|Rams make switch at QB, Goff in for Keenum|
Rookie may not be an upgrade
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2016, 2:00 pm
|Jared Goff will start Sunday for the @RamsNFL against @MiamiDolphins in front of a home crowd, per team sources. QBs were informed this am. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams are a mess right now and even though Case Keenum wasn't setting the world on fire, Jared Goff may not be any better. It's rumored he's not quite ready to be a starting NFL quarterback but we're about to find out. He's off the QB2 radar against the Dolphins in Week 11.
|Vikings dump K Walsh, sign Forbath|
Four missed extra points dooms Walsh
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2016, 1:00 pm
|The Vikings waived embattled kicker Blair Walsh after he missed three kicks and failed to execute a key kickoff in the past two weeks. He will be replaced by former Washington kicker Kai Forbath. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings tried out kickers last week but stuck with Walsh in Week 10. However, Walsh missed another extra point on Sunday prompting the Vikings brass to take action. Forbath might be an upgrade but there are plenty of better fantasy kickers on a weekly basis.
| Gronkowski suffered punctured lung in Week 10|
Expected to miss Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 8:30 pm
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung on Sunday vs. Seahawks, according to sources. But could miss just one game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronkowski was understandably staggered after taking a vicious legal hit from Earl Thomas and missed a few plays before returning. Martellus Bennett started going off almost immediately after it happened, and he stands to benefit the most should Gronk missed Week 11 against San Francisco. In such a case, Bennett stands to be an elite TE1 play.
| Sammy Watkins not quite ready yet|
Eligible to practice, come off IR in Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 5:15 pm
|Bills HC Rex Ryan says Sammy Watkins is eligible to return to practice, but the trainers think he's not ready this week. (Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins reportedly told Ryan he feels "fantastic", but this news casts doubt on the receiver's probable Week 12 return as well. While he is still worth a stash in deeper leagues, the odds of him knocking off rust before the fantasy playoffs are getting slimmer by the week. There's no guarantee he makes it back this season either, although we obviously aren't at that point yet. Robert Woods figures to remain the top receiver in Buffalo's run-based attack for at least another 1-2 weeks.
|Dion Lewis not limited in practice last week|
Activated off PUP list prior to Week 10
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 5:10 pm
|New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis, moved from the PUP list to the active roster on Saturday, was not in uniform for the team's 31-24 Sunday night loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Because Lewis remained on the PUP list through the team's week of practice, the Pats were not required to list the running back's participation on their three practice reports.
"He wouldn't have been on the injury report," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Monday's conference call. "I mean, we didn't activate him until Saturday, but he wouldn't have been on the injury report." (MassLive)|
FFToday's Take: MassLive's Kevin Duffy suggests Belichick chose not to bring Lewis back against the Seahawks because it figured to be a tight matchup, but Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers represents a game in which the Pats should be able to control game script and score. While Lewis may only be worth a stash at the moment, he may be able to recapture his old role quickly if he can flash his pre-injury form.
| Tevin Coleman expected back after bye|
Expects to practice fully before Week 12 vs. Arizona
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 5:05 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RB Tevin Coleman will be back to full participation before the Arizona game. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Although it hasn't shown in their point totals very often during his three-game absence, the Falcons' offense has been less dynamic since Coleman. Owners should feel good about using Coleman as a RB2 in most leagues going forward, although his volatility makes him a better flex play, which is what he should be considered against the Cardinals' stout defense in a couple of weeks.
| Vikings have "no idea" if AP will return|
On IR following meniscus surgery
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 4:55 pm
|Mike Zimmer on if Adrian Peterson will play at any time this season: "I have no idea." (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It may be about time for owners with deep benches to give up hope on Peterson, who is running out of time to give himself at contributing this season. Minnesota isn't giving him much reason to rush back either, as the Vikings' offensive line is getting outplayed on a weekly basis. Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata and Ronnie Hillman will mostly likely finish the season out in a three-headed committee.
