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Injury Tua Tagovailoa likely to remain out in Week 18
Skylar Thompson, Teddy Bridgewater set to play vs. NYJ
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2023, 7:10 pm


Miami Dolphins
Dolphins’ HC Mike McDaniel told reporters that Tua Tagovailoa is not a part of the team’s QB plans for Sunday’s game vs. the Jets. Skylar Thompson and Teddy Bridgewater are. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: It is the right thing to do, although it remains to be seen if Tua will be cleared to play in the wild-card round should Miami qualify for the postseason. Bridgewater will likely start if he can play through the finger injury he suffered in Week 17, which is far from a given. Given how good the Jets have been against perimeter receivers this year, it may be wise to downgrade Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle in the season finale.

Injury James Conner nursing minor shin injury
Managed only 41 snaps in Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2023, 7:00 pm


Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals RB James Conner is day to day with his shin injury, HC Kliff Kingsbury said. Kingsbury called it "nothing major" and said x-rays were negative. (ESPN - Josh Weinfuss)

FFToday's Take: The Cardinals notably turned to Corey Clement after Conner exited, but it sounds as though Conner will be good to go in Week 18. The one problem is facing a 49ers defense that remains the most stout defense for running backs - even after a bit of an uncharacteristic performance in Week 17 versus the Raiders. If Conner plays in the season finale, consider him a RB2 with little upside.

Jaguars: No plan to rest their starters
Week 18 games against TEN will decide AFC South
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2023, 8:09 am


Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars have no plans to rest any players for today’s game vs the Texans, even though their Week 18 showdown with the Titans almost certainly will decide the AFC South title. “It's full steam ahead,” said one Jaguars official. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This game doesn't mean much regarding their playoff chances but it sounds like Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Evan Engram and company will be out there for a full workload. All have decent matchups against the Texans this week.

Injury Christian Watson a true gametime decision
Packers don't play until late afternoon
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2023, 7:00 am


Green Bay Packers
Packers’ WR Christian Watson, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a hip injury, will test his injury pre-game to see if he can play vs. the Vikings, per source. Watson didn’t take any live repetitions last week during practice, but Green Bay still is hoping he can play. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like Watson is a true gametime decision after not practicing very much this week. If he sits, Allen Lazard would have some intrigue against the Vikings defense that's given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers.

Injury DeAndre Hopkins downgraded to Out
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2022, 2:03 pm


Arizona Cardinals
The #AZCardinals have downgraded WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) to OUT for Sunday’s game. (Darren Urban on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Curiosly, Hopkins popped up on the injury report Friday with a knee issue, the same day QB Colt McCoy was ruled out. Hopkins and McCoy won't play this week. Starting wideouts for David Blough are expected to be Marquise Brown, Greg Dortch and A.J. Green. Dortch is an interesting PPR play if you think Blough will be focused on short-area throws close to the line of scrimmage.

Injury Marquise Goodwin Doubtful, Lockett expected to play
Shoulder injury for Goodwin
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2022, 6:03 pm


Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks' final injury report lists Lockett as a full participant today and says WR Marquise Goodwin has been downgraded to doubtful. He has a shoulder sprain. RB Kenneth Walker is listed as questionable but Pete Carroll expects him to play. The Seahawks list WR Tyler Lockett as questionable, but a source tells me he’s expected to play Sunday vs. the Jets. That’ll be 13 days after surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand. (Brady Henderson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Seattle is dealing with a number of injuries including Lockett who missed last week after surgery on his left hand. He'll be hard to trust in his normal role. With Lockett banged up and Will Dissly out, we could see a lot of DK Metcalf and Noah Fant for Seattle this week.

Injury Greg Dulcich lands on IR, Jeudy expected to play
Hamstring injury for Dulcich
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2022, 4:28 pm


Denver Broncos
After Broncos practice Friday... it's official TE Greg Dulcich, OLB Randy Gregory and T Calvin Anderson are ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. WR Jerry Jeudy (ankle) among those listed as questionable, but interim coach Jerry Rosburg said he expects Jeudy to play. (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Dulcich began the season on IR due to a hamstring injury so this will be something to monitor in the off-season. Jeudy aggravated his ankle injury last week but played through and finished with 6-117-0 on 10 targets. He was limited in practice each day this week.

