| Julius Thomas limited in practice|
Remains optimistic about playing against Bills
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 7:45 pm
|''Julius is one of our top players and when you have one of your top players go out, you are going to miss him,'' Peyton Manning said Wednesday. ''We hope to get Julius back out there. There's no question when he's out there he makes a difference, he makes a lot of plays for us.''
Thomas leads the league with a dozen TD catches even though he hasn't scored since Nov. 9. He was limited at practice Wednesday and hopes to return to action this weekend against the Buffalo Bills (7-5).
FFToday's Take: The Broncos' week 14 opponent, Buffalo, ranks fifth against the pass this season and Denver has rekindled their running game of late. Nonetheless, it will be tough to sit Julius Thomas if he is cleared to play so check back later in the week for an update on his playing status.
| TE Olsen misses practice, but Sunday ‘no concern’|
Resting swollen knee
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 6:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was uncharacteristically out of practice on Wednesday with an injury, but coach Ron Rivera is confident he’ll play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Olsen had swelling in his knee following the game and did not practice with the team. In the locker room after practice, Olsen told several teammates that he’d be fine to play Sunday.
FFToday's Take: This looks like a case of a veteran player getting an extra day of rest and not something that will keep Greg Olsen sidelined. Olsen remains one of the more consistently targeted players at his position and should be good fantasy play in week 14.
| Demaryius Thomas dealing with sore ankle|
Denver's top wideout limited in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 5:30 pm
|Demaryius Thomas walked gingerly through the locker room after his right ankle was stepped on during the workout.
"It hurt, too," Demaryius Thomas said.
There's no concern yet over Demaryius Thomas' injury, but it bears watching given how much he was favoring it.
FFToday's Take: For now it seems the team is downplaying the injury, but Demaryius Thomas' ankle injury bears monitoring. With critical week 14 lineup decisions upcoming fantasy owners will surely want to follow his progress as the week progresses.
|Big Ben denies wrist is injured|
Misses practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 5:04 pm
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday amidst a report that he has a fractured wrist, and through the years he talked all too bluntly about his injuries to suit his coaches.
He weighed in on this one, too, but will not be accused of overstating an injury this time.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with my wrist,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after practice.
FFToday's Take: The team insists that Roethlisberger's absence from practice is not injury related yet he clearly played hurt last weekend. Until more concrete evidence proves Roetlisberger's right hand and wrist will not limit him on Sunday fantasy owners will want to have a backup plan ready to go for week 14.
|QB Brian Hoyer remains starter for Browns|
Cleveland not ready to hand reins to Manziel
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 2:43 pm
|CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer has held off Johnny Manziel and will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, a league source confirmed for Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Hoyer has been informed by Browns coach Mike Pettine that he will take the field against the 8-4 Colts on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
(Northeast Ohio Media Group)|
FFToday's Take: With the Browns in the playoff hunt it isn't too surprising that the veteran Hoyer would get the nod to start week 14. Operating under what is expected to be a short leash, Hoyer will be a very risky fantasy option for week 14. With only a few weeks left in the fantasy season, Manziel's fantasy upside is greatest in dynasty and keeper formats.
|K Robbie Gould doubtful, Bears sign Jay Feely|
Bears make change at K
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2014, 12:35 pm
|The Chicago Bears on Wednesday signed free-agent kicker Jay Feely. He probably will replace Robbie Gould, whom the team listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Gould missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a sore quadriceps muscle. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Feely will handle field goal and extra point duties for the Bears against the Cowboys on Thursday night. Time to look for another kicking option if you have Gould.
| Rashad Jennings misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2014, 12:30 pm
|Running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday and his chances of being ready for Sunday in Tennessee don't appear promising. The Giants signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya on Tuesday to brace for his absence (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Not good news for Jennings' owners. If Jennings does miss Week 14, Andre Williams would be the beneficiary of a juicy matchup against a Titans run defense that gives up the second-most fantasy points to running backs.
