Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Jaelen Strong entering draft (Mon Dec 22, 05:47 PM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Logan Thomas named starter (Mon Dec 22, 04:10 PM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Aaron Rodgers expects to be fine (Sun Dec 21, 11:56 PM) [jump to this story]
Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch good to go (Sun Dec 21, 10:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | More records for Odell Beckham (Sun Dec 21, 09:11 PM) [jump to this story]
Bears | Jay Cutler expected to remain with team (Sun Dec 21, 12:56 PM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Eddie Lacy fine for finale Mon Dec 22, 09:03 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye) went through a workout Monday, Dec. 22, and head coach Mike McCarthy said every indication is that he is fine.Link to story
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Colts | Andrew Luck to play in Week 17? Mon Dec 22, 09:02 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is expected to play in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans. Despite the fact the team has nothing to gain in the regular season finale, the team is generally speaking about playing to win against the Titans, as they look to build some steam heading into the postseason.Link to story
Andrew Luck player page
Bengals | A.J. Green getting checked out Mon Dec 22, 08:52 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (arm) is on the sidelines in the first quarter of the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos getting his right arm taped by the training staff.A.J. Green player page
Browns | Brian Hoyer is very sore Mon Dec 22, 07:42 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder) has no structural damage to his shoulder, but he is dealing with a significant bruise suffered in the Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, Dec. 22, that Hoyer is 'very sore.'Link to story
Brian Hoyer player page
Browns | Connor Shaw to see first team reps Mon Dec 22, 07:41 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw will get first-team reps in practice this week, and he is in line to start the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.Link to story
Browns | Rex Grossman unlikely to join Browns Mon Dec 22, 07:40 PM
Free-agent QB Rex Grossman (Redskins) is unlikely to join the Cleveland Browns for the Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens, as the two sides could not work out business logistics during Christmas week. The Browns have ruled out QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) for Sunday's game, and QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder) is nursing an injury, leaving QB Connor Shaw as the potential starter.Link to story
Rex Grossman player page
Broncos | No company for C.J. Anderson Mon Dec 22, 07:11 PM
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is expected to start in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22, and he does not have to worry about RB Ronnie Hillman (foot), who is inactive.Link to story
Ronnie Hillman player page
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders ready to play Mon Dec 22, 07:10 PM
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (illness) is active for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22.Link to story
Emmanuel Sanders player page
Broncos | Peyton Manning active for MNF Mon Dec 22, 07:07 PM
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) is active for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22.Link to story
Peyton Manning player page
Bengals | Week 16 Inactives Mon Dec 22, 07:05 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals have declared QB A.J. McCarron, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, DL Devon Still, LB Emmanuel Lamur, WR Greg Little, WR James Wright, OT Tanner Hawkinson inactive for Week 16.Greg Little player page
Devon Still player page
Broncos | Week 16 Inactives Mon Dec 22, 07:03 PM
The Denver Broncos have declared LB Brandon M. Marshall, TE Dominique Jones, OT Michael Schofield, OT Paul Cornick, DL Quanterus Smith, SS Quinton Carter, RB Ronnie Hillman inactive for Week 16.Quinton Carter player page
Ronnie Hillman player page
Brandon Marshall player page
Dominique Jones player page
Quanterus Smith player page
Colts | Dwayne Allen undergoes MRI Mon Dec 22, 07:03 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (knee) underwent an MRI on his knee Monday, Dec. 22, and is considered day-to-day, according head coach Chuck Pagano.Link to story
Dwayne Allen player page
Browns | Terrance West buried on depth chart Mon Dec 22, 06:50 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West was behind RBs Isaiah Crowell and Shaun Draughn in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers, because Crowell and Draughn had a better practice week than West, according to head coach Mike Pettine.Link to story
Shaun Draughn player page
Colts | T.Y. Hilton expected to play Mon Dec 22, 06:44 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 17, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.Link to story
T.Y. Hilton player page
Browns | Andrew Hawkins in a splint Mon Dec 22, 06:24 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thumb) left after the team's Week 16 game with a splint on his right thumb, and he couldn't move his thumb at all while getting dressed.Link to story
Andrew Hawkins player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski plays in all snaps Mon Dec 22, 06:21 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played in all 61 of the team's offensive snaps in Week 16 against the New York Jets, showing that he is completely healthy at season's end. TE Tim Wright played in only seven snaps in the first half compared to 25 in the second half with the team going to a faster tempo on offense.Link to story
Rob Gronkowski player page
Packers | Aaron Rodgers does some work Mon Dec 22, 06:16 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) was able to do some work Monday, Dec. 22, and is sore, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
|Footballguys view: The team should take it easy on Rodgers during this week of practice. McCarthy said the team will see what Rodgers will be able to do Tuesday, Dec. 23. With a win over the Lions in Week 17, the Packers will secure a first-round bye in the playoffs.|
Aaron Rodgers player page
Patriots | Danny Amendola plays heavy snaps Mon Dec 22, 06:15 PM
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola played 44 of the team's 61 offensive snaps in Week 16 against the New York Jets with WR Julian Edelman (concussion) sidelined. Amendola played a season-low 12 offensive snaps in Week 15. The team's receivers struggled to gain consistent separation with Edelman out of the lineup.
