| Steelers prepping Landry Jones|
team still hoping Roethlisberger can play
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 6:20 pm
|PITTSBURGH (AP) — Landry Jones wouldn't mind a shot at redemption. Ben Roethlisberger with his mess of a right shoulder hopes it doesn't come to that.
Jones took the majority of the snaps with the starters for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, prepping for Sunday's playoff visit to Denver just in case Roethlisberger can't find a way to make it work with the sprained shoulder on his throwing arm.
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger won't be 100 percent when the Steelers take the field against the Broncos. The question is whether he will be healthy enough to start and finish the game. Landry Jones should continue to receive the bulk of the work in practice but hasn't thrown a touchdown since week seven. The potential absence of star receiver Antonio Brown only adds to the cloudy fantasy forecast for Pittsburgh's quarterback tandem.
|Mike Shanahan is 'in the mix' for 49ers HC job|
Two-time Super Bowl winning coach rejoins long list of candidates
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 5:44 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers' head-coaching search has arguably already gone on longer than expected. Now, a new name has either entered or re-entered the picture, depending on which report you're reading: former Raiders, Broncos and Washington coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan has been out of the NFL for the last two years, having been fired by Washington prior to the 2014 season.
FFToday's Take: The 49ers coaching search has covered a lot of ground to this point and it appears Mike Shanahan may get a chance to torment fantasy owners once again. The interest in the former Washington Head Coach is logical considering the team's investment in quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Shanahan's success coaching past signal callers. The team is also said to be considering former Giants HC Tom Coughlin and a decision may be on the horizon.
|Chargers hire Ken Whisenhunt to run offense |
Coach returns to San Diego after being fired from Titans
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 13 2016, 4:00 pm
|Ken Whisenhunt is returning to the Chargers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Whisenhunt will become the Chargers' new offensive coordinator, per a source informed of the team's plans. The move had been speculated since San Diego fired offensive coordinator Frank Reich earlier this month.
FFToday's Take: Ken Whisenhunt spent one season as the Chargers' offensive coordinator under coach Mike McCoy in 2013, before being hired to coach the Tennessee Titans in 2014. His professional coaching resume also includes stops in Arizona, Pittsburgh, New York (Jets), Cleveland and Baltimore. QB Phillip Rivers had one of his most productive fantasy seasons in Whisenhunt's offense during the 2003 season.
| No limitations for Jonathan Stewart|
Panthers' RB practices Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 13 2016, 1:08 pm
|Ron Rivera: No limitations on Jonathan Stewart. Full go. Stewart told me he does not believe he will be limited in any way on Sunday. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers will have their starting running back in full capacity for the Divisional matchup against the Seahawks. Seattle has been tough against the run this season but Stewart posted a 20-78-2 line against them in Week 6. He's in the RB2 consideration in daily and playoff league formats.
| Davante Adams MCL sprain, unlikely to play|
Packers down starting receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2016, 11:16 am
|The Green Bay Packers are likely to be without receiver Davante Adams for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals.
According to a source, further tests on Adams' right knee showed a possible MCL sprain.
FFToday's Take: The severity of the injury remains unclear but it sounds like Adams avoided a serious knee injury. Without Adams, Jared Abbrederis should see increased opportunities but will take a back seat to James Jones and Randall Cobb in the passing game.
| Antonio Brown "not looking good" vs. Broncos|
Earlier report had WR trending in the right direction
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2016, 10:20 pm
|Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will likely miss Sunday’s divisional round game against the Denver Broncos due to a concussion, reports ESPN’s Bob Holtzman. Brown sustained the head injury on a hit by Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict in Pittsburgh's 18-16 win in Saturday's AFC wild-card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Burfict was flagged, helping set up a game-winning field goal by Steelers PK Chris Boswell. (Sports Illustrated)|
FFToday's Take: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested Brown "should be able to play" earlier in the day, but this report along with ESPN's Bob Holtzman and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport suggests the receiver is facing long odds of playing in the Divisional Round. With Ben Roethlisberger likely at far less than 100 percent, Denver's defense/special teams is shaping up to be a good play in DFS and for owners in playoff fantasy leagues.
