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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews “wasn’t considered close to playing” in Week 15, per beat writer Michael Gehlken, so we consider him doubtful for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle a bit more in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Pierce will continue to serve as the primary backup to Justin Forsett with Lorenzo Taliaferro out for the year.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Eagles RB Chris Polk (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (wrist) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking full practice reps.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee) missed practice again Thursday. If Thomas can’t play, Damien Williams would serve as the primary backup to Lamar Miller, and Miller becomes a safer start.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (hip, knee) missed practice Thursday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Vereen should be fine to face the Jets. If New England struggles to run between the tackles, they may turn to Vereen in the short passing game to move the chains.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Williams may make his return this week, but isn’t much of a fantasy option, especially with Jonathan Stewart running well. Stewart is averaging 19.0 touches in the last three games and is averaging 5.8 YPC in that span. Williams will be fitted for a cast, so don’t expect much in the passing game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Williams has seen 58 percent of the touches in the last two weeks. He’s not a good start against Seattle (#17 in RB aFPA), but the game is at home and the Seahawks have yielded an average of 94 rushing yards on the road (vs. 82 yards at home).

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Allen won’t play this week. Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu will see a bump with Allen sidelined. Ajirotutu played 62 percent of the snaps in Week 15, which was the first time all year that he cracked the 35 percent mark. Floyd and Royal seem to be the best fantasy bets, however.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (illness) missed practice again Thursday. Bowe should be fine to face Pittsburgh in Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (toe) did not practice Wednesday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Raiders WR Vincent Brown (groin) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Crabtree should be fine to play in a nice matchup against San Diego.