|A.J. Green back at practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2014, 1:00 pm
|Wide receiver A.J. Green practiced on Wednesday for the first time since re-aggravating a right big toe injury exactly three weeks ago, and said prior to practice starting that he is hoping to play on Sunday against Jacksonville. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Green will need to make it through practice this week without any setbacks in order to play. "If I'm playing, I'm playing all snaps," said Green. More updates to come throughout the week.
|DeAngelo Williams expected to return for Wk 9|
Will "start" but should split time with Stewart
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2014, 5:30 pm
|Rivera is expecting running back DeAngelo Williams to start against the Saints. Williams is returning from a four-game absence due to an ankle injury.
"He is a little ahead of schedule, to be honest with you," Rivera said.
FFToday's Take: Even though Rivera said he expects Williams to start you can expect in typical Panthers timeshare between Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Stewart rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries last week. Neither RB can be counted on for anything better than a FLEX option in Week 9.
|Cameron's concussion makes him iffy for Wk 9|
Third concussion in two years for Browns tight end
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2014, 9:00 am
|Browns tight end Jordan Cameron suffered his third concussion in less than two years, and his status for the next two games is uncertain. With the Browns playing two games over the next 11 days - at home Sunday against Tampa Bay and Thursday Nov. 6 in Cincinnati - it remains to be seen if Cameron will play in either one. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Gary Barnidge caught 4 passes for 41 yards in Cameron's absence during Week 2 but he would be desperation play only for Cameron owners. It remains to be seen if Cameron can gain clearance for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
|Michael Vick announced as Week 9 starter|
Geno Smith benched after throwing three first-quarter picks
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 5:55 pm
|The New York Jets made the only move they could reasonably make at quarterback for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. They are replacing the struggling Geno Smith with veteran Michael Vick.
The Chiefs last season faced several quarterbacks making their first start after replacing a starter who was either injured or ineffective. This is the first such instance this season and it allows Vick to cross paths once again with Chiefs coach Andy Reid. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Vick was only marginally better than Smith in Week 8, failing to spot wide-open underneath receivers on several occasions while throwing an interception and committing two fumbles. In theory, Vick's ability to extend plays should give Percy Harvin and Eric Decker more time to get open, but Vick also appears to have regressed as a passer. The Jets' best chance to win in Week 9 is to ride Chris Ivory and the running game as long as possible.
|DeAngelo Williams "ready to roll" for TNF|
Sidelined since Sept. 28 with sprained ankle
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 2:35 pm
|Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams told HC Ron Rivera on Monday is he "ready to roll" for Thursday night's primetime game against New Orleans.
Carolina's all-time leading rusher with 6,733 yards hasn't played since spraining his ankle in the first half of a Sept. 28 loss at Baltimore. Prior to that, Williams missed two games with a hamstring injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Williams' return would remove some of the luster from Jonathan Stewart's plus-matchup in Week 9 at home against the Saints. Stewart should still be expected to see the majority of touches since Williams has been sidelined for over a month, but neither player should be considered more than a low-end flex play now.
|Rashad Jennings in doubt for Week 9|
Recovering from MCL sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 2:25 pm
|The Giants had some reinforcements on the field in their first practice after the Week 8 bye. But one player was still conspicuously absent.
RB Rashad Jennings, who has missed the last two weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee, was nowhere to be found on the practice field. The Monday night meeting with the Colts is still seven days away, so Jennings has plenty of time to get healthy, but his absence remains somewhat concerning.
(New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: ESPN's Dan Graziano echoed similar thoughts after speaking with Jennings himself on Monday and coach Tom Coughlin told New Jersey Online "he's not ready to go". The Giants play on Monday Night Football in Week 9, meaning owners will probably either need to ride it out at least one more game with rookie Andre Williams or find another healthier alternative.
|Rams lose Brian Quick for rest of season|
Torn rotator cuff; team also loses LT Jake Long with ACL
By: Doug Orth | Oct 27 2014, 2:10 pm
|The St. Louis Rams Monday morning that LT Jake Long will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right ACL Sunday and will likely lose WR Brian Quick to a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff.
