Fantasy football injury report: Super Bowl LVI

Latest status of fantasy football-relevant players who are on the mend entering the Super Bowl.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Super Bowl LVI fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: TE C.J. Uzomah

CINCINNATI BENGALS
TE C.J. Uzomah (knee) did not practice all week and is questionable. He’ll be a game-time decision but insists he is playing. DE Trey Hendrickson (illness) fully practiced Thursday and Friday. He is no longer on the report.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
TE Tyler Higbee (knee) was put on the Reserve/Injured list Friday. WR Van Jefferson (knee), RB Cam Akers (shoulder), CB Jalen Ramsey (shoulder) and LT Andrew Whitworth (quadriceps) fully practiced Friday and are not on the injury report.

Fantasy football injury report: Conference Championships

Latest status of fantasy football-relevant players who are on the mend entering the Conference Championships.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Conference Championships fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: RB Darrel Williams (toe), LT Trent Williams, RB Jeff Wilson Jr.

CINCINNATI BENGALS
QB Joe Burrow (knee) and WR Tee Higgins (thumb) fully practiced all week and avoided designations.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) fully practiced all week and is not on the report. RB Darrel Williams (toe) went full-limited-limited Wednesday-Thursday-Friday and is questionable. WR Tyreek Hill (heel) and WR Mecole Hardman (hip) was a full participant all week and have no label. S Tyrann Mathieu (concussion) is questionable but fully practiced Thursday and Friday.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
LT Andrew Whitworth (knee) should return to the starting lineup after fully working the final two practice days. He has no designation, but his backup, OT Joe Noteboom (chest), is doubtful. S Taylor Rapp (concussion) is questionable after being limited all week. WR Van Jefferson (knee) was limited Thursday and Friday, earning himself a questionable designation.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right thumb) and RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) fully practiced Thursday and Friday. LT Trent Williams (ankle) didn’t participate all week and is a game-time decision. RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (ankle) is questionable, too, and also will be a GTD after being no better than limited Friday.

Fantasy football injury report: Divisional Round

Latest status of fantasy football-relevant players who are on the mend entering the Divisional Round.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Divisional Round fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: RB Darrel Williams (toe), WR Cyril Grayson

Saturday games

CINCINNATI BENGALS
DE Trey Hendrickson (concussion) is not on the report after consecutive full practices to close out the week.

GREEN BAY PACKERS
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling
(back) was a DNP Wednesday and Thursday and is unlikely to play through a doubtful designation. Standout CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) and All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari (knee) are questionable. LB De’Vondre Campbell (elbow), QB Aaron Rodgers (toe) and RB Aaron Jones (knee) fully practiced all week and avoided injury labels. LBs Za’Darius Smith (back) and Whitney Mercilus (biceps) were activated from injured reserve.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DE Nick Bosa (concussion) was cleared Friday and isn’t on the final report. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder, right thumb), RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) and LB Fred Warner (ankle) fully practiced Thursday and Friday. None of them have injury designations.

TENNESSEE TITANS
RB Derrick Henry (foot) was activated Friday from the Reserve/Injured list and is expected to start.

Sunday games

BUFFALO BILLS
No players are listed on the injury report.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) fully practiced all week and is no longer on the report. RB Darrel Williams (toe) managed one limited session (Friday) and is questionable. WR Tyreek Hill (heel) was a full participant all week and has no label.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
LT Andrew Whitworth (knee) will not be available to protect QB Matthew Stafford’s blindside. S Taylor Rapp (concussion) will miss another contest, and WR Ben Skowronek (back) was able to return to practice in full Friday to avoid a designation.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Breshad Perriman (hip, abdomen) have been ruled out. WR Cyril Grayson (hamstring) is questionable. He’ll be a game-time decision after being no more involved than limited Friday. RB Giovani Bernard (hip, knee) fully participated Friday and has no designation. Starting C Ryan Jensen (ankle) and RT Tristan Wirfs (ankle) were limited Friday and are questionable. LB Jason Pierre-Paul (personal) is questionable after not practicing all week. RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has looked good in practice and hasn’t had any setbacks, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Fournette remains on IR but should be activated soon.

Fantasy football injury report: Wild Card Weekend

Latest status of fantasy football weapons who are on the mend entering Wild Card Weekend.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Wild Card Weekend fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: RB James Conner, RB Darrel Williams, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

Saturday games

BUFFALO BILLS 
WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) practiced in full all week and is not on the final report.

CINCINNATI BENGALS 
RB Joe Mixon (COVID-19) was activated this week after missing last Sunday while on the reserve. QB Joe Burrow (knee) carries no tag and fully participated throughout the week.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 
RB Josh Jacobs (ribs) and TE Darren Waller (knee) were limited all week. TE Foster Moreau (ankle, abdomen) practiced, and WR Hunter Renfrow (hip) fully practiced all week. None of them have injury labels.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
RB Damien Harris (hamstring) and WR Jakobi Meyers (thigh) have the questionable tag as they were limited all week. The same story was told on last week’s injury report, and both played. PK Nick Folk (knee) is in the same boat once again.

Sunday games

DALLAS COWBOYS
RB Tony Pollard (foot) practiced in full all week and is off the report.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out, and RB Darrel Williams (toe) was limited all week. He’s questionable. WR Tyreek Hill (heel) went full-limited-full in practice Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, respectively, and didn’t earn an injury tag. TE Travis Kelce (hip) fully participated all week and also didn’t draw a label.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
RB Miles Sanders (hand) was limited Wednesday and Thursday, elevating his role to full in Friday’s session, and he doesn’t have an injury designation. QB Jalen Hurts (ankle) practiced in full all week and doesn’t have a tag as well. TE Dallas Goedert, RB Boston Scott and RB Jordan Howard were activated from the COVID list earlier in the week.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, shoulder) fully practiced Friday and will play. RB Najee Harris (elbow) sat the first two days of practice but was a full-go in Friday’s session. He still drew a questionable tag. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) returned to practice but remains on IR. Look for his activation prior to kickoff.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 
RB Trey Sermon (ankle) was activated this week from IR. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) was limited to open the week but fully practiced the last two days and doesn’t have a status. RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) went from DNP Wednesday to limited Thursday and closed out the week as a full participant.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list. RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Cyril Grayson (hamstring) have been ruled out. WR Mike Evans (hamstring) was limited Wednesday before fully practicing the final two days. RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn (ribs) practiced in full all week. Neither is on the report.

