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Michael Grabner Headshot

Grabner tallied his ninth goal in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Senators.

Grabner tied Mika Zibanejad for the team lead in goals early in the third period, only to see his teammate reclaim sole possession of the top spot with an empty-netter later in the frame. While the speedy Grabner scores most of his goals on breakaways or odd-man situations, he showcased excellent hand-eye coordination here by redirecting Marc Staal's shot from the point into the net with a beautiful midair deflection.
4:02 pm (EST)
Brendan Smith Headshot

Smith was upset about being assessed a five-minute major penalty and ejection for inteference on Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki in Sunday's 3-0 win, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.

The harsh punishment was assessed to Smith in the third period as he and Borowiecki were racing to a loose puck in the corner. While Borowiecki was injured on the play, Smith's actions hardly looked like they warranted anything more than a minor penalty, so the rearguard's chances of getting suspended are slim to none. His teammates picked up the slack on the ensuing penalty kill, surrendering just one shot in those five minutes.
3:56 pm (EST)
Landon Collins Headshot

Collins had an absolutely monster game with 10 solo tackles, four assists, a defensed pass and an interception against the Chiefs Sunday.

Collins was last year's top IDP among defensive backs, but had battled through injuries and fallen behind that lofty pace. After Week 11, we have to assume he's completely healthy and a decent bet to deliver big down the stretch.
3:56 pm (EST)
Tavarres King Headshot

King caught three of his five targets for 48 yards against the Chiefs Sunday.

Sterling Shepard was out sick, and King and co-No. 2 WR Roger Lewis each caught three passes. King has a minor role in the team's below-average offense.
3:53 pm (EST)
Roger Lewis Headshot

Lewis led the Giants in receiving Sunday with three catches (on four targets) for 55 yards.

With Sterling Shepard missing the game due to an illness, Lewis, Shane Vereen, Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph each had three catches in a low-scoring, low-output passing game. Lewis and King should be the team's co-No. 2's when Shepard returns.
3:49 pm (EST)
Drew Stanton Headshot

Blaine Gabbert will get the starting nod over Stanton (knee) for Week 12 against the Jaguars, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Stanton is recovering from his knee sprain faster than expected and was even able to serve as the backup in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Houston. The Cardinals likely would give Gabbert another shot even if Stanton were at full strength, as Sunday's loss means the team would probably need to win each of its final six games to have a shot at reaching the playoffs. Given the unlikelihood of that scenario, it makes sense to evaluate the 28-year-old Gabbert, rather than starting a player like the 33-year-old Stanton who's proven to be no better than a competent backup.
3:49 pm (EST)
Melvin Ingram Headshot

Ingram picked up one tackle and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the 54-24 win over the Bills on Sunday.

Ingram's production has slowed following a torrid five-game stretch to begin the season, but he's still performing exceptionally well opposite standout pass rusher Joey Bosa. With a two week stretch against the Cowboys and Browns next on the schedule, Ingram remains an intriguing IDP option in all formats.
3:48 pm (EST)
Zach Parise Headshot

Parise was placed on long-term injured reserve Monday.

Parise was already expected to be out up to two months after having back surgery in late October. The Wild just took Charlie Coyle off LTIR, and now Parise has moved into that spot.
3:48 pm (EST)
Shane Vereen Headshot

Vereen had two carries for 13 yards and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.

Orleans Darkwa has firmly taken over the team's starting job with Vereen splitting the backup duties with Wayne Gallman and seeing some work on third downs.
3:47 pm (EST)
Stephen Gostkowski Headshot

Gostkowski hit all four of his field-goal attempts in Sunday's 33-8 win over the Raiders, en route to notching 15 points in Week 11.

Aided by the Mexico City altitude, Gostkowski easily hit a career-best 62-yard attempt in the second quarter of the contest. 10 games into the Patriots' 2017 campaign, Gostkowski is on pace to rack up 167 points. His previous season-high is 158 points.
3:45 pm (EST)
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