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Monday, November 28, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY MORNING QB: DAVID JOHNSON TO PLAY THROUGH FINGER INJURY, JORDAN REED STATUS MURKY

As always lots of fantasy football injury news and notes to go around as we put a wrap on Week 12 tonight.  Let's get to it.

-Despite coming off a 10-catch/2-TD monster performance where he came back from a third degree shoulder separation, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is at best 50/50 to play in Week 13.  Reed himself said as much as he couldn't say for sure what he will be able to do in terms of getting ready to suit up.  He clearly got by on adrenaline on Thanksgiving as a third degree separation is a major deal.  At least Reed will get a couple of extra days to recover given the Thursday game but line up Vernon Davis as a replacement just in case.

-Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford was limited in practice on Monday with a sore ankle suffered in Thanksgiving's loss to the Detroit Lions but he is fully expected to go this Thursday versus the Dallas Cowboys in a huge matchup for the team flickering playoff hopes.  Bradford openly lobbied for the offense to open up more and that could be in play this week as that is the strong-armed QB's strength.  After a great start with the Vikes, Bradford has reverted back to his career-long inconsistency the last few weeks and his fantasy football value is almost nil. 

-Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck returned to practice on Monday after missing the team's Thanksgiving day loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Luck is having a good but not great season in terms of fantasy football but he should absolutely be started from here on out.

-It seems a dislocated finger is the new en vogue injury in the NFL as Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson suffered one Sunday in the team's loss to the Atlanta Falcons.  Johnson played through it though and he won't need surgery like counterpart LeSean McCoy needed last Monday.  He is coming off a monster game against the Falcons and is right there as fantasy football MVP this season.

-New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton blamed the Los Angeles Rams coverages on defense for wideout Brandin Cook's unfathomable shutout in the passing game Sunday despite the team scoring 49 points.  Count on Payton remedying that situation this week but the fact of the matter is that rookie Michael Thomas is clearly the closest the offense comes to being a go-to-guy. 

-It will be another missed game for Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green in Week 13 as he continues to recover from a severe hamstring injury.  Week 14 is more likely but still Week 15 seems like the safest bet. 

-Ryan Fitzpatrick will start again for the New York Jets in Week 14 and that at least is better for those who own Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa. 

-It looks like Lamar Miller escaped serious injury Sunday despite hobbling off with an ankle problem late in the team's loss to the San Diego Chargers.  Miller is having a poor season despite huge expectation heading into the year but at least he will get more heavy usage while he is in there. 


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