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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017


A very Merry Christmas to you all. It was tough with the Raiders playing last night, for I had to miss their game in deference to family tradition. That said, there will be a bunch of fun match-ups starting Saturday night. So, in between setting rosters, playing with new toys, and overeating, here are my Week 16 thoughts.

Note that the end of the NFL season is a lot like the end of the baseball season, where guys are available, or on IR.


Arizona only reports Andre Ellington (ribs) as questionable against Green Bay, who report no overt injuries.

Carolina will again be sitting Jonathan Stewart while hosting the Falcons, who similarly report no injuries.

Baltimore reports receiver Marlon Brown (back) as questionable facing the Steelers, who report no injuries.

Buffalo's LeSean McCoy (knee) is questionable hosting Dallas, who have no new fantasy impacting injuries to report.

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is questionable at Tampa, where wide receiver Vincent Jackson (knee) is also questionable.

The Bengals could well have big trouble in Denver where Andy Dalton (thumb) and Tyler Eifert (concussion) are out and A.J. Green (back) is questionable, while the Broncos have no impacting injuries.

Cleveland reports no injuries in going up against the tough Chiefs in KC, who similarly report nothing of significance.

Detroit reports no issues hosting San Francisco, who similarly have nothing to update.

Houston has T.J. Yates (torn ACL) out, and Brian Hoyer (concussion) and Cecil Shorts (groin) both iffy, making their QB situation interesting facing the Titans, whose Marcus Mariota (knee) is also out.

The Colts have no issues other than the obvious against the Dolphins, whose Rishard Matthews (knee) is questionable.

Jacksonville's T.J. Yeldon (knee) is questionable in New Orleans where Drew Brees (foot) is questionable.

Adrian Peterson (ankle) is questionable against the Giants, who have a suspended Odell Beckham.

Danny Amendola (knee) is doubtful against the Jets, who report no injuries.

Neither the Eagles nor the Skins report any injuries.

Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is doubtful against St. Louis while Doug Baldwin (hamstring) is questionable. The Rams report no injuries.


Keenan AllenJamaal CharlesJordy 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

FantasyScore Plays

Looking at this week's games, there are a number of interesting speculations, and so for QB, I am going with Teddy Bridgewater ($5100) coming off a hot week in an impacting game against the worst pass defense in the NFL.

That allows me to exploit Wide Receiver, which I did with Antonio Brown ($8800) and Jarvis Landry ($6800).

On defense, there are some fun choices, but I am guessing that Tennessee ($1500), ninth-best against the pass and going up against the likes of Brandon Weeden, will be able to take advantage accordingly, especially bearing in mind the price.

Remember you can play against us at the FantasyScore Mastersball 50-team 50/50 Challenge.


Marcus Kruger has a broken wrist and will miss four months of Blackhawks games.

Funny how infielder Chris Johnson never really became a player of much roto interest, as a 31-year-old with a 162-game extrapolated career mean of .280-13-70 must be worth something. It wasn't, as the Indians unceremoniously released him.

Santa Claus apparently completed his 2016 rounds without interference.

 Follow me @lawrmichaels.

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