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Fred Jackson RB - BUF The Bills expect Jackson (groin) to play...
The Bills expect Jackson (groin) to play in Monday's game against the Jets, ESPN.com reports. "We're planning on him to be ready to go," coach Doug Marrone said Saturday. "Just take the injury and that's how we have to list it to protect ourselves."
Impacts: While officially questionable, Jackson was able to on a limited basis Friday and Saturday and Marrone's words suggest there's little chance the 33-year-old will be inactive come Monday. It seems likely the Bills will give Jackson as much work as he can handle, but he's averaging just 3.00 yards per carry over his last three games and will face a Jets defense Monday that ranks fourth in the league against the rush (83.2 yards per game).By Rotowire.com
Latavius Murray RB - OAK Raiders' interim coach...
Raiders' interim coach Tony Sparano pumped the brakes on the Murray hype-train on Friday, hesitating to trumpet Murray as the featured back moving forward. "I know what he did, but he played nine plays and unfortunately got hurt. He had a heck of a run," Sparano said, per the Bay Area News Group. "He also had the ball out one time which we need to get corrected."
Impacts: After watching Darren McFadden slip and slide for a 3.4-yards-per-carry average and Maurice Jones-Drew flop around for negative plays, Murray deserves a longer look as the front office evaluates their talent in another lost season.
Zurlon Tipton RB - IND The Indianapolis Colts added running bac...
The Indianapolis Colts added running back depth at the expense of their kick returner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Colts promoted running back Zurlon Tipton from the practice squad. The team later confirmed the move.
Impacts: To make room on the active roster the Colts waived receiver and return man Griff Whalen. Tipton will provide depth in the Colts' backfield behind Trent Richardson and Dan Herron after the team placed Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve.
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Remember when Thomas got off to a slow s...
Remember when Thomas got off to a slow start at the beginning of the season? Neither do we. He's posted seven straight games of over 100 receiving yards dating back to Week 5 and although he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 7, Thomas still ranks as the third-highest scoring fantasy wideout this season.
Impacts: He is second in the NFL in both receptions (72) and receiving yards (1,105). Even though Miami has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season, they have still given up four 100-yard games to the position.
C.J. Anderson RB - DEN With Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball out,...
With Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball out, Anderson will again play the role of Denver's featured back on Sunday.
Impacts: Last week he didn't get it done on the ground with just 29 rushing yards but did his damage in the passing game racking up 86 receiving yards on eight catches. Even against a stout Dolphins' defense, Anderson will have RB1 upside in Week 12.
Mike Wallace WR - MIA Wallace has been a...
Wallace has been a touchdown-dependent fantasy wideout all season because he doesn't put up big yardage totals. Basically if he's not scoring, you're not getting double-digit fantasy points from him.
Impacts: Still, he ranks in the top 25 among fantasy wide receivers in total points and leads the Dolphins with 44 receptions for 557 yards and six touchdowns. He's received at least seven targets in nine of 10 games this season. Since Miami might have a tough time running the ball against Denver, expect Wallace to get his share of opportunities Sunday.
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Even though...
Even though BeastMode is going up against a Cardinals defense that's allowing just 12.94 fantasy points per game to running backs, he still cracked our experts' top 25 ranked players of the week.
Impacts: Lynch has the most fantasy points among running backs over the last month with 85.50 and managed 125 rushing yards against the Chiefs last week so that probably has something to do with it. Unleash the Beast on Sunday and hope for some pay dirt.
Randall Cobb WR - GB ...
Last week, Cobb hauled in 10 receptions and posted his fourth 100-yard game of the season. He has fewer than 11 fantasy points in just two of 10 games this year and has already racked up 10 receiving touchdowns which is more than any wide receiver in the league.
Impacts: Cobb ranks as the sixth-highest scoring fantasy wideout this season ahead of guys like T.Y. Hilton, Dez Bryant and Julio Jones and is a WR1 the rest of the way, so lock him into your lineup and never look back.
Eddie Lacy RB - GB When the Packers played the Vikings in W...
When the Packers played the Vikings in Week 5, Lacy took his 16 touches for 132 yards and two touchdowns and it was his only 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Impacts: He's got greater than 11 fantasy points in six of his last seven games and has totaled over 110 yards from scrimmage in each of his three career games against Minnesota. There's absolutely no reason to expect any less from the second-year back on Sunday.
