|Jordan Reed lands on IR|
Redskins signed RB Kapri Bibbs
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 12 2017, 4:00 pm
|The Washington Redskins announced on Tuesday that they have placed running back Byron Marshall, tight end Jordan Reed and linebacker Chris Carter on Injured Reserve.
In corresponding moves, the team signed running back Kapri Bibbs and linebackers Otha Peters and Pete Robertson to the active roster from the practice squad. Additionally, running back Dare Ogunbowale, linebacker Alex McCalister and safety Orion Stewart have been signed to the practice squad. (Redskins.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's been a disappointing season for Reed who played in only six games amassing a 27-211-2 line in the process. Assuming he's healthy next season he's going to be difficult to trust in redraft leagues, likely be valued as a risky TE2.
|Aaron Rodgers status still "difficult to predict"|
Fantasy owners should be considering other options
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 12 2017, 12:20 pm
|A day after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers underwent the all-important first CT scan to determine how his fractured collarbone is healing, there is still no word on his status. Coach Mike McCarthy called it a medical decision on Monday and said the team is conferring with several experts. "I do not have a clean decision for you," he added. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners may not want to run the risk of rolling out Rodgers just to see him re-injure the collarbone and get pulled. I like risk-taking fantasy moves just as much as the next guy, but this is a situation you'll need to monitor and have a Plan B in place for.
|Dan Bailey dealing with hamstring injury|
Cowboys kicker's status uncertain for Sunday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 12 2017, 12:12 pm
|David Helman on Twitter: "More
Jerry Jones tells the guys on @1053thefan that Dan Bailey was trying to account for a sensitive hamstring on Sunday against the Giants, but the Cowboys don’t think it’s a big issue going forward. #cowboyswire" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kickers with hamstring issues are a big deal in the realm of fantasy football, regardless of how the Cowboys want to spin this. Avoid Bailey during the fantasy playoffs -- there are plenty of kickers to choose from.
|Robert Woods "on track" to play Week 15|
Rams WR getting over shoulder injury
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 12 2017, 12:09 pm
|Rams wide receiver Robert Woods and outside linebacker Connor Barwin, who have been absent in recent weeks, are expected to play. Offensive tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein, both of whom exited Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles prematurely, are also expected to play. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Barwin and Woods are "on track, unless there are any setbacks, to be able to play and be available for the Seattle game," according to McVay. If active, Woods immediately slots in as a WR2/3 with upside.
|No update yet on Aaron Rodgers' Week 15 status|
HC: "This is a medical decision"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2017, 6:30 pm
|More Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers: "In his mind, he's ready to go if you watch him process. But this is a medical decision. Dr. McKenzie is in touch with a number of medical experts." (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)|
FFToday's Take: Stay tuned. Rodgers reportedly underwent some exams Monday to see if a potential return is possible. Everything that needed to happen for the Packers over the last few weeks has fallen into place and Rodgers is eligible to return in Week 15, so clearance from the Packers' typically conservative medical staff would seem to be all he needs to return against the Panthers. It would be surprising at this point if Rodgers doesn't play.
|Alvin Kamara expects to return for Week 15|
Suffered concussion in Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2017, 6:10 pm
|Saints RB Alvin Kamara (concussion) said he expects to be good to go for next Sunday. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: The decision to return is obviously not only his to make, but this is one situation in which owners are lucky he played on Thursday, as it gives him a few more days to clear the league's protocol. Expect him to be limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the injury report, but it is reasonable to expect him to return to fantasy RB1 status in Week 15 against the Jets.
|Josh McCown done for the season|
Broken left hand
By: Doug Orth | Dec 11 2017, 6:05 pm
|Josh McCown (hand) is out for the season, Bowles said. McCown needs surgery. (New York Post - Brian Costello)|
FFToday's Take: McCown has been the engine that has powered the Jets' surprising offense this season. The falloff from him to Bryce Petty is substantial, and it means players like Jermaine Kearse and Austin Seferian-Jenkins go from every-week starters in some leagues to bench options. Robby Anderson excelled last year with Petty, so perhaps he can remain a viable back-end starting option in fantasy.
|ACL tear confirmed for Carson Wentz|
Nick Foles will start for Eagles
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2017, 12:05 pm
|MRI showed that Eagles’ QB and NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz did tear his ACL. Wentz is our for season.
