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Bengals' Burrow has knee surgery, complete recovery expected

Thu Dec 3 3:26pm ET
By The Associated Press

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looses his helmet as he is tackled by Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) and defensive end Chase Young (99), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is consoled by teammates as he is carted off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. Burrow was carted off the field with a left knee injury. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looses his helmet as he is tackled by Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is hit and sandwiched inbetween Washington Football Team defensive end Montez Sweat (90), defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) and Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Mike Jordan (60), during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover, Md. After throwing a pass, Burrows was injured on this play and was carted off the field. (AP Photo/Al Drago)


Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) points to his knee as he is charted off the field after an injury in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow had knee surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, the team said Thursday.

The Bengals said Burrow's procedure on Wednesday ''went as planned and he is expected to make a complete recovery.''

Burrow's season ended Nov. 22 when he was hit by Washington pass-rushers and his leg was bent severely. The structural damage in his left knee required surgery, and he has extensive rehabilitation ahead.

Coach Zac Taylor has said he expects Burrow to be ready to play again at some point next season.

Burrow led LSU to the 2019 national championship and won the Heisman Trophy. He was the top overall draft pick by Cincinnati.

He threw for 2,668 yards and 13 TDs and five interceptions in his rookie year.

In the first game with former practice squad QB Brandon Allen replacing Burrow, the Bengals lost to the Giants 19-17 last week. They face the Dolphins on Sunday.

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Sam Darnold Dec 3 3:10pm ET

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase admitted that he's failing in his attempt to groom quarterback Sam Darnold. "I came here to help him, help him develop his career, and we haven't been able to do that," said Gase. Darnold is 0-7 this year -- he missed four games with a shoulder injury -- and has just six touchdown drives. He's the lowest-rated passer in the league with a career-low 64.0 rating and has gone four straight games without throwing a touchdown. The third overall pick in 2018 threw two interceptions in the Week 12 loss to the Dolphins and his future with the team is in question, especially if New York has the top pick in the draft next year. Darnold has a decent matchup against the Raiders this Sunday, but even then, he's an unattractive low-end QB2 that cannot be trusted in this terrible offense.

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Amari Cooper Dec 3 3:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper has been able to develop a strong fantasy floor despite the rest of the Cowboys offense collapsing around him. Cooper has at least five catches and 67 yards in nine of his 11 games. With only three touchdowns and three 100-yard games all year though, he hasn't had much of a ceiling to go with that floor. Week 13 presents a tough Tuesday night matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving Cooper as a solid WR2 but without the upside of others ranked similarly.

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Indianapolis Colts Dec 3 3:00pm ET

The Indianapolis Colts activated defensive lineman Denico Autry from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. Autry, who leads the team with six sacks this year, has missed the last two games. Without him against the Titans in Week 12, Indy's defense allowed 449 yards, including 229 rushing yards. Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner is the only Colts player still on the COVID-19 list, but he could be activated on Saturday if he has no symptoms and continues to test negative. Along with his six sacks, Autry has 24 tackles (15 solo), seven tackles for loss and seven QB hits in nine games (eight starts). His return will be a boost for a Colts Defense looking to bounce back against the Texans, who just lost top wideout Will Fuller to a six-game PED suspension. Consider Indy's defense a fringe starting unit in 12- and 14-team leagues.

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D'Andre Swift Dec 3 2:50pm ET

Detroit Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell said that rookie running back D'Andre Swift (concussion), who missed the Week 12 loss to the Texans on Thanksgiving, is still working through the league's concussion protocol. The Lions keep saying that Swift is close to returning, but until he's out of the concussion protocol, his fantasy managers should view him as highly questionable to play in Week 13 against the Bears. Chicago's defense isn't the greatest matchup, but if Swift can get cleared and return, he'll be an upside RB2 as fantasy managers look to get into the playoffs. If he misses yet another game, veteran Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will continue to split the backfield workload, keeping both of their ceilings lower as RB3/flex types.

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Ezekiel Elliott Dec 3 2:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott finds himself in new territory in Week 13: on the lower end of RB2 rankings. Elliott's nightmare season began when Dak Prescott was lost for the year, but it's only gotten worse from there, and not all the blame can be placed on the quarterback play. Elliott is essentially running behind an offensive line made up of backups at this point, and he has totaled fewer than 55 rushing yards in six of his last nine games. The good news with Elliott is that he does lead the league with 19 carries inside the five-yard line. The bad news is, despite that, he's only scored one touchdown since Week 5. If he's on your fantasy team, you're probably not going to bench Elliott, but don't expect the RB1 version of Elliott to show up any time soon.

