| Foster suffers groin injury in Week 9 loss|
Day-to-day, for now
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2014, 4:10 pm
|Texans RB Arian Foster left Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles midway through the third quarter after suffering a groin injury. Foster's frustration was evident on the field, as he slammed his helmet onto the ground before heading to the locker room shortly thereafter. A pending MRI will offer more details as to how significant Foster's injury is. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Texans insider Drew Dougherty tweeted that HC Bill O'Brien merely said his running back was "day-to-day" on Monday. Houston's bye week couldn't come at a better time for Foster, who has been fantasy's highest-scoring back since missing Week 4 with a hamstring injury. For what it is worth, CBS and NFL Network have already reported the injury was not all that serious. Alfred Blue would be the favorite for 15-plus touches in Week 11 if Foster is still sidelined.
| Lamar Miller suffers shoulder injury in Week 9|
Sprained AC joint
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2014, 4:00 pm
|Lamar Miller left Sunday’s game late in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. As part of its examination, the team’s medical staff asked Miller to lift his hand over his head. He could only get it about halfway. Flash-forward to the victorious locker room, and he showed a similar difficulty when putting on his shirt.
But Miller, who rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, said he only sustained a stinger and could have returned to the game, had that outcome not already been decided. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero tweeted Monday that Miller was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint - the same injury that has bothered DeSean Jackson and Jordan Cameron this season. Given Miller's position, he is at a much higher risk of aggravating the injury than Jackson or Cameron. Thus, Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas - in that order - should be considered as must-have handcuffs until further notice.
| Fred Jackson not practicing on Monday|
Halfway through expected 2-4 week recovery for groin injury
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2014, 3:10 pm
|Bills RB Fred Jackson missed Buffalo’s Week 8 game with a groin injury suffered in Week 7 against Minnesota. He’s been getting treatment and rehabbing throughout the bye week and is hoping to return sooner rather than later.
Bills HC Doug Marrone will provide an update this afternoon on Jackson’s chances to return to the lineup this week. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia tweeted that Jackson did not practice on Monday, which is hardly surprising for a 33-year-old running back just over two weeks into an injury recovery that is expected to take up to four weeks. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will continue to hold down the fort in his absence, but Jackson has high-end RB2 potential down the stretch in a C.J. Spiller-less backfield.
|Texans mulling quarterback change?|
HC looking for a "spark" for struggling offense
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2014, 2:35 pm
|Following a 31-21 defeat to the Eagles on Sunday at NRG Stadium and another inconsistent showing from the offense, Texan HC Bill O’Brien didn’t come close to benching Ryan Fitzpatrick. But the first-year coach did say every position will be evaluated and he’s looking for a “spark” to ignite a stalled unit.
O’Brien said if anyone is at fault, it’s the coach and play-caller. “If the blame is pinpointed anywhere, the blame is pinpointed here,” O’Brien said. “I’ve got to do a better job of getting these guys pointed in the right direction.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: O'Brien committed to Fitzpatrick as the starter early on in the offseason, but he was not signed to be the long-term answer in Houston. Ryan Mallett is waiting in the wings and could be on the verge of making his first career start sometime this season, perhaps as soon as after Houston's Week 10 bye. While he lacks Fitzpatrick's vast experience, there are no questions about his ability to throw downfield.
| Kyle Rudolph eyeing Week 11 for return|
Vikings TE recovering from hernia surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2014, 7:00 am
|The Vikings are winding down for the bye but tight end Kyle Rudolph is ramping up his rehabilitation from hernia surgery and targeting the team's next game, Nov. 16 at Chicago, for his return.
