| Lynch back working out with Seahawks|
Team will hold first full practice of the week Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 5:05 pm
|As had been expected, running back Marshawn Lynch is back working out at the Seahawks’ practice facility in Renton, coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
Lynch has not played since Nov. 15 against Arizona due to an abdominal injury that required surgery on Nov. 25. But he is expected to be available when the Seahawks begin the playoffs Sunday at Minnesota. Carroll had said on Friday he anticipated that Lynch would return on Monday. The team’s first full practice of the week is Wednesday. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: In the last seven games without Lynch, the Seahawks’ offense averaged 32 points, second in the NFL. But Thomas Rawls went down with an ankle injury in Week 14, and the team has been going with Christine Michael and Bryce Brown at running back. While it is always possible "Beast Mode" could step right back into a full workload if he is cleared to play this weekend, the risk of playing him in playoff leagues is probably much higher than the reward.
| Bengals once again preparing to start McCarron|
No update yet on Andy Dalton's right thumb
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 4:50 pm
|The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing as if quarterback AJ McCarron will start Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Marvin Lewis said in a news conference Monday, confirming what a source earlier told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
McCarron has started Cincinnati's past three games in place of Andy Dalton, who is sidelined with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It would be a tough ask for Dalton to get his cast removed early this week - if that even happens - and expect him to be razor-sharp after missing the last three games. McCarron's presence should be considered a slight downgrade for the Bengals' supporting cast. A.J. Green has performed well against the Steelers regardless of his quarterback this year, posting an 11-118-1 line with Dalton against them in Week 8 and a 6-132-1 line against them in Week 14.
| Charles Tillman suffers torn ACL|
Veteran CB latest loss in Panthers' secondary
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 4:30 pm
|The Carolina Panthers' secondary has suffered its second major blow of the past month. Coach Ron Rivera announced Monday that veteran CB Charles Tillman tore his ACL in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Buccaneers. The knee has been an issue for Tillman since Week 10, when reports surfaced that it was hyperextended. Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review then reported in mid-December that Tillman was dealing with a partially torn ACL.
The 13-year veteran understood the risk of a complete tear, but wanted to continue playing for a dominant Panthers squad that remained undefeated deep into the season. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The secondary emerged as the main weakness of the Panthers, who took their bid for a perfect season into Week 16. Now, with Tillman out, slot corner Bene Benwikere on injured reserve with a broken leg and S Roman Harper something of a liability in pass coverage, Carolina could have trouble with any offense with the ability to get downfield.
| Report: Brady dealing with high ankle sprain|
Patriots in need of rest for first week of playoffs
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 4:15 pm
|According to an ESPN report citing a league source, Tom Brady took an MRI that revealed an ankle sprain but no breaks or fractures. Brady is expected to be ready to play when the Patriots host a divisional round game at Gillette Stadium in two weeks.
The injury occurred in the Pats' 20-10 loss to the Dolphins Sunday when Miami DE Ndamukong Suh rolled up on the back of Brady's legs while tackling the Patriots quarterback. Trainers and medical staff attended to Brady, who claimed he was "sore" after the game was over. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: NFL Media's Albert Breer tweeted the injury is a high ankle sprain, so Brady is dealing with something more than the garden variety of ankle sprains. Brady is expected to be fine for the Divisional Round, although his ability to play at his usual level of effectiveness could be in some question. The bye week comes at a good time for the 38-year-old quarterback and the Patriots, who should get Julian Edelman back in time to help mask the deficiencies of the offensive line.
|Tom Coughlin resigns, coaching future uncertain|
Giants latest team looking for head coach
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2016, 3:00 pm
|After 12 years and two Super Bowl titles, Tom Coughlin is no longer the coach of the New York Giants.
Coughlin resigned after meeting with Giants ownership Monday, one day after New York completed its third consecutive losing season. Coughlin coached the Giants for 12 seasons, leading them to two Super Bowl championships.
FFToday's Take: This move was expected although it was unclear if Coughlin was going to be fired or resign. Coughlin was with the Giants for 15 years, 12 as head coach, but the last three have been losing seasons and a change was needed. Some reports suggest that Coughlin may coach elsewhere if the right opportunity presents itself.
|Mike McCoy sticking with Chargers|
OC Frank Reich fired; other staff changes expected
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 11:45 am
|The Chargers might move to a new city next season.
