| Cowboys fear torn ACL for Lance Dunbar|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2015, 1:39 am
|Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar tore his left ACL and MCL on opening kickoff of the second half. Dunbar will have an MRI on Monday. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins gave Darren McFadden extra playing time in the second half of Sunday's game against the Saints. Even Christine Michael got a carry. Dunbar's role in the passing game will be missed. Joseph Randle remains the RB to own in Dallas.
| Andrew Luck out for Week 4|
Hasselbeck to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2015, 7:54 am
|Andrew Luck will not play today, per a team source. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Luck was "limited" in practice all week but in reality did very little on the field. Head coach Chuck Pagano's comments during the week stating he was confident Luck would play turned out to be gamesmanship nonsense. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start and the Colts receiving corps should be downgraded a notch.
| Arian Foster expected to play, barring setback|
Texans RB has missed first three games with groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2015, 7:34 am
|Barring pregame setback, Texans RB Arian Foster is expected to play today vs. Atlanta, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster has missed the first three games after having groin surgery in early August. He's been practicing this week but may be limited today against Atlanta according to media reports. Foster owners should expect no better than RB2 value if he plays.
| Marshawn Lynch 40-60 to play Monday night|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2015, 4:00 pm
|On Saturday, the Seahawks will issue their final injury report in advance of Monday night’s game against the Lions. Running back Marshawn Lynch likely will be listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, which will mean there’s a 50-50 chance he plays.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the current estimate is that Lynch’s chances of playing are more like 40-60.
FFToday's Take: Lynch owners need to be making other plans considering the game is Monday night. Thomas Rawls would likely get the start if Lynch doesn't play an be a nice alternative for Lynch owners. We likely won't know Lynch's status until gametime.
|Josh Scobee on the outs in Pittsburgh?|
Steelers to try out Chris Boswell
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 7:30 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the lookout for alternatives to struggling kicker Josh Scobee. NFL Media's James Palmer reports the Steelers will try out free agent Chris Boswell, who was with the New York Giants in training camp. Less than two weeks ago, coach Mike Tomlin insisted he had no concerns about Scobee after the kicker missed two field goals in the season opener and an extra point in Week 2. It certainly appears that Tomlin has changed his mind after Scobee missed two more field goals in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter in last night's crushing loss to the Baltimore Ravens. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: After last night, this should come as no surprise. Boswell is a bit of an unknown having yet to kick in an NFL season game, but if he supplants Scobee he could become a reliable fantasy kicker once Ben Roethlisberger returns to the lineup.
| Victor Cruz receives PRP injection|
No timetable for return
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 7:20 pm
|Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Thursday in his injured left calf. PRP is supposed to promote healing in the affected area. The procedure occurred at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "Hopefully it's able to make me feel better, and hopefully advance the recovery process in any way, shape, or form," Cruz said. Cruz aggravated a calf strain Wednesday in his first practice back. He lasted three plays after originally hurting the calf last month, admittedly a result of overcompensation following a serious knee injury he suffered last year. The MRI showed that the most recent aggravation of the calf isn't anywhere near as severe as the original injury, according to Cruz. He has yet to appear in a game, preseason or regular season. There remains no timetable for his return, but it does not appear it's on the horizon. Cruz will shut it down at least through this weekend as a result of the procedure. He will be evaluated Monday before a plan is devised. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz probably doesn't even deserve a bench spot at this point. He appears to be a ways away from returning, and Rueben Randle has shown that he is a more than capable WR2 for the Giants.
|RB Christine Michael set to debut for Cowboys|
Dallas managed -4 rushing yards in the second half last week
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 6:55 pm
|Christine Michael has worked with the first-team offense this week for the first time since the Dallas Cowboys acquired the enigmatic tailback from the Seattle Seahawks early last month. "That's good to see him work with our first group," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday, via USA Today. "I think he's up to speed with the offense ... He's been coming along really good." A healthy scratch in all three games to date, Michael says he finally "has the plays down" now. "He's done well. He's working hard," coach Jason Garrett said Friday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "... There are a lot of things to like about him." Although the Cowboys' backfield committee of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar combined for 245 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in last week's loss to the Falcons, they rushed for minus-4 yards after halftime. If the coaching staff is confident that Michael is ready to contribute on offense, he can offer a power-speed combination missing in the other three backs. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Randle remains the RB to own in the Cowboys' backfield, with Dunbar having value in PPR leagues. Michael isn't even worth a bench spot at this point.
