|Rams name Sean McVay new head coach|
Washington OC to become youngest HC in modern NFL history
By: Doug Orth | Jan 12 2017, 5:45 pm
|A few hours after the Chargers officially declared their move to the City of Angels, the Rams followed that up Thursday by announcing Sean McVay as their new coach. McVay signed a five-year contract with the team, a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old former Redskins offensive coordinator turns 31 on January 24, making him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. He takes over the youthful title from Lane Kiffin, who was hired by the Raiders in 2007. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: McVay reportedly received glowing recommendations from Jon and Jay Gruden. Denver DC Wade Phillips is expected to come onboard shortly to serve as his defensive coordinator. McVay is credited with helping Kirk Cousins develop into a upper-level NFL quarterback and the Rams desperately hope he can work the same magic on 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. An equally pressing concerns is addressing the talent on the offensive line and at receiver.
|Chargers announce move to Los Angeles|
Chargers leave their 56-year home in San Diego
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2017, 12:05 pm
|"Today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers," Spanos wrote in a letter on the Chargers website. "L.A. is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do." (Chargers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers will play their home games the next two seasons at the StubHub Center in Carson, California which holds 30,000 seats. The Chargers leave their 56-year home in San Diego and will join the Rams in the Los Angeles market.
| Blount misses practice again with illness|
Missed practice on Wednesday also
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2017, 11:45 am
|Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is out of practice for the second day in a row.
Blount went to work this morning at Gillette Stadium but left before practice because of an illness, according to reporters on the scene. He missed practice yesterday as well. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: It's assumed Blount will be ready to go for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans but fantasy owners considering using the power back in daily formats need to keep an eye on his status. Should he play, he's a heavy favorite to find the endzone in a game the Patriots are favored by 15 points.
| Big Ben to test foot injury in practice|
Steelers QB expected to practice in full throughout week
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 11 2017, 12:29 pm
|PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walked with no noticeable limp three days after injuring his right foot in Sunday's AFC wild-card game. Roethlisberger is expected to get a full practice workload this week. Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers would monitor Roethlisberger's foot closely, but he doesn't anticipate any setbacks. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger is always dealing with some sort of ailment and always seems to play when the games matter most. Fantasy owners should be more concerned with the Kansas City defense. The Chiefs have only allowed two passing touchdowns over their past four games.
|Ezekiel Elliott uninjured in minor car crash|
Two-car accident in Fresno, TX
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 11 2017, 10:46 am
|Ezekiel Elliott had an eventful Wednesday morning on his way to work.
The Dallas Cowboys rookie running back was involved in a minor, two-car crash at 7:05 a.m. CST in Frisco, Texas, Frisco Police Dept. spokesman Benito Valdez confirmed to NFL.com.
No injuries were reported and both parties involved in the crash went on their way a short time later, Valdez said.
FFToday's Take: It looks like Ezekiel Elliot avoided injury and any infractions with the law. Fantasy owners should consider this a non-issue with the Cowboys gearing up to host the Packers on Sunday afternoon.
|Bills ready to take second look at Sean McDermott|
Buffalo continues search for Head Coach
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 11 2017, 1:00 am
|BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills will interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for the second time in a week in their head-coaching search.
A person with direct knowledge of the discussions says the meeting will take place on Wednesday
FFToday's Take: In giving Sean McDermott another interview it would seem that the Bills have narrowed their list of candidates and could look to name a successor to Rex Ryan ahead of the Super Bowl.
|Geronimo Allison facing marijuana charge |
Misdemeanor possession in early September
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2017, 5:00 pm
|Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana last month after a traffic stop and subsequent arrest in early September. Allison was originally pulled over for speeding on Sept. 4, 2016 according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Journal Sentinel. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers are aware of this issue and it likely won't have any affect on Allison's availability for this week's game against the Cowboys. He should see a bigger role in the passing if Jordy Nelson (ribs) is out.
| Jordy Nelson suffered at least two fractured ribs|
HC: "It will take a tremendous effort for him to play."
