| Rob Kelley set as 2017 feature back?|
HC believes UDFA RB had "great, great year"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2017, 3:40 pm
|Washington Redskins HC Jay Gruden says he thinks Rob Kelley had a "great, great year" and sees him as his feature back for next season. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gruden must not understand the term "feature back", as Kelley offers virtually nothing in the passing game. Kelley also averaged 3.3 YPC over his final six games after breaking out around midseason, so Washington should very much be in the market for an upgrade. Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook should be gone by the time Washington picks at No. 17, but Stanford's Christian McCaffrey could be available there and would make a lot of sense in the Redskins' West Coast offense.
| Sammy Watkins to have another foot surgery|
Troublesome left foot dogged him for most of 2016
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2017, 3:30 pm
|Bills WR Sammy Watkins will have another foot surgery this week. (Tim Graham on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins had surgery for a Jones fracture last spring, and those operations tend to require second surgeries, so this news is hardly surprising. The third-year receiver has experienced a troubling long list of injuries over his relatively short pro career, but he remains a dynamic young talent that has typically flourished anytime he has been given a sliver of a chance to succeed. Based on his recovery time, he'll likely enter 2017 on the WR2/WR3 borderline.
| Eifert should be ready for offseason workouts|
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2017, 3:20 pm
|Tyler Eifert said has meeting with doctor in couple of days but back is good expected to be back in offseason, no doubt by training camp. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We can only hope, as Eifert has played 22 of a possible 48 regular season games over the last three seasons. The tight end landscape in fantasy looks horrible right now, especially considering three of the best at such a shallow position (Eifert, Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed) all among the most injury-prone players in the league. Eifert will once again enter next season as a high-risk, high-reward TE1.
| Bortles played through two shoulder injuries|
Also wrist tendonitis
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2017, 1:30 pm
|Jaguars QB Blake Bortles told @ESPNdirocco that he played this season with two shoulder separatoins and wrist tendonitis. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bortles took a huge step back in 2016 (3905-23-16) after throwing 35 touchdowns in 2015. Part of the reason for his regression could be blamed on injury but in reality he played above his head in 2015 and needs to improve his techniques if he wants to be anything more than an average NFL quarterback.
| No surgery needed for David Johnson|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2017, 1:00 pm
|An MRI on running back David Johnson’s left knee revealed no serious structural damage, and he will not need surgery. Johnson suffered an MCL sprain, which often keeps a player out of action four to six weeks. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson's injury looked worse so it's good news he's only facing a sprained knee. Johnson was fantasy's best running back in 2016 and he'll likely be the top ranked running back on the board in re-draft leagues next Summer.
| Jeremy Hill inactive|
Rex Burkhead to start at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 11:45 am
|Bengals vs Ravens inactives for Week 17: Jeremy Hill out; Rex Burkhead, T.J. Johnson starting (CincyJungle)|
FFToday's Take: With Hill out, Burkhead will get the call. While the matchup against the Ravens isn't ideal Burkhead should approach 20 touches in Week 17. He had 16 touches last week against the Steelers.
| Denard Robinson to start, Chris Ivory inactive|
Robinson in play as RB2
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 11:40 am
|Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is inactive and will miss the final game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jaguars listed Ivory as questionable on Friday because of a hamstring injury and interim coach Doug Marrone said Ivory would be a game-time decision. With Ivory out and T.J. Yeldon on injured reserve, the Jaguars will start Denard Robinson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Ivory and T.J. Yeldon out, Robinson becomes an RB2 consideration against a Colts weak run defense.
| WR Jordan Matthews inactive|
Eagles TEs get a boost
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 11:30 am
|#Eagles inactives: CB Gratz, OL Andrews, OL Gordon, OL Barbre, DT Hart, WR Matthews, LB Kendricks. (Jeff McLane onTwitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Jordan Matthews inactive expect tight ends Zach Ertz and Trey Burton to be active in the passing game. Starting wide receivers will likely be Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and Paul Turner.
| Spencer Ware hopeful to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 7:30 am
|Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is hopeful to play today. With good reason: Another 79 yards gets him $600k more next year. Already got $600k (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: After being limited in practice all week. Ware will be a gametime decision. The Chiefs and Chargers play late this afternoon so Ware owners will should have plan B in place. If Ware sits, Charcandrick West would likely start with Knile Davis getting in work as the No.2 RB.
