| Johnny Manziel (hamstring) out for year|
Connor Shaw could get start Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2014, 4:40 pm
|Browns HC Mike Pettine: "Brian Hoyer (shoulder) has not been ruled out. Connor Shaw will get a good amount of reps. Exploring other options." (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnny Manziel's disappointing two-game run as the Browns' starter is over. The Browns already know what they have with Hoyer, so it would come as a surprise if they didn't turn to Shaw after he was arguably the most impressive quarterback in their camp during the preseason. Shaw can run a little bit and showed in his final year at South Carolina that he could make good decisions in Steve Spurrier's offense. Perhaps Shaw can give Cleveland's offense the jump-start it desperately needs.
|Cowboys plan to play starters in Week 17|
Per HC Jason Garrett
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2014, 4:30 pm
|Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says starters will play vs. Washington on Sunday. (Jon Machota on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As is normal protocol for a team that cannot do much to improve its playoff seeding, Garrett's assertion doesn't mean his starters will play the entire game. Daily leaguers or owners playing in Week 17 championships shouldn't expect Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant or Jason Witten to play more than a half.
| Cutler to start Wk 17, Clausen out with concussion|
Bears shuffle the deck at QB again
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2014, 2:50 pm
|Bears will start Jay Cutler at QB in season finale Sunday at Vikings. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion in Week 16 and won't be available so the Bears will turn back to Cutler in the final game of the season. Despite the inconsistent play, Cutler and his main targets will be back on the fantasy radar for Week 17.
|Logan Thomas could start for ARI in Week 17|
Cardinals starting QB up in the air
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2014, 1:53 pm
|Just talked to an informed azcardinals source, the best kind, who believes Logan Thomas will start vs. 49ers. (Kent Somers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As anticipated Ryan Lindley didn't fare well against the Seahawks in Week 16. Drew Stanton (knee) swelled up after practicing last week and won't be an option for Week 17. The Cardinals are in the playoffs and will likely be a wildcard team if they lose to the 49ers on Sunday.
|Wk 17 PIT, CIN game flexed to Sunday night|
AFC North title up for grabs
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2014, 9:30 am
|The AFC North will be decided in primetime in Week 17.
The NFL announced that the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers will face off in primetime next Sunday night. The league leaves the primetime spot on NBC open until most of Week 16 is over to maximize having the best game possible on air.
FFToday's Take: If the Broncos beat the Bengals tonight then the Week 17 game between the Steelers and Bengals will be a win and in scenario for Cincinnati. The Steelers clinched a playoff birth yesterday with a victory over the Chiefs.
| Julio Jones expected to play, Active|
Hip, Oblique injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2014, 11:13 am
|Julio Jones will play today for the Falcons, per source. William Moore and Harry Douglas also up. Jon Asamoah down (Carimi starts). (Albert Breer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones went through workouts early this morning and while he's far from 100%, he's expected to play. Keep in mind, the risk for decoy, re-injury or being limited is great. Expectations should be limited.
| DeAndre Hopkins expected to play|
Missed practice all week with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2014, 10:50 am
|After his morning workout, Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is good to go today, source said. He’s battling an ankle injury, sat out all week. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hopkins missed practice all week. With Case Keenum under center Hopkins value takes a ding along with Andre Johnson's. On the plus side, the Ravens have given up the 2nd-most fantasy points to wide receivers on the season.
| LeGarrette Blount out with shoulder injury|
Gray and Vereen to handle rushing load
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2014, 7:01 pm
|LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) also ruled out by the Patriots. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Blount out, Jonas Gray will likely serve as the Patriots big back for Week 16. The Jets have been tough against the run this season making Gray nothing more than a FLEX play in Week 16.
| Frank Gore expected to play|
Cleared concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2014, 4:05 pm
|49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) will play tonight vs. Chargers, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gore was limited in practice this week but should suit up this evening against the Chargers. With Carlos Hyde out (back, ankle) Alfonso Smith will be the backup making Gore a low-end RB2.
| Julian Edelman out with concussion|
Didn't make the trip to New York
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2014, 4:00 pm
|Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will not play tomorrow against the Jets due to a concussion, according to two sources. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: With Edelman out of the lineup it's reasonable to assume Danny Amendola will see more snaps. RB Shane Vereen could also see increased usage in the passing game. Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell get a bump in value.
| T.Y. Hilton misses practice Friday, Questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2014, 12:45 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts took to the practice field on Friday minus their top receiver.