Monday Night Football

ARIZONA CARDINALS 
WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) remains on IR will not play. WR Rondale Moore (ankle) and RB Chase Edmonds (ribs, toe) were limited Thursday and Friday, while RB James Conner (ribs) sat both days. The trio will receive or evade designations after Saturday’s session.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
RB Darrell Henderson (knee) remains on IR. RB Cam Akers (Achilles) returned last week and is not on the injury report. WR Van Jefferson (shoulder) was elevated Friday to being a full participant after being limited Thursday. QB Matthew Stafford (toe) was a full-go in Friday’s session.

Fantasy football injury report: Week 18

Latest status of fantasy football weapons who are on the mend entering Week 18.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Week 18 fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: WR Robby Anderson, RB Kareem Hunt, TE David Njoku, RB Aaron Jones, RB Josh Jacobs, TE Darren Waller, RB Mark Ingram, TE Kyle Pitts, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, RB James Conner, RB Derrick Henry

COVID-19 watch list: QB Justin Fields, RB D’Ernest Johnson

ARIZONA CARDINALS 
WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee), WR Rondale Moore (ankle) and RB Chase Edmonds (ribs, toe) are out. RB James Conner (heel) was limited all week and is questionable. 

ATLANTA FALCONS 
WR Frank Darby (shoulder), RB Qadree Ollison (quadriceps) and TE Kyle Pitts (hamstring) are questionable.

BALTIMORE RAVENS 
QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) has been ruled out. WR Devin Duvernay (ankle, knee) is questionable but got a full practice Friday. WR Marquise Brown (ankle) and QB Tyler Huntley (illness) are expected to play. 

BUFFALO BILLS 
WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) is doubtful and didn’t practice all week.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
WR Robby Anderson (quadriceps) is questionable after he didn’t practice all week.

CHICAGO BEARS 
WR Jakeem Grant (ankle) landed on IR. QB Andy Dalton (groin) practiced Friday and is off the report. He will start with QB Justin Fields on the COVID list.

CINCINNATI BENGALS 
RB Joe Mixon (COVID-19) is out. QB Joe Burrow (rest) is listed as questionable, but they have said he won’t play.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) went on IR and will miss the final game. RB Kareem Hunt (ankle) and TE David Njoku (shoulder) are questionable after limited practices Friday. RB Nick Chubb (chest, ribs) and TE Austin Hooper (hand) are off the report. RB D’Ernest Johnson is on the COVID list.

DALLAS COWBOYS – Saturday night 
TE Blake Jarwin (hip) was designated to return from IR but will not play this week. RB Tony Pollard (foot) is also out. RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) practiced all week and will play.

DENVER BRONCOS – Saturday night
QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) went on IR and will miss the finale. RB Melvin Gordon (hip, thumb), TE Noah Fant (quadriceps), RB Javonte Williams (knee) and QB Drew Lock (shoulder) practiced Thursday and are good to go.

DETROIT LIONS
QB Jared Goff (knee) and WR Josh Reynolds (thigh) are questionable after they were limited Friday.

GREEN BAY PACKERS 
WR Randall Cobb (abdomen) is on IR but could return for the postseason. RB Aaron Jones (knee) is questionable after he was limited all week. QB Aaron Rodgers (toe) missed some practice time, but they’ll play.

HOUSTON TEXANS 
WR Chris Conley (knee) didn’t practice all week and is questionable. 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee), TE Jack Doyle (knee) and WR Michael Pittman (ribs) practiced Friday and are good to go.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
RB Carlos Hyde (concussion) will miss the rest of the season on IR. TE James O’Shaughnessy (hip) is also out. RB Ryquell Armstead (knee) practiced all week and is good to go.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – Saturday night
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 
RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) will miss the rest of the season on IR. RB Josh Jacobs (ribs), TE Darren Waller (knee) are questionable after limited practices Friday. TE Foster Moreau (abdomen) practiced Friday and is good to go.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
TE Donald Parham (concussion) is on IR.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
RB Darrell Henderson (knee) will finish the regular season on IR. RB Cam Akers (Achilles’) got a full practice in Friday and is off the report.

MIAMI DOLPHINS 
RB Phillip Lindsay (ankle) and WR Isaiah Ford (knee) practiced Friday and should be ready.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 
WR Adam Thielen (ankle) is on IR.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
RB Damien Harris (hamstring) and WR Jakobi Meyers (thigh) have the questionable tag as they were limited all week.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 
RB Mark Ingram (knee) is questionable after not practicing all week. WR Ty Montgomery (back), QB Taysom Hill (finger) and WR Tre’Quan Smith (chest) missed some practice time but are off the report.

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NEW YORK GIANTS 
QB Daniel Jones (neck) and WR Sterling Shepard (calf) are done for the season on IR. WR Kadarius Toney (shoulder), QB Mike Glennon (wrist) and WR John Ross (knee) are also out. WR Collin Johnson (hamstring) is questionable. RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) and TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) were limited all week, but they’ll play.

NEW YORK JETS 
WR Corey Davis (abdomen) remains on IR. WR Braxton Berrios (quadriceps) is doubtful. WR Jamison Crowder (calf) and RB Michael Carter (concussion) are off the report.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – Saturday night
RB Miles Sanders (hand) is out with a broken hand. QB Jalen Hurts (ankle) practiced Friday and is good to go. TE Dallas Goedert, RB Boston Scott and RB Jordan Howard were not activated Friday from the COVID list by the deadline.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
TE Eric Ebron (knee) remains on IR. TE Pat Freiermuth (concussion) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, shoulder) practiced Friday and will play. WR Diontae Johnson was activated from COVID reserve.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 
RB Trey Sermon (ankle) is on IR but was designated to return. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) is questionable after he was limited all week. RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) practiced Friday and is off the report.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
RB Alex Collins (abdomen) went on IR and is out. WR DK Metcalf (foot) RB DeeJay Dallas (quadriceps) and WR Freddie Swain (ankle) are all good to go.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains on IR. RB Ronald Jones (ankle) is also out. WR Mike Evans (hamstring) and RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn (ribs) practiced Friday and are off the report.

TENNESSEE TITANS 
RB Derrick Henry (foot) was designated to return from IR and could play. WR Julio Jones (hamstring) practiced Friday and is good to go.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 
WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) and TE Ricky Seals-Jones (concussion) will be sidelined. TE Sammis Reyes (hamstring) didn’t practice Friday and is questionable. RB Antonio Gibson (hip) practiced Friday and will play.

Tunnel Vision of Week 17

Tunnel Vision – a look back at Sunday for fantasy free agents, injuries and notable performances.

