|Jags' Bortles getting ready for first career start|
Takes all reps with first team offense in practice
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 24 2014, 4:19 pm
|Befitting his status as the new starter, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles took nearly all of the first-team reps during practice today. Bortles said his mindset is a “little different” from Weeks 1-3, when he studied the game plan but got scout-team snaps to this week, where he is studying the game plan in the morning and at night and running it in the afternoon. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: This is great news because Chad Henne was barely completing half of his passes this year. Blake Bortles came on strong at the end of training camp and now gets a chance to revitalize an offense ranked 25th in passing yards per game after three weeks. He will make mistakes and remains a QB2 for now, but has the ability to allow receivers Cecil Shorts and Allen Robinson to become productive fantasy assets in deeper formats.
| Roddy White limited, Douglas practices|
Falcons should have White on the field in Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2014, 2:00 pm
|Wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring) continued to work on the side with the training staff. Devin Hester (calf), running back Antone Smith (hamstring) and wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) returned to practice on Wednesday after being held out on Monday.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: We'll monitor White's practice participation the rest of this week and he's likely to be limited, but the general feeling is that he will be available in Week 4.
| Vikings place QB Matt Cassel on IR|
Rookie QB to start against Faclons
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2014, 10:00 am
|The Teddy Bridgewater era appears to have officially begun in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings placed Matt Cassel on injured reserve Wednesday morning, three days after the quarterback broke several bones in his left foot on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
FFToday's Take: Bridgewater will make his first NFL start this week against the Falcons. Without Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph it's hard to get excited about Bridgewater's fantasy prospects. He does offer some mobility, rushing for 27 yards on six carries last week. He'll be a QB2 until he proves otherwise.
| Jordan Reed expected to miss Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2014, 4:30 pm
|According to John Keim of ESPN.com and multiple other reporters who cover the team, tight end Jordan Reed indicated Tuesday he’s doubtful to play Thursday night vs. the Giants because of a lingering hamstring injury. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Reed missed practice Tuesday ahead of the Redskins Thursday night game against the Giants. This means Niles Paul owners get another week of TE1 from their waiver wire claim.
| Vernon Davis optimistic he will return Week 4|
"It's going to be a great week for me"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2014, 4:00 pm
|Vernon Davis' crutches were gone, and so was his limp, as he looked ready Tuesday to return to a 49ers team that historically can't win without him. An ankle injury kept the typically durable Davis out of last Sunday's 23-14 collapse at Arizona. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers waived practice squad tight end Asante Cleveland which is good sign that Davis and/or Vance McDonald (knee) will be available in Week 4.
| Foster's hamstring issue is recurring injury|
Alfred Blue looking more important as handcuff
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 23 2014, 10:22 am
|Texans running back Arian Foster couldn’t say he’d definitely be ready to return against Buffalo Sunday, admitting the nature of hamstring injuries leaves him no choice but to take it “day by day” when the team returns to practice Wednesday. Foster worked out before the game at MetLife Stadium and admitted his leg felt “really good” but “obviously” not good enough for him to take the chance of making what already seems to be a chronic injury worse. Foster was replaced by rookie Alfred Blue, whose 13 rushes for 78 yards included a 46-yard scamper that set up one of the Texans’ two touchdowns. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: “It’s my hamstring’s call,” is another telling quote from Foster that likely means the recurring soft-tissue injury will nag him all season -- and force Blue into significant action in the coming weeks. If Blue is somehow still available on your league's waiver wire, he's a must-own heading into Week 4.
|Will NYJ turn to Michael Vick?|
Geno Smith's mistakes may cost him starting job
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 23 2014, 10:15 am
|Geno Smith had his second multi-turnover game of the season, punctuated by a nightmarish pick-six 32 seconds in that set the tone in a 27-19 loss to the Bears. Smith’s second interception came in the end zone on an ill-advised pass intended for David Nelson. It was just another blow on a night filled with self-inflicted wounds that dropped Ryan’s team to 1-2, and has coaches considering it may be time to plug in Michael Vick. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan didn’t rule out the possibility that Vick, who played one snap against the Bears, could become more involved. From a fantasy perspective, it's not a terrible idea to grab Vick as a medium-upside stash in deeper formats and two-QB leagues.
