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Fantasy Football Week in Review (12/4 - 12/10)

Mark Morales-Smiths lists all of this week's Fantasy Football news from an objective standpoint. No spin, just the facts!


The Cleveland Browns have officially activated Robert Griffin III from injured reserve, and he will be the team's Week 14 starter … The New York Jets have benched Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Bryce Petty will start this week. Head coach Todd Bowles says he made the decision to go with Petty for the final four games of the season a few weeks back … Despite showing progress, Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was not yet ready to give a definitive answer on Friday regarding whether or not Trevor Siemian would be ready to suit up Week 14 due to his foot injury. The decision will be made following practice on Saturday. If he is not able to go, first-round pick Paxton Lynch will get another start.

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley was noncommittal when asked whether or not the team will retain Tyrod Taylor. "He's got four more games to write this chapter," Whaley said. "Then after this season, like everybody on the team, we're going to do an evaluation, and then we'll go from there." … After dealing with a knee injury the past few weeks, the New England Patriots have removed Tom Brady from the injury report heading into the weekend … Houston Texans backup Tom Savage is still sidelined with an infection in his right elbow. Brandon Weeden will serve as Brock Osweiler’s backup.

Running Backs

Jamaal Charles' recovery from knee surgery is going well, and the Kansas City Chiefs star hopes to be back in the playoffs. It's unclear how realistic these expectations are … Adrian Peterson has been itching to return but did say he will not come back this season if the Minnesota Vikings are eliminated from playoff contention. He sounds convinced he will be able to return if they are playoff bound … Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden wants to get Rob Kelley more touches moving forward. "We ideally would like to get that running game going a little bit more," Gruden said, "more touches for Robert because he’s been very good as far as running the football." … Chris Ivory will be a gametime decision this week for the Jacksonville Jaguars. T.J. Yeldon is no longer on the injury report, and Denard Robinson has been ruled out … Despite being listed as questionable, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says Ryan Mathews is “ready to go” for Week 14. However, it is unclear exactly what kind of role he will have in the offense.

Mark Ingram is legitimately questionable for Sunday's game but is trending in the right direction after practicing on Friday … Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn says Mike Gillislee will continue to see opportunities in the red zone. Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to see a larger role this week for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after returning from injury last week. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken is becoming frustrated with Doug Martin’s struggles. "We've just got to do it better," said Monken. "We've got to do a better job on the perimeter blocking. We've got to do a better job up front, a better job seeing the holes."

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On the verge of taking Devontae Booker’s starting job, Kapri Bibbs season has been ended due to a severe high-ankle sprain. The team quickly signed Justin Forsett to fill the void. Broncos HC Kubiak says newly signed Forsett will immediately be a factor in the rushing attack.  "He can help us quick," Kubiak said. "We need somebody to step in and contribute. It was a blessing he was let go the week before what we just went through." … The Detroit Lions have signed Joique Bell … DeAngelo Williams is looking like he should be ready to return this week for the Pittsburgh Steelers … Benny Cunningham is doubtful for the Los Angeles Rams with neck injury … Darren McFadden says he’ll need another week before he’s ready to compete in an NFL game … The Jets have re-signed Khiry Robinson … The Seattle Seahawks have signed Marcel Reece.

Wide Receivers

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Julio Jones will be a gametime decision for the Atlanta Falcons this week and is in legitimate danger of sitting this one out with turf toe. Mohamed Sanu has already been ruled out as well. The team has promoted Nick Williams from their practice squad … A.J. Green has been ruled out for Week 14, and things aren't looking promising for him returning during the Fantasy playoffs … Allen Hurns has been ruled out for Week 14 … Marvin Jones is listed as questionable this week by the Detroit Lions. After sitting out last week, he’s leaning closer to returning this week … It seems as if all the Chicago Bears wide receivers are hurt. This week Eddie Royal is doubtful, while Marquess Wilson and Joshua Bellamy are both questionable. Neither is a lock in either direction.

John Brown’s status for Week 14 is up in the air. At best he’ll likely be limited due to issues stemming from his sickle-cell trait … Jordan Matthews says he’ll “definitely” play this week. Dorial Green-Beckham is not likely to play … Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods will both be “ready to roll” this week according to Bills head coach Rex Ryan. Percy Harvin has been placed on the reserve/NFI list … The Redskins used their injured reserve/designated for return player this week, so Josh Doctson’s season is over … Jeremy Maclin returned to action on Thursday Night Football … Adam Humphries has been ruled out this week with a concussion, and the Bucs have signed Josh Huff off their practice squad … Braxton Miller will not play this week … Browns rookie Jordan Payton has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy … The Pats have signed Griff Whalen … Devin Smith could see his first action of the year for the Jets this week.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed remains in pain but intends to play this weekend. This does not make him a lock to suit up. However, he's leaning more towards playing than doubtful status … The San Francisco 49ers have signed Vance McDonald to a five-year, $35 million extension with $16 guaranteed … The Saints have placed Josh Hill on injured reserve with a broken leg … The Lions have cut Brandon Pettigrew … Julius Thomas has been ruled out for Week 14.

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