Season-long fantasy football is finished, but playoff fantasy leagues and Divisional Round DFS are great ways to keep the fun going. As you might expect, Rotoworld has everything you need to cash in on the action. Rich Hribar lays out the best plays of the week in his Divisional Round Rankings and Evan Silva breaks down every matchup in the original and best Matchups Column.
As for me, I am here to shed light on the most important injury situations facing fantasy owners heading into the weekend. The sister resource to this column is the Rotoworld News Page, which will have every inactive and all the late-breaking news up to kickoff and beyond. I also occasionally tweet about football @RMSummerlin.
Jaguars @ Steelers
*CB Aaron Colvin (illness), MLB Paul Posluszny (abdomen), and WLB Telvin Smith (ankle) all sat out Wednesday’s practice, but they returned to the field Thursday and were left off the final report. CB Jalen Ramsey (Achilles) was also left off the report following a full practice Friday. The news is not as good for LB Blair Brown, who picked up an ankle injury Wednesday. He was able to get in a limited session Friday, however, and should be able to play through a questionable tag. WR Jaydon Mickens (hamstring) is also questionable. Even if he plays, his time as a DFS dart throw has come and gone with Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns healthy again.
*Full practices on Wednesday and Thursday suggested Antonio Brown was close to 100 percent recovered from the calf injury which sidelined him the final two games of the season, but he sat out Friday’s session with what the team called an illness. Pro Football Talk reports the calf is "still an issue," however, and that Brown will be a game-time decision, making it seem like Friday's absence was not just because of an illness. Of course, it is also possible Brown is fine and will play his usual snap share against Jacksonville. If that happens, he will be worth using in DFS despite a terrible matchup – he went for 157 yards on 10 catches against the Jaguars in Week 5. CB Artie Burns suffered a hyperextended knee in Wednesday’s practice, but he returned to a full session Friday and was left off the final report.
Saints @ Vikings
*LT Terron Armstead (thigh) and dominant DE Cameron Jordan (knee) are ready to go, but the Saints will be without WR Brandon Coleman (neck), who caught four passes for 44 yards in the Wild Card win. Willie Snead and Tommylee Lewis should get more looks with Coleman out, making Snead an interesting tournament option in DFS. QB Taysom Hill and LB Michael Mauti are both questionable with an illness.
*The bye served Minnesota well as it allowed Kyle Rudolph (ankle), CB Xavier Rhodes (foot), and C Pat Elflein (shoulder) to get close to full health. All three practiced in full all week and were left off the final report. CB Terence Newman (foot) was not as lucky, drawing a questionable tag, but he is likely to play following a limited practice Friday. The biggest injury news for Minnesota is not on the injury report, however, as Sam Bradford (knee) will reportedly be activated from injured reserve prior to Sunday’s game. That said, coach Mike Zimmer contends he has yet to make the decision, and if he returns Bradford will be no better than second on the depth chart behind Case Keenum.