Description: Titans receiver Kendall Wright is active on Thursday against Jacksonville.
Insight: Wright did not play last week due to a hand injury. Delanie Walker is also active, so this limits Nate Washington's value a little bit. Wright is the better play, but he isn't much better than a WR4.
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy admitted to CSN Philadelphia that backup running back Chris Polk is taking over as the team's goal-line runner.
Insight: Polk played just three snaps versus the Cowboys in Week 15, but he scored on two of them. Another goal-line carry went to Darren Sproles who scored. McCoy will continue to lead the team in rushing, but the emergence of Polk and the addition of Sproles as significantly hurt McCoy's value.
Description: Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will start in Week 16.
Insight: That's how bad it is in Chicago. The Bears $127 million quarterback is headed to the bench in favor of Clausen. It seems highly unlikely Cutler is going anywhere with his massive guaranteed contract for the next two years, so this start isn't a try out for Clausen.
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been benched according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Insight: Hard to believe Cutler is being benched considering he is in his first year of a, seven-year, $127 million contract extension. Cutler has obviously regressed in the second year of Marc Trestman's offense, but with his contract guaranteed for the next two seasons, the Bears are stuck with him, and it seems silly to bench him for journeyman Jimmy Clausen. Regardless, any owners hoping to use Cutler this week are out of luck.
Description: 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde told CSN Bay Area that he recieved good news on his MRI but is still not expected to play on Saturday.
Insight: Not only did Hyde say he is not expected to play, he flat out stated he would need a miracle to suit up. The timing couldn't have been worse as Frank Gore is doubtful because of his concussion. Alfonso Smith or Phillip Tanner could be the starting running back on Saturday versus the Chargers.
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles will be active for Thursday night's game against the Titans.
Insight: That's good considering Bortles is about the only thing that viewers might be tuning in to watch. Bortles has still be flat out bad at times, with just multiple touchdowns in two of 12 appearances. He has also taken 46 sacks, but if owners are desperate, Bortles will be available.
Description: Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro, inactive for Week 15 against the Jaguars, has now been placed on the injured reserve list thereby ending his season.
Insight: Taliaferro made a little noise back in Week 3 when he rushed 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown, but since Week 5 has given the Ravens and fantasy owners very little as Justin Forsett grabbed the workhorse role.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken band in his left hand, but the feeling in Dallas is he can play in Week 16, according to an Ed Werder report.
Insight: Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would likely form a committee if Murray is unable to play against the Colts, but obviously neither would produce at Murray's level.
Description: Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery again caught a garbage-time touchdown to turn an ugly game respectable.
Insight: Jeffery should have had a big day, with Brandon Marshall out for the season, but he and Cutler weren't on the same page. Jeffery caught just four of nine targets for 78 yards and the one score.
Description: The "bad" Jay Cutler was on display Monday night against New Orleans.
Insight: Cutler had 194 yards passing on 31 attempts with a pair of touchdown passes and three interceptions. It's always a guessing game which Cutler will show up each week and that's a problem in a one-and-done fantasy playoff system.
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston was one of three Saints pass catchers with seven targets in a balanced offense.
Insight: The balance doesn't help any receiver post big numbers, but Colston did hit double-digits with five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. In his ninth season, Colston is a low-end fantasy option. He's only cracked the 100-yard mark twice this season and not since Week 7.
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (dislocated shoulder) was placed on injured reserve.
Insight: His season is over, and Locker will be a free agent during the offseason. He will likely sign a deal to compete for a backup job. If Zach Mettenberger is healthy, he will likely start. If not, Charlie Whitehurst will get the nod. Jordan Palmer was signed to take Locker's roster spot.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken band in his left hand.
Insight: Wow. This seemingly came out of nowhere, however Murray's status is still unknown for the Week 16. The injury is being reported as minor, and may he may only need to miss one game, if any. Yet, this is not what owners want to hear heading into the Championship round. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar would likely form a committee if Murray is unable to play against the Colts.
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles suffered a mid-foot sprain, according to beat writer John Oehser.
Insight: Bortles took eight more sacks in Week 15, which brings his total to 46 on the season and this is part of the consequences of not protecting your quarterback. He should be considered unlikely to play Thursday on a short work week.
