Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Tuesday, Dec. 31

by KFFL Staff on December 31, 2013 @ 05:53:50 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) attended team meetings two days after having back surgery.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said head coach Doug Marrone informed him that he will be the starting quarterback in 2014.

QB | Johnny Manziel | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) said he won't require offseason knee surgery.

QB | Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
With 263 yards and two touchdown passes against the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles finished the regular season with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (foot) said Sunday, Dec. 29, that he remains on schedule in his recovery. He was at LP Field in Week 17, and he was being carted around.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) returned to the lineup in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears, and he led the team to a come-from-behind win to clinch the NFC North Division title. He hit WR Randall Cobb for a 48-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to stun the Bears and their home crowd.

QB | Kirk Cousins | Washington Redskins | Transaction, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed only 19 of his 49 pass attempts for 169 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble in the Week 17 game against the New York Giants. His record dropped to 0-3 as a starter this season. Beat writer Tarik El-Bashir feels that previous talk of Cousins being traded for a second-round draft pick might have been premature.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) left the Week 17 game with an ankle injury. His status is unknown.

QB | Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub will be the starting quarterback Week 17 because QB Case Keenum (thumb) has been declared inactive for the game.

Schaub should not be a starting option for owners this week.

QB | Teddy Bridgewater | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith went to Louisville's bowl game Saturday, Dec. 28, to watch QB Teddy Bridgewater, who could enter the 2014 NFL Draft.


Running Back

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) had a cartilage graft transplanted into his left knee. The cartilage came from a cadaver of a 16-year-old boy. No NFL player has ever undergone the rare surgery before.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, Dec. 30, that RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) made it through the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears without any setbacks. "Eddie Lacy came out of (the game) much better than in the past (with his ankle)," McCarthy said.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews had a career-high 144 rushing yards in Week 17.

Mathews caps off his career year with 1,255 yards rushing - a career high. He had seven total touchdowns, which tied a career high. He's a decent RB2 next season.

RB | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy notched his third 100-yard rushing performance in the last four games (27 carries, 131 yards) and seventh of the season in his team's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. McCoy won the NFL rushing title going away, finishing with a franchise-record 1,607 yards, easily beating Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte, who finished with 1,339. It's the first time an Eagle has won the rushing title since Steve Van Buren in 1949.

RB | Jonathan Grimes | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Making his first-ever NFL start while filling in for Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes rolled off team highs in rushing (50) and receiving yards (76). The 5-foot-10, 209-pound back from William & Mary also recorded the Texans' lone touchdown, via a 3-yard score with 9 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first quarter. "I usually just hand the ball to the (referee). I told him … 'I want to keep this one,' " said Grimes, who rushed 16 times and caught all six of his targeted passes. "It was my first one and I wanted to bring that home to my pops."

RB | Matt Asiata | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried 14 times for 115 yards in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.

Asiata finished the season strong, getting a long look with both RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart sidelined by injuries. However, as long as Peterson is in Minneapolis, and healthy, it is hard to imagine Asiata having much of a role.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush is the first Lions running back to go over 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a season since RB Billy Sims back in 1980.

Bush carried 14 times for 32 yards in the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings, and he added five receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson became the sixth man in NFL history to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first six season, joining Hall of Fame RBs Eric Dickerson, Curtis Martin and Barry Sanders, as well as former backs Corey Dillon and LaDainian Tomlinson.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice set a club record for total yards from scrimmage with 9,214 for his career.

RB | Chris Ivory | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (rib, hip) said he suffered a cracked rib and a hip pointer on his second-to-last carry in Week 17.

RB | Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (groin) is active for Week 17.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to hold RB Jamaal Charles out of their Week 17 game.

Knile Davis likely will start and get a majority of the carries during the game. Owners can consider using Davis as a No. 2 running back in their starting lineups.


Wide Receiver

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said WR Percy Harvin (hip) will participate in practice this week.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team wants to sign WR Roddy White to a contract extension.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said WR Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to play in the team's first playoff game.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said WR Dwayne Bowe (concussion) is making progress and is scheduled to participate in practice Tuesday, Dec. 31.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery (rib) suffered a rib injury during the team's Week 17 game while DT Steve McLendon (ankle) aggravated a sprained ankle.

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle (knee) said his knee is doing OK, and that there is just some swelling. Randle said it needs rest and he will be reevaluated in a couple weeks.

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Week 17. He won't need surgery and will be ready for training camp.

WR | Mike Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) said he began running last week and is feeling well.

WR | Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright finished the year with 94 catches, 1,079 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

He's going to need another receiver to help take some attention away from him if he's going to take the next step in 2014.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin caught two passes for 22 yards to give him 301 career receptions, and he became the 10th Dallas Cowboy to reach 300 career catches. He also passed Doug Cosbie (300) for ninth all-time in franchise history.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
With six catches and 49 yards on Sunday, Dec. 29, Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson finished with 109 catches, 1,407 yards and five touchdowns for the year. He joins Marvin Harrison as the only receivers with 100 catches and 1,400 yards in four seasons.

