|Jimmy Garoppolo done for the season|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 24 2018, 7:20 pm
|MRI showed what 49ers feared: Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL and his season is over, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: C.J. Beathard is expected to lead the team the rest of the way. It's a crushing blow for a team that was supposed to take a huge step forward in 2018 and could effectively end whatever breakout potential Marquise Goodwin had. Expect the 49ers to rely heavily on Matt Breida and Alfred Morris going forward, and owners shouldn't be overly surprised if George Kittle ends up as the team's top option in the passing game. Regardless, Beathard promotion is a downgrade for the entire offense.
|Josh Rosen named new starter in Arizona|
Replaces Sam Bradford
By: Doug Orth | Sep 24 2018, 7:10 pm
|HC Steve Wilks named Josh Rosen starting QB. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: It's hard to know for sure if Sam Bradford or OC Mike McCoy is most at fault for the anemic offense in Arizona, but the Cardinals are ready to find out. Rosen sparked the offense ever so slightly in Week 3 before ultimately relenting to the Chicago defense with a game-ending interception. Rosen will get a chance to succeed with a home game against Seattle and road tilt against a shorthanded San Francisco defense, but he's not worth starting in fantasy anytime soon.
|Evan Engram week-to-week with MCL injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2018, 1:00 pm
|New York Giants tight end Evan Engram sprained the MCL in his right knee in Sunday's victory over the Houston Texans, coach Pat Shurmur confirmed Monday.
Engram will be considered week-to-week, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The weak tight end fantasy market takes another hit. Rhett Ellison saw three targets good for 3 catches and 39 yards in Week 3 but won't be a reliable fantasy option. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shephard should continue to soak up targets while Engram is sidelined.
|Browns make it official: Mayfield to start Week 4|
Tyrod Taylor in concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2018, 12:45 pm
|Coach Hue Jackson named his No. 1 overall pick the starting quarterback on Monday, replacing Tyrod Taylor, who was knocked out Thursday night's 21-17 victory over the Jets with a concussion.
Baker Mayfield will make his first NFL start Sunday in Oakland, against the Derek Carr-led Raiders, becoming the 30th quarterback to start a game for the Browns since 1999. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Mayfield under center has a better shot to invoke some life into the Browns offense including Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku. Mayfield is a worthy QB streamer this week against the Raiders defense that just gave up 3 touchdowns to Ryan Tannehill.
|Leonard Fournette not expected to play|
T.J. Yeldon should suit up
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2018, 8:35 am
|Jaguars’ RB update: T.J. Yeldon expected to play today. Leonard Fournette not expected to play today, per league sources. Jaguars going to play it safe with Fournette. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is somewhat of a surprise after Fournette was able to get in limited practices all week. Yeldon and Corey Grant should handle the bulk of the workload for the Jaguars against the Titans. With Fournette out last week, Yeldon saw 12 touches with Grant handling 10 including 6 receptions. Yeldon is a viable Flex play in most leagues.
|Alshon Jeffery could return next week|
Expected to miss Week 3
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2018, 7:00 am
|Eagles’ WR Alshon Jeffery, questionable with a shoulder injury, is not expected to play against the Colts on Sunday, per source. Jeffery could return next week. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Jeffery expected to miss, the Eagles will roll with Nelson Agholor, Kamar Aiken and newly acquired Jordan Matthews at receiver. Agholor and Aiken should receiver the most playing with Agholor being the only trustworthy fantasy option at receiver.
|Blaine Gabbert expected to start for Titans|
Mariota having trouble gripping the football
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2018, 11:00 pm
|Titans planning to start QB Blaine Gabbert against his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, per sources. Tennessee still hoping Marcus Mariota can regain feel in his hand for grip of the football as soon as possible, but plan going into Sunday is to start Gabbert. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mariota is dealing with an elbow injury that makes it difficult to grip the football. The Titans offense was putrid last week with Gabbert at the helm amassing 103 passing yards against the Dolphins making it difficult to trust any skill player for Tennessee against the Jaguars.
|Ajayi, Sproles Out; Clement questionable|
Clement new addition to injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2018, 1:55 pm
|#Eagles Injury Report for the Colts game:
OUT: RB Jay Ajayi (back), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring).
