| Josh McCown listed as questionable|
QB dealing with shoulder and rib injuries
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 5:20 pm
|Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown, who left last week’s meeting with the St. Louis Rams after sustaining shoulder and rib injuries, could be a game-time decision against the Cardinals this Sunday, coach Mike Pettine told reporters Friday. McCown is officially listed as questionable, but according to a report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, he will play this week. Having completed 26 of 32 passes for 270 yards, McCown was replaced in Week 7 by backup Johnny Manziel after taking several hits from the Rams’ defense. If McCown is unable to go this week, Manziel would get the call. (SI)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds as though McCown will play, but how effective he will be is hard to predict. If you have another option this week, it might be a smart to leave McCown on your bench.
| AP listed as probable for Vikes|
Star RB returned to practice Friday
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 5:10 pm
|Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on Friday after missing the first two days this week with three minor injuries, and coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson will be ready for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. The Vikings listed Peterson as probable for Sunday. Peterson had hurt his finger this month against Kansas City, and was also listed on the injury report with hip and ankle injuries. He had a sleeve on his lower right leg during practice on Friday, but shouldn't have any problem being ready for Sunday's game. It's entirely possible the Vikings will work in some days off for Peterson through the middle of the season, to give the running back a break and help him rebound from nagging injuries. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Use Peterson as you normally would. He has a great matchup this week facing the Bears porous defense.
| Cameron Wake out for the year|
With a torn achilles
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 5:00 pm
|Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, a four-time Pro Bowler and a pace-rushing menace during his NFL career, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles, according to a source. Wake sustained the injury on a pass rush late in the third quarter of Miami’s 36-7 loss at New England on Thursday. Wake’s long-term future with the team is also in question, considering the seriousness of the injury and his age (33). It can take up to a year to return from a torn Achilles. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: This is a major hit to the Dolphins' defense. Prior to last night's affair, Wake and Ndamukong Suh were starting to show signs of being an impressive one-two punch in the pass rush. The Dolphins' defense were already a poor fantasy option, and Wake's injury makes them even worse.
| Big Ben listed as probable to play Sunday|
Star QB has been out since week 3 with a knee injury
By: John Canario | Oct 30 2015, 4:40 pm
|Barring an unforeseen calamity, the Steelers are going to have Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback on Sunday afternoon. The team listed Roethlisberger as probable on their final injury report of the week on Friday, which all but ends any lingering suspense about the team’s plans at quarterback this weekend. Most of it had already disappeared over the course of the week as Roethlisberger practiced without any issues in his injured knee. Roethlisberger’s previous performances in his first game back from injuries isn’t great, although the team and Roethlisberger seem to have taken their time with his recovery this time around to ensure that he’s not playing at less than 100 percent. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Brown owners rejoice! Roethlisberger's return should mark an uptick in production from one of the game's top receivers, and Martavis Bryant should be more dangerous as well. The Steelers' matchup with the Bengals this week could be a shootout, so don't hesitate to throw Big Ben back into your lineup.
| Mariota out Week 8, Mettenberger to start|
Mariota could return Week 9
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 30 2015, 12:08 pm
|Titans QB Marcus Mariota out vs Texans. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This will be the second straight game that Mariota has missed. At the helm last week, Zach Mettenberger went 22-35 for 187 yards and 1 TD against the Falcons. The good news for the Titans backup QB - the Texans are giving up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and have allowed 16 TDs on the season.
| Cowboys optimistic Bryant will play|
Barring a setback
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 30 2015, 8:12 am
|The Cowboys are optimistic WR Dez Bryant will play this weekend. Source said he "should be" a go barring a setback today. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant has been out since Week 1 with a foot injury and he'll be tough to trust with Matt Cassel at quarterback but owners should be comfortable with WR2 value if he plays.
| Mariota questionable for Week 8|
Sprained MCL; missed Week 7 loss against Atlanta
By: Doug Orth | Oct 29 2015, 4:55 pm
|Marcus Mariota's status for Sunday against the Texans remains in the air.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't reveal much information Thursday on his rookie quarterback's injured knee, but did say he's improving.
