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Browns GM expecting "best" of Mayfield after December bye

Wed Dec 1 1:48pm ET
AP Sports Writer

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Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter (64) and guard Joel Bitonio block as quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns general manager Andrew Berry feels the bye week will help Baker Mayfield get healthy and maybe even mend Cleveland's broken season.

Mayfield has had a rough 2021 while dealing with an assortment of injuries, including a fracture to the quarterback's left, non-showing shoulder. The physical problems have had an effect on his performances, and raised questions whether he should be playing.

Like coach Kevin Stefanski, Berry firmly believes Mayfield is the Browns' best bet.

''Baker's our quarterback,'' Berry said Wednesday on a Zoom call. ''He's healthy enough to win games for us. He has won games for us in the past couple of weeks. If he's ready to go, he's going to be our starter.''

The Browns (6-6), who intercepted Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson four times but lost 16-10 to the AFC North-leading Ravens on Sunday, are recharging during their week off to get ready for a brutal stretch.

Cleveland's postseason chances are precarious, and there's a daunting stretch of games ahead against Baltimore (8-3), Las Vegas (6-5), Green Bay (9-3), Pittsburgh (5-5-1) and Cincinnati (7-4) - all teams in the playoff hunt.

The Browns have struggled to score over the past seven weeks - 17 points or fewer in six of the last seven games. The offense's regression has not helped build a case for the team committing long term to Mayfield, who is eligible for a contract extension.

To this point, the Browns have shown little interest in extending Mayfield beyond the 2022 season. They picked up the guaranteed $18.9 million fifth-year option on his rookie contract in May.

Berry's unwillingness to discuss Mayfield's contact doesn't mean the team won't move forward with him or it has decided to move in another direction. Berry reiterated the 26-year-old's future isn't being decided by just this season.

''With Baker, especially from a long-term perspective, you really try and take a big-picture approach,'' he said. ''Really with any player, it's about body of work really over several years, and also taking into context the environment or particular individual's situation.

''We have seen Baker play a lot of good football here. We have seen Baker play good football this season. I know he's excited and we are excited for the opportunity ahead of us. We expect him to play his best football moving forward over the next five weeks.''

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D'Andre Swift Dec 1 1:10pm ET
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Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (shoulder) could miss multiple weeks with his sprained shoulder, according to a source. Swift wants to return quickly, but the Lions will be cautious with their No. 1 running back after he hurt his AC joint. The 22-year-old has almost 1,000 total yards this year and six touchdowns, but it doesn't make sense for the winless Lions to rush him back in yet another lost season. Jamaal Williams was a popular waiver-wire pickup in leagues where he was still available with Swift not expected to play in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings, and he'll have RB2 upside in an expanded role against a Minnesota defense that surrenders the third-most rushing yards per game (134.4) in 2021. Rookie Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike will have bigger roles behind Williams as well.

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Greg Zuerlein Dec 1 1:00pm ET
Greg Zuerlein

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein is a decent option in Week 13 fantasy lineups. Zuerlein has been a top-15 fantasy kicker in all but two of the games he's played in this season, pretty good consistency in fantasy football's least predictable position. Going up against the New Orleans Saints in what could be a high-scoring game, Zuerlein should see plenty of options to kick on Thursday night.

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Taysom Hill Dec 1 1:00pm ET
Taysom Hill

The Dallas Cowboys defense makes for a solid Week 13 fantasy option in their Thursday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints. They'll get a bit of a boost if Trevor Siemian gets the start, but should definitely still be starting option even if Taysom Hill gets the nod under center for the Saints. The Cowboys defensive unit has been a top-12 option in eight different games this season.

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Amari Cooper Dec 1 1:00pm ET
Amari Cooper

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is expected to travel with the team to New Orleans on Wednesday and play against the Saints on Thursday night, according to a source. Cooper, who is unvaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 and has missed the last two games. The 27-year-old remains on the COVID-19 list, but it sounds as though the Cowboys are expecting him to be cleared in time for Thursday's game. Cooper's return will lower the ceiling and floor of Michael Gallup, but there's also the question of whether Cooper will have his snaps limited after contracting the virus and missing the last two games. The Saints have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs per game this year, but the fact that CeeDee Lamb (concussion) should be back on Thursday as well, will make Cooper a highly volatile WR3/flex in his return.

