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Cameron Artis-Payne to start
RBBC expected
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2016, 1:35 pm

Carolina Panthers
RE Panthers' RB plans: Cameron Artis-Payne will start, but will be by committee. Rivera said CAP would not necessarily get bulk of carries. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker should handle the majority of running back carries with a little Mike Tolbert mixed in. Artis-Payne has some FLEX appeal but is difficult to trust given the committee approach plus Cam Newton's rushing presence around the goaline.
Injury Brandon Marshall limited Friday
Gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 23 2016, 1:30 pm

New York Jets
Speaking to the media Friday, Todd Bowles says Brandon Marshall is "probably a game-time" decision after limited practice, making it likely he'll play in Kansas City on Sunday. "Hopefully. That's the plan," Marshall said when asked if he'll play. "I have to be smart. It's a long season." Marshall continues to battle a knee and foot injury since being tackled by his facemask in a Week 2 win over the Buffalo Bills. (NY Daily News)

FFToday's Take: Unfortunately for fantasy owners the Jets and Chiefs don't kick off until late Sunday afternoon. Hopefully we'll get a clearer picture on Marshall's status by Sunday morning. Quincy Enunwa would see an increased role if Marshall sits.
Rob Gronkowski active for Week 3
Cleared to play for first time since Aug. 15 hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2016, 7:20 pm

Houston Texans
While the New England Patriots are planning to enter Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans with rookie Jacoby Brissett as their only quarterback, they will be boosted by the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will be active, a league source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gronkowski can immediately be inserted back into lineup, but expectations need to be kept a bit in check since Brissett is making his first start against a pretty stout defense in the Texans. Given the circumstances, Gronk should be considered a midrange TE1 in part because he could very well be on a snap count. The good news is that Gronkowski should return to the consensus top tight end in fantasy and be up to speed by the time Tom Brady returns in Week 5.
Hunter Henry trending upward
HC: "I think he can do it all"
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2016, 5:45 pm

San Diego Chargers
Mike McCoy: Hunter Henry "had another great one-handed grab in practice today." Has impressed as blocker, but "I think Hunter can do it all." (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: And yet, the rookie has one catch for 20 yards on two targets despite playing 69 offensive snaps through two weeks. Henry may become a popular streamer selection if Antonio Gates is ruled out or limited in any way against the Colts, but he is a longshot to realize much fantasy value in Week 3 as he'll still have to fight Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, Melvin Gordon and possibly even Dexter McCluster for targets.
Injury Willie Snead sits out of practice Thursday
Toe injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2016, 5:35 pm

New Orleans
WR Willie Snead has a toe injury. DT Tyeler Davison has shoulder and foot injuries. Both were out today. (Josh Katzenstein on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's impossible to know how serious Snead's injury is based on this tweet alone, but toe injuries are always worth monitoring, especially for receivers who rely on planting and change-of-direction skills to get open. Snead is the WR3 in PPR leagues at the moment, so it would be a big deal if is limited in any way. A Friday practice - ahead of the Saints' MNF showdown with the Falcons - would be good news for Snead owners.
Injury Julio Jones held out of practice Thursday
Making "good progress" after suffering calf injury in Week 2
By: Doug Orth | Sep 22 2016, 5:25 pm

Atlanta Falcons
Falcons All-Pro WR Julio Jones, who had a player fall on the back of his calf with 5:02 to play in the Oakland game, did not practice on Thursday. “He’s making good progress as we are going,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “He’s able to participate in some of the walk-throughs to get moving around.” Quinn expects Jones to play against the New Orleans Saints on Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FFToday's Take: Jones is no stranger to playing hurt, but there doesn't appear to be much concern (yet) about his status for Week 3. He's a WR1 every week he hits the field, but it should be noted he has seen a total of 13 targets through two weeks - a number he hit or surpassed in a single game eight times last season and the same number Mohamed Sanu has. Unless he encounters some kind of setback, he is a must-start versus New Orleans on Monday Night Football.
Injury Gronkowski telling teammates he plans to play
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2016, 9:00 am

