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  • Cam picked on Funchess' lone target in loss
    Devin Funchess failed to catch his lone target in the Panthers' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: Funchess was the target in the end zone on Cam Newton's horrible interception at the end of the first half. It was a terribly-thrown jump fade. Funchess has sagged to No. 4 on the depth chart and isn't a fantasy option. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Tre'Quan Smith goes 2-15 in Week 15 win
    Tre'Quan Smith caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: It was Smith's first catch since Week 11. He missed Week 12 with an injury and went catch-less in back-to-back road games the last two weeks. Smith will be an upside WR4 to consider next week at home against the Steelers. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Ben Watson has 28-yard catch in Week 15 win
    Ben Watson caught 1-of-2 targets for 28 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Watson's grab was really nice, diving and stretching out to make it over the shoulder. That was his lone highlight. Watson has been off the fantasy map. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Ian Thomas comes back to Earth with 2-14
    Ian Thomas caught 2-of-4 targets for 14 yards in the Panthers' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: Thomas went off for 9-77 last week against the Browns but came back to Earth in this one with Cam Newton throwing for just 131 scoreless yards and a pick. Thomas also got to watch backup TE Chris Manhertz be the beneficiary of a 50-yard touchdown pass from Christian McCaffrey on a trick play in the first half. Thomas will be on the streamer borderline Week 16 against the Falcons. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Kirkwood has 2-40 in win over Panthers
    Keith Kirkwood caught both of his targets for 40 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Drew Brees threw for just 203 scoreless yards and a pick in this one, and Kirkwood was actually the second-leading receiver behind Michael Thomas at 7-49. Kirkwood will be on the WR4 map next week at home vs. Pittsburgh. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Curtis Samuel totals 25 yards on 3 touches
    Curtis Samuel caught 1-of-4 targets for 17 yards and rushed twice for eight yards in the Panthers' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: Christian McCaffrey led the Panthers in receiving with an 8-67 line and also threw a 50-yard touchdown to backup TE Chris Manhertz on a trick play. Outside of them, Jarius Wright was the Panthers' leading receiver with 21 yards on three grabs. Samuel had been one of the Panthers' best players the previous four weeks and has a nice spot next week at home versus Atlanta. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Ingram totals 74 scoreless yards in MNF win
    Mark Ingram rushed 12 times for 63 yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: When Ingram scores, he's fine for fantasy lineups as an RB2, but when he doesn't find the end zone, he's a drag since he offers close to nothing in the pass game. The latter was tonight. Alvin Kamara out-touched Ingram 21-14, totaling 103 yards and scoring the Saints' lone touchdown. Ingram should be able to pop back up for a useful line next week at home against the Steelers. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • D.J. Moore has game to forget in MNF defeat
    D.J. Moore caught 2-of-3 targets for 12 yards and rushed once for 22 yards in the Panthers' Week 15 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: The run was his longest play, but Moore lost a fumble at the end of it, making it a night to forget for everyone in Carolina's offense not named Christian McCaffrey. Moore had seen at least eight targets in four straight games entering this one. He had a good matchup for Week 16 against the Falcons, but Cam Newton isn't anywhere near 100 percent with his ragged right shoulder. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Brees has 203 scoreless yards, INT in victory
    Drew Brees completed 23-of-35 passes for 203 scoreless yards and an interception in the Saints' 12-9, Week 15 win over the Panthers on Monday night.

    Advice: Brees has been a total bust for fantasy owners the last three weeks, averaging just 177 yards passing in that span with a 2:3 TD:INT mark in three consecutive road games at Dallas, Tampa, and Carolina. New Orleans has still won two of those despite Brees' lack of production. Brees should bounce back in a big way next week at the Superdome against the high-flying Steelers. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Cam TD-less again with just 131 yards and INT
    Cam Newton completed 16-of-29 passes for 131 scoreless yards and an interception in the Panthers' 12-9, Week 15 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: He did nothing as a runner with just 15 yards on five attempts. Newton has looked far from healthy for weeks, and his play has gone in the gutter with the Panthers dropping six straight games. He has just two touchdowns and six picks over the last three weeks and hasn't thrown a touchdown in two straight games. Newton's throws are wobbling out, and he can't challenge downfield at all with his bum throwing shoulder. It wouldn't be a surprise if he gets at least one of the final two games off. Carolina gets the Falcons at home in Week 16. The way he's playing right now, Cam is impossible to trust even in that great on-paper matchup. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Thomas has 7-49, has multiple catches negated
    Michael Thomas caught 7-of-9 targets for 49 yards in the Saints' 12-9, Week 15 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Thomas went into halftime with one catch for five yards. His stat line could have been much better, but he had three catches called that would have totaled over 45 yards and also drew a defensive pass interference penalty. It'll be a tough pill to swallow for fantasy managers who needed those points. Thomas should have better numbers Week 16 at home against the Steelers. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • McCaffrey totals 120 yards, throws 50-yard TD
    Christian McCaffrey rushed 15 times for 53 yards and caught 8-of-11 targets for 67 yards in the Panthers' 12-9, Week 15 loss to the Saints, adding a 50-yard touchdown pass.

