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Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN 12/26/2014 4:42:00 PM Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is questionable for Week 17. Insight: Charles has been limited in practice for some time now with ankle and hamstring issues. With Kansas City needing to win to make the playoffs though, we expect Charles to still play and be a major factor without Alex Smith.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL 12/26/2014 3:57:00 PM Description: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to start at running back with Stephen Jackson injured. Insight: Rodgers is a better pass blocker than Devonta Freeman, so Rodgers will start and play a majority of the snaps. Freeman will rotate in and see a decent amount of opportunities. Rodgers had 11 carries and 29 yards last week, but Freeman was more explosive as he ran for a 36 yards on five rushes, including a 31-yard touchdown.
Connor Shaw, QB, CLE 12/26/2014 1:50:00 PM Description: Undrafted quarterback Connor Shaw will make his first NFL start this Sunday against the Ravens. Insight: With Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer both injured, the Browns will hand the starting quarterback role to Shaw. Although it is a long shot for Shaw to become a full-time starter, with Cleveland still searching for a quarterback, this start can be viewed as an audition. For daily leagues, Shaw will be a great bargain and maybe he can put up a good day with the help of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron against a beat up Ravens secondary.
Alex Smith, QB, KAN 12/26/2014 1:36:00 PM Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Chargers due to a lacerated spleen. Insight: Smith suffered the injury in Week 16's game against the Steelers, but he was able to finish the game. There is only an outside shot the Chiefs make the playoffs, however, even if they do, Smith will be out six weeks with this injury and probably won't be able to return until the Super Bowl. Chase Daniel, who has a similar skillset to Smith, will start versus the Chargers in a must-win game.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 12/25/2014 5:41:00 PM Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday's session.
Insight: Green suffered no structural damage from the hit on his right arm, but is expected to be ready for the Week 17 showdown with Pittsburgh for the AFC North title.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP 12/25/2014 10:08:00 AM Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (concussion) did not play Sunday when he didn't pass all his tests, but was on the practice field Wednesday. Insight: Edelman could play Sunday, but with nothing to play for the Pats are more likely to hold him out for the playoffs.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, NEP 12/25/2014 10:08:00 AM Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) did not play on Sunday, but was on the practice field Werdnesday. Insight: Blount could play Sunday, but with nothing to play for the Pats are more likely to hold him out for the playoffs. Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen are the other options. Good luck trying to figure out what Coach Bill Belichick is going to do.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SDC 12/25/2014 10:05:00 AM Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's must-win game against Kansas City. Insight: He didn't practice Wednesday and if he can't get on the practice field don't expect him in the game. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will see the majority of work.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 12/25/2014 10:05:00 AM Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: Green suffered no structural damage from the hit on his right arm and is expected to be ready for the Week 17 showdown with Pittsburgh for the AFC North title.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC 12/25/2014 10:02:00 AM Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen has suffered a broken collarbone and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, though the team has yet to place him on injured reserve. Insight: He leads the Chargers in receptions (77) and yards (783). Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal will start at wideout.
Dwayne Allen, TE, IND 12/25/2014 9:50:00 AM Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Alle doubtful for Week 17 due to a sore knee. Insight: He's caught eight touchdowns this season in just 29 receptions. Coby Fleener should get all the work and is a viable fantasy replacement.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN Hot 12/25/2014 9:48:00 AM Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was only a partial participant in Wednesday's practice due to a hip issue.
Insight: Sanders shook off the flu to catch six of seven passes for 70 yards and two scores last weekend. He's posting the best numbers of his career (95-1,331-9) and is perfect in the "Eric Decker" role.
Joique Bell, RB, DET 12/25/2014 9:45:00 AM Description: Lions running back Joique Bell is dealing with an Achilles issue, but should be ready to go Sunday. Insight: Bell's slow first half last weekend was due to a first-quarter benching for violation of a team rule, but he played well in the second half and is the only Lions back with start value.
Pierre Thomas, RB, NOS 12/25/2014 9:42:00 AM Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas didn't practice Wednesday. Insight: Thomas is dealing with an apparent rib injury and should be considered questionable in a meaningless season ender against Tampa Bay.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 12/25/2014 9:42:00 AM Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones didn't practice Wednesday, but is still expected to play in the big game Sunday. Insight: He had seven receptions for 107 yards on eight targets last weekend without practice. He's likely to be conservative about practice this week too, so don't let this stop you from starting him against Carolina in Week 17.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN 12/25/2014 9:40:00 AM Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (foot) got in a full practice Wednesday, his first full session in about a month and a half. Insight: C.J. Anderson has cemented himself in the lead back role, but Hillman could see a few touches if active. But they are playing Oakland and may just hold him out until the playoffs.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE 12/25/2014 9:35:00 AM Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will have a "chance to compete" for next season's starting gig, according to coach Mike Pettine. Insight: That's not a great endorsement and it makes Manziel a gamble to keep in dynasty leagues. He'll have to grow up and work harder at his profession if he wants to make it as an NFL quarterback. He can't slide through on just his talent alone like he did in college. Hopefully, he's learned that lesson in this rookie season.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR Hot 12/25/2014 9:33:00 AM Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart should continue to see a majority of the workload even with the expected return of DeAngelo Williams (hand). Insight: Stewart has averaged 109 ypg over the past four games, including 122 last weekend.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 12/25/2014 9:30:00 AM Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (broken bone in right hand) has been practicing in full this week and should be active for Sunday's game against Atlanta. Insight: That doesn't mean he'll be fantasy worthy. Jonathan Stewart has run very well over the past month, averaging 109 ypg, and will likely continue to see a majority of the workload.
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL 12/25/2014 9:28:00 AM Description: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had a team-high 36 rushing yards on Sunday and should see a big jump in rushing attempts against Carolina with starter Steven Jackson sidelined. Insight: He did so on only five carries, but ripped off a 31-yard touchdown run. Figure his for 12-15 carries in Week 17 and low-end fantasy value.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL 12/25/2014 9:25:00 AM Description: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers will see an uptick in snaps with starter Steven Jackson sidelined by a quad injury. Insight: Rodgers still doesn't qualify as an every down back and Devonta Freeman could see more rushing attempts with Rodgers sticking to his third-down/receiving back role.
