| Ameer Abdullah to get second opinion|
Initial reports suggest RB has sprained foot
By: Doug Orth | Sep 19 2016, 5:00 pm
|Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is scheduled to visit Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina to evaluate his left foot injury Tuesday. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The trip is likely being made in order to determine if Abdullah is dealing with a foot sprain or a Lisfranc injury. The fact he is visiting Anderson suggests he or the team thinks it could be the latter, which could sideline him for a considerable amount of time. Theo Riddick likely moves from a solid RB3 to low-end RB2 with this news, while Dwayne Washington can be expected to assume most of the early-down carries into the goal-line work he already had.
| Danny Woodhead out for year, torn ACL|
Gordon an every-week RB2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 2:25 pm
|Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has torn his ACL, source said. His MRI just came back. He's out for the season. Bad blow. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers have now lost two key pieces to their offense in back-to-back weeks. Melvin Gordon is now forced into a bigger role and should be the lead back and an every-week RB2 moving forward. Gordon had 24 carries in Week 2.
| Jonathan Stewart expected to miss 1-2 weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 12:45 pm
|Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicates Jonathan Stewart’s hamstring injury will cause the team to go with a backfield by committee, but left open the possibility of signing a free agent back if Stewart is out an extended period. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart suffered a hamstring in Week 2 and will likely miss a game or two according to head coach Ron Rivera. Fozzy Whittaker replaced Stewart and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries. Cameron Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch the last two weeks but will likely be active for Week 3 and form a committee with Whittaker.
| Garoppolo out Week 3, could return Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 9:00 am
|Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (sprained AC joint) won’t start Thursday vs. Texans. But there is hope he’s back by Week 4. Huge break for NE (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jacoby Brissett filled in for Garoppolo on Sunday and could get the start against the Texans on Thursday. Brissett went 6-9 for 92 yards against the Dolphins. Expect the Patriots to add a quarterback to the roster in the next day or two.
| Donte Moncrief to have MRI on shoulder|
Didn't play in second half
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 7:00 am
|Colts WR Donte Moncrief scheduled to undergo MRI today on his shoulder, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Moncrief went to the sidelines after taking a big hit in the second quarter. He never returned. The Colts passing game was predictably mediocre against the Broncos on Sunday. If Moncrief is out for any length of time, Phillip Dorsett would see an increase in targets.
| Demaryius will test hip in pregame warmups|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2016, 8:45 am
|Broncos operating as if Demaryius Thomas will be able to play through hip injury. But they do want to see him test it pregame to make sure. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas has a tasty matchup against the Colts depleted secondary but even if he does play his risk is off the chart. He could be limited. Of the two, Emmanuel Sanders is the better receiver play for fantasy owners.
| Rob Gronkowski to miss 2nd straight game|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2016, 8:30 am
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins because of a hamstring injury, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This is the second straight week Gronkowski has missed after injuring the hamstring Aug. 15 in a joint practice with the Chicago Bears. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk was limited in practice all week so this news isn't much of a surprise. Martellus Bennett will fill Gronk's shoes and makes for TE2 consideration.
| Jamaal Charles expected to return Week 3|
Ware and West to handle rushing duties in Week 2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2016, 8:00 am
|Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans but is expected to make his season debut in Week 3, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: When Charles returns he won't likely resume his workhorse role... at least in his first game back. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have proven to be capable replacements and have earned a role in the rotation. Expect to see a mixture of Charles and Ware in Week 3.
| Gronk to sit again?|
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2016, 12:45 pm
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Miami Dolphins. Based on what I saw in a limited peek at practice this week, my feeling is that it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronkowski remains sidelined. He is still limited. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk owners need to have Plan B in place for Sunday. The Patriots do play at 1:00 PM Eastern, so we will a firm report on his status by 11:30 AM. Martellus Bennett would get the start again if Gronk sits and be on the TE2 radar after being used mostly as a blocker in Week 1.
