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Week 15 Fantasy Football Injury Report: When Every Point Matters…

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How’s it going everyone? Hope you all are well and sitting on a comfortable lead in the firs round of the playoffs. This weeks injury report hopefully will help you to prepare your team after a pretty rough week of injuries throughout the NFL what with Adrian Peterson getting hurt and Rob Gronkowski now done for the year. Some big names out there in the fantasy world have been popping up on injury reports so, without further delay, I’ll give you my analysis and up to date news on all of them to help you go out there and win a championship! Good luck to you all.

Jonathan Stewart (RB – CAR) – This is just a courtesy post as Stewart tore his MCL and will be out until around week 17. Safe to drop, not safe to play.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RB – CIN) – The law firm popped up on the injury report Wednesday with an unspecified “illness” and that’s all the info I have. This is something to keep an eye on but I would guess that it’s probably something that will be a non issue come game time.

Willis McGahee (RB – CLE) – The latest news with McGahee and his concussion is that it may be severer enough to end his season. That being said, he is NOT safe to start and may not even be worth owning at this point. Keep him on your bench or release him back to waivers.

Wes Welker (WR – DEN) – Once again, just a formality here. Welker has been ruled out of the Thursday night game with a concussion this week so make sure you rule him out as one of your starters.

Reggie Bush (RB – DET) – Bush has already declared that he will play on Monday night but the truth lies in the details. After being a surprise no go last week after he re-aggravated his calf injury Bush still hasn’t practiced so far this week. For owners who do not have Joique Bell as a back up, make sure you have other plans in case the news doesn’t get clearer before Sunday. With the Lions having the Monday night game you may have to just rest Bush this weekend just to be safe.

Eddie Lacy (RB – GB) – Even though he played after sustaining his ankle injury last week, Lacy is still not a lock to play come Sunday but his health seems to be improving. Right now I’d lean towards him playing but it is quite possible that his reps may be limited to try and keep any more damage from occurring.

Maurice Jones-Drew (RB – JAC) – There still isn’t much good news here to report about MJD. He hasn’t been practicing at all this week and is looking like a strong candidate for a game time decision call. If Jordan Todman is available in your league grab him while you can. Todman would be in line for a BIG workload come Sunday if MJD can’t suit up.

Cecil Shorts (WR – JAC) – While I would tend to avoid any WR on the Jaguars anyways Shorts is one of those you should probably not even consider playing on Sunday. Along with MJD, Shorts hasn’t practice so far this week and is looking to be a game time decision call on Sunday. If you’re in your fantasy league’s playoffs you can definitely find better than Shorts out there.

Adrian Peterson (RB – MIN) – After watching Peterson leave the game on a cart last week I’m sure the majority of you owners were ready to put your fist through your TV. There is good news here as Peterson is already well on his way to recovery. Latest reports say that he may even be ready by Sunday’s game. While that may be a bit much to expect, it isn’t crazy to believe that he should be available by week 16. I’ll update as I hear more here but for now expect to be without him.

Toby Gerhart (RB – MIN) – Gerhart may have the backfield to himself come Sunday with star RB and almost unanimous #1 draft pick Adrian Peterson is nursing a foot injury. Gerhart himself sustained a hamstring injury in last weeks game and hasn’t practiced so far this week. Friday will be the day that he will test out his hampering hamstring and will help clarify the RB situation for us in Minnesota.

Kenbrell Thompkins (WR – NE) – Thompkins has been putting in limited practices so far this week but, per the Patriots usual tight lipped staff, the limited tag provides little to no clarity on Thompkins’s availability. You are not going to be able to readily rely on him this week so I would recommend benching him unless more clear news as to his status comes out before the game.

Rob Gronkowski (TE – NE) – Gronkowski got the crap kicked out of him on his final play of the game last week before being carted off the field. Latest news is that he suffered an ACL and MCL tear on top of a concussion. Not only is his season done this year but his availability for the start of next year is already in question as well. Sound familiar?

Brandon Jacobs (RB – NYG) – Jacobs was sent to the IR this week after going through knee surgery. His season is done.

Percy Harvin (WR – MIN) – Harvin still hasn’t gotten over his hip injury and according to Coach Carroll, Harvin still hasn’t been able to get “over the hump”. Unless you’re in a dynasty league, Harvin really isn’t worth holding onto at this point. I personally believe that his season is over.

Tavon Austin (WR – STL) – An ankle injury has kept Austin from practicing this week. Unless there is better news by weeks end, I would suggest looking elsewhere for WR help.

Jordan Reed (TE – WAS) – He’s at it again. Popping up on the injury report is Reed with a concussion. If you wish to keep toying around with him that’s fine but if it were me I’d drop him and be done with the headache.


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Notable Players Out for Week 15: Josh McCown (QB – CHI)

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