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1Jonas Gray, NE, RB50
2Mike Adams, IND, SS49
3Jacob Tamme, DEN, TE49
4Isaiah Crowell, CLE, RB39
5Dan Herron, IND, RB35
6Coby Fleener, IND, TE33
7Marcedes Lewis, JAC, TE30
8Kenny Stills, NO, WR29
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2Ahmad Bradshaw, IND, RB-57
3Brandin Cooks, NO, WR-48
4Adrian Peterson, MIN, RB-27
5Shaun Suisham, PIT, K-23
6Antoine Cason, CAR, CB-21
7Montee Ball, DEN, RB-20
8Jordan Reed, WAS, TE-20
9Matt Asiata, MIN, RB-20
10Bobby Rainey, TB, RB-17
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Giants LB Jameel McClain (knee) questionable to return Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:04 pm ET) Giants linebacker Jameel McClain is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, the team announced. McClain has just three total tackles in the game before suffering the injury, with the last coming in the middle of the third quarter.

Julian Edelman back to being PPR stud
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:03 pm ET) Maybe for some PPR owners, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman never lost must-start status, but with his role limiting his scoring potential and capping his yardage from week to week, he needs to have bunches of catches to keep that distinction. And for a while there, he wasn't getting them.

To be more specific, during a five-game stretch spanning Weeks 4-8, he averaged 4.6 catches for 41.4 yards. And considering he had a nine-catch, 91-yard performance mixed in there, you can imagine how yucky the other four were.

But in three games since, he has averaged 8.3 catches for 76.0 yards, looking more like the player we saw the first three weeks of the season. His performance Week 12 against Detroit was especially encouraging. He was targeted 15 times, catching 11 passes for 89 yards.

Now, if you play in a standard Fantasy league, the occasional 80-yard game isn't going to do much for you, but if you play in a PPR league, a consistent 5-10 catches, which Edelman has gotten back to delivering recently, is a pretty big deal. Time to get him active again.


Broncos' Wes Welker scores touchdown in Week 12 win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:00 pm ET) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was on the receiving end of a 2-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to help the Broncos beat the Dolphins 39-36 Week 12.

The touchdown prevented Welker from having a completely dismal performance against his former team. Welker caught all four his targets for 18 yards. Welker has yet to record a 100-yard receiving game this season.

The Broncos will play at Kansas City Week 13.


LeGarrette Blount makes Jonas Gray an afterthought
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:50 pm ET) This take on both LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray comes with an important caveat: Both running backs play for the Patriots, who are coached by Bill Belichick, who has proven time and time again that he'll do whatever he wants, regardless of conventional wisdom or media pressure. So if he decides Gray has learned his lesson for showing up late to practice Friday and turns back to him as the team's primary ball carrier Week 13 at Green Bay, it would come as a surprise to no one.

But I'm certainly not counting on it.

Facing the league's No. 1 run defense, Blount was really good Week 12 against Detroit, rushing 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns only three days after signing with the Patriots. Granted, he was with them last year and knows the offense, but still, bonus points for the quick turnaround.

Belichick loved giving him the ball at the goal line last year and clearly doesn't owe Gray anything. Gray was clearly a right-place-at-the-right-time guy, getting a starter's workload in an offense where he could do no wrong only because Stevan Ridley suffered a season-ending injury. And he blew it.

Let's hold on to him one more week just to be sure, but you wouldn't want to start Gray in Week 13. And if Blount is available in your league, pick him up.


Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate won't ruin each other
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:31 pm ET) During the six games in which Calvin Johnson was either sidelined or compromised by an ankle injury, fellow Lions wide receiver Golden Tate emerged as a must-start Fantasy option, averaging 8.3 catches for 118.0 yards. But the ride appeared to end with Johnson's return Week 11 at Arizona. Not only did Tate catch just two passes for 41 yards, but he was targeted just twice.

Both players got double-digit targets Week 12 at New England, however, and Tate was back to being the more productive of the two, gaining 97 yards on four catches. Johnson was no slouch, picking up 58 on four catches of his own. If quarterback Matthew Stafford had completed more than just 18 of his 46 passes, imagine the numbers those two would have put up.

The matchup had something to do with it, though. The Patriots ranked high against the pass prior to their recent matchups against the Colts, Broncos and Bears. Considering Tate was going against star defensive back Darrelle Revis and Johnson was double covered much of the afternoon, both put up respectable numbers.

Which means both could be in for big numbers with a favorable matchup Week 13 against Chicago. With the way Tate bounced back, I'd consider both must-starts in Fantasy.


49ers' Phil Dawson has quiet day in Week 12 win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:23 pm ET) 49ers kicker Phil Dawson converted his only field goal attempt in San Francisco’s Week 12 win against Washington.

Dawson connected from 41 yards and also made both of his extra point attempts. The 49ers play Seattle Week 13.


Redskins' Kai Forbath converts both field goals in Week 12 loss
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:19 pm ET) Redskins kicker Kai Forbath made both of his field goal attempts in his team’s 17-13 loss to San Francisco Week 12.

Forbath connected from 27 and 46 yards and made his only extra point attempt. The Redskins play at Indianapolis Week 13.


Redskins' DeSean Jackson struggles in Week 12 loss
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:13 pm ET) With the Redskins lacking consistent quarterback play, production from wide receiver DeSean Jackson has started to suffer.

Jackson was targeted five times, hauling in just two receptions and 39 yards during Washington's 17-13 loss to San Francisco. It was the second consecutive week Jackson has failed to produce even mediocre numbers after posting four receptions for 35 yards Week 11. The Redskins play at Indianapolis Week 13.


Last straw for Matthew Stafford?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:08 pm ET) Here's the thing: If you've been starting Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in Fantasy all this time, your season is probably just about over anyway. He's contributed multiple scores in only five of 11 games this season, and he just had his second straight with no scores at all Week 12 at New England. At a position where the minimum expectation is two scores in a standard 12-team league -- and some of the best are liable to have three or four -- that's a backbreaker.

Of course, Stafford himself has been one of the best of the best before. In 2011, he threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns. But that was three years ago. Any hope of a coaching change helping him recapture that form is long gone now.

To some degree, you could have seen his last two games coming given the matchups. The Patriots and Cardinals have two of the more opportunistic pass defenses in football. But interceptions weren't as much the problem for Stafford in those games as a lack of touchdown passes. Zero over a two-game stretch is unacceptable for a presumed top-12 quarterback, regardless of the competition.

But all that being said ... he's going against a Bears defense in Week 13 that has been absolutely dreadful against the pass, he has two of probably the NFL's best 25 wide receivers in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and he had his best three-game stretch of the season prior to these last two games. If you've stuck it out this long with him, might as well go down with the ship, right?


Redskins' Alfred Morris carries offense in Week 12 loss
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:07 pm ET) Redskins running back Alfred Morris was the lone bright spot during Washington’s 17-13 Week 12 loss to San Francisco.

Morris produced 125 rushing yards on 21 carries and one touchdown. The 125 rushing yards was the first time Morris rushed for more than 100 yards this season. He also caught one pass on one target for five yards.

Over the last three games, Morris is averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game. In Week 13, the Redskins play at Indianapolis.


 
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