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Volume 20, #218 -- Sunday Night, November 25th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CIN - Thumb injury for QB Andy Dalton

2. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon injures knee

3. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey goes bonkers in win

4. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette ejected

5. LAC - QB Philip Rivers has record day

6. JAX - WR Dede Westbrook totals 87 yards, TD

7. CIN - WR John Ross has TD in third straight

8. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd posts 85 yards, score

9. CIN - RB Joe Mixon totals 155 scrimmage yards

10. CIN - QB Jeff Driskel tosses TD in home loss

11. CLE - Nothing doing for WR Jarvis Landry

12. TB - TE Cameron Brate reaches end zone

13. TB - WR Adam Humphries catches TD pass

14. CLE - TE David Njoku finds the end zone

15. TB - RB Peyton Barber finds end zone

16. CLE - Just three touches for RB Duke Johnson

17. CLE - RB Nick Chubb totals 128 yards, two TDs

18. TB - QB Jameis Winston throws two touchdowns

19. SF - Six receptions for TE George Kittle

20. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield tosses four TDs

21. SF - WR Dante Pettis plays well in Week 12

22. SF - RB Matt Breida surpasses 100-yard mark

23. SF - Nick Mullens throws for 221 yards

24. BAL - WR Michael Crabtree finds end zone

25. CAR - WR D.J. Moore brings in eight balls

26. BAL - WR John Brown held to one catch

27. CAR - QB Cam Newton tosses pair of TDs

28. BAL - RB Ty Montgomery productive in Week 12

29. BAL - Gus Edwards plays well again

30. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson accounts for two TDs

31. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin finishes with five grabs

32. OAK - RB Jalen Richard held to 16 total yards

33. SEA - WR David Moore goes over century mark

34. SEA - WR Tyler Lockett with late-game heroics

35. OAK - RB Doug Martin finds end zone

36. SEA - RB Chris Carson runs for 55 yards, TD

37. SEA - QB Russell Wilson goes over 300 yards


1. CIN - Thumb injury for QB Andy Dalton

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (thumb) suffered a right thumb injury during the Week 12 game and is considered questionable to return.

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The Bengals offense was already greatly diminished with the loss of AJ Green. Without Dalton, they become one of the worst offenses in the league. Next week, the Broncos could face Driskel.

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2. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon injures knee

Source: ESPN.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) did not return against the the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 after suffering a knee injury, and head coach Anthony Lynn said more information about the injury would be available Monday, Nov. 26. Gordon had 10 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns and two catches for five yards before exiting.

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The early unofficial word was an MCL issue. We'll hopefully know more Monday.

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3. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey goes bonkers in win

Source: ESPN Stats and Information

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed 17 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks and he added 11 grabs for 112 yards and a score. He is the first player in Carolina history to posted 100-plus receiving yards and 100-plus rushing yards in the same game.

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McCaffrey was the fantasy MVP of the day with a dominant performance as a receiver and long run to bolster his rushing stat line. He's as valuable as anyone in fantasy football heading into Tampa next week.

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4. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette ejected

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was ejected from the Week 12 game after an altercation with Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson.

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The fight happened after a true 50/50 ball that was ruled a catch at the one for the Jaguars. Fournette was having a big afternoon, and the Jaguars were unable to score and then missed the field goal after the exchange.

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5. LAC - QB Philip Rivers has record day

Source: ESPN.com

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 28 of his 29 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. His 25 consecutive completions to open the game set an NFL record, and his 96.8 completion percentage was also a single-game record.

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Rivers continues to produce at an elite level. He'll face the Steelers in another big game next week.

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6. JAX - WR Dede Westbrook totals 87 yards, TD

Source: 1 No Source

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook racked up three grabs for a team-high 44 yards and a touchdown on four targets and he added a 43-yard rush in Week 12 against the Buffalo Bills.

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Westbrook had another score nullified by penalty. If you are incline to play any Jacksonville receiver against the Colts next week, Westbrook is your guy.

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7. CIN - WR John Ross has TD in third straight

Source: 1 No Source

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross posted three grabs for 31 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns, extending his touchdown streak to three games.

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Ross has shown a knack for scoring in his second year, but this offense isn't setting him up for explosive plays. He's just end of the bench depth with the Bengals offensive problems, but his arrow is pointing up long term if the deep passing can get on line.

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8. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd posts 85 yards, score

Source: NFL

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd posted seven grabs for 85 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Boyd had a big reception on a quasi-hail mary that was nullified by penalty or he would have had an even bigger day. He may see some of Chris Harris against the Broncos next week, but showed he's still a strong WR3/Flex play even if the backup quarterback is in.

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9. CIN - RB Joe Mixon totals 155 scrimmage yards

Source: 1 No Source

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed 14 times for 89 yards in the Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns with seven grabs for 66 yards on seven targets.