Long’s injury is the same one, to the same knee, that ended his 2013 season. He is the second Rams player to re-tear an ACL; quarterback Sam Bradford did the same thing. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams have been one of the most snake-bitten teams in recent years in regards to injuries. Kenny Britt will most likely take over lead-receiver duties and Stedman Bailey will probably join him as the other starting receiver, although Jared Cook has been Austin Davis' favorite target for most of the year. No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson will most likely slide over from left guard to play his college position in order to replace Long.
|Calvin questionable, Bush doubtful|
Lions excpted to be without two offensive stars
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 27 2014, 7:45 am
|Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson took part in his third straight practice today, but when he walked off of the field, he made no promises about his status for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons (9:30 a.m., Fox).
"I'm getting right," he said. "Trying to get right." Lions running back Reggie Bush is doubtful for Sunday because of an ankle injury he aggravated in last weekend's win over the New Orleans Saints. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Reading between the lines, Calvin Johnson will likely sit this week but he will be a gametime decision. The Lions play at 9:30 am Eastern tomorrow in London. If they sit, both players can use the bye week (9) to get healthy. Joique Bell is a solid RB2 with RB1 upside against a weak Falcons run defense.
|Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush inactive|
Lions without two key components
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 26 2014, 8:45 am
|The Detroit Lions receiver, Calvin Johnson, has been scratched for Sunday's game in London against the Atlanta Falcons, after testing out the ankle early at Wembley Stadium. He ran the perimeter of the field and a couple routes before shutting it down. Detroit will be missing offensive firepower outside of Johnson as well. RB Reggie Bush (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot), TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), TE Joseph Fauria (sprained ankle), RT LaAdrian Waddle (brain) and QB Kellen Moore are the other inactives. (MLive)|
FFToday's Take: With Johnson and Bush inactive Golden Tate and Joique Bell should be the leaders on offense today. Theo Riddick will play a complementary role to Bell.
|Saints rule out Robinson, Thomas at RB|
Ingram and Cadet to carry the load
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2014, 7:15 am
|Both running backs, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas ruled out for the SNF game against Green Bay. (Canal St. Chronicles)|
FFToday's Take: Running back duties will fall on Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet against the Packers Sunday night. Cadet will be better play in PPR leagues but both have RB2 appeal.
|TE Crockett Gillmore to start in place of Daniels|
Owen Daniels has knee scoped
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 25 2014, 7:00 am
|The Ravens will be shorthanded at tight end for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals as veteran tight end Owen Daniels underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after his injury didn’t improve this week.
Daniels was officially ruled out on the injury report.
Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore will start in place of the two-time Pro Bowl selection. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: It's conceivable that Daniels could return in Week 9 but there's no guarantee. The Ravens have already lost Dennis Pitta at the position and will now call on their rookie to fill the void. Crockett will be a TE2 against the Bengals this week.
|A.J. Green misses practice Friday|
Bengals receiver doesn't practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 24 2014, 11:30 am
|A.J. Green not practicing again today. Have to think that will rule him out for Sunday. Will get official injury report around 2. (Paul Dehner Jr. via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bad news for Green owners as it appears likely that he will sit this week. If he does, Mohamed Sanu remains on the WR2 radar against the Bengals.
|Graham among hobbled Saints|
Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas sit out; Graham limited
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 5:40 pm
|Saints RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas held out of practice again Thursday. Jimmy Graham, Keenan Lewis limited again. No changes from Wednesday. (Mike Tripplett on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Graham's shoulder injury is reportedly similar to the one Jordan Cameron has dealt with for most of the season, but the Saints' standout is expected to play Sunday night versus Green Bay after doing so in worse shape last week. Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, so fire up Travaris Cadet as a solid flex play regardless of whether or not Robinson can go.
|Megatron could be game-time decision|
WR (ankle) encouraged with recovery
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 4:25 pm
|Calvin Johnson is more encouraged about his progress this week in returning from a high right ankle sprain than he has been the past two weeks. He practiced for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday, although on a limited basis, and said he has been moving better than in prior weeks. He was also able to practice Thursday. However, he said a decision on whether he'll play could go all the way to Sunday inside Wembley Stadium. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the most important thing to see is how Johnson responded Thursday. But Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The early Sunday morning start in England will give owners more time than usual to consider other options, but the Lions would probably be best-served to sit their star receiver and give him two more weeks to completely recover as they head into their Week 9 bye after returning from London.
