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Roy Helu rushed 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for 43 yards in Washington's Week 4 win over Oakland.

With Alfred Morris (ribs) shelved by a third-quarter injury, Helu took over as Washington's featured, every-down back. No other Redskins runner handled a carry outside of RG3. Helu ripped off physical runs in late-game clock-killing mode, including a 14-yard touchdown to put the game away. Helu has been one of our favorite bench stashes because he offers even more upside than Morris due to his passing-game role. Unfortunately for Helu owners, the Redskins have a Week 5 bye. It's unclear if Morris will be back for Week 6.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 07:35:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson has been diagnosed with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, and is done for the season.

Dec 9 - 12:13 AM

Travis Kelce caught 5-of-8 targets for 101 yards in the Chiefs' Week 14 win over the Raiders.

The 100-yard effort was Kelce's fourth straight, and fifth in seven games. Like he's done for the entirety of his hot streak, Kelce was gashing the defense for huge gains up the seam. Kelce could have had an even bigger game had Alex Smith not gone into witness protection after halftime. Most encouragingly, the big night came with Jeremy Maclin back in the lineup. Kelce will be a top-three tight end for next week's home matchup with the Titans.
Dec 9 - 12:01 AM

Amari Cooper caught 5-of-10 targets for 29 yards in the Raiders' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

This is a game the second-year wideout would like to have back. Cooper caught two extremely lucky breaks in the first half. A should-have-been fumble was ruled an incomplete pass, and Cooper's offensive pass interference in the end zone was called defensive pass interference. His luck ran out after the break, as he committed one of the most baffling non-catches in recent memory. With Derek Carr scrambling out of the pocket to deliver a nearly-perfect deep strike, Cooper somehow lost the ball in flight. It was an inexcusable play, one that cost the Raiders a 72-yard touchdown. Cooper keeps inventing new ways not to score. He's now been held below 60 yards in five straight games, and below 30 in 2-of-3. The Chargers aren't a stay-away matchup for Week 15, but Cooper is a volatile fantasy option right now.
Dec 8 - 11:56 PM

Alex Smith completed 17-of-26 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Chiefs' 21-13, Week 14 win over the Raiders.

Even by Smith's standards, it was a deeply bizarre performance. Smith played like 2011 Aaron Rodgers in the first half, completing 11-of-16 passes for 203 yards and his score. He was legitimately gunslinging, and taking accurate shots deep. It was like he was a completely new quarterback. The switch flipped at halftime. He was picked on an awful throw on his second attempt of the third quarter, and lost a fumble to begin Kansas City's next drive. The game was an atrocious slog from there on out. Despite the rough half, Smith has been playing legitimately better of late thanks to Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. He'll be a decent QB2 against the Titans in Week 15.
Dec 8 - 11:48 PM

Derek Carr completed 17-of-41 passes for 117 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Raiders' 21-13, Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

At least for one week, the MVP talk will be put on ice. Carr's 2.85 yards per attempt was the second lowest in NFL history for a quarterback attempting at least 40 passes. With the temperature checking in at "frigid plains," Carr was noticeably bothered by his pinkie injury. He flat missed throws all evening. This being the Raiders, however, he was also hurt by a number of awful drops/misconnections, none worse than Amari Cooper's baffling inability to haul in a would-be 72-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It's a score that would have changed the game, and kept Carr out of the history books. With his finger an issue, the Raiders' 10-day break couldn't be coming at a better time. Carr has a get-right Week 15 matchup in the Chargers.
Dec 8 - 11:43 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson was forced from Kansas City's Week 14 game against the Raiders with a left Achilles' injury, and will not return.

Put simply, it looked like Johnson ruptured his left Achilles'. Johnson, who tore his right Achilles' in 2014, immediately took off his helmet and tossed it in disgust, like he knew what the injury was. Per NBC's Cris Collinsworth, Johnson had been dealing with a sore left Achilles'. His loss would be crushing for the Chiefs.
Dec 8 - 9:47 PM

Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele (illness) is inactive for Week 14 against the Chiefs.

Osemele couldn't get healthy on a short week. It's a big blow for what's been one of the league's top offensive lines. Osemele has been worth every penny as a free agent this year. He should be back for Week 15. Inactive for the Raiders are QB Connor Cook, CB Antonio Hamilton, S Karl Joseph, DT Darius Latham, LB Shilique Calhoun and DT Stacy McGee.
Dec 8 - 6:57 PM

Jeremy Maclin (groin) is active for Week 14 against the Raiders.

Maclin is finally ready to go after missing four games. With Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce both cooking, Maclin is hard to trust as more than a low-end WR4 as he knocks the rust off. Inactive for the Chiefs are QB Tyler Bray, CB D.J. White, CB Kenneth Acker, RB Knile Davis, LB Dadi Nicolas, OL Mike Person and TE Ross Travis.
Dec 8 - 6:55 PM

Tom Brady (knee) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

As has Julian Edelman (foot). Brady appeared genuinely hobbled in Week 12 before looking better against the Rams in Week 13 (shocker). He'll be a top-five option against the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
Dec 8 - 4:23 PM

Mark Ingram (toe) was downgraded to "DNP" in Thursday's practice.

Ingram seems poised to play through his toe issue for the second straight game, but mid-week downgrades are always eye-catching. We wouldn't consider the matter settled. Ingram will probably suit up as a low-end RB2 against the Bucs, but owners need to keep checking his status.
Dec 8 - 4:18 PM

Marquess Wilson (groin) returned to Bears practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It gives Wilson a chance to suit up against the Lions, but it's far from certain. Unfortunately, the Bears are a bottom-three team when it comes to injury truthfulness, so we could go into Sunday morning lacking a clear idea of Wilson's status. If Wilson does play, he'll be hard to trust as a WR4. He'll be at less than 100 percent with Matt Barkley playing quarterback.
Dec 8 - 4:10 PM




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