| Josh McCown to start for Browns|
Kessler in concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2016, 2:00 pm
|Josh McCown will have a chance to prevent the Browns from going 0-16 when he starts Sunday against the red-hot New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Hue Jackson named McCown the starter on Monday with rookie Cody Kessler in the concussion protocol with his second concussion in 29 days. It will mark McCown's third start of the season. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: McCown may start but he's no guaranteed to take every snap at quarterback making him a QB2 at best against the Giants. Robert Griffin III will start practicing this week, but hasn't yet been cleared for full contact. The Browns have yet to win a game this season.
|Fitzpatrick to start for Jets|
Bowles not ready to make switch to Petty
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2016, 1:45 pm
|On the verge of losing his job to Bryce Petty after sitting out the last game (Nov. 13) with a mild knee sprain, Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the struggling Jets when they face the first-place New England Patriots Sunday at MetLife Stadium. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: HC Todd Bowles doesn't have much of a choice if he wants to stay in the good graces with his players as Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg don't give the team the best chance to win. Fitzpatrick is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 13.
| LeSean McCoy expected to play Week 12|
Surgery on broken thumb
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2016, 9:52 am
|Bills' RB LeSean McCoy had a surgical procedure on his thumb today and will be ready to play this Sunday, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy dislocated his thumb in Week 11 and never returned to the game but it sounds like he's got a chance to play after having a procedure to set his thumb in place. McCoy owners have dodged a bullet.
| Andrew Luck likely to miss Week 12|
Placed in concussion protocol
By: Doug Orth | Nov 21 2016, 12:00 am
|Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is in the NFL's concussion protocol, coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday. Colts Insider Zak Keefer said it usually takes players five to six days to get through protocol, which would obviously put Luck in danger of missing the Colts' Thanksgiving game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But "no two concussions are the same," Keefer added. "There's no timetable or 'normal' recovery." (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: This is a big one for fantasy owners, as likely replacement Scott Tolzien is a huge step down from Luck and lowers the ceiling of players like T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. Owners should expect to be without Luck this week, which would make the Steelers' defense a bit of an interesting streaming option this week.
| Bengals lose Giovani Bernard, torn ACL|
Bengals hit hard by injury bug
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2016, 10:00 pm
|On one of their final plays of the game in a 16-12 loss to the Bills, they reportedly lost running back Giovani Bernard for the season. The Enquirer confirmed an initial NFL Network report late Sunday night that Bernard suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament after bringing in a 7-yard catch from Andy Dalton with 58 seconds remaining. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: It was a brutal week for injuries and the Bengals got hit the most with A.J. Green (hamstring) and losing on half of their running back tandem, Giovani Bernard. Jeremy Hill should see an uptick in usage over the final seven weeks of the season. Rex Burkhead could also see an increase in snaps.
| A.J. Green could miss remainder of season|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2016, 6:00 pm
|Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will miss multiple weeks with a hamstring injury. Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter there is a chance Green will not play again this season. "I don't know when he can be back, but he has a hamstring injury, I can tell you that," Lewis said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Green left early in Week 11 and obviously he will be sorely missed by the team and fantasy owners. Green will have an MRI Monday.
| Jordan Matthews expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2016, 8:45 am
|Eagles WR Jordan Matthews, questionable for Sunday vs Seahawks due to back spasms, is expected to play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews was able to practice this week so he should be good to go, however owners should check the inactives before the late-afternoon kick to make sure. Matthews is currently sitting as fantasy's WR34 with 507 yards and 3 TDs. He's on the WR3 radar today against Seattle.
| Torrey Smith unlikely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2016, 8:30 am
|49ers WR Torrey Smith, questionable for Sunday vs Patriots due to shoulder injury, is unlikely to play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hopefully Torrey Smith hasn't been a viable option for your fantasy team, but just in case he is, you should find another alternative. Quinton Patton and Jeremy Kerley should be Kaepernick's top two wide receivers against the Patriots.