New England Patriots
Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been telling teammates all week that he plans to make his 2016 season debut tonight. (Boston Globe)

FFToday's Take: Definitive information is hard to come by with the Patriots however it appears Gronk is going to suit up against the Texans Thursday night. How much he plays is anyone's guess, but if he's on the field, he should be in your lineup.
Injury Titans G Chance Warmack to have surgery
May miss remainder of the season
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 21 2016, 7:03 pm

Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee right guard Chance Warmack will have surgery to repair a torn tendon in a finger on his right hand, and the Titans plan to place him on injured reserve. Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday Warmack chose to have surgery and would have to play with his hand wrapped like a club if he returned. The coach says it's tough to play Warmack's position with a club on your hand, making it likely Warmack will miss the rest of the season. (AP)

FFToday's Take: Replacing three-year starter Chance Warmack on the offense line will be tough to do and could have a ripple effect on the Titans' rushing game. With 25 games as a starting center under his belt, Brian Schwenke will likely be chosen to cover for Warmack in the meantime.
Injury Corey Coleman suffers broken hand
Rookie receiver joins growing list of injured Browns
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 21 2016, 7:00 pm

Cleveland Browns
Rookie first-round pick Corey Coleman broke his hand during practice on Wednesday, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. first reported the development. Both Rapoport and both noted that there was no recovery timetable yet available. (

FFToday's Take: Yikes. Corey Coleman was just starting to make his mark on this offense but now will be put on shelf until further notice. This opens the door for Terrelle Pryor, Andrew Hawkins and Duke Johnson to get more targets in the short term. How effective any of them will be with the team depending on rookie quarterback Cody Kessler remains to be seen.
Injury Patriots list Jimmy Garappolo as doubtful
Jacoby Brissett likely to start
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 21 2016, 6:20 pm

New England Patriots
The New England Patriots listed starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on their Wednesday injury report as doubtful for their Thursday Night Football game against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo sprained the AC joint in his shoulder during the Pats' Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins. In Garoppolo's likely absence, third-round rookie Jacoby Brissett will get the start. (

FFToday's Take: This was to be expected even though New England continues to leave the door open by not ruling Jimmy Garappolo out. New England will likely roll with Jacoby Brissett making his first career start in a shortened week against a premier defensive unit. This might be the week to keep your Patriots on the bench and wait for reinforcements coming off extended rest in Week 4.
Andrew Luck rests shoulder, expects to play
Should return to practice Thursday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 21 2016, 4:53 pm

Indianapolis Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Three days after taking 16 hits, Andrew Luck missed Wednesday's practice with a sore throwing shoulder. Luck said it was just sore, downplaying the obvious concern his absence will raise among fans. He said he hopes to return to practice Thursday and plans to play Sunday as the Colts try to avoid their first 0-3 start in five years, when San Diego comes to town. (AP)

FFToday's Take: Andrew Luck isn't the first quarterback that needed an extra day of rest after playing the Denver defense. This doesn't appear to be anything other than soreness right now but it is worth monitoring as the season progresses. Scott Tolzien would get the start if Luck can't play against the Chargers.
Injury Seahawks' Tyler Lockett expects to play
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 21 2016, 2:30 pm

Seattle Seahawks
RENTON —Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett expects to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Lockett left last week’s game in Los Angeles with a knee injury but returned late in the game. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also said he expects Lockett to play. Lockett injured his knee after jumping and landing on it against the Rams. He said it hurt when he cut, but he went to the locker room and had tests done and eventually the medical staff allowed him to go back in the game. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Tyler Lockett was one of the few players that had success against the Rams defense in Week 2, coming up a yard short of the century mark. We'll see if he can keep the momentum going against a 49ers defense that has allowed three passing touchdowns over the first two weeks of the season.
Injury Donte Moncrief out 4-6 weeks
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2016, 11:50 am

