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Rams players award $750,000 to social justice programs

Fri Dec 4 11:37am ET
By The Associated Press

This week, Los Angeles Rams players took part in awarding $750,000 to 25 nonprofits focused on social justice across the greater Los Angeles region.

Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others, Rams players focused on long-term, systemic change and decided to pool resources to financially support organizations who are doing such work.

''In my 15 years in the NFL, this has definitely been one of the most inspiring things that I have had the opportunity to be part of,'' standout tackle Andrew Whitworth says. ''It was an amazing process that allowed us to learn about a variety of nonprofits working across Los Angeles to positively impact lives and advance social justice. The chance to hear directly from them on how we could help left us both humbled and motivated.

''On behalf of my teammates, we thank them for their daily passion and commitment to drive equity and are proud to support their important work.''

The Rams invited 25 organizations to share information about their work, those they serve and how the players could assist them. Then the nonprofits were rewarded with donations ranging from $20,000 to $50,000.

''My teammates and I are very aware of the social injustices that continue to occur,'' defensive lineman Michael Brockers says, ''and we made a decision to become actively involved in helping to be part of the change that is desperately needed. It was awesome to hear from so many different leaders and nonprofits that are putting the work in to make real change, and I'm honored to support them.''

The organizations are: Place Called Home; Brotherhood Crusade; College Track; Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA); Homeboy Industries; SoLa I Can Foundation; Anti-Recidivism Coalition; Liberty Hill Foundation; Operation Progress; Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA); Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (BGCMLA); Children's Institute; Fulfillment Fund; St. Joseph Center; BOSS (Business of Student Success); Communities in Schools (CIS); Covenant House; HomeLight Family Living; LA Family Housing; LAPD Community Safety Partnership; LA Regional Food Bank (LARFB); Los Angeles Room and Board; Sharefest; and Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI).

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Tua Tagovailoa Dec 4 11:40am ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) was limited during Thursday's practice, so it's unclear if he'll suit up versus the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. He sat out last week in the victory over the New York Jets, but it sounds like it's a 50/50 chance right now. This would be a favorable matchup for Tagovailoa, but he hasn't shown much fantasy value through his first few starts. Most fantasy owners should probably play it safe and use someone else unless you're that desperate. Head coach Brian Flores is unlikely to announce the starter until Sunday.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Dec 4 11:40am ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has surprisingly been a reliable fantasy option this season for basically the first time in his career. He'll head into a favorable matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. However, head coach Brian Flores has not decided who is going to be the starting quarterback for that contest. Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) has been limited during practice, but will be the starter, assuming he's 100 percent healthy. Fitzpatrick has looked much better under center and holds decent streaming appeal, assuming Tagovailoa sits out on Sunday.

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Jamison Crowder Dec 4 11:30am ET

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder looked like a superstar through the first half of the season, but he has been unable to do much of anything lately. Crowder has six total receptions over his last three games. Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims have looked like better fantasy options lately. Obviously, there's plenty of upside for Crowder against the Las Vegas Raiders secondary. However, he'll be a risky WR3/flex for Week 13, because there's a good chance he produces another dud in this brutal Jets offense. In his last three games against the Patriots, Chargers and Dolphins, Crowder has totaled six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.

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Derrick Henry Dec 4 11:20am ET

The Indianapolis Colts activated defensive tackle DeForest Buckner from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, and he's eligible to play in Week 13 against the Texans. Without Buckner and sack leader Denico Autry on the defensive line last week, Derrick Henry and the Titans ran all over the Colts Defense and imposed their will. Both Buckner and Autry have been taken off the COVID-19 list and will play on Sunday, so Indianapolis' defense will be much more attractive as a fringe fantasy unit in 12- and 14-team leagues this weekend. Buckner has recorded 40 tackles (23 solo), 16 QB hits, one fumble recovery and 2.5 sacks in his first 10 games for the Colts this year after being a Pro Bowler with the 49ers in 2018. You can insert him back into starting lineups in IDP leagues.

