Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 9 Hrs
Bell has been diagnosed with a hyperextended right knee, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he is unsure whether the star running back will be able to play in Saturday's wild-card game against the Ravens, ESPN's Scott Brown reports.
The early diagnosis is a favorable one for the Steelers, after Bell took a hard hit to the knee during the third quarter of Sunday's game. He was deemed doubtful to return, and he never made it back into the contest. More information should be available throughout the week, as Bell's health will undoubtedly be one of the top storylines for the first round of the playoffs. The star running back ran for just 20 yards on eight carries in Sunday's regular-season finale, but he caught six passes for 80 yards. If Bell is unable to suit up for Saturday's game against the arch-rival Ravens, Pittsburgh will have to go with the untested duo of Dri Archer and Josh Harris. The team may also take a look into free agency, though the options aren't very appealing at this point in the season.
Derek Carr QB OAK 10 Hrs
Carr completed 18-of-36 passes for 158 yards, with one touchdown and an interception, in Sunday's 47-14 loss at Denver. He also lost a fumble at one point.
Carr struggled Sunday against a solid defense, but his rookie season was better than some expected, as he minimized his mistakes, while tossing 21 touchdowns. He also did a great job avoiding sacks, which could be considered an underrated skill, getting dropped just 24 times in 599 passing attempts. Youngster Latavius Murray showed some major flashes as a runner in the second half of the season, so there is actually some optimism for Raiders' fans in 2015, especially if they could surround Carr with a little more talent on offense.
Latavius Murray RB OAK 10 Hrs
Murray had 10 carries for 37 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 47-14 loss at Denver.
The game was close in the first half, but got out of hand late, limiting Murray's opportunities as a ball carrier. He did establish a career high in receiving yardage, and was the only Raiders' offensive player to do anything. He came on strong late in the year, when Oakland finally gave up on Darren McFadden, and showed some major upside, with his game-breaking speed. He is extremely tall for a RB at 6-3, so it will be interesting to see if he can hold up for an entire season, given his upright running style. In any event, he could be a big part of Oakland's offense in 2015, assuming the team doesn't draft a RB early.
Paul Richardson WR SEA 10 Hrs
Richardson caught 5-of-7 targets for a career-high 60 yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Rams.
The Seahawks were shut out at halftime, but Richardson had a 32-yard catch on the team's opening drive of the third quarter, helping to set up a field goal. He ended up leading the team in all receiving categories Sunday, and established a career high in yardage for the second straight week. He didn't see much action early in the year, but with Percy Harvin no longer around, and Jermaine Kearse (hamstring) banged up, the rookie wideout is trending upwards for the playoffs.
Doug Baldwin WR SEA 10 Hrs
Baldwin caught 3-of-4 targets for 43 yards in Sunday's win over the Rams.
Baldwin was overshadowed by rookie Paul Richardson, who caught 5-of-7 targets for a career-high 60 yards. Even still, Baldwin remains Seattle's No. 1 target in the passing game, and with homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, he doesn't make for a bad option for those participating in postseason fantasy leagues.
Robert Turbin RB SEA 10 Hrs
Turbin had 11 carries for 53 yards and caught his lone target for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Rams.
Turbin actually came close to matching Marshawn Lynch's production Sunday, although Lynch was the one that scored. The Seahawks clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC with the win, but Turbin is only an option for those in the deepest of postseason fantasy leagues.
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 10 Hrs
Lynch (back) ran 14 times for 60 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Rams. He also lost a fumble at one point.
Lynch was held in check, although his fourth-quarter touchdown helped to salvage his fantasy game. The Seahawks have homefield advantage in the NFC throughout the playoffs, so Lynch will be a strong option, for those who participate in postseason leagues.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 10 Hrs
Bell left Sunday's game against the Bengals in the third quarter with a right knee injury, and he is doubtful to return to the contest, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
After hauling in his sixth reception of the night, Bell took a hard shot to the right knee from Bengals safety Reggie Nelson. Bell was down on the field for a minute, and while he was able to walk off under his own power, he was also sporting a noticeable limp. The Steelers have shaky depth at running back, with Bell backed up by undersized third-round rookie Dri Archer and rookie UDFA Josh Harris. If Bell misses the rest of the game, he'll finish with six catches for 80 yards, along with eight carries for 20 yards.
Russell Wilson QB SEA 10 Hrs
Wilson completed 17-of-25 passes for 239 yards and an interception in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Rams. He ran for just seven yards.
While it wasn't a productive game from a fantasy perspective, Wilson's performance was good enough for the Seahawks to earn homefield advantage in the NFC throughout the playoffs. If you're participating in a postseason league, Wilson makes for a nice option, given that he might play three games.
Benny Cunningham RB STL 10 Hrs
Cunningham had four carries for 10 yards and caught 7-of-7 targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss at Seattle. He also lost a key fumble late in the game.
With St. Louis down by just seven points in the fourth quarter, Cunningham nearly scored on a reception, but was stripped of the ball when he stretched out his arms at the goal line. Despite the miscue, Cunningham had a solid game, especially for those in PPR leagues. He showed to be a strong receiver all season, and nice change-of-pace runner to rookie Tre Mason. We'd anticipate a similar role in 2015.