| DeSean Jackson "day to day", hamstring injury|
Misses practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2015, 12:13 pm
|Gruden says WR DeSean Jackson is "day to day" with a hamstring injury. He did not take part in practice today. (Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson would certainly like to play against his former team but needs to get in at least limited practices this week to have a chance. Jackson suffered his hamstring injury in Week 1.
| Rex on McCoy: "doesn't look good" for Week 4|
Bills RB won't practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2015, 11:13 am
|Rex Ryan admitted Wednesday it "doesn't look good" for LeSean McCoy's availability this week against the New York Giants. "He's certainly not 100 percent. We're holding him out from practice. (There is) a real possibility he won't play," Ryan said, via WGR Radio's Sal Capaccio. "Is it worth the time to get him near or 100 percent? We're weighing that right now."
The running back won't practice on Wednesday.
FFToday's Take: It sounds like the Bills may leave McCoy on the sidelines this week in hopes of getting him healthy for Week 5 and beyond. Rookie Karlos Williams would likely get the start if McCoy sits and would be a nice RB2 option against the Giants this week.
| Ryan Mathews earning more carries|
Eagles RB committee breakdown is shifting
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 29 2015, 9:47 am
|The Eagles' game plan for the Jets similarly had a different flavor than the vanilla one used in the opener in Atlanta. The outside zone run became the go-to play for an offense that relied on the inside zone in Chip Kelly's first two seasons.
Ryan Mathews thrived on the outside zone plays. He motored around the corner for 27 yards on his first carry - breaking two tackles along the way - and later picked up an additional 40 yards on eight outside zone runs. (Philadelphia Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: With DeMarco Murray sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mathews looked sharp as the lead runner, with Darren Sproles contributing plenty of output in the passing game and on special teams. Murray's lingering injury issues could slide more work to Mathews in the coming weeks.
|Calvin Johnson not getting deep looks in offense|
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 29 2015, 9:40 am
|After an opening week where Calvin Johnson saw four targets, the Lions used him heavily the past two weeks. But it has been on primarily short and intermediate routes instead of the downfield patterns he used to be targeted on. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Teams have been double teaming Johnson for years, bringing cornerbacks inside and safeties over the top. Yet with coaching staffs past, the Lions had no problems tossing the ball to the 6-foot-5 receiver in jump ball situations. It helped lead him to the single-season NFL receiving record in 2012. Megatron turns 30 on Tuesday and the "mismatch" wide receiver is being prevented from making as many game-changing plays.
| Drew Brees to test shoulder today|
Saints QB will throw for first time since Friday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 29 2015, 9:35 am
|Ed Werder reports on Twitter that Drew Brees plans to test his injured shoulder today, the first time since Friday he's thrown a football. (Ed Werder (Twitter))|
FFToday's Take: As of right now, Brees isn't a great fantasy option for a team that's struggling to get its passing game clicking. Mark Ingram remains a solid RB2 and Khiry Robinson/C.J. Spiller are deep flex options, but most of the receivers will need Brees to be healthy to realize their full potential.
|HC: "I've got to find opportunities for Spiller"|
Health, offseason knee surgery no longer an issue
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 6:00 pm
|Sean Payton said New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller is “100 percent healthy” and that he needs to find ways to get him more touches. Payton said Spiller’s snap count was not limited by his recovery from a recent minor knee surgery. That was the case when Spiller returned to the field in Week 2 and played just seven snaps. But it wasn’t an issue in Week 3.
"I’ve got to keep finding opportunities for his touches,” Payton said. “I've got to get him more opportunities. He's healthy and, shoot, he needs more than anything to stay actively warm as opposed to play every 12 or 14 plays.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: In an offense that appears to lack playmakers in the passing game after Brandin Cooks, it would be wise for Payton to manufacture touches for a big-play threat such as Spiller. When coaches call themselves out in regards to usage of a certain player, it usually bodes well for that player the following week. Expect that to be the case next week when New Orleans hosts Dallas on Sunday Night Football.
| LeSean McCoy still dealing with hamstring injury|
Appears unsure if he'll play in Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 5:50 pm
|The hamstring LeSean McCoy injured in training camp is still bothering him. He can’t shift from third to fourth gear - let alone fifth. “I can’t get that acceleration,” he said, “that burst.”