Mariota, who missed last week's game versus the Falcons, participated in the open portion of practice. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Sprained MCLs typically need 2-4 weeks to recover, so the Titans could easily choose to play it safe and give Zach Mettenberger one more start. Although Mariota has been an average fantasy quarterback at best since the team's Week 4 bye, he has certainly shown the ability to be a matchup-based starter. With a plethora of soft upcoming defenses remaining on the schedule, Mariota should be considered a low-end starter for most of the second half of the season.
| Starks limited in practice on Thursday|
Lacy again not listed on injury report
By: Doug Orth | Oct 29 2015, 4:25 pm
|James Starks practiced for the first time since his hip flared up after the Oct. 18 game against the San Diego Chargers. He took part in some of the individual drills during the early portion of practice. He did not practice on Wednesday but went through a workout.
Eddie Lacy is not listed on this week’s injury report, and McCarthy said the Pro Bowl running back is “starting to get back to himself.” When asked Thursday whether Lacy’s weight is impacting his performance, McCarthy said: “I would say not.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy and Starks are expected to split the workload in the backfield for Green Bay moving forward, but that seems like a longshot considering Starks' injury history. The Packers have difficult upcoming games at Denver and Carolina over the next two weeks, but expect Lacy to start his second-half resurgence pretty soon if he is truly "starting to get back to himself".
| Dion Lewis expected to play tonight|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2015, 12:39 pm
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis (abdominal injury) is playing tonight vs. the Dolphins, source said. He sat out Sunday to get healthy. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lewis was inactive last week against the Jets - a game that saw the Patriots handoff five times to their running backs. They may display the same pass-heavy attack against the Dolphins tonight but Lewis should in a good spot to take advantage. He's on the RB2 radar.
|Joseph Randle violated personal conduct policy|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2015, 11:00 am
|Joseph Randle is facing discipline for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to multiple league sources.
But more likely, he'll be suspended, quite possibly for multiple games, for a February incident in Wichita, Kansas, where Randle was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana after police received a call about domestic violence with a weapon after an incident with Randle and the mother of his son. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The chargers were dropped but it appears the NFL thinks the incident warrants a suspension. Randle left the team facility on Wednesday for one reason or another. Right now, Darren McFadden and Christine Michael are the running backs to own in Dallas.
|C.J. Anderson was banged up early on|
Broncos running back admits injuries hampered him early in the year
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 28 2015, 8:55 pm
|The bye week came for a perfect time for Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. Early ankle and toe injuries limited him in practice in the season’s opening weeks, but he hasn’t been on the injury report in weeks. That doesn’t mean he still wasn’t banged up. Anderson wasn’t willing to go as far to say he is fully healthy, but he did say he’s felt better than he has in a while.
FFToday's Take: Denver's running game has not produced the same type of stats that fantasy owners were expecting. However, C.J. Anderson's runs in overtime of Week 7 and his recent comments during the bye week are encouraging signs that he can regain his form during the second half of the fantasy season. Nevertheless, the fantasy potential of Denver's rushing attack is capped so long as they employ a timeshare that includes Ronnie Hillman.
| Steelers welcome Big Ben's return to practice|
Returning from MCL sprain
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 28 2015, 8:00 pm
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (MCL) was a full participant in practice in Wednesday and told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala that he'll practice fully this week. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger's return to the practice field should pave the way for him to return to the starting lineup on Sunday. This is great news for Antonio Brown owners as the team should be able to open up the passing game this week against the Bengals.
| Dez Bryant limited in practice|
Nearing return from broken foot
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 28 2015, 6:56 pm
|The Dallas Cowboys have their star wide receiver back. Dez Bryant practiced today for the first time since Sept. 11. Bryant was limited in his remains that he can suit up Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. It's a tangible step toward game action for the veteran pass-catcher who hasn't played since breaking a bone in his right foot against the Giants in the season opener. Bryant wasn't a full participant in Wednesday's session, but hope remains that he can suit up Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys won't rush their star wideout back onto the field and the team's matchup and current quarterback play put a damper on Bryant's fantasy upside. If given the green light to play, don't be surprised if the team limits his snap count in his first game action since the team's opening game of the year.
|Matt Stafford and Joique Bell practice Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 28 2015, 6:20 pm
|Chandler's Cross, England — The Lions traveled overseas as an extremely healthy team, but one of their star players was a surprising absence in Wednesday’s practice at The Grove, a luxury resort about 30 miles northeast of Central London.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson watched practice without a helmet during the 20-minute portion open to the media, but the team listed him as out for something “not injury related,” meaning he was likely resting for the day and should be available for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9:30 a.m., FOX) at Wembley Stadium. Quarterback Matthew Stafford (quad) and running back Joique Bell (ankle) were full participants, but the team still listed them on Wednesday’s injury report.