Nick Foles time. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wentz was having a magnificent season ranking as a top five fantasy quarterback through 13 weeks. The Eagles will move forward with Nick Foles with the Giants, Raiders and Cowboys still remaining on the regular season schedule. Foles will be streaming option in Week 15 against a Giants team that's given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
|Chris Hogan good to go for Monday night|
Pats receiver hasn't played since Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2017, 11:40 am
|Patriots’ WR Chris Hogan, who has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury, will play tonight vs. Miami Dolphins, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hogan has been out since suffering a shoulder injury in Week 8. With Rob Gronkowski missing this game due to suspension, Hogan has a decent chance to return WR3/Flex value against the Dolphins.
|Savage suffers concussion, Yates to start|
Yates to face Jaguars in Week 15
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2017, 7:30 am
|Bill O'Brien believes QB T.J. Yates will start Sunday against the Jaguars. (Houston Texans on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tom Savage left Week 14 with a concussion and isn't expected to play Week 15. Yates gets a brutal matchup against the Jaguars leaving DeAndre Hopkins owners a difficult decision in fantasy playoff time. The Jaguars have given up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and wide receivers.
|Bryce Petty will start if McCown can't go|
Jets QB suffers hand injury in Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 11 2017, 7:00 am
|Coach Todd Bowles said Bryce Petty will be the starter if additional tests on McCown's hand confirm that it is too risky for him to play -- and that's the right call. Petty is the No. 2 quarterback and is entitled to be the Next Man Up, but that doesn't mean the Jets can't use Hackenberg off the bench if an opportunity presents itself. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets got blanked by the Broncos yesterday and to make matters worse, quarterback Josh McCown fractured his hand. If he sits, Petty will likely get the start in Week 15 against the Saints. Christian Hackenberg could see some action over the next three weeks as well.
|Amari Cooper is active, could be limited|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2017, 11:35 am
|Now being told Raiders WR Amari Cooper will be ACTIVE for today’s game vs the Chiefs. As mentioned earlier, the expectation is that his snaps will be limited. “Pitch count,” so to speak. As of Friday morning, coaches were planning to be without Cooper. He pushed to play. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It will be tough for fantasy owners to feel comfortable trusting Cooper today even in a great matchup. Michael Crabtree is in a good spot and Cordarrelle Patterson has some sneaky appeal if you need a desperate long shot.
|Sterling Shepard is active|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2017, 11:30 am
|Giants WR Sterling Shepard looks to me like a guy who's playing. He's out here warming up in cleats, cutting and running, singing along to what's on his headphones. No trainer watching him. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: There were some conflicting reports this morning regarding Shephard's status. He is active and expected to play despite a hamstring injury.
|Ameer Abdullah expected to sit|
Because of poor play, not injury reasons
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2017, 7:30 am
|#Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Abdullah out of favor, expect Tion Green and Theo Riddick to handle the running back workload with Green getting most of his work on early-downs. Green posted an 11-51-1 line against the Ravens last week.
|Bills expected to start Nathan Peterman at QB|
Knee injury for Tyrod Taylor
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2017, 7:15 am
|Buffalo is expected to start rookie QB Nathan Peterman vs Colts with QB Tyrod Taylor questionable with a knee injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Peterman took the majority of reps in practice this week so this doesn't come as a surprise. Peterman was a disaster in his last start against the Chargers, throwing 5 INTs in the first half. Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and TE Charles Clay are not desirable fantasy options.
|Zach Ertz considered doubtful|
Team will evaluate him today
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 10 2017, 7:00 am
|Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If Ertz sits, Brent Celek and Trey Burton will fill in at tight end. Burton is the better receiving option the more viable fantasy play. He'd be a low-end TE1 option against the Rams.
