Week 15: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
Miller sustained a concussion in the third quarter of the Week 14 win at Pittsburgh and did not return, opening the door for Daniel Thomas to top 100 yards. Miller had just six carries for 20 yards and two catches for 13 yards, disappointing fantasy owners that rolled the dice on the rookie. He's had a rather pedestrian first season, averaging just 44 yards per game behind an injury ravaged Dolphin O-line. Miller was cleared to practice Tuesday and appears on track to get cleared for game action, barring any setbacks. If Miller does play, a committee with Daniel Thomas is expected against New England -- limiting both players to flex plays at best, despite a favorable matchup. The Patriots' run defense has dealt with multiple injuries (namely DT Vince Wilfork and LB Jerod Mayo) and has struggled, allowing the third most rushing yards per game and 12th most fantasy points per game to the running back position.
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.