|Sterling Shepard officially inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2017, 11:30 am
|Giants’ WR Sterling Shepard is inactive today vs Chiefs due to migraines. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants receiving corps takes another major hit. With high winds expected in this game against the Chiefs, fantasy owners should probably avoid Manning, Tavarres King and Roger Lewis.
|Fournette is active, Ivory battling illness|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2017, 11:10 am
|Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, questionable for today with an ankle injury, is active vs Browns, per @mortreport. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's hard to imagine Fournette not being limited in some capacity. The risk of re-injury makes him a risky play in Week 11. Chris Ivory is battling an illness and be limited as well, meaning T.J. Yeldon could get some extra run.
|Leonard Fournette will test ankle in pre-game|
Team optimistic he will play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2017, 7:30 am
|After not practicing Friday, #Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is questionable & will have a pre-game evaluation to determine whether he plays. The team is optimistic that he will, I'm told. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette missed practice Friday which isn't a good sign. Even if he plays, he'll obviously not be 100 percent making him a tough start for fantasy owners. Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon would form a committee if Fournette sits.
|Sterling Shepard may sit with migraines|
Giants could be down the No.1 receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2017, 7:00 am
|The #Giants may be without WR Sterling Shepard, a late addition to their injury report, due to migraines, source says. They’ll check him out closer to kickoff to be sure. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Shephard was added to the injury report on Saturday with an "illness" designation. If he sits, the Giants would be down to Tavarres King and Roger Lewis as starting wide receivers. Expect TE Evan Engram to be the top target if Shepard is declared inactive. For what it's worth, wind could be a factor in this game.
|Rivers clears concussion protocol|
Will play in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2017, 4:00 pm
|The streak lives. Philip Rivers will make his 195th consecutive start Sunday after the Chargers quarterback was cleared by an independent neurological consultant to play against the Buffalo Bills in StubHub Center.
The 35-year-old veteran, self-reported concussion symptoms after last Sunday’s 20-17 overtime loss at Jacksonville and was placed in concussion protocol Monday. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Rivers was able to practice this week and will be good to go against a Bills team that's lost two straight games giving up 81 points in the process.
|Blaine Gabbert will start for Cardinals|
Drew Stanton battling knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2017, 2:30 pm
|Blaine Gabbert will be the starting QB for #AZvsHOU. (Cardinals on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Drew Stanton is battling a knee injury and has a chance to be the backup if the makes through pre-game warmups in good shape. Gabbert faces a Texans defense that's given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks making him a decent plug-n-play in both season-long and DFS lineups.
|Jordan Reed, Pryor ruled out|
Pryor dealing with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2017, 2:00 pm
|Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Center Spencer Long and receiver Terrelle Pryor also have been ruled out. Pryor will see a specialist Monday for an ankle injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Reed can't get over the hump with his hamstring injury and Pryor has been a fantasy afterthought for weeks. In their absence, Vernon Davis and slot receiver Jamison Crowder should see plenty of targets against the Saints with DB Marshon Lattimore locked up on Josh Doctson.
|Fournette misses practice Friday, Questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2017, 11:30 am
|Jaguars tailback Leonard Fournette was one of six players who did not practice Friday. Fournette was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday and Thursday. (Jacksonville.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette's ankle injury appears to be a lingering issue. He missed much of the 4th quarter last week and seen limping around on the sidelines. It's possible Fournette could be limited in Week 11 in a bad matchup against the Browns. T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory could see more work
|Larry Fitzgerald preparing to play in 2018?|
WR reportedly nearing one-year extension
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2017, 7:40 pm
|Per source Cardinals and WR Larry Fitzgerald are close to an extension. One year. Contract through 2018. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald could obviously still retire if he wants to at the end of the season, but the 34-year-old is on pace for his third straight 100-catch season and still thriving despite the loss of Carson Palmer. He's a solid WR1 in PPR leagues and should be considered no worse than a low-end WR1 next year should he return.
|Philip Rivers likely to go Week 11|
Practices fully Thursday; still in league's concussion protocol
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2017, 7:25 pm
|HC Anthony Lynn on Philip Rivers (concussion): "We think he'll play (Week 11), but that's up to the doctors. That's not my decision." (LA Chargers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While the fact Rivers logged a full practice Thursday doesn't guarantee he'll play in Week 11, it means there's a pretty good chance. The 35-year-old, who has never missed a start since taking over for Drew Brees in 2006 is just on the outside the top 12 fantasy quarterbacks despite facing a difficult schedule. Look for him to move up the list a bit as he faces Buffalo, Dallas and Cleveland over the next three weeks.
