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QB: Andrew Luck, Eli Manning
RB: LeVeon Bell, Frank Gore, Ameer Abdullah, DeAngelo Williams
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Emmanuel Sanders, Victor Cruz, Michael Crabtree, Brandon LaFell
TE: Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph
PK: Mason Crosby
TD: St. Louis Rams


We think you're looking good at quarterback and running back, and tight end is a plus for this team as well. Your squad is therefore easy for us to like despite a bit of weakness at the receiver position. But as weaknesses go, this is one is survivable. It's usually relatively easy to find fill-in guys on a weekly basis until a better player emerges during the season. As long as you stay on top of things inseason, you should be the league favorite or very close to it.

Players we particularly like on this team include Eli Manning, Kyle Rudolph, Ameer Abdullah, the Rams defense, and Mason Crosby. We have all these guys ranked ahead of where they are typically being drafted.

Bottom line:
  • With great inseason management, we think you have about a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With good inseason management, we think you have about a 90 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • With average inseason management, we think you have a 82 percent chance of making the playoffs.

In any event, we wish you the best of luck. Here's hoping all your weeks are like week 4 of 2013:

Victor Cruz vs. KC: 164 receiving yards, 1 TD
Frank Gore vs. STL: 153 combined yards, 1 TD
LeVeon Bell vs. MIN: 84 combined yards, 2 TD
Alshon Jeffery vs. DET: 107 receiving yards, 1 TD

QB Summary:

You don't need us to tell you this, but we'll tell you anyway: Andrew Luck should ensure that your production at the quarterback position is among the best in the league. We have him as the #1 QB according to your scoring rules, and we figure he gives you about a 3.8 point-per-game advantage over an average starting QB.

We also love Eli Manning as a backup. In fact, we think he's good enough to be someone's starting quarterback in this league. With Luck in place as your starter, he's something of a luxury for you. If he plays like we expect, you should be able to get good value for him in a trade after quarterback injuries hit some of your opponents.

Incidentally, Manning has what we project as a neutral matchup (NE) during Luck's bye.

A quick note about the same-team Luck/Frank Gore duo you've got here. Though the effect is probably negligible, this kind of pairing is likely to make your team more (not less) consistent than a comparable-scoring different-team pair. See this article (which was written before the 2008 season) for more discussion.

RB Summary:

Nice work here. We like both your starting running backs, as our projections indicate that they give you a combined 1.6 point-per-game advantage over an average opponent in this league. Our projections have LeVeon Bell ranked at #3 and Frank Gore ranked at #15.

Your bench also looks good. Tough to do better than Ameer Abdullah at RB3; he's a likely flex starter. And we're OK with the selection of DeAngelo Williams as a handcuff to LeVeon Bell even if we wouldn't otherwise consider him strong fourth RB material.

WR Summary:

We like Emmanuel Sanders as a second WR, but we consider your starting receivers, as a group, to be a little below par. Alshon Jeffery is our #11 ranked receiver, Sanders is #15, and we have Victor Cruz 50th.

We don't particularly like Michael Crabtree as a fourth receiver.

Because you're not particularly strong overall at the position, adding some depth here was a good idea. But we're not convinced Brandon LaFell is the right player for the job. Check the end of the report for some alternative suggestions.

TE Summary:

As you are well aware, Greg Olsen is an elite tight end. We have him ranked third overall at the position. He's about 1.3 points per game better than an average starting TE in this league. We also think Kyle Rudolph is a starting quality tight end in this league. He's a luxury.

Kicker Summary:

With Mason Crosby, you should be above average at the position.

Defense Summary:

The Rams are our #2 ranked defense, so you're in good shape here.

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Schedule Analysis

Green means GO (good matchup), red means STOP (bad matchup). Main starters highlighted

At the bottom of the table, the Relative Strength row shows you how strong we project your team to be, relative to your usual strength, in that week. This accounts for byes and matchups.

