| Broncos CB Chris Harris to be game-time decision|
By: Doug Orth | Jan 21 2016, 6:20 pm
|The Broncos listed 11 players on their Wednesday injury report and all of them were full participants in their first training session of the week. Not all of them are a sure thing to play against the Patriots on Sunday, however.
During an appearance on ESPN, Broncos GM John Elway said that CB Chris Harris will be a game-time decision on Sunday afternoon. Harris has been dealing with a shoulder injury for the last few weeks and said after last Sunday’s game that he was playing with one arm due to the injury. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Harris played 75 percent of the snaps on defense last weekend, which was a season low for him. His presence is going to be more important this weekend than most since he is Denver's top slot cornerback - a job title that means he'll be responsible for guarding Julian Edelman the majority of time he is on the field.
| RB Stewart expected to play Sunday|
Panthers being cautious with ankle injury
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 20 2016, 5:35 pm
|The Carolina Panthers are taking necessary precaution with running back Jonathan Stewart.
Stewart did not take part in practice on Wednesday, three days after sustaining an ankle injury in second half of the Panthers' Divisional Round victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters the team expects Stewart to be ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
FFToday's Take: Jonathan Stewart is a key cog in the Panthers' offense so it isn't surprising to see him being held out of practice following his first game action in over a month. HC Ron Rivera's vote of confidence in him playing this week should help ease concerns over the severity of Stewart's ankle injury and make Stewart one of the most attractive fantasy options heading into the weekend.
|Browns' Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement |
Suspended for violating substance abuse program
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 20 2016, 4:15 pm
|CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Suspended All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon could be back with the Cleveland Browns soon.
He's applied for reinstatement to the NFL from his indefinite ban under the substance-abuse policy, a league source told cleveland.com.
FFToday's Take: Josh Gordon has a long way to go before he is cleared to return to the NFL, however this was the first step towards officially starting the process. As a Stage 3 offender Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension of at least one year. Fantasy owners should keep the former Pro-Bowl wideout on their radar in preparation for the 2016 season and check back in April for a clearer picture on his playing status.
|Rams' Gurley named NFL rookie of the year|
Finished season as the NFL's third leading rusher
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 20 2016, 1:00 am
|Named to the Pro Bowl last month, the honors continue to roll in for Rams running back Todd Gurley. He was named NFL rookie of the year, and also the NFL offensive rookie of the year Tuesday by the Pro Football Writers of America. (STLToday.com)|
FFToday's Take: Todd Gurley lived up to expectations once he finally made it back onto the field. Gurley's ten touchdowns in thirteen games is arguably the most impressive fantasy stat from his rookie year. A case can and will be made for Gurley to be amongst top fantasy running backs in both redraft and dynasty formats heading into 2016.
| Jordy Nelson ahead of schedule on ACL rehab|
"Looks great" five months after suffering year-ending injury
By: Doug Orth | Jan 18 2016, 8:55 pm
|McCarthy also commented on Jordy Nelson. The Packers wide receiver suffered a significant right knee injury in the Packers preseason matchup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was out for the season.
Mike McCarthy said he fells that Nelson will come back next season better than ever. The coach said Nelson is “so far ahead with rehab,” and that he “looks great.” (Fox6now.com)|
FFToday's Take: While Nelson's absence wasn't the only problem Green Bay faced on offense this year, it proved to be the hardest one to overcome. Randall Cobb disappointed as the lead receiver while Davante Adams failed to live up to Aaron Rodgers' expectations during a injury-ruined sophomore season. Nelson will be 31 in May and is coming off a major knee injury, but he will be over 12 months into his recovery by next September. He should be considered a WR2 with upside in 2016.
|McCarthy calls out Lacy for being too heavy|
"He cannot play at the weight he played at this year"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 18 2016, 6:55 pm
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy has put RB Eddie Lacy on notice. "He's got a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. "His offseason last year was not good enough and he never recovered from it. He cannot play at the weight he played at this year." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy has walked a fine line between being a big back with nimble feet and just being a big back for most of his three seasons in the league. James Starks is a free agent the Packers haven't shown much interest in retaining and will be 30 in February, so Green Bay may look to address the position via the draft. Lacy will be in a contract year in 2016, so it should come as little shock if he returns to fantasy prominence if he can get his conditioning back in order.
|Eagles make it official, Pederson head coach|
Eagles hire Chiefs offensive coordinator
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2016, 2:55 pm
|Doug Pederson was officially announced as the new coach of the Eagles on Monday.
