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Shane Vereen (ankle) limited Wednesday 12-19-2014
Shane Vereen RB NE
Shane Vereen (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 16. Vereen has played the last two weeks despite being listed as questionable. He projects for 6-8 touches against the Jets. Vereen won't be more than a low-end RB3 option for the fantasy finals.
LeGarrette Blount listed questionable 12-19-2014
LeGarrette Blount RB NE
LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) remained limited in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Week 16. Blount played only 16 snaps last week due to his shoulder injury. His Week 16 status isn't in doubt, but he faces an uncertain workload at less than 100 percent. Blount is an RB3 with touchdown upside against the Jets.
Frank Gore listed as questionable 12-19-2014
Frank Gore RB SF
Frank Gore (concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 16. He was limited in Friday's practice. The 49ers host the Chargers on Saturday Night Football. Beat writers are guessing Gore will play, but it's not a guarantee. Carlos Hyde has already been ruled out. If Gore does receive clearance by Saturday, he will be a high-end flex option against San Diego.
Philip Rivers listed as probable 12-19-2014
Philip Rivers QB SD
Philip Rivers (chest, back) is listed as probable for Week 16. Rivers will start Saturday night's game at San Francisco.
Stevie Johnson ruled out for Week 16 12-19-2014
Steve Johnson WR SF
Stevie Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16. The Niners' ballyhooed offseason trade for Johnson never did help much.
Carlos Hyde ruled out for Week 16 12-19-2014
Carlos Hyde RB SF
Carlos Hyde (ankle/back) has been ruled out for Week 16. Hyde's status for the 49ers' season finale is unknown at this time.
Ladarius Green listed as questionable 12-19-2014
Ladarius Green TE SD
Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 16. Green is tentatively expected to be active on Saturday night after practicing all week. He missed Week 15. Green could experience a bump in usage after the Chargers lost Keenan Allen to a fractured collarbone.
Ryan Mathews ruled out for Week 16 12-19-2014
Ryan Mathews RB SD
Ryan Mathews (ankle) is listed as out for Week 16 against the 49ers. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will share the backfield on Saturday against San Francisco. It's a fantasy situation to avoid wherever possible. Oliver got more Week 15 touches than Brown and would be the superior flex gamble.
Andre Johnson listed as probable 12-19-2014
Andre Johnson WR HOU
Andre Johnson (head) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Ravens. Johnson's outlook is improved by DeAndre Hopkins' (ankle) likely absence, but hurt by Case Keenum's insertion at quarterback. He's a risky WR3 play.
DeAndre Hopkins can't practice, questionable 12-19-2014
DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU
DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) missed his third straight day of practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 16. Coach Bill O'Brien continues to call Hopkins a game-time decision, but it's not looking good for him to play against the Ravens. It's probably just as well with Case Keenum at quarterback and Andre Johnson (concussion, probable) returning to siphon targets. Hopkins would've been a high-risk WR3 play.
Redskins place Meriweather on I.R. 12-19-2014
Brandon Meriweather S WAS
Redskins placed S Brandon Meriweather (toe) on injured reserve, ending his season. The NFL's most notorious headhunter also happens to be an ineffective safety, though by his standards 2014 was a relatively good year for Meriweather. He finished with 55 tackles, three sacks, and three forced fumbles across ten games. Turning 31 next month, Meriweather will be a free agent this offseason.
Julian Edelman listed as questionable 12-19-2014
Julian Edelman WR NE
Julian Edelman (concussion) was limited in practice again Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 16.

