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Miami downgrades ailing Tua; Fitzpatrick likely to face Jets

Sat Nov 28 2:07pm ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talks with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the final seconds of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. The Broncos won 20-13. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. The Broncos won 20-13. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

MIAMI (AP) Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game at the New York Jets, meaning it's likely veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his first start since Oct. 18.

Tagovailoa hurt the thumb on his throwing hand in practice Wednesday and was limited in subsequent workouts this week. The rookie's status was downgraded Saturday, and Miami elevated quarterback Reid Sinnett from the practice squad to the active roster to reinforce depth at the position.

Fitzpatrick's most recent start came in a 24-0 win over the Jets, one of his former teams, before he was replaced in the starting lineup by Tagovailoa. Fitzpatrick came off the bench in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at Denver when Tagovailoa struggled.

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Keenan Allen Nov 28 2:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is red-hot heading into a Week 12 matchup with the Bills. Allen had an astonishing, career-high 16 receptions on 19 targets last week and has been a target hog all year, as he's averaged 11.2 looks per game. The 28-year-old has one of the highest floors in fantasy football right now and could give his fantasy managers another look at his ceiling this week. The matchup against the Bills isn't a smash spot, but Allen's volume and talent make him a virtual lock to finish among the top-12 at his position. Plus, this game features two teams with strong offenses and suspect defenses, making a shootout likely. There's the upside for another WR1 overall finish.

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Drew Brees Nov 28 2:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead and left guard Andrus Peat (concussion) will not play in Week 12 against the Broncos. Armstead tested positive for COVID-19, according to sources. This probably would've had more of an effect on pocket quarterback Drew Brees, but this is bad news regardless for the Saints offensive line, quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Alvin Kamara against a Broncos defensive line that has performed above expectations in 2020, considering some of the key losses they've had due to injuries. Hill will have a tougher time against Denver, but he should still be considered a low-end QB1 for his rushing prowess. Kamara has been one of the best fantasy backs all season long and should remain locked into starting lineups as long as he's healthy, although Hill could take away some rushing opportunities.

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Tua Tagovailoa Nov 28 2:10pm ET

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Week 12 against the Jets. It will be veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the start on Sunday. Tagovailoa jammed his thumb against a helmet in practice on Wednesday and has been limited this week. The Dolphins just don't want to take any chances with their franchise quarterback. The matchup is a great one against the winless Jets, so Fitzpatrick will be on the QB2 streaming radar in superflex leagues. If anything, the move to Fitz should help wide receiver DeVante Parker. The 38-year-old journeyman QB went 18-for-27 for 191 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the first meeting with New York back in Week 6.

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Kalen Ballage Nov 28 2:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is questionable ahead of a matchup with an underachieving Bills' defense. Ballage appears to have a good chance of playing after logging limited practice sessions all week. He hasn't looked all that impressive as a runner but has a stranglehold on the Chargers' backfield, as he's averaged 21 touches per contest over the last three games. That's a borderline RB1 workload that the coaching staff is trusting the 24-year old with. Of course, this could all change if Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returns in Week 12. If Ekeler is out, play Ballage as an RB2, albeit one with risk of re-injury. If Ekeler goes, he'll be an RB2 and will bump Ballage into flex territory, as Los Angeles isn't likely to give the former a heavy workload in his return.

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Justin Herbert Nov 28 1:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert gets a favorable matchup in Week 12 against the Bills. Buffalo has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers and has allowed a QB1 finish in each of their last two contests. Herbert, fantasy football's QB7 this year, has thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in six of his last seven games. The over/under is currently 52.5 for the game, making this one of the most appealing for fantasy purposes on Sunday's slate. Fire up Herbert as a strong QB1 in all fantasy formats.