Pederson, 47, will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He replaces Chip Kelly, who was fired Dec. 29, five days before the Eagles' final regular-season game.
FFToday's Take: Pederson has been the Chiefs offensive coordinator for the past three seasons and was formerly the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia under Andy Reid. Kansas City Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy is inline to become the next offensive coordinator for the Chiefs while Pederson's staff in Philadelphia remains in question.
| Jonathan Stewart "tweaks" ankle|
Injury not related to previous foot sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2016, 12:55 pm
|Coach Ron Rivera just told reporters that running back Jonathan Stewart came through yesterday’s game in good shape, and that the “tweak” he felt yesterday was his ankle being rolled up on rather than an aggravation of the foot sprain that kept him out of the last four weeks. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: An earlier report suggested that perhaps re-injured his sprained foot which kept him out of action since Week 14. Stewart led all fantasy running backs in the divisional round with 111 combined yards and two scores. He'll be a top option along with David Johnson on Sunday.
|Rob Gronkowski expected to play|
Knee, back injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 16 2016, 5:04 am
|#Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) will play today vs. #KCChiefs, per @KimJonesSports & me. He'll be in pain, but he'll play. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Gronk will be at less than 100 percent for this game. Just how limited he will be, if it all, remains to be seen. Anytime he steps on the field he is an elite fantasy option at the position but temper your expectations today.
| Gronk, Edelman, Amendola all questionable|
Gronkowski dealing with back and knee injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2016, 4:30 pm
|#Patriots injury report: Gronk (knee/back), Edelman (foot), Vollmer (ankle), Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) all listed QUESTIONABLE (Ben Volin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rob Gronkowski reportedly got an injection in his knee on Thursday for pain relief and is also dealing with a back injury. It looks like he's headed for a gametime decision. Given the secretive nature of the Patriots we'll need to wait for the inactive list on Saturday to be sure, but it's a good bet that Gronk, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola will all be active. Their effectiveness is the bigger question.
| "Good chance" Lynch plays on Sunday|
Seattle RB gets on the bus
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2016, 4:05 pm
|Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch: "Bags are packed." Will he play? "There's a really good chance." (Danny O\'Neil on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch did board the team bus today so he's one step closer to the field. After what happened last week, Carroll can't guarantee Lynch will play so this the best confirmation we are going to get. In a week were David Johnson is the only safe RB play on the board, Lynch will be the next closest thing and should see anywhere from 15-20 touches.
| Antonio Brown ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2016, 10:33 am
|Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for Sunday's playoff game at Denver.
Brown could not get over the concussion protocol hump.
FFToday's Take: The Steelers will be without their best receiver and likely their best running back (DeAngelo Williams) when they take on the Broncos this Sunday. Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be the starting wideouts. Both Bryant and Wheaton will be viable fantasy options but tough to trust with Ben Roethlisberger questionable to play.
| No practice for injured Steelers' offensive stars|
Roethisberger, Brown and Williams appear questionable at best
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:40 pm
|QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown were not full participants in practice for the second day in a row, but that could change tomorrow. The plan for Roethlisberger (shoulder separation) all along was to not participate fully in practice until Friday, the last full practice before Sunday’s divisional playoff game in Denver. Brown, though, has not been cleared to practice after sustaining a concussion in the wild-card playoff victory in Cincinnati. Meantime, RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) still has not practiced since being injured in the season finale against Cleveland and is not expected to play in Denver. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: In terms of likelihood to play this week, it appears the order at the moment is Roethlisberger, Brown and then Williams. The Steelers are hopeful Brown can be cleared from the concussion protocol program and play even if he doesn’t practice. Friday figures to be a big day in determining his status. Making matters worse for fantasy purposes, Pittsburgh plays in the last of the four playoff games this weekend. The Denver defense is shaping up to be a great play.
