|Johnny Manziel loses starting QB job|
Josh McCown to start Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 24 2015, 3:45 pm
|Johnny Manziel has been replaced by Josh McCown as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Tuesday. Two weeks after being named the team's starter, Manziel has been demoted to third string for Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens after social media posts surfaced this week that showed Manziel allegedly partying last weekend in Texas. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Manziel 10-week rehab stint this off-season apparently didn't cure his partying ways. Manziel posted a 24-point fantasy day against the Steelers in Week 10 but will give way to McCown. The Browns face the Ravens on Monday Night Football this week.
| Eagles haven't yet named Thanksgiving QB|
Mark Sanchez: "I know as much as you guys"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 24 2015, 1:38 pm
|Tim McManus on Twitter: "Sanchez says he hasn't been told whether he'll start. 'I know as much as you guys.'" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The QB position has been an unmitigated disaster for the Eagles this season, and while there have been some successes in Chip Kelly's system, the finished product leaves a lot to be desired. Mark Sanchez is probably the better bet for consistent production, since Sam Bradford is dealing with a bum shoulder and just got cleared from the concussion protocol. Whomever starts isn't more than a QB2 with some underwhelming upside.
| Lynch unlikely for Week 12 versus Steelers|
Status unknown until after visit with specialist on Tuesday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 23 2015, 7:00 pm
|Seahawks HC Pete Carroll not expecting Marshawn Lynch to be available Sunday vs Steelers. Again, won't know more until meets with specialist tomorrow. (710 ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: There has been speculation that Lynch is dealing with a sports hernia that could sideline him for the rest of the regular season. Thomas Rawls has mostly thrived whenever Lynch has been sidelined this season and is coming off a 33-touch, 255-yard, two-touchdown demolition of the 49ers. The undrafted rookie free agent would face a tougher challenge if he gets the start this week against the Steelers, but should be considered a RB1 if that happens.
| Flacco, Forsett to miss the rest of the season|
Matt Schaub, Buck Allen to move up the depth chart
By: Doug Orth | Nov 23 2015, 4:10 pm
|Joe Flacco will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and possibly a torn MCL, coach John Harbaugh announced after the Ravens' win over the Rams. The team also lost Pro Bowl running back Justin Forsett for the rest of the season due to a broken arm.
Forsett, Flacco, No. 1 receiver Steve Smith, defensive captain Terrell Suggs, speedy first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman and center Jeremy Zuttah have all been injured for the Ravens. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens should be an obvious offense to target each week for fantasy defense streamers. (The Browns, Dolphins and Seahawks are next on the schedule.) Matt Schaub, who has a 10:16 TD-to-INT ratio over the last two years, has been mostly terrible over that time and will not have elite receiver at his disposal to make him look better. Javorius Allen should see as many touches as he can handle moving forward, making him a reasonable fantasy RB2 or quality flex option.
| Forte "on track" to return for Week 12|
Participated in an extensive pregame warmup on Sunday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 23 2015, 4:00 pm
|Reserve RB Ka'Deem Carey suffered a concussion in the Bears' loss to the Broncos, which further highlights the need for Matt Forte (knee) to return for Thursday night's game at Green Bay. Forte participated in an extensive pregame warmup on Sunday, and barring an unforeseen setback, appears on track to play against the Packers. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Foret hasn't played since spraining his MCL in Week 8, which allowed Jeremy Langford to show he was a more-than-capable backup. The rookie's emergence probably means Forte won't see as many touches as he did prior to the injury, but there doesn't appear to be much threat of a committee here either. Owners should expect Forte to remain a fantasy RB1 for the rest of the season, albeit with a slightly lower workload than before.
| Freeman "off to good start" in concussion protocol|
Falcons RB left early in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2015, 1:45 pm
|Quinn: Devonta Freeman will go through the concussion protocol this week. He's off to a good start with that. (Atlanta Falcons on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The top fantasy running back left early in Week 11 with a concussion. He was replaced by Tevin Coleman who couldn't get anything going against the Colts, rushing for 48 yards on 17 carries. It sounds like Freeman will be able to suit up in Week 12 against Minnesota assuming he passes all concussion tests.
