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Jones, Gurley questionable for Falcons vs Saints

Fri Dec 4 5:35pm ET

Atlanta Falcons offensive guard James Carpenter (77) lies injured against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Carpenter had to leave the field.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones and running back Todd Gurley are questionable for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Jones (hamstring) and Gurley (knee) both missed last week's 43-6 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and cornerback Kendall Sheffield (illness) are also listed as questionable. The only Atlanta player who definitely won't play against the Saints is offensive guard James Carpenter, who was carted off the field last weekend with a groin injury.

Kicker Youngwae Koo (right quad) was able to practice fully the last two days and will be able to go Sunday.

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D'Andre Swift Dec 4 5:40pm ET

Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift (illness) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) are both listed as questionable for Week 13 against the Bears. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell said that Swift has cleared the concussion protocol, but he has missed practice the last two days with an illness. It's good news that the rookie is past his concussion, but he's in real danger of missing a third straight game. Fantasy managers should consider him a risky RB2 this weekend. If he misses another game, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will be low-ceiling RB3/flex options against a tough Chicago defense. Stafford was limited in practice all week and should be able to suit up. He has 16 fantasy points or less in six of his 11 games this year and will be a mediocre QB2 option against the Bears without his No. 1 receiver in Kenny Golladay (hip) yet again.

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T Y Hilton Dec 4 5:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton matches up against the Texans Defense this week, and he has found success against the divisional opponent throughout his career. In 16 career games, he is averaging nearly nine targets, five catches, and 96 yards per game. Hilton had a good performance last week against the Texans and played in 73 percent of the offensive snaps, which was his highest since Week 6. Hilton is certainly a volatile play considering he has just one touchdown on the season, but is past success against the Texans gives him potential flex value in deeper leagues this week.

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Kenny Golladay Dec 4 5:40pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Bears. It will be Golladay's fifth straight absence, so his fantasy managers are just hoping that he can be available for the fantasy playoffs, which start in Week 14 in most leagues. Marvin Jones Jr., Danny Amendola and Marvin Hall should continue to operate in three-receiver sets with Golladay sidelined, with only Jones being fantasy relevant as a WR3/flex in a tough matchup against the Bears Defense. Chicago has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to wideouts in 2020, including only seven receiving touchdowns. Jones had six catches for just 48 yards on Thanksgiving with Golladay out, but he was targeted a season-high 12 times.

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Chris Carson Dec 4 5:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (foot) has been limited in practice this week. However, he should play and be started in fantasy lineups in Week 13 against the New York Giants after he made his return to the field in Week 12. Carson has been one of the NFL's best running backs this season when he's been healthy. He is eighth in the NFL in fantasy points per game (17) and he's just 0.2 points behind the running back in seventh place. In Week 12, Carson saw a number of his touches taken by teammate Carlos Hyde(toe), but Hyde has already been ruled out for this week's game. As long as Carson is active, he should be locked into your lineups and will have RB1 upside against the Giants with a larger workload coming his way.

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Allen Robinson Dec 4 5:30pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (knee) is questionable for Week 13 against the Lions after not appearing on the injury report until Friday. Quarterback Nick Foles (hip) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (Achilles, hamstring) are also questionable. Robinson was limited in practice on Friday, so he appears to be on the right track to play. Despite playing in a bad Bears offense, he has been a top-15 fantasy wideout in PPR leagues and has an excellent matchup against Detroit on Sunday. The Lions are thin in the secondary and might be without top cornerback Desmond Trufant. They also allow the eighth-most fantasy points per game to pass-catchers. A-Rob has 71 catches for 829 yards and five touchdowns this year and should remain a low-end WR1 in all fantasy lineups. Foles is expected to play, but he'll back up Mitchell Trubisky.

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Hayden Hurst Dec 4 5:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst (ankle) is set for a Week 13 rematch with the Saints. Hurst had a 'DNP' on Thursday, though that was likely maintenance by the team, considering he returned to practice in a limited fashion on Friday. Hurst was held without a catch in his first meeting with the Saints this year, though the offense looked out of sorts without Julio Jones (hamstring). The former Raven is coming off an eight-target game and should benefit from the presence of Jones if the All-Pro wideout is active. Look at Hurst as a low-end TE1 considering that the Saints' defense has been stingy against tight ends lately.

