Packers Fantasy News

Julio Jones' availability will be based on pregame workout

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:22am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Last week, the Falcons waited until Sunday morning to decide whether receiver Julio Jones would play despite a hip injury. This week, it’ll be the same routine.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jones’ availability for Sunday’s showdown with the Saints will hinge on the Sunday morning pre-game workout.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones wants to play and the Falcons sure need him. In his last two games played, Jones generated 448 receiving yards, with a whopping 259 yards coming in a Monday night loss to the Packers. Between the performances with Jones and the team’s struggles without him, the fourth-year wideout from Alabama is laying the foundation for a major payday at some point during the 2015 offseason, the story said. If Jones can't go, Harry Douglas would shape up to be a very good option again.

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Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Lacy should be fine to face the Bucs. It’s a good sign that the hip injury is no longer an issue.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy has an eye issue

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00am

NFL - [Full Article]

Sight is a fairly important sense, especially when your job is finding holes and blasting through them.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has had a tad bit of trouble with that aspect of life the past few days, limiting him in the last two practices because of eye irritation due to a contact lenses problem.

Saying he's "very blind" and displaying his inability to see across the room without the contacts, Lacy told reporters Thursday that his eye started bothering him after wearing his contacts past their normal 30-day shelf life.

The bulldozing runner said he would use the contacts again this weekend and rebuffed a suggestion he go with goggles.

"I refuse," Lacy said before backtracking slightly, per "I don't want to say I refuse because I might, because I think it will be better than wearing contacts, but that's kind of old school."

Fantasy Impact:

Let this be a lesson -- don't wear 30-day contacts past their shelf life. Lacy's vision problems should be worked out by the weekend, but this is something to monitor. His vision is crucial to his ability to know when to cutback or use his patented spin move.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Lacy should be fine to face the Bucs. It’s a good sign that the hip injury is no longer an issue.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Lacy should be fine to face the Bucs. It’s a good sign that the hip injury is no longer an issue.

Lions Beat: Joique Bell is team's lead RB

Monday, December 15, 2014, 9:03am - [Full Article]

Joique Bell is the Detroit Lions starting running back.

Sure, Reggie Bush's name is still on top of the team's unofficial depth chart, but Bell plays significantly more snaps and gets significantly more touches than his veteran teammate.

Because of poor offensive execution, the Lions played 27 percent fewer snaps than average in the team's 16-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell worked two-thirds of the plays. Bush, who continues to deal with nagging injuries played just 14 snaps, while Theo Riddick received the game's first carry, but played just one more rep the rest of the way.

Fantasy Impact:

The story points out the Lions are leaning on Bell for good reason. He's been running with authority in recent weeks, averaging better than four yards per carry in five of the past six games. He's also seeing an increase in pass-game production, catching a combined nine balls for 91 yards in wins over Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Bell has a very friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Bears before closing with the Packers in Week 17.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. Lacy is now considered likely to play against the Bills. It’s a homecoming game for James Starks (born in Niagra Falls, NY), and we’re expecting Starks to see more than the usual five or so carries this week due to Lacy’s injury.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) took limited practice reps again Thursday. He reportedly didn’t do much of anything at practice. Lacy’s chances of playing have seemingly taken a turn for the worse. On Thursday, Lacy said he had “some things” that he needed to “figure out,” adding that he didn’t want to put the team at a disadvantage if he can’t play effectively. This sounds ominous. Owners should pick up James Starks (if available) as insurance in case Lacy can’t play against the Bills.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We’ll be watching Lacy’s practice participation on a short week, but the team doesn’t seem too concerned about the injury. Owners should pick up James Starks (if available) as insurance in case Lacy’s injury is more serious than advertised.

Eddie Lacy suffered a hip bruise on MNF

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 12:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

James Starks did the job at the end, helping the Packers run out the clock, but why wasn't Eddie Lacy in the game?

It turned out Lacy sustained a hip bruise late in the game that prevented him from finishing. Lacy said he thought he would be OK despite the short turnaround to Sunday's game at Buffalo, but he couldn't go at the end against the Falcons.

"I mean I tried, but no," Lacy said.

Lacy and Starks combined for 148 yards rushing (Starks had 10 carries for 75 yards, while Lacy had 13 carries for 73 yards) and each scored a rushing touchdown. Lacy also caught a touchdown pass, but it was Starks who was there at the end.

"He had a great game out there tonight," Lacy said of his backfield mate. "And we have to go out and continue to do this for the rest of the season."

Fantasy Impact:

If you're a Lacy owner and Starks is on your wire, you may want to grab him. There could be some cause for concern that Lacy couldn't make his way back in in a close game, but beat writer Ty Dunne tweeted later on Tuesday that the team doesn't seem overly concerned about the injury. The Packers play at Buffalo in Week 15, and after playing on Monday night it is a short week. We'll continue to monitor him this week.

Monday, December 8, 2014, 7:21pm

Packers Inactives
Carl Bradford OLB
Garth Gerhart C
Jeff Janis WR
Jamari Lattimore ILB
Justin Perillo TE
Scott Tolzien QB

Roddy White ACTIVE for Monday night

Monday, December 8, 2014, 7:20pm

Falcons Inactives
Robert Alford CB
James Anderson LB
Charles Godfrey FS
Stansly Maponga DE
Sean Renfree QB
Jonathan Scott T
Tyler Starr OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Roddy White (ankle) is active. The Falcons will likely fall behind in this one, but the Packers feature a good secondary playing at home, and there is also snow to deal with. Harry Douglas (foot) is also active and could see more time. White certainly comes with some risks, but if you waited on him, start him as somewhat risky WR2 option. Reports indicate he looked pretty good in warmups.

Roddy White confident he'll play Monday night

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who missed last week's game with a left ankle sprain, participated in practice Friday and expressed confidence about playing Monday night versus the Packers.

White is listed as questionable going into the game. Saturday was the first day this week he was on the field with a helmet doing some work.

"It felt pretty good out there, man," White said. "Just out there relaxing; catching some balls, working on timing and stuff like that. It was good man. I needed to get out there and go out there with Matt (Ryan) and work on timing for a little while. That's what we did."

Fantasy Impact:

Keep in mind, the Falcons were confident about White playing last week against the Cardinals, but he was inactive. His questionable status makes one wonder if it could again be a game-time decision. We always say it's tough to trust a player's opinion of his injury status.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:56am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

With four games remaining, Patriots WR Brandon LaFell has already recorded career highs with 53 receptions, 712 yards and seven touchdowns. It was a bittersweet accomplishment on the heels of the Pats’ defeat against the Green Bay Packers.

“At this point, coming off this loss, it doesn’t feel too good,” LaFell said. “Overall, it feels kind of good knowing that I’ve still got four games left and I’ve already surpassed my career highs in yards, catches, touchdowns and all things like that. I just hope I can continue to provide those numbers and be a weapon in this offense.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story pointed out that, LaFell, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract last offseason after spending his first four years with the Carolina Panthers, surely looked the part in training camp, but didn’t catch a pass on six targets in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins and Tom Brady never looked his way in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. LaFell has come a long way and has been a nice, consistent wire pickup for owners. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Chargers before an average matchup against Miami in Week 15 and then a potentially difficult one against the Jets in Week 16.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) missed practice Thursday. Douglas could play a big role against the Packers if Roddy White can’t play.