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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) aims a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee )


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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a pass for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


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CINCINNATI (AP) The Miami Dolphins outlasted the Buffalo Bills last week to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2018.

The early going for the Cincinnati Bengals has been surprising, too, but in a different way.

The defending AFC champions lost their first two games before rediscovering their 2021 chemistry and beating the New York Jets 27-12 on Sunday.

The Dolphins snuck out of last week's hyped showdown with a 21-19 win over the Bills thanks to some clock mismanagement at the end. Buffalo ran out of time trailing by two points and trying to get in position for a potential game-winning field goal.

The Dolphins and Bengals won't have long to ponder the nature of their important wins. They have to come right back and play each other in Cincinnati on ''Thursday Night Football.''

''It's something that every player I think in the NFL looks forward to because those are the games that everyone's watching, and we're well aware of that,'' Miami linebacker Duke Riley said. ''So I think it's going to be a great game, AFC matchup. And it's going to be a fun one.''

The short week didn't come at a good time for Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has a sore back and ankle that has limited him in practice. He also took a big hit in last week's game that left him temporarily woozy, but he returned to the game.

Tagovailoa is listed as questionable for Thursday. If he can't go, backup Teddy Bridgewater will play.

''I've been up here getting treatment, doing everything I can to get as close to 100% as possible,'' Tagovailoa said Tuesday.

The 24-year-old former Alabama star has been sharp, completing 71% of his passes and throwing eight touchdown passes through three games.

That's half his total from 13 games last season. His 925 passing yards are second in the NFL this season to the Bills' Josh Allen.

Miami coach Mike McDaniel said there's no ideal way to prepare for another game in three days.

''Our team very much understands that Thursday night games do great things for the league in terms of fans are able to see a Thursday night game and all the revenue that it brings, but it's a challenge nonetheless,'' McDaniel said.

''And there's no perfect formula. You got to sleep, you got to eat right, honestly, you've got to rest. But the bottom line is, both teams are on short weeks. It's out of the norm. You only do it once a year, so you're not going to be used to it.''

BENGALS BOUNCE BACK

After losses in the first two weeks, quarterback Joe Burrow told everyone to just relax because the Bengals would come around. Joey Franchise was right. He threw three touchdown passes, the overhauled offensive line worked well together, and the defense held the Jets to four field goals in the win.

FOURTH-QUARTER FOCUS

The Dolphins have used the fourth quarter to mount comebacks in Week 2 and Week 3. On Sunday, running back Chase Edmonds scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, but most importantly, the Dolphins kept Allen and the Bills out of the end zone in the second half.

Miami's two key defensive stops in the final 10 minutes of the game - one a turnover on downs, and another key tackle inbounds to help the game time expire - sealed the win.

WATCH FOR WADDLE

For all of the praise that WR Tyreek Hill has gotten, justifiably, for his immediate on-field impact since joining the Dolphins, Jaylen Waddle has been just as productive so far this season. Waddle has two straight 100-plus yard receiving games and actually leads the Dolphins in total yards (321) and touchdowns (three).

In just his second season, Waddle has 123 receptions through 19 games, the second most of any player in their first 20 games.

TALKING TRASH

Hill stirred up some controversy this week after he called out Bengals cornerback Eli Apple. Hill and Apple faced each other in the playoffs last year when Hill played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

''I can't wait to go against Eli Apple,'' Hill said. ''I owe you, boy. I owe you. I'm here. The Cheetah is here. That's it.''

Apple stayed quiet about it Tuesday, but fellow cornerback Chidobe Awuzie laughed it off.

''It's football. It's entertainment,'' he said. ''That's what people want to hear. It was funny. We were all laughing about it. It's a competition.''

HE SAID IT

Burrow was asked what he thought of the alternate uniforms the Bengals will wear on Thursday night, all white with - for the first time - white helmets with black tiger stripes.

''I'll play in trash bags,'' Burrow said. ''I don't really care what we wear out there.''