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Pass-Rush TD
 Joe Burrow 446 – 10 4
 Tom Brady 410 3
 Russell Wilson 236 – 23 4
 Josh Allen 120 – 81 2
Dak Prescott 226 – 20 3
Running Backs Yards TD
Rashaad Penny 25-170 rush
2-15 catch
2
Darrel Williams 14-88 rush
3-19 catch
2
Boston Scott 14-47 rush
4-39 catch
2
Devin Singletary 110 rush 2
R. Stevenson 19-107 rush 2
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Ja’Marr Chase 11-226 3
Amon-Ra St. Brown 8-111 catch
2-23 rush
2
DK Metcalf 6-63 catch
1-6 rush
3
Davante Adams 11-136 catch 1
Cooper Kupp 6-95 catch 1
Tight Ends Yards TD
Noah Fant 6-92 1
Rob Gronkowski 7-115 0
Mark Andrews 6-89 0
Travis Kelce 5-25 1
Dallas Goedert 6-71 0
Placekickers XP FG
Jason Meyers 6 3
Matt Prater 1 4
Justin Tucker 1 4
Brett Maher 0 4
Mason Crosby 4 3
Defense Sack – TO TD
Bears 4 – 4 0
Titans 2 – 3 0
Saints 7 – 2 0
Ravens 1 – 3 1
Patriots 2 – 3 0

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

QB Joe Burrow – Knee
QB Drew Lock – Shoulder
RB – Michael Carter – Concussion
RB Damien Harris – Hamstring
RB Ronald Jones – Ankle
WR Antonio Brown – Streaking
WR Michael Gallup – ACL
TE Rickey -Seals Jones – Neck

Chasing Ambulances

Nothing major other than Michael Gallup, but an interesting day.

QB Joe Burrow (CIN) –  Twisted his knee at the end of the game but doesn’t appear to be an issue. He jogged off the field and did an interview.

RB Michael Carter (NYJ) – Was evaluated for a concussion and his status is not known. Ty Johnson and Austin Walter replaced him against the Buccaneers and would again versus the Bills this week if needed.

RB Damien Harris (NE) – Did not play in the second half with another hamstring injury. Harris initially injured it in Week 13 and has been hampered by it since. Harris said he was good later on so he’ll probably be questionable again for Week 18 at the Dolphins which usually means little with the Patriots. Harris did not return to the game but the Pats won  50-10 anyway.

RB Ronald Jones (TB) – The dream matchup against the Jets didn’t happen when Jones left the game with an ankle injury. Ke’Shawn Vaughn (8-31) and Le’Veon Bell (3-5) filled in after he left.  They’d replace him again versus the Panthers this week if needed.

WR Michael Gallup (DAL) – The soon-to-be free agent was reported to have torn his ACL. That opens up his spot for Cedrick Wilson who replaced him earlier this season.

Free Agents, Flops and Other Notables

WR Antonio Brown (TB) – The Bucs mercurial wideout was never going to let his time in the NFL end with a whimper. His outburst on the sideline was followed by stripping off his jersey, pads, and tee-shirt. His shirtless exit had him waving goodbye to his career and endless second chances   the Jets fan as he trotted into the stadium tunnel.  It was one of the more surprising game-day developments of the season. HC Bruce Arians refused to comment other than to say “He’s no longer a Buc.” Watch football all your life and you think you’ve seen everything. Not so, apparently.

WR Cooper Kupp (LAR) – He caught six passes for 95 yards and one score in the win over the Ravens. That gives him 138 receptions on the year with one game left to play. The Rams host the 49ers and Kupp is currently  No. 3 in NFL history for single-season receptions. He trails only Marvin Harrison (143 – 2002) and Michael Thomas (149 – 2019). Six catches and he’s No. 2.  Make a dozen catches and he owns the record.

TE Kyle Pitts (ATL) – His two catches for 69 yards in the loss to the Bills gives him 1,018 yards and he became the second rookie tight end to break 1,000 yards. If he gains more than 58 yards this week versus the Saints, he’ll pass Mike Ditka (1,076 yards) for the all-time record. Chances are the Falcons will make that a priority.

RB Saquon Barkley (NYG) – The Giants’ running back did very little to repay fantasy drafters with a season where he never rushed for more than 64 yards. So, in the unlikely chance you made the playoffs with him as your  first-round pick, Barkley turned in a season-best 102 yards on 21 carries. That’s five more carries than any other game. The Giants gave up trying to throw the ball in the 29-3 loss to the Bears and ran Barkley instead of using the ineffective pass. Shame they didn’t opt for that about two months ago.

Rethinking RBs – Look, it’s been a tough year all around in the NFL and fantasy football. Remember back last summer how nuts everyone gets scraping up running backs for the first two rounds? It is championship week and here are the Top-10 fantasy running backs for Week 17.

1 SEA Rashaad Penny
2 KCC Darrel Williams
3 PHI Boston Scott
4 BUF Devin Singletary
5 NEP Rhamondre Stevenson
6 GBP AJ Dillon
7 CHI David Montgomery
8 NOS Alvin Kamara
9 SFO Elijah Mitchell
10 WAS Jaret Patterson

Yeah. Kamara cost about a No. 3 pick and Montgomery showed up later in Round 2.  But, those were the best scorers for running backs. And yet, you’ll still go heavy on running back. Almost everyone does, except for those in fantasy championships this year.

RB Rashaad Penny (SEA) – He finally was given a full workload and ran for over 100 yards in three of the last four games.  He comes off a career-best 170 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Of course, that was versus the visiting Lions. Last week it was the visiting Bears (17-135, TD) and in Week 14, it was the Texans (16-137, 2). His rookie contract expires this spring and if they bring him back, they should look into giving him the jersey number “2-29” because he only shows up every four seasons like Leap Year.

WR Cyril Grayson (TB) – The third-year wideout only totaled two career catches through Week 15 but the undrafted LSU-product helped replace Chris Godwin with three catches for 81 yards in Week 16. Then he just turned in six receptions for 81 yards and a score on Sunday. And apparently, new openings in the Buccaneers wideout crew are happening all the time.

RB D’Onta Foreman (TEN) – The fifth-year back did little in the NFL until finally getting picked up in the wake of Derrick Henry’s injury. Now Foreman totals three touchdowns and three 100-yard rushing efforts in the last five weeks including a career-best 132 yards and a score on 26 carries in the win over the Dolphins. Maybe he’s finally found a home where they know how to use him. Or maybe, just maybe, he’s enjoying the advantage of lining up behind one of the elite run-blocking offensive lines in the NFL.

QB Trey Lance (SF) – His second start was better than his first. Lance filled in for Week 5 when he ran for 89 yards on 16 rushes, and passed for 192 yards and one interception at the Cardinals. On Sunday, he only ran for 31 yards on eight attempts but threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns versus the Texans. He connected with Brandon Aiyuk (4-94) and Deebo Samuel (3-63, TD) but ignored George Kittle (1-29).

