Two Minute Warning - Week 14
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.
Weather could be a factor up and down the east coast with a chance of rain in Washington, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, New York, Seattle and snow in Green Bay for the Sunday night game.
Here is the latest injury information as we approach game-time.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger has looked better and better as the week of practice progressed and appears to be close to 100 percent. Don't look for him to run as often or hold the ball in the pocket for a long time, but other than that he should be ready to go. Fantasy owners of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Heath Miller can now re-install their players into the lineup.
Running Backs -
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia - McCoy is still feeling the symptoms of his concussion and hasn't passed all his tests. His spot is being taken by Bryce Brown who has been as good as anyone over the past two weeks and is a must- start running back.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas - Murray came out of last week's game, his first in over a month, without further injury to the foot and should be ready for another full workload in Week 14. Start him and sit Felix Jones who is back in his change-of-pace role.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants - Bradshaw missed practice all week, but that has become the normal procedure as the team tries to keep him on the field for game day. He'll play Sunday and should be started.
Michael Turner, Atlanta - Turner is dealing with an elbow problem, but for fantasy owners the real situation is that Jacquizz Rodgers has been very effective and taking much of the workload from Turner. Turner has scored in the last three games and four of the last five to continue to produce low-end starter value.
Vick Ballard, Indianapolis - Donald Brown will not play leaving the running game in Ballard's hands. He totaled only 62 yards last week, but ran well and scored to give fantasy owners hope that this week will be even better.
Montell Owens, Jacksonville - The Jaguars will be without Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and Jason Parmele leaving Owens are the only option. Although the Jets have yielded yards in the running game, we're not excited about putting Owens in our lineup.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina - Stewart continues to miss practices and is unlikely to play on Sunday. DeAngelo Williams will get most of the work, but with Cam Newton also stealing carries, particularly in the red zone, none of the Panthers' backs are much of a value.
Beanie Wells, Arizona - Wells (knee) is expected to play, but he's only averaging 2.2 ypc since his return from the PUP list two weeks ago.
Steven Jackson, St. Louis - Jackson is dealing with a foot problem, but is expected to play. He's totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage in three of the last four games and should be in all fantasy lineups against Buffalo.
Wide Receivers -
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh - Wallace has struggled without Big Ben in the lineup and Roethlisberger's return should signal the same for all the Steelers' receivers.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati - Green has been ill throughout the week, but is expected to play. As one of the top-two receivers in the league, he's obviously a must start as long as he's active.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants - Nicks' knee flared up during the week, but he is expected to start. We've seen that he's not 100 percent, but he's still got to be in lineups because he can produce double-digit fantasy points.
Pierre Garcon, Washington - Running around in practice this week, Garcon looked as good as he has since Week 1 and off his last game (8-106-1) must be installed in all fantasy lineups.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis - He'll be a true game-time decision and even if he plays there is no guarantee that he'll get through all 60 minutes. We recommend looking elsewhere this week, perhaps Chris Givens.
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo - Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury, but is expected to play. He played through an injured groin all last year and performed, so barring a late-change in his status he should be in fantasy lineups.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets - Hill practiced, but with a noticeable limp. Given the quarterback situation with the Jets we say look at other options.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville - Shorts (concussion) will not play leaving the majority of the targets likely to go toward Justin Blackmon.
Miles Austin, Dallas - Austin is over his hamstring injury, but still has a sore hip. Add in that he's the Cowboys' No. 3 target behind Dez Bryant and Jason Witten and he's not a great play this Sunday.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay - Nelson will not play, but the Packers have plenty of receiving talent still remaining. Weather could come into question for Aaron Rodgers and all his receivers as snow is expected in Green Bay tonight.
Percy Harvin, Minnesota - Harvin will not play in Week 14.
Brandon LaFell, Carolina - LaFell didn't practice again on Friday and is questionable for the game with Atlanta. Louis Murphy is in line to start opposite Steve Smith if LaFell is inactive and could have low-end value.
Mario Manningham. San Francisco - Manningham has been Colin Kaepernick's No. 2 target over the past few weeks and is not expected to play. It could open the way for Vernon Davis to get a few more looks.
Tight Ends -
Aaron Hernandez, New England - Hernandez (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Week 14 against Houston and being the Monday night game creates big problems for fantasy owners if he isn't active.
Brian Urlacher, Chicago - The Bears' defense is limping into this game without Urlacher and cornerback Tim Jennings. They won't be the force they have been over the first part of the season until all the pieces return to the lineup. It could be time to look at another D/ST for a week or two.
12/09 11:02:59 ET