Player Notes

  • Panthers will keep feeding Benjamin
    WRs coach Ricky Proehl said the Panthers have to "make sure we get" Kelvin Benjamin involved weekly.
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  • Jason Witten in nice spot on Thanksgiving
    The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles will have trouble covering Jason Witten in Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

    Advice: Witten does not typically create mismatches at this point in his career. But the Eagles, already without DeMeco Ryans (Achilles), lost Emmanuel Acho (groin) Sunday. Now they'll have to ride with incompetent Casey Matthews as a primary inside linebacker, with rookie Marcus Smith mixing in. Smith is a pass-rusher that was drafted as an outside linebacker. Witten's upside is capped by his limited athletic ability, but he has TE1 appeal Thursday.
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  • Donte Moncrief edges out Nicks in snaps
    Donte Moncrief played on 30 snaps in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, two more than Hakeem Nicks.

    Advice: Reggie Wayne led the way by playing on 71-of-76 snaps, followed by T.Y. Hilton's 59. So Moncrief's count was skewed a bit by Hilton taking it easy (presumably because he was operating on no sleep after the birth of his daughter), but it's still notable that the rookie is eating into the washed-up Nicks' time. If we can ever get into a spot where we know Moncrief is going to get 60-70 percent of the snaps, he'll be a strong WR2/3 play.
    57 minutes ago
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  • Tim Wright plays on season-high 61 snaps
    Tim Wright played on a season-high 61-of-81 snaps in Sunday's win over the Lions.

    Advice: There was no way to see this coming. Wright's previous season-high in snaps was 21 as the Patriots hadn't been utilizing a lot of "12" packages. Of course, if we knew Wright was going to be on the field so much he would have been an easy TE1 bet because of his wideout-esque skill set. The problem is that we don't know if the Patriots will take the same offensive approach against the Packers in Week 13, making Wright a high-risk, high-reward kind of streamer.
    Today, 6:01 am
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  • T-Rich claims illness kept him from starting
    Trent Richardson said he didn't start Sunday's game against the Jags because he was still under the weather.

    Advice: The Indy Star is buying this, suggesting that Richardson will start against the Redskins in Week 13. We're skeptical at best. T-Rich was clearly healthy enough to play as evidenced by his 13 touches on 42 snaps, but starter Boom Herron was predictably the more effective option -- turning his 17 touches and 33 snaps into 96 total yards. No matter who starts going forward, this backfield remains an even timeshare. We'd rather own Herron as simply the better player.
    Today, 5:54 am
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  • Josh Gordon played on 69% of the snaps
    Josh Gordon played on 54-of-78 snaps (69.2 percent) in Sunday's win at Atlanta.

    Advice: A pregame report from ESPN that Gordon would be limited to 20-30 snaps was simply wrong. He proved to the coaches during the week that he was in football shape despite a three-month layoff. "I told (coach Mike Pettine) I'd been working out nonstop every day, day in and day out. I think that just goes to show I wasn't just sitting around on my ass doing nothing," Gordon said. We'd expect him to get closer to 80-90 percent of the snaps in a Week 13 game at Buffalo.
    Today, 5:24 am
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  • Joseph Randle a non-factor in Week 12
    Joseph Randle was held without a carry in Week 12.

    Advice: Randle wasn't targeted in the pass game, and didn't get any touches behind DeMarco Murray. Lance Dunbar played more snaps this week and had a 26-yard catch in the second quarter. Randle remains just a handcuff for Murray owners.
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
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  • Larry Donnell disappoints against Cowboys
    Larry Donnell caught two passes for 24 yards in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.

    Advice: He was targeted just four times. Donnell lost a goal-line touchdown to backup TE Adrien Robinson in the fourth quarter. It's a disappointing game against a Cowboys defense that's struggled to cover tight ends. Donnell will remain a low-end TE1 against Jacksonville in Week 13.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
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  • Terrance Williams held to one catch
    Terrance Williams was held to one catch for 18 yards in Week 12.

    Advice: After scoring six touchdowns through the first seven games, Williams has been limited to just 37 yards over the last three weeks. He continues to lose targets to Jason Witten and Cole Beasley on underneath routes. Williams will be a touchdown-dependent WR3 against the Eagles on Thursday.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
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  • Rueben Randle takes backset to Beckham
    Rueben Randle had three catches for 36 yards in Week 12 against the Cowboys.

    Advice: With Eli Manning locked on to Odell Beckham, Randle was targeted just three times. He's behind both Beckham and Larry Donnell in the red-zone and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 5. Randle isn't more than a low-end WR3 going forward.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
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  • Dez Bryant burns Giants for 7/86/2 line
    Dez Bryant caught seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 12 win over the Giants.

    Advice: The Giants held Bryant in check in the first half, shadowing him with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for most of the game. He was left wide open on a 31-yard catch and run for his first score, and caught the game-winning touchdown with just over a minute in the fourth quarter. Bryant is now up to a 63/879/10 line this season. He'll be a top-three option against the Eagles secondary on Thursday.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
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  • Rashad Jennings totals 120 yards in loss
    Rashad Jennings rushed 19 times for 52 yards and caught eight passes for 68 yards in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.

