The NFL gets Week 15 going again on Sunday and there are some key injury situations to watch. Below is a rundown of the final injury reports featuring pertinent fantasy athletes. The only significant change listed is the Patriots decision to downgrade Deion Branch from questionable to out.
We will have detailed injury updates as kickoff approaches, but the most important news is that Adrian Peterson and Kevin Smith both plan on playing this week. It is possible they could end up being late scratches, but as it currently stands, they are expected to suit up and carry the load. Peterson would seem to be the safer play this week. Smith is still worth playing, but owners should beware potential aggravations of his ankle injury.
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).
All day 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 Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
WR Jon Baldwin, Chiefs
WR Riley Cooper, Eagles
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
WR Louis Murphy, Raiders
WR Eddie Royal, Broncos
WR Chaz Schilens, Raiders
WR Donte' Stallworth, Redskins
WR Kevin Walter, Texans