Relative Strength991019898101101981071081009510210010010097

Schedule and Matchup Notes:

  • Please note that the Relative strength numbers above account for both byes and matchups.
  • Remember that you might have starters on bye in a given week, but still have a high relative strength. This could occur because of favorable matchups, or it might be because you are projected to be missing less production than an average opponent will (your opponents have to deal with byes too).
  • Week 11 presents serious bye week issues for you: Eli Manning, LeVeon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, and Victor Cruz are off.
  • Week 7 presents moderate bye week issues: Alshon Jeffery, Emmanuel Sanders, and Mason Crosby are not playing.
  • Michael Crabtree and St. Louis Rams are out in week 6, but your opponent will likely have comparable issues with byes.
  • Greg Olsen and Kyle Rudolph are out in week 5, but your opponent will likely have comparable issues with byes.
  • In weeks 4, 8, 9, 10, and 12 you'll probably be better off than your opponent, as far as byes are concerned.

Potential Free Agents

Listed in order of preference. We don't know exactly who is available in your league, but here is a list of players who might be available and could be upgrades over some of your depth players, listed in order of preference. Your players are listed in red for comparison. Players who might not mesh well with the bye weeks of your key players are grayed out.

QB: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

RB: Alfred Blue (9), Charles Sims (6), Darren McFadden (6), Bishop Sankey (4), Knile Davis (9), Reggie Bush (10), Roy Helu (6), Javorius Allen (9), Andre Williams (11), Damien Williams (5), Fred Jackson (9), James Starks (7), Benny Cunningham (6), Chris Johnson (9), Khiry Robinson (11), David Johnson (9), Theo Riddick (9), DeAngelo Williams (11).

WR: Marques Colston (11), Doug Baldwin (9), Markus Wheaton (11), Rueben Randle (11), Kenny Stills (5), DeVante Parker (5), Victor Cruz (11), Marvin Jones (7), Steve Johnson (10), Malcom Floyd (10), Eddie Royal (7), Allen Hurns (8), Devin Funchess (5), Michael Crabtree (6), Percy Harvin (8), Dwayne Bowe (11), Kenny Britt (6), Brandon Coleman (11), Brandon LaFell (4).

TE: Dwayne Allen (10), Kyle Rudolph (5), Jordan Cameron (5), Tyler Eifert (7), Heath Miller (11), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6), Coby Fleener (10), Owen Daniels (7), Zach Ertz (8), Josh Hill (11).

PK: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

TD: we don't necessarily recommend any roster moves here.

Projections and Player Summaries

Andrew Luck37059545997.73615582443395.41
Eli Manning36555342307.6321718271323.28

Andrew Luck - Andrew Luck began his highly anticipated career with two back to back seasons of 23 touchdown passes before exploding for 40 last year. Many expected him to take a sizable leap forward in 2014, so they weren't surprised when he finished the year as the top ranked quarterback in the league. Luck has risen to the top of the quarterback mountain in just his third year as a pro. The expectations for 2015 are high once again and they're backed by a prominent supporting cast of receivers that includes free agent signee and future Hall of Fame candidate Andre Johnson. The addition of Johnson, plus T.Y. Hilton combined with the youth of rookie Philip Dorsett, Duron Carter and Donte Moncrief, give the Colts an edge on offense. Expect Luck to be among the best fantasy quarterbacks in the game on a weekly basis. He should be one of the highest priced daily options and likely one of the first two quarterbacks off the board in your draft.

Eli Manning - Eli Manning's career has been a roller coaster. The 2-time Super Bowl champion was on a downward trajectory entering the 2014 season. In 2013 he led the NFL with 27 interceptions, and many wondered if Manning's best years were behind him. Thanks to new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr., Manning erased those questions and arguably delivered his best season. Manning completed a career-best 63.1% of his passes, threw for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns and most importantly cut his interceptions in half (14). Entering his 12th season, Manning could be in-line for a career year, with 5,000-yards within the realm of possibility. Lest you think that hyperbole, remember that Odell Beckham only played 11 games last year, and missed the entirety of the preseason. Generally teams improve in the second year of a new system, and Victor Cruz is on track for a Week One return. Add to that RB Shane Vereen -- an excellent receiver out of the backfield -- and Manning has his best supporting cast in years, if not his career. Manning has a top 10 fantasy floor with top 5 upside, in spite of costing a bit less.

