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Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) medically cleared to return for Green Bay

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) announced on Instagram that he has been medically cleared to return and is now expected to start in Week 15.

What It Means:

Rodgers has missed the last eight weeks after suffering a broken collarbone in Week 6. The Packers had left his status up in the air earlier today, presumably allowing Rodgers to announce his return his own way. With the star quarterback slated to play on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers, Jordy Nelson will see a boost in fantasy value, and Brett Hundley will return to the bench for Green Bay.

Rodgers averaged 22.0 FanDuel points per game in his first 5 starts of the year before breaking his collarbone early in Week 6.

Eric Ebron facing a tough matchup in Week 15 as Lions host the Bears

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron has a tough matchup against the Chicago Bears in Week 15.

What It Means:

Ebron is coming off his best game of the season, 10 catches for 94 yards, but will have a tough time replicating the performance against the Bears, who allow the fifth-least amount of fantasy points to tight ends.

Our models project Ebron for 3.0 catches for 28.6 yards and 5.3 FanDuel points in Week 15.

Patriots' Malcolm Mitchell (knee) unlikely to play this season

New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is considered unlikely to return to the field this season, reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

What It Means:

Howe is reporting that the Patriots have been operating off this assumption "for weeks." And that might help to explain why they added former Cleveland Browns wideout Kenny Britt earlier today. With Britt, Danny Amendola and Phillip Dorsett, the Patriots won't have a problem filling the gap left by Mitchell. Mitchell didn't play in 2017 after being placed on injured reserve with reoccurring knee issues.

A fourth-round pick in 2016, Mitchell turned 48 targets into 32 catches, 401 yards and 4 scores a year ago.

Jets place Josh McCown (hand) on IR

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets have placed quarterback Josh McCown on injured reserve.

What It Means:

McCown broke his non-throwing hand in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. He will require surgery to correct the issue, thereby ending his impressive 2017 season. The 38-year-old will be a free agent heading into the 2018 campaign. Bryce Petty is set to assume the starting role over the last three games.

In 13 starts, McCown completed 67.3% of his passes and threw for 2,926 yards, 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also accounted for 5 scores on the ground this season.

Bears' Dontrelle Inman poised for a bounce-back performance in Week 15

Chicago Bears wide receiver Dontrelle Inman has a favorable matchup in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions.

What It Means:

Inman was on the field for 93% of the offensive snaps but saw no targets in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. With the Lions allowing the sixth-most passing yards in the NFL, the Bears' passing game, and Inman, will be in a nice spot on Saturday.

Our models project Inman for 3.3 receptions, 47.9 yards, and 0.2 touchdowns for 7.8 FanDuel points in Week 15.

Adam Shaheen (chest) limited in Bears' practice on Tuesday

Chicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen (chest) was limited in practice on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Shaheen suffered the chest injury in Sunday's dominating win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He caught 4 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 14. Expect him to be questionable for Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Our models project Shaheen for just 4.7 FanDuel points in Week 15.

Chicago's Kendall Wright (shoulder) limited in practice on Tuesday

Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright (shoulder) was limited in practice on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Wright is coming off his best game of the season, a 10-catch, 107-yard performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, but was limited in practice on Tuesday as Chicago prepares for Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Wright is projected, by our models, for 2.9 catches, 39.33 yards, and 0.2 touchdowns for 6.8 FanDuel points in Week 15.

Texans' Stephen Anderson will try to bounce back in tough spot against the Jags in Week 15

Houston Texans tight end Stephen Anderson is coming off a disappointing Week 14, catching just 2-of-6 targets for 16 yards against the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

After Anderson saw 12 targets in Week 13 and C.J. Fiedorowicz was placed on injured reserve, many expected Anderson to perform well in Week 14 as Houston's new starting tight end. Instead, he could only muster 2 catches for 16 yards, although it's worth noting that quarterback Tom Savage was forced from the game with a concussion in the second quarter. Things won't get any easier for Anderson against the Jacksonville Jaguars, numberFire's top overall defense.

In Week 15, numberFire projects Anderson for 2.0 receptions. 27.0 yards, and 0.3 touchdowns on 4.2 targets, which would net him 5.2 FanDuel points.

Source: numberFire

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

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