| Calvin Johnson not likely to play in Week 7|
TE Eric Ebron also not expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:30 pm
|Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell indicated today that Johnson likely will miss his second straight game because of the right ankle injury he suffered in a loss to the Buffalo Bills earlier this month.
Asked whether he expected Johnson to play Sunday, Caldwell said, "I've been surprised before because he's an unusual guy and, just talking to him at practice, he's feeling good and coming along. Miracles have happened." (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: In addition to Johnson, tight end Eric Ebron (hamstring) is expected to sit as well. Golden Tate will once again be Matthew Stafford's top target in the passing game. RB Reggie Bush is expected to return this week.
| Shonn Greene Doubtful, hamstring|
Bishop Sankey expected to start at running back
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:15 pm
|Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring), tight end Taylor Thompson (knee) and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (knee) all missed practice again on Friday and none of the three is expected to play on Sunday against the Redskins.
All three are listed on the team's Injury report as doubtful.
FFToday's Take: Greene's absence means Bishop Sankey is likely get the start again at running back and receive the bulk of the carries in Week 7. He's an RB2 or Flex play against the Redskins defense that only gives up 12.4 fantasy points to running backs.
| Kelvin Benjamin practices Friday, Questionable|
Still needs to be cleared by independent doctor
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2014, 1:00 pm
|Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin is questionable to play Sunday against Green Bay with a concussion. He participated fully at practice Friday, but he still must be cleared by an independent doctor before being allowed to play against Green Bay. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers are likely to see receive final word on his status tomorrow. The expectation is that he will be cleared so fantasy owners can pencil him in their lineups for now. The Packers have been decent against fantasy wideouts ranking 22nd in FPts/Allowed to the position.
| Saints "still optimistic" about Graham in Week 7|
Recovering from Week 5 shoulder sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 5:05 pm
|The Saints aren’t ready to say whether they’ll have TE Jimmy Graham in the lineup in Week 7 at Detroit. Last Sunday, word out of New Orleans was that Graham would miss 2-3 games as a result of a shoulder injury he suffered against the Buccaneers in Week Five.
Graham missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, leading coach Sean Payton to say, via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, that the team is “still optimistic” about Graham’s chances of playing. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Payton may be optimistic about Graham's availability, but it would be a mistake if his fantasy owners felt the same way. Sitting a half-game behind Carolina in a weak division, New Orleans should give Graham another weak to heal in hopes that they can have him near 100 percent beginning in Week 8. Owners scrambling for a replacement can go with Josh Hill, who has been fairly productive recently even with Graham around.
| Jonathan Stewart expects to start Week 7|
Gets in first padded practice since Week 3 knee sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 4:50 pm
|After participating fully in practice on Wednesday, Jonathan Stewart was more definitive in saying he will play, and start, for the Panthers this week at Green Bay.
“Jonathan looked good. He had a good day,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We’ll see how he is (Thursday), but he took the majority of the reps. He took all the reps that were slated for him as well."
Wednesday was Stewart’s first fully padded practice since before his injury. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: While Carolina appears to be a low fantasy-upside proposition for running backs, it is hard not to notice just how easy the second-half schedule appears to be (starting in Week 11). With Cam Newton now a realistic threat to run again and a likely 1-2 week window without DeAngelo Williams stealing carries, it is possible Stewart could become the clear lead back in this backfield by the time Williams gets back from his high ankle sprain.
| Ryan Mathews has yet to resume running|
Branden Oliver could remain starter through Week 10 bye
By: Doug Orth | Oct 16 2014, 4:30 pm
|Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) knelt over at his locker Wednesday. He slipped into running shoes. He wore gray, light-material pants fit for running. Almost time?
"When (the training staff) thinks it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands," Mathews said.
