| Cruz has knee surgery|
Will miss the remainder of the season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2013, 3:30 pm
|New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday for an injury that likely ends his season. Cruz had the debridement performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. The procedure involved the removal of cartilage and is not considered a major operation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: You can scratch Cruz off your fantasy team for the remainder of the season. Rueben Randle and Hakeem Nicks will get the start with Jerrel Jernigan being used in the slot.
| Rodgers sharp in practice|
Still needs to be cleared by medical staff
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2013, 2:50 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy: I will have an announcement tomorrow (regarding Aaron Rodgers' status). Aaron looked very good in practice today. (Tom Silverstein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers is close to a return and it seems like it is a matter of whether it will be this week or next week when he suits up. However, the Packers are typically very conservative when it comes to their players' injuries and have exercised caution every step of the way so far with Rodgers. At the very least, we should all find out tomorrow whether Rodgers or Matt Flynn will go against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
| Cobb practices for second straight day|
Still unlikely for Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2013, 2:20 pm
|WR Randall Cobb worked for the second straight day but still looked extremely limited. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Consecutive days of practice now suggest he might be ready to go by the time the playoffs roll around should the Packers make it there, but he's not going to be a fantasy option again this year.
| Ryan Griffin likely to start again|
Texans unlikely to get Daniels or Graham back this week
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2013, 2:04 pm
|Rookie TE Ryan Griffin may get his second start Sunday when the Texans host Denver. Garrett Graham didn’t practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury that sidelined him for Sunday’s loss at Indianapolis and might be a game-time decision again.
“Garrett’s about the same as he was last week,” interim coach Wade Phillips said.
Pro Bowl TE Owen Daniels (fractured fibula) has been eligible to come off short-term injured reserve but hasn’t been cleared by team doctors to return to practice. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Assuming Daniels and Graham cannot go, Griffin has some fantasy appeal given that Houston figures to be in pass-happy mode for most of Sunday's game against the Broncos. Matt Schaub tends to lean on his tight ends - especially in the red zone - and Griffin is coming off a six-catch, 62-yard game last week. Owners scrambling for a replacement for Jordan Cameron or Rob Gronkowski could do a lot worse than the Texans' rookie.
| Pettigrew misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2013, 12:05 pm
|Brandon Pettigrew missed his second straight practice today because of an ankle injury he suffered at the end of Monday night’s 18-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He was on crutches as he made his way through the locker room Wednesday but declined to talk to reporters. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions added TE Matt Veldman from the practice squad, a sure sigh that Pettigrew is likely to sit out this week's game against the Giants. Joseph Fauria could see increased targets in Pettigrew's absence putting him on the TE2 radar.
|Stevie Johnson expected to miss Wk16|
Mourning the death of his mother
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2013, 11:45 am
|Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins while he mourns the death of his mother, coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: With Johnson out of the lineup Robert Woods will be the only Buffalo receiver worth consideration in Week 16. He's a WR4 with Thad Lewis under center.
| Jordan Cameron sits with concussion|
Status for Week 16 uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2013, 11:30 am
|Browns cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer) and tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) remained idle today during practice. Both of them were hurt this past weekend in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears, so their availability for Sunday at the New York Jets is in question. (Akron Beacon Journal)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron owners should be preparing to be without their Browns' tight end for Week 16. Ryan Griffin from Houston could be an option if you're searching for a tight end to use in Championship Week.
| Welker sits out practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2013, 1:20 pm
|Missing on Wednesday were cornerback Kayvon Webster, receiver Wes Welker and defensive end Derek Wolfe. Welker has been out since suffering a concussion against Tennessee.
FFToday's Take: Welker has suffered two concussions in the last month and remains a question mark for Week 16. Welker owners should have plan B in place. Andre Caldwell would see increased snaps is Welker sits out again.
| Keenum out, Matt Schaub to start|
Texans to have new starting QB and RB for Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2013, 1:10 pm
|Matt Schaub will start at quarterback against Denver on Sunday because Case Keenum has ligament damage in his right thumb, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said Wednesday.
