Gordon ready to go
Melvin Gordon says he’s going to be ready to play this week despite not being fully healthy. This is great news for the teams that weathered the storm with him out.
Henry Does It Again
In Week Fourteen, Titans RB Derrick Henry set a franchise record with 238 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns. While there was no way he could repeat that performance, he did carry the Tennessee offense once again with a monster performance. Henry rushed for 170 yards and two scores, giving him over 400 rushing yards and six scores in the past two games and moving him up to RB18 for the season, despite many weeks of down performances.
Foster En Fuego
The Bills win a close one over the Lions and undrafted rookie WR Robert Foster came up huge again. Foster caught four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. This marks the fourth game in the past five weeks in which Foster has posted at least 94 yards and it is likely to be his fourth game as a fantasy WR2 since his role increased to a near full-time player. Foster is the Bills clear WR1.
Ballage takes over
Dolphins veteran RB Frank Gore left the game early with an ankle injury and was unable to return. Although the initial thought was that this would lead to more touches for RB Kenyan Drake it was actually rookie RB Kalen Ballage who took over the lead role. Ballage led off the second half with a 75-yard touchdown run and added 48 more yards on 11 more touches, giving him an ending box score of 123 yards on 12 totes. We could be witnessing a transition to the much young Ballage.
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.