| Bush Questionable, missed practice all week|
Unlikely to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 4:20 pm
|Reggie Bush spent the open portion of practice today working on the side with a trainer, and the Detroit Lions are holding out hope he can play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (4:25 p.m., Fox). Bush, who aggravated a sprained ankle in last week's win over the Miami Dolphins, was listed as questionable. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Bush didn't practice all week which is as good as sign as any that he won't play on Sunday. In his absence, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick will handle running back duties.
| Kyle Rudolph practices Friday, expected to play|
Workload on Sunday is unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 2:30 pm
|Zimmer also said that he expects Kyle Rudolph to suit up Sunday, though it is unclear if the tight end in his return will re-assume the large workload he had before sports hernia surgery in Week 3.
Rudolph was listed as probable. His backup, Chase Ford, is also probable despite a foot injury. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Owners desperate for a tight end can plug him into lineups immediately but ideally, you should wait a week in case his snaps are limited against the Bears.
| Cameron ruled out, will miss 3rd straight game|
Unclear if he'll return this season
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 2:15 pm
|Jordan Cameron, on the other hand, has been ruled out and will miss his third straight game.
Coach Mike Pettine could not give a definitive answer when asked if he'll get Cameron back this season, saying "it's a touchy subject'' because concussion symptoms sometimes come and go. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron's year may be close to the end. This is his third concussion in the last two years and he's been unable to shake the systems of his latest head injury. Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray will share tight end duties for the Browns but hold no fantasy value.
| Arian Foster very questionable to play|
Expected to make trip to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2014, 2:00 pm
|O’Brien hasn’t completely ruled out running back Arian Foster, who will make the trip and work out for the coaches Sunday morning before a final decision is made. Indications are he won’t play because of a groin strain suffered in the Eagles game, but the Texans have listed him as questionable, rather than doubtful, on the official injury report. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Most of the media reports surrounding Foster point him to being on the doubtful side of questionable. Foster owners should expect him to be Inactive on Sunday and be making other plans for their lineup. Alfred Blue would get the start in Foster's absence and be a low-end RB2 against a Cleveland defense that ranks 17th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
| Fred Jackson out for Thursday night football|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2014, 5:23 pm
|Not able to take the field tonight, but I’ll be cheering on as we defend the Blue & Red. (Fred Jackson via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fred Jackson broke the news on his Twitter account. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will share running back duties with Brown being the best option in PPR leagues. Both are risky FLEX plays against a solid Miami defense.
| Foster "definitely" a game-time decision|
Recovering from Week 9 groin injury
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2014, 4:10 pm
|Texans HC Bill O'Brien: Arian Foster is definitely a game-time decision, and we'll work him out before the game. (Drew Dougherty on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In case it hasn't been said enough already, Alfred Blue needs to be owned in all leagues. The Browns are the Texans' Week 11 opponent and, while they managed to contain Jeremy Hill last week, they still own one of the league's worst rush defenses. The good news is that Browns-Texans is a 1 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday, so owners should know his status an hour or so in advance and be able to make alternate plans if necessary.
| Hillman has yet to practice this week|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2014, 3:40 pm
|At Broncos practice - No Ronnie Hillman (foot) or Nate Irving (knee). (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We did a blurb on Hillman being out at least two weeks on Monday and this suggests nothing has changed in that regard. Montee Ball, who is reportedly down to about 212 pounds after dropping 12 pounds during his five-week recovery from a groin injury, is expected to return this week. Publicly, HC John Fox has stated the Broncos will ride the "hot hand" and feature "who's healthy." The player who fits both criteria right now is C.J. Anderson.
| Reggie Bush may sit Week 11|
Nagging ankle injury continues to be an issue
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2014, 11:46 am
|Caldwell said there's a possibility Lions sit Reggie Bush much like they did with Megatron to get that ankle right. Was a response to question. (Tim Twentyman via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bush's nagging ankle injury has made him unreliable as a fantasy running back. The last time he topped 50 total yards in any game was Week 4. If he does sit, Joique Bell becomes a low-end RB2 with Theo Riddick moving into FLEX consideration in PPR leagues.
