|DeVante Parker feeling better|
Missed Week 6 with ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 19 2017, 7:50 pm
|By all appearances, DeVante Parker’s injured ankle is making real progress. He strolled through the Dolphins locker room earlier this week with no sign of a limp or a walking boot. And while he has yet to practice this week, the Dolphins had not ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
“He is feeling much better,” a source told the Miami Herald. That source would not speculate on whether Parker had progressed to the point where will play Sunday. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Parker took advantage of garbage time in Week 3 to post a 8-76-1 line against the Jets. In the three games in which he started and finished this year, he's posted at least 12.9 points in PPR and attracted at least eight targets each time. Ideally, owners can play the wait-and-see game with him if he goes this week before using him as a WR2/WR3 in Week 8 against Baltimore.
|Kelvin Benjamin's Week 7 status in doubt|
Team reportedly a "little concerned" about swelling in knee
By: Doug Orth | Oct 19 2017, 7:30 pm
|Kelvin Benjamin's knee has swelled up after taking a shot in (Week 6). HC Ron Rivera said the team is a "little concerned." Same knee as before. (AP - Steve Reed)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin sported a huge bruise on the outside of his left knee late last week, but he returned for a few snaps and ultimately enjoyed his finest game of the season. It is unknown whether that bruise is the issue or if this is related to his Week 3 left knee injury in which he was pulled down backwards. He did not miss a game with that injury, but it sounds as if owners should not plan on having KB available this week, leaving Devin Funchess as a potential low-end RB2 against the Bears.
|No practice again for Stefon Diggs|
Has missed last five practices with groin injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 19 2017, 6:45 pm
|Vikings listed Stefon Diggs as DNP again. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs was in uniform Thursday but did not do much, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Owners should prepare to be without him again in Week 7. Since the Vikings' bye comes in Week 9, they could sit him next week as well. Throughout his two-plus year NFL career, Diggs has been significantly better in games in which he managed to avoid getting listed on the injury report, so keep that in mind moving forward. Adam Thielen should once again be a target hog in Week 7.
|DeMarco Murray absent from practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2017, 2:30 pm
|DeMarco Murray did not practice again today for @Titans with hamstring. Mularkey mentioned Khalfani Muhammad as a potential roster call up if @demarcomurray can’t play for @titans (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Murray is truly questionable this week against the Browns. If he sits Friday, it will be a good indication that Murray will end up on the Inactive list Sunday. For now, it looks like Derrick Henry will be the Titans RB to play in Week 7.
|Winston does very little on Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2017, 1:45 pm
|Bucs' Jameis Winston didn't look today like a quarterback expecting to play on Sunday. Could test shoulder more Friday, but seems unlikely. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Earlier in the week, the coaching staff noted that Winston likely wouldn't throw until late in the week. We should get a better indication of Winston's availability on Friday but Winston owners should have plan B in place. Ryan Fitzpatrick would start against the Bills if Winston sits.
|DeVante Parker misses another practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2017, 1:12 pm
|Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker and center Mike Pouncey remained absent from practice Thursday but the team is still hopeful one or both might be able to play on Sunday against the New York Jets. If Parker recovers sufficiently the next three days, the Dolphins could potentially just have a package for Parker to limit his exposure to re-injury while still taking advantage of his availability in a limited way.
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Parker is on the wrong side of Questionable this week but we should get a better idea of his status on Friday. If he sits, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills should be the top two targets for Jay Cutler against the Jets. The represent a neutral matchup against wide receivers.
|Luck suffers setback, will not practice|
Colts QB experiencing shoulder soreness
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2017, 3:00 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts are shutting down their $140 million quarterback, for now, placing Andrew Luck’s 2017 season in doubt. Ten months after he had surgery on his throwing shoulder, and two weeks after he finally returned to the practice field, Luck received a cortisone shot to treat the soreness that has persisted in recent weeks, first-year General Manager Chris Ballard revealed on Wednesday. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: The fact that Luck won't be able to practice further delays his timeline for return. Jacoby Brissett should continue to start for the foreseeable future. If you've been stashing Luck on your bench, it's time to give consideration to dropping him from your roster.