Mathews continues to rehab from a Sept. 14 right knee injury and his return won't be Sunday versus the Chiefs. The next game comes the following Thursday in Denver. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Next week's short turnaround pretty much locks in Branden Oliver as the main back through at least Week 8. At that point, San Diego could easily decide to give Mathews two more weeks in order to be completely ready for Week 11 if Oliver continues to perform well. However, owners should bear in mind the Chargers prefer a committee attack, so expect Mathews and Oliver (if not also Donald Brown) to split carries once everyone is healthy.
| Griffin III will start when he returns|
Cousins is winless in four starts
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 6:30 pm
|Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field Wednesday and participated in individual drills for the first time since suffering a dislocated left ankle Sept. 14. Coach Jay Gruden said Griffin will once again be the team’s starter upon his return, whenever that might be. In the portion of practice open to the media, the third-year quarterback stretched with the team and threw passes to wide receivers alongside the team’s other quarterbacks. Griffin’s accuracy varied but the ankle did not appear to limit his movement.
FFToday's Take: Kirk Cousins flashed some fantasy potential initially but costly turnovers have contributed to the team's four-game losing streak. RG3 is at least another week away and remains a wild card to help fantasy owners when he returns.
| Tony Romo says 'I'll be good to go' |
Dealing with minor rib and ankle injuries
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 6:08 pm
|Quarterback Tony Romo believes he will be able to practice later this week and said he will play Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants.
Romo was held out of Wednesday's practice for the fifth consecutive week. But unlike previous absences, where he concentrated on core exercises to strengthen his back, Romo is nursing injuries to his rib and ankle.
Head coach Jason Garrett said he's hopeful that Romo will be able to return to practice Thursday.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners can expect to have Romo playing in a huge rivalry game against the Giants this weekend. Nonetheless, he remains a risky long term investment with injuries starting to pile up.
| Lions' Eric Ebron, Reggie Bush limited in practice|
Theo Riddick re-aggravates hamstring strain
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 4:39 pm
|The Detroit Lions had six skill position players sidelined or limited for Wednesday's practice, including rookie tight end Eric Ebron. Ebron is a new addition to the practice report, missing a portion of the session with a hamstring injury.
Also limited was running back Reggie Bush, who was returning to the practice field after missing all of last week with a twisted ankle. All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle) remained sidelined and were joined by wide receiver Jeremy Ross (ankle) and running back Theo Riddick, who re-aggravated a hamstring strain against the Vikings.
FFToday's Take: The injuries to Detroit's offense have sapped the fantasy value of Matthew Stafford and the passing game. If Reggie Bush is feeling good after a week of practice he and Joique Bell will be counted on to shoulder the load against a Saints team that ranks 16th in the NFL against the run with 112 rushing yards allowed per game.
| RB Mark Ingram returns to practice, Graham sits|
Running back may wear small brace
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 15 2014, 4:30 pm
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram returned to practice on Wednesday and said he planned to play in the Saints' game Sunday at the Detroit Lions. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who left the Tampa Bay game on Oct. 5 after suffering a neck injury, did not practice. (Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Mark Ingram was a full participant in practice and should be available to play this weekend against the Lions. Fantasy owners should take a "wait and see" approach with Ingram for Week 7 to see HC Sean Payton splits the running duties in a crowded backfield. Likewise, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson will see their fantasy value dip upon Ingram's return. TE Jimmy Graham is dealing with a neck injury. The true extent of his injury is unknown but recent reports have tabbed him to miss at least two weeks.
| Toby Gerhart still in mix for bulk of carries?|
With Storm Johnson on carry count, Gerhart could reclaim job
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 14 2014, 12:15 pm
|Running back Storm Johnson carried 10 times in Sunday’s loss, his first career start and second game. That was exactly the amount of work Bradley planned for the rookie to handle.
“Our whole intent was to get Storm 10 carries and he got 10 carries,” Bradley said.
Johnson gained 21 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. His longest carry went for 7 yards. The seventh-round pick from Central Florida also caught a screen pass for a 4-yard loss.
“His toughness and things like that were there,” Bradley said. “But, there’s a couple of areas and just his overall reads and where we actually want the play to hit. He hit it more front side where he could bring it backside, so things like that.”
On the season, Johnson has carried 14 times for 48 yards.
