| Rodgers not cleared to play -- Tue Dec 3 6:00 pm --|
Not yet ruled out for Week 14
|The Green Bay Packers plan to play quarterback Aaron Rodgers whenever he is cleared, but that has not happened yet. Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that team doctors have not given Rodgers the OK to return for game action, but they have not ruled him out yet for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Rodgers is desperate to get back from his collarbone injury but Matt Flynn will take the first team reps in practice on Wednesday. Rodgers' owners should continue to hang onto the star QB and hope he's available for Week 15 and beyond.
| Le'Veon Bell appears to be OK -- Tue Dec 3 12:15 pm --|
On track to play in Week 14
|Tomlin said running back Le’Veon Bell, who sustained a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens, appears to be OK and could play against the Dolphins. Bell will be monitored during the week per their normal concussion protocol, Tomlin said. (Post Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: Bell is going through the concussion protocol this week and so far, so good. We'll track his practice participation throughout the week. If he's unable to play, Jonathan Dwyer would likely get the start.
| Owen Daniels unlikely to play -- Tue Dec 3 7:00 am --|
Still not ready to practice
|Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday the team will have to soon make a decision about the status of tight end Owen Daniels.
Daniels could return to action Thursday at Jacksonville. He’s still recovering from a leg injury, though, and has yet to participate in team activities.
Daniels said last week it was unlikely he’d play against the Jaguars. (Houston Chronicle)|
FF Today's Take: It won't be a surprise if Daniels is placed on IR given his status and the team having no shot of making the playoffs. Garrett Graham will continue to serve as the Texans starting tight end with TE2 value.
| Ravens still unsure about Pitta -- Mon Dec 2 6:50 pm --|
Reportedly ran around well last week in practice
|Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh was noncommittal on whether TE Dennis Pitta will be activated to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta, who is on the Injured Reserve-Designated for Return list with the dislocated hip he suffered on July 27, has practiced since Nov. 20. Pitta ran around well last week, according to Harbaugh.
"[The decision will] probably come down to the end of the week," Harbaugh said. "I've got a pretty good idea that he's doing well. It's just a matter of how well." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Ravens' three-week window to decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on IR ends Dec. 11. If they want him to play against the Vikings, the team would have to activate him before 4 p.m. ET Saturday. He's been a longshot for fantasy relevancy all season, but he's probably a low-end TE1 in all leagues if he can make it back to the field.
|Andre Holmes solidifying his role? -- Mon Dec 2 6:40 pm --|
Raiders WR enjoys career day in Thanksgiving Day loss
|Matt McGloin showed tremendous faith in a player with just five career catches entering Thursday’s game. Against the Cowboys, Andre Holmes had seven. For a whopping 136 yards. An injury to Denarius Moore and attention paid to Rod Streater set up this breakout game, where Holmes flashed tremendous potential.
Holmes could be a fixture on next year’s roster, a vital presence on a team with little receiving production beyond Moore and Streater. (CSN Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: It's hard to make too much out of any pro receiver putting up a solid game against the Cowboys' porous defense, but 6-4 and 210-pound receivers who can produce are in short supply. McGloin gives the Raiders a chance to have two fantasy-worthy receivers, so Holmes merits consideration for a bench spot in both redraft and dynasty leagues.
| Spiller "fine" after retweaking ankle -- Mon Dec 2 6:30 pm --|
Removed himself several times in Week 13
|C.J. Spiller’s 2013 season can be summed up by his Sunday afternoon in the Rogers Centre. The Buffalo Bills’ running back was at times ineffective, at times electrifying, and at times hurt during his team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Spiller carried 15 times for a season-high 149 yards and a touchdown, but once again had to check himself out of the lineup periodically to get his left ankle looked at.
Spiller said his ankle was “fine” after the game, but he was noticeably limping at times. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Perhaps if Spiller had rested himself for a few weeks after he initially suffered his high-ankle sprain, he would already be the back he was drafted to be. With this problem cropping up again after the bye week, howver, Spiller cannot be trusted as anything beyond a low-end flex for the rest of the season. As a result, Fred Jackson stands a great chance to be a fantasy playoff stud with games against Tampa Bay, Miami and Jacksonville on tap.
