|DeAngelo Williams "probably" out Week 15|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 6:30 pm
|"Probably" another week away for DeAngelo Williams (hand). (Jonathan Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has been little more than a huge annoyance for Jonathan Stewart owners in recent years. With Williams "probably" out, Stewart is a decent start based on a good matchup (Tampa Bay) and the fact that Cam Newton will not be around to steal goal-line work. On the downside, Newton's absence greatly increases the chances the Bucs will load up against the run and dare Derek Anderson to beat them. As such, his Week 15 upside is probably as a low-end RB2.
|No restrictions on Eli Manning|
Back concern appears to be a non-issue
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 6:10 pm
|Tom Coughlin: "Eli Manning practiced well. He did everything. There weren't any real restrictions on him". He will be listed as "limited." (Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Manning said earlier this week he was surprised to learn he was on the injury report, so this would appear to be much ado about nothing. What is a big deal is the fact that he faces a Washington defense that he picked apart for 300 yards and five total touchdowns in Week 4 and is giving up more points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team. Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Larry Donnell all have the potential to be elite plays at their positions this week given the Redskins' ability to stuff the run and complete inability to defend the pass.
| Ryan Mathews misses another practice Thursday|
Right ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 3:15 pm
|Chargers RB Ryan Mathews not practicing today. Yet to this week after right ankle injury Sunday. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The link provides footage of how the injury happened; suffice it to say Mathews faces long odds of playing this week with any kind of effectiveness if he is somehow cleared in time. Making matters worse, Mathews' long injury history and the opponent this week (the Denver Broncos) are also working against him. Donald Brown has overtaken Branden Oliver in recent weeks, but the two would likely share touches if Mathews is forced to sit out.
| Trio of Broncos return to practice|
D. Thomas, Anderson and Welker all battling ankle injuries
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 3:00 pm
|For Broncos, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and C.J. Anderson back in practice, working with offense. (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas' lack of involvement last week was curious and Anderson made the comment after the Broncos' win over the Bills that his ankle was bothering him, perhaps suggesting that Thomas' ankle was in worse shape than Anderson's. Ronnie Hillman also returned to practice on Thursday, although his Week 15 availability will probably limited at best. Anderson's owners should be able to breathe easy for this week at least, although it entirely possible that he has done enough in the coaches' minds to remain the featured back.
| Lacy (hip) still limited in practice|
Packers not overly concerned about Week 15 availability
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2014, 2:45 pm
|Maybe Eddie Lacy's hip injury will be more of an issue than originally thought. The Green Bay Packers running back did little to nothing in the portion of practice that was open for viewing Thursday. Lacy, who was officially listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, was uniform Thursday but spent a good portion of the individual drills watching his teammates go through the workout.
Lacy did not finish Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but on Tuesday coach Mike McCarthy said he did not have a high level of concern about Lacy's availability for this Sunday's game at the Buffalo Bills. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCarthy stated following his team's practice on Thursday that Lacy is "making progress", but Friday's availability figures to be key. The second-year back has a difficult matchup against Buffalo, so if he is limited in any way going into the weekend, his owners need to have a backup option in mind. If Lacy were to miss Week 15, James Starks would fill in and could be considered a low-end RB2.
| Andre Johnson remains day-to-day|
In concussion protocol
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 5:50 pm
|Wide receiver Andre Johnson and tight end Garrett Graham continue to be day-to-day, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday.
O’Brien was unable to reveal where Johnson stands in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
FFToday's Take: Andre Johnson owners probably won't know if the wide receiver will be cleared until Sunday so have backup plans in place. Regardless of whether Johnson is available, DeAndre Hopkins should be used more in the passing game.
| Several notable Denver players miss practice|
Julius Thomas limited
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 5:20 pm
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Head Coach John Fox had to take a deep breath after his 47-second recitation of an injury report that included 16 names, eight of whom did not practice Wednesday, with six others working on a limited basis. Headlining the eight players who did not practice were running back C.J. Anderson and wide receivers Wes Welker -- who missed last Wednesday's work -- and Demaryius Thomas, who played Sunday after suffering an ankle bruise when he was stepped on during practice Dec. 3.