|Alshon Jeffery suspended four games|
Violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2016, 3:00 pm
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery will be available for action in Week 15. Jeffery has been a fantasy disappoint this season scoring in double digits just twice in nine games and only has one touchdown on the season. The Bears will feature Cameron Meredith and Eddie Royal moving forward. Meredith's value gets the biggest bump over the next month.
| Victor Cruz expected to be inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2016, 2:15 pm
|A sprained ankle is expected to keep New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz out of Monday night's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to sources. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: Eli Manning will have Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis as his top three wideouts during Monday Night Football.
| Thomas Rawls expected to return Week 11|
Will practice this week
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2016, 2:00 pm
|Carroll said RB Thomas Rawls is ready to go. Will to practice to play this week. #Seahawks (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls suffered a hairline fracture in his fibula in Week 2 but is set to return in Week 11. His role is unclear as the Seahawks got a decent performance from rookie C.J. Prosise against the Patriots. It's possible Rawls could become part of three-man committee with Christine Michael included. Rawls is worth a free agent pickup if he's available in your league.
| Bryce Petty to start for Jets|
Sprained MCL for Fitzpatrick
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 9:10 am
|So, Jets are starting QB Bryce Petty today vs Rams, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to practice this week on a limited basis but it appears the Jets will roll with Petty against the Rams. Brandon Marshall gets a bump down the rankings with Petty at QB while Rams-D makes for a solid play in Week 10.
| Gametime decision for Starks|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 8:20 am
|The #Packers are hopeful that RB James Starks makes his return following knee surgery today, source said, but they want to see him warmup. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers running game has been a committee of Aaron Rodgers, Ty Montgomery Aaron Ripkowski and Don Jackson. Even if Starks is active it's unlikely he'll make a big fantasy impact.
| Doug Martin expected to be limited|
Should split carries with Barber
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 8:10 am
|The plan is for #Bucs RB Doug Martin (hamstring) to be active and make his return today, but his workload should be limited, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Martin won't be a recommended fantasy play as it appears he will be splitting snaps with rookie Peyton Barber. Both are flex considerations in a decent matchup against the Bears.
| Christine Michael expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 8:00 am
|Seattle RB Christine Michael, listed as questionable vs Pats due to hamstring, is expected to play. “Should be good,” said source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks and Patriots play tonight but it sounds like Michael will be active. It's not an ideal spot for Michael given his decreased workload and potential negative game script. It won't be a shock if C.J. Prosise is the better fantasy running back in Week 10.
|Bigger role for Prosise|
Christine Michael added to injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2016, 2:00 pm
|The Seattle Seahawks made a late addition to their injury report Friday afternoon, listing running back Christine Michael as questionable with a hamstring injury. Rookie C.J. Prosise has already been taking a bite out of Michael's workload. In the past two games, Prosise has played 47 snaps, compared with 43 for Michael. Given Michael's uncertain status, Prosise figures to see an even bigger role Sunday night against the New England Patriots. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Given the late-week injury for Michael and the likelihood of a negative game script for the Seahawks, Prosise could be on the field for the majority of snaps against New England. The rookie RB will be a Flex option for Week 10.
| Jeremy Maclin out for Week 10|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 11 2016, 2:00 pm
|Receiver Jeremy Maclin won’t play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend, and star linebacker Justin Houston will probably be listed “out” as well, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin missed practice all week and played very little in Week 9. His absence means increased opportunities for Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Albert Wilson and Chris Conley. Hill is an interesting tournament option in daily contests.
| Doug Martin a gametime decision|
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 11 2016, 11:15 am
|Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Doug Martin will be a "game-time decision." He still hasn't been cleared to play. Said he's done a little more each day this week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Martin has been limited in practice this week and would likely split time with rookie Peyton Barber making him difficult to trust as an RB2. The Bucs and Bears play early Sunday so we should know Martin's status by 11:30 AM Eastern.