| Harvin calling himself "out" for MNF -- Mon Dec 2 2:40 pm --|
Required cortisone shots to ailing hip during bye week
|Percy Harvin's surgically repaired hip only got worse over the Seattle Seahawks' bye week. Following HC Pete Carroll's declaration that Harvin was "doubtful" to play on "Monday Night Football," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Harvin had cortisone shots on his ailing hip Saturday, per a source informed of the wide receiver's health. Harvin views himself as "out" for Monday's game against the New Orleans Saints. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Harvin made a couple of plays in his return to action in Week 11, but it is obviously not a great sign he Harvin had limited snaps in his only action and isn't available to play two weeks later. This doesn't seem like an issue of whether or not he was rushed back, but it does make the idea of him contributing to the Seahawks and fantasy teams over the remainder of this regular season somewhat unlikely.
| Weeden played with concussion -- Sun Dec 1 7:10 pm --|
Symptoms revealed after the game
|Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion after the game. Team spokesman Zak Gilbert didn't know when the concussion occurred and said Weeden reported his symptoms after the loss. He'll now go through the NFL's stringent concussion protocol. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: It's not known when Weeden suffered a concussion but he did finish the game. Jason Campbell is also dealing with a concussion making Alex Tanney the only healthy QB on the roster at the moment. It's likely Campbell will be ready to play in Week 14.
| Ponder exits with concussion -- Sun Dec 1 7:00 pm --|
Cassel fills in
|Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder left the team's game with the Chicago Bears with a concussion just before halftime, and his status for next week is up in the air. After Ponder left the game, Matt Cassel led a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter and eventually directed the Vikings to a 23-20 overtime win. Cassel threw for 243 yards in relief of Ponder. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Ponder will have to pass concussion tests this week in order to face the Ravens in Week 14. Neither Ponder or Cassel will be a recommended fantasy play on the road in Baltimore.
| Jordan Reed cleared to play -- Sun Dec 1 10:30 am --|
Expected to play Sunday night
|Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been cleared to play Sunday night against the New York Giants, a source told FOXSports.com. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Reed was limited in practice this week due to a concussion but has been cleared to play. He'll be a TE1 Sunday night against the Giants.
|Donald Brown to start for Colts -- Sun Dec 1 8:30 am --|
Trent Richardson demoted
| The Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to ride the hot hand.
Running back Trent Richardson will be benched in favor of Donald Brown, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First." Richardson will be the second-string back with a reduced workload, Silver said. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Kudos to the Colts for making the move as Brown has been outproducing Richardson for some time now. Richardson should be avoided in fantasy lineups today while Brown checks in as a low-end RB2 against the Titans.
| Harvin suffers setback, Doubtful -- Sat Nov 30 2:00 pm --|
Hip injury still a concern
|Two sources with knowledge of Percy Harvin's condition told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Harvin's status is in doubt for the colossal "Monday Night Football" contest with the New Orleans Saints. For the second time since returning to practice a month ago, Harvin's surgically repaired hip has flared up. The team later said Harvin will be listed as doubtful heading into Monday's game. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Harvin missed practice Thursday and it appears he won't play in Week 13. It's somewhat concerning that Harvin is still having soreness coming off a bye week. Golden Tate becomes a legitimate WR3 for this week's game against the Saints.
| Moreno expected to start for Broncos -- Fri Nov 29 3:40 pm --|
Probable on the injury report
|Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio expressed optimism Friday that running back Knowshon Moreno would start Sunday at Kansas City. Moreno sustained a right ankle injury in last Sunday's game at New England. Del Rio reported that Moreno did all of his work in practice Friday. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game. Rookie Montee Ball has been backing up Moreno.
FF Today's Take: Moreno was able to practice on Friday and is listed as Probable on the injury report. How much he's limited this week against the Chiefs is anyone's guess but he can safely be considered a RB2 for Week 13.
| Stacy cleared to play -- Fri Nov 29 3:30 pm --|
Full participant in Friday's practice
|All three Rams starters who went through the NFL’s concussion protocol this week have been cleared to play. Running back Zac Stacy, left guard Chris Williams, and cornerback Trumaine Johnson were all full participation in Friday’s practice and are listed as probable for Sunday’s contest at San Francisco. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FF Today's Take: Stacy is in line to get the start this week after being knocked out of last week's game with a concussion. The 49ers are middle of the road in FPts allowed to running backs but have been very good the last two weeks against Washington and New Orleans. Stacy will be a RB2 in Week 13.