QUESTIONABLE: RB Corey Clement (quadricep), LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (groin), WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), T Jason Peters (quadricep).
RB Corey Clement (quad) is a new addition to the injury report. Must have injured himself during Friday’s practice. Left the locker room before media showed. #Eagles may have to make a roster move if Ajayi, Sproles and Clement are out. (Jeff McLance on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles are having issues at RB. Ajayi missed practice all week as did Darren Sproles but now Clement, who was inline for 15-18 touches this week, has popped up on the injury report with a quad issue. It appears Clement should be able to play this week but this new injury takes the shine off his fantasy upside.
|Dalvin Cook out for Week 3|
Latavius Murray expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2018, 1:35 pm
|Dalvin Cook and Everson Griffen are both out for Sunday, Mike Zimmer said. (Ben Goessling on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cook has been bothered by a hamstring injury this week. His absence will allow Latavius Murray to get the start and should handle a majority of the workload against the lowly Bills. This shapes up as a good game script for Murray with a higher TD expectation than normal.
|Jack Doyle, Marlon Mack out for Week 3|
Eric Ebron becomes viable TE1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2018, 1:04 pm
|The following are OUT for Sunday.
DT/DE Denico Autry
T Anthony Castonzo
TE Jack Doyle
RB Marlon Mack
DT Hassan Ridgeway
CB Quincy Wilson (Jim Irsay on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Straight from the owners mouth. The loss of Doyle vaults Eric Ebron into a viable TE1 option against the Eagles. Ebron has played a fraction of the snaps of Dolye through two weeks, but Ebron should be on the field more the majority of snaps in Week 3. The Colts running game gets narrowed to Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines but it's difficult to trust either back as anything more than a flex option.
|Dalvin Cook in doubt for Week 3?|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 20 2018, 7:05 pm
|The Vikings are overwhelming favorites to beat the Bills on Sunday. But there’s a chance they’ll have to do it without their top tailback.
Dalvin Cook didn’t practice on Wednesday, due to a hamstring injury that he suffered late in the team’s Week Two tie at Green Bay. (Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio)|
FFToday's Take: While it is still early in the week, owners should expect to be without him or expect him to play limited snaps at best. The Vikings should not struggle to beat Buffalo and have bigger fish to fry with the Rams and Eagles next up on the schedule. Owners and DFS players alike should not hesitate to saddle up Latavius Murray if Cook sits.
|T.Y., Mack, Doyle miss practice Thursday|
Colts starters dealing with injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 20 2018, 3:00 pm
|Friday's the big day, but it's not a good thing that so many front-liners didn't go again today. Among them:
Anthony Castonzo, T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, Jack Doyle, Denico Autry (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton is dealing with a quad injury, Mack is nursing his hamstring injury along with a foot issue while Doyle has missed the last two days with a hip injury. If any of the players miss on Friday it will open their door for namely for Eric Ebron and Jordan Wilkins to see an increase in opportunities on Sunday against the Eagles.
|Leonard Fournette limited on Wednesday|
Hamstring injury, Yeldon sidelined with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2018, 5:30 pm
|Running back Leonard Fournette worked on a limited basis Wednesday after missing Sunday’s victory over the New England Patriots with a hamstring injury. “He looked good,” Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said of Fournette. "I think there is definitely more of an emphasis on throwing the ball when Leonard is not in there. We can’t do some of the stuff that our offense is built around doing when he isn’t healthy and in there." (Jaguars.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners should take note of Bortles' quote on their pass-heavy approach when Fournette is out of the lineup. It appears Fournette is on track to play this week but T.J. Yeldon missed practice today with an ankle injury.
|Marquise Goodwin limited on Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2018, 5:21 pm
|Marquise Goodwin was limited in practice on first session back from his deep thigh bruise.
