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Injury Ravens hopeful Steve Smith can play in Week 6
Sat out Week 5 with four microfractures in his back
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2015, 5:25 pm

Baltimore Ravens
There's a shot that injured Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will play Sunday at San Francisco and miss only one game with four micro fractures in his back. Coach John Harbaugh doesn't know whether Smith will practice this week, but he indicated that the Ravens' leading receiver has been training hard. "I'm hopeful," Harbaugh said Monday. "Very hopeful. There's always a chance with Steve Smith. Always. Never rule Steve Smith out." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Smith is as tough as they come, so it is entirely possible he can go against the 49ers in Week 6. Harbaugh also told ESPN RB Justin Forsett doesn't have a high ankle sprain, giving him "a chance" to suit up in the same game. Expect both to be game-time decisions, with Forsett the more likely of the two to play versus San Francisco.
Injury Beckham, Randle sustain Week 5 hamstring injuries
Join Cruz as ailing Giants WRs
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2015, 5:20 pm

New York Giants
The Giants saw their top two receivers - Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle - suffer hamstring injuries during Sunday night's win over the 49ers. Beckham returned to the game, while Randle did not, and both told reporters in the locker room they did not think their respective injuries were serious. Victor Cruz was expected to be re-evaluated Monday, 10 days after his PRP injection into his injured calf, and the one-year anniversary of his torn patellar tendon. But Coughlin said he did not have any update, nor did he know Cruz was supposed to meet with doctors. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: At the moment, the Giants are down to rookie Geremy Davis, Dwayne Harris and Myles White in terms of healthy receivers. Although Beckham returned to the game, he looked extremely tentative while New York was completing its game-winning drive. If Beckham and Randle are both held out of next Monday night's game against the Eagles, it is entirely possible that Harris and TE Larry Donnell end up as Eli Manning's top targets in that contest.
Injury Colston suffered "significant" shoulder injury
Could have structural damage
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2015, 5:05 pm

New Orleans
New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston suffered a significant injury in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, who cited a league source, said Colston suffered a separated shoulder and may have structural damage. (WDSU New Orleans)

FFToday's Take: The Saints have been floundering on offense most of this season, although it is hard to say whether an extended absence actually hurts New Orleans' passing game or not. Brandon Coleman is the most likely candidate to fill in for Colston. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks may also receive more targets as a result as well.
Injury ACL injury likely for Charles, MRI Monday
Chiefs lose star running back
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2015, 4:45 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Coach Andy Reid said the preliminary report he received was that Jamaal Charles had a torn ACL. He was scheduled for an MRI on Monday. He was injured without contact, while making a cut with Kansas City facing a first-and-goal from the Chicago 9. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Charles is likely done for the season. Charcandrick West has jumped ahead of Knile Davis on the depth chart and will be a hot waiver wire pickup this week.
Injury Hamstring injury a concern for Julio Jones
Questionable but expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2015, 7:15 am

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons WR Julio Jones, listed as questionable due to hamstring, is expected to play; but his hamstring issues are a concern to Falcons. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is a concern for Julio owners but not enough to leave him out of lineups unless he's made inactive after pregame warmups. He has a plus matchup with the Redskins without both cornerbacks Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe).
Injury TE Julius Thomas expected to play
Won't be limited
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2015, 7:05 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
After missing first four games with thumb injury, Jacksonville TE Julius Thomas will make Jaguars' debut today; not expected to be limited. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Thomas was expected to sit today so this news is somewhat of a surprise. Thomas is a reasonable low TE1 option even though the Buccaneers have given up the fifth fewest fantasy points to tight ends.
Injury Stevie Johnson out for Monday night
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2015, 8:00 pm

San Diego Chargers
The Chargers will be without Stevie Johnson on Monday night. The slot receiver was one of four players the team listed Saturday as out against the Steelers. Johnson injured his hamstring last Sunday against the Browns. (Florida Times Union)

FFToday's Take: Johnson will be out, but TE Antonio Gates returns. WR Malcom Floyd (concussion) is questionable but expected to play. Keenan Allen remains a top WR play in Week 5. The Steelers have given up 100-yd games to Torrey Smith and Kenny Britt.
Injury Martavis Bryant's status for Week 5 in doubt
Teaked knee may keep Steelers WR on sidelines
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2015, 7:00 am

