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Injury Arian Foster ruled out Sunday
Texans' RB practicing but HOU not ready to deploy star RB in a game
By: John Canario | Sep 18 2015, 4:15 pm

Houston Texans
Ryan Mallett will take over as the Texans' starting quarterback on Sunday, but he'll do so without the services of running back Arian Foster. Foster (groin) made some progress this week and returned to a fairly active role in Texans practice. Head coach Bill O'Brien cautioned interested parties that this would be a slow integration. The team is hoping to have Foster for the long haul. While he would have been a nice safety net for Mallett as he tries to take hold of the starting job, Houston is wise to push the breaks on Foster. In the past, he's been dominant enough to win games on his own and they may need it down the stretch. Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk each caught a pass in the opener but with the Texans facing a Panthers defense likely without Luke Kuechly they could try and exploit some short opportunities over the middle like Jacksonville did a week ago. (

FFToday's Take: This should come as no surprise, as Foster had groin surgery on August 7th - just six weeks ago. But those who scooped him up in their drafts still got great value, as the former top-fantasy RB was initially predicted to be out for half the season. It now seems virtually certain that we will see Foster by week four, and possibly as early as week three. In the meantime, none of the Texans' backfield options are especially start-worthy.
Injury Alshon Jeffery listed as questionable
WR experiencing hamstring tightness
By: John Canario | Sep 18 2015, 4:00 pm

Chicgao Bears
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, coach John Fox said Friday. Jeffery was slowed by an injured calf in the preseason, but made it back for the Bears’ season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers. “He’ll be day-to-day, questionable for the game,” Fox said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “He had some hamstring tightness after yesterday’s practice and we held him out today.” (SI)

FFToday's Take: Jeffery, playing with a sore calf in week one, still paced Bears' receivers with five receptions for 78 yards. The 25-year-old hasn't missed a game in either of the past two seasons, and has been known to play through injuries. Expect him to suit up against the Cardinals, who allowed 354 passing yards in week one.
Manziel to start for Browns in Week 2
McCown still not cleared
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2015, 11:30 am

Cleveland Browns
Quarterback Johnny Manziel has been given the nod as the Cleveland Browns starter for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Friday. Josh McCown was not cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol and is not able to practice Friday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: McCown (concussion) has yet to be cleared to play. Manziel has a decent matchups against the Titans defense but in reality he's nothing more than a risky QB2. Tennessee allowed 210 passing yards and 2 TDs to Jameis Winston in Week 1.
Injury Spiller shaping up to be a game-time decision
Continuing to make his way back from August knee surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 6:25 pm

New Orleans
C.J. Spiller missed the first week of the regular season as he continues to make his way back from August knee surgery, but things are looking a bit better for this week. Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Spiller is doing well and that he doesn’t think there will be any issues getting him ready to play despite his recent inactivity. Spiller said that he feels good, but neither man was willing to say whether Spiller would be in the lineup against Tampa Bay. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Despite his absence last week, Spiller's owners had to be thrilled with just how involved Saints' running backs were in the passing game against Arizona as Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson combined for 13 catches and 149 yards receiving. The ex-Buffalo Bill's upside in PPR leagues is enormous in this offense. Even if he is limited or sits out in Week 2, he is still a very good bet for 100-plus carries and 70-80 receptions.
Injury Mike Evans claims hamstring is "100 percent"
Sat out Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 6:10 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
According to Mike Evans, there’s nothing that should stand in the way of his return to the lineup in Week Two. Evans said Thursday, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, that his hamstring is 100 percent. Evans isn’t guaranteeing he’ll be on the field against the Saints, however. He said he’ll practice Thursday and Friday and that his status for the game will come down to how he feels on Saturday. Evans returned to practice last Friday and said he felt he was “capable of playing” against Tennessee, which would seem to be a good sign for how he’ll feel when it comes time to make the decision for this week. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Last year, this news would have brought about much rejoicing. However, given how little Evans and rookie QB Jameis Winston worked together during the preseason and how bad the Bucs looked in Week 1, it is fair to wonder just how much impact his return will have for fantasy owners. Regardless, he needs to be in fantasy lineups as soon as he is cleared to play, whether that moment comes this week or next.
Injury McCoy pulled from practice w/ tight hamstring
Was just removed from injury report on Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 5:55 pm

Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills pulled star RB LeSean McCoy out of practice Thursday after he experienced tightness in his hamstring. "Do I expect him to play?" coach Rex Ryan said. "I certainly hope so." The Bills host the New England Patriots on Sunday. If McCoy isn't able to play, the Bills would turn to rookie Karlos Williams, the team's leading rusher in their Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts. McCoy suffered a hamstring injury during training camp. He was removed from the injury report Wednesday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Owners have reason to be concerned about McCoy's ability to hold up this season given the fact this is the second known hamstring issue he's had since August. Ryan hasn't ruled McCoy out and probably wouldn't do so until Sunday, but his less-than-glowing "I certainly hope so" reply doesn't exactly breed a lot of confidence in his ability to handle a full workload against New England in Week 2. Williams needs to be owned in all leagues until McCoy is cleared.
Injury Foster returns to limited practice Thursday
Has yet to be ruled out for Week 2
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 5:35 pm

Houston Texans
Texans RB Arian Foster returned to practice Thursday, taking part in drills as he continues to make speedy progress after undergoing groin surgery in August. HC Bill O’Brien has previously said Foster won’t play this week against the Carolina Panthers. O’Brien said Thursday that Foster is still unlikely to play, but was noncommittal on whether he will play. “We are slowly incorporating him back into practice,” O’Brien said. “I wouldn’t expect him this week, but you never know.” Foster has been running for weeks and has reached the point where he’s gaining more and more confidence in his health. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: The smart money is that Foster will be ruled out in the next 24-48 hours. However, it is looking more and more likely that he'll get a shot to face Tampa Bay at home in Week 3 and, at worst, make his season debut in Week 4 at Atlanta. Houston will probably hand Foster a full workload upon his return and his owners should be thrilled; the Texans have one of the least challenging run-defense schedules this season.
Injury C.J. Anderson to play Thursday night
Working through toe and ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 5:25 pm

Denver Broncos
Not much of a surprise, but despite being listed as questionable with a toe injury, Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will play tonight, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Despite conflicting reports earlier in the day, Anderson is expected to draw the start in Kansas City after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday. Last year's second-half standout probably should be expected to cede a few more carries than usual to Ronnie Hillman if he is limited in any way, but it also wouldn't come as a surprise if tops 20 carries if the ground game starts clicking like it did at the end of Week 1.
Richard Sherman to move inside more often
Played over 10 snaps in the slot in Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 4:45 pm

Seattle Seahawks
All-Pro CB Richard Sherman moved inside to cover the slot receiver in nickel situations several times throughout Week 1. In the past, Sherman has largely remained stationary in the left cornerback spot for Seattle. The Seahawks intend to use Sherman in the slot more frequently this year when the right opportunity calls for it. Sherman said he got a text from the coaching staff last Monday night asking him to learn the position for the week. Ultimately, he ended up playing over 10 snaps in the slot in nickel situations against the Rams. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Seattle plays Green Bay this week and Randall Cobb gets more work in the slot than any other Packer, so owners probably need to lower their expectations for Cobb and slightly bump up their projections for Davante Adams and James Jones. If Sherman operates in a shadow corner fashion like it sounds like the Seahawks want him to, it's bad news for Alshon Jeffery in Week 3 and Calvin Johnson the following week.
Injury Julio Jones sits again, expected to play Sunday
Expected to practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2015, 12:50 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones will not practice Thursday and was held out of Wednesday's practice. Quinn indicated Jones would have full participation during Friday's practice. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Jones is dealing with a sore hamstring but head coach Dan Quinn doesn't appear to be concerned about his top wide receiver's availability for Sunday's game against the Giants. Julio owners shouldn't panic unless he misses Friday's practice.
Injury T.Y. Hilton misses practice Thursday
Bruised knee
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2015, 11:30 am

Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton didn’t take part in practice with his teammates as they continued getting ready for Monday night’s home date with the Jets. The Monday night kickoff gives Hilton a little extra time to heal up, although continued absences from practice in the next couple of days won’t bode well for his chances of helping the Colts even their record. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Hilton is dealing with a bone bruise suffered in Week 1. The Monday night start time complicates matters for fantasy owners but if Hilton he can't play, Donte Moncrief would get the start and be a viable Flex play.
Injury RB Ellington at practice three days after injury
Wearing brace with sprained PCL
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 8:20 pm

Arizona Cardinals
They might not play on Sunday in Chicago, but two key members of the Cardinals offense were at practice on Wednesday and were able to be on the field. That’s an encouraging sign for both running back Andre Ellington and left guard Mike Iupati, who were expected to be sidelined for another week to three weeks. Ellington has a sprained right posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Iupati is recovering from surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Coach Bruce Arians said it was a bit of a surprise that Ellington was able to test his knee this soon after injuring it just three days earlier.“Yeah,” he said. “He’s in a brace and we’ll see what he can do and what he can’t do.” (

FFToday's Take: Andre Ellington's presence at practice is a good indication that the sprained PCL injury he suffered in week 1 won't keep him out any more than the one to three week time-table originally stated. However, Ellington's inability to stay healthy gives the team and HC Bruce Arians more reason to lighten the load on Arizona's lead back when he returns. Chris Johnson is projected to see the majority of the carries Sunday versus the Bears in week two with David Johnson being mixed in as well.
Injury TE Julius Thomas cleared for practice
Broken hand
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 7:12 pm

Jacksonville Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas has been cleared for limited practice. He still won't play for at least a few more weeks. Thomas was on the field Wednesday for the first time since breaking a bone on the back of his right hand in the preseason opener Aug. 14 (USA Today)

FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners are still waiting to see how productive Julius Thomas can be in Jacksonville's improving offense. He's still a few weeks away from returning to the field but should be a top twelve fantasy tight end most weeks when he returns.
Injury Carr returns to Raiders practice
Bruised thumb
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 7:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Derek Carr took a snap and threw a deep pass to Amari Cooper. Following some initial concern after Carr was knocked out of Oakland's season opener with a hand injury, the Raiders are expecting to have their starting quarterback back on the field Sunday against Baltimore. (AP)

FFToday's Take: This is an encouraging sign for the Raiders' offense heading into week 2 where Oakland will be hosting a tough Ravens defense. The Ravens held Denver's offense in check last week by limiting the Broncos to only 219 total yards. If Carr continues to practice like he did today, HC Jack Del Rio will likely give him the nod even if he isn't at full strength.
Injury WR Mike Evans returned to practice
Hamstring injury kept him out of Week 1
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 2:12 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who missed Sunday's season opener with a hamstring injury, was back participating at Wednesday's full-pads practice, an encouraging sign for his chances of play this week when the Bucs are at the Saints. (

FFToday's Take: Mike Evans appears to be getting closer to returning to the field but his week 2 status will not be determined until later this week. Evan's fantasy matchup on the road against the Saints should make him a solid starting option in all formats if he does in fact make his season debut this weekend.
Injury Ryan Mallett to start at QB for Texans
Texans bench starting QB after one game
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2015, 12:55 pm

Houston Texans
Sources: Texans are poised to make a quarterback change. They are preparing to play with QB Ryan Mallett as their starter vs. the Panthers (Ian Rapoport)

FFToday's Take: Brian Hoyer looked shaky against the Chiefs in Week 1 throwing a bad interception and completing just 53 percent of his passes. Mallett has yet to prove he's a substantial upgrade over Hoyer but he'll get an opportunity to prove just that against the Panthers. Mallett is a QB2 against Carolina.
Injury Browns preparing as if Johnny Manziel is starter
Enigmatic QB likely getting the call in Week 2
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 15 2015, 11:05 am