Running back Toby Gerhart (foot) will also be evaluated Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game. (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: It appears that Gerhart isn't quite dead in the water, but you'll have to suspend disbelief a bit to imagine him meeting even 80 percent of the preseason expectations heaped on him. It's a fluid situation, but the entire backfield is a mess.
| Knowshon Moreno out for the year, ACL injury|
Dolphins RB placed on IR
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2014, 8:44 am
|Knowshon Moreno’s first year with the Dolphins is over after just three games.
The Dolphins announced Tuesday that Moreno has suffered an ACL injury. As a result, they placed him on injured reserve. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: This explains why Moreno only got 1 carry after halftime in Week 6. Lamar Miller will no flirt with RB1 territory and should be the lead back in Miami moving forward. Moreno will be a free agent next season.
| Ridley, Mayo likely out for rest of the season|
Knee injuries to sideline RB, LB
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2014, 4:55 pm
|New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 37-22 win against the Buffalo Bills and did not return. Mayo, a captain and signal-caller on defense, was immediately surrounded by teammates after a Boobie Dixon run up the middle on first down, as he wound up on the bottom of the pile.
The Patriots also lost RB Stevan Ridley to a knee injury and G Dan Connolly to a head injury. Mayo and Ridley were scheduled to have MRIs Monday to determine the severity of their injuries. (ESPN Boston)|
FFToday's Take: Both players could be headed to IR shortly. Mayo (knee) is a three-down linebacker who had graded out well against the run and played all but four snaps entering Week 6. Ridley likely has a torn ACL and is in the final year of his contract, likely meaning offseason standout rookie James White could be in line for a bigger role. Brandon Bolden also should figure into the mix along with Shane Vereen, but the former is more of a core special teamer.
| Megatron could sit through Week 9 bye|
High ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2014, 4:30 pm
|Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell did not close the door today on resting receiver Calvin Johnson the next two games and through the team's bye, in order to give his high ankle sprain four weeks of rest.
"The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors," Caldwell said. "Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes, what can be done." (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Even though fantasy owners are sure not to like it, resting Johnson for a full month would probably be a sound move for the Lions. With Johnson sidelined in Week 6, Golden Tate was targeted 12 times, but finished with seven catches for only 44 yards. Detroit faces New Orleans and Atlanta before its bye week.
| Sproles likely to miss a few weeks|
Avoids ACL tear
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2014, 11:45 am
|Eagles running back Darren Sproles won’t miss the rest of the season but will likely be sidelined a few weeks, according to a source familiar with the veteran tailback’s condition. Sproles injured his knee late in the third quarter Sunday night against the Giants, (CSNPhilly)|
FFToday's Take: Sproles avoided a severe knee injury but will likely be on the sidelines for the Eagles next game in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Philadelphia has a bye in Week 7. With Chris Polk out with a hamstring injury, the team may sign a running back (Matthew Tucker?) in the near future.
|Jerick McKinnon gets the start over Asiata|
Vikings shake up running back depth chart
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2014, 11:30 pm
|Jerick McKinnon was informed during the week that he would start against the Lions, and he did.
“I tried to prepare myself the best for it, really dial in, focus in on my assignment and make sure that I was on top of everything,” McKinnon said.
McKinnon gained 40 yards on 11 rushes and had a team-high six catches for 42 yards.
Matt Asiata, meanwhile, got two carries for minus-5 yards.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings kept their depth chart change quiet leading up to Week 6. McKinnon has more athletic ability than Asiata and provides a home-run threat that Asiata doesn't possess. McKinnon has RB3 value until the Vikings prove they can move the ball on a consistent basis.
| Cruz out for the season, torn patellar tendon|
Giants lose starting receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2014, 11:00 pm
|New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was carted off the field sobbing with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the third quarter of the team's game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tough break for Cruz and the Giants. The patellar injury requires a lengthy rehab process and is very difficult to come back from. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. will join Rueben Randle in the starting lineup.
