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Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant, who had six touchdowns in his first four games entering Week 11, was held to two catches (five targets) and 11 yards against the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Nov. 17.
Huddle Up: Big Ben certainly was looking the rookie's way in the end zone, and Bryant came close to reeling a couple in but a down game was certainly a high probability for the receiver given his unsustainable scoring rate of late.
Brandin Cooks - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (wrist) was placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Way-too early end to a strong first season for the first-round pick who ranks second on the team in receptions (53), receiving yards and (550) and TD catches (3). Kenny Stills, Marques Colston and Robert Meachem should get more looks in his absence.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will make his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12, and Falcons head coach Mike Smith expects the Browns to feature their best receiver Sunday. 'Absolutely I do,' Smith said. 'They've stated that they want to get him out on the field as quickly as possible. And he's a game-changer. He's a guy that with the ball in his hands, he can make plays. So we're anticipating that we're going to get a full dose of him this week.' Gordon had a league-leading 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games in 2014. Smith said they aren't afraid to put CB Desmond Trufant, their best cornerback, in a shadow role on Gordon.
Huddle Up: The Falcons present a favorable opening matchup for Gordon as they're allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season. It's certainly a bit of a gamble starting Gordon after such a long layoff, but you likely haven't been stashing him all season for nothing, either.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (quadriceps) was limited in practiceTuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: The rookie was listed as limited for the second straight day, but there's been no indication that he's in any danger of missing Thursday night's game against the Chiefs.
Ben Tate - RB - Cleveland Browns
Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Browns) may already have drawn interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers after being released by the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, Nov. 18. A Steelers staff member reportedly called a Cleveland Browns staff member asking about Tate's release.
Huddle Up: The Steel City would be a logical landing spot for Tate as Pittsburgh released No. 2 RB LeGarrette Blount earlier in the day. Diminutive rookie Dri Archer is the only active RB on the roster behind starter Le'Veon Bell, and Tate rushed for 119 and two TDs in his two games against the Steelers earlier this season.
Josh Cribbs - WR - Free Agent
The Indianapolis Colts officially signed free-agent WR Joshua Cribbs (Jets) Tuesday, Nov. 18. They also re-signed TE Weslye Saunders.
Huddle Up: Cribbs, who last played with the Jets a year ago, is expected to primarily handle kick and punt-return duties, freeing up rookie Daniel Herron from the former as he's now the primary backup to starting RB Trent Richardson.
Mike Tolbert - RB - Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers activated FB Mike Tolbert (leg) from the short-term Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Well, we're back to the familiar full house -- DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tolbert -- in the Carolina backfield. Lower your fantasy expectations for each accordingly.
Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw was placed on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Nov. 18. Bradshaw suffered a broken leg in Week 11.
Huddle Up: Tough end to the season for Bradshaw and tough luck for the fantasy owners of the RB, who currently ranks 10th among all backs with 121 fantasy points.
LeGarrette Blount - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers released RB LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Blount didn't receive a single carry Monday night for the first game this season while Le'Veon Bell was tearing up the Titans with 33 rushes for 204 yards, and he reportedly left the field in disgust before the game was over. The Steelers, however, displayed their disgust by making the move Tuesday and likely are now in the market for another back as rookie Dri Archer is currently the only RB listed behind Bell on the depth chart.
Jason Avant - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Jason Avant was waived Tuesday, Nov. 18, according to a source informed of the transaction. Avant had just 21 catches in 11 games this season. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team wants to give WRs Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin more playing time after the Week 12 bye.
Huddle Up: The veteran Avant never seemed to fit in in Carolina with a WR corps headed by first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, and the Panthers understandably want to start looking toward the future in a season that has gone south.
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.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) should be able to play in Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'We'll see how sore he is Wednesday and how much it limits him, and we'll go from there,' Arians said. Fitzgerald had his knee taped and played with a brace in the second half in Week 11 after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Huddle Up: Fitz definitely doesn't want to miss the first of two remaining games against the Seahawks, and his fantasy owners should have a good idea on his Sunday status after seeing what he's able to do in practice this week.
Ronnie Hillman - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) is not expected to play in Week 12 because of a foot injury.
Huddle Up: Hillman will miss a second straight game and likely two or three more after that with a sprained foot.
Giovani Bernard - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) may be able to participate in practice this week, but head coach Marvin Lewis said the team will wait to see if he is able to return to the field.
Huddle Up: Wait and see is most definitely the operative phrase here as Bernard is trying to avoid his fourth straight missed game.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had his grievance heard Monday, Nov. 17, by an independent arbitrator, and it only lasted around 30 minutes, according to sources. Peterson is looking for immediate reinstatement since his court case was resolved. The arbitrator told both sides that a decision will come quickly, and a decision could be made as soon as Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: A quick decision is definitely what the Vikings and fantasy GMs are hoping for so we can all move on to the rest of the season.
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