| Boldin a likely game-time decision for TNF|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 22 2015, 4:40 pm
|WR Anquan Boldin is battling a hamstring injury, and will work out pregame to gauge his status. But he’s pushing hard to play. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Boldin is coming off back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, but faces extreme odds in making it three in a row. First and foremonst, the 35-year-old totaled five catches for 41 scoreless yards in two games against Seattle last season. It seems unlikely that Boldin will fare much better this time around with a balky hamstring that he could potentially aggravate on a short week. Even if he does suit up, it is probably for the best that owners put him on the bench this week.
| Carlos Hyde expected to play Thursday night|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2015, 9:45 am
|49ers RB Carlos Hyde (foot) is good to go for tonight vs. Seahawks, despite being listed as questionable. That helps. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hyde has been expected to play all week but the confirmation is nice. The Seahawks are giving up the fourth fewest fantasy points to runnings backs making Hyde and risky play in Week 7.
| Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins out for Week 7|
EJ Manuel makes second straight start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2015, 9:30 am
|For the second straight week, EJ Manuel will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Tyrod Taylor's knee has not healed as quickly as the team had hoped, so the 2013 first-round pick gets the nod. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor was not stepping into his throws according to Rex Ryan so it's another start for Manuel who went 28 of 42 for 263 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT against the Bengals last week. With Watkins out, Chris Hogan and Robert Woods will be the top two wide receivers. TE Charles Clay should see plenty of targets as well.
| QB Marcus Mariota to play Week 7?|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 21 2015, 5:30 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota did not practice Wednesday, giving the sprained MCL in his left knee a day of rest. The rookie was not wearing any protective gear on his injured leg as he talked about playing Sunday. No brace, not even a wrap for any support. Mariota said he would wear a brace if he must. He also said his chances of playing against the Atlanta Falcons are pretty good, and he's keeping up with treatment and preparing as if he will start his sixth NFL game.
FFToday's Take: It looks like the Titans and Marcus Mariota escaped serious injury but he will still need to get back onto the practice field before the end of the week before being cleared to play. The rookie signal caller has thrown five interceptions over his last three games against only three touchdowns.
| Jags TE Julius Thomas practices in full|
Yeldon and Hurns miss practice
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 21 2015, 4:08 pm
|Running back T.J. Yeldon did not practice Wednesday as the Jaguars begin preparing for Sunday's game against Buffalo in London's Wembley Stadium. Strong safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf) also did not practice, as well as receiver Allen Hurns (thigh), receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring), free safety James Sample (shoulder) and defensive end Chris Clemons (rest). Receiver Allen Robinson (lower leg contusion) practiced Wednesday in limited fashion. Tight end Julius Thomas (rib contusion) was a full participant. (Jacksonville.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jacksonville's offense is a little banged up heading into Week 7. The status of both starting receivers is up in the air. Coming off a twelve-target game in Week 6, Bryan Walters would be a flex option in deeper leagues if Allen Robinson or Allen Hurns is unable to suit up against the Bills. The rib injury Julius Thomas sustained a week ago is a non-issue for fantasy owners. He should be in line for an increased role in the passing game and is a must start for Week 7. Meanwhile, rookie RB T.Y. Yeldon is likely going to miss his second week with a groin injury. Unfortunately, Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson do not offer much fantasy upside as long as they are splitting the workload.
| TE Jordan Reed intends to play this week|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 21 2015, 4:05 pm
|Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who has missed the past two games with a concussion, said Wednesday that he fully intends to play Sunday against Tampa Bay. Both Reed and left tackle Trent Williams, who’s also recovering from a concussion, took limited part in Wednesday’s practice at Redskins Park. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Despite his enthusiasm, Jordan Reed has not been cleared for contact drills yet so stay tuned for more updates as he progresses through the week.
| Jeremy Maclin misses practice Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 21 2015, 3:41 pm
|Jeremy Maclin missed practice Wednesday due to a concussion, the Kansas City Chiefs announced. Maclin exited the Chiefs' Week 6 loss versus the Vikings after suffering the blow in the fourth quarter. He did not return. The receiver needs to pass concussion protocol this week to be eligible to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
FFToday's Take: Taking Maclin out of a passing offense that is already limited on potential would spell doom for fantasy owners. Albert Wilson and Chris Conley would take on larger roles alongside TE Travis Kelce in the passing attack if Maclin sits.
| Brandon LaFell returns to practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 21 2015, 12:54 pm
|FOXBORO, Mass. — Brandon LaFell’s 21-day window to come off the PUP list began Wednesday. The New England Patriots wide receiver returned to practice after beginning the season on PUP with a foot injury. LaFell must be activated to the 53-man roster before playing in a game.
