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Pierre Thomas (shoulder) ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:15pm

Saints Inactives
Nick Becton T
Brandon Deaderick DE
Kyle Knox LB
Terrence Frederick DB
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB
Robert Meachem WR
Khiry Robinson RB

Fantasy Impact:

Pierre Thomas is active tonight, as expected, after missing time with a shoulder injury. We had a news item over the weekend that said Thomas wasn't expected to cut into Mark Ingram's carries too much, instead perhaps getting his share of work in the passing game. That would hurt Travis Cadet's value. Cadet is also active for MNF.

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Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:12pm

Ravens Inactives
Arthur Brown ILB
Michael Campanaro WR
Terrence Cody NT
Gino Gradkowski C
Rashaan Melvin DB
Jah Reid T
DeAngelo Tyson DE

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:43pm

Jets Inactives
Dakota Dozier T
IK Enemkpali LB
Wesley Johnson C
Bilal Powell RB
Walt Powell WR
Matt Simms QB
Josh Thomas DB

Fred Jackson (groin) ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:39pm

Bills Inactives
Marquise Goodwin WR
MarQueis Gray TE
Bryan Johnson DE
Randell Johnson OLB
Cyrus Kouandjio T
Frank Summers FB
Jarius Wynn DE

Fantasy Impact:

Fred Jackson will play in Week 12. He was questionable all week with a groin injury so it's possible he's limited against the Jets, who rank sixth in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will likely factor in the game plan, but with the workload in question and a tough matchup, no one is really considered a safe play in this situation.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:20pm

Scott Bair on Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Latavius Murray not practicing. Was concussed on Thursday.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:19pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that running back Arian Foster could return to action Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Foster has missed the Texans’ last two games due to a groin injury.

“There’s a potential that he could play,” O’Brien said Monday at NRG Stadium. “He feels better (Monday). Hopefully he’ll be out there at practice and hopefully that’s something that he’ll be able to help us on gameday.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's not a lot to go on, but it's only Monday. Rookie Alfred Blue has filled in as the Texans’ primary back but failed to gain traction last Sunday during a home loss to Cincinnati.

Jay Gruden: 'Every intent' to start RGIII Week 13

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:16pm

Redskins on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said, "there's a chance at a lot positions" for re-evaluations. Clarifies there's "every intent" to start Robert Griffin III vs. Colts Week 13.

Fantasy Impact:

It's doesn't really rule out the team not starting RGIII, but there at least seems to be a good chance they will. The Skins travel to Indy and will likely need to score some points against Andrew Luck and company - something the team hasn't really done the last two weeks. RGIII is a risky play.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:13pm

Steve Andress on Twitter - [Full Article]

Coach HC Chuck Pagano says TE Dwayne Allen is trending in the right direction. Day-to-day.

Fantasy Impact:

Colby Fleener would get the nod again if Allen doesn't play. Even with Allen out in Week 12, Fleener didn't produce the fantasy numbers owners hoped for. The Colts host the Redskins in a pretty friendly matchup in Week 13.

Sources say Ryan Mallett done for the year

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss the rest of the season due to a torn right pectoral muscle, according to media reports.

Mallett, who played through the injury during Sunday's game, injured the muscle in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns. He practiced fully all week but was on the injury report with a chest injury throughout the week leading up to the game.

The Houston Chronicle and Houston's FOX 26 earlier reported the news.

However, a team source told ESPN that Mallett's injury still is being evaluated and no determination has been made on his status.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans turned to Mallett just before their bye week, as he replaced former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 10-year veteran. The Texans traded for Mallett on Aug. 31; he had spent the first three years of his career with the New England Patriots. Mallett threw only four passes in that time and never played a meaningful snap. The Texans acquired him for a conditional draft pick. With Monday's news, Mallett won't reach the proper playing time needed (40 percent of the team's snaps), so New England will receive a seventh-rounder. Ryan Fitzpatrick could become the starter again, but there's been no official word from the team. The Texans actually have some favorable matchups for the rest of the season in regard to our QB SOS.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers as they make a push for an AFC North title: What role will rookie Dri Archer carve out in the backfield?

To say the third-round draft pick has been a bit player through his first nine NFL games would be an understatement.

