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Stephen Hill (foot, knee) listed as probable 11-15-2013
Stephen Hill WR CAR
Stephen Hill (foot, knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is listed as probable for Week 11 against the Bills. He'll start opposite Santonio Holmes, with David Nelson playing in the slot. Hill had a season-high 108 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo in Week 3, but has only 13 targets over his last three games and remains just a WR4 option.
Manningham (knee) limited again Friday 11-15-2013
Mario Manningham WR NYG
Mario Manningham (knee) was limited in practice again Friday. He's officially listed as questionable on the injury report. Manningham caught three passes for 30 yards in his debut last week and will be a WR4/5 against the Saints.
Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) probable 11-15-2013
Leonard Hankerson WR BUF
Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) is probable for Week 11. Hankerson played through his hamstring injury last Thursday and was a full participant in practice this week. He's currently averaging 3.2 catches for 41.1 yards per game and is nothing more than a WR5 in re-draft leagues.
Dexter McCluster (ankle) probable for Week 11 11-15-2013
Dexter McCluster RB SD
Dexter McCluster (ankle) is probable for Week 11. McCluster has been fully cleared for Sunday night's showdown with the Broncos after being limited in practice earlier this week. He can continue to be left on the waiver-wire in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Snelling charged with marijuana possession 11-15-2013
Jason Snelling RB ATL
The Barrow County News reports Jason Snelling was arrested by the Winder Police Department early Friday morning and charged with possession of marijuana and various traffic charges.

Barrow County News
It explains why Snelling was absent from practice on Friday. It's not clear whether any disciplinary action will be imposed. Snelling is officially listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Bucs.
Julius Thomas (ankle) listed probable 11-15-2013
Julius Thomas TE JAX
Julius Thomas (ankle) is probable for Week 11. Thomas practiced in full this week and hasn't had any setbacks with his ankle injury. He'll be all systems go for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs.
Jason Snelling (knee) misses practice Friday 11-15-2013
Jason Snelling RB ATL
Jason Snelling (knee) did not practice Friday.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
Snelling missed practice Wednesday due to a knee issue, but his absence on Friday is being called a non-injury related matter. He's listed as questionable for Week 11 and will see limited playing time behind Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers if active against the Bucs.
Christian Ponder (shoulder) expects to start 11-15-2013
Christian Ponder QB SF
Christian Ponder (shoulder) confirmed he expects to start Sunday against the Seahawks.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Ponder practiced on a limited basis Friday and is officially listed as probable. Barring a setback, he'll be healthy enough to start this week. Ponder has passed for just 555 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions over his last three games and remains off the QB2 radar.
Haloti Ngata (knee) considered questionable 11-15-2013
Haloti Ngata DT DET
Ravens NT Haloti Ngata (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 11.
Ngata suffered a knee injury early in last week's win over the Bengals, but managed to stay in the game. He was able to practice on a limited basis Friday and is now on track to play Sunday against the Bears.
Colts waive safety Larry Asante from I.R. 11-15-2013
Larry Asante S OAK
Colts waived S Larry Asante with an injury settlement. Asante appeared in three games with the Colts on special teams. He's now an unrestricted free agent.
Texans waive RB Ray Graham 11-15-2013
Ray Graham RB HOU
Texans waived RB Ray Graham. The move clears a spot for OLB Ricky Sapp on the active roster. Graham fell behind Dennis Johnson for backup duties to Ben Tate, but will likely be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Texans claim OLB Ricky Sapp off waivers 11-15-2013
Ricky Sapp DE WAS
Texans claimed OLB Ricky Sapp off waivers from the Jets. Sapp will provide linebacker depth with Darryl Sharpton (foot) and Joe Mays (knee) dealing with injuries. The Texans waived RB Ray Graham in a corresponding move to clear a spot on the active roster.
Marshawn Lynch (knee) probable for Week 11 11-15-2013
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
Marshawn Lynch (knee) is probable for Week 11. Lynch was limited on Wednesday for precautionary reasons, but practiced without restrictions on Thursday and Friday. He's a top-five running back play this week against the Vikings.
Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) listed probable 11-15-2013
Jimmy Graham TE SEA
Jimmy Graham (foot, elbow) is listed as probable for Week 11.

