| Julius Thomas back at practice|
Missed Week 12 with ankle injury
By: | Nov 27 2014, 3:00 pm
|TE Julius Thomas is participating in practice (Thursday).
(Mike Klis on Twitter )|
FFToday's Take: It is Thomas' first practice since he suffered his ankle injury. While there is no guarantee he will play Sunday night, he is trending in the right direction now. Jacob Tamme is the handcuff and a relatively low-upside play should Thomas sit this week.
| Foster practices Wednesday, expected to start|
RB missed last two games with groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2014, 10:00 pm
|The Texans got some good news Wednesday when running back Arian Foster was able to practice after missing the last two games with a groin injury.
“He looked pretty good,” coach Bill O’Brien said.
Barring a setback, Foster will start against Tennessee.
FFToday's Take: Good news for Foster owners as the Texans give up the second-most fantasy points to running backs. Barring any setbacks in practice this week, Foster will be an RB1 in Week 13.
| TE Jordan Cameron practices |
Still considered day-to-day in return from concussion
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 6:39 pm
|Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron haven't played together in a game since last December. The Cleveland Browns hope to have both Pro Bowl pass-catchers on the field against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but Cameron's health remains iffy. After the tight end practiced Wednesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine called him "still day-to-day" after missing the past four games with a concussion. It's worth noting that Cameron took part in last Friday's session, too, but he wasn't well enough to suit up for Sunday's win over the Falcons. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like Jordan Cameron (concussion) may finally be able to return to the field this weekend. He hasn't played since week 8 and has not caught more than three balls in a single game this year. He brings plenty of upside when healthy and should help owners during the fantasy post-season.
| Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Houston|
Texans sign Thad Lewis, place Mallett on IR
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 4:52 pm
|HOUSTON -- The Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve on Wednesday, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Fitzpatrick started the first nine games, with a 4-5 record, before being benched during the bye week in favor of Mallett, who went 1-1 as the starter. Also on Wednesday, the Texans signed free-agent quarterback Thad Lewis, who was released by the Bills in training camp
FFToday's Take: Despite keeping things conservative through the air, Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown at least one touchdown pass in eight of his nine starts this season. He has enough weapons to provide fantasy owners with QB2 production but doesn't bring much upside to the table. To add depth to the roster in the wake of Mallett's injury the team signed Thad Lewis, while rookie Tom Savage presumably takes over the backup role behind Fitzpatrick.
| McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited|
Kyle Rudolph practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 4:46 pm
|Did not participate: TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), FS Harrison Smith (shoulder/ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee).
Limited participation: RB Matt Asiata (concussion), LT Matt Kalil (knee) and LB Anthony Barr (knee).
Full participation: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin), WR Jarius Wright (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (rib) and RT Mike Harrison (ankle).
FFToday's Take: With Jerick McKinnon banged up, recent addition Ben Tate is likely to be worked into the rotation week 13. Until the backfield situation is worked out in Minnesota it is tough to trust any Viking running back for fantasy purposes.
| RB Ryan Mathews practices for Bolts|
Running back not expected to miss time
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 3:56 pm
|Wednesday brought confirmation to every indication Sunday.
A shoulder injury is not expected to force Ryan Mathews to miss time.
The Chargers running back was sidelined for much of the second half against the Rams due to the third-quarter ailment, suffered when tackle D.J. Fluker and linebacker Alec Ogletree fell on top of him, about 600 pounds of body weight pushing his left shoulder into the ground. Mathews returned late in the fourth quarter.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews (shoulder) was effective last week despite netting only twelve carries. However, he faces a stiffer test against a Ravens rush defense that ranks 5th in the league. Barring setbacks in practice, Mathews should see enough touches to be a useful RB3 or flex option for week 13.
