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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Ronald Jones "needs to have 20 touches."
"I don't think there's any doubt," Arians said on getting Jones more involved. "He needs to have 20 touches." He also claimed RoJo's lack of touches were a result of the offense needing more wideouts on the field to play from behind. Even so, Jones caught a 37-yard touchdown from Tom Brady in the second quarter then egregiously had just one target for the rest of the game. Jones also closed the game with a single touch after he sprinted upfield for a 34-yard run mid-third quarter. Overall, Tampa Bay's running back usage has been impossible to sift through, but it's very clear that Jones been the team's best back by a wide margin over the last month. Whether Arians finally begins treating him as such is anyone's guess.
Added 1:23 pm (EST)
Added 1:23 pm (EST)
C. McLaughlin - K
Jaguars activated K Chase McLaughlin from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
McLaughlin was moved to the team's COVID list just last week. Jacksonville placed WR Trey Quinn (hamstring) on the practice squad to make room for McLaughlin on the active roster. He's made 21-of-26 field goal tries this year, additional sinking all 28 extra-point attempts on the season.
Added 1:18 pm (EST)
Added 1:18 pm (EST)
Darren Waller leads all NFL tight ends this season with 19 red zone targets.
The size-speed specimen only had one red zone look in Week 12's 23-yard dud against the Falcons -- one of the league's best tight end matchups. Fantasy managers can write off Week 12 to a total collapse of the Raiders offense. Derek Carr has completed 14 of the 19 passes he's thrown to Waller in the red zone for five touchdowns. Meanwhile, only seven tight ends have run more routes than Waller in 2020. Waller's touchdown potential will be as high as any tight end in the league in Week 13 against the Jets.
Added 12:34 pm (EST)
Jordan Reed ran 25 pass routes while Ross Dwelley ran 10 routes in Week 12 against the Rams.
Reed drew six targets, catching two for 18 yards. Dwelley caught one of two targets for three yards. Nick Mullens missed a wide-open Reed in the first half on what would have been a long gain down the middle of the field -- an errant throw that had Reed fuming on the sideline afterward. Reed is far and away the preferred fantasy option among Niners tight ends until George Kittle returns to the lineup.
Added 11:59 am (EST)
Sam Darnold has the second lowest adjusted completion rate this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Drew Lock is the only quarterback with a lower adjusted completion rate through 11 weeks. The adjusted rate accounts for dropped passes, throw aways, spiked balls, batted passes, and passes where the quarterback is hit while throwing. Darnold completed a measly 16-of-27 passes for 197 yards with two interceptions on Sunday against Miami. His 69.7 percent adjusted completion rate is about five percent lower than it was in 2019. Darnold's adjusted yards per attempt has taken a big hit too, dropping from 6.9 A/YA in 2018 and 2019 to 5.7 this season. The Jets might be better off with Joe Flacco under center for the remainder of another lost season. Darnold will be a reclamation project for whoever coaches the Jets in 2021.
Added 11:25 am (EST)
K. Fackrell - LB
Giants OLB Kyler Fackrell suffered a calf injury in the team's Week 12 win over the Bengals.
Fackrell was ruled out in the third quarter. The ex-Packer has been an every-down player after arriving in free agency in March. He's been good against the run and a liability vs. everything else.
Added 11:21 am (EST)
Jordan Reed caught 2-of-6 targets for 18 yards in San Francisco's Week 12 win over the Rams.
That makes back-to-back games with six targets for Reed since he returned to being a full-time player on passing downs. Although his overall production wasn't impressive on Sunday, Week 13 sets up well considering the Bills have permitted the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. He'll be a top streamer off the waiver wire in that one.
Added 11:17 am (EST)
Jerick McKinnon rushed three times for 20 yards, hauling in 2-of-3 targets for 11 yards in San Francisco's Week 12 win over the Rams.
McKinnon was strictly used on passing- and 3rd-downs with both Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson back, totaling his lowest touch count since Week 7. With zero work on early downs, McKinnon's time as a spot-starter for fantasy has come to a close. He can be shed for players with more upside ahead of the fantasy playoffs.
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