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Marqise Lee projected to lead Jaguars in targets against Texans for Week 15

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee faces the Houston Texans in Week 15.

What It Means:

Although Lee isn't a wide receiver with big upside -- he hasn't reached 100 yards once this season -- he continues to rack up the receptions, catching at least 5 balls in five of the last six games. Even with the emergence of Dede Westbrook, numberFire still projects Lee to lead the team in targets in a plus matchup against the Texans.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Lee for 4.5 receptions, 58.9 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns on 7.8 targets, which would get him to 11.7 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Colts' Jack Doyle projects as a top-10 tight end in Week 15

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle faces the Denver Broncos in Week 15.

What It Means:

Given the ridiculous snowy conditions the Colts and Buffalo Bills played in last week, it's no surprise Doyle only caught 2-of-3 targets for 4 yards, but he did bail out fantasy owners with a touchdown. He's still averaging over 7 targets a game, and should see his usual volume against the Broncos on Thursday.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Doyle for 4.3 receptions, 41.0 yards, and 0.3 touchdown on 6.0 targets, which amounts to 7.9 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Packers' Jordy Nelson set to benefit from potential Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) return

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson could be poised for a bounce-back game Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers.

What It Means:

Prior to Rodgers going down in Week 6, Nelson was averaging 4.8 catches, 57.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns in four full games with the star signal caller. With backup Brett Hundley under center, he's watched those averages drop to 3.1 catches and 21.9 yards with zero touchdowns in seven games.

With Rodgers' status still up in the air at this time, Nelson is projected for 6.7 FanDuel points at $7,200 this week.

Danny Woodhead's snap rate increasing for Ravens

Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead played a season-high 37.5% of the offensive snaps in Week 14.

What It Means:

Since returning to action on November 19th, Woodhead has gone from playing 22.0% of snaps to 37.5% in the span of four games. He's managed at least 20 snaps in three straight and has been involved in the Ravens' passing game. He has 15 catches in 17 targets in the last four.

In a Week 15 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, Woodhead is projected for 45.5 total yards, 0.42 touchdowns and 8.9 FanDuel points on 7.5 targets. He costs $5,000, a $200 decrease from Week 14.

Lions' Ameer Abdullah (neck) practiced in full on Tuesday

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (neck) was a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Abdullah was a scratch on Sunday, but there was some speculation that he could have played. It appears his deactivation was likely a sign that the Lions are ready to move on from the running back's poor season. If Abdullah is active in Week 15, he is likely apart of a deep committee without any upside.

Our models project Abdullah for 4.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,400.

Seattle's Pete Carroll: Mike Davis 'ran very well' against Jaguars

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Caroll said that running back Mike Davis "ran very well" and "looked creative" in the team's Week 14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

What It Means:

Davis left Sunday's game after being hit in the ribs, but he was ruled probable to return. His status is uncertain for this upcoming week but if he's able to get out there Carroll's comments are positive for Davis' involvement as the lead back going forward.

Projected for 12.6 rushes and 2.3 catches, Davis is pegged for 9.8 FanDuel points while costing $5,800 for this week's home game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Cowboys' Jason Witten in plus matchup against the Raiders in Week 15

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten faces the Oakland Raiders in Week 15.

What It Means:

Witten has caught just 2-of-7 targets for 28 yards across his last two games, but both catches have gone for touchdowns. Although the inconsistent volume is concerning, and he's unlikely to rack up many yards, he's in a great spot against the Raiders this week. Oakland is numberFire's 31st-ranked pass defense this season.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Witten for 4.4 receptions, 45.8 yards, and 0.2 touchdowns on 5.7 targets, which would net him 8.0 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Saints' Wil Lutz is the top projected kicker in Week 15

New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz faces the New York Jets in Week 15.

What It Means:

The Saints are at home and have the highest implied team total of the week (31.5), which should lead to plenty of kicking opportunities for Lutz. He's hit 26-of-31 field goals this season.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Lutz for 10.4 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Falcons' Devonta Freeman could see more touches if Tevin Coleman (concussion) sits Week 15

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is projected for 12.2 rushes, 2.3 catches and 84.7 total yards in Monday night's divisional matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

What It Means:

This past week, Freeman scored his first touchdown since Week 4 and ran for 91 yards on 24 carries. His backfield mate, Tevin Coleman (concussion), was limited to nine carries after suffering an injury. Coleman isn't practicing on Tuesday and could miss his first game of the year. When Coleman missed three games a year ago, Freeman averaged 16.3 touches and 81.3 yards a game.

