| Bridgewater to sit, Ponder to start Thursday|
Ankle injury sidelines rookie
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:55 pm
|Christian Ponder will get the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night when they take on the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive, according to a source informed of the situation.
Bridgewater was incredibly impressive in his first start last week, completing 19-of-30 passing for 317 yards. He added 27 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. The first-round pick played a turnover-free game and pushed the ball downfield before going out with an ankle injury. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings - on their third different starting quarterback entering Week 5 - are without their two most established offensive players (Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph). Cordarrelle Patterson has been virtually invisible since Week 1, so Ponder is going to have his work cut for him versus the Packers. Expect Minnesota to ride Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon as long as possible in Week 5, hoping that Bridgewater is ready to return against Detroit next week.
| Eric Decker uncertain for Week 5|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:40 pm
|New York Jets WR Eric Decker sat out practice with tightness in his balky right hamstring, leaving his status uncertain for the team's game San Diego on Sunday. Decker was limited Wednesday, but participated only in individual drills Thursday before he was told to sit out the rest of practice as a precaution.
Decker has been bothered by the hamstring since injuring it in Week 2 at Green Bay. He has been listed as questionable before each of the last two games, but played in both. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: To his credit, Decker has been reasonably productive despite being dogged by his hamstring. With that said, the Jets would be well-advised to give their top receiver the 1-2 weeks he needs to completely heal. New York isn't going to speed up Geno Smith's learning curve by giving him a top receiver that is far from 100 percent. Jeremy Kerley would likely serve as the Smith's favorite receiver if Decker is forced to sit.
|Arian Foster remains day-to-day|
Hamstring injury continues to linger
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:30 pm
|Arian Foster was held to just six yards on eight carries during a home victory versus the Bills, the first time in Foster’s six-year career he was held to less than one yard per carry.
Texans HC Bill O’Brien said Monday that Foster continues to be day-to-day. He was held out of practice Wednesday due to an injured hamstring. Asked if he’ll be a game-time decision against the Cowboys, Foster said he’ll again evaluate his hamstring and then make a decision about his status. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: In all likelihood, Foster and his owners are headed towards a third straight game-time decision. Given how he looked against Buffalo, it could be in the Texans' best long-term interest to rest him again and take their chances at beating Dallas with rookie Alfred Blue.
| Joique Bell yet to be cleared from concussion|
Theo Riddick also sidelined with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:25 pm
|Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell has yet to be cleared after suffering a concussion during Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
Bell, who was in the locker room for a brief moment Thursday but was not allowed to talk to the media, has 48 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown this season. He also has nine receptions for 73 yards. He did not practice Thursday.
RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) missed practice for the second day in a row as well. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Should Bell and Riddick both miss this week, the Lions would look to give more carries to Reggie Bush and use George Winn, who was brought up from the practice squad this week. Bell hasn't been overly productive over the last two weeks after scoring a touchdown in Week 1 and amassing 97 total yards in Week 2, but needs to remain on rosters. The Lions will face the Vikings and Falcons in Weeks 6 and 8, respectively.
| Carson Palmer advised to rest shoulder|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:05 pm
|After visiting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins for additional information regarding his shoulder, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has been diagnosed with an "axillary nerve contusion" - a numbness over part of the outer shoulder, shoulder weakness, especially when lifting the arm up and away from the body.
HC Bruce Arians mentioned on Wednesday that Palmer could be doubtful for Thursday practice but it is possible he still could be the backup QB this weekend. A lot will depend on his condition Thursday through Sunday. (Fox Sports 910)|
FFToday's Take: Palmer suffered the injury 25 days ago. The article goes on to say this type of injury tends to get better on its own and that some people do not need treatment (depending on the cause of the disorder), but that it can take months to recover in certain cases. As of now, Drew Stanton should be considered the starter for most of October, if not into November.
|Watkins, Woods already notice change at QB|
Bills' top WRs react to Orton as the new starter
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 4:50 pm
|We're just one practice into the Kyle Orton era, but the Buffalo Bills' top receivers have already noticed a difference in Orton from former starter EJ Manuel.