Phillips said Keenum suffered the injury when he was sacked for the fourth and last time in Sunday’s 25-3 loss at Indianapolis. Keenum’s thumb was in a splint today at practice, and he couldn’t participate. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Schaub starting at QB may benefit Andre Johnson more than anyone as Case Keenum has struggled in recent weeks. Schaub and the Texans should be playing from behind most of the day giving Schaub and AJ garbage time value.
| Ben Tate placed on IR|
Dennis Johnson expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2013, 1:00 pm
|Today, Ben Tate was placed on injured reserve because one of his four cracked ribs that had healed was cracked again. This time, team doctors said he would be unable to play with the injury. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Tate has been gutting it out for weeks now with cracked ribs. Tate is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season and could very well be a starting for a different team in 2014. Dennis Johnson is now expected to get the start in Week 16 but will only be a desperation play against the Broncos on the road.
| Rodgers not yet cleared to play|
Lacy sits Wednesday, expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2013, 12:45 pm
|(Aaron Rodgers) Still hasn't been cleared by medical staff. Same work pattern. Threw the ball well. Looked sharp. Doing better. (Eddie Lacy sitting out practice) Just being smart. Not worried. Expect him to play Sunday.
FFToday's Take: Rodgers got some reps in practice on Wednesday but no word on who the starting QB will be or if Rodgers has a chance to play this week. We should know more later in the week.
| EJ Manuel out, Thad Lewis to start|
Buffalo QB battled knee injuries during rookie season
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2013, 12:10 pm
|For the third time in four months, Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has been sidelined with a knee injury.
Bills coach Doug Marrone announced this afternoon Manuel won't play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Backup quarterback Thaddeus Lewis will start. Jeff Tuel will be the backup. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: On another note, WR Steve Johnson did not practice with the team on Wednesday as his mother passed away last Saturday. The Bills passing game is off the fantasy radar for Week 16.
| Cruz unlikely to play Week 16|
Concussion, sprained knee
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2013, 11:45 am
|Cruz (concussion/knee) was one of 10 Giants that appeared on the team's injury report today. None of them are practicing.
"He's going through the concussion protocol but he also has the knee that'll probably prevent him from doing anything," Tom Coughlin said. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's almost a guarantee that Cruz will not play this week meaning Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan will be Eli's targets on Sunday. The Giants are playing out the string, meaning all three receivers are risky fantasy plays.
|Saints release K Garrett Hartley|
Expected to sign Shayne Graham
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2013, 5:00 pm
|The New Orleans Saints waived kicker Garrett Hartley on Tuesday after missing two field goals against the St. Louis Rams. Cornerback Chris Carr was also waived. The Saints will reportedly sign veteran Shayne Graham, according to Fox Sports. Graham, who has been in the league since 2000, is a Pro Bowler who has made 245-of-287 lifetime kicks. (Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Hartley made 22-30 field goals this season but missed a 26-yarder and had another blocked on Sunday. Graham will have marginal fantasy value as there are better K1 options.
| Jags to place Shorts on IR|
Wide receiver battling groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2013, 12:15 pm
|Jaguars placing WR Cecil Shorts on IR later today. (Ryan O\'Halloran)|
FFToday's Take: Shorts has been dealing with a groin injury for the majority of the season and is expected to have surgery during the off-season. Ace Sanders and Mike Brown will be the starting wideouts in Jacksonville moving forward but neither are worthy of fantasy lineups.
| Ellington, Palmer expected to be OK|
Both should be able to play through lower-body injuries
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2013, 3:20 pm
|S Rashad Johnson has a high ankle sprain. It's a concern. Andre Ellington should be OK. Carson Palmer has low grade ankle sprain. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In two weeks, the Cardinals have lost Tyrann Mathieu and Johnson, making the back end of their defense a concern. Ellington's status will take on extra importance should Larry Fitzgerald be forced to miss a game with a concussion, which is likely. Palmer was rumored to have suffered a high ankle sprain, but should be good enough to go against Seattle in Week 16.
