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No update yet on Aaron Rodgers' Week 15 status
HC: "This is a medical decision"
More Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers: "In his mind, he's ready to go if you watch him process. But this is a medical decision. Dr. McKenzie is in touch with a number of medical experts." (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)
FF Today's Take: Stay tuned. Rodgers reportedly underwent some exams Monday to see if a potential return is possible. Everything that needed to happen for the Packers over the last few weeks has fallen into place and Rodgers is eligible to return in Week 15, so clearance from the Packers' typically conservative medical staff would seem to be all he needs to return against the Panthers. It would be surprising at this point if Rodgers doesn't play.
Alvin Kamara expects to return for Week 15
Suffered concussion in Week 14
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (concussion) said he expects to be good to go for next Sunday. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
FF Today's Take: The decision to return is obviously not only his to make, but this is one situation in which owners are lucky he played on Thursday, as it gives him a few more days to clear the league's protocol. Expect him to be limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the injury report, but it is reasonable to expect him to return to fantasy RB1 status in Week 15 against the Jets.
Josh McCown done for the season
Broken left hand
Josh McCown (hand) is out for the season, Bowles said. McCown needs surgery. (New York Post - Brian Costello)
FF Today's Take: McCown has been the engine that has powered the Jets' surprising offense this season. The falloff from him to Bryce Petty is substantial, and it means players like Jermaine Kearse and Austin Seferian-Jenkins go from every-week starters in some leagues to bench options. Robby Anderson excelled last year with Petty, so perhaps he can remain a viable back-end starting option in fantasy.
ACL tear confirmed for Carson Wentz
Nick Foles will start for Eagles
MRI showed that Eagles’ QB and NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz did tear his ACL. Wentz is our for season.
Nick Foles time. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Wentz was having a magnificent season ranking as a top five fantasy quarterback through 13 weeks. The Eagles will move forward with Nick Foles with the Giants, Raiders and Cowboys still remaining on the regular season schedule. Foles will be streaming option in Week 15 against a Giants team that's given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Chris Hogan good to go for Monday night
Pats receiver hasn't played since Week 8
Patriots’ WR Chris Hogan, who has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury, will play tonight vs. Miami Dolphins, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Hogan has been out since suffering a shoulder injury in Week 8. With Rob Gronkowski missing this game due to suspension, Hogan has a decent chance to return WR3/Flex value against the Dolphins.
Savage suffers concussion, Yates to start
Yates to face Jaguars in Week 15
Bill O'Brien believes QB T.J. Yates will start Sunday against the Jaguars. (Houston Texans on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Tom Savage left Week 14 with a concussion and isn't expected to play Week 15. Yates gets a brutal matchup against the Jaguars leaving DeAndre Hopkins owners a difficult decision in fantasy playoff time. The Jaguars have given up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Bryce Petty will start if McCown can't go
Jets QB suffers hand injury in Week 14
Coach Todd Bowles said Bryce Petty will be the starter if additional tests on McCown's hand confirm that it is too risky for him to play -- and that's the right call. Petty is the No. 2 quarterback and is entitled to be the Next Man Up, but that doesn't mean the Jets can't use Hackenberg off the bench if an opportunity presents itself. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Jets got blanked by the Broncos yesterday and to make matters worse, quarterback Josh McCown fractured his hand. If he sits, Petty will likely get the start in Week 15 against the Saints. Christian Hackenberg could see some action over the next three weeks as well.
Amari Cooper is active, could be limited
Now being told Raiders WR Amari Cooper will be ACTIVE for today’s game vs the Chiefs. As mentioned earlier, the expectation is that his snaps will be limited. “Pitch count,” so to speak. As of Friday morning, coaches were planning to be without Cooper. He pushed to play. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: It will be tough for fantasy owners to feel comfortable trusting Cooper today even in a great matchup. Michael Crabtree is in a good spot and Cordarrelle Patterson has some sneaky appeal if you need a desperate long shot.
Sterling Shepard is active
Giants WR Sterling Shepard looks to me like a guy who's playing. He's out here warming up in cleats, cutting and running, singing along to what's on his headphones. No trainer watching him. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: There were some conflicting reports this morning regarding Shephard's status. He is active and expected to play despite a hamstring injury.
Ameer Abdullah expected to sit
Because of poor play, not injury reasons
#Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: With Abdullah out of favor, expect Tion Green and Theo Riddick to handle the running back workload with Green getting most of his work on early-downs. Green posted an 11-51-1 line against the Ravens last week.
Bills expected to start Nathan Peterman at QB
Knee injury for Tyrod Taylor
Buffalo is expected to start rookie QB Nathan Peterman vs Colts with QB Tyrod Taylor questionable with a knee injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Peterman took the majority of reps in practice this week so this doesn't come as a surprise. Peterman was a disaster in his last start against the Chargers, throwing 5 INTs in the first half. Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and TE Charles Clay are not desirable fantasy options.
