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Andre Johnson, WR, HOU12/19/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (concussion) is probable for Sunday's contest against Baltimore.
Insight: After missing Week 15, Johnson will be back in action for Week 16. DeAndre Hopkins looks iffy at best, but with Case Keenum or Thad Lewis starting at quarterback, Johnson is no more than a WR3.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SDC12/19/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) will not play Saturday versus San Francisco.
Insight: Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will continue to share the workload, with Oliver being the better flex option.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SFX12/19/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde (ankle/back) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Chargers.
Insight: If Frank Gore is unable to suit up, Alfonso Smith or Phillip Tanner would start for San Francisco.
Stevie Johnson, WR, SFX12/19/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson is inactive for Week 16.
Insight: Johnson has played well as a third or fourth receiver this season, but his fantasy value is minimal.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU12/19/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins has missed all three practices this week and should be considered questionable for Week 16.
Insight: With Case Keenum likely the Texans starting quarterback and Andre Johnson likely to return to the lineup, a sore-ankled Hopkins has a limit to how good he can be.
Case Keenum, QB, STL12/19/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum is the favorite to start in Week 16, according to Kevin Patra of nfl.com.
Insight: It's Keenum or Thad Lewis, who doesn't know the offense as well as Keenum.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL12/19/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) will make the decision to play or sit, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: If that's the deciding factor, you can expect Murray to play. That also means you have to start him, given he's been the best running back in the league all season, and hope he gives you a full 60 minutes.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL12/19/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (hip) did not practice on Friday and while he's still a game-time decision fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play.
Insight: Have Harry Douglas and Roddy White ready to go.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND12/19/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) said he's 50-50 to play this weekend.
Insight: That's not great news, considering the team needs him for the playoffs more than for Week 16. he could easily sit the weekend in favor of Reggie Wayne and Donte Moncrief. Hilton is likely a game-time decision.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF12/19/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) is probable for Week 16.
Insight: Head coach Doug Marrone said this week's practice will dictate how much Spiller plays. We still like Fred Jackson to get the majority of the work, so leave Spiller on your bench.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR12/19/2014 2:04:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (back) put in another practice and is probable for Week 16.
Insight: While we expect Newton to give it a go Sunday against the Browns, owners shouldn't expect to get the running Newton, only the passer and that limits his fantasy value.
Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG12/19/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Giants running back Rashad Jennings re-injured his ankle last weekend after missing every practice should be downgraded to out for Sunday of Week 16.
Insight: Andre Williams will get the full work and is a viable fantasy option.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR12/19/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will have the backfield all to himself in Week 16 and is a solid fantasy value.
Insight: DeAngelo Williams is not expected to play in Week 16. That means 20-plus touches for Stewart.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR12/19/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (broken bone in right hand) is not expected to play in Week 16, according to beat writer Joe Person.
Insight: Jonathan Stewart owners should be happy as the value of Stewart should jump with a full workload.
Troy Polamalu, SS, PIT12/19/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (knee) will not play again in Week 16 versus Kansas City, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: When healthy he's one of the best in the league at disrupting an offense, but he won't be available. Add value to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Marqise Lee, WR, JAC12/19/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Jaguars rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee led the team in yards Thursday night, catching four balls for 65 yards.
Insight: That led all receivers, with tight end Marcedes Lewis catching the only touchdown of the night for Jacksonville.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC12/19/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles wasn't pretty, but led his team to a 21-13 Thursday night victory.
Insight: Bortles was 23-of-26 for 115 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 50 yards. The Jaguars running game was the key to this victory, not Bortles arm. Bortles has shown flashes this season, but will need much better protection in front of him if he's to become fantasy worthy in 2015.
Jordan Todman, RB, JAC12/19/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Jaguars backup running back Jordan Todman rushed for more yards than anyone in the Thursday night game, but did most of the damage on a 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter
Insight: Toby Gerhart rushed 12 times to five for Todman and three for Storm Johnson, so Todman's fantasy value is minimal moving forward.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC12/19/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart was the primary running back Thursday night rushing 12 times for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Jordan Todman ran for more yards because of one huge play, but Gerhart was the nominal workhorse and should be the back to own in Week 17.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN12/19/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Titans tight end Delanie Walker was quiet Thursday night catching just four balls for 54 yards.
Insight: Walker was handicapped by his mediocre quarterback who could only manufacture one touchdown drive in 60 minutes.
Kendall Wright, WR, TEN12/19/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Titans receiver Kendall Wright was active on Thursday against Jacksonville and caught four of five targets for 73 yards.
Insight: Wright did not play last week due to a hand injury, but returned against Jacksonville.
Leon Washington, RB, TEN12/19/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: RB/KR Leon Washington led all Titans receivers with seven receptions for 62 yards and a score.
Insight: That's why Titans QB Charlie Whitehurst is called "Charlie Checkdown." Washington also rushed four times for 11 yards.
Charlie Whitehurst, QB, TEN12/19/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was 24-of-35 for 287 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against Jacksonville.
Insight: Whitehurst still can't throw the deep ball, but played well. Of course, "Charlie Checkdown's" leading receiver was running back Leon Washington with seven catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Shonn Greene, RB, TENCold12/19/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene rushed for just 28 yards on seven carries against Jacksonville.
Insight: It appears the 16-carry game against the Jets was just the coach hoping he'd be inspired by facing his old team. Rookie Bishop Sankey saw twice as many rushing attempts.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN12/19/2014 9:06:00 AM
Description: Titans running back Bishop Sankey apparently had the "hot hand" as he saw twice as many carries as Shonn Greene.
Insight: After just three carries against the Jets and nine the previous game, Sankey rushed 14 times for 44 yards against Jacksonville. He still wasn't fantasy worthy.
Kendall Wright, WR, TEN12/18/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Titans receiver Kendall Wright is active on Thursday against Jacksonville.
Insight: Wright did not play last week due to a hand injury. Delanie Walker is also active, so this limits Nate Washington's value a little bit. Wright is the better play, but he isn't much better than a WR4.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI12/18/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy admitted to CSN Philadelphia that backup running back Chris Polk is taking over as the team's goal-line runner.
