Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Sean McDermott labeled him "day-to-day." Benjamin avoided a serious injury but is no better than 50/50 to play against the Chiefs this weekend.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will start Sunday's game against the Chiefs, HC Sean McDermott announced on Wednesday. It was McDermott's only move if he wanted his team to believe that he's trying to win this season. Taylor played well in relief of QB Nathan Peterman last week and finished as a top-12 fantasy QB in 3 of his last 4 starts.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman remains in the concussion protocol as of Wednesday morning, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. It's unclear how much progress Freeman has made since suffering his 2nd concussion in 3 months 10 days ago. We'll continue to keep an eye on his status ahead of this weekend's game vs. the Bucs.
The Texans claimed RB Andre Ellington off waivers. While he's a capable pass-catching back, landing with a team quarterbacked by Tom Savage makes Ellington a poor bet for fantasy value the rest of the way. We wouldn't bother rostering him outside of deep PPR leagues. RB Lamar Miller's value takes just a slight hit with this move. RB D'Onta Foreman, of course, is out for the year.
The Broncos will start QB Paxton Lynch this weekend, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. QB Brock Osweiler has predictably struggled over the past 3 weeks, completing 53.1% of his passes with 3 TDs and 4 INTs. So Lynch will become Denver's 3rd QB of the season. He made 2 starts as a rookie last year, connecting on 59.3% of his passes but averaging just 5.5 yards per attempt. He disappointed this offseason and couldn't beat out QB Trevor Siemian. Lynch does have a glorious Week 12 matchup against the Raiders, but he can't be trusted outside of 2-QB leagues.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (migraines) did not practice on Tuesday after being limited on Monday. HC Ben McAdoo said Shepard is “not feeling well." He now seems unlikely to play against the Redskins on Thursday night. That'll leave Roger Lewis, Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph as New York's top 3 WRs.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll on Tuesday called RB Mike Davis (groin) "unlikely" to play against the 49ers this weekend. Considering the rose-colored glasses Carroll is always wearing, consider Davis out for Week 12. It's a tough break for a guy who gave Seattle's backfield a bit of a spark on Monday night. RB Thomas Rawls figures to be active again this weekend, but neither he nor Eddie Lacy can be trusted in fantasy lineups. J.D. McKissic is the closest thing to a fantasy option in the Seahawks' backfield right now.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer announced Tuesday that QB Case Keenum will start Thursday's game against the Lions. It feels like Minnesota is itching to go to QB Teddy Bridgewater, but Keenum continues to play too well to bench. He's completed 66.5% of his passes with 8 TDs vs. 5 INTs over his last 5 starts. He's more of a QB2 this week, though, vs. Detroit's 12th-ranked QB defense.
The Colts expect S Clayton Geathers to make his 2017 debut Sunday against the Titans, according to ESPN's Mike Wells. The team reportedly plans to have the former starter on a "pitch count" after a little more than a year off for a neck injury he suffered last year against Tennessee. But we wouldn't be surprised if Geathers works his way back toward starter-level snaps soon. HC Chuck Pagano said Geathers still "knows the defense inside and out" and that he has looked good in practice in recent weeks.
Washington WR Terrelle Pryor had surgery Monday on his injured ankle and will spend the rest of the season on IR. Pryor busted big time after arriving on a 1-year deal in free agency. He'll hit the open market again in March, heading into his age-29 season and working back from the ankle injury.