| Drew Brees out, Luke McCown will start|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 1:00 pm
|New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been declared out for Sunday's game against the host Carolina Panthers, according to Saints coach Sean Payton. Luke McCown will start in his place. (New Orleans Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: The 0-2 Saints are in a rough spot traveling to Carolina without their starting quarterback. Brees (shoulder) reportedly didn't have enough zip on his passes in practice this week. Downgrade the Saints' skill position players and upgrade the Carolina-D.
| Colts TE Dwyane Allen out with ankle injury|
Fleener become sneaky Week 3 fantasy play
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 12:45 pm
|HC Chuck Pagano: TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), CB Greg Toler (neck), CB Darius Butler (hip) out for Titans. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Allen's absence creates a nice situation for Coby Fleener who has a grand total of 1 catch for 5 yards after two games. Fleener and the rest of the Colts passing game should get a boost facing the Titans this week.
| Tevin Coleman out for Week 3|
Rib injury may cost RB a couple weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 12:40 pm
|Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn officially ruled out rookie running back Tevin Coleman and wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman will likely miss a couple games after breaking a rib in last week's game against the Giants. Devonta Freeman now has a volume opportunity this week against an improved Dallas defense. He's a viable RB2 consideration.
| Decker, Ivory will be gametime decisions|
Both listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 12:23 pm
|Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad), WR Eric Decker (knee) & CB Darrelle Revis will be game-time decisions vs Eagles. All are questionable. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Ivory and Decker missed practice time this week. If Decker sits Brandon Marshall will move into top ten consideration at the WR position and should be a target magnet against the Eagles. Ivory owners should be looking for other options even if he's active on Sunday. Bilal Powell would get a boost if Ivory sits.
| Ladarius Green takes part in limited practice|
Chargers added TE Kyle Miller for Week 3 insurance
By: Doug Orth | Sep 24 2015, 5:55 pm
|Ladarius Green (concussion) was among the notable (injured) Chargers to practice Thursday.
Green was a limited participant Wednesday due to a concussion, which he suffered Sunday versus the Bengals and was diagnosed with on Tuesday after he reported symptoms, the team said. It's his second such diagnosis this month. He was determined to have a concussion Sept. 9 following a practice. The Chargers signed tight end Kyle Miller on Thursday for some insurance at the position. Green notably was concussed last December, losing consciousness on a hit by a Patriots cornerback. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's more than a bit surprising Green is even allowed to run at this point, much less practice in a limited fashion, and may even be irresponsible on the Chargers' part. Given how little time has passed in between Green's last two concussions, it seems highly unlikely he will be allowed to play at Minnesota this weekend. With Antonio Gates still serving the final two games of his suspension, John Phillips will almost certainly the start but is well off the fantasy map.
| C.J. Anderson feels toe injury no longer an issue|
Will continue receiving treatment
By: Doug Orth | Sep 24 2015, 5:00 pm
|C.J. Anderson has not missed a practice, but he continues to be listed on the injury report because of the toe injury he suffered late in the Week 1 win over Baltimore. He practiced again Thursday and said this week that the off-days after last Thursday's win over Kansas City helped him heal. Anderson said Wednesday that he continues to receive treatment on the toe.
"I'm fine now," Anderson said. "I don't think it affected me. ... I'm impatient, but it's going to be one of those nagging things for the season that I take care of."
FFToday's Take: The Denver Post's Troy Renck has suggested Anderson has one more game as the starter before the Broncos' backfield turns into a full-blown committee or Ronnie Hillman passes him on the depth chart. Whether that's likely not the case, what we do know is that Denver's run-blocking has been atrocious (second-worst score per Pro football Focus). The healing on the field should begin this Sunday night against the Lions'struggling run defense.
| Eddie Lacy, Davante Adams miss practice Thu.|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2015, 12:45 pm
|Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams sat out of Thursday’s practice with the sprained ankles they suffered in the Green Bay Packers’ 27-17 win over Seattle, leaving their availability for Monday night’s game against Kansas City uncertain. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: James Starks and rookie Ty Montgomery would likely see increased playing time the two Packer starters aren't available Monday night against the Chiefs.
| DeMarco Murray won't practice Thursday|
Status for Sunday uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2015, 12:15 pm
|DeMarco Murray remains a mystery for Sunday.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Thursday that his starting running back is still being evaluated for a hamstring injury ahead of this weekend's matchup with the New York Jets. Murray won't practice Thursday and the team isn't sure if he'll suit up for Week 3.