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2017, 6:35 pm
|Jordy Nelson suffered at least two fractured ribs in their wild-card win over the Giants, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Rapoport adds it will take a tremendous effort for Nelson to play. Nelson spent Sunday night in the hospital after taking a vicious shot to the ribs from Giants CB Leon Hall in the first half of Green Bay's 38-13 win over New York. The All-Pro pass-catcher will work this week with the team's rehab group, per HC Mike McCarthy. If Nelson can practice successfully on Saturday, the Packers would consider playing him against Big D.
FFToday's Take: Owners should consider him highly unlikely to go. Randall Cobb exploded for a 5-116-3 line, while Davante Adams countered with 8-125-1, and both players will likely need to play at a high level against Dallas. Geronimo Allison will see the biggest increase in value, however, as he should assume the bulk of snaps created by Nelson's absence. He should be a low-cost, high-upside option in DFS.
|Doug Marrone named Jags HC|
Tom Coughlin to join team as executive vice president
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2017, 6:20 pm
|Doug Marrone, who finished the 2016 season as the Jaguars interim head coach, has accepted the team's full-time head coaching job, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday. The deal is expected to be finalized soon, Rapoport added. The team also is hiring Tom Coughlin, their first head coach, as the team's executive vice president. They also extended general manager Dave Caldwell's contract. All three contracts will run through 2019. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Marrone is the only coach to guide the Bills to a winning record since 2004, so maybe he deserves a shot here. It just feels like an uninspired choice for a team that theoretically has enough talent to make a move in the AFC South. There seems to be little question his backing of Blake Bortles was probably a key reason as to why he got the job. Whether or not Marrone can help improve Bortles' mechanics is another story.
| Ravens want to add another running back|
Looking for more big plays
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2017, 10:30 am
|Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West proved themselves this past season. He feels those running backs made names for themselves.
"We need another back," Harbaugh said. "What type of back that is? I think we’re talking about it. We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens are displeased with their running game the past two seasons and apparently Dixon didn't show enough this season to make them comfortable making him their franchise running back. Harbaugh did mention Buck Allen who was inactive the second half of the season. The Ravens could be looking to add a back in this year's draft.
| Ankle injury to Big Ben not considered serious|
Expected to play against Chiefs
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2017, 10:00 am
|The Steelers quarterback arrived to his postgame news conference Sunday with a boot on his right foot following Pittsburgh's 30-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Wild Card Weekend. He said that he hurt his ankle on his second-to-last play of the win. After the game, Ben Roethlisberger underwent tests on his ankle, which confirmed the injury is not serious, sources informed of the injury told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Regardless of his ankle or shoulder injuries, Roethlisberger will be on the filed this Sunday against the Chiefs. His home/road splits are notable but he'll be a viable QB1 in daily formats.
| Steelers will be without Ladarius Green|
TE still in concussion prototcol
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2017, 10:30 am
|Told no last minute surprise. Steelers' playmaking TE will be out. (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Once Ladarius Green missed practice on Friday we knew it was unlikely he'd suit up against Miami on Sunday. In his absence Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will handle the tight end duties.
|Carroll wants Rawls to get 20 touches|
Seahawks head coach talks up RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2017, 10:15 am
|Rookie Alex Collins will see some action, but Carroll has made it clear that Thomas Rawls will be the primary back.
