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.

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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 – Running Back Sit/Start Report

Denard Robinson should provide a big boost for fantasy owners during Week 15

Denard Robinson should provide a big boost for fantasy owners during Week 15

Start – Denard Robinson:  With rookie T.J. Yeldon sidelined, Robinson will be the feature back for the Jaguars on Sunday. Last season, when Robinson was the feature back and received double digit touches, he averaged 70 rush yards per game and scored four touchdowns. Robinson’s first crack at a lead back role will be against the porous Atlanta defense that is allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing runners. If you picked up Robinson off waivers this week, get him in your lineup ASAP.

Start – Matt Forte:  Forte is in a full-blown timeshare, but still manages to put up viable numbers for his fantasy owners. This week, Forte draws a tough matchup heading on the road to take on the Vikings stingy defense. Last time Forte and the Vikings met, he accumulated just 53 total yards from scrimmage. However, don’t let the numbers discourage you. If you have Forte, there may not be a better option on your roster. Forte has also been Mr. Reliable for you when healthy. Roll the dice on the wily veteran and believe in him turning out good fortune for your team.

Sit – Javorious Allen:  Unsurprisingly, Allen had a tough go against the Seahawks in Seattle. Well now he’s on the road again to face off against a revitalized Chiefs defense. Kansas City is the fifth best defense at limiting the run and first in receiving yards allowed to running backs. There are most certainly better options that Allen for week 15. If you want to keep your season alive, choose wisely and sit him.

NFL Week 15 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Tim Hightower got the rock an astounding 28 times during Week 14 - 28 CARRIES

Tim Hightower got the rock an astounding 28 times during Week 14 – 28 CARRIES!!

Your team may have made it through the first round of playoffs but that doesn’t mean players can’t be added to help out. Target these players in Week 15 to either strengthen your team or keep them away from the competition.

Tim Hightower (Ownership: 41%) 

After a four-year hiatus from the NFL, Tim Hightower was signed by the New Orleans Saints to handle the workload left by the newly injured reserved, Mark Ingram. There was speculation that Hightower would receive the majority of carries and CJ Spiller would serve in a complimentary role. However, no one knew Hightower would receive 28 carries, something Ingram hadn’t done since Week 9 of 2014. Hightower tallied only 85 yards on the ground, but he did manage to find the endzone. With another healthy dosage of touches and a Week 15 home tilt with the Detroit Lions, Hightower should be an RB1 candidate.

James White (Ownership: 50.0%) 

This is definitely the last week White will be available in 50% (or less) of fantasy leagues. The first reason, White now has at least one touchdown in three of the past four weeks. The second reason, LeGarrette Blount exited week 14 early and is questionable heading into week 15. White is one of the few reliable receiving options left in New England and Brady fully trusts him in the backfield. The Titans, who just relinquished 82 total yards and a touchdown to Bilal Powell, will be welcomed into Foxborough Sunday. Pencil White in as an RB1.

Denard Robinson (Ownership: 3.6%) 

The speedy Robinson rushed for 75 yards and a score on just 14 carries in week 14 against the Colts. Furthermore, rookie T.J. Yeldon suffered a knee sprain opening the door of opportunity for Robinson. The severity of the injury is unknown but expect Robinson to receive a healthy mix of touches until Yeldon is fully healed. The Jags host the Atlanta Falcons whom let up 85 yards and a score last week to the aforementioned, Tim Hightower.

Tyler Lockett (Ownership: 21.7%)

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense is humming right now and you should get in on the buzz while you still can. Tyler Lockett is a receiver that can be added off waivers and immediately impact your team. Lockett recorded 104 yards and two scores against Baltimore and now has 4 scores and 280 yards over the past four weeks. Lockett is a candidate to add to that massive total as the woeful Browns walk in to CenturyLink Field. Lockett is locked in as a WR2/FLEX option for week 15.

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 – Running Back Sit/Start Report

Shady McCoy will help fantasy owners jump start their playoff run

Shady McCoy will help fantasy owners jump start their playoff run

Start – LeSean McCoy:  LeSean McCoy makes his return to Philly to face off against the man who shipped him out of town and the fourth worst rush defense in the NFL. You can bet that Shady McCoy is ready for this game. McCoy continues to put up double-digit fantasy outings since the Bills Week 8 bye and is averaging 15 points during that time frame. Receiving a healthy dosage of touches as the focal point in the Bills backfield, McCoy is locked in as a RB1 for the first week of fantasy playoffs.

Start – T.J. Yeldon:  Yeldon recorded his best fantasy statistical game during Week 13 rushing for 57 yards and a score while also securing all four of his targets for 79 yards. The odds are good that Yeldon will top that number heading into Week 14. The struggling Colts rank in the bottom 10 defenses in terms of stopping the run. The last two feature backs to face the Colts ran for 97 and 136 yards respectively. Finally, Yeldon ran for 105 yards on 22 carries against the Colts during Week 4. All signs point up for the workhorse rookie running back.

Start – Charcandrick West:  During his first game back from a one-week injury, West only ran for 35 yards on 9 carries. To make matters worse, Spencer Ware is still in the mix and snagged a short touchdown for himself. Do not press the panic button yet. West will get it together in the fantasy playoffs starting with a tantalizing matchup with the porous San Diego Chargers defense. The Bolts have allowed the second most yards per carry to running backs this season. Deploy West in your lineups as a solid RB2.

