| Leonard Fournette turning pro|
LSU RB expected to be high first-round pick
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2016, 11:00 pm
|Running back Leonard Fournette’s days as a college football player will come to an end after LSU plays in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville. Fournette announced his intention to enter the 2017 draft with a statement on Monday, although it would be hard to find anyone who thought that the running back would return to Baton Rouge for another season. Fournette ran for 2,987 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Tigers and has added 843 more yards and another score this season despite missing four games with a high-ankle sprain that has dogged him for most of the season. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: At 6-1 and 235 pounds, Fournette has already garnered comparisons to Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson. While he needs to refine his skills in the passing game, dynasty owners would be wise to start doing whatever they can to secure the No. 1 overall pick in their rookie drafts. Fournette is very likely to be a first-round pick in redraft leagues as well almost regardless of where he lands. His final college game will come on Dec. 31 at the Citrus Bowl against Louisville. Watch it.
| Charles Sims due back Week 14|
Set to come off IR
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2016, 7:40 pm
|Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he expects RB Charles Sims to be activated to the 53 man roster this week vs. Saints. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sims' return is good news for an offense that once was down to Peyton Barber, but it is unclear if Jacquizz Rodgers has taken his pass-catching role from him or not. Rodgers has been the Bucs' most efficient runner this season by a wide margin, so owners shouldn't assume Sims is going to come back and tear it up in the same way he did late last season. Sims is worth an add in all leagues, but his role needs to be defined before he should be started in fantasy.
| Earl Thomas done for the season|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2016, 7:30 pm
|Seahawks S Earl Thomas will be out for season and will not return for postseason, no matter how far Seattle advances. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is a huge blow for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. It is telling Seattle was burned for a deep score on the only touchdown Carolina scored in Week 13 on the play immediately following Thomas' injury. Fourth-year UDFA Steven Terrell will do his best to replace the enormous void Thomas leaves behind. While Seattle should still be remain among the NFL's best defenses, its pass defense may be more susceptible through the air than usual.
| Julio dealing with turf toe|
Missed time during fourth quarter
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2016, 2:15 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones has turf toe injury. Quinn said it doesn't appear to be serious but it will be monitored. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jones was on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the Falcons loss to the Chiefs. While the injury isn't considered serious, Jones has a history spending time on the sidelines during games nursing injuries. He'll likely suit up against the Rams.
| Chiefs optimistic on Maclin for Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2016, 2:10 pm
|Chiefs optimistic that WR Jeremy Maclin, who has missed past 4 games due to groin injury, will return for Thursday vs. Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin has missed the last four games with a groin injury and practiced on a limited basis last week. With the Chiefs playing Thursday night, we'll get a good indication of his true status by Wednesday.
| Robert Griffin III could start Week 14|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2016, 2:00 pm
|Depending on how practice goes this week, there's a real chance Browns QB Robert Griffin III starts Sunday against Cincinnati. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns have yet to name a starting QB for their game against the Bengals, however barring a setback it appears that RGIII will get the nod over Josh McCown and Cody Kessler. Griffin was cleared for contact last week during the team's bye.
| DeVante Parker will be active|
Showed well in pregame warmups
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 11:05 am
|Dolphins Parker just worked out and is good to go! He will be up and play (Jay Glazer)|
FFToday's Take: DeVante Parker went through pregame warmups is good enough to be active despite a back injury. He's not a recommended fantasy play given he's playing at less than 100%.
| Not looking good for Marvin Jones|
Expected to sit with thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 8:15 am
|Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) is a long-shot to play vs. Saints, source said. Promoting WR TJ Jones from the practice squad spoke to that (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: WR T.J. Jones has been called up from the practice squad giving an indication that Marvin will be on the Inactive list today. If he sits, expect Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick and Anquan Boldin to receive the most targets from Matthew Stafford against the Saints.
| Jordan Matthews expected to sit|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 8:05 am
|Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews is not expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals because of a sprained ankle, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews suffered a sprained ankle Monday night against the Packers. His absence means Nelson Agholor should be active this week. Dorial Green-Beckham becomes a viable WR3 with Matthews out.
