Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) announced on his Instagram account Tuesday, Dec. 12, he has been medically cleared to resume playing football.
Huddle Up: Rodgers has been throwing on the side for a few weeks, but this confirms he should be back under center for the Packers in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers. While his return likely comes too late for most of his fantasy owners - and those who relied on Jordy Nelson - the many owners who were able to pick him up off waivers should be thrilled. Although his remaining fantasy schedule is far from a cakewalk, he should be reinserted into the majority of lineups this weekend.
Trevor Siemian - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (back) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Siemian's up-and-down 2017 campaign was up last week, although it still left much to be desired. He continues to be a fantasy backup.
Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Sanders has struggled mightily over his last several games, partially due to erratic quarterback play. In four straight games Denver's deep threat has totaled just 54 yards. He is not a recommended start in the fantasy playoffs, but using him as a desperation flex in a good matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts is understandable.
Josh McCown - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Josh McCown (hand) was plaed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: It will be Bryce Petty behind center for the Jets for the rest of the season, unless they want to give Christian Hackenberg some looks too. Bottom line: stay away from them unless you're desperate.
Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (rest, hand) was held out of practice Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Gore saw a season-high 36 carries in Week 14 in the snowstorm versus the Buffalo Bills. It's hard for any running back to be effective after a workload like that, much less a 34-year-old on a short week. Gore can't be viewed as more than a flex.
Jacoby Brissett - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (quadriceps) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Brissett has put together a few weeks of fantasy irrelevance and it doesn't look like that will change this week against the Denver Broncos. Denver just shut out the New York Jets and remain deceivingly elite defensively. Keep Brissett on fantasy benches.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hand) was a full practice participant Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Stafford shook off a banged up hand last week and came through for fantasy owners. He should be fine with another week of recovery behind him but faces a tough test in the Chicago Bears, who have been one of the best pass defenses in the league this year. Still, Stafford is in the QB1 conversation for Week 15.
Ameer Abdullah - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Abdullah seems to be in the bad graces of head coach Jim Caldwell. Abdullah has been injured, but his play has been lacking too. After Theo Riddick's breakout performance last week, Abdullah may be coming off the bench in Week 15. He's too risky to start with a fantasy title at stake.
Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: With Wentz done for the year, it's Nick Foles' time to try to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl run. Foles has had success in the NFL before, but he is a far cry from Wentz. For those who own Wentz and/or Aaron Rodgers, Foles is a serviceable replacement if needed.
Marquise Goodwin - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin has already tallied 783 yards in 13 games this year. His previous career high was 431 yards in 2016.
Huddle Up: Goodwin was having a good season already, but Jimmy Garoppolo has really propelled the fifth-year receiver. Over his last three games the speedster has averaged 94.3 yards as Jimmy G's favorite target. Don't count on Goodwin to duplicate his season with Pierre Garcon returning from injury, but he's startable in the fantasy playoffs.
Kenny Britt - WR - Free Agent
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Browns) is signing a two-year deal with the New England Patriots Tuesday, Dec. 12, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Patriots' receiving corps is already pretty crowded with Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski. Britt will have to battle Phillip Dorsett for playing time and is a non-factor going forward.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: It was another mostly forgettable season for the oft-injured tight end. As talented as Reed is he's even more prone to injury. He's simply not worth the risk of drafting in the first few rounds as a starting tight end.
Kendall Wright - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Kendall Wright (shoulder) was limited in practice Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Wright is coming off a breakout performance of 10 catches for 107 yards on 11 targets. It's hard to count on any Bears wide receiver on a week-to-week basis, and Wright could be shadowed by Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay. You can do better than Wright in the fantasy playoffs.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has set an NFL record with 17 touchdowns in the fourth quarter this season.
Huddle Up: He's already set that record with three games to play. Wilson is simply a different player later in games. Never count out Wilson and the Seahawks and keep starting him as long as he's healthy no matter the matchup. Heading into 2018, he'll be a top-tier QB1.
Robert Woods - WR - Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) is 'on track' to play in Week 15 barring any setbacks, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Huddle Up: While the Rams have averaged 31 points during his three-game absence, Woods had emerged as Jared Goff's favorite target and was performing at a WR1 level in fantasy before his injury. The odds are strong he'll get a chance to return to that form versus a banged-up Seattle Seahawks defense in Week 15 after posting five catches for 66 yards against a healthier version of the Legion of Boom in the first meeting back in Week 5.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is pushing very hard to play in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers and the team - along with the medical staff - hopes to arrive at a decision regarding his status Wednesday, Dec. 13. However, there are 'loud and protective voices' within the organization wondering if it is worth the risk of putting him on the field to potentially injure himself again for a 'small chance at a great reward,' according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Rodgers was not expected to be fully healed two months after suffering a broken collarbone and that appears to be the case here. Rapoport reports 80 percent healed with this injury is considered healthy enough to be on the field, so Rodgers' status for Week 15 remains very much up in the air. If he can play, he'll be a high-end, high-risk QB1 option for fantasy owners this week.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has a great matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. The Packers have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game over the last five weeks.
Huddle Up: The Packers have allowed 263 passing yards per game, and the 11 touchdowns through the air allowed is tied for most in the league. Newton hasn't thrown for 200 yards in three games, and he has some upside in the latter portion of the QB1 discussion.
Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard has a great matchup in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to running backs the last five weeks.
Huddle Up: The Lions have allowed 4.7 yards per rush and seven scores in five games. Howard is coming off a 23-147-2 performance. He's an interesting RB1 this week.
Chris Hogan - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan registered only a single one-yard reception on five targets in the team's Week 14 defeat Monday, Dec. 11, opposite the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Hogan was questionable entering the contest and apparently he's still not fully healthy, as this was a complete dud after the 29-year-old sat out the last handful of games. He'll have a chance to redeem himself in what should be a high-scoring matchup next week with the Steelers, but this is definitely concerning after he couldn't even be a factor with Rob Gronkowski out. Gronk is back next week, which may make it difficult for Hogan to get back in rhythm.
Danny Amendola - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola logged team highs in catches (six), targets (nine) and receiving yards (76) in the team's Week 14 loss Monday, Dec. 11, against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: This was Amendola's best game in a few weeks, and it was almost even better had he not been one yard short of a touchdown late in the ballgame. This was also encouraging for the former Ram, as he still garnered a lot of looks despite Chris Hogan returning from injury. However, don't put too much stock into this one, as owners need to remember Rob Gronkowski was sidelined with a one-game suspension and will be back next week.