| Panthers' backfield in shambles|
Stewart to be reevaluated on Friday, Tolbert out Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:45 pm
|Coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that DeAngelo Williams will return from a hamstring injury to play versus the Baltimore Ravens this week, but the Carolina Panthers' backfield woes aren't going away. Jonathan Stewart will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with a severely sprained knee. Mike Tolbert, sporting crutches and a knee brace, will miss Sunday's game with a hairline fracture in his right leg. The fullback is week to week, per Rivera. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: In the event that Williams cannot go, owners may need to consider Darrin Reaves, who was elevated from the practice squad over the weekend. The bigger problem, however, is that Cam Newton may not be healthy enough and the offensive line may not be good enough this year to mask the injuries that the Panthers overcame last year.
| Woodhead out for the season|
Needs surgery on fractured fibula
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:30 pm
|The Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead early in their Week 3 victory over the Bills and it may be some time before they get him back on the field. San Diego announced that Woodhead, who left the game on crutches, suffered a right ankle injury that caused him to be carted off the field. It looks like it is more than your garden variety ankle injury, however.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Woodhead suffered both a severe high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula. He’s expected to have surgery that will bring his season to an end. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken tweeted the news that Woodhead would be lost for the season. It likely locks Donald Brown into a Woodhead-like role when Ryan Mathews returns and probably ensures that Branden Oliver - dubbed "Baby Sproles" by some in the preseason - will see an increase in snaps.
|Dolphins considering quarterback change?|
Team unhappy with Ryan Tannehill's performance thus far
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:15 pm
|The Miami Dolphins are considering a quarterback change this week. A change is not certain but coaches are meeting this afternoon to weigh whether benching starter Ryan Tannehill in favor of reserve Matt Moore is the right decision to make in the run up to Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, multiple sources are saying.
HC Joe Philbin dodged multiple questions today on the topic. When asked if Tannehill will start against the Raiders next Sunday, he declined on every single occasion to say Tannehill would continue to be Miami's quarterback. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Remember when the Dolphins beat the Patriots in Week 1? Two weeks and two losses later, Miami could be considering Moore, although OC Bill Lazor was quick to say Tannehill would get the call against Oakland in Week 4. The Dolphins have a bye the following week, making then the common-sense time to make a move if they are going to do so. With that said, Tannehill should get a bit more time in a new offense to make his mark.
| Dennis Pitta suffers dislocated hip|
Likely out for season and could threaten career
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 4:00 pm
|Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his dislocated right hip, which likely is also fractured, according to team sources.
Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in the past year, getting hurt without being touched during the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.
This is a major setback for Pitta, one that probably ends his season and casts doubt on his career outlook. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp last year and missed all but the final four games of the 2013 regular season. With Pitta sustaining this injury, the Ravens will turn toward TE Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore. They could also utilize FB Kyle Juszczyk, who caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, in a tight end role.
| Vincent Jackson has small fracture in wrist|
Not expected to miss any time.
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:45 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson sustained a small fracture in his wrist during Thursday night's 56-14 loss against the Atlanta Falcons. The injury will not cause Jackson to miss any time, though, and the 10th-year wide receiver plans to play Sunday against the Steelers.
Jackson, who was targeted nine times, finished with two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.
FFToday's Take: The injury likely occurred on the first play of the Bucs’ second offensive series when Jackson fell on his wrist after taking a hit from Dwight Lowery, according to Fox Sports. Jackson hasn't come to justifying his fourth-round ADP, although the ascension of Mike Glennon may help his cause. The Bucs travel to Pittsburgh in Week 4.
| Kyle Rudolph likely out six weeks|
Will undergo sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:35 pm
|TE Kyle Rudolph left Sunday’s loss to the Saints with a groin injury and was expected to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Rudolph will need to have sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks while he recovers.