| Mark Ingram expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 8:00 am
|Saints' RB Mark Ingram, questionable for today with a toe injury, is playing vs Lions, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram missed practice time this week with a toe injury but it appears he will give it a go. It won't e a surprise if Tim Hightower out-snaps Ingram today but both running backs are worthy of flex consideration against the Lions.
|Charles Clay doesn't travel with team|
Expecting birth of his child
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2016, 12:30 pm
|Bills starting TE Charles Clay did not travel to Oakland with the team as he's expecting the birth of his child. He remains questionable for Sunday’s game.
As insurance the Bills called TE Gerald Christian up the practice squad in the event that Clay cannot reach Oakland in time for kickoff. (Buffalo Bills)|
FFToday's Take: Clay could still make it in time for the game Sunday but we likely won't know his official status until Sunday morning. Hopefully you have other options as Clay is nothing more than a backend TE2.
|Steelers add K Randy Bullock|
Boswell added to injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2016, 11:15 am
|The Steelers signed an emergency kicker Saturday morning shortly after declaring Chris Boswell as questionable for today’s game with an abdominal injury.
Randy Bullock, drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round in 2012, likely will kick against the New York Giants on Sunday (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners counting on Boswell need to find another option. The Steelers tend to go for two more than most teams so rostering Boswell or any other Steelers kicker isn't recommended.
| Jeremy Maclin downgraded to Out|
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2016, 10:39 am
|Jeremy Maclin won’t play for the fourth straight week, the Chiefs announced Saturday, the day before their game at Atlanta.
Maclin returned to practice this week but was downgraded from questionable to out on the Chiefs’ final injury report. He has been recovering from a groin injury since the Chiefs’ Nov. 6 game vs. Jacksonville. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin was limited in practice this week with a groin injury but will miss this weekend's tilt with the Falcons. The Chiefs play the Raiders on Thursday night next week. With Maclin out, Tyreek Hill becomes a viable WR3 for fantasy owners with WR1 upside in a game the Chiefs are likely to be playing from behind.
| Paxton Lynch likely to start for Broncos|
Siemian dealing with foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:55 pm
|All signs point toward Paxton Lynch getting his second NFL start Sunday at Jacksonville, as Trevor Siemian recovers from a left foot injury. Siemian injured his foot early in the overtime period against Kansas City last Sunday, and missed his third consecutive practice Friday as a result. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos are hoping their defense can carry them to victory over a banged-up Jacksonville squad in Week 13. Lynch went 23-35 for 223 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT in his only start back in Week 5 against the Falcons. The passing game takes a step down with Lynch at QB and makes the Jaguars-D a more attractive punt play.
| DeVante Parker misses practice Friday|
Unlikely to be cleared before Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:45 pm
|Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker did not participate in the portion of practice open to reporters on Friday, more indication that he’s unlikely to be cleared for Sunday’s game at Baltimore.
Parker, who is battling a back issue, rode a stationary bicycle and then ran around the perimeter of the practice field. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Parker will be on the Inactive list this Sunday. Kenny Stills should see an increased workload along with Jarvis Landry and Leonte Carroo. The Dolphins-Ravens game has the makings of a low-scoring affair making this a game to avoid for fantasy owners.
| Jordan Reed ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:15 pm
|Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Arizona because of a shoulder injury. Defensive end Anthony Lanier also is out coach Jay Gruden said. (http://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/n)|
FFToday's Take: Reed is dealing with a serious shoulder injury that could keep him out multiple weeks so it's no surprise he'll miss Week 13. Vernon Davis will get the start and be a viable TE option however, the Cardinals have given up the fewest fantasy points to the tight end position making Davis more of a TE2.
| Watkins practices Friday, expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:05 pm
|Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin was back at practice Friday after leaving Thursday's session early with a wrist injury.