Cleveland Browns
The Browns are preparing to move forward with Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback for Week 2. Josh McCown remains in the concussion protocol but attended meetings and watched film Monday, a day after suffering a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter. (Chronicle-Telegram (Ohio))

FFToday's Take: A league source said McCown felt good, but head coach Mike Pettine said the team began the week anticipating Manziel will get the start Sunday in the home opener against the Tennessee Titans. “If we have our starting quarterback in protocol … it’s an ideal situation that Josh would be back at the end of the week, but we have to plan otherwise that he won’t be available at least early for practice, " Pettine said. “We’ll see how it plays out. Johnny early in the week will get the starting quarterback reps.” Neither Manziel nor McCown is a recommended play in anything but the deepest of fantasy leagues -- one that would have to ignore turnovers and award extra points for pantomime and panache.
Injury Dez Bryant's foot to take six weeks to heal
Jerry Jones Cowboys star WR will be out through team's Week 6 bye
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 15 2015, 10:59 am

Dallas Cowboys
In a radio interview, Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant's (Jones fracture in foot) surgery went well, but that the foot will take a full six weeks to heal completely. (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Don't I know it! I once had the exact same foot fracture (fifth metatarsal) and it's a low-blood-flow area that heals relatively slowly, though the inserted screw aids the process. The Cowboys will likely continue to spread the ball around to TE Jason Witten, WR Terrance Williams, slot receiver Cole Beasley, RB Lance Dunbar -- though we could see some of second-year WR Devon Street and rookie Lucky Whitehead if the team shows a need for a bigger edge target.
Panthers OC: We will target Greg Olsen more
Pro Bowl TE not sweating lack of targets in Week 1
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 15 2015, 10:48 am

Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had his fewest receiving yards in a game Sunday against the Jaguars since Carolina’s 2011 season finale, but OC Mike Shula said they will move him around to get him the ball. (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: Reporter Jonathan Jones astutely points out that this same story popped up last year when the Pro Bowl tight end had two games with just one catch. We're standing behind Olsen as a top-tier TE, mainly because Olsen is an integral part of the Panthers game plan. In Week 1, he had a touchdown negated because of a controversial penalty and another 13-yard catch wiped out because of a penalty, all while the Jaguars slid their safety down to help cover Olsen in zone defense.
Injury D. Thomas, C.J. Anderson nursing minor injuries
Top WR dealing with hand concern, RB has sprained toe
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 4:40 pm

Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas finished Sunday's season opener with seven catches for 60 yards and a sore hand. He said he planned to have his hand X-rayed after injuring it during the game. C.J. Anderson said he suffered a sprained toe, although he didn't miss much time. The Broncos' starting running back slogged through tough runs against the Ravens' stout defense, gaining 29 yards on 12 carries. Ronnie Hillman led the Broncos with 41 yards on 12 attempts. The Broncos rushed 25 times, with 11 coming on their final scoring drive. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: HC Gary Kubiak called both players "fine", so owners can probably expect Thomas and Anderson to resume their usual roles against Kansas City on Thursday night. Much has been made about Anderson rough 12-carry, 29-yard outing in Week 1, but it is not as if Ronnie Hillman (12 carries, 41 yards) thrived. Baltimore should be the toughest test the Denver running game should see all season, so unless there is a setback with the toe, Anderson should be a RB1 moving forward.
Injury Bryant diagnosed with Jones fracture
Possible Week 8 return?
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 4:25 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot, according to a source. The injury is known as a Jones fracture and requires surgery to correct. He is scheduled to have the operation on Tuesday. That's the same injury as Thunder star Kevin Durant, who had to have three surgeries and was shut down for the season last year. Bryant's last play of Sunday's game came in the first minute of the fourth quarter when he caught a pass on a crossing route. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: ESPN Dallas considers Week 8 a more realistic return date, but owners need to pray the surgery corrects the problem. A Jones fracture is the same injury that eventually shut down NBA star Kevin Durant this past season and the same ailment that caused the Bengals' Marvin Jones to sit out all of last season. While Week 1 is not a time to panic, Bryant's owners would be wise to treat this as an injury that could hinder him all season.
Injury T.Y. Hilton likely out 1-2 weeks
Knee bruise
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 4:10 pm

Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts could be without their No. 1 receiving threat for a couple weeks. T.Y. Hilton is day-to-day with a knee bruise, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the team will be cautious with their top target. Hilton could miss one to two games, depending on how the wideout feels, per a source informed of his condition. (

FFToday's Take: Donte Moncrief is the next man up for the Colts, who are plenty deep at receiver and can absorb the short-term loss of a player like Hilton better than just about any other team. A two-week absence means Hilton would return in Week 4 at home against Jacksonville. In the interim, Andre Johnson should serve as the team's top target, although he figures to have a daunting matchup in Week 2 against the Jets' Darrelle Revis. Phillip Dorsett is also worthy of being added in all leagues as well.
Injury Foster not likely to return in Week 2
On track for Week 3 barring late setback
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 3:40 pm

Houston Texans
Texans star RB Arian Foster remains well ahead of schedule following his groin surgery in training camp. Foster has continued to tell teammates and friends that a return for Week 2 is quite possible. Worst case scenario, barring any unforeseen setback, would be playing in Week 3, a huge boost for a team with playoff aspirations in its second season under coach Bill O'Brien. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: HC Bill O'Brien stated in a post-game interview that he does not expect his star running back to suit up against Carolina. However, Foster was expected to miss nearly half the season initially after undergoing groin surgery in early August, so his owners should be thrilled about this turn of events. A Week 3 return would mean Foster opens his season against the likely poor run defenses of the Bucs, Falcons, Colts and Jaguars in succession.
Injury Andre Ellington could miss 2-3 weeks
Grade 1 PCL Sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2015, 1:01 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Source: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has a Grade 1 PCL Sprain. Estimated return to play 2 to 3 weeks. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ellington battled injury last season as off on the wrong foot to start 2015. Expect Chris Johnson to get the start this week against the Bears with rookie David Johnson operating as the No.2 back.
Injury DeSean Jackson expected to miss 3-4 weeks
Hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 12:23 pm

Washington Redskins
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson expected to miss three to four weeks with strained hamstring, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Jackson posted a goose-egg in Week 1 after leaving early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. In his absence, expect Pierre Garcon and TE Jordan Reed to be the top targets for Kirk Cousins. Reed posted a 7-63-1 line on 11 targets in Week 1.
Injury Dez Bryant out 4-6 weeks, foot injury
Broken bone
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 10:00 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Dallas All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant could be out at least a month after breaking his right foot in the Cowboys' season-opening victory over the New York Giants. Owner Jerry Jones said Bryant would need a pin and be out four to six weeks. (Dallas Morning News)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys will be without their biggest playmaker for at least a month. Next up on the depth chart is Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. Tight End Jason Witten may also see increased targets over the next few weeks. If available, Williams will be a hot waiver wire pickup as a potential WR2/3.
Injury Possible PCL injury for Andre Ellington
Right knee
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 9:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington’s bad luck with injuries didn’t change on Sunday. He suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. The severity of the injury is unknown. Coach Bruce Arians said it appears the injury is the posterior cruciate ligament, but that’s not certain. (Arizona Republic)

FFToday's Take: Ellington's fragility made him a risky pick in fantasy drafts and for good reason. We don't have a firm diagnosis yet on the injury but if Ellington is out for an extended period of time, Chris Johnson and David Johnson would likely shoulder the running back load.
Injury TE Delanie Walker's hand not broken
Timetable for return unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 8:00 pm

Tennessee Titans
“Obviously a good day for us, we got good news on Delanie Walker, his hand is not broken, that's what we thought on the field, so we’ll get him back. I don't know how long that's going to be, we’ll know more as the week progresses." (Titans Online)

