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Bogdan Bogdanovic headed to Hawks after Kings decline to match four-year $72 million offer sheet

Former Sacramento shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will sign with Atlanta after the Kings declined to match the Hawks' offers sheet.

What It Means:

With the midnight deadline approaching, the Kings ultimately decided to not match the Hawks' offer. Bogdanovic will sign with Atlanta on a four-year deal worth $72 million and join a starting five that includes Trae Young, Danilo Gallinari, John Collins, and Clint Capela. The former 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft played in 61 games for the Kings last season, starting 28 of them.

Bogdanovic averaged 26.1 FanDuel points with the career-best 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.7 3-pointers last year. His 22.6 percent usage rate was third in the Kings' rotation behind De'Aaron Fox and Hield.

Celtics planning to ease Kemba Walker (knee) into 2020-21 season

Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is expected to be eased into the season as he continues to strengthen his knee.

What It Means:

Walker is reportedly still not 100% recovered from last season's knee injury, and the Celtics are planning to handle his minutes as they did at the beginning of the bubble. Brad Stevens said "The key to this whole thing with him is just strengthening the knee. Just continuing to take this opportunity when we’re not playing, when we’re not practicing to really focus on that. Very similar to what we did at the beginning of the bubble. I think there’ll be a transition like that because of the shortened season, the shortened offseason. It’ll be some time before he’s going full speed for us for sure." Steven's last sentence indicates that Walker will start the season with limited work but could increase his minutes if his knee responds well.

Walker averaged 20.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game for Boston during the 2019-20 season.

Source: Dave Green

Vikings' Adam Thielen (COVID-19) receives positive and negative test results

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 on Monday following a positive test but a second test came back negative.

What It Means:

The additional information that Thielen tested positive is important because it would likely indicate a longer stay on the reserve list compared to being a close contact or high-risk close contact with someone else who tested positive. However, the presence of a negative test indicates that the initial positive may have been a false positive. If that's the case, Thielen could be cleared much faster and resume a normal week. At the moment, Thielen's status remains up in the air, with a wide range of outcomes possible. Stay tuned.

The Vikings are 4.5-point favorites over the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. Their implied team total of 26.5 points is the sixth-highest team total on Sunday's main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Panthers' Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) expected to practice on Wednesday

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to practice on Wednesday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pellissero.

What It Means:

McCaffrey is expected to participate in some way in Wednesday's practice, but his status for Week 12 remains up in the air. On Monday, Matt Rhule said they would take it "week to week" with McCaffrey, so a return to a limited practice would be a positive sign. Mike Davis will continue to fill in as the Panthers lead back while McCaffrey returns to full health.

The Panthers are 4.5-point underdogs against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12. Their implied team total of 22.0 points is the sixth-lowest team total on Sunday's main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Ravens remain committed to Marquise Brown's involvement

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he wants wide receiver Marquise Brown to be involved in the offense.

What It Means:

Brown was held without a catch on 3 targets in Week 11 and he has just 6 catches for 55 yards in the last four games. "We want him to be a huge part of the offense," Harbaugh said. "We've got to find ways to get that done." Brown's counting stats are right on par with his rookie season but he's only found the end zone twice in 10 games after scoring 7 touchdowns in 14 contests last year. The Ravens are taking on a top-tier Pittsburgh Steelers defense on Thanksgiving night in Week 12, but Brown could potentially benefit if Joe Haden (knee) is unavailable.

Brown is averaging 7.1 FanDuel points per game and hasn't cracked double-digits since Week 5. He ranks 78th in yards per route run (1.4) this season among 115 wideouts with at least 20 targets. As a rookie, Brown finished 34th with 1.8 yards per route run. He has a salary of $5,700 on FanDuel's Thanksgiving slate and numberFire's models project Brown for 5.6 targets.

Baltimore still plans on running ball versus Steelers

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he's "sure we'll run the ball" in Thursday night's Thanksgiving matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What It Means:

The Ravens will be without J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram after both backs tested positive for COVID-19, but Harbaugh still intends to pound the rock. Gus Edwards will likely shoulder most of the load but Justice Hill is also expected to be involved. Edwards rushed 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown when the Ravens and Steelers squared off in Week 8. The Steelers have only allowed 87-plus to a back three times over their last 12 games, and Edwards is responsible for two of those.

numberFire's models project Edwards for 16.6 touches on Thursday night while Hill is tabbed for 6.5 of his own. Edwards is the RB23 in our Week 12 fantasy rankings and has a salary of $5,200 on FanDuel's Thanksgiving slate. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored a season-high 14.7 FanDuel points versus the Steelers last time.