| Gronk receives injection in ailing right knee|
Patriots believe he'll be ready for Divisional Round
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:30 pm
|New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski spent part of Thursday in a Boston hospital getting treatment on his injured right knee which included an injection, according to a source familiar with the procedure.
The Patriots believe Gronkowski will play in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, but will ultimately need to see how Gronkowski feels on game day. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: DFS and fantasy playoff league owners have slight reason for concern since Gronkowski has missed two of the last three practices, getting in only an limited session in between Wednesday. He did play 55 of 60 snaps in Week 17, however, and should be expected to play. Although he has proven to be nearly matchup-proof, the combination of his knee and the Chiefs' stellar defense versus tight ends should be enough to steer most of the fantasy public away from using him this weekend.
|Bucs promote OC Dirk Koetter to Head Coach|
Helped oversee 4,000-yard season from rookie QB Jameis Winston
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:25 pm
|The Bucs are hiring OC Dirk Koetter as their new head coach and it will be finalized soon, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Koetter's name emerged as a potential replacement to Lovie Smith soon after the coach was fired last week. He was interviewed on Tuesday for the job.
The offensive coordinator has been widely praised for his work with No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and running a balanced offense attack with Doug Martin, the NFL's No. 2 rusher in 2015. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Koetter has been an offensive coordinator at three different stops since his last head-coaching gig at Arizona State in 2006. He oversaw Maurice Jones-Drew's best years in Jacksonville, guided the Atlanta Falcons' offense to two top-10 finishes in total offense in three years before coaxing a fifth-place finish from the Bucs in his first year as a play-caller in Tampa. His presence is good news for all of the Bucs' skill-position players, especially Winston and Mike Evans.
|Report: Eagles to name Doug Pederson Head Coach|
Former QB and Eagles assistant under Andy Reid
By: Doug Orth | Jan 14 2016, 6:15 pm
|The Eagles will hire former quarterback and assistant coach Doug Pederson as head coach in a nod by owner Jeffrey Lurie to the success and environment that the team had under Andy Reid. An NFL source confirmed the hiring Thursday.
Pederson has been Reid's offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs for the last three seasons. Before going to Kansas City, he was Reid's quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia after starting as a quality control coach. They must wait for the Chiefs to be eliminated from the postseason to bring him to Philadelphia. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Pederson isn't a splashy hire by any stretch, but his work in Kansas City - along with Reid - during the Chiefs' 11-game winning streak without Jamaal Charles probably helped him seal the deal as much as his background with the Eagles. Pederson has generally run conservative offenses in his relatively short time as an assistant, which means DeMarco Murray could resume his workhorse ways in 2016.
|49ers hire Chip Kelly as head coach|
Former Eagles coach remains in NFL
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2016, 1:54 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chip Kelly to be their next head coach, the team announced Thursday. Kelly joins the 49ers after three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, whom he led to the playoffs once before being fired with one game remaining in the 2015 season. He was 26-21 overall with Philadelphia. Kelly rose to fame for his offensive style during four seasons and a 46-7 record as coach at Oregon.
