| Don Jackson likely to start Week 7 vs. Bears|
Eddie Lacy likely to miss rest of regular season
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2016, 1:50 pm
|The Packers will determine later if Eddie Lacy’s season is over. But tonight, newly promoted RB Don Jackson will be the main back. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Owners can pretty much stick a fork into the impending free agent for 2016 as IR will keep him out until late into December. Even though the Packers traded for Knile Davis on Tuesday, Jackson is the right choice to start against the Bears if only because he has been around the team and should know the offense. Ty Montgomery, Knile Davis and perhaps even Randall Cobb might get some backfield work, so Jackson is a desperation start at best tonight. Davis is the better long-term bet, however.
| Eddie Lacy headed to IR, ankle surgery|
Don Jackson expected to be activated from practice squad
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 20 2016, 1:45 pm
|Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy needs ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday. The Packers are unsure if Lacy will miss the remainder of the season, the source said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers are expected to promote Don Jackson from the practice squad in time for tonight's game against the Bears. Lacy can be dropped from re-draft leagues once he officially goes on IR. Expect Ty Montgomery and Knile Davis to handle most of the work in the backfield tonight with Davis possessing more upside moving forward.
| Terrelle Pryor misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 20 2016, 1:00 pm
|Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor and cornerback Joe Haden both sat out practice Thursday for the second day in a row.
Pryor suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Titans, and Haden pulled a groin muscle the Thursday before the game.
Coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he's hopeful both can play Sunday in Cincinnati. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: If Pryor is at least limited on Friday, he'll have a good shot of playing Sunday against the Bengals. The Browns are thin at receiver, leaving Andrew Hawkins as a desperation play if Pryor sits.
| McCoy, Woods miss practice Thursday|
Bills bitten by injury bug
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 20 2016, 12:45 pm
|Running back LeSean McCoy was not on the field during the open portion of Thursday's Bills practice after sustaining a hamstring injury Wednesday that put his availability for this week's game in question. If Robert Woods can't play Sunday, the Bills receiving corps would be comprised of Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter, Walter Powell and Brandon Tate. Ryan has said previously that the team also has plays for running back Reggie Bush to be used as a slot receiver. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: The big news here is McCoy's hamstsring injury. Mike Gillislee would get the start against Miami if McCoy can't go. Given the run-heavy scheme in Buffalo, Gillislee would be on the RB2 radar.
| LeSean McCoy exits practice early|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 4:06 pm
|LeSean McCoy left practice early with a hamstring injury.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday the running back's hamstring was tight and will be checked by the medical staff.
Ryan said he wasn't immediately sure of the severity of the injury.
FFToday's Take: This is a noteworthy development considering LeSean McCoy's injury history and the Bills reliance on their star rusher. He'll likely miss practice Thursday and be questionable heading into the Bills' week 7 tilt with the Dolphins. Backup Mike Gillislee and his 5.7 YPC would see more touches in the event McCoy is unable to play.
| Doug Martin suffers setback|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 4:00 pm
|Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: "Doug Martin did unfortunately suffer a little setback a week ago Sunday and we'll just have to see when he can make it back. There's no timetable on that right now." Koetter emphasized that these injuries are no one's fault and that no one feels worse about it than the player. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Time to fire up Jacquizz Rodgers in Week 7. He's likely to see the bulk of backfield duties after receiving 35 touches in Week 5 against the Panthers. Rodgers has a decent matchup on the road against the 49ers making him a solid RB2.
| Odell Beckham, Jr. misses practice |
Considered day-to-day with hip pointer
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 3:55 pm
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has missed practice with a hip injury.
Coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday that he is taking a day-to-day approach as the star wide receiver deals with a hip pointer sustained in Sunday's 27-23 win over Baltimore.
