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FFL: Playoff Week 1 | NFL: Week 15

Steelers OL DeCastro, Gilbert inactive vs. Buccaneers

Mon Sep 24 7:36pm ET

Players: Justin Hunter, Mason Rudolph, Justin Watson, Ronald Jones II

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers are without All-Pro guard David DeCastro and right tackle Marcus Gilbert for Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

DeCastro is out for the second straight week while recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh's Week 1 tie against Cleveland.

B.J. Finney is starting in DeCastro's place. Matt Feiler is replacing Gilbert, who had been listed as doubtful with a hamstring issue.

Defensive tackles Beau Allen (foot) and Vita Vea (calf) are inactive for the Bucs.

The list of inactive players:

Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph, S Marcus Allen, S Morgan Burnett, G David DeCastro, T Marcus Gilbert, WR Justin Hunter, DE L.T. Walton.

Buccaneers: WR Justin Watson, CB Marcus Williams, RB Ronald Jones II, DT Vita Vea, DT Beau Allen, G Alex Cappa, OL Michael Liedtke.

Player Notes
Josh Reynolds Dec 13 12:00am ET

When Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) was lost for the year with an injury, wide receiver Josh Reynolds stock immediately went on the rise. Against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had what was expected to be his breakout game. He has slumped the last couple of weeks, but he could turn that around this week. The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the worst defenses against the pass, and this Rams offense has the ability to take advantage of that. Reynolds is still too touchdown dependent to be relied upon as a legitimate starter, but he does have major flex appeal this week.

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Robert Woods Dec 12 11:50pm ET

All season long, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods has been a consistent WR2. He has been quarterback Jared Goff's favorite target, and it is likely that will continue this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles rank 31st in the NFL in receiving yards allowed, and they have only gotten worse as the season has gone on. Woods plays in the slot where he has a matchup with cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc who has struggled all year long. Woods is still unlikely to be a WR1, but his WR2 floor remains ever present.

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Brandin Cooks Dec 12 11:30pm ET

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks struggled last week like the rest of the offense, but he should be able to fix that in Week 15 in a great matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles secondary has struggled this season due to injuries and other issues. The Rams have been successful in taking advantage of struggling defenses, and Cooks figures to be a major part of that this week. When the offense is clicking, all of its major pieces are involved. Cooks does a great job of taking the top off the defense, which opens up plays for others. If Cooks can get rolling early, he will be in for a big week.

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Todd Gurley Dec 12 11:10pm ET

After facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in Week 14, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley gets a far easier matchup in Week 15. The Philadelphia Eagles are giving up 4.9 yards per carry this season. Coincidentally, Gurley is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He also is a great threat out of the backfield with 49 receptions on the season. Gurley is the best running back in the NFL, and, outside of last week, he has been the most consistent performer at the position this season. He struggled last week, but he should bounce back and be an RB1 again this week.

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Kai Forbath Dec 12 11:03pm ET

Updating a previous report, free-agent PK Kai Forbath (Vikings) had a strong workout with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, Dec. 12, and could be an option for the Steelers if they decide to release PK Chris Boswell.

Justin Jackson Dec 12 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Justin Jackson may get his first big chance on Thursday in Kansas City. First-stringer Melvin Gordon is questionable due to his knee injury, and second-stringer Austin Ekeler is out due to a concussion, so Jackson could be the man when LA faces their division rival in primetime. Jackson struggled last week against Cincy, but KCs defense is anything but stout. Even if Gordon is active, hell likely be protected and used sparingly to prevent any recurrences, so Jackson should be a solid start either way.

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Philip Rivers Dec 12 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is having a special season, and Thursday night could be an absolutely massive night for the 37-year-old. Rivers is having a resurgent year where hes on pace to throw more than 35 touchdowns and 4,400 yards, and hes about to face an epic showdown for the division crown against one of the softest defenses in the NFL. Kansas Citys high-powered offense means the game will likely be a shootout, and their baby soft secondary means Rivers could be looking at a career night. Owners should definitely be starting Rivers in all formats.

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Jared Goff Dec 12 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has had a brutal past couple of weeks. Against the Philadelphia Eagles this week, he has a big chance to get rolling again. The Eagles are 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed this season, and their secondary has been ravaged by injuries. When Goff has played against the lower ranked passing defenses this season, he has typically taken advantage of them. The Rams offense just hasn't looked as explosive, and they will be looking to change that. Goff will be the driving force behind all of that.