FFToday's Take: Tom Brady may be getting another target back in the fold as Brandon LaFell inches closer to making his season debut. The team has three weeks to activate him from the PUP list and all indications point to that happening sooner than later. Snatch him up in all formats where he is available.
| Karlos Williams, Harvin don't travel to London|
Expected to miss Week 7
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 21 2015, 9:15 am
|Not making the trip overseas for the Buffalo Bills this week were running back Karlos Williams (concussion), right tackle Seantrel Henderson (concussion), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) and the final player Rex Ryan mentioned raised eyebrows in this greenhouse of a media room here at the team's United Kingdom practice facility.
"Percy Harvin has a non-injury related (issue)," Ryan said. "He's excused for personal reasons. But all those players we don't anticipate being available for this week." (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills will be without Williams, Harvin and likely Sammy Watkins who is nursing an ankle injury. Chris Hogan and Robert Woods will likely be starting at wide receiver when the Bills take on the Jags in London in Week 7. Both are uninspiring fantasy options.
| DeSean Jackson not expected to play Wk 7|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 21 2015, 9:05 am
|Redskins sources: WR DeSean Jackson is not expected to play Sunday against Tampa with a lingering hamstring injury. (Britt McHenry on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson suffered a setback in practice last week and hasn't seen the field since Week 1. Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder will continue to be the top wideouts for Kirk Cousins.
|Victor Cruz: No more pain in calf|
Giants offense anxious to get veteran WR back in action
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 20 2015, 11:30 am
|Art Stapleton described the situation thusly on Twitter: "Guarded optimism from #Giants on progress for Victor Cruz, per source. No pain in calf. MRI Wednesday. Could gain clearance to run, practice" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is great news for Cruz owners who've been hanging onto the onetime fantasy stud WR. Cruz may not be the player he once was, but his explosiveness could serve as a perfect complement to the athletic prowess of No. 1 WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and take some heat off the superstar.
| Tyrod Taylor "optimistic" he'll play Sunday|
Bills starting QB may offer best bet in London vs. Jags
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 20 2015, 11:25 am
|Vic Carucci on Twitter: "Tyrod Taylor says he's feeling good & optimistic about playing Sunday. Says he has no limitations from knee injury." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sprained MCLs can be tough to define and set a timetable for. Taylor said he expects to practice on Wednesday and listed as a limited participant in practice all last week. While there were some rumblings he'd be active as an emergency quarterback against the Bengals, he wasn't. Both signs indicate Taylor could be ready in time to face the Jaguars, but he is questionable at best. Taylor's status will be updated throughout the week.
| No setbacks for Odell Beckham, Jr. in loss|
Giants WR's hamstring injury seems to be improving
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 20 2015, 11:20 am
|According to the Newark Star-Ledger: "Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. appeared fast and quick in the first half. There was nary a sign that he was a player who hadn't practiced most of the week and was dealing with a hamstring injury." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Beckham admittedly wasn't 100 percent during the game against the Eagles, but he didn't take any steps back, and that's a step forward in a situation where the Giants' offense desperately needs an identity and some consistency from its WRs.
| Dez Bryant will test foot this week|
Jerry Jones says WR has a shot to play vs. Giants
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 20 2015, 11:15 am
|NFL reporter Charean Williams on Twitter: "Jerry Jones says on @1053thefan that Dez Bryant has a chance to play this week. They will see if he's comfortable making his cuts Wed and Thurs." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's good news that he's giving it a shot in practice, but we suspect there's no way that Dez is ready to play at 100 percent.
| HC: Lacy "a little banged up"|
James Starks out-snapped Lacy 30-21 in Week 6
By: Doug Orth | Oct 19 2015, 5:20 pm
|Though Mike McCarthy did not expand on what exactly is bothering Eddie Lacy, it's possible the right ankle of his franchise running back is more problematic than the team has let on. The ankle appeared to be progressing well as recently as this week, when Lacy practiced with a normal tape job for the first time. Gone was the bulky, over-the-shoe taping known as "spatting," which he wore the last three games and provides extra support for the ankle. Lacy expressed optimism about possibly playing without it against the Chargers.