|Jordan Reed working off to the side Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2017, 1:10 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed and left tackle Trent Williams both are working off to the side, going through agility drills and some resistance training. Terrelle Pryor is not at practice yet today. It's uncertain the reason for his absence. Jamison Crowder, who was absent Wednesday, has returned. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Reed will classified as "limited" with his hamstring injury. Until he gets in a full practice, fantasy owners should not consider him for lineups in Week 11. Vernon Davis and Jamison Crowder should be popular targets for Kirk Cousins against the Vikings.
|Alex Collins will remain Ravens featured back|
West and Woodhead expected to be available
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2017, 1:00 pm
|Mornhinweg said that Alex Collins will remain Ravens featured back even with Terrance West and Danny Woodhead returns (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens are expected to get back Danny Woodhead (hamstring) and Terrance West this week which muddies the running back waters in Baltimore. Collins will likely remain the early-down workhorse with Woodhead being a threat to Javorius Allen's snap count. Perhaps one of these four will be inactive in Week 11.
|Ty Montgomery misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2017, 4:10 pm
|Not practicing: RB Aaron Jones (knee), RB Ty Montgomery (ribs), S Morgan Burnett (groin), T Bryan Bulaga (knee). (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery re-injured his ribs in Week 10 and it's unlikely he will practice much this week. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he's hoping Montgomery can play this week. Expect Jamaal Williams to the majority of work this week in a neutral matchup against the Ravens-D.
|Chris Hogan misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2017, 4:00 pm
|Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that wide receiver Chris Hogan is also back in Foxborough receiving treatment on the shoulder injury that kept him from playing against the Broncos last Sunday. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots are practicing this week in Colorado as they get preparted to play the Raiders in Mexico City at high altitude. With Hogan away from the team, it appears unlikely he will play in Week 11. Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola and Phillip Dorsett will be the top wideouts for Brady this week.
|Will Fuller expected to miss Week 11|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2017, 1:44 pm
|Will Fuller not practicing due to rib injury not expected to play Sunday (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect Bruce Ellington to see increased snaps in Fuller's absence. Ellington will be an interesting dart throw for owners in deep leagues hurting at the wide receiver position, especially with Patrick Peterson expected to shadow DeAndre Hopkins.
|Case Keenum earns another start|
Vikings ride hot hand despite Teddy Bridgewater's improved health
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 15 2017, 12:30 pm
|Minnesota is staying the course with Case Keenum under center.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters in a news conference Wednesday that he will not bench Keenum for Teddy Bridgewater this week against the Los Angeles Rams, sticking with the journeyman quarterback who has led Minnesota to a 7-2 start
FFToday's Take: Case Keenum's ability to keep the Vikings atop the NFC North has given the team plenty of confidence to stick with him under center-at least for another week. Teddy Bridgewater figures to eventually take over before the end of the year but he may have to wait for Keenum to falter before getting his opportunity.
|Bills QB Tyrod Taylor benched|
Nathan Peterman to start vs. Chargers
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 15 2017, 10:30 am
|In a surprise decision Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills benched Tyrod Taylor in favor of a rookie quarterback.
Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters that Nathan Peterman will start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
"This is about becoming a better team. Tyrod has made improvements," McDermott explained to reporters. "This is not an indictment on Tyrod. He is an important part of our team and will continue to be an important part of our team.
FFToday's Take: Buffalo's decision appears to be less about the team's recent losses and more about the future of the franchise. Unless an injury were to occur, Tyrod Taylor isn't likely to see the field again in 2017 and can be safely dropped. Nathan Peterman enters a tough situation to be find immediate fantasy success. The team is facing one of the better pass defenses in the league on the road this week making all Bills players risky fantasy plays for Week 11.
|Redskins place Rob Kelley on IR|
Chris Thompson and Samaje Parine to split backfield duties
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 14 2017, 7:00 pm
|The Washington Redskins placed starting running back Rob Kelley and inside linebacker Will Compton on injured reserve. (Washington Times)|
FFToday's Take: Chris Thompson and Samaje Parine will continue to shoulder the load for the Redskins this season. Both players have fantasy relevance the rest of the way with Thompson being the preferred option this week as a RB2 with upside in a road game against the Saints.
|Arizona to start Blaine Gabbert?|
Drew Stanton dealing with knee injury
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 14 2017, 4:00 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals aren’t ready to make an announcement about their starting quarterback for Sunday, but our own Mike Jurecki is.