Mike Triplett on Twitter
Graham was limited in practice all week, but was never in danger of missing Sunday's game against the 49ers. He's the No. 2 overall tight end this week behind Rob Gronkowski.
Ryan Mathews returns to full practice Friday 11-15-2013
Ryan Mathews RB PHI
Ryan Mathews (hamstring) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is listed as probable for Week 11.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Mathews was limited on Thursday with hamstring tightness. With touchdowns in two of his last three games, he's a low-end RB2 for Sunday's plus-matchup with the Dolphins.
Ben Watson (concussion) ruled out for Week 11 11-15-2013
Benjamin Watson TE BAL
Ben Watson (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 11. Watson didn't practice all week and still hasn't been cleared to return from his concussion. Josh Hill will serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Jimmy Graham.
Seahawks list Harvin as probable for Week 11 11-15-2013
Percy Harvin WR BUF
Percy Havin (hip) is listed as probable for Week 11 against Minnesota.

John Boyle on Twitter
Despite the "P" tag, coach Pete Carroll wasn't fully committal on Harvin suiting up against his former team, saying Harvin "has a chance to play." Still, Harvin has been activated from PUP and is expected to dress in Week 11, playing limited snaps as a slot receiver. Harvin's snap count will hurt his Week 11 ceiling, but how he performs in the limited doses will provide owners with a tell on how useful he will be during the fantasy playoffs.
Nate Burleson is listed as doubtful 11-15-2013
Nate Burleson WR CLE
Nate Burleson (arm) is listed as doubtful for Week 11. The doubtful tag is an upgrade from last week, when Burleson was listed as out. The veteran slot man is tentatively expected to return in Week 12. We've noticed Burleson on a lot of fantasy football waiver wires recently. Receiver-needy owners in 12- and 14-team PPR leagues should scoop him up now.
Calvin Johnson listed as probable 11-15-2013
Calvin Johnson WR DET
Calvin Johnson (knee) is listed as probable for Week 11. He's the No. 1 overall fantasy receiver play this week.
Reggie Bush listed as probable 11-15-2013
Reggie Bush RB BUF
Reggie Bush (knee) is listed as probable for Week 11. After taking a rest day on Friday, Bush will be all systems go for Sunday's bout with Pittsburgh's leaky run defense. He's an elite, top-five RB1.
Chris Owusu (foot) questionable for Week 11 11-15-2013
Chris Owusu WR NYJ
Bucs WR Chris Owusu (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 11.

Scott Smith on Twitter
Owusu returned to practice this week and was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He'll be the No. 3 receiver behind Vincent Jackson and Tiquan Underwood if active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
9ers to let Marcus Lattimore practice next wk 11-15-2013
Marcus Lattimore RB SF
Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Friday Marcus Lattimore (reserve/NFI, knee) will resume practicing ahead of Week 12.

Matt Barrows on Twitter
Lattimore has been begging for the opportunity to get out there with his teammates despite the fact that the Niners have "no plan to have him play" this year. Lattimore is recovering from severe knee and leg injuries. Frank Gore owners don't have to worry about Lattimore's presence until 2014 at soonest.
Matt McGloin handles first-team reps 11-15-2013
Matt McGloin QB OAK
Matt McGloin handled all of the first-team reps at Raiders practice Friday.

Vic Tafur on Twitter
Coach Dennis Allen isn't giving up on the idea of Terrelle Pryor (questionable, knee) starting against the Texans, but the Raiders' beat writers all expect McGloin to get the nod. "You never know. (Pryor) may feel great tomorrow," Allen said following Friday's practice. "We're still preparing him."
Terrelle Pryor listed as questionable 11-15-2013
Terrelle Pryor WR CLE
Terrelle Pryor (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 11 after a limited practice Friday.

Vic Tafur on Twitter
Coach Dennis Allen revealed Pryor "wasn't feeling as good (Friday) as he did on (Thursday)," and those covering the team expect Matt McGloin to be the Raiders' starting quarterback against the Texans. Even in the unlikely scenario Pryor does start, Allen has been publicly open to the idea that Pryor could be pulled early in the game if he demonstrated knee troubles. This is an obvious situation to avoid in Week 11 fantasy lineups.
Daniel Thomas listed as probable 11-15-2013
Daniel Thomas RB MIA
Daniel Thomas (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 11. He'll continue to serve as Lamar Miller's change-of-pace back.
Mike Wallace questionable to face Chargers 11-15-2013
Mike Wallace WR BAL
Mike Wallace (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 11.

Barry Jackson on Twitter
Wallace is likelier than not to play against San Diego despite having his practice reps scaled back during the week. He has an enticing matchup with the Chargers' soft corners, but fantasy owners need to continue to monitor Wallace's status into Sunday morning due to the questionable tag.
Eddie Royal listed as questionable again 11-15-2013
Eddie Royal WR CHI
Eddie Royal (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 11.