"He’s been ready for about four or five weeks, and we can really see that he can turn it around and count on his legs and count on his quicks and all that kind of stuff," Carroll said. "We haven’t gotten him the ball as consistently as we would like, and any runner needs to get the football to start to get a feel for it. "I hope, like I said last week -- I want him to get the ball 20 times this week. We’ll see what happens, we’ll see how the game goes. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Carroll routinely talks up his players and while it's nice that be would like to get his running back 20 touches, it's difficult for fantasy owners to put a lot of stock in his words. The matchup is decent but with Alex Collins likely to see action and Rawls being inefficient lately, its hard to trust him as anything more than a DFS tournament play.
| Ladarius Green remains in concussion protocol|
Missed practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2017, 1:00 pm
|Ladarius Green did not practice Friday, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after practice Green is questionable for the AFC wild-card game Sunday afternoon against the Dolphins. "He's in the protocol," Tomlin said. "Part of the protocol is practice. He practiced yesterday. We didn't get the type of results we wanted. He remains in the protocol. His status for the game is questionable." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: After early week optimism, it appears that Green will miss the wildcard game against the Dolphins. He missed the final two regular season games as well. In his absence, Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will handle the tight end duties but neither is a recommended fantasy option.
|Lions open to letting Zenner be every-down RB|
Played 64 of 66 snaps in Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Jan 5 2017, 5:30 pm
|Zach Zenner played 64 of a possible 66 snaps in Week 17 and was the only running back to see time on offense. He ran for a career-high 69 yards and had another 41 yards receiving.
"Zenner’s in phenomenal shape," OC Jim Bob Cooter said. "As the game wore on, kind of felt like he could keep going and felt like it made sense for us to do that, hopefully kind of adjusting to a stance (that backs can't play 70 snaps) I made earlier in the week. So obviously my lack of playing competitive NFL running back hurt me there from a knowledge base ... who knows what could happen in the future. I’ll keep it open-ended." (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The absence of Ameer Abdullah for most of the season and Theo Riddick recently has forced the Lions' hand somewhat, but it shouldn't be all that surprising a back that rushed for over 2,000 yards three times at the FCS level may be able to handle the rigors of full-time duty. Zenner has a difficult matchup this weekend in Seattle, but he's among the top five RB plays on the board.
|Giants to stick with RBBC|
Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings expected to split carries
By: Doug Orth | Jan 5 2017, 5:15 pm
|Giants OC Mike Sullivan says Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings complement each other well. Expect the Giants to use both a good amount. (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This makes perfect sense, as Jennings has 198 yards rushing on 66 carries since the start of December, while Perkins has 309 yards on 69 attempts over the same five-game stretch. A recent re-commitment to the running game has allowed the Giants to move up to 29th in the league in rushing, so it is fair to say owners should be shying away from this duo in playoff leagues anyway. This news just makes starting either one less attractive than it already was.
| Ladarius Green close to return|
Practiced on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2017, 2:14 pm
|Tight end Ladarius Green, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a concussion, is one step closer to being cleared to return for the playoffs after going through a full practice with the rest of his Steelers teammates Wednesday. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers tight end needs to be cleared by an independent doctor but all signs point to him being back on the field this Sunday against the Dolphins. he'll be a top fantasy tight end option behind Jimmy Graham. WR Sammie Coates was also at practice Wednesday and should play as well.
| Tom Savage out for Wildcard game|
Brandon Weeden to backup Osweiler
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2017, 2:00 pm
|Texans quarterback Tom Savage will not back up Brock Osweiler in Saturday's playoff game against the Oakland Raiders because he is still in the concussion protocol. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien named Osweiler the starter on Tuesday. Now, Brandon Weeden will be active as the backup quarterback Saturday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans will turn back to Osweiler who was benched for poor play just a couple weeks ago. Weeden has been active for just two games this season.
| Sam Bradford to remain starter next season?|
Teddy Bridgewater recovering from dislocated knee, torn ACL
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 4 2017, 10:54 am
|Should Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater not be able to play in 2017, Sam Bradford will be the team's starting quarterback.
