| Sammy Watkins thinks he'll play Sunday|
Bothered by fatigue in Thursday's practice
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2015, 12:35 pm
|Sammy Watkins says he's planning to play Sunday. Said he was bothered by "fatigue" in Thursday's practice. (Vic Carucci on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Rex Ryan stated earlier Friday that Watkins had a "hiccup" at the end of practice Thursday and Watkins didn't practice Friday which always raises a red flag. It sounds like he'll play on Sunday but owners should check the Inactive list on Sunday morning to be sure.
| Mariota practices again, will start Week 9|
Plus matchup against the Saints
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2015, 12:30 pm
|Former Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt got exactly five games with Marcus Mariota.
But it looks like interim coach Mike Mularkey’s going to jump right in.
According to Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website, Mariota has practiced for the third straight day, and Mularkey said after practice that he would start this week.
FFToday's Take: Mariota has missed the last two games with a knee injury but appears good to go for Week 9. He has a plus matchup against the Saints defense that allows the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. However, Mariota will be without Kendall Wright who is nursing a knee injury of his own.
| Watkins appears to be on track for Week 9|
No timetable for Harvin
By: Doug Orth | Nov 5 2015, 6:25 pm
|Percy Harvin may be in the building but he's not on the practice field yet for the Buffalo Bills. Listed officially with a knee injury, he hasn't been on the sideline let alone the field yet. Earlier this week, HC Rex Ryan said the receiver "desperately" wants to play but conversations apparently continue between Harvin, the training staff and the team on his short- and long-term future.
On the bright side for Buffalo, Sammy Watkins (ankle) continues to practice and get a lot of work in with Tyrod Taylor during the segment of practice open to reporters. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Regarding Harvin, there is no guarantee he'll see the field again this season. As far as Buffalo's offense is concerned, however, the returns of Watkins and Taylor are a much bigger deal. Last year's No. 4 overall pick has endured an injury-plagued second season, but he can still be a game-changing force if he is back for good. With Harvin out, Watkins could see the 10 targets per game he asked for publicly a few weeks ago.
| Diggs back at practice on Thursday|
Rookie phenom missed Wednesday with a hamstring issue
By: Doug Orth | Nov 5 2015, 5:30 pm
|Stefon Diggs is back at practice today (Thursday). (Matt Vensel on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A Thursday practice bodes well for Diggs' availability on Sunday. The fifth-round rookie has posted at least six catches and 87 receiving yards in each of his first four NFL games.
| Victor Cruz eyeing a Week 12 return|
Calf injury has sidelined him for all but one practice this season
By: Doug Orth | Nov 5 2015, 5:20 pm
|Tom Coughlin might not know when to expect Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz back. But Cruz himself has an idea. Via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Cruz said “after the bye looks like a promising date” for his return.
The Giants have two more games before their Nov. 22 bye, and if Cruz’s schedule holds, he could potentially return for the Nov. 29 game against Washington. Cruz has been out of all but part of one practice because of a calf strain, after rehabbing last year’s knee injury. Cruz said he started running today, and that his calf had healed and his latest MRI was clean. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The torn patellar tendon that cost Cruz a big chunk of 2014 hasn't been discussed by the local media for weeks, so a clean MRI for his calf strain is good news for the few owners that have held on to him this long. It is unlikely he's going to have much of an impact this season, but it would be good for all parties involved just to get him back on the field in order to see if he can be one of the first athletes in any sport to truly bounce back from a torn patellar tendon.
| Kendall Wright "obviously" out for Week 9|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 5 2015, 5:15 pm
|Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Titans interim HC Mike Mularkey said, "He's walking the hallways better, he's living in the training room, but he's obviously out for the week."