| Demaryius Thomas practices Fri, Questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2016, 1:30 pm
|Demaryius Thomas has been dealing with a hip injury that flared up last week, but he played through it. He saw limited work Wednesday and Thursday, working about one-third of the snaps each day. "Leading up to [the game], it's coming out of cuts and getting hit, but come game time, there's nothing to worry about then," he said Thursday. "You're either going to go out and be 100 to help the team, or you're going to be on the sideline." (DenverBroncos.com)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas is likely to play this week, but is unlikely to be 100 percent. This game sets up in favor of the Broncos rushing attack and could lead Thomas to take a back seat in the game plan. He's on the WR3 radar.
| Chris Ivory ruled out for Week 2|
Yeldon expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2016, 11:14 am
|Running back Chris Ivory also did not practice Friday and will miss his second consecutive game. Ivory was hospitalized with what the team calls a “general medical condition” several hours prior to the Packers game. Ivory was back at EverBank Field on Thursday and could return against Baltimore on Sept. 25. (Flordia Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: With Ivory out, T.J. Yeldon should once again see the majority of snaps at running back for Jacksonville. Yeldon saw 25 touches in Week 1 but was terribly inefficient in the run game (1.9 ypc). Yeldon is a solid RB2 against the Chargers who got torched by the Chiefs' running backs in Week 1.
| Demaryius Thomas still hurting|
Suffered hip injury early in Week 1 win
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2016, 11:55 pm
|Demaryius Thomas (hip) again stood on the sideline twice as long as he practiced Thursday at Broncos headquarters. The veteran wide receiver tried to shrug off the seriousness of a left hip injury. But a full week after first suffering pain, the hurt is lingering. Just like he did Wednesday, Thomas on Thursday participated in only one-third of the Broncos’ practice snaps, coach Gary Kubiak said. He has spent most of this week on the sideline.
“It’s day by day. I ain’t gonna be feeling great. But it’s getting better every day. ... Stopping out of breaks, going down field, even taking hits. With the hip, you never know,” Thomas said. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas owners need to start making other plans for Week 2, if not beyond. It is a lot to ask any player to play through a hip injury to begin with, and hip injuries are almost serious in nature. Jordan Norwood and Cody Latimer would be the receivers most likely to fill in should DT miss time, but Emmanuel Sanders and Virgil Green would be the ones to benefit most statistically from his absence.
| Sammy Watkins active for Week 2|
Earlier reports suggested team doctors may not clear him
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2016, 7:30 pm
|The Bills submitted their list of seven inactive players ahead of Thursday night’s game vs. the Jets, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins was not on it. That means Watkins is active and in the starting lineup. He had been listed as questionable due to a foot injury. A report earlier Thursday said Watkins wanted to play but said team doctors might not clear him. He’s probably still playing in pain and possibly at less than 100 percent, but he’s going to play — at least as long as he can. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: If the fact two defensive-minded teams getting together for the pass-killing spectre that is often Thursday Night Football didn't sour owners on Watkins this week, then perhaps not getting a full game out of him against a highly motivated Darrelle Revis should. This week should be all about getting him through the game without a setback. Owners deep at WR should consider benching him; those that are not should expect WR3 production.
| Steelers WR Wheaton practices|
Hopeful to play on Sunday versus Bengals
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:51 pm
|PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is optimistic his sprained shoulder will be good to go in time for Sunday's home opener against Cincinnati. Wheaton practiced Wednesday with an eye toward rejoining Pittsburgh's electric offense for an early-season showdown with the Bengals.
FFToday's Take: If Markus Wheaton does return for Week 2 it could create uncertainty in the fantasy projections for Pittsburgh's wideouts behind Antonio Brown. Prior to his shoulder injury, Wheaton was expected to contribute in 2016 as the starter opposite of Brown. Eli Rogers' will still be used out of the slot but Sammie Coates may see fewer reps against the Bengals if Wheaton is cleared for action.
| Larry Fitzgerald limited in practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:32 pm
|Fitzgerald (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. (CBSSports.com)|
FFToday's Take: Larry Fitzgerald didn't appear to have any issues following his performance against the Patriots on Sunday night. This looks like a case where the team is giving a veteran extra rest during the week.
| Demaryius Thomas hobbled at practice|
Hip could limit Denver's top receiver this weekend
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:11 pm
|Demaryius Thomas hobbled his way through a Broncos practice Wednesday at Dove Valley with limited field time. And the Broncos are trying desperately to get him square to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Denver.