So even McCoy isn’t sure if he’ll play next week. As he said, “We’re going to find out.” Whether McCoy takes a full week or two to rest or is put on a more disciplined pitch count, expect to see much more of rookie Karlos Williams. As McCoy gritted through his injury - averaging 1.5 yards per carry - Williams continued to burst onto the scene in Buffalo’s 41-14 win Sunday with 110 yards on 12 attempts. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: This is yet another reminder that if a back is having trouble staying healthy before the start of the season, he is a poor bet to get healthy once it starts. It would be best for all parties involved to let McCoy heal up because Williams has proven himself more than capable of holding the fort down.
| Alshon Jeffery hopeful for Week 4 return|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 5:00 pm
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery expects to return from his hamstring injury for Sunday’s game against Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery tweaked his hamstring in practice leading up to Week 2 and has been sidelined since. The Bears have to hope that his return coincides with Jay Cutler's since Jimmy Clausen showed next to nothing against Seattle in Week 3. Jeffery has a good matchup next week versus the Raiders, but expectations need to be tempered if Cutler is not back by then.
| Vernon Davis sustained knee injury in Week 3|
Does not appear to be long-term issue
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 4:40 pm
|Vernon Davis suffered a knee injury in the second half and left the game. He said it was not a long-term issue. Davis was targeted twice but finished without a catch. (Sacramento Bee)|
FFToday's Take: Davis was the target on the first of Colin Kaepernick's two pick-sixes as well as another interception that was overturned later in the game. Both throws were symbolic of the terrible throws Kaepernick made all game long. Davis is a high-end TE2 that could make for a serviceable bye-week replacement for owners of Rob Gronkowski or Delanie Walker next week versus Green Bay if he is able to suit up.
| Sammy Watkins diagnosed with mild calf strain|
Could miss Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2015, 11:45 am
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that after tests Monday morning, Sammy Watkins was diagnosed with a mild calf strain and will be day-to-day, per a source informed of the injury.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said it is a possibility that Watkins won't be able to play in Week 4 versus the Giants.
FFToday's Take: Watkins left in the first quarter never to return. Watkins has only 99 total yards through three weeks, ranking 52nd among fantasy wide receivers, far below his pre-season high-end WR3 value.
| Sprained MCL for Big Ben, out 4-6 weeks|
MRI confirmed no ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2015, 1:00 am
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee Sunday and will miss four to six weeks as he recovers, a team source has told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's the best-case scenario for Roethlisberger who avoided a more serious ACL injury that would've cost more time. Michael Vick will start in Roethlisberger's place and Vick's presence under center will put a damper on Antonio Brown's fantasy value and the offense in general.
| DeMarco Murray inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2015, 11:30 am
|DeMarco Murray is inactive. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Murray inactive, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles should handle the bulk of the running back work for the Eagles.
| Todd Gurley set to make NFL debut|
Rookie RB split reps with Mason at practice
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2015, 7:15 am
|The Rams plan for rookie RB Todd Gurley (ACL) to make his debut today against the Steelers. He’ll work out pregame just to be sure. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley and Tre Mason split first team reps at practice this week and it's likely we'll see the same on the field today with Benny Cunningham playing a third-down role. The Rams rank 27th in rushing yardage through two games.
| Marshawn Lynch expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2015, 7:00 am
|Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who popped up on the injury report with a calf injury, is playing against the #Bears, sources say. #BeastMode (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch was labeled a gametime decision by his head coach earlier in the week. Rapoport's report should give Lynch owners confidence to keep the stud running back in their lineups. The Seahwaks play a late-afternoon game.
| Arian Foster ruled out for week 3|
Jonathan Grimes may sit as well
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:55 pm
|Arian Foster will have to wait at least one more week before he returns to the football field. The All-Pro was ruled out for Sunday’s game by head coach Bill O’Brien, but is progressing well in his recovery from an Aug. 3 groin injury. “He won’t play this week, but he’s doing well,” O’Brien said Friday. Running backs may be down one more if Jonathan Grimes can't play Sunday. Grimes, now in his third season with the Texans, will be a game-time decision. He practiced on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a knee issue. (HoustonTexans.com)|
FFToday's Take: Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will carry the load this weekend against Tampa Bay, and though neither have been especially productive thus far, they could post some decent numbers Sunday. The Buccaneers have allowed an average of 114 yards on the ground per game this season, and have surrendered three rushing touchdowns.