|Kyle Rudolph making progress|
Recovering from double sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 4:00 pm
|Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, who has been out since Week 3 after double sports hernia surgery, participated in the team stretch at the beginning of practice for the first time since surgery and did running on the side with an athletic trainer. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Given the current state of the Vikings' offense (Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of involvement, for example), it is not a stretch to think that Rudolph could be a second-half stud given the fact that Teddy Bridgewater is a short and intermediate thrower. Rudolph will probably remain out through Minnesota through the team's Week 10 bye, but appears to be on track to go after that.
|Denard Robinson to draw Week 8 start|
Gerhart to draw some reps
By: Doug Orth | Oct 23 2014, 3:50 pm
|No surprise, Jaguars HC Gus Bradley says Denard Robinson will start at RB against the Dolphins. Toby Gerhart (foot) will get some reps though. (Mark Long on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This hardly qualifies as a shock, although it needs to be noted that Robinson draws a pretty difficult matchup. Despite last week's 100-yard game, Robinson needs a strong showing this week to get a firm hold on the job because Gerhart was the hand-picked feature back of this regime and could be given another shot if Robinson falters now that he is nearing full health.
|Reggie Bush misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2014, 10:00 am
|Running back Reggie Bush sat out Thursday's practice with an ankle injury after sIt's a concerning downgrade for Bush, who told WXYT-FM before practice that he's "going to do everything (he) can to be out there on the field Sunday" after sitting out much of the second half of last week's win over the Saints. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: After watching Bush miss must of the fourth quarter due to his ankle injury, it will be hard for fantasy owners to trust Bush this week even if he does suit up. Joique Bell should do most of the damage out of the backfield against the Falcons.
|Mettenberger to start, end of Locker in TEN?|
Titans will go with rookie QB in Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2014, 7:00 am
|The Titans plan to start rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation. The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury and has struggled with injuries throughout his career. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: With Tennessee sitting at 2-5 the team has decided to give their rookie quarterback some playing time. It will be difficult to trust and Titans' receiver against the Texans defense this week. Delanie Walker will be a low-end TE1 consideration.
|Jay Gruden to decide on RG3 tomorrow|
Colt McCoy to start if Griffin III can't play
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 22 2014, 7:00 pm
|Jay Gruden said Wednesday that he would like to have made a decision on whether Robert Griffin III will play against Dallas following a workout and a medical examination on Thursday morning. While Gruden has told McCoy that he will be the starter on Monday if Griffin is not medically cleared to play, Gruden did say that Griffin is the “wild card” for that game. (Washington Times)|
FFToday's Take: Griffin III has upside as a QB2 for the second half of the fantasy season yet inconsistency prevents him from being a reliable starter. He should not be relied upon for Week 8 even if he returns to action. The entire offense could struggle if Colt McCoy is asked to lead the Redskins against the Cowboys.
|Expect RBBC from Bills in Week 8|
Dixon says he and Bryce will "do it together"
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2014, 1:43 pm
|Anthony Dixon: "I ran out there first today, but me and Bryce are gonna kinda do it together, as a combination." (Mike Rodak via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Dixon ran with the first team in practice on Wednesday but it sounds like the team will take a RBBC approach on Sunday. They Jets have been tough against the run so far this season giving up just 15.2 FPts on average to the position. Dixon and Bryce Brown will be FLEX considerations in Week 8.
|A.J. Green misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 22 2014, 12:30 pm
|A.J. Green said Tuesday that his injured toe feels better, but it wasn’t feeling well enough for him to practice with the team on Wednesday. Geoff Hobson of the team’s website reports that Green worked on a rehab field while his teammates went through their first practice ahead of Sunday’s crucial matchup with the Ravens in Cincinnati. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Bengals would welcome back their top receiver as soon as possible. They struggled to move the ball last week against the Colts managing only 135 total yards. Green will have to get in at least limited practices this week in order to play. He'll likely be a gametime decision.