LeVeon Bell2359994.39574793217.83
Frank Gore2208914.17383192171.015
Ameer Abdullah1656854.25453692145.423
DeAngelo Williams1003653.731398062.361

Ameer Abdullah - Ameer Abdullah arrives in Detroit as a 2nd round pick out of Nebraska and will earn immediate playing time as the 3rd down back and as a change of pace to power back Joique Bell. Abdullah could potentially carve out an even bigger role due to his impressive training camp performance and Bell's nagging injury issues. The biggest knock on Abdullah is his size at only 5'9 and 205 pounds. He does not have the ideal build for a true 3-down RB. Abdullah does run hard though and generates some power with his leg drive and low pad level. A smaller knock on Abdullah is his lack of blazing long speed as he only ran a 4.60 40-yd. dash at the combine. Where he really excels however is with his quickness and ability to hit top speed quickly. He is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield and should step right into the role vacated by Reggie Bush as the primary pass catching back in Detroit as he is more talented than Theo Riddick. Abdullah should be viewed as a RB2 with upside, particularly in PPR leagues. Abdullah could emerge as the RB1 in Detroit by the middle of the season.

LeVeon Bell - Le'Veon Bell proved last year that he's one of the best--if not THE best--young running backs in the game today. He improved his yards per carry from 3.5 as a rookie in 2013 to 4.7 last season. His 1,361 yards rushing ranked only second to former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (1,845). Bell's 616 yards after contact ranked third last year behind Murray (738) and the Seahawks Marshawn Lynch (707). He moved the chains 73 times last season, and Bell gained a first down on 25.2 percent of his carries in 2014. In addition to getting it done at a high level on the ground, Bell is a fantastic receiver out of the backfield. It's easy to make the argument that he's the best receiving back in the league. Bell was targeted 105 times in 2014, the same number as Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald--and second overall among running backs in the NFL. He ran 487 routes, caught 83 passes for 854 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. Clearly, Bell is a RB1 for fantasy owners and an every-week starter. This season, Bell will begin the year on the suspended list for the first two weeks. Fantasy owners should still consider Bell at the top of the draft. The Steelers will cover for him with DeAngelo Wiliams in the starting lineup but after that Bell should be tearing up the league once again. He'll be available for most of the season and--most importantly--the fantasy playoffs. If you can land Bell in your draft at any point, then consider yourself fortunate.

Frank Gore - The Colts signed veteran running back Frank Gore in the offseason and all indications suggest he'll be the primary back in a potent Indianapolis offense. Gore will be 32 when he laces up his cleats for his 11th training camp as a pro and first with a different team other than the 49ers. The league has plenty of aging running backs whose skills diminish after age 30, but Gore bucks the trend. He has played in 148 of a possible 160 regular season games in his career and has totaled 1,000+ yards rushing in eight of the last nine years. The Colts are looking for him to be a veteran presence and be the base of a running game that Trent Richardson struggled to uphold. His strong work ethic and knowledge of the game and position gives the Colts an improvement at running back, compared to 2014 and years prior. Two hundred carries is within reach this year and some believe if the running game takes shape, that number could creep up to 250+ carries. Gore is a durable, safe fantasy running back selection with an RB2 outlook without a high round price tag.

DeAngelo Williams - With Le'Veon Bell suspended the first three weeks of the 2015 season, the Steelers will be leaning on veteran DeAngelo Williams. Last year, Williams struggled to stay healthy and put up the worst numbers in his nine-year pro career. The Steelers picked him up after the Panthers cut him earlier this year with the idea that he'll provide valuable veteran depth. Williams isn't the same player he used to be, but he should be able to be a solid starter for the Steelers while Bell is out. During those first three weeks, the Steelers should rely less on the rushing attack and more on Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game.

