Injury Report: Charcandrick West Owners Should Watch Spencer Ware’s Status

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 15:

Davante Adams, Packers, $7,800 – On Thursday, Davante Adams was added to the injury report and deemed “questionable” with a foot injury that popped up in practice. As of Saturday, he had been upgraded back to probable which puts him on pace to play in Oakland against the Raiders. David Amerson is Oakland’s corner who lines up on the right side of the formation a majority of the team which means he’ll be the one squaring off against Adams most of the time. Pro Football Focus suggests this is one of the worst matchups of the week for any wide receivers (WR) due to the talent disparity. If looking for a Packers WR to use, Randall Cobb is worth paying up for, but Richard Rodgers is intriguing as well in a game that could prove to be a shootout.

Donte Moncrief, Colts, $8,500 – This must have been a long week for Colts fans because Matt Hasselbeck was listed as questionable but apparently will play through a rib injury. So while a Charlie Whitehurst week has been avoided, Donte Moncrief was seen limping around in practice and “doesn’t look likely to play.” This is according to Colts’ Beat Writer Stephen Holder and he’s officially listed as questionable. Beat writers typically do not weigh in with an opinion unless it is an educated one and Holden seems pretty convinced Moncrief will not play. For that reason, Coby Fleener emerges as a sleeper as I think he takes some of Moncrief’s targets and could be one of this week’s most under-owned players against the Texans’ middle-of-the-road tight end (TE) defense in terms of fantasy points allowed. UPDATE: Moncrief has been cleared to play and is active.

Eric Ebron, Lions, $6,000 – Play everyone against the Saints! In Eric Ebron’s case, quoting Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend!” Ebron is dealing with an illness and in all likelihood he should be ready to go. Unfortunately the Lions do not play until Monday Night so there will not be utter clarity before then. This doesn’t appear to be too much of a gamble in terms of him suiting up but it is a gamble in terms of his recent consistency. He has not caught more than four passes since week seven and has only scored one touchdown (TD) during that span. If there was ever a week to expect a rebound to his early season production, this would be the week against the last place TE defense.

Julian Edelman, Patriots, $14,000 – Do not trust a Patriots injury report. Ever. Earlier in the week, Patriots Beat Writer Jim McBride reported Julian Edelman practiced through a foot injury and looked “crisp and quick.” He then managed to practice once again on Thursday before being listed as doubtful on Friday and ruled out on Saturday. It’s never over until it’s over so never set a lineup with one of their skill players listed as questionable and forget to check on Sunday mornings. It never goes the way your gut feeling suggests so just make sure to always confirm your suspicions.

Spencer Ware, Chiefs, $7,800 – Here is a situation worth keeping an eye on as Spencer Ware is listed as questionable and his absence would open up a full workload for Charcandrick West. Honestly this situation is worth avoiding if Ware suits up because it has been a true committee over the past few weeks. On the other hand, if Ware were to sit out, West’s full workload would help cancel out the difficulty of the matchup against the Ravens (allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs (RBs)). Don’t forget West scored at least 22.20 fantasy points from weeks seven to 10 as the workhorse back and two of those games were against Pittsburgh and Denver. He is even worthy of cash consideration but Ware must be out in order to go down that path. UPDATE: Ware is active but only as an “emergency back.”

Stevie Johnson, Chargers, $8,800 – The Chargers’ receiving core is already without Keenan Allen so another loss would certainly be detrimental to Philip Rivers’ outlook considering he has already been struggling recently. The nightmare of another impactful loss is going to become reality because Stevie Johnson is listed as doubtful for a groin injury (that seems to be chronic at this point). Malcolm Floyd is already playing through a torn labrum so Dontrelle Inman will emerge as the team’s top WR. My two favorite plays in the passing game this week are Antonio Gates (could see double-digit targets) and Danny Woodhead (place has recently fallen) as they’ll need to step up to make up for the lack of healthy playmakers in the receiving core.

T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars, $9,800 – Vengeance time for Denard Robinson. Poor “Shoelace” produced admirably last season after emerging as the starting RB then the team went and drafted T.J. Yeldon in the second round. After suffering a knee injury (sprained MCL) last week, Yeldon is listed as doubtful for week 15. Robinson will draw the start against Atlanta and get the shot to prove he still has the mojo from 2014 and deserves his fair share of touches. Robinson is maybe my favorite value of the week and I think he’s a great option in cash as a salary saver. All aboard the Robinson train. UPDATE: Yeldon has been deemed inactive.

Tom Brady, Patriots, $14,700 – Nothing to see here. Despite being ill, Tom Brady will play against the Tennessee Titans. No analysis necessary besides the fact that Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski should see their fair share of targets.

Zach Miller, Bears, $7,100 – Without Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller has emerged as a weekly TD threat. Last week Miller enjoyed his second best game of the season as he hauled in five catches for 85 yards and a TD. Both he and Alshon Jeffery came down with some sort of illness earlier in the week and it has continued to affect both of them as the week has gone on. The two of them are listed as questionable and, since they have both had this since Wednesday, they are both expected to play. These are the Bears’ best two playmakers and they will be needed in a divisional matchup against the Vikings. Assuming they are both deemed active, Jeffery would be the preferred play of the two, but Miller is worthy of a GPP shot due to his new expanded role.

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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