The Cardinals insider and co-host of The Blitz with B-Train and Jurecki on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station says sources have informed him that Blaine Gabbert is expected to be the starting quarterback for Arizona when the Cardinals face Houston at NRG Stadium.
Drew Stanton, who started the last two games for the Cardinals, suffered a sprained knee in a 22-16 loss to Seattle last Thursday night, and although he finished the game, he won’t be the man in Week 11, according to Jurecki.
FFToday's Take: The signing of backup quarterback Matt Barkley earlier in the week also suggests that Drew Stanton's knee injury will keep him out of action. Blaine Gabbert hasn't played since Week 13 of the 2016 season with the 49ers. Prone to giving up interceptions, Gabbert has very low fantasy upside if given the start against the Texans in Week 11 so be ready to adjust your rankings accordingly once an official announcement is made.
|Greg Olsen expected to return Week 12|
Broken foot in Week 2
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2017, 2:00 pm
|Ron Rivera said Greg Olsen is progressing very well and the plan is still for him to return for the Jets game. That could change, but Rivera likes where he is at. Said it's pretty exciting to get him back. (Steve Reed on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers have a bye this week, but should get their starting tight end back for Week 12. Olsen should immediately step into the starting lineup and be a top two target for Cam Newton along with WR Devin Funchess. Curtis Samuel is out for the year with an ankle injury.
|Seahawks add RB Mike Davis, Prosise to IR|
Spained ankle ends season for Prosise
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2017, 2:00 pm
|The Mike Davis move is official. The Seahawks have promoted him off their practice squad and placed fellow running back C.J. Prosise on injured reserve. Prosise left the team's win over Arizona with a sprained ankle. He had missed most of the previous five games with a sprain in his other ankle. Seattle also announced the signing of cornerback Byron Maxwell. Richard Sherman was placed on IR, as expected. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Prosise has been unable to stay healthy during his two years in the league, playing in only 10 games. Thomas Rawls is the starting running back in Seattle, but isn't startable given the sad state of the Seahawks running game.
|Jameis Winston expected to play again in 2017|
Bucs coach plans on QB's return from shoulder injury this season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 14 2017, 10:52 am
|The Bucs want quarterback Jameis Winston to rest his injured shoulder at least through Sunday's game against the Dolphins and general manager Jason Licht has said it could be an extended period before he is under center.
But Winston is expected to play again this season, and when asked Monday if he believed Winston would play again in 2017, coach Dirk Koetter said "I do." (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: It's good news for Winston owners who may be counting on a return for the fantasy playoffs, but in most formats and situations, it's best to cut bait with Winston, who hasn't been effective since sustaining the injury.
|Panthers concerned about Curtis Samuel injury|
Emerging WR could be lost for rest of season with high ankle sprain
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 14 2017, 10:44 am
|Rookie wideout Curtis Samuel left the 45-21 victory in the third quarter after a Dolphins defensive back rolled on his foot after Samuel dropped a certain touchdown pass. Samuel was on crutches with his left leg heavily bandaged after the game. The initial thought was Samuel had sustained a high ankle sprain, although a team source said the concern is it could be worse. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: This is not good news. The Carolina Panthers traded their top receiver to Buffalo two weeks ago and might have lost their youngest receiver to a season-ending ankle injury Monday night against Miami. Russell Shepard gets a bump and this could also mean more targets for Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess.
|Danny Woodhead not a lock for Week 11|
Will practice Tuesday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2017, 7:20 pm
|(Ravens HC John) Harbaugh said that Danny Woodhead (hamstring) will practice tomorrow. Still not sure whether he'll be ready to go by Sunday. (The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec)|
FFToday's Take: Per beat writer Jeff Zrebiec, Woodhead has been limited mostly to individual work in recent weeks, so it sounds as if Tuesday will mark his return to full practice. Even if he doesn't suit up this week, it's a decent bet Woodhead will push Javorius Allen to the side when he is ready and form a committee with Alex Collins. Given how much the Ravens continue to pass, Woodhead will have RB2 upside in PPR leagues when he is cleared.