Did not practice: G Joshua Garnett (toe), T Joe Staley (not injury related - vet day), S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)
Limited: Goodwin, G Mike Person (foot), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (ankle) (Matt Barrows on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Goodwin missed Week 2 after suffering a thigh injury in Week 1. If he's able to go this week, he'll walk into an A+ matchup against a shaky Chiefs secondary.
|Aaron Jones to have "secondary role" on Sunday|
Green Bay RB returns from suspension
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2018, 12:15 pm
|McCarthy on #Packers backfield with Aaron Jones returning: "Jamaal and Ty have played good football. I know what Aaron gives us, but his role will be secondary. Jamaal and Ty will be in the first slot." (Ryan Wood on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones returns from suspension this week, but it sounds like Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery will keep their places on the depth chart. Jones remains a hold in fantasy leagues and can't be trusted in Week 3.
|Jordan Matthews returns to Philadelphia|
Eagles depleted at WR
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2018, 8:00 am
|Depleted at wide receiver, the Eagles turned to a familiar face for help, signing Jordan Matthews on Wednesday while placing starting wideout Mike Wallace on injured reserve. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills prior to the start of last season along with a third-round pick for cornerback Ronald Darby. Hampered by injury, Matthews bounced from Buffalo to New England and was released by the Patriots with an injury settlement in August. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles are thin at receiver with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) still week-to-week according to head coach Doug Pederson and Mike Wallace injuring his ankle in Week 2. Kamar Aiken played the majority of snaps last week along with Nelson Agholor. Matthews has typically played in the slot, so its unclear how the Eagles will utilize him given Agholor has taken to the inside position.
|Antonio Brown misses practice, backtracks on Tweet|
Steelers WR says reason for absence was "personal matter"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 18 2018, 3:00 pm
|Adam Schefter on Twitter: "1/2 Steelers' WR Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus: "The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate.” (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, if Rosenhaus says that it MUST be true! Seriously, though -- this is just normal NFL drama and it's not unusual considering how problematically the Steelers have managed their workforce these past few months. AB's overall fantasy value takes a small hit, and JuJu Smith-Schuster gets a bump, especially after last week's monster game in a tough matchup against slot corner Kendall Fuller.
|Tweet: Good chance Jay Ajayi (back) sits Week 3|
Eagles RB still nursing injury after big hit in Week 2
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 18 2018, 2:53 pm
|Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) on Twitter: "Mike Groh indicated that there's a good chance Jay Ajayi won't be available Sunday."
The Eagles RB sat out a decent chunk of last week's game after an early hit sidelined him with a back injury. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Groh actually had termed RB Josh Adams' promotion from the practice squad a "precautionary measure" but it sounds like Ajayi is going to miss some practice time this week and possibly the Week 3 tilt against the Colts. This puts Corey Clement, highlighted in this week's Through the Wire, as a high-upside RB2/3 or flex play.
|Browns sign WR Rod Streater|
Veteran wideout spent preseason with Bills
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 18 2018, 9:31 am
|Rod Streater is 6-2, 195-pounds and in his sixth NFL season out of Temple. Originally signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Streater has appeared in 52 games with the Raiders (36) and 49ers (16). He has recorded 127 receptions for 1,755 yards and 10 touchdowns. He spent the preseason with the Bills. Streater is a native of Burlington, N.J. (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: Streater probably has similar fantasy value to Rashard Higgins at this point, which means not much. but if Jarvis Landry were to miss any time with his minor knee injury, he could fill a larger team role as a big-play guy.
|Antonio Brown tweets about possible trade|
Steelers WR confronted OC Randy Fichtner during Week 2 game
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 18 2018, 9:25 am
|Steelers WR Antonio Brown tweeted "Trade me let's find out," on response to a former Steelers public relations staff member who was critical of the wide receiver's importance to the team's offense. It lit up Twitter and raised the specter of his possible unhappiness with the Steelers offense moving forward.
