Evans, Miller, Fournette available for Bucs against Bears

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown as Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers Mike Evans and Scott Miller are active for the Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears, as is running back Leonard Fournette.

Tom Brady will have two of his top targets available with Evans (ankle) and Miller (hip/groin) playing after being listed as questionable. Evans leads the team in receptions (17) and touchdown catches (five) and is second with 230 yards. Miller leads the Buccaneers with 250 yards on 15 catches.

Fournette (ankle), averaging 5.1 yards per carry in three games, was doubtful after missing last week's win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Receiver Chris Godwin, running back LeSean McCoy, defensive lineman Khalil Davis, quarterback Ryan Griffin, receiver Josh Pearson, guard Aaron Stinnie and receiver Justin Watson are inactive for Tampa Bay.

The Bears' inactives are safeties Deon Bush and Sherrick McManis, offensive lineman Arlington Hambright, defensive tackle Daniel McCullers, receiver Riley Ridley and linebacker Trevis Gipson.

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Deebo Samuel Dec 3 5:10pm ET

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel had his 2020 breakout performance in Week 12, when he caught 11 of his 13 targets for 133 yards. Samuel will likely see his targets go down this week as the team will get Brandon Aiyuk back from a stint on the COVID-19/Reserve List. However, the 49ers have a much better matchup this week against the Buffalo Bills than they did last week against the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills are allowing 243.5 passing yards per game this year. Both Samuel and Aiyuk should be able to do some damage. Start Samuel as a WR3 in all formats this week.

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Jeff Wilson Dec 3 5:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. carried the ball 12 times for 40 yards in his return to action in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. He was the team's second rusher behind Raheem Mostert, who earned 16 carries in the game. Mostert figures to be the primary back once again in Week 13 as the 49ers face the Buffalo Bills, a team surrendering 129.6 yards per game on the ground. Wilson should see double-digit touches once again this week as long as Tevin Coleman (knee) remains out. He should also see some red zone touches as he's shown a knack for punching the ball into the end zone. Wilson doesn't have tremendous upside, but he's a flex option in deep leagues as the second back on a strong rushing offense against a weak rushing defense.

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Raheem Mostert Dec 3 4:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert received 16 carries and two targets in his return to action in Week 12. His output was a bit underwhelming as he averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and lost a fumble, but it was a tough matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. He at least managed to save his day by scoring a touchdown. This week, Mostert has a better matchup against a Buffalo Bills Defense that is allowing 129.6 rushing yards per game. Mostert should see somewhere between 15 and 20 touches in the game, giving him a good chance to compile around 100 total yards or more with a score. Start him as a high-end RB2 in Week 13.

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Dallas Cowboys Dec 3 4:40pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense is not a good fantasy option in a Week 13 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys defense has allowed 28 or more points in seven of their 11 games this season and has finished as a top-12 fantasy defense only twice. On the other end, they've finished in the outside of the top-20 seven times. It's just not a defense that you can start with any kind of confidence regardless of matchup. They should remain on the waiver wire in Week 13 and likely throughout the fantasy playoffs.

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Nick Mullens Dec 3 4:40pm ET

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens is worth consideration as a QB2 this week against the Buffalo Bills. Mullens will have both Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk active in the game and he faces a Bills Defense that has been vulnerable against the pass, allowing 243.5 passing yards per game. In two-quarterback leagues, Mullens can come through as a low-end QB2 starter. He has a good chance to throw for around 250 yards and score two touchdowns, though he might surrender an interception or two. He shouldn't be considered as a starting option in one-quarterback leagues.

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D'Andre Swift Dec 3 4:40pm ET

The Detroit Lions removed rookie running back D'Andre Swift (concussion) from the injury report on Thursday, meaning that he has cleared the league's concussion protocol. If you were planning on using Adrian Peterson or Kerryon Johnson in your starting lineups in Week 13 against the Bears, you better look for other options. Swift missed the last two games because of his head injury, but the impressive rookie had seen double-digit carries in his last two games and was starting to take hold of this backfield for the stretch run. He had a season-high 16 rushing attempts for 81 yards in the Week 10 win over Washington. As long as Swift doesn't have any setbacks heading into the weekend, he'll have RB2 upside on Sunday, while Peterson and Johnson will be looking for scraps behind him.

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Josh Allen Dec 3 4:33pm ET

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

Fantasy Spin: Allen has recorded eight total touchdowns over the last three games but also has three interceptions during that span. He can still be considered a low-end No. 1 this week against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Michael Thomas Dec 3 4:33pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Marquez Callaway (knee), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), WR Deonte Harris (neck) and RB Ty Montgomery (hamstring) did not practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 3. DE Marcus Davenport (concussion) was added to the injury report Thursday and also did not practice. RB Alvin Kamara (foot) and WR Michael Thomas (ankle) were limited. OL Andrus Peat (concussion) practiced in full.

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Zach Ertz Dec 3 4:33pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (neck) and S Rudy Ford (hamstring) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday, Dec. 3. LB T.J. Edwards (hamstring), TE Zach Ertz (ankle) were limited. CB Darius Slay (calf) was added to the injury report Thursday and was also limited.

