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Sat Oct 17 12:12am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

As of now, the mad bat virus hasn’t halted any games this weekend.  The Seahawks, Chargers, Saints and Raiders get the weekend off with a bye.

The exciting news is the Chiefs signing of Le’Veon Bell.  Just what Andy Reid needs, another explosive weapon to add to his battle plans!  Bell won’t be in uniform for the game against the Bills on Monday, but he will be learning the playbook.  Exactly how Andy Reid is planning to use Bell remains to be seen, but it’s a good bet it will start with Bell getting goal-line carries.  Bell was an All-Pro running back not that long ago.  He had the benefit of a great team around him, which had a lot to do with his success.  He went for the money, which the Jets gladly gave him.  But he got a coach he didn’t get along with and a team without much talent.  His chances of regaining his elite status with the Jets was nil.  Now, he gets a chance to play for a great team with a realistic chance to play for and win a Super Bowl.  The big question is can he fit in?  He won’t be the only superstar on the Chiefs.  Will his ego let him become a team player? Will he be willing to do what is best for the team?  What else we know is Clyde Edwards-Helaire has not been everything the Chiefs have hoped for, especially with goal-line carries.  As with most rookies, it takes time to adjust to playing in the NFL.  Bell can give him that time.

I have a few sleeper plays I like this week.  Andy Dalton takes over at quarterback for the Cowboys.  While he’s not Dak Prescott, he is very capable of leading the high-powered Cowboys offense.  This week, he gets his start against a Cardinals team that lost their best pass rusher, Chandler Jones.  Arizona’s defense has allowed seven passing touchdowns this year.  Dalton is in a great spot to show the Cowboys he can lead their offense, which they need since the Cowboys defense can’t seem to stop anyone.  Another reason to like Dalton is they will have to outscore other teams to win.  And he has the weapons to make it happen.

A couple running backs that could surprise this week are Phillip Lindsay and D’Andre Swift.  Lindsay’s opportunity could come from Melvin Gordon’s DUI.  If Gordon faces discipline and misses the Patriots game this Sunday, Lindsay becomes the starter. The Lions had a week off to access where they are, 1-3.  While Adrian Peterson has done a good job, is he the Lions future?  It’s time to see if D’Andre Swift is!  And Jacksonville is the team to find out against. The Jaguars have given up six rushing touchdowns already.

The Texans have a date with a Tennessee defense that gives up 200-plus receiving yards to wideouts.  While Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks will get their share of targets, Randall Cobb could be the star.

I always look to see which team has been generous to tight ends.  The Falcons have allowed seven touchdowns and the Vikings are coming to town.  Irv Smith is not exactly a household name, but he gets the chance to put up some big numbers this week. The other team that has allowed big days to tight ends is Cleveland. The Browns have allowed four touchdowns and four receptions per game.  Eric Ebron has been a favorite target of Big Ben, with five receptions  each of his last two games, so this matchup has pick me written all over it.

If you’re streaming defenses, a couple teams you might find on your leagues waivers are the Giants and Dolphins.  Neither team you’d want to play normally, but the Giants get a really bad Washington Football Team and a chance for their first win of the season.  The Dolphins get an even worse team with the Jets, a team starting Joe Flacco at quarterback and playing without recently departed Le’Veon Bell.  Pick one of these two if you can.

Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

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Tyler Higbee Nov 25 9:33pm ET

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (elbow) banged up his elbow during the Week 11 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is why he did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. Head coach Sean McVay said the tight end is considered 'day-to-day'.

Fantasy Spin: Higbee entered the season with high expectations from a fantasy perspective, but he has really only one impressive game while mostly being equaled or outplayed by Gerald Everett. At this point Higbee is only worth retaining in the deepest of fantasy leagues heading into Week 12 and beyond.

From TheHuddle

Atlanta Falcons Nov 25 9:00pm ET

The Atlanta Falcons Defense should stay benched this week when the Las Vegas Raiders come to town. Las Vegas has a capable QB in Derek Carr, along with solid weapons such as Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and Nelson Agholor. Meanwhile, Atlanta has allowed at least 20 points in nine of 10 games. The unit has also dealt with injuries throughout the season and that has hindered its overall strength. There are better options to start this week.

From RotoBaller

Younghoe Koo Nov 25 9:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo is a terrific start this week against Las Vegas. Last week, the kicker hit three field goals, including two from over 50 yards. Overall, Koo has gone 24-for-25 in field goals this season and 18-for-21 in extra points. The Raiders rank in the middle against fantasy kickers, so he is a great starting option.

