| Julio Jones sits again, expected to play Sunday|
Expected to practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2015, 12:50 pm
|Julio Jones will not practice Thursday and was held out of Wednesday's practice. Quinn indicated Jones would have full participation during Friday's practice. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jones is dealing with a sore hamstring but head coach Dan Quinn doesn't appear to be concerned about his top wide receiver's availability for Sunday's game against the Giants. Julio owners shouldn't panic unless he misses Friday's practice.
| T.Y. Hilton misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2015, 11:30 am
|T.Y. Hilton didn’t take part in practice with his teammates as they continued getting ready for Monday night’s home date with the Jets. The Monday night kickoff gives Hilton a little extra time to heal up, although continued absences from practice in the next couple of days won’t bode well for his chances of helping the Colts even their record. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton is dealing with a bone bruise suffered in Week 1. The Monday night start time complicates matters for fantasy owners but if Hilton he can't play, Donte Moncrief would get the start and be a viable Flex play.
| RB Ellington at practice three days after injury|
Wearing brace with sprained PCL
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 8:20 pm
|They might not play on Sunday in Chicago, but two key members of the Cardinals offense were at practice on Wednesday and were able to be on the field. That’s an encouraging sign for both running back Andre Ellington and left guard Mike Iupati, who were expected to be sidelined for another week to three weeks. Ellington has a sprained right posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Iupati is recovering from surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Coach Bruce Arians said it was a bit of a surprise that Ellington was able to test his knee this soon after injuring it just three days earlier.“Yeah,” he said. “He’s in a brace and we’ll see what he can do and what he can’t do.”
FFToday's Take: Andre Ellington's presence at practice is a good indication that the sprained PCL injury he suffered in week 1 won't keep him out any more than the one to three week time-table originally stated. However, Ellington's inability to stay healthy gives the team and HC Bruce Arians more reason to lighten the load on Arizona's lead back when he returns. Chris Johnson is projected to see the majority of the carries Sunday versus the Bears in week two with David Johnson being mixed in as well.
| TE Julius Thomas cleared for practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 7:12 pm
|JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas has been cleared for limited practice. He still won't play for at least a few more weeks.
Thomas was on the field Wednesday for the first time since breaking a bone on the back of his right hand in the preseason opener Aug. 14
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners are still waiting to see how productive Julius Thomas can be in Jacksonville's improving offense. He's still a few weeks away from returning to the field but should be a top twelve fantasy tight end most weeks when he returns.
| Carr returns to Raiders practice |
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 7:00 pm
|ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Derek Carr took a snap and threw a deep pass to Amari Cooper. Following some initial concern after Carr was knocked out of Oakland's season opener with a hand injury, the Raiders are expecting to have their starting quarterback back on the field Sunday against Baltimore.
FFToday's Take: This is an encouraging sign for the Raiders' offense heading into week 2 where Oakland will be hosting a tough Ravens defense. The Ravens held Denver's offense in check last week by limiting the Broncos to only 219 total yards. If Carr continues to practice like he did today, HC Jack Del Rio will likely give him the nod even if he isn't at full strength.
| WR Mike Evans returned to practice|
Hamstring injury kept him out of Week 1
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 16 2015, 2:12 pm
|Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who missed Sunday's season opener with a hamstring injury, was back participating at Wednesday's full-pads practice, an encouraging sign for his chances of play this week when the Bucs are at the Saints. (Tampabay.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mike Evans appears to be getting closer to returning to the field but his week 2 status will not be determined until later this week. Evan's fantasy matchup on the road against the Saints should make him a solid starting option in all formats if he does in fact make his season debut this weekend.
| Ryan Mallett to start at QB for Texans|
Texans bench starting QB after one game
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2015, 12:55 pm
|Sources: Texans are poised to make a quarterback change. They are preparing to play with QB Ryan Mallett as their starter vs. the Panthers (Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Brian Hoyer looked shaky against the Chiefs in Week 1 throwing a bad interception and completing just 53 percent of his passes. Mallett has yet to prove he's a substantial upgrade over Hoyer but he'll get an opportunity to prove just that against the Panthers. Mallett is a QB2 against Carolina.
| Browns preparing as if Johnny Manziel is starter|
Enigmatic QB likely getting the call in Week 2
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 15 2015, 11:05 am
|The Browns are preparing to move forward with Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback for Week 2. Josh McCown remains in the concussion protocol but attended meetings and watched film Monday, a day after suffering a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter.
