Studs and Duds: Week 13

Mon Dec 2 9:29am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Guice comes up big Week 13


There were no teams on a bye this week but that didn’t lead to very many high scoring fantasy games. Most games were pretty low scoring because there weren't a lot of big-time fantasy performances. And some of the top players this season had a down week for their standards. This was a crucial week of games for many fantasy teams, so hopefully you got enough points to win your fantasy games this week.  

We had eight 300-yard passers in Week 13, so the quarterback position saw some success. And six quarterbacks hit the three-touchdown mark. It wasn’t all roses with the quarterback spot, though. There were 11 quarterbacks that didn’t even crack 200-passing yards, including Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. This caused some headaches for fantasy teams. 

The running back spot was the biggest disappointment for Week 13. There were just five 100-yard rushers despite no teams being on a bye. And just two backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. And both those players (Derrius Guice and Peyton Barber) were not used in most leagues. 

The receiver position had a little more success with 12 receivers hitting the 100-yard mark. There were just three receivers that had multiple receiving touchdowns, though. This made the receiver position a little down compared to most weeks. 

Tight end wasn’t much better. We had two 100-yard tight ends with one being little-used Tyler Higbee. The position didn’t have the game changer seen as past weeks. There were some solid scorers but nothing too off the charts. 

Bears 24, Lions 20

Fantasy StudKenny Golladay. Golladay had another one of his big performances, catching our passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 75-yard reception, showing his big-play ability once again. Golladay has five 100-yard games and is 50 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. He is having a breakout year and doing so despite getting some erratic quarterback play with Matthew Stafford out of the lineup. 

Fantasy Dud: Bears defense. Many expected the Bears defense to be a great play this week with an inexperienced third-string quarterback that no one knew anything about. But despite that, the Bears defense produced very little in this game. They forced just a turnover and just two sacks. The Bears allowed nearly 400 yards of total offense and 20 points. You just expected a better fantasy showing. 

Game Notes: David Blough got his first NFL start and looked very good, going 22-of-38 for 280 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He is likely to keep starting with Matthew Stafford out of the lineup.

Anthony Miller had nine receptions for 140 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the year, but Miller has at least six receptions three straight games.

Bills 26, Cowboys 15

Fantasy Stud: Cole Beasley. Beasley had quite the revenge game, catching six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Beasley has really come on of late, having scores two straight and touchdowns five of seven games. He also has at least four receptions four straight games. He has become a legit fantasy relevant player. 

Fantasy Dud: Randal Cobb. Cobb had three receptions for 53 yards. It was a down game for him compared to recent games for him.  Cobb had 85-plus yards three straight games before this one. He also had at least four receptions every game since Week 7. Cobb probably is a spot play for fantasy teams going forward. He will be worth using in the right matchup but that is about it. He’ll be up and down.

Game Notes: Devin Singletary found the end zone. He ran 14 times for 63 yards, and caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. He had 101 total yards and a score in the game. 

John Brown didn’t catch a touchdown pass but threw one. He had three receptions for 26 yards and a 28-yard touchdown reception. Brown has touchdowns three straight games.

Saints 26, Falcons 18

Fantasy Stud: Taysom Hill. Hill did a little bit of everything in this game. He ran in a score, caught a touchdown pass and attempted a pass in the game. He ran two times for 33 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t connect on his pass attempt but did throw one in the game. He had 45 total yards and two scores in the game. Hill is a hard player to play for fantasy teams because he is a quarterback, but if he ever changes positions officially he will have some fantasy value.   

Fantasy Dud: Drew Brees. Brees was very quiet in this game, going 18-of-30 for 184 yards and a touchdown without an interception. He didn’t even top 200 yards and failed to score multiple touchdowns. You just expect better from Brees, especially against a favorable opponent like the Falcons. He has been a little more inconsistent this year, though, having two games with one or no scores out of his six games he started and finished. 

Game Notes: Russell Gage had five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Gage has at least four receptions four of five games. 

