| Foster expected to play, workload unclear|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2014, 9:10 am
|Texans plan to play Arian Foster today. Workload will depend on how his hamstring holds up. (Tania Ganguli via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We'll know in about an hour if Foster (hamstring) is inactive or not but it sounds like he will try and give it a go. Depending on your alternatives, and assuming he isn't inactive, Foster is OK to have in your lineup but temper your expectations.
| Locker out, Whitehurst to start for Tennessee|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2014, 4:34 am
|Tennessee will start QB Charlie Whitehurst in place of the injured Jake Locker today at Indianapolis. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Locker's wrist injury will keep him on the sidelines this week. Whitehurst will be a QB2 option against the Colts in Week 4.
| Charles likely to play, Probable on Injury Report|
Chiefs should have star running back available Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2014, 3:00 pm
|Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is listed as probable on the team’s injury report for Monday night’s home game against New England, meaning he is almost certain to be available to play. Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in a week two loss at Denver after only two carries — an output that followed only seven carries in the season opener against Tennessee. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Charles was limited in practice this week but it appears he will get the start Monday night against the Patriots. Owners can safely insert him into their lineups but this may be a scenario where Andy Reid will sprinkle in Knile Davis more than normal. I'd expect a 70-30 workload split between Charles and Davis.
| Ladarius Green misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 1:46 pm
|Ladarius Green and David Johnson aren't practicing. Chargers' TE group today is Gates, Phillips and newcomer Paulson (Steelers). (Tom Krasovic via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green was limited on Thursday and missing practice Friday isn't a good sign for his availability in Week 4. Antonio Gates becomes an even more attractive TE1 against the Jaguars this week.
| Brandon Marshall a gametime decision|
Questionable with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 1:45 pm
|The Bears will have another game-time decision to make about wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall was sidelined at practice on Friday because of the ankle injury that has troubled him for a few weeks now. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Marshall is listed as questionable and didn't practice all week. The star receiver was held to one catch and six yards against the Jets in Week 3 and missed a portion of the second half after aggravating the injury. Check the inactive list on Sunday before setting Marshall in your lineup.
| Calvin Johnson returns to practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 12:05 pm
|Calvin Johnson has been dealing with a sore ankle all week, but the good news out of Allen Park is that Johnson was able to take part in practice on Friday.
Johnson took part in the portion of practice open to the media. He sat out practice both Wednesday and Thursday. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: For now, it appears Johnson will be on the field this week against the Jets who've had a tough time against receivers, giving up five touchdowns to wideouts through three games.
| Roddy White expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 10:30 am
|Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who missed last Thursday night's win over Tampa Bay with a hamstring injury, will play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Coach Mike Smith confirmed Friday morning on the radio that White would play Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: White was limited on Wednesday and Thursday during practice but is expected to play against the Vikings on Sunday. The Vikings have been decent against the pass through three games and have allowed two touchdowns to wide receivers (Edelman & Colston).
| Megatron misses second straight day of practice|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2014, 6:55 pm
|For the second straight day, Calvin Johnson missed practice for the Detroit Lions with an ankle injury. At this point, though, his status is uncertain for Sunday against the New York Jets.
Johnson injured the ankle late during the Lions' 19-7 win over Green Bay on Sunday and indicated both after the game and Wednesday that he felt he would be fine. Johnson missed part of at least half of Detroit's practices last season as he dealt with finger and knee issues that ended up requiring separate surgeries following the 2013 season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson pulled a surprise DNP on fantasy owners in Week 5 of last season, so owners would be wise to monitor this situation for the rest of the week. Fortunately for the Lions, they are better equipped to handle such an absence this year thanks to Golden Tate. Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and possibly even rookie TE Eric Ebron could have increased roles in the offense if Megatron sits.
| DeSean Jackson active for TNF|
No setbacks with shoulder sprain
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2014, 6:45 pm
|Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson will play against the New York Giants Thursday as expected. Jackson is still dealing with a Grade 1 AC joint sprain that he got in Week 2 against the Jaguars. Jackson was limited for the second straight week in practice and was listed as questionable on yesterday's injury report.
FFToday's Take: Jackson, who gutted the Eagles for five catches, 117 yards and a score, did not appear to suffer a setback during the game, so he was going to be a good bet for Week 4 despite the short week. Former Eagle Damaris Johnson - now with the Houston Texans - burned the Giants for a deep score last week, so it isn't unthinkable that Jackson does as well.
| Foster likely game-time decision in Week 4|
Limited in practice with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2014, 5:55 pm
|Texans RB Arian Foster was day-to-day with a hamstring injury when the week began and things haven’t progressed all that much. He’s been limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, but it wasn't enough for HC Bill O’Brien to make a decision about Foster’s status for Sunday’s game against the Bills.
