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Injury Tyrod Taylor a candidate for surgery?
May need groin/hernia surgery in near future
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:40 pm

Buffalo Bills
Tyrod Taylor will be traveling to Philadelphia in the near future to determine if he needs groin/hernia surgery. (Vic Carucci on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Buffalo News reported Thursday that Taylor has been dealing with a "severe groin injury" for the better part of a month, so the Bills may be forced to stick with him since his contract calls for a guaranteed $30.75 M if he cannot pass a physical by the start of the new league year (early March). Buffalo GM Doug Whaley apparently feels he can do better than Taylor at quarterback, but it's hard to see them getting a better option in this year's draft or via free agency.
Dak, Zeke likely to play limited snaps in Week 17
Sanchez, McFadden seeing bulk of reps in practice
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:35 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Along with Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez receiving most of the reps, expect same with RB Darren McFadden. An inexperienced LT adds to resting starters. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have nothing to play for in Week 17, so exposing Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott and probably even Dez Bryant to injury doesn't make a ton of sense. The absence of LT Tyron Smith may also be contributing to their thinking as well. The only minor surprise here may be that Dallas isn't thinking about giving Tony Romo some reps, although it is understandable the team wants him healthy if it plans on trading him this offseason.
Injury DeMarcus Ware back injury not career-ender
Previous reports suggested veteran has ruptured disc
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:30 pm

Denver Broncos
DeMarcus Ware will have scope procedure, so back deal by itself is not career ending. (Mike Klis on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: While Ware may still very well have a ruptured disc, apparently he will require only a scope and not major surgery. Denver has enviable depth at outside linebacker, so the impending free agent could very well be done as a Bronco. He turns 35 in July.
Injury Keenan Allen running sprints
Four months after ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:20 pm

San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen running sprints just four months after ACL knee surgery. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It goes without saying such a quick recovery bodes well for Allen's ability to hit the ground running next season. He should resume his top receiver duties in San Diego next season, although Tyrell Williams did emerge as a dynamic threat in his absence. Allen was drafted as a WR1 in fantasy this summer, but he will probably fall back into the WR2 ranks given his durability issues.
Injury Bilal Powell absent from practice Thursday
Brandon Marshall, Robby Anderson miss too
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2016, 1:15 pm

New York Jets
Brandon Marshall, Bilal Powell, Robby Anderson, Matt Forte, Steve McLendon among today's DNPs. (Jets on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Powell's absence is said to be related to an illness meaning the only healthy RB is Brandon Burks. If Powell, doesn't play the running back position for the Jets will be one to avoid. This team is a mess with Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the call at quarterback against the Bills.
Injury RGIII to start, barring any setback
Browns QB recovering from concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2016, 1:00 pm

Cleveland Browns
Robert Griffin III will start Sunday vs. the Steelers barring any setbacks, coach Hue Jackson said Thursday. He's been cleared from his concussion to play, and returned to practice Thursday. He looked good in practice and appears ready to go. "He looked like Robert," said Jackson. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

FFToday's Take: There was some talk that Cody Kessler would get the start this week with RGIII in the concussion protocol but it appears RGIII is on track to play. The Steelers have nothing to play for and will be resting their offensive stars but the Browns have been a train wreck this year making it difficult to trust Griffin in the season finale.
Siemian to start, Paxton Lynch expected to play
Both QBs to see playing time in season finale
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2016, 2:00 pm

Denver Broncos
Trevor Siemian will start Sunday when the Broncos host the Raiders in their regular season finale. But he and rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch are expected to get playing time. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: With the Broncos out of the playoffs, rookie Paxton Lynch will get some playing time in the season finale. Neither quarterback will be viable fantasy play in Week 17.
Injury Opportunity knocks for Eagles RB Byron Marshall
Ryan Mathews placed on IR
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 28 2016, 1:05 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
With Ryan Mathews joining fellow running backs Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner on injured reserve, the Eagles have just two running backs on their roster: Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall. Marshall, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, was promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago after Smallwood was placed on IR with a knee injury. “Right now, the plan is (to primarily use) Darren,’’ Pederson said. “But for sure we’ll see a little more of (Marshall) on first and second down, and even some third-down situations. (Philly.com)

