Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 5 Hrs
Stewart had 24 carries for 122 rushing yards and two catches on four targets for seven receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Browns.
Starting again in place of the injured DeAngelo Williams (hand), Stewart made a strong case to keep the job in Week 17 against the Saints, when Williams is expected to return, rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown for the second time in the last three games. The winner of next weekend's game will take home the NFC South title, and Stewart could be heavily used against a Falcons defense that has allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the league this season.
Shane Vereen RB NE 5 Hrs
Vereen (ankle) carried six times for 38 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.
Meanwhile, Jonas Gray carried six times for five yards and a TD, while Brandon Bolden carried five times for 32 yards in the game. With LeGarrette Blount out, the Patriots went with a committee approach on Sunday, with Vereen's modest impact in the passing game of late continuing to hamper his fantasy upside.
Willie Young DL CHI 5 Hrs
Young (Achilles) will not play in Week 17 against the Vikings, ESPN's Mike C. Wright reports.
Young sustained the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game, and with the Bears already eliminated from the playoff race, it will effectively end his season. He'll finish the year with a total of 40 combined tackles and 10 sacks, and leave either David Bass or Cornelius Washington to pick up the reps he leaves behind.
Cam Newton QB CAR 5 Hrs
Newton (back) completed 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, while also adding 63 rushing yards and another score on 12 carries during Sunday's win over the Browns.
Playing in his first game since suffering two transverse fractures in his back, Newton showed early on that the injury would not be an issue, rushing on his second play from scrimmage and then breaking off a 15-yard run later in the drive. He connected with seven different receivers on the day, throwing his lone touchdown to running back Jonathan Stewart with 7:07 left in the game to put the Panthers up for good. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Falcons, with the winner taking the NFC South title.
Tom Brady QB NE 5 Hrs
Brady completed 23-of-35 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.
Next up for Brady, who also picked up 10 rushing yards in the game, is a Week 17 matchup against the Bills. If Denver gets past the Bengals on Monday, a Patriots' win over Buffalo would earn the team home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. As it is, Sunday's win has secured a first-round postseason bye for the Patriots.
Doug Martin RB TB 5 Hrs
Martin had 10 carries for 17 rushing yards and failed to catch the only ball thrown his way during Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Martin finished with six more carries than backup Charles Sims (four carries for minus-1 yard), though the rookie was able to rack up 30 receiving yards on three catches. It was an ugly performance overall, and Martin could cede more touches to Sims in Week 17 against the Saints, who are allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season, as the Bucs could try to see what they have with the rookie out of West Virginia in the season-finale.
Charles Sims RB TB 5 Hrs
Sims had four carries for minus-1 rushing yard and three catches on six targets for 30 receiving yards Sunday against the Packers.
Sims continues to play mostly on passing downs, as Doug Martin once again led the backfield, though it was only to the tune of 10 carries for 17 yards, as the Bucs' offense was all but shut down Sunday. Sims has failed to reach 10 rushing yards in three of the last four games, and he's got very little upside in Week 17 against the Saints, a team allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season, unless the Bucs decide to play him ahead of Martin, with the playoffs long gone from consideration.
Jordan Cameron TE CLE 5 Hrs
Cameron had three catches on five targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Cameron provided the Browns with their first offensive touchdown since Week 14, but it's not too much to get excited about, as the Panthers completely blew the coverage on the play. It was Cameron's first touchdown since Week 6, and helped to generate something positive out of a season that has been largely disappointing for fantasy owners.
Vincent Jackson WR TB 5 Hrs
Jackson had three catches on six targets for a team-high 60 yards Sunday against the Packers.
The Bucs' offense struggled in its entirety Sunday, as evidenced by Jackson leading the team with only 60 yards, and they failed to score a touchdown. Jackson is a very boom-or-bust type player, though it's mostly just for yardage, as he has only two touchdowns this season, with the last one coming all the way back in Week 4. He'll look to break through one final time in Week 17 against the Saints, who are allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game this season.
Mike Evans WR TB 5 Hrs
Evans had four catches on seven targets for 49 yards during Sunday's loss to the Packers.
After recording 458 yards between Weeks 9 and 11, Evans has failed to reach the 50-yard mark for five consecutive games. He had four touchdowns in his last four games heading into Sunday, which has helped mask his reduced production, but it came crashing down Sunday when he was unable to get in the end zone. He'll look to bounce back in Week 17 against a Saints defense allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game this season.