Case Keenum - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum is expected to start in Week 16.
Huddle Up: It's not as if the Texans had a plethora of options at their disposal. At least Keenum has a little more fantasy upside than Thad Lewis.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, according to a league source. Rivers' back injury was quietly added to San Diego's injury report last week, to go along with the rib injury he has been battling for weeks. By now, Rivers' rib injuries are improved, making his back injury the significant issue, a league source said.
Huddle Up: Rivers has played through a torn ACL before, so playing through a back injury seems like par for the course for him. However, you have to think such an injury impacts Rivers' effectiveness; so does losing Keenan Allen to a busted collarbone.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning's contract runs through the 2016 season, and beat writer Mike Klis believes Manning will play out the contract.
Huddle Up: Manning hasn't looked particularly good of late, so of course it's time to question just how much game he has left. On the bright side, dynasty leaguers can plan to have Peyton around for a couple more years and use that time to line up a successor
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are hopeful RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) will be able to return for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22, or for the regular season finale against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: The Broncos would likely get Hillman some touches to shake off the rust, but CJ Anderson has done more than enough to stake a claim on the starting gig, both throughout the playoffs and as the curtain rises on the 2015 season.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy opened practice on the sidelines Wednesday, Dec. 17, while RB Chris Polk opened with first-team reps. After practice McCoy did not seem too concerned. 'We rotate all the time,' McCoy said. '(Running backs coach Duce Staley) pulled me out. (RB Darren Sproles) wasn't in either.' Shady played a season-low 34 of 55 offensive snaps in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys, his fewest in two seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.
Huddle Up: You think you'd want your best offensive player on the field more than 62% of the time, but maybe that's why Chip Kelly is a genius. If Philly gets to the playoffs and has a well-rested McCoy, then maybe the move will make sense.
Chris Polk - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk opened practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, running with the first-team offense while RB LeSean McCoy looked on from the sideline.
Huddle Up: First Polk steals a couple touchdowns from Shady, now he's angling for his job. No reason for concern just yet, unless word of an undisclosed McCoy injury slips out. Right now it's just Philly getting their backup some reps with the ones.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Lynch takes plenty of practices off; no worries about his availability for this weekend's game.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: There's been no indication Carr might miss this week's contest due to the injury, but it's not as if the Raiders are playing for anything so maybe they'll give him the week off to heal.
Drew Stanton - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) said this injury is different from any other he's ever had, and he said it's too soon to know if he could return to play in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn't had any setbacks and started jogging with a brace on his right knee this week. Stanton watched practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and has thrown a ball recently. 'It's felt good,' Stanton said. 'It's one of those things you just go to kinda take time and the healing process is different for everybody.'
Huddle Up: You know you're in a sticky wicket when getting Drew Stanton back represents an upgrade to your quarterback position, yet that's exactly where the NFC-leading Cardinals sit.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) has not yet been added to the active roster from the short-term Reserve/Injured list. The Bills must add him by Dec. 24, but they must make that move by Saturday, Dec. 20, if they want him to be eligible to play in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders. Spiller was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and he said he's feeling good. The team hasn't made a decision on whether he'll play against the Raiders.
Huddle Up: Even if Spiller plays he'll be hard to trust in Fantasy Super Bowls. Spiller enters a crowded Bills backfield and he's going to be on a snap count in his first game back. Only owners really struggling for a Flex option should turn to Spiller if he's active.
Frank Gore - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RBs Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Hyde said he doesn't think he'll be able to go in Saturday's game against San Diego. Gore doesn't sound like he'll be cleared by then either, which leaves Alfonso Smith and Phillip Tanner to fight for carries. Neither is a very appealing fantasy option at this point in the season.
Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Amazingly, it probably won't make a big difference. The Bears offense was awful with Cutler under center Monday night and it will likely be awful Sunday against Detroit. The team has given up and Marc Trestman can't be fired soon enough for Bears fans. The Lions are a Top 3 fantasy defense this week.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) took part in a walkthrough Wednesday, Dec. 17, but didn't take part in practice, but he fully expects to play in Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers. 'At this point in the week I think there's no doubt,' Rivers said. TE Antonio Gates said Rivers has been dealing with a 'very severe rib injury' in mid-November. Rivers has started 142 straight games, and he thinks sitting out practice this week will help him play this weekend.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Rivers will be out there Saturday night, but his stock is lowered this week given his recent slump and the the loss of top WR Keenan Allen to injury.
Delanie Walker - TE - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and is questionable for Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Like most players, Walker is battling through the late-season aches and pains but should play and projects as a solid TE1 this week against the Jags.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee, back) received good news from his MRI results, but he said it would take a miracle for him to play in Week 16 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: The Niners are out of the playoff hunt so there's no urgency to push borderline-health players into action. So if Frank Gore isn't cleared to play following his Week 15 concussion, it would be the Bruce Miller and Alfonso Smith show Saturday night. Surely you're not that desperate.
DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: There's no indication that Hopkins' injury is anything more than something deserving of an early-week maintenance day, but keep in mind that his stock has fallen this week regardless given that the Texans are now down to QB No. 4.
Trent Cole - LB - Philadelphia Eagles
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles LB Trent Cole (hand) had plate inserted into his hand. Cole will miss the team's Week 16 game. It is not known if Cole will be available in Week 17.
Huddle Up: IDP alert as Philly on Saturday will be without Cole who has 48 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, giving RGIII and the Washington offense a rare break.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (personal) received a personal day off to attend the birth of a child Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: No worries for those Reed owners who saw that the oft-injured TE wasn't on the practice field Wednesday.
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is not participating during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: No surprise at all with it being the Colts' first practice of the week. Hilton likely could receive another rest day Thursday before he tries to give it a full go in a Friday test run.
C.J. Anderson - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson has averaged 27.25 carries in the last four games, and his workload may need to be monitored by the team as the playoffs approach. However, it helps that Anderson started his midseason run with a completely fresh body since not being a featured back since his sophomore year in college. Denver had planned to cut Anderson's carries in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, but QB Peyton Manning falling ill changed the game plan. In the last two weeks, Anderson has 50 carries for 143 yards for a 2.9 yards-per-carry average. Before that, he was averaging 5.4 yards per carry. RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) is hoping to return in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals, which could take some pressure off Anderson.
Huddle Up: Even if he has some of his workload trimmed, Anderson remains a must-start in all fantasy formats as the lead back in what's become one of the league's more run-committed offenses.
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