Indianapolis Colts
Colts receiver Donte Moncrief has a fractured scapula in his left shoulder and will be out four to six weeks, coach Chuck Pagano announced Wednesday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Moncrief was a nice target in fantasy drafts this summer and was headed for a breakout season as the No.2 receiver in the Colts offense. Phillip Dorsett will move up into Moncrief's role with Quan Bray receiving more opportunities. Dorsett is on the WR2 radar against the Chargers in Week 2.
Injury Adrian Peterson to have surgery, out 3-4 months
Torn meniscus
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2016, 11:45 am

Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is planning to have surgery Thursday morning to repair his torn meniscus, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Peterson, who was injured Sunday, told ESPN that he has a "bucket handle tear" of the meniscus, which typically has a recovery time of three to four months. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Opting for surgery will cost Peterson most of the season. Peterson owners can hang on to the veteran running back for a couple days as more news surfaces but at best he could return late in the season. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will form a committee in Peterson's absence, with both being FLEX considerations from week to week.
Injury Ameer Abdullah placed on injured reserve
Foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2016, 9:15 am

Detroit Lions
Ameer Abdullah today was placed on injured reserve, potentially ending his season. Theo Riddick should be the Lions' No. 1 running back for as long as Abdullah is sidelined. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Abdullah suffered a foot injury in Week 2 that will cost him at least 8 weeks. The Lions could bring him back this season if they designate him their player to return. In the meantime, Theo Riddick gets a bump in value along with rookie Dwayne Washington. These two should handle the majority of work in the backfield with Washington receiving short-yardage/goaline work.
Injury Doug Martin out three weeks
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2016, 8:00 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs will be without Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin for about three weeks as he recovers from his hamstring injury, the NFL Network reported Wednesday. (Tampa Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Martin was injured early in the second quarter last Sunday. Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will handle the rushing duties while Martin recovers with Sims being the lead back. Expect Martin to return in Week 7 after the Bucs bye in Week 6.
Injury Cutler expected to miss 2-3 weeks
Sprained thumb
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 21 2016, 4:47 am

Chicgao Bears
With his sprained thumb, #Bears QB Jay Cutler expected to miss 2-3 weeks, source said. Timeline depends on how he heals over the next 3 days (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Brian Hoyer will step in for Cutler and be a mid-range QB2. The Chicago offense should remain status quo despite the QB change. The Bears face the Cowboys on Sunday night football in Week 3.
Injury Arian Foster has "groin strain"
Dolphins RB will likely miss 1-2 games
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 20 2016, 12:48 pm

Miami Dolphins
NFL writer Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) on Twitter: "Early word on #Dolphins RB Arian Foster is it's just a groin strain. Iffy for Sunday but probably won't miss more than 1-2 games." (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Foster's status for Sunday is questionable, but would probably be considered doubtful if that designation was still available. He shouldn't miss more than a game or two and will see his carries consumed by a committee of Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake. Ajayi would likely draw the start if Foster has to sit out against the Browns.
Injury Brandon Marshall not ruled out for Sunday
Jets WR feels "stable" and might take on Chiefs
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 20 2016, 10:19 am

New York Jets
Brandon Marshall didn't practice Monday because of the knee injury he suffered in the Jets' win over the Bills on Thursday — one that looked much worse at first glance — but he remains optimistic he'll have a chance to play Sunday when the Jets take on the Chiefs in Kansas City. (New York Daily News)

FFToday's Take: "The school I come from is, don't rule me out until Sunday. I need all the way up until pregame warmup to see if I'm good to go," Marshall said Monday. "Right now, I feel stable. I feel good. And I'm going to work my tail off to get out there and be out there with the guys." This is worth monitoring, but with Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa (ribs) playing well, Marshall may not have to be forced back into action so quickly.
Injury Jimmy Garoppolo could still start Thursday night
Patriots not ruling out talented backup taking field vs. Texans
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 20 2016, 10:13 am