FFToday's Take: Calvin Johnson missed practice for non-injury reasons so there isn't anything to worry about for Megatron owners. The Lions offense figures to undergo some change following the firing of Joe Lombardi as the team's OC. Running back Joique Bell is now practicing fully after being banged up for most of the year. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are not going to be pushed off the field so a RBBC seems inevitable. Matt Stafford was able to practice and should be on track to play this weekend, however his owners may want to keep him benched against a quality pass rush playing overseas under a new Offensive Coordinator.
| Vincent Jackson not expected to play Week 8|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2015, 9:45 am
|Bucs WR Vincent Jackson, who injured his knee last Sunday, is not expected to play this week, source says. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The details of Jackson's knee injury have yet to be revealed and compounding the situation is the loss of No.3 wide receiver Louis Murphy who tore his ACL in Week 7. Donteea Dye saw increased action but expect the team to sign a veteran wide receiver before the weekend.
| McCown not expected to practice Wed.|
Should play Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2015, 8:13 am
|Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder) is not expected to practice today, but is expected to start Sunday vs. Cardinals. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McCown injured his shoulder last week against the Rams and has been labeled as "day-to-day" by the team. If he plays, McCown will be a low-end QB1 at best against the Cardinals defense.
| Darren McFadden named starter for Cowboys|
Embattled RB gets the nod after big Week 7 performance
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 27 2015, 11:05 am
|NFL reporter Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) on Twitter:
"Jerry Jones says on @1053thefan that Darren McFadden will start this week." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Joseph Randle has an oblique injury, and Christine Michael remains a latent, hype-only value. This is welcome news for McFadden owners, and despite a tough matchup against the Seahawks, the Cowboys will likely lean on McFadden heavily and give him a lot of work in Week 8. The former Oakland Raider had 29 rushes for 152 yards and a TD, as well as 2-10-0 receiving in Week 7 against the Giants.
| Antonio Gates (MCL) could miss multiple weeks|
TE injury vaults Ladarius Green back into waiver wire consideration
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 27 2015, 9:30 am
|Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) on Twitter:
"It wouldn't surprise if Antonio Gates' MCL proves to be multiple-week injury. Wasn't close to playing Sunday vs. Raiders." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Gates injury means Ladarius Green is still very much fantasy relevant, as we saw when he hauled in 4-of-9 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 7 loss to the Raiders, adding a pair of two-point conversions. Green dropped another possible TD on what appeared to be a clear path toward the end zone. Green has earned an every-week role in San Diego's passing offense, even when Gates returns, but he's a mid-to-high range TE1 with Gates absent.
| Texans to employ committee approach at RB|
Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk will share workload
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 27 2015, 9:25 am
|Without Arian Foster, the Texans’ running game has absorbed a major hit and will employ a committee approach of Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes to try to assume some of Foster’s versatility and production. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: When Foster was sidelined previously after undergoing groin surgery, Blue was the starter and had one big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he flashed some vision and power.
“We’ve got to come together as a unit and have a good practice and come together for the Tennessee game,” Blue said. “It’s frustrating. We’re better than this.”
Blue is the Texans’ leading rusher with 234 yards and a touchdown on 60 carries and has averaged 3.9 yards per carry. He's the best bet to assume the majority of carries, but both Grimes and Polk will get work in the passing game and in teh red zone.
| Jeremy Maclin (concussion) should play Sunday|
Chiefs WR held out last week as precaution, plans to suit up in London
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 27 2015, 9:22 am
|Receiver Jeremy Maclin was listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but after he cleared the league’s concussion protocol and practiced on Friday, he appeared to have a pretty good shot at playing.
But things changed on Sunday morning, when the team decided Maclin would sit as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered Oct. 18 against Minnesota.