T.Y. Hilton missed his third straight practice with the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans, per ESPN.com's Mike Wells. He was later listed as questionable for Sunday's critical matchup with the Cowboys.
FFToday's Take: Hilton described himself as "50-50". With the Colts unlikely to improve their playoff seed in the final two weeks, its likely that Hilton will be on the Inactive list Sunday resulting in increased reps for Donte Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks at the wideout spots.
| DeAngelo Williams unlikely to play|
Could be used in an emergency situation
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2014, 12:15 pm
|Running back DeAngelo Williams listed as questionable. Rivera said he's getting close, but probably not enough to play. (David Newton on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Ron Rivera went to say that Williams could be used in an emergency. This is good news for Jonathan Stewart owners as Stewart should see the bulk of carries for the Panthers against the Browns that just gave up a monster rushing day to the Bengals.
| Julio sits Friday, will test hip on Saturday|
Status for Sunday still up in the air
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2014, 12:10 pm
|The Falcons are hoping that rest and treatment will help heal wide receiver Julio Jones’ hip injury.
The star receiver was not on the field during the open portion of practice and was not expected to practice on Friday. Jones has not practiced since he was hurt late in a Dec. 8 loss at the Packers and did not return. After trying to run Saturday, he didn’t play against the Steelers.
Jones has a big test run on Saturday before the team leaves for New Orleans.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Mike Smith stated in early in the week that Jones would likely be able to play but this is far from certain. He is shaping up to be a gametime decision. The Falcons face the Saints at 1:00 pm Eastern on Sunday.
| DeAndre Hopkins likely game-time decision|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 18 2014, 4:15 pm
|Bill O' Brien: DeAndre Hopkins definitely day to day. Final decision will be made Sunday morning. (Dale Robertson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The season can't end fast enough for the Texans, who haven't had the services of their No. 1 overall pick (Jadeveon Clowney) for most of the season, can't keep Arian Foster healthy for much of the time and are on their fourth quarterback. Andre Johnson (concussion) should be back after a one-game absence and see an increase in targets if Hopkins can't go, although it is hard to know whether that is a good thing as Houston will likely start Case Keenum under center.
|Polk becoming Eagles' new goal-line back|
Eagles own one of the worst red-zone offenses in NFL
By: Doug Orth | Dec 18 2014, 4:00 pm
|It appears Chris Polk has become the Eagles' goal-line specialist. He played three snaps against the Cowboys Sunday and two were short rushing touchdowns. On another snap inside the 5, Darren Sproles got the carry and scored. LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing last year and is on pace for 1,293 yards this year, fourth-most in the NFL.
But the Eagles have struggled in the red zone all year, and the Eagles believe Polk’s size and power give him an advantage through traffic near the end zone. The switch from McCoy to Polk deep in the red zone has helped the Eagles address what was the worst red-zone offense in the NFL through 12 games. (CSN Philly)|
FFToday's Take: In his six-year career, McCoy has 64 carries inside the 5-yard line with 24 touchdowns and 24 runs for no gain or a loss. Polk is a free agent at the end of the year, so it is quite possible that McCoy gets another chance next season. For now, McCoy needs to be considered a RB2 with RB1 upside in the right matchup.
|Jim Harbaugh "considering" Michigan HC job|
Another source suggests a move back to college "not likely"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 18 2014, 3:50 pm
|Multiple NFL and Michigan sources had said for weeks that 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh was not expected to wind up at Michigan, but in recent days at least one person familiar with his thinking said he was at least "considering it." According to multiple reports, Michigan has made a six-year, $49 million offer to Harbaugh. The offer was earlier reported by CBS5 in Arizona.