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Waivering: Week 13

Player Notes
Damien Harris Nov 29 12:40pm ET
Damien Harris

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (thigh) was the lone player absent from practice on Tuesday. Harris has missed the last two days of practice and is not expected to suit up in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night after injuring his thigh in last Thursday night's loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving. He was seen on crutches after the Week 12 game, and fantasy managers should have him firmly on their benches this week. Rhamondre Stevenson, who has already become New England's lead back, is a must-start on Thursday, even in the tough matchup. With Harris likely sidelined, rookies Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris will be fighting for change-of-pace scraps behind Stevenson on Thursday Night Football.

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Robert Woods Nov 29 12:30pm ET
Robert Woods

The Tennessee Titans restructured the contract of wide receiver Robert Woods on Tuesday by converting his base salary into a signing bonus, creating $2.6 million in salary cap space. The Titans were tight to the salary cap before the move. Fantasy managers were hoping for more production from Woods as the Titans' No. 1 receiver this year, but the 30-year-old veteran has produced only 32 receptions on 56 targets for 351 yards and one touchdown in 11 games in his first year in Tennessee's run-first offense. Woods has mostly been a short-area target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and he lacks any real upside on a weekly basis in this offense as a WR4/flex for fantasy managers.

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Eddie Jackson Nov 29 12:20pm ET
Eddie Jackson

Chicago Bears standout safety Eddie Jackson (foot) suffered what appears to be a serious Lisfranc injury in the Week 12 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, according to sources. Jackson is still receiving opinions on his foot, but he's considered out indefinitely and will be out in Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers. It's a tough loss for the Bears defense, as Jackson is one of the better safeties in the league. The 28-year-old two-time Pro Bowler has 80 tackles (59 solo), four interceptions, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 12 starts for Chicago this year. With his timetable unknown, he's a candidate to go on Injured Reserve, which would require him to miss at least four games. There's a good chance we won't see Jackson again this season. Elijah Hicks will see more playing time in the Bears secondary with Jackson sidelined.

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Tyrion Davis-Price Nov 29 12:20pm ET
Tyrion Davis-Price

San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Tyrion Davis-Price could serve as the No. 2 running back behind Christian McCaffrey (knee) in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins with Elijah Mitchell (knee) out six to eight weeks with an MCL sprain. Davis-Price has been a healthy scratch the last three games, but both he and fellow rookie Jordan Mason should see expanded roles with Mitchell out and McCaffrey also dealing with knee irritation. The 22-year-old last saw action as CMC's backup in Week 7, handling just two carries for four yards on 13 offensive snaps. Even if McCaffrey plays this Sunday against the Dolphins, Davis-Price could have his biggest role of the season. He's worth a waiver-wire pickup this week, even if you don't have McCaffrey rostered.

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Josh Jacobs Nov 29 12:10pm ET
Josh Jacobs

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (calf) is not expected to practice much, if at all this week due to his calf strain, according to sources. He'll receive around-the-clock treatment in hopes of playing in Week 13 against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. Fantasy managers should expect Jacobs to be questionable for this weekend's game after he aggravated a calf strain in the Week 12 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks when he rumbled for a season-high 229 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. The 24-year-old is the RB1 in half-point PPR scoring this year, so he'll be a must-start if he's active against the Bolts. If he doesn't get cleared this week, Ameer Abdullah would likely lead a backfield that would also include Brandon Bolden and rookie Zamir White. Abdullah is worth a speculative waiver-wire pickup this week.

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Alec Pierce Nov 29 12:00pm ET
Alec Pierce

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce failed to catch any of his two targets in the Colts' 24-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12. The Colts' rookie wideout was targeted early, but faded out of the game plan in favor of tight end Jelani Woods. With the Colts offense struggling to consistently function at a professional level, Pierce's zeroes may become mainstays in the fantasy football world. The Colts seemingly always finding themselves in close games could work in the favor of Pierce and other Colts' skill position players, however. But with too many mouths to feed in Indianapolis, it will be hard to trust Pierce as anything more than a boom-or-bust WR4 in Week 13.