|Brock Osweiler to make second straight start|
On the QB1 radar against New England
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2015, 1:30 pm
|Brock Osweiler will make another start for the Broncos against the Patriots on Sunday night, per team sources. (Chris Morensen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Osweiler was solid in the Broncos win at Chicago tossing two touchdowns while throwing for 250 yards and zero INTs. There's some uncertainty as to whether Peyton Manning will remain on the bench because he's injured and unable to play or because the Broncos are looking to move on at the position. The answer likely lies somewhere between. Osweiler will be on the QB1 radar at home against the Patriots in Week 12.
| Jeffery, Forte inactive for Bears|
Out for Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2015, 11:30 am
|Bears without Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Antrel Rolle today. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We knew Jeffery (shoulder, groin) was a long shot to play. Forte took the field, doing warmup drills but will sit another week. Jeremy Langford is locked in as the starter.
| Emmanuel Sanders inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2015, 11:20 am
|A surprise: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders won't play today. This comes after the team saw him warmup (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sanders (ankle) didn't look comfortable during pregame warmups and has been ruled out. Demaryius Thomas should be the most targeted wideout for new QB Brock Osweiler.
| Michael Floyd to be limited at best|
Missed practice all week with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2015, 8:00 am
|Cards expect WR John Brown (hamstring-Q) to play vs. Cincy; not as optimistic about WR Michael Floyd (hammy-Q), who at best will be limited. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd didn't practice all week and is a candidate to be inactive. Even if he does play tonight against the Bengals, he won't be a recommended fantasy option. John Brown is in play but his "decoy" the last two games makes him a risky proposition as well.
| Vincent Jackson expected to play|
Missed last 3 weeks with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2015, 7:40 am
|Despite speculation he wouldn’t play, Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson is expected to play today vs. Eagles, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson was limited in practice Thursday and Friday and has missed the last 3 weeks with a knee injury. His return is a welcome sign for the Bucs who have been struggling to find anyone to throw the ball to outside of Mike Evans. Evans remains a WR1 even with Jackson in the lineup.
| Alshon Jeffery not expected to play|
Missed practice Thursday and Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2015, 7:30 am
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, who missed the final two practices of the week with groin and shoulder injuries, not expected to play vs. Broncos (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery missed practice Thursday and Friday which is never a good sign for availability on Sunday. With Jeffery down, Marquess Wilson becomes the top Bears wideout. Expect Marc Mariani too see more snaps and Martellus Bennett to see more targets.
| Kaepernick placed on IR, shoulder surgery|
Torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2015, 2:30 pm
|Colin Kaepernick’s season, and quite possibly his 49ers tenure, is over as he needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder, a league source said Saturday. The 49ers placed Kaepernick on injured reserve and promoted rookie Dylan Thompson from the practice squad, ahead of Sunday’s game at the Seattle Seahawks. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers quarterback will likely need 4-6 months of recovery time and can be dropped from an re-draft league roster. Blaine Gabbert will be the starter moving forward. Kaeperick's $11.9 million 2016 salary becomes guaranteed if he's on the roster April 1.
| Marshawn Lynch questionable for Sunday|
Beastmode plagued by abdomen injury
By: John Canario | Nov 20 2015, 5:00 pm
|Stop me if you've heard this one before: Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable on the Seattle Seahawks' injury report ahead of Sunday's tilt with the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch sat out practices this week while dealing with an abdomen injury. Beast Mode was also listed as questionable with the same injury last week and started against the Arizona Cardinals. He carried eight times for 42 yards - the Seahawks handed the ball off just 12 total times last week. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch made the most of his limited touches last week, turning in 50 yards from scrimmage and a rushing TD. He's a strong fantasy play this week against a 49ers' defense that ranks 21st against the run this year.
|Funchess draws first start for Panthers|
Rookie WR slots in after injury to Corey Brown
By: John Canario | Nov 20 2015, 4:25 pm
|Rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess will make his first start for the Carolina Panthers as they put their 9-0 record on the line Sunday against Washington. Funchess moved into the lineup after starter Corey Brown suffered a shoulder injury in Thursday's practice. "It's kind of another achievement knocked off the chart. I don't sound excited, but I am excited about it," Funchess said Friday. Funchess, who has 12 catches for 202 yards and a touchdown this season, was a second-round draft pick by Carolina out of Michigan. He had a hamstring injury that kept him out all of the preseason. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: At 6-foot-5, Funchess provides a big target for Cam Newton, but he's not particularly fast and doesn't have great hands. Until he produces, the first-year WR is worth nothing more than a stash on your bench.
|Dolphins want Tannehill to run the ball more|
QB has just 44 rushing yards this year after posting 311 last year
By: John Canario | Nov 20 2015, 4:20 pm
|So here’s the list of quarterbacks you’d expect to have more rushing yards than Ryan Tannehill this year: Cam Newton. Russell Wilson. Tyrod Taylor. And Colin Kaepernick.
