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  • Seahawks invite three RBs for a work out
    The Seahawks worked out free agent RBs Matt Dayes, Xavier Turner, and Nick Brossette.

    Advice: All three would be end of the roster types if they ultimately were given a contract. It's unclear if the Seahawks will sign a free agent or promote a running back of their practice squad following Rashaad Penny's ACL tear. It will be Chris Carson's backfield regardless with C.J. Prosise rotating in occasionally. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
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  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside (hamstring) is 'fine'
    Eagles coach Doug Pederson said JJ Arcega-Whiteside (hamstring) is "fine."

    Advice: Assuming he doesn't suffer a setback in practice, Arcega-Whiteside will be at or near the top of the receiver depth chart with Alshon Jeffery (foot) out for the season and Nelson Agholor (knee) "up in the air" for Sunday against the Redskins. Expectations for JJAW need to be limited even if he is the de-facto No. 1 receiver in Week 15 because Philly has purposely given him few looks this season. Expect Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and Miles Sanders to see handle most of the work. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
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  • Agholor's Week 15 status is 'up in the air'
    Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Nelson Agholor's Week 15 status is "up in the air".

    Advice: The Eagles are desperate for receivers right now, especially with Alshon Jeffery (foot) expected to miss the season. There's "no guarantee" Agholor plays this week, but he'd be the No. 1 receiver if his knee is cleared up. If he's out once again, Philly will have JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, and practice squad call ups for Week 15 against the Redskins. To make matters worse, RT Lane Johnson is expected to miss weeks with an ankle injury. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
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  • Raiders sign RB Rod Smith
    Raiders signed RB Rod Smith.

    Advice: It's notable because it signals concern with Josh Jacobs' (shoulder) status. Even if Jacobs misses Week 15, Smith will not have a role behind DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Yesterday, 2:34 pm
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  • Knee injury sends Marquise Goodwin to IR
    49ers placed WR Marquise Goodwin on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

    Advice: The oft-injured wideout ends 2019 with just 12 receptions in nine games. Goodwin had the looks of a breakout player in 2017 but has instead settled into a pattern of injury-fueled obsolescence. Now 29, Goodwin has talked of trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo as a high jumper. Goodwin competed in 2012 in London. Due $3.95 million next season, Goodwin's release would create $3.875 million in cap space. We would consider his roster spot to be in grave danger. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
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  • Washington sends Derrius Guice (MCL) to IR
    Redskins placed RB Derrius Guice on injured reserve with a sprained MCL, ending his season.

    Advice: Guice's latest knee issue will cost him the final three games of his sophomore campaign after he missed his entire rookie year. Guice confirmed his upside this season, averaging a top-flight 5.8 yards per carry in one of the league's worst offenses, but also his downside, as he simply can't stay on the field. Still only 22, Guice did enough this year to keep himself in the running for lead-back duties in 2020, but his health should be at the forefront of both the Redskins and dynasty players' minds. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
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  • Le'Veon says he's not getting enough touches
    Speaking Tuesday, Le'Veon Bell said he believes he still isn't receiving enough touches.

    Advice: Bell said he can be "the Bell of old if he gets the ball more." Known for massive workloads as a Steeler, Bell has reached 20 carries only once all season. He is averaging a modest, by his standards, 20 touches. That is still enough work to make hay with. Running behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, Bell is averaging an anemic 3.2 yards per carry, the lowest mark of his career. His 7.3 yards per reception would be the second lowest of his career. With Bell and coach Adam Gase gradually escalating their war of words, the odds seem high that 27-year-old Bell will be playing elsewhere in 2020. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
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  • Alshon Jeffery (foot) done for the season's Mike Garafolo reports Alshon Jeffery (foot) is done for the season.

    Advice: We've still yet to receive an exact diagnosis of Jeffery's injury, but the news continues to be ominous after he went down in non-contact fashion against the Giants. Hopefully he has avoided an Achilles' issue. It's just the latest injury for 29-year-old Jeffery, who will head into the offseason averaging 12 games over his past five seasons. He's appeared in all 16 games just once since 2014. Losing more explosion with each passing year, Jeffery is signed for a prohibitive $12.75 million each of the next two seasons. We would typically consider Jeffery a candidate for release, but the Eagles have one of the league's thinnest receiver depth charts, while the move would leave behind a whopping $26.1 million in dead money. Jeffery is in his Michael Crabtree twilight years in dynasty leagues. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
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  • Marvin Jones done for year with ankle injury
    Lions placed WR Marvin Jones on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

    Advice: It will be the second straight season 29-year-old Jones has finished on injured reserve after a knee issue limited him to nine appearances in 2018. Jones was in the midst of an excellent campaign until Matthew Stafford's back landed him on the shelf, though he still had a few productive games with Jeff Driskel and David Blough under center. His nine receiving scores are currently tied for second in the league. Three months shy of his 30th birthday, Jones is signed for $6.5 million next season. He figures to be retained at that price in the final year of his deal. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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  • Mark Andrews (knee) practices on Tuesday
    Mark Andrews (knee) returned to Ravens practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was just a walk-through, but it's a great sign after Andrews departed Sunday's game early and was absent from Monday's session. Considering the amount of health issues he's had this year, it's still possible the Ravens opt to play it safe and hold Andrews out on the short week against the pathetic Jets. If he does suit up, he will be a mid-range TE1 with a snap count a possibility. Yesterday, 12:50 pm
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  • 'Boys send Cedrick Wilson to injured reserve
    Cowboys placed WR Cedrick Wilson on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

    Advice: The second-year sixth-rounder caught five passes in six games this season. Already 24 years old, Wilson will be on the outside looking in of a 53-man roster spot in 2020. He did not make the Cowboys' initial 53 this year. Yesterday, 11:24 am
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  • Bengals send Auden Tate to injured reserve
    Bengals placed WR Auden Tate on injured reserve with a sprained left MCL, ending his season.