| DeAngelo quad injury a concern -- Fri Nov 29 2:00 pm --|
Missed practice all week
|The Panthers (8-3) also may be without leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, who has missed practice all week with a quad contusion, for Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"A lot of concerns with DeAngelo,'' coach Ron Rivera said after Friday's practice. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Williams will likely be on the inactive list this Sunday meaning Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert (knee) will handle the bulk of the rushing load for the Panthers. However, given the committee approach, Stewart and Tolbert are only a flex plays if Williams sits.
| Dobson misses third straight practice -- Fri Nov 29 10:45 am --|
Kenbrell Thompkins expected to start
|CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee) returns to practice. TE Michael Hoomanawanui, WR Aaron Dobson & OT Marcus Cannon absent for 3rd straight day. (Field Yates via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Dobson (foot) is going to sit this one out. Expect Kenbrell Thompkins to replace him in the starting lineup. Thompkins will be a risky fantasy play as he will be competing for targets with Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman.
| Ellington injures knee Thursday -- Fri Nov 29 10:00 am --|
Status for Sunday uncertain
|Saw RB Andre Ellington this morn. had knee wrapped, says hopeful of playing Sunday. We'll see. (Kent Somers via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There are very little details at the moment about Ellington's knee injury but we should know more later this afternoon. Stay tuned...
| Gates doesn't practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 5:05 pm --|
Mathews, Gates expected to play w/ hamstring injuries
|Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) joined teammates for stretch, but he is not practicing today. Hasn't yet this week. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gehlken later tweeted Gates "could sleep the rest of the week and be fine on Sunday", so he should be considered a go for Week 13. A slightly bigger surprise is Ryan Mathews, who returned to practice on Thursday after sitting Wednesday with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 12. It appears both players are on track to play against Cincinnati this weekend.
| Moreno limited on Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 5:00 pm --|
Expected to practice Friday
|The Denver Broncos went through their Thanksgiving practice with every player in uniform and in drills.
That included running back Knowshon Moreno, who took part on a limited basis after being held out of Wednesday practice with a right foot injury. Moreno said "I feel good" before returning to the trainers' room following the workout. The Broncos expect him to practice Friday as well. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Moreno will likely be limited on Friday and it won't be a big surprise if he's labeled a gametime decision for Sunday. The Broncos face the Chiefs in a late afternoon game. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are ready if Moreno can't go.
| Stacy limited on Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 4:50 pm --|
Not cleared for contact yet
|RB Zac Stacy, LG Chris Williams, CB Trumaine Johnson all listed as limited in practice. None of the three did any contact work Thursday. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There is optimism Stacy will receive clearance in the next two days, which means he has better than a 50-50 chance to start against San Francisco in Week 13. The matchup isn't particularly appealing, but Stacy's workload since Sam Bradford was lost for the season has allowed him to assume low-end RB1 status. Benny Cunningham would draw the start if Stacy cannot go and should be expected to take on the same kind of workload.
| Matt Forte expected to play -- Thu Nov 28 1:10 pm --|
Practicing on Thursday
|Bears Matt Forte practiced on Thursday is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings. (Peggy Kusinski via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Forte is working through a hyper-extended knee but should be good to go against the Vikings in a plus matchup this week.
| Ryan Mathews practicing Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 1:00 pm --|
Rested hamstring on Wednesday
|Ryan Mathews practicing today. Good sign for Sunday availability. Chargers running back rested hamstring Wednesday. (Michael Gehlken via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Mathews left last week's game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. It looks like he will be available for this week's matchup with the Bengals
| No practice for Zac Stacy -- Wed Nov 27 3:00 pm --|
Participated in walkthrough
|Zac Stacy, Trumaine Johnson, Chris Williams (head injuries) listed as non-participants Wednesday. All three did a little work in walk thru. (Nick Wagoner)|
FF Today's Take: Stacy is going through the leagues concussion protocol in hopes of being cleared for Sunday's game. We'll see how much he participates tomorrow and Friday. If Stacy isn't able to go, Benny Cunningham would likely get the start. Stay tuned...
| Nicks returns to practice Wednesday -- Wed Nov 27 12:45 pm --|
|Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks ran a few routes and did positional drills during the portion of Giants practice open to the media on Wednesday. After being listed as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday, Nicks did not play in Sunday's game, ending a puzzling week for the former first-round draft pick. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Nicks is dealing with an abdominal strain but it appears he will be on the field for Week 13. Despite being a "starter" Nicks is third among the Giants' wide receivers in fantasy points behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle and hasn't scored a touchdown all season.