|Brady still to serve suspension this season?|
A "source" says Pats' QB will serve suspension following appeal
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:50 pm
|Just when you thought it was safe... An NFL source tells New York radio station WFAN that there's "no doubt" Tom Brady will serve a Deflategate suspension this season after the NFL's appeal is expedited. “Boomer and Carton” show co-host Craig Carton said a “very influential person in the NFL” told him “there’s no doubt in his mind” that Brady will serve a four-game suspension this season after the NFL’s appeal is heard. Carton said the league is attempting to get the appeal of Judge Richard Berman's decision that overturned Brady's suspension expedited. (CSN NE)|
FFToday's Take: Whatever the case is, it's too early to tell as no appeal has yet been heard. Should there be any truth to this rumor, Brady owners would be wise to stockpile another decent arm for later in the season. Stay tuned.
| Cutler, Jeffery ruled out Sunday |
Bears will be without two key offensive pieces against Seahawks
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:45 pm
|The Chicago Bears are officially Jimmy Clausen's team this week. Coach John Fox announced that quarterback Jay Cutler is out Sunday with a hamstring injury, giving Clausen the start against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week Cutler would miss at least two weeks. In Week 2 versus the Arizona Cardinals, Clausen went 14-of-23 passing for 121 yards, one interception and a 56.6 passer rating in relief of Cutler. Clausen is 1-10 as an NFL starter. His only win came over John Skelton and the Cardinals in Week 15, 2010. Fox also announced receiver Alshon Jeffery would miss Sunday's contest as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Jeffery missed last week's tilt with the injury. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Steer clear of Jimmy Clausen and Eddie Royal this week if you have any other options. Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett are the only Bears' players worth starting this week.
| DeMarco Murray to play week 3|
RB dealing with strained hamstring
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:20 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles will have DeMarco Murray in the backfield for a Week 3 game against the New York Jets despite a hamstring limiting him in practice earlier in the week. According to ESPN's Ashley Fox, Murray's hamstring is feeling good enough to play on after it ended his practice on Wednesday. An MRI showed that it was just a minor tweak, but the running back still sat out of practice on Thursday. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: Murray hasn't been much of a fantasy factor thus far, and a sore hamstring isn't likely to help his case this weekend. It's hard to believe, but another poor showing this week combined with a nagging hamstring could put last year's top fantasy RB in flex territory going forward.
| Stafford on track to play Sunday|
Lions' QB recovering from a rib injury
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:00 pm
|Less than a week after giving some in the Detroit Lions organization a scare with his rib injury, Matthew Stafford is on track to play in Sunday's home opener against the Denver Broncos (8:30 p.m., NBC). Stafford has practiced in full the last two days, and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said his quarterback has gone about the week in normal fashion. "I think, on a daily basis, he demonstrates his desire to be out there and rolling along," Caldwell said. "He's an unusual guy in that respect, but just in terms of how he's gone about the week, in terms of his preparation and things of that nature, it's been on par with the way in which he prepares. But every week's a little different challenge and, certainly, this week is challenging for him." Stafford took eight hits and was sacked once in the Lions' 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings last weekend and was so beaten up, he needed X rays on his ribs and chest after the game. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Despite putting up a decent stat line last week, Stafford player fairly conservatively, opting for short passes to pick up yards. It lead some to speculate that his rib and chest injuries were preventing him from throwing the long ball. Things don't get any easier for Stafford this week, facing the top-ranked pass defense thus far in 2015 in the Denver Broncos.
| Drew Brees out, Luke McCown will start|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 1:00 pm
|New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been declared out for Sunday's game against the host Carolina Panthers, according to Saints coach Sean Payton. Luke McCown will start in his place. (New Orleans Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: The 0-2 Saints are in a rough spot traveling to Carolina without their starting quarterback. Brees (shoulder) reportedly didn't have enough zip on his passes in practice this week. Downgrade the Saints' skill position players and upgrade the Carolina-D.
