Assembling Your Team:
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (shoulder) said the plan is for him to return after his four-game stint on injured reserve is over. The veteran tight end suffered a shoulder injury against Washington Commanders in Week 10. Philadelphia placed the star tight end on injured reserve, knocking him out for weeks. However, Goedert says the plan as of right now is to return when he is eligible. Therefore, he should be back for the Week 15 matchup against Chicago Bears. Fantasy players with either an open IR or a bench spot should continue to hold onto the veteran tight end. He was the TE5 before getting hurt, averaging 10.2 half-point PPR fantasy points per game.
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones threw for a career-high 382 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Thanksgiving game loss to the Minnesota Vikings. It was his second 300-yard and first multi-touchdown effort this season. The 24-year-old will look to build on last week's performance against the Buffalo Bills. Overall, Jones hasn't been productive this season. He has thrown for 1,768 yards, six touchdowns, and seven interceptions through eight games in 2022. Jones has a tough matchup on Thursday against a Bills defense that ranks fourth in pass DVOA, making him mainly an option in superflex league formats.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (concussion) will practice today. The superstar running back suffered a concussion in Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, he couldn't clear the protocol in time to play last week against the Tennessee Titans, resulting in Samaje Perine getting the start. However, Mixon's return to practice is an excellent sign that he should be ready to play Sunday for the showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. The superstar is the RB8 for the year, averaging 16 half-point PPR fantasy points per game this season. Assuming he clears the protocol and can play, Mixon is a plug-and-play RB1 this week against Kansas City.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers designated defensive back Logan Ryan (foot) to return from Injured Reserve on Wednesday, opening his 21-day practice window for the team to officially activate him from IR. There's a chance that Ryan will be able to play on Monday night in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints, but it will depend on how he looks at practice this week. The 31-year-old has been sidelined since mid-October due to a fractured foot that required surgery, so there's a good chance he's eased back in once he's officially activated. With the Buccaneers still in play to win the NFC South despite a losing record, the Bucs will hope that Ryan can help their secondary down the stretch. Ryan had only nine tackles (five solo), an interception, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in four games before he broke his foot.
The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Tim Boyle off of the Detroit Lions practice squad on Wednesday. Justin Fields (shoulder) and Trevor Siemian (oblique) are both dealing with injuries, so the Bears need some more insurance at the position heading into Week 13 against the division-rival Green Bay Packers. In a worst-case scenario in which neither Fields nor Siemian are available to play this weekend, either Nathan Peterman or Boyle would be thrust into a starting role against Green Bay this Sunday for the Bears. In that case, the Packers defensive unit would be a must-start in fantasy. Boyle played in five games (three starts) for the Lions in 2021 and threw for 526 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions on 94 pass attempts.
The Philadelphia Eagles opened the 21-day practice window for rookie first-round defensive tackle Jordan Davis (ankle) on Wednesday, and he could come off Injured Reserve to play as soon as Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. Davis suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and hasn't played since, but he's now nearing a return and could suit up this weekend if he looks good in practice this week. The 22-year-old will return to a starting role in the trenches once he's ready, a boost to an already strong Eagles defensive line. Before his injury, Davis had 14 tackles (eight solo) and a pass defensed in his first eight NFL games (five starts).
New York Jets undrafted rookie running back Zonovan Knight has earned a role in the offense going forward, regardless of whether Michael Carter (ankle) plays in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings -- even ahead of James Robinson, who was a healthy scratch in Week 12. Knight was the first player in Jets history to total more than 100 scrimmage yards (69 rushing, 34 receiving) in his NFL debut. "He was juicy as a runner, getting north and south," head coach Robert Saleh said. "He's a one-cut runner, which is kind of the staple of our scheme, and he played fast, he played physical." Knight needs to be picked up off the waiver wire in all fantasy leagues right away, and he could be the team's lead ball-carrier if Carter is out or limited this weekend against Minnesota.
A league source said that it's "feasible" for the Dallas Cowboys to offer free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) a multi-year deal "if the numbers are reasonable." The Cowboys are waiting for Beckham's visit on Dec. 5 to learn his contract desires more specifically, at which point they could make an offer. The 30-year-old wideout is scheduled to visit with the New York Giants later this week before making visits to Dallas and the Buffalo Bills next weekend. OBJ has reportedly received full medical clearance after rehabbing from a torn left ACL he suffered in last year's Super Bowl, so he should be ready to get to work right after he signs with a team. If he signs with the Cowboys, he'd enter a crowded receiving corps that includes CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Noah Brown, and they're set to get James Washington (foot) back soon as well.
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to open the 21-day practice window for wide receiver James Washington (foot) on Wednesday, according to a source. Washington has been on Injured Reserve after breaking his foot in training camp. The 26-year-old last practiced on Aug. 1, so it's highly unlikely that he'd be officially activated from Injured Reserve to play in Week 13 on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts. But it's good news for Dallas' receiving depth to close out the season. Washington was expected to open the year as the No. 2 behind CeeDee Lamb with Michael Gallup recovering from offseason knee surgery, but that never transpired. Once healthy, Washington will be battling for targets with Gallup and Noah Brown. Don't expect much from him once he does make his 2022 season debut.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (hip) said that he's preparing to play in Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs. "We'll see how I feel later in the week, but I'm planning to take some reps," Chase said. He's not a lock yet to return this Sunday, but the Bengals have been hoping all along that he could return to face the Chiefs this weekend after injuring his hip in Week 7. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this week, and it sounds like he'll at least be limited in Wednesday's session. Barring a setback, fantasy managers should be able to throw him back into their starting lineups in Week 13, albeit as a much riskier WR1 choice. Chase's return will cut into valuable targets for both Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd in Cincy's passing attack.