| Carson Palmer likely to start for Cardinals|
Missed passed three games with nerve injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2014, 8:32 am
|Big news for the Cardinals: QB Carson Palmer is slated to get the start for them, his first game back from a nerve injury. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The team is expected to make a decision on Palmer a couple hours before the game but it appears he will start if all goes well. Palmer won't be 100 percent but his presence will help a Cardinals passing game that ranks 29th in the league. Michael Floyd had five catches for 119 yards with Palmer as the starting QB in Week 1.
| Vernon Davis unsure if he'll play Monday night|
No setbacks in practice
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2014, 10:00 pm
|Tight end Vernon Davis made it through practice Saturday, the third straight day he did so without any setback from a back injury he suffered two games ago. “I don’t feel like I’m where I need to be at the moment,” Davis said Saturday, ”but I’m getting there.”
He said he will huddle with the head athletic trainer on Sunday and decide whether he is healthy enough to play against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night. (San Francisco Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier would fill-in if Davis doesn't play. The fact that Davis didn't have any setbacks this week is a good sign, but he is no sure thing to suit up Monday night and we may not know his status before the early games kick off today.
| Cardinals starting QB still undecided|
All QBs were at practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 2:30 pm
|Friday came and went, and the Cardinals do not know who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Redskins.
“Honest to God, for the first time in 20 years, I really don’t know who’s starting,” coach Bruce Arians said. All the quarterbacks were at practice and throwing Friday. But Drew Stanton had yet to take/pass his concussion test and Carson Palmer was flying to Denver to have a late afternoon session at Muscle Activation Techniques, the place he got worked on last weekend. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: If either Palmer or Stanton are cleared to play, they will get the nod over Logan Thomas. For now, Andre Ellington is the only Cardinals player with stable fantasy value until a starting quarterback is named.
| Toby Gerhart ruled out with foot injury|
Storm Johnson to get first crack at RB2 numbers
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 1:45 pm
|Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart missed a second consecutive practice today and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Tennessee.
Gerhart injured his foot in Week 1 at Philadelphia and aggravated it last week against Pittsburgh. But he practiced Wednesday and suffered a setback.
(Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Denard Robinson, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson will all get a chance to carry the ball this week for the Jaguars. Johnson will get the first crack at being the "hot hand" and therefore holds the most fantasy value of the trio. He'll be a RB3 or Flex consideration at best.
| Jordan Reed a gametime decision|
HC: "still not quite there yet"
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 1:20 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) is listed as questionable. He practiced in a limited capacity.
Gruden said Reed is “still not quite there yet,” but that he expected that the second-year pro would be a game-time decision. Reed has maintained that if everything proceeded without a hitch this week, he expects to play.
FFToday's Take: Reed isn't a lock to play as of Friday so check the Inactive list on Sunday before putting the Redskins tight end in your lineup. Niles Paul would start if Reed sits.
| Calvin Johnson, Bush sit Friday, unlikely to play|
Lions could be without two offensive starters
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2014, 12:10 pm
|Coach Jim Caldwell didn't want to make his decision known this morning, but after Calvin Johnson missed his third straight practice because of a high ankle sprain today, it seems highly unlikely that the Pro Bowl receiver will play for the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions also could be without running back Reggie Bush, who missed his third straight practice today with a sprained ankle. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like it will be the Golden Tate and Joique Bell show for the Lions this week. After being used a decoy the last two weeks fantasy owners can safely leave Johnson out of their lineups in Week 6. Joique Bell and Theo Riddick are expected to handle running back duties with Bush on the sideline.
|Logan Thomas in line for first career start|
Stanton likely out w/ concussion, Palmer (shoulder) limited
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:25 pm
|No Drew Stanton at open portion of Cardinals practice. Carson Palmer was there, throwing some, not quite as gingerly as before. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 6-6, 250-pound Logan Thomas is a bit of a freakish athlete, but an incredibly raw quarterback prospect the Cards wanted to develop - and not play - this year. Although he should be on every dynasty league roster, Thomas can be avoided in redraft formats until further notice. Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown all probably need to be benched in most fantasy leagues as well.
|Adrian Peterson in trouble again|
Reportedly violated bond conditions
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:10 pm
|Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have suspended Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, FOX 26 News has learned.
