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Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice session. It's a step in the right direction after Adams was forced to sit out of Wednesday's practice. It looks like Adams should be able to suit up for the Week 14 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Adams has 44 tackles and two passes defended in eight games this season. His presence is certainly an upgrade to the sometimes shaky Seahawks defense.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones hasn't made a sack in the past two weeks, and that trend isn't likely to change in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed the fewest sacks this season. In his past three games, Josh Allen has only been taken down twice. Jones is coming off a zero-tackle game against the Green Bay Packers, his second of the season. After a career year in 2022, Jones is making fewer tackles and fewer QB hits, and he is not a consistent producer in IDP fantasy football.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) was a limited practice participant on Thursday. Goodwin remains limited just as he was on Wednesday, with the 5-foot-9, 185-pound wideout having been on the mend for four weeks of action due to a concussion. With Amari Cooper (concussion/ribs) not practicing with a concussion of his own, the Browns will hope the 33-year-old Goodwin can find the fountain of youth for some big-play ability if he returns for Week 14's home date with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Eight of Goodwin's 11 targets have come on deep passes this year, and the low-percentage looks have left him at a lowly 10 yards on three receptions in eight games overall. Despite the prospect of the big-armed Joe Flacco under center for Cleveland, Goodwin is unlikely to muster up enough appeal to make him fantasy viable if he is cleared to play on Sunday.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. (ribs) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. An injury to Mims' ribs limited his practice reps during Wednesday's session, but a return to full activity on Thursday firmly puts him on course to be active for Week 14's home contest versus the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. A three-game stretch with 233 receiving yards and a touchdown from Weeks 2 through 4 seem like a distant memory at this point for the 21-year-old second-round rookie, who has managed just 45 scoreless yards over the subsequent eight outings dating back to Week 5. Assuming he is available for Sunday's action, Mims would line up to take on his normal complementary role as a situational deep threat for quarterback Russell Wilson behind top targets Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy.
Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday. After getting in a limited practice on Wednesday as well, Dowdle would appear to have a decent chance of suiting up as Tony Pollard's breather back for Week 14's key matchup between two of the NFC's finest squads with the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Dallas played on Thursday Night Football in Week 13, so Dowdle will have had 10 days to recuperate by the time Sunday arrives. The shifty 25-year-old is arguably one Pollard injury away from potential league-winning fantasy status and makes for a shrewd bench stash for teams already settled into favorable playoff positioning. Dowdle has taken 63 carries for 261 yards with 11 receptions for 76 yards and three total touchdowns as Pollard's clear-cut backup over Deuce Vaughn in Arlington this year.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (groin) was a full practice participant on Thursday. Head coach Andy Reid originally anticipated McKinnon returning to the backfield mix after a one-game absence for last Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers, but the 31-year-old satellite back ended up being ruled out once again with the groin injury. McKinnon was only able to log two limited sessions during Week 13 preparation, but Thursday's full activity gets him back on track to re-enter the Chiefs' lineup for his usual change-of-pace role behind lead-back Isiah Pacheco in Week 14's battle with the Buffalo Bills. McKinnon ranks as fantasy's overall RB55 in full-PPR points per game (5.6), but fantasy managers still holding out hope may recall that the veteran was tearing it up as a late-season league winner at this time last year. McKinnon scored eight touchdowns in the final six games of the 2022 campaign.
Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (illness) did not participate in practice on Thursday. The Raiders have added Carlson to the injury report as a DNP for Thursday's session due to an illness, suddenly threatening his ability to suit up for Sunday's interconference tilt against the Minnesota Vikings. We'll see if Carlson is feeling better on Friday. The 28-year-old former All-Pro has yielded shaky results this season, hitting 83.3% of his 24 field-goal attempts after burying at least 90% of his tries in each of the prior three years. Las Vegas would likely need to find an emergency option off the scrap heap if Carlson's illness ends up costing him Week 14, as they don't currently employ a second kicker on their practice squad.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens secured five of his six targets for 19 yards in a Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots. Pickens, who had been averaging an impressive 17 yards per catch on the season, was utilized close to the line of scrimmage on Thursday night with quarterback Mitch Trubisky starting in place of the injured Kenny Pickett (ankle). If Pickett is forced to miss another contest, it will be very difficult to trust Pickens for fantasy purposes in Week 15 when the Steelers travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth recorded three receptions for 18 yards on seven targets in a 21-18 loss to the New England Patriots. Although quarterback Mitch Trubisky frequently looked for Freiermuth, the 25-year-old struggled to find success against a Patriots defense that has shut down tight ends all season. Given the state of the Steelers' offense, Freiermuth should not be expected to produce for fantasy purposes consistently. He'll look to bounce back in a more favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts next week.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson recorded three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in a 21-18 loss to the New England Patriots. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky looked Johnson's way often and found him downfield for a 25-yard score late in the second quarter. After finishing with zero touchdowns last season, Johnson has scored three times in nine games in 2023. If Kenny Pickett (ankle) is inactive again in Week 15, Johnson will likely operate as Trubisky's favorite target once again in a showdown with the Indianapolis Colts.
