Chiefs Pose Tough Test for Pats

If Maclin sits, the Patriots will likely double up on Travis Kelce

If Jeremy Maclin sits, the Patriots will likely double up on tight end Travis Kelce

The Kansas City Chiefs are on an eleven game winning streak and are playing with swagger. The team finished the season 11-5 and shut out the Houston Texans last weekend in the wildcard game 30-0. The Chiefs have enjoyed a great season, but the real test comes when Kansas City travels to New England.

The Chiefs defense is rock solid and could cause some real headaches for Brady and Company. On the other side of the ball, Andy Reid will have to draw up more unique schemes using wide receiver motions, reverse actions, and direct snaps to attack a solid Patriots defense.

Kansas City is also likely to be without the team’s top wideout as Jeremy Maclin is listed as questionable for the game. If Maclin sits, this will allow the Pats to double up on tight end Travis Kelce.

Much has changed since these teams last played each other back in 2014 when the Chiefs beat the Patriots out in Kansas City. Bill Belichick remembers how horrible his Patriots played and is looking for better results this time around .

After starting the season 9-0, the Patriots finished the season 12-4 and lost their last two games to end the season against the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. They managed to clinch a first round bye which was much needed as they were battling injuries with the absence of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Donte Hightower.

Many of these players are slated to return this week which should help the Patriots get things back on track as they attempt to make another Superbowl run.

NFL Week 16 – Injury Check Down Report

Even thought Drew Brees says he WILL PLAY - Fantasy owners must have a backup plan

Even though Drew Brees says he WILL PLAY – Fantasy owners must have a backup plan

Drew Brees – Questionable:  Drew Brees insists he will play against the Jaguars even with a torn plantar fascia. The reality is, fantasy owners need to have a backup ready to roll.

Brian Hoyer – Questionable:  Hoyer has been limited all week and hasn’t been cleared from his concussion; expect Brandon Weeden to get the start against the Titans.

Adrian Peterson – Probable: Adrian Peterson will play against the Giants after a full week of practice despite an ankle injury.

LeSean McCoy – Out:  McCoy will not play against the Dallas Cowboys; expect Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee to split carries at running back.

T.J. Yeldon – Doubtful: Yeldon will not play against the Saints. Dennard Robinson will get the start and is expected to have a big day.

Shawn Draghn  Out:  Draghn will not play against the Lions, expect Kendall Gaskins, Dujuan Harris, and full back Bruce Miller to carry the workload.

Matt Jones – OUT

Tevin Coleman – Out:  Tevin Coleman will not play against the Carolina Panthers, fantasy owners can expect Devonta Freeman to start and carry the workload at running back.

Andre Ellington – Questionable:  Andre Ellington is expected to play against the Packers according to Bruce Arians and will back up David Johnson.

Alshon Jeffery – Doubtful:  Alshon Jeffery most likely will not play; expect Eddie Royal, Marc Mariani, and Josh Bellamy to carry the workload at wide receiver.

Calvin Johnson – Questionable:  Calvin Johnson should play against the 49ers after practicing a full week.

Danny Amendola- Questionable:  Amendola is NOT expected to play against the Jets during Week 16.

Dwayne Harris – Questionable:  Dwayne Harris is expected to play against the Vikings. Fantasy owners can expect Ruben Randle and Hakeem Nicks to carry the workload in Odell Beckham’s absence.

Donte Moncreif:  Questionable: Donte Moncreif injured his foot and was limited in practice all week if he cannot play against the Colts, expect Phillip Dorsett to start.

Rishard Matthews Questionable:  Rishard Matthews most likely will not play against the Colts; fantasy owners can expect Devante Parker, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills to carry the workload at wide receiver.

Julian Edelman- Doubtful:  Julian Edelman will not play against the Jets. Fantasy owners can expect Brandon Lafell to carry the workload at wide receiver along with an uncertain Danny Amendola.

