|Vic Fangio lands HC job in Denver |
Denver sticks with defensive minded head coach
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2019, 11:55 am
|The Denver Broncos have reached an agreement with Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become the team's next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano.
Fangio will receive a four-year contract that includes a team option for a fifth year, a source said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This will be Fangio's first crack at a head coaching position after 33 years in the league. He and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will need to resurrect an offense in Denver that struggled with Case Keenum at quarterback. The Broncos ranked 24th in total points and 19th in passing yards in 2018.
|Browns name Freddie Kitchens head coach|
Gregg Williams let go
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2019, 11:30 am
|The Browns on Wednesday will name Freddie Kitchens, 44, their ninth full-time head coach in the expansion era, a league source confirmed for cleveland.com. Kitchens beat out co-finalist and Vikings interim coordinator Kevin Stefanski, 36, for the job. Stefanski, who came to Cleveland for a second interview on Tuesday, will return to Minnesota as offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: In a corresponding move, the Browns fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator mid-season and has drawn praise from GM John Dorsey for his play-calling and giving the offense a boost in the second half of the season. Kitchens has NFL experience but 2018 was the first time he's reached the coordinator level.
|Cardinals set to hire Kliff Kingsbury as HC|
No NFL experience for Kingsbury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2019, 3:30 pm
|Kliff Kingsbury, who met with Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and General Manager Steve Keim thoughout the morning on Tuesday after interviewing with the Jets on Monday, is finalizing a deal with Arizona and could be introduced as the team’s new head coach as early as this afternoon. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: The NFL is falling all over themselves trying to find the next Sean McVay. The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks after one year while Kingsbury was recently hired to be USC’s offensive coordinator after being fired as the head coach at Texas Tech. Kingbury will have his work cut out for trying to get Josh Rosen up to speed as an NFL quarterback.
| Dwayne Haskins declares for draft|
Ohio State QB threw for 50 TDs in 2018
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2019, 8:30 pm
|Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has declared for the NFL Draft.
Good chance he'll be QB1 in Class of 2019. (The Record - Art Stapleton)|
FFToday's Take: Haskins threw for 50 touchdowns versus eight interceptions this past season and enters a class lacking much in the way of blue-chip talent at his position. As Stapleton suggests, it would be a mild surprise if he isn't the first quarterback taken. Quarterback-needy teams will almost certainly start targeting the No. 5 pick - one spot ahead of the New York Giants - in the days leading up to the draft if the top part of the draft board remains intact.
|Packers in on Matt LaFleur as head coach|
Tennessee OC makes the jump to HC in Green Bay
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2019, 5:35 pm
|The Green Bay Packers are expected to hire Matt LaFleur as their next head coach, sources told ESPN.
LaFleur spent last season as the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator and previously worked under Sean McVay for the Los Angeles Rams and Kyle Shanahan with the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The trend of hiring young offensive-minded coaches continues. The Titans certainty didn't perform well offensively in 2018 but it's safe to assume LaFleur has a better shot at producing a high-octane offense with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. This move is boost for Rodgers and hopefully Aaron Jones.
|Bruce Arians the next Bucs head coach?|
Two sides yet to have contract negotiations
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2019, 1:45 pm
|Bruce Arians remains the front runner for the Bucs HC job and it sure looks like it’s going that way. However, I’ve been told they’ve not entered into contract negotiations yet with Arians yet. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Various media reports suggest the Bucs and Arians on the path to Arians becoming the next head coach. Arians favored a vertical passing offense in Arizona which would be music to the ears Jameis Winston fantasy owners.
| Chargers activate Hunter Henry off IR|
LB Jatavis Brown placed on injured reserve
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2019, 1:00 pm
|After he practiced for three weeks, the Los Angeles Chargers placed tight end Hunter Henry on the active roster Monday, which means he could see action in an AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
To make room on the roster, the Chargers placed linebacker Jatavis Brown on season-ending injured reserve with an ankle injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Henry tore his ACL in May and has a chance to play eight months later. He participated in team drills last week and barring a setback should be on the field against the Patriots. Given the comments from head coach Anthony Lynn last week, expect Henry to be on a pitch count.
| Keke Coutee expected to play|
Missed last 5 games with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 5 2019, 9:00 am
|Texans WR Keke Coutee, listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is expected to be active and play in Saturday's playoff game against the Colts, per source. Coutee has missed the Texans' last five games. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coutee is a salary saver in DFS this week but comes with some risk given he's missed the last five games with a hamstring injury. He's been dealing with this injury since August but has been productive when on the field including a 11-109-0 line against the Colts back in Week 4.
