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Jaguars' Marqise Lee (knee) limited in practice on Wednesday

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

Source: ESPN

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

Source: Joe Kay

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

"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.

What It Means:

"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.

What It Means:

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.

Source: Joe Fann

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

Source: numberFire

Will Fuller (ribs) still not practicing for Texans

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (ribs) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

Fuller is at risk of missing a second straight game in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens. He has 17 catches for 326 yards and 7 touchdowns on 33 targets across six games this season.

Fuller is averaging 14.0 FanDuel points per game on the year, but if he winds up playing in Week 12, numberFire's models project him for only 5.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,800.

Matt Forte (knee) not practicing for Jets on Wednesday

New York Jets running back Matt Forte (knee) is not practicing on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Forte didn't play in Week 10, and there was some hope he would be ready to return coming out of the Jets' bye, but this puts the veteran's status in doubt for Sunday's matchup with the Carolina Panthers. If Forte sits again, it'll likely be Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire splitting most of the backfield work in Week 12.

Forte is averaging 10.5 FanDuel points across seven games this season, with 57 carries for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition to 29 receptions for 222 yards on 32 targets. Among the 57 running backs with at least 50 carries in 2017, he ranks 17th in terms of Rushing Net Expected Points per carry.

Chris Hogan (shoulder) remains out Wednesday for Patriots

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

Hogan has been on the shelf since injuring his shoulder in Week 8, and this isn't a good sign for his status against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, and Rex Burkhead have been the primary beneficiaries with Hogan out of the lineup.

Prior to injury, Hogan averaged 11.5 FanDuel points across eight games, with 33 receptions for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns on 54 targets. If he winds up returning in Week 12, numberFire's models conservatively project him for 3.4 targets, 2.1 catches, 28.9 yards, and 0.31 touchdowns versus the Dolphins.

Source: Zack Cox

Vikings' Kai Forbath a top-5 kicking option in Week 12

Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath is projected for 2.5 extra-points and 1.9 field goals in his matchup with the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day.

What It Means:

On the year, Forbath has connected on 20-of-24 extra-points and 23-of-26 field goal attempts. His made field goals include five of 50-plus yards and five more of at least 40 yards.

Forbath's $4,900 salary places him in a tie for 8th among all kickers this week. However, his projected output of 9.2 FanDuel points have him ranked fifth if you're playing Thursday-inclusive slates.

Jordan Reed (hamstring) ruled out for Washington in Week 12

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the New York Giants.

What It Means:

Reed was previously considered a game-time call but he will miss a fourth consecutive game on Thursday night. The oft-injured tight end has 27 catches for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns on 35 targets across eight games this season. Vernon Davis will draw another start for Washington.

Reed is averaging 7.8 FanDuel points per game on the year. Without yet accounting for his absence in Week 12, numberFire's models project the tight end for 36.3 targets, 25.9 receptions, 258.2 yards, and 2.37 touchdowns over the remainder of the year.

Sterling Shepard (migraines) questionable for Giants on Thanksgiving

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (migraines) is questionable for Thanksgiving night against the Washington Redskins.

What It Means:

Shepard was out Tuesday after being limited Wednesday so it's not a great sign for his status in Week 12, nor does it help that the Giants and Redskins aren't scheduled to kickoff until 8:30 PM ET tomorrow night. Travis Rudolph tied Evan Engram with a team-high 6 targets in Week 11 with Shepard on the sidelines.

If he plays, numberFire's models project Shepard for 10.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,700 in Week 12, with 6.8 targets, 4.9 receptions, 51.2 yards and 0.52 touchdowns on Thanksgiving.

Roger Lewis could be Giants' number-one wideout again Thursday night

New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis is projected for 1.9 catches, 26.4 yards and 0.24 touchdowns on 3.6 targets in Week 12 against the Washington Redskins.

What It Means:

This past week, Sterling Shepard missed the Giants' game with an illness. Shepard's in danger of missing again as he's dealt with migraine issues this week. Lewis could see similar production as in Week 11, when he caught 3-of-4 targets for 55 yards.

Lewis costs $5,100 and is projected for 5 FanDuel points at this time. That, along with his standing in the passing game, could change with an update to Shepard's status for Thursday's Thanksgiving showdown.

Greg Olsen (foot, IR) practicing for Panthers, remains on track for Week 12 return

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot, I.R.) is practicing again Wednesday.

What It Means:

Olsen still hasn't been activated but he's fully expected to make his return against the New York Jets in Week 12. There hasn't been any word of a snap count for the veteran tight end, who has been out since Week 2 with a broken foot.

Olsen is numberFire's 6th-ranked fantasy tight end in Week 12, and we project him for 12.7 targets, 6.5 receptions, 47.52 yards, and 0.30 touchdowns versus the Jets. That would yield 9.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,400.

Lions' T.J. Jones looking to build off strong Week 11

Detroit Lions wide receiver T.J. Jones is projected for 2.0 catches, 28.7 yards and 0.22 touchdowns in a Thanksgiving day matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

What It Means:

Against the Chicago Bears, Jones hauled in a season-high four catches as he put together 55 years on just five targets. His role was expected to diminish and his snaps did, but the production was there and could be there again this week, although a tough defense stands in the way.

At just $4,600, Jones is projected for 5.2 FanDuel points following last week's 5.5 FD-point performance.

Jacoby Brissett limited for Colts, remains in concussion protocol

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett remains in the concussion protocol.

What It Means:

Brissett will be limited on Wednesday and Thursday but he's expected to be cleared in time for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Tennessee Titans. Otherwise, Scott Tolzien will draw the start in Week 12. Brissett 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.

Source: Zak Keefer

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