Tom Krasovic on Twitter
Royal has been playing through "Q" tags for weeks. He's the No. 5 option in San Diego's passing game behind Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, Danny Woodhead, and Vincent Brown. Royal would be a poor WR3 play against Miami.
Steven Jackson listed as probable 11-15-2013
Steven Jackson RB NE
Steven Jackson (toe) is listed as probable for Week 11. S-Jax will be a flex option against Tampa Bay's top-five run defense.
Roddy White listed as probable 11-15-2013
Roddy White WR ATL
Roddy White (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 11. White will be all systems go against Tampa's Darrelle Revis.
Falcons list WR Douglas (knee) 'questionable' 11-15-2013
Harry Douglas WR TEN
Harry Douglas (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Buccaneers after returning to Friday's practice. The Falcons often list players as "questionable" on the injury report even when they are expected to play. Douglas' return to Friday's practice after missing Thursday's session strongly suggests he will be in the lineup against Tampa Bay. To be sure, check back on Sunday morning for Atlanta's inactives.
Cordarrelle Patterson expected to start @ SEA 11-15-2013
Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects the Vikings to start Cordarrelle Patterson at "X" receiver in Week 11.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Jerome Simpson is going to be active against the Seahawks, but Patterson is expected to line up with the first-team offense. This could be a changing of the guard, but could also be discipline related following Simpson's double DWI. We'd like Patterson more as a Week 11 sleeper if he wasn't facing such a difficult opponent. Seattle's press coverage will make the rookie's day difficult.
Christian Ponder listed as probable 11-15-2013
Christian Ponder QB SF
Christian Ponder (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 11.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says a Week 11 quarterback decision won't be formally made until Saturday, but the Minnesota beat writers expect Ponder to get the nod. "The way he moved around today, he looked pretty good," Frazier conceded after Friday's practice. "Hopefully, he'll wake up tomorrow without any residual effects, negative effects from the workload that we gave him."
Marlon Brown added to injury report 11-15-2013
Marlon Brown WR DEN
Marlon Brown (knee) was a late addition to the Week 11 injury report and is now listed as questionable to face the Bears after missing Friday's practice.

Matt Vensel on Twitter
We never like late additions to the injury report and would use this as a tiebreaker against Brown if you're deciding between him and someone else in a WR3 slot. Brown suffered a torn ACL during his senior college season.
Mike Brown all good for Sunday vs. Cardinals 11-15-2013
Mike Brown WR CAR
Mike Brown (ankle, probable) remained limited in Friday's practice.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
Cecil Shorts is a superior player, but Brown has the superior Week 11 matchup as he'll do battle with Jerraud Powers while Shorts takes on Patrick Peterson. Brown remains more of a Hail Mary WR3 option against the Cardinals.
Cecil Shorts listed as probable 11-15-2013
Cecil Shorts WR TB
Cecil Shorts (groin) returned to a limited practice Friday and is listed as probable for Week 11.

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
He should be all systems go for Sunday's clash with Patrick Peterson. In a less-than-ideal matchup, Shorts is more of a low-end WR2 option this week.
Matt McGloin expected to start against Texans 11-15-2013
Terrelle Pryor WR CLE
According to Vic Tafur of the SF Chronicle, "all signs" point to Matt McGloin starting at quarterback for the Raiders in Week 11.

Vic Tafur on Twitter
The Raiders as an organization are typically not very forthcoming on injury situations, but all of their beat writers came away from Friday's practice believing Terrelle Pryor (knee) will not play against the Texans. Pryor is no longer worth rostering in standard leagues. He's just a two-QB-league stash.
Arians: Michael Floyd will play against Jags 11-15-2013
Michael Floyd WR NE
Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday that Michael Floyd (shoulder) will play in Week 11 against Jacksonville.

Kent Somers on Twitter
Floyd practiced on Thursday and Friday after suffering an apparently mild AC sprain in his shoulder early in last week's win over the Texans. He'll man his usual No. 2 wideout role behind Larry Fitzgerald this week. Whatever Week 11 sleeper appeal Andre Roberts may have had has now evaporated.
Vikings say 'no concerns' for Adrian Peterson 11-15-2013
Adrian Peterson RB MIN
Despite his missed practices Thursday and Friday, coach Leslie Frazier says the Vikings have "no concerns" about Adrian Peterson's (groin) Week 11 availability. It's a relief after the back-to-back missed sessions, but somewhat concerning that Peterson will have had so little practice time and is nursing an injury ahead of a Week 11 road battle with the talented Seahawks defense. He's still worth locking into fantasy lineups as an RB1, but continue to monitor the situation. Toby Gerhart is Peterson's primary backup at running back.
Michael Crabtree practices on Friday 11-15-2013
Michael Crabtree WR OAK
Michael Crabtree (PUP, Achilles) participated in 49ers practice Friday.

