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Jets to start QB Bryce Petty final four games

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:30am - [Full Article]

Jets coach Todd Bowles has, at long last, made the decision to sit quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for good, and get an evaluation of second-year pro Bryce Petty as the starter.

Petty will start the final four games for the 3-9 Jets, beginning with Sunday's trip to San Francisco.

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzpatrick was benched once already, after the Jets started 1-5. He was benched again at halftime of Monday night's 41-10 loss to the Colts. Fitzpatrick threw an interception and had a 30.2 quarterback rating in the first half. Petty has some talent to work with at WR and RB but it remains to be seen how much of a spark he can provide so he'll be a risky fantasy option.

Skins want RB Rob Kelley more involved

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 8:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins want Rob Kelley to be a bigger factor down the stretch, certainly more than he’s been in the last two games.

Kelley is coming off a 14-carry, 63-yard game in Sunday’s loss to Arizona. That’s not the ideal number of carries for coach Jay Gruden’s liking. It didn’t stem from needing to throw to catch up; rather, the Redskins attempted passes on nine of their first 10 plays in the 31-23 loss.

“There’s no doubt about it, we would like to get more of him involved,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “We had a couple times [Sunday] where we actually had runs called and we got out of them because their safety was down and they were unblockable as far as the run was concerned. We ideally would like to get that running game going a little bit more -- more touches for Robert, because he’s been very good. We have got to make sure that we get him more involved, maintain the time of possession and stay more balanced.”

Fantasy Impact:

In Kelley’s first three starts, he rushed for 87, 97 and 137 yards. In his last two, it’s been 37 and 63 yards.
In order to keep the offense balanced, the Redskins would like to hand the ball to Rob Kelley more and let him run, the story said. They may be able to do just that this week against the Eagles. Last time the teams met, the Skins rushed for 230 yards led by Matt Jones.

Falcons Beat: Team should consider sitting WR Julio Jones (turf toe)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 8:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has stated all season how star receiver Julio Jones is a warrior through injuries, but Quinn might want to intervene to make sure his warrior is ready for the stretch run.

Quinn revealed Monday how Jones is dealing with turf toe, which is a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the big toe. It affects the ability to plant and cut, which is a big part of Jones' explosive game.

It can be a serious issue if not treated with extreme caution, meaning the Falcons might want to consider at least sitting Jones this Sunday against the Rams, if not longer. Quinn said he's not worried about this being a serious case of turf toe for Jones, but the big picture of having Jones at his best for a playoff run has to be at the forefront of the Falcons' thoughts.

Fantasy Impact:

This certainly isn't what Jones' fantasy owners want to hear during playoff time. The story went on to say medical experts will tell you the mildest case of turf toe involves one to four weeks of recovery. A moderate case can be two to six weeks of recovery. And a severe case can be four weeks to an indefinite period. The last time Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan missed a game was in 2009 as a result of turf toe. In fact, Ryan missed two contests and three-plus quarters of another game as a result of the injury, the story said. This is worth monitoring as we get closer to Week 14.

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:14pm

Jets Inactives
Dakota Dozier T
Christian Hackenberg QB
Jalin Marshall WR
Lorenzo Mauldin OLB
Steve McLendon DT
Calvin Pryor SS
Devin Smith WR

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:12pm

Colts Inactives
Austin Blythe OG
Le'Raven Clark OT
Lavar Edwards DE
Clayton Geathers FS
Deon King LB
Robert Mathis OLB
Patrick Robinson CB

Browns WR Rashard Higgins sees snaps increase

Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:46pm - [Full Article]

As the Browns enter their final, four-game stretch of the season, Rashard Higgins has six receptions for 77 yards. A big chunk of that total came last week against the Giants in a game that gave Higgins the biggest opportunity yet.

Splitting time with Andrew Hawkins in the No. 3 receiver role in Cleveland’s offense, Higgins played 20 snaps and finished with two catches for 34 yards. It’s impossible to predict what exactly is in store for Higgins over the next four games, but it’s clear he’s positioned himself for more playing time.

Fantasy Impact:

The fifth-round pick out of Colorado State had big expectations for his rookie season in Cleveland. The opportunities, though, just haven’t been plentiful enough to hit the kind of benchmarks he had as one of college football’s most productive wide receivers in 2014 and 2015, the story said.

Bills WR Percy Harvin on reserve/NFI list, season over

Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills placed wide receiver Percy Harvin on the reserve/non-football illness list Monday, ending his season.

Harvin, who came out of retirement to re-sign with the Bills last month, had not practiced since Nov. 23 because of migraine headaches. He missed the Bills' past two games because of the condition.