Insight: Polk played just three snaps versus the Cowboys in Week 15, but he scored on two of them. Another goal-line carry went to Darren Sproles who scored. McCoy will continue to lead the team in rushing, but the emergence of Polk and the addition of Sproles as significantly hurt McCoy's value.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SDC12/18/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) was inactive for Week 15 and has yet to practice this week leaving him with a doubtful tag for Week 16.
Insight: Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will continue to have value, with Oliver being the slightly more preferred player.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP12/18/2014 1:51:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 15) is practicing Thursday.
Insight: Edelman is dealing with a concussion issue and we don't know how much of the protocol has been completed.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU12/18/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (concussion) has passed his concussion tests and should return in Week 16.
Insight: Given the quarterback options for the Titans, he's still not a great fantasy pick. DeAndre Hopkins is the better option, but both may be limited by case Keenum or Thad Lewis under center.
Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG12/18/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Giants running back Rashad Jennings re-injured his ankle last weekend and is doubtful for Sunday of Week 16.
Insight: Jenning has missed both the Wednesday and Thursday practices. Andre Williams will get the work and is a viable fantasy option.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN12/18/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green missed Thursday's practice.
Insight: No official word, but Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson thinks he's under the weather. He's still expected to play Sunday.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN12/18/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did not practice Thursday.
Insight: Manning is coming off an illness and a thigh bruise and was given the day off to rest. He should be good to go in Week 16.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, CHI12/17/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 16.
Insight: That's how bad it is in Chicago. The Bears $127 million quarterback is headed to the bench in favor of Clausen. It seems highly unlikely Cutler is going anywhere with his massive guaranteed contract for the next two years, so this start isn't a try out for Clausen.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI12/17/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been benched according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Insight: Hard to believe Cutler is being benched considering he is in his first year of a, seven-year, $127 million contract extension. Cutler has obviously regressed in the second year of Marc Trestman's offense, but with his contract guaranteed for the next two seasons, the Bears are stuck with him, and it seems silly to bench him for journeyman Jimmy Clausen. Regardless, any owners hoping to use Cutler this week are out of luck.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SFX12/17/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde told CSN Bay Area that he recieved good news on his MRI but is still not expected to play on Saturday.
Insight: Not only did Hyde say he is not expected to play, he flat out stated he would need a miracle to suit up. The timing couldn't have been worse as Frank Gore is doubtful because of his concussion. Alfonso Smith or Phillip Tanner could be the starting running back on Saturday versus the Chargers.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC12/17/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles will be active for Thursday night's game against the Titans.
Insight: That's good considering Bortles is about the only thing that viewers might be tuning in to watch. Bortles has still be flat out bad at times, with just multiple touchdowns in two of 12 appearances. He has also taken 46 sacks, but if owners are desperate, Bortles will be available.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL12/17/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (hip) did not practice on Wednesday.
Insight: It is too soon to tell if Jones will play. While head coach Mike Smith expects him back, we are not as sure. Stay tuned.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR12/17/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.
Insight: It was a limited session, but progress nonetheless. While we expect Newton to give it a go Sunday against the Browns, owners should monitor his progress throughout the week
Dexter McCluster, WR, TEN12/17/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Titans RB/WR Dexter McCluster (knee) is expected to be sidelined for the final two games of the season.
Insight: He has already been ruled out for Thursday's game, and willlikely miss the final one as well. McCluster was not a good option to begin with. He will return to Tennessee in 2015.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND12/17/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) did practice on Wednesday.
Insight: No cause for concern yet, but we would like to see him back at practice by Friday at the latest.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL12/17/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) practiced on Wednesday.
Insight: He did all the individual drills and caught passes out of the backfield. Murray is shaping up to suit up, but there is a chance he will be limited. Stay tuned.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, HOU12/16/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been placed on injured reserve with a broken leg.
Insight: Tom Savage is also sidelined, leaving Houston to turn to either Case Keenum or Thad Lewis.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL12/16/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro, inactive for Week 15 against the Jaguars, has now been placed on the injured reserve list thereby ending his season.
Insight: Taliaferro made a little noise back in Week 3 when he rushed 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown, but since Week 5 has given the Ravens and fantasy owners very little as Justin Forsett grabbed the workhorse role.
Colt McCoy, QB, WAS12/16/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Washington quarterback Colt McCoy re-injured his neck and is apparently going to be placed on injured reserve ending his season.
Insight: Robert Griffin III is the next man up. He filled in for McCoy after the injury and threw for 236 yards and a touchdown.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC12/16/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen has suffered a broken collarbone and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Insight: Allen also injured an ankle and left the stadium in a walking boot, but the ankle injury is now the least of his worries. He leads the Chargers in receptions (77) and yards (783).
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL12/16/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken band in his left hand, but the feeling in Dallas is he can play in Week 16, according to an Ed Werder report.
Insight: Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would likely form a committee if Murray is unable to play against the Colts, but obviously neither would produce at Murray's level.
Trent Cole, DE, PHI12/16/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Eagles DL Trent Cole (hand) is unlikely to play in Week 16, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Brandon Graham has played well in his role and should fill in just fine for Cole with no loss of production.
Tyrann Mathieu, S, ARI12/16/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Arizona defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Insight: Mathieu practiced Monday with a large cast to protect his fractured left thumb and hopes to play.
Marquess Wilson, WR, CHI12/16/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Bears receiver Marquess Wilson had his first chance to really show his stuff with Brandon Marshall sidelined, but the results were up and down.
Insight: Wilson did catch a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, but had just three receptions for 16 yards.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI12/16/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery again caught a garbage-time touchdown to turn an ugly game respectable.
Insight: Jeffery should have had a big day, with Brandon Marshall out for the season, but he and Cutler weren't on the same page. Jeffery caught just four of nine targets for 78 yards and the one score.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI12/16/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: The "bad" Jay Cutler was on display Monday night against New Orleans.
Insight: Cutler had 194 yards passing on 31 attempts with a pair of touchdown passes and three interceptions. It's always a guessing game which Cutler will show up each week and that's a problem in a one-and-done fantasy playoff system.
Matt Forte, RB, CHI12/16/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte totaled 99 yards from scrimmage, but could get into the end zone.
