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Vikings WR Justin Jefferson (chest) taken to hospital

Sun Dec 10 6:25pm ET
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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson was taken to a Las Vegas hospital for precautionary reasons after sustaining a chest injury Sunday afternoon against the Raiders.

Jefferson was injured while making a 15-yard catch across the middle. He leaped for a high pass, and while both of his arms were raised, he absorbed a hard hit on the back right side of his ribs from Raiders safety Marcus Epps.

The injury prompted an early exit for Jefferson, who was playing for the first time in eight games. He sustained a right hamstring injury in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jefferson averaged 135.8 receiving yards per game through his first four games of the season.

The NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2022, he finished the game with two catches for 27 yards.

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Adam Trautman Dec 11 12:40am ET
Adam Trautman

Denver Broncos tight end Adam Trautman was left completely uncovered for a 10-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-7 Week 14 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers on a well-executed play-action pass in the red zone. Trautman's touchdown catch was his third on the year and the second in the last three games. However, he had only two receptions on the day for 19 receiving yards on his three targets. Fantasy managers shouldn't go chasing him on the waiver wire because he's scored twice in the last three games because of the fact that it has come on only four receptions. In fact, the 26-year-old hasn't had more than two grabs in a game since Week 5. Trautman's floor and ceiling are much too low for fantasy managers to get involved.

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Keenan Allen Dec 11 12:40am ET
Keenan Allen

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen made six catches in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. Allen led the team in targets with 12, making a catch on six of those for a total of 68 yards. He also attempted to make a pass on a trick play, but it fell incomplete. Allen was once again the focus of the Chargers passing game, but it was a game-long struggle that certainly didn't get any better when Easton Stick was forced to quarterback the team for all of the second half. Stick will almost certainly get the start on Thursday against the Raiders in the place of Justin Herbert (finger), which will immediately lower the fantasy value of Allen and all Chargers offensive players.

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Jerick McKinnon Dec 11 12:40am ET
Jerick McKinnon

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon tallied his first game of the season with double-digit rushing yards in Sunday's 20-17 defeat to the Buffalo Bills, taking a season-high four carries for 19 yards and a touchdown while collecting all three of his targets for an additional 18 yards. The savvy 31-year-old veteran showed keen ball-carrier vision on his seven-yard scoring plunge, navigating scarce running room among his blockers en route to the end zone. McKinnon handled a season-high seven touches on Sunday, but his workload did not significantly increase in the absence of featured runner Isiah Pacheco (shoulder), and lead back Clyde Edwards-Helaire out-targeted him 4-3 in the passing game. McKinnon would be a PPR-specific RB3 in fantasy if Pacheco misses next Sunday's tilt against the New England Patriots and would likely need negative game script for any kind of ceiling performance.

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Gerald Everett Dec 11 12:40am ET
Gerald Everett

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett had a solid game in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. Everett was targeted eight times, catching five passes for 39 yards. The Chargers offense could barely move the ball all game, but Everett was able to make some nice plays and came about an inch or two away from holding onto a first quarter touchdown. With Justin Herbert (finger) likely to miss time, Everett and all Chargers pass catchers will see their fantasy value dip a bit in the coming weeks.

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Easton Stick Dec 11 12:30am ET
Easton Stick

Los Angeles backup quarterback Easton Stick took over in a Week 14 game against the Denver Broncos. Starter Justin Herbert (finger) was injured in the second quarter and was unable to return. Stick ended up attempting 24 passes, completing 13 of them for 179 yards. He took two sacks, losing 31 yards. He led the only Chargers touchdown drive of the game in the fourth quarter, but it was mostly a performance marred by overthrows and poor footwork in the pocket. With Herbert doubtful at best on a short week, Stick is likely to start on Thursday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders. It will be a good week to start the Raiders defense in fantasy leagues.

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Jerry Jeudy Dec 11 12:30am ET
Jerry Jeudy

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy's Week 14 performance will mainly be remembered by what could have been. Jeudy couldn't get his second foot in bounds on a would-be touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson in the second half, and he also had a ball go through his hands on a pass attempt deep down the field. All in all, the 24-year-old first-rounder finished with one of his worst games in what has been a frustrating season in the 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers by catching two of a team-high six targets for an uninspiring 16 yards. Jeudy still has only one touchdown reception in 2023 and now has 16 or fewer receiving yards in two of the last three games. It's been all about Courtland Sutton and not Jeudy in Denver's passing game this year, making him a hard-to-sell WR4/flex going forward.

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Austin Ekeler Dec 11 12:30am ET
Austin Ekeler

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler scored a touchdown in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. Ekeler ran the ball 10 times, gaining 51 yards and scoring a touchdown on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter. He added five catches on seven targets, gaining an additional 49 yards. It was an effective game for the Chargers running back despite the team struggling mightily in almost every aspect. With Justin Herbert (finger) unlikely to play next week, Ekeler will certainly lose a good bit of his fantasy value, possibly dropping into higher RB3 ranks for Thursday night.

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire Dec 11 12:30am ET
Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire acted as an adequate fill-in for featured back Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) in Week 14's close 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, taking 11 carries for 39 yards with two receptions for 29 yards. It was a quiet return to lead-back status for the star-crossed 2020 first-round pick, but he did handle 15 of a possible 22 RB opportunities in a timeshare alongside receiving back Jerick McKinnon. Edwards-Helaire's highlight of the evening was a 20-yard catch-and-run on a screen to energize the crowd early in the fourth quarter. The 24-year-old otherwise didn't provide anything particularly outstanding that would suggest he's earned more work when Pacheco is around moving ahead. CEH's Week 15 fantasy outlook depends on Pacheco's availability when the Chiefs take a trip to Foxborough for next Sunday's matchup against the New England Patriots.

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Quentin Johnston Dec 11 12:30am ET
Quentin Johnston

Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston had a solid game in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. He was targeted four times, making three catches for 91 yards, including a huge 57-yard grab on a rare good throw from quarterback Easton Stick. Johnston has been a disappointment most of the season, but this was a flash of what he can do. He's still not really on the fantasy radar, but there's a glimmer of hope at least for those holding onto him in dynasty leagues.

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Samaje Perine Dec 11 12:20am ET
Samaje Perine

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine came into the Week 14 contest versus the Los Angeles Chargers as questionable with a knee injury, but he managed to suit up and had a team-high five receptions on five targets for 36 yards as a pass-catcher in the 24-7 victory. Perine was far less involved on the ground, seeing just two carries for eight yards. But after getting more involved in Weeks 11 and 12, Perine was back at it again on Sunday. His five targets were second on the team behind Jerry Jeudy's six, and his 36 receiving yards were second to Courtland Sutton's 62. However, the 28-year-old isn't going to have much flex appeal outside of extremely deep PPR leagues as long as lead back Javonte Williams sees 20-plus touches per game, which has been the case in four of the team's last six contests.

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Courtland Sutton Dec 11 12:20am ET
Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton continued a stellar 2023 season in Sunday's 24-7 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14. He had only three receptions for a team-high 62 receiving yards in the contest, but he managed to find the end zone for the 10th time on the season on an outstanding one-handed, 46-yard catch from quarterback Russell Wilson in the third quarter. The 28-year-old has hands-down been Denver's offensive MVP this year, and he's now found paydirt in seven of the last eight games. He's failed to score a touchdown in only three games in 2023. Sutton has become a top-15 fantasy wideout because of his nose for the end zone and his strong chemistry with Wilson in the biggest moments. He'll have a great opportunity to keep the good times rolling in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, too.

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Travis Kelce Dec 11 12:20am ET
Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce led his team with 83 receiving yards in Sunday's 20-17 home defeat to the Buffalo Bills, gathering six of his 10 targets. Kelce offered a shot in the arm to a lethargic Chiefs offense with a 23-yard gain on third-and-long early in the second quarter. The 34-year-old superstar later pulled a rabbit out of his hat after corralling a fourth-quarter pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, brilliantly tossing a lateral to Kadarius Toney, who then raced to the end zone for what appeared to be an unbelievable go-ahead touchdown. But Toney was lined up in the neutral zone, negating the play. Kelce easily remains the alpha target in this Mahomes-led attack but has crossed the end zone only one time in his last six games. With at least 80 yards in three straight outings, however, the perennial All-Pro should firmly top Week 15 fantasy TE1 rankings despite a tough road matchup with the New England Patriots.