Description: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had his fantasy owners in a panic when he headed to the locker room two minutes before the end of the first half and backup Brock Osweiler ran the final series.
Insight: Manning did return for the first series of the second half and played the remainder of the game. He was dealing with a thigh issue and flu-like symptoms. He should be good to go in Week 16. Manning threw for 233 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, not up to his high standards, but better than Week 14.
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker had a solid game in Week 15 catching seven of 11 targets for 100 yards.
Insight: Decker's day could have been much better, but he stepped out on what first appeared to be an 81-yard touchdown catch and run. He settled for a 48-yard reception and earned his first 100-yard bonus of the season.
Description: Jets running back Chris Johnson rushed for a team-high 55 yards.
Insight: Johnson has been getting the work in the past three games, but hasn't produced big numbers. Ivory rushed 12 times for 25 yards and a touchdown, Johnson rushed 10 times for 55 yards and neither guy holds great upside right now with this 50-50 split of the workload.
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was as quiet as his quarterback in this one against Minnesota, catching just four passes, for 53 yards.
Insight: Johnson had gone big in the previous two games so this was unfortunate for fantasy owners. If you survived despite the low production from Megatron, he should rebound next weekend against Chicago. He had 11 catches for 146 yards and two TDs against them on Nov 27.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was very quiet in a 16-14 win over Minnesota.
Insight: He was 17-of-28 for 153 yards and one touchdown. The Vikings dominated time of possession and Stafford and the offense couldn't get much going. he should be much better in Week 16 against a very giving Bears defense.
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata led the team with 11 carries for 36 yards in Week 15.
Insight: At least he found the end zone and caught seven balls for 50 yards to crack into double-digit fantasy points. Asiata is a low end value only because Jerick McKinnon is done for the season. We don't expect him to be a viable fantasy option in 2015.
Description: Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin caught three balls for 53 yards.
Insight: Although he's the No. 1 Seahawks receivers, he's not a consistent fantasy option. The Seahawks went ultra conservative on offense and everyone other than Marshawn Lynch suffered because of it.
Description: Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse saw six targets and led the team with five receptions for 78 yards.
Insight: Kearse has yet to prove himself a value to fantasy owners. This was his season high for receiving yards and he has only one touchdown reception. Kearse should still not be owned in fantasy leagues.
Description: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was quiet in Week 15 with 168 yards and a touchdown passing and 27 yards on the ground.
Insight: Games like this one are why Wilson's fantasy value is limited. He's not a prolific passer, doesn't have great receivers and the team can win even when they are ultra conservative on offense because of their great defense.
Description: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushed 21 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: The 49ers defense played well, particularly in the first half, but Lynch still managed to help fantasy owners. It will be a tough game again in Week 16 against an Arizona Cardinals defense that is No. 6 against the run and has yielded just six rushing touchdowns this season.
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis didn't catch a pass Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: How can a player with his talent level be playing so poorly all season? Davis remains the biggest bust among tight ends in 2014 and shouldn't be started. Since a two-touchdown opening game, Davis hasn't cracked the five-point mark.
Description: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn't get his, or the team's offense going ... again.
Insight: Kaepernick threw for just 141 yards and ran for 46 yards. He still hasn't run for a touchdown all season and his team produced just seven points against the Seahawks. Not surprising results and fantasy owners shouldn't have started him.
Description: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper caught two of four targets for 17 yards against Dallas Sunday night.
Insight: The Eagles will need a better receiver opposite Jeremy Maclin next season. Cooper has proven that last season's numbers (47-835-8) were a fluke by posting completely forgettable statistics all season long.
Description: Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez proved once again why he's a backup quarterback.
Insight: Sanchez threw for 252 yards, but didn't throw a touchdown pass and was picked off two times. He's yet to come up with a good effort in a big game and come next season should be back in a reserve role.
Description: Eagles backup running back Chris Polk appears to be the goal line back.
Insight: Polk scored twice inside the 5-yard line. He's not going to get any significant yards based on current usage, but he could be a consistent touchdown maker. At the moment he's just a pain in the side of LeSean McCoy owners.
Description: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was wide open all night and toasted the Eagles secondary for three scores and 114 yards.