|Vick benched, Geno Smith to start|
Decision reportedly comes from GM
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2014, 11:30 am
|In a surprise, the New York Jets have decided to return to Geno Smith as their starting quarterback, sending Michael Vick to the bench after only three starts. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets will Smith another opportunity but don't expect it to go well. The team is coming off an embarrassing loss to the Bills (38-3) and with head coach Rex Ryan a lame duck, the team is simply playing out the string. Expect the Dolphins pass rush to succeed on Monday night.
|Redskins expected to start Colt McCoy|
RGIII headed to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2014, 11:30 pm
|The Washington Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a team source. While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins' long-term plan, per another source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The momentum to bench RGIII has been building the last couple weeks and it appears will come to a head this Sunday. Given the state of the offense under Griffin, the turn to McCoy could give the passing game a positive bump. The Redskins face the Colts in Week 13, then STL, NYG, PHI and DAL.
|Broncos release K McManus, sign Barth|
Barth coming off Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2014, 2:30 pm
|A former clutch field-goal kicker with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Connor Barth on Tuesday signed a two-year contract that will keep him with the Broncos through 2016. To make room for Barth, the Broncos waived Brandon McManus, the first-year kicker whose fate was sealed when he clanked a 33-yard field goal off the right upright Sunday in a 39-36 win against the Miami Dolphins. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Barth missed 2013 with an Achilles injury and even though he lands on a high-powered offense, there isn't a lot of reason for fantasy owners to rush out and pick him up unless you're desperate at the position.
| Jordan Cameron trending towards playing Week 13|
Brown TE expected back in action versus Bills
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 12:03 pm
|Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland is reporting that Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is probably playing in Week 13 against Buffalo. (Twitter/ESPN Cleveland)|
FFToday's Take: "All signs look like a go" is an encouraging thing to hear for frustrated Cameron owners, but it's better late than never. The Josh Gordon/Jordan Cameron thing was a boon to fantasy owners in 2013, and it could be again down the stretch.
|Justin Forsett has career night on MNF|
Ravens RB rushes for 182 yards and two scores
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 8:48 am
|On Monday night, before a national television audience, Justin Forsett's very first carry went for 38 yards and he finished with a career-high 182 yards rushing to lead playoff-contending Baltimore to a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
"It's crazy, man. You think about where I was this time last year, mostly doing a lot of scout team work and coming in (to play) every once in a while," Forsett said. "To just get the opportunity when I thought I would never get it again, it's a blessing."
While Forsett is grateful to the Ravens for the chance they gave him, Baltimore (7-4) might say the feeling is mutual. No one really knew how the Ravens' running game would fare after Ray Rice was suspended and later released because of an assault on his wife that was captured by hotel video cameras.
With five games still to go, Forsett has rushed for 903 yards and seven TDs while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
"The work he's putting in, the results he's getting and what he's doing for this team was huge," said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who passed for 243 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans. "He's not letting the guy tackle him in the hole with his arms or anything like that. He's breaking those little things." (USA Today/AP)|
FFToday's Take: Forsett's NFL career has come full circle, and fantasy owners who grabbed him in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal are very happy he's found so much success. He's an unquestioned RB1 and his prospects for 2015 and dynasty leagues keep getting better.
|Drew Brees has best fantasy game in loss|
Saints QB throws for 420-3-1 but comes up short
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 8:42 am
|Drew Brees completed 35-of-45 passes for 420 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Saints' 34-27, Week 12 loss to the Ravens on Monday night.
Brees averaged a healthy 9.3 YPA, but his night will be most remembered for a pick-six to Will Hill late in the third quarter that put the Ravens ahead on the scoreboard for good. It was Brees' third pick-six of the season, as he's been crippled by back-breaking turnovers all year.
The 4-7 Saints are clearly the most talented team in the abysmal NFC South and still sit atop the standings, but they lost all three games on the homestand. They'll try and right the ship next week in Pittsburgh. (Rotoworld)|
FFToday's Take: Brees is still a must-start, top-tier QB despite the team's struggles this season, and he has a very favorable stretch run from a fantasy perspective.
| Jets still deciding Week 13 starter|
Rex Ryan weighing options after brutal loss
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 8:37 am
|Not that either quarterback made a compelling case for the job, but Jets coach Rex Ryan said after Monday's 38-3 loss to the Bills that he isn't sure if Geno Smith or Michael Vick would start next Monday night at home against Miami.