| Colts TE Dwyane Allen out with ankle injury|
Fleener become sneaky Week 3 fantasy play
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 12:45 pm
|HC Chuck Pagano: TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), CB Greg Toler (neck), CB Darius Butler (hip) out for Titans. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Allen's absence creates a nice situation for Coby Fleener who has a grand total of 1 catch for 5 yards after two games. Fleener and the rest of the Colts passing game should get a boost facing the Titans this week.
| Tevin Coleman out for Week 3|
Rib injury may cost RB a couple weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 12:40 pm
|Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn officially ruled out rookie running back Tevin Coleman and wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman will likely miss a couple games after breaking a rib in last week's game against the Giants. Devonta Freeman now has a volume opportunity this week against an improved Dallas defense. He's a viable RB2 consideration.
| Decker, Ivory will be gametime decisions|
Both listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2015, 12:23 pm
|Jets RB Chris Ivory (quad), WR Eric Decker (knee) & CB Darrelle Revis will be game-time decisions vs Eagles. All are questionable. (Manish Mehta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Ivory and Decker missed practice time this week. If Decker sits Brandon Marshall will move into top ten consideration at the WR position and should be a target magnet against the Eagles. Ivory owners should be looking for other options even if he's active on Sunday. Bilal Powell would get a boost if Ivory sits.
| Ladarius Green takes part in limited practice|
Chargers added TE Kyle Miller for Week 3 insurance
By: Doug Orth | Sep 24 2015, 5:55 pm
|Ladarius Green (concussion) was among the notable (injured) Chargers to practice Thursday.
Green was a limited participant Wednesday due to a concussion, which he suffered Sunday versus the Bengals and was diagnosed with on Tuesday after he reported symptoms, the team said. It's his second such diagnosis this month. He was determined to have a concussion Sept. 9 following a practice. The Chargers signed tight end Kyle Miller on Thursday for some insurance at the position. Green notably was concussed last December, losing consciousness on a hit by a Patriots cornerback. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's more than a bit surprising Green is even allowed to run at this point, much less practice in a limited fashion, and may even be irresponsible on the Chargers' part. Given how little time has passed in between Green's last two concussions, it seems highly unlikely he will be allowed to play at Minnesota this weekend. With Antonio Gates still serving the final two games of his suspension, John Phillips will almost certainly the start but is well off the fantasy map.
| C.J. Anderson feels toe injury no longer an issue|
Will continue receiving treatment
By: Doug Orth | Sep 24 2015, 5:00 pm
|C.J. Anderson has not missed a practice, but he continues to be listed on the injury report because of the toe injury he suffered late in the Week 1 win over Baltimore. He practiced again Thursday and said this week that the off-days after last Thursday's win over Kansas City helped him heal. Anderson said Wednesday that he continues to receive treatment on the toe.
"I'm fine now," Anderson said. "I don't think it affected me. ... I'm impatient, but it's going to be one of those nagging things for the season that I take care of."
FFToday's Take: The Denver Post's Troy Renck has suggested Anderson has one more game as the starter before the Broncos' backfield turns into a full-blown committee or Ronnie Hillman passes him on the depth chart. Whether that's likely not the case, what we do know is that Denver's run-blocking has been atrocious (second-worst score per Pro football Focus). The healing on the field should begin this Sunday night against the Lions'struggling run defense.
| Eddie Lacy, Davante Adams miss practice Thu.|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2015, 12:45 pm
|Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams sat out of Thursday’s practice with the sprained ankles they suffered in the Green Bay Packers’ 27-17 win over Seattle, leaving their availability for Monday night’s game against Kansas City uncertain. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: James Starks and rookie Ty Montgomery would likely see increased playing time the two Packer starters aren't available Monday night against the Chiefs.
| DeMarco Murray won't practice Thursday|
Status for Sunday uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2015, 12:15 pm
|DeMarco Murray remains a mystery for Sunday.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Thursday that his starting running back is still being evaluated for a hamstring injury ahead of this weekend's matchup with the New York Jets. Murray won't practice Thursday and the team isn't sure if he'll suit up for Week 3.
