Boldin done for regular season: The Ravens announced Thursday that WR Anquan Boldin won’t play in the final two games of the regular season because of surgery on a torn meniscus. Boldin has been a fantasy disappointment this year, averaging just four catches and 63.4 yards per game. It hasn’t helped that he’s visited the end zone just three times this year — the last time was in Week 11. And while Boldin’s absence should mean more playing time for Lee Evans, don’t expect a guy with four catches all year to make a major impact. Without the veteran wideout to draw extra coverage, it could be a tough day for Torrey Smith against the Cleveland secondary. But it could be a good opportunity for TE Ed Dickson to make some plays, especially against a defense that has allowed six TD catches to tight ends. Consider him a solid play in leagues with 12 or more teams.
Manningham misses practice: Giants WR Mario Manningham (knee) missed Thursday’s practice with swelling, putting in doubt his status for Saturday’s game against the Jets. The former Michigan man has been an enigma this season, losing his spot in the rotation to Victor Cruz. With the prospect of facing a stingy Gang Green secondary, it’s not worth starting him if you have any other options you believe can score five or more fantasy points.
Johnson limited in practice: Despite missing two straight days of practice, the Titans are hopeful RB Chris Johnson (ankle) will be able to play this week against Jacksonville, however coach Mike Munchak is already conceding that Jamie Harper could see some extra carries. For the last several weeks, Johnson has been relegated to a fantasy-matchup back. When the matchup is good, you play him. When it’s not, you sit him. Jacksonville’s defense hasn’t been a favorable matchup for most fantasy RBs this year and combine that with a gimpy ankle and you’re better off avoiding Johnson this week if you can.
– Marcas Grant