| Not looking good for Fred Jackson on TNF|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2014, 8:07 am
|I'm told Bills RB Fred Jackson almost certainly won't play tonight because of groin injury. Recovery from Sunday has taken too long. (Tim Graham via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While nothing is official, it appears Jackson may be on the Inactive list tonight when the Bills visit the Dolphins. Jackson was limited last week against the Chiefs and hasn't had enough time to recover given the short week. Expect, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to handle duties at running back position with Brown being the desired play in PPR leagues.
| Rashad Jennings may return against 49ers|
Giants' top RB limited in practice
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 12 2014, 5:30 pm
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants' running game could have its best back available when it plays the San Francisco 49ers.
After missing the last four weeks with sprained knee, Rashad Jennings hopes to return to the lineup on Sunday when the Giants (3-6) face the 49ers (5-4) at MetLife Stadium.
Jennings practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and both he and coach Tom Coughlin were optimistic that he would be able to play in what has become a must-win game for New York.
(AP - Sports)|
FFToday's Take: New York desperately needs Rashad Jennings to return to the lineup and restore some semblance of a running game. If he is cleared to play, he will have RB2/Flex appeal for week eleven fantasy lineups. Andre Williams will still be in the mix for carries but loses what little fantasy value he had in a backup role.
| Ryan Mathews practices Wednesday|
Expected to start Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2014, 3:05 pm
|There was outside linebacker Melvin Ingram. There was inside linebacker Manti Te'o. There were running back Ryan Mathews and outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu.
Four Chargers who've missed a combined 25 games this season practiced Wednesday. Mathews is expected to start Sunday. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: All systems go for Mathews who has missed seven games with a sprained MCL, should take over the starting role on Sunday. Branden Oliver will serve as the backup.
| Giovani Bernard misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2014, 2:14 pm
|The Bengals lost to the Browns last week without running back Giovani Bernard. Bernard remained a holdout — linebacker Vontaze Burfict also didn’t practice. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Bernard (hip) will have to show some signs of life in practice Thursday and Friday in order to play this week. For now, Jeremy Hill can be penciled into your starting lineup.
|Rams make change at quarterback|
Austin Davis out, Shaun Hill in
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2014, 10:51 am
|Fisher changes mind. Will start Shaun Hill vs Denver at QB. (Jim Thomas via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rams' head coach Jeff Fishers stated earlier this week that Austin Davis would be the starting quarterback in Week 11. Hill last started in Week 1 going 8-for-13 for 81 yards and 1 INT. He'll be nothing more than a QB against the Broncos and has no business being on your fantasy team.
|Adrian Peterson grievance must be heard by Nov.17|
Ruling expected by Nov. 22 per CBA
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2014, 1:35 pm
|On Monday, the NFL Players Association filed on behalf of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson a grievance against the league and the team, based on the failure of the NFL to remove Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list after his legal case was resolved.
Under Article 43 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a hearing on the expedited grievance must occur within seven days of its filing. In this case, the hearing will happen by Monday, November 17. The grievance then must be resolved within five days after the hearing.
At the latest, Peterson’s status will be determined by Saturday, November 22 — one day before the Vikings launch a three-game home stand commencing with the Packers.
The grievance could, as a practical matter, be resolved sooner than that. A conference call will happen as soon as Tuesday between the league, the NFLPA, and arbitrator Shyam Das. The arbitrator, who undoubtedly understands that this matter boils down to the interpretation of the September 18 letter agreement that placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list “until the criminal charges pending against him are adjudicated,” could inform that parties that the hearing will happen this week, and Das could in turn rule quickly — possibly, at the hearing itself.
