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Duke Johnson surprisingly rushed four times for 28 yards, adding four catches for another 25 yards in the Browns' Week 15 victory on the road in Denver.

Johnson had previously handled 7, 3, 2, and 2 touches in his four prior outings, so this startling eight-touch eruption comes as a bit of a shock. It was obviously the most Duke's been concertedly used in the passing game the past month. Nick Chubb, on the other hand, saw his typically-high usage through the air plummet, being targeted just once. If this is the new norm rather than a simple one-off, Chubb's floor would presumably become much lower. As it stands, this is just a situation to monitor.
Dec 16 - 1:01 AM

David Njoku caught 3-of-5 targets for 30 yards in Cleveland's Week 15 win over the Browns.

Njoku continued manning all passing downs at the tight end position Saturday night, but again had only 30 yards to show for it. He's now averaged 3.1/34.5 in six games under OC Freddie Kitchens. He'll stay a low-end usage-based TE1 against the Bengals in Week 16 despite the fact that a dud is certainly in his range of outcomes.
Dec 16 - 12:56 AM

Antonio Callaway caught 5-of-7 targets for 35 yards and one score in Cleveland's gritty Week 15 victory over the Broncos.

Only one week after he saw a single target in Cleveland's sluggish 45-play victory over the Panthers, Callaway bounced back against the Broncos by hauling in the game-winning fourth-quarter score from two yards out. His seven targets were second on the team behind Jarvis Landry's mark (8). Callaway has developed immensely over the second half of the season, shaking off obvious bonehead rookie tendencies that forced him off the field during the first half of the year. He'll be a WR4/deep-league flex candidate against Cincinnati's injury-riddled secondary in Week 16.
Dec 16 - 12:52 AM

Tim Patrick hauled in 5-of-8 targets to lead the Broncos in receiving yards (65) for the second straight week in Denver's Week 15 loss to the Browns.

With All-World talent Denzel Ward unavailable to take away Patrick on the outside, the second-year UDFA again buoyed Emmanuel Sanders' (torn ACL, IR) absence into a team-high 65 receiving yards. Fourth-round rookie DaeSean Hamilton led the team in targets (12). Although he's done so at the expense of Courtland Sutton's ongoing thigh injury, Patrick has arguably carved out a role as the team's leading downfield receiver moving forward. He'll be a boom-or-bust WR4/flex in Week 16 against Oakland's secondary.
Dec 16 - 12:42 AM

Courtland Sutton sealed 5-of-6 targets for 42 yards in the Broncos' Week 15 loss to the Browns.

Sutton was limited in Week 14 with a thigh injury and noticeably came up limping on a downfield target that missed against the Browns. The fact remains that he's still only scored once since Demaryius Thomas was sent packing and has yet to surpass 90 yards in any game this year. His 11 total targets the past two weeks are also third on the team behind DaeSean Hamilton's 20 and Tim Patrick's 18. Sutton's athleticism is extremely enticing, but it's finally time we admit that he may not turn that into viable WR2 production until 2019. He'll again be a low-floor boom-or-bust WR3/flex against the Raiders in Week 16.
Dec 16 - 12:33 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Marquise Goodwin (calf) will play Week 15 against the Seahawks.

There was some concern after Goodwin was a late addition to the injury report on Thursday, but a limited practice Friday put him on track. While he will be active, Goodwin has been jumped on the depth chart by Dante Pettis. He is not a viable fantasy option.
Dec 16 - 12:13 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Matt Breida (ankle) is expected to play Week 15 against the Seahawks.

It is not a surprise after he got in three limited practices this week. Breida's return creates a headache in a 49ers backfield which was dominated by Jeff Wilson the last two weeks. It is possible Wilson keeps a role even with Breida back, making both risky options against Seattle. If forced to choose, Breida is the best bet.
Dec 16 - 12:12 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dante Pettis (foot) will play Week 15 against the Seahawks.

There seemed to be some genuine concern about Pettis, but he is good to go. Working as the No. 1 receiver, Pettis has been on fire as of late, catching four touchdowns in his last three games including a 5-129-2 line in Seattle two weeks ago. He is a solid WR3 play with upside.
Dec 16 - 12:11 AM

Baker Mayfield completed 18-of-31 passes for 188 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Browns' Week 15 victory over the Broncos.

It initially looked as if Baker was going to roll on Denver's defense, finishing the team's first possession with a 31-yard grenade to journeyman Breshad Perriman in the end zone. The Broncos put the clamps on after, hitting and keeping Mayfield in check for the rest of the evening. All things considered Mayfield and the Browns were fortunate to escape this potential letdown spot on the road with a win. Cleveland and Mayfield have flashed real poise, though, and now find themselves in a must-win pivotal divisional matchup with a potential playoff berth at stake against the Bengals in Week 16. Mayfield will be a top-10 play at his position.
Dec 16 - 12:10 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chris Ivory (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Week 15 against the Lions.

With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) reportedly unlikely to play, Ivory's status is suddenly important. Even if he goes, Ivory will only be a desperation fantasy option with an offensive line McCoy has struggled to produce behind. If Ivory sits, the Bills will turn to some combination of Marcus Murphy and undrafted rookie Keith Ford with Isaiah McKenzie likely getting a handful of carries as well.
Dec 16 - 12:09 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not expected to play Week 15 against the Lions.

It is a surprise after he got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. With Chris Ivory (shoulder) a game-time decision, the Bills may have to turn to Marcus Murphy and undrafted rookie Keith Ford in the backfield. If that happens, it is likely gadget player Isaiah McKenzie sees a handful of carries as well. This is a situation to avoid in the semifinals.
Dec 16 - 12:08 AM

DaeSean Hamilton hauled in 7-of-12 targets for 46 yards in the Broncos' Week 15 loss to the Browns.

Case Keenum has historically leaned on his slot receiver when pressured, as has been the case the past two weeks since Hamilton took over for Emmanuel Sanders (torn ACL, IR). With 12 targets on the night, Hamilton now leads the Broncos with a 23% target share since Week 14. Seemingly an every-down player for the rest of the year, the fourth-round rookie is safe high-floor WR3 in PPR leagues (especially in Week 16 against the hapless Raiders' secondary).
Dec 16 - 12:07 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Matthew Stafford (back, questionable) is expected to play Week 15 against the Bills.

It is not a surprise after he practiced all week, albeit on a limited basis. While he will be under center for the Lions, Stafford, the owner of two total touchdowns in the last four games, is not even a good fantasy option in two-quarterback formats.
Dec 16 - 12:06 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chris Thompson (illness, questionable) is expected to play Week 15 against the Jaguars.

There never appeared to be much concern about his status. Thompson has touched the ball eight times in each of his two games since returning from injury, nothing 59 yards from scrimmage along the way. There are better options even in PPR formats.
Dec 16 - 12:05 AM

ESPN's John Keim reports Josh Doctson has cleared the concussion protocol.

It means he will suit up against the Jaguars, but that does not mean he should be in fantasy lineups. He is nothing more than a desperation play with Josh Johnson at quarterback.
Dec 16 - 12:04 AM



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