Insight: Forte has been limited by the floundering Bears offense. He's still a valuable asset because of his receiving skill, but he's been a bit disappointing in this year's fantasy playoffs.
Josh Hill, TE, NOS12/16/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Saints backup tight end Josh Hill vultured two touchdowns from Jimmy Graham Monday night against Chicago.
Insight: They were his only two receptions of the season. Hill doesn't see much playing time, but has four touchdowns in his 14 total catches this season.
Marques Colston, WR, NOS12/16/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston was one of three Saints pass catchers with seven targets in a balanced offense.
Insight: The balance doesn't help any receiver post big numbers, but Colston did hit double-digits with five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. In his ninth season, Colston is a low-end fantasy option. He's only cracked the 100-yard mark twice this season and not since Week 7.
Pierre Thomas, RB, NOS12/16/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas didn't run the ball much, but he was the guy Brees used for his screen pass game.
Insight: Thomas rushed the ball just two times, but caught all five targets for 83 yards.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS12/16/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham still isn't performing to the high standards we expect from him, but at least he was part of the passing game against the Bears.
Insight: After a goose egg in Week 13 and just three catches for 25 yards last weekend, Graham caught five balls for 87 yards.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS12/16/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees was on target for most of the evening and posted 375 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.
Insight: Brees hasn't been the consistent 300-yard thrower we've seen in past seasons, but he came up with a big one when it counted in the fantasy playoffs.
Mark Ingram, RB, NOS12/16/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram only rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries, but a late touchdown run saved the day for fantasy owners.
Insight: The 100-yard games he was producing in the middle of the season are much rarer these days and his value is as an RB2 at best.
Terron Armstead, OT, NOS12/15/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Saints left tackle Terron Armstead left Monday's game with a neck injury.
Insight: Armstead aggravated a previous injury, and looks to be out for the game. He has been New Orleans best offensive lineman.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN12/15/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (dislocated shoulder) was placed on injured reserve.
Insight: His season is over, and Locker will be a free agent during the offseason. He will likely sign a deal to compete for a backup job. If Zach Mettenberger is healthy, he will likely start. If not, Charlie Whitehurst will get the nod. Jordan Palmer was signed to take Locker's roster spot.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS12/15/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III will likely start Saturday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Colt McCoy is dealing with a neck injury, paving way for Griffin to get another look. He will be a decent option against Philadelphia's suspect defense.
Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI12/15/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley will start Week 16 versus Seattle.
Insight: No surprise here, but Lindley will not be a recommended option against Seattle's top-notch defense.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, TAM12/15/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) was placed on injured reserve.
Insight: His season is officially over after catching 21 passes for 221 yards and two scores.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND12/15/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) had an MRI on Monday, but it came back clean.
Insight: Hilton said he "hopes" to practice this week, so it will be a situation to monitor for owners. He will be a WR1 for Week 16 if active.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF12/15/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) has been activated from injured reserve/designated to return.
Insight: Head coach Doug Marrone said this week's practice will dictate how much Spiller plays. He will be no more than a low-end flex option against Oakland.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL12/15/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken band in his left hand.
Insight: Wow. This seemingly came out of nowhere, however Murray's status is still unknown for the Week 16. The injury is being reported as minor, and may he may only need to miss one game, if any. Yet, this is not what owners want to hear heading into the Championship round. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would likely form a committee if Murray is unable to play against the Colts.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC12/15/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles suffered a mid-foot sprain, according to beat writer John Oehser.
Insight: Bortles took eight more sacks in Week 15, which brings his total to 46 on the season and this is part of the consequences of not protecting your quarterback. He should be considered unlikely to play Thursday on a short work week.
Brandon Marshall, LB, DEN12/15/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: The "other" Brandon Marshall, linebacker for Denver, suffered a mid-foot sprain, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Marshall has been an underrated performer this season and if he can't go by playoff time it's a blow to the defense.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI12/15/2014 1:39:00 PM
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles' collarbone is healing normally, but he has not been cleared and will not play in Week 16, according to coach Chip Kelly.
Insight: Mark Sanchez is showing why he's a backup quarterback and not a starter, but he'll have to turn things around in Week 16 if the Eagles are to have any chance to reach the playoffs.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC12/15/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen caught just three of eight targets for 18 yards and left the game in the third quarter.
Insight: Allen left the stadium in a walking boot. He'll have an MRI Monday.
Antonio Gates, TE, SDC12/15/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates finished with a team-high seven targets, catching six, for 54 yards and a touchdown against Denver.
Insight: The Rivers-to-Gates touchdown pass was the 67th of their career tying them for sixth place all-time with Drew Brees and Marques Colston.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDC12/15/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw 41 times, but produced just 232 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Insight: Rivers couldn't get anything going for a second straight weekend as the Chargers scored just 10 points. The early season MVP talk has long since disappeared.
Branden Oliver, RB, SDC12/15/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Chargers rookie running back Branden Oliver saw a majority of the workload, but produced just 26 yards on 12 carries.
Insight: Ryan Mathews missed tha game with an ankle injury and allowed Oliver and Donald Brown to carry the load. Oliver did catch four balls for 44 yards, but all in all it wasn't a very good day.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DENCold12/15/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders caught all three targets for just 53 yards and no touchdowns.
Insight: Like the rest of the Broncos passing game, Sanders didn't do much as the team featured C.J. Anderson and Demaryius Thomas. Sanders has picked a horrible time to go into a slump.
Julius Thomas, TE, DENCold12/15/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) got in for 29 of 66 plays against San Diego.
Insight: Thomas was also active in Week 14, but didn't see any snaps, so this was an improvement, but he didn't help fantasy owners with just one catch for 30 yards.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN12/15/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas (ankle) showed no signed of being limited against San Diego and caught six of 11 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Thomas picked a perfect time to return to his high level of production with the fantasy playoffs in full gear.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN12/15/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had his fantasy owners in a panic when he headed to the locker room two minutes before the end of the first half and backup Brock Osweiler ran the final series.
Insight: Manning did return for the first series of the second half and played the remainder of the game. He was dealing with a thigh issue and flu-like symptoms. He should be good to go in Week 16. Manning threw for 233 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, not up to his high standards, but better than Week 14.
