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Fantasy Football Week in Review (12/25-12/31)

All of this week's Fantasy Football news. No spin, just the facts!



Derek Carr suffered a broken leg in the Oakland Raiders win last week and will almost undoubtedly miss the entirety of the postseason. However, according to his brother David Carr, he did manage to avoid ligament damage … There is a legitimate chance that Ryan Tannehill could be available to return as early as the AFC Wild Card Round … Dak Prescott is expected to start for the Dallas Cowboys Week 17. However, both Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez are expected to see some work as well … E.J Manuel will start for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Starter Tyrod Taylor met with doctors in Philadelphia Thursday to determine whether or not he needs surgery on his “severe groin injury” … Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians blames Carson Palmer’s struggles this season on “injuries and things” and believes he played “extremely well” down the stretch … Robert Griffin III will start for the Cleveland Browns Week 17 as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks … Bryce Petty will undergo surgery on his torn labrum and has been placed on injured reserve. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start for the New York Jets this week … Trevor Siemian is expected to start for the Denver Broncos Week 17, although, first-round pick Paxton Lynch will get in the game as well.

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Eli Manning will play for the New York Giants this week … According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the starting point to even get the New England Patriots to listen to trade offers for Jimmy Garoppolo is a first and fourth-round pick. "I don’t even know if they would do it then," Schefter added. "My own sense on Garoppolo is that they are going to explore that market. That they are going to listen. They are going to see what is out there and if some team steps forward and makes it such that they have to trade him they will, but they are just not going to look to give him away. That is not going to happen." … Ben Roethlisberger is not expected to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 17 … Marcus Mariota suffered a fractured fibula/ankle which will require surgery. He’s expected to miss about 4-5 months. Matt Cassel will start Week 17 in his absence … The Houston Texans will start Tom Savage once again in the season finale.

Running Backs

Lamar Miller has been ruled out for Week 17 … The Jets have placed Matt Forte on injured reserve. Bilal Powell will attempt to fight through an illness and knee issue … Melvin Gordon's season is officially over as he will not play on Sunday … The Green Bay Packers have once again ruled out James Starks for Week 17 … The Detroit Lions will be without Theo Riddick once again this week … Jay Ajayi is expected to attempt to play through a shoulder injury this week but could be limited. Regardless of Ajayi’s health, Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen wants to get Kenyan Drake more involved moving forward. "He's gotten more consistent," Christensen said. "The hard thing is getting him in more. But when do you pull Ajayi? It's kind of a good problem to have."  … Adrian Peterson has officially been ruled out for this weekend’s game … Jeremy Hill is very questionable for the Cincinnati Bengals final game of the year. The team has already signed Tra Carson off their practice squad … With Ryan Mathews done for the season, the Philadelphia Eagles have promoted Terrell Watson from their practice squad. Darren Sproles also says he plans to play one more year in the NFL.

Spencer Ware will be a gametime decision for the Kansas City Chiefs this week … Jonathan Stewart is expected to be limited at best with a foot injury for the Carolina Panthers season finale … Both Chris Ivory and Denard Robinson are expected to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week … Ezekiel Elliott is not expected to handle the bulk of the workload Week 17. Darren McFadden, if healthy, will get a few carries, but look for Alfred Morris to be back there a lot … Le'Veon Bell is not expected to play this week. He did say this week that he wants to continue his career in Pittsburgh in regards to his impending free agency. Look for DeAngelo Williams to lead the backfield this week … Matt Jones will be a healthy scratch this week for the eighth time this season and will not suit up in the playoffs should the Washington Redskins make it … Thomas Rawls is expected to play this week after suffering an injury last week … Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He reportedly tested positive for Adderall. Charles Sims was once again placed on injured reserve.

Wide Receivers

Julio Jones is not expected to be on a snap count this week. "He looked good over the last couple of days, so I'm not going to monitor him," said head coach Dan Quinn. "If it gets sore, then we'll take him out. He looked good in practice today. He looked strong. He looked explosive." Taylor Gabriel has been ruled out … Randall Cobb is expected to be a game-time decision Week 17 … Kenny Britt is doubtful for the Los Angeles Rams’ finale … Malcolm Mitchell is not expected to play this week for the Patriots … Stefon Diggs is now listed as doubtful for Week 17. Laquon Treadwell has also been ruled out.

Both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper are questionable for this weekend’s game, but neither is expected to sit out … Donte Moncrief is doubtful for Sunday’s game … Browns head coach Hue Jackson says he’d like to see Terrelle Pryor hit the 1,000-yard mark this week. He’ll need 87 yards to reach the milestone … Larry Fitzgerald has no intention of announcing his retirement ahead of time or until he is 100 percent ready … A.J. Green has been around at all this week and hasn’t even attended one meeting. The assumption is he’s upset they won’t let him play … Keenan Allen has resumed sprinting.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed will continue to fight through a shoulder injury and play this week … Ladarius Green has been ruled out for Week 17 … The Broncos have ruled out A.J. Derby … Austin Hooper will not play this week … The Dolphins have signed MarQueis Gray to a two-year extension … Tyler Eifert underwent back surgery this past week … Greg Olsen may be limited again this week … Antonio Gates plans to play in 2017 … Cameron Brate is on injured reserve with a back injury.

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