Injury Damien Harris off the injury report
Pats running back expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2022, 3:41 pm


New England Patriots
The Patriots have ruled out CBs Marcus Jones (concussion) and Jack Jones (knee), as well as TE Jonnu Smith (concussion) and WR DeVante Parker (concussion), for Sunday's game. Five others questionable. One positive bit of news for team: RB Damien Harris is off the injury report. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Harris last played in Week 12 but suffered a thigh injury against Minnesota. His return will be a thorn in the side of Rhamondre Stevenson owners who is listed questionable this week with an ankle injury. Stevenson got in limited practices and is expected to play. How much Harris cuts into Stevenson's workload is up for debate.

Injury Colt McCoy Out, David Blough to start for Arizona
QB shuffle continues in Arizona
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2022, 1:46 pm


Arizona Cardinals
Colt McCoy had some concussions symptoms show up and will not play Sunday in Atlanta. David Blough will start for the Cardinals. (Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The QB shuffle continues in Arizona. Blough will be the fourth quarterback to start for the Cardinals this season. Trace McSoreley flopped last week against the Bucs and now Blough gets his chance against the Falcons. This isn't great for the fantasy values of DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise Brown. Hopkins caught one pass on 10 targets last week.

Injury Antonio Gibson out for Week 17
Knee, ankle issues
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2022, 12:40 pm


Washington Redskins
Commanders ruled out RB Antonio Gibson for the New Year’s Day matchup vs. the Browns. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gibson missed practice all week with knee and ankle issues. Jonathan Williams got 5 touches last week and he'll likely be a factor in this game... how much is the big question. Brian Robinson Jr. will get the start and theoretically gets a boost with Gibson out. Washington is still alive in the playoff and hunt and faces a poor Cleveland run defense in Week 17.

Injury Tony Pollard expected to be inactive tonight
Thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2022, 12:48 pm


Dallas Cowboys
#Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (thigh) will be inactive tonight against the #Titans, per source. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Pollard out of the mix, that will leave Ezekiel Elliott as the starter and we should also see more of Malik Davis as well. If Davis assumes most of Pollard's role that would put him in Flex consideration even in a difficult matchup against the Titans.

Injury Derrick Henry listed as Doubtful
Unlikely to play in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2022, 4:10 pm


Tennessee Titans
The #Titans listed star RB Derrick Henry (hip) as doubtful against the #Cowboys. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Titans don't have much to play for this week as their Week 18 against Jacksonville will determine their playoff fate. With Henry unlikely to play, expect a heavy dose of Hassan Haskins against Dallas in Tennessee's run first offensive attack.

Derek Carr to the bench, Jarrett Stidham to start for LV
Chase Garbers will be No.2 QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2022, 2:16 pm


Las Vegas Raiders
Raiders are benching Derek Carr and turning to Jarrett Stidham as their new starting QB. Carr has thrown a league-leading 14 interceptions - including three Saturday night during a 13-10 loss to the Steelers. Stidham has thrown only 61 passes and never has started an NFL game. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This could be the first step of Carr leaving Las Vegas in the off-season. Stidham's first start will come against Nick Bosa and the 49ers defense. Good luck. Needless to say, Stidham won't be a fantasy option this week and this move is a knock to the fantasy stock of Davante Adams. Chase Garbers will backup Stidham.

