Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Friday, Dec. 6

by KFFL Staff on December 6, 2013 @ 10:07:51 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Jason Campbell | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Jason Campbell (concussion) has not been cleared to play even though he was able to participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. He likely will need to pass another concussion test before he is cleared to play.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) will "absolutely" play when he's cleared to play in games, according to head coach Marc Trestman. The team is hoping he can return next week or the week after.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (thumb) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 5.

The fact that he's practiced in full two days this week means his injury is likely of the minor variety. Tannehill is a low-end QB1 or a solid backup quarterback most weeks. You can likely do better at the position during the fantasy playoffs.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (elbow) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is unlikely to play in Week 14 against the Atlanta Falcons. He has yet to be cleared for action after undergoing a scan, and he's not scheduled to undergo any more tests.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

QB | Matt Flynn | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn got first-team repetitions in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.


Running Back

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) will undergo an MRI exam on his right hamstring Friday, Dec. 6, after being injured in the team's Week 14 game Thursday, Dec. 5. His injury doesn't look to be serious, and he is expecting to play in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills. He ran for a season-high 103 yards against the Houston Texans, his first 100-yard game since Week 3 of last year. Jones-Drew has 719 rushing yards this year, with 264 coming the last three weeks.

Jones-Drew has plenty of time to heal up before the team's Week 15 game, so if the injury isn't serious as expected, he should be good to go for the Bills game. The Jags are hot, and MJD continues to have respectable showings. Continue starting him.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he expects RB Adrian Peterson (groin) to practice Friday, Dec. 6.

RB | Trent Richardson | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
ESPN's Matt Williamson said he believes Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson is struggling because he is being tentative while running and does not seem to fully know the scheme yet. "Just looking at him, I think he's been tentative since he's been here. I feel like he's uncomfortable knowing when to hit the holes and what their scheme is. He's lost mentally. It doesn't mean he's not smart. I think he's not tuned in to exactly what they're doing. It's not natural for him, not knowing exactly where to go, thinking too much," Williamson said.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | Le'Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (concussion) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (pectoral) was limited in practice again Thursday, Dec. 5.

Miller doesn't really have much competition for touches with Daniel Thomas (ankle) still beat up. The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't easy to run on, though. Miller is rather weak play as an RB2 this weekend.

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

Thomas has done work on the side this week and it doesn't look like he's ready to be shut down for the remainder of the year yet. However, there's a small chance he's active for Week 14. There's no need to clog your roster with Thomas at this point.

RB | Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | Willis McGahee | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Willis McGahee (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | Rashad Jennings | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Rashad Jennings (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

Jennings is on the right track to playing Sunday against the New York Jets after being cleared to practice. With signs looking ominous that Darren McFadden will play this weekend, Jennings' value will receive another short-term boost. If he can play, Jennings is a solid RB2 option.

RB | Chris Ivory | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

Ivory's matchup against the Oakland Raiders is a nice one, but the lack of production from the Jets' offense as a whole makes him a weak play. Use Ivory mainly as a flex option in deeper leagues.

RB | Andre Ellington | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

Ellington said he expects to play in the game. However, he's lost some intrigue in recent weeks with Rashard Mendenhall returning to full health and looking more explosive. In PPR leagues, Ellington is a flex, at best.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (quadriceps) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (calf) did some very light individual work in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. Bush did not do any cutting on his injured calf in practice.

While it can be seen as good that Bush was able to do anything at all, the idea that he was unable to do much and did not do any cutting on the injured calf is concerning. Joique Bell would carry the load if Bush can't go and could be a decent play.


Fullback

FB | Mike Tolbert | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.


Wide Receiver

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (quadriceps) is expected to play Week 14 even though he was held out of practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) likely will not play Week 14 because of his hip injury.

WR | Golden Tate | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate (hip) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Jets expect WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring) to be more involved in the offense in Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders as he nears full health. However, head coach Rex Ryan said Holmes still isn't ready for a full workload. "It doesn't look like he's hobbled at all," Ryan said. "He looks good and explosive."

This is good news for Holmes, but probably not enough to convince fantasy owners in deep leagues that he's anything more than a desperation flex play. Avoid him if you can.

WR | Jeremy Kerley | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow) has been cleared to play in Week 14 versus the Oakland Raiders after missing three games with an elbow injury. Head coach Rex Ryan said Kerley looked "outstanding" in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. Kerley leads the team with 28 catches. "With a healthy Santonio Holmes, Kerley and Kellen Winslow, that'll be a big help to us, obviously," head coach Rex Ryan said.

Relying on a player that hasn't played in a month would be extremely foolish. Leave Kerley on your bench or to the waiver wire. It's highly unlikely that he'll become a fantasy option in these next few weeks, especially with how inconsistent Geno Smith has been this year.

WR | Donnie Avery | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | A.J. Green | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (groin) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Kenbrell Thompkins | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

Moore has missed the past two games and his chances of returning in Week 14 don't look great, either. Andre Holmes has emerged as a favorite target of Matt McGloin's in the meantime. He's a sneaky flex play in the deepest of leagues this weekend.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe, chest) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

Bryant's back hasn't been giving him any real problems lately, so he should be fully expected to play on Monday night against the Chicago Bears. He needs to be in all starting lineups.

WR | Michael Floyd | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

Floyd's injury isn't expected to keep him on the sidelines against the St. Louis Rams in Week 14. He continues to deserve to be in fantasy lineups on a weekly basis.

WR | Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

Wright should be fine to play against the Denver Broncos this weekend, and he should be seen as a stable wideout option. His targets could easily increase if Delanie Walker (concussion) is held out, as expected.

WR | Demaryius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) was limited in practice again Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Dec. 5, after sitting out the last two days.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

WR | Da'Rick Rogers | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Signs are pointing toward Indianapolis Colts WR Da'Rick Rogers moving ahead of WR Darrius Heyward-Bey on the team's depth chart at wide receiver. Rogers made his debut with the team in Week 13 and played in 13 offensive plays. "We've got four guys on the 53-man roster right now at the wide receiver position and we've got to do a great job of playing to their strengths," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "We're going to need them all." Heyward-Bey has been targeted 26 times in the last five games but has just nine catches for 96 yards.

As Mike Chappell notes, Rogers or LaVon Brazill could overtake DHB on the depth chart and be utilized more often in the final four games of the regular season. They both have more upside than DHB, as well. Take note if you've been holding onto Hewyard-Bey as the No. 2 opposite T.Y. Hilton. It's probably time to cut bait.


Tight End

TE | Kyle Rudolph | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) has not progressed as fast as the team originally believed. Rudolph was expected to miss four to six weeks and will miss his fifth straight game Week 14.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

TE | Tyler Eifert | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) was limited in practice again Thursday, Dec. 5.

Tony G will suit up in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers. Consider him a midrange TE1.

TE | Delanie Walker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) did not practice again Thursday, Dec. 5.

Walker hasn't been cleared by doctors following his concussion in Week 13, putting his availability in serious doubt for this weekend. Be prepared to keep him on your bench. Look for other options now.

TE | Julius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5.

TE | Kellen Winslow | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

TE | Brandon Myers | New York Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants TE Brandon Myers (groin) missed practice Thursday, Dec. 5, with a groin issue. Head coach Tom Coughlin said the hope is he will practice Friday, Dec. 5.

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5, as he and his wife are expecting the birth of their child.

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