Fantasy Two Minute Warning - Week 16

The business end of the season is here - and Christmas with it - which means some schedule disruption for the penultimate weekend of action. There’s been no Thursday game, nor will there be one on Monday. With Atlanta and Detroit squaring off on Saturday and the remainder of the league on Sunday, all things fantasy will be wrapped up by the time your alarm goes off on Christmas Eve.

Let’s hope Santa brings you success with all your fantasy teams. And let’s get stuck into our latest helping of injury and depth chart news from around the NFL:

  • Chicago WR Brandon Marshall put in a limited practice on Thursday after picking up a hamstring issue. The situation bears watching, but team observers believe the injury is minor and no threat to his playing status.
  • Dallas WR Dez Bryant (finger) was limited in Thursday’s practice - as he’s expected to be for the remainder of the season. He’s determined to play regardless.
  • St. Louis RB Steven Jackson missed Thursday’s practice with an illness but is thought to be getting in routine rest. He’s expected to be OK for Week 16.
  • Baltimore WR Torrey Smith returned to a limited Thursday practice following a Week 15 concussion. He’s yet to be cleared for game action, but a decision should come Friday.
  • Green Bay RB Alex Green is battling a concussion and might not play in Week 16 after missing both mid-week practices. Green Bay might be forced to forge a timeshare of Ryan Grant, John Kuhn and DuJuan Harris.
  • Atlanta WR Roddy White put in a limited session on Thursday, but will suit up in Week 16 versus Detroit. He won’t be 100% fit but could thrive nonetheless versus a Detroit secondary that has lost its way.
  • Seattle WR Sidney Rice (knee) missed practice on Thursday, but local media suggest the issue is minor. He expressed no concerns for the weekend in NFLUK’s Team Talk interview.
  • San Francisco DE Justin Smith has missed Wednesday and Thursday practices with an elbow injury and could well sit out Sunday’s showdown with Seattle. His absence would be a big boost for the Seahawks’ newly explosive offense.
  • Miami WR Davone Bess missed Thursday’s practice with an ongoing back problem. It’s thought possible he’ll miss a second straight game.
  • Tennessee WR Kenny Britt put in a full Thursday practice after missing Wednesday, and will be 100% versus the Packers.
  • New England TE Rob Gronkowski put in a limited Thursday practice and could be deemed questionable for Sunday’s game. It’s thought the Patriots might hold their top receiver out at least one more week.
  • Washington QB Robert Griffin III is practicing without limitations and will be an excellent start against the overmatched Eagles in Week 16.
  • Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure put in a limited practice on Thursday, but he’ll be ready to start on Saturday against Atlanta.
  • Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy will reclaim his starter’s role on Sunday versus Washington. Rookie Bryce Brown will assume backup duties and appear on kickoffs.
  • Cincinnati K Mike Nugent missed Thursday’s practice and may sit in favour of Josh Brown this weekend. The identity of the starter might be a game-time decision.
  • NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks practiced on Thursday with a wrapped-up knee. He’ll start on Sunday versus the Ravens but appears to be working at well under 100%.
  • Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson missed Thursday’s practice with an abdomen issue, but expressed no concern ahead of Sunday’s game in Houston. He’ll be gunning for another huge game as he pursues the all-time single season rushing mark.
  • Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson sat out Thursday with an ongoing hamstring injury and could well miss another game this weekend as the Packers try to get healthy for the playoffs.
  • NY Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday with a knee issue that also forced him out of Week 15. It’s not yet known if he’ll suit up against Baltimore and his status could come down to a game-time decision. If he sits, rookie David Wilson will get another chance to show his wares.