Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Friday, Dec. 20

by KFFL Staff on December 20, 2013 @ 13:34:54 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said he's not feeling pressure heading into the team's Week 16 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. "No, I feel pretty good," Cutler said. "I feel kind of at ease. We've got a real good plan this week I think. The guys on offense are playing at about as high of a level as I think you could play around me, so it makes it easy for me. Just find the open guy."

Cutler is facing a 31st ranked Eagles pass defense, which should bode well for his upside in championship weekend. Consider him a midrange QB1.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) has been officially ruled out of the team's Week 16 game.

Not much of a surprise here, Matt Flynn will get the start in Week 16 for the Packers.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) has been ruled out for the team's Week 16 game.

QB | Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles said he has worked on some mechanical adjustments. "Keep a good base (when on the move.) Keep your left shoulder down and drive the football," Foles said. "Sometimes when there's some pressure in your face, I'll throw off my back foot, my shoulder will rise a little bit, and the ball will sail. I know in that situation, I'll have to sidestep or do something where I can drive the ball downward to where my receiver gets the opportunity to catch the ball."

QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
With 7,673 passing yards in 30 regular-season starts, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck needs 248 for the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons. Carolina's Cam Newton had 7,920 in 2011-12 and the Colts' Peyton Manning had 7,874 in 1998-99. Also, Luck has 20 wins, tied for fourth-most by a QB in his first two seasons. Seattle's Russell Wilson has 23 with two games to play while Ben Roethlisberger had 22 in 2004-05 and Dan Marino 21 in 1983-84.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.


Running Back

RB | Daryl Richardson | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson (thigh) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is questionable for Week 16. CB Janoris Jenkins (back) did not practice and is probable. OT Mike Person (illness) and LB Will Witherspoon (illness) fully practiced and are probable.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) returned to practice in a limited fashion Friday, Dec. 20, but is questionable for Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals. "Based on what we saw (Wednesday), we should be fine. Unless something comes up that I don't foresee, he should be ready to go," head coach Leslie Frazier said. Peterson said he is regaining strength in his foot and he feels better. Frazier is optimistic that RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will play, too.

AD needs to be in your lineup with all the marbles on the line in Week 16, even if he is somewhat limited and yields some snaps to Gerhart.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

It looks like Lacy will be able to play this week and should be considered a solid starting option at running back.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is questionable for Week 16.

It seems as though the Jags are leaning toward resting MJD another week. If he doesn't play, Jordan Todman will be the lead back again and could be considered as a flex play against a poor Tennessee Titans run defense.

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

Jackson probably should be considered a flex option for most owners this week.

RB | Willis McGahee | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Willis McGahee (concussion, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

RB | Peyton Hillis | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

RB | Bobby Rainey | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey has five touchdowns in his last six games entering the Sunday, Dec. 22, contest against the St. Louis Rams.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno needs only 61 yards for the first 1,000-yard season of his career.

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has 912 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in the last eight games vs. the New Orleans Saints, who Carolina faces this week.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles heads six Chiefs players who are among the leading vote getters at their positions for the 2014 Pro Bowl game. Charles ranks third among all NFL players with 825,345 votes, trailing only Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (1,227,068) and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (1,049,811). The other Chiefs who lead their positions are OLB Tamba Hali (293,303); OT Branden Albert (209,068), and P Dustin Colquitt (156,655). OG Jeff Allen (171,074) and SS Eric Berry (149,759) rank second at their positions.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (ankle, knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

RB | Andre Ellington | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (finger) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

RB | Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown (neck) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 19.

Brown should be able to play against the Kansas City Chiefs after dealing with a neck stinger. However, the Colts' offensive line isn't giving him much help. Don't expect anything to change in Week 16. Brown is a flex play, at best.

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec 19.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (knee, ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (foot) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 19.

The Chargers have gained more confidence in recent weeks in giving Mathews a sizeable workload over Danny Woodhead, and he's responded with productive games. That shouldn't change against an Oakland Raiders team that should allow him to have another nice day. Keep Mathews in your lineups.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (thigh) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.


Wide Receiver

WR | Demaryius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.

Johnson probably will be able to play, but owners should check the inactive list to check his availability. Johnson should be started in every leagues if he plays.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) was participating in the practice session open to the media Friday, Dec. 20.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

Sanders should be considered a solid No. 3 wide receiver option this week.

WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is questionable for Week 16.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

WR | Kenbrell Thompkins | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WRs Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) are both expected to return in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens. An official announcement on whether they will play will come Saturday, Dec. 21, after they go through a medical check. WR Josh Boyce (ankle) hasn't practiced all week and will not play this weekend. However, Boyce's injury doesn't look to be too serious.

There is more opportunity in the Patriots' offense with Rob Gronkowski back, but both Dobson and Thompkins are tough to predict. It wouldn't be very wise to rely on either this weekend. If you must, consider them both flex plays in deeper leagues.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (finger) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (personal) has been ruled out for the team's Week 16 game.

WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) returned to practice Friday, Dec. 20.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to sit out the final two regular season games and return for the playoffs.

Welker can be dropped in all single-year formats.

WR | A.J. Green | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green has 1,268 yards receiving entering Week 16 of the regular season, which is 172 yards shy of Chad Johnson's club mark from 2007.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston has six touchdowns in the past four games against the Carolina Panthers, this week's opponent.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) did pass his concussion tests earlier this week.

WR | Cole Beasley | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley is expected to have a bigger role in the offense Week 16 because of the injuries to WR Terrance Williams (hamstring) and WR Dwayne Harris (hamstring). Beasley said he expects to run some different routes this week.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (ankle, wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (illness, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Dexter McCluster | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Michael Floyd | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Terrance Williams | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Keenan Allen | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.


Tight End

TE | Julius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

Joseph Fauria likely will receive most of the playing time at tight end with Pettigrew out. Fauria could be a flex option for desperate owners in many leagues but would be a better option in leagues that use two tight ends.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 20.

TE | Kellen Winslow | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (abdomen) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

It appears that Gresham will be able to play this week and could be a weaker flex option for desperate owners.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) did not practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.

TE | Greg Olsen | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) fully practiced Friday, Dec. 20, and is probable for Week 16.

TE | Zach Miller | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ribs) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars CB Alan Ball (shoulder), S Johnathan Cyprien (thigh), WR Jeremy Ebert (ankle), LB Geno Hayes (knee) and DT Roy Miller (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 19. S Josh Evans (shoulder), TE Marcedes Lewis (thigh) and LB Paul Posluszny (groin) were limited. DE Jason Babin (non-injury), DT Sen'Derrick Marks (non-injury), C Brad Meester (non-injury), OG Austin Pasztor (groin) and LB Nathan Stupar (neck) practiced in full.

TE | Garrett Graham | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 19.

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