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Bills activate TE Dawson Knox from IR

Sat Dec 9 6:04pm ET
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The Buffalo Bills activated tight end Dawson Knox from injured reserve on Saturday ahead of their key battle against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Knox was a full participant in practice all week after missing five games with a wrist injury that required surgery. Knox initially injured the wrist in a Week 5 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I feel fresh," Knox said. " ... I think this is the most fresh I've ever felt in Week 13 or 14 of a season before. I got some great time to get the legs back ready. The wrist feels great."

In a corresponding move, the Bills released linebacker A.J. Klein.

The 27-year-old has 15 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown this season. Knox has 164 receptions for 1,882 yards and 21 touchdowns in 64 career games (54 starts) over five seasons.

Cornerback Kaiir Elam, who also returned to practice this past week, will not be activated for Sunday. Elam has been on IR with an ankle injury. He also missed two games before being placed on IR.

The 6-6 Bills have a crucial game at Kansas City (8-4) on Sunday. The Bills enter the game as the 10th seed in the AFC with work to do to get back into the playoff picture.

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Lucas Havrisik Dec 10 3:30am ET
Lucas Havrisik

Los Angeles Rams kicker Lucas Havrisik will not be the Rams starting kicker for much longer if he has any more mishaps. The 24-year-old has missed on two field goal attempts and one extra point try through the team's last two games. Despite the inconsistencies, the team is allowing him to prove himself one last time. The Rams signed veteran kicker Mason Crosby to the practice squad on Wednesday but decided not to elevate him ahead of Week 14. If there are any struggles this week, look for Havrisik to be cut and Crosby to become the team's kicker for the rest of the season. Havrisik should not be played in Week 14, especially considering the matchup against an elite Baltimore Ravens defense.

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Tutu Atwell Dec 10 3:20am ET
Tutu Atwell

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tutu Atwell's role continues to diminish as the season progresses. After being an integral part of the offense through the first 11 weeks of the season, Atwell's snap count has dropped significantly over the last two games. The third-year receiver out of Louisville has played under 40% of offensive snaps over the last two weeks and has earned under three targets per game since the team's Week 10 bye week. While he could still be stashed in deeper leagues, Atwell should not be considered a play in the team's Week 14 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Puka Nacua Dec 10 3:10am ET
Puka Nacua

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua (shoulder) was removed from the team's injury report ahead of their Week 14 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Despite suffering an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder last week, Nacua is good to go and not expected to have any limitations. The rookie phenom is up to 77 catches for over 1000 yards in just 12 games played, as well as being the overall fantasy WR9 through the first 13 weeks. While he does face a Baltimore defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, Nacua continues to be a high-end WR2 and must-start in all leagues.

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Cooper Kupp Dec 10 3:00am ET
Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has not looked like his All-Pro self since Week 5 of this season. Kupp did show some life in Week 13, as it was his first game since Week 5 with over four catches or a touchdown. The 30-year-old now faces the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua (shoulder) is good to go for this week's matchup and has been the preferred target for Matthew Stafford as of late. Consider Kupp as a low-end to mid-range WR2 this week.

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Matthew Stafford Dec 10 2:50am ET
Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is coming off his best two games of the entire season. The 35-year-old has thrown for 508 yards, seven touchdowns, and has just one interception in the team's back-to-back blowout victories. He now has another difficult matchup at hand, as the team travels to Baltimore to face the Ravens in Week 14. Baltimore has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs this season and has proven itself as a top-three defense in the league. Consider Stafford as a very low-end QB1 and only playable if absolutely needed.

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Kyren Williams Dec 10 2:40am ET
Kyren Williams

Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams has proved himself to be a weekly must-start and top-five option at the position, regardless of the matchup. Williams is averaging the third most fantasy points per game in all formats, behind just Christian McCaffrey and De'Von Achane. He now faces a Baltimore Ravens defense that has allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Despite the tough matchup, there is no justification for Williams to not be an RB1 weekly. You should play the second-year back confidently in his Week 14 matchup against Baltimore.