| Edelman, Brady cleared for Divisional Round|
Three other Patriots trending in right direction
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2016, 6:20 pm
|Receiver Julian Edelman (broken foot), quarterback Tom Brady (ankle sprain) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (MCL sprain) were all accounted for at Monday's practice, and will play Saturday versus the Chiefs, reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Pass rusher Chandler Jones (toe) and left tackle Sebastian Vollmer (ankle sprain) were also present Monday and could play this weekend, per Howe. Danny Amendola appears to be out of the woods with his late-December knee injury. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Brady will have his top two receivers (Rob Gronkowski and Edelman) for the first time since Week 10, when New England were still undefeated. With S Eric Berry playing some of the best football of his career and doing his part to shut down opposing tight ends, Edelman's health - and the health of the Patriots' offensive line - figures to be that much more important this weekend as New England faces Kansas City.
| DeAngelo Williams visiting noted foot doctor|
Missed wild-card win over Bengals with foot injury
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2016, 6:10 pm
|DeAngelo Williams is consulting noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Monday, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.
Perhaps the foot issues are persisting for Williams, who left the team facility last week feeling confident he could return for the divisional round. That still may be the case, but seeing a foot specialist six days before a game complicates matters. Stay tuned on this one. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Anderson is to the foot in the NFL as James Andrews is to the knee. Translation: Williams is shaping up as a longshot for the Divisional Round and perhaps the rest of the postseason. Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman were effective in replacing Williams versus Cincinnati and should be expected to share the load against Denver.
| Jonathan Stewart expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2016, 3:42 pm
|Panthers' RB Jonathan Stewart, who has missed past three games with a foot injury, is expected to play Sunday vs. Seattle, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart last played in Week 14 but should be able to practice and play this barring any setback. Even with Cam Newton vulturing touchdowns, Stewart will be one of the safer running backs in the divisional round.
| Positive signs for Big Ben, Antonio Brown|
Steelers' studs might be available for Divisional game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2016, 7:00 am
|Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown — have a chance to be ready Sunday for a divisional-round playoff game at Denver. Roethlisberger’s injured right shoulder is “sore,” but he said there apparently is no ligament damage and is “day to day” for the top-seeded Broncos. Also, All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown, who was put in concussion protocol after a hit to the helmet by Burfict following an incomplete pass, is said to be fine and should be able to play against the Broncos. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger's shoulder injury appears to be the biggest concern heading into a divisional matchup with the Broncos. It's likely he'll be limited in practice this week or perhaps held out entirely. Antonio Brown suffered an apparent concussion, but such early week optimism suggests he might not have suffered a concussion at all.
| High ankle sprain for Maclin, no ACL tear|
Status for divisional round in question
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2016, 2:18 pm
|MRI showed Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin did NOT tear his ACL, per source. He did suffer a high ankle sprain. Status for Saturday at NE uncertain. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin has torn his ACL twice so this is good news as it was feared he tore his ACL in the Chiefs Wildcard game against Houston. A high ankle sprain would make him very doubtful to play in the divisional round against the Patriots. If he's unable to play, Albert Wilson and rookie Chris Conley would be the Chiefs starting wide receivers.
| Lynch ruled out for wild-card game versus Vikings|
RB "felt like he couldn't play"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2016, 12:40 am
|The Seattle Seahawks on Friday night ruled running back Marshawn Lynch out of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. The comeback path of running back Marshawn Lynch took a strange turn Friday when he told the Seahawks after practice that he couldn’t play and did not accompany the team to Minnesota for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Vikings.