Jordy Nelson WR - GB Last week,...
Last week, Nelson put up 109 yards and a touchdown on just four receptions. But hey, that's all you need for fantasy right? He's just two yards shy of 1,000 on the season and is on pace for 14 touchdowns by the end of the year.
Impacts: Nelson has posted greater than 12 fantasy points in six of his last seven outings and has four touchdowns in his last four games against the Vikings. He is simply one of the most consistent wideouts in fantasy and is second in overall fantasy points to only Antonio Brown.
Shane Vereen RB - NE Vereen could have had a much bigger fant...
Vereen could have had a much bigger fantasy point total in Week 11 if it weren't for Jonas Gray. Vereen managed 77 yards on just five touches in the game and this week the pendulum could be swinging back in his direction against a Lions defense that's tough against the run.
Impacts: He carries more value in PPR leagues with his 35 receptions on the season and if the Pats want production from their backfield, they may have to get it done on short passing plays against Detroit, making Vereen a nice flex play for Week 12.
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronk...
Gronk has been Gronking of late and leads all tight ends with 734 receiving yards this season. Over the last three games, Tom Brady has completed 22 of 24 passes to his favorite tight end for 325 yards and five touchdowns.
Impacts: If there's one guy you can rely on at the position, it's Gronkowski. Keep in mind that the Lions have allowed fewer than seven fantasy points per game to tight ends this season, though.
Tom Brady QB - NE ...
Brady's been on fire in the stat sheets and he would have had a better outing last week if the Pats' hadn't granted four touchdown runs to Jonas Gray. Still, Brady managed over 14 fantasy points which felt disappointing just because he's put up such high totals in weeks prior.
Impacts: In home games this season, he has thrown 15 touchdown passes and just one interception so expect him to exceed the 14.62 fantasy points per game that the Lions have allowed this season.
Golden Tate WR - DET Tate ranks...
Tate ranks just outside the top 10 among fantasy wideouts in terms of total fantasy points on the season, ahead of Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall and DeSean Jackson.
Impacts: He only has three touchdowns but his 950 receiving yards have kept his numbers up and his 68 receptions so far have made him extremely valuable in PPR leagues. Fire him up against the Patriots on Sunday.
Joique Bell RB - DET Last week, Bell put up a...
Last week, Bell put up a season-high 85 rushing yards against a tough Cardinals run defense.
Impacts: The Patriots have struggled a bit against running backs this season allowing over 20 fantasy points per game to the position, so Bell could be a nice flex play in Week 12, even if Reggie Bush is back from an ankle injury.
Calvin Johnson WR - DET There's absolutely no way you're leaving...
There's absolutely no way you're leaving Megatron on your bench, ever. But he hasn't produced the numbers he was drafted for this season, when he's been active. He has just one 100-yard game in his last six contests and had just five receptions for 59 yards last week.
Impacts: There's a good chance the Pats put Johnson on Revis Island this week. When covered by Revis in two career games, Megatron has nine targets, five receptions, 75 yards and zero touchdowns. This might be a Golden Tate game.
Matthew Stafford QB - DET ...
In his last four games Stafford has thrown for 271.8 yards per game with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has put up 300-plus yards just twice this season and in his career is 0-15 on the road against teams that finished the season with a winning record.
Impacts: Sounds like a lot of good reasons to temper expectations for the Lions' signal-caller in Week 12. But he's got Calvin Johnson to force feed so there's that.
Reggie Bush RB - DET Bush (ankle) is not expected to play Sun...
Bush (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports.
Impacts: Bush said earlier in the week that he expected to return after missing the team's Week 11 matchup against Arizona, and his optimism seemed justified after he was able to practice in a limited capacity throughout the week. However, he's reportedly just not quite ready to play on the ankle, meaning Joique Bell (ankle) and Theo Riddick will likely handle most of the work out of the backfield against New England, while Bush casts an eye toward returning for the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game against Chicago.By Rotowire.com
Doug Martin RB - TB Martin (ankle) received many of the reps...
