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We made it: The final Wednesday morning of the fantasy regular season. The usual disclaimer still holds that Tuesday isn’t the most eventful day of the week for football purposes, but that doesn’t mean yesterday was devoid of all news. With that in mind, let’s dig into the most important news and notes from around the league with an eye on fantasy football.
Adam Thielen Does Not Practice on Tuesday
Adam Thielen did not practice on Tuesday after suffering a high ankle sprain early in the Vikings’ Week 13 loss to the Lions. Mike Zimmer indicated he doesn’t think Thielen is out for the year, but high ankle sprains are typically tricky injuries, so it’s reasonable to expect Thielen to miss some time – and that train of thought was substantiated when the veteran wideout missed practice yesterday. With the Vikings facing the Steelers on Thursday, we can almost certainly rule Thielen out for Week 14.
Justin Jefferson gets a bump, as the second-year superstar recorded career-highs in both receptions (11) and yards (182) in Week 13. K.J. Osborn also gets a boost; he ran 43 routes on 46 Kirk Cousins dropbacks against Detroit. Dede Westbrook is next in line – he ran 23 routes – but Jefferson is the main beneficiary with Osborn a halfway-viable flex play. Tyler Conklin should also see a boost in his target share now that he’s competing with Osborn and Westbrook for looks rather than Thielen. Fantasy players who have Thielen on their team(s) will have to monitor reports in the coming weeks to gauge when the 31-year-old will be able to return.
Dalvin Cook Gets in a Limited Practice
Dalvin Cook practiced on a limited basis on Tuesday, somewhat of a pleasant surprise for fantasy managers who hope to rely on him down the stretch. While this bodes well for his Week 15 availability, it still seems like a longshot for him to play in Week 14 simply because the Vikings have a short…