Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 31, 2012 @ 07:31:25 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said he believes in competition at quarterback, hinting the team may look for someone to compete with QB Josh Freeman.

QB | Terrelle Pryor | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor displayed leadership, poise and heart in his Week 17 start, despite completing just 13-of-28 passes. Although he is still somewhat raw, Pryor may have shown enough to receive a shot at starting for the Raiders 2013, particularly if he shows strides in the offseason.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Draft, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker combined for 10 of QB Peyton Manning's 14 touchdowns on throws more than 10 yards downfield this season.

QB | Russell Wilson | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was 8-of-9 passing for 173 yards on throws outside the pocket in Week 17.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (rib) suffered a cracked rib on his left side in the Week 17 loss against the Washington Redskins. He suffered the injury in the second quarter, but was able to finish the game. He ended up completing 20 of his 37 pass attempts for 218 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, dropping to 1-6 in his career in elimination games.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder) will have surgery in the near future to repair his non-throwing shoulder, sources familiar with the situation said Sunday, Dec. 30. The surgery is expected to sideline Locker for several months, but there is a chance he might participate in minicamps in May.

QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan set a new team single-season touchdown record in Week 17 with 32 TD passes, breaking the record previously held by QB Steve Bartkowski.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill set franchise records with 282 completions, 484 attempts and 3,294 passing yards.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle, ribs) is scheduled to undergo X-rays on his ankle and ribs Monday, Dec. 31, after suffering injuries in Week 17.

QB | Chad Henne | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne went 25-for-41 for 298 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions against the Tennessee Titans in Week 17.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went 15-for-23 for 134 yards and three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in Week 17.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning went 13-for-21 for 208 yards and a career-high five touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.

QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck went 14-for-28 for 191 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Houston Texans.

QB | Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub went 24-for-36 for 275 yards and two interceptions in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 24-for-42 for 272 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Chicago Bears in Week 17.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the team limited QB Robert Griffin III's (knee) running in Week 16 because of his knee injury but will allow him to run more if needs to in Week 17.

QB | Kirk Cousins | Washington Redskins | Draft
The Buffalo Bills may try to acquire Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins this offseason if the scouting staff believes that Cousins is significantly better than any of the quarterback prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Redskins have indicated they would be open to listening to offers for Cousins.


Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis spoke with RB Darren McFadden at midseason about reaching out to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and telling him what type of running plays McFadden liked. The Raiders tried to mix in more power-running plays as McFadden struggled with Knapp's zone-blocking scheme. McFadden finished the season with just 707 yards rushing and 3.3 yards per carry. Knapp is expected to be relieved of his duties this week.

RB | Alfred Morris | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris became the first player in Week 17 to ever run for 200 yards and score three touchdowns in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, and the sixth rookie to do so since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

RB | Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells dressed for the Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers, but he never left the sideline. Earlier in the week, Wells had said he was going to be "auditioning" for 31 other teams in Week 17, and said he expected to be released or traded in the offseason.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson carried 21 times for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, finishing with 1,243 yards, the third-highest total of his career.

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson dispelled retirement rumors Sunday, Dec. 30, after the Week 17 regular season finale against the Seattle Seahawks. "I definitely plan on coming back," Jackson said.

RB | Mike Goodson | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Mike Goodson was ejected from the Week 17 game against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter for his part in a fracas with Chargers LB Takeo Spikes.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson led the NFL in yards after contact, posting 1,019 yards after being hit. He led by a wide margin, as Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie RB Doug Martin was second on the list at 683 yards.

RB | Doug Martin | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin finished second in the NFL in 2012, posting 683 yards after contact. Only Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (1,019 yards) was better.

RB | Brian Leonard | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB Brian Leonard was the team's leading rusher in Week 17 with 10 carries for 34 yards, getting the bulk of the work with RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (hamstring) injured during pre-game warm-ups. If Green-Ellis cannot go in the AFC Wild Card game against the Houston Texans, Leonard and RB Cedric Peerman appear in line to carry the load.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller rushed for 59 yards on 24 carries against the New York Jets in Week 17. He also caught two passes for 72 yards and one touchdown in the game.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.

RB | Montell Owens | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Montell Owens (knee) is among the team's inactives for their Week 17 contest versus the Tennessee Titans because he experienced discomfort in his knee during pregame warm-ups.

RB | Pierre Thomas | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) has been placed on Injured Reserve.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) said he would not miss any mandatory offseason work. Jones-Drew's lengthy holdout this season over his contract lasted nearly to Week 1.


Wide Receiver

WR | Demaryius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Draft, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker combined for 10 of QB Peyton Manning's 14 touchdowns on throws more than 10 yards downfield this season.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 17 game against the Washington Redskins. He returned briefly in the second half before departing for good.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) was forced out of the Week 17 game against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter due to back spasms. He had to be helped into the showers after the game, and left the stadium in a wheelchair.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree had eight receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 17 win against the Arizona Cardinals. Crabtree became the first 49ers player since former WR Terrell Owens in 2003 to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

WR | Lance Moore | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore finished with a career-high 1,041 yards receiving, second on the team behind WR Marques Colston with 1,154.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore finished with a career-high 1,041 yards receiving, second on the team behind WR Marques Colston with 1,154.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson became the second player in league history with three seasons of 100 or more catches and 1,500 or more yards. He joins former Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison as the only player to ever accomplish that feat.