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Joe Burrow Dec 3 2:50pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow (knee) underwent successful surgery on his knee on Wednesday and is expected to make a complete recovery. Burrow was having a really impressive rookie season after being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft until he tore both his ACL and MCL in his left knee in Week 11 against Washington. The former LSU star has a chance to be ready for the start of the 2021 season if everything goes according to plan with his rehab. There will be obvious risk around him being a QB1 for those in single-season leagues next year, but you're sitting pretty if you roster him in dynasty/keeper leagues for the long haul. Brandon Allen got the start under center in Week 12, but Ryan Finley could get his shot before the end of the season.

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Tony Pollard Dec 3 2:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard remains a backup bench stash heading into Week 13. Pollard has seen inconsistent work since Ezekiel Elliott has returned to full health. While Pollard has shown an ability to do some damage on the field, he's just not on the field enough to be a consistent, reliable fantasy asset. He's an immediate starter if Elliott misses time, even in the disastrous Cowboys offense, but he has no real fantasy role unless that happens. Anyone with Elliott on their roster should do their best to have Pollard on their bench. Week 13 against the Ravens is a bad matchup even for a three-down back, so Pollard should be nowhere near a fantasy starting lineup this week.

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Andy Dalton Dec 3 2:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton is looking at another rough matchup on Week 13's Tuesday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens Defense has allowed just over 6.5 yards per attempt to opposing quarterbacks this season, the second-fewest in the league. There have been a few bright spots for Dalton but they have been few and far between. He's ranked at the low end of QB2 lists, only relevant in deeper Superflex and 2QB formats.

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Derrick Henry Dec 3 2:40pm ET

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that he expects standout defensive end Myles Garrett to play in Week 13 against the Titans, barring any setbacks. Garrett was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after missing the previous two games. The 24-year-old was the first overall pick of the 2017 draft and is one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL when he's healthy. The Pro Bowler has 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 14 QB hits, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 9.5 sacks in nine games this season. He's a must-start defensive lineman in IDP leagues when he makes his return this Sunday. Cleveland's defense can't be trusted in fantasy formats, but Garrett's return gives them a much better chance at slowing down the NFL's leading rusher in Derrick Henry.

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Daniel Jones Dec 3 2:30pm ET

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) was seen at practice on Thursday, but he needs to improve a lot before he can play in Week 13 against the Seahawks. Jones was expected to be very limited at practice. It's a good sign that he was on the practice field, but backup Colt McCoy is still likely to be the starter this Sunday against Seattle, although Jones has an outside chance of suiting up. If Jones misses this weekend's game, he's likely to just miss one week of action with the minor hamstring injury. Fantasy managers should be looking in another direction for Week 13, with McCoy being only a desperation low-end QB2 pivot in superflex leagues. All of New York's receivers should be downgraded slightly if McCoy is under center, too.

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Jake Elliott Dec 3 2:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is not a starting option in Week 13 fantasy lineups. Elliott has played in 10 games and made exactly 10 field goals (on 14 attempts). The Eagles go for it on fourth down very often and leave Elliott on the sidelines kicking into a practice net. Elliott's missed extra point last week was his first miss of the season, but even on those, he's only made 14 extra points total. Elliott continues to be a decent enough "real life" kicker, but he's not seeing anywhere close to the volume required to be a good fantasy option.

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Philadelphia Eagles Dec 3 2:10pm ET

The Philadelphia Eagles Defense is not a recommended fantasy unit in Week 13. Very few fantasy units will be starting options against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Green Bay, but that's even more the case with the Eagles. Last week against the Seahawks, the Eagles allowed 23 points and 301 yards while recording just two sacks. It was the fifth game in which they were unable to record any turnovers, and the entire team only has three interceptions all season, the fewest in the NFL. They've essentially been a boom-or-bust defense, and this week is one of the surest bets for a bust. They're being ranked lower than 25th in most DST lists. Stay far away.

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Travis Fulgham Dec 3 2:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham made plenty of noise earlier this season, but he's worked his way off of the fantasy radar. In the past three games, Fulgham has combined for four catches for a total of 32 yards. Part of the blame has to fall on Carson Wentz, who looks worse and worse each week, but Fulgham was doing things with that same Carson Wentz earlier this season. It seems like opponents have figured out how to slow Fulgham down, and it seems like it hasn't been too difficult. He's worth holding in deeper formats in case he finds the same luck he found earlier this season, but he can't be trusted in starting lineups, especially in a bad matchup like Week 13 against the Packers.