The Broncos’ No. 1 wide receiver continually rapped a fist at his injured left hip during practice and, at one point, he stopped to take a knee after running a hard route. Thomas was involved for only about 33 percent of the Broncos’ practice, coach Gary Kubiak said.
FFToday's Take: Demaryius Thomas (hip) owners should be concerned considering that he is still in noticeable pain after playing on Thursday and had an MRI on Monday. Denver HC Gary Kubiak is expecting to have Thomas available Sunday, but how effective he can be remains to be seen. He hauled in four catches for 48 yards in a tough match up with the Panthers last week but may not be healthy enough to take advantage of a more favorable opponent in Week 2.
| Russell Wilson practices, on track to start|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:06 pm
|RENTON, Wash. -- Russell Wilson participated in practice Wednesday and continues to be on track to start for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams.
"His attitude is as charged-up as you can imagine, as always," coach Pete Carroll said. "But he's excited to prove that he can make it back, get back and all that. He's half-crazy about proving so it's good. His attitude's great."
FFToday's Take: This is great news for Russell Wilson's chances of playing in Week 2, albeit at less than full health. He had his ankle heavily wrapped but it didn't stop him from working with his receivers and getting through practice. If the Rams can't muster up much offense for a second straight week Wilson might not have to do too much in this contest.
|Thomas Rawls to start Week 2|
Seattle RB back in the starting lineup
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2016, 5:00 pm
|Thomas Rawls has made it all the way back.
On Wednesday Seahawks coach Pete Carroll declared Rawls the starter for the Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams. (Herald.net)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls and Christine Michael split the workload in Week 1 with Michael getting the start. This week, roles will be reversed with Rawls being the lead back of the committee. Rawls is worth a look as an RB2 against a Rams defense that gave up 88 yards and two TDs to Carlos Hyde in Week 1.
|Ray Rice on comeback trail|
Ramping up workouts
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 4:43 pm
|Rutgers product and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be on the verge of an NFL comeback and as a result is working out like a fiend.
According to TMZ Sports, Rice has been training hard in recent weeks and reports surfaced Sunday via ESPN's Adam Schefter that there is growing interest across the league in signing the 2008 second-round draft choice:
FFToday's Take: Ray Rice, now 29, still has some tread left on the tires so a return this season can't be ruled out. Prior to his embattled 2013 campaign, Rice had reeled off four straight seasons with over 1600 total yards. The former Raven comes with plenty of baggage and hasn't played in over two years so there is no guarantee that he would make a meaningful fantasy impact if he was signed during the year.
| Sammy Watkins listed as Questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2016, 1:10 pm
|Wide receiver Sammy Watkins declared he will definitely be in the lineup, but the Bills weren’t willing to go that far. They listed Watkins as questionable after he reported his surgically-repaired foot felt “tired” after the opener. There were reports that Watkins could miss extended time as a result, although the Bills and Watkins have both refuted that idea. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: In all likelihood, Watkins will play but how effective he will be remains a question mark. Watkins posted 11 catches for 136 yards in his last meeting against Darrelle Revis and the Jets.
| Rob Gronkowski back at practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2016, 1:00 pm
|Rob Gronkowski is returning to the practice field.
After missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury, the star tight end will be at practice Wednesday, NFL Network's Courtney Fallon reported. Gronk practiced in a limited capacity all last week before being ruled out for the game on Friday, as first reported by Fallon.