Steven Jackson, RB, ATL 12/25/2014 9:22:00 AM Description: Falcons running back Steven Jackson's quad injury will keep him out of the showdown for the NFC South title. Insight: Jackson will be replaced by a combination of Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers. After he was injured Rodgers saw more snaps than Freeman, but Freeman is the better early down runner.
Drew Stanton, QB, ARI 12/24/2014 10:05:00 AM Description: Arizona coach Bruce Arians says quarterback Drew Stanton 85 percent to return for the playoffs. Insight: The coach knows he can't win a playoff game with Ryan Lindley or rookie Logan Thomas.
Ben Tate, RB, MIN Cold 12/24/2014 10:02:00 AM Description: The Minnesota Vikings have waived running back Ben Tate. Insight: It wasn't that long ago that fantasy owners we excited about Ben Tate leading the Cleveland running attack (preseason ADP 58.6 at fantasyfootballcalculator). That was an epic fail as was his time in Minnesota.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 12/23/2014 4:28:00 PM Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green has no structural damage from the hit on his right arm and is expected to be ready for the Week 17 showdown with Pittsburgh for the AFC North title. Insight: Green was targeted four times on the evening and didn't catch a pass Monday night and hasn't done much since his 11-catch, 224-yard performance against the same Steelers in Week 15.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, SEA 12/23/2014 4:15:00 PM Description: Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse injured a hamstring Sunday night and has been downgraded to out for Week 17. Insight: Kearse has very little fantasy value as the second or third receiver on a running team. He has 38 receptions for 537 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.
Percy Harvin, WR, NYJ 12/23/2014 3:24:00 PM Description: Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (ribs) is expected to miss Week 17, according to Rich Cimini. Insight: No big loss. It's been a few seasons since Harvin made any waves in the fantasy realm.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDC 12/23/2014 11:05:00 AM Description: Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is dealing with a bulging disk in his back, but with a playoff spot on the line we expect him to be out there against kansas City.
Insight: Rivers threw for 356 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions as he led an impressive comeback in Week 16 against the 49ers. There is a chance he gets Keenan Allen back too.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP 12/23/2014 10:59:00 AM Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still dealing with a calf injury that limits him movement, but he's going to play Sunday in the showdown with Detroit. Insight: He was 31-of-40 for 318 yards and a 108.1 passer rating versus Tampa Bay last Sunday. It's a much tougher defense he faces Sunday, but with a lot riding on the game, Rodgers will be in the lineup.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN Cold 12/23/2014 9:39:00 AM Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu had just one catch for 16 yards against Denver. Insight: With A.J. Green hurting, you would have thought the team would turn to Sanu, but instead they targeted Jermaine Gresham and Giovani Bernard. Sanu has been silent for much of the second half of 2014.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 12/23/2014 9:38:00 AM Description: Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham was busy Monday night catching nine of 11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. Insight: With A.J. Green hurting and the big pass rush from the Denver defense, Gresham became the team's primary target and came up big.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN Cold 12/23/2014 9:36:00 AM Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green hurt his shoulder on a pick-six in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Broncos and was never the same. Insight: Green was targeted four times on the evening and didn't catch a pass. It was a title-killing result for fantasy owners.
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN 12/23/2014 9:33:00 AM Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton kept it simply against Denver, handing the ball off and throwing short passes. Insight: Dalton was working with an injured A.J. Green which mean't no deep threat. He was 18-of-26 for 146 yards, two touchdowns and an early "pick-six."
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN 12/23/2014 9:30:00 AM Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard took a backseat again as Jeremy Hill drove the Cincinnati bus against Denver. Insight: Bernard totaled 81 yards rushing and receiving, including a touchdown, but he's certainly not the star in this backfield.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN Hot 12/23/2014 9:28:00 AM Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill put the Bengals on his back and carries them to a key victory Monday night.
Insight: Hill led Cincinnati with 22 carries and 147 yards and a touchdown, including an 85-yard run to get them going. If not for Odell Beckham Jr., Hill would be the 2014 NFL Rookie of the Year. Hill has 395 yards rushing and three scores over the past two weekends.
Julius Thomas, TE, DEN Cold 12/23/2014 9:26:00 AM Description: Once again Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was in uniform, but didn't show up. Insight: Thomas caught just two of six targets for 33 yards. H'e been a playoff bust. Actually, he's done nothing for fantasy owners since Week 10.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN Hot 12/23/2014 9:22:00 AM Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders shook off the flu to catch six of seven passes for 70 yards and two scores. Insight: Sanders has been one of the best surprises of 2014, taking over the Eric Decker role in the Broncos offense and posting better numbers (95-1,331-9) than his predecessor.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN Hot 12/23/2014 9:20:00 AM Description: Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas caught just seven of 14 targets, but racked up 115 yards. Insight: Thomas posted his ninth 100-yard day in the last 12 games, but came up just short of the end zone. Still, he's put together a great season (103-1,504-11).
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN 12/23/2014 9:18:00 AM Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson worked very hard for his points versus the Bengals, mostly catching the football. Insight: Anderson rushed 18 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and caught eight of 10 targets for 55 yards. The Bengals defense forced Peyton Manning to check down to his running back more than usual.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN 12/23/2014 9:16:00 AM Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was completely off his game Monday night against Cincinnati. Insight: Manning still threw for 311 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes to Emmanuel Sanders, but he was also picked off four times. The rain didn't help, but it was a sieve-like offensive line that hurt the most.
T.J. Ward, SS, DEN 12/22/2014 11:21:00 PM Description: Broncos saftey T.J. Ward left Monday night's game against the Bengals with a neck injury. Insight: Ward suffered the injury in the middle of the fourth quarter. He is questionable to return.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 12/22/2014 10:07:00 PM Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green hurt his shoulder on a pick-six in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Broncos. UPDATE: Green returned after missing eight plays. Insight: The Andy Dalton throw was high, which exposed Green to a big hit. Green has not returned yet, but he is listed as questionable, and it appears he will come back into the game. Owners really need him back into the game for the last game of championship week.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN Cold 12/22/2014 7:19:00 PM Description: Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is active for Monday night's game. Insight: Sanders missed practice Saturday with the flu, but as expected, he will play. Despite a tough matchup, Sanders should be in every fantasy lineup.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN 12/22/2014 7:17:00 PM Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson is active for Monday night's game versus the Bengals. Insight: That isn't a surprise. He should be in every fantasy lineup as an RB1 or RB2 and could have a nice game against the generous Bengals run defense.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND 12/22/2014 5:40:00 PM Description: Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Indianapolis will play their starters in Week 17 versus the Titans according to the Indianapolis Star. Insight: Indianapolis will either be a No. 3 or 4 seed for the AFC playoffs, so there is very little to play for in Week 17, but the Colts are likely trying to build some momentum heading into the postseason. The Colts stars will be in play for fantasy purposes.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE 12/22/2014 4:27:00 PM Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is out for Week 17. Insight: It's obviously a little unfair to call Manziel a bust after two games, but he had an awful game versus the Bengals and then left with an injury versus the Panthers to end one of the worst seasons for an overhyped first-round pick. Again, it was one game, but he needs to dramatically improve his pocket presence and throwing technique which could be hard with an average arm at best. His big play ability is also somewhat limited because the speed of the NFL game is so much faster than college football. We do not expect Manziel to be the opening day starter for Cleveland next season.