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he and head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder could tell that Maclin — who they spent time with in Philadelphia during 2009-12 — did not quite feel at ease with playing. given how close he was to playing in Week 7, he's a good shot to suit up for the game in London on Sunday.
|Lions make sweeping changes to offensive staff|
Fire OC Joe Lombardi, two others; promote Jim Bob Cooter
By: Doug Orth | Oct 26 2015, 5:00 pm
|The Detroit Lions are shaking up their offensive staff, firing coordinator Joe Lombardi, line coach Jeremiah Washburn and assistant line coach Terry Heffernan. Washburn declined to comment when reached by the Free Press.
Quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter is expected to take over play-calling duties. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Changes had to be made as the Lions rank 20th in the NFL in total offense, lead the league in turnovers and rank last in rushing offense. Cooter, 31, has a bit of a checkered past, but the Lions thought enough of him to not allow him to interview with the Bears for their offensive coordinator job this offseason.
|Titans in no rush to get DGB more snaps|
Green-Beckham held without a catch in Week 7
By: Doug Orth | Oct 26 2015, 4:45 pm
|Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt on Dorial Green-Beckham: "(There are) things he does really well, but more things you put on is plate "the harder it is for him to play fast". (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The same thing can be said about every rookie receiver, yet other coaches don't keep their most talented skill-position player next to them on the sideline. Even with Harry Douglas inactive in Week 7, DGB received one target against Atlanta after turning two of his first six career catches into touchdowns. Between his constant mishandling of the backfield and inability to consistently incorporate Green-Beckham into the game plan, Whisenhunt is proving to be out of his element in Tennessee.
|Coughlin: "Darkwa deserved an opportunity"|
Fourth-string RB led team in rushing in Week 7
By: Doug Orth | Oct 26 2015, 4:35 pm
|HC Tom Coughlin on Orleans Darkwa: "The coaches felt strongly that he should be given an opportunity." (Art Stapleton on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is yet another example of how reluctant some coaches and/or coordinators are to give back-of-the-roster players a chance to prove themselves if they are performing well in practice - we can safely assume Darkwa has been taking care of business for a few weeks. Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are likely locked into their roles despite Darkwa's eight-carry, 48-yard, one-score effort, but it might be time for Coughlin & Co. to consider moving Darkwa ahead of Andre Williams.
| Ivory played through lower-body injury in Week 7|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 26 2015, 4:25 pm
|New York Jets RB Chris Ivory injured his hamstring against the New England Patriots in a Week 7 30-23 loss. Ivory doesn't believe the injury will force him to miss future game time.
"I felt a little tightness in my hamstring the first play," Ivory said. "I didn't have the confidence in getting around the edge. I'm fine. I'm ready to go for next week." (Bleacher Report)|
FFToday's Take: For what it is worth, HC Todd Bowles said his main runner was dealing with tightness in his quad. Injuries are part of the risk that comes along with owning Ivory, who ranks sixth in the league in rushing with 501 yards despite he's missed a full game and the Jets have had their bye week. Zac Stacy appears to be the next man up for now as Bilal Powell (ankle) and Stevan Ridley (knee) were inactive for Week 7. Stacy was already stealing some passing-down work from Ivory in Powell's absence, so he is certainly worth a speculative add in most leagues.
| Foster done for season with torn Achilles|
Texans likely to move forward with combination of Blue, Polk
By: Doug Orth | Oct 26 2015, 4:10 pm
|Arian Foster suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his injury.
Foster was carted off the field with a non-contact leg injury late in the fourth quarter of Houston's 44-26 embarrassing loss to Miami.