Dez Bryant – Doubtful:  Dez Bryant will not play against the Buffalo Bills. Fantasy owners can expect Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams to carry the workload at wide receiver.

Marques Colston Questionable:  Marques Colston most likely will not play against the Jaguars.

Charles Clay – Out:  Charles Clay will not play against the Cowboys; expect Chris Gragg and Nick O’Leary to be in rotation at Tight End.

Ben Watson – Questionable: Ben Watson has a knee injury and may not play against the Jaguars. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan just in case he does not suit up.

NFL Week 15 – Injury Check Down Report

The Panthers will take on the Giants in NJ this week without Jonathan Stewart

The Panthers will take on the Giants in NJ this week without Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart – OUT:  Stewart will not play on the road this week against the Giants. Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis Payne and Mike Tolbert will form up a messy backfield on the road against the Giants. These players are not viable options for the fantasy playoffs.

T.J. Yeldon – OUT:  Yeldon will not play against the Falcons. Dennard Robinson will get the start and could help fantasy owners who are in a tough spot.

LeGarrette Blount – IR

Thomas Rawls – OUT

C.J. Anderson – Anderson was limited practice all week, but is expected to play against the Steelers.

Andre Ellington – Game Time Decision:  Ellington is unlikely to play this week against the Eagles. Fantasy owners can expect David Johnson to get the start and get multiple carries at Philadelphia.

DeAngelo Williams:  Williams was limited in practice all week suffering an illness and has a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos.

Andy Dalton – OUT:  Dalton will not play this week in San Francisco. A.J. McCarron will get the start on the road against San Francisco.

Tyler Eifert – OUT:  Eifert will not play Week 15 against San Francisco.

Greg Olsen: Olsen is expected to play against the Giants on the road this Sunday.

Zach Miller: Miller is expected to play on the road against the Vikings for Week 15.

Alshon Jeffery:  Jeffery is expected to play against the Vikings and will be a number one WR option for fantasy owners.

Julian Edelman – OUT:  Edelman is not expected to play against the Titans. Fantasy owners can expect Danny Amendola to carry the workload for the offense.

Dwayne Harris:  Harris injured has a bum shoulder but is expected to play against the Panthers.

Rishard Matthews:  Matthews practiced on a limited basis this week and will be a third option if he suits up against the Chargers.

NFL Week 15 – Wide Receiver Sit/Start Report

Despite a questionable amount of targets, Ginn is racking up the yards and touchdowns

Despite a questionable amount of targets, Ginn is racking up the yards and touchdowns

Start – Ted Ginn:  Ginn has been peaking at the right time for the Carolina Panthers. Last week, he had limited opportunities, but made the most of his two receptions for one hundred and twenty yards and two touchdowns. Ginn has a very high upside, but comes with a high degree of risk because his targets are extremely limited. This week the Panthers play the New York Giants who sport a porous pass defense that is ranked dead last. Tis the season to be jolly and fantasy owners should start Ginn with a promising holiday outlook.

Start – Kamar Aiken:  Despite the Ravens loss last week, Kamar Aiken had five receptions for ninety yards against the Seahawks Legion of Boom. Jimmy Clausen hasn’t hurt Aiken’s prospects and should make an impact against the Kansas City Chiefs whose defense has allowed the third most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers so far this season. Fantasy owners can expect Aiken to perform at a high level, make things happen for this team and be a strong second option at wide receiver.

Start – Jarvis Landry:  Landry had saw stunning “18” targets during the Dolphins Monday night matchup against the Giants. He had 11 receptions for ninety nine yards against the Giants making him a PPR Beast. Despite not seeing the end zone and losing, he has been target more in the offense and remains the number one option at receiver for the Miami Dolphins. Miami will be on the road this week to face the San Diego Chargers whose defense ranks 27th in the league in points allowed per game. Fantasy owners should start Landry and expect him to have a big game with explosive plays against another weak secondary.