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) – The Lions 4.07 draft pick was the seventeenth wideout taken this year. Between Dez Fitzpatrick and Jaelon Darden. But he’s been nothing short of spectacular playing on a bad offense with Jared Goff or Tim Boyle at quarterback. He produced a season-best eight catches for 111 yards and one score, plus ran in a touchdown on his two carries for 23 yards. During fantasy playoffs. He’s scored five times over the last five games and never fallen below 73 yards in that time. There was a whole lot of nothing between the third-drafted wideout and the seventeenth.

Huddle player of the week

WR Ja’Marr Chase  –  The Bengals star went on a downturn after midseason but then caught seven passes for 125 yards in Week 16 versus the Ravens. In Week 17, during fantasy league championships, all he did was catch eleven passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. That’s 55.6 points in a reception point league. And this is the guy that last summer said he was dropping passes because NFL balls lacked white stripes. To him and all his fantasy owners:

Salute!

Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Tim Boyle 276 2 QB Matt Ryan 204 0
RB Boston Scott 86 2 RB Ezekiel Elliott 30 0
RB Jaret Patterson 98 1 RB Dalvin Cook 16 0
WR Kristian Wilkerson 42 2 WR A.J. Brown 41 0
WR Cyril Grayson 81 1 WR Jaylen Waddle 47 0
WR Zay Jones 120 0 WR Stefon Diggs 52 0
TE A. Firkser 24 1 TE George Kittle 29 0
PK Jason Meyers   6 XP  3 FG PK Matt Gay  2  XP
Huddle Fantasy Points = 123 Huddle Fantasy Points = 31

Now get back to work…

Fantasy football injury report: Week 17

Latest status of fantasy football weapons who are on the mend entering Week 17.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Week 17 fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: RB James Conner, WR Emmanuel Sanders, RB Mark Ingram, WR Courtland Sutton, WR Jakobi Meyers, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Cam Akers, WR Marquise Brown, QB Lamar Jackson, RB Jordan Howard, WR Antonio Brown, WR Mike Evans, RB Kareem Hunt

COVID-19 watch list: RB David Johnson, QB Carson Wentz, TE Dan Arnold, WR Julio Jones, TE Darren Waller, RB Antonio Gibson

ARIZONA CARDINALS 
WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) is likely out for the rest of the regular season after knee surgery. RB James Conner (heel) was limited all week and is questionable. He should play. TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) and RB Chase Edmonds (back) practiced Friday and are good to go.

ATLANTA FALCONS 
WR Calvin Ridley (personal) remains out as he focuses on mental health. WR Tajae Sharpe and TE Hayden Hurst are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list with unknown statuses.

BALTIMORE RAVENS 
WR Marquise Brown (illness), WR Devin Duvernay (ankle) and QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) are questionable. Jackson and Brown didn’t practice Thursday or Friday. Duvernay got a full practice Friday.

BUFFALO BILLS 
RB Devin Singletary (ankle) practiced Friday and is good to go. WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) is questionable after being limited Thursday and Friday.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
No injuries affecting fantasy.

CHICAGO BEARS 
QB Justin Fields (ankle) was limited all week and is questionable. QB Andy Dalton (groin), WR Marquise Goodwin (illness), WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) and WR Jakeem Grant (concussion) all will be available. Dalton is expected to start.

CINCINNATI BENGALS 
WR Auden Tate is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. QB Joe Burrow (finger) practiced Friday and is good to go.

CLEVELAND BROWNS – Monday night
RB Kareem Hunt (ankle) is one to monitor after he was limited Friday. WR Jarvis Landry (knee) and QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) should be fine. DE Myles Garrett (groin) has been limited and may be questionable.

DALLAS COWBOYS 
TE Blake Jarwin (hip) remains on IR. RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and RB Tony Pollard (foot) had full practices Friday and are good to go.

DENVER BRONCOS 
QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) is out. WR Tim Patrick is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is unlikely to play. WR Jerry Jeudy went on the COVID reserve and will not play. RB Melvin Gordon (hip, thumb), WR Courtland Sutton (illness) and RB Javonte Williams (knee) are questionable. Sutton didn’t practice Friday, but the other two were limited. QB Drew Lock (ankle) practiced all week and is good to go.

DETROIT LIONS
QB Jared Goff (knee) is doubtful. WR Josh Reynolds is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but he’s trending toward playing. RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 17. He practiced fully all week and has no designation.

GREEN BAY PACKERS 
WR Randall Cobb (abdomen) is on IR but could return for the postseason. TE Marcedes Lewis is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. RB Aaron Jones (knee) and QB Aaron Rodgers (toe) missed some practice time, but they’ll play.

HOUSTON TEXANS 
RB David Johnson is iffy on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. WR Chris Conley (knee) is questionable after he was limited all week.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
QB Carson Wentz is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but he could clear protocols Sunday. TE Jack Doyle (knee, ankle) is questionable but made it back to a full practice Friday.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
RB Carlos Hyde (concussion) will miss the rest of the season on IR. TE James O’Shaughnessy (hip) is also out. TE Dan Arnold went on the COVID list with an unknown status.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is questionable after not practicing all week.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 
RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) will miss the rest of the season on IR. TE Darren Waller (knee, back) is on the COVID list, and his status is unknown. QB Derek Carr (ribs), RB Josh Jacobs (ribs) and TE Foster Moreau (abdomen) practiced Friday and are good to go.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
TE Donald Parham (concussion) is on IR. TE Jared Cook was placed on the COVID list and will not play.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
RB Darrell Henderson (knee) will finish the regular season on IR. RB Cam Akers (Achilles) got a full practice in Friday but remains questionable.

MIAMI DOLPHINS 
RB Phillip Lindsay (ankle) practiced Friday and should be ready.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 
WR Adam Thielen (ankle) will miss the rest of the season. QB Kirk Cousins will miss the Week 17 game on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. QB Sean Mannion is expected to clear COVID protocols and start. TE Tyler Conklin (hamstring) and RB Dalvin Cook (illness) are off the report after practicing Friday.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
WR Nelson Agholor (concussion) is out for Week 17. RB Damien Harris (hamstring) WR Jakobi Meyers (thigh) have the questionable tag as they were limited all week.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 
RB Mark Ingram (knee) and WR Ty Montgomery (back) are questionable. Ingram was limited all week, and Montgomery was idle. QB Taysom Hill (finger) practiced and is good to go.