Martin (ankle) received many of the reps with the first team during drills this week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impacts: Martin is officially questionable to play Sunday against Chicago but the expectation is that he will return following a three-game absence. Rookie Charles Sims saw 13 carries last week to Bobby Rainey's four, and while Martin may eat significantly into the backfield work in his first game back, Sims figures to remain the top pass-catching option at the position.By Rotowire.com
Dan Carpenter K - BUF Carpenter (groin) is listed as probable...
Carpenter (groin) is listed as probable for Monday night's game between the Bills and Jets that will be played in Detroit.
Impacts: This was never really a concern, and Carpenter owners will likely get a nice boost with the game now being played in nice, dry conditions instead of the mess that was dumped on Ralph Wilson Stadium all week.By Rotowire.com
Kyle Orton QB - BUF Orton (toe) is listed as probable for Mo...
Orton (toe) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Jets.
Impacts: Although Orton remained limited in Saturday's practice, it doesn't seem his Week 12 availability is any serious jeopardy in light of the probable designation. With the major snowstorm in Buffalo, the NFL has moved the Jets-Bills game to Monday in Detroit. The indoor setting, combined with a plus matchup -- the Jets have allowed a league-leading 25 passing touchdowns -- could help Orton rebound after he averaged just 5.1 yards per attempt in his previous two outings.By Rotowire.com
Sammy Watkins WR - BUF Watkins (groin) is listed as probable fo...
Watkins (groin) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Jets.
Impacts: Watkins' dip in production in recent weeks has coincided with the groin injury, but he appears somewhat close to turning the page on the issue after practicing in full both Friday and Saturday. He'll face a Jets team in Week 12 at Ford Field in Detroit that has given up a league-leading 25 touchdowns through the air so far this season.By Rotowire.com
Josh Gordon WR - CLE ...
The Cleveland Browns officially activated receiver Josh Gordon to the 53-man roster on Saturday. Gordon will see his first action of the season Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons after serving a 10-game suspension. The Browns have suggested all week they will keep Gordon on a snap count, but the NFL's leading receiver in 2013 provides a game-changing playmaker to a Cleveland offense lacking explosive weapons.
Impacts: Expect Brian Hoyer, who hasn't been shy about stretching the field this season, to take several shots deep to Gordon throughout the course of the game. The wideout led the NFL last year with 30 receptions of 20-plus yards. Even without an obvious deep threat, the Browns have the third-most plays from scrimmage of 20-plus yards (49) this season.
Fred Jackson RB - BUF Jackson (groin) will be listed as questi...
Jackson (groin) will be listed as questionable for this week's game against the Jets, which is being played in Detroit on Monday, Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com reports.
Impacts: The Bills understandably have an odd practice schedule leading up to the game, so assuming Jackson is able to participate on some level later Saturday, we'd feel pretty good about him suiting up for the Monday night game.By Rotowire.com
Michael Campanaro WR - BAL Campanaro (hamstring) has been ruled out...
Campanaro (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game.
Impacts: He did not practice Saturday, and should be considered week-to-week moving forward. Look for Marlon Brown to be the third receiving option Monday behind Torrey Smith and Steve Smith.By Rotowire.com
Mark Ingram RB - NO Ingram (shoulder) is probable for Monday...
Ingram (shoulder) is probable for Monday's game.
Impacts: He was a full participant in Saturday's practice and with Khiry Robinson (forearm) out, Ingram should continue to see most of the carries for the Saints. Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) should factor into the passing game against the Ravens, but Ingram remains the back to own in the Saints' backfield.By Rotowire.com
Khiry Robinson RB - NO Robinson (forearm) has been ruled out fo...
Robinson (forearm) has been ruled out for Monday's game.
Impacts: He did not practice Saturday and his absence will allow Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas to see most of the work out of the backfield Monday.By Rotowire.com
Keenan Lewis CB - NO Lewis (knee) is probable for Monday's ga...
Lewis (knee) is probable for Monday's game.
Impacts: He was a limited participant in Saturday's practice, but should be able to take the field Monday night against the Ravens.By Rotowire.com
Robert Meachem WR - NO Meachem (ankle) is questionable for Mond...
Meachem (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game.
Impacts: He was limited in practice all week, and may be close to a game-time decision. With Brandin Cooks out for the season, Meachem could figure into the Saints' passing attack if he is able to take the field against the Ravens.By Rotowire.com
Pierre Thomas RB - NO Thomas (shoulder) is probable for Monday...