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN12/15/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson showed no signed of the ankle injury that had him limping badly in the previous game.
Insight: Anderson rushed 29 times for 85 yards and caught two balls for 11 yards, but couldn't find the end zone. He's still a borderline RB1.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN12/15/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Titans tight end Delanie Walker took advantage of the absence of the Titans top two receivers and caufght four balls for 93 yards.
Insight: Walker did most of his damage in the fourth quarter. He is still a borderline TE1.
Nate Washington, WR, TEN12/15/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Titans receiver Nate Washington saw a team-high 10 targets, catching six for 102 yards.
Insight: Washington caught balls for two different quarterbacks, taking advantage of the absence of both Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ12/15/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker had a solid game in Week 15 catching seven of 11 targets for 100 yards.
Insight: Decker's day could have been much better, but he stepped out on what first appeared to be an 81-yard touchdown catch and run. He settled for a 48-yard reception and earned his first 100-yard bonus of the season.
Geno Smith, QB, NYJ12/15/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Jets quarterback Geno Smith led the team to a 16-11 victory.
Insight: Smith passed for 179 yards and a touchdown to John Conner. It was a win, but it certainly wasn't fantasy worthy.
Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ12/15/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson rushed for a team-high 55 yards.
Insight: Johnson has been getting the work in the past three games, but hasn't produced big numbers. Ivory rushed 12 times for 25 yards and a touchdown, Johnson rushed 10 times for 55 yards and neither guy holds great upside right now with this 50-50 split of the workload.
Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ12/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Jets running back Chris Ivory once again shared the workload evenly with Chris Johnson.
Insight: Ivory rushed 12 times for 25 yards and a touchdown, Johnson rushed 10 times for 55 yards. Neither guy holds great upside right now.
Golden Tate, WR, DET12/15/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate was productive despite amassing just 38 yards.
Insight: Tate had seven catches on seven targets and scored the Lions only touchdown of the day. he also rushed two times for five yards. He has been a great compliment to Calvin Johnson.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET12/15/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was as quiet as his quarterback in this one against Minnesota, catching just four passes, for 53 yards.
Insight: Johnson had gone big in the previous two games so this was unfortunate for fantasy owners. If you survived despite the low production from Megatron, he should rebound next weekend against Chicago. He had 11 catches for 146 yards and two TDs against them on Nov 27.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DETCold12/15/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was very quiet in a 16-14 win over Minnesota.
Insight: He was 17-of-28 for 153 yards and one touchdown. The Vikings dominated time of possession and Stafford and the offense couldn't get much going. he should be much better in Week 16 against a very giving Bears defense.
Reggie Bush, RB, DETCold12/15/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush (ankle) was active for Week 15's contest against the Vikings, but unproductive.
Insight: Bush rushed three times for seven yards and caught one pass for 10 yards. Joique Bell is the workhorse right now though, leaving Bush with little to no fantasy value.
Joique Bell, RB, DET12/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had another solid game on Sunday and has become the team's No. 1 back.
Insight: He rushed 15 times for 62 yards and also had four catches for 41. Bell is a solid RB2 and it doesn't matter whether Reggie Bush is active or inactive.
Greg Jennings, WR, MIN12/15/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings caught three balls for 43 yards and a touchdown against Detroit.
Insight: Jennings has now caught a touchdown pas in three of the past four games. He's still not posting any good yardage totals, but if he can keep finding the end zone he can be a WR3.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN12/15/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught a season-high seven balls for 69 yards.
Insight: Rudolph seems all the way back from sports hernia surgery. He will be a borderline TE1 the rest of the way.
Charles Johnson, WR, MIN12/15/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Charles Johnson led Minnesota in receiving yards with 72 on five receptions in Week 15.
Insight: He had four receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown in Week 13, but had a tougher time against Detroit, which was to be expected.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN12/15/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 315 yards and a touchdown, but was hurt by two interceptions.
Insight: He also rushed for 30 yards. Bridgewater has dramatically improved since the start of the season, but still has to cut down on the errors.
Matt Asiata, RB, MIN12/15/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata led the team with 11 carries for 36 yards in Week 15.
Insight: At least he found the end zone and caught seven balls for 50 yards to crack into double-digit fantasy points. Asiata is a low end value only because Jerick McKinnon is done for the season. We don't expect him to be a viable fantasy option in 2015.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA12/15/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin caught three balls for 53 yards.
Insight: Although he's the No. 1 Seahawks receivers, he's not a consistent fantasy option. The Seahawks went ultra conservative on offense and everyone other than Marshawn Lynch suffered because of it.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, SEA12/15/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse saw six targets and led the team with five receptions for 78 yards.
Insight: Kearse has yet to prove himself a value to fantasy owners. This was his season high for receiving yards and he has only one touchdown reception. Kearse should still not be owned in fantasy leagues.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA12/15/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was quiet in Week 15 with 168 yards and a touchdown passing and 27 yards on the ground.
Insight: Games like this one are why Wilson's fantasy value is limited. He's not a prolific passer, doesn't have great receivers and the team can win even when they are ultra conservative on offense because of their great defense.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA12/15/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushed 21 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: The 49ers defense played well, particularly in the first half, but Lynch still managed to help fantasy owners. It will be a tough game again in Week 16 against an Arizona Cardinals defense that is No. 6 against the run and has yielded just six rushing touchdowns this season.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFXCold12/15/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis didn't catch a pass Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: How can a player with his talent level be playing so poorly all season? Davis remains the biggest bust among tight ends in 2014 and shouldn't be started. Since a two-touchdown opening game, Davis hasn't cracked the five-point mark.
Anquan Boldin, WR, SFXCold12/15/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin caught two of four targets for just 23 yards.
Insight: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a disaster to fantasy owners in the second half of the season and has taken down his receivers with him.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFXCold12/15/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn't get his, or the team's offense going ... again.
Insight: Kaepernick threw for just 141 yards and ran for 46 yards. He still hasn't run for a touchdown all season and his team produced just seven points against the Seahawks. Not surprising results and fantasy owners shouldn't have started him.
Riley Cooper, WR, PHICold12/15/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper caught two of four targets for 17 yards against Dallas Sunday night.