Pittburgh Steelers
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant tweaked knee in practice Monday, per source. Contrary to other reports, this is why he'll likely be inactive. (Ross Jones on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bryant's four-game suspension is over but it sounds like the Steelers may keep inactive for Monday's game against the Chargers. If Bryant sits, Markus Wheaton would maintain his role as the No.2 wide receiver.
Injury Vernon Davis ruled out Sunday
49ers' TE to miss second straight game
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:30 pm

San Francisco
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, despite practicing in a limited fashion all week long with a knee injury, has been ruled out of Sunday night's game at the New York Giants. Davis, in his 10th NFL season, sat out last week's game against the Green Bay Packers after suffering the injury the previous week at the Arizona Cardinals. He missed two games last season and one in 2013 but before then he had not missed a game since 2007. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Davis, like virtually every player on the 49ers' anemic offense, hasn't been a fantasy factor this year. With QB Colin Kaepernick struggling mightily of late, Davis is not even worth a bench spot at this point.
Brian Hoyer gets starting gig back for Texans
Ryan Mallett will fall back into backup role
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:20 pm

Houston Texans
Brian Hoyer has his job back as Houston's starting quarterback. Hoyer won the job out of camp but was pulled in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to the Chiefs after committing two turnovers. Ryan Mallett has started since then, but he has struggled and Hoyer took over in both of the last two games as the Texans fell to 1-4. Hoyer replaced Mallett in the second quarter on Thursday night and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted by Mike Adams with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the Colts' 27-20 victory. (ABC News)

FFToday's Take: Aside from a late interception that sealed a Colts' victory, Hoyer looked sharp on Thursday night. The veteran slinger completed 77.1 percent of his passes en route to posting a 116.6 QB rating, and even added a 14-yard run for good measure. Unfortunately, though Hoyer has shown flashes of brilliance over parts of the past few seasons, these sorts of performances have been too few and too far between. He's nothing more than a bye week replacement in two-quarterback leagues.
Injury Cowboys' Sean Lee cleared to play Sunday
LB suffered a concussion last week against the Saints
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:05 pm

New England Patriots
The Dallas Cowboys received good news regarding their defense Friday. Linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, will return Sunday when the Cowboys host the New England Patriots. Lee cleared the concussion protocol and had no limitations during practice Friday, according to the six-year veteran. The Cowboys’ defense will have its hands full in Week 5, as the Patriots’ offense has been rolling amid New England’s 3-0 start to the season. Lee’s return certainly will help, especially when it comes to slowing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been an absolute beast. Lee, a second-round draft pick in 2010, has played in just 50 games in his five-plus NFL seasons, but the 29-year-old has 12 career interceptions, second-most among active linebackers. (NESN.com)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys' are a stronger team with Lee in the lineup, but you'd be better off starting another defense this week with Tom Brady and the high-scoring Patriots' offense coming to town. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount could all conceivably feast on the Cowboys this Sunday.
Injury Julio Jones listed as questionable
WR battling nagging toe and hamstring injuries
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Will Julio Jones be ready for Sunday? The Falcons listed their star receiver as questionable for Atlanta's tilt with the Redskins because of the toe and hamstring injuries that limited Jones during Friday's practice. The team's official website noted that Jones saw reduced reps during the session in order to give the league's most dangerous pass-catcher more rest. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Perhaps bothered by the toe injury last week, Jones wasn't his usual prolific fantasy self, managing just 38 yards on four catches. Toe injury or not, as long as Jones is in the Falcons lineup, he should be in yours.
Injury Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy both out
Anthony "Boobie" Dixon likely to see the bulk of the rushing work
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 6:40 pm

Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills' backfield remains haggard as we approach the weekend. Both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) missed practice again Friday, per Chris Brown of the team's official website. Both McCoy and Williams are officially out for Sunday's clash with the Titans. Williams remains in concussion protocol. With the injuries mounting, Boobie Dixon likely will get the start, with newly signed Dan "Boom" Herron a candidate to see a heavy workload out of the Bills' backfield. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Anthony Dixon's a bruising back who was serviceable but unspectacular for the Bills' last season. Don't expect much from the 28-year-old this week, even in a favorable matchup with the Titans.
Injury Marshawn Lynch out for Week 5
Thomas Rawls expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 9 2015, 3:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is OUT for Week 5 vs. the Bengals. (Field Yates on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Lynch has been dealing with various ailments including calf and hamstring injuries. Thomas Rawls is expected to start in Lynch's place and will be in the RB2 conversation against the Bengals. Rawls averaged 6.5 yards per carry against the Bears but just 2.8 ypc against the Lions.
Injury Steve Smith ruled out for Week 5
Sustained four small fractures in his back in win vs. Steelers
By: Doug Orth | Oct 8 2015, 6:00 pm

