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Bills-Broncos, Panthers-Packers set for Dec. 19 doubleheader

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers runs off the field follow an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. Indianapolis won in overtime. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) runs in for a touchdown after the catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has set its pairings for the league's first Saturday doubleheader this season.

The Buffalo Bills will visit the Denver Broncos on Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. ET. That will be followed by the Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers kicking off at 8:15 p.m. ET in Week 15.

The NFL had five games to choose from for the first Saturday doubleheader with teams told only that they would play either Dec. 19 or Dec. 20 when the league announced schedules earlier this year. This decision now leaves Detroit-Tennessee, Jets-Rams and Texans-Colts all set to play Sunday, Dec. 20.

Normally, the NFL has that Saturday to itself. The league will have some competition that day with the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC championship games scheduled for that Saturday, and the SEC may have other games postponed by the coronavirus pandemic being played that day.

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Greg Zuerlein Nov 24 4:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein is a fringe kicking option in a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington Football Team on Thursday. Partly due to the strength of the Washington defense, opposing kickers have actually fared well against them. Zuerlein has been a somewhat low-volume kicker ever since quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) was lost for the season, though, finishing as a top-15 fantasy kicker just five times so far this season. Zuerlein is a bit more attractive now that quarterback Andy Dalton is back under center, but his ceiling remains low for fantasy managers.

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Josh Allen Nov 24 4:30pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed defensive end Josh Allen (knee), cornerback D.J. Hayden (hamstring) and safety Daniel Thomas (arm) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Allen suffered a knee injury in the Week 11 loss to the Steelers, and while he'll miss at least three games, the injury wasn't considered too serious and he should have a chance to return before the end of the year. The 23-year-old seventh overall pick in 2019 was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season when he recorded 10.5 sacks. However, he's struggled this year as the team's primary pass-rushing threat, recording just 2.5 sacks and 13 combined tackles in eight games. An already weak Jacksonville defense just got a lot weaker with the losses of Allen and Hayden. You should avoid their defense at all costs in Week 12 against the Browns.

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Brandon Williams Nov 24 4:20pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens placed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. It's unclear if McPhee actually tested positive for COVID-19, but either way, he will not be available for the Thanksgiving night matchup against the undefeated Steelers on Thursday. The 31-year-old has 25 tackles (20 solo), 11 QB hits and two sacks in 2020 in 10 games. Defensive lineman Brandon Williams will also be unavailable for the Ravens Defense this week against a strong Pittsburgh offense. Baltimore's D has been one of the better fantasy units for the majority of the season, but this would be a week to fade them.

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Dalton Schultz Nov 24 4:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz makes for a touchdown-dependent TE2 option on Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Football Team. Schultz did not end up with a huge yardage total last week, but he made four catches on six targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. Schultz is a weekly touchdown threat and maintains a solid floor in the Cowboys offense. He's finished as a TE1 or TE2 in seven of the nine games he has started.

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Cedrick Wilson Nov 24 4:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is not much of a fantasy option on Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Football Team. Wilson hasn't seen more than four targets since Week 4 and hasn't put up more than one fantasy point in standard scoring since Week 5. Wilson may still pop up with a long touchdown at some point, but he's far too inconsistent to be relied upon in anything but best-ball formats.

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Michael Gallup Nov 24 4:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup has proven to be exceptionally talented, but his role in the offense has become one of a very low-volume pass-catcher. Last week, he caught just two passes for 29 yards in what has seemingly become a standard week for the third-year receiver. Gallup has finished as a WR3 or better only once this season, leaving him off the fantasy radar in shallow leagues, regardless of his talent. With Amari Cooper and rookie CeeDee Lamb also requiring looks from quarterback Andy Dalton, Gallup has become the third option and a WR3/4 in deeper leagues.

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CeeDee Lamb Nov 24 3:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb scored one of the season's best touchdowns last week as the Cowboys offense shot back into fantasy relevance thanks to the return of Andy Dalton from a concussion and from struggles with COVID-19. Lamb ended up with four catches for 34 yards and the score. He should see something like the six targets he saw last week, except this time he'll have a tougher Washington Football Team defense to deal with. Lamb comes into Week 12 as a WR3 with some upside.

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Amari Cooper Nov 24 3:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper bounced back into the fantasy conversation last week when quarterback Andy Dalton finally made the Cowboys look like they had a real NFL offense. This week, however, Cooper will have a much tougher matchup against the Washington Football Team. He caught six passes for 81 yards last week and was close to a touchdown more than once, but he'll check in as a low WR2 for this tough matchup.

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Ezekiel Elliott Nov 24 3:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran his way back into fantasy relevance in Week 11, running for his first 100-yard game of the season (going for 103) and scoring a touchdown through the air. He'll have a tougher matchup against a surging Washington defensive line on Thanksgiving Day, but he's undoubtedly back on the RB1 border at least. Andy Dalton was able to make the Cowboys look like a real NFL offense last week, and he should be able to do the same again this time around. Elliott's average of nearly five yards per carry last week bodes well for his future value for the remainder of the season.

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Tony Pollard Nov 24 3:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will remain a high end backup in a Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup against the Washington Football Team. Pollard put up a solid fantasy performance last week, running for 60 yards and a touchdown, but he ultimately received just five total touches. Pollard has a little more value in leagues that count return yards, but he's still best looked at as one of the backups with the highest upside, not a starter as long as Ezekiel Elliott stays on the field.

