Mon Sep 26 9:22am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Jackson is carrying teams to wins
The games this week weren’t nearly as high scoring in fantasy land. There were a few players with some really big games, but not nearly as many as last week. And the bad thing was many big-time fantasy players did little. There were some stars that laid eggs, leading to some really low fantasy scores. Hopefully, you were on the right side of things in Week 3.
Browns 29, Steelers 17
Fantasy Stud: David Njoku. We finally had a Njoku sighting, posting a huge game in this matchup. He had nine receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. It was good to see the talented tight end get the work at a position that has been a disappointment for a lot of fantasy teams. Njoku had just four receptions all season, so maybe this is the game that gets him going.
Fantasy Dud: Kareem Hunt. Hunt got the work but wasn’t a help to fantasy teams. He ran 12 times for 47 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. This was his second straight game with fewer than double-digit fantasy points. He is getting 15 or more touches every game but his fantasy production hasn’t been off the charts despite the work.
Game Notes: Nick Chubb had his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and has 100-plus total yards all three games. He ran 23 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t catch a pass in the game, though.
Amari Cooper has two straight 100-yard games. He caught seven passes for 101 yards and a score on 11 targets. He is quickly heating up in the Browns offense.
Bears 23, Texans 20
Fantasy Stud: Khalil Herbert. Herbert had the best game of his carer, taking advantage of a chance to be the lead back because of an injury to David Montgomery. Herbert ran 20 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 12 yards. Herbert is a must add in all formats if Montgomery has to miss any time. He could be huge in this offense if starting.
Fantasy Dud: Justin Fields. He might have led his team to a win, but Fields did not play well. He struggled throwing the ball once again. He was 8-of-17 for 106 yards with two interceptions. He also fumbled twice, but didn’t lose either one. Fields is yet to throw for more than 150 yards in a game. He has more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three) for the season. Fields is not a player that fantasy teams can trust.
Game Notes: There was a Cole Kmet sighting this week. He caught his first passes of the season, catching two passes for 40 yards.
Dameon Pierce had his best game as a pro. He had 20 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 21 yards, giving him 101 total yards and a score.
Colts 20, Chiefs 17
Fantasy Stud: Jelani Woods. Woods had just two receptions but both were touchdowns. He had two receptions for 13 yards and two scores. These were his first catches of the season. Woods could be playing his way into a bigger role in the offense, especially since the Colts tight ends have not been great this year.
Fantasy Dud: Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes did not have a game that you are accustomed. He was 19-of-33 for 262 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Mahomes has been pretty mediocre the last two weeks, scoring 19.8 points in Week 2 and 20.7 this week. He will be just fine going forward, but his games the last two weeks are disappointing for all the fantasy owners that used very high draft capital on Mahomes.
Game Notes: Michael Pittman returned from his quad injury and looked just fine this week. He had eight receptions for 72 yards on nine targets. He has 17 receptions in two games.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn’t rush for a yard on seven carries but scored his third touchdowns of the season. He did have five receptions for 39 yards. Edwards has at least 14.9 fantasy points all three games.
Titans 24, Raiders 22
Fantasy Stud: Mack Hollins. Hollins got more playing time with Hunter Renfrow out and took full advantage. He had the best game of his career, catching eight passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. Hollins has seen his usage increase the last few weeks, though. He has 13 reception his last two and could be playing his way into a little bigger role.
Fantasy Dud: Darren Waller. You thought that Waller might play a big role this week with Renfrow out, but that didn’t happen. He had three receptions for 21 yards. Waller had two straight games with double-digit fantasy points before this showing with just 5.1 points. Waller remains a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end, but this game was a little bit of a surprise.
Game Notes: Derrick Henry had a great game, rushing 20 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also got a ton of work in the passing game, finishing with five receptions for 58 yards. He had 143 total yards and a score.
Josh Jacobs was iffy to play because of an illness, but was able to play and led the running backs in playing time. Jacobs had 13 carries for 66 yards and caught five passes for 31 yards. He looked just fine, having 18 total touches for 97 total yards.