O’Brien said, via the team, that he was expecting to make a game-time decision about whether Foster will be inactive for a second straight week. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Alfred Blue did about as much as could be expected in Week 3 in place of Foster and would be likely in line for another 15-18 touches if the veteran back is sidelined again versus the Bills. The rookie would probably even make a decent flex play if Foster plays, since the three-time Pro Bowler would likely be limited.
| Jamaal Charles to practice Thursday|
Head coach thinks Charles will play
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2014, 12:45 pm
|Chiefs plan to expand Jamaal Charles' role in practice today and see how he does. Berry and DAT are more iffy. They may not practice (Adam Teicher via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Andy Reid said "Yeah, I think so" in a response to a question whether Charles would play on Monday night. It sounds like Charles will play unless he has a setback in practice this week.
| Martin and Jackson practice for the Bucs|
Mike Glennon likely to get the start at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2014, 12:10 pm
|For the Bucs, in addition to McCoy, Mike Glennon is likely to start for QB Josh McCown (thumb), rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) was limited in practice while RB Doug Martin (knee) was a full go, along with WR Vincent Jackson (wrist) (Tampa Bay Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Martin has gotten off to a rocky start with 9 total rushing yards after three weeks. Backup Bobby Rainey put the ball on the ground twice in Week 3 so the coaching staff shouldn't hesitate to give Martin a chance to regain the starting running back job in Week 4.
| Delanie Walker misses practice|
Titans mulling options with two TEs hurt
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 24 2014, 4:37 pm
|Delanie Walker (shoulder) and fellow tight end Taylor Thompson (knee) missed practice Wednesday. The potential loss of one or both of those tight ends prompted the Titans to re-sign tight end Chase Coffman on Monday. He was with the team in training camp and caught six preseason passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Coffman understands that with both Walker and Thompson hurting, there is the chance he could see a decent amount of playing time right away. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Delanie Walker is going to be re-evaluated as the week progresses but the team's decision to add Chase Coffman to the active roster is cause for concern. Considering the amount of injuries at tight end last week, Walker's owners would be wise to look into a backup option sooner than later.
|Jags' Bortles getting ready for first career start|
Takes all reps with first team offense in practice
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 24 2014, 4:19 pm
|Befitting his status as the new starter, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles took nearly all of the first-team reps during practice today. Bortles said his mindset is a “little different” from Weeks 1-3, when he studied the game plan but got scout-team snaps to this week, where he is studying the game plan in the morning and at night and running it in the afternoon. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: This is great news because Chad Henne was barely completing half of his passes this year. Blake Bortles came on strong at the end of training camp and now gets a chance to revitalize an offense ranked 25th in passing yards per game after three weeks. He will make mistakes and remains a QB2 for now, but has the ability to allow receivers Cecil Shorts and Allen Robinson to become productive fantasy assets in deeper formats.
| Roddy White limited, Douglas practices|
Falcons should have White on the field in Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2014, 2:00 pm
|Wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring) continued to work on the side with the training staff. Devin Hester (calf), running back Antone Smith (hamstring) and wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) returned to practice on Wednesday after being held out on Monday.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: We'll monitor White's practice participation the rest of this week and he's likely to be limited, but the general feeling is that he will be available in Week 4.
| Vikings place QB Matt Cassel on IR|
Rookie QB to start against Faclons
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2014, 10:00 am
|The Teddy Bridgewater era appears to have officially begun in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings placed Matt Cassel on injured reserve Wednesday morning, three days after the quarterback broke several bones in his left foot on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
FFToday's Take: Bridgewater will make his first NFL start this week against the Falcons. Without Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph it's hard to get excited about Bridgewater's fantasy prospects. He does offer some mobility, rushing for 27 yards on six carries last week. He'll be a QB2 until he proves otherwise.
| Jordan Reed expected to miss Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2014, 4:30 pm
|According to John Keim of ESPN.com and multiple other reporters who cover the team, tight end Jordan Reed indicated Tuesday he’s doubtful to play Thursday night vs. the Giants because of a lingering hamstring injury. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Reed missed practice Tuesday ahead of the Redskins Thursday night game against the Giants. This means Niles Paul owners get another week of TE1 from their waiver wire claim.