|Footballguys view: Amendola was able to get more time and targets because of the injury to Edelman. When Edelman returns, Amendola will go back to being an afterthought in the game plan for the Patriots.|
Danny Amendola player page
Cardinals | Jonathan Cooper has new cast Mon Dec 22, 06:12 PM
Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist) has a new cast, and head coach Bruce Arians said the team will determine if Cooper can play in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, Dec. 24.Link to story
Cardinals | Drew Stanton won't play in Week 17 Mon Dec 22, 06:11 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) will not be ready to start in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: We'll see strong-armed rookie Logan Thomas as the starter this week. The team is hoping that Stanton can be ready to play in the team's first playoff game, whether it's in the wild card or divisional round. Stanton had some swelling in his right knee after a practice last week, but the swelling went down quickly.|
Drew Stanton player page
Chiefs | Darin Drakeford cut Mon Dec 22, 06:01 PM
The Kansas City Chiefs released LB Darin Drakeford from their practice squad Reserve/Injured list.
NFL | Two players clear waivers Mon Dec 22, 06:00 PM
Miami Dolphins LB Jake Knott and Seattle Seahawks TE Rashaun Allen cleared waivers Monday, Dec. 22, and are free to sign with any team.Jake Knott player page
Browns | Christian Tupou signs Mon Dec 22, 05:51 PM
The Cleveland Browns re-signed DT Christian Tupou to the practice squad Monday, Dec. 22.Link to story
Redskins | Colin Lockett added to practice squad Mon Dec 22, 05:48 PM
The Washington Redskins signed free-agent WR Colin Lockett (Bengals) to their practice squad Monday, Dec. 22.
NFL | Jaelen Strong entering draft Mon Dec 22, 05:47 PM
Arizona State junior WR Jaelen Strong will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Strong has the ability to make difficult catches seem routine. At 6'3" he make for a great target in the red zone and on downfield routes. Strong could be a top-20 selection and a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Panthers | A.J. Klein may be able to play Mon Dec 22, 05:34 PM
Carolina Panthers LB A.J. Klein (ankle) may have a chance to play in Week 17, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers need all hands on deck in Week 17. If they beat the Falcons, they win the NFC South and head to the playoffs.|
A.J. Klein player page
Falcons | Two injured players undergoing tests Mon Dec 22, 05:32 PM
Atlanta Falcons CB Josh Wilson (hamstring) and SS William Moore (shoulder) were scheduled to undergo more tests Monday, Dec. 22, after suffering injuries in Week 16.Link to story
Josh Wilson player page
William Moore player page
Falcons | Jon Asamoah expected back Mon Dec 22, 05:24 PM
Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.Link to story
Vikings | Kyle Rudolph may play Mon Dec 22, 05:18 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) will be active for the team's Week 17 game if he is healthy enough to play, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
|Footballguys view: The Vikings are looking towards next year, so there's no need to rush Rudolph out there if he's not at full strength.|
Kyle Rudolph player page
Chargers | Make two roster moves Mon Dec 22, 05:12 PM
The San Diego Chargers placed OG Johnnie Troutman (knee) on Reserve/Injured Monday, Dec. 22, and re-signed OT Kenny Wiggins.Link to story
Vikings | Chad Greenway's status uncertain Mon Dec 22, 05:09 PM
Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway's (knee, personal) status for Week 17 is uncertain because of his knee injury.Link to story
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Redskins | Trent Murphy unlikely to play Mon Dec 22, 05:09 PM
Washington Redskins LB Trent Murphy (hand) is considered a longshot to play in Week 17 after he suffered a broken bone in his hand in Week 16.Link to story
Jets | Nick Mangold has sprained ankle Mon Dec 22, 05:08 PM
New York Jets C Nick Mangold (ankle) has a bad ankle sprain, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Mangold injured the ankle in Week 16 and did not return. It is more than likely that Mangold will miss the final game of the year.Link to story
Jets | Percy Harvin has sore ribs Mon Dec 22, 05:06 PM
New York Jets WR Percy Harvin (ribs) is extremely sore, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Harvin left the team's Week 16 contest and did not return.
