Week 15: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a hamstring injury during the Thursday night win over Houston and he's very questionable for the week 15 contest against Buffalo. He won't try to practice until Friday and will be a major risk even if he's able to play (missed 10 games last season due to injury). Backup Jordan Todman could see 15-18 touches against a mediocre Buffalo run defense allowing the fourth most yards to the running back position (112 yards per game). Todman is in his second NFL season out of UConn and the smallish back (just 5'9, 195 pounds) should finish with solid RB2 numbers, especially in a PPR league. He impressed in the preseason, totaling 29 carries for 223 yards (7.68 YPC) with two touchdowns. In week 14, the Bills were gashed by another smallish speedster in Tampa's Bobby Rainey, which makes Todman an intriguing play if MJD is kept in street clothes.
Adrian Peterson escaped a major injury during the week 14 loss to Baltimore as he was diagnosed with a foot sprain. Free agent to be Toby Gerhart dominated the workload once AP left and finished with 15 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. Peterson expects to return before the end of the season, but the Vikings are eliminated from playoff contention and might have other ideas. In 2013, AP has failed to match his 2012 season for the ages as he's seen his average rushing yards per game drop to 93 (averaged 131 YPG last year). For now we expect Minnesota to play it safe with Peterson and keep him out at least one week. Gerhart is also dealing with a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out of practice until Friday. If the Stanford alum is able to start, he'd be a borderline RB2 start against a mediocre Philadelphia run defense allowing the 18th most fantasy PPG to the running backs position.