Dwayne Allen, TE, IND 12/22/2014 4:23:00 PM Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen is questionable for Week 17 due to a sore knee. Insight: Allen had an MRI on the knee Monday and is being called day-to-day. He's caught eight touchdowns this season in just 29 receptions, but was shut out Sunday in Dallas.
Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI Cold 12/22/2014 4:22:00 PM Description: Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley could be benched in favor of rookie Logan Thomas fopr Week 17, according to local reports. Insight: Lindley was obviously not a recommended option against Seattle's top-notch defense Sunday night and finished the night 18-of-44 for 216 yards and one interception.
Logan Thomas, QB, ARI Cold 12/22/2014 4:18:00 PM Description: Local reports have rookie backup Logan Thomas as the Cardinals starter in Week 17. Insight: Based on what we saw Sunday night that seems to be a good move. Ryan Lindley had nothing going in the game, with an 18-of-44 for 216 yards and one interception line.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, CHI 12/22/2014 4:17:00 PM Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion against the Lions on Sunday and will miss Week 17 according to the Chicago Tribune. Insight: Clausen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Detroit defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah, but didn't miss a snap. Clausen, however, went to the hospital after the game. Jay Cutler will be back under center for Week 17 against the Vikings.
Robbie Gould, K, CHI 12/22/2014 1:40:00 PM Description: Bears kicker Robbie Gould sdaid he will not be ready for Week 17. Insight: Jay Feely will continue to kick for Chicago, but didn't have any field goal opportunities in Week 16 with Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. Of course, Feely didn't get any field goal tries the previous two games with Jay Cutler under center either.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, SEA 12/22/2014 1:36:00 PM Description: Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse injured a hamstring Sunday night and is doubtful for Week 17 according to coach Pete Carroll. Insight: Kearse has very little fantasy value as the second or third receiver on a running team. He has 38 receptions for 537 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI 12/22/2014 1:35:00 PM Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles' collarbone is healing normally, but he has not been cleared and will not play in Week 17, according to coach Chip Kelly. Insight: Mark Sanchez is showing why he's a backup quarterback and not a starter, but with nothing to play for, there is no reason to hurry Foles back into the lineup.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN Cold 12/22/2014 1:32:00 PM Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe injured a shoulder in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Insight: He had six receptions on eight targets for 57 yards. Given he has no touchdown catches this season, his 57 catches for 724 yards shrinks in value to fantasy owners.
Kenny Britt, WR, STL 12/22/2014 10:33:00 AM Description: Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt led the Rams in targets (11) receptions (9) and yards (103). Insight: Owners probably expected more of this over the first 15 games. He just needs to stay healthy and have a consistent quarterback.
Shaun Hill, QB, STL 12/22/2014 10:31:00 AM Description: Rams quarterback Shaun Hill threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Insight: Hill is not a fantasy-worthy quarterback over the long haul, but sometimes posts respectable numbers, like Sunday. Sam Bradford anyone?
Tre Mason, RB, STL 12/22/2014 10:29:00 AM Description: Rams running back Tre Mason rushed 13 times for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. Insight: Mason just didn't see the ball enough in this one as he did rush for a 5.8 ypc average,
Rueben Randle, WR, NYG 12/22/2014 10:28:00 AM Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle has been overshadowed by Odell Beckham Jr, but Sunday he was pretty good too. Insight: Randle caught six balls for 132 yards and a touchdown. The Giants passing game appeared unstoppable. We'd like to see more of this.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG Hot 12/22/2014 10:25:00 AM Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been the best receiver in the game over the past two months. Insight: Beckham had eight catches for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns on Sunday against the Rams. Over the past eight games he's amassed 1,014 yards (126.7 ypg) and eight touchdowns.
Andre Williams, RB, NYG 12/22/2014 10:23:00 AM Description: Giants running back Andre Williams rushed for 110 yards on 26 carries. Insight: That's his second 100-yard game in the last three contests. If he can somehow start to get involved in the passing game he could be a more consistent performance, but we like what we see of his running ability.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 12/22/2014 10:20:00 AM Description: Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a great day versus St. Louis at the perfect time for his fantasy owners. Insight: Manning went 25-of-32 for 391 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. That's six touchdowns and no turnovers over the past two games. Brother Peyton will be hard-pressed to match Sunday's numbers.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL 12/22/2014 10:17:00 AM Description: Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams a nom-factor of late, caught two touchdown passes. Insight: It was Williams' first double-digit game since Week 5. Cole Beasley had been much more active until this game.
Jason Witten, TE, DAL 12/22/2014 10:15:00 AM Description: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught seven of a team-high seven targets for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: It's no surprise that the passing game has picked up the past few weeks when Tony Romo has gone back to his reliable tight end.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL Hot 12/22/2014 10:13:00 AM Description: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant wasn't needed often in this blowout win over the Colts, but his 19-yard touchdown catch helpd blow the game open. Insight: Bryant can't be guarded by just defensive back. He caught all five balls for 73 yards and a score. Too bad the game wasn't closer so he could post bigger fantasy numbers.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL 12/22/2014 10:12:00 AM Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came through with a division title on the line, going 18-of-20 for 218 yards and four touchdowns. Insight: With a questionable DeMarco Murray (hand), Romo picked the perfect time for be nearly perfect. Cowboys fans will finally get to taste the playoffs. Fantasy owners liked it too.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL 12/22/2014 10:09:00 AM Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) was active for Week 16 and played like normal until Dallas put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Insight: Murray rushed 22 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. No, he didn't catch any passes, but it wasn't needed in the rout of Indianapolis.