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Jelani Woods Nov 29 11:50am ET
Jelani Woods

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods caught eight of nine targets for 98 yards in the Colts 24-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12. Woods was peppered with targets all night as quarterback Matt Ryan was in dump off mode due to being pressured all night. Woods' 98 yards let the Colts, and his nine targets were second on the team. Whether this performance is a fluke or not remains to be seen, but it is noteworthy that he almost doubled fellow tight end Mo Alie-Cox in snaps. Woods is a name to keep an eye on for the tail end of the fantasy regular season, especially in a position as weak as tight end. He's a low-end, sleeper option in Week 13 versus Dallas.

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Parris Campbell Nov 29 11:40am ET
Parris Campbell

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell caught two of three targets for 14 yards in the Colts' 24-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The stat line for Campbell was disappointing, as his three targets were his fewest since Week 8. Campbell's role of the short yardage security blanket was actually played by tight end Jelani Woods, and Campbell's targets weren't very nicely placed. Frankly, with quarterback Matt Ryan's struggles in the loss, Campbell was lucky to even have two catches. This seems to be the floor for Campbell, and he has a chance to rebound as a mid-range WR3 against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13.

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Michael Pittman Jr. Nov 29 11:30am ET
Michael Pittman Jr.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. caught seven of 11 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Week 12 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittman paced the team with a team-high 11 targets, but was surprisingly out-gained 98-61 by tight end Jelani Woods. Quarterback Matt Ryan was under duress for most of the night and dump offs at or a few yards in front of the line of scrimmage seemed to be his preferred play. Pittman was still able to remain the lead target for Ryan, a role that figures to see high volume should the Colts continue to trail football games. Pittman's high floor keeps him ranked as a solid WR2, especially in PPR leagues.

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Jonathan Taylor Nov 29 11:00am ET
Jonathan Taylor

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor rushed 20 times for 86 yards and a touchdown; adding three catches for 12 yards on four targets in the Colts' Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Taylor was consistently ripping off big runs, and looked like his elite self. The problem for Taylor, however, is that quarterback Matt Ryan is a shell of his former self and is unable to consistently move the ball down the field. The good news for Taylor is that the backfield, including passing downs, is entirely his. The volume, and explosive playmaking keep Taylor ranked as a high-end RB1 heading into Week 13 versus Dallas.

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Matt Ryan Nov 29 11:00am ET
Matt Ryan

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22-of-34 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown and an interception in the Colts' Week 12 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ryan was struggling right out of the gates as his first two passes were a near-interception and then an interception. He failed to recognize and escape pressure and was unable to consistently put drives together. The lone bright spot here is that the Colts will almost always be trailing, meaning plenty of garbage time for the Colts skill position players. Ryan is not a recommended start even in deeper superflex formats in a tough Week 12 tilt against the Dallas Cowboys

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Daniel Bellinger Nov 29 9:10am ET
Daniel Bellinger

New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye) has missed the past four games but could return to action in Week 13. The rookie showed some promise with 16 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns in his first seven games. Head coach Brian Daboll said he's "improving," which likely means he'll be back on the field soon. Given the current landscape of the tight position, he would immediately enter the mix as a streamer because the Giants are so void of offensive weapons, and there are very few reliable players for fantasy managers to start.

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Mike White Nov 29 9:00am ET
Mike White

New York Jets quarterback Mike White led his team to a dominant 31-10 victory over the Bears on Sunday, injecting life into a previously dreadful offense. His performance was good enough to earn him another start this week when the Jets travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings. The 27-year-old filled in for Zach Wilson last year with a 1-2 record as a starter, including an upset against the Bengals in Week 8, where he threw for 405 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. New York is currently in third place in the AFC East, sitting only one game back of Miami and Buffalo, making every game an important one down the stretch. White not only boosts the fantasy football value for all the offensive weapons but also possesses intrigue as a streamer himself.

