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Cardinals sign RB Michael Bush

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 8:33pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals are doing something about their troubled ground game.

The team on Tuesday announced the signing of veteran running back Michael Bush. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released fellow runner Kerwynn Williams.

Bush, 30, hasn't played since making 13 appearances with the Bears last season as a short-yardage back who never lived up to the promise of the four-year deal he signed in 2012. The former Raiders starter rumbled for 977 yards with Oakland in 2011, but accounted for just 197 yards and three scores in the Windy City last autumn.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, in theory, Bush gives the Cardinals a physical presence they've missed this season. Andre Ellington is a tantalizing athlete, but Arizona's inability to sustain drives on the ground cost them dearly in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Coming out of Week 12, only the Raiders are churning out fewer yards per outing than the Cards. The Cards have had some tough matchups at least in terms of fantasy. Things get a bit easier the next two weeks, but for fantasy playoffs, it's the Rams and Seahawks followed by the 49ers in Week 17, all in the top-five. Bush likely won't have much fantasy value, but could potentially steal short-yardage TDs.

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Browns Beat: Jordan Cameron could play this week

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 2:23pm

Tony Grossi on Twitter - [Full Article]

All signs look like a go [for Browns TE Jordan Cameron to play this week].

Fantasy Impact:

Cameron would be an interesting play for those hurting at the TE position at this point in your season. While he's had three concussions the last three years, the thought of Cameron getting back on the field with WR Josh Gordon opening things up is too good to pass up. We'll continue to monitor the situation but early signs apparently point to him playing in Week 13. The Browns take on the Bills who came into last week as the top team against TEs, but Cameron's schedule the rest of the way appears favorable.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 2:09pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Washington Post Redskins writer Mike Jones answered a fan's question about Robert Griffin III and the team's playcalling for him:

HC Jay Gruden's calling a vanilla offense because Griffin can’t handle a more complicated scheme right now. He has to call quick-hitters in an attempt to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands, because he’s holding on to it too long as he struggles to play with rhythm and anticipation.

Gruden couldn’t afford to have Griffin stand in the pocket and wait for things to unfold downfield on Sunday because of the fierce 49ers defense. He got sacked six times while waiting for intermediate routes to unfold. Gruden tried to spice things up by calling for the Pierre Garcon end-around/pass downfield. He also called for Griffin to take a shot downfield, but he threw into double coverage and didn’t even see Pierre Garcon wide open in single coverage, also downfield.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones answered many frustrating questions from fans about RGIII. Another interesting answer was that Gruden is likely very frustrated Griffin hasn't picked up more of the offense by now, which leads Gruden to say things like: they intend to start Griffin this week. Jones went on to say Gruden was hired to fix RGIII but so far that hasn't happened and while he likely feels he needs to give RGIII more time, watching this offense is a struggle. It all adds up to meaning just about everyone on the Redskins offense is a risky fantasy play, especially as we head into the fantasy playoff season.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 12:44pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have promoted tight end Cameron Brate from the practice squad, signed tight end D.J. Williams and waived wide receiver Marcus Thigpen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 12:39pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Saints wide receiver Nick Toon received the biggest bump in playing time with Brandin Cooks' injury. Toon played 44 offensive snaps (60 percent) in by far his most plentiful snap count this season.

Running back Pierre Thomas jumped back in with 39 snaps (53 percent). This led to a drop for Mark Ingram, who only played on 25 snaps (34 percent).

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas had just five carries to Ingram's 11, but as expected, Thomas was a big part in the passing game with six catches for 37 yards. Ingram had a tough time, at one point having seven carries for 0 yards before finishing with a 11-27-0 line. At WR, Toon ended with three catches for 42 yards but it was Kenny Stills who had eight catches for 98 yards and seemed to benefit the most from a fantasy perspective with Cooks not being in the lineup.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:17am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins WR Pierre Garçon would rather be catching passes than throwing them. Last year Garçon was targeted 181 times, or more than 11 times per game. This season he has been targeted 68 times, about six times per game. He’s on pace to catch 67 passes this year, a far cry for the team-record 113 he caught in 2013.