Injury Commanders turn back to Carson Wentz
Last start came in Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2022, 8:05 am


Washington Redskins
Commanders’ QB Carson Wentz will start Sunday vs. Cleveland. Wentz broke his right ring finger in October, and later lost the starting job to Taylor Heinicke. The Commanders are 7-7-1, clinging to the NFC’s seventh and final playoff spot, and need Wentz to come through. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Wentz has been out with a finger injury since Week 6 but got in the game last week as Washington was getting blown out by the 49ers. Wentz posted a 123-1-0 line in relief. Washington is on the bubble for a playoff spot and face the Browns in Week 17 who've given up the second fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Injury Antonio Gibson working through an injury
Suffered sprain to undisclosed body part in Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 27 2022, 11:40 pm


Washington Redskins
Ron Rivera: "Antonio Gibson has a sprain, so we're going to have to monitor that very closely this week." Didn't specify the location of the sprain. (Washington Post - Nicki Jhabvala)

FFToday's Take: Rivera didn't bother to tell reporters what body part was sprained, so fantasy managers will likely have to wait for Wednesday's practice report to get a sense of what Gibson is dealing with ahead of the team's Week 17 game with the Browns. If Gibson is sidelined this weekend, Brian Robinson Jr. could push for 25 touches and RB1 production.

Injury Tony Pollard has yet to practice this week
Consecutive DNPs due to thigh injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 27 2022, 11:30 pm


Dallas Cowboys
Tony Pollard is dealing with a thigh ailment that held him out of practice on Monday and again on Tuesday. (dallascowboys.com)

FFToday's Take: Team owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 the Fan the Cowboys expect Pollard will play against the Titans. However, HC Mike McCarthy noted Tuesday that third-stringer Malik Davis will get the bulk of RB2 reps this week in the event a decision is made to rest Pollard in much the same way the team did Ezekiel Elliott a few weeks ago. Pollard will be in the high-end RB2 discussion if he plays against the Titans, while Davis would be a decent flex in deeper leagues if he Pollard sits.

Injury Tua back in concussion protocol
Second time this season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 27 2022, 1:15 am


Miami Dolphins
Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel said Tua Tagovailoa is in the concussion protocol. Tua met with doctors today and told them he had some symptoms per McDaniel. (NFL Network - Cameron Wolfe)

FFToday's Take: Depending on one's cynicism, one could say Tagovailoa has been concussed three times this year. However, the Week 3 blow to the head was considered a back issue before a Week 4 tackle gave him his first official concussion. Given the league's heightened sensitivity to concussions following the handling of Tagovailoa's issues earlier this season, it seems highly unlikely he will clear protocol in time for Week 17 versus the Patriots. Assuming that is the case, Teddy Bridgewater would likely draw the start.

Injury Christian Watson could be ready for Week 17
Left Christmas Day game early with hip injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2022, 6:30 pm


Green Bay Packers
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said WR Christian Watson (hip) will be day-to-day. (Tom Silverstein on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Watson piled up six catches and eight targets on only 25 snaps before his day came to an end. The day-to-day designation suggests he will likely be listed as questionable for Week 17 versus the Vikings. If he can play through the injury, he gets the best matchup he can ask for against a Minnesota defense that has been clobbered by receivers all season long. Watson possesses overall WR1 upside this week and needs to be started in all leagues if he can play.

Injury Mike White likely to start in Week 17
Rib injury has sidelined QB for last two games
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2022, 6:20 pm


New York Jets
Doctors cleared Jets’ QB Mike White today for contact, as @BrianCoz reported, and he now is expected to start Sunday vs. Seattle. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: Fantasy managers of Garrett Wilson in particular might be doing a happy dance right now. White is by no means a savior for the Jets' offense with only one rushing touchdown (and no passing scores) in his two most recent starts, but he at least offers the team more competent quarterback play than Zach Wilson. Consider him a viable streamer in Week 17 against a weak Seattle defense, although fantasy managers in their championship game should be able to do better.

Injury Leonard Fournette dealing with foot injury?
Tweeted that he has been playing through Lisfranc sprain
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2022, 6:00 pm


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette said in a tweet today that he is playing through a Lisfranc injury in his foot. “I’m playing with a lisfranc in my foot every week can barely push off my foot,” Fournette wrote in a tweet he later deleted. (PFT - Michael David Smith)

FFToday's Take: Fournette must have felt better Christmas night, as he handled 29 touches in an overtime win. He appeared on the injury report in Week 14 but has been absent from it over the last two weeks. He deleted his tweet minutes after posting it, which suggests a team official reached out to him to make him aware of the trouble the Bucs could get into if they are found guilty of "hiding" the injury. Fournette's heavy usage in the passing game (68 catches in 2022) should keep him firmly in the RB2 conversation again in Week 17 against the Panthers.