FFToday's Take: A league source said McCown felt good, but head coach Mike Pettine said the team began the week anticipating Manziel will get the start Sunday in the home opener against the Tennessee Titans.
“If we have our starting quarterback in protocol … it’s an ideal situation that Josh would be back at the end of the week, but we have to plan otherwise that he won’t be available at least early for practice, " Pettine said. “We’ll see how it plays out. Johnny early in the week will get the starting quarterback reps.”
Neither Manziel nor McCown is a recommended play in anything but the deepest of fantasy leagues -- one that would have to ignore turnovers and award extra points for pantomime and panache.
| Dez Bryant's foot to take six weeks to heal|
Jerry Jones Cowboys star WR will be out through team's Week 6 bye
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 15 2015, 10:59 am
|In a radio interview, Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant's (Jones fracture in foot) surgery went well, but that the foot will take a full six weeks to heal completely. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Don't I know it! I once had the exact same foot fracture (fifth metatarsal) and it's a low-blood-flow area that heals relatively slowly, though the inserted screw aids the process. The Cowboys will likely continue to spread the ball around to TE Jason Witten, WR Terrance Williams, slot receiver Cole Beasley, RB Lance Dunbar -- though we could see some of second-year WR Devon Street and rookie Lucky Whitehead if the team shows a need for a bigger edge target.
|Panthers OC: We will target Greg Olsen more|
Pro Bowl TE not sweating lack of targets in Week 1
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 15 2015, 10:48 am
|Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had his fewest receiving yards in a game Sunday against the Jaguars since Carolina’s 2011 season finale, but OC Mike Shula said they will move him around to get him the ball.
FFToday's Take: Reporter Jonathan Jones astutely points out that this same story popped up last year when the Pro Bowl tight end had two games with just one catch. We're standing behind Olsen as a top-tier TE, mainly because Olsen is an integral part of the Panthers game plan. In Week 1, he had a touchdown negated because of a controversial penalty and another 13-yard catch wiped out because of a penalty, all while the Jaguars slid their safety down to help cover Olsen in zone defense.
| D. Thomas, C.J. Anderson nursing minor injuries|
Top WR dealing with hand concern, RB has sprained toe
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 4:40 pm
|Demaryius Thomas finished Sunday's season opener with seven catches for 60 yards and a sore hand. He said he planned to have his hand X-rayed after injuring it during the game.
C.J. Anderson said he suffered a sprained toe, although he didn't miss much time. The Broncos' starting running back slogged through tough runs against the Ravens' stout defense, gaining 29 yards on 12 carries. Ronnie Hillman led the Broncos with 41 yards on 12 attempts. The Broncos rushed 25 times, with 11 coming on their final scoring drive. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: HC Gary Kubiak called both players "fine", so owners can probably expect Thomas and Anderson to resume their usual roles against Kansas City on Thursday night. Much has been made about Anderson rough 12-carry, 29-yard outing in Week 1, but it is not as if Ronnie Hillman (12 carries, 41 yards) thrived. Baltimore should be the toughest test the Denver running game should see all season, so unless there is a setback with the toe, Anderson should be a RB1 moving forward.
| Bryant diagnosed with Jones fracture|
Possible Week 8 return?
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 4:25 pm
|Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot, according to a source. The injury is known as a Jones fracture and requires surgery to correct. He is scheduled to have the operation on Tuesday.
That's the same injury as Thunder star Kevin Durant, who had to have three surgeries and was shut down for the season last year.
Bryant's last play of Sunday's game came in the first minute of the fourth quarter when he caught a pass on a crossing route. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: ESPN Dallas considers Week 8 a more realistic return date, but owners need to pray the surgery corrects the problem. A Jones fracture is the same injury that eventually shut down NBA star Kevin Durant this past season and the same ailment that caused the Bengals' Marvin Jones to sit out all of last season. While Week 1 is not a time to panic, Bryant's owners would be wise to treat this as an injury that could hinder him all season.
| T.Y. Hilton likely out 1-2 weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 4:10 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts could be without their No. 1 receiving threat for a couple weeks.
