Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 24, 2012 @ 06:03:17 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has thrown seven touchdown passes of more than 20 yards downfield this season. Griffin entered Week 16 completing 46.7 percent of such throws, third-best in the NFL.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Oakland Raiders DT Tommy Kelly said the team tried to take Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton out of their Week 16 game after QB Carson Palmer (ribs) was knocked out of the game. "You take our guy out, we're going to go and try to take your guy out," Kelly said. "We're not out to hurt someone, but when that happens ..."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has nine career 400-yard passing games following his 446-yard effort in Week 16, passing Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning for the second-most in NFL history.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw a season-high three touchdown passes on throws at least 15 yards downfield in Week 16, including two on the Cowboys' final two drives of the fourth quarter to force overtime.

QB | Russell Wilson | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has a record of 6-1 in the team's last seven games. He has thrown 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions during that span, in addition to a 65.9 completion percentage.

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
In his team's 28-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman set the franchise mark for most passing yards in a season (3,843) and tied franchise records for most touchdown passes in a season (26) and a career (77).

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Sunday, Dec. 23, that he never considered benching QB Jake Locker in the Week 16 loss against the Green Bay Packers despite his tremendous struggles. "Jake needs to grow through these things," Loggains said. "The situation against Houston, it's the same thing. It's part of being a young quarterback. How you respond is how your teammates are going to look at you." Locker completed just 13 of his 30 pass attempts for 140 yards, and he was sacked seven times to drop to 3-7 as a starter.

QB | Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (hand) suffered a hand contusion in the Week 16 game against the Washington Redskins.

QB | Greg McElroy | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Tim Tebow was so frustrated when head coach Rex Ryan named QB Greg McElroy as the starting quarterback for Week 16 that he told the coaches he didn't want to be used in any Wildcat packages against the San Diego Chargers, multiple sources said. Instead, the team used WR Jeremy Kerley in the formations.

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (shoulder) suffered a right shoulder injury in the second half of the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos and he did not return. QB Colt McCoy finished up the game in his stead.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill went 13-for-25 for 130 yards and two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.

QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck went 17-for-35 for 205 yards and one touchdown in Week 16 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Luck has set the NFL rookie record for passing yards in a season surpassing Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's mark of 4,051 yards set in 2011.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers went 27-for-38 for 342 yards and three touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. He also rushed for 11 yards and one touchdown on four carries during the game.


Running Back

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles gained 199 of his 226 yards before being contacted in Week 16, the most single-game rushing yards before contact by a running back this season. Charles' 86-yard touchdown run was also his third rushing touchdown of 80-plus yards this season.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen, groin) will absolutely play in the team's Week 17 game. Peterson was kept out late in Week 16 with soreness.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore had just 28 yards on six carries in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks after rushing for a season-high 131 yards, in addition to 51 receiving yards, when the teams met in Week 7.

RB | Stevan Ridley | New England Patriots | Fantasy
The New England Patriots coaching staff stayed with RB Stevan Ridley in Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite recent fumbling problems. Ridley played the most snaps (35) against the Jaguars, and he finished with 84 yards on 18 carries, and no fumbles.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (heart) left the Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings due to an irregular heartbeat, but he and head coach Gary Kubiak said Foster is fine. Foster added that his issue is "very minor."

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) said Sunday, Dec. 23, that despite being in a walking boot after the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals, he expects to play in the regular season finale against the Detroit Lions. "I can't see myself missing next week," Forte said.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch went over 100 yards rushing in the Week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers. In the past 52 regular season games, the 49ers have allowed an opposing player to rush for 100 yards in five games. Lynch has three of those games.

RB | Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells fumbled at his own 1-yard line in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, and it was recovered by the defense for a touchdown. "From what I saw, obviously you can't put the ball on the ground, especially not there," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. After that miscue, Wells saw just one carry the rest of the game.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said Sunday, Dec. 23, that RB Trent Richardson (ankle) suffered an ankle injury late in the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos. He is getting X-rays to determine if the ankle is broken.

RB | Shonn Greene | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets RB Shonn Greene rushed for 38 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries against the San Diego Chargers in Week 16.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller rushed for 138 yards on 22 carries against the Miami Dolphins Week 16.

RB | Reggie Bush | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16. He also caught four passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

RB | Peyton Hillis | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Peyton Hillis rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts.

RB | Ryan Grant | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle) left the game early Week 16 because of an ankle injury in Week 16 and is considered questionable to return.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is active for his team's Week 16 contest versus the Cincinnati Bengals.


Wide Receiver

WR | Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne had five catches in Week 16 to become the fifth player in NFL history with four 100-catch seasons. Wayne has 102 receptions this season.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) was held without a reception for the first time in his NFL career in Week 16.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
X-rays on Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb's (ankle) injured ankle were negative, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. An MRI will be conducted Monday, Dec. 24. It's not believed that Cobb has any significant damage, and he could play in Week 17.

WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (concussion) left the Week 16 game against the New England Patriots due to concussion.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had a career-high 224 yards and two scores in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints, but he was frustrated after the team's loss. Bryant has touchdown catches in seven straight games, matching a club record held by Frank Clarke, Bob Hayes and Terrell Owens. The 224 yards were fourth-most in a game in franchise history.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Draft, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had eight receptions for 111 yards in the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears, his most receiving yards since a season-best 114 yards back in Week 3. He has just 89 yards over his past five games combined.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson posted seven receptions for 97 yards in the Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings, pushing him over 800 career receptions in his 137th career game. He is the second fastest player to reach the milestone, as only former Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison (131 games) was quicker. Johnson also passed former Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson on the NFL's career receiving yardage list with 11,113 yards.

WR | Anquan Boldin | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Sunday, Dec. 23, that no player suffered any serious injuries in the Week 16 game against the New York Giants. WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder) left the game, but did not return. However, it appears he'll be fine heading into the playoffs.

WR | Antonio Brown | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (ankle) aggravated his sore ankle in the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he was still able to return and finish with five grabs for 97 yards.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey led the team in receiving in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers, and he had just two grabs for 31 yards. The passing game struggled once QB Carson Palmer (ribs) went down early in the game and was replaced by QB Matt Leinart. WR Derek Hagan had one grab for 19 yards, WR Rod Streater had two snares for 16 yards and WR Denarius Moore was limited to three catches for 12 yards.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith had four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders. He has at least one reception in 90 consecutive games.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson caught seven passes for 108 yards against the St. Louis Rams in Week 16.

WR | Mike Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams caught seven passes for 132 yards and one touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in Week 16.

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 116 yards and one touchdown in Week 16 against the Washington Redskins.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR James Jones caught seven passes for 100 yards and one touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16.


Tight End

TE | Jimmy Graham | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham left the Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys briefly in overtime due to a dislocated right index finger, but he was able to return.

TE | Jason Witten | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten hauled in six catches for 60 yards in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints, giving him 103 receptions for the season. That's an NFL record for catches by a tight end, breaking the mark set by TE Tony Gonzalez, then with the Kansas City Chiefs, back in 2004.

TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates recorded his 82nd career touchdown in the Week 16 game against the New York Jets, breaking the all-time franchise record Hall of Famer WR Lance Alworth held for 42 yards.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) suffered a posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament injury in his right knee during the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Browns. He isn't expected to play in the regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (concussion) suffered a concussion in the first half of the Week 16 game against the Seattle Seahawks and he will not return.

TE | Lance Kendricks | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams TE Lance Kendricks caught four passes for 119 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16.


Place Kicker

PK | Kai Forbath | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins PK Kai Forbath set an NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career. He connected on field goals of 45 and 42 yards in the Week 16 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

PK | Blair Walsh | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh booted a 56-yard field goal in the Week 16 game against the Houston Texans. It was his ninth successful field goal from at least 50 yards, which is a new NFL record.


Defensive Line

DL | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans DT J.J. Watt picked up another sack in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings to give him 20.5 sacks for the season. He is within two of the NFL single-season record set by former New York Giants DL Michael Strahan in 2001. Watt is the ninth player in NFL history with at least 20 sacks in a season.

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (elbow) is not expected to play in Week 16 because of an elbow injury. The team is hoping Smith will be healthy enough to play in the postseason.


Linebacker

LB | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware (shoulder, elbow) suffered a strained right shoulder in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints, and he missed the fourth quarter and overtime as a result. He has been playing the past two games with a hyperextended right elbow, too. LB Victor Butler replaced him.

LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith indicated Sunday, Dec. 23, that he was optimistic LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring) will be able to return for the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions. "We are definitely thinking that way," Smith said. "I would just say he's making a lot of improvement." Urlacher spent roughly 30 minutes participating in a variety of agility drills, including sideline to sideline and lateral movement running.

LB | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Sunday, Dec. 23, that LB Ray Lewis (triceps) definitely will not play in Week 17, and is out until at least the postseason.


Cornerback

CB | Richard Sherman | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, who is appealing his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, has argued that his urine specimen was contaminated while being collected for testing, a league source told ESPN. A major part of Sherman's appeal, which was heard Friday, Dec. 21, involved his claim that the cup containing his urine specimen was leaking, prompting the collector to place a second cup underneath it to capture any leakage, the source said.

CB | Patrick Peterson | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (knee) left the team's Week 16 game because of a knee contusion but was able to return.


Strong Safety

SS | Tyvon Branch | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders SS Tyvon Branch (foot) suffered a foot injury in Week 16 and will not return.


Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens have not had contract talks with impending free-agent FS Ed Reed this season and have not significant talks with Reed since the beginning of the 2011 season.

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