FFToday's Take: Walker wore a cast on his right hand after the game but no break means he likely won't be out for an extended period of time. Walker posted a 3-43-1 stat line on Sunday.
Injury Mike Evans a gametime decision
Team will make the call after pre-game warmup
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 9:45 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) feels good and is optimistic about playing. But the team will make the call after he works out pregame. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Evans got in a limited practice Friday. It was noted by several beat reporters that he looked good on the field. Most believe he will suit up but we won't know for sure until later this afternoon. The Bucs play at 4 Eastern.
Injury Tre Mason looking iffy for Rams
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 8:30 am

St. Louis Rams
Not a lot of optimism that Tre Mason will be able to play today vs. Seattle, in which case Bennie Cunningham would start at RB for Rams. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's looking like Benny Cunningham will get the start for the Rams in a less than ideal matchup against the Seahawks. Isaiah Pead would see action as well. Mason has been bothered by a hamstring injury since August.
Dwayne Bowe expected to be inactive
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 8:00 am

Cleveland Browns
Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) will be inactive vs. #Jets, sources say. A 3rd stringer on the depth chart, his deal has $9M guaranteed (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bowe missed a good portion of training camp with a hamstring injury and has been unimpressive when he has stepped on the field. Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins are expected to get the start.
Injury Jeffery, Royal both expected to play
Calf injury Jeffery, hip for Royal
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 4:25 am

Chicgao Bears
Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal, both listed as questionable for today's game vs. Packers, both expected to play. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The good news is the Bears play early so we'll know officially they are good to when the Inactives are released. Both receivers are fantasy relevant as the Bears face the Packers offense Week 1.
Injury Michael Floyd to be a game-time decision
Cardinals' WR recovering from finger dislocation surgery
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:30 pm

Arizona Cardinals
#AZcardinals coach Bruce Arians says WR Michael Floyd, TE Jermaine Gresham and TE Troy Niklas are all game-time decisions for #NOvsAZ (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Floyd's absence Sunday would make teammates Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown a little more valuable. Owners of the Cardinals' WRs would be wise to keep an eye on injury updates leading up to kickoff Sunday.
Injury RG3 cleared to return to the field
Will likely act as Kirk Cousins' backup Sunday against Miami
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:15 pm

Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to return to the field, team president Bruce Allen announced Friday. Speaking on Washington's WTOP radio, Allen said Griffin was cleared to play by an independent neurologist. Griffin suffered a concussion in the second week of the preseason. The Redskins announced in late August that Griffin had been cleared by an independent neurologist, but quickly rescinded the declaration, creating confusion about Griffin's status. Since then, exact details on Griffin's condition have been be sparse. The team has already announced it's going with Kirk Cousins as its starter for the season opener against the Miami Dolphins. Now healthy, Griffin will presumably act as Cousins' backup. (The Score)

FFToday's Take: Griffin is not worth owning in any formats. His lack of production the last two seasons combined with his proneness to injury make him irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
Dion Lewis the new face of the Pats' backfield?
RB rattles off 69 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards in Pats' debut
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:10 pm

New England Patriots
Fantasy football owners generally know that New England Patriots running backs can be a shaky investment because of the way coach Bill Belichick often rotates them and alters the game plan on a week-by-week basis. But Thursday night's season-opening 28-21 win against the Steelers at least provided some clarity as to how the coaching staff views part of the depth chart. Dion Lewis, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since 2012, is now the clear-cut top option to fill the void created by Shane Vereen's free-agent departure. Vereen played 52.9 percent of the offensive snaps last season as the team's top "pass-catching" back, which is a high total that reflects how the Patriots regularly spread the field and rely on their backs as pass-catchers and in blitz pickup. That was the plan in Thursday's opener, as Lewis played 46 of 61 snaps. Brandon Bolden was sprinkled in at times (14), while James White played one snap, the kneel-down right before the half. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: LeGarrette Blount owners best make sure, if they haven't previously, to secure Dion Lewis after last night's impressive performance. The Patriots' RB situation is always a nightmare for fantasy owners but these two appear to be the two top dogs... for now.
AJ Green signs four-year extension with Bengals
Deal reportedly worth $60 million
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:00 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is the latest game-changing wide receiver to earn a substantial pay raise. With the Bengals' regular-season opener just two days away, the 27-year-old has agreed to a four-year, $60 million extension, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Green, who was in the final year of his rookie deal, joins Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, all wideouts receiving new contracts in the weeks leading up to the 2015 season. Jones signed a five-year, $71 million deal while Bryant and Thomas inked five-year, $70 million deal. The specifics - like guaranteed money and yearly payments - of Green's contract remain unknown at this time. What is known, however, is that Green is critical to the Bengals' passing game. In four seasons he's made four Pro Bowls, never had fewer than 1,041 receiving yards, and averaged nearly nine touchdowns a year. (CBS Sports)