"We'll address that later," Ryan said. "I don't know yet. We'll figure it out. I want to see how they look (after evaluating the tape of Monday's game). Sometimes, you can have a feel and a sense of it on the field. When you watch the tape, maybe you see a different opinion. We'll take a look at it and do what we think is best."
Smith replaced Vick with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter, when the Jets trailed 31-3. Smith did not play in either of the past two games, a loss to the Chiefs and a win over the Steelers. Ryan benched Smith in favor of Vick after Smith threw three first-quarter interceptions Oct. 26 against the Bills.
At the time of his benching for the Kansas City game, Smith had committed 37 turnovers in his 24 career NFL games.
On Monday night, Vick completed 7 of 19 passes for 76 yards and an interception. Vick almost threw two other picks. Smith completed 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards.
Facing the Bills' formidable defensive line, Vick was sacked five times. Smith was sacked twice, though one was on the game's final play, when he ran out of bounds for a 4-yard loss while under pressure.
"We also had some shots where I thought we really could've completed some passes," Ryan said when asked about Vick's lackluster stat line. "But it wasn't just (Vick). The protection, he was under duress almost the whole game."
The Jets are 2-9, so their final five games will just be a slow trudge to the finish for Ryan, who almost certainly will be fired after the season.
Will the Jets use these final five games to take one last look at Smith, and determine if he has a future with them? Or will they turn back to Vick, who hopes to prove he can remain on this team in 2015 and contend for the starting job?
When Ryan benched Smith for Vick during the first Buffalo game, the coach named Vick the starter the next day for the following week's game at the Chiefs. Ryan is scheduled to speak with reporters Tuesday afternoon.
Vick sustained a minor calf injury Monday night, but he could have continued to play.
"I saw that he was hobbled a little bit, it looked like," Ryan said. "He was taking some hits, and I wanted to give Geno some shots out there, give him a chance. It wasn't told to me that (Vick) could not play. I just saw that he was hobbled a little bit there."
Said Vick: "I got kicked in the calf, but it wasn't that bad. I could've come back, but coach told me I got knocked around a little bit and he just didn't want me out there." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Neither Vick nor Smith is a recommended fantasy option at this point, but it could have an impact on how the other skill positions (and we use that term loosely) perform this week. Stay tuned.
| Chiefs lose S Eric Berry for season|
Early reports suggest Berry has lymphoma
By: Doug Orth | Nov 24 2014, 5:35 pm
|Surprise of the day: Chiefs put S Eric Berry on Non-Football Illness List, which means he is out for the year, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We wish him the best. Chiefs ESPN Nation reporter Adam Teicher tweeted earlier in the day that a MRI "showed a mass in his chest" and that while there has been no definite diagnosis, Kansas City thinks he has lymphoma. From a football perspective, the Chiefs may have to reinsert Marcus Cooper as a starting corner after moving Ron Parker from safety a few weeks ago.
| Dwayne Allen "trending in right direction"|
Team unsure when TE will return to practice
By: Doug Orth | Nov 24 2014, 4:50 pm
|Colts HC Chuck Pagano on TE Dwayne Allen: “He’s trending in the right direction but he’s going to be day-to-day.” Doesn’t know if Allen will practice. (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Andrew Luck taking as many hits and sacks as ever and Coby Fleener (predictably) coming up short in the box score in Week 12, the Colts need Allen back ASAP. If he can make it back this week from his ankle injury, he has a very favorable matchup against Washington.