Now here’s a list of quarterbacks you wouldn’t: Jay Cutler. Andy Dalton. Matt Cassel. And most amazingly, Eli Manning. Not one of the second group ran 40-yard dashes faster than 4.75 during the draft process. Tannehill, meanwhile, was a collegiate wide receiver for a big-time program and projected as a dangerously mobile quarterback. And yet, Cutler, Dalton, Cassel and Manning all have had more success on the ground than Tannehill. Tannehill has 44 yards on 17 carries this season. He’s on pace to set career lows in rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing average. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. Tannehill this week acknowledged that he “would like to” run the ball more. And the most important opinion — Dan Campbell’s — is the same. “That’s certainly still in our package,” the Dolphins’ interim head coach said. “Would we like to run him more? Yeah.” Perhaps this week — with the Cowboys and their average run defense coming to town — is when it changes. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Tannehill's been a middle of the pack fantasy quarterback this season. Increased rushing totals would push his fantasy value up, but for now he's nothing more than a high-end QB2.
| Carlos Hyde likely out again this week|
RB still recovering from a foot fracture
By: John Canario | Nov 20 2015, 4:05 pm
|Before the 49ers practiced on Wednesday, coach Jim Tomsula told reporters that running back Carlos Hyde would take part after missing the team’s last two games with a stress fracture in his left foot. While you’d imagine the coach has a direct line to the team’s medical staff, Tomsula’s information proved to be incorrect. Hyde didn’t practice on Wednesday and he remained out of practice on Thursday, which makes it hard to imagine that he’ll be in the lineup against the Seahawks even if the coach were to say that Hyde will be taking handoffs from Blaine Gabbert. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: In Hyde's absence, journeyman backup and practice squad member Shaun Draughn will likely see the bulk of the carries again this week, after registering 96 total yards from scrimmage in his last appearance. He's a borderline low-end RB2/flex play this week.
| Gates listed as probable for Sunday|
With nagging knee injury
By: John Canario | Nov 20 2015, 3:30 pm
|It looks like the San Diego Chargers will have tight end Antonio Gates and guard Orlando Franklin in the lineup when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Both are listed as probable to play this week with knee injuries. (The Score)|
FFToday's Take: Gates has been known to play through injuries, so don't expect a sore knee to hinder his performance this week. The aging veteran is still putting up respectable numbers, and is a mid to high TE1 this week against the Chiefs.
| Michael Floyd, Brown gametime decisions|
Cardinals receivers battling hamstring injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2015, 2:47 pm
|Arians says Floyd will be game time call. Floyd experienced enough to play without practicing. John brown also game time. (Kent Somers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Michael Floyd (hamstring) hasn't practiced all week. It's likely he'll end up on the Inactive list. John Brown (hamstring) has played in the last two games but has been nothing more than a decoy. Jaron Brown will see more targets if either one of the starter sits.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice Friday|
Groin and shoulder injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2015, 1:10 pm
|Alshon Jeffery did not practice Friday, leaving the Chicago Bears with the prospect of facing the NFL’s top-ranked defense on Sunday without their No. 1 receiver. Jeffery is hobbled by a groin injury he suffered during practice on Nov. 11, and he also has a banged-up shoulder. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery didn't play a full complement of snaps last week and missing a Friday practice is never a good sign for availability on Sunday. There's a good chance he ends up on the Inactive list. Jeffery owners should have plan B in place.
| Bradford, Mathews out for the Eagles|
Both suffered concussions in Week 10.
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2015, 12:15 pm
|Already facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without quarterback Sam Bradford, the team will be without running back Ryan Mathews due to a concussion, the team announced. Left tackle Jason Peters (back) is also questionable. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: As expected, Mark Sanchez will get the start at quarterback while DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will handle the running back duties. Murray's workload may not increase all that much with Mathews out but he may get an extra opportunity or two around the goaline.
| McFadden added to injury report on Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 19 2015, 5:55 pm
|The Dallas Cowboys added starter Darren McFadden to the club's official injury/practice report Thursday. McFadden fully participated in practice Wednesday but was limited Thursday because of a strained groin.