| DeSean Jackson questionable, gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2016, 4:00 pm
|Wide receiver DeSean Jackson participated in practice all this week, albeit in limited fashion, but his status for Sunday night’s game against the Packers looks like it will remain up in the air until Sunday night. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson has been dealing with a shoulder injury the last couple weeks. He'll be hard for fantasy owners to trust especially since the Redskins / Packers game doesn't kickoff until Sunday night. Jackson owners should have plan B in place.
| Chris Hogan, Gronk out for New England|
Pats down two receivers
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2016, 2:10 pm
|The Patriots have ruled TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Chris Hogan (back) out for Sunday's game against the 49ers. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We expected Gronk to be sidelined but Hogan's absence comes as a bit of a surprise. Expect Danny Amendola to see more action at wide receiver, but he'll be nothing more than a dart throw given the Patriots tendency to spread the ball around. Hogan was limited in practice this week with a back injury.
| Rob Gronkowski misses practice Friday|
Missed pactice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2016, 11:45 am
|Rob Gronkowski was not present at the New England Patriots' practice on Friday. That means he has not practiced at all this week, making it extremely unlikely that he played the Patriots' Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: It's seems unlikely that Gronk will play but we should get a better idea by Saturday. If he sits, Martellus Bennett would vault into TE1 territory and make for a great DFS option in Week 11.
| Jordan Howard finally admits injury|
Limped noticeably after suffering Achilles' injury in Week 10
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2016, 5:10 pm
|RB Jordan Howard on Thursday clarified what his playing status was during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. "I was just tight early in...the second half. Then I injured my Achilles a little bit at the end. I’m good now." After Howard lost a fumble at the 5:37 mark of the second quarter, he played four more snaps before noticeably limping on a fake handoff in the third quarter. Then he played sporadically during the remainder of the 36-10 loss, finishing with 100 yards on 15 carries. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Howard's response to HC John Fox's post-game assertion that his back was hurt was "Nah, I ain't suffer nothing." Classic. The rookie is one of the few things going well for the hapless Bears, but Achilles' injuries are no joke. Owners need to strongly consider adding Jeremy Langford in the meantime, as it is quite likely Chicago relies even more on the running game with Alshon Jeffery starting his four-game PED suspension this week.
| Gronk not at practice Thursday|
Second straight missed practice
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2016, 4:50 pm
|TE Rob Gronkowski (chest) is not present for Thursday's practice, marking the second straight day he has been absent with a chest injury. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Owners should have their answer regarding Gronk's playing status by Friday, when the Patriots get on the plane to go to San Francisco. He had to cancel a non-football commitment because he wasn't cleared to fly and there has been a suspicion all week he will not play against the 49ers. With games against the Jets and Rams over the next two weeks, don't be surprised if the Pats play this situation very cautiously. Martellus Bennett is a near-elite TE1 play this week.
|Percy Harvin expected to start Week 11|
WR has been with the team only since Nov. 1
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2016, 4:30 pm
|Bills OC Anthony Lynn says WR Percy Harvin is likely to start Sunday vs. Cincinnati, but he will still be somewhat limited from a play-count standpoint. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It seems highly unlikely Harvin is in good enough shape yet to play a full complement of snaps, although the Bills' methodical offense will help him in that regard. Harvin was used as a decoy in his 21 snaps in Week 9, so it is a good bet he'll see his first touch of 2016 this week versus the Bengals. Still, Harvin is a relative long-shot to make a difference in fantasy this year, especially if Sammy Watkins can return at some point.
|DeMarco Murray back at practice Thursday|
Sat out Wednesday's session
By: Doug Orth | Nov 17 2016, 4:25 pm
|DeMarco Murray back on practice field (Thursday) for Titans. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray has routinely been getting Wednesdays off lately, so Tennessee is just keeping the 28-year-old's legs as fresh as possible. He has scored a rushing touchdown in five straight games and seems like a pretty good bet to finish as a top-five back again this week versus the Indianapolis Colts.
