Week 6-Doubtful, Questionable, and Probable (DQP) Players

October 11, 2014

Here is how we see this weeks big injuries playing out.  No need to list the players who are ruled out as we already know they won’t play.  Let’s take a look at the DQP players, so you can hit the waiver wire or your bench for a winning line up.


optimus and megatron
Down goes Megatron!

Calvin Johnson (You should plan to be without him for 2-3 weeks….even if he suits up!)

 Megatron is the only player of significance on this list and frankly I am tired of talking about him.  So, I won’t.   If you follow me, then you saw Johnson going down before he actually did; and if you continue to follow me, I will let you know when he will return as a productive part of your fantasy team.  Until then, just sit tight.  Bonus: For those who go a little beyond fantasy players, the Detroit Lions very well may not win a game until he returns.


A.J. Green (Trade him)

Im not sure why Green is even listed as questionable.  I know the designations for injuries can sometimes be chess in the NFL, but I think we are all pretty confident he doesn’t play.  If he plays, I think that A.J. Green and the rest of the Bengals organization should all be on the injury list for concussion like symptoms. In case you missed it, go to http://theinjuryreportdoctor.com/2014/10/10/trade-a-j-green-today/ to check out why you should trade A.J. Green now.

Carson Palmer (NO!)

If you are desperate for a QB on a bye week, I could see how this could be on your radar.  I don’t plan to see Palmer play well any time soon, if ever.  You will have to look elsewhere to fill in your QB stats.

Joe Haden (Start who ever you can on the Steelers offense)

joe haden and antonio brown
This would have been a nice matchup for week 6 but Im sure Antonio Brown won’t miss Joe Haden when he gets to the end zone on Sunday.

Now because we are mostly focused on fantasy, you may not see many defensive players make our stories.  Since defenders do not typically contribute individually to fantasy scoring (unless your name is J. J. Watt), we usually stick to offense.  However in the case of Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, there are a few notable implications.  First and foremost, his absence makes the Browns defense “unstartable” ( I know that is not a word).  Furthermore, I think it makes Antonio Brown a bigger stud than he already is; as well as making Big Ben, Heath Miller and just about the whole offense of the Steelers have increased value this week.  Also, Ive heard a lot of predictions that the Brown will win this game and while I don’t care enough to make a pick on this game; I believe that Haden being out may change some tunes.  The Browns are quiet on the exact injury to his hip, but a broken fingernail against Antonio Brown would be too much.  I either expect him to not play or not play well.  You can do a lot with this information with the fantasy players and the game itself, but the best value is likely in Big Ben and Antonio Brown against a talented but not ready rookie cornerback in Justin Gilbert.

Vernon Davis (You may have to carry 2 Tight Ends for a while)

Davis is listed with a back injury that he suffered 2 weeks ago when he played with an ankle injury that was barely healed.  The good news is Davis has practiced 3 days in a row.  In my opinion the bad news is that all of these practices have been non contact.  The quotes that Davis has given locally and the nature of his injuries tell me that he will either not play or not play well.  My guess is that one good hit to his back or a hard fall sends him back into spasms and even without being hit, I doubt he can perform like the Vernon Davis we know.  Because TE is such a tough position to get production from, I think I would still hold on to him.  In this very unique case, carrying a second tight end until Davis can get another healthy chance is probably the best move.  I expect Davis to still have a couple of big days in him this year once he has time to heal.  I think the wisest move for the Niners would be to rest him until week 9 (after their bye) and finish the year strong.


All of the notable Probable players are not worth your time or mine, as they will all play.  That includes Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Percy Harvin and others.  I expect all of the notable players on the Probable listing to play like their healthy, as none of the injuries appear to be serious.

Good Luck!

Week 3: A Few Key Injuries



Key injuries

Jake Locker-The Tennessee QB is reported to have a right wrist injury after a loss at Cincinatti….lets break it down.

The Science

The wrist joint is comprised of the two bones in the forearm as they attach to many small bones in the hand.  Surrounding this joint are ligaments and tendons, some of which extend from the fingertips all the way to the elbow.  During the throwing motion the wrist joint is responsible for releasing the ball by flexing as well as side bending inward which is also known as ulnar deviation.  Additionally, because all of the tendons and ligaments that pass the wrist extend to the hand and forearm; injuries to the wrist area generally will affect grip strength and hand control.

What you need to know

If Locker is your starting QB (I would hope this is not the case) or you plan on betting on the Titans to upset the Colts this week…….DON’T DO IT!  Even if Locker plays, a wrist injury likely makes him ineffective.  The fact that he has not been said to have a broken wrist (which would have been immediately seen on x-rays), tells us that this is a wrist sprain/strain injury.  The smart option is to give Locker at least 2-3 weeks to heal as this is about how long an injury like this will linger.  Our expert advice is to jump back on the Locker bandwagon (does he have a band wagon?) in week 6 when the Titans host the Jaguars; assuming Locker and the Titans don’t get him injured further in the meanwhile.

Steelers Defense

CB-Ike Taylor went down with a broken forearm, Rookie LB-Ryan Shazier went down with a sprained MCL, and LB-Jarvis Jones went down with a wrist injury.

The Science

Lets start with the most minor of the three-Shazier’s Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain appears to be a grade 1 or minor sprain.  The MCL is a ligament that runs down the inside of your knee that prevents the knee from bending inward.  The knee is a hinge joint and is only meant to bend into a flexed position as if bringing your calf to the back of your thigh and then return to its straight position.  Any other directions of movement are protected by ligaments.  Sometimes the force is too much for the ligament and the athlete will suffer a sprain of that ligament which means the ligament is stretching more than it should.  Sprains can have 3 grades-grade 1 means it stretches but does not tear-this is usually painful and is associated with swelling but many return to activity quickly, a grade 2 means the ligament has some level of tearing and therefore the joint has some level of instability as well as the pain and swelling that comes with a grade 1, grade 3 is a full tear and this means surgery in most cases.

Jarvis Jones wrist injury apparently required surgery.  For those unfamiliar with the wrist, refer to our explanation for the Jake Locker injury.  However, unlike Locker, Jones must have torn a tendon or ligament or broke a bone for surgery to be needed. If his surgery is to repair broken bone, he will likely need 6-8 weeks to heal followed by time to regain his strength.  A soft tissue injury to ligament or tendon in that wrist area, that requires surgery, will also give a similar time frame.  In many of these cases the athlete will avoid weight on the wrist and hand which will limit strength and conditioning significantly until healing occurs.

The most major of the three has to be Ike Taylor.  Taylor appeared to suffer a distal (closer to his hand than his elbow) fracture to forearm in which the bone was displaced on impact.  The severity of this fracture can vary based on the type of fracture-at best he would have a simple fracture in which the bone breaks with a clean line for the surgeon to put back in place and at worst he could have a comminuted fracture in which the bone breaks into little pieces which makes fixating (putting it back together) more difficult.  In either case he is likely looking at 8 weeks or more for the healing process, toward the end of his career.

What you need to know

The Steeler defense definitely did not get better on Sunday night with these losses but with Shazier likely down for less than 2 weeks and returning near full speed and rumors of James Harrison returning to replace Jones; the losses are maybe not as bad as they seem.  Jones will likely be back for a playoff run if the Steelers are in that conversation.  As for Taylor, this may be the beginning of the end.  As a physical corner who needs to jam and tackle at a high level, he may struggle to compete at a high level, and if he does it will likely be next season.