Harry Douglas has practiced fully the last two days and is expected to play Sunday after missing two games with a rib cartilage injury. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Mularkey's comment suggest Wright will miss multiple weeks, which is par for the course with his injury. Mularkey was probably hoping to have his best receiver available in hopes he could pair him back up with rookie QB Marcus Mariota again, but that will not happen. Douglas will serve as the Titans' WR1, but expect TE Delanie Walker to dominate targets in what figures to be a very conservative game plan for Tennessee.
| T.Y. Hilton not practicing Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2015, 11:30 am
|No sign of T.Y. Hilton as colts open practice. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's legitimate concern that Hilton won't be able to play in Week 9. He was seen with a boot on his foot in the locker room after Monday night's loss to Carolina. Even if he does play, he won't be a recommended fantasy play against the Broncos defense.
| Larry Donnell still bothered by neck injury|
Unlikely to play Week 9
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2015, 9:50 am
|With starting tight end Larry Donnell injured, the Giants are promoting Jerome Cunningham to their active roster, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media. Donnell told reporters Wednesday he expected to be back soon, but it does not appear the Giants hold the same level of optimism. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: If Donnell doesn't suit up this week, Will Tye is expected to get the start at tight end and be a TE2 option against the Bucs.
| Edelman limited in practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 4 2015, 7:00 pm
|FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots fans and fantasy football owners can breathe a deep sigh of relief. Julian Edelman is fine.
The wide receiver popped up on the Patriots’ injury report as limited with a knee ailment Wednesday. Edelman finished practice and the injury is “nothing to be concerned about,” a source told NESN.com.
FFToday's Take: Julian Edelman's knee injury may not be serious but he could see his targets decrease slightly after the Patriots welcomed back Brandon LaFell in Week 8. Nonetheless, he's a surefire starter in all fantasy formats for Week 9 against the Redskins.
| Stefon Diggs doesn't practice for Vikings|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 4 2015, 5:51 pm
|Vikings rookie phenom Stefon Diggs seemed to be hobbled a bit late in Sunday’s win over the Bears. And he was. Diggs didn’t practice on Wednesday, due to a hamstring injury.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: This injury to Stefon Diggs doesn't appear to be too serious. He's expected to return within the next day or two but his owners will want to check back to make sure he is on track to play in Week 9.
| Ryan Fitzpatrick practices in full Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 4 2015, 4:58 pm
|Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the Jets' starting quarterback.
After suffering torn ligaments in his thumb against the Raiders, the quarterback practiced fully Wednesday and was named the starter for New York's matchup with the Jaguars on Sunday.
FFToday's Take: Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to use both hands during handoffs and didn't appear to have any issues taking snaps from under center. New York has cleared him to start but likely won't ask him to throw the ball more than needed against the Jaguars.
| Browns will start QB Manziel|
Josh McCown out with rib injury
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 4 2015, 11:00 am
|A day away from battling the undefeated Bengals, the wandering Browns are turning the offense over to Johnny Manziel. With veteran passer Josh McCown battling a painful rib injury, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Manziel would get the starting nod.
FFToday's Take: The Browns will turn to Johnny Manziel to right the ship against state rival Cincinnati. Cleveland's lack of a consistent rushing attack will only make it tougher to move the chains through the air against a Bengals defense that has only surrendered nine passing touchdowns on the year. Travis Benjamin and Andrew Hawkins see their fantasy stock limited for another week.
| Keenan Allen placed on Injured Reserve|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2015, 1:00 pm
|It's official: Chargers WR Keenan Allen out for year, source says. Lacerated kidney. Headed to IR. But expected to make a full recovery. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Week 8 was a rough one in the NFL and Allen is the latest season-ending causality. In his absence, Malcom Floyd, Steve Johnson should see increased work along with Dontrelle Inman.
| Bad news: Torn MCL for Reggie Bush|
49ers RB situation in dire straits; team signs Shaun Draughn
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 3 2015, 9:07 am
|San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush will undergo season-ending surgery on his torn MCL on Tuesday, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. With Carlos Hyde (foot) and Mike Davis (hand) both injured, that leaves newly acquired Shaun Draughn as the only healthy back.