Mike Reiss on Twitter
Due to the nature of his injury and the Patriots' unwillingness to reveal any injury-related info, Edelman's status is entirely unclear for Sunday's game against the Jets. The good news is Pats-Jets has a 1PM ET start, so we'll know Edelman's status early. Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell could add a few targets if Edelman can't play, with Danny Amendola's role possibly increasing.
Dwayne Bowe expected to play Sunday 12-19-2014
Dwayne Bowe WR KC
Dwayne Bowe (illness, questionable) didn't practice all week, but is expected to play Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Adam Teicher on Twitter
Coach Andy Reid said he's planning on having Bowe out there against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is without SS Troy Polamalu and LCB Ike Taylor. If Bowe were ever going to score a touchdown, this week is as good a bet as any.
Daniel Thomas listed as doubtful 12-19-2014
Daniel Thomas RB MIA
Daniel Thomas (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 16. Damien Williams will back up Lamar Miller against the Vikings.
Kyle Rudolph listed as doubtful 12-19-2014
Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
Kyle Rudolph (ankle/knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 16. Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison will share tight end duties at Miami.
T.Y. Hilton not expected to play Sunday 12-19-2014
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells believes "it would be surprising" if T.Y. Hilton (questionable, hamstring) played Sunday at Dallas.

ESPN.com
The Colts have already locked up the AFC South. From a postseason standpoint, the only reason they'd want to ensure a win in Sunday's game would be to avoid the No. 4 seed, which could end up as trip to New England in the Divisional Round. If the Colts are going to do anything in the playoffs, however, they need Hilton's hamstring healthy first and foremost. He's on the doubtful side of his questionable tag for Sunday's game at JerryWorld.
A.J. Green practices in full 12-19-2014
A.J. Green WR CIN
A.J. Green (illness) returned to a full practice on Friday. He'll be all systems go for Monday night's game versus Denver.
DeMarco Murray listed as questionable 12-19-2014
DeMarco Murray RB DAL
DeMarco Murray (hand) is listed as questionable for Week 16 after getting in a third straight limited practice on Friday. This was expected. It's also expected that Murray will be active and start Sunday's game versus the Colts. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor the situation and have Murray handcuffed with Joseph Randle, but it would be a major surprise if DeMarco weren't out there with the ones for Sunday's game.
Stanton might back up Lindley vs. Seahawks 12-19-2014
Drew Stanton QB ARZ
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians suggested Friday that Drew Stanton (knee) could be active for Sunday's game versus Seattle to serve as Ryan Lindley's backup.

Darren Urban on Twitter
Arians confirmed Lindley will start. Stanton is dealing with ACL and MCL sprains in his knee, but the Cardinals obviously have very little confidence in rookie Logan Thomas. We still don't see any scenario where Stanton plays.
Ryan Lindley will be Seahawks Week 16 starter 12-19-2014
Ryan Lindley QB ARZ
Despite Drew Stanton's (knee) "limited" return to practice, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Friday that Ryan Lindley will start at quarterback in Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Mike Jurecki on Twitter
Lindley has been beyond horrendous any time he's taken the field in his three-year career. Seattle's fantasy defense should be fired up with excitement.
T.Y. Hilton on Week 16 status: 'I don't know' 12-19-2014
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
Updating a previous item, T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) stated "I don't know" when asked if he will play Sunday against the Cowboys.

Indianapolis Star
It's a red flag because players are typically overly optimistic about their own odds of playing. "I don't know," conceded Hilton, who did not practice all week. "I'm going to go talk to Coach. Did some field work. I feel all right. So I'm going to go talk to him and see what's up." Hilton is officially a game-time decision, but we're still guessing he won't play. "If our conversation goes well and (Pagano) wants me to play, then I'll play," T.Y. added. "If not, I'll sit out."
Mike Mohamed ruled out for Week 16 12-19-2014
Mike Mohamed LB HOU
Texans ILB Mike Mohamed (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 16.

