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Week 13 MNF Injury Report - Charles Clay DOUBTFUL

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4:09pm

LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)

TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), T Nate Garner (illness)

T Ja'Wuan James (neck)

G Daryn Colledge (back), WR Rishard Matthews (groin), RB Lamar Miller (knee), C Samson Satele (foot), WR Mike Wallace (chest)

TE Jace Amaro (concussion), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)

T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), RB John Conner (groin), WR Eric Decker (toe), DE Leger Douzable (ankle), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (illness), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), QB Michael Vick (right wrist, illness)

Fantasy Impact:

With Clay unlikely to play again, Dion Sims will get the start. He had four catches for 31 yards filling in last week. The good news for Miami is RB Lamar Miller and WR Mike Wallace are both listed as probable. For the Jets, TE Jace Amaro is out as he goes through concussion protocol. Meanwhile, WR Eric Decker, RBs Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson Bilal Powell and QB Michael Vick are all probable in what could be a tough matchup against a solid Dolphins defense.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4:00pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Colin Kaepernick has attempted more deep passes than anyone in the NFL. Yes, more than Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and, heck, almost twice as many as Aaron Rodgers.

Failure with the long ball has helped turn the 49ers (7-5) into long shots at a playoff berth.

Kaepernick went 0-of-10 on throws of at least 10 yards in Thursday night’s 19-3 flop against the Seattle Seahawks, and both of Richard Sherman’s interceptions came on two such passes.

“It’s not an evolved passing game. It doesn’t seem like cutting edge,” said Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton, an all-time great deep threat.

Fantasy Impact:

There’s no doubting Kaepernick has one of the league’s strongest arms. That helped make him such a fascinating prospect when he replaced Alex Smith in the midst of a 2012 run to the Super Bowl the story said. Kaepernick’s accuracy, however, ranks 20th when it comes to passes of 20 yards or more, the story continued. He’s attempted a league-high 61 passes in that range, and he’s completed 20, with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Jordan Cameron OUT for Week 13

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 3:55pm - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns will be without Jordan Cameron for the fifth straight game due to a concussion.

Cameron was listed as questionable, but did not make the trip with the team to Buffalo to face the Bills, according to multiple reports out of Cleveland.

The tight end was limited in practice all week, prompting optimism that he could return to the lineup. However, he didn't clear the final hurdle of concussion protocol.

Fantasy Impact:

At this point it's fair to wonder whether Cameron will return for the rest of the season. Brian Hoyer and the Browns have survived most of the season without heavy production from the tight end, who has just 13 receptions in six games, the story said. Cameron had a ton of potential as a middle of the field target in an offense that welcomed back Josh Gordon last week, but it will be tough to trust him in the fantasy playoff season.

Nick Foles' collarbone healing normally

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 11:32am - [Full Article]

Eagles QB Nick Foles' 4-week followup CT scan showed the quarterback's left collarbone is healing normally, a source close to the situation said. The source said Foles can't take a hit yet, but he can step up strengthening exercises, with an eye toward full clearance 6 to 8 weeks from the Nov. 2 break. The source stressed that more healing must take place before Foles is cleared to take a hit.

Of course, Mark Sanchez' error-free performance against Dallas made it look unlikely, for now, that the starting job will be available when Foles returns, though, in an ideal world, before deciding on a quarterback for 2015, the Eagles would be able to get a look at Foles behind this offensive line, with the once-again powerful run game that helped Foles perform so well in 2013.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanchez has been up and down but as the story said, his most recent performance against Dallas certainly won't cost him the starting job right now. But, Foles still has a way to go, so for now Sanchez is providing owners with at least low-end QB1 numbers.

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:22am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling answered a question about the Vikings WRs:

I wouldn't say Charles Johnson separated himself from the group. But the fact that this is even an open question tells you how little has gone according to plan for the Vikings' passing game. It's difficult to separate the performance of the Vikings' receivers from the play of a rookie quarterback and the poor job the Vikings' offensive line has done protecting Teddy Bridgewater, but when they invested $18 million guaranteed in Greg Jennings and gave up three picks to get Cordarrelle Patterson in 2013, they should be getting more than they are.

Jennings is a prime candidate for a contract restructuring after this season; he's scheduled to count $11 million against the cap in 2015, when he will turn 32, and has no guaranteed cash left in his deal. With 40 catches through 11 games, it's doubtful he'll play at that cap figure next year.