Baltimore Ravens
As if there was any thought that Steve Smith would play, Ravens OC Marc Trestman confirms that Smith is out Sunday. (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: As expected. Kamar Aiken will serve as the de facto top receiver for the Ravens and probably line up opposite Marlon Brown. The Ravens also figure to get ex-Ram Chris Givens, who they acquired last weekend, a healthy amount of snaps. Aiken is shaping up to be a low-end WR3 this week while Givens may ultimately serve in the role the team expected the injured Breshad Perriman to play.
Injury Karlos Williams, McCoy miss practice Thu.
Anthony Dixon likely to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 12:15 pm

Buffalo Bills
All signs continue to point to Boobie Dixon being the Buffalo Bills' starting running back Sunday in Tennessee. Granted, Cierre Wood or Dan "Boom" Herron could also be mixed in. But rookie Karlos Williams (concussion) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) were not at Thursday's practice. (The Buffalo News)

FFToday's Take: If Williams can't get cleared by this weekend, Anthony Dixon would get the start with Cierre Wood filling a backup role. Dixon is more of a RB/FB hybrid and lacks big play ability but can be in the RB2 discussion this week against the Titans based on volume.
Injury DeSean Jackson limited on Thursday
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 12:05 pm

Washington Redskins
The Redskins could receive some key reinforcements on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback DeAngelo Hall were both out on the field during Thursday’s practice. Jackson and Hall both participated during individual drills. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Jackson is was limited on Wednesday as well as and is still very questionable to play this week. Jamison Crowder (7-65) was used over Andre Roberts last week against the Eagles and could see increased snaps this week if Jackson is out.
Injury Hasselbeck expected to start, Luck Questionable
Luck to test arm in pregame warmup
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 10:17 am

Indianapolis Colts
Matt Hasselbeck flew to Houston planning to start for Colts, source says. Andrew Luck will throw pregame, but Hasselbeck expected to start (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Luck sat out last week's game with a shoulder injury and it appears the Colts are leaning towards resting him this week as well. T.Y. Hilton posted a 7-67 line while Donte Moncrief went 6-75 with Hasselbeck at the controls last week.
Injury RB Ellington set to return
Role may be reduced in wake of sprained knee injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 8:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Running back Andre Ellington primes for his return from a sprained knee on Sunday against the Lions, giving coach Bruce Arians his full complement of backs for the first time since the season-opening win over the Saints. Bruce Arians likes to spread the ball around, which is why 25 touches for any one player are unlikely at this point. (AZCardinals.com)

FFToday's Take: The Cardinals will move forward under a RBBC that should be led by Andre Ellington with Chris Johnson and David Johnson splitting the rest of the workload. Ellington and Chris Johnson have the most fantasy value and remain worthy of starting in what has been a very productive scoring offense to open the year.
Injury Jordan Reed sits out of practice Wednesday
Concussion
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 5:30 pm

Washington Redskins
Tight end Jordan Reed also did not practice because of a concussion and his availability for Sunday remains uncertain. (Redskins.com)

FFToday's Take: Jordan Reed's status for Week 5 remains in limbo. Reed is in concussion protocol and his owners will need to have another option ready to go if he is declared out for Sunday. Derek Carrier caught a couple of passes while filling in for Reed last week and would be in line for similar production if asked to do so again.
Injury DJax says return against Atlanta is ‘possible’
Limited in practice, returning from hamstring injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 3:55 pm

Washington Redskins
DeSean Jackson declared himself pain-free after his first, limited practice Wednesday since straining a hamstring Sept. 13 and didn’t rule out the possibility that he might play Sunday at Atlanta. Asked if he was optimistic about suiting up Sunday, Jackson said: “Trying to be. But it’s Wednesday. I got two more days to really be able to determine that. I think tomorrow will be a good day to find that out, and Friday will be another good day. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: If Desean Jackson can find his way back to the field it would give the Redskins a huge lift on a passing offense that has only average 243 passing yards per game over the first month of the season. If Jackson is cleared to play he would be worth WR3/flex consideration for Week 5.
HC Quinn to speak with Roddy White
WR misses practice following displeasure over targets
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 3:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Roddy White was excused from Wednesday's practice for personal reasons, but Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he would speak to the wide receiver about his desire for more touches when he returns. (ESPN.com)