If so, it won't be with a new head coach.
The team has informed Mike McCoy he'll be retained for the 2016 season, a source said Monday morning.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers dealt with a rash of injuries in 2015 on their way to 4-12 season. Under McCoy, the Chargers were unable to establish a running game, despite using a first round pick on Melvin Gordon. Philip Rivers led the league in pass attempts (662) and has finished as a top ten fantasy QB the last two seasons under McCoy, who could take on a more prominent role in play-calling following the firing of OC Frank Reich.
| Allen Hurns to have hernia surgery next week|
"It’s been very tough for me"
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2016, 11:00 am
|While many teammates are making trips home or starting vacations to begin their offseason, Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns plans to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia next week in Philadelphia.
His expected recovery time is six-to-eight weeks. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns battled injury much of season but still finished as fantasy's No.14 wide receiver with 10 touchdowns. He should be recovered in time for off-season workouts and will be on the WR2 radar in 2016.
| Danny Amendola active for Patriots|
Usage remains unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2016, 11:35 am
|The Patriots declared their inactives, and there’s no one new on the list.
Hightower, Freeny, Siliga, Vollmer, Edelman, Jones and Coleman will be inactive.
That means wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), safeties Devin McCourty (ankle) and Patrick Chung (foot), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (shin), guard Josh Kline (shoulder) and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) will suit up. (NESN)|
FFToday's Take: Danny Amendola left early in Week 15 with a knee injury but will return today. His usage is up in the air making him a risky fantasy play in Week 17. The Patriots need a win to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
| Bilal Powell inactive for Jets|
Chris Ivory to start
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2016, 11:30 am
|Bilal Powell is Inactive. (NY Jets on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This was expected. We should see Chris Ivory carry the majority of the load with Powell out. With winds upwards of 25 mph and flurries in the forecast, Ivory is a solid RB2 in Week 17.
|Josh Freeman expected to start for IND|
Colts scrambling for QB help in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2016, 7:51 am
|Colts likely to start QB Josh Freeman today vs. Tennessee, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck out, the Colts signed Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman this week. With Freeman getting the start, the entire Colts passing game is an easy fade in daily fantasy.
| Bilal Powell misses practice all week|
Questionable for Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2016, 12:45 pm
|Jets running back Bilal Powell missed practice for the third straight day on Friday, which earned him a questionable listing on the team’s final injury report of the week. The Jets haven’t had a player take part in a game this season after missing an entire week of practice, which would seem to make Powell an unlikely participant in Week 17.
FFToday's Take: Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley will likely be the running backs carrying the load against the Bills. Ivory is worth a look in daily formats in a game the Jets will need to win in order to make the playoffs.
| Ted Ginn doubtful, missed practice all week|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2016, 12:30 pm
|Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) and safety Kurt Coleman (foot) are doubtful for Sunday’s game regular season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ginn, who leads the Panthers with 10 touchdown receptions, did not practice all week. Coleman, who leads the team with seven interceptions, was limited on Thursday but did not participate Friday.
FFToday's Take: Without Ginn in the lineup, the receiving corps of the Panthers will feature Philly Brown, Devin Funchess, and Jerricho Cotchery. It's a situation to avoid in Week 17.
| Gurley may miss Week 17, foot injury|
Missed practice the last two days
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2015, 10:00 pm
|With one full-scale practice remaining in preparation for the San Francisco 49ers, it’s looking more and more like Todd Gurley could miss the Rams’ season finale.
For the second day in a row, the rookie running back did not practice, casting doubt on his availability Sunday.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley injured his foot late in last week's game against the Seahawks and has been in a walking boot this week. If he doesn't play, Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham would likely split carries against the 49ers. Mason would make for a decent DFS play as the 49ers have given up the third-most fantasy points to running back.
| Michael Floyd misses another practice|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:50 pm
|Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Wednesday that WR Michael Floyd, pass rusher Dwight Freeney and OLB Markus Golden did not participate and that they each would be monitored leading up to Sunday’s regular-season finale against the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Floyd, who has went over the 100-yard receiving mark five times in his past seven games, is dealing with a pull of some sort behind the back of his knee, Arians said.