Donte Moncrief, WR, IND 12/22/2014 10:08:00 AM Description: Colts rookie wide receiver Donte Moncrief was expected to see plenty of work with T.Y. Hilton sidelined, but it never happened. Insight: Moncrief caught just two balls for five yards. It didn't help that Andrew Luck had his worst day of the season and the Colts were done by halftime.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND 12/22/2014 10:06:00 AM Description: Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks saw the most targets, catching nine of 11 balls for 72 yards. Insight: Nicks took advantage of T.Y. Hilton's absence to post respectable numbers, but the entire Colts offense was simply ugly.
Dan Herron, RB, IND 12/22/2014 10:05:00 AM Description: Like his quarterback, Colts running back Dan Herron had a bad day in Dallas. Insight: Herron rushed for three yards on seven carries. He did catch three balls for 37 yards, but it was a disappointment after the past few weekends.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND 12/22/2014 10:03:00 AM Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck couldn't have picked a worst time for a clunker. Insight: Luck leads all fantasy scoring for the 2014 season, but has his worst day of the year, throwing for just 109 yards and two interceptions. And in Championship Week!
James Jones, WR, OAK 12/22/2014 10:02:00 AM Description: Raiders receiver James Jones caught just one of five targets. Insight: At least it was a touchdown pass, but it was a quiet day for the aging veteran.
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, OAK 12/22/2014 10:00:00 AM Description: Oakland receiver Kenbrell Thompkins made his first significant contribution of the season with five receptions for 90 yards. Insight: This one came out of nowhere and fantasy owners could not have expected it. Perhaps its a sign for next season.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK 12/22/2014 9:58:00 AM Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr was a solid game manager in the game against Buffalo. Insight: Carr did not throw an interception and threw for 214 yards and a pair of short touchdowns. He's not fantasy worthy at this time, but we see possibilities down the road.
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK 12/22/2014 9:56:00 AM Description: Raiders running back Latavius Murray continues to be a decent fantasy play afte posting 108 yards from scrimmage against a tough Buffalo defense. Insight: Murray had just four yards on his first seven carries, but turned it around and rushed for 86 yards on 23 carries. He's finally get the work he should have gotten all season.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF Cold 12/22/2014 9:55:00 AM Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) was active for Week 16, but his number wasn't called very often. Insight: Spiller rushed four times for minus four yards and caught all four targets for 14 yards. Fred Jackson was the primary running back as expected.
Scott Chandler, TE, BUF 12/22/2014 9:53:00 AM Description: Bills tight end Scott Chandler didn't do much until a fourth quarter touchdown reception. Insight: Chanlder is a TE2, at best, but did catch four balls for 37 yards and the score to be respectable.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF 12/22/2014 9:50:00 AM Description: Bills wideout Sammy Watkins caught an early 42-yard touchdown pass, but failed to add much to it over the final three quarters. Insight: Watkins continues to be boom-or-bust player as rookies frequently are. He ended up with three receptions for 75 yards.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF 12/22/2014 9:48:00 AM Description: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton benefitted from two fourth quarter drives, one in garbage time, to post solid fantasy numbers. Insight: Orton was 32-of-49 with 329 yards three touchdowns and two interceptions. Losing to Oakland was certainly unexpected, but Orton's passing totals were about what fantasy owners thought he could do against an Oakland defense that has yielded 405 points.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF 12/22/2014 9:46:00 AM Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson couldn't get anything going on the ground against Oakland, but his pass-catching worked saved fantasy owners. Insight: Jackson rushed six times for just 10 yards, but caught nine of 12 targets for 93 yards. The Bills were playing catch up and Jackson was the perfect safety value for QB Kyle Orton.
John Brown, WR, ARI 12/22/2014 9:45:00 AM Description: Cardinals third receiver John Brown led the team in receiving yards with 54 on three catches Sunday night. Insight: Brown, along with the rest of the Cardinals receivers, were hampered by the quarterback situation. Hopefully you didn't start any of them.
Michael Floyd, WR, ARI 12/22/2014 9:43:00 AM Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd caught just two of eight targets for 41 yards. Insight: Floyd, like Larry Fitzgerald, was handcuffed by the Cardinals quarterback situation and fantasy owners should not have started either player.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 12/22/2014 9:40:00 AM Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was targeted 11 times, but caught just four balls for 33 yards. Insight: Fitzgerald could do nothing against the stingy Seahawks secondary. That shouldn't surprise anyone given the Cardinals quarterback situation.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, ARI 12/22/2014 9:38:00 AM Description: Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams was a non-factor against Seattle Sunday night.
Insight: Williams had rushed for 175 yards over the previous two games, but didn't even get a chance in this one to the disappointment of fantasy owners who had jumped on the Williams bandwagon.
Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI 12/22/2014 9:37:00 AM Description: Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor did most of the running Sunday night, but couldn't produce. Insight: Taylor got the call 11 times, to just two for Kerwynn Williams and one for Marion Grice, but totaled just 19 yards for a 1.7 ypc average.
Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI 12/22/2014 9:35:00 AM Description: Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley started Week 16 versus Seattle and it turned out about as bad as you would expect. Insight: Lindley was obviously not a recommended option against Seattle's top-notch defense and finished the night 18-of-44 for 216 yards and one interception.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA 12/22/2014 9:34:00 AM Description: Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin caught seven of 11 targets for 113 yards. Insight: Although he's the No. 1 Seahawks receivers and their deep threat, he's not a consistent fantasy option. Sunday night against Arizona, however, he was pretty good.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 12/22/2014 9:29:00 AM Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn't start the game or even play in the first quarter, due to illness, but still managed to make fantasy owners happy. Insight: Lynch's 79-yard touchdown run wasn't guite as good as the 2010 playoff run against New Orleans, but it was close. He finished the day with just 10 carries, but 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Luke Willson, TE, SEA 12/22/2014 9:26:00 AM Description: Seahawks tight end Luke Willson scored twice, including an 80-yard score in the second quarter. Insight: The Seattle tight end caught three balls for 139 yards and will likely be the top fantasy tight end of the week. He picked a great time for it - Championship Week.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA Hot 12/22/2014 9:25:00 AM Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was unstoppable Sunday night against a supposedly very good Cardinals defense. Insight: Wilson made them look silly at times. He threw for 339 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 88 yards and a third score. On the rushing TD, two Cardinals defensers were standing right in front of him and didn't lay a glove on him.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ 12/21/2014 6:24:00 PM Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker was disappointing during Week 16's loss to the Patriots. Insight: After totaling 189 yards over his previous two games, Decker had only two catches for 21 yards on Sunday. He has not had the effect the Jets thought he would have in 2014.
Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ 12/21/2014 6:21:00 PM Description: Jets running back Chris Ivory posted a team-high 53 rushing yards in Week 16. Insight: He had 11 carries and did not contribute in the passing game. Chris Johnson recorded 30 yards on 10 carries and three yards on one catch.
Geno Smith, QB, NYJ 12/21/2014 6:18:00 PM Description: Jets quarterback Geno Smith was decent during Sunday's loss against the Patriots. Insight: He went 17-of-27 for 210 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It will be interesting to see if Smith is back in New York next season.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP 12/21/2014 6:17:00 PM Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski found the end zone in Week 16. Insight: It was his 12th score of the season. Gronkowski finished with six receptions for 31 yards. He is arguably the best tight end in the NFL.
Brandon LaFell, WR, NEP 12/21/2014 6:16:00 PM Description: Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell posted seve receptions for 64 yards on Sunday. Insight: LaFell had 10 targets, but could not take complete advantage with Julian Edelman sidelined. Owners definitely a little bit more.
Shane Vereen, RB, NEP 12/21/2014 6:14:00 PM Description: New England running back Shane Vereen recorded a team-high 38 rushing yards during Week 16's victory over the Jets. Insight: He did so on six carries abd aksi had one catch for 12 yards. Jonas Gray had six carries for only five yards, but found the end zone as well.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP 12/21/2014 6:13:00 PM Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was just okay on Sunday against the Jets. Insight: He went 23-of-35 for 182 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Owners would have liked to have seen a lot more.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT 12/21/2014 6:11:00 PM Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant had just one catch in Week 16. Insight: It was for 44 yards, but Bryant still has seven touchdowns in limited action this season.
Heath Miller, TE, PIT 12/21/2014 6:09:00 PM Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller recorded seven receptions for 68 yards on Sunday. Insight: He saw eight targets and took advantage. However, Miller is more of a TE2 with all the options in Pittsburgh.
Antonio Brown, WR, PIT 12/21/2014 6:08:00 PM Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown ihad another productive day during Week 16. Insight: Brown finished with seven receptions for 72 yards and a score. He is clearly one of the best wideouts in the NFL.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT 12/21/2014 6:07:00 PM Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell scored a touchdown on Sunday afternoon. Insight: That was the highlight of his day, as he rushed for 63 yards on 20 carries and had nine yards on one catch.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 12/21/2014 6:06:00 PM Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisbergerthrew for 220 yards during Week 16's win over the Chiefs. Insight: He was 18-of-25 and had a touchdown as well. Roethlisberger now has 30 touchdowns and just eight interceptions on the season.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN 12/21/2014 6:03:00 PM Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe battled through his illness for 57 yards. Insight: He had six receptions on eight targets. Albert Wilson led the Chiefs in receiving, with five catches for 87 yards.
Travis Kelce, TE, KAN 12/21/2014 6:02:00 PM Description: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce did not do much on Sunday. Insight: He had four receptions for 31 yards on seven targets. Kelce is a borderline TE1 for Week 17 for leagues that are still going.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN 12/21/2014 6:01:00 PM Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was extremely disappointing during Week 16. Insight: He had nine carries for 29 yards and five catches for 48 yards. Charles lost a fumble as well, making his day a bad one for fantasy owners.
Alex Smith, QB, KAN 12/21/2014 6:00:00 PM Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for 311 yards during Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Insight: However, he did not throw for a touchdown which obviously hurt owners. Smith is really more of a QB2, as he continues to be a game-manager.
Mike Evans, WR, TAM 12/21/2014 5:58:00 PM Description: Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans had a down week on Sunday versus Green Bay. Insight: Evans finished with four receptions for 49 yards on seven targets. It was just the second time over his past eight games that he was unable to find the end zone.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM 12/21/2014 5:56:00 PM Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson recorded a team-high 60 receiving yards on Sunday. Insight: He did so on three catches, and now is just nine yards shy of another 1,000-yard season.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM 12/21/2014 5:55:00 PM Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin did nothing in Week 16. Insight: He was dreadful, rishing 10 times for only 17 yards. Martin also did not contribute in the passing game either.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM 12/21/2014 5:54:00 PM Description: Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown was not good in Sunday's loss to the Packers. Insight: He went 12-of-26 for 147 yards and one interception. Tampa Bay needs to find a franchise quarterback.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP 12/21/2014 5:53:00 PM Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson rebounded from a poor Week 15. Insight: After only five catches for 55 yards last week, Nelson totaled nine receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 16.
Randall Cobb, WR, GBP 12/21/2014 5:52:00 PM Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb had a big game during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. Insight: Cobb finished with 11 catches for 131 yards on 14 targets. He is now over 1,100 yards on the season.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP 12/21/2014 5:51:00 PM Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy totaled over 100 yards in Week 16. Insight: He had 17 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown, along with one catch for fivemore yards. Lacy is an RB1.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP 12/21/2014 5:50:00 PM Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was efficient on Sunday, but passed for only one touchdown. Insight: He was 31-of-40 for 318 yards and a 108.1 passer rating. Owners however, expected more than one touchdown.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS 12/21/2014 5:48:00 PM Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was better on Sunday, but not as good as owners would have liked. Insight: He had six receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. Graham also just missed a second score, as he was stuffed at the goalline and eventually fumbled on the play.
Marques Colston, WR, NOS 12/21/2014 5:47:00 PM Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston recorded a team-high 80 receiving yards during Week 16's loss to the Falcons. Insight: Colston had six catches on 10 targets. He is not the player he once was.
Mark Ingram, RB, NOS 12/21/2014 5:46:00 PM Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram was able to find the end zone in Week 16. Insight: Good thing he did, because he had only 38 yards on 13 carries, along with 17 yards on three catches.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS 12/21/2014 5:45:00 PM Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a subpar afternoon on Sunday. Insight: He went 30-of-47 for 313 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Brees also lost a fumble and was sacked a total of five times.
