The fantasy playoffs are here and I bet that some teams are sitting home this week after some of your studs that helped you get there either disappeared or were unable to finish the game. It is impossible not to acknowledge the streak of Brett Favre coming to an end, and his protégé Aaron Rodgers left with a concussion the same week. There is plenty of news on guys who will be returning, might not come back at all this season, and of course those who weren't able to stay on the field to the final gun. Of course, if you have any questions or feedback you can email me at email@example.com and I guarantee a response within 18 hours.
Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion, his second of the season, and now we play the wait and see approach to whether he will be available for Week 15. The first concussion didn't cause him to miss any playing time, but it is too early to say how he will react to this one. The Packers will obviously ultra-cautious with their franchise star, and of course the NFL doesn't make it easy to come back from a concussion. Matt Flynn will be under center if Rodgers is unable to go.
Steve Smith North returned from his torn pectoral muscle, but then was again unable to finish the game due to a hamstring injury. Smith was twisted around pretty good and had to leave the game. It is too early to know what his status will be for Week 15, but it can't be encouraging that he now nursing two injuries. His teammate Mario Manningham also left the game with a hip flexor injury and both men will have MRIs to determine the extent of their injuries.
Brett Favre's amazing streak came to an end on Monday night as he was unable to suit up against the Giants, even after the game was pushed back a day. After 297 straight weeks, the NFLs Iron Man stayed on the sideline as he was inactive for the game. Now that this streak is over, don't be surprised if he doesn't play again this season as that shoulder must just be hanging on by a thread. The Vikings have said they won't put him on Injured Reserve in the hopes that he will be able to return this season, and even an adamant Favre hater like me thinks he deserves one last game in the NFL as a last hurrah instead of his career ending on that nasty hit against the Bills.
Antonio Gates was unable to play in the Sunday game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and afterwards he sounded like he might not be able to play again this season. Gates has been a very tough guy throughout his career, and him missing this game proves how much pain he must be in. The Chargers have a short week this week against the 49ers and that doesn't bode well for Gates' chances to play. The good news is he is the first game of the week, so if he can't go you have an opportunity to replace him.
Chris Ivory injured his right hamstring and his status for this week is very uncertain at this point. This helps all of those who still have Pierre Thomas, and in fact Thomas becomes very usable again if Ivory is unable to go in Week 15. Keep your eyes on the news during the week to see how this situation shakes out, but if Pierre Thomas happens to be on the wire, I would grab him up.
Deon Butler broke his leg on a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers and will miss the rest of the season. Butler's leg looked gross as he came down with the catch and he has already had surgery to insert a rod to stabilize his leg. He had a pretty good season and could be a guy that you take at the end of your draft next year as a receiving backup, but the Seahawks offense will have to improve for him to be a consistent producer.
Lee Evans injured his ankle in the Week 14 game against the Browns and it appears that his season will be over. The team has said that he will definitely miss the next two games, and with just three remaining and the Bills out of playoff contention since Columbus Day, it doesn't make sense that they would bring Evans back for Week 17. Not to mention many fantasy leagues are over by then anyway, so consider Evans out until 2011.
Matt Cassel is back at practice for the Kansas City Chiefs and all signs point to him being able to start in Week 15 for the Chiefs against the Rams. I think that he is able to be put back into your lineups right away if Cassel was a guy you were counting on before the appendectomy.
Both Ben Obomanu and Mike Williams West are expected to be back at practice on Wednesday for the Seattle Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll said that he expects both to be ready to go next week against the Falcons. Obomanu had a severe laceration on his hand, and Williams has been dealing with a foot injury. Williams could be worth using in Week 15 although it is risky, but I would likely not go with Obomanu this week.
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