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Rivera: Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams would only be used 'in an emergency'

Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:54pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said RB DeAngelo Williams would likely only be used in an emergency situation.

Fantasy Impact:

This means that owners can dial up Jonathan Stewart with confidence for the third straight week. He has averaged 21.5 touches in the last two weeks with Williams sidelined, and the matchup against the Browns is favorable (#25 in RB aFPA).

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Falcons Beat: WR Julio Jones (hip) expected to play

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure: I anticipate Julio Jones will be ready for the Saints, based on everything I'm hearing... If Jones indeed plays Sunday, I will be curious to see if his speed and ability to get down the field is hampered at all by the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

This isn't a ringing endorsement of Jones's availability for Sunday, but it is encouraging. We'd like to see Jones return to practice on Friday before penciling him into our lineups.

Cowboys Beat: DeMarco Murray should play, 'closer split' with Joseph Randle

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:16am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer: I believe DeMarco Murray plays Sunday even with his broken hand. It's just a gut feeling. Do I expect 20-25 carries from Murray? No. I think you'll see a closer split between him and Joseph Randle this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray is averaging 28.9 touches per game this season. We currently project him for 19.1 touches (including 16.3 carries) with Randle getting 9.4 carries in a larger-than-usual backup role. Given his production this season and a favorable matchup, Murray owners pretty much have to start him if he's active and expected to see a decent amount of touches.

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 ESPN.com. "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.

Kendall Wright active for Thursday Night Football

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:11pm

Titans Inactives
Zaviar Gooden ILB
Terren Jones T
Taylor Lewan T
Mike Martin DE
Zach Mettenberger QB
Dontay Moch LB

Fantasy Impact:

Charlie Whitehurst will get the start in what is shaping up to be one of the worst Thursday Night Football games of all time. Kendall Wright is active after missing a couple of games with a hand injury, and apparently won’t be wearing a splint or a cast on his hand. He’s not a great start, but he’s been pretty solid when active and with Justin Hunter out, he should get plenty of targets. We prefer Nate Washington, who had a strong Week 15. The matchup against Jacksonville (#4 in WR aFPA) is not favorable.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:04pm

Jaguars Inactives
Andre Branch DE
Matt Daniels DB
Jeremy Harris CB
Roy Miller DT
Tyler Shatley G
Tommy Streeter WR
Teddy Williams DB

Fantasy Impact:

Blake Bortles is active and starting as expected.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (right thumb) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 16. Mark Sanchez hasn’t played well the last two weeks, but he has a great matchup with Washington, who is #30 in QB aFPA.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took limited practice reps Thursday. Manning will face Cincinnati, but he hasn’t played well (fantasy-wise) in recent weeks. He’s still pretty much a must-start, but it’s conceivable that an owner would bench him for Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan, given the matchups.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Newton is on track to return against the Browns, who are #3 in QB aFPA. He is currently our #14 QB for Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) did not practice Wednesday. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Roethlisberger is a top 10 start against Kansas City.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Romo will be fine for a so-so matchup against Indianapolis.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Texans QB Tom Savage (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Savage is out for Week 16. Case Keenum is expected to start.