Week 12: MidWeek Report / NFL Roundup



The Raiders took down the Texans in Mexico on Monday on a late score by Amari Cooper.  He finished with just four receptions for 57 yards on the night, but helped his stats with the late score.  Houston held the Oakland rushing attack in check by limiting them to 30 yards on the ground, but they couldn’t stop the backs in the passing game as FB Jamize Olawale tallied 90 yards and a score through the air while Latavius Murray caught five passes for 59 yards.  Jalen Richard added 50 yards and a score as well.  Michael Crabtree was the lone disappointment on the night as he recorded just vie yards on three catches, though he just missed a stellar touchdown grab.  Derek Carr recovered from a rough week nine to throw for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Texans.  For Houston, Lamar Miller carried the ball 24 times for 104 yards and a touchdown.  He just missed another score but was knocked out at the one yard line.  C.J. Fiedorowicz led the Texans in receiving with 82 yards on 6 receptions…After a slew of injuries already on Sunday, we learned of a few more on Monday.  Andrew Luck wasn’t mentioned following Sunday’s game, but on Mondaywe learned that he suffered a concussion.  With the Colts scheduled to play on Thursday night against the Steelers, Luck looks like an extreme long shot to be ready.  Scott Tolzein looks to be Luck’s replacement, which elevates the Steelers defense as Tolzien has thrown just one pass since 2013…Jay Cutler was also diagnosed with a shoulder injury on Monday, which could sideline him for the remainder of the season.  Chicago has little to play for at this point, so we could see Matt Barkley behind center if Cutler can’t return.  The Bears also saw rookie Leonard Floyd and Zach Miller go down on Sunday.  Miller is done for the season, while Floyd is battling a concussion and should return in week 13 if he cannot make it back before the weekend…A.J. Green owners have a little hope after it was revealed that he suffered a minor hamstring tear and Coach Marvin Lewis expects him back this season.  Though that could mean he may only return for week 17 or if the team makes the playoffs, Green should remain on rosters in case he can make a quick recovery.  Rookie Tyler Boyd has been the hot pickup after scoring on Sunday, but owners shouldn’t look past Brandon LaFell, who was the most targeted receiver for Cincinnati on Sunday…The Eagles backfield was banged up Sunday with Darren Sprolesexiting with a fractured rib and Ryan Mathews down with a sprained MCL.  Mathews is considered day to day, though it seems a long shot that he’ll be ready for week 12, while Sproles has a better chance to suit up.  If Sproles is active, he’s still a risky play with a fractured rib, so the Eagles are likely to lean on Wendell Smallwood in the backfield…The Falcons had Tevin Coleman at practice on Monday and he looks ready to return in week 12.  Taking on a stingy Arizona defense with Devonta Freeman ahead of him, Coleman could struggle to produce for fantasy owners this weekend…Buffalo was decimated with injuries on Sunday as Robert Woods and LeSean McCoy exited the game.  Woods suffered a sprained knee and looks to miss a few weeks.  McCoy dislocated his thumb, but after successful surgery, he has a chance to return as early as this week.  Mike Gillislee is the top option behind McCoy, and he’s sure to see increased action with or without McCoy this week.  With Woods out, the Bills hope to welcome Sammy Watkins back this week, though he would be limited if he does see the field…The Panthers don’t have a timetable for Luke Kuechly’s return after a concussion knocked him out Thursday night…In Seattle, Thomas Rawls will once again be the leader in the backfield withC.J. Prosise out until at least the playoffs.  With Troymaine Pope suffering a high ankle sprain, it appears as though Alex Collins is the handcuff to Rawls.  Though he returned healthy this week, it might be wise to have insurance for him…Cleveland will start Josh McCown this week after Cody Kessler suffered his second concussion on the season…Minnesota released Ronnie Hillman as they will stick with Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinnon the rest of the way.  Adrian Peterson is working his way back, and there is a little optimism that he could return for the last two or three games, though it seems to be a longshot…The Jets will start Ryan Fitzpatrick coming out of their bye week.  Though he has had his struggles this season, Fitzpatrick elevates the position players around him against the Patriots…The Jaguars should have Blake Bortles ready to go against the Bills despite being banged up in week 11, while Trevor Siemian seems healthy for the Broncos coming out of their bye week.

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