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    • Rivera 'very confident' Cam Newton will start
      Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he is "very confident" Cam Newton (back, probable) will start Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: In coach speak that is a veritable guarantee. Newton practiced all week and is a lock to start against Cleveland. Newton played his best game of the season Week 14 before injuring his back, and has QB1 upside even in a tough matchup. Rotoworld.com
      24 minutes ago
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Jones' availability based on pre-game workout
      Pro Football Talk reports Julio Jones' (hip, questionable) availability for Week 16 against the Saints hinges on a pre-game workout.

      Advice: Jones went through the same routine last week before ultimately being ruled out, but the mood surrounding Jones this week is far more optimistic. Despite not practicing at all this week, ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said Jones "definitely will play." Jones' status will not be known officially until Sunday morning, but it appears he has a real shot to play against New Orleans. Rotoworld.com
      40 minutes ago
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • LeSean McCoy is getting fewer red-zone snaps
      LeSean McCoy's role in the Eagles' red-zone offense has declined in the last eight games.

      Advice: McCoy opened the season as the primary back in the red zone. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, he was on the field for 77 percent of the red-zone plays through the first six games of the season and saw 74 percent of the running back touches. Those numbers have decreased to 65 percent and 64 percent respectively, and should continue to fall as Chris Polk continues to convert goal-line chances. With Polk vulturing touchdowns and Darren Sproles vulturing pass-game work, McCoy is more of an RB2 Week 16 against a stingy Washington rush defense. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:31 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      13.81 (25th)
    • Lions admit Joique Bell is No. 1 running back
      Lions OC Joe Lombardi conceded Joique Bell is the team's No. 1 running back, ahead of Reggie Bush.

      Advice: It would be difficult to claim anything else. Bell has 33 carries to Bush's 11 over the last two weeks and has out-touched Bush 42-16 over that span. Bell has at least 10 carries in 12-of-13 games this season. Bush has managed that feat just twice. Bell is the clear lead back and is a good bet for 20 touches against a leaky Bears' defense. He is a solid RB2 in championship week. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:19 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      12.40 (48th)
    • Report: Julio Jones expected to play Sunday
      ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Julio Jones (hip) to play in Sunday's game at New Orleans.

      Advice: Jones remains a game-time call after not practicing at all the last two weeks. But the Falcons are in a must-win spot and obviously need their most talented offensive weapon. Here's the full report from McClure: "From all the information I've gathered, Jones definitely will play against the Saints. And it's not as if the Falcons will have him on the field just as a decoy. They need Jones in this desperation game, so I suspect he will get plenty of opportunities." We'll have more information by Sunday morning at the absolute latest. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:07 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Greg Jennings (hamstring) listed probable
      Greg Jennings (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 16.

      Advice: Jennings was limited in practice this week with a hamstring issue. He's the No. 2 option behind Charles Johnson, and remains a low-upside WR4. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:03 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      6.07 (173rd)
    • Patriots list LaFell as questionable
      Brandon LaFell (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 16.

      Advice: LaFell was limited in practice throughout the week. He's averaged just 54 yards and doesn't have a touchdown over his last two games, but is on the WR2 radar against the Jets' bottom-three secondary. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:16 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • Frank Gore listed as questionable
      Frank Gore (concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 16.

      Advice: He was limited in Friday's practice. The 49ers host the Chargers on Saturday Night Football. Beat writers are guessing Gore will play, but it's not a guarantee. Carlos Hyde has already been ruled out. If Gore does receive clearance by Saturday, he will be a high-end flex option against San Diego. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:42 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.68 (64th)
    • Philip Rivers listed as probable
      Philip Rivers (chest, back) is listed as probable for Week 16.

      Advice: Rivers will start Saturday night's game at San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:28 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.46 (55th)
    • Stevie Johnson ruled out for Week 16
      Stevie Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16.

      Advice: The Niners' ballyhooed offseason trade for Johnson never did help much. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:23 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      3.30 (2526th)
    • Ryan Mathews ruled out for Week 16
      Ryan Mathews (ankle) is listed as out for Week 16 against the 49ers.

