| Rawls to miss remainder of the season, ankle|
Broken ankle, torn ligaments
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2015, 4:00 pm
|Seahawks rookie running back Thomas Rawls is out for the season after suffering a broken left ankle and torn ligaments during the first quarter of Sunday’s 35-6 victory over the Ravens. Coach Pete Carroll said Rawls might not need surgery but added that, “He’s not going to make it back (this season).’’ (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Devasting blow to the Seahakws and the Rawls fantasy owners as the rookie posted 44 yards on just six carries before being injured. DuJuan Harris received the majority of touches (18) in a relief role while Fred Jackson (8) played on third-downs and as a change of pace.
|Tim Hightower to assume Ingram's role|
Spiller's role to remain unchanged
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2015, 10:12 am
|With the injury to #Saints RB Mark Ingram, I'm told to expect Tim Hightower to step in for him. CJ Spiller's workload likely to be unchanged (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints coaching staff trusts Hightower's ability in pass protection more than Spiller and as a result he's likely to see more reps on the field. Hightower is an RB2 against a decent Tampa Bay run defense.
| Jimmy Clausen expected to start|
Schaub dealing with chest and shoulder injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2015, 8:45 am
|Ravens QB Jimmy Clausen will start today vs. Seattle, per source. Question is whether Matt Schaub will beOK to be No. 2; uncertain. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As if the Ravens haven't dealt with enough injuries this season, it appears they will be turning to their No.3 quarterback here in Week 14. Clausen started against the Seahawks back in Week 3 as a member of the Bears and was held to 63 passing yards. Even on the road, the Seahawks are an elite D/ST play.
|Darren Sproles to be featured RB?|
Uncertainty surrounds DeMarco Murray
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2015, 7:15 am
|After a troubling week, #Eagles have weighed all options with DeMarco Murray, even sitting him. Either way, Darren Sproles will be featured. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray appears to be digging his grave in Philadelphia. He hasn't been a good fit for Chip Kelly's east-west running offense and Kelly refuses to scheme plays that fit Murray's North-South style. Sproles makes for an interesting DFS play and a solid FLEX, RB2 play is season-long leagues. Ryan Mathews should also see action.
| Gronk's status still up in the air, may be limited|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2015, 7:00 am
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s (knee) status is up in the air & it will depend on how he feels. But he practiced well & is ready, if needed. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk owners should be looking for other options. Even if he does play, there's a real possibility he could be limited or used as a decoy. TE Scott Chandler is also questionable but expected to play. New England faces Houston on Sunday Night Football.
| Amari Cooper probable for Sunday's tilt with DEN|
Raiders add WR to injury report with minor foot injury
By: John Canario | Dec 11 2015, 8:25 pm
|Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is probable for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Cooper was added to the Raiders' injury report Thursday with a foot issue, calling his availability for Week 14 into question. It now appears to be a minor ailment. (The Score)|
FFToday's Take: Cooper's injury is minor, but the Broncos' pass defense has been majorly effective when it comes to shutting down strong passing teams. Starting any of the Raiders' offensive players this week could yield less than stellar results.
| Megatron listed as questionable|
For the fourth time in five weeks
By: John Canario | Dec 11 2015, 8:15 pm
|Calvin Johnson has been listed on the Detroit Lions' injury report every week since hurting his ankle in London in Week 8. And for the fourth time in five games, the star receiver is officially listed as questionable - this time against St. Louis on Sunday. Like the previous four games, every indication is Johnson will play for Detroit as he closes in on another 1,000-yard season. Johnson practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday, but did not practice Friday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Be sure to re-check Johnson's status leading up to kickoff, but all indications are that Megatron will play.
