| Jordan Reed a gametime decision|
HC: "still not quite there yet"
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 1:20 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) is listed as questionable. He practiced in a limited capacity.
Gruden said Reed is “still not quite there yet,” but that he expected that the second-year pro would be a game-time decision. Reed has maintained that if everything proceeded without a hitch this week, he expects to play.
FFToday's Take: Reed isn't a lock to play as of Friday so check the Inactive list on Sunday before putting the Redskins tight end in your lineup. Niles Paul would start if Reed sits.
| Calvin Johnson, Bush sit Friday, unlikely to play|
Lions could be without two offensive starters
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 12:10 pm
|Coach Jim Caldwell didn't want to make his decision known this morning, but after Calvin Johnson missed his third straight practice because of a high ankle sprain today, it seems highly unlikely that the Pro Bowl receiver will play for the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions also could be without running back Reggie Bush, who missed his third straight practice today with a sprained ankle. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like it will be the Golden Tate and Joique Bell show for the Lions this week. After being used a decoy the last two weeks fantasy owners can safely leave Johnson out of their lineups in Week 6. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick are expected to handle running back duties with Bush on the sideline.
|Logan Thomas in line for first career start|
Stanton likely out w/ concussion, Palmer (shoulder) limited
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:25 pm
|No Drew Stanton at open portion of Cardinals practice. Carson Palmer was there, throwing some, not quite as gingerly as before. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 6-6, 250-pound Logan Thomas is a bit of a freakish athlete, but an incredibly raw quarterback prospect the Cards wanted to develop - and not play - this year. Although he should be on every dynasty league roster, Thomas can be avoided in redraft formats until further notice. Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown all probably need to be benched in most fantasy leagues as well.
|Adrian Peterson in trouble again|
Reportedly violated bond conditions
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:10 pm
|Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have suspended Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, FOX 26 News has learned.
Court records show while giving his urine sample Wednesday Peterson admitted to a staffer he had 'smoked a little weed' before the test. As a result of that, the Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the judge in this case to set aside Peterson's $15,000 bond and have him arrested again. (FOX Houston)|
FFToday's Take: Give Peterson credit for being honest, but that is about the only positive thing that can be said on his behalf right now. If this story is true, it shows a stunning lack of good judgment for a player that may writing a sad end to a Hall of Fame career. There is a very strong chance AP will not return to the field in 2014 or an increasing likelihood he will not play for the Vikings again.
|OC: Vikings want to get Patterson more involved|
Norv Turner "anxious" to get talented WR back in flow
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:00 pm
|Last week, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson answered questions about his limited use in the offense by saying that he wasn’t going to lobby for more work because he trusted OC Norv Turner was doing the best things for the offense. Patterson joked that he may have to up the drama if things continue this way, but Turner repeated a familiar refrain of his own by saying that the team wanted to put the ball in Patterson’s hands more often.
“We’ve gone in every week anxious to get him involved. We’re trying to,” Turner said. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: With Detroit's stingy pass defense coming to town this week, this game might not be the time for Patterson to get back on track. Still, it seems unlikely the supremely-talented second-year wideout will be a non-factor much longer, even if Minnesota has to manufacture touches for him to compensate for his raw route-running abilities.
| Ingram, Graham on track to play in Week 7|
RB (hand), TE (shoulder sprain) both expected vs. Detroit
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 5:40 pm
|Saints RB Mark Ingram, out since breaking a bone in his hand in Week 2, has a chance to return to play on Oct. 19 at Detroit, HC Sean Payton said Wednesday on CBS Sports Radio. Payton said Ingram has "a chance" to play when the Saints next play at the Detroit Lions.
Payton again declined to elaborate on TE Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury. "Graham is doing fine," Payton said. "The bye comes at a perfect time for him." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Khiry Robinson has done well in Ingram's absence, but it seems as though Ingram will be the lead back in the Saints' three-headed committee when he proves his readiness. As Payton suggests, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Graham. While there is no guarantee that Graham will be 100 percent for Detroit, neither Payton nor the Saints have given any indication they believe his injury is serious.
| A.J. Green has "a little bit more than turf toe"|
WR almost certainly out Week 6, if not beyond
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 5:25 pm
|A.J. Green’s Pro Bowl toe is now in the hands of a blue-ribbon panel of doctors and while Bengaldom holds its collective breath.
