New Orleans Saints placed Pierre Thomas on injured reserve, ending his season. Thomas’s knee has been a nagging injury since week 16 and the team has decided to shut him down. The player I feel that could really step up is Mark Ingram. The forgotten first-rounder has been wasting away in the Saints backfield and Sunday could be a perfect opportunity to feed him a heavy dose of carries to evaluate options for 2013.
CSN New England’s Tom Curran expects Rob Gronkowski to suit up and play Sunday in at least a limited role. I wouldn’t rest my fantasy championship on a hunch, Gronkowski will get maybe a few drives at the most in my opinion. The team needs to be healthy and prepared for the playoffs.
Vernon Davis got his bell rung last week in Seattle and has a concussion. The veteran Tight End is not optimistic about his chances of playing in Sunday’s finale. His fantasy stock hasn’t been overly high this season. I don’t recommend starting him this week if he goes.
Eagles starters DT Fletcher Cox (concussion) and SLB Mychal Kendricks (concussion) have been ruled out for Week 17. These rookie bright spots on the Eagles defense are really the only thing the team has going for them. With these two defenders out of the game I see the Giants having their way with the birds in the running game. Ahmad Bradshaw should be in for a big day.
ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde predicts Randall Cobb will not play in Week 17 against the Vikings. He has been hampered by a sore ankle and the team will likely rest him. James Jones should have a spike in targets along with Jordy Nelson who is nearly back to 100 percent.
Jamaal Charles (illness/flu) practiced fully again Friday and is listed as probable for Week 17. In a nothing game (most of the Chiefs games have been nothing-games) it’s hard to have a lot of faith in Charles fantasy production. Although, against a divisional opponent and being the type on person Charles is, I expect a solid game Sunday.
Willis McGahee (torn MCL, I.R./designated for return) is eligible to resume practicing next week.