FFToday's Take: With Ryan Mathews (back) out, the Eagles will need to rely on Bryon Marshall to complement Darren Sproles in the backfield Sunday. The rookie had 11 touches last week and could see a few more against the Cowboys. Marshall may not have a ton of upside but he may become a nice backup option if your typical starter is in danger of sitting out this weekend. Meanwhile, Ryan Mathews may become a salary cap casualty after the season despite scoring nine touchdowns on 776 total yards in 2016.
Big Ben, Bell and Brown won't play for Steelers
Landry Jones expected to start at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2016, 1:00 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
"There are several guys that I will look hard at preserving and protecting as we get into the playoff round with the understanding that we are the three seed," Tomlin said Tuesday. Not only will Ben Roethlisberger not play, but neither will Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Maurkice Pouncey. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

FFToday's Take: Since the Steelers can't improve their playoff position, the big three will sit leaving Landry Jones to start at quarterback. The running back starter remains a question mark as DeAngelo Williams is coming off a knee injury. Fitzgerald Toussaint could see significant action.
Josh McDaniels buzz continues to grow
New England's OC 'As good as gone' in offseason
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 28 2016, 11:01 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
The New England Patriots could need to find a new offensive coordinator after this season. According to Greg Bedard in his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, McDaniels is 'as good as gone' from the Patriots after this season as he looks at head coaching opportunities around the league. (MassLive.com)

FFToday's Take: Los Angeles and Jacksonville appear to be the most likeliest destinations available. Both teams have committed ownership and younger quarterbacks who have shown flashes of potential. Both organizations are moving on from defensive minded coaches so adding an experienced offensive minded coach like Josh McDaniels makes plenty of sense.
Giants not resting anyone in Week 17?
Rashad Jennings: 'Everyone is going to play Sunday'
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 28 2016, 11:00 am

New York Giants
Locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC, the New York Giants have little but rivalry and pride to play for Sunday against the Washington Redskins. In those situations, many teams rest key starters. It doesn't sound like that's going to be Ben McAdoo's approach in his first season as coach. To ensure his team is "ascending" into the playoffs, the Giants practiced as normal on Tuesday, and there was no talk of resting players. "Yes. Everyone is going to play Sunday," running back Rashad Jennings said, via ESPN.com. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Despite Rashad Jennings' assurances, fantasy owners need to keep things in perspective. HC Ben McAdoo appears to be keeping his players on a normal schedule but that doesn't mean he will be playing his starters into the second half and risking injury prior to the post season. This type of guessing game makes it very tough to trust any of Big Blue's main cogs this week
Tyrod Taylor to the bench, EJ Manuel to start
Bills don't want to risk injury to Taylor
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2016, 11:00 am

Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are planning to bench Tyrod Taylor in their regular-season finale against the New York Jets and start EJ Manuel at quarterback, league sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Bills are at risk for the $30.75 million remaining on Taylor's contract that would become guaranteed if he suffered a significant injury. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Bills are getting a jump on 2017 after firing head coach Rex Ryan, defensive assistant Rob Ryan. The switch at quarterback appears to be a business decision as they would owe Taylor the remainder of his contract if he gets injured. The Bills face the Jets in New York on Sunday.
Doug Martin to be inactive Week 17
Future with the Bucs in doubt
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2016, 10:30 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Two days after being benched for the first time in his pro career, Doug Martin's season appears to be over and his future with the Bucs is in doubt. Martin, the two-time Pro Bowl running back who was told to take a seat for the Bucs' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Saturday, will not be active for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Panthers. (Tampa Bay Times)

FFToday's Take: Martin has fallen out of favor in Tampa which led to Jacquizz Rodgers receiving the majority of the snaps against the Saints in Week 16. It appears Rodgers will be in line for another big workload in Week 17 against the Panthers. The Bucs are expected to sign RB Russell Hansbrough off the Giants practice squad.
Injury Lamar Miller uncertain for Week 17
Texans locked up division and No. 4 seed in Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 7:00 pm

Houston Texans
Although Texans starting RB Lamar Miller is making progress in his recovery from an ankle injury, coach Bill O'Brien was noncommittal on his status for the regular-season finale against the Tennessee Titans. The Texans could elect to hold Miller out for the second consecutive game to let him get healthier for the playoffs since this game against the Titans holds no playoff significance with Houston having already clinched the AFC South and the fourth seed. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Outside of possibly getting more comfortable with some of Tom Savage's idiosyncrasies in live action, it doesn't make much sense to push Miller when he's been dealing with one injury or another for the better of the season. Alfred Blue figures to get the bulk of the carries in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans.
Steelers likely to rest their studs Week 17
Bell, Big Ben, Brown all expected to rest or play limited snaps
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:50 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
You can bet Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, James Harrison won't play. Antonio Brown probably will lobby to play. No one slightly hurt. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With the Steelers locked into the No. 3 seed, they have no reason to take any chances with their main weapons. Bell's absence would give DeAngelo Williams an opportunity to prove he is ready to be the man again should Bell get injured during the playoffs, and the matchup doesn't get much better than against the Cleveland Browns at home. If he gets the nod, don't hesitate to fire up Williams in DFS this week.
Injury Eifert done for the season
Back injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:40 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals have placed TE Tyler Eifert on injured reserve with a back injury. Eifert missed the first six games of the season because of an ankle injury from last season's Pro Bowl. He finished with 23 receptions for 394 yards and five touchdowns this season. (AP)