Wednesday’s MRI is going to send him to another consultation with one of the nation’s leading foot specialists when he meets with Cincinnati doctor James Amis on Thursday. It’s believed the MRI again showed no tears or breaks, but he’s obviously still having discomfort in the ligament under the sesamoid bone in the ball of the foot underneath the big toe. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: HC Marvin Lewis told former NFL player Ross Tucker on his podcast that Green has "a little bit more than (turf toe)". Turf toe is a difficult enough condition to play through, so an injury more serious than that could be damning for Green's 2014 prospects. In the short term, Mohamed Sanu should be the clear top option among Bengals' receivers, especially since Marvin Jones is not close to returning. Dane Sanzenbacher is also worth considering in PPR leagues as well.
| QB Locker misses practice|
Titans' quarterback hopes to play despite sore thumb
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 7:17 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Jake Locker didn't practice Wednesday with a sore and swollen right thumb on his passing hand. He managed to throw some passes hopes to practice as much as possible the rest of the week. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans Week 6 opponent, Jacksonville, has been pretty generous to opposing quarterbacks this season. As a result, Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst may prove to be a useful plug and play option.
| Vincent Jackson sits with sore ribs|
Bucs wideout expected to play this weekend
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 6:35 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is expected to play Sunday, according to league source.
Jackson sat out of Wednesday's practice with a rib injury and is experiencing discomfort, but the Buccaneers expect him to be active for Sunday's game against visiting Baltimore.
FFToday's Take: Despite being heavily targeted, Vincent Jackson has been a boom or bust fantasy option to this point in the season. His rib injury makes him an even riskier choice for fantasy owners in Week 6.
| Jordan Reed ‘shooting for Sunday’|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 5:40 pm
|As the Washington Redskins left the practice field on Wednesday, tight end Jordan Reed lingered a couple of minutes longer to run some extra routes and catch passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Redskins again classified Reed as limited following Wednesday’s session because he didn’t handle a full workload. But the second-year tight end expressed optimism, however, over the progress he has made and also said he hopes to play on Sunday if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins were banking on big things from Jordan Reed this season so it is good news to see him practicing even if only on a limited basis. Even if he suits up this weekend he may be on a snap count.
| Cordarrelle Patterson limited in practice|
Teddy Bridgewater practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 4:57 pm
|Limited in today’s practice for the Vikings were: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow). Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on the injury report but had full participation.
FFToday's Take: It appears Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on track to start this weekend but he draws a tough matchup against the Lions. That's good news for Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) owners. Even though talented Vikings wideout has seen his fantasy value diminish in recent weeks he has a much better shot of producing with Bridgewater under center making him worthy of flex consideration for Week 6.
| A.J. Green leaves practice on cart|
Aggravated his toe injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2014, 2:05 pm
|A.J. Green appeared to aggravate the toe injury that kept him out against the Falcons.
During the stretching period of practice open to the media, Green appeared injured and visibly upset. He threw off his helmet and shoe in disgust and was eventually taken off on a cart. He was able to walk, but with a limp.
FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for further information but it appears Green aggravated his toe injury. Marvin Jones (ankle) also missed practice today and doesn't appear close to playing. Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbacher would likely be the starting receivers if both Green and Jones are out.
|Lions sign Kicker Matt Prater|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2014, 7:16 pm
|Former Broncos K Matt Prater is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions released Alex Henery yesterday after he missed three field goals in a loss to the Bills. Prater was released by the Broncos last week after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He's certainly a viable K1 option for your fantasy team.
| Coughlin: Andre Williams ready for bigger role|
Jennings injury opens door for rookie RB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 7 2014, 10:30 am
|Giants RB Andre Williams carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a score and caught both of his passes despite coming into the league with a reputation as a poor receiver.