| Vernon Davis optimistic he will return Week 4|
"It's going to be a great week for me"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2014, 4:00 pm
|Vernon Davis' crutches were gone, and so was his limp, as he looked ready Tuesday to return to a 49ers team that historically can't win without him. An ankle injury kept the typically durable Davis out of last Sunday's 23-14 collapse at Arizona. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers waived practice squad tight end Asante Cleveland which is good sign that Davis and/or Vance McDonald (knee) will be available in Week 4.
| Foster's hamstring issue is recurring injury|
Alfred Blue looking more important as handcuff
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 23 2014, 10:22 am
|Texans running back Arian Foster couldn’t say he’d definitely be ready to return against Buffalo Sunday, admitting the nature of hamstring injuries leaves him no choice but to take it “day by day” when the team returns to practice Wednesday. Foster worked out before the game at MetLife Stadium and admitted his leg felt “really good” but “obviously” not good enough for him to take the chance of making what already seems to be a chronic injury worse. Foster was replaced by rookie Alfred Blue, whose 13 rushes for 78 yards included a 46-yard scamper that set up one of the Texans’ two touchdowns. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: “It’s my hamstring’s call,” is another telling quote from Foster that likely means the recurring soft-tissue injury will nag him all season -- and force Blue into significant action in the coming weeks. If Blue is somehow still available on your league's waiver wire, he's a must-own heading into Week 4.
|Will NYJ turn to Michael Vick?|
Geno Smith's mistakes may cost him starting job
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 23 2014, 10:15 am
|Geno Smith had his second multi-turnover game of the season, punctuated by a nightmarish pick-six 32 seconds in that set the tone in a 27-19 loss to the Bears. Smith’s second interception came in the end zone on an ill-advised pass intended for David Nelson. It was just another blow on a night filled with self-inflicted wounds that dropped Ryan’s team to 1-2, and has coaches considering it may be time to plug in Michael Vick. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan didn’t rule out the possibility that Vick, who played one snap against the Bears, could become more involved. From a fantasy perspective, it's not a terrible idea to grab Vick as a medium-upside stash in deeper formats and two-QB leagues.
| Panthers' backfield in shambles|
Stewart to be reevaluated on Friday, Tolbert out Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:45 pm
|Coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that DeAngelo Williams will return from a hamstring injury to play versus the Baltimore Ravens this week, but the Carolina Panthers' backfield woes aren't going away. Jonathan Stewart will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with a severely sprained knee. Mike Tolbert, sporting crutches and a knee brace, will miss Sunday's game with a hairline fracture in his right leg. The fullback is week to week, per Rivera. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: In the event that Williams cannot go, owners may need to consider Darrin Reaves, who was elevated from the practice squad over the weekend. The bigger problem, however, is that Cam Newton may not be healthy enough and the offensive line may not be good enough this year to mask the injuries that the Panthers overcame last year.
| Woodhead out for the season|
Needs surgery on fractured fibula
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:30 pm
|The Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead early in their Week 3 victory over the Bills and it may be some time before they get him back on the field. San Diego announced that Woodhead, who left the game on crutches, suffered a right ankle injury that caused him to be carted off the field. It looks like it is more than your garden variety ankle injury, however.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Woodhead suffered both a severe high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula. He’s expected to have surgery that will bring his season to an end. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken tweeted the news that Woodhead would be lost for the season. It likely locks Donald Brown into a Woodhead-like role when Ryan Mathews returns and probably ensures that Branden Oliver - dubbed "Baby Sproles" by some in the preseason - will see an increase in snaps.
|Dolphins considering quarterback change?|
Team unhappy with Ryan Tannehill's performance thus far
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:15 pm
|The Miami Dolphins are considering a quarterback change this week. A change is not certain but coaches are meeting this afternoon to weigh whether benching starter Ryan Tannehill in favor of reserve Matt Moore is the right decision to make in the run up to Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, multiple sources are saying.
HC Joe Philbin dodged multiple questions today on the topic. When asked if Tannehill will start against the Raiders next Sunday, he declined on every single occasion to say Tannehill would continue to be Miami's quarterback. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Remember when the Dolphins beat the Patriots in Week 1? Two weeks and two losses later, Miami could be considering Moore, although OC Bill Lazor was quick to say Tannehill would get the call against Oakland in Week 4. The Dolphins have a bye the following week, making then the common-sense time to make a move if they are going to do so. With that said, Tannehill should get a bit more time in a new offense to make his mark.
| Dennis Pitta suffers dislocated hip|
Likely out for season and could threaten career
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:00 pm
|Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his dislocated right hip, which likely is also fractured, according to team sources.
Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in the past year, getting hurt without being touched during the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.
