QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 15. He remained in the game, but he will likely be sore this week.
QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (hand) had his right hand wrapped with ice after the Week 15 game against the St. Louis Rams. Brees suggested Sunday, Dec. 15, after the game that the injury was not serious.
QB | Matt McGloin | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen pulled QB Matt McGloin in Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Allen said Sunday, Dec. 15, that McGloin will start in Week 16 against the San Diego Chargers.
QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning tossed a career-high five interceptions in the Week 15 game against the Seattle Seahawks, and he tied a career-high with his 25th interception this season. He is also tied for the single-season franchise record with 25 picks in a season.
QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck picked up his 20th career win in the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans, tying Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Atlanta Falcons WR Matt Ryan for the fourth-most wins in a quarterback's first two NFL seasons since 1970. Luck has nine touchdowns and just one interception in four career games against the Texans.
QB | Alex Smith | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed 17 of his 20 pass attempts for 287 yards, five touchdowns and a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the Week 15 game against the Oakland Raiders.
QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) completed 22 of his 31 pass attempts for 265 yards for three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns. He also tested his ankle by running three times for 11 yards.
Cutler looked good against a solid pass defense, and made it through with no apparent setbacks from the ankle injury which kept him out for four games. Cutler is a must-start fantasy option heading into Week 16.
QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Draft, Fantasy
Some NFL executives believe the St. Louis Rams could release QB Sam Bradford this offseason if they get the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Rams are said to be very comfortable with Bradford and likely would use the top pick on a different position. Bradford is scheduled to make $14 million in 2014 and $13 million in 2015, but the Rams do not have to pay him any more guaranteed money.
QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III thinks head coach Mike Shanahan will not return as the team's head coach in 2014. Griffin has told teammates as much.
RB | Zac Stacy | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy posted 133 rushing yards on 28 carries in the Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints, giving him a total of 854 yards on the season. He has three 100-yard rushing games this season, and he is the third rookie in franchise history with at least 800 rushing yards, joining former RBs Jerome Bettis and Eric Dickerson in the elite club.
RB | Trent Richardson | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson posted a season-high and team-leading 64 rushing yards in the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans. He also had four receptions for 38 yards, including his first receiving touchdown of the season and just the second of his career.
RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles carried eight times for just 20 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Oakland Raiders. He also added eight receptions for a career-high 195 yards and four receiving touchdowns. With the five total touchdowns, Charles tied a franchise record.
Fantasy owners who started Charles are likely on their way to the championship game, or are moving on in their playoffs. Those playing against Charles are likely muttering his name after having their championship hopes dashed.
RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) is active for the Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
RB | Toby Gerhart | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Sunday, Dec. 15, he thought RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) would play in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the team was concerned about the chance of Gerhart injuring the hamstring if he tried to accelerate.
RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Sunday, Dec. 15, that he expects RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) to return in Week 16.
Matt Asiata posted three rushing touchdowns in Week 15 with Peterson and Toby Gerhart each sidelined, but Peterson would obviously get the bulk of the carries if active.
RB | Matt Asiata | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed 30 times for 51 yards and three touchdowns in Week 15.
RB | Peyton Hillis | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis (head) is in the locker room being evaluated for a potential concussion suffered in Week 15's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
RB | Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown (neck) left the Week 15 game with a stinger.
RB | Chris Ogbonnaya | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya will start at running back Week 15 in place of RB Willis McGahee (concussion).
RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game.
Jordan Todman will get most of the work at running back this week. Owners should consider Todman as a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option.
WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (head) will be tested for a concussion Monday, Dec. 16, after a vicious hit in Week 15. He was woozy on the sideline and didn't feel well after the game.
WR | Justin Hunter | Tennessee Titans | , Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Damian Williams was deactivated for the Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a team rules violation. With WR Justin Hunter also inactive for the same reason, the team counted on WRs Kenny Britt and Michael Preston. "(Hunter and Williams) broke some team rules," head coach Mike Munchak said Sunday, Dec. 15. "The consequence was that they didn't suit up today."
WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday, Dec. 15, that the team hopes to have WR Tavon Austin (ankle) back for the Week 16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) was unable to return to the Week 15 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a concussion and knee injury. Head coach Tom Coughlin was uncertain if Cruz would be able to return for the final two regular season games.
WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle did not have a catch in the Week 15 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
WR | Jerrel Jernigan | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan led the team in Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks with a career-high seven receptions for 67 yards.
WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton posted a career-high five receptions in the first quarter of the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans, and he finished with a career-high eight grabs for 78 yards. He needs just one catch in the final two games to pass former WR Bill Brooks for the fourth-most catches in a player's first two seasons.
WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree had five receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I just want to play. I feel like I got to catch up. Everybody keeps trying to slow me down, and telling me to chill. I don't feel like chillin', I feel like playing," Crabtree said Sunday, Dec. 15. "I feel like catching touchdowns, catching balls, and making plays."
WR | Greg Jennings | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings had 11 receptions for a season-high 163 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. It was the first 100-yard game of the season for Jennings.
WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson posted just four receptions for 18 yards in the Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Johnson needs one more catch for 100 on the season.
WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson had 10 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown in Week 15.
WR | Julian Edelman | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman had 13 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in Week 15.
WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) is active for the team's Week 15 game.
White should be started in all fantasy leagues this week.
WR | Vincent Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) is active for the team's Week 15 game.
Jackson should be started in all fantasy leagues this week.
WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game.
TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hip) left the Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a right hip injury, and he is questionable to return.
TE | Jeff Cumberland | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland had three receptions for a team-high 50 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers. He has four touchdowns this season which mark a new single-season career high.
TE | Brandon Bostick | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers TE Brandon Bostick (foot) left the Week 15 game against the Dallas Cowboys due to a foot injury, and he will not return.
TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez had team-highs with six receptions, 62 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 game against the Washington Redskins. Gonzalez also went over 15,000 receiving yards for his career, joining former WRs Isaac Bruce, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice in the elite club.
TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game.
TE | Garrett Graham | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game.
PK | Nick Folk | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets PK Nick Folk converted all three of his field goal attempts in the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers, including a season-long 54-yard effort. He is perfect on each of his nine attempts from between 30 and 39 yards this season.
PK | Mike Nugent | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals P Kevin Huber (jaw) suffered a fractured jaw in the first quarter of the Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he will not return. PK Mike Nugent is handling the punting chores in Huber's stead.
OT | Charles Brown | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
New Orleans Saints OT Charles Brown was benched in the third quarter of the Week 15 game against the St. Louis Rams.
OT | Marcus Gilbert | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (knee, leg) left the Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter due to an apparent right knee or leg injury. He was engaged in a block and had his leg rolled into by another player. He walked off under his own power.
OT | Nate Solder | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots OT Nate Solder (head) left the Week 15 game and will not return.
DL | Robert Quinn | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams DE Robert Quinn recorded his 15th sack of the season in the Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints. He also has seven forced fumbles this season. Quinn is the first Rams player with at least 15 sacks in a single season since former DE Kevin Carter accomplished the feat in 1999.
DL | Sheldon Richardson | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson was used near the goal line in the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers, rushing two times for one yard and his first career rushing touchdown.
DL | Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson (illness) is feeling better and expects to play in the team's Week 15 game. Johnson was added to the injury report Saturday, Dec. 14, after experiencing some flu-like symptoms.
LB | James Harrison | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals LB James Harrison (head) was taken to the locker room near the end of the first quarter of the Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to be evaluated for concussion. The team said his return is doubtful.
LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) left the Week 15 game against the Washington Redskins due to a knee injury.
LB | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis had a strip sack which led to a safety in the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans. He now has 16.5 sacks on the season, breaking the single-season franchise record previously held by DE Dwight Freeney (Chargers). Mathis also moved past Freeney on the team's all-time sacks list, giving him 108 for his career.
LB | Geno Hayes | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Geno Hayes (knee) suffered a knee injury during the team's Week 15 game but was able to return.
LB | Kiko Alonso | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills LB Kiko Alonso (knee) is active for the team's Week 15 game.
CB | Joe Haden | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (hip) suffered a hip pointer in the Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears, according to head coach Rob Chudzinski. The coach said the team will know more about the severity after Haden is evaluated Monday, Dec. 16.
CB | Brandon Flowers | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers (groin) suffered a groin injury in the second quarter of the Week 15 game against the Oakland Raiders. He was taken to the locker room, and is considered questionable to return.
SS | Mark Barron | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (hamstring) is questionable to return to Week 15's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
FS | T.J. Ward | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns defense allowed 38 points in the Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears, but they were able to amass two sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. FS Tashaun Gipson had a 44-yard interception return for touchdown, and FS T.J. Ward managed a 51-yard fumble return for score.
OC | Kyle Shanahan | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has decided he can no longer work for head coach Mike Shanahan and is likely to start on his own path in 2014.
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