Joining Anderson, Welker and Thomas in missing practice were running back Montee Ball (groin), and tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs). Limited participants: running backs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Juwan Thompson (knee), and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Thomas said this has been "a much better week for me" than recent weeks, in which he also worked on a limited basis but did not play in the game.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners of Denver's players will need to pay attention to the practice reports over the next couple of days. Some players, like Demaryius Thomas, would have suited up if needed but needed an extra day of rest. As the week progress, the injury picture in Denver should start to take form. Additionally, the running game could become muddled very quickly depending on who is healthy enough to play this weekend.
| Blount in Pittsburgh dealing with legal matters|
Ankle injury keeps Shane Vereen limited
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 3:48 pm
|FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots were without two high-profile players at practice on Wednesday, but for very different reasons.
Defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee) missed practice, as did running back LeGarrette Blount (not injury related). Blount, according to reports, was in Pittsburgh in court to appeal an August charge for possession of marijuana.
As usual, the Patriots had a laundry list of limited participants in practice. Long-snapper Danny Aiken (concussion), left guard Dan Connolly (ankle), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh), offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), and linebacker Chris White (ankle) were all limited in practice
FFToday's Take: Blount was given 50 hours of community service stemming from his marijuana possession charge early this year. Nonetheless, he remains the most fantasy worthy running back heading into Sunday's tilt with the Dolphins. Shane Vereen, who was limited in practice Wednesday, has only had eight touches over the past two weeks and will be a risky fantasy start if cleared to play.
| Reggie Bush still not practicing|
Tweaked ankle in week 13
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 10 2014, 3:07 pm
|ALLEN PARK -- Reggie Bush played a complete game for the first time in more than two months.
Three days later, it looks like he's on the mend again.
The tailback missed practice Wednesday as the Detroit Lions (9-4) began preparations for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings (6-7).
Bush had eight carries for 26 yards Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plus four catches for eight yards. He said he was happy to finally finish a game, but also said he tweaked his ankle, which probably is what kept him from practicing.
FFToday's Take: Joique Bell has touched the rock over twenty times in each of Detroit's past three games. He should continue to lead the way for the Lions' rushing game as Reggie Bush nurses a sore ankle. Bush's fragile ways make him very risky to trust during the final weeks of the fantasy season.
| Julio won't need to practice in order to play|
Falcons WR sits Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2014, 2:10 pm
|The Falcons may not get wide receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore on the practice field this week but coach Mike Smith said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude them from playing on Sunday against the Steelers. “Both of those guys are guys that don’t need to go out and practice,” Smith said Wednesday. “If they are ready to go at 1 o’clock on Sunday, both of those guys will be out there.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Julio (hip) sat Wednesday although the Falcons didn't have a full practice. It's likely he won't practice much if at all this week and will be a gametime decision. on Sunday.
| Cam Newton released from hospital, won't start|
Two fractures in lower back
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2014, 12:30 pm
|Cam Newton was held at Carolinas Medical Center overnight for testing and observation.
He was discharged from the hospital Wednesday morning. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Newton was traveling at the posted speed of 35 mph when the other driver pulled out in front of him. No citations were issued. It remains unclear when Newton will return to action. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tony Romo suffered a similar injury to Newton's earlier this year and missed one game. The Panthers have named Derek Anderson as the starter against Tampa Bay. Anderson threw for 230 yards and 2 TDs against the Bucs in Week 1.
| No practice for Jamaal Charles on Wednesday|
Knee, ankle injuries for KC running back
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2014, 11:50 am
|Fasano, Jamaal Charles, bailey, and Hali will not practice today (Adam Teicher via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that Charles has a "tender" knee and ankle. It's unlikely Charles will practice much this week but he should be good to go against the Raiders on Sunday.
| DeAngelo Williams misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2014, 11:40 am
|DeAngelo Williams (hand), Amini Silatolu (knee) and Chris Scott (unknown injury) not practicing. Ryan Kalil getting day off. (Joe Person via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jonathan Stewart received 20 carries in Williams' absence last week and would be an RB2 consideration again this week if Williams doesn't play.
|Johnny Manziel to start for Cleveland|
Browns make switch at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2014, 1:15 pm
|The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland Browns football is officially under way. Fox's Jay Glazer was the first to report the news that Manziel will start.
The former Heisman Trophy winner will start his first NFL game Sunday against the 8-4-1 Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium, taking over a 7-6 Browns team that Hoyer guided to the brink of the playoffs.
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The writing was on the wall after a second dismal performance from Brian Hoyer. Manziel will step into a decent fantasy situation now that Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron are back in the mix. The Bengals-D has been solid against opposing fantasy QBs despite being torched by Ben Roethlisberger last week for 350 yards and 3 TDs.
| Cam Newton involved in car crash|
Receiving medical attention at the scene
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2014, 1:05 pm
|According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car wreck near downtown today. Details are few at the moment, but the crash included Newton’s car flipped over on a bridge and another involved, near the intersection of Church Street and I-277, close to Bank of America Stadium.