Insight: The Eagles will need a better receiver opposite Jeremy Maclin next season. Cooper has proven that last season's numbers (47-835-8) were a fluke by posting completely forgettable statistics all season long.
Jordan Matthews, WR, PHICold12/15/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews was a non-factor for a second consecutive weekend.
Insight: He was targeted just one time and couldn't come up with it. What happened to the guy who posted back-to-back games with over 100-yards earlier in the year?
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI12/15/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin disappointed fantasy owners on two levels with his four-catch, 98-yard evening.
Insight: Maclin's 72-yard reception didn't find the end zone finish one yard short of the goal line and the Eagles No. 1 wideout came up two yards short of the 100-yard receiving bonus.
Mark Sanchez, QB, PHICold12/15/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez proved once again why he's a backup quarterback.
Insight: Sanchez threw for 252 yards, but didn't throw a touchdown pass and was picked off two times. He's yet to come up with a good effort in a big game and come next season should be back in a reserve role.
Darren Sproles, RB, PHI12/15/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles scored a touchdown from a yard out in Sunday night's loss to Dallas.
Insight: Sproles only had five touches on offense and one punt return, so his fantasy value is limited.
Chris Polk, RB, PHI12/15/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Eagles backup running back Chris Polk appears to be the goal line back.
Insight: Polk scored twice inside the 5-yard line. He's not going to get any significant yards based on current usage, but he could be a consistent touchdown maker. At the moment he's just a pain in the side of LeSean McCoy owners.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHICold12/15/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy saw 17 touches and produced just 65 yards.
Insight: McCoy just isn't producing and with Darren Sproles catching more passes and Chris Polk the goal line back, McCoy's fantasy value has taken a significant hit.
Cole Beasley, WR, DAL12/15/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Cowboys wideout Cole Beasley didn't produce very good fantasy numbers against the Eagles, catching four balls for 42 yards.
Insight: Beasley is still the second wideout option in Dallas, ahead of Terrance Williams, but both Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten get most of Romo's targets.
Jason Witten, TE, DAL12/15/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught seven of a team-high nine targets for 69 yards.
Insight: While he didn't get into the end zone, Witten was busy catching key first down passes for most of the night.
Dez Bryant, WR, DALHot12/15/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was wide open all night and toasted the Eagles secondary for three scores and 114 yards.
Insight: The Eagles tried to cover him man-to-man with Bradley Fletcher and that just didn't work. Bryant has tied career-high with 13 touchdowns and should set a new mark with the remaining two games against Indianapolis and Washington.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL12/15/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had a rough night averaging just 2.6 ypc on 31 tries, but scored twice.
Insight: Murray only broke through the line a few times, but his scores saved the night for fantasy owners.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL12/15/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo featured Dez Bryant and Jason Witten and he posted solid numbers against the Eagles.
Insight: Witten made the first downs and Bryant scored three times as Romo racked up 265 yards and three touchdowns. He looked much healthier than he did the last times these two teams met on Thanksgiving Day.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND12/15/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton had just four catches for 50 yards on Sunday and admitted he re-injured his hamstring.
Insight: Hilton will go see the doctor and the MRI will tell us more. Hilton has been a WR1 all season and fantasy owners need him at full strength with the title on the line.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SFX12/15/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde joined Frank Gore on the sidelines Sunday after injuring his back.
Insight: It will be a race to see which 49ers running back can return for Week 16. If neither returns the backfield work would likely go to Alfonso Smith.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS12/14/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Washington receiver Pierre Garcon had four catches for 36 yards versus the Giants.
Insight: Garcon had seven targets, just behind DeSean Jackson for the team lead, but either receiver did much with them. Garcon is likely a WR3 next week.
Larry Donnell, TE, NYG12/14/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Giants tight end Larry Donnell caught both his targets for 11 yards in Week 15.
Insight: Eli Manning targeted Odell Backham Jr. all day, who can blame him, so no other receiver had many opportunities for New York. Donnell remains a borderline TE1.
DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS12/14/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson had a team-high eight targets, yet failed to produce.
Insight: Jackson had three catches for 15 yards. He remains a big boom-or-bust guy and an even bigger risk with the unsteady situation at quarterback.
Rueben Randle, WR, NYG12/14/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle had just two catches for 30 yards.
Insight: Randle continues to take a backseat to Odell Beckham Jr., who is clearly Eli Manning's favorite receiver. Randle is a WR4 at best.
Andre Roberts, WR, WAS12/14/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Washington wide receiver Andre Roberts led the team in receiving against the Giants.
Insight: Roberts caught just two passes on four targets, yet gained 81 receiving yards. His big catch went for 61 yards. However, Roberts is not fantasy relevant to end this season.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG12/14/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a big game in Week 15.
Insight: Sound familar? Beckham had 12 catches for 143 yards and caught all three of Eli Manning's touchdowns. Beckham had 15 targets while the receiver with the second-most targets had just four. Beckham remains a WR1 option.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS12/14/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Washington running back Alfred Morris had 14 carries for 49 yards in Week 15.
Insight: With 14 of those yards coming on one play, Morris was pretty much bottled up all day. Morris is no longer a fantasy stud and should be sat if owners have better options.
Andre Williams, RB, NYG12/14/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Giants running back Andre Williams led the team in rushing during Week 15.
Insight: That's not saying much as Williams gained just 2.4 yards per carry, gaining 44 yards on 18 carries. Williams is a RB3 at best.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS12/14/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III came off the bench for the injured Colt McCoy and played pretty well.
Insight: Griffin was 18-for-27 with 236 yards and a touchdown, though, many Washington fans likely believe Griffin scored a rushing touchdown at the end of the first half too. Griffin dove for the pilon but fumbled out of bounds just before scoring. With the time expired, Washington did not have another opportunity to score. Although those previous numbers are alright, Griffin did also fumble three times, losing one, and take seven sacks.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG12/14/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a very good fanasy day versus Washington.
Insight: Manning threw for three touchdowns and avoided a turnover. Manning was 23-of-34 with 250 passing yards in the, 24-13, victory.
Charles Clay, FB/TE, MIA12/14/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Dolphins tight end Charles Clay jad six catches for 59 yards versus the Patriots.