FFToday's Take: After missing Weeks 2 and 3 Roddy White saw four targets against the Texans in Week 4. He is clearly looking to re-establish his role in the offense and could take away opportunities from Leonard Hankerson in the process.
Injury Dixon to start if Karlos Williams can't play
Williams in cocussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2015, 9:58 am

Buffalo Bills
Rex Ryan says Boobie Dixon is the No. 1 RB if McCoy/Williams cannot play but adds "hopefully we'll have one of those guys (vs Titans)." (Tyler Dunne on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Karlos Williams along with Sammy Watkins (calf) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. There's still hope that Williams will be cleared before Sunday but if he isn't, Anthony Dixon would get the start and be on the RB2 radar against the Titans.
Injury Eric Ebron exits with knee injury
Lions TE backed up by journeyman Tim Wright
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 6 2015, 9:12 am

Detroit Lions
Eric Ebron exited Monday night's Week 4 game against the Seahawks with a left knee injury. He was replaced in most sets by veteran TE Tim Wright. (Rotoworld)

FFToday's Take: TE Brandon Pettigrew missed Week 4 with a hamstring injury. Ebron was hurt while blocking when C Travis Swanson tumbled into the side of Ebron's leg. Luckily, Ebron pulled his leg out while Swanson was falling on it, but it had the looks of a bad sprain. Before exiting midway through the second quarter, Ebron caught 2-of-3 targets for 22 yards. This comes as a big blow to an offense looking for consistent targets aside from Calvin Johnson. Wright isn't worth a waiver wire pick.
Injury Marshawn Lynch expected to return Week 5
Beast Mode had "best day" Monday -- but was inactive
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 6 2015, 9:06 am

Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks played Monday night’s game against the Detroit Lions without running back Marshawn Lynch, just the second time he's missed a game since coming to Seattle in 2010. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he could return versus Cincinnati. He was replaced on Monday night by Thomas Rawls and veteran Fred Jackson. (Seahawks.com)

FFToday's Take: Lynch had been listed as questionable on Saturday’s injury report with a hamstring injury, then was downgraded to out a day later. “He wasn’t quite right,” Carroll said. “His best day was today. He ran pretty well in pregame, but they did not think he could sustain through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here, that he’ll be ready to go this next week.”
Injury Karlos Williams in concussion protocol
Bills RB is questionable for Week 5
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 6 2015, 9:02 am

Buffalo Bills
Karlos Williams sustained a concussion during the Week 4 game against the Giants, but was not diagnosed until Monday night. (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's possible to pass through the protocol in less than a week, but Williams should be considered questionable for Week 5. With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) out at least another couple weeks, the Bills would turn to Boobie Dixon, Cierre Wood and likely another live body if Williams can't go. It's also not outside the realm of possibility that the Bills put some running plays in for Percy Harvin.
Injury Luck has mild dislocation in right shoulder
Report suggests doctors are concerned about labrum
By: Doug Orth | Oct 5 2015, 6:10 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck suffered a subluxation of his throwing shoulder. A source close to the situation says at least three out-of-state experts have looked at the injury and given their input. Luck had an MRI a week ago. The injury is also known as a partial separation of the shoulder. Doctors are concerned about Luck’s labrum, which is hard to read from the MRI with this type of injury. The biggest concerns about Luck at the moment are pain and arm strength. (Indy Sports Central)

FFToday's Take: With two games in five days, the Colts likely made an organizational decision to rest Luck this weekend in order to give him nearly three full weeks to recover. If the injury is "just" a subluxation, he could be in line for Week 5. If his labrum is the problem, it could be a much more long-term problem for the Colts and fantasy owners. Matt Hasselbeck needs to be owned in most leagues by the end of the week.
Kubiak: Hillman has the "hot hand"
"Ronnie deserves more touches"
By: Doug Orth | Oct 5 2015, 6:05 pm

Denver Broncos
Gary Kubiak on C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman: "I think deserve Ronnie deserves some more touches. He's got the hot hand right now." (Sirius XM Radio)

