Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Tuesday, Dec. 17

by KFFL Staff on December 17, 2013 @ 05:49:50 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) was hit in the lower left leg and knee area in the fourth quarter of the Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Dec. 16. He did not check out of the game, but after the team's offensive drive, he was immediately tended to by the training staff on the sidelines.

QB | Matt Cassel | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start the final two games of the regular season, barring injury, according to sources. The team feels there is no reason to further evaluate QB Josh Freeman.

QB | Kirk Cousins | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, Dec. 16, that the team did not alter the offense for QB Kirk Cousins, who started in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. "First off, I'm not really sure what people mean. I think the obvious things are you don't run the zone read as much," Shanahan said. "You've got (QB Robert Griffin III) who has that speed and the ability to make some plays running the football and can do some things off the play-action pass, but other than that we have the same offense." WR Pierre Garcon also said he did not see any difference in the offense.

Cousins had a strong showing, although he also made some mistakes which will need to be cleaned up. Still, he is auditioning for a starting job somewhere in 2014, and if he keeps playing well, his stock will improve, and so will the return on investment for Washington.

QB | Case Keenum | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum (thumb) suffered a sprained thumb on his throwing hand during the team's Week 15 game and underwent an MRI. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Keenum will be evaluated but is concerned about his Week 16 status.

QB | Matt Flynn | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the team is game planning as if QB Matt Flynn will be the starting quarterback Week 16.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the team will not have an update on QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) until Wednesday, Dec. 18. Rodgers will have his collarbone evaluated Wednesday, and the team will have a plan for him.

Owners will have to monitor Rodgers' practice participation during the week to see if he will be able to play Week 16. He should be in starting lineups if he is able to play.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) is expected to be "OK" after spraining his left knee in Week 15. "(He) went through the whole game (with it)," head coach Doug Marrone said. "I don't feel like it's going to be anything. We have time. He's already watching the Miami tape now to get himself ready." Manuel completed 71 percent of his passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Manuel could see some improvement in the final two games after the Bills decided to dumb down their playbook to help him out. However, we don't recommend that you rely on him outside of deep leagues that require two starting QBs.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (toe) suffered a toe injury during the team's Week 15 game, but head coach Ron Rivera said the injury is not a big deal. Newton did not have to undergo X-rays on the toe, and it has not been diagnosed as turf toe.

It appears like Newton will be fine for Week 16, but owners should monitor his practice participation this week in case he has a setback.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said QB Carson Palmer (ankle) is dealing with a low ankle sprain.


Running Back

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (calf) returned to the Week 15 game against the Baltimore Ravens Monday, Dec. 16, in the third quarter after a brief absence.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller was on the field for 38 offensive snaps in the Week 15 game against the New England Patriots, while RB Daniel Thomas saw just 18 snaps.

RB | Bernard Pierce | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (hand) left the Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter Monday, Dec. 16, due to an apparent right hand or finger issue.

RB | Zac Stacy | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher wasn't ready to commit to RB Zac Stacy long term just yet, but he is happy with Stacy and the group of running backs as a while. "I think we've got a good group of backs. We'll discuss needs when the season's over, but I think based on what we've seen in the production from that position I think we have a good group of running backs for the future," Fisher said Monday, Dec. 16.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (ankle) was walking around well after the team's Week 15 game. Gore's ankle was tender after the contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs) underwent a CAT scan on the four injured ribs he has been playing with. Interim head coach Wade Phillips said Tate got banged up during the team's Week 15 game.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he expects RB Darren McFadden (ankle) to participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

RB | Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Donald Brown (stinger) is considered day-to-day because of the stinger he suffered Week 15.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) will be re-evaluated later this week. Rivera has said Stewart is not expected back until Week 17 at the earliest.

RB | Andre Ellington | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (thigh) is expected to play Week 16 even though he is dealing with a thigh bruise.

RB | Toby Gerhart | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he believes RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will be able to play Week 16.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he believes RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin) will be able to play Week 16.