With running back Rashad Jennings out at least a few weeks with an MCL sprain, Williams will have to take a bulk of the carries and handle a bulk of the blitz pickup duties when Eli Manning drops back to pass. Peyton Hillis is a nice second option, but the Giants sound like a team prepared to ride the hot hand.
"I am very confident (in Williams taking a bigger role)," coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "The other thing that he did that was great was the third-and-7 first down run. A lot of that was on his own outside the flank of our blockers. He was able to pick up that first down. That was really indicative of people trying to tackle the ball and get the ball out, and he made that play. When you have a young guy, you really get into great, great detail even more about pass protection. He has done a good job when he has been in there. He is going to have to do even better." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has been working hard at becoming a complete running back, and with favorable matchups in weeks 6 and 7, he's worth plugging in as an RB2.
| Fisher: Zac Stacy likely to play in Week 6|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:35 pm
|On Zac Stacy, Fisher said he will probably miss some practice time this week because of calf injury, but doesn't think he will miss game. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams play on Monday Night Football in Week 6 in a difficult matchup against San Francisco, which means owners need to make plans to be without him just in case. Benny Cunningham became the featured back after Stacy left in Week 5 and would probably be in line for at least 15 touches if Stacy cannot go. Trey Watts would also be in the mix.
| Montee Ball likely to miss several weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:30 pm
|Broncos running back Montee Ball will not require surgery to repair the strained groin he suffered during a non-contact play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Ball is expected to be sidelined several weeks, according to two NFL sources. Ball underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday.
FFToday's Take: While HC John Fox would only say that he would "kind of update" the media on Wednesday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reported that the second-year back's teammates expected him to miss 2-3 weeks. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, who was inactive in Week 5 because he doesn't play special teams, figure to get the first shot at leading a likely committee backfield while Ball is out. Impressive UDFA Juwan Thompson could also be in the mix as well.
| Rashad Jennings likely out "a few weeks"|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:20 pm
|New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings won't need surgery to repair his injured left knee, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained MCL, and Jennings is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injury.
Rookie Andre Williams will take over in the meantime as the Giants' starting running back, with Peyton Hillis serving as his backup. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants have a Week 8 bye, so it makes some sense that Jennings will sit out the next three games. Williams isn't much of a receiver out of the backfield, but has more than enough ability as a runner to perform at a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 level while Jennings is out. Peyton Hillis might become a bit of a factor on third down as well.
| Moreno to return in Week 6?|
Practicing on limited basis Monday
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:25 pm
|Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno, out the past three weeks with an elbow injury, is practicing today at least on a limited basis. He hopes to play on Sunday against Green Bay although no final determination has been made on that front. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Reports on Moreno's return have been all over the map in the last two weeks, with one suggesting he may be sidelined until about Week 10 last week. Moreno should return to split carries with Lamar Miller when he does make it back to the field, although Miller did show well in the Dolphins' pre-bye win over Oakland. Whenever he makes it back, he should benefit from the return of C Mike Pouncey, who is expected to make his season debut in Week 6.
|Adrian Peterson in court on Wednesday|
Hopes to speed up trial in order to return to field in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:15 pm
|Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be present at his hearing Wednesday in a Texas courtroom to defend himself against child abuse charges. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is a longshot that Peterson plays another snap in 2014 as his chances for a return to the field hinge on essentially speeding up the legal process and hoping he can get a non-guilty verdict. In such a case, the NFL will likely count whatever number of games he has missed up to that point against the length of suspension it deems appropriate. Owners are advised to continue holding AP until this process plays itself out a bit more.
| Lions could be without Megatron, Bush in Week 6|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:05 pm
|Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury against Buffalo and he could miss a week or two because of it. That would probably be a smart move by Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, because in 37 snaps two Sundays ago against the Jets and 28 snaps Sunday against the Bills, Johnson was invisible.