FFToday's Take: We'll monitor practice reports Friday and Saturday but it sounds like Murray is shaping up to be a gametime decision. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles would see increased touches if Murray sits. The Eagles and Jets play early Sunday.
| Ladarius Green in concussion protocol again|
Status is uncertain for Week 3
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 6:51 pm
|The Chargers tight end was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, one day after arriving at the team facility with "concussion-like symptoms," coach Mike McCoy said. His status for Sunday's game against the Vikings is uncertain, as the team navigates through a delicate situation.
The concussion came Sunday against the Bengals, a team spokesman said.
FFToday's Take: The article notes Sunday's concussion makes it two in eleven days and three in nine months for TE Ladarius Green. It will be tough for Green to obtain clearance for this weekend and Antonio Gates is slated to return after Week 4. In other words, Green's fantasy stock is shrinking fast.
| Drew Brees confident he'll start |
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 6:04 pm
|At his Wednesday press conference, Brees said that he's "pretty confident" that he'll be able to play, adding that he has "every intention of playing." (CBSSports.com)|
FFToday's Take: Drew Brees didn't throw a football today and will likely be limited in practice all week long. The Saints threw the ball to ten different players last week and haven't scored more than one passing touchdown in each of their first two games. With Brees likely at less than 100-percent and the Panthers defense a quality opponent, fantasy owners will want to consider other options in Week 3.
|Steelers' Bell eager to get back on the field|
RB returns to practice after two week suspension
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 6:00 pm
|Throughout his time away watching games rather than playing them, Le’Veon Bell stayed focused on the eventual end of his two-game suspension rather that what serving his time was costing him along the way. “‘I just can’t wait to get back out there,’ that’s the only thing I really kept in my mind,” Bell said. “I saw how well the offense was moving the ball. Bell’s return to practice today brought to an end his exile and energized the process of getting better for the Steelers.
FFToday's Take: Le'Veon Bell will re-assume the top spot in the Pittsburgh backfield this week and is a must start in all formats. DeAngelo Williams won't be completely ignored after finding plenty of success in the season's first two weeks. Williams becomes one of the better handcuffs moving forward in the fantasy realm and should see just enough work to get RB4 or flex status most weeks.
| Injured Lions QB Stafford throws at practice|
Detroit expecting QB to play despite rib injury
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 5:30 pm
|ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford took snaps and threw at practice as if it was just another day at work. It appears that his starting streak is safe. The Detroit Lions quarterback said he felt ''pretty good'' Wednesday before going out on the field and looking healthy enough to participate as usual during the parts of practice open to reporters. He was able to finish practice with his injured ribs.
FFToday's Take: Although Stafford has taken a few hits this year, he doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing Detroit's Week 3 date with the Broncos. Denver has given opposing quarterbacks fits as evidenced by their seven sacks in two games. The match up and chance of re-injury should be considered before plugging Stafford into your starting lineup on Sunday.
| Giants rule DRC and Victor Cruz out|
New York thin in the secondary
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 4:20 pm
|The New York Giants will be without top cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Thursday night's game against Washington, and wide receiver Victor Cruz will have to wait at least one more week for his return to the field. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: The injury to Dominick Rodgers-Cromartie leaves a defense that has been shredded the past two weeks with huge holes to fill in the secondary. Look for Kirk Cousins to test the Giants pass defense with Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon and company on Thursday night. Additionally, New York released Preston Parker this week and Victor Cruz remains sidelined leaving the door wide open for Rueben Randle to stake his claim in the passing offense behind Odell Beckham Jr.
