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Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez (8) punts before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) boots the winning field goal out of the hold of Rigoberto Sanchez (8) during overtime of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) celebrates kicking a field goal with Rigoberto Sanchez (8) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) and Rigoberto Sanchez (8) celebrate a game-winning field goal by Blankenship during overtime of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez says he will have surgery Tuesday to have a cancerous tumor removed.
Sanchez made Monday's announcement in an Instagram post. He did not provide details about the diagnosis or how much time he might miss - only that doctors found the tumor before it spread to the rest of his body.
''I know that it will not be an easy bump on the road, but I know I have my amazing wife supporting me along with family, coaches, and friends reaching out,'' he wrote.
''Unfortunately, there are things you can't control in life and this is one of them. No plans or preparation would have gotten me ready for this kind of adversity, but like I told my wife, we can't flinch. Keep striving to come back stronger than ever. Makes me sick that I'll have to miss some time playing beside my brothers, but I know they will hold it down.''
Sanchez averaged 50.8 yards on five punts in Sunday's 45-26 loss to Tennessee, netting 40.8 yards on those kicks, but he did not kick off - something he's done since he entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2017. Instead, the kickoff duties were performed by rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship.
Following the game, coach Frank Reich explained the change by saying Sanchez was dealing with a medical condition that required further evaluation and he was ''proud'' Sanchez performed as well as he did given the circumstances.
Reich is scheduled to speak with reporters later Monday.
Sanchez is 11th in the league at 47.2 yards per punt with a net average of 41.2 yards.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 12
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) won't be activated from Injured Reserve before the Monday night game against the Seahawks in Week 12, according to sources. Head coach Doug Pederson said the other day that Ertz was unlikely to return on Monday night against Seattle, but there's a chance that he returns in Week 13 against the Packers. Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers will handle the tight end position for another week with Ertz out. Goedert is the fantasy relevant tight end of the two and caught five passes for 77 yards and his second touchdown of the season last week against Cleveland. Seattle's defense has been decent against tight ends in 2020, but Goedert will have plenty of TE1 appeal with Ertz still sidelined.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 21-for-29 for 211 yards with four touchdowns and a 132.3 passer rating in the blowout win over the division-rival Bears in Week 12 on Sunday night. Rodgers leads the league in passer rating (117.6) and is second behind MVP front-runner Patrick Mahomes in touchdown-to-interception ratio (33-4). Green Bay is averaging 31.7 points per game (second-most in the league), the most by Green Bay since 2011 (35.0 points per game) when they finished 15-1 and when Rodgers won his first MVP. He has four straight games with a 70-plus completion percentage, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. Sunday night was his 23rd career game with four or more TDs, no picks and a 125 or better passer rating, tied for the most by any player since at least 1950. He's been sacked just 11 times in 2020 and continues to dice up opposing defenses at will. Continue to roll with Rodgers with confidence as the fantasy playoffs approach.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson has been the lone bright spot in 2020 for a 1-10 Jaguars team that fired general manager Dave Caldwell on Sunday night. Robinson had 128 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries (5.8 yards per carry) and also recorded five catches for 31 yards in the Week 12 loss to the Browns. He has 1,170 scrimmage yards through 11 games and is 159 yards away from breaking Dominic Rhodes' record (1,328 in 2001) for most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie. Robinson has averaged 106.3 scrimmage yards per game this year, so he should be able to achieve the record, barring injury. The rookie is also one 100-yard game shy of tying Clark Gaines for the most 100-yard games (seven) by an undrafted rookie. Even on a bad team using their third quarterback of the year, Robinson is a must-start fantasy asset every week.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) had his day cut short in the Week 12 blowout loss to the Falcons after just 10 touches and a fumble after he suffered an ankle sprain, according to a source. Jacobs is undergoing tests on Monday, but it sounds like the injury looked worse than it is. The second-year back hasn't missed a game this season, but he might be in danger of sitting out in Week 13 in an excellent matchup against the winless Jets. He'll be a no-doubt RB1 for that matchup if he can play. If he can't, the Raiders will likely use some combination of Devontae Booker and Jalen Richard out of the backfield. The 22-year-old from Alabama had just seven carries for 27 yards on Sunday and caught all three of his targets for 17 yards.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired general manager Dave Caldwell on Sunday night after their Week 12 loss to the Browns to drop the team to 1-10 on the season. Caldwell is out after eight seasons with the Jaguars. Trent Baalke will serve as the interim GM for the rest of the 2020 season. Owner Shad Khan informed head coach Doug Marrone and his coaching staff that they are secure for the rest of the season. Jacksonville reached its peak under Caldwell in 2017 when the defense sent six defenders to the Pro Bowl, led by All-Pros Jalen Ramsey and Calais Campbell, and came within one half of a Super Bowl appearance. They went from 10-6 with an AFC Championship appearance in 2017 to 5-11 in 2018.