| Ryan Mallett out for the season|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 24 2014, 12:30 pm
|Quarterback Ryan Mallett is out for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle that will require surgery, according to two familiar with the situation. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Mallett reportedly played through the injury on Sunday. We haven't received an official word on who the Texans will start at quarterback in Week 13 against Tennessee but it's likely to be Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rookie Tom Savage is also on the roster
| Larry Fitzgerald unlikely to play|
Knee injury, gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2014, 10:12 am
|"It would take a miracle" for Larry Fitzgerald to play. Currently a game-time decision. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald missed practice this week and will likely be on the Inactive list when the Cardinals play the Seahawks in a late- afternoon game. Michael Floyd and John Brown would be the starting receivers if Fitzgerald sits.
| Reggie Bush not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2014, 5:30 pm
|Hearing Reggie Bush is a no-go for the Lions big game in New England Sunday. Not ready to go yet. Still working to get back (Jason LaCanfora via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bush's ankle injury has bothered him for the better part of a month. With Bush out, Joique Bell will become a viable RB2/FLEX option but he's only scored double-digit fantasy points in four games this year. Theo Riddick will also be involved in a pass-catching role out of the backfield.
| Arian Fosters sits Friday, Questionable|
Missed practice the last two days
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2014, 3:45 pm
|Texans running back Arian Foster (groin) is officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium. Foster did not practice twice this week (Thursday, Friday) and was limited Wednesday. Coach Bill O’Brien and Foster didn’t provide any clarity Friday about the back’s status versus the Bengals. Foster missed last Sunday’s victory at Cleveland due to injury.
FFToday's Take: It's never a good sign when a player misses both Thursday and Friday practices. For now, Foster will be a gametime decision but all signs point to him being inactive. If that happens, Alfred Blue would once again get the start and qualify as an RB2 in Week 12.
|Jonas Gray misses practice, late to facility|
Tardiness could affect RBs playing time on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2014, 1:40 pm
|New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray didn't practice on Friday because he didn't report to the team's facility on time, according to two sources. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a longstanding rule that if a player doesn't report on time, he doesn't practice that day. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This incident may impact Gray's playing time on Sunday. Newly acquired LeGarrette Blount could see action if Belichick decides to discipline his rookie running back. Gray becomes a shaky fantasy play in Week 12.
| Julius Thomas "very" limited Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2014, 1:25 pm
|Tight end Julius Thomas also returned to practice. Thomas was described as "very limited" and "shaky" by separate media folk, so right now we're more optimistic about Sanders playing than Thomas on Sunday vs. the Dolphins. (Mile High Report)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach John Fox stated that while the listed Thomas as limited on Friday, he easily could've been classified as DNP. The Broncos tight end will be a gametime decision but all signs point to him being on the Inactive list Sunday. Jacob Tamme would fill Thomas' shoes and be low-end TE1 consideration.
| Emmanuel Sanders returns to practice Friday|
Still needs clearance from independent doctor
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2014, 1:15 pm
|Emmanuel Sanders was cleared to practice through the league’s concussion protocol and took part in the team’s final practice of the week after missing work on Wednesday and Thursday. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Sanders will still need to get clearance from an independent doctor but that is expected to happen. For now, Sanders can be penciled into lineups.
| TE Jordan Reed ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2014, 1:10 pm
|Also ruled out of Sunday’s game is tight end Jordan Reed, who had already missed four games with a hamstring injury. He’s now sidelined by a strain in his other hamstring. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has immense talent but can't stay on the field. Reed has now missed time this season because of injuries to both his hamstrings. Niles Paul will fill-in and is a worth a look for TE-desperate owners and salary relief in daily games.
| TE Dwayne Allen ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2014, 1:04 pm
|Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that tight end Dwayne Allen will not play Week 12 against the Jaguars. The team officially ruled him out for the game, per the team's official website. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts tight end missed practice all week with an ankle injury. His absence means Coby Fleener moves into TE1 discussion. He faces a Jaguars defense giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to tight ends.