"We just had a different approach to practice. [Orton] demands what he wants out of us," rookie Sammy Watkins said. "He reads it quicker, the ball is coming out faster. That's just some things that we have to adjust to."
Fellow receiver Robert Woods saw the same: "His directness in the huddle, telling us what to look for and be ready for when we're breaking the huddle when he calls the play." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't exactly a shocking revelation, but notable that both receivers were so quick to say something to the media about it. Orton isn't going to turn this offense into a passing-game juggernaut, so the numbers of Watkins and Woods aren't going to skyrocket. However, both players should see a noticeable rise in fantasy value with a more consistently accurate quarterback.
|Ben Tate expected to start for Browns|
Assuming no setbacks in practice this week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2014, 2:58 pm
|Ben Tate is "on course" to start at running back Sunday for the Cleveland Browns when they play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, coach Mike Pettine said.
How the running back rotation goes from that point is to be determined. "We know Ben will start," Pettine said. "But that's all we have at this point. And that's assuming that [Tate] comes out of this week as we expect." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tate will get first crack to be the hot hand however if he struggles early, you could see a combination of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. Crowell has showed more ability of the first four weeks and could be inline surpass West in the pecking order. Tate is a risky RB2 heading into Week 5.
| Jake Locker expects to play versus Browns|
Practices with wrist injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 6:30 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the Tennessee Titans, and now the quarterback will see how his right wrist responds to a full session of throwing the ball. Locker isn't overly concerned, he expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Ken Whisenhunt still wants to see how Locker feels Thursday after a full practice.
FFToday's Take: The Titans could only muster up 261 total yards against the Colts last Sunday with Charlie Whitehurst under center so fantasy owners should be hoping for Locker's return. Nonetheless, the entire passing game outside of TE Delanie Walker is a risky play against the Browns for week five.
|Austin Davis announced as Rams' starting QB|
Shaun Hill "frustrated" in backup role
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 4:58 pm
|Third-year undrafted quarterback Austin Davis has been one of the most pleasant surprises of this young NFL season. The St. Louis Rams want to see if he has staying power. Davis will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it's now his job to lose. Coach Jeff Fisher announced the news Wednesday, and said that he spoke with both Davis and the team's Week 1 starter Shaun Hill about the decision. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Completing over seventy percent of his passes in three games this season has spearheaded Davis' success. Davis will need to prove his worth in the coming weeks before fantasy owners can begin to trust him as more than a fantasy backup.
| Joique Bell suffered concussion|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 3:33 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell has repeatedly declined to comment on Joique Bell's status after the running back was forced from the team's 24-17 win over the New York Jets with a head injury, but Wednesday's practice report confirms he did suffer a concussion. (mlive.com)|
FFToday's Take: There is still no word on the severity of Bell's concussion or whether he will be available to play this weekend. Until more positive news surfaces, Bell's owners should not count on him for week 5.
| Brandon Marshall practices in full|
LB Lance Briggs sits with sore knee
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 1:52 pm
|Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive linemen Jared Allen and Jeremiah Ratliff, offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson and cornerback Sherrick McManis returned to practice Wednesday. Marshall practiced in full; the others players were limited. Linebacker Lance Briggs sat out to rest a sore knee. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Brandon Marshall has salvaged his fantasy worth by being used primarily as a red zone threat while nursing a sore ankle. A full week of practice without any setbacks should see Jay Cutler's favorite target become much more involved in the passing game this weekend against Carolina.
| Bridgewater doesn't practice Tuesday|
Vikings hope to have rookie QB for Wednesday jog-through
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 30 2014, 3:25 pm
|Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) was held out of Tuesday's practice.