WR | Jordy Nelson | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) left the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings due to a knee injury, but he was able to return and haul in the game-tying touchdown.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson caught six passes for 111 yards against the New York Jets in Week 17.

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle caught four passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.

WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton caught four passes for 111 yards and one touchdown in Week 17 against the Houston Texans.

WR | Earl Bennett | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett caught five passes for 109 yards and one touchdown against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle, knee) is not active for Week 17.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin, along with LB Terrell Suggs, DT Haloti Ngata and OT Marshal Yanda, is inactive for the team's final regular season contest, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace (hamstring, hip) will not only miss the first game of his career in Week 17, but he will finish the season on Injured Reserve after being placed on the list Saturday, Dec. 29.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald shrugged off how difficult it was to have had four different quarterbacks when asked about it this week. "Probably not as difficult as it would be to play with six," Fitzgerald said. Despite just 69 grabs for 785 yards, a down year by his standards, Fitzgerald was named a Pro Bowl alternate.

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins may consider placing the franchise tag on impending free-agent WR Brian Hartline if they are not able to reach an agreement on a new contract before the start of free agency.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he is not worried about not having a new contract at this point because his representatives are in negotiations with the team. "I think we're still moving in the right direction. It's a negotiation. Everything's not gonna happen the way you want it to. We're just going back and forth, and hopefully we'll get things squared away," Cruz said.


Tight End

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (concussion) was active in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals, but he managed just one catch for five yards. He left the game early with several other starters to get a rest.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) was active in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins, and he finished with two receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. However, he reportedly used his left forearm gingerly throughout the game. "I was out there having a good time with my teammates. It was a blast being back out on the field," Gronkowski said Sunday, Dec. 30.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis caught seven passes for a career-high 103 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 17.


Place Kicker

PK | David Akers | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers PK David Akers misfired on two more field goal attempts in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals. He set an NFL record with 44 field goals last season, but he managed to hit just 29 of his 42 attempts this year. "I don't know what we have to (do). We'll evaluate the position," head coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday, Dec. 30. "It's his job to make the field goals. And it's not to his standard."

PK | Shayne Graham | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans PK Shayne Graham set the single-season franchise record for points with 138 points, breaking the previous record of 135 set by former PK Neil Rackers in 2011.


Defensive Line

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers DT Justin Smith (arm) will get two weeks to get healthy, as the team earned a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. The team will host their divisional game Saturday, Jan. 12, at 5:00pm PST.

DL | Rob Ninkovich | New England Patriots | Injury
Updating a previous report, the hip injury to New England Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich (hip) is a big concern, and he will be more fully evaluated Monday, Dec. 31. The initial outlook doesn't appear encouraging, as he required substantial assistance to reach the sidelines after going down in significant pain.

DL | Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson finished the season with a career-high 12.5 sacks.

DL | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans DT J.J. Watt managed four solo tackles in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts, but he did not record any sacks. He finishes the regular season with 20.5 sacks, two under the NFL single-season record.

DL | John Abraham | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham (ankle) left the game early Week 17 because of an ankle injury and is considered questionable.

DL | Brett Keisel | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (knee) and CB Keenan Lewis (knee) suffered knee injuries in Week 17 and neither will return.


Linebacker

LB | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware (shoulder) was severely limited in the Week 17 game against the Washington Redskins, and he said Sunday, Dec. 30, that he will have surgeries on his right shoulder and elbow, injuries which have affected him for weeks.

LB | Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith had a favorable matchup against a dinged up Arizona Cardinals offensive line in Week 17, but he had just two solo tackles and none for sacks. He finishes the regular season with 19.5 sacks, three under the NFL single-season record. "I'm 23 years old. I'm only getting better," Smith said Sunday, Dec. 30.

LB | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (undisclosed) left the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings briefly due to an undisclosed injury, but he was able to return.


Cornerback

CB | Cortland Finnegan | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh) was limited in Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks, and not playing in the team's base defense. Finnegan was used only in nickel situations.

CB | Antoine Winfield | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield (hand) left the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers after aggravating his hand injury.

CB | Sean Smith | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins may consider placing the franchise tag on impending free-agent CB Sean Smith if they are not able to reach an agreement on a new contract before the start of free agency.


Strong Safety

SS | Madieu Williams | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins SS Madieu Williams (shoulder) was able to return in the second quarter of the Week 17 game against the Dallas Cowboys after leaving earlier due to a shoulder ailment.


Free Safety

FS | Harrison Smith | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith (shoulder) left the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers due to a right shoulder injury.

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