The letter launching the grievance focuses, as expected, on the argument that the agreement to place Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list expired when the legal case was resolved. The league has reneged on that deal by keeping Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list pending completion of his personal-conduct policy review.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It's good news for those holding Peterson that a decision must be reached before the end of the month, but it's obvious the league is dragging its feet and the star RB won't be back for Week 11.
|Arian Foster expected to play versus Browns|
Groin seems okay, but Alfred Blue still a smart add
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2014, 9:40 am
|The Texans should be in good shape physically when they play at Cleveland on Sunday.
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph passed the concussion protocol and will start against the Browns.
“He was out there today, and he looked good,” coach Bill O’Brien said after practice.
The only player the Texans know they’ll be missing is cornerback Kareem Jackson, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee against Philadelphia and could miss three games.
“The players I mentioned last week are still day-to-day,” O’Brien said.
That means running back Arian Foster, inside linebacker Brian Cushing and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
Foster and Cushing are expected to play. No one has any idea about Clowney, who continues to experience soreness in his knee. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans are dealing with some important defensive injuries and have benched Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of the strong-armed Ryan Mallett, who makes his first NFL start. It's hard to say how much the Texans will use Foster in Week 11, so Alfred Blue makes an interesting flex option, and both Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins remain must-play WRs in 12-team leagues.
| Cam Newton nursing foot injury|
Panthers QB fighting through obvious discomfort on MNF
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2014, 9:30 am
|Cam Newton isn't just dealing with his surgically repaired ankle. The Carolina Panthers quarterback has two bad wheels right now.
Newton is nursing a right foot injury the Panthers training staff believes might be the result of compensating for the lingering soreness in his left ankle, a source told FOX Sports. The combination of lower-leg issues could explain why Newton has appeared to be sluggish, particularly on Monday night while he was trying to escape Philadelphia Eagles pass rushers during a 45-21 loss for the Panthers.
"That ain't the same Killa Cam," former Panthers wide receiver and current New England Patriot Brandon LaFell tweeted during the game. "Gotta get healthy."
Newton was limping for much of the game and jogged gingerly to and from the sideline between series. Following one of the Eagles' nine sacks of him, Newton was stretching his groin or hamstring area, so he might have tweaked a muscle in that region as well.
Newton threw the first of three interceptions and DeAngelo Williams lost a fumble on Carolina's first three plays from scrimmage. The turnovers led to 10 points for the Eagles. Newton finished 25 of 40 for 306 yards and two fourth-quarter TDs to Kelvin Benjamin. More tellingly, Newton ran for only 6 yards.
"I have to protect the football better," Newton said. "I can't throw the football up for grabs and have to understand the difference between giving my guys a chance or opportunity and risking the football. In the pocket, man I got to do better."
This has been an injury-plagued year for Newton dating to his ankle surgery in the spring, a procedure he acknowledged recently was "bigger than I thought." He also suffered a rib injury in the preseason, which led to his being inactive for the Panthers' season-opening win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In addition to those ailments, Newton is battling a thumb issue on his throwing hand that's forced him to wrap it during games.
Newton's foot issue hasn't been listed on the team's injury report. He hasn't missed practice time for any injuries since September.
Newton is on pace to come in below last year's mark of 585 yards rushing, which was the lowest of his first three NFL seasons. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: While a dynamic player like Newton isn't ever "safe" to drop until he's sidelined for an extended period of time, the bloom really is off the rose and his Week 11 matchup against the Falcons doesn't look quite as sweet.
| Vikings "hopeful" TE Rudolph returns in Week 11|
Sidelined for six games since hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 6:30 pm
|Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph "practiced a little bit" on Monday as the team returned from its bye week, HC Mike Zimmer said, and the team remains hopeful Rudolph will be able to return from a six-game absence on Sunday in Chicago.