|Footballguys view: Harvin has been banged up quite a bit since he was added by the Jets. We'll likely see him limited in practice this week, and his status for Week 17 is up in the air right now.|
Percy Harvin player page
Chiefs | Dwayne Bowe has sprained shoulder Mon Dec 22, 04:51 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (shoulder) is dealing with what the team is calling a sprained shoulder, and his availability for Week 17 against the San Diego Chargers is in question. However, head coach Andy Reid is optimistic that Bowe will be able to play in the season finale. Bowe missed all of practice last week while dealing with the flu and still caught six passes for 57 yards in Week 16. "Knowing Dwayne, he doesn't miss much,' Reid said. "I think he'll be OK once it's all said and done here. We've got a little different schedule because of Christmas and we'll practice tomorrow. It will be a stretch for him to practice to be able to do that tomorrow but as the week goes on, he'll be there.'
|Footballguys view: Bowe may not play in Week 17...and fantasy owners won't notice. Bowe is an unexciting fantasy option, and he's unlikely to see many lineups even if he does play against the Chargers this week.|
Dwayne Bowe player page
Chiefs | Albert Wilson emerging for KC Mon Dec 22, 04:45 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Albert Wilson played 58 of the team's 66 offensive snaps in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he had five catches for a team-high 87 yards in the loss. He has emerged as the team's best receiving threat in recent weeks, and he has 12 catches for 209 yards in the last three contests.
|Footballguys view: Dynasty owners need to keep an eye on Wilson here. The Chiefs don't have a good group of wide receivers, but Wilson has been their best. We expect the Chiefs to address the position this offseason through the draft and/or free agency.|
Chargers | Philip Rivers' injury not career-threatening Mon Dec 22, 04:40 PM
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back), who is playing with a bulging disc in his back, isn't dealing with a career-threatening injury if he continues to play, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Rivers is expected to play in Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he may sit out of practice Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23, to rest.
|Footballguys view: Rivers was on fire in Week 16. We should see him limited during practice this week, but he should be able to play against the Chiefs in Week 17. The Chargers could sneak into the playoffs with a win over the Chiefs, so Rivers could be on fire again this week.|
Philip Rivers player page
Chargers | No updates on Johnnie Troutman, Shareece Wright Mon Dec 22, 04:38 PM
San Diego Chargers OG Johnnie Troutman (knee) and CB Shareece Wright (concussion) have no injury updates heading into Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs.Link to story
Shareece Wright player page
Chargers | Keenan Allen, Ryan Mathews could return Mon Dec 22, 04:34 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) and RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) could return to the lineup for Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Mathews has missed the last two games with a severe ankle sprain, and he hasn't practiced at all since his injury.
|Footballguys view: Getting both players back would be huge for the Charges. Allen is the team's best receiver, and he gives the team a threat on the outside. Mathews is their best running back, and his punishing style can soften up an opposing defense.|
Ryan Mathews player page
Keenan Allen player page
Browns | Connor Shaw promoted Mon Dec 22, 04:33 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Monday, Dec. 22. He will take first-team repetitions this week, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
|Footballguys view: This is looking more and more like Shaw will be the starter for the Browns this week. Athletic but not a great passer, Shaw could struggle in Week 17 against the Ravens.|
Chargers | Dontrelle Inman rises to the occasion Mon Dec 22, 04:32 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman caught the first seven catches of his career for 79 yards in the team's Week 16 win over the San Francisco 49ers with WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) sidelined. The team is confident in the youngster, as evidenced by QB Philip Rivers' decision to throw to him on a fourth down with the game on the line.