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Ja'Marr Chase Nov 29 8:40am ET
Ja'Marr Chase

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (hip) has missed the past four games and was close to suiting up last week. Additionally, there was a report on Monday morning that he is expected to play this week. However, when head coach Zac Taylor spoke to the press later in the day, he was less confident in the 22-year-old returning on Sunday to face the Chiefs. He noted that their star wideout "did some stuff on Monday" in practice but that Wednesday's practice would be the real test. The Bengals have a 7-4 record, tied with the Ravens for first place in the AFC North, so getting a win this week is critical. It's also possible the team limits his snaps in his first game back, meaning fantasy managers will need to keep an eye on practice reports the rest of the week.

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Aaron Rodgers Nov 29 8:20am ET
Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (thumb, rib) exited Sunday night's game against the Eagles in the fourth quarter and did not return. When speaking at a press conference on Monday, head coach Matt LaFleur said the 39-year-old is feeling better than he was on Sunday and will get the start if he's cleared by medical staff. Green Bay is currently sitting at 4-8, meaning their chances of making the playoffs are very slim, but they are not mathematically eliminated. If the former MVP is sidelined, the team will turn to Jordan Love, who came in to replace Rodgers on Sunday, throwing for 113 yards and a touchdown in relief. He would be a streaming option facing the Bears on Sunday if Rodgers is out.

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Matthew Wright Nov 29 5:50am ET
Matthew Wright

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Matthew Wright made all three of his field goals and added an extra point in a 24-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12. Wright made field goals from 45, 52, and 25 yards in the Monday night win for the Steelers. The veteran kicker has made eight of his 10 field goals in his three games with the Steelers while Chris Boswell (groin) has been on injured reserve. With Boswell required to miss at least one more game, Wright will head on the road to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

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Matt Ryan Nov 29 5:50am ET
Matt Ryan

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense played well in a 24-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12's Monday night game. Pittsburgh held the Colts to just 290 yards of total offense while logging three sacks and two takeaways. The Steelers intercepted Matt Ryan once and also forced the quarterback to lose a fumble in the contest. Pittsburgh got sacks from Alex Highsmith, Terrell Edmunds, and Arthur Maulet while James Pierre provided the interception. The Steelers will now head on the road to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

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George Pickens Nov 29 5:40am ET
George Pickens

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens caught three of his six targets for 57 yards and added a two-point conversion in a 24-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12. Pickens led the Steelers in receiving while finishing second on the team in targets in the Monday night victory. In what has been common this year, the rookie wideout made an exceptional catch with a defender in close coverage down the right sideline for a 35-yard gain during the first half. Pickens is going to be inconsistent in the Pittsburgh offense but he has shown the potential to be a top-shelf wide receiver in the NFL. He will be a flex play in Week 13's road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Pat Freiermuth Nov 29 5:40am ET
Pat Freiermuth

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth caught three of his four targets for 39 yards in a 24-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12. Freiermuth finished third on the team in targets and receiving on an evening where Kenny Pickett only threw for 174 scoreless yards. Freiermuth has been a consistent receiving option for the Steelers in 2022 as he's caught at least four passes in all but three of his games played this season. Freiermuth will be a TE1 heading into a Week 13 road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Anthony McFarland Jr. Nov 29 5:30am ET
Anthony McFarland Jr.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland Jr. carried the ball six times for 30 yards and added 11 yards on two catches in a 24-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12. McFarland received his first touches of the season with Jaylen Warren (hamstring) inactive and Najee Harris leaving with an abdominal injury late in the first quarter. The third-year running back could have a role in Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons if Harris and/or Warren were unable to play, although it is apparent that McFarland is behind Benny Snell Jr. in the pecking order in the Pittsburgh backfield.

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