By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
We are getting a few players back this week, which is good news, but the big concern is how much will they play. You just never know when it comes to a player that has missed a good amount of time. This makes using them a risk. You have to figure out if the possible reward is worth the risk. Plus, you need to evaluate your roster to make sure you don't have a better play on your bench. It is a tricky call for fantasy teams, especially at this point of the season when every point is so precious. So good luck in making those tough decisions this week. It isn't easy but do your homework and research, and feel confident in your final decision.
Brian Urlacher, LB, Bears. Urlacher suffered a hamstring strain and could be done the rest of the year, leaving a huge void at linebacker for the Bears. He is expected to be out at least two weeks of action but likely more. You can't bench the Bears' defense because of their upside but don't be surprised if their numbers suffer a bit with Urlacher out.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles. McCoy still hasn't been cleared to play from his concussion suffered a few weeks back. They aren't ruling him out to return this season but we wouldn't count on it. What is the point of rushing McCoy back with nothing to play for, especially with Bryce Brown playing so well in his place.
Donald Brown, RB, Colts. Brown has already been ruled out this week because of an ankle injury. Vick Ballard will handle about all the work at running back for the Colts in Week 14. Brown must have a pretty serious ankle sprain, which could keep him out multiple games.
Stevie Johnson, WR, Bills. Johnson had a tight hamstring during the game last week, which forced him to miss some time. He hasn't practiced yet this week but expects to play Week 14. The injury isn't supposed to be too serious. Keep an eye on the player notes to be safe but we would expect Johnson to be fine for Week 14.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars. Jennings suffered a concussion last week and hasn't been cleared to play at this point. It isn't looking good for him to play this week. Montell Owens is expected to start and carry most of the load at running back for the Jaguars.
Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings. Harvin is done for the season. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Wednesday because of his ankle injury, which is apparently a lot worse than first thought. There are reports tore a tendon in his ankle and could need surgery. Harvin leaves a huge void for fantasy teams to fill.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars. Shorts is another player that suffered a concussion last week. He apparently has already passed his concussion tests, though, and seems likely to play Week 14, barring a setback. He still hasn't practiced yet this week but if he gets some work in before the week is out, expect Shorts active for Week 14.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers. Nelson was knocked out of last week's game because of a hamstring strain. He is getting better but his status remains up in the air for Week 14. Consider him questionable to play and a game-time decision for the game. Get other options ready to be safe.
James Starks, RB, Packers. We aren't sure exactly what Starks is dealing with but he has some sort of knee injury that is going to keep him out multiple games. He hasn't been ruled out for the season but that could be the case at this point. Alex Green will carry the load at running back while Starks is out of action.
Dustin Keller, TE, Jets. Keller suffered a sprained ankle last week and isn't participating in practice yet. The Jets claim he doesn't have a high-ankle sprain but it still doesn't look great for Keller to play this week.
Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders. McFadden is practicing in full and finally expected to make his return from an ankle injury this week. He is listed as probable and should get the start for the Raiders. He still is a bit of a risk as you just don't know how much he'll play in his first game in several weeks but he certainly has high upside because of his big-play ability.
Titus Young, WR, Lions. Young hasn't been playing because of his conduct on and off the field but he apparently has a knee injury that is preventing him from playing as well. He needs surgery on the injury and was placed on Injured Reserve. Young is done for the season, leaving Mike Thomas the starting job opposite Calvin Johnson.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Roethlisberger is trending towards playing this week. He is practicing and making about all his normal throws. He apparently can't injure himself further by playing, which is a good sign. It is more of a pain tolerance thing at this point. The concern is Roethlisberger could start and not be able to make it through the game, making him a risky play for fantasy teams. We would proceed with caution on Big Ben. He is a risky proposition.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars. Jones-Drew still isn't practicing on his foot injury and is looking likely to miss another week of action. At this point, we wouldn't count on Jones-Drew playing again this season. As mentioned, Montell Owens is expected to get the start for the Jaguars in Week 14.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers. Stewart missed last week with an ankle injury and still isn't practicing this week. It isn't looking good for a return. We expect DeAngelo Williams to get another start for the Panthers.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers. LaFell has a turf toe injury. It isn't supposed to be too serious but his availability is up in the air for Week 14. We wouldn't count on him playing. Plus, he isn't worth the risk based on his up and down play all season even when healthy.
Danny Amendola, WR, Rams. Amendola has shed his walking boot and is practicing some on the side. He is making some progress but still isn't a sure thing to play this week. His status is up in the air for Week 14. He'll be another game-time decision but it looks like the chances of him playing this week are a little better than last week.
Brandon Stokley, WR, Broncos. Stokley continues to battle a hip injury and seems likely to miss his second straight game. He is listed as questionable and could test his injury in warmups, but the chances of him playing don't look great. Jacob Tamme could get more work out of the slot if Stokley misses another firstname.lastname@example.org