    Advice: Jennings started, but lost carries to Andre Williams. He did most of his damage in the fourth quarter, including a 27-yard catch on a swing pass that set up the Giants' go-ahead touchdown. Jennings had a touchdown vultured by Williams and failed to convert on two goal-line chances. He was targeted 10 times and remains heavily involved in the pass game. Jennings will be a high-end RB2 for Week 13 against Jacksonville.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
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  • Andre Williams totals 45 yards, TD
    Andre Williams had 10 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys, adding one catch for 12 yards.

    Advice: Williams had an expanded role this week, and vultured a touchdown from Rashad Jennings in the second quarter. He was the more effective back between the tackles, and could continue to see a bigger committee role. The Giants gave Williams goal-line work, but didn't use him in high-leverage situations. Williams is a must-own handcuff for Jennings owners.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
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  • DeMarco Murray held out of end-zone
    DeMarco Murray rushed 24 times for 121 yards in the Cowboys' Week 12 win over the Giants on Sunday night.

    Advice: He added two catches for 22 yards. It's a disappointing game for Murray's standard, as the Giants came into Sunday night as the worst-ranked run defense. Murray didn't make any impact runs, but consistently picked up yardage against stacked eight-man fronts. Murray hasn't shown any signs of wearing down coming off the Cowboys' bye. He'll remain a must-start against the Eagles on Thanksgiving.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
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  • ODB makes catch of the year on Sunday night
    Odell Beckham had 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to Dallas.

    Advice: Beckham made a highlight one-handed 43-yard touchdown over Cowboys CB Brandon Carr in the second quarter. He easily won one-on-one matchups, and was able to get open against double teams. Beckham was targeted a team-high 11 times, but briefly exited in the fourth quarter with a back injury. He's now posted 90-plus yards in four straight weeks and is averaging at least seven catches since entering the starting lineup. Beckham will be a top-ten receiver play in Week 13 and has a favorable rest-of-season schedule with games against Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Washington.
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
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  • Eli's 3 TDs not enough, Giants lose to Dallas
    Eli Manning completed 29-of-40 passes for 338 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.

    Advice: Manning played one of his better games coming off his five-interception performance against the 49ers. He had two first-half touchdowns to Odell Beckham, and later hit a wide-open Adrien Robinson at the goal-line. Manning's pick was a bad overthrew to Preston Parker in the red-zone that allowed Dallas back in the game. He now has a 5:7 TD/INT ratio over his last three starts. Manning will be a streaming option against Jacksonville in Week 13.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
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  • Tony Romo throws 4 TDs in win over Giants
    Tony Romo completed 18-of-26 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 12 win over the Giants.

    Advice: The Cowboys offense struggled to get going early, with Romo throwing three of his four touchdowns in the second half. He targeted Dez Bryant a team-high nine times, connecting with him on two of his scores. Romo looked fully healthy coming of the Cowboys' bye. He lost a fumble on a sack by Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka, but hasn't thrown an interception in his last three games. Romo will be a high-end QB1 for next week's Thanksgiving matchup with the Eagles.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
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  • Alfred Morris has big game against the 49ers
    Alfred Morris rushed 21 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' Week 12 loss to San Francisco, adding a five-yard reception.

    Advice: This is the type of line fantasy owners expected from Morris last week against Tampa Bay. The Redskins played run-dominated offense on Sunday, attempting to limit Robert Griffin III's impact on the game. Morris was the beneficiary, consistently gashing San Francisco's normally stout defense on zone runs. Ultimately, "Alf" was one of the few Skins offensive players who showed up. He'll be a borderline RB1 when the Redskins face a soft Colts defense in Week 13.
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
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  • Boom Herron out-gains T-Rich 96-42 in victory
    Boom Herron rushed 12 times for 65 yards in the Colts' Week 12 win over the Jaguars, adding five catches for 31 yards.

    Advice: Herron surprisingly drew the start over Trent Richardson in the Colts' first game without Ahmad Bradshaw (leg, I.R.), and ended up out-touching his backfield mate 17-13 and out-gaining him 96-42. Herron was clearly, and unsurprisingly, the far better player, showing considerably more burst and bounce to his step. The two backs alternated series evenly throughout the first half before Herron saw more action in the second half. Even after Herron lost a fumble in the red zone, the Colts didn't shy away from him. We'd prefer Herron to T-Rich at this point. He'll be on the RB2 map next week at home against the Redskins.
    Yesterday, 1:33 pm
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  • Texans deactivate Arian Foster against Cincy
    Arian Foster is inactive for Week 12 against the Bengals.

    Advice: Alfred Blue gets the start in place of Foster. For the second straight week, Blue is a candidate for a lot of volume in a plus matchup. The Texans' Week 12 inactives, in addition to Foster, are CB Kareem Jackson, QB Tom Savage, WR DeVier Posey, S Josh Aubrey, LB Max Bullough, and T Jeff Adams.
    Yesterday, 8:39 am
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