It’s the semifinals in most Fantasy leagues, and owners are suddenly worried about whether they’ll have Leonard Fournette in their lineups.
Fournette was unable to practice all week due to a quad injury, a formula that leaves most players listed as out heading into the weekend. But Fournette drew a questionable tag on Friday, with the Jaguars leaving open the possibility of him playing if he looks good before the game. The rookie runner was on a dominant run before he got injured earlier this season, and he hasn’t been quite the same since, averaging less than three yards per carry in three of his five games since returning. Fantasy owners depending on Fournette will want to have Chris Ivory on the roster in case the rookie is ruled inactive on Sunday.
If Fournette has been outplayed by any rookie running back this year, it’s by Saints rusher Alvin Kamara, whose probable Rookie of the Year campaign took a hit last week when he exited the Thursday night game with a concussion. Despite the injury, he was able to practice in full all week and avoided a final injury designation, so Fantasy owners can feel safe firing him up this week.
Injuries must be accounted for when making Fantasy and picks pool/gambling decisions, and we’ve taken care of a lot of the legwork for you by collecting all the final injury reports in one place. Below you’ll see the game status of every player on each team’s injury report if they’re ruled questionable or worse a few minutes after they’re in. We’ll also give quick thoughts on how those designations affect your decisions for Week 15.
Before we get to the injuries, here are some Week 15 Fantasy resources to give you even more help with setting your lineups:
And if you’re undecided about who you should back in picks pools or at the sportsbook, here are our Week 15 picks:
On to the injuries as they develop. We hit the injury reports for the Saturday games as they developed Thursday, but check back on Friday and Saturday for the rest of the Week 15 slate.
Bears at Lions
Analysis: All four of the Bears’ questionable players practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, so it’s possible they could have every non-IR player available on Saturday. Kendall Wright, who’s dealing with a shoulder injury, is good to go after avoiding a final designation. The Lions lose at least two key pieces of the offensive line, though Lang was able to practice in a limited fashion on Thursday. At least they’ll know they’ll have Taylor Decker after the left tackle was upgraded to a full practice on Thursday and avoided a final injury designation.
Chargers at Chiefs
Analysis: The Chargers could be without one of their best defenders as Hayward picked up a calf injury in practice this week, but coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday that the team is “hopeful” Hayward will play. The Chiefs are getting Marcus Peters back after his team-issued one-game suspension, and it appears he could be joined by Eric Murray, which would greatly improve the team’s depth in the secondary just in time to face a dangerous Chargers passing offense.
Eagles at Giants
Analysis: The Eagles had eight players on the injury report this week, but only Wisniewski was unable to practice in full on Friday. The Eagles’ biggest loss of course came when they put Carson Wentz on IR. The Giants look like they’ll be dealing with a huge absence as Collins figures to sit, making things easier for the Eagles and replacement quarterback Nick Foles in the middle of the field. The Giants’ passing game could also be in a bit of trouble with more receivers on the injury report this week.
Packers at Panthers
Analysis: The big injury news for Green Bay is obviously the expected return of Aaron Rodgers under center. It’ll be his first action since Week 6. The Packers’ defense is dealing with several injuries, but the only one who wasn’t able to practice at all Friday was House. The Panthers had a whopping 19 names on the injury report throughout the week, but only four drew final injury designations. That includes Funchess, who was limited Wednesday and practiced in full on Thursday before missing practice completely on Friday with a shoulder injury.
Bengals at Vikings
Analysis: The Bengals continue to deal with cluster injuries on defense, though they’re slightly more healthy this week. They still won’t have key linebacker Burfict in the lineup, which could spell trouble against such a good team. The Vikings had four offensive linemen on the injury report this week, but only Reiff, in the left tackle spot, won’t be available. He hasn’t played well this year, especially in recent weeks, and getting right tackle Mike Remmers back might actually make more of an impact than losing Reiff.
Dolphins at Bills
Analysis: The Dolphins are dealing with cluster injuries in the secondary one week after upsetting the Patriots on national TV. Kenyan Drake is in line to continue seeing the lion’s share of touches at running back with Williams likely out another week. The Bills are down a couple linemen but will have Tyrod Taylor available after he missed Snowpocalyse 2017 last week. He’ll be backed up by Joe Webb, with Peterman dealing with a concussion. Benjamin was limited in practice all week before drawing the questionable tag.
Texans at Jaguars
Analysis: Savage is sidelined, but it’s possible T.J. Yates is an upgrade — he certainly was the better of the two last week. Hopkins and Clowney haven’t practiced all week and will be gametime decisions. While Hurns remains sidelined, the key name here for Fantasy owners is Fournette, who didn’t practice all week while dealing with a quad injury. Anyone hoping to have Fournette in their Fantasy lineups this week will need to have Chris Ivory on call just in case Fournette is ruled inactive in the run up to kickoff.