Sammy Watkins, who returned from injured reserve last week but is playing with a broken bone in his foot, was also on the field Friday morning. He was held out of practice Wednesday and was a limited participant Thursday. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: HC Rex Ryan said "He's going to play" regarding Watkins' status for Week 13. He's obviously not 100 percent healthy so starting him comes with a fair amount of risk. His matchup against the Raiders is decent as Oakland has allowed 7th-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
| Chris Ivory, Hurns out, Julius Thomas doubtful|
Jaguars down multiple offensive pieces
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:00 pm
|The team ruled out several key players for Sunday’s game against visiting Denver: receiver Allen Hurns, running back Chris Ivory, defensive end Jared Odrick and receiver Rashad Greene.
Tight end Julius Thomas (back) is considered doubtful. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns and Ivory are both dealing with hamstring injuries. Expect T.J. Yeldon (ankle) to play but he's likely to share reps with Denard Robinson. With Hurns and Thomas out, Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee should see the bulk of targets against the Broncos. Neither are recommended fantasy plays given the competition.
| Sammy Watkins unlikely to finish season?|
OC doesn't know if Watkins will play one play or 20 plays
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 7:35 pm
|Bills OC Anthony Lynn bluntly declares Thursday that "last I heard, [Sammy Watkins] has a broken bone in his foot." Lynn doesn't know whether Watkins will play "1 play or 20 plays," and says he is uncertain whether Watkins will be able to finish the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It seems more likely than not Watkins will try to push through his injury as long as the Bills remain in the playoff race, but his availability each week certainly cannot be taken for granted. This news makes him more of a dice-roll WR3/flex moving forward than a possible WR2 with a favorable fantasy playoff schedule.
| Chris Ivory unlikely to play Week 13|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 7:25 pm
|Jaguars RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) did not practice for 2nd straight day. He's unlikely to play vs Broncos. (Mark Long on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ivory has yet to practice since suffering the injury, so owners can figure to see plenty of T.J. Yeldon (ankle) if he continues to make progress. With that said, the smarter move is to bench all Jaguars this week, as the Denver defense should smother Jacksonville and its mistake-prone offense.
| Aaron Rodgers limited in practice Thursday|
"Appears on track to play" despite hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 7:20 pm
|Aaron Rodgers' reps were limited during the open portion of practice on Thursday presumably to keep the strain off his ailing left hamstring, but he appears on track to play. He split his time between practice and work with the trainers. Brett Hundley handled the rest. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers was extremely limited with a painful calf injury a couple of years ago and played through it, so he seems like a good bet to play through this injury as well. His mobility will likely be compromised, however, and there is always the possibility he will make the injury worse by pushing through it. Despite his likely limitations, he remains an elite QB1 play in fantasy.
| Rob Gronkowski out indefinitely|
Surgery planned for injured back Dec. 2
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 2:05 pm
|Bad news for Rob Gronkowski: Back injury ended up being worse than originally believed. He will have surgery tomorrow, per source. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk is reportedly dealing with a ruptured disk and will be sidelined roughly eight weeks, which would put him out through the week before the Super Bowl. It would seem to be good news for Martellus Bennett owners, but he isn't even close to fully healthy and probably hasn't been since September. With no other tight end capable of picking up the slack, expect James White, Dion Lewis and probably even Malcolm Mitchell to absorb extra targets down the stretch.
| A.J. Green to miss Week 13|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2016, 11:45 am
|Sources close to A.J. Green tell me the Bengals wide receiver will miss his third straight game on Sunday. I'm told his hamstring is healing as expected, but that he won't be ready this week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Green's absence from the lineup was anticipated. Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell and TE Tyler Eifert will be the top receiving options for Andy Dalton against the Eagles. RB Jeremy Hill saw a season-high six targets with Green out last week.
| Derek Carr puts in full practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 7:45 pm
|ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, three days after dislocating his right (passing) pinkie in two places on a mistimed snap from center Rodney Hudson. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Derek Carr will likely play the majority of this weekend's game out of the shotgun to minimize any potential contact on his injured pinkie finger. The injury makes Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree riskier fantasy options for Week 13. Not only will Jack Del Rio have more incentive to run the ball if Carr's accuracy is off but any hit to the hand may also force him out of the game.
| Colts' Luck on track to play|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 6:15 pm
|It appears Andrew Luck is on track to return to action Monday night against the Jets.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters the quarterback remains in the concussion protocol, but Luck told reporters after practice Wednesday that he participated in the session with no restrictions.