FFToday's Take: What a mess. Bush, whose ACL was deemed OK after tests were negative, was carted off the field with a left knee injury Sunday, after he slipped on concrete near the stands in St. Louis on a punt return. Draughn wouldn't normally be a fantasy option, but he's being thrust into relevance by the barrage of injuries in the San Fran backfield.
|Colin Kaepernick benched for Blaine Gabbert|
Niners make QB switch in wake of turmoil
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 3 2015, 9:00 am
|Bay Area Sports Guy is reporting that after falling to a record of 2-6 and bearing witness to several poor quarterbacking performances, the 49ers have decided to bench Colin Kaepernick in favor of backup Blaine Gabbert, according to a team source.
(Bay Area Sports Guy)|
FFToday's Take: The source first said that a big change was coming for the 49ers on Tuesday, and followed up later with confirmation that the change is going to be at the quarterback position. Gabbert will be starting for the 49ers against the Falcons on Sunday, the source said. At this point, it makes no sense to consider Gabbert for fantasy purposes, and Kaepernick can be safely dropped in redraft leagues.
|Vernon Davis traded to Broncos in draft pick deal|
49ers acquire sixth-rounders in 2016 & 2017
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 3 2015, 8:55 am
|The Broncos acquired San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis on Monday, sending sixth-round picks (2016 & 2017) to the 49ers in return. Denver will also receive San Francisco's seventh-rounder in 2016. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: It's unclear what Davis' role will be on a team that's so focused on running the ball and playing stifling defense, but it's obvious that Davis wasn't happy in San Fran. This essentially represents a salary dump for the struggling Niners, clearing the remaining $2.33 million on Davis' deal. The trading deadline is Tuesday at 2 p.m., and the Broncos have been linked to the Cleveland Browns, who are shopping left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If they bolster up that line and teams start becoming complacent against Peyton Manning, Davis might just become a viable TE in fantasy.
| Keenan Allen out "some time" with kidney injury|
Symptoms worsened overnight
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2015, 5:30 pm
|The Chargers will be without Keenan Allen for "some time," coach Mike McCoy announced Monday. Allen suffered a kidney injury Sunday when he landed hard at the end of a 13-yard touchdown in a 29-26 loss to the Ravens. The wide receiver traveled from back to San Diego from Baltimore after the game with the team, but his symptoms worsened as the night progressed. He was checked into a San Diego hospital. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Ouch. Allen's injury is just another of the many casulaties of Week 8 that saw Le'Veon Bell, Matt Forte, Steve Smith and Khiry Robinson all suffer significant injuries. In Allen's absence, Malcom Floyd becomes a viable WR2 options in the Chargers pass-happy offense.
|Broncos acquire TE Vernon Davis|
Late-round draft pick compensation
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2015, 5:07 pm
|Here we go: 49ers trading TE Vernon Davis to Denver for 6th- and 7th-round picks this year, and a 6th-round pick in 2017, sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Davis is probably happy to be out of the sorry offensive situation in San Francisco. This move represents a boost for his fantasy value and puts him in the low-end TE1 conversation on a weekly basis. Current Broncos TE Owen Daniels can be safely dropped from fantasy rosters.
| Khiry Robinson done for the season|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 2 2015, 3:25 pm
|New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton announced Monday that RB Khiry Robinson had surgery on a tibia fracture Sunday night. Robinson was carted from the field during the second quarter of Sunday's 52-49 win over the New York Giants.
Robinson's injury leaves the Saints with starter Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller and rookie Marcus Murphy in the backfield. Payton didn't give an indication as to how the Saints plan to adjust the running back rotation sans Robinson, who averaged 18.1 snaps per game prior to Sunday. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram has only topped 20 carries once this season, but that could change now since he is the only established between-the-tackles runner the Saints have left on the roster. New Orleans has been reluctant to boost Spiller's snaps this season - reportedly because he isn't as immersed into the playbook as the team would like - but Robinson's departure might force Payton's hand. Undrafted rookie free agent Marcus Murphy could be in the line for touches going forward.
