Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph Will Play, Remains a High Risk Fantasy Option
Aaron Rodgers reached the Optimal Recovery Time for his clavicle fracture and will play today. Playing just eight weeks after surgery is a risk, but it’s one worth taking for the Packers. Rodgers had 13 screws and two plates inserted during surgery to stabilize the bone. This will help protect the fracture because it is not fully healed; that takes much longer than eight weeks. Unless you have someone like Tom Brady or Russell Wilson on your roster, Rodgers is worth a start in Fantasy lineups.
A patellar contusion forced Tyrod Taylor to miss Week 15, but he is set to start for the Bills today. Taylor did reach his two-week ORT (Optimal Recovery Time), but his HPF (Health Performance Factor) is still Below Average because his mobility within the pocket may be slightly affected. It doesn’t take much to alter a quarterback's throwing motion. The slightest tweak in his motion could disrupt accuracy.
Kamara left the Saints’ Week 14 game against the Falcons early after a hit to the head and subsequently entered concussion protocol. He cleared on Friday and will play today. Once again, Kamara is a top Fantasy option and should be in all Fantasy lineups.
Robert Woods finally returned to practice this week and is expected to play today. He injured his shoulder in Week 11, which caused him to miss the following three games. Now that he’s passed his Optimal Recovery Time, Woods was bumped to an Above Average HPF. That means his shoulder shouldn’t really affect his performance.
Benjamin was limited at practice all week after aggravating his knee injury last Sunday while playing in a blizzard. He never should have been active for that game, and he remains a High Injury Risk. Playing through a torn meniscus is incredibly difficult, and offseason surgery is highly likely. Keep him out of Fantasy lineups today if you have other options at wide receiver. He is expected to play.
Hopkins popped up on the injury report Thursday and did not practice again on Friday. While he hopes to play today, two missed practices to end the week is never a good thing. The Texans also have troubles at quarterback following Deshaun Watson’s ACL tear and then Tom Savage’s scary concussion last week. Hopkins is one of the few wide receivers who is nearly impossible to bench if he is active, but if there was ever a week to bench him, this is it. He is a High Risk quarterback play for Week 15.
Chris Hogan’s return in Week 14 was uneventful, but he is now one week closer to his Optimal Recovery Time of seven weeks, and he is nearing an upgrade to the Elevated Injury Risk category (he is currently High Risk). His shoulder is still a concern, and with a Below Average HPF we need to keep expectations in check for one more week. In a key matchup with the Steelers, this should be a high scoring game. Hogan has high upside but also a low floor, so he’s a risky flex option again this week.
Ertz missed Week 14 due to a concussion but cleared protocol earlier this week. He will play today, but he remains an Elevated Injury Risk. The Eagles lost Carson Wentz to a torn ACL last week, but Nick Foles is still a capable quarterback. Ertz should remain a fairly reliable TE1.
Despite missing practice all week, Kyle Rudolph is expected to play today. He was initially listed as doubtful but was upgraded to questionable on Saturday. This injury needs at least three weeks to heal fully. Both his blocking and route running are affected, and it won't take much to re-injure the ankle. He’ll be an incredibly risky, touchdown-dependent Fantasy option.
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