The response was directed to Ryan Scarpino, who worked for the Steelers from 2010-17 and tweeted about Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Monday: "AB needs to thank his lucky stars, because he was drafted by a team that had Ben. And Ben got AB paid. You know darn well he wouldn't put up those numbers for other teams." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's probably just white noise in the grand scheme of things, but there are some signs pointing to unrest in Pittsburgh, and Brown would be an elite WR wherever he went. Still, it's hard to envision him with any other team in 2018.
|Alshon Jeffery still "week to week"|
WR hopeful he can return to practice this week
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2018, 7:55 pm
|Doug Pederson still says Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is a "week to week" injury. (Dave Zangaro on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The cupboard is looking pretty bare at receiver at the moment behind Nelson Agholor, as Jeffery, Mack Hollins and Mike Wallace are all out. Kamar Aiken may be primed for a return to fantasy relevancy over the next few weeks. Jeffery is worth holding onto, but it is looking more and more likely he may not be useful in fantasy until midseason.
|Vikings sign Dan Bailey|
Waive rookie Daniel Carlson after rough Week 2
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2018, 7:50 pm
|The Vikings are expected to sign K Dan Bailey, source said. He’s back. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's not often kickers deserve their own fantasy plug, but Bailey is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history. He's headed to a team with a very good offense, which should mean plenty of extra points. The Vikings also boast one of the league's best defenses, so HC Mike Zimmer isn't going to hesitate kicking field goals either. Owners are advised to make Bailey a priority on waivers this week if they have any questions about their current starter.
|LeSean McCoy has cracked rib cartilage|
Questionable for Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2018, 7:45 pm
|Bills' RB LeSean McCoy has cracked rib cartilage, leaving him questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota against the Vikings, per source. McCoy should not miss more than one game, if that. McCoy has had this injury before, and it is not expected to sideline him very long. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: It is going from bad to worse for the Bills, although this doesn't sound like a long-term problem. Making matters worse is the fact Buffalo has to face Minnesota next week. Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy will likely form an uninspiring committee in a brutal matchup in Week 3 versus the Vikings if McCoy sits. Even if McCoy goes, he's likely no better than a flex option.
|Uncertain timeline for Devonta Freeman|
Missed Week 2 with knee injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2018, 7:40 pm
|Dan Quinn said he's not sure on the timetable with Devonta Freeman coming off knee injury. (ESPN - Vaughn McClure)|
FFToday's Take: About the only thing we know for sure with Freeman right now is that he aggravated the MCL and PCL injury that slowed him down the stretch last year. Owners should probably expect him to miss at least the next two games, while a month-long absence also sounds possible. Tevin Coleman makes for a very serviceable RB2 in the meantime, while Ito Smith appears to have moved into Coleman's old role for now.
|Broncos going with "hot hand" in backfield|
"Doesn't matter who starts"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2018, 7:30 pm
|Phillip Lindsay didn't start, but in on the second play and got the ball. Vance Joseph said not considering starting him: “No, because it doesn’t matter. Our deal with that room is more of game plan. It’s what they do best. It’s more of who has the hot hand that day." (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lindsay has played nine more snaps than Royce Freeman and 13 more than Devontae Booker. Lindsay is the league's third-leading rusher after two games, but one has to wonder if this is the coaching staff's way of holding out hope (or trying to get more out of) Freeman. The 190-pound Lindsay is a poor bet to hold up with a heavy workload, plus Freeman supposedly had the "hot hand" in August. It's hard to trust either player as anything more than a flex option at the moment.
|Josh Gordon traded to New England|
Browns get conditional 5th round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2018, 2:37 pm
|Trade now agreed to: Patriots are sending Cleveland a 5th-round pick and if Josh Gordon isn't active for 10 games, Patriots get back a late-round pick from Browns, sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We learned over the weekend that Gordon was going to be released or traded by the Browns. The Pats will get a 2019 7th round pick if Gordon isn't active for 10 games. Gordon's "hamstring injury" is apparently healed enough to play in Week 3. The impact Gordon will have moving forward is debatable. The Pats have been searching since the pre-season for a difference maker that position but it's often difficult for receivers to fully grasp an offense on short notice. Gordon can be viewed as a WR3 once he's able to play a full complement of snaps.