| Schaub misses practice again Friday|
Clausen could start for Ravens this week
By: John Canario | Dec 11 2015, 8:05 pm
|If Matt Schaub can't play Sunday, Jimmy Clausen would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history since 1950 to start for two different teams against the same team in one season, according to STATS. Another missed day of practice for Baltimore quarterback Matt Schaub means another step closer to some quirky NFL history potentially being made when the Ravens play the Seahawks on Sunday. Schaub is listed as Baltimore’s starting quarterback, having replaced the injured Joe Flacco. But Schaub missed practice again Friday due to a chest injury suffered Sunday against Miami. And if Schaub can’t play Sunday against Seattle, then Jimmy Clausen would get the start. The same Jimmy Clausen who started for the Chicago Bears against the Seahawks on Sept. 27 in Seattle, serving then as a replacement for the injured Jay Cutler. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Most importantly, Clausen under center would have a negative impact on the appeal of starting Kamar Aiken this week. Javorius Allen's stock takes a hit too, as he and Schaub appeared to have developed some chemistry in the passing game last week.
| Gronk questionable to play Sunday|
TE practiced on a very limited basis Thursday and Friday
By: John Canario | Dec 11 2015, 7:55 pm
|After participating in practice Thursday and Friday, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots are going to keep the Texans guessing in the buildup to Sunday night’s game. The Patriots listed Gronkowski as questionable on Friday’s injury report. Gronkowksi took no questions but offered a brief statement Friday, saying it’s good to be back and that he’s doing everything he can to feel better. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: In what is now a playoff week in most pools, starting a banged-up player is a risky proposition. But Gronkowski is the kind of player who can singlehandedly win fantasy owners their weekly matchup. Monitor his status closely heading into Sunday, but take note that the Patriots play in the late game Sunday night. Be sure to have a backup plan available if Gronkowski can't suit up, like Scott Chandler, Will Tye or Jordan Cameron.
| DeAndre Hopkins added to injury report|
Texans' WR has a hamstring injury
By: John Canario | Dec 11 2015, 7:30 pm
|Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was added to the injury report Friday as limited with a hamstring injury. Hopkins is expected to have his usual role Sunday night against the New England Patriots. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Hopkins, who has become one of the best wide receivers in the league this year, should be fine to suit up against the Pats this week. Deploy him as you usually would.
| Cooks practices Friday, listed as Probable|
Did he really have a concussion?
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2015, 2:15 pm
|Saints WR Brandin Cooks probable after being cleared through concussion protocol. Sean Payton described it is mostly precaution ... Saints Sean Payton said Cooks felt some dizziness, showed concussion symptoms during Wednesday's practice so they put him through testing. (Mike Triplett on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cooks owners can breathe a sigh of relief. It appears the Saints No.1 wideout will be available this week although make sure to check the Inactives on Sunday to be sure. It's likely he never had a concussion.
| Hillman practices, C.J. Anderson sits Friday|
Ronnie Hillman expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2015, 2:00 pm
|Looked like C.J. Anderson tried to practice, but after test took off pad shell and helmet. Doesn't look good for Sunday. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson missed practice all week with a sore ankle and it appears Ronnie Hillman (foot) will get the start. However, Hillman's lone practice Friday and it won't be a shock if Juwan Thompson sees significant action against the Raiders on Sunday. Hillman will be a shaky RB2.
| Julian Edelman (foot) spotted at practice|
Pats WR unlikely to play Sunday, but should be back soon
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 11 2015, 1:15 pm
|Doug Kyed on Twitter: "Breaking: Julian Edelman (foot) has RETURNED to practice. Patriots have perfect attendance today." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's good news for fantasy owners that Edelman made an appearance on Friday, but it's highly unlikely he'll play this week against Houston. He could be worth a stash for owners with championships that extend until Week 17. For now, Danny Amendola (questionable, knee) should receive the Edelman complement of targets.
|Kendall Wright ruled out for Week 14|
Titans WR has rib injury and will not face the Jets
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 11 2015, 1:07 pm
|Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright injured his ribs against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13, and had been ruled out for the tilt with the New York Jets. (Bleacher Report)|
FFToday's Take: Dorial Green-Beckham's value is on the rise and makes a decent WR3 this week. This also means a slight upgrade for TE Delanie Walker, who should see at least 8-10 targets.
|DeMarco Murray rumored for Dallas return?|
"A lot of truth" to Eagles RB wanting to head back to Big D in 2016
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 11 2015, 8:50 am
|Despite what Eagles running back DeMarco Murray said to reporters on Thursday, the evidence suggests that he’d like to get out of Philly.