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Denzel Mims Dec 4 11:20am ET

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims has shown promising upside since debuting in Week 7. Mims finished with 42 receiving yards or more in every game he's played in this season. The Jets have been making an effort to get Mims involved in the gameplan on a weekly basis. He should continue seeing targets against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 13. They have a questionable secondary, so Mims might be able to hold WR3 value in PPR formats this week.

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Frank Gore Dec 4 11:10am ET

New York Jets running back Frank Gore is expected to remain the lead back through the rest of the regular season. Last week, he rushed 18 times for 74 yards and hauled in three receptions for 12 yards in the loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Jets continue to pound the ball with Gore, so he could hold minimal value in fantasy leagues. He'll get a favorable matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders defense in Week 13. A defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. Gore can be considered a low-end flex option in PPR formats this week.

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Breshad Perriman Dec 4 11:10am ET

New York Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman (shoulder) was limited during Wednesday's practice, but is expected to play versus the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 13. This isn't anything new since Perriman has been playing through pain all season long. He finished with four receptions for 79 yards in the loss to the Miami Dolphins last week. Fantasy owners should be able to trust Perriman as a low-end WR3 in PPR formats against the shaky Raiders secondary.

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Sam Darnold Dec 4 11:00am ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been an awful fantasy option all season long and that's not going to change anytime soon. The young QB has not thrown a passing touchdown since Week 3. Sadly, that's not a joke, but it's not all Darnold's fault. He has been banged up and the Jets didn't give him many weapons on offense. He'll head into a matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders who have struggled to stop the passing attack this season. However, Darnold has continued to show that he is not a fantasy option in just about any format.

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire Dec 4 10:00am ET

Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will look to get back on track versus the Denver Broncos in Week 13. The rookie hasn't been putting up big numbers of late, but much can be attributed to game flow and the Chiefs favoring a pass game over run game. The rookie was able to put up 46 yards on eight carries with a catch for 17 yards in a Week 7 battle and even facing a Broncos Defense allowing 105 rushing yards a game, managers shouldn't be valuing CEH as more than a low-end RB2 or flex option at this point of the season due to his limited opportunities and veteran running back Le'Veon Bell continuing to see around a third of the snaps in the Chiefs backfield.

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Le'Veon Bell Dec 4 10:00am ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell will continue to see backfield looks versus the Denver Broncos in Week 13. The Chiefs have been giving Bell around a third of the backfield looks with rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire receiving around 60% of late. Bell will face a Broncos team allowing 105 yards per game to opposing rushers, but managers shouldn't expect much out of the veteran. The Chiefs have been pass heavy with quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the helm and that has limited both Bell and Edwards-Helaire in the backfield. Bell is worth holding onto as an insurance policy to Edwards-Helaire, but he remains a shaky flex option with limited opportunities.

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Travis Kelce Dec 4 9:50am ET

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will look to continue his strong season versus the Denver Broncos in Week 13. Kelce will look for revenge against a Broncos Defense that limited him to just three catches for 31 yards in Week 7. The Broncos have been holding opposing tight ends to just 46 yards and under five receptions a game, but Kelce is in a class of his own when it comes to the tight end position and remains a huge part of the Chiefs offense. Managers shouldn't worry about his performance in Week 7 and can safely fire up Kelce as a TE1 in Week 13 and beyond.

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Tyreek Hill Dec 4 9:50am ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is coming off of an incredible performance of 13 catches, 269 yards and three touchdowns versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12 and will look to keep his strong season up against the Denver Broncos in Week 13. Hill has scored a touchdown in every game besides one and caught six balls for 55 yards and touchdown when he faced the Broncos in Week 7. Hill along with tight end Travis Kelce have continued to be the focal point for quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs and that shouldn't stop on Sunday. The Broncos have limited opposing wide receivers to around 146 yards per game, but Hill's involvement in the offense and ability to score touchdowns makes him a WR1 on a weekly basis.

