Congratulations if you are fighting to make the playoffs or are already in the playoffs. Injuries can play such a huge role this time of year. Just to get in to the playoffs can be tough, so I don’t need to tell you how important making the right start is. Players listed below have landed on the list. Audibles updates the injury status of each player and the prognosis for if they will be effective this week.
1. Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis
Collie was on his way to setting the world on fire this year until a concussion in Week 11. His best performance was Week 3 against Denver where he hauled in 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The second-year man looked to be the man to own next to Reggie Wayne.
He has not been heard from in three weeks. After a full practice Wednesday, all indications are that Collie will start against a porous Jacksonville pass defense that allowed him a touchdown in Week 4. I like the upside here as when Collie plays, Manning seems to get him the ball. He is listed as day-to-day at this point.
Audibles is putting a thumbs up as a solid play this week. Blair White owners should be looking elsewhere unless there is a late scratch. I think you can safely expect five catches for 63 yards and a score this week. Collie’s return helps Wayne’s and Pierre Garcon‘s value as well. I will start him over Anquan Boldin this week.
2. Ryan Torain, RB, Washington
Torain had a season-high with 24 carries, 172 yards and 7.17 yards per carry last week against Tampa Bay. He is listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Torain has looked like a beast the last few weeks, racking up three 100-yard performances. This was another guy that no one wanted. My concern is that Washington gets behind and abandons the running game.
Torain practiced in full Wednesday which leads me to believe that he is a solid start this week in Dallas. If Torain has a setback, Keiland Williams will have the biggest upside in that backfield. Dallas has given up big games on the ground this year. He is the nucleus of the offense.
3. Owen Daniels, TE, Houston
Daniels had been often injured this year and had zero value until last week. He is still listed on injury reports as day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Daniels insists he will be ready to go again this week in Tennessee. The 11 targets last week were jaw dropping. He is a must-start this week regardless of match up because of the starring cast around him. If he gets half the targets that he did last week, I would expect 63 yards receiving and a score. I love this play this week.
4. Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants
“Super Mario” has an injury to his hip and didn’t practice Wednesday. He insists that he will play. Derek Hagan makes a sneaky play if Manningham can’t go.
Kevin Boss and Hakeem Nicks should have their hands full against a Philadelphia Eagles’ defense that will include Asante Samuel. Samuel was listed as questionable with a knee injury and practiced in full on Wednesday. He had a slight MCL sprain which caused him to miss three weeks. This is bad news for all Giants’ receivers. I’d be very reluctant to start him.
5. Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore
Heap will more than likely miss his second straight game.
As of Wednesday, he hadn’t practiced. Ed Dickson would make his second straight start which translates into nothing as far as fantasy is concerned. Avoid this week at all costs.
I won’t begin to try to examine the mess in Minnesota at quarterback. Last I heard is that they were shopping around trying to find a bionic hand for Brett Favre. While they are at it, it makes sense to put the Dupont plastic hip in the cart as well if there is a discount for multiple items. I know that Patrick Ramsey‘s name came up a hundred times this week as the solution, and they did sign him, but it might as well be Gordon Ramsey. The Vikings should start Joe Webb and hand the ball to Adrian Peterson 30 times. Oh yeah, and I almost forgot, play defense.
Start Daniels, Collie and Torain if you are in a pinch. Monitor the Christmas spiral Manningham situation as he makes an OK play too.
Good luck this week, and remember that this is what you’ve been waiting for all year long. Thanks for the read folks.
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