Andre Ellington puts in limited practice
Chris Houston returns to practice
Detroit hosts the Giants on Sunday.
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Matchup makes Cordarrelle Patterson risky
Though he has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and has shown a knack for making big plays,
Patterson has proven to be risky regardless of the matchup. Though he scored a touchdown in an extremely favorable one last week against the Eagles, he had only 35 yards on five catches. Only twice this season has he exceeded 50 receiving yards in a game. It just so happens the best of those games came Week 14 at Baltimore, when he caught five passes for 141 yards.
With a more favorable matchup, maybe you roll the dice on Patterson with the Vikings' passing game performing so well in recent weeks, but with this one, it's too risky outside of points-per-reception leagues. It's not like he's the go-to guy Greg Jennings is.
Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Dave Richard is willing to rank Patterson 23rd among wide receivers for this week, but I'm inclined to agree with Jamey Eisenberg and Nathan Zegura, who rank him 31st and 35th, respectively.
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Will stars align for Greg Jennings again?
Against an Eagles defense that ranks 31st against the pass,
So what's stopping him from having another big game Week 16 at Cincinnati? Namely, the Bengals defense, which ranks seventh against the pass, allowing 219.6 yards per game, and has given up the 11th-fewest Fantasy points to wide receivers.
True, the Bengals aren't invincible to the pass. Just a couple weeks ago, they gave up six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns to the Colts' Da'Rick Rogers, a complete unknown at the time. Jennings is clearly Cassel's favorite target, and the Vikings' passing game has a good thing going.
So no, you wouldn't be crazy to start Jennings in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him in their top 24 at wide receiver for this week. But understand that last week's performance had as much to do with the Eagles' shortcomings as Jennings' abilities.
Zach Miller misses practice
Brandon Pettigrew on crutches
Joseph Fauria and Dorin Dickerson were the only tight ends available as Detroit began preparing to host the Giants on Sunday. “We’ll just see where [Pettigrew] gets to over the course of the week,” coach Jim Schwartz told the paper. “We’ll have plans if he can play. We’ll have plays if he can’t.”
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Matt Cassel won't have it so easy this time
His Week 16 opponent, the Bengals? Try seventh.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on a roll when the Bengals visited Pittsburgh last week, averaging 299.0 yards and 2.7 touchdown passes in his last six games. They held him to 191 yards and one touchdown pass.
Of course, the Bengals are even better against the run, so if the Vikings hope to give them a fight, they'll need to lean on Cassel, especially with star running back Adrian Peterson limited by a foot injury. If he's the best you have in a two-quarterback league, it's not like you've already lost or anything. You just shouldn't expect any miracles.
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Not the week for Toby Gerhart or Matt Asiata
With starting running back Adrian Peterson (foot) and backup running back
But come practice time Wednesday, he was the one on the sidelines with an ankle injury while Peterson and Gerhart both saw the field.
A Peterson return appears to be the most likely scenario for Week 16 at Cincinnati, so whichever of Gerhart and Asiata is active would simply be filling the backup role, with Gerhart getting priority. And if Peterson doesn't end up playing, you probably wouldn't want to start either, given the matchup. The Bengals rank fifth against the run, giving up 98.7 yards and 3.9 yards per carry, and have surrendered the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season. The last time they allowed even 70 rushing yards to a player was in Week 9.
If you feel the need to handcuff Peterson, Gerhart is still the way to go. Despite the touchdowns, Asiata averaged just 1.7 yards per carry last week. If that's the best he could do against the Eagles, he doesn't stand a chance with this matchup.
Daniel Thomas sits out with ankle injury
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49ers DST could enjoy feeding frenzy on MNF
Monday night the 49ers face the Falcons, who rank in the middle of the pack in Fantasy points allowed to DSTs. Playing at home on a national stage, in what could be the final game at Candlestick Park, San Francisco will ride an emotional surge.
All three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy experts rate the 49ers DST a top-3 play.
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December 18, 2013
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