Week Thirteen Rumor Mill Recap

Leading up to gameday each week Aaron Larson (@aalarson) examines the hottest NFL rumors and offers insights for potential fantasy football implications they might have heading into the weekend. So, grab your beverage or snack of choice and get ready for the weekend with some good old-fashioned fantasy football speculation.

Rumor: Head coach John Harbaugh called Joe Flacco “an option” to play this week against the Falcons.

Fantasy Fallout: This could be bad news for anybody planning to start Lamar Jackson this week, but it should be noted that Harbaugh also mentioned that “doctors are still involved at the point.” Keep an eye on the inactive report Sunday morning, but with the facts that Baltimore has won two games with Jackson and have to gameplan the offense completely different for him, odds are this is likely just gamesmanship from Harbaugh.

Rumor: In more news out of Baltimore, the Ravens have activated running back Kenneth Dixon and placed Alex Collins on injured reserve.

Fantasy Fallout: Dixon has a long history of having fantasy football potential, as he’s battled injuries and suspension for the better part of three seasons. At this point, his addition to the active roster is bad news for Gus Edwards, who’s listed questionable for the game this week. Dixon may be worth a speculative add in deeper leagues, but Ty Montgomery is also an intriguing option in the Ravens backfield.

Rumor: A.J. Green is no longer listed on the Bengals injury report, so he should be set to make his return against Denver Sunday.

Fantasy Fallout: Green owners should be pleased to get Green back for the fantasy playoff push, and while his potential may be limited with Jeff Driskel at quarterback, he’s worth putting right back into lineups. At the same time, Green’s return should help open up opportunities for other Cincinnati offensive weapons like Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon.

Rumor: Texan rookie wideout Keke Coutee is a game-time decision Sunday as he battles a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Fallout: Coutee has had some big fantasy performances when he’s been healthy, but he’s also had to leave several games early with hamstring injury acting up. Even if he is active, it would be tough to trust him in your fantasy lineup, knowing that he may not make it through the entire game.

Rumor: Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says running back Rashad Penny should have a larger role this week against the 49ers this week.

Fantasy Fallout: Penny has been trending downward since his season-best 108-yard performance in week ten, culminating with just four yards on four carries last week. If you’re desperate for a running back, you could take a shot with Penney, but even with the vote of confidence from his offensive coordinator, he’s far from a sure thing to have an impact.

Rumor: Randall Cobb could finally return from injury this week, and he’s excited to see what Aaron Rodgers will prove this week.

Fantasy Fallout: Cobb has only played in five games this season, but has seen at least six targets in each one, so he has value in PPR leagues if he plays. As far as Rodgers, he does have a history of putting up big performances to silence critics, so don’t be surprised if he has a top fantasy performance at home against a bad Cardinals team.

Rumor: Even though Nick Chubb didn’t have a history of it in college, Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has confidence in him as a pass catcher.

Fantasy Fallout: Chubb has been a top fantasy running back since the departure of Carlos Hyde, and part of it has been the seven catches and two receiving touchdowns he’s had since Kitchens started calling plays. It sounds like they plan to continue throwing him the ball, making him more game script proof while at the same time diminishing Duke Johnson’s value further.

Rumor: Chirs Thompson is expected to return for Washington Monday night when they take on the Eagles.

Fantasy Fallout: Thompson started the season on fire, piling up 221 total yards and two total touchdowns in the first two games. If he’s fully healthy, he’ll see plenty of opportunities is Washington’s banged up offense, making him a nice fantasy option.


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