FFToday's Take: It's obviously a lost season for Eifert, although he did nothing to disprove the fact he is a dynamic weapon in the red zone when his body allows him to be. Assuming he makes it through the offseason in good shape, Eifert should be considered a top-eight TE with his only weakness being his inability to stay healthy for any length of time throughout most of his four-year NFL career.
Injury Mariota fractures right fibula
Expected to need 4-5 months to recover; surgery Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:30 pm

Tennessee Titans
Titans QB Marcus Mariota will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula on Wednesday in Charlotte and miss four to five months, HC Mike Mularkey said Monday. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure, which entails placing a plate on the bone to provide stability. The Titans hope he returns in time for OTAs. (The Tennessean)

FFToday's Take: Mariota played like a top-five quarterback for most of October and November against the Titans' rather lackluster schedule for most of that time, but he predictably struggled to get much going against Denver or Kansas City before getting hurt. Last year's No. 2 overall pick could use another dynamic receiver to realize his true potential, but Mariota should be considered a low-end QB1 heading into drafts next spring and summer. Matt Cassel will start the season finale against the Texans.
"Good chance" Paxton Lynch starts finale
Broncos eliminated from playoffs Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:20 pm

Denver Broncos
With the exception of the most recent game at Kansas City - his only clunker of the season - Trevor Siemian earned the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 quarterback job, one of the most exalted positions in all of sports. But first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch has to start this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. And there’s a good chance he will, even if Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak wasn’t ready to make such a pronouncement Monday, a few hours after returning from his team’s embarrassing Christmas Night performance in Kansas City. (9News)

FFToday's Take: Kubiak can be excused for not making up his mind yet after the Broncos got back to Denver early Monday morning, but it makes too much sense to give their first-rounder another chance to start in what amounts to a meaningless game for them this weekend. With that said, Lynch has struggled mightily in his limited action, so the Oakland Raiders D/ST makes for a solid play in DFS or Week 17 championships.
Injury Donte Moncrief suffers another shoulder injury
Same shoulder that cost him five games earlier this season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
HC Chuck Pagano: Donte Moncrief shoulder. MRI (Monday). (Mike Chappell on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This season was supposed to be Moncrief's coming-out party, but he's been too injured for most of it to celebrate, as he has dealt with shoulder and hamstring ailments. Seeing as how the Colts have nothing to play for in Week 17, don't expect Moncrief to suit up for the finale. Phillip Dorsett will likely get the call, but he has proven time and again he's not worthy of a fantasy start.
Cowboys to play starters as normal
"We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:30 am

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys Jason Garrett tells us he plans to play Dak, Zeke, starters as normal. "We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing." (Ed Wereder on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Jason Garrett is indicating the he has no plans to rest his starters in tonight's game against the Lions. The Cowboys have wrapped up the No.1 seed in the NFC but it appears the head coach doesn't want rust to creep into the game of his rookies. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott should be ready to roll in the final game of Week 16.
Injury Recovery timetable for Carr, 6-8 weeks
Raiders QB out with fractured fibula
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:15 am

Oakland Raiders
Raiders QB Derek Carr expected to undergo surgery on fractured fibula Tuesday in Los Angeles, per source. Recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Carr broke his leg on Saturday and will miss the remainder of the season leaving Matt McGloin to quarterback the team in Week 17 and throughout the playoffs. McGloin won't be a recommended option against the Broncos in Week 17.
Injury Torn MCL for Hyde creates opportunity for Draughn
Draughn and DuJuan Harris should share the load in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:00 am

San Francisco
Carlos Hyde had the medial collateral ligament in his left knee severely sprained in Saturday’s win at Los Angeles, a league source said. ESPN first reported the MCL injury Sunday, characterizing it as a tear. (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Shaun Draughn (16 touches) got the majority of work Saturday once Hyde exited the game and should get the start Week 17 against the Seahawks. It's less than ideal matchup making him more of a flex consideration in the season finale.
Injury A.J. Green will sit out today and Week 17
Doctors won't clear Bengals WR
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2016, 9:15 am

Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals docs won't let A.J. Green go today. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Not only will Green miss tonight's game with the Texans but according to Adam Schefter, Green will miss the Week 17 game as well. He stated earlier in the week that he would play but it is a wise move to have Green inactive as the Bengals are out of the playoff race. Tyler Boyd is in play as a high-end WR2 with both Green and TE Tyler Eifert on the shelf in Week 16.
Injury Lamar Miller may sit tonight
Expected to play Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2016, 8:30 am

Houston Texans
#Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle), who didn't practice this week, is iffy at best for tonight, sources say, He should be good for Week 17, tho (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Miller has been banged for some time now but has gutted through the last few weeks, often making multiple trips to the sidelines during games. If he's inactive in tonight's game against the Bengals, Alfred Blue, Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes should form a committee approach at running back.
Injury Jordan Reed out with shoulder injury
Vernon Davis expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2016, 8:15 am

Washington Redskins
Washington TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) is out today vs Chicago, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kirk Cousins will be without his best weapon on Saturday against the Bears. Reed has played the last couple weeks but has been limited an ineffective. with Reed out, Vernon Davis will get the start and is a viable punt TE play.
Injury Matt Forte doubtful, knee shoulder injuries
Bilal Powell, great play in Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 2:00 pm

New York Jets
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is doubtful to play against the New England Patriots on Saturday because of knee and shoulder injuries. (AP)

FFToday's Take: With Forte out, Bilal Powell becomes an easy RB1 even against the Patriots given the amount of volume he should see. Powell has racked up 61 touches in the last two weeks.
Injury Adrian Peterson out for Week 16
McKinnon and Asiata to handle rushing load
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 1:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
After a one-game return, Adrian Peterson has been ruled out again. The Vikings running back will not play in Minnesota's Week 16 matchup against the Packers after aggravating a groin injury against the Colts. Peterson did not participate in practice all this week because of groin and knee ailments. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: With Peterson out, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle the rushing load against the Packers. Neither are recommended fantasy plays given the state of the Vikings running game.
Injury Tyler Eifert ruled out, A.J. Green questionable
Bengals will be without star TE
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 1:00 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
In the wake of Friday’s star-studded injury report, the Bengals have no choice but to find out if the kids are OK with starting Will linebacker Vontaze Burfict and starting tight end Tyler Eifert ruled out for Saturday night’s game and wide receiver A.J. Green categorized as questionable despite having a full practice. (Bengals.com)

FFToday's Take: C.J. Uzomah, who has missed the last five games with a calf injury will likely fill in for Eifert. A.J. Green is expected to play but check inactives tomorrow before inserting him into your lineup.
Injury Lamar Miller misses second straight practice
"Tweaked" ankle
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2016, 7:05 pm

Houston Texans
Lamar Miller did not practice in the portion open to the media for the 2nd day in a row Thursday. He "tweaked" his ankle at the end of Sunday's game. (Sarah Barshop on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Miller vowed to play through the injury earlier in the week, but consecutive missed practices leading into a Saturday game means owners need to consider other options. For as much as his season has been a slight disappointment, Miller has been a solid RB2 with a consistent workload. Alfred Blue would likely lead the backfield in touches against Cincinnati if Miller sits, although Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes should also see some touches.
Injury Melvin Gordon likely out Week 16
Farrow, Hillman expected to work in tandem again
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2016, 7:00 pm

San Diego Chargers
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon isn't practicing today. Looks like he'll be ruled out for game Saturday against the Browns. RBs Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman to play. (Tom Krasovic on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: No surprise here, and it is fair to wonder if the Chargers will bother bringing him back for Week 17 either. Farrow disappointed in a plus-spot against Oakland last week, but he'll have the matchup of a lifetime in a game San Diego should control throughout. A case can even be made to play Hillman as a low-end flex in really deep leagues.
Injury No more clarity regarding Jordan Reed's status
No practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2016, 6:55 pm

Washington Redskins
HC Jay Gruden didn’t commit one way or the other when asked about Jordan Reed. “He didn’t do much today, obviously. Did not participate today,” Gruden said. “So, I really don’t have anything to compare it to. Obviously, (the shoulder) still bothering him a little bit, and we’ll have to gauge it tomorrow before we leave.” (The Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Owners should plan on being without Reed again, as he clearly wasn't right in Week 15 before getting ejected on Monday night and will only have four full days of rest before facing the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Vernon Davis is probably the best replacement option owners have in most leagues, but it should be noted Chicago has been among the stingiest defenses against tight ends this season.
Injury A.J. Green says he's playing this week
Missed last four games with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2016, 11:55 am

