Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Monday, Dec. 23

by KFFL Staff on December 23, 2013 @ 05:45:06 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was reconfirmed the starter for Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) left the Week 16 game against the Buffalo Bills due to a knee injury. While the team feels the injury is minor, Tannehill will undergo an MRI Monday, Dec. 23.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) said Sunday, Dec. 22, that he will have an MRI on his back Monday, Dec. 23. However, he does not believe the back injury he suffered in Week 16 will jeopardize his availability for the Week 17 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. "He's kind of getting some special treatment for it," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "It kind of was going down his leg there a little bit. But you saw it - it didn't keep him from playing and won't keep (him) from playing."

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said Sunday, Dec. 22, that he suffered an ankle injury in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints. "Nicked it," Newton said. The quarterback had both of his ankles re-taped during the game.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning broke the single-season touchdown record with his 51st touchdown in Week 16.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' (collarbone) fractured collarbone is still an extraordinary risk at this point, which is why he will not play Week 16.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is open to returning to the team as a backup quarterback in 2014. Vick loves Philadelphia and is close with QB Nick Foles.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (elbow, ankle) is expected to play in the team's Week 16 game.


Running Back

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall each left the Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles early due to the lopsided score on the board. Forte finished with 29 yards on nine carries, and he added four receptions for 25 yards. Jeffery hauled in six receptions for 76 yards, while Marshall ended up with four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders. Mathews went to the locker room, returned and re-entered the game. However, after the game he was wearing a protective boot over his left foot.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson carried 22 times for 90 yards in Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans, and he added one catch for three yards. Johnson needs 50 rushing yards in Week 17 to become the sixth player in NFL history to run for 1,000 yards in each of his first six NFL season.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew posted 45 rushing yards in Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans, becoming the 46th player in NFL history to top 8,000 yards rushing.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Andre Brown (concussion) was carted off in overtime of the Week 16 game against the Detroit Lions. He was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for concussion.

RB | Bernard Pierce | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (arm) suffered an apparent right arm injury in the Week 16 game against the New England Patriots.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles had 46 rushing yards and a touchdown after the first quarter of the Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts, but he finished with just 106 yards and no more scores after that initial TD.

Fantasy owners still can't be too disappointed with Charles hitting the century mark and finding the end zone, although it was obviously a far cry from what he accomplished in Week 15.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), who entered the Week 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an ankle injury, limped off the field in the fourth quarter with help from the training staff. RB James Starks replaced him in the backfield.

RB | Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (groin) left the Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a groin injury.

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (ribs) is active for the team's Week 16 game.

Jackson could be a flex option for owners this week.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (foot) is active for the team's Week 16 game.

Peterson should be starting in all fantasy leagues.

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) is active for the team's Week 16 game.

Thomas could be a flex option this week, but owners can also bench him if they have better options to use.

RB | DeMarco Murray | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
There is a growing rift between QB Tony Romo and RB DeMarco Murray. They have a "frosty" relationship as Romo continues to choose to pass over running the ball.

RB | Frank Gore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Saturday, Dec. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

Gore likely will be able to play this week and should be considered a low-end No. 1 or No. 2 running back for owners.

RB | Bryce Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles RB Bryce Brown has a goal to start in the 2014 season. "That's obviously a goal of mine going into next year. I think I can," Brown said. "That's what I'm going to be working toward, whether I'm here or I'm somewhere else."


Wide Receiver

WR | Alshon Jeffery | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall each left the Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles early due to the lopsided score on the board. Forte finished with 29 yards on nine carries, and he added four receptions for 25 yards. Jeffery hauled in six receptions for 76 yards, while Marshall ended up with four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.

WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) said Sunday, Dec. 22, that his groin muscle was "just hanging on" to the bone before his surgery. He is expected to need six weeks of recovery.

WR | Jeremy Kerley | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley caught four of his five passes on third down in the team's Week 16 game against the Cleveland Browns. He leads the team with 21 receptions on third down this season.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson went over 100 receptions for the season in the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos. He has tied Broncos WR Wes Welker for the NFL record with the most 100-catch seasons (five).

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) said Sunday, Dec. 22, that he felt something "pop" in his knee during the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints. He is scheduled for an MRI Monday, Dec. 23.

WR | Pierre Garcon | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon hauled in 11 receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Garcon now has 107 receptions this season, which broke the single-season franchise record previous held by WR Art Monk (105).

WR | Robert Woods | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods has been ejected from the Week 16 game for throwing a punch.

WR | Marquise Goodwin | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (knee) suffered a knee injury in the team's Week 16 game and will not return.

WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (ankle) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 16 game.

None of the Rams wide receivers should have been starting this week in fantasy leagues even before the news that Austin would not play.

WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) is active for the team's Week 16 game.

Owners should consider Hilton as a solid starting option for owners this week.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (Concussion) is expected to play in the team's Week 16 game.

WR | Kenbrell Thompkins | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) and OT Nate Solder (concussion) have been ruled out for Week 16.

WR | Aaron Dobson | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) traveled with the team for their Week 16 game and may be able to play. He is listed as questionable for the game.

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (illness, knee) did not participate in practice Saturday, Dec. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.

Owners should not consider starting Manningham this week even if he is active for the game.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (ankle, wrist) fully participated in practice Saturday, Dec. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

It appears like Crabtree will be able to play and should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver this week.