Court records show while giving his urine sample Wednesday Peterson admitted to a staffer he had 'smoked a little weed' before the test. As a result of that, the Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the judge in this case to set aside Peterson's $15,000 bond and have him arrested again. (FOX Houston)|
FFToday's Take: Give Peterson credit for being honest, but that is about the only positive thing that can be said on his behalf right now. If this story is true, it shows a stunning lack of good judgment for a player that may writing a sad end to a Hall of Fame career. There is a very strong chance AP will not return to the field in 2014 or an increasing likelihood he will not play for the Vikings again.
|OC: Vikings want to get Patterson more involved|
Norv Turner "anxious" to get talented WR back in flow
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 6:00 pm
|Last week, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson answered questions about his limited use in the offense by saying that he wasn’t going to lobby for more work because he trusted OC Norv Turner was doing the best things for the offense. Patterson joked that he may have to up the drama if things continue this way, but Turner repeated a familiar refrain of his own by saying that the team wanted to put the ball in Patterson’s hands more often.
“We’ve gone in every week anxious to get him involved. We’re trying to,” Turner said. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: With Detroit's stingy pass defense coming to town this week, this game might not be the time for Patterson to get back on track. Still, it seems unlikely the supremely-talented second-year wideout will be a non-factor much longer, even if Minnesota has to manufacture touches for him to compensate for his raw route-running abilities.
| Ingram, Graham on track to play in Week 7|
RB (hand), TE (shoulder sprain) both expected vs. Detroit
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 5:40 pm
|Saints RB Mark Ingram, out since breaking a bone in his hand in Week 2, has a chance to return to play on Oct. 19 at Detroit, HC Sean Payton said Wednesday on CBS Sports Radio. Payton said Ingram has "a chance" to play when the Saints next play at the Detroit Lions.
Payton again declined to elaborate on TE Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury. "Graham is doing fine," Payton said. "The bye comes at a perfect time for him." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Khiry Robinson has done well in Ingram's absence, but it seems as though Ingram will be the lead back in the Saints' three-headed committee when he proves his readiness. As Payton suggests, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Graham. While there is no guarantee that Graham will be 100 percent for Detroit, neither Payton nor the Saints have given any indication they believe his injury is serious.
| A.J. Green has "a little bit more than turf toe"|
WR almost certainly out Week 6, if not beyond
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 5:25 pm
|A.J. Green’s Pro Bowl toe is now in the hands of a blue-ribbon panel of doctors and while Bengaldom holds its collective breath.
Wednesday’s MRI is going to send him to another consultation with one of the nation’s leading foot specialists when he meets with Cincinnati doctor James Amis on Thursday. It’s believed the MRI again showed no tears or breaks, but he’s obviously still having discomfort in the ligament under the sesamoid bone in the ball of the foot underneath the big toe. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: HC Marvin Lewis told former NFL player Ross Tucker on his podcast that Green has "a little bit more than (turf toe)". Turf toe is a difficult enough condition to play through, so an injury more serious than that could be damning for Green's 2014 prospects. In the short term, Mohamed Sanu should be the clear top option among Bengals' receivers, especially since Marvin Jones is not close to returning. Dane Sanzenbacher is also worth considering in PPR leagues as well.
| QB Locker misses practice|
Titans' quarterback hopes to play despite sore thumb
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 7:17 pm
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Jake Locker didn't practice Wednesday with a sore and swollen right thumb on his passing hand. He managed to throw some passes hopes to practice as much as possible the rest of the week. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans Week 6 opponent, Jacksonville, has been pretty generous to opposing quarterbacks this season. As a result, Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst may prove to be a useful plug and play option.
| Vincent Jackson sits with sore ribs|
Bucs wideout expected to play this weekend
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 6:35 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is expected to play Sunday, according to league source.
