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Dynasty News, Week 13 - Footballguys

A look at the recent fantasy news from a dynasty perspective

We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.

Sam Darnold has not been seen since injuring his foot in Week 9. Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport, reported that Darnold has a better chance of missing this week’s game against Tennessee than to play. According to the ace NFL reporter, the rookie quarterback has not made much progress in his rehab and recovery. We expect veteran Josh McCown to continue starting for the Jets at least one more week. Given the quality of the Titans defense, it might be best to allow Darnold to sit out the game. This team will look much different next year with a new coaching staff.

Dolphins quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, returned to the field to face the Colts this past Sunday. He played well, and Miami only lost on a last-second field goal by veteran kicker, Adam Vinatieri. It is ironic how Tannehill’s future is in question as he returns from shoulder problems in time to face Andrew Luck, who is just now showing his shoulder is as good as it was a few years ago. Luck now has a streak of eight consecutive outings with at least three touchdown passes. Last week, Tannehill told reporters that the injured shoulder is not back to 100%. He said, "I feel really good … Not quite 100 percent, but I feel confident and have made all the throws I’m going to need to make over the course of a game." Let’s remember that the quarterback experienced a setback a couple of weeks ago in his recovery. With an even, .500 record entering the game against Indianapolis, Miami was desperate to have Tannehill back under center, sending Brock Osweiler back to the bench. The Dolphins can save roughly $13 million by parting ways with Tannehill after the season so he is anxious to prove himself. This should be an interesting last five games for the quarterback and the team.

Bengals quarterback, Andy Dalton, left the Week 12 loss against the Browns with a thumb injury and did not return. He hurt his thumb attempting to pounce on the football after a bad snap. Dalton was replaced by Jeff Driskel. Driskel played at a middling level attempting to bring Cincinnati back. His team was down 35-7 on the scoreboard at the time so we expected better play with Cleveland in a “prevent” defense. Those evaluating just the stat line will not have an accurate account of Driskel’s level of play. The Bengals play the Broncos in Week 13, so we expect the Denver defense to bring the pressure in the contest. Dalton was diagnosed with a sprained thumb and eventually placed on injured reserve. With rumors of a coaching change after the season, Cincinnati is circling the drain and could soon implode. We wonder how the offense - including at the quarterback position - will change with the new regime.

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