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Andy Dalton completed 29-of-51 throws for 334 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, and lost a fumble in Cincinnati's Wild Card round loss to San Diego, 27-10.

Standing in to take a big hit from closing OLB Melvin Ingram, Dalton tossed his first-ever playoff touchdown on a lofted second-quarter checkdown to Jermaine Gresham from four yards out. Dalton exhibited wildly shaky command thereafter, frequently running out of the pocket when pressured. He committed a back-breaking third-quarter turnover on a third-and-14 scramble, losing a fumble that was recovered by S Jahleel Addae. Dalton was intercepted on the very next drive by Shareece Wright, and again by Ingram early in the fourth quarter. He now has seven turnovers in three career playoff games. Although Dalton's final 2013 regular season stats look pretty on paper, he is a very limited quarterback with maddeningly streaky tendencies. He's not the answer for the Bengals long term. Marvin Lewis' career playoff record is now 0-5, and Dalton's is 0-3.
Jan 5 - 4:17 PM

Dwayne Allen (ankle) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

Allen has missed practice all week and is fully expected to sit out Week 12 against the Jaguars. Coby Fleener is a plug-and-play mid-to-high TE1. Allen is believed to be dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Consider him week-to-week.
Nov 21 - 11:22 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects a 65:35 split favoring Jeremy Hill in the Bengals backfield Week 12 against the Texans.

Sounds about right. Hill has severely outplayed Bernard this season, averaging 5.73 YPC in his three starts compared to 4.09 for Gio. Earlier this week, OC Hue Jackson hinted at easing Bernard back into the mix after his three-game absence. Bernard also worked with the receivers last week, suggesting he'll be featured more as a pass-catcher out of the backfield while Hill hammers it between the tackles. Hill is a strong RB2 with RB1 upside. Bernard is merely a FLEX.
Nov 21 - 9:43 AM

Derek Carr completed 18-of-35 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 24-20, Week 12 win over the Chiefs.

In a scene that evoked the 0-13 2007 Dolphins' Week 15 win over the Ravens, the Raiders threw everything they had at the Chiefs, and escaped with the narrowest of victories. Carr added two critical quarterback sneaks for first downs on the Raiders' game-winning drive. He found James Jones in the back of the end zone for his lone score with 1:42 remaining. Carr could hardly be described as "good" this evening — he averaged 4.97 yards per pass attempt — but avoided big mistakes, and generally kept the Raiders out of 3rd-and-longs. Carr's play has stagnated in recent weeks. He's going to be in for a very long afternoon against the Rams' defense in St. Louis in Week 13.
Nov 20 - 11:46 PM

Latavius Murray was forced from Oakland's Week 12 game against the Chiefs with a concussion, and will not return.

What a shame. Finally unleashed behind finished veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, Murray rushed four times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He notched scores of 11 and 90 yards, using vicious cutbacks to break free on both runs. The second was the longest play by any player in the NFL this season. Murray took a helmet-to-helmet hit on his fourth rush, however, and was obviously woozy. If there's good news, it's that he has 10 days to get healthy for next week's game against the Rams. It's safe to assume Murray will be the Raiders' new starter when healthy. Following his 90-yard score, Murray's 107 yards on the evening represented 14.4 percent of the Raiders' season total.
Nov 20 - 10:06 PM

The Bills and Jets' Week 12 game will be played at 7ET Monday evening in Detroit.

It's the second time in five years Detroit has hosted wayward snow travelers, as the Vikings and Giants squared off in Motown on Dec. 13, 2010. It's the most-fair solution, as playing in MetLife Stadium would have been an unfair advantage for the Jets in a game the Bills have to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Aside from the change of venue, the change of schedule has no fantasy ramifications. All points will count for Week 12 as normal.
Nov 20 - 8:53 PM

Speaking before Thursday's game against the Chiefs, Raiders coach Tony Sparano said RB Latavius Murray will "get the ball a little bit more."

Faded Darren McFadden is still getting the "start," but it sounds like the Raiders finally understand they have to do something to jump-start their historically-awful rushing "attack." We wouldn't recommend Murray as more than an RB4 in re-draft leagues, but he's a go-for-the-gold option in daily tournaments.
Nov 20 - 7:06 PM

Charles Sims was added to the Bucs' injury report Thursday, getting in a limited session with an ankle issue.

It's an eye-brow raising add to the injury report for a player who missed the first nine weeks of the season with an ankle injury, but we haven't seen any other reason to worry about Sims' Week 12 availability. His status will obviously be worth double-checking on Friday, but this is likely just a case of the Bucs getting Sims some rest coming off his first two NFL games.
Nov 20 - 5:21 PM

Pierre Thomas (shoulder) returned to Saints practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It's Thomas' first practice of any kind since he went down in Week 7. Speaking afterward, Thomas played coy on his status, but was in "high spirits." The Saints have badly missed Thomas in the screen game, and need him back more than ever with Brandin Cooks (thumb) done for the season. Thomas' return shouldn't put a huge dent in Mark Ingram's workload, as the backs play much-different roles. Khiry Robinson (arm) remains sidelined.
Nov 20 - 4:51 PM

Arian Foster (groin) will be a game-time decision for Week 12.

It's the same thing coach Bill O'Brien said last week, though Foster didn't come close to suiting up against the Browns. Foster was downgraded to "DNP" on Thursday after being "limited" on Wednesday. He appears to have slightly better odds of suiting up for Week 12 than he did in Week 11, but his status still remains murky, at best. Foster will be a top-five RB1 if he goes, but owners can't be counting on it. Keep Alfred Blue on speed dial as a plug-and-play RB2.
Nov 20 - 4:27 PM

Charles Clay (hamstring, knee) missed Thursday's practice.

Now we know where ESPN's Adam Caplan's report that Clay is a game-time decision for Week 12 came from. Clay was not listed with a hamstring on Wednesday, meaning he suffered the injury in his limited practice. The fact that he couldn't go today is a major concern for his Sunday status. Clay's availability will be updated no later than Friday, but owners need to begin making other plans.
Nov 20 - 3:44 PM

Giovani Bernard (hip) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

According to ESPN's Coley Harvey, Bernard was "was back at No. 1 (duty) during open portion of practice." Bernard is perhaps fantasy's biggest wild card for Week 12, but it's beginning to appear as if he'll be returning to a workload resembling the one he was handling before going down. We still expect Jeremy Hill to maintain a bigger role on early downs, however. With the situation uncertain, both backs can be utilized as RB2s for Week 12.
Nov 20 - 2:59 PM




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