With many fantasy owners' hopes of advancing in their league's fantasy football playoffs hanging on the final outcome of the two Monday Night Football games to be played tonight, it's only fitting that there be an article piling together all of the major injuries having to do with the four teams involved.
It's crunch time, so if a certain player can't go, you need to make the right decision and pick up the next best alternative. Regardless of his status for the game, we strongly suggest benching Brett Favre if you can afford it, as he's not a better option than Matt Schaub, Joe Flacco or Eli Manning, even when healthy.
For all the major injury updates for tonight's NFL action, read on:
Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) Probable
Schaub is on the injury report and listed as probable, but there's no real concern here. Schaub will play against the Ravens in a must-win game for the Texans. The matchup may seem scary, but Baltimore can actually be passed on, so you should expect decent numbers from Schaub in a huge game.
Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) Out
Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) Probable
There really isn't any question whether Peterson will play. He played at less than 100 percent in Week 13 and destroyed the Buffalo Bills, and his probable tag just suggests that he's still not fully healthy. He'll be ready to go against a Giants team that can be run on.
Toby Gerhart (Minnesota Vikings) Probable
Much like Peterson, Gerhart is expected to play. Gerhart is a borderline flex play with an expected run-heavy approach.
Ahmad Bradshaw (New York Giants) Probable
Even though he's nicked up with a wrist injury, it'd be tough to sit Bradshaw this week. Minnesota has really put the clamps on the opposing running game the past few weeks, but Bradshaw's Week 13 numbers were to die for. He's still sharing the rock with Brandon Jacobs, but don't sit him because of his wrist injury, as he's fully expected to play.
Le'Ron McClain (Baltimore Ravens) Probable
McClain was probably all week, but practiced Saturday, so there's no reason to think he won't be fully prepared to clear the running lanes for Ray Rice and Willis McGahee. Hopefully you're not relying on him for fantasy production, but at least you can rest easy in knowing Rice will have his main blocker with him in the lineup.
Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) Probable
Johnson is still dealing with a nagging ankle injury, but nothing can keep him out of this game. Don't expect him to be slowed down too much, as the matchup sounds worse than it is, and Johnson has been putting up great fantasy numbers on a less than 100 percent ankle nearly all season long.
Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants) Questionable
Nicks looks to return, along with teammate Steve Smith. Both receivers are reportedly active and will face the improved Vikings defense on Monday night. Nicks remains the better fantasy option.
Steve Smith (New York Giants) Questionable
Smith has missed some extensive action, but is expected back in what could be a pretty good matchup for him and the Giants passing offense. Rust and the risk of re-injury are both warranted fears, but he is reportedly active and should be safe to play tonight.
Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) Doubtful
Harvin is actually being called "out" by several sites and reporters, as he's at the very best being regarded as extremely doubtful. We'd rather take a chance on Hakeem Nicks or Steve Smith, who are both returning from injury.
Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings) Probable
Rice will be on the injury report all season as he works back to 100 percent health, but he's definitely okay to roll with this week. Don't expect fireworks, though, as the Vikings' quarterback situation doesn't look good.
Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) Out
Heap has been ruled out with a bad hamstring, which could make rookie tight end Ed Dickson a solid fantasy sleeper. Dickson will go up against a very weak Houston Texans pass defense, and could have a chance at coming out of the Monday night games with the best production at his position.
Owen Daniels (Houston Texans) Probable
Daniels is reportedly near full health and fully expected to play Monday night. However, with fellow tight end Joel Dreessen also likely to play, you'd be best advised to stay clear of Daniels. He hasn't caught a pass since Week 8.
Joel Dreessen (Houston Texans) Probable
Dreessen is probably a slightly safer bet than teammate Daniels, but he could be slowed by cracked ribs and the fact that he'll be splitting time with Daniels.
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