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Mixon looked like one of the best all-around backs in the league today even though the Bengals offense didn't give him the touchdown opportunities that other top backs got today. He'll remain a strong RB at worst against the Broncos next week.

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10. CIN - QB Jeff Driskel tosses TD in home loss

Source: 1 No Source

Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel completed 17-of-29 passes for 155 yards, one touchdown and no interception in Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns, coming on for the injured QB Andy Dalton (thumb).

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The offense didn't seem to suffer when Driskel came in although the Bengals were facing a team nursing a huge lead. The Broncos defense isn't letting up, so the Bengals offensive outlook is dimmer next week no matter who starts at quarterback.

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11. CLE - Nothing doing for WR Jarvis Landry

Source: 1 No Source

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry registered three grabs for 30 yards on five targets in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Landry isn't even a WR3/Flex in this balanced offense that features a wide array of pass catchers. He's worth a bench spot in PPR leagues, but it might not be crazy to drop him in short bench leagues.

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12. TB - TE Cameron Brate reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught three passes for 26 yards and one touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12.

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Brate wasn't huge but he scored the first touchdown and should merit low TE1 consideration going forward with OJ Howard on injured reserve and Jameis Winston throwing well. The Panthers are a good matchup for him next week.

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13. TB - WR Adam Humphries catches TD pass

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries caught six passes for 54 yards and one touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12.

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Humphries is leveling off as a WR3/Flex with a solid floor and his preferred quarterback. He should be a safe 8-18 point play in PPR leagues next week.

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14. CLE - TE David Njoku finds the end zone

Source: NFL

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku posted five grabs for 63 yards and a score on five targets in the Week 12 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Njoku rode a crowd into the end zone for a score and looked healthy despite being on the injury report lately. The low volume and crowded nature of the Browns passing game is lowering his ceiling and floor, but Njoku is still a streamer at worst going forward after the strong game from him and his offense.

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15. TB - RB Peyton Barber finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber rushed for 47 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. He also caught two passes for 16 yards during the game.

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Barber has been putting up RB2 worthy numbers lately and is useful depth at the worst heading into a matchup with the Panthers, although Ronald Jones could also return next week.

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16. CLE - Just three touches for RB Duke Johnson

Source: 1 No Source

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson ran twice for 16 yards in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals and he added one catch for 23 yards.

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Johnson had two strong weeks in PPR leagues before the bye, the ease of the victory for the Browns made him unnecessary in the offense. He's just desperation depth heading into the matchup with the Texans.

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17. CLE - RB Nick Chubb totals 128 yards, two TDs

Source: 1 No Source

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 28 times for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals and he added three grabs for 44 yards and a score.

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Chubb didn't break any huge plays, but had a highlight touchdown catch over the back of a defender and is the clear centerpiece of the balanced offense. He's a solid RB1 play against the Texans next week.

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18. TB - QB Jameis Winston throws two touchdowns

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston went 29-for-38 for 312 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. He also rushed for 24 yards on seven carries during the game.

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Winston was mistake free and might be extended the leash he is given going forward. He still has some benching risk against the Panthers next week, but the ceiling is obvious and will make him a QB1 consideration.

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19. SF - Six receptions for TE George Kittle

Source: NFL.com

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle caught six passes for 48 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12.

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Kittle was quiet for most of this game but got some short receptions during garbage time to salvage a decent PPR score. This was still a disappointment considering the quality of the matchup. Next week he's still a strong TE1 against the Seahawks.

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20. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield tosses four TDs

Source: 1 No Source

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 19-of-26 passes for 258 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 12 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Mayfield made the game look easy against the depleted Bengals defense. He is firmly in streamer consideration now coming off of a long string of multi-touchdown games and heading into a matchup with Houston.

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21. SF - WR Dante Pettis plays well in Week 12

Source: NFL.com

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis caught four passes for 77 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12.

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Pettis was the only thing working in the 49ers passing game for a while and played well enough against the easy matchup to merit some bench consideration in deeper leagues until Pierre Garcon comes back.

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22. SF - RB Matt Breida surpasses 100-yard mark

Source: NFL.com

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida rushed for 106 yards on 14 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12. He also caught three passes for 34 yards during the game.

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Breida looked as fresh as any back in the league running through the Bucs defense. He's got a tough matchup at Seattle next week but has to be an every week RB2 at this point.

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23. SF - Nick Mullens throws for 221 yards

Source: NFL.com

San Francisco 49ers QB Nick Mullens went 18-for-32 for 221 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12.

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Mullens was stifled all day by a toothless Bucs defense. This showed us the limits of this matchup when choosing a streamer and the limits of the 49ers pass offense without Marquise Goodwin. He should return for a tough matchup against the Seahawks in Seattle next week,

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24. BAL - WR Michael Crabtree finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree caught three passes for 21 yards and one touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in Week 12.

