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Lions' DeAndre Levy (knee) expected to play for first time since Week 1

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (questionable, knee) "finally appears ready" to return, reports The Detroit Free Press.

What It Means:

Levy is trending toward playing after he was more involved in practice this week. According to beat writer Dave Birkett, "all indications" point towards Levy being activated. He's been out since Week 1 and should provide a huge boost for Detroit's defense over the season's final stretch.

Detroit's defense ranks second-worst in the league this season in terms of Adjusted Net Expected Points allowed per play, ahead of only the Cleveland Browns.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Saints' Kenny Vaccaro drops appeal, suspended rest of season

New Orleans Saints defensive back Kenny Vaccaro has dropped the appeal of his four-game ban for Performance-Enhancing Drugs and will be out for Weeks 14-17.

What It Means:

This upgrades the fantasy outlook of Cameron Brate, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Saints in both Weeks 14 and 16. Vaccaro will only be able to return this season if New Orleans earns an unlikely playoff bid. He showed considerable improvement in his fourth year in the league.

The Saints' secondary ranks 24th in the league in schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points allowed per play heading into Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers. numberFire's models currently project Brate for 41 yards and 0.31 touchdowns on 3 catches in Week 14.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Broncos say quarterback decision won't be made until Saturday

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said a decision won't be made on quarterback Trevor Siemian's (foot, questionable) availability for Week 14 until after Saturday's walkthrough.

What It Means:

Siemian sat out last Sunday's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but reports out of practice this week suggest he will be back under center in Week 14. If he can't go, rookie Paxton Lynch would be a significant downgrade for Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

Our models project Siemian for 221 passing yards, 1.36 touchdowns and 0.80 interceptions on 33 passing attempts as our 23rd-best quarterback fantasy option in Week 14.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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49ers expected to be without Joe Staley (hamstring) Week 14

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 14 against the New York Jets.

What It Means:

This doesn't bode well for Colin Kaepernick's chances of bouncing back in a plus matchup after last week's disaster. Staley is an elite run-blocker on the left side, so Carlos Hyde will be impacted as well.

Kaepernick currently ranks 11th in numberFire's fantasy quarterback rankings for Week 14, and we project him to throw for 193 yards with 1.22 touchdowns and 0.60 interceptions, with 54 yards and 0.32 scores on 6 rushing attempts.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Mark Ingram (toe, knee) returns to Saints' practice

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (toe, knee, questionable) returned to a limited practice on Friday.

What It Means:

Ingram should be fine for Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he's a risky fantasy investment after being out-snapped by Travaris Cadet last week.

Our models project Ingram as the 19th-best fantasy running back this week, with 51 rushing yards and 0.42 touchdowns on 12 carries, as well as 31 receiving yards and 0.09 touchdowns on 4 receptions.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Marvin Jones (quad, questionable) expected to return for Lions

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (quad) is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Chicago Bears.

What It Means:

Jones is expected to return on Sunday after missing last week's contest against the New Orleans Saints. He's regressed to WR3/4 status at this point in the season.

numberFire's models project Jones to catch 3 passes for 53 yards and 0.35 touchdowns against the Bears. He's the WR37 for Week 14, based on our rankings.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Michael Thomas (foot) returned to Saints practice Friday

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (foot) returned to practice on Friday.

What It Means:

It looks like the Saints just gave Thomas the last two practices off. It would be a surprise if he did not start Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas has emerged as the Saints' best wideout as a rookie, leading the team in all receiving categories.

Thomas checks in as the 27th-best fantasy wide receiver this week, with a projection of 62 receiving yards and 0.42 touchdowns on 5 catches.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Eagles' Jordan Matthews (ankle) will definitely play in Week 14

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (ankle, questionable) said he will "definitely" play in Week 14 against Washington.

What It Means:

Matthews has practiced fully the last two days and should be all set to resume his role as the Eagles' primary slot receiver. Last week marked the first absence of J-Matt's three-year career.

Our algorithms project Matthews for 60 receiving yards and 0.27 touchdowns on 5 receptions. He's numberFire's 36th-best wideout this week.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Luke Kuechly (concussion) expected to play for Panthers in Week 14

Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) is expected to return in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers, ESPN's David Newton reports.

What It Means:

Per Newton, Kuechly will return to the starting lineup "barring a last-second setback." Kuechly returned to a limited practice on Wednesday and was upgraded to full on Friday. Fill-in A.J. Klein will head back to the bench upon Kuechly's return.

The Carolina defense ranks 12th among team defenses in Week 14. On the season, they rank 11th in Adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points allowed per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Falcons' Julio Jones (toe) unlikely to suit up Sunday

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (toe, questionable) is not expecting to play in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted Friday.

What It Means:

This is just a beat writer guess, but reinforces that Julio is no lock to be active against the Rams after he did little to nothing during the practice week. Officially, Jones was listed as "DNP" all three days. Head coach Dan Quinn said Friday that he "anticipates" Julio playing, but that may be mere coachspeak. If Julio is indeed active, he will be a boom-bust fantasy star.

Jones is our fifth-best fantasy wideout this week, with a projection of 77 receiving yards and 0.65 touchdowns on 5 catches.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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