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Patrick Mahomes posts lowest passing yardage total of season as Chiefs lose late lead

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 24-of-34 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns in Thursday's 28-29 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

What It Means:

Mahomes got the scoring started with an incredible touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson in which he scrambled and fought off a Chargers defender before finding Robinson in the endzone for a 5 yard pass. He followed that up with another 1st quarter touchdown pass to Darrel Williams before being kept out of the end zone for the remainder of the evening. 243 passing yards being a career low is still quite impressive, but Mahomes proved that he may be human after all.

numberFire's models projected Mahomes for 25.1 FanDuel points and he fell shy of that mark with 18.0 on Thursday night.

Justin Jackson totals 85 yards, 1 touchdown in Chargers' comeback victory

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson rushed 16 times for 58 yards and 1 touchdown, with another 27 yards on 3 receptions in Thursday's 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means:

Jackson led the Chargers backfield in the absence of both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, out-touching his running mate Detrez Newsome 19 to 8. His touchdown came on a 3-yard run late with under 4 minutes remaining in the game to bring the Chargers within 7 points, setting them up for their eventual comeback win.

numberFire's models projected Jackson for 15.2 FanDuel points and he narrowly topped that with 16.0 in Week 15.

Mike Williams seals Chargers' comeback victory with late TD and 2-point conversion

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams caught 7-of-9 targets for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns, with another touchdown on his lone carry in Thursday's 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means:

Williams had already put up big numbers prior to the Chargers final drive of the night, as seen by his 2 scoring plays. But he put the nail in the Chiefs coffin by catching a 1-yard touchdown pass with 4 seconds left in the game and following that up with another scoring catch on the 2-point conversion attempt to put the Chargers ahead for their first and final lead of the game.

numberFire's models projected Williams for 7.0 FanDuel points and he exploded for 33.0 on Thursday.

Philip Rivers leads Chargers to comeback victory with 313 passing yards

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 26-of-38 passes for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns in Thursday's 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs

What It Means:

Rivers brought the Chargers back into the game despite them falling by two touchdowns in the first quarter. His favorite target of the night was Mike Williams, who he connected with for 2 touchdowns and the game-winning 2-point conversion with seconds left in the 4th quarter. A pivotal moment of that last drive also included a big 26-yard completion down the middle of the field to Travis Benjamin on 4th down to keep the Chargers dreams alive.

numberFire's models projected Rivers for 21.4 FanDuel points and he finished just shy of that with 20.5

Damien Williams scores twice in debut as Chiefs' starter

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding another 74 yards on 6 receptions in Thursday's 28-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

What It Means:

Williams drew the start in place of the injured Spencer Ware and saw at least 7 more carries than the next closest Chiefs player, Tyreek Hill. The only other running back with a carry was Darrel Williams, who rushed just 2 times and caught 2 passes, with one going for a touchdown.

numberFire's models projected Williams for 12.4 FanDuel points and he blew past that with 27.3 on Thursday night.

Jonathon Simmons heads to Magic bench on Thursday night

Orlando Magic small forward Jonathon Simmons will not start Thursday's game versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Simmons drew the start in Monday's game versus the Dallas Mavericks, but will have to come off of the bench on Thursday, with Evan Fournier reclaiming his spot in the starting lineup.

numberFire's models project Simmons to score 15.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500.

Source: Rotowire

Evan Fournier (personal) will return to starting lineup for Magic on Thursday

Orlando Magic guard/forward Evan Fournier will start in Thursday's game versus the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Fournier sat out Monday's game versus the Dallas Mavericks, but will reclaim his spot in the starting five on Thursday, pushing Jonathon Simmons back to the bench.

numberFire's models project Fournier to score 29.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,000.

Source: Rotowire

Tyreek Hill (heel, wrist) officially active for Chiefs on Thursday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will play in Thursday night's game versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

What It Means:

Hill was likely to play all along, but was officially listed as questionable throughout the week. We expect him to play his usual role in this game.

numberFire's models project Hill to score 16.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,400.

Source: BJ Kissel

Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) rules out for Chiefs on Thursday night

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware is inactive for Thursday night’s game versus the San Diego Chargers.

What It Means:

Ware had taken over as the top running back in Kansas City following the release of Kareem Hunt, but will now have to miss Week 15 after picking up multiple injuries in Week 14. Damien Williams will likely take over as the starter in Ware’s absence, with newly re-signed Charcandrick West and freshly promoted Darrel Williams mixing in.

On 20 touches in Week 14, Ware totaled 129 yards with 0 touchdowns.

Source: BJ Kissel

Damien Williams likely to lead Chiefs backfield versus Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams is projected for 15.5 touches and 71.5 yards in Week 15 versus the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Spencer Ware is out with shoulder and hamstring injuries, so Williams is expected to get the start and lead the way for the Chiefs' backfield. He scored 2 touchdowns and gained 30 yards on 12 touches last week while playing second fiddle. Charcandrick West should also see some work.

Williams is the RB21 in numberFire's Week 15 fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to score 12.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500.

Source: numberFire

Justin Jackson expected to dominate touches for Chargers Week 15

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson is projected for 17.3 touches and 94.1 yards versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, per numberFire's models.

