Welcome to Week 13! There are only two teams not playing in this first week of December: the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. These are the final byes of the season as we approach the playoffs and teams battle for positioning. Thursday night saw the Dallas Cowboys visit the Minnesota Vikings, but the remaining 28 teams will take the field this weekend.
At this late date, it might be a shorter write-up if we just stuck to the players who are actually healthy. The question for fantasy owners in this crucial make-or-break week for the playoffs is whether the key players taking the field at less than 100 percent can still produce big numbers.
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Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions, ankle, (Q): Riddick was limited in practice throughout the week and comes into the game as questionable. This has been the pattern for multiple weeks now, ever since Riddick returned from a two-week absence following the injury. He remains their go-to back when he is on the field, regardless of his designation.
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders, ankle, (Q): Murray is again listed as questionable this week with an ankle injury. Last week he carried the ball 19 (!) times, so it’s not as if the team is reducing his workload because of an injury concern. He was a limited practice participant each day this week, and he is expected to be the majority ball carrier again in Week 13. As always with the late games, fantasy owners are advised to verify the status of players like Murray with a questionable designation.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, foot, (Q): Last week Rodgers was listed as questionable after getting his first practice reps since his foot injury but ended up being inactive. This week Rodgers increased his practice activity, fully participating each day. His questionable status feels much more like a probable designation, but even if he is active, Doug Martin is still expected to shoulder most of the workload for the Buccaneers.