Matt Maiocco on Twitter
There was some fear Crabtree had suffered a setback when he didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned Friday and appears on track to return when healed. The 49ers have not yet activated Crabtree off of PUP.
Vernon Davis practices in no-contact jersey 11-15-2013
Vernon Davis TE WAS
Vernon Davis (head) practiced in a no-contact jersey on Friday.

Matt Maiocco on Twitter
Davis would be practicing in a normal jersey if he'd passed all of his concussion tests. He may before Sunday's game against the Saints, but fantasy owners need to be prepared on the off chance he doesn't. Vance McDonald is his backup at tight end. If Davis can't play at New Orleans, Colin Kaepernick's fantasy outlook would take a major blow. He's painfully short on weapons.
Matt McGloin 'looks like' Raiders Week 11 QB 11-15-2013
Matt McGloin QB OAK
After attending Friday's practice, the Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald came away believing Matt McGloin "looks like" the Raiders' likely Week 11 starting quarterback.

Jerry McDonald on Twitter
McGloin would be making his first NFL start against the Texans' No. 1 pass defense. Battling an MCL sprain, Terrelle Pryor has struggled mightily over his last four games and moved at "less than half speed" on the practice field Friday. Barring a dramatic change, McGloin is going to get the quarterback nod. It's a rather large downgrade to all of the Raiders' skill-position players.
Champ Bailey listed as doubtful 11-15-2013
Champ Bailey CB NO
Champ Bailey (foot) is listed as doubtful for Week 11. Kayvon Webster and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be Denver's outside corners against the Chiefs. Chris Harris will continue as the slot defender.
Peyton Manning listed as probable to face KC 11-15-2013
Peyton Manning QB DEN
Peyton Manning (ankle) practiced again Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs. Manning's high ankle sprain was a big story all week ahead of the showdown between 9-0 and 8-1 division rivals, but he was never in danger of sitting out. The probable tag means the Broncos consider Peyton a "virtual certainty" to be available for his normal quarterback duties against the Chiefs. The matchup is difficult, but Manning is to be started with confidence in Week 11.
Greg Jennings limited, but will play 11-15-2013
Greg Jennings WR MIA
Greg Jennings (Achilles) was limited in Vikings practice Friday.

Vikings on Twitter
Coach Leslie Frazier did confirm he expects Jennings to play against Seattle. Jennings is not a recommended fantasy option in the brutal matchup.
Adrian Peterson (groin) misses Fri. practice 11-15-2013
Adrian Peterson RB MIN
Adrian Peterson missed Vikings practice Friday with a groin injury.

Vikings on Twitter
The Vikings haven't said yet whether they expect Peterson to play against the Seahawks, but this is an obvious concern ahead of a difficult road matchup. Peterson was supposedly held out of Thursday's session for "rest purposes," but it turns out he has an injury. We'll have several updates before Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned. Peterson owners can grab Toby Gerhart as insurance.
Terrelle Pryor practicing at less than 100% 11-15-2013
Terrelle Pryor WR CLE
Terrelle Pryor (knee) participated in Raiders practice Friday "working at something less than half speed."

Jerry McDonald on Twitter
The Raiders are expected to activate Tyler Wilson from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Texans. It's entirely possible Pryor will be inactive. Pryor is nursing an MCL sprain. If he can't go against Houston, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin would be Oakland's starting quarterback.
Mike Tolbert returns to practice 11-15-2013
Mike Tolbert FB CAR
Mike Tolbert (personal) returned to Panthers practice on Friday. As it turns out, Tolbert's "personal" absence from Thursday's practice was due to the fact that he was attending the birth of his child. Red-zone specialty back Tolbert is going to play against the Patriots on Monday night.
Stephen Burton ruled out for Week 11 11-15-2013
Stephen Burton WR JAX
Jaguars WR Stephen Burton (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 11. Expect Ace Sanders to be Jacksonville's third receiver against Arizona.
Availability of Shane Vereen not yet clear 11-15-2013
Shane Vereen RB NYG
ESPN Boston's Field Yates suspects we won't know Shane Vereen's (wrist) Week 11 availability until Monday.