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Keenan Allen Dec 12 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been a monster down the stretch as hes caught touchdowns in five straight games, and hes primed to have a huge night against Kansas City on Thursday. Allen is easily the favorite target in the LA receiving corps, and with the game likely to be a shootout, multiple touchdowns isnt out of the question for the 62 receiver. He should be active in all formats, as he could single-handedly win the week for some owners. The fact that the Chargers run game may be leaning entirely on a rookie should also increase his usage.

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Derwin James Dec 12 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers rookie safety Derwin James has been the true face of the defense. James is a safety by trade, but hes played every position this season except nose tackle. He leads the team in tackles, hes tied for the lead in interceptions, and hes fourth in sacks. Hes also one of the reasons why the Chargers are the fifth-best defense in football over the last four weeks. Unfortunately, they still shouldnt be run out there by fantasy owners this week. Its not that LAs defense isnt good. Its that theyre facing the top scoring offense in the league. James and his crew will need to play exceptionally well to escape KC with a win, and fantasy owners need to look somewhere else this week to get their own wins.

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Tyrell Williams Dec 12 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams is the ultimate example of a home run play at this stage of the game, but that may be just what the doctor ordered for some desperate owners. Williams is cheap in any fantasy format right now due to his hot and cold usage, but with a primetime matchup against the Chiefs that is likely going to be a barn burner, Williams could haul in a couple huge catches. Add in his speed and ability to take any catch to the house, and Williams could be that surprise receiver that wins a week for an underdog. Hes certainly still a long shot, but hes a long shot in a perfect situation to cash in.

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Michael Badgley Dec 12 10:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers kicker Michael Badgley took home the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award this week, thanks in part to his franchise-record 59-yard field goal on Sunday. Now he gets rewarded by having to kick in the windy, rainy, freezing cold conditions of Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday night. Badgley has been nothing short of a miracle for an LA team whose kicking woes go back further than their name, but this week will be a true test of his mettle. Fantasy owners should probably look for their kicking points in a different game unless they have no other reasonable options. The conditions are simply expected to be too nasty to allow for a dependable leg.

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Nyheim Hines Dec 12 10:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines has been up and down all season long. His up coincided with the absence fellow running back Marlon Mack. With both of them active, Hines just doesn't have the same level of value unless the team gets into a major shootout when they're throwing a lot. Against a vastly improved Dallas Cowboys offense, that is a legitimate possibility this week. If the Colts have to go pass heavy to keep up, Hines has that increased value in PPR formats, but he doesn't have the value in standard scoring formats.

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Damien Williams Dec 12 10:03pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams is expected to be the starting running back for the Chiefs in Week 15 if RB Spencer Ware (hamstring, shoulder) is not able to play.

Fantasy Spin: Williams posted only 30 total yards on 12 touches in relief last week but had two touchdowns in that game. He would receive most of the work at running back if Ware is ruled out and could be at least a flex option for owners.

D.J. Chark Dec 12 9:23pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (quadriceps) will not be able to play in the Week 15 game. Head coach Doug Marrone said the team hopes Chark can start running next week.

Kayvon Webster Dec 12 9:13pm ET

Houston Texans CB Kayvon Webster (quadriceps) will be allowed to participate in practice after he was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list.

Steven Hauschka Dec 12 8:53pm ET

Buffalo Bills PK Stephen Hauschka (hip) likely will be able to play in the Week 15 game, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

Chris Carson Dec 12 8:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Fantasy Spin: This is being done to manage Carson's reps, which is understandable given how he's established himself as the undisputed lead dog in Seattle's backfield. As a result, Carson should be fired up in all formats every week.

Bradley McDougald Dec 12 8:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (knee), OG D.J. Fluker (hamstring), Ss Bradley McDougald (knee), Maurice Alexander (concussion), DE Dion Jordan (knee), DT Shamar Stephen (foot) and OT Duane Brown (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. DE Frank Clark (elbow) and DT Jarran Reed (oblique) were limited participants, while FB Tre Madden (chest) practiced in full.

Doug Baldwin Dec 12 8:20pm ET

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hip) is day-to-day, and the team is hoping he can play in Week 15 against the 49ers. Baldwin didn't practice at all last week and was inactive on Monday night in the win over the Vikings. If he does return this Sunday, he'll be a boom/bust WR3 in an offense that continues to focus on the ground game. If he sits again, Tyler Lockett will have WR2 upside. Baldwin had two catches for 22 yards and a score against San Fran on Dec. 2.

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