This is a major setback for Pitta, one that probably ends his season and casts doubt on his career outlook. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp last year and missed all but the final four games of the 2013 regular season. With Pitta sustaining this injury, the Ravens will turn toward TE Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore. They could also utilize FB Kyle Juszczyk, who caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, in a tight end role.
| Vincent Jackson has small fracture in wrist|
Not expected to miss any time.
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:45 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson sustained a small fracture in his wrist during Thursday night's 56-14 loss against the Atlanta Falcons. The injury will not cause Jackson to miss any time, though, and the 10th-year wide receiver plans to play Sunday against the Steelers.
Jackson, who was targeted nine times, finished with two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.
FFToday's Take: The injury likely occurred on the first play of the Bucs’ second offensive series when Jackson fell on his wrist after taking a hit from Dwight Lowery, according to Fox Sports. Jackson hasn't come to justifying his fourth-round ADP, although the ascension of Mike Glennon may help his cause. The Bucs travel to Pittsburgh in Week 4.
| Kyle Rudolph likely out six weeks|
Will undergo sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:35 pm
|TE Kyle Rudolph left Sunday’s loss to the Saints with a groin injury and was expected to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Rudolph will need to have sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks while he recovers.
The Vikings have targeted Rudolph 17 times this season, just behind Greg Jennings for the most of anyone on the team. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Another brutal blow for a Minnesota offense that has lost potentially its top two red-zone options in Adrian Peterson and Rudolph. Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray will fill in during his absence, but the Vikings don't have a suitable replacement for Rudolph on the roster. It makes the job even harder for rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who will make his first career start at home against Atlanta in Week 4.
| Arian Foster "day-to-day" ahead of Week 4|
Hamstring has RB unsure about status vs. Buffalo
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:20 pm
|The Texans played without RB Arian Foster on Sunday because they didn’t feel Foster’s hamstring was up to facing the Giants.
On Monday, Foster said that his hamstring felt “good” while working out on Sunday although it obviously wasn’t good enough to allay any fears that the team might have had about his condition. While he felt good on Sunday, he wasn’t making any overly optimistic predictions for this week’s game.
Foster described himself as “day-to-day,”. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Foster's unwillingness to proclaim his readiness for Week 4 means rookie Alfred Blue could be in line for another start against Buffalo. The Bills just got done holding the Chargers' Donald Brown to 62 rushing yards on 31 carries and ranks sixth in the league in run defense, meaning it could be another long day for the Texans on the ground again.
| Jordan Cameron active, Bernard Pierce Out|
Ravens without starting running back
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 11:35 am
|Jordan Cameron will in fact be active today. Bernard Pierce is inactive for the Ravens (Jason LaCanfora via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron can be inserted into fantasy lineups with the understanding that his shoulder could easily be re-aggravated. With Pierce out, Justin Forsett will handle more of the rushing load with Lorenzo Taliaferro working in a backup role.
| Arian Foster Inactive|
Alfred Blue expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 11:30 am
|Official: Texans' Arian Foster is inactive. (Nick Mathews via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Foster out, expect Alfred Blue to get the start. Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown will also be in the mix. Blue becomes a low-end RB2 candidate against the Giants.
| Not looking good for TE Vernon Davis|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 9:00 am
|It’s doubtful 49ers star TE Vernon Davis (bruised ankle) will play today vs. #Cardinals I’m told. He was on crutches until Thursday. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the feeling all along this week. With Davis out and backup TE Vance McDonald battling a knee injury, third-string tight end Derek Carrier will likely draw the start and be a TE2 in Week 3.
| Foster's availability for Week 3 in question|
Gametime decision with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 8:45 am
|Texans running back Arian Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, could sit out a 1 p.m. Sunday game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
The Texans are expected to work out Foster pregame, then make a decision about his status. Foster was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the Texans’ final injury report Friday. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster came into the season with a balky hamstring and has racked up 55 through two games. If he sits Alfred Blue would get the start and vault into RB2 status for Week 3.
| Charles not expected to play, gametime decision|
Will test injured ankle in pregame warmups
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 8:37 am
|Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expecting to play today, I’m told. Will still test it out pregame. Looking like Knile Davis (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It should be noted that an hour earlier Rapoport reported that Charles was a "gametime decision" and that Charles injury was more of a bruise than an ankle sprain which gives him "a real chance". We likely won't know Charles' real status until inactives come out. Chiefs play at 4:25 pm Eastern.
| Charles questionable, re-evaluated Saturday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 4:35 pm
|Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who is on the injury report with a sprained ankle, practiced with the starters on Friday, but coach Andy Reid wasn’t certain how much, if any, Charles will be able to play on Sunday against Miami.
