The Texans and the Broncos face off Thursday night and there are still several question marks at key positions heading into the game.
Ron Dayne, RB, Texans: Dayne has been nursing a sore ankle and there has been some question as to whether he would play at all. Megan Mannful of the Houston Chronicle reports that Dayne "didn't sound convincing" when saying he hoped to play through the pain. As of Thursday morning, Dayne had not practiced, but coach Kubiak is still holding out hope that he can play some. If "some" is what the Texans are hoping for out of Dayne, he is not a good fantasy option. Darius Walker is expected to get the start here.
Selvin Young and Travis Henry, RB, Broncos: Both Young and Henry are relatively healthy this week, meaning we will likely see a heavy dose of each in Thursday's game. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Young has 52 friends and family members attending tonight's game, no doubt providing extra performance incentive. He may well be the better fantasy start.
Brandon Stokley, WR, Broncos: Stokley has had trouble with each knee at some point this season, most recently his left, which was injured in the game against the Raiders. Stokley did not practice this week and is questionable to play. He remains a game-time decision, but even if he does play, he will not be 100 percent.
Javon Walker, WR, Broncos: Despite the promising outcome post-arthroscopic surgery, Walker has really not been able to get back to full strength and doesn't believe he will until the offseason. In the meantime, the knee continues to limit his performance and he is questionable to play in Thursday night's contest. The Rocky Mountain News reports that Walker claims he is not fully ready, "but better." He did manage to practice some this week, but clearly is still limited. He, like Stokley, will go through pregame warm-ups to determine whether he is well enough to take the field. Too risky for a fantasy option.
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans: It's safe to say that you already know that Sage Rosenfels will be starting Thursday in place of the injured Schaub, who is still recovering from a dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder. According to an Associated Press report, Schaub still hopes to make it back in time for one of the Texans' final two games. Schaub was scheduled to get a second opinion on his shoulder to determine the best course of action. With no definitive word and the fantasy playoffs upon you, it is probably best to plan on another quarterback option throughout the remainder of the season.