| Charles Clay likely game-time decision|
TE dealing with knee and hamstring issues
By: Doug Orth | Nov 20 2014, 3:40 pm
|On Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee), source called him a game-time decision for Sunday at Broncos. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Clay's knee has bothered him all year, but has been "limited" in practice for most of the season. However, beat writer Barry Jackson has since tweeted that his hamstring is ailing him now. With a 4:25 ET start, owners probably need to start considering other options. Dion Sims and Gator Haskins (in that order) are the next men up for Miami.
| Foster expected to share carries in Week 12|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 20 2014, 3:30 pm
|Arian Foster (groin) returned to practice Wednesday and is day-to-day heading into Sunday’s matchup against Cincinnati at NRG Stadium. Asked to elaborate about Foster’s status, coach Bill O’Brien didn’t budge. Foster missed the Texans’ Week 11 road victory against Cleveland. “Day-to-day,” O’Brien said. “I like it when all the guys are out there (practicing).”
If Foster returns Sunday, he’ll likely share carries with Alfred Blue. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: It is widely expected that Foster will return to the field against the Bengals and it is probably in his best long-term interests that he is eased back into things. With that said, Foster has assumed most of the workload even when he has been far less than 100 percent. As a result, don't be surprised if "sharing carries" in Houston this weekend means about a 75:25 split in favor of Foster.
|Steelers plan to ride Bell for rest of season|
Following release of LeGarrette Blount
By: Doug Orth | Nov 20 2014, 3:15 pm
|The Steelers are rolling the dice that Le'Veon Bell will remain injury free and able to keep up his heavy workload over the final month by not giving him much in the way of an experienced backup following the release of LeGarrette Blount. It's a chance the Steelers are willing and, more appropriately, have to take because they don't have many choices.
“We will take all he can give,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “We will give all he can take.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers don't have much of a choice, although Bell is a pretty good option to ride hard for the remainder of the season. At the moment, Pittsburgh's backup options are Josh Harris, LaDarius Perkins, Dri Archer and Will Johnson - with Harris and the newly-added Perkins easily the most likely ones to take over should Bell miss any time. With his upcoming schedule and no workload concerns, Bell could easily carry many owners to fantasy titles.
| Sanders, Thomas sit Thursday at Broncos practice|
Broncos without two key receivers
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2014, 1:30 pm
|Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas were on the sideline at practice Thursday, just as they were on Wednesday, due to injuries suffered against the Rams last weekend. (ProFootball Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Both players remain very questionable to play. While there's still a chance both could practice Friday and play on Sunday, owners should have backup plans in place. Jacob Tamme, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell would see increased value if both sit.
| Dwayne Allen sits Thursday, ankle injury|
Back-to-back missed practices for Colts' TE
By: Doug Orth | Nov 20 2014, 12:05 pm
|No Dwayne Allen again at Colts practice today. My money's on him sitting out Sunday. (Zak Keefer via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Allen (sprained ankle) missed practice on Wednesday as well. He'll need to get on the field Friday in order to have to play Sunday. If he sits, Coby Fleener moves into TE1 territory facing a Jaguars defense giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to tight ends.
| Julio Jones misses practice with illness|
Expected to practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2014, 11:45 am
|Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (illness) was not at practice today during the portion open to media. Jones missed practice on Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Jones has missed back-to-back practices but is expected to practice tomorrow and be ready for the game on Sunday.
|Patriots add Blount to running back mix|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2014, 10:47 am
|Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Blount was with New England last season as their power back, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and scoring 7 TDs. Blount's signing impacts Jonas Gray more than Vereen. Gray will still be the lead big-back in the offense for the time being with Blount in the mix as an insurance policy.
| Patriots WR Julian Edelman limited |
Thigh injury clouds status for Sunday
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 19 2014, 7:00 pm
|FOXBOROUGH — Wide receiver Julian Edelman is less than 100 percent following the New England Patriots' 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Edelman (thigh) landed awkwardly on top of a yardage marker in Sunday's game, and was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's walkthrough practice.
