Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Monday, Dec. 2

by KFFL Staff on December 2, 2013 @ 05:45:42 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (virus) played through a stomach virus in the Week 13 game against the Oakland Raiders. He said Sunday, Dec. 1, that he took some medication for his illness but should be fine.

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) completed 24 of his 40 pass attempts for 370 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 13 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. A team spokesman said Sunday, Dec. 1, that Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion following the game after reporting symptoms.

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan benched QB Geno Smith after the first half of the Week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith completed just four of his 10 passes for 29 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. QB Matt Simms replaced him, completing nine of his 18 pass attempts for 79 yards, no touchdowns and a pick.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (head) will not return to the Week 13 game.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) could be shut down for the season if he can't play in the team's Week 14 game, and the Packers have no chance to play in the postseason.


Running Back

RB | Stevan Ridley | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was a healthy scratch for the Week 13 game against the Houston Texans, and he is at a crossroads with the team. Beat writer Mike Reiss says if Ridley isn't active against a two-win Houston team, there is little reason to believe, outside of an injury to another player, that Ridley will be a major factor down the stretch and into the playoffs.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart made the start in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with RB DeAngelo Williams (quadriceps) inactive. Stewart ran 14 times for just 39 yards, and he had two catches for three yards.

Stewart did little with his opportunity, and was actually outrushed by QB Cam Newton (5-68-1) and RB Mike Tolbert (9-48-0). Stewart is only worth a look as a flex fantasy option in deeper leagues if he starts again, but the team might be better off leaning more on Tolbert.

RB | Trent Richardson | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday, Dec. 1, that RB Trent Richardson was "awesome" and "a pro" about being demoted from the starting lineup for the Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans in favor of RB Donald Brown. Richardson managed 19 yards on five carries.

RB | Andre Ellington | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Sunday, Dec. 1, that RB Andre Ellington (knee) was "never close" to being able to play in the Week 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ellington has emerged as a useful fantasy option this season, but fantasy owners will want to be extra careful to monitor the practice report in the upcoming week before deciding on whether to use the rookie in Week 14.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had 35 carries for 211 yards in Week 13.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (knee) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 30, and is listed as probable for Week 13.

Lynch should be in the starting lineup in all leagues this week.

RB | Darren Sproles | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles (ankle) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 30, and is listed as probable for Week 13.

Sproles will continue to have a role in the offense this week. He should be considered a No. 3 running back or flex option in standard leagues and a flex option in point-per-reception leagues.

RB | Le'Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell earned the respect of his teammates in trying to score a touchdown in the team's Week 13 game. "He sold himself out to score and you have to respect that," Dwyer said.


Wide Receiver

WR | Eric Decker | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker posted eight receptions for 174 yards and four touchdowns in the Week 13 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He is just the third receiver to post 150 or more receiving yards and four touchdowns in a single games since 1990, joining former San Francisco 49ers WR Jerry Rice (twice) and WR Terrell Owens (2007), then of the Dallas Cowboys.

WR | Julian Edelman | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman posted his 70th reception of the season in Week 13 against the Houston Texans. As such, he earns the maximum $250,000 incentive bonus in his one-year contract.

WR | Kenbrell Thompkins | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) played just three snaps after returning from injury in the Week 13 game against the Houston Texans before he shut it down for good.

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham went without a reception in the Week 13 game against the St. Louis Rams, and wasn't even targeted.

Manningham and any of his fantasy owners can thank the return of Michael Crabtree for his lack of relevance. Manningham had his time to shine, and he did nothing, and now he is well down the pecking order in the offense. Avoid.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') posted two receptions for 68 yards in his regular season debut in Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams.

Crabtree appears to have made it through the game with no setbacks, but he will obviously be re-evaluated Monday. He is a solid WR3/4 or flex fantasy play in most leagues going forward, and he could re-emerged as a WR2/3 by season's end.

WR | Alshon Jeffery | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery hit the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career after posting 12 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 13 game against the Minnesota Vikings. It was Jeffery's second 200-yard game of the season.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring) played sparingly in the Week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins. He did not have any receptions, and he was not targeted.

