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Giants starting QB up in air with Jones back at workout

Wed Dec 11 2:51pm ET
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

Players: Eli Manning, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton

In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) warm up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in East Rutherford, N.J. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was kept out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, with a high right ankle sprain, and coach Pat Shurmur says Eli Manning very likely will start Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Shurmur adds that Manning could very well be the starter for the rest of the season. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)


New York Giants' Eli Manning warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


New York Giants' Eli Manning looks on from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


New York Giants' Eli Manning runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Rookie Daniel Jones returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, creating uncertainty about the New York Giants starting quarterback this weekend against the Miami Dolphins.

Jones, who has been the Giants starter since the third week of the season, missed Monday night's game with a sprained right ankle. He was hurt against the Packers on Dec. 1.

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning started against the Eagles and threw two touchdown passes in a 23-17 overtime loss. The 38-year-old played well in the first half but the offense was limited to two first downs and 29 yards in the second half in blowing a 17-3 lead.

Coach Pat Shurmur wants to see how Jones does in practice this week before deciding on a starter.

Shurmur added Jones is his No. 1 quarterback and if he is ready, he will play.

'''I feel good,'' Jones said after the jog-through workout. ''I am healing quickly. I just have to keep doing what I am told in the training room and try to get back out there as quick as I can.''

The practice on Thursday will be at a much faster tempo and it will give the coaches and the doctors a chance to see if Jones is ready.

Jones said his ankle has improved and he is moving around more. He wore a boot for a week after the injury and took it off for good on Monday. He said he is preparing to play but he knows the doctors and Shurmur will have the final say.

Manning, who is in the final year of his contract, plans to be ready.

''Nothing is being decided today and all I can worry about is getting prepared to play, either way, whether I am the starter or not, I have to be prepared. I am just going about my business and getting myself and the team ready to play.''

Manning refused to say whether he would be disappointed not to play one final game at home after a 16-year career with the Giants.

Manning competed 15 of 30 passes for 203 yards, including TD passes of 35 and 55 yards to Darius Slayton. He was sacked twice and did not throw an interception.

''I still feel I can play,'' Manning said. ''I don't think that ever crossed through my mind. I obviously had a good first half and made some plays. Obviously we didn't do enough in the second half.''

Jones, who watched Monday night's game on the sideline, said he had a high ankle sprain at Duke last season and did not miss time. He said his status is day to day and he hopes to return this season.

The Giants (2-11) have three games left in the season.

Player Notes
DeVante Parker Dec 11 3:20pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Devante Parker (concussion) and Albert Wilson (concussion) are both at practice in non-contact jerseys on Wednesday. Both players are still in the concussion protocol after suffering head injuries in Week 14. Parker and Wilson should be considered questionable to play in Week 15 against the Giants until they're cleared from the league's protocol. Allen Hurns would be the biggest beneficiary if one of Parker or Wilson can't play. Parker is having the best season of his career with 55 catches, 882 yards and six touchdowns, so fantasy owners surely are hoping he won't miss a good matchup against the Giants.

From RotoBaller

Le'Veon Bell Dec 11 3:20pm ET

New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell is recovered from his illness and will suit up for the Jets Thursday in Baltimore. Bell missed the Jets Week 14 win with the flu, but has been a full participant in practice and should be good to go Thursday. Running lanes will be hard to come by against a stout Ravens Defense that gives up the fourth-fewest points to opposing running backs, but Bell won't have to split carries with Bilal Powell (ankle, illness) and Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) doubtful and questionable respectively. Fantasy owners who used an early pick on Bell have been disappointed this season, but would be hard-pressed to find a spare back with 20-plus touch upside. Start Bell as an RB2 and hope he bowls his way into the end zone as he's yet to have a 100-yard day this season.

From RotoBaller

Scott Miller Dec 11 3:10pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scott Miller (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the Week 14 game against the Colts. With Mike Evans done for the year, Miller could have a significant role in the final three games of the season if he's able to make it back this weekend against the Lions in a really nice matchup. However, he'll be competing for targets with Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson behind Chris Godwin. Miller, a rookie in 2019, has just 10 catches for 151 yards in eight games this year for Tampa and would be a shot in the dark in any fantasy format this weekend if he plays.