Sit – Brandon LaFell:  LaFell has been a dismal fantasy failure and has NOT made an impact since his return.  His numbers have been absolutely horrible as he has morphed into a professional pass DROPPER. The only thing he might be able to catch is a cold. Fantasy owners have a slew of better options sitting out there to grab. Even if he were to break out this week, he is still an unreliable fantasy option.

NFL Week 14 – Injury Check Down Report

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski may play limited snaps Sunday night, but he’s always a redzone target

Rob Gronkowski – Questionable:  Rob Gronkowski is expected to see some limited action for the Patriots in Sunday night’s road clash with the Texans. He is NOT expected to start and there is no way to know how many snaps he will see. But if he were on my time, I would roll the dice and plug him in. This could lead to a ZERO in your tight end spot, but Gronk is always a threat to score.

Gary Barnidge – Questionable:  Gary Branidge been limited in practice all week. It would be surprise if he did not suit up and play. He should put up good numbers against the 49ers defense.

Zach Miller- Active:  Zach Miller will play against the Redskins Sunday. Bennet was placed on IR and this week and Miller has been upgraded to a top 15-option for fantasy owners.

Vernon Davis – Questionable:  Vernon Davis status is uncertain against the Raiders. If he cannot play, Owen Daniels will start and become the primary tight end.

Scott Chandler – Questionable:  Scott Chandler was limited in practice all week, but is expected to play against the Texans. If Rob Gronkowski somehow gets the start, Chandler’s value would go up in smoke.

Crockett Gilmore – Doubtful:  Crockett Gilmore didn’t practice at all this week and is unlikely to play.

C.J. Anderson – Questionable:  Anderson did not practice all week but there is a chance he will dress for the game against the Raiders. Ronnie Hillman was named the starter after getting in a full practice on Friday.

Ronnie Hillman – Active:  Hillman has been named the Week 14 starter for Denver’s home tilt against the visiting Raiders.

Karlos Williams – Out:  Anthony Dixon and MikeGillislee will back up Lesean McCoy. If you have Williams on your roster a backup is recommended.

Marshawn Lynch – Out: Thomas Rawls will remain the starter until Lynch is cleared to practice. Rawls has been very productive in the offense for the Seahawks and has put up good fantasy numbers.

Brandin Cooks – Active: Reports surfaced late in the week that Cooks had suffered a concussion during practice. This was not the case and Cooks is a must start against Tampa.

Allen Hurns – Probable:  Allen Hurns will play in this favorable matchup against the Colts.

Calvin Johnson – Questionable:  Calvin Johnson is expected to play against the St Louis Rams despite missing practice Friday. Johnson has put up good numbers in these last couple of weeks and Fantasy owners can expect him to continue playing well.

Julian Edelman – Out:  Julian Edelman will not play against the Texans. Danny Amendola workload will continue to increase in the offense until his return.

Danny Amendola – Questionable:  Danny Amendola was limited in practice all this week and will play against the Texans. Amendola should see a lot of targets since Edelman is inactive Fantasy owners can expect him to put up good numbers.

DeAndre Hopkins – Probable:  Hopkins was limited in practice all week and was placed on the injury report by the team. Despite being placed on the injury report, he is expected to play and be in the starting lineup against the Patriots.

Stevie Johnson – Out:  Fantasy owners can expect Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates to be targeted a lot against the Chiefs as the Chargers receiving core is banged up.

Kendall Wright – Out:  Kendall Wright will not play against the New York Jets.

Eddie Royal – Questionable:  Eddie Royal returned to practice after missing five games with a knee injury and is expected to play against the Redskins.

Andre Roberts – Questionable:  Andre Roberts is unlikely to play against the Chicago Bears. If Roberts plays he will be limited to kick returns.

