So, let's take our review prior to Week 15, where football moves to Saturday, giving us four full days going into the holiday weekend.
Matt Schaub (chest), who is a sub already, is questionable for the Ravens as is Crockett Gillmore (toe) at home facing the Chiefs who have Travis Kelce (groin) listed as probable, but their own RB depth support Spencer Ware (rib) is questionable.
Carolina will try to stay perfect without Jonathan Stewart (foot), who is definitely out, while Greg Olsen (knee), Jerricho Cotchery (unknown) and Ted Ginn, Jr. (unknown) are also questionable in the Big Apple, while the Giants are at full strength.
The Bengals were dealt a blow with Andy Dalton (thumb) out along with Tyler Eifert (concussion) similarly sitting, but fortunately the team matches up against the struggling Niners, who have WR's Anquan Boldin (hamstring) probable, but Vance McDonald (concussion) and Torrey Smith (back) questionable.
QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) is probable, but targets Marlon Moore (ribs) and Andrew Hawkins (concussion) are questionable versus Seattle who list Luke Willson (rib) as questionable. Don't forget, though, that Thomas Rawls is now on IR, and done for the year.
Detroit travels to New Orleans with Lance Moore (ankle) listed as questionable while the Saints report no issues.
The Packers journey to the Bay Area and report no offensive injuries while the Raiders' Amari Cooper (foot) is questionable.
Alfred Blue (back), Brian Hoyer (concusssion) and J.J. Watt (hand, and, well, the defense revolves around him) are all questionable against the Colts where back-up signal caller Matt Hasselbeck (back) and Donte Moncrief (toe) are questionable.
Keenan Allen, Jamaal Charles, Jordy Nelson, Le'Veon Bell, Victor Cruz, Andrew Luck, Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, Peyton Manning, Martellus Bennett, Brian Hartline, Carlos Hyde, Thomas Rawls and Josh McCown
Fantasy Score Plays
It is hard to ignore the weak pass defense when picking a signal caller, so I am going Matthew Stafford ($6400) as a modest point man facing the Saints.
In fact, I like Golden Tate ($5700), who has 32 receptions out of 39 targets over the past month.
Finally, with or without J.J. Watt, I am guessing with the Colts struggling for a QB, Houston ($2400) makes a good defensive play for the week.
Martin Shkreli, the asshole Pharm head who earlier this year raised the cost of the anti-AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, and unapologetically spent $2 million for a Wu-Tang Clan album (let them eat cake, anyone?) was busted by the Feds for laundering, ponzi activity and lot of other stuff, showing karma does work.
Jeff Francis, all promise, few results. A first-rounder (ninth overall) in 2002, Francis toiled 11 essentially pedestrian seasons, notching a 72-82, 4.97 record over 1291 frames with a 1.442 WHIP. Even when he seemed good (17-9 in 2006), he still had a 4.42 ERA and 1.374 WHIP. It is indeed a hard game.
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