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NEW YORK GIANTS 
QB Daniel Jones (neck) and WR Sterling Shepard (calf) are done for the season on IR. WR Kadarius Toney (shoulder), WR Collin Johnson (hamstring) and WR John Ross (knee) are also out. WR Darius Slayton will likely miss Week 17 on the COVID list. RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) and TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) were limited all week, but they’ll play.

NEW YORK JETS 
WR Corey Davis (abdomen) remains on IR. WR Elijah Moore (quadriceps) is also out. WR Jamison Crowder (calf) is doubtful after not practicing all week. RB Tevin Coleman is likely out after he was put on the COVID list Thursday.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
RB Miles Sanders (hand) is out with a broken hand. RB Jordan Howard (neck) is questionable and a game-time decision due to a stinger. QB Jalen Hurts (ankle) practiced Friday and are good to go.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Monday night
TE Eric Ebron (knee) remains on IR. TE Pat Freiermuth (concussion) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, shoulder) practiced Friday and should be good.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 
RB Trey Sermon (ankle) is on IR but was designated to return. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) is doubtful. RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) is questionable after he was limited all week.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
RB Alex Collins (abdomen) is questionable and didn’t practice Friday. WR DK Metcalf (foot) missed some practice time, but he’s good to go.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) went on IR but could return for the playoffs. WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is questionable after a limited practice Friday. WR Antonio Brown (ankle) will be a game-time decision after suffering a setback with his ankle. He didn’t practice Thursday or Friday.

TENNESSEE TITANS 
RB Derrick Henry (foot) remains on IR but could return for Week 18. WR Julio Jones is iffy on the Reserve/COVID list. WR A.J. Brown (calf) practiced Friday and will play.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 
TE Logan Thomas (knee) and RB J.D. McKissic (neck) will miss the rest of the season on IR. RB Antonio Gibson is also likely out due to COVID-19. WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was limited Friday and is questionable. QB Taylor Heinicke (knee) is good to go.

Tunnel Vision of Week 16

Tunnel Vision – a look back at Sunday for fantasy free agents, injuries and notable performances.

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Pass-Rush TD
 Joe Burrow 525 – 11 4
 Josh Allen 314 – 64 3
Zach Wilson 102 – 91 2
 Patrick Mahomes 258 3
 Dak Prescott 330 – 21 3
Running Backs Yards TD
Damien Harris 18-103 rush 3
Justin Jackson 11-64 rush
8-98 catch
2
Rex Burkhead 22-149 rush 2
Joe Mixon 18-65 rush
6-70 catch
2
Nick Chubb  17-126 rush
3-58 catch
1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Tee Higgins 12-194 2
Davante Adams 10-114 2
A.J. Brown 11-145 1
Isaiah McKenzie 11-125 1
Deebo Samuel 5-32 rush
9-159 receive
1
Tight Ends Yards TD
Mark Andrews 8-125 1
Gerald Everett 4-68 1
Kyle Pitts 6-102 0
Zach Ertz 8-54 0
Dalton Schultz 8-82 1
Placekickers XP FG
Ryan Succop 2 4
Matt Gay 3 3
Greg Joseph 2 3
Evan McPherson 5 2
Jake Elliott 4 2
Defense Sack – TO TD
Buccaneers 6 – 1 0
Eagles 2 – 2 1
Packers 5 – 4 0
Texans 1 – 3 1
Cowboys 5 – 2 2

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

RB James Robinson – Torn Achilles
RB Darrell Henderson – Knee
RB Miles Sanders – Hand
RB Jordan Howard – Stinger
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Collarbone
TE Jack Doyle – Ankle/Knee
WR Adam Thielen – Leg
WR Philip Dorsett – Ankle

Chasing Ambulances

Nothing like competing all season, reaching the fantasy playoffs, and then losing your players.

RB James Robinson (CIN) – The Jaguars’ running back got out of the doghouse with HC Urban Meyers was fired and then faced the NFL-worst Jets defense. And Robinson tore his Achilles after just three carries. He’s gone for the season and hopefully not impacted next year. Dare Ogunbowale ran for 57 yards and a score on 17 rushes as the next man up, and he’ll be the starter since he was the only other back on the active roster since Carlos Hyde is on injured reserve from a concussion. The final two games are at the Patriots and hosting the Colts – neither very attractive.

RB Darrell Henderson (LAR) – Twisted his knee but believed to be minor. Sony Michel has already taken over the primary role anyway. He’ll get an MRI on Monday to determine if it is going to be an issue.

RB Miles Sanders (PHI) – Feared to have fractured his hand which would end his season. Boston Scott (12-41, TD) and Jordan Howard (9-37) would fill in for Sanders. Howard left the game in the fourth quarter with a stinger, so he’ll be checked out to make sure he can go forward. The Eagles play at Washington this week.

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) – Left with a collarbone injury but reports are that an X-ray was negative and that he would get an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Darrel Williams will replace him if needed, along with help from Derrick Gore. The Chiefs play at the Bengals this week.

WR Adam Thielen (MIN) – Missed three games with a high-ankle sprain and returned to face the Rams. He left in the second quarter after appearing to have aggravated the injury when he was tackled. He returned to catch a third-down pass but then left again. If he is out next week  at Green Bay, K.J. Osborn will step up again as he did for the other three weeks. 

Free Agents, Flops and Other Notables

RB Chase Edmonds (ARI) – James Conner was out  with his heel injury, and Edmonds was given the start against the Colts. He responded with 16 rushes for 56 yards and a touchdown, plus he was the Cardinals leading receiver with 71 yards on eight catches. Conner never practiced last week, so he’s no lock to return for Week 16 at the Cowboys. Edmonds’ receiving ability will be needed in Dallas.

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) – Caught nine passes for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. He also became just the third rookie ever to record eight receptions and a touchdown in three-or-more games, Joining Anquan Boldin and Odell Beckham.

TE Kyle Pitts (ATL) – Caught six passes for 102 yards for his third 100-yard performance. Pitts totals 949 receiving yards on the season, more than all rookies in NFL history other than Mike Ditka (1,076). He is one of only three with three 100-yard games. It doesn’t feel like he is a revelation at the position, but he actually is.

Buccaneers’ backfield – With Leonard Fournette gone, the Bucs went with a combination of Ronald Jones (20-65, TD) and Ke’Shawn Vaughn (7-70, TD) to beat the Panthers. Jones added two catches for 16 yards, but Vaughn had no receptions. Vaughn broke a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to open the scoring for the Bucs.

QB Josh Johnson (BAL) – The Ravens were down to Johnson when Lamar Jackson and  Tyler Huntley were not available. He threw for 304 yards and two scores that included relying on Mark Andrews (8-125, TD) who doesn’t care which quarterback plays.