Dolphins 21, Bills 19
Fantasy Stud: Devin Singletary. Singletary got a workout in the passing game, leading the team in receptions and yards. He had nine receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t have as much success running, rushing nine times for 13 yards. This was his first game all season with double-digit fantasy points. He has rushed for just 80 yards in three games, but if he keeps getting the catches, he will have fantasy value.
Fantasy Dud: Tyreek Hill. The Bills did a great job of holding the explosive Hill in heck. He had just two receptions for 33 yards. Hill had 90-plus yards each of his first two games, so this showing was a real disappointment for fantasy owners. Hill will be just fine going forward, though. We wouldn’t worry much about this one.
Game Notes: Tua Tagovailoa took a huge hit and was visibly wobbly on the field, falling over. He was able to return to the game somehow, though, and was 13-of-18 for 186 yards and a touchdowns without a turnover.
Isaiah McKenzie had seven receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Both his reception and yardage totals were season highs. He has found the end zone two of three games.
Vikings 28, Lions 24
Fantasy Stud: Jamaal Williams. Williams got much of the work at running back with D’Andre Swift still less than 100 percent. Williams produced big, rushing 20 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 20 yards, finishing with 107 total yards and two scores. This is the second game this season Williams scored multiple touchdowns. He has double-digit carries all three games.
Fantasy Dud: Justin Jefferson. Jefferson did next to nothing in this one, catching three passes for 14 yards. Kirk Cousins looked at other receivers with the Lions doing a good job of covering Jefferson. This was a really unexpected showing from Jefferson in what looked like a very favorable matchup. His performance might have been the surprise of the entire week.
Game Notes: D’Andre Swift still didn’t get much work as he is slowed by a sprained ankle. He ran seven times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards. Swift had 10 touches after having seven his previous game.
Adam Thielen finally got some more work and found the end zone for the first time this season. He had six receptions for 61 yards and a score.
Dalvin Cook dislocated his shoulder during the game and left early. Cook is hoping to avoid missing any time with this injury, though, and plans to wear a harness going forward. Don’t rule him out for Week 4 just yet.
Ravens 37, Patriots 26
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson had another monster game for all his fantasy owners, doing on the ground and through the air. He was 18-of-29 for 218 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. He also hit the 100-yard mark rushing, running 11 times for 107 yards. Jackson has two straight weeks with 40-plus fantasy points.
Fantasy Dud: Mac Jones. Jones did score a rushing touchdown but was unable to throw in a score against arguably the worst pass defense in football. He was 22-of-32 for 321 yards with three interceptions. Jones hit the 300-yard passing mark but all the interceptions were very disappointing to his fantasy owners. Jones has just three touchdowns all season. He also suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain on the last play of the game and looked to be in a lot of pain. This is an injury to watch going forward. He is likely going to miss some time.
Game Notes: DeVante Parker had a huge game, getting more looks with Jakobi Meyers out. Parker had five receptions for 156 yards.
J.K. Dobbins made his season debut and led the Ravens in rush attempts. He ran seven times for 23 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards. Dobbins should see his touches increase in the coming weeks.
Bengals 27, Jets 12
Fantasy Stud: Joe Burrow. Burrow looked like the Burrow from last season in this game. He was 23-of-36 for 275 yard and three touchdowns without a turnover. Burrow is not having a huge season but does have 26-plus points two of three games. He is starting to heat up a little. If the line can give Burrow time to throw, he can do plenty damage.
Fantasy Dud: Joe Mixon. Mixon was unable to get much going on the ground. He ran 12 times for just 24 yards. He also caught three passes for just 14 yards. And to top it off, he suffered an ankle injury in the game and sat late. Mixon is off to a disappointing start to his season. He is yet to find the end zone and his points have decreased each week since the start of the year.
Game Notes: Joe Flacco failed to score a touchdown and was intercepted twice. He was 28-of-52 for 285 yards. Zach Wilson will return as starter as soon as he his healthy enough.
Tyler Conklin continues to post big numbers as the starting tight end for the Jets. He had eight receptions for 84 yards. Conklin has double-digit fantasy points every game this season.