Alshon Jeffery422076104913.810165.111
Emmanuel Sanders630078104513.47149.515
Victor Cruz0005269213.3599.250
Michael Crabtree1405766711.7491.157
Brandon LaFell0003746612.6682.662

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree signed a modest one-year deal to move across the bay from San Francisco and looks like his strong training camp performance will easily be enough to win the job as the Raiders' #2 WR across from Amari Cooper. Crabtree was drafted 10th overall in 2009 by the 49ers and improved each of his first four seasons, culminating in a strong 85 catch, 1,105 yard and 9 touchdown season in 2012. He seemed on the verge of becoming a star, but injured his achilles the following offseason. The injury was considered potentially career threatening but Crabtree was able to return late in the 2013 season and play a handful of games. The injury seems to have sapped Crabtree of some explosiveness and he struggled through a mediocre 2014 campaign in which he had a hard time getting on the same page with QB Colin Kaepernick and openly questioned his role in the offense. Crabtree's reputation as a poor presence in the locker room and lack of big plays since his injury dampened the market for his services this offseason. But he remains a strong route runner and is able to create separation with his quickness and strong technique and is a strong fit for the Raiders' needs at the position. While Crabtree's deep speed may be questionable, he should be a strong option as a veteran possession receiver for QB David Carr and has WR3 upside if Carr can take a step forward in his second season.

Victor Cruz - Victor Cruz was recovering well from a torn patellar tendon, and both he and the Giants expressed confidence in his availability for Week One. Unfortunately a calf injury sidelined Cruz again and he's now set to miss at least the first week of the season. Assuming for a moment he makes a full recovery, Cruz enters the 2015 with a different role than the past two seasons. Cruz is no longer the Giants' top pass-catcher; that role belongs to Odell Beckham for the foreseeable future. Cruz will now be able to test his mettle against team's secondary cornerbacks. He'll also face single coverage in most situations. At his best, Cruz is a smart route runner with vacuum hands. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in his ability to gain separation, particularly on crossing routes. His days as a fantasy WR1 are probably over, but Cruz can re-emerge as a viable WR2 if fully healthy.

Alshon Jeffery - Alshon Jeffery missed the Bears' first preseason game due to a calf injury suffered earlier in the week. Following the game, Jeffery was seen in a walking boot. Head coach John Fox is calling Jeffery's injury a day-to-day thing, but who really knows. The Bears played coy when it came to Kevin White's shin injury, one of which has kept him out all of training camp thus far. So it's really hard to gauge if there's something more to what Jeffery currently is going through. Jeffery had been looking great in camp before the injury, and the Bears will need him if they plan to surprise the masses and finish the season with a winning record. Stay tuned.

Brandon LaFell - After years of not fulfilling the promise he had coming out of LSU, Brandon LaFell finally put his 'big boy' pants on and put together a great season for the New England Patriots. LaFell actually looked like the guy we thought he could be when he entered the NFL and his 957 yards on 74 catches were by far the best totals of his career, as were his seven touchdowns. As an integral part of the Super Bowl win last February, LaFell will continue to find himself frequently targeted by Brady. We'll have to see if Danny Amendola gets back on track this season, but if not, LaFell should see another season of very good production. He's worth a look in the latter rounds of the first half of your fantasy draft, but he has the upside to outproduce his draft slot.

Emmanuel Sanders - The numbers for Emmanuel Sanders will be the most drastically altered in the Broncos new-look passing game. Last year, Sanders put up career-best numbers with 101 catches, 1,404 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. Nearly every week he made big plays for the Broncos as a deep target, with his run-after-the-catch ability or with his toughness catching passes in the middle of the field. In fact, there was only one game last year (Week 6 vs New York Jets) where Sanders scored less than seven points in PPR formats. This year things will be different for a couple of reasons. First, the Broncos are going to emphasize using two tight end formations. Some of the receptions that went for Sanders last year may be going to the likes of Owen Daniels and Virgil Green. Second, the Broncos want to use second-year receiver Cody Latimer more this season. When Latimer is on the field, Sanders will move inside to his more natural position of slot receiver. Latimer is a good red-zone target because of his wingspan and leaping ability, and that could take some touchdown opportunities away from Sanders. Finally, second wide receivers under Gary Kubiak historically don't do that much. The most productive second wide receiver Kubiak had in Houston was Kevin Walter. His best season (2008) saw him catch 60 passes for 899 yards and nine touchdowns. Expect Sanders to catch around 80 passes for about 1,000 yards and five touchdowns in 2015.

