Checking the injuries that matter most

It's Friday afternoon, so that means it's time to check in on the most significant injuries across the NFC South.

Falcons. If you have Michael Turner on your fantasy team, be sure to start him. Reserves Jason Snelling and Antone Smith are questionable with hamstring injuries. That probably means Turner will get even more carries than usual. Another bit of fantasy advice, even if you never have heard of Gartrell Johnson, you might want to pick him up and play him. Johnson probably will get some carries as Turner’s backup. He’s an unknown, but the Falcons like Johnson and he could give them some production this week.

Buccaneers. Here’s another reason to go heavy on Atlanta running backs this week. Tampa Bay linebackers Quincy Black (ankle) and Dekoda Watson (hamstring) are both listed as questionable. Neither practiced Friday.

Saints. Running back Pierre Thomas (ankle) officially is questionable and Sean Payton wouldn’t rule out playing him. But the game is outdoors in Cincinnati and snow is possible. Thomas only practiced on a limited basis this week. I’m thinking we still are at least a week away from seeing Thomas.

Panthers. There’s nothing official yet because the Panthers are practicing at the University of Washington this afternoon as they adjust to the time zone. But indications from a team official are that cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (shoulder) probably will play and start ahead of Chris Gamble (fractured relationship with coach John Fox) for the second straight game. Guard Travelle Wharton (toe) looks likely to miss another game.