Roddy White, WR, ATL 12/21/2014 5:44:00 PM Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White had six receptions on Sunday. Insight: He recorded 55 yards on nine targets. White lacks the seperation ability he once had, making him more of a WR3.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 12/21/2014 5:43:00 PM Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones looked completely healthy during Sunday's win against New Orleans. Insight: He had seven receptions for 107 yards on eight targets, and simply did not look limited at all.
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL 12/21/2014 5:42:00 PM Description: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had a team-high 36 rushing yards on Sunday. Insight: He did so on only five carries, and scored a touchdown as well. Freeman is not a recommended option.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 12/21/2014 5:40:00 PM Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a solid day during Sunday's win over the Saints. Insight: He went 30-of-40 for 322 yards and one score. Ryan has played well down the stretch and will now try and help Atlanta earn a playoff berth in Week 17.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR 12/21/2014 5:39:00 PM Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin had a team-high 47 receiving yards during Sunday's victory versus Cleveland. Insight: He did so on five catches. Benjamin is now just one yard shy of his first 1,000-yard season.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 12/21/2014 5:38:00 PM Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was invisible in Week 16. Insight: He saw only three targets, and caught just one pass for 21 yards. Olsen is still a TE1.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR 12/21/2014 5:37:00 PM Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart continued to have the hot hand with DeAngelo Williams sidelined. Insight: He rushed 24 times for 122 yards, and also had two catches for seven yards and a score. Those are RB1 numbers.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR 12/21/2014 5:36:00 PM Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looked healthy during Week 16's win over the Browns. Insight: He was very mobile, rushing 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Newton also threw for 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE 12/21/2014 5:35:00 PM Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continued to disappoint. Insight: He had only four catches for 45 yards on seven targets. Gordon did not have the impact many owners thought he would have.
Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE 12/21/2014 5:34:00 PM Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron caught an 81-yard touchdown pass on Sunday. Insight: He finsihed with three catches for a team-high 88 yards. So, obviously most of his damage was done on one play.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE 12/21/2014 5:33:00 PM Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell was the workhorse on Sunday. Insight: he rushed 16 times, while no other player had more than two carries. However, Crowell totaled only 55 yards on the ground.
Brian Hoyer, QB, PIT 12/21/2014 5:32:00 PM Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer came in relief of the injured Johnny Manziel, and threw for 134 yards. Insight: 81 of those yards came on a touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron. Hoyer also tossed an interception in limited action.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI 12/21/2014 5:30:00 PM Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery caught six passes for 72 yards during Sunday's loss against Detroit. Insight: He also had a touchdown to help out his fantasy owners. Jeffery recorded a team-high 15 targets as well.
Matt Forte, RB, CHI 12/21/2014 5:29:00 PM Description: Bears running back Matt Forte had a nice day on Sunday. Insight: He totaled 55 rushing yards and 40 receiving yards, and chipped in a score as well. Forte is a reliable RB1.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, CHI 12/21/2014 5:28:00 PM Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen threw two touchdowns during Sunday's loss to the Lions. Insight: Clausen threw for 181 yards and an interception as well, and actually did a decent job. He will likely start Week 17.
Golden Tate, WR, DET 12/21/2014 5:27:00 PM Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate had a subpar day on Sunday. Insight: Tate finished with five receptions for 62 yards on 10 targets. The fact that he is pushing 1,300 yards is very impressive.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET 12/21/2014 5:26:00 PM Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a team-high six receptions for 103 yards. Insight: Johnson has been on a tear of late, and continues to be one of the best wideouts in the game.
Joique Bell, RB, DET 12/21/2014 5:24:00 PM Description: Lions running back Joique Bell salavaged his day during the second half on Sunday. Insight: He had only three carries for five yards n the first half, but finished with 13 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown. Bell also had two catches for 13 more yards.
Reggie Bush, RB, DET 12/21/2014 5:23:00 PM Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush scored a touchdown in Week 16's victory against the Bears. Insight: It was just his second score of the year. Bush finished with 54 rushing yards on seven carries and 44 receiving yards on six receptions.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 12/21/2014 5:21:00 PM Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was quiet yet again in Week 16. Insight: He did not find the end zone, and totaled 243 yards and two interceptions. Pretty disappointing for a QB1 in the championship round.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU 12/21/2014 5:18:00 PM Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins saw 12 targets, but did not do much on Sunday. Insight: Hopkins finished with five receptions for 38 yards, but did look completely healthy after being questionable heading into the contest.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 12/21/2014 5:17:00 PM Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson had a team-high 65 receiving yards on Sunday. Insight: He did so on six catches, and looked to be completely healthy after missing Week 15 with a concussion.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU 12/21/2014 5:16:00 PM Description: Texans running back Arian Foster threw a touchdown pass during Week 16's win over the Ravens. Insight: It was his first-career pass, and he also had 25 carries for 96 yards and one catch for 23 additional yards.
Case Keenum, QB, HOU 12/21/2014 5:15:00 PM Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum managed the team to a victory. Insight: He went 20-of-42 for 185 yards and one interception, along with recording 19 rushing yards. Keenum will not be a recommended option for Week 17.
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL 12/21/2014 5:14:00 PM Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith had a nice afternoon during Sunday's loss to the Texans. Insight: Smith had five catches for 59 yards and two scores. He was the only Raven player to have a productive day.
Steve Smith Sr, WR, BAL 12/21/2014 5:13:00 PM Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. did not do much on Sunday. Insight: Smith finished with five receptions for 49 yards on 12 targets. He is 25 yards shy of 1,000 yards on the season.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL 12/21/2014 5:11:00 PM Description: Ravens running back Justin Forsett had his worst game of the season during Week 16. Insight: He had 10 carries for only 19 yards and four catches for 13 yards. Not what owners were hoping for from their likely RB1.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 12/21/2014 5:10:00 PM Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a terrible performance on Sunday. Insight: He went 21-of-50 for 195 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Flacco threw for only 27 yards in the first half and finished with a 41.7 passer rating.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA 12/21/2014 5:09:00 PM Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace scored two touchdowns during Sunday's victory over the Vikings. Insight: He caught five passes for 58 yards. Wallace has rebounded during his second season with the Dolphins, and now has 10 touchdowns overall.