WR | Anquan Boldin | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin posted nine receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals, his former team. "He got a lot of (yards after the catch) yards today. We have to be able to tackle better. He's a primetime player and he made some primetime plays today," Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby said Sunday, Dec. 29.

WR | Justin Hunter | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter (shoulder) left the Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a shoulder injury.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) returned to the lineup in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears, and he led the team to a come-from-behind win to clinch the NFC North Division title. He hit WR Randall Cobb for a 48-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to stun the Bears and their home crowd.

WR | Pierre Garcon | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon posted 113 receptions for 1,346 yards this season, both of which were career highs.

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson had two carries for 54 yards and a 50-yard touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions, and he posted two catches for 31 yards and another score. Patterson managed nine touchdowns over his final five games.

Patterson emerged as a fantasy must-start down the stretch, and he'll be a highly coveted option in long-term keeper formats.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday, Dec. 29, that WR Calvin Johnson (knee) will need offseason knee surgery, but the procedure is not considered "major."

WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton posted 11 receptions for 155 yards in the Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both marks were career highs.

WR | A.J. Green | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals had two receivers with double-digit touchdown catches for the first time in their history. WR A.J. Green hauled in 11 touchdown receptions, while WR Marvin Jones posted 10 scores.

WR | Marvin Jones | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals had two receivers with double-digit touchdown catches for the first time in their history. WR A.J. Green hauled in 11 touchdown receptions, while WR Marvin Jones posted 10 scores.

WR | Jerrel Jernigan | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan finished the regular season with a first-half touchdown reception and 49-yard touchdown run in the Week 17 game against the Washington Redskins.

Jernigan emerged as a legitimate weapon down the stretch, and might lessen the blow if the team elects now to bring back Hakeem Nicks. Jernigan could be quite the fantasy sleeper in 2014 depending on the team's offseason moves at the position.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (ankle) left the Week 17 game with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) will meet with a back specialist after the season to have his back examined.

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (thigh) is active for the team's Week 17 game.

Smith should be a solid starting option for owners this week.

WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (ankle) is not expected to play in the team's Week 17 game.


Tight End

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels has one more year on his contract at $4.5 million cash that comes with a $6.25 million cap hit. The Texans might not be able to keep both Daniels and TE Garrett Graham, and another team could afford to pay Graham like a starting tight end. The team would save only somewhere around $3.5 million in cap space if they released Daniels, but he might be a good influence on TE Ryan Griffin's development. Beat writer Tania Ganguli feels that it makes sense for the team to bring Daniels back in 2014.

TE | Delanie Walker | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker finished the season with a career-high 60 receptions, joining former TE Frank Wycheck as the only other tight end in franchise history with 60 or more receptions.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is active for the team's Week 17 game.

Cameron missed last week because of the concussion but is expected to start. Owners should view Cameron as a risky low-end No. 1 tight end or a flex option.

TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TEs Tyler Eifert (neck) and Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) will not play Week 17 because of injuries.

E. Alex Smith likely will start at tight end but should be used in any fantasy leagues. Owners should look for other options if they have Eifert or Gresham on their team.


Place Kicker

PK | Dan Carpenter | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team is interested in re-signing impending free-agent PK Dan Carpenter and P Brian Moorman and expects to talk to their representatives in the near future.

PK | Nick Folk | New York Jets | Free Agents
New York Jets impending free-agent PK Nick Folk said he would like to re-sign with the Jets but wants to sign a multi-year deal after having a one-year deal each of the previous four seasons.

PK | Jay Feely | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals PK Jay Feely misfired on two of his four field goal attempts in the Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers. "You just got to make those kicks," Feely said Sunday, Dec. 29. "No excuse, no reason not to."

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri booted three field goals in Week 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he added three extra points. With the 12 points, Vinatieri ended up going over 2,000 points for his career, becoming the seventh player in NFL history to pass the milestone.

PK | Nick Novak | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak (back) suffered an apparent lower back injury in the first half of the Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team chiropractor was seen working on Novak's back on the sideline.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Joe Thomas | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas expressed his frustration about rumors the team would relieve head coach Rob Chudzinski of his duties. The team later fired the coach Sunday, Dec. 29, following the Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "You look at the great franchises. They don't fire your coach after the first season. You can't do it," Thomas said. "It sets everything back. You just hit the reset button. Anytime you hit the reset button, it severely damages the organization, and it lengthens the amount of time that it takes to get back to the playoffs and turn the team into a consistent winner."

OT | William Beatty | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants OT William Beatty (leg) has suffered a fractured right leg.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Hatcher | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent DT Jason Hatcher indicated he will not give the Cowboys a hometown discount and that he will look for the most lucrative offer during free agency. "I'm going to get what I deserve and get what I'm worth," the 31-year-old Hatcher said. "Age don't matter. Whatever. If you ain't talking what I want, I don't want to talk to 'em."

DL | Arthur Jones | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens may not be able to re-sign impending free-agent DL Arthur Jones because he likely will offered more by another team during free agency.