FFToday's Take: This is great news for an Indianapolis offense that struggled to get much going with Scott Tolzien under center last week. Barring a setback, Andrew Luck will be a big boost for the fantasy values of T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
| Trevor Siemian held out of practice|
Foot sprain leaves status for Week 13 up in the air
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 5:27 pm
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian was held out of practice Wednesday due to a foot injury and his status Sunday for the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars is in question.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak called the injury "a foot sprain,'' and Siemian has worn a walking boot on for the past two days.
FFToday's Take: Gary Kubiak indicated that Trevor Siemian could still play even if he missed practice all week so this situation remains very fluid. Rookie Paxton Lynch will continue to see first team reps in practice and would get the chance to start if Siemian can't play on Sunday.
| Dolphins tackle Branden Albert practices|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 5:23 pm
|DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert has returned to practice after missing the past two games because of a dislocated left wrist. Left guard Laremy Tunsil, sidelined last week by a shoulder injury, also practiced on a limited basis. Center Mike Pouncey remained sidelined by a hip injury.
FFToday's Take: Jay Ajayi hasn't been quite as dominant in recent weeks but the return of Branden Albert and Larry Tunsil would only improve an offense that is averaging 26.8 points over its current six game winning streak.
| Jordan Reed sidelined Wednesday|
Separated AC joint in shoulder
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2016, 1:15 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed remained sidelined as the Washington Redskins returned to practice Wednesday following Tuesday’s day off.
Reed, who separated the AC joint in his left shoulder in the Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas, wore his jersey, but only watched as his teammates went through individual and unit drills. Reed hasn’t yet been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Arizona. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: It's going to be a tough for Reed to play but he has yet to be ruled out. It's unlikely he'll get in any full practices this week. Reed owners should be looking for other options (Vernon Davis?) in Week 13.
| Mathews and Matthews miss practice for Eagles|
Jordan Matthews expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2016, 1:05 pm
|Running back Ryan Mathews (knee), Jordan Matthews (ankle) headline the walking wounded.
Mathews remains officially listed as day-to-day and Pederson explained that he is "doing good," but was held out of practice as a precaution.
Pederson said that Matthews will be fine for the game after X-rays on his ankle were negative. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan Mathews is likely to miss Week 13 with his knee injury but it sounds like WR Jordan Matthews will be available after spraining his ankle Monday night. Matthews will be on the WR3 radar against the Bengals.
| Jeremy Maclin back on practice field|
Testing out injured groin
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2016, 1:00 pm
|WR Jeremy Maclin and LB Dee Ford are back to practice today for the Chiefs. Both may be limited in their participation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin will "test things out" according to head coach Andy Reid. Maclin will likely be listed as a limited participant. Maclin has been out of action since very early in Week 9.
|No plans to reduce Ezekiel Elliott's workload|
Cowboys owner will continue to feed rookie RB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 29 2016, 10:27 am
|Drew Davison (@drewdavison) on Twitter: "On @1053thefan, Jerry Jones says there's no concern about Ezekiel Elliott's workload and no plans to reduce it going forward." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There might be a change in atitude once the Cowboys clinch their various playoff milestones (spot, division, bye, home field) but for now, Elliott is producing and Alfred Morris is handling every third series or so. Make sure you have Morris if you're an Elliott owner.
| Sammy Watkins making impact, primed for breakout|
Bills WR over foot injury and ready for Week 13 at Oakland
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 29 2016, 8:40 am
|"I didn't really care about catching the ball," Sammy Watkins said after the Bills' 28-21 win at New Era Field. "I just wanted to feel good. Go out there, block a couple of plays, just get the feel of the game." (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins seems to be over the foot injury. He played a little less than half of the snaps in Week 12 but should be heavily involved against the Raiders. Expect 8+ targets and WR value from the oft-injured WR.