"We're a one-two punch team," McCarthy said. "It's really no different than the way we operate. We went with James first just because he's been playing extremely well, and Eddie has been a little banged up." (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: The CBS announcers said during the course of the Chargers-Packers game that McCarthy mentioned he wanted to get James Starks a little bit more involved, although no one could have foreseen him getting the start on Sunday. Starks was averaging 3.3 YPC prior to his Week 6 outburst, so this likely has more to do with McCarthy's belief that Lacy isn't 100 percent that it does with Starks "playing extemely well". Hopefully, Lacy will heal up during the team's Week 7 bye.
| Allen's hip injury not believed to be serious|
Posted 14 catches through the first two-plus quarters of Week 6
By: Doug Orth | Oct 19 2015, 5:00 pm
|Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered hip flexor injury Sunday that'll be tested today, per source. Allen does not believe injury to be serious.
(Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Allen leads the NFL with 53 catches on the season and has been an incredible value for his owners thus far. If he is able to make it back in time for next week's game, he and Antonio Gates could have another field day at home against Oakland.
| Emmanuel Sanders suffers shoulder injury|
AC joint sprain; timetable for return unknown
By: Doug Orth | Oct 19 2015, 4:50 pm
|After Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders made a catch that was deemed to be not a catch at the end of regulation in Cleveland, he came up holding his arm in a way that suggested a shoulder or collarbone injury.
Per a league source, it’s an AC joint sprain for Sanders.
It’s currently not clear whether Sanders will miss any time. Fortunately for the Broncos, the bye week is next. In two weeks, they’ll play the Packers on Sunday Night Football. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: HC Gary Kubiak told reporters "expectations are that he's going to be OK". Denver will benefit from a well-timed bye in Week 7 before hosting Green Bay in two weeks. In the unlikely event he cannot play in that game, Andre Caldwell and Bennie Fowler might be the two receivers that receive most of the snaps in his absence.
| Mariota diagnosed with sprained MCL|
Likely will cost rookie multiple weeks
By: Doug Orth | Oct 19 2015, 4:40 pm
|Ken Whisenhunt: Marcus Mariota had MRI and he has a sprained MCL. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The No. 2 overall pick did not miss a snap until he was pulled late in blowout loss to the Dolphins after Miami DL Olivier Vernon went low on him on a first-half hit. Since MCL sprains are typically multi-week injuries, Zach Mettenberger figures to get a start next week at home against Atlanta and possibly in Week 8 at Houston.
| Odell Beckham Jr. expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2015, 11:28 am
|Despite a hamstring injury that kept Odell Beckham Jr. out of practice most of the week, the star wide receiver is expected to play against the Eagles barring a pregame setback, two individuals with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media. Beckham is officially listed as questionable for the contest. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: OBJ has missed practice the entire week but Tom Coughlin had previously stated that Beckham didn't need to practice in order to play in the game. It's good news for Beckham owners but he will be at risk for re-injury during the game.
| Sammy Watkins not likely to play Week 7|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2015, 10:00 am
|Source confirms that Kyle Williams will not play Sunday. And, also, Sammy Watkins is "doubtful" to play this Sunday against the Jags. Bills (Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins caught a second quarter touchdown then had to be assisted off the field. He's missed the last two weeks with a calf injury and seems unlikely to play this week in London against the Jaguars. With Percy Harvin (hip) likely out as well, The passing game should continue to funnel through TE Charles Clay.
| Keenan Allen sits 4th qtr with hip flexor|
Injury doesn't appear serious
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2015, 9:49 am
|Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered hip flexor injury Sunday that'll be tested today, per source. Allen does not believe injury to be serious. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Allen might have had 20 catches yesterday with Philip Rivers throwing 65 times on his way to 503 yards and two touchdowns. As it was, Allen caught 14 passes for 157 yards and didn't play in the fourth quarter. The Chargers are struggling to run the ball with rookie Melvin Gordon, making Rivers and his receiving options high value fantasy plays on a weekly basis.
| Looking good for Alshon Jeffery, Marty Bennett|
Both expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2015, 7:20 am
|Two big-time playmakers — Bears WR Alshon Jeffery & Bills RB LeSean McCoy — are slated to return to play after missing several games (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bears have been tight lipped about Jeffery's status this week but he's expected to play along with Martellus Bennett (quad) giving Cutler two big weapons in the passing game. The Lions are beatable through the air making both players recommended options in Week 6.