|Shaun Draughn expected to start|
49ers RB gets opportunity in season finale
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 7:00 am
|Shaun Draughn is in line for his seventh career start on Sunday when the 49ers close out the regular season against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. Hyde is out with a MCL sprain of his left knee. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: It's tough to get excited about Draughn considering DuJuan Harris will likely see action as well and the matchup against the Seahawks isn't promising. Draughn will be a volume-based Flex option in Week 17.
| Britt doubtful with shoulder injury|
Missed practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2016, 7:15 am
|The Los Angeles Rams could be without Kenny Britt for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a shoulder injury. The Los Angeles receiver has missed practice all week due to a shoulder injury, which is why it wouldn't come as a surprise to see the team rest Britt for the finale. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: With Britt likely out, the Rams have no viable fantasy wide receiver options. Tavon Austin and Brian Quick hold some desperation value but should be avoided.
| Malcolm Mithchell doubtful, knee injury|
Not expected to play against Miami
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2016, 7:00 am
|Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is doubtful after both players missed practice Friday. (NESN)|
FFToday's Take: Mitchell missed practice Friday with a knee injury and while likely be inactive on Sunday. With his absence, expect Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Michael Floyd to be the top three wideouts for Tom Brady. Hogan is worthy of Flex consideration.
| Derek Carr avoided ligament damage|
Broken leg expected to sideline him for remainder of season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:50 pm
|Former NFL quarterback David Carr wrote about the surgery his brother, Derek, underwent earlier this week for the Fresno Bee and painted a positive picture.
Derek Carr, the Raiders’ starting quarterback, suffered a broken right leg in last Saturday’s win over the Colts.
David Carr wrote that both doctors and the family were pleased with what they saw post-surgery, and perhaps most importantly he wrote that there was no ligament damage. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: While the Raiders haven't placed Derek Carr on IR yet, Matt McGloin is unlikely to lead them to the Super Bowl, which has been thrown out as the earliest date Carr could return. The good news is the absence of ligament damage should result in less rehab time and give him a better chance to be cleared to work without limitations next spring and summer.
| Tyrod Taylor a candidate for surgery?|
May need groin/hernia surgery in near future
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:40 pm
|Tyrod Taylor will be traveling to Philadelphia in the near future to determine if he needs groin/hernia surgery. (Vic Carucci on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Buffalo News reported Thursday that Taylor has been dealing with a "severe groin injury" for the better part of a month, so the Bills may be forced to stick with him since his contract calls for a guaranteed $30.75 M if he cannot pass a physical by the start of the new league year (early March). Buffalo GM Doug Whaley apparently feels he can do better than Taylor at quarterback, but it's hard to see them getting a better option in this year's draft or via free agency.
|Dak, Zeke likely to play limited snaps in Week 17|
Sanchez, McFadden seeing bulk of reps in practice
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:35 pm
|Along with Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez receiving most of the reps, expect same with RB Darren McFadden. An inexperienced LT adds to resting starters. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have nothing to play for in Week 17, so exposing Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott and probably even Dez Bryant to injury doesn't make a ton of sense. The absence of LT Tyron Smith may also be contributing to their thinking as well. The only minor surprise here may be that Dallas isn't thinking about giving Tony Romo some reps, although it is understandable the team wants him healthy if it plans on trading him this offseason.
| DeMarcus Ware back injury not career-ender|
Previous reports suggested veteran has ruptured disc
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:30 pm
|DeMarcus Ware will have scope procedure, so back deal by itself is not career ending. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While Ware may still very well have a ruptured disc, apparently he will require only a scope and not major surgery. Denver has enviable depth at outside linebacker, so the impending free agent could very well be done as a Bronco. He turns 35 in July.
| Keenan Allen running sprints|
Four months after ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:20 pm
|San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen running sprints just four months after ACL knee surgery. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It goes without saying such a quick recovery bodes well for Allen's ability to hit the ground running next season. He should resume his top receiver duties in San Diego next season, although Tyrell Williams did emerge as a dynamic threat in his absence. Allen was drafted as a WR1 in fantasy this summer, but he will probably fall back into the WR2 ranks given his durability issues.
| Bilal Powell absent from practice Thursday|
Brandon Marshall, Robby Anderson miss too
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2016, 1:15 pm
|Brandon Marshall, Bilal Powell, Robby Anderson, Matt Forte, Steve McLendon among today's DNPs. (Jets on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Powell's absence is said to be related to an illness meaning the only healthy RB is Brandon Burks. If Powell, doesn't play the running back position for the Jets will be one to avoid. This team is a mess with Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the call at quarterback against the Bills.
| RGIII to start, barring any setback|
Browns QB recovering from concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2016, 1:00 pm
|Robert Griffin III will start Sunday vs. the Steelers barring any setbacks, coach Hue Jackson said Thursday.