From RotoBaller

Jameis Winston Dec 11 3:10pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (thumb), who suffered a fractured thumb in the Week 14 win over the Colts, is currently day-to-day ahead of Week 15 against the Lions. He's likely to be limited in practice this week and his status is up in the air against Detroit on Sunday. I think its getting better every day, Winston said. Detroit's secondary presents a very nice matchup for Winston, so he'll be in the QB1 picture this weekend if he suits up. If he doesn't play, it'll be Ryan Griffin making the start under center for the Bucs. He'd merely be a QB2 streamer in two-quarterback leagues.

From RotoBaller

Damien Williams Dec 11 3:10pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (ribs) is back on the practice field on Wednesday. Williams has been out since Week 11. In Week 14 against the Patriots, all three of LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware were involved in Kansas City's backfield. A Williams return in Week 15 against the Broncos would make this backfield even tougher to predict for fantasy owners moving forward. Ware will likely be the odd-man out if Williams is back, but that's no guarantee. Either way, fantasy owners in the playoffs shouldn't be planning on using Williams this Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Adam Thielen Dec 11 3:00pm ET

Barring a setback in practice this week, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected to return for Week 15 against the Chargers after missing the last four games with his injury, according to a league source. Thielen returned to practice on Wednesday, so he's definitely on the right track. The Chargers have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game (11.5) to wideouts over the last five weeks, so Thielen will have his hands full if he's back and could be a bit rusty. Consider him more of a shaky WR2 for fantasy lineups if he's active this Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Ryan Griffin Dec 11 2:50pm ET

New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle), running back Bilal Powell (ankle, illness) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) will not play Thursday night against the Ravens. Griffin and Powell are both officially out, while Thomas is doubtful to play. Daniel Brown and rookie Trevon Wesco will help fill in with Griffin out, but neither should be fantasy targets this week. Powell handled 19 carries for 74 yards with Le'Veon Bell (illness) out last week, but Bell is set to return on Thursday. He'll be a low-end RB2 in a tough matchup. Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder should see plenty of targets in the passing game with DT unlikely to play.

From RotoBaller

Sam Darnold Dec 11 2:50pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been a streamable quarterback over the last month, but fantasy owners who had been relying on the sophomore signal-caller may want to explore other options in Week 15. Darnold has played well in recent weeks with soft matchups but this Ravens Defense is a different animal than Darnold has seen lately. Baltimore allows the second-fewest points to opposing quarterbacks and Darnold will face them on the road in a short week. In the fantasy playoffs, Darnold is best left on the bench.

From RotoBaller

Ty Montgomery Dec 11 2:50pm ET

New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for Week 15 against the Ravens on Thursday night. With Le'Veon Bell out last week with an illness, Montgomery had just nine carries for 31 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards. Bell is expected back Thursday night, so Montgomery will have zero standalone value if he's active, even though Bilal Powell has been ruled out. Josh Adams would be Bell's primary backup if Montgomery joins Powell on the Sunday inactive list.

From RotoBaller

Marvin Jones Dec 11 2:50pm ET

The Detroit Lions placed wide receiver Marvin Jones (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he suffered his injury in the Week 14 loss to the Vikings on the final drive. Head coach Matt Patricia said he's unsure if Jones will need surgery. The 29-year-old had 62 catches this year for 779 yards and nine touchdowns. Fantasy owners unfortunately will not have Jones' services as they attempt to win a fantasy championship in the next couple of weeks. Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola and Chris Lacy should operate in three-wide sets the rest of the way. Amendola will become a little more attractive in deep PPR leagues, but his upside remains limited with third-stringer David Blough at quarterback.

From RotoBaller

Mark Andrews Dec 11 2:40pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (quadriceps) and tight end Mark Andrews (knee) are both listed as questionable for Week 15 against the Jets on Thursday night. Jackson practiced in full on Wednesday and is fully expected to play. If you own Jackson, you're not benching him whatsoever in a great matchup. Andrews is obviously much riskier this week as a strong TE1 after his injury in Week 14, but he's a must-start fantasy tight end if he's playing. If he's out, Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle should share tight end duties, with Hurst, who had a big game in Week 14, being the better streamer with TE1 upside.

