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Chargers QB Justin Herbert unlikely for Thursday

Mon Dec 11 12:13pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is not expected to play Thursday at Las Vegas after fracturing a finger on his throwing hand in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, ESPN reported.

Herbert is set for a consult with Dr. Steven Shin to determine the extent of the injury and how much time he's likely to miss, per the report.

Herbert left Sunday's game in the second quarter after throwing an incomplete pass on fourth-and-2 at the Broncos' 29-yard line. The Chargers initially ruled him questionable to return before determining he couldn't continue. Easton Stick entered the game at quarterback.

Herbert was just 9-of-17 passing for 96 yards and an interception before exiting. Stick went on to complete 13 of 24 passes for 179 yards.

Herbert was already playing with a fractured finger on his left hand. He suffered that injury back in Week 4 but has not missed a start.

With only four weeks left in the regular season, Herbert's 2023 campaign could be over. The 25-year-old has thrown for 3,134 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven picks in 13 games this season.

Sunday's loss dropped the Chargers to 5-8.

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Jerome Ford Dec 11 1:00pm ET
Jerome Ford

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that running back Jerome Ford's X-rays on his injured hand/wrist came back negative on Monday. Ford finished the exciting 31-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with 12 rushing attempts for 51 yards and five catches on six targets for 31 yards. Most of his rushing production came on a 26-yard pickup in the second quarter, and the 24-year-old was splitting backfield work evenly with Kareem Hunt. As long as he stays active in the passing attack in the Browns' offense, Hunt should continue to have RB3/flex value for fantasy managers. Ford's injury shouldn't keep him from playing in Week 15, but he'll have a difficult matchup against the resurgent Chicago Bears defense on tap next weekend.

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Kenny Pickett Dec 11 12:40pm ET
Kenny Pickett

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (ankle) will miss a second straight game in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The 25-year-old had tightrope surgery after suffering a right high-ankle sprain in Week 13. It's fair to wonder if Pickett will even be able to make it back for a divisional clash in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Trubisky made the start in last Thursday's upset loss to the New England Patriots and looked pretty bad, going 22-for-35 for 190 yards with a touchdown and interception. Pittsburgh's offense hasn't looked good all year, and that's probably not suddenly going to change anytime soon, especially with Trubisky now running the show. Trubisky will be a desperation low-end QB2 play for fantasy managers in superflex leagues against Indy.

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Jameson Williams Dec 11 12:40pm ET
Jameson Williams

Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams just hasn't been involved much as a pass-catcher in his second year in the NFL, and that continued in the team's 28-13 loss to the division-rival Chicago Bears in Week 14. Williams failed to haul in his only target through the air and received one carry for a four-yard pickup. The 22-year-old former 12th overall pick out of Ohio State has been more of a gadget player than anything else in a Lions offense with plenty of weapons. He now has only 13 catches on 25 targets for 195 yards and two touchdowns through the air, adding two carries the last two weeks for 23 yards and another score. Williams doesn't have more than two receptions or 53 yards in a game this year, so fantasy managers cannot realistically trust him in their starting lineups the rest of the way.

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Joshua Kelley Dec 11 12:30pm ET
Joshua Kelley

A report surfaced last week that the Los Angeles Chargers might involve running back Joshua Kelley more in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos with Austin Ekeler struggling to get anything going on the ground. That didn't end up happening. Instead, Kelley played a season-low 10 percent of the offensive snaps -- even Isaiah Spiller was on the field more -- and had three carries for six yards in the 24-7 loss. He wasn't involved in the passing game. The Bolts fell behind by a couple scores early and were never able to get back into the contest. It didn't help that quarterback Justin Herbert fractured his right index finger and didn't return after halftime. The 26-year-old backup remains well off the fantasy radar, especially now that Herbert might be forced to miss the final four games of the regular season.

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Gus Edwards Dec 11 12:20pm ET
Gus Edwards

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards was barely involved in the team's 37-31 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 on Sunday. Edwards played just 28 percent of the offensive snaps -- fewer than rookie Keaton Mitchell and Justice Hill -- and was afforded just six carries for a season-low 15 yards. Meanwhile, Mitchell led the backfield with nine carries for 54 yards and also caught one of his two targets. Edwards has had plenty of fantasy value for managers in 2023 with his 10 rushing touchdowns as a goal-line back, but Mitchell is slowly taking over Baltimore's backfield as their early down back. The 28-year-old is quickly becoming a touchdown-dependent RB3/flex as we enter the fantasy playoffs in most leagues.