T.Y. Hilton is day-to-day with a knee bruise, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the team will be cautious with their top target. Hilton could miss one to two games, depending on how the wideout feels, per a source informed of his condition. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Donte Moncrief is the next man up for the Colts, who are plenty deep at receiver and can absorb the short-term loss of a player like Hilton better than just about any other team. A two-week absence means Hilton would return in Week 4 at home against Jacksonville. In the interim, Andre Johnson should serve as the team's top target, although he figures to have a daunting matchup in Week 2 against the Jets' Darrelle Revis. Phillip Dorsett is also worthy of being added in all leagues as well.
| Foster not likely to return in Week 2|
On track for Week 3 barring late setback
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 3:40 pm
|Texans star RB Arian Foster remains well ahead of schedule following his groin surgery in training camp. Foster has continued to tell teammates and friends that a return for Week 2 is quite possible.
Worst case scenario, barring any unforeseen setback, would be playing in Week 3, a huge boost for a team with playoff aspirations in its second season under coach Bill O'Brien. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: HC Bill O'Brien stated in a post-game interview that he does not expect his star running back to suit up against Carolina. However, Foster was expected to miss nearly half the season initially after undergoing groin surgery in early August, so his owners should be thrilled about this turn of events. A Week 3 return would mean Foster opens his season against the likely poor run defenses of the Bucs, Falcons, Colts and Jaguars in succession.
| Andre Ellington could miss 2-3 weeks|
Grade 1 PCL Sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2015, 1:01 pm
|Source: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has a Grade 1 PCL Sprain. Estimated return to play 2 to 3 weeks. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington battled injury last season as off on the wrong foot to start 2015. Expect Chris Johnson to get the start this week against the Bears with rookie David Johnson operating as the No.2 back.
| DeSean Jackson expected to miss 3-4 weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 14 2015, 12:23 pm
|Redskins WR DeSean Jackson expected to miss three to four weeks with strained hamstring, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson posted a goose-egg in Week 1 after leaving early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. In his absence, expect Pierre Garcon and TE Jordan Reed to be the top targets for Kirk Cousins. Reed posted a 7-63-1 line on 11 targets in Week 1.
| Dez Bryant out 4-6 weeks, foot injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 10:00 pm
|Dallas All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant could be out at least a month after breaking his right foot in the Cowboys' season-opening victory over the New York Giants. Owner Jerry Jones said Bryant would need a pin and be out four to six weeks. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys will be without their biggest playmaker for at least a month. Next up on the depth chart is Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. Tight End Jason Witten may also see increased targets over the next few weeks. If available, Williams will be a hot waiver wire pickup as a potential WR2/3.
| Possible PCL injury for Andre Ellington|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 9:00 pm
|Cardinals running back Andre Ellington’s bad luck with injuries didn’t change on Sunday. He suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
The severity of the injury is unknown. Coach Bruce Arians said it appears the injury is the posterior cruciate ligament, but that’s not certain.
FFToday's Take: Ellington's fragility made him a risky pick in fantasy drafts and for good reason. We don't have a firm diagnosis yet on the injury but if Ellington is out for an extended period of time, Chris Johnson and David Johnson would likely shoulder the running back load.
| TE Delanie Walker's hand not broken|
Timetable for return unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 8:00 pm
|“Obviously a good day for us, we got good news on Delanie Walker, his hand is not broken, that's what we thought on the field, so we’ll get him back. I don't know how long that's going to be, we’ll know more as the week progresses." (Titans Online)|
FFToday's Take: Walker wore a cast on his right hand after the game but no break means he likely won't be out for an extended period of time. Walker posted a 3-43-1 stat line on Sunday.
| Mike Evans a gametime decision|
Team will make the call after pre-game warmup
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 9:45 am
|Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) feels good and is optimistic about playing. But the team will make the call after he works out pregame. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Evans got in a limited practice Friday. It was noted by several beat reporters that he looked good on the field. Most believe he will suit up but we won't know for sure until later this afternoon. The Bucs play at 4 Eastern.
| Tre Mason looking iffy for Rams|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 8:30 am
|Not a lot of optimism that Tre Mason will be able to play today vs. Seattle, in which case Bennie Cunningham would start at RB for Rams. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking like Benny Cunningham will get the start for the Rams in a less than ideal matchup against the Seahawks. Isaiah Pead would see action as well. Mason has been bothered by a hamstring injury since August.