“(Floyd) rehabbed well today, so hopefully we’ll get some work out of him before the week is over,” Arians said. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd ripped the Seahawks for seven catches, 113 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 in Seattle, so his potential absence would be a big deal in the rematch for a team trying to stay in the race for the top overall seed in the NFC. He has to be considered questionable for now, at least until more information becomes available.
| Gurley misses second straight practice Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:35 pm
|Once again, RB Todd Gurley did not practice (foot). Has been in walking boot. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coupled with the promotion of practice-squad RB Malcolm Brown, the odds are starting to grow that Gurley will finish out his incredible rookie season on the sideline. It's too bad as the No. 10 overall pick trampled the 49ers for 133 yards and a touchdown on the ground in Week 8. If Gurley sits, Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham should share snaps in the backfield.
| Spiller won't need another knee surgery|
HC Sean Payton: "I was frustrated for him"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:25 pm
|New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he doesn't think C.J. Spiller needs a second surgery after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Spiller played only sporadically but never expressed his frustration about his involvement in the offseason.
"Not once during the year was he ever complaining about touches," Payton said. "He's been fantastic in his preparation. ... He's someone that I know we as an organization and certainly myself as a head coach working with the offense are excited to see that through. I do feel like he's got some unique skill sets and I was frustrated for him at times because he was 100 percent and wasn't back fully with the strength in his leg to do some of the things you're used to seeing." (New Orleans Time-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: This is interesting take for Payton, who spent a lot of time over the first half of the season saying he was trying to find a way to get Spiller touches when he could have simply said his prized free agent needed to regain his explosion. Assuming Spiller returns - and it sounds like Payton wants that to happen - he'll make for an interesting post-hype mid-to-late round fantasy option as many owners try to steer clear from one of fantasy's biggest disappointments this season.
|Gore eyeing ninth 1,000-yard rushing season|
Needs 109 in season finale to do so
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:10 pm
|You don’t need to remind Frank Gore how many yards he needs Sunday against the Titans to reach 1,000 yards or how many 1,000-yard seasons that would be in his great career. He knows.
He recited it to reporters off the top of his head Wednesday. 109 yards away from his ninth 1,000-yard season, which would make him just the fifth running back in NFL history to accomplish that feat. Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Curtis Martin each had ten 1,000-yard seasons, and Emmitt Smith had 11. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts have not been able to push a runner over the century mark since Vick Ballard rushed for 105 yards at Houston in Week 15 of the 2012 season - a 49-game drought. Indianapolis also hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai in 2007. The Colts face the offensive-inept Titans, meaning Gore has an outside shot at getting the 25-30 carries he will likely need to hit both marks.
| Eifert listed as "full-go" Thursday|
Concussion has sidelined TE for the last two games
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:00 pm
|Bengals starting S George Iloka (groin) and TE Tyler Eifert (concussion) reported to their first full-scale workout since getting hurt in the Dec. 13 Steelers game. QB AJ McCarron (left wrist) also reported in helmet. McCarron and Eifert were listed full go and Iloka was limited. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: All three players will be critical to the Bengals' playoff hopes. Eifert is easily the most important player from a fantasy perspective, so it will be nice for Cincinnati to get him re-acclimated in Week 17 versus the Baltimore Ravens. The third-year tight end figures to be on a snap count, however, making him a dicey start in DFS.
| Jonathan Stewart misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2015, 12:30 pm
|Kurt Coleman practicing today. No Jonathan Stewart. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There was some hope that Stewart was going to practice this week and perhaps play in Week 17 but it appears he will be headed for the Inactive list on Sunday. If you're targeting a Panthers running back in Week 17, Cameron Artis-Payne is your man.