| Steve Smith expected to play with back injury|
Ravens expect the return of their No.1 receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2015, 7:15 am
|Ravens WR Steve Smith, listed as questionable with back injury, is expected to play today vs 49ers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens No.1 wide receiver told reporters earlier in the week that he didn't think he would play but it appears he's changed his tune. It will be hard to trust a player who was so questionable about his status but owners desperate for help at WR can use Smith in decent matchup against the 49ers.
| Dion Lewis expected to play, test in pregame|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2015, 7:00 am
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis plans to play with abdomen injury that has him listed as questionable, but they want to test it pregame to make sure. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Another report from the Boston Herald suggested that Lewis would be "good to go" and hasn't had any setbacks since originally suffering the injury on Thursday. The Patriots play Sunday night and we won't know for sure if Lewis will be active until later in the day but it sounds like you pencil him in your lineup as long as you have an option for a late swap.
| Jeffery and Royal listed as questionable|
Marquess Wilson likely to see increased targets
By: John Canario | Oct 16 2015, 6:20 pm
|The Chicago Bears are listing wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal as questionable for their Week 6 matchup with the Detroit Lions. Jeffery hasn’t played since Week 1 after tweaking his hamstring in practice following the team’s season-opening loss to the Packers. He told reporters Thursday that the injury felt “a lot better than last week.” Royal (ankle) practiced on Thursday for the first time since playing against the Raiders on Oct. 4, and his Week 6 outlook is also looking brighter than last week. Wideout Marquess Wilson has seen an increased amount of targets in their absence. (SI.com)|
FFToday's Take: Wilson has emerged as a legitimate fantasy option posting a total of 165 receiving yards and one touchdown on 12 receptions over the past two weeks. He's poised for another productive week if Jeffery sits out.
| Forsett remains a game-time decision|
RB bothered by a sore ankle
By: John Canario | Oct 16 2015, 6:00 pm
|The Ravens might be without two of their opening day running backs on Sunday. Starting back Justin Forsett returned to practice Friday, but remains a "game-time decision" with an ankle injury, coach John Harbaugh told the media. This news comes just two days after Baltimore placed backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) on season-ending injured reserve and promoted rookie back Javorius Allen. After a slow start, Forsett has started to heat up for the struggling Ravens. Against two division rivals, Forsett ran for 150 and 121 yards in consecutive weeks, averaging at least 5.6 yards per carry in each game. While Allen gashed the Browns last week for a career-high 58 yards on just eight rushes, he has yet to start a game in the NFL and has never rushed for more than nine times in a game. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Forsett owners would be wise to have Javorius Allen ready to go on Sunday should the veteran back sit out of the Ravens's tilt with the woeful San Francisco 49ers.
|Cobb frustrated by double coverage|
WR on pace for nearly 300 fewer receiving yards than last season
By: John Canario | Oct 16 2015, 5:55 pm
|There are several ways to beat the frequent double coverage that Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb has faced almost every week this season, but it's not about rewriting the playbook. Over the 35 years in which passing has been an obsession in the NFL, the best solution always has been to make the opponent pay somewhere else. After receiver Davante Adams suffered a serious ankle sprain that has limited him to about a half of football over the past four games, the Packers became more susceptible to double coverage. The San Francisco 49ers gave Cobb a heavy dose of it two weeks ago and the St. Louis Rams continued it Sunday. Over the past two weeks, the Packers offense has scored 34 points and Cobb has been held to eight catches for 67 yards. "It's definitely frustrating," Cobb said. "But it's part of the game, it happens. I'm sure Jordy felt like this at times last year. But the more guys make plays around us, the harder it will be for teams to do that. That's why we need everybody making plays." (Milwaukee )|
FFToday's Take: From a fantasy perspective, Cobb has been hit the hardest by Jordy Nelson's absence this season, but that's no reason to sell low on Cobb. Davante Adams - who Aaron Rodgers recently referred to as a "Pro Bowl-caliber" receiver - will be back either this week or following the Packers' bye week in two weeks, and should command more respect from opposing secondaries than James Jones has.
