Aug 25, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Qunton Patton (11) is congratulated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after catching a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football Injuries and Last-Minute Roster Moves

One of the latest fantasy football players on the rise is Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (38) who here avoids a tackle by St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

With fantasy football draft season at its height, it’s important to have the latest info on some of the final roster moves and injury updates headed into the last week of the preseason. While there is no way to prepare for every contingency, here are some quick updates to help you avoid an avoidable misstep.

Montee Ball-Denver Broncos: Ball practiced with the first team with the Broncos in Monday’s practice after Ronnie Hillman’s continued fumble issues. Ball is a great mid-round value if he gets first-team work with the Broncos, but a time-share is still expected so don’t reach too far.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) could be in line for the feature-back role in Green Bay. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

DuJuan Harris-Green Bay Packers: Harris may not be ready for week 1 according to Mike McCarthy. If Harris can’t go or is limited, Eddie Lacy becomes an even better option since he’s likely to be much closer to an everydown back. Lacy’s value is on the rise, and he’s a great pick if you can get him as your third RB option. Harris shouldn’t be drafted in most formats.

Ben Tate-Houston Texans: Tate is reportedly going to carry a bigger weekly role in the Texans offense which makes Arian Foster a bigger risk. If you draft Foster, it’s very important you get Tate as a handcuff.

Malcom Floyd-San Diego Chargers: Floyd is back in practice and ready to play in week 1. His injury doesn’t affect his value.

Darrius Heyward-Bey-Indianapolis Colts: DHB is a solid sleeper since he’s getting extensive work with the starting offense. If he can realize his potential, he’ll be a waiver wire wonder in the first few weeks of the season. I prefer DHB to the more popular TY Hilton option for a Colts WR sleeper.

Quinton Patton-San Frnacisco 49ers: Patton made a big splash in his debut week 3 and Colin Kaepernick seems to really like him in the #3 WR spot for the Niners. Patton is a great late-round option.

Rashard Mendenhall-Arizona Cardinals: Mendenhall is day-to-day with his knee issue but is expected to play week one. He’s being way over-drafted now, but the injury isn’t a concern.

Terrelle Pryor-Oakland Raiders: Pryor looks like he can seize the starting QB job for the Raiders if he can have a strong final week. He’s not an option except in the deepest of leagues, but it’s worth noting he’s outplayed Matt Flynn so far this preseason.

Jonathan Stewart-Carolina Panthers: Stewart continues to have ankle issues and will most miss week 1. DeAngelo Williams hasn’t been great in preseason but will get a heavy share of the early-season carries for the Panthers.

Davone Bess-Cleveland Browns: Bess has reportedly climbed into a big role with the Browns and is a solid late-round sleeper if the WR crop has been thinned out.

Jon Baldwin-San Francisco 49ers: Baldwin caught two passes for 23 yards and has big-time potential. He will need to battle his way past Marlon Moore at his WR spot, but has the talent to be a breakout receiver. Baldwin has big-time upside for a late-round WR.

Marlon Moore-San Francisco 49ers: Although he’s ahead of Baldwin on the depth chart, I think Baldwin has higher upside.

Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (81) is tackled by Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) after catching a pass during the third quarter at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Moeaki-Kansas City Chiefs: Moeacki is out indefinitely leaving the door open for Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano to earn their way into fantasy relevancy.

Dion Lewis-Cleveland Browns: Lewis has been placed on IR and is no longer the handcuff for Trent Richardson. There really is no single running back to grab as Richardson’s backup.

Kevin Kolb-Buffalo Bills: Kolb suffered a concussion which may be career ending. The Bills turn to Jeff Tuel under center and the Bills fantasy situation is in complete “stay away” status.

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