The annual average pay of $8.17 million would make Harbaugh the highest-paid college football coach, surpassing Alabama's Nick Saban by more than $1.21 million. Another person close to the process said that while it was possible Harbaugh could wind up at Michigan, "it was not likely." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It is unfortunate that someone as successful as Harbaugh has been a lame duck coach for pretty much the entire season, but the reality of the situation was that anything short of another deep playoff run probably wasn't going to be enough to save his job. There's no way to know for sure if Harbs can turn down $8-plus million, but every indication is that he wants to remain in the pros and he will be in demand if he does. A trade with Oakland still seems like the most likely option.
| DeMarco Murray (hand) still not ruled out|
'Boys need to see carry the ball under duress before Sunday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 18 2014, 3:35 pm
|Less than 48 hours after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was on the practice field Wednesday, taking part in individual drills. Coach Jason Garrett said before the session that he did not expect Murray to do a lot during practice. During on-air team drills, Joseph Randle took the first-team snaps at running back.
The Cowboys have not ruled Murray out for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, but Garrett said they would have to see him work in practice to make sure he can carry the ball under duress. (ESPN Dallas)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was fitted with a hard plastic shell sewn into the top of the glove on his left hand and was wearing it during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Despite the cautious optimism, Murray is probably on the wrong side of questionable for this week and will likely lose more snaps than usual if he does suit up. If he does play, he's almost certain to lose some third-down snaps to Lance Dunbar. If he doesn't, Randle should get the most work and would probably be the slightly better fantasy option.
| Cam Newton on track to start|
Panthers QB takes first team reps Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2014, 2:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that quarterback Cam Newton is on target to start Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. "We did more with him today than we did with him yesterday," Rivera said of Thursday's practice. "We'll increase that tomorrow, then double-check him on Saturday morning." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Unless there is a setback it appears Newton will start Sunday's game against the Browns. His back injury will make him a risky start for fantasy owners. Newton has also been bothered by ankle and foot issues this season.
| Dwyane Bowe misses 2nd practice with flu|
Chiefs receiver missed Wednesday also
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2014, 1:20 pm
|Dwayne Bowe still out with flu today. Tamba also won't practice (Adam Tiecher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bowe missed Wednesday's practice as well. Those owners wanting to take a flier on the Chiefs wide receiver will need to keep an eye on his status throughout the weekend. Bowe has a nice game flow matchup against the Steelers but hasn't found the endzone this season.
| Ryan Mathews not practicing Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2014, 12:39 pm
|Ryan Mathews (ankle) again not practicing. Remains to be seen if he's back this regular season. Wasn't close to playing last Sunday. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Mathews will miss Week 16 leaving Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to carry the workload. Neither will be fantasy options against a good San Francisco run defense.
| QB Philip Rivers doesn't practice Wednesday|
Mathews remains out with ankle injury
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 17 2014, 7:16 pm
|SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn't practice Wednesday, although he participated in a morning walkthrough and said he expects to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night when the Chargers try to keep alive their playoff hopes.
"At this point in the week I have no doubt" about playing against the 49ers, Rivers said. The quarterback is listed as having chest and back injuries, although the team hasn't said what the specific injuries are. Also Wednesday, running back Ryan Mathews missed another day of practice.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners should not be too worried about Rivers' playing status this weekend. The Chargers are facing a team that may not come to play too hard in San Francisco, however they will be without WR Keenan Allen (neck, ankle) and Ryan Mathews (ankle) doesn't look promising either.
|Bears bench Cutler|
Jimmy Clausen to start
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 17 2014, 7:15 pm
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cutler has been benched for Jimmy Clausen, according to two sources informed of the situation. The move to Clausen calls into question whether Cutler will be the team's starting quarterback next season. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Chicago's offense carries a lot of risk for fantasy owners as the fantasy season winds down. Jimmy Clausen has only attempted nine passes this year and hasn't started since 2010 making Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett far from a sure thing for owners in the playoffs. Nonetheless, Matt Forte should still enough touches to remain a worthwhile fantasy starter for Week 16. Furthermore, rumors are mounting that the Bears will make significant changes to the team for next season which will have a direct impact on players such as Jay Cutler in keeper and dynasty formats.
| Panthers' Newton practices 8 days after crash|
Status for Sunday remains unclear
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 17 2014, 4:32 pm
|CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday eight days after a horrific-looking automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.