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Zach Ertz Dec 3 1:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) is expected to return to the field for a Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers. The Eagles have consistently made two tight ends relevant, with Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers combining for 34 targets over the past three weeks despite the atrocious play of the Eagles offense in general. At this point, Ertz is probably not as good as Goedert, but almost certainly better than Rodgers, at least at catching passes. The Packers have not had a lot of tight ends targeted against them, but they haven't been great when they have, allowing the seventh-most yards per targets to opposing tight ends. Ertz has a wide range of outcomes this week, but with not much happening at tight end outside of the top tiers this season, Ertz is at least a TE2 with a little bit of upside. This is all assuming he plays, of course, but that is fully expected.

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Dallas Goedert Dec 3 1:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert remains a strong TE1 fantasy option despite the expected return of Zach Ertz (ankle) this week. Goedert may see a slight dip in targets with Ertz back, but the Eagles run their passing game through their tight ends, and if Richard Rodgers was able to carve out a significant role, then Ertz and Goedert both should be able to put up plenty of fantasy points together. The Packers have allowed the seventh-most yards per target to opposing tight ends, so in a game that the Eagles are 10-point underdogs, they may need to exploit that part of the Packers Defense to even have a chance. The bad quarterback play from Carson Wentz has somehow not hurt Goedert as much as it has all of the other Eagles on offense. Goedert is a top-six option at tight end this week.

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Alshon Jeffery Dec 3 1:20pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has a tough matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Week 13. Even with the best possible matchup, Jeffery would not be a recommended fantasy option, but that's even more obvious with a bad one. The Packers are easily exploitable through the ground game, so the Eagles figure to focus on that part of their offense. Jeffery caught his first two passes of the season in Week 12 and played about half of the team's offensive snaps, but he hasn't looked anything close to the former WR1 he was before a slew of injuries kept him off the field for a while. Jeffery should be on most waiver wires at this point and isn't worth being in any starting lineups this week.

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Greg Ward Dec 3 1:20pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward is off the fantasy radar for a Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers. Ward caught just one pass and saw only three targets in Week 12 despite the Eagles throwing the ball 46 times. Ward has operated mostly as a safety valve, catching very short passes and not doing much with the ball in his hands. While he had some PPR value earlier in the season, the Eagles offense is in such a state that none of their pass catchers seem likely to do anything any week. Ward is not a starting option in Week 13.

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Younghoe Koo Dec 3 1:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo (quad) should be good to go for Sunday's game against the Saints. Koo was limited during Wednesday's practice with a quad injury, though special teams' coordinator Bernie Parmalee said that Koo "is going to be ok." That would be good news for fantasy managers, as Koo currently sits atop the list as fantasy football's K1. He's been excellent this year, with at least two field goals made in all but one contest. Koo is obviously a must-start against New Orleans if he suits up, as the over/under of 45.5 suggests a good amount of points will be scored in this game.

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Jalen Reagor Dec 3 1:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor has been quite disappointing so far this year for the Eagles, matching the rest of the Eagles offense. Reagor is seeing plenty of targets, 25 over the past four games, but has just not been able to do anything with them. Some of the blame can be placed on the atrocious quarterback play of Carson Wentz, but there are plenty of other wide receivers who are playing well despite bad quarterbacks throwing them the ball. Reagor's volume keeps him somewhere on the fantasy radar, but a Week 13 matchup against the Packers is tough, as they allow the fifth fewest yards per target to opposing wide receivers and are much more easily attacked through the ground game. Reagor is clinging to WR5 value and is more of a dynasty hold than anything else right now.

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Miles Sanders Dec 3 1:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders is hoping to put his Week 12 performance behind him. In the loss against the Seattle Seahawks, Sanders only gained 22 yards total, running the ball six times and catching two passes. Sanders was essentially removed from the game plan as Carson Wentz threw the ball 45 ineffective times. That was somewhat expected, as teams don't tend to run the ball often against the Seahawks, but not to that extent. More concerning for Sanders is the fact that he has run only four more pass routes than Boston Scott over the past two games. We could see this become a backfield where Sanders comes off for passing downs, which would of course take a slice out of his fantasy value. Still, the Packers in Week 13 are a great matchup on paper and could get Sanders back on the right track. The main concern here is game script, as the Eagles are 10-point underdogs and could be forced to put the game into Carson Wentz's hands, and we've all seen how that goes. Sanders is a strong RB2 with upside, but a wide range of possible outcomes.

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