|Bilal Powell misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2017, 1:45 pm
|Did not practice: Wilkerson, Robby Anderson (ankle), Bilal Powell (calf)
Limited: Ealy, Matt Forte #nyj (Brian Costello on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Powell missed Week 6 with a calf injury and is off to a bad start for Week 7. In his absence, Matt Forte handled 17 touches with Elijah McGuire accumulating 10. The Jets travel to Miami in Week 7.
|Fournette, Lee missing practice for Jags|
Team hopes to have its rookie tailback available vs. Colts
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 18 2017, 12:41 pm
|Leonard Fournette appears to have escaped serious injury after his leg planted in scary fashion in the Jacksonville Jaguars' loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but the rookie tailback will likely sit out Wednesday's practice nonetheless.
The Jaguars running back, along with receiver Marqise Lee (knee) and center Brandon Linder (illness), are all unlikely to work out, Jacksonville team site writer John Oehser reported.
FFToday's Take: Leonard Fournette has emerged as a legitimate RB1 in his rookie campaign. IT doesn't appear that the youngster will miss much time but he could be a game-time decision so plan accordingly. Consequently, Chris Ivory is a must own this week with a good chance to see double-digit touches even if Fournette plays. Marqise Lee's status is up in the air with a knee injury. The Jags wideout would be a flex candidate in a favorable matchup so check back later in the week for an update on his condition.
|Jordan Matthews cleared to practice|
Returning from thumb surgery
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 18 2017, 11:00 am
|Bills WR Jordan Matthews took another step toward returning to the lineup on Wednesday. Just two weeks removed from thumb surgery, Matthews has been cleared to practice.
“He’ll be day to day,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “He did get cleared to practice, so he will be out at practice. He’ll be listed as limited and we’ll just take it one day at a time at this point.”
FFToday's Take: With only ten catches on the year, Jordan Matthews has been a non-factor for fantasy owners this season. The Bills do not offer much to fantasy owners in the passing game but Matthews' return to the field would be a step in the right direction.
|Browns going back to DeShone Kizer at QB|
Rookie takes over after just one game on bench
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 18 2017, 10:40 am
|Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) on Twitter: "I expect DeShone Kizer to be reinstated as the #Browns starting QB today for the #Titans game, and they'll ride w/ him as long as possible" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, that was fast. It looks like the Browns saw what they needed from Kevin Hogan to assure them that Kizer makes a higher upside play who gives them a better chance to win. While it's not official quite yet, this should help the fantasy value of Duke Johnson, who saw fewer opportunities with Hogan slinging.
|Titans will continue to use both running backs|
Derrick Henry earns more carries after MNF performance
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 18 2017, 9:00 am
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There has been so much talk about whether DeMarco Murray or Derrick Henry should be the Tennessee Titans' feature back, and Monday night confirmed the team's decision. They're choosing both. "I'd say that's a pretty good model of what we're looking for," Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday. "It's a good combination, and it's tough to defend." (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: DeMarco Murray has been dealing with a hamstring "issue" for much of the season so it makes sense for Mike Mularkey to talk up a more defined RBBC after Henry's Week 6 performance. Henry should see at least half of the carries moving forward and may continue to out-touch Murray in the coming weeks.
|Ezekiel Elliott allowed to play Week 7|
Judge grants temporary restraining order
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2017, 8:00 pm
|Ezekiel Elliott has again been granted a temporarily restraining order against the NFL's decision to suspended him for six games, allowing the Dallas Cowboys running back to continue to play.