FFToday's Take: The constant unrest within the Broncos' offensive line hasn't really given Anderson - an inside runner - a chance to get his season off the ground. Hillman's big runs this season have come mostly on perimeter runs - an area where he gets to exhibit his game-breaking speed - so he's the better fit for Denver right now. Consider Hillman a low-end RB2 that is big-play reliant and keep Anderson stashed. If Denver finds some continuity up front, he'll have value down the road.
Injury Jordan Reed dealing with sprained MCL, concussion
No timetable for return
By: Doug Orth | Oct 5 2015, 4:00 pm

Washington Redskins
Washington HC Jay Gruden says Jordan Reed has a sprained MCL, but came back from that. He also has a concussion and is in the protocol. No timetable. (ESPN 980 on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Obviously, the concussion is the bigger issue here. Reed has reportedly suffered at least five concussions dating back to his college days at Florida, so Washington and fantasy owners could be looking at an extended absence - perhaps through the team's Week 8 bye. Derek Carrier is next up on the depth chart behind Reed.
Injury Cowboys fear torn ACL for Lance Dunbar
MRI today
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2015, 1:39 am

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar tore his left ACL and MCL on opening kickoff of the second half. Dunbar will have an MRI on Monday. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Dolphins gave Darren McFadden extra playing time in the second half of Sunday's game against the Saints. Even Christine Michael got a carry. Dunbar's role in the passing game will be missed. Joseph Randle remains the RB to own in Dallas.
Injury Andrew Luck out for Week 4
Hasselbeck to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2015, 7:54 am

Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck will not play today, per a team source. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Luck was "limited" in practice all week but in reality did very little on the field. Head coach Chuck Pagano's comments during the week stating he was confident Luck would play turned out to be gamesmanship nonsense. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start and the Colts receiving corps should be downgraded a notch.
Injury Arian Foster expected to play, barring setback
Texans RB has missed first three games with groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2015, 7:34 am

Houston Texans
Barring pregame setback, Texans RB Arian Foster is expected to play today vs. Atlanta, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Foster has missed the first three games after having groin surgery in early August. He's been practicing this week but may be limited today against Atlanta according to media reports. Foster owners should expect no better than RB2 value if he plays.
Injury Marshawn Lynch 40-60 to play Monday night
Gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2015, 4:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
On Saturday, the Seahawks will issue their final injury report in advance of Monday night’s game against the Lions. Running back Marshawn Lynch likely will be listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, which will mean there’s a 50-50 chance he plays. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the current estimate is that Lynch’s chances of playing are more like 40-60. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Lynch owners need to be making other plans considering the game is Monday night. Thomas Rawls would likely get the start if Lynch doesn't play an be a nice alternative for Lynch owners. We likely won't know Lynch's status until gametime.
Josh Scobee on the outs in Pittsburgh?
Steelers to try out Chris Boswell
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 7:30 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the lookout for alternatives to struggling kicker Josh Scobee. NFL Media's James Palmer reports the Steelers will try out free agent Chris Boswell, who was with the New York Giants in training camp. Less than two weeks ago, coach Mike Tomlin insisted he had no concerns about Scobee after the kicker missed two field goals in the season opener and an extra point in Week 2. It certainly appears that Tomlin has changed his mind after Scobee missed two more field goals in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter in last night's crushing loss to the Baltimore Ravens. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: After last night, this should come as no surprise. Boswell is a bit of an unknown having yet to kick in an NFL season game, but if he supplants Scobee he could become a reliable fantasy kicker once Ben Roethlisberger returns to the lineup.
Injury Victor Cruz receives PRP injection
No timetable for return
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 7:20 pm

New York Giants
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Thursday in his injured left calf. PRP is supposed to promote healing in the affected area. The procedure occurred at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "Hopefully it's able to make me feel better, and hopefully advance the recovery process in any way, shape, or form," Cruz said. Cruz aggravated a calf strain Wednesday in his first practice back. He lasted three plays after originally hurting the calf last month, admittedly a result of overcompensation following a serious knee injury he suffered last year. The MRI showed that the most recent aggravation of the calf isn't anywhere near as severe as the original injury, according to Cruz. He has yet to appear in a game, preseason or regular season. There remains no timetable for his return, but it does not appear it's on the horizon. Cruz will shut it down at least through this weekend as a result of the procedure. He will be evaluated Monday before a plan is devised. (NJ.com)