| Ellington to play, but CJ2K to start|
Cardinals likely to use committee approach this weekend
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 6:05 pm
|Chris Johnson’s career prospects didn’t look like all that promising this offseason when he was recovering from a gunshot to the shoulder after a mediocre 2014 season with the Jets, but he landed with the Cardinals in August and got a chance to run as the team’s lead back when Andre Ellington hurt his knee in the season opener. Johnson’s made the most of it. He’s gained 182 yards on 42 carries the last two weeks and scored two touchdowns in last week’s rout of the 49ers. That production has earned Johnson an extended look as the starter. Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Johnson will remain the team’s starter against the Rams this Sunday even if Ellington returns to the lineup. Arians said Ellington is a game-time decision and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the back is expected to play this weekend. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: After a week where CJ2K turned in an impressive fantasy performance, it's anyone's guess which Cardinals' RB will be the one to shine this weekend. You'd have to think Chris Johnson is the favorite, but expect Ellington and rookie David Johnson to eat into his touches.
| Drew Brees expected to start Sunday|
QB to return to lineup following shoulder injury
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 5:50 pm
|New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will start on Sunday after successfully testing his injured right shoulder in practice this week, coach Sean Payton said after Friday's practice. "I think he's planning on starting and we're planning on starting him," Payton said. "He looked crisp today. I think he's going to end up starting and based on the way the week unfolded each day, I felt like he's made the progress we're looking for." Payton said Brees did not have a torn rotator cuff. "The diagnosis was never a tear," he said. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints are looking to chalk up their first victory in 2015, and are hoping for better from Brees than they've received thus far. He'll be in tough against the Cowboys' stingy defense. It's worth noting that over his last two meetings with Dallas, he's amassed 732 passing yards and six touchdowns, but both performances came with Jimmy Graham in the lineup.
| Lynch expected to be gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 12:45 pm
|Reiterating much of what he said during his Thursday press conference on the status of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring), Carroll said the decision on whether or not to play the Seattle running back against the Lions is "probably going to go to game-time." "He’s got a slight hamstring pull, but for a running back that runs as crazy as he does it’s really important and crucial to him. But we’ll see how he goes, he’s working hard for us.” (Seahawks.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks don't play until Monday night so Lynch owners having to make a decision on Sunday should play it safe and look for other options. If Lynch sits, Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would see increased action.
| Andrew Luck limited in practice Friday|
Shoulder injury to Luck may give Hasselbeck the start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 12:05 pm
|Via Mike Chappell of IndySportsCentral.com, Andrew Luck was not out with the other quarterbacks at the start of practice Friday. He was limited both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. If he can’t go, the Colts would start veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who hasn’t started a game since Nov. 4, 2012. They signed journeyman Josh Johnson today since they were carrying only two on the active roster going into the week. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: The signing of Johnson tells is the Colts are concerned about Luck's availability for Sunday against the Jaguars. He's officially listed as Questionable. If Luck doesn't play, it would be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Hasselbeck who hasn't played in a regular season game since 2012. The Colts passing game as would also be devalued but RB Frank Gore would get a slight boost.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to miss Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 11:01 am
|Filed to ESPN: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) expected to miss Sunday's game vs. #Raiders, per source. Team hopes he returns next week. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It was reported earlier this week that Jeffery had a good chance of playing against the Raiders but that won't happen. The Bears will have Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson at the starting wideout positions but neither are intriguing fantasy options.
| DeSean Jackson out for Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 7:30 am
|Redskins source tells me DeSean Jackson is out Sunday and possibly longer. Said "not even close." (Britt McHenry on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson will miss his grudge game against the Eagles leaving Pierre Garcon and TE Jordan Reed to be the top targets in the passing game for Kirk Cousins. Garcon is a WR3 consideration while Reed is a mid-range TE1.
| McCoy, Watkins likely out for Bills in Week 4|
RB could rest until hamstring is 100 percent
By: Doug Orth | Oct 1 2015, 7:15 pm
|The Bills won’t officially rule out either player, but there appears to be little chance that running back LeSean McCoy or wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the lineup against the Giants this weekend. McCoy has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks and said earlier this week that he thought there would be some benefit to sitting out this week’s game in hopes of getting himself closer to 100 percent for Week Five and beyond. Watkins suffered a calf injury last Sunday and, like McCoy, hasn’t practiced this week.