New England Patriots
Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) on Twitter: "#Patriots still believe there's a chance Jimmy Garoppolo can tolerate pain of AC joint sprain and start vs #Texans" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's hard to believe that the Patriots would trust a lame Garoppolo to somehow evade J.J. Watt and be more effective than Jacoby Brissett, but I guess anything's possible when it comes to Bill Belichick and his evil genius. Neither Garoppolo nor Brissett makes a quality fantasy starter in Week 3.
Injury Jamaal Charles' Week 3 status uncertain
HC remains noncommittal on RB making season debut
By: Doug Orth | Sep 19 2016, 5:25 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
When asked if he could rule out Jamaal Charles playing this week, however, HC Andy Reid said he could not. “No, I wouldn’t rule it out,” Reid said. “I just don’t have enough information for you to put it out there.” Charles missed the entire preseason and the Chiefs’ first two games, but he has been practicing the last two weeks on the scout team and warmed up on the field before Sunday’s 19-12 loss to the Houston Texans. Reid said Charles told him directly last week that he wasn’t quite ready to play. “Last week he wasn’t ready, he wasn’t quite there — but he’s getting there,” Reid said. (Kansas City Star)

FFToday's Take: Reid added that Charles told him "he felt like he made a lot of improvement last week". Spencer Ware is making the decision easier for everyone by amassing going over 100 total yards in each of the team's first two games. Owners should expect a committee of sorts when Charles gets cleared, with the 29-year-old likely to take over the lead role around midseason. Even if/when that happens, expect Ware to be no worse than a strong RB3/flex option.
Injury Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus
HC Mike Zimmer declines to rule RB out for Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Sep 19 2016, 5:10 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Mike Zimmer did not dismiss idea that Adrian Peterson could play this week with torn meniscus. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: AP has shown himself to have amazing recuperative powers, but the notion anytime soon after not being able to put any weight on his right leg Sunday night borders on ridiculous. The odds are strong Peterson misses at least a month if the tear is substantial enough. Jerick McKinnon would be expected to handle the bulk of the workload in such a scenario, while Matt Asiata steals an occasional series and assume goal-line duties.
Injury Ameer Abdullah to get second opinion
Initial reports suggest RB has sprained foot
By: Doug Orth | Sep 19 2016, 5:00 pm

Detroit Lions
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is scheduled to visit Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina to evaluate his left foot injury Tuesday. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The trip is likely being made in order to determine if Abdullah is dealing with a foot sprain or a Lisfranc injury. The fact he is visiting Anderson suggests he or the team thinks it could be the latter, which could sideline him for a considerable amount of time. Theo Riddick likely moves from a solid RB3 to low-end RB2 with this news, while Dwayne Washington can be expected to assume most of the early-down carries into the goal-line work he already had.
Injury Danny Woodhead out for year, torn ACL
Gordon an every-week RB2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 2:25 pm

San Diego Chargers
Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has torn his ACL, source said. His MRI just came back. He's out for the season. Bad blow. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Chargers have now lost two key pieces to their offense in back-to-back weeks. Melvin Gordon is now forced into a bigger role and should be the lead back and an every-week RB2 moving forward. Gordon had 24 carries in Week 2.
Injury Jonathan Stewart expected to miss 1-2 weeks
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 12:45 pm

Carolina Panthers
Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicates Jonathan Stewart’s hamstring injury will cause the team to go with a backfield by committee, but left open the possibility of signing a free agent back if Stewart is out an extended period. (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: Stewart suffered a hamstring in Week 2 and will likely miss a game or two according to head coach Ron Rivera. Fozzy Whittaker replaced Stewart and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries. Cameron Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch the last two weeks but will likely be active for Week 3 and form a committee with Whittaker.
Injury Garoppolo out Week 3, could return Week 4
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 9:00 am

New England Patriots
Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (sprained AC joint) won’t start Thursday vs. Texans. But there is hope he’s back by Week 4. Huge break for NE (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Jacoby Brissett filled in for Garoppolo on Sunday and could get the start against the Texans on Thursday. Brissett went 6-9 for 92 yards against the Dolphins. Expect the Patriots to add a quarterback to the roster in the next day or two.
Injury Donte Moncrief to have MRI on shoulder
Didn't play in second half
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 19 2016, 7:00 am

Indianapolis Colts
Colts WR Donte Moncrief scheduled to undergo MRI today on his shoulder, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Moncrief went to the sidelines after taking a big hit in the second quarter. He never returned. The Colts passing game was predictably mediocre against the Broncos on Sunday. If Moncrief is out for any length of time, Phillip Dorsett would see an increase in targets.
Injury Demaryius will test hip in pregame warmups
Gametime Decision
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2016, 8:45 am