FFToday's Take: Many thought Kelly's time in the NFL had come to close but the former Eagles coach will move to west coast and take over a franchise in a messy situation. The 49ers are coming off a disastrous season that included countless retirements and season-long injuries. Kelly's hiring may signal life for QB Colin Kaepernick who could become a viable fantasy option in Kelly's up-tempo offense.
|Giants to hire Ben McAdoo as Head Coach|
New York stays in house to replace Tom Coughlin
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 8:33 pm
|The Giants are hiring Ben McAdoo to replace Tom Coughlin, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The combination of Ben McAdoo overseeing the offense, Odell Beckham, Jr. making great catches and a porous defense helped Eli Manning set a career highs in pass attempts, completions and touchdown passes during the 2015 season. With McAdoo taking over head coaching duties the offense should remain relatively unchanged heading into the 2016 season.
| Seattle's Lynch practices in full Wednesday|
Status for Sunday still up in the air
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 8:30 pm
|RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, but coach Pete Carroll cautioned that was no indication whether he would play in the NFC divisional playoff game at Carolina on Sunday. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners will need to check back for updates on Marshawn Lynch's game status throughout the week after he somewhat unexpectedly decided himself that he wasn't quite ready to return to action against the Vikings a week ago. Lynch is being evaluated daily and is slated to practice in full all week.
|Browns name Hue Jackson as Head Coach|
Johnny Manziel not in Cleveland's future plans?
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 6:57 pm
|The Cleveland Browns have named former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their next head coach. Jackson's hiring appears to mean the end of quarterback Johnny Manziel in Cleveland. A source close to the situation told ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano that the topic of Manziel was discussed at length in meetings between Jackson and Browns ownership. In those discussions, Jackson indicated he would prefer the organization move on from Manziel if he were to become head coach, and he was told that would not be a problem. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: After spending the bulk of his pro coaching career in Cincinnati, Jackson will stay in Ohio to help revitalize the Cleveland Browns. It seems that Jackson will finally get a fair shot as a head coach after new management in Oakland decided to let him go following his first and only season as head coach in 2011. The offense is in dire need of a facelift after Johnny Manziel headlines have plagued the team from the moment he was drafted. Until the new coaching staff upgrades the quarterback position, however, Cleveland's offensive players will remain a tough sell for fantasy owners in 2016.
| Steelers prepping Landry Jones|
team still hoping Roethlisberger can play
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 6:20 pm
|PITTSBURGH (AP) — Landry Jones wouldn't mind a shot at redemption. Ben Roethlisberger with his mess of a right shoulder hopes it doesn't come to that.
Jones took the majority of the snaps with the starters for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, prepping for Sunday's playoff visit to Denver just in case Roethlisberger can't find a way to make it work with the sprained shoulder on his throwing arm.
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger won't be 100 percent when the Steelers take the field against the Broncos. The question is whether he will be healthy enough to start and finish the game. Landry Jones should continue to receive the bulk of the work in practice but hasn't thrown a touchdown since week seven. The potential absence of star receiver Antonio Brown only adds to the cloudy fantasy forecast for Pittsburgh's quarterback tandem.
|Mike Shanahan is 'in the mix' for 49ers HC job|
Two-time Super Bowl winning coach rejoins long list of candidates
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 5:44 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers' head-coaching search has arguably already gone on longer than expected. Now, a new name has either entered or re-entered the picture, depending on which report you're reading: former Raiders, Broncos and Washington coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan has been out of the NFL for the last two years, having been fired by Washington prior to the 2014 season.
FFToday's Take: The 49ers coaching search has covered a lot of ground to this point and it appears Mike Shanahan may get a chance to torment fantasy owners once again. The interest in the former Washington Head Coach is logical considering the team's investment in quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Shanahan's success coaching past signal callers. The team is also said to be considering former Giants HC Tom Coughlin and a decision may be on the horizon.
|Chargers hire Ken Whisenhunt to run offense |
Coach returns to San Diego after being fired from Titans
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 4:00 pm
|Ken Whisenhunt is returning to the Chargers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Whisenhunt will become the Chargers' new offensive coordinator, per a source informed of the team's plans. The move had been speculated since San Diego fired offensive coordinator Frank Reich earlier this month.