| DeMarco Murray limted with hamstring injury|
Eagles RB leaves practice early on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2015, 1:08 pm
|DeMarco Murray didn't talk today because he didn't finish practice because of a hamstring injury. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was officially listed as "limited" in Wednesday's practice. It's too early for Murray owners to panic about his availability for this week's game against the Jets. His practice status on Thursday and Friday will give us a better idea of his availability for Sunday.
| Jason Witten practicing Wednesday|
Multiple injures for veteran tight end
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2015, 12:40 pm
|Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a sprained knee and two sprained ankles. Ho-hum.
It was just another day at the office Wednesday for Witten. The Cowboys Pro Bowler was fully padded and going through individual drills at practice Wednesday at Valley Ranch.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Witten has 16 targets in two games and needs to be on the field for the Cowboys given the losses of Dez Bryant and Tony Romo. If he's less than 100 percent on Sunday against the Falcons, new starting QB Brandon Weeden may look to Gavin Escobar to fill the void.
| Jonas Gray activated, Lamar Miller ankle injury|
Team calls Miller "day to day"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2015, 12:30 pm
|Jonas Gray is back on the active roster.
Whether he's activated for Sunday's game against the Bills might depend on Lamar Miller's ankle.
Miller has pledged to play after getting hurt against the Jaguars, but the Dolphins felt the need to elevate Gray from their practice squad to the active roster on Wednesday.
FFToday's Take: Miller hasn't been ruled out for Week 3 but it's never a good sign when a team activates a backup running back from the practice squad. Miller and the Dolphins running game have struggled the first two weeks ranking 30th rushing yards (116).
| ASJ could be sidelined 4-6 weeks, shoulder injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2015, 2:45 pm
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the possibility of being without second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for at least the next month. Seferian-Jenkins suffered a shoulder strain during the Bucs 26-19 victory over the Saints on Sunday, an injury that could keep him out for a month, a source with knowledge of the situation said.
FFToday's Take: ASJ came out of the gate hot with 110 yards and 2 TDs in Week 1. He'll now be sidelined likely until Week 7. The Bucs have a bye in Week 6. Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker will see increased snaps at tight end, but both hold little fantasy value.
|Romo placed on short-term IR, out until Wk 11|
No surgery required for broken collarbone
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2015, 12:30 pm
|The next game Tony Romo is eligible to start is on Nov. 22 against the Miami Dolphins.
The Dallas Cowboys placed their starting quarterback on the injured reserve/designated to return list on Tuesday, which will keep him out for the next eight weeks as he recovers from a broken left collarbone. Romo will not have surgery to repair the collarbone.
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys offense has suffered to major blows in the first two weeks of the season. Both Dez Bryant (foot) and Tony Romo (shoulder) will miss a significant portion of the season. Brandon Weeden will be the Cowboys starting QB until Romo can return. Without Bryant, Weeden's fantasy value is in the QB2 tier.
|Donte Moncrief earning high praise|
Colts WR outshining veteran receivers with athletic catches
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 22 2015, 9:30 am
|On a night when his more esteemed teammates could not gain any traction, Donte Moncrief picked up the slack for T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson. Moncrief caught seven passes (on eight targets) for 122 yards and a TD, a performance that ranks second in his career to a 133-yard performance against the Washington Redskins last season. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Moncrief has shown growth as a receiver this season, becoming more than just the one-dimensional deep threat he was, at times, last season. Fantasy owners (as well as the Colts) can only hope that growth continues as the teams looks for consistent offensive production.
| Rams: Gurley will play "when he's ready"|
Fisher says run-game struggles will not accelerate rookie's timetable
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 22 2015, 9:25 am
|Asked if the team’s run-game struggles and lackluster performances from RBs Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason would make it more tempting to bring Todd Gurley into the fold faster, Jeff Fisher emphatically answered "No."