From RotoBaller

Hayden Hurst Nov 25 8:50pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst is a low-end TE1 this week if active. The TE is currently dealing with an ankle injury and it remains to be seen if he plays. Hurst got nothing last week on two targets but has generally been decent this season. He has gotten at least 50 yards and six targets in six of 10 games this season, so he does bring the potential for some solid numbers. The Raiders are middle-tier against fantasy tight ends, so Hurst is certainly worth starting if he plays. Managers can only hope last week's performance was an outlier.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Donald Nov 25 8:43pm ET

Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald (non-injury), LB Micah Kiser (knee) and TE Tyler Higbee (elbow) didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. OL Brian Allen (knee) was limited.

From TheHuddle

Russell Gage Nov 25 8:40pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage is in the flex conversation this week. Due to Julio Jones going down with an injury last week, Gage had seven receptions for 58 yards on 12 targets. This week, Jones is still dealing with a hamstring injury and may be a game-time decision. If Jones doesn't play, Gage is the biggest player to benefit and would be a flex piece to start this week. Nevertheless, there is a bit of risk considering the WR has only posted over 50 yards in four games and doesn't necessarily get all the attention even when Jones is out. Still, he's the best guy to trust for fantasy over Olamide Zaccheaus and Christian Blake. The Raiders are middle-tier against fantasy wideouts.

From RotoBaller

K'Waun Williams Nov 25 8:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers CB K'Waun Williams (ankle) and LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. DL Arik Armstead (non-injury) was limited and OL Hroniss Grasu (non-injury) practiced in full.

From TheHuddle

Julio Jones Nov 25 8:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is currently dealing with a hamstring injury and could be a game-time decision this week against the Raiders. Thus, if he plays, he will be a lower-end WR1 and certainly a riskier option to start considering his injury. Last week, Jones only managed two receptions for 39 yards on two targets. When healthy this season, the WR has seen his usual volume and put up fantastic numbers, including three 100-yard games. Nevertheless, proceed with caution this week on Jones and monitor his status closely. If he cannot play, Russell Gage would see an uptick in value.

From RotoBaller

Calvin Ridley Nov 25 8:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is a low-end WR1 this week against the Raiders. It's worth noting he is dealing with a foot injury right now, but there is no sign that his status for Sunday is in jeopardy. Ridley posted five receptions for 90 yards on nine targets last week and has gotten at least 90 yards in five of nine games. He has also seen at least seven targets in seven of nine games. With Julio Jones ailing, Ridley could see more looks on Sunday if Jones doesn't play. Regardless, he remains a solid play due to his weekly volume and consistency.

From RotoBaller

Jake Kumerow Nov 25 8:23pm ET

Buffalo Bills C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison, WR Jake Kumerow and LB Darron Lee were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 12 Wednesday, Nov. 25.

From TheHuddle

Kenjon Barner Nov 25 8:23pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Kenjon Barner, PK Greg Joseph, DT Jeremiah Ledbetter and G John Molchon were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 12 Wednesday, Nov. 25.

From TheHuddle

Tevin Coleman Nov 25 8:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Fantasy Spin: Coleman and Jerick McKinnon will be splitting backfield work until Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson are able to return to the lineup. Both make for a risky FLEX option with McKinnon slightly safer due to more work in the passing game.

From TheHuddle

Todd Gurley Nov 25 8:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II is a low-end RB1 this week versus the Raiders. The RB is coming off a season-low eight carries for 26 yards but has nevertheless remained decent on this offense. Gurley still has had double-digit carries in nine of 10 games and has rushed for over 50 yards in seven of 10 games. That volume and the fact that the Raiders allow the fourth-most points to fantasy backs makes Gurley a solid play. He is dealing with a knee injury, so his status is worth monitoring.

From RotoBaller

Sheldon Rankins Nov 25 8:13pm ET

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins (knee) was designated for return from the Reseve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.

From TheHuddle

Matt Ryan Nov 25 8:10pm ET

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is a low-end QB1 against the Raiders this weekend. Ryan has been a bit streaky this season and posted 232 yards and two picks last week. Overall, he has thrown for over 300 yards in only three of 10 games this season and only has four games with multiple passing touchdowns. The Raiders allow the ninth-most points to fantasy QBs, so this is a good week to start Ryan if you have him.

From RotoBaller

Montravius Adams Nov 25 8:03pm ET

Green Bay Packers DE Montravius Adams (toe) and LB James Burgess (hamstring) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.

From TheHuddle

Randall Cobb Nov 25 8:03pm ET

Houston Texans WR Randall Cobb (toe) and DT P.J. Hall (knee, shoulder) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.

From TheHuddle

Abry Jones Nov 25 8:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Abry Jones (ankle) and LB Shaquille Quarterman (knee) were designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.

From TheHuddle

Austin Ekeler Nov 25 8:03pm ET

Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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Andrew Brown Nov 25 7:53pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals DT Andrew Brown was signed off the practice squad to the active roster of the Houston Texans Wednesday, Nov. 25. Texans RB Scottie Phillips was also signed off the Houston practice squad to the active roster.

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