Tania Ganguli on Twitter
Mohamed is not a well-known player, but he quietly overtook Brian Cushing as the Texans' best inside linebacker this year. Mohamed's run defense stood out on tape in recent weeks. This is a Week 16 matchup boost for Justin Forsett.
Anthony Barr done for season 12-19-2014
Anthony Barr LB MIN
Vikings SLB Anthony Barr underwent knee surgery on Friday and is done for the season. We suspect it's a routine scope, and Barr will be healthy well in advance of the offseason conditioning program. The ninth overall pick in last May's draft, Barr had an excellent rookie season, piling up 70 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles across 12 games. Pro Football Focus gave Barr strong marks for both his pass rush and run defense. Turning 23 in March, Barr has a bright future as a versatile edge presence in Mike Zimmer's defense.
Robbie Gould listed as out for Week 16 12-19-2014
Robbie Gould K CHI
Bears K Robbie Gould (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Week 16. Gould will be replaced by Jay Feely in Sunday's clash with Detroit
Ike Taylor listed as doubtful 12-19-2014
Ike Taylor CB PIT
Steelers LCB Ike Taylor is listed as doubtful for Week 16. The fantasy moneymaker will join SS Troy Polamalu (knee) on the sideline. 34-year-old Taylor is battling injuries to his knee, shoulder, and arm.
Eddie Lacy listed as probable for Week 16 12-19-2014
Eddie Lacy RB GB
Eddie Lacy (eye) is listed as probable for Week 16. Goggled or not goggled, Fat Eddie is a top-five RB1 Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Joe Haden listed as questionable 12-19-2014
Joe Haden CB CLE
Browns LCB Joe Haden (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 16. Haden got very little practice work in during the week, but indications out of Cleveland still seem more optimistic than pessimistic. Officially, he'll likely be a game-time call. Kelvin Benjamin would get a very nice matchup boost if Haden could not play Sunday at Carolina.
T.Y. Hilton sees self '50-50' to face Cowboys 12-19-2014
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) told reporters Friday afternoon that he feels "50-50" to play Sunday at Dallas.

Stephen Holder on Twitter
Per beat writer Stephen Holder, Hilton's words were "cryptic." The Colts have very little to gain by pushing Hilton to play against the Cowboys, and much more to gain if he's 100 percent for the playoffs. We're just speculating, but would bet against Hilton being active at Dallas. Reggie Wayne and Donte Moncrief would then likely be Indianapolis' starters in two-wide sets.
Drew Stanton 'does nothing' in practice 12-19-2014
Drew Stanton QB ARZ
Drew Stanton (sprained ACL, MCL) "did nothing" during the portion of practice that is open to the media Friday.

Kent Somers on Twitter
The Cardinals listed Stanton as "limited" in Thursday's practice, but there's no way he's playing on Sunday Night Football. Perhaps the Cards were trying to create the illusion he might start ahead of a division game versus Seattle.
Troy Polamalu ruled out for Week 16 12-19-2014
Troy Polamalu S PIT
Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16.

Gerry Dulac on Twitter
It's a boost to Travis Kelce's matchup. Polamalu has played in 12 games this year, recording 61 tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection.
Juwan Thompson returns to practice Friday 12-19-2014
Juwan Thompson RB DEN
Juwan Thompson (hip, knee) returned to Broncos practice on Friday. The Broncos play Monday night, so they won't announce injury statuses until Saturday. But Thompson looks on track to back up C.J. Anderson against the Bengals. His workload is unclear with Ronnie Hillman possibly returning.
Peyton returns to Broncos practice 12-19-2014
Peyton Manning QB DEN
Peyton Manning (thigh) returned to Broncos practice on Friday.

Rotoworld Week 16 Rankings
You can see where Rotoworld ranks Peyton for this week at the link below.
DeAngelo Williams expected to miss Week 16 12-19-2014
DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated Friday that DeAngelo Williams (questionable, hand) will not play Sunday at Cleveland.

