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News: 12/21 – Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is still listed as questionable for Week 16 despite participated in Saturday’s walkthrough.
Take: Things are pointing toward Julio playing, but clearly this is a game-time decision, as he will need to test the hip out in warm-ups. Stay glued to our news wire and smart alerts on this one! If he sits, Harry Douglas becomes a strong play, and since this is a morning game, fantasy owners should have time to react in solid fashion.


News: 12/21 – Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) and RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) have both been ruled out of Week 16.
Take: Expect to see a touch more Danny Amendola than normal, but it will likely be Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell (and even Shane Vereen) that get increased looks in Week 16. Jonas Gray might become a factor with Blount out, but New England is tough to trust when it comes to the running backs. Get Edelman out of your line-up if you have him in there!


News: 12/21 – Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (illness) is questionable for Week 16.
Take: It looks like just flu-like symptoms, so most expect him to play; however, with this game being on Monday night, be certain you have a back-up plan just in case you wait on Sanders and he ends up sitting. One solution would be to pick-up and stash Cody Latimer (only to use if Sanders did in fact sit). If you have a very solid alternative, like Martavis Bryant, get on our fantasy football forums and get some opinions! And, of course, utilize our Lineup Analyzer as well. Oh, and we also wanted to let you know that Peyton Manning (thigh) is questionable for Monday night as well, but most everyone on every news wire around is expecting him to play. Still, just monitor this situation (via this news wire and our smart alerts). As said above with Sanders, utilize our forums and Lineup Analyzer if you have a strong alternative under Manning. For now, we think he will play, but it’s always a risk waiting until Monday, as setbacks happen. Just know that and plan accordingly (without overthinking things).


News: 12/21 – Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) will start Week 16 against the Browns.
Take: He was cleared yesterday. While he has QB1 appeal, keep in mind he may not run as much.


News: 12/21 – ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting that Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, questionable) is expected to play Week 16 against the Colts.
Take: This is a tough call if you own Murray, as this is an afternoon game, but you could always grab Joseph Randle or Lance Dunbar now so that you have a last-minute alternative (and solid one at that) should this change directions last-minute. We expect him to play as of this early morning – We will post updates here and Smart Alert them out as info rolls in!


News: 12/21 – Colts WR TY Hilton is still looking very questionable for his late Sunday game, and he could be on the bad side of “questionable”. The Colts have already locked up the AFC South, so logic says if he is iffy at all, the team will sit him. However, anything can happen, so stay on both our news and Smart Alerts on this one. If he does sit, Donte Moncrief has all kinds of sneakiness to him heading into Week 16!!!
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NEWS: Frank Gore to start against Chargers.

SMITTY: Great news for those who were counting on him as a RB2/3 this week. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Julio Jones still questionable to play Week 16?

SMITTY: He was on the sideline again during Friday’s practice, so it’s very tough to tell how this situation is going to play out. This will likely be a game-time call, so stay close to both our News Wire and your Smart Alerts all weekend long! Oh, and as we said all last week and the week before, Harry Douglas is WR2/WR3-solid whenever Julio is out. He shouldn’t be available on waivers. If he is, grab him so at the very least, no one else gets to spot-start him this week should Julio sit. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Eddie Lacy has eye irritation and may have to wear goggles during Week 16?

SMITTY: According to reports, Eddie Lacy is developing an irritation in an eye and he may not be able to wear contact lenses during Week 16. In order to see, as Lacy claims to be near blind without contacts, the runner may roll with the Eric Dickerson goggles. His irritation could go away, too, though. This shouldn’t affect Lacy’s play at all, but keep tabs on this in case something bigger develops (an eye infection, etc.). James Starks is always a bit of a threat to steal carries away from Lacy, so we wanted to bring this to your attention, despite it being somewhat small news, so that we can all monitor it. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeMarco Murray (hand) will be the one to decide if he plays Week 16?

SMITTY: Word is that if it’s left up to DeMarco Murray, he will most likely play Week 16. This is great news for those hoping to win their Week 16 fantasy championship on his shoulders. He may not see his usual workload, making both Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar decent super-desperate flex plays, but Murray should see well-near 20 touches, or even 20 carries, if he starts. “Should” being the keyword here, though, as anything can happen during the game. If he is playing though, sitting him is just about unthinkable. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Kyle Rudolph (knee) doubtful for Week 16?

SMITTY: Keep tabs on this just in case; Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison will split the workload in Week 16. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: TY Hilton (hamstring) very questionable for Week 16.

SMITTY: He was thought to be near 50/50 according to some sources, but others, including Colts ESPN reporter Mike Wells, feel it would be a bit of a shock to see Hilton on the field given the Colts have already locked up the AFC South. Anything can happen though, so stay on both our news and Smart Alerts on this one. If he does sit, Donte Moncrief has all kinds of sneakiness to him heading into Week 16. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: DeMarco Murray (hand) practiced for second-straight day on Thursday.

SMITTY: He only got in limited sessions according to reports, but he is continuing to see action in practiced and is even catching passes with his wrapped hand. While we can see him sitting Week 16 out last-minute, as the Cowboys will have a preparation advantage keeping the Colts in the dark up until game-time, there is a real chance he plays. If he doesn’t, Joseph Randle could have sneaky-good RB2-type production for a week. He is a tough runner and would do very well behind that line. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Delanie Walker (knee) active for Week 16 Thursday night; Kendall Wright (hand) also active.

SMITTY: Delanie Walker (knee) active for Week 16 Thursday night; Kendall Wright (hand) also active. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Alfonso Smith the only healthy 49ers running back for Week 16?

Update: Recent reports suggest that Frank Gore is rolling through the league’s concussion protocol and could be available for Week 16. Stay tuned via this news wire and via our Smart Alerts. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?

Previous Report: Well, him and Phillip Tanner. FB Bruce Miller will also get touches, but he is a receiving threat more than a rushing threat, as last week he pulled in 4/46. None of these guys are solid fantasy options, but if desperate at the running back position here in Week 16, Alfonso Smith is probably the best option. As of now, Carlos Hyde (back/ankle) is doubtful for Week 16, and Frank Gore (concussion) is very questionable, as he remains in the middle of the league’s concussion protocol. If news breaks on this, especially if Gore gets cleared, we will let you know via this news wire and via our Smart Alerts. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?