Charles Clay, FB/TE, MIA 12/21/2014 5:06:00 PM Description: Dolphins tight end Charles Clay recorded a team-high 114 receiving yards in Week 16. Insight: He did so on six catches. Clay also had a team-high 10 targets, but is no more than a TE2.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA 12/21/2014 5:04:00 PM Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller came to life during Week 16. Insight: He had 19 carries for 92 yards and a score, along with five receptions for 58 more yards.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA 12/21/2014 5:02:00 PM Description: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a monster game on Sunday. Insight: He was 35-of-47 for 396 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Tannehill will be a borderline QB1 for Week 17, in leagues that are still going on.
Greg Jennings, WR, MIN 12/21/2014 5:01:00 PM Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings had a team-high 56 receiving yards during Sunday's loss to Miami. Insight: He did so on three receptions. Jennings hauled in a touchdown as well. He will be a candidate for release during the offseason.
Matt Asiata, RB, MIN 12/21/2014 5:00:00 PM Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored two touchdowns on Sunday. Insight: Asiata rushed 16 times for 58 yards, so the two scores were major for fantasy owners.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN 12/21/2014 4:58:00 PM Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 259 yards and two scores during Week 16's loss to the Dolphins. Insight: He was 19-of-26 and also rushed for 13 yards. Bridgewater will be an interesting option for the 2015 season.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE 12/21/2014 3:29:00 PM Description: Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel left Sunday's game during the second quarter. Insight: He will not return, and he threw for just 32 yards before exiting. Brian Hoyer will be the signal-caller with Manziel out.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 12/21/2014 3:25:00 PM Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has some sort of right knee injury, but is expected to return.. Insight: Roethlisberger is the glue that makes the Steelers engine run and without him they would be lost.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 12/21/2014 3:22:00 PM Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) is active for Week 16. Insight: Head coach Doug Marrone said this week's practice will dictate how much Spiller plays. We still like Fred Jackson to get the majority of the work, so leave Spiller on your bench.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL 12/21/2014 3:20:00 PM Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) is active for Week 16. Insight: That also means you have to start him, given he's been the best running back in the league all season, and hope he gives you a full 60 minutes.
Chad Greenway, LB, MIN 12/21/2014 3:12:00 PM Description: Vikings LB Chad Greenway left Sunday's game with a knee injury.
Insight: The extent of the injury is not yet known. Consider Greenway questionable to return.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND 12/21/2014 3:11:00 PM Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is inactive for Week 16 Insight: That's not great news for fantasy owners but the right move for the team that needs him for the playoffs more than for Week 16.
Percy Harvin, WR, NYJ 12/21/2014 3:08:00 PM Description: Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin suffered a rib injury and is questionable to return. Insight: Harvin had four catches for 44 yards and two runs for one yard. He has been a disappointment for the last two seasons.
Nick Mangold, C, NYJ 12/21/2014 2:02:00 PM Description: Jets C Nick Mangold left Sunday's game against New England with a left leg injury. Insight: He was carted off the field. Losing their best offensive lineman justs makes a bad offense worse.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP 12/21/2014 1:36:00 PM Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a left leg injury and apparently was ill Saturday and into today. Insight: We expect he'll tough it out with so much on the line.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP Hot 12/21/2014 12:06:00 PM Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy is active for Week 16. Insight: He has been dealing with an eye issue caused by his contacts. He's a must start having scored eight touchdowns in the past six games.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 12/21/2014 12:02:00 PM Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (concussion) is officially active for Week 16. Insight: No surprise here, but with DeAndre Hopkins active combined with the uncertainty at quarterback, Johnson is a borderline WR3.
Percy Harvin, WR, NYJ 12/21/2014 11:59:00 AM Description: Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin is dealing with an ankle injury, but is active for Week 16. Insight: Harvin has been a disappointment for the last two seasons and fantasy owners should not be depending on him for anything at playoff time.
Case Keenum, QB, HOU 12/21/2014 11:58:00 AM Description: The Texans still have yet to announce their starting quarterback for Week 16. Insight: Case Keenum is expected to get the nod, however, head coach Bill O'Brien has yet to confirm the reports. Whomever starts, Thad Lewis or Keenum, will be no more than a QB2.
Shane Vereen, RB, NEP 12/21/2014 11:58:00 AM Description: New England running back Shane Vereen (ankle) is active and expected to help pick up the slack for missing LeGarrette Blount. Insight: There was little doubt Vereen will suit up, but his impact is another story. With Blount and Julian Edelman sidelined, Vereen could be a key figure in the Pats offense.
Harry Douglas, WR, ATL 12/21/2014 11:56:00 AM Description: Falcons receiver Harry Douglas, who led the team with 10 catches for 131 yards in Week 15, returns to a backup role with Julio Jones and Roddy White starting. Insight: Douglas could still be viable if Jones is used as a decoy, but that's a high risk for fantasy owners to take in Week 16.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR 12/21/2014 11:56:00 AM Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will start yet again during Week 16. Insight: DeAngelo Williams is officially out, which comes as no surprise. Stewart will have RB2 upside.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 12/21/2014 11:55:00 AM Description: As expected, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (broken bone in right hand) is inactive for Week 16. Insight: Jonathan Stewart owners should be happy as the value of Stewart should jump with a full workload.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN Cold 12/21/2014 11:53:00 AM Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been battling illness, but is active for Week 16. Insight: Bowe, along with every other Chiefs receiver, still has not caught a touchdown this season. For that reason, Kansas City receivers are not good fantasy options.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN 12/21/2014 11:37:00 AM Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee) is officially out for Week 16. Insight: He was not a great option as is. Rhett Ellison will start in Rudolph's place.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR 12/21/2014 11:33:00 AM Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (back) is officially active for Week 16 against the Browns. Insight: We expect Newton to be limited in regards to his running game, but he will have an opporunity to produce with Joe Haden out. He is a borderline QB1.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 12/21/2014 11:22:00 AM Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (hip/oblique) is expected to play Sunday, according to Chris Mortensen. Insight: That still doesn't tell you if he'll be active in the offense or a decoy, but at least he will be out there in uniform. Harry Douglas and Roddy White get a reduction in their fantasy value, particularly Douglas.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU 12/21/2014 11:15:00 AM Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins is ready to play Sunday against Baltimore, according to NFL Networks' Ian Rapoport. Insight: Unfortunately we cannot recommend Hopkins as anything more than a WR3, with Case Keenum under center.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR 12/21/2014 11:13:00 AM Description: Fantasy owners should feel good about Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin heading into Week 16. Insight: Cam Newton is likely to play, and Joe Haden has been declared out. Benjamin will be a solid WR2 for the championship round.
