Players and situations I will be analyzing this week. Check back to see the Free Agent Cheat Sheet and who I believe will seize their opportunity (targets/touches) and deserves a spot on your Winning Roster. (Some of the players listed are probably already rostered, but are included in case they were dropped)
The biggest injury occurred on the biggest stage in Sunday Night’s showdown between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. DAL RB DeMarco Murray broke his ankle, ending his season. Felix Jones reclaimed his workhorse role, and will continue to do so the rest of this season. If available, Jones should be the priority Free Agent target.
Earlier in the day, another big name went down, as GB WR Greg Jennings was carted to the locker room with a knee injury. It is believed to possibly be a torn right MCL. At this point there is hope that Jennings will be available for the Playoffs. Donald Driver will be the primary beneficiary, but James Jones and Randall Cobb should also see increased targets.
GB RB Brandon Saine, who was filling in for an injured James Starks, suffered a concussion early in Sunday’s contest. Ryan Grant carried the load, but John Kuhn also saw some late carries. Keep an eye on the status of both Starks and Saine to determine the viability of a Kuhn add. And definitely go after Grant if available.
JAC WRs Mike Thomas (concussion) and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) both suffered injuries. Kassim Osgood and Jarett Dillard filled in, but no JAC WR is worth a roster spot. See Friday’s Did You Know? for evidence of Blaine Gabbert’s ineffectiveness.
MIA QB Matt Moore also suffered a concussion and was replaced by JP Losman. The severity of the injury is unknown at the time of this writing.
ARI QB Kevin Kolb was replaced by John Skelton after taking a knee to the head. Severity unknown.
DET RB Maurice Morris was limited by a chest injury, allowing Keiland Williams extra work. Both were filling in for the injured Kevin Smith. Monitor status of all involved.
NE WR Deion Branch hurt his groin and was unable to finish the game. Severity unknown. Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez generally receive most of the targets anyhow, so if Branch were to miss time, it would likely just pad the stats of the Big Three.
TEN QB Matt Hasselbeck strained his left calf, but seems determined to play in Week 15. Jake Locker, however, played well in Hasselbeck’s absence and may be given the chance to start.
TEN RB Javon Ringer hurt a finger and had his hand in a cast after the game. Severity is unknown. The back-up to the back-up listed on the depth chart is rookie Jamie Harper.
Team Position Name Targets Receptions Yards TDs Rushing Passing
HOU WR KEVIN WALTER 10 6 76 1 MIN WR DEVIN AROMASHODU 10 4 47 OAK WR LOUIS MURPHY 9 4 70 MIA TE ANTHONY FASANO 8 3 56 DEN WR MATT WILLIS 8 4 75 TB WR DEZMON BRISCOE 7 3 20 OAK TE KEVIN BOSS 7 5 43 1 DAL RB FELIX JONES 7 6 31 16-106 KC WR JERHEME URBAN 6 2 28 1 WAS WR DONTE STALLWORTH 6 4 96 JAC WR JARETT DILLARD 6 5 45 JAC WR KASSIM OSGOOD 6 3 23 DEN RB LANCE BALL 6 4 37 1-13 GB WR DONALD DRIVER 6 4 75 CHI RB KAHLIL BELL 5 5 24 9-40 DET RB KEILAND WILLIAMS 2 2 17 12-43 KC RB JACKIE BATTLE 2 2 26 NO RB CHRIS IVORY 1 0 0 13-53 MIN QB JOE WEBB 7-109-1 12/23-84-1-0
TEN QB JAKE LOCKER 6-36-1 13/29-282-1-0
ARI QB JOHN SKELTON 6-25 19/28-282-3-2
MIA QB JP LOSMAN 2-1 6/10-60-0-0