| Jordan Reed still having headaches|
TE hasn't played since suffering concussion in Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2013, 3:15 pm
|HC Mike Shanahan: says Jordan Reed still has a headache today. Still not cleared. (Chris Russell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has went from a player that was expected to miss one week to a player who may have a long-term issue with head trauma. After being listed as questionable last Friday, Reed was downgraded to out on Saturday and missed his fourth consecutive game. It is becoming increasingly unlikely he will return this season.
| Bush expected to get regular reps|
RB aggravated calf injury prior to Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2013, 2:55 pm
|The Detroit Lions are expecting RB Reggie Bush to take on his regular allotment of snaps this Monday night, according to a report from ESPN. Bush has a calf injury that kept him out of last week's game against the Eagles. He was a limited participant in practice on Friday and Saturday and listed as questionable.
Though he's expected to play, eyes will be on Bush during pre-game warmups. On the snowy field before the Eagles game last week, Bush tweaked his already injured calf while warming up, which caused him to miss the game. (National Football Post)|
FFToday's Take: In other words, Bush is about in the same spot he was last week, when he aggravated the injury while jogging. Joique Bell still makes a strong play on Monday Night Football as Detroit could easily decide to ease the load on Bush at any point during the game. Calf injuries are extremely tricky, putting Bush and Bell owners in a bit of a bind.
| Jags could shut down Shorts|
Groin injury will require surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2013, 2:30 pm
|The Jaguars are seriously considering shutting WR Cecil Shorts down for the final two games because of a groin injury, coach Gus Bradley said today at EverBank Field. Bradley said he, Shorts and general manager Dave Caldwell would be meeting to discuss the team’s plan. In the locker room before Bradley’s press conference, Shorts said: “That’s something we’re going to talk about with Mike, Dave and Gus – we’ll talk about it and deal with it and I’ll let them announce it.” (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Shorts missed Sunday’s loss to Buffalo and said on Friday he will need surgery to correct the problem, which surfaced around midseason. It might be easy to start calling him injury-prone after he was unable to finish last season (concussion), but Shorts showed an incredible amount of toughness this season after playing through this injury and a shoulder injury he aggravated in Week 3.
| Cruz suffers concussion, sprained knee|
Status for Week 16 uncertain
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2013, 8:00 am
|Victor Cruz, who has 73 catches for 998 yards (both team highs) and four touchdowns, was diagnosed with a concussion and knee sprain. His status for next week’s game at Detroit is uncertain. Considering the league’s strict protocol with regards to concussions, it seems unlikely Cruz will play against the Lions. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jerrel Jernigan saw his first significant action with Cruz out, and caught seven passes for 67 yards. If Cruz is out, Rueben Randle would likely slide into the starting lineup.
| Fitzgerald suffers concussion|
Missed overtime in Week 15
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2013, 7:00 am
|Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed overtime in the Cardinals' 37-34 win while going through the league's concussion protocol after a hit toward the end of regulation. A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Fitzgerald did indeed suffer a concussion. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald was concussed during on on-side kick by the Titans. He'll have to go through the leagues concussion protocol in order to play Week 16 against the Seahawks.
| Peterson, Gerhart are Inactive|
Matt Asiata expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2013, 11:30 am
|Vikings officially ruled out Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Matt Asiata expected to start at running back for the Vikings. He'll be a desperation play for fantasy owners who should go with a pass-first approach against the Eagles.
| Rams expected to be without Austin|
Tavon Austin may miss Week 15 with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2013, 9:00 am
|Rams are expected to be without electric playmaker Tavon Austin today vs. Saints, per source. He missed practice with an ankle injury. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Austin out the Rams will turn to Chris Givens and Austin Pettis at wide receiver. TE Jared Cook could see increased targets as well but none of the Rams receivers are fantasy trustworthy.
| Shorts not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2013, 8:30 am
|Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts won't play Sunday against the visiting Buffalo Bills because of a groin injury that had him listed as questionable entering the weekend, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Shorts was limited in practice on Friday but it appears he won't be able to go. He is expected to have off-season surgery on his groin. Ace Sanders Sanders, Mike Brown and TE Marcedes Lewis will become the top targets for Chad Henne.