Field Yates on Twitter
Wearer of many hats, Yates is a fantasy football guru in addition to covering the Patriots for ESPN and appearing on NFL Insiders. We noticed on Twitter that Yates recommended fantasy owners "wait a week or so to see how (Vereen) is eased in upon return." The Pats still haven't activated Vereen from I.R./designated for return, though they almost certainly will, and we expect Vereen to play against the Panthers' stout defense. Having not appeared in a football game in over two months, Vereen will be a dicey flex option.
Darren McFadden out for Week 11 11-15-2013
Darren McFadden RB DAL
Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not practice Friday and will miss Week 11.

Vic Tafur on Twitter
McFadden has resumed running on the side of practice, so perhaps he's targeting a Week 12 return. Rashad Jennings will start Sunday against the Texans.
Aaron Rodgers ruled out for Week 11 11-15-2013
Aaron Rodgers QB GB
Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Giants. He's targeting a Week 12 return. Scott Tolzien will start on Sunday.
Santonio Holmes listed as probable 11-15-2013
Santonio Holmes WR CHI
Santonio Holmes (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 11. He'll get the start against Buffalo. Although Holmes torched the Bills in these teams' Week 3 meeting for literally his biggest box score as a Jet, Holmes did his damage against Justin Rogers and Stephon Gilmore has since returned. Rogers was benched shortly thereafter and has been scratched ever since.
Jeremy Kerley ruled out 11-15-2013
Jeremy Kerley WR SF
Jeremy Kerley (elbow) has been ruled out for Week 11 against Buffalo. Look for David Nelson to be the Jets' primary slot receiver this week.
Brandon Jacobs questionable for Week 11 11-15-2013
Brandon Jacobs RB NYG
Brandon Jacobs (knee, hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Packers. Jacobs returned to practice Thursday after being sidelined since Week 6. He won't be anything more than the No. 3 back upon his return, anyway. Andre Brown is going to carry as much of the load as he possibly can down the stretch.
Marty B (ankle) returns to practice Friday 11-15-2013
Martellus Bennett TE NE
Martellus Bennett (ankle) returned to practice Friday.

Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
Bennett wasn't on the injury report Wednesday before sitting out Thursday. He should be fine for Sunday's tilt with the Ravens as a back-end TE1.
Update: Gonzalez (toe) was limited on Friday 11-15-2013
Tony Gonzalez TE ATL
Updating a previous item, Tony Gonzalez (toe) was limited in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Bucs.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
Gonzalez wasn't on the field for the open-to-media portion of practice Friday, so he likely did very little. It doesn't change his outlook for Sunday. Gonzalez will probably be a game-time decision. Owners need to have backup plans in place in the event Gonzalez is forced to sit out.
Travis Benjamin has ACL surgery Friday 11-15-2013
Travis Benjamin WR SD
Browns WR/PR Travis Benjamin underwent surgery on his torn right ACL on Friday.

Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter
Benjamin's surgery reportedly went well and he's expected to be ready for training camp. Anything before that would be a bonus, according to coach Rob Chudzinski. For Benjamin's sake, we hope he can return to his explosive form.
Brent Celek (hip) listed as probable for Sun. 11-15-2013
Brent Celek TE PHI
Brent Celek (hip) is listed as probable for Week 11 against the Redskins.

Jimmy Kempski on Twitter
Celek has been limited in practice all week. He'll play Sunday. Celek caught a touchdown against Washington in Week 1 but is more TE3 than TE2.
Stevie Johnson (groin) ruled out for Week 11 11-15-2013
Stevie Johnson WR SD
Stevie Johnson (groin) has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Jets.

Mike Rodak on Twitter
Johnson didn't practice at all this week after suffering his latest groin injury last Sunday. The Bills will be without both Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle), leaving receiver duties to T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, and Chris Hogan. Athletic rookie tight end Chris Gragg could also enter the mix after he caught a touchdown last week. Consider Johnson more day-to-day than week-to-week.
Harry Douglas (knee) back at practice Friday 11-15-2013
Harry Douglas WR TEN
Harry Douglas (knee) returned to practice Friday.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
Douglas practiced in full Wednesday before sitting out altogether Thursday. His return to the field bodes well for his chances of suiting up against the Bucs. Roddy White will likely see a lot of Darrelle Revis, leaving Douglas to work on rookie CB Johnthan Banks for much of the afternoon. Douglas is a WR3.
Gonzo out, Douglas back at Falcons practice 11-15-2013
Tony Gonzalez TE ATL
Tony Gonzalez (toe) remained sidelined at practice Friday.