|Doug Martin expected to start for Bucs|
Koetter doesn't believe in players losing their job to injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2017, 5:00 pm
|#Bucs are expected to start RB Doug Martin in his return from a concussion vs the Lions. HC doesn't believe in players losing their role as the result of an injury. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stroud is the Bucs beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. If Martin starts, its unclear how much of a role Peyton Barber will have coming off a 100-yard game against the Packers. If the Bucs o-line can carry over their improved play from last week, Martin would have Flex value against the Lions.
|Amari Cooper not expected to play|
Still battling ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2017, 12:15 pm
|Source said Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is expected to miss Sunday's game in Kansas City. Tough break, as Cooper had 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns in this year's first Raiders-Chiefs game. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cooper has cleared the concussion protocol but is still bothered by a sprained ankle. In his absence, the Raiders will have Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson at wide receiver. All are intriguing plays against a horrendous Chiefs pass defense that's given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers.
|Adrian Peterson unlikely to play|
Kerwynn Williams likely to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2017, 12:05 pm
|Source: I'm told #Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) is likely not playing Sunday vs. the #Titans. Peterson's neck injury does not require surgery, just proper rest, at this time. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson missed last week with a neck and will apparently be in active this week as well. In his absence, Kerwynn Williams ran 16 times for 97 yards against the Rams but was a zero in the passing game. He'll get the start and be a Flex consideration against a Titans team giving up the 6th fewest fantasy points to running backs.
|Tyrod Taylor a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2017, 11:50 am
|The Bills' starting quarterback will be a game-time decision, coach Sean McDermott said Friday.
With Tyrod Taylor battling a knee injury, McDermott said the team was working through Taylor's availability.
McDermott said earlier this week that Taylor is the starter when healthy. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: If Taylor sits, Nathan Peterman would be the starter and we've seen what kind of disaster that could be. In positive news, Kelvin Benjamin should return to action which should help the offense as a whole.
|Joe Mixon ruled out, Gio to start|
Mixon misses practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2017, 11:45 am
|The Bengals have ruled out six of their starters for Sunday's game against the Bears, including five on defense. Vontaze Burfict, Dre Kirkpatrick and Joe Mixon all sustained concussions on Monday, while cornerback Adam Jones injured his groin early in the game.
Linebacker Nick Vigil and safety Shawn Williams had injuries prior to Monday night's game and have been ruled out as well. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Mixon missed practice all week and will be inactive in Week 14. Giovani Bernard will get the start and likely see the majority of snaps for the Bengals against the Browns. Brian Hill will serve in a backup role but isn't a fantasy option. With a solid RB2 outlook and upside for more, Gio will be a popular play in DFS and season-long leagues.
|Delanie Walker held out of practice again|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 7 2017, 11:59 pm
|No practice today for TE Delanie Walker and DE Derrick Morgan for Titans (on Thursday). (TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt)|
FFToday's Take: Walker sat out Wednesday's practice as well. Meanwhile, Rishard Matthews returned to a full practice. Walker has battled ankle or wrist injuries for what seems like two months, but he has yet to miss a game. Owners can probably expect a game-time decision with Walker, and Jonnu Smith would be a solid fill-in should Walker be unable to play. Matthews figures to benefit the most, as he seems to be the only receiver to establish a clear chemistry with Marcus Mariota.
|Robby Anderson fails to complete practice|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 7 2017, 11:55 pm
|Potential bad news for the Jets: WR Robby Anderson, their best offensive threat, failed to complete practice today after aggravating a hamstring injury. He was listed yesterday with a hamstring but practiced fully. Asked when the setback occurred, coach Todd Bowles said, "Probably today." Bowles said he hopes it's not serious, but was non-committal on Anderson's status for Sunday. (ESPN - Rich Cimini)|
FFToday's Take: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Anderson "should be OK," but the receiver was already going to have a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos' cornerback trio of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby even at 100 percent. If Anderson is limited in any way, Austin Seferian-Jenkins would likely benefit the most in what was already a good matchup for him.
|Zach Ertz still in concussion protocol after all|
Limited in practice after team announced he cleared protocol
By: Doug Orth | Dec 7 2017, 11:45 pm
|Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz has been cleared to practice but remains in the league's concussion protocol. The team said earlier Thursday that he had cleared the concussion protocol. Ertz did practice Thursday ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams in Los Angeles. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: The team's official Twitter account stated Ertz was in the clear earlier Thursday, so there was obviously a miscommunication. The news seemed too good to be true considering Ertz is dealing with his second concussion in as many years. Ertz owners would do well to pick up Trey Burton if he is available in order to protect themselves either way.
