|Lions' Eric Ebron, Reggie Bush limited in practice|
Theo Riddick re-aggravates hamstring strain
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 4:39 pm
|The Detroit Lions had six skill position players sidelined or limited for Wednesday's practice, including rookie tight end Eric Ebron. Ebron is a new addition to the practice report, missing a portion of the session with a hamstring injury.
Also limited was running back Reggie Bush, who was returning to the practice field after missing all of last week with a twisted ankle. All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle) remained sidelined and were joined by wide receiver Jeremy Ross (ankle) and running back Theo Riddick, who re-aggravated a hamstring strain against the Vikings.
FFToday's Take: The injuries to Detroit's offense have sapped the fantasy value of Matthew Stafford and the passing game. If Reggie Bush is feeling good after a week of practice he and Joique Bell will be counted on to shoulder the load against a Saints team that ranks 16th in the NFL against the run with 112 rushing yards allowed per game.
|RB Mark Ingram returns to practice, Graham sits|
Running back may wear small brace
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 4:30 pm
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram returned to practice on Wednesday and said he planned to play in the Saints' game Sunday at the Detroit Lions. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who left the Tampa Bay game on Oct. 5 after suffering a neck injury, did not practice. (Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Mark Ingram was a full participant in practice and should be available to play this weekend against the Lions. Fantasy owners should take a "wait and see" approach with Ingram for Week 7 to see HC Sean Payton splits the running duties in a crowded backfield. Likewise, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson will see their fantasy value dip upon Ingram's return. TE Jimmy Graham is dealing with a neck injury. The true extent of his injury is unknown but recent reports have tabbed him to miss at least two weeks.
|Toby Gerhart still in mix for bulk of carries?|
With Storm Johnson on carry count, Gerhart could reclaim job
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 14 2014, 12:15 pm
|Running back Storm Johnson carried 10 times in Sunday’s loss, his first career start and second game. That was exactly the amount of work Bradley planned for the rookie to handle.
“Our whole intent was to get Storm 10 carries and he got 10 carries,” Bradley said.
Johnson gained 21 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. His longest carry went for 7 yards. The seventh-round pick from Central Florida also caught a screen pass for a 4-yard loss.
“His toughness and things like that were there,” Bradley said. “But, there’s a couple of areas and just his overall reads and where we actually want the play to hit. He hit it more front side where he could bring it backside, so things like that.”
On the season, Johnson has carried 14 times for 48 yards.
Running back Toby Gerhart (foot) will also be evaluated Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game. (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: It appears that Gerhart isn't quite dead in the water, but you'll have to suspend disbelief a bit to imagine him meeting even 80 percent of the preseason expectations heaped on him. It's a fluid situation, but the entire backfield is a mess.
|Knowshon Moreno out for the year, ACL injury|
Dolphins RB placed on IR
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2014, 8:44 am
|Knowshon Moreno’s first year with the Dolphins is over after just three games.
The Dolphins announced Tuesday that Moreno has suffered an ACL injury. As a result, they placed him on injured reserve. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: This explains why Moreno only got 1 carry after halftime in Week 6. Lamar Miller will no flirt with RB1 territory and should be the lead back in Miami moving forward. Moreno will be a free agent next season.
|Ridley, Mayo likely out for rest of the season|
Knee injuries to sideline RB, LB
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2014, 4:55 pm
|New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 37-22 win against the Buffalo Bills and did not return. Mayo, a captain and signal-caller on defense, was immediately surrounded by teammates after a Boobie Dixon run up the middle on first down, as he wound up on the bottom of the pile.
The Patriots also lost RB Stevan Ridley to a knee injury and G Dan Connolly to a head injury. Mayo and Ridley were scheduled to have MRIs Monday to determine the severity of their injuries. (ESPN Boston)|
FFToday's Take: Both players could be headed to IR shortly. Mayo (knee) is a three-down linebacker who had graded out well against the run and played all but four snaps entering Week 6. Ridley likely has a torn ACL and is in the final year of his contract, likely meaning offseason standout rookie James White could be in line for a bigger role. Brandon Bolden also should figure into the mix along with Shane Vereen, but the former is more of a core special teamer.
|Megatron could sit through Week 9 bye|
High ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2014, 4:30 pm
|Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell did not close the door today on resting receiver Calvin Johnson the next two games and through the team's bye, in order to give his high ankle sprain four weeks of rest.