The Vikings have targeted Rudolph 17 times this season, just behind Greg Jennings for the most of anyone on the team. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Another brutal blow for a Minnesota offense that has lost potentially its top two red-zone options in Adrian Peterson and Rudolph. Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray will fill in during his absence, but the Vikings don't have a suitable replacement for Rudolph on the roster. It makes the job even harder for rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who will make his first career start at home against Atlanta in Week 4.
| Arian Foster "day-to-day" ahead of Week 4|
Hamstring has RB unsure about status vs. Buffalo
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2014, 3:20 pm
|The Texans played without RB Arian Foster on Sunday because they didn’t feel Foster’s hamstring was up to facing the Giants.
On Monday, Foster said that his hamstring felt “good” while working out on Sunday although it obviously wasn’t good enough to allay any fears that the team might have had about his condition. While he felt good on Sunday, he wasn’t making any overly optimistic predictions for this week’s game.
Foster described himself as “day-to-day,”. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Foster's unwillingness to proclaim his readiness for Week 4 means rookie Alfred Blue could be in line for another start against Buffalo. The Bills just got done holding the Chargers' Donald Brown to 62 rushing yards on 31 carries and ranks sixth in the league in run defense, meaning it could be another long day for the Texans on the ground again.
| Jordan Cameron active, Bernard Pierce Out|
Ravens without starting running back
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 11:35 am
|Jordan Cameron will in fact be active today. Bernard Pierce is inactive for the Ravens (Jason LaCanfora via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron can be inserted into fantasy lineups with the understanding that his shoulder could easily be re-aggravated. With Pierce out, Justin Forsett will handle more of the rushing load with Lorenzo Taliaferro working in a backup role.
| Arian Foster Inactive|
Alfred Blue expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 11:30 am
|Official: Texans' Arian Foster is inactive. (Nick Mathews via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Foster out, expect Alfred Blue to get the start. Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown will also be in the mix. Blue becomes a low-end RB2 candidate against the Giants.
| Not looking good for TE Vernon Davis|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 9:00 am
|It’s doubtful 49ers star TE Vernon Davis (bruised ankle) will play today vs. #Cardinals I’m told. He was on crutches until Thursday. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the feeling all along this week. With Davis out and backup TE Vance McDonald battling a knee injury, third-string tight end Derek Carrier will likely draw the start and be a TE2 in Week 3.
| Foster's availability for Week 3 in question|
Gametime decision with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 8:45 am
|Texans running back Arian Foster, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, could sit out a 1 p.m. Sunday game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
The Texans are expected to work out Foster pregame, then make a decision about his status. Foster was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the Texans’ final injury report Friday. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster came into the season with a balky hamstring and has racked up 55 through two games. If he sits Alfred Blue would get the start and vault into RB2 status for Week 3.
| Charles not expected to play, gametime decision|
Will test injured ankle in pregame warmups
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2014, 8:37 am
|Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is not expecting to play today, I’m told. Will still test it out pregame. Looking like Knile Davis (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It should be noted that an hour earlier Rapoport reported that Charles was a "gametime decision" and that Charles injury was more of a bruise than an ankle sprain which gives him "a real chance". We likely won't know Charles' real status until inactives come out. Chiefs play at 4:25 pm Eastern.
| Charles questionable, re-evaluated Saturday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 4:35 pm
|Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who is on the injury report with a sprained ankle, practiced with the starters on Friday, but coach Andy Reid wasn’t certain how much, if any, Charles will be able to play on Sunday against Miami.
Charles was listed as questionable for the game. "We’re going to see how he feels after this practice," Reid said. "He moved around and did a decent job. He looked a little sore, but he did OK."
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: We'll get a better indication of Charles' availability if he makes the trip to Miami tomorrow. If so, and he becomes a gametime decision, fantasy owners may be in a bind since the Chiefs play at 4:25 Eastern. Knile Davis would get the start and be a borderline RB1 if Charles doesn't play.
| Jordan Reed out, DeSean Jackson questionable|
Niles Paul on the TE1 radar
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 11:45 am
|Wide receiver DeSean Jackson took part in some individual drills during Friday’s practice and will be listed as questionable for the Washington Redskins’ game on Sunday at Philadelphia. Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: A converted wide receiver, Niles Paul torched the Jaguars in Week 2 to the tune of 8 catches, 99 yards and 1 TD. If DeSean Jackson is limited or sits on Sunday, Paul would become the No.2 receiving option for Kirk Cousins. Jackson will test his shoulder in pregame warmups and be a gametime decision.
