Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Tuesday, Dec. 24

by KFFL Staff on December 24, 2013 @ 04:49:50 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Terrelle Pryor | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The agent for Oakland Raiders RB Terrelle Pryor is angry that head coach Dennis Allen is starting his client in the Week 17 game against the Denver Broncos. Pryor's agent said Monday, Dec. 23, that he feels starting Pryor was the move of a desperate coach setting a young quarterback up to fail. "I think they're putting him in hopes that he fails," Stanley said. "That's what I think coach is doing. I think they're putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so he can then justify (starting QB Matt McGloin previously). I think that's what going on, I do and it's ridiculous."

QB | Tyler Thigpen | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys will work out free-agent QB Tyler Thigpen (Chiefs) with QB Tony Romo (back) unlikely to play in Week 17.

QB | John Skelton | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent QB John Skelton (Titans) will work out for the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, Dec. 24.

QB | David Carr | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys will host free-agent QB David Carr (Giants) for a workout Tuesday, Dec. 24.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and will need to undergo surgery.

QB | Case Keenum | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said QB Case Keenum (thumb) has not been ruled out for Week 17 and will be evaluated during practice this week. Phillips indicated QB T.J. Yates could start over QB Matt Schaub if Keenum is not able to play.

QB | Kyle Orton | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Dallas Cowboys have not made a final determination about QB Tony Romo's (back) status for Week 17, but QB Kyle Orton likely will start the game.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he does not think QB Joe Flacco's (knee) injured knee is 100 percent at this point and that he had to fight through the injury during the team's Week 16 game.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the team would like to name the starting quarterback for Week 17 sooner rather than later. McCarthy said the team needs to see QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) practice before they make a decision.

QB | Matt Cassel | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback Week 17.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the team will see how QB EJ Manuel (knee) will do during practice Tuesday, Dec. 24, before deciding if he will be able to play Week 17. Marrone did not guarantee that Manuel will play in the game.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) tweaked his ankle in the second quarter of the team's Week 16 game, but is expected to be fine. Head coach Ron Rivera does not believe Newton will miss a practice.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was reconfirmed the starter for Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.

The matchup against Green Bay isn't terrible, but Cutler hasn't hit full stride in a season that was interrupted by injuries. He has the weapons, but the offensive line took a step back in Week 16. Consider him a low-end QB1 if you're still playing.


Running Back

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was defending the fact that the team ran just three times in the entire second half in Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills. "I just did not feel at any point of those 12 carries our longest run was three yards," Sherman said Monday, Dec. 23. "We really haven't had many explosive runs this year which is not good, we need to continue to build towards that. A lack of productivity in the run game caused me to veer off into another direction." RB Lamar Miller had just three totes for eight yards, while RB Daniel Thomas averaged less than a yard per carry, rushing for six yards on nine runs.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team will monitor RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) during practice this week to determine if he will be able to play Week 17.

RB | Michael Cox | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants RB Michael Cox could start at running back Week 17 if RBs Andre Brown (concussion) and Peyton Hillis (concussion) are not able to play.

RB | Deji Karim | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans RB Deji Karim (clavicle) will miss the rest of the season because of a broken clavicle.

RB | Jonathan Grimes | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes will be the starting running back Week 17.

Owners looking to add a running back can consider adding Grimes and putting him in their starting lineup this week.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said RB Eddie Lacy's (ankle) ankle is sore at this point, and the team will not know his Week 17 status until they practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

Owners should monitor Lacy's practice participation this week to get a better idea of his status for Week 17.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) came out of the team's Week 16 game in good shape, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Andre Brown (concussion) felt good on the trip home, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin said that does not mean anything though about his status.


Wide Receiver

WR | Quinton Patton | San Francisco 49ers | , Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers rookie WR Quinton Patton is operating as the team's No. 3 wideout in the Week 17 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 23, with WR Mario Manningham (illness, knee) inactive.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said WR Percy Harvin (hip) will not practice this week but is rehabbing his injury at the team's facility.