| HC: Foster nearing full-strength|
RB continues to make strides following groin surgery
By: John Canario | Oct 16 2015, 5:30 pm
|Texans Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has been involved in an accelerated build-up mode ever since making his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons. Foster’s surgeon, Dr. William Meyers, advised Foster that his groin would improve through play. “Yeah, I knew what he meant because it’s hard to trust it,” Foster said. “You can sprint as fast as you think you want to go in practice or in training or whatever, but there’s nothing like replicating a game feel. It’s just about getting out there and trusting it and trusting your rehab process.” The Texans have rushed for 96.2 yards per game, ranking 20th in the league. “We have not been efficient,” Foster said. “I know things can change.” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Foster has displayed signs of progress. “He’s had a good week,” O’Brien said. “It looks like he’s getting back to full strength.” (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Once a weekly must-start, Foster presents some interesting decisions for those with other options at RB. While he has been a factor in the Texans' passing game, he hasn't yet shown the same elusiveness running the ball as we've come to expect from the 29-year-old. He gets a favorable matchup against a Jaguars' defense this weekend.
| Big Ben ruled out Sunday|
Vick to remain under center
By: John Canario | Oct 16 2015, 5:20 pm
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger indicated this week that he was feeling good enough that he might just be ready to return. But it will be at least another week. Roethlisberger has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. That’s no surprise, as Roethlisberger was expected to miss four to six weeks and has so far only missed two weeks. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Brown owners felt a sudden jolt of excitement when Big Ben took the practice field Wednesday, but alas it'll be at least another week before they can expect a bump in production from the elite receiver.
| Martellus Bennett questionable, quad injury|
Did not practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2015, 12:55 pm
|John Fox tells us TE Martellus Bennett suffered a quad injury sometime yesterday and is questionable to face Lions. Bennett DNP on Friday. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The injuries are piling up in Week 6. With Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (ankle) also questionable, the Bears could be without their top three receiving options. Make sure you check in the inactive list Sunday morning on all three of these players.
| Steve Smith not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2015, 12:45 pm
|Despite practicing, Steve Smith doesn’t expect to play this week. “To be honest, my expectation of playing is very low,” Smith said, via the team’s official Twitter account. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Smith has been limited in practice this week. If he does sit, Kamar Aiken will likely be the most targeted receiver for Flacco, holding WR3 value.
| LeSean McCoy probable, Taylor questionable|
Workload for McCoy unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2015, 12:01 pm
|LeSean McCoy: "I just want to go out there and see what I can do. ... I look forward to playing." Says they'll talk tomorrow about workload. (Mike Rodak on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy was able to practice on a limited basis this week. With the team missing Karlos Williams (concussion) and Anthony Dixon being a less than desirable option, McCoy is going to give it a go. It's going to be hard for fantasy owners to trust him as a RB2 and his risk for re-injury is high. Tyrod Taylor will likely be inactive this week. Expect EJ Manuel to start at quarterback.
| OBJ misses practice Friday, gametime decision|
Giants vs. Eagles Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2015, 11:45 am
|If Odell Beckham Jr. is unable to practice at all, does that preclude him from playing Monday night? Said Coughlin: "Does it preclude? No." (Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Beckham tweaked his hamstring in Week 5 and has yet to practice this week. With the Giants playing Monday night, fantasy owners that have to make a call on Sunday morning should play it safe and the star WR out of linueps. Rueben Randle (hamstring) was able to practice Friday. Dwayne Harris would likely see increased opportunities if OBJ sits.
|Ahmad Bradshaw could see snaps in Week 6|
Colts OC hints that if RB is active, he'll play
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 6:00 pm
|Colts OC Pep Hamilton: If Ahmad Bradshaw gets the green light for Sunday, he'll be tossed into offensive mix. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Whatever snaps Bradshaw sees on Sunday versus New England - if any - figure to be extremely limited. However, Hamilton's endorsement only serves to support the notion that Bradshaw will start seeing fairly significant playing time no later than Week 7 with Frank Gore taking most of the work on early downs. Bradshaw is unlikely to repeat last year's six receiving touchdowns, but his contributions in the passing game figure to make him a very strong flex option moving forward.
|Christine Michael likely to see more work|
Ex-Seahawk RB has seen two carries through five weeks
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 5:50 pm
|To hear it from the Cowboys coaching staff, Christine Michael may begin seeing a veteran’s snap count.