Greg Olsen8293511.47135.53
Kyle Rudolph6060010.0696.09

Greg Olsen - Greg Olsen enjoyed a stellar 2014 season with a new career-high 123 targets translating to 84/1,008/6 receiving (Olsen caught more passes than anyone else on the team last year, again), and wound up fourth among all fantasy tight ends last year. He set a then-career-high 111 targets for 73/816/6 receiving during 2013 - Olsen is a linchpin of the Panthers' passing attack and Cam Newton's most trusted receiver. Since Newton arrived in Carolina, Olsen has seen over 100 targets for three straight seasons (he had 104 targets for 69/843/5 receiving during 2012) and has been a top-ten tight end all three of those years. Again, Olsen caught more passes than any other Panther during 2014 AND 2013.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph has struggled to stay healthy over the past two years only playing in 17 games combined in that time frame. When healthy and on the field he is a huge asset for the Vikings offense and even more so now with Teddy Bridgewater starting a new chapter in Minnesota. The Vikings are trying to build a steady offense and if Rudolph can stay on the field for a full 16 game season he can help open up the running game, passing game and be a huge problem for defenses when the Vikings are in the redzone. If you combine his past two seasons together (17 games) he had a 54/544/5 statline which would be good for a top 10 TE numbers.

Mason Crosby29345053137.04

Mason Crosby - After enduring some shaky moments over the years, Crosby has leveled off as a dependable and productive kicker. He finished tied for #4 in kicker scoring by making 27 of his 33 field goal attempts and tacking on 53 of 55 extra point attempts. The Packers also gave Crosby seven shots from 50+, and he made more than half of them (4), with one of the better distance legs in the league. He might not be worth the top 10 kicker pick he costs in drafts because of his past bouts with inaccuracy, but being connected to a great offense is a strong argument for Crosby.

St. Louis Rams441215533420.5128.02

St. Louis Rams - Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald form the core of an excellent defensive line rotation that can create feeding frenzy games that overwhelm even the best of opponents at times. Like the Rams team, the D/ST can fluctuate wildly in results, but their ability to have the #1 week at just about any given time, especially when they are at home, makes them one of the D/ST's that will get drafted in every league once again this year. If Nick Foles is even an incremental improvement of the cast that has replaced Sam Bradford and Todd Gurley is as advertised this year, the Rams could be more competitive and post more top end D/ST weeks this year.

Player News (last 7 days)

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Giants | Eli Manning looks to stay hot - New York Giants QB Eli Manning will meet the Washington Redskins in Week 12. In the first meeting with the Redskins in Week 3, Manning posted 279 yards, two touchdowns and a 119.1 quarterback rating, his second-highest of the season. Thu Nov 26, 12:54 AM     [Link to story]

Colts | Andrew Luck says he'll return - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) is confident that he will play again this year, but a timetable for his return at this point is tough to gauge. Wed Nov 25, 06:16 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners shouldn't hold their breath waiting for Luck to return. He said he's feeling much better than he was the week after he suffered his injury, and he's starting to do more rehab work.

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders limited - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. Wed Nov 25, 03:39 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: A high-ankle sprain is difficult to deal with. If Sanders plays against the Patriots, we can only recommend him as a flex play in Week 12.

Bears | Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery questionable - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) are both listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26. Wed Nov 25, 03:21 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Wednesday practice report for Week 12 - Indianapolis Colts S Mike Adams (ankle), OT Anthony Castonzo (knee), CB Vontae Davis (hamstring), WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle), LB Jerrell Freeman (ribs), QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney), LB Robert Mathis (rest) and LB Erik Walden (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 12. CB D'Joun Smith (knee) and OG Hugh Thornton (shoulder) were limited. Wed Nov 25, 02:38 PM     [Link to story]

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders practicing - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is practicing Wednesday, Nov. 25. Wed Nov 25, 02:21 PM     [Link to story]

Colts | Frank Gore idle Wednesday - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (knee) is out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. Wed Nov 25, 11:41 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: The old man is just getting some rest here. We like him as a RB2 this week against the Bucs.