|Carson Wentz to start in Week 3|
Medically cleared from ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2018, 10:00 am
|Carson Wentz has been medically cleared and will start Sunday, as Head Coach Doug Pederson will announce during his press conference. (Eagles on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wentz gets a decent matchup against the Colts in Week 3 but has depleted weapons. Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), Mike Wallace (ankle) and Mack Hollins will all miss this game leaving TE Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor should be target hogs. Wentz will be a shaky low-end QB1.
|Mike Wallace out "a while" with ankle injury|
Injuries for Eagles are piling up
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2018, 8:00 am
|The #Eagles are preparing to be without WR Mike Wallace (ankle) for “a while,” sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Evaluations ongoing but it’s clearly going to be an extended absence for Wallace. Another tough blow at for Philly. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It turns out Wallace fractured his fibula and will miss and extended period of time. He can safely be dropped in most 12-team redraft leagues. Alshon Jeffery remains week to week with a shoulder injury.
|Aaron Rodgers expected to start, barring setback|
Sprained knee still an issue
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2018, 2:11 am
|Absent a setback, #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will start today vs the #Vikings, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. He’s still sore and swollen because of a sprained knee, but sounded like practice Saturday impressed everyone. Should be good to go. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers gutted out his knee injury against the Bears in Week 1 and it sounds like he will give it a go in Week 2 against a difficult Minnesota defense. Rodgers is likely to have limited mobility which will cap his fantasy upside.
|Jags not optimistic on Fournette's availability|
Could be inactive Week 2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2018, 1:30 am
|There is a long time to go before game time, but the
#Jaguars are not optimistic that star RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will play vs. the #Patriots, sources say. Not a surprise, he didn’t practice all week and they did promote Brandon Wilds from the practice squad. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adding a running back from the practice squad is good sign that the team expects to be without Fournette in Week 2. His absence would lead to an increased workload for T.J. Yeldon who would be inline for RB2 value against the Patriots.
|Browns working to trade Josh Gordon|
Showed up late for meeting an "not himself"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2018, 1:10 am
|Multiple league sources believe the Browns will trade WR Josh Gordon before they release him by the Monday date they announced they would let him go. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon was declared out on Saturday with a hamstring injury, even though he practiced all week. Then it was revealed that Cleveland expects to release Gordon on Monday who is rumored to being having trouble off the field. The Browns will be moving forward with Jarvis Landry Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway as their top three receivers. Gordon may land somewhere else but his fantasy value is in limbo for the time being.
|DeSean Jackson expected to play|
Should clear concussion protocol Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2018, 1:00 am
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to clear the concussion protocol and play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, a source told ESPN. Jackson missed Wednesday's padded practice, but he took part Thursday and Friday while still in the protocol. A player must be cleared by an independent neurological consultant in order to play on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson, like many of the Bucs receivers had a stellar day in Week 1 against the Saints. With Jackson expected to play and a full complement of receivers available for Ryan Fitzpatrick, it will be difficult to trust Jackson or Chris Godwin as anything more than a flex option.
|Joe Mixon expected to have knee surgery|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2018, 7:00 pm
|Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon came out of Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens multiple times, gritting through pain to help finish out the 34-23 win. Reports indicate Mixon will need arthroscopic surgery on his knee and sought a second opinion. The issue is not thought to be serious through the lens of the season, but could keep Mixon out for a couple games, via Adam Schefter. The good news for the Bengals is they have 10 days off until they play at Carolina. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Arthroscopic procedures are typically come with a 2-4 week recovery time. While Mixon is out, Giovani Bernard will take over as the lead back with Tra Carson and Mark Walton filling out the depth chart. The Bengals schedule includes: @Carolina, @ Atlanta, Miami and Pittsburgh.