Priced at $7,000, Freeman's projected 14.3 FanDuel points rank him sixth among all running backs on the Week 15 slate.

Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster projected for a bounce back in return from suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to the Steelers' team facility on Tuesday after serving his suspension in Week 14.

What It Means:

The Steelers got a win without Smith-Schuster against the Ravens, but the rookie's return should be a welcome addition for Week 15. Smith-Schuster is leading all rookies with 33 catches, 585 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Our models project Smith-Schuster to catch 2.9-of-4.3 targets for 47.3 receiving yards and 0.43 touchdowns. That's a net of 8.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,700 against the New England Patriots.

Source: numberFire

Chargers' Hunter Henry averaging 6.3 targets over last four games

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15.

What It Means:

After seeing inconsistent targets for most of the season, Henry has seen increased volume lately, averaging 6.3 targets over the last four games. Henry has also reached at least 50 yards in three consecutive games, and has 2 touchdowns over that span.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Henry for 3.0 receptions, 41.8 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns on 4.4 targets, which would amount to 8.5 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Washington's Jordan Reed (hamstring) is done for the season

Washington tight end Jordan Reed has been placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and is done for the season.

What It Means:

With Washington out of playoff contention, it makes sense for the team to shut Reed down for three meaningless games. He hasn't played since Week 8.

Reed averaged 7.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

Kenny Britt, Patriots finalizing deal

Free agent wide receiver Kenny Britt, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, is nearing a deal with the New England Patriots, reports Field Yates of ESPN.

What It Means:

After signing a four-year, $32.5 million deal with the Browns in March, Britt was released last Friday following a dreadful showing in Cleveland. There's no guarantee that he makes the Patriots' roster, but it's a low-risk move that adds depth to the roster. Britt could potentially replace Phillip Dorsett as the fourth receiver behind Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, and Danny Amendola.

Britt averaged 4.9 FanDuel points in nine games for the Browns, with 18 receptions (38 targets) for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Saints' Mark Ingram projected as top-3 running back against Jets

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is projected for 16.5 FanDuel points in Sunday's home matchup against the New York Jets.

What It Means:

With Alvin Kamara (concussion) exiting Thursday's game early, Ingram's production was surprisingly below average. Kamara is expected to play in Week 15, but, at home and favored over the Jets, Ingram is primed to return to his usual levels as he ranks as our third-best option at the position this week.

At $8,300, Ingram's projected to total 98.2 yards and 0.88 touchdowns on 17.1 rushes and 3.1 catches. Only Le'Veon Bell and Melvin Gordon are projected for more FanDuel Points in Week 15.

Emmanuel Sanders says Broncos still 'having fun' despite being eliminated

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders says the team is still "going out and having fun," despite being eliminated from the playoffs.

What It Means:

“We are just going out and having fun, honestly," Sanders explained. "That’s my mindset: go out, have fun and enjoy football. My whole life I played this game for fun and for the love of it, and I am going to keep that energy and that passion for it.” Sanders may be enjoying himself, but fantasy owners aren't, as he's failed to top 20 receiving yards in four straight games. The Broncos play on Thursday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts this week, so maybe Sanders will be able to get back on track in a plus matchup, but that's no guarantee with Denver's situation under center.

numberFire's models project Sanders for 7.1 targets, 3.3 receptions, 40.1 yards, and 0.26 touchdowns versus the Colts, with 7.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,400.

Saints' Michael Thomas in good spot against the Jets in Week 15

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas gets the New York Jets in Week 15.

What It Means:

Thomas is coming off a strong Week 14 performance against the Atlanta Falcons, catching 10-of-14 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown. He'll have a great opportunity to keep things going against the Jets, who rank 25th against the pass by numberFire's schedule-adjusted metrics. The Saints enter the week with the highest implied team total on the board (31.5).