Insight: The Eagles tried to cover him man-to-man with Bradley Fletcher and that just didn't work. Bryant has tied career-high with 13 touchdowns and should set a new mark with the remaining two games against Indianapolis and Washington.
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo featured Dez Bryant and Jason Witten and he posted solid numbers against the Eagles.
Insight: Witten made the first downs and Bryant scored three times as Romo racked up 265 yards and three touchdowns. He looked much healthier than he did the last times these two teams met on Thanksgiving Day.
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a big game in Week 15.
Insight: Sound familar? Beckham had 12 catches for 143 yards and caught all three of Eli Manning's touchdowns. Beckham had 15 targets while the receiver with the second-most targets had just four. Beckham remains a WR1 option.
Description: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III came off the bench for the injured Colt McCoy and played pretty well.
Insight: Griffin was 18-for-27 with 236 yards and a touchdown, though, many Washington fans likely believe Griffin scored a rushing touchdown at the end of the first half too. Griffin dove for the pilon but fumbled out of bounds just before scoring. With the time expired, Washington did not have another opportunity to score. Although those previous numbers are alright, Griffin did also fumble three times, losing one, and take seven sacks.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not catch a pass in the first half, but that was no big deal for Tom Brady's favorite target.
Insight: Gronkowski made some big plays in the third quarter as the Patriots outscored the Dolphins in the quarter, 24-0. Gronkowski had three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. He is the top fantasy tight end in the league.
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray is apparently out of the doghouse.
Insight: Gray led the team with 11 carries versus the Dolphins and gained a team-high 62 yards. LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen, however, scored the rushing touchdowns, so the Patriots backfield remains a mystery.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman had seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 15.
Insight: It is hard to predict where the Patriots or Tom Brady are going to go with the ball, but Edelman is nearly as sure a bet as Rob Gronkowski. Edelman has at least seven catches the last four games.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount gave way to Jonas Gray a bit in Week 15, but Blount did score a touchdown.
Insight: Blount had just eight carries and 17 yards while only supplying seven more yards receiving, but he avoided the fantasy dud finding the end zone on the goal line. Blount, along with every other Patriots running back, has risk invovled every week because owners just don't know who will get the ball.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for a pair of touchdowns again in Week 15.
Insight: Brady has at least two touchdown passes in 10 straight weeks, which is every game since the debacle at Kansas City. Brady was 21-of-35 with 287 yards and his only blemish was the one interception.
Description: Fantasy owners cannot ignore Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera any longer.
Insight: Rivera had seven more catches for 39 yards in Week 15. That yardage total is not great, but it is the third straight week Rivera was heavily invovled in the passing game. He is a gamble, but one worth going for if owners need tight end help.
Description: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had a big fantasy day in Week 15.
Insight: Kelce had five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers aren't huge but for a very inconsistent position, that kind of production is big in the playoffs. Kelce is a solid TE1 with a juicy matchup next week.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis remains fantasy relevant.
Insight: Davis has remained relevant in fantasy because of his big play ability. Davis can make noise on special teams and on Sunday, he made a big splash in the passing game. Davis caught one pass for a 70-yard touchdown.
Description: Raiders running back Latavius Murray continues to be a decent fantasy play.
Insight: That's saying a lot considering he plays for the Raiders. Murray had 12 carries for 59 yards and 17 more yards receiving. Murray is a FLEX option just based on the fact he should get lots of carries, though, when Oakland falls behind, there's always a chance Derek Carr gets more than 50 pass attempts.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a disappointing day for his standards, rushing for 12 carries for 52 yards versus the Raiders.
Insight: Not a good time for him to lay an egg. The Raiders were able to slow him down, and then with a big lead, Andy Reid didn't use him much late in the game. Charles will be a RB1 again next week against the Steelers.
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr was not good against the Chiefs in Week 15.
Insight: Carr did not throw an interception, but he did lose a fumble and average just 4.0 yards per attempt. Carr attempted 56 passes, so he did manage to gain 222 yards through the air. He also had a touchdown.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson should probably not be in fantasy starting lineups anymore.
Insight: Richardson has been given every opportunity to prove he can be "the guy" in Indianapolis, but now he is losing playing time to Daniel Herron. Richardson had 32 yards on nine carries while Herron gained 60 yards on 11 attempts. Sit Richardson if you haven't already.