| Ekeler limited Friday, expected to play|
Melvin Gordon off injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2019, 2:41 pm
|Chargers injury report - OUT: LB Jatavis Brown (ankle). DOUBTFUL: NT Brandon Mebane (not injury related). QUESTIONABLE: Austin Ekeler (groin). Ekeler was a limited participant in practice on Friday but expected to play on Sunday. (Eric Williams on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Melvin Gordon has been removed from the injury report which is a good sign although it's likely he's not at 100 percent. Ekeler will be a flex option against the Ravens who gave up 7 catches and 47 yards to Justin Jackson in the receiving game when these two teams met two weeks ago.
| All key Bears receivers expected to play|
Robinson, Gabriel, Miller practiced all week
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2019, 1:27 pm
|Receivers Allen Robinson (ribs), Taylor Gabriel (ribs) and Anthony Miller (dislocated left shoulder) will all play Sunday after practicing all week. (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson sat out last week's game but he and the rest of the key receivers are expected to go for Chicago against the Eagles. Philadelphia has given up the 5th most fantasy points to the position this season making the Bears wideouts attractive DFS options on a short slate.
| Hunter Henry will be on pitch count, if he plays|
TE doing individual work on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2019, 2:30 pm
|Anthony Lynn said a decision has not been made on if Hunter Henry will play, but if he is active the Arkansas product will be on a pitch count. (Eric Williams on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If Henry is going to make a fantasy impact, it's likely going to be on limited snaps. Henry is coming off an ACL injury and shouldn't be counted on as a fantasy contributor in the playoffs.
| T.Y. Hilton misses practice Wednesday|
Expected to play Saturday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2019, 2:00 pm
|Worth nothing Ryan Kelly, Clayton Geathers worked. Not least bit surprised T.Y. Hilton did not. He's not missing Saturday. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton's been bothered by an ankle injury for the last few weeks missing the majority of practice time. He's expected to play on Saturday and has WR1 value against a beatable Texans' secondary with no weather concerns.
|Antonio Brown requests trade|
Dispute with Big Ben leads to AB being inactive in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2019, 11:58 am
|Antonio Brown has requested a trade. Im told it was not a demand but he has asked to be dealt. Very unlikely Rooney would capitulate. Brown has issues with Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. Feels like the coach is too aligned with the QB. (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown was inactive in a must-win finale for the Steelers after apparently getting into a tiff with Ben Roethlisberger earlier in the week then subsequently missing team practices and meetings. It's unlikely a trade will materialize but it's possible the Steelers have grown tired enough of Brown's diva attitude to explore their options. Stay tuned...
| Gordon, Hunter Henry likely to go in WC game|
RB injured knee in Week 17, TE set to return from ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2018, 6:00 pm
|Despite limping off in Sunday’s fourth quarter, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, per source.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry, who tore his ACL during the off-season, also is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: For the second time this season, Gordon got hurt on a needless play (Chargers knew they likely had nothing to gain from a win or loss when the injury happened). Fortunately, it appears they avoided a multi-week injury this time. The bigger story here is Henry, who tore his ACL in May. It's hard imagining him being all that effective after returning to practice only two weeks ago and not playing a regular-season snap, but his presence could be a bit of a boost against a very good defense.
|Antonio Brown benched, not injured in Week 17|
Reportedly had headed dispute with QB during week
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2018, 5:45 pm
|Steelers WR Antonio Brown did not play in the season-ending game against the Cincinnati Bengals because he elected to sit out practice last week after a dispute with Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned. Several sources said the Steelers’ decision to not play Brown against the Bengals had nothing to do with any type of knee injury.
The disagreement occurred Wednesday morning during a routine walk-through practice that precedes their regular afternoon practice. Brown was disgusted and threw a football in Roethlisberger’s direction, several sources said. After that, Brown did not practice the rest of the week. According to a source, it was Brown’s decision not to practice with his teammates. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: While the fact Brown was benched (and not injured) is surprising, the fact he is again dealing with some drama is not. It's a shame of the league's best (and hardest-working) receivers cannot seem to grow up, but it's probably going to take something more than this for the team to move on from a player who tallied 104 catches, 1,297 yards and a team-record 15 touchdowns. Expect this "issue" to get ironed out in the offseason and for Brown to be an elite WR1 yet again.
|Cowboys will rest Ezekiel Elliott|
Darius Jackson and Rod Smith to split reps
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2018, 8:30 am
|Cowboys team sources tells me they will rest RB Ezekiel Elliott today. Expect backups Darius Jackson and Rod Smith to split reps instead against the Giants. RG Zack Martin also not expected to play ahead of playoffs (https://twitter.com/SlaterNFL/st)|
FFToday's Take: Despite Jerry Jones indicated earlier in the week that healthy players would play in a meaningless finale, it appears the Cowboys will indeed rest their star running back. It won't be a surprise if many of the other Dallas starters play limited snaps as well. Smith and Jackson will be difficult to trust in DFS given their unknown workload.
| Marcus Mariota not expected to play|
Blaine Gabbert to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2018, 8:15 am
|Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is not expected to play Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts primarily because of a nerve condition caused by a stinger, which has his overall playing status in jeopardy, sources familiar with his injury told ESPN.