| Manning, Moreno sit Wednesday -- Wed Nov 27 12:30 pm --|
Moreno's satus for Sunday uncertain
|Peyton Manning's Wednesday absences are becoming something of a routine for the Broncos. The quarterback, for the third consecutive Wednesday, did not participate in the Broncos' first practice of the week. Yet again, there should be little to no cause for alarm. Also missing from practice was running back Knowshon Moreno, who suffered a bone bruise on his lower leg Sunday. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Manning is in no danger of missing this week's game with the Chiefs. Moreno's status is more unclear. Head coach Jack Del Rio classified him as "day-to-day". Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson would likely handle rushing duties if Moreno doesn't play.
| Matt Flynn to start for Packers -- Wed Nov 27 12:20 pm --|
Rodgers ruled out
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy declared Matt Flynn as his starting quarterback for tomorrow in the NFC North matchup at Detroit.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is still a week away from returning to action. Flynn has a decent matchup against the Lions defense that is in the bottom third against the pass.
| Jordan Reed limited Wednesday -- Wed Nov 27 12:15 pm --|
Expected to play this weekend
|Mike Shanahan: Jordan Reed was limited today. Barring a setback he should be good to go this weekend. (Grant Paulsen via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Reed missed last week's game with a concussion but should be back on the field Sunday night against the Giants and resume his TE1 status.
| McFadden practices Tuesday -- Tue Nov 26 2:00 pm --|
Likley to play in a backup role to Jennings
|Running back Darren McFadden was taking repetitions at running back and could get playing time along with Rashad Jennings against the Cowboys. (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: The Raiders are planning on starting Rashad Jennings this Thursday against the Cowboys even if McFadden is healthy enough to play. This will downgrade Jennings' value but he should still be considered a low-end RB2 for Week 13.
| Crabtree ready to return -- Tue Nov 26 8:00 am --|
Expected to play in Week 13
|The San Francisco 49ers are expected to get a big boost for their passing game Sunday when they host the St. Louis Rams as wide receiver Michael Crabtree is set to make his 2013 season debut. Coach John Harbaugh said Monday after the 49ers defeated the Washington Redskins that Crabtree would be activated from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday and he expects the receiver to play Sunday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With the return of Mario Manningham and now Crabtree, the 49ers are finally getting their full complement of receivers on the field. He's worth a look in deep leagues but don't expect WR1 numbers out of the gate.
| Forte suffers hyperextended knee -- Mon Nov 25 7:45 pm --|
Trestman optimistic about Week 13 status
|Bears coach Marc Trestman says Matt Forte suffered slight hyperextension of knee; is optimistic about status. (Chicago Bears on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Forte said after the game he has been dealing with "a couple injuries", but only missed a few snaps against the Rams as a result of this most recent one. Owners need to keep an eye on Forte's status throughout the week, but the fact he returned to the game and Michael Bush did next to nothing in relief probably means Forte will be in line for a full complement of snaps against Dallas' porous run defense in Week 13.
| Cutler eyeing Week 14 return -- Mon Nov 25 7:35 pm --|
HC Trestman doesn't believe Cutler will return vs. Vikings
|Marc Trestman was straightforward Monday afternoon in asserting that he didn’t expect quarterback Jay Cutler to play Sunday against the Vikings. On Monday evening, Cutler seemed somewhat surprised that his coach’s declaration was so firm so early in the week. But the quarterback also vowed he will be back in action soon.
Cutler promised – as Trestman did earlier in the day – that he’d be back playing some time before the regular season ends. The target date for a return: Dec. 9. That’s the night the Bears host the Cowboys on “Monday Night Football.” (Chicago Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Cutler has missed the past two games after suffering a high ankle sprain in a 21-19 loss to Detroit on Nov. 10. Although the Bears have dropped three of five following a 4-2 start, their biggest problem has been an injury-ravaged defense that won't be getting healthy anytime soon. With that said, a healthy return from Cutler would mean good things for receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery down the stretch against a pretty forgiving run of pass defenses.
| Daniel Thomas likely out for season -- Mon Nov 25 2:45 pm --|
Torn ligament in left ankle
|Miami Dolphins tailback Daniel Thomas tore a ligament in his left ankle during Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and is likely done for the season. Thomas left Sunday's game on crutches and was in a walking boot. According to a source, Thomas will not have to undergo surgery to repair the injury. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)|
FF Today's Take: It's the second time in as many seasons that Thomas' season has been cut short due to injury. It should also allow Lamar Miller to assume the feature-back role he earned in the preseason, although rookie Mike Gillislee and explosive special-teams standout Marcus Thigpen could vie for a few touches.