Broncos fire HC Nathaniel Hackett
Third coach to be fired this season
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2022, 1:00 pm


Denver Broncos
The Broncos announced they have fired head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Broncos owner and CEO Greg Penner will lead the coaching search along with the ownership group and GM George Paton. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hackett becomes the third head coach to be fired this season, joining Matt Rhule (CAR) and Frank Reich (IND) in the unemployment line. The Broncos have been extremely disappointing on offense this season after the signing of Russell Wilson and Hackett has made questionable decisions in his first year as a HC. The Broncos were embarrassed by the Rams yesterday to the tune of 51-14 which was likely the final nail in the coffin for Hackett.

Injury Damien Harris a gametime decision
Thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2022, 7:00 am


New England Patriots
#Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) is likely to play despite being listed as questionable, while RB Damien Harris (thigh) is more of a game-time decision, source said. WR Jakobi Meyers (shoulder) is also expected to go. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Harris injured his thigh Week 12 and hasn't played since. His return would lower the ceiling on Stevenson who is expected to get the bulk of the work at running back for New England. The Patriots host the Bengals in an early game so we'll know 90 minutes before kickoff if Harris is available.

Injury Hayden Hurst downgraded to Out for Bengals
Calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2022, 12:56 pm


Cincinnati Bengals
The #Bengals have downgraded TE Hayden Hurst (calf) to out vs. the #Patriots. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hurst has been dealing with a calf injury for the last couple weeks. He did get in some limited practice time this week. In his absence, Mitchell Wilcox has been handling the majority of tight end duties but isn't really a fantasy option.

Injury Kenneth Walker, Fant, Goodwin expected to play
All listed as questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2022, 5:19 pm


Seattle Seahawks
So to recap from Pete Carroll, he said all four players listed as questionable --- RBs Kenneth Walker and DeeJay Dallas, TE Noah Fant and WR Marquise Goodwin --- are expected to play. .... (Bob Codotta on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Seahawks listed a good portion of the starting skill position players as Questionable but all are expected to play against the Chiefs in Week 16. Walker added a back issue to his injury list which is somewhat concerning but unless we get specific news that will keep him limited, he should be treated as an RB2 this week.

Injury Chris Olave, Jarivs Landry out for Week 16
Hamstring injury for Olave
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2022, 3:34 pm


New Orleans
Saints WRs Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry ruled out for Saturday at Cleveland (I guess this is the week to be without them if ever). LB Pete Werner and RB Dwayne Washington also out. G Andrus Peat was added to the report with illness, listed as questionable. (Mike Triplett on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Olave will sit due to a hamstring injury while Landry has been put on IR due to an ankle injury. This means more opportunities for Rashid Shaheed, Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway although it will be difficult to trust any receivers on the Saints side outside of Shaheed.

Injury Tyler Huntley remains starting QB, Lamar remains sidelined
Third-straight game with Lamar on the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2022, 1:07 pm


Baltimore Ravens
Ravens’ QB Tyler Huntley is starting Saturday vs the Falcons, per HC John Harbaugh. No Lamar Jackson for a third straight game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Ravens are sticking with Tyler Huntley at quarterback this week as Jackson still isn't ready to go due to a knee injury. Huntley has zero passing TDs and 1 rushing TD in three games since becoming the starter. The Ravens are facing the Browns this week in a game with 35.5 over/under.

Colts make a move at QB: Nick Foles will start
Matt Ryan to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2022, 11:58 am


Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are changing quarterbacks again. Nick Foles will take over for Matt Ryan as the starter Monday Night against the Chargers, and the plan is for Foles to start the final three games of the season. Announcement expected Wednesday afternoon. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: HC Jeff Saturday stated that the offense wasn't making enough plays downfield and hopefully Foles will offer that opportunity. This is the second time Ryan has been benched this season. Foles is a QB2 option moving forward for a team playing out the string. Upcoming schedule: LAC, @NYG, HOU.