| Ellington not expected to practice this week|
Gametime decision for Cardinals starting RB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2014, 9:45 pm
|Tailback Andre Ellington isn’t expected to practice this week because of a “severe” hip pointer suffered in Sunday’s loss at Atlanta, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday night, according to Fox reporter and SiriusXM host Alex Marvez. According to Marvez, Ellington’s status will be determined on Sunday, with Arians hopeful he can play. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington has been dealing with a number of injuries this season and even though it's early in the week, it sounds like Ellington may be a scratch for Week 14. Marion Grice would get the start but would likely share carries with Stepfan Taylor. The Cardinals play a late-afternoon game on Sunday against the Chiefs.
|Giants sign RB Chris Ogbonnaya|
Former Panther joins G-men
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2014, 9:30 pm
|The Giants also signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya, who has played in 51 regular-season games for St. Louis, Houston, Cleveland and Carolina with 12 starts. Ogbonnaya played in five games for the Panthers earlier this season and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. He was released on Nov. 3. (Giants.com)|
FFToday's Take: Starting running back Rashad Jennings is nursing an ankle injury so this move may be insurance in case Jennings isn't ready to play on Sunday. If Jennings does sit, rookie Andre Williams would get the start in a plus matchup against the weak Titans run defense.
| Tyrann Mathieu's broken thumb needs surgery|
Honey Badger expected to miss three weeks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 12:05 pm
|Ed Werder is reporting that Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu has a fractured and dislocated thumb that will require surgery. The dynamic DB is likely to miss about three games with his hand in cast, per Werder's source. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's a tough blow for a defense that's had its share of devastating injuries this season, but remains a relatively well-run unit. Expect Tony Jefferson to get a bump in IDP and downgrade the Cards team D/ST to the second tier.
| Jonathan Stewart set for expanded role|
DeAngelo Williams hand injury could open door for more touches
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2014, 11:44 am
|Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams fractured a bone in his right hand in Sunday’s 31-13 loss to Minnesota, and his availability is day-to-day.
It’s yet another injury for Williams this season, who has dealt with hamstring and ankle injuries, and it opens the door for Carolina to use Jonathan Stewart more in the backfield.
The injury occurred when Minnesota linebacker Jasper Brinkley’s helmet hit Williams hand on a second-quarter rush for 3 yards. Williams motioned to sideline for a substitute and did not return to the game.
X rays showed the fracture to be in the hand at the base of the middle finger. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Williams could play with the injury, but the swelling has to go down. He said Williams could see a hand specialist this week.
But after the game and again Monday, Rivera indicated that if Williams is healthy, he’ll be the starter. The franchise’s all-time leading rusher, Williams has not been as effective on the ground as Stewart.
Stewart rushed 12 times for 75 yards against the Vikings, good for a 7.1-yards-per-carry clip that was Carolina’s best all season.
A team source told the Observer recently that when Stewart was named the starter in 2012, he didn’t take ownership of the role. The coaching staff saw that Stewart runs better when he feeds off Williams, the source said, and believed Williams is more suited for the starting role.
Williams is on pace for the second least-productive season of his career. He has 219 rushing yards on 63 carries and no touchdowns. Only 2010, in which he played six games before being sidelined with a foot injury, was worse.
Should Williams be unavailable for this week’s game at New Orleans, he would be missing out on one of his favorite places to play. Williams has rushed for 401 yards on 54 carries - 7.4 yards per carry - in the past four years at the Superdome against the Saints. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart has been the far superior back for a while now, and has looked explosive when given the opportunity to carry the load for Carolina. He makes a solid RB2 in New Orleans this week.
| Reggie Bush expected to play in Week 14|
RB's ankle good enough for limited practice on Monday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 10:33 am
|As is his custom, Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn't shed much light Monday on the team's four injured starters — offensive guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and left tackle Riley Reiff (knee).
