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Julius Thomas officially OUT for Broncos

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:01pm

Broncos Inactives
Marvin Austin DT
Montee Ball RB
Tony Carter CB
Chris Clark T
Ronnie Hillman RB
Michael Schofield T
Julius Thomas TE

Fantasy Impact:

Jacob Tamme makes for a borderline TE1 start for those holding out hope for Julius Thomas. C.J. Anderson is a top option at RB with Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball out.

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Lamar Miller active for Dolphins

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00pm

Dolphins Inactives
Jalil Brown DB
Cortland Finnegan CB
Jonathan Freeny LB
Nate Garner G
Anthony Johnson DT
Billy Turner T
Charles Clay TE

Fantasy Impact:

RB Lamar Miller is active and usable as an RB2 in a tough matchup with the Broncos.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:57pm

Washington Inactives
David Amerson CB
Chris Baker NT
Kirk Cousins QB
Leonard Hankerson WR
Jordan Reed TE
Aldrick Robinson WR
Trent Williams T

Fantasy Impact:

Niles Paul makes for a borderline TE1 start with Jordan Reed out.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:46pm

Seahawks Inactives
Rashaun Allen TE
Allen Bradford LB
Marcus Burley DB
James Carpenter G
Demarcus Dobbs TE
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB
Max Unger C

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:40pm

Rams Inactives
Alex Carrington DE
Barrett Jones G
Lamarcus Joyner CB
Marcus Roberson CB
Korey Toomer LB
Brandon Washington G
Damian Williams WR

Fantasy Impact:

Jared Cook is active, but not a strong fantasy option.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:39pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae DB
Ronnie Brown RB
Ryan Carrethers DT
Dontrelle Inman WR
Rich Ohrnberger C
Damion Square DE
Reggie Walker OLB

Larry Fitzgerald inactive for Cardinals

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:39pm

Cardinals Inactives
Desmond Bishop LB
Glenn Carson LB
Larry Fitzgerald WR
Matthew Mulligan TE
Ed Stinson DE
Alameda Ta'amu NT
Kerwynn Williams RB

Fantasy Impact:

Even with Fitzgerald out, we're not all that excited about Michael Floyd or John Brown in a tough matchup with Seattle.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10:01am

See “Important Last Minute News” from 11:00 AM to 12:55PM (EST) for all the latest Game Day Inactives, Lineup Changes and other insights.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:07pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos have shuffled their thin backfield on the eve of their showdown with the Miami Dolphins. They promoted Jeremy Stewart from their practice squad and waived rookie Kapri Bibbs.

Stewart gives the Broncos' backfield more experience with Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (groin) sidelined.

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart is a third-year pro from Cal who appeared in 17 games during his first two NFL seasons in Oakland. The Broncos signed him to their practice squad Oct. 8. Stewart has one career TD run on 27 carries for 103 yards and 10 catches for 68 yards. He also plays special teams and owns a 17.3-yard average on eight kickoff returns. He'll likely be behind starter C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson. It's possibly Hillman returns for Week 13.

Reggie Bush may not return until Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:05pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

A lingering ankle injury caused Lions running back Reggie Bush to miss last Sunday’s loss in Arizona. He’s currently expected to miss Sunday’s game at New England.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bush intends to return on Thanksgiving, when the Lions host the Bears.

Bush practiced all week on a limited basis, fueling optimism that he’ll help pump up an offense that mustered only six points against the Cardinals. Officially questionable for Sunday, it’s looking like he won’t be ready to go until Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

If Bush does in fact miss Week 12, it looks like Joique Bell will carry the load again with Theo Riddick chipping in, perhaps especially in the passing game. It makes sense the team holds Bush out since it's going to be a short turnaround for a Thursday game. It's a decent enough matchup for Bell and Riddick owners as the Pats are 18th in allowing fantasy points to RBs.

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:58pm - [Full Article]

There are several reasons to believe Browns WR Josh Gordon, 23, will provide a significant boost for the offense.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan won’t radically change his scheme or philosophy because of Gordon’s return. His offense will continue to be predicated on a running game fueled by zone blocking and a passing attack largely dependent on play-action fakes.

