Fantasy Football Injury Report - December 27, 2015
Michael A. Stein reviews the key fantasy football injuries heading into Week 16.
We are officially in championship week as many fantasy leagues will have their titles decided during Week 16. It wouldn’t be a normal fantasy football week without injuries wreaking havoc on GMs and championship week is no different. Good luck to all GMs vying for bragging rights and titles. So without further ado, here is the next edition of the fantasy football walking wounded.
Adrian Peterson (RB – MIN)
Good news for fantasy owners playing in championship games because Peterson returned to practice in a full capacity on Friday and will play on Sunday night against the Giants. He is clearly a must-start with a great matchup against a suspect defense.
Dez Bryant (WR – DAL)
There is no denying how awful it has been to own Dez Bryant this year in fantasy leagues. Even after he returned, his production has been limited due to the revolving door at quarterback as well as lingering pain and injuries he has been dealing with. His status for Week 16 is doubtful at best and there is a good chance his season is over with the Cowboys having nothing left to play for.
A.J. Green (WR – CIN)
The severely banged up Bengals need Green to play on Monday against Denver, and it appears as though he will. Green has been dealing with a back injury for over a week but is on track to be on the field against a very good Broncos’ defense on Monday night. He needs to be in your lineup but expectations should be tempered due to the injury, A.J. McCarron starting at quarterback, and the Broncos solid defense.
Drew Brees (QB – NO)
Brees is suffering from plantar fasciitis but has proclaimed that he will play on Sunday against Jacksonville. Right now it appears that will be the case so fantasy GMs should plug him in lineups because he will have a highly favorable matchup against a poor Jaguars defense.
Carson Palmer (QB – ARZ)
Palmer suffered a dislocated right index finger last week but came back in the game after it was popped back in. He is listed as probable for Week 16 and will undoubtedly play against Green Bay. He has been a fantasy MVP all season so the only question about whether to play him this week is whether Arizona decides to rest him at some point since they have already clinched the NFC West.
Eddie Lacy (RB – GB)
Lacy has been one of the biggest fantasy busts of the season dealing with both injuries and a severe lack of production. He will play this week against Arizona and should see more action than he did last week. Lacy is merely a RB2 option as he will still be sharing carries with James Starks against a solid Arizona defense.
Alshon Jeffery (WR – CHI)
Jeffery has only played nine games this year and has failed to assert himself as a No. 1 receiver in Chicago after Brandon Marshall was traded. He is doubtful for Week 16 so fantasy owners should operated under the assumption he will not be on the field.
Denard Robinson (RB – JAX)
Robinson played the whole game last week against Atlanta but didn’t produce the results that were expected. He will have another prime matchup this week against New Orleans as he gets the start with T.J. Yeldon out again. Robinson should be in your lineup as a solid RB2 option.
Jonathan Stewart (RB – CAR)
Stewart will miss another game with his foot injury. This was expected as Carolina wisely is not rushing him back in order to get ready for the playoffs. Cameron Artis-Payne should see a majority of the carries again and could be a RB2 or Flex option against a less than average Atlanta defense.
Michael A. Stein, Esq. is the Chief Justice of Fantasy Judgment, the industry's premier dispute resolution service, and is also the co-host of the Fantasy Alarm podcast. You can contact him at email@example.com or on Facebook and Twitter (@FantasyJudgment).