Jets at Saints
Analysis: Wilkerson is out due to a “coach’s decision,” per coach Todd Bowles. Forte didn’t practice all week but still wasn’t ruled out Friday; he figures to be on the wrong side of questionable, though. The Jets are of course having to start Bryce Petty at quarterback with Josh McCown done for the season. The Saints are down a few pieces on defense, but Kenny Vaccaro is good to go despite a week of limited practices. Fantasy owners will love that Kamara avoided a final injury designation after exiting early last week.
Cardinals at Redskins
- Cardinals: RB Adrian Peterson, WR John Brown, G Earl Watford, LB Gabe Martin OUT; TE Jermaine Gresham, DE Josh Mauro, DT Corey Peters QUESTIONABLE
- Redskins: ILB Zach Brown, S Montae Nicholson OUT; WR Ryan Grant, WR Maurice Harris, OT Trent Williams, OT Morgan Moses, C Chase Roullier, DE Terrell McClain, LB Ryan Anderson QUESTIONABLE
Analysis: This is a matchup of two beat-up teams, both with players on injured reserve and on the injury reports this week. John Brown was limited all week but still ruled out on Friday, and Peterson is done for the year with a neck injury. Zach Brown is out due to “Illness/Toe/Achilles/Hip,” so he’s not having a great week. Williams didn’t practice all week and could be on the wrong side of questionable for this game. On the positive side, Josh Norman progressed all week while dealing with a knee injury and practiced in full on Friday to avoid a final designation.
Ravens at Browns
Analysis: Wallace missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was upgraded to a limited session on Friday, giving him a shot at playing on Sunday. Though the team has two offensive linemen listed as questionable, both practiced in full on Thursday and Friday and figure to be available. The Browns likely won’t have Boddy-Calhoun or Taylor after neither practiced all week, though Taylor obviously has a better shot at playing.
Rams at Seahawks
Analysis: The Rams enter this key matchup extremely healthy, with only their third QB receiving a final injury designation. There was worry about the availability of tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein, but both appear good to go. The Seahawks continue to deal with a lot of injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Despite having eight players miss Thursday’s practice, only one has been ruled out, though Jones and Wright figure to also miss the game. Wagner’s a gametime decision, and his presence would obviously be huge if he can suit up; if not, the Seattle defense may be in for a long day.
Patriots at Steelers
- Patriots: DT Alan Branch OUT; WR Chris Hogan, WR Matthew Slater, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DE Trey Flowers, DE Deatrich Wise, DE Eric Lee, LB Kyle Van Noy, LB David Harris, CB Stephon Gilmore, S Brandon King QUESTIONABLE
- Steelers: TE Vance McDonald OUT; WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, CB Joe Haden, CB Coty Sensabaugh QUESTIONABLE
Analysis: All 10 questionable players for the Pats were limited in practice all week, so we should expect to see several available on Sunday. The biggest concern is on defense, with a potentially decimated line and Van Noy and Gilmore uncertain for this huge matchup. The Steelers could be without rookie receiver Smith-Schuster a second straight week as he battles a hamstring injury. Haden hasn’t played since Week 10, but this would be a great game to return for with home-field advantage on the line. Tyler Matakevich is ready to step in for Ryan Shazier after missing last week.
Titans at 49ers
Analysis: The Titans will be down a pass rusher for this road contest, but the positive news is that quarterback Marcus Mariota was able to practice in full all week and avoided a final designation while dealing with a knee injury. Left tackle Taylor Lewan is also good to go after two full practices this week. The 49ers are down their excellent right tackle, and Brown is expected to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery in the coming days. Witherspoon has had flashes of greatness in his rookie season, and if he can’t go after being limited all week, it could open things up for the Titans offense.
Cowboys at Raiders
- Cowboys: DT David Irving, LB Justin Durant, CB Orlando Scandrick OUT; WR Brice Butler, TE James Hanna, OT Tyron Smith, OT La’El Collins, DT Maliek Collins, LB Sean Lee QUESTIONABLE
- Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, TE Clive Warford, DE Mario Edwards, S Obi Melifonwu OUT; CB David Amerson DOUBTFUL; G Jon Feliciano, DE Denico Autry, S Keith McGill QUESTIONABLE
Analysis: Both Cowboys tackles were limited on Thursday and Friday, leaving them questionable to play on Sunday. Lee was downgraded to not practicing on Friday, throwing his status in doubt as well. With Irving and Scandrick already sidelined, the Raiders could be set up for a big game offensively if Lee can’t go. Cooper is sidelined once again with an ankle injury, leaving the Raiders shorthanded at receiver. Derek Carr will at least have Jared Cook, who was upgraded to a full practice on Friday and avoided a final injury designation. The Raiders continue to deal with injury issues on the defensive side of the ball with at least three key players likely out on Sunday.
Falcons at Buccaneers
- Falcons: TBA
- Bucacneers: TBA
Analysis to come.
Source : CBSsports