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Injury Leonard Fournette not expected to play Wildcard Weekend
Giovani Bernard will be active
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2022, 3:32 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Source tells me Lavonte David and Giovani Bernard will be activated from IR. Leonard Fournette will not be activated. (Jenna Laine on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Fournette (hamstring) got in some practice this week but apparently isn't ready to go. The Bucs will have Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Le'Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard active for their games against the Eagles. Given Bernard has missed the last five weeks with knee and hip issues. Vaughn has some uninspiring Flex appeal this week.
Injury JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to play Sunday night
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2022, 2:15 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
God answered my prayers & I’ve recovered from my season-ending shoulder injury earlier than expected. I can’t believe I get another chance to take the field with this team and play in a playoff game to keep our season alive. Steelers Nation, #HereWeGo! (JuJu on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: He's not really a fantasy option but it appears JuJu Smith-Schuster is going to play Sunday night. How much he plays after a 13-week absence is unclear.
Injury Najee Harris removed from injury report
Expected to play Sunday night
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2022, 12:51 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers are removing RB Najee Harris from the injury/status report with his elbow injury, and he is expected to play Sunday night vs. the Chiefs. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Even though Harris was on the injury report with an elbow issue we didn't have too much concern about his availability for the Steelers Wildcard game against the Chiefs. His volume makes him a solid play even with the Steelers being 12.5 point underdogs.
Injury Clyde Edwards-Helaire Out for Wildcard Weekend
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2022, 2:20 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn't practice for Chiefs today for second straight day. He will not play for Chiefs on Sunday. Tyreek Hill and Darrel Williams completed the practice week and the plan is for both to play against the Steelers. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With CEH out, the Chiefs will lean on Darrel Williams, Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon at running back with Darrel having the most fantasy upside. The Steelers gave up the 7th most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Injury Leonard Fournette a gametime decision
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2022, 12:42 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The only players out for Sunday's game is Cyril Grayson and Ronald Jones, Bruce Arians said. "There's about four game-time decisions, the guys coming off IR or have been out, that we'll have to see on the field Sunday before the game." "I feel pretty good about Shaq (Barrett) and JPP,'' Arians said. "The most questionable would be Lavonte (David) with Leonard Fournette." (Rick Stroud on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Fournette injured his hamstring in Week 15 and hasn't played since so it will take a leap of faith for fantasy owners to plug him in their lineups. The majority of beat reporters feel like Fournette will go given his practice participation this week. If he misses, Ke'Shawn Vaughn would get the majority of reps at running back but wouldn't be a recommended fantasy play.
Injury James Conner, Chase Edmonds gameday decisions
Edmonds says he's playing
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 13 2022, 1:16 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Listening to Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds just now leads me to believe both he and RB James Conner will be ready to go Monday night against the Rams. Both players have been banged up. (Bob McManaman on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Speaking to the media, HC Kliff Kingsbury said Conner (ribs) and Edmonds (ribs, toe) will be gameday decisions but Edmonds said he would be good to go. It's likely Conner will be playing as well but its difficult to tell at this point if he will be limited. Both will be risky Flex plays in the Wildcard Round of the fantasy playoffs.
Injury Cyril Grayson, Ronald Jones Doubtful for Wildcard Weekend
Bucs walkthrough practice on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2022, 12:45 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cyril Grayson and Ronald Jones are doubtful for Sunday, Arians said. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Bruce Arians speaking to the media today labeled both offensive players as Doubtful for the Bucs game against the Eagles. We're expecting Leonard Fournette to be in a workhorse role in his first game back since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 15.
Injury Tony Pollard expected to play in Wild Card Round
Sat out season finale to rest foot injury
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2022, 1:45 am

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said on @1053thefan that he feels great about RB Tony Pollard’s availability for Sunday’s playoff game against the 49ers: “Absolutely. He’ll be ready to roll.” Pollard (foot) didn’t play Saturday. (The Athletic - Jon Machota)

FFToday's Take: Pollard's return takes on slightly less importance with Ezekiel Elliott looking more like himself of late. With that said, Dallas will definitely welcome his explosiveness against the 49ers. Pollard's weekly floor has been about 10 touches and could range higher than that in any game where the Cowboys find themselves in negative game script. That could easily happen this weekend, making Pollard a worthwhile ceiling play in DFS.
Injury Tyreek Hill should be OK for first round of playoffs
Injured heel in Week 18
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2022, 1:30 am

Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill injured his heel warming up for the team’s game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday, seeing limited snaps in the game. Reid also had positive news when it came to his star wide receiver. “The heel was sore after the game, and it’s making a little progress the other way,” he said. “We’re anticipating he’s going to be OK to go. He’s another one that wants to play every snap he can.” (Arrowhead Pride - Pete Sweeney)

FFToday's Take: Hill may have finished with a career-high 111 catches this season, but the way he finished the regular season was far from memorable. After posting a 12-148-1 line in Week 15 against the Chargers, Hill totaled nine receptions for 61 scoreless yards over the final three games. After logging just 12 plays in the season finale, it seems unlikely the speedster will be worthy of a play in DFS or playoff leagues this weekend versus the Steelers.
Injury Cyril Grayson nursing hamstring injury
Status in question for Wildcard game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2022, 12:17 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
#Bucs HC Bruce Arians says that the hamstring injury to Cyril Grayson Jr. is not quite as bad as they thought, but his availability for this Sunday is in question. (Pewter Report on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Grayson has helped fill the void of Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin missing time due to injury, suspension and shenanigans but should be considered highly questionable for the Bucs Wildcard game against the Eagles. Expect Tom Brady to lean on Mike Evans, Breshad Perriman and Rob Gronkowski
Injury Waller, Jacobs listed as Questionable for Raiders
Both are gametime decisions
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2022, 4:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
Darren Waller was a limited participant in walk-throughs throughout the week, which marked the first time he practiced since suffering knee and back injuries against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He’s listed as questionable to play Sunday. Running back Josh Jacobs (ribs) was a limited participant all week. He’s questionable to play, but he’ll suit up if he can tolerate the pain. (The Athletic)

FFToday's Take: Waller is going to be a gametime decision and is no lock to play a full amount of snaps even if he is active. We should get a better read on Waller's status Sunday morning. Jacobs seems a better bet to play but both should will be uncomfortable fantasy options in Week 18.
Injury Diontae Johnson off the Covid list
Placed on the list Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2022, 3:03 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
The #Steelers have officially activated WR Diontae Johnson from the COVID-19 reserve list. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Johnson was placed on the Covid list just yesterday and now removed a little over 24 hours later. He'll resume his role as the top option for Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh's version of the horizontal raid.
Aaron Rodgers expected to start
My not play the whole game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2022, 2:47 pm

Green Bay Packers
The Packers are planning to start Aaron Rodgers on Sunday and then LaFleur will see how the game goes. “I don’t think he needs to play. I think he wants to play and keep the momentum going.” (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Packers don't have anything to play for but Rodgers still wants to start. If the Packers get out to an early lead, we could see Rodgers and host of other starters including Davante Adams, Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon play sparingly in the 2nd half.
Injury Chase Edmonds ruled Out for Week 18
Toe, rib injuries for Edmonds
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2022, 1:26 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said RB Chase Edmonds (toe/ribs), CB Marco Wilson (shoulder) and DL Jordan Phillips (knee) will not play Sunday vs. Seahawks. (Bob McManaman on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Edmonds missed practice all week and will not suit up against Seattle. James Conner has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. It remains to be seen how much he will play this week. He should not be counted on for a full workload. We may see Jonathan Ward and Eno Benjamin this week.
Injury D'Andre Swift's role unlikely to change much in finale
Handled six touches in Week 17 return
By: Doug Orth | Jan 6 2022, 2:45 pm

Detroit Lions
Lions RB D'Andre Swift doesn't expect his role to change much this weekend. Adds he doesn't need shoulder surgery this offseason. (MLive - Benjamin Raven)

FFToday's Take: While HC Dan Campbell led most to believe Swift would return to his usual role last week, Jamaal Williams (12-6) doubled him up in touches. Even Craig Reynolds nearly matched him with five. In other words, Swift appears unlikely to decide Week 18 championships or help DFS players very much. The bigger news here is that Swift doesn't need surgery. Despite showing a lack of durability through his first two NFL seasons, Swift figures to go in the first two rounds of most drafts next summer.
Calvin Ridley done in Atlanta?
Speculation WR may be looking for "fresh start"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 6 2022, 2:30 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Asked if Calvin Ridley’s future with the Falcons is in jeopardy @wyche89 tells @MikeBellATL & @putemupcdukes “I’d think so. The fact that he and the team have been so quiet and he hasn’t surfaced, it appears like both sides could be looking for a fresh start.” (92.9 The Game)