The "hope" is that he'll be ready for Wednesday's walk-through, but Bridgewater himself has made it clear that he's no sure thing for Thursday's game against the Packers. The short week couldn't be coming at a worse time for the Vikes, who could be forced to turn to Christian Ponder in an important divisional tilt. (Rotoworld via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ponder doesn't offer much fantasy value, and a less-than-100 percent Bridgewater doesn't excite us that much, either. We'd recommend steering clear of the Vikings WRs on Thursday unless Bridgewater looks healthy and ready to go.
| Vikings optimistic about early return from Rudolph|
Underwent sports hernia surgery after Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2014, 4:05 pm
|Mike Zimmer still feels like TE Kyle Rudolph out less than eight weeks from when hurt. That's why no injury with designation to return. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rudolph admitted his injury had bothered him since early August and was given a 4-to-6 week timeline for recovery. As proof of Rudolph's upside when healthy, Jarius Wright ended up taking many of the slot snaps in Week 4 that Rudolph would have received. The Vikings' bye is in Week 10, which makes the following week a realistic return date. Any time before Week 11 should be considered a bonus.
|Bills name Kyle Orton starter for Week 5|
Replaces EJ Manuel
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2014, 4:00 pm
|Bills HC Doug Marrone announces that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel at QB. (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This was a predictable outcome since August, when the Bills lured Orton out of retirement with a two-year, $11 million deal. The ex-Bear, Bronco and Cowboy isn't likely to change the face of the Bills' run-heavy offense, but it does seem like a pretty good bet he'll be a boon for the fantasy fortunes of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Mike Williams. Any improvement in the passing game figures to also help out C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson as well.
|Zimmer: McKinnon still change-of-pace back|
Rookie rushed for 135 yards in Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2014, 3:35 pm
|Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, HC Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back. Zimmer said he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses.
“I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Matt Asiata has scored three touchdowns in a game twice through four career starts, yet just about all anyone wants to talk about McKinnon. At the moment, Zimmer's statement is probably more telling about Adrian Peterson's future than it is about Asiata's lead-back role. With that said, McKinnon needs to be added in whatever leagues he was available in because there is no question he should see roughly 10-15 touches per week in an offense that will feature the running game.
| Panthers running game a complete mess|
Rivera: "Darrin Reaves is our starter"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2014, 11:46 am
|DeAngelo Williams injured his right ankle on a first-half rush and did not return. After the game he had a protective boot on his right foot. “We’re playing two undrafted free agents right now at running back,” Rivera said. “As of right now, Darrin Reaves is our starter.”
FFToday's Take: The Panthers have lost their top three running backs to injury. Williams sprained ankle will be re-evaluated today but he likely won't be available for Week 5. Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves will likely handle the rushing workload moving forward holding RB4/5 value.
| Mike Evans sidelined 2-3 weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2014, 10:37 am
|Buccaneers rookie WR Mike Evans out an estimated 2-3 weeks with a groin strain suffered yesterday, source says. Bye is 3 weeks away. (Mike Garafolo via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Evans had his best fantasy day of the season (65 yards, 1 TD) but could easily be sidelined through the bye week and return to the field in Week 8. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and WR Louis Murphy could see increased opportunities while Evans is out.
| Cecil Shorts aggravates hamstring injury|
MRI scheduled for Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2014, 7:00 am
|Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts’ star-crossed season continued when he sustained a left hamstring injury in the third quarter and left the game. "I felt a pull,” Shorts said. "It actually happened on the play before [the interception] when I was getting off the line. I beat [the defender] and was running when he grabbed me and I felt something pull." (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: Shorts will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. If and when he's cleared to play, the amount of injuries he's suffered through this season makes him unreliable for fantasy owners. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson will likely be the leading receivers for Jacksonville in Week 5.
| Foster expected to play, workload unclear|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2014, 9:10 am
|Texans plan to play Arian Foster today. Workload will depend on how his hamstring holds up. (Tania Ganguli via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We'll know in about an hour if Foster (hamstring) is inactive or not but it sounds like he will try and give it a go. Depending on your alternatives, and assuming he isn't inactive, Foster is OK to have in your lineup but temper your expectations.
