Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 26, 2012 @ 06:17:19 PDT



QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
With three touchdown passes in Week 17, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will set an NFL record for touchdown passes by a quarterback 36 years or older. Manning has 34 touchdown passes this season.

QB | Geno Smith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
West Virginia QB Geno Smith could be an option at quarterback for the New York Jets via the NFL Draft. Smith is projected to be a mid- to late first-round selection.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has thrown for just 311 yards and one touchdown over his last two games. Manning has not thrown for 300 yards or more in a game in his last eight contests.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick does not see his Week 17 start as an audition for next season. "I'm not going out to audition for a job. I'm going out to try and win," Vick told USA Today. "My play and what I've done for this league and the accolades that I have speak for themselves. The thing I want to do is improve. Whatever happens next year happens. I'm just going to be a guy who, wherever I'm at, I'm going to make the team better."

QB | Carson Palmer | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QB Carson Palmer (ribs, lung) will not play Week 17 because of cracked ribs and a bruised lung he suffered in Week 16. Palmer had to spend a night in the hospital after suffering the injuries.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) was not limited in any way in the team's Week 16 game, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.

Running Back

RB | Steven Jackson | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson recorded his 400th career reception in Week 16, moving him into a tie for fifth place on the franchise list with Hall of Famer Tom Fears.

RB | Reggie Bush | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush needs 40 rushing yards in Week 17 against the New England Patriots to hit 1,000 yards for a second straight season.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) is unlikely to play in Week 17. He ran at varying intensity levels for three days last week, but soreness forced him to be shut down Sunday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 24.

RB | Rashad Jennings | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars placed RB Rashad Jennings (concussion) and LB Greg M. Jones (concussion) on Injured Reserve Monday, Dec. 24.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle) is sore with an ankle injury, but is expected to play in Week 17.

RB | Beanie Wells | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells said he believes his days with the Cardinals are numbered and will be using Week 17 as an audition for other teams.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said the team is still evaluating RB Trent Richardson's (ankle) injury and did not rule out Richardson playing in Week 17.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he hopes RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, knee) came through the team's Week 16 game with no setbacks.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (heart) said via his Twitter account Monday, Dec. 24, that he is doing well after visiting with a specialist. "I appreciate all the concern and support. I am doing well. Saw a cardiologist today and everything is back to normal," Foster said.

RB | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy played in 64 snaps (84 percent) in the team's Week 16 game, while RB Bryce Brown played just 10 snaps.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins will attempt to re-sign impending free-agent RB Reggie Bush in the offseason, according to team sources, but only at their price, not Bush's. The team also has RB Lamar Miller on the roster.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has averaged 5.82 yards per carry in his career, best in NFL history.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) said he expects to play in the team's Week 17 game. Forte injured his right ankle for the third time this season in Week 16.

Wide Receiver

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) must undergo season-ending knee surgery after sustaining torn ligaments in Week 16. He faces a long rehabilitation and is not likely to be available when training camp opens next summer.

WR | Randy Moss | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss is now the team's No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart following the season-ending injury to WR Mario Manningham (knee). Moss has pulled in just 26 catches for 406 yards and three touchdowns in limited work this season; however, he saw his snaps nearly double with Manningham out of the picture in Week 16.

WR | Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne said the Colts are too young to rest, and need to continue to play as they prepare for the postseason. "We're too young to rest," the veteran receiver said. "We probably need to put everybody out there and have them continue to play. I don't think we can afford (to rest). I can't speak for everybody, but I'm built to play."

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning and WR Hakeem Nicks are having timing issues because of the lack of practice reps due to Nicks' injury issues this year. "I love Hakeem and the way he competes,'' Manning said. "He's obviously dealing with a frustrating issue that's limiting him a little bit. He missed most of training camp, all of the off-season, so you don't get that rep time. We don't get practice reps. The timing is off on a few things and it can make it hard to be as effective as you need to be."

WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (concussion) was placed on Injured Reserve Monday, Dec. 24.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was praised by head coach Jason Garrett for his performance in Week 16. "He's playing pretty well," head coach Jason Garrett said of Bryant. "There's no question about that. He's done an amazing job with that finger. It doesn't seem to faze him in any way shape or form. He made a couple of really big plays in the ballgame early for us, running the 9 route, making the play over his head and then catching a slant and breaking a couple of tackles to score. Not only did he make those plays, but he made a number of other plays in the game. I think he's grown. I think he's playing with a great deal of confidence. He and (Tony Romo) have a really, really good relationship. They're seeing the field the same way. He's been good. There's no question about that."

WR | Anquan Boldin | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder) suffered a shoulder bruise in Week 16.

WR | Jordy Nelson | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he is hopeful WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring) will return in Week 17.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb's (ankle) special teams role is not expected to change moving forward, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. "Randall Cobb is a big part of our success on special teams," McCarthy said.

Tight End

TE | Jacob Tamme | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning credits TE Jacob Tamme for much of the offense's success this season. Tamme's ability to play both tight end and slot receiver makes him a matchup problem for opposing defenses. "So much for us, in what we do, is how do they play Tamme," Manning said. "Some teams treat him like a receiver and some teams treat him like a tight end, so you kind of find that out, see how they handle him in the formation. He kind of makes them, the way he plays and how he plays, have that discussion and we see where that takes us."

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (concussion) should be available for the team's Week 17 game.

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said TE Scott Chandler (knee) will need surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered Week 16.

TE | Rob Housler | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said TE Rob Housler (shoulder) will not play Week 17 because of a shoulder injury.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) will require surgery after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament injury in Week 16. Miller possibly suffered a partial posterior cruciate ligament injury as well. "Unfortunately his season comes to an end," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "He has been rock solid for us and we really appreciate his efforts. We understand injuries are a part of the game, but unfortunately it brings his season to a close."

Defensive Line

DL | Ray Edwards | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DE Ray Edwards (Falcons) could sign with the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Seahawks worked out Edwards Monday, Dec. 24.

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he does not know at this point if DL Justin Smith (elbow) will be ready for the playoffs. "I don't know for sure," Harbaugh said.


LB | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware (shoulder, elbow) is expected to play in Week 17, according to head coach Jason Garrett.


CB | Richard Sherman | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman is expected to get the decision on his appeal for a four-game suspension by Thursday, Dec. 27.

CB | Antoine Winfield | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said CB Antoine Winfield (hand) is expected to play Week 17 despite suffering a fractured hand in Week 16.

CB | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson (collarbone) is getting very close to a return, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Free Safety

FS | Ronde Barber | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Ronde Barber has not made a decision about retirement yet, and it won't be made for some time. "I won't even entertain those notions yet," Barber said. "That's for me to do in the offseason. Week 16 of the season is no (time for a) retrospective for me."

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