Mariota is officially listed as questionable and reportedly will test his arm in pregame warm-ups. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This means that Blaine Gabbert will likely get the start tonight for the Titans in a must-win game against the Colts. The winner advances to the playoffs with the loser goes home. Gabbert under center decreases the value of Corey Davis as a flex consideration.
| Antonio Brown a gametime decision|
Doesn't look good
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2018, 11:22 pm
|Not a lot of optimism that WR Antonio Brown, listed as questionable for Sunday due to knee soreness, will play against the Bengals, per sources. Brown’s knee has not responded well to last week’s game on turf, and he did not take part in Saturday practice. Final decision Sunday. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Brown is trending toward being on the inactive list but we won't know for sure until pre-game warmups. Unfortunately for fantasy owners the Steelers play at 4:25 pm Eastern. If Brown sits, JuJu Smith-Schuster will be locked into a premium role.
|Teddy Bridgewater to start for Saints|
Saints have clinced the No.1 seed
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2018, 2:00 pm
|The New Orleans Saints plan to start Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in place of Drew Brees in Sunday’s season finale against the Carolina Panthers. “He’s had a good week, and he’ll play well," Payton said. The Saints have already clinched the No. 1 seed, so there are no playoff implications, which explains why the coaches want to rest Brees. (The Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Bridgewater hasn't started a game since 2015. He'll face a Panthers team with nothing to play for as well. This is a tricky spot for Bridgewater who will likely be playing with backup personnel on offense. It's likely Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Michael Thomas will be limited in this game if they play at all.
| Julio, Tevin will play for Falcons|
Both practiced on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2018, 1:30 pm
|#Falcons WR Julio Jones (ribs/hip) and RB Tevin Coleman (groin) practiced and will play vs. #Bucs. LG Wes Schweitzer (back) is out. @FalconsDQ would not confirm that Ben Garland will start for Schweitzer. From Matt Winkeljohn, who was at practice today for @AJCsports (Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like both Falcons starters will be on the field against the Bucs, the question is for how long? Coleman's availability takes the shine off Brian Hill as a cheap DFS play unless we get further info that Coleman will be limited.
| Davante Adams battling knee issue|
Status uncertain for Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2018, 11:55 am
|#Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin on the status of star wide receiver Davante Adams heading into Sunday against the #Lions: “We’ll have to see how he does tomorrow.” (Jim Owczarski on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers practice on Saturday's so the team will make a decision on Adams' status at that point. Adams needs 2 catches to break Sterling Sharpe's single-season record of 112. Randall Cobb (concussion) was limited on Thursday.
| Leonard Fournette doubtful|
Foot, ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2018, 11:45 am
|Did not see Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette during the open media viewing portion of Friday's practice. He did not practice on Thursday because of a foot/ankle injury. Not a good sign for his availability on Sunday at Houston. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette is going to miss the season finale and Carlos Hyde is questionable with a knee injury. If Hyde misses, David Williams and T.J. Yeldon would likely split the workload against the Texans.
| Marcus Mariota making progress|
Suffered stinger in Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 27 2018, 7:50 pm
|Mike Vrabel said Marcus Mariota didn’t take his normal quota of reps but took enough that Titans can move on to next phase of the game plan. (TitansInsider - Terry McCormick)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking good for his prospects of facing the Colts on Sunday night. While Mariota has yet to play at a consistent level for a full season due in part to his lack of durability, his presence under center is good news for the likes of Derrick Henry and Corey Davis. It's certainly better than the alternative, which is Blaine Gabbert.
|Ben Watson plans to retire after season|
TE has 528 career catches
By: Doug Orth | Dec 27 2018, 7:40 pm
|Saints TE Ben Watson said he’s planning on retiring after this season. (Josh Katzenstein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watson just turned 38 last week and has been in the league since he was a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2004. He's had some memorable TE1 seasons - his last coming in 2015 with the Saints - but he's logged only 479 snaps this season while sharing time with Josh Hill and Dan Arnold.