"That's my goal," Rudolph said after Sunday's 29-26 victory over Washington. "I've got to get myself in football shape. In my mind, I have two weeks to get ready so I'm going to do everything I can to get out there then." (Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings have a bye Week 10 and will face the Bears in Week 11. Rudolph was averaging 5.6 targets per game before his injury in Week 3. He's a worthy stash if you're needy at the tight end position and have the roster depth.
| Broken collarbone for Foles, out indefinitely|
Mark Sanchez is next man up
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2014, 10:00 pm
|Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be out indefinitely with a broken collarbone, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The injury is to Foles' non-throwing shoulder but its expected to sideline the Eagles quarterback for multiple weeks. Mark Sanchez stepped in for Foles and completed 15-of-22 for 202 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sanchez is a viable fantasy QB and will be a popular waiver wire add in Week 10.
| Romo out, Brandon Weeden to start|
Back injury will keep Cowboys' QB on the sideline
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2014, 9:30 am
|Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will not play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, a source confirmed to ESPN. Romo suffered two transverse process fractures in last week's loss to the Washington Redskins, according to sources. While there can be no further damage, Romo did not practice all week and remained in a good amount of pain later in the week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have a bye in Week 11 so there is a possibility that Romo will sit the next two games. With Brandon Weeden at quarterback expect the Cowboys to have a run-heavy approach meaning slight downgrades for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.
| A.J. Green expected to play|
No setbacks in practice
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2014, 8:12 am
|Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who has missed the past three games with a toe injury, will play Sunday against the Jaguars, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Green has missed the last three games with a toe injury and was limited in practice all week but suffered no setbacks and is ready to go for Week 9. He's a WR1 whenever he's in the lineup.
| Romo has two small fractures in back|
Still has a chance to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2014, 6:38 pm
|Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered two fractured transverse process in his back in the loss to the Washington Redskins, but there remains a chance he could play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple sources. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Romo missed practice all week and the Cowboys have said that he will be a gametime decision. Brandon Weeden would get the start against the Cardinals if Romo sits. Look for the Cowboys to have a run-heavy gameplan regardless of who takes snaps from center. Romo owners should making other plans at the quarterback position.
| Giovani Bernard out with hip injury|
Jeremy Hill to get the start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2014, 1:45 pm
|Bengals RB Giovani Bernard has been ruled out for Sunday with a hip pointer. Bit of a surprise, they thought he’d be OK. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Bernard out, rookie Jeremy Hill will get the start and be borderline RB1 in Week 9. The Jaguars are middle-of-the-pack ranking 16th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
| Doug Martin misses practice Friday|
Will likely be inactive
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2014, 1:45 pm
|For the third day in a row, the Bucs practiced without starting left tackle Anthony Collins (foot) and running back Doug Martin (ankle) with return specialist Trindon Holliday joining them on the sidelines Friday after tweaking a hamstring in Thursday's drills. Barring a surprise, all three would likely be inactive for Sunday's game at Cleveland (Tampa Times)|
FFToday's Take: Martin hasn't officially been ruled out but he's a candidate for the inactive list on Sunday. In his absence, Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims will likely handle the rushing duties against the Browns with Rainey getting the start.
| Romo misses practices Fri, gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2014, 12:25 pm
|Tony Romo is missing his third straight day of practice with a back injury and could be a game-time call against the Cardinals.
"We've still got about 48 hours to the game," coach Jason Garrett said, "so we're going to give him every chance."
FFToday's Take: Romo has missed practice all week and it might be wise to sit him this week against the Cardinals. Brandon Weeden would get the start if Romo doesn't play. The Cowboys play at 1 Eastern on Sunday.
| Jordan Cameron ruled out for Week 9|
Browns TE out with concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2014, 12:03 pm
|Browns TE Jordan Cameron out for Bucs with concussion. (Mary Kay Cabot via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns play next Thursday night so it's no sure thing that Cameron will be cleared in time for Week 10. With Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge sharing duties, fantasy owners can look elsewhere for the tight end in Week 9.
|Green likely in, Bernard possibly out in Week 9|
WR healing from toe injury; Bernard dealing with hip injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 30 2014, 4:50 pm
|The Bengals look like they have a good chance of getting WR A.J. Green back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars as Green participated in practice again on Thursday.
