Week 12: Injury Update
AP suffered an ankle injury in the 1st quarter of the week 11 loss to Oakland and was unable to return. Monday's MRI confirmed that he suffered a grade 1 high ankle sprain and is expected to be in a walking boot until Friday when he could attempt to practice. The Vikings have yet to rule him out for week 12, but it seems high unlikely that they will risk their $100 million investment with the playoffs out of the picture. Toby Gerhart is expected to get the start, but he lacks the game breaking ability to be more than a flex play. The 6'0, 231 Gerhart runs more like a fullback, but is averaging a serviceable 4.0 YPC on only 24 carries this season. In his week 15 start against Chicago last season, Gerhart had 16 carries for 77 yards and added 3 carries for 18 yards. Head coach Leslie Frazier has confirmed that Percy Harvin will see his role in the offense increase (especially in the backfield). Harvin has 11 carries for 55 yards over the past three games and makes for an ideal trade target.
Green hauled in a spectacular leaping 36 yard TD in the first half of the week 10 game against Pittsburgh, but came down awkwardly on his knee and was unable to return. Green missed the week 11 loss to Baltimore and has yet to return to practice this week, so will likely be listed as questionable. The 4th overall pick in this year's draft has more than lived up to the hype as the Georgia alum is averaging 71 YPG with six touchdowns through nine games (ranks 7th at his position in fantasy scoring). Jerome Simpson posted a season-high eight catches for 152 yards as the Bengals' #1 WR in week 11 and could make for a solid WR3 in week 12 if AJ Green is unable to return to the lineup. One caveat is Browns shutdown CB Joe Haden will likely shadow Simpson if Green is ruled out.
Greg Jennings suffered a bruised shin that kept him sidelined for most of the 2nd half in week 11. Jennings put in a limited practice Tuesday and is expected to start for the Packers' Thanksgiving day battle with Detroit. A-Rod's go-to WR is averaging 76 YPG with 7 TDs and remains a solid WR1 this week in a game that has shootout potential.
Jones announced on his Twitter account that he's not sure that he'll be able to suit up for the week 12 match-up with Minnesota. Through seven games, the rookie from Alabama has flashed the skills that led the Falcons to give up a king's ransom in order to move up in April's draft. He's averaging 71 YPG with two touchdowns (both in week 9). Jones had a true breakout performance against Indianapolis in week 9 (133 yards and 2 TDs), but injured his right hamstring early in the week 10 loss to New Orleans and was unable to return. In Jones' absence, Harry Douglas had a monster performance in week 10 -- hauling in eight catches for 133 yards and could be in line for another start this week against a Viking pass defense that ranks among the bottom of the league. With Jones in street clothes for week 11, Roddy White had his best game of the season, hauling in seven balls for 147 yards -- the chance to buy low might have passed on Rowdy Roddy.
Maclin suffered multiple injuries -- including a separated shoulder and hamstring strain -- in week 10 and was unable to play in week 11. In his absence, Riley Cooper posted 5 catches for 75 yards and the game winning TD against the Giants. Maclin (3rd year WR from Missouri) is averaging 68 YPG with four TDs, but is not a lock to return for week 12 as he missed Tuesday's practice. The Eagles have a dream match-up against New England's struggling pass defense, so Maclin owners will be forced to stay on top of practice reports.