| Forte, Royal likely sidelined for multiple weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 2 2015, 3:10 pm
|Bears coach John Fox said Monday that RB Matt Forte (MCL) and WR Eddie Royal did not suffer season-ending knee injuries against the Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Forte was hurt early in the third quarter on a screen play. He was struck in his legs by safety Harrison Smith. Forte’s right foot was planted in the turf when Harrison struck, bending his right knee and leg. It’s unknown when Royal was hurt, but he caught three passes for two yards on screen plays in the first half of Sunday’s game. But he was ruled out with a left knee injury. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FFToday's Take: Forte is one of the most indispensable players in the NFL, so his likely multi-week absence is a devastating blow to a Chicago that just got Alshon Jeffery back a couple of weeks ago. Jeremy Langford fared about as well as could be expected after Forte's injury and figures to be one of the most sought-after free-agent adds of the week. Royal's absence frees up more playing time for Marquess Wilson, who needs to be added in leagues across the board this week as well.
|Cowboys waive Joseph Randle|
Injury, off-field issues derail 2015 season
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2015, 2:00 pm
|The Joseph Randle saga is over in Dallas. He has been released by the Cowboys per sources (Clarence Hill on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Randle began the season as the Cowboys starter but suffered an oblique injury and reportedly has been dealing with off-field issues. His release elevates Darren McFadden as the clear-cut starter with Christine Michael serving in a backup role.
| Tyrod Taylor expected to be ready for Week 9|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2015, 11:19 am
|Rex on Tyrod Taylor: "We expect him 100 percent this game." (Tyler Dunne on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to the Bills quarterback, running back Karlos Williams (concussion) is expected back to face the Dolphins in Week 9. Taylor will be a borderline QB1 while Williams will likely play in a backup role to LeSean McCoy.
| Ravens extremely thin at WR without Smith|
Season-ending Achilles injury cripples Baltimore receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2015, 8:00 am
|The loss of veteran receiver Steve Smith to a season-ending Achilles tear is a tough one for the Ravens, because of what he meant to them emotionally. But pragmatically, it was even tougher, as he was their last effective receiver left. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens and Jeremy Ross are the top three receivers in Baltimore right now. Rookie Breshad Perriman is battling a knee injury and isn't close to returning. Don't be surprised if the Ravens add a free agent receiver this week.
| Le'Veon Bell expected to miss rest of season|
MCL tear worse than initially thought
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2015, 10:00 pm
|That optimism apparently was accurate, as to the ACL. However, the MCL damage reportedly is more significant than initially believed.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bell has a “badly torn” MCL, along with other damage.
Bell is expected to miss the rest of the season. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: There was some optimism early in the evening that Bell had sidestepped a more serious tear, but if the MRI on Monday confirms the worst, Bell is expected to be placed on IR. In his absence, DeAngelo Williams will assume the No.1 running back role in Pittsburgh and is a must add if available in your league.
| John Brown is active|
Was limited in practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2015, 11:32 am
|Cardinals WR John Brown is officially active. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown missed practice time with a hamstring injury this week. His availability is good news for Carson Palmer and the Cardinals offense but he's a risky fantasy play despite catching 4 passes for 65 yards and 1 TD last week.
| Antonio Gates active, expected to play|
May be limited with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2015, 9:13 am
|Change that: Antonio Gates is expected to play today. It'll be vs Ravens, not Browns. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gates' availability takes the shine off Ladarius Green's upside in a plus matchup against Baltimore. Gates is solid start even if he only plays on third downs and in the redzone.
|Ronnie Hillman expected to start|
C.J. Anderson will be in the mix
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2015, 8:00 am
|Multiple NFL sources confirmed Ronnie Hillman will get his first start of the season tonight against the Green Bay Packers.
It had been reported earlier in the week by 9NEWS that Hillman would get the majority of the carries but head coach Gary Kubiak would not decide until closer to game time whether his fourth-year running back from San Diego State would start.
