Fred Jackson, Darren Sproles, Julio Jones Updates
No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts
Fred Jackson practiced this week and is on pace to return to the lineup from the concussion that kept him out of the Bills' Week 11 game. Jackson carried 16 times for 80 yards and caught four of five targets for 35 yards the last time he played. Coach Chan Gailey said C.J. Spiller will get the start and get the majority of snaps. The Bills, who are third in the NFL in fantasy scoring from their running backs, might be abandoning the committee approach. When Spiller and Jackson played together in Week 10, Jackson had the 20 touches and Spiller had 13. Spiller entered the game with a shoulder injury, though. It's hard to know if Gailey will truly give Spiller a majority of the touches. The Colts allow the eighth-most points to fantasy RBs, so there might be room for both. But the Colts also could jump out to a quick lead and the running game for the Bills could be a complete crapshoot.
Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
A late scratch in a late game last week in Oakland, Darren Sproles (hand) should be good to go for today's late game against visiting San Francisco. And if he's good to go, then he's good to go in your lineup — particularly in PPR formats. In the seven games Sproles has played this year, he has scored at least 14 points in six of them. He did that in 15 of 19 games last season, including the postseason. That postseason ended with a loss to San Francisco but not before Sproles scored a season-high 33.2 points in PPR. The 49ers are No. 1 against fantasy RBs this season, allowing just four to reach double digits. But that's just the chance you have to take with a back like Sproles.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Julio Jones was a question mark last week after not practicing all week with an injured ankle. He got the start but failed to finish the game. He drew seven targets, catching three for 33 yards. He practiced this week and should be able to start again this week, but we now have to be worried that an early exit is repeated. It stinks on multiple levels because we are making the final playoff push in fantasy and Jones has been the stud on the road while Roddy White's the stud at home. Jones will be a game-time decision in Tampa, but I would play this one conservative and look elsewhere.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter