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NFL clears Bengals after investigation into Joe Burrow injury disclosure

Sat Dec 9 4:27pm ET
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The Cincinnati Bengals were in full compliance with NFL injury report rules related to quarterback Joe Burrow's status ahead of the team's Week 11 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple reports Saturday.

The NFL had conducted a weeks-long investigation into the timing and reporting of Burrow's injury.

Burrow was knocked out of a Nov. 16 loss to the Ravens with what appeared to be a non-contact injury to his wrist. In the second quarter of the 34-20 loss, Burrow threw a touchdown then immediately grabbed his right arm near the wrist. He went to the medical tent and attempted several throws on the sideline before ultimately being ruled out.

A video posted the night before by the Bengals on social media -- and later deleted -- showed Burrow getting off the team bus with a protective wrap on his right hand. Burrow later told reporters the wrap was a compression sleeve to help prevent swelling during flights and unrelated to the injury suffered in the Nov. 16 game.

The NFL reportedly reviewed practice footage and medical records as part of the investigation, as well as interviewing medical personnel, according to CBS Sports.

Potential punishments for these types of violations would have included hefty team fines or even lost draft picks.

Burrow was found to have a torn ligament in his right wrist that required season-ending surgery on Nov. 27.

Prior to the injury, Burrow's 91.0 rating was his lowest passer rating since his rookie year in 2020. He completed 244 of 365 passes (66.8 percent) for 2,309 yards and 15 touchdowns with six interceptions this season.

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Week 14 Preview: Under the Radar Plays

Player Notes
Jordan Addison Dec 9 4:10pm ET
Jordan Addison

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison will be a risky play in Week 14 versus the Raiders, as All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson makes his way back into the Minnesota lineup. Addison has struggled to produce since quarterback Joshua Dobbs has been under center, as he has failed to find the end zone or surpass 70 yards in a game since Week 9. The rookie figures to be third in line for targets with Jefferson back in the mix, so he looks to be a risky FLEX option at best in Week 14. Fantasy managers should temper expectations for the USC product in this one.

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T.J. Hockenson Dec 9 4:00pm ET
T.J. Hockenson

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson will look to keep his strong season rolling in Week 14 as the Vikings take on the Raiders on the road. Hockenson has been a favorite target of quarterback Joshua Dobbs since he arrived in Minnesota, but with Justin Jefferson returning to action on Sunday, Hockenson could struggle to maintain his average of 10 targets per game with Dobbs under center. Nonetheless, the former Detroit Lion figures to be at worst second in line for targets in the pass-heavy Viking's offense, so he will remain a must-start TE1 option whenever he is active.

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Joshua Dobbs Dec 9 3:50pm ET
Joshua Dobbs

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs will look to bounce back in Week 14 after a four-interception performance before the team's BYE week back in Week 12. The former Arizona Cardinal has produced solid numbers in his three appearances with the Vikings before his last outing, as he had found the end zone on the ground in three straight games, and five straight games if you go back to his days in Arizona. The dual-threat can be valued as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 option against the Raiders defense that ranks 13th against quarterbacks in terms of fantasy production.

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Alexander Mattison Dec 9 3:50pm ET
Alexander Mattison

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison will look to get back on track in Week 14 as the Vikings take on the Raiders, who have allowed the ninth-most rushing yards this season. Mattison has struggled to find the end zone this year, as he hasn't scored since Week 9 versus the Falcons. He has punched it in just three times this season, all of which have come through the air as he has failed to rush in a touchdown through 12 games this season. It is hard to trust the Boise State product despite his lead-back role, as he hasn't been getting enough volume to overcome his inefficiency, which means he is a touchdown-dependent fantasy option in an offense that likes to throw the ball. Mattison is more of a FLEX option moving forward, rather than the solid RB2 he was valued as earlier in the season.

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Christian Watson Dec 9 3:20pm ET
Christian Watson

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday Night Football against the New York Giants in Week 14. This was an expected move after Watson injured his hamstring late in the Week 13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The second-year wideout has battled a hamstring issue all season so the Packers will keep him out this week in hopes that he can suit up in Week 15 against Tampa Bay. Receivers Jayden Reed (chest), Romeo Doubs, and Dontayvion Wicks should all see an uptick in targets in Watson's absence.

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Aaron Jones Dec 9 3:10pm ET
Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running Aaron Jones (knee) is listed as questionable ahead of Monday Night Football against the New York Giants in week 14. Jones got in a pair of limited practices on Thursday and Friday, which indicates that he should be good to go for MNF. Jones has missed the last two games with his knee issue but he has a plus matchup against the Giants if he is able to play. He appears to be on the right side of questionable and should be started in all fantasy formats if he suits up on Monday.

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Parris Campbell Dec 9 3:00pm ET
Parris Campbell

New York Giants wide receiver Parris Campbell (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. Campbell was a late addition to the Giants' injury report, popping up on Saturday with a knee injury. The fact he was added to the report so late makes him a long shot to suit up on MNF. Campbell has been a non-factor in the New York passing game, however, so there's not much fantasy impact here.

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Daniel Bellinger Dec 9 3:00pm ET
Daniel Bellinger

New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger (illness) is questionable for Monday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers with an illness. Bellinger has missed two straight practices with the illness but he still has a chance to suit up for MNF in Week 14 because he'll get an extra day of rest to get healthy. The second-year tight end has just 13 catches on the season so his potential absence or presence has very little fantasy impact.

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Wil Lutz Dec 9 2:40pm ET
Wil Lutz

Denver Broncos kicker Wil Lutz has quietly been a top-10 fantasy kicker through the first 13 weeks of the 2023 season. Most of his production came during Denver's five-game winning streak, but it has come after a slow start in his first year in Denver. After seeing at least four field-goal attempts in three of four games from Weeks 7-11 (a bye in Week 9), Lutz has cooled off the last two games and has only three field-goal tries while making all five of his extra points. The Los Angeles Chargers, Lutz's Week 14 opponent, haven't been the best of matchups for opposing kickers this year, but he's still on the streaming radar in fantasy because of the fact that he's missed only four kicks total this year -- 25-for-27 on field goals and 20-for-22 on point-after tries. The 29-year-old will also be kicking indoors this weekend, making him slightly more attractive.

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Deneric Prince Dec 9 2:40pm ET
Deneric Prince

Kansas City Chiefs running back Deneric Prince has been elevated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's Week 14 contest against the Buffalo Bills. This move makes sense with Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) being ruled out for this game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire will operate as the team's starting back, according to head coach Andy Reid and Jerick McKinnon is likely to mix on passing downs as well. Prince has a chance to be in the mix on Sunday, however, especially if the game script favors the Chiefs. He's nothing more than a desperation dart throw FLEX play from a fantasy perspective but it should be fun to see the training camp hero in action.

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Nick Bolton Dec 9 2:30pm ET
Nick Bolton

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton (wrist) has been activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's Week 14 contest against the Buffalo Bills. Bolton has been snake bit with injuries this season, missing three games with an ankle injury and another five contests with the aforementioned wrist issue. His return should provide a solid boost to the KC defense during Sunday's crucial matchup against Buffalo. Safety Bryan Cook was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move.

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Adam Trautman Dec 9 2:20pm ET
Adam Trautman

Denver Broncos tight end Adam Trautman hasn't been a realistic starting option in fantasy lineups all season long despite being the Broncos' top pass-catching tight end with Greg Dulcich (hamstring) hurt all year. Trautman has a good matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers defense in Week 14, but it's unlikely to matter. The 26-year-old has played a minimal pass-catching role for Denver and has caught exactly one pass in each of the last two games. He hasn't had more than two receptions in a game since Week 5 and has four different contests in 2023 without any catches at all. Trautman's floor is devastatingly low, and his ceiling is also extremely low for fantasy purposes. In 12 games overall, he has 17 catches (25 targets) for 131 yards and two touchdowns, making him the TE35 in half-PPR scoring. Continue to avoid Trautman.

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Joe Flacco Dec 9 2:20pm ET
Joe Flacco

Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco has been elevated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's Week 14 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a corresponding move, the Browns waived backup QB P.J. Walker. It's unclear if Flacco or rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start on Sunday but the former didn't look too bad in the Browns' Week 13 loss to the Rams. Flacco threw for 254 yards and a pair of touchdowns in that defeat and probably gives Cleveland their best chance to win on Sunday against a banged-up Jaguars team. Neither Flacco nor DTR is a trustworthy fantasy option this week.