Description: Texans running back Alfred Blue had eight carries for 26 yards versus the Colts.
Insight: After Ryan Fitzpatrick left the game, Houston ran the ball a lot. With backup quarterback Tom Savage also hurt, there is a big question mark at quarterback, which means even with Arian Foster healthy, Blue could get more work.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster just missed the 100-yard rushing bonus versus the Colts.
Insight: Foster had 99 rushing yards on 26 carries. He had plenty of opportunities with starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leaving the game with a leg injury. Foster is still a RB1 no matter who plays quarterback for Houston.
Description: Colts running back Dan Herron had another decent day at the office.
Insight: Herron rushed for 60 yards on 11 carries as he again outproduced the former first-round pick Trent Richardson. Herron added two catches and 12 yards in the passing game. He is a decent FLEX play moving forward.
Description: Texas rookie quarterback Tom Savage was 10-of-19 with his interception after he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday.
Insight: Savage handed the ball off a lot, which was also an issue and one handoff led to a fumble. Savage isn't exactly fantasy relevant, and he is also undergoing an MRI on his knee. It was a tough day at the office for Texans quarterbacks.
Description: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had another slow start and didn't really recover in Week 15.
Insight: Luck threw a pick-six in the first quarter and did respond with two touchdown passes in the second quarter, but that's about it. Luck was 18-of-37 for 187 yards with the two scores and the interception. The Texans also sacked Luck twice.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart was sort of the workhorse back for Jacksonville versus the Ravens on Sunday.
Insight: We sort of give him the workhorse label because he did lead the team in carries, doubling every other Jaguar running back, but he still had just 13 carries and 54 yards. If owners have to go with someone in the Jacksonville backfield, Gerhart is the guy.
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles still hasn't learned when to get rid of the football.
Insight: Bortles took eight more sacks in Week 15, which brings his total to 46 on the season. As a team, Jacksonville has allowed 62 sacks this season, so it probably isn't all Bortles' shortcomings. Bortles has shown promise this season, but he isn't fantasy relevant.
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did enough to beat the lowly Jaguars on Sunday.
Insight: Flacco was 20-for-30 with 221 yards and a touchdown. The Baltimore offense unexpectedly had difficulty running the ball versus Jacksonville so overall, the offense struggled. Flacco is a low-end QB1 in deep leagues.
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the team with 10 catches for 110 yards.
Insight: Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin didn't mind Derek Anderson at quarterback as both received 13 targets. Unfortunately, Jericho Cotchery caught the only touchdown. Olsen remains a strong TE1 consideration no matter who plays quarterback.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had six catches for 70 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Jackson continues to stick around and annoy fantasy owners who believed Mike Evans was ready to take over as the No. 1 option in the Buccaneers passing attack. Jackson had 10 targets versus Evans' eight.
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams' day in the sun seems to be over.
Insight: Adams caught six of 11 targets for a team-high 121 yards in Week 13, but had just one catch for six yards, on four targets in Week 14 and just one catch this Sunday. Adams can probably be dropped in standard leagues.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson was a big disappointment in Week 15.
Insight: Nelson has an alright day with five catches for 55 yards, but he dropped a potential 95-yard score, which would have probably more than tripled his fantasy points in standard leagues. Nelson, along with Aaron Rodgers, should get back on track next week.
Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb caught seven passes for 96 yards and added 15 more yards on the ground.
Insight: Cobb was able to avoid a fantasy dud despite Aaron Rodgers laying an egg. Cobb is a WR1 moving forward and is a safer play than Jordy Nelson on these type of days because Cobb can be involved in other ways besides the vertical passing game.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy was awesome again and should have received more opportunities against the Bills.
Insight: Lacy had 15 carries and gained 97 yards with a touchdown. He, however, had five of those carries on one drive which ended with his score, the only touchdown for the Packers on the day. The only reason we can think of as to why Lacy did not get more work is that he was hurt, which is a possibility since he came into the week with a hip injury.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked a horrible time to have his worst game of the season.
Insight: With the fantasy playoffs on the line, Rodgers did not throw a touchdown and threw two interceptions for the first time since Oct. 26. Rodgers completed just 17-of-42 passes for 185 yards. If owners with Rodgers survive this week, he is still a must-start next week.
