| Julio Jones back on the practice field|
Ran full speed but only in limited parts of the session
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2016, 2:00 pm
|Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones moved closer to his return from a toe injury by joining full-speed drills in Wednesday's practice.
Jones has missed two straight games with a sprained toe. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Jones ran full speed but only in limited parts of the session.
"It was his first time back in a few weeks,: Shanahan said. "You don't want him to just take all the reps. We were being careful with him and hopefully he'll be able to go on Sunday." (Yahoo Sports)|
FFToday's Take: The Falcons actually play on Saturday in a great matchup against the Panthers. It sounds like Julio may be active this week but we should be better picture of his status after practice on Thursday.
| Darren Sproles (concussion) practicing Tuesday|
Eagles RB could be PPR factor in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 1:42 pm
|Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroCSN) on Twitter: "Allen Barbre, Big V, Darren Sproles, Jordan Matthews all at practice. #Eagles" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Darren Sproles would be a decent RB3/flex if he can play this week against the Giants. He'll still have to clear the NFL concussion protocol, but this is good news.
| Julio Jones to "participate some" in practice|
Falcons WR could return in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 1:39 pm
|Knox Bardeen (@knoxbardeen) on Twitter: "Jalen Collins and Julio Jones will "participate some" in practice today, per Dan Quinn. No official #Falcons injury report until Wednesday." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Looks like Julio Jones has a shot to play this week, even if his practice is limited. If not, Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson would get a bump in value. Stay tuned.
| Heyward-Bey is moving closer to return|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 20 2016, 11:08 am
|Steelers receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has missed the past six games with a foot injury after getting hurt last month in the first meeting against the Ravens. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday Heyward-Bey ran in a straight line last week. He will attempt to move laterally this week as his rehabilitation continues. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: This is a good step for Darius Heyward-Bey as the Steelers continue to look for depth behind Antonio Brown. His return, however, may not be soon enough to make a fantasy impact with only two games left to play in the regular season.
|Blake Bortles still the Jags starter|
Interim coach Doug Marrone
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 9:48 am
|Jaguars interim HC Doug Marrone said Monday he would listen to the team’s coordinators for input along with his own adjustments, but emphasized that barring injury quarterback Blake Bortles will be the team’s starter against Tennessee and Indianapolis. (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: While there will be changes to the Jaguars over the final two weeks of the season, it looks like a QB change won't be among them.
| Derek Carr and offense limited by finger injury|
Raiders HC says QB can't take snaps under center
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 9:45 am
|Derek Carr has taken every snap for the past three-and-a-half games out of either the shotgun or pistol formation since dislocating his right pinkie finger on a mistimed exchange from center Rodney Hudson.
FFToday's Take: Even if the finger is taped during games, he can't take snaps from directly under center, which is limiting the offense. It may seem like a small problem, but the NFL's convoluted offensive scheming requires a bevy of offensive looks to execute an effective game plan. The offense just doesn't look the same since the injury.
| Vereen re-injures triceps|
Same injury cost him nine games earlier this season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2016, 6:40 pm
|HC Ben McAdoo on RB Shane Vereen: "Shane re-injured his triceps. It's unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was." (Art Stapleton on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Vereen only saw five touches in the two games he returned for, so he wasn't exactly being asked to take over his early-season role, which had him working as the lead back at times. He's likely to be placed on IR shortly. Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins will likely continue sharing work in his absence, but neither back should be expected to emerge as a fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.
|Texans make switch to Tom Savage|
Osweiler to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2016, 2:00 pm
|"It's a football decision," O'Brien said. "It's about what's best for the team.
You have to go with what's best for the team."