      Advice: Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will share the backfield on Saturday against San Francisco. It's a fantasy situation to avoid wherever possible. Oliver got more Week 15 touches than Brown and would be the superior flex gamble. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:18 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • DeAndre Hopkins can't practice, questionable
      DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) missed his third straight day of practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 16.

      Advice: Coach Bill O'Brien continues to call Hopkins a game-time decision, but it's not looking good for him to play against the Ravens. It's probably just as well with Case Keenum at quarterback and Andre Johnson (concussion, probable) returning to siphon targets. Hopkins would've been a high-risk WR3 play. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:12 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.18 (73rd)
    • Daniel Thomas listed as doubtful
      Daniel Thomas (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

      Advice: Damien Williams will back up Lamar Miller against the Vikings. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:35 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2038th)
    • DeAngelo Williams expected to miss Week 16
      Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated Friday that DeAngelo Williams (questionable, hand) will not play Sunday at Cleveland.

      Advice: Rivera left open the possibility of Williams being active on game day as an "emergency back," but he's not going to be a factor unless other running backs get injured during the game. Jonathan Stewart is an RB2 against the Browns' weak run defense. Mike Tolbert will be second in line for backfield work. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:08 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
    • Cam Newton probable for Week 16 vs. Browns
      Cam Newton (back) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: He'll make the start and be a high-end QB2 with unlimited upside. Derek Anderson heads back to holding the clipboard with a 2-0 record across two spot starts. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Julio Jones still absent at Friday's practice
      Julio Jones (hip) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

      Advice: He'll be listed as questionable. We're unlikely to know Julio's status for Week 16 until Sunday morning. If he can't go, Harry Douglas will make another start opposite Roddy White. Both Douglas (foot) and White (knee) will play. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:46 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Report: Texans leaning toward starting Keenum
      NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are leaning toward starting Case Keenum at quarterback for Week 16 against the Ravens.

      Advice: As expected. Keenum simply knows the offense better as a whole than Thad Lewis. Keenum spent the summer with the Texans, while Lewis was signed just a few weeks ago. Neither Keenum nor Lewis would be on the fantasy radar. The Ravens may have a suspect secondary, but they have a dominant pass rush. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:10 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      13.50 (62nd)
    • Cam Newton fully expected to start vs. Browns
      Coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton (back) is on target to start Week 16 against the Browns.

      Advice: Rivera will formally announce a decision this morning. Newton took the majority of the first-team reps in Thursday's practice as a full participant. He'll be a high-end QB2 with obvious upside against the Browns' stout pass defense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:07 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Marcedes Lewis scores touchdown in vicotry
      Marcedes Lewis caught 2-of-3 targets for six yards and a touchdown in the Jags' Week 16 win over the Titans.

      Advice: Lewis' score came on a well-executed fade in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown since Week 2. Going on 31, Lewis is signed for a hefty $6.65 million next season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:05 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      3.12 (223rd)
    • Brandon LaFell (shoulder) still limited Thur.
      Brandon LaFell (shoulder) remained "limited" on Thursday.

      Advice: LaFell's Week 16 status is not in doubt. He'll be a solid WR2 against the Jets' bottom-three secondary. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:58 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • Frank Gore expected to play versus Chargers
      Frank Gore is "moving through the concussion protocol," and expected to start Saturday's game against the Chargers.

      Advice: Gore practiced on Thursday, getting in a limited session. It's excellent news for the 49ers, as Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) is expected to be sidelined. Struggling mightily in the second half of the season, Gore will be a middling FLEX play for the fantasy finals. He'll be backed up by FB Bruce Miller and Alfonso Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:53 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.68 (64th)
    • DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) game-time decision
      The Texans consider DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) a game-time decision for Week 16.

      Advice: Hopkins missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices. The "game-time decision" label should be taken with a grain of salt, as Texans coach Bill O'Brien fancies himself a spymaster, and would apply the GTD tag to a player even if they were only battling a cold. For now, owners need to sit tight and wait for more information to emerge. A back-up plan is definitely in order. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:08 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.18 (73rd)
    • Daniel Thomas (knee) not practicing
      Daniel Thomas (knee) missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices.