| No limitations for Cobb this week|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 11 2016, 11:00 am
|No limitations on Packers receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring) this week. "He's going to play as a full-time player," coach Mike McCarthy said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb was limited last week and didn't even play in the first half. With him being a full-go, the value of Davante Adams takes a hit. Cobb and Ty Montgomery are on the WR2 radar.
| Dion Lewis primed for Week 10 return?|
Needs to be come off PUP by Nov. 17 in order to play in 2016
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2016, 5:05 pm
|According to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo, Dion Lewis (knee) is "looking good" and has experienced no setbacks. The sense is Lewis is making the case to play Sunday vs Seattle. If so, expect him to be limited but his return is big. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lewis has taken part in five straight practices, which is obviously a promising sign. Teammates are reportedly "giddy" about his return, as LeGarrette Blount went so far as to say, "He's nasty in the open field. It doesn't make any sense." Lewis should have been stashed weeks ago, but add him if he wasn't. As last year proved, he doesn't need a lot of touches to have an impact. A return to pre-injury form could easily make Lewis a second-half fantasy stud.
| Jarvis Landry misses practice Thursday|
Day-to-day after injuring shoulder Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2016, 4:50 pm
|Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry is sitting out practice after hurting his shoulder Wednesday. HC Adam Gase told reporters Landry is considered day-to-day with the injury. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's worth keeping an eye on, especially since DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills have yet to emerge as consistent options. Gase and OC Clyde Christensen have each called themselves out publicly for not getting Landry the ball more often lately. Landry has yet to miss a game in three seasons, so expect him to find a way to go against San Diego in Week 10 and hold his own as a solid WR2 with upside.
| Tevin Coleman could go Week 10|
Team likely to issue further update on hamstring injury Friday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2016, 4:40 pm
|Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) could play Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Coleman ran on the sidelines and the team will have a better understanding of his status on Friday, Rapoport added. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman was a top-15 back in most leagues prior to suffering his Week 8 injury, so his return is no small news for owners. It's fair to believe Atlanta will limit his touches this week if he does play, as the team heads to its bye in Week 11. Although owners should have other options prepared, it is unlikely most have the luxury of sitting a player with Coleman's upside, so stay tuned for further updates on his Week 10 status.
| Travis Benjamin absent from practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2016, 2:15 pm
|Chargers WRs Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin been on same practice schedule in recent weeks. Not this week. TW practicing today. TB isn't. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In all likelihood Benjamin will sit again this week leaving Tyrell Williams, Antonio Gates and Dontrelle Inman to soak up targets from Philip Rivers. Miami's defense represents a positive matchup for Williams he's on the WR1/WR2 radar for Week 10.
| Carlos Hyde's status still in question|
Wearing non-contact jersey Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2016, 2:00 pm
|As he has for the last several days, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde took non-contact reps with the offensive unit Thursday but it still remains to be seen if he’ll be active and available for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers have said they'll likely make a decision on Hyde's status on Saturday. If he sits, DuJuan Harris would likely lead the team in running back touches. Arizona has been better than average against fantasy running backs making Harris only a Flex play option in Week 10.
| Jets' Fitzpatrick optimistic about playing|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 5:56 pm
|FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he is ''definitely optimistic'' that he'll be able to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams despite having a sprained left knee. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't thrown multiple touchdown passes in a single game since Week 1 (when he was healthy) so don't expect much improvement if his mobility is compromised. 2015 fourth rounder Bryce Petty would be in line for the start if Fitzpatrick isn't given medical clearance. The whole situation puts a damper on the fantasy prospects for Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and the rest of the Jets' pass catchers.
| Bucs RB Doug Martin returns to practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 5:30 pm
|Doug Martin returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in Week 2.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told reporters that Martin was limited in Wednesday's practice session, but he wouldn't speculate on whether Martin would be available to play against the Chicago Bears this week.