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D.J. Chark Dec 11 12:20pm ET
D.J. Chark

Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. was held under 50 receiving yards for the ninth time in 11 games on Sunday in the 28-6 loss to the division-rival New Orleans Saints. Chark hauled in two of his four targets for 26 yards on a day in which rookie first-round quarterback Bryce Young put the ball in the air 36 times. Chark's 26 yards were second on the team behind Adam Thielen's 74. The 27-year-old just hasn't been a trustworthy receiving option for the Panthers or fantasy managers in his first year in Carolina in one of the worst offenses in the NFL. The former second-round pick in 2018 hasn't found the end zone since Week 9 and has just one game in 2023 where he has gone over three receptions, and that came all the way back in Week 3, when he had four catches for a season-high 86 yards and a score on a season-high 11 targets. Chark hasn't been targeted more than six times since.

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Zach Wilson Dec 11 12:13pm ET
Zach Wilson

Dynasty | Zach Wilson threw for 301 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Jets surprise victory over the Texans in week 14. Dynasty Analysis: Wilson balled out and had coaches and teammates buzzing. It's only one week and it's hard to know what comes next for the embattled quarterback but he's riding a high and will have little time to savor the victory with a trip to Miami on tap. Unranked on DLF's quarterback rankings, the feel good story is little more than that at this juncture and with an extremely murky future, there's little reason to rush an addition of the 24-year-old.

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Kyle Pitts Dec 11 12:13pm ET
Kyle Pitts

Dynasty | Kyle Pitts scored his second touchdown of 2023 in the Falcons week-13 loss to the Buccaneers. Dynasty Analysis: The 36-yard touchdown came on a broken coverage play but, at this juncture with Pitts, we'll take it. He finished the day with 57 yards and the touchdown on 3-of-6 receiving. If there's a silver lining to another disappointing season for the third-year tight end, it's in the fact this targets (74) remain elevated and have been improving over his past two games, 14 over that span. Projecting beyond 2023, however, more uncertainty will come at the hands of yet another quarterback change and, quite possibly, coaching turnover as well. Now listed as DLF's TE5, the once super-hyped rookie is now seen as a premium laden potential-upside veteran.

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Rachaad White Dec 11 12:13pm ET
Rachaad White

Dynasty | Rachaad White notched another 100-yard game, his second in three weeks, in the Buccaneers victory over the Falcons in week 14. Dynasty Analysis: Don't look now but the sophomore running back may be developing into a carry-the-load asset at the position. White's 102 scoreless rushing yards were his second-best total as a professional and the high mark for 2023. He also scored a touchdown as a receiver though his two receptions matched his season low. White's emergence has been a bright spot for the Bucs and fantasy managers who chose to stick with the team's projected RB1. While early production was far from inspiring, he's been trending higher over the past three weeks. It's hard to know just how to value White and his RB22 ranking on DLF seems appropriate. The team travels to Green Bay in week 15 where the back will attempt to follow-on to his recent success.

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Chase Brown Dec 11 12:13pm ET
Chase Brown

Dynasty | Chase Brown scored his first career touchdown in the Bengals 34-14 victory over the Colts in week 14. Dynasty Analysis: His 54-yard score came as a receiver and he produced 80 yards on 3-of-3 receiving. As a rusher, he produced a pedestrian 25 yards on eight carries. Brown has seen 20 touches over his past two games as he gets work behind veteran Joe Mixon. Mixon's status with the team was very much during the preseason and likely will be so again in 2024. Brown's production could put him in-line for a starting role if the dominoes fall in his favor but 2024 will also see a tsunami of free agent talent at the position. Found as DLF's RB62, the rookie remains a dynasty stash on the potential for a greater role next season.

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Justin Herbert Dec 11 12:10pm ET
Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (finger) is not expected to play on Thursday night against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders in Week 15 due to the fractured right index finger he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. Herbert will be consulting with Dr. Steven Shin to determine the extent of the injury and how much time he will miss, according to a source. The 25-year-old QB already suffered a fractured finger earlier this year, but that was to his left (non-throwing) hand. This one is to the index finger on his throwing hand, which is much more serious for a QB and will put the rest of his season in doubt with only four games remaining. Easton Stick, who replaced Herbert under center in the Week 14 loss, is in line to make his first career start against the Raiders this week, which is obviously a big downgrade for LA's offense.