|Reggie Wayne has MRI on elbow|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 21 2014, 9:30 am
|It's uncertain if the Indianapolis Colts will have veteran wideout Reggie Wayne when they travel to Pittsburgh Sunday to face the Steelers. He underwent an MRI test Monday afternoon to determine the severity of the injury (elbow). "We'll know more (later)," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "We'll meet with the doctors later tonight, tomorrow." (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Wayne fell on his elbow during Sunday's win against the Bengals but did return to action. Wayne ranks 36th among fantasy wideouts and is a low-end WR3 with limited upside.
|Pierre Thomas to miss 2-3 weeks, shoulder|
Could return Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 21 2014, 8:00 am
|Running back Pierre Thomas will miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. On the season, Thomas had just 30 carries for 133 yards, but will be seriously missed in the passing game. Thomas has by far the most targets out of any Saints running back, 29, and has come away with 26 catches so far. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will continue to handle work on first and second downs but expect Travaris Cadet to see increased playing time on passing downs. He'll have increased value in PPR leagues.
|Rashad Jennings noncommital about Week 9|
Recovering from MCL sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 7:15 pm
|Rashad Jennings sprained the MCL in his left knee two weeks ago. He's eyeing a return when the Giants take the field next on November 3 against the Colts.
"As the doctors said, they think I'm right on track to be back here soon and it's going to be a day to day [situation]," Jennings said.
Jennings did not commit to anything. Next on the schedule is to hit the field during the bye week and begin running and cutting on the knee. He has not yet done anyone running outside the water.
FFToday's Take: Rookie Andre Williams hasn't exactly made a case for a timeshare, rushing 35 times for 110 yards (3.1 YPC) in the two full games Jennings has missed. This is yet another situation in which owners need to add depth at the position while hoping that he can clear some hurdles during the Giants' bye week.
|Colt McCoy to draw Week 8 start|
Assuming Robert Griffin III (foot) is unable to return
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:55 pm
|Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's not going to rule out a return this week by quarterback Robert Griffin III. But Gruden also made it clear that Griffin still must show a lot in practice before the team declares him ready to start.
If he doesn't start, then Gruden said Colt McCoy would do so against Dallas for the teams' Oct. 27 matchup. Griffin has not played since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.
FFToday's Take: Griffin's initial optimistic timetable was 8-10 weeks, so a six-week return is highly unlikely. McCoy went 11-for-12 in relief of Kirk Cousins after he was benched at the start of the second half of Washington's Week 7 win over Tennessee. McCoy will likely start against Dallas (Week 8) and Minnesota (Week 9) before the Redskins' bye, possibly allowing RG3 to return in Week 11 versus Tampa Bay.
|Andre Ellington dealing with sore ribs|
Also working through foot injury; 30 touches in Week 7 win
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:50 pm
|Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday RB Andre Ellington has sore ribs following Sunday's win at Oakland. However, he is not dealing with any structural damage.
Ellington rushed for 88 yards on 24 carries and added 72 receiving yards on six catches during a 24-13 win Week 7. Ellington has 393 rushing yards and is averaging 3.7 yards per carry through six games. He also has 260 receiving yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Yet another injury-prone back that has managed to stay healthy this season, Ellington reportedly called for Stepfan Taylor to vulture both of his touchdowns in Week 7. Ellington has surprisingly held up despite dealing with a foot issue since the start of the season and is averaging 21.6 touches after getting 30 against Oakland. Owners in desperate need of RB depth could take a shot with Taylor, who would likely be featured if Ellington got hurt.
|Full-go or nothing for Megatron in Week 8|
Lions WR has missed last two games w/ high ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:30 pm
|Calvin Johnson continues to recover from a high right ankle sprain he suffered in Week 3 against Green Bay before he aggravated it two weeks later. Johnson hasn't played since and while he'll travel to England with the Lions this week to face the Atlanta Falcons, whether he plays will be up in the air.