“Todd’s going to play when he’s ready to play," Fisher added. "It’s a non-factor. I’ve been saying this since he got here: When he’s ready, he’s going to play, regardless of what’s happening around him. But he is getting closer." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: We really wish he was lying. Gurley, the 10th selection in last spring’s draft, was listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game (a 24-10 loss to Washington) then was declared inactive for the second time in as many NFL games. He has been a full participant in practice recently after undergoing season-ending ACL surgery on his left knee last November while competing for the University of Georgia. He offers RB1 upside if given a full workload.
| Cutler reportedly out at least two weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2015, 6:10 pm
|Jay Cutler will miss at least two weeks with his hamstring injury, sources told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. With Cutler out, Jimmy Clausen will take over as the Bears starting quarterback.
Earlier Monday, Bears coach John Fox confirmed that medical tests showed that Jay Cutler suffered a strained hamstring in Chicago's 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals but did not announce a timetable for Cutler's return. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: A bad season keeps getting worse for Chicago, which will turn to Clausen this week at Seattle and next week at home versus Oakland. Clausen and all Bears outside of Matt Forte should probably be avoided in fantasy in Week 3 while the Seahawks' defense makes for a great play in all formats, including DFS.
| Carlos Hyde suffers multiple injuries in Week 2|
Week 1 star avoided concussion, dealing with thigh contusion
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2015, 6:05 pm
|Carlos Hyde exited the game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter and was cleared to return after testing negative for a possible concussion. Hyde returned to the 49ers' sideline in the fourth quarter. He did not return to action.
"I got hit on the crown of my helmet, so I was dizzy when I got up. I felt better when I got to the sideline. The concussion test, I passed that and I was ready to go but they decided to pull me." (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: While it's good to know that Hyde avoided a head injury, he reportedly suffered a thigh bruise prior to departing and those injuries can be difficult for running back to shake off. The Niners stated that Hyde's status - regarding his leg contusion - will be "closely monitored throughout the week". Mike Davis did not fare well in relief of Hyde and San Francisco's Week 2 loss and it may be too much to ask for either one to have a big game against Arizona in Week 3.
| Brees' Week 3 status to be determined|
Injured shoulder in Week 2 loss to Tampa Bay
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2015, 5:35 pm
|An MRI confirmed that New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees did not suffer a serious shoulder injury in the team's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in the Superdome, according to an ESPN reporter.
ESPN NFL insider reporter Ed Werder reported Thursday, citing a source, that Brees experienced "pain, weakness in passing shoulder from TB hit. Had MRI."
Brees' playing status will be determined by the response to treatment, Werder said. (WDSU New Orleans)|
FFToday's Take: Stay tuned. Earlier Monday, NFL.com was reported that Brees could miss "several games", but this report makes it sound as if he has a decent shot to play in Week 3 against Carolina. Even before this injury, the Saints' offense was not been clicking on all cylinders, so Brees probably deserves a spot on fantasy benches for the time being if owners have another decent alternative like Carson Palmer or Andy Dalton. Luke McCown would start if Brees can't play this week.
| Packers optimistic Lacy could be a go in Week 3|
Sprained ankle in Week 2 win over Seattle
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2015, 5:20 pm
|The Packers don't plan to go without Eddie Lacy for long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Green Bay's hard-charging running back, who sprained his ankle Sunday against the Seahawks, is a candidate to play Sept. 28 at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rapoport was told that Lacy's injury is minor, even if it kept him from finishing off a 27-17 win over Seattle. In his absence, reliable backup James Starks plowed for 95 yards. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy was unable to put any weight on his ankle following the injury and Fox Sports reported that his ankle was "very weak and sore" on Monday. The Packers play on Monday night against the Chiefs in Week 3. Unless there are glowing reports about his recovery during the week, it may be best for his owners (that don't own Starks) to take the safe approach and opt for a healthy running back that will play on Sunday. Starks should be a low-end RB2 in the likely event that Lacy doesn't play.
| Tevin Coleman likely to miss at least two weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2015, 5:15 pm
|Atlanta Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that Tevin Coleman has a fractured rib and declined to put a timetable on the running back's return. Coleman's return depends on his pain threshold, Quinn said.