Michael Thomas failed to top 50 yards for the first time all season. The good news is he caught six passes in the game, finishing with six catches for 48 yards. He has at least five receptions every game this year.

Titans 31, Colts 17

Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry continued his red hot play late in the year, rushing 26 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 17 yards.  Henry has three straight 100-yard games rushing for at least 149 yards in all three of those games. He also has touchdowns four straight. He is running as well as any back in the game right now.

Fantasy Dud: Jonathan Williams. Williams was a big bust after hitting the 100-yard mark two straight games. He started but watched Jordan Wilkins get three more carries than him. Williams ran eight times for 14 yards and caught a pass for 11 yards. You just expected better from Williams after his two very good games. He probably won’t be worth using the rest of the year with Marlon Mack expected back next week.

Game Notes: Zach Pascal hit the 100-yard mark, catching seven passes for 109 yards.  This was his second 100-yard game of the season. 

Jack Doyle was the No. 1 tight end with Eric Ebron out. He excelled in that lead role, catching six passes fro 73 yards and a touchdown. Both his reception and yardage totals were season highs for Doyle. 

Bengals 22, Jets 6

Fantasy Stud: Joe Mixon. Mixon remained hot even with Andy Dalton back in the lineup. He had 19 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 26 yards, giving him 70 total yards and a touchdown. Mixon has 17-plus fantasy points three of four games. He has been a solid fantasy player the last few weeks and could be a fantasy difference maker down the stretch.    

Fantasy Dud: Sam Darnold. Darnold had been red hot but was a big bust in this game. He failed to scored a touchdown against a bad Bengals defense. He was 28-of-48 for 239 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Darnold had seven touchdowns his previous two games, so you expected much better from him in this matchup. 

Game Notes: Andy Dalton returned to the starting lineup and led his team to their first victory of the year, going 22-of-37 243 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He should continue to start for the Bengals. 

Robby Anderson had his second 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 101 yards on a season-high 10 targets. 

Packers 31, Giants 13

Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had one of his best game of the season, going 21-of-33 for 243 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. This was a welcome sight after he had just two touchdowns his last three games. Rodgers has been playing well, having 23 total touchdowns to two interceptions, but his fantasy numbers haven’t been off the charts.   

Fantasy Dud: Aaron Jones. Jones continued his late-season slide, rushing 11 times for just 18 yards. Jones has fewer than 40-rushing yards three of four games. His play has cooled at a bad time for many fantasy teams, failing to score a touchdown three of four games as well.

Game Notes: Kaden Smith was the leading receiver for the Giants, catching six passes for 70 yards. The tight end has five receptions each of his last two games.

Davante Adams had his first two-touchdown game of the season, giving him scores two straight games. He had six receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Adams has at least six receptions four straight games.

Dolphins 37, Eagles 31

Fantasy Stud: DeVante Parker. Parker had another big game, finishing with seven receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Parker has 90-plus yards three straight. He also has been targeted double-digit times three of four games. He has been a huge fantasy factor and should continue to get a ton of targets going forward in this offense. 

Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz was active but not much of a factor in the game. He had three receptions for just 24 yards. His hamstring injury limited him the game. He had three straight games with 90-plus yards before this showing. He’ll get better as he gets healthier but is a bit of a concern right now at less than 100 percent.  

Game Notes: Ryan Fitzpatrick was 27-of-39 for 365 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Fitzpatrick has multiple touchdowns four of six games.

Alshon Jeffery returned to the lineup and had a great game. He had nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the season. 

Steelers 20, Browns 13

Fantasy Stud: James Washington. Washington continues to lead the way at receiver for the Steelers. He had four receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. Washington has touchdowns two straight and three of four. He also has 90 or more yards three of four games. He is the top receiver in this offense right now and getting weekly chances to stretch the field. 