Washington's Alex Smith providing "invaluable" support to the offense's play calls

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith has settled in as the team's starter and is providing "invaluable" support at the line by adjusting play calls, according to Ron Rivera.

What It Means:

Rivera said Smith often makes decisions pre-snap that result in Washington's offensive coordinator Scott Turner saying "That's a heck of a decision". Rivera also said that "those things are invaluable. When they talk about that, the other quarterbacks in the room, they hear what's being said about those plays. The rest of the team will hear that. They'll know and will have trust in what Alex can do for us.". Smith will have a chance to lend his experience to a critical showdown with the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Fighting for the NFC East, Smith will face a Cowboys defense ranked 23rd against quarterbacks.

The Washington Football Team is 2.5-point underdogs against the Cowboys in Week 12. Their implied team total of 22.0 points is the second-lowest team total on Thursday's three-game slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map. Our models project Smith for 15.8 FanDuel points in Week 12, and he is the QB24 in our weekly rankings.

Source: John Keim

Texans' Laremy Tunsil (flu) returns to practice

Houston Texans offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (non-COVID-19 illness) returned to practice on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Tunsil missed Week 11 but the Texans were still able to pull out a victory over the New England Patriots. His return should help out Deshaun Watson on Thanksgiving afternoon in a matchup against the Detroit Lions.

Tunsil has earned the third-best pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus this season among all offensive lineman with at least 100 snaps. The Lions have the sixth-lowest sack percentage (3.8) in the NFL.

T.J. Hockenson (toe) on track for Lions' Thanksgiving matchup

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (toe) is practicing on a limited basis for Thursday's Week 12 matchup against the Houston Texans.

What It Means:

Hockenson will be fine for the Lions' annual Thanksgiving matinee. He led the Lions with 7 targets and 68 yards in Week 11 while snagging 4 catches. The second-year tight end has at least 50 yards or a touchdown in 9-of-10 games this season. He has also drawn at least 5 targets in all but three outings.

Hockenson is the TE3 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings and he has a salary of $6,000 on FanDuel's Thanksgiving slate. Our models project him for 9.6 FanDuel points versus the Texans.

Texans' Kenny Stills (quad) limited at Tuesday's practice

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was limited at Tuesday's practice with a quad injury.

What It Means:

Stills left Week 11's win over the New England Patriots early with a leg injury and did not return. He opened this week with back-to-back limited practices and will likely be questionable for Week 12's game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday. If active, our models project Stills to see 3.1 targets against Detroit.

The Texans are 3.0-point favorites over the Lions in Week 12. Their implied team total of 27.25 points is the highest team total on Thursday's three-game main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Jets put La'Mical Perine (ankle) on injured reserve

The New York Jets placed running back Lamical Perine on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain.

What It Means:

Perine will miss a minimum of three games. It's disappointing timing after Jets head coach Adam Gase claimed he wanted to feature Perine more over the final stretch of the season. He rushed 8 times for 33 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 on just 11 offensive snaps before injuring his ankle. The Jets signed Josh Adams to the active roster to replace Perine, but Frank Gore stands to benefit the most.

Perine was averaging 10.2 opportunities over the last five games. He has earned the fifth-worst rushing grade from Pro Football Focus this season among the 60 backs with at least 50 carries. Gore is 47th.

Chiefs place Byron Pringle (ankle) on injured reserve

The Kansas City Chiefs placed wide receiver Byron Pringle (ankle) on injured reserve.

What It Means:

Pringle has only drawn 11 targets all season but his playing time has gone up in recent weeks, so the absence could lead to more playing time for Mecole Hardman. The Chiefs play a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense in Week 12 that just gave up 275 combined receiving yards to Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods on Monday night.

Pringle owns the second-highest average depth of target (11.6 yards) among Chiefs receivers this season, but he has earned the worst receiving grade (56.6) from Pro Football Focus among his team's position group in 2020.