O'Brien said that Osweiler handled the news "like a professional," and understands he needs to stay ready and continue to prepare. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Brock Osweiler has been brutal this season sporting a 59.6 competition percentage while throwing 16 interceptions in 14 games. Tom Savage gave the offense some signs of life with 260 yards in three quarters of play. The Texans have the Bengals and Titans left on the schedule.
| Pryor wants to play through finger injury|
Torn ligament in his finger
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2016, 10:00 am
|Terrelle Pryor suffered a torn ligament in his finger during Sunday's 33-13 loss to Buffalo and might need surgery to repair it. He will undergo an MRI and is getting a second opinion on the finger. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor wants to play through his finger injury but his status for the last two games remains uncertain. It would probably be the best for Pryor to sit out the final two games if he's at risk for further injury. We should get a better handle on his status later in the week.
| Theo Riddick to sit, Zach Zenner to play Week 15|
Dwayne Washington to get "lion's" share of carries versus Giants
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 18 2016, 12:25 pm
|The Detroit Lions held out a sliver of hope Theo Riddick could play against the New York Giants, listing him as doubtful on Friday's injury report. But his injured wrist didn't show enough improvement over the weekend and the starting running back has been scratched from the lineup for a second consecutive week.
FFToday's Take: Running back Zach Zenner, who suffered a concussion during last weekend's win over the Bears, has cleared protocol and is active against the Giants. He's expected to back up rookie Dwayne Washington.
|Darren McFadden to be No.2 RB in Dallas|
Alfred Morris could be inactive
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2016, 8:00 am
|#Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is the team's No. 2 back today, taking carries from Alfred Morris, not Zeke Elliott. Morris could be inactive. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is somewhat a puzzling move considering Morris has performed well in the backup role behind Elliott. Zeke owners should considering McFadden on the waive just in case something happens to rookie in Week 15.
|Michael Floyd will not be active|
Did travel with the team
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2016, 7:15 am
|New England WR Michael Floyd will not be active today vs. Denver, per source; his Patriots debut will have to wait. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The newest New England Patriot wide receiver did travel with the team but will not be active against the Broncos. Even if he plays in Week 16 against the Jets he will be hard to trust as his snaps will likely be limited.
| Matt Forte is active|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2016, 7:00 pm
|For the #Jets, RB Matt Forte (knee) is officially active vs #Dolphins. Good news. He worked out pregame to be sure (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It doesn't make a lot of sense for Forte to be active given his knee injury last week and the Jets season circling the drain but nonetheless he's going to suit up against the Dolphins. It's hard to imagine Forte getting more snaps than Bilal Powell but this is certainly a ding to Powell's upside.
| Adrian Peterson says he's playing this weekend|
AP: "Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2016, 2:30 pm
|After three practices on his surgically-repaired knee, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he’s “ready to roll.”
Peterson said he’ll play Sunday against the Colts, his first game action since suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee Week 2, he told Dash Radio during an interview on Friday afternoon. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Interesting. It's tough to gauge how much Peterson will play and while he's definitely worth an add if he's available in your league, the Vikings run game has struggled this season. Peterson (31-50) averaged 1.6 yards per carry in his first two games this season.
| Julio Jones ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2016, 1:00 pm
|Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones (sprain toe) will not play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, coach Dan Quinn said on Friday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: While Jones is out, WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) is expected to play leaving Matt Ryan with Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson as his main weapons on the outside. Sanu and Gabriel are worth WR3 or Flex consideration.
| Darren Sproles out for Week 15|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2016, 11:00 am
|Eagles RB Darren Sproles out Sunday vs. Ravens. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Sproles missing the game due to a concussion suffered last week, expect Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner to handle rushing duties. Mathews will have a difficult matchup going against a Ravens defense that's allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
| Falcons will try to "push" Julio Jones on Friday|
WR still not practicing
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2016, 7:40 pm
|Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) sat out practice for a second consecutive day Thursday and is questionable to play against the 49ers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Coach Dan Quinn said Jones participated in Thursday’s light walk-through session. The Falcons plan to have Jones “push it” Friday and will clear him to play when Jones is “able to explode pain-free,” Quinn said. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like he has a chance to play this week, but the Falcons will probably err on the side of caution if they have any doubts with the 49ers next up on the schedule. Jones will be an elite WR1 play if he goes, but Taylor Gabriel has been producing like a low-end WR1 for a while now and would be a solid start once again if Jones sits.
