| 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.
| Brees, Watson listed as Questionable for Saints|
Brees insists that he'll play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 25 2015, 7:45 pm
|New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been listed as questionable for Sunday's game, according to the team's official injury report on Friday. The Saints said Brees was "limited" in practice on Friday. Colston, Ben Watson, Armstead and Strief did not practice at all. (Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Brees' "Grade 2" tear of the plantar fascia tendon in his right heel should certainly give fantasy owners some concern even though the QB said he is going to play. He'll be a risky QB1 in a plus matchup against a Jaguars defense that's given up the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Watson needs to be monitored Sunday morning as there's a decent chance he ends up on the Inactive list.
| Andre Ellington expected to play|
Will likely be change of pace back
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 25 2015, 7:15 pm
|Running back Andre Ellington (toe), safety Rashad Johnson (ankle), defensive tackle Cory Redding (ankle) and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker (ankle) were all listed as questionable against the Packers.
Arians said the likelihood of Ellington playing Sunday is “very good.”
“He’s fine,” Arians said. “He practiced full speed two days in a row now.”
FFToday's Take: David Johnson has taken over the lead back duties in Arizona but Ellington should be worked in for 7-10 touches on Sunday against the Packers. Johnson remains a clear-cut RB1.
| Baldwin to be a game-time decision in Week 16?|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2015, 5:55 pm
|Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring) could be a game-day decision, but sounded optimistic about his chances. (John Boyle on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Baldwin has missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, meaning the injury should be of some concern to his owners. The hottest receiver in fantasy football at the moment has 10 touchdown catches in his last four games, so his absence would have a huge effect on any owner counting on Russell Wilson as well. In such an event, rookie Tyler Lockett would likely become Wilson's top target while Jermaine Kearse could be a serviceable WR3 option.
|Will Tye "becoming one of Eli's favorite targets"|
Expected to see increased action with Beckham suspended
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2015, 5:45 pm
|Will Tye has averaged five targets over the Giants' past five games and should be an even bigger part of the offense in Minnesota. It's possible Tye even becomes Manning's go-to receiver.
"He's doing some things well, he's progressing," offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said. "He definitely seems like he's turning into one of Eli's favorite targets in the offense." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Tye has at least five catches in four of his last five contests, including a touchdown in each of his last two. He has registered at least eight targets twice over that same span and has been much more dependable than Rueben Randle or Dwayne Harris this season. The odds are better than 50-50 that Tye ends up being Manning's go-to guy this week.
| Brees: "I'm going to play," in Week 16|
Dealing with Grade 2 tear of his right plantar fascia
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2015, 5:30 pm
|New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Thursday he has every intention of playing on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that statement left any wiggle room, he was more forceful in a follow-up response.
"I'm going to play," he said. "I'm going to play."
Brees didn't practice on Thursday after what he described as a "Grade 2" tear of the plantar fascia tendon in his right heel. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Brees said he was just "playing it safe" by not practicing Thursday. Despite his optimism, owners need to have a backup plan in place because Brees should be considered no more than 50-50 to go in a meaningless game (for the Saints anyway) against the Jaguars. If he does play, he'll be a high-risk, high-reward QB1 in a game that could easily turn into a shootout.
| Hoyer practices for second straight day|
Recovering from multiple concussions
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2015, 5:25 pm
|Texans QB Brian Hoyer was practicing again (Thursday). WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and S Rahim Moore (illness) still are not practicing. (Tania Ganguli on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Shorts and Moore have both been ruled out for Week 16 while Hoyer is trending in the right direction after suffering two concussions in less than a month. Shorts' absence should give Nate Washington and rookie Jaelen Strong a bump in targets while a return by Hoyer would be good for the entire Texans' passing attack. If Hoyer cannot go, Houston will be forced to go with Brandon Weeden versus the Tennessee Titans.
| Jonathan Stewart ruled out for Week 16|
Cameron Artis-Payne in play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2015, 12:25 pm
|Rivera confirms that Jonathan Stewart won't play Sunday. (Bryan Strickland on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron Artis-Payne is the Carolina running back to take a chance with if you're searching for help at the position. He's likely to share time and snaps with Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert but is the best bet among the three to get early-down work against the Falcons.