Bears | Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery expected to play - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin) are both expected to suit up in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26. Both players said they were feeling fine after practice Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tue Nov 24, 05:29 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Both players missed the Week 11 game against the Broncos with the idea they could be ready for Week 12. Against the Packers, Forte is a RB2 and Jeffery is a WR3/flex for fantasy owners.

Bears | Three Bears limited Tuesday - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin), RB Matt Forte (knee) and TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) were limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tue Nov 24, 03:28 PM     [Link to story]

Patriots | Brandon LaFell posts 66 yards - New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell rolled up four receptions for 66 yards in the Week 11 game against the Buffalo Bills Monday, Nov. 23. He was targeted eight times. Tue Nov 24, 01:45 AM     [Link to story]

Bears | Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson limited - Chicago Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery (groin) and Marquess Wilson (groin) were both limited in practice Monday, Nov. 23. The Bears didn't actually practice Monday, so their designations are an estimation. Mon Nov 23, 04:50 PM     [Link to story]

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders has high-ankle sprain - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Sanders hopes to play in Week 12, and added that Monday, Nov. 23, was the first day he didn't limp since suffering the injury. Sanders will be evaluated Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Mon Nov 23, 04:49 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: High-ankle sprains can linger if not given enough time to heal. The Broncos are taking it easy on Sanders with the idea that he can perhaps be available against the Patriots in Week 12. If Sanders doesn't play, then we'd see more from Cody Latimer again.

Colts | Frank Gore expects to be fine - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (knee) said he banged up his knee in the Week 11 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but he expects to be fine. Sun Nov 22, 11:26 PM     [Link to story]

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph shines in loss - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had six catches for a season-high 106 yards and a touchdown in a 30-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 11. Sun Nov 22, 09:32 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Rudolph looked as athletic and dynamic as he has all year against the Packers. Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller draw the Packers on Thanksgiving and Rudolph heads to the Georgia Dome.

Lions | Ameer Abdullah back in good graces? - Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah had 12 carries for 44 yards and one catch for two yards in an 18-13 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 11. Sun Nov 22, 07:36 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Abdullah got more opportunity this week and did ok with it, at least not fumbling, but the Lions are going to use all three of their backs going forward and none will be reliable plays without an injury to another.

Colts | Frank Gore a double threat vs. ATL - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore had 34 yards rushing on 14 carries and caught five passes for 46 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Sun Nov 22, 05:57 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Gore was upstaged by Ahmad Bradshaw in the red zone and didn't find much room against the Falcons. He could be moving into more of a committee with Bradshaw, which moves him down the RB2 ranks heading into a matchup with Tampa.

Bears | Chicago's Week 11 inactives - The Chicago Bears have declared WR Alshon Jeffery, FS Antrel Rolle, WR Eddie Royal, DB Jacoby Glenn, RB Matt Forte, OT Nick Becton, DL Ziggy Hood inactive for Week 11. Sun Nov 22, 11:58 AM

Footballguys view: Marquess Wilson will be the #1 receiver against the very tough Broncos pass defense and Jeremy Langford will get his third start at running back.

Colts | Week 11 inactives for Colts - The Indianapolis Colts have declared QB Andrew Luck, LB Bjoern Werner, OT Denzelle Good, FS Mike Adams, WR Phillip Dorsett, LB Sio Moore, OG Todd Herremans inactive for Week 11. Sun Nov 22, 11:50 AM

Broncos | Denver's Week 11 inactives - The Denver Broncos have declared DL DeMarcus Ware, WR Emmanuel Sanders, DB Lorenzo Doss, QB Peyton Manning, TE Richard Gordon, C Sam Brenner, DL Vance Walker inactive for Week 11. Sun Nov 22, 11:38 AM

Bears | Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery out - Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) have both been declared inactive for Week 11's game against the Denver Broncos. Sun Nov 22, 11:30 AM     [Link to story]

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders out - Contrary to a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) will not play in Week 11's game against the Chicago Bears, after participating in warmups. Sun Nov 22, 11:24 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Cody Latimer should get a lot more work in his absence and he's worth adding in deeper leagues.

