Quarterbacks

  • Tony Romo, QB, DAL
    • Injury: Ankle/back (?)
    • Status: Questionable
    • Depth Chart: Starter
    • Back-up: Kyle Orton
    • News: Romo limped around for the majority of this Sunday’s game. Jerry Jones said Romo aggravated an old back issue today; Jason Garrett said it was a foot injury.
    • Fantasy ramification: Regardless of the injury site, Romo appeared to be in pain on Sunday. He will likely play in Week 17 due to the division title being on the line. He continues to be a low-end QB1 for fantasy. 
  • Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
    • Injury: Knee
    • Status: Questionable
    • Depth Chart: Starter
    • Back-up: Matt Moore
    • News: Tannehill’s miserable performance on Sunday was halted by a knee injury that made him leave the game. However, he returned to play late in the fourth quarter: it did not make a difference.
    • Fantasy ramification: It appears Tannehill’s injury is not severe. He will likely play in Week 17. He is at best a solid QB2. 

Running Backs

  • Shane Vereen, RB, NE
    • Injury: Groin
    • Status: Questionable
    • Depth Chart: Starter
    • Back-up: LeGarrette Blount
    • News: Vereen suffered a groin injury in Week 16. He left the game, and did not return.
    • Fantasy ramification: Vereen has been the Patriot’s only reliable fantasy running back since Ridley was stricken ill with fumblitis a month ago. If Vereen is held out of Week 17’s game, Blount would become a very weak flex player—especially weak for the championship round of the fantasy playoffs. Vereen’s injury also hurts Brady’s value; Vereen has been one of the Patriots’ most-targeted players this season (when he has been active).
  • Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
    • Injury: Ankle
    • Status: Questionable
    • Depth Chart: Starter
    • Back-up: James Starks
    • News: Lacy left Sunday’s game late when the Packers and Steelers were tied-up. James Starks took over the running back duties for the remainder of the game, as Lacy did not return to play.
    • Fantasy ramification: Little is known about the extent of Lacy’s ankle injury. If he misses next week’s game against the worst rushing defense in the NFL, the Chicago Bears, then Starks will be an excellent fill-in. Whichever Green Bay running back gets the start in Week 17 will have a career-high day.
  • Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
    • Injury: Foot/ankle
    • Status: Questionable
    • Depth Chart: Starter
    • Back-up: Danny Woodhead
    • News: The often-hurt Mathews sustained another injury on Sunday. He was seen having his left foot/ankle evaluated by the team training staff. However, he returned to the sideline with his helmet in hand.
    • Fantasy ramification: Mathews will likely play in Week 17 due to the apparent minor extent of his ankle injury. Because the playoffs are on the line for the Chargers, they will have all hands on deck. However, if he does not play, Woodhead will be a solid RB2 for Week 17. 
  • Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
    • Injury: Broken ribs
    • Status: Questionable
    • Depth Chart: Starter
    • News: Jackson rushed for 111 yards (5.8 yards per carry) with broken ribs in Week 16. His injuries were not discovered until after the game.
    • Fantasy ramification: Old man Jackson continues to prove he is a high-end NFL running back. Even though his performance in Week 16 makes for an inspiring demonstration of durability, it does not bode well for his fantasy owners. Even though the extent and location of his rib fractures are unknown, it’s likely that he will miss Week 17’s game. 

 

Wide Receivers

  • Steve Smith, WR, CAR
    • Injury: Knee
    • Status: Questionable
    • Depth Chart: Starter
    • Back-up: Domenik Hixon 
    • News: Smith limped off the field with a non-contact lower-extremity injury in the first quarter. It appears that Smith suffered a knee injury.
    • Fantasy ramification: There is a decent likelihood that Smith tore one of the major ligaments of his knee (MCL, LCL, PCL, and/or ACL). The mechanism of his injury is consistent with that of an ACL tear. Imaging will need to be performed for a proper diagnosis. Regardless, it’s almost a certainty that Smith will be inactive for Week 17.