FFToday's Take: Ken Whisenhunt spent one season as the Chargers' offensive coordinator under coach Mike McCoy in 2013, before being hired to coach the Tennessee Titans in 2014. His professional coaching resume also includes stops in Arizona, Pittsburgh, New York (Jets), Cleveland and Baltimore. QB Phillip Rivers had one of his most productive fantasy seasons in Whisenhunt's offense during the 2003 season.
| No limitations for Jonathan Stewart|
Panthers' RB practices Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 13 2016, 1:08 pm
|Ron Rivera: No limitations on Jonathan Stewart. Full go. Stewart told me he does not believe he will be limited in any way on Sunday. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers will have their starting running back in full capacity for the Divisional matchup against the Seahawks. Seattle has been tough against the run this season but Stewart posted a 20-78-2 line against them in Week 6. He's in the RB2 consideration in daily and playoff league formats.
| Davante Adams MCL sprain, unlikely to play|
Packers down starting receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2016, 11:16 am
|The Green Bay Packers are likely to be without receiver Davante Adams for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals.
According to a source, further tests on Adams' right knee showed a possible MCL sprain.
FFToday's Take: The severity of the injury remains unclear but it sounds like Adams avoided a serious knee injury. Without Adams, Jared Abbrederis should see increased opportunities but will take a back seat to James Jones and Randall Cobb in the passing game.
| Antonio Brown "not looking good" vs. Broncos|
Earlier report had WR trending in the right direction
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2016, 10:20 pm
|Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will likely miss Sunday’s divisional round game against the Denver Broncos due to a concussion, reports ESPN’s Bob Holtzman. Brown sustained the head injury on a hit by Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict in Pittsburgh's 18-16 win in Saturday's AFC wild-card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Burfict was flagged, helping set up a game-winning field goal by Steelers PK Chris Boswell. (Sports Illustrated)|
FFToday's Take: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested Brown "should be able to play" earlier in the day, but this report along with ESPN's Bob Holtzman and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport suggests the receiver is facing long odds of playing in the Divisional Round. With Ben Roethlisberger likely at far less than 100 percent, Denver's defense/special teams is shaping up to be a good play in DFS and for owners in playoff fantasy leagues.
| Edelman, Brady cleared for Divisional Round|
Three other Patriots trending in right direction
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2016, 6:20 pm
|Receiver Julian Edelman (broken foot), quarterback Tom Brady (ankle sprain) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (MCL sprain) were all accounted for at Monday's practice, and will play Saturday versus the Chiefs, reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Pass rusher Chandler Jones (toe) and left tackle Sebastian Vollmer (ankle sprain) were also present Monday and could play this weekend, per Howe. Danny Amendola appears to be out of the woods with his late-December knee injury. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Brady will have his top two receivers (Rob Gronkowski and Edelman) for the first time since Week 10, when New England were still undefeated. With S Eric Berry playing some of the best football of his career and doing his part to shut down opposing tight ends, Edelman's health - and the health of the Patriots' offensive line - figures to be that much more important this weekend as New England faces Kansas City.
| DeAngelo Williams visiting noted foot doctor|
Missed wild-card win over Bengals with foot injury
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2016, 6:10 pm
|DeAngelo Williams is consulting noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Monday, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.
Perhaps the foot issues are persisting for Williams, who left the team facility last week feeling confident he could return for the divisional round. That still may be the case, but seeing a foot specialist six days before a game complicates matters. Stay tuned on this one. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson is to the foot in the NFL as James Andrews is to the knee. Translation: Williams is shaping up as a longshot for the Divisional Round and perhaps the rest of the postseason. Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman were effective in replacing Williams versus Cincinnati and should be expected to share the load against Denver.
| Jonathan Stewart expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2016, 3:42 pm
|Panthers' RB Jonathan Stewart, who has missed past three games with a foot injury, is expected to play Sunday vs. Seattle, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart last played in Week 14 but should be able to practice and play this barring any setback. Even with Cam Newton vulturing touchdowns, Stewart will be one of the safer running backs in the divisional round.
