Patriots' Danny Amendola: Expected to test knee out Saturday
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Assuming that's the case, we could have a better idea of Amendola's Week 12 status later Saturday. If he is limited, or sits out Sunday's contest, Keshawn Martin could be a candidate for an expanded role, but he is listed as questionable this week as well. Thus, until the playing status of Amendola and Martin is solidified, Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper represent the Patriots' healthiest wideout options.
Cowboys' Dez Bryant: Cowboys don't intend to shut him down
Despite Tony Romo's latest season-ending injury and an increasingly small chance at the postseason, the Dallas Cowboys don't have any intention of shutting Dez Bryant (foot/knee) down to let him heal, DallasCowboys.com reports. "He needs to practice. He needs to play," owner/GM Jerry Jones said Friday. "That's the best thing for Dez... We missed a lot with his contract negotiation in the spring and training camp. What Dez needs is repetition, practice repetitions, in-game repetitions, that'll make him a better player for the future."
That's not to say Bryant's fantasy prospects have suddenly improved, but at least it doesn't seem as though he'll suddenly be taken out of the lineup entirely. When healthy he's the Cowboys' best offensive weapon regardless of who's under center, so hopefully the extra few days off he'll get heading into Week 13 will allow him to return to something closer to his usual form.
Giants' Will Tye: Could start the rest of the way
With Larry Donnell possibly out for the year, Tye could remain the team's starting tight end the rest of the way.
He doesn't have much upside, and now that the bye weeks are behind us, it's a rare league where you'd need to use him. Nonetheless, Tye should see a few targets most weeks.
Bills' Corbin Bryant: Opportunity knocks
With Kyle Williams expected to miss to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Corbin Bryant is in line for more playing time.
Bryant logged 45 defensive plays Monday against the Patriots - logging two total tackles - and stands to play even more this week in Kansas City with Alex Carrington being needed to sub in for an injured Mario Williams. Bryant is still looking for his first sack of the season and the true IDP plays on this line are Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes. But we'll at least keep an eye on Bryant should the Buffalo Bills remain down two of their defensive line starters, as the coaching staff seems happy with Bryant's play.
Colts' Jerrell Freeman: Probable for Week 12
Jerrell Freeman (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Freeman practiced fully Friday and is thus on track to suit up Sunday. He's recorded a fantasy-friendly 74 tackles and a sack in nine games to date.
Texans' Brian Hoyer: Slated to start Sunday
Brian Hoyer (concussion) is slated to start Sunday's game against the Saints.
Working in Hoyer's favor in Week 12 is that he'll take aim at a Saints' defense that has allowed a league-high 28 passing TDs to date, while giving up an average of 293.1 passing yards per game. On that front, only the Giants have allowed more (309.9) yardage in the air.
Texans' Chris Polk: Listed as probable this week
Chris Polk (knee, hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Polk's fantasy utility remains limited to deeper formats as long as both Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes remain healthy enough to play. With that in mind, Blue was limited at practice Friday, but still listed as probable for Sunday's contest.
Raiders' Lee Smith: Expected to play
Lee Smith (wrist) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
A full participant throughout the week of practice, Smith doesn't seem to be in any danger of missing Sunday's game. He's mostly used as a blocker and only has 10 targets in nine games.
Raiders' Taiwan Jones: Listed as questionable
Taiwan Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
Jones returned to a limited practice Friday, after missing practice both Wednesday and Thursday. He doesn't seem like a good bet to suit up, which may explain why the Oakland Raiders signed WR Jeremy Ross, who has extensive experience returning punts and kickoffs. An absence wouldn't have much impact on Oakland's offense, as Jones typically plays fewer than 15 snaps. However, Roy Helu would likely be active for the first time since Week 8.
Steelers' Ryan Shazier: Practices fully, but listed as questionable
The Pittsburgh Steelers list Ryan Shazier (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
Shazier was listed as a full practice participant Friday, but the questionable designation suggests that his Week 12 status must still be verified in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. The linebacker remains on the IDP radar, having notched 47 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in six games to date.
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