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Matt Forte (knee) returns to Jets' practice on Thursday
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (knee) returned to practice Thursday.
According to Jets beat reporter Brian Costello, Forte "ran some routes and appears to be moving well." After sitting out before the bye, it sounds like Forte has a chance of returning against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. The veteran back has 57 carries for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns this season, in addition to 29 receptions for 222 yards on 32 targets across seven games.
If he plays, numberFire's models conservatively project Forte for 33.7 total yards and 0.17 touchdowns on 3.9 rushes and 2.0 catches in Week 12. He's pegged for 5.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,400.
Devonta Freeman will get in limited session for Falcons on Thursday
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (concussion) will practice on a limited basis Thursday.
This is encouraging after Freeman was held out of practice on Wednesday, but he remains in the concussion protocol and should still be considered questionable for Week 12 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tevin Coleman would take on a workhorse role for Atlanta if Freeman is forced to sit again.
In the event he gets cleared, numberFire's models conservatively project Freeman to rush 7.8 times for 35.8 yards and 0.32 touchdowns, with another 1.4 catches for 11.1 yards and 0.02 touchdowns in Week 12.
Tyron Smith (groin) on track to play for Cowboys on Thursday
Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (groin, questionable) is expected to play Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
After missing the past two games, Smith's return will provide a significant upgrade for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense on Thursday afternoon.
The Cowboys enter Week 12 ranked 13th in Adjusted Offensive Net Expected Points per play this season.
Ty Montgomery (ribs) still not practicing for Packers
Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery (ribs) did not practice Thursday.
That makes two missed practices for Montgomery, who already sat out last week due to a prolonged rib issue. Jamaal Williams will likely carry most of the load for the Packers in Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
Montgomery is averaging 10.0 FanDuel points across eight games in 2017. Without yet accounting for his likely absence in Week 12, numberFire's models project him to rush 29.0 times for 120.9 yards and catch 12.9 passes for 96.1 yards while totaling 1.81 touchdowns over the remainder of the year.
Mike Williams (knee) expected to play for Chargers versus Cowboys
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
Williams had the best game of his young career in Week 11, with 5 catches for 38 yards on 8 targets. There isn't a lot of consistent fantasy value behind Keenan Allen among Chargers' receivers.
numberFire's models project Williams to score 3.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,700 in Week 12.
Travis Benjamin (abdomen) expected to play for Chargers on Thursday
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin (abdomen) is expected to play Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday afternoon.
Benjamin appears to be good to go despite being limited at practice. He has 20 catches for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns on 38 targets in 10 games this season.
numberFire's models project Benjamin for 4.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,600 in Week 12.
Jake Elliott (concussion) expected to play for Eagles in Week 12
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (concussion) will be ready for Week 12 against the Chicago Bears, believes head coach Doug Pederson.
"Everything is looking good for him, where he’s at right now," Pederson said. "I feel in the bottom of my heart, that Jake will be ready." Elliott was limited at Wednesday's practice but apparently that won't impact his status for Sunday. In nine games this season, the fifth-round rookie has made 17-of-21 field goals and 25-of-28 extra point attempts.
Assuming he plays, numberFire's models project Elliott to make 1.8-of-2.0 field goals and 2.6-of-2.6 extra points in Week 12, for 8.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,000.
Broncos want Paxton Lynch to use his legs
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph wants quarterback Paxton Lynch to use his legs.
“Running the football is always a must for a young quarterback and giving him a chance to have some easy completions,’’ Joseph said. “I’m looking forward to watching him play because he can run around. His skill set is perfect when you’re young. If it breaks down, he can run with the football. I told him, I said, ‘Just play. Don’t try to be a pocket passer. We call a play and it’s not there, take off and run.’" Lynch rushed for 40 yards in one of his two starts as a rookie, and that sort of ability on the ground could potentially put him on the streaming radar down the stretch.
numberFire's models project Lynch to complete 21.7-of-34.2 passes for 253.3 yards, with 1.41 touchdowns and 0.7 interceptions in his season debut in Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders, with another 12.2 yards and 0.07 touchdowns on the ground. He's the QB17 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Seahawks think Thomas Rawls is trying too hard
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is trying too hard, thinks offensive line coach Tom Cable.