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Patrick Mahomes Dec 4 9:50am ET

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will look to continue his magnificent year against the Denver Broncos in Week 13. Mahomes only passed the ball 25 times for 213 and one touchdown when the teams met in Week 7, but he leads the league with 3497 passing and is third in the league with 30 touchdowns. Managers shouldn't worry about Week 7 as much was attributed to the game flow in that contest. Mahomes remains one of the best and safest options at any position and should continue to be a QB1 regardless of the matchup.

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Cleveland Browns Dec 4 7:40am ET

The Cleveland Browns Defense has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy gamers this season, ranking seventh in the league with 17 total takeaways and 11th with 27 sacks. Despite those strong stats, they will have their work cut out for them against the Tennessee Titans in Week 13. The Tennessee offense is eighth in yards per game and fifth in points per game, setting this up as a difficult road matchup for the Cleveland defense. While they are expected to get star pass-rusher Myles Garrett back, which will help, there should be better streaming options out there as far as fantasy defenses go.

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Austin Hooper Dec 4 7:30am ET

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper found the end zone last week, although he finished the contest with just two catches. He will look to turn in a bigger performance in a Week 13 road matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee's defense has struggled to defend against the pass this season and that has carried over to tight ends, where they are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the position this year. While it is an excellent matchup for Hooper, he has not been seeing the required volume to be a trustworthy play in fantasy this season. The Titans are six-point home favorites so there is a chance they get out to a lead and force Cleveland to throw more frequently than usual. Treat Hooper as a high-end TE2 in fantasy this week.

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Jarvis Landry Dec 4 7:10am ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry turned in an excellent performance last week, posting his first 100-yard game and first touchdown of the season in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will look to replicate that success in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans. He does have a good shot to be productive again as Tennessee's pass defense has struggled this year, allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. The Titans are six-point home favorites in this contest, so expect Cleveland to have to throw more frequently than they have been over the past several weeks. Fantasy gamers can treat Landry as a low-end WR2 this weekend.

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Kareem Hunt Dec 4 7:00am ET

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been quiet over the past two weeks, having posted just 83 all-purpose yards. He was surprisingly not active in the passing game it was just the second time all season that he was held without a catch in a game. He has a good shot at bouncing back in an excellent Week 13 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee's run defense is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs on the season. This game has a 53.5-point over/under with the Titans set as six-point favorites, so it is very likely that the Browns fall behind at some point and have to lean on Hunt in the passing game more than they have over the past few weeks. Treat Hunt as a low-end RB2 in fantasy.

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Nick Chubb Dec 4 6:50am ET

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb has been racking up the yardage since returning from a knee injury in Week 10, having topped 100 yards in each of his three games and finding the end zone twice. He has a good shot at extending that streak in Week 13 against a struggling Tennessee Titans run defense. Tennessee has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to the running back position this season and ranks just 17th in run-defense DVOA. Chubb can be safely started as a top-six running back in fantasy this weekend.

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Baker Mayfield Dec 4 6:40am ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield broke a streak of three straight games without a passing touchdown when he threw for 258 yards and two scores last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He draws an excellent matchup in Week 13 on the road against a weak Tennessee Titans secondary. Tennessee's pass defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and ranks just 27th in DVOA. Despite the plus matchup, exercise caution plugging Mayfield into starting lineups as he hasn't attempted more than 30 passes in a game since Week 5 in the run-heavy Cleveland offense. Treat him as a mid-range QB2 for Week 13.

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Jimmy Graham Dec 4 1:43am ET

Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham is unlikely to be on the team in 2021, in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who says he'd be 'surprised' if Graham is back and 'shocked' if he's back on his current deal that's set to pay him $7 million next season.

Fantasy Spin: Graham started fast but has done little recently so unless he rallies in a big way you'd have to think Biggs is correct and the Bears will need that money to plug holes elsewhere. At this point Graham is a TE2 that could be used as little more than a desperation play.

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