Eagles 24, Commanders 8
Fantasy Stud: DeVonta Smith. Smith had a monster game for the second straight week. He had eight receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t catch a pass in Week 1 but has 15 his last two games, having 15-plus fantasy points each of those games. Smith looks like the real deal and is emerging as a favorite target for Jalen Hurts.
Fantasy Dud: Carson Wentz. Wentz came back down to earth against a good Eagles defense this week. He did most of his damage late in the game when the Commanders were down big. He finished 25-of-43 for 211 yards without a touchdown. He also lost a fumble in the game. Wentz scored just 11.8 fantasy points after having 30-plus fantasy points each of his first two games.
Game Notes: Jalen Hurts had his usual big game, finishing 22-of-35 for 340 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Hurts had 30-plus fantasy points two straight games.
Curtis Samuel caught seven passes for 48 yards. He has at least seven receptions all three games this season.
Panthers 22, Saints 14
Fantasy Stud: Chris Olave. Olave continues to lead the way at receiver for the Saints his rookie season. He had nine receptions for 147 yards. This was his first 100-yard game as a pro. He has 17 receptions this season, including 14 his last two games. Olave is emerging as the go-to target in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Alvin Kamara. Kamara returned this week from his rib injury but didn’t do much. He had 15 carries but ran for just 61 yards. He also had just two receptions for 12 yards. He also lost a fumble, hurting his fantasy numbers. Kamara has played just two games this year but is yet to top nine fantasy points in either game.
Game Notes: Christian McCaffrey continues to get little work in the passing game, but had a 100-yard rushing game this week. He had 25 carries for 108 yards.
Laviska Shenault made his Panthers debut and scored their only offensive touchdown of the game. He had two receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. He might have earned a bigger role in the offense after this showing.
Jaguars 38, Chargers 10
Fantasy Stud: Zay Jones. There were a lot of studs for the Jaguars in this one, but we will give it to Jones. He was great, catching 10 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. He scored 24.5 fantasy points. This was his second game of the season with 12-plus fantasy points. He has emerged as the No. 3 receiver in this up and coming offense. Jones should continue to get looks on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Dud: Mike Williams. Williams did score a touchdown but that was his only catch. He had a catch for a 15-yard touchdown. Williams didn’t even score double-digit fantasy points despite scoring a touchdown. He continues to be an up and down fantasy player capable of the huge game any given week. You just expected better from Williams this week with Keenan Allen out of the lineup once again.
Game Notes: James Robinson found the end zone for the third straight game. He also had his first 100-yard game of the season, rushing 17 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. Robinson has at least 15 fantasy points every game.
Trevor Lawrence seems to be gaining confidence every week. He was 28-of-39 for 262 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He has five touchdowns without a turnover his last two games.
Falcons 27, Seahawks 23
Fantasy Stud: Cordarralle Patterson. Patterson had a huge game once again as a rusher. He continues to play good football at the running back position, running 17 times for 141 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Patterson also caught a pass for 12 yards, giving him 153 total yards. Patterson has 22-plus fantasy points two of three games.
Fantasy Dud: Rashaad Penny. Penny had another disappointing game, rushing 14 times for 66 yards. He caught just a pass for three yards. Penny is yet to have double-digit fantasy points in a game. His season high in rushing yards is just 66. Penny just isn’t doing much for fantasy teams. His lack of work in the passing game doesn’t help matters for Penny, having just three catches for the season.
Game Notes: Kyle Pitts finally played like a high fantasy draft pick. He had five receptions for 87 yards. Pitts was targeted a season high eight times.
Drake London continued his strong play, catching three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. He has at least 12 fantasy points all three games.
Packers 14, Bucs 12
Fantasy Stud: Russell Gage. Gage was the leading receiver for the Bucs, taking advantage of an expanded role in the offense because of injuries and suspension. Gage had 12 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. Gage scored 25.7 fantasy points. This was a welcome sight for Gage, who had seven receptions for 41 yards his first two games. Gage showed what he is capable of in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Jones. Jones was kept in check by a great Bucs defense. He had 12 carries for just 36 yards. He had three receptions for 11 yards, giving him just 6.7 fantasy points. Jones had a monster game in Week 2, so this performance was a little bit of a surprise for his fantasy owners.
