FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 09: BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots carries the ball in the first half against the New York Jets on October 9, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
We break down the final NFL injury report for week 8 of the 2011 NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.
NFL teams released their final injury reports for week eight on Friday afternoon. The Monday Night Football teams will release their reports on Saturday. There are quite a few significant names that will be sidelined on Sunday, including Jahvid Best, Mark Ingram, Felix Jones, Willis McGahee and Andre Johnson.
There will also be several notable game-time decisions. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been limited all week and is listed as questionable. Beanie Wells was expected to miss a week or two but has been back on the practice field this week. Daniel Thomas has been limited for much of the last month, but has found a way to play in recent weeks. All of these running backs are key starters for some folks. We'll have updates Sunday morning as active lists come out.
For those wondering, the designations break down as follows:
Out: 0% change of playing
Doubtful: 25% chance of playing
Questionable: 50% chance of playing
Probable: 75% chance of playing
For fantasy purposes, you can almost always assume a probable player can be slotted into your lineup. I would be somewhat shocked if any of those Probable players ended up inactive this Sunday barring any news tonight or tomorrow. Questionable players on the other hand put you in a tough position. At least half if not more of these guys will play, but you will likely find yourself waiting on a "game-time decision" for most of them. It is not a problem for 1:00pm ET starts, but the 4:05 and 4:15pm ET starts, it can become a pain in the butt setting your lineup. For those I simply suggest trying to slot them into your flex position (if you have one) so you have some flexibility between running backs and wide receivers (and maybe even tight ends).
This Sunday we'll have final updates for all of these players so check back then. And of course, feel free to tweet us @sbnationfantasy with any sit/start questions you might have.
WR Danario Alexander, Rams
TE Todd Heap, Cardinals
TE Ben Watson, Browns