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James Conner Nov 28 1:30pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple sources. Conner is awaiting a second test on Sunday to confirm the results, and the Steelers will continue contact tracing. Fantasy managers will have to scramble for other options with Conner likely out for Week 12 against the Ravens on Tuesday night. If the game against Baltimore is played on Tuesday, Benny Snell Jr. should be the Steelers primary back, with Anthony McFarland Jr. sprinkled in. Inclement weather is expected, too, so Pittsburgh could lean heavily on the ground game, giving Snell some RB2 potential, albeit in a tough matchup with the Ravens Defense. Run to the waiver wire and add Snell immediately if you need RB help. Conner could miss multiple games if he indeed tested positive for COVID-19.

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Jonathan Taylor Nov 28 1:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is out for Week 12 against the Titans. The Colts also downgraded center Ryan Kelly (neck) to out, while cornerback Isaiah Rodgers (knee) is now questionable. It's unknown if Taylor actually tested positive for the virus, but either way he won't play against Tennessee. It's a tough break for the rookie, who was coming off a nice 22-carry, 90-yard performance against the Packers. Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins should share backfield duties with Taylor now out. Hines will be a borderline RB2, especially in PPR setups, while Wilkins should be considered an RB3/flex against a Titans Defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs in 2020.

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Dez Bryant Nov 28 1:10pm ET

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted that he has signed to the team's 53-man active roster. Bryant reverted back to the team's practice squad after the Week 11 overtime loss to the Titans, but he's back on the roster again for the Week 12 contest against the undefeated Steelers that has been moved to Tuesday night. The veteran pass-catcher caught four of five targets for 28 yards in the loss to the Titans last week. Bryant has been active for two games in 2020, but last Sunday was the first time that he actually saw passes come his way. It's great to see the former Cowboy back on Baltimore's active roster, but he can be ignored in the majority of fantasy leagues this week, especially with quarterback Robert Griffin III taking over under center for Lamar Jackson, who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Christian McCaffrey Nov 28 1:00pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for the Week 12 contest against the Vikings after not traveling with the team. McCaffrey was limited in practice all week and was initially listed as questionable, though head coach Matt Rhule indicated that he was more on the doubtful side of things. The good news is, the All-Pro runner will likely be back in the lineup following the team's Week 13 bye. Mike Davis will operate as the lead back and will run behind an offensive line that could potentially be down three starters on Sunday. However, his projected heavy workload and a favorable matchup with Minnesota make him a solid RB2 for Week 12.

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Denzel Mims Nov 28 11:30am ET

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims has seen seven targets or more in three of his four games he's played in this season. The Jets clearly want to get the second-round rookie involved in their passing attack every week. He'll head into a matchup against the Miami Dolphins who are average against the passing attack this season. Mims should get targets, but he has failed to do much with them. He can be considered a flex option in PPR leagues this week.

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Bruce Arians Nov 28 11:30am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that backup center A.Q. Shipley (neck), who started the last two games, is out for the season and has been advised to end his playing career after his latest injury. The 34-year-old suffered a neck injury late in the fourth quarter of the Monday night loss to the Rams in Week 11. "He had had this injury back in 2013 I believe," Arians said. "Once we did the MRI and X-rays, it was determined that he really shouldn't play anymore." Shipley will finish his career with 110 games played and 72 starts and will go into coaching, according to Arians. Arians was the offensive coordinator with the Steelers when the team selected Shipley in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.

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Jamison Crowder Nov 28 11:30am ET

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been in a bit of a slump lately, but hopefully that will changed in Week 12. Sam Darnold (shoulder) is back under center, so that should give a lift to Crowder's value. He'll get a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins, but Crowder remains their best weapon on offense. He should get plenty of targets, so fantasy owners can lean on Crowder as a WR3 here.

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Breshad Perriman Nov 28 11:30am ET

New York Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman has hauled in three touchdowns over his last two games. It appears the Jets are looking his way in the end zone, but most of his fantasy value has come from those touchdowns. Perriman will get a fairly tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) is back under center, so that should help the Jets offense. Perriman could carry flex appeal in this one, assuming the Jets continue throwing his way in the end zone.

