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C.J. Anderson, RB DEN
Anderson injured an ankle and was unable to return. He battled through toe and ankle injuries earlier this season. After the game, Anderson thought he’d be okay. He had seven carries for 42 yards and one catch for 12 yards. He’s being described as day-to-day, and may have been held out as a precaution. Still, monitor his practice participation this week and hopefully he can return soon. Anderson’s injuries are a concern but he might be a buy low right now, if Gary Kubiak’s rushing attack can get untracked.
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Stevie Johnson, WR SD
Johnson was ruled out with a groin injury and gave his owners a goose egg in the scoring column. No updates as yet. Depending on the type and severity of injury, he could miss one to four weeks or longer. The Chargers offense is looking terrible, and this probably hurts Philip Rivers more than fantasy owners of Johnson. Johnson is the WR47 in PPR and WR51 in standard-scoring leagues. His dynasty value is minimal.
Vernon Davis, TE DEN
Davis sustained a concussion and will be enrolled in the NFL concussion protocol. He will need to have resolution of his concussion-related symptoms and be cleared by medical personnel before returning to play. Davis had two receptions for 25 yards. Owen Daniels had two receptions for 13 yards and Virgil Green one reception for 22 yards. There isn’t much to mine hear for fantasy production at tight end if Davis is out for a while.
Travis Benjamin, WR CLE
Benjamin left the game with a shoulder injury. Like Johnson, he scored zero points for those who started him in fantasy. Brian Hartline may be the only healthy receiver left for the Browns. The playoffs are set to start, and it will be tough to trust any Browns wide receivers for fantasy players. It sounds like Benjamin’s shoulder injury checked out fine, and hopefully he’ll be able to play this week. Benjamin is the WR21 in standard-scoring and WR20 in PPR formats. I’m not a buyer long-term but he still might be a cheap option as a WR2.
Crockett Gillmore, TE BAL
Gillmore was unable to return after a back injury. Gillmore had one reception for seven yards. Nick Boyle had three receptions for 15 yards. Maxx Williams was inactive week 13 recovering from a concussion. There isn’t much gold to mine here if Gillmore misses significant time. Gillmore is being called day-to-day for now, and hopefully he can play this week, but monitor this situation closely as back injuries can be tricky. Boyle was suspended by the NFL so Williams stands to benefit the most at TE.
Rashad Greene, WR JAC
Greene had a touchdown and rewarded fantasy players who started him, but unfortunately injured a shoulder and didn’t do much more (two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown). I like Greene given his low price tag, and Blake Bortles has shown potential to be a productive QB for fantasy this year. Greene can’t stay healthy, and that’s troubling. Still, considering the price is practically nothing, I’m grabbing Greene wherever he’s available.
Dontrelle Inman, WR SD
Inman was taken off on a stretcher with a neck injury. Tests came back negative on his neck, so that’s good news. Still, neck injuries are typically dealt with great caution, and we’ve seen that with players like Larry Donnell, who have missed time recovering from neck injuries. Rivers is losing wide receivers at an alarming rate. The Chargers have a decent schedule remaining, with games against the Dolphins and Raiders weeks 15 and 16. Antonio Gates might be the only one left to soak up targets from Rivers. Since week nine, Rivers is the QB21, a big fall from his earlier season production (QB2 weeks one to ten). It might be a good time to buy Rivers cheap for 2016, especially in 2QB leagues, but starting him is risky for the remainder of 2015.