It was expected that Garçon would catch fewer passes last year with the addition of DeSean Jackson. But it’s not like he has caught a ton of passes either; Jackson will catch 61 at his current pace.

The Redskins have started three different quarterbacks this year and while all have struggled in various ways, Robert Griffin III has been the least effective of them and he has started the last three games, all losses.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden understands the frustration.

“You get paid to play wide receiver,” he said. “You get paid to catch balls and they’re not catching the balls they’re accustomed to catching. We’ve just got to find out ways to get them the ball. You only have one ball. You hand the ball off to Alfred and throw some quick gains. The backs are involved, the tight ends are involved and over the course of the game, sometimes you don’t get as many as you would like.”

Fantasy Impact:

Perhaps the final hope for Garcon owners was the return of RGIII at QB. Garcon's targets had dipped with Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins under center this season, but that increase hasn't taken place since Griffin returned making Garcon not much of a fantasy option with this struggling offense.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are adding former Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to the mix.

With Ryan Mallett out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle, the Texans needed someone to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:04am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Calvin Johnson missed three games earlier this season, it gave Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford a chance to get comfortable with and accustomed to all of the other targets on the team's roster.

Golden Tate thrived and is already over 1,000 yards this season.

But since Johnson returned against Miami in Week 10, the all-too-familiar Stafford-to-Johnson combination has not been as effective as normal. Stafford has only completed 43 percent of his targets to Johnson over the past three weeks and it is the first time since Johnson's rookie season in 2007 that he has gone three straight weeks catching less than 50 percent of his targets.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say that over the past three weeks, Johnson has been targeted 37 times, caught 16 passes for 230 yards with two drops. In comparison, Tate has been targeted 24 times and caught 17 passes for 247 yards and no drops. Caldwell believes Johnson is still moving at the same speed as he did at the beginning of the season, despite an ankle injury that limited him in two games and kept him out of three others.

Chance Julius Thomas returns for Week 13

Monday, November 24, 2014, 8:40pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

More healing is necessary but there's a chance Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will return to play in the AFC West showdown Sunday night at Kansas City.

Thomas missed the Broncos' 39-36 victory Sunday against Miami and all but a few plays in their previous week's loss at St. Louis because of a severely sprained left ankle.

"I have had better days, and I have had worse days," Thomas said Monday. "You hope you just wake up one day and it feels good again, but that didn't happen last week. But it has improved."

Thomas made an NFL-record 12 touchdown receptions through nine games. He had such a big lead that two weeks later he still tops all NFL players in touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

Jacob Tamme would likely play in place of Thomas but had just one catch for -1 yard in Week 12 against the Dolphins. Because of that, and despite the offense he plays in, owners would have to consider him a risky start.

Packers still monitoring Eddie Lacy's GI illness

Monday, November 24, 2014, 8:33pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

Packers running back Eddie Lacywas still battling a stomach ailment on Monday after his 125-yard rushing performance the previous day in Minnesota.

“He’s fighting through a GI illness,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He was in today for a ‘re-gen’ workout. It’s something we’re still monitoring.”

Fantasy Impact:

McCarthy said he was aware of Lacy’s illness prior to Sunday’s contest, but when it didn’t seem to affect his game, it didn’t affect the offense’s approach either. Lacy carried the ball a season-high 25 times, including 10 times on two fourth-quarter drives, in the 24-21 victory over the Vikings. His 125 rushing yards were also a season best, and he scored twice, on a one-yard plunge and a 10-yard shovel pass.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 8:29pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater, out with a foot fracture since Week 3, was back on the practice field. Streater led the Raiders in receiving with 60 receptions for 888 yards in 2013 and had nine catches for 84 yards at the time of his injury in a 16-9 loss to New England.

"I think I'm close," Streater said. "I went through pretty much the whole practice without any pain. Cutting, running full speed, catching it.''

"It looked like he ran around pretty good," Raiders coach Tony Sparano said. "I know he was pretty excited to get back out there, so we'll see. We've got to be patient, but he looked good doing what he was doing.''

Fantasy Impact:

Placed on the designated for return injured reserve list on Oct. 2, the Raiders must either put Streater on the 53-man roster within 21 days or place him on injured reserve, which would end his season.

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.

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.