It’s Week 15. Depending on league structure, fantasy owners are either halfway through the first round of a four-week playoff run, or are keeping hopes of a championship (or a non-last-place finish) alive from week to week. Every game counts, starting Thursday night with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the St. Louis Rams.
The good news? There aren’t many injury questions when it comes to fantasy players. Doug Martin is healthy, as is Mike Evans. Jameis Winston has no injury issues, nor does Austin Seferian-Jenkins (finally).
There is one key player for Tampa Bay who will miss this game. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who suffered a sprained MCL in Week 14, has already been ruled out for Thursday and could potentially miss multiple weeks. Fantasy owners who drafted Jackson already had to contend with him missing three weeks in the middle of the season, also the result of a knee injury. It’s possible there will be a need to replace him for another three weeks now.
On the Rams’ side of the ball, the only fantasy name of note is Todd Gurley(Todd Gurley Jersey). For those who drafted him and patiently kept him stashed until his Week 3 debut, it certainly paid off, especially in Weeks 4 through 11 when Gurley either rushed for more than 100 yards, found the end zone or both. In Week 14, after a few weeks of relative quiet, Gurley made some big noise, to the tune of 140 yards and two touchdowns, but he left the game early amid some concern of a knee injury.
Gurley later said he just “banged up” his knee, and the Rams sounded confident early in the week that he would play Thursday. Although he was listed on the practice injury report this week as limited Monday and Tuesday, it should be noted that the words “not injury related” appeared next to Gurley’s name. In other words, Gurley was granted some extra rest to start the week. After being listed as a full participant Wednesday with a probable tag next to his name, there is every expectation Gurley will play in the Rams’ final home game of the season on Thursday night.