While Quinn wouldn't put a time frame on Coleman's absence, the running back is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Coleman will sit out practices Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Quinn said.
Quinn said he does not anticipate signing another running back at this time. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Despite Quinn's "anticipation" the Falcons will not add another back, it is likely they will; UDFA Terron Ward is the only other running back on the roster behind new starter Devonta Freeman. Atlanta expressed some interest in ex-Bronco Montee Ball earlier this month and could revisit signing him at some point this week.
| Romo has fractured clavicle; out about eight weeks|
Brandon Weeden to start in the interim
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2015, 4:55 pm
|Tony Romo won’t have surgery on his fractured left clavicle and will miss about eight weeks. Romo broke the same bone in the sixth game of 2010, and he appeared to know immediately he’d done it again in the third quarter in Philadelphia Sunday. The early estimate on his absence in 2010 was 6-8 weeks, but he missed the rest of the season.
The eight-week timetable gives Romo a chance to return for the team’s final six or seven games. The Cowboys play at the Dolphins on Nov. 22 and host the Panthers four days later on Thanksgiving, so those are the games circled for now as potential comeback dates. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray is gone, Dez Bryant is out indefinitely and now Romo is expected to miss half the season. For what it is worth, Jason Witten played through multiple ankle and knee sprains in Week 2 as well. Although the Cowboys have a great offensive line and improving defense, overcoming all of these personnel losses will probably be too much too ask. Brandon Weeden will be a low-end QB2 in Romo's absence; owners should expect even more focus on the running game going forward.
| RB Tre Mason expected to play|
Gurley not yet ruled out
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 20 2015, 7:30 am
|Despite being listed as questionable, Rams RB Tre Mason is expected to play today. Todd Gurley still in question. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mason (hamstring) did practice this week and should play in Week against the Redskins. It's likely Mason will share carries with Benny Cunningham so temper your fantasy expectations.
| Mike Evans expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 20 2015, 7:15 am
|Bucs WR Mike Evans will be back on the field today after missing last week with a hamstring pull, source said. Good news for Jameis Winston (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Evans will be a gametime decision but it appears he will be on the field this week after being Inactive last week with a hamstring injury. He's safe to start assuming he's not scratched.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to sit|
Hamstring, calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 20 2015, 7:00 am
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) will be out today vs. AZCardinals, source said. The hope is a return next week to full health. (Ian Rapaport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery was already battling a calf injury before injuring his hamstring this week in practice. Martellus Bennett, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will be the top receives today for Jay Cutler against the Cardinals defense.
| Pagano: Optimistic on T.Y. Hilton for week 2|
"He's still got two days"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2015, 12:30 pm
|Pagano: Even more optimistic today T.Y. Hilton will play vs. Jets. 'He looked good. Still got two days.' (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton suffered a bone bruise last week and was limited in practice on Saturday. He's listed as questionable on the injury report and will likely be a gametime decision Monday night. This is a situation for fantasy owners to avoid unless you have the option of inserting Donte Moncrief in your lineup Monday night if Hilton sits.
| "Shady" McCoy questionable for Sunday|
Bills' star RB still dealing with hamstring issues
By: John Canario | Sep 18 2015, 4:40 pm
|The Bills had to put wraps on running back LeSean McCoy during Thursday’s practice after he complained of tightness and soreness in the hamstring that kept him off the field for a good chunk of August and that’s left his status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots in some doubt. McCoy was listed as questionable for the game after another limited practice on Friday and coach Rex Ryan said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, that there’s a “little bit of a concern” about his ability to get on the field for the clash between 1-0 AFC East teams. One of McCoy’s backfield mates doesn’t share the coach’s concern about McCoy being in the lineup. “Shady, he’s gonna go,” Karlos Williams said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “He’s gonna be able to go. It’s Shady, he’s a big-time player, he makes big-time plays. … There’s no doubt in my mind he’s gonna go. … I guarantee you he’s gonna 100 percent on Sunday.” (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Perhaps hampered by his sore hamstring, McCoy didn't look like his elusive self in week one, managing just 41 yards on 17 carries. He looked a little less limited in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 46 yards. The Patriots' defense can be vulnerable against the run, as we saw DeAngelo Williams torch them for 127 yards in the 2015 NFL season opener. But if McCoy is hurting or ineffective Sunday, the Bills will probably lean more heavily on rookie Karlos Willams who had an impressive debut last week.
