Player Notes

  • Beast Mode (back) limited Tuesday
    Marshawn Lynch (back) was limited in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Beast Mode will be fine for Thanksgiving night despite lingering back issues.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
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  • Arians talks up Michael Bush signing
    When discussing the signing of RB Michael Bush, coach Bruce Arians said, "We need a guy who's gonna pound it in there and close out games for us."

    Advice: It can be taken as a sign the Cardinals are going to use Bush in goal-line and short-yardage situations. With Andre Ellington averaging over 20 touches per game and looking like he may need a breather, it's not out of the question that Bush will step into a prominent role. It's a hit to Ellington's value, but we could also argue it's a boost. Ellington is most effective when he's fresh, and less touches would make him more explosive. He's still a solid RB1/2.
    Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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  • DeMarco Murray not worried about workload
    DeMarco Murray is confident he can keep up at his current workload.

    Advice: Murray is averaging 27.8 touches per game. "As the year goes on, you feel better," Murray said Tuesday. "I feel like I’ve gotten stronger throughout the year, so I have to continue to work hard during the week and it’ll show up on Sundays." The Cowboys have actually eased off the throttle a bit with Murray in recent weeks, giving him an average of "just" 25 touches over their past four games. Murray's workload is more likely to catch up with him in future seasons than 2014.
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm
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  • Reggie Bush says he'll be 'ready to go'
    Reggie Bush (ankle) insists he'll be "ready to go" for Thursday's game against the Bears.

    Advice: He remained "limited" on Tuesday. Bush said the same thing last week, but apparently means it this time. We do indeed expect Bush to suit up for the Lions' annual Thanksgiving classic, but he won't be more than a middling FLEX play. Bush's production has declined this season, while he'll be at risk of re-injury.
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
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  • Isaiah Crowell listed as starter
    Isaiah Crowell is listed as the starter on the Browns' updated depth chart.

    Advice: The Browns' starting running back is a fluid, week-to-week situation. But logic suggests Crowell will get the nod again against the Bills in Week 13 even though he was out-touched by Terrance West 15-12 in Week 12. Crowell is averaging 5.73 YPC over the last two games while West is at 3.89. The highly talented "Crow" is a RB2 even in tough matchups.
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
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  • Frank Gore dealing with knee issue
    Frank Gore is on the Week 13 injury report with a knee issue.

    Advice: The 49ers listed Gore as limited for Monday's walkthrough. He's also been dealing with a hip injury, but his Week 13 status isn't a concern. Gore will be a low-end RB2/FLEX against Seattle on Thursday night.
    Yesterday, 8:45 am
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  • Mark Ingram leaves TDs on field in MNF loss
    Mark Ingram rushed for 27 yards on 11 carries in the Saints' Week 12 loss to the Ravens.

    Advice: He caught two passes for 15 yards. But Ingram left two touchdowns on the field. He received carries on first-, second-, and fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line on the Saints' opening drive, but was stuffed on all three opportunities. Later, Ingram caught a pass at the two-yard line but tumbled out of bounds before walking a clear path into the end zone. It was a brutal night for him against one of the league's better front-sevens. Ingram will be back on the RB2 map next week in Pittsburgh.
    Monday, 8:58 pm
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  • Pierre Thomas totals 56 yards in return
    Pierre Thomas rushed for 19 yards on five carries in the Saints' Week 12 loss to the Ravens, adding six catches for 37 yards.

    Advice: Making his return from a four-game absence due to a shoulder injury, Thomas came in and split touches evenly 11-11 with Mark Ingram, though that can be chalked up to game flow with the Saints playing catch-up for the final 20-plus minutes. Thomas' reinsertion into the lineup meant just two touches for Travaris Cadet. Thomas will flirt with RB3/FLEX value down the stretch.
    Monday, 8:53 pm
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  • Forsett shreds Saints for 182 yds, 2 TDs on MNF
    Justin Forsett rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the Ravens' 34-27, Week 12 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: He added two catches for eight yards. Rob Ryan's Saints defense came into the night allowing 4.3 YPC, 11th-worst in the league. Meanwhile, Baltimore has the league's ninth-ranked rushing offense. The Ravens' mauling offensive line pushed the New Orleans front around all night, creating gaping holes for Forsett, who walked in untouched on his 13- and 20-yard touchdowns. His longest run of the night came on the Ravens' opening play, when Forsett busted through a mammoth hole for 38 yards. Forsett will remain an RB1 next week vs. San Diego.
    Monday, 8:39 pm
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  • Bryce Brown plays behind Jackson, Dixon
    Bryce Brown had six carries for 20 yards in Week 12 against the Jets.