Head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to make that clear on Tuesday. "I think Sam has played great this year, No. 1," Zimmer said, via Twincities.com. "I think he's earned the right to be the starting quarterback, and right now all I'm worried about is Teddy getting better ... Sam has done remarkable, the things he's done this year with all the things that he's had to do." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings have been happy with Sam Bradford and knowing he is under contract for 2017 will allow them to be patient with Teddy Bridgewater's recovery from knee surgery. Dynasty league owners should take note as Bridgewater's availability for the start of the 2017 campaign appears to be in question.
| Lamar Miller to make postseason debut|
Missed final two games of regular season with ankle injury
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 3 2017, 9:30 pm
|Miller, inactive for the final two games of the regular season with an ankle injury, returned to practice this week. The Texans starting running back admits it was hard to sit out, but knew the bigger picture was to be prepared and ready for the postseason.
“I think it helped me out a lot,” Miller said. “I feel fresh right now. I’ve been getting a lot of treatment, you know doing some conditioning and just trying to stay in shape, so I feel good.”
FFToday's Take: Getting two weeks off this late in the year should have Lamar Miller looking spry for Houston's tilt against the Raiders. With a solid chance at 20 touches, he is one of the better running back options available to fantasy owners on Wildcard Weekend. Miller's return will force Alfred Blue back into a reserve role where he will see limited action this weekend.
| QB Connor Cook likely to start for Raiders|
Shoulder inury for McGloin
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2017, 11:00 am
|Raiders are going forward with the expectation that QB Connor Cook starts vs. #Texans, sources say. Matt McGloin not believed to be ready. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders season is circling the drain after losing Derek Carr to a broken leg in Week 16 and now losing backup quarterback Matt McGloin to a shoulder injury in Week 17. Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard should see plenty of action and plenty of eight-man fronts in their wildcard game with the Texans.
|AJ McCarron waiting to be traded?|
Went 2-1 down the stretch as starter in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2017, 5:00 pm
|As a mid-round pick, AJ McCarron signed the standard four-year rookie deal - so he has one year left on his contract. Perhaps with a look to the future without McCarron, the Bengals claimed rookie QB Jeff Driskel off waivers at the start of the year and carried him on the 53-man roster all season. But, he wouldn't be too upset if he were to be dealt.
"I definitely wouldn’t be distraught at all. ... Now, it's nothing I can do. ... You're always gonna think about it. I'd be lyin'; whoever told you that I wouldn't, or if they were going through the same situation, you're going to think about it. Because you want to play as a competitor," McCarron said. (The Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: McCarron became a bit of a forgotten man in 2016 as Andy Dalton stayed healthy, but he proved himself to be at least a competent NFL quarterback at the tail end of last season. Players like Jimmy Garoppolo are going to attract more attention this spring, but McCarron may be a sensible lower-cost option for a team unwilling to surrender a first-round pick for a somewhat unknown quantity at quarterback.
| Rob Kelley set as 2017 feature back?|
HC believes UDFA RB had "great, great year"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2017, 3:40 pm
|Washington Redskins HC Jay Gruden says he thinks Rob Kelley had a "great, great year" and sees him as his feature back for next season. (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gruden must not understand the term "feature back", as Kelley offers virtually nothing in the passing game. Kelley also averaged 3.3 YPC over his final six games after breaking out around midseason, so Washington should very much be in the market for an upgrade. Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook should be gone by the time Washington picks at No. 17, but Stanford's Christian McCaffrey could be available there and would make a lot of sense in the Redskins' West Coast offense.
| Sammy Watkins to have another foot surgery|
Troublesome left foot dogged him for most of 2016
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2017, 3:30 pm
|Bills WR Sammy Watkins will have another foot surgery this week. (Tim Graham on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins had surgery for a Jones fracture last spring, and those operations tend to require second surgeries, so this news is hardly surprising. The third-year receiver has experienced a troubling long list of injuries over his relatively short pro career, but he remains a dynamic young talent that has typically flourished anytime he has been given a sliver of a chance to succeed. Based on his recovery time, he'll likely enter 2017 on the WR2/WR3 borderline.
