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Fantasy football Week 12: Start and sit

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Here's a look back at Week 11's action, and fantasy advice for the week ahead:

WEEK 11 RECAP

Patriots 25, Falcons 0: It was essentially a 50-50 split between Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. It’s highly possible this mirrors the situation in Denver between Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams going forward.

Colts 41, Bills 15: Both ...Read more

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Armed with Matthew Stafford, Sean McVay ready for showdown vs. Matt LaFleur

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — As young assistants on Washington’s coaching staff, Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur aspired to draw up and call plays for the most talented and experienced quarterbacks in the NFL.

“We always would talk about what it would be like to coach a guy like Aaron Rodgers,” LaFleur said, “and just how … you’re basically ...Read more

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NFL DFS Week 12 optimal lineup

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Devising the perfect Daily Fantasy Sports strategy for the NFL can be a challenge, which is why I'm here to assist.

On DraftKings, it's important to remember you're playing full-point PPR with bonuses if a player surpasses 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards or 100 receiving yards.

Here is my optimal lineup for Sunday's $3.5 million Fantasy ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Tua Tagovailoa puts Dolphins in position to win with opening drives, late-game success. What about between then?

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — If the Miami Dolphins can get Tua Tagovailoa to consistently play the way he performs this season in the opening drives of games and in the fourth quarter, Miami’s offense, and possibly the season, would take off.

While the talent around Miami’s second-year starter hasn’t always allowed Tagovailoa to shine, he’s ...Read more

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How the Chiefs reached their week off with hope restored after 3-4 start

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs shook off a sluggish 3-4 start and forged a four-game winning streak entering their Week 12 bye.

Now a more comfortable 7-4 including four wins against NFC East opponents, the Chiefs are in familiar territory: atop the AFC West and currently holding the AFC’s No. 4 seed for the playoffs.

But Kansas City didn�...Read more

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo, Vikings' Kirk Cousins forever linked but seek distance in NFC race

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Kyle Shanahan’s scouting report on the Minnesota Vikings came with an expected compliment for his one-time prodigy, Kirk Cousins.

“I know how good of a quarterback Kirk always is,” Shanahan said.

Always is?

Whatever shortcomings Cousins has shown in his 56-56-2 career as a NFL starter, he’s covering them up ...Read more

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Vikings' Everson Griffen officially ruled out for Sunday; absence considered indefinite

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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been ruled out for Sunday's game in San Francisco, although his leave from the team is considered indefinite. Coach Mike Zimmer did not provide any update on Griffen's condition as of Friday afternoon or how the team will proceed with him this season.

"I don't have much of an update on ...Read more

Browns' Jack Conklin, Kareem Hunt ready to play against Ravens

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BEREA, Ohio — Jack Conklin agreed with a reporter who used the word "miraculous" to describe the All-Pro right tackle returning quickly from a dislocated left elbow.

"Yes, that's for sure," Conklin said after Friday's practice.

Conklin was worried his 2021 season had ended.

"When you're on the ground and your arm's facing the opposite ...Read more

Steelers' T.J. Watt good to go vs. Bengals, but Joe Haden is questionable

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PITTSBURGH — For the second time this season, T.J. Watt is returning to the Steelers lineup after missing just one game due to injury.

Watt will be back Sunday to face the Bengals after sitting out last week against the Chargers because of lingering hip and knee issues from the Lions game. He was a full participant in practice Friday after ...Read more

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Editorial: NFL settlement is a big win for St. Louis but leave big issues unresolved

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National Football League team owners, including a deservedly humbled Stan Kroenke, appear to have averted embarrassing public revelations of their finances and double dealing by reaching a mediated settlement with the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority and St. Louis city and county. The Post-Dispatch’s Joel Currier and Ben ...Read more

The Magic 40: Shanahan has 49ers on the run heading into Vikings game

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Call it the Magic 40, and it has helped turn around a 49ers season that appeared to be on the rocks three weeks ago.

Coach Kyle Shanahan set an ambitious goal of 40 rushing plays in Week 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, and his offense came through with 44 rushes for 156 yards in a 31-10 win.

The 49ers followed that up ...Read more

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Bucs' Tom Brady renews his rivalry with the Colts

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady has created a lot of enemies in 21 seasons, perhaps none bigger than the Colts and their fans. The team with the horseshoe on its helmet that once had a quarterback named Luck never has had much of it against him.

Brady owns a 15-4 record versus the Colts, including a 4-1 mark in the postseason. He made his first NFL ...Read more

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How Chicago Bears players dealt with rumors about Matt Nagy's job status. Their reward for beating the winless Detroit Lions -- after a chaotic, confusing week -- is relief.

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Cole Kmet had to turn off his phone this week.

Enough thoughts already were racing through the Chicago Bears tight end’s head as he tried to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions on a short week while also sifting through a blizzard of rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s job status.

He didn’t need to add questions from ...Read more

John Niyo: Time is running out for Dan Campbell, Lions to avoid winless season

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DETROIT — The clock is ticking now. And if the Lions' dilemma wasn't obvious before, it certainly should be at this point: They can call as many timeouts as they want, but it seems as if all they're doing right now is delaying the inevitable.

Maybe they'll win a game before this season is over. Maybe. But they haven't yet, and it'll be a full...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: Matt Nagy's Chicago Bears sneaked past the hapless Detroit Lions after a week that 'was definitely different.' But now what?

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Who knows what the Thanksgiving traditions are in Matt Nagy’s household? But it’s a good bet that once the Chicago Bears coach returned home from Detroit on Thursday evening, he found his way to the liquor supply and poured himself a drink. Extra stiff.

What a freaking week, right? And the tumult may be just getting started.

After the ...Read more

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Sam Farmer's Week 12 NFL picks

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Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season begins on Thanksgiving with three games including the Chicago Bears taking on the Lions in Detroit. The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups.

— Farmer's record last week: 7-8 (.467); season 100-64-1 (.610). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the ...Read more

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Chicago Bears need a 4th-quarter rally -- and a FG as time expires -- to snap their 5-game losing streak and beat the winless Detroit Lions 16-14

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DETROIT — As Cairo Santos sent a 28-yard field goal through the uprights as the seconds wound down Thursday afternoon, he saved the Chicago Bears from a bad week turning into an even bigger embarrassment.

The Bears didn’t need to give the Detroit Lions their first win of the season on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.

Not after Bears rookie ...Read more

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Aaron Donald knows his emotional play can energize the Rams vs. Green Bay

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With tears welling in his eyes, Aaron Donald stood on the Lambeau Field sideline lamenting an opportunity that got away.

That is the enduring image from the Rams' NFC divisional-round playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers last season.

"I just care," Donald said this week when asked about his emotions that day. "That is what it comes down to, ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens might be on to something special with young wide receiver corps

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BALTIMORE — Shortly after this season is over, and if everyone still standing remains healthy, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta will breathe a sigh of relief.

The Ravens finally have a good, young group of receivers and a potential No. 1 in rookie Rashod Bateman. That might not sound like a major accomplishment to some organizations, but ...Read more

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NFL and Rams agree to $790 million settlement with St. Louis over relocation

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LOS ANGELES — The Rams and the NFL agreed Wednesday to pay $790 million to settle a lawsuit over the team’s departure from St. Louis, enabling Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the league to avoid the spectacle of a St. Louis trial next month, just before the Super Bowl at Kroenke’s showcase stadium in Inglewood.

Under the terms of the ...Read more