Bush has been practicing and is expected to play this week. (Detroit News)|
FFToday's Take: That's what they said last week, only to have Bush be a surprise inactive on Turkey Day. PPR maven Joique Bell is really the only Lions RB we'd trust in standard 12-team leagues.
| Marion Grice could start at RB on Sunday|
Cards rookie to get first crack if Andre Ellington is inactive
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 9:17 am
|Marion Grice likely will be the first one in if Andre Ellington cannot play, but Stepfan Taylor and Robert Hughes will be in the mix, Arians said, while the Cardinals will use a Wednesday padded practice to see where newcomer Michael Bush might fit into the equation. (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Grice, a 22-year-old Arizona state product drafted in the sixth round by the Chargers, lost out to Branden Oliver in camp and made the move to Arizona when the Cards signed him off the practice squad. While he’s clearly not a world-beater, Grice could see a high number of touches if he gets off to a good start, and will serve as a decent RB3/flex PPR option in deeper formats if Ellington is inactive.
|Chris Johnson eclipses 100-yard mark|
Jets total 277 rushing yards but lose to Dolphins
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 8:33 am
|It was the best game of Chris Johnson's first season with the Jets -- 105 yards rushing on 17 carries as part of a running game that totaled a whopping 277 yards. But when the Jets had to have points at the end of the game to overcome Miami's 16-13 lead Monday night at MetLife Stadium, Johnson wasn't on the field and quarterback Geno Smith suddenly found himself in desperation mode.
As much as the Jets would like to believe the ground-and-pound approach they took against the Dolphins worked superbly, it underlined an NFL axiom that says teams have to run to win but they have to pass to score points.
The running game was effective from the start, mixing in several wide receiver reverses with the running of Johnson, who broke a 47-yarder that set up a 20-yard touchdown by Greg Salas on a reverse for a 7-0 lead, and Chris Ivory, who had 62 yards on 16 carries.
"The offensive line was pushing those guys around," Johnson said. "They were giving all the running backs, not just myself, lanes to run. But the main thing is that we didn't get the victory." (Newsday)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson looked like the CJ2K of old as he slashed through the Miami defense, but the presence of Ivory and the lack of scoring ability seriously dampens his prospects down the stretch.It's better just to avoid all the Jets offensive players at this point.
| Roddy White expected back in Week 14|
Ankle injury sidelined him vs. Arizona
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2014, 6:50 pm
|Mike Smith said Roddy White's ankle sprain isn't as severe as the high ankle sprain suffered last year. Anticipates him back vs. Green Bay. (Vaughn Mcclure on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Julio Jones dominated in Week 13 without White around, but expectations for both players should be tempered in Week 14 as the Falcons travel to Green Bay. Not only are the Packers playing well, but QB Matt Ryan is a notoriously poor quarterback away from home.
| Julius Thomas nearing return|
"Encouraged" with healing process
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2014, 6:45 pm
|As Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas recovers from a left ankle injury, Thomas said Monday that it’s a yes-and-no proposition. As in yes, Thomas believes he’s closing in on his return to the lineup. And no, this current injury is not, in any way, similar to the right ankle injury that essentially cratered his first two NFL seasons. This time Thomas suffered an injury to his left ankle in the first quarter of the Broncos’ loss in St. Louis. He has practiced just once, having taken part in this past Friday’s practice on a limited basis.
“I’m encouraged with how it’s going, we’ll see how it’s going this week," Thomas said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos will be happy to welcome him back, not only because he has 12 touchdowns on 40 catches, but also because the Buffalo Bills' stout defense will visit Denver in Week 14. "Orange Julius" is a no-brainer starting option every time he is in the lineup, so fantasy teams that were able to squeeze into the fantasy playoffs despite his two-game absence should get a nice shot in the arm this week if he can go.
| Bruised right fibula for DeSean Jackson|
Redskins wideout injured in 3rd quarter
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2014, 7:15 pm
|DeSean Jackson left the Washington Redskins‘ 49-27 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday with a bruised right fibula, as X-rays did not show any breaks in the bone. “I’m in definite pain, but hopefully, throughout the week, I get better,” Jackson said. “I didn’t think it was good, but I’m just fortunate that it’s nothing too serious. It’s just a contusion in the fibula, so we’ll just take it day-by-day and get better, man.”