| Jamaal Charles has scope on left knee |
All but ruled out for the 2016 season
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2016, 12:45 pm
|Jamaal Charles had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday. Previously had his right knee scoped. Had been experiencing problems in both knees. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The news keeps getting worse for Charles who previously had his right knee scoped. This latest procedure will kill There any hope of Charles returning for potential playoff games. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West are locked in as the Chiefs top running backs.
| Zach Ertz misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2016, 12:30 pm
|Zach Ertz (hamstring) just left after the walkthrough. #Eagles TE was limited on Wednesday. Likely suffered injury at practice. (Jeff McLane onTwitter)|
FFToday's Take: This doesn't sound good for Ertz. He should be considered questionable at best for Week 11. Brent Celek and Trey Burton would see increased snaps if Ertz isn't able to suit up against the Seahawks.
| Torrey Smith does not practice Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 16 2016, 7:00 pm
|Torrey Smith (shoulder) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports.
A back injury has previously impacted Smith's practice reps and in-game snaps this season, but his lack of practice Wednesday was blamed on a shoulder concern.
FFToday's Take: Torrey Smith has only eight catches in the past four games. He has been dealing with back issues in prior weeks and now is missing practice with a shoulder ailment. Smith is clearly the third best fantasy receiver on the 49ers with Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton splitting the majority of the targets.
|DeMarco Murray held out of practice|
Team playing it safe with star running back
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 16 2016, 6:00 pm
|Murray (toe) was held out of practice Wednesday for precautionary reasons, Jim Wyatt of titansonline.com reports. (CBSSports.com)|
FFToday's Take: Tennessee is giving DeMarco Murray a well earned day of rest after he did it all against the Packers in Week 10. Look for him to return to practice Thursday as the team prepares for a key divisional match up against the Colts this week.
|Packers claim Christine Michael|
Former Seahawk finds new home
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2016, 4:00 pm
|Packers have claimed RB Christine Michael off waivers, source says. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers have been hit with a rash of injuries at the running back position so it's not a big shock that would take a chance on the talented but enigmatic Michael. James Starks returned to action last week but has never excelled in a workhorse role. Michael is a speculative hold (or add) in 12-team leagues.
|Jordan Howard not listed on injury report|
Bears running back puts in full practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 16 2016, 3:32 pm
|LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Apparently, Bears running back Jordan Howard is OK after all.
Coach John Fox offered a scare after Sunday’s loss in Tampa Bay when he stated that Howard had sustained an “ankle or Achilles” injury. Howard expressed at the time that he was fine. When the Bears returned to work Wednesday, Howard was a full participant and not listed on the injury report.
Fox confirmed that Howard participated in full. However, Fox later informed to the media in New York via teleconference that Howard was limited with soreness.
FFToday's Take: This is a huge positive for the Bears and Jordan Howard's fantasy owners. Although he is still dealing with soreness (presumably in his ankle) it looks like he will be leading the charge when Chicago squares off against Big Blue this weekend. Howard should be in RB2 territory for Week 11 facing a New York defense that has allowed a rushing touchdown in three of their past four games.
|Bowles to choose QB on Monday|
Bryce Petty goes 19 for 32 in debut
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 16 2016, 2:46 pm
|FLORHAM PARK — Bryce Petty or Ryan Fitzpatrick? It's not clear yet which of these Jets quarterbacks will start after the bye week, against the Patriots. Coach Todd Bowles expects to make his decision by Monday. But one thing is clear: Bowles will have the final say.
FFToday's Take: New York's passing attack has absolutely dried up this season. They rank 29th in the NFL in passing yards per game and dead last in QB Rating. Whether it's Week 11 or later, HC Todd Bowles will eventually need to prioritize the 2017 season. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't under contract for next season so look for Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenburg to get more reps in the coming weeks.
| Browns' RG3 cleared for non-contract drills|
Will not practice this week
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 16 2016, 1:19 pm
|BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Robert Griffin III's next comeback isn't quite ready to begin.
Cleveland's quarterback, who broke a bone in his left shoulder while making his debut with the Browns in the season opener, has been cleared for non-contact drills and could play again this season.