| Peterson, Gerhart remain questionable|
Starting running back for Vikings unknown
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2013, 3:00 pm
|Adrian Peterson, who missed nearly three quarters of last week’s game in Baltimore because of what appeared to be a serious sprain to his right foot, impressed coach Leslie Frazier enough during Friday’s practice to be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Eagles at Mall of America Field. Toby Gerhart also practiced Friday for the first time all week. But he held back some to protect the hamstring until game day. (Minneaoplis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Both running backs practiced on a limited basis Friday and both will be gametime decisions. Both players will be at less than 100% if they suit up on Sunday. Check back tomorrow morning for an update on the Vikings running situation.
| Jordan Reed ruled out|
Concussion will cost Redskins TE a fourth game
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2013, 12:00 am
|Tight end Jordan Reed will miss the Washington Redskins’ game Sunday at Atlanta, the team announced Saturday.
It will be the fourth straight game missed by Reed since he suffered a concussion during a Nov. 17 game at Philadelphia. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Logan Paulsen will get the start and be a TE2 for Week 15 against the Falcons. For now, the Redskins are leaving the door open for Reed to return this season but you have to wonder if they won't shut him for the final two weeks of the year.
| Jones-Drew listed as Doubtful|
Jordan Todman expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2013, 2:00 pm
|Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) missed a third straight day of practice and are listed as doubtful.
“It doesn’t look real good for either one of them right now, but we still have some time so we’re going to use that time,” Bradley said.
Jones-Drew, who said this is his first hamstring injury, labeled himself as “50-50” for Sunday. (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: With MJD doubtful, Jordan Todman will be getting the start and on the flex radar for Week 15 against the Bills.
| Aaron Rodgers ruled out|
Matt Flynn will start Week 15
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2013, 1:15 pm
|Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Dallas. (John Clayton via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is what we expected. Matt Flynn will start against a Cowboys defense that's given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season including six games of 300+ passing yards. There is still a glimmer of hope that Rodgers could play Week 16.
| Lacy practices Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2013, 12:45 pm
|Running back Eddie Lacy (ankle), outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen), inside linebacker Brad Jones (ankle) and inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore (knee) all returned to practice.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy (ankle) missed the last two days of practice but head coach Mike McCarthy seemed optimistic that his running back will be able to go on Sunday. Lacy has a plus matchup against the Cowboys run defense.
| Reggie Bush practices Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2013, 12:30 pm
|Reggie Bush returned to practice as promised for the first time since missing last week’s 34-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a strained calf. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: It's good news but Bush owners have to be a little skiddish after his pregame scratch last week. Complicating matters, is that the Lions play on Monday night football. It's a calculated gamble, but as of now, Bush can be penciled into fantasy lineups.
| Gerhart, Peterson miss practice Thu.|
Vikings starting RB remains uncertain
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 8:00 pm
|Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) missed a second day of practice Thursday.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he hopes both will be able to do some work Friday. Peterson, who suffered a foot sprain, only has done pool rehab this week. (Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson and Gerhart weren't expected to practice until Friday and speculation is that Peterson will likely miss this week's game. Matt Asiata may get the call if both sit in Week 15.
| Rodgers holding out hope for Week 15|
Had "a better day" on Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 6:30 pm
|Aaron Rodgers felt better in practice on Thursday than he did on Wednesday and he’s holding out hope he will be able to play on Sunday. Rodgers took some snaps with the No. 1 offense in practice for the second straight day and called it “a better day.” He doesn’t know, however, whether that will help him and his broken collarbone get medical clearance in time to play in Dallas.
“If I’m going to play Sunday, I’m going to need to take the majority of the reps tomorrow,” Rodgers said. (Packers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers has missed five games with an injury that was supposed to sideline him anywhere from 4-8 weeks, so he could possibly be back this week. Or, he could easily sit out the remainder of the season. Reports have suggested that Rodgers will try to take the majority of snaps tomorrow, but he has yet to be cleared. As a result, Matt Flynn remains the favorite to start in Dallas in Week 15.
| Jordan Reed likely out for year|
Sources suggest team won't risk prized rookie TE
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 6:20 pm
|One day after Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was benched for the remainder of the season, another cog to the team's offense will be shut down. Rookie TE Jordan Reed will be held out of play for the remaining three weeks of the year, multiple sources close to Reed told FOXSports.com.