| T.J. Yeldon not practicing Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2015, 11:08 am
|#Jaguars prax. Yeldon, T Smith and Miller not working. (Ryan O\'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Yeldon (knee) will have to do something in practice Friday if he's going to play in a plus matchup against the Saints. It's looking more and more like Denard Robinson (foot) will be the Jags running back in Week 16.
| Dez Bryant misses practice again|
Foot and ankle injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2015, 10:59 am
|Garrett said Dez Bryant is dealing with foot and ankle injuries. He is not expected to practice again today. (Clarence Hill on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant missed practice Wednesday as well and although the team has stated that they will not shut down Bryant for the remainder of the season, his status for Week 16 remains a question mark. Bryant hasn't topped 62 receiving yards since Week 9 and is struggling to produce with the Cowboys backup QBs. If he plays, he's no better than a flex option with Kellen Moore at quarterback.
| Adrian Peterson doesn't practice Wednesday|
Dealing with sprained ankle
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 23 2015, 6:12 pm
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he's confident he'll play this weekend against the New York Giants despite a sprained left ankle that forced him out for part of the last game.
Peterson didn't practice Wednesday, and was listed on the injury report with a shoulder issue as well, but said he'll be fine Sunday.
FFToday's Take: Playing on a sprained ankle with only a week of treatment would limit most players but Adrian Peterson has proven people wrong his entire career. AP isn't likely to shed his "questionable" tag anytime soon so his owners will want to check back later in the week to be sure he is given the green light to play against the Giants.
|Giants star wideout won’t play against Vikings |
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 23 2015, 5:32 pm
|Odell Beckham’s one-game suspension was upheld, making the Giants wideout ineligible to play against the Vikings Sunday night.
"I dropped the ball on sportsmanship on Sunday," Beckham said in a statement via Twitter.
(NY Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: The game might not mean much to the Giants, but losing Odell Beckham, Jr. this week puts fantasy owners in a bind heading into semifinal matchups and championships this weekend. Eli Manning and the Giants will need Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris and Shane Vereen to step up in the passing game. Meanwhile, Eli Manning's fantasy stock plunges downward in a bad matchup without his best receiving threat available.
|Bears' Forte talks about his future|
Veteran RB will be free agent after the season
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 23 2015, 3:34 pm
|Bears running back Matt Forte can see the finish line of the 2015 season. The Bears have two games left. Which means Forte’s eight-season tenure in Chicago may only have two games remaining as well. When asked about his desire to remain a Bear in 2016 [Forte said,] "I mean, I want to return. Yeah. But if you’re saying, am I hopeful that I will return? There’s not much to hope for right now. Because like I said, I talked to (the Bears’ front office) earlier and they haven’t said anything back. So there’s nothing really to hope for." (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Chicago Bears and Matt Forte face plenty of uncertainty heading into the off-season. The strong play of Jeremey Langford gives the Bears some leverage in the situation and Forte seems realistic about his value as a running back over the age of 30. Nonetheless, the team has chosen to allow several of its veteran team leaders to depart in recent years. Forte's uncertainty as a free agent will depress his value in dynasty formats this offseason however his YPC of 3.9 in 2014 and 4.0 through eleven games this season suggest he can still be a viable fantasy option if he lands in the right situation.
| Stevie Johnson limited, questionable for Thu.|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2015, 2:20 pm
|Chargers LT Dunlap (ankle), OLB Emanuel (concussion), NT Lissemore (shoulder) out vs. OAK. TE Green (ankle), WR Steve Johnson (groin) questionable (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson has missed the last three games with a groin injury but has been practicing on a limited basis this week. He'll likely be a gametime decision Thursday night against the Raiders. If he plays, he'll be low-end WR3.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice Wednesday|
Hamstring the latest issue for Bears WR
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2015, 1:10 pm
|#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery has been bothered by hamstring, calf, shoulder and groin issues this season. At this point it will be tough for fantasy owners to trust the talented wideout even if he does suit up against the Bucs this week.
| Drew Brees getting MRI on foot|
Matt Flynn waiting in the wings to face Jaguars in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 22 2015, 12:05 pm
|New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he will undergo an MRI on his foot after injuring it in the first half of the Saints 35-27 loss to the Lions on Monday night.