Insight: Clay continues to be inconsistent, along with many other tight ends. This was a decent week for him.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP12/14/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not catch a pass in the first half, but that was no big deal for Tom Brady's favorite target.
Insight: Gronkowski made some big plays in the third quarter as the Patriots outscored the Dolphins in the quarter, 24-0. Gronkowski had three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. He is the top fantasy tight end in the league.
Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA12/14/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry continued his impressive rookie campaign versus the Patriots.
Insight: Landry had a team-high eight catches for 99 yards. With all the great rookie wide receivers, Landry is sort of forgotten, but he is having a tremendous rookie season.
Jonas Gray, RB, NEP12/14/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray is apparently out of the doghouse.
Insight: Gray led the team with 11 carries versus the Dolphins and gained a team-high 62 yards. LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen, however, scored the rushing touchdowns, so the Patriots backfield remains a mystery.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA12/14/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace survived Revis Island on Sunday.
Insight: Wallace caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown against the tough Patriots secondary. That's Wallace's biggest yardage total of the season along with his eighth touchdown catch.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP12/14/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman had seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 15.
Insight: It is hard to predict where the Patriots or Tom Brady are going to go with the ball, but Edelman is nearly as sure a bet as Rob Gronkowski. Edelman has at least seven catches the last four games.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA12/14/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller continues to disappoint down the stretch.
Insight: Miller averaged just 2.9 yards per carry on his way to 47 rushing yards versus the Patriots. Miller has not gained more than 60 yards rushing since Nov. 13. Miller is a shaky RB2.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, NEP12/14/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount gave way to Jonas Gray a bit in Week 15, but Blount did score a touchdown.
Insight: Blount had just eight carries and 17 yards while only supplying seven more yards receiving, but he avoided the fantasy dud finding the end zone on the goal line. Blount, along with every other Patriots running back, has risk invovled every week because owners just don't know who will get the ball.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA12/14/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was 29-of-47 with 346 yards but those numbers are a bit misleading.
Insight: Tannehill struggled in New England like he always does, throwing two interceptions and taking four sacks. Tannehill is better served as a QB2.
Tom Brady, QB, NEPHot12/14/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for a pair of touchdowns again in Week 15.
Insight: Brady has at least two touchdown passes in 10 straight weeks, which is every game since the debacle at Kansas City. Brady was 21-of-35 with 287 yards and his only blemish was the one interception.
Mychal Rivera, TE, OAK12/14/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners cannot ignore Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera any longer.
Insight: Rivera had seven more catches for 39 yards in Week 15. That yardage total is not great, but it is the third straight week Rivera was heavily invovled in the passing game. He is a gamble, but one worth going for if owners need tight end help.
Travis Kelce, TE, KAN12/14/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had a big fantasy day in Week 15.
Insight: Kelce had five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers aren't huge but for a very inconsistent position, that kind of production is big in the playoffs. Kelce is a solid TE1 with a juicy matchup next week.
James Jones, WR, OAK12/14/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Raiders receiver James Jones led the team with eight catches on Sunday.
Insight: Jones didn't do much with those catches with 57 yards, though, he did score the one Derek Carr touchdown pass. Jones is a WR4 moving forward.
Knile Davis, RB, KAN12/14/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis remains fantasy relevant.
Insight: Davis has remained relevant in fantasy because of his big play ability. Davis can make noise on special teams and on Sunday, he made a big splash in the passing game. Davis caught one pass for a 70-yard touchdown.
Andre Holmes, WR, OAK12/14/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Raiders receiver Andre Holmes caught five of his 12 targets for a team-high 70 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Raiders receivers are not good fantasy options, but if an owner has to roll with one, it might as well be Holmes.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KANCold12/14/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had three catches for 69 yards to lead all Kansas City receivers agaisnt the Raiders.
Insight: Bowe, along with every other Chiefs receiver, still has not caught a touchdown this season. For that reason, Kansas City receivers are not good fantasy options.
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK12/14/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Raiders running back Latavius Murray continues to be a decent fantasy play.
Insight: That's saying a lot considering he plays for the Raiders. Murray had 12 carries for 59 yards and 17 more yards receiving. Murray is a FLEX option just based on the fact he should get lots of carries, though, when Oakland falls behind, there's always a chance Derek Carr gets more than 50 pass attempts.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN12/14/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a disappointing day for his standards, rushing for 12 carries for 52 yards versus the Raiders.
Insight: Not a good time for him to lay an egg. The Raiders were able to slow him down, and then with a big lead, Andy Reid didn't use him much late in the game. Charles will be a RB1 again next week against the Steelers.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK12/14/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr was not good against the Chiefs in Week 15.
Insight: Carr did not throw an interception, but he did lose a fumble and average just 4.0 yards per attempt. Carr attempted 56 passes, so he did manage to gain 222 yards through the air. He also had a touchdown.
Alex Smith, QB, KAN12/14/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for two scores as Kansas City avenged its loss from a few weeks ago against the Raiders, 31-13.
Insight: Smith was 18-of-30 for 297 yards in addition to the scores. Despite having virtually no receivers to throw to, Smith is still a low-end QB1.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND12/14/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson should probably not be in fantasy starting lineups anymore.
Insight: Richardson has been given every opportunity to prove he can be "the guy" in Indianapolis, but now he is losing playing time to Daniel Herron. Richardson had 32 yards on nine carries while Herron gained 60 yards on 11 attempts. Sit Richardson if you haven't already.
Coby Fleener, TE, IND12/14/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Coby Fleener caught two passes for 32 yards in Week 15.
Insight: Fleener and fellow tight end Dwyane Allen each had two grabs with Allen getting the touchdown. If Allen plays, Fleener taks a back sit to him in terms of fantasy value.
Dwayne Allen, TE, IND12/14/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen caught a touchdown on Sunday.
Insight: Allen had just two catches for 16 yards but salvaged the day with the touchdown grab. He is a borderline TE1 for the rest of the season.
Alfred Blue, RB, HOU12/14/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Alfred Blue had eight carries for 26 yards versus the Colts.
Insight: After Ryan Fitzpatrick left the game, Houston ran the ball a lot. With backup quarterback Tom Savage also hurt, there is a big question mark at quarterback, which means even with Arian Foster healthy, Blue could get more work.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND12/14/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: There was an Hakeem Nicks sighting in Week 15 versus the Texans.