“We won’t say out. But yeah, you guys can figure it out,” Ryan said, via Joe Buscaglia of WKBW. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills are taking the approach with McCoy they probably should have used in Week 1, but at least they sound committed to getting "Shady" healthy. Karlos Williams should be considered a must-start, even against a Giants' defense that has been pretty stout so far. Robert Woods and Percy Harvin should see extensive action in Watkins' absence, although Charles Clay is likely to be the best fantasy play of the pass-catching options.
| Stewart, Tolbert miss practice Thursday|
Leg injury for Stewart
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2015, 12:30 pm
|Mike Tolbert (groin), Jonathan Stewart (tibia), Josh Norman (personal day) and Charles Tillman (vet day) did not practice today. #CAR (Carolina Panters on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart missed Wednesday's practice as well and while there was some belief that he would be available for Sunday's game against the Bucs, his status is now in question. Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker would likely form a committee if both Stewart and Tolbert aren't able to go. Neither would be worth your fantasy lineup.
| Kenny Britt misses practice again|
Shoulder injury has Week 4 status uncertain
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 7:30 pm
|Wide receiver Kenny Britt missed his second day of practice with a shoulder issue. "He banged his shoulder a little bit in the (Pittsburgh) game," Fisher said on Tuesday.
FFToday's Take: Kenny Britt has struggled to sustain any fantasy value over the past few seasons. He appeared to have taken a step a week ago seeing double-digit targets for just the second time in his career to lead the Rams' wide receiving corps. His shoulder injury puts his week 4 status in doubt but he retains value in deeper formats.
| Cutler and Jeffery return to practice for Bears |
Both limited in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 6:16 pm
|The down-and-out Chicago Bears saw a pair of offensive starters return to the field on Wednesday. Quarterback Jay Cutler and wideout Alshon Jeffery both practiced on a limited basis after missing time with hamstring injuries, per Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
FFToday's Take: The Oakland Raiders are one of three teams yielding over 300 passing yards per game so getting either player back this week would be a huge lift for Chicago's offense. Jeffery seems a little closer to returning than Cutler but fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on the practice reports this week.
| Marshawn Lynch '50-50' to play MNF|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 5:15 pm
|Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is dealing with a hamstring injury that, according to a source, makes him "50-50" to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions.
The Seahawks might not have clarity on whether Lynch will be able to play until this weekend. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Lynch would undergo an MRI this week.
FFToday's Take: Unless more information following the MRI becomes available prior to Sunday, fantasy owners may have to play it safe with Marshawn Lynch this week. Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would filled the void last week and a similar role would be in store for them if Lynch is limited or unable to play entirely.
| Andrew Luck day-to-day|
Colts' QB lands on injury report with shoulder injury
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 4:44 pm
|INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is day-to-day with a right shoulder injury, coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday.
Pagano said he has "supreme confidence" that Luck will play in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
FFToday's Take: This injury doesn't seem serious enough to keep Andrew Luck from suiting up in Week 4. Expect Indianapolis to give their quarterback a lighter practice week and update his status on Friday.
| Arian Foster will be a game-time decision |
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 2:43 pm
|Arian Foster Watch has begun in earnest this week.
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the running back practiced and will be a game-time decision Sunday when his team faces the Atlanta Falcons. "The night before, or 90 minutes before," O'Brien said of when he'd know Foster's status.
