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News: Colts QB Nick Foles will start in place of Matt Ryan against the Chargers on Monday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Ryan remained on the bench just days after his continued struggles led to the biggest win in league history at the hands of the Vikings on Saturday. Interim head coach Jeff said on Saturday that the goal is for Foles to start in the last three games. The change is the third of the season for the Colts. Fantasy managers who participate in a deeper superflex format or two quarterback formats should consider Foles as a QB2 option against a Chargers defense that allows the eighth most points for an opponent per game.
Going deeper: The Colts signed Ryan as a solution prior to the start of the season, but he turned out to be a problem. Indianapolis is one of the worst offenses in the league. Ryan leads the league with 13 interceptions and ranks 25th with a QBR of 43.6. In just two games this season he has scored more than 20 fantasy points.
News: Cardinals QB Trace McSorley is slated to make his first career start against the Pirates on Sunday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Cardinals’ Colt McCoy, who started in place of an injured Kyler Murray, is recovering from a concussion and will miss Week 16. Coach Cliff Kingsbury is eager to see how the third-string quarterback does after spending a full week preparing, but fantasy managers James Conner and DeAndre may not. Hopkins excited. This season, McSorley has thrown 29 passes for 166 yards and three interceptions.
News: ESPN has confirmed NFL reporter Paul Koharski’s reports that Titans QB Ryan Tannehill is “very likely” to miss the season with an ankle injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: Tannehill re-injured his ankle Sunday when Chargers outside linebacker Khalil Mack landed on his right foot and was carried to the locker room. He came back with his right ankle badly strapped after missing only one offensive streak, but it was now clear he was licking the injury. All signs point to rookie Malik Willis taking the helm for the last three games of the season.
News: Jets RB Zonovan Knight gets a questionable mark for Thursday’s game against the Jaguars due to an ankle injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: This is concerning since Knight was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. It’s important to note that the Jets ran three detailed practices this week, so their practice reports should be taken in this context. Fantasy directors will know Knight’s condition 90 minutes before tonight’s game against the Jaguars, so they can turn to other options if necessary. If Knight is disqualified, linebackers Michael Carter and Ty Johnson serve as the Jets’ committee.
News: Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III did not practice on Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: The Seahawks are having a short week and playing the Chiefs on Saturday. Walker missed Week 14 against the Panthers with an ankle injury but had 47 receiving yards on 12 attempts against the 49ers in Week 15. Head coach Pete Carroll said before practice Tuesday that Walker was “a little sore” and wouldn’t do practice, suggesting he might He does not play against bosses. The Seahawks also recently re-signed veteran running back Wayne Gallman to the practice squad. Gallman’s return, Carroll’s comments, and Walker’s absence from practice should concern fantasy directors. The situation must be closely monitored.
Going deeper: The Seahawks’ running game desperately needs a boost. In their last five games, Seattle has not rushed for more than 90 yards.
News: Browns RB Nick Chubb did not practice on Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Chubb missed two consecutive workouts due to a foot injury. The Browns will face the Saints on Saturday, a game that could turn out to be a heavy game due to high winds and snow. Karim Hunt will step in and handle the massive workload if Chubb is left out, and Jerome Ford or Dernest Johnson will serve as backup. Thursday’s practice will be expressive. Hunt can be considered a low-level RB1 if Chubb is inactive.
News: Dolphins RB Jeff Wilson Jr. was tied up. In training Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Head coach Mike McDaniel said Wilson, who is dealing with a groin injury, was set to play against the Bills in Week 15. Wilson could resume splitting back picks and touchdowns with Raheem Mostert against the Packers on Sunday if he is a full coaching participant Thursday or Friday. Last week, Mostert accumulated a season-high 156 yards against the Bills. When both Mostert and Wilson are active, they lower each other’s fantasy ceilings and can be considered flexible options.
News: Steelers RB Nagy Harris (hip) and WR Deontay Johnson (toe) did not practice on Wednesday due to their injuries.
What does it mean in fantasy: Harris and Johnson were downgraded after they were listed as limited in the Steelers’ discretionary practices report on Tuesday. It’s not clear if Steelers coach Mike Tomlin just wants his players to rest. It is common for veterans’ rest days to fall on the first or last weekday of practice. Granted, limited practice on Tuesday and a downgrade on Wednesday aren’t great signs they’re ready to take on the Raiders on Saturday. If Harris is left out, Jaylen Warren will lead the Steelers committee, while George Picken will get more goals if Johnson isn’t available. The Raiders defense gives up the ninth most yards to opponents.
News: Saints WR Chris Olave did not practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: Olave was listed as a DNP on Tuesday’s discretionary practice report and officially rolled out on Wednesday. Unless Olave records a limited session on Thursday, his status for Week 16 could be in jeopardy. Check back after Thursday’s practice for an update. With snow and high winds affecting this game, it’s hard to trust Olaf in fantasy lineups against the Browns in Cleveland on Saturday.
News: Titans WR Treylon Burks fully trained on Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Burks has missed time with a concussion since Week 13 against the Eagles, and he’s finally heading in the right direction. Notably, he has yet to clear his periodic concussion protocol. Burks’ situation will have to be watched closely since the Titans play on Saturday. He scored 17 or more fantasy points in back-to-back games, Weeks 11 and 12. With Malik Willis in place of Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, it would be difficult to use Burks in the lineups against Texas. Fantasy managers who need a wide receiver should consider Demarcus Robinson or Darius Slayton.
News: Texans WR Brandin Cooks fully trained on Wednesday while Nico Collins did not practice due to a foot injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: The Chefs are headed into action against the Titans on Saturday. After limited training sessions last week, he was ruled out of the Week 15 game against the Chiefs with a calf injury. Chefs hasn’t had double-digit goals since Week 2 as he continues to phase out the Texas offense. It wouldn’t be surprising to put Collins on injured reserve. The potential return of Chefs negatively affects Chris Moore’s fictional value. He has collected 20 goals over the last two matches. Moore can still be considered a flex option against a Titans defense that allows 34.4 fantasy points per game for wide receivers.
News: Patriots WR DeVante Parker did not practice on Wednesday due to a concussion.
What does it mean in fantasy: Parker has not been able to practice since Week 14 due to a concussion. It is unlikely that he will play this week against the Bengals after missing Week 15. Nelson Agholor should see additional goals if Parker is ruled out. Mac Jones’ poor performance this season makes it difficult for fantasy managers to trust any of the Patriots’ pass catchers. He’s averaged 10.9 fantasy points per game and has shown his frustration on the court this season on multiple occasions. Four times this season, Agholor has had eight or more goals and scored 18 or more fantasy points in two of those games.
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