| Seahawks' RB Lynch remains out|
Still labeled day-to-day with abdominal injury
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 30 2015, 5:20 pm
|RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Marshawn Lynch's return for the Seattle Seahawks won't come until the NFC wild card playoffs at the earliest. Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Lynch had not rejoined the team and remains ''day-to-day'' in his recovery from abdominal surgery in late November. Carroll had indicated earlier that there was a chance that Lynch could rejoin the team this week and possibly play in the regular-season finale against Arizona, but he will instead be sidelined for the seventh straight week. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: With Thomas Rawls (broken ankle) already out for the season Seattle will continue to lean on a RBBC approach that includes Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and Christine Michael. None of them are recommended fantasy options for Week 17. Marshawn Lynch is progressing from surgery and figures to return to the top of the depth chart once he is cleared for game action.
| QB Hoyer clears concussion protocol|
HC gives nod to start season finale
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 30 2015, 5:09 pm
|HOUSTON -- On the brink of winning the AFC South, the Texans (8-7) are getting back their starting quarterback.
Brian Hoyer has cleared the concussion protocol and will start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Bill O'Brien said.
FFToday's Take: QB Brian Hoyer has been practicing for over a week but hasn't been cleared to play in a game until today. Jacksonville has been in several shootouts over the past few weeks and the Texans have their eyes set on a division title. As a result, rolling with Hoyer in deeper formats is a worthwhile option. Hoyer's return marks an upgrade to all of Houston's players including the explosive DeAndre Hopkins.
| Colts place TE Dwayne Allen on IR|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 30 2015, 2:51 pm
|Dwayne Allen (calf) has gone on injured reserve. Former basketball player Erik Swoope has been elevated from the practice squad. (Kevin Bowen via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Dwayne Allen continues to be hampered by injuries with this latest calf injury ending his 2015 season. After a promising 2014 that saw the Clemson alum tally eight scores, he will finish the 2015 campaign with only one touchdown reception on a dismal 29 targets. Coby Fleener has been the team's best tight end but hasn't had a productive fantasy game since week 8.
| Dez Bryant to have surgery, out for Week 17|
More surgery on right foot
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2015, 12:30 pm
|The Dallas Cowboys have, in fact, shut down Dez Bryant.
Bryant will be placed on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season with one game to play because of foot and ankle injuries.
Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant is expected to have another surgery on his right foot as well as ankle in the near future. He said the Cowboys don't believe Bryant came back too soon from the initial surgery in September. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It was a lost season for the Cowboys star receiver who injured his foot Week 1 causing him to miss the next five weeks. Bryant never had more than 5 receptions in any game and only topped 100 receiving yards once. He should be ready for training camp in July.
| Alshon Jeffery placed on IR|
Bears incredibly thin at WR for Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2015, 11:45 am
|Is Alshon Jeffery finished as a member of the Bears?
The team placed their dynamic wideout on injured reserve Wednesday alongside defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, ending their seasons just a few days before the finale against Detroit. Jeffery was poised for a big contract, and even though he only played in nine games he was still immensely productive. In about half a season, he logged 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery battled numerous injuries which limited to nine games on the field in 2015. Without a true No.1 replacement, it's likely the Bears will try to keep Jeffery and pair him with rookie Kevin White (stress fracture) in 2016.
| Jonathan Stewarts sits Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2015, 11:09 am
|Kurt Coleman (foot), Ted Ginn (knee), Ryan Kalil (illness), Jonathan Stewart (foot) and Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) did not practice today. (Carolina Panthers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers are practicing in wet conditions today so it's likely they held out a number of players as a precaution. Stewart has missed the last two games with a foot injury and has an outside chance of playing this week against the Bucs. We'll have more updates on his status later in the week.
|Eagles fire Chip Kelly|
Pat Shurmur named interim head coach
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2015, 7:20 pm
|Today, Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles, released Head Coach Chip Kelly.
“We appreciate all the contributions that Chip Kelly made and wish him every success going forward,” said Lurie.
