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Week 12 Injury Questions

Saturday, November 24, 2012


The bye weeks are finally behind us. The average score it takes to win a fantasy game will therefore rise and owners will have more tough decisions to make weekly. Keep grinding.  

As we get set for Week 12, we’ll have our eyes on every game. The Rotoworld News Page will be humming all day long to bring you the latest on who is in and who is out. We’ve got rankings from Chris Wesseling/Mike Clay here and Evan Silva’s ridiculously mind-blowing Matchup Column here. Inside the Season Pass, you’ll find flex rankings and exact projections for every player.

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OK, let’s get to the hurt folks:

1PM GAMES
RAIDERS at BENGALS
* Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson remain out with ankle injuries. It’s the Marcel Reece show once again.
* Darrius Heyward-Bey’s hamstring is in better shape this week than last. He’ll start.
* Andrew Hawkins (knee) is doubtful. Mohamed Sanu will play every down, but he got just four targets in that role last week.

STEELERS at BROWNS
* Isaac Redman (concussion) is ready to go. But he’s the least talented back in this three-headed monster and isn’t a real fantasy option.
* Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) and Byron Leftwich (ribs) are out. Charlie Batch will start. Yes, that Charlie Batch.
* Antonio Brown (ankle) is headed for a true game-time call. But even if he plays, he can’t be trusted with Batch under center. Also, Joe Haden (oblique) is back for the Browns.

BILLS at COLTS
* Fred Jackson (concussion) is back and a full go. But in one of the biggest fantasy stories of the year, C.J. Spiller will still start and is expected to get the majority of snaps.
* Coby Fleener (shoulder) looks like a game-time call. If he plays, it will cap any upside Dwayne Allen had.
* Donald Brown is going to play through his knee injury again, but it’s clear Vick Ballard is the top dog here now.
* Donnie Avery (concussion) is already cleared. Sorry, T.Y. Hilton.

TITANS at JAGUARS
* Jamie Harper (knee) is questionable. If he sits, Chris Johnson will be the goal-line back.
* Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) remains sidelined. Jalen Parmele has taken over as the every-down back ahead of Rashad Jennings.

BRONCOS at CHIEFS
* With Willis McGhee (knee) on IR, Ronnie Hillman is expected to lead a committee that will also feature Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno.
* Dwayne Bowe (neck) couldn’t return to last week’s game, but he’s ready to start this week. He’ll be catching passes from Brady Quinn, leaving him as a weak WR3.

VIKINGS at BEARS
 * Even though Percy Harvin (ankle) hasn’t played since Week 9, he’s still not ready. Jarius Wright draws another start.
* Jay Cutler (concussion) is fully expected to make his return. Great news for Brandon Marshall.

FALCONS at BUCS
* Julio Jones (ankle) got limited practices in on Thursday and Friday. He appears in better shape this week than last. Start him.

SEAHAWKS at DOLPHINS
N/A

4PM GAMES
RAVENS at CHARGERS
* Both Ed Dickson (ankle) and Dennis Pitta (concussion) will play.

49ERS at SAINTS
* Alex Smith (concussion) is expected to be cleared. But Colin Kaepernick will still reportedly get the start. He’s on the QB1 radar thanks to his running ability.
* Darren Sproles (hand) will make his return, crowding the Saints backfield even further.

RAMS at CARDINALS
* Danny Amendola played through a foot injury last week. Maybe he shouldn’t have. He was limping badly afterward and ended up in a walking boot. He’ll sit this week out.
* Beanie Wells (toe) returns. He’ll get the vast majority of early-down work with La’Rod Stephens-Howling (ribs) banged up.  
* Kevin Kolb (ribs) remains sidelined. Ryan Lindley has moved ahead of John Skelton.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
PACKERS at GIANTS
* Greg Jennings (groin) has resumed light practice, but he’s not in football shape yet. James Jones gets another start even if Jennings ends up active.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is ready to go as the Giants come out of their bye. He’ll cede the goal-line work to Andre Brown.
* Domenik Hixon (ankle) is out. Reuben Randle will be the Giants’ No. 3 wideout.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
PANTHERS at EAGLES
* Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy aren’t ready to return from their concussions. Nick Foles and Bryce Brown will start in this plus matchup. Brown will be a three-down back.
* Jason Avant (hamstring) is not expected back. Riley Cooper is better as the No. 3 wideout anyway.

MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
In a 16-team PPR league, but tight end spot came down to Jermichael Finley or Kyle Rudolph. I’ve decided to go with Rudolph.

Although Finley had a big game in Week 11 with three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, it wasn’t convincing. He saw just three targets on Aaron Rodgers’ 27 pass attempts and it was a season-high in yardage. Despite massive talent and elite quarterback play, I’m hesitant to say Finley is “back.”

Meanwhile, Rudolph’s matchup is better. The Bears’ Cover-2 scheme opens up the middle of the field for tight ends. As Evan Silva pointed out in Matchups, they’ve given up the fourth-most receptions to tight ends. With Percy Harvin (ankle) out again, the targets should be there for Rudolph. When Percy sat in Week 10, he racked up 7/64/1 line on nine looks.

SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
It’s an extremely tough week for those still in Survivor. Everyone probably still has the Bengals in their pocket and most owners are going to use them in the Carson Palmer bowl. I like that play, but it might be a spot I try to “fade the consensus.”

I think the Bears are a solid play at home against a Percy Harvin-less Vikings team. They got a good wake-up call against the Niners last week and have made adjustments on the offensive line. And even though the Broncos are on the road, it’s hard to see the Chiefs rising up at this point. They’ve packed it in.



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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