FFToday's Take: The Giants are taking a cautious approach with their stud receiver as the team gets ready to cross the pond for a date with the Rams in London. This injury doesn't seem too severe but could be a game-time decision situation considering the travel.
| Latavius Murray returns to practice|
Tailback has missed last two weeks with toe injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 2:49 pm
|Running back Latavius Murray has returned to practice. (Raiders.com via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Latavius Murray is on the mend and could suit up as early as this weekend. His status for this weekend will likely depend on whether he can get in a full practice before the end of the week so monitor his progress over the next couple of days. Once cleared, Murray figures to retain his status as the team's top fantasy running back, albeit with limited upside in Oakland's RBBC trio with DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
| Carlos Hyde in danger of missing Week 7|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 1:45 pm
|Chip Kelly: It would be a "stretch" for RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) to play Sunday. #49ers (Eric Branch on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hyde is dealing with a shoulder injury and if he's unable to go, Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn would handle the running back duties for the 49ers. Davis has the more fantasy upside and should work most on early downs.
|Dak Prescott to start vs. Eagles in Week 8|
Romo may not be ready after Cowboys' bye week
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 1:30 pm
|NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday Dak Prescott will start Week 8 versus the Philadelphia Eagles, per a source informed of the situation. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 5-1 record and has been a top ten fantasy quarterback over the past three weeks. This news would indicate that Tony Romo isn't likely to be back until the calendar flips to November.
| Flacco dealing with shoulder injury|
Missed practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 1:10 pm
|Ravens coach John Harbaugh said QB Joe Flacco has a right shoulder injury. "He has a legitimate shot at playing Sunday. I don't know what the percentage is, " Harbaugh said. Flacco didn't practice Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Flacco will be able to go this Sunday against the Jets but we should get a better idea of his availability on Friday. Ryan Mallett would start if Flacco can't go.
| Terrelle Pryor misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 1:00 pm
|#Browns Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) says he won't practice today but is doing everything possible to play vs. #Bengals (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor is sole focus of the Browns passing game, so he would be sorely missed if he can't suit up against the Bengals. More updates to come...
|Geno Smith to start for Jets|
Jets need a spark
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 11:45 am
|Desperate for a spark, the New York Jets are turning to Geno Smith as their quarterback.
League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Smith will replace Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has compiled an 11-11 record as the Jets' starter over two seasons. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets season is circling the drain and with Ryan Fitzpatrick struggling with interceptions, the team is shifting to Smith who promptly through an interception on his one of his six attempts last week. Smith won't be a fantasy option. The Ravens-D makes for a nice streaming option in Week 7.
| Vincent Jackson lands on IR, knee injury|
Bucs thin at WR
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2016, 3:00 pm
|Just when it looked like the Buccaneers would be starting to get key players back from injury, the team announced Tuesday that veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with an ACL injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: At minimum, Jackson is out for 8 weeks, meaning he's droppable in all redraft leagues. The Bucs will press forward with Adam Humphries as the No.2 option in the passing game. Cecil Shorts is set to return to practice this week.
| Lacy misses practice Tuesday|
Status for Thursday up in the air
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2016, 2:30 pm
|Eddie Lacy didn't practice Tuesday, and a source told @Edwerderespn , "I can't see him playing'' Thursday against the Bears. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers traded for Knile Davis today and it's not out of the question for him to be the main ball carrier for the Packers on Thursday given the injuries at the position.
| Eric Decker undergoes hip surgery|
Shoulder surgery needed as well
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2016, 2:00 pm
|The hip surgery was deemed necessary during an evaluation that occurred when Eric Decker was placed on injured reserve for a torn rotator cuff on October 12. The anticipated recovery time for the surgery is six months. Once Decker is off crutches, he will subsequently undergo a procedure on his shoulder. The estimated recovery for his shoulder surgery is eight months.