"The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors," Caldwell said. "Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes, what can be done." (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Even though fantasy owners are sure not to like it, resting Johnson for a full month would probably be a sound move for the Lions. With Johnson sidelined in Week 6, Golden Tate was targeted 12 times, but finished with seven catches for only 44 yards. Detroit faces New Orleans and Atlanta before its bye week.
|Sproles likely to miss a few weeks|
Avoids ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2014, 11:45 am
|Eagles running back Darren Sproles won’t miss the rest of the season but will likely be sidelined a few weeks, according to a source familiar with the veteran tailback’s condition. Sproles injured his knee late in the third quarter Sunday night against the Giants, (CSNPhilly)|
FFToday's Take: Sproles avoided a severe knee injury but will likely be on the sidelines for the Eagles next game in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Philadelphia has a bye in Week 7. With Chris Polk out with a hamstring injury, the team may sign a running back (Matthew Tucker?) in the near future.
|Jerick McKinnon gets the start over Asiata|
Vikings shake up running back depth chart
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2014, 11:30 pm
|Jerick McKinnon was informed during the week that he would start against the Lions, and he did.
“I tried to prepare myself the best for it, really dial in, focus in on my assignment and make sure that I was on top of everything,” McKinnon said.
McKinnon gained 40 yards on 11 rushes and had a team-high six catches for 42 yards.
Matt Asiata, meanwhile, got two carries for minus-5 yards.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings kept their depth chart change quiet leading up to Week 6. McKinnon has more athletic ability than Asiata and provides a home-run threat that Asiata doesn't possess. McKinnon has RB3 value until the Vikings prove they can move the ball on a consistent basis.
|Cruz out for the season, torn patellar tendon|
Giants lose starting receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2014, 11:00 pm
|New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was carted off the field sobbing with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the third quarter of the team's game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tough break for Cruz and the Giants. The patellar injury requires a lengthy rehab process and is very difficult to come back from. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. will join Rueben Randle in the starting lineup.
|Carson Palmer likely to start for Cardinals|
Missed passed three games with nerve injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2014, 8:32 am
|Big news for the Cardinals: QB Carson Palmer is slated to get the start for them, his first game back from a nerve injury. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The team is expected to make a decision on Palmer a couple hours before the game but it appears he will start if all goes well. Palmer won't be 100 percent but his presence will help a Cardinals passing game that ranks 29th in the league. Michael Floyd had five catches for 119 yards with Palmer as the starting QB in Week 1.
|Vernon Davis unsure if he'll play Monday night|
No setbacks in practice
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2014, 10:00 pm
|Tight end Vernon Davis made it through practice Saturday, the third straight day he did so without any setback from a back injury he suffered two games ago. “I don’t feel like I’m where I need to be at the moment,” Davis said Saturday, ”but I’m getting there.”
He said he will huddle with the head athletic trainer on Sunday and decide whether he is healthy enough to play against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night. (San Francisco Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier would fill-in if Davis doesn't play. The fact that Davis didn't have any setbacks this week is a good sign, but he is no sure thing to suit up Monday night and we may not know his status before the early games kick off today.
|Cardinals starting QB still undecided|
All QBs were at practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 2:30 pm
|Friday came and went, and the Cardinals do not know who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Redskins.
“Honest to God, for the first time in 20 years, I really don’t know who’s starting,” coach Bruce Arians said. All the quarterbacks were at practice and throwing Friday. But Drew Stanton had yet to take/pass his concussion test and Carson Palmer was flying to Denver to have a late afternoon session at Muscle Activation Techniques, the place he got worked on last weekend. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: If either Palmer or Stanton are cleared to play, they will get the nod over Logan Thomas. For now, Andre Ellington is the only Cardinals player with stable fantasy value until a starting quarterback is named.
|Toby Gerhart ruled out with foot injury|
Storm Johnson to get first crack at RB2 numbers
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 1:45 pm
|Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart missed a second consecutive practice today and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Tennessee.
