Good vibes: No, that wasn’t a cool breeze, that was the collective exhale of every Robert Griffin III fantasy football owner. After exiting yesterday’s game with a knee injury, the results of his MRI quelled fears of a ligament tear. The Redskins announced three hours after Sunday’s game that an MRI revealed the rookie quarterback had a right knee sprain. At his Monday press conference, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin had a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament of his right knee. Shanahan did not rule the quarterback out for his Week 15 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, but does expect him to be at “full speed” in order to suit up for the game. While the overall tone was hopeful, owners should be prepared to play it safe and have other options ready in case RG3 is a late scratch. Another reason not to get too excited –the Browns have only allowed two passing scores their last three games, one of them coming during “garbage time” of their tilt against the Raiders.
Spiller time:The Buffalo Bills will finally have some continuity at running back. Fred Jackson took a helmet to the knee in a 15-12 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Coach Chan Gailey said after the game “it did not look good,” and said later on his weekly radio show that Jackson would be out a minimum of two to three weeks. Gailey has been playing with fantasy owners minds, stating two weeks ago that C.J. Spiller would receive a bulk of the snaps but instead had Jackson carry the load. He blamed that one on the weather, but Jackson still finished with two more carries and six more total touches in yesterday’s game against the Rams. If the veteran does indeed miss extended time, Spiller owners can finally feel confident in starting him…in two weeks. The Bills take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15, a defense which just shredded the Arizona Cardinals and set franchise records both on the field and in fantasy land.
Historically bad: The Seattle Seahawks defense was certainly flying high, but Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald should be grounded during your playoff run. The veteran has been plagued by poor quarterback play, but his .20 point total on Sunday was a new low. Even lower was the -6.84 performance of John Skelton. In fact, it was the worst fantasy total by a quarterback since 2009. A matchup against a Detroit Lions secondary which has allowed 21 passing scores might be tempting, but can you trust a player who hasn’t scored more than 3.10 points his last four games? Don’t be tricked into putting Fitz back in your lineup. Too much is on the line and the only place he belongs is on your bench.
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