 

NFL Week 14 – Wide Receiver Start Report

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin gets a dream matchup this week against the Ravens

Start – Doug Baldwin:  Doug Baldwin had five receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns during Week 13 against the Vikings. Out of nowhere, Baldwin has 24 catches for 433 yards since the Seattle Seahawks came off of their Week 9 bye. The Hawks are 7-5 and fighting for a wildcard spot in the playoffs. Implications are extremely high and the team is playing with a high level of confidence. Fantasy owners should start Baldwin against the Ravens with confidence.

Start – John Brown:  Last week John Brown had six receptions for 113 yards against the St Louis Rams. The Arizona Cardinals are currently on top of their division with a 10-2 record in control of the NFC West. Minnesota ranks six in pass defense, but are missing several key players who are grappling with injuries. Carson Palmer is having a banners season and is spreading the ball out to all of his receivers. Expect Brown to be productive and put up some good numbers against the struggling Vikes.

Start – Vincent Jackson:  Vincent Jackson has been a go-to option for Tampa since returning from injury. James Winston is flying high as Tampa faces a Saints team that ranks dead last in defense allowing 31 points and 400 plus yards per game. Expect Jackson to be productive against an awful New Orleans secondary.

Sit – Amari Cooper:  Amari Cooper is still seeing plenty of targets in Oakland, but his production is fading down the stretch part of the season. The Raiders have a nasty matchup against a brutal Denver defense that has been able to shut down most quarterbacks including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Many fantasy owners may not be able to sit Cooper, but against the Broncos, it is worth your time to find another player to plug in.

NFL Week 13 – Injury Check Down Report

Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert missed practice all week and is NOT expected to suit up against Cleveland

Tyler Eifert – OUT:  Eifert did not practice all week and is very doubtful this week against the Cleveland Browns. Tyler Kroft will get the start.

Rob Gronowski – OUT:  New England Patriots Tight End will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Heath Miller – Doubtful:  Miller is VERY unlikely to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Jesse James is expected to get the start.

Maxx Williams – OUT:  Will not play against the Miami Dolphins. Crockett Gilmore will be the starter and Nick Boyle will be the backup.

Zach Miller – Miller is listed as questionable this week. He practiced on a limited basis, but should play against the San Francisco 49ers. If he plays, his upside is capped by the return of Matellus Bennett.

Devonta Freeman – Freeman is expected to return this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Start him with confidence.

Ryan Mathews – OUT:  Mathews will not play this week against the New England Patriots, Demarco Murray and Darren Sproles will be in the backfield.

Carlos Hyde – OUT:  Hyde will not play this week against the Chicago Bears.

Charcandrick West – West will play against the Oakland Raiders. Expect him to split carries with Spencer Ware.

Allen Hurns – OUT:  Hurns will not play against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. Expect Julius Thomas and Allen Robinson to get more looks from Blake Bortles.

Michael Floyd – Floyd is questionable this week and was limited in practice, but should start against the Rams.

Danny Amendola – Amendola is questionable this week and should play against the Philadelphia Eagles. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan just in case.

DeAndre Hopkins – It’s all systems go for Hopkins who will play against the Buffalo Bills this week.

Leonard Hankerson – OUT:  Hankerson was placed on IR and is done for the year. Jacob Tamme will become the number one tight end and should be owned by fantasy owners in Hankerson’s absence.

Marquess Wilson – OUT:  Wilson will not play against the 49ers as he deals with a foot injury, expect Alshon Jeffrey to be targeted even more by Cutler.

Willie Snead – OUT:  Snead will not play this week against the Carolina Panthers. Expect him to return within the next week or so.

Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben is not only expected to play, but put up top fantasy numbers this week against a beatable Colts secondary.

Sam Bradford –  Bradford is expected to return this week. If he can’t go, Mark Sanchez will lead the Eagles stumbling offense against the Patriots.