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Samaje Perine Dec 10 2:00am ET
Samaje Perine

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) is expected to suit up versus the Chargers in Week 14. The former Bengal practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday. However, he missed Friday's session because of a knee injury, resulting in a questionable designation. At any rate, Perine hasn't been a consistent part of the Broncos' offensive plans for most of the season, meaning his fantasy outlook isn't favorable by any means.

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Breece Hall Dec 10 1:50am ET
Breece Hall

New York Jets running back Breece Hall (ankle) is expected to play on Sunday versus the Houston Texans. Head coach Robert Saleh hinted this would be the case, so Hall's likely availability isn't much of an update. That said, the 22-year-old hasn't met expectations during the 2023-24 campaign, scoring only four times (two rushing, two receiving). He's also surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark only twice and averaging 1.5 yards less per carry than last season. With this in mind, fantasy managers may want to consider other options, especially since the Jets offense is a mess. However, there's no denying Hall's talent, so he still deserves flex consideration, especially in PPR formats, due to his pass-catching prowess.

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Zach Charbonnet Dec 10 1:40am ET
Zach Charbonnet

Seattle Seahawks running back Zach Charbonnet (knee) is expected to suit up for Sunday's meeting with the San Francisco 49ers. With Kenneth Walker III (oblique) out the last two games, Charbonnet took over as the No. 1 option out of the backfield. Unfortunately, he didn't do much for fantasy managers outside of the touchdown he scored in the Week 13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Nonetheless, with Walker in line to return in Week 14, Charbonnet won't get as much action. However, both men could have trouble getting anything going versus a tough 49ers defense, even more so if Geno Smith (groin) doesn't play and Drew Lock can't produce under center.

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Travis Etienne Dec 10 1:40am ET
Travis Etienne

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (ribs) will likely play versus the Browns. The 24-year-old has dealt with a rib injury for a few weeks. Yet, he still played relatively well in the loss to the Bengals on Monday night, gaining 45 yards and a touchdown off 11 carries while catching all four targets for 34 yards. Unfortunately for fantasy managers, Etienne could have a rough time getting things moving on the ground against a quality Browns defense. However, Etienne is still a must-start in all formats, especially since the team may lean on him more if Trevor Lawrence (ankle) doesn't suit up.

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Kenneth Walker III Dec 10 1:30am ET
Kenneth Walker III

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (oblique) is anticipated to return from a two-game absence for Sunday's matchup with the 49ers. The 23-year-old, who remains questionable with an oblique injury, amassed six rushing touchdowns in the first five games of the 2023-24 campaign. However, he's only found the end zone once in his previous five appearances. That said, there's no denying Walker's talent. But he'll have an uphill battle for fantasy production versus a potent 49ers defense. Additionally, Zach Charbonnet (knee), who has gotten more involved of late, is also expected to play, so Walker's fantasy potential could be severely restricted, making him a flex option at most.

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Geno Smith Dec 10 1:20am ET
Geno Smith

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Seahawks may not decide on quarterback Geno Smith's (groin) availability for Sunday's NFC West showdown with the 49ers until pregame warmups. The signal-caller, who remains questionable, is battling a groin issue, with Schefter adding that it's "considered a two-week injury." Of course, he could always try to play through the ailment, considering the Seahawks are quickly fading out of the playoff picture. On the other hand, Seattle might keep Smith off the field for a game or two, especially if it gets him back to 100% for a potential postseason push. At any rate, Drew Lock would likely be under center if Smith doesn't suit up on Sunday. But Lock hasn't been the most reliable quarterback over the years, so fantasy managers shouldn't consider him a viable replacement. Unfortunately, a possible Lock start wouldn't be an ideal scenario for D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and the rest of the Seattle pass-catchers versus a potent 49ers defense. .

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DeeJay Dallas Dec 10 1:00am ET
DeeJay Dallas

Seattle Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas could see a small bump in his workload in Week 14, with both Kenneth Walker III (oblique) and Zach Charbonnet (knee) ailing. Both backs worked their way up to a full practice on Friday and are listed as questionable for Sunday's game, but are expected to play. Unless both of his fellow running backs are held out or suffer a setback midgame, Dallas is unlikely to be utilized as Seattle's primary back. Even with Walker out in Weeks 11 and 12, Dallas saw a total of just three carries and three targets. In a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed just 66.7 rushing yards per game in the last three weeks, Dallas should not be counted on to do much even if he does take over the Seahawks backfield.