      Advice: Thomas is looking shaky for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Damien Williams will back up Lamar Miller if Thomas can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:53 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2038th)
    • D-Will gets in another 'limited' practice
      DeAngelo Williams (hand) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Barring a setback, D-Will should return after a two-game absence, though the Panthers aren't sure how he'll fare in the passing game. In theory, he'll cut into Jonathan Stewart's workload, but we wouldn't be surprised if Williams is nothing more than a breather option for J-Stew, who has run well in Williams' absence. D-Will is not on the fantasy radar for Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:39 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
    • Cam Newton 'on target' to start versus Browns
      Cam Newton (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, and is "on target" to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

      Advice: Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to "probably" start over Derek Anderson. It's a huge boost for the Panthers as they try to stay alive in the NFC South. Newton had his best game of the season in Week 14 before his car accident, but will be a borderline QB1 if he suits up for the fantasy finals. His health is obviously a question mark, and the Browns sport a stouter defense than New Orleans. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:32 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Cam Newton (back) mum on Week 16 status
      Speaking after Thursday's practice, Cam Newton (back) declined to say if he expected to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

      Advice: "I'm fine either way it goes," Newton said. "I don't want to be a distraction." Newton also added that he's felt "no pain" on the practice field, and has "no fear" of further injury. Barring a setback, he sounds like a quarterback who's going to take the football field on Sunday. Newton's status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:59 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Philip Rivers back at Bolts practice Thursday
      Philip Rivers (back, chest) returned to Chargers practice Thursday, getting in a "full" session.

      Advice: Rivers took a rare rest day on Wednesday, but will be ready to go for Saturday's game against the 49ers. Playing at well less than 100 percent without No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen, Rivers isn't a realistic QB1 for the fantasy finals. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:45 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.46 (55th)
    • Ryan Mathews sitting out again on Thursday
      Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined Thursday.

      Advice: Mathews "wasn't close" to playing in Week 15, and appears all but guaranteed to miss his second-straight game. The oft-injured 2010 first rounder could be heading into free agency having appeared in just 6-of-16 games this season. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will form a low-upside committee against the 49ers. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:43 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • Cam Newton getting most of first-team reps
      Cam Newton (back) took the majority of first-team reps at practice Thursday.

      Advice: Newton appears on track to return after missing just one game. He'd slide in as a back-end QB1 against the Browns, although he'd come with risk. When Newton is hesitant to use his legs, his fantasy projection is severely capped. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:21 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • LeSean McCoy concedes goal-line work to Polk
      LeSean McCoy admitted that Chris Polk is taking over as the Eagles' primary goal-line back.

      Advice: Polk played three snaps in Week 15, turning two of them into short touchdowns. A third goal-line carry went to Darren Sproles. "Polk's obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they've been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game. ... "There's just some plays on 3rd-and-1 type of situations where I probably wouldn't have gotten it, where I see him kind of hit a guy, drag a guy and get in there," McCoy candidly conceded. It's not out of the question that Shady gets some goal-line chances in the flow of the Eagles' hurry-up scheme, but Polk is a drain on touchdown projections. We already know McCoy was struggling to churn up yards and has lost significant pass-game work to Sproles. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:04 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      13.81 (25th)
    • Julio Jones misses another practice Thursday
      Julio Jones (hip) remained sidelined at Falcons practice Thursday.

      Advice: Jones is not expected to practice at all this week as he careens toward another game-time call. All owners can do is roster Harry Douglas or another backup plan and wait for more information. Note that Roddy White (knee) did return to practice Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:46 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Report: Keenum tentatively expected to start
      CBS' Jason La Canfora says "every expectation" is that Case Keenum will start Sunday's game against the Ravens.

      Advice: Bill O'Brien isn't tipping his hand between Keenum and Thad Lewis. But Keenum makes more sense as he was with the team throughout the offseason program and training camp before losing his backup job to Tom Savage and Ryan Mallett. However, Keenum was brutal in four preseason games going 28-of-52 (53.8%) for 254 yards (4.88 YPA) with zero touchdowns and two interceptions, good for a 51.3 passer rating. He's not even a two-quarterback league option against a Ravens defense that can cover their secondary woes with a swarming front seven. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:51 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      13.50 (62nd)
    • Report: Rivers battling back injury
      A league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Philip Rivers is "battling a back injury that is bigger than people realize."