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was a fantasy disappointment again.
Insight: This is the second straight week Gordon did virtually nothing. Much of that can be credited to the very poor quarterback play from Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. The issue with that excuse is Gordon was able to put up huge numbers with Branden Weeden and Jason Campbell last season, so Gordon owners don't really want to heard the quarterback excuse.
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was fantasy relevant in garbage time in Week 15.
Insight: Bernard had 79 yards on 15 carries and gained 24 more yards on three catches, but nearly all of that came in the second half with Cincinnati ahead by more than 20. Owners shouldn't count on Bernard repeating that performance versus the tough Broncos next week.
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell may have hit the rookie wall.
Insight: Crowell hasn't rushed for over 60 yards since Week 12 and has just two games with over a 4.0 yards per carry average since Week 5. Against the Bengals in Week 15, Crowell gained 17 yards on seven carries.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has seized his opportunity to be the Bengals starter.
Insight: Hill led Cincinnati with 25 carries and 148 yards with two touchdowns on Sunday. The Bengals ripped apart the Browns run defense for 244 yards on the ground. Hill is a low-end RB1 moving forward.
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did not have a great statistical game, but Cincinnati still won, 30-0.
Insight: Dalton was 14-of-24 for 117 yards and threw a pick. Cincinnati was dominate in the running game as they rushed for 224 yards as a team. This looks to be the Bengals philosophy moving forward, so Dalton's fantasy value is limited.
Description: To say Johnny Manziel's first start as a pro was a disappointment is an understatement.
Insight: Manziel was awful, going 10-of-18 for 80 yards and throwing two interceptions. The Bengals also sacked three times. With the Browns basically eliminated from playoff contention, we expect Cleveland to go ahead and stay with Manziel despite this terrible performance.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller continues to be Ben Roethlisberger's safety blanket.
Insight: Miller is not going to light up any fantasy scoreboard, but he will have a few important catches every week. In Week 15, he caught the third-and-one pass from Roethlisberger to seal the victory. Miller finished with four catches and 68 yards.
Description: Falcons receiver Harry Douglas led the team with 10 catches for 131 yards in Week 15.
Insight: The owners who gambled with Doulgas were rewarded with his best game of the season. He didn't find the end zone, but his team-high 14 targets was enough for him to accumulate great numbers. Douglas would be a good option next week as well against the Saints if Julio Jones has to miss another game.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is the first wide receiver to have 30 straight games with at least five catches and 50 yards.
Insight: That is the most meaningless real-life stat, but it holds great importance to fantasy owners. Brown now has 115 catches and 1,498 receiving yards, which both lead the NFL at the moment. Brown is just 29 catches away from breaking Marvin Harrison's single-season receptions record set back in 2002.
Description: Falcons running back Steven Jackson had an alright fantasy day with 11 carries and 46 yards.
Insight: Atlanta turned to Matt Ryan and the passing game as they trailed the Steelers, 20-7, at halftime. Jackson had a decent average, but without a touchdown, he didn't help many owners advance to the championship.
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell used all his skills to put up another great fantasy day.
Insight: Bell only averaged 2.4 yards per carry but still managed 119 total yards as he gained 72 yards on five catches. Bell also had two rushing touchdowns. He also broke the Steelers single-season record for total yards on offense.
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for two touchdowns and one interception against the Steelers in Week 15.
Insight: The interception was the difference in the game as William Gay returned it for a touchdown and Atlanta lost, 27-20, but for fantasy owners Ryan had a good day. He was 26-of-37 for 310 yards with the two touchdowns and one turnover. He is a good option next week in New Orleans for fantasy championship week.
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was very efficient but failed to score in Week 15.
Insight: Roethlisberger was 27-of-35 and threw for 360 yards. That's good enough for a 10.3 yards per attempt average. Not finding the end zone, however, likely hurt his chances of taking many teams to the championship round.
Description: Browns cornerback Joe Haden suffered a right-shoulder injury and will not return to the Weej 15 matchup against the Bengals.
Insight: Haden left in the second quarter and was ruled out by halftime. That's a huge loss for the Browns with their defense already leaking in the running game and Johnny Manziel doing nothing in his first career start.