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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) expected to play Week 16

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 12:27pm

Los Angeles Times - [Full Article]

Now in his fourth NFL season, Melvin Gordon is expected to return from a sprained knee Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens in the Chargers’ next-to-last game before the playoffs.

“It’s going to be tough,” Gordon said. “But we’re going to go out there and knock off some rust and get myself ready for the playoffs.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon sat out the last three games after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee Nov. 25. Gordon was close to returning last Thursday against the Chiefs but was unable to convince coach Anthony Lynn of his readiness during a pregame workout. Lynn had told Gordon the previous night that he was leaning toward not playing him.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers battling through injuries, status in question

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 12:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers wants to play and expects to play. Joe Philbin wants to play him and expects to play him.

Unless, of course, there's a reason for the Green Bay Packers quarterback not to play.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers said after Sunday's loss that he injured his groin on the final play of the first half, and although he didn't miss a snap, he spent most of the second half trying to stretch it out because, he said, "it bothered me a little bit." That, combined with the left knee injury that Rodgers battled all season, could be enough for the Packers to keep him out of Sunday's penultimate game of 2018 at the Jets, the story said. Philbin said players are paid to play, and Philbin hasn't talked to Rodgers about sitting. But that message could come from higher up as Rodgers is 35 with a $134 million contract.

Rams RB Todd Gurley has knee inflammation

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 8:36am - [Full Article]

And on Monday, head coach Sean McVay said Todd Gurley’s knee issue is only inflammation and the Rams are expecting him to be OK. McVay added Gurley will be day-to-day this week.

Related players: John Kelly, Justin Davis

Fantasy Impact:

During Sunday night’s game, Gurley was announced as questionable to return with a knee injury. He was able to continue playing and finished with a pair of touchdowns. The Rams play the Cardinals this week so the big question is does Gurley play in a game the Rams are likely to be heavy favorites. Owners definitely want to monitor him this week.

Monday, December 17, 2018, 7:01pm

Saints Inactives
Austin Carr
Manti Te'o
Simmie Cobbs
Terron Armstead
Derek Newton
Trey Hendrickson
Mitchell Loewen

Monday, December 17, 2018, 7:00pm

Panthers Inactives
K Graham Gano
CB Lorenzo Doss
WR Mose Frazier
DE Marquis Haynes
RB Travaris Cadet
LB Andre Smith
DE Efe Obada

Packers claim RB Kapri Bibbs with Aaron Jones' status in doubt

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:57pm

WBAY - [Full Article]

The Green Bay Packers claimed RB Kapri Bibbs off waivers from the Washington Redskins, the team announced Monday.

The move could be linked to the availability of starting running back Aaron Jones. Jones took himself out of the game in Sunday’s Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears due to a knee injury suffered in the first quarter and then did not return.

Jones said following the game, he think he has a sprained MCL which is the same injury he suffered against the Bears at Soldier Field last year.

Related players: Jamaal Williams

Fantasy Impact:

Williams got all the carries following the injury to Jones, and looks to be in store for a big workload assuming Jones is unable to go for Weeks 16 and 17.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins' ankle injury not expected to be serious

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:51pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

DeAndre Hopkins was carried off the field by quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Alfred Blue, but he went back in the game and it isn't regarded as a long-term injury.

"I rolled my ankle on a slant at the beginning of that drive, so it was hard to run out there," Hopkins said. "The guys knew it. I stayed down for a minute, and they came over and took me off."

Fantasy Impact:

The injury looked a bit serious after the TD catch, but it sounds like Hopkins will be OK. Still, it's something for owners to keep an eye on as we head toward the fantasy finals.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry (ACL) back at practice

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:46pm - [Full Article]

Hunter Henry was back on the field with his teammates at Hoag Performance Center on Monday, practicing for the first time since the first day of OTAs.

Fantasy Impact:

While it’s a big step in the right direction, it doesn’t necessarily mean Henry will play in a game this season. He remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list and does not count against the 53-man roster. However, there is now a 21-day window in which he’ll either be activated or miss the remainder of the 2018 campaign, the story went on to say.

Bills RB Marcus Murphy has dislocated elbow

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:43pm

Joe Buscaglia on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills HC Sean McDermott says RB Marcus Murphy has a dislocated elbow.

Related players: LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, Keith Ford

Fantasy Impact:

Ford and Murphy were getting more time with McCoy and Ivory both out in Week 15. Ford could be in store for those touches now if McCoy and Ivory remain out of action for Week 16. The Bills play New England in Week 16.

Falcons Ito Smith (knee) to be placed on IR

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:40pm

Atlanta Journal Consitution - [Full Article]

Falcons rookie running back Ito Smith, who was having a strong campaign, will have knee surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, coach Dan Quinn said Monday.

Related players: Tevin Coleman, Ricky Ortiz, Brian Hill

Fantasy Impact:

Ortiz and Hill are next up on the depth chart to back up Coleman for the rest of the season.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) to be limited at practice this week

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:37pm

Zach Goodall on Twitter - [Full Article]

Marrone says Leonard Fournette will be limited this week with a foot injury.

Related players: Carlos Hyde, T.J. Yeldon, David Williams

Fantasy Impact:

A report on Sunday after the game said the plan was to give Williams more work, but perhaps that was because of Fournette's injury. Williams carried five times while Yeldon got three carries. Fournette will need to be monitored this week before getting plugged into lineups for Week 16.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler still in protocol

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:30pm

Eric Williams on Twitter - [Full Article]

RB Austin Ekeler is still in concussion protocol, Lynn said.

Related players: Melvin Gordon, Justin Jackson

Fantasy Impact:

An earlier report today said Ekeler would be back along with Gordon and WR Keenan Allen. But with Ekeler still not out of protocol that could be in doubt. We'll know more later in the week. Gordon is expected back and should resume his normal workload. Jackson would be the RB2 if Ekeler can't go.

Texas could active RB D'Onta Foreman

Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:44pm

Deepi Sidhu on Twitter - [Full Article]

O'Brien says Texans "could" see Donta Foreman active for first time vs. Eagles.

Related players: Alfred Blue, Lamar Miller

Fantasy Impact:

Miller left Saturday's game early and did not return. While Blue could get a majority of the work anyway, Foreman could see some touches as well, especially if Miller can't go. Foreman doesn't seem like a great play even if Miller is inactive.

Giants will start Eli Manning at QB in Week 16

Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:40pm

Patricia Traina on Twitter - [Full Article]

Pat Shurmur announced Eli Manning will start Sunday vs. Indy.

Related players: Kyle Lauletta, Alex Tanney

Fantasy Impact:

Lauletta was a healthy scratch against the Titans, but had recently been promoted to the backup just a few weeks ago. Instead, it was Tanney who was Manning's backup this week. It seemed like a good bet the Giants might see what they had in Lauletta, but that doesn't appear to be the case - at least for Week 16.

Giants hope WR Odell Beckham returns for Week 16

Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:35pm

New York Giants on Twitter - [Full Article]

Coach Shurmur: We’re hopeful Odell Beckham will work his way back for this Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Beckham is going through treatment and doing everything he can to get back, according to the rest of the tweet. In reality, though, it doesn't make much sense for the Giants to rush him back, but it's perhaps at least a good sign he hasn't been moved to IR yet.