Owners should start Peterson if he is able to play Week 16 but there is a chance that he could be limited by the injuries.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) looks better. Bradley said the team will know more about his status on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy ran for 141 yards in the team's Week 15 win over the Dallas Cowboys, making him the first rookie in franchise history to run for 1,000 yards since John Brockington did so in 1971.


Wide Receiver

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
With the exception of a 37-yard reception in the second half and an 18-yard catch that led to a go-ahead touchdown for the Detroit Lions in the final minutes, WR Calvin Johnson didn't have much of an impact. He finished with six catches for 98 yards while being targeted a game-high 13 times.

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline led the receivers in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, on the field for 62 of the team's 64 offensive snaps. WR Mike Wallace was second with 56 snaps, while WR Rishard Matthews managed to see the field for 48 snaps.

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith posted three receptions for 50 yards in the first half of the Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Dec. 16. In doing so, he went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.

WR | Justin Veltung | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Monday, Dec. 16, that the team promoted WR Justin Veltung from the practice squad to the active roster because WR Tavon Austin (ankle) was out in Week 15. Veltung did a good job returning punts in the preseason, so the team gave him a chance against the New Orleans Saints in the role. "Saw the run skills and he's got the ball skills. He's a smart guy. He can make the decisions," Fisher said.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) passed one set of concussion tests Sunday, Dec. 15, before leaving LP Field in Nashville, but he is still going through the league's concussion protocol. Head coach Bruce Arians said Fitzgerald "looked fine" Monday, Dec. 16, when he saw the player at the team's facility. Fitzgerald was injured during an onside kick by the Tennessee Titans with 52 seconds remaining in regulation during the Week 15 game.

We'll know much more later in the week on the status for Fitzgerald. The team will return to practice Wednesday, and his official injury status for Week 16 will come out Friday. If you normally depend upon Fitzgerald for fantasy purposes, hang tight. His condition Monday sounds promising, though.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hand) injured his left hand in the fourth quarter of the team's Week 15 game, but the injury isn't considered serious.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson's status for Week 16 is uncertain because his mother passed away Saturday, Dec. 14.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said WR Randall Cobb (leg) worked out Monday, Dec. 16, and that he heard Cobb did very well. The team will see how Cobb feels Tuesday, Dec. 17, and will create a plan for him Wednesday, Dec. 18.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he had no update on WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) Monday, Dec. 16.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is not participating in practice Monday, Dec. 16.

WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin, shoulder) said shutting down for the final two weeks of the season would likely be the best thing for his injured groin. "That's probably the best thing for it, honestly," Shorts said.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said WR Dez Bryant is expected to stay on the sideline until the game is over. "We'll address that with Dez today," Garrett said, via ESPN.com. "I understand why to a certain extent, they're kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over, he's an emotional guy, we're all very emotional about what we do. But he needs to stay out on the field and I'll address that with him today. And just explain why it's important to do that and he'll understand."


Tight End

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) left the Week 15 game against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter due to a right ankle issue. He had the ankle taped on the sideline.

TE | Ryan Griffin | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips indicated Monday, Dec. 16, that there were mixed reviews for TE Ryan Griffin. "As for a receiving tight end, I thought he did a good job," Phillips said. "He needs work on his blocking."

TE | Garrett Graham | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said Monday, Dec. 16, that TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) is "still iffy" for the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos.

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said Monday, Dec. 16, that TE Owen Daniels (leg) might return in Week 16. "I don't know. I think it's still a might situation this week, as far as him practicing," Phillips said.

TE | Dennis Pitta | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is active for the Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Dec. 16.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is expected to undergo surgery in two weeks to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. He has been told he should be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said TE Jordan Reed (concussion) is still dealing with headaches. Shanahan said Reed has met with concussion specialists.

It does not appear like Reed is close to returning, and owners should look for other options at the position.