QB Joe Burrow (CIN) –  His 525 yards and four scores were not just the top quarterback marks for the week, it was the fourth-most yardage in NFL single-game history.

RB Justin Jackson (LAC) – Austin Ekeler was out on the COVID list and his replacement helped win any fantasy playoff game that he was started. Jackson ran for 64 yards and two scores on 11 runs, and led the team with eight receptions for 98 yards. Playing at home against the Broncos this week won’t be as easy as the Texans and Ekeler could be back.

RB Rex Burkhead (HOU) – Turned in a career-best 22 rushes for 149 yards and two scores in the shocking upset of the Chargers. Royce Freeman (12-34) contributed as well, but Burkhead was the better back. David Johnson was out with his quad injury.

RB Sony Michel (LAR) – Was reliable for 80 yards in each of the last three games and has taken over the primary role  from Darrell Henderson. Versus the Vikings, he had a season-best 27 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown, plus caught a pass for four yards. Cam Akers was activated from injured reserve but isn’t expected to be a factor this week or even next. But the backfield may be getting more crowded for the playoffs.

WR Isaiah McKenzie (BUF) – Gabriel Davis was unvaccinated and caught COVID, which means he missed Week 16 at the Patriots and will also be out Week 17 when they host the Falcons. In his place, McKenzie filled in and led the Bills with a career-high 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. His 12 targets were second only to Stefon Diggs (13).

RB Damien Harris (NE) – With Rhamondre Stevenson out, Harris  handled all but two carries for the Pats backfield and gained  103 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. He’ll face the visiting Falcons this week and their Bottom-3 defense versus running backs.

RB Michael Carter (NYJ) – He still had to share with Tevin Coleman (14-57) but Michael Carter gained 118 yards on 16 carries and caught two passes for six yards in the win over the Jaguars. It was the rookie’s first 100-yard performance.

RB Rashaad Penny (SEA) – He’s been mostly a nonfactor for his four NFL seasons with the Seahawks, but he ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the loss to the Bears. It was his second game with 130+ yards in the last three weeks.

Broncos backfield – The Raiders were one of the worst defenses against running backs and doled out touchdowns and higher yardage to every opposing backfield. But against the Broncos, they held Javonte Williams (7-12, TD) and Melvin Gordon (7- (-4) ) to a net eight yards. Bad timing during fantasy playoffs to disappear.

QB Davis Mills (HOU) – He gets the benefit of opponents failing to prepare to play the Texans as well as they could. But then again, Mills is playing in one of the least talented offenses. He just threw for 254 yards and two scores against the Chargers, and that made him one of only three rookie quarterbacks to ever throw for 250 yards, two touchdowns,  and a passer rating of 130-or-higher in multiple games.

Huddle player of the week

QB Joe Burrow (CIN)  –  There’s getting a good game from your starting  quarterback, and then there’s throwing for 525 yards and four touchdowns with no turnovers. Burrow was stuck at mostly one-touchdown efforts for the last six weeks and was on some fantasy benches after his 157-yard, one-touchdown performance in Denver for Week 15. For those who still started him, the payoff was immense.

Salute!

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Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Josh Johnson 304 2 QB Matt Stafford 197 1
RB Justin Jackson 162 2 RB James Robinson 10 0
RB Rex Burkhead 149 2 RB Saquon Barkley 28 0
WR Isaiah McKenzie 125 1 WR Adam Thielen 40 0
WR Byron Pringle 75 2 WR Tyreek Hill 19 0
WR Josh Palmer 43 1 WR Keenan Allen 35 0
TE Gerald Everett 68 1 TE George Kittle 21 0
PK Ryan Succop   1 XP  4 FG PK Justin Tucker 3  XP
Huddle Fantasy Points = 151 Huddle Fantasy Points = 31

Now get back to work…

Fantasy football injury report: Week 16

Latest status of fantasy football weapons who are on the mend entering Week 16.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Week 16 fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: QB Lamar Jackson, RB James Conner, QB Tyler Huntley, RB Damien Harris, RB David Johnson, WR Adam Thielen, RB Antonio Gibson, WR Curtis Samuel

COVID-19 Reserve (with a chance to play)

Saturday at 4 p.m. ET activation deadline: WR Brandin Cooks, WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce, RB Austin Ekeler, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Kendrick Bourne, WR Allen Robinson, QB Jared Goff

Sunday at 4 p.m. ET activation deadline: TE Adam Trautman

ARIZONA CARDINALS – Saturday night
WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) is likely out for the rest of the regular season after knee surgery. RB James Conner (heel) didn’t practice all week and is questionable. He’ll be a game-time decision. TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) was limited all week but is off the report.

ATLANTA FALCONS 
WR Calvin Ridley (personal) remains out as he focuses on mental health. WR Tajae Sharpe (foot) is doubtful.

BALTIMORE RAVENS 
QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) was out of practice all week and will be a game-time decision/questionable. WR Sammy Watkins (illness) is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, and his status is unknown. QB Tyler Huntley (illness) missed practice Friday and is questionable. 

BUFFALO BILLS 
WR Gabriel Davis (illness) and WR Cole Beasley (illness) are out for Week 16 on the COVID list. QB Josh Allen (foot) practiced Friday and is good to go. WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) is expected back this week.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) is expected to return to the field in a rotation with QB Cam Newton. WR D.J. Moore (hamstring) was limited Friday and is questionable.

CHICAGO BEARS 
WR Allen Robinson (COVID-19) is unlikely to play but still could be activated, and WR Jakeem Grant (concussion) is out for Week 16. WR Marquise Goodwin (foot) practiced Friday but is still questionable. QB Justin Fields (ankle) didn’t practice Thursday and Friday and is questionable, but he will be the emergency quarterback behind Nick Foles.

CINCINNATI BENGALS 
RB Joe Mixon (ankle) and QB Joe Burrow (finger) practiced Friday and are good to go.

CLEVELAND BROWNS – Saturday night
RB Kareem Hunt (ankle, COVID-19) is out again. WR Jarvis Landry and QB Baker Mayfield came off the COVID list Friday and are expected to play. DE Myles Garrett (groin) is questionable. TE Austin Hooper was activated from the COVID reserve, and TE David Njoku (knee) was limited but doesn’t have an injury tag.

DALLAS COWBOYS 
TE Blake Jarwin (hip) remains on IR. RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and RB Tony Pollard (foot) had full practices and are good to go.

DENVER BRONCOS 
QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) is out. RB Melvin Gordon (hip, thumb), WR Courtland Sutton (wrist) and RB Javonte Williams (knee) are off the report after practicing Friday.