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said that running back Raheem Mostert (knee) "should be ready to go this week." "I think he could've played (vs. Houston) and if we had adhered to his hopes and desires he might've played last week. It was too risky to what he means to the team," McDaniel said. Fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on Mostert's practice status this week, but barring any setbacks, it sounds like he'll be back on the field this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. However, Jeff Wilson Jr. has quickly taken over as the Dolphins' lead back after coming over from San Francisco, which has made Mostert a low-upside, touchdown-dependent RB3/flex in fantasy. Mostert has found the end zone in his last two games played, but he hasn't seen double-digit carries since Week 8.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (abdomen), who was ruled out on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts with an abdominal injury, didn't suffer a major injury, according to sources. Harris' status for Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons is up in the air, though, and he'll be evaluated as the practice week unfolds. Fantasy managers will want to keep a close eye on his practice participation, but it's good news that his injury isn't considered serious. A week after having his best game of the season, Harris scored his third touchdown in two weeks, but an abdominal injury forced him out in the first half and he never returned. He's likely to be questionable for Week 13, and if he doesn't play, Benny Snell Jr. and Anthony McFarland Jr. will likely split backfield work if rookie Jaylen Warren (hamstring) misses a second straight game with his injury.
New York Jets running back Michael Carter (ankle) is not practicing on Wednesday, according to head coach Robert Saleh. The Jets remain hopeful that Carter will be able to play through a low-ankle sprain in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings, but he remains day-to-day early in the week. And even if the 23-year-old is given the green light to play this Sunday, there's a good chance that rookie Zonovan Knight and Ty Johnson will have bigger roles in the Jets backfield, which will make Carter much more risky as a starting option in fantasy lineups. Knight is a very popular waiver-wire pickup this week as a result after he carried the ball a team-high 14 times for 69 yards while catching three passes for 34 targets in his NFL debut in the Week 12 win over the Chicago Bears. James Robinson, who was a healthy scratch last week, could also be involved if Carter cannot play this weekend.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (knee) has officially been ruled out for the rest of the year, according to head coach Arthur Smith. Pitts was previously out indefinitely with damage to his right MCL that required surgery. The 22-year-old former fourth overall pick in 2021 should be ready to go for the 2023 season after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 11. He had been extremely frustrating for fantasy managers in his second NFL season before his knee injury, catching only 28 of his 59 targets for 356 yards and two touchdowns a year after going for over 1,000 receiving yards in his rookie campaign. Pitts' fantasy stock will be down entering drafts next year, but he could outperform expectations if quarterback Marcus Mariota isn't running the offense. Parker Hesse and MyCole Pruitt will share playing time at the position the rest of the way in Atlanta.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said he "feels good" about running back Travis Etienne Jr.'s (foot) chances of playing in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions. Pederson said Etienne will go through portions of walk-through practice on Wednesday, but the team doesn't want to rush him to go full before he's 100 percent. It sounds as though Etienne will be limited early this week, but he certainly has a chance to play this Sunday after getting injured in the Week 12 win over the Baltimore Ravens. If the second-year RB is active against a porous Detroit defense, he'll be a must-start fantasy RB. If he's out or limited at all, JaMycal Hasty, who had 12 carries for 28 yards and five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown last Sunday, would be the Jags' lead back. Hasty is a popular waiver-wire pickup for Etienne's fantasy managers or anyone in need of RB help this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Logan Ryan (foot) was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Dynasty | Jets running back Zonovan Knight impressed with 103 total yards on 17 touches in week 12 Dynasty Analysis: Coaches were effusive in their praise following Knight's production after Michael Carter fell to a low ankle sprain, Robert Saleh calling him "juicy" following the game. Knight did look good, averaging 4.9 ypc. with 69 yards on 14 carries, while adding 34 yards on three receptions. Carter's injury doesn't appear to be long term and it's possible he plays in week 13 while veteran Ty Johnson continues to log touches as well. As for Knight, the rookie remains mired in a timeshare role and won't threaten starter Breece Hall in 2023, but could see additional touches down the stretch of 2022. Knight remains unranked on DLF's running back rankings.
Dynasty | 49ers rookie running back Jordan Mason moves up the depth chart following another knee injury by Elijah Mitchell Dynasty Analysis: The undrafted Mason produced 25 yards on five touches as McCaffrey also saw reduced time after slight aggravating a knee injury. With a home game vs. Miami on tap in week 13, the team will be hard pressed to sit McCaffrey but Mason is certain to factor yet again and should see an increased role down the stretch of 2022. He's worth the addition in all dynasty formats if available. He's found as a sparsely ranked RB87 on DLF's running back rankings.
Dallas Cowboys WR James Washington (foot) was designated to return Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Fantasy Spin: Washington will be worth watching in traditional leagues and worth stashing in deeper leagues.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman was added to their practice squad after being cut following the acquisition of Christian McCaffrey (knee). The 29-year-old has been there for several weeks, but because Elijah Mitchell (knee) suffered a knee injury, he could find himself back on the active roster. The team utilized Jordan Mason and fullback Kyle Juszczyk to spell McCaffrey after Mitchell went down, but they also have Tyrion Davis-Price, who was inactive on Sunday. With two young backs in the mix, it might make sense for the team to offer more snaps to the veteran, who is familiar with the system. Coleman is currently someone to keep on your radar as a potential stash in deeper leagues.
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