With only a couple weeks left before the fantasy football postseason, the injury report of star NFL players becomes more and more important.
Ben Roethlisberger is one of many players who are in danger of not being able to play this Sunday. Let’s take a look at who may or may not be able to play in Week 10.
These are the players who have been ruled out before Sunday:
WR Breshad Perriman (knee, out); WR Eddie Royal (knee, out; CB Joe Haden(concussion, out; S Donte Whitner (concussion, out; LB Sean Lee (concussion, out); LB DeMarcus Ware (back, out); CB Rashean Mathis (concussion, out); LBJamie Collins (illness, out); LB Dannell Ellerbe (hip, out); CB Prince Amukamara (pectoral, out); TE Larry Donnell (neck, out); WR Victor Cruz (calf, out); LB James Harrison (knee, out); WR Vincent Jackson (knee, out); CB Jason McCourty (groin, out); WR Kendall Wright (knee, out)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Foot, questionable):
Ben Roethlisberger will be active to play against the Browns but he’ll actually be the backup to Landry Jones in this game. This is good news for fantasy owners because it means that Big Ben won’t be out as the starter much longer.
QB Josh McCown (Ribs, inactive):
Josh McCown will not be available for their divisional matchup with the Steelers on Sunday. His ribs are giving him too much trouble, which means Johnny Manziel will get another start at quarterback for the Browns. Manziel isn’t a great fantasy play and that could hurt Travis Benjamin’s stock as well.
QB Teddy Bridgewater (Concussion, questionable):
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Teddy Bridgewater will start against the Oakland Raiders.
#Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was cleared from the concussion protocol and will start today, source said. This is what the team expected.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 15, 2015
This is good news for the Vikings and for fantasy owners who could use last quarterback option. The Raiders were decimated by the Steelers last week and Bridgewater will the chance to do the same.
WR Calvin Johnson (Ankle, questionable):
Calvin Johnson has played through injuries for the majority of his career and this week is no different. Johnson missed practice on Friday but that isn’t stopping him from for the Lions playing gainst the Packers this weekend. Johnson is always a must-start receiver so he should be in your lineup.
WR Emmanuel Sanders (Ankle, questionable):
Emmanuel Sanders is being given a 50-50 chance of playing in the Broncos tilt against the Chiefs. Sanders didn’t practice all week and Ian Rapoport was able to shed more light on the situation.
#Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was at Sat's walk-thru after not practicing all week, but source said it "could be difficult" to play.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 15, 2015
This puts fantasy owners in a tough position, because even he Sanders does play, he might not be the best fantasy option. A safer bet would be to find a different receiver but if you’re willing to take the risk then start him.
WR Alshon Jeffery (Groin, questionable):
Alshon Jeffery will be good to go for the Bears against the St. Louis Rams. This is a tough matchup for Jeffery but he’s been in beast mode since he originally returned from his hamstring injury. Expect him to get even more targets with Matt Forte inactive.
WR Allen Hurns (Ankle, questionable):
Allen Hurns is expected to play for the Jaguars against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. Hurns has been a strong fantasy option this season after recording a touchdown in six straight games. He has a great matchup against a Ravens secondary that hasn’t been able to really stop anyone.
WR John Brown (Hamstring, questionable):
John Brown is most likely going to play for the Cardinals against the Seahawks this week. Brown won’t be 100 percent and he has a very tough matchup against a Seahawks secondary that is one of the best in the league. Brown’s situation is similar to Emmanuel Sanders, if he does play there’s a chance he won’t be very productive. It might be a good idea to look for other options.
RB Matt Forte (Knee, inactive):
Matt Forte will be inactive for the second straight week due to an MCL injury. Forte wasn’t expected to be back so soon anyway but the Bears injury report decided to list him as questionable anyway. With Forte out, fantasy owners will hope that Jeremy Langford can fill in and produce against a tough Rams defense.
RB Eddie Lacy (Groin, questionable):
Eddie Lacy will likely play against the Detroit Lions this week but he won’t be completely healthy. Mike McCarthy as already come out and said that James Starks is going to be the lead back regardless. Lacy doesn’t have nearly as much value as the backup and owners will be even more disappointed that he’s lost the starting job.
RB Marshawn Lynch (Abdomen, questionable):
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this on Marshawn Lynch’s status for tonight’s game.
Seahawks uncertain whether RB Marshawn Lynch will play tonight vs. Arizona due to ab injury. "50-50 right now," source said Saturday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 15, 2015
Lynch is an incredibly tough running back and in a crucial game against the Cardinals who are in first play, he’ll probably play. That doesn’t make him the best option considering how good Arizona’s defense is and he’ll probably be limited anyways. Fantasy owners should have Thomas Rawls ready in case Lynch is a last minute scratch.