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Falcons make the switch at QB, Desmond Ritter to start

Fantasy Football, NFL News
December 8, 2022

Rookie will start Week 15

It’s done: Falcons rookie Desmond Ridder will make his NFL debut and start next week against the Saints, a source told
@TheAthletic. Ridder and veteran Marcus Mariota were informed of the decision this morning by coach Arthur Smith.
(Jeff Schultz on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Arthur Smith indicated changes were coming after Atlanta’s Week 13 loss to the Steelers. Mariota is currently the QB21 in fantasy points per game. We should see more emphasis on the pass game with Ridder at quarterback in Week 15. Will that translate into increased value for Drake London? We shall see.

Courtland Sutton not expected to play Week 14

Fantasy Football, NFL News
December 7, 2022

Injury Hamstring injury

On WR Courtland Sutton’s hamstring injury Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said today “it’s not looking good right now” for Sutton to play Sunday against the Chiefs. (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Sutton played 43% of the snaps last week against the Ravens before leaving with a hamstring injury. Expect to see him on the Inactive list this week. Jerry Jeudy, Kendall Hinton and Brandon Johnson should be the top three receivers for Russell Wilson against the Chiefs.

Mark Ingram out with MCL tear

Fantasy Football, NFL News
December 7, 2022

Injury Likely done for the season

#Saints RB Mark Ingram suffered a slight tear of his MCL in the loss to the #Bucs, sources say, knocking him out indefinitely and likely ending his season. He’s out 4-6 weeks, but no surgery. With the regular season only being five more weeks, Ingram is almost certainly done. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Ingram had a significant role this past week, playing 42% of the snaps including a lot of passing downs. Will we see Alvin Kamara back in a workhorse role? The Saints are lacking in depth at the position so it’s definitely a possibility when they come out of their bye in Week 15.

Davis Mills back in the starting lineup for Houston

Fantasy Football, NFL News
December 7, 2022

Kyle Allen back to the bench

Lovie Smith: ‘Davis (Mills) will start for us this week and we expect two weeks from watching from the sidelines to help.’ (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Kyle Allen got two starts at quarterback for the Texans and threw 2 touchdowns and 4 INTs, averaging 213 yards. It’s hard to get excited about Mills’ fantasy prospects this week facing a Dallas defense that destroyed Matt Ryan and the Colts last Sunday night. Mills is a low-end QB2 in Week 14.

Baker Mayfield picked up by LA Rams

Fantasy Football, NFL News
December 6, 2022

Waived by Carolina on Monday

Former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield was claimed on waivers today by the Los Angeles Rams, per league sources. The Rams now inherit the remaining $1.35 million on Mayfield’s contract. Mayfield is expected to fly to LA by tonight and could play Thursday night vs. the Raiders. (ESPN – Adam Schefter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: While Mayfield could technically play Thursday, it is extremely unlikely he will do so. There is a much better chance he gets the nod at Green Bay in Week 15 if he can learn enough of the playbook. The move as a whole is an interesting one for the Rams, as Mayfield could be a reclamation project, a long-term backup to Matthew Stafford or a bridge quarterback if Stafford’s neck injury ends up being one that threatens his career.