Player Notes

  • Brian Hoyer (concussion) officially probable
    Brian Hoyer (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 12 against the Saints.

    Advice: Hoyer was cleared on Monday. He has a dream matchup against a New Orleans defense that has given up 43.3 points per game over its last three contests. That makes him a solid streaming option for Week 12. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
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  • Case Keenum not yet medically cleared
    Case Keenum (concussion, questionable) practiced on a limited basis Friday, but has yet to pass through the NFL's protocol.

    Advice: The Rams are preparing to start Nick Foles at Cincinnati. For Keenum, the only question left is whether he'll be cleared to serve as Foles' backup. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Rams plan to start Nick Foles against Bengals
    Coach Jeff Fisher said Friday that the Rams are planning to start Nick Foles in Week 12 against the Bengals.

    Advice: Case Keenum has yet to clear concussion protocol. Fisher said Keenum would remain the Rams' starter if healthy, but he's not there yet. Foles was benched before Week 11 for failing to pull the trigger when receivers were open, and missing them when he did. The Bengals' D/ST is a recommended streamer. Yesterday, 11:58 am
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  • Bridgewater (shoulder) probable for Week 12
    Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 12 against the Falcons.

    Advice: He's practiced in full all week. With just eight touchdown passes in 10 games this year, Bridgewater makes for a pretty underwhelming fantasy option. Expect the Vikings to go with their usual ground-and-pound approach at the Georgia Dome. Yesterday, 11:37 am
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  • Andy Dalton listed as probable
    Andy Dalton (groin) is listed as probable for Week 12 against the Rams.

    Advice: Dalton was "limited" on Wednesday, but practiced in full on Thursday and Friday and will be all systems go against St. Louis. Yesterday, 10:38 am
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  • Tyrod Taylor 'ready to roll,' listed probable
    Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) is probable for Week 12 against the Chiefs.

    Advice: Coach Rex Ryan said Taylor is "ready to roll." With LeSean McCoy running at a high level, the Bills have scaled back Taylor's passing volume in recent weeks, and he's also battling some accuracy issues. All that combined, Taylor is a low-end QB2 on a loaded Week 12 slate. There are better streaming options. Yesterday, 9:26 am
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  • Jerry Jones confirms Romo is done for season
    Owner/GM Jerry Jones confirmed Tony Romo suffered a hairline fracture in his collarbone Thursday against the Panthers and will miss the remainder of the season.

    Advice: As expected. This puts the cherry on top of a lost season for the Cowboys. Romo returned last week from a broken collarbone that cost him 10 weeks, and Dez Bryant missed a boat load of games earlier in the year with a broken foot. Matt Cassel will reenter the starting lineup, and Darren McFadden will again be the focal point of the offense moving forward. Romo will be placed on I.R. Yesterday, 8:45 am
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  • Cutler leads Bears to a Thanksgiving upset
    Jay Cutler completed 19-of-31 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and rushed four times for nine yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.

    Advice: Cutler outplayed Aaron Rodgers Thursday in his first career win at Lambeau Field. He was only sacked once and wasn’t fazed by Green Bay’s pass rush. The game plan was pretty conservative as Cutler stayed in the intermediate part of the field instead of going for the home run. His lone touchdown pass came against a heavy blitz. Zach Miller was wide open on the play. He didn’t click with Alshon Jeffery right away but their chemistry improved as the game went on with Jeffery hauling in four of his five second-half targets. Cutler has an appetizing matchup against the 49ers in Week 13. Thursday, 10:02 pm
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  • Rodgers held in check as Bears upset Packers
    Aaron Rodgers completed 22-of-43 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception and rushed four times for 33 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.

    Advice: The dreadful weather conditions in Green Bay prevented either team from establishing much of a vertical presence. Rodgers did the best he could under the circumstances, using the intermediate part of the field for screens and check-downs. He didn’t get much cooperation from his receiving corps as the Packers dropped a number of wide-open passes and struggled to get open. Davante Adams was the worst offender with three drops. Rodgers hurt his left wrist while trying to recover a botched snap but was back for the next series. His first-quarter touchdown pass to Eddie Lacy was the 250th of his career. Rodgers will be a top-five option against the Lions in Week 13. Thursday, 9:23 pm
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  • Romo replaced by Cassel after injury
    Matt Cassel completed 13-of-19 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 12 loss to Carolina.

    Advice: Tony Romo appeared to re-fracture his collarbone in Thursday's defeat, which would force Cassel back into the starting lineup for the remainder of the season. We've seen Cassel's act before, and it's not pretty. Even against the Redskins in Week 13, Cassel would be a low-end two-quarterback-league option. Thursday, 5:06 pm
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  • Two defensive TDs move Panthers to 11-0
    Cam Newton completed 16-of-27 passes for 183 yards and rushed 12 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 12 win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Newton made critical third-down throws to keep the chains moving on offense, but ultimately didn't have to do much more as the Panthers scored twice on defense. Luke Kuechly and Kurt Coleman each pick-sixed Tony Romo, who later left with a potentially severe collarbone injury. The Panthers' defensive scoring and four field goals by Graham Gano resulted in a disappointing fantasy day for Newton. Expect Cam's scoring to get back on track when Carolina visits the Superdome in Week 13. Thursday, 4:49 pm
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  • Sanchez manages two scores in blowout loss
    Mark Sanchez completed 19-of-27 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia's 45-14, Week 12 loss to the Lions.