FFToday's Take: We'll monitor practice reports Friday and Saturday but it sounds like Murray is shaping up to be a gametime decision. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles would see increased touches if Murray sits. The Eagles and Jets play early Sunday.
| Ladarius Green in concussion protocol again|
Status is uncertain for Week 3
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 6:51 pm
|The Chargers tight end was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, one day after arriving at the team facility with "concussion-like symptoms," coach Mike McCoy said. His status for Sunday's game against the Vikings is uncertain, as the team navigates through a delicate situation.
The concussion came Sunday against the Bengals, a team spokesman said.
FFToday's Take: The article notes Sunday's concussion makes it two in eleven days and three in nine months for TE Ladarius Green. It will be tough for Green to obtain clearance for this weekend and Antonio Gates is slated to return after Week 4. In other words, Green's fantasy stock is shrinking fast.
| Drew Brees confident he'll start |
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 6:04 pm
|At his Wednesday press conference, Brees said that he's "pretty confident" that he'll be able to play, adding that he has "every intention of playing." (CBSSports.com)|
FFToday's Take: Drew Brees didn't throw a football today and will likely be limited in practice all week long. The Saints threw the ball to ten different players last week and haven't scored more than one passing touchdown in each of their first two games. With Brees likely at less than 100-percent and the Panthers defense a quality opponent, fantasy owners will want to consider other options in Week 3.
|Steelers' Bell eager to get back on the field|
RB returns to practice after two week suspension
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 6:00 pm
|Throughout his time away watching games rather than playing them, Le’Veon Bell stayed focused on the eventual end of his two-game suspension rather that what serving his time was costing him along the way. “‘I just can’t wait to get back out there,’ that’s the only thing I really kept in my mind,” Bell said. “I saw how well the offense was moving the ball. Bell’s return to practice today brought to an end his exile and energized the process of getting better for the Steelers.
FFToday's Take: Le'Veon Bell will re-assume the top spot in the Pittsburgh backfield this week and is a must start in all formats. DeAngelo Williams won't be completely ignored after finding plenty of success in the season's first two weeks. Williams becomes one of the better handcuffs moving forward in the fantasy realm and should see just enough work to get RB4 or flex status most weeks.
| Injured Lions QB Stafford throws at practice|
Detroit expecting QB to play despite rib injury
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 5:30 pm
|ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford took snaps and threw at practice as if it was just another day at work. It appears that his starting streak is safe. The Detroit Lions quarterback said he felt ''pretty good'' Wednesday before going out on the field and looking healthy enough to participate as usual during the parts of practice open to reporters. He was able to finish practice with his injured ribs.
FFToday's Take: Although Stafford has taken a few hits this year, he doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing Detroit's Week 3 date with the Broncos. Denver has given opposing quarterbacks fits as evidenced by their seven sacks in two games. The match up and chance of re-injury should be considered before plugging Stafford into your starting lineup on Sunday.
| Giants rule DRC and Victor Cruz out|
New York thin in the secondary
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 23 2015, 4:20 pm
|The New York Giants will be without top cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Thursday night's game against Washington, and wide receiver Victor Cruz will have to wait at least one more week for his return to the field. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: The injury to Dominick Rodgers-Cromartie leaves a defense that has been shredded the past two weeks with huge holes to fill in the secondary. Look for Kirk Cousins to test the Giants pass defense with Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon and company on Thursday night. Additionally, New York released Preston Parker this week and Victor Cruz remains sidelined leaving the door wide open for Rueben Randle to stake his claim in the passing offense behind Odell Beckham Jr.
| DeMarco Murray limted with hamstring injury|
Eagles RB leaves practice early on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2015, 1:08 pm
|DeMarco Murray didn't talk today because he didn't finish practice because of a hamstring injury. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was officially listed as "limited" in Wednesday's practice. It's too early for Murray owners to panic about his availability for this week's game against the Jets. His practice status on Thursday and Friday will give us a better idea of his availability for Sunday.
| Jason Witten practicing Wednesday|
Multiple injures for veteran tight end
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2015, 12:40 pm
|Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a sprained knee and two sprained ankles. Ho-hum.