FFToday's Take: It appears that Newton's truck flipped over at least once. We'll have more when the details are known.
|Jonathan Stewart still not anointed as starter|
Ron Rivera: DeAngelo Williams to remain "part of the mix"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2014, 10:35 am
|As one Carolina Panthers running back starts to look like the rusher of old while the other one gets older, Carolina coach Ron Rivera is still hesitant to name the more effective back the starter.
Jonathan Stewart rushed 20 times for 155 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 41-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints, but it was still not enough for Rivera to definitively name Stewart the team’s starter.
A team source has indicated to the Observer that the coaching staff feels Stewart is better feeding off Williams rather than starting the game, and that he didn’t respond like the staff would have liked him to when he was named the starter midway through the 2012 season.
But with Williams sidelined with a broken hand, Stewart took control of the running game and had the second-best performance of his seven-year career.
“The number (of carries) he got we felt was the number we were looking for,” Rivera said. “Now if he gets more than that, so be it. If he gets less than that, so be it. We’re going to use him the way the flow of the game goes.
“(DeAngelo) certainly is part of the mix of guys we have. He’s part of who we are as a football team.”
Stewart did not start against the Vikings two weeks ago but had 12 carries for 85 yards in the 31-13 loss at Minnesota. Williams fractured a bone in his hand during that game.
Williams has had trouble gripping the ball and hasn’t been able to practice. Rivera reiterated Monday that Williams is day-to-day.
While Williams is on pace for the worst full season of his career, Stewart has rushed for more yards in the past two games (240) than Williams has all season (219 yards in six games).
“(Stewart) has played well the last two weeks, but DeAngelo is a really good runner, too,” Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said. “In my mind, I see it as a good mix and a good changeup. Each of them does a lot of things very similarly and yet they’re kind of different in their own ways.”
When Williams returns, there will be carries for him, Rivera said.
“We’re not going to do things because it’s what everybody expects or thinks,” Rivera said. “We’re going to do things because that’s how things are working and successful.” (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Wow, Ron Rivera. Still with the DeAngelo Williams? Despite Rivera's incoherent squawking, all the empirical evidence points to Stewart being the more effective back and the player with more upside. Williams is still dealing with a hand injury and Stewart should be deployed as a mid-tier RB2 in Week 15.
| Lacy (hip) dinged up in win over Falcons|
"Bobsleddy" Eddie sits out final series in favor of James Starks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 9 2014, 10:30 am
|James Starks did the job at the end, helping the Packers run out the clock, but why wasn't Eddie Lacy in the game? It turned out Lacy sustained a hip bruise late in the game that prevented him from finishing. Lacy said he thought he would be OK despite the short turnaround to Sunday's game at Buffalo, but he couldn't go at the end against the Falcons.
"I mean I tried, but no," Lacy said.
Lacy and Starks combined for 148 yards rushing (Starks had 10 carries for 75 yards, while Lacy had 13 carries for 73 yards) and each scored a rushing touchdown. Lacy also caught a touchdown pass, but it was Starks who was there at the end.
"He had a great game out there tonight," Lacy said of his backfield mate. "And we have to go out and continue to do this for the rest of the season." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy should be fine for Week 15 but James Starks makes a decent waiver wire pickup heading into Buffalo.
| Andre Johnson (concussion) listed as day-to-day|
Veterans Texans WR could miss Week 15
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 9 2014, 10:25 am
|The longest-tenured Texan may not be available for his team’s biggest game of the season.
Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson suffered a concussion during the Texans’ 27-13 victory at Jacksonville on Sunday. After receiving a helmet-to-helmet blow, Johnson left the field and did not return to action.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that Johnson will be evaluated as the team prepares for a critical AFC South matchup at Indianapolis.
“He has to pass the concussion test to be able to be cleared,” O’Brien said at NRG Stadium. “I would say that’s definitely a day-to-day thing.”