Brees limped to the sidelines after taking a hit and had his foot inspected and taped up by trainers. However, he never missed a snap and returned to the game shortly. (NOLA.com)|
FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait and see how the MRI shakes out. There's nothing the Saints have left to play for, so we suspect they'll sit him if anything is seriously wrong. Matt Flynn could be a decent plug-n-play QB if Brees misses Week 16.
|James White becoming "dependable" option|
Pats OC Josh McDaniels lauds utility, reliability of passing down back
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 22 2015, 12:00 pm
|It's been an impressive three-week stretch for second-year New England Patriots "running back" James White, who the Pats coaches have praised recently.
"James has really come on and been a dependable guy for us," McDaniels said. "His work ethic since we drafted him last year [fourth round] and his maturity, his intelligence, his ability to retain information from one week to the next has always given him an opportunity to know what to do, and then now he’s had those opportunities in game situations to go out there and perform on the field. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like White makes for a fine low-end RB2 or high-end RB3/flex play this week. He's got more value (especially in PPR leagues) than Brandon Bolden or even the recently acquired Steven Jackson.
| Tyler Eifert still in concussion protocol|
Bengals TE likely out for Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 22 2015, 11:55 am
|Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer Paul Dehner on Twitter: "Tyler Eifert still under concussion protocol, Jake Fisher is not for #Bengals." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Feel free to fire up rookie TE Tyler Kroft this week if Eifert isn't ready. It's a decent matchup and the Bengals will likely be throwing -- and A.J. McCarron should be checking down a lot.
| Jonathan Stewart not practicing Tuesday|
Panthers being cautious with injured RB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 22 2015, 11:43 am
|Charlotte Observer reporter Jonathan Jones on Twitter: "No Jonathan Stewart as the practice horn blows" -- which leads us to believe the Panthers are being cautious with their No. 1 RB. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: He's not ready yet. Look for Cameron Artis-Payne to lead touches and Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert to help out in passing downs and at the goal line.
| Andrew Luck ruled out for Week 16|
Colts hopeful for Week 17 return
By: Doug Orth | Dec 21 2015, 7:15 pm
|Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that Andrew Luck has been ruled out for Week 16 at Miami.
The Colts want Luck to be cleared by doctors for game action with enough time to practice all week before he returns. There is not enough time to do so this week. If the Colts beat the Dolphins and remain in contention for the AFC South title, there remains a chance that Luck will be available for the regular-season finale versus the Titans. Although Luck's lacerated kidney was healthy enough for a return to individual drills last week, he had not yet been cleared for 11-on-11 work. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Pagano described Matt Hasselbeck as "beat up from the feet up" on Monday, suggesting the Colts may need to turn to Charlie Whitehurst with the season on the line at Miami. Whatever remaining value players like T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief had with Hasselbeck is essentially shot with "Clipboard Jesus" under center, although the Dolphins have been very accommodating to quarterbacks in recent weeks.
| Melvin Gordon placed on IR|
Torn cartilage in left knee
By: Doug Orth | Dec 21 2015, 7:05 pm
|Chargers rookie RB Melvin Gordon will miss the team's final two games, coach Mike McCoy said Monday, due to torn left-knee cartilage the running back sustained against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Gordon, who went 15th in the NFL Draft, finished his rookie season with 641 rushing yards on 184 carries (3.5 per carry). He caught 33 of 37 passes for an average of 5.8 per reception. His longest rush was 27 yards. Though Gordon never scored a touchdown this season, he also seldom played when the offense reached the red zone. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon's rookie season will go down as a huge disappointment based on his low YPC, four lost fumbles and the fact he didn't score a single touchdown on over 200 touches. It should be noted, however, that he was often pulled for Danny Woodhead in the red zone and suffered from one of the worst run-blocking lines in the NFL. Assuming San Diego addresses its shortcomings up front this offseason, Gordon has a chance to live up to expectations in 2016. The Chargers will play out the string with Donald Brown and Woodhead in the backfield.
| Mariota's status up in the air|
Right knee sprain; conflicting reports about 2015 availability
By: Doug Orth | Dec 21 2015, 6:45 pm
|Once Titans QB Marcus Mariota hurt his knee on Sunday at the New England Patriots, it was clear there was a good chance his season would be finished.