FFToday's Take: The Texans have been adamant about waiting until Foster is completely past his groin injury. After being limited in practice for a couple of weeks, fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate getting Foster into the lineup if he is given the green light Sunday. Nothing is certain however, so Alfred Blue could also be given another shot to lead the running attack. Whoever gets the starting nod will be worth plugging into fantasy lineups for Week 4 playing against a Falcons defense that has given up six rushing touchdowns in three weeks.
| Tevin Coleman sits Wednesday|
Rib injury could keep ATL RB out Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2015, 1:00 pm
|It seems as though round two of Devonta Freeman's run as the full-time running back for the Atlanta Falcons is upon us. While many were curious when Tevin Coleman could return from his rib injury, it's seeming unlikely to happen this week.
According to the Falcons' official Twitter account, Coleman once again sat out practice on Wednesday. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman's rib injury allowed Freeman to take over the starting running back job in Week 3. Freeman responded with 193 total yards and 3 TDs against the Cowboys. He'll be a RB2 with RB1 upside against the Texans if Coleman sits.
| Victor Cruz has setback with calf injury|
Leaves practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2015, 12:52 pm
|TC on Victor Cruz: "Victor came out and tried to do individuals. He felt the calf again and that's all he did." (New York Giants on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There was optimism that Cruz (calf) would play this week but the chances of that happening are slim to none after Cruz left practice today. Cruz owners should make other plans for Week 4.
| DeSean Jackson "day to day", hamstring injury|
Misses practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2015, 12:13 pm
|Gruden says WR DeSean Jackson is "day to day" with a hamstring injury. He did not take part in practice today. (Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson would certainly like to play against his former team but needs to get in at least limited practices this week to have a chance. Jackson suffered his hamstring injury in Week 1.
| Rex on McCoy: "doesn't look good" for Week 4|
Bills RB won't practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2015, 11:13 am
|Rex Ryan admitted Wednesday it "doesn't look good" for LeSean McCoy's availability this week against the New York Giants. "He's certainly not 100 percent. We're holding him out from practice. (There is) a real possibility he won't play," Ryan said, via WGR Radio's Sal Capaccio. "Is it worth the time to get him near or 100 percent? We're weighing that right now."
The running back won't practice on Wednesday.
FFToday's Take: It sounds like the Bills may leave McCoy on the sidelines this week in hopes of getting him healthy for Week 5 and beyond. Rookie Karlos Williams would likely get the start if McCoy sits and would be a nice RB2 option against the Giants this week.
| Ryan Mathews earning more carries|
Eagles RB committee breakdown is shifting
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 29 2015, 9:47 am
|The Eagles' game plan for the Jets similarly had a different flavor than the vanilla one used in the opener in Atlanta. The outside zone run became the go-to play for an offense that relied on the inside zone in Chip Kelly's first two seasons.
Ryan Mathews thrived on the outside zone plays. He motored around the corner for 27 yards on his first carry - breaking two tackles along the way - and later picked up an additional 40 yards on eight outside zone runs. (Philadelphia Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: With DeMarco Murray sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mathews looked sharp as the lead runner, with Darren Sproles contributing plenty of output in the passing game and on special teams. Murray's lingering injury issues could slide more work to Mathews in the coming weeks.
|Calvin Johnson not getting deep looks in offense|
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 29 2015, 9:40 am
|After an opening week where Calvin Johnson saw four targets, the Lions used him heavily the past two weeks. But it has been on primarily short and intermediate routes instead of the downfield patterns he used to be targeted on. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Teams have been double teaming Johnson for years, bringing cornerbacks inside and safeties over the top. Yet with coaching staffs past, the Lions had no problems tossing the ball to the 6-foot-5 receiver in jump ball situations. It helped lead him to the single-season NFL receiving record in 2012. Megatron turns 30 on Tuesday and the "mismatch" wide receiver is being prevented from making as many game-changing plays.
| Drew Brees to test shoulder today|
Saints QB will throw for first time since Friday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 29 2015, 9:35 am
|Ed Werder reports on Twitter that Drew Brees plans to test his injured shoulder today, the first time since Friday he's thrown a football. (Ed Werder (Twitter))|
FFToday's Take: As of right now, Brees isn't a great fantasy option for a team that's struggling to get its passing game clicking. Mark Ingram remains a solid RB2 and Khiry Robinson/C.J. Spiller are deep flex options, but most of the receivers will need Brees to be healthy to realize their full potential.
|HC: "I've got to find opportunities for Spiller"|
Health, offseason knee surgery no longer an issue
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 6:00 pm
|Sean Payton said New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller is “100 percent healthy” and that he needs to find ways to get him more touches. Payton said Spiller’s snap count was not limited by his recovery from a recent minor knee surgery. That was the case when Spiller returned to the field in Week 2 and played just seven snaps. But it wasn’t an issue in Week 3.