Detroit also could be without Reggie Bush (ankle) Sunday at Minnesota. The Lions finished the game with a running back named George Winn on Sunday. He’s on his sixth team in 17 months, and the Lions may have to ride him until Bush and the concussed Joique Bell are ready to return. (SI.com)|
FFToday's Take: Golden Tate would continue to serve as Detroit's leading receiver if Johnson is forced to sit, which appears likely. Joique Bell (concussion) was cleared for physical activity late last week and should tentatively be expected to be the lead back for the Lions when they travel to Minnesota in Week 6.
| Ryan Mathews likely out 1-2 more weeks|
Branden Oliver explodes for 182 total yards in Week 5 win
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 4:55 pm
|Already down Ryan Mathews (out probably at least another week and more likely two with a knee sprain) and Danny Woodhead (lost for the season to a fractured leg), the Chargers had to rely on Branden Oliver on Sunday after Donald Brown suffered a concussion.
Oliver’s 182 total yards were most by a Chargers running back since a guy known by two letters was the Chargers’ face and the league’s biggest force. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: There isn't much question (yet) that Mathews will return as the starter when healthy, but Oliver should have solidified Danny Woodhead's old complementary-back role with his dominant all-around performance against the league's stingiest run defense in Week 5. Oliver stands a great chance of being San Diego's featured back in Week 6 against Oakland and potentially Week 7 versus Kansas City.
| Foster, Johnson active for Texans|
RB2 and WR2 ready for Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2014, 11:35 am
|Texans RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson officially active. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Texans stars will start and have decent matchups against the Cowboys.
| Calvin Johnson is active|
How much he plays is another story
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2014, 11:25 am
|Calvin Johnson officially active. As are Baltimore's Terrell Suggs and Lardarius Webb. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson played last week but was used as a decoy much of the game. Fantasy owners have a tough decision to make but it's expected that Johnson will have a bigger role in the offense this week. We're expecting him to be at least a WR2.
| McDonald, Carrier to handle TE duties for 49ers|
Vernon Davis misses practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2014, 7:00 am
|Tight end Vernon Davis, right offensive tackle Anthony Davis and cornerback Tramaine Brock are not at practice Friday. Fortunately for the 49ers, backup tight end Vance McDonald (knee) is at practice for the third straight day. It’s likely that McDonald and Derek Carrier are going to get the bulk of the action at tight end Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Davis hasn't officially been ruled out but he's a candidate for the Inactive list after not practicing at all this week. Neither Carrier or McDonald will be recommended fantasy plays against the Chiefs.
| Reggie Bush to see bulk of backfield work|
Joique Bell and Theo Riddick ruled out
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 8:00 pm
|Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (concussion) has been cleared for physical activity but has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m., Fox). With Bell out, Reggie Bush will get the bulk of the backfield work against the NFL's No. 3-ranked rush defense. George Winn will be the backup. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to Bell, running back Theo Riddick (hamstring) has also been ruled out meaning Bush may be in a workhorse role for the Lions this weekend. He's a solid RB2 in Week 5.
| Niles Paul expected to play Monday night|
Full practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 3:50 pm
|Tight end Niles Paul passed the final stage of testing in accordance with the NFL’s concussion protocol and practiced fully on Friday.
The fourth-year veteran sustained a concussion in last Thursday’s game against the New York Giants and had been limited in practice all of this week.
Paul is now expected to play in Monday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
FFToday's Take: Jordan Reed was limited Friday with a hamstring strain. His availability for Monday remains uncertain. Paul appears to be the tight end to own in Washington this week assuming he has no setbacks.
| Brandon Marshall: "I feel more explosive"|
Practiced in full this week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 1:55 pm
|Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall believes his sprained right ankle has healed enough for him to be his typical threatening self against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday..
Marshall fully participated in all three practices this week, the first time he has done so since prior to the season-opener in which he was injured.
FFToday's Take: Marshall aggravated his ankle injury in Week 3 then posted two catches for 19 yards in Week 4. Marshall should be a WR1 this week against the Panthers.
|Broncos to release K Matt Prater|
Team going with Brandon McManus
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 12:45 pm
|Broncos releasing K Matt Prater, who's coming off 4-game suspension, per source. Brandon McManus wins Denver kicking job. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: For those holding Prater during his four-game suspension you can safely release him. The Broncos will move forward with McManus who currently ranks 29th among kickers with 5.7 fantasy points per game. It's likely Prater could land with a new team in the coming weeks.
| Bridgewater to sit, Ponder to start Thursday|
Ankle injury sidelines rookie
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:55 pm
|Christian Ponder will get the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night when they take on the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive, according to a source informed of the situation.
