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Antonio Brown caught two balls for 24 yards before leaving Week 15's game against New England with what is being called a "partially torn calf muscle", according to Adam Schefter. (Source: ESPN's Adam Schefter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown wasn't able to reel in any big grabs before going down in the end zone with a nasty-looking calf injury in the first half. Although he may not return for the next two weeks of regular season, he reportedly is aiming to return for the playoffs. Unfortunately, Brown's fantasy owners will need to look elsewhere while he is sidelined for championship rounds.


Aaron Rodgers completed 26-of-45 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions and added six rushes for 43 yards in the Packers' 31-24, Week 15 loss to the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: This was Rodger's first start since Week 6 when he suffered a collarbone injury. He definitely looked rusty as his timing and accuracy were not up to Rodger's usual standards. The veteran QB has a tough matchup in Week 16 against the Vikings but its tough to bench Rodgers in fantasy for his big play capability.


Jeremy Maclin exited the game against the Browns early in the first half with a knee injury. The play he was injured on was a 22-yard reception, his total for the day.

Fantasy Impact: The severity of the injury is unknown but it will open up more targets for Danny Woodhead in the short passing game.


ESPN's Field Yates is reporting Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (shoulder) is officially active for Week 15. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although he is dealing with a shoulder injury, Funchess will play in Sunday's matchup against the Packers. In a game which is expected to be a high-scoring affair, Funchess should be heavily featured in the passing game facing an exploitable Packers' secondary. He's an upside WR2 for Week 15.


Adam Schefter reports that Chris Hogan is not expected to play this afternoon in the Patriots' matchup against the Steelers as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a surprising development, considering Hogan played last week against the Dolphins. His absence would be a minor boost to the other pass-catching options for New England, including the running backs. For those who were planning to start Hogan today, make sure you have a backup option in the afternoon games or start your next best option in the early games.


ESPN's Field Yates is reporting Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (toe) is officially active for Week 15. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although his playing status was up in the air this week, he will play through his toe injury in Sunday's difficult matchup against the Jaguars. However, despite the tough spot, Hopkins remains a must-start fantasy option in most scenarios due to his massive target share and immense talent. Start him with tempered expectations in Week 15.


Matt Forte active for Week 15

Sun, Dec 17th 11:39am EST
By Dan Harris

NYJ

Matt Forte is active for the Jets' Week 15 game against the Saints. (Source: Brian Costello on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Forte's status wasn't really all that much in doubt, as he's played through minor injuries for the past two weeks. With the three-headed animal that is the Jets backfield, Forte does not make a particularly enticing option this week.


Ted Ginn INACTIVE for Week 15

Sun, Dec 17th 11:37am EST
By Dan Harris

NO

Ted Ginn (ribs) is officially inactive for the Saints' Week 15 game against the Jets. (Source: Mike Triplett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ginn was questionable coming in, but there was a report early this morning that he wasn't going to play today with his rib injury. The Saints should easily handle the Jets and Bryce Petty, so there's no reason to push Ginn. Willie Snead is expected to see a much larger role in the offense with Ginn out, but he's obviously a risky play given his lack of performance this year.


NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is officially active for Week 15. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although he is dealing with a knee injury, Benjamin will play in Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins. And since Tyrod Taylor is starting, Benjamin's fantasy value is increased. Though, I would not recommend using him in leagues with less than 16 teams while in a tough spot.


Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is officially active for the Vikings' Week 15 game against the Bengals. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph had been listed as doubtful and Mike Zimmer essentially said he would be out on Friday, before he was upgraded to questionable this weekend and will now start. It's doubtful that the Vikings would deploy him in a game they should be able to win handily unless they're confident in his health, so start Rudolph as your normally would.


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

CIN

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.


Robert Woods (shoulder) is expected to return in Week 15 after missing the last three games. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Woods who was hurt in Week 11, was the Rams leading receiver up to that point. He had developed quite the connection with quarterback Jarred Goff and became an every week WR2. Temper expectations coming back from injury, although it was a shoulder injury and still able to able to maintain some conditioning level, he may still be on a snap count. Also Goff has developed a connection with fellow receiver Cooper Kupp in Woods' absence. In a must win game that will more than likely decide the division crown, Woods could be just what the Rams need to unseat the Seahawks. Woods has big play ability and should be considered a high end WR3 with upside.


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.