Gerhart injured his foot in Week 1 at Philadelphia and aggravated it last week against Pittsburgh. But he practiced Wednesday and suffered a setback.
(Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Denard Robinson, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson will all get a chance to carry the ball this week for the Jaguars. Johnson will get the first crack at being the "hot hand" and therefore holds the most fantasy value of the trio. He'll be a RB3 or Flex consideration at best.
|Jordan Reed a gametime decision|
HC: "still not quite there yet"
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 1:20 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) is listed as questionable. He practiced in a limited capacity.
Gruden said Reed is “still not quite there yet,” but that he expected that the second-year pro would be a game-time decision. Reed has maintained that if everything proceeded without a hitch this week, he expects to play.
FFToday's Take: Reed isn't a lock to play as of Friday so check the Inactive list on Sunday before putting the Redskins tight end in your lineup. Niles Paul would start if Reed sits.
|Calvin Johnson, Bush sit Friday, unlikely to play|
Lions could be without two offensive starters
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 12:10 pm
|Coach Jim Caldwell didn't want to make his decision known this morning, but after Calvin Johnson missed his third straight practice because of a high ankle sprain today, it seems highly unlikely that the Pro Bowl receiver will play for the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions also could be without running back Reggie Bush, who missed his third straight practice today with a sprained ankle. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like it will be the Golden Tate and Joique Bell show for the Lions this week. After being used a decoy the last two weeks fantasy owners can safely leave Johnson out of their lineups in Week 6. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick are expected to handle running back duties with Bush on the sideline.
|Logan Thomas in line for first career start|
Stanton likely out w/ concussion, Palmer (shoulder) limited
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:25 pm
|No Drew Stanton at open portion of Cardinals practice. Carson Palmer was there, throwing some, not quite as gingerly as before. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 6-6, 250-pound Logan Thomas is a bit of a freakish athlete, but an incredibly raw quarterback prospect the Cards wanted to develop - and not play - this year. Although he should be on every dynasty league roster, Thomas can be avoided in redraft formats until further notice. Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown all probably need to be benched in most fantasy leagues as well.
|Adrian Peterson in trouble again|
Reportedly violated bond conditions
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:10 pm
|Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have suspended Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, FOX 26 News has learned.
Court records show while giving his urine sample Wednesday Peterson admitted to a staffer he had 'smoked a little weed' before the test. As a result of that, the Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the judge in this case to set aside Peterson's $15,000 bond and have him arrested again. (FOX Houston)|
FFToday's Take: Give Peterson credit for being honest, but that is about the only positive thing that can be said on his behalf right now. If this story is true, it shows a stunning lack of good judgment for a player that may writing a sad end to a Hall of Fame career. There is a very strong chance AP will not return to the field in 2014 or an increasing likelihood he will not play for the Vikings again.
|OC: Vikings want to get Patterson more involved|
Norv Turner "anxious" to get talented WR back in flow
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:00 pm
|Last week, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson answered questions about his limited use in the offense by saying that he wasn’t going to lobby for more work because he trusted OC Norv Turner was doing the best things for the offense. Patterson joked that he may have to up the drama if things continue this way, but Turner repeated a familiar refrain of his own by saying that the team wanted to put the ball in Patterson’s hands more often.
“We’ve gone in every week anxious to get him involved. We’re trying to,” Turner said. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: With Detroit's stingy pass defense coming to town this week, this game might not be the time for Patterson to get back on track. Still, it seems unlikely the supremely-talented second-year wideout will be a non-factor much longer, even if Minnesota has to manufacture touches for him to compensate for his raw route-running abilities.
|Ingram, Graham on track to play in Week 7|
RB (hand), TE (shoulder sprain) both expected vs. Detroit
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 5:40 pm
|Saints RB Mark Ingram, out since breaking a bone in his hand in Week 2, has a chance to return to play on Oct. 19 at Detroit, HC Sean Payton said Wednesday on CBS Sports Radio. Payton said Ingram has "a chance" to play when the Saints next play at the Detroit Lions.