Vaughn McClure on Twitter
Coach Mike Smith had hoped for both Gonzalez and Harry Douglas (knee) to return to the field Friday, but only Douglas made it back. Gonzalez hasn't practiced all week. We can't rule him out for Sunday against the Bucs because he's an established veteran who doesn't need to practice to be able to play. However, we're likely staring at a questionable tag and a game-time decision.
Reggie Bush gets day off on Friday 11-15-2013
Reggie Bush RB BUF
Reggie Bush (rest) did not practice Friday.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
As is the routine with Bush now, he'll be listed as probable on the injury report with a knee "issue" after getting a veteran's day off. There's nothing to see here. Bush is Rotoworld's No. 5 running back for Week 11 against the Steelers.
Calvin Johnson (knee) back at practice Friday 11-15-2013
Calvin Johnson WR DET
Calvin Johnson (knee) returned to Lions practice Friday.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
Megatron sat out Wednesday and Thursday but said he was simply dealing with some "maintenance issues." The Lions are likely managing his reps. It would be a mammoth shock if Johnson wasn't in the lineup against the Steelers. He's without question the No. 1 overall receiver this week -- and every week.
Cordarrelle Patterson knows more than just X 11-15-2013
Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN
Vikings OC Bill Musgrave says Cordarrelle Patterson now knows more than just the "X" receiver position.

Associated Press
"He now knows more than just one position," Musgrave said. "We're mixing and matching him and trying to get him in good spots as well as featuring our other guys, too." Patterson has seen his snaps rise slightly, but he's still being far too underutilized on a 2-7 team. The problem earlier in the year was that he only knew one position. That's not the case anymore. Musgrave is one of the least creative offensive minds in the game. Patterson remains a very strong dynasty player. The sooner Musgrave gets the boot, the better.
Stevie Johnson (groin) remained absent Friday 11-15-2013
Stevie Johnson WR SD
Stevie Johnson (groin) remained sidelined at Bills practice Friday.

Joe Buscaglia on Twitter
Johnson hasn't practiced at all this week and is likely staring at a doubtful tag on the injury report. Coach Doug Marrone already said he "doesn't feel good" about Johnson's chances of playing Sunday against the Jets. T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, and Chris Hogan will be the Bills' top three receivers.
Patriots cut WR LaQuan Williams 11-15-2013
LaQuan Williams WR BAL
Patriots waived WR LaQuan Williams.

Jeff Howe on Twitter
Williams was signed last week for special teams help. His release could be an indication the Patriots are looking to activate Shane Vereen (wrist) from short-term injured reserve. Williams has just four career catches.
DeSean Jackson says he's finally 'bought in' 11-15-2013
DeSean Jackson WR WAS
DeSean Jackson attributes his 2013 success to finally "buying into the system" as a sixth-year pro.

Philly Mag: Birds 24/7
"I just really bought in all across the board. Never really had done that in the past, maybe sometimes fighting the system," Jackson said. "Staying focused and doing all the extra little things, being a teammate, being a leader. Staying after practice later, working hard, little things that being young, never took the importance of doing that." Sitting at 54 catches for 903 yards and seven touchdowns after ten games, Jackson is on pace for career-bests in every category. He's fantasy's No. 4 overall receiver.
Arian Foster underwent back surgery Thursday 11-15-2013
Arian Foster RB MIA
Arian Foster (injured reserve) underwent back surgery in California on Thursday.

Houston Chronicle
We're noting this simply for bookkeeping purposes. And the Texans had previously been noncommittal on whether Foster needed surgery. "His surgery went well, and that's about all I know," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I don't normally have any more particulars on it. (He'll) start the recovery process (now)." Foster, 28 next August, should be back in plenty of time for next summer's training camp.
Coach Doug Marrone praises LT Cordy Glenn 11-15-2013
Cordy Glenn OT BUF
Coach Doug Marrone praised LT Cordy Glenn, saying he's having a "pretty good year."
The last blurb we had on Glenn was one from August talking about how he was working at left guard. Glenn has held down the fort at left tackle, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 15 overall tackle through ten weeks. He's only given up one sack and has played the most snaps in the league at 748.
Michael Floyd says he'll play Sunday 11-15-2013
Michael Floyd WR NE
Michael Floyd (shoulder) says he's going to play Sunday against the Jaguars.
"I feel pretty good, but I think after tomorrow, having two days to get treatment and stuff like that, getting it prepared for the game, it'll help me out," Floyd said Thursday. "Yeah, I'll play." Floyd got in a limited practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. He'll be a borderline WR3/4.
Bucs want V-Jax to get more touches 11-15-2013
Vincent Jackson WR TB
Coach Greg Schiano said he wants Vincent Jackson to get more catches.

