Injury Report: Tevin Coleman Faces a Tough Matchup as a Fill-in

I am not a doctor nor do I play one on television. However, I am willing to give my best guesses as to whether or not certain potential impact players play this week based on their practice reports. This is just my opinion but here are my takes on injured players heading into week 12:

Case Keenum, Rams, $10,000 – As of Friday afternoon, Case Keenum had not yet passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and the Rams were preparing to start Nick Foles. I suppose it’s possible change between Friday and Sunday morning but the NFL takes concussions very seriously. The Rams likely want to see him go through extensive drills before throwing him back into the fire. For that reason, I would consider Keenum doubtful, although the team is saying he’ll only back up Foles even if he’s deemed active. This doesn’t mean a whole lot for fantasy purposes because the only Rams wide receiver (WRs) that has popped up on the fantasy radar is Tavon Austin but he isn’t quarterback (QB) reliant. Either way, the Rams will dish out a heavy dose of Todd Gurley and he’s still the guy to play even in a difficult matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Charcandrick West, Chiefs, $10,000 – With fantasy owners preparing to fire up Spencer Ware, Chiefs’ Coach Andy Reid is trying to throw a last second wrench into their plans. On Friday, Reid was quoted as saying that West “is making progress” and the team hasn’t ruled him out just yet. Still, it appears he is on the doubtful side of questionable and I think this is simply “coach speak” (meaning it’s not true and is trying to throw off the opponent). At just $7,400, Ware offers the upside to absolutely decimate his price tag if given anywhere near a full workload. UPDATE: Ed Werder “would be shocked” if West played.

Danny Amendola, Patriots, $9,200 – Danny Amendola did not make the trip to Denver so it will be difficult for him to play. Just kidding, he’s listed as out and now the Patriots’ skill positions on offense are officially in shambles. The Patriots were already without Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis and now they’ll be missing Amendola as well…which doesn’t leave them with much. Rob Gronkowski is awesome but Denver’s defense will be able to key in on him. Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin (listed as questionable) are the last men left standing in the receiving core and James White will have to fully adapt to his Shane Vereen-esque role. Denver is the best secondary in the NFL so expectations should be tempered regardless but Gronkowski and White seem like the only options worth betting on even in tournaments. UPDATE: Kershawn Martin is expected to be active for Sunday Night Football.

Devonta Freeman, Falcons, $15,700 – Unlike the Rams, Atlanta did not mess around with a concussion to one of their impact players. The Falcons have already ruled Devonta Freeman out for week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings meaning Tevin Coleman will draw the start. Coleman received 17 carries last week and only managed 2.8 measly yards per carry (YPC). This was the largest workload he had seen since week one against Philadelphia and he averaged 4.0 YPC in that one. Minnesota is no easy matchup for opposing running backs (RBs) as they have allowed the seventh least fantasy points per game and only four total touchdowns (TDs) to the position. Coleman is priced cheaply enough ($8,400) that he is worth a shot in tournaments as the Falcons have loved riding their concentrated offense this season. They’ve fed the ball to Julio Jones and complimented him with a heavy dose of the RB. Let’s see if Coleman can do his best Freeman impression in this one.

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos, $12,700 – Pretty straightforward here: Emmanuel Sanders is listed as probable. Brock Osweiler will have his full complement of weapons and makes for an intriguing deeper tournament option. Still my favorite option in this offense would be Ronnie Hillman as he’s one of my favorite GPP targets while everyone is looking at the fill-ins (Tevin Coleman, Spencer Ware, Thomas Rawls, etc.).

Frank Gore, Colts, $9,100 – The Colts held practice on Wednesday and Frank Gore was nowhere to be found. This was on the heels of Gore being seen limping badly at the end of the week 11 game against the Falcons…a game in which Ahmad Bradshaw caught two TDs. Gore returned to a full practice on Thursday and said “he will be fine.” Regardless, it would make sense for Bradshaw to have earned himself a larger workload in week 12, at least in the passing game. Tampa Bay is a better than average run defense and Gore should split carries more than usual so he’s a low-end RB2 at best but can probably just be totally avoided. Javarious Allen is the same price and I would rather roster him by a long shot.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals, $7,400 – The past few weeks Michael Floyd’s status had been in flux leading up to the game but that appears to have changed this week. Floyd practiced Wednesday and continued to do so throughout the week. Coach Bruce Arians said after Friday’s practice that Floyd had “looked good all week.” The San Francisco 49ers are a juicy matchup for the Arizona passing game which has been on auto-pilot essentially all season. They have been tough to stop and this week should be no different although Larry Fitzgerald is the WR to target in cash games as I have him as my number two WR this week. As long as they don’t get out to a huge early lead, all the WRs should be able to contribute and Floyd, as per usual, should possess a very high ceiling.

Rishard Matthews, Dolphins, $8,800 – Once upon a time Rishard Matthews was looking like the most consistent option in the Dolphins’ receiving core. Flash forward to week 12 and Matthews has been targeted just 13 times over the past three weeks and hauled in just one pass last week. He is listed as questionable with an “illness” but is expected to play. Look, the receiving core as a whole draws a tough matchup against the Jets secondary in theory but the Jets’ defense has underwhelmed so far this season. Jarvis Landry typically lines up in the slot and should be able to avoid a lot of Darrelle Revis coverage. UPDATE: Darrelle Revis is out for week 12 with a concussion so this is no longer a concern. This means others will get stuck with him and Matthews should be one of those guys dealing with him quite a bit. For that reason, avoid him and roster Landry if you’re looking for a receiver on this team. If you need a receiver at the same price, go with the Chargers’ Stevie JohnsonUPDATE: Rishard Matthews is expected to play but in a “limited” fashion.

Travis Kelce, Chiefs, $8,700 – Ugh, this sucks. Travis Kelce is listed as questionable after tweaking his ankle in Friday’s practice which leaves him as a true toss-up for week 12. Considering this happened very late in the week, I have serious doubts about his status. I say he’s a true 50-50 proposition and I would actually bet the team decides to be careful and sit him. If he sits, Demetrius Harris and Brian Parker would share the tight end (TE) duties but neither would be worthy of fantasy consideration. You can now absolutely fade Kelce in cash but stay tuned if you were planning to use him in GPPs as it appears he seriously may end up missing this one. UPDATE: Kelce is active.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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