FFToday's Take: Gronk's week is getting off to a good start. Despite his practice status, he'll likely end up being listed Questionable at the end of the week. If he suits up on Sunday against the Dolphins, he'll be the top-ranked tight end.
| Jamaal Charles not ready for Week 2|
Spencer Ware to remain lead back, Charles "least healthy" of RBs
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 13 2016, 3:55 pm
|Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) on Twitter: "#Chiefs could give Jamaal Charles, recovering from ACL surgery, another week, per source. He's least healthy of 4 RB, esp Spencer Ware" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Uh-oh. Charles owners can't like to hear this, as the Chiefs gave no indication the stud RB would be out multiple weeks heading into most August fantasy drafts. Ware remains the best bet to flourish as an RB1, and keep some RB3/flex viability once Charles eventually returns. This is shaping up as a week-to-week monitoring issue.
|Falcons to continue RB timeshare|
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will continue to split carries
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 13 2016, 3:50 pm
|Devonta Freeman, the starter, played 36 of 65 offensive snaps while Tevin Coleman played 32. Coleman accumulated 117 total yards on his 13 touches, while Freeman had 40 yards on his 15. The Falcons hope to fix those run-game woes this week against the Oakland Raiders. Last week, the Raiders gave up 88 rushing yards on 22 attempts to Mark Ingram and the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders were 13th in the league against the run last season, surrendering 104.9 rushing yards per game.
FFToday's Take: "We know both these guys are going to be a factor,'' Quinn said. ``We just had two running backs active [Sunday], so for the whole portion of the game, both of them have done significant things really well. We’re going to utilize them both. Looks like owners will have to get used to the fact that neither will assume a Lamar Miller-type of workhorse role going forward.
| Chris Ivory still hospitalized, undergoing tests|
Jags RB status still developing
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 13 2016, 3:43 pm
|Adam Schefter (AAdamSchefter) on Twitter: "Jaguars' RB Chris Ivory remains hospitalized with what team is calling a "general medical issue." Team expects to know more in next 48 hours" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't great -- and he's still undergoing tests this afternoon. Hopefully Ivory is good to go and this isn't a serious health issue -- just a temporary football problem. For now, it means that T.J. Yeldon could pick up extra work and vault into RB1 territory for Week 2.
| Sammy Watkins likely to go Week 2|
WR thought he re-broke surgically repaired foot in Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 12 2016, 6:30 pm
|With a short week before Thursday's tilt with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was sent to get X-rays. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Watkins is playing with pain in his surgically repaired foot, had X-rays and was sent to foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson for review. Rapoport added that at one point after the Bills' 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Watkins thought he had re-broken his foot or the screw which was inserted this offseason. The star receiver didn't break the foot, but will likely have to play through pain this season. There is nothing surgically to do with the injury and the Bills don't plan to shut Watkins down. (Chris Brown on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: BuffaloBills.com reporter Chris Brown later tweeted Watkins "got his foot checked out and it's fine". The Bills have a Thursday game against the Jets this week, so at least owners won't have to guess in regards to whether he will play or not. Assuming he can go, he should be in fantasy lineups. Watkins torched Darrelle Revis in Week 17 last season and A.J. Green did likewise in Week 1.
| Keenan Allen out for season|
Suffered torn ACL, minor cartilage damage in Week 1 loss
By: Doug Orth | Sep 12 2016, 6:10 pm
|Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed that receiver Keenan Allen suffered an ACL tear in his right knee and is done for the year after the team received results from an MRI on Monday.
The Chargers will place Allen on injured reserve, and use his vacant roster spot to activate rookie defensive end Joey Bosa from the exempt list.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Allen also suffered some minor cartilage damage in addition to the ACL tear. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Less than one year after suffering a lacerated kidney, Allen is getting hit with another major injury. While Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead should be locked into their respective TE1 and high-end RB2 designations in PPR leagues with the likely bump in volume they are about to receive, San Diego will also expand Travis Benjamin's role. The Chargers also love Tyrell Williams, and he could be the one that ends up replacing Allen as a starter. Williams is worth a speculative add in all leagues.