WR | Davone Bess | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Transaction
The Cleveland Browns placed WR Davone Bess (personal) on the non-footbal illness list.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said WR Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) should be ready for the offseason program in 2014. "[The need for surgery was] very unfortunate," Coughlin said Friday. "Victor was having a good year. It would have been great to have him for these last two games, but we're very confident that the swiftness with which the procedure was done should give him an outstanding opportunity in the offseason to be stronger than ever."

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle wants to show he can be an NFL starter with WR Victor Cruz (knee) out. "I am trying," Randle said. "I don't know if I have [shown that yet] or not. That is definitely the case that I am trying to prove."


Tight End

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis posted four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Tennessee Titans. Lewis tied a franchise record with a touchdown catch in a fourth consecutive game.

TE | Tyler Eifert | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (neck) left the Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings in the first half due to a neck stinger. He was unable to return.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) is expected to play Week 16 even though he is listed as questionable for the game.


Place Kicker

PK | Justin Tucker | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens PK Justin Tucker entered the Week 16 game against the New England Patriots with 33 consecutive field goals made, but he missed his first attempt wide left. He fell three short of the team record, and nine short of the NFL record, for consecutive field goals without a miss.

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri made three of his four field goal attempts with two extra points in the Week 16 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He now has scored 1,993 points, passing former Denver Broncos PK Jason Elam for seventh on the NFL's career list.

PK | Dan Carpenter | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills PK Dan Carpenter (illness) has been added to the team's Week 16 injury report because an illness but is listed as probable.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Andre Smith | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith (ankle) left the Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings due to a sprained left ankle and he was unable to return.

OT | Jake Long | St. Louis Rams | Injury
Updating an earlier report, the St. Louis Rams fear OT Jake Long (knee) tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

OT | Branden Albert | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert (knee) is unlikely to play in the team's Week 16 game.

OT | Eugene Monroe | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens are hopeful of extending OT Eugene Monroe before he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.

OT | David Diehl | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants OG David Diehl (knee) made the trip to Detroit but is still doubtful to play in Week 16.


Guard

OG | Mike Iupati | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (ankle), OG Mike Iupati (knee) and LB Dan Skuta (foot) were limited during practice Saturday, Dec. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 16. C Jonathan Goodwin (non-injury), DT Justin Smith (shoulder), LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist) and CB Tarell Brown (ribs) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable for Week 16.


Defensive Line

DL | Arthur Jones | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DE Arthur Jones (concussion) suffered an apparent concussion in the Week 16 game against the New England Patriots, and he did not return. He will go through the NFL concussion protocol.

DL | Robert Quinn | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams DE Robert Quinn set the team's single-season record with his 18th sack of the year in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

DL | Mario Williams | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills DT Jerry Hughes (10), DT Kyle D. Williams (10 1/2) and DE Mario Williams (13) each have at least 10 sacks. It is just the second time since 1995 that the Bills have had three or more players with at least 10 sacks in a single season, and the Bills are the first NFL team since the 2000 New Orleans Saints to accomplish the feat.


Linebacker

LB | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb) re-injured his surgically repaired thumb in Week 16 and is out indefinitely. It's being described as a repeat of his last injury, which required surgery and cost him four weeks.

LB | Luke Kuechly | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly was credited with 24 tackles in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints, including nine solo stops, one tackle for loss and a pass defensed. "I mean, 24 tackles in an NFL game? That's like a created play in Madden. That's not supposed to happen," SS Michael Mitchell said Sunday, Dec. 22.

LB | Von Miller | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee) will undergo tests Monday, Dec. 23, to determine the extent of the knee injury he suffered in Week 16 against the Houston Texans. There is concern the injury is significant.

LB | Vontaze Burfict | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (head) left the Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings due to a head injury.

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (groin) left the Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys due to a strained right groin.

LB | Audie Cole | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings LB Audie Cole (leg) and CB Shaun Prater (ankle) are questionable to return to the team's Week 16 game after leaving with injuries.

LB | Jarvis Jones | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (illness) has been added to the team's Week 16 injury report because of an illness and is listed as questionable.

LB | Trent Cole | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles LB Trent Cole got praise from head coach Chip Kelly. "The one thing that stands out is he's such a great effort player and causes a lot of problems," Kelly said. "Just never seems like he stops."


Cornerback

CB | Johnathan Joseph | Houston Texans | Injury
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (foot) was unable to return to the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos due to a foot injury.

CB | Joe Haden | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (hip) left the Week 16 game after aggravating his hip injury.

CB | Buster Skrine | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns CB Buster Skrine (back) suffered a back injury in the team's Week 16 game but is considered probable to return.

CB | Tarell Brown | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald (ankle), OG Mike Iupati (knee) and LB Dan Skuta (foot) were limited during practice Saturday, Dec. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 16. C Jonathan Goodwin (non-injury), DT Justin Smith (shoulder), LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist) and CB Tarell Brown (ribs) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable for Week 16.


Strong Safety

SS | Steve Gregory | New England Patriots | Injury
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots SS Steve Gregory (leg) returned to the Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens after leaving earlier due to a leg injury. LB Brandon Spikes (undisclosed) also left the game, but he was able to return after a brief absence.

SS | Mark Barron | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (hamstring) did not travel with the team for their Week 16 game and has been ruled out. FS Keith Tandy will start in his place at safety.


Free Safety

FS | Devin McCourty | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots FS Devin McCourty (head) left the Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a head injury and he was unable to return.

FS | Kenny Vaccaro | New Orleans Saints | Injury
Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints S Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) has a possible broken ankle.

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