|Marquise Goodwin out for Week 2|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2018, 6:00 pm
|Kyle Shanahan said Marquise Goodwin, Josh Garnett and Erik Magnuson are out for Sunday. Mike Person still has a chance but it looks as if Najee Toran will start at RG. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Goodwin missed practice this week after taking a shot to the thigh early in Week 1. In his place, Pierre Garcon and Dante Pettis could see increased opportunities at wide receiver while George Kittle remains one of the top tight end plays of the week. If the Lions decide to stick Darius Slay on Garcon, Pettis would have sneaky upside.
|Darren Sproles out with hamstring injury|
Moer ground game with Ajayi?
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2018, 2:30 pm
|#Eagles Injury Report for the Bucs game:
OUT: WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), QB Carson Wentz (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Shelton Gibson (knee) (Jeff McLance on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: One less cog in the wheel should help the fantasy prospects of Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement although it's difficult to expect Ajayi picking up much of the receiving work Sproles leaves behind. Wendall Smallwood should operate as the No.3 running back.
|Will Fuller expected to play in Week 2|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2018, 2:20 pm
|Texans’ HC Bill O’Brien told reporters that he’s confident Will Fuller V will play Sunday vs. Titans. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury which allowed Bruce Ellington to 88 percent of the teams snaps. The matchup for Fuller looks promising against the Titans which allowed Miami to average 8.2 yards per pass attempt last week. Fuller can be used as a WR3 or Flex on Sunday.
|Roethlsiberger returns to practice Friday|
Expected to play Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2018, 1:30 pm
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice Friday, and his teammates are confident he will play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, but he threw Friday for the first time this week after taking a direct helmet hit on his right (throwing elbow) from Browns defensive end Genard Avery on the second-to-last play of the 21-21 tie against the Browns. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: It would be a shock if Roethlisberger didn't suit up on Sunday. He's got a great matchup at home against a burnable Chiefs secondary and should have an easy path to QB1 value in Week 2.
|Devonta Freeman to miss Week 2|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2018, 11:30 am
|Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (sore RIGHT knee) will not play against the Panthers on Sunday, coach Dan Quinn said Friday. Freeman, who suffered a sprained posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee in the regular-season final against Carolina, was slowed in the playoffs. He didn’t have offseason surgery and was hit on the same knee late in the season opener against Philadelphia.
He was pulled from the game and didn’t practice at all this week. (Atlanta Jounal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: This could be an issue for Freeman past Week 2 even though there is nothing structurally wrong with his knee but for the time being, Tevin Coleman will operate as the Falcons lead back and should flirt with 20 touches against the Panthers making him a solid RB2.
|Fournette shaping up to be game-time decision?|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 13 2018, 8:25 pm
|Jags RB Leonard Fournette on his hamstring injury and Sunday availability: “I started running on it today (he didn’t practice). It feels good. So that’s progress. We’ll see. It’s a game-time decision... I like my chances more and more as the day has gone on." (ESPN - Jeff Darlington)|
FFToday's Take: Owners should obviously have a backup plan in place, but it's hard to imagine him sitting out against the Patriots if he is feeling good by the weekend. Although much has been made about Fournette's durability this week, there was some thought about him returning to last week's game before the team decided to play it safe. The Jaguars could always opt to have him split carries with T.J. Yeldon this week, but most owners should start Fournette if he is active Sunday.
|Big Ben out again Thursday|
Misses second straight day of practice with elbow injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 13 2018, 8:20 pm
|Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) has missed two straight practices. Hopeful for Friday’s practice? “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he said. OC Randy Fichtner said he’d like to think Josh Dobbs is ready to play if needed. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)|
FFToday's Take: It's not a football season unless Roethlisberger is either dealing with an injury or pondering his future. With that said, he didn't appear to be limited in any way in Week 1. Back home and facing one of the worst secondaries in the league in the Chiefs, Big Ben could be the overall QB1 this week if he plays.