FFToday's Take: We're not bullish on Johnson's fantasy prospects heading into Week 15. Even if he plays, the Texans are likely to focus on running the ball and targeting the more explosive DeAndre Hopkins in the passing game.
| RG3 could be in line for another start|
Colt McCoy suffered neck strain in Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2014, 4:05 pm
|Washington HC Jay Gruden said if Colt McCoy can't play Sunday against the New York Giants, then Robert Griffin III would get the start at QB. (Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It might be for the best for Washington's future. At 3-10 with a top-10 draft pick looking like a sure bet, the Redskins owe it to themselves to see if Griffin can show them enough over the final three games of the season so they can make a decision at the position. Despite the abundance of surrounding talent, however, fantasy owners can safely avoid the quarterback position in Washington for the rest of this season.
| Brandon Marshall placed on IR|
WR released from hospital Monday; lung, rib injuries
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2014, 3:55 pm
|Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall, who was discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Monday, has been placed on the reserve/injured list. Marshall spent three days in the hospital receiving treatment for a collapsed lung he suffered following a 15-yard reception in the second quarter of the Bears' 41-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Marshall also fractured two ribs on the play when Cowboys S Brandon Church kneed the receiver in the back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Monday's announcement that Marshall will go on IR, the Bears will turn to Marquess Wilson opposite Alshon Jeffery. Although he didn't produce much after Marshall left the game last Thursday, Wilson is a unique blend of size (6-4) and speed (4.5) that gives the Bears a deep threat it hasn't had with Jeffery hurt for most of the season. He needs to be added in all leagues this week and should already be on all rosters in dynasty formats.
| Broncos battered in win over Buffalo|
Three key starters limited in Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2014, 3:30 pm
|Demaryius Thomas, who suffered an ankle injury in practice this past Wednesday when he was stepped on by a teammate, finished the win with two catches for 11 yards. Julius Thomas, who has not played since injuring his left ankle in the first quarter of the team's Nov. 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams, was in uniform for the game but did not play.
C.J. Anderson injured his left ankle in the win and briefly left the lineup. He played with the ankle heavily taped over his shoe in the second half and had 10 of his 21 carries after halftime. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Injuries were not just limited to the skill-position players as G Orlando Franklin, G Louis Vasquez, reserve OT Paul Cornick, DE Derek Wolfe and TE Jacob Tamme were all hurt in some way against Buffalo. The rash of injuries may help to explain the Broncos' conservative game plan. In regards to the relevant fantasy players, all three players (Thomas, Thomas and Anderson) appear to be good to go at San Diego in Week 15.
|Kerywnn Williams has 100 yards for Cardinals|
Cardinals have a new starting running back
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 7:00 pm
|Kerwynn Williams began this week on the Cardinals’ practice squad, imitating the actions of Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles on the scout team. Williams, a little-known second-year running back out of Utah State, had 100 yards on the first 19 carries of his NFL career, helping the Cardinals to a 17-14 victory over the Chiefs. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Bruce Arians stated earlier in the week that Stephan Taylor would get the start which was misleading. Williams started an operated as the main runner in the Cardinals victory. Michael Bush was released in order to bring Williams up from the practice squad. With Andre Ellington out for the year, Williams will can be picked up by running back needy owners.
| Rashad Jennings active, role unclear|
Ankle injury, practiced Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 11:20 am
|Rashad Jennings passes test to play. Giants expect to ease him into game & see how he holds up on 3rd dn. Could expand role if he does well. (Chris Mortensen)|
FFToday's Take: Not really want fantasy owners want to hear as it appears Jennings will be less than 100% but is expected to see action. If you have to choose between Andre Williams and Jennings, I'd lean toward the healthier of the two, Williams.
| Roddy White "no doubts" about playing|
Falcons play Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 7:30 am
|Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who missed last week's game with a left ankle sprain, participated in practice Friday and expressed confidence about playing Monday night versus the Packers. "I don't have any doubts," White said. "I'm just trying to get us a win, man. No doubts. The only doubt in my mind is the cold, man. ... Slight chance of snow, so we're looking good."
FFToday's Take: White was able to practice on Saturday this week and barring a setback should be good to go Monday night. He'll be WR3 or FLEX option against the Packers.
| Justin Forsett expected to play|
Listed as Questionable with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 5:38 am
|Despite being listed as questionable with a knee injury, Ravens RB Justin Forsett will play today vs Miami, per source. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Forsett has been expected to play despite missing practice Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Miami gives up the 19th-most fantasy points to running backs.
| Julius Thomas status uncertain for Sunday|
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2014, 7:45 pm
|There is a chance the Broncos will have to play one more game without tight end Julius Thomas.
"I don't know, man," Thomas said. "I'm not sure yet."
