Surprisingly, Week 14 is a slow week for quarterback and running back injuries, which means that's one less thing those in their fantasy playoffs have to worry about. We already know Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Marshawn Lynch, Mark Ingram, Carlos Hyde (placed on IR), Chris Thompson and Karlos Williams are out.
We also know that guys that are probable and practiced in full will play. That long list includes: Philip Rivers, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sam Bradford, Johnny Manziel, Matt Hasselbeck, Case Keenum, Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Mathews, Alfred Blue and Chris Polk. Some of those players were question marks throughout the week, but the probable tag plus the full Friday practice indicates that they are good to go for Sunday.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Foot
Hillman played through last week’s game with the injury and was able to get in a limited practice on Friday. The coaches have said he is going to start on Sunday, however, watch the inactive report and any updates in the morning leading up to kickoff to make sure that he is good to go. In the two games where Hillman was given 20 carries or more, he rushed for over 100 yards. If C.J. Anderson (ankle) is out, it is possible Hillman sees that again. Juwan Thompson will be active as a change-of-pace back, but Hillman is the one to start if you have to pick a Broncos RB. He's a RB2 this week.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Ankle
After injuring his ankle in the first half of last week’s game, Anderson was unable to return to the field. He also did not practice this week. Those two signs alone aren’t encouraging, which is why Anderson’s playing status is very much in doubt. The reports out of Denver make it seem that Anderson will most likely not be playing. Although it is possible that Anderson is listed as active, it would be as an emergency back situation. Fantasy owners should plan to keep Anderson on their bench for Week 14.
Matt Schaub, QB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Chest
On Wednesday, it looked like Schaub would be good to go for Sunday. However, he didn't practice all week and now his playing status is in doubt. While most fantasy owners weren't starting Schaub anyway, backup Jimmy Clausen is a downgrade to the offense. The Seahawks DST looks to be the best defense to play this week against a team that has been decimated by injuries this season. It’s hard to recommend starting any Raven this week, unless it’s the DST or K Justin Tucker, and neither are sure bets themselves given the offense’s issues.
— 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.