“Don’t try so damn hard,” Cable explained. “When guys are trying to make a statement, they overstep on the gas. Just relax and play ball." He added that Rawls is "pressing so hard" and it contributed to him being a healthy scratch last week. However, with Mike Davis (groin) sidelined, Rawls should have another chance to take over early-down duties for Seattle in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers. The third-year undrafted free agent is averaging 2.6 yards on 49 carries this season.
numberFire's models project Rawls to rush 1.2 times for 3.3 yards and 2.7 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,200, in Week 12.
Ezekiel Ansah expected to play Thursday for Lions
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah (back) is expected to play Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings.
It sounds like Ansah is ready to return from his two-game absence for today's Thanksgiving matchup. He recorded 18 tackles (16 solo) with 4 sacks and 1 forced fumble before getting hurt.
numberFire's models project Ansah to record 2.2 tackles, 0.4 sacks, 0.1 pass deflections, 0.1 forced fumbles, and 0.1 recovered fumbles on Thanksgiving. The Lions enter Week 12 ranked 12th in Adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points allowed per play.
Jaguars' Marqise Lee (knee) limited in practice on Wednesday
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
Lee has an ongoing knee issue, but hasn't had to miss a game yet. However, he will likely be matched up against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson on Sunday.
Against Arizona, numberFire projects Lee for 3.8 receptions, 55.7 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns on 6.6 targets. That would get him to 10.1 FanDuel points.
Allen Hurns (ankle) remains out Wednesday for Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle) was out at Wednesday's practice.
This isn't a good sign for Hurn's status against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. If he sits again, Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole stand to benefit the most. Hurns has 36 receptions for 446 yards and 2 touchdowns on 51 targets in nine games this season.
If he plays in Week 12, numberFire's models project Hurns to score 6.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500 on 4.3 targets, 2.8 receptions, 36.5 yards, and 0.31 touchdowns.
Jaguars' Leonard Fournette (ankle) limited in practice on Wednesday
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
Fournette himself said his ankle could be an issue the rest of the season, but it shouldn't keep him out in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals.
In Week 12, numberFire projects Fournette for 16.8 carries, 75.8 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns, in addition to 18.9 yards through the air. That would amount to 13.5 fantasy points on FanDuel.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) not practicing Wednesday for Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) didn't practice on Wednesday.
It's believed to be a minor issue and Smith-Schuster should be fine for Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. He leads all rookies with 568 receiving yards this season and is averaging 8.3 targets per game over the past three weeks.
numberFire's models project Smith-Schuster for 4.7 targets, 3.2 receptions, 52.6 yards, and 0.28 touchdowns versus the Packers, which would yield 8.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,800. He's the WR37 in our Week 12 fantasy rankings.
Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis in attempt to bolster secondary
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis got some interest earlier in the season from the Los Angeles Chargers, but nothing ever came of that. It will be interesting to see what, if anything Revis has left in the tank as a 32 year-old who has not played a down in the NFL since last season. The seven-time Pro Bowler will presumably start opposite Marcus Peters.
Our Week 12 models project the Chiefs defense for 23.0 points allowed, 2.1 sacks, 1.2 interceptions, and 0.7 forced fumbles. That's a net of 6.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,000 against the Buffalo Bills.
Brandon LaFell (knee) limited at Bengals' practice on Wednesday
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
LaFell should be fine for Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns. He has 34 catches on 54 targets for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns across 10 games this season.
numberFire's models project LaFell for 6.0 targets, 3.8 receptions, 40.1 yards, and 0.18 touchdowns versus the Browns, with 7.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,400.
Falcons' Julio Jones (ankle, knee) limited in practice on Wednesday
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle, knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
While it's not uncommon for Jones to be dealing with nagging injuries, it's worth noting that the knee issue is new. Still, there's no indication he's in any real danger of missing this week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
numberFire projects Jones for 6.6 receptions, 84.5 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns on 9.9 targets. That would net him 15.5 FanDuel points.
Jacoby Brissett (concussion) practicing in full for Colts as they prepare for Titans
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans.
Brissett remains in the concussion protocol but he's expected to be cleared by Sunday's matchup with the Titans. The second-year signal-caller has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 217.2 yards a game with 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season.