TRO granted, good for 14 days, at which point Judge will rule on whether or not to grant Preliminary Injunction and keep Zeke eligible. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Well into the circus phase of this ordeal, it appears Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play in Week 7. Beyond that, nobody knows. Owners of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris should sit tight for now.
|Jameis Winston: No throws until later in week|
Bucs QB dealing with sprained AC joint in shoulder
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 17 2017, 10:38 am
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has officially been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in the shoulder of his throwing arm, according to coach Dirk Koetter. There is no structural damage, and he'll be day-to-day. He's not expected to make any throws until later in the week, which puts his Week 7 status in serious jeopardy. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like we'll probably have Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for the Bucs in Week 7, though the day-to-day designation does leave the door open for Winston returning to action on Sunday. Stay tuned.
|Josh Doctson to get more snaps moving forward|
Gruden: Redskins second-year WR ready for expanding role in offense
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 17 2017, 10:05 am
|Josh Doctson, the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick, was on the field for just more than 25 percent of the team’s offensive snaps (19 of 74) in Week 6, but during Monday’s news conference, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden addressed the deficiency, saying the coaching staff will look at getting Doctson more playing time moving forward.
“We are going to actively expand [his role], without a doubt,” Gruden said. “He didn’t get as many reps as I would like at the end of the day when you look at the numbers, but it’s our job. We have got to get him in there more and expand it.” (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Two of Doctson's four catches this season have resulted in TDs, so it's a great idea to get him more involved. We could finally see WR3/4 value out of Doctson, who has major upside if he can see consistent playing time.
|Marcus Mariota active for MNF|
Will miss only one game with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 7:25 pm
|Titans QB Marcus Mariota is officially starting tonight against the #Colts. He misses just one game with a hamstring. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Mariota's return is an upgrade to all Titans' regulars. Owners should consider starting him as they normally would against the Colts, but they should also consider the possibility of the coaching staff limiting his called runs in this game if they are choosing between Mariota and Jacoby Brissett.
|Golden Tate expected to miss multiple weeks|
AC joint sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 7:15 pm
|Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is dealing with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder and will miss "a few weeks," NFL Network reported Monday. (MLive.com - Nate Atkins)|
FFToday's Take: Shoulder injuries ruled the day in Week 6, although the Lions got a bit lucky in the sense they are heading into their bye week. Although rate of recovery can differ from person and person and depends on the severity, AC joint sprains often come with a 2-4 week timetable. In the interim, Eric Ebron could see an uptick in usage out of the slot. Marvin Jones will be asked to assume the lead receiver role, while Kenny Golladay and T.J. Jones will also factor in.
|Emmanuel Sanders to miss Week 7|
Likely to be sidelined multiple weeks with ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 7:05 pm
|Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie each have ankle sprains, but no breaks. They will miss game vs. LA Chargers at least, per source. (9NewsDenver - Mike Klis)|
FFToday's Take: Sanders will likely miss multiple weeks with the injury. The Broncos just came off their bye in Week 5 before laying an egg against the Giants, so owners aren't going to get the same break with him as they will with Golden Tate. Denver was already low on impact receivers before the injury, meaning Demaryius Thomas will likely get fed a ton of target. Bennie Fowler figures to benefit as well and can be added in deeper leagues.
|Teddy Bridgewater cleared to return|
Recovery from knee injury; will not come off PUP list right away
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 6:55 pm
|Teddy Bridgewater will soon hit the practice field. More than a year after his gruesome knee injury, which led many around the NFL wondering whether the former first-round pick would ever play a down of football again, Bridgewater was cleared by Dr. Dan Cooper to begin practicing, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Rapoport added Bridgewater is expected to be activated by the Vikings this week or next.
"No, he won't come off the PUP list," Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Monday. "He's going to practice, but he has 21 days and he'll stay on the PUP list until he's ready to play." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's a rare feel-good story for a player who was considered the Vikings' future at quarterback only about 15 months ago. Now, with Sam Bradford dealing with his own knee issues, it is possible Bridgewater will get a chance to prove himself again. In the meantime, Minnesota is getting serviceable production from Case Keenum, so there is no rush to hurry back Bridgewater. However, if he can show the team he is right over the next three weeks, he could overtake Keenum at that point.
