The AFC and NFC Championship Games are upon us, and the Rotoworld crew has everything you need to cash in DFS this weekend. Graham Barfield tells you who to target in his Championship Round Tiers, the entire Rotoworld crew breaks down both games, and Evan Silva breaks down every matchup in his award-winning Matchups Column.
As for me, I am here to shed some light on the most important injury situations facing fantasy owners heading into the weekend. The sister resource to this column is the Rotoworld News Page, which will have every inactive and all the late-breaking news up to kickoff and beyond. I also occasionally tweet about football @RMSummerlin.
Patriots @ Broncos
*Peyton Manning (foot) is probable. Chris Harris is dealing with a shoulder injury which limited him against the Steelers, but he practiced in full all week and is listed as probable. The Broncos need Harris to slow down Julian Edelman if they have any chance at stopping the Patriots offense. Bradley Roby showed up on the injury report Friday after being limited with a quad injury, but he is listed as probable. Every other Bronco on the active roster was a full participant Friday and is listed as probable or better.
*The Patriots again listed a ridiculous number of players as questionable – 14 to be exact – and again most of the “questionable” players will play. The most notable are Rob Gronkowski (knee, back), Julian Edelman (foot), Danny Amendola (knee), Jamie Collins (back), Dont’a Hightower (knee), Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe), Rob Ninkovich (shin) and Sebastian Vollmer (ankle). Of that list, Collins, Hightower and Jones are the most questionable, but all three should play. Tom Brady (ankle) and Brandon LaFell (foot) are probable. Tre' Jackson (knee) and LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) are out.
Cardinals @ Panthers
*Jonathan Stewart had his ankle rolled up in the Divisional Round win, but he practiced in full Friday and is listed as probable. Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) practiced in full all week and is also listed as probable, but he will play a small role behind a healthy Stewart. Jared Allen (broken foot) got in a limited practice Thursday, but he was held out and then ruled out Friday. Allen was reportedly unhappy with the decision, but coach Ron Rivera clearly stated early in the week he would not play the defensive end if he had any doubts about Allen’s ability to play a full complement of snaps. With a bye week between the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl, Allen should have a good shot at playing if the Panthers make it that far.
*Carson Palmer (finger), David Johnson (toe) and John Brown (shoulder) are listed as probable. Palmer’s finger appeared to be an issue last week, and the opportunistic Panthers defense will feast if he makes similar mistakes this Sunday. Every Cardinal on the active roster was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is probable or better.