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Dalton Schultz Dec 1 12:50pm ET
Dalton Schultz

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz has an excellent matchup on Thursday Night Football in Week 13. Going up against a New Orleans Saints team that is just 22nd against opposing tight ends, Schultz should be able to see plenty of targets and always has touchdown upside. Even with CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19) expected to return to the lineup, Schultz should still see enough opportunities to put up mid-range TE1 numbers.

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DeVante Parker Dec 1 12:40pm ET
DeVante Parker

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (shoulder) will practice on Wednesday. It officially opens Parker's 21-day window to be activated from Injured Reserve. Just because Parker is back at practice doesn't mean that he will be active this Sunday against the New York Giants, and if he is active for the first time since Week 8, he could be eased back into the offense in a game in which the Dolphins may not need to air out the football. That makes the 28-year-old an unexciting fantasy option entering Week 13 action. Once Parker is back and up to full speed, he'll operate as the No. 2 receiver alongside impressive rookie Jaylen Waddle in Miami's passing attack. Mack Hollins and Albert Wilson have seen increased roles with Parker and Will Fuller (finger) on IR.

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Amari Cooper Dec 1 12:40pm ET
Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (COVID-19) is questionable at best for Week 13's Thursday Night Football matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Cooper has missed the last two games after contracting COVID-19 and not being vaccinated. He was originally expected to be able to return for Week 13, but coach Mike McCarthy has said that Cooper, "is not feeling the best," and that he, "[doesn't] see him going to the game." Cooper's third absence in a row will up the ceilings and floors of CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup.

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Michael Gallup Dec 1 12:40pm ET
Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup could have an expanded role again in Week 13's Thursday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints. Gallup led the Cowboys in receiving on Thanksgiving with Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) both out. Lamb is expected to return, but Cooper seems to be on the wrong side of questionable. Going up against a Saints defense that hasn't been able to stop opposing wide receivers all season, Gallup is a WR2 if Cooper doesn't play.

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Will Fuller Dec 1 12:40pm ET
Will Fuller

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said that wide receiver Will Fuller (finger) will not return to practice this week. The 27-year-old will miss his ninth straight game with a broken finger in Week 13 against the New York Giants. The Dolphins are on their bye in Week 14, so Fuller could come off Injured Reserve and play in just his third game of the season in Week 15. The deep threat has caught four of eight targets for 26 yards in his two games played in 2021, and it's been a lost season in his first year in Miami. Once he does return and is fully healthy, Fuller will likely serve as the No. 3 behind rookie Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker, and he won't be a recommended play during the fantasy postseason.

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Tony Pollard Dec 1 12:30pm ET
Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard could be in line for more work in a Week 13 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Ezekiel Elliott (knee) is expected to play after practicing in full all week, but it's been no secret that his game has been affected by the injury. The two backs will likely split work to start the game, but any aggravation to Zeke's knee injury could lead to Pollard working as a three-down back. The uncertain role combined with an excellent New Orleans run defense makes Pollard a low-end RB2, but with plenty of upside.

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Corey Davis Dec 1 12:30pm ET
Corey Davis

New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis (groin) will not practice on Wednesday and is being listed as day-to-day. Davis injured his groin in practice early last week and was inactive in the Week 12 win over the Houston Texans. He's not off to a good start this week, but if he can return to the practice field on Thursday or Friday, he will have a shot at playing this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The 26-year-old has shown nice chemistry with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson in 2021, so Davis would at least be a WR3/flex option if he he's active this weekend. Rookie Elijah Moore has emerged as a real threat in this offense as well, and he'll continue to be an option in starting lineups, even if Davis returns from his injury.

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Ezekiel Elliott Dec 1 12:30pm ET
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee) has practiced in full every day this week and is expected to suit up and start on Thursday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. Elliott has been healthy enough to play, but it's clear that the knee is an issue with his explosiveness, as Tony Pollard has looked like the better option out of the Dallas backfield for the past couple of weeks. Still, Elliott always has touchdown upside and should be considered a mid-range RB2 option against an elite New Orleans run defense.