However, RB Giovani Bernard missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday because of the hip injury he suffered against Baltimore last weekend. Geoff Hobson of the team’s website reported Bernard’s absence and added that “you have to figure he’s going to be out” when the Bengals take the field against the Jaguars. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: If Bernard is out, Jeremy Hill would be in line for low-end RB1/high-end RB2 production, even against an improving Jaguars' defense. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead would be other backfield options. Green's return would be a boost to the fantasy stock of QB Andy Dalton, while Mohamed Sanu's consistency figures to suffer with the Bengals' top playmaker back in the lineup.
| Jordan Cameron does not practice Thursday|
Recovering from concussion
By: Doug Orth | Oct 30 2014, 4:15 pm
|TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) and DL Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8) not practicing today. Taylor was on bike again. (Nate Ulrich on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron took a big hit in Week 8 and suffered his third concussion in as many years as a result. The Browns added Ryan Taylor on Tuesday, a move that suggests the team expects him to miss multiple weeks. For now, Cameron is in the league's concussion protocol and highly unlikely to suit up in Week 9 against the Bucs.
| Vontae Davis, T-Rich at practice on Thursday|
Reggie Wayne held out (rest), could have practiced if needed
By: Doug Orth | Oct 30 2014, 3:20 pm
|Vontae Davis, Trent Richardson out here practicing. Reggie Wayne was held out of practice today due to rest, not the elbow. He could've gone, HC Chuck Pagano said. (Zak Keefer)|
FFToday's Take: It's an important trio for the Colts to get back ahead of their Monday Night Football game against the Giants. Davis' absence played a key role in the Steelers' ability to throw for six touchdowns last week. Richardson's presence allows Indianapolis to keep Ahmad Bradshaw around 15 touches per game, while Wayne is Andrew Luck's preferred third-down target. Richardson is a solid flex play if he can go this week and Wayne should return to being a solid WR3 if he can go Monday night.
| Rashad Jennings ruled out Week 9|
Will miss third straight week with knee sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 30 2014, 3:15 pm
|The New York Giants hoped starting RB Rashad Jennings would be able to return from his knee injury and play Monday night against the Colts. He will not.
Giants HC Tom Coughlin said Thursday that there was no chance Jennings would be able to play Monday, leaving the running game once again in the hands of rookie Andre Williams and fading veteran Peyton Hillis. Jennings will miss his third game in a row since spraining his knee in the Week 5 victory against the Falcons. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams will get another start against a Colts' middling defense (versus opposing fantasy running backs) that will be looking to rebound from giving up 51 points to the Steelers last weekend. The rookie contributes next to nothing in the passing game and hasn't been overly impressive as a runner thus far, meaning Indianapolis may be a sneaky defensive play against a Giants' offense without Victor Cruz.
| Doug Martin not practicing Thursday|
Shed walking boot; likely questionable for Week 9
By: Doug Orth | Oct 30 2014, 3:05 pm
|Bucs RB Doug Martin not practicing again today, but no longer wearing a boot on injured left foot. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Martin was wearing a walking boot through Wednesday, making him a question mark against the Browns this weekend. Despite their public offerings to the contrary, the Bucs are probably ready to see if rookie Charles Sims can spark their running game. To that end, Auman speculated in an earlier tweet that Sims could see 10-plus touches this weekend. If Martin cannot play in Week 9, Bobby Rainey will draw the start.
| Donald Brown returns to practice|
Missed three games due to concussion
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 29 2014, 6:09 pm
|SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown has been cleared to return to practice after missing three games with a concussion.
Brown practiced Wednesday for the first time since being injured in a victory against the New York Jets on Oct. 5. Running back Ryan Mathews continues to rehab his right knee, which he injured in a victory against Seattle in Week 2. "I don't think Ryan is too far away," quarterback Philip Rivers said.
FFToday's Take: The Chargers backfield has been decimated by injury where Brandon Oliver has stepped up nicely for fantasy owners. However, Donald Brown's return and a tough matchup with the Dolphins figures to limit Oliver's upside this week. Likewise, Brown's fantasy upside remains limited with the impending return of Ryan Mathews (knee) looming.
| Pierre Thomas ruled out, Ingram to carry load|
Khiry Robinson listed as questionable
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 29 2014, 5:24 pm
|Charlotte -- New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas, linebacker David Hawthorne and fullback Austin Johnson are out for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Tight end Jimmy Graham, running back Khiry Robinson, linebacker Kyle Knox and center Jonathan Goodwin are listed as questionable.