FFToday's Take: It's too early to know whether Edelman will be able to play this week so fantasy owners should prepare for all scenarios while checking back as the week progresses.
| TE Delanie Walker still in concussion protocol|
Light participant in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 19 2014, 6:18 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans tight end Delanie Walker still needs to pass a doctor's test to make it out of the NFL concussion protocol, but he was part of a light practice Wednesday. The Titans decided [last] Sunday not to have Walker undergo the final test with an independent doctor required to clear him before their Monday night game against the Steelers. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Walker is the Titans' leading receiver and is on track to take the final test of the NFL's concussion protocol. If he is cleared, Walker becomes a decent play for fantasy owners against the Eagles for Week 12. If Walker remains sidelined, backup Chase Coffman would find himself with an expanded role for the second straight week.
| Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson miss practice |
Detroit offense faced with more injuries
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 19 2014, 4:33 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are struggling to get all their running backs healthy at the same time.
After his season-best rushing performance against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Joique Bell didn't practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The team also continues to take a cautious approach with All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle).
FFToday's Take: Detroit's backfield has become a week-to-week carousel for fantasy owners this season. With Joique Bell (ankle) missing practice and Reggie Bush (ankle) limited, it is unclear who will receive the bulk of the work come Sunday. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson owners continue to sulk as he now works his way through an ankle injury. In short, several of Detroit's fantasy weapons are banged up and you will need to check back later in the week to see who is able to suit up for Week 12.
|Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers|
Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2014, 4:27 pm
|The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Adrian Peterson all but out for the rest of the season, and Matt Asiata working through the league's concussion protocol, the Vikings were in need of running back help. Expect a timeshare with McKinnon and Tate moving forward. This move derails the small value McKinnon currently has and puts both in RB4 territory.
| Arian Foster practices Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2014, 3:10 pm
|Arian Foster returned to practice today for the Texans. (Houston Texans via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster missed Week 10 with a groin injury. In his place, Alfred Blue rushed for 156 yards on 36 carries. For now, you can pencil Foster into your starting lineup. More updates to come later this week.
| Sanders, Thomas held out of Broncos' practice|
Two receiving stars watching from the sidelines Wedensday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2014, 2:40 pm
|Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas attended Wednesday's practice. But they did not practice. Sanders suffered a concussion Sunday when absorbing a violent hit by Rams safety Rodney McLeod. Thomas suffered a sprained left ankle Sunday. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Sanders will need to get through the NFL's concussion protocol before being allowed to play. Thomas is not on crutches or in a walking boot, both of which are good signs for his availability. More updates to come on both players later this week.
| Giovani Bernard back at practice|
Expected to play against Houston on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2014, 2:26 pm
|Giovani Bernard was back at practice for the team after missing the last three games with hip and collarbone injuries. He appears to be on track to return to the lineup against the Texans. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Jeremy Hill has been a capable fill-in while Bernard has been out so it remains to be seen how the touches will be split on Sunday. Both will be risky plays against the Texans due to the workload uncertainty.
| Jordan Reed misses practice Wednesday|
Tight end dealing with hamstring issue again
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2014, 2:07 pm
|Jay Gruden confirms Baker, Trent Williams, Lauvao and Jordan Reed did not practice. ..As for Williams "a long road" to play. (ESPN 980 via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed injured the other hamstring last week and remains iffy to play this week. Reed missed a month earlier this season with a hamsting injury in the opposite leg. Reed owners should have Plan B in place.
|Steelers release RB LeGarrette Blount|
Running back left the field early after receiving zero carries
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2014, 1:37 pm
|The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount less than a day after he left the team’s sideline before the completion of the team’s 27-24 comeback win Monday night over Tennessee. "We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in the statement. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Blount received zero carries in Monday night's game against the Titans while Le'Veon Bell received 33. Blount's antics of leaving the field early last night obviously didn't sit well with the team. It's likely that running back needy teams (IND, MIN, DEN, ARI) will kick the tires on Ben Tate before Blount.