He's been cleared from his concussion to play, and returned to practice Thursday. He looked good in practice and appears ready to go.
"He looked like Robert," said Jackson. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: There was some talk that Cody Kessler would get the start this week with RGIII in the concussion protocol but it appears RGIII is on track to play. The Steelers have nothing to play for and will be resting their offensive stars but the Browns have been a train wreck this year making it difficult to trust Griffin in the season finale.
|Siemian to start, Paxton Lynch expected to play|
Both QBs to see playing time in season finale
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2016, 2:00 pm
|Trevor Siemian will start Sunday when the Broncos host the Raiders in their regular season finale. But he and rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch are expected to get playing time. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: With the Broncos out of the playoffs, rookie Paxton Lynch will get some playing time in the season finale. Neither quarterback will be viable fantasy play in Week 17.
| Opportunity knocks for Eagles RB Byron Marshall|
Ryan Mathews placed on IR
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 28 2016, 1:05 pm
|With Ryan Mathews joining fellow running backs Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner on injured reserve, the Eagles have just two running backs on their roster: Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall. Marshall, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, was promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago after Smallwood was placed on IR with a knee injury. “Right now, the plan is (to primarily use) Darren,’’ Pederson said. “But for sure we’ll see a little more of (Marshall) on first and second down, and even some third-down situations. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Ryan Mathews (back) out, the Eagles will need to rely on Bryon Marshall to complement Darren Sproles in the backfield Sunday. The rookie had 11 touches last week and could see a few more against the Cowboys. Marshall may not have a ton of upside but he may become a nice backup option if your typical starter is in danger of sitting out this weekend. Meanwhile, Ryan Mathews may become a salary cap casualty after the season despite scoring nine touchdowns on 776 total yards in 2016.
|Big Ben, Bell and Brown won't play for Steelers|
Landry Jones expected to start at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2016, 1:00 pm
|"There are several guys that I will look hard at preserving and protecting as we get into the playoff round with the understanding that we are the three seed," Tomlin said Tuesday.
Not only will Ben Roethlisberger not play, but neither will Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Maurkice Pouncey. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Since the Steelers can't improve their playoff position, the big three will sit leaving Landry Jones to start at quarterback. The running back starter remains a question mark as DeAngelo Williams is coming off a knee injury. Fitzgerald Toussaint could see significant action.
|Josh McDaniels buzz continues to grow |
New England's OC 'As good as gone' in offseason
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 28 2016, 11:01 am
|The New England Patriots could need to find a new offensive coordinator after this season. According to Greg Bedard in his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, McDaniels is 'as good as gone' from the Patriots after this season as he looks at head coaching opportunities around the league. (MassLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Los Angeles and Jacksonville appear to be the most likeliest destinations available. Both teams have committed ownership and younger quarterbacks who have shown flashes of potential. Both organizations are moving on from defensive minded coaches so adding an experienced offensive minded coach like Josh McDaniels makes plenty of sense.
|Giants not resting anyone in Week 17?|
Rashad Jennings: 'Everyone is going to play Sunday'
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 28 2016, 11:00 am
|Locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC, the New York Giants have little but rivalry and pride to play for Sunday against the Washington Redskins. In those situations, many teams rest key starters.
It doesn't sound like that's going to be Ben McAdoo's approach in his first season as coach.
To ensure his team is "ascending" into the playoffs, the Giants practiced as normal on Tuesday, and there was no talk of resting players. "Yes. Everyone is going to play Sunday," running back Rashad Jennings said, via ESPN.com.
