Hmm Steve did you not trust Big Ben?
|Acquired||The Cops||Andy Dalton QB CIN||Thu Nov 23 12:21pm ET|
|Released||The Cops||Robby Anderson WR NYJ||Thu Nov 23 12:21pm ET|
|Acquired||Greg's Seahawks||Los Angeles Chargers D/ST LAC||Thu Nov 23 10:46am ET|
|Released||Greg's Seahawks||Denver Broncos D/ST DEN||Thu Nov 23 10:46am ET|
|Acquired||Greg's Seahawks||Greg Olsen TE CAR||Thu Nov 23 10:44am ET|
|Bob's Panthers (6-5)||11|
|Greg's Seahawks (7-4)||20|
|Marc's Patriots (7-4)||8|
|Matt's Titans (4-7)||0|
|Paul's Saints (6-5)||0|
|Steve's Colts (2-9)||0|
|The Cops (7-4)||18|
|Alan's Vikings (5-6)||2|
The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) and tight end Vance McDonald (ankle) ahead of their Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers. Smith-Schuster's hamstring strain was said to be a minor issue but it is apparently significant enough to keep him out of action on Sunday. McDonald has been dealing with his ankle issue for a few weeks now. Look for Martavis Bryant to see a few extra targets on the outside while Jesse James operates as the team's primary tight end. At least the team ruled both players out early so fantasy owners don't have to make any difficult decisions ahead of the Sunday night game.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns, also throwing an interception, returned for a TD by Janoris Jenkins. The Redskins offense couldn't get much going in the first half, as the Giants picked up where they left off in holding Alex Smith and the Chiefs out of the end zone a week ago, but Kirk got it going to Jamison Crowder in the second half, tossing a 15-yard TD to Crowder in the third quarter and capping off his night with a 14-yard score to Josh Doctson in the fourth. Once again down three starting offensive linemen, Kirk didn't post one of his usual stud fantasy totals, but he's still a QB1 going forward.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson, a popular Week 12 sleeper choice, was mostly held in check by the New York Giants secondary, but saved his day by catching a 14-yard TD from Kirk Cousins in the fourth quarter. Doctson only managed two catches for 28 yards on four targets, but the touchdown kept him from a disaster night.
Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was held without a catch against the Giants in Week 12. Davis was only targeted once. The brutal night came against a defense that had been allowing the most fantasy points to the tight end position in 2017 and ended an impressive run of seven of eight games of 58 yards receiving or more for the veteran TE. We'd chalk this up to the volatility of the tight end position and give Davis a mulligan. He's still a TE1 if Jordan Reed continues to miss time.
Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine carried the football 24 times for exactly 100 yards, chipping in three catches on four targets for 30 more yards. It was Perine's second straight game with over 120 yards from scrimmage. Perhaps even more impressively, Perine played this game behind a patchwork offensive line that was missing three starters, with Spencer Long and Shawn Lauvao placed on IR this week and Trent Williams unable to play on the short week. Perine is a high end RB2 going forward with rock-solid volume.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder caught seven of ten targets for 141 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Giants in Week 12. It's hard to explain just why Crowder is experiencing a resurgence over the last month, but fantasy owners are happy to ride the wave. The 141 yards were a career high and it was Crowder's first TD of the 2017 season. He's getting hot at the right time and looks like a WR2 for the stretch run.
The Buffalo Bills have listed several of their key receiving options as questionable for their Week 12 matchup against the Chiefs, including Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Charles Clay, and Deonte Thompson. It is not expected that all of them will miss the game, with Kelvin Benjamin seemingly the least likely to play. Jordan Matthews, Deonte Thompson, and Charles Clay have all practiced this week in a limited capacity and therefore it is reasonable to expect them to play. With Benjamin likely out, Zay Jones is a solid streamer/punt play in season long and DFS formats.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (toe) is out for Sunday's game after failing to practice during the week. This opens up room for fellow wide receivers J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown to have a larger target share in the passing game behind Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is a WR2/3 with volume upside while Nelson and Jaron Brown are speculative plays even with John Brown out of the lineup.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jaocby Brissett (concussion) carries no injury designation heading into the team's Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans, as he was removed from the team's final injury report on Friday. The Titans are coming off of a brutal 40 point thrashing by the Pittsburgh Steelers, signalling plenty of good signs for Brissett to have some chance at exploiting that defense. Fire him up as a solid QB2 with plenty of upside.
In Week 11 versus the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons' running back Tevin Coleman turned 20 carries into 43 rushing yards for a pedestrian 2.2 yards per carry. Coleman did manage to score a rushing touchdown, and catch one of his two targets in the passing game for an addition 15 yards, but his overall performance didn't meet the expectations of his fantasy owners. This week, Coleman and the Falcons travel to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers, whose defense currently is 13th from the bottom of the league in points allowed against opposing running backs. Coleman has proven throughout the season that given opportunities, he will capitalize, and with Coleman's fellow Falcons' running back Devonta Freeman expected to miss another week with a concussion, Coleman should again receive the lion's share of the carries for his team. If you have Coleman, he's a great start for this week.
