E. J. Gaines DB STL 8 Hrs
Gaines suffered a concussion and lacerated lip during Sunday's loss to the Giants, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
Gaines, a sixth-round rookie, has started every game this season. He finished Sunday's contest with three tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed, giving him 70 tackles (63 solo), two interceptions, a fumble recovery and 15 passes defensed for the season. If Gaines can't play in Week 17 against the Seahawks, nickleback Trumaine Johnson will likely work in an every-down role.
Joseph Randle RB DAL 8 Hrs
Randle had 13 carries for 37 yards and one catch for seven yards in Sunday's 42-7 win over the Colts.
Despite his broken hand, DeMarco Murray still received 22 carries, limiting Randle's impact. If your league plays through Week 17, Randle could be a sneaky play next week. With the NFC East wrapped up and a first-round bye a fairly unlikely proposition, the Cowboys may decide to rest Murray, which would obviously give Randle's value a significant boost.
Charles Johnson WR MIN 8 Hrs
Johnson had three catches on six targets for 38 yards Sunday against the Dolphins.
The 38 yards were Johnson's fewest since he grabbed a bigger role in the offense after the Week 10 bye, and he's now gone without a touchdown in three of his last four games. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn't look for him much in the red zone, leaving fantasy owners to depend on long touchdowns from Johnson to get much of an impact. The good news is that the Vikings will face off against the Bears in Week 17, a team tied with the Redskins for allowing the most passing touchdowns in the league this season.
Terrance Williams WR DAL 9 Hrs
Williams had two catches - both touchdowns - for 52 yards in Sunday's 42-7 win over the Colts.
Williams bookended the Cowboys' scoring brigade, catching a nine-yard score from Tony Romo in the first quarter, then closing out the Cowboys' scoring with a 43-yard reception from Brandon Weeden in the fourth. Williams had not scored a touchdown or surpassed 40 receiving yards in a game since Week 8, so this stat line was a pleasant surprise. The Cowboys still have an outside shot at a first-round bye, so they may go all hands on deck for next Sunday's game against Washington, but if they do rest some of their key guys, Williams would stand to benefit.
Greg Jennings WR MIN 9 Hrs
Jennings (hamstring) had three catches on three targets for 56 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins.
Despite failing to reach 60 receiving yards in a game since before the team's Week 10 bye, Jennings has four touchdowns in his last five games, as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues to look his way in the red zone. Jennings has a good shot to continue his fine play, as the Vikings will face off against the Bears in Week 17, a team that is tied for the most passing touchdowns allowed this season.
Matt Asiata RB MIN 9 Hrs
Asiata (foot) had 16 carries for 58 rushing yards and two touchdowns, as well as three catches on four targets for 19 receiving yards during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
Asiata's touchdowns came on a one-yard run in the first quarter and a five-yard run in the fourth, with his longest run from scrimmage gaining 10 yards. The one target he failed to catch ended up bouncing off his hands and getting intercepted, though there aren't any negative fantasy points for that in most formats. He now has 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) on the season, an impressive mark for a player that hasn't reached 75 rushing yards in a single game this season. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against a Bears defense that has been better against the run than the pass this season.
Dan Bailey K DAL 9 Hrs
Bailey went 6-for-6 on extra points but missed his only field-goal attempt in Sunday's 42-7 win over the Colts.
The Cowboys were too proficient at getting into the end zone, limiting Bailey's scoring opportunities. He's made multiple field goals in a game just once since Week 6.
Teddy Bridgewater QB MIN 9 Hrs
Bridgewater completed 19-of-26 passes for 259 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.
The interception was hardly Bridgewater's fault, as it bounced off running back Matt Asiata's hands into the defender. Bridgewater connected with nine different receivers and completed at least 70 percent of his passes for the fourth game in a row. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Bears, who are tied for the most passing touchdowns allowed in the NFL this season.
Tony Romo QB DAL 9 Hrs
Romo (back) completed 18 of 20 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 42-7 win over the Colts.
It's hard to play much better than Romo did Sunday. He systematically dismantled the Colts, slinging touchdowns to four different players. Romo has been on a tear this month, throwing for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in three December games. He should be another surefire QB1 next weekend against Washington, with the caveat that the Cowboys may decide to rest or limit some of their starters if a first-round bye is no longer within reach.
Lamar Miller RB MIA 9 Hrs
Miller had 19 carries for 92 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as five catches on seven targets for 58 receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Vikings.
Miller's 92 yards marked his second-highest total of the season, and he is now 79 yards short of his first 1,000-yard season. However, those yards won't be easy to come by in Week 17 against the Jets, who are allowing the fourth-fewest (87.3) rushing yards per game this season. Miller had 13 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown against New York in Week 13.