Game Notes: Romeo Doubs was the top target for the Packers. He had eight receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. He seems to be gaining the confidence of Aaron Rodgers and could be in store for more targets going forward.
Allen Lazard found the end zone for the second straight game. He had four receptions for 45 yards and a score.
Rams 20, Cardinals 12
Fantasy Stud: Marquise Brown. Brown was fabulous in defeat. The Rams secondary had no answers for him. Brown had 14 receptions for 140 yards. Brown has been very consistent for fantasy teams to start the season. He has at least 12 fantasy points all three games. He has been targeted double-digit times two straight games.
Fantasy Dud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford failed to score a touchdown and finished with just 12.7 fantasy points. He was 18-of-25 for 250 yards without a turnover. Stafford has been a bit of a bust to start the year, having fewer than 15 fantasy points two of three games.
Game Notes: Just when you thought Cam Akers was working his way into good graces with the coaching staff once again, he fumbled at the goal line late in the game. He had another crucial fumble at a key point of the game. Akers had 12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, looking good before the fumble.
James Conner was able to play on his sore ankle and led the team in carries. He ran 13 times for 39 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards. He seemed to come out of the game healthy, so he should be good to go going forward.
Broncos 11, 49ers 10
Fantasy Stud: Courtland Sutton. This was one of the ugliest offensive games in recent memory, but Sutton was a bright spot. He had eight receptions for 97 yards. Sutton has been the favorite target of Russell Wilson all season. He has at least 70 yards every game and 15 receptions his last two games. Expect his production to continue to be high as long as Wilson is throwing him passes.
Fantasy Dud: Javonte Williams. Williams owners continue to be frustrated by his usage, especially after seeing Mike Boone get on the field in passing situations. Yes, you read that right, Mike Boone is taking snaps from Williams. Williams had 15 carries for 58 yards and caught three passes for two yards. Melvin Gordon ran 12 times for 26 yards, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. He also fumbled twice in the game but the Broncos were able to recover. Even with that said, it was Gordon that got the goal-line carry late in the game for the Broncos, scoring the only touchdown in the game. Williams scored just nine fantasy points and has failed to reach double-digit fantasy points two straight games.
Game Notes: Jerry Jeudy was able to play despite dealing with a sternum injury. He did little, though, catching two passes for 17 yards. Jeudy has just three receptions his last two games.
Jimmy Garoppolo did not have a good first start for the 49ers. He was 18-of-29 for 211 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also lost a fumble and stepped out of the back of the end zone, leading to a safety.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Seattle Seahawks running back Travis Homer (knee) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand) both put in full practices on Thursday. Homer was limited on Wednesday, while Goodwin didn't practice at all. Rookie Kenneth Walker III (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) have yet to practice this week, so if one or both are inactive in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers, Homer would see a significant role increase in the backfield. He's worth a speculative waiver-wire pickup if you roster Walker or need help at the RB position this week. The 24-year-old was inactive in Week 13 due to an illness. Goodwin now has a shot to suit up on Sunday versus Carolina, but he's not a realistic starting fantasy option behind target hogs DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (shoulder) and wide receiver DK Metcalf (hip) were both added to the Week 14 injury report on Thursday and were listed as limited practice participants. Unless either player gets a downgrade in Friday's practice, they should be able to play this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Smith is having a career year in his ninth NFL season and he has multiple passing touchdowns in each of the last six games, including three in last week's win over the Los Angeles Rams. He's become a low-end QB1 in 2022. With Smith looking like a new man this season, Metcalf has benefitted as is a low-end, must-start WR1 if he's active. Metcalf has 67 receptions on 100 targets for 798 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. He may not reach double-digit TDs like he has the last two years, but everything else has been strong.