|Dwayne Bowe expected to be inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 8:00 am
|Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) will be inactive vs. #Jets, sources say. A 3rd stringer on the depth chart, his deal has $9M guaranteed (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bowe missed a good portion of training camp with a hamstring injury and has been unimpressive when he has stepped on the field. Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins are expected to get the start.
| Jeffery, Royal both expected to play|
Calf injury Jeffery, hip for Royal
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 13 2015, 4:25 am
|Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal, both listed as questionable for today's game vs. Packers, both expected to play. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The good news is the Bears play early so we'll know officially they are good to when the Inactives are released. Both receivers are fantasy relevant as the Bears face the Packers offense Week 1.
| Michael Floyd to be a game-time decision|
Cardinals' WR recovering from finger dislocation surgery
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:30 pm
|#AZcardinals coach Bruce Arians says WR Michael Floyd, TE Jermaine Gresham and TE Troy Niklas are all game-time decisions for #NOvsAZ (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd's absence Sunday would make teammates Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown a little more valuable. Owners of the Cardinals' WRs would be wise to keep an eye on injury updates leading up to kickoff Sunday.
| RG3 cleared to return to the field|
Will likely act as Kirk Cousins' backup Sunday against Miami
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:15 pm
|Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to return to the field, team president Bruce Allen announced Friday. Speaking on Washington's WTOP radio, Allen said Griffin was cleared to play by an independent neurologist. Griffin suffered a concussion in the second week of the preseason. The Redskins announced in late August that Griffin had been cleared by an independent neurologist, but quickly rescinded the declaration, creating confusion about Griffin's status. Since then, exact details on Griffin's condition have been be sparse. The team has already announced it's going with Kirk Cousins as its starter for the season opener against the Miami Dolphins. Now healthy, Griffin will presumably act as Cousins' backup. (The Score)|
FFToday's Take: Griffin is not worth owning in any formats. His lack of production the last two seasons combined with his proneness to injury make him irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
|Dion Lewis the new face of the Pats' backfield?|
RB rattles off 69 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards in Pats' debut
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:10 pm
|Fantasy football owners generally know that New England Patriots running backs can be a shaky investment because of the way coach Bill Belichick often rotates them and alters the game plan on a week-by-week basis. But Thursday night's season-opening 28-21 win against the Steelers at least provided some clarity as to how the coaching staff views part of the depth chart. Dion Lewis, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since 2012, is now the clear-cut top option to fill the void created by Shane Vereen's free-agent departure. Vereen played 52.9 percent of the offensive snaps last season as the team's top "pass-catching" back, which is a high total that reflects how the Patriots regularly spread the field and rely on their backs as pass-catchers and in blitz pickup. That was the plan in Thursday's opener, as Lewis played 46 of 61 snaps. Brandon Bolden was sprinkled in at times (14), while James White played one snap, the kneel-down right before the half. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: LeGarrette Blount owners best make sure, if they haven't previously, to secure Dion Lewis after last night's impressive performance. The Patriots' RB situation is always a nightmare for fantasy owners but these two appear to be the two top dogs... for now.
|AJ Green signs four-year extension with Bengals|
Deal reportedly worth $60 million
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 4:00 pm
|A.J. Green is the latest game-changing wide receiver to earn a substantial pay raise. With the Bengals' regular-season opener just two days away, the 27-year-old has agreed to a four-year, $60 million extension, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Green, who was in the final year of his rookie deal, joins Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, all wideouts receiving new contracts in the weeks leading up to the 2015 season. Jones signed a five-year, $71 million deal while Bryant and Thomas inked five-year, $70 million deal. The specifics - like guaranteed money and yearly payments - of Green's contract remain unknown at this time. What is known, however, is that Green is critical to the Bengals' passing game. In four seasons he's made four Pro Bowls, never had fewer than 1,041 receiving yards, and averaged nearly nine touchdowns a year. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Green is a top-tier wide receiver, poised for another productive year. The only thing that could hold him back is his erratic quarterback Andy Dalton, who's coming off arguably his worst season to date.