| Reggie Bush to sit out of tilt with Steelers|
49ers' RB dealing with calf strain
By: John Canario | Sep 18 2015, 4:35 pm
|Reggie Bush, who suffered a left calf strain in the San Francisco 49ers' season-opening win against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, will not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Niners coach Jim Tomsula announced Friday. "We're going to leave him back here, let him get the treatment," Tomsula said. "Make sure it's 100 percent before we move [forward with him] there. Feel great about it being 100 percent fast too." Bush had not practiced this week but was seen walking without a limp in the team's locker room Thursday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Under the bright lights of Monday night football, Carlos Hyde showed that he's a more than capable workhorse back, taking 26 totes for 168 yards and a pair of TDs. While Bush is out, Hyde should remain in line for 25-plus touches per game, and is always a must-start.
| Victor Cruz ruled out Sunday vs Falcons|
Rueben Randle will again be Giants WR2
By: John Canario | Sep 18 2015, 4:25 pm
|Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) will not play Sunday against Atlanta, reports Tom Rock of Newsday. Cruz has yet to practice through the first two weeks of the season, with recent claims suggesting he might not be ready until Week 4. Rueben Randle will start across from Odell Beckham against the Falcons, leaving Preston Parker as the No. 3 wide receiver. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Randle should be the greatest beneficiary while Cruz remains out, though he frustratingly mustered just 23 yards on three receptions in the Giants' loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Expect an improvement this week, facing a porous Falcons' defense that gave up 336 yards in week one. Randle is a decent WR3 while Cruz is out.
| Arian Foster ruled out Sunday|
Texans' RB practicing but HOU not ready to deploy star RB in a game
By: John Canario | Sep 18 2015, 4:15 pm
|Ryan Mallett will take over as the Texans' starting quarterback on Sunday, but he'll do so without the services of running back Arian Foster. Foster (groin) made some progress this week and returned to a fairly active role in Texans practice. Head coach Bill O'Brien cautioned interested parties that this would be a slow integration. The team is hoping to have Foster for the long haul. While he would have been a nice safety net for Mallett as he tries to take hold of the starting job, Houston is wise to push the breaks on Foster. In the past, he's been dominant enough to win games on his own and they may need it down the stretch. Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk each caught a pass in the opener but with the Texans facing a Panthers defense likely without Luke Kuechly they could try and exploit some short opportunities over the middle like Jacksonville did a week ago. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This should come as no surprise, as Foster had groin surgery on August 7th - just six weeks ago. But those who scooped him up in their drafts still got great value, as the former top-fantasy RB was initially predicted to be out for half the season. It now seems virtually certain that we will see Foster by week four, and possibly as early as week three. In the meantime, none of the Texans' backfield options are especially start-worthy.
| Alshon Jeffery listed as questionable|
WR experiencing hamstring tightness
By: John Canario | Sep 18 2015, 4:00 pm
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, coach John Fox said Friday. Jeffery was slowed by an injured calf in the preseason, but made it back for the Bears’ season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers. “He’ll be day-to-day, questionable for the game,” Fox said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “He had some hamstring tightness after yesterday’s practice and we held him out today.” (SI)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery, playing with a sore calf in week one, still paced Bears' receivers with five receptions for 78 yards. The 25-year-old hasn't missed a game in either of the past two seasons, and has been known to play through injuries. Expect him to suit up against the Cardinals, who allowed 354 passing yards in week one.