Injury Dallas Goedert set to return in Week 16
Sidelined with shoulder injury since Week 10
By: Doug Orth | Dec 20 2022, 11:55 pm


Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles activated TE Dallas Goedert to the 53-man roster. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)

FFToday's Take: Goedert's return to the roster comes at the same time Jalen Hurts is dealing with his own shoulder injury. Regardless if Hurts or Gardner Minshew gets the start in Week 16 versus the Cowboys, Goedert needs to be started in fantasy. With the utter disaster that the tight end position has been in fantasy this season, Goedert was one of a handful of options who consistently delivered each week before going down.

Injury Tyler Lockett could return Week 17
Will miss Week 16 after undergoing finger surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 20 2022, 11:30 pm


Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll said WR Tyler Lockett had hand surgery yesterday and the report from the surgeon was that it went "perfect." Carroll said there's a chance Lockett will only miss one game. (ESPN - Brady Henderson)

FFToday's Take: Lockett is the overall WR8 for the season, so his fantasy managers will feel his absence this week against the Chiefs. Assuming Lockett returns for Week 17, he will get a Jets defense that has been excellent at limiting the production of perimeter receivers, but that should not be enough of a reason to sit him if he plays. Marquise Goodwin will start in his place in Week 16 and is a worthy flex option in deeper leagues.

Injury AJ Dillon out of concussion protocol
Left Week 15 early
By: Doug Orth | Dec 20 2022, 11:00 pm


Green Bay Packers
AJ Dillon has cleared concussion protocol, Matt LaFleur says. (The Athletic - Matt Schneidman)

FFToday's Take: Dillon cleared the protocol less than 24 hours after suffering what was feared to be a concussion. This means he'll likely be good to go against a Miami defense that has been stingy against running backs on the ground but relatively soft against them through the air. Even better, Dillon is seeing the usage and producing in a way recently that most expected when he was a fifth-round pick in fantasy drafts this summer. Dillon should be considered a usable RB2 and a strong flex option this weekend.

Injury Kenny Pickett will start in Week 16
Steelers QB out of concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2022, 12:09 pm


Pittburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin on injuries: Terrell Edmunds (hamstring), Diontae Johnson (turf toe), Derek Watt (ankle) will be limited in practice. Kenny Pickett has to "check a box procedurally" but if there was practice he would be a full participant. Says Pickett will start on Saturday. (Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Pickett suffered a concussion in Week 14 and missed last week's game against the Panthers. While he lacks QB1 upside, he'll be a high-end QB2 in a decent matchup against the Raiders.

Khalil Herbert close to return
Has been sidelined with hip injury since Week 9
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2022, 11:55 pm


Chicgao Bears
Khalil Herbert (hip) will be designated for a return from injured reserve this week and rejoin the Bears in practice, Matt Eberflus said. (670 The Score - Chris Emma)

FFToday's Take: Considering Herbert will likely be playing for the first time in almost two months this month, there is a decent chance he won't serve as a true 1B to David Montgomery's 1A status. With that said, a lot of that figures to be determined in how he practices this week. Before his injury, Herbert was regularly handling about 10 carries per game. If he is active against Buffalo this weekend, fantasy managers should consider him as a volatile but high-upside flex option.

Injury Lamar Jackson in limbo for Week 16
Missed last two games with knee injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2022, 11:30 pm


Baltimore Ravens
John Harbaugh declined to say whether Ravens QB Lamar Jackson will return this week after missing two games with a knee injury. Harbaugh said he is going to "climb behind the barricade" of not divulging injury information because of competitive reasons. (ESPN - Jamison Hensley)

FFToday's Take: The good news here is that Baltimore plays the Falcons early Saturday, so fantasy managers should have time (and the options) to pivot if necessary. The problem is that the Ravens' offense was just getting by with him healthy and has fallen flat without him. Atlanta hasn't played against many mobile quarterbacks this season. Justin Fields was the most recent one and he gouged the Falcons for 153 yards passing, 85 yards rushing and two total TDs in Week 11. That would be a reasonable expectation for Jackson if he can play. If he cannot go, Tyler Huntley will get another start.

