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.
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.