Assuming he's cleared, numberFire's models project Brissett to score 16.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,900 in Week 12, and he's the QB18 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Tyler Kroft (hand) limited for Bengals at Wednesday's practice
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft (hand) was limited on Wednesday at practice.
Kroft was able to play through the injury last week and we expect more of the same against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Entering Week 12, the third-year tight end has 28 catches (38 targets) for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns this season.
numberFire's models project Kroft for 5.3 targets, 3.7 receptions, 41.9 yards, and 0.38 touchdowns versus the Browns, good for 8.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,700 in Week 12. He's the TE8 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Tom Brady not practicing due to Achilles issue, considered 'fine' for Patriots
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't practice on Wednesday due to an Achilles injury.
Brady is "fine," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and the Patriots are likely just erring on the side of caution by managing his reps. As of now, there's no concern about Brady's status for Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins.
Assuming all is well, numberFire's models project Brady for 338.4 passing yards with 3.08 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions versus the Dolphins. He's the QB1 overall in our Week 12 fantasy rankings and is pegged for 25.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $9,100.
Carson Palmer unlikely to return for Cardinals in 2017
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (arm, Injured Reserve) isn't expected to return this season, head coach Bruce Arians said.
"None of the guys on IR have made expected progress in rehab, so as of today, no one is expected to return this season," Arians said. Palmer broke his arm and was targeting a potential late-season return but it sounds like that isn't a realistic possibility for the veteran quarterback. Palmer turns 38 next month and there's no guarantee he returns in 2018 to play out the final year of his deal.
In seven games this season, Palmer completed 164-of-267 passes (61.4 percent) for 1,978 yards with 9 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Among the 32 quarterbacks with at least 200 drop backs on the year, he ranks 24th in Passing Net Expected Points per drop back.
David Johnson (wrist) not progressing as hoped, unlikely to return for Cardinals this season
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist, Injured Reserve) hasn't "made expected progress" and isn't expected to return this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
"None of the guys on IR have made expected progress in rehab, so as of today, no one is expected to return this season," Arians said. Johnson should be at 100 percent for offseason work but owners shouldn't count on him making it back in 2017.
Prior to going down in Week 1, Johnson tallied 91 yards on 11 rushes and 6 catches.
C.J. Beathard will remain 49ers' starter versus Seahawks in Week 12
San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard will start Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced.
Jimmy Garoppolo will have to wait at least one more week to get the starting nod from his new team. Beathard helped the 49ers earn their first win of the season heading into the bye, and Shanahan decided it was enough to keep the third-rounder under center for Week 12. In six games (four starts), Beathard has completed 54.3 percent of his passes for 204.8 yards per game, with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, while adding 115 rushing yards and 3 scores on the ground.
numberFire's models project Beathard to score 11.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,200 in Week 12. He's only the QB27 in our weekly fantasy rankings but could carry sneaky streaming appeal against Seattle's depleted secondary.
Darren Fells playing reduced role in Lions' offense entering Week 12
Detroit Lions tight end Darren Fells has played fewer snaps each of the past two weeks.
After playing 64.7 percent (%) of the Lions' offensive snaps in Week 9, Fells saw that number fall to 51.9% and 47.6% in Weeks 10 and 11. That may have to do with Kenny Golladay being healthy and playing again, but either way, Fells doesn't carry any fantasy value into Thursday's matchup with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12.
numberFire's models project Fells for 2.7 targets, 1.7 receptions, 19.1 yards, and 0.18 touchdowns in Week 12. He's priced at $4,800 on FanDuel.
Eric Ebron projected for quiet Thanksgiving in Lions' matchup with Vikings
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron is numberFire's 25th-ranked option at his position in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Ebron caught 2 passes on 4 targets for 27 yards when these two teams met in Week 4, and we expect more of the same when they kick off tomorrow's Thanksgiving slate. After another hype-filled offseason, the fourth-year tight end hasn't caught more than 5 passes or topped 60 receiving yards in any game this season.
numberFire's models project Ebron for 4.8 targets, 2.3 receptions, 23.7 yards, and 0.17 touchdowns in Week 12, with 4.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,700.
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