Injury Jalen Hurts in question for Week 16
Shoulder injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2022, 8:00 pm


Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles QB and MVP candidate Jalen Hurts is uncertain to play Saturday vs. the Cowboys due to a sprained shoulder that he suffered during Sunday's win over the Bears, per league sources. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: Fantasy managers likely rode Hurts to a first-round bye. Their reward for that bye is the likelihood they will be without the top-scoring player in most fantasy leagues coming off that bye. Gardner Minshew would get the start if Hurts can't go and a difficult player to start as anything other than a low-end QB2 in two-quarterback or superflex leagues.

Injury Jonathan Taylor likely to miss the rest of the season
High-ankle sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2022, 8:00 am


Indianapolis Colts
It looks like the Indianapolis Colts will have to shut star running back Jonathan Taylor down for the rest of the season. Taylor has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Running backs Deon Jackson and Zack Moss carried the load for the Colts after Taylor’s early exit against Minnesota and are expected to continue to do so. (Fox 59 in Indianapolis)

FFToday's Take: That will do it for Taylor's 2022 season which has been a disappointment due to TD regression and injury. Zack Moss played 67% of the snaps against Minnesota while Deon Jackson played 32% and received most of the passing down work. Both will be waiver wire options for the fantasy playoffs.

Injury Jakobi Meyers expected to play
Coming off a concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2022, 12:00 am


New England Patriots
#Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers (concussion) is expected to play, while RB Rhamondre Stevenson, questionable with an ankle injury, has what is described as a "good chance" to go, as well. A pre-game workout will determine his fate. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Meyers was limited in practice this week but should be good to go in a decent matchup against the Raiders. With DeVante Parker out, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Tyquan Thornton will round out the rest of the receiving crew. Three running backs are expected to be active today for New England: Stevenson, Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong Jr.

Injury Kadarius Toney expected to play
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2022, 11:47 pm


Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs’ WR Kadarius Toney, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a hamstring injury, is expected to play vs. the Texans, per source. The Chiefs also expect WR Mecole Hardman to return off injured reserve from his abdominal injury Saturday vs. Seattle, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Toney hasn't played since Week 11 due to a hamstring injury. Assuming there are no restrictions, he'll be hard to trust as a Flex option given the Chiefs offense likes to spread the ball around. Toney will be battling for targets with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore at receiver.

Injury Raiders activate Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow off IR
Long layoffs for both
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2022, 5:06 pm


Las Vegas Raiders
#Raiders activate TE Darren Waller, WR Hunter Renfrow, in time to face #Patriots. (Paul Gutierrez on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Both Waller and Renfrow will be eligible to play this week against the Patiots. How much they play will be the question. Waller hasn't played since Week 4 with a hamstring injury and Renfrow hasn't played since Week 9 with an oblique injury. Hopefully, we'll get some indication of their usage by tomorrow. Both will be risky fantasy plays in Week 15.

Injury Dameon Pierce lands on Injured Reserve
Out for the season
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2022, 4:55 pm


Houston Texans
Texans place Dameon Pierce, Derek Stingley Jr., on injured reserve, Jon Greenard activated, Royce Freeman signed to active roster along with Jacobi Francis @KPRC2. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Pierce suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 14 and now will miss the remainder of the season. Rex Burkhead and Dare Ogunbowale will be handling running back duties against the Chiefs in Week 15 while Royce Freeman has been added to the roster. Burkhead and Ogunbowale are PPR league dart-throws on Sunday.

Injury Damien Harris downgraded to Out
Patriots running back dilemma
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2022, 11:02 am


New England Patriots
The Patriots have downgraded RB Damien Harris (thigh) to out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. With Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) questionable, the Patriots might consider bringing J.J. Taylor up to the game-day roster. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Harris was limited in practice this week so this is somewhat of a surprise. As of now, Stevenson, Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong Jr. are the likely running backs available for Sunday but Stevenson's health and role are still an issue. Hopefully we'll get more clarity late tonight or Sunday morning.