Whether or not he starts Sunday against the Cleveland Browns remains unclear.
FFToday's Take: With the NFC South division title and a spot in the playoffs up for grabs, the Panthers will want Newton in the lineup if he is able to play. Ron Rivera indicated that the team will now wait to see how Newton feels after a day of practice. Expect Carolina to make a decision on who will start the game under center by Friday.
| Rashad Jennings sits Wednesday|
Unlikely to play this week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2014, 1:15 pm
|Giants running back Rashad Jennings' sprained ankle had been making progress. So much so that he wasn't on the team's injury report at any point last week. He didn't practice on Wednesday and appears unlikely to play this week. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Look for Andre Williams to get the start this week. Williams is averaging 3.3 yards per carry and has a tough matchup against the Rams defense that has given the up the 7th-fewest fantasy points to running backs. He would be a volume-based, low-end RB2 in Week 16.
| T.Y. Hilton not practicing Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2014, 1:10 pm
|Also no sign of colts T.Y. Hilton (hamstring). (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton tweaked his hamstring in last week's game. His MRI on Monday showed nothing significant. Thursday will be a key day for the Colts leading receiver.
| DeMarco Murray practices Wednesday|
Considered day to day
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2014, 1:05 pm
|DeMarco Murray will be considered day to day after undergoing hand surgery on Monday. But on Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett outlined some of the benchmarks they hope to see their star running back hit before determining his status for Sunday. "I think we need to see something," Garrett told reporters Wednesday. "There's a comfort level that we all have and certainly a comfort level that he has. Carrying the football is an important responsibility, so you have to be able to do it. I think we all want to see it and I know he wants to see it. So we'll take it day by day and see how he progresses." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Murray is on track to play this week but we won't know for sure until Sunday. If Murray should happen to sit, the Cowboys are likely to go with a committee approach using Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar. Randle would be a candidate for early-down work.
| Keenan Allen out Week 16, broken collarbone|
Also suffered ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2014, 1:15 pm
|Wide Receiver Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone along with an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and is not expected to play Saturday when the Chargers head north to face the San Francisco 49ers. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: A disappointing season for Allen is coming to an end. Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd will move into starting roles this week against the 49ers defense that's allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
|Latavius Murray to see more touches in Week 16?|
Raiders RB backs head coach, looks forward to Bills
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 12:20 pm
|For a running back who ripped off a 25-yard carry in the first quarter and barely touched the ball the rest of the game, Latavius Murray had nothing but good things to say about Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano.
“I think Tony has done a great job, and I think everyone in the locker room loves his approach,” Murray said Monday. “I feel he’s definitely a players’ coach, and we all love playing for him.”
Asked if Sparano has unanimous support in the locker room to come back next season, Murray said he has the support of “everyone I’m close with.”
Sparano’s job prospects, however, weren’t helped by the Raiders’ 31-13 loss at Kansas City on Sunday. At 2-12, they would at least tie for the worst record in the NFL if they lose Sunday at home against Buffalo and the following week at Denver.
The Bills just defused Green Bay’s powerful offense 21-13. “They haven’t given up more than 24 points, I believe, in a game the entire season,” Sparano said. That’s accurate except for a 37-22 loss to the Patriots.
Sparano insisted he’s not concerned with his job prospects, only with game-planning for the Bills, with “things that I can control right now.” (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: One of the things Sparano can control is getting Murray more touches against a Bills defense that's having a tougher time stopping the run than the pass. We anticipate a heavier workload for Murray in Week 16, making him a solid flex option with monster upside.
|Justin Forsett poised for bounceback game|
Ravens RB says disappointing Week 15 due to Jags stacking box
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 10:18 am
|Ravens running back Justin Forsett encountered some tough sledding Sunday against his old team.