"I’ve got to keep finding opportunities for his touches,” Payton said. “I've got to get him more opportunities. He's healthy and, shoot, he needs more than anything to stay actively warm as opposed to play every 12 or 14 plays.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: In an offense that appears to lack playmakers in the passing game after Brandin Cooks, it would be wise for Payton to manufacture touches for a big-play threat such as Spiller. When coaches call themselves out in regards to usage of a certain player, it usually bodes well for that player the following week. Expect that to be the case next week when New Orleans hosts Dallas on Sunday Night Football.
| LeSean McCoy still dealing with hamstring injury|
Appears unsure if he'll play in Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 5:50 pm
|The hamstring LeSean McCoy injured in training camp is still bothering him. He can’t shift from third to fourth gear - let alone fifth. “I can’t get that acceleration,” he said, “that burst.”
So even McCoy isn’t sure if he’ll play next week. As he said, “We’re going to find out.” Whether McCoy takes a full week or two to rest or is put on a more disciplined pitch count, expect to see much more of rookie Karlos Williams. As McCoy gritted through his injury - averaging 1.5 yards per carry - Williams continued to burst onto the scene in Buffalo’s 41-14 win Sunday with 110 yards on 12 attempts. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: This is yet another reminder that if a back is having trouble staying healthy before the start of the season, he is a poor bet to get healthy once it starts. It would be best for all parties involved to let McCoy heal up because Williams has proven himself more than capable of holding the fort down.
| Alshon Jeffery hopeful for Week 4 return|
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 5:00 pm
|Bears WR Alshon Jeffery expects to return from his hamstring injury for Sunday’s game against Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery tweaked his hamstring in practice leading up to Week 2 and has been sidelined since. The Bears have to hope that his return coincides with Jay Cutler's since Jimmy Clausen showed next to nothing against Seattle in Week 3. Jeffery has a good matchup next week versus the Raiders, but expectations need to be tempered if Cutler is not back by then.
| Vernon Davis sustained knee injury in Week 3|
Does not appear to be long-term issue
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2015, 4:40 pm
|Vernon Davis suffered a knee injury in the second half and left the game. He said it was not a long-term issue. Davis was targeted twice but finished without a catch. (Sacramento Bee)|
FFToday's Take: Davis was the target on the first of Colin Kaepernick's two pick-sixes as well as another interception that was overturned later in the game. Both throws were symbolic of the terrible throws Kaepernick made all game long. Davis is a high-end TE2 that could make for a serviceable bye-week replacement for owners of Rob Gronkowski or Delanie Walker next week versus Green Bay if he is able to suit up.
| Sammy Watkins diagnosed with mild calf strain|
Could miss Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2015, 11:45 am
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that after tests Monday morning, Sammy Watkins was diagnosed with a mild calf strain and will be day-to-day, per a source informed of the injury.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said it is a possibility that Watkins won't be able to play in Week 4 versus the Giants.
FFToday's Take: Watkins left in the first quarter never to return. Watkins has only 99 total yards through three weeks, ranking 52nd among fantasy wide receivers, far below his pre-season high-end WR3 value.
| Sprained MCL for Big Ben, out 4-6 weeks|
MRI confirmed no ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2015, 1:00 am
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee Sunday and will miss four to six weeks as he recovers, a team source has told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's the best-case scenario for Roethlisberger who avoided a more serious ACL injury that would've cost more time. Michael Vick will start in Roethlisberger's place and Vick's presence under center will put a damper on Antonio Brown's fantasy value and the offense in general.