The Seahawks released a statement Friday night that said Lynch had been declared out and added, “Following our final workout Friday he felt like he couldn’t play.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch has played in just seven games this season and not since since the Nov. 15 home loss to Arizona. He had abdominal surgery Nov. 25 in Philadelphia and spent much of the next month or so in the Bay Area working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim. Lynch's new status will likely make Christine Michael a near-staple in DFS and playoff leagues of all kind, even though he will cede some work to Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson.
| DeAngelo Williams expected to sit|
Could return for Divisional Round
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2016, 9:00 am
|The Steelers consider RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) out vs. #Bengals, sources say. If they win, there's a chance he plays next week. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald Toussaint is expected to be the starting running back and while the Steelers like to use a workhorse at the position, it wouldn't surprise anyone if Jordan Todman got some run as well. If you're looking for a Steelers RB to use, Toussaint is the pick for you playoff fantasy leagues.
| DeAngelo Williams remains sidelined Thursday|
Odds remain slim D-Will will play versus Bengals
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2016, 8:45 pm
|The Steelers practiced again on Thursday and RB DeAngelo Williams remained on the sideline.
Williams was injured in Week 17 against the Browns and was in a walking boot by the time the game ended with what was initially described as an ankle injury, but what the team is calling a foot issue. Whatever the exact nature of the injury, the concern about Williams’ availability to face the Bengals on Saturday remains high as long as he’s unable to get on the field. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: ESPN NFL Senior writer Jeremy Fowler tweeted Thursday that OC Todd Haley said Fitzgerald Toussaint is "the guy" this week unless Williams can go. Jordan Todman will receive some work as well, but neither Toussaint nor Todman is a high-upside fantasy option. For what it is worth, the Steelers believe Williams will be able to play if they can beat Cincinnati this weekend.
| Peterson expects to play in Wild Card Round|
Missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with back issue
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2016, 8:35 pm
|Vikings RB Adrian Peterson missed a second day of practice on Thursday because of a back injury, but he left no doubt about where expects to be when Sunday’s game against the Seahawks gets underway. Peterson said that the lack of practice has been about rest and not because his back is bothering him enough that there’s a chance he’ll have to remain on the sideline.
“I’m good,” Peterson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’m feeling good. I was able to rest the body today. I’ll be ready to roll on Sunday.” (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson missed most of the second half in Week 17 versus Green Bay before returning late in the fourth quarter. While he should be expected to play, the wind chill in Minnesota is expected around minus-7 degrees and the overall temperature is expected to be no higher than zero. That means AP could struggle to get loose or stay loose. As a result, Jerick McKinnon makes an interesting contrarian play in DFS, albeit a low upside one against Seattle's stout defense.
| Hip still an issue for Matt Jones|
Redskins RB limited in practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2016, 12:53 pm
|RB Matt Jones said hip still healing. If today was game day, he says he probably wouldn't be able to play. Feels it most when trying to cut. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones hasn't played since Week 15 and is sounds like he'll miss Saturday's game with the Packers. That would leave Alfred Morris, Chris Thompson and Pierre Thomas to handle rushing duties. Green Bay was middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to RBs making Morris an interesting contrarian option in daily formats. He should get the bulk of early-down work against the Pack.
|Broncos announce Peyton Manning will start|
Divisional Round QB goes to the veteran
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2016, 10:15 am
|The decision has been made: Peyton Manning will start at quarterback for the Broncos in their divisional-round game on Jan. 17.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak told the team at its Thursday morning meeting that Manning would start. Kubiak met with Manning and Brock Osweiler prior to announcing the decision. (DenverBroncos.com)|
FFToday's Take: When Manning relieved Osweiler in Week 17, you had to figure Manning would be the starter in the playoffs. Manning has recovered enough from his torn plantar fascia to get back on the field but concerns over arm strength and his poor play (9 TDS, 17 INTs) remain a big question mark. The Broncos will face either Houston, Kansas City or Pittsburgh in the Divisional round of the playoffs.
| Marshawn Lynch "full-go" on Wednesday|
Expected to play Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2016, 6:00 pm
|Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is “full go,” according to coach Pete Carroll on Wednesday.