Charles was listed as questionable for the game. "We’re going to see how he feels after this practice," Reid said. "He moved around and did a decent job. He looked a little sore, but he did OK."
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: We'll get a better indication of Charles' availability if he makes the trip to Miami tomorrow. If so, and he becomes a gametime decision, fantasy owners may be in a bind since the Chiefs play at 4:25 Eastern. Knile Davis would get the start and be a borderline RB1 if Charles doesn't play.
| Jordan Reed out, DeSean Jackson questionable|
Niles Paul on the TE1 radar
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 11:45 am
|Wide receiver DeSean Jackson took part in some individual drills during Friday’s practice and will be listed as questionable for the Washington Redskins’ game on Sunday at Philadelphia. Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: A converted wide receiver, Niles Paul torched the Jaguars in Week 2 to the tune of 8 catches, 99 yards and 1 TD. If DeSean Jackson is limited or sits on Sunday, Paul would become the No.2 receiving option for Kirk Cousins. Jackson will test his shoulder in pregame warmups and be a gametime decision.
| Jordan Cameron limited Friday, Questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 11:15 am
|Browns TE Jordan Cameron and LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulders) were limited today and they're questionable for ravens. (Mary Kay Cabot via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron was limited on Thursday as well and will be a gametime decision. It's hard to get excited about Cameron as a fantasy play given the risk of re-aggravating his shoulder injury. Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge would fill in for Cameron if he sits.
| A.J. Green expects to play Sunday|
No soreness in foot
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 10:25 am
|A.J. Green told the Bengals' official team website he "feels good" and plans to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Green strained a ligament in his foot last weekend, forcing him out most of the contest. He missed practice Wednesday and caught a few passes Thursday, but was limited in practice.
Friday morning the receiver said he has "no soreness" and if he feels similarly Sunday, he'll play.
FFToday's Take: The Bengals have a bye in Week 4 and could easily hold him out giving him extra rest for Week 5 but it appears Green will be on the field this week against Tennessee. Owners should temper their expectations given the risk of aggravating the injury, plus the Bengals are likely to incorporate a run-heavy gameplan.
| Doug Martin officially Inactive|
Bobby Rainey expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2014, 6:11 pm
|And Bucs have deactivated RB Doug Martin. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bobby Rainey moves into RB2 territory with Martin watching on the sidelines. The Falcons have given up the most fantasy points to running backs over the first two weeks.
| Roddy White Inactive|
Hamstring injury will cause Roddy to sit
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2014, 6:07 pm
|Both Roddy White and Doug Martin deactivated tonight (Jay Glazer via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Falcons hinted throughout the week that Roddy's rest during practice this week was a precaution. Sounds like his hamstring injury is more serious. Harry Douglas and Devin Hester will get a boost in fantasy value with Douglas becoming a flex option.
|McKinnon likely to see expanded role|
OC Norv Turner suggests he could go with "hot hand"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:30 pm
|A stout, relatively durable back (5-11, 234), Matt Asiata is the best equipped of the Vikings' current backfield to take on the heavy dosage Peterson typically commanded. Although rookie Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see an expanded role.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson graded McKinnon well in his first extended time against the Patriots, McKinnon said, though there's certain areas he needs to work on that don't involve carrying the football. (ESPN 1500 Twin Cities)|
FFToday's Take: St. Paul Pioneer Press beat writer Chris Tomasson tweeted earlier today that Turner will use both backs and could lean on one if he develops a "hot hand". McKinnon graded out well in Week 2, has reportedly picked up the playbook quickly and is the superior athlete, but it seems a bit much to ask of him to go from a jack-of-all-trades option quarterback at a FCS school to NFL lead back in less than one year. Nevertheless, he's a worthwhile stash as the situation sorts itself out.
| Bucs likely without Doug Martin in Week 3|
Team also expects to be minus Gerald McCoy
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:10 pm
|The Buccaneers listed DT Gerald McCoy and RB Doug Martin as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Falcons, but it doesn’t look like either one of them will be on the field.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that McCoy and Martin are both unlikely to be active for the NFC South matchup. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Martin is expected to test his knee before the call is officially made to deactivate him, so there is still a glimmer of hope for his owners that he'll be able to play in what should be a juicy matchup. If he cannot go, then Bobby Rainey is a high-end RB2 play. McCoy's absence should allow Matt Ryan & Co. to feel a bit more comfortable in the pocket, meaning the Falcons have a shot to put up some stellar offensive numbers.