Conner Practicing In Full
While no guarantee he will return this week, Conner’s status as a full participant in practice portends his return to the field in Week 17. It is a welcome addition for fantasy owners as well as the Steelers, though it is tough to expect much given Conner is coming off a multi-week absence and Jaylen Samuels has earned work in his absence. Mike Tomlin has always committed to one runner in his backfield, but Conner’s touch ceiling still may be limited for a variety of reasons this Sunday.
Two Texans downgraded to out
Both Lamar Miller and Keke Coutee didn’t travel to Philadelphia with the team and won’t be playing. No one should have been relying on Keke at this point but it is concerning that he just couldn’t shake the nagging injuries after breaking out earlier. Miller on the other hand could have been a nice RB2 play in the finals against a Philly run defense that comes in dead last over the past five weeks.
Breida To Play
After injury his ankle late in Sunday’s win over Seattle, Matt Breida is not even on the final injury report for the 49ers in Week 16. This is the usual song and dance for Breida; he has seemingly left every game in anguish yet has missed very little time. In a brutal matchup, Breida’s no lock for starting lineups, but he’s a flex option for those in a pinch.
Spencer Ware Doubtful
Spencer Ware is listed as Doubtful for Sunday Night’s contest with the Seahawks, setting him up to miss his second straight game with shoulder and hamstring injuries. While we feel bad for Spencer, this is good news from a fantasy perspective, as it provides clarity in the Kansas City backfield. Damien Williams is back as a plug and play RB2 in a strong matchup after his big Thursday Night performance propelled many owners into the title game.
Beckham out for week 16
Well, Beckham missed your entire fantasy playoffs. At least we’ve known early enough to prepare each week.
Gordon suspended again
Josh Gordon is stepping away to focus on his mental health. He has also now been placed on the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. It took a very long time to come back from the first and re-entering the league after a 2nd when he’ll likely be 29 or 30 seems highly unlikely. Gordon has likely played his last snap in the NFL.
Conner Misses Practice Wednesday
Thought to be a safe bet to return this Sunday, James Conner missed practice Wednesday and openly admitted his ankle is still “not there”. It is a concerning development for those who were banking on getting Conner back for key matchups this weekend. Were Conner to miss his third straight game, Jaylen Samuels is a must-start once again, even in a tough matchup.
Newton may be shut down
Ian Rapoport is reporting that Cam Newton will be shut down for the rest of the season with his shoulder injury. This puts Taylor Heinicke into a starting role this week against the Falcons. He’s not really startable.
Freeman won’t return
Devonta Freeman had a chance to come back this season, but now it’s being reported he will be shelved for the remainder of the year. This likely didn’t affect your championship week matchup.
Kerryon to IR
The Lions are placing Kerryon Johnson on IR. It was over before it really began. The rookie broke out for a small window and then was gone again. Next year may be his year, but for your Championship games you’ll be stuck deciding if Blount and Riddick are worth a flex spot.
Lindsay first offensive UDFA selected to Pro Bowl
Philip Lindsay has absolutely crushed it this year and the league noticed. They have named Lindsay to their list of players attending a meaningless game in January. Lindsay is the first offensive undrafted free agent to be selected for this event!
Gurley day to day
Todd Gurley injured his knee in Sunday night’s game and is day to day. Unless the Rams really prefer the 1 seed to the 2, they may consider resting him. If they do, preseason darling John Kelly will likely take the majority of the carries with Malcolm Brown out for the season and Justin Davis banged up.