| DeMarco Murray inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2015, 11:30 am
|DeMarco Murray is inactive. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Murray inactive, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles should handle the bulk of the running back work for the Eagles.
| Todd Gurley set to make NFL debut|
Rookie RB split reps with Mason at practice
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2015, 7:15 am
|The Rams plan for rookie RB Todd Gurley (ACL) to make his debut today against the Steelers. He’ll work out pregame just to be sure. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley and Tre Mason split first team reps at practice this week and it's likely we'll see the same on the field today with Benny Cunningham playing a third-down role. The Rams rank 27th in rushing yardage through two games.
| Marshawn Lynch expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2015, 7:00 am
|Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who popped up on the injury report with a calf injury, is playing against the #Bears, sources say. #BeastMode (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch was labeled a gametime decision by his head coach earlier in the week. Rapoport's report should give Lynch owners confidence to keep the stud running back in their lineups. The Seahwaks play a late-afternoon game.
| Arian Foster ruled out for week 3|
Jonathan Grimes may sit as well
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:55 pm
|Arian Foster will have to wait at least one more week before he returns to the football field. The All-Pro was ruled out for Sunday’s game by head coach Bill O’Brien, but is progressing well in his recovery from an Aug. 3 groin injury. “He won’t play this week, but he’s doing well,” O’Brien said Friday. Running backs may be down one more if Jonathan Grimes can't play Sunday. Grimes, now in his third season with the Texans, will be a game-time decision. He practiced on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a knee issue. (HoustonTexans.com)|
FFToday's Take: Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will carry the load this weekend against Tampa Bay, and though neither have been especially productive thus far, they could post some decent numbers Sunday. The Buccaneers have allowed an average of 114 yards on the ground per game this season, and have surrendered three rushing touchdowns.
|Brady still to serve suspension this season?|
A "source" says Pats' QB will serve suspension following appeal
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:50 pm
|Just when you thought it was safe... An NFL source tells New York radio station WFAN that there's "no doubt" Tom Brady will serve a Deflategate suspension this season after the NFL's appeal is expedited. “Boomer and Carton” show co-host Craig Carton said a “very influential person in the NFL” told him “there’s no doubt in his mind” that Brady will serve a four-game suspension this season after the NFL’s appeal is heard. Carton said the league is attempting to get the appeal of Judge Richard Berman's decision that overturned Brady's suspension expedited. (CSN NE)|
FFToday's Take: Whatever the case is, it's too early to tell as no appeal has yet been heard. Should there be any truth to this rumor, Brady owners would be wise to stockpile another decent arm for later in the season. Stay tuned.
| Cutler, Jeffery ruled out Sunday |
Bears will be without two key offensive pieces against Seahawks
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:45 pm
|The Chicago Bears are officially Jimmy Clausen's team this week. Coach John Fox announced that quarterback Jay Cutler is out Sunday with a hamstring injury, giving Clausen the start against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week Cutler would miss at least two weeks. In Week 2 versus the Arizona Cardinals, Clausen went 14-of-23 passing for 121 yards, one interception and a 56.6 passer rating in relief of Cutler. Clausen is 1-10 as an NFL starter. His only win came over John Skelton and the Cardinals in Week 15, 2010. Fox also announced receiver Alshon Jeffery would miss Sunday's contest as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Jeffery missed last week's tilt with the injury. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Steer clear of Jimmy Clausen and Eddie Royal this week if you have any other options. Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett are the only Bears' players worth starting this week.
| DeMarco Murray to play week 3|
RB dealing with strained hamstring
By: John Canario | Sep 25 2015, 6:20 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles will have DeMarco Murray in the backfield for a Week 3 game against the New York Jets despite a hamstring limiting him in practice earlier in the week. According to ESPN's Ashley Fox, Murray's hamstring is feeling good enough to play on after it ended his practice on Wednesday. An MRI showed that it was just a minor tweak, but the running back still sat out of practice on Thursday. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: Murray hasn't been much of a fantasy factor thus far, and a sore hamstring isn't likely to help his case this weekend. It's hard to believe, but another poor showing this week combined with a nagging hamstring could put last year's top fantasy RB in flex territory going forward.