FFToday's Take: Cruz probably doesn't even deserve a bench spot at this point. He appears to be a ways away from returning, and Rueben Randle has shown that he is a more than capable WR2 for the Giants.
RB Christine Michael set to debut for Cowboys
Dallas managed -4 rushing yards in the second half last week
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 6:55 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Christine Michael has worked with the first-team offense this week for the first time since the Dallas Cowboys acquired the enigmatic tailback from the Seattle Seahawks early last month. "That's good to see him work with our first group," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday, via USA Today. "I think he's up to speed with the offense ... He's been coming along really good." A healthy scratch in all three games to date, Michael says he finally "has the plays down" now. "He's done well. He's working hard," coach Jason Garrett said Friday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "... There are a lot of things to like about him." Although the Cowboys' backfield committee of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar combined for 245 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in last week's loss to the Falcons, they rushed for minus-4 yards after halftime. If the coaching staff is confident that Michael is ready to contribute on offense, he can offer a power-speed combination missing in the other three backs. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Randle remains the RB to own in the Cowboys' backfield, with Dunbar having value in PPR leagues. Michael isn't even worth a bench spot at this point.
Injury Ellington to play, but CJ2K to start
Cardinals likely to use committee approach this weekend
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 6:05 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Chris Johnson’s career prospects didn’t look like all that promising this offseason when he was recovering from a gunshot to the shoulder after a mediocre 2014 season with the Jets, but he landed with the Cardinals in August and got a chance to run as the team’s lead back when Andre Ellington hurt his knee in the season opener. Johnson’s made the most of it. He’s gained 182 yards on 42 carries the last two weeks and scored two touchdowns in last week’s rout of the 49ers. That production has earned Johnson an extended look as the starter. Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Johnson will remain the team’s starter against the Rams this Sunday even if Ellington returns to the lineup. Arians said Ellington is a game-time decision and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the back is expected to play this weekend. (NBC Sports)

FFToday's Take: After a week where CJ2K turned in an impressive fantasy performance, it's anyone's guess which Cardinals' RB will be the one to shine this weekend. You'd have to think Chris Johnson is the favorite, but expect Ellington and rookie David Johnson to eat into his touches.
Injury Drew Brees expected to start Sunday
QB to return to lineup following shoulder injury
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 5:50 pm

New Orleans
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will start on Sunday after successfully testing his injured right shoulder in practice this week, coach Sean Payton said after Friday's practice. "I think he's planning on starting and we're planning on starting him," Payton said. "He looked crisp today. I think he's going to end up starting and based on the way the week unfolded each day, I felt like he's made the progress we're looking for." Payton said Brees did not have a torn rotator cuff. "The diagnosis was never a tear," he said. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

FFToday's Take: The Saints are looking to chalk up their first victory in 2015, and are hoping for better from Brees than they've received thus far. He'll be in tough against the Cowboys' stingy defense. It's worth noting that over his last two meetings with Dallas, he's amassed 732 passing yards and six touchdowns, but both performances came with Jimmy Graham in the lineup.
Injury Lynch expected to be gametime decision
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 12:45 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Reiterating much of what he said during his Thursday press conference on the status of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring), Carroll said the decision on whether or not to play the Seattle running back against the Lions is "probably going to go to game-time." "He’s got a slight hamstring pull, but for a running back that runs as crazy as he does it’s really important and crucial to him. But we’ll see how he goes, he’s working hard for us.” (Seahawks.com)

FFToday's Take: The Seahawks don't play until Monday night so Lynch owners having to make a decision on Sunday should play it safe and look for other options. If Lynch sits, Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would see increased action.
Injury Andrew Luck limited in practice Friday
Shoulder injury to Luck may give Hasselbeck the start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 12:05 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Via Mike Chappell of IndySportsCentral.com, Andrew Luck was not out with the other quarterbacks at the start of practice Friday. He was limited both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. If he can’t go, the Colts would start veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who hasn’t started a game since Nov. 4, 2012. They signed journeyman Josh Johnson today since they were carrying only two on the active roster going into the week. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: The signing of Johnson tells is the Colts are concerned about Luck's availability for Sunday against the Jaguars. He's officially listed as Questionable. If Luck doesn't play, it would be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Hasselbeck who hasn't played in a regular season game since 2012. The Colts passing game as would also be devalued but RB Frank Gore would get a slight boost.