Two big-name backs (USAT)
As usual, we'll start in the backfield for the first lap of our injury wrap, then double back for the pass catchers and the quarterbacks. Good luck in your championship games.
• Adrian Peterson (foot) had a limited Friday practice and is listed as questionable, though he wants to give it a go at Cincinnati. If he's active (which he likely will be), I'm starting him anywhere I can.
• Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) did some work at Friday's practice after missing the two prior days. Context clues point to him not playing against Tennessee, but we won't know until Sunday. Jordan Todman is an interesting play if MJD is scratched. It's an early game, which we appreciate.
• Ray Rice has a sore thigh and did limited work the past two days. Baltimore lists him as questionable, but it would be a stunner if he didn't play. The Patriots rushing defense is obviously a plus matchup.
• Donald Brown (neck) had a good week of practice and will probably go at Kansas City, sharing work with Trent Richardson.
• Darren McFadden (ankle) is listed as probable, though the Raiders say Rashad Jennings is going to start at San Diego. If you need some DMC in your life this week, queue up Christmas In Hollis.
• Frank Gore has a sore ankle and knee, but he's still expected to be a go Monday against Atlanta. I suppose you could pick up Kendall Hunter as insurance if you were worried, but I'd be surprised if Gore isn't in his usual role.
• Ryan Mathews (foot) had good sessions the last two days and is start-worthy against Oakland.
• Ben Tate (ribs) is done for the year, which puts Dennis Johnson into a starting gig and into the flex conversation.
• Daniel Thomas (ankle) had a limited week but might play at Buffalo. It's difficult to trust anyone in the Miami backfield.
• Jonathan Stewart (knee) is out for another week. DeAngelo Williams will be the main man against New Orleans.
• The Packers took it easy with Eddie Lacy (ankle) this week, but he's expected to go against Pittsburgh. He was back at practice Friday.
• Willis McGahee (concussion) is expected back for the Browns. He's listed as probable. The Jets don't have much to brag about this year, but they do stop the run very well.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
• Jordan Cameron (concussion) won't play at the Jets, forcing fantasy owners to scramble. Perhaps Ryan Griffin of Houston can be your fill-in; the Texans don't figure to have Owen Daniels (leg) or Garrett Graham (hamstring) available. Griffin caught all six of his targets last week.
• Wes Welker (concussion) isn't expected to play again until the playoffs. He's definitely out for Week 16 at Houston, so Andre Caldwell is a viable deep-league option.
• Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) did some work Friday, but he's not out of the woods yet. He's listed as questionable, and still needs to receive full medical clearance to play at Seattle. It's a late start on game day, so make sure you have a secondary option.
• Percy Harvin (hip) isn't expected to return until the playoffs.
• Jordan Reed (concussion) is out for the year, which means the Redskins will use a tight end platoon of Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis. I'm not bolding their names because I don't want you to pick them up.
• Terrance Williams (hamstring) had a partial week and shouldn't be in your Week 16 plans. The Cowboys list him as questionable.
• Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is out for the Lions, which gives a mild bump to Joseph Fauria. Calvin Johnson (knee) isn't 100 percent but he's been toughing it out for a while.
• Tavon Austin (ankle) missed the full week of practice, so forget him for Week 16. The Rams list him as questionable, which sounds optimistic.
• Cecil Shorts (groin) is done for the season, which could mean a few extra looks for Ace Sanders or Marcedes Lewis.
• Stevie Johnson won't play for Buffalo; his mother died last week and he's been given permission to leave the club. Robert Woods might see some extra work in the meantime. Miami's corners have been sharp most of the year, though they didn't fare well against New England last week.
• T.Y. Hilton has been playing through a bum shoulder and is listed as questionable. I'd want a better third receiver in your title game.
• Victor Cruz (knee) is out for the remainder of the year.
• Joe Flacco is expected to play through his knee injury, wearing a brace. He's officially listed as questionable.
• With Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) out again, the Packers will stick with Matt Flynn against Pittsburgh.
• Carson Palmer (ankle) missed some time this week and is listed as questionable for the match at Seattle. It's a game Arizona desperately needs, so you have to figure Palmer will go if at all possible.
• With EJ Manuel (knee) scratched, Thad Lewis picks up the start for Buffalo.
• Case Keenum (thumb) won't play against Denver. Good lord, that's Matt Schaub's music.
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