| Allen Robinson battling rib injury|
Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2018, 4:45 pm
|#Bears Thursday Injury Report:
DNP: Houston-Carson (illness), Jackson (ankle), Lynch (elbow), Allen Robinson II (ribs)
Limited: Nichols (knee) (Chicago Bears on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson has now missed Wednesday and Thursday due to a rib injury. The Bears have yet to rule him out and insist he'll play if his condition improves by the end of week. Chicago has already locked up a playoff spot it won't be a surprise if Robinson sits in the season finale.
| Gurley misses practice Thursday|
Not practicing all week would not necessarily keep him from playing
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2018, 4:00 pm
|Sean McVay said Todd Gurley won't practice Thursday. Said not practicing all week would not necessarily keep him from playing vs. 49ers. Said Gurley suffered similar symptoms after season opener vs. Oakland. (Gary Klein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley was inactive Week 16 as yet to practice this week so his status remains up in the air. C.J. Anderson ran for 167 yards on 20 carries against Cardinals and would be in the RB1 conversation against the 49ers if Gurley sits.
|Christian McCaffrey's workload unclear|
Panthers expected to rest some starters
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2018, 1:35 pm
|“We have some plans for some guys” is all Ron Rivera will share in terms of limiting some starters’ playing time Sunday in order to see how young guys are developing. (Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carolina is expected to rest some starters in the season finale but coach Ron Rivera isn't coughing up the details. The Panthers don't really have a lot of options at running back but it's conceivable Cameron Artis-Payne could lighten Christian McCaffrey's insane 95 percent workload.
| DeSean Jackson misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2018, 11:45 am
|Still no DeSean Jackson at Bucs practice today, but Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul are back working today as team prepares for season finale Sunday vs. Falcons. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson got the back of his ankle stepped on last week and it appears he might miss the season finale against the Falcons. If he sits, Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin would both be in play against a beatable Falcons secondary.
|Blake Bortles to start in Week 17|
Cody Kessler back to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2018, 11:45 am
|Blake Bortles is starting again. Bortles, replaced by Cody Kessler as the Jaguars’ quarterback in late November, will start in the 2018 regular-season finale against the Houston Texans Sunday. Bortles replaced Kessler in the third quarter of a victory over Miami this past Sunday.
FFToday's Take: The Jags have played musical chairs at the quarterback position this season. Bortles gets another chance in the season finale against the Texans and although his rushing ability gives him some floor, a complete dud is certainly within his range of outcomes.
| Tyler Heinicke placed on IR|
Starting QB undecided
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2018, 11:20 am
|The Carolina Panthers placed quarterback Taylor Heinicke, their Week 16 starter, on injured reserve on Wednesday morning.
Carolina signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert as the corresponding move, in sore need of depth at the position. Heinicke beat out Gilbert for the backup job in training camp this summer. Although he was battling Heinicke for the backup job and knows the Panthers’ offense, the team might decide to start rookie Kyle Allen after a brief but solid outing last week as Heinicke was getting medical attention.
The Panthers will not activate Newton against New Orleans this Sunday.
FFToday's Take: The Panthers will be a shell of themselves in Week 17 with either Allen or Gilbert at quarterback and the likelihood of Christian McCaffrey getting the week off. It will be hard to trust and Panthers skill position players against the Saints.
| Phillip Lindsay out with wrist injury|
Possible scaphoid fracture, along with ligament damage
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 25 2018, 5:00 pm
|#Broncos Pro Bowl RB Phillip Lindsay’s season has come to an end. Source says the wrist injury he suffered last night is believed to be serious. He’ll have more tests this week, but his 2018 is done and the former UDFA is out for what would’ve been a feel-good Pro Bowl, too. Lindsay is dealing with a possible scaphoid fracture, along with ligament damage. Unless additional tests present a more positive outlook, he faces a lengthy recovery. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lindsay surprised the fantasy community in his rookie season, quickly becoming the lead back in the Broncos offense over Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker. In his absence Freeman should see an increased workload in Week 17 against the Chargers.
|McCaffrey not expected to play Week 17|
Team needs "to be smart" and could evaluate other players
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2018, 6:55 pm
|Would imagine there will be some discussions this week about sitting Christian McCaffrey and Luke Kuechly in NO.
