Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 15


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 15

Are you still in the running for your league's championship? If you're reading this, you probably are still alive. But hey, if you've been knocked out of the title chase or are playing in the consolation bracket, keep playing. I don't care if I'm in first place or 12th; if there is a matchup to be won, I want to win it. Hopefully you feel the same.
Anyway, you know what we do here on Sunday mornings. We will have all of the information regarding the day's early actives and inactives. Since we learned about the status of Robert Griffin III @RGIII last night, the top name worth watching this morning is Roddy White @roddywhiteTV. His status and the status of every other injured player in these early games will be updated here until the first kickoffs. Keep refreshing this page for all of the latest info.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 15 include Robert Griffin III, Ahmad Bradshaw, Jordy Nelson, Fred Jackson, Dwayne Bowe and Rashad Jennings. For a full recap of all the injured NFL'ers this week, click on the link below to the league's official injury report.

-- ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will start today versus Giants. He didn't practice all week because of a knee injury, so some risk is involved, but he is a stellar WR2, in my opinion. The matchup is very good. UPDATE: White is officially active.
-- Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is active. He's battling through numerous aches and pains, but he's a fine WR2 versus Atlanta.
-- Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts is active. He missed one game due to a concussion, but he's good to go now. He had been a touchdown machine of late, so get him into your lineup. The matchup versus Miami is not that tough.
-- Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola @DannyAmendola is active after sitting out two games due to a foot injury. He is a strong WR2 in PPR leagues and a huge boost to the Rams' offense overall.
-- Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is active. He was on the injury report as probable due to an abdomen problem. Uh, you're starting him.
-- Ravens running back Ray Rice is active despite a minor hip injury. He will get a lot of carries today against the Broncos.
-- Browns running back Trent RIchardson is active. Everything that can be hurt on his body is hurt, plus he's sick. But he remains the team's workhorse. He's a low-end RB1 versus the Redskins.
-- Bears running back MIchael Bush is active despite some nagging ribs. He will get a few carries in place of Matt Forte, but most importantly, he'll get the goal-line chances, which always caps Forte's value.
-- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is active. He has been dealing with neck and knee issues lately, but he's a decent QB2 today against the Packers.
-- On the defensive side of the ball, the Ravens will have Terrell Suggs back today against the Broncos, and Clay Matthews is active for the Packers. That is not good news for Jay Cutler.
-- Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is active despite his foot injury. The foot is no longer a concern, but his QB today might be. I think Garcon will still be heavily targeted, but since he'll be matched up often with Joe Haden, and we don't know know what to expect from Kirk Cousins, I think Garcon is a WR3 today.

Fantasy Analysis:

We learned last night that RG3 wouldn't start for the Redskins. This morning, we learned he would be inactive. It's a huge blow to many fantasy teams vying for a championship. Kirk Cousins will fill in, and he is a fantasy option only in the deepest of two-quarterback leagues. Pierre Garcon's upside has been cut somewhat, but I still like him as a WR3. Alfred Morris should see more work as a result of Griffin's absence.
Bradshaw is out due to a sprained knee, and he's probably a shaky bet to be ready for Week 16. That means David Wilson gets the Giants backfield basically all to himself. He's a top-10 RB today against a Falcons defense that you can run on.
Nelson is another guy who could be iffy for next week since it doesn't seem like he is close to returning from his latest hamstring injury. Randall Cobb is still the top man in that receiving corps, but I'm waiting for something out of Greg Jennings, who is no more than a low-end WR3 today.
Jackson is out for the season due to a knee injury. C.J. Spiller should get (better get) 20+ touches per game moving forward. Even in a tough matchup versus Seattle today, he's an RB1.
Bowe is gone for the year due to broken ribs. I guess Jon Baldwin and tight end Tony Moeaki will pick up most of the slack, but you can't really afford to start anybody in this passing game this week or any week.
Maurice Jones-Drew has been out for a long time due to his foot injury. Now he's been joined by Jennings, who is dealing with a concussion for a second straight week. Montell Owens will continue to get the majority of the carries for the Jags, but he is only a flex option on the road against Miami's good run defense.


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