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.
Bryant was limited in practice Wednesday due to a right quadriceps injury.
Until the Falcons sign another kicker, Bryant should be considered good to go for Sunday's contest against the Vikings. Typically one of the highest-scoring kicking options in the NFL, he's fallen all the way to 18th in scoring with 68 points, as the Falcons have sputtered after a fast start to the season.
Freeman won't take part in practice Wednesday, as he remains in the first phase of the concussion protocol.
Head coach Dan Quinn relayed Monday that Freeman had already received clearance to attend meetings, but Wednesday's development indicates otherwise. As the week progresses, the Falcons will tread carefully with their star running back due to the murky nature of concussions. While Freeman's availability could come down to a game-time call, the team kicks off at 1 PM ET on Sunday, affording his owners a chance to make necessary adjustments. If he's unable to play, Tevin Coleman will head Atlanta's backfield.
Hankerson (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Ban Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
Active Sunday for the first time since Week 7, Hankerson's hamstring issue likely contributed to a reduced snap count -- 43 of the 75 on offense -- but he still reeled in four of seven targets for 36 yards. His lack of activity Wednesday may have been a precaution, but if absences continue to add up this week, owners wouldn't be blamed for worrying about the wideout's availability for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Bailey (calf) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Bailey will be sidelined once again due to his calf injury, leaving the Chiefs defense without a notable presence up front. However, given the Chargers' patchwork starting offense, Sunday's matchup still seems favorable for Kansas City's defense.
Ford injured his back during warmups and will not play Sunday against the Chargers, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.
Ford's injury shouldn't have too much of an overall impact Sunday, but it's worth noting that he won't be available to spell veteran Tamba Hali and his sore knee. Assuming Hali requires a fair amount of rest as usual, Dezman Moses could be in line to see added snaps in place of the inactive Ford.
Hali compiled his biggest game of the season Sunday against the Steelers, notching two sacks, five tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble.
He also added one additional tackle for loss in the effort, but Hali's five tackles matched his season high while the two sacks also represented his top output in that category. He'll get a chance to add to that total Sunday against a Lions offensive line that ranks around the league average in sacks allowed this season.
Kelce caught five of seven targets for just 46 yards in Sunday's 33-3 win at San Diego.
Kelce hasn't had big game since Week 1, as the Chiefs like to run the ball and dink and dunk with Alex Smith. Kelce did appear to score a touchdown right before halftime, but the play was reversed via replay. While he's seen at least six targets in nine of 10 games this season, he's only seen more than seven looks three times. He's got the skill set and talent to be a dominant receiving tight end, but mainly because of the team's conservative offense, he's not getting opportunities down the field to make big plays. In any case, he and the Chiefs will host the Bills in Week 12.
Parker could see an extended run Sunday against the Broncos.
Parker saw his first game action with the Chiefs two weeks ago against the Lions, making key blocks on a play that led to a 10-yard touchdown run for De'Anthony Thomas. However, he didn't make have any grabs in the contest, and probably won't do enough even in his expanded role to be worth consideration in fantasy leagues.
Thomas' status for Sunday's game against the Bills looks cloudy at this point, though with 17 catches for 140 yards and a TD, to go along with nine carries for 34 yards and a rushing score in 10 games to date, the versatile wideout's fantasy utility is restricted to deeper formats.
With West viewed as day-to-day by the Chiefs, his status for Sunday's tilt against the Bills remains unclear. If he is limited or forced to sit out the game, look Spencer Ware -- who had 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in relief of West in Week 11 -- to see an expanded role this weekend, with Knile Davis also a candidate to be re-introduced into the Chiefs' backfield mix.
Chiefs rookie linebacker Ramik Wilson seemed to make an early impression during rookie minicamp, especially on pass defense. Wilson had an interception during a live session Sunday and came back with two more interceptions Monday, according to the team's official website.
Bray (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.
Bray has been sidelined for the beginning of the 2015 season due to an ACL injury suffered while playing basketball. There's no indication of when he may return, but it's also unlikely he'll have a roster spot even when healthy.