Dennis PittaBAL -TERavens activate Pitta
The Ravens have officially activated TE Dennis Pitta from injured reserve, making him eligible to play Sunday against the Vikings. Our guess is that he'll be active for the game, but we'll be watching Sunday morning to find out for sure. Of course, no one outside the team can really know what his role will be in his 1st game back.
Carson PalmerARI -QBPalmer expected to start Week 14
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (elbow) is expected to start Sunday's game against the Rams. Palmer reportedly took all the snaps during today's walkthrough. It's good news for WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, although we'd still shy away from using Palmer is 1-QB fantasy leagues.
Trent RichardsonIND -RBColts still believe in T-Rich
The Colts still view Trent Richardson as their long-term RB, despite this season's struggles. "Wait until he has the rest of this season, wait until he has an off-season with us, goes through a training camp with us," HC Chuck Pagano said. "We've just got to keep it real. It's not an easy thing for anybody, let alone Trent who came in with all the hype that comes from being the third overall pick. He won't make any excuses. And we won't make any excuses for him. But reality is reality. It's not an easy thing." Richardson was thrown right into the fire after the September trade from Cleveland. He's recently admitted that he hasn't gotten comfortable in the offense. "It was a lot, and it's still a lot," Richardson said. "You never really get to learn the playbook when you come in the second or third week of the season. ... I remembered the plays. But when you learn the plays, you know the whole concept." Here's a ray of hope for those who own Richardson in keeper or dynasty leagues: RB Marshawn Lynch averaged just 3.5 yards per carry after being traded to Seattle early in 2010. He's averaged 4.6 in the 3 seasons since.
Maurice Jones-DrewJAC -RBMJD says he'll "definitely" play Week 15
Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew says he'll "definitely" play against the Bills next weekend, despite injuring his hamstring on Thursday night. "I mean, I just want to make sure everything is on track," he said. "And then we’ll see how it goes next week but I expect to be out there playing with my teammates.” Players tend to be overoptimistic about their status, but it sounds like Jones-Drew's MRI revealed a minor injury. “It’s what we, I think, what we figured out was just a strained hamstring,” Jones-Drew said. “I’ve played with those before so it’s not that big of a deal. You just have to get the necessary treatments and things done so you can get back and get on the field for Sunday.” We'll track his progress when the Jags get back on the practice field next week. MJD has topped 80 yards or scored in 6 straight games.
Vincent JacksonTB -WRJackson questionable for Week 14
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bills. He was limited in Friday's practice after sitting out the previous 2 days. HC Greg Schiano said Friday that he's "cautiously optimistic" that V-Jax will play. The good news is that we'll find out his status by noon ET on Sunday. The bad news is that Jackson clearly isn't at 100% and will be a risky fantasy play if active. Of course, he also has big upside against Buffalo's 31st-ranked WR defense.
Craig RobertsonCLE -LBRobertson questionable
Browns ILB Craig Robertson (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game at New England after missing the past 2 contests. He has practiced since Wednesday, though, and appears likely to return in at least some capacity. Don't look to him for much fantasy football value in your IDP league, however. New England presents a positive matchup, but we just can't trust Robertson's health or role.
Jamarca SanfordMIN -DBSanford questionable
The Vikings have ruled S Jamarca Sanford (ankle) questionable for Sunday's game at Baltimore. HC Leslie Frazier said Friday, after Sanford put in a full practice, that he expects the veteran to play. Sanford's nothing special as a fantasy option.
Elvis DumervilBAL -LBDumervil doubtful for Week 14
The Ravens list OLB Elvis Dumervil as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings. It's no surprise after he missed practice all week for the sprained ankle he suffered Thanksgiving night. HC John Harbaugh did say Friday that Dumervil will be a game-time decision, but the team clearly isn't even betting on him being ready. You should go ahead and consider him out for IDP purposes. Courtney Upshaw and Pernell McPhee would likely get more snaps in Dumervil's absence.
Tyvon BranchOAK -DBBranch ruled out
Raiders S Tyvon Branch returned to practice this week for the 1st time since breaking a leg in Week 2, but he's apparently not ready for game action. The Raiders have ruled him out for Sunday's visit to the Jets. S Brandian Ross will continue to start in Branch's place for at least another week.
Reggie BushDET -RBBush questionable for Week 14
Lions RB Reggie Bush (calf) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Eagles. He only put in a limited practice on Friday. We haven't heard much concern about his status from the Detroit media, but he's clearly not at 100%. As long as he's active, though, Bush will remain a strong fantasy play. We'll find out his official status by noon ET on Sunday.
Rob HouslerARI -TEHousler questionable for Week 14
Cardinals TE Rob Housler (ankle, hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. His practice reps were limited this week, but he's expected to play. Between his injury and QB Carson Palmer's injury, though, Housler is just a TE2 for Week 14.
Andre EllingtonARI -RBEllington probable for Week 14
RB Andre Ellington (knee) graduated to a full practice on Friday and is listed
as probable for this weekend’s game against the Rams. HC Bruce Arians said Friday that it “looked
like he was back to normal.” Ellington
should be available for his usual role (10-14 touches) in a plus matchup. He’s an upside RB3 or flex play.
Percy HarvinSEA -WRHarvin ruled out for Week 14
Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He didn't practice all week and has no timetable for return. Harvin might not play the rest of the season and is certainly droppable in redraft fantasy leagues.
Kenbrell ThompkinsNE -WRThompkins questionable for Week 14
Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy if he ends up playing. Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola figure to be Tom Brady's top 4 targets this week. WR Aaron Dobson (foot) is out again.
Rashad JenningsOAK -RBJennings questionable for Week 14
RB Rashad Jennings (concussion) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the
Jets. He was listed as a limited
participant in practice all week. It’s
unclear if he’s passed that final test in order to play this weekend. The good news is that we’ll find out his
status by noon ET on Sunday. If he’s
active, Jennings will be a good bet for another 18+ touches. But his upside will be limited against the
Jets’ top-ranked RB defense. Raiders RB
Darren McFadden (ankle) didn’t practice all week and has been ruled out.
Anthony FasanoKC -TEFasano ruled out for Week 14
Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. Sean McGrath will step in as Kansas City's primary pass-catching TE. He's just a desperation fantasy play, despite a meeting with the league's 29th-ranked TE defense.
Denarius MooreOAK -WRMoore ruled out for Week 14
WR Denarius Moore (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the
Jets. He didn’t practice all week, and
there’s still no timetable for his return.
WR Andre Holmes will continue to start alongside WR Rod Streater. Holmes went off for 136 yards on Thanksgiving
but remains a just a fantasy flier.
Streater is the better bet for targets and is a viable WR3.
Daniel ThomasMIA -RBThomas questionable for Week 14
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Friday and is questionable for this weekend's game against the Steelers. It's surprising after previous reports had him likely done for the season. Thomas remains off the fantasy radar, but his return would put a slight dent in RB Lamar Miller's outlook.
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