Rudolph hasn't played since sustaining a sports hernia on Sept. 21 in New Orleans, and was originally projected to be out for six weeks. Rudolph said last week a return for the Bears' game "has been my goal the whole time," though he added he wouldn't run the risk of a setback by trying to return too quickly. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rudolph said around the time of the surgery that his hernia had bothered him since the preseason, which means owners never got a chance to see what he could really do after dropping 15 pounds in the offseason. The fourth-year tight end returns to a team desperate for the size and athletic mismatch he offers down the middle of the field and in the red zone, which means he should be immediately considered as a fantasy TE1 when he is cleared to play.
|NFLPA files non-injury grievance for AP|
RB could be on verge of playing
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 6:20 pm
|NFLPA announced it has filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner’s Exempt list based on explicit language in a signed agreement dated September 18, 2014. "We asked the NFL to honor the terms of that agreement last week and as of now, they have failed to respond or comply. It is our obligation to protect all players’ rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL." (Adam Schefter on Facebook)|
FFToday's Take: Although the league has hinted it will take as much time as it needs to "get it right", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may get pressured to make a decision sooner than later. There figures to be plenty of updates throughout the week, but the possibility of Peterson playing as soon as Week 11 against the Bears - although unlikely - cannot be discounted.
| Hillman expected to miss at least two weeks|
HC John Fox calls midfoot sprain "day-to-day" injury
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 4:55 pm
|C.J. Anderson emerged just in time. Montee Ball is returning from injury just in time.
The Broncos will be without Ronnie Hillman for at least two weeks after the starting running back suffered a midfoot sprain in his left foot Sunday, according to an NFL source. Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the injury, but only said Hillman was day-to-day. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: One of the backfield situations ripe with fantasy points on a weekly basis appears to have no clear leader right now. Fox stated Monday that his will depend "first and foremost" on "who's healthy", making Week 10 star C.J. Anderson the odds-on favorite for this week against the Rams. Ball is expected back after recovering from a five-week groin injury and dropped 12 pounds while he was away. Hillman's likely absence may allow Ball to fulfill his preseason fantasy hype after all.
| Rashad Jennings likely to return in Week 11|
Out since suffering MCL sprain in Week 5
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 2:50 pm
|Still early, but I am told it's "looking good" for Giants RB Rashad Jennings to return from knee injury this week. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings got in some practices last week prior to the Giants' loss to Seattle, so he is trending in the right direction. Andre Williams has proven to be an impatient runner thus far and largely ineffective (2.9 YPC for the season, with no game above 3.5 since Jennings' injury), so it wouldn't be a surprise if Jennings returned to a full workload in Week 11 - assuming he is cleared to play against San Francisco.
| Lamar Miller no worse for wear after Week 10|
Dolphins promote LaMichael James from practice squad
By: Doug Orth | Nov 10 2014, 2:40 pm
|It is apparently not as it bad as it looks for Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (separated AC joint). He carried only four times, which was the fewest time this year and less than either Daniel Thomas or Damien Williams. The Dolphins also informed practice squad RB LaMichael James on Monday that he was being promoted to the 53-man roster.
But a source tells me Miller "is fine" and that he did not reinjure his shoulder in Week 10. He can practice this week (if that's what trainers decide) and play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, barring another setback to the shoulder. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The promotion of James would typically mean that Miller was a question for Thursday's AFC East battle with Buffalo, but it appears to be a play-it-safe move more than anything else. Regardless, the Bills possess one of the best run defenses in the league, making any Dolphins' running back a flex play at best in Week 10.
| Reggie Bush limited on Sunday|
Ankle injury continues to bother Lions' RB
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2014, 11:30 am
|Caldwell on Reggie Bush's limited role: "He just got a little nicked up during the course of the game so he wasn’t able to do as much as he’d like". (Dave Birkett via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bush hasn't topped 6.5 fantasy points since Week 3. He continues to miss time on Sunday's because of a nagging ankle injury. As a result, he can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.