| Locker out, Whitehurst to start for Tennessee|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2014, 4:34 am
|Tennessee will start QB Charlie Whitehurst in place of the injured Jake Locker today at Indianapolis. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Locker's wrist injury will keep him on the sidelines this week. Whitehurst will be a QB2 option against the Colts in Week 4.
| Charles likely to play, Probable on Injury Report|
Chiefs should have star running back available Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2014, 3:00 pm
|Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is listed as probable on the team’s injury report for Monday night’s home game against New England, meaning he is almost certain to be available to play. Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in a week two loss at Denver after only two carries — an output that followed only seven carries in the season opener against Tennessee. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Charles was limited in practice this week but it appears he will get the start Monday night against the Patriots. Owners can safely insert him into their lineups but this may be a scenario where Andy Reid will sprinkle in Knile Davis more than normal. I'd expect a 70-30 workload split between Charles and Davis.
| Ladarius Green misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 1:46 pm
|Ladarius Green and David Johnson aren't practicing. Chargers' TE group today is Gates, Phillips and newcomer Paulson (Steelers). (Tom Krasovic via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green was limited on Thursday and missing practice Friday isn't a good sign for his availability in Week 4. Antonio Gates becomes an even more attractive TE1 against the Jaguars this week.
| Brandon Marshall a gametime decision|
Questionable with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 1:45 pm
|The Bears will have another game-time decision to make about wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall was sidelined at practice on Friday because of the ankle injury that has troubled him for a few weeks now. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Marshall is listed as questionable and didn't practice all week. The star receiver was held to one catch and six yards against the Jets in Week 3 and missed a portion of the second half after aggravating the injury. Check the inactive list on Sunday before setting Marshall in your lineup.
| Calvin Johnson returns to practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 12:05 pm
|Calvin Johnson has been dealing with a sore ankle all week, but the good news out of Allen Park is that Johnson was able to take part in practice on Friday.
Johnson took part in the portion of practice open to the media. He sat out practice both Wednesday and Thursday. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: For now, it appears Johnson will be on the field this week against the Jets who've had a tough time against receivers, giving up five touchdowns to wideouts through three games.
| Roddy White expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 26 2014, 10:30 am
|Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who missed last Thursday night's win over Tampa Bay with a hamstring injury, will play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Coach Mike Smith confirmed Friday morning on the radio that White would play Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: White was limited on Wednesday and Thursday during practice but is expected to play against the Vikings on Sunday. The Vikings have been decent against the pass through three games and have allowed two touchdowns to wide receivers (Edelman & Colston).
| Megatron misses second straight day of practice|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2014, 6:55 pm
|For the second straight day, Calvin Johnson missed practice for the Detroit Lions with an ankle injury. At this point, though, his status is uncertain for Sunday against the New York Jets.
Johnson injured the ankle late during the Lions' 19-7 win over Green Bay on Sunday and indicated both after the game and Wednesday that he felt he would be fine. Johnson missed part of at least half of Detroit's practices last season as he dealt with finger and knee issues that ended up requiring separate surgeries following the 2013 season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson pulled a surprise DNP on fantasy owners in Week 5 of last season, so owners would be wise to monitor this situation for the rest of the week. Fortunately for the Lions, they are better equipped to handle such an absence this year thanks to Golden Tate. Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and possibly even rookie TE Eric Ebron could have increased roles in the offense if Megatron sits.
| DeSean Jackson active for TNF|
No setbacks with shoulder sprain
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2014, 6:45 pm
|Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson will play against the New York Giants Thursday as expected. Jackson is still dealing with a Grade 1 AC joint sprain that he got in Week 2 against the Jaguars. Jackson was limited for the second straight week in practice and was listed as questionable on yesterday's injury report.
FFToday's Take: Jackson, who gutted the Eagles for five catches, 117 yards and a score, did not appear to suffer a setback during the game, so he was going to be a good bet for Week 4 despite the short week. Former Eagle Damaris Johnson - now with the Houston Texans - burned the Giants for a deep score last week, so it isn't unthinkable that Jackson does as well.
| Foster likely game-time decision in Week 4|
Limited in practice with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2014, 5:55 pm
|Texans RB Arian Foster was day-to-day with a hamstring injury when the week began and things haven’t progressed all that much. He’s been limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, but it wasn't enough for HC Bill O’Brien to make a decision about Foster’s status for Sunday’s game against the Bills.
