Josh Hill - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints reserve TE Josh Hill caught 2 passes for 15 yards, accounting for two of Drew Brees' three TD passes Monday, Dec. 15 in a 31-15 win over the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Hill stole the fantasy thunder from Jimmy Graham who led the team with five catches for 87 yards on seven targets but failed to catch a scoring pass for the third straight week.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are working very well together this season. With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, Haley gave Roethlisberger the freedom to decide between two different plays. The fact that Haley didn't insist on a run with a yard to gain shows how well the relationship between the coordinator and QB is going. Roethlisberger was 12-for-14 for 191 yards on plays in which the Falcons rushed at least five defenders, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has already had a career year with 4,415 passing yards and should eclipse his marks for completions (9 short at 366), TD passes (3 short at 29) and passer rating (.7 off at 103.4). Yeah, we'd say that's "clicking."
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had one of his worst games as a pro in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills, but he wasn't helped by seven dropped passes in the game, either, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Huddle Up: One particular late third-quarter drop by Jordy Nelson, which could've resulted in a 94-yard TD, would've potentially turned the whole day around for Rodgers and Co., but hey, even MVP candidates are allowed to have off days. Now if they just didn't occur during the fantasy postseason, there would be a little less angst ...
Jermaine Gresham - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (toe) will visit a specialist Tuesday, Dec. 16, for a second opinion on his injured toe, a source told FOX Sports NFL insider Mike Garafolo.
Huddle Up: Gresham, who had been enjoying a solid late-season run, missed Sunday's win over the Browns, and any time "specialists" and "second opinions" are needed, it almost never turns out for the better. For what it's worth, Ryan Hewitt (3-34) and Kevin Brock (1-2) filled in at TE Sunday and might have to for the remainder of the season.
Roy Helu - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) has a chance to play in Week 16. Helu was not able to play in Week 15 because of the toe injury.
Huddle Up: Helu, who has caught 38 passes for 436 yards and was on pace to set a career high in receptions, has actually missed the last two games and his return could send Chris Thompson and Silas Redd back to the bench.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) likely will not be able to play in Week 17. It is not known if he would be able to play if the team makes the playoffs.
Huddle Up: It'll be the Mark Sanchez Show the rest of the season, and it's a production that hasn't played to rave reviews the past 2 weeks with the QB throwing for only 348 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions since Philly's last win on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) had his MRI exam come back negative Monday, Dec. 15. The team is hoping that Hilton will be able to practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, or Thursday, Dec. 18. Hilton finished with four catches for 50 yards in Week 15 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Hilton, fantasy sixth-ranked WR, has been Andrew Luck's favorite target this season so see what he's able to do in practice this week. If he can't go, rookie Donte Moncrief would see a significant jump in value.
Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion), who sat out in Week 15, is looking good and is expected to play in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: The Texans' new QB will certainly benefit from having the veteran WR back. Just check to make sure Johnson progresses as expected throughout the week and remains on track to play.
Rashad Jennings - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings' (ankle) status for Week 16 is uncertain, because the severity of the injury is not known, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. 'He did have a reoccurrence of the ankle and was not able to go back in the game,' Coughlin said. 'Whether or not we are all the way back to Square 1, I don't know yet. I don't have anything on that today yet.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs might be best served putting Jennings on the back-burner for the final two weeks as there's simply too much uncertainty to deal with -- especially in the championship rounds.
Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder) was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, Dec. 15. Locker will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday, Dec. 16, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Huddle Up: Another season, another injury for the star-crossed Locker, likely leaving the Titans' QB chores to Charlie Whitehurst for the rest of the season. Use the Titans' top pass-catchers -- TE Delanie Walker, WR Nate Washington and, possibly, Kendall Wright -- as you normally would over the final two games.
Case Keenum - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans signed Case Keenum off the St. Louis Rams' practice squad Monday, Dec. 15 and he and Thaddeus Lewis will find out later this week which one of them will start versus the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Obviously it's not going be a good situation either way for Texas' pass-catchers DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson who have made do with three other less-than-stellar QBs so far. Meanwhile, move the Ravens' defense up a notch or two in the fantasy ranks this week.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) will reclaim a roster spot this week, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Spiller has been cleared and it will be decided if he plays based on how he practices, Marrone added.
Huddle Up: If Spiller plays, he won't have much fantasy value even in a good matchup against the Raiders. Spiller joins a crowded backfield and will likely be on a snap count. He'll be much too risky for owners to insert into lineups for Fantasy Super Bowls.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is expected to be the starting quarterback for Week 16, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Huddle Up: Griffin plays an Eagles defense that has given up career games to Kirk Cousins, Austin Davis and Zach Mettenberger this season. He's a desperation play if you need him but hopefully owners that made it to their Fantasy Championship Games won't need to rely on RG3.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is expected to be ready to play in Week 16, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners shouldn't count their chickens just yet. Smith has mislead us before when it comes to injury information. Harry Douglas is still firmly on the fantasy radar until it's confirmed Jones will start.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) suffered a broken bone in his hand during the team's Week 15 game and will undergo surgery Monday, Dec. 15, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones. Murray has not been ruled out for Week 16 at this point.
Huddle Up: It's awful news for Murray owners. Emmitt Smith suffered the same injury when he played and missed one game. Murray is set to face the soft Colts rush defense. If he can't go, Joseph Randle will likely get the start with Lance Dunbar getting work as the third-down back. Randle should be added in all formats right now. He would be an RB2 option this week if Murray can't play.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (foot) is dealing with a mid-foot sprain and is expected to be questionable for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Chad Henne would get the start if Bortles can't play. Unfortunately, Jacksonville plays Tennessee in Week 16 and the Titans defense isn't worth starting even with Henne under center.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) will only start in Week 16 if the team believes Newton can protect himself during the game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself,' Rivera said. 'By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game.' The team has a rehab program for Newton, and his status will be determined based on if he can meet the rehab goals during the week.
Huddle Up: We'll know more about Newton's status later in the week. If he can't go, Derek Anderson will get the start against the Browns. Expect a heavy dose of Jonathan Stewart regardless of who is under center for Carolina.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) has been ruled out for Week 16, because his collarbone is not completely healed, according to head coach Chip Kelly.
Huddle Up: The struggling Mark Sanchez will get another start for the Eagles. Sanchez has been awful the last two games but he gets a break against a bad Redskins pass defense this week if you need to start him.
Colt McCoy - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was 18-for-27 for 236 yards and a touchdown in the team's loss to the New York Giants in Week 15, and head coach Jay Gruden is unsure if Griffin will start again in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gruden wants to watch film and learn more about QB Colt McCoy's (neck) injury. '(Griffin) is obviously in the mix,' Gruden said. 'He came out here and competed, which I liked. Made some good throws and made some great plays with his legs, but from a consistent standpoint, the production on third downs and the lack of production in the second half (offensively) was concerning. I'll have to check the film to give him a total grade.' McCoy headed for the locker room after the first series of the game.
Huddle Up: Washington faces a porous Eagles pass defense this week but McCoy and Griffin would be nothing more than a desperation start for Fantasy Super Bowls.
Carlos Hyde - RB - San Francisco 49ers
Updating an earlier report, San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (knee, back) said he was surprised he wasn't injured more severely on an awkward tackle Sunday, Dec. 14. He had X-rays on his back.
Huddle Up: Hyde's injury looked bad but it sounds like he'll be good to go against San Diego. Frank Gore is dealing with a concussion and if he's out this week, Hyde will be a RB2/Flex.
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