|Footballguys view: Inman came out of Virginia undrafted in 2011. The Jaguars gave him a look, but Inman went to the CFL where he was a standout player for the Toronto Argonauts for two years. Inman has good size (6'3") and the concetration to make tough catches.|
Seahawks | Jermaine Kearse, Tharold Simon unlikely to play Mon Dec 22, 04:16 PM
Seattle Seahawks OT Russell Okung (lung) will return to practice this week, according to head coach Pete Carroll. However, the team is uncertain about the statuses of C Max Unger (ankle), WR Jermaine Kearse (hamstring) and CB Tharold Simon (shoulder) are uncertain for Week 17 against the St. Louis Rams. Kearse appears unlikely to play in the season finale, and Simon could also be doubtful with a dislocated shoulder.Link to story
Jermaine Kearse player page
Seahawks | Russell Wilson coming off career game Mon Dec 22, 04:14 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was 20-for-31 for a career-high 339 passing yards in the Week 16 win over the Arizona Cardinals, and he was 12-for-17 for 264 yards and two touchdowns against five or more pass rushers. Wilson was 7-for-11 for 150 yards and a touchdown throwing outside the pocket and 10-for-14 for 194 yards and a TD on play action.
|Footballguys view: More than just a game manager, Wilson is playing at a high level as the Seahawks approach the playoffs.|
Russell Wilson player page
Titans | Sign Ri'shard Anderson Mon Dec 22, 04:12 PM
The Tennessee Titans re-signed free-agent CB Ri'Shard Anderson to the practice squad Monday, Dec. 22.Link to story
Cardinals | Logan Thomas named starter Mon Dec 22, 04:10 PM
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Logan Thomas has been named the starting quarterback for Week 17, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: Thomas has a rocket arm, but he has little control as a passer. He's incredibly athletic and can pick up plenty of yards as a rusher. We're not expecting much from the Cardinals offense with Thomas as the starter.|
Browns | Johnny Manziel done for the year Mon Dec 22, 04:06 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is out for the rest of the year due to a hamstring injury suffered in Week 16, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
|Footballguys view: Not a way to end your rookie season. Manziel looked bad in two starts for the Browns. He finishes 2014 going 18-of-35 passing for 175 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Manziel also chipped in with nine carries for 29 yards and one rushing touchdown. We'll see if he puts in the time and dediction to improve his craft. Manziel is a long way from contributing at a high level, and the Browns could be interested in taking another quarterback in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Johnny Manziel player page
Lions | Nick Fairley making progress Mon Dec 22, 03:39 PM
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) is making progress in his rehab from knee surgery, but his status for Week 17 is uncertain, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
|Footballguys view: The Lions have a big game against the Packers in Week 17. Having Fairley on the field would benefit the Lions defense, but he might not be ready. Caldwell also said Fairley could be a candidate for the Reserve/Injured list.|
Nick Fairley player page
Browns | Connor Shaw could start this week Mon Dec 22, 03:27 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw could start the final week of the season with QBs Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and Johnny Manziel (hamstring) nursing their respective injuries. The first step would be for the team to activate Shaw from their practice squad.
|Footballguys view: Wow....just wow. Shaw was a decent college quarterback at South Carolina, but we don't think he's ready for the NFL. Shaw is an athletic quarterback who does a good job on short/timing throws. He lacks the arm strength to threaten a defense deep, and too often Shaw lets himself take massive hits in the pocket.|
Bears | Willie Young will have surgery Mon Dec 22, 03:05 PM
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears DE Willie Young (Achilles') will need surgery on his torn left Achilles', according to head coach Marc Trestman. The timetable for his return is unclear.Link to story
Willie Young player page
Falcons | Steven Jackson undergoes MRI Mon Dec 22, 02:53 PM
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is believed to have underwent an MRI to determine the severity of his injury.
|Footballguys view: With a win, they're in the playoffs. The Falcons have a huge game against the Panthers in Week 17. The initial reports are that the injury is not serious, so expect to see Jackson in the lineup.|
Steven Jackson player page