Fantasy Impact:

The story makes a great point about how Charles Johnson being the team's best receiver shouldn't be a topic, but the team hasn't got much of anything from Patterson - as fantasy owners know first hand. HC Mike Zimmer said last week it may even take a while for Patterson to get it. He's struggled with running patterns throughout his career. Either way, Viking WRs will make for risky fantasy plays.

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells answered a question about Donte Moncrief and the WR2 role on the team:

T.Y. Hilton will hold onto the torch for a number of years before Donte Moncrief gets hold of it. Hilton has unofficially taken the torch from Wayne as Andrew Luck's big-play target. Wayne is still Luck's security blanket, but the days of him outrunning the defense for a 50-yard touchdown have passed. Wayne knows it, too.

But I'll still take Wayne over most defensive backs when it comes to getting open on short to intermediate routes. Moncrief will become the Colts' No. 2 receiver sooner than later. It just won't happen until Wayne decides to call it quits on his likely Hall-of-Fame career.

Fantasy Impact:

According to Wells it looks like Wayne may hold the WR2 role a little longer. But Moncrief at least appears to be poised to steal WR3 targets away from Hakeem Nicks. By next year, it looks safe to assume Moncrief will be the clear WR3.

Colts Beat: Dan Herron should have bigger role than Trent Richardson

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:07am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells was asked who would have a bigger role at running back this week - Dan Herron or Trent Richardson:

I'm going with Dan Herron. He spent most of the season as the Colts' third running back, then moves into the starting lineup against Jacksonville and rushes for 65 yards and has 31 yards receiving. Richardson, who everybody has been waiting to see get going, rushed for 42 yards and didn't have any catches out of the backfield.

The thought was coach Chuck Pagano started Herron over Richardson because Richardson missed a day of practice because he was sick. Turns out Pagano went with Herron because he outperformed Richardson in practice. I wouldn't be surprised if Herron starts at running back again this week against the Redskins.

Fantasy Impact:

Wells didn't mention anything about beyond this week, but reading into it a bit, it would sure seem like Herron could end up being the starter over Richardson. Herron didn't need a lot of time to out-perform Richardson in practice and move into the starting role. Richardson will still get his carries which will likely cap Herron's fantasy value, but Herron seems like the back to own between the two.

O'Brien: Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) 'feeling much better'

Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:07pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Titans.

“I think he’s had a good week of practice,” HC Bill O’Brien said. “He’s been out there every day and, to me, he’s looked good. I believe no one at this time of the year is 100 percent. No one is. That’s just impossible. It’s a physical game, but I think he’s feeling much better than he did a couple weeks ago.”

O’Brien has consistently erred on the side of caution with Foster, resisting the temptation to ask him to play before he was ready. Foster agreed when it was suggested the coaches and training staff have had his best interests at heart, deferring to his judgment when decisions had to be made about his availability.

“Soft tissue injuries (such a groin and hamstring strains), those are things that happen quite a bit,” O’Brien said. “But yeah, you have to let them heal and you have to listen to the player about where he thinks he’s at, and he definitely communicates those things.”

Asked if he was concerned that having sat out the Cleveland and Cincinnati games would leave him rusty or out of sync, Foster said, “It’s not an issue.”

Fantasy Impact:

Foster is coming back just in time for a great matchup with the Titans, who are #32 in RB aFPA. In his last three "first games back" from injury, he has gained 40 total yards (vs. MIA in 2011), 166 yards and a TD (vs. PIT in 2011) and 61 yards (vs. BUF earlier this year). He's listed as probable, so we're optimistic that he's ready to go for a plus matchup against Tennessee.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (left wrist, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Bortles will be fine for a solid matchup against the Giants.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. No worries here. Tom Terrific will be out there against the Packers in Week 13.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Stanton is a Sneaky Start in a great matchup with the Falcons.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. Tannehill has a tasty matchup with the Jets, who are #29 in QB aFPA.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Jets QB Michael Vick (right wrist) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday. Geno Smith is expected to start in Week 13.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Asiata will return to the lineup and with Jerick McKinnon out, he figures to see the most touches. Joe Banyard or Ben Tate could limit Asiata’s upside.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. C.J. Anderson will continue to carry the load for the Broncos.