Place Kicker

PK | Justin Tucker | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens PK Justin Tucker converted each of his six field goal attempts in the Week 15 win against the Detroit Lions Monday, Dec. 16, including a game-winning 61-yard field goal with :43 remaining in regulation. In a post-game interview, he said he hopes his fantasy owners appreciated the effort.

PK | Phil Dawson | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers PK Phil Dawson extended his franchise-record streak to 24 made field field goals in Week 15, and head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday, Dec. 16, he is hopeful Dawson will return in 2014. "Let me do that right now, 'Phil, stay beyond this season'," Harbaugh said when asked by reporters. "I've been remiss in asking him to do that. Let me officially ask him to stay beyond this season. Absolutely, I'm glad you brought it up, 24 straight field goals. He has been a top-notch guy, too, on the team from the day he got here. Pay the man."

PK | Garrett Hartley | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton hinted that the team might make some changes to their starting lineup after a disappointing Week 15 loss to the St. Louis Rams. OT Charles Brown and PK Garrett Hartley may be the ones most in danger of losing their starting jobs. Hartley missed two field goals Sunday against the Rams. "Whether it's (the kicker), the tackle position, whether it's a player on defense, the one thing I know I don't want to do is just repeat the process over and over again. So we're gonna look closely at what our options are and what gives us the best chance as we get ready to play this coming week and then obviously one week remaining," Payton said.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Trent Williams | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams (knee) said he suffered a minor knee sprain during the team's Week 15 game but was able to stay in the game.

OT | Eric Fisher | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder) left the Week 15 game with an injured left shoulder.


Defensive Line

DL | Ziggy Ansah | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) is active and set to start in the Week 15 game against the Baltimore Ravens Monday, Dec. 16. He was listed as questionable.

DL | Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin did not have any updates on RB Peyton Hillis (concussion) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) during his press conference.

DL | Antonio D. Smith | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said WR DeVier Posey (ankle), DE Antonio D. Smith (knee) and CB Johnathan Joseph (groin) underwent MRIs after suffering injuries Week 15.

DL | Marcell Dareus | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus (ankle) and FS Aaron Williams (ribs) will be reevaluated Wednesday, Dec. 18.

DL | Sheldon Richardson | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson (shoulder) was being evaluated for a shoulder injury after the team's Week 15 game. Richardson has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the season.


Linebacker

LB | Elvis Dumervil | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (ankle) returned from a bruised, sprained ankle that sidelined him for one game when he came back Monday, Dec. 16, against the Detroit Lions. Dumervil hadn't missed a game this season until the Ravens' 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings last week ending his streak of 144 consecutive games. Dumervil appeared to have his usual mobility with one solo tackle, two quarterback hits and a pass deflection during the first half.

LB | Kiko Alonso | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said OG Kraig Urbik (foot) and LB Kiko Alonso (knee) did not suffer any setbacks during the team's Week 15 but could be limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he expects LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) to practice at some point this week.

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said LB Sean Lee (neck) likely will not play Week 16, but the team is not ruling out the possibility of him playing again this season.

LB | Lance Briggs | Chicago Bears | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said he is reasonably optimistic that LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) will be available to play in the team's Week 16 game.

LB | Bruce Carter | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys LB Bruce Carter (hamstring) may not be able to play in the team's Week 16 game because of his hamstring injury.

LB | Russell Allen | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Russell Allen (concussion) suffered a concussion in the team's Week 15 game.


Cornerback

CB | Joe Haden | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said X-rays on CB Joe Haden's (hip) hip were negative. Haden is considered day-to-day at this point.

CB | Charles Tillman | Chicago Bears | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said CB Charles Tillman (triceps) will be unavailable for the rest of the year because he is not far enough along in his recovery.


Free Safety

FS | Matt Elam | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens FS Matt Elam intercepted a pass from Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford in the final minute to preserve the Ravens' 18-16 victory Monday, Dec. 16, at Ford Field. The first-round draft pick recorded a game-high 10 tackles and capped the game with the first interception of his career.

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