During a 20-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett had trouble finding room to run. He didn't gain much traction, rushing for only 48 yards on 16 carries. It marked Forsett's lowest rushing total since a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was held to a season-low 38 yards on nine carries.
The Jaguars regularly deployed eight and nine defenders to crowd the line of scrimmage and prevent Forsett from breaking free downfield.
Ranked third in the NFL with 1,128 rushing yards for the season, Forsett averaged just three yards per carry Sunday with a long run of six yards.
“Their mindset coming in was to stop the run,” said Forsett, who was cut by the Jaguars last spring after one injury-plagued season in Jacksonville in which he rushed for 31 yards on six carries. “They were a physical bunch. They’ve got a great front seven and they did a good job. The box and safeties were down, but it was a good challenge for us. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: With WR Torrey Smith banged up and Steve Smith, Sr. pretty quiet the past few weeks, this was a strategy that made sense for Jacksonville. He'll likely resume his normal workload and have better results facing the reeling Texans in Week 16.
| Cowboys: DeMarco Murray can play with hand injury|
Surgery deemed a success and injury "easily tolerated"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 10:15 am
|Werder tweeted the following on Tuesday morning about DeMarco Murray:
#Cowboys believe @DeMarcoMurray can play Sunday. Injury easily tolerated. Surgery successful, full healing in 6 weeks but no additional risk. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This confirms fellow Cowboys beat writer Brian Broaddus' comments earlier today that Murray should be able to give it a go against the Colts. While there's some concern about his ability to handle pass blocking duties and catch passes, Murray's legs still look fresh and he's been a huge reason the Cowboys are 10-4 and atop the NFC East. Still -- Joseph Randle will likely see increased touches and makes for a smart waiver wire pickup.
| Andre Johnson (concussion) expected to play Sunday|
Texans WR feeling better this week
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 16 2014, 8:42 am
|Andre Johnson will likely return to the starting lineup for the Texans against Baltimore.
“I think he feels better today,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday.”
On December 7, Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in Jacksonville. After failing to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Johnson was inactive in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Colts.
The twelve-year veteran All-Pro receiver is currently four catches from becoming the tenth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions. If he does so against the Ravens in Week 16, he’ll become the second fastest player to reach the milestone, accomplishing it in his 168th game. (HoustonTexans.com)|
FFToday's Take: You'll have to monitor his status leading up to game time, but if he's no longer experiencing symptoms that's a good thing. The problem is that Texans will start either Case Keenum or Thaddeus Lewis at QB, which doesn't bode well for the passing game.
| HC: Don't know if Isaiah Crowell is 100 percent|
Dealing with hip injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:45 pm
|Browns HC Mike Pettine: I don't know if RB Isaiah Crowell (hip) is 100 percent. Probably a better question for him. (Nate Ulrich on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns weren't doing much of anything in Johnny Manziel's first career start. Crowell hasn't topped four yards per carry in three straight games, so the hip may indeed be a bigger issue than he is letting on. If Crowell misses time, it would mean more work for Terrance West, although the latter would only go from a week flex play to a slightly stronger flex play.
| Peyton Manning dealing with thigh injury|
Broncos unconcerned about availability for Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:35 pm
|After Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made an early exit to the locker room before halftime, the team ultimately announced that he was probable to return to Sunday’s win over the Chargers with a thigh injury. Per a league source, the Broncos have no lingering concern about said thigh injury.
