Two Minute Warning - Week 15
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups.
After last week's blizzard-like conditions around the northeast, the weather will be much less a factor in Week 15. A chance of light rain in Jacksonville and Tampa, cold snowy weather in Cleveland and a slight chance of snow in Pittsburgh are the only blemishes on what looks like a great day/night of football.
Below is the latest information to help you make your last-minute decisions.
Jay Cutler, Chicago - Cutler will start for the first time in a month and will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders after backup Josh McCown played great over his past three starts (1,055 passing yards, nine TD passes, one INT). Cutler had better get off to a good first half or we could see a quick hook.
Matt Flynn, Green Bay - Another week of will he or won't he from Aaron Rodgers ends in the All-Pro sitting again. Flynn has done nothing to excite fantasy owners and his start also hurts the value of his receiving corps.
Carson Palmer, Arizona - Palmer was limited in practice for the second consecutive week, but is expected to be ready when the whistle blows. His game against St. Louis wasn't up to the previous three-game standard, but he's still a viable fantasy option against Tennessee.
Running Backs -
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota - Just the fact that there is a possibility "All- Day" will play in Week 15 is another reason to be amazed by this physical specimen. Peterson's still feeling pain in his foot and though he's being called a game-time decision fantasy owners should expect that he won't play. Toby Gerhart is dealing with a hamstring injury and will also be a game-time decision. If neither play the, Matt Asiata and newly signed from the practice squad Joe Banyard would handle the workload. If "AP" or Gerhart isn't in the lineup, fantasy owners should stay away. LATEST UPDATE - Peterson and Gerhart are inactive.
Reggie Bush, Detroit - He's questionable after last weekend's debacle in Philadelphia. The calf injury left him limited in practice this week, but he should be ready to play Monday in the warm comfort of the Lions' dome stadium.
Rashad Jennings, Oakland - Jennings returned from a concussion on Wednesday and barring a late problem should be the workhorse back for the Raiders. Start him.
Shane Vereen, New England - He might be the best play of the weekend at running back and that's acknowledging that he could run for less than 50 yards. Vereen was the do-everything receiver for Tom Brady last weekend, catching 12 balls for 153 yards and with Rob Gronkowski out should again be Brady's primary weapon. He's a must start.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay - Lacy says his ankle feels pretty good and that's enough for us. He'll get plenty of work against a Dallas defense without Sean Lee and fantasy owners should install him in their lineups.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville - We don't expect MJD to be out there is Week 15 which should leave the job to Jordan Todman. Though Todman hasn't run for more than 31 yards this season, he could get the job done in today's game, but that's a huge gamble to make in the middle of the fantasy playoffs. LATEST UPDATE - MJD is inactive.
Wide Receivers -
Josh Boyce, New England - Kenbrell Thompkins has been ruled out for Week 15. Aaron Dobson has also been ruled out and Gronkowski is on IR. That doesn't leave many options. Boyce caught three balls for 49 yards last week and could be in for more work this Sunday.
Percy Harvin, Seattle - There will be no Harvin in the lineup this week and it appears that those who gambled a roster spot on him will have nothing to show for it. LATEST UPDATE - Harvin is inactive.
Denarius Moore, Oakland - Moore practiced this week and may finally get back into the lineup after missing three games. If he does, the value of Rod Streater and Andre Holmes will take a big hit. This we likely be a game-time decision.
Roddy White, Atlanta - Just when we were getting excited about what White has done the past two games, he injures his knee and is questionable. We can't be sure which White will show up on Sunday. LATEST UPDATE - White is active.
Michael Floyd, Arizona - He was limited in practice, but is expected to play against Tennessee. His last game was his worst in a month, but he should rebound.
LaVon Brazill, Indianapolis - Brazill likely won't play after not practicing all week which should leave most of the targets to T.Y. Hilton, Da'Rick Rogers and Coby Fleener. We like Rogers better than the other two choices. LATEST UPDATE - Brazill is inactive.
Tight Ends -
Rob Gronkowski, New England - In case you have been on vacation, or away from an Internet connection, Gronkowski is done for the season. The Pats' don't have a tight end to replace him or even come close, so they will use running back Vereen more often than not.
Garrett Graham, Houston - He is not expected to play and with Owen Daniels still not ready the job will go to Ryan Griffin and Jake Byrne. Neither is fantasy worthy. LATEST UPDATE - Graham is inactive.
Jordan Reed, Washington - Reed will not play making it more difficult for new starter Kirk Cousins. Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis will carry the workload, but neither would seem to be able to rise to the level of fantasy starter. LATEST UPDATE - Reed is inactive.
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta - Gonzalez hasn't cracked the 100-yards mark since Week 4, but he has put the ball in the end zone the past two games. Washington has been vulnerable to the tight end - start him. LATEST UPDATE - Gonzo is active.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee - Before getting hurt (concussion), Walker's stock was rising. If he's back he's worthy of a start.
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