WR | Josh Gordon | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon hauled in 10 receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns (21, 95) in the Week 13 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. For the second consecutive game, Gordon set a franchise record for receiving yardage in a single game. He is also second on the franchise's single-season receiving yardage list behind former WR Braylon Edwards, who had 1,289 yards in 2007. Gordon needs 40 total receiving yards over the next four games to break the all-time mark. He is also the third receiving in team history to post three straight 100-yard games, and the first since 1989.

Gordon is also the first receiver ever to have 200-yard games in back-to-back weeks. He has been the top fantasy receiver over the past two weeks, posting 24 catches for 498 yards and three touchdowns. He has five scores over his past five games. He'll look to continue the amazing run against the New England Patriots in Week 14.

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will start at wide receiver in place of WR Jerome Simpson.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said WR Percy Harvin (hip) will be a game-time decision for Week 13 even though he is listed as doubtful for the game.

It appears like Harvin will sit out the game, but even if he is active for the game, owners likely will better options to start at wide receiver.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is frustrated by injuries and his team's on the field performance in 2013. "Coming into this season, we had really high expectations and I had very high expectations for myself," said the nine-year veteran, who had 92 catches for 1,351 yards last year. "It's been frustrating because I'm not able to do what I set out to do, to be the kind of player that I want to be because I've been hobbled by the ankle, and then I hurt my hamstring." "It's been injury after injury, and I can't get my body to react. It's been a tough season overall for us because we've all been hurt. Injuries happen, but you don't expect them to have this much of an effect to where we're 2-9."


Tight End

TE | Anthony Fasano | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (concussion) left the Week 13 game against the Denver Broncos in the second half due to a concussion. He was unable to return.

TE | Delanie Walker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) was unable to return to the Week 13 game against the Indianapolis Colts after suffering a concussion.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) is active for the team's Week 13 game.

Owners should consider Gonzalez as a low-end No. 1 tight end or a flex option this week.


Place Kicker

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri converted all five of his field goal attempts in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans, and he added one extra point. He became the second player in NFL history to score 800 or more points with two different teams, joining former Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints PK Morten Andersen. Vinatieri tied his career-high with the first field goals. Vinatieri also reached 100 points for the season, tying him for the most seasons (16) with 100 or more points. Former Denver Broncos PK Jason Elam also accomplished the feat.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Branden Albert | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert (knee) was carted off in the Week 13 game against the Denver Broncos, but a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday, Dec. 1, that the current thinking is that the team has dodged a bullet. Albert will have an MRI Monday, Dec. 2. OT Eric Fisher replaced Albert for the rest of the game Sunday.

OT | Jake Long | St. Louis Rams | Injury
St. Louis Rams OT Jake Long (concussion) left the Week 13 game against the San Francisco 49ers due to a concussion, and he will not return.

OT | Jonathan Martin | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Transaction
Miami Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin (personal) was placed on the non-football injury list.


Defensive Line

DL | Brett Keisel | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (foot) is expected to miss some time because of the foot injury he suffered in the team's Week 13 game.


Defensive End

DE | Greg Hardy | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy was benched for the start of the Week 13 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being late to a meeting last week, according to a team source. He was also fined, and apologized to head coach Ron Rivera in the locker room after the team's win. Hardy missed two snaps before entering the game. He finished with one tackle and a pair of quarterback hurries.


Linebacker

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) said Sunday, Dec. 1, that he could return for the Week 14 game against the Chicago Bears. "I think I have a great shot at returning next week," Lee said.

LB | Vontaze Burfict | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (ankle) tweaked his ankle, and was forced out of the Week 13 game against the San Diego Chargers. He was able to return after a brief absence in the fourth quarter.

LB | Pat Angerer | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts LB Pat Angerer (neck) left the Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans after suffering a burner.


Cornerback

CB | Darrelle Revis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis (chest, shoulder) left the Week 13 game against the Carolina Panthers due to a chest and shoulder injury. He was unable to return, and he will be re-evaluated Monday, Dec. 2.

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