Seattle Seahawks running backs Kenneth Walker III (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) both missed practice for the second straight day this week on Thursday. Walker jammed his ankle in the Week 13 win over the Los Angeles Rams, and both he and Dallas are highly questionable to play this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile, Travis Homer (knee) returned to a full practice on Thursday, so if both Walker and Dallas are inactive this weekend, Homer could see the lion's share of the backfield work, making him worth a waiver-wire pickup late in the week. The 22-year-old Walker has been Seattle's top back in 2022 when healthy, but he could be on more of a snap count if he's able to return to practice and play on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has cleared the league's concussion protocol, has put in two full practices this week and is set to end his two-game absence and play in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He'll return as the team's lead back, with Samaje Perine working as the ultimate situational runner and change-of-pace back. Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan likes the idea of keeping both Mixon and Perine fresh in December and into the playoffs, but Mixon will have clear RB1 upside in fantasy again this weekend against a shaky Browns run defense. Meanwhile, Perine will remain involved, but the drop in volume will make him a touchdown-dependent RB3/flex with Mixon back. Six of Mixon's first nine 100-yard games in his career came in December, with two coming against the Browns.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford (neck) is under center with the starting offense during pre-game drills on Thursday night, so it looks like he'll get the start over Baker Mayfield against the Las Vegas Raiders. Wolford was questionable coming into this one with an injury, but he's active and will at least start the game for the Rams. But this will only be Wolford's seventh NFL game and fourth career start. Even though Mayfield was just claimed off waivers from the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, he apparently already has a good grasp of the playbook and figures to get into this game if Wolford struggles at all. With Matthew Stafford (concussion, neck) basically done for the year on Injured Reserve, Mayfield could run with the job the rest of the way. Rookie Bryce Perkins is also active and will be the No. 3 on Thursday.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford (neck) is active for the Week 14 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. The 27-year-old was questionable coming into this game after being limited during practice this week. It sounds like Wolford is feeling good enough to play, but it's unclear if he'll start. The Rams have also mentioned that Bryce Perkins and newly acquired Baker Mayfield are also active for this game. They haven't announced which quarterback is going to be under center for this contest. Regardless, this isn't an ideal streaming situation for fantasy managers anyway.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (calf, quad) will be active for the Thursday Night matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. The 24-year-old was questionable coming into this game due to lingering calf and quad injuries. However, it appears Jacobs is good to go and should have his normal workload during this contest. Jacobs has been putting on a show lately and is a must-start against this Rams defense in Week 14.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (ankle) was upgraded to full during Thursday's practice. The 28-year-old has been sidelined the last two weeks after re-aggravating his ankle injury in Week 11. It appears Williams is trending in the right direction for the Week 14 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Obviously, there is certainly high risk with starting Williams in fantasy leagues. However, he does have strong WR2 value for this contest. The Chargers desperately need a win and having Williams on the field will certainly help their chances. Fantasy managers should check back again after Friday's practice to see if his status changes at all.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (neck) was limited during Thursday's practice. This is a bit of a surprise to see Barkley pop up on the injury report with a neck injury. It doesn't sound like this is something that is going to stop Barkley from playing against the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. The hope is that this neck issue won't impact his performance on the field. If healthy, Barkley is a strong RB1 heading into this Week 14 matchup with Philly. Fantasy managers will have to check back after Friday's practice for another update on Barkley.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (hip) was not able to suit up for Thursday's practice. He has been nursing a hip injury throughout most of the season. He was able to get through a limited session on Wednesday. As always, Friday's practice is going to go a long way to determining whether or not Johnson will play this weekend. His absence would mean increased value for George Pickens. If healthy, fantasy managers should consider Johnson a WR3 for this matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. There should be more details on his status after Friday's practice.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (oblique) was only able to get in a limited practice session on Thursday. The 24-year-old suffered an oblique injury in Week 12, but was able to play through it last week. This seems like the Steelers are just being cautious with Harris, so fantasy managers shouldn't be too concerned. It sounds like he'll be fine for this weekend, assuming he doesn't suffer a setback during Friday's practice. He'll be in the RB2 mix for the upcoming matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (toe) missed his second straight practice of the week on Thursday. Head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday that he thought Lawrence might be able to practice at some point this week. Friday's session will be a shorter workout, so it's possible Lawrence can get back on the field then. Still, the second-year QB's status for Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans remains very up in the air. If the 23-year-old is able to practice on Friday and play this weekend, he'll be a nice QB2 with upside against an injury-ravaged Titans secondary. For what it's worth, Lawrence said early this week he expected to play in Week 14. If he doesn't get cleared, backup C.J. Beathard would make his first start since the 2020 season.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (chest) put in a limited practice on Thursday for the second day in a row this week. There's no indication that Jones' injury will keep him from playing this weekend against the Tennessee Titans. However, quarterback Trevor Lawrence (toe) might not play, so Jacksonville's receivers would need to be downgraded if C.J. Beathard is forced to make his first start since the 2020 season. Jones had a career day in Week 12 with 11 receptions for 145 yards on a season-high 14 targets, but he came back down to Earth last week with just two catches for 16 yards. His production this year has been completely unpredictable, and he's scored just one time (back in Week 3).
Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (ankle) returned to a full practice on Thursday after he was listed as limited on Wednesday. Barring some sort of setback on Friday, Swift should be all systems go for a Week 14 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. The 23-year-old has been a frustrating RB in fantasy all year, but he saw over 50 percent of the offensive snaps last week for the first time since Week 8. Swift appears to be getting healthier towards the end of the season and should continue to have a bigger role in Detroit's backfield, but the problem is that Jamaal Williams has been a touchdown vulture and isn't going away anytime soon. But with added touches coming his way, Swift has been bumped up to the RB2 tier in fantasy.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond (illness) missed his second straight practice this week on Thursday due to an illness. He'll need to get back on the practice field on Friday to have a shot at playing this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. But even if Raymond is able to play in Week 14, he should be left on benches in deeper leagues. The 28-year-old caught both of his targets for just 12 yards in the Week 13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he has fallen down the receiver depth chart with the returns of DJ Chark and rookie Jameson Williams. Raymond has yet to visit the end zone in 2022 and has 32 receptions on 46 targets for 382 yards in 12 games (five starts).
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) was added to the Week 14 injury report on Thursday and was listed as a limited practice participant. Higgins put in a full practice on Wednesday, so he may have tweaked something in Thursday's practice. His status will be worth keeping an eye on before Friday's official injury designations are released for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Higgins has 19 catches (27 targets) for 297 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games and is a must-start WR1 in this offense when he's healthy. If he's limited or out this weekend, more targets will be coming for Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd, while Trenton Irwin would likely operate as the No. 3 wideout.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness) was held out of practice on Thursday due to an illness. Hopkins still has a few days left to return to practice with the Cardinals facing the New England Patriots on Monday night in Week 14. The 30-year-old should be ready to go by then and will continue to operate as quarterback Kyler Murray's favorite target through the air. When healthy, Nuk is a must-start WR1 in fantasy. Since making his season debut in Week 7 due to a suspension, he has 49 catches on 64 targets for 574 yards and three touchdowns in only six games played. The return of Marquise Brown takes a little shine off of Hopkins' fantasy ceiling, but he's still a must-start.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Greg Dortch (thumb) was back to a full practice on Thursday. Dortch had nine catches for a career-high 109 yards in Week 11, but he then missed the Week 12 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The team's bye last week seems to have done wonders for Dortch, and he's tracking towards returning in Week 14 to face the New England Patriots on Monday night. With Rondale Moore (groin) potentially missing another game, Dortch could operate as the No. 3 wideout on Monday behind DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise Brown. The 24-year-old has had a couple spike games in 2022 for the Cardinals because of injuries to the rest of the receiving corps, but he'll need Moore to miss another game to have a shot at another against the Pats.
Cincinnati Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 8. WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) and DE Sam Hubbard (calf) were limited. OT La'el Collins (rest), D.J. Reader (rest), S Vonn Bell (rest), S Jessie Bates (groin) and RB Joe Mixon (concussion) practiced in full.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Mike Edwards (hamstring), S Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and OT Tristan Wirfs (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 8. CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (quad) and NT Vita Vea (foot, shoulder) were limited. TE Cameron Brate (illness) practiced in full.