Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Friday, Dec. 27

by KFFL Staff on December 27, 2013 @ 09:32:47 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is expected to be ready for offseason training activities.

QB | Case Keenum | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said he hopes to decide on the starting quarterback for Week 17 after practice Friday, Dec. 27. QB Case Keenum (thumb) and QB Matt Schaub split reps with the starting offense during practice Thursday, Dec. 26. Keenum said he is preparing as if he will start.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said QBs EJ Manuel (knee) and Thaddeus Lewis split reps with the first-team offense during the team drills Thursday, Dec. 26.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ankle, elbow) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

Tannehill is expected to play against the New York Jets this weekend. The Jets' impressive D-line going agianst a porous offensive line in Miami could spell trouble, though. Only use Tannehill as a second QB in leagues that start two signal callers.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

Even if Manning doesn't play a full game, he could easily build up stats that will be good enough to win you a fantasy championship in Week 17.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

The Buffalo Bills provide Brady with a nice matchup to finish up the regular season with something still left to play for. Consider him a midrange QB1 in your fantasy championship.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26, and his knee doesn't appear to be an issue heading into the team's Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "He's fine," head coach Sean Payton said. "He had a right knee bruise. There's nothing more to it than that. And yet, we thought it was best we limited the amount of snaps he's getting. ... We just felt like we had a day to do that." Brees showed no signs of his knee affecting him in practice the last two days.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

The Packers have already announced that Rodgers will finally make his return to the field in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears. The fact that Green Bay's medical staff is very cautious means that Rodgers is as close to 100 percent as possible. The matchup is a good one, too, making Rodgers a decent play as a QB1, depending on your other options. Rust may be the biggest question mark at work here.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

Newton's ankle is fine; He practiced in full Wednesday, as well. Against the Atlanta Falcons, expect him to bounce back in a big way from his Week 16 showing. Consider Newton a strong option as a QB1 to close out the regular season.


Running Back

RB | Toby Gerhart | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) is not expected to play Week 17 because he aggravated his hamstring injury in the team's Week 16 game.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) could play Week 17 even if he does not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 27. McCarthy said he expects Lacy to practice Friday.

RB | DeMarco Murray | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray said he is prepared to handle more carries Week 17 because of the injury to QB Tony Romo (back). "I'm preparing like I do any other week. I'm working hard, making sure I know my assignments and knowing my keys and things of that nature, so I'll be ready," Murray said.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Dennis Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Dennis Johnson (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Pierre Thomas | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (eye) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (finger) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Chris Ivory | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (quadriceps, ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Joique Bell | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (groin) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson feels like he's still one of the more dynamic running backs in the league, and he said he will not take a pay cut to remain with the team after this season. Johnson is scheduled to make $8 million next year. "No way. I don't feel like it's all my fault. It's a team effort," Johnson said when asked if he'd take a pay cut. Johnson has only one 100-yard game this season.

RB | Willis McGahee | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Willis McGahee (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

Bench McGahee in all formats. He isn't receiving enough touches to be valuable for fantasy purposes.

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ribs) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

F-Jax played through cracked ribs in Week 16 and topped 100 yards. He should be fine for the season finale against the New England Patriots, who are vulnerable to the run. Jackson is still splitting touches with C.J. Spiller, but he'll be a decent play to close out the year.

RB | Jacquizz Rodgers | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 26. CB Robert Alford (ankle) and WR Darius Johnson (ankle) were limited. C Peter Konz (neck) practiced in full.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (thigh) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Peyton Hillis | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Andre Brown (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.


Wide Receiver

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (personal) and S Aaron Williams (ribs) aren't practicing Friday, Dec. 27. Neither are expected to play in Week 17.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) said he is getting better but is not sure if he will be able to play Week 17.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks has caught only one pass in the red zone so far this season. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said does not believe opposing defenses have played Nicks differently than last season.

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle (knee) said he is determined to play Week 17 even though he is dealing with a knee injury.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent WR Kenny Britt said he expects to be a No. 1 receiver for a team next season. "I am going to be a No. 1 receiver somewhere else if I am not here next year, and that is guaranteed," Britt said Thursday. "I am definitely going to be a receiver that makes plays on Sundays and makes something happen for a team."

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (concussion) probably will not play Week 17 because of his concussion.

Bowe's extra snaps could go to Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins, but they are stretches to help you win a fantasy championship in Week 17.

WR | A.J. Jenkins | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (concussion) probably will not play Week 17 because of his concussion.

Bowe's extra snaps could go to Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins, but they are stretches to help you win a fantasy championship in Week 17.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) said he expects to play Week 17 even though he did not practice Thursday, Dec. 26. Bryant said he will allow a specialist look at his back this offseason.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (ankle, wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (back) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said WR Randall Cobb (leg) did well during practice Thursday, Dec. 26, and is making good progress. Cobb will be reevaluated Friday, Dec. 27.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

You can surely find a better wide receiver option than anyone on the Jets for a potential Week 17 championship matchup.

WR | Ace Sanders | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders (finger) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

Moore's involvement in the passing game has taken a back seat to Rod Streater and Andre Holmes since his return from injury. As a result, he's best left to your bench this weekend.

WR | Demaryius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (neck) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

Thomas is more of a weak WR2 against the Oakland Raiders because of the fact that the starters could be rested if the game is in hand.

WR | Eric Decker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker (thigh) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

With Wes Welker (concussion) likely out again, Decker should see more looks. However, how much the starters will play in Week 17 is up for question, depending on if the Broncos can build a big lead. Consider him a weak play as a WR1.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

The team is optimistic that Sanders can suit up with slim playoff hopes on the line. He'll likely be listed as questionable, so continue to monitor his status up until Sunday. If he plays, he should be a WR3 or flex in point-per-reception formats.

WR | Earl Bennett | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 26, while LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) practiced in full.

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26, and has been ruled out for Week 17.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.


Tight End

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) returned to practice Friday, Dec. 27.

TE | Garrett Graham | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten isn't ready to rule QB Tony Romo (back) out for Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles. "I wouldn't count him out until he's out," Witten said. "There's no question. That wouldn't surprise me, but I do think obviously this is different situation (it) seems like with the back and however that plays out. But you've got to prepare with Kyle (Orton) and go as if that's the case and then see how it plays out." Romo has not practiced so far this week.

The Cowboys have stated that Romo probably won't need to practice in order to play in Week 17, but we think that's doubtful. You should already have planned to be without Romo this weekend. If he miraculously plays, deal with that decision later.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 26.

Miller was being rested yesterday in practice. He's a flex option, at best, if you still have something on the line in Week 17.

TE | Andrew Quarless | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers LB Brad Jones (ankle) and TE Ryan Taylor (illness) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 26. DE Mike Neal (abdomen), LB Nick Perry (foot), DT Ryan Pickett (knee) and TE Andrew Quarless (ankle) were limited.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

Gonzo will be capping off his Hall of Fame career against the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. Expect Matt Ryan to target him often in order to send him out on a high note. Gonzalez should be a solid TE1 in his final game as a pro.

TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

TE | Tyler Eifert | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (neck) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.

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