FFToday's Take: Jackson finished with five catches for 84 yards and a TD on Sunday. It remains to be seen whether or not Jackson will be ready for Week 14. Andre Roberts would see increased work if Jackson can't go.
| Ellington leaves in first half with hip pointer|
Marion Grice fills in
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2014, 7:00 pm
|Already dealing with a hip flexor, Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington said he suffered a hip pointer after getting kneed in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
"Got a little bruise, wasn't able to put no pressure on it, so that's pretty much it," Ellington said.
FFToday's Take: Marion Grice came off the bench and rushed five times for 16 yards. The Cardinals were short-handed without Ellington and Larry Fitzgerald (knee). Ellington's been bothered by foot and hip injuries during the year.
| Jordan Reed active|
Redskins get starting TE back
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2014, 11:30 am
|Tight end Jordan Reed also missed the 49ers game with a hamstring injury. He is active today as well. (CSN Washington)|
FFToday's Take: With a number of tight ends sitting this week, Reed moves into the TE1 discussion now that he is active. The Colts have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.
| Cameron, Clay, Amaro won't play in Week 13|
Browns, Dolpins and Jets will miss starting Tight Ends
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2014, 4:00 pm
|Charles Clay missed last week’s game against the Denver Broncos and couldn't make it back for Monday's game. Backup tight end Dion Sims will get his second start of the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to Clay, Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Jace Amaro (concussion) have both been ruled out for Week 13. The Browns and Jets replacement tight ends aren't worth considering for your Week 13 roster.
| Julius Thomas a spectator on Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2014, 5:00 pm
|While tight end Julius Thomas remained a spectator Friday, working through left ankle issues, the Broncos received a boost as Brandon Marshall was cleared to participate by an independent doctor. Thomas, meanwhile, remains limited. His status remains uncertain for Sunday, but after similar participation last week the Broncos made Thomas inactive for the Dolphins game. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos may wait until gametime (Sunday night) to make a decision or the could rule him out on Saturday. If Thomas sits, Jacob Tamme would be in play as low-end TE1.
| Fitzgerald limited on Friday, gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2014, 2:35 pm
|Officially, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was able to practice on a limited basis Friday, and coach Bruce Arians said he was “progressing nicely” as he heads into Sunday’s game in Atlanta as a game-day decision. If Fitzgerald does play, Arians said, it won’t be just as a decoy or in a partial role. “If he goes, he goes,” Arians said. “That’s the only reason he would play, because he can play.” (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is a situation to avoid for fantasy owners. Even if Fitzgerald does play, it's hard to imagine he will be close to 100%. The Cardinals play a late-afternoon game against the Falcons on Sunday.
| Latavius Murray may not be ready Sunday|
RB suffered a concussion in Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2014, 1:45 pm
|After looking optimistic early in the week, sources tell me it's not likely for #Raiders RB Latavius Murray to play this week (John Middlekauff via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was at practice this week but he's yet to be cleared for game action. If he sits, the Raiders will return to Darren McFadden as their primiary ball-carrier however, a bigger workload for Marcel Reece wouldn't be out of the question given the lack of punch supplied this season by McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew.
| Jerick McKinnon sits with back injury|
Status for Sunday doesn't look good
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2014, 1:10 pm
|Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon was the only player absent at Friday’s practice.
McKinnon hasn’t participated all week dealing with a lingering low back injury. His status at this point for Sunday’s game against the Panthers doesn’t look too good. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Having missed practice all week, McKinnon is a candidate for the inactive list. Matt Asiata is expected to return this week and and should split carries with Joe Banyard and newly acquired Ben Tate. The Vikings running back situation is one to avoid in Week 13.
| Roddy White misses practice all week|
Coach confident White will play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2014, 11:15 am
|Smith still confident Roddy White will play on Sunday without practicing all week. (Vaughn McClure via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: White has been sidelined with an ankle injury and is listed as Questionable on the injury report. Even if White suites up, he won't be a recommended play having missed a full week of practice. The Falcons and Cardinals play a late-afternoon game on Sunday.
| Julius Thomas back at practice|
Missed Week 12 with ankle injury
By: | Nov 27 2014, 3:00 pm
|TE Julius Thomas is participating in practice (Thursday).