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Jerry Jeudy Dec 9 2:10pm ET
Jerry Jeudy

We wouldn't blame anyone for not considering Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy as a flex option the rest of the way in 2023. After all, he's faded into the background in Denver's passing game behind Courtland Sutton and his career-high nine touchdowns this year. Jeudy has reached 50 receiving yards seven times in 11 games, but he has just 491 receiving yards and one touchdown to show for it. With that said, the 24-year-old could pay off as a deep-league WR4/flex in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bolts defense is vulnerable through the air and have allowed the third-most half-PPR points per game (33.2) to the position, including 13 total touchdowns, which ties for fifth-most in the NFL. The former first-rounder could pay off for fantasy managers that take a chance on him if he can connect on a few deep hookups with quarterback Russell Wilson in this one.

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Marvin Mims Dec 9 2:10pm ET
Marvin Mims

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. (ribs) was on the team's injury report again this week but put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and has been cleared to play in Week 14 against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Even in a great matchup against the Chargers' shaky secondary this weekend, Mims cannot be trusted in starting fantasy lineups. The 21-year-old speedy deep threat is well behind Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy in terms of snaps played on offense and hasn't had more than two receptions in a game since Week 3. Mims just hasn't been involved enough in the game plan and has 16 receptions on 23 targets for 287 yards and one touchdown in his first 12 NFL games in 2023. Since the Week 9 bye, he has five receptions for 41 yards on nine targets, adding three carries for an additional 16 yards.

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Courtland Sutton Dec 9 2:00pm ET
Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton has been a touchdown machine in 2023 with a career-high nine scores in 12 games, which ranks third among all wideouts, behind only Tyreek Hill (12) and Mike Evans (10). He broke a five-game TD streak in Week 12 but returned to the end zone in last week's loss to the Houston Texans. The 28-year-old is the WR15 overall in half-PPR scoring and is a must-start, low-end WR2 in Week 14 for a juicy matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, a defense that has given up the third-most half-PPR points per game (33.2) to opposing pass-catchers in 2023. The Broncos couldn't get into a rhythm last week against the Houston Texans on offense, but they should be able to bounce back on Sunday against LA, and Sutton will continue to be the focal point through the air.

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Javonte Williams Dec 9 1:50pm ET
Javonte Williams

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams has only had double-digit half-PPR showings in three games in 2023, but he'll have a good opportunity for a fourth in Week 14 against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers, especially if Samaje Perine (knee) is inactive while being a late addition to the injury report. Overall, it's mostly been a disappointing year for Williams, as he's averaging fewer than four yards a carry and hasn't scored a rushing TD all year. However, he's going to see the majority of backfield touches for Denver again this Sunday and is going against a Chargers run defense that has been a top-10 matchup the last five weeks in terms of half-PPR points allowed to the position with 20.8. The Bolts allow 113.8 rushing yards per game, so Denver should be able to move the ball efficiently on the ground, perhaps leading to Williams' first rushing score of 2023. He has high-end RB2 upside in Week 14.

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Dustin Hopkins Dec 9 1:20pm ET
Dustin Hopkins

Cleveland Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins made both of his field goals and one of his two extra points in a Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Hopkins has been a reliable kicker for the Browns in 2023 as he's made 30 of his 33 field goals and all but two of his 18 extra points. Hopkins will kick against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home in Week 14. The Jaguars have been tough on opposing kickers this season as they are allowing just the 29th-most fantasy points per game to the position thus far. Hopkins is a middling fantasy kicker in Week 14 thanks to a Cleveland offense that has struggled to move the ball at times since Deshaun Watson was lost for the season after Week 10.

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Amari Cooper Dec 9 1:20pm ET
Amari Cooper

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (ribs, concussion) was cleared from the league's concussion protocol on Saturday and will play in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cooper suffered a concussion in a Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams but was able to pass through the steps to return to the field in short order, putting him in line to take advantage of a plus matchup against a Jacksonville defense that is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Cooper sets up as a solid WR3 in Week 14.

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C.J. Beathard Dec 9 1:20pm ET
C.J. Beathard

The Cleveland Browns defense struggled in Week 13's loss to the Los Angeles Rams, allowing 36 points without recording any sacks or forced turnovers. They will head back home to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. The Jaguars may be without starter Trevor Lawrence (ankle) who is listed as questionable after having his ankle injured in Week 13. Lawrence is being called a game-time decision ahead of the two teams' 1:00 PM EST start on Sunday, so this is a situation to monitor heading into Sunday. The Cleveland defense can be treated as a top-five option if it is C.J. Beathard but would be more on the low end of the top-12 fantasy defenses in Week 14 if it is Lawrence under center.

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