Coach Pat Shurmur will be interim head coach for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. (PhiiladelphiaEagles.com)|
FFToday's Take: Kelly's up-tempo style will be missed by fantasy owners but the questionable personnel decisions over the last couple years and rocky relationships with a select few players didn't help his cause. The timing of this move is also interesting. Perhaps the Eagles wasn't to get a jump on the available head coaching candidates. More to come...
| Jonathan Stewart (foot) could practice Wednesday|
Door still open for Panthers RB in Week 17
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 29 2015, 1:08 pm
|Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn)on Twitter: "Panthers hopeful RB Jonathan Stewart returns for Week 17 from sprained foot. Ran well on treadmill and could practice Wednesday, per source" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is good news for Stewart owners hoping beyond hope for one final hurrah from the Panthers RB, but one day of limited practice doesn't make him a lock to start. Stay tuned. It's likely we'll see more Cameron Artis-Payne after his small scene-stealing role on Sunday.
|Cards will not rest starters against Seattle|
Bruce Arians confirms Arizona will be at full strength for Week 17
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 29 2015, 12:59 pm
|Coach Bruce Arians made it official Monday that he will not rest any of his starters Sunday afternoon against Seattle. He has said over the last couple of weeks that if he were to rest starters, only three or four would sit out. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: "We're playing so well right now," he said. "I don't want to change any way that we prepare."
This is awesome news for David Johnson and Carson Palmer owners still fighting for championships in Week 17.
| Andrew Luck still not medically cleared|
Two Colts QBs remain doubtful, Stephen Morris to be called to action
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 29 2015, 12:55 pm
|The door isn't closed on quarterback Andrew Luck playing Sunday against Tennessee, but he has still yet to be medically cleared. Coach Chuck Pagano said he, Luck, owner Jim Irsay and general manager Ryan Grigson will discuss whether Luck (kidney/abdomen) will play if he is cleared in time (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Luck has missed the past six games and eight games total this season. He's unlikely to play, and with Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) doubtful and Charlie Whitehurst on IR, the Colts will probably turn to UDFA Stephen Morris, recently signed off the Eagles practice squad, on Sunday. Yuck.
| T.J. Yeldon still doubtful for Week 17|
Gus Bradley: Healthy starters will play in season finale
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 29 2015, 1:05 am
|Jags HC Gus Bradley said this week he wasn’t inclined to sit healthy players against the Texans. Any lineup changes would be based on giving the Jaguars the best chance to beat Houston.
T.J. Yeldon is doubtful and unlikely to see action, but there are four players that it would make sense to sit down in the finale or at least reduce their snaps: receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, tight end Julius Thomas and cornerback Davon House. (Jacksonville.com)|
FFToday's Take: “My mindset is that if the guys are healthy and they can go, we talk about always compete, so let’s compete,” Bradley said.
Follow the injury report closely if you've got some relevant Jaguars, but don't be afraid to run out Blake Bortles and other top guys like Allen Robinson and Denard Robinson.
|Manziel caught partying on Christmas Eve|
Could get benched for off-field activities yet again
By: Doug Orth | Dec 28 2015, 7:35 pm
|Johnny Manziel apparently didn't learn the hard lesson he claimed he did from losing his starting job over the bye-week video. Another partying video from Christmas Eve surfaced Sunday, and it could land the Browns quarterback in hot water again.
In the 10-second video, Manziel is seen rapping, dancing and drinking what appears to be a black cherry Four Loko -- an alcoholic beverage mixed with caffeine, taurine and guarana. His buddy in the video is double-fisting it with a can of Four Loko and a bottle of something else. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: It is highly probable Manziel will not be HC Mike Pettine's problem much longer; either the 2014 first-round pick will be released or traded, Pettine himself will get fired shortly after Sunday's finale against the Steelers or both. Pettine promised the "repercussions would be harsh" if Manziel messed up again and, while he indicated this episode isn't as egregious as the previous one, it is still a distraction.
| Lynch could return to practice Wednesday|
RB recovering from sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 28 2015, 7:25 pm
|If Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (sports hernia) strings together a couple good days of workouts, he could be back at practice Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll said.
"From what I understand, he has a chance if those days go back to back, and he does well, that he might be in here Wednesday," Carroll said. "We’ll see."