(Mike Klis on Twitter )|
FFToday's Take: It is Thomas' first practice since he suffered his ankle injury. While there is no guarantee he will play Sunday night, he is trending in the right direction now. Jacob Tamme is the handcuff and a relatively low-upside play should Thomas sit this week.
| Foster practices Wednesday, expected to start|
RB missed last two games with groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2014, 10:00 pm
|The Texans got some good news Wednesday when running back Arian Foster was able to practice after missing the last two games with a groin injury.
“He looked pretty good,” coach Bill O’Brien said.
Barring a setback, Foster will start against Tennessee.
FFToday's Take: Good news for Foster owners as the Texans give up the second-most fantasy points to running backs. Barring any setbacks in practice this week, Foster will be an RB1 in Week 13.
| TE Jordan Cameron practices |
Still considered day-to-day in return from concussion
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 6:39 pm
|Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron haven't played together in a game since last December. The Cleveland Browns hope to have both Pro Bowl pass-catchers on the field against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but Cameron's health remains iffy. After the tight end practiced Wednesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine called him "still day-to-day" after missing the past four games with a concussion. It's worth noting that Cameron took part in last Friday's session, too, but he wasn't well enough to suit up for Sunday's win over the Falcons. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like Jordan Cameron (concussion) may finally be able to return to the field this weekend. He hasn't played since week 8 and has not caught more than three balls in a single game this year. He brings plenty of upside when healthy and should help owners during the fantasy post-season.
| Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Houston|
Texans sign Thad Lewis, place Mallett on IR
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 4:52 pm
|HOUSTON -- The Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve on Wednesday, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Fitzpatrick started the first nine games, with a 4-5 record, before being benched during the bye week in favor of Mallett, who went 1-1 as the starter. Also on Wednesday, the Texans signed free-agent quarterback Thad Lewis, who was released by the Bills in training camp
FFToday's Take: Despite keeping things conservative through the air, Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown at least one touchdown pass in eight of his nine starts this season. He has enough weapons to provide fantasy owners with QB2 production but doesn't bring much upside to the table. To add depth to the roster in the wake of Mallett's injury the team signed Thad Lewis, while rookie Tom Savage presumably takes over the backup role behind Fitzpatrick.
| McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited|
Kyle Rudolph practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 4:46 pm
|Did not participate: TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), FS Harrison Smith (shoulder/ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee).
Limited participation: RB Matt Asiata (concussion), LT Matt Kalil (knee) and LB Anthony Barr (knee).
Full participation: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin), WR Jarius Wright (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (rib) and RT Mike Harrison (ankle).
FFToday's Take: With Jerick McKinnon banged up, recent addition Ben Tate is likely to be worked into the rotation week 13. Until the backfield situation is worked out in Minnesota it is tough to trust any Viking running back for fantasy purposes.
| RB Ryan Mathews practices for Bolts|
Running back not expected to miss time
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 26 2014, 3:56 pm
|Wednesday brought confirmation to every indication Sunday.
A shoulder injury is not expected to force Ryan Mathews to miss time.