For the second straight day this week, New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin (hamstring) put in a limited practice. Conklin hasn't missed a single game all year and appears to be on the right track to suit up in Week 14 against the Houston Texans. He has yet to find the end zone in 12 games in 2023, but it's worth nothing that he drew a season-high nine targets in the Week 13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, catching only three of them for 35 yards. While Conklin isn't going to suddenly jump onto the TE1 fantasy tier given the poor offense he resides in, but he should have a higher ceiling now that quarterback Zach Wilson is taking back over as the starter this weekend.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren managed just 11 yards on seven carries and hauled in four of his five targets for 29 yards in a Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots. Although Warren's seven carries were his fewest in a contest since Week 8, his utilization in the passing game was encouraging. Still, it didn't amount to much fantasy production as the Patriots held Warren and Najee Harris to 88 total yards combined. Fortunately, Warren will have a good shot to return to form in Week 15 against a struggling Indianapolis Colts defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 21 of his 34 pass attempts for 169 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a 21-18 loss to the New England Patriots. He added 30 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown on eight carries. Filling in for the injured Kenny Pickett (ankle), Trubisky struggled to lead the Steelers' offense on Thursday night. Although he connected with Diontae Johnson on a nice deep ball for a 25-yard score, the 29-year-old missed open receivers and made questionable decisions on multiple occasions. If Pickett is ruled out again in Week 15, Trubisky would likely be in line to make a second consecutive start against the Indianapolis Colts.
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Achilles) had a planned off day in his rehab on Wednesday but returned to a limited practice on Thursday. The fact that Rodgers is even practicing at all after tearing his Achilles in Week 1 is amazing in itself. With that said, the 40-year-old still isn't close to game action and isn't going to attempt a miraculous comeback in 2023 unless the Jets somehow start winning games to get into the postseason picture in the AFC. For fantasy purposes, it's even more of a long shot that Rodgers will make an impact this year. In a best-case scenario, Rodgers was hoping to potentially return in Week 16 on Christmas Eve against the Washington Commanders.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris handled 12 carries for 29 yards and secured all three of his targets for 19 yards in a Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots. The 25-year-old continued to split work with backfield mate Jaylen Warren, but neither of them managed to do much against a stout New England run defense. Pittsburgh's offense struggled to move the ball with Mitch Trubisky under center as Harris was held to fewer than 50 total yards for just the second time since Week 6. Harris and the Steelers will look to bounce back against a vulnerable Indianapolis Colts defense next Saturday.
New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe completed 19 of 28 passes for 240 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during Thursday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had one of the best games of his career, leading the underdog Patriots to just their third victory of 2023 (and their first since Week 7). This performance is all the more impressive when you consider that Zappe didn't have key offensive playmakers Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), Demario Douglas (concussion), and DeVante Parker (knee) at his disposal. The Patriots will draw a tough matchup against the Chiefs in Week 15, but Zappe could remain on the fantasy radar as a low-end QB2 if New England falls behind early and has to pass a lot.
New England Patriots wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught four of six targets for 90 yards during Thursday's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a revenge game for Smith-Schuster, who played in Pittsburgh from 2017 through 2021. He accumulated a large portion of his yardage on the opening drive with a spectacular 37-yard grab down the sideline. There's no denying that the 27-year-old benefitted from being the top wide receiver with Demario Douglas (concussion) and DeVante Parker (knee) out. Despite his big game, he'll be tough to trust in fantasy football against another one of his old teams, the Chiefs, next week. By then, Douglas or Parker (or both) could be back, taking Smith-Schuster off the fantasy radar.
New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry caught all three of his targets for 40 yards and two touchdowns during Thursday's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Henry benefitted from an expanded role with teammates Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), Demario Douglas (concussion), and DeVante Parker (knee) sidelined. Week 14 was certainly Henry's best game of the season, and it could be tough to trust him in a much more difficult matchup against the Chiefs next week. Nevertheless, he'll at least garner some streaming consideration in leagues with 12-plus teams. He's a touchdown-dependent mid-range TE2 going forward.
Chicago Bears running back D'Onta Foreman (ankle) was a full participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Foreman tweaked his ankle in Week 11 and didn't play in Week 12 as a result. The team's Week 13 bye looks like it did Foreman some good and he's trending in the right direction to head into Sunday's Week 14 contest against the Detroit Lions without an injury designation. The 27-year-old had a good run as the Bears' starting back with Khalil Herbert on Injured Reserve from Weeks 6-11, picking up 365 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 87 carries. Rookie Roschon Johnson took over as the primary ball-carrier back in Week 12, though, and this backfield could be headed towards a frustrating three-headed committee now that Foreman is on the cusp of his return.
New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed 22 times for 68 yards during Thursday's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also quite impressive in the passing game, catching seven of eight targets for 72 receiving yards and one touchdown. The veteran running back saw a drastically increased role in Week 14 with Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) sidelined and wasted no time getting involved. Elliott was the Patriots' top weapon on offense and has delivered key production as a pass-catcher midway through his age-28 season. Even with a trickier matchup against the Chiefs on tap, Elliott will remain a low-end fantasy RB2 option in Week 15.
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