Proximity often feels like priority, but in 2013, it seems like fantasy seasons will be decided by injury more than ever.
I’ve talked to I don’t know how many fantasy players this week who are panicking because Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew are hurt, which makes the first round about 50/50 on the year. Doug Martin and Arian Foster went second and third in most leagues, which may reset how we draft next year. Right now, we’re just adjusting as best we can.
Welcome to Week 15 of the Sunday Morning Med Check with Will Carroll and Tyler Brooke, where we give you all of the latest news on injured players heading into the early afternoon games. We’ll be working the phones and checking with sources for any news we can find to make sure your team is ready to win this week.
Will is going to be your injury consultant, working the phones to find out what he can about players and their current status. Meanwhile, Tyler will be checking in with other sources to give you the latest news provided by local beat writers and NFL insiders.
Remember, inactive lists come out 90 minutes before game time. We’ll discuss the big ones, but for a complete list, check out NFL.com.
We’ll also answer any fantasy football questions you may have. Be sure to tweet Tyler (@TylerDBrooke) and/or Will (@injuryexpert) using #BRFantasy, and we will respond to your questions on the live blog. Also be sure to watch Fantasy Live starting at noon ET for even more help with your lineup.
Let’s get started!
Adrian Peterson is out, which perhaps means that he is human after all. The foot sprain that had him writhing on the turf last week didn’t make enough improvement to let the medical staff get comfortable with the idea of him playing.
It’s as much an holistic move as it is an acute move. Peterson has an obvious history—the reconstructed knee—but also the sports hernia that was repaired at the end of last season and some other minor leg issues. The last thing the team wants to see is a gait change causing any problem to the knees or muscles.
With Toby Gerhart likely out as well, that leaves the Vikings with Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard. Outside of the Asiata and Banyard households, or maybe just Utah and UTEP, people probably don’t know much about these guys. The Vikings aren’t a “system” team; they’ve built their gameplans around Peterson, so don’t expect either of these to just step in.
The whole of the Vikings are affected here. They may run to run the clock, but outside of Cordarrelle Patterson, there’s no one here I’d recommend playing. With the season down to running out the clock as well, there’s a possibility that this is the Vikings team we’ll see over the next couple weeks as well.