NFL Matchups - Week 11 Preview
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M. Williams - WR
Williams caught two of his three targets for 56 yards in the 23-22 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
The lack of opportunities makes Williams a difficult fantasy play any given week, but it's hard to argue that the second-year receiver isn't a big-play threat. Despite catching two or fewer passes for the sixth time this season, the 2017 first-round pick snagged receptions of 29 and 27 yards to put the Chargers in scoring position on both occasions. Williams' fantasy potential is limited so long as Tyrell Williams and Keenan Allen continue to see the lion's share of the targets, but he remains an intriguing name to follow for the future, particular since the former is expected to hit free agency this offseason.
Added 7:59 pm (EST)
J. Crowder - WR
Crowder (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report.
Crowder hasn't taken the practice field since an MRI last week revealed lingering "issues" in his ankle. With the Redskins exercising caution with his recovery to this point, he seems poised to miss a seventh game in a row Thursday at Dallas. The current healthy members of the wide receiver corps are Josh Doctson, Maurice Harris, Trey Quinn and Michael Floyd.
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G. Swaim - TE
Swaim broke a bone in his wrist during Sunday's win over the Falcons and will need surgery, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.
Though Swaim will undergo surgery on his wrist, his injury isn't expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season, according to David Helman of the Cowboys' official site. It remains to be seen just how long the fourth-year tight end will miss, but he is expected to miss Thursday's Thanksgiving matchup with the Redskins, leaving Dalton Schultz, Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers to pick up the slack.
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A. Ekeler - RB
Ekeler carried the ball six times for 29 yards and also caught both of his targets for 40 yards in the 23-22 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Ekeler had three separate plays of 10 yards or longer, continuing to reprise his role as an explosive change of pace back. Given the second year player has seen just one game with more than 10 touches in the last six contests, he remains a fringe fantasy option, but his fantasy value would obviously take a substantial jump if Melvin Gordon were to miss any time.
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A. Peterson - RB
Peterson (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury report, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Peterson typically endures some sort of restriction on his practice reps to kick off the week, but the regimen could continue another day or two with the Redskins facing a quick turnaround between games. His performance has waned over the last three games, as evidenced by 3.1 YPC on his 44 rushes during that stretch. However, he offset the lacking production with a two-touchdown effort this past Sunday against the Texans. Assuming he gets the all-clear, per usual, Peterson may find the going tough Thursday against the Cowboys' fifth-ranked run defense (95.0 yards per game).
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A. Woods - DL
Woods (concussion) participated in Monday's walkthrough, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
After being inactive for Week 11, it appears Woods has cleared the league's concussion protocol, though he may still have to be cleared by an independent neurologist. Per the report, head coach Jason Garrett hopes Woods can practice this week leading up to Thursday's contest with the Redskins.
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J. Simmons - DB
Simmons recorded 10 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 23-22 victory over the Chargers.
Simmons' 10 tackles were his highest total of 2018, as he and Darian Stewart led the Broncos in stops. Although he hasn't been a reliable source of tackles, the safety will look to continue racking them up Sunday against the Steelers.
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B. Chubb - LB
Chubb posted seven tackles (four solo) and a sack in Sunday's 23-22 win against the Chargers.
Chubb has at least half a sack in five-straight games now, as the rookie linebacker appears to be finding his comfort zone in the NFL. He has 7.5 sacks over that span and nine sacks overall, trailing the NFL leader by just 3.5. Chubb will look to continue his red-hot streak against the Steelers on Sunday.
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