McFadden, who has a long history of injuries that derailed his career in Oakland after he was the fourth overall pick, has been healthy for the most part all season. But over the last four games, McFadden has averaged 23.3 carries as he's taken over the starter role following Dallas' release of Joseph Randle. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have said Thursday's absence was in an effort to "keep him fresh", but McFadden is notorious for getting hurt. Typically, it has been his hamstrings that have given him the most problems. Friday's practice report will be important. Rod Smith is likely the first man up if he cannot go, but newly-acquired Robert Turbin could also figure into the mix.
| Forte, Jeffery miss practice on Thursday|
MCL, groin injuries
By: Doug Orth | Nov 19 2015, 5:50 pm
|One day after both were limited participants, RB Matt Forte and WR Alshon Jeffery did not participate Thursday.
Forte has a sprained MCL in his knee and Jeffery a groin problem. One contributing factor to Thursday’s status was the fact the Bears practiced indoors and on artificial turf, which is traditionally tough on those injuries. Jeffery — who the team said also has a shoulder injury — played Sunday, though he caught only three passes. Forte has missed the past two games since hurting his knee at home against the Vikings. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FFToday's Take: Forte has already suggested that he has to consider the Bears will be playing on a short week next week, which is a strong hint that he will miss this week against the Broncos and try to go on Thanksgiving. As for Jeffery, Friday's practice report will be critical. If he is forced to miss time, Marquess Wilson and Martellus Bennett figure to be on the receiving end of a lot of targets in Week 11.
| Michael Floyd misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2015, 12:45 pm
|Meanwhile, Michael Floyd, Jonathan Cooper were on the side in baseball caps. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd missed Wednesday's practice as well. We won't know Floyd's true availability until later in the week but owners should be looking for other options in Week 11.
| Bradford, Mathews miss practice Thursday|
Both suffered concussion in Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2015, 11:45 am
|Chip Kelly said that Sam Bradford and Ryan Mathews haven't cleared concussion protocol to practice. Jason Peters won't practice either. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mark Sanchez is expected to start with Bradford suffering a concussion and shoulder injury in Week 10. He's a decent streamer option against a defense giving up the tenth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If Mathews sits, most analysts are expecting DeMarco Murray to absorb more action but Kenyon Barner will be active which may cut into Murray's expected bump in workload.
| Osweiler preparing for first career start|
Manning on 'treatment only' program
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 18 2015, 8:00 pm
|“I’ve prepared for this moment for a very long time,’’ Osweiler said after practice Wednesday. “I haven’t wasted a single day, I’m just going to stick to the preparation that got me to this point and I’ll be ready to go on Sunday.’’ Peyton Manning has made every start since signing with the Broncos, right up until Sunday’s game. Having dealt with right shoulder, left foot and rib cage injuries of late the Broncos have put Manning on a treatment-only program -- no practice, no games -- for at least the near future.
FFToday's Take: Brock Osweiler's first pro start comes against a Bears squad that employs former Broncos HC John Fox. Familiarity aside Chicago is only yielding 217 yards per game through the air and has given up the sixth most passing touchdowns (17) in the league. Osweiler sits just outside the top 10-12 fantasy QBs this week but carries plenty of appeal for dynasty leaguers.
| Brian Hoyer ruled out for Week 11|
Team claims Brandon Weeden off waivers
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 18 2015, 7:00 pm
|It appears that the Houston Texans will attempt to keep their place atop the AFC South without Brian Hoyer on Sunday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapaport reported Wednesday that Hoyer -- who suffered a concussion in Monday night's win over the Bengals -- is expected to sit out Sunday's matchup against the Jets, according to a source informed of the quarterback's situation. With Hoyer out, backup T.J. Yates is in line to make his first NFL start since Jan. 15, 2012.
