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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is expected to play Week 15. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Once listed as doubtful to play on the Week 15 injury report, Rudolphs's health, as well as his game status, improved over the weekend. As a result, he was upgraded to questionable and fully expects to give it a go on Sunday. Facing a Bengals defense that could be exposed over the middle, Rudolph is in the back-end TE1 mix for Week 15.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is officially ruled out for Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dealing with a shoulder injury, Williams will draw an inactive designation his third consecutive game. In fact, he didn't make the trip to Buffalo. A red-hot Kenyan Drake should be employed in all fantasy formats as he holds RB1 upside for Week 15.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (concussion) is officially ruled out for Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sidelined in practice this week with a concussion, Coleman will draw an inactive designation for Monday night's matchup against Tampa Bay. And although Terron Ward is expected to see touches, fire up Devonta Freeman as the lone Falcons' RB to trust in the Week 15 finale.


Joe Mixon RULED OUT Week 15

Sun, Dec 17th 5:44am EST
By Anthony Cervino

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) is officially ruled out for Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mixon will draw an inactive designation for the second straight week in Sunday's matchup against the Vikings. However, although Gio Bernard has played well in Mixon's absence, the matchup facing a stingy Minnesota defense is one to avoid. SIt Bernard in Week 15.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (quad) is officially ruled out for Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After sitting out of practice all week with a quad injury, Fournette will sit for Sunday's favorable matchup against the Texans. And while the Houston run defense is improved, the Jaguars' rushing attack led by Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon should command fantasy attention as they had when the starter was sidelined earlier in the year at which time both backups found success. Ivory, the named starter, is viewed a back-end RB2 while Yeldon should be considered an upside Flex option in PPR scoring formats in Week 15.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Practicing in a limited capacity Friday, Smith-Schuster is trending toward an active designation for Sunday's matchup against the Patriots. And although the New England defense is playing better of late, the rookie wideout remains a quality fantasy option in a matchup that has shootout written all over it. Smith-Schuster is an opportunity-dependent Flex option with boom upside for Week 15.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (toe) will play Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although he is dealing with a toe injury, Hopkins will play in Sunday's avoidable matchup against the Jaguars. However, because Hopkins draws a boatload of targets, he is a difficult fantasy asset to bench. Due to his opportunity-share, plus, his top five WR talent, Hopkins remains in the WR2 conversation for Week 15. Though, I would start him with tempered expectations.


Adrian Clayborn has been removed from the final injury report and looks like a full go in Week 15 versus Tampa Bay on Monday night. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay offers in the top half in points allowed to Clayborn. It's an appealing matchup for his IDP owners.


Following up on an earlier report, Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) is now officially been ruled out (again) for Week 15. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: Ryan Smith has been his replacement for the last few games and as for fantasy purposes is an appealing replacement for IDP owners of Hargreaves to stream in Week 15.


Following up on an earlier report that Gerald McCoy (biceps) was questionable, he is now ruled out Week 15 (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy IDP owners will want to make adjustments. Tampa Bay doesn't offer a reliable replacement at this time.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) is officially active for Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter in Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although he is dealing with a neck injury, Abdullah will play in Thursday’s matchup against the Bears. However, with Theo Riddick playing well of late, Abdullah's usage may be sporadic. He’s not a trustworthy fantasy option for Week 15.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest) is officially inactive for Week 15. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dealing with a chest injury, Shaheen is officially ruled out for Saturday’s matchup against the Lions. As a result, Dion Sims will likely see the bulk of the tight end targets for Week 15. However, it won’t be enough for him to garner fantasy attention. Avoid Sims.


Lavonte David (hamstring) has been officially ruled Out for Week 15. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: Following up on the earlier report he was highly in question for this contest Monday night. And re-reporting that Adarius Glanton had assumed David's role in the defense this week during practices. IDP owners could do worse than Glanton who has performed at a serviceable level as a replacement in the pass at times.


Trey Hendrickson (ankle) will be inactive for Week 15 versus the New York Jets. He suffered the ankle injury in the Week 14 contest. (Source: canalstreetchronicles.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hendrickson wasn't receiving a full complement of snaps before the injury, so IDP owners are unlikely to be affected by this news. But if they were depending on him for Week 15 they'll need to make other arrangements. Hau'oli Kikaha will likely receive the bulk of the work with Hendrickson out, but at what level of a replacement is in question.


A.J. Klein (groin) has been ruled out for Week 15 versus the New York Jets. Klein was injured fairly early in the Week 14 contest. (Source: canalstreetchronicles.com )

Fantasy Impact: With Klein out, Craig Robertson and Manti Te'o will likely receive the uptick in playing time and for IDP purposes receive a boost in the stat box.


Shaq Thompson (foot) has been ruled out Week 15 versus Green Bay. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Thompson out David Mayo could possibly see an uptick in playing time, but is unlikely as in last weeks contest with Thompson out Mayo received very little time on the field. It is likely they are opting to allow strong safety Mike Adams support stopping the run game more. Thompson's IDP owners will once again look elsewhere for a replacement.


NFL Network's James Palmer is reporting Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is officially ruled out for Week 15. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As a result of aggravating his ankle injury in last week's loss to the Chiefs, Cooper will miss Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. And although his absence will open the door for Michael Crabtree to draw the bulk of Derek Carr's targets, he remains a risky fantasy option as the Cowboys' defense has played well of late. While Crabtree is in the Flex conversation for Week 15, start him with tempered expectations.


Devin Funchess is listed as questionable for Week 15 versus the Packers due to a shoulder injury. Funchess got in a limited practice on Wednesday, a full practice on Thursday, and didn't practice on Friday with the team likely managing reps. Funchess should be fine for Week 15. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Funchess is a borderline WR1/2 for the potential shootout looming with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Expect a heavy dose of targets for Funchess, especially if the Panthers get down early. Funchess remains a solid mid-range option in DFS also.


NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the Buffalo Bills will start Tyrod Taylor in Week 15. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Taylor will start in Sunday’s matchup against the Dolphins after an inactive designation sidelined the signal caller for last week’s win over the Colts with a knee injury. While his presence will give Zay Jones and Charles Clay’s fantasy values a boost, they are nothing more than shot in the dark deep sleeper options at the Flex for Week 15. Facing an inconsistent but talented Dolphins defense, it is difficult to trust any Bills player not named LeSean McCoy.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) announced he's cleared to return to football. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Rodgers was cleared to return to football activities after missing the last seven games with a broken collarbone. Amidst his return, Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb should all see a tremendous and consistent bump in their fantasy production moving forward. He's a QB1 for Sunday's Week 15 matchup against the Panthers.