| Jordan Cameron limited Friday, Questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 11:15 am
|Browns TE Jordan Cameron and LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulders) were limited today and they're questionable for ravens. (Mary Kay Cabot via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron was limited on Thursday as well and will be a gametime decision. It's hard to get excited about Cameron as a fantasy play given the risk of re-aggravating his shoulder injury. Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge would fill in for Cameron if he sits.
| A.J. Green expects to play Sunday|
No soreness in foot
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2014, 10:25 am
|A.J. Green told the Bengals' official team website he "feels good" and plans to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Green strained a ligament in his foot last weekend, forcing him out most of the contest. He missed practice Wednesday and caught a few passes Thursday, but was limited in practice.
Friday morning the receiver said he has "no soreness" and if he feels similarly Sunday, he'll play.
FFToday's Take: The Bengals have a bye in Week 4 and could easily hold him out giving him extra rest for Week 5 but it appears Green will be on the field this week against Tennessee. Owners should temper their expectations given the risk of aggravating the injury, plus the Bengals are likely to incorporate a run-heavy gameplan.
| Doug Martin officially Inactive|
Bobby Rainey expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2014, 6:11 pm
|And Bucs have deactivated RB Doug Martin. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bobby Rainey moves into RB2 territory with Martin watching on the sidelines. The Falcons have given up the most fantasy points to running backs over the first two weeks.
| Roddy White Inactive|
Hamstring injury will cause Roddy to sit
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2014, 6:07 pm
|Both Roddy White and Doug Martin deactivated tonight (Jay Glazer via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Falcons hinted throughout the week that Roddy's rest during practice this week was a precaution. Sounds like his hamstring injury is more serious. Harry Douglas and Devin Hester will get a boost in fantasy value with Douglas becoming a flex option.
|McKinnon likely to see expanded role|
OC Norv Turner suggests he could go with "hot hand"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:30 pm
|A stout, relatively durable back (5-11, 234), Matt Asiata is the best equipped of the Vikings' current backfield to take on the heavy dosage Peterson typically commanded. Although rookie Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see an expanded role.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson graded McKinnon well in his first extended time against the Patriots, McKinnon said, though there's certain areas he needs to work on that don't involve carrying the football. (ESPN 1500 Twin Cities)|
FFToday's Take: St. Paul Pioneer Press beat writer Chris Tomasson tweeted earlier today that Turner will use both backs and could lean on one if he develops a "hot hand". McKinnon graded out well in Week 2, has reportedly picked up the playbook quickly and is the superior athlete, but it seems a bit much to ask of him to go from a jack-of-all-trades option quarterback at a FCS school to NFL lead back in less than one year. Nevertheless, he's a worthwhile stash as the situation sorts itself out.
| Bucs likely without Doug Martin in Week 3|
Team also expects to be minus Gerald McCoy
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:10 pm
|The Buccaneers listed DT Gerald McCoy and RB Doug Martin as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Falcons, but it doesn’t look like either one of them will be on the field.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that McCoy and Martin are both unlikely to be active for the NFC South matchup. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Martin is expected to test his knee before the call is officially made to deactivate him, so there is still a glimmer of hope for his owners that he'll be able to play in what should be a juicy matchup. If he cannot go, then Bobby Rainey is a high-end RB2 play. McCoy's absence should allow Matt Ryan & Co. to feel a bit more comfortable in the pocket, meaning the Falcons have a shot to put up some stellar offensive numbers.
| Charles back at practice|
Took part in warm-ups and cutting drills
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 4:00 pm
|RB Jamaal Charles, who suffered a high ankle sprain in last week's game against Denver, was participating in the early portion of Kansas City Chiefs practice Thursday. His availability for Sunday's game against the Dolphins in Miami is uncertain.