FFToday's Take: Houston continues to be bitten by the injury bug this season with Brian Hoyer sidelined for at least one week with a concussion. T.J. Yates is not the most appealing fantasy option going up against one of the best defenses in the league. With top receiving target DeAndre Hopkins likely to be blanketed by Darrelle Revis, Houston's offense will struggle to move the chains.
| Adrian Peterson limited in practice |
Teddy Bridgewater practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 18 2015, 5:09 pm
|Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a left shoulder injury — that’s his non-throwing arm, of course — but he was listed as a full participant. Running back Adrian Peterson was limited with a hamstring injury. (Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's too early in the week to be concerned about Adrian Peterson's status for Week 11. The veteran running back remains likely to play against the Packers on Sunday but owners will want to check in later in the week for an update. If Peterson's hamstring remains a concern heading into the weekend, Jerick McKinnon would fill the void in the backfield. Teddy Bridgewater didn't miss any reps in practice despite being listed on the injury report. He appears to be playing through a nagging shoulder injury but won't miss any time.
| Michael Floyd, John Brown miss practice|
Cardinals receivers dealing with hamstring injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2015, 12:45 pm
|In open part of AZCardinals practice, I didn't see G Iupati, G Cooper, WR Michael Floyd, WR John Brown, DT Redding, LB Markus Golden. #CINvsAZ (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd injured his hamstring late in Week 10 and was replaced by Jaron Brown. Both are likely to be listed as Questionable this week.
| Kendall Wright to miss Thursday night game|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2015, 12:29 pm
|The Titans have ruled out WR Kendall Wright (knee) for Thursday's game vs Jaguars (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wright has missed the last two games with a knee injury and will miss Thursday night's game with Jacksonville. Harry Douglas and Dorial Green-Beckham are expected to be the leading wideouts with TE Delanie Walker soaking up targets as well.
| Cowboys expected to sign Robert Turbin|
Christine Michael released earlier this week
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2015, 8:09 am
|Cowboys are signing RB Robert Turbin, recently cut by Browns. He's third former Seahawks RB signed w Christine Michael, Rod Smith (Todd Archer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys released Christine Michael earlier this week and currently have Rod Smith and Trey Williams behind starter Darren McFadden. Turbin will likely step into the No.2 role behind McFadden in due time.
| Pagano wants Luck to "change" running style|
Colts coach concerned about QB's long-term halth
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 17 2015, 11:46 am
|Andrew Luck shouldn't be taking big hits, according to Chuck Pagano, who wants him to be more conservative in his running approach.
"We're going to talk every day until he figures it out and we figure it out as a team," Pagano said. "He knows full well that he can't do that. He can't put himself and this team in jeopardy. You love the grit, and you love the toughness and all that stuff. But playing the position like a linebacker? You can't." (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Luck (kidney) will miss about a month and will be tough to stash as your fantasy season gets into the playoff picture. We don;t recommend a drop, but there's no telling how effective he'll bee when he does return -- especially with Pagano in his head about his playing style. For now, Matt Hasselbeck is slated to be the starter in Week 11 and Charlie Whitehurst is the Colts new backup.
| Hakeem Nicks to sign with Giants|
2009 first-rounder may see best chance to return to form
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 17 2015, 11:40 am
|Mike Garafalo (@MikeGarafalo) on Twitter:
"With Victor Cruz headed to IR, the Giants will be re-signing WR Hakeem Nicks, sources say. Here comes his best shot to recapture old form." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We don't expect Nicks to be a top play anytime soon, but if something should befall Odell Beckham, Jr. or the veteran shows signs of a resurgence, he could be relevant.
| Johnny Manziel named Browns' starter|
Josh McCown (ribs) benched; team on Week 11 bye
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 17 2015, 11:35 am
|Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) on Twitter:
"Scoopage: #Browns are making the switch to Johnny Manziel as starting QB for rest of the season @NFLonFOX" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It appears the era of Johnny Football has officially begun. In what appears to be a lost season, with Josh McCown nursing a rib injury and the team on a Week 11 bye, this makes some sense. Manziel won't be deployable in standard formats, but two-QB leagues and DFS competitors should take heed.
|Rams bench Nick Foles, turn to Case Keenum|
Foles has thrown for one touchdown over last four games
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2015, 7:00 pm
|Three months after giving Nick Foles a three-year contract, the St. Louis Rams have decided to bench him. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced that Case Keenum will start at quarterback for the Rams at Baltimore this week.
Foles was 0-for-12 on passes thrown over 10 yards Sunday, which was the most attempts on such passes without a completion in the last 10 seasons, according to the Rams' website. Fisher wasn't making any promises about how long Keenum would start, but he clearly has the chance to keep the job. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: At this point, there are still two bright spots for the Rams regarding their acquisition of Foles: 1) they were able to get Philadelphia's second-round pick in 2016 and 2) there is no more guaranteed money to pay Foles after this year despite the three-year extension, so they can move on easily if they choose to do so. Keenum doesn't figure to be much of an upgrade, if at all, but is a better runner.
| Romo on track to return in Week 11|
Out since Week 2 with fractured collarbone
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2015, 5:15 pm
|Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's fractured collarbone appears to have healed based on recent test results, a league source told ESPN's Ed Werder. After missing two months of action, Romo should be cleared from injured reserve/designated to return Wednesday and play as expected Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the source said.
