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The Facts: Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is listed as day-to-day, but will not practice Wednesday.
Diehards Line:Benjamin is considered a long shot to play in Week 12, but there is a chance. It is a situation worth monitoring closely as Tyrod Taylor will start and this is a favorable matchup for Benjamin. If he does play, he can be considered a WR3 with upside this week.
The Facts: Tyrod Taylor will start in Week 12 against the Chiefs.
Diehards Line:The Nathan Peterman project did not go as planned for the Bills in Week 11, so they have elected give to go back to Taylor who is by far the better quarterback in Buffalo. The Chiefs have been vulnerable against the pass, so this shapes up to be a favorable matchup for Taylor.
The Facts: The Texans claim former Cardinals running back Andre Ellington off of waivers.
Diehards Line:The Texans lost rookie D'Onta Foreman for the season after he sustained an Achilles injury, so they needed help at the running back position. Ellington should step right in and help this backfield out immediately. Lamar Miller will remain the workhorse for the Texans, but Ellington should have a role moving forward.
The Facts: Paxton Lynch will draw the start in Week 12 against the Raiders.
Diehards Line:This is actually a good situation for Lynch as the Raiders are one of the worst pass defenses in the league. The Broncos need to evaluate Lynch to see what they have at quarterback for the future. As far as fantasy is concerned, he is far too risky to consider starting him this week.
The Facts: Sterling Shepard (illness) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
Diehards Line:Shepard did not play in Week 11 due to the migraines. The Giants play on Thanksgiving night, making this a short week for the team, so the fact the Shepard is not practicing yet, is concerning. If he is able to get in at least a limited practice in on Wednesday, we would feel more optimistic about his availability against the Redskins. If active, he can be considered a borderline WR1 this week.
The Facts: Mike Davis was forced out of Monday night's game after sustaining a groin injury.
Diehards Line:Davis showed explosiveness during his time on the field on Monday night prior to the injury. He has been ruled out for the rest of this game and the Seahawks are down to just Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic at the running back position for the remainder of tonight's contest.
The Facts: Robert Woods (shoulder) is expected to miss a couple of weeks.
Diehards Line:Woods is not dealing with any structural damage, but the injury is significant enough to sideline him for a couple of weeks. This is a big blow to the Rams offense, as he was their leading receiver in just about every category. Cameron Kupp and Sammy Watkins should both see a boost in volume.
The Facts: Thomas Rawls is a healthy scratch for Monday night's game against the Falcons.
Diehards Line:This is a surprising move by the Seahawks. They have three active backs for this game, Eddie Lacy, J.D. McKissic, and Mike Davis. It is uncertain who will receive the majority of the work, but it is worth noting that McKissic has been targeted eight times in the last two games.
The Facts: Andre Ellington has been waived by the Cardinals.
Diehards Line:Ellington was a healthy scratch in Week 11 and since the Cardinals signed Adrian Peterson, Ellington has been a non-factor. He might get a shot as a backup on another team, but that remains to be seen. The Cardinals also added Bronson Hill off of the practice squad.