Ben Tate - RB - Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns waived RB Ben Tate on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Tate has rushed for only 90 yards on 53 carries -- yes, that's a 1.7 average -- over the last five games and complained about his workload. This frees up rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to split the workload and both have taken turns shouldering the majority of the touches in the last two weeks.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the rest of the 2014 season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy Tuesday, Nov. 18. Peterson is appealing the suspension. Peterson would be eligible for reinstatement no earlier than April 15, if his suspension is upheld. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that he 'has shown no meaningful remorse' and laid out a counseling and treatment program that will determine how long the ban lasts.
Huddle Up: Get out your popcorn, this one's going to get interesting. The league looks to lean on the court of public opinion, banning Peterson for a misdemeanor with no language that violates the new ad hoc abuse rules thrown together in the wake of the Ray Rice case. Already battling the NFLPA on Rice, the league opens another front on Peterson. With the wheels of justice spinning slowly in the NFL, don't look for Peterson to come back and help your fantasy squad this season. As for his future in Minnesota, that may be determined as much by his price tag as it is by whatever outrage Goodell can drum up from the public--and, perhaps more importantly, the team's corporate sponsors.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell rushed 33 times for 204 yards and a touchdown while catching 2 passes for 18 yards Monday, Nov. 18 in a 27-24 road win over the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Bell added to his already strong season by hitting career highs in rushing yardage and attempts on the cold night in Nashville and even added his second rushing score of the year. The RB now has 1,435 total yards through 11 games and has become one of fantasy's true giants in only his second season. The only bad news for his owners is that the Steelers have their bye in Week 12.
Bobby Wagner - LB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (toe) is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19, and may be able to play in Week 12.
Huddle Up: Wagner, the 'Hawks' leading tackler in each of the last two seasons, hasn't played since Week 6 but will be back to bolster the team's defense for the stretch run.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington needs to perform better, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'Right now, he's as healthy as he's been [this season] and we need more out of him.'
Huddle Up: Ellington has gained only 108 total yards on 47 touches over the last 2 games, and Arians knows he'll need more from the RB for the stretch run which includes a pair of games against the Seahawks and rematch with the Niners.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (rib) is not receiving treatment on the rib injury he suffered in Week 11, according to head coach Mike McCoy.
Huddle Up: An MVP candidate and sure-fire every-week fantasy starter only a month ago, Rivers has thrown for a combined 338 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions over the last 2 games and all the injury reports have Bolt fans and fantasy GMs really wondering about the QB's health.
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