The Chargers running back was sidelined for much of the second half against the Rams due to the third-quarter ailment, suffered when tackle D.J. Fluker and linebacker Alec Ogletree fell on top of him, about 600 pounds of body weight pushing his left shoulder into the ground. Mathews returned late in the fourth quarter.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews (shoulder) was effective last week despite netting only twelve carries. However, he faces a stiffer test against a Ravens rush defense that ranks 5th in the league. Barring setbacks in practice, Mathews should see enough touches to be a useful RB3 or flex option for week 13.
|Vick benched, Geno Smith to start|
Decision reportedly comes from GM
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2014, 11:30 am
|In a surprise, the New York Jets have decided to return to Geno Smith as their starting quarterback, sending Michael Vick to the bench after only three starts. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets will Smith another opportunity but don't expect it to go well. The team is coming off an embarrassing loss to the Bills (38-3) and with head coach Rex Ryan a lame duck, the team is simply playing out the string. Expect the Dolphins pass rush to succeed on Monday night.
|Redskins expected to start Colt McCoy|
RGIII headed to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2014, 11:30 pm
|The Washington Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a team source. While Griffin is not a part of Washington's plan for Sunday's game, he still appears to be a significant part of the Redskins' long-term plan, per another source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The momentum to bench RGIII has been building the last couple weeks and it appears will come to a head this Sunday. Given the state of the offense under Griffin, the turn to McCoy could give the passing game a positive bump. The Redskins face the Colts in Week 13, then STL, NYG, PHI and DAL.
|Broncos release K McManus, sign Barth|
Barth coming off Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2014, 2:30 pm
|A former clutch field-goal kicker with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Connor Barth on Tuesday signed a two-year contract that will keep him with the Broncos through 2016. To make room for Barth, the Broncos waived Brandon McManus, the first-year kicker whose fate was sealed when he clanked a 33-yard field goal off the right upright Sunday in a 39-36 win against the Miami Dolphins. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Barth missed 2013 with an Achilles injury and even though he lands on a high-powered offense, there isn't a lot of reason for fantasy owners to rush out and pick him up unless you're desperate at the position.
| Jordan Cameron trending towards playing Week 13|
Brown TE expected back in action versus Bills
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 12:03 pm
|Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland is reporting that Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is probably playing in Week 13 against Buffalo. (Twitter/ESPN Cleveland)|
FFToday's Take: "All signs look like a go" is an encouraging thing to hear for frustrated Cameron owners, but it's better late than never. The Josh Gordon/Jordan Cameron thing was a boon to fantasy owners in 2013, and it could be again down the stretch.
|Justin Forsett has career night on MNF|
Ravens RB rushes for 182 yards and two scores
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 8:48 am
|On Monday night, before a national television audience, Justin Forsett's very first carry went for 38 yards and he finished with a career-high 182 yards rushing to lead playoff-contending Baltimore to a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
"It's crazy, man. You think about where I was this time last year, mostly doing a lot of scout team work and coming in (to play) every once in a while," Forsett said. "To just get the opportunity when I thought I would never get it again, it's a blessing."
While Forsett is grateful to the Ravens for the chance they gave him, Baltimore (7-4) might say the feeling is mutual. No one really knew how the Ravens' running game would fare after Ray Rice was suspended and later released because of an assault on his wife that was captured by hotel video cameras.
With five games still to go, Forsett has rushed for 903 yards and seven TDs while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
"The work he's putting in, the results he's getting and what he's doing for this team was huge," said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who passed for 243 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans. "He's not letting the guy tackle him in the hole with his arms or anything like that. He's breaking those little things." (USA Today/AP)|
FFToday's Take: Forsett's NFL career has come full circle, and fantasy owners who grabbed him in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal are very happy he's found so much success. He's an unquestioned RB1 and his prospects for 2015 and dynasty leagues keep getting better.
|Drew Brees has best fantasy game in loss|
Saints QB throws for 420-3-1 but comes up short
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 8:42 am
|Drew Brees completed 35-of-45 passes for 420 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Saints' 34-27, Week 12 loss to the Ravens on Monday night.
Brees averaged a healthy 9.3 YPA, but his night will be most remembered for a pick-six to Will Hill late in the third quarter that put the Ravens ahead on the scoreboard for good. It was Brees' third pick-six of the season, as he's been crippled by back-breaking turnovers all year.
