Breida Aggravates Ankle Injury
The San Francisco Chronicle has noted Matt Breida aggravated his bum ankle in Week 15’s upset win over the Seahawks. Breida seems to have Wolverine-esque healing powers given how many maladies he has played through this year, but an aggravation could portend missed time. Were Breida to sit, Jeff Wilson would be on the fantasy radar in Week 16, albeit in a brutal matchup against the Bears.
Gronk Quiet In Pittsburgh
After looking healthy and ready to be a playoff difference-maker following a disappointing fantasy regular season, Rob Gronkowski bottomed-out against the Steelers. His 2 receptions for 21 yards buried many an owner who had lined up Gronk in the semi-finals. Coming off a down year in which he battled myriad of injuries, Gronk’s future is definitely a question mark.
Crowell to IR
Isaiah Crowell has been placed on IR leaving the Jets backfield open for Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon. McGuire should be the lead back, but neither are too enticing.
Djax to miss another
DeSean Jackson is set to miss his second consecutive game. Much last week, where the Saints shadowed Godwin with Lattimore and bracketed Evans… it will be tough sledding for the Bucs’ WRs against a tough Baltimore defense.
OBJ out for week 15
This is a huge hit for playoff teams. OBJ is now ruled out for week 15 right in the middle of fantasy playoffs. The Giants will have to rely more on Barkley and Shepard this week.
Keenan Allen Departs
Oy vey. Allen was hurt, returned briefly, and then was taken to the locker room. Early word is a hip injury. It is a crushing blow to owners who had locked Allen in as a WR1 this week. We’ll see if he returns for the second half, but it was a lost two quarters of action for the en fuego Chargers’ receiver.
OBJ: Quad “Ain’t Right”
Speaking Thursday, Odell Beckham Jr. referred to his quad as “ain’t right”, though a bit more colorfully. Reports are also streaming out saying Eli Manning is dealing with something similar in his right arm. A somewhat surprise inactive this past Sunday, Beckham’s quad injury looks more serious than first believed. Obviously, his status will need to be watched closely leading into Sunday.
Tyreek Hill A Go
As expected. Hill was in and out of last week’s game but still got his against an elite Ravens’ defense. While Casey Hayward is generally a strong corner, he’s had his issues with Hill. Even at a smidge less than 100%, Hill is a locked-in WR1 with his typically massive ceiling.
The tea leaves were all pointing this way, and now it is official: Melvin Gordon is out for tonight’s game. Justin Jackson immediately becomes a fringe RB1 with a tasty matchup and competition from only Detrez Newsome and Troymaine Pope. It is the type of setup which can place fantasy players in the annals of history.
Gordon A True GTD
Despite traveling with the team to Kansas City, Melvin Gordon is looking to be on the wrong side of questionable for Thursday Night’s game against the Chiefs. Adam Schefter reported it would be “challenging” for Gordon to pl.ay and the activation of Troymaine Pope off the practice squad seems to portend bad news. Fantasy owners fortunate enough to survive Gordon’s playoff absence should be making other plans, and Justin Jackson remains squarely in play given his impressive recent play and the Chiefs deficiencies against the run
Damien Williams To Lead KC Backfield
It is a lead back in an Andy Reid offense, so color me interested. Williams was a hot waiver wire pickup this week and could pay immediate dividends. The Chiefs had enough confidence in him last week to utilize him twice near the goal-line. His touchdown and receiving upside will be pretty appetizing in a game with a high Over/Under. Unless your backfield is unusually stacked, Williams merits a starting spot given the offense he is in.
Lamar Jackson to start again
Despite Joe Flacco being closer to full health, Lamar Jackson has been named the starter for week 15. It’s yet another in a long line of great matchups that Jackson has taken advantage of.