Reports on Monday confirmed that Mariota won't play in the Tennessee Titans' last two games. Chris Mortensen of ESPN said he has a sprained MCL, the same injury he had earlier this year that cost him some time. This time the injury is to his right knee; earlier in the season it was his left knee. (Yahoo! Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt tweeted Mariota's status is essentially week-to-week and that nothing has been decided yet. With Tennessee at 3-11 and in the driver's spot for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, it may be in the team's best interest to bring him back next year while fortifying his offensive line and receiving corps in the offseason. Mariota appears to be a keeper and is a player owners should consider as a strong QB2 next season. Zach Mettenberger will fill in for however long Mariota is out.
| Amendola likely out until playoffs|
Likely knee sprain; Julian Edelman due back in Week 16 or 17
By: Doug Orth | Dec 21 2015, 6:35 pm
|WR Danny Amendola is still getting tests on his knee, but the belief is it's a sprain that won't cause him to miss playoff time (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Amendola's durability has long been his biggest weakness and it appears he'll miss more time yet again. The Patriots are optimistic Julian Edelman will get at least one game in during the regular season in order to get acclimated for the playoffs, so owners that are rolling with Tom Brady or kept Edelman on their roster might see those players hook on a regular basis in Week 17 - if not Week 16 - assuming Edelman is cleared to play before then.
| Tyrann Mathieu out for the season|
Torn right ACL
By: Doug Orth | Dec 21 2015, 6:30 pm
|Cardinals HC Bruce Arians announced S Tyrann Mathieu tore the ACL in his right knee making an interception late in the fourth quarter. The injury will sideline the third-year pro for the rest of the season as well as the team’s playoff run.
It’s a tough blow for the team, as Mathieu was having a banner year with 89 total tackles, five interceptions, one forced fumble, one sack and 16 passes defensed. There was talk that the former third-round pick was a candidate for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
FFToday's Take: This is the second major knee injury Mathieu has suffered in three years as a pro, as he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee as a rookie in 2013. It's a crushing blow for the Cardinals, who will likely turn to Tony Jefferson to replace the "Honey Badger". Given how late in the season the injury occurred, Mathieu will likely be questionable for the start of the 2016 season.
|Odell Beckham Jr. suspended one game|
Gaints WR will miss Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2015, 2:55 pm
|Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended for 1 game. Official statement to follow. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Beckham repeatedly got into it with Panthers DB Josh Norman yesterday including an obvious helmet to helmet initiated by Beckham. Beckham's loss is a huge blow to fantasy owners playing for a championship next week. Rueben Randle and Dwayne Harris should see increased roles with Beckham out.
| LeSean McCoy suffers MCL injury, week to week|
Likely out Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2015, 2:00 pm
|Bills RB LeSean McCoy tore his MCL and is considered week to week for final two weeks, per league source. More testing scheduled for today. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills will likely turn to a committee running back approach against Dallas in Week 16 with Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee doing the heavy lifting. The Cowboys are giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs.
| Adrian Peterson "ready to go" for Week 16|
Vikings RB suffers sprained ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2015, 11:45 am
|Sources on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Monday afternoon: "He'll be ready to go on Sunday!” #Vikings #Giants (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson sprained his ankle late in the second quarter and missed much of the 2nd half of Sunday's victory over the Bears. Peterson was held to yards on carries while backup Jerick McKinnon racked up 86 yards and a TD on 11 touches (4 receptions). Peterson will likely be limited in practice this week.
|Patriots to sign veteran RB Steven Jackson|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2015, 11:39 am
|The New England Patriots, who have been ravaged by injuries at running back this season, will sign free agent Steven Jackson to a one-year deal Monday, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Joey Iosefa (14) led the Patriots in rushing attempt in Week 15 followed by Brandon Bolden (10). The Patriots are in need of a veteran rusher after losing LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis to season-ending injuries. The 32-year-old Jackson has a chance at fantasy relevance but owners will be taking a role of the dice given the unpredictability of Patriots offensive gameplan from week to week.
| Spencer Ware active, likely to be limited|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2015, 11:15 am
|ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that while Chiefs running back Spencer Ware is active, the team only wants to use him in case of an emergency. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This means Charcandrick should receive the bulk of the carries today against Baltimore. He's now an RB1 in a game the Chiefs are favored by 6.5 with a projected team total of 24 points.