Insight: Nicks caught two passes for 44 yards and a touchdown, doing things, like making nice toe-dragging catches, he hadn't done in seeminly two years. He is still a fantasy gamble next week though.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU12/14/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins again led the team in receiving.
Insight: Without Andre Johnson, Hopkins was poised for a big day until Ryan Fitzpatrick went out with an injury. Hopkins still managed five catches for 77 yards.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND12/14/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton had four catches for 50 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Hilton led the team with eight targets, catching just half of them. He also led the team in receiving yards, but Luck's two touchdown passes went elsewhere. Hilton is still a WR1.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU12/14/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster just missed the 100-yard rushing bonus versus the Colts.
Insight: Foster had 99 rushing yards on 26 carries. He had plenty of opportunities with starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leaving the game with a leg injury. Foster is still a RB1 no matter who plays quarterback for Houston.
Dan Herron, RB, IND12/14/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron had another decent day at the office.
Insight: Herron rushed for 60 yards on 11 carries as he again outproduced the former first-round pick Trent Richardson. Herron added two catches and 12 yards in the passing game. He is a decent FLEX play moving forward.
Tom Savage, QB, HOU12/14/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Texas rookie quarterback Tom Savage was 10-of-19 with his interception after he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday.
Insight: Savage handed the ball off a lot, which was also an issue and one handoff led to a fumble. Savage isn't exactly fantasy relevant, and he is also undergoing an MRI on his knee. It was a tough day at the office for Texans quarterbacks.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND12/14/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had another slow start and didn't really recover in Week 15.
Insight: Luck threw a pick-six in the first quarter and did respond with two touchdown passes in the second quarter, but that's about it. Luck was 18-of-37 for 187 yards with the two scores and the interception. The Texans also sacked Luck twice.
Owen Daniels, TE, BAL12/14/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels scored the lone touchdown of the Ravens vs. Jaguars game in Week 15.
Insight: Daniels scored on a 3-yard touchdown catch. He also had a 29-yard catch. Daniels finished with four catches for 62 yards and the touchdown.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC12/14/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis has two catches for 22 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Lewis is a TE2 in this dreadful offense.
Allen Hurns, WR, JAC12/14/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Jaguars rookie wideout Allen Hurns saw nine targets and caught six passes.
Insight: The six catches was tied with Cecil Shorts for the team lead. Hurns finished with 70 yards.
Steve Smith Sr, WR, BAL12/14/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. disappeared again in Week 15.
Insight: Last week, Smith had five catches for 70 yards, but he did very little against the Jaguars. Smith had five catches for 37 yards. Torrey Smith was even worse with two catches and 16 yards.
Cecil Shorts III, WR, JAC12/14/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts had a decent fantasy day against the Ravens.
Insight: Shorts had six catches for 76 yards. His top play was a big play for 30 yards. Shorts is a WR3 moving forward.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC12/14/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart was sort of the workhorse back for Jacksonville versus the Ravens on Sunday.
Insight: We sort of give him the workhorse label because he did lead the team in carries, doubling every other Jaguar running back, but he still had just 13 carries and 54 yards. If owners have to go with someone in the Jacksonville backfield, Gerhart is the guy.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL12/14/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Justin Forsett unexpectedly struggled against the Jaguars in Week 15.
Insight: Forsett rushed for 48 yards on 16 carries and didn't score. It was his lowest rushing total in over a month.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC12/14/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles still hasn't learned when to get rid of the football.
Insight: Bortles took eight more sacks in Week 15, which brings his total to 46 on the season. As a team, Jacksonville has allowed 62 sacks this season, so it probably isn't all Bortles' shortcomings. Bortles has shown promise this season, but he isn't fantasy relevant.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC12/14/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen suffered an ankle injury and his return is questionable.
Insight: Allen had not done anything in the game, catching three balls for 18 yards.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL12/14/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did enough to beat the lowly Jaguars on Sunday.
Insight: Flacco was 20-for-30 with 221 yards and a touchdown. The Baltimore offense unexpectedly had difficulty running the ball versus Jacksonville so overall, the offense struggled. Flacco is a low-end QB1 in deep leagues.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR12/14/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the team with 10 catches for 110 yards.
Insight: Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin didn't mind Derek Anderson at quarterback as both received 13 targets. Unfortunately, Jericho Cotchery caught the only touchdown. Olsen remains a strong TE1 consideration no matter who plays quarterback.
Mike Evans, WR, TAM12/14/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans caught another touchdown but was overall disappointing in Week 15.
Insight: Evans caught just two passes for 13 yards with the score. He did not have a catch in the second half.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, CAR12/14/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Wideout Jerricho Cotchery scored the long touchdown in the Panthers, 19-17, victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Insight: Cotchery stole the touchdown away from Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin, who had better receiving days, but did not score. Cotchery finished with five catches for 47 yards.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM12/14/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had six catches for 70 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Jackson continues to stick around and annoy fantasy owners who believed Mike Evans was ready to take over as the No. 1 option in the Buccaneers passing attack. Jackson had 10 targets versus Evans' eight.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR12/14/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin had eight catches for 104 yards in Week 15.
Insight: Benjamin didn't mind catching passes from Derek Anderson as he was tied with the team lead with 13 targets. Benjamin is a strong WR2 consideration next week no matter who is under center.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM12/14/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin had one of his best games of the season on Sunday.
Insight: Martin rushed for 96 yards on 14 carries. That's the most yards Martin has rushed for since Week 2 of 2013.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR12/14/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was clearly the workhorse back for Carolina with 22 carries in Week 15.
Insight: Stewart wasn't very efficient, averaging 3.3 yards per carry, but the amount of carries helped Stewart get to 73 rushing yards. Stewart is a RB1 as long as DeAngelo Williams is out.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX12/14/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore is being evaluated for a concussion. Update: Gore has been downgraded to out.
Insight: Gore produced 29 yards and a touchdown on 11 first-half carries, but appeared to injure himself while trying to make a block. Carlos Hyde should get all the carries in the second half.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM12/14/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown was 13-of-28 with a touchdown and interception in Week 15.
