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Fantasy Football Week in Review (11/20-11/26)

Mark Morales-Smith lists all of this week's Fantasy Football news. No spin, no analysis, just the facts so you can form your own decisions in Week 12!

Quarterbacks

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Tom Brady missed New England Patriots practice or was limited for most of the week. He is officially listed as questionable for Week 12. While it is overwhelmingly likely that he will play, when asked about his status for Sunday he replied: "We'll see" … Jay Cutler suffered what is believed to be a torn labrum in his shoulder this past week and is officially listed as doubtful for Week 12. Chicago Bears head coach John Fox insists he’s only day to day, but he tends to be a liar in most situations. Matt Barkley is expected to start on Sunday. David Fales has been signed off the Baltimore Ravens practice squad to backup Barkley.

Andrew Luck was not able to play on Thanksgiving due to a concussion. Scott Tolzien started for the Indianapolis Colts in a losing effort … The Washington Redskins are reportedly open to using their franchise tag on Kirk Cousins again this offseason for a second straight year if the two sides cannot come to a long-term agreement … Robert Griffin is yet to be cleared for contact. With rookie Cody Kessler dealing with another concussion, Josh McCown is the Cleveland Browns’ projected Week 12 starter … Los Angeles Rams 2016 first-overall pick Jared Goff believes he’ll be allowed to throw more deep balls in his second career start this weekend.

Kansas City Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress says defenses have been devising game plans this season to stop Alex Smith from taking off outside of the pocket. "I think they've done a nice job of closing up some of those rush lanes," Childress said. "In a couple of cases, there's been somebody standing on the other side accounting for him … we haven't seen as many of those giant creases." Head coach Andy Reid is not worried about Smith’s recent struggles. "I think Alex is OK," Reid said. "We've had a couple of weeks here when we've been in a little bit of a slump, and we've got to pull out of it and get better. That's all of us." … Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the New York Jets Week 12 starter.

Running Backs

Giovani Bernard suffered a torn ACL Week 11. His season is obviously over leaving Jeremy Hill in a feature back role. The team also designated Cedric Peerman as their injured reserve player to return … C.J. Prosise fractured his scapula this past week and will miss at least the rest of the regular season. There is a chance he returns for the playoffs. Thomas Rawls will be thrust back into a feature-back role … Mark Ingram has not been fully cleared of the league's concussion protocol as of Friday night, and there is a strong possibility Tim Hightower starts for the New Orleans Saints this week … Todd Gurley was held out of Friday's practice due to an undisclosed illness that has been running through the Rams locker room. He's expected to play. This situation is worth monitoring.

There is a chance Adrian Peterson is back with the Minnesota Vikings as early as mid-December. Nothing is set in stone at this point, and almost any prediction you hear is little more than educated speculation. The Vikings also signed Bishop Sankey to their practice squad … Tevin Coleman is ready to roll for the Atlanta Falcons this week. They have waived Stevan Ridley … LeSean McCoy is questionable for Sunday's game but expected to play. His primary backup Mike Gillislee has been ruled out with a hamstring injury … After exiting last week's game with an ankle injury, T.J. Yeldon is a long shot to suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week … Ryan Mathews is more likely to sit out on Monday Night Football than play due to a sprained MCL. He was once again not able to practice at all on Friday … Eddie Lacy has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the season. Christine Michael says he’s learned the playbook well enough and is now ready to contribute to the Green Bay Packers. "I feel like I can contribute a lot, man," Michael said. "I'm in my playbook every day. I feel comfortable with the plays that I got out there [in practice]. Just learning from the guys in front of me."

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Ameer Abdullah’s foot, which landed him on injured reserve, is now “structurally sound” … Charles Sims returned to practice Wednesday … The San Diego Chargers claimed Ronnie Hillman off waivers this week after the Vikings cut him … San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly says Carlos Hyde will be the focal point of their offense moving forward. "It’s just overall the way our team is built," Kelly said. "We’re built to run the football." … The Houston Texans have ruled out Alfred Blue for Week 12 … Karlos Williams has been suspended ten games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Wide Receivers

A.J. Green was carted off a hamstring injury this past week. An over eager Ian Rapoport initially said there was a complete tear and his season was all but over, however, once again his report was premature, and there is a chance Green could miss just two or three games with a hamstring strain … Jeremy Maclin has once again been ruled out for Week 12 … Travis Benjamin is expected to return to action this week after a full week of practice … There is a chance Sammy Watkins returns this week, however, he will likely be very limited. The team is also "hopeful" Percy Harvin will be able to play through an illness. Robert Woods has been ruled out … Michael Floyd will be a gametime decision for the Arizona Cardinals this week … According to Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Bryce Treggs is “in position to contribute more” moving forward. Pederson also said Nelson Agholor’s role could be reduced … Terrelle Pryor says he would “love” to re-sign with the Browns this offseason … Kevin White has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed could miss time with a Grade 3 AC separation following his big Thanksgiving performance. He was unable to use his left arm at all following the game. There is a complete separation of his joint and ligament tears. Vernon Davis would start in his absence … Zach Miller has been placed on injured reserve with a broken foot …  Crockett Gillmore is doubtful for Week 12 … Rob Gronkowski is extremely questionable this week and is expected to be a gametime decision … Julius Thomas has been ruled out for Week 12, and Marcedes Lewis has been placed on I.R. … Eli Manning says he needs to “find ways to keep getting” Will Tye the ball and described him as a “strong weapon.”


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