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Todd Gurley Dec 4 5:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) and running back Todd Gurley II (knee) are both questionable for Sunday's contest against New Orleans. Both players were limited Friday after sitting out on Thursday, giving them a good chance to suit up. It's also worth noting that both Jones and Gurley weren't able to practice last Friday before ultimately being ruled out, meaning there's some optimism this time. Jones makes this offense go, so he would easily slot in as a must-start WR1 if active. Gurley, on the other hand, faces a stout Saints' defensive line, making him a low-end RB2 at best.

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Salvon Ahmed Dec 4 5:20pm ET

Miami Dolphins running backs Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are doubtful to play in Week 13 against the Bengals. Head coach Brian Flores said that running back Myles Gaskin (knee) could come off Injured Reserve to play on Sunday. Matt Breida is also out after being placed on the COVID-19 list, so Patrick Laird is the only truly healthy running back on the roster. If Gaskin doesn't return, the team could give receivers Malcolm Perry and Lynn Bowden Jr. some direct snaps or handoffs. Ahmed is in line to miss his second straight game. All signs are pointing toward Gaskin making his return. The Bengals Defense has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to RBs, but Gaskin would be a little more volatile as an RB2 if he's eased back into the fold.

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Jonathan Taylor Dec 4 5:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor will make his return to the lineup this week against the Texans after missing last week's game due to COVID-19. Taylor has a favorable matchup against a terrible Texans run defense. They have surrendered the second-most rushing yards per game and a league-worst 4.9 yards per carry. Taylor saw a solid workload in his last performance with 22 carries and four catches, playing in 55 percent of the team's snaps. He is a bit risky due to uncertainty in the amount of touches he will receive, but he should be a good RB2 option if he sees ample carries.

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J.K. Dobbins Dec 4 5:10pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens activated rookie running back J.K. Dobbins, linebacker Pernell McPhee and centers Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday while placing quarterback Robert Griffin III (hamstring) on Injured Reserve in a corresponding move. Cornerback Anthony Averett and wide receiver Chris Moore were also activated from IR. Dobbins missed Week 12 but should return as the lead back in Week 13 against the Cowboys on Tuesday and will be an upside RB2 for fantasy managers hoping to get into the fantasy playoffs. Dallas is also allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs. Griffin was forgettable on Wednesday against Pittsburgh and will now miss at least the next three games. If Lamar Jackson doesn't get cleared from the COVID-19 protocols this weekend, Trace McSorley would start under center against the Cowboys.

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Alvin Kamara Dec 4 5:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (foot) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) are both good to go for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Both players were full participants in Friday's practice after the Saints held them back on Wednesday and Thursday for maintenance reasons. Kamara had previously hauled in at least five receptions in eight of 11 contests this year, though the presence of Taysom Hill at quarterback has limited his upside. He should be looked at as a low-end RB1. While dominating the target share since Hill took over, Thomas should still be downgraded into the WR2 ranks due to the Saints' newfound, run-first approach.

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Tua Tagovailoa Dec 4 5:10pm ET

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores didn't reveal who the starting quarterback would be on Friday for Week 13 against the Bengals, and rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is officially listed as questionable after being limited in practice. The Dolphins will likely make a final decision on the starting job on Sunday morning. However, Tagovailoa didn't seem confident in his throwing thumb earlier this week after missing the Week 12 contest. Miami would like the rookie to play in a great matchup against Cincinnati to get his confidence back up after being benched in the Week 11 loss to the Broncos, but they won't risk his health in order to do so. If he returns to action, he'll be a low-end QB2 with some upside, while veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick would be in consideration as a QB2 streamer if he makes his second straight start.

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Philip Rivers Dec 4 5:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has a favorable against the Texans in Week 13. The Texans have been bad against the pass all season, ranking 28th against opposing quarterbacks. They have allowed a passer rating of 105.4, which is second-worst in the league. Quarterbacks have thrown 20 touchdowns to just three interceptions against the Texans Defense. Rivers has played fairly well over the last three games with six touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has played well against the Texans throughout his career, averaging over three touchdowns per game in five contests. River should be able to put up a solid performance this week but finds himself in the QB2 conversation.

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Matt Breida Dec 4 3:40pm ET

The Miami Dolphins placed running back Matt Breida on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. It's unclear if Breida tested positive for the virus or was just deemed a high-risk close contact to another individual who did. Either way, he'll be unavailable for Week 13's contest against the Bengals. It likely didn't matter for fantasy purposes, as one of Salvon Ahmed or Myles Gaskin, and potentially both, should return for this Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Even with the Dolphins cutting Jordan Howard earlier this year, Breida hasn't done much in his first season in Miami, carrying the ball 47 times for 168 yards and no touchdowns in nine games. If Gaskins returns to lead the backfield this weekend, he'll return to being an upside RB2 play against the Bengals.

