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Jets RB Matt Forte ACTIVE Saturday night

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:23pm

Jets Inactives
Mike Catapano OLB
Christian Hackenberg QB
Jalin Marshall WR
Lorenzo Mauldin OLB
Steve McLendon DT
Khiry Robinson RB
Buster Skrine CB

Related players Matt Forte, Bilal Powell

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Forte is active despite a torn meniscus. Bilal Powell should still be a solid play but this probably means the Jets won't solely rely on Powell.

Week 15 MNF Injury Report - Jordan Reed, Kelvin Benjamin qestionable

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 5:01pm

CAROLINA Panthers at WASHINGTON Redskins on Monday night
DE Charles Johnson (hamstring), T Daryl Williams (ankle)

WR Kelvin Benjamin (back), LB Luke Kuechly (concussion), LB David Mayo (concussion), QB Cam Newton (right shoulder)

S Su'a Cravens (upper arm, illness)

LB Will Compton (knee)

DE Chris Baker (ankle), S Will Blackmon (concussion, thumb), RB Mack Brown (concussion), LB Ryan Kerrigan (knee), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), C Spencer Long (concussion, stinger), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), TE Jordan Reed (shoulder, illness), LB Martrell Spaight (shoulder), C John Sullivan (illness)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Panthers, QB Cam Newton and WR Kelvin Benjamin are questionable. We reported earlier today that Newton is expected to play despite the tag. Benjamin practiced fully on Saturday which should be a good sign he'll be a go. For the Redskins, Jordan Reed is questionable. After playing last week, Reed should be OK to play on Monday night. Having Vernon Davis as a handcuff would be an ideal situation for fantasy owners, just in case.

Vikes RB Adrian Peterson officially activated

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:41pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson is back on the active roster, making him immediately available to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings announced Peterson’s status upgrade Saturday. Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived to make room for Peterson.

Related players: Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson was aiming for a return Dec. 24 against the Green Bay Packers, but after three practices this week, he declared he was “ready to roll.” The story said he plans to wear a knee brace, but it isn’t clear how much Peterson will play. We don't think Peterson is likely to jump into a full workload, but it's hard to imagine the team not using him in the red zone which makes him an upgrade over any of their other options at RB.

Giants RB Shane Vereen expected to play

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:29pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New York Giants running back Shane Vereen was cleared from the concussion protocol and is expected to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

Vereen suffered a concussion in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It was his first game back since tearing his triceps in a Week 3 win over the Washington Redskins.

The versatile and running back was a limited participant in practice all week. He only took part in the non-contact portions of the workouts.

Related players: Rashad Jennings, Paul Perkins, Bobby Rainey

Fantasy Impact:

Vereen will have to battle Jennings and Perkins for carries but should resume his role as the team's third down back ahead of Rainey. Vereen is much safer in deeper PPR leagues.

Panthers QB Cam Newton to start Monday night

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will start Monday night at Washington despite being listed as questionable on Saturday’s final injury report.

The reigning NFL MVP was limited in practice on Wednesday through Friday with soreness in his shoulder but practiced in full Saturday.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown fine with role in offense

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 9:52am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

If Antonio Brown is upset LeVeon Bell has become the star of the Steelers offense in the past month he’s not saying it publicly.

That downturn in Brown’s statistics means he won’t threaten two NFL records he came close to breaking a year ago. It also means he likley will have his worst statistical season since 2012.

There was a time when Brown might have lashed out about the circumstances around his production, but it hasn’t happened yet this season.

“I’m extremely grateful,” Brown said Friday. “We’ve been winning and doing some positive things. Whatever it takes to win, whether it’s running or passing, whatever gets the job done this time of the year is what we have to do."

Fantasy Impact:

Brown hasn’t had a 100-yard receiving game in the Steelers’ four-game winning streak while Bell is riding a four-game streak of 100-yard rushing games. Through 13 games, Brown has 93 receptions for 1,130 yards, a pace for 114 receptions and 1,391 receiving yards. That’s a great season for almost any NFL receiver, but not for Brown, who last season had 136 receptions for 1,834 yards.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (right shoulder) took full practice reps all week. Bortles will be out there, but he’s not a good option against a pretty stingy Houston defense.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Vikings QB Sam Bradford (right shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Bradford should be able to play through the injury.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Saints QB Drew Brees (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. Brees will be out there against the Cardinals, but his home/away splits are not pretty over the last two seasons, and this is a tough matchup.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger/right hand) took full practice reps all week. Carr should fare better in warm weather San Diego. His TD:INT splits are better on the road (2.0:0.29) than they are at home (1.87:0.93) over the last two seasons. The only concern here is that both of his receivers are questionable for Sunday.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (neck) took full practice reps again Friday. He was removed from the injury report so he’s good to go.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Colts QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder, right elbow) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. No worries here. Luck will be out there for a tough matchup against the Vikings. His offensive line is missing three starters, so pass protection may be an issue.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Friday. The Panthers play on Monday night, so Newton has an extra day to get healthy. He suffered the injury last week, so it doesn’t entirely explain his 43% completion percentage over the last four games. Newton has a tendency to pick up his game on Mondays, averaging 24.7 PPG in four MNF games, more than four points more than his average on Sundays.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Texans QB Brock Osweiler (thigh) took full practice reps all week. Osweiler will be fine for Sunday.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Palmer will be out there against the Saints. On paper it’s a good matchup, but Palmer has taken a step back this year and the Saints are actually playing better defense on the road than at home.

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