Joe Person on Twitter
Rivera left open the possibility of Williams being active on game day as an "emergency back," but he's not going to be a factor unless other running backs get injured during the game. Jonathan Stewart is an RB2 against the Browns' weak run defense. Mike Tolbert will be second in line for backfield work.
Rashad Jennings misses practice again 12-19-2014
Rashad Jennings RB NYG
Rashad Jennings (ankle) missed Giants practice on Friday. Old Man Jennings isn't going to play against the Rams. Look for rookie Andre Williams to handle feature back work at St. Louis, seeing 17-24 touches.
Jonathan Stewart will make start vs. Browns 12-19-2014
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
Coach Ron Rivera announced Jonathan Stewart will start Week 16 against the Browns. DeAngelo Williams (hand) will only be used in an "emergency," leaving Stewart to handle another 20-plus carries against a suspect Cleveland run defense. With Cam Newton back under center, it should open up more running lanes than Stewart saw with Derek Anderson in Week 15. Stewart is in the RB2 discussion.
T.Y. Hilton officially questionable for Week 16 12-19-2014
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 16 against the Cowboys. Coach Chuck Pagano cautioned to not count Hilton out for Sunday despite him not practicing at all this week. Hilton worked off to the side with trainers on Friday. Beat writer Mike Chappell is "convinced" Hilton won't play, but we're unlikely to get a definitive answer before Sunday. The Colts have already clinched the AFC South and have little chance at a first-round bye. They may choose to play it safe with their No. 1 receiver. It wouldn't be smart to risk Hilton to further injury.
Cam Newton probable for Week 16 vs. Browns 12-19-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Cam Newton (back) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Browns. He'll make the start and be a high-end QB2 with unlimited upside. Derek Anderson heads back to holding the clipboard with a 2-0 record across two spot starts.
C.J. Spiller listed probable to face Raiders 12-19-2014
C.J. Spiller RB BUF
C.J. Spiller (collarbone) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Raiders.

Mike Rodak on Twitter
It's unclear what Spiller's role will be in his return from I.R./recall due to a broken collarbone. Fred Jackson has been handling the vast majority of the work in the Buffalo backfield of late. Spiller can't be trusted in fantasy lineups during title week, even against a Raiders defense that gets gashed by running backs via the pass. Oakland has surrendered eight receiving touchdowns to running backs.
Seahawks extend DE Avril for 4 years, $28.5M 12-19-2014
Cliff Avril DE SEA
Seahawks signed DE Cliff Avril to a four-year, $28.5 million contract extension through 2018.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The deal includes $16 million guaranteed. After Avril accepted a discount from the Seahawks prior to the 2013 season on a two-year contract, it appears the 28-year-old pass rushed is taking another one to stay in Seattle. Avril has graded out as a top-seven pass-rushing 4-3 end at Pro Football Focus in 2014, as he currently sits fourth at the position with 38 quarterback hurries. He has 12.5 sacks across 29 regular-season games for the Seahawks. Seattle continues to lock up its defensive talent.
Colts writer doesn't expect T.Y. Hilton to play 12-19-2014
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
Mike Chappell of RTV6 Indianapolis is "convinced" T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) will not play Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Mike Chappell on Twitter
Chappell has been covering the Colts for 30 years. His opinion is worthy of taking note. Hilton hasn't practiced at all this week and wasn't present again Friday. If he sits, Donte Moncrief should see a major boost in snaps. With Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks lacking any semblance of separation skills, Moncrief and Coby Fleener could hog targets against the Cowboys' weak pass defense.
Julio Jones still absent at Friday's practice 12-19-2014
Julio Jones WR ATL
Julio Jones (hip) remained sidelined at Friday's practice. He'll be listed as questionable. We're unlikely to know Julio's status for Week 16 until Sunday morning. If he can't go, Harry Douglas will make another start opposite Roddy White. Both Douglas (foot) and White (knee) will play.
Corey Washington needs to practice better 12-19-2014
Corey Washington WR NYG
Coach Tom Coughlin said Corey Washington needs to practice better and do more on special teams to earn more offensive snaps.

Newark Star-Ledger
With the Giants' season lost, Washington played just one snap last week against the Redskins and 54 in total as a rookie. "Do a better job on the practice field. Do a better job all around," Coughlin said. "He does have to, obviously, become better at his job." Coughlin says Washington knows the offense well enough to play. But he remains behind Kevin Ogletree. Washington remains a player worth holding in deeper Dynasty leagues after dominating the preseason.
DeMarco Murray (hand) expected to play Sun. 12-19-2014
DeMarco Murray RB DAL
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys have left the decision to play Week 16 against the Colts up to DeMarco Murray (hand), "in which case he will definitely opt to play."

