OC Pat Shurmur continues to single out Brent Celek for his blocking.
Celek was an average (at best) blocker early in his career, but his embraced his new role in Chip Kelly's offense. Along with a dominant and healthy offensive line, the tight end is a big reason LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing. Of course, this role has taken Celek off the fantasy radar completely as he's averaging 1.9 catches for 26.7 yards on the season. When the Eagles want to throw to their tight end, they bring in rookie Zach Ertz.
Chargers ILB Manti Te'o said he hasn't been bothered by "catcalls" from opposing fans during this rookie season.
Hobbled by preseason foot injury, Te'o has been solid but not spectacular while playing the majority of snaps. In 10 games, he has 46 tackles and four pass breakups, but no sacks, forced fumbles or interceptions. Te'o is PFF's No. 35 inside linebacker out of 54 qualifiers so far.
Ryan Mathews has rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns on his last 140 carries (4.65 YPC).
The Chargers opened the season playing Danny Woodhead more, but over the past five weeks Mathews has 142 snaps to Woodhead's 109 while emerging as a rock-solid fantasy RB2. Not his typical injury-prone, fumbling self in 2013, Mathews has played in 13-of-13 games and lost one fumble all year. He handled a season-high 32 touches in Week 14. For more player breakdowns like this, read Evan Silva's Thursday night Chargers-Broncos Matchup column at the link below.
According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Wes Welker (concussion) will not play in Thursday night's game against the Chargers.
The Broncos figure to make this official later Wednesday. Welker has sustained two concussions in the last month and had virtually no shot of gaining clearance on a short week. After Welker left last week's game against the Titans, Jacob Tamme stepped into the slot role and produced a 4/47/0 line while playing on 45-of-46 snaps. Look for similar usage in Thursday's likely shootout.
The NFL confirmed that BenJarvus Green-Ellis should not have been awarded one of his touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Colts.
There won't be any stat correction of course, but owners that played against Green-Ellis got hosed. On a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, the Law Firm got tripped up by Colts DT Josh Chapman and was marked down short of the end zone. But on replay, embattled referee Jeff Triplette somehow overturned the call on the field. "No, it wasn't the correct call," VP of officiating Dean Blandino said. "There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field."
Lamar Miller (concussion) was cleared to practice Tuesday.
Miller was spotted getting some exercise in during Tuesday's session, a tremendous sign just two days after his concussion. He'll still have to go through some steps in order to get cleared for game action, but he's certainly on the right track. If Miller doesn't feel any symptoms this week, he'll be an excellent bet to suit up against the Patriots come Sunday. In that scenario, we'd expect something close to an even timeshare with Daniel Thomas -- leaving both backs as unappealing fantasy plays.
Randall Cobb (leg, short-term IR) is still not medically cleared.
The Packers appear to have wasted their short-term IR spot on Cobb, who broke his leg in Week 6. The dynamic slot man appears unlikely to make it back for this season and will almost certainly be shut down if the Pack are eliminated from playoff contention.
According to FOX's Jay Glazer, the thinking inside the Redskins is that Mike Shanahan will start Kirk Cousins Sunday "unless RG3 is able to convince him otherwise."
Shanahan is prone to changing his mind often, but for now he's leaning toward starting Cousins for the final weeks of this lost season. The coach will say it's to protect Griffin from further injury, but holding him out of the first three games instead of the last three would have made infinitely more sense. Now it looks like Shanny is just trying to get fired by owner Daniel Snyder (instead of resigning) so he can collect his paycheck. Cousins would be entering a plus matchup at Atlanta, but there's tons of downside in a fantasy plug-n-play because the Redskins appear to have quit on their coach and the season.