But Gordon, who led the NFL last season with 1,646 receiving yards despite playing only 14 games, gives Shanahan opportunities to ambush defenses in different ways.

“I don’t know how much [the offense] changes,” Shanahan said. “I think it makes things easier. It gives you some different options. Sometimes it can change what coverages you see, and when you see different coverages, then you do have to change schematically with what you’re attacking. You try to get guys who are good players the ball, but also when coverages take them away, it helps other guys get the ball.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that Shanahan’s plays have been able to get receivers open all season, so the possibilities should be endless with Gordon. One positive note to consider, as the story pointed out, when Gordon returned from a two-game suspension last year, Hoyer targeted him 19 times. The All-Pro receiver responded with 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 31-27 road win over the Minnesota Vikings.

MNF Injury Report Week 12 - Pierre Thomas PROBABLE

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 4:42pm

WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), T Jah Reid (hand)

TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), RB Kyle Juszczyk (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee)

LB Kyle Knox (hand), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm)

WR Robert Meachem (ankle)

RB Travaris Cadet (hamstring), RB Mark Ingram (shoulder), CB Keenan Lewis (knee), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), T Zach Strief (chest), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas is now listed as probable and looks good for Week 12 against the Ravens. We had a news item earlier Saturday that was of the opinion Thomas wouldn't cut into Mark Ingram's workload too much, instead Thomas would likely affect Cadet's receptions and snaps. Thomas' value, at least this week, comes in PPR leagues while Ingram should remain a good option in all formats and get a bulk of the carries.

MNF Injury Report Week 12 - Fred Jackson QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 4:36pm

(New York conducted a walk-through on Saturday)

T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR T.J. Graham (neck), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder), CB Darrin Walls (calf)

DE Jarius Wynn (knee)

CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin)

K Dan Carpenter (right groin), WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (hip), DE Manny Lawson (ankle), QB Kyle Orton (toe), RB Frank Summers (neck), G Kraig Urbik (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)

Fantasy Impact:

Bills RB Fred Jackson is questionable. He's indicated he's going to play, but with the game now Monday night he becomes a bit more risky. It's not a great matchup against the Jets rush defense, but either way owners will need to be prepared just in case Jackson doesn't go. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would at least be serviceable backups if needed. Also for the Bills, Watkins and Orton are probable.

For the Jets, Chris Ivory is probable.

LeSean McCoy's teammates feel he's the same running back

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:42pm - [Full Article]

The Eagles running game is become such a sensitive subject that LeSean McCoy stormed off the podium this past week when someone asked if he was the same player he used to be.

"Am I the same player? That's for you to figure out," McCoy said before leaving the podium. "That's crazy. Am I the same player? Yeah, I'm the same player.''

That assessment isn't showing up in the box score, but it was backed up by center Jason Kelce on Friday.

"I think LeSean is the same running back as he was last year," Kelce said on 94WIP. "I don’t think he’s changed one bit."

As to why McCoy's average per carry has dropped from 5.1 to 3.7, Kelce said the blame falls on the offensive line.

“Every running back is going to miss a few [holes],” Kelce said. “LeSean isn’t missing anymore [holes] than he did last year...I think the biggest thing is that we haven’t given him the amount of opportunities and the holes that he was given last year."

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy has been hounded by local media as to whether or not he's lost a step after a down season from 2013. He's also none-to-pleased to answer the question. Those who follow the team, for the most part, don't think McCoy has lost anything. The general feeling teams are trying to take away McCoy and make the Eagles beat them with the pass, something Nick Foles has struggled to do this season and Mark Sanchez wasn't great last week against Green Bay. Owners keep waiting for McCoy to bust out but that may not happen if defenses continue to play McCoy the way they apparently have.

Texans Beat: 'Very, very low' chance Arian Foster (groin) plays

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:35pm

Tania Ganguli on Twitter - [Full Article]

Very, very low chance Arian Foster plays Week 12.

Fantasy Impact:

Ganguli also tweeted she'd expect another heavy workload for Alfred Blue. We didn't think Foster had much of a chance either after not practicing all week. It's a potentially very good matchup for Blue as the Bengals rank just 31st in allowing fantasy points to RBs. The Texans also play an early afternoon game so you'll have time to adjust your lineup if Foster doesn't play.