DETROIT LIONS
QB Jared Goff (COVID-19) likely is out. RB Jamaal Williams (illness) came off the COVID list and should be ready to go. WR Josh Reynolds (thigh) and RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder) are questionable and were limited all week.

GREEN BAY PACKERS – Saturday night
WR Randall Cobb (abdomen) is on IR. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling did not clear the COVID protocols. RB Aaron Jones (knee) and QB Aaron Rodgers (toe) missed some practice time, but they’ll play.

HOUSTON TEXANS 
WR Danny Amendola (knee) was placed on IR after knee surgery. WR Brandin Cooks (illness) is iffy this weekend on the COVID list. RB David Johnson (quadriceps) didn’t practice all week and is questionable. WR Chris Conley (knee) is good to go.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – Saturday night
No injuries of note.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
RB Carlos Hyde (concussion) will miss the rest of the season on IR. WR Laviska Shenault went on the COVID list Friday and is likely out. TE Dan Arnold (knee) was designated to return and could be back this week. RB James Robinson (knee) is good to go.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Tyreek Hill (illness) and TE Travis Kelce (illness) are on the COVID list, and their statuses will be known by 4 p.m. ET Saturday.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 
RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) will likely miss the rest of the season on IR. TE Darren Waller (knee, back) is doubtful for Week 16. WR Zay Jones (toe) was limited this week, but he’s off the report. RB Josh Jacobs (illness) is good to go as well.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
TE Donald Parham (concussion) is out. RB Austin Ekeler (illness) is unlikely to play due to COVID-19 but has until 4 p.m. ET Saturday to clear. S Derwin James (hamstring) is questionable.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
TE Tyler Higbee came off the COVID list Friday and appears ready to go.

MIAMI DOLPHINS – Monday night
RB Phillip Lindsay (ankle) practiced Friday and should be ready.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 
RB Dalvin Cook (illness) is out for Week 16 on the COVID list. WR Adam Thielen (ankle) was limited all week and is questionable. QB Kirk Cousins (ribs) practiced Friday and is good to go.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
RB Rhamondre Stevenson (COVID-19) and WR Nelson Agholor (concussion) are out for Week 16. RB Damien Harris (hamstring) and RB Brandon Bolden (knee) have the typical “limited all week” and “questionable” tag. Harris is a true game-time decision.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – Monday night
QB Taysom Hill (illness) and QB Trevor Siemian (illness) will likely miss the Week 16 game on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but they have until 4 p.m. ET Sunday before it’s official.

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NEW YORK GIANTS 
QB Daniel Jones (neck) and WR Sterling Shepard (calf) are done for the season on IR. WR Kadarius Toney (oblique) was limited Friday and is questionable RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) and TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) were limited all week, but they’ll play.

NEW YORK JETS 
WR Corey Davis (abdomen) and WR Elijah Moore (quadriceps) are on IR. WR Jamison Crowder (calf) is doubtful.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
RB Jordan Howard (knee) and QB Jalen Hurts (ankle) practiced Friday and are good to go. RB Miles Sanders (quadriceps) didn’t practice Friday, but he doesn’t have an injury designation. Still, keep an eye on him.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
TE Eric Ebron (knee) remains on IR. TE Pat Freiermuth (concussion) also is out. QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, shoulder) practiced Friday and will play.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – Played Thursday
RB Trey Sermon (ankle) is on IR but was designated to return. 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
RB Alex Collins (abdomen) and QB Russell Wilson (ankle) are nicked up a bit, but they’re off the report. WR Tyler Lockett was activated from the COVID list and will play.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RB Giovani Bernard (hip) and WR Chris Godwin (knee) will spend the rest of the season on IR. RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) went on IR but could return for the playoffs. WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is out. WR Antonio Brown (ankle) was limited all week, but he’ll play.

TENNESSEE TITANS – Played Thursday
RB Derrick Henry (foot) remains on IR but could return for Week 18.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 
TE Logan Thomas (knee) and RB J.D. McKissic (neck) will miss the rest of the season on IR. QB Taylor Heinicke came off the COVID list and will go. RB Antonio Gibson (toe) and WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) are questionable.

Tunnel Vision of Week 15

Tunnel Vision – a look back at Sunday for fantasy free agents, injuries and notable performances.

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Pass – Rush TD
 Tyler Huntley 215 – 73 4
 Patrick Mahomes 410 – 32 3
 Cam Newton 156- 71 2
Justin Herbert 236 – 16 3
 Aaron Rodgers 268 – 11 3
Running Backs Yards TD
Duke Johnson 22-107 rush
1-20 catch
2
Jonathan Taylor 29-170 rush 1
Jeffery Wilson 21-110 rush
2-9 catch
1
Austin Ekeler 12-59 rush
4-23 catch
1
James Robinson  18-75 rush
3-13 catch
1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Tyreek Hill 12-148 1
Brandin Cooks 7-102 2
Gabriel Davis 5-85 2
Christian Kirk 9-94 1
Amon-Ra St. Brown 8-90 1
Tight Ends Yards TD
Travis Kelce 10-191 2
Mark Andrews 10-136 2
Hunter Henry 6-77 2
Dalton Schultz 8-67 1
George Kittle 6-93 0
Placekickers XP FG
Ka’imi Fairbairn 3 3
Chris Boswell 1 4
Riley Patterson 3 3
Evan McPherson 0 3
Greg Zuerlein 2 3
Defense Sack – TO TD
Cowboys 1 – 4 0
Steelers 4 – 4 0
Jets 1 – 3 0
Colts 1 – 2 1
Texans 1 – 0 1

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

QB Teddy Bridgewater – Head
RB Joe Mixon – Ankle
RB Leonard Fournette – Hamstring
WR Chris Godwin – Knee
WR Mike Evans – Hamstring
WR Julio Jones – Hamstring
WR Tajae Sharpe – Foot
WR Sterling Shepard – Torn Achilles
WR Rondale Moore – Ankle
TE Pat Freiermuth – Concussion
PK Zane Gonzalez – Quad

Chasing Ambulances

QB Teddy Bridgewater (DEN) – Was carted from the field and sent to the hospital after suffering a  neck/head injury in the loss to the Bengals. While HC Vic Fangio said that Bridgewater “checked out good,” he remained in the hospital overnight to be observed. Drew Lock replaced him  and will again at the Raiders if Bridgewater doesn’t return.

RB Joe Mixon (CIN) – He entered the win over the Broncos already banged up and then left later when his left leg was rolled up, and  he injured his ankle. HC Zac Taylor did not give a post-game update. His status should be known on Monday and the Bengals need him for their matchup with the Ravens this week. He may have just reaggravated his previous sprain.