Insight: McCown did throw one interception and turnovers have plagued him this season. He is at best a QB2 in deeper leagues.
Derek Anderson, QB, ARI12/14/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson won his second start of 2014 on Sunday.
Insight: Anderson's 2-0 record would be more impressive if both starters weren't against the Buccaneers. Anderson was 25-of-40 with 277 yards and one touchdown.
Davante Adams, WR, GBPCold12/14/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams' day in the sun seems to be over.
Insight: Adams caught six of 11 targets for a team-high 121 yards in Week 13, but had just one catch for six yards, on four targets in Week 14 and just one catch this Sunday. Adams can probably be dropped in standard leagues.
Scott Chandler, TE, BUF12/14/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Bills tight end Scott Chandler did very little versus the Packers.
Insight: Even at an inconsistent position, Chanlder is a TE2 at best.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP12/14/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson was a big disappointment in Week 15.
Insight: Nelson has an alright day with five catches for 55 yards, but he dropped a potential 95-yard score, which would have probably more than tripled his fantasy points in standard leagues. Nelson, along with Aaron Rodgers, should get back on track next week.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF12/14/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Bills wideout Sammy Watkins had one catch for 28 yards.
Insight: Watkins continues to be boom-or-bust as last week he gained 127 yards on seven catches. He is too unreliable to start in standard leagues with the playoffs on the line.
Randall Cobb, WR, GBP12/14/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb caught seven passes for 96 yards and added 15 more yards on the ground.
Insight: Cobb was able to avoid a fantasy dud despite Aaron Rodgers laying an egg. Cobb is a WR1 moving forward and is a safer play than Jordy Nelson on these type of days because Cobb can be involved in other ways besides the vertical passing game.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN12/14/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning left the field with 1:53 remaining on the clock in the second quarter due to a thigh injury and is apparently also dealing with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Manning did warm up after half-time and is out there for the opening drive of the second half.
Anthony Dixon, RB, BUF12/14/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Bills running back Anthony Dixon had six carries for 26 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Dixon also had a catch for five yards. Fred Jackson is clearly the top running back option for the Bills and fantasy owners.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBPHot12/14/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy was awesome again and should have received more opportunities against the Bills.
Insight: Lacy had 15 carries and gained 97 yards with a touchdown. He, however, had five of those carries on one drive which ended with his score, the only touchdown for the Packers on the day. The only reason we can think of as to why Lacy did not get more work is that he was hurt, which is a possibility since he came into the week with a hip injury.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF12/14/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson had 23 touches and 98 yards in Week 15.
Insight: Jackson gained 71 of those yards on the ground and had three catches for 27 yards as well. It's too bad he couldn't find the end zone, but not bad numbers from Jackson.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP12/14/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked a horrible time to have his worst game of the season.
Insight: With the fantasy playoffs on the line, Rodgers did not throw a touchdown and threw two interceptions for the first time since Oct. 26. Rodgers completed just 17-of-42 passes for 185 yards. If owners with Rodgers survive this week, he is still a must-start next week.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN12/14/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning left the field with 1:53 remaining on the clock in the second quarter due to a thigh injury and is apparently also dealing with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Manning did warm up after half-time and might return if they fall behind on the scoreboard, but Brock Osweiler will start the second half.
Frank Gore, RB, SFX12/14/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: 49ers running back Frank Gore is being evaluated for a concussion.
Insight: Gore produced 29 yards and a touchdown on 11 first-half carries, but appeared to injure himself while trying to make a block.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF12/14/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton did just enough for Buffalo to beat Green Bay, 21-13, in Week 15.
Insight: Orton was 14-of-27 with 158 yards and an interception. Buffalo won mostly behind great defense and a punt return for a touchdown.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN12/14/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu had just one catch for four yards.
Insight: If the Bengals have their way, they will run the ball over 40 times every week, which really limits Sanu's fantasy value.
Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE12/14/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had just one catch for four yards.
Insight: No Browns pass catcher had more than 10 yards besides Josh Gordon. Until Johnny Manziel proves himself, Cameron must be benched in fantasy.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN12/14/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green had a poor fantasy game in Week 15.
Insight: The Bengals dominanted on the ground, so Andy Dalton just didn't throw enough for Green to make a big splash. Green had five catches for 49 yards.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE12/14/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was a fantasy disappointment again.
Insight: This is the second straight week Gordon did virtually nothing. Much of that can be credited to the very poor quarterback play from Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. The issue with that excuse is Gordon was able to put up huge numbers with Branden Weeden and Jason Campbell last season, so Gordon owners don't really want to heard the quarterback excuse.
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN12/14/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was fantasy relevant in garbage time in Week 15.
Insight: Bernard had 79 yards on 15 carries and gained 24 more yards on three catches, but nearly all of that came in the second half with Cincinnati ahead by more than 20. Owners shouldn't count on Bernard repeating that performance versus the tough Broncos next week.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE12/14/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell may have hit the rookie wall.
Insight: Crowell hasn't rushed for over 60 yards since Week 12 and has just two games with over a 4.0 yards per carry average since Week 5. Against the Bengals in Week 15, Crowell gained 17 yards on seven carries.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN12/14/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker has gone to the locker room with what appears to be a left shoulder injury.
Insight: His return is questionable. That puts Charlie White hurst in the game and that's a problem for all Titans receivers.
Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN12/14/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has seized his opportunity to be the Bengals starter.
Insight: Hill led Cincinnati with 25 carries and 148 yards with two touchdowns on Sunday. The Bengals ripped apart the Browns run defense for 244 yards on the ground. Hill is a low-end RB1 moving forward.
Terrance West, RB, CLE12/14/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Terrance West led the team in rushing but that isn't saying much.
Insight: On just five carries, West gained 23 yards. The entire Cleveland offense was awful and with Manziel likely the starter next week, no one on Cleveland is a great fantasy play.
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN12/14/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did not have a great statistical game, but Cincinnati still won, 30-0.
Insight: Dalton was 14-of-24 for 117 yards and threw a pick. Cincinnati was dominate in the running game as they rushed for 224 yards as a team. This looks to be the Bengals philosophy moving forward, so Dalton's fantasy value is limited.