Allen Hurns - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle) is not expected to practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Huddle Up: Hurns' sizzle from his breakout campaign two seasons ago has all but fizzled out. He's potentially still worth stashing, but there isn't much upside in the offense to play him if he goes.
Rod Smith - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith has a good matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, Nov. 23, as the Chargers have allowed the most receptions to running backs the last five weeks. The Chargers have been a bottom-five team against running backs during the stretch.
Huddle Up: Smith's numbers won't wow you, but the Bolts have allowed backs to catch 10 passes per game the last four games. Alfred Morris will not be a factor in the receiving game, and Darren McFadden was inactive last week in favor of Smith. If you're in a PPR league, Smith is an under-the-radar flex option.
Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt will face the Buffalo Bills in Week 12, which have yielded the highest average fantasy points to the position the last five weeks.
Huddle Up: Hunt has cooled off a bit the last five weeks with no touchdowns or 100-yard rushing games. Since the Bills traded Marcell Dareus, their defense has fallen off a cliff. They allowed 32.1 fantasy points per game to backs over the last five weeks, which is nearly seven points more per game than the next team. Opposing backs have 10 rushing scores in five games against them. Hunt is an elite RB1 play this week.
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is day to day with a knee injury, and head coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal when asked if Benjamin would play this week. He won't practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Huddle Up: Tyrod Taylor starting helps Benjamin on the field if he's able to go. However, the upside isn't there because the Bills are a mess. Benjamin is worth having as a WR3, but you really can't trust anyone beyond LeSean McCoy in that lineup.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will start in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs have been victimized by opposing quarterbacks the last five weeks and are a decent matchup. However, Taylor is so inconsistent, you really have to be shaky at the position to start him.
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Wednesday, Nov. 22. Freeman, according to a source close to him, feels ready to play, but he has to go through the entire process.
Huddle Up: He looks iffy to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. Tevin Coleman struggled with the lead role last week, but he remains an attractive RB1 if Freeman is out.
D'Onta Foreman - RB - Houston Texans
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 11 and will miss the remainder of the season.
Huddle Up: This was the initial diagnosis Sunday and with it now confirmed Foreman can be sent to waivers in all single-year leagues. Minus Foreman, Alfred Blue becomes someone of interest, particularly to Lamar Miller owners.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Williams saw a season-high eight targets last week and could be on his way to the Chargers' No. 2 receiving option behind Keenan Allen if he can stay healthy. Williams has the size and talent to achieve that, but he still can't be viewed as more than a flex right now.
Orleans Darkwa - RB - New York Giants
New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Darkwa has played OK since taking over starting duties in New York's backfield. He has averaged 16 carries two catches over his last five games, so the opportunities are there to produce. Darkwa has only scored once in that span, but he is an RB2 candidate as long as he is seeing that many touches.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) was held out of practice Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Vernon Davis has once again filled in splendidly for Reed. With the Redskins playing on a short week, don't be surprised to see Reed sit again. If that is the case, Davis can be started as a low-end TE1.
Vernon Davis - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis (back) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Davis will be one of Kirk Cousins' top targets as long as Jordan Reed is unable to play. He has seen 8.6 targets over his last three games and is capable of coming through for fantasy owners as a TE1.
Samaje Perine - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Samaje Perine (finger) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Perine is the Redskins' workhorse running back going forward, with Byron Marshall spotting him on passing downs. Perine really showed up last week and established himself as Washington's go-to back thanks to injuries to fellow backfield mates. View Perine as an RB2 for the remainder of the season.
Paxton Lynch - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will be announced as the new starting quarterback for Week 12 Wednesday, Nov. 22, according to a source.
Huddle Up: In three career games Lynch has been mediocre at best, throwing for 497 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. What makes Lynch intriguing is his size and athletic ability as he can tuck the ball and run too. That being said, stay away from him from a fantasy perspective. He's too risky this close to the playoffs.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is not only second in the NFL in passing yards (2,801), but he easily leads Seattle in rushing yards (376) and is second among quarterbacks in rushing yards. He is averaging 317.7 total yards per game.
Huddle Up: Wilson hasn't really had much of a choice but to be the catalyst for the Seahawks in the passing game and the running game. Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and others have done next to nothing this year. At the same time, Wilson is frequently forced to scramble due to poor offensive line play. Wilson is an elite QB1 for the rest of the season and an MVP candidate.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (leg) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: The Redskins have no obvious replacement for Thompson, which likely means they will be forced to rely more heavily on Samaje Perine in the running game. Jamison Crowder has emerged as Kirk Cousins' favorite target in recent weeks and could see even more looks as a result of Thompson's absence.
Allen Hurns - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle) won't practice Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: Hurns has a 36-446-2 line in nine games this season, and this offense doesn't give him a lot of upside if he goes against the Arizona Cardinals.
Dan Bailey - PK - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys PK Dan Bailey (groin) could play Thursday, Nov. 23, in Week 12, according to owner Jerry Jones.
Huddle Up: Bailey could be a plug-and-play option for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is the NFL's highest-rated deep passer at 128.6, according to Pro Football Focus. Stafford was 7-for-22 on throws of more than 20 yards during the first six games. Over the last four games, he's 11-for-21 with a touchdown in three of the four tilts. WR Marvin Jones has caught nine of 18 such passes thrown his way, and Stafford has a 133.5 passer rating when throwing deep to Jones.
Huddle Up: Since the bye week, Stafford has averaged 333 yards passing in four games. He has thrown seven touchdowns and one interception in that stretch. He has ascended to the upper level of QBs just below the cream of the crop.
Matt Ryan - QB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions with a 104.9 passer rating over the last five games. He threw six touchdowns and six interceptions with an 87.3 passer rating in the first five games.
Huddle Up: Ryan had a considerable Super Bowl hangover for the early stage of the season, but he has begun to right the ship. It's not the high-end QB1 reputation he earned last season, but with all the injuries and struggles at the position in fantasy, he remains a solid QB1.
J.D. McKissic - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic logged seven carries for 30 yards and five catches on six targets for 23 yards in the team's Week 11 defeat Monday, Nov. 20, opposite the Atlanta Falcons.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound like much but that's the second-highest yardage total from the 24-year-old this season, and with Mike Davis (groin) possibly missing time, he could vault up to the top of Seattle's backfield situation. Also consider that Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch and Eddie Lacy once again did very little, so McKissic will be someone to watch closely in the coming weeks.