 

NFL Week 12 – Injury Check Down Report

Devonta

Devonta Freeman is OUT for Week 12’s matchup against the Vikings

Devonta Freeman – OUT

Carlos Hyde – OUT

Marshawn Lynch – OUT

Charcandrick West – Kansas City Chiefs running back is listed as questionable with a hamstring issue. If he cannot play expect Spencer Ware to get the start

Danny Amendola – OUT

Leonard Hankerson – OUT:  Atlanta Falcons wide receiver will not play against the Minnesota Vikings

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos wide receiver will play against the New England Patriots

Jarvis Landry – Despite dealing with a knee injury, Jarvis Landry is expected to play against the New York Jets

Michael Floyd –  Arizona Cardinals wide receiver will play against the San Francisco 49ers

Malcom Floyd – San Diego Chargers wide receiver is probable this week, but expects him to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars

Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs Tight End is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. If he cannot play, expect Demetrius Harris to get the start.

Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers Tight End is now probable against the Jacksonville Jaguars, expect him to play and be a good option in fantasy.

Matt Bryant – OUT:  Atlanta Falcons kicker will not play against the Minnesota Vikings, he has a quad injury. Shayne Graham will be handling the kicking duties

NFL Week 11 – Injury Check Down Report

Sam Bradford actually avoided injury longer than expected

Sam Bradford actually avoided injury longer than most people expected

Alshon Jeffery – OUT

Emmanuel Sanders – OUT

Matt Forte – OUT

Sam Bradford – OUT:  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mark Sanchez will start in his place until his return.

Peyton Manning – OUT:  Denver Broncos quarterback is ruled out against the Chicago Bears with a foot injury. Brock Osweiler will get the start.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets quarterback will play this week against the Houston Texans.

Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks running back is expected to play this week against San Francisco even though he was limited in practice this week.

Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys Running Back is expected to play against the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys may scale back his usage during this Week 11 matchup against the

Ryan Matthews – OUT:  Philadelphia Eagles running back suffered a concussion is ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Expect Demarco Murray and Darren Sproles to be used in the offense a lot in his absence.

Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers running back is listed as probable this week and should see some playing time. James Starks will get the start according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Matt Forte – Chicago Bears running back is a game time decision against the Denver Broncos. He has been practicing day by day but may need more time to recover expect Langford to start and carry a load in the offense.

Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Wide Receiver will be a game time decision against the Philadelphia Eagles. Fantasy owners should have a backup just in case he does not play. Once again, expect Mike Evans be the focal point of the offense.

Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver is a game time decision Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Expect him to play in this game in this big matchup.

DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans wide receiver will play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears wide receiver is listed as questionable. Eddie Royal is out, so expect Marques Wilson to be the number one receiver if he does not play.

Eddie Royal – OUT

Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver is listed as questionable against the Seattle Seahawks. Expect him to be ready to go and play in this divisional matchup.

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos wide receiver will play against the Chicago Bears.

Malcom Floyd – OUT:  San Diego Chargers wide receiver will not play Sunday against the Chiefs.

Cutler Gets First Shot at Former Team

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler is facing a hard-nosed Broncos defense, but Denver is vulnerable

Despite playing four seasons for the Broncos from 2006 through 2009, Cutler has never actually played a regular season game against Denver. The two teams met in 2011, but Cutler was injured and Tim Tebow was the Broncos quarterback.

This time, Cutler is facing a shutdown Broncos defense that has shown some cracks lately. With Peyton Manning ruled out and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler expected to start, Cutler and the Bears have a chance to make a statement riding a two game winning streak.

Bear OC Adam Gase is having a positive impact on Cutler and is helping him to better read opposing defenses. Similar to the St. Louis Rams, the Broncos are ranked high in defense in multiple categories such as rush defense, pass yards per game, and yards allowed per play.

The Bears have their hands full and will have to make big plays down the field to open up the defense. To be successful, Gase will have to mix up the play calling and keep Cutler focussed. In the final equation, Alshon Jeffrey and running back Jeremy Langford need to make big plays to help Cutler overcome the top-ranked Denver defense.