Tampa Tribune
"We need to make sure he gets his touches because he's a dynamic player," Schiano said. "With the loss of some (of our) weapons offensively, defenses are really going to key on him now. That's a fact of life. But get over it and find a way to get him the ball. That's what we have to do." Jackson has seen just 12 targets the past two weeks. He has a matchup with a soft Falcons defense up next. Jackson torched Atlanta for 138 yards and two touchdowns on ten catches in Week 7. He's Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver for Week 11.
Peanut Tillman rules out switch to safety 11-15-2013
Charles Tillman CB CAR
Bears CB Charles Tillman (triceps, short-term I.R.) ruled out a switch to safety.

Chicago Tribune
Now that Tillman may be done for the season -- he'll only return if the Bears make the playoffs -- he's been getting questions regarding his future. Tillman will be a free agent after the season and admitted Monday that he may have played his final game as a Bear. He turns 33 in February and struggled badly in coverage this season. At 6-foot-2, 198, Tillman has the size to play safety.
Ravens DL Arthur Jones in line for payday 11-15-2013
Arthur Jones DT IND
Ex-NFL agent Joel Corry, who now writes for the National Football Post, "could definitely see" Ravens free-agent-to-be DL Arthur Jones "getting a nice payday."

Baltimore Sun
Jones, 27, emerged onto the scene last season, and he's followed it up with a fine 2013. He's registered 28 tackles and four sacks through eight games and has graded out as a top-15 3-4 end in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Jones is scheme-versatile. He could look for a similar deal to what Ricky Jean-Francois received from the Colts -- four years and $22 million with $5.5 million guaranteed.
Heyward-Bey injured ankle in TNF win 11-15-2013
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT
Coach Chuck Pagano says Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a bit of an ankle injury, which partly led to him only playing 23-of-72 snaps Thursday night.