|Mark Ingram active for Week 14|
Expected to handle "normal workload"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 7 2017, 8:05 pm
|For fantasy owners tonight, I’m told Saints running back Mark Ingram (toe) will have a normal workload per sources. New Orleans dynamic duo rolls on in Atlanta. (ESPN - Dianna Russini)|
FFToday's Take: It turns out the Saints were managing Ingram's reps on a short week. The Saints boast arguably the best running game in the NFL at the moment, so Ingram could see in upwards of 20 touches if New Orleans controls the action. Although Alvin Kamara more upside at the moment, perhaps no running back has become a better bet to score a touchdown each week than Ingram. Start him if you have him.
|Zach Ertz no longer in concussion protocol|
Appears set to play Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 7 2017, 8:00 pm
|Injury Update: Eagles TE Zach Ertz has cleared the league’s concussion protocol. (Eagles on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ertz suffered his second concussion in as many years last week, but the fact he has already been cleared for Week 14 is definitely a good sign. He's a top-three tight end play this week, even in a tough matchup.
|Jeremy Maclin misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2017, 1:35 pm
|Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin isn't practicing Thursday. He was limited with a back injury the previous day. Linebacker C.J. Mosley (neck) returned to practice but didn't appear to be doing much. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin was limited on Wednesday so the downgrade is troubling. We should get a better handle on his status after practice on Friday. Maclin hasn't topped 41 yards in his last three games.
|Matthew Stafford does more in practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2017, 1:00 pm
|Matthew Stafford did much more in open portion of #Lions practice today, including throwing. Spun the ball pretty well, too. I expect him to play Sunday. Still no Ziggy Ansah, T.J. Lang or Rick Wagner at practice. (Tim Twentyman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stafford appears on track to play against the Bucs this week despite his hand injury. The matchup is enticing as Tampa Bay has given up the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
|Mark Ingram expected to play Thursday night|
Missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2017, 7:00 am
|Saints’ RB Mark Ingram, listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs Falcons due to a toe injury, is expected to play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram sat out practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a toe injury and is listed as Questionable for tonight's game with the Falcons. As of now, there's no indication that Ingram's workload will be reduced.
|Doug Martin practices in full Wednesday|
Still in concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2017, 4:30 pm
|DE Robert Ayers and RB Doug Martin practiced fully but are still in concussion protocol. Both players still need to clear concussion protocol so their status for Sunday remains uncertain. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: Martin is on track to play assuming he clears the protocol by this weekend. It's unclear what role he will have given Peyton Barber had a solid game against the Packers last week. Fantasy owners should prioritize Giovani Bernard over Barber on the waiver for now.
|Jordan Reed will sit in Week 14|
Redskins TE can't get over hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2017, 2:45 pm
|Washington TE Jordan Reed will not play Sunday vs Chargers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has played in only six games this season and hasn't played since Week 8 due to a hamstring injury. Vernon Davis has been a disappointment the last two weeks but will once again get the start with Niles Paul filling the No.2 tight end role.
|Mixon misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2017, 2:30 pm
|Starting cornerbacks Adam Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) were injured against the Steelers, as was starting running back Joe Mixon (concussion, shoulder) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion). None of those players participated in practice on Wednesday. (Cincinnati.com)|
FFToday's Take: If Mixon were to sit this week, Giovani Bernard would get the start with Brian Hill filling a backup role. The Bengals face the Bears this week. Chicago represents a neutral matchup for fantasy running backs.
|Adrian Peterson not cleared to practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 12:20 pm
|Bruce Arians said @AdrianPeterson won't practice today because of a neck injury. Will he play vs @Titans? "We'll wait and see. He is not going to practice today and we're still waiting on he and the doctors to clear him." (Jim Wyatt via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adrian Peterson may be in danger of missing another game so his owners will certainly want to have a backup plan in place for Week 14. Kerwynn Williams figures to see more opportunities if AP remains out of action against the Titans.
|Greg Olsen practicing Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 12:15 pm
|Olsen (foot) will take part in the Panthers' practice Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
It's unclear if Olsen will be a full or limited participant in the session, but more clarity on that front should arrive shortly after practice concludes.