|Dennis Johnson excels in Week 12 -- Mon Nov 25 12:00 am --|
Outperformed Ben Tate in loss against Jags
|The Houston Chronicle dug up the statistic that Ben Tate became the first running back in the league this year to have only 1 yard rushing on seven or more carries. "We had planned on playing [RB Dennis Johnson] some, but when he went in he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more," Texans HC Gary Kubiak said. Johnson finished the game with 74 of the Texans' 77 rushing yards. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Tate did save his PPR owners some face by adding five catches for 26 yards, but that was about the only silver lining on his box-score contribution. Tate appears likely to be the starter against next week and has a soft run schedule on paper, but it is very possible the plethora of injuries he is playing through have caught up to him. Johnson needs to be added as a potential flex option down the stretch in most leagues.
| Moreno on crutches after game -- Sun Nov 24 10:00 pm --|
Broncos RB dealing with ankle injury
|Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, who limped off the field in overtime Sunday night, appeared in the Denver locker room on crutches and wearing a boot on his right ankle after the game.
FF Today's Take: Moreno racked up 224 yards on 37 carries Sunday night against the Patriots. We'll know more about the injury later in the week but Montee Ball, who fumbled Sunday night, will be a hot waiver wire add for Week 13.
|Ridley benched after another fumble -- Sun Nov 24 8:00 pm --|
Patriots RB loses a fumble in third consecutive game
|Running back Stevan Ridley lost a fumble for the third consecutive game tonight, and this one ended his shift.
Ridley, who has lost four fumbles this season, was beside himself after the game, but he made sure to also praise his teammates for overcoming the mistakes that led to a 24-0 deficit. (Boston Herald)|
FF Today's Take: After losing a fumble in the first quarter, Ridley was replaced by Brandon Bolden (13 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD). The Patriots aren't likely to declare a starting running back ahead of their Week 13 game against Houston but it's likely Ridley won't be in the mix.
| Campbell leaves with head injury -- Sun Nov 24 5:00 pm --|
Replaced by Brandon Weeden
|Browns quarterback Jason Campbell left Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a head injury. Campbell suffered the injury with 7:46 remaining in the third quarter after he took a shot to the head from blitzing cornerback William Gay. Brandon Weeden replaced Campbell, leaving the Browns with one active quarterback. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: If Campbell can't pass his concussion tests this week, then Brandon Weeden would get the start in Week 13 against the Jaguars. Weeden went 13-30 for 209 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in relief of Campbell.
| Not looking good for Julius Thomas -- Sun Nov 24 8:10 am --|
Decision on his status expected this morning
|Broncos expect a decision on TE Julius Thomas (knee) this morning. Still up in the air. Heard last night “it’s not looking good.” (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas injured his knee last week against Kansas City and is listed as Questionable on the Injury Report. Joel Dreessen would see increased playing time if Thomas sits.
| Redskins to be without TE Reed -- Sat Nov 23 2:00 pm --|
Will miss Week 12 with concussion
|Due to a concussion, Redskins TE Jordan Reed will not play Monday night against San Francisco. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Reed out, the Redskins will lean on Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis at the tight end position. Neither are recommended fantasy plays due to the expected committee approach.
| Reed misses practice Friday -- Fri Nov 22 2:05 pm --|
Has yet to pass concussion tests
|Rookie tight end Jordan Reed missed a third straight day of practice because of a concussion that he suffered in last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. “He’ll go through the protocol again tomorrow and we’ll see how he does,” Shanahan said. (Washington Post)|
FF Today's Take: While the Redskins have yet to rule out their tight end, it's looking more and more like he won't play in Week 12. He does have an extra day however, as the Redskins don't play until Monday night. Fantasy owners of Reed should have plan B in place.
| McFadden, Moore unlikely for Raiders -- Fri Nov 22 2:00 pm --|
Both miss practice on Friday
|Running back Darren McFadden was still working with the training staff Friday as the Raiders began practice, an indication he won't play against the Tennessee Titans. Also not practicing for the Raiders on Friday were wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) and Tyvon Branch (ankle). (Inside Bay Area)|
FF Today's Take: It will be another week of Rashad Jennings at the running back spot and the loss of Moore, means Rod Streater will be the best option in the Raiders passing attack. Streater is a desperate play however against a Titans defense has given up the fewest fantasy points in the league to wide receivers.