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Javonte Williams Dec 11 12:10am ET
Javonte Williams

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams capitalized on a friendly matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers in a 24-7 win in Week 14 by putting up 66 rushing yards and his first rushing touchdown of the year on 17 carries. He added three catches on four targets for 25 yards through the air. Williams' rushing score was his first since December of 2021. This was easily the 23-year-old's best game of the season, and he looked explosive again while picking up three separate gains of 10-plus yards on the ground against a vulnerable Chargers rush defense. It was the fourth time in the last six games that Williams has had at least 20 touches, so the volume has clearly been there for him to retain RB2 value for fantasy managers heading into another road tilt in Week 15 in Detroit against the Lions.

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Jordan Mason Dec 11 12:10am ET
Jordan Mason

San Francisco 49ers running back Jordan Mason found paydirt on the second play of the game in the team's 28-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The second-year pro punched it in from three yards out after starter Christian McCaffrey was brought down near the goal line on a 72-yard scamper. Mason finished the day with 20 yards rushing on four carries and one reception on one target for six yards. McCaffrey was likely to be sidelined for only one or two plays to catch his breath after the long run, so fantasy players shouldn't go rushing to the waiver wire based on the touchdown. However, Mason may be worth a speculative add in case of a McCaffrey injury for those with roster flexibility because of the uncertainty surrounding Elijah Mitchell (knee).

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Patrick Mahomes Dec 11 12:10am ET
Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes couldn't lift his team to victory in Week 14's narrow 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, completing 25-of-43 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He added an eight-yard carry. Amid a disjointed first half for the Chiefs offense, Mahomes had a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage for a pick during their first possession. The 28-year-old superstar later found rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice in the back of the end zone for a four-yard passing score in the third period but couldn't ultimately rally his squad for a potential game-winning drive, as Kadarius Toney took the wind out of K.C.'s sails with a foolish penalty that nullified a go-ahead 49-yard score. Equipped with arguably the AFC's weakest cast of wideouts, Mahomes has devolved into a weekly midrange QB1 for fantasy purposes ahead of Week 15's visit to Foxborough for a date with the New England Patriots.

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Josh Downs Dec 11 12:00am ET
Josh Downs

Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Josh Downs caught all three of his targets for 32 yards in the team's 34-14 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals. This now makes the fourth game in a row where Downs has failed to eclipse over 45 yards. The rookie has provided some decent spark for Indy's passing offense, but the most recent stretch of underwhelming performances might have fantasy managers going in another direction for flex options moving forward. Downs can make for a decent flex option in some deeper leagues in his Week 15 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but managers in smaller formats may want to bench the former Tar Heel until he's gotten back to form.

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Russell Wilson Dec 11 12:00am ET
Russell Wilson

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson bounced back in a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Chargers after throwing a season-high three interceptions last week. In the 24-7 win over the Bolts, Wilson went 21-for-33 for 224 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, adding six carries for five yards while being sacked twice for a loss of eight yards. His pick came on his first pass of the game, but he was able to put it behind him and should have had a third TD pass had receiver Jerry Jeudy gotten a second foot in the end zone in the second half. One of the 35-year-old's scores was a 46-yard bomb to favorite wideout Courtland Sutton. Wilson now has 23 touchdowns and only eight interceptions through 14 weeks in 2023. He'll once again be a low-end QB1 streaming option for fantasy managers in Week 15 against a Detroit Lions defense that is reeling.

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Will Mallory Dec 11 12:00am ET
Will Mallory

Indianapolis Colts rookie tight end Will Mallory saw 46 yards on five catches in the team's 34-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The former Miami Hurricane finished second in receiving yards for Indy, falling behind wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. The Colts have utilized several tight ends this season, so there's no certainty that Mallory will keep up this production moving forward. That being said, he may be an interesting name to keep an eye on if he does see additional action. Mallory is currently off the fantasy radar for the team's Week 15 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Drake London Dec 10 11:50pm ET
Drake London

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London made easy work of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary on Sunday. The second-year wideout hauled in 10 of 11 targets for 172 yards in the loss. This was a great bounce back outing after his one-catch performance last week. The assumption is that London will continue getting targeted heavily after that performance. He should be a fine WR3 against the Carolina Panthers next week.

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Kyle Pitts Dec 10 11:50pm ET
Kyle Pitts

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was able to make the most of his chances during Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The young tight end hauled in three of his six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Pitts saw the third-most targets in this game, but finished second in receiving yards. This is now back-to-back 50-plus yard games from Pitts. However, fantasy managers shouldn't get too comfortable with these types of games. He should remain on the TE2 radar for the Week 15 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

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