Fantasy Dud: Baker Mayfield. Mayfield looked more like the Baker Mayfield from earlier this season in this one. He failed to hit the 200-yard mark and had just a score. He was 18-of-32 for 196 yards and a touchdown with an interception and lost fumble. He remains a very hard fantasy player to trust because of his erratic play this season.  

Game Notes: Benny Snell was the leading rusher for the Steelers once again. He ran 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Snell has 161-rushing yards his last two games.

Devlin Hodges played pretty well in a starting role for the Steelers. He was 14-of-21 for 212 yards a touchdown with an interception. He also led his team to victory, which was most important. He should continue to start for the Steelers.

Redskins 29, Panthers 21

Fantasy Stud: Derrius Guice. Guice didn’t even lead his team in carries but led the team in rushing. He had a huge game, breaking off a couple really big runs. He rushed 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Guice could be getting more work going forward after this great performance. He is the future at the poison for the Redskins and provides the most big-play ability of the backs.

Fantasy Dud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin had two receptions for just eight yards.  It was very disappointing after his play had picked up in recent weeks. He had 12 targets last week and got just four in this game. He is having a solid rookie season but will be a much better fantasy play once the quarterback play in Washington gets better. 

Game Notes: Greg Olsen was knocked from the game with a concussion. He was hurt on a nasty helmet to helmet hit. He had three receptions for 22 yards before getting injured. 

D.J. Moore remains red hot for fantasy teams. He had six receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Moore has 75 or more yards five straight games.

Bucs 28, Jaguars 11

Fantasy Stud: Dede Westbrook. Westbrook had five receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown, leading the way at receiver for the Jaguars. Westbrook has at least four receptions each of his three games since returning from his shoulder injury. Westbrook has been targeted at least eight times five of the last seven games he has played. He gets a lot of weekly looks in a suddenly pass-heavy Jaguars offense.

Fantasy Dud: Nick Foles. Foles got plenty of fantasy play this week but was a huge failure for all his fantasy owners. He got benched in this game for rookie Gardner Minshew. Foles was 7-of-14 for 93 yards with an interception against a poor Bucs pass defense. Big things were expected from Foles in this one, but that didn’t happen. Foles could be on the bench going forward, especially with the Jaguars falling out of playoff contention. 

Game Notes: Gardner Minshew replaced an ineffective Nick Foles and gave the offense a spark. He was 16-of-27 for 147 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Minshew could keep the starting job going forward. 

Peyton Barber had 11 more carries than Ronald Jones and most of the red-zone work. Barber had 17 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns while Jones ran six times for just eight yards. 

Ravens 20, 49ers 17

Fantasy Stud: Raheem Mostert. Mostert was the best 49ers back in this game and got most of the work at running back because of his great play. He ran 19 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for eight yards. This was his first 100-yard game as a pro. He has touchdowns two straight games and is going to get more work going forward because of his great play lately. 

Fantasy Dud: George Kittle. Kittle was one of the many fantasy disappointments in this game. He had just two receptions for 17 yards. His reception and yardage totals were season lows. Kittle was coming off a 100-yard game and threes straight games with at least 79 yards. It was a tough matchup with poor conditions, so don’t read into this game too much. He’ll be fine. 

Game Notes: Lamar Jackson had his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and is now 23 yards shy of a 1,000-yard rushing season. He ran 16 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also was 14-of-23 for 105 yards and a touchdown without an interception.

Deebo Samuel scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had two receptions for 41 yards and a score. Samuel also has 100-yard games two of four. 

Rams 34, Cardinals 7

Fantasy Stud: Jared Goff. We saw the good Jared Goff in this one. He threw for over 400 yards and scored two touchdowns despite not even playing the fourth quarter with his team up big. He was 32-of-43 for 424 years and two touchdowns without a turnover. Goff had just more than 29 fantasy points, which was his second highest point total of the season. It also was the first time he topped 20 fantasy points in a game since Week 8. 

