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InjuryJohn Brown ruled out for Week 2
Rookie Chad Williams expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2017, 4:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Receiver John Brown has been ruled out with a quadriceps injury, which means rookie Chad Williams will play in his first game. Receiver John Brown has been ruled out with a quadriceps injury, which means rookie Chad Williams will play in his first game. (Arizona Republic)

FFToday's Take: Missing David Johnson and Brown, the Cardinals will be relying on veteran Larry Fitzgerald and a combination of Kerwynn William, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown for their offensive production. Even in a plus matchup against the Colts, its difficult to trust this offense to post above average fantasy statistics.
InjuryAmendola ruled out for Patriots
Pats to feature RBs in the passing game?
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2017, 3:00 pm

New England Patriots
The New England Patriots will be without starting linebacker Dont'a Hightower and top slot receiver Danny Amendola for Sunday's road game against the New Orleans Saints, as the club has officially ruled them out with injuries. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: With Amendola out, Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks should be Tom Brady's top wideout targets. Belichick may opt to use his running backs (James White, Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis) more in the passing game as newly acquired Phillip Dorsett is the only other healthy receiver on the roster.
Colts to start QB Jacoby Brissett
Scott Tolzien goes to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 15 2017, 10:30 am

Indianapolis Colts
Sources: The #Colts are planning on starting QB Jacoby Brissett on Sunday vs. #AZCardinals. Former starter Scott Tolzien goes to the bench. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Colts were dreadful in Week 1 with Tolzien at the helm (9-18, 128 yds, 2 INTs) but Brissett has been with the team for roughly 2 weeks so it's hard to imagine this offense turning things around in Week 2. Colts players should be on your bench, however Donte Moncrief is worth a desperation flier as he should avoid Patrick Peterson on most plays.
InjuryOBJ needs six to eight weeks to recover?
Gets in limited practice ahead of Week 2 MNF game
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2017, 5:45 pm

New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. said he has a 6-8 week injury. Asked him how he felt today and he gave me a thumbs up. He was officially listed as limited. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Beckham is 3 1/2 weeks into his recovery and was spotted running routes (somewhat gingerly) during warmups prior to the game in Week 1. In all likelihood, he will probably be given a "doubtful" tag and miss the Monday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions before possibly returning in Week 3, which would fall in line with some of the initial recovery projections. When he does return, owners should not hesitate plugging him right back into their lineups.
Jay Ajayi dealing with knee soreness
HC: "Not a big issue"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2017, 5:30 pm

Miami Dolphins
Jay Ajayi has had some knee soreness for a while. Not a big issue per Adam Gase. (Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad)

FFToday's Take: Ajayi is practicing in full and expected to carry the Dolphins' running game in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers. This news is just a reminder that Miami's workhorse is an injury risk and dropped in the 2015 draft because of concerns over his knee. The Dolphins very much want Kenyan Drake to be the primary backup, but he has his own durability issues. With that said, he's probably the most likely handcuff for Ajayi owners.
InjuryDanny Amendola misses practice Thursday
Concussion, knee injury make keep Pats receiver out Week 2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2017, 1:30 pm

New England Patriots
While Dont'a Hightower (knee) & Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) remain absent at practice, DT Vincent Valentine (No. 99/knee) returns. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Amendola could practice Friday but barring a significant turnaround, it's unlikely he will play this week leaving Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan as the primary wide receivers for Tom Brady. More running back usage could also be in the Patriots gameplan against the Saints.
InjuryWoodhead to IR, Ravens promote Langford
Woodhead eligible to return Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2017, 12:15 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Ravens officially place RB Danny Woodhead on injured reserve and promoted RB Jeremy Langford to active roster. (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Terrance West and Javorius Allen will be the top two running backs for Baltimore with Langford filling the No.3 role. Owners in shallow leagues can safely drop Woodhead.
InjuryAmendola absent with concussion and knee injury
Missed practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 13 2017, 7:30 pm

New England Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots confirmed Wednesday that wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered a concussion in the team's season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The disclosure was made on the official injury report, which noted that Amendola did not participate in Wednesday's practice. In addition, the Patriots noted that Amendola also has a knee injury. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: After a promising start to the season, Danny Amendola's chances of playing this week are not looking good. Malcom Mitchell or Phillip Dorsett could see a few snaps in Week 2 if Amendola's status does not improve by the weekend.
InjurySeahawks expecting to get Thomas Rawls back
Ankle
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 13 2017, 6:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle coach Pete Carroll reiterated during his Wednesday press conference that the Seahawks expect that Rawls will return for Sunday’s home opener against the 49ers after he sat out last week with a high ankle sprain suffered in the exhibition opener Aug. 13. Rawls practiced fully last week but the team decided to hold him out one more week hoping he would get to 100 percent before returning. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Eddie Lacy, Chris Carson and Thomas Rawls look like their destined to form a RBBC in Seattle. Although Lacy seems like the current favorite to start, the division of labor is a crapshoot. Until the distribution of touches becomes clearer, all three running backs are risky fantasy plays heading into Week 2.
Houston LB Brian Cushing suspended
Second PED violation
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 13 2017, 6:00 pm