| Titans TE Delanie Walker suffers concussion|
Titans play Monday night in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2014, 9:30 am
|The Titans suffered a significant blow when Delanie Walker suffered a concussion in the second quarter. It forced them to finish the game with tight ends Chase Coffman and Richard Gordon, who weren't on the roster at the beginning of the season. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Walker leads the Titans in receiving with 512 yards and 4 TDs so it will be a significant loss if he's unable to get through the NFL's concussion protocol before Monday. The Titans play the Steelers on Monday night football in Week 11.
| Watkins, Jackson are both active for Bills|
Both dealing with groin injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2014, 11:30 am
|Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins are ACTIVE. (Buffalo Bills via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Bills' players are dealing with groin injuries. I'd be leery of starting Jackson if you have other viable options at the running back position. I'd be more comfortable starting Watkins but either are 100 percent and represent considerable risk.
| Cardinals fear torn ACL for Carson Palmer|
Drew Stanton expected to be starting QB
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2014, 7:41 am
|Per multiple reports, the Cardinals fear that quarterback Carson Palmer has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. It’s the same left knee in which Palmer tore an ACL on a low hit in the first throw of the wild-card game to cap the 2005 season. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: A tough break for Palmer who just signed a three-year contract extension earlier this week. Drew Stanton will take over as the starting quarterback in Arizona. He was below average in three starts earlier this season completing 49 percent of his throws for 176 yards and .67 TDs per game against the Giants, 49ers and Broncos.
| Martellus Bennett rib injury, Questionable|
Missed practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2014, 3:10 pm
|Martellus Bennett has been listed as questionable for the game after missing practice on Friday because of a rib injury. Bennett popped up on the injury report for the first time on Thursday as a limited participant in practice, which suggests he suffered the injury during that day’s practice. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It's never a good sign when players miss practice on Friday but it should be noted Bennett said after practice he will probably play. Bennett owners should have plan B in place. The Bears and Packers play Sunday night.
| Sammy Watkins misses practie Friday|
Status for Sunday in question
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2014, 11:48 am
|The status of the Bills’ leading receiver for Sunday’s game vs. Kansas City remains in some question.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (groin) was not spotted at practice on Friday, multiple club beat writers reported, including Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins tweaked his groin in practice Wednesday and missed practice Thursday and Friday. It appears he will be a gametime decision. The Bills do play early on Sunday so we will know his status when the Inactives come out at 11:30 am Eastern. Robert Woods and Mike Williams would likely start if Watkins sits.
| Romo practices Friday, listed as Probable|
Signs point to Romo starting
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2014, 11:30 am
|Though Tony Romo won’t be pushed Friday, he did take all the offensive work with no defensive pressure early in practice Friday and made all of the throws. Brandon Weeden wasn’t doing any of that. So all signs still point to Romo starting Sunday. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: With a bye next week, it's somewhat surprising that Romo is in line for the start on Sunday. In any case, expect the Cowboys to pound the running game against a Jaguars defense that just gave up 154 yards and 2 TDs to Jeremy Hill in Week 9.
| Rashad Jennings takes scout-team reps|
Limited in practice Thursday; recovering from sprained MCL
By: Doug Orth | Nov 6 2014, 4:30 pm
|Rashad Jennings was a surprise participant in practice Thursday, warming up with the team and then taking some scout team reps later on. The Giants officially listed him as limited.
"It’s getting close," Jennings said. "No setbacks. Felt like myself a little bit. Tomorrow I plan on doing the same thing, and just going from there."