Fantasy Impact:

In the two games he played after returning to the Bills on Nov. 1, Harvin caught two passes for six yards. He also took one carry for 11 yards. Harvin, 28, retired in April after missing the final 11 games of last season because of hip and knee injuries.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has groin strain

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:30pm - [Full Article]

Falcons HC Dan Quinn updated WR Mohamed Sanu's injury from Sunday, "For Sanu, it was a groin strain."

Fantasy Impact:

No other information was given in the article so owners will likely have to wait it out until Wednesday to have a better idea of Sanu's Week 14 status.

Falcons WR Julio Jones has turf toe injury

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:28pm - [Full Article]

Following Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, head coach Dan Quinn provided an injury update on Julio Jones.

Jones suffered a turf toe injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Falcons HC Dan Quinn is optimistic that it’s not a long-term injury, but said the team will know more on Wednesday. Turf toe injuries can linger so this is something to keep an eye on.

Broncos sign RB Justin Forsett; RB Kapri Bibbs to IR

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:25pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Justin Forsett had his best NFL season in Baltimore in 2014, when Gary Kubiak was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator. Now Forsett and Kubiak are getting together again.

Forsett has been awarded to the Broncos on waivers, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Forsett was waived by the Lions last week.

The 31-year-old Forsett doesn’t look like he has a lot left: He averaged 3.2 yards a carry in three games with the Ravens this year, then went to Detroit, where he averaged 2.9 yards a carry in two games.

An ESPN report said the Broncos made room for Forsett by putting Kapri Bibbs on IR because of an ankle injury.

Related players: Devontae Booker, Juwan Thompson

Fantasy Impact:

In 2014, playing in Kubiak’s offense, Forsett carried 235 times for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns, all career highs.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian out of walking boot

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:22pm - [Full Article]

Following Sunday's win over Jacksonville at EverBank Field, Head Coach Gary Kubiak received some good news about Trevor Siemian's health.

Though Kubiak was hopeful the previous week that Siemian would be healthy enough to practice before Sunday's game, he saw a promising sign in Siemian's mobility over the weekend.

"I think we were hoping he'd get out there this past week but [he] couldn't, so I think the fact he's out of the boot all weekend walking around in Jacksonville, moving around [was good]," Kubiak said. "It looks like he's moving around good down there today in the meeting."

Related players: Paxton Lynch

Fantasy Impact:

Kubiak didn't go into any other details about Siemian, especially if he'll be available this week. Denver is at Tennessee for an early game in Week 14.

Saints TE Josh Hill has broken fibula

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:16pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill suffered a broken right fibula in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, according to a source familiar with the injury.

Hill also has a level of sprain to the right ankle, according to the source.

Related players: Coby Fleener, John Phillips

Bucs WR Cecil Shorts suffers massive knee injury

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:11pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Veteran wideout Cecil Shorts blew out his knee in yesterday’s win over the Chargers. According to Britt McHenry of ESPN, Shorts suffered a torn ACL, MCL, PCL and dislocated his kneecap.

That effectively leaves skin as all that was holding his lower leg to his upper leg, and would obviously mean Shorts is out for the rest of the season.

Browns TE Seth DeValve making progress at position

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:10pm - [Full Article]

Seth DeValve learns something new every day.

The Browns’ rookie tight end last week described this season as one of constant growth and development.

“Progress,” he said. “There’s a process to everything that we do.”

With a month left in the season, it’s an approach that’s starting to turn into production as the former Princeton standout continues to see his role increase. Perhaps his most meaningful game came when he caught three passes for 39 yards against the Giants two weeks ago and played 20-of-58 offensive snaps in lieu of an injured Gary Barnidge. Before that, he netted his first touchdown — a 25-yard catch — against a tough Ravens defense in Baltimore last month.

Fantasy Impact:

DeValve had to learn the ins and outs of playing tight end. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound player was mostly used as a slot receiver or wing back at Princeton. But his athleticism and knack for the ball intrigued the Browns, who viewed him as a potential mismatch for opposing defenses. His blocking is also coming along, according to the story. At the very least, he's a name to keep an eye on for next fantasy season.

Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham has oblique contusion

Monday, December 5, 2016, 2:20pm

NJ - [Full Article]

Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham suffered an oblique contusion in Sunday's 32-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and Pederson says that he likely will not practice but expects the 23-year-old to play Sunday afternoon against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field.

Prior to suffering the injury, Green-Beckham caught four passes for 29 yards against the Bengals on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact:

DGB was coming on a bit as of late, although it was mostly garbage time production. Looks like he should be good to go in what is a must-win for the Eagles this week.

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