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals don’t have anything to play for, but A.J. Green wants to play anyway. Their star wide receiver told reporters today he was healthy enough to play this week, via Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website. Green has missed the last four games because of a hamstring injury. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Green will be difficult to trust during fantasy championship week given his layoff but he's got WR1 potential in a matchup against the Texans. Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell take a ding to their fantasy value.
Injury Melvin Gordon misses practice Wednesday
Knee, hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2016, 3:00 pm

San Diego Chargers
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) not practicing today. Yet to this week. Saturday would mark his second game missed to injuries. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gordon is dealing with knee and hip injuries. In his place last week, Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman combined for 24 touches and 87 total yards with no touchdowns against the Raiders. Even against the Browns, its going to be difficult to trust Farrow in a fantasy championship of DFS against.
Injury Jets aren't sure if Matt Forte will play
Shoulder injury sustained last week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2016, 2:15 pm

New York Jets
Bowles isn't sure if Matt Forte will be available Saturday. Forte entered the Dolphins game with a knee injury. He sustained a shoulder injury in that game. At this point, Bowles hasn't ruled out anybody for Saturday's game in New England. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Forte had his snaps limited in Week 15 thanks to a knee injury and considering he picked up a shoulder injury last week as well, it's difficult to see him making a big impact against the Patriots this week. Expect to see Bilal Powell get the majority of touches out of the backfield for the Jets.
Injury Julio Jones back on the practice field
Ran full speed but only in limited parts of the session
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2016, 2:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones moved closer to his return from a toe injury by joining full-speed drills in Wednesday's practice. Jones has missed two straight games with a sprained toe. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Jones ran full speed but only in limited parts of the session. "It was his first time back in a few weeks,: Shanahan said. "You don't want him to just take all the reps. We were being careful with him and hopefully he'll be able to go on Sunday." (Yahoo Sports)

FFToday's Take: The Falcons actually play on Saturday in a great matchup against the Panthers. It sounds like Julio may be active this week but we should be better picture of his status after practice on Thursday.
Injury Darren Sproles (concussion) practicing Tuesday
Eagles RB could be PPR factor in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 1:42 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroCSN) on Twitter: "Allen Barbre, Big V, Darren Sproles, Jordan Matthews all at practice. #Eagles" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Darren Sproles would be a decent RB3/flex if he can play this week against the Giants. He'll still have to clear the NFL concussion protocol, but this is good news.
Injury Julio Jones to "participate some" in practice
Falcons WR could return in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 1:39 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Knox Bardeen (@knoxbardeen) on Twitter: "Jalen Collins and Julio Jones will "participate some" in practice today, per Dan Quinn. No official #Falcons injury report until Wednesday." (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Looks like Julio Jones has a shot to play this week, even if his practice is limited. If not, Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson would get a bump in value. Stay tuned.
Injury Heyward-Bey is moving closer to return
Foot injury
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 20 2016, 11:08 am

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has missed the past six games with a foot injury after getting hurt last month in the first meeting against the Ravens. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday Heyward-Bey ran in a straight line last week. He will attempt to move laterally this week as his rehabilitation continues. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FFToday's Take: This is a good step for Darius Heyward-Bey as the Steelers continue to look for depth behind Antonio Brown. His return, however, may not be soon enough to make a fantasy impact with only two games left to play in the regular season.
Blake Bortles still the Jags starter
Interim coach Doug Marrone
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 9:48 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars interim HC Doug Marrone said Monday he would listen to the team’s coordinators for input along with his own adjustments, but emphasized that barring injury quarterback Blake Bortles will be the team’s starter against Tennessee and Indianapolis. (Florida Times-Union)

FFToday's Take: While there will be changes to the Jaguars over the final two weeks of the season, it looks like a QB change won't be among them.
Injury Derek Carr and offense limited by finger injury
Raiders HC says QB can't take snaps under center
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 9:45 am

Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr has taken every snap for the past three-and-a-half games out of either the shotgun or pistol formation since dislocating his right pinkie finger on a mistimed exchange from center Rodney Hudson. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Even if the finger is taped during games, he can't take snaps from directly under center, which is limiting the offense. It may seem like a small problem, but the NFL's convoluted offensive scheming requires a bevy of offensive looks to execute an effective game plan. The offense just doesn't look the same since the injury.