WR Julio Jones (TEN) – His first season with the Titans is a bust. Now he let the loss to the Steelers with a hamstring injury before recording a catch.  He just returned from injured reserve last week and hasn’t been a factor since Week 2 anyway.

WR Sterling Shepard (NYG) – Tore his Achilles and is gone for the season. Given the constant stream of injuries to the Giants’ wideouts and the level of quarterbacking, there is no other receiver worth grabbing.

RB Leonard Fournette (TB) – Injured his hamstring and left the matchup with the Saints. Ronald Jones becomes a must-own if Fournette misses any time since the Bucs final three games are against the Panthers (twice) and the Jets.

Buccaneers wideouts – Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) left the matchup with the Saints. Initial speculation is that Godwin has a sprained MCL and will be back.  The severity of Evans’ hamstring strain will be determined.  Antonio Brown has served his most recent suspension and will rejoin the team this week. He’ll be immediately returned to the field if either Evans or Godwin misses any time with their injuries.

Free Agents, Flops and Other Notables

For the first time ever, there are still four games left to play.

TE Hunter Henry (NE) – Henry already scored seven touchdowns on the year but had been quiet in the last three games. Against the Colts in a game when the Pats couldn’t win by rushing and good defense, Henry delivered six receptions for 77 yards and two scores for a season-best.

WR Gabriel Davis (BUF) – The Bills’ wideout just pulled the hat trick. After scoring against the Pats and Buccaneers in the two previous games, he led the Bills with five catches for 85 yards and two scores. Emmanuel Sanders’ absence hasn’t hurt Davis but he was already scoring before Sanders was hurt in Week 14.

RB Devin Singletary (BUF) – The Bills backfield is always among one of the least productive but they’ve settled on Singletary as the primary rusher. He comes off a season-high 22 carries for 86 yards and a score on the Panthers and he added a ten-yard catch. Matt Breida was the only other running back and he ran just once.

RB Chase Edmonds (ARI) – First game back from injured reserve and the “other half” of the Cardinals’ backfield  ran six times for 53 yards against eight rushes for 39 yards by James Conner. That split the backfield that Conner has owned in recent weeks. Conner caught two passes for 31 yards while Edmonds failed to catch his only target. The game did not go as planned, so the ratios are not set in stone. But so far, Edmonds reduced Conner’s fantasy value without creating much of his own.

RB Craig Reynolds (DET) – The undrafted practice-squad call-up surprised in Week 14 when he ran for 83 yards on 11 carries in Denver. He followed that with 26 carries for 112 yards in the improbable win over the Cardinals.  D’Andre Swift takes over whenever he returns, but Reynolds deserves a spot on the bench, not the practice squad after two impressive performances.

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) – The Lions’ rookie gets better and better. After recording over 70 yards for the last two weeks, St. Brown turned in a season-high 90 yards and a score on eight catches.  Josh Reynolds (6-68, TD) also looks better back with Jared Goff and not many people can say that.

WR Brandin Cooks (HOU) –  The Texans’ only weapon served up a season-high seven catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Jaguars. He caught eight passes for 101 yards last week versus the Seahawks. This coincided with Davis Mills being re-installed as the starting quarterback. Deshaun Watson is gone next year, but do the Texans need  to address quarterback? Lots of needs, Mills seems to be improving.

RB James Robinson (JAC) – The Jaguars’ passing offense remains weak in the Post-Meyer era, but at least Robinson is back to business with 18 rushes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Texans.  Robinson added three catches for 13 yards as well.

RB Michael Carter (NYJ) – Returned from injured reserve but a disappointing eight runs for 18 yards in the loss to the Dolphins. Tevin Coleman (8-50) ran better and even Austin Walter had two carries. Carter had just gotten the backfield to use him as a primary back but his return created just another three-man committee.

RB Duke Johnson (MIA) – His first action as a Dolphin was in Week 11 when he rushed for  18 yards on four runs. Myles Gaskin was on the COVID list but returned in time to play the Jets. He gained 54 yards on ten carries versus the worst defense against running backs in the NFL, maybe the entire world. But Johnson ran for 107 yards and two scores on 22 carries in a career-best performance. It was his first-ever 100-yard game. The most important word in all of this is “Jets”, but he’s added to one of the weakest backfields in the NFL. He’ll probably find it tougher this week at the Saints.

RB D’Onta Foreman (TEN) – This is basically Duke Johnson on another team. Foreman ran for 108 yards on 22 carries at the Steelers and added 27 yards on two receptions. Dontrell Hilliard (9-49) and Jeremy McNichols (6-26) also mixed in as well, but Foreman’s been fantasy relevant for the last three games.

RB Jeff Wilson (SF) – Elijah Mitchell missed his fourth game of the season – starting to wonder about the whole “durability” thing – but a healthy Jeff Wilson ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries versus the Falcons while Deebo Samuel only ran six times for 29 yards (and a touchdown, of course).  The problem with the 49ers isn’t a lack of talent, it is trying to guess which one goes off when they are all healthy. Fortunately, it’s been rare that all offensive stars are healthy in any given week.

QB Tyler Huntley (BAL) – The Ravens replacement quarterback did himself proud with 215 passing yards and two scores on the Packers, plus ran for 73 yards and two more touchdowns on his 13 runs. He led the Ravens on a comeback that could have tied the game had they not opted for the two-point play in an attempt to win outright. But everyone knew the pass would go to Mark Andrews and it was incomplete. But Huntley took over in Week 14 when Lamar Jackson was injured. He connected with Andrews for 115 yards on 11 catches with a touchdown. And this week as the starter, Andrews ended with ten  receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Huddle player of the week

TE Travis Kelce (KC)  –  He cost a first-round pick in August Fantasy drafts. For fantasy owners in their playoffs, Kelce delivered everything that was hoped when he caught ten passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Chargers that produced 41 points in a reception-point league. He’ll be a first-rounder again next summer. And he’s a difference-maker in fantasy playoffs.

Salute!

Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Tyler Huntley 288 4 QB Tom Brady 214 0
RB Duke Johnson 127 2 RB Najee Harris 26 0
RB Jeffrey Wilson 119 1 RB Joe Mixon 60 0
WR Gabriel Davis 85 2 WR Ja’Marr Chase 3 0
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown 90 1 WR Michael Pittman 7 0
WR M. Valdes-Scantling 98 1 WR Mike Evans 14 0
TE Hunter Henry 77 2 TE Dawson Knox 38 0
PK Chris Boswell  1  XP   4 FG PK Ryan Succop  whiff
Huddle Fantasy Points = 161 Huddle Fantasy Points =  22

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