Houston Texans
The NFL announced on Wednesday that linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games without pay for violating the league's policy on performing-enhancing substances. (CBSSports.com)

FFToday's Take: Houston is now forced to turn to rookies Dylan Cole and Zach Cunningham to fill the void left by Cushing.
RB Kerwynn Williams to start for Cardinals
A headache for fantasy owners
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2017, 4:20 pm

Arizona Cardinals
BA: Kerwynn Williams will start followed by Andre Ellington. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Bruce Arians announced that Williams would get the start with Ellington and Chris Johnson filling a backup role. This situation will likely turn into a committee and fantasy owners shouldn't trust Williams as anything more than a Flex consideration.
InjuryWoodhead expected to miss 6-8 weeks
Candidate for IR
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2017, 8:30 pm

Baltimore Ravens
Ravens' RB Danny Woodhead expected to miss 6-8 weeks with hamstring injury, per league source, which would make him a candidate for IR. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Woodhead was heavily involved in the Ravens opening drive, catching 3 passes and adding a rush for 37 total yards. He will once again miss a good chunk of the season after missing 15 weeks last season with a torn ACL. Javorius Allen will see an increased workload and should be a high waiver priority for owners in PPR leagues.
Cardinals re-sign RB Chris Johnson
Arizona's three-headed RBBC
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2017, 1:05 pm

Arizona Cardinals
As predicted yesterday, RB Chris Johnson has agreed to terms with the Cardinals with David Johnson out indefinitely. (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cardinals are attempting to fill the loss of David Johnson with Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington. This backfield doesn't have a clear pecking order at this point leaving a foggy situation for fantasy owners. Given Johnson was released, he appears to be the low man on the totem pole.
InjuryDavid Johnson to have surgery on wrist
Cards RB will be out 2-3 months
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 12 2017, 11:40 am

Arizona Cardinals
Mike Garafalo on Twitter: "Second opinion on David Johnson backed up the first, as the team had feared. So surgery and a return later this season if all goes well." (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is bad news for David Johnson owners and the Cards. Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington will shoulder the load for the Cards, with williams handling early downs and Ellington slated for passing game duties.
InjuryJaguars reeling after loss of Allen Robinson
Coach expects other WRs to step up
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 12 2017, 10:35 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Losing former Pro Bowl wide receiver Allen Robinson to a torn ACL was tough for Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. While the Jaguars have plenty of depth, Robinson is easily the most complete receiver on the roster. Now the Jaguars will have to rely on speedster Marqise Lee and possession receiver Allen Hurns moving forward. "Well, obviously we have confidence in Marqise and Allen to step up," Marrone said. (First Coast News)

FFToday's Take: Both Lee and Hurns make solid waiver wire pickups this week, though we're wary of placing too much faith in Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles. Temper your expectations, and don;t expect anything more than inconsistent WR3 numbers out of either, as this offense appears to be running through rookie RB Leonard Fournette.
Colts considering Jacoby Brissett for Week 2
Andrew Luck still on the mend, Tolzien ineffective as starter
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 12 2017, 9:20 am

Indianapolis Colts
Scott Tolzien tossed a pair of pick-sixes Sunday before being pulled early in the fourth quarter for Jacoby Brissett, who led the team’s only touchdown drive. Now Brissett is being considered to start Week 2. "It’s something that we’ll discuss later tonight and tomorrow as we game plan,” Chuck Pagano said of the potential switch at quarterback. (Indianapolis Star)

FFToday's Take: There's no way Brissett can be any worse than Tolzien, but he's still not a viable fantasy option. Similarly, all of the Colts skill positions will suffer in the interim. Luck can't make it back fast enough.
InjuryLuck out Week 2, Colts undecided on starting QB
No timetable for Luck's return
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2017, 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, coach Chuck Pagano said Monday. On who will start Week 2: "[It's] something that we'll discuss later [Monday] and into [Tuesday] as we game plan," Pagano said."...We have to do what's best for the football team and what gives us the best chance to move the ball and put points on the board." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Scott Tolzien was woeful in Week 1 going 9-of-18 for 128 yards, 2 interceptions, both returned for touchdowns and Jacoby Brissett has been with the team for less than 2 weeks, leaving the Colts in difficult spot.
Kenny Britt already in doghouse?
HC upset with receiver's brutal drop in Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 11 2017, 4:30 pm