Carroll said earlier this week that he expects Lynch to play on Sunday against the Vikings, and nothing in Lynch’s first few days back with the team have indicated otherwise.
FFToday's Take: Lynch had been holed up with his personal trainers, rehabbing from abdominal surgery but joined the team early this week and is expected to play on Sunday. His return will hurt the value of Christine Michael (17-102 in Week 17) and Bryce Brown. Workload for Lynch will be the concern and with a real possibility of a timeshare, it will tough to trust BeastMode in playoff fantasy leagues.
| Jeremy Maclin limited in practice|
OLB Justin Houston to return versus Texans
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 6 2016, 5:16 pm
|Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice Wednesday after suffering a hip bruise in the Chiefs’ 23-17 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Maclin, who was limited, said after the game that “there’s no way” he’d miss the Chiefs’ playoff opener. Outside linebacker Justin Houston and right tackle Jah Reid — two starters who missed the Raiders game Sunday with knee injuries — both practiced for the second straight day. Reid was limited, while Houston was a full participant. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Jeremy Maclin's status is noteworthy because the team's offense is short on playmakers following injuries to the backfield this season. He has found the end zone six times in the past six games and has been instrumental to the team's current 10-game win streak. On the defensive side of the ball, OLB Justin Houston returns after missing the past five games with a knee injury. He has been a force on defense compiling 7.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble in ten regular season games.
|Megatron considering retirement?|
Wide receiver considering all options
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 6 2016, 4:03 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- Could it really happen to the Detroit Lions again? Could their biggest star just walk away? It appears possible. Star receiver Calvin Johnson issued the following statement on the heels of multiple reports that he was mulling retirement at the age of 30 -- drawing shades of Barry Sanders, who hung 'em up at age 31. "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future," Johnson said.
FFToday's Take: Calvin Johnson figures to be one of the central storylines of the offseason as both he and the Lions are weighing their options heading into next year. Johnson comes with an $11 million cap hit next season the team must entertain the notion of either trading their superstar or cutting him altogether. Johnson still has four years remaining on his deal and injuries have become a real threat to his effectiveness. Expect this story to develop after the playoffs once the off-season officially begins.
| Tom Brady's ankle feeling better|
QB preparing for next opponent, taking advantage of week of rest
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 6 2016, 12:01 pm
|FOXBORO, Mass. — Brady was spotted limping after the Patriots’ 20-10 loss, but he’s moving much better just three days removed from the sprained ankle. “I’m feeling better than I was a couple days ago,” Brady said Wednesday during his weekly news conference at Gillette Stadium. “We’ll try to take advantage of that (the playoff bye) as best as you can to feel good, because we’re going to need everybody a week from Saturday to be at their very best. It’s just a lot of time, obviously preparing for a lot of different scenarios. You try to do your best mentally to get ready, and physically, you’ve just got to put as much effort as you can to make yourself feel better.”
FFToday's Take: There is no question that Tom Brady's ankle was hurt after last week. With lofty expectations to win another Championship, the extra week of rest comes at a critical point for the Patriots. A week of treatment might not be enough to get Brady's ankle back to 100% but it won't slow down his preparations in the coming week. Unless Brady is limited in practice next week, expect the Patriots signal caller to be a full go heading into their playoffs.
| Dez Bryant having surgery on foot, ankle|
Should be ready for off-season program
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2016, 8:01 am
|Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is in New York today having surgery on both his foot and ankle, per @ronberk1. Neither will affect offseason programs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We knew this was coming. It was a lost season for Bryant in 2015 after injuring his foot in Week 1. He finished as the WR3 (2012), WR5 (2013) and WR3 (2014). He'll be a top ten WR target in 2016.
