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The Dodgers are making progress on a Don Mattingly extension. The deal is expected to be done soon.

Mattingly understands he's the manager of a club with a massive payroll so he's expressed to the Dodgers his wish to avoid being a lame-duck manager in the last year of his contract. It looks like his wish will be granted. Anyone that can hold together this club of divergent personalities should be rewarded. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
At this point it is a forgone conclusion that Mattingly will be back with a good sized extension. The Dodgers will look to build upon what was a phenomenal ending to the 2013 season.ANALYST: Jeff Mans

Nicolas Batum (gastroenteritis) is questionable for Wednesday.

Batum is dealing with the flu, but there’s still a chance he will feel better by tip-off. The forward has been playing extremely well this season as he is averaging 16.9 points and has scored at least 14 points in his last three games.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Justin Pugh (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday.

This is an odd situation as the offensive lineman is now in the concussion protocol, but the Giants only said Pugh was dealing with an illness. Apparently, Pugh has had concussion-like symptoms prior to Week 9 and it’s never a good sign he is still having issues after the bye week. Consider the offensive lineman doubtful at best for Week 12.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Mark Herzlich (quad) is not practicing Wednesday.

This is a situation to monitor throughout the week as it’s never a good sign that a player isn’t practicing after a bye week. Herzlich shouldn’t be on any IDP radars.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Larry Donnell (neck) is not practicing Wednesday.

Donnell hasn’t played since Week 8 and it appears he is in line to miss another week for the Giants. Even when the tight end does return, there are better options and shouldn’t be on any fantasy radars for the remainder of the season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is questionable for Wednesday.

Bjelica was able to participate in practice on Tuesday even though it was very limited, but it appears the forward could miss his third consecutive game due the knee contusion. Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad would once again get more minutes if Bjelica is out for another game.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Lavonte David named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

David was an absolute beast against the Eagles in Week 11 as he finished with six tackles and two interceptions which included taking one to the house. The Buccaneers linebacker has 87 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and two interceptions on the season.  Analysis: Phil Backert

J.J. Watt named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Watt continues to be a monster and had another huge week as he collected eight tackles and two sacks in the Texans victory over the Jets. For the season, Watt has 50 combined tackles and 11.5 sacks and will once again be one of the top IDP performers and will strongly be considered to win the defensive player of the year award.  Analysis: Phil Backert

The Hornets have agreed to a three-year contract extension with coach Steve Clifford.

Clifford was in the final year of his contract and has done a solid with the Hornets in his two-plus seasons which included a playoff berth in 2014. The Hornets have started this year 8-6 behind the great play of point guard Kemba Walker.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) had a more significant tear in his left labrum than originally believed, according to a source.

The timetable for Kaepernick to get back to full health may be longer, but this doesn’t change much in terms of his outlook for next season as the injury was to his non-throwing shoulder. The hot button quarterback is all but certain to be wearing a different uniform next season and without knowing if Kaepernick will be a starter, his fantasy status is very minimal.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Update: Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder) hopes that he'll be able to play Thursday in Green Bay. I definitely do want to be out there," he said. "At the same time, if the training staff sees how I feel and I don't feel too well, I won't be out there. If I'm feeling well, I'll play.

The situation with Jeffery has been one of the more frustrating storylines throughout this season. When the Bears wide receiver is on the field he is a monster, but he has missed too many games to justify where he was taken in drafts. Jeffery was unable to play in Week 11 and the hope was that it was due to the quick turnaround and he would return in Week 12 on Thanksgiving, but that is now officially in question. The only positive in this is the Bears play on Thursday so fantasy owners do not have to agonize all week long on whether or not Jeffery will play.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Blake Bortles is on pace to break the Jaguars’ single-season record for touchdown passes and passing yards.

Bortles has had a great season overall, but the young signal caller has failed to throw for 250 yards in his last two games. The Jaguars face a Chargers defense that ranks 24th in the league so Bortles should be able to get back on track in Week 12 and fantasy owners can start the quarterback with confidence.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Eric Ebron said his recent struggles will end this week.

Ebron has been all hype since he was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Fantasy owners don’t fall for this spin and look elsewhere if tight end is a position of need. Ebron dropped a would be touchdown against the Raiders and finished the game without recording a catch. The Lions tight end is trying to remain optimistic, but his fantasy value moving forward remains limited.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Case Keenum (concussion) didn't take part in the Rams' light practice session Tuesday.

After the coaching and training staff botched the situation on Sunday against the Ravens, it remains a long shot that Keenum will be cleared to play against the Bengals in Week 12. If Keenum is ruled out, Nick Foles will be under center again for the Rams and brings no fantasy upside to the table.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Klay Thompson scored 11 points (3-12 FGA, 3-4 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with three rebounds, two assists and one block in Tuesday's 111-77 win over the Lakers.

Thompson didn't have one of his better offensive performances of the season on Tuesday night, but still managed to connect on two three-pointers, which was the 10th straight time in which he has concurred that feat. Although his production is down from a season ago, Thompson still remains a solid shooting guard option while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from downtown through 15 games.  Analysis: Matthew Beck


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Brett Talley

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#DFStudent: Read the Damn Rules |
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DFS NFL QB COACH – Week 12, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

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College Football DFS Playbook PRO: November 24-26 |
Nick Berns

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Ray’s Ramblings: Nothing To See Here   |
Ray Flowers

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NBA DFS Playbook Position Coach: November 24, 2015 |
Jerry Colvin

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Jerry Colvin gets you set for the NBA action tonight with an in-depth look at each position.

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DFS NBA Playbook: November 24th  |
Mark Kaplan

NBA: DFS NBA Playbook: November 24th

Mark Kaplan breaks down his favorite value options and players who will lead your squad to victory in daily fantasy hoops on Tuesday night.

Right, Wrong Or Indifferent?: Lessons From Week 11 |
Glenn Colton

NFL: Right, Wrong Or Indifferent?: Lessons From Week 11

Glenn Colton takes over the weekly recap of Jeff Mans' prognostications to make us all better in NFL Week 11 in this week's Right, Wrong or Indifferent?

Monday-Thursday Night DFS Optimal Lineups: Week 11 |
Jeff Mans

NFL: Monday-Thursday Night DFS Optimal Lineups: Week 11

Jeff Mans gives all of the Fantasy Alarm Playbook PRO subscribers his optimal lineups for the Monday-Thursday contests across the DFS industry