Lions' Danny Amendola (hip) limited on Tuesday

Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola (hip) was limited at Tuesday's practice.

What It Means:

Amendola was upgraded from Monday's DNP to limited on Tuesday heading into Week 12's game against the Houston Texans on Thursday. Amendola's availability would be helpful for the Lions, with Kenny Golladay (hip) looking doubtful for a fourth week in a row.

The Lions are 2.5-point underdogs against the Texans in Week 12. Their implied team total of 24.5 points is the third-lowest team total on Thursday's three-game main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

49ers' Raheem Mostert (ankle) designated to return from IR

San Francisco 49ers' running back Raheem Mostert was designated to return from the injured list on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Mostert's 21-day window to resume practicing is now open, and he could return as early as this week. Jeff Wilson (ankle) was also designated to return, and Tevin Coleman (knee) could also be ready soon. Mostert's return would be a massive boost for the 49ers running game, but he would face an extremely difficult matchup against a Los Angeles Rams defense ranked 3rd against running backs in numberFire's advanced stats. Our models expect Mostert to see 15.2 touches against the Rams this week.

The 49ers are 7.0-point underdogs against the Rams in Week 12. Their implied team total of 19.25 points is the fourth-lowest team total on Sunday's main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map. Mostert's salary is $7,000, and he is the RB18 in our weekly rankings.

Antonio Gibson (ankle) practicing in full for Washington

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (ankle) was upgraded to a full practice participant for Thursday's Week 12 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

What It Means:

Gibson was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate. He will be ready to rock for the first Thanksgiving game of his career. The third-round rookie totaled 104 yards and a touchdown on 17 touches in Washington's Week 11 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He is averaging 16.3 touches in the Football Team's victories this season.

Per FanDuel Sportsbook, the Football Team is currently a 2.5-point underdog on Thursday, but Gibson could still see a heavy workload as almost half of the offensive plays run against the Cowboys this have been on the ground, the second-highest rate in the league. numberFire's models project Gibson for 13.4 FanDuel points versus Dallas and he has the third-highest salary ($6,800) among running backs on FanDuel's Thanksgiving slate.

Lions' D'Andre Swift (concussion) returns to practice on Tuesday ahead of Week 12 game against Texans

Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (concussion) was limited at practice on Tuesday ahead of Week 12's game against the Houston Texans on Thursday.

What It Means:

Swift returned to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion last week. Before his injury, Swift was trending towards finally assuming a feature back role for Detroit. He is now trending in the right direction to resume that role for Thursday's clash with the Texans and would provide a much-needed boost to a Lions' offense that was shut out in Week 11.

The Lions are 2.5-point underdogs against the Texans in Week 12. Their implied team total of 24.5 points is the third-lowest team total on Thursday's three-game main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Lions' Kenny Golladay (hip) misses practice on Tuesday

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay did not practice on Tuesday ahead of Week 12's game against the Houston Texans on Thursday.

What It Means:

Golladay was downgraded to a DNP on Tuesday after being limited on Monday and is now a serious doubt for Thursday's clash with the Texans. Golladay followed a similar track last Thursday and Friday before being ruled out, which doesn't bode well for his Week 12 availability. If Golladay is ruled out, the Lions' passing game will continue to go through Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson.

The Lions are 2.5-point underdogs against the Texans in Week 12. Their implied team total of 24.5 points is the third-lowest team total on Thursday's three-game main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Joe Haden (knee) inactive at Steelers practice

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joe Haden (knee) did not practice again on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Haden will likely need to get in some reps on Wednesday to be cleared for Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. He was cleared to return this past Sunday after exiting with a knee injury, so Haden may wind up being able to practice. He's played 96.4 percent of the Steelers' defensive snaps this season, so an absence would likely be an upgrade for Marquise Brown's outlook.

Haden has earned the No. 43 coverage grade (64.6) from Pro Football Focus among 139 corners with at least 100 defensive snaps this season. The Steelers D/ST is No. 7 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings.

Jaguars' Chase McLaughlin placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Chase McLaughlin was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

What It Means:

McLaughlin's placement on the list means he either tested positive or was a close contact of someone who did. As it stands, McLaughlin is in jeopardy of missing Week 12's game against the Cleveland Browns. Aldrick Rosas is currently on the Jaguars practice squad and could be called up if needed.

