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Week 13 Live Blog

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Welcome to Week 13, where the final push for the fantasy playoffs are on. It's also where guys such as Josh Johnson, T.J. Yates and Toby Gerhart are making starts. 

We'll have a Rotoworld staffer watching every game today, keeping an eye on in-game injuries, depth chart changes and potential breakout players. If you have a specific question about something going on in a specific game, ask me on Twitter (@adamlevitan) and we will try to get you an answer in this space.

So check back often as we'll be constantly updating this page through the late games. You can also hang out with other fans in the Rotoworld Forums.

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* Julio Jones (hamstring) is active and will reportedly be a "full go." Michael Turner (groin) is active as well.
* Joseph Addai (hamstring) is active, but we're still expecting Donald Brown to carry the load.
* Josh Freeman (shoulder) is out, giving Josh Johnson the nod. Downgrade Mike Williams.
* Eddie Royal (toe) is a go. Yawn.
* Percy Harvin (illness) will start. His issue apparently wasn't related to migraines.

* Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter reported around 1pm that Fred Davis and Trent Williams would be suspended for four games for a failed drug test. No need to panic though -- both are playing today.
* The Colts went three-and-out on their first series, but Joseph Addai started. Addai also started last week's game but barely played after the first quarter.
* Roy Helu is for real. He ran right through the Jets' defense on the first drive, busting arm tackles and showing incredible one-cut burst. He capped it with a rugged touchdown. Helu has the look of a long-term stud.
* Jermaine Gresham got a touchdown called back by a very slight false start from A.J. Green. The little things.
* Tashard Choice, not Johnny White, is functioning as C.J. Spiller's backup.
* Early on, the Broncos are not shadowing Percy Harvin with Champ Bailey.
* LaDainian Tomlinson aggravated his left knee injury and is questionable to return. Shonn Greene proceeded to get a one-yard score that may have gone to a healthy Tomlinson. UPDATE: Tomlinson came back into the game at the end of the second quarter.
* Chris Johnson is back in a big way, dominating plus matchups. He just broke off a season-long 48-yard run by bursting through a hole to the end zone. The Bills' defenders had the angle on him, but it didn't matter.
* Big news out of Chicago -- Matt Forte is done for the day with a knee injury. Sounds serious. Marion Barber has been impressive lately as Forte's backup. Kahlil Bell is also active.
* C.J. Spiller looks like a beast. He got a 41-yard touchdown called back by a slight hold and is running with great speed to the edge. He'll exploit bad-tackling teams.
* Kyle Orton has replaced Tyler Palko under center for the Chiefs to start the second quarter. The fact that Todd Haley didn't start Orton initially is a joke. Palko can't play, period. ... And then Orton hurt his hand on his very first play as a Chief.
* T.J. Yates is just fine, thank you. He's no Tyler Palko and yes, he's better than Donovan McNabb. He has ideal size and 44 starts of high-level NCAA experience under his belt. Yates is comfortable in the pocket, unlike Blaine Gabbert. Andre Johnson/Owen Daniels owners need not panic.
* Daniel Thomas is healthy, but the Dolphins are just showing no desire to use him. It's the Reggie Bush show. Bush continues to act as the clear goal-line back as well.
* First-half touches in Carolina's backfield: Jonathan Stewart nine, DeAngelo Williams four. Stewart has been the better player all year long.

* Nate Washington got his ankle pressed agains the ground early in the third quarter and is in a ton of pain. Doesn't look good. UPDATE: Washington is back in the game, but he's struggling.
* With Antonio Brown now garnering the attention of defenses, Mike Wallace was due for a big boy. It's on.
* The Colts RB situation is playing out about how we expected. Colts get behind big, then turn to Donald Brown for a ton of garbage-time work. After scoring to cut the lead to 31-10, Brown now has a touchdown in four of his last seven games.
* The Falcons eased in Julio Jones (hamstring) last week and have unleashed him today. If Matt Ryan was having a better game, Jones would have bigger numbers.
* Andre Johnson injured his left leg in the third quarter and hobbled off. It was the dreaded non-contact injury. The only good news here is that it was his right hamstring that crippled him earlier this season. This looks like a left hamstring injury.
* Andy Dalton has been taken out of the game, but it's likely just because of the lopsided score.
* Cam Newton now has 13 rushing TDs on the year, setting the record for a quarterback. I'd be hard-pressed not to consider Newton a top-2 quarterback option next season, behind only Aaron Rodgers.
* Eddie Royal now has a neck injury to go with his toe issues. Demaryius Thomas has to officially overtake Royal before this season ends.
* At long last, the Vikings are figuring out how to score. Get the ball to Percy Harvin in any way humanly possible and watch him go. The guy consistently makes NFL defenders look silly.
* UPDATE on Matt Forte. The initial report is a sprained MCL, but he'll need more testing. An ACL tear can't be ruled out just yet. Have to feel for a guy that earned a monster contract, but didn't get it. Hard to ever blame an elite player for holding out.
* Tim Tebow posted a 149.3 passer rating today and led Denver to its fifth straight road win. Period.

* Montario Hardesty (calf) is active as Peyton Hillis' backup.
* Sam Bradford (ankle) is inactive. A.J. Feeley gets the nod.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is active. His role will depend on how he feels in the game, but he wouldn't be up if the Giants didn't think he could handle 15 touches. Bradshaw is listed as a starter.
* Mario Manningham (knee) is inactive and in danger of missing the rest of the season. Hakeem Nicks (ribs) is active.
* Kevin Kolb (foot) finally makes his return, but Todd Heap (hamstring) is inactive.

* Greg Little: One target, one drop. This is becoming a theme.
* Felix Jones is getting worked in more than usual in the first quarter. He's getting first- and second-down carries even though DeMarco Murray is running well. The Cowboys' offensive line looks dominant early.
* Just as the Ravens promised, Lee Evans is being worked into some two-wide sets. But it's not alway Torrey Smith coming off. Evans is rotating with Anquan Boldin as well.
* Patrick Willis picked up what looks like a serious hamstring pull in the first half. That could have a big impact on matchups in the fantasy playoffs. The Niners next three games: at Arizona, vs. Pittsburgh, at Seattle.
* Kevin Kolb looks awful early. His offensive line isn't doing him any favors, but he's looking for the rush and is missing open receivers consistently.
* Brandon Jacobs is headed to the locker room with some kind of injury. The Giants don't mind though -- so far, so good for Ahmad Bradshaw's foot.
* Laurent Robinson hurt his shoulder in the second quarter and jogged to the locker room with trainers. Remember that Miles Austin is due back next week. UPDATE: Robinson has returned.
* James Starks may have aggravated his ankle injury. He got carted off. I've got a feeling Brandon Saine is going to be a factor at some point.
* Ray Rice busted out a 67-yard run to take the Ravens to the doorstep, and then Ricky Williams vultured the touchdown. Pretty painful for owners.
* Montario Hardesty didn't play at all in the first half as the Browns rode Peyton Hillis. But now Hillis' hamstring is getting looked at by trainers. Browns backfield continues to be a mess.
* UPDATE on Matt Forte: He left the stadium without crutches or a brace. It sounds like a Grade 2 MCL strain, meaning a 2-4 week absence.
* The Cowboys are rolling a safety to Larry Fitzgerald's side, but Kevin Kolb is looking elsewhere far too often. Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins are giving Fitz enough of a cushion to make things happen.

Adam Levitan is in his seventh season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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