FFToday's Take: This topic is worth addressing because Wyche is a respected reporter. While both sides have been very quiet, it seems unlikely Atlanta wants to move on from Ridley and can find a trading partner that can afford to give up the draft pick compensation necessary to acquire him. The first step is making sure Ridley's mental health - the reason he stepped away from the game in October - is good. Expect any other potential issues Ridley has with the team to get smoothed over in the offseason.
Injury Justin Fields lands on the Covid list
Andy Dalton likely to start
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2022, 12:45 pm

Chicgao Bears
Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields is nearly certain to miss the season finale against the Vikings after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Bears put Fields on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday morning. He is vaccinated, but is highly unlikely to meet the NFL’s threshold for returning to play by Sunday. That means the Bears will probably start veteran Andy Dalton for the second week in a row. (Chicago Sun Times)

FFToday's Take: It's looking like another week of Andy Dalton at quarterback for the Bears who just posted a 18-35, 173-1-1 line against the Giants in Week 17. He's off the fantasy radar and an undesirable DFS play in Week 18.
Injury Bucs make it official, release Antonio Brown
No longer a Buc
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2022, 12:29 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers are releasing Antonio Brown today, league sources tell ESPN. He is, as Bruce Arians proclaimed Sunday, no longer a Buc. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Brown stormed off the field mid-game in spectacular fashion in Week 17 and has now been released. HC Bruce Arians noted that AB was unhappy about his first half targets while Brown and Mike Evans were on a pitch count for the game. We'll see if another team is willing to give the 33 year-old diva wide receiver yet another chance in 2022.
Injury Diontae Johnson lands on Covid list
Unlikely to play in Week 18
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2022, 12:03 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
#Steelers announce that Diontae Johnson, their best wide receiver, and Kendrick Green, the rookie center, are both on the COVID list. Pittsburgh is at the #Ravens Sunday. (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Johnson will have a hard time getting cleared for the Steelers final game of the season against the Ravens. If he misses, we could see more targets for Ray-Ray McCloud in the short area of the field.
Injury Cam Akers to play in Week 18?
Full practice on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 5 2022, 5:27 pm

Los Angeles Rams
Sean McVay says Cam Akers was "full speed, flying around" at practice today and that he's looking forward to seeing him make his debut this Sunday. (Lindsey Thiry on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Akers Achilles injury occurred in the pre-season (mid-July) so him potentially suiting up in Week 18 is quite surprising. It's difficult to project him with a heavy workload in the season finale. Sony Michel should continue to operate as the lead back.
Injury Justin Fields will practice Wednesday, expected to start
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 5 2022, 12:54 pm

Chicgao Bears
Bears coach Matt Nagy says that Justin Fields will practice in full today and start at QB on Sunday against the Vikings. (Field Yates on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Fields last played in Week 15 against the Vikings, his opponent in Week 18. He went 26-39, for 285 yards, 1 TD with 35 yards rushing, finishing as the QB10 for the week. He's been sidelined the last couple weeks with an ankle injury.
Injury Joe Burrow will take a seat in Week 18
Brandon Allen to start
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 5 2022, 12:30 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow says he does not plan to play Sunday. It is not because of his knee. Knee is "sore but not bad, I could play if I needed to." Resting for playoffs. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Bengals are a longshot to get the No.1 seed in the AFC so expect to see a lot of the Bengals starters sit in their Week 18 game against the Browns. Tyler Boyd needs 172 yards to reach 1000 for the season, but that's not likely to happen with Brandon Allen at quarterback.
Injury Joe Mixon lands on the Covid list
Out for Week 18
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 5 2022, 10:45 am

Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals’ Pro-Bowl RB Joe Mixon tested positive today for COVID-19 and will be out Sunday vs. the Browns, per league sources. One day earlier, the Bengals placed S Vonn Bell, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, DE Trey Hendrickson, C Trey Hopkins, G Quinton Spain on the reserve/COVID-19 list (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Mixon out, expect Samaje Perine to play a lot in this game against the Browns with some Chris Evans mixed in as well. The Bengals have already clinched a playoff spot and don't have a realistic chance at the No.1 seed so their motivation this week is in question. Perine is $5300 on Draftkings.
Injury Derrick Henry expected back at practice Wednesday
Will likely return for the playoffs
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2022, 4:48 pm