The release of LeGarrette Blount has seemingly created an opening for Archer. But does he really have much more of an opportunity with Blount gone? The Steelers were already phasing Blount out of the offense before the temper tantrum last Monday night that led to his release. Getting rid of Blount only clarified that Le’Veon Bell is the Steelers’ starting running back, third-down back and goal-line back.

Mike Tomlin did not opt for subtlety last week when asked his opinion of Archer and what the Kent State product has shown through roughly the first three quarters of the season.

“Not much,” the eighth-year Steelers coach said. “He is a young guy. He has some talent. He has worked hard. We will see where he is.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that the Steelers have not figured out a way to use Archer and his supreme speed. But one thing hasn’t fundamentally changed when it comes to the 5-8, 173-pounder: Archer still has to make the most of limited touches before he earns a bigger role in the offense.

A.J. Green: 'The toe is 100 percent'

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

A.J. Green has looked completely healthy again the last two weeks, pushing off both feet to make some of toughest contested, jumping catches and tip-toe sideline landings of his career.

He has looked like a Pro Bowl receiver who's just reaching midseason form. Actually, forget midseason form. On Sunday, he played his best game in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform.

So it really wasn't all that surprising after the 22-13 win over the Houston Texans that he said he felt as good as he has in the last two months.

"The toe is 100 percent," Green said, referencing the toe he originally tweaked during the season opener. "Last week was good, the couple games before that was all right, but now, I have no pain."

Fantasy Impact:

Green torched the Texans for a career-high 12 receptions, good for 121 yards. And perhaps the biggest key is that Green said there is no pain. As the story said, Green had been bothered by his right big toe from the moment he landed on it awkwardly in the first quarter of the opener at Baltimore. Although he finished that game, he was unable to make it past six plays the following week. He played again a week after that, and then three weeks later the pain became so unbearable that during the stretching portion of a practice, he stopped, took his shoe off and slammed it down in frustration before getting carted off the field.

Larry Fitzgerald could 'miss more games'

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:15am

Kent Somers on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's knee sprain didn't respond as hoped for Week 12. Could well miss more games.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cards have a nice matchup in Week 13 - on the road at Atlanta. If Fitz can't lay, Michael Floyd and John Brown should benefit as the primary pass-catchers.

Marshawn Lynch 'got sick to his stomach,' but returned Week 12

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:11am

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

It looked rather ominous when, after the first series of the game, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch headed to the sideline, spending the next two Seattle possessions mostly sitting on a bench, wearing a beanie.

He then got up and rode on a stationary bike, and in the press box came the announcement he was again battling issues with his back.

The details, though, revealed that matters weren’t as dire as they might have seemed.

“He got sick to his stomach,’’ said Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “He was about ready to throw up over on the sidelines. So he had to wait it out.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Once he did, he returned to gut out 39 yards on 15 carries against an Arizona defense that came in ranked as the best in the NFL against the run. Lynch battled a back injury leading up to the game and it was speculated that was the reason he left the game before coming back. Carroll said the back is always an issue and always has tightness to get through, but that Carroll was told Lynch was sick.

Report: Ryan Mallett's season in jeopardy

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:03am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Texans turned to strong-armed quarterback Ryan Mallett two weeks ago to see if he could turn around a struggling offense in year one of coach Bill O'Brien's tenure.

After two games, his season might be over. According to, Mallett may have sustained a torn pectoral muscle prior to Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Bengals. The report states that Mallett aggravated what was previously described as a strained chest during pre-game warmups. Mallett decided to play through the pain and did not have a great day.

He finished with 189 yards and an interception.

Fantasy Impact:

If this is the end of Mallett's season, the Texans will have to turn back to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who opened the year as Houston's starter.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:58am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton's left ankle is "fine."

With about 7 minutes left in Sunday's 19-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Stanton went to the sideline and got his left ankle taped.

"We're good," he said. "I was just scrambling, got rolled up a little bit, just kinda got caught in the pile. It wasn't anything major."

"It's not anything severe," Stanton said. "It's just precautionary for tape."

Fantasy Impact:

After it was taped, Stanton walked on it and could be seen testing it on the sideline. In the meantime, backup quarterback Logan Thomas started warming up, even going so far as taking snaps on the sideline from center Lyle Sendlein the story said. It's something to keep an eye on this week. The Cards have a potentially friendly matchup at Atlanta in a later-afternoon game.