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Broncos expected to start Paxton Lynch
Revolving door at QB continues for Denver
At 3-7 and with a six-game losing streak in hand, the Denver Broncos will formally announce Wednesday that Paxton Lynch will start at quarterback Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, sources told ESPN. The team's quarterbacks were to be informed of the decision Tuesday, and coach Vance Joseph is expected to announce the move to the team Wednesday morning. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Broncos have thrown in the towel on the 2017 season and are now auditioning their young quarterback. Brock Osweiler has been keeping the seat warm for Lynch who has been dealing with a shoulder injury since training camp. The matchup is decent for Lynch who faces a Raiders defense that has yet to pick off a pass this season.
Sterling Shepard officially DNP Tuesday
Giants WR could be lynchpin for entire offense this week
Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) on Twitter: "Sterling Shepard officially did not practice today. Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison were limited. #Giants" (Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Shepard's status (he missed Week 11 with migraines) for Thursday's game could be crucial to gauging the game flow and result of that matchup. Eli Manning, Orleans Darkwa and Even Engram should all benefit if Shepard is active and healthy.
Mike Davis unlikely to play in Week 12
Seattle RB sidelined with groin injury
Pete Carroll says on @710ESPNSeattle radio show that it's "unlikely'' Mike Davis will be able to play Sunday at San Francisco. (Bob Condotta on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Davis was showing some spark Monday night against the Falcons but it's back to a fantasy wasteland for the Seahawk RBs. Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic could all see action against the 49ers but none are fantasy viable even in a plus matchup.
Browns HC: Josh Gordon returning "like Christmas"
Hue Jackson says team excited to use WR
The return of Josh Gordon has Hue Jackson so excited that the coach is mixing up his holidays. Gordon is scheduled to practice Wednesday with the 0-10 Browns on the eve of Thanksgiving. But the thought of No. 12 on the field has Jackson’s mind fast-forwarding to next month.
“It’s like Christmas,” Jackson said Monday. “I get to open a new toy. I know what’s in that box, but I just want to see how good it is. It’s exciting that he’ll be back out there.” (Akron Beacon Journal)
FF Today's Take: If all goes well with Gordon, he’ll be eligible to play in the final five games of the season beginning Dec. 3 on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. He hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since Dec. 21, 2014. He's a rare talent worth picking up this week in anticipation of the game with the Chargers.
Robert Woods to miss "a couple of weeks"
WR injured shoulder in Week 11
HC Sean McVay says WR Robert Woods will be out for a couple of weeks. Says, “That’s a significant loss for us.” (Myles Simmons on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Woods had emerged as Jared Goff's favorite target in recent weeks, so this one hurts the Rams and fantasy owners alike with Los Angeles in the midst of the most difficult part of its schedule. Sammy Watkins would seem to be an obvious candidate for more targets, but Cooper Kupp runs more of the same kind of routes as Woods and has more of a rapport with Goff.
Kelvin Benjamin injures knee in Week 11
Avoids serious injury; status unknown heading into Week 12
Bills HC Sean McDermott: no ligament damage for Kelvin Benjamin's knee. Still evaluating further. Hyde should be OK going forward. (BuffaloBills.com)
FF Today's Take: If Benjamin can make it back in time, he has a good matchup awaiting him in Week 12. Then again, much figures to depend on who McDermott decides to start at quarterback. Nathan Peterman did nothing to inspire confidence in fantasy owners with five first-half interceptions in Week 11, while one has to wonder how long Buffalo will stick with Tyrod Taylor in any game considering it has already benched him once. If Taylor starts, Benjamin should be a low-end WR2 versus the Chiefs.
Jameis Winston to miss Week 12
Still not cleared to throw
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter says the medical staff re-evaluated Jameis Winston (shoulder) and he is not cleared to throw. Will be out this week at least. (Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud)
FF Today's Take: The fact Winston has been ruled out so early this week makes a Week 13 return unlikely as well. Owners should not expect to be able to use him until Week 14 at the earliest. Ryan Fitzpatrick will continue to lead the offense in the meantime.
Robert Woods injures shoulder
Left Week 11 with left arm in a sling
Rams WR Robert Woods left the locker room with a sling on his left arm after suffering a shoulder injury during the fourth quarter of a 24-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. (Los Angeles Times)
FF Today's Take: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Woods isn't deal with any structural damage, isn’t considered serious and something he could play through it without missing time. The former Bills' second-round pick has been rolling over his last three games (20 catches for 322 yards and four touchdowns) and has posted six straight double-digit fantasy-point efforts in PPR formats. He's emerged as Jared Goff's favorite target and is in the WR2 mix if he can in Week 12 versus the Saints.