From RotoBaller

Josh Jacobs Dec 11 2:30pm ET

Oakland Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs (shoulder), who sat out in Week 14 against the Titans, had positive results from his MRI exam and is expected to return to action in Week 15 against the Jaguars, according to sources. Barring a setback this week, Jacobs should only have a one-week absence. Jacobs has been one of the most impressive running backs in the NFL in 2019, let alone among rookies. Fantasy owners might've been eliminated from the first round of the playoffs without him last Sunday, but they should get him back if they were able to advance. Against a Jacksonville team that has been getting destroyed on the ground in recent weeks, Jacobs will return to high-end RB1 status if he's active. Deandre Washington and Jalen Richard will go back to backup duties.

From RotoBaller

Greg Olsen Dec 11 1:33pm ET

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) took part in individual drills Wednesday, Dec. 11, which was a moderate surprise to beat writer Joe Person.

Fantasy Spin: Olsen has a great matchup against the Seattle Seahawks this week if he's able to go. Olsen will be a low-end TE1 option in PPR leagues.

From TheHuddle

T Y Hilton Dec 11 1:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) said the team's playoff eligibility won't be a factor on if he returns this season. 'I would never quit on my team,' Hilton said. 'I signed up for 16 games. Some guys may shut it down and call it quits. I don't do that.'

Fantasy Spin: We still view him on the wrong side of questionable to return this season. If he's able to, he'd be a WR2 option. Zach Pascal should be a WR3 in the interim.

From TheHuddle

Golden Tate Dec 11 1:23pm ET

New York Giants TE Golden Tate (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: Tate had just one catch for 11 yards with Eli Manning last week, but he has a great matchup against the Miami Dolphins if he can go this week. He'd be a high-end WR3.

From TheHuddle

Evan Engram Dec 11 1:13pm ET

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: He was limited in practice last week as well, and he didn't play. Rhett Ellison (concussion) was also limited, and this situation remains in flux. If Engram goes, he's a midrange TE1. If he doesn't, Kaden Smith could be worth streaming again.

From TheHuddle

Jason Witten Dec 11 1:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a floor-play only for a Week 15 contest against the Los Angeles Rams. Witten has seen plenty of targets lately, with seven in Week 14 and right in Week 13, but he's only come up with 11 catches for 79 yards total in both games. He's one of the least likely players in fantasy football to put up a goose egg in your lineup, but he's also very unlikely to put up a game-changing score, even in PPR. He's a tight end to play when you only need to reach a floor in your matchup, otherwise, even in a position as shallow as tight end, there are likely higher upside options on the waiver wire.

From RotoBaller

Blake Jarwin Dec 11 1:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin is not a strong fantasy option for Week 15 despite a strong performance in Week 14. Jarwin caught six passes for 50 yards against the Bears last week, but it was the first time this season he'd even been targeted more than four times. He's likely to sink back into the two-or-three targets per game life this week against the Los Angeles Rams and makes for nothing more than a dart-throw tight end option.

From RotoBaller

Kai Forbath Dec 11 1:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys brand new kicker Kai Forbath is a decent option at kicker for Week 15 fantasy lineups. Forbath was signed to replace Brett Maher, who was released by the Cowboys earlier this week. Forbath has made just under 86 percent of his field goal tries in his career and made his only attempt this year as a member of the Patriots. He did miss one of his two extra points, though. Most leagues will have higher-upside guys available on the waiver wire, but Forbath is fine as a fill-in kicker if needed.

From RotoBaller

Dallas Cowboys Dec 11 1:00pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense is a middling option at best in a Week 15 game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys defense has been generally disappointing this season, and this week they take on a Rams offense that looked like it finally figured things out in Week 14. There are likely better options on the waiver wire in most leagues, especially given this week's matchups.

From RotoBaller