Stafford has been limited in practice, but should play in Week 14
By Week 14, most players are banged up in some way, but it's their fantasy owners who are feeling the pain. The good news is that many guys have been able to play through these injuries all season. That trend will likely continue through the end of the season.
But fantasy owners need to keep an eye on their players, especially now that the playoffs have begun. Melvin Gordon, James Conner, Kerryon Johnson and James Breida have already been ruled out. Same for Colt McCoy and Geoff Swaim, but chances are you weren't relying on either. Graham Gano also won't play, but he's a kicker so he won't be too hard to replace.
Be sure to check the inactive report before game time to confirm that your players will be out there.
Note: All times are ET and all games are Sunday, Dec. 9.
Matthew Stafford (back), QB, Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Stafford has put in limited practices, which does put him on track to play in Week 14. He has a tough matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, who allow the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Stafford hasn't thrown for more than 300 yards since Week 8. Stafford is a QB2 for Week 14.
Isaiah Crowell (toe), RB, New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
After putting in limited practices, it seems that Crowell will play in Week 14. He had 21 carries for 98 yards in Week 13, and may just be getting some late-season rest. The Jets face the Bills in Week 14, which is a decent matchup. Crowell isn’t someone you are going to rely on for the fantasy playoffs but he is an RB3.
Rashaad Penny (ankle), RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Penny was a late addition to the injury report, which should make fantasy owners a little nervous. However, most fantasy owners aren't starting Penny. If Penny sits, it would be good news for Chris Carson. Penny has been taking some work from Carson, as the rookie gained 65 yards and scored a touchdown on seven carries last week as he's been more involved in the game plan recently. With Carson banged up (dislocated his finger last week), Penny was in line for more work, but fantasy owners can feel a little better starting Carson now.
Doug Martin (knee), RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.
Fantasy owners were a little nervous earlier in the week when the Raiders signed C.J. Anderson. However, Martin put in full practices and is most likely going to be active for Week 14. He has scored touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, but he’s going to be a risky fantasy start this week. The Steelers are a tough matchup for running backs, and the Raiders' offense is just too inconsistent, making it tough to trust anyone that wears Silver and Black.
Joe Flacco (hip), QB, Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Even if Flacco is active, he will not be the starting quarterback for Week 14. Lamar Jackson has taken over, and whether he remains the starter is uncertain, but he will get the nod in this game. Fantasy owners in two-quarterback leagues can hold on to Flacco just in case, but if you need a roster spot, you can drop him.
Matt Bryant (back), K, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
Bryant, when healthy, has been great for the Falcons and fantasy owners this year. He’s connected on all 15 of his field goal attempts and has missed just one (20-for-21) extra point. But he also has missed time this year, and Giorgio Tavecchio has filled in capably. Fantasy owners just should make sure that Bryant is active before game time this week, or find a kicker without a Questionable tag.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.