Charles went through warm-ups with his teammates and was then tended to briefly by trainer Rick Burkholder before joining the running backs for position drills. One such drill involved cutting through cones to catch a pass. Charles did this several times and appeared to pass these tests without a problem. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Charles' quick return to practice is an interesting turn of events after he did not go on Wednesday. Kansas City desperately needs a win, but it would be foolish for the team to rush him back if he has anything close to the high ankle sprain that was initially reported. Although the surprise return bodes well for Charles' Week 4 status and beyond, Knile Davis is the heavy favorite to dominate touches this week.
| Jordan Cameron limited Thursday|
Likely questionable at best for Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Sep 18 2014, 3:50 pm
|Browns OC Kyle Shanahan said TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was "very limited" today. "It can go either way." (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron sat last week after leaving early in Week 1. With the Browns on a bye in Week 4, it makes a ton of sense to give their talented tight end another two weeks to get his shoulder right. Cleveland doesn't have anything close to a Cameron clone on the roster, so Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin should continue to see their fair share of targets against the Ravens.
| Tony Romo misses practice with back injury|
Back still a concern even after past surgeries
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 7:53 pm
|Romo sat out Wednesday's practice with "back tightness" although coach Jason Garrett and Romo anticipate he'll return to practice on Thursday. Either way, it's a concern that Romo can't get fully healthy. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This appears to be normal rest associated with continued back issues for Dallas' signal caller but should serve as a reminder that Tony Romo carries injury risk. As a result, fantasy owners would be wise to invest in a capable backup.
| Hamstring keeps Decker out of practice Wed.|
Rex Ryan optimistic that Decker will play MNF
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2014, 7:04 pm
|FLORHAM PARK - Though Jets wide receiver Eric Decker did not practice Wednesday, because he tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s loss at Green Bay, he said it was "a good sign" that he was able to do some jogging in the rehab area of the practice field, under the supervision of trainers. Moreover, Jets coach Rex Ryan sounded optimistic that both Decker and cornerback Dee Milliner will play Monday night against the Bears.
FFToday's Take: Through two weeks of action the Jets are ranked 29th in offensive passing yards per game while the Bears defense is giving up under 200 yards through the air. Considering the fact that the Jets play on Monday night fantasy owners should play it safe by going with a different option for Week 3. Decker owners willing to roll the dice may want to consider picking up Jeremy Kerley or David Nelson in case the Jets keep their top receiving threat on the sideline.
|RB Dwyer latest to be tied to domestic violence|
Arizona running back arrested Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 6:28 pm
|Cardinals running back Jonathan Dywer was arrested in Arizona on Wednesday on charges related to domestic violence. Dwyer has been charged with aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911, the CBS Evening News has reported. (CBSSports.com)|
FFToday's Take: Here we go again. Given the way other players have been held out in recent weeks it is very likely that Jonathan Dwyer will receive similar treatment over the next few days. Stepfan Taylor is the next in line behind starter Andre Ellington.
| Vernon Davis still on crutches|
Deep ankle bruise
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 4:46 pm
|The 49ers began practice today with just one healthy tight end from their 53-man roster, Derek Carrier. The other two, Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee), were working out in the team’s weight room. Davis emerged using the same crutches he was seen using after Sunday’s loss to the Bears. Earlier in the day, Jim Harbaugh said the team “dodged a bullet” with Davis’ injury, which occurred when he was tackled awkwardly from behind in the fourth quarter. Still, it’s unknown whether the team’s top tight end will be ready in time for Sunday’s game against Arizona. He has a deep bruise on his ankle, a source said.
FFToday's Take: It's still possible that Davis plays this weekend so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the final practice reports this week before making any changes to their lineup. Meanwhile, Davis' backup, Vance McDonald, is also dealing with a knee injury that may keep him out this week. Derek Carrier was inserted late in the game Sunday night and could be in line for considerable work if the 49ers' other options are unable to suit up for Week 3.
| RG3 will wear cast for 10 days|
To be re-evaluated after cast is removed
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 17 2014, 4:30 pm
|Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will wear the cast on his dislocated left ankle for roughly 10 days and then will have it re-evaluated, with the hope of then proceeding to around a month and a half of rehabilitation, Coach Jay Gruden said. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Based on Jay Gruden's suggestions, the Redskins will be without Robert Griffin III for at least eight weeks in the best possible scenario. That would put his return at week 11 following the team's bye week. Kirk Cousins should be picked up in all formats as the clear starter for the next two months and possibly longer if he excels in Griffin III's absence.
