RotoExperts.com delivers all the important player news with in-depth fantasy analysis for Wild Card weekend.
- Tom Brady (ribs, finger, shoulder) was a full participant in practices this week. Despite recent reports that he has been playing through multiple ailments, Brady should still be expected to work through the issues and deliver at least respectable fantasy totals. He is still a top pick for fantasy postseason purposes.
- Mark Sanchez (knee) was a full participant in practices this week. He will have to take what a strong Bengals defense gives him and hope his pass-catchers can make plays with yardage after catches. The rookie cannot be counted on for good fantasy totals, though. In his first NFL playoff game, Sanchez is a risky pick.
- Marion Barber (knee) is listed as probable for Wild Card weekend. He is always a viable selection for potential touchdown production, but do not expect outstanding yardage numbers. Barber is a sound choice in the NFL Playoff Challenge because Dallas has the potential to play at least two postseason games.
- Tim Hightower (knee) was a full participant in practices throughout the week. With rookie Beanie Wells emerging as a more prominent runner for Arizona, Hightower is not a recommended pick for this week.
- Larry Johnson (knee) is listed as probable to face the Jets. He likely won't get enough work this week to be useful in postseason fantasy football.
- Thomas Jones (knee) had a "little swelling", according to coach Rex Ryan. However, Ryan also assured reporters earlier in the week that his top running back will play. Jones practiced in full this week, so his health should not be a concern. That makes him a solid starter, even against a usually solid Cincinnati run defense, because of his touchdown potential.
- Braylon Edwards (elbow) was a full participant in practices for the Jets. He has yet to develop an optimum on-field relationship with Mark Sanchez, posting only 33 receiving yards in the final two regular season games. That makes Edwards unreliable for fantasy purposes. Look elsewhere for a wideout this week.
- Derrick Mason (knee) was a full participant in practices throughout the week. He can be relied on for good fantasy production against the Patriots, but Baltimore's chances of advancing past the first round do not seem strong. Consider an alternative selection.
- Todd Heap (neck) was a full participant in practices. He showed some signs of re-emerging as a useful fantasy option late in the regular season, but the Ravens might not make it past the first round. Use another player at the position.
- Neil Rackers (groin) practiced in full this week. He is a solid fantasy kicker and can be used with confidence this week.
- Charles Woodson (shoulder) was upgraded to full participation in practices by Thursday. Johnny Jolly (foot) and Ryan Pickett (hamstring) were also back at full practices. The Packers do have a strong enough defense to challenge Arizona's top playmakers, so this unit should get serious fantasy consideration this week.