Wentz likely out week 15
Carson Wentz is not practicing due to a back injury and they are already saying he is unlikely to play this weekend. He hasn’t been ruled out officially, but you should look elsewhere for other options.
Melvin Gordon Gets In Limited Practice Tuesday
The Los Angeles Chargers listed Melvin Gordon as a Limited Participant in Tuesday’s practice, opening the door for him to return to the field Thursday night. While it is unclear if he would be ready to return to a full workload, even a limited Gordon would be a welcome sight for fantasy owners. Gordon’s presence would plant Justin Jackson directly back on fantasy benches.
Elijah McGuire: the only healthy Jets RB
Trenton Cannon (hamstring) and Isaiah Crowell (foot) are not practicing. This might make Elijah McGuire an interesting week 15 dart throw against the Texans if the other two aren’t able to play.
Jackson may have lead role for Thursday
With Melvin Gordon unlikely to play and Austin Ekeler now in concussion protocol… Justin Jackson is set to take the lead role this Thursday in a great matchup against the Chiefs. Detrez Newsome should get some work, but expect Jackson to have 15+ touches.
Tyreek Hill Expected To Play Thursday
After departing Sunday’s game with injuries to both his wrist and heel, Tyreek Hill appears to have avoided major injury. Andy Reid stated Hill is probably for Thursday’s game, an impressive turnaround given how iffy Hill looked to return against the Ravens. I’ll throw out a hot take that this is good news for fantasy owners, as one of the sport’s most explosive players should be in lineups for the semi-finals. Despite the Chargers’ talent in the secondary Hill has had their number, including 169 yards and two scores in Week 1. You’ll obviously need to monitor his status this week but he can safely be inserted into lineups for now.
Kittle has 210 in a half
George Kittle tallied up 210 yards and a score in the first half Sunday, and inexplicably the 49ers didn’t try to get him some records. It was still a game winning day.
Amari Cooper is paying off
Amari Cooper now leads the NFL in receiving since joining the Cowboys after topping 200 yards and scoring 3 times. He has proven to be well worth that 1st round pick.
Allen breaks Vick’s record
Josh Allen… yes, Josh Allen, just broke Michael Vick’s 3 game rushing record with 335 in that span. He’s also just the 2nd QB to have back to back 100 yard rushing games. For reference, the Lions have had two 100 yard rushers since 2013.
OBJ Out Sunday
Per Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter, Odell Beckham Jr. did not travel with the Giants to Washington and will miss Sunday’s game. If you picked this week to stop drinking, you may want to re-consider. This is a crushing blow to owners who were relying on OBJ in the first round of the playoffs. Both Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram get a bump with the Giants’ top receiver out.
Chris Conley Locked Into Larger Role
Sammy Watkins is out for the rest of the regular season, meaning Chris Conley will continue to see regular snaps for the league’s most explosive offense. With 15 targets over the past 2 weeks, Conley is seeing volume and has been productive with it, racking up 10 receptions and 3 touchdowns. Sans Watkins, he is a weekly flex option and a must-add wherever he is available. I will take Kelvin Benjamin seriously when he takes himself seriously.
Sammy Watkins Suffers Setback
No stranger to foot injuries, Sammy Watkins has suffered a setback to in his rehab from his most recent foot ailment, knocking him out for the rest of the regular season. Obviously, his redraft value is shot and there’s no need to stash him and hope for a late-season return. An annual tease, Watkins had found some consistency in the Chiefs’ offense this year when healthy; his injury issues continue to cast a cloud of his long-term viability. We’ll likely see Watkins next for the Chiefs’ first playoff game.
Chiefs Add Kelvin Benjamin
While the Chiefs add him, we recommend you stay far away from Benjamin on the Waiver Wire. The former 1st Round Pick out of Florida State has been an abomination since leaving Carolina. Undrafted free agent Robert Foster and second-year wideout Zay Jones have thrived with Benjamin out of the way in Buffalo; it seems clear Benjamin’s game is suited for a very specific offensive setting. Mostly, we’re interested to see him running at full speed next to Tyreek Hill. NFL crews may need to add another cameraman to hang back with Kelvin.