|Manziel to start for Browns in Week 2|
McCown still not cleared
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2015, 11:30 am
|Quarterback Johnny Manziel has been given the nod as the Cleveland Browns starter for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Friday. Josh McCown was not cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol and is not able to practice Friday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCown (concussion) has yet to be cleared to play. Manziel has a decent matchups against the Titans defense but in reality he's nothing more than a risky QB2. Tennessee allowed 210 passing yards and 2 TDs to Jameis Winston in Week 1.
| Spiller shaping up to be a game-time decision|
Continuing to make his way back from August knee surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 6:25 pm
|C.J. Spiller missed the first week of the regular season as he continues to make his way back from August knee surgery, but things are looking a bit better for this week. Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Spiller is doing well and that he doesn’t think there will be any issues getting him ready to play despite his recent inactivity. Spiller said that he feels good, but neither man was willing to say whether Spiller would be in the lineup against Tampa Bay. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Despite his absence last week, Spiller's owners had to be thrilled with just how involved Saints' running backs were in the passing game against Arizona as Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson combined for 13 catches and 149 yards receiving. The ex-Buffalo Bill's upside in PPR leagues is enormous in this offense. Even if he is limited or sits out in Week 2, he is still a very good bet for 100-plus carries and 70-80 receptions.
| Mike Evans claims hamstring is "100 percent"|
Sat out Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 6:10 pm
|According to Mike Evans, there’s nothing that should stand in the way of his return to the lineup in Week Two. Evans said Thursday, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, that his hamstring is 100 percent. Evans isn’t guaranteeing he’ll be on the field against the Saints, however. He said he’ll practice Thursday and Friday and that his status for the game will come down to how he feels on Saturday.
Evans returned to practice last Friday and said he felt he was “capable of playing” against Tennessee, which would seem to be a good sign for how he’ll feel when it comes time to make the decision for this week. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Last year, this news would have brought about much rejoicing. However, given how little Evans and rookie QB Jameis Winston worked together during the preseason and how bad the Bucs looked in Week 1, it is fair to wonder just how much impact his return will have for fantasy owners. Regardless, he needs to be in fantasy lineups as soon as he is cleared to play, whether that moment comes this week or next.
| McCoy pulled from practice w/ tight hamstring|
Was just removed from injury report on Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 5:55 pm
|The Buffalo Bills pulled star RB LeSean McCoy out of practice Thursday after he experienced tightness in his hamstring. "Do I expect him to play?" coach Rex Ryan said. "I certainly hope so." The Bills host the New England Patriots on Sunday. If McCoy isn't able to play, the Bills would turn to rookie Karlos Williams, the team's leading rusher in their Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
McCoy suffered a hamstring injury during training camp. He was removed from the injury report Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Owners have reason to be concerned about McCoy's ability to hold up this season given the fact this is the second known hamstring issue he's had since August. Ryan hasn't ruled McCoy out and probably wouldn't do so until Sunday, but his less-than-glowing "I certainly hope so" reply doesn't exactly breed a lot of confidence in his ability to handle a full workload against New England in Week 2. Williams needs to be owned in all leagues until McCoy is cleared.
| Foster returns to limited practice Thursday|
Has yet to be ruled out for Week 2
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2015, 5:35 pm
|Texans RB Arian Foster returned to practice Thursday, taking part in drills as he continues to make speedy progress after undergoing groin surgery in August. HC Bill O’Brien has previously said Foster won’t play this week against the Carolina Panthers. O’Brien said Thursday that Foster is still unlikely to play, but was noncommittal on whether he will play.
“We are slowly incorporating him back into practice,” O’Brien said. “I wouldn’t expect him this week, but you never know.”
Foster has been running for weeks and has reached the point where he’s gaining more and more confidence in his health. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The smart money is that Foster will be ruled out in the next 24-48 hours. However, it is looking more and more likely that he'll get a shot to face Tampa Bay at home in Week 3 and, at worst, make his season debut in Week 4 at Atlanta. Houston will probably hand Foster a full workload upon his return and his owners should be thrilled; the Texans have one of the least challenging run-defense schedules this season.