      Advice: Rivers has been playing banged up for a while now. A few weeks ago, Antonio Gates revealed that his quarterback has a "very severe rib injury" and now Schefter is exposing a back issue. Rivers (chest) did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, but will almost certainly be fine for Saturday's game at San Francisco. We wouldn't adjust any projections. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:31 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.46 (55th)
    • Polk -- not Shady -- gets 1st RB practice rep
      According to CSN Philly's Reuben Frank, Chris Polk received the first running back rep at Eagles practice on Wednesday, ahead of LeSean McCoy.

      Advice: McCoy laughed off the running back order following the practice, and Frank concedes it's "impossible to tell" if it actually meant anything. McCoy was reportedly "on the sideline while Polk worked with the first unit." Reporters were only able to view two practice reps before the session was closed to media. "We rotate all the time," McCoy said Wednesday afternoon. "(RBs coach) Duce (Staley) pulled me out. (Darren) Sproles wasn't in either." The Eagles are preparing to play the Redskins on Saturday evening. When Philly and Washington played earlier this year, McCoy managed 22 yards on 19 carries. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      13.81 (25th)
    • DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) misses practice
      DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

      Advice: Hopkins played all 72 snaps in Sunday's loss, so it's not clear when he suffered the injury. With Andre Johnson returning this week and Thad Lewis or Case Keenum expected to start, Hopkins should be avoided as a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:50 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.18 (73rd)
    • Greg Jennings (hamstring) limited Wednesday
      Greg Jennings (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Jennings should be available this week despite his hamstring issue. He'll be updated again on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:30 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      6.07 (173rd)
    • Frank Gore (concussion) still sidelined Wed.
      Frank Gore (concussion) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Gore says he feels normal, but has yet to be cleared by an independent neurologist. With Gore and Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) uncertain for Saturday's game against the Chargers, the 49ers signed RB Phillip Tanner on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:46 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.68 (64th)
    • Brandon LaFell (shoulder) limited Wednesday
      Brandon LaFell (shoulder) was limited on Wednesday.

      Advice: LaFell will continue to play through his shoulder injury. He's on the WR2 radar against the Jets. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:21 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • DeAngelo Williams limited on Wednesday
      DeAngelo Williams (hand) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Williams is on track to return this week after sitting out the last two games. He'll cut into Jonathan Stewart's workload, but won't be a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:20 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
    • Philip Rivers held out again Wednesday
      Philip Rivers (chest) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: Rivers hasn't practiced the last two days, but isn't in danger of missing Saturday's game against the 49ers. He'll be a low-end QB1 for Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:33 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.46 (55th)
    • Ryan Mathews still not practicing Wednesday
      Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.

      Advice: Mathews reportedly "wasn't close to playing" last Sunday. With the Chargers now on a short week and playing Saturday night against the 49ers, Mathews' chances of suiting up appear slim. It'll be Branden Oliver and Donald Brown. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:21 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • Julio Jones will be Sunday-morning decision
      Coach Mike Smith said the Falcons will decide Julio Jones' (hip) Week 16 status on Sunday morning.

      Advice: Julio didn't practice Wednesday, and we don't expect him to do so at all this week. He's dealing with a labrum issue in his hip. All we can do is wait until 11:30 AM ET Sunday morning for a decision. We'll continue to provide any updates, but we're unlikely to learn anything before the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:04 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Cam Newton gets in limited practice Wednesday
      Cam Newton (back) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

      Advice: He and Derek Anderson split first-team reps with Newton getting back in the swing of things after last Tuesday's car accident. Kelvin Benjamin said Cam threw the ball with his normal "fire" on Wednesday. We'd bet Newton starts Week 16 against the Browns with the Panthers hanging on for dear life in the NFC South. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:44 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Gore, Hyde both miss 49ers practice Tuesday
      Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) both did not practice Tuesday.