(New York Jets)|
FFToday's Take: Considering Decker's shoulder surgery is delayed, his status for the start of the 2017 season is in question. Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa remain the top two receivers for the Jets although the team is on the verge of spiraling out of control given the bad play at the quarterback position.
|Charles still not ready for heavy workload|
HC impressed with RB in first extensive action
By: Doug Orth | Oct 17 2016, 5:40 pm
|While Chiefs HC Andy Reid noted Monday that what it was good to have Jamaal Charles back “in all areas,” Spencer Ware still out-touched Charles 26 to 11 and logged more snaps, 40 to 15, an indication the Chiefs are still cautious with their star as he works his way back from a second torn ACL.
“Is he ready to carry it every down? I don’t think that’s where we're at right this minute. But he got more carries than he did against Pittsburgh, and his attitude — from the get go — has been give me the ball, I want to play. The attitude is awesome,” Reid said of Charles. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: It has been made very clear Ware is going to continue having a role, but his time as the lead back in the Chiefs' backfield is likely coming to an end soon. Charles is probably going to take over the lead role sometime in the next couple of weeks, making now a great buy-low opportunity for the 29-year-old back and a good time to see what Ware's trade value is.
| Terrelle Pryor dealing with hamstring injury|
Will be evaluated throughout the week
By: Doug Orth | Oct 17 2016, 5:25 pm
|Terrelle Pryor has a hamstring injury. HC Hue Jackson says they’ll see how that goes through the week. (Cleveland Browns on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Literally all five players who have received snaps at quarterback for Cleveland this season have missed game action, been released or are currently hurt. The team's top three receivers are either currently out or hurt as well. Pryor has emerged as the team's go-to receiver with Josh Gordon away and rookie Corey Coleman injured. Be sure to monitor his status throughout the week, but he's a WR3 with obvious WR2 upside if this ends up being a minor issue.
| Dez says he's playing against Philly|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2016, 8:00 am
|As Dez Bryant walks off field he finds me and tells me "Don't have to ask me anymore, I'm good...playing against Philly" (Jane Slater)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7, which means Bryant should return in Week 8 against the Eagles. Bryant hasn't played since Week 3 but will be on the WR2 radar when he returns.
| Roethlisberger has torn meniscus|
Knee surgery required
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 11:00 pm
|The Post-Gazette learned Sunday night Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will have surgery this morning. There is no timetable for his return to the team. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Landry Jones will start Week 7 against the Patriots. Roethlisberger was injured in the 2nd quarter but returned to play in the second half. A more definitive update on Roethlisberger's recovery time will likely come later this week.
| Sammie Coates active, role unclear|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 11:20 am
|Steelers WR Sammie Coates is active with his fractured finger, as @JFowlerESPN reported. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Coates is shaping up a risky fantasy play given his injury situation. His exact role is unclear. Expect a heavy dose of Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown against the Dolphins.
| Arian Foster expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 10:30 am
|Here in Miami, the #Dolphins get a boost. Told both Arian Foster, S Reshad Jones to play. Secondary needs all help it can get vs #Steelers (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster was limited in practice this week with a groin injury. Given his fragileness and mediocre matchup, he's only a recommended fantasy play for desperate owners. His value comes in PPR leagues.
| Eddie Lacy expected to play|
Cobb to see snaps as backup RB
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 7:30 am
|Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is expected to play… but he’s the only RB who’ll be active. Expect WR Randall Cobb(!) to be the backup RB. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: James Starks was ruled out yesterday. Lacy should be a workhorse as long as he remains healthy. We've noted all week during Lacy updates that Cobb would likely see some extra touches from the backfield, increasing his fantasy value in Week 6.
| Zach Zenner, Justin Forsett to share workload|
Dwayne Washington not expectedt to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 7:15 am
|Lions' RB Dwayne Washington, listed as questionable with ankle injury, will not play today, per source. Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett carry (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions are depleted at running back with Theo Riddick (ankle) and now Washington (ankle) ruled out. Neither Zenner or Forsett are fantasy options. Golden Tate might be used a bit more in the short passing game as a result.
| Will Fuller unlikely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 7:00 am
|Texans' WR Will Fuller is unlikely to play tonight vs Colts due to a hamstring injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller was limited in practice this week but it appears will miss tonight's game with Colts. DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong and Braxton Miller should be the top three wideouts for Brock Osweiler.