Harvin hasn't gone for a follow-up MRI exam on his hip, and it's highly unlikely he plays this weekend. There is a good chance he won't be back for a postseason run, too. If you're still playing, Harvin can be dropped for someone more useful in the final week.

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WRs Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon are options to start at wide receiver Week 17 if WR Steve Smith (knee) is not able to play.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders' (knee) MRI exam showed no serious damage after he missed the second half of the team's Week 16 win over the Green Bay Packers. He is being diagnosed with a sprained lateral meniscus. Sanders has a chance to play in Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said WR Randall Cobb (leg) will increase his practice participation this week. Cobb is still on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) should return in time for the postseason. Smith is dealing with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said WR Stevie Johnson (personal) could miss Week 17 because his mother's funeral will be Friday, Dec. 27.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team will see how WR Calvin Johnson (knee) is during the week before deciding if he will play Week 17.

Owners should monitor Johnson's practice participation this week and have a backup plan in case Johnson is held out of the game.


Tight End

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, ESPN's Mike Tirico reports that San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (eye) was having his eyes flushed out on the sidelines in the second quarter of the Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 23. He has since returned to the game.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) has not been cleared, according to head coach Rob Chudzinski.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jake Long | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Monday, Dec. 23, that OT Rodger Saffold will start at left tackle in Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks with OT Jake Long (knee) sidelined.

OT | Russell Okung | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said OT Russell Okung (toe) is expected to play Week 17 but likely will have to deal with soreness in his toe.


Guard

OG | Carl Nicks | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe, foot) has visited with several doctors in the last few weeks and is planning to see a foot specialist to determine why he's suffering from similar symptoms to those he had last year when he went on the Injured Reserve with a toe ailment. His issues aren't related to a MRSA infection, though. Nicks may be dealing with nerve damage that has affected his strength and sensation in his foot. "I will just have to deal with it my whole life," Nicks said. "I would lie if I told you it didn't affect me at all. It affects the way I walk, the way I stand around. I have to stand a certain kind of way. It is something I just have to deal with. I don't want to get into taking painkillers and not knowing if it is hurting." He's received mixed messages as to whether he will be able to play again.


Defensive Line

DL | Phil Taylor | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 16 and will be re-evaluated this week.


Linebacker

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shananan said Monday, Dec. 23, that more will be known on the status for LB Brian Orakpo (groin) Wednesday, Dec. 25.

LB | Vontaze Burfict | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and TE E. Alex Smith (concussion) will participate in the concussion protocol this week.

LB | Audie Cole | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings LB Audie Cole (ankle) will miss Week 17 because of the high ankle sprain.

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Sean Lee (neck) will miss the rest of the season because of his neck injury.

LB | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb) broke his thumb again in Week 16.

LB | Von Miller | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) will have surgery to fix the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in two to three weeks, and he faces a recovery period of six to nine months, meaning he'll miss the team's offseason program and likely some of training camp next year. Miller might go for a second opinion on his knee. He wasn't using crutches after the Week 16 game and said he didn't have much pain in his knee. LB Nate Irving played in Miller's spot after he was injured, but DE Robert Ayers also saw action opposite DE Shaun Phillips.

LB | Jason Worilds | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (flu) is feeling better after missing the Week 16 game with the flu. He'll likely be limited in practice this week with LB Jason Worilds (abdomen). Worilds is dealing with an abdominal injury that kept him limited in the second half of Week 16. LB Chris Carter started at right outside linebacker in place of Jones.

LB | Geno Hayes | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Geno Hayes (knee) and DT Roy Miller (shoulder) both will be monitored throughout the week, according to head coach Gus Bradley.


Cornerback

CB | Johnathan Joseph | Houston Texans | Injury
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (toe) will undergo surgery on the torn ligament in his toe.

CB | Joe Haden | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (hip) aggravated a hip pointer in the team's Week 16 game, according to head coach Rob Chudzinski. The team will see how he feels during the week.


Strong Safety

SS | Roman Harper | New Orleans Saints | Injury
New Orleans Saints SS Roman Harper will likely replace FS Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) in the starting lineup for the rest of the year.

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