Joe Haden, CB, CLE 12/21/2014 11:11:00 AM Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) will not play on Sunday, according to Espn's Jeremy Fowler. Insight: This is great news for Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin. Haden has been one of the best cover corners in the game during the second half of the season.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SFX 12/21/2014 10:20:00 AM Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree's disappointing season continued on Saturday night. Insight: He had only one catch for five yards. With loft expectations coming into 2014, Crabtree has just 64 receptions for 657 yards and four touchdowns.
Anquan Boldin, WR, SFX 12/21/2014 10:18:00 AM Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin had a team-high seven receptions for 61 yards in Week 16's loss to San Diego. Insight: Boldin should reach 1,000 yards, as he has 81 catches for 981 yards and four scores on the season.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX 12/21/2014 10:16:00 AM Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore turned back the clock on Saturday night. Insight: He rushed 26 times for 158 yards and a score, showing he still has some juice left in those legs. Gore now has 962 yards and four scores overall.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX 12/21/2014 10:15:00 AM Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did some damage on the ground during Week 16's loss to the Chargers. Insight: He had seven carries for 151 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run. Kaepernick also threw for 114 yards and another score to Bruce Ellington.
Malcom Floyd, WR, SDC 12/21/2014 10:13:00 AM Description: Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd caught the game-tying touchdown with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter during Week 16 versus San Francisco. Insight: He finished with four catches for 50 yards, and now has 49 receptions for 827 yards and six touchdowns on the season.
Antonio Gates, TE, SDC 12/21/2014 10:12:00 AM Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a nice night against the 49ers. Insight: He had seven receptions for 92 yards and two scores. Gates now has 65 catches for 754 and an impressive 12 touchdowns in 2014.
Eddie Royal, WR, SDC 12/21/2014 10:10:00 AM Description: Chargers receiver Eddie Royal benefited from the absence of Keenan Allen on Saturday night. Insight: He had team-highs of 10 receptions for 94 yards. Royal also found the end zone and had 12 targets. He is a reliable option for Philip Rivers.
Branden Oliver, RB, SDC 12/21/2014 10:07:00 AM Description: Chargers rookie running back Branden Oliver led the team in rushing during Saturday's win over San Francisco. Insight: He rushed 13 times for 53 yards and caught three passes for 28 more yards. If owners have anything to play for in Week 17, Oliver will be a borderline RB2 if Ryan Mathews is still sidelined.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDC 12/21/2014 9:58:00 AM Description: Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers led an impressive comeback in Week 16 against the 49ers. Insight: He threw for 356 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. Rivers did most of his damage in the second half, throwing for three of those scores. He has 31 touchdowns and 16 interceptions overall.
Brandon Flowers, CB, SDC 12/20/2014 10:24:00 PM Description: Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers left Saturday's game with a right ankle injury. Insight: He was stepped on by a teammate, but was able to return to the game.
Shareece Wright, CB, SDC 12/20/2014 10:07:00 PM Description: Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright left Saturday's game with a head injury. Insight: He is questionable to return. Brandon Flowers also exited the contest, leaving San Diego with two healthy corners.
Eric Reid, S, SFX 12/20/2014 9:22:00 PM Description: 49ers safety Eric Reid left Saturday's game with a head injury. Insight: He is being tested for a concussion, and is questionable to return.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, NEP 12/20/2014 8:38:00 PM Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) will not play on Sunday. Insight: Jonas Gray will see the bulk of the carries, with Shane Vereen continuing his normal third-down role.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP 12/20/2014 8:37:00 PM Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (concussion) will not play Sunday. Insight: This is a bit unexpected, but hopefully owners have a backup plan. Brandon LaFell will see a bump in value.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS 12/20/2014 7:56:00 PM Description: Washington receiver Pierre Garcon had a decent game Saturday versus Philadelphia. Insight: Garcon had four receptions for 61 yards, including a 23-yarder to set up the game-winning field goal.
DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS 12/20/2014 7:55:00 PM Description: Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson was unguardable during Week 16. Insight: He beat the Eagles deep on numerous times, and finished with four catches for 126 yards. He is arguably the best deep threat in the game.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS 12/20/2014 7:53:00 PM Description: Washington running back Alfred Morris had a nice game Saturday against the Eagles. Insight: He had 21 carries for 83 yards and a score. Darrel Young actually limited Morris' fantasy day, as he vultured two one-yard touchdowns away from him.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS 12/20/2014 7:52:00 PM Description: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III did enough to help the Redskins win during Week 16 against Philadelphia. Insight: He threw for 220 yards and one interception, while scrambling for 11 more yards. Griffin will be a QB2 for the final week of the season.
Riley Cooper, WR, PHI 12/20/2014 7:48:00 PM Description: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper caught two otwo touchdowns during Week 16. Insight: Cooper has been disappointing all season long, but managed to have a nice afternoon on Saturday. He had five receptions for 53 yards.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI 12/20/2014 7:47:00 PM Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin had four catches for 62 yards during Saturday's defeat to the Redskins. Insight: Not what fantasy owners wanted out of a WR1 during the championship round.
Zach Ertz, TE, PHI 12/20/2014 7:46:00 PM Description: Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught a franchise record 15 passes during Saturday's loss versus Washington. Insight: He had 115 yards and 18 targets. Owners have been looking for this production all season long.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI 12/20/2014 7:45:00 PM Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy totaled over 100 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. Insight: He had 22 carries for 88 yards and three catches for 28 yards. McCoy will continue to be an RB1 for Week 17 against the Giants.
Mark Sanchez, QB, PHI 12/20/2014 7:44:00 PM Description: Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez played very well during Week 16's loss to the Redskins. Insight: He was 37-of-50 for 374 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Sanchez also lost a fumble, but it was a nice fantasy day nevertheless.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX 12/20/2014 7:42:00 PM Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore (head) is officially active for Week 16. Insight: Carlos Hyde is out, so Gore should see a ton of carries.