Welcome to the injury report for Week 16, otherwise known as fantasy football championship week. At this point, fantasy owners know that they are going to be playing starters that are not 100 percent healthy. And because most games are on Saturday this week, the practice schedule was a little skewed. Friday's practice (usually the most important of the week) was simply a walkthrough for some teams.
For many players, they are listed as questionable, but if they practiced in full on Thursday and are likely going to play, those quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends aren't listed here (Greg Olsen, Cam Newton, for example). Please note that Matt Forte and Ladarius Green are doubtful, and Theo Riddick (Lions play on Monday night) will likely be doubtful as well. Adrian Peterson, James Starks, Melvin Gordon and Tyler Eifert have already been ruled out.
As for the rest, the key QB, RB and TE injuries are below, while the wide receivers can be found here. Be sure to check out the inactive report before game just to be sure and don’t forget most of this week’s games are on Saturday.
Note: All games are on Saturday, Dec. 24 and times are ET.
Tom Brady (thigh), QB, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Brady put in limited practices all week, and no one has been concerned with his status for the game. He's going to play, and despite last week's rough outing against a tough Denver defense, he's a QB1 this week. The Jets allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Lamar Miller (ankle), RB, Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 8:30 p.m.
After not practicing all week, Miller is a true questionable. He'll likely come down to a game-time decision, which is tough for fantasy owners as Houston plays on Saturday night. Based on his up-and-down season, the injury, and the matchup, fantasy owners would be safest to leave Miller on the bench if they are playing for a fantasy championship.
Jeremy Hill (knee), RB, Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m.
Hill played in Week 15 and didn't appear to suffer any injury, so it was worrisome when he missed practice on Wednesday. He did return to limited practice on Thursday and full practice Friday, so he is on track to play Saturday night. However, the Texans are a tough run defense, so Hill is only a RB2.
Jordan Reed (shoulder), TE, Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
After injuring his shoulder and missing time, Reed has tried to come back in each of the past two weeks. He's given his fantasy owners one reception in each of game – or one point in standard scoring. The shoulder is still an issue and isn't going to get better. Leave him on the bench.
Martellus Bennett (ankle), TE, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Every week, Bennett is on the injury report and every week he plays. This week should be no exception. However, he hasn't really stepped with Rob Gronkowski out. Bennett had one good game in Week 14, but that's been it. He's a TE2 this week.
Charles Clay (knee), TE, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Clay, like Bennett, has been on the injury report week after week, but continues to play in the game. He's scored touchdowns in the past two weeks, but he's still just a touchdown-dependent TE2. The Dolphins have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the past four weeks, so it's possible, but don't count on it.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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