Thomas suffered a sprained left ankle during Denver's game at St. Louis on Nov. 16. He missed the next two games before returning to practice on a limited basis this week. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos play a late-afternoon game against the Bills in Week 14 and Thomas is likely to be a gametime decision. Jacob Tamme (ribs) is also questionable to play. Thomas owners should have Plan B in place.
| McKinnon place on IR, back injury|
Asiata expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2014, 6:00 pm
|The Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve, ending his rookie season.
McKinnon hurt his lower back and missed the last game against Carolina. He was already ruled out for Sunday, when the Vikings host the New York Jets. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: McKinnon can be safely dropped in all redraft leagues. Expect the Vikings to use Matt Asiata and Ben Tate on Sunday against the Jets. Asiata would be a desperation FLEX play against a solid Jets run defense.
| Jennings practices Friday, questionable|
50-50 split with Williams if he plays
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2014, 8:00 pm
|Giants running back Rashad Jennings is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee with an ankle injury. Jennings practiced for the first time this week on Friday. He was a limited participant and looked somewhat hobbled by the sprained right ankle. It probably would be closer to a 50-50 split with rookie Andre Williams if he's able to play on Sunday. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Even if Jennings plays he's not going to be 100%. Fantasy owners with Williams on their roster would be best served if Jennings is made Inactive on Sunday. If Jennings does play it would be hard to trust either as a RB2 or FLEX.
| Marshall likely out rest of the season|
Two fractured ribs and lung injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2014, 7:30 pm
|Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall will not play again this season after suffering two fractured ribs and a lung injury during the team's 41-28 loss Thursday night to the Dallas Cowboys, two sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Marshall remained hospitalized Friday receiving treatment.
FFToday's Take: Marshall has already been ruled out for Week 15 and it appears his season is over. Look for Marquess Wilson to move into Marshall's spot on the outside with Josh Morgan filling the slot receiver's role.
| Ellington out with hip pointer, Taylor to start|
Ellington misses third straight practice
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2014, 6:00 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals will be without starting running back Andre Ellington against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The second-year back will miss the game because of a hip pointer suffered last weekend in Atlanta. Without Ellington in the lineup, the Cardinals will start Stepfan Taylor, coach Bruce Arians said. Marion Grice and fullback Robert Hughes, who didn't play an offensive snap against the Falcons, will fill out the backfield rotation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor has been named the starter but head coach Bruce Arians gave a response about playing the committee "by ear". Expected and Grice to see a fair amount of work. The uncertainty makes this a fantasy situation to avoid.
|Ravens DT Haloti Ngata suspended four games|
Admits to using Adderall
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 8:05 pm
|Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata has been suspended for the rest of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Thursday.
Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowl defender, received a four-game suspension from the NFL, and he's eligible to return for the playoffs if the Ravens make the postseason. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens have a capable replacement in Timmy Jernigan, but Ngata is an elite interior defensive player. Baltimore's fourth-ranked run defense will take a hit as a result, upgrading the matchup this week for Lamar Miller as well as Denard Robinson and Arian Foster in the coming weeks.
| Forsett, Torrey Smith miss Thursday practice|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 7:45 pm
|The Ravens were again without two key skill-position players on Thursday, as RB Justin Forsett and WR Torrey Smith sat out the club’s second workout of the week with knee injuries. The Ravens’ leading rusher, Forsett previously indicated he believes he will play. And on Thursday, Smith said his knee was healing, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens’ final major practice of the week is Friday, with the injury report also to be released tomorrow. By then, there could be more clarity on the statuses of both players for Sunday’s game at Miami. For now, it obviously looks good for both players, although the age-old advice of owners needing to be prepared for alternate options obviously applies.
| Jadeveon Clowney to go on IR|
No sacks and seven total tackles for No. 1 overall pick
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 7:35 pm
|Jadeveon Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an abrupt conclusion. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Thursday that Clowney will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. The No. 1 overall pick is set to undergo further surgery on his right knee. The news comes after Clowney visited with Dr. James Andrews, who determined that a second procedure would be necessary. Clowney underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear after hurting his knee in the second quarter of Week 1. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: There will be plenty of people that will call Clowney a "rookie bust", but the truth of the matter is that he was never healthy enough to get going in 2014. The future is still plenty bright for him and at least he'll have the benefit of having experienced a training camp and a year in the Texans' defensive system.
|Washington "done" with RG3?|
Local paper believes team "must part ways" with QB in 2015
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 7:20 pm
|Although HC Jay Gruden had doubts about Robert Griffin III before coming to Washington in January, Griffin was his unquestioned starter from the offseason workouts through training camp to Week 1 of this season. After working with Griffin for more than 10 months, however, Gruden is now done with him, according to multiple people within the organization.