Fantasy Dud: Kyler Murray. Murray was really held in check nearly the entire game. He was 19-of-34 for 163 yards and an interception throwing the ball. His only score came on the ground, rushing four times for 28 yards and a touchdown. It was a disappointing performance from the rookie quarterback. Murray had multiple touchdowns three straight games before this one. His fantasy point total was the third fewest of his season. 

Game Notes: Robert Woods had 13 receptions for 172 yards. His yardage total was a season high and his receptions tied a season high. Woods has 95-plus yards three straight games.

Todd Gurley enjoyed one of the better games of his season. He ran 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 20 yards, giving him 115 total yards. Gurley has more than 100 total yards two of three games.

Broncos 23, Chargers 20

Fantasy Stud: Courtland Sutton. Sutton had four receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. This was his second multiple touchdown game of the season. Sutton has 70-plus yards eight of 12 games this year. He is having a breakout year as the No. 1 receiver in the Broncos offense. He will only get better, too, as the Broncos get better play from the quarterback spot. He is doing this in an offense that has struggled throwing the ball much of the season. 

Fantasy Dud: Hunter Henry. Henry did next to nothing, catching two passes for 10 yards. Both totals were season lows for Henry. He had at least four receptions and 30 yards every game before this showing. It was an unexpected showing from a player that has been very consistent all year. 

Game Notes: Drew Lock played pretty well in his first NFL start. He started the game with a flourish but cooled down after his start. He finished 18-of-28 for 134 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Most importantly, he led his team to victory, earning him more starts.

Mike Williams hit the 100-yard mark for the second time this season. He had five receptions for 117 yards. He has 75-plus yards three of four games.

Chiefs 40, Raiders 9

Fantasy Stud: Darren Waller. Waller did some damage in this one, catching seven passes for 100 yards. This was his third 100-yard game of the season and his first since Week 7. It was good to see Waller produce big once again because his numbers had been down in recent weeks. He had fewer than 53 yards four of his last five games. Waller is having a big season as the starting tight end for the Raiders and proving to be a steal for all the teams that drafted him. 

Fantasy Dud: Sammy Watkins. Watkins seemed primed for a big showing in this matchup, but didn’t even catch a pass. He was targeted three times in the game. Watkins had at least two receptions every game before this dud of a game. He is getting his catches but Watkins is producing few yards and scores. He has not scored a touchdown since the opener and has more than 50 yards just three of his last eight games. 

Game Notes: Darrel Williams started but didn’t last the game, leaving with a leg injury. He had six carries for 13 yards, and a catch for a three-yard touchdown before exiting. Darwin Thompson got the most work after the injury and played well, rushing 11 times for 44 yards and a score.

Josh Jacobs had his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He ran 17 times for 104 yards, putting him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. 

Texans 28, Patriots 22

Fantasy Stud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a huge game against a very good defense, which was great news to all his fantasy owners. Watson was 18-of-25 for 234 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also caught a six-yard touchdown pass, giving him four total scores in the game. Watson has six three-touchdown games his season. He is having another big year and producing consistent numbers for his fantasy owners.

Fantasy Dud: Mohamed Sanu. Sanu had three receptions for 14 yards in a game the Patriots topped 300-passing yards. The Patriots are looking for options to step it up in the passing game, but Sanu isn’t helping much. Sanu has five receptions for 18 yards his last three games. He has about no fantasy value right now, getting few chances in this offense. 

Game Notes: Tom Brady was held in check most of the game, but cracked the end zone twice late in the game to help his overall numbers. He was 24-of-47 for 326 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. This was just his third three-touchdown game of the season.