It was just another day at the office Wednesday for Witten. The Cowboys Pro Bowler was fully padded and going through individual drills at practice Wednesday at Valley Ranch.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Witten has 16 targets in two games and needs to be on the field for the Cowboys given the losses of Dez Bryant and Tony Romo. If he's less than 100 percent on Sunday against the Falcons, new starting QB Brandon Weeden may look to Gavin Escobar to fill the void.
| Jonas Gray activated, Lamar Miller ankle injury|
Team calls Miller "day to day"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2015, 12:30 pm
|Jonas Gray is back on the active roster.
Whether he's activated for Sunday's game against the Bills might depend on Lamar Miller's ankle.
Miller has pledged to play after getting hurt against the Jaguars, but the Dolphins felt the need to elevate Gray from their practice squad to the active roster on Wednesday.
FFToday's Take: Miller hasn't been ruled out for Week 3 but it's never a good sign when a team activates a backup running back from the practice squad. Miller and the Dolphins running game have struggled the first two weeks ranking 30th rushing yards (116).
| ASJ could be sidelined 4-6 weeks, shoulder injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2015, 2:45 pm
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the possibility of being without second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for at least the next month. Seferian-Jenkins suffered a shoulder strain during the Bucs 26-19 victory over the Saints on Sunday, an injury that could keep him out for a month, a source with knowledge of the situation said.
FFToday's Take: ASJ came out of the gate hot with 110 yards and 2 TDs in Week 1. He'll now be sidelined likely until Week 7. The Bucs have a bye in Week 6. Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker will see increased snaps at tight end, but both hold little fantasy value.
|Romo placed on short-term IR, out until Wk 11|
No surgery required for broken collarbone
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2015, 12:30 pm
|The next game Tony Romo is eligible to start is on Nov. 22 against the Miami Dolphins.
The Dallas Cowboys placed their starting quarterback on the injured reserve/designated to return list on Tuesday, which will keep him out for the next eight weeks as he recovers from a broken left collarbone. Romo will not have surgery to repair the collarbone.
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys offense has suffered to major blows in the first two weeks of the season. Both Dez Bryant (foot) and Tony Romo (shoulder) will miss a significant portion of the season. Brandon Weeden will be the Cowboys starting QB until Romo can return. Without Bryant, Weeden's fantasy value is in the QB2 tier.
|Donte Moncrief earning high praise|
Colts WR outshining veteran receivers with athletic catches
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 22 2015, 9:30 am
|On a night when his more esteemed teammates could not gain any traction, Donte Moncrief picked up the slack for T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson. Moncrief caught seven passes (on eight targets) for 122 yards and a TD, a performance that ranks second in his career to a 133-yard performance against the Washington Redskins last season. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Moncrief has shown growth as a receiver this season, becoming more than just the one-dimensional deep threat he was, at times, last season. Fantasy owners (as well as the Colts) can only hope that growth continues as the teams looks for consistent offensive production.
| Rams: Gurley will play "when he's ready"|
Fisher says run-game struggles will not accelerate rookie's timetable
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 22 2015, 9:25 am
|Asked if the team’s run-game struggles and lackluster performances from RBs Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason would make it more tempting to bring Todd Gurley into the fold faster, Jeff Fisher emphatically answered "No."
“Todd’s going to play when he’s ready to play," Fisher added. "It’s a non-factor. I’ve been saying this since he got here: When he’s ready, he’s going to play, regardless of what’s happening around him. But he is getting closer." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: We really wish he was lying. Gurley, the 10th selection in last spring’s draft, was listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game (a 24-10 loss to Washington) then was declared inactive for the second time in as many NFL games. He has been a full participant in practice recently after undergoing season-ending ACL surgery on his left knee last November while competing for the University of Georgia. He offers RB1 upside if given a full workload.
| Cutler reportedly out at least two weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2015, 6:10 pm
|Jay Cutler will miss at least two weeks with his hamstring injury, sources told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. With Cutler out, Jimmy Clausen will take over as the Bears starting quarterback.
Earlier Monday, Bears coach John Fox confirmed that medical tests showed that Jay Cutler suffered a strained hamstring in Chicago's 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals but did not announce a timetable for Cutler's return. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: A bad season keeps getting worse for Chicago, which will turn to Clausen this week at Seattle and next week at home versus Oakland. Clausen and all Bears outside of Matt Forte should probably be avoided in fantasy in Week 3 while the Seahawks' defense makes for a great play in all formats, including DFS.