| James Starks ruled out|
Lacy remains Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2016, 2:30 pm
|The Green Bay Packers will be without running back James Starks (knee) and may be without cornerback Quinten Rollins (groin) Sunday when they take on the Dallas Cowboys. (Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Starks is dealing with a knee injury and also missed time with the team this week due to a death in the family. Eddie Lacy remains questionable. With Starks out, don't be surprised if Randall Cobb sees a few extra snaps at running back in Week 6.
| Wheaton out, Coates questionable|
Hand injury for Coates
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2016, 12:00 pm
|The Steelers might be down to three healthy receivers for the game Sunday in Miami. Markus Wheaton will miss the game with a shoulder injury, and Sammie Coates, who has emerged in recent weeks as the No. 2 receiver opposite Antonio Brown, is questionable with a hand injury.
If Coates cannot play, the Steelers will sign Cobi Hamilton from their practice squad to the active roster to give them four healthy receivers on the game day roster.
Coates, who returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, has experienced some swelling with his hand, but he said that’s to be expected because the cut hasn’t completely healed. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Coates is shaping up to be a gametime decision. If he's inactive Eli Rogers could see more targets and would be on the FLEX radar for Week 6. Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown should be heavily involved against the Dolphins.
| Theo Riddick ruled out|
Dwayne Washington and Justin Forsett next up
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 4:00 pm
|Lions RB Theo Riddick out Sunday. Justin Forsett could get quick work in Detroit. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Riddick missed practice all week with an ankle injury. It's a big loss for Matthew Stafford and the passing game that will also be without Eric Ebron. Expect Dwayne Washington (questionable) and newly signed Justin Forsett to share backfield duties. Neither are recommended fantasy options.
| Latavius Murray misses practice Friday|
Expected to miss Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 1:30 pm
|Yes, the Raiders are practicing in the rain. But running back Latavius Murray and right tackle Menelik Watson are not among them. Again. They are likely OUT vs. the Chiefs on Sunday, when it's supposed to rain. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's shaping up to be the DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard once again with both backs splitting the workload against the Chiefs. Given the RBBC, its difficult to trust either players as anything more than a flex option in Week 6.
| Steve Smith listed as Doubtful|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 1:10 pm
|Steve Smith is listed as Doubtful on the injury report. (Baltimore Ravens on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith is going to be inactive on Sunday which should increase the opportunities for Kamar Aiken and tight end Dennis Pitta. Mike Wallace is also in play as a Flex option.
| Arian Foster a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 1:00 pm
|Gase said Reshad Jones and Arian Foster will be game time decisions. (Barry Jackson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster has been nursing a hamstring injury the last few weeks and was able to practice on a limited basis this week. Even if he plays, Foster will be a Flex option only against the Steelers.
|Jamaal Charles looking at limited role yet again?|
Chiefs continue to exercise caution with RB
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2016, 7:45 pm
|"We'll sprinkle him in where we feel he's most effective." - OC Brad Childress on using Jamaal Charles. Chiefs want to work him back in. (Pete Sweeney on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Late drafters knew they were taking a risk he would not contribute much for the first four or so weeks when they used a third- or fourth-round pick on Charles, but even the most patient owners have to be up in arms with the idea of him still being "sprinkled" into the offense heading into Week 6. He's probably a low-end flex, while starter Spencer Ware is probably a midrange RB2 at best despite a plus-matchup in Week 6 against Oakland.
| Jordan Reed diagnosed with concussion|
Status for Week 6 and beyond up in the air
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2016, 7:35 pm
|Redskins TE Jordan Reed was officially diagnosed with a concussion. He’s in the protocol. Team spent since Tuesday evaluating. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's a major blow to the Washington offense and obviously a concern for Reed's long-term health, as he has sustained at least six documented concussions since his college days. For fantasy purposes, he should be considered a long shot for this week and highly questionable for the next 2-3 weeks. Vernon Davis appears to be the most likely replacement for him, but Reed's absence should to more targets for DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder.