FFToday's Take: Saints running back Mark Ingram will get the bulk of the work on rushing downs while Travis Cadet will once again take over some of Pierre Thomas' role in the passing attack. The Panthers have been the fifth worst rush defense (135 rushing yards allowed per game) thus far in 2014 making Ingram a solid fantasy play this week. Meanwhile, Khiry Robinson (forearm) has not practiced all week and is unlikely to play despite being listed as questionable.
| Forsett sits, Owen Daniels practices Wednesday|
Leg injury for Ravens' running back
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2014, 1:10 pm
|avens veterans Owen Daniels and Chris Canty returned to practice Wednesday..
The tight end Daniels missed Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Several players weren't practicing (including) running back Justin Forsett (leg), who was limping after the Bengals' game and downplayed the severity of his injury. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: The exact injury to Forsett isn't known but it's something for owners to keep an eye on. Lorenzo Taliaferro would see increased value this week if Forsett isn't able to go.
| A.J. Green back at practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2014, 1:00 pm
|Wide receiver A.J. Green practiced on Wednesday for the first time since re-aggravating a right big toe injury exactly three weeks ago, and said prior to practice starting that he is hoping to play on Sunday against Jacksonville. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Green will need to make it through practice this week without any setbacks in order to play. "If I'm playing, I'm playing all snaps," said Green. More updates to come throughout the week.
| DeAngelo Williams expected to return for Wk 9|
Will "start" but should split time with Stewart
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2014, 5:30 pm
|Rivera is expecting running back DeAngelo Williams to start against the Saints. Williams is returning from a four-game absence due to an ankle injury.
"He is a little ahead of schedule, to be honest with you," Rivera said.
FFToday's Take: Even though Rivera said he expects Williams to start you can expect in typical Panthers timeshare between Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Stewart rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries last week. Neither RB can be counted on for anything better than a FLEX option in Week 9.
| Cameron's concussion makes him iffy for Wk 9|
Third concussion in two years for Browns tight end
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2014, 9:00 am
|Browns tight end Jordan Cameron suffered his third concussion in less than two years, and his status for the next two games is uncertain. With the Browns playing two games over the next 11 days - at home Sunday against Tampa Bay and Thursday Nov. 6 in Cincinnati - it remains to be seen if Cameron will play in either one. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Gary Barnidge caught 4 passes for 41 yards in Cameron's absence during Week 2 but he would be desperation play only for Cameron owners. It remains to be seen if Cameron can gain clearance for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
|Michael Vick announced as Week 9 starter|
Geno Smith benched after throwing three first-quarter picks
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 5:55 pm
|The New York Jets made the only move they could reasonably make at quarterback for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. They are replacing the struggling Geno Smith with veteran Michael Vick.
The Chiefs last season faced several quarterbacks making their first start after replacing a starter who was either injured or ineffective. This is the first such instance this season and it allows Vick to cross paths once again with Chiefs coach Andy Reid. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Vick was only marginally better than Smith in Week 8, failing to spot wide-open underneath receivers on several occasions while throwing an interception and committing two fumbles. In theory, Vick's ability to extend plays should give Percy Harvin and Eric Decker more time to get open, but Vick also appears to have regressed as a passer. The Jets' best chance to win in Week 9 is to ride Chris Ivory and the running game as long as possible.
| DeAngelo Williams "ready to roll" for TNF|
Sidelined since Sept. 28 with sprained ankle
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 2:35 pm
|Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams told HC Ron Rivera on Monday is he "ready to roll" for Thursday night's primetime game against New Orleans.
Carolina's all-time leading rusher with 6,733 yards hasn't played since spraining his ankle in the first half of a Sept. 28 loss at Baltimore. Prior to that, Williams missed two games with a hamstring injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams' return would remove some of the luster from Jonathan Stewart's plus-matchup in Week 9 at home against the Saints. Stewart should still be expected to see the majority of touches since Williams has been sidelined for over a month, but neither player should be considered more than a low-end flex play now.
| Rashad Jennings in doubt for Week 9|
Recovering from MCL sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 2:25 pm
|The Giants had some reinforcements on the field in their first practice after the Week 8 bye. But one player was still conspicuously absent.