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Andy Dalton Nov 24 3:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton struggled mightily earlier in the season when he first replaced injured starter Dak Prescott (ankle), but after missing time due to a concussion and a struggle with COVID-19, Dalton looked the part of an NFL starting quarterback in Week 11. For Week 12, Dalton and the Cowboys get a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington Football Team. In what could be a close, low-scoring game, Dalton is likely to be a better "real life" quarterback than a fantasy one this week. He's in the lower-end QB2 list against a tough Washington defensive line.

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Josh Adams Nov 24 2:50pm ET

The New York Jets are signing running back Josh Adams to the active roster on Tuesday from the practice squad, according to a source. The move comes with rookie La'Mical Perine (ankle) out several weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Veteran Frank Gore will continue to be Gang Green's lead back, with Ty Johnson and Adams backing him up. The 24-year-old Adams played in the first two games of the season, carrying the ball just three times for eight yards while catching both of his targets for 14 yards. Like most of the Jets offensive weapons, it's really hard to trust them to help you out in fantasy. Adams can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.

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Austin Ekeler Nov 24 2:40pm ET

The Los Angeles Chargers plan on designating running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) to return from Injured Reserve this week, according to a source. However, it isn't clear if Ekeler will play in Week 12 against the Bills, but he'll practice for the first time since suffering a serious hamstring injury in Week 4. The 25-year-old has been posting videos of himself working out on social media, so he's definitely getting close to a return. Don't expect to have him this weekend, but Week 13 against the Patriots is much more realistic. Ekeler should be stashed in all fantasy leagues, as he'll return to a featured-back role when he's ready. Kalen Ballage has become the Chargers preferred backfield choice in recent weeks, and he'll be a low-end RB2/high-end RB3/flex this Sunday if Ekeler misses another game. The Bills Defense has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

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Derrick Henry Nov 24 2:40pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry won last week's game in overtime with his ninth touchdown in the last eight contests, but the Colts are one of two teams that have been able to keep Tennessee's star running back out of the end zone during this stretch, and they have allowed only five rushing scores to run backs heading into Week 12. The 133-yard performance in week 11 put him back in the NFL rushing lead with 1,079 rushing yards in 2020. The Colts are very stingy. Henry should play as a mid-range RB1 in this matchup.

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Deshaun Watson Nov 24 2:30pm ET

Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil is expected back at the team's facility on Tuesday after he was inactive in the Week 11 win over the Patriots with a non-COVID-19 illness. Tunsil was battling the flu last week and didn't feel well enough to suit up. It's no guarantee that he'll be ready for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Lions, though, so continue to monitor his progress in practice this week. Even if Tunsil misses a second straight game, fantasy managers will want to keep quarterback Deshaun Watson in their starting lineups as a top-five QB option against Detroit.

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Ryan Tannehill Nov 24 2:30pm ET

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill boasts an impressive 22:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season and a 44:10 mark in his time with the Titans, but Week 12 presents a difficult rematch against a Colts Defense that held him to 147 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago. The Colts have given up the third-fewest points to opposing quarterbacks this season and have the second-ranked defense overall. It's yet another matchup that poses significant challenges for Tannehill. He is best left on your bench if you have other options in leagues that start only one quarterback.

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Rex Burkhead Nov 24 2:20pm ET

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (knee) confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday that he'll miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Week 11 loss to the Texans. Burkhead was injured early in the third quarter and was carted off the field and ruled out almost immediately. The injury leaves the Patriots with Damien Harris, James White, Sony Michel and J.J. Taylor at running back. The initial fear was that Burkhead suffered a torn ACL. Harris is the best fantasy back to roster the rest of the way, and he'll be in the RB2 picture in Week 12 against Arizona. White will see more playing time as a result as well, mainly on third downs. He'll be an RB3/flex in PPR leagues. Michel came off Injured Reserve for last week's game but was inactive.

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Kyler Murray Nov 24 2:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (shoulder) was seen rehabbing on the side and not working during the period of practice open to the media on Tuesday. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was also not present. Murray tweaked his shoulder in last week's loss to the Seahawks, but he played through it and should be fine for Week 12 against the Patriots. Hopkins is likely just being rested early in the week. Murray and Hopkins should be considered top-five options at their respective positions this week, although Hopkins will have a tough matchup with All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore on Sunday. You might want to fade Nuk in DFS, but he's a must-start in all single-season formats.

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J.K. Dobbins Nov 24 2:00pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens have had five players and four staffers test positive for COVID-19 this week, according to sources. The game on Thanksgiving on Thursday night against the division-rival Steelers is still on, but a source warned that more positives could mean postponing it. It's unclear if the game would be pushed back to the weekend or Monday night or if it would be postponed entirely for Week 12. Either way, fantasy managers need to keep an eye out for more updates, especially if you plan on starting any players from that game. Ravens running backs Mark Ingram II and rookie J.K. Dobbins are two of the players that tested positive, and they will be out against Pittsburgh. If the game is played this week, Gus Edwards has RB2 upside, even in the tough matchup.

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Tom Brady Nov 24 1:50pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is 0-for-19 on deep passes 20-plus air yards down the field in his last four games with a 0.0 passer rating. From Weeks 1-7 on deep passes, Brady was 14-for-39 (35.9 completion percentage) with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 101.2. The future Hall of Famer missed on his final three deep attempts in Week 7, so he's missed on his last 22 deep attempts, which is the longest streak by any QB since 2017. Going back to Week 5, Brady is 3-for-36 on deep passes. His last four games were against the Giants, Saints, Panthers and Rams -- all teams that have been pretty solid against QBs in 2020. The Chiefs, Brady's Week 12 opponent, have also been decent against signal-callers, but they looked bad against Las Vegas on Sunday night. Brady should remain in the low-end QB1 conversation this week.

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