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Daniel Carlson Dec 10 12:50am ET
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Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson nailed both extra-point attempts and went one for two on his field goal attempts in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders kicker was on the injury report earlier this week with an illness that caused him to miss practice on Thursday, but he logged a full practice on Friday. Carlson was removed from the injury report before their Week 14 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Playing at home will benefit Carlson as he won't have to deal with the weather factor. Carlson will be relied upon in what should be a close game on Sunday.

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Michael Mayer Dec 10 12:40am ET
Michael Mayer

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Michael Mayer caught two of his four targets for 27 yards in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The rookie tight end tallied at least four targets for the third week straight before the team's bye week. Despite being a highly regarded tight end prospect coming out of the draft, Mayer does not appear to have a high ceiling in the current Raiders offense. Mayer has one touchdown and has only caught three or more passes in three games this year. The Raiders face the Minnesota Vikings this week. The Vikings are middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to tight ends this season, but the matchup is not as crucial as Mayer's role in the offense. That said, interim head coach Antonio Pierce has voiced his belief in the rookie tight end, so he could see more looks moving forward. Fantasy managers should not start him this week or rely on him in the fantasy playoffs.

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Drew Lock Dec 10 12:40am ET
Drew Lock

Backup quarterback Drew Lock may get the start for the Seattle Seahawks when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14. Geno Smith (groin) is shaping up to be a game-time decision on Sunday after injuring his groin in practice on Thursday. The Seahawks elevated Sean Mannion from the practice squad on Saturday, indicating that Smith is trending in the wrong direction and that it will be Lock under center and in need of a backup himself. Lock has made only two appearances in the regular season going a combined 4-for-12 for 66 yards and throwing one interception. Should he be Seattle's signal-caller against the 49ers, he should be avoided in fantasy. Furthermore, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba owners should expect those receivers to take a step back in production.

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Aidan O'Connell Dec 10 12:30am ET
Aidan O'Connell

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Aidan O'Connell completed 23 of 33 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown. O'Connell. With the Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson returning, O'Connell may be forced to throw upwards of 35 pass attempts to stay in the game. The Vikings defense is middle of the pack in yards and touchdowns given up to quarterbacks, so O'Connell may bounce back following the team's bye week. With strong weapons like Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs, and Jakobi Meyers surrounding him, the Raiders quarterback is in a position to succeed most weeks. O'Connell could be thrust into a robust workload this week, but he should not be considered a starter for fantasy teams yet.

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Jakobi Meyers Dec 10 12:20am ET
Jakobi Meyers

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Jakobi Meyers caught six of his seven targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Meyers finished the game with his most receiving yards since Week 3. Since the coaching and quarterback changes, Meyers has become a secondary option in the Raiders passing attack, but he found success before the team's bye week. Meyers will face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 14. The Vikings defense is much better against the run than the pass, so Meyers could be in for another strong performance. Based on his recent production, Meyers should still be considered a WR3/flex play, but fantasy managers can feel optimistic about him moving forward.

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Josh Jacobs Dec 10 12:10am ET
Josh Jacobs

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 110 yards, and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12. Jacobs has taken an even greater workload since interim head coach Antonio Pierce took the reins, and it was encouraging to see him do well in a tough matchup. Coming off their bye week, the Raiders take on the Minnesota Vikings, who have given up the fifth-fewest yards per carry and third-fewest rushing touchdowns this season. Jacobs saw his receiving role increase before their bye week, and he should continue to see increased usage against a strong run defense. Fantasy managers can start Jacobs with confidence in Week 14.

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Davante Adams Dec 10 12:10am ET
Davante Adams

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams had five catches on seven targets for 73 yards in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Adams saw double-digit targets the two weeks before but faced a tough matchup against Chiefs shadow corner L'Jarius Sneed. The Raiders take on the Minnesota Vikings this week. The Vikings rank 23rd in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers this season. The Raiders may lean on Adams in this matchup after their bye week. With rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell looking for Adams often, fantasy managers can again start him as a WR1.

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