Tennessee Titans
Titans are expecting star RB Derrick Henry to be at practice tomorrow, I’m told, setting the stage for a playoff return. He’s been ramping up toward this. (Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's not likely that Henry plays in Week 18 but we should see him at some point during the playoffs. Tennessee currently sits as the No.1 seed in the AFC thanks to their tie breaker advantage over Kansas City. Expect a lot of D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard against the Texans on Sunday.
Injury Baker Mayfield Out for Week 18
Will undergo surgery on torn labrum
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2022, 1:51 pm

Cleveland Browns
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield won't play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals, coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday on Zoom. Mayfield will undergo surgery on the completely torn labrum he suffered in his left, non-throwing shoulder in Week 2 “as soon as possible,” Stefanski said. (Akron Beacon Journal)

FFToday's Take: This makes sense considering the Browns are out of the playoff picture. Case Keenum is expected to start against the Bengals. Keenum posted a 21-33, 199-1-0 line against the Broncos in Week 7. He's nothing more than a mid-range QB2 in Week 18.
Injury Darren Waller likely back for season finale
Missed last four games with multiple ailments
By: Doug Orth | Jan 3 2022, 9:40 pm

Oakland Raiders
Rich Bisaccia said they're anticipating getting Darren Waller back this week. (Fresno Bee - Anthony Galaviz)

FFToday's Take: Waller was having a bit of a disappointing season by his standards before suffering knee and back injuries on Thanksgiving night. He also landed on the COVID list last week. The Raiders get the Chargers in Week 18 - an opponent that Waller posted a 4-50-1 line against in Week 4. Regardless of his production this season, Waller changes how opponents play the Raiders, so he will be welcomed back with open arms if he can go. He will be a TE1 option if he plays next weekend.
Injury Multiple Eagles added to Covid list Monday
Dallas Goedert, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2022, 1:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
After clinching a playoff berth on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday that they have had an outbreak of players testing positive for COVID. (Philly Voice)

FFToday's Take: Dallas Goedert, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott were all added to the list ahead of their Week 18 against the Cowboys. The Eagles already have a playoff spot locked up so we may see a lot Kenneth Gainwell at running back on Saturday night.
Injury Michael Gallup suffers torn ACL
MRI expected tomorrow
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2022, 7:57 pm

Dallas Cowboys
#Cowboys WR Michael Gallup, who was quickly ruled out today, suffered a torn ACL, owner Jerry Jones told reporters. Assuming the MRI confirms, he’ll be out for the season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gallup was set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Cedrick Wilson filled in after Gallup left, posting a 6-35-1 line. He should be in there three-wide receiver sets next week against the Eagles.
Injury James Conner a gametime decision
Optimism the RB will play
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2022, 8:00 am

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals view James Conner (heel) as a game-time decision vs. Cowboys but there's optimism the RB will play, per @RapSheet (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cardinals and Cowboys play late this afternoon so we'll have to wait midway through the early games before we find out Conner's status for certain. Chase Edmonds would be an easy RB1 if Conner sits.
Injury Jordan Howard expected to play
Stinger
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2022, 11:50 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles’ running back Jordan Howard, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a stinger, is expected to play vs. the WFT, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Eagles love to run the ball and Howard will be a part of the mix with Boston Scott making him a solid Flex option against the struggling Washington team.
Injury Antonio Brown, Mike Evans expected to play
Evans likely will be limited
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2022, 11:45 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown, listed as questionable for Sunday due to an ankle injury, is expected to play vs. the Jets, per sources. Bucs initially had their doubts Brown would play, but he practiced Saturday and barring a setback Sunday, is expected to go. Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a hamstring injury, is expected to play in a limited capacity vs. the Jets, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Evans limited, he's going to be hard to trust even in a great matchup against the Jets. Brown will have some risk associated with him too, given the wasn't sure of his status on Saturday. He's heading into the game as Tom Brady's number 1 target.
Injury Jimmy Garoppolo not expected to play
Trey Lance to start
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2022, 11:20 pm

San Francisco
49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a torn UCL in his right thumb, is not expected to Play vs Texans, but 49ers are optimistic he will be able to return for the regular-season finale vs. the Rams, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Garoppolo missed practice all week so this news isn't much of a surprise. Trey Lance didn't look good throwing the ball in his only start this season (Week 5 at ARI) going 15-29 for 192 yards and 1 INT. His rushing ability gives him a QB1 ceiling against a weak Houston defense.
Injury Antonio Gibson Out for Week 17
Wendell Smallwood called up from practice squad
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2022, 2:06 pm