There’s a growing feeling that he’d like to return to Dallas.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s “a lot of truth” to the notion that Murray would like to play for the Cowboys again. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: A third-round pick of the Cowboys in 2011, Murray set a franchise single-season rushing record with 1,845 yards in 2014. He also was named the league’s offensive player of the year. He's a better fit in Dallas than in Chip Kelly's lateral system, but he's currently in a five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles. Dynasty leaguers may even want to trade for Murray on the cheap in anticipation of a possible return to Big D in 2016.
| Bears to keep Kevin White out for season|
Despite some prior optimism, rookie WR won't play in 2015
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 11 2015, 8:45 am
|Bears rookie Kevin White will not play this season, according to the Chicago the Tribune.
White’s recovery from August surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left leg has progressed as the team had hoped, if not better. But the Bears have no plan to clear White for action this season, despite growing outside curiosity as to whether his NFL debut could occur in the next four weeks. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: White, the No. 7 overall pick in last spring’s NFL draft, has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since the season began. He's worth keeping in dynasty leagues, as he's a special talent with plenty of upside, but there's no point rostering him in redrafts.
| Cooks misses practice Thursday with concussion|
Injury likely suffered in Wednesday practice
By: Doug Orth | Dec 10 2015, 5:40 pm
|The New Orleans Saints might be heading into Tampa with a beaten and battered offense.
WR Brandin Cooks, who leads the Saints in all main receiving categories, missed practice Thursday due to a concussion, a new injury for the receiver. In addition, LT Terron Armstead (knee), RG Jahri Evans (ankle) and RT Zach Strief (shoulder) all missed practice due to injury. (The Advocate)|
FFToday's Take: The blog makes no mention of Willie Snead, who missed last week with a calf injury, or Mark Ingram, who was placed on IR on Wednesday. Cooks has virtually no shot at playing against the Bucs this weekend after suffering a mid-week concussion, meaning Ben Watson and Snead (if he can play) candidates for 10-plus targets. Especially after the loss of Ingram and (in all likelihood) Cooks, Tampa Bay is looking like a solid streaming D/ST option this week.
| Broncos expect Anderson, Hillman at practice FRI|
Kubiak leaves door open for Juwan Thompson to start Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 10 2015, 5:30 pm
|Broncos HC Gary Kubiak expects C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman to go full tomorrow. Said there's a chance Juwan Thompson could start. (Nicki Jhabvala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson is trying to recover from an ankle injury while Hillman is battling a foot issue. The fact that Kubiak is willing to concede Thompson could be the starter this week suggests that Hillman's injury, which did not force him from Week 13, could be nearly as serious as the injury that forced Anderson from the same game. This is quickly shaping up as a situation to avoid despite what should be a plus-matchup for the Denver running game.
| Rob Gronkowski on the practice field Thursday|
Will likely be limited
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2015, 1:00 pm
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski back at practice Thursday. He missed Wednesday's full-pads session and all of last week's practices. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk injured his knee Week 12 and missed last week's game against the Eagles. It remains to be seen when he'll return game action but this week against Houston remains unlikely.
| Travis Benjamin limited Thursday|
Shoulder injury caused Browns WR to miss practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2015, 11:45 am
|Pettine: Travis Benjamin (shoulder) will be limited at practice today. Did not practice yesterday. (Andrew Gribble on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin missed practice yesterday so his situation needs to be monitored through the weekend. The 49ers rank in the top of FPTs Allowed to receivers making this a decent matchup for Benjamin and the Browns receivers. Brian Hartline will be a sneaky play if Benjamin sits in Week 14.
| Peyton Manning returns to practice field|
Threw inside for half hour and performed drill work
By: Doug Orth | Dec 10 2015, 7:00 am
|Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took his first significant steps toward returning to the practice field Wednesday morning, throwing inside for a half hour and performing drill work. Manning hasn't practiced with the team since leaving the Nov. 15 loss against Kansas City with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: There's no definitive timetable for Manning's return and it appears that Brock Osweiler's starting job is safe for the immediate future. It's doubtful Manning would return before the regular season is complete.
|Oakland to sign WR Crabtree to extension |
Wideout ready to cash in on career year
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 9 2015, 7:34 pm
|Michael Crabtree won't be testing the free-agent market again next offseason. The Raiders will be signing the wide receiver to a long-term contract extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a source informed of the situation. The deal is expected to be finalized soon. According to Rapoport, the extension will be roughly $8 million per year.
