Two Minute Warning - Week 12
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups. Who will be productive performers and who will be the disappointments? The answer starts with who will play and who will watch from the sidelines.
The bye weeks are over, make sure you have re-installed your starters back into the lineup.
Weather should not be a factor in Week 12. Not a single report is calling for rain or snow, though it may be a little windy in Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Here is the latest injury information as we approach game-time.
Jay Cutler, Chicago - Cutler passed his independent tests and should be in Sunday's lineup against Minnesota. That's good news for his fantasy owners and great news for Brandon Marshall owners. LATEST UPDATE - Cutler is active.
Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh - Batch hasn't thrown a pass this season and hasn't been a full-time starter since 2001. Given that background it's tough to recommend him as a fantasy starter and we won't. For owners of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Heath Miller, however, it can't help but be an improvement over Byron Leftwich.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia - Foles could not repeat his preseason performance in his first NFL start, but he'll get another chance on Monday night against Carolina. He'll be missing a key component to the Eagles offense, LeSean McCoy, so it's not going to get any easier.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta - Ryan's finger injury wasn't the reason he threw five interceptions last week and it won't keep him out of today's game. Expect a huge game against a Tampa Bay defense that yields passing yards by the bushel. Even a gimpy Julio Jones won't slow Ryan this week. Start him.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco - Multiple sources have reported that Kaepernick with replace Alex Smith as the 49ers' starter. Facing a Saints' defense that has yielded a league-worst 4,628 yards in 10 games, bodes well for a second consecutive good performance from Kaepernick.
Running Backs -
Fred Jackson, Buffalo - Jackson is expected to return from his concussion, but he's lost the starting job to C.J. Spiller. We are still expecting him to get double-digit touches and the goal line carries so he remains a low-end RB2 or flex play. LATEST UPDATE - Jackson is active.
Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh - Redman has practiced all week and should be active, but playing time is a different problem. With Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer in front of him he doesn't figure to see enough work to be worthy of a fantasy start. LATEST UPDATE - Redman is active.
Donald Brown, Indianapolis - Brown practiced Friday, but the injury has cost him the starting job. Vick Ballard will get the majority of the work and Brown is not likely a viable fantasy option. LATEST UPDATE - Brown is active.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville - He'll miss another week. Jalen Parmele played 61 of 66 plays last week and appears to be the team's starter until MJD returns which is still a few weeks away.
Ronnie Hillman, Denver - Willis McGahee's injury put him on the IR and Hillman should get the majority of his production although Lance Ball may get some of the red zone work.
Marcel Reece, Oakland - Reece has been the Raiders' best overall back this season. In his two starts he's averaged 17.8 fantasy points, well above the 11 ppg Darren McFadden has posted. LATEST UPDATE - Both McFadden and Mike
Goodson are inactive.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants - Bradshaw hasn't showed the explosiveness of late and he's also lost the goal line carries to Andre Brown, but he should play on Sunday night despite not practicing during the week.
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia - LeSean McCoy's concussion will likely keep him out of Monday night's game giving Brown his first opportunity to start. He's looked good in short bursts, but this will be his first heavy workload. We think coach Andy Reid will use him 15-18 times and he should post fantasy-worthy numbers.
Darren Sproles, New Orleans - Sproles (hand) practiced without limitation this week, but the New Orleans backfield continues to be muddled by the dreaded RBBC situation and none of the four backs (Sproles, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory) should be started.
Beanie Wells, Arizona - Wells returns from the PUP list and is expected to get the majority of the first and second down playing time, but he'll be rusty and big things probably won't come until next week.
Wide Receivers -
Julio Jones, Atlanta - Jones has been limping around all week and even if he plays, a big if, Ryan has plenty of healthier talent to target in Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez. Jones is a high-risk gamble. LATEST UPDATE - Jones is active.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis - Amendola will try to go through drills in pre-game warmups, but we're not expecting him to play this Sunday. Check back when inactives are announced.
Percy Harvin, Minnesota - Harvin (ankle) didn't travel with the team and isn't taking a later plane. We like Jarius Wright to be the Vikings' deep threat. LATEST UPDATE - Harvin is inactive.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh - Brown returned to practice this week, but do you really want to start him when he'll be catching passes from Batch? LATEST UPDATE - Brown is inactive.
Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati - Hawkins (knee) has been doubtful all week and we like rookie Mohamed Sanu a lot more than a gimpy Hawkins who's seen his numbers drop over the last few games. LATEST UPDATE - Hawkins is inactive.
Donnie Avery, Indianapolis - Avery was a full participant in practice each day this week and should be Andrew Luck's No. 2 target behind Reggie Wayne. LATEST UPDATE - Avery is active.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City - Bowe (neck) returned to full practice Friday, but will be limited by the Chiefs' quarterback play and cornerback Champ Bailey. LATEST UPDATE - Bowe is active.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay - Jennings practiced all week, but will not play in this game. The Packers still have plenty of receiving talent in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones.
Steve Breaston, Kansas City - Breaston is inactive.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland - Heyward-Bey (hamstring) is active.
Tight Ends -
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis - Fleener got in a few limited practices this week, but we're expecting him to sit out one more game and return in Week 13. LATEST UPDATE - Fleener is inactive.
Eric Wright, Tampa Bay - It was already going to be tough to stop the Falcons' passing game, but the Bucs will have to do it without their best cornerback. Start as many Atlanta receivers as possible.
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