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Inactives: Bears vs. Lions Saturday

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 3:46pm

Lions and Bears official twitter - [Full Article]

6 Mark Sanchez
32 Deiondre’ Hall
33 Taquan Mizzell
38 Adrian Amos
63 Cameron Lee
69 Rashaad Coward
87 Adam Shaheen

12 Bradley Marquez
34 Zach Zenner
36 Dwayne Washington
64 Travis Swanson
71 Rick Wagner
77 Emmett Cleary
99 Rodney Coe

Fantasy Impact:

RB Ameer Abdullah is active for the Lions, which likely takes some volume away from Theo Riddick after he had a strong Week 14. TE Adam Shaheen for the Bears is the only other fringe fantasy relevant player. He is out.

Pederson: RB Jay Ajayi's 'touches are going up every week'

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:40pm

Jeff McClane - [Full Article]

In his first three games with the Eagles, Ajayi averaged 6.7 carries per game and played 25 percent of the time. In the last two games, he has averaged 12 carries and played 45 percent.

“His production and his touches are going up each week,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. “He’s really fit in well. Still learning the protection aspect of it and some of the routes that we do with the backs, but [I] really feel like he’s come a long way in understanding our offense.”

Related Players: LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement

Fantasy Impact:

Ajayi led the Eagles in carries last week (15), the most he's had since being traded. The Giants are a plus matchup too, as they’ve allowed 4.44 yards per carry and 244 receiving yards to opposing running backs in the last four weeks. Consider Ajayi a viable FLEX option with the normal Eagles RBBC risk.

Packers beat: RB Jamaal Williams to remain 'workhorse'

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:37pm

Rob Demovsky - [Full Article]

If it wasn’t clear then, it is now: Williams is the Packers’ workhorse running back—even with fellow rookie Aaron Jones back from his knee injury.

And with quarterback Aaron Rodgers' return from his broken collarbone set for Sunday at the Carolina Panthers, there couldn’t be a better time for the Packers to have found their man in the backfield.

Related Players: Aaron Jones

Fantasy Impact:

This makes Aaron Jones an option to drop redraft leagues, unless you want to handcuff Williams. As for Williams, he's locked in as an RB1 rest of season, who is also getting a huge QB upgrade this week with the return of Aaron Rodgers.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) upgraded to questionable

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:32pm

Chris Tomasson - [Full Article]

Vikings announce Kyle Rudolph has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Sunday's game vs. Cincinnati. He is attempting to recover from an ankle injury in time to play Sunday. He has not missed a game since 2014.

Related Players: Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen

Fantasy Impact:

Ankle injuries are tough to play effectively with, but Rudolph has been a warrior over the past few years. Our rankings have been updated to account for the possibility of Rudolph playing, but playing through the injury is a factor. If he doesn't play, expect Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to see an uptick in targets.

Falcons rule RB Tevin Coleman (concussion) OUT for MNF

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:28pm

Falcons official site - [Full Article]

According to the Falcons injury report, Tevin Coleman has been officially ruled out with a concussion for Week 15. Devonta Freeman will likely see increased reps.

Related players: Devonta Freeman

Fantasy Impact:

This is at least good news for Coleman owners to find this out now, instead of potentially having to wait until Monday when far fewer replacement options would have been available after lineup lock Sunday. As for Freeman, he's locked in as an RB1 this week with Coleman out.

Cardinals downgrade TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT Week 15

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:24pm

Darren Urban - [Full Article]

The Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Impact:

This makes Ricky Seals-Jones a sneaky TE start this week. Gresham had been playing more than 50 percent of snaps each week; meanwhile, Seals-Jones had seen 5+ targets in three of his past four games, despite playing fewer than 30 percent of snaps in each of those games. He also had three touchdowns in those four games.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) OUT Week 15

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:17pm

Katherine Terrell - [Full Article]

Joe Mixon did not pass the concussion protocol. He will not play Week 15.

Fantasy Impact:

This locks in Giovani Bernard as a high-volume play for Week 15, albeit in a difficult matchup against the Vikings. He's one of John Paulsen's sneaky starts for Week 15 with Mixon officially out.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Rams QB Brandon Allen (back, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 15.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (right wrist) took full practice reps all week. Bortles has scored two touchdowns in each of his last three games—4 pass, 2 rush—and he has a fantastic matchup with the Texans, who are No. 30 in QB aFPA. Bortles’ willingness to run the ball (145 rushing yards in his last six games) has raised his floor.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (achilles) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. No worries here. Brady will be out there against the Steelers. In his last three games against Pittsburgh, Brady has completed 76-of-100 passes for 894 yards (8.94 YPA) with 9 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Ravens QB Ryan Mallett (hips, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) took full practice reps all week. It looks like Mariota is a go for Week 15. He has a good matchup but has been a big disappointment this year.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Dolphins QB Matt Moore (foot, doubtful) took limited practice reps again Friday and is doubtful for Week 15.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Newton is a great start against a very forgiving Packer secondary.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Bills QB Nathan Peterman (concussion, out) took full practice reps again Friday and is out for Week 15.

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