Usually I am not one to put an injury report together since that is one of the biggest keys when playing fantasy sports but after last week’s mistake I made (played Calvin Johnson and left to take my son to pumpkin patch thinking he was playing) I do not want others to fall into that trap I fell into last week. I am going to take look at some players who you want to follow the injury report on to make sure they are in or out this week.
Adrian Peterson (Vikings, RB): This is one that everyone is following since Peterson is suffering the loss of his two year old son. From all the reports I see coming out of the Vikings camp Peterson is set to play this week as he feels being on the field with his football family and playing the game he loves so much as a relief to get his mind off the situation. Look out Carolina, AP could be on a rampage this week to release that frustration.
Steven Ridley (NE, RB): Ridley sat out last week’s contest in which he did not practice at all last week. This week Ridley has been limited in practice but barring any setbacks you should see him suit up this weekend.
Darren McFadden (Oakland, RB): This is definitely one you want to follow. McFadden sat out week five due to a hamstring injury and from the looks it he could be out again as he was limited in practice all week. With Oakland on a bye next week I would not be surprised to see McFadden get another week off to let this injury heal. Marcel Reese looks to be the beneficiary if McFadden is not playing since Rashad Jennings is battling his own hamstring injury.
Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks, RB): Lynch missed practice on Friday due to a hip injury which is making him questionable this week. Keep an eye out on this one since you do not want to get left out in the dark like I did last week with a star player.
Zac Stacy (Rams, RB): From the looks of it Stacy should be in the starting lineup this week as he went from no practice on Wednesday to limited practice on Thursday and full practice on Friday. It does not look like his rib injury is going to keep him from playing this week.
Ryan Mathews (Chargers, RB): This is a big one as I am sure some of you daily fantasy players hoped the value of Danny Woodhead would be in full effect this weekend. Mathews suffered a concussion last week and did not practice Thursday but was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Mathews plays Monday night and as long as he is symptom free he should be back on the field.
Calvin Johnson (Lions, WR): Johnson is still battling the knee issue that kept him out of last week’s contest. Johnson was limited at practice on Friday but a positive was he running more routes and catching passes Friday. This is definitely one you have to follow especially if you are daily player since draftstreet.com has dropped Johnson’s price this week which actually has some value to him now.
Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals, WR): Everyone thought Fitzgerald was past that hamstring injury he suffered before week 2. From the looks of it that Hamstring injury reoccurred this week leaving him questionable for week 6. Fitzgerald was limited Wednesday and Thursday at practice but was a full participant on Friday. Keep an eye on this but I think we see Fitzgerald on the field come game time since he did put in a full practice on Friday.
Miles Austin (Cowboys, WR): Here is another one that a lot of people have been following since Terrance Williams has done a superb job filling in for Austin. From the looks of it Austin will be on the field come game time as he has practiced fully all week with no setbacks.
Stevie Johnson (Bills, WR): Johnson injured his back in week 5’s contest and was not able to continue in that game. This week Johnson has missed practice all week which is not entirely from his back but from a death in his family. From what I have been reading he did receive treatment when he was away from the team but he is still going to be a true game time decision.
Marlon Brown (Ravens, WR): Brown is battling a hamstring strain which caused him to sit out week 5. Brown has been limited at practice this week which is going to make him a true game-time decision.
Mike Williams (Bucs, WR): Williams enters this week battling a hamstring injury still even after having a bye last week. This week at practice Williams was a limited participant which has me thinking he is in line to be on the field this week. Keep an eye on this as Williams gets a matchup with the horrendous secondary of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rob Gronkowski (Patriots, TE): Friday, ESPN’s Ed Warner reported Gronk is not expected to play this week. I guess we have to wait another week before we get a chance to see Gronk on the field.
Greg Olsen (Panthers, TE): Olsen had a lot of people worried as he was seen in a walking boot after last week’s game. Olsen took Wednesday off from practice and return to full practice on Thursday and Friday which is telling me he should be in the lineup this week.