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CeeDee Lamb Dec 1 12:30pm ET
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (concussion) has practiced in full every day leading up to Week 13 and should be able to play against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. The Saints defense has been struggling against opposing wide receivers quite a bit, ranking 29th in the NFL for the season. As long as he is able to play without any effects from the concussion he suffered a few weeks ago, Lamb is one of the better bets to put up WR1 numbers this week.

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Keelan Cole Dec 1 12:30pm ET
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New York Jets wide receiver Keelan Cole will not play in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. Depending on whether Corey Davis (groin) returns from his injury this Sunday, second-year pass-catcher Denzel Mims could have a role in the offense. However, it likely won't amount to much behind rookie Elijah Moore, Jamison Crowder and Braxton Berrios. Mims has played in only six games in his sophomore season and has seven catches for 129 yards on 14 targets, and he hasn't played since Week 9 due to his own stint on the COVID-19 list. Mims won't be a realistic starting option in fantasy this weekend.

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Antonio Brown Dec 1 12:20pm ET
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) didn't return to practice on Wednesday. The Buccaneers were hopeful that Brown would return after their bye week, which was three games ago, and he'll need to return to practice in order to have a shot at playing in Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons. The 33-year-old could be eased back into the offense once he does return, too, given the long layoff he's had due to a sprained ankle. We'll continue to monitor Brown's practice participation the rest of the week, but he's not off to a good start. Scotty Miller, who returned from Injured Reserve last week to play only four offensive snaps, could start cutting more into Tyler Johnson's workload as the No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin if Brown misses another game.

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J.D. McKissic Dec 1 12:20pm ET
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Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (neck) was not spotted at practice on Wednesday after getting injured in the Monday night win over the Seattle Seahawks. McKissic scored both of the team's touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in their Week 12 victory, but he suffered a neck injury late in the game and could be in danger of sitting out in Week 13 against the Las Vegas Raiders. The 28-year-old has been a decent RB3/flex in PPR leagues as the team's pass-catching complement to Antonio Gibson this year, but if he can't get back on the practice field later this week, rookie Jaret Patterson could have a much bigger role alongside Gibson in Washington's backfield.

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Dak Prescott Dec 1 12:20pm ET
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has an outstanding matchup in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints. Prescott has been a top-three fantasy quarterback in two of the past three weeks, and now gets to play against a Saints defense that has the worst stats in the league against opposing quarterbacks for the past five games. This could end up as one of those extra messy Thursday Night Football games with an extremely lopsided score. Prescott is an easy top-half QB1 with clear overall QB1 upside this week.

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Daniel Jones Dec 1 12:10pm ET
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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (neck) will practice on Wednesday and isn't being ruled out yet for Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins, according to head coach Joe Judge. Jones is also expected to practice on Thursday and Friday. The Giants have been vague about Jones' neck strain, but it isn't a lock just yet that backup Mike Glennon will be under center this Sunday. The Giants were calling the 24-year-old week-to-week on Tuesday, so fantasy managers should be looking for other options if they've been using Jones as their QB2 in superflex leagues. The entire Giants offense should be downgraded fantasy-wise if Glennon, who made only five starts for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020, is forced to start.

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Kyler Murray Dec 1 12:00pm ET
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle) and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) were both back at practice on Wednesday for the first time in over a month. While it's just Wednesday, this is a great step towards both superstars being active on Sunday against the Bears. With Chase Edmonds (ankle) still out and the Cardinals not wanting to overwork James Conner, it's possible that Arizona will turn to the pass more often against a fine but not great Bears defense. If both players are active on Sunday, they absolutely need to be in fantasy lineups and Hopkins could be a great DFS value.

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Sterling Shepard Dec 1 11:50am ET
Sterling Shepard

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard "looked like someone who is on track to play this week." Obviously, it's still early in the week, so we need to keep an eye on Shepard's progression in practice but this is a nice step. Kadarius Toney (quad) is also coming back from his own injury, so his involvement in practice will determine how excited we are about Shepard, but all of the Giants passing options get a downgrade with Mike Glennon under center. However, Shepard could be a safety valve for Glennon, which would give him some value in deeper leagues if he's indeed active.

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