|HC notes Julio Jones lack of involvement|
Dan Quinn unsatisfied with how often top WR is getting the ball
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 6:50 pm
|Falcons HC Dan Quinn said when asked if he's satisfied with how much Julio Jones is getting the ball. "No, I'm not." Quinn mentioned that more offensive plays will help that situation, with Jones being such a dynamic player. (ESPN - Vaughn McClure)|
FFToday's Take: Excluding Week 4 in which he left early due to injury, Jones is averaging over 8.25 in his other four outings. While that number should be a bit higher, it has been the quality (i.e. lack of red zone looks) rather than the quantity of targets that has been the biggest problem. Perhaps the most telling stat: part-timer Taylor Gabriel (five) and Mohamed Sanu (three) each have more red zone targets than Jones (two) so far. Given his track record, he remains a great buy-low.
|NaVorro Bowman signs with Oakland|
Free-agent LB inks one-year deal
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 6:35 pm
|Former 49ers LB Navorro Bowman visited with the Raiders on Monday, with other team meetings left on the schedule. He isn’t going to take them.
The former All-Pro inside linebacker signed with the Raiders, Jack Del Rio announced Monday during his press conference. According to multiple reports, the deal is a one-year, $3 million contract. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: HC Jack Del Rio wouldn't rule out Bowman playing Thursday night against the Chiefs, highlighting just how much of a problem inside linebacker has been for Oakland. The Raiders have been playing with rookie Marquel Lee and second-year pro Cory James in their base defense - both of whom are dealing with injuries - so this is a big addition to their defense, at least on early downs.
|Jameis Winston day-to-day|
Sprained AC joint in throwing (right) shoulder
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 6:25 pm
|Jameis Winston has a sprained AC joint in his right throwing shoulder and is day-to-day. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Despite HC Dirk Koetter's optimism with the "day-to-day" designation, owners should begin looking for other options, at least as far as Week 7 is concerned. It is being reported Koetter will check the velocity on Winston's throws later in the week before making any firm decisions about his playing status. Ryan Fitzpatrick is Winston's direct backup and has the most upside of the likely options available on waivers, even if he is as unpredictable as they come.
|Aaron Rodgers needs shoulder surgery|
Broken collarbone; likely done for the season
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2017, 6:15 pm
|Green Bay Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will require surgery on his broken collarbone. Rodgers was injured when Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr drove him to the turf as he was rolling out. McCarthy didn't say when he expected Rodgers to be able to return, but said the quarterback would miss a "significant amount of time." He reiterated the team's earlier claim that Rodgers could be out for the remainder of the season. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: Brett Hundley will lead Green Bay the rest of the way. There's no question expectations must be lowered across the board for all Packers' players, but such would be the case from Rodgers to just about any starting quarterback in the league. Hundley has a skill-set not unlike Jacoby Brissett and could be viable as a matchup-based starter. Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams should be downgraded to WR2s for the time being, while Randall Cobb will be difficult to start.
|49ers make switch at quarterback|
C.J. Beathard to replace Brian Hoyer
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2017, 8:30 am
|Shanahan: C.J. Beathard will be starting QB moving forward. (49ers.com)|
FFToday's Take: At 0-6 and likely to pursue Kirk Cousins in the off-season, the 49ers will see what they have in rookie C.J. Beathard at the expense of Brian Hoyer. Beathard posted a 245-1-1 line with 14 yards rushing in Week 6 on 19-of-36 passing. He gets DAL, @PHI, ARI and NYG in the next four weeks.
|Fournette expected to play Week 7|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2017, 7:44 am
|Despite suffering a foot injury Sunday, Jaguars still expect RB Leonard Fournette to play this week vs. the Colts, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette suffered an ankle injury late in Week 6 and by all reports could have gone back in the game but being in hurry-up mode, the Jags elected to have their workhorse remain on the sidelines. It sounds like Fournette escaped a serious injury. He'll likely be limited in practice this week, but for now, appears he'll be ready to go in Week 7.
|Mariota questionable, gametime decision|
Titans play Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2017, 8:00 am
|The decision of who will start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans will likely linger until game day for the second consecutive week.
Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's AFC South matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. Mariota, who missed last week's game against the Miami Dolphins, has made good progress throughout a week of practice, but the Titans don't want to put him out there if he can't protect himself. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Mike Mularkey stated that Mariota could play at less than 100 percent. It sounds like Mariota will likely miss, meaning Matt Cassel would get another start, but we won't know for sure until Monday. If Mariota does sit, it would be a downgrade for the entire Titans offensive players.
|Jeremy Maclin a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2017, 7:45 am
|Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin, listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, is a pre-game decision today based on an exam, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin was limited in practice this and will be a gametime call. If he misses, expect Breshad Perriman (knee) to start alongside Mike Wallace. Wallace would be a decent dart throw in DFS tournaments if Maclin sits.
|Willie Snead a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2017, 7:45 am
|Wide receiver Willie Snead (hamstring) remains a game-time decision, per Rapoport. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Coming off his suspension, Snead was inactive last week. He mentioned earlier in the week that he might not be fully integrated into the offense when he does step on the field. He should be probably be avoided in lineups if he does suit up.
|Ty Montgomery expected to play|
Could split carries with Aaron Jones
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2017, 7:30 am
|Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery, listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, is expected to play and not be limited Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Montgomery practiced last week wearing a flak jacket to protect the multiple broken ribs he suffered in the Sept. 28 game against the Chicago Bears. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Montgomery active, expect the two backs to split carries although Aaron Jones seems like the safer flex play in Week 6. Montgomery will wear a flak jacket to protect his ribs.
|No Bradford, no Diggs on Friday|
Case Keenum expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2017, 1:05 pm
|Andrew Sendejo returned to practice today for #Vikings. No Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs or Easton again. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect Case Keenum to get the start against the Packers in Week 6. Diggs noted earlier in the week that he expects to play but missing practice all week suggests he's a candidate for the inactive list. If he is active, he'll be a risky play for fantasy owners. Adam Thielen should be the most targeted receiver for the Vikings this week.
|DeVante Parker misses practice Friday|
Not expected to play Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2017, 1:00 pm
|It’s hard to see how DeVante Parker plays short of a miraculous recovery.
His sprained ankle did not improve enough to allow him to practice at all this week.
The Dolphins downfield threat wasn’t even on the sidelines during the team’s final practice of the week.
FFToday's Take: With Parker out, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills should be the focal point of the passing offense. That being said, the Dolphins offense has been putrid of late making either player hard to trust in what should be a positive game script for the Dolphins passing game.
|Perkins, Shephard out for the Giants|
Avoid Giants if possible
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2017, 9:22 am
|OUT for Giants on Sunday: Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, WR Sterling Shepard, DE Romeo Okwara, TB Paul Perkins, C Weston Richburg. Ouch! (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both were expected to miss Week 6 so this isn't much of a surprise. The Giants running backs against the Broncos will be Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen and rookie Wayne Gallman. The Broncos have been best against the run so far in 2017 with no rushing TDs allowed. Vereen should be considered as a desperation PPR play.
|Pagano: Marlon Mack still a work in progress|
Missed time due to injury main cause to limit workload for now
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2017, 7:00 pm
|HC Chuck Pagano: Marlon Mack has missed some time so not ready to be an every down or third-down back. Work in progress. (WTHR - Bob Kravitz)|
FFToday's Take: There is no question Mack is electric, but Pagano likely wants him to learn to be a more disciplined runner. To that end, the rookie has been held to three yards or fewer on 18 of his 25 runs. Nevertheless, Pagano is going to have a hard time maintaining his current stance on Mack if Frank Gore continues to average 3.2 yards per carry. Mack is definitely worth a stash in leagues of all sizes, as his role only figures to grown from here on out.
|DeVante Parker misses second straight practice|
Suffered sprained ankle in Week 5
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2017, 6:50 pm
|Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (ankle) was not seen in the portion of practice open to media on Thursday.