Andre Ellington released
RB was healthy scratch in Week 11
The Arizona Cardinals released running back Andre Ellington on Monday, a day after he was a healthy scratch for their game against the Houston Texans. Arizona's official release did not cite a reason, but Ellington was in the Cardinals' locker room after the game. (ESPN - Josh Weinfuss)
FF Today's Take: The writing was on the wall after his usage had tanked since the Cardinals acquired Adrian Peterson, but this news is still surprising considering how active he was in the passing game through the first five weeks of the season. Washington would seem to be an obvious suitor for his services after losing Chris Thompson, but he shouldn't be out of work for long. As far as Arizona is concerned, Ellington's release could free up time for D.J. Foster to take over his old role.
Broncos make change at offensive coordinator
Mike McCoy out, Bill Musgrave promoted
The Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy according to team source. John Elway churns through coaches (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The Broncos have struggled on offense this season which isn't a surprise given their lack of talent at the quarterback position and questionable play by the offensive line. Musgrave has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.
Chris Thompson carted off, broken fibula
Out for the season
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson broke his right fibula late in the third quarter Sunday against the Saints and was carted off the field. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Thompson was the Redskins leading rusher and receiver heading into the game. His absence will be sorely missed by a team struggling to get production from its wide receivers. Samaje Perine handled his biggest workload of the season (23 carries) and will be the feature back moving forward.
Sterling Shepard officially inactive
Fournette is active, Ivory battling illness
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, questionable for today with an ankle injury, is active vs Browns, per @mortreport. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: It's hard to imagine Fournette not being limited in some capacity. The risk of re-injury makes him a risky play in Week 11. Chris Ivory is battling an illness and be limited as well, meaning T.J. Yeldon could get some extra run.
Leonard Fournette will test ankle in pre-game
Team optimistic he will play
After not practicing Friday, #Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is questionable & will have a pre-game evaluation to determine whether he plays. The team is optimistic that he will, I'm told. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Fournette missed practice Friday which isn't a good sign. Even if he plays, he'll obviously not be 100 percent making him a tough start for fantasy owners. Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon would form a committee if Fournette sits.
Sterling Shepard may sit with migraines
Giants could be down the No.1 receiver
The #Giants may be without WR Sterling Shepard, a late addition to their injury report, due to migraines, source says. They’ll check him out closer to kickoff to be sure. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Shephard was added to the injury report on Saturday with an "illness" designation. If he sits, the Giants would be down to Tavarres King and Roger Lewis as starting wide receivers. Expect TE Evan Engram to be the top target if Shepard is declared inactive. For what it's worth, wind could be a factor in this game.
Rivers clears concussion protocol
Will play in Week 11
The streak lives. Philip Rivers will make his 195th consecutive start Sunday after the Chargers quarterback was cleared by an independent neurological consultant to play against the Buffalo Bills in StubHub Center.
The 35-year-old veteran, self-reported concussion symptoms after last Sunday’s 20-17 overtime loss at Jacksonville and was placed in concussion protocol Monday. (San Diego Union Tribune)
FF Today's Take: Rivers was able to practice this week and will be good to go against a Bills team that's lost two straight games giving up 81 points in the process.
Blaine Gabbert will start for Cardinals
Drew Stanton battling knee injury
Blaine Gabbert will be the starting QB for #AZvsHOU. (Cardinals on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Drew Stanton is battling a knee injury and has a chance to be the backup if the makes through pre-game warmups in good shape. Gabbert faces a Texans defense that's given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks making him a decent plug-n-play in both season-long and DFS lineups.
Jordan Reed, Pryor ruled out
Pryor dealing with ankle injury
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Center Spencer Long and receiver Terrelle Pryor also have been ruled out. Pryor will see a specialist Monday for an ankle injury. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Reed can't get over the hump with his hamstring injury and Pryor has been a fantasy afterthought for weeks. In their absence, Vernon Davis and slot receiver Jamison Crowder should see plenty of targets against the Saints with DB Marshon Lattimore locked up on Josh Doctson.
Fournette misses practice Friday, Questionable
Jaguars tailback Leonard Fournette was one of six players who did not practice Friday. Fournette was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday and Thursday. (Jacksonville.com)
FF Today's Take: Fournette's ankle injury appears to be a lingering issue. He missed much of the 4th quarter last week and seen limping around on the sidelines. It's possible Fournette could be limited in Week 11 in a bad matchup against the Browns. T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory could see more work
Larry Fitzgerald preparing to play in 2018?
WR reportedly nearing one-year extension
Per source Cardinals and WR Larry Fitzgerald are close to an extension. One year. Contract through 2018. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: Fitzgerald could obviously still retire if he wants to at the end of the season, but the 34-year-old is on pace for his third straight 100-catch season and still thriving despite the loss of Carson Palmer. He's a solid WR1 in PPR leagues and should be considered no worse than a low-end WR1 next year should he return.