Compiled by Justin Sablich (@JustinSablich)
Catch-up on some of the key fantasy football happenings heading into Sunday’s Week 15 games, including the latest injuries and how they might affect fantasy performances.
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Leonard Fournette Is A Real Doubt For Sunday
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (quad) remained sidelined at Friday’s practice. Fournette has missed every practice this week, putting his status for Sunday against the Texans in real jeopardy. Perhaps the Jaguars will take precautionary measures and hold Fournette out in preparation for the playoffs. Jacksonville can beat Houston with a T.J. Yeldon/Chris Ivory backfield, with Ivory as an RB3 and Yeldon as a deep flex play.
Jordy Nelson Ready for Fantasy Comeback
Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been completely lost in Green Bay’s offense while Brett Hundley has been under center. Nelson started the year producing like a true WR1, but his more recent production has been so low as to not even warrant flex consideration. Nelson has a real chance to turn things around in Week 15 against a vulnerable Carolina defense. Aaron Rodgers will return to action this week as well. Nelson and Rodgers have an almost telepathic connection that should translate into fantasy points.
Adrian Peterson Placed On IR
Peterson had an up and down year with the Cardinals, ultimately having solid RB3 value most weeks. In his place, fellow running back Kerwynn Williams should provide solid flex value this weekend and for the rest of the season given his expected volume and lack of competition in the backfield.
Jay Ajayi Getting More Work
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is getting more work and coach Doug Pederson says that ” [his] touches are going up each week.” Pederson added Ajayi is “fitting in really well.” Ajayi played 43 snaps and had an Eagles’ high 16 touches Week 14 against the Rams. With the offense likely to be more run-heavy following Carson Wentz‘s season-ending knee injury and the coaches steadily increasing Ajayi’s role, he is a high-upside RB2 against the Giants.
Rex Burkhead Has Six Touchdowns Over Last Five Games
The Steelers do an excellent job of limiting receiving yards out of the backfield from running backs, but Burkhead has been seeing the carries in the red zone recently. This marquee matchup could become a high-scoring affair quickly, and Burkhead is certain to be active throughout. Burkhead’s fantasy value can be dependent on touchdowns, but he has seven total this season. He will be a high-floor flex option with upside for Week 15.
Robert Woods Good To Go For Week 15
Woods will be returning from a three-game absence, but it’s unclear if he’ll be allowed his normal full snap count in his first game back. Before his injury, Woods was a lock as a WR2 as quarterback Jared Goff‘s favorite target in the passing game. His return is bad news for rookie Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins. Even if Woods doesn’t see a full snap count, he profiles at least as a WR3 option against a Seattle defense that is vulnerable through the air now with so many injured defenders.
Tevin Coleman (ATL)
Amari Cooper (OAK)