Pittsburgh Steelers place TE Vance McDonald on COVID-19 list after positive test
The Pittsburgh Steelers placed tight end Vance McDonald on the COVID-19 list after announcing a player had tested positive after beating the Cowboys."The Steelers were informed this morning that a player has tested positive for COVID-19," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said Monday in a statement. "The player was immediately self-quarantined, and the organization continues to be in the NFL's intensive protocol. We have been in contact with the NFL and medical advisors to complete the necessary contact tracing. The player will be placed on the team's Reserve/COVID-19 list today.
These players saw their fantasy values increase or decrease most based on their performances in Week 11:
QB Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints: Hill has set the fantasy world ablaze this week with TE eligibility on some platforms. He also set the box score ablaze against a porous Atlanta defense. Hill showed precision passing (18-for-23, 233 yards, no interceptions) and also rushed for 51 yards and two scores.
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WR Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers: Allen was targeted 19 times by QB Justin Herbert (and caught 16 of them) because he was consistently able to get open. With the fantasy playoffs looming, the Chargers have an upcoming schedule (Buffalo, New England, Atlanta and Las Vegas) that could yield even more massive target totals.
Week 11 Fantasy Defense Rankings: Sleepers, busts, waiver-wire D/ST streamers to target
Our Week 11 fantasy defense rankings feature several waiver wire streamers and sleepers in prominent spots with the Rams and Colts D/STs stuck in tough matchups. Thankfully, the Cowboys and Jets are returning an fantasy owners to pick on.In Week 11, the Chargers get the pleasure of taking on the Jets while the Vikings will draw the Cowboys. Neither the Chargers nor the Vikings have been particularly good this year, but the Chargers should be a top-10 play given the issues New York has had generating offense. Prior to their bye, the Jets played well against the Patriots, but if the Chargers get Joey Bosa (concussion) back from an injury, their upside will be sky high.
WR Damiere Byrd, New England Patriots: Byrd's fantasy contributions can be spotty. This past week he finally clicked with QB Cam Newton for 132 yards, including a highlight-reel 44-yard touchdown. With not a lot of competition, Byrd could get more looks.
WR Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers: Johnson dominated the passing game against Jacksonville with 12 catches for 111 yards. He's seen double-digit targets four of the last five weeks, a trend that should only continue.
RB J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens: The day after tying his season high with 15 carries, scoring for the first time since Week 1 and adding a 2-point conversion, he ended up on the COVID-19 list. Look at his temporary absence as a buying opportunity.
Philip Rivers sparks Colts to second-half rally, overtime win over Packers
Philip Rivers helped the Colts climb out a first-half hole and find their form in an overtime win over the Packers that could prove crucial later on.Brought in to Indianapolis to give the Colts the quarterback play they needed to become a playoff contender again, Rivers has come up big in every game but one during a brutal November stretch.
RB Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons: Entering Week 11, Gurley had scored in seven of his last nine games. Against New Orleans, he managed a paltry 26 yards in eight attempts and was barely used in the passing game.
WR Jamison Crowder, N.Y. Jets: Crowder has essentially disappeared with Joe Flacco focused on throwing the ball downfield. As long as Sam Darnold is out, Crowder will suffer the most.
WR Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns: Given the keys to the wideout castle after Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the season, it appears Landry has misplaced them. After being targeted just twice in Week 11, he looks like an afterthought in Cleveland's run-first game plan.
WR Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals: Losing talented QB Joe Burrow for the season could hurt Higgins more than anyone else on the offense. The two rookies had been building a solid and consistent relationship over the past two months.
Dan Snyder apologizes for workplace culture at Washington Football Team: 'I'm sorry ... we can change'
Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder apologized for the work culture within the organization, saying "This is a human issue.""Let’s be really clear: This is a human issue. I’m sorry that anyone was hurt," Snyder told the Wall Street Journal last week. "But we can change.
TE Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team: Thomas has seen at least four targets in every game this year. The problem is catching them. He had two receptions for 6 yards against the Bengals. And the schedule only gets more difficult in the weeks ahead.
Rodrigo Blankenship #3 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates with his teammates after kicking the game winning field goal to defeat the Green Bay Packers in overtime of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indianapolis Colts' Jack Doyle (84) makes a touchdown reception against Green Bay Packers' Christian Kirksey (58) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a deep pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (26) during an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis.
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Nov 22, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Darrius Shepherd (82) runs the ball while Indianapolis Colts defensive back Tavon Wilson (31) defends in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) catches a 4-yard touchdown pass ahead of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis.
Deonte Harris #11 of the New Orleans Saints carries the ball as Olamide Zaccheaus #17 of the Atlanta Falcons defends in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 22, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints intercepts a pass intended for Russell Gage #83 of the Atlanta Falcons as teammate Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 of the New Orleans Saints assists in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 22, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls in a pass reception against Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen (37) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.
Alex Armah #40 of the Carolina Panthers fails to pull in this reception against Jamie Collins #58 of the Detroit Lions during the first half at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton (52) and defensive end Dawuane Smoot (94) combine to bring down Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (30) is brought down by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams, top, and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, left, is upended by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Chris Claybrooks (27) after a reception during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) runs with the ball as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) and linebacker Chris Board (49) try to stop him during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs for a game-winning touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during overtime of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. The Titans won 30-24 in overtime.
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Fantasy Injury Updates: Cam Newton, Tua Tagovailoa, Matthew Stafford affecting Week 13 start 'em, sit 'em calls .
Cam Newton, Tua Tagovailoa, and Matthew Stafford are "questionable" ahead of Week 13. Here are the latest injury updates on these QBs as you get ready to make key fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions.We'll be providing the latest news below on these quarterbacks throughout the day. For updates on injured RBs Myles Gaskin, David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Philip Lindsay, go here; for news on ailing WRs Julio Jones, Jerry Jeudy, and Allen Robinson, click here; for updates on Ben Roethlisberger, go here; for the latest on Terry McLaurin, click here; for more on Lamar Jackson, go here. For all the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.