Cleveland Browns
Browns HC Hue Jackson on if Kenny Britt will keep his starting job: 'Let's see where we go this week' (The Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

FFToday's Take: Fashioned by some as a fantasy sleeper just a week or two ago and signed a four-year, $32.5 million contract in March, Britt finished with one catch for 13 yards in his Browns' debut and was out-targeted by fellow starter Corey Coleman 14-6. Even if Jackson drops the hammer and doesn't start Britt in Week 2, Cleveland doesn't have much else at receiver to keep him on the bench for long. Still, he needs to be on fantasy benches in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Bills plan to keep feeding the ball to McCoy
RB had 27 touches in Week 1 versus Jets
By: Doug Orth | Sep 11 2017, 4:20 pm

Buffalo Bills
Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said Monday he will "let it all work itself out" as far as LeSean McCoy's touches this season. McCoy had 27 touches in Sunday's opener, but Dennison said he wasn't counting on the sidelines. "If I give him the ball 50 times, he'll make 50 plays." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This feel like it is heading down a predictable road, one in which McCoy is sidelined for multiple weeks sometime in October. He appeared to suffer a hand injury late in Week 1 before returning, and it appears Mike Tolbert may be the one playing the same role Mike Gillislee did last year. McCoy will be an every-week start for as long as he can hold up, so owners need to enjoy it while it lasts. In the meantime, Tolbert should be added in most leagues.
InjuryDavid Johnson suffers dislocated wrist
Seeking second opinion
By: Doug Orth | Sep 11 2017, 4:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
HC Bruce Arians: David Johnson seeing second opinion to determine course for wrist injury. Same prognosis as T.J. Logan right now. Logan on IR. (Darren Urban on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: To give you some idea of the timeline, Logan was ruled out 12 weeks with the dislocated wrist he suffered in early August. In other words, Johnson could conceivably miss the rest of the fantasy regular season. ESPN's Adam Schefter has found sources to suggest Johnson could miss as little as 2-4 weeks. We should receive final word on the timetable in the next 24 hours, but the No. 1 overall pick in most fantasy drafts is most likely done for September at the very least.
InjuryKevin White headed to IR, broken shoulder
Surgery a possibility
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2017, 1:45 pm

Chicgao Bears
Head coach John Fox said the Bears will put Kevin White on the injured reserve list with a broken shoulder. Surgery is not beyond the realms of possibility either. White left the Bears home opener in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury and didn’t return. (Chicago Sun Times)

FFToday's Take: It's been a difficult time in the NFL for White who now played in only five games since being drafted in 2015 and likely won't see the filed again until 2018. After losing Cameron Meredith to a torn ACL, the Bears are left with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Deonte Thompson atop the depth chart.
InjuryTexans thin at TE heading into Week 2
Three tight ends suffer concussions Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2017, 10:00 am

Houston Texans
The Texans are extremely banged-up following a hard-hitting loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said that he expects all five players to miss the game because they're in the NFL concussion testing protocol. That includes all three tight ends, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson, middle linebacker Brian Cushing and wide receiver Bruce Ellington. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: With the Texans playing Thursday night, there's very little chance any of the tight ends will be available. DeAndre Hopkins saw 16 targets in Week 1 and could see a similar amount in Week 2. Jaelen Strong will also return after serving a one-game suspension.
InjuryK Caleb Sturgis expected to miss several weeks
Eagles will try out kickers Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2017, 7:00 am

Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are expected to be without kicker Caleb Sturgis for several weeks due to a quad strain in his kicking leg, a person with knowledge of the situation has informed NJ Advance Media. Head coach Doug Pederson did say Monday the team will likely be working out kickers. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Sturgis made three field goals and went 1-2 on extra points against the Redskins in Week 1.
InjuryAllen Robinson suffers torn ACL
Out for the year
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2017, 8:31 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars make it official: WR Allen Robinson has torn his ACL. He's out for the season. Awful. In a contract year, too. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Keenan Allen almost made it to halftime last season. This year, Robinson made it 3 plays before tearing his ACL. It's a brutal loss for the Jaguars who will be without their best receiver who will miss the remainder of the season. Allen Hurns had been pushed inside to the slot position but he could be asked to step back outside, starting opposite Marqise Lee.
InjuryOdell Beckham inactive Sunday night
Good to go for Week 2?
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2017, 6:20 pm