| Spencer Ware's role remains uncertain |
Dealing with separated cartilage in ribs
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2015, 7:30 am
|#KCChiefs RB Spencer Ware is fighting separated cartilage in his ribs, but there’s a good chance he’s on the field today, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The concern here is how much does Ware cut into Charcandrick West's workload. This could be a situation where Ware is only used in case of an emergency or in a support role with West receiving the majority of touches. However, we can't be certain. For now, West should be considered an RB2.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to play|
Listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2015, 7:10 am
|#Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, questionable with a calf injury & an illness, is expected to play today vs. the #Vikings, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery missed practice this week and while he's going to play, the risk of re-injuring his calf should be a concern for fantasy owners but not enough to keep him on your bench. Jeffery posted a 10-116-1 line the last time he faced Minnesota.
| Andre Ellington not expected to play|
Likely back in Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2015, 7:00 am
|AZCardinals RB Andre Ellington (questionable, toe) is not expected to play tonight vs. the #Eagles, source said. Likely back next week. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Ellington out, David Johnson should once again command most of the running back workload for Arizona. Last week, Johnson racked up 24 touches while Stepfan Taylor and Kerywnn Williams combined for 8. Johsnon is an RB1 against the Eagles in Week 16.
| Alshon Jeffery practices Friday, questionable|
Illness, calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2015, 12:45 pm
|Alshon Jeffery, Zach Miller and Pernell McPhee are questionable to face #Vikings on Sunday. Jeffery returned to practice on Friday. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery battled an illness earlier in the week but is expected to play. The Vikings are middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers but have given up a TD to a wide receiver in the last four games.
| Kendall Wright out with rib injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2015, 12:30 pm
|Kendall Wright out for Sunday @Titans (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wright originally suffered his rib injury in Week 13 and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Harry Douglas. Dorial Green-Beckham is worth a look if the Patriots focus their defensive attention on TE Delanie Walker.
| Charles Clay out with back injury|
Missed practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2015, 12:23 pm
|Out for Bills Sunday: Charles Clay (back), Bradham (ankle), Henderson (illness), Brooks (concussion/neck) & Aaron Williams (neck). (Vic Carucci on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Clay didn't practice this week after pulling a muscle in his back and missing most of Week 14. Chris Gragg should see increased opportunities but isn't a recommended fantasy option.
| Landry sidelined, Lamar Miller limited Thursday|
Dolphins WR, RB dealing with injuries
By: Doug Orth | Dec 17 2015, 5:15 pm
|Lamar Miller (limited, ankle) and Jarvis Landry (DNP, knee) are among nine players on the Miami Dolphins' injury report. (miamidolphins.com)|
FFToday's Take: Landry was limited on Wednesday, meaning he could have suffered a setback from the injury that appeared to bother him throughout the Dolphins' MNF loss to the New York Giants. Miller didn't seem to be hobbled at all in the same game, but an ankle tweak might serve as a reasonable excuse as to why he saw only five touches in the second half after single-handedly destroying the Giants' defense in the first half.
| Jeffery sits out practice Thursday|
Dealing with Illness in addition to calf strain
By: Doug Orth | Dec 17 2015, 5:00 pm
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (illness/calf) did not participate in practice. HC John Fox indicates the illness is what kept him out. (Rich Campbell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery has been lucky to go back-to-back weeks this season without some kind of malady. He was limited in practice by the calf on Wednesday. Either way, the fourth-year wideout has seen nine or more targets in seven of the eight games he has played and posted a 10-116-1 line against Minnesota in Week 8 and appears likely to play this week despite his issues. The combination of targets and talent make him a solid fantasy WR1 in this week's rematch against the Vikings.
| Donte Moncrief misses practice again|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2015, 12:25 pm
|Donte Moncrief still sitting out practice. No boot on for him. Greg Toler, Jerrell Freeman, Erik Walden all practicing (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Moncrief (foot) was in a boot earlier this week and unless he's able to return to practice Friday it's likely he'll be on the inactive list come Sunday. Even if Moncrief sits, Andre Johnson or Griff Whalen won't be a fantasy recommendation against the Texans.