The New York Giants are bracing for quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) to miss some time after he suffered a hamstring injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals, but he'll undergo an MRI exam on Monday to determine his prognosis. Jones went 16-for-27 for 213 yards in the game before leaving and was replaced by Colt McCoy, who would become a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues if he were to make any starts in Jones' absence. Fantasy managers that started Jones in the nice matchup against Cincy were disappointed obviously, but he has a chance to help out again in Week 13 (if he plays) against a porous Seahawks secondary. Stay tuned for more updates on Jones' condition on Monday. If he misses time, all of New York's pass-catchers will have to be downgraded.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone and the coaching staff will remain in their positions for the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald posted five tackles (four solo), including two for a loss (one sack), a pass defensed, four quarterback hits and forced a fumble in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods hauled in seven of his 12 targets for 80 yards and rushed one time for eight yards in Week 12 versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: On a day where Jared Goff did little to help the Rams, Woods still managed to come through with a strong fantasy line. Over the last two games, the 28-year-old has 19 catches for 210 yards and a score. Woods may lack the ceiling of some other top fantasy receivers, but head coach Sean McVay does a fine job of making sure he gets the ball at least seven times per game via the running and passing game. That usually gives him a solid WR2 floor, and that is about what he should be in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
San Francisco 49ers TE Jordan Reed (illness) had two receptions for 18 yards versus the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Fantasy Spin: Reed trailed only Deebo Samuel in looks, but that only resulted in two grabs. He's a capable producer, though, and as long as Reed is healthy (and George Kittle isn't) he offers weekly TE1 potential.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp tallied two catches on five targets for 41 yards in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: He was held without a catch until he broke loose for 33 yards late in the third quarter. Kupp hasn't been the superstar fantasy receiver he was for most of last season, but San Francisco has really locked him down in 2020. In two games against the 49ers, the fourth-year pro has mustered five receptions for 52 scoreless yards. In nine games against everyone else, he has 61 catches for 711 and two touchdowns. Kupp should be able to find his way into the WR2 discussion in Week 13 versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff finished 19-of-31 for 198 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions in Week 12 versus the San Francisco 49ers. Goff added 11 yards rushing on five carries and lost a fumble.
Fantasy Spin: This effort marks the second time in three weeks Goff has failed to throw for a touchdown and comes on the heels of a game in which he picked apart the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His first interception was a pick-six in which he was hit as he was throwing, but his second miscue was a brutal decision that will probably go down as one of Richard Sherman's easiest interceptions. Given his recent inconsistency, Goff is hard to trust as anything more than a wild-card QB2 in fantasy, including in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) did not have a catch and was not targeted in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears.
Fantasy Spin: Coming off his critical fumble in last Sunday's loss to the Colts, MVS was MIA on SNF. He did pop up on the injury report with an Achilles issue leading up to the game so perhaps it's as simple as that. Still, it's suspicious timing, and it makes Valdes-Scantling likely bench fodder for Week 13.
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams had six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Fantasy Spin: It wasn't a great game for Adams, who Rodgers missed for what would've likely been an 80-yard TD early and then couldn't haul in what looked like a very catchable ball late. On the bright side, Adams extended his touchdown streak to six games. Next week he draws the Eagles, which he posted 10 catches and 180 yards against in a meeting last season. He's a high-end WR1.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown was limited to 11 yards on two catches (three targets) in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fantasy Spin: This one comes as a bit of a shock after Brown had attracted 26 targets in his previous three outings. Then again, Tom Brady didn't really get it going until the fourth quarter and had already established a good connection with Rob Gronkowski at that point. Through four games with the Bucs, Brown is averaging five catches and 42 yards - not exactly what some envisioned when he signed with Tampa Bay. Nevertheless, Brown should be considered a high-upside WR3 during fantasy playoffs with enticing matchups against the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions once the Bucs return from their Week 13 bye.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin hauled in eight of his nine targets for 97 yards in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fantasy Spin: Godwin hasn't hit 100 yards receiving yet after doing so five times last year, but this effort marks the second time in three games he's managed at least 90. He doesn't possess near the fantasy upside this season that he did in 2019, but he has still been the Bucs' most consistent receiver. Godwin figures to be a strong WR2 during the fantasy playoffs with mouthwatering matchups against the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions once Tampa returns from its Week 13 bye.
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams had 17 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 12.
Fantasy Spin: This was easily Williams' best showing in a game where Aaron Jones was also active -- Williams' other two 70-plus-yard outings came when Jones was out with a calf injury. The BYU product is a perfect complement to Jones, offering toughness and dependability. He'll be more volatile than Jones when it comes to weekly value, but he's a solid flex play with some upside.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught three of his nine targets for 50 yards and two touchdowns in Week 12 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fantasy Spin: Evans has emerged as the rarest of receivers - a wideout who visits the end zone consistently enough to be considered a WR2 even though he's only averaging four catches and 51 yards. It should come as no shock that Tom Brady relies so heavily on him in the red zone - he is 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds after all - but it's becoming pretty clear that Evans will likely disappoint fantasy owners if he doesn't score a touchdown. With that said, Evans should be a high-upside WR2 during the fantasy playoffs with juicy matchups against the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney caught only three passes for 34 yards in the Bears 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday Night Football. It wasn't for lack of trying, as quarterback Mitchell Trubisky targeted the speedy rookie nine times. Mooney has emerged as a consistent, trustworthy weapon on offense and one of his deep routes ended up in the hands of Packers defenders. Mooney, however, lacks volume to garner true fantasy attention playing in an anemic offense moving into next week against the Lions in Week 13.
Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 34 yards in the team's 41-25 loss to the Packers in Week 12. It was an embarrassing performance for the Bears Defense in the first half as the Packers dominated time of possession. This left Chicago's offense with few chances and Graham was non-existent until the game was out of reach in the second half. Graham had proven himself to be a reliable red zone threat early on in the season but the veteran's production has slowed significantly during the team's five-game losing streak. He will be a dicey, touchdown-dependent fantasy reach in Week 13 against the Lions.