FFToday's Take: Greg Olsen continues to deal with issues resulting from foot surgery earlier this season. Getting back into practice certainly increases his shot of playing this week but his playing status for this weekend is still uncertain. A less than ideal matchup against the Vikings combined with a tricky ongoing injury makes him a risky fantasy play heading into Week 14.
|Tyrod Taylor misses practice|
Patellar tendon contusion
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 10:56 am
|Tyrod Taylor's status for Sunday's crucial clash with the Indianapolis Colts is up in the air.
Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters that there is no timetable on a decision on who will start at quarterback this week. Taylor will not practice Wednesday after suffering a patellar tendon contusion in the Bills' Week 13 loss to New England. The starting QB remains day to day.
FFToday's Take: The Bills offense has not been fantasy friendly lately and it will be even tougher to trust anyone in this offense with Tyrod Taylor at less than full strength or rookie Nathan Peterman getting his second career start this weekend against the Patriots.
|QB Stafford dealing with bruised hand|
HC Jim Caldwell: "Not out of the woods yet"
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 10:00 am
|Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said quarterback Matthew Stafford is making progress in recovering from the bruise he suffered to his right hand during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Caldwell, however, cautioned that Stafford is "not out of the woods yet" and said the team will monitor his progress in practice this week. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is an injury to watch with the Lions in the thick of a playoff berth and a juicy matchup with the Bucs on the docket for Week 14. Matthew Stafford would be a great fantasy play if healthy but his owners will need to check back later in the week for an update on his availability for Sunday.
|Bruce Ellington, Fiedorowicz land on IR|
Stephen Anderson expected to be starting TE
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2017, 4:10 pm
|The Texans shut it down with frequently injured tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, placing him on injured reserve with his third concussion of the season.
They also placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on IR with a hamstring injury. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: This marks three concussions this season for Fiedorowicz who may consider retirement. Stephen Anderson is expected to start at tight end and will be on the streaming radar for Week 14 after a 5-79-1 line against the Titans. Tight end MyCole Pruitt and wide receiver DeAndre White will be called up from the practice squad.
|Bills place Jordan Matthews on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2017, 4:00 pm
|The Buffalo Bills Tuesday placed defensive end Shaq Lawson and wide receiver Jordan Matthews on their injured-reserve list, ending the season for both players.
Lawson suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots. Matthews had been dealing with a knee issue. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews had a disappointing first season in Buffalo (25-282-1) battling both knee and thumb injuries. Zay Jones will operate as the Bills No.1 receiver with Kelvin Benjamin nursing a knee injury of his own. Wide receiver Brandon Reilly will be called up from the practice squad.
|George Iloka, JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended|
Each player suspended one game for hits in brutal MNF contest
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 5 2017, 2:35 pm
|The league suspended Pittsburgh receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati safety George Iloka each for one game without pay for violations of safety-related playing rules.
Both players are appealing the ban, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan handed down the punishments. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Smith-Schuster has been a great second receiver for the Steelers this season, but it appears as though Martavis Bryant could get more targets if the appeal hearing upholds his suspension for Week 14.
|Alex Collins dealt with migraines in Week 13|
Status uncertain for Ravens' RB
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2017, 8:00 pm
|Ravens running back Alex Collins dealt with migraines after Sunday's 44-20 win, and coach John Harbaugh deferred any questions about that issue to the team's leading rusher. "I can tell you this, migraines are very real," Harbaugh said. "They're tough." (ESPN - Jamison Hensley)|
FFToday's Take: Sterling Shepard missed a pair of games with migraines before returning in Week 13. Going back a few years, Hall-of-Famer Terrell Davis famously dealt with them as well. In other words, migraines aren't a career-ending condition, but they are obviously a concern for any player that has to deal with them. If Collins must sit this week or beyond, Danny Woodhead and Javorius Allen would likely assume most of the workload.