Washington Redskins
RB Antonio Gibson was not activated among these transactions. He’s out tomorrow. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gibson was placed on the Covid list yesterday which all but ruled him out against the Eagles on Sunday. Jarett Patterson is expected to start with Jonathan Williams and Wendell Smallwood also available. Patterson is a weak Flex option given the stat of the Washington offense and projected game script.
Injury Andy Dalton to start for Bears
Justin Fields bothered by ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2021, 2:21 pm

Chicgao Bears
Bears’ HC Matt Nagy told reporters that QB Andy Dalton will start Sunday against the Giants. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Justin Fields will miss the week with an ankle injury but does have a chance to play in Week 18 against the Vikings. Dalton posted a 26-41, 229-2-4 line in has last start against Arizona back in Week 13. Even in decent matchup against the Bears, Dalton is nothing more than a QB2.
Injury Antonio Brown, Mike Evans gametime decisions
Evans removed from Covid list
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2021, 1:00 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Asked about Mike Evans, Harold Goodwin says there's "a chance he may play" Sunday but will likely be a game-day decision on whether he plays. Goodwin says Antonio Brown "tweaked" his ankle a little in practice this week but is still possible to play this week. They'll decide how he feels Sunday and go from there. (Greg Auman on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Even if either of these two play, fantasy owners are going to a little nervous about starting them given their injuries. Evans seems like the more likely to be ruled out on Sunday but we'll have to wait an see. The matchup against the Jets is prime.
Injury Antonio Gibson lands on the Covid list
Will miss Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2021, 11:03 am

Washington Redskins
WFT RB Antonio Gibson placed on reserve COVID list. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gibson was already dealing with a hip injury which caused him to be limited in practice this week. With him missing Week 17, Washington will turn to Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams at running back with Patterson expected to start. Neither are recommended fantasy options against the Eagles.
Injury Kirk Cousins lands on the Covid list
Unclear who will start at QB for Vikings
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2021, 10:51 am

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings’ QB Kirk Cousins tested positive for COVID, sources tell ESPN. As an unvaccinated player, he’s out Sunday night vs. Packers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is a downgrade for all Vikings players regardless who starts at quarterback. Sean Mannion was just activated from the Covid list today and presumably could start Sunday night against the Packers. If he's unable to play, rookie Kellen Mond would get the start.
Injury Jimmy G remains sidelined Thursday
Dealing with thumb sprain; Trey Lance preparing to start
By: Doug Orth | Dec 30 2021, 9:25 pm

San Francisco
Day 4 of ThumbWatch saw Jimmy Garoppolo miss another practice, casting further doubt on if he’ll start in the 49ers’ home finale Sunday against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is conditioning on his own, however, and by forgoing surgery, there remains a chance he plays, albeit with his thumb in a brace or heavily taped, as was the case Thursday. Running the show in practice all week has been rookie Trey Lance. (Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman)

FFToday's Take: The moment most fantasy managers expected to happen about two months ago appears to be on the verge of happening now. Lance has reportedly improved by leaps and bounds since his Week 5 start for an injured Garoppolo. There may be no better opponent for Lance to face in his second start than the Texans, and it would be ridiculous for the 49ers to play Garoppolo when it seems obvious he could struggle with his accuracy or make the injury even worse. If Lance gets the nod, he should be considered a low-end QB1 option.
Injury Lamar Jackson absent from practice Thursday
Ankle injury has sidelined him since Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 30 2021, 9:20 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson (ankle) officially did not practice Thursday, per the Ravens' injury report. He was not present during the media viewing portion today. (ESPN - Jamison Hensley)

FFToday's Take: Jackson appeared to be noticeably hobbled in his return to practice Wednesday, so it would seem that his odds of playing in Week 17 versus the Rams are slim to none. Tyler Huntley was activated off the COVID list earlier this week and has proven himself to be a fine fill-in for Jackson over the last two games, accounting for five total touchdowns against the Browns in Week 14 and Packers in Week 15. He would be a high-end QB2 at worst if fills in again for Jackson this weekend.
Injury Antonio Brown misses practice Thursday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2021, 4:02 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
#Bucs WR Antonio Brown downgraded to did not participate Thursday with an ankle injury. Rakeem Nunez-Roches was activated from the COVID-19 list. Antoine Winfield Jr. was limited in practice Thursday. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Brown was limited on Wednesday so we'll need to pay close attention to his status tomorrow. Mike Evans was seen catching passes from practice squad QB Ryan Griffin on Thursday. The Bucs are in a smash spot against the Jets in Week 17.