O’Brien said, via the team, that he was expecting to make a game-time decision about whether Foster will be inactive for a second straight week. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Alfred Blue did about as much as could be expected in Week 3 in place of Foster and would be likely in line for another 15-18 touches if the veteran back is sidelined again versus the Bills. The rookie would probably even make a decent flex play if Foster plays, since the three-time Pro Bowler would likely be limited.
| Jamaal Charles to practice Thursday|
Head coach thinks Charles will play
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2014, 12:45 pm
|Chiefs plan to expand Jamaal Charles' role in practice today and see how he does. Berry and DAT are more iffy. They may not practice (Adam Teicher via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Andy Reid said "Yeah, I think so" in a response to a question whether Charles would play on Monday night. It sounds like Charles will play unless he has a setback in practice this week.
| Martin and Jackson practice for the Bucs|
Mike Glennon likely to get the start at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2014, 12:10 pm
|For the Bucs, in addition to McCoy, Mike Glennon is likely to start for QB Josh McCown (thumb), rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) was limited in practice while RB Doug Martin (knee) was a full go, along with WR Vincent Jackson (wrist) (Tampa Bay Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Martin has gotten off to a rocky start with 9 total rushing yards after three weeks. Backup Bobby Rainey put the ball on the ground twice in Week 3 so the coaching staff shouldn't hesitate to give Martin a chance to regain the starting running back job in Week 4.
| Delanie Walker misses practice|
Titans mulling options with two TEs hurt
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 24 2014, 4:37 pm
|Delanie Walker (shoulder) and fellow tight end Taylor Thompson (knee) missed practice Wednesday. The potential loss of one or both of those tight ends prompted the Titans to re-sign tight end Chase Coffman on Monday. He was with the team in training camp and caught six preseason passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Coffman understands that with both Walker and Thompson hurting, there is the chance he could see a decent amount of playing time right away. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Delanie Walker is going to be re-evaluated as the week progresses but the team's decision to add Chase Coffman to the active roster is cause for concern. Considering the amount of injuries at tight end last week, Walker's owners would be wise to look into a backup option sooner than later.
|Jags' Bortles getting ready for first career start|
Takes all reps with first team offense in practice
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 24 2014, 4:19 pm
|Befitting his status as the new starter, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles took nearly all of the first-team reps during practice today. Bortles said his mindset is a “little different” from Weeks 1-3, when he studied the game plan but got scout-team snaps to this week, where he is studying the game plan in the morning and at night and running it in the afternoon. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: This is great news because Chad Henne was barely completing half of his passes this year. Blake Bortles came on strong at the end of training camp and now gets a chance to revitalize an offense ranked 25th in passing yards per game after three weeks. He will make mistakes and remains a QB2 for now, but has the ability to allow receivers Cecil Shorts and Allen Robinson to become productive fantasy assets in deeper formats.
| Roddy White limited, Douglas practices|
Falcons should have White on the field in Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2014, 2:00 pm
|Wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring) continued to work on the side with the training staff. Devin Hester (calf), running back Antone Smith (hamstring) and wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) returned to practice on Wednesday after being held out on Monday.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: We'll monitor White's practice participation the rest of this week and he's likely to be limited, but the general feeling is that he will be available in Week 4.
| Vikings place QB Matt Cassel on IR|
Rookie QB to start against Faclons
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2014, 10:00 am
|The Teddy Bridgewater era appears to have officially begun in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings placed Matt Cassel on injured reserve Wednesday morning, three days after the quarterback broke several bones in his left foot on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
FFToday's Take: Bridgewater will make his first NFL start this week against the Falcons. Without Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph it's hard to get excited about Bridgewater's fantasy prospects. He does offer some mobility, rushing for 27 yards on six carries last week. He'll be a QB2 until he proves otherwise.
