|Wes Welker agrees to terms with Rams|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 9 2015, 6:30 pm
|Wes Welker is back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the former Patriots and Broncos wideout signed a deal with the St. Louis Rams, per a source informed of the team's plans. Coach Jeff Fisher later confirmed the addition during a meeting with reporters.
Welker's one-year deal allows him to earn, along with his base salary, up to $700K in incentives, based on playing time and catches, Rapoport added. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Welker's workout on Monday came on the heels of the Rams learning that receiver Stedman Bailey will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Outside of Tavon Austin, no St. Louis receiver has more than 20 receptions, so the oft-concussed receiver will have an opportunity to contribute pretty quickly. It's an obvious low-risk, medium-upside move for an offense that needs more playmakers in the passing game.
| HC: Bridgewater should be good to go in Week 10|
Suffered concussion on Sunday versus Rams
By: Doug Orth | Nov 9 2015, 4:55 pm
|Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said he thinks Teddy Bridgewater should be "good to go.'' Sunday at Oakland. Has passed first test (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's obviously a good sign for a player that was knocked unconscious for a short time on Sunday. However, owners would be wise to treat this news as a cautious thumbs-up since we have seen symptoms flare up later in the week on players that have suffered concussions before. Bridgewater would be a low-end fantasy starter for this game anyway, but Stefon Diggs is probably the player with the most to lose statistically. Shaun Hill would draw the start if Bridgewater cannot go.
| Forte in "great doubt" for Week 10|
Already ruled out for Week 9; Jeremy Langford expected to start
By: Doug Orth | Nov 9 2015, 4:40 pm
|Bears RB Matt Forte on Saturday was ruled out of Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. And his availability for the Week 10 road game against the St. Louis Rams is in great doubt, as well. Forte's streak of 52 consecutive starts will end Monday because of the sprained MCL he suffered in his right knee against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 1.
Forte had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right knee during the week in order to facilitate healing. He is not traveling with the Bears to San Diego in order to avoid swelling that can occur due to air travel. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It is never a good sign for a player to be considered doubtful a full week before the team's next game, but Forte's injury was expected to sideline him for at least two weeks anyway. Rookie Jeremy Langford is expected to see the lion's share of the work in his absence while Ka'Deem Carey and Antone Smith back him up.
| Pats' Dion Lewis out for the year with ACL injury|
RB injured in Week 9
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2015, 1:40 pm
|Tough news out of Foxborough: Patriots RB Dion Lewis out for the season with torn ACL per team source. (Jim McBride on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lewis is was a key cog in the Patriots offensive machine and will be missed. Brandon Bolden and James White are available to soak up the passing game role out of the backfield while LeGarrette Blount remains the between the tackles runner.
| Fitzpatrick contemplating surgery on thumb|
Jets QB could still play while thumb heals
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2015, 8:00 am
|If Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick decides to have surgery on his left thumb before the end of the season—and he's considering it—he may not have to miss any games, according to a surgeon who specializes in treating hand and elbow injuries. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick is considering surgery this Friday (the Jets play Thursday night) but might still be a able to play the rest of the season wearing a protective glove. The injury is on his non-throwing hand and recovery time is said to be at least eight weeks.
| T.Y. Hilton not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2015, 11:10 am
|Colts WR T.Y. Hilton, questionable with foot injury and said to be a game-time decision, is not expected to play today vs. Denver, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts and Broncos play a late-afternoon game so check the Inactives to confirm but it sounds like Luck will be without one of his best weapons against the stout Broncos defense. Hilton did not practice this week. Expect Donte Moncrief and Andre Johnson to be the starting WRs. Temper your fantasy expectations for all Colts players.
| ASJ unlikely to play for Bucs|
Bucs TE will be tested in pregame warmup
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2015, 7:10 am
|Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, listed as Q for today vs. Giants, unlikely to play, though coaches want to test him pregame, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bucs tight end has missed six games with a shoulder injury but got in some limited practices this week. Mike Evans will once again be the main target for Jameis Winston is ASJ sis.
| DeSean Jackson expected to play|
Hasn't played since Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2015, 7:00 am
|Listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is expected to play today vs. Patriots, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson got in some limited work in practice this week and is listed as questionable making him a risky start but a player with upside against the Patriots. Jackson hasn't played since Week 1 due to a hamstring injury.
