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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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DeVante Parker Dec 4 12:10pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker has rebounded nicely after a few rough performances earlier in the season. Last week, Parker hauled in eight receptions for 119 yards in the win over the New York Jets. He'll head into a favorable matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals secondary in Week 13. Fantasy managers should be able to trust Parker as a reliable WR2 option if quarterbackRyan Fitzpatrick makes his second straight start with rookie Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) being a game-time injury. Parker will probably be pushed into WR3 territory if Tagovailoa makes his return after being sidelined in Week 12.

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Jakeem Grant Dec 4 12:10pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. has struggled to produce over the last few weeks. Grant has 27 total receiving yards over his last two games heading into the Week 13 contest versus the Cincinnati Bengals. At times, Grant has held low-end WR3 value, but those days might be over. Possibly, he could put himself on the low-end flex radar in PPR leagues, assuming Ryan Fitzpatrick gets the start under center. However, Grant is most likely going to be an avoidable option this week.

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Mike Gesicki Dec 4 12:10pm ET

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki has been able to somewhat produce decent fantasy value over the last few weeks. He'll head into a favorable matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. A secondary that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Gesicki might be able to push himself into low-end TE1 territory, assuming quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gets the start at quarterback. Otherwise, Gesicki will remain a TE2 with Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) under center.

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DeAndre Washington Dec 4 12:00pm ET

Miami Dolphins running back DeAndre Washington (hamstring) was unable to suit up for practice on Thursday. He has missed two straight practices and it sounds unlikely that he'll suit up against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. He saw 13 carries versus the New York Jets last week, but his fantasy value might be gone now. Both Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and Myles Gaskin (knee) could see carries over him, assuming they suit up. The Dolphins backfield situation is chaos right now. Fantasy owners in desperate need of running back help should hold Washington in case he does become the lead back this week.

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Matt Breida Dec 4 12:00pm ET

Miami Dolphins running back Matt Breida has looked awful this season and it's unlikely going to get better for him going forward. Last week, Breida saw eight carries for 36 yards in the win over the New York Jets. He has basically been a non-factor in fantasy leagues all season long. However, there is a small chance he becomes the lead back against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. Somehow, DeAndre Washington (hamstring), Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), and Myles Gaskin (knee) are all banged up heading into this game. Breida might have fantasy value, assuming all three of them sit out, which is highly unlikely to happen.

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C.J. Prosise Dec 4 11:53am ET

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Salvon Ahmed Dec 4 11:50am ET

Miami Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) was limited during Thursday's practice, which makes the picture in the backfield a little cloudy. Myles Gaskin (knee) has been practicing, but remains on the injured reserve right now. DeAndre Washington (hamstring) is not practicing at the moment. Ahmed could very well find himself with low-end RB2 value versus the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. However, his value is dependent on both Gaskin and Washington missing this contest.

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Myles Gaskin Dec 4 11:50am ET

Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (knee) has been practicing for two weeks, but remains on the injured reserve heading into Week 13. The team has until Saturday afternoon to activate Gaskin for the matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Gaskin has missed four straight games, but was a reliable lead back when healthy. It's unclear what kind of role he could have, assuming Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) is cleared to play as well. It might be a timeshare, which would pretty much make both of them unfavorable options.

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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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DeForest Buckner Dec 4 10:33am ET

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire Dec 4 10:00am ET

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Le'Veon Bell Dec 4 10:00am ET

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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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