|Philip Rivers in concussion protocol|
Status in doubt for Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2017, 7:00 pm
|Chargers QB Philip Rivers is in the concussion protocol. If he can't play this weekend, Kellen Clemens would move up to No. 1. (Orange County Regsiter)|
FFToday's Take: Rivers didn't miss a snap in Week 10, but he self-reported his symptoms upon arriving at team headquarters Monday. He wasn't sacked, so one of the few times he could have suffered the injury was on his overtime interception. The 35-year-old has logged 185 straight starts since being named the full-time starter in 2006. Clemens is a huge downgrade and yet another quarterback owners should be willing to stream defenses against if he gets the nod.
|Rob Kelley suffers ankle, knee injuries |
High ankle aprain, MCL injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2017, 11:43 am
|Rough Sunday for #Redskins RB Rob Kelley: After tests this morning, Kelley was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain AND a grade 1/2 MCL sprain in his knee. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This sounds like Kelley will miss some time meaning Samaje Perine should get some run on early-downs over the next few weeks. He doesn't have much of a ceiling but will be a TD-dependent RB2 moving forward.
|Aaron Jones expected to miss 3-6 weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2017, 11:30 am
|Packers RB Aaron Jones expected to be sidelined 3-6 weeks with MCL injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Not only did Jones get injured yesterday but Ty Montgomery left the game with a rib injury. Jamaal Williams is now back into fantasy relevance and will get the Ravens and Steelers the next two weeks.
|Devonta Freeman unlikely to play Week 11|
Second concussion of the season
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2017, 10:10 am
|Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is unlikely to play next Monday night at Seattle against Seahawks after suffering his second concussion of his season, per @mortreport and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Freeman left early in Week 10 with a concussion after just two carries and 3 yards. His absence will mean more work for Tevin Coleman against the Seahawks with Terron Ward soaking up backup duties. Ward saw 9 carries against the Cowboys in Week 10.
|Will Fuller suffers cracked ribs|
May miss one game
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2017, 9:00 am
|#Texans WR Will Fuller suffered cracked ribs in their loss to the #Rams, I’m told. But the damage is not extensive & he may just miss one game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller was only targeted 3 times yesterday as he left in the 2nd quarter with a rib injury. He may miss a date with Cardinals in Week 11. Bruce Ellington saw 8 targets for the second week in a row.
| Dez Bryant expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2017, 7:20 am
|Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, listed as questionable for today with knee and ankle injury, has said he will play vs. Falcons. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant stated earlier in the week that he would be out there and it appears he will. Even with some questions about his health he will be on the WR1 radar in a matchup with the Falcons that has the highest total of the week (48.5).
|Jordan Reed expected to sit|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2017, 7:15 am
|#Redskins TE Jordan Reed, who missed practice on Friday with a hamstring injury, is not expected to play today, source said. But LT Trent Williams, battling through a painful knee injury, is expecting to play, somehow. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: So it goes with Reed. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but missed on Friday. Vernon Davis will once again be on the TE1 radar in a matchup against the Vikings.
|Jamison Crowder expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2017, 7:00 am
|Washington WR Jamison Crowder, listed as questionable for Sunday with a hamstring injury, is expected to play vs Minnesota, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Crowder was limited in practice this week but should give it a go against the Vikings today. He's a Flex consideration for Week 10 with a slightly higher value in PPR leagues.
|Jeremy Hill placed on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 11 2017, 1:00 pm
|Bengals placed RB Jeremy Hill on Reserve/Injured list and waived K Marshall Koehn. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hill was inactive last week and had fallen to third on the depth chart behind rookie Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard. Mixon is the back to own in this offense but has yet to produce more than 11.1 fantasy points (standard scoring) in any week. Randy Bullock will return to kicking duties in Week 10.
|Matt Forte ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2017, 11:45 am
|After missing practice for the third straight day with knee swelling, New York Jets running back Matt Forte was declared out for Sunday's road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Forte experienced some knee swelling this week which will keep him out of action against the Buccaneers. Expect Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire to handle the running back duties. Powell makes for a solid RB2 option against a Bucs defense allowing the 4th most fantasy points to running backs.
