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Colts' Eric Ebron (ankle) active on Thursday Night Football in Week 12

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron will play on Thursday night in the team's Week 12 game against the Houston Texans.

What It Means:

Ebron was questionable entering game day, though he fully participated in Wednesday's practice - a great sign as to his potential availability. He'll be out there alongside Jack Doyle at tight end, and the duo will hope to take advantage of the Texans' linebacking corps.

Our models project Ebron for 2.7 catches, 26.6 receiving yards, 0.2 touchdowns and 5.4 FanDuel points.

Texans' Will Fuller (hamstring) active Thursday in Week 12

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller will play on Thursday Night Football in the team's Week 12 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

What It Means:

Fuller hasn't played since Week 8 with the hamstring injury, but he's ready to make a return against the division rivals. That'll be a big boost for Deshaun Watson, as the Texans' passing offense has had difficulty spreading the field in Fuller's absence.

Our models project Fuller for 3.8 catches, 52.5 receiving yards, 0.3 touchdowns and 9.2 FanDuel points.

T.Y. Hilton (calf) active for Colts on Thursday in Week 12

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton will play on Thursday night in the team's Week 12 game against the Houston Texans.

What It Means:

Hilton has missed the last couple games with the calf ailment, but he's ready to make his return against the Texans in a divisional showdown. His return would likely mean some less targets for Zach Pascal, who had been the No. 1 option out wide in Hilton's stead.

Our models project Hilton for 5.0 catches, 67.0 receiving yards, 0.4 touchdowns and 11.3 FanDuel points.

Deebo Samuel (shoulder) expected to suit up Sunday for San Francisco

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (shoulder) is expected to play Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

What It Means:

Samuel, George Kittle (knee), and Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) were all able to get in limited work at Thursday's practice and Maiocco believes all three will play on Sunday. The second-round pick has posted back-to-back 100-yard outings with Kittle on the sidelines and Sanders playing hurt.

Samuel is the WR34 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 9.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,600. The Packers are 25th in the NFL in receiving yards allowed per game (275.6).

Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) officially limited Thursday for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) was officially limited at Thursday's practice.

What It Means:

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area believes Sanders will play in Sunday night's Week 12 matchup with the Green Bay Packers following a missed practice on Wednesday. Same goes for George Kittle (knee) and Deebo Samuel (shoulder).

Sanders turned in 112 yards in one game for the 49ers and has totaled 82 in the other three since being acquired from the Denver Broncos. The Packers are 25th in the NFL in receiving yards allowed per game (275.6).

George Kittle (knee) expected to return for 49ers Week 12

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) is expected to play Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

What It Means:

Kittle was officially listed as limited on Thursday's injury report. Ditto for Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and Emmanuel Sanders (ribs). Maiocco is of the belief that all three will be active for Sunday night's NFC showdown.

Week 12 is a potential smash spot for Kittle against a Packers team that is giving up the fourth-most FanDuel points per game to tight ends this season (11.9). He's averaging 11.4 FP per game.

Steelers' Diontae Johnson (concussion) practicing in full for Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

What It Means:

JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) is expected to sit out, setting up Johnson and James Washington in two-wide sets. The third-round pick has been streaky over the last four games, as he was held under 20 yards in Weeks 9 and 11 but cleared 60 yards in Weeks 8 and 10.

numberFire's models project Johnson for 8.3 FanDuel points on Monday, at a cost of $5,600. He's the WR39 in our Week 12 fantasy rankings.

Robert Woods (personal) returns to Rams

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods (personal) returned to the team facility and is practicing on Thursday.

What It Means:

Woods missed last week's game and had been away from the team to tend to a family matter. Rams head coach Sean McVay was non-committal on Woods' status for Monday night's Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

numberFire's models project Woods for 10.1 FanDuel points on Monday, at a cost of $6,600. He's the WR27 in our Week 12 fantasy rankings.

Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) 'looks spry' on 49ers' sidelines

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) remained sidelined on Thursday.

What It Means:

Sanders still isn't practicing, but he "looked far more spry," according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic. He was limited to 33 yards on 3 catches while trying to play through the injury last week. Consider him questionable for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Sanders turned in 112 yards in one game for the 49ers and has totaled 82 in the other three since being acquired from the Denver Broncos. The Packers are 25th in the NFL in receiving yards allowed per game (275.6).

Rapoport: Jonathan Williams starting for Colts on Thursday

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Williams will be the team's starter Thursday night against the Houston Texans, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

After entering the game with 94 career rushing yards over three NFL seasons, Williams broke out for 117 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries last week. He will lead the way again in Thursday's divisional bout, with Jordan Wilkins also likely factoring in on some early downs. Nyheim Hines will handle passing-down work.

The Texans are 13th in the NFL against the rush (101.3 yards per game).

49ers' Deebo Samuel (shoulder) doing non-contact work

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (shoulder) practiced in a non-contact capacity on Thursday.

What It Means:

Samuel and George Kittle (knee) both donned non-contact jerseys, suggesting they both have a chance to play Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Kittle's return would cut into Samuel's production after the second-round pick went over 100 yards each of the last two games.

Samuel is the WR34 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 9.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,600. The Packers are 25th in the NFL in receiving yards allowed per game (275.6).

George Kittle (knee) gets in non-contact work for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) practiced in a non-contact capacity on Thursday.

What It Means:

It's a step in the right direction for Kittle to play Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night after sitting out the last two games. Ross Dwelley caught 2 touchdowns last week in place of Kittle. Deebo Samuel (shoulder) also got in some non-contact work on Thursday.