HC Mike Shanahan said Thursday that there hasn't been any discussions to end Reed's season, but sources indicate the team doesn't want to risk their prized tight end as it winds down a dismal season. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Reed sustained a concussion in Week 11 and hasn't played since. Reed leads all rookie tight ends in receptions (45) and yards (499) even after missing four games. Even if this is it for Reed in 2013, he'll enter next season as a surefire TE1 in redraft and dynasty leagues.
| Owen Daniels out against Colts|
Won't return in Week 15
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 2:10 pm
|Owen Daniels’ return has been delayed at least another week.
Daniels won’t play Sunday at Indianapolis, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said Thursday.
The Texans are also dealing with minor injuries to tight ends Garrett Graham and Jake Byrne. Rookie Ryan Griffin is the Texans’ only fully healthy tight end. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: There had been some speculation that Daniels would be able to return this week but that won't happen. His value in redraft leagues is flimsy at best.
|Cutler to start for Bears|
Cutler practiced on Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2013, 2:00 pm
|Jay Cutler successfully completed a full-speed workout on Wednesday, prompting Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman to name him the starting quarterback over backup Josh McCown for the team's Sunday matchup with the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCown has played in relief of Cutler over the last few weeks but coach Marc Trestman has said all along that Cutler would regain his starting job once healthy... and here we are. Cutler has great weapons at his disposal but will be shaky QB1 on the road and coming off a four-week absence.
| Wes Welker ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 3:00 pm
|In a move that surprised no one, the Broncos have ruled out both wide receiver Wes Welker and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe for Thursday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Welker suffered a concussion during Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
FFToday's Take: With Welker out, Jacob Tamme is expected to see increased snaps out of the slot with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker being the focal point of the offense on the outside. Tamme will be a TE2 with upside for Week 13.
|RGIII to the bench, Cousins to start|
Shanahan makes change at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 11:00 am
|Kirk Cousins will replace Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday when the Washington Redskins face the Atlanta Falcons. Griffin told reporters Wednesday that Mike Shanahan has informed him that he will be shut down for the remainder of the season as the coach "wanted to make sure I got to the offseason free from injury." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The reasoning is flimsy at best but starting Cousins may give the struggling offense at boost for a week. The Redskins face the Falcons in a neutral QB matchup for Week 15. Rex Grossman will serve as the No. 2 QB.
| Lacy misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 10:45 am
|The Packers were without rookie RB Eddie Lacy Wednesday at practice, but he was inside the Don Hutson Center working out with the strength and conditioning staff. There was no word yet on the probability of Lacy (ankle) playing this week. If he can't play, James Starks would get the bulk of the carries.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: It's likely Lacy will see very limited practice time this week and if he sits on Sunday, James Starks would get the start against the Cowboys and be a worthy RB2.
| Peterson, Gerhart miss practice Wed.|
Neither will practice until Friday at earliest
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 8:15 am
|Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said injured running backs Adrian Peterson (foot sprain) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will not practice today and probably won't practice until Friday, if at all. He also said he's more hopeful that Gerhart will be able to practice on Friday than Peterson. (Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: We all know that Peterson is a freak of nature when it comes to his body and healing time but it sounds unlikely that he will be available this week. For his part, Peterson says he'll be ready to play.
|Cassel to start for Vikings|
Ponder cleared from concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2013, 8:00 am
|Frazier officially announced Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Eagles at Mall of America Field. It will be Cassel's fourth start of the season and second straight start. Christian Ponder, who has been cleared from the concussion that sidelined him last week, will serve as the backup. Josh Freeman will be the No. 3 QB. (Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Ponder (concussion) has been cleared for action but Cassel will get the start. This is a marginal improvement for the passing offense and Cassel is only a QB2 for Week 15 and beyond.