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Week 15 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Matt Hasselbeck, Andy Dalton, Brian Hoyer

Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck

Welcome to Week 15 of the fantasy and NFL season. More than likely, if your team is active this week, you are in the playoffs. In order to succeed in the playoffs, you should be aware of the injuries that may affect your starting lineup.

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Quarterbacks such as Sam Bradford, Matt Schaub and Johnny Manziel are listed as probable and practiced in full, so start them as you normally would. Also please be sure to check out the running back, wide receiver and tight end injury updates to get the complete picture.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Out – Thumb

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After Dalton went down early in the game in Week 14, it appeared that his injury might be season-ending. He still may play, but not this week. Fantasy owners can safely drop him if they need an open roster spot. AJ McCarron will fill in at quarterback and he did well in Dalton's absence, throwing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to the Steelers. He's a QB2 against a weak 49ers defense. While fantasy owners aren't likely starting McCarron, they shouldn't worry about A.J. Green (six receptions, 132 yards, TD in Week 14).

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Probable – Back

With Andrew Luck still out and Charlie Whitehurst as the only other option, Hasselbeck will start against the Texans today. It's tough to trust him or his pass catchers even in what would be a decent matchup. Hasselbeck took over for Luck (again) in Week 11. He threw two touchdowns in that game and again in Week 12. However, he only threw one in Week 13 and none last week against Jacksonville. Hasselbeck is banged up and there's no guarantee he will be able to make it through the game.

Downgrade the entire Colts offense this week.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

Out – Concussion

After suffering his second concussion within a month, Hoyer has been ruled out for Week 15. It is possible that he doesn't play again this season, which means T.J. Yates could be the starter from here out. Yates isn't exactly amazing, but in his last start (Week 11), he threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Both of those touchdowns went to DeAndre Hopkins, so don't worry about starting his fantasy potential with Yates under center rather than Hoyer.

— 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.