| Clay Matthews may require surgery after season|
Hasn't seen more than 29 snaps since injuring shoulder Week 12
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2016, 7:30 pm
|Clay Matthews’ separated left shoulder has turned him into a part-time player for the Green Bay Packers and while he hopes he will be able to do more each week, he believes it will be problematic for the rest of the season. And it may take surgery after the season to fix it. But for now, he plans to try to increase his workload as much as possible. He hasn’t played more than 29 snaps in a game since he was injured on Nov. 28 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’ll see a specialist, and he’ll let me know,” Matthews said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It would qualify as a surprise if he is able to ramp up his snaps much, as he admitted he "did a number" to his shoulder. The Packers D/ST does catch a break over the next two weeks, however, as Green Bay faces the Bears and Vikings.
|Patriots claim Michael Floyd off waivers|
Pats take flier on former Cardinal
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2016, 3:45 pm
|Source: the Patriots have claimed WR Michael Floyd off of waivers. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd is coming off a DUI arrest and release from the Cardinals. His play on the field has been questionable at best this season and its difficult to see him making a big impact for the Patriots especially over the next two weeks.
| Matt Forte to play Saturday night?|
Limited in practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2016, 2:15 pm
|Six players didn't practice today for the Jets, including CB Buster Skrine, RT Brent Qvale, LB Lorenzo Mauldin and DT Steve McLendon, who has been ruled out for Saturday night. Qvale will be a game-time decision. RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited; the sense is he will play. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Forte is dealing with a torn meniscus but the team is labeling Forte as a gametime decision. Even if he plays, its hard to imagine Forte getting the lead share of carries with Bilal Powell fully capable of handling a heavy load. The Jets and Dolphins play Saturday night so we should get a clearer picture of his true status on Friday.
| Brandon Marshall will be on pitch count|
Back and knee issues
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2016, 2:15 pm
|Jets WR Brandon Marshall, banged up, said he will be on a "pitch count" on Saturday. He will sit out some plays. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Marshall is bothered by back and knee issues and is losing targets to Robby Anderson ever since Bryce Petty became the starting quarterback. As a result, it's difficult to trust Marshall as anything more than a Flex option against the Dolphins Saturday night.
| Cardinals release WR Michael Floyd|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2016, 2:15 pm
|David Johnson288/Michael_Floyd">Michael Floyd two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.
Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at a Scottsdale intersection early Monday morning, police said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd has flopped this season and has lost playing to Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson throughout the season. J.J. Nelson should see increased playing time although with Cardinals focusing on David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and TE Jermaine Gresham in the passing, Nelson is likely to be overvalued in Week 15.
| Melvin Gordon not expected to play|
Could return at some point this season
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2016, 2:00 pm
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip) is not expected to play Sunday vs. Raiders, per source. Remains a chance Gordon will play again this season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon left on a cart last week but it's believed the injury is not as severe as rolling off the field would indicate. Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman should split carries this week against the Raiders with Farrow being the lead back.
| Shane Vereen makes quick return to practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 14 2016, 1:05 pm
|Giants running back Shane Vereen was present at practice Wednesday afternoon, just four days after he suffered a concussion. The Giants have not yet released Vereen's participation status for the session, so it is unclear where he stands in the NFL's concussion protocol. But his presence on the field is an encouraging sign for the team as they begin preparation for Sunday's home game against the NFC North-leading Lions. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Shane Vereen's retun to practice this quickly is definitely a good sign of his progress within the concussion protocol. Despite Rashad Jennings' role as the lead horse in New York's backfield owners in PPR leagues may want to pay attention to status reports later in the week as Vereen fits in well with the high efficiency passing scheme being deployed by New York in recent weeks.
| Bills are being cautious with Sammy Watkins|
Does not practice Wednesday (foot)
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 14 2016, 1:02 pm
|The Bills are continuing to be cautious with star receiver Sammy Watkins. Despite returning to the field in Week 12 from a nagging foot injury and logging 11 catches for 172 yards and a score in the last three games, Watkins is sitting out Bills practice Wednesday.
FFToday's Take: Given Sammy Watkins' track record with injuries it isn't surprising to see Buffalo give him a day off this week. Inconsistent quarterback play will continue to be a factor to consider this week but unless he unexpectedly misses more practice time he will be a WR3/Flex option for fantasy owners in Week 15.
| Adrian Peterson returns to practice|
Suffered torn miniscus in Week 2
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 14 2016, 12:22 pm
|Adrian Peterson is officially back at practice for the Minnesota Vikings. The team announced Wednesday the running back was designated for return from injured reserve and will suit up for practice. Teams have one return designation per year and must identify the player on the first day he begins practicing.
