The final injury reports are out for Week 16's Saturday games as the NFL gets ready for a full slate of Christmas Eve games. There are a variety of notable injuries that will impact your fantasy football decisions. Marion Barber is listed as doubtful, which means he is most likely not going to play. Kahlil Bell will get the start in his place and is a decent fantasy option.
Cowboys running back Felix Jones is questionable and a game-time decision. Even if he is active, Sammy Morris will likely get enough carries that Jones loses his fantasy effectiveness. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is listed as questionable, but the Steelers have indicated that Charlie Batch will get the start on Saturday.
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 Saturday 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.
RB Marion Barber, Bears
K Billy Cundiff, Ravens
RB Michael Bush, Raiders
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots
RB Montario Hardesty, Browns
RB Roy Helu, Redskins
RB Chris Johnson, Titans
RB Felix Jones, Cowboys
RB Taiwan Jones, Raiders
RB Beanie Wells, Cardinals