Bridgewater was incredibly impressive in his first start last week, completing 19-of-30 passing for 317 yards. He added 27 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. The first-round pick played a turnover-free game and pushed the ball downfield before going out with an ankle injury. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings - on their third different starting quarterback entering Week 5 - are without their two most established offensive players (Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph). Cordarrelle Patterson has been virtually invisible since Week 1, so Ponder is going to have his work cut for him versus the Packers. Expect Minnesota to ride Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon as long as possible in Week 5, hoping that Bridgewater is ready to return against Detroit next week.
| Eric Decker uncertain for Week 5|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:40 pm
|New York Jets WR Eric Decker sat out practice with tightness in his balky right hamstring, leaving his status uncertain for the team's game San Diego on Sunday. Decker was limited Wednesday, but participated only in individual drills Thursday before he was told to sit out the rest of practice as a precaution.
Decker has been bothered by the hamstring since injuring it in Week 2 at Green Bay. He has been listed as questionable before each of the last two games, but played in both. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: To his credit, Decker has been reasonably productive despite being dogged by his hamstring. With that said, the Jets would be well-advised to give their top receiver the 1-2 weeks he needs to completely heal. New York isn't going to speed up Geno Smith's learning curve by giving him a top receiver that is far from 100 percent. Jeremy Kerley would likely serve as the Smith's favorite receiver if Decker is forced to sit.
|Arian Foster remains day-to-day|
Hamstring injury continues to linger
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:30 pm
|Arian Foster was held to just six yards on eight carries during a home victory versus the Bills, the first time in Foster’s six-year career he was held to less than one yard per carry.
Texans HC Bill O’Brien said Monday that Foster continues to be day-to-day. He was held out of practice Wednesday due to an injured hamstring. Asked if he’ll be a game-time decision against the Cowboys, Foster said he’ll again evaluate his hamstring and then make a decision about his status. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: In all likelihood, Foster and his owners are headed towards a third straight game-time decision. Given how he looked against Buffalo, it could be in the Texans' best long-term interest to rest him again and take their chances at beating Dallas with rookie Alfred Blue.
| Joique Bell yet to be cleared from concussion|
Theo Riddick also sidelined with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:25 pm
|Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell has yet to be cleared after suffering a concussion during Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
Bell, who was in the locker room for a brief moment Thursday but was not allowed to talk to the media, has 48 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown this season. He also has nine receptions for 73 yards. He did not practice Thursday.
RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) missed practice for the second day in a row as well. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Should Bell and Riddick both miss this week, the Lions would look to give more carries to Reggie Bush and use George Winn, who was brought up from the practice squad this week. Bell hasn't been overly productive over the last two weeks after scoring a touchdown in Week 1 and amassing 97 total yards in Week 2, but needs to remain on rosters. The Lions will face the Vikings and Falcons in Weeks 6 and 8, respectively.
| Carson Palmer advised to rest shoulder|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:05 pm
|After visiting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins for additional information regarding his shoulder, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has been diagnosed with an "axillary nerve contusion" - a numbness over part of the outer shoulder, shoulder weakness, especially when lifting the arm up and away from the body.
HC Bruce Arians mentioned on Wednesday that Palmer could be doubtful for Thursday practice but it is possible he still could be the backup QB this weekend. A lot will depend on his condition Thursday through Sunday. (Fox Sports 910)|
FFToday's Take: Palmer suffered the injury 25 days ago. The article goes on to say this type of injury tends to get better on its own and that some people do not need treatment (depending on the cause of the disorder), but that it can take months to recover in certain cases. As of now, Drew Stanton should be considered the starter for most of October, if not into November.
|Watkins, Woods already notice change at QB|
Bills' top WRs react to Orton as the new starter
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 4:50 pm
|We're just one practice into the Kyle Orton era, but the Buffalo Bills' top receivers have already noticed a difference in Orton from former starter EJ Manuel.
