Week 16: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
We let you know the playing chances of the big name players who are injured. This week's picks include Profiled players include Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Larry Fitzgerald, and Terrance Williams.
Victor Cruz suffered a concussion and knee sprain during the week 15 shutout loss to Seattle and the remainder of his season is in major doubt in a lost season for the G-men. Cruz is averaging 71 yards per game, but has just four touchdowns after totaling 19 touchdowns during his first two NFL seasons. He missed Thursday's practice and Reuben Randle is expected to start opposite Hakeem Nicks when the Giants travel to Detroit. The second year WR from LSU is averaging an impressive 15.4 yards per catch with six touchdowns. Randle is worth considering as a WR3 against an injury riddled Lions secondary that is allowing the fourth most fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers.
Welker suffered a concussion in week 14 and is expected to miss his second straight game after he was held out of Thursday's practice. Andre Caldwell surprised the fantasy world by hauling in two touchdowns during the Broncos' week 15 loss to San Diego and is likely to get the start in the slot again this week when Denver travels to Houston. The Texans defense has been stout against the pass, allowing the fourth fewest fantasy PPG to wide receivers. With so many weapons in the Denver passing game (Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas), it is difficult to expect another productive day from the fourth option in the passing game but he could be worth a flier with Peyton under center.
Remember to read all our columns for this week and use our Who To Start Rankings
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Fantasy Football Experience:
Been playing fantasy football since 1990 and fantasy baseball since 1995.
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