HC Jim Caldwell said it'll either be a full Calvin Johnson or no Calvin Johnson when he makes his return. The Lions have an off week following the London trip before the second half of the season begins. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson's status should be available later in the week, but with Detroit's bye coming up and a winnable game against Atlanta on the docket, the Lions would be well-served to give their star receiver two more full weeks to recover. Golden Tate should remain the offensive focal point of the passing game while Johnson sits out.
|HC: "A.J. Green has made tremendous progress"|
Toe injury has sidelined WR last two games
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2014, 6:20 pm
|Marvin Lewis says he believes A.J. Green has made tremendous progress. He looks forward to seeing how he progresses this week. (Coley Harvey on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is not a safe bet for Green to return for Week 8, so owners should be prepared to be without his services again. However, it is possible the Bengals - coming off a shutout loss to the Colts on Sunday - may feel a bit of urgency to get Green back on the field in order to play against Baltimore. At best, he is probably shaping up to be a game-time decision.
|Both Spiller, Jackson injured in Week 7|
Spiller likely out for the year with broken collarbone
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2014, 8:30 pm
|C.J. Spiller's shoulder and emotions were wrecked. Ten minutes earlier, Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood helped running back Fred Jackson limp off the field with a groin injury. Spiller's collar bone reportedly was broken. The Bills could be without Spiller and Jackson for a long time. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Spiller will have surgery on his collarbone and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Jackson will have an MRI on his groin on Monday. He's likely out for Week 8 and the Bills have a bye in Week 9. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will be the top two running backs next week and perhaps for the next few weeks until Jackson can return.
|Kelvin Benjamin cleared to play|
Panthers WR gets concussion clearance from doctor
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2014, 5:11 am
|Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared, source says. He’ll play today vs. the Packers. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Benjamin will be on the field today against Green Bay. He's a solid WR2 but keep in mind the Packers haven't allowed any wide receiver to gain more than 82 yards (Calvin Johnson).
|Jimmy Graham expected to play, may not start|
Will test shoulder in pregame warmups
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2014, 4:27 am
|So for now, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is expected to play, though not expected to start due to shoulder injury. Will test injury in pregame. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The good thing here is, we will know soon whether or not Graham is active for the game. If he is, it will difficult for Graham owners not put him in their lineups considering he will likely be used around the goaline. More to come on Graham's status later this morning...
|Harvin reportedly traded to Jets|
Seahawks receive conditional mid-round pick
By: Doug Orth | Oct 17 2014, 5:50 pm
|BREAKING: The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This one is a stunner and has fairly far-reaching implications for both teams. By making this move, the Seahawks essentially are scrapping the misdirection part of their offense and likely recommitting themselves to Marshawn Lynch. Doug Baldwin should see his stock increase the most among Seattle wideouts. The Jets now have a dynamic (albeit injury-prone) playmaker opposite Eric Decker that should aid Geno Smith's development.
|Calvin Johnson not likely to play in Week 7|
TE Eric Ebron also not expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:30 pm
|Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell indicated today that Johnson likely will miss his second straight game because of the right ankle injury he suffered in a loss to the Buffalo Bills earlier this month.
Asked whether he expected Johnson to play Sunday, Caldwell said, "I've been surprised before because he's an unusual guy and, just talking to him at practice, he's feeling good and coming along. Miracles have happened." (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to Johnson, tight end Eric Ebron (hamstring) is expected to sit as well. Golden Tate will once again be Matthew Stafford's top target in the passing game. RB Reggie Bush is expected to return this week.
|Shonn Greene Doubtful, hamstring|
Bishop Sankey expected to start at running back
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:15 pm
|Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring), tight end Taylor Thompson (knee) and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (knee) all missed practice again on Friday and none of the three is expected to play on Sunday against the Redskins.
All three are listed on the team's Injury report as doubtful.