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Greg Zuerlein Dec 3 4:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein isn't much of a fantasy option for Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens. Zuerlein has made 21 field goals on 24 tries this season along with 18 extra points. He's been solid on the field, but has finished as a top-12 fantasy kicker four times this season. He's also finished outside of the top-20 five times. About as close as you can get to a boom-or-bust kicker, most waiver wires will have safer bets with similar ceilings.

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Arizona Cardinals Dec 3 4:30pm ET

The Cardinals Defense has a decent matchup in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Rams, who are averaging 23.9 points per game on the year, which ranks them right below league average. The Cardinals offense, however, is averaging 27.6 points per game and they will likely try to up the pace if they're able to move the ball effectively against a tough Rams Defense. The Cardinals Defense is in play as a low-end starting option in Week 13, but don't be surprised if they disappoint and surrender around 30 points without coming up with a turnover. You may be able to find better options on the waiver wire.

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Clark Harris Dec 3 4:23pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals CB Tony Brown (hamstring), DT Christian Covington (illness), LS Clark Harris (illness), OG Alex Redmond (concussion) and S Brandon Wilson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3. OG B.J. Finney (back), WR Mike Thomas (hamstring) and DT Xavier Williams (back) were limited. DT Geno Atkins (rest), DT Mike Daniels (rest) and WR A.J. Green (rest) practiced in full.

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Julio Jones Dec 3 4:23pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring), RB Todd Gurley (knee), TE Hayden Hurst (ankle), DB Kendall Sheffield (illness), OG James Carpenter (groin) and C Alex Mack (rest) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3. WR Calvin Ridley (foot, ankle) and DE Dante Fowler (hamstring) were limited. FB Keith Smith (knee) and PK Younghoe Koo (quad) practiced in full.

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Marcedes Lewis Dec 3 4:23pm ET

Green Bay Packers TE Marcedes Lewis (knee) and C Corey Linsley (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3. LB Krys Barnes (calf), RB Tyler Ervin (ribs), CB Josh Jackson (concussion), CB Kevin King (Achilles), WR Allen Lazard (core), OG Lucas Patrick (toe), S Darnell Savage (back), P JK Scott (quad), LB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) and WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) were limited. CB Jaire Alexander (knee, hand) and S Will Redmond (shoulder, elbow) practiced in full.

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Steven Nelson Dec 3 4:23pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Steven Nelson (knee) underwent an MRI Thursday, Dec. 3, on the knee injury he suffered during the Week 12 game.

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CeeDee Lamb Dec 3 4:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb's value continues to slip as the Cowboys offense keeps struggling without Dak Prescott (ankle) at the helm. Lamb hasn't gained more than 34 yards in four of his past five games, after looking like he could be a WR1 with Prescott around. He's had quite a few scoring opportunities despite the struggles of the Cowboys offense though, making him hard to leave on the bench. He's seen just over 28 percent of the passing game targets inside the 10-yard line, the issue has been how rare trips inside the 10-yard line have been for Dallas. That upside places him somewhere on the WR3 map, but with one of the lower floors in that group.

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DeAndre Hopkins Dec 3 4:20pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has failed to top 60 yards in each of his past two games. This week, he faces a tough matchup against the Los Angeles Rams and he is likely to draw coverage from star Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Hopkins will have his work cut out for him this week, but expect the Cardinals star to give Ramsey everything he can handle. Hopkins may not have one of his bigger games of the season in Week 13, but he has a good chance to make some big plays and potentially find the end zone for the first time since his Hail Mary catch against the Buffalo Bills. Start him as a WR1 this week.

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Michael Gallup Dec 3 4:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup should remain out of fantasy starting lineups in most leagues for Week 13. Gallup has finished as a fantasy WR3 only once this season, way back in Week 3. That week (23) and Week 8 (10) are the only weeks so far that Gallup has even scored double digits in half PPR formats. He's a solid receiver on the NFL field, but with his target share and the overall disaster that is the current Cowboys offense, he simply cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups. He has a zero-floor, and almost no achievable upside.

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Christian Kirk Dec 3 4:20pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk has been extremely quiet over his past three games. His struggles have come alongside a cold streak from Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. This week, Kirk and the Cardinals face the Los Angeles Rams, who have one of the league's top pass defenses. The Cardinals No. 1 receiver DeAndre Hopkins will likely be shadowed by star cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the game, so Kirk could be counted on more than usual, but that doesn't mean things will be easy for him. Kirk has seen exactly six targets in each of his past three games. He should see at least six targets this week, which gives him the potential to deliver a solid WR3 week, but he certainly has downside risk attached to him as shown from his past three games.

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Dalton Schultz Dec 3 4:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz has developed a role as a floor play tight end in most formats, but especially in 2TE leagues. Schultz has averaged six targets per game this year, and has finished with 22-53 yards in each of the past six games. It's not a great floor, but it's essentially guaranteed to not be a zero, which many other tight ends have dropped in fantasy lineups this season. Schultz presents almost no ceiling, but he may have the best matchup among Cowboys pass catchers for a Tuesday night matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. He's solidly in the middle of the TE2 ranks.

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