| DeSean Jackson misses practice, expects to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2014, 1:00 pm
|DeSean Jackson on Wednesday did some work on a side field while his teammates practiced and then watched other portions of that session. Gruden speculated that the team wouldn’t know until Thursday or Friday if the wide receiver would play on Sunday. "It’s going to be a huge game for myself and I’ve looked forward to ever since everything went down the way it went down." (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson injured his shoulder last week and will do everything in his power to get on the field this week against his former team. Updates on D-Jax's practice participation coming later in the week.
|Vikings reverse course on AP|
Placed on Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list
By: Doug Orth | Sep 17 2014, 2:30 am
|A statement from Vikings.com regarding the ongoing case regarding Adrian Peterson: In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: There's no mandatory length of stay on the list, but the Vikings indicated that Peterson would remain there "until the legal proceedings are resolved." This is looking more and more like it will be an extended absence, especially since Peterson will be held out of team activities while the situation is resolved. Matt Asiata becomes a strong flex/low-end RB2 play for as long as AP is forced to sit out.
| Roddy White skips practice, expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2014, 4:00 pm
|Falcons wide receiver Roddy White suffered a hamstring injury and did not practice on Tuesday, but is expected to play against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. "It’s not important for Roddy to practice," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We’d like for Roddy to practice, but it’s all about getting Roddy on a short week … ready for Thursday. Our goal is to have Roddy as healthy as he can be for the ball game on Thursday night." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like White will be ready to go for Thursday night football. Tampa Bay ranks 18th in FPts Allowed to receivers but hasn't faced a passing attack like the Falcons over the first two weeks (CAR & STL). White is an WR2 in Week 3.
|Adrian Peterson case "under review" by NFL|
Former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel reviewing Hardy case too
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 16 2014, 10:54 am
|The NFL says the Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy cases are under review, according to Ed Werder's Twitter post. The Vikings reinstated Peterson Monday, but deferred any questions about further discipline to the league office. The NFL's new hire, former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel, is examining both cases. (Twitter (@Edwerderespn))|
FFToday's Take: Whether the NFL has the power to step in and suspend Peterson before the case goes to trial is hard to assess, but FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday it falls under the new domestic violence policy, in which first-time offenders get a six-game ban. Our advice is to hold Matt Asiata until a clearer picture emerges.
| Ryan Mathews likely out 4-6 weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 4:45 pm
|An MCL sprain can sideline a player anywhere from a minimal amount to eight weeks. For Ryan Mathews, the timetable appears to fall somewhere in between.
A recent MRI has confirmed a sprained MCL for the Chargers running back, and he is expected to miss four to five weeks, according to the NFL Network. The team will take the news, knowing it could've been much worse after Mathews was carted off the field Sunday. His right knee injury came during the fourth quarter of a 30-21 win over Seattle. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews' injury history was likely one of the main reasons the Chargers signed Donald Brown this offseason. The former first-round pick of the Colts didn't do a lot with his 10 touches on Sunday, but figures to pretty much absorb the role of Mathews in his absence while Danny Woodhead remains the passing-down/change-of-pace option. Along with Kansas City's Knile Davis, expect Brown to be one of the top waiver-wire additions in most leagues this week.
| A.J. Green likely out until Week 5|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2014, 4:35 pm
|Although the Cincinnati Bengals' victory over the Atlanta Falcons was a pyrrhic one, the early signs on A.J. Green's toe injury are positive.
If Green can't go against the Tennessee Titans this week, the Bengals' official website expects him to be ready after the Week 4 bye for the Oct. 5 game in New England.
Green's ligament strain knocked him out of Sunday's bout on the opening series, but did not require crutches after the game. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bengals' Week 4 bye couldn't come at a better time for Green, who was held without a catch for the first time in his career after playing only six snaps in Week 2. Expect Cincinnati to focus even more on its running game against the Titans and look for Mohamed Sanu to remain Andy Dalton's primary target again.