SIT – Todd Gurley:  I know. If you have Gurley, odds are you don’t have a better option and can’t sit him. Heck, Gurley is probably the reason why you’re in the fantasy playoffs in the first place. But if you do have a viable option over Gurley, then you should move the rookie to your bench, and here’s why. Gurley has regressed each week since his week 7 explosion against Cleveland. Teams are keying in on Gurley and stacking the box with at least 7 players every snap. Furthermore, the Detroit Lions are playing some inspiring defense as of late (except for a late game Hail Mary) and no tailback has recorded over 64 yards against the team since the week 9 bye. Gurley is still a RB2/Flex option but he may not be an RB1 until he can get a new quarterback.

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 13 – Running Back Sit/Start Report

Expect Chris Ivory to punch a hole through the Giants in Week 13

Expect Chris Ivory to punch holes through the Giants line in Week 13

Start – Chris Ivory:  Battle of New York, or should I say, Battle of mediocrity? Thirteen weeks into the season and both East Rutherford inhabitants are driving NY fanatics crazy while flirting with .500. Although the Giants (5 – 6) have won the last five games in this series, the Jets (6 – 5) are two point favorites. Ivory is also my favorite running back to make a difference in the game come Sunday. Ivory has quietly put together a top-5 fantasy running back campaign. Now he gets the Giants’ defense that is allowing over 100 rush yards per game. Put your money on Ivory as a RB1 this week.

Start – CJ Anderson:  It only took Anderson 12 weeks but he finally looked like the first round fantasy draft pick that everyone projected he’d be. Last Sunday, Anderson carried the ball 15 times for 113 yards and two scores, including the game winning score to down the previously undefeated Pats. Head Coach Gary Kubiak already announced that Ronnie Hillman will remain the starter but against the Chargers, there should be some meat left on the bone for Anderson to feast. The Bolts are giving up 4.97 yards per carry, most in the league. Plug Anderson in as your flex and hope he rips off a long one for you.

Start – Matt Forte:  It’s unfortunate that Forte returned from injury to a full timeshare within the backfield, but let’s not forget who the top dog is in Chicago. Forte will get first crack at the 49ers dreadful defense. The 49ers come in to Soldier Field with the second worst rush defense in the NFL. Forte is a solid RB2 even within a timeshare with the powerful Langford.

SIT – Frank Gore:  The touches are there, the results are not. Gore is averaring 1.6 yards per a carry over the course of the last two weeks. Whatever the problem is with Gore, it won’t be resolved during Week 13. The Colts are traveling to play the number one run defense in the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The way you beat the Steelers is through the air and Matt Hasselbeck is still undefeated as a starter, so trust the ball will be with him. Gore’s schedule should get easier in the fantasy playoffs, but leave him on the bench for Week 13.

NFL Week 13 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

David Johnson can help fantasy owners carry the load into the playoffs

David Johnson can help fantasy owners carry the load into the playoffs

Last four games of the regular season: the home stretch for football franchises and fantasy players alike. With a slew of injuries hitting more players, stay on top of your waiver wire to make an impact in the final few matchups for your season.

David Johnson (Ownership 22.7%)

The Cardinals didn’t lose just one, but TWO running backs in a tough stint with the San Francisco 49ers. Starter Chris Johnson was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in his left leg and handcuff, Andre Ellington, is dealing with turf toe to the same foot that sidelined him last season. David Johnson has been used sparingly all season but was able to find the endzone twice over the past two weeks. Now with an uptick in usage, Johnson is definitely worthy of a roster spot in every league and at least flex consideration for the rest of the season.

DeVante Parker (Ownership 4.8%)

DeVante Parker had four catches for 49 yards entering week 12: on Sunday he caught another four balls for 80 yards and a score. The career day exemplified why Miami used a first round pick on the speedy receiver. The scary thing is, Parker is just getting started. Cracked ribs to fellow wideout, Rishard Matthews, opens the door to more playing time for Parker. The Dolphins defense is also in a slump, once again, and will more than likely be playing from behind just like in Sunday’s game against the Jets. Fortunately for the Fins, three of their final four matchups to close the season are against teams that rank in the bottom half of pass defense in terms of limiting receivers. Grab the rookie and watch Parker make a splash for you in the home stretch of the season.

Scott Chandler (Ownership 2.0%)

Gronkowski is the latest addition to the injury report for weapons in Tom Brady’s arsenal. Fortunately for the future Hall of Famer, the MRI revealed that his knee injury is just a bruise and nothing more. We all know that Tom Brady will be Tom Brady and will make use of the receivers at his disposal. That means it is Scott Chandler’s time to shine. Chandler didn’t manage a score against is former team in week 11 but does have two touchdowns in three games and is now the starting tight end in the Patriots offense. If your tight end isn’t performing up to par or just recently got injured (i.e. Jimmy Graham) you can do a whole lot worse than Scott Chandler in your lineup.

Alfred Morris (Ownership 47.1%) 

Man what an up and down year it has been for Alfred Morris. After posting zero points and leaving the game against the Panthers due to injury, the four-year back returned to lead the Redskins back with 23 carries and 90 total yards from scrimmage. Yes, I know. Matt Jones is the younger more explosive back and the two both limit each other’s upside. However, whether you like it or not, something special is swirling around Washington and the team seems reenergized. The Redskins host divisional foe Dallas Cowboys in week 13 and we all know how that team is trending. Morris can very well receive a healthy dosage of touches in the game and be a major factor for week 13 folks looking to squeak into the playoffs.

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