Sammy Watkins is active today and will play for the first time since Week 16. Watkins brings yet another weapon to the loaded Chiefs’ offense. He has had a consistent but somewhat limited role in the offense when active this season, averaging 42 yards per game with 2 TDs over 10 games.
Antonio Brown and Cameron Brate are both officially active today, as expected from earlier reports. LeSean McCoy is also active, and should work as the third RB.
Brown, Brate and Watkins, all listed as questionable, are reportedly expected to play in the Super Bowl. It appears that both teams will be healthy Sunday, not surprising given the extra week of rest. It will still be worth monitoring inactives tomorrow, which will be released 90 minutes before kickoff.
Sammy Watkins and Le’Veon Bell are both inactive, as expected from earlier reports. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is active tonight, and will likely work as the top RB ahead of Darrel Williams.
Gabriel Davis is active tonight, and Kenny Stills is inactive. Earlier reports indicated Davis was unlikely to play, but his warmups clearly went well. Stills is yet to appear in a game for the Bills this season.
Gabriel Davis will try warming up pregame, but there is a good chance he is out today. Kenny Stills was called up from the practice squad yesterday, and has reportedly gotten a lot of Davis’ work this week in practice. If Davis is ruled out, expect Stills to get some work, his first work with the Bills this season.
Sammy Watkins is still a game-time decision, but the Chiefs are reportedly not optimistic he will play. Both Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter have now mentioned the lack of optimism, so it sounds like Watkins is closer to doubtful than questionable for today. That would be a boost to the WRs behind Tyreek Hill, specifically Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire reportedly will play today, while Le’Veon Bell is expected to be out. That should mean Darrel Williams, who worked effectively last week as the top back, should get some of the RB work along with the returning Edwards-Helaire. Sammy Watkins is a game-time decision, although Adam Schefter also reported that the Chiefs aren’t optimistic he will play. Ian Rapoport did not report that, and for now, he should still be considered a GTD, but his status must be confirmed when inactives are released.
Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray are both inactive, confirming earlier reports. Expect Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees to both benefit from Hill being out, while Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery will handle the limited work available at RB behind Kamara.
Ronald Jones is active today, although Leonard Fournette has already been announced as the starter. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is inactive today, meaning LeSean McCoy will be active, likely working as the third RB.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is officially inactive today, as expected based on earlier reports. Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams are likely to split the work, with Darwin Thompson the third RB. Williams got more work Week 16, the last game the Chiefs’ starters played, while Bell got more work back in Week 13, the other game that Clyde Edwards-Helaire missed.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is reportedly unlikely to play, which would be his third straight game missed, and would leave Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams as the top RB options for the Chiefs. The work is likely to be split fairly evenly, with Bell getting more work throughout the season, but Williams getting more work Week 16, the last game the Chiefs played their starters.
Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray are both reportedly not likely to play today for the Saints. The absence of Hill is a boost for both Drew Brees and the running backs, as Hill often vultures TDs from both. If Murray is out, the Saints have Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery as the RBs behind Alvin Kamara. Neither received consistent work throughout the season. Washington got slightly more work the first 16 weeks, while Montgomery had a 100-yard rushing game during Week 17 (when the Saints were without their top-3 RBs).
Cooper Kupp is officially inactive today, which clearly boosts WRs Van Jefferson and Josh Reynolds significantly. Robert Woods could see an increased target share as the clear number 1 option, but he will also face increased focus from the defense. TEs Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett should also see increased roles, although all the passing game options are dependent on Jared Goff and his injured thumb playing effectively.
Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris are all active Sunday, meaning the Saints’ offense is in great health for their game against the Bears. Austin Carr and Juwan Johnson both inactive, although their roles would have been very limited even if active.