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Jared Cook a sure thing for mediocre production
If the assurance of a few catches and 30 or 40 yards with the hope of a big game is good enough for your Fantasy team at tight end,
Cook has exceeded 10 points just three times this season - all of them in games in which he scored a touchdown. But he has scored at least six points nine times. He has been steady, but quite unspectacular for the
Worsening matters this week is that the New Orleans defense ranks sixth in the NFL against opposing tight ends and third overall in both yards given up through the air (2,591) and passing touchdowns surrendered (15).
At this point, it might be tough for those using Cook as a No. 1 tight end to secure a better point producer at that position. But scour your waiver wire for a player who also scores steady points and might have a better matchup. Keep him in your lineups if you must and hope for the best - just don't expect much.
Jay Cutler cleared to fully practice
Cutler has missed the last four games due to an ankle injury. The team plans to announce whether Cutler will play Thursday. Head coach Marc Trestman has been adamant that Cutler will be the starter once he's healthy enough to play.
Percy Harvin still struggling with hip injury
Head coach Pete Carroll updated Harvin's status after he was unable to practice Wednesday. "He has gone back and forth, where he’s gotten close and then it got aggravated a little bit. Just hasn’t quite got over the hump where he’s really clear." Carroll said Harvin has been rehabbing to see how much he can tolerate. It's unclear if Harvin will be able to return to practice this week.
Randall Cobb cleared to run
Cobb is attempting to come back from a fractured fibula, and was able to do some running Tuesday. He is technically eligible to practice and play this week, though that doesn't appear likely. Cobb still needs to receive medical clearance before he's able to return for practice and games. It's still unclear if Cobb will return during the regular season.
Toby Gerhart unable to practice Wednesday
With Adrian Peterson not expected to play Week 15, Gerhart could be in for a full-time workload. The fact that he missed practice shouldn't be a concern yet, as head coach Leslie Frazier said Gerhart wouldn't try to practice until Friday. Gerhart would take on the Eagles if he's able to play.
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Jordy Nelson should thrive against porous Cowboys
In one statistical area,
Nelson has 28 catches for 397 yards in six games since Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. He had 39 receptions for 649 yards in seven games previous - not a huge difference. But Nelson scored seven touchdowns with Rodgers under center and none since.
If he can't find the end zone Sunday in Dallas, he might not the rest of the year. The Cowboys own perhaps the worst pass defense in the NFL. They rank dead last in yards yielded through the air (3,880) and 31st in passing touchdowns surrendered (26).
Nelson remains a strong No. 2 or flex option in all leagues. And his Week 15 competition makes him a particularly favorable play, which should bring a smile to the faces of Fantasy owners trying to earn finals berths.
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Big game in 'Big D' awaits Eddie Lacy
Granted, the weekly explosions from
Lacy has alternated strong performances with weak ones in recent games, but is still a favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors with 887 yards on 227 carries and seven touchdowns. More encouraging at this time is his impending matchup with a swiss cheese Dallas defense.
The Cowboys have been trampled on the ground since mid-October. They have given up an average of 156.5 rushing yards in the last eight games and now rank 28th in the NFL in that department, 30th in YPC at 4.8 and 25th in touchdowns yielded on the ground with 14.
This is an ideal matchup for Lacy, who is ranked seventh or eighth among all NFL running backs by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. Lacy should pile up the points this week.
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Jason Witten is sliding, but still a fine Fantasy option
At a certain point
But perhaps Witten is showing signs of an inevitable decline for the
Week 13 opponent Green Bay ranks 19th in the NFL against opposing tight ends and has been porous defensively in general of late. They have yielded 341 or more passing yards in three of the last six games and 45 or more points in two of their last four. That bodes well for Witten, as does the fact that his stronger performances this season have come at home.
Witten remains one of the better tight end options in the league and is an especially favorable play this week. Even a slipping Witten is a superior point scorer than the vast majority of NFL tight ends. He should remain active in all lineups.
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Dez Bryant should rebound with big game against Packers
The last time
You get the picture. Bryant doesn't have two bad games in a row. He hasn't been held down in successive games since his rookie year in 2010. And since he was limited to two receptions Monday night at Chicago, it can be assumed by Fantasy owners that he will rack up some big points Sunday against visiting Green Bay.
Adding to the optimism is that the Packers have played miserable pass defense this season despite ranking sixth in sacks. They are 21st in passing yards surrendered (3,208) and 23rd in touchdowns given up through the air (24). Their last seven opponents are averaging 28.4 PPG.
That bodes well for Bryant, who has 70 receptions for 908 yards and 10 touchdowns in what has been a typical season. CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers Jamey Eisenberg and Nathan Zegura both rank him fourth among all NFL wideouts this week. So don't be discouraged by his meager output on Monday Night Football. Bryant remains a No. 1 option in all formats.
Seahawks optimistic about Max Unger
"We think he'll make it for Sunday," coach Pete Carroll told the team's website.
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December 11, 2013
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