      Advice: The 49ers weren't required to submit an injury report Tuesday, but they take on the Chargers on Saturday night, so both players are on a short week. Gore visited the doctor on Tuesday as part of the league's concussion protocol, while Hyde hurt his ankle and back in the third quarter last Sunday. Alfonso Smith and FB Bruce Miller are the only other ball-carriers on the 49ers roster. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:23 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.68 (64th)
    • Philip Rivers gets a day of rest on Tuesday
      Philip Rivers (chest) sat out of Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: The Union-Tribune San Diego has already reported there's "no chance" Rivers misses Saturday's game against the 49ers. Rivers is just getting a day of rest on a short week. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:46 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.46 (55th)
    • Falcons OC unsure of Julio's Week 16 status
      Speaking Tuesday, Falcons OC Dirk Koetter left open the possibility that Julio Jones (hip) misses Week 16.

      Advice: Coach Mike Smith has already said he expects Jones to suit up against the Saints, but Smith has proven completely untrustworthy on player injuries. "It’s hard when you don’t know for sure if a guy is going to play," Koetter said. "We kind of have to have a contingency both ways. We have some ‘what if Julio plays,’ and some ‘what if Julio does not play.’ ... That’s one of the hardest things about not knowing if one of your best guys is going to go." The picture Koetter paints is one of uncertainty. We're unlikely to get a good read on Jones' status before Thursday or Friday, and it's quite possible he ends up a game-time decision. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:12 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Ryan Mathews (ankle) not practicing Tuesday
      Ryan Mathews (ankle) sat out of Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: The Chargers are playing the 49ers on Saturday, so they're starting their practice week on Tuesday. Per reporter Michael Gehlken, Mathews wasn't "particularly close" to suiting up for Sunday's loss to the Broncos. That would suggest he's not a good bet to return for Week 16, which would leave Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown to again form a committee. It would be a situation to avoid against the 49ers' stout run defense. Mathews' status will be updated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:33 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • Cam Newton will attempt to throw Tuesday
      Cam Newton (back) will attempt some throws Tuesday.

      Advice: Tuesday is an off day for the Panthers, but they want an early decision on Newton's Week 16 status. Ideally, they'll begin preparations for the Browns Wednesday knowing if it'll be Newton or Derek Anderson. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:37 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Panthers noncommittal on Cam for Week 16
      Panthers coach Ron Rivera was noncommittal Monday when addressing Cam Newton's (back) Week 16 availability.

      Advice: Rivera gave away "nothing definitive," but did state Cam will start against the Browns "only if he’s certain Newton can protect himself." Added OC Mike Shula, "I know he’s feeling a lot better than he was Friday and Saturday," Shula said. "He’s moving around, just kind of walking around the building a lot better. So that’s good." It will be a good sign if Cam practices on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:41 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Falcons think Julio will be ready for Week 16
      Speaking Monday, Falcons coach Mike Smith said he expected Julio Jones (hip) to return for Week 16.

      Advice: Per Smith, Jones has "improved last week to this week." It's great news, but should be taken with a major grain of salt. Smith is consistently wrong with his public-injury proclamations. Jones didn't appear particularly close to suiting up against the Steelers, but he was always going to be up against it on a short week. For now, owners can pencil Jones in for the fantasy finals, but his availability should be considered far from a given. Jones' status will be updated no later than Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:34 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Texans bring back Case Keenum after injuries
      Texans signed QB Case Keenum off the Rams' practice squad.

      Advice: It made too much sense. The Texans lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg and rookie Tom Savage to a potentially-serious knee injury in Week 15, leaving Thad Lewis as the only healthy QB on the roster. Keenum was part of Houston's final cuts in the summer and knows the offense. He may even be asked to start Week 16 against the Ravens if Lewis hasn't fully picked up the system. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:28 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      13.50 (62nd)
    • LeSean McCoy has 3 TDs vultured in Week 15
      LeSean McCoy rushed 16 times for 64 yards in Sunday night's Week 15 loss to Dallas.

