defense. The Patriots are going all-out to beat the Bills. The Broncos are in a must-win spot at home against the Chiefs.
Some spots I’d avoid include the Eagles, who often seem to struggle against the Redskins. The Saints are also a risky play as they might not have much to play for if the Niners jump out to a big lead.
MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
None. While the active and energetic owner is certainly rewarded in Week 17, it’s really not an even playing field.
For example, the Vikings plan on giving Jim Kleinsasser goal-line work because he’s retiring after the season. Aaron Rodgers may not even start. Players like Ben Roethlisberger and Andre Johnson may only play a half.
Therefore, none of my leagues play into Week 17.