FFToday's Take: We've expected to Hillman to get the majority of snaps this week against Green Bay regardless if he gets the starting nod. C.J. Anderson has struggled out of the gate, battling nagging injuries. Hillman is our No.14 running back for Week 8.
| Eric Decker expected to play|
Limited in practice with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2015, 7:00 am
|Jets WR Eric Decker, listed as questionable with knee injury, plans to play today vs. Oakland, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets and Raiders play a late afternoon game so it's good to get some positive news before 1:00 pm Eastern. Decker was limited in practice late in the week with a knee injury. He's a solid WR2 if he plays and had scored touchdowns in four out of his five games played.
| Dez Bryant on a pitch count?|
VP Stephen Jones optimistic Bryant will play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2015, 7:00 am
|Dez Bryant was limited all week in practice and listed as questionable for Sunday on the team's official injury report. "I don't think it's realistic to think he's going to be able to go out there every play after not playing here for six, seven weeks," Jones said. "There's going to be a pitch count. As to what that number is, I think that's to be determined." (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Dez is going to give it a go, but fantasy owners should temper their expectations given the comments above and the caliber of the opponent. Anything above WR2 value for Dez this week should be considered a bonus.
| Antonio Gates listed as questionable|
Chargers TE could miss second straight week
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 5:25 pm
|For a second straight week, tight end Antonio Gates did not practice. However, Gates has been listed as questionable for Sunday. Chargers coach Mike McCoy said that even though Gates did not practice, he knows the offense well enough and could play if trainers give the veteran tight end the green light on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Two straight weeks without practicing suggests Gates won't be in the lineup this week. Ladarius Green has proven to be a reliable starter in Gates' absence, and is worth a start this week. He has touchdowns in each of his past two games, and a total of four on the season.
| Josh McCown listed as questionable|
QB dealing with shoulder and rib injuries
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 5:20 pm
|Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown, who left last week’s meeting with the St. Louis Rams after sustaining shoulder and rib injuries, could be a game-time decision against the Cardinals this Sunday, coach Mike Pettine told reporters Friday. McCown is officially listed as questionable, but according to a report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, he will play this week. Having completed 26 of 32 passes for 270 yards, McCown was replaced in Week 7 by backup Johnny Manziel after taking several hits from the Rams’ defense. If McCown is unable to go this week, Manziel would get the call. (SI)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds as though McCown will play, but how effective he will be is hard to predict. If you have another option this week, it might be a smart to leave McCown on your bench.
| AP listed as probable for Vikes|
Star RB returned to practice Friday
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 5:10 pm
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on Friday after missing the first two days this week with three minor injuries, and coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson will be ready for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. The Vikings listed Peterson as probable for Sunday. Peterson had hurt his finger this month against Kansas City, and was also listed on the injury report with hip and ankle injuries. He had a sleeve on his lower right leg during practice on Friday, but shouldn't have any problem being ready for Sunday's game. It's entirely possible the Vikings will work in some days off for Peterson through the middle of the season, to give the running back a break and help him rebound from nagging injuries. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Use Peterson as you normally would. He has a great matchup this week facing the Bears porous defense.
| Cameron Wake out for the year|
With a torn achilles
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 5:00 pm
|Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, a four-time Pro Bowler and a pace-rushing menace during his NFL career, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles, according to a source. Wake sustained the injury on a pass rush late in the third quarter of Miami’s 36-7 loss at New England on Thursday. Wake’s long-term future with the team is also in question, considering the seriousness of the injury and his age (33). It can take up to a year to return from a torn Achilles. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: This is a major hit to the Dolphins' defense. Prior to last night's affair, Wake and Ndamukong Suh were starting to show signs of being an impressive one-two punch in the pass rush. The Dolphins' defense were already a poor fantasy option, and Wake's injury makes them even worse.