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Derek Carr Dec 11 12:10pm ET
Derek Carr

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr told reporters after the Week 14 win over the Carolina Panthers that he has suffered three rib fractures this year. Carr has been one of the most beat up players in 2023, but he somehow has managed to play in every game. He entered Sunday's game after clearing the concussion protocol for the second time this year while also dealing with ribs and shoulder injuries. He's a tough dude, no doubt. Predictably, Carr's play has been up and down in his first year in New Orleans and he has been knocked out of multiple contests early. For fantasy purposes, he's extremely risky as a low-end QB2 and will probably continue to be, although he does have a juicy matchup at home in Week 15 against the New York Giants.

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Keaton Mitchell Dec 11 10:10am ET
Keaton Mitchell

Baltimore Ravens running back Keaton Mitchell rushed nine times for 54 yards and caught one pass for 8 yards in the team's overtime victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Both marks were above Gus Edward's totals (six carries for 15 yards), although the veteran received the first attempt of the game. Mitchell then took the next couple of touches. Despite not receiving a carry, Justice Hill actually led running backs in snaps on Sunday. All three backs will be involved in the offense moving forward, which caps the upside of both Edwards and Mitchell. The rookie is the most explosive of the trio and will have more chances to break off a long run or two against Jacksonville in Week 15.

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Dawson Knox Dec 11 10:00am ET
Dawson Knox

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox caught all three of his targets for 36 yards in the team's victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The veteran missed the previous five games with a wrist injury. In his return, he logged his lowest snap count (47%) of the 2023 season. Dalton Kincaid continued to earn starter-level snaps, targets (8), and catches (5), although Knox outpaced the rookie in yards. Now a part-time player, Knox isn't worth rostering in redraft formats. He won't be on fantasy radars when the Bills host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15.

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Aaron Jones Dec 11 9:50am ET
Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (knee) is trending toward missing another game, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Jones picked up three limited practice designations throughout the week and it appeared that he'd have a decent chance of suiting up. This will be Jones' third straight missed game with the knee ailment and sixth this season. AJ Dillon (groin), who was also limited in a pair of practices this week, will get the start. Jones' next chance to return to the starting lineup is on Sunday when the Packers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Justin Jefferson Dec 11 9:40am ET
Justin Jefferson

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (chest) appears to have avoided a serious injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The All-Pro receiver was sent to the hospital after suffering the injury but returned to the stadium shortly after and traveled home with the team. The Vikings are playing on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals, meaning it's a short week for Jefferson to recover. There's a chance that the former first-round pick will miss more game action this season, but we'll get better clarity when the Vikings release their first injury report later this week.

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Justin Herbert Dec 11 9:30am ET
Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (finger) sustained a fractured index finger on his throwing hand, which is putting the rest of his season in jeopardy. He'll have an MRI done on the finger today to determine if he's able to come back this season. He will almost certainly not be on the field on Thursday night when the Chargers face off against the Raiders. Given the record for Los Angeles, there's little reason to rush Herbert back. Easton Stick threw for 179 yards in relief duty and would likely get the start in Week 15.

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C.J. Stroud Dec 11 9:20am ET
C.J. Stroud

Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud has been placed in the league's concussion protocol due to the hit suffered in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the New York Jets. The rookie finished with just 10 completions for 91 yards and no touchdowns. Every player and every concussion is different. Many players are forced to miss another week of action, while some, as we've seen in recent weeks, don't miss an extra game. Stroud's progression through the protocol will be worth watching throughout the week. The Texans match up against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15.

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Dallas Goedert Dec 11 9:10am ET
Dallas Goedert

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert caught all four of his targets for a gain of 30 yards during the team's 13-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14. The 28-year-old had missed the last three games after injuring his forearm in Week 9 during the season's first game between these two teams. The four targets tied the second-fewest he had seen all season, but it is fair to say the Eagles did not work him back into the offense at full capacity in his first game back. The schedule for Philadelphia is much easier over the next month compared to the last, leaving Goedert in TE1 territory the rest of the way. Consider the Eagles' top tight end a top-12 option against Seattle next week.

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David Njoku Dec 11 9:06am ET
David Njoku

Dynasty | Browns tight end David Njoku had six catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns in a win against Jacksonville. Dynasty Analysis: Njoku is notorious for some up and down performances but this was a monster day for fantasy managers and his best of the season. While he could easily disappear again next week, it's clear Joe Flacco has a connection with him and Njoku should be considered a low-end TE1 the rest of the way. He's still a TE2 in dynasty rankings but you never know when an eruption can be coming.