RB Rashad Jennings, who has missed the last two weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee, was nowhere to be found on the practice field. The Monday night meeting with the Colts is still seven days away, so Jennings has plenty of time to get healthy, but his absence remains somewhat concerning.
(New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: ESPN's Dan Graziano echoed similar thoughts after speaking with Jennings himself on Monday and coach Tom Coughlin told New Jersey Online "he's not ready to go". The Giants play on Monday Night Football in Week 9, meaning owners will probably either need to ride it out at least one more game with rookie Andre Williams or find another healthier alternative.
| Rams lose Brian Quick for rest of season|
Torn rotator cuff; team also loses LT Jake Long with ACL
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 2:10 pm
|The St. Louis Rams Monday morning that LT Jake Long will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right ACL Sunday and will likely lose WR Brian Quick to a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff.
Long’s injury is the same one, to the same knee, that ended his 2013 season. He is the second Rams player to re-tear an ACL; quarterback Sam Bradford did the same thing. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams have been one of the most snake-bitten teams in recent years in regards to injuries. Kenny Britt will most likely take over lead-receiver duties and Stedman Bailey will probably join him as the other starting receiver, although Jared Cook has been Austin Davis' favorite target for most of the year. No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson will most likely slide over from left guard to play his college position in order to replace Long.
| Calvin questionable, Bush doubtful|
Lions excpted to be without two offensive stars
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 27 2014, 7:45 am
|Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson took part in his third straight practice today, but when he walked off of the field, he made no promises about his status for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons (9:30 a.m., Fox).
"I'm getting right," he said. "Trying to get right." Lions running back Reggie Bush is doubtful for Sunday because of an ankle injury he aggravated in last weekend's win over the New Orleans Saints. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Reading between the lines, Calvin Johnson will likely sit this week but he will be a gametime decision. The Lions play at 9:30 am Eastern tomorrow in London. If they sit, both players can use the bye week (9) to get healthy. Joique Bell is a solid RB2 with RB1 upside against a weak Falcons run defense.
| Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush inactive|
Lions without two key components
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 26 2014, 8:45 am
|The Detroit Lions receiver, Calvin Johnson, has been scratched for Sunday's game in London against the Atlanta Falcons, after testing out the ankle early at Wembley Stadium. He ran the perimeter of the field and a couple routes before shutting it down. Detroit will be missing offensive firepower outside of Johnson as well. RB Reggie Bush (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot), TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), TE Joseph Fauria (sprained ankle), RT LaAdrian Waddle (brain) and QB Kellen Moore are the other inactives. (MLive)|
FFToday's Take: With Johnson and Bush inactive Golden Tate and Joique Bell should be the leaders on offense today. Theo Riddick will play a complementary role to Bell.
| Saints rule out Robinson, Thomas at RB|
Ingram and Cadet to carry the load
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2014, 7:15 am
|Both running backs, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas ruled out for the SNF game against Green Bay. (Canal St. Chronicles)|
FFToday's Take: Running back duties will fall on Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet against the Packers Sunday night. Cadet will be better play in PPR leagues but both have RB2 appeal.
|TE Crockett Gillmore to start in place of Daniels|
Owen Daniels has knee scoped
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2014, 7:00 am
|The Ravens will be shorthanded at tight end for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals as veteran tight end Owen Daniels underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after his injury didn’t improve this week.
Daniels was officially ruled out on the injury report.
Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore will start in place of the two-time Pro Bowl selection. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: It's conceivable that Daniels could return in Week 9 but there's no guarantee. The Ravens have already lost Dennis Pitta at the position and will now call on their rookie to fill the void. Crockett will be a TE2 against the Bengals this week.
| A.J. Green misses practice Friday|
Bengals receiver doesn't practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 24 2014, 11:30 am
|A.J. Green not practicing again today. Have to think that will rule him out for Sunday. Will get official injury report around 2. (Paul Dehner Jr. via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bad news for Green owners as it appears likely that he will sit this week. If he does, Mohamed Sanu remains on the WR2 radar against the Bengals.
| Graham among hobbled Saints|
Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas sit out; Graham limited
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 5:40 pm
|Saints RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas held out of practice again Thursday. Jimmy Graham, Keenan Lewis limited again. No changes from Wednesday. (Mike Tripplett on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Graham's shoulder injury is reportedly similar to the one Jordan Cameron has dealt with for most of the season, but the Saints' standout is expected to play Sunday night versus Green Bay after doing so in worse shape last week. Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, so fire up Travaris Cadet as a solid flex play regardless of whether or not Robinson can go.
| Megatron could be game-time decision|
WR (ankle) encouraged with recovery
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 4:25 pm
|Calvin Johnson is more encouraged about his progress this week in returning from a high right ankle sprain than he has been the past two weeks. He practiced for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday, although on a limited basis, and said he has been moving better than in prior weeks. He was also able to practice Thursday. However, he said a decision on whether he'll play could go all the way to Sunday inside Wembley Stadium. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the most important thing to see is how Johnson responded Thursday. But Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The early Sunday morning start in England will give owners more time than usual to consider other options, but the Lions would probably be best-served to sit their star receiver and give him two more weeks to completely recover as they head into their Week 9 bye after returning from London.
| Kyle Rudolph making progress|
Recovering from double sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 4:00 pm
|Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, who has been out since Week 3 after double sports hernia surgery, participated in the team stretch at the beginning of practice for the first time since surgery and did running on the side with an athletic trainer. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Given the current state of the Vikings' offense (Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of involvement, for example), it is not a stretch to think that Rudolph could be a second-half stud given the fact that Teddy Bridgewater is a short and intermediate thrower. Rudolph will probably remain out through Minnesota through the team's Week 10 bye, but appears to be on track to go after that.
|Denard Robinson to draw Week 8 start|
Gerhart to draw some reps
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 3:50 pm
|No surprise, Jaguars HC Gus Bradley says Denard Robinson will start at RB against the Dolphins. Toby Gerhart (foot) will get some reps though. (Mark Long on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This hardly qualifies as a shock, although it needs to be noted that Robinson draws a pretty difficult matchup. Despite last week's 100-yard game, Robinson needs a strong showing this week to get a firm hold on the job because Gerhart was the hand-picked feature back of this regime and could be given another shot if Robinson falters now that he is nearing full health.
| Reggie Bush misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2014, 10:00 am
|Running back Reggie Bush sat out Thursday's practice with an ankle injury after sIt's a concerning downgrade for Bush, who told WXYT-FM before practice that he's "going to do everything (he) can to be out there on the field Sunday" after sitting out much of the second half of last week's win over the Saints. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: After watching Bush miss must of the fourth quarter due to his ankle injury, it will be hard for fantasy owners to trust Bush this week even if he does suit up. Joique Bell should do most of the damage out of the backfield against the Falcons.
|Mettenberger to start, end of Locker in TEN?|
Titans will go with rookie QB in Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2014, 7:00 am
|The Titans plan to start rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation. The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury and has struggled with injuries throughout his career. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: With Tennessee sitting at 2-5 the team has decided to give their rookie quarterback some playing time. It will be difficult to trust and Titans' receiver against the Texans defense this week. Delanie Walker will be a low-end TE1 consideration.
| Jay Gruden to decide on RG3 tomorrow|
Colt McCoy to start if Griffin III can't play
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 22 2014, 7:00 pm
|Jay Gruden said Wednesday that he would like to have made a decision on whether Robert Griffin III will play against Dallas following a workout and a medical examination on Thursday morning. While Gruden has told McCoy that he will be the starter on Monday if Griffin is not medically cleared to play, Gruden did say that Griffin is the “wild card” for that game. (Washington Times)|
FFToday's Take: Griffin III has upside as a QB2 for the second half of the fantasy season yet inconsistency prevents him from being a reliable starter. He should not be relied upon for Week 8 even if he returns to action. The entire offense could struggle if Colt McCoy is asked to lead the Redskins against the Cowboys.