So you're saying there's a chance (USAT)
Running backs rule the injury wrap world, so we'll start our clipboarding there. Settle in, settlers.
• Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both took some reps Friday and have a shot at playing Sunday against Philadelphia. Thankfully, it's a 1 pm ET start, so we'll have time to gather the news and react. If Peterson is active, I'm using him on any of my teams, no questions asked. I'm not going to trust Gerhart, no matter how the Sunday news falls. Matt Asiata is the third-stringer, for anyone monumentally desperate.
• Reggie Bush (calf) did some work Friday and it seems likely he'll go Monday against Baltimore, though it's far from guaranteed. We'll see what we learn in Saturday's key practice.
• Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 15, so scratch him from your plans. The largely-untested Jordan Todman picks up the start against Buffalo. I'm ranking Todman in the late-20s, but I also have one team desperate enough to consider him (Todman/Rice is my ongoing conundrum, not that you asked).
• Willis McGahee (post concussion) isn't expected to play, which makes Chris Ogbonnaya an interesting upside gamble against the horrific Chicago rushing defense.
• Rashad Jennings (post concussion) had a solid week and is expected to carry the load against the Chiefs. So much for our Marcel Reece fun. It's also doubtful we'll see Darren McFadden (ankle) again this season.
• The Packers can't be too worried about Eddie Lacy (ankle) because they're listing him as probable. The Cowboys won't have LB Sean Lee, either, their best run-stopping player. On the down side for Lacy and the rest of the Packers, they won't have their franchise quarterback (more on that below).
• The Seahawks gave Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) some rest this week but he's still listed as probable. Have fun at the Giants.
• Lamar Miller (post concussion) is listed as probable, so the Dolphins could have a messy time share against New England. Daniel Thomas is also in the mix.
• Jonathan Stewart (torn ACL) is out for the Jets game and although the Panthers haven't scratched him for the season, it would be a shock if he played this month. DeAngelo Williams could see more work, in addition to Kool Aid Man Mike Tolbert.
• Shane Vereen (wrist) is listed as probable, so push play. No pressure, kid, you're only the featured part of your team's offense.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
• Roddy White (knee) had a choppy week, and although he's expected to play against Washington, we can't forget how ugly his first few months were. I'm lowering him in my ranks. Tony Gonzalez (toe) is expected to play, though he hasn't been 100 percent for several weeks.
• Delanie Walker (post concussion) is going to play against Arizona, the tight-end giveaway. I'm using him and I need him.
• Cecil Shorts (groin) did some work Friday after missing the previous two days. He's too risky for me to trust in Week 15, even against Buffalo.
• Michael Floyd (ankle) isn't completely healthy but he's expected to play at Tennessee.
• Tavon Austin (ankle) was rested all week and although he's listed as questionable, you shouldn't need to dig this deep at this time of year.
• Garrett Graham (hamstring) missed the full week and can't be used against Indianapolis. DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is also questionable, though it sounds like he will play.
• Stephen Hill (knee) is done for the year, if you care about the Jets. If I had to use a New York wideout, I'd take Jeremy Kerley.
• The Patriots always have a bunch of receivers on the injury report. This week, it includes Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip). I don't see how you can use either at Miami.
• Anthony Fasano (concussion/knee) is out, which sets up Sean McGrath to start at Oakland.
• Denarius Moore (shoulder) should play against Kansas City, not that you're using him.
• Percy Harvin (hip) remains in week-to-week limbo. He won't play against the Giants, and I'd drop him in any redraft format (this is a recording).
• Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) won't play at Dallas and there's no guarantee we'll see him again this year. I know a lot of pundits are petrified to ever suggest dropping a name player, but I don't see any reason to hold Rodgers if you have immediate roster needs. Obviously one size never fits all with this sort of advice, but bottom line, I don't advocate playing scared. Matt Flynn will continue to start in the meantime, to the detriment of this team's passing game.
• I don't understand why the Bears are forcing Jay Cutler back, but he'll start at Cleveland - with sizzling Josh McCown headed back to the bench. Cleveland's defense has good and bad points, but it's not an easy matchup - combine that with Cutler's expected rust and I'm not ranking him aggressively.
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- Adrian Peterson
- Toby Gerhart
- Jordan Todman