Gurley Not On Injury Report
Always expected to return this weekend, this makes it official. Gurley can safely be locked into lineups, tantalizing owners with his incredibly high floor and enormous ceiling. C.J. Anderson has done an admirable (to put it mildly) job of filling in for The Toddfather, but he will return to a backup role.
Arians The Man In Tampa
The Buccaneers have welcomed former Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians as their lead man. It is great news for Tampa Bay’s skill position players, most of whom are coming off productive campaigns. Arians love for the vertical game is well-known. Mike Evans should be a locked-and-loaded WR1 under Arians and Chris Godwin is poised to continue his ascension. From a fantasy perspective, this hire is about as strong as could be.
Melvin Gordon Sits Out Wednesday
Wednesday is a common rest day for established veterans who are banged up, so it is far from a reason for concern. However, Gordon is dealing with a variety of injuries and it is fair to question how efficient he can be against the Patriots. Despite the question marks, Gordon is still a strong play with a sound touch floor for a quality offense. Even if he loses a few more touches than usual, he is one of the best plays on the slate.
All signs were pointing to Austin Ekeler being Active against the Ravens, and it is now official. Facing a tough defense and with volume concerns given the Ravens keep-away tactics on offense, Ekeler is not a recommended play.
Hilton Misses Thursday Practice
Hilton seems to have missed the last 1,200 practices, but he’s toughed it out down the stretch and produced through all his ailments. Despite another missed session, there’s no reason to downgrade Hilton. He embarrassed these same Texans to the tune of 199 yards in their last meeting.
Antonio Brown Angling For Trade
There’s never a dull moment with the Steelers. While the trade request seems to stem more from Week 17 drama as opposed to being generally discontent, you can’t simply discount it. The cap ramifications of an Antonio Brown trade are beyond me, but they’re not easily sorted out, making a deal unlikely barring further deterioration of the relationship. I am sure we will get Ben Roethlisberger’s unsolicited opinion on the matter shortly.
Fournette doubtful for Week 17
With nothing to play for in a lost season Fournette who is listed as doubtful with ankle/foot injuries has likely seen the field for the last time in a season marred by injuries, a suspension and underachievement.
OBJ closes the season out missing the last four
Another year of disappointment for OBJ fantasy owners has officially come to an end with the Giants announcing he will miss his fourth straight game due to a quad issue in Week 17. Joining him on the sidelines will be fellow wide receiver Russell Shepard with an ankle injury.
Miller “good to go” in Week 17
He wasn’t there for his fantasy owners in Week 16 but he will be there for the Texans to close out the season in Week 17. With his ankle all healed up Coach O’Brien declared “he’s good to go”.
Gurley Still Sidelined
Todd Gurley sat out yet another practice Thursday, and it is looking more and more likely he is poised to miss his second straight game this weekend. While the Rams still need a win to lock up a bye, C.J. Anderson proved a capable fill-in during his monstrous Week 16 effort. Fantasy owners should be prepared to be without Gurley this week, while those who picked up CJA can roll him out for another productive week.
Allen Robinson Likely Out Week 17
Battling numerous injuries, signs are pointing to Allen Robinson sitting out Week 17’s contest in Minnesota. Despite limited production, Robinson has been receiving a healthy target share since the return of Mitchell Trubisky. He could be a nice bounceback candidate in 2019 as the offense continues to mature.
Beckham Misses Another Practice
It was another missed practice for Odell Beckham Jr. on Wednesday, putting his status for Sunday’s finale in serious doubt. Another strong campaign for OBJ looks poised to close with a whimper; he’s missed the money games for fantasy purposes and has not topped 100 yards since October. Despite an unsettled quarterback situation heading into 2019, Beckham is still locked in an elite choice at WR.