    Advice: McCaffrey was the entire offense for Carolina, accounting for its only touchdown on a 4th-and-2 trick play throw to FB/TE Chris Manhertz, who was wide open down the seam. Cam Newton mustered just 131 scoreless yards with a pick as a passer. His shoulder is shot. McCaffrey is all this team has on the offensive side of the ball. McCaffrey gets a home date with Atlanta next week. The Falcons are annually the worst team at defending dual-threat running backs. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Kamara totals 103 yds, scores Saints' lone TD
    Alvin Kamara rushed 14 times for 67 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 12-9, Week 15 win over the Panthers on Monday night, adding seven catches for 36 yards on nine targets.

    Advice: Kamara scored the Saints' only touchdown, running one in from 16 yards out early in the fourth quarter to put New Orleans in the lead for the first time all night, a lead they tried to give back when Tommylee Lewis fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback while up 12-9 with less than two minutes to play. Kamara out-touched Mark Ingram 21-14 in this one and really took over in the second half. New Orleans hosts the Steelers in Week 16. Kamara is an RB1. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Gurley has knee inflammation, is day to day
    Coach Sean McVay said Todd Gurley has knee inflammation and is day to day.

    Advice: Gurley had to take a series off in the third quarter of Sunday night's stunning loss to the Eagles and was seen icing his knee on the sideline before eventually returning. Malcolm Brown (shoulder) has already been lost for the season, leaving Justin Davis and John Kelly as Gurley's backups. Gurley should be okay for Week 16 against Arizona, but the Rams could give him a little more rest. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Austin Carr a healthy scratch for Week 15
    Saints declared WR Austin Carr, LT Terron Armstead, WR Simmie Cobbs, LB Manti Te'o, OT Derek Newton, DE Mitchell Loewen, and DE Trey Hendrickson inactive for Week 15 against the Panthers.

    Advice: Carr is a healthy scratch. The Saints will roll with Tre'Quan Smith, Tommylee Lewis, and Keith Kirkwood behind Michael Thomas. Armstead is out with a pec injury. Jermon Bushrod will start again in his absence. Yesterday, 3:53 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Packers claim RB Kapri Bibbs off waivers
    Packers claimed RB Kapri Bibbs off waivers from the Redskins.

    Advice: It's not a good sign for Aaron Jones (knee), who may be headed for injured reserve soon. Jamaal Williams will be Green Bay's Week 16 featured runner. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Stephen A. Saw? Hunter Henry back in practice
    Hunter Henry (ACL, PUP) returned to Chargers practice on Monday.

    Advice: Henry remains on the reserve/PUP list, but there is a possibility the Chargers could get him back for the playoffs. It would be a surprise if Henry were active for Week 17, and he certainly won't play this week. Henry's Monday return to practice opens a 21-day window to participate in drills and potentially be added to the 53-man roster. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith predicted Henry versus Derrick Johnson would be one of last Thursday night's key matchups. Neither Henry (PUP) nor Johnson (street free agent) played in that game, but perhaps Smith was just a few weeks early on the return of the Chargers' 24-year-old difference-maker tight end. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Bills RB Marcus Murphy has dislocated elbow
    Bills RB Marcus Murphy has a dislocated elbow.

    Advice: He will go on I.R. Murphy operated as Buffalo's lead back in LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory's (shoulder) Week 15 absence before going down. Keith Ford entered to parlay 15 touches into 53 yards. If McCoy and Ivory can't go in Week 16 against the Patriots, Ford could become a sleeper for 20 touches. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Gruden: Derek Carr is 'a great quarterback'
    Speaking Monday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden referred to Derek Carr as a "great quarterback."

    Advice: It's notable because the Raiders are in prime position to draft a quarterback early in the first round. But if Gruden is to be believed, they won't be going that route. "The guy is a hell of a player," Gruden said, calling Carr's ability to perform capably "astonishing" amid shoddy pass protection. "The guy is a great quarterback." Carr is completing a career-best 68.4% of his throws and averaging a career-best 7.5 yards per attempt. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
  • Ito Smith having knee surgery, done for year
    Ito Smith will undergo knee surgery this week and is done for the season.

    Advice: Because Devonta Freeman (groin, I.R.) is not yet ready to practice, Tevin Coleman should be staring at a near-full workload in Weeks 16 and 17 against the Panthers and Bucs. Due largely to Freeman's injury, Smith earned much more work than expected as a fourth-round rookie but managed 3.50 yards per carry and just 5.6 yards per catch in one of the NFL's most-disappointing running games. Smith will return to compete for No. 2 back duties in 2019. Coleman is fully expected to walk in free agency. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
    Week 16 Projected Rank
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