|Zay Jones out, Clay expected to play|
Bills TE hasn't played since Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2017, 11:30 am
|Left tackle Cordy Glenn and wide receiver Zay Jones have been ruled out for the game because of injuries. Jones hurt his knee against the Jets and the rookie’s absence will open up more room for Kelvin Benjamin in the offense as Benjamin makes his Bills debut after last week’s trade with the Panthers. Tight end Charles Clay is questionable, although the signs have been positive about his return from a knee injury. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills should have their tight end back but will be missing WR Zay Jones. Benjamin and Jordan Matthews should be the main targets on the outside for Tyrod Taylor. Clay is a viable tight end streamer for those desperate for a warm body at the position.
|David Johnson to get cast removed Monday|
Chances of 2017 return following wrist surgery still unknown
By: Doug Orth | Nov 9 2017, 7:20 pm
|(David Johnson's) cast comes off on Monday, and that’s important for Johnson, who doesn’t want 2017 to end up as a completely lost season. Whether Johnson can figure in that playoff push remains to be seen. He says he wants to return this season regardless of the Cardinals’ record, even if they never win another game. He won’t know anything definitively until the cast comes off. Then the doctors will assess how stiff, or atrophied, the wrist it, and they’ll design a rehabilitation plan for Johnson for the wrist specifically. (SI.com - Greg Bishop)|
FFToday's Take: Consider this a non-update update, outside of the fact Johnson will have his cast removed early next week. Owners who have held onto him this long might as well continue to do so, but there are a ton of things that must go right for him in order for him to see the field again in 2017. Even then, how will the backfield workload be split between him and Adrian Peterson? Answers may be coming in the next week or so, but there are still no guarantees he makes it back.
|Charles Clay "looking good" for Week 10|
Sidelined since Week 5 with sprained MCL, torn meniscus
By: Doug Orth | Nov 9 2017, 7:10 pm
|Bills coach Sean McDermott said TE Charles Clay (knee) is looking good to play Sunday after practicing again Thursday. "He practiced today, did some good things," he said. "The biggest thing is going to be first week back, how he transitions from yesterday to today -- which I thought was in the right direction - and from today to tomorrow, and going into the game." (ESPN - Mike Rodak)|
FFToday's Take: Clay was one of the few constants at the tight end position through five games before going down. Even though Buffalo added Kelvin Benjamin in his absence, Tyrod Taylor has more history and/or chemistry with Clay than any other Bill pass-catcher. While he may not be able to maintain the near-70 catch pace he was on before the injury, Clay should be immediately inserted back in lineups as a low-end TE1. Nick O'Leary will return to a mere reserve role and can be dropped in most leagues.
|Martellus Bennett back with New England|
Claimed off waivers from Green Bay
By: Doug Orth | Nov 9 2017, 7:00 pm
|Former Packers’ TE Martellus Bennett claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Dwayne Allen has yet to catch a pass and Bennett is regarded as one of the league's best run-blocking tight ends, so the former could be on the way out of Foxboro soon. Bennett is one season removed from posting 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns with the Patriots during a season in which Rob Gronkowski struggled to stay healthy. Gronk has stayed healthy for the most part this season, so Bennett will likely be a high-upside TE2 at best until something changes.
|Ezekiel Elliott suspension back on|
2nd Circuit has denied Elliott's latest request
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2017, 3:37 pm
|That was fast: 2nd Circuit has denied Ezekiel Elliott's request to have suspension continue to be lifted. Suspension is back on. As predicted, once case got to appellate court, NFL in good shape with precedent. (Andrew Brandt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The saga continues. With this ruling today it appears the NFL's 6-game suspension is back on. If Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden or Rod Smith are available in your league, they are all viable options on the waiver wire. All were expected to see action last week with Morris expected to get the start.
|Paul Richardson expected to play, could be limited|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2017, 1:15 pm
|Seahawks WR Paul Richardson, listed as questionable for tonight due to a groin injury, is expected to play but could be limited some, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson is dealing with a groin injury and coming off a short week, he's difficult to trust in fantasy lineups. He'll also face Patrick Peterson about half the time, making Richardson an easy fade in Week 10.