    Advice: He also lost a fumble. Sanchez was taking lots of Twitter guff, but was the least of the Eagles' problems in a game that wasn't competitive. Sanchez's receivers couldn't separate, while the running game was a joke. Sanchez did make some mistakes, notably another hospital ball to Jordan Matthews, but also did an admirable job of shedding pressure. He wasn't the reason Philly got completely embarrassed on national television. With Sam Bradford (shoulder) on the mend, Sanchez should head back to the bench in Week 13. Thursday, 12:49 pm
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  • Stafford carves up Eagles on Thanksgiving
    Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-38 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns in Detroit's 45-14, Week 12 win over the Eagles.

    Advice: Stafford did whatever he wanted in his best game since 2011, taking deep shots and dump offs alike. He was throwing frozen ropes, and putting them on the money. Stafford found Calvin Johnson for three of his five scores, with Theo Riddick and Golden Tate catching the others. It was a highly impressive day, though it came against a defense that's packed it in for the season. The Eagles' scheme was embarrassingly bad, while LCB Nolan Carroll departed early with a broken ankle. Stafford will come back down to earth against the Packers in Week 13, but will still be on the QB1 radar. Thursday, 12:45 pm
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  • Johnny Manziel demoted for lying about video
    FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Johnny Manziel was demoted for lying about when the 30-second video showing him partying was shot.

    Advice: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns asked Manziel to stay around the facility and lay low during the bye week. Coach Mike Pettine stressed the reason for Manziel's benching was not the video but a breach of trust, and this backstory helps explain that sentiment. Rapoport also reports the Browns are not closing the door on Manziel at this time. That may be true, but Johnny is quickly running out of chances. Thursday, 9:16 am
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  • Sam Bradford inactive for Thanksgiving Day
    Eagles declared Sam Bradford (shoulder) inactive for Thanksgiving Day against the Lions.

    Advice: Bradford was spotted warming up before the game, and Albert Breer reports Bradford likely would have been ready if this game has been played on Sunday. He should be back Week 13. Mark Sanchez will start against Detroit and has some upside in what could be a high-paced game, but he is more of a QB2 in season-long formats. Thursday, 8:02 am
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  • Rapsheet: Peyton Manning out at least 3 weeks
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Peyton Manning (foot) will miss "at least three weeks."

    Advice: The original release said two weeks, but Rapoport reports Manning will barely be out of his cast at that point. Rapoport called Week 15 against the Steelers the most realistic return date for Manning, but he also cautioned it is still a possibility Manning does not play again this season. Manning is droppable in all formats. Brock Osweiler will continue to start in his place. Thursday, 7:53 am
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  • Titans give Mariota more opportunities to run
    Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said the team is giving Marcus Mariota more opportunities to run.

    Advice: "We’re tinkering a little more with his running ability," Mularkey said. "As he’s gotten healthier, we’ve put more things in there that has given him the (ability to) run. It doesn’t mean he’s going to, but it gives him the opportunity to run." Mariota had just 10 rushing attempts through his first six starts, but he has 10 attempts including a 23-yard touchdown in his last two. The running threat adds another dimension to a Titans offense lacking weapons outside, and it also boosts Mariota's fantasy value. He will be a borderline QB1 against the Raiders this week. Thursday, 6:10 am
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  • Broncos sign QB Christian Ponder
    Broncos signed QB Christian Ponder.

    Advice: With Peyton Manning (foot) out "at least" two weeks, Ponder will slide in behind starter Brock Osweiler. Once Manning is healthy, Ponder will again hit the road. Wednesday, 9:26 am
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  • B.J. Daniels promoted from practice squad
    Seahawks signed WR B.J. Daniels from their practice squad.

    Advice: The former college quarterback has been bouncing back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster all season. In four games, he's logged one catch for 12 yards. Tuesday, 3:28 pm
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  • Never-ending MNF game ends, Pats move to 10-0
    Tom Brady completed 20-of-39 passes for 277 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Patriots' 20-13, Week 11 win over the Bills on Monday night.

    Advice: The game ended on Tuesday in Foxboro. Poorly officiated from start to finish, this was one to forget for all involved parties. Both offenses pretty much stunk up the joint, as this was easily Brady's worst game of the season. He should have had two interceptions, but a pick by S Bacarri Rambo in the first quarter was called back on offsetting penalties. Playing with a bare cupboard minus Julian Edelman and a taken-away Rob Gronkowski, Brady hooked up with Danny Amendola nine times for 117 yards on 12 targets. His touchdown went to James White on a blitz-beater, and White broke a tackle on the way to the end zone for the 20-yard score. Brady and the 10-0 Patriots will travel to take on the new-look Brock Osweiler-led Broncos on Sunday Night Football next week. Monday, 9:04 pm
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