This week we give thanks to easy matchups, excellent sleepers and strong plays off the waiver wire. Dave Richard previews over nearly 180 players for Week 12 in this week's Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet.
The Jets enter Week 9 against the Chiefs relatively healthy. Out of 15 players listed on the injury report, Darrin Walls (calf, knee) was ruled doubtful for Sunday.Geno Smith (shoulder) was labeled questionable.
Decker (knee) caught four passes for 81 yards on 11 targets Sunday against the Texans.
With the Texans playing most of the game without their two top cornerbacks, it was disappointing that Decker was only able to catch four of his team-high 11 targets. In addition, the Jets were playing most of the second half from behind and the team was in heavy pass mode during that time. that said, this was only the second time all season he failed to score a TD. In addition, he's posted at least 79 receiving yards in four of his last five contests.
Coach Todd Bowles relayed Monday that Fitzpatrick (thumb) will remain the Jets' starting QB.
According to Bowles, in the wake of Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Texans, in which Fitzpatrick completed 19-of-39 passes for 216 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, there was "not much" thought to making a change at QB. Next up for Fitzpatrick and the 5-5 Jets -- who have dropped two games in a row -- is a home tilt against the 4-6 Dolphins on Sunday.
Marshall was limited at practice last Wednesday before practicing fully Friday and being listed as probable for Week 11's action. Expect a similar pattern to emerge this week as Sunday's game against the Dolphins approaches.
The Jets have lost two linebackers in a span of 24 hours, including strong-side backer Calvin Pace, who left practice Monday with a strained groin. The team has yet to reveal the severity of the injury, per ESPN.
Barring a setback, it looks like Richardson will be able to suit up Sunday against the Dolphins. In five games to date, he's recorded 19 tackles and 2.5 sacks, numbers that make him an option in deeper IDP formats.
Dareus, who suffered a minor knee injury during Monday's loss to New England, was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.
The team's comments this week lean toward their star interior lineman playing in a key matchup against the Chiefs. Dareus may be counted on more than ever, with Kyle Williams unable to play this week and Mario Williams in question and the Bills at risk of falling behind in one of two wild card spots.
Easley suffered a concussion during Monday's loss to the Patriots, and it remains to be seen whether the special-teams ace will be able to play this week against the Chiefs. He's made just one catch all season for the Bills, so his absence likely won't hurt fantasy owners too much, but it's likely his game-time status will be decided closer to the end of the week.
Rambo (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Rambo injured his shoulder during Monday's loss to the Patriots, but his availability at practice Wednesday has to be viewed as a good sign for IDP owners. We'll check back on his game-time status as the week progresses, but as of now it seems as if the 25-year-old safety could make an appearance in Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Taylor (right shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Per Rodak, Taylor relayed that he rested his shoulder Wednesday, but plans to resume throwing at Thursday's practice. Assuming that occurs without any setbacks, we'd expect the QB to remain on course to be able to play Sunday against the Chiefs.
Coach Rex Ryan says Williams (knee) has a 50-50 chance to return this season.
Williams is a Pro Bowl player and he's always been worth every bit of those honors, so it'd be a big loss for the defense if he's unable to return this season. Fortunately, the Bills have three other very capable and healthy linemen in Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, and Jerry Hughes, though it looks like the hope of the foursome being the league's best this season may be fading thanks to Kyle Williams' injury.
Williams left Monday's game against the Patriots early due to a foot injury, so it remains to be seen if the former first-round pick will be able to practice at all this week. He's recorded just 14 tackles and three sacks in 10 games this season, so his absence will likely affect the Bills' defensive line depth more than IDP owners.