      Advice: McCoy got only 17 touches with the Eagles playing from behind most of the game. He had two touchdowns vultured by Chris Polk, and lost a third score to Darren Sproles at the one-yard line. McCoy has managed just 114 yards on 33 carries over the last two weeks. He'll be a lower-end RB1 for Week 16 against Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:29 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      13.81 (25th)
    • Greg Jennings goes 3-43-1 vs. Lions
      Greg Jennings secured 3-of-5 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

      Advice: Jennings' second-quarter TD catch from eight yards out gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead. He continued to run possession routes and operate as a chain mover for Teddy Bridgewater. Jennings is still a useful real-life NFL receiver, but his fantasy value is adversely affected by a rookie quarterback and his lack of big-play ability. Charles Johnson has clearly asserted himself as Minnesota's top wideout. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:31 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      6.07 (173rd)
    • Philip Rivers throws two picks in loss
      Philip Rivers completed 24-of-41 passes for 232 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Broncos.

      Advice: Although Rivers somehow didn't get sacked, he was under heavy pressure all day and things got even worse when Keenan Allen went down with an ankle injury. It's yet another reminder of how good this Broncos defense can be with Aqib Talib and Chris Harris at corner. Rivers' season has gone in the tank since a red hot first month and a half. He's on the fantasy QB1 fringe. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:25 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.46 (55th)
    • Joique totals 103 yards in Week 15 win
      Joique Bell rushed 15 times for 62 yards and caught four balls for 41 yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Vikings.

      Advice: Joique (pronounced "Joyk") was an all-purpose machine in this one, racking up big gains in the passing game and a number of chain-moving rushes, particularly in the fourth quarter. He has clearly asserted himself as the Lions' feature back with Reggie Bush continuing to struggle with health and Theo Riddick just a reserve/role player. Expect Bell to stay hot in a Week 16 date with the Bears' leaky defense. He shredded Chicago on Thanksgiving. Joique will be an RB2 in fantasy title week. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:15 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      12.40 (48th)
    • Frank Gore done for Week 15 with concussion
      Frank Gore was forced from the 49ers' Week 16 game against the Seahawks with a concussion.

      Advice: Gore went down throwing a vicious block late in the first half. He attempted to stagger off the field under his own power, but collapsed in a heap before making it to the sideline. Concerned players from both teams huddled around him before he was helped off the field. Gore was running reasonably well before going down, taking the rock 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown. His score was a pinballing number from 10 yards out. Carlos Hyde will carry the mail in the second half. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:03 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.68 (64th)
    • Marcedes Lewis goes 2-22 in Week 15 loss
      Marcedes Lewis caught two passes for 22 yards in the Jaguars' Week 15 loss to the Ravens.

      Advice: He was targeted three times, but dropped his other pass on 2nd-and-8 to kill the Jaguars' opening possession. Lewis is best used as a blocker and not as a pass catcher at this stage of his career. He's a TE3. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:32 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      3.12 (223rd)
    • DeAndre Hopkins a target monster in loss
      DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 77 yards in Sunday's Week 15 loss at Indy.

      Advice: Hopkins saw a season-high 13 targets, a predictable number once Andre Johnson (concussion) was ruled out. No other Texan had more than four targets. The problem was that Hopkins saw Vontae Davis' side too often and Tom Savage was overwhelmed in a relief role. A Week 16 matchup against the Ravens is tasty on paper, but Johnson's likely return and Savage's woes make Hopkins a risky WR3 play despite Sunday's volume. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:16 pm
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      10.18 (73rd)
    • Brandon LaFell goes 6-66 against Dolphins
      Brandon LaFell caught 6-of-8 targets for 66 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 rout of the Dolphins.

      Advice: LaFell now has just two scores over his past five games, but has averaged 5.4/61 in the process. Still drawing 8-10 weekly targets, LaFell will be locked in as a WR2 against the Jets' undermanned secondary in Week 16. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:09 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • Stevie Johnson leads Niners' inactives
      49ers declared WR Stevie Johnson, QB Josh Johnson, OT Anthony Davis, CB Tramaine Brock, C Marcus Martin, S Ray Ventrone and RCB Chris Culliver inactive for Week 15 against the Seahawks.

      Advice: Johnson is week to week. He'll be replaced in three-wide sets by Brandon Lloyd, though it's unlikely to matter much against the Legion of Boom in Seattle. Dontae Johnson is starting in place of Culliver. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:05 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      3.30 (2526th)
    • Ryan Mathews (ankle) won't play vs. Broncos
      Ryan Mathews (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's Week 15 game against the Broncos.

