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Week 14 PPR Rankings
Dalvin Cook photo 7. Dalvin Cook RB - (vs . DET)
We're not likely going to know Cook's status and how much he'll play until Sunday, and even then, there's likely going to be smoke and mirrors. Cook did say he'll play in that game, but if you remember last year like I do, you remember him saying a similar sentiment before their game with the Rams where he went out and re-injured himself, then missed four weeks. Stay tuned for updates on Saturday morning at the bottom of these notes. After starting the year allowing everyone to run through their defense, the Lions have turned things around over the last month. Over their last four games they've allowed 274 yards on 77 carries (3.56 yards per carry) with just one rushing touchdown. They did play the Bears twice and the Redskins during that stretch, two teams who've had trouble running the ball all season, though it's still a step in the right direction. They've seen an average of 28.3 touches per game to running backs, which is more than enough for the timeshare between these two, though they did total a massive 33 touches in the Week 7 meeting. Cook rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns in that game, highlighting just how well their zone scheme works against Matt Patricia's defense. If he gets back to practice and has no limitations, Cook should be locked into lineups as an RB1 but if the Vikings pull out front early, he's likely finding a warm spot on the bench. Mattison is more of a play if you're betting on the Vikings blowing the Lions out in order for the Vikings to rest Cook in the second half. That's always risky to count on, though if there were one game you could rely on it more than others, it's this one.
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Stefon Diggs photo 21. Stefon Diggs WR - (vs . DET)
It was an ugly game for Diggs on Monday night football, as he dropped multiple passes that should've been caught and suffered what seemed to be a sprained ankle, though he returned to the game. It's been feast-or-famine with him all season, as he's had five games with 108-plus yards but has finished with 52 yards or less in the other seven games. The last time these two teams played, Darius Slay had to leave in the game early (so did Thielen), and it led to Diggs racking up seven catches for 143 yards on just eight targets. Slay will be on the field for this game, but with Thielen back, you must wonder how the Lions will handle the duo. As a team, the Lions have now allowed a massive 38.5 PPR points per game to wide receivers, which ranks bottom-five in the league. They've now allowed 16 different wide receivers to finish as top-24 options, including seven of them in the top-10. If I had to guess, Thielen would be back for this game, but it does help the passing game's stability to know that even if Dalvin Cook plays, he's not at 100 percent. You have to live with the ups and downs of Diggs, who should be considered a mid-to-low-end WR2 for this contest who has a lower floor than most in that area of the rankings.
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Kyle Rudolph photo 94. Kyle Rudolph TE - (vs . DET)
Rudolph has been terrific with Thielen off the field this season, and now it looks like Thielen will miss yet another game, after not practicing on either Wednesday or Thursday. The starting TE has seen a nice bump in fantasy value without Thielen, making him a borderline TE1 option this week.
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Alexander Mattison photo 101. Alexander Mattison RB - (vs . DET)
Mattison saw an increased workload last week, after Cook was held out of the second half with a shoulder injury for precautionary reasons. They will not want to push it with Cook, so expect to see Mattison mixed in a bit more often than usual. Also, if this is a blowout against the Lions, which it can be, Mattison will get heavy run late in the game. He is a flex play this week.
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Irv Smith Jr. photo 146. Irv Smith Jr. TE - (vs . DET)
The rookie TE's snaps, routes and usage has gone up with Thielen injured, and now it looks like Thielen will miss yet another game, after not practicing on either Wednesday or Thursday. The Vikings are running a lot more 2TE looks with Thielen out, increasing the opportunities the rookie gets. He is still nothing more than a TE2, with him not seeing another consistent looks to be a starting option for the fantasy playoffs.
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Olabisi Johnson photo 164. Olabisi Johnson WR - (vs . DET)
Laquon Treadwell photo 199. Laquon Treadwell WR - (vs . DET)
Ameer Abdullah photo 219. Ameer Abdullah RB - (vs . DET)
CJ Ham photo 226. CJ Ham RB - (vs . DET)
Adam Thielen photo 244. Adam Thielen WR - (vs . DET)
Adam Thielen has reportedly not suffered any setbacks, yet he has failed to practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. He certainly looks to be doubtful this week, as the Vikings feel they can get by Detroit without him.
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Mike Boone photo 288. Mike Boone RB - (vs . DET)
Tyler Conklin photo 307. Tyler Conklin TE - (vs . DET)
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2Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
3Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
4Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
5Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
6Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
7Aaron Jones (GB)RB
8Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
9Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
10Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
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14Michael Thomas (NO)WR
15Mike Evans (TB)WR
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17DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
18Josh Jacobs (OAK)RB
19Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
20Chris Carson (SEA)RB
21Chris Godwin (TB)WR
22D.J. Moore (CAR)WR
23Phillip Lindsay (DEN)RB
24Julian Edelman (NE)WR
25Devonta Freeman (ATL)RB
26Cooper Kupp (LAR)WR
27Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
28Julio Jones (ATL)WR
29Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
30Sony Michel (NE)RB
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3Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
4J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
5Trevor Story (COL)SS
6Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
7Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
8Trea Turner (WSH)SS
9Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
10Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
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12Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
13Gerrit Cole (FA)SP
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15Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
16Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Juan Soto (WSH)LF
19Anthony Rendon (FA)3B
20Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
21Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
22Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
23Starling Marte (PIT)CF
24Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
25Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
26Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
29George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
30Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
1Anthony Davis (LAL)PF,C
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5Kevin Durant (BKN)SF,PF
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7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
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14Kawhi Leonard (LAC)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (OKC)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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