Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3:15pm
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Both Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green are active at TE for the Bolts. Gates was dealing with knee and hip injuries and Green an ankle. Both should be involved in the offense given the injuries at WR, but Gates is still a higher-ranked fantasy play at the position and a favorite red zone target for QB Philip Rivers.
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 2:43pm
“My fundamentals are much better [and] I feel like I’m a more polished quarterback, a more polished player, a more mature player,” he said. “That is in all phases—whether it’s fundamentals, decision making, recognition of defenses. That comes with time.”
“And that’s no surprise," he added. "I mean, if you start and play long enough in this league, you expect that to happen.”
Cousins will make the 19th start of his four-year career. But, more importantly, it’ll mark his 10th consecutive start of 2015. Prior to this season, the 27-year-old had never made more than five starts in a row. Cousins continues to improve. He's thrown one INT over his last three games after eight in his first six contests.
Lamar Miller is as soft-spoken as they come on the Dolphins. So back when he kept saying he wanted to be known as a complete back, it was easy to assume he was referring to polishing his inside running, which had been the knock on his game.
Yes, Miller is a far better inside runner than he was as a rookie in 2012, but that improvement may be surpassed by the leaps in his receiving skills. Never mind the statistics, which shout out he’s on a receiving roll entering Sunday’s game against the visiting Dallas Cowboys.
Miller the running back has become Miller the wide receiver in many of the four-wide sets. That’s ahead of veteran Greg Jennings and first-round pick DeVante Parker. Miller said on many days, he stays after practices and catches 50 to 60 balls fired from the machine. In games, he’s not dropping passes. He’s catching them in the flat, on the sidelines, even over his shoulder. With Jay Ajayi possibly stealing some carries, it could give Miller more chances in the passing game.
G Richie Incognito (shoulder)
T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee)
T Marcus Cannon (toe), G Tre' Jackson (knee), WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring), T Sebastian Vollmer (concussion)
DT Alan Branch (elbow), DE Chandler Jones (abdomen), G Shaquille Mason (knee), DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle)
Keshawn Martin popped up on the fantasy radar this week as a possible replacement for Julian Edelman. But Martin is dealing with a hamstring issue and that makes him even more risky for lineups this week. Best to take a wait-and-see approach with Martin. Danny Amendola looks like a safer play right now until we see how this unfolds. As for the Bills, in terms of fantasy offensive players, they enter this contest healthy.
The return of Tony Romo is finally official. The Cowboys quarterback was activated to the team's 53-man roster on Saturday morning. The Cowboys had until 4 p.m. ET to activate Romo to ensure that he'd be able to play against the Dolphins on Sunday.
After Romo was activated, he packed up his bags boarded the team plane for Miami.
The game against the Dolphins will mark Romo's first regular-season action since Sept. 21 when he broke his collarbone in a Week 2 win over the Eagles that improved the Cowboys to 2-0 on the season. Even at 2-7, the Boys are just two games out of first in the loss column so Romo will play. Wet conditions are expected in this contest.
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 4:05pm
The first time Tyrell Williams played this season, he played nine snaps, all on special teams, running down kickoffs and punts in coverage.
This second time, he has the chance to flash his ability on offense.
Wide receiver Malcom Floyd believes in it.
"He's sort of a mirror image of me but younger and fresher," Floyd, 34, said. "He's a speedster. He's out there, running 21 miles per hour. ... I think he's going to be better (than me). He's got a head start. He's healthy. He's durable. We might have the same stats or not, a 40-plus inch vertical, 4.4 speed, but I think there's a tremendous upside with him compared to me. He has a head start. He didn't get hampered by any early injuries or anything like that."
The Chargers are promoting Williams from their practice squad, a source said Saturday morning. He'll be one of four wide receivers active Sunday against the Chiefs; Stevie Johnson, Dontrelle Inman and Javontee Herndon are the others. Herndon and Williams are playing their second career game. They have a 12-yard catch between them.
Kaepernick, who was on the injury report Friday, told the 49ers that he wanted to have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, prompting the team to put him on IR, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Niners originally had listed Kaepernick as probable for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Undrafted rookie quarterback Dylan Thompson was promoted from San Francisco's practice squad Saturday to replace Kaepernick on the active roster.
There's been lots of speculation Kaepernick and the 49ers have no choice but to part ways after this season, but this injury could affect that. He will need to pass a physical prior to April 1 or it's possible he could remain a 49er in 2016. The team benched Kaepernick for their Nov. 8 game in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who helped lead San Francisco to an upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Kaepernick, 28, completed 59 percent of his passes this season for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. His 78.5 passer rating is the fifth-lowest in the NFL among qualified quarterbacks. Looks like Gabbert may finish out the year as the starter, but with the offense banged up with injuries, there's not a lot of fantasy upside for Gabbert.
The Redskins’ biggest play against the Saints came on a very short pass. In the second quarter, Kirk Cousins dumped a screen pass to running back Matt Jones, who picked up blocks from his linemen and receivers, and rolled 78 yards for a touchdown that gave the Redskins a lead they never relinquished.
It was the longest pass play to a Redskins running back since Larry Brown went 89 yards with a screen pass in a game against the Jets in 1972. It seems to Redskins fans that it has been that long since a screen pass worked for the team. That may be an exaggeration but the play that is a staple of Football 101 rarely seems to work for the Redskins.
Jay Gruden would like to see that change.
“They’re important, especially if you’re playing some of these pass rush teams that like to get up the field and rush,” he said. “It slows them down a little bit. We have some linemen that are very athletic and can get out in space. Last week was really our first time we had a lot of success with those screen passes and I expect us to have more as the season goes on.”
The story pointed out it's not as easy as it might look to execute a screen pass, and last week the Saints were a much friendlier matchup compared to what the Panthers will be this week. But, it sounds like the Skins would like to make it part of their offense. They certainly have the weapons as Jones proved last week. The team also has Chris Thompson as their third RB. Jones' fantasy value could really get a boost if he becomes more involved in the passing game.
With Corey Brown officially listed as doubtful (and unofficially described as “very doubtful“), the second-round pick from Michigan will move into the starting lineup.
“It’s kind of another achievement knocked off the chart,” Funchess said Friday, via ESPN.com. “I don’t sound excited, but I am excited about it.”
Funchess, who appeared in every regular-season game, has 12 catches foe 202 yards and a touchdown. His preparation for the 2015 season was hampered by a hamstring injury. It's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach with Funchess this week, but if he's on your wire he may be worth stashing for a week or two with the hope he impresses enough to remain a starter going forward.
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:52am
To the unbiased observers, and especially the fans, it doesn't make sense.
Two people with knowledge of the situation, one who works for another team and one close to the Eagles, agreed on what is happening with Austin.
"You see it all the time, it's the classic case of guy gaining trust in the coaches,'' the man with another team said. "We have it here with a defensive player. Even though his backup is the better player, he plays because the coaches trust him to know the defense. It's got to be same thing going on (with Austin). The coaches know he's going to run the right routes and be in the right place all the time. Even though the other guys might be better, he's getting the time.''
After playing a limited amount of snaps the first month, Austin played 46 snaps against the Saints, more than Josh Huff (41) and Nelson Agholor (34); played 50 against the Giants, second most to Matthews' 62 (Agholor was out that game); 60 against the Panthers; a team-high 64 against the Cowboys; and 45 against the Dolphins when Agholor returned to the lineup. The thing is, Austin hasn't been great either. Agholor is getting healthier but has missed a lot of time and may be way behind in terms of reps and chemistry, however he should start to take some snaps away from Austin as the season goes along. Right now, only Matthews is a safe fantasy option.