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Peyton Barber Unable To Get Going In Week 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber was unable to get anything going against the Panthers in Week 6, gaining just 28 yards on 10 carries on the day. Barber did get more carries than backfield mate Ronald Jones II, but could not find any holes and was otherwise a non-factor in what turned out to be a pass-heavy game. Barber has established himself through the first 6 weeks of the season as borderline unstartable in any fantasy format and should be treated as such. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before another tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee in Week 8.

Oct. 13th • 2:25 PM

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Matthew Stafford Demurs When Asked About Lions Future

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will have a new head coach when he takes the field Sunday against Chicago in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The team moved on from Matt Patricia following a Thanksgiving loss that dealt a crucial blow to their playoff chances in 2020, leading Stafford to say, "I'll figure that out and talk about that later on" when asked about his future in Detroit. While not the fantasy stalwart that he was for the majority of his career, Stafford still has weekly DFS appeal and low-end season-long QB1 appeal in larger formats. It's difficult to ascertain what Stafford's future value would look like in an organization other than Detroit's, but he is not scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent until 2023. For now, multi-season fantasy managers need not change plans surrounding Stafford.

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Atlanta Hopes To Have Julio Jones, Todd Gurley II Back Sunday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) and running back Todd Gurley II (knee) missed Sunday's game versus Las Vegas, but head coach Raheem Morris is hopeful to have the duo back on the field for Week 13 against New Orleans. Gurley rushed for a season-low 26 yards against the Saints earlier this year and would be in a difficult spot even if he is cleared to suit up, as New Orleans is allowed the second-fewest rushing yards per game (76.6) in 2020. In the same vein, Jones would likely be dogged by Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, having accrued just two receptions on two targets versus the division rivals back in Week 11. Check back throughout the week to get updates on either as they become available.

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Jets Sticking With Sam Darnold As Starting Quarterback

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been unable to orchestrate his team to victory thus far in 2020, failing to put a touchdown on the board in the team's loss Sunday to Miami. But head coach Adam Gase is sticking with Darnold as his starter, saying, "I think Sam is the starter and we need Sam to play as many snaps as possible," per Rich Cimini of ESPN. In seven starts this year, Darnold has amassed three touchdowns to eight interceptions, completing just 58.7 percent of his passes. Veteran Joe Flacco hasn't fared terribly better, but shoulder injury concerns loom around Darnold as well, whom the organization has reiterated will play only if healthy. Despite Gase's assurances, Darnold has little fantasy intrigue at this stage, even in two-QB formats.

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Green Bay Adds Tavon Austin To Active Roster

The Green Bay Packers are adding wide receiver Tavon Austin to the organization for the stretch run, giving quarterbackAaron Rodgers yet another potential deep-ball threat. Austin last appeared in the NFL last year as a member of the Cowboys, when he hauled in 13 receptions for 177 yards and one touchdown. Having previously been brought in for a workout, the Packers are immediately elevating Austin to the active roster, which should make him available for Week 13 against Philadelphia. With so many options at Rodgers' disposal, it's hard to discern a path to fantasy relevance for Austin, although he'll be a name to keep an eye on should an injury strike any of the Packers trusted pass-catching targets.

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Denver Adds Kyle Shurmur To QB Depth

The Denver Broncos played Sunday without a true quarterback on their roster, but they are on track to add another for the coming weeks in Kyle Shurmur, son of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Kyle has yet to throw a pass in the NFL, having been a member of the Chiefs' practice squad in 2019. The move comes just days before Denver is set to take on Kansas City in Week 13, and days after the entire Broncos quarterback room was forced off the sidelines due to violation of COVID-19 protocols. Barring a bizarre scenario where the Broncos' QB's are once again kept out against the Chiefs, Shurmur holds little fantasy intrigue moving forward, even as he takes in his father's offense.

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Carolina Not Ruling D.J. Moore Out For Week 13

Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore (ankle) appeared to have sustained a serious ankle during Sunday's loss to Minnesota, needing to be carried off the field. But after X-rays of the injured ankle came back negative Monday, head coach Matt Rhule was not ready to rule the WR out for the Week 13 matchup against Denver. Moore and Teddy Bridgewater had some difficulty in successfully linking up versus the Vikings, including on what would have been a sure touchdown to ice a win in the closing minutes; still, Moore finished with four receptions for 61 yards, his ninth game this year with at least four catches. Check back throughout the week to get updates on his status, but look for Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel, Brandon Zylstra, and Pharoh Cooper to potentially have larger roles should Moore ultimately be ruled out.

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Dalvin Cook On Track To Play In Week 13

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) temporarily left Sunday's contest against Carolina after sustaining an ankle injury before returning to action. After getting further treatment, Cook is not expected to miss time due to the ailment, paving the way for the star RB to suit up Sunday for a favorable matchup against Jacksonville. Cook's 13 rushing touchdowns this season lead the NFL, while his 1,130 rushing yards rank him second in the league. Despite amassing a season-low 3.39 yards per carry in Week 12, fantasy managers can fully expect Cook to remain an integral part of the Minnesota gameplan moving forward, particularly against a Jaguars Defense that has allowed the sixth-highest fantasy points per game average to opposing running backs this season. Alexander Mattison can remain on the waiver wire except in the deepest of season-long leagues.

7:24 PM
Cowboys-Ravens Shifts To Tuesday For Week 13

The Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens had been set to open Week 13 with a Thursday showdown, but they will instead close the week on the following Tuesday amid the COVID-19 outbreak within the Baltimore organization. With the Ravens still not having taken the field in Week 12 (which is scheduled to happen Wednesday), the NFL decided to give the Dallas-Baltimore showdown unimpeded viewing access, rather than creating a three-game Monday block. Cowboys players will benefit from having an extended break coming out of Thanksgiving, but will have a short turnaround between their Weeks 14 and 15 matchups. Check back throughout the week to make sure that kickoff remains as scheduled through this fluid situation.

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49ers Set To Play Next Two Home Games In Arizona

The San Francisco 49ers have been left without a home stadium in light of Santa Clara County's ban on contact sports that came down this past weekend. But acting swiftly, the 49ers appear to have found a temporary home inside the stadium of a divisional opponent -- Arizona. San Francisco will host Buffalo for Monday Night Football in Week 13, before the Washington Football Team reroutes themselves to Arizona for a Week 14 matchup against the 49ers. In a rather coincidental twist, San Francisco plays a "road" game against the Cardinals in Week 16, with another "home" game scheduled for Week 17, meaning that if the team cannot return to San Francisco, it will play four of its final five games in Arizona. Fantasy managers that had been concerned about potential cancellations can proceed with confidence that the scheduled contests will take place.

7:10 PM
Julian Edelman Lands On COVID-19 List Monday

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelmanwas placed on the COVID-19 list on Monday, which marks yet another setback for the veteran receiver during an injury riddled 2020. Players do not have to test positive for the virus to be placed on the list. Edelman's return to action has been clouded since being placed on Injured Reserve due to a knee ailment, last having appeared in Week 7 against San Francisco. Having appeared in six games this year, Edelman has amassed just 21 receptions for 315 yards without a touchdown, a significant downturn from the production that fantasy managers have come to expect on a yearly basis. Check back for further updates on Edelman's health status as they become available ahead of the team's Week 13 matchup against the Chargers.

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