Payton again declined to elaborate on TE Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury. "Graham is doing fine," Payton said. "The bye comes at a perfect time for him." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Khiry Robinson has done well in Ingram's absence, but it seems as though Ingram will be the lead back in the Saints' three-headed committee when he proves his readiness. As Payton suggests, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Graham. While there is no guarantee that Graham will be 100 percent for Detroit, neither Payton nor the Saints have given any indication they believe his injury is serious.
|A.J. Green has "a little bit more than turf toe"|
WR almost certainly out Week 6, if not beyond
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 5:25 pm
|A.J. Green’s Pro Bowl toe is now in the hands of a blue-ribbon panel of doctors and while Bengaldom holds its collective breath.
Wednesday’s MRI is going to send him to another consultation with one of the nation’s leading foot specialists when he meets with Cincinnati doctor James Amis on Thursday. It’s believed the MRI again showed no tears or breaks, but he’s obviously still having discomfort in the ligament under the sesamoid bone in the ball of the foot underneath the big toe. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: HC Marvin Lewis told former NFL player Ross Tucker on his podcast that Green has "a little bit more than (turf toe)". Turf toe is a difficult enough condition to play through, so an injury more serious than that could be damning for Green's 2014 prospects. In the short term, Mohamed Sanu should be the clear top option among Bengals' receivers, especially since Marvin Jones is not close to returning. Dane Sanzenbacher is also worth considering in PPR leagues as well.
|QB Locker misses practice|
Titans' quarterback hopes to play despite sore thumb
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 7:17 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Jake Locker didn't practice Wednesday with a sore and swollen right thumb on his passing hand. He managed to throw some passes hopes to practice as much as possible the rest of the week. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans Week 6 opponent, Jacksonville, has been pretty generous to opposing quarterbacks this season. As a result, Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst may prove to be a useful plug and play option.
|Vincent Jackson sits with sore ribs|
Bucs wideout expected to play this weekend
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 6:35 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is expected to play Sunday, according to league source.
Jackson sat out of Wednesday's practice with a rib injury and is experiencing discomfort, but the Buccaneers expect him to be active for Sunday's game against visiting Baltimore.
FFToday's Take: Despite being heavily targeted, Vincent Jackson has been a boom or bust fantasy option to this point in the season. His rib injury makes him an even riskier choice for fantasy owners in Week 6.
|Jordan Reed ‘shooting for Sunday’|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 5:40 pm
|As the Washington Redskins left the practice field on Wednesday, tight end Jordan Reed lingered a couple of minutes longer to run some extra routes and catch passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Redskins again classified Reed as limited following Wednesday’s session because he didn’t handle a full workload. But the second-year tight end expressed optimism, however, over the progress he has made and also said he hopes to play on Sunday if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins were banking on big things from Jordan Reed this season so it is good news to see him practicing even if only on a limited basis. Even if he suits up this weekend he may be on a snap count.
|Cordarrelle Patterson limited in practice|
Teddy Bridgewater practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 4:57 pm
|Limited in today’s practice for the Vikings were: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow). Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on the injury report but had full participation.
FFToday's Take: It appears Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on track to start this weekend but he draws a tough matchup against the Lions. That's good news for Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) owners. Even though talented Vikings wideout has seen his fantasy value diminish in recent weeks he has a much better shot of producing with Bridgewater under center making him worthy of flex consideration for Week 6.
|A.J. Green leaves practice on cart|
Aggravated his toe injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2014, 2:05 pm
|A.J. Green appeared to aggravate the toe injury that kept him out against the Falcons.
During the stretching period of practice open to the media, Green appeared injured and visibly upset. He threw off his helmet and shoe in disgust and was eventually taken off on a cart. He was able to walk, but with a limp.
FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for further information but it appears Green aggravated his toe injury. Marvin Jones (ankle) also missed practice today and doesn't appear close to playing. Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbacher would likely be the starting receivers if both Green and Jones are out.
|Lions sign Kicker Matt Prater|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2014, 7:16 pm
|Former Broncos K Matt Prater is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions released Alex Henery yesterday after he missed three field goals in a loss to the Bills. Prater was released by the Broncos last week after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He's certainly a viable K1 option for your fantasy team.
|Coughlin: Andre Williams ready for bigger role|
Jennings injury opens door for rookie RB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 7 2014, 10:30 am
|Giants RB Andre Williams carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a score and caught both of his passes despite coming into the league with a reputation as a poor receiver.