Duke Johnson was the most productive Texans running back. He ran nine times for 36 yards, and caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Carlos Hyde had 10 carries for just 17 yards.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Marquise Goodwin Dec 11 12:50am ET

The San Francisco 49ers placed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot, knee) on injured reserve on Tuesday. The seven-year pro has been dealing with chronic leg issues and will be shut down to undergo treatment. Goodwin managed just 12 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown in 2019 and its probable his three-year tenure with the Niners is over. The speedster will likely find his way onto another roster next year but at 29 years old, Goodwin holds minimal dynasty value. With Goodwin shelved, wideout Kendrick Bourne will continue operating as the primary third receiver. With five scores over his past six games, Bourne has emerged as a red zone threat and will be a low-volume WR5 in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Marquise Goodwin Dec 10 5:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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Demaryius Thomas Dec 10 5:23pm ET

New York Jets S Jamal Adams (ankle), OT Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) and DL Quinnen Williams (neck) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 10. OT Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DL Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) and DL Nathan Shepherd (ankle) were limited. RB Le'Veon Bell (illness), CB Maurice Canady (shoulder), OL Tom Compton (ankle), QB Sam Darnold (knee, thumb), QB David Fales (elbow) and LB Paul Worrilow (quad) participated in full.

From TheHuddle

Mark Ingram Dec 10 5:13pm ET

Baltimore Ravens LB Chris Board (concussion), DB Anthony Levine (ankle), OT Ronnie Stanley (concussion), RB Mark Ingram (non-injury), S Earl Thomas (non-injury) and DT Brandon Williams (non-injury) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 10. TE Mark Andrews (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (quad) and DE Jihad Ward (elbow) were limited.

From TheHuddle

Calvin Ridley Dec 10 4:53pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdominal) and CB Desmond Trufant (forearm) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Tuesday, Dec. 10. LB Ahmad Thomas was signed to the active roster, while TE Carson Meier and LB Quentin Poling were added to the practice squad.

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Alshon Jeffery Dec 10 4:43pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury he suffered in Week 14 against the New York Giants, according to a source. The team is still reportedly gathering opinions about the exact injury, however.

Fantasy Spin: This injury wraps up yet another injury-shortened season for the 29-year-old, who has played a full season once in the last five years - averaging only 12 games over that span. Jeffrey is still due $12.75 million over each of the final two years of his deal, so he's probably not going anywhere this offseason. With Nelson Agholor also ailing, the Eagles could be forced to finish the season with Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and a few practice squad players at the position.

From TheHuddle

Rodney Gunter Dec 10 4:33pm ET

Arizona Cardinals DL Rodney Gunter (toe) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a toe injury on Tuesday, Dec. 10. DL Caraun Reid (Cardinals) was re-signed to an undisclosed contract to replace him on the roster after getting released over the weekend.

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Simeon Thomas Dec 10 4:23pm ET

Washington Redskins CB Simeon Thomas was handed a four-game suspension by the NFL on Tuesday, Dec. 10, for violating the league's policy and program on substances of abuse.

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Marvin Jones Dec 10 4:23pm ET

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with an ankle injury on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Fantasy Spin: The hits just keep coming for Detroit, which figures to lean on Kenny Golladay even more the rest of the way. Danny Amendola should also see more targets as well.

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Auden Tate Dec 10 3:40pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate (knee) was placed on the injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season. Tate sustained a mild MCL sprain in his left knee in the third quarter of the teams Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Damion Willis was promoted to the active roster in a corresponding roster move. Tate took advantage of all the injuries to the Bengals receiving corps this season, racking up a career-high 40 catches for 575 yards and one touchdown, and is a worthy hold in dynasty leagues heading into his third season.

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Cooper Kupp Dec 10 3:23pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp played only 20 of a possible 68 snaps in Week 14 versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Spin: By comparison, Kupp logged 57 snaps in Week 13. Head coach Sean McVay defended the move by suggesting it was the cost of doing business in order to establish some offensive balance on early downs. However, the flaw in that reasoning is that Kupp's playing time should not be cut in favor of backup tight end Johnny Mundt. Meanwhile, Brandin Cooks didn't make a catch in his 61 snaps. Expect Kupp to return to his normal snap count in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys.