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Josh Jacobs Dec 4 3:30pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said that running back Josh Jacobs (ankle), safety Johnathan Abram (knee) and defensive end Clelin Ferrell have been ruled out for Week 13 against the Jets. It's a shame for those that roster Jacobs, as he was in line for a nice bounce-back game against the winless Jets after suffering an ankle injury last week and disappointing. If you roster Jacobs or are in need of running back help this weekend, add Devontae Booker off the waiver wire. The 28-year-old will split the backfield work with Jalen Richard on Sunday, but he should see the majority of the touches against a New York defense that is extremely vulnerable at all levels. Booker will have RB2 upside with Jacobs sidelined.

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Brandon McManus Dec 4 2:50pm ET

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus should not be on the fantasy radar for those streaming kickers in Week 13. The strong-legged kicker hasn't missed a kick since shanking an extra point in Week 7 against the Chiefs, but he also hasn't had more than two field-goal attempts in a single contest since back-to-back games in Weeks 4 and 6. He'll face Kansas City again on Sunday night after going 1-for-2 on extra points and nailing his only field-goal try in the 43-16 loss in Week 7. The 29-year-old has been among the most accurate kickers in the NFL (95.5 percent) this year, but he's just not being afforded enough opportunities in this mediocre offense. And the Denver offense won't be afforded the luxury of relying on field goals this weekend against the high-octane Chiefs offense.

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Denver Broncos Dec 4 2:50pm ET

The Denver Broncos Defense surprisingly ranks 10th in the NFL through 12 weeks of the 2020 season, but they just placed cornerback Bryce Callahan on Injured Reserve and have been extremely vulnerable on the ground in recent weeks. Going up against the No. 1 overall offense (first in passing, 19th rushing) and dynamic Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will certainly give them problems on Sunday night. Overall, Denver's D ranks 24th in fantasy points and they've allowed a league-high 158 rushing yards per game in the last five contests. They allowed a season-high 43 points to KC back in Week 7, although Mahomes only threw for a season-low 200 yards and one touchdown, but the game was played in the snow. Expect Mahomes and the Chiefs to put up points at will again in this game, making the Broncos defense one to avoid at all costs.

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Noah Fant Dec 4 2:40pm ET

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant carries the distinction of being the only player to catch a pass in the Week 12 blowout loss to the Saints. We'd be pretty surprised if Fant doesn't improve on that number in a Week 13 meeting with the division-rival Chiefs on Sunday night. Kansas City's defense has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends in the last five weeks. Fant caught only three passes for 38 yards against them in their first meeting, but that game was in the snow and he was battling an ankle injury. The 23-year-old hasn't found the end zone since Week 2, but he should see a safe target floor in a game in which the Broncos will likely have to throw much more than they'd like to. At such a shallow position in fantasy, Fant should serve as at least a viable low-end TE1 in Week 13.

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Tim Patrick Dec 4 2:30pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick and the entire offense was non-existent in the Week 12 blowout loss to the Saints with practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton under center. Patrick and Denver's passing game will rebound against the division-rival Chiefs in Week 13 with quarterback Drew Lock back, but how much? The 27-year-old has three 100-yard games this year and has been the Broncos most consistent pass-catcher, but the Chiefs have allowed only nine wideouts to top 50 yards receiving through 12 weeks. Just because the Broncos will likely be playing catch-up in this ballgame doesn't mean that Patrick will thrive. He had only three grabs for 44 yards in the Week 7 contest against the Chiefs. Consider him a low-ceiling WR4/flex this weekend.

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KJ Hamler Dec 4 2:30pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler will be a nice weapon out of the slot for the Broncos in the future, but he's just not seeing enough consistent targets in his rookie season to be a realistic receiver to roster in single-year formats. Hamler had 26 targets in a three-game span from Weeks 9-11, but he wasn't targeted at all in Denver's Week 12 disaster against the Saints when the entire team's quarterback room was inactive due to COVID-19. He should bounce back this Sunday night against the Chiefs, but fantasy managers shouldn't be looking at him as a starting option against a KC defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing pass-catchers this year. Hamler had only two catches on three targets for a paltry 24 yards in the team's first meeting with their division rivals back in Week 7.

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