FFToday's Take: Green is a top-tier wide receiver, poised for another productive year. The only thing that could hold him back is his erratic quarterback Andy Dalton, who's coming off arguably his worst season to date.
Steelers fail to contain Pats' new TE tandem
Gronkowski and Chandler combine for four TDs in season opener
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 3:45 pm

New England Patriots
As the story goes, the Steelers came to Gillette Stadium last night with this grand plan to stop Rob Gronkowski. They figured stuffing the all-world tight end was the key to beating the Patriots. So they were going to jam him, hit him, and slug him silly at the line. Really? The only ones looking silly last night were the Men of Steel, who looked more like the Men of Jello whenever they came anywhere near Gronk, or his sidekick, Scott Chandler. The Patriots’ new tight end tandem was unveiled for the first time, and it was every bit as awesome as most people had imagined during the Pats’ 28-21 opening-night victory. (Boston Herald)

FFToday's Take: It'd be unreasonable to expect Aaron Hernandez-type numbers from Chandler, as he lacks the raw athleticism of the former Patriot. Even a 50-reception, 500-yard campaign is probably a stretch. But we know that Tom Brady likes targetting his tight ends in the red zone. An eight-touchdown season is not out of the realm of possibility for Chandler if he stays healthy.
Injury Mike Evans limited in practice Friday
Will be a gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2015, 2:05 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The chances of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans playing in his team’s season opener Sunday against Tennessee appear to be improving dramatically. Mike Evans, who has been out since the second week of the preseason with a hamstring strain, practiced on Friday for what is believed to be the first time since he went down with the injury. (Tampa Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Evans returned to practice Friday and was limited. Head coach Lovie Smith hasn't ruled Evans out for Sunday's game, saying they will wait until Sunday to make a decision. He'll likely be listed as questionable on the Friday evening injury report.
Injury Tre Mason misses practice Friday
Will be listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2015, 1:38 pm

St. Louis Rams
Rams coach Jeff Fisher says RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be officially listed as out. RB Tre Mason did not practice and will be questionable. (Nick Wagoner on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Mason missing practice this week, it's likely he will be inactive leaving Benny Cunningham and Isaiah Pead (yes he's still in the league) the likely runners for the Rams on Sunday. A matchup against the Seahawks defense isn't ideal but Cunningham makes for an interesting DFS play if you're looking to save $ at the RB position.
Dallas "appears" to be leaning toward Randle at RB
Team maintains it feels good about its backfield
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:50 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Joseph Randle has spent two years behind DeMarco Murray, who has since signed with the Eagles. In spot-duty last year, Randle rushed for 343 yards on 51 carries, with a team-best 6.7 yards per carry. Darren McFadden echoed the same sentiments. Right now, it appears the Cowboys are leaning toward Randle as the starter, but McFadden knows a thing or two about splitting carries, having done it at both Arkansas and with the Raiders the last seven years. (

FFToday's Take: Stay tuned. This is a story that has experienced twists and turns just this week and it seems like the only thing for sure is that Lance Dunbar will be the third-down back. Randle appears to be the leader in the clubhouse, but expect the Cowboys to rotate him and McFadden frequently over the course of the year until one man steps up or gets injured. Given Randle's off-field exploits and McFadden's injury history, Christine Michael needs to be on fantasy rosters as well.

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