Michael Fabiano | Tags: Adrian Peterson, Albert Haynesworth, Ben Roethlisberger, Bernard Scott, Cedric Benson, Chester Taylor, Chris Brown, DeAngelo Hall, DeSean Jackson, Donovan McNabb, Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, Kenneth Darby, Kurt Warner, Steve Slaton, Steven Jackson
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, illness) missed Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable to face the Chicago Bears in Week 12. Fantasy owners who have A.P. or need a running back should check the waiver wire for RB Chester Taylor, who would be a solid replacement if Peterson were unavailable. Peterson could come down to a game-time decision.
Here are some of the other relevant fantasy storylines for Week 12.
- Rams RB Steven Jackson (back) missed Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable to face the Seahawks. The fantasy star will likely be a game-time decision, so owners in deeper leagues or who lack backfield depth should grab RB Samkon Gado off waivers. He’s no Jackson, but at least you’ll have a starting running back in your lineup.
- Cardinals QB Kurt Warner (head) put in a full practice on Friday and expects to start against the Titans, despite being listed as questionable. Barring setbacks, Warner should be safe to use in fantasy lineups. The Titans have allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks than any other team this season, though their defense has been better in recent weeks.
- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that RB Cedric Benson (hip) “is ready to play” in Week 12 against the Browns. However, the talented runner is still listed as questionable. This could be a game-time decision, so be sure to check NFL.com’s inactives on Sunday. Benson is a must-start if active. RB Bernard Scott would be a strong replacement if Benson were out again.
- Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) went through a normal week of practice, but NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora is reporting that he will still sit out in Week 12 as a precaution. Big Ben missed the end of last week’s overtime loss in Kansas City after taking a hard shot to the head. If he’s out against the Ravens, QB Dennis Dixon would start. In that scenario, it would be wise to downgrade all your top Steelers.
- Texans coach Gary Kubiak told the team’s official website that RB Steve Slaton would remain his starting running back, but RB Chris Brown would also see his share of the workload. That’s bad news for Slaton, who has become an enormous risk for fantasy owners both in standard and PPR leagues. He’s worth no more than a flex start against the Colts this weekend. Brown, who actually had more carries than Slaton last week, isn’t a viable fantasy option.
- Seahawks RB Julius Jones (rib, lung) returned to limited practice this week, but he’s still uncertain about his status for Sunday’s game in St. Louis. If Jones were unable to go for the second straight week, RB Justin Forsett would get another start. The versatile back has value as a No. 2 fantasy back or flex starter, especially in PPR leagues, in the event that he’s called into a prominent role one again.
- Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall (knee) has been ruled out for Week 12, and DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle) will be a game-time decision. With Hall out, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb and WR DeSean Jackson become safer fantasy options. The same would hold true for RB LeSean McCoy if Haynesworth were sidelined for a second consecutive week. Fantasy owners should avoid the Redskins defense this week.