"Tony's had a good couple of weeks of practice with us," coach Jason Garrett said. "We anticipate him being able to practice this week." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys won each of their first two games with Romo under center but have gone 0-7 during his absence with Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel - the franchise's longest losing streak since 1989. His return is a major boost for all Dallas skill-position players, particularly Dez Bryant. Expect Darren McFadden to benefit as well since defenses will need to respect the passing game again. This week's opponent, the Miami Dolphins, present a plus-matchup for Romo.
| Sam Bradford expected to miss next two games|
Concussion and separated left shoulder
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2015, 5:05 pm
|It's Sanchize time in Philadelphia.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Eagles starter Sam Bradford will likely miss next Sunday's game against the Buccaneers as well as the team's Thanksgiving matchup against the Lions after suffering a separated shoulder and a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bradford enjoyed one of his better games of the season in a Week 9 win over Dallas and started out 19-of-25 for 236 yards against Miami on Sunday before exiting. Mark Sanchez will fill in for the former No. 1 overall pick and has a decent chance to lead the Eagles to a pair of wins over the Bucs this weekend and the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Even with two juicy matchups ahead, owners should consider Sanchez a matchup-based starter at best.
|Saints set to fire DC Rob Ryan|
New Orleans has Week 11 bye
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2015, 5:00 pm
|Another New Orleans defensive debacle has spelled the end of Rob Ryan's days as the unit's coordinator. Multiple sources told FOXSports.com that Ryan is being removed from the position following Sunday's 47-14 loss at Washington. The move should be official at some point on Monday.
Head coach Sean Payton said Monday that changes were coming but said he hasn't made decisions regarding the coaching staff or other personnel, including Ryan. New Orleans ranks last in the NFL in yards allowed (424.7), points allowed (31.5) and passing touchdowns allowed (28). (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: After enjoying success in 2013 during his first season in the Big Easy, Ryan's units have regressed considerably. Former Saints assistant (and ex-Raiders HC) Dennis Allen was hired this past offseason in order to serve as a senior defensive assistant and would seem to be the most likely candidate to replace Ryan.
| Victor Cruz to undergo season-ending calf surgery|
Missed most of 2014 season with torn patellar tendon
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2015, 4:50 pm
|Victor Cruz will not play this season. The Giants wideout, who missed a majority of the 2014 season with a torn patellar tendon, announced Monday that he was undergoing calf surgery.
Before the 2015 campaign started, and even before the calf injury, we noted that the Cruz-Odell Beckham tag team this season was a pipe dream. A torn patellar tendon is a brutal, grueling injury that can have ripple effects throughout the lower body. While the Giants maintain that the two are not related, it's hard to imagine this calf injury surfacing out of thin air. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz was always a longshot to contribute this season given how few players have come anywhere close to their usual levels following patellar tendon tears. There is no more guaranteed money left on Cruz's contract, which makes it very possible for the Giants to part ways with him if they choose to do so. In the meantime, Dwayne Harris will occupy his usual spot in the slot and remain a decent WR4/WR5 option in fantasy leagues.
| Peyton Manning ruled out for Week 11|
Brock Osweiler will draw start against Chicago
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2015, 4:30 pm
|Peyton Manning will not face former Denver head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase when the Broncos travel to Chicago to take on the Bears on Sunday. Coach Gary Kubiak announced Monday that Brock Osweiler will start in Week 11, as Manning has been ruled out.
"That decision has been made," said Kubiak, who added that Manning expressed a desire to play through his nagging injury, which NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported is a case of plantar fasciitis. Trevor Siemian will back up Osweiler until at least next Monday when Kubiak will check back in with Manning. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Kubiak expressed regret Monday for not holding Manning out of Week 10 altogether after his 39-year-old quarterback suffered a ribcage injury at some point late last week. If Osweiler shows he can move the offense consistently over the next week and maybe two, Kubiak may feel as if he has no choice but to stay with him. With his 9:17 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Manning is the only quarterback in the league that has started every game and has a negative TD-to-INT ratio.