New York Giants
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr (high-ankle sprain) is officially inactive. He should be good to go for Week 2, though. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It appeared Beckham was trending the wrong direction a few days ago but it's encouraging to hear Rapoport suggesting the Giants No.1 wide receiver will be available in Week 2. Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shephard and TE Evan Engram should be Eli Manning's top three targets against the Cowboys.
Darren McFadden inactive Sunday night
Healthy scratch
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2017, 6:00 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys: RB Darren McFadden, QB Cooper Rush, WR Noah Brown, OG Jonathan Cooper.CB Bene Benwikere, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Jourdan Lewis (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This comes as a bit of a surprise as McFadden was clearly the No.2 running back in rotation during preseason workouts. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith will handle backup duties behind Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants.
InjuryThomas Rawls, T.J. Yeldon could be held out
Gametime decision for both RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2017, 8:45 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
#Jaguars RB TJ Yeldon (hamstring) & #Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls are in similar situations. Both practiced, both may be held out to get to 100%. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Rawls has been labeled a gametime decision. He's dealing with a high ankle sprain since August 13th. Expect to Eddie Lacy to start with C.J. Prosise and Chris Carson also seeing action. Yeldon was limted in practice this week with a hamstring injury. Chris Ivory would get more run if Yeldon sits.
InjuryReed injury labeled "fracture in big toe"
Redskins TE expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2017, 7:30 am

Washington Redskins
Redskins star tight end Jordan Reed will be battling a painful toe injury for at least the early part of the season, one that they hope won't affect his production. Sources say the mysterious toe ailment that Reed has been battling is actually a fracture in his big toe, one that forced adjustment to the way he runs. That, in turn, has caused issues in other parts of his foot and helps explain why he was slow to get on the field in training camp. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: We've known for weeks Reed has been dealing with a foot issue. and it sounds like it will linger throughout the season. We'll see how much it affects him on the field. Reed owners should have a decent TE option either on their bench or targeted on the waiver wire.
InjuryOdell Beckham Jr. will be a game-time decision
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2017, 7:00 am

New York Giants
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be a game-time decision for the team's season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. While the Giants are holding out hope for Beckham, there is serious doubt about whether he will play, sources told Schefter. Meetings are planned for Sunday to better assess Beckham's status. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Beckham owners should be making other plans for their starting lineup. If Beckham sits, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shephard and TE Evan Engram should be Eli Manning's top three options in the passing game.
Raiders place K Sebastian Janikoswki on IR
Giorgio Tavecchio will kick for Oakland Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2017, 4:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
Raiders placed K Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kicker news! Janikowski agreed to a restructured contract earlier this week but will now miss a good chunk of the season with a back injury. Giorgio Tavecchio will kick for the Raiders against Tennessee in Week 1.
Colts waive RB Matt Jones
Former Redskins RB a free agent again
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2017, 2:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Colts waived RB Matt Jones. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Jones was released by the Redskins during final cuts and claimed off waivers by the Colts. He's on the market again and should find a landing spot sooner rather than later.
Ezekiel Elliott likely to play all season
Judge grant injunction to prevent six-game ssuspension
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 8 2017, 5:45 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Federal judge Amos Mazzant III granted a request by the NFL Players Association for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. With the injunction granted, Elliott will likely be able to continue playing as the legal process plays out. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It appears Elliott will now be able to play all season while the legal process plays out thanks to this injunction granted judge Mazzant. This whole scenario resembles a storyline of the WWF but it does mean fantasy owners who took a gamble on Zeke in their drafts will have the Cowboys running back all season.
InjuryCrowder questionable with hip injury
Will test injury on Saturday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 8 2017, 9:30 am

Washington Redskins
Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder is questionable with a hip flexor. Coach Jay Gruden said they'll work him out again Saturday. "Anyone questionable is a concern," Gruden said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Crowder apparently tweaked his hip flexor during Thursday’s practice. We'll have to monitor his status over the weekend. If Crowder doesn't play, Ryan Grant would likely move into the slot with Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor lining up on the outside.
Bengals running back usage unclear
RB coach hints at hot-hand approach
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 8 2017, 8:00 am

Cincinnati Bengals
Nobody can pin down exactly how the Bengals’ rotation of running backs Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon will look in its debut Sunday against Baltimore. The coaching staff stayed understandably tight-lipped and players are adopting the do-what-I’m-asked mentality. Jeremy Hill is listed as the starter and expected to start. Signs point to Giovani Bernard continuing to hold down his role on third downs. (Cincinnati.com)

