Originally posted: November 28, 2017
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (AFC)
Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is dealing with a torn meniscus, HC Sean McDermott told reporters. Although the team still considers Benjamin “day-to-day” despite being inactive and not close to playing in Week 12 at Kansas City, Benjamin still is likely to miss multiple weeks, beyond the matchup vs. New England.
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon won’t be on a snap count for the team’s game against the Chargers on Sunday, HC Hue Jackson told reporters. Jackson, waiting to play Gordon for a long way, says he wants to see him action for “as much as possible” vs. a tough Los Angeles secondary.
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has a good chance to remain the team’s starter for the rest of the season, the Denver Post reports. Siemian already got the nod for Sunday’s game at Miami, and with QB Paxton Lynch (ankle) in line to miss a month, HC Vance Joseph is likely to play out the string with his healthiest, best option.
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage will be benched soon if he keeps struggling with turning the ball over, HC Bill O’Brien told reporters a day after the team’s latest listless loss at Baltimore on Monday night. QB T.J. Yates is currently the team’s #2.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith won’t be benched anytime soon and still has full confidence from HC Andy Reid, the Kansas City Star reports. The plans haven’t budged on making this a full “redshirt” season for first-round rookie QB Patrick Mahomes, despite Smith’s recent major struggles.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is considered day-to-day and has a chance to play Sunday against Cleveland with a few extra days to heal after last Thursday’s win in Dallas, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. It’s unclear if that would allow the rookie to play a bigger role in the passing game.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is expected to handle a feature workload with RB Damien Williams (shoulder) set to miss Sunday’s game vs. Denver, ESPN reports. HC Adam Gase wants to see what Drake can do with more touches plus the team has no other reliable options at the moment.
New York Jets QB Josh McCown will be the team’s starter going forward to close out the season, HC Todd Bowles told reporters. The team’s losing record and weekly fading playoff hopes will not prompt the team to take a longer look at either QB Christian Hackenberg or QB Bryce Petty.
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson is in line for a big outside role in Sunday’s game against the Giants with WR Michael Crabtree (suspension) not playing and WR Amari Cooper (concussion) likely to join him on the shelf. WR Seth Roberts is more suited to stick to the slot, while WR Johnny Holton is more of a pure speedy deep threat. Patterson also won’t need to worry about Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle-out) in coverage.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) has a chance to return Monday against the Bengals, but HC Mike Tomlin admitted to reporters the team can’t make the decision until much later in the week to see whether he can get in a full practice session.
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis needs to improve his run blocking for him to see the field more, the team’s official website reports. HC Mike Mularkey has been very disappointed with that aspect of the rookie first-rounder’s game, limiting his impact in the passing game.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (NFC)
Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert will start in Week 13 and likely for the rest of the season over QB Drew Stanton (knee), but HC Bruce Arians also suggested to reporters that Gabbert could be the permanent starter next season should QB Carson Palmer choose to retire. Gabbert played well despite two interceptions in Houston, and made big plays in the upset over Jacksonville. It’s still likely the team drafts a QB somewhat early in the 2018 NFL draft.
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (toe) plans to play through the pain of the injury he discovered after being the team’s top target in the Week 12 game against the Jets, the Charlotte Observer reports. Funchess has a good chance to draw the Saints’ backup cornerbacks Sunday in New Orleans.
Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin (concussion) has a good chance to not miss any games after practicing early in the week, HC Jason Garrett told reporters. Losing Martin in the lineup would be a big blow to the Cowboys’ struggling RBBC.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (ankle) isn’t feeling too great with the injury he suffered in Week 12’s Thanksgiving home game vs. Minnesota, but ESPN reports there are no concerns about him missing Sunday’s game at Baltimore. The few extra days should help him be closer to his best.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) looked good throwing the deep ball in pregame workouts before the Week 12 Sunday night game at Pittsburgh, ESPN reports. There’s an outside chance he practice on a limited basis this week with the intention of still returning in Week 15 at Carolina.
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener (concussion), after being knocked out hard from Week 12’s loss at the Rams, admitted to reporters that this is the fifth time he’s been concussed in his football playing career. Fleener is set to miss Sunday’s game vs. Carolina and the Saints may be tentative to put him back in the lineup, given his limited receving-only role behind their better blocking TEBC.
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is likely to be the team’s starter on Sunday at Chicago, although HC Kyle Shanahan will make the official decision only on Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The decision may be made easy by the fact QB C.J. Beathard (knee) is set to miss practice that day, making his availability for the weekend very iffy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) is expected to do more throwing in practice this week, starting on Wednesday, ESPN reports. The intention of HC Dirk Koetter is that if Winston looks healed and good enough, he will return to the starting lineup Sunday in Green Bay over backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) hasn’t been close to practicing this week and is looking closer ot being shut down for the rest of the season, ESPN reports. With TE Vernon Davis and TE Niles Paul filling in well, there’s no reason to rush the oft-injured Reed back.
Source: Fantasy Guru
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