| Positive signs for Big Ben, Antonio Brown|
Steelers' studs might be available for Divisional game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2016, 7:00 am
|Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown — have a chance to be ready Sunday for a divisional-round playoff game at Denver. Roethlisberger’s injured right shoulder is “sore,” but he said there apparently is no ligament damage and is “day to day” for the top-seeded Broncos. Also, All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown, who was put in concussion protocol after a hit to the helmet by Burfict following an incomplete pass, is said to be fine and should be able to play against the Broncos. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger's shoulder injury appears to be the biggest concern heading into a divisional matchup with the Broncos. It's likely he'll be limited in practice this week or perhaps held out entirely. Antonio Brown suffered an apparent concussion, but such early week optimism suggests he might not have suffered a concussion at all.
| High ankle sprain for Maclin, no ACL tear|
Status for divisional round in question
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2016, 2:18 pm
|MRI showed Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin did NOT tear his ACL, per source. He did suffer a high ankle sprain. Status for Saturday at NE uncertain. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin has torn his ACL twice so this is good news as it was feared he tore his ACL in the Chiefs Wildcard game against Houston. A high ankle sprain would make him very doubtful to play in the divisional round against the Patriots. If he's unable to play, Albert Wilson and rookie Chris Conley would be the Chiefs starting wide receivers.
| Lynch ruled out for wild-card game versus Vikings|
RB "felt like he couldn't play"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2016, 12:40 am
|The Seattle Seahawks on Friday night ruled running back Marshawn Lynch out of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. The comeback path of running back Marshawn Lynch took a strange turn Friday when he told the Seahawks after practice that he couldn’t play and did not accompany the team to Minnesota for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Vikings.
The Seahawks released a statement Friday night that said Lynch had been declared out and added, “Following our final workout Friday he felt like he couldn’t play.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch has played in just seven games this season and not since since the Nov. 15 home loss to Arizona. He had abdominal surgery Nov. 25 in Philadelphia and spent much of the next month or so in the Bay Area working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim. Lynch's new status will likely make Christine Michael a near-staple in DFS and playoff leagues of all kind, even though he will cede some work to Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson.
| DeAngelo Williams expected to sit|
Could return for Divisional Round
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2016, 9:00 am
|The Steelers consider RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) out vs. #Bengals, sources say. If they win, there's a chance he plays next week. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald Toussaint is expected to be the starting running back and while the Steelers like to use a workhorse at the position, it wouldn't surprise anyone if Jordan Todman got some run as well. If you're looking for a Steelers RB to use, Toussaint is the pick for you playoff fantasy leagues.
| DeAngelo Williams remains sidelined Thursday|
Odds remain slim D-Will will play versus Bengals
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2016, 8:45 pm
|The Steelers practiced again on Thursday and RB DeAngelo Williams remained on the sideline.
Williams was injured in Week 17 against the Browns and was in a walking boot by the time the game ended with what was initially described as an ankle injury, but what the team is calling a foot issue. Whatever the exact nature of the injury, the concern about Williams’ availability to face the Bengals on Saturday remains high as long as he’s unable to get on the field. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: ESPN NFL Senior writer Jeremy Fowler tweeted Thursday that OC Todd Haley said Fitzgerald Toussaint is "the guy" this week unless Williams can go. Jordan Todman will receive some work as well, but neither Toussaint nor Todman is a high-upside fantasy option. For what it is worth, the Steelers believe Williams will be able to play if they can beat Cincinnati this weekend.
| Peterson expects to play in Wild Card Round|
Missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with back issue
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2016, 8:35 pm
|Vikings RB Adrian Peterson missed a second day of practice on Thursday because of a back injury, but he left no doubt about where expects to be when Sunday’s game against the Seahawks gets underway. Peterson said that the lack of practice has been about rest and not because his back is bothering him enough that there’s a chance he’ll have to remain on the sideline.