FFToday's Take: Running backs coach Kyle Caskey went on to say: “You plan initially for it and try to put guys in the right places for what their talents can do and once the game gets going there is a flow to it. “If a guy does have a little juice to him at that time then you stick with him.” Sounds like this might be a hot-hand approach and one that could frustrate fantasy owners on Sunday.
Abdullah, Riddick to see field at same time?
RBs hope to create chaos in passing game
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2017, 2:50 am

Detroit Lions
In the only full game the pair played together last year, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick combined for 228 total rushing and receiving yards, and scored three touchdowns in a season-opening win in Indianapolis. Abdullah suffered a foot injury the following week, and Riddick’s season ended prematurely as well due to a wrist injury. We could potentially see the two on the field at the same time more often this season. Detroit lists both players as starters. (DetroitLions.com)

FFToday's Take: Teams talk about doing this every year, and more often than not, the plan falls by the wayside. Given the Lions' current offensive makeup, it does make sense, however. Regardless, Abdullah is a very good bet to exceed 200 carries and push for 40-50 catches if he can stay on the field, making him a more-than-serviceable RB2. Riddick figures to get plenty of use in the passing game and should hold his own as a RB3/flex option in PPR formats.
InjuryEric Berry suffers potentially serious injury
HC Andy Reid fears torn Achilles'
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2017, 2:30 am

Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs HC Andy Reid (says) fear is S Eric Berry has torn Achilles', pending MRI. "I don't think it's positive news." (Jarrett Bell on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Berry is a critical - if not the most important - piece of the Chiefs' defense. If this injury ends his season, the Chiefs' defense/special teams unit loses some of its luster and opposing tight ends - whom Berry typically shadows like he did against Rob Gronkowski on Thursday - will enjoy much more success against Kansas City than usual.
InjuryBeckham "50-50" for Sunday Night Football
Has yet to practice in full since August ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 7 2017, 11:30 pm

New York Giants
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will play on Sunday. Unless he doesn’t. Literally. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Beckham is believed to 50-50 to play with an ankle injury suffered last month in the preseason against the Browns. This likely means that Beckham, who hasn’t practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, will be listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. The question then becomes whether he’ll make the trip with the team to Dallas on Saturday. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: At this point, owners need to assume OBJ will not go in Week 1. Not only is the fact he has yet to practice in full a bad sign, but the Giants play on Sunday night against Dallas, leaving owners with only two Monday night games to pick from if Beckham doesn't suit. Thankfully, it appears the Giants may end up leaving him home if he isn't going to play, so owners may not have to wait until Sunday. Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram could all be worth fantasy starts if OBJ sits.
Evan Engram's Week 1 usage
60-40 play split between Engram and Ellison
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2017, 8:35 am

New York Giants
Rhett Ellison will likely start and handle run downs. Evan Engram will still play plenty, especially with the Giants as a pass-first team. A 60-40 play split still seems reasonable in Engram's favor, given his expected role in the offense. If there are 80 total tight end snaps available in a given contest, that would equate to 48 for Engram, 32 for Rhett Ellison. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: ESPN writer Jordan Raanan's assessment should be music to the ears of Engram owners. Ellison is more of a blocker and Engram's pre-season work showed he's capable of being a different maker at the position. He's a viable TE2 with low-end TE1 upside.
Allen Hurns working in the slot
Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee starting outside
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2017, 8:00 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Although several signs have pointed to a demotion, Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns still has a prominent role in the Jacksonville offense. Hurns lined up as a slot receiver for the majority of the offseason and has continued to play that role in practice this week. (First Coast News)

FFToday's Take: Hurns confirmed the slot is his "permanent" position meaning he likely won't be on the field in two wide receiver sets. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will be starting the outside receivers.
InjuryOdell Beckham iffy for Week 1
Beckham: "I wouldn’t count it out"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 7 2017, 7:00 am

New York Giants
Will he play? “I wouldn’t count it out,’’ Beckham said Wednesday. “My heart — it’s just not going to make this easy. I can say that it’s a day-to-day thing — really trying to get better. It’s been two weeks. I’m itching. I’m itching, but just patience and trusting." (New York Post)

FFToday's Take: Beckham is two weeks removed from a high ankle sprain so naturally his status for Week 1 is up in the air. He worked on the side yesterday in practice. Head coach Bob McAdoo said Beckham could play if he doesn't practice this week. It appears Beckham is on the wrong side of questionable heading into Thursday's practice. Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard will take on a bigger role if Beckham sits.