FFToday's Take: Greene's absence means Bishop Sankey is likely get the start again at running back and receive the bulk of the carries in Week 7. He's an RB2 or Flex play against the Redskins defense that only gives up 12.4 fantasy points to running backs.
|Kelvin Benjamin practices Friday, Questionable|
Still needs to be cleared by independent doctor
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:00 pm
|Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin is questionable to play Sunday against Green Bay with a concussion. He participated fully at practice Friday, but he still must be cleared by an independent doctor before being allowed to play against Green Bay. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers are likely to see receive final word on his status tomorrow. The expectation is that he will be cleared so fantasy owners can pencil him in their lineups for now. The Packers have been decent against fantasy wideouts ranking 22nd in FPts/Allowed to the position.
|Saints "still optimistic" about Graham in Week 7|
Recovering from Week 5 shoulder sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 5:05 pm
|The Saints aren’t ready to say whether they’ll have TE Jimmy Graham in the lineup in Week 7 at Detroit. Last Sunday, word out of New Orleans was that Graham would miss 2-3 games as a result of a shoulder injury he suffered against the Buccaneers in Week Five.
Graham missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, leading coach Sean Payton to say, via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, that the team is “still optimistic” about Graham’s chances of playing. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Payton may be optimistic about Graham's availability, but it would be a mistake if his fantasy owners felt the same way. Sitting a half-game behind Carolina in a weak division, New Orleans should give Graham another weak to heal in hopes that they can have him near 100 percent beginning in Week 8. Owners scrambling for a replacement can go with Josh Hill, who has been fairly productive recently even with Graham around.
|Jonathan Stewart expects to start Week 7|
Gets in first padded practice since Week 3 knee sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 4:50 pm
|After participating fully in practice on Wednesday, Jonathan Stewart was more definitive in saying he will play, and start, for the Panthers this week at Green Bay.
“Jonathan looked good. He had a good day,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We’ll see how he is (Thursday), but he took the majority of the reps. He took all the reps that were slated for him as well."
Wednesday was Stewart’s first fully padded practice since before his injury. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: While Carolina appears to be a low fantasy-upside proposition for running backs, it is hard not to notice just how easy the second-half schedule appears to be (starting in Week 11). With Cam Newton now a realistic threat to run again and a likely 1-2 week window without DeAngelo Williams stealing carries, it is possible Stewart could become the clear lead back in this backfield by the time Williams gets back from his high ankle sprain.
|Ryan Mathews has yet to resume running|
Branden Oliver could remain starter through Week 10 bye
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 4:30 pm
|Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) knelt over at his locker Wednesday. He slipped into running shoes. He wore gray, light-material pants fit for running. Almost time?
"When (the training staff) thinks it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands," Mathews said.
Mathews continues to rehab from a Sept. 14 right knee injury and his return won't be Sunday versus the Chiefs. The next game comes the following Thursday in Denver. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Next week's short turnaround pretty much locks in Branden Oliver as the main back through at least Week 8. At that point, San Diego could easily decide to give Mathews two more weeks in order to be completely ready for Week 11 if Oliver continues to perform well. However, owners should bear in mind the Chargers prefer a committee attack, so expect Mathews and Oliver (if not also Donald Brown) to split carries once everyone is healthy.
|Griffin III will start when he returns|
Cousins is winless in four starts
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 6:30 pm
|Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field Wednesday and participated in individual drills for the first time since suffering a dislocated left ankle Sept. 14. Coach Jay Gruden said Griffin will once again be the team’s starter upon his return, whenever that might be. In the portion of practice open to the media, the third-year quarterback stretched with the team and threw passes to wide receivers alongside the team’s other quarterbacks. Griffin’s accuracy varied but the ankle did not appear to limit his movement.
FFToday's Take: Kirk Cousins flashed some fantasy potential initially but costly turnovers have contributed to the team's four-game losing streak. RG3 is at least another week away and remains a wild card to help fantasy owners when he returns.
|Tony Romo says 'I'll be good to go' |
Dealing with minor rib and ankle injuries
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 6:08 pm
|Quarterback Tony Romo believes he will be able to practice later this week and said he will play Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants.
Romo was held out of Wednesday's practice for the fifth consecutive week. But unlike previous absences, where he concentrated on core exercises to strengthen his back, Romo is nursing injuries to his rib and ankle.
Head coach Jason Garrett said he's hopeful that Romo will be able to return to practice Thursday.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners can expect to have Romo playing in a huge rivalry game against the Giants this weekend. Nonetheless, he remains a risky long term investment with injuries starting to pile up.