| Jordan Matthews leaves game with ankle injury|
WR Dorial Green-Beckham picks up slack (5-82-0) in loss to Packers
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 29 2016, 8:33 am
|Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews is dealing with an ankle injury in the aftermath of Monday's 27-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. His playing status for Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals is unclear. (Bleacher Report)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews left the game and briefly returned before leaving for good shortly after the start of the second half. Dorial Green-Beckham is still a pretty raw receiver who frequently makes costly mistakes -- as he did on an offensive interference penalty that wiped out a long catch-and-run by Darren Sproles in the second half. If Matthews misses time, he'll be the Eagles default WR1, but expect Sproles and doghouse-occupying Nelson Agholor to get more targets in Week 13.
| Derek Carr expecting to push through finger injury|
Dislocated right pinkie finger on snap in Week 12
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 8:00 pm
|Derek Carr to 95.7 on his Week 12 finger injury: "It's a little sore, but that's expected. But should be good. Just get some swelling down & we'll be all right." (Jimmy Durkin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carr looked as sharp as ever after missing only one series, so it as problematic as a dislocated digit on a quarterback's throwing hand sounds, owners shouldn't expect it to be much of an issue for him moving forward. Carr should be considered a rock-solid QB1 in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills.
| David Johnson has dislocated finger|
Expected to play without limitations
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 7:50 pm
|Head coach Bruce Arians: David Johnson (has a) dislocated finger, he'll be fine. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Opposing defenses haven't been able to stop him, so why would a dislocated finger? Seriously, Johnson is averaging over 139 total yards per game and has 55 receptions, making him a PPR goldmine. He also has 11 touchdowns, so he is doing it all and then some. He should be considered a top-three play virtually every week.
|Goal-line work in Derrick Henry's future?|
DeMarco Murray averaging less than 3.3 YPC over last two weeks
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 7:40 pm
|Mike Mularkey said the Titans have discussed using Derrick Henry more in short-yardage situations. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It was thought the 247-pound Henry was going to steal at least some of the goal-line carries when he was drafted and again when he impressed in the preseason, but Tennessee opted to give DeMarco Murray a league-high 274 touches through the first 12 weeks of the season. Now it appears the Titans, at the very least, may want to take away the potential high-impact touches from Murray. Look for Henry to steal at least 8-10 touches from Murray moving forward, putting him on the flex radar.
| Tyrell Williams should be OK for Week 13|
HC: "He's good. He's a little sore."
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 7:00 pm
|Mike McCoy on WR Tyrell Williams' shoulder injury: "He's good. He's a little sore. He's a little sore when he came down on it." (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams caught 8-of-14 targets in just over three quarters, so he easily could have had a bigger day. Expect him to suit up in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Bucs, who don't have an answer for a player with his size and skill. He'll be a high-upside WR2 at worst in that contest.
| Stefon Diggs returns to practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2016, 1:30 pm
|Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who missed last week’s loss to the Lions with a knee injury, returned to practice this morning, albeit on a limited basis. He seemed to be feeling good, too. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs has been heavily targeted since the Vikings made a switch at offensive coordinator. He's trending in the right direction for a Thursday night contest with the Cowboys.
| T.Y. Hilton: "I should be fine"|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2016, 12:30 pm
|T.Y. Hilton on how much better his back feels today versus late Thursday/Friday:
“I feel way better than I did then. I should be fine.” (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton landed heavily on his back in Week 12 but should be able to go in Week 13. Assuming Andrew Luck (concussion) is back under center, Hilton will have a tasty matchup against the Jets.
| Michael Floyd will play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2016, 11:00 am
|Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is playing today. He just told me. (Britt McHenry on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd has been dealing with a hamstring injury but after going through pre-game warmups declared himself a go. His matchup is a great one playing against a Falcons defense minus DB Desmond Trufant that's given up the 7th-most fantasy points to wide receivers.