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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter reports Devonta Freeman (knee) is not expected to play Week 2 against the Panthers.

Ledbetter expects rookie Ito Smith to be Tevin Coleman's backup. Freeman hasn't practiced at all this week after injuring his knee in last Thursday night's opener against Philly. It's not believed to be serious, but it's obviously enough to potentially cost him games. Coleman will be an upside RB2 play.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Freeman missing Friday's practice and reports of him not expected to play this week, Tevin Coleman immediately becomes one of this week's top value plays in DFS. As a home favorite against the Panthers, he should have plenty of work grinding out a lead or racking up catches if the Falcons fall behind. For his cheap price on all DFS sites he should be strongly considered for cash games and definitely be used in some tournaments.
Sep 14 - 11:58 AM

George Kittle caught 3-of-8 targets for 51 yards in the 49ers' Week 15 overtime win over the Seahawks.

This was Kittle's worst fantasy game since Week 6 at Green Bay, but it was very close to another big day. Kittle found space down the seam, but Nick Mullens sailed a pass over his head, which cost Kittle a long touchdown. Even without it, Kittle will still finish close to a TE1 this week after picking up 51 yards, and he should bounce back next week against the Bears at home. Kittle will be a top-four option once again as Mullens' top weapon.
Dec 16 - 8:13 PM

Matt Breida suffered an ankle injury in the 49ers' Week 15 win over Seattle.

Breida aggravated the same ankle he's been dealing with for weeks. The injury happened late in the fourth quarter, so it's not clear how much of a setback this is. Breida out-touched Jeff Wilson by a wide margin in his return Sunday, though that may not have been the case if not for a fumble and costly personal foul. We'll have an update on Breida no later than Wednesday.
Dec 16 - 8:12 PM

Dante Pettis caught all five of his targets for 83 yards in the 49ers' Week 15 overtime win over the Seahawks.

Pettis led the 49ers' receivers in targets, receptions, and yards in Sunday's overtime win, and he continues to be a big play waiting to happen. This time around Pettis made a diving play with tight coverage down the sideline for a 30-yard pickup. The rookie receiver and the 49ers offense in general will have a tougher time next week against the Bears, but Pettis has earned WR3/4 treatment as the 49ers No. 1 receiver.
Dec 16 - 8:02 PM

Matt Breida rushed for 50 yards on 17 carries and caught 5-of-5 targets for 46 yards in the 49ers' Week 15 overtime win over the Seahawks.

Breida (ankle) appeared healthy after sitting out in Week 15, and he returned as the clear cut No. 1 running back for the Niners with Jeff Wilson only collecting eight touches to Breida's 22. Breida's starting role should be safe entering Week 16, especially after Wilson had a fumble and a dropped screen pass on his eight touches. Despite a tough draw against the Bears defense, Breida will be a volume-based RB2 next Sunday. Breida has at least three receptions and 31 yards in four of five games with Nick Mullens as the quarterback.
Dec 16 - 7:48 PM

Antonio Brown caught 4-of-7 targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 15 win over the Patriots.

Tony Romo deemed the motion that got Brown loose for his 13th touchdown of the season as a "switch release." That matches Brown's career high from 2014. He will be facing Marshon Lattimore and the Saints as he looks to establish a new high-water mark in Week 16. As long as he lines up on Eli Apple a few plays, Brown will get that number.
Dec 16 - 7:47 PM

Jaylen Samuels rushed 19 times for 142 yards in the Steelers' Week 15 win over the Patriots, adding two receptions for 30 additional yards.

More involved as the game wore on, Samuels put the Steelers' offense on his back in the second quarter. His numbers were not goosed by any runs longer than 25 yards, he was simply consistently churning yards. Samuels had the smoothness of a pass catcher in the run game. It's hard to see how the Steelers could mothabll him following the return of James Conner. Conner will surely take the lead on the ground, but Samuels demands snaps in the third down/change-of-pace realm. Pittsburgh is heading to New Orleans to take on the Saints' dominant run defense in Week 16. Conner is expected to play.
Dec 16 - 7:41 PM

Nick Mullens completed 20-of-29 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers' Week 15 overtime win over the Seahawks.

It wasn't a perfect showing -- he missed George Kittle on a potentially long touchdown -- but Mullens once again found a way to win, and this time it was in overtime against Russell Wilson. Mullens was consistently hit right after releasing the ball, but that doesn't effect a competitor like Mullens, who has three straight games with at least 275 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers are now 3-3 with Mullens as they head into the Week 16 matchup against Bears. Mullens, of course, can't be started against an elite defense.
Dec 16 - 7:36 PM

Tom Brady completed 25-of-36 passes for 279 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Patriots' 17-10, Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

Brady and the Pats wilted into a series of pre-snap penalties and missed throws as the Steelers ramped up the defense and crowd noise late in a game they had to have. His interception was a laughably-bad blind heave into the end zone in the fourth quarter. As was the case last week, Brady actually appeared to have a little more juice down the field, but he had trouble involving his primary weapons outside of Julian Edelman. The play of the day was a first quarter 63-yard touchdown strike where the Steelers neglected to cover Chris Hogan following some intricate play-calling from the Pats. No longer an elite fantasy quarterback, Brady is still playing well enough for the Pats to win in real life, though their play has been uncharacteristically sloppy for multiple weeks now. Looking like they might get shut out of a bye in the AFC playoffs, the Pats have must win Weeks 16 and 17 home games with the Bills and Jets, respectively.
Dec 16 - 7:29 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught 7-of-8 targets for 82 yards in the Cardinals' Week 15 loss to the Falcons.

Cardinals coaches were kind enough to leave Fitzgerald in the game with Arizona down big, and he racked up garbage-time catches to finish with a solid fantasy line. A similar scenario could easily play out in Week 16 against the Rams. Fitz has lacked 2018 upside but does have 17 targets over the last two games. He's also on a mission to climb the NFL record books late in a lost season.
Dec 16 - 5:26 PM

David Johnson rushed 11 times for 33 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-6 targets for 68 yards in the Cardinals' Week 15 win over Atlanta.

Johnson got off to a roaring start with a 40-yard reception on a slot route on Arizona's first drive, and he finished the first quarter with 66 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown. Unfortunately, Johnson totaled just six yards in the second quarter, the game got away from the Cardinals, and backups were playing by the fourth frame. Although his Week 16 matchup at home versus the Rams will be favorable, Johnson will need more help from his teammates to pay higher-ceiling fantasy dividends.
Dec 16 - 5:18 PM

Pro Football Talk reports X-rays on Frank Gore's foot came back negative.

Gore was carted to the locker room with what was announced as an ankle injury in the first half against the Vikings, but Pro Football Talk reports he has a sprained foot. While he avoided any breaks, Gore will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. He was seen leaving the locker room in a walking boot on Sunday.
Dec 16 - 5:08 PM




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