Justin Tucker K BAL 1 Day
Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal on Monday night was the third-longest go-ahead field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history.
Tucker's remarkable six field goals (including two from 50+) still has the NFL and fantasy world buzzing. Even Tucker himself is aware of the impact he had on millions of owners. "I'm glad I could come through, of course, for my reality team as well as for my fantasy owners," he said afterward. "Thank you for picking me up, it means a lot to me. And hopefully I can continue to contribute to the successes of your respective teams." Now riding 33 straight makes, Tucker will be a major factor in the fantasy finals as well.
Jimmy Smith DB BAL 1 Day
Jimmy Smith shadowed Calvin Johnson whenever he lined up outside on Monday night.
The Ravens typically just play sides with their corners, but they installed a new strategy to face Megatron. Smith, the No. 27 overall pick in 2011, played a very strong game. Johnson dropped two wide-open passes and finished with six catches for 98 yards, but Smith was step-for-step with him on a majority of the plays. It's a notch in the belt for a guy that had already graded out as a top-25 corner in Pro Football Focus' rankings coming into Week 15.
Zac Stacy RB STL 1 Day
Zac Stacy (hip) is not expected to practice Wednesday.
It's just going to be a rest day to help Stacy get some soreness out. He missed one series in Week 15 after taking a shot to the hip, and then returned to finished with a 28/133/1 line on 28 carries. Stacy can be penned into fantasy lineups as a RB1 in fantasy's Super Bowl week as he takes on the Bucs.
Joe Flacco QB BAL 1 Day
Following Monday night's win at Detroit, Joe Flacco said his left knee felt "fine" and "strong."
Flacco got a real scare midway through the fourth quarter when DeAndre Levy dove into the quarterback's planted left leg, causing his knee to buckle. It's the kind of play that often results in ligament damage, but Flacco managed to shake it off and finish the game without issue. He's never missed a game in his six-year career and will be ready to go as a QB2 against the Patriots in Week 16.
Garrett Hartley K NO 1 Day
Coach Sean Payton didn't rule out benching K Garrett Hartley for Week 16.
In the Week 15 loss at St. Louis, Hartley had a 36-yard field goal blocked and simply shanked a 26-yarder late in the game. He's now just 22-of-30 on the season, a mark that puts him 30th in the league in accuracy. Fantasy owners should be looking for more reliable options than Hartley even if Payton chooses to stay the course.
Marvin Jones WR CIN 1 Day
Marvin Jones played on a season-high 71.8 percent of the snaps in the Week 15 loss to the Steelers.
Jones' snap count was buoyed by game flow as the Bengals fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and were subsequently in catch-up mode all night. Still, the usage is an encouraging sign that the coaches see the playmaking second-year man as a priority when they need points quickly. Jones, who has a touchdown in two straight games, has dream matchup at home against the Vikings' No. 30 pass defense. Few WR4s will have more upside.
Andre Caldwell WR DEN 1 Day
Andre Caldwell played on 37-of-54 snaps (68.5 percent) in the Week 15 loss to the Chargers.
Instead of going back to Jacob Tamme (nine snaps) as their slot man, the Broncos chose to roll with three-wide sets featuring Caldwell. It resulted in a 6/59/2 performance. Considering how well Caldwell played, it's likely Denver would install a similar game plan if Wes Welker (concussion) sits out again. The Broncos face the 2-12 Texans on Sunday and the Slot Machine's status remains murky. He didn't practice Monday.
Aaron Rodgers QB GB 1 Day
The Packers will capture the NFC North and a home playoff game if they win their final two regular season games.
Thanks to the Lions' loss to the Ravens on Monday night, the Packers and Bears now control their own destiny. They face each other in Week 17 and the division will be on the line if they both win this Sunday. Citing this, beat writer Rob Demovsky says the Packers should push the envelope with Aaron Rodgers' return as long as there's a "minimum level" of risk. A-Rodg is scheduled to be examined by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie on Wednesday and will likely have another scan Thursday. By Friday, we should know if Rodgers or Matt Flynn will be under center against the Steelers.