FFToday's Take: Oakland's offense is headed in the right direction and fantasy owners should take notice. Locking up Michael Crabtree gives quarterback Derek Carr two productive targets on the outside while Latavius Murray heads up the ground game. Crabtree is currently on pace to match or exceed his career bests in nearly every relevant statistic this year and will head into 2016 as a solid WR3.
| David Johnson to start again, Ellington ruled out|
Logged career-high 22 carries vs. Rams a week ago
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 9 2015, 7:21 pm
|The Cardinals will again be down three important players against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, as running back Andre Ellington, cornerback Jerraud Powers and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker couldn’t get healthy given the short week. (AZCentral.com)|
FFToday's Take: Rookie RB David Johnson did just fine carrying the load for the Cardinals last week and he'll be asked to do so again in Week 14 with Andre Ellington already ruled out for Thursday's matchup with the Vikings. Johnson should be able to find just enough room against Minnesota to be a low-end RB2 this week. Meanwhile, Andre Ellington continues to be sidelined with turf toe so Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor will backup Johnson.
| Mark Ingram placed on IR|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 9 2015, 5:00 pm
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been placed on injured reserve.
Ingram reportedly injured his shoulder, and was not present during the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday. He was officially placed on IR Wednesday afternoon.
FFToday's Take: The Saints worst fears were confirmed after tests on Mark Ingram's shoulder this afternoon. This marks the third straight season that Ingram has failed to stay healthy. The door is wide open for C.J. Spiller to become the lead back a what will probably become a RBBC with Tim Hightower also factoring into the mix. Both running backs are worth picking up with Spiller getting more value in PPR formats.
| Jags LB Posluszny undergoes surgery|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 9 2015, 3:57 pm
|Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny underwent surgery to repair his broken right hand Tuesday in Philadelphia, but he has not been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. Coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars could take it all the way up to Sunday morning before deciding Posluszny’s status.
FFToday's Take: Paul Posluszny might not miss a game due to his broken hand and will play with a cast when he does return. Fortunately, Jacksonville kicks off early on Sunday so IDP leaguers should know Posluszny's status prior to kickoff.
| Tyler Eifert returns to practice|
Missed Week 13 with stinger
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2015, 3:00 pm
|Tyler Eifert has returned to practice. That’s a huge lift for Bengals. Missed last week with a stinger. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tyler Kroft started at tight end for the Bengals last week but caught only one pass for 17 yards. Eifert's return will add another redzone weapon for QB Andy Dalton. Eifert leads all tight ends with 12 TDs.
| Mark Ingram dealing with serious shoulder issue?|
Could be season-ending
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2015, 1:29 pm
|I'm told Saints RB Mark Ingram is dealing with a serious shoulder injury. There is some fear it could be season ending. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If true, this would be another huge blow to the fantasy running back position as Ingram has been a top five performer on the season. Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller are next up on the depth chart. It's difficult to imagine either one taking on Ingram's full workload. Some form of RBBC would likely take place.
|Johnny Manziel to start againt 49ers|
Austin Davis back to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2015, 2:30 pm
|Johnny Manziel will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The Browns want to further evaluate Manziel's ability on the field and how he handles any success and failure off it, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Monday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This move was predictable regardless of Manziel's off-field issues after Austin Davis failed to generate any success in a 37-3 loss to Cincinnati. A matchup against the 49ers represents a better opportunity for the team as a whole and the fantasy prospects of WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) and TE Gary Barnidge.
| TE Martellus Bennett lands on injured reserve|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2015, 2:10 pm
|Bears have placed TE Martellus Bennett on season-ending injured reserve with a rib injury & signed TE Rob Housler. (Chicago Bears on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bennett has been bothered by a rib injury since Week 11 and hasn't had more than 3 receptions since Week 9. Zach Miller moves back into fantasy relevancy with Robert Housler on the roster for insurance.
| Hurns set to return in Week 14|
Cleared concussion protocol on Monday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 7 2015, 9:55 pm
|Allen Hurns has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and is able to practice this week and play in Sunday's home game against Indianapolis.