Jennings has missed the past three games with a sprained MCL. He was among the league leaders in rushing when he went down. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: HC Tom Coughlin said Jennings "did pretty well", but did not speculate about his status for Sunday. Despite the optimism, the Giants have been cautious all along with Jennings, so it would be a surprise to see him play this week. It seems much more likely the team would give their running back one more week to make sure he is 100 percent, making him a decent bet to be on the field in Week 11 against the Niners. Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis will likely split time in the interim.
| Ravens CB Jimmy Smith out for season|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 6 2014, 4:15 pm
|Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne announced CB Jimmy Smith had surgery and is out for the season. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A foot injury that was only supposed to keep Smith out until Week 13 at the latest is the reason Baltimore's top cornerback will not suit up again this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Smith had surrendered only 20 catches for 163 yards and no touchdowns, while opposing signal-callers had accrued a 51.5 QB rating on passes thrown in his coverage - the fourth-lowest in the league. Without Smith, Baltimore will struggle stopping the pass going forward.
| Gio Bernard could be out past Week 10|
Bengals plan on keeping Jeremy Hill involved after return
By: Doug Orth | Nov 6 2014, 3:40 pm
|Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is out tonight, and could miss more time. And when he gets back, coaches won't be going away from Jeremy Hill. (Albert Breer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The hip pointer injury that wasn't supposed to keep Bernard out of one game sounds like it might keep him out at least three. Saddle up Hill, who could post RB1 numbers tonight against the Browns and possibly next week in New Orleans.
| Fred Jackson practices for second straight day|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2014, 11:20 am
|Fred Jackson is out here and practicing for the second straight day. (Joe Buscaglia via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson is coming off a groin injury and it still remains to be seen if he'll play on Sunday but he's certainly trending the right direction. If he sits, Anthony Dixon would get the start and share time with Bryce Brown.
| Cecil Shorts misses practice Thursday|
Expects to play Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2014, 10:21 am
|Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts sat out today’s practice at The Grove with hamstring tightness but anticipates playing Sunday against Dallas.
“Taking today off to rest it and then go out there and practice [Friday] and go from there,” Shorts said before practice. “I felt good waking up this morning and [the trainers] were happy with my strength.” (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Today was a rest day for the Jags receiver. As long as he makes it through practice on Friday without any setbacks he should be good to go Sunday against the Cowboys. Shorts is nothing more than a WR4. He's topped 41 receiving yards only once this season.
| Sammy Watkins aggravates groin injury|
Limited in practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2014, 1:09 pm
|Sammy Watkins suffered a groin injury today and wasn't able to finish practice. Marrone says he "doesn't know" about Sammy Watkins' availability for Sunday. My take on the coach's body language is there is serious doubt. (Jay Skurski via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We'll get a better indication of the seriousness of this injury tomorrow. If Watkins doesn't practice, his availability for Sunday's game against the Chiefs will be in doubt. Owners should be looking at alternate options immediately.
|Texans make switch at QB, Mallett to start Week 11|
Ryan Fitzpatrick benched
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2014, 11:45 am
|Ryan Mallett is the Texans’ new starting quarterback.
Coach Bill O’Brien named Mallett the starter Wednesday, after debating during recent days whether to make a change. The first-year coach acknowledged the decision to bench veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was "very difficult." (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick will be the backup in Week 11 with Tom Savage operating as the No. 3 quarterback. Fitzpatrick has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1960 yards, 11 TDs and 8 INTs in nine games. The Texans are 4-5 and looking for a spark. For now, consider Mallett a QB2 until he shows consistency with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.
|Mike Glennon out, Josh McCown in|
Bucccaneers make a switch at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 4 2014, 7:00 pm
|Mike Glennon told Tampa's WDAE-AM on Tuesday night that he has been told Josh McCown will reclaim the starting quarterback job for Sunday's game versus the Atlanta Falcons. "I met with (interim offensive coordinator) Marcus Arroyo and Lovie (Smith) this morning," Glennon said, "and they decided that it would be best for Josh to go ahead this week and get the start." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: McCown didn't exactly light the world on fire Weeks 1 and 2 as the starter, combining for 362 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina and St. Louis. Glennon has been marginally better but has thrown six interceptions in his last five games. The Bucs QB situation is one to avoid in fantasy football.
| Jeremy Hill poised for another big workload|
Rookie should start again Thursday with Bernard likely out
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 4 2014, 11:45 am
|With a Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals held a brief walkthrough late Monday afternoon in the stadium. They'll practice once more this week -- Tuesday.