The team believes the thigh problem was related to Peyton’s illness, and that it won’t affect his preparation for next Monday’s game against the Bengals. His decision to head to the locker room early was aimed at getting the thigh worked on by the strength coach and trainer at halftime. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Manning was dealing with an illness this weekend as well and the thigh injury was in some way associated with it, causing him to leave the field late in the first half in order to get worked on by the trainer. Manning returned for the second half of Week 15 without incident. A much bigger concern for his owners is the devotion the Broncos have shown to their C.J. Anderson-led ground game. For now, consider Manning a low-end QB1 for Denver's Week 16 matchup with the Bengals.
|RG3 expected to start Week 16|
Colt McCoy (neck) likely to be inactive
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:20 pm
|Washington HC Jay Gruden said the plan is to start Robert Griffin III Saturday against the Eagles. (Washington Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Not that it will matter to most owners playing in their league's championship games, but Griffin looked as good as he has all season in Week 15 versus the Giants. The third-year quarterback completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 236 yards and a touchdown while running for 46 more yards. Were it not for a highly questionable fumble call in the end zone, RG3 could have also added a rushing score. However, with Washington's offensive line protecting poorly, he could be in for a long day on Saturday against the Eagles.
| C.J. Spiller activated off IR/designated to return|
Readiness for Week 16 will be determined in practice
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2014, 4:15 pm
|Bills HC Doug Marrone: C.J. Spiller (clavicle) is cleared to return and will be added to the active roster. His readiness for return will be gauged this week. (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Even though the Bills are fighting for a playoff spot, it seems unlikely that Spiller will see much - if any - action in Week 16 after missing the previous seven games. Expect another heavy workload for Fred Jackson for at least one more week, with Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon and maybe Spiller pitching in against Oakland.
| DeMarco Murray to have surgery on broken hand|
Hasn't been ruled out for Week 16 yet
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2014, 1:25 pm
|Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray broke a bone in his hand and will have surgery on Monday, according to COO Stephen Jones.
He has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. “Obviously, DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand. At the same time, he hasn’t been ruled out,” said Jones with the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan. “It’s not something that if it responds well after surgery today, that he can’t come back and play this weekend. It’s probably a tough expectation to think that he can, but we’ll see.”
FFToday's Take: Bad news obviously for Murray owners as the Dallas RB is having a career year and a cornerstone for teams still in the playoffs. His availability for Week 16 will be determined later this week. Joseph Randle would likely be the starter if Murray sits with Lance Dunbar being used on passing downs.
| Rashad Jennings re-injures ankle|
Status for final two games uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 8:00 pm
|Giants running back Rashad Jennings injury-plagued season took another unfortunate turn, as he was forced to exit the game after just one carry after re-aggravating his ankle injury. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings got the start but didn't last long. Andre Williams finished the game with 18 carries but only 44 yards. We'll see if the Giants decide to end the season for Jennings this week or try and get him active for the last two games.
| Julius Thomas limited in Week 15|
Broncos tight end used sparingly
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 7:15 pm
|Although Julius Thomas is back, Virgil Green expected to start at TE. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas was limited on the day catching his lone target for 30 yards. It was a disappointing for fantasy owners who were expecting a full-go effort from the Broncos TE. He'll need to be a full participant in practice this week in order to be a recommended fantasy play in Week 16.
| Fitzpatrick's season over, fractured leg |
Texans lose starting QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 7:00 pm
|For the second time this season, the Houston Texans have lost their starting quarterback due to an injury.
Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a fracture in his leg in Sunday's loss to the Colts and will need season-ending surgery, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. Fitzpatrick suffered the injury after a 2-yard rush on a 2nd-and-6 play early in the second quarter. He was carted off the field with an air cast on his leg.
FFToday's Take: Rookie Tom Savage finished the game for the Texans going 10 of 19 for 127 yards and an interception. To make matters worse, Savage injured his knee late in the game and will have an MRI on Monday. Thad Lewis is the only healthy QB on the roster right now.
| DeSean Jackson, Torrey Smith both active|
Questionable wide receivers will play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2014, 11:40 am
|Ravens WR Torrey Smith officially active. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Smith (knee) and DeSean Jackson (leg) were considered very questionable leading up to Sunday. Smith looked shaky during practice this week and will be a risky play in Week 15. Jackson should be a little closer to 100%.