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders expected to play - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) is expected to play in Week 11's game against the Chicago Bears, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report with ankle and finger injuries, according to a source. Sun Nov 22, 10:25 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Sanders was reportedly uncomfortable in warmups. With all of the negative factors in this week's game, it's better to bench Sanders if you can.

Bears | Alshon Jeffery unlikely to play - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) is not expected to play in Week 11's game against the Denver Broncos. Sun Nov 22, 09:59 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Hopefully the plan is to keep him out today to have him ready for Thanksgiving, but we'll be following the situation closely for you.

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders a game-time call - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) will be a game-time decision Sunday, Nov. 22, and he's listed as questionable. Fri Nov 20, 02:42 PM     [Link to story]

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders practicing - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) returned to practice Friday, Nov. 20. Fri Nov 20, 02:15 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Consider the banged up Sanders a WR3/Flex with a new quarterback getting broken in.

Bears | Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery questionable - Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) are both questionable to face the Denver Broncos in Week 11. Fri Nov 20, 01:53 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Jeffery seems more likely to go than Forte. Both would have to turn around and play in four days to be active on Thanksgiving against the Packers.

Colts | Week 11 injury report - Indianapolis Colts S Mike Adams (ankle), WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle) and QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) have been ruled out for Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons. LB Josh McNary (groin) is questionable, while LB Nate Irving (knee) and LB D'Qwell Jackson (hamstring) are probable. Adams, Dorsett, Luck and McNary didn't practice Friday, Nov. 20, while Irving and Jackson practiced in full. WR Andre Johnson (rest) and LB Robert Mathis (rest) were removed from the report. Fri Nov 20, 01:39 PM     [Link to story]

Lions | Ameer Abdullah still not trusted - Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's development has been hampered by his ball security issues, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Thu Nov 19, 10:00 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: This whole backfield is a murky mess. Abdullah appears to have the most upside, but Jim Caldwell and Cooter have their jobs on the line so they cannot use him when he coughs the ball up so much. We don't see Abdullah as more than an RB5, with both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick as RB4s.

Colts | Week 11 Indy practice report for Thursday - Indianapolis Colts S Mike Adams (ankle), WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle), LB D'Qwell Jackson (hamstring) and QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 19. LB Nate Irving (knee) was limited, and LB Robert Mathis (rest) practiced in full. Thu Nov 19, 03:07 PM     [Link to story]

Bears | Alshon Jeffery out of practice - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (groin) was out of practice Thursday, Nov. 19. Thu Nov 19, 02:28 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: While there are some issues with Denver's defense the last two weeks, we know the secondary is one of the best, which makes a banged up Alshon Jeffery a dicey play as more than a WR3. That's assuming he plays, so keep an eye on practice Friday to see if you need an alternative altogether.

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders limited - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) was practicing without a helmet Thursday, Nov. 19. Thu Nov 19, 02:11 PM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this. A few things drive us to consider him no more than a WR3. The injuries, the unproven quarterback and the shaky offense all make Sanders less compelling than he used to be for fantasy GMs.

Colts | Frank Gore to be unleashed? - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore has had restrictions on his workload thus far, but the Colts have given indications that they could unleash Gore with QB Andrew Luck (kidney) out. 'If he's rolling like that,' head coach Chuck Pagano said, 'and we're staying balanced and he feels good, we're going to do what we have to do to win the ball game.' Thu Nov 19, 10:56 AM     [Link to story]

Footballguys view: We've had too many injuries and bad news this season regarding running backs, so it's nice to see some good news. Gore should have room to run against the Atlanta Falcons and we see him as a solid RB1.