The Packers are giving up the fourth-most FanDuel points per game to tight ends this season (11.9).

Nelson Agholor 'hopes' to practice Friday for Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) "hopes" to practice Friday.

What It Means:

He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, and his status for Sunday is completely up in the air. Monitor this situation as we approach game time.

Agholor is averaging 6.7 FanDuel points per game this season.

'Expectation' Will Fuller plays for Houston Thursday

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) is expected to return for Thursday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts, per NFL.com's James Palmer.

What It Means:

Fuller has been out since Week 7, but his return as a deep threat should go a long way in boosting the Houston passing attack.

Our models project him to score 4.7 FanDuel points on Thursday. He is averaging 11.4 FanDuel points per game this season.

Carlos Hyde wants Texans to be better on ground

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde says the team needs to do a "better job" running the ball.

What It Means:

Aside from a 41-yard touchdown from Hyde, the Texans managed just 79 yards on 21 carries last week. Hyde knows the offense will need to emphasize the ground game more in Thursday's Week 12 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, but that may be tough against the 9th-ranked rushing defense in the league (96.8 yards per game). He was held to 12 carries for 35 yards when the Texans played the Colts in Week 7.

Hyde is the RB27 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 8.5 FanDuel points, at a cost of $13,000 on the Thursday-only slate. He's priced at $7,300 on the main slate.

Browns' Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension upheld

Cleveland Browns defensive end's Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension has been upheld on appeal.

What It Means:

Garrett will miss the rest of the 2019 season and can apply for reinstatement after the season. He is under contract until 2021.

He had 10 sacks and 29 tackles in 10 games this season.

DeAndre Hopkins has trust in Texans' offense

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins thinks it's "a good thing" that he doesn't have to "carry as much of a load" for the offense.

What It Means:

“We can depend on other players," Hopkins said. "Obviously, it makes the team better.” He's averaging under 90.0 yards per game for the first time in three seasons as the Texans have added more weapons on offense, but Hopkins' 7.5 receptions per game is actually a career-high. The Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night in Week 12. Hopkins had 106 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches and 12 targets when these two teams met in Week 7.

Nuk is the WR4 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings and our models project him for 16.4 FanDuel points. He's priced at $14,500 on the Thursday-only slate and $8,300 on the main slate.

Source: ESPN.com

Devonta Freeman (foot) absent again Thursday for Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) remained sidelined on Thursday.

What It Means:

Freeman did not play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers and has now missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. This puts his status for the upcoming week into question, which could mean another start for Brian Hill.

Freeman is averaging 10.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

T.Y. Hilton (calf) reportedly expects to return for Colts on Thursday night

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) expects to play against the Houston Texans on Thursday evening, reports NFL.com's James Palmer.

What It Means:

Hilton missed the last three games and hasn't participated in a real practice, but the Colts are cool with him suiting up and playing, per Palmer. That should provide an upgrade for the entire offense, though Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson may not be as involved. Hilton is averaging 60.0 yards on 7.7 targets per game. The Texans are allowing the fourth-most receiving yards per game (289.1).

Hilton is the WR17 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 11.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $11,500 on the Thursday-only slate and $7,300 on the main slate.

Nelson Agholor (knee) still not practicing for Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday.

What It Means:

Agholor seems to be in danger of missing Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery (ankle) practiced again Thursday, so the Eagles may be able to get him back following a one-game absence.

Agholor is the WR41 in numberFire's Week 12 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 7.7 FanDuel points, at a cost of $4,800.

Jordan Howard (shoulder) practicing again for Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (shoulder) practiced again on Thursday.

What It Means:

Howard is practicing for the second day in a row, but there hasn't been any word of him being cleared for contact. His status remains uncertain for Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The Eagles will have Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Jay Ajayi in the backfield if Howard misses a second straight game.

Howard is averaging 11.8 FanDuel points per game this season. The Seahawks are 13th in the NFL in FanDuel points allowed per game to running backs (20.1) and 12th in rushing defense (101.1 yards per game).

Mitchell Trubisky (hip) still considered 'day to day' for Chicago

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (hip) is still "day-to-day," coach Matt Nagy said.

What It Means:

Nagy did say that Trubisky had a good day of practice on Wednesday, which was "a step in the right direction."

Our models currently project Trubisky to score 7.7 FanDuel points on Sunday against the Giants, but that number will rise if he's given the all clear to start.

Giants' Evan Engram (foot) did not practice again Thursday

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (foot) won't practice on Thursday.

What It Means:

Engram was sidelined Wednesday as well. Rhett Ellison is expected to miss this week's game as the Bears, so if Engram does not play, Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson could get looks on Sunday.

Engram is averaging 10.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Robert Woods (personal) remains away from Rams, per report

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods is still away from the team, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

What It Means:

Woods is dealing with a personal issue and it is not clear when he will be back. Josh Reynolds would see a larger role if Woods remains absent, while Brandin Cooks is expected to be back this week.

Woods is averaging 10.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Patriots' Mohamed Sanu (ankle) could miss a 'couple of weeks'

New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) could miss multiple games, Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports.

What It Means:

Curran that Sanu may have suffered "a high ankle sprain that could keep him on the sidelines for a couple of weeks unless it has drastic improvement." This is obviously not great news for a Patriots' receiving corps that was already not bursting with depth.

Sanu is averaging 7.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

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