FFToday's Take: Minnesota hasn't had a legitimate rushing attack since Adrian Peterson went down with a knee injury in Week 2 this season-Vikings rank last in NFL with 73.4 rushing yards per game. The positive news is encouraging but it doesn't appear that Peterson will be ready for action this weekend. He would make a splash for fantasy matchups in Week 16 so long as he is cleared to play and the Vikings remain in the playoff hunt.
|Eli Manning downplays his slump|
Giants offense sputtering lately
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 14 2016, 9:00 am
|The Giants have leaned on a surging defense to place them in prime position for a playoff berth with three games to play. While the defense shuts teams down, the offense sputters, praying Odell Beckham will bail them out. "I know I can make plays," Manning said, via The Associated Press. "I know I can get hot. I have to keep working. I'm confident that I can go out there and have a big game." Manning's offense is one of five that has yet to score 30 points in a contest this season. The other four: Texans, Bears, 49ers and Browns. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Eli Manning is having his worst fantasy season since 2013. He hasn't topped 250 passing yards since week 9 and the team looks like it is settling into a cold weather, ball control offense built for post season success in the NFL playoffs which makes starting anyone in the passing game not named Odell Beckham Jr. a risky start for Week 15.
| Julio to miss practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2016, 4:00 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Julio Jones will not practice with the rest of the team on Wednesday due to the toe injury that kept him out in Week 14. Quinn said that the team will see how he feels later in the week before determining his status. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Julio won't be seeing the practice field much this week and it won't be a big shock if he doesn't play against the 49ers... a team the Falcons can likely beat at home without their superstar wide receiver. We'll get a better indication of Julio's status later in the week.
|Bengals make change at Kicker|
Mike Nugent out, Randy Bullock in
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 13 2016, 3:00 pm
|Two days after missing his sixth field goal of the season and having a point after attempt blocked the fourth straight game in which a PAT was missed - the Cincinnati Bengals finally ran out of patience with Mike Nugent.
On Tuesday afternoon, the club released the 12th year veteran and signed Randy Bullock. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Nugent has missed six field goals and six extra points this season, ranking 18th among fantasy kickers with 7.1 Fpts/G. Bullock was recently with the Steelers. There are plenty of Kicker options for fantasy owners... Bullock can remain on the waiver wire.
| Moncrief aggravates hamstring injury|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2016, 6:40 pm
|Donte Moncrief day to day with hamstring. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: His red-zone connection with Andrew Luck aside, this is quickly turning into a bad-luck season for Moncrief, who missed Weeks 3-7 with a shoulder injury and did not return after pulling up lame in the Week 14 defeat against the Texans with an injury he apparently suffered around Thanksgiving. With the Vikings next up on the schedule and Moncrief unlikely to go, expect a whole lot of T.Y. Hilton and maybe even Jack Doyle.
| Melvin Gordon "day-to-day"|
Nursing hip strain and knee sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2016, 6:35 pm
|Melvin Gordon suffered a hip strain and knee sprain Sunday in the first quarter of a 28-16 loss to the Panthers, coach Mike McCoy announced in a press conference. He called Gordon "day to day,” leaving the chance alive the second-year pro could return at some point during the final three games. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: He's more likely week-to-week, but it appears as if he's got a shot to make it back before the end of the regular season. Kenneth Farrow is almost certain to handle the early-down work in his absence, while Ronnie Hillman should be the primary third-down back. Both will be desperation RB3 options at best in Week 15 and will probably take a back seat in a likely pass-heavy game plan against the Raiders.
| A.J. Green expects to practice Wednesday|
WR has missed three games with hamstring strain
By: Doug Orth | Dec 12 2016, 6:30 pm
|HC Marvin Lewis on A.J. Green's forecast for this week: "Partly sunny." Says Green expects to practice Wednesday. (Jim Owczarski on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It opens the door to the possibility Green will play in Week 15 versus the Steelers, but a more likely probability is Week 16 since the Bengals have virtually nothing to play for. Assuming Green does sit out this week, Tyler Eifert figures to Andy Dalton's favorite target and an elite TE1 play, while Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell will be low-end WR3 at best.