|Steelers fail to contain Pats' new TE tandem|
Gronkowski and Chandler combine for four TDs in season opener
By: John Canario | Sep 11 2015, 3:45 pm
|As the story goes, the Steelers came to Gillette Stadium last night with this grand plan to stop Rob Gronkowski. They figured stuffing the all-world tight end was the key to beating the Patriots. So they were going to jam him, hit him, and slug him silly at the line. Really? The only ones looking silly last night were the Men of Steel, who looked more like the Men of Jello whenever they came anywhere near Gronk, or his sidekick, Scott Chandler. The Patriots’ new tight end tandem was unveiled for the first time, and it was every bit as awesome as most people had imagined during the Pats’ 28-21 opening-night victory. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: It'd be unreasonable to expect Aaron Hernandez-type numbers from Chandler, as he lacks the raw athleticism of the former Patriot. Even a 50-reception, 500-yard campaign is probably a stretch. But we know that Tom Brady likes targetting his tight ends in the red zone. An eight-touchdown season is not out of the realm of possibility for Chandler if he stays healthy.
| Mike Evans limited in practice Friday|
Will be a gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2015, 2:05 pm
|The chances of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans playing in his team’s season opener Sunday against Tennessee appear to be improving dramatically. Mike Evans, who has been out since the second week of the preseason with a hamstring strain, practiced on Friday for what is believed to be the first time since he went down with the injury. (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Evans returned to practice Friday and was limited. Head coach Lovie Smith hasn't ruled Evans out for Sunday's game, saying they will wait until Sunday to make a decision. He'll likely be listed as questionable on the Friday evening injury report.
| Tre Mason misses practice Friday|
Will be listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 11 2015, 1:38 pm
|Rams coach Jeff Fisher says RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be officially listed as out. RB Tre Mason did not practice and will be questionable. (Nick Wagoner on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Mason missing practice this week, it's likely he will be inactive leaving Benny Cunningham and Isaiah Pead (yes he's still in the league) the likely runners for the Rams on Sunday. A matchup against the Seahawks defense isn't ideal but Cunningham makes for an interesting DFS play if you're looking to save $ at the RB position.
|Dallas "appears" to be leaning toward Randle at RB|
Team maintains it feels good about its backfield
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:50 pm
|Joseph Randle has spent two years behind DeMarco Murray, who has since signed with the Eagles. In spot-duty last year, Randle rushed for 343 yards on 51 carries, with a team-best 6.7 yards per carry.
Darren McFadden echoed the same sentiments. Right now, it appears the Cowboys are leaning toward Randle as the starter, but McFadden knows a thing or two about splitting carries, having done it at both Arkansas and with the Raiders the last seven years. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: Stay tuned. This is a story that has experienced twists and turns just this week and it seems like the only thing for sure is that Lance Dunbar will be the third-down back. Randle appears to be the leader in the clubhouse, but expect the Cowboys to rotate him and McFadden frequently over the course of the year until one man steps up or gets injured. Given Randle's off-field exploits and McFadden's injury history, Christine Michael needs to be on fantasy rosters as well.
| DeVante Parker highly impressive in practice|
Rookie WR overcoming time lost from offeason foot surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:35 pm
|The Miami Dolphins came into this week of practice believing rookie WR DeVante Parker would be available for the regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins. And then this week's practices happened. Players said Parker looked good on Monday. And better on Wednesday. And then better again on Thursday. And so how good has Parker been?
One player said Parker still isn't in the same league with Greg Jennings on route running or showing the kind of chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill that Jarvis Landry has. But that he's a good combination of the two and is getting back some of the explosion he had at rookie minicamp. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The buy-low window for Parker appears to be closing fast. His path to a starting job appears to be fairly clear as well since Kenny Stills was limited in the preseason with a calf injury and Jennings is on the downside of career. Expect Jennings to be the starter opposite Jarvis Landry for a few weeks, but Parker's game-breaking ability should allow him to move past the ex-Packer and Viking before long. Parker has WR2 upside and could eventually move past Landry as Tannehill's top target.
|Abdullah to be used extensively in passing game|
Rookie RB's role likely to mirror Reggie Bush's
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:25 pm
|Lions OC Joe Lombardi on Ameer Abdullah: He's going to get a chance to run the ball, and he's going to get a chance to be used extensively in the passing game. (Kyle Meinke on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In case it wasn't somewhat obvious before, the Lions intend on using Abdullah much like they did Reggie Bush when he was able to stay healthy in 2013. That role led to a RB9 finish for Bush in PPR formats and a RB10 finish in standard leagues. Detroit may not give him more than 15 offensive touches initially as it uses him as a returner, but he's highly likely to lead the backfield in fantasy points before the season is over. Joique Bell is expected to get the start in Week 1.
| Foster "ahead of schedule"|
Tells reporters he feels "wonderful"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 10 2015, 6:00 pm
|Arian Foster isn't feeling great. Arian Foster is in a much better place.