DL | Robert Quinn | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams DE Robert Quinn recorded his 19th sack of the season in the Week 17 game against the Seattle Seahawks, setting a new single-season franchise record for sacks.

DL | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt became the second player in franchise history to finish with back-to-back seasons with 10 or more sacks. Former DE Mario Williams (Bills) also accomplished the feat from 2007-08.

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck posted six tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble in the Week 17 game against the Washington Redskins. He is set to become a free agent during the offseason.

DL | Sheldon Richardson | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the Week 17 game against the Miami Dolphins. He is the first defensive lineman since former Chicago Bears DL William "The Refrigerator" Perry to score two rushing touchdowns in a season.


Linebacker

LB | Daryl Washington | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington played well after his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He is still awaiting resolution of his aggravated assault charge from last summer, and his next court date is scheduled for January. There is still a chance he could face an NFL suspension because of the situation. The team must decide in March whether to exercise a $10 million roster bonus on Washington, who is an alternate to the Pro Bowl.

LB | John Abraham | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
Arizona Cardinals LB John Abraham contemplated retirement last offseason before agreeing to terms on a two-year deal. He said Monday, Dec. 30, that he feels rejuvenated and he will be back next year.

LB | Karlos Dansby | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent LB Karlos Dansby posted 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble and 19 passes defensed. He also returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, doubling his career scoring total. He is 32, and will likely test the open market, although both sides have expressed interest in working out a deal. "I would love to come back," Dansbv said Monday, Dec. 30. "The future is bright. I have a couple of months and I will figure out what's going on."

LB | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy indicated Monday, Dec. 30, that LB Clay Matthews (thumb) will not be ready for the NFC Wild Card game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 5. "Right now, he's out for this week," McCarthy said.

LB | Brad Jones | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Brad Jones (ankle) appeared to be on his way to returning to action in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears, but head coach Mike McCarthy changed his mind. "Felt he'd have a chance to play. Just didn't think that Brad was ready," McCarthy said Monday, Dec. 30.

LB | K.J. Wright | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
The Seattle Seahawks will evaluate LB K.J. Wright's (foot) injured foot next week.

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the team does not believe LB Sean Lee (neck) will need to undergo surgery on his injured neck.

LB | Jon Beason | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants LB Jon Beason, who is about to hit free agency, wants to win, and wants to return to the Giants in 2014.

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Transaction, Free Agents
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo is set to become an unrestricted free-agent this offseason. While he said Sunday, Dec. 29, that he is hopeful of returning, he isn't sure how things will play out. "We'll see, we'll see," Orakpo said. "This whole free agent thing is new to me. You got to understand, every year I was still under contract. I had a great time being a part of the Washington Redskins. I want to continue it, but who knows?"


Cornerback

CB | Vontae Davis | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said the MRI done on CB Vontae Davis' (groin) injured groin came back negative, and he is considered day-to-day.

CB | Charles Tillman | Chicago Bears | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman (triceps) said he has no plans to retire in 2013. Tillman said he has some decisions to make in the coming weeks and months though.


Strong Safety

SS | Bernard Pollard | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
If he is retained for 2014, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak may have to look into shaking up his coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and senior assistant/defense Gregg Williams both have expiring contracts, and Titans S Bernard Pollard said he couldn't see a scenario in which Gray and Williams work together next season. "Coach Williams was asked to come into a situation and be a voice, but at the same time, it's not his ship to run; it's Coach Gray's ship," Pollard said.


Free Safety

FS | Antrel Rolle | New York Giants | Transaction
New York Giants FS Antrel Rolle said Monday, Dec. 30, that he would be open to a contract extension with the team. He has one year left on his contract and is currently scheduled to cost the team $9.25 million against the salary cap in 2014. If the team wants to extend his deal, reducing his cap number and giving him more years, he is open to it. "If that's what they want to do, I'll do it," Rolle said. "I'd like to retire as a Giant. The ultimate goal is an extension and add more years to my deal so I can stay a part of this organization."

FS | Jairus Byrd | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team will make an offer to impending free-agent FS Jairus Byrd in hopes of re-signing him.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Adam Gase | Denver Broncos | Transaction
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is flattered, but not interested in interviewing for jobs at this time. The Cleveland Browns sought permission from the Denver Broncos to interview Gase for their head coaching vacancy. "I'm appreciative of the interest I've received, but I've decided to postpone any potential opportunities until after our season concludes," Gase said Monday, Dec. 30.

OC | Scott Linehan | Free Agent | Transaction
The Detroit Lions have fired offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receivers coach Tim Lappano.

OC | Kyle Shanahan | Free Agent | Transaction
Updating an earlier report, the Washington Redskins fired offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur and special teams coach Keith Burns.

OC | Mike Sherman | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
According to Miami Dolphins beat writer Adam Beasley, there was a sense in the Miami Dolphins locked room after the Week 17 loss against the New York Jets that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman will not be back for the 2014 season.

OC | Mike Sullivan | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan could be out if the team decides head coach Greg Schiano is safe.

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