Stephen Holder on Twitter
Pagano is just trying to save Heyward-Bey from some heat. DHB was flat-out benched after he committed a brutal drop in the second quarter. LaVon Brazill appeared to pass him on the depth chart, and it could be a permanent switch.
Kenny Britt not spotted in loss to Colts 11-15-2013
Kenny Britt WR LA
Kenny Britt wasn't targeted in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts. If Britt was on the field, we didn't see it. Britt last caught a pass in Week 7, and has eight grabs on the year.
Justin Hunter suffers possible concussion 11-15-2013
Justin Hunter WR BUF
Titans rookie WR Justin Hunter was held without a catch in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts, and departed with a possible concussion. Hunter got clocked on his lone target, a fourth-quarter jump ball. If Hunter does get diagnosed with a concussion, he'll have 10 days to get cleared for Tennessee's Week 12 game against the Raiders.
Stanley Havili totals 15 yards in win 11-15-2013
Stanley Havili RB IND
Colts FB Stanley Havili rushed one time for four yards in Indy's Week 11 win over the Titans, adding one catch for nine yards. OC Pep Hamilton's teacher's pet got the rock on one of the game's most important plays, gaining four yards on a 3rd-and-1 from the Titans' 42-yard line in the third quarter. The Colts like Havili's game, but with just 18 touches on the season, he's miles from fantasy relevance.
LaVon Brazill supplants Heyward-Bey? 11-15-2013
LaVon Brazill WR IND
LaVon Brazill was held without a catch in Indianapolis' Week 11 win over the Titans, but came on twice for an ineffective Darrius Heyward-Bey. It's unclear if Brazill outright replaced Heyward-Bey, but he came on for DHB after a mind-numbing second-quarter drop, and was running alongside T.Y. Hilton in two-wide sets to begin the second half. Either way, Brazill drew only one target, and has extremely little fantasy upside for re-draft purposes.
Griff Whalen has one-catch night vs. Titans 11-15-2013
Griff Whalen WR NE
Griff Whalen caught one pass for six yards in the Colts' Week 11 win over the Titans. Whalen's lone grab moved the chains on an important 3rd-and-5 early in the third quarter. He drew only three targets. Whalen should continue to get looks in the slot, but is no better than the fourth option in the passing game, and has zero upside in fantasy leagues.
Nate Washington has two-catch night in loss 11-15-2013
Nate Washington WR NE
Nate Washington caught two passes for 53 yards in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts. It was a completely lost night before Ryan Fitzpatrick found Washington for a 42-yard strike with the Colts in prevent defense late in the fourth quarter. As it is, Washington now has just nine total catches over his past five games, and is barely on the WR5 radar.
Shonn Greene manages 10 yards in loss 11-15-2013
Shonn Greene RB TEN
Shonn Greene rushed three times for 10 yards in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts. Greene wasn't targeted in the passing game. Greene was also held without a goal-line carry, as Chris Johnson cashed in scores of 30 and seven yards. With just 21 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown in three games since returning from his knee injury, Greene is hard to bill as even a desperation FLEX option, especially with CJ2K finally playing some competent football.
Heyward-Bey has another nightmare game 11-15-2013
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT
Darrius Heyward-Bey was held to one catch for 10 yards in Indianapolis' Week 11 win over the Titans, and was benched for LaVon Brazill. That should just about do it for DHB in the starting lineup, who committed a comically soft drive in the second quarter as the Colts were driving in Titans territory down 14-0. Indy ended up settling for a field goal. Heyward-Bey was briefly benched for Brazill in the second quarter before the Colts appeared to make the switch for good in the second half. DHB simply has the worst hands of a generation, and doesn't separate the way someone with his speed should. Even with Reggie Wayne lost for the season, Heyward-Bey is completely off the fantasy radar.
T.Y. Hilton has five-catch night versus TENN 11-15-2013
T.Y. Hilton WR IND
T.Y. Hilton caught five passes for 44 yards in Indianapolis' Week 11 win over the Titans. Hilton came back down to earth from his prime-time Weeks 9 and 10 (14/251/3), but was inches away from a bigger night. Hilton was hurt by a number of bad throws from Andrew Luck, some that missed him completely, and others that prevented him from doing work after the catch. Hilton had little trouble getting open against the Titans' stout pass defense. Even with Patrick Peterson on tap for Week 12, Hilton will remain a high-end WR2.
Delanie Walker goes 10/91/1 versus Colts 11-15-2013
Delanie Walker TE TEN
Delanie Walker caught 10 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts. The catches doubled Walker's previous season high, while the yards were 29 more than his previous 2013 high-water mark, which he set last week. Walker has now scored in back-to-back games, and three of his past four. This will almost certainly go down as Walker's best game of 2013, but his game meshes with a quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick who's been hungry to check it down in the absence of Jake Locker. Walker is shaping up as a high-end TE2 who can be used in a TE1 pinch.
Kendall Wright has nine-catch night in loss 11-15-2013
Kendall Wright WR TEN
Kendall Wright caught nine passes for 80 yards in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts. The nine catches matched Wright's career high, while the yards were his second most of the season. Wright worked the middle all night long, hauling in 9-of-12 looks. Frustratingly, the closest he came to the end zone was the Colts' 20-yard line. Delanie Walker got the Titans' lone passing touchdown. Wright's lack of scores cap his fantasy upside, but averaging a weekly 6.3 catches for 72 yards since a slow Week 1, he's a WR3 who won't hurt you with doughnuts.
Coby Fleener has career night in win over TEN 11-15-2013
Coby Fleener TE NO
Coby Fleener caught eight passes for 107 yards in the Colts' Week 11 win over the Titans. Both totals were new career highs for the inconsistent second-year pro, who hadn't even cleared 80 yards since Week 1 last season. Fleener played a complete game, committing no drops and even making a few contested catches. It was the kind of effort he needs to display much more often to be taken seriously as an every-week TE1. As it is, it's certainly a game the Colts are going to give Fleener a chance to build on, as Andrew Luck has precious few options in the passing game. Fleener is probably already close to 100 percent owned, but he should be scooped up in any league where he's still on the wire.
Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for 222 yards in loss 11-15-2013
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB NYJ
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22-of-28 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's Week 11 loss to the Colts. Making like Alex Smith, Fitzpatrick also rushed four times for 26 yards, getting away with a fumble in the process (an obvious cough up wasn't challenged by Indy). Fitz also imitated Smith in the passing game, dinking and dunking the Colts nearly to death before finally popping a big play with Indy in its prevent defense late in the fourth quarter. Fitz's score came with the Titans trailing 30-20 with 2:00 left, and needing an onside kick to have a chance to tie. They didn't recover it, and the game was over. As far as backups go, Fitzpatrick is more than competent, but he's not going to be winning the Titans any games. He's a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.