|Rams fire Jeff Fisher|
Coming off a 42-14 blowout loss at home to Atlanta
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2016, 3:00 pm
|The Rams fired embattled coach Jeff Fisher on Monday, one day after the team lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Fisher signed a contract extension through 2018 before the start of the season, but news of it didn't leak until Dec. 4, the morning before an eventual 26-10 loss to the New England Patriots. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The team announced that special teams coordinator John Fassel has been named interim coach. Fisher has 6 consecutive losing seasons and has made some questionable decisions during the Rams first season in Los Angeles and his actions and comments during games and off the field led to this obvious decision. The Rams are currently 4-9.
| Tannehill not expected to need surgery|
Dolphins QB avoided ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2016, 12:35 pm
|Ryan Tannehill only sprained the ACL and MCL in his left knee, coach Adam Gase said at his Monday morning press conference. The fear after the game Sunday was that he tore it. However, an MRI revealed that he avoided a full, catastrophic tear. He is not expected to need surgery that would keep him out for six to nine months. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: This is good news for the Dolphins but the sprained ligaments will likely keep Tannehill out a few weeks. Expect Matt Moore to start Week 15 against the Jets.
| Stafford to play with finger injury|
HC: "He's going to be able to play in the next game"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2016, 12:30 pm
|Yes, Matthew Stafford injured his finger. Yes, he will play Sunday against the New York Giants. No, don't ask him about it.
"He did have an issue with his finger, there's no question," Caldwell said. "He's going to be able to play in the next game, he's going to practice and those things." (MLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Stafford reportedly dislocated his middle finger and possibly damaged some ligaments. Regardless, its sounds like Stafford will suit up Week 15 against the Giants. Given the injury and the difficult matchup, its hard to get excited about Stafford as anything more than a QB2.
| Melvin Gordon to undergo MRI for hip injury|
Chargers RB injured in first quarter
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2016, 8:30 pm
|Those familiar with running back Melvin Gordon's left hip injury, for which the Chargers running back was carted off the field in the first quarter of a 28-16 loss to the Panthers, were hopeful he avoided the sort of severe injury usually associated with such departures.
"He's OK," one source said a halftime. Gordon is scheduled to undergo a morning MRI, sources said. Gordon was seen walking after the game in the locker room, albeit with a discernible limp. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon was carted off in the first quarter. In his absence, Kenneth Farrow rushed 16 times for 55 yards and caught 6 passes for 23 yards. The MRI today should provide more details about the severity of his injury.
| Tannehilll scheduled for MRI Monday|
Teams fears torn ACL
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2016, 8:00 pm
|Head coach Adam Gase said the team fears Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL in the left knee. That would mean Tannehill is done for the season. An MRI is scheduled for Monday morning to confirm.] (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Tannehill threw for 195 yards and 3 TDs before taking a hit in the fourth quarter that will likely end his season. We should get confirmation of his injury on Monday or Tuesday. If Tannehill is out, Matt Moore would take over as the starting quarterback.
| Theo Riddick inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2016, 11:30 am
|Theo Riddick is INACTIVE for the Lions. A lot of Washington and Zenner (Dave Birkett on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Riddick was battling a wrist injury this week. Expect Zach Zenner and DeAndre Washington to handle the rushing load for the Lions. WR Golden Tate also gets a boost against the Bears.
| Michael Thomas a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2016, 10:00 am
|Adam Schefter speaking on ESPN stated that Saints WR Michael Thomas is a gametime decision with his foot injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas was limited in practice this week. The Saints and Bucs don't kickoff until late this afternoon. If Thomas doesn't play, Brandin Cooks and Brandon Coleman should get a boost. Coleman would likely fill Thomas' role and be an interesting DFS value play.
| Julio's status still a question mark|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2016, 8:00 am
|On Friday & early Saturday, it seemed Julio Jones was not going to play. But he did participate in the walkthrough. That keeps the door open (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's going to difficult for fantasy owners to plug Julio in their lineup given he's going to test his injured toe in pregame warmups. The Falcons and Rams don't play until late this afternoon. Jones could be active and be a decoy for most of the game. At this point, Julio owners should strongly consider plan B.