Hurns was cleared Monday afternoon and spoke to the media for the first time since he was injured during the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' 31-25 loss to San Diego at EverBank Field on Nov. 29, saying he has no memory of what happened during the fourth quarter until he was put in the ambulance. Hurns was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure but was released within hours. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns has not scored in his last two games after finding the end zone in each of his previous seven, but has straddled the fantasy WR2/WR3 line all year and been a pleasant surprise in the Jaguars' emerging offense. Julius Thomas has seemingly stepped into the role of Blake Bortles' second favorite option, but Hurns should remain a solid WR3 option in fantasy for the remainder of the season.
|Miles Austin cut by Eagles|
Jonathan Krause sees playing time in Week 13
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2015, 6:00 pm
|Chip Kelly might have been hinting at moves to come on Sunday when he decided to bench veteran wide receiver Miles Austin in favor of recently promoted practice squad player Jonathan Krause. The Eagles released Austin on Monday.
Austin, a 31-year-old who signed for $2.3 million back in March, had just one reception for 12 yards in his last four games.
FFToday's Take: Austin's best fantasy day this season came back in Week 2 when he caught two passes for 51 yds and a touchdown. Krause will be part of the Eagles receiver rotation which has no reliable fantasy options. Jordan Matthews is a risky WR3.
|DeMarco Murray a non-factor again in Week 13|
Lost 47 of 61 snaps to Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner
By: Doug Orth | Dec 7 2015, 4:40 pm
|No big deal, Chip Kelly said. Watching the game it sure felt like a big deal. Struggling DeMarco Murray, last year’s NFL rushing leader, clearly appeared to be demoted Sunday, his workload reduced to just eight carries in the Eagles’ upset win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Murray played only 14 of 61 snaps Sunday after averaging 36 snaps before Sunday. His previous low this season was 25 vs. the Redskins. With Murray benched most of the game, the Eagles used Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner to carry the fooball. (CSN Philly)|
FFToday's Take: Kelly explained the carry split by saying he believed that the smaller, faster Barner and Sproles would be better matchups for the Eagles against the Patriots’ larger linebackers. He also said on Monday that he plans on evaluating his running back rotation on a "week-to-week basis" going forward. It's looking more and more as if Kelly might be willing to feature Ryan Mathews, who has missed the last three games, down the stretch if can be cleared of his concussion soon.
|Rams cut loose offensive coordinator|
Frank Cignetti let go, Rob Boras to call plays
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2015, 2:30 pm
|With the Rams' offense continuing to struggle, coach Jeff Fisher has relieved offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti of his duties.
Cignetti will be replaced by Rob Boras, who had the title of assistant coach/offense while also coaching tight ends. Boras, 45, was strongly considered for the offensive coordinator position by Fisher during the offseason.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams offense has been one of the worst in the league rankings last in passing offense, 31st in total offense and 31st in total points. A Rams QB has thrown for over 200 yards just three times this season. Don't expect any significant offensive improvement down the stretch. An offensive philosophy overhaul and an upgrade at quarterback is needed.
| Danny Amendola expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2015, 7:20 am
|Patriots WR Danny Amendola (questionable, knee sprain) is expected to play today vs. Eagles, source said. He missed last week. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Amendola was limited in practice this week but should be ready to go for the late-afternoon kickoff. There's some concern he won't be 100 percent but he's a safe enough option to be considered a WR2 in Week 13.