Through three preseason games and five starts in the regular season, Gruden has seen enough to realize that Griffin is at best a long-term project as a pocket passer. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: There has been plenty of speculation to support the notion that RG3 may be nearing his end in Washington and this only serves to further it. Griffin's inability to develop as a pocket passer and off-field comments haven't helped his cause in keeping his job either. Washington is on track to get a top-10 pick in next year's draft, so look for plenty of reports of a trade-up in the coming months as the team likely prepares to select another "franchise quarterback".
| Kendall Wright questionable for Week 14|
Suffered cracked bone in hand; day-to-day
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 6:55 pm
|Already without Justin Hunter, out for the year with a lacerated spleen, the Titans are now dealing with an injury to Kendall Wright. The team’s top wide receiver suffered a hand injury when he slipped at practice Wednesday and did not practice Thursday.
“He finished practice [Wednesday] and today he came in and it was sore and we just gave him the day off because I didn’t want him trying to catch a ball and aggravating it,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s going to depend on how much better it gets tomorrow.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wright is coming off his best game of the year and could still be a solid WR3 play - especially in PPR leagues - He should be a target hog following the loss of Hunter, but this is shaping up to be a game-time decision. If Wright sits, downgrade Zach Mettenberger and upgrade Nate Washington and Delanie Walker, each of whom will likely get flooded with targets.
| Julius Thomas limited in practice|
Remains optimistic about playing against Bills
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 7:45 pm
|''Julius is one of our top players and when you have one of your top players go out, you are going to miss him,'' Peyton Manning said Wednesday. ''We hope to get Julius back out there. There's no question when he's out there he makes a difference, he makes a lot of plays for us.''
Thomas leads the league with a dozen TD catches even though he hasn't scored since Nov. 9. He was limited at practice Wednesday and hopes to return to action this weekend against the Buffalo Bills (7-5).
FFToday's Take: The Broncos' week 14 opponent, Buffalo, ranks fifth against the pass this season and Denver has rekindled their running game of late. Nonetheless, it will be tough to sit Julius Thomas if he is cleared to play so check back later in the week for an update on his playing status.
| TE Olsen misses practice, but Sunday ‘no concern’|
Resting swollen knee
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 6:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was uncharacteristically out of practice on Wednesday with an injury, but coach Ron Rivera is confident he’ll play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Olsen had swelling in his knee following the game and did not practice with the team. In the locker room after practice, Olsen told several teammates that he’d be fine to play Sunday.
FFToday's Take: This looks like a case of a veteran player getting an extra day of rest and not something that will keep Greg Olsen sidelined. Olsen remains one of the more consistently targeted players at his position and should be good fantasy play in week 14.
| Demaryius Thomas dealing with sore ankle|
Denver's top wideout limited in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 5:30 pm
|Demaryius Thomas walked gingerly through the locker room after his right ankle was stepped on during the workout.
"It hurt, too," Demaryius Thomas said.
There's no concern yet over Demaryius Thomas' injury, but it bears watching given how much he was favoring it.
FFToday's Take: For now it seems the team is downplaying the injury, but Demaryius Thomas' ankle injury bears monitoring. With critical week 14 lineup decisions upcoming fantasy owners will surely want to follow his progress as the week progresses.
|Big Ben denies wrist is injured|
Misses practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 5:04 pm
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday amidst a report that he has a fractured wrist, and through the years he talked all too bluntly about his injuries to suit his coaches.
He weighed in on this one, too, but will not be accused of overstating an injury this time.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with my wrist,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after practice.
FFToday's Take: The team insists that Roethlisberger's absence from practice is not injury related yet he clearly played hurt last weekend. Until more concrete evidence proves Roetlisberger's right hand and wrist will not limit him on Sunday fantasy owners will want to have a backup plan ready to go for week 14.
|QB Brian Hoyer remains starter for Browns|
Cleveland not ready to hand reins to Manziel
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 2:43 pm
|CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer has held off Johnny Manziel and will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, a league source confirmed for Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Hoyer has been informed by Browns coach Mike Pettine that he will take the field against the 8-4 Colts on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
(Northeast Ohio Media Group)|
FFToday's Take: With the Browns in the playoff hunt it isn't too surprising that the veteran Hoyer would get the nod to start week 14. Operating under what is expected to be a short leash, Hoyer will be a very risky fantasy option for week 14. With only a few weeks left in the fantasy season, Manziel's fantasy upside is greatest in dynasty and keeper formats.