In Week 15, numberFire projects Thomas for 6.8 receptions, 83.0 yards, and 1.0 touchdowns on 10.7 targets, which would amount to 17.7 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Falcons' Julio Jones looking for another big performance against the Bucs in Week 15

In Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones exploded for 12 receptions, 253 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns.

What It Means:

Jones' best game of the season came against the Bucs in Week 12, so he's probably happy to see them back on the schedule this week. Tampa Bay ranks 30th against the pass by numberFire's schedule-adjusted metrics, and the Falcons enter the week with a stellar 27.0 implied team total.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Jones for 6.0 receptions, 90.2 yards, and 0.9 touchdowns on 9.2 targets, which would be good for 17.4 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is the top projected tight end in Week 15

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15.

What It Means:

Judging by the Patriots' lackluster Monday night performance, it looks like they sure could have used Gronkowski against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. Coming off a one-game suspension, Gronkowski will be good to go in Week 15 as the Pats look to bounce back in a big game against the Steelers. The AFC showdown currently has the highest over/under of the week (54.0).

In Week 15, numberFire projects Gronkowski for 4.9 receptions, 69.7 yards, and 0.7 touchdowns on 8.0 targets, which would be good for 13.9 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Falcons' Matt Ryan gets plus matchup against the Bucs in Week 15

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15.

What It Means:

Ryan is in a great spot to do damage against the Bucs, who rank 30th against the pass by numberFire's schedule-adjusted metrics. The Falcons are also sporting a robust 27.0 implied team total this week.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Ryan for 307.6 yards, 2.2 touchdowns, and 0.6 interceptions, which would get him to 20.7 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Colts' Donte Moncrief (quad) will not suit up in Week 15

Indianapolis Colts' wide receiver Donte Moncrief (quad) will not play against the Broncos on Thursday.

What It Means:

This will be the second game in a row that Moncrief will miss. Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano did say the receiver should return next week.

Moncrief is averaging 5.3 FanDuel points per game this season.

Saints' Drew Brees is top projected quarterback for Week 15

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees faces the New York Jets in Week 15.

What It Means:

Brees is having a down year by his standards, but gets a plus matchup against the Jets this week, who rank just 25th against the pass by numberFire's schedule-adjusted metrics. The Saints are also currently displaying the highest implied team total on the board (31.5).

In Week 15, numberFire projects Brees for 304.6 yards, 2.6 touchdowns, and 0.4 interceptions, which would net him 24.6 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

Falcons' Tevin Coleman (concussion) not practicing Tuesday

Atlanta Falcons' running back Tevin Coleman (concussion) did not practice Tuesday.

What It Means:

Coleman was placed in concussion protocol following Thursday's game. Atlanta doesn't play until Monday, so there is a chance that Coleman will be ready in time for Week 15 against Tampa Bay.

Our models currently project Coleman for 8.9 FanDuel points on Monday night.

Aaron Rodgers' (collarbone) status up in air for Packers in Week 15

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' (collarbone) status for Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers is "difficult to predict," reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Rodgers was never expected to be fully healed at this point, but Rapoport says that "80-percent" is enough to return to the field. That said, it's still not a guarantee he plays, as some "protective voices" don't want to risk further injury for the small chance the Packers have at a playoff berth. There will likely be plenty of updates between now and Sunday. Fortunately, Green Bay plays in the early slate of Week 15 games, so owners should know his status before lineups lock.

Rodgers averaged 22.0 FanDuel points in the five full games he played this season. In Week 15 against the Panthers, the quarterback is priced at $8,500.

Source: NFL.com

Steelers' Joe Haden (leg) will return to practice this week

With a huge showdown with the New England Patriots looming, Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback Joe Haden (leg) will return to practice this week.

What It Means:

Haden has been out with a fractured fibula since Week 10 and while this is good news, it doesn't mean that the veteran defensive back will be a go for Sunday's tilt.

The Patriots lead the NFL with 287.2 passing yards per game while the Steelers rank fourth against the pass this year.

Ryan Shazier (back) officially placed on Steelers' Injured Reserve

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (back surgery) was placed on injured reserve.

What It Means:

This is a formality after Shazier underwent surgery for his spine last week. It remains to be seen when -- or if -- the 25-year-old linebacker will be able to play football again.

Shazier recorded 89 tackles (75 solo) with 11 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles in 12 games this season.

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