Chris Johnson missed Wednesday session with knee problem
A knee ailment had
The extent of the injury has not been revealed. Johnson needs to rush for 140 yards in the last two games combined to earn his sixth straight 1,000-yard season.
Rice Rice speaks about injuries limiting 2013 production
"The injury I had this year wasn't just something you bounce back from and say, 'Oh you know I had a hip,'" Rice said. "It is very difficult to play through week in and week out. So when I look at things like that, statistics, I don't worry about things [like that]."
Barring an incredible finish, Rice will finish with less than 1,000 yards rushing this season for the first time since his rookie year in 2008.
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All signs point to a big game for A.J. Green
If that's the downside for him in an average week, he could be in for monster numbers Week 16 against Minnesota. The Vikings rank 30th against the pass this season, allowing 290.6 yards per game, and have given up the third-most Fantasy points to wide receivers. And though breakout cornerback Xavier Rhodes has helped them keep the opposition's top wide receiver in check at times this year, he appears likely to miss a second straight game with a concussion.
Those 10 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown that the Eagles' DeSean Jackson put up against the Vikings last week could be exactly what's in store for Green.
Not that it changes whether or not you'd start him, of course.
49ers make roster moves
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Everything coming together for Colin Kaepernick
A healthy group of receivers has made a big difference for
In that span, Kaepernick has passed for 200-plus yards three times while running for 139 yards. Kaepernick still ranks just 16th among Fantasy quarterbacks, but he should keep rising Monday night vs. Atlanta.
The Falcons give up the 5th-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks, and they just allowed 381 passing yards and three touchdowns (with two interceptions) to Redskins backup Kirk Cousins. Atlanta has yielded 28 passing scores, tied for third most.
Given the matchup and his upward trend, Kaepernick is a mid-range QB1 for Fantasy's championship week.
Ryan Mathews fine for Sunday despite limited status at practice
Mathews has rushed for 230 yards on 58 carries with two touchdowns in his last two games combined.
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Andy Dalton could be in line for big game
They've given up 32 touchdowns through the air, most in the NFL, including eight in their last three games. Just last week against the Eagles, quarterback Nick Foles threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns against them.
The Vikings have played better football of late, losing just one of their last four games, which reduces the chances of the Bengals jumping out to an early lead and relying mostly on their running game in the second half. With the weapons at his disposal, Dalton has a real opportunity for three or more touchdown passes this week.
Quarterback is usually not a position for playing matchups, but if you don't have a surefire Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Nick Foles or Matthew Stafford type there, Dalton is an option to consider.
Tavon Austin still sidelined
Joe Flacco practices two days after injuring knee
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No need to bother with Vikings DST
Only the Falcons DST and Texans DST have scored fewer Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues than the
So even the Bengals aren't an especially fearsome matchup, ranking in the middle of the pack against DSTs this season, you have absolutely no incentive to use the Vikings DST in Fantasy. Even with four interceptions and 10 sacks in its last three games, it allows too many points and too many yards to be worth your while.
Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, only Nathan Zegura even bothers to rank it for this week, and it's only 22nd for him. If you're looking for a one-week sleeper at the position, consider the Browns, Lions or Titans DSTs instead.
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