Denver Broncos
Broncos operating as if Demaryius Thomas will be able to play through hip injury. But they do want to see him test it pregame to make sure. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Thomas has a tasty matchup against the Colts depleted secondary but even if he does play his risk is off the chart. He could be limited. Of the two, Emmanuel Sanders is the better receiver play for fantasy owners.
Injury Rob Gronkowski to miss 2nd straight game
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2016, 8:30 am

New England Patriots
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins because of a hamstring injury, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. This is the second straight week Gronkowski has missed after injuring the hamstring Aug. 15 in a joint practice with the Chicago Bears. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gronk was limited in practice all week so this news isn't much of a surprise. Martellus Bennett will fill Gronk's shoes and makes for TE2 consideration.
Injury Jamaal Charles expected to return Week 3
Ware and West to handle rushing duties in Week 2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 18 2016, 8:00 am

Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans but is expected to make his season debut in Week 3, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: When Charles returns he won't likely resume his workhorse role... at least in his first game back. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have proven to be capable replacements and have earned a role in the rotation. Expect to see a mixture of Charles and Ware in Week 3.
Injury Gronk to sit again?
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 17 2016, 12:45 pm

New England Patriots
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Miami Dolphins. Based on what I saw in a limited peek at practice this week, my feeling is that it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronkowski remains sidelined. He is still limited. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gronk owners need to have Plan B in place for Sunday. The Patriots do play at 1:00 PM Eastern, so we will a firm report on his status by 11:30 AM. Martellus Bennett would get the start again if Gronk sits and be on the TE2 radar after being used mostly as a blocker in Week 1.
Injury Demaryius Thomas practices Fri, Questionable
Hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2016, 1:30 pm

Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas has been dealing with a hip injury that flared up last week, but he played through it. He saw limited work Wednesday and Thursday, working about one-third of the snaps each day. "Leading up to [the game], it's coming out of cuts and getting hit, but come game time, there's nothing to worry about then," he said Thursday. "You're either going to go out and be 100 to help the team, or you're going to be on the sideline." (

FFToday's Take: Thomas is likely to play this week, but is unlikely to be 100 percent. This game sets up in favor of the Broncos rushing attack and could lead Thomas to take a back seat in the game plan. He's on the WR3 radar.
Injury Chris Ivory ruled out for Week 2
Yeldon expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 16 2016, 11:14 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running back Chris Ivory also did not practice Friday and will miss his second consecutive game. Ivory was hospitalized with what the team calls a “general medical condition” several hours prior to the Packers game. Ivory was back at EverBank Field on Thursday and could return against Baltimore on Sept. 25. (Flordia Times Union)

FFToday's Take: With Ivory out, T.J. Yeldon should once again see the majority of snaps at running back for Jacksonville. Yeldon saw 25 touches in Week 1 but was terribly inefficient in the run game (1.9 ypc). Yeldon is a solid RB2 against the Chargers who got torched by the Chiefs' running backs in Week 1.
Injury Demaryius Thomas still hurting
Suffered hip injury early in Week 1 win
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2016, 11:55 pm

Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas (hip) again stood on the sideline twice as long as he practiced Thursday at Broncos headquarters. The veteran wide receiver tried to shrug off the seriousness of a left hip injury. But a full week after first suffering pain, the hurt is lingering. Just like he did Wednesday, Thomas on Thursday participated in only one-third of the Broncos’ practice snaps, coach Gary Kubiak said. He has spent most of this week on the sideline. “It’s day by day. I ain’t gonna be feeling great. But it’s getting better every day. ... Stopping out of breaks, going down field, even taking hits. With the hip, you never know,” Thomas said. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Thomas owners need to start making other plans for Week 2, if not beyond. It is a lot to ask any player to play through a hip injury to begin with, and hip injuries are almost serious in nature. Jordan Norwood and Cody Latimer would be the receivers most likely to fill in should DT miss time, but Emmanuel Sanders and Virgil Green would be the ones to benefit most statistically from his absence.
Injury Sammy Watkins active for Week 2
Earlier reports suggested team doctors may not clear him
By: Doug Orth | Sep 15 2016, 7:30 pm