| RGII out at least 8 weeks, shoulder injury|
No surgery required at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2016, 3:00 pm
|Robert Griffin III is out at least 8 games with a broken bone in his left shoulder suffered during Sunday's 29-10 loss to the Eagles, the Browns announced Monday. No surgery is required at this time, but he suffered a fractured coracoid bone. It will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Josh McCown will start Week 2 against Baltimore. Griffin went 12-26 for 190 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT against the Eagles in Week 1. As expected the Browns struggled on offense as they attempt re-tool the franchise. Much like Griffin, McCown is nothing more than a QB2 moving forward.
| Eagles could be without Zach Ertz in Week 2|
Displaced rib under his collarbone
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2016, 12:19 pm
|Tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Leodis McKelvin both suffered injuries in the Eagles' 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns that could keep them out of the team's Monday night game against the Chicago Bears.
Ertz suffered what head coach Doug Pederson called "a displaced rib under his collarbone". McKelvin has a strained hamstring. Pederson said both players were "week to week." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ertz owners need to be making other plans at tight end for Week 2. Brent Celek and Trey Burton are next up on the depth chart.
| Bills don't plan on shutting Watkins down|
Will have to deal with foot pain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 12 2016, 10:15 am
|Bills WR Sammy Watkins will likely have to play through pain this year. Nothing surgically to do. Bills don’t plan on shutting him down. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins is reportedly dealing with pain in his surgically repaired foot but treatment options are limited. X-rays taken yesterday came back negative. He'll likely have to gut it out on Sunday's. The Bills passing game was stagnant against the Ravens and will need Watkins to be a prominent fixture if they are going to succeed.
| RB Chris Ivory inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2016, 11:30 am
|Jaguars inactives: Chris Ivory, Allen, Johnson, Reed, Walters, Alualu and C. Smith. ... House starts at LCB. (Ryan O\'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ivory was dealing with a calf injury but is reportedly missing this game with an illness. T.J. Yeldon gets a slight value bump with Ivory out and should see the majority of the work in the Jags backfield against the Packers.
|Justin Forsett expected to start|
Terrance West in early and often
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2016, 11:25 am
|Justin Forsett says he'll start. However, Terrance West should be in game early and often. Each will get opp early and Ravens will stay w/hot hand (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: West may be get the start but this RBBC is a situation to avoid for fantasy owners. Javorius Allen should be in the mix as well on third-downs.
| DeVante Parker unlikely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2016, 3:54 am
|Dolphins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker is unlikely to play today vs Seahawks due to hamstring injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Parker got some late-week practice time in, but was limited and is likely going to sit this week. Expect Kenny Stills to get the start opposite Jarvis Landry in a bad matchup against the Seahawks. WR3 value is the ceiling for Stills.
| Markus Wheaton ruled out for Week 1|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2016, 12:30 pm
|Steelers will be without WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) Monday vs. Redskins. He did not practice today and was declared out for the game. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wheaton missed practice this week and it remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Week 2. In the meantime, Sammie Coates should see increased playing time along with Darrius Heyward Bey. Eli Rogers will man the slot position. Expect Josh Norman to shadow Antonio Brown most of the evening.
|Christine Michael to start; Rawls, Graham to play|
Michael carries RB1 upside in Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 8:15 pm
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects tight end Jimmy Graham to play on Sunday against the Dolphins. He also expects running back Thomas Rawls to play, but Christine Michael will get the start. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls barely participated in pre-season games and will apparently be eased into the season while Michael gets the start. Michael has RB1 value this week against the Dolphins. It remains to be seen how much Graham (knee) will play. His questionable usages makes him a TE2.
| Rob Gronkowski out Week 1|
Didn't make the trip to Arizona
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 8:00 pm
|The Patriots announced Friday that tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday night, along with offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and Nate Solder.
