Despite giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, Neil Ramirez notched his second save of the season as the Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 on Friday.
Ramirez, who was given the save opportunity for the second time in a row, didn't look good in this appearance as he almost let the Phillies get the better of him in the end. How much of an impact that will have on the team's decision to keep giving him save chances is up in the air, but it seems to be very telling that Hector Rondon, who hasn't pitched since his June 6 meltdown wasn't afforded the opportunity. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't said anything about a closer-by-committee situation yet, but his actions certainly indicate that there is a change here. Perhaps there's more to Rondon's situation than just a meltdown so look for a team update soon enough. In the meantime, Ramirez should probably be owned if you're one of the unlucky who is chasing saves this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender
David Cobb is expected to get more carries in Week 12.
Cobb made his NFL debut on Thursday against the Jaguars and he finished the game with four carries for negative-three yards. The Titans did tweet on Monday, "Mularkey: With Dexter McCluster out for a few weeks, look for Bishop Sankey and David Cobb to have more opportunities." The Titans' backfield is one to avoid in fantasy since Antonio Andrews, Cobb and Sankey will be splitting carries on Sunday against the Raiders. Cobb is not a recommended fantasy start for week 12. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Alshon Jeffery (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Packers.
Jeffrey has only played in five games this season as he has been injury-prone this season. He is currently dealing with shoulder and groin injuries Evan Fitzgerald who is a sports Anchor/Reporter as seen on Fox 32 Chicago tweeted that Jeffrey was spotted at practice on Wednesday. This is definitely a positive sign for his playing status for the Bears' Thanksgiving game against the Packers. Jay Cutler's value would take a significant hit without his best wide receiver and of course it would increase the Packers' Defense/Special Teams' value. Jeffrey is definitely a playing to consider starting in all leagues when healthy. Check Fantasy Alarm on Thursday to see if he is listed as active or inactive for the game against the Packers. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Matt Forte (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Packers.
ESPN reported on Tuesday that Forte is planning to play in the Bears' Thanksgiving game against the Packers. He was expected to miss around two weeks with a sprained MCL injury, so it would not be a big surprise if he was able to play on Thursday. Jeremy Langford has been productive in Forte's absence, which will most likely result in Forte having fewer carries in his next game. Check Fantasy Alarm on Thursday to see if Forte is listed as active or inactive against the Packers. He is definitely a player to consider starting in all leagues. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Kendall Wright (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday.
Teresa Walker who is an AP Pro Football Writer in Nashville covering NFL's Titans tweeted, "Titans coach Mularkey says Kendall Wright looked good today but TN limited receiver working him back from sprained knee." Wright has not played since week eight, so this is definitely a good sign for his playing status on Sunday against the Raiders. Check Fantasy Alarm this week to see if Wright suffers a setback. He is not a recommended start in all leagues. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Dez Bryant practiced in full on Wednesday.
There are no reports that Bryant's status for the Cowboys' Thanksgiving game against the Panthers is in jeopardy, so it is not a surprise that he had a full practice on Wednesday. He is definitely a player to consider starting in all lineups; despite terrific cornerback Josh Norman guarding him for the majority of the game. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Martellus Bennett (ribs) has been ruled out Week 12 against the Packers.
The ribs injury was apparently serious enough that Bennett has already been ruled out for the Bears' Thanksgiving game against the Packers. Kevin Fishbain who is the Chicago Bears beat writer for http://www.ChicagoFootball.com tweeted, "Martellus Bennett hasn't missed a game since 2011. He's rarely missed a snap this season, but the Bears have ruled him out for Thursday." Bennett's absence is going to hurt Jay Cutler's value and increase the Packers' Defense/Special Teams value. Check Fantasy Alarm next week to see if Bennett practices for the Bears. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Morris Claiborne (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Week 12 against Carolina.
It is not a surprise that Claiborne has been ruled out for Cowboys' Thanksgiving game against the Panthers since there were multiple reports that he was not expected to play. Brandon George who is a writer for SportsDay at The Dallas Morning News tweeted on Monday, "Cowboys RT Doug Free and CB Morris Claiborne are tied for the most penalties enforced against this year at 7 each. Free has 6 false starts." Claiborne is not a recommended fantasy option in IDP leagues when healthy. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Marshawn Lynch underwent successful sports hernia surgery Wednesday morning.
Lynch was bound to have a bad season as he neared 30-years-old; running backs typically begin to see their statistics diminish when they reach 29-years-old (Adrian Peterson is one of the rare cases where that has not occurred). Steve Pimental did mention on Fantasy Alarm Wednesday morning that Thomas Rawls is expected to be the featured back while Lynch is sidelined for approximately a month. Rawls had a fantastic game against the 49ers on Sunday and he is definitely a player to consider starting in all leagues. Lynch is an excellent stash for a fantasy owner in a seasonal league who has clinched a playoff spot. Analysis: Noah Weintraub
Aaron Dobson is dealing with a high ankle sprain.
This is typically a multi-week injury and this injury hurts an already depleted Patriots' passing game (Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis are most likely done for the season and Danny Amendola is considered week-to-week). Jeff Howe who is the New England Patriots beat reporter for the Boston Herald tweeted, "Source: Aaron Dobson has high ankle sprain, will miss at least Sunday's game." Dobson is not a recommended fantasy option when healthy. Analysis: Noah Weintraub