Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 18, 2012 @ 05:45:10 PDT



QB | Ricky Stanzi | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs QB Ricky Stanzi could see playing time in the final two regular season games. "There's a possibility...we'll see what (QB Brady Quinn) looks like and then we'll make some decisions and go from there," head coach Romeo Crennel said Monday, Dec. 17. Quinn is dealing with an injury to his ribs.

QB | Terrelle Pryor | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he's unsure how much playing time they'll give QB Terrelle Pryor in the final two games. Allen said that will be determined on a game-by-game basis.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he has not decided whether QB Michael Vick will be the backup quarterback or the third-string quarterback in Week 16.

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano praised QB Josh Freeman, saying he will be fine with hard work. "Those who work hard and persevere will be fine, and Josh is one of those people," Schiano said.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he does not expect QB Aaron Rodgers' (ankle) ankle to be a major issue moving forward.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said QB Robert Griffin III (knee) will return when he gets the green light from doctors. Shanahan said Griffin will not be held back.

Running Back

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
In a game devoid of much in the way of fantasy stars, Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson had a solid performance. Johnson ran 21 times for 122 yards and a franchise record 94-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He did not have any receptions.

RB | Shonn Greene | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets RB Shonn Greene carried 13 times for 68 yards in the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans Monday, Dec. 17. Green also had two catches for just one yard.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure has scored eight touchdowns on 185 carries, but he has by far the most rushes of any NFL runner without a single carry of at least 20 yards.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, knee) expects to play in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens, but head coach Tom Coughlin is not ready to make that declaration just yet. "It's healing a lot quicker than expected," Bradshaw said Monday, Dec. 17. Coughlin said he hasn't been given medical information to say with certainty if Bradshaw will be ready.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall returned to the team Monday, Dec. 17, after serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

RB | Ronnie Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said there is a chance RB Ronnie Brown (hamstring) will be able to play Week 16.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said the team wants to work RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) out in practice Tuesday, Dec. 18, and the team isn't ruling him out for Week 16. Jones-Drew's pain has gotten better recently.

RB | Bryce Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said RB Bryce Brown will continue to see playing time even if RB LeSean McCoy (concussion) returns for the final two games of the season. "He needs to play. That's why I haven't sat him down because of the fumbles," Reid said of Brown, responsible for four turnovers in four starts. "I felt like he did miss a lot, he missed a lot of football. The thing he needs most is to be out there and playing and learning the game. He's wired the right way. This is a kid who doesn't want to make mistakes and drop the ball and that stuff. He's a responsible kid."

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur's job may be in jeopardy because his team became one-dimensional with the play calling in Week 15. The Browns threw the ball 35 times and only ran the ball 15 times. After scoring two touchdowns in the first half, RB Trent Richardson only had two carries for zero yards in the second half. "It's shocking," Richardson said. "But like I said, the game's much bigger than me. I've got to let Coach do what he does."

RB | Stevan Ridley | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley only received one snap after fumbling the ball in the third quarter of the team's Week 15 game. The lack of snaps may have occurred because the team had to throw the ball to get back into the game.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller needed 154 carries to reach 1,000 yards this season which makes him the fourth fastest rusher in NFL history to reach that mark in a single season.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has run for 1,313 yards in his last eight games, which is the most over an eight-game span in a single season in NFL history.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
In Week 15, new Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell ran some bunch formations and more stretch plays - plays that were a familiar part of the playbook with the Indianapolis Colts, Caldwell's former team; however, RB Ray Rice said the differences between Caldwell's game plan and former coordinator Cam Cameron's were minimal. "The plays were the same," Rice said. "The playbook was the same. Same play calls. We just didn't execute."

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) will be placed on Injured Reserve this week with a broken left clavicle.

Wide Receiver

WR | Nate Washington | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Nate Washington had four receptions for a game-high 62 yards in the Week 15 game against the New York Jets Monday, Dec. 17. WR Kendall Wright had 31 yards on three receptions, while WR Michael Preston added 31 yards on two catches.

WR | Braylon Edwards | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland had four catches for a team-high 53 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans Monday, Dec. 17. WR Braylon Edwards checked in with 47 yards on three catches to lead the wideouts, the only WR to have more than one reception. WR Jeremy Kerley managed just one catch for 11 yards.

WR | Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons | Draft, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark in Week 15, joining WR Roddy White in the club. They are the first pair of receivers to reach 1,000 yards in the same season since WRs Tony Martin and Terance Mathis did it in 1998. Jones and White have combined for 148 catches, 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

WR | Jordy Nelson | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the team will have a better handle on WR Jordy Nelson's (hamstring) availability for Week 16 Wednesday, Dec. 19.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (finger) downplayed the pain he played through in Week 15 and said he'll be ready to suit up again in Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints. "The finger feels fine," said Bryant, a third-year receiver with career high of 79 catches, 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. "I'm strapping up and playing New Orleans. I'm going to get that out there right now. I'm playing New Orleans. We're just going to be careful with it throughout the week and get ready for the game."

WR | Danny Amendola | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola (foot) said his foot felt good during the team's Week 15 game. He said he was able to warm up early which helped the foot.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson needs 181 yards to tie WR Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 receiving yards.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker (quadriceps, thigh) was spotted leaving the locker room following Week 15 with ice on his left quadriceps/thigh area, walking with a limp.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Updating a previous item, Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (appendix) had an emergency appendectomy Saturday, Dec. 15, not an operation on his sprained ankle, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. Harvin tweeted that he was having "minor surgery," though he did not reveal the nature of the procedure.

Tight End

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) was seen in the locker room Monday, Dec. 17, without a cast on the forearm he broke four weeks ago. Gronkowski would not comment about his availability for Week 16.

Place Kicker

PK | Steven Hauschka | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday, Dec. 17, that PK Steven Hauschka (undisclosed) is fine, although he appeared to be limping after a kickoff in the Week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills.

PK | Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the team is sticking with PK Mason Crosby. "When results aren't what you want, you have to choose which way to go. Our choice is to stick with Crosby," McCarthy said.

Defensive Line

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers DT Justin Smith (elbow) is dealing with an elbow injury. He tried to return in the team's Week 15 game after getting his arm wrapped, but he was unable to return.


LB | Terrell Suggs | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (biceps) left the game several times Sunday, Dec. 16, as he's playing through pain in his torn biceps muscle.


CB | Richard Sherman | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard Friday, Dec. 21.

CB | Antoine Winfield | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield (knee) sat out of the last couple of series in Week 15, but head coach Leslie Frazier said it was only as a precaution and not because of a setback.

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