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Sam Darnold Nov 28 11:20am ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) will suit up against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Darnold is returning after a two-game absence, but will face one of the best defenses in the league. He was already a horrendous fantasy option, but playing the Dolphins makes it even worse. It's unlikely that Darnold produces decent fantasy value in any format. He belongs on the bench or the waiver wire in almost all formats.

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Carson Wentz Nov 28 11:20am ET

Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety Jamal Adams (shoulder) said he has been "playing with one arm" for the last two weeks because of a shoulder injury that he suffered on the first play of the loss to the Rams in Week 10. Adams finished that game and then played every defensive snap four days later when Seattle beat the Cardinals last Thursday night. He recorded seven tackles and two sacks in the game, including a forced fumble on one of the sacks. Adams has missed four games with a groin injury in his first year in Seattle, but he still leads the team with 5.5 sacks and remains an elite IDP option at the defensive back position. He'll be a must-start in Week 12 against the Eagles and turnover-prone quarterback Carson Wentz on Monday night.

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Frank Gore Nov 28 11:20am ET

New York Jets running back Frank Gore finally scored his first rushing touchdown of the season last week versus the Los Angeles Chargers. It was his best performance of the season, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect similar results in Week 12. The Miami Dolphins are average at stopping the running game this season. Gore has failed to reach 65 rushing yards or more in any game this season. It's unlikely that Gore brings anything more than a low-end flex option to the table this week.

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Zach Ertz Nov 28 11:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said that he doesn't think tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) will be ready to return in Week 12 against the Seahawks on Monday night. Ertz had been trending in the right direction earlier this week, but it appears that the Eagles will wait at least another week. The 30-year-old from Stanford has been out since Week 6 with a high-ankle sprain, so the Eagles could ease him back into the fold alongside Dallas Goedert whenever he does return. Ertz has 24 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown in six games this year and should be stashed in all formats. Hopefully, fantasy managers will have him for the playoffs in a few weeks. Meanwhile, Goedert remains a strong TE1 play, even though Seattle's defense has allowed just three touchdowns to the position this year.

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Tua Tagovailoa Nov 28 11:10am ET

The Miami Dolphins will not force rookie Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) to play through his injury in Week 12 against the Jets if they think that it's affecting him at all. Tagovailoa's status for Sunday's game is very much in question. The rookie from Alabama was limited in practice this week after jamming his thumb on a helmet during practice on Wednesday. The Dolphins are either trying to make things difficult for the Jets in their game-planning or they are actually concerned about Tagovailoa's thumb. Either way, things aren't trending in the right direction for the 22-year-old and he makes for a low-end QB2 at risk of being on a short leash if he does start. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 18-for-27 for 191 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the shutout win over the Jets in their first meeting in Week 6. He'd also be a low-end QB2 for those in superflex leagues if he gets the start over Tagovailoa.

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Baltimore Ravens Nov 28 11:00am ET

The Baltimore Ravens officially signed free-agent cornerback Pierre Desir on Saturday. Desir agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Jets in the offseason but didn't make it through the season with them before being cut. The 30-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Browns in 2014 had a couple solid seasons with the Colts before signing with New York for the 2020 season. Before being cut by the Jets, Desir had 47 tackles (37 solo), a career-high three interceptions (one for a touchdown), eight passes defensed and one forced fumble, so he'll add some nice depth to an already strong Baltimore secondary as they battle through a COVID-19 outbreak in Week 12. It's unclear if Desir has cleared all of the league's COVID-19 protocols, which would allow him to be active against the Steelers on Tuesday night.

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N'Keal Harry Nov 28 10:50am ET

New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry returned last week against the Houston Texans after a three-game absence due to a concussion. He hauled in five of his eight targets for 41 yards in the loss. Fantasy owners always have to worry about Harry because he continues to lack consistency. He does have a favorable matchup in Week 12, but that doesn't mean a whole lot with Harry. The Arizona Cardinals Defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Fantasy owners should consider Harry a low-end flex option, because honestly you never know what you're going to get with him.

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