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Chargers CB Casey Hayward (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs. He remains a marginal IDP option, but his presence is bad news for the K.C. passing game.

Redskins K Dustin Hopkins (hip) has been activated from IR. He'll step back in for K Nick Rose, who was released. Hopkins drilled 9 FGs and 12 XPs in 5 games before going down. He's a viable Week 15 fantasy option.

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) is active for today's game against the Bears. He's playing through a "questionable" tag as he has for most of the season. Ansah has dramatically improved his production over the past 3 weeks and should be in IDP lineups where he makes sense.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is active for today's game against the Bears, as expected. He missed the past 2 games while dealing with a neck injury, but Week 14 reports suggested Abdullah could have played and was more a healthy scratch. His return clouds an already-murky backfield that would be better to avoid in fantasy if you can.

Bears S Adrian Amos is inactive for today's game against the Lions. It'll mark his 3rd straight game down because of a hamstring injury.

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is inactive for today's game against the Lions. He entered the day questionable.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, so he's at least made some progress through the protocol. We'd tentatively expect him back for Week 16. Gio Bernard will again serve as Cincinnati's feature back tomorrow. But a matchup with the league's 2nd-ranked RB defense makes him just a borderline RB2 play.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Bucs. He didn't practice all week and seemingly hasn't made much -- if any -- progress through the protocol. Coleman's absence makes RB Devonta Freeman a good bet for 20+ touches vs. Tampa's 24th-ranked RB defense.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He was originally ruled out by HC Mike Zimmer before being officially listed as doubtful. So he's trending in the right direction. We'll find out his official status by noon ET tomorrow. If active, he'll still be a risky fantasy play after not practicing at all this week.

Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) is out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. That presumably means that TE Ricky Seals-Jones will see an uptick in snaps, making him a more intriguing Week 15 flier in a plus matchup. Washington ranks 31st in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

The Raiders have ruled DE Mario Edwards (ankle) out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. CB David Amerson (foot) is also doubtful for the game. He has missed the past 6 contests with the injury.

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. It sounds like he’ll be a game-time decision. We’ll find out Forte’s status by noon ET on Sunday, but he’ll be a risky fantasy option if active. If not, RBs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire figure to form a committee. McGuire is off the injury report after hurting his ankle last week.

Rams WR Robert Woods (shoulder) is not listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. It looks like Woods is ready to play his usual role against the Seahawks this weekend. He was sitting 14th among WRs in PPR points through Week 11.

Cowboys OLB Sean Lee is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Raiders. He put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday with the hamstring injury that cost him 3 games before allowing him to return last week against the Giants. But Lee sat out Friday's practice with a back injury. Unfortunately, we won't know Lee's game status until about 7 p.m. ET Sunday, though we'll be looking for earlier indications. If you can secure Anthony Hitchens as IDP insurance, then waiting on Lee could prove worthwhile. The Cowboys, Raiders, Falcons and Bucs don't present many other options likely to be available on waivers, though. If it's a D flex spot, then you can check the DB rankings and DL rankings for potential replacements. Dallas also ruled out DT David Irving (concussion) for the 2nd straight week.

Titans S Johnathan Cyprien is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He missed practice all week with a lower-back injury. We'd try not to use him in IDP lineups even if he turns up active. We'll have to wait until about 3 p.m. ET Sunday to update his game status.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers is questionable once again for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He missed the past 2 games with a rib injury, but ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports that Flowers "made solid progress" this week and is nearing a return. Flowers said he hopes to play, according to the Providence Journal. LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is questionable after missing last week. We'll confirm the status for each guy around 3 p.m. ET Sunday when the inactives come out -- and pass along any other updates that might arrive in the meantime.

Texans DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He missed practice all week, but HC Bill O'Brien said Friday that he expects Clowney to play, according to the Houston Chronicle. We'll confirm his status Sunday morning.

Chargers CB Casey Hayward is questionable for Saturday's game against the Chiefs after a persistent calf injury "flared up" and kept him out of practice Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "He had more soreness in his calf, and it kind of worked its way down to his Achilles, so we held him out," HC Anthony Lynn said. "There's always a concern, but we're hopeful he can play." We'll check on Hayward's status when the inactives are announced at about 7 p.m. ET Saturday.

Seahawks OLB K.J. Wright (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams. MLB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. Wagner didn't practice all week and will be a risky play even if he's active. The potential absence of both every-down LBs certainly helps the fantasy outlook for Rams RB Todd Gurley.

Washington has ruled ILB Zach Brown out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals with multiple lower-body injuries. The team will start Martrell Spaight and Zach Vigil at the 2 ILB spots. Each is a marginal IDP option. Arizona RB Kerwynn Williams hits the matchup off a pair of solid rushing outings and presents some fantasy upside, especially if the Cardinals defense can keep things close. Brown's loss doesn't significantly alter the outlook for the Washington team D.

 
 
 

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