    Advice: Damion Willis has been promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. The No. 253 overall pick of the 2018 draft, Tate caught just four balls as a rookie but took advantage of a banged up receiver corps to emerge for 40/575/1 this season. Although he is no one's idea of a speed demon — Tate clocked 4.68 at the Combine — he has a massive catch radius and put it to excellent use as a sophomore, excelling in contested catch situations. Still two months shy of his 23rd birthday, 6-foot-5 Tate is worth keeping around in Dynasty leagues. Yesterday, 11:02 am
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  • Jaylen Samuels dealing with groin injury
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Jaylen Samuels (groin) will be evaluated this week.

    Advice: With James Conner (shoulder) expected to practice "at some capacity" this week, Tomlin said he won't worry about workload distribution at the running back position until he's sure who's in. If both Samuels and Conner are absent, fantasy players should expect fourth-round rookie Benny Snell to receive an uptick in volume as a touchdown-or-bust RB3/4 since it's Samuels who's hoarded Pittsburgh's receiving-game role the past two weeks. Kerrith Whyte and Trey Edmunds would also be involved behind Snell in that scenario. Yesterday, 9:49 am
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  • Smith-Schuster (knee) expected to practice
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is expected to return to practice this week.

    Advice: This coincides with Adam Schefter's report that Smith-Schuster's "eyeing a return" against the Bills this week. JuJu hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion and taking a blow to his knee in Week 11, but even limited participation at this point would make for an encouraging sign. While Devlin Hodges has provided a spark over Mason Rudolph, the undrafted signal-caller certainly won't be able to sustain two fantasy-viable receivers once Smith-Schuster returns to the lineup. Diontae Johnson and James Washington can be depended on as WR4 options until then. Yesterday, 9:27 am
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  • Bilal (illness/ankle) 'uncertain' for Week 15
    Jets coach Adam Gase said Bilal Powell (illness/ankle) is "uncertain" for Week 15 against the Ravens.

    Advice: Powell is dealing with both an ankle injury and the flu ahead of Thursday's short turnaround against the Ravens. Gase said Le'Veon Bell (illness) wanted to play last week but was told to stay away from the team — a telling sign he'll be ready to go no matter Powell's final status. Ty Montgomery is the player to roster if there are any doubts about Bell's availability heading into Thursday. Yesterday, 9:23 am
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  • McDonald (concussion) in concussion protocol
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Vance McDonald (concussion) is in the league's protocol.

    Advice: McDonald corralled a single pass against the Cardinals before leaving mid-third quarter with a concussion. Nick Vannett took over to finish the game but wasn't targeted. McDonald can be left on waiver wires even if he's cleared for Week 15 against the Bills. Yesterday, 9:12 am
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  • Conner, JuJu expected to practice this week
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said James Conner (shoulder) is expected to practice this week.

    Advice: JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is eyeing a return to practice, too. Tomlin added that he won't worry about workload distribution among Pittsburgh's running backs until Conner's cleared and Jaylen Samuels' (groin) status is determined. Conner would undoubtedly take back lead duties the moment he's available to jump back into game action. Benny Snell can continue to be leaned on as a touchdown-or-bust RB3/4 (and the AFC North's version of Benny Snell) until all return. Yesterday, 9:10 am
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  • Colts reunite with WR Inman due to injuries
    Colts signed WR Dontrelle Inman.

    Advice: Inman worked out for the Colts last week and was obviously needed following Parris Campbell's (foot) trip to injured reserve. The second-round oft-injured speedster was already the third wideout dealt a season-ending blow for Indianapolis, joining Devin Funchess (collarbone) and Chester Rogers (knee) on the sideline. T.Y. Hilton's (calf, week-to-week) status for the rest of the season is also uncertain. Inman, 30, recorded 5/76 on seven targets in his only start for the Colts this year. Yesterday, 8:24 am
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  • Henry's maintenance to be 'same as last week'
    Titans coach Mike Vrabel said the plan for Derrick Henry is "the exact same as it was last week."

    Advice: "I would say the [maintenance plan] would be the exact same as it was last week," Vrabel said of Henry's practice schedule. "There’s a lot of things that guys manage to get to the game on Sunday and that is our job, and it is their job as a professional to be ready mentally with limited reps. If he can take more reps we’ll give him more reps." Henry of course was limited for every session and watched closely by Tennessee's medical staff heading into Sunday before plowing ahead for 18/103/2 on a five-week low in snaps (37, 60%). Dion Lewis needs to be stashed everywhere in the (unlikely) event Henry can't muster through the week. Yesterday, 7:30 am
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  • Report: Evans (hamstring) to miss Weeks 15-17
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Mike Evans (hamstring) is expected to miss the rest of the season.

    Advice: Coach Bruce Arians refused to discuss Evans' long-term status, but it sounds like the 26-year-old stud will miss Tampa Bay's last three games "barring unexpected improvement." Fantasy managers should have second-year 91st-percentile SPARQ standout Justin Watson (6'2/215) queued up as an immediate plug-and-play against the Lions in Week 15 with another on-paper eruption spot against the Texans lined up the following Sunday. Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman, and Watson will presumably close the year in three-wide sets pending Scotty Miller's (hamstring) availability. Yesterday, 7:13 am
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