With running back Rashad Jennings out at least a few weeks with an MCL sprain, Williams will have to take a bulk of the carries and handle a bulk of the blitz pickup duties when Eli Manning drops back to pass. Peyton Hillis is a nice second option, but the Giants sound like a team prepared to ride the hot hand.
"I am very confident (in Williams taking a bigger role)," coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "The other thing that he did that was great was the third-and-7 first down run. A lot of that was on his own outside the flank of our blockers. He was able to pick up that first down. That was really indicative of people trying to tackle the ball and get the ball out, and he made that play. When you have a young guy, you really get into great, great detail even more about pass protection. He has done a good job when he has been in there. He is going to have to do even better." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has been working hard at becoming a complete running back, and with favorable matchups in weeks 6 and 7, he's worth plugging in as an RB2.
|Fisher: Zac Stacy likely to play in Week 6|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:35 pm
|On Zac Stacy, Fisher said he will probably miss some practice time this week because of calf injury, but doesn't think he will miss game. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams play on Monday Night Football in Week 6 in a difficult matchup against San Francisco, which means owners need to make plans to be without him just in case. Benny Cunningham became the featured back after Stacy left in Week 5 and would probably be in line for at least 15 touches if Stacy cannot go. Trey Watts would also be in the mix.
|Montee Ball likely to miss several weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:30 pm
|Broncos running back Montee Ball will not require surgery to repair the strained groin he suffered during a non-contact play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Ball is expected to be sidelined several weeks, according to two NFL sources. Ball underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday.
FFToday's Take: While HC John Fox would only say that he would "kind of update" the media on Wednesday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reported that the second-year back's teammates expected him to miss 2-3 weeks. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, who was inactive in Week 5 because he doesn't play special teams, figure to get the first shot at leading a likely committee backfield while Ball is out. Impressive UDFA Juwan Thompson could also be in the mix as well.
|Rashad Jennings likely out "a few weeks"|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:20 pm
|New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings won't need surgery to repair his injured left knee, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained MCL, and Jennings is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injury.
Rookie Andre Williams will take over in the meantime as the Giants' starting running back, with Peyton Hillis serving as his backup. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants have a Week 8 bye, so it makes some sense that Jennings will sit out the next three games. Williams isn't much of a receiver out of the backfield, but has more than enough ability as a runner to perform at a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 level while Jennings is out. Peyton Hillis might become a bit of a factor on third down as well.
|Moreno to return in Week 6?|
Practicing on limited basis Monday
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:25 pm
|Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno, out the past three weeks with an elbow injury, is practicing today at least on a limited basis. He hopes to play on Sunday against Green Bay although no final determination has been made on that front. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Reports on Moreno's return have been all over the map in the last two weeks, with one suggesting he may be sidelined until about Week 10 last week. Moreno should return to split carries with Lamar Miller when he does make it back to the field, although Miller did show well in the Dolphins' pre-bye win over Oakland. Whenever he makes it back, he should benefit from the return of C Mike Pouncey, who is expected to make his season debut in Week 6.
|Adrian Peterson in court on Wednesday|
Hopes to speed up trial in order to return to field in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:15 pm
|Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be present at his hearing Wednesday in a Texas courtroom to defend himself against child abuse charges. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is a longshot that Peterson plays another snap in 2014 as his chances for a return to the field hinge on essentially speeding up the legal process and hoping he can get a non-guilty verdict. In such a case, the NFL will likely count whatever number of games he has missed up to that point against the length of suspension it deems appropriate. Owners are advised to continue holding AP until this process plays itself out a bit more.
|Lions could be without Megatron, Bush in Week 6|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:05 pm
|Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury against Buffalo and he could miss a week or two because of it. That would probably be a smart move by Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, because in 37 snaps two Sundays ago against the Jets and 28 snaps Sunday against the Bills, Johnson was invisible.