Buffalo Bills
The Bills submitted their list of seven inactive players ahead of Thursday night’s game vs. the Jets, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins was not on it. That means Watkins is active and in the starting lineup. He had been listed as questionable due to a foot injury. A report earlier Thursday said Watkins wanted to play but said team doctors might not clear him. He’s probably still playing in pain and possibly at less than 100 percent, but he’s going to play — at least as long as he can. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: If the fact two defensive-minded teams getting together for the pass-killing spectre that is often Thursday Night Football didn't sour owners on Watkins this week, then perhaps not getting a full game out of him against a highly motivated Darrelle Revis should. This week should be all about getting him through the game without a setback. Owners deep at WR should consider benching him; those that are not should expect WR3 production.
Injury Steelers WR Wheaton practices
Hopeful to play on Sunday versus Bengals
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:51 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is optimistic his sprained shoulder will be good to go in time for Sunday's home opener against Cincinnati. Wheaton practiced Wednesday with an eye toward rejoining Pittsburgh's electric offense for an early-season showdown with the Bengals. (AP)

FFToday's Take: If Markus Wheaton does return for Week 2 it could create uncertainty in the fantasy projections for Pittsburgh's wideouts behind Antonio Brown. Prior to his shoulder injury, Wheaton was expected to contribute in 2016 as the starter opposite of Brown. Eli Rogers' will still be used out of the slot but Sammie Coates may see fewer reps against the Bengals if Wheaton is cleared for action.
Injury Larry Fitzgerald limited in practice
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:32 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Fitzgerald (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. (

FFToday's Take: Larry Fitzgerald didn't appear to have any issues following his performance against the Patriots on Sunday night. This looks like a case where the team is giving a veteran extra rest during the week.
Injury Demaryius Thomas hobbled at practice
Hip could limit Denver's top receiver this weekend
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:11 pm

Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas hobbled his way through a Broncos practice Wednesday at Dove Valley with limited field time. And the Broncos are trying desperately to get him square to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Denver. The Broncos’ No. 1 wide receiver continually rapped a fist at his injured left hip during practice and, at one point, he stopped to take a knee after running a hard route. Thomas was involved for only about 33 percent of the Broncos’ practice, coach Gary Kubiak said. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Demaryius Thomas (hip) owners should be concerned considering that he is still in noticeable pain after playing on Thursday and had an MRI on Monday. Denver HC Gary Kubiak is expecting to have Thomas available Sunday, but how effective he can be remains to be seen. He hauled in four catches for 48 yards in a tough match up with the Panthers last week but may not be healthy enough to take advantage of a more favorable opponent in Week 2.
Injury Russell Wilson practices, on track to start
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 14 2016, 6:06 pm

Seattle Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. -- Russell Wilson participated in practice Wednesday and continues to be on track to start for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams. "His attitude is as charged-up as you can imagine, as always," coach Pete Carroll said. "But he's excited to prove that he can make it back, get back and all that. He's half-crazy about proving so it's good. His attitude's great." (

FFToday's Take: This is great news for Russell Wilson's chances of playing in Week 2, albeit at less than full health. He had his ankle heavily wrapped but it didn't stop him from working with his receivers and getting through practice. If the Rams can't muster up much offense for a second straight week Wilson might not have to do too much in this contest.
Thomas Rawls to start Week 2
Seattle RB back in the starting lineup
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 14 2016, 5:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Thomas Rawls has made it all the way back. On Wednesday Seahawks coach Pete Carroll declared Rawls the starter for the Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams. (

FFToday's Take: Rawls and Christine Michael split the workload in Week 1 with Michael getting the start. This week, roles will be reversed with Rawls being the lead back of the committee. Rawls is worth a look as an RB2 against a Rams defense that gave up 88 yards and two TDs to Carlos Hyde in Week 1.