What It Means:

Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) are both out, so Jackson should see all the work he can handle in the AFC West showdown. The seventh-round pick has 117 yards and 1 touchdown on 18 touches over the pats two weeks.

Jackson is a top-10 running back in numberFire's Week 15 fantasy rankings. Our models expect him to score 15.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,500.

Source: numberFire

Falcons' Austin Hooper (knee, ankle) sits out practice again

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (knee, ankle) did not practice again on Thursday.

What It Means:

Things aren't looking great for Hooper's status in Week 15 versus the Arizona Cardinals. He's seen at least 5 targets and caught 4-plus passes in five straight games.

numberFire's models expect Hooper to score 7.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500 in Week 15. He's the TE13 in our weekly fantasy rankings.

Matt Breida (ankle) limited again for 49ers Thursday

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (ankle) was limited again at Thursday's practice.

What It Means:

Breida missed last week due to an ankle injury he has been battling for most of the season. Jeff Wilson would likely start again if Breida sits versus the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Taking the injury into account, numberFire's models currently conservatively project Breida for 7.8 touches and 5.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,800 in Week 15.

Melvin Gordon (knee) ruled out for Chargers Thursday night versus Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means:

Gordon got in some limited practice reps this week, so there's a solid chance he returns for Week 16 versus the Baltimore Ravens. Justin Jackson will start and likely see a workhorse role for the Chargers.

Gordon was averaging 23.0 FanDuel points per game before the injury, with 153 carries for 802 yards and 9 touchdowns and 44 receptions (60 targets) for 453 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Jeremy Lin (back) questionable for Atlanta on Friday

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin is considered questionable to play on Friday night in the team's game against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Lin is nearing a return, and that will be a big boost to the struggling Hawks. Keep a close eye on his status in the coming 24 hours.

Should he play, our models project Lin for 10.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 19.8 FanDuel points in 20.8 minutes of action.

Lance Thomas (knee) doubtful on Friday for New York

New York Knicks guard/forward Lance Thomas is unlikely to play on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Thomas is still recovering from his left knee surgery, and it doesn't seem as though Friday will be the day he finally returns.

In 11 games so far this season, Thomas has averaged 3.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

Trey Burke (knee) out on Friday for New York

New York Knicks guard Trey Burke will not play on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Burke will reportedly try to give it a go on Sunday, but at least for now, he's out.

In 21 games this season, Burke has averaged 12.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Damyean Dotson (shoulder) questionable on Friday for New York

New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson is considered questionable on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

Dotson was seemingly injured on Wednesday night, and it appears as though it could cost him a contest.

In 23 games this season, Dotson has averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

Allen Crabbe (sore knee) questionable for Nets Friday

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) is questionable for Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

Crabbe has been healthy for every game since missing the Nets' season opener with a left ankle sprain. If he sits, it would likely lead to more minutes for Spencer Dinwiddie, who just inked a fresh 3-year, $34 million contract after scoring a career-high 39 points on Wednesday. Crabbe is averaging 14.8 points in December, up from 8.0 points over the first two months of the season.

On the year, Crabbe is averaging 16.8 FanDuel points per game. numberFire's models expect him to record 10.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.5 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the season.

Andre Iguodala (hip) questionable on Friday for Golden State

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala is considered questionable on Friday night for the team's game against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Iguodala missed Wednesday's game and he failed to practice on Thursday, so his status could come down to the wire on Friday.

Should he play, our models project 5.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 16.8 FanDuel points in 23.3 minutes of action.

Jamal Murray (shin, forearm) probable for Nuggets Friday

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Jamal Murray (bruised right shin) is probable for Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Murray should be fine after being held out of Wednesday's practice. He scored 22 points with 8 rebounds and 8 assists on November 24 the last time the Nuggets and Thunder squared off.

Murray is averaging 31.7 FanDuel points in 27 games this season. numberFire's models expect him to record 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.3 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the year.

Gordon Hayward (illness) to return for Celtics Friday

Boston Celtics guard/forward Gordon Hayward (illness) isn't on the injury report for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

This means Hayward should be back out there following his two-game absence. Jaylen Brown's (illness) potential absence could open up more opportunity for Hayward.

Hayward is averaging 25.5 FanDuel points through 23 games (15 starts) this season. numberFire's models expect him to record 11.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers per contest over the rest of the year.

Shaun Livingston (pelvis) out on Friday for Golden State

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will not play on Friday night against the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

Livingston's injury isn't expected to be anything particularly serious, but keep an eye on his status going forward.

In 20 games this season, Livingston has averaged 4.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Al Horford (knee) to miss fourth straight game for Celtics

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (sore left knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

What It Means:

It will be Horford's fourth straight game on the sidelines and the Celtics are going to continue to take it easy. Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis are the primary beneficiaries with Horford out.

Horford is averaging 31.4 FanDuel points through 22 games. numberFire's models project him to record 18.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game over the rest of the year.

Yandy Diaz sent to Tampa Bay from Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians have traded infielder Yandy Diaz to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team deal.

What It Means:

Diaz and minor-league pitcher Cole Susler are leaving Believeland and heading down south to Tampa Bay. The Rays are sending Jake Bauers to Cleveland, and the Mariners and Indians are swapping Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana.

In 39 games last season, Diaz hit for a .312 average with 15 runs, 15 RBI and a .797 OPS.

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