Thomas (shoulder) is probable for Monday's game.
Impacts: He was a limited participant in Saturday's practice, but he should be able to take the field Monday against the Ravens. The Saints will likely feature him in the passing game, making him a viable option in deep PPR leagues.By Rotowire.com
Travaris Cadet RB - NO Cadet (hamstring) is probable for Monday...
Cadet (hamstring) is probable for Monday's game.
Impacts: He was a limited participant in Saturday's practice, but will likely be able to take the field against the Ravens. Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) is also probable, so Cadet's workload could be scaled back.By Rotowire.com
Zurlon Tipton RB - The Colts plan to promote Tipton from th...
The Colts plan to promote Tipton from the practice squad Saturday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: The former standout running back at Central Michigan was waived by the Colts earlier in the season, but with Ahmad Bradshaw out for the season, the Colts' running back corps needed reinforcements. Trent Richardson and Dan Herron will be ahead of Tipton on the depth chart this week, but he could be worth a flier in deeper leagues.By Rotowire.com
Latavius Murray RB - OAK Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said...
Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said Friday that Murray is undergoing a battery of concussion tests, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impacts: The 24-year-old was instrumental in the Raiders earning their first win Thursday, although he was knocked out of the game with a concussion on just his fourth carry. He rushed for 112 yards and two scores against a Chiefs team that had not allowed a rushing touchdown on the season coming into the game. While Murray will be afforded some extra time to recover from the injury before Week 13 and has earned a greater share of the workload after Thursday's performance, he'll need to be cleared through league protocol and by an independent neurologist before returning to action.By Rotowire.com
A.J. Jenkins WR - KC Jenkins (shoulder) was placed on injured...
Jenkins (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs on Friday.
Impacts: Jenkins' shoulder injury stemming back to the game against the Bills on Nov. 9. With Donnie Avery (groin) also sidelined, the team brought in Jason Avant to fill the void left at wide receiver. Jenkins will finish the season with nine receptions for 93 yards.By Rotowire.com
Philip Rivers QB - SD Rivers (chest) is probable for Sunday's...
Rivers (chest) is probable for Sunday's game against the Rams after practicing fully all week, the Chargers' official site reports.
Impacts: Though there was some talk that Rivers might be dealing with a rib issue, that's been downplayed and he's on track to continue playing through whatever aches and pains he might be working through as the season rolls along.By Rotowire.com
Trent Richardson RB - IND Richardson (illness) is probable for Sun...
Richardson (illness) is probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, the Colts' official site reports.
Impacts: With Ahmad Bradshaw on IR, opportunity knocks for Richardson to see plenty of work Sunday, with Boom Herron on hand to serve in a complementary role, and Zurlon Tipton a candidate to be promoted from the Colts' practice squad before Sunday's game.By Rotowire.com
Terence Newman CB - CIN Newman (knee) is listed as probable for...
Newman (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans, the Bengals' official site reports.
Impacts: Newman looks good to go Sunday, and with 51 tackles in nine games to date, he's carved out some utility in deeper formats, though he's still looking for his first pick.By Rotowire.com
Cedric Peerman RB - CIN Peerman (knee) is listed as probable for...
Peerman (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans, the Bengals' official site reports.
Impacts: With Giovani Bernard slated to return this week, Peerman slots in no higher than No. 3 in the Bengals' Week 12 RB pecking order.By Rotowire.com
Vance McDonald TE - SF McDonald (hip) is questionable for Sunda...
McDonald (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington.
Impacts: McDonald logged limited practices Thursday and Friday, so he seems to have a decent enough chance to suit up. In an offense where even Vernon Davis isn't getting many targets, though, a backup like McDonald is safely off the fantasy radar in nearly all cases, particularly given his ball security concerns.By Rotowire.com
Marshawn Lynch RB - SEA Lynch (back) is probable for Sunday's ga...
Lynch (back) is probable for Sunday's game against Arizona.
Impacts: Lynch gave his owners a slight scare when he missed Wednesday and Thursday practices, but he practiced fully Friday and is locked into the starting lineup as a result. Even against a strong Arizona run defense, it's difficult to argue that Lynch is anything other than an RB1 in most fantasy formats since he's believed to be at or near full strength.By Rotowire.com