| DeAngelo a big question mark for Saturday|
No major damage but status for Saturday is unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2016, 11:30 pm
|Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams does not have a fracture or any major damage in his right ankle and has an outside chance, albeit a small one, of playing Saturday night in a wild-card playoff game in Cincinnati, a team source confirmed to the Post-Gazette. His biggest issue could be a matter of pain tolerance, the source said. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: No structural damage sounds good but the report gives the impression that Williams is on the doubtful side of questionable heading into Wildcard Weekend. Complicating matters is the fact the Steelers play on Saturday giving Williams one less day of rest. If he's unable to play, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman would likely share carries making both of undesirable plays in playoff leagues and daily formats.
| Lynch back working out with Seahawks|
Team will hold first full practice of the week Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 5:05 pm
|As had been expected, running back Marshawn Lynch is back working out at the Seahawks’ practice facility in Renton, coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
Lynch has not played since Nov. 15 against Arizona due to an abdominal injury that required surgery on Nov. 25. But he is expected to be available when the Seahawks begin the playoffs Sunday at Minnesota. Carroll had said on Friday he anticipated that Lynch would return on Monday. The team’s first full practice of the week is Wednesday. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: In the last seven games without Lynch, the Seahawks’ offense averaged 32 points, second in the NFL. But Thomas Rawls went down with an ankle injury in Week 14, and the team has been going with Christine Michael and Bryce Brown at running back. While it is always possible "Beast Mode" could step right back into a full workload if he is cleared to play this weekend, the risk of playing him in playoff leagues is probably much higher than the reward.
| Bengals once again preparing to start McCarron|
No update yet on Andy Dalton's right thumb
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 4:50 pm
|The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing as if quarterback AJ McCarron will start Saturday night's AFC wild-card game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Marvin Lewis said in a news conference Monday, confirming what a source earlier told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
McCarron has started Cincinnati's past three games in place of Andy Dalton, who is sidelined with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It would be a tough ask for Dalton to get his cast removed early this week - if that even happens - and expect him to be razor-sharp after missing the last three games. McCarron's presence should be considered a slight downgrade for the Bengals' supporting cast. A.J. Green has performed well against the Steelers regardless of his quarterback this year, posting an 11-118-1 line with Dalton against them in Week 8 and a 6-132-1 line against them in Week 14.
| Charles Tillman suffers torn ACL|
Veteran CB latest loss in Panthers' secondary
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 4:30 pm
|The Carolina Panthers' secondary has suffered its second major blow of the past month. Coach Ron Rivera announced Monday that veteran CB Charles Tillman tore his ACL in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Buccaneers. The knee has been an issue for Tillman since Week 10, when reports surfaced that it was hyperextended. Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review then reported in mid-December that Tillman was dealing with a partially torn ACL.
The 13-year veteran understood the risk of a complete tear, but wanted to continue playing for a dominant Panthers squad that remained undefeated deep into the season. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The secondary emerged as the main weakness of the Panthers, who took their bid for a perfect season into Week 16. Now, with Tillman out, slot corner Bene Benwikere on injured reserve with a broken leg and S Roman Harper something of a liability in pass coverage, Carolina could have trouble with any offense with the ability to get downfield.
| Report: Brady dealing with high ankle sprain|
Patriots in need of rest for first week of playoffs
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 4:15 pm
|According to an ESPN report citing a league source, Tom Brady took an MRI that revealed an ankle sprain but no breaks or fractures. Brady is expected to be ready to play when the Patriots host a divisional round game at Gillette Stadium in two weeks.
The injury occurred in the Pats' 20-10 loss to the Dolphins Sunday when Miami DE Ndamukong Suh rolled up on the back of Brady's legs while tackling the Patriots quarterback. Trainers and medical staff attended to Brady, who claimed he was "sore" after the game was over. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: NFL Media's Albert Breer tweeted the injury is a high ankle sprain, so Brady is dealing with something more than the garden variety of ankle sprains. Brady is expected to be fine for the Divisional Round, although his ability to play at his usual level of effectiveness could be in some question. The bye week comes at a good time for the 38-year-old quarterback and the Patriots, who should get Julian Edelman back in time to help mask the deficiencies of the offensive line.
|Tom Coughlin resigns, coaching future uncertain|
Giants latest team looking for head coach
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2016, 3:00 pm
|After 12 years and two Super Bowl titles, Tom Coughlin is no longer the coach of the New York Giants.