Week 11 was rough for fantasy owners who started Atlanta Falcons' tight end Austin Hooper, as he managed to log two catches for negative yardage, while fellow Falcons' tight end Levine Toilolo was targeted for and caught a long touchdown for the Falcons. Hooper has been streaky this season, though streaky is the nature of the tight end position in the world of fantasy football. It should be noted that Hooper is a capable player, who has and played and will play better games than his performance against the Seahawks. However, next week will be a difficult week for Hooper as the Falcons travel to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers' defense have only allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season which is why the Buccaneers' defense currently ranks fourth in the league in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends with a stingy 9.8 fantasy points per game. This isn't a good matchup for Hooper, and there are better options to start this week.
According to Atlanta Falcons' head coach Dan Quin, Devonta Freeman will miss his second straight game, despite returning to practice in a limited role Thursday. On Friday, Quinn acknowledged that Freeman had not been cleared for contact and wouldn't be eligible to play in Sunday's Week 12 game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is Freeman's second concussion of the season, and the extra recovery time is understandable. Freeman's participation in Thursday's practice was in a black no-contact jersey, which mean that he's at least a week away from being cleared. Barring any setbacks, expect Freeman to return to practice midway through next week, and to game action in Week 13 when the Falcons travel to Minnesota to face off against the Vikings.
In the past four games, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan has been as efficient as he has been productive, with a touchdown ratio of eight touchdowns to just two interceptions. Ryan has thrown two touchdowns in each of the last four games, and while his yardage has been hovering in the 220 range, he's been a consistent fantasy quarterback. This week, Ryan faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a defense that is currently ranked tenth lowest in the fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Ryan and the Falcons' will be without lead running back Devonta Freeman, but with a healthy bevy of targets to chose from, Ryan shouldn't have any issues finding a way to continue producing healthy fantasy points. If you have Ryan this week, he's a solid start.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver caught five passes for 66 yards, including a big-time 37-yard catch in the Vikings 30-23 win over the Lions. It was an active game for Diggs who is still looking to get back on track after a hot start to the season. He is beginning to click with quarterback Case Keenum and he may only be a matter of time before Diggs erupts. He has caught at least four passes in his last four games played and is proving to be a dangerous complement of speed to Adam Theilen's play-making abilities. After missing time in the middle of the season with lower-body injuries, Diggs now has 598 receiving yards this season with five touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray saw a season-high 20 carries for 84 yards, including one touchdown as the Vikings beat the Lions 30-23. Murray now has five touchdowns for the season and they all have come over the last five games. It is becoming clear that Murray is the first option in the running game and Jerick McKinnon will serve as backup as a change of pace element in the play action passing game. Murray is now, undoubtedly, the fantasy running back to target and start moving forward.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen finished the Vikings 30-23 win over the Lions with eight receptions for 89 yards. Another strong performance for Thielen, who led the team with 11 targets, despite having this three-game touchdown streak snapped. That type of production couldn't have gone on for forever but Thielen continues to be one of the best wide receivers in the league this season. His performance also gave him the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career with five games to go. Thielen is turning into be one of the best fantasy surprises of the season.
Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) was carted off with a knee injury on Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys, and the team expects him to miss some time. He will undergo an MRI exam on Friday, and there is "real concern." Williams missed the first five games with a back injury, but he had a season-high five catches for 38 yards against Dallas on Thursday before getting hurt. It's unfortunate timing, since the promising youngster had been seeing his snap share rise in recent weeks. Williams isn't quite a redraft option in a crowded receiver room for LA, but he's definitely a stash in keeper leagues. His injury insures that Keenan Allen will remain a heavily targeted receiver by Philip Rivers. Tyrell Williams' usage should remain steady in recent weeks, too, depending on how serious Williams' injury is.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (groin) and tight end Dion Sims (illness) are questionable for Week 12 against the Eagles. Inman has been one of Chicago's better receivers since being acquired in a trade, but he had just three catches for 43 yards in Week 11 and remains a WR4/5 on a run-first team. Sims hasn't played in several weeks with an undisclosed illness and is not a fantasy factor, even if active. Rookie Adam Shaheen will be the main pass-catching tight end for the rest of the season and has low-end streaming appeal.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Achilles) was limited in practice all week, but he told reporters that he feels "great, ready to go." It's a bit concerning for Tom Terrific to be listed with an Achilles injury, but we should trust his word. He has an excellent matchup this weekend against the Dolphins, too, so he should remain a top fantasy quarterback play.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum continues to rise up the fantasy charts after throwing for 282 yards with two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the Vikings 30-23 thriller on Thanksgiving morning. The fact that his role as the starter has even been questioned recently seems a bit silly after Keenum has thrown for at least 280 yards over his last four games while scoring 10 touchdowns in that span. He has now thrown for 2,476 yards this season with 15 total touchdowns, both career highs. The Vikings do not have the toughest schedule the rest of the way, making Keenum an official option at quarterback in fantasy, at least as a midrange QB2.
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|Marc's Patriots||Thu Nov 23 11:22pm ET|
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