| Eifert should be ready for offseason workouts|
By: Doug Orth | Jan 2 2017, 3:20 pm
|Tyler Eifert said has meeting with doctor in couple of days but back is good expected to be back in offseason, no doubt by training camp. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We can only hope, as Eifert has played 22 of a possible 48 regular season games over the last three seasons. The tight end landscape in fantasy looks horrible right now, especially considering three of the best at such a shallow position (Eifert, Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed) all among the most injury-prone players in the league. Eifert will once again enter next season as a high-risk, high-reward TE1.
| Bortles played through two shoulder injuries|
Also wrist tendonitis
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2017, 1:30 pm
|Jaguars QB Blake Bortles told @ESPNdirocco that he played this season with two shoulder separatoins and wrist tendonitis. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bortles took a huge step back in 2016 (3905-23-16) after throwing 35 touchdowns in 2015. Part of the reason for his regression could be blamed on injury but in reality he played above his head in 2015 and needs to improve his techniques if he wants to be anything more than an average NFL quarterback.
| No surgery needed for David Johnson|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2017, 1:00 pm
|An MRI on running back David Johnson’s left knee revealed no serious structural damage, and he will not need surgery. Johnson suffered an MCL sprain, which often keeps a player out of action four to six weeks. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson's injury looked worse so it's good news he's only facing a sprained knee. Johnson was fantasy's best running back in 2016 and he'll likely be the top ranked running back on the board in re-draft leagues next Summer.
| Jeremy Hill inactive|
Rex Burkhead to start at RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 11:45 am
|Bengals vs Ravens inactives for Week 17: Jeremy Hill out; Rex Burkhead, T.J. Johnson starting (CincyJungle)|
FFToday's Take: With Hill out, Burkhead will get the call. While the matchup against the Ravens isn't ideal Burkhead should approach 20 touches in Week 17. He had 16 touches last week against the Steelers.
| Denard Robinson to start, Chris Ivory inactive|
Robinson in play as RB2
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 11:40 am
|Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is inactive and will miss the final game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jaguars listed Ivory as questionable on Friday because of a hamstring injury and interim coach Doug Marrone said Ivory would be a game-time decision. With Ivory out and T.J. Yeldon on injured reserve, the Jaguars will start Denard Robinson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Ivory and T.J. Yeldon out, Robinson becomes an RB2 consideration against a Colts weak run defense.
| WR Jordan Matthews inactive|
Eagles TEs get a boost
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 11:30 am
|#Eagles inactives: CB Gratz, OL Andrews, OL Gordon, OL Barbre, DT Hart, WR Matthews, LB Kendricks. (Jeff McLane onTwitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Jordan Matthews inactive expect tight ends Zach Ertz and Trey Burton to be active in the passing game. Starting wide receivers will likely be Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and Paul Turner.
| Spencer Ware hopeful to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 7:30 am
|Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is hopeful to play today. With good reason: Another 79 yards gets him $600k more next year. Already got $600k (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: After being limited in practice all week. Ware will be a gametime decision. The Chiefs and Chargers play late this afternoon so Ware owners will should have plan B in place. If Ware sits, Charcandrick West would likely start with Knile Davis getting in work as the No.2 RB.
|Shaun Draughn expected to start|
49ers RB gets opportunity in season finale
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2017, 7:00 am
|Shaun Draughn is in line for his seventh career start on Sunday when the 49ers close out the regular season against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. Hyde is out with a MCL sprain of his left knee. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: It's tough to get excited about Draughn considering DuJuan Harris will likely see action as well and the matchup against the Seahawks isn't promising. Draughn will be a volume-based Flex option in Week 17.
| Britt doubtful with shoulder injury|
Missed practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2016, 7:15 am
|The Los Angeles Rams could be without Kenny Britt for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a shoulder injury. The Los Angeles receiver has missed practice all week due to a shoulder injury, which is why it wouldn't come as a surprise to see the team rest Britt for the finale. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: With Britt likely out, the Rams have no viable fantasy wide receiver options. Tavon Austin and Brian Quick hold some desperation value but should be avoided.