Coughlin resigned after meeting with Giants ownership Monday, one day after New York completed its third consecutive losing season. Coughlin coached the Giants for 12 seasons, leading them to two Super Bowl championships.
FFToday's Take: This move was expected although it was unclear if Coughlin was going to be fired or resign. Coughlin was with the Giants for 15 years, 12 as head coach, but the last three have been losing seasons and a change was needed. Some reports suggest that Coughlin may coach elsewhere if the right opportunity presents itself.
|Mike McCoy sticking with Chargers|
OC Frank Reich fired; other staff changes expected
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2016, 11:45 am
|The Chargers might move to a new city next season.
If so, it won't be with a new head coach.
The team has informed Mike McCoy he'll be retained for the 2016 season, a source said Monday morning.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers dealt with a rash of injuries in 2015 on their way to 4-12 season. Under McCoy, the Chargers were unable to establish a running game, despite using a first round pick on Melvin Gordon. Philip Rivers led the league in pass attempts (662) and has finished as a top ten fantasy QB the last two seasons under McCoy, who could take on a more prominent role in play-calling following the firing of OC Frank Reich.
| Allen Hurns to have hernia surgery next week|
"It’s been very tough for me"
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2016, 11:00 am
|While many teammates are making trips home or starting vacations to begin their offseason, Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns plans to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia next week in Philadelphia.
His expected recovery time is six-to-eight weeks. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns battled injury much of season but still finished as fantasy's No.14 wide receiver with 10 touchdowns. He should be recovered in time for off-season workouts and will be on the WR2 radar in 2016.
| Danny Amendola active for Patriots|
Usage remains unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2016, 11:35 am
|The Patriots declared their inactives, and there’s no one new on the list.
Hightower, Freeny, Siliga, Vollmer, Edelman, Jones and Coleman will be inactive.
That means wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), safeties Devin McCourty (ankle) and Patrick Chung (foot), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (shin), guard Josh Kline (shoulder) and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) will suit up. (NESN)|
FFToday's Take: Danny Amendola left early in Week 15 with a knee injury but will return today. His usage is up in the air making him a risky fantasy play in Week 17. The Patriots need a win to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
| Bilal Powell inactive for Jets|
Chris Ivory to start
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2016, 11:30 am
|Bilal Powell is Inactive. (NY Jets on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This was expected. We should see Chris Ivory carry the majority of the load with Powell out. With winds upwards of 25 mph and flurries in the forecast, Ivory is a solid RB2 in Week 17.
|Josh Freeman expected to start for IND|
Colts scrambling for QB help in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2016, 7:51 am
|Colts likely to start QB Josh Freeman today vs. Tennessee, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck out, the Colts signed Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman this week. With Freeman getting the start, the entire Colts passing game is an easy fade in daily fantasy.
| Bilal Powell misses practice all week|
Questionable for Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2016, 12:45 pm
|Jets running back Bilal Powell missed practice for the third straight day on Friday, which earned him a questionable listing on the team’s final injury report of the week. The Jets haven’t had a player take part in a game this season after missing an entire week of practice, which would seem to make Powell an unlikely participant in Week 17.
FFToday's Take: Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley will likely be the running backs carrying the load against the Bills. Ivory is worth a look in daily formats in a game the Jets will need to win in order to make the playoffs.
| Ted Ginn doubtful, missed practice all week|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2016, 12:30 pm
|Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) and safety Kurt Coleman (foot) are doubtful for Sunday’s game regular season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ginn, who leads the Panthers with 10 touchdown receptions, did not practice all week. Coleman, who leads the team with seven interceptions, was limited on Thursday but did not participate Friday.