    Advice: Brown played behind Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon this week. He wasn't a factor in the pass game, and finished without any targets. The Bills continued to use a three-back committee, and Brown should remain a part of the rotation even when Jackson gets fully healthy. Brown won't be more than a boom-or-bust RB3 against Cleveland in Week 13.
    Monday, 8:10 pm
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  • Chris Johnson totals 62 yards against Bills
    Chris Johnson rushed seven times for 40 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in Monday night's Week 12 loss to the Bills.

    Advice: Johnson had one of his better games, but the majority of his yardage didn't come until the second half. He's averaging 10 touches over the last three weeks, and continues to play in passing situations over Chris Ivory. Johnson will be just an RB4 option for a matchup with Miami in Week 13.
    Monday, 7:55 pm
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  • Chris Ivory held in check by Bills
    Chris Ivory was held to seven carries for 31 yards in Monday night's Week 12 loss to Buffalo.

    Advice: He added three catches for seven yards. Ivory was effective on limited touches, but the Jets were forced to abandon the run and couldn't get anything going against the Bills. The Jets have got Chris Johnson more involved over the last three games, and removed Ivory on all third downs. Ivory will be a touchdown-dependent RB3 in Week 13 against Miami.
    Monday, 7:46 pm
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  • Anthony Dixon scores first touchdown
    Anthony Dixon rushed 12 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's Week 12 win over the Jets.

    Advice: Dixon rotated with Fred Jackson on early downs and was used in red-zone situations. He played ahead of Bryce Brown, who finished with six carries. Dixon made some nice runs between the tackles, and took an inside handoff for a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Even when Jackson gets fully healthy, Dixon should continue to have a role. He'll be a lower-end RB3 for Week 13 against the Browns.
    Monday, 7:40 pm
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  • Jets declare Week 12 inactives
    Jets declared RB Bilal Powell, QB Matt Simms, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, LB I.K. Enemkpali, and OL Wesley Johnson inactive for Week 12 against the Bills.

    Advice: With Powell inactive, Chris Johnson may be tasked with an uptick in passing-down touches and snaps. Powell is the Jets' best pass protector. He is down for this game due to an illness.
    Monday, 2:43 pm
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  • Dexter McCluster in concussion protocol
    Dexter McCluster is currently in the NFL's concussion protocol.

    Advice: If McCluster can't play Sunday against the Texans, the Titans might be forced to put more on Bishop Sankey's plate in obvious passing situations.
    Monday, 1:33 pm
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  • Arian Foster 'could play' against Titans
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Arian Foster (groin) "could play" in Week 13 against the Titans.

    Advice: It would be a major missed opportunity for Foster's fantasy owners if he couldn't play, seeing as Tennessee is getting routinely gashed by opposing rushing attacks. Despite Sunday's struggles, Alfred Blue would slot in as a quality RB2 in the event Foster can't make it back this week.
    Monday, 12:38 pm
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  • Latavius Murray (concussion) not yet cleared
    Latavius Murray remains in the league's concussion protocol.

    Advice: It's not a huge concern, as the Raiders are still just four days removed from their upset win over the Chiefs. As long as Murray can gain full clearance by Friday, he'll be good to go for Sunday's game against the Rams. We fully expect Murray to take over as the Raiders' starter after he stung the Chiefs for 112 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries. He needs to be 100 percent owned in 10-12 team leagues.
    Monday, 11:59 am
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  • Bucs FB Jorvorskie Lane has broken leg
    Bucs FB Jorvorskie Lane has been diagnosed with a broken leg, and requires season-ending surgery.

    Advice: Lane had played only 77 snaps as the Bucs' lead blocker this season. His loss won't have an effect on Tampa's monumentally-ineffective running game. Going on 28, Lane isn't signed beyond 2014.
    Monday, 11:39 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.
    Sunday, 10:47 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.
    Sunday, 10:10 pm
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