Bears DE Akiem Hicks says he'll be ready to play against the Packers on Sunday. The veteran has been on IR since dislocating his left elbow in Week 5 against the Raiders. This week marks the first time he's eligible to return. “It’s a pretty specific date," he said, according to multiple outlets. "I knew when it was coming and I’ve prepared accordingly." HC Matt Nagy has reportedly been non-committal on Hicks' status for the game. We'll see this weekend. Hicks doesn't look like a strong IDP option for Week 15 but carries some low-end upside. He notched a sack among 4 total pressures in the Week 1 meeting with Green Bay.
Bears HC Matt Nagy confirmed Monday that LB Roquan Smith tore a pectoral muscle in Thursday night's win over the Cowboys and will miss the rest of the season. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis filled in after Smith left that game. He'd likely start next to Nick Kwiatkoski if Danny Trevathan (elbow) remains out this Sunday at Green Bay.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) is out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. With RB Darrel Williams (hamstring) on IR, Kansas City is down to RBs LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware. McCoy figures to be the lead back this weekend, but the Chiefs have been managing the 31-year-old and haven't given him more than 14 touches in a game all season. Thompson figures to be next in line for work but is just a fantasy flier with Ware also potentially in the mix.
The Bears "fear" LB Roquan Smith suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Thursday night's win over the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Such fears nearly always prove true, so we should expect Smith to miss the rest of the season. Kevin Pierre-Louis filled in and played 63% of the snaps against Dallas, while starter Nick Kwiatkowski elevated from that level to full playing time (96%). He'll become a more solid IDP starter when Smith's injury gets confirmed.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) missed practice again on Thursday. It's looking like it'll be LeSean McCoy as Kansas City's lead back in New England this weekend. Rookie Darwin Thompson figures to serve as the #2 RB, but the addition of RB Spencer Ware adds risk to Thompson's fantasy outlook.
Chiefs RBs Damien Williams (rib) and Darrel Williams (hamstring) missed Wednesday's practice. Damien reportedly has a chance to play against the Patriots this weekend, but Darrel seems like a long shot. LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware are Kansas City's healthy RBs right now.
Jaguars QB Nick Foles was benched at halftime of Sunday's game against the Bucs. He completed just 7 of 14 passes for 93 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT in the game's first 30 minutes. Foles also lost 2 fumbles. QB Gardner Minshew will finish out the game for the Jags. We'll see who they go with for Week 14 and beyond.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (ribs) is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. That leaves LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams as Kansas City’s top 2 backs. McCoy figures to lead the way in touches and is the best fantasy option. But we’re expecting Williams to be plenty involved, too. He’s on the RB3 or flex radar.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals have decided to return QB Andy Dalton to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Jets. Amid a lost season, it probably made sense to take a look at what Ryan Finley had. The answer was not much. Dalton's return stabilizes the outlook for WR Tyler Boyd, who enjoyed an impressive outing in Week 12 even with Finley. Dalton could be a fantasy option for some against the Jets this weekend and at Miami in Week 16. If you're really hard up -- or in a 2-QB or superflex league -- his Week 14 trip to Cleveland also isn't a bad matchup. Dalton sits 14th in fantasy points per game among QBs for the season, tied with Drew Brees and ahead of Tom Brady.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams suffered a rib injury in the 2nd quarter of Monday night's game against the Chargers. He's questionable to return.
Update: The team has ruled him out for the game.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams is active for tonight's game against the Chargers. He was listed as questionable after stepping away from the team to deal with a family matter, but he should continue operating as Kansas City's lead back tonight. Williams has totaled 31 carries and 7 targets over the past 2 weeks. RB LeSean McCoy is also active tonight after being a healthy scratch last week.
Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Rams. He’s a risky fantasy play after rolling his ankle in practice on Wednesday.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams has returned to the team after dealing with a family matter, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. That means Williams should be ready to play against the Chargers on Monday night. Go ahead and set him in your lineups today.
Bears RB David Montgomery is headed for a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Rams, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Montgomery missed practice Thursday with his ankle sprain before returning to a limited Friday workout. The late kick obviously makes him risky to wait on for fantasy football lineups. If you need to wait for Montgomery, then check for Rams, Chiefs or Chargers options on the waiver wire as insurance. If Montgomery doesn't play, Tarik Cohen could be in for a big volume boost.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams is questionable for Monday night's game against the Chargers in Mexico City. HC Andy Reid said Saturday that Williams was "excused for a personal situation" but added that he "should" travel with the team for the game. Let's hope we get word on whether Williams traveled before the early Sunday games start. If Williams remains away, we'd assume RB LeSean McCoy would re-enter the picture -- but also that he'd share work with Darrel Williams. Let's hope it doesn't come to that scenario.
Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Rams. He “lightly rolled” his ankle on Wednesday, per HC Matt Nagy, didn’t practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday. The late kickoff puts fantasy owners in a tough spot here. Hopefully we get an update on Montgomery Sunday morning. His absence would leave Chicago’s backfield to Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall.
Bears RB David Montgomery was held out of Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. HC Matt Nagy said his rookie "lightly rolled" the ankle in Wednesday's practice. That doesn't sound like a serious injury, but we can't consider Montgomery a lock for Sunday night's game against the Rams. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status. Montgomery's absence would leave Chicago's backfield to Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall.
Bears ILB Danny Trevathan left Sunday's win over the Lions in the 1st half with a nasty left elbow injury that put his arm in a sling. ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports that HC Matt Nagy said the team wouldn't know the extent of the injury for "a couple days." Trevathan will have an MRI Monday. Nick Kwiatkoski filled in for Trevathan and would take over the starting spot should Trevathan miss further time.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that QB Nick Foles will be the starter coming out of the Week 10 bye. Rookie QB Gardner Minshew exceeded all expectations filling in for Foles, completing 61.2% of his passes, averaging 7.4 yards per attempt and tossing 13 TDs vs. 4 INTs. Money is winning out here, though, after Jacksonville gave Foles $50 million guaranteed this offseason. He's worth adding in all 2-QB leagues and deeper 1-QB leagues. The Jags have the easiest remaining QB schedule, including games against the Bucs (Week 13), Raiders (Week 15) and Falcons (Week 16).
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals will have a new QB when they return from their Week 9 bye. Cincinnati plans to bench Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley for the Week 10 home date with Baltimore. The Bengals moved up in Round 4 to draft Finley this spring after a career that included 3 starting seasons for N.C. State. Finley averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt for the Wolfpack, with a 4.4% TD rate and 64.5% completions. He also had a solid preseason for the Bengals, completing 73.4% of his passes at 6.5 yards per attempt, with 3 TDs and 1 INT. We're certainly not boosting our fantasy outlooks for any of Cincinnati's skill-position players for a 4th-round rookie at QB, but change probably can't hurt the sputtering offense. Football Outsiders rated the Bengals 30th in overall offensive DVOA heading into Week 8, including just 27th in passing offense.
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