Detroit also could be without Reggie Bush (ankle) Sunday at Minnesota. The Lions finished the game with a running back named George Winn on Sunday. He’s on his sixth team in 17 months, and the Lions may have to ride him until Bush and the concussed Joique Bell are ready to return. (SI.com)|
FFToday's Take: Golden Tate would continue to serve as Detroit's leading receiver if Johnson is forced to sit, which appears likely. Joique Bell (concussion) was cleared for physical activity late last week and should tentatively be expected to be the lead back for the Lions when they travel to Minnesota in Week 6.
|Ryan Mathews likely out 1-2 more weeks|
Branden Oliver explodes for 182 total yards in Week 5 win
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 4:55 pm
|Already down Ryan Mathews (out probably at least another week and more likely two with a knee sprain) and Danny Woodhead (lost for the season to a fractured leg), the Chargers had to rely on Branden Oliver on Sunday after Donald Brown suffered a concussion.
Oliver’s 182 total yards were most by a Chargers running back since a guy known by two letters was the Chargers’ face and the league’s biggest force. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: There isn't much question (yet) that Mathews will return as the starter when healthy, but Oliver should have solidified Danny Woodhead's old complementary-back role with his dominant all-around performance against the league's stingiest run defense in Week 5. Oliver stands a great chance of being San Diego's featured back in Week 6 against Oakland and potentially Week 7 versus Kansas City.
|Foster, Johnson active for Texans|
RB2 and WR2 ready for Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2014, 11:35 am
|Texans RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson officially active. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Texans stars will start and have decent matchups against the Cowboys.
|Calvin Johnson is active|
How much he plays is another story
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2014, 11:25 am
|Calvin Johnson officially active. As are Baltimore's Terrell Suggs and Lardarius Webb. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson played last week but was used as a decoy much of the game. Fantasy owners have a tough decision to make but it's expected that Johnson will have a bigger role in the offense this week. We're expecting him to be at least a WR2.
|McDonald, Carrier to handle TE duties for 49ers|
Vernon Davis misses practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2014, 7:00 am
|Tight end Vernon Davis, right offensive tackle Anthony Davis and cornerback Tramaine Brock are not at practice Friday. Fortunately for the 49ers, backup tight end Vance McDonald (knee) is at practice for the third straight day. It’s likely that McDonald and Derek Carrier are going to get the bulk of the action at tight end Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Davis hasn't officially been ruled out but he's a candidate for the Inactive list after not practicing at all this week. Neither Carrier or McDonald will be recommended fantasy plays against the Chiefs.
|Reggie Bush to see bulk of backfield work|
Joique Bell and Theo Riddick ruled out
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 8:00 pm
|Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (concussion) has been cleared for physical activity but has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m., Fox). With Bell out, Reggie Bush will get the bulk of the backfield work against the NFL's No. 3-ranked rush defense. George Winn will be the backup. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to Bell, running back Theo Riddick (hamstring) has also been ruled out meaning Bush may be in a workhorse role for the Lions this weekend. He's a solid RB2 in Week 5.
|Niles Paul expected to play Monday night|
Full practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 3:50 pm
|Tight end Niles Paul passed the final stage of testing in accordance with the NFL’s concussion protocol and practiced fully on Friday.
The fourth-year veteran sustained a concussion in last Thursday’s game against the New York Giants and had been limited in practice all of this week.
Paul is now expected to play in Monday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
FFToday's Take: Jordan Reed was limited Friday with a hamstring strain. His availability for Monday remains uncertain. Paul appears to be the tight end to own in Washington this week assuming he has no setbacks.
|Brandon Marshall: "I feel more explosive"|
Practiced in full this week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 1:55 pm
|Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall believes his sprained right ankle has healed enough for him to be his typical threatening self against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday..
Marshall fully participated in all three practices this week, the first time he has done so since prior to the season-opener in which he was injured.
FFToday's Take: Marshall aggravated his ankle injury in Week 3 then posted two catches for 19 yards in Week 4. Marshall should be a WR1 this week against the Panthers.