"I'm feeling wonderful," the Pro Bowl running back told the Houston media on Thursday morning.
Foster suffered a groin injury in early August, and missed the rest of training camp, as well as all four preseason games. He had surgery, has been through rehab, and said he's making progress "day by day". He wouldn't give a timeline on when he'd return, but said "we're ahead of schedule". (HoustonTexans.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans haven't provided much information in terms of a timeline, but it is widely assumed Foster will be back on the field sometime early in October - perhaps Week 4. If that is the case, a number of owners that rolled the dice on him post-injury in the fourth and fifth round of their fantasy draft could have a high-end RB1 on their hands, especially given the Texans' relatively soft run schedule. Alfred Blue is expected to see the most carries in his absence.
| Victor Cruz to miss practice Thursday|
Gaints receiver likely out for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2015, 9:56 am
|Once again, Giants WR Victor Cruz will not practice today. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Does everyone recall the training camp speculation and analysis that Cruz would be ready and was on track for Week 1? As we've discussed numerous times over the summer, Cruz's knee injury was nasty and difficult to make a quick recovery from. Hopefully you avoided him at his 7th round ADP. He'll likely be inactive this week.
| Randall Cobb: "I'll be on the field Sunday"|
Shouler injury may linger for a couple weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 10 2015, 7:00 am
|Receiver Randall Cobb returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant 11 days after injuring his shoulder in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'll be on the field Sunday," Cobb said. "I have to deal with this for a few weeks," Cobb said. "That's part of it." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb's sprained shoulder will keep him at less than 100% for the next few weeks. Still, as long as he's on the field he's viable WR1 in a Packers high-octane offense without Jordy Nelson.
| TE Ladarius Green may have concussion|
SD already thin at TE
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 6:00 pm
|Ladarius Green is being evaluated for a possible concussion. (Ricky Henne via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Antonio Gates (suspension) already ruled out, Ladarius Green was expected to start the season as the starter. With Green entering concussion protocol, his status for Week 1 and beyond is now in serious doubt. David Johnson would presumably step into a larger role this weekend. Johnson, a seventh round draft pick in 2009, has been used sparingly over the past five seasons but did manage to snare a touchdown reception back in 2011. The team could also look to add another player via free agency or trade over the next few days.
| Randall Cobb practices Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 4:50 pm
|Cobb, who sustained a shoulder sprain two weeks ago, was working on the field and participated in individual drills, according to ESPN.com. He was officially listed as limited on the team's injury report. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is encouraging news for the Randall Cobb and his owners. Cobb is preparing for a week 1 tilt against the Bears, however he will need to advance past individual drills before Sunday to get onto the field. At this point it is looking like Cobb will be a game-time decision for Sunday with Davante Adams waiting for a huge role in the passing game if Cobb is less than 100 percent.
|RB Gore will be on pitch count as season opens|
Team hopeful veteran will be running strong into January
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 4:46 pm
|Gore is a strong bet to top his 1,106 yards from last season, but at age 32, the veteran will be treated with care by a Colts coaching staff that wants to keep him fresh deep into January. Coach Chuck Pagano conceded Wednesday that Gore will operate on a pitch count -- at least to start the year, per ESPN. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Frank Gore should be a solid RB2 most weeks, however news of a "pitch count" could translate into a few less fantasy points by season's end. If the Colts have a commanding lead into the second half, the team may decide to keep Gore off the field thereby limiting Gore's ceiling against weaker opponents in 2015.
| Ertz back on the practice field|
Working way back from core muscle injury
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 9 2015, 4:08 pm
|The Eagles returned to practice on Wednesday with every player practicing, including tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz missed the preseason because of a core muscle injury. The Eagles hoped that Ertz would return in time for Monday's season opener against the Falcons. His status remains undetermined.
FFToday's Take: Zach Ertz has retained plenty of fantasy appeal in Philly's up tempo offense despite missing a chunk of time this preseason. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be a viable starting option for Week 1 but now that he has returned to practice, he should see his weekly fantasy ranking move up over the next month.