Week 15: Injury Update
We let you know the playing chances of the big name players who were injured last week. This week's picks include Matt Hasselbeck, Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson, and Kevin Smith.
The Packers' quest for perfection will have to move ahead without their leading WR as Greg Jennings' knee sprain is expected to keep him sidelined for 2-3 weeks. Jennings is averaging 73 YPG with nine TDs and his loss likely vaults Jordy Nelson to the lead WR in a Packer offense that likes to share the wealth. The loss of Jennings could also be a boost to TE Jermichael Finley's fantasy value as he could see an increase in red zone looks.
Maclin suffered multiple injuries, including a separated shoulder and hamstring strain, in week 10 and missed three games. The 3rd year WR from Missouri returned to action in Miami, but was unable to make it back onto the field in the 2nd half. He was able to participate in a limited Wednesday practice and will likely be listed as questionable (although signs point to him starting in a difficult home match-up against the Jets). Maclin is averaging 63 YPG with four TDs and his fantasy owners will be forced to stay on top of practice reports. Riley Cooper would start if Maclin suffers a setback in practice.
Graham suffered from back spasms in week 14, but still led the Saints in targets despite playing only 46 of 75 snaps. The 2nd year TE from Miami is a having a true breakout season, averaging 85 YPG with 8 TDs. Superstar Jimmy Graham put in a full practice on Wednesday and appears all but a lock to start in a dream match-up with a floundering Minnesota pass defense.
Remember to read all our columns for this week and use our Who To Start Rankings
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