FFToday's Take: Tampa Bay desperately needs a healthy running back after the team lost Antone Smith to injury last week. Unless Doug Martin is able to fully participate on Friday the Bucs will turn to Peyton Barber and Mike James to handle the rushing duties versus the Bears in Week 10. Even if Martin is cleared, he may be on a snap count so keep a close eye on his progress as the weekend approaches.
| Mike Evans practices, on track to play Sunday|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 5:09 pm
|The Bucs also had Mike Evans back at practice today, participating fully after suffering a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. He should be good to go for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: Although he missed practice earlier in the week it looks like Mike Evans' fantasy owners can breathe easier knowing he is likely to be available against Chicago's weak pass defense. Chicago has given up the third most points to fantasy wide receivers this year making Evans a sure-fire WR1 for Week 10.
| Will Fuller back practicing for Texans|
Left last week with knee and hamstring injuries
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 2:58 pm
|Texans rookie wide receiver Will Fuller returned to practice Wednesday, an encouraging sign about his status for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The first-round draft pick from Notre Dame left the Texans' game against the Detroit Lions and didn't return. He has dealt with knee and hamstring injuries.
FFToday's Take: Will Fuller has seen his fantasy stock plummet in recent weeks and is now coming off lower body injuries that may impact his deep play potential. If healthy he'll start opposite DeAndre Hopkins but he's a very risky flex option for Week 10. If Fuller isn't up to full speed by the end of the week, Braxton Miller would see a nice boost in fantasy value this week. Miller has moved into third on the depth chart with Jaelen Strong sidelined with an ankle injury.
| Spence Ware practicing, Maclin sits|
Chiefs RB passes concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2016, 12:30 pm
|Spencer Ware is making progress in his recovery from a concussion. He’s set to practice on Wednesday, which should put him on track to return to the lineup in Carolina this weekend.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will not be joining Ware on the practice field. Maclin aggravated a groin injury last Sunday and left the game after playing two snaps. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Ware is expected to play this week against Carolina and should see the bulk of the work with Charcandrick West filling the backup role. Maclin is a longshot to play, leaving Alex Smith with Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley as his top three weapons.
| James Starks on the practice field Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2016, 12:15 pm
|Sounds like James Starks and Jared Cook have a chance to play this week at Tennessee. "James is going to practice (today), we'll see it goes. Same with Jared," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're going to put them in the limited category, but we're going to cut them loose today." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: How Starks responds on Thursday will be key for his availability on Sunday against the Titans. The Packers have all but abandoned the running game since losing Starks and Eddie Lacy to injury. If Starks does return Sunday, he'll be tough to trust as a Flex option given how well Ty Montgomery has performed.
| Ladarius Green has chance to play Sunday|
Steelers TE could see first action of 2016 against the Cowboys
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 8 2016, 2:05 pm
|Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) on Twitter: "Good news for Steelers: TE Ladarius Green and LB Bud Dupree have a chance to play this week" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green isn't a must-own by any stretch, but he's the kind of talent who could shake up the TE ranks and provide a spark during the final third of the season and the fantasy playoffs. He'll be behind Jesse James with a chance to supplant him as the go-to passing TE.
|Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower will split carries|
Saints plan to keep both backs involved moving forward
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 8 2016, 2:00 pm
|Mark Ingram finally made his way off the bench three series into Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, one week after he was demoted for fumbling for the second game in a row. Now, after a big game from both, Ingram and Tim Hightower will share the load moving forward, according to Saints coaches. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like the Saints will stay committed to the run on Sunday as they have for the past two games -- especially since Denver has the NFL’s No. 1 passing defense., so both make intriguing fantasy plays.
| Spencer Ware still in concussion protocol|
Sat out Week 9
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:30 pm
|As far as HC Andy Reid knows right now, Spencer Ware hasn't passed concussion protocol. (BJ Kissel on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While this news doesn't mean the same thing on a Monday as it would on a Friday, it is still a bad sign for his Week 10 status most non-regularly concussed players seem to be able to pass protocol in about a week, although each case is obviously different. Charcandrick West certainly didn't make any move on making the backfield a two-man show with a disappointing effort versus the Jaguars, so Ware will almost certainly return to fantasy RB1 status once he is cleared.