FFToday's Take: Robert Griffin III (shoulder) may be able to come back near the end of the season but Cleveland will continue to start Cody Kessler in the interim. Kessler was benched in the second half last week and won't be worth starting in Week 11 versus Pittsburgh.
|Seahawks release RB Christine Michael|
Thomas Rawls expected to return
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2016, 6:00 pm
|Seahawks have released RB Christine Michael. (via ESPN sources) (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We knew Thomas Rawls was expected back this week and rookie C.J. Prosise had a nice showing as the feature back in Week 10 but this moves comes as a bit of surprise. Prosise and Rawls are now the backs to own in Seattle. Michael can be claimed off waivers by any team.
|Rams make switch at QB, Goff in for Keenum|
Rookie may not be an upgrade
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2016, 2:00 pm
|Jared Goff will start Sunday for the @RamsNFL against @MiamiDolphins in front of a home crowd, per team sources. QBs were informed this am. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams are a mess right now and even though Case Keenum wasn't setting the world on fire, Jared Goff may not be any better. It's rumored he's not quite ready to be a starting NFL quarterback but we're about to find out. He's off the QB2 radar against the Dolphins in Week 11.
|Vikings dump K Walsh, sign Forbath|
Four missed extra points dooms Walsh
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2016, 1:00 pm
|The Vikings waived embattled kicker Blair Walsh after he missed three kicks and failed to execute a key kickoff in the past two weeks. He will be replaced by former Washington kicker Kai Forbath. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings tried out kickers last week but stuck with Walsh in Week 10. However, Walsh missed another extra point on Sunday prompting the Vikings brass to take action. Forbath might be an upgrade but there are plenty of better fantasy kickers on a weekly basis.
| Gronkowski suffered punctured lung in Week 10|
Expected to miss Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 8:30 pm
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung on Sunday vs. Seahawks, according to sources. But could miss just one game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronkowski was understandably staggered after taking a vicious legal hit from Earl Thomas and missed a few plays before returning. Martellus Bennett started going off almost immediately after it happened, and he stands to benefit the most should Gronk missed Week 11 against San Francisco. In such a case, Bennett stands to be an elite TE1 play.
| Sammy Watkins not quite ready yet|
Eligible to practice, come off IR in Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 5:15 pm
|Bills HC Rex Ryan says Sammy Watkins is eligible to return to practice, but the trainers think he's not ready this week. (Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins reportedly told Ryan he feels "fantastic", but this news casts doubt on the receiver's probable Week 12 return as well. While he is still worth a stash in deeper leagues, the odds of him knocking off rust before the fantasy playoffs are getting slimmer by the week. There's no guarantee he makes it back this season either, although we obviously aren't at that point yet. Robert Woods figures to remain the top receiver in Buffalo's run-based attack for at least another 1-2 weeks.
|Dion Lewis not limited in practice last week|
Activated off PUP list prior to Week 10
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 5:10 pm
|New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis, moved from the PUP list to the active roster on Saturday, was not in uniform for the team's 31-24 Sunday night loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Because Lewis remained on the PUP list through the team's week of practice, the Pats were not required to list the running back's participation on their three practice reports.
"He wouldn't have been on the injury report," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Monday's conference call. "I mean, we didn't activate him until Saturday, but he wouldn't have been on the injury report." (MassLive)|
FFToday's Take: MassLive's Kevin Duffy suggests Belichick chose not to bring Lewis back against the Seahawks because it figured to be a tight matchup, but Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers represents a game in which the Pats should be able to control game script and score. While Lewis may only be worth a stash at the moment, he may be able to recapture his old role quickly if he can flash his pre-injury form.
| Tevin Coleman expected back after bye|
Expects to practice fully before Week 12 vs. Arizona
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 5:05 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RB Tevin Coleman will be back to full participation before the Arizona game. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Although it hasn't shown in their point totals very often during his three-game absence, the Falcons' offense has been less dynamic since Coleman. Owners should feel good about using Coleman as a RB2 in most leagues going forward, although his volatility makes him a better flex play, which is what he should be considered against the Cardinals' stout defense in a couple of weeks.