      Advice: Matthews didn't practice all week and will be questionable for Week 16 as well. Branden Oliver will start, with Donald Brown mixing in as a change-of-pace option. Ronnie Brown could see some third-down work. The rest of the Chargers inactives: Ladarius Green, Mike Scifres, Dontrelle Inman, Damion Square, Ryan Carrethers and Cordarro Law. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:41 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • DeAngelo Williams is inactive for Week 15
      DeAngelo Williams is inactive for Week 15 against the Bucs.

      Advice: Jonathan Stewart will draw a full workload against the Bucs. The rest of the Panthers inactives: QB Cam Newton, G Amini Silatolu, CB James Dockery, S Robert Lester, OT David Foucault and DT Micanor Regis. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:52 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
    • Julio Jones officially inactive vs. Steelers
      Julio Jones (hip) is inactive for Week 15 against the Steelers.

      Advice: News progressively got worse on Jones in the lead-up to the release of the Falcons' inactives. Jones was scheduled to warm up on the field before the game, but never made it out there. He remained on the training table, and it's been reported that Julio is dealing with a labrum issue in his hip. Harry Douglas will get the start opposite Roddy White. Both are on the WR2 radar in a potential shootout. Also inactive for the Falcons are SS William Moore, QB Sean Renfree, CB Robert Alford, LB Tyler Starr, OT Jonathan Scott, and LB James Anderson. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:23 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Panthers optimistic on Cam Newton for Week 16
      According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are optimistic Cam Newton (back) can return for Week 16.

      Advice: Derek Anderson will start in a plus spot at home against the Bucs Sunday. But Newton's injury, similar to the one Tony Romo sustained early this season, isn't overly serious. He's "day to day." Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:51 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      15.94 (33rd)
    • Report: LaFell, Vereen, Edelman will all play
      ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Brandon LaFell (shoulder) will play Week 15 against the Dolphins.

      Advice: As will Shane Vereen (ankle) and Julian Edelman (thigh) after all three were listed as questionable. Fire LaFell up as a solid WR2. He's our No. 22 receiver this week. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:22 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • Report: Julio Jones (hip) won't play vs. PIT
      A source tells ESPN's Vaughn McClure that Julio Jones (hip) will not play in Sunday's game against the Steelers.

      Advice: Ed Werder also reported similarly on Sunday NFL Countdown. Jones, unable to practice all week after suffering what's thought to be a hip pointer during his Monday night demolition of the Packers, will be replaced in the starting lineup by Harry Douglas. He'll be a target monster and fine plug-n-play in a game with an over/under of 55 points. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:12 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Julio Jones' (hip) status still undetermined
      NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports Julio Jones (hip) remains a "legitimate game-time decision."

      Advice: Jones was able to run on Saturday after not practicing all week, but the team still wants to put him through a pre-game workout before making a decision on his status. Inactives are due in about an hour and 40 minutes for the Steelers and Falcons' 1 PM ET kickoff. Even if Jones plays, he may end up a mere decoy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:47 am
       
      Questionable
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      14.57 (19th)
    • Ryan Mathews 'highly doubtful' for Week 15
      NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ryan Mathews (ankle) is "highly doubtful" to play Week 15 against the Broncos.

      Advice: Not a surprise. Mathews didn't practice at all this week after hurting his ankle last week. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will handle running-back duties for the Bolts. Neither is more than a desperation RB3/FLEX option. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:08 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • Stevie Johnson (knee) ruled out for Week 15
      Stevie Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 15.

      Advice: Johnson should be considered week to week. Brandon Lloyd will play in all three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:44 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      3.30 (2526th)
    • Questionable status for Brandon LaFell
      Brandon LaFell (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

      Advice: LaFell practiced on a limited basis throughout the week. He'll be a WR2 against the Dolphins. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:44 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • Ryan Mathews may play without practicing
      On Friday, coach Mike McCoy left the door open for Ryan Mathews (questionable, ankle) to play in Week 15 against the Broncos despite not practicing all week.

