Shark Bites

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions. That's a big boost for RB Aaron Jones. In the 1 game Williams missed earlier this season, Jones played 67% of the offensive snaps and compiled 182 yards and 4 TDs on 27 opportunities (carries + targets). He's a high-end RB1 for this weekend's plus matchup.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Lions this weekend, leaving RB Aaron Jones in a workhorse role. When Williams missed Week 5's game against the Cowboys, Jones popped off for 107 yards and 4 TDs (!!!) on the ground, plus 7 catches on 8 targets for 75 yards.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams was knocked out of Monday night's game in Minnesota with a shoulder injury. We'll see if he's able to play in this weekend's finale against the Lions. If not, RB Aaron Jones will be locked into a workhorse role.

Lions RBs Kerryon Johnson (knee) and Bo Scarbrough (ribs) are active for today’s game against the Broncos. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport gave us a convoluted report on this backfield this morning that didn’t help much. Try to avoid the situation — but if you’re forced to invest, Johnson is your best bet.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is expected to play today against the Broncos, which would be his first action since landing on IR after Week 7. So how many carries can we expect? Here's the goofy way NFL Network's Ian Rapoport stated it Sunday morning: "Johnson may not come out as the starter today, but he's expected to get his full share of carries along with Bo Scarbrough." When last we saw Johnson, he topped 70% playing time in 3 straight games and was dominating Detroit's backfield work. He has since missed 8 games with a knee injury, and Scarbrough has played well in his absence. Here's what HC Matt Patricia told reporters Friday when asked if Johnson would be limited, according to SI.com: “I would say that, I don’t know if you want to use the word ‘limit’ or just try to be smart, probably a better way to put it. From that standpoint of just being very aware, but certainly when you get in to the game some things change from that aspect of it, and you see how it goes. But again, he hasn’t played football in a while, so that’s definitely a factor.” It sounds like Scarbrough is expected to play through his questionable tag today, and it sounds like Detroit coaches will go in not planning to overwork Johnson. Combine the murky outlook with a negative matchup at Denver, and you get a fantasy backfield best avoided for Week 16.

The Lions have activated RB Kerryon Johnson from IR. HC Matt Patrcia said earlier in the week that the team would be "smart" with Johnson if he returned from his knee injury. The smart thing to do with your fantasy football lineup seems to be avoiding the Detroit backfield altogether in Sunday's negative matchup with the Broncos.

Patriots LB Jamie Collins (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Bills. He entered questionable but is OK to use in IDP lineups if you planned to. We have Collins as merely a low-LB3 option.

The Athletic's Chris Burke reports that Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Broncos. He's been on IR since injuring his knee in Week 7 but is eligible to be activated this week. It's entirely uncertain how big a role Johnson will play, though. And in Denver vs. the league's 10th-ranked RB defense, he'd just a desperation fantasy play.

Lions CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) is active for today's game against the Vikings. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. He's eligible to come off IR for Week 16 -- although it'd make little sense for the 3-8-1 Lions to bring him back. Johnson is only worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues. If he plays Week 16, it'd be against a solid Broncos run defense.

The Lions on Monday placed TE T.J. Hockenson on IR with the ankle injury he suffered on Thanksgiving. The rookie disappointed fantasy owners after a huge opener but remains a terrific long-term prospect. His departure from this season leaves Jesse James and Logan Thomas as Detroit's top 2 TEs. Thomas has topped 2 catches in a game just once this year. James -- a high-priced free agent addition before the team drafted Hockenson -- has finished just 1 game all season with more than 1 catch (back in Week 2).

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson suffered a right ankle injury late in Thursday's loss to the Bears. He was reportedly in a walking boot and getting around on a scooter afterwards. We'll update his status when we learn more, but this looks like a significant injury. Hockenson's absence would leave Detroit with TEs Jesse James and Logan Thomas. Neither is worth adding to fantasy rosters right now.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Bears. It's not a surprise after he played last week and finished the practice week with a full workout. Hockenson carries upside, as Chicago has been weak in TE coverage. But he also comes with a low target floor.

Lions DT Damon HArrison (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bears. DE Trey Flowers (concussion) is active, though, and ready to be a solid IDP option. DE Da'Shawn Hand (ankle) and S Tracy Walker (knee) are also active. Hand is no more than a low-level factor. A healthy Walker has been a weekly IDP starter this season, but he carries significant risk this week. Walker previously returned for Week 11 but left that game early.

Lions DE Trey Flowers (concussion), S Tracy Walker (knee), DT Damon Harrison (knee) and DE Da'Shawn Hand (ankle) are questionable for today's game against the Bears. Flowers progressed to a full practice Wednesday, but we have yet to see that he has gained full clearance to return from his concussion. If he gets that Thursday, he'll be a nice IDP option against the Bears. Walker remained limited all week. The last time he tried to return from this knee injury found him leaving that game in the 1st half. He's too risky for Week 13. Harrison has played through "questionable" tags the past 2 weeks and should be fine. Hand has only appeared in 2 games all season and missed the past 3 with the injury that continued to limit him in practice this week. We'll update the statuses on all 4 around 10:30 a.m. ET. Detroit has already ruled out CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) for the 2nd straight game.

Lions QB David Blough will start Thursday's game against the Bears, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. QB Jeff Driskel is dealing with a hamstring injury, although he's reportedly healthy enough to serve as the backup. Blough is an undrafted rookie who completed 61% of his passes and averaged 6.8 yards per attempt at Purdue. He posted a 58% completion rate and 6.3 yards per attempt this preseason. Blough figures to be a downgrade even from Driskel. WRs Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are both extremely shaky fantasy plays on Thanksgiving.

Lions CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) is inactive for today's game against Washington. Detroit will also miss SS Tracy Walker (knee), leaving the D without 40% of its starting 5 in the secondary.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He was added to the injury report on Saturday, and there was a report this morning that Hockenson wasn’t doing much in warmups. He’s a risky fantasy play today.

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was added to the injury report on Saturday as questionable with a shoulder. We'll get his official status by noon ET today, but the shoulder issue obviously adds risk to his fantasy outlook. He wasn't a great option anyways with just 4 catches for 53 scoreless yards in 2 games with Jeff Driskel at the helm.

The Lions have ruled DE Trey Flowers (concussion) and S Tracy Walker (knee) out for Sunday's game against Washington. That keeps rookie S Will Harris in the starting lineup in Walker's spot. Detroit will be thin at DE, with Da'Shawn Hand also out.

 
 
 

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