| Vikings have "no idea" if AP will return|
On IR following meniscus surgery
By: Doug Orth | Nov 14 2016, 4:55 pm
|Mike Zimmer on if Adrian Peterson will play at any time this season: "I have no idea." (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It may be about time for owners with deep benches to give up hope on Peterson, who is running out of time to give himself at contributing this season. Minnesota isn't giving him much reason to rush back either, as the Vikings' offensive line is getting outplayed on a weekly basis. Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata and Ronnie Hillman will mostly likely finish the season out in a three-headed committee.
|Alshon Jeffery suspended four games|
Violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2016, 3:00 pm
|Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery will be available for action in Week 15. Jeffery has been a fantasy disappoint this season scoring in double digits just twice in nine games and only has one touchdown on the season. The Bears will feature Cameron Meredith and Eddie Royal moving forward. Meredith's value gets the biggest bump over the next month.
| Victor Cruz expected to be inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2016, 2:15 pm
|A sprained ankle is expected to keep New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz out of Monday night's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to sources. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FFToday's Take: Eli Manning will have Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis as his top three wideouts during Monday Night Football.
| Thomas Rawls expected to return Week 11|
Will practice this week
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2016, 2:00 pm
|Carroll said RB Thomas Rawls is ready to go. Will to practice to play this week. #Seahawks (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls suffered a hairline fracture in his fibula in Week 2 but is set to return in Week 11. His role is unclear as the Seahawks got a decent performance from rookie C.J. Prosise against the Patriots. It's possible Rawls could become part of three-man committee with Christine Michael included. Rawls is worth a free agent pickup if he's available in your league.
| Bryce Petty to start for Jets|
Sprained MCL for Fitzpatrick
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 9:10 am
|So, Jets are starting QB Bryce Petty today vs Rams, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to practice this week on a limited basis but it appears the Jets will roll with Petty against the Rams. Brandon Marshall gets a bump down the rankings with Petty at QB while Rams-D makes for a solid play in Week 10.
| Gametime decision for Starks|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 8:20 am
|The #Packers are hopeful that RB James Starks makes his return following knee surgery today, source said, but they want to see him warmup. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers running game has been a committee of Aaron Rodgers, Ty Montgomery Aaron Ripkowski and Don Jackson. Even if Starks is active it's unlikely he'll make a big fantasy impact.
| Doug Martin expected to be limited|
Should split carries with Barber
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 8:10 am
|The plan is for #Bucs RB Doug Martin (hamstring) to be active and make his return today, but his workload should be limited, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Martin won't be a recommended fantasy play as it appears he will be splitting snaps with rookie Peyton Barber. Both are flex considerations in a decent matchup against the Bears.
| Christine Michael expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2016, 8:00 am
|Seattle RB Christine Michael, listed as questionable vs Pats due to hamstring, is expected to play. “Should be good,” said source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks and Patriots play tonight but it sounds like Michael will be active. It's not an ideal spot for Michael given his decreased workload and potential negative game script. It won't be a shock if C.J. Prosise is the better fantasy running back in Week 10.
|Bigger role for Prosise|
Christine Michael added to injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2016, 2:00 pm
|The Seattle Seahawks made a late addition to their injury report Friday afternoon, listing running back Christine Michael as questionable with a hamstring injury. Rookie C.J. Prosise has already been taking a bite out of Michael's workload. In the past two games, Prosise has played 47 snaps, compared with 43 for Michael. Given Michael's uncertain status, Prosise figures to see an even bigger role Sunday night against the New England Patriots. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Given the late-week injury for Michael and the likelihood of a negative game script for the Seahawks, Prosise could be on the field for the majority of snaps against New England. The rookie RB will be a Flex option for Week 10.
| Jeremy Maclin out for Week 10|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 11 2016, 2:00 pm
|Receiver Jeremy Maclin won’t play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend, and star linebacker Justin Houston will probably be listed “out” as well, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin missed practice all week and played very little in Week 9. His absence means increased opportunities for Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Albert Wilson and Chris Conley. Hill is an interesting tournament option in daily contests.