| Jordan Reed expected to miss Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2014, 4:30 pm
|According to John Keim of ESPN.com and multiple other reporters who cover the team, tight end Jordan Reed indicated Tuesday he’s doubtful to play Thursday night vs. the Giants because of a lingering hamstring injury. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Reed missed practice Tuesday ahead of the Redskins Thursday night game against the Giants. This means Niles Paul owners get another week of TE1 from their waiver wire claim.
| Vernon Davis optimistic he will return Week 4|
"It's going to be a great week for me"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2014, 4:00 pm
|Vernon Davis' crutches were gone, and so was his limp, as he looked ready Tuesday to return to a 49ers team that historically can't win without him. An ankle injury kept the typically durable Davis out of last Sunday's 23-14 collapse at Arizona. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers waived practice squad tight end Asante Cleveland which is good sign that Davis and/or Vance McDonald (knee) will be available in Week 4.
| Foster's hamstring issue is recurring injury|
Alfred Blue looking more important as handcuff
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 23 2014, 10:22 am
|Texans running back Arian Foster couldn’t say he’d definitely be ready to return against Buffalo Sunday, admitting the nature of hamstring injuries leaves him no choice but to take it “day by day” when the team returns to practice Wednesday. Foster worked out before the game at MetLife Stadium and admitted his leg felt “really good” but “obviously” not good enough for him to take the chance of making what already seems to be a chronic injury worse. Foster was replaced by rookie Alfred Blue, whose 13 rushes for 78 yards included a 46-yard scamper that set up one of the Texans’ two touchdowns. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: “It’s my hamstring’s call,” is another telling quote from Foster that likely means the recurring soft-tissue injury will nag him all season -- and force Blue into significant action in the coming weeks. If Blue is somehow still available on your league's waiver wire, he's a must-own heading into Week 4.
|Will NYJ turn to Michael Vick?|
Geno Smith's mistakes may cost him starting job
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 23 2014, 10:15 am
|Geno Smith had his second multi-turnover game of the season, punctuated by a nightmarish pick-six 32 seconds in that set the tone in a 27-19 loss to the Bears. Smith’s second interception came in the end zone on an ill-advised pass intended for David Nelson. It was just another blow on a night filled with self-inflicted wounds that dropped Ryan’s team to 1-2, and has coaches considering it may be time to plug in Michael Vick. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan didn’t rule out the possibility that Vick, who played one snap against the Bears, could become more involved. From a fantasy perspective, it's not a terrible idea to grab Vick as a medium-upside stash in deeper formats and two-QB leagues.
| Panthers' backfield in shambles|
Stewart to be reevaluated on Friday, Tolbert out Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:45 pm
|Coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that DeAngelo Williams will return from a hamstring injury to play versus the Baltimore Ravens this week, but the Carolina Panthers' backfield woes aren't going away. Jonathan Stewart will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with a severely sprained knee. Mike Tolbert, sporting crutches and a knee brace, will miss Sunday's game with a hairline fracture in his right leg. The fullback is week to week, per Rivera. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: In the event that Williams cannot go, owners may need to consider Darrin Reaves, who was elevated from the practice squad over the weekend. The bigger problem, however, is that Cam Newton may not be healthy enough and the offensive line may not be good enough this year to mask the injuries that the Panthers overcame last year.
| Woodhead out for the season|
Needs surgery on fractured fibula
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:30 pm
|The Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead early in their Week 3 victory over the Bills and it may be some time before they get him back on the field. San Diego announced that Woodhead, who left the game on crutches, suffered a right ankle injury that caused him to be carted off the field. It looks like it is more than your garden variety ankle injury, however.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Woodhead suffered both a severe high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula. He’s expected to have surgery that will bring his season to an end. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken tweeted the news that Woodhead would be lost for the season. It likely locks Donald Brown into a Woodhead-like role when Ryan Mathews returns and probably ensures that Branden Oliver - dubbed "Baby Sproles" by some in the preseason - will see an increase in snaps.