Our models project McLaughlin for 7.4 FanDuel points in Week 12.

Ben Roethlisberger listed as limited for Steelers with quad issue

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (quad) was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's injury report for Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night.

What It Means:

Roethlisberger was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate for non-injury reasons. He was technically upgraded to a limited participant on Tuesday but a quad injury was added to the practice report. Either way, Roethlisberger should be fine for the Steelers' divisional showdown against the Ravens on Thanksgiving. He completed 32-of-46 passes for 267 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception in Pittsburgh's Week 11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 38-year-old veteran has thrown at least 40 passes in four of his last five games.

Big Ben is the QB15 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings and he has a salary of $7,700 on the Thanksgiving slate. Despite the Steelers being undefeated and constantly playing in positive game scripts, they have the third-highest neutral pass rate in the NFL through Week 11 and are only 17th in terms of how often they run the ball.

Seahawks "hoping" Rashaad Penny (knee) can resume practice next week

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (knee) will not practice this week but could return next week, according to Pete Carroll.

What It Means:

Penny continues to work his way back from last year's season-ending knee injury, but will not be able to practice this week. Carroll is "hopeful" Penny can return to practice next week. When healthy, Penny will rejoin a crowded Seahawks backfield that includes Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde.

The Seahawks are 5.0-point favorites over the Eagles in Week 12. Their implied team total of 28.0 points is the fourth-highest team total on the Sunday-Monday slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) limited on Tuesday heading into Week 12's showdown with Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice ahead of Week 12's game against the Ravens on Thursday.

What It Means:

Smith-Schuster was upgraded from a DNP on Monday to limited on Tuesday. He is dealing with a foot injury he picked up during Week 11's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, in which he was limited to just 4 receptions on 5 targets for 19 yards. The return to practice is a good sign for JuJu's availability for Thursday's game against Baltimore, but an upgrade to a full practice on Wednesday would be reassuring.

The Steelers are 4.0-point favorites over the Ravens in Week 12. Their implied team total of 24.5 points is the second-highest team total on Thursday's three-game main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.

Denzel Ward out for Browns multiple weeks with calf strain

Cleveland Browns defensive back Denzel Ward (calf) is expected to miss a few weeks of game action, according to multiple reports.

What It Means:

Ward played every defensive snap of the Browns' Week 11 win over the Philadelphia Eagles but he may have injured his calf in the process. Based on reports, Ward is expected to miss around 2-4 weeks. The Browns will be without a pair of Pro Bowlers in Ward and Myles Garrett (COVID-19) against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. That should be a boost for D.J. Chark if Jake Luton can take advantage.

Per Pro Football Focus, Ward is 14th overall (75.5 grade) and 10th in coverage (78.8) among cornerbacks with 100-plus snaps this season. The Browns D/ST is 6th in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings. They rank 18th this season in opponent completion percentage (66.2) and 22nd in opponent passing touchdown percentage (64.5).

Bills active Josh Norman from COVID-19 list

The Buffalo Bills activated defensive back Josh Norman from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

What It Means:

Norman hasn't played since Week 6 due to a hamstring injury and then being put on the COVID-19 list. His return should help the Bills defend Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Norman will likely be Buffalo's No. 3 corner behind Tre'Davious White and Levi Wallace.

Josh Norman has earned the No. 44 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus among 139 corners with at least 100 defensive snaps this season. The Bills D/ST is No. 16 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings.

Panthers expect Teddy Bridgewater (knee) to practice Wednesday

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is expected to practice Wednesday, per head coach Matt Rhule.

What It Means:

Bridgewater was able to practice on a limited basis all last week but was ruled out for Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions. He seemed to have a decent chance of suiting up for that one, so Bridgewater should be back out there in Week 12 versus the Minnesota Vikings. P.J. Walker filled in admirably under center against Detroit and will likely get the nod again if Bridgewater suffers a setback.

Bridgewater is averaging 18.5 FanDuel points per game and he owns the fifth-lowest average depth of target (6.8 yards) among quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks this season. The Vikings are allowing 19.8 FanDuel points per game to the quarterback position.

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