Lynch is in San Francisco working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim. He has visited the Seahawks' facility, but is not rehabbing there. The team is communicating with Azim and his staff to determine how Lynch is doing. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch's absence was less of an issue when rookie Thomas Rawls was tearing it up prior to his season-ending ankle injury in Week 14, but the Seahawks could muster only 60 yards in their Week 16 home loss to the Rams, including only 21 from their running backs. Seattle travels to Arizona this week, which would give owners a good idea of what they can expect from "Beast Mode" in the playoffs should he be able to suit up against the Cardinals.
| Hoyer to start Week 17 if cleared|
In final stage of concussion protocol
By: Doug Orth | Dec 28 2015, 7:15 pm
|Brian Hoyer, in the final stage of the concussion protocol, will be the team's starter Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars if he passes in time, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday.
"(Brandon Weeden has) done a really good job," O'Brien said. "He did a good job in the Indy game, did a good job yesterday. But if Brian's healthy and cleared, he's our starter." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hoyer has some darkhorse fantasy QB1 appeal if he gets the green light against the Jaguars, who have struggled against the pass all year. O'Brien indicated he has no plans to rest his players in Week 17 even if Cincinnati defeats Denver on Monday Night Football, which would give the Texans the AFC South title based on the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. O'Brien's desire to win means owners should be able to count on another full game from DeAndre Hopkins as well.
| Charles Clay not expected to play Week 17|
Bills TE will sit out season finale
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2015, 12:02 pm
|Rex Ryan says he doesn't expect TE Charles Clay (back) to play this Sunday vs. Jets. (Mike Rodak on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Clay missed Week 16 with a back injury and with the Bills out of the playoff chase, there's no reason to risk one of their better offensive weapons. Chris Gragg caught two passes for 19 yards in relief of Clay. Bills' tight ends will be off the fantasy radar in Week 17.
| Ryan Mallett expected to start for Ravens|
Baltimore auditioning Mallett for 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2015, 7:45 am
|#Ravens are expected to start newly signed QB Ryan Mallett tomorrow, sources tell me and @AKinkhabwala. A tryout for 2016. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mallett will get the call over Jimmy Clausen and while Pittsburgh has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, Mallett is difficult to trust given the lack of weapons and his newness with the offense. The Ravens project to be behind most of the day, so garbage time stats are a real possibility.
| Doug Baldwin likely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2015, 7:15 am
|#Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring) is officially a game-time decision, but source said it would be a surprise if he didn’t play. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Baldwin was limited in practice early this week but was full on Friday. Baldwin has been on a tear lately, catching a whopping ten touchdowns in his last four games. While a regression seems likely, he must be in starting lineups in season-long leagues and is a viable option in all formats of DFS.
| Brees, Watson expected to play for Saints|
Both listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2015, 7:00 am
|Saints TE Ben Watson (knee, questionable) will play today vs. Jags, WR Marques Colston (chest, Q), however, will not, per sources. He's out. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is good news for the Saints passing offense. Brees can be in your starting lineup but understand he will be at less than 100%. He remains a QB1 against a porous Jags pass defense. Watson missed practice all week, so he will be difficult to trust as a TE1 but has a plus matchup as well.
| Matt Jones inactive with hip injury|
Chris Thompson value increased
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2015, 7:30 pm
|Washington running back Matt Jones will miss tonight’s game with a hip injury. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: With Jones out, Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson will handle the running back duties against and Eagles defense that's beatable on the ground. Both Washington backs are FLEX considerations.
| Brian Hoyer expected to miss Week 16|
Brandon Weeden expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2015, 9:00 am
|Brian Hoyer (concussion) making good progress but Texans not expected to play him this week. On track for Week 17 return. (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Hoyer out, that means Brandon Weeden will get the start against Tennessee. Weeden posted a 105-1-0 line in relief of T.J. Yates last week against the Colts. This doesn't affect the fantasy value of WR DeAndre Hopkins as Yates to Weeden is a lateral move. Tennessee is giving up the 8th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
|Charles Clay out, Williams expected to start|
Bills will be without their starting TE
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 25 2015, 9:00 pm
|Barring any setbacks with his shoulder I’d expect Karlos Williams to start in place of LeSean McCoy. Mike Gillislee will have a role however on Sunday serving as a complement to Williams. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's important to note that Williams starting is the opinion of Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com and in no way is it an official statement from the team. That being said, we can expect Williams to receive at least a 60-40 split of the touches with Gillislee on the lower end of the RBBC. Williams is a RB2 against the Cowboys.