From TheHuddle

Jamar Taylor Dec 10 3:13pm ET

Free-agent CB Jamar Taylor (Seahawks) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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Le'Veon Bell Dec 10 3:03pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is among the players the team is expected to make available via trade this offseason, according to sources.

Fantasy Spin: Bell is averaging only 49.1 yards rushing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines in his first season with the Jets, and it is becoming increasingly clear head coach Adam Gase either can't find a way to keep him involved in the offense or doesn't want to. A trade will be hard to accomplish as well, as the Jets would take a $15.5 million cap hit if they deal him and his hypothetical new team would have to find a way to fit one of the larger contracts at his position onto the roster.

From TheHuddle

Auden Tate Dec 10 2:53pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a sprained left medial collateral ligament Tuesday, Dec. 10. WR Damion Willis was elevated from the practice squad to replace him on the roster.

Fantasy Spin: Tate's emergence was probably the best thing to happen to the Bengals in an otherwise lost season. Assuming A.J. Green re-signs with the team in the offseason, Tate will probably push John Ross for the other starting outside job while Tyler Boyd remains the main slot receiver. Tate, who finishes this season with 40 catches for 575 yards and a touchdown, should be considered a solid late-round flier next summer in fantasy drafts.

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Cedrick Wilson Dec 10 2:43pm ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 10. OT Mitch Hyatt was elevated from the practice squad to replace him on the roster.

From TheHuddle

Parris Campbell Dec 10 2:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (foot) has been placed on Injured Reserve ending his season. It's an unfortunate, yet fitting, end to the rookie's season having battled injuries to his hamstring, abdomen, and a broken hand before a fractured foot put him on season-ending IR. Campbell finishes his rookie season with 18 catches for 127 yards and one touchdown. The Colts are still unsure of T.Y. Hilton's (calf) status for their Monday night game vs New Orleans, but it's looking increasingly likely Hilton misses the game. Assuming Hilton is out, Zach Pascal has interesting WR3 value with Marcus Johnson also in the mix in deeper fantasy leagues.

From RotoBaller

James Conner Dec 10 2:30pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expecting to get wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and running back James Conner (shoulder) back in time for their Week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills. Neither has played since getting injured against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11. Both players are expected to practice this week in what would be a big boost to the Pittsburgh offense as the team looks to remain in the playoff picture. Conner's return would come at an especially good time as Jaylen Samuels is looking questionable for this weekend with a groin injury. That being said, fantasy GMs need to temper their expectations for both players as the Bills have been stout on defense this season.

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Calvin Ridley Dec 10 2:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (abdomen) will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering an abdominal injury during the first half of Week 14's win over the Carolina Panthers. Ridley had a big game before the injury, catching five balls for 76 yards and a touchdown but went down before halftime and was unable to stand on his own. He was carted off the field and looked to be in significant pain. With Ridley out look for Russell Gage to slide in as the No. 2 receiver in Atlanta opposite Julio Jones. Gage is worth a look as a flex play in fantasy leagues going forward.

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Bilal Powell Dec 10 2:20pm ET

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (ankle, illness) is not expected to play Thursday night at Baltimore. Powell, who was filling in for Le'Veon Bell (illness) injured his ankle at the end of the Jets Week 14 win over the Dolphins. Powell is also apparently dealing with the flu but head coach Adam Gase said the ankle is the bigger concern right now. Powell is yet to officially be ruled out, but all signs are pointing to him not suiting up this week. The good news for New York is Bell is reportedly close to 100 percent and should reclaim his starting role with Ty Montgomery working as a change of pace back. Powell can safely be dropped by those that picked him up for the Miami game.

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D.J. Chark Dec 10 2:10pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot on Monday and left the locker room using a scooter. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters that Chark is "week-to-week" with the injury, which puts the remainder of his season in jeopardy. Chark broke out in a big way for Jacksonville in 2019, catching 67 balls for 956 yards and eight touchdowns. With Chark sidelined, look for Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, and Keelan Cole to all see more chances within the Jacksonville passing attack.

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