The 4-7 Saints are clearly the most talented team in the abysmal NFC South and still sit atop the standings, but they lost all three games on the homestand. They'll try and right the ship next week in Pittsburgh. (Rotoworld)|
FFToday's Take: Brees is still a must-start, top-tier QB despite the team's struggles this season, and he has a very favorable stretch run from a fantasy perspective.
| Jets still deciding Week 13 starter|
Rex Ryan weighing options after brutal loss
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 25 2014, 8:37 am
|Not that either quarterback made a compelling case for the job, but Jets coach Rex Ryan said after Monday's 38-3 loss to the Bills that he isn't sure if Geno Smith or Michael Vick would start next Monday night at home against Miami.
"We'll address that later," Ryan said. "I don't know yet. We'll figure it out. I want to see how they look (after evaluating the tape of Monday's game). Sometimes, you can have a feel and a sense of it on the field. When you watch the tape, maybe you see a different opinion. We'll take a look at it and do what we think is best."
Smith replaced Vick with 4:57 remaining in the third quarter, when the Jets trailed 31-3. Smith did not play in either of the past two games, a loss to the Chiefs and a win over the Steelers. Ryan benched Smith in favor of Vick after Smith threw three first-quarter interceptions Oct. 26 against the Bills.
At the time of his benching for the Kansas City game, Smith had committed 37 turnovers in his 24 career NFL games.
On Monday night, Vick completed 7 of 19 passes for 76 yards and an interception. Vick almost threw two other picks. Smith completed 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards.
Facing the Bills' formidable defensive line, Vick was sacked five times. Smith was sacked twice, though one was on the game's final play, when he ran out of bounds for a 4-yard loss while under pressure.
"We also had some shots where I thought we really could've completed some passes," Ryan said when asked about Vick's lackluster stat line. "But it wasn't just (Vick). The protection, he was under duress almost the whole game."
The Jets are 2-9, so their final five games will just be a slow trudge to the finish for Ryan, who almost certainly will be fired after the season.
Will the Jets use these final five games to take one last look at Smith, and determine if he has a future with them? Or will they turn back to Vick, who hopes to prove he can remain on this team in 2015 and contend for the starting job?
When Ryan benched Smith for Vick during the first Buffalo game, the coach named Vick the starter the next day for the following week's game at the Chiefs. Ryan is scheduled to speak with reporters Tuesday afternoon.
Vick sustained a minor calf injury Monday night, but he could have continued to play.
"I saw that he was hobbled a little bit, it looked like," Ryan said. "He was taking some hits, and I wanted to give Geno some shots out there, give him a chance. It wasn't told to me that (Vick) could not play. I just saw that he was hobbled a little bit there."
Said Vick: "I got kicked in the calf, but it wasn't that bad. I could've come back, but coach told me I got knocked around a little bit and he just didn't want me out there." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Neither Vick nor Smith is a recommended fantasy option at this point, but it could have an impact on how the other skill positions (and we use that term loosely) perform this week. Stay tuned.
| Chiefs lose S Eric Berry for season|
Early reports suggest Berry has lymphoma
By: Doug Orth | Nov 24 2014, 5:35 pm
|Surprise of the day: Chiefs put S Eric Berry on Non-Football Illness List, which means he is out for the year, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We wish him the best. Chiefs ESPN Nation reporter Adam Teicher tweeted earlier in the day that a MRI "showed a mass in his chest" and that while there has been no definite diagnosis, Kansas City thinks he has lymphoma. From a football perspective, the Chiefs may have to reinsert Marcus Cooper as a starting corner after moving Ron Parker from safety a few weeks ago.
| Dwayne Allen "trending in right direction"|
Team unsure when TE will return to practice
By: Doug Orth | Nov 24 2014, 4:50 pm
|Colts HC Chuck Pagano on TE Dwayne Allen: “He’s trending in the right direction but he’s going to be day-to-day.” Doesn’t know if Allen will practice. (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Andrew Luck taking as many hits and sacks as ever and Coby Fleener (predictably) coming up short in the box score in Week 12, the Colts need Allen back ASAP. If he can make it back this week from his ankle injury, he has a very favorable matchup against Washington.