San Francisco cornerbacks have yet to intercept a pass in 2016.
The 49ers are tied for 19th among NFL defenses with seven interceptions this season, but all seven have come from safeties and linebackers. While San Francisco's horrific run defense has shown signs of life in recent weeks, their secondary has been exposed, allowing 299.7 passing yards per game in the last three weeks. Even in a matchup against Chicago backup QB Matt Barkley, the 49ers D/ST is a gamble as a streaming option in fantasy leagues this week.
Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist) was downgraded to out for Week 13 against the Packers.
Clowney was originally listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week, but it looks like he did not even travel with the team to Green Bay. Already without J.J. Watt, losing Clowney is a big blow to the Texans defense, especially with Aaron Rodgers on the other side.
Chicago CB Kyle Fuller (knee, I.R.) is nearing a return to field for the first time since 2015.
Fuller was placed on injured reserve after undergoing a knee scope in August, but has practiced all week as his potential return date nears. "Now we’re just working through him medically, durability-wise, and how much he can play," said coach John Fox. While Fuller's Week 13 status is still in question, he should have a good shot to see playing time in Week 14 and help the Chicago defense that has recorded just two interceptions since Week 4. The Bears D/ST is a risky streaming option this week at home against San Francisco.
Charles Clay (knee, questionable) did not travel with the team to Oakland because of the expected birth of his child.
Clay was listed as questionable with a knee injury as he has been most of the season, but it looks like he has a real chance to sit out this week because of the birth of his child. The Bills only said, "His game status remains questionable." Buffalo promoted TE Gerald Christian on Saturday, suggesting there is at least a chance Clay will sit, but he could certainly join his teammates in Oakland Saturday night or Sunday morning. Either way, he is not a viable fantasy play.
Jaguars placed WR Rashad Greene (Achilles') on injured reserve, ending his season.
A fifth-round pick last year, Greene caught 19 passes as a rookie, but he played an even more limited role this year with Marqise Lee grabbing hold of the No. 3 job. He will be back to compete for targets next season. WR Shane Wynn was added off the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Chiefs RCB Phillip Gaines was added to the injury report as questionable with a knee injury Saturday.
The late-addition suggests he suffered the injury in practice Friday. It would actually be better for Julio Jones if Gaines is able to suit up after he was repeatedly burned by Emmanuel Sanders last week.
Jeremy Maclin (groin) was downgraded to out for Week 13 against the Falcons.
Maclin appeared on track to return after practicing on a limited basis all week and being listed as questionable on Friday. He was clearly not ready to go coming out of a long injury layoff, however, and did not even make the trip to Atlanta. With Maclin out, Tyreek Hill should once again serve as the No. 1 receiver in a great matchup. He is a WR3 with a ton of upside.
ESPN's Field Yates reports Patriots DT Alan Branch won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.
Branch always appeared confident he would win the appeal, but it is still shocking to see him not only cleared but cleared this quickly. The Patriots will not complain, however. A solid run stuffer, New England's already struggling defense could not have afforded to be without Branch.