| Austin Sefarian-Jenkins expected to play, finally|
Buccaneers get their tight end back
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2015, 7:00 am
|Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is expected to return to action today after missing past nine games with shoulder injury, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: ASJ has dealt with a shoulder injury for much of the season and after turning in limited practices for weeks, he will finally see the field on gameday. His usage remains a mystery so he won't be a recommended fantasy play today, but should be on your radar if you're hurting at the tight end position.
| Ellington ruled out, David Johnson to start|
Rookie RB set to handle heavy workload
By: John Canario | Dec 4 2015, 5:40 pm
|Andre Ellington (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in St. Louis. As expected, Ellington will miss at least one game due to the turf toe injury he suffered in Week 12. David Johnson is thus set to serve as the unquestioned leader of Arizona's backfield in Sunday's game, but with Chris Johnson done for the season, Ellington may still get his shot at an increased role. David Johnson will be backed up by Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Despite some fumbling issues, David Johnson has been fairly productive as a rookie. The 24-year-old, who has eight touchdowns this season, will be looking to add to that total against the Rams on Sunday.
| Allen Hurns ruled out with concussion|
Jags' WR has not cleared NFL's concussion protocol
By: John Canario | Dec 4 2015, 5:30 pm
|Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns will not play against Tennessee on Sunday because he has not yet cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. Hurns was one of three players the Jaguars (4-7) ruled out against the Titans (2-9). Linebacker Dan Skuta (groin) and backup running back Toby Gerhart (groin) also will not play. Hurns suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-25 loss to San Diego. This week's game will be the first he's missed since he signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Hurns has battled through an ankle injury and a sports hernia this season to catch 48 passes for 758 yards and seven touchdowns.
FFToday's Take: Hurns has quietly been a top-15 fantasy WR this year, outproducing names like Demaryius Thomas, Randall Cobb and T.Y. Hilton. In his absence this week, Marqise Lee should slide into Hurns' spot opposite Allen Robinson.
| Packers work out RB Montee Ball|
Green Bay desperate for rushing help
By: John Canario | Dec 4 2015, 5:25 pm
|The Packers are clearly searching for answers in their running game, and Friday they worked out former Broncos running back Montee Ball. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported Ball’s workout. A second-round pick in 2013, Ball was released by the Broncos in the preseason. He had one touchdown run last season. The Packers started James Starks at running back in Thursday night’s win over the Lions despite Eddie Lacy having posted consecutive 100-yard games. Aaron Rodgers led the team in rushing in the game with 27 yards. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Even if the Packers sign Ball, there's no guarantee that he'll usurp James Starks or Eddie Lacy as the team's new lead back. Forget about Ball, unless you have space on your bench for a low-chance flier that's unlikely to pay dividends.
| Gronk out, Amendola likely in|
Pats likely to get one offensive weapon back this week
By: John Canario | Dec 4 2015, 5:20 pm
|Rob Gronkowski will miss this week's New England Patriots game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, as expected. The All Pro tight end has been ruled out for Week 13 with a knee injury. As NFL Media's Albert Breer points out, it's not a good sign for the next week's availability when the Patriots rule out a player on Friday. With Julian Edelman (foot) also sidelined, Tom Brady would benefit from Danny Amendola's return to the lineup. Amendola is expected to suit up, barring a setback. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Last Friday, it looked as though Amendola would suit for the Pats' tilt with the Broncos but he was later ruled out. Amendola owners will want to monitor his status leading up to the 4:25 pm ET kickoff.
| Big Ben expected to play Sunday|
QB practiced all week
By: John Canario | Dec 4 2015, 5:00 pm
|The Steelers saw two of their players leave last Sunday’s game with concussions, but both quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker Ryan Shazier are expected to play against the Colts on Sunday night. Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice all week and Shazier moved to that level in Thursday’s session, leading the Steelers to list them both as probable for Week 13. Both players have missed games due to other injuries this season, but their quick progress through the concussion protocol will have them helping the playoff push in Pittsburgh. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger is a must-start this weekend against the Colts. The banged up veteran rattled off 456 passing yards last week, and has passed for at least 330 yards in five of the seven games he's played in this year.