It will be after Tuesday's practice that Cincinnati's official pregame injury report will be announced. Right now, it appears running back Giovani Bernard will end up right back in the same spot he was on last week's injury report: doubtful.
The second-year back is recovering from a pair of injuries to his hip and clavicle. Just like all of last week's practices, Bernard didn't participate in Monday's walkthrough. He was around the locker room for part of the afternoon, but he didn't step foot on the field.
Jeremy Hill is coming off a huge performance in Week 9. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hill should be in line for another big day on a short week, as it appears Bernard is unlikely to play. The rookie is a no-brainer RB1 until Bernard returns.
|Doug Martin looking like odd man out for Bucs|
Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims are 1-2 in RB rotation
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 4 2014, 10:30 am
|The Bucs have been starting Doug Martin for most of the season. That’s understandable because Martin rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie in 2012. But the NFL is a league that’s all about what has happened lately. For Martin, not much has.
He missed much of 2013 with a shoulder injury. He's been dealing with knee and ankle injuries this seasons and hasn’t produced much. Martin has gained 166 yards on 28 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.
Backup Bobby Rainey has been more productive than Martin, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Top that off with the fact that rookie Charles Sims is close to being active, and things aren’t looking really bright for Martin.
He was a first-round pick in 2012. But it’s looking like Martin could be the third man in a two-back rotation for the rest of this season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: While you can't quite drop Martin yet, it's looking more and more like Rainey is the back to own in Tampa Bay, with Sims and Martin filling in the rest of the workload. Rainey isn't a world-beater, but he's capable in all aspects of every-down duties and his workmanlike resolve has finally helped provide a significant fantasy opportunity for owners who stashed him.
| Nick Foles (broken collarbone) out 6-8 weeks|
Mark Sanchez to assume reins to offense
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 4 2014, 9:40 am
|McLane posted "Looks more and more like Mark Sanchez at QB for the rest of the #Eagles season and possibly the playoffs." Both McLane and ESPN's Adam Schefter set Foles' timetable at 6-8 weeks, and that may even be on the optimistic side. Coming in cold off the bench Sunday, Sanchez completed 4-of-4 targets to Jeremy Maclin for gains of 52, 7, 21, and an eight-yard touchdown. Sanchez struggles to throw the ball outside the numbers, however, which could put a dent in Riley Cooper's already limited fantasy appeal. (Twitter (Jeff McLane))|
FFToday's Take: McLane is the Eagles beat writer for the Philly Inquirer, and Chip Kelly sounded Monday as if Sanchez had a tenuous lock on the starting job the rest of the way. Given Sanchez's checkdown game, it's likely that we'll see more Zach Ertz and receptions for RBs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles going forward. Sanchez is worth an add in all formats in this potent offense.
| Tony Romo makes London trip|
Cowboys QB could still play Week 10
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 4 2014, 9:30 am
|Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty can relate to what Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is going through with his latest back injury. Petty suffered two cracks in the transverse process in his back this year and it caused him to miss a game.
When asked during a Monday press conference if he had any advice for Romo, Petty joked, “he can call me if he wants.”
“Everybody deals with it different,” Petty added. “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. He’ll be fine, like I am. As far as a back injury to have, this is the one to have. It kind of heals itself. He has all the good people up there to help him out, just like I had the people down here to help [me] out.”
Petty suffered the injury in the season opener against SMU. He didn’t play the following week against Northwestern State but returned the following week and has played in every game since.
Romo suffered a pair of transverse process fractures in his back on Oct. 27. The Cowboys quarterback did not play in Sunday’s 28-17 loss to Arizona and his availability for this weekend’s game in London remains in question. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: The venerable Romo has a little more wear and tear on his back than Petty, but given how awful the passing game looked in Week 9, the Cowboys will do everything they can to get him on the field. If he plays, he's in the conversation again as a QB1.