FFToday's Take: Despite Rashad Jennings' assurances, fantasy owners need to keep things in perspective. HC Ben McAdoo appears to be keeping his players on a normal schedule but that doesn't mean he will be playing his starters into the second half and risking injury prior to the post season. This type of guessing game makes it very tough to trust any of Big Blue's main cogs this week
|Tyrod Taylor to the bench, EJ Manuel to start|
Bills don't want to risk injury to Taylor
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2016, 11:00 am
|The Buffalo Bills are planning to bench Tyrod Taylor in their regular-season finale against the New York Jets and start EJ Manuel at quarterback, league sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Bills are at risk for the $30.75 million remaining on Taylor's contract that would become guaranteed if he suffered a significant injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills are getting a jump on 2017 after firing head coach Rex Ryan, defensive assistant Rob Ryan. The switch at quarterback appears to be a business decision as they would owe Taylor the remainder of his contract if he gets injured. The Bills face the Jets in New York on Sunday.
|Doug Martin to be inactive Week 17|
Future with the Bucs in doubt
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2016, 10:30 am
|Two days after being benched for the first time in his pro career, Doug Martin's season appears to be over and his future with the Bucs is in doubt. Martin, the two-time Pro Bowl running back who was told to take a seat for the Bucs' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Saturday, will not be active for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Panthers. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Martin has fallen out of favor in Tampa which led to Jacquizz Rodgers receiving the majority of the snaps against the Saints in Week 16. It appears Rodgers will be in line for another big workload in Week 17 against the Panthers. The Bucs are expected to sign RB Russell Hansbrough off the Giants practice squad.
| Lamar Miller uncertain for Week 17|
Texans locked up division and No. 4 seed in Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 7:00 pm
|Although Texans starting RB Lamar Miller is making progress in his recovery from an ankle injury, coach Bill O'Brien was noncommittal on his status for the regular-season finale against the Tennessee Titans.
The Texans could elect to hold Miller out for the second consecutive game to let him get healthier for the playoffs since this game against the Titans holds no playoff significance with Houston having already clinched the AFC South and the fourth seed. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Outside of possibly getting more comfortable with some of Tom Savage's idiosyncrasies in live action, it doesn't make much sense to push Miller when he's been dealing with one injury or another for the better of the season. Alfred Blue figures to get the bulk of the carries in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans.
|Steelers likely to rest their studs Week 17|
Bell, Big Ben, Brown all expected to rest or play limited snaps
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:50 pm
|You can bet Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, James Harrison won't play. Antonio Brown probably will lobby to play. No one slightly hurt. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the Steelers locked into the No. 3 seed, they have no reason to take any chances with their main weapons. Bell's absence would give DeAngelo Williams an opportunity to prove he is ready to be the man again should Bell get injured during the playoffs, and the matchup doesn't get much better than against the Cleveland Browns at home. If he gets the nod, don't hesitate to fire up Williams in DFS this week.
| Eifert done for the season|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:40 pm
|The Cincinnati Bengals have placed TE Tyler Eifert on injured reserve with a back injury.
Eifert missed the first six games of the season because of an ankle injury from last season's Pro Bowl. He finished with 23 receptions for 394 yards and five touchdowns this season. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: It's obviously a lost season for Eifert, although he did nothing to disprove the fact he is a dynamic weapon in the red zone when his body allows him to be. Assuming he makes it through the offseason in good shape, Eifert should be considered a top-eight TE with his only weakness being his inability to stay healthy for any length of time throughout most of his four-year NFL career.
| Mariota fractures right fibula|
Expected to need 4-5 months to recover; surgery Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:30 pm
|Titans QB Marcus Mariota will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula on Wednesday in Charlotte and miss four to five months, HC Mike Mularkey said Monday. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure, which entails placing a plate on the bone to provide stability. The Titans hope he returns in time for OTAs. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Mariota played like a top-five quarterback for most of October and November against the Titans' rather lackluster schedule for most of that time, but he predictably struggled to get much going against Denver or Kansas City before getting hurt. Last year's No. 2 overall pick could use another dynamic receiver to realize his true potential, but Mariota should be considered a low-end QB1 heading into drafts next spring and summer. Matt Cassel will start the season finale against the Texans.
|"Good chance" Paxton Lynch starts finale|
Broncos eliminated from playoffs Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:20 pm
|With the exception of the most recent game at Kansas City - his only clunker of the season - Trevor Siemian earned the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 quarterback job, one of the most exalted positions in all of sports. But first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch has to start this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
And there’s a good chance he will, even if Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak wasn’t ready to make such a pronouncement Monday, a few hours after returning from his team’s embarrassing Christmas Night performance in Kansas City. (9News)|
FFToday's Take: Kubiak can be excused for not making up his mind yet after the Broncos got back to Denver early Monday morning, but it makes too much sense to give their first-rounder another chance to start in what amounts to a meaningless game for them this weekend. With that said, Lynch has struggled mightily in his limited action, so the Oakland Raiders D/ST makes for a solid play in DFS or Week 17 championships.