“I think we’re going to give him an opportunity to go out and do some more snaps. I think he’s earned it,” said RB coach Gary Brown on Thursday. “He’s worked hard, he’s been everything we’ve expected off the field, and he’s a student of the game. We’re looking forward to seeing him play. ... I think it will - not to say that the other guys don’t have power, but I think he probably has a little bit more power. We’ve got to take advantage of that." (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: DallasCowboys.com staff writer David Helman tweeted that Brown also stated "we want to take the reins off him and let him rock", suggesting Joseph Randle's playing time is about to take a hit in a major way. Dallas returns from its Week 6 bye to face two stout rush defenses (Giants and Seahawks), so expectations need to be kept in check. Expect a full-blown committee for now with Darren McFadden serving as the third-down back.
| DeSean Jackson has setback with hamstring|
Team hopeful he will play in Week 6
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 5:40 pm
|Things were moving in the right direction for WR DeSean Jackson to return to action against the Jets this week, but Thursday’s practice may have thrown a wrench in the works.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said, via Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, that Jackson was pulled out of Thursday’s session after feeling a “twinge” in his injured hamstring while trying to run down a deep pass. Jackson hurt the hamstring in the season opener in a similar fashion and has missed the last four weeks while recovering. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Gruden is hopeful about Jackson being available to face the Jets, but Thursday’s setback suggests he'll probably limited even if he suits up. In the likely event he sits, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder can be viewed as low-end WR3s based solely on the amount of targets they are likely to see, even in a difficult matchup.
|DeVante Parker getting closer to starting lineup?|
OC: "I don't see anything he can't do"
By: Doug Orth | Oct 15 2015, 5:30 pm
|With the struggles of starter Greg Jennings — who has just seven receptions for 54 yards, no touchdowns on three drops in four games — it seems like there’d be an opportunity for DeVante Parker to start now. When asked if Parker is ready to compete for the starting job, OC Lazor was non-committal.
“He is further along than probably at any time that we’ve talked about him,” Lazor said. “You’re talking about a young player who’s missed an unbelievable amount of time but who is very, very talented. ... I don’t see anything he can’t do. There’s certain things he has to get better at. I couldn’t say there’s a thing he can’t do or he isn’t going to be able to do.” (Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: It's understandable why Miami has been hesitant to push Parker since he is a rookie who missed a lot of offseason and training camp work and had to regain confidence in his foot. However, at 1-3 and with a new coach in charge, the Dolphins could use the game-breaking talent that Parker has to reinvigorate the offense. Look for Parker to start seeing regular snaps in the next week or two and become an every-week WR3 (or better) over the second half of the season.
| Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush miss practice|
49ers runners dealing with lower body injuries
By: Doug Orth | Oct 14 2015, 8:45 pm
|Running back Carlos Hyde, the NFL’s seventh-leading rusher, did not participate in 49ers practice Wednesday due to a foot injury. Reggie Bush (calf) also did not practice, leaving rookies Jarryd Hayne and Mike Davis as the only running backs on the 49ers’ 53-man roster who were available. Bush did not play in the second half of the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Giants due to the tightness in his calf. (csnbayarea.com)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers may wind up testing the depth of their backfield if Carlos Hyde's foot proves problematic. Reggie Bush's constant injury concern leaves the door open for Mike Davis or Jarryd Hayne to assume a larger role in the offense. Hayne was given reps with the first team on Wednesday and seems to be the leading candidate to start if called upon this weekend.
| T.J. Yeldon not practicing|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 14 2015, 6:30 pm
|Toby Gerhart was the first team running back at Jaguars practice Wednesday because rookie T.J. Yeldon missed practice with a groin injury.
Coach Gus Bradley didn’t seem sure if Yeldon would be ready to play Sunday against Houston.
“T.J. was out there for the walk through, but he didn’t go through any practice this afternoon,’’ Bradley said. (Jacksonville.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking iffy for T.J. Yeldon this week. Toby Gerhart ran with the first team Wednesday and he would step into more playing time should Yeldon be held out. Gerhart is healthier and is running better than he was last year, but Denard Robinson's return to practice adds more uncertainty to this backfield. On the season, Jacksonville is averaging less than 100 rushing yards per game and has yet to notch a rushing touchdown. Only the adventurous deep league owner should wade into these waters.
| Big Ben returns to the practice field|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 14 2015, 6:00 pm
|Ben Roethlisberger wants to play against Bruce Arians, his former play caller, and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.
Whether Pittsburgh Steelers doctors and coach Mike Tomlin will allow the quarterback to play remains to be seen, but he took a positive step on Wednesday.
Big Ben participated in 7-on-7 work in Wednesday's practice
The veteran quarterback said his throwing is fine, but he needs to display lateral ability before he can hit the field for game action. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger took the first important step in returning to the field today. A few more practices could be enough to get him back onto the field this week but that decision won't be made until game day. Michael Vick continues to work with the first team in practice and would be asked to challenge a quality Cardinals defense if the medical staff prevents Big Ben from suiting up.