Foster left the game with 18 carries for 59 yards on the ground, five catches for 66 yards through the air and two touchdowns. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This marks another setback for Foster, who has rarely been fully healthy throughout his career and missed three games earlier this season with a groin injury. It's also quite possible he has played his final down with the Texans as well. Foster will turn 30 before the start of next season and will be owed $7 million in 2016 salary and bonuses. Expect Houston to invest a high draft pick at the position regardless of whether or not they sign a free agent their current stable of backs (Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes).
| Joseph Randle dealing with oblique injury|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 26 2015, 11:40 am
|Cowboys RB Joseph Randle is dealing with an oblique injury similar to the one he suffered during the pre-season, a source said. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Randle had 2 carries for 24 yards in Week 7 while Darren McFadden operated as the clear lead running back with 29 carries for 152 yds and 1 TD. If Randle misses time, McFadden would become the back to own in the Dallas backfield.
| Hand injury for Jordan Matthews?|
Matthews denied injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 26 2015, 11:25 am
|Sources close to the situation said Jordan Matthews suffered a hand ligament injury three weeks ago that supposedly has resolved, as the Eagles' wide receiver has labored with dropped passes. Asked about a hand injury after the Carolina loss, Matthews hesitated, then denied an injury.
FFToday's Take: The report states the hand injury is no longer an issue. After a couple strong games out of the gate, Matthews has frustrated fantasy owners with dropped passes and has quickly fallen down in value as a result. His one TD on the season came in Week 2.
| Ben Roethlisberger to be inactive, Jones to start|
Mike Tomlin confirms
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2015, 11:30 am
|Ben Roethlisberger did just enough this week to raise some suspicions, but the Steelers aren’t ready to put him back on the field yet.
The Steelers just announced that during a taped pre-game interview with CBS, that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger would be inactive today against the Chiefs and that Landry Jones would get the start.
FFToday's Take: The Steelers waited as long as they could but it they'll go with the inexperienced Jones at quarterback against the Chiefs today. Big Ben will have a better chance to start in Week 8.
| Chargers may hold out RB Melvin Gordon|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2015, 7:43 am
|On Chargers RB Melvin Gordon: While his ankle injury is minor, I’m now hearing SD is likely to hold him out to help him get 100% healthy (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers and Raiders play a late-afternoon game so we'll have to wait until after the early games before we know for sure if Gordon will play. If Gordon sits, Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead would handle the running back duties.
| Dion Lewis not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2015, 4:30 am
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis does not expect to play vs Jets due to abdomen injury, though team wants to test him one more time before final call. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Lewis will get one more opportunity in pregame warmups to prove he can be on the field in Week 7. If he's unable to go, LeGarrette Blount should get the start with James White and/or Brandon Bolden serving as the pass-catching back.
| Peterson downgraded to Questionable, illness|
Limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 24 2015, 4:30 pm
|Adrian Peterson has been downgraded to questionable with an illness for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings' running back had been listed as probable to play with a finger injury. Peterson was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but was full go on Friday and appeared fine to play.
FFToday's Take: This will be a situation to monitor Sunday morning. If Peterson is unable to play, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon would likely share running back duties.
| Dez Bryant doubtful though not yet ruled out|
Cowboys' star "is running and cutting at full speed"
By: John Canario | Oct 23 2015, 6:40 pm
|Dez Bryant has been sidelined with a broken foot since Week 1 but coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that the Cowboys' all-world wide receiver is "day to day," and that no one has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, reports NFL.com's Desmond Purnell. Garrett said before practice that Bryant "is running and cutting at full speed," according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram Charean Williams. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Dallas is desperate for a victory but don't expect them to risk the health of their best offensive weapon. Bryant will probably miss at least one more game before returning to the Cowboys' lineup. Terrance Williams and Jason Witten remain the team's top two receiving options in the interim.
| Big Ben upgraded to questionable|
Roethlisberger has been out since week 3
By: John Canario | Oct 23 2015, 6:20 pm
|The Steelers left open the possibility that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return to action Sunday for their game at Kansas City after a three-game absence. Roethlisberger was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report after being a limited participant in practice for a third straight day. He has been out since straining the MCL in his left knee Sept. 27 in a win at St. Louis. Roethlisberger is wearing a knee brace to stabilize the sprain. Backup quarterback Mike Vick was ruled out. He strained his right hamstring Sunday in a victory over Arizona and did not practice all week. Third-string quarterback Landry Jones replaced Vick in the third quarter, rallied the Steelers to the win and is the presumptive starter this week for Pittsburgh (4-2). Players have said Roethlisberger has looked crisp at practice this week, but the team is preparing Jones with first-team reps. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Unless you hear otherwise leading up to Sunday's game, expect Roethlisberger to sit out in favour of Landry Jones, who performed admirably last week in his first real NFL action. While Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant won't have the value they would with Roethlisberger at the helm, having Jones under center increases their value more than having Vick at QB.
