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Evan Engram (hamstring) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

It means he will be returning after not playing the past two games. Considering Engram's health woes and Eli Manning's struggles, the sophomore tight end won't be more than a mid-range TE2 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 6 - 2:13 PM

Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is healthy enough to play this week against the Ravens.

"I feel good, not 100% obviously," Gordon said. "But we’re going to go out there and knock off some rust and get myself ready for the playoffs." All signs have pointed to Gordon returning this week, and these quotes all but confirm it. Even against the Ravens, Gordon is a locked-in RB1 for the fantasy finals.
Dec 18 - 9:52 AM

Aaron Rodgers suffered a groin injury Week 15 against the Bears.

He said the injury "bothered [him] a little bit" in the second half. There have been rumors the Packers will shut down Rodgers, who has also battled a knee injury all season, now that they are out of playoff contention, but interim coach Joe Philbin seemed to shoot down the idea. "In the general sense, my philosophy is football players are paid to play football games," Philbin said. "That's my general philosophy and overall philosophy whether it's Aaron Rodgers or anybody else." Rodgers has not played to his normal level this season, but the Packers turning to DeShone Kizer for the final two games would be a big downgrade for the entire offense.
Source: ESPN
Dec 18 - 9:48 AM

Drew Brees completed 23-of-35 passes for 203 scoreless yards and an interception in the Saints' 12-9, Week 15 win over the Panthers on Monday night.

Brees has been a total bust for fantasy owners the last three weeks, averaging just 177 yards passing in that span with a 2:3 TD:INT mark in three consecutive road games at Dallas, Tampa, and Carolina. New Orleans has still won two of those despite Brees' lack of production. Brees should bounce back in a big way next week at the Superdome against the high-flying Steelers.
Dec 17 - 11:40 PM

Cam Newton completed 16-of-29 passes for 131 scoreless yards and an interception in the Panthers' 12-9, Week 15 loss to the Saints.

He did nothing as a runner with just 15 yards on five attempts. Newton has looked far from healthy for weeks, and his play has gone in the gutter with the Panthers dropping six straight games. He has just two touchdowns and six picks over the last three weeks and hasn't thrown a touchdown in two straight games. Newton's throws are wobbling out, and he can't challenge downfield at all with his bum throwing shoulder. It wouldn't be a surprise if he gets at least one of the final two games off. Carolina gets the Falcons at home in Week 16. The way he's playing right now, Cam is impossible to trust even in that great on-paper matchup.
Dec 17 - 11:35 PM

Michael Thomas caught 7-of-9 targets for 49 yards in the Saints' 12-9, Week 15 win over the Panthers.

Thomas went into halftime with one catch for five yards. His stat line could have been much better, but he had three catches called that would have totaled over 45 yards and also drew a defensive pass interference penalty. It'll be a tough pill to swallow for fantasy managers who needed those points. Thomas should have better numbers Week 16 at home against the Steelers.
Dec 17 - 11:30 PM

Christian McCaffrey rushed 15 times for 53 yards and caught 8-of-11 targets for 67 yards in the Panthers' 12-9, Week 15 loss to the Saints, adding a 50-yard touchdown pass.

McCaffrey was the entire offense for Carolina, accounting for its only touchdown on a 4th-and-2 trick play throw to FB/TE Chris Manhertz, who was wide open down the seam. Cam Newton mustered just 131 scoreless yards with a pick as a passer. His shoulder is shot. McCaffrey is all this team has on the offensive side of the ball. McCaffrey gets a home date with Atlanta next week. The Falcons are annually the worst team at defending dual-threat running backs.
Dec 17 - 11:25 PM

Alvin Kamara rushed 14 times for 67 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 12-9, Week 15 win over the Panthers on Monday night, adding seven catches for 36 yards on nine targets.

Kamara scored the Saints' only touchdown, running one in from 16 yards out early in the fourth quarter to put New Orleans in the lead for the first time all night, a lead they tried to give back when Tommylee Lewis fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback while up 12-9 with less than two minutes to play. Kamara out-touched Mark Ingram 21-14 in this one and really took over in the second half. New Orleans hosts the Steelers in Week 16. Kamara is an RB1.
Dec 17 - 11:20 PM

Coach Sean McVay said Todd Gurley has knee inflammation and is day to day.

Gurley had to take a series off in the third quarter of Sunday night's stunning loss to the Eagles and was seen icing his knee on the sideline before eventually returning. Malcolm Brown (shoulder) has already been lost for the season, leaving Justin Davis and John Kelly as Gurley's backups. Gurley should be okay for Week 16 against Arizona, but the Rams could give him a little more rest.
Dec 17 - 8:04 PM

Packers claimed RB Kapri Bibbs off waivers from the Redskins.

It's not a good sign for Aaron Jones (knee), who may be headed for injured reserve soon. Jamaal Williams will be Green Bay's Week 16 featured runner.
Dec 17 - 5:17 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers considers Cardinals coach Steve Wilks' firing after the season to be a "foregone conclusion."

Somers considers the lone question to be whether GM Steve Keim follows Wilks out the door. Somers' "hunch" is that president Michael Bidwell gives Keim one more year, but doesn't expect Wilks to get the same treatment after putting together a coaching staff that prioritized implementing "their schemes" over minimizing personnel strengths and maximizing weaknesses, using Patrick Peterson as a zone corner early in the year, and failing to put their best skill-position players and rookie quarterback in position to succeed.
Dec 17 - 4:53 PM

Hunter Henry (ACL, PUP) returned to Chargers practice on Monday.

Henry remains on the reserve/PUP list, but there is a possibility the Chargers could get him back for the playoffs. It would be a surprise if Henry were active for Week 17, and he certainly won't play this week. Henry's Monday return to practice opens a 21-day window to participate in drills and potentially be added to the 53-man roster. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith predicted Henry versus Derrick Johnson would be one of last Thursday night's key matchups. Neither Henry (PUP) nor Johnson (street free agent) played in that game, but perhaps Smith was just a few weeks early on the return of the Chargers' 24-year-old difference-maker tight end.
Dec 17 - 4:25 PM




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