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Crabtree could be a viable desperation play next week because of the Falcons matchup, he did score, and Lamar Jackson looked better as a passer, but the floor and ceiling are both low going forward. He's not an essential hold.

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25. CAR - WR D.J. Moore brings in eight balls

Source: 1 No Source

Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore posted eight receptions for 91 yards and nine targets in Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Moore was open frequently on short targets and appears to be the clear #1 receiver with Devin Funchess out. He is a must play against the Bucs next week.

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26. BAL - WR John Brown held to one catch

Source: NFL.com

Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown caught one pass for 25 yards against the Oakland Raiders in Week 12.

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Brown had seven targets and a long catch was called back by penalty, but he did nothing for fantasy teams for the second straight week. He does have what the heck WR3/Flex high ceiling usage next week because of the matchup at Atlanta, but as long as Lamar Jackson is in, expectations are low.

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27. CAR - QB Cam Newton tosses pair of TDs

Source: 1 No Source

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 25-of-30 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks and he added 63 yards rushing.

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Newton was highly efficient as a passer and clicked with Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore. He also made a poor decision on a pass into double coverage at the goal line and the team couldn't score on early red zone possessions, which eventually cost them. He did more as a runner this week and still belongs on the short list of the top fantasy quarterbacks heading into a choice matchup with the Bucs. The Panthers are in must-win mode after losing their third in a row.

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28. BAL - RB Ty Montgomery productive in Week 12

Source: NFL.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Ty Montgomery rushed for 51 yards on eight carries against the Oakland Raiders in Week 12. He also caught three passes for 13 yards during the game.

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Montgomery looked good on runs with Lamar Jackson at quarterback and might supplant Alex Collins as the backup going forward. He's worth a pickup in very deep leagues.

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29. BAL - Gus Edwards plays well again

Source: NFL.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards rushed for 118 yards on 23 carries against the Oakland Raiders in Week 12.

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Edwards has taken over this backfield. He'll be worth an RB2 start against the weak Falcons run defense next week.

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30. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson accounts for two TDs

Source: NFL.com

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson went 14-for-25 for 178 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Oakland Raiders in Week 12. He also rushed for 71 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries during the game.

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Jackson was barely used as a runner and had a few interceptions early, but made strides as a passer and scored as a runner to put up a strong fantasy day for those that trusted him. He'll be a worth the play next week at Atlanta as long as John Harbaugh sticks with him in Week 13.

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31. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin finishes with five grabs

Source: 1 No Source

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin posted five receptions for 39 yards on a team-high seven targets in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers.

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Baldwin wasn't a bust, but he wasn't as sharp he was last Thursday. He'll be tough to leave on the bench against the 49ers next week unless he can't practice again this week.

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32. OAK - RB Jalen Richard held to 16 total yards

Source: NFL.com

Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard caught two passes for 15 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12. He also rushed for one yard on one carry during the game.

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Richard's PPR usefulness came to a halt today. He's just desperation depth heading into a matchup against the Chiefs.

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33. SEA - WR David Moore goes over century mark

Source: 1 No Source

Seattle Seahawks WR David Moore posted four grabs for 103 yards and a touchdown on five targets in the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers, going over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career.

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The dramatic score came on fourth and short against backup corner Corn Elder. Moore is looking like a high ceiling WR3/Flex against the 49ers next week.

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34. SEA - WR Tyler Lockett with late-game heroics

Source: 1 No Source

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett registered five grabs for 107 yards and a touchdown, including a big 43-yard grab in the final moments to set up the game-winning field goal in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers.

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Lockett came through with Doug Baldwin coming in as a game-time decision. He has been consistently scoring despite low volume and deserves the WR3/Flex start against the 49ers next week.

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35. OAK - RB Doug Martin finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Oakland Raiders RB Doug Martin rushed for 51 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12. He also caught three passes for 21 yards during the game.

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Martin showed he has some potential as a desperation play in this one, as DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard faded into the background after more volume in Week 11. Martin is running well despite being stuck on the worst team in the league. He could be a garbage time special against the Chiefs next week.

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36. SEA - RB Chris Carson runs for 55 yards, TD

Source: 1 No Source

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson rushed 16 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 win against the Carolina Panthers.

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Carson fought for every yard and was still a decent RB2 start despite the strong performance by the Panthers run defense. He'll be a stronger RB2 play at home against the 49ers next week.

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37. SEA - QB Russell Wilson goes over 300 yards

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 22-of-31 passes for 339 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers. It was his first 300-yard game of the season. He also won his 71st game, passing former QB Dave Krieg for most regular-season wins in franchise history.

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Wilson continues to be hyperefficient and taking advantage of every opportunity a defense gives him. He is a high floor QB1 with a high ceiling against the 49ers next week unless the running game does all of the damage on offense.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J