|Rob Kelley passes Matt Jones on depth chart|
HC: Jones "will have to earn his way back"
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:20 pm
|HC Jay Gruden says for now he thinks Rob Kelley to will get bulk of carries and Matt Jones "will have to earn his way back". (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While Jones hasn't exactly helped himself with his ball security issues, Gruden has shown virtually no allegiance to one running back since arriving in Washington. It's hard to believe that won't continue, and Kelley will have his work cut out for him against Minnesota and Green Bay the next two weeks. Consider Kelley and Chris Thompson low-end flexes for now, while Jones should be benched in deeper leagues and dropped in shallow leagues.
| Ty Montgomery was on snap count Week 9|
Limited to 10 touches and 31 snaps in loss to Colts
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:15 pm
|HC Mike McCarthy: We had (Ty Montgomery) on a rep count and rightfully so. We like the way he played. (Packers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery missed Week 8 with complications brought on by his sickle-cell trait, but it is hard to imagine why that was enough of a reason for McCarthy to keep their most effective offensive player limited to 31 snaps. Sickle-cell trait has only dramatically affected athletes in high altitude or extreme cold to this point, neither of which was in play Sunday. With James Starks expected back soon, it is unclear how much longer Montgomery will remain Green Bay's "lead back".
|Devontae Booker losing grip on starting job?|
Beat writer suggests Kapri Bibbs could get Week 10 nod
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:05 pm
|RB Devontae Booker took 46-of-56 offensive snaps vs. OA;. Kapri Bibbs had 9. Ratio figures to change in Bibbs' favor vs. NO. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Booker could go from a rookie poised to overtake a veteran (C.J. Anderson) who signed a four-year contract in the offseason about two weeks ago to playing behind an undrafted free agent who has spent two-plus years on the practice squad. It's a bit early to jump to conclusions for Week 10, but if HC Gary Kubiak is willing to put the starting job on the line this week and Bibbs gets the first crack at the Saints' run defense, he could keep the job for a bit.
| Jeremy Maclin could miss more time|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 12:15 pm
|Reid said Maclin could conceivably miss more time with the groin injury, but he is day to day. (Terez Paylor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin came into Week 9 with a groin injury and couldn't make it out of the first quarter. While Andy Reid didn't say so, reading between the lines it sounds like Maclin will likely miss Week 10 against the Panthers. Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley would be the top receiving options for Alex Smith if Maclin sits.
| Jacquizz Rodgers still in walking boot|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 11:45 am
|No word on Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers' foot injury, but he's still wearing a walking boot in locker room today, eight days after his injury. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bucs have cycled through a number of running backs this season with Doug Martinm, Charles Sims and Rodgers all suffering significant injuries. It could be the Peyton Barber show in Week 10 against the Bears. If so, he'll be on the RB2 radar.
| Fitzpatrick suffers MCL sprain|
No decision on starting QB
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 11:30 am
|Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick sprained his MCL in Sunday vs. Miami, per source. Injury not considered serious, but could impact Jets QB decision. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick was replaced by Bryce Petty for a short period before returning to action. The Jets have yet to name a starting quarterback for Week 10, but neither Fitzpatrick or Petty would be a recommended play against the Rams.
| Roethlisberger will start|
Won't be 100 percent
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 11:35 am
|Steelers confirm Ben will start. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger is going to give it a go. He's an obvious upgrade for Antonio Brown and the Steelers offense as long as he is in the game. He's had a notable history of not playing his best in games returning from injury.
| Gametime decision for Carlos Hyde|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 8:30 am
|49ers expect RB Carlos Hyde's status to be a pre-game decision, but it does not sound promising that he will be active, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hyde has been on the wrong side of the questionable tag all week and it seems to be a longshot for him to suit up. If the doesn't play, we could see a three-man committee of DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn at running back for the 49ers with Harris having the most fantasy value.