| Donte Moncrief suffers another shoulder injury|
Same shoulder that cost him five games earlier this season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:00 pm
|HC Chuck Pagano: Donte Moncrief shoulder. MRI (Monday). (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This season was supposed to be Moncrief's coming-out party, but he's been too injured for most of it to celebrate, as he has dealt with shoulder and hamstring ailments. Seeing as how the Colts have nothing to play for in Week 17, don't expect Moncrief to suit up for the finale. Phillip Dorsett will likely get the call, but he has proven time and again he's not worthy of a fantasy start.
|Cowboys to play starters as normal|
"We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:30 am
|Cowboys Jason Garrett tells us he plans to play Dak, Zeke, starters as normal. "We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing." (Ed Wereder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Jason Garrett is indicating the he has no plans to rest his starters in tonight's game against the Lions. The Cowboys have wrapped up the No.1 seed in the NFC but it appears the head coach doesn't want rust to creep into the game of his rookies. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott should be ready to roll in the final game of Week 16.
| Recovery timetable for Carr, 6-8 weeks|
Raiders QB out with fractured fibula
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:15 am
|Raiders QB Derek Carr expected to undergo surgery on fractured fibula Tuesday in Los Angeles, per source. Recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carr broke his leg on Saturday and will miss the remainder of the season leaving Matt McGloin to quarterback the team in Week 17 and throughout the playoffs. McGloin won't be a recommended option against the Broncos in Week 17.
| Torn MCL for Hyde creates opportunity for Draughn|
Draughn and DuJuan Harris should share the load in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:00 am
|Carlos Hyde had the medial collateral ligament in his left knee severely sprained in Saturday’s win at Los Angeles, a league source said. ESPN first reported the MCL injury Sunday, characterizing it as a tear. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Shaun Draughn (16 touches) got the majority of work Saturday once Hyde exited the game and should get the start Week 17 against the Seahawks. It's less than ideal matchup making him more of a flex consideration in the season finale.
| A.J. Green will sit out today and Week 17|
Doctors won't clear Bengals WR
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2016, 9:15 am
|Bengals docs won't let A.J. Green go today. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Not only will Green miss tonight's game with the Texans but according to Adam Schefter, Green will miss the Week 17 game as well. He stated earlier in the week that he would play but it is a wise move to have Green inactive as the Bengals are out of the playoff race. Tyler Boyd is in play as a high-end WR2 with both Green and TE Tyler Eifert on the shelf in Week 16.
| Lamar Miller may sit tonight|
Expected to play Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2016, 8:30 am
|#Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle), who didn't practice this week, is iffy at best for tonight, sources say, He should be good for Week 17, tho (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Miller has been banged for some time now but has gutted through the last few weeks, often making multiple trips to the sidelines during games. If he's inactive in tonight's game against the Bengals, Alfred Blue, Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes should form a committee approach at running back.
| Jordan Reed out with shoulder injury|
Vernon Davis expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2016, 8:15 am
|Washington TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) is out today vs Chicago, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kirk Cousins will be without his best weapon on Saturday against the Bears. Reed has played the last couple weeks but has been limited an ineffective. with Reed out, Vernon Davis will get the start and is a viable punt TE play.
| Matt Forte doubtful, knee shoulder injuries|
Bilal Powell, great play in Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 2:00 pm
|New York Jets running back Matt Forte is doubtful to play against the New England Patriots on Saturday because of knee and shoulder injuries. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: With Forte out, Bilal Powell becomes an easy RB1 even against the Patriots given the amount of volume he should see. Powell has racked up 61 touches in the last two weeks.
| Adrian Peterson out for Week 16|
McKinnon and Asiata to handle rushing load
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 1:30 pm
|After a one-game return, Adrian Peterson has been ruled out again. The Vikings running back will not play in Minnesota's Week 16 matchup against the Packers after aggravating a groin injury against the Colts. Peterson did not participate in practice all this week because of groin and knee ailments. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Peterson out, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle the rushing load against the Packers. Neither are recommended fantasy plays given the state of the Vikings running game.