Gronk was limited in practice all week after injuring his hamstring a fortnight ago. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk's pre-season hamstring injury is going to cost him at least Week 1. His absence means TE Martellus Bennett should see a slight increase in usage along with WR Julian Edelman. Jimmy Garoppolo will have his hands full with the Arizona defense on the road and without his best receiving threat.
|Jay Ajayi out Wk 1, didn't make trip to Seattle|
Upset after losing starting RB job to Foster
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 3:30 pm
|Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was left in Miami and will not play in Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The decision was made by first-year head coach Adam Gase, who is getting set to make his NFL coaching debut. A Dolphins player said earlier this week that Ajayi, who lost the No. 1 running back job to Arian Foster, was upset over demotion.
“If you let it get the best of you, it shows,” the player said. “Let’s see what you’re made of.”
FFToday's Take: Ajayi fantasy prospects have taken a nosedive ever since Foster was signed this off-season. It' likely he'll right the ship at some point and resume his role as the No.2 running back on the depth chart but for now he's a deep stash on your bench. Foster has a difficult matchup in what likely will be a bad game script but is worth RB2 consideration.
| Ivory Questionable, expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 11:36 am
|Running back Chris Ivory, who has a calf injury, and defensive end Jared Odrick, who went into the concussion protocol after getting hit in the jaw earlier this week, have both been listed as questionable. Coach Gus Bradley suggested both players could have been listed as probable last year, however. Bradley added that Ivory’s calf issue is unlikely to alter the rotation in the backfield with T.J. Yeldon against the Packers. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners need to get used to the new rules regarding the injury report. The "Probable" designation has been kicked to the curb. Many "Questionable" players will likely suit up on Sunday's. Ivory should be splitting work with Yeldon in Week 1.
|Hot hand approach for Freeman and Coleman?|
OC Shanahan: "Go with the guy who's hot"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 9 2016, 9:45 am
|Shanahan did, however, leave open the possibility of more than just a cameo appearance for Coleman as Freeman's backup.
"Go with the guy who's hot; keep them both fresh," Shanahan said. "I don't worry about that stuff too much. I love both those backs. There's really no difference to me which one is in the game, so it's a good problem to have. Whoever's rolling with it, you stick with him. When they need a break, the other guy comes in. You try to keep them both fresh to see how it pans out at the end of the game."
FFToday's Take: Interesting quote from Shanahan although it's still likely that Devonta Freeman will be getting the first chance get the hot hand. Keep in mind, Tevin Coleman earned the starting job last pre-season but injuries cost him his seat as the lead back. The Freeman / Coleman workload will be watched closely in Week 1.
| Wilson: Jimmy Graham has been "lights out"|
TE on track to play Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:45 pm
|Russell Wilson said he and TE Jimmy Graham have been "lights out" together in practice. Thrown a ton of balls to him, lots of meetings also. (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's usually something very wrong when players and coaches are overly optimistic or hyping up their teammates, so we take this report worth a grain of salt until we see actual proof. As fans and former owners of Victor Cruz, Cadillac Williams and others can attest, it is very difficult to ever make it back from a torn patellar tendon. He should be treated as a TE2, one with a high chance of being limited or missing games all season long.
| Gronk's Week 1 status in some doubt|
Decision reportedly to come down to coaches and medical staff
By: Doug Orth | Sep 8 2016, 8:30 pm
|Rob Gronkowski's injured hamstring is serious enough that he wouldn't guarantee that he will play in Sunday night's season-opening game against the Arizona Cardinals. "Yeah, it boils to a coaching decision, the medical team, and myself. We'll all get together and collaborate and see where I'm at," Gronkowski said Thursday. Gronkowski has been a limited participant in practice this week and when asked if he was 100 percent, he answered, "No, I'm not. Since that one time during practices versus the Bears [Aug. 15], I've just been week-to-week with a little hammy thing. So it's just been week-to-week, day-by-day, but I'm feeling good." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Considering this is the Patriots, it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronk lights up the Cardinals on Sunday night. To that end, two sources have already suggested he'll play "barring an unexpected setback". With that said, owners need to prepare themselves for the possibility he won't suit up. Martellus Bennett would go from low-end TE1 to a midrange one in such a case, while James White and Julian Edelman could be in line for more work in the passing game.