Brown “needs to play”: As LeSean McCoy works his way back to the field for the Philadelphia Eagles, it doesn’t appear that his return will force Bryce Brown back to the bench. Head coach Andy Reid told the Daily News that he believes Brown “needs to play”, which is why the rookie has continued to see touches despite his multiple fumbles. Since McCoy has not yet been cleared to play (it could happen later this week), it’s not certain what Brown’s workload could look like in Week 16. What is known is that the Eagles face a Redskins defense that has been pretty good against the run all season long, averaging fewer than 16 fantasy points per game against opposing backs. Combine that with Brown’s inability to hold onto the football and it’s a matchup that fantasy owners should think twice about.
Thomas injures knee: Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas left Sunday’s win over Jacksonville with a knee injury after playing just seven snaps. As a result, Reggie Bush finished the day with 21 carries — his second-highest total of the season. So far, there’s no word on the severity of Thomas’ injury and no word on his status for next week. If the reserve runner can’t go, it could mean another day that sees Bush have 20 or more touches. That’s good news since Bush has reached the 20-plus touch plateau four times this season. In three of those games, he posted more than 100 total scrimmage yards. Even better news is that the Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills in Week 16. The Bills are allowing nearly 20 fantasy points per game to running backs on the road.
Packers backing Crosby: There’s no other way to say it, it’s been a miserable season for Mason Crosby. His 58.6 percent success rate on field goals is by far the lowest of his career and it’s apparent the Packers don’t have the same level of confidence in him. However, head coach Mike McCarthy says the team has no plans to make a change at the position. Crosby has missed at least one kick in eight straight games — including two in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears. Green Bay’s Week 16 matchup against the Tennessee Titans is a fairly favorable one on paper for Crosby. But his recent struggles make him far to risky for anyone aiming for a fantasy championship. The Packers might not be moving on, but fantasy owners should.
– Marcas Grant
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