| Eric Decker expecting surgery within 1-2 weeks|
Expects 6-8 month rehab
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2016, 7:30 pm
|Jets WR Eric Decker, speaking for the first time since his season-ending surgery was announced, said he expects to have surgery in the next week or two. He said it will be a six- to eight-month rehab. Looking ahead to rehab, he said, "It's not a fun time, but obviously it's something that needs to be done to continue my career." He said the pain from the torn rotator cuff is like "someone is stabbing you," adding that it showed no improvement over the last two weeks. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Decker is safe to drop in redraft leagues. It is possible he could miss most of the team's offseason work if he pushes the back end of his estimated timeline. Quincy Enunwa will be a serviceable WR3 in most leagues during his absence, but the real winners in this deal for fantasy purposes are the owners of Brandon Marshall, who should be among the league leaders in targets from here on out.
| Starks out until Saturday, Lacy nursing ankle|
Lacy on track to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2016, 12:30 pm
|McCarthy said James Starks is out of town and will not return to Green Bay until Saturday. It means that Starks will have one day of practice at most to test his knee, if he's cleared, as well as wrap his mind around this week's game plan. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Eddie Lacy is working through his ankle injury and should be able to play this week. Starks is away from the team due to a death in the family. Starks' knee injury could sideline him this week, meaning Randall Cobb could see a few snaps at running back against the Cowboys.
| No practice for Steve Smith, Wallace limited|
Ravens banged up at receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2016, 12:15 pm
|Wide receiver Steve Smith ankle is not present after sitting out Wednesday's session. Two more players who were limited: wide receiver Mike Wallace ribs and cornerback Shareece Wright back spasms are active and practicing. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Smith missed practice Wednesday and is a candidate for the inactive list. Wallace has a better chance of playing but we should know more on his status later in the week. Expect Kamar Aiken to see an increased workload against the Giants.
| Stewart, Newton practice on Thursday|
Panthers should have starting QB and RB in Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2016, 12:00 pm
|The fact that Cam is back out here after his most vigorous exercise in a week and a half is a good sign for Sunday for sure. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart were at practice for the Panthers on Thursday indicating there are on track to play in Week 6 against the Saints. The Saints porous defense makes Newton an easy QB1 and Stewart a viable RB2.
| TE Ladarius Green plans to practice next week|
Coming off PUP list with ankle and concussion issues
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 12 2016, 5:20 pm
|Tight end Ladarius Green, their major free agent signing this year, is eligible to practice for the first time with them next week and he says the plan is for him to do just that. Green was placed on the NFL’s physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp and has yet to practice with the Steelers. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: There was a time when Ladarius Green's status for the season was in doubt so this is encouraging news. Green has missed a ton of practice but it's clear that he has a chance to make a fantasy impact later this year playing in the Steelers' high scoring offense.
| Newton limited in practice|
Still in concussion protocol
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 12 2016, 4:49 pm
|The Panthers franchise quarterback was limited in his return to practice Wednesday as he continued to work through concussion protocol, coach Ron Rivera said. Newton arrived on a cart with his cleats and helmet in tow, putting him possibly on track to play Sunday against the Saints minus any setbacks. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is great news and should give Cam Newton owners a little hope heading into a juicy match up against the Saints. Expect the team to update the status of their quarterback by the end of the week.
| Jordan Reed being evaluated for concussion|
Missed practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2016, 3:45 pm
|Jordan Reed's promising season has taken an ominous turn.
The Redskins tight end is being evaluated for a concussion after experiencing symptoms during Tuesday's workout, per the team's official Twitter account. Reed missed Wednesday's practice and looms as a question mark for Sunday's showdown with the Eagles. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has a long history with concussions, suffering five from 2011 to 2015. If Reed is unable to play, Vernon Davis would take his starting spot in the lineup.