|Kaepernick will retain starting job for 49ers|
HC: "Colin's our quarterback"
By: John Canario | Oct 23 2015, 6:05 pm
|After Thursday night's dismal performance versus the Seahawks, coach Jim Tomsula declared that the 49ers' performance was "not acceptable." With a night to sleep on it, Tomsula is not prepared to make any drastic changes, such as benching quarterback Colin Kaepernick or altering the offensive coaching staff. "Colin's our quarterback," Tomsula said Friday, via the Sacramento Bee. "No controversy." Kaepenrick continues to struggle not only with rudimentary passing elements such as accuracy, anticipation and touch, but also with protections, field vision and decision making. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Kaepernick has been an all-or-nothing fantasy quarterback this season, putting together an impressive performance one week and a dud the next. He's not worth owning unless you're in a 2QB league, and even then is only worth starting when he has a favorable matchup.
| Coughlin expects OBJ to play Sunday|
Despite nagging hamstring
By: John Canario | Oct 23 2015, 5:50 pm
|Some players are more questionable than others. Even though the Giants gave wide receiver Odell Beckham the 50-50 designation on the official injury report, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he expected Beckham to play this week, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Beckham hasn’t practiced this week because of lingering hamstring soreness, but they seem content with him not practicing and playing anyway. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Despite bothered by a nagging hamstring over parts of the past two games, Beckham has registered 182 receiving yards and a pair of TDs. As long as he's in the Giants' lineup, he should be in yours.
| Yeldon practices Thursday and Friday|
RB sat out last week with a groin injury
By: John Canario | Oct 23 2015, 5:40 pm
|Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon practiced on Friday, according to NFL Network's Conor Orr. Yeldon missed Week 6 and every practice of the week preceding it due to a groin injury, but was able to return to practice at a limited capacity on Thursday and Friday. With two limited practices, and with him traveling to London with the team, signs point to Yeldon returning to action after a one-week absence. In the event of a setback, Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart would carry the workload once again, but odds aren't as strong for that to happen in Week 7. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: If Yeldon plays this weekend, expect the coaching staff to limit his touches, instead giving Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart a share of the rookie's usual workload. For that reason, it'd be wise to steer clear from starting any Jags' RBs this week.
| Antonio Gates misses third straight practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2015, 12:44 pm
|Chargers TE Antonio Gates not practicing today for 3rd straight day. If anyone can play without practice, it's him. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gates suffered a knee injury in last week's game and the coaching staff is comfortable letting Gates play on Sunday without practice during the week. The issue for fantasy owners is the Chargers don't play until 4 pm ET on Sunday. A late-swap with Ladarius Green is a fine plan if that option is available in your league.
| Marcus Mariota ruled out|
Zach Mettenberger expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2015, 12:07 pm
|Titans QB Marcus Mariota ruled out for Sunday. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mariota has been bothered by a knee injury and didn't practice this week. Zach Mettenberger's start doesn't necessarily mean the Titans offense will become a shell of itself. He's been adequate in his limited time as starter including 345 yds and 2 TDs against the Eagles last season, but the upside for receivers Kendall Wright and TE Delanie Walker takes a slight hit.
| Jeremy Maclin expected to play|
Will pass concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2015, 8:19 pm
|Chiefs expect WR Jeremy Maclin will pass concussion protocol, practice Friday and play vs Steelers. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin has missed the last days of practice so this is welcome news to the Chiefs and to Maclin owners. Maclin will be on the WR2 radar against the Steelers on Sunday.
| Jordan Reed cleared to play Week 7|
Redskins get TE back after two-game absence
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2015, 8:00 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed and left tackle Trent Williams both have received clearance to play on Sunday after being in the NFL’s concussion monitoring program, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
Reed has missed the last two games with a concussion, while Williams missed one game.
FFToday's Take: Reed is low-end TE1 when plays and takes some of the luster and upside off WR Jamsion Crowder. However, the Buccaneers have been one of the better teams against TEs, allowing only 1 TD, and are giving up the second fewest FPTs to the position.