|Percy Harvin placed on Injured Reserve|
Season over for Bills wideout
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2015, 9:45 am
|The Bills officially placed Percy Harvin on Injured Reserve, ending his season with them. They activate Leodis McKelvin. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Harvin has been battling knee and hip injuries and reportedly was away from the team for personal reasons. The Bills will reportedly owe him the balance of his $6 million salary, which includes a $3 million signing bonus.
|Antonio Andrews tabbed as Titans' workhorse RB|
Sankey and McCluster relegated to backup roles
By: John Canario | Nov 6 2015, 10:05 pm
|Tennessee Titans interim head coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday the team will be giving the bulk of carries at running back to second-year player Antonio Andrews, beginning with Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. The decision to identify Andrews as the starter differs from the "running back by committee' approach the team took under former head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Andrews, Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster have all seen time as Tennessee's main back this season. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Andrews is available on most waiver wires, and while the Titans' running game has been anemic thus far, the second-year RB is likely to get 15 carries this week against a porous Saints' defense.
|Vernon Davis will suit up for Broncos Sunday|
TE is still learning new playbook
By: John Canario | Nov 6 2015, 10:00 pm
|The newest Bronco will play Sunday, and likely go up against his brother.
Tight end Vernon Davis, who was acquired via trade, is still learning the Broncos' playbook but knows enough, Kubiak said, to warrant being active and getting time against the Colts. "I feel very good about the things that we've asked him to do this week," Kubiak said. "Hopefully he'll be a big part and help us out." Davis is the brother of Colts cornerback Vontae Davis. (http://www.denverpost.com/bronco)|
FFToday's Take: Davis owners likely want to slot the former standout tight end into their lineups right away, but it might take the recently acquired veteran a couple games before he finally finds his footing with his new team.
| Carlos Hyde ruled out Sunday|
RB is recovering from stress fracture in his foot
By: John Canario | Nov 6 2015, 9:50 pm
|San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced. Hyde has been dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot and did not practice all week. He missed last weekend's 27-6 loss against the St. Louis Rams. The second-year pro out of Ohio State ranks 15th in the NFL in rushing yards this season, with 470. (SI)|
FFToday's Take: With Hyde ruled out, Reggie Bush injured, and Colin Kaepernick relegated to a backup role, there are no 49ers' offensive players worth starting this week. Who receives the most touches out of San Francisco's backfield this week is anybody's guess, but it'll probably be a mix of Kendall Gaskins, Shaun Draughn, and possibly even Jarryd Hayne.
| Hilton to be a game time decision|
Colts WR missed practice all week and was seen in a walking boot
By: John Canario | Nov 6 2015, 9:35 pm
|Andrew Luck could be without his top receiving threat when he faces the NFL's No. 1 defense on Sunday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported on NFL HQ Friday morning that wideout T.Y. Hilton will be a game-time decision Sunday ahead of the Colts' clash with the Denver Broncos, per a source informed of the situation. Hilton was officially listed as questionable on Friday. It hasn't looked good for Hilton's availability after the wideout missed three straight days of practice and was seen in a boot on Thursday as he deals with a foot sprain. There was no sign of Hilton at the start of Friday's practice, which isn't a good sign for the wideout's progress. The Colts' top pass-catcher has 38 receptions on 81 targets this season, compiling 621 yards and three touchdowns. He is catching just 46.9 percent of his targets this season after snagging 61.0 percent in 2014. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton owners should ensure they have a backup plan this week. Even if he does play, he has a tough matchup in the Broncos' stifling defense.
| Kaepernick not pleased with demotion|
Gabbert set to start for 49ers
By: John Canario | Nov 6 2015, 9:30 pm
|Speaking publicly for the first time since being benched by the San Francisco 49ers, a somewhat defiant Colin Kaepernick did not agree with the team's decision to go with Blaine Gabbert as its starter, but the fifth-year quarterback said he was not going to complain. Kaepernick did, however, take issue with some of the ways he has been characterized by coach Jim Tomsula and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst. When asked if he agreed with Tomsula's assessment that Kaepernick needed to "step back and breathe," Kaepernick said, "I'm not out of breath, so I don't understand that reference." "I don't believe in pressure," he said. "Pressure is not being prepared for what you want to do. To me, I've played full seasons and had success. Mentally, I've been through it before. I'm not incapable of going through this." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Kaepernick can disagree with the demotion all he wants - the fact is that he just wasn't getting it done. That said, Blaine Gabbert is unlikely to be an improvement. Steer clear of all 49ers players this week for fantasy purposes.
| 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.