FFToday's Take: Without Ginn in the lineup, the receiving corps of the Panthers will feature Philly Brown, Devin Funchess, and Jerricho Cotchery. It's a situation to avoid in Week 17.
| Gurley may miss Week 17, foot injury|
Missed practice the last two days
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2015, 10:00 pm
|With one full-scale practice remaining in preparation for the San Francisco 49ers, it’s looking more and more like Todd Gurley could miss the Rams’ season finale.
For the second day in a row, the rookie running back did not practice, casting doubt on his availability Sunday.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley injured his foot late in last week's game against the Seahawks and has been in a walking boot this week. If he doesn't play, Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham would likely split carries against the 49ers. Mason would make for a decent DFS play as the 49ers have given up the third-most fantasy points to running back.
| Michael Floyd misses another practice|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:50 pm
|Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Wednesday that WR Michael Floyd, pass rusher Dwight Freeney and OLB Markus Golden did not participate and that they each would be monitored leading up to Sunday’s regular-season finale against the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Floyd, who has went over the 100-yard receiving mark five times in his past seven games, is dealing with a pull of some sort behind the back of his knee, Arians said.
“(Floyd) rehabbed well today, so hopefully we’ll get some work out of him before the week is over,” Arians said. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd ripped the Seahawks for seven catches, 113 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 in Seattle, so his potential absence would be a big deal in the rematch for a team trying to stay in the race for the top overall seed in the NFC. He has to be considered questionable for now, at least until more information becomes available.
| Gurley misses second straight practice Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:35 pm
|Once again, RB Todd Gurley did not practice (foot). Has been in walking boot. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coupled with the promotion of practice-squad RB Malcolm Brown, the odds are starting to grow that Gurley will finish out his incredible rookie season on the sideline. It's too bad as the No. 10 overall pick trampled the 49ers for 133 yards and a touchdown on the ground in Week 8. If Gurley sits, Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham should share snaps in the backfield.
| Spiller won't need another knee surgery|
HC Sean Payton: "I was frustrated for him"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:25 pm
|New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he doesn't think C.J. Spiller needs a second surgery after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Spiller played only sporadically but never expressed his frustration about his involvement in the offseason.
"Not once during the year was he ever complaining about touches," Payton said. "He's been fantastic in his preparation. ... He's someone that I know we as an organization and certainly myself as a head coach working with the offense are excited to see that through. I do feel like he's got some unique skill sets and I was frustrated for him at times because he was 100 percent and wasn't back fully with the strength in his leg to do some of the things you're used to seeing." (New Orleans Time-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: This is interesting take for Payton, who spent a lot of time over the first half of the season saying he was trying to find a way to get Spiller touches when he could have simply said his prized free agent needed to regain his explosion. Assuming Spiller returns - and it sounds like Payton wants that to happen - he'll make for an interesting post-hype mid-to-late round fantasy option as many owners try to steer clear from one of fantasy's biggest disappointments this season.
|Gore eyeing ninth 1,000-yard rushing season|
Needs 109 in season finale to do so
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2015, 7:10 pm
|You don’t need to remind Frank Gore how many yards he needs Sunday against the Titans to reach 1,000 yards or how many 1,000-yard seasons that would be in his great career. He knows.
He recited it to reporters off the top of his head Wednesday. 109 yards away from his ninth 1,000-yard season, which would make him just the fifth running back in NFL history to accomplish that feat. Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Curtis Martin each had ten 1,000-yard seasons, and Emmitt Smith had 11. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts have not been able to push a runner over the century mark since Vick Ballard rushed for 105 yards at Houston in Week 15 of the 2012 season - a 49-game drought. Indianapolis also hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai in 2007. The Colts face the offensive-inept Titans, meaning Gore has an outside shot at getting the 25-30 carries he will likely need to hit both marks.