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Murray's going to give it a go Sunday. He has an outside shot at netting 2,000 rushing yards this season -- he currently sits at 1,687 -- and is said to have a high pain tolerance. Murray's broken bone is in his left (non-dominant) hand. If he suits up, owners have to play him. Murray has gotten you to this point. We can't expect Murray to carry it 30 times, but 20-plus touches is doable.
Report: Texans leaning toward starting Keenum 12-19-2014
Case Keenum QB HOU
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are leaning toward starting Case Keenum at quarterback for Week 16 against the Ravens.

NFL.com
As expected. Keenum simply knows the offense better as a whole than Thad Lewis. Keenum spent the summer with the Texans, while Lewis was signed just a few weeks ago. Neither Keenum nor Lewis would be on the fantasy radar. The Ravens may have a suspect secondary, but they have a dominant pass rush.
Eddie Lacy (eye) says he's 'very blind' 12-19-2014
Eddie Lacy RB GB
Speaking Thursday, Eddie Lacy (eye) said he's "very blind" and may have to wear goggles for Week 16 against the Bucs.

ESPN.com
Lacy's eye is irritated due to an issue with his contact lens. He hopes to be able to wear contacts for the game Sunday, but left the door open for him to pull off the Eric Dickerson look. Either way, Lacy's status for Week 16 isn't in serious question, though he and James Starks could split work more evenly than last week. Lacy is currently our No. 5 running back for fantasy title week.
OLB Graham hints he wants to return to 4-3 12-19-2014
Brandon Graham DE PHI
Impending free agent OLB Brandon Graham hinted he'd like to return to a 4-3 defense.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"A 4-3 end - pass rushing is what you do," Graham said. "I think a 4-3 end, it's better because you're always going that way. You're never backing up." It took Graham a bit to make the switch to 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's flourished there in 2014. Still, he feels more comfortable in a 4-3 scheme. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, some compare Graham to Vikings DE Everson Griffen, who inked a five-year, $42.5 million deal with Minnesota last offseason.
Cam Newton fully expected to start vs. Browns 12-19-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton (back) is on target to start Week 16 against the Browns.

Charlotte Observer
Rivera will formally announce a decision this morning. Newton took the majority of the first-team reps in Thursday's practice as a full participant. He'll be a high-end QB2 with obvious upside against the Browns' stout pass defense.
Jags DT Roy Miller needs meniscus surgery 12-19-2014
Roy Miller DT JAX
Jaguars DT Roy Miller has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus, and requires surgery.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
It's poor timing for a player who just signed a four-year, $16.25 million extension, but isn't a major injury. Miller should be a full participant in the Jags' offseason program. Miller is a run plugger, nothing more, nothing less.
Marcedes Lewis scores touchdown in vicotry 12-19-2014
Marcedes Lewis TE JAX
Marcedes Lewis caught 2-of-3 targets for six yards and a touchdown in the Jags' Week 16 win over the Titans. Lewis' score came on a well-executed fade in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown since Week 2. Going on 31, Lewis is signed for a hefty $6.65 million next season.
Storm Johnson rushes for three yards 12-19-2014
Storm Johnson RB JAX
Storm Johnson rushed three times for three yards in the Jags' Week 16 win over the Titans. The seventh-round rookie was a distant third on the depth chart behind Toby Gerhart and Jordan Todman. Johnson could be in for a bigger role in Week 17 if Gerhart is sidelined by his rib injury.
Jordan Todman totals 76 yards versus Titans 12-19-2014
Jordan Todman RB JAX
Jordan Todman rushed five times for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' Week 16 win over the Titans, adding two catches for five yards. Todman had the play of the night in the fourth quarter. With the Jags running a fake reverse, Todman took the handoff, made one cut and was off to the races for a 62-yard touchdown. Todman showed serious speed in housing his first score of the year. He could be in for a bigger role in Week 17 if Toby Gerhart (ribs) can't go.