Zach Ertz considered doubtful
Team will evaluate him today
Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: If Ertz sits, Brent Celek and Trey Burton will fill in at tight end. Burton is the better receiving option the more viable fantasy play. He'd be a low-end TE1 option against the Rams.
Doug Martin expected to start for Bucs
Koetter doesn't believe in players losing their job to injury
#Bucs are expected to start RB Doug Martin in his return from a concussion vs the Lions. HC doesn't believe in players losing their role as the result of an injury. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Stroud is the Bucs beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. If Martin starts, its unclear how much of a role Peyton Barber will have coming off a 100-yard game against the Packers. If the Bucs o-line can carry over their improved play from last week, Martin would have Flex value against the Lions.
Amari Cooper not expected to play
Still battling ankle injury
Source said Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is expected to miss Sunday's game in Kansas City. Tough break, as Cooper had 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns in this year's first Raiders-Chiefs game. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Cooper has cleared the concussion protocol but is still bothered by a sprained ankle. In his absence, the Raiders will have Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson at wide receiver. All are intriguing plays against a horrendous Chiefs pass defense that's given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers.
Adrian Peterson unlikely to play
Kerwynn Williams likely to start
Source: I'm told #Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) is likely not playing Sunday vs. the #Titans. Peterson's neck injury does not require surgery, just proper rest, at this time. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Peterson missed last week with a neck and will apparently be in active this week as well. In his absence, Kerwynn Williams ran 16 times for 97 yards against the Rams but was a zero in the passing game. He'll get the start and be a Flex consideration against a Titans team giving up the 6th fewest fantasy points to running backs.
Tyrod Taylor a gametime decision
The Bills' starting quarterback will be a game-time decision, coach Sean McDermott said Friday.
With Tyrod Taylor battling a knee injury, McDermott said the team was working through Taylor's availability.
McDermott said earlier this week that Taylor is the starter when healthy. (Buffalo News)
FF Today's Take: If Taylor sits, Nathan Peterman would be the starter and we've seen what kind of disaster that could be. In positive news, Kelvin Benjamin should return to action which should help the offense as a whole.
Joe Mixon ruled out, Gio to start
Mixon misses practice all week
The Bengals have ruled out six of their starters for Sunday's game against the Bears, including five on defense. Vontaze Burfict, Dre Kirkpatrick and Joe Mixon all sustained concussions on Monday, while cornerback Adam Jones injured his groin early in the game.
Linebacker Nick Vigil and safety Shawn Williams had injuries prior to Monday night's game and have been ruled out as well. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Mixon missed practice all week and will be inactive in Week 14. Giovani Bernard will get the start and likely see the majority of snaps for the Bengals against the Browns. Brian Hill will serve in a backup role but isn't a fantasy option. With a solid RB2 outlook and upside for more, Gio will be a popular play in DFS and season-long leagues.
Delanie Walker held out of practice again
No practice today for TE Delanie Walker and DE Derrick Morgan for Titans (on Thursday). (TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt)
FF Today's Take: Walker sat out Wednesday's practice as well. Meanwhile, Rishard Matthews returned to a full practice. Walker has battled ankle or wrist injuries for what seems like two months, but he has yet to miss a game. Owners can probably expect a game-time decision with Walker, and Jonnu Smith would be a solid fill-in should Walker be unable to play. Matthews figures to benefit the most, as he seems to be the only receiver to establish a clear chemistry with Marcus Mariota.
Robby Anderson fails to complete practice
Potential bad news for the Jets: WR Robby Anderson, their best offensive threat, failed to complete practice today after aggravating a hamstring injury. He was listed yesterday with a hamstring but practiced fully. Asked when the setback occurred, coach Todd Bowles said, "Probably today." Bowles said he hopes it's not serious, but was non-committal on Anderson's status for Sunday. (ESPN - Rich Cimini)
FF Today's Take: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Anderson "should be OK," but the receiver was already going to have a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos' cornerback trio of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby even at 100 percent. If Anderson is limited in any way, Austin Seferian-Jenkins would likely benefit the most in what was already a good matchup for him.
Zach Ertz still in concussion protocol after all
Limited in practice after team announced he cleared protocol
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz has been cleared to practice but remains in the league's concussion protocol. The team said earlier Thursday that he had cleared the concussion protocol. Ertz did practice Thursday ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams in Los Angeles. (ESPN.com)
FF Today's Take: The team's official Twitter account stated Ertz was in the clear earlier Thursday, so there was obviously a miscommunication. The news seemed too good to be true considering Ertz is dealing with his second concussion in as many years. Ertz owners would do well to pick up Trey Burton if he is available in order to protect themselves either way.