| Malcolm Mithchell doubtful, knee injury|
Not expected to play against Miami
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2016, 7:00 am
|Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is doubtful after both players missed practice Friday. (NESN)|
FFToday's Take: Mitchell missed practice Friday with a knee injury and while likely be inactive on Sunday. With his absence, expect Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Michael Floyd to be the top three wideouts for Tom Brady. Hogan is worthy of Flex consideration.
| Derek Carr avoided ligament damage|
Broken leg expected to sideline him for remainder of season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:50 pm
|Former NFL quarterback David Carr wrote about the surgery his brother, Derek, underwent earlier this week for the Fresno Bee and painted a positive picture.
Derek Carr, the Raiders’ starting quarterback, suffered a broken right leg in last Saturday’s win over the Colts.
David Carr wrote that both doctors and the family were pleased with what they saw post-surgery, and perhaps most importantly he wrote that there was no ligament damage. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: While the Raiders haven't placed Derek Carr on IR yet, Matt McGloin is unlikely to lead them to the Super Bowl, which has been thrown out as the earliest date Carr could return. The good news is the absence of ligament damage should result in less rehab time and give him a better chance to be cleared to work without limitations next spring and summer.
| Tyrod Taylor a candidate for surgery?|
May need groin/hernia surgery in near future
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:40 pm
|Tyrod Taylor will be traveling to Philadelphia in the near future to determine if he needs groin/hernia surgery. (Vic Carucci on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Buffalo News reported Thursday that Taylor has been dealing with a "severe groin injury" for the better part of a month, so the Bills may be forced to stick with him since his contract calls for a guaranteed $30.75 M if he cannot pass a physical by the start of the new league year (early March). Buffalo GM Doug Whaley apparently feels he can do better than Taylor at quarterback, but it's hard to see them getting a better option in this year's draft or via free agency.
|Dak, Zeke likely to play limited snaps in Week 17|
Sanchez, McFadden seeing bulk of reps in practice
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:35 pm
|Along with Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez receiving most of the reps, expect same with RB Darren McFadden. An inexperienced LT adds to resting starters. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have nothing to play for in Week 17, so exposing Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott and probably even Dez Bryant to injury doesn't make a ton of sense. The absence of LT Tyron Smith may also be contributing to their thinking as well. The only minor surprise here may be that Dallas isn't thinking about giving Tony Romo some reps, although it is understandable the team wants him healthy if it plans on trading him this offseason.
| DeMarcus Ware back injury not career-ender|
Previous reports suggested veteran has ruptured disc
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:30 pm
|DeMarcus Ware will have scope procedure, so back deal by itself is not career ending. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While Ware may still very well have a ruptured disc, apparently he will require only a scope and not major surgery. Denver has enviable depth at outside linebacker, so the impending free agent could very well be done as a Bronco. He turns 35 in July.
| Keenan Allen running sprints|
Four months after ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 29 2016, 6:20 pm
|San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen running sprints just four months after ACL knee surgery. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It goes without saying such a quick recovery bodes well for Allen's ability to hit the ground running next season. He should resume his top receiver duties in San Diego next season, although Tyrell Williams did emerge as a dynamic threat in his absence. Allen was drafted as a WR1 in fantasy this summer, but he will probably fall back into the WR2 ranks given his durability issues.
| Bilal Powell absent from practice Thursday|
Brandon Marshall, Robby Anderson miss too
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2016, 1:15 pm
|Brandon Marshall, Bilal Powell, Robby Anderson, Matt Forte, Steve McLendon among today's DNPs. (Jets on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Powell's absence is said to be related to an illness meaning the only healthy RB is Brandon Burks. If Powell, doesn't play the running back position for the Jets will be one to avoid. This team is a mess with Ryan Fitzpatrick getting the call at quarterback against the Bills.