Parker has not been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Atlanta. (Palm Beach Post - Joe Schad)|
FFToday's Take: Owners should check Friday's injury reports to be sure, but it doesn't seem like Parker has a great chance of playing this week versus the Falcons. Jarvis Landry and his hard-to-believe seven yard-per-catch average figure to benefit the most from Parker's absence, while Kenny Stills could see an extra target or two as well. Given how poorly Jay Cutler is playing, however, nothing with Miami's offense is a given.
|Julio Jones declares himself ready for Week 6|
Suffered minor hip flexor injury in Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2017, 6:40 pm
|Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said a hip flexor injury won't keep him from playing against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Jones, who suffered the injury in a Week 4 loss to Buffalo, had last week's bye to rest and recover. He has been limited the last two days of practice.
"I feel great," Jones told reporters Thursday. "We just have a plan here. I've been doing it the whole year. So, limited means really nothing. I'll be ready to go." (ESPN - Vaughn McClure)|
FFToday's Take: So far, the offseason talk of feeding Jones the ball more often in the red zone has yet to come to fruition. With that said, a Week 6 game against the Dolphins with Mohamed Sanu unlikely to play seems like a prime spot for him to score his first touchdown of the season. Although the lack of touchdowns is frustrating for his owners, perhaps no receiver in the NFL has a higher ceiling week to week. Continue to play him with confidence.
|Ty Montgomery feeling "fine"|
Took some hits in practice while wearing flak jacket Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2017, 6:35 pm
|Ty Montgomery said he took some hits on his ribs in practice and "felt fine." He said it made him "feel comfortable" that he was able to absorb some hits while playing with a protective flak jacket seen here under his jersey at today's practice. (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds as if he Montgomery has a decent shot at playing in Week 6, although the team could always sit him out this week and next in order to give his ribs nearly a month to recover. Aaron Jones may have done enough already to share early-down carries (if not assume the role outright), but Montgomery's contributions as a receiver out of the backfield figure to remain a staple of the offense when he returns.
|More work forthcoming for Derrick Henry?|
OC praises RB's patience and work ethic
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2017, 6:20 pm
|Titans OC Terry Robiskie said team plans to get Derrick Henry more involved. Said RB has been patient, and continues working hard. (TitansOnline - Jim Wyatt)|
FFToday's Take: Robiskie must really love what he is seeing in practice because Henry hasn't been doing it over the last two weeks in games (10 carries, 16 yards). DeMarco Murray is simply running better at the moment, so this feels more like something to light a fire under Murray or an announcement the team plans to run more often in general than an actual change in carry distribution. Owners may get their answer on Monday Night Football when the Titans face the Colts to end Week 6.
|Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated|
RB expected to appeal latest decision in this legal saga
By: Doug Orth | Oct 12 2017, 6:10 pm
|5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules to vacate Ezekiel Elliott's preliminary injunction and Eastern District Of Texas has to dismiss case. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: In other words, Elliott's six-game suspension has been reinstated, at least until his legal team files a new injunction from the Southern District of New York. It now looks as though Zeke owners will have to move forward without him from Weeks 7-12. Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden need to be scooped up immediately off waivers if available, with Morris probably being the slightly better fantasy option.
|Kelce limited in practice Thursday|
Chiefs TE in concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2017, 1:30 pm
|Travis Kelce will practice for Chiefs today on a limited basis. Good sign for his availability for Sunday against Steelers. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Kelce is working his way through the concussion protocol and appears to be trending in the right direction. He remains one of the few reliable players at weak fantasy position in 2017. The Steelers have allowed only 219 yards and 1 TD to the position through five games.
|Powell absent Thursday, Forte limited|
Powell dealing with calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2017, 12:45 pm
|Jets injuries: Mo Wilkerson and Bilal Powell missed practice for the second straight day. Matt Forte was limited. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like we're trending towards Powell being inactive and a shared backfield with Forte and rookie Elijah McGuire against the Patriots. McGuire would have some flex appeal in this scenario.