This week we give thanks to easy matchups, excellent sleepers and strong plays off the waiver wire. Dave Richard previews over nearly 180 players for Week 12 in this week's Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet.
Tom Brady is 2-5 in games at Denver and the Patriots' offense is running low on offensive weapons. Can they keep the streak going? Three teams that look playoff worthy? The Seahawks, Texans and ... Bucs.
Boyle (foot) practiced Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Boyle, who sat out Week 11's game with a foot injury, is thus trending in the right direction as Monday's game against the Browns approaches, though it's unclear at this stage how close to a full practice the tight end turned in Wednesday.
Brown was not targeted in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Rams.
Brown barely saw the field, stuck behind Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and Jeremy Butler. Brown struggled with his limited opportunities earlier this season and has clearly fallen out of favor. His seven-touchdown rookie season in 2013 is a distant memory.
Despite signing a one-year, $3 million contract in the offseason, Wright couldn't get on the field for a corner-needy San Francisco team, eventually leading to his release. He'll now join one of the few teams that is in worse shape at his position.
Per the Boston Herald, the Patriots plan to have Amendola (who is officially listed as questionable this week) test out his sprained left knee Saturday before deciding whether the wideout will travel to Denver for Sunday night's game against the Broncos.
Assuming that's the case, we could have a better idea of Amendola's Week 12 status later Saturday. If he is limited, or sits out Sunday's contest, Keshawn Martin could be a candidate for an expanded role, but he is listed as questionable this week as well. Thus, until the playing status of Amendola and Martin is solidified, Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper represent the Patriots' healthiest wideout options.
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).
Edelman underwent foot surgery Monday on the Jones fracture he suffered Sunday against the Giants, and he could return in 6-to-8 weeks, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Breer notes that the recovery timeframe is a rough one, so while it could theoretically allow Edelman to return during the postseason, it's certainly no guarantee. Danny Amendola is expected to get an increase in offensive snaps with Edelman sidelined, while Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski could all see more targets as well.
Jones (abdomen) was on the field for 63 of the Patriots' 71 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Per the report, Jones had a chance to rack up a sack Monday, but QB Tyrod Taylor slipped out of the defensive end's grasp, with Jones thus limited to one tackle in the game. Through 10 games overall, Jones has notched 31 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
Martin (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, the Boston Herald reports.
As is fellow wideout Danny Amendola, though with Martin not having suited up since Week 6 and the Patriots not kicking off until 8:30 ET on Sunday, Martin looks like a risky roll in Week 12. Down the road though, when his health and role in the team's offense are re-established, Martin could carve out some deep league utility in the absence of Julian Edelman.