RR won’t go far into that now, but admits “we need to be smart” and it could be a good time “to evaluate” younger players. (Panthers.com - Bill Voth)|
FFToday's Take: McCaffrey has already set the record for most catches by running back in a season (106) and is only the third running back ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch 100 balls in the same season. With only draft position to lose with a win in Week 17, expect Carolina to rest McCaffrey in favor of Cameron Artis-Payne.
| Austin Ekeler likely back after two-game absence|
Neck, concussion issues
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2018, 6:25 pm
|The Chargers got running back Melvin Gordon back in the lineup against the Ravens on Saturday night, but his presence wasn’t enough to get them past Baltimore. They can still wind up as division champs if they beat the Broncos and the Raiders beat the Chiefs in Week 17 and it looks like they’ll be able to use Austin Ekeler at running back along with Gordon. Head coach Anthony Lynn said on Monday that he expects Ekeler to play in the regular season finale. He’s missed the last two games while in the concussion protocol and has been a productive runner and receiver when called upon this season.
(Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper)|
FFToday's Take: Justin Jackson capably filled in as Melvin Gordon's change-of-pace back in Week 16, but the Chargers seem to prefer Ekeler's big-play ability over Jackson. Ekeler wasn't doing much in fantasy in a few weeks prior to his injury or Gordon's, but he's always a good bet for about 5-10 touches and a score about every two or three games. With the depressed slate of running backs in Week 17, Ekeler might be worth starting in deeper PPR leagues.
|Lamar Miller could suit up for season finale|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2018, 6:15 pm
|Bill O'Brien on Lamar Miller if he'll be back this week: 'I think he's got a chance. Trending upwards.' (Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans should be able to beat the Jaguars without Miller, but Houston can't afford to take the risk if he's close with an AFC South Division title in the balance. Miller was limited in practice all of last week before sitting out Week 16, so the idea he could play this week isn't a stretch. Owners should know what to expect by now from Miller, who will likely be a worthy RB2 option for owners in Week 17.
| Matt Breida, Pettis out for Week 17|
Breida leaves Week 16 with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2018, 2:00 pm
|#49ers injury updates:
RB Matt Breida (ankle) is out
WR Dante Pettis (knee) is out
TE Garrett Celek is in concussion protocol
WR Marquise Goodwin (calf bruise) and CB K’Waun Williams (knee) will be re-checked on Wednesday. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Breida has battled ankle injuries all season and will miss Week 17 leaving Jeff Wilson to get the start against the Rams. Pettis suffered an MCL injury against the Bears leaving the 49ers thin at wide receiver with Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne the likely starters.
| Positive outlook on Gurley|
Expected to play barring pregame setback
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2018, 11:00 am
|Unless Rams’ RB Todd Gurley has a setback in pregame warmups today, the team is planning for him to play vs. Cardinals, per source. Rams think he has felt better as week has progressed. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like Gurley is going to play today but how much he plays will be the story. It won't be a shock to see C.J. Anderson and John Kelly also get some work.
| DeAndre Hopkins a gametime decision|
Texans believe he will play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2018, 8:19 am
|Texans will test WR DeAndre Hopkins and his injured ankle in pre-game warmups, but going on, they believe he will play. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hopkins is coming down to a gametime decision but it sounds like he will play unless the pregame workout goes bad. With Lamar Miller already ruled out, the Texans will be lacking playmakers on offense if Hopkins sits. Demaryius Thomas and DeAndre Carter will serve as secondary receiving options for Deshaun Watson.
| JuJu says he's playing|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2018, 12:15 pm
|A lot on the line this week. The whole season comes down to this. Yes, I’m talking about the fantasy football championship round. Of course I’m playing Sunday!!! Theres no way I can let down the real ones who believed in me by drafting me!! Let’s get it!! (JuJu Smith-Schuster on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: JuJu Smith-Schuster took to Twitter to announce he is going to play in Week 16. He left practice early on Thursday with a groin injury and didn't practice on Friday. It remains to be seen if he will be limited in any fashion but fantasy owners can feel somewhat comfortable starting him against the Saints.
| Lamar Miller, Coutee out for Week 16|
D'Onta Foreman expected to be active
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2018, 11:45 am
|Texans RB Lamar Miller, NT Brandon Dunn and WR Keke Coutee downgraded to out, wont travel to Philadelphia. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Miller out, Alfred Blue and D'Onta Foreman are expected to handle the rushing duties with Blue expected to start. Foreman hasn't played since November of last season when he tore his Achilles. Blue is a viable flex option in Week 16 against the Eagles.
| Julio Jones a gametime decision|
Hip and Rib injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2018, 2:30 pm
|Julio Jones returned to Falcons practice Friday in limited fashion, and head coach Dan Quinn said afterward that he will be a game-time decision Sunday at Carolina.
The eighth-year wide receiver missed practices earlier in the week after taking a shot in the ribs and roughing up a hip in last Sunday’s win over the Cardinals. (Atlanta Jounal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Julio is going to play this week but we won't know for sure until Sunday. Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper would all see increased opportunities if Julio sits.