"We just had a different approach to practice. [Orton] demands what he wants out of us," rookie Sammy Watkins said. "He reads it quicker, the ball is coming out faster. That's just some things that we have to adjust to."
Fellow receiver Robert Woods saw the same: "His directness in the huddle, telling us what to look for and be ready for when we're breaking the huddle when he calls the play." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't exactly a shocking revelation, but notable that both receivers were so quick to say something to the media about it. Orton isn't going to turn this offense into a passing-game juggernaut, so the numbers of Watkins and Woods aren't going to skyrocket. However, both players should see a noticeable rise in fantasy value with a more consistently accurate quarterback.
|Ben Tate expected to start for Browns|
Assuming no setbacks in practice this week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2014, 2:58 pm
|Ben Tate is "on course" to start at running back Sunday for the Cleveland Browns when they play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, coach Mike Pettine said.
How the running back rotation goes from that point is to be determined. "We know Ben will start," Pettine said. "But that's all we have at this point. And that's assuming that [Tate] comes out of this week as we expect." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tate will get first crack to be the hot hand however if he struggles early, you could see a combination of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. Crowell has showed more ability of the first four weeks and could be inline surpass West in the pecking order. Tate is a risky RB2 heading into Week 5.
| Jake Locker expects to play versus Browns|
Practices with wrist injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 6:30 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the Tennessee Titans, and now the quarterback will see how his right wrist responds to a full session of throwing the ball. Locker isn't overly concerned, he expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Ken Whisenhunt still wants to see how Locker feels Thursday after a full practice.
FFToday's Take: The Titans could only muster up 261 total yards against the Colts last Sunday with Charlie Whitehurst under center so fantasy owners should be hoping for Locker's return. Nonetheless, the entire passing game outside of TE Delanie Walker is a risky play against the Browns for week five.
|Austin Davis announced as Rams' starting QB|
Shaun Hill "frustrated" in backup role
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 4:58 pm
|Third-year undrafted quarterback Austin Davis has been one of the most pleasant surprises of this young NFL season. The St. Louis Rams want to see if he has staying power. Davis will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it's now his job to lose. Coach Jeff Fisher announced the news Wednesday, and said that he spoke with both Davis and the team's Week 1 starter Shaun Hill about the decision. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Completing over seventy percent of his passes in three games this season has spearheaded Davis' success. Davis will need to prove his worth in the coming weeks before fantasy owners can begin to trust him as more than a fantasy backup.
| Joique Bell suffered concussion|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 3:33 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell has repeatedly declined to comment on Joique Bell's status after the running back was forced from the team's 24-17 win over the New York Jets with a head injury, but Wednesday's practice report confirms he did suffer a concussion. (mlive.com)|
FFToday's Take: There is still no word on the severity of Bell's concussion or whether he will be available to play this weekend. Until more positive news surfaces, Bell's owners should not count on him for week 5.
| Brandon Marshall practices in full|
LB Lance Briggs sits with sore knee
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 1:52 pm
|Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive linemen Jared Allen and Jeremiah Ratliff, offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson and cornerback Sherrick McManis returned to practice Wednesday. Marshall practiced in full; the others players were limited. Linebacker Lance Briggs sat out to rest a sore knee. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Brandon Marshall has salvaged his fantasy worth by being used primarily as a red zone threat while nursing a sore ankle. A full week of practice without any setbacks should see Jay Cutler's favorite target become much more involved in the passing game this weekend against Carolina.
| Bridgewater doesn't practice Tuesday|
Vikings hope to have rookie QB for Wednesday jog-through
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 30 2014, 3:25 pm
|Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) was held out of Tuesday's practice.
The "hope" is that he'll be ready for Wednesday's walk-through, but Bridgewater himself has made it clear that he's no sure thing for Thursday's game against the Packers. The short week couldn't be coming at a worse time for the Vikes, who could be forced to turn to Christian Ponder in an important divisional tilt. (Rotoworld via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ponder doesn't offer much fantasy value, and a less-than-100 percent Bridgewater doesn't excite us that much, either. We'd recommend steering clear of the Vikings WRs on Thursday unless Bridgewater looks healthy and ready to go.