      Advice: Even if he goes, Mathews would figure to be at significantly less than 100 percent. We would bet against Mathews playing, but it's still ostensibly within the realm of possibility. Donald Brown is next up on the depth chart. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:40 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • DeAngelo Williams unlikely to play Sunday
      DeAngelo Williams (questionable, hand) might be able to play in an "emergency situation" on Sunday against the Bucs.

      Advice: In other words, he won't play unless the Panthers face an emergency. Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Friday Jonathan Stewart will get the start, and he should be a borderline every-down back in a game that should either be close or in Carolina's favor enough that OC Mike Shula is able to ride his running game with volume. Stewart is a quality RB2/flex play against Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:03 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
    • Ryan Mathews misses his 3rd straight practice
      Ryan Mathews (questionable, ankle) missed practice for the third straight day on Friday.

      Advice: It's going to be the Donald Brown-Branden Oliver show Sunday against Denver, perhaps with some Ronnie Brown mixed in. Mathews seems highly unlikely to play after severely spraining his ankle in last week's loss to the Patriots. Brown recently passed Oliver on the depth chart and would be the favorite for work. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:43 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • Stevie Johnson (knee) sidelined Thursday
      Stevie Johnson (knee) remained sidelined Thursday.

      Advice: The role player appears likely to miss Week 15. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:20 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      3.30 (2526th)
    • Brandon LaFell 'limited' on Thursday
      Brandon LaFell (shoulder) remained limited on Thursday.

      Advice: LaFell has settled into the typical Patriots habit of perpetual "limited" practices. He'll be a WR2 for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:18 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • D-Will (hand) expected to miss another game
      Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects DeAngelo Williams (hand) to miss Week 15.

      Advice: "Probably" was Rivera's answer when asked if D-Will was another week away despite his Thursday return to practice. "Probably" from a coach equals "absolutely" in regular English. It's music to the ears of Jonathan Stewart owners, as he can be safely fired up as an RB2 against the Bucs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:39 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
    • Ryan Mathews (ankle) sitting again Thursday
      Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined Thursday.

      Advice: Mathews' Week 15 status is murky. Considering his injury history, he should be considered less than 50-50 to suit up against the Broncos' elite run defense. That would leave Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to form a committee. Oliver would be a FLEX option. Mathews' status will be updated on Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:22 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • Ryan Mathews not expected back in SD in 2015?
      The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee doesn't believe the Chargers will re-sign impending free agent Ryan Mathews.

      Advice: Acee believes Mathews' time left in San Diego should be "measured in weeks." The former 12th overall pick just can't stay healthy, as he's battled ankle, shoulder, and knee injuries this season. He's played in just six games in 2014 and has just one 16-game season under his belt through five years. Mathews turned 27 in October. He'll likely be looking at $3-4 million annual-average offers. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:13 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1956th)
    • DeAngelo Williams back at Panthers practice
      DeAngelo Williams (hand) returned to Panthers practice Thursday.

      Advice: It puts Williams on track to return for Week 15 against the Bucs, which deflates Jonathan Stewart's balloon. Williams has shown nothing to warrant the amount of playing time he gets, but the Panthers love splitting the work between Williams and Stewart. We'd love to see Stewart get another 20-plus carries. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:08 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
    • Stevie Johnson (knee) misses practice
      Stevie Johnson (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

      Advice: Johnson was held without a catch last week and played just 34 snaps. He could be in danger of missing Week 15. Johnson won't be a fantasy option if active. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:36 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      3.30 (2526th)
    • Brandon LaFell (shoulder) limited Wednesday
      Brandon LaFell (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: LaFell's shoulder injury won't keep him out of Sunday's game. He's a low-end WR3 against Miami's top-three pass defense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:01 pm
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      9.74 (81st)
    • DeAngelo Williams still sidelined
      DeAngelo Williams (hand) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

      Advice: The Panthers continue to call Williams day-to-day. Jonathan Stewart owners selfishly hope Williams misses Week 15 against the Bucs, allowing Stewart to handle feature-back duties. Williams' status will be updated again Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:22 am
       
      Week 16 Projected Points & Rank
      4.14 (1918th)
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