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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Rams TE Jared Cook (back) did not practice Wednesday. Lance Kendricks would be a Sneaky Start if Cook can’t play.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related) missed practice Thursday. Daniels is probably just getting a day off.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was limited Thursday after taking full practice reps Wednesday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Reed’s injury is not in the same hamstring as his injury earlier in the year. If he’s out, Niles Paul will be a Sneaky Start in his place, though the Redskins’ passing game has taken a step back since the return of Robert Griffin III.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Rudolph seems to be getting close to 100 percent, though we wouldn’t recommend him after his goose egg last week.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Thomas is not yet practicing, but the team is hopeful that he’ll be able to play against the Dolphins. If not, Jacob Tamme would likely get most of his snaps.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. He’s on track to play. The Eagles have been surprisingly good against tight ends, though Walker is a solid start whenever he’s active.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Bills K Dan Carpenter (right groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Pats Beat: Patriots may not run it much vs. Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:57am

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Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss on the role of Jonas Gray in Week 12 and down the stretch: The Patriots have been high on Gray since training camp and Bill Belichick acknowledged that it wasn’t an easy decision to release him at the final roster cut down to 53 players in hopes of putting him on the practice squad. This is somewhat similar to the 2008 season when the Patriots had BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the practice squad initially before grooming him for a bigger role. At 230 pounds, Gray is a downhill runner who looks for contact. The one thing I’d say this week is that the Patriots, who pride themselves on being a game-plan type offense that changes significantly on a week-to-week basis to exploit the perceived weaknesses of the opponent, might not run it much because the Lions have been so good in that area (No. 1 in the NFL, 68.8 yards average per game, 3.0 average per rush).

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions have yielded a league-low 3.0 YPC this season, so the Patriots may instead feature a pass-happy attack if they can't get things going early with Gray between the tackles.

Browns Beat: Falcons wise to expect a 'full dose' of WR Josh Gordon

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:45am

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Browns beat writer Pat McManamon on WR Josh Gordon's potential workload in Week 12: Who in the world doesn't give a full dose of Gordon if he's ready to play? The guy has superstar ability and superstar talent. He opens up the field, draws double-teams, has excellent hands and runs like a gazelle. To think you hold a guy back who brings that to the field is borderline lunacy. The only thing Gordon might lack is being in game shape, but last season he stepped in after a two-game suspension and had a huge game. The Browns are tempering expectations, and they might be wise to do so. I believe nothing will hold Gordon back. The Falcons are wise to plan for him to be full-go.

Fantasy Impact:

In Week 3 of last year, Gordon came off of a two-game suspension (with Brian Hoyer at QB) and turned 19 targets into 10 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. It was a shorter suspension and a different coaching staff, but even if Gordon doesn't play 90 percent of the snaps, he can still post a great fantasy line against a shaky Falcons pass defense.

Bengals Beat: Team will use a 'heavy dose' of Jeremy Hill in Week 12

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:38am

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Beat writer Coley Harvey on the role of Giovani Bernard if he makes his return in Week 12: With the Bengals taking his rehab slowly, I can't imagine he'll play his regular load, and I can't imagine he'll be taking the pounding up the middle that he had before. The Bengals have been able to absorb Bernard's loss quite well. Rookie Jeremy Hill has been better than advertised, ripping off a pair of 150-yard rushing performances in his absence. It's not far-fetched to make the claim right now that Hill is the best running back the Bengals have. That said, Bernard is the starter, and has ability in the pass-catching game that Hill and others don't. You'll see a heavy dose of Hill on Sunday. But if Bernard does play, it might not be the role Bengals fans are used to.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Hill ranked several spots ahead of Bernard, who will likely be limited in his first game back. Hill is a solid RB2 while Bernard is more of a RB3/flex-type this week.

Colts Beat: Trent Richardson will be the 'workhorse' in Indianapolis

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:18am

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Beat writer Mike Wells on Trent Richardson's opportunity as the "workhorse" back for the Colts: It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Richardson. He shared the workload with Bradshaw in the nine games they played together, but now he’ll be the workhorse in the backfield. That’s kind of a scary thought when you take into account that Richardson rushed for zero yards on seven carries against the Patriots last weekend. Richardson and general manager Ryan Grigson have a lot on the line, because there’s no excuse for Richardson not to be effective. He has been in the system for more than a year and no longer has to split carries. Produce and it will soften the blow of Richardson’s inconsistent play the past year. Struggle and the questions continue as to why Grigson gave up a first-round draft pick for a player who hasn’t been worth it so far.

Fantasy Impact:

Dan "Boom" Herron will move into a backup/complementary role behind Richardson. The split will depend on how each player performs. Given Richardson's recent history of low production, it wouldn't be surprising if Herron worked his way into a Ahmad Bradshaw-type role.

Report: Patriots sign RB LeGarrette Blount to a two-year deal

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:05am

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Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact:

Blount was terrific for the Patriots last year, but it appears that the team will use Jonas Gray as its primary between-the-tackles thumper. Blount will provide depth and may get a handful of carries (or more) depending on how each player performs. This certainly puts a small dent in Gray's stock since the team is less likely to stick with him in a feature role if he has a bad game or turns the ball over.

Bengals OC: Jeremy Hill 'has earned the right to play'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11:11pm

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This is one of those rare situations when fans, media and coaches are all on the same page. Even as starting back Giovani Bernard starts returning from a series of injuries, the ball clearly deserves to be in Jeremy Hill's hands more than before.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Wednesday that it will be.

"He deserves it," Jackson said.

"Jeremy has done tremendous [work] and he has earned the right to play, there's no question about that," Jackson said.

"It's going to be hard for me to just say, 'Let's thrust him in there again and let him go again,'" Jackson said of Bernard. "We've got to work him back into our process and how we do things. What will determine that is just how fast and how we think he is ready to go. He had a tremendous practice [Wednesday] and we'll see where this thing goes."

Fantasy Impact:

Bernard averaged 18.7 touches per game in the first seven games, while Hill averaged 9.0 touches in the same span. We're expecting Hill to lead the team in touches in Week 12, and the duo will move a 50/50 split as Bernard gets fully healthy.

Jets WR Eric Decker finally back to full health

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11:01pm

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Jets WR Eric Decker initially hurt his hamstring early in training camp. The injury then flared up in Week 2 against the Packers. Since then, Decker has been managing the pain. But after the bye week, Decker said he now feels as if he’s healthy again.

“I feel like I’m back how I felt prior to the injury in the Green Bay game,” Decker said. “I feel like I’ve got a little more bounce in my step and I’m not thinking about it every time I make a cut with my hamstring that it’s going to get aggravated. It’s back to where I’m just playing football and just having fun.”

Fantasy Impact:

Decker has seen 9.0 targets per game since the arrival of Percy Harvin (who has also averaged 9.0 targets since joining the Jets), so as long as he's fully healthy, and Michael Vick can provide capable quarterback play, then he should be a decent start in most matchups.