“I’m good,” Peterson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’m feeling good. I was able to rest the body today. I’ll be ready to roll on Sunday.” (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson missed most of the second half in Week 17 versus Green Bay before returning late in the fourth quarter. While he should be expected to play, the wind chill in Minnesota is expected around minus-7 degrees and the overall temperature is expected to be no higher than zero. That means AP could struggle to get loose or stay loose. As a result, Jerick McKinnon makes an interesting contrarian play in DFS, albeit a low upside one against Seattle's stout defense.
| Hip still an issue for Matt Jones|
Redskins RB limited in practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2016, 12:53 pm
|RB Matt Jones said hip still healing. If today was game day, he says he probably wouldn't be able to play. Feels it most when trying to cut. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones hasn't played since Week 15 and is sounds like he'll miss Saturday's game with the Packers. That would leave Alfred Morris, Chris Thompson and Pierre Thomas to handle rushing duties. Green Bay was middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to RBs making Morris an interesting contrarian option in daily formats. He should get the bulk of early-down work against the Pack.
|Broncos announce Peyton Manning will start|
Divisional Round QB goes to the veteran
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2016, 10:15 am
|The decision has been made: Peyton Manning will start at quarterback for the Broncos in their divisional-round game on Jan. 17.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak told the team at its Thursday morning meeting that Manning would start. Kubiak met with Manning and Brock Osweiler prior to announcing the decision. (DenverBroncos.com)|
FFToday's Take: When Manning relieved Osweiler in Week 17, you had to figure Manning would be the starter in the playoffs. Manning has recovered enough from his torn plantar fascia to get back on the field but concerns over arm strength and his poor play (9 TDS, 17 INTs) remain a big question mark. The Broncos will face either Houston, Kansas City or Pittsburgh in the Divisional round of the playoffs.
| Marshawn Lynch "full-go" on Wednesday|
Expected to play Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2016, 6:00 pm
|Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is “full go,” according to coach Pete Carroll on Wednesday.
Carroll said earlier this week that he expects Lynch to play on Sunday against the Vikings, and nothing in Lynch’s first few days back with the team have indicated otherwise.
FFToday's Take: Lynch had been holed up with his personal trainers, rehabbing from abdominal surgery but joined the team early this week and is expected to play on Sunday. His return will hurt the value of Christine Michael (17-102 in Week 17) and Bryce Brown. Workload for Lynch will be the concern and with a real possibility of a timeshare, it will tough to trust BeastMode in playoff fantasy leagues.
| Jeremy Maclin limited in practice|
OLB Justin Houston to return versus Texans
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 6 2016, 5:16 pm
|Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice Wednesday after suffering a hip bruise in the Chiefs’ 23-17 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Maclin, who was limited, said after the game that “there’s no way” he’d miss the Chiefs’ playoff opener. Outside linebacker Justin Houston and right tackle Jah Reid — two starters who missed the Raiders game Sunday with knee injuries — both practiced for the second straight day. Reid was limited, while Houston was a full participant. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Jeremy Maclin's status is noteworthy because the team's offense is short on playmakers following injuries to the backfield this season. He has found the end zone six times in the past six games and has been instrumental to the team's current 10-game win streak. On the defensive side of the ball, OLB Justin Houston returns after missing the past five games with a knee injury. He has been a force on defense compiling 7.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble in ten regular season games.
|Megatron considering retirement?|
Wide receiver considering all options
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 6 2016, 4:03 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- Could it really happen to the Detroit Lions again? Could their biggest star just walk away? It appears possible. Star receiver Calvin Johnson issued the following statement on the heels of multiple reports that he was mulling retirement at the age of 30 -- drawing shades of Barry Sanders, who hung 'em up at age 31. "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future," Johnson said.
FFToday's Take: Calvin Johnson figures to be one of the central storylines of the offseason as both he and the Lions are weighing their options heading into next year. Johnson comes with an $11 million cap hit next season the team must entertain the notion of either trading their superstar or cutting him altogether. Johnson still has four years remaining on his deal and injuries have become a real threat to his effectiveness. Expect this story to develop after the playoffs once the off-season officially begins.