Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Thursday, Nov. 21

by KFFL Staff on November 21, 2013 @ 10:33:40 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) had the hard cast removed from his left ankle and was wearing a brace Wednesday, Nov. 20.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (hand) was able to practice fully Wednesday, Nov. 20, despite an injury to his right hand.

Palmer is a low-end QB1 or must-start QB2 in fantasy leagues which require two starting signal callers. He is expected to play in the Week 12 game against the Indianapolis Colts, a team which ranked 16th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 238.9 passing yards per game.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III reportedly called the wrong protection play on the final play of the team's Week 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which he threw an interception. Griffin said in post-game comments that "no one got open" during the play.

RG3's leadership has come into question the last couple of weeks as he's dodged issues with taking responsibility for his mistakes on the field. Griffin has plenty of maturing to do. The good thing is that his knee appears to be fully healthy, which will keep his owners smiling.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

QB | Matt McGloin | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QB Matt McGloin will start in the team's Week 12 game, according to head coach Dennis Allen.

Even coming off a start that saw him put up decent numbers, McGloin should only be considered as a bye week replacement in deeper leagues at this point.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (ankle) took part in the team's walk-through Wednesday, Nov. 20, but did not participate in practice.

Manning will likely return to practice Thursday. We expect him to play in Week 12 against the New England Patriots. He continues to be a must-start.


Running Back

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy hasn't found much room to run ever since QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) was injured. Opponents have loaded the box with extra defenders to gang up on Lacy with Rodgers out, and it has worked. The Packers have faced seven or more defenders in the box nearly twice as much with Rodgers out as they did in the first eight games. Green Bay has ran for just 154 yards in their last two games, both losses. The New York Giants hit Lacy at or behind the line of scrimmage on 10 of his 14 carries, and he averaged only 1.9 yards per carry.

Lacy is still a must-start in fantasy circles, but until Rodgers returns, expect this trend to continue in earnest. Downgrade him in your weekly rankings again for Week 12 against the Minnesota Vikings.

RB | Willis McGahee | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Willis McGahee (knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 21.

RB | Joique Bell | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') practiced Thursday, Nov. 21.

RB | Chris Ogbonnaya | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs) was healthier in Week 11 than he had been in recent weeks, which allowed him to have more carries.

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (ribs) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Nov. 20.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ribs, ankle, toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

This is as good a week as any to roll with Tate as your RB2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's a solid bet that he'll make his way into the endzone.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Mathews' back-to-back 100-yard rushing games seem like a distant memory at this point, and going up against the Kansas City Chiefs won't be the cure. He's a weak play as a flex this weekend.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Peterson plans on playing in Week 12. If he is on the field, he needs to be in your starting lineup.

RB | Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (wrist) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

RB | Darren Sproles | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

Owners will have to wait for the inactive list to see if Sproles will be able to play. He should be in the starting lineup if he is active, but owners should also have a backup plan in case he sits out the game.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.


Wide Receiver

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin, hand) is dealing with a right hand injury. The injury is not expected to keep him out of the team's Week 12 game.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (groin) is participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 21.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (foot, knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 21. Holmes is riding a bike off to the side during practice.

WR | Jeremy Kerley | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow) is practicing in a red, non-contact jersey again Thursday, Nov. 21.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) practiced Thursday, Nov. 21.

WR | Randall Cobb | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (leg) is off crutches and he is no longer using a Segway to get around. Cobb spoke with reporters Wednesday, Nov. 20, but he did not offer a timetable for when he will be able to return to practice. Cobb is on the Injured Reserve/designated to return list, and he will be eligible to play Dec. 15. He is eligible to practice two weeks before that. "I can't make that call right now," Cobb said. "Right now, today, I cannot play. I'm doing everything I can. I'm working my butt off in the rehab process, but this is something that needs time. It's getting better. There's still no timeline on when I can come back."

In the next week or two, it might be a good idea to stash Cobb on your fantasy bench if you have some roster flexibility, and now if you have a vacant injured spot. There is no guarantee he will be able to return at all, or be effective when he does come back. However, he is a dynamic player who is worth the risk.

WR | Mike Wallace | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WR | Michael Floyd | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WR | Stephen Hill | New York Jets | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, New York Jets WR Stephen Hill, who has no targets and no catches in the last two games, will see his number of snaps go down in Week 12. "I've been disappointed, there is no doubt because we see all the potential that this young man has," head coach Rex Ryan said. "He's got the speed, the size, he's tough enough, he has courage. ... By now I think we're all expecting, Jets fans are expecting him to take the next step and for whatever reason it hasn't been there yet. Doesn't mean we're giving up on the young man, but we want to see it."

Hill shouldn't be on most rosters. The Jets' offense is wildly inconsistent with Geno Smith at the helm, too.

WR | Nate Burleson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Sanders will play in Week 12 versus the Cleveland Browns. With Antonio Brown drawing Joe Haden on the opposite side, Sanders could have a sneaky nice day coming off his disappointing Week 11 output.

WR | DeAndre Hopkins | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars is juicy. Assuming Hopkins plays, he's a WR3 or flex in deeper formats.

WR | Keenan Allen | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Allen should play this weekend, but his matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs is a tough one. Consider him a WR2 or 3 in Week 12.

WR | Greg Jennings | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (Achilles') did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Royal has made it a habit of not practicing during the week but playing on Sundays. The matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs isn't kind, though, and Royal is a flex play, at best, in deeper leagues.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

All signs point to Bryant being good to go. Get him into your starting lineups.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Brown hasn't been on the same page with Philip Rivers lately, and the matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs will be rough. Brown should remain on your bench for the time being.

WR | Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Everything is looking good for Austin to be in the lineup in Week 12. Plan on getting him into your lineups if there is no setback.

WR | Mike Brown | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Brown (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.


Tight End

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Miller is taking is weekly rest day Wednesday. Miller isn't the most reliable tight end option around, but he can put up low-end TE1 numbers.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

TE | Kellen Winslow | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Kellen Winslow (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

TE | Jimmy Graham | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (elbow, foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

Graham has been able to play injured the last few weeks and probably will be able to again this week. Owners should check the inactive list in case he does not play. He should be in the starting lineup if he is active.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Reed has an extra day to recover since the Redskins play on Monday night this week. Have a backup plan ready, though, in case he misses more practice later this week.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) is listed as questionable for Week 12 but is expected to play in the game.

Gonzalez was able to play with the toe injury last week and appears ready to play this week as well. Owners should consider Gonzalez a low-end No. 1 tight end this week.

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