The term questionable in football is assigned to players who the fantasy websites are not sure whether they will play. Unlike the other designations probable and doubtful, a player who is deemed questionable is just as likely to play as he is not, which makes it the hardest to decipher.
Websites will assign injury or personal issue related classifications at the beginning of the week. Players who are slotted as questionable will have a Q next to their name to ensure the fantasy owner is aware.
Questionable is the hardest label to deal with. You are safe starting a probable player and should stay away from doubtful athletes but questionable could go either way.
The first thing to know is when the questionable athlete plays during the week. If they play on Sunday or Monday night, you should make sure that you have a replacement player for their position who also plays later in the week. This is to ensure that if they are ruled out right before the game you still have options rather than everyone on your bench having already played.
In addition, when a player is questionable it is important to understand the reasoning. If the player is coming off a major injury, then they could be said to be questionable for many weeks before they actually play. On the other hand, an athlete who suffers a minor injury during practice is most likely to play even if he is questionable.
Lastly it is imperative that you consider the real life implications. If your star quarterback is questionable for week 16 of the regular season as their team attempts to secure a wild card berth, he will probably tough it out and play, whereas a quarterback in the same situation who has already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs might sit this one out. It is important to know the situation.