| Big Ben listed as probable to play Sunday|
Star QB has been out since week 3 with a knee injury
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 4:40 pm
|Barring an unforeseen calamity, the Steelers are going to have Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback on Sunday afternoon. The team listed Roethlisberger as probable on their final injury report of the week on Friday, which all but ends any lingering suspense about the team’s plans at quarterback this weekend. Most of it had already disappeared over the course of the week as Roethlisberger practiced without any issues in his injured knee. Roethlisberger’s previous performances in his first game back from injuries isn’t great, although the team and Roethlisberger seem to have taken their time with his recovery this time around to ensure that he’s not playing at less than 100 percent. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Brown owners rejoice! Roethlisberger's return should mark an uptick in production from one of the game's top receivers, and Martavis Bryant should be more dangerous as well. The Steelers' matchup with the Bengals this week could be a shootout, so don't hesitate to throw Big Ben back into your lineup.
| Mariota out Week 8, Mettenberger to start|
Mariota could return Week 9
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 30 2015, 12:08 pm
|Titans QB Marcus Mariota out vs Texans. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This will be the second straight game that Mariota has missed. At the helm last week, Zach Mettenberger went 22-35 for 187 yards and 1 TD against the Falcons. The good news for the Titans backup QB - the Texans are giving up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and have allowed 16 TDs on the season.
| Cowboys optimistic Bryant will play|
Barring a setback
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 30 2015, 8:12 am
|The Cowboys are optimistic WR Dez Bryant will play this weekend. Source said he "should be" a go barring a setback today. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant has been out since Week 1 with a foot injury and he'll be tough to trust with Matt Cassel at quarterback but owners should be comfortable with WR2 value if he plays.
| Mariota questionable for Week 8|
Sprained MCL; missed Week 7 loss against Atlanta
By: Doug Orth | Oct 29 2015, 4:55 pm
|Marcus Mariota's status for Sunday against the Texans remains in the air.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't reveal much information Thursday on his rookie quarterback's injured knee, but did say he's improving.
Mariota, who missed last week's game versus the Falcons, participated in the open portion of practice. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Sprained MCLs typically need 2-4 weeks to recover, so the Titans could easily choose to play it safe and give Zach Mettenberger one more start. Although Mariota has been an average fantasy quarterback at best since the team's Week 4 bye, he has certainly shown the ability to be a matchup-based starter. With a plethora of soft upcoming defenses remaining on the schedule, Mariota should be considered a low-end starter for most of the second half of the season.
| Starks limited in practice on Thursday|
Lacy again not listed on injury report
By: Doug Orth | Oct 29 2015, 4:25 pm
|James Starks practiced for the first time since his hip flared up after the Oct. 18 game against the San Diego Chargers. He took part in some of the individual drills during the early portion of practice. He did not practice on Wednesday but went through a workout.
Eddie Lacy is not listed on this week’s injury report, and McCarthy said the Pro Bowl running back is “starting to get back to himself.” When asked Thursday whether Lacy’s weight is impacting his performance, McCarthy said: “I would say not.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy and Starks are expected to split the workload in the backfield for Green Bay moving forward, but that seems like a longshot considering Starks' injury history. The Packers have difficult upcoming games at Denver and Carolina over the next two weeks, but expect Lacy to start his second-half resurgence pretty soon if he is truly "starting to get back to himself".
| Dion Lewis expected to play tonight|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2015, 12:39 pm
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis (abdominal injury) is playing tonight vs. the Dolphins, source said. He sat out Sunday to get healthy. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lewis was inactive last week against the Jets - a game that saw the Patriots handoff five times to their running backs. They may display the same pass-heavy attack against the Dolphins tonight but Lewis should in a good spot to take advantage. He's on the RB2 radar.
|Joseph Randle violated personal conduct policy|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2015, 11:00 am
|Joseph Randle is facing discipline for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to multiple league sources.
But more likely, he'll be suspended, quite possibly for multiple games, for a February incident in Wichita, Kansas, where Randle was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana after police received a call about domestic violence with a weapon after an incident with Randle and the mother of his son. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The chargers were dropped but it appears the NFL thinks the incident warrants a suspension. Randle left the team facility on Wednesday for one reason or another. Right now, Darren McFadden and Christine Michael are the running backs to own in Dallas.