Jackson sat out of Wednesday's practice with a rib injury and is experiencing discomfort, but the Buccaneers expect him to be active for Sunday's game against visiting Baltimore.
FFToday's Take: Despite being heavily targeted, Vincent Jackson has been a boom or bust fantasy option to this point in the season. His rib injury makes him an even riskier choice for fantasy owners in Week 6.
| Jordan Reed ‘shooting for Sunday’|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 5:40 pm
|As the Washington Redskins left the practice field on Wednesday, tight end Jordan Reed lingered a couple of minutes longer to run some extra routes and catch passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Redskins again classified Reed as limited following Wednesday’s session because he didn’t handle a full workload. But the second-year tight end expressed optimism, however, over the progress he has made and also said he hopes to play on Sunday if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins were banking on big things from Jordan Reed this season so it is good news to see him practicing even if only on a limited basis. Even if he suits up this weekend he may be on a snap count.
| Cordarrelle Patterson limited in practice|
Teddy Bridgewater practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 4:57 pm
|Limited in today’s practice for the Vikings were: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow). Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on the injury report but had full participation.
FFToday's Take: It appears Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on track to start this weekend but he draws a tough matchup against the Lions. That's good news for Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) owners. Even though talented Vikings wideout has seen his fantasy value diminish in recent weeks he has a much better shot of producing with Bridgewater under center making him worthy of flex consideration for Week 6.
| A.J. Green leaves practice on cart|
Aggravated his toe injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2014, 2:05 pm
|A.J. Green appeared to aggravate the toe injury that kept him out against the Falcons.
During the stretching period of practice open to the media, Green appeared injured and visibly upset. He threw off his helmet and shoe in disgust and was eventually taken off on a cart. He was able to walk, but with a limp.
FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for further information but it appears Green aggravated his toe injury. Marvin Jones (ankle) also missed practice today and doesn't appear close to playing. Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbacher would likely be the starting receivers if both Green and Jones are out.
|Lions sign Kicker Matt Prater|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2014, 7:16 pm
|Former Broncos K Matt Prater is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions released Alex Henery yesterday after he missed three field goals in a loss to the Bills. Prater was released by the Broncos last week after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He's certainly a viable K1 option for your fantasy team.
| Coughlin: Andre Williams ready for bigger role|
Jennings injury opens door for rookie RB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 7 2014, 10:30 am
|Giants RB Andre Williams carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a score and caught both of his passes despite coming into the league with a reputation as a poor receiver.
With running back Rashad Jennings out at least a few weeks with an MCL sprain, Williams will have to take a bulk of the carries and handle a bulk of the blitz pickup duties when Eli Manning drops back to pass. Peyton Hillis is a nice second option, but the Giants sound like a team prepared to ride the hot hand.
"I am very confident (in Williams taking a bigger role)," coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "The other thing that he did that was great was the third-and-7 first down run. A lot of that was on his own outside the flank of our blockers. He was able to pick up that first down. That was really indicative of people trying to tackle the ball and get the ball out, and he made that play. When you have a young guy, you really get into great, great detail even more about pass protection. He has done a good job when he has been in there. He is going to have to do even better." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Williams has been working hard at becoming a complete running back, and with favorable matchups in weeks 6 and 7, he's worth plugging in as an RB2.
| Fisher: Zac Stacy likely to play in Week 6|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:35 pm
|On Zac Stacy, Fisher said he will probably miss some practice time this week because of calf injury, but doesn't think he will miss game. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams play on Monday Night Football in Week 6 in a difficult matchup against San Francisco, which means owners need to make plans to be without him just in case. Benny Cunningham became the featured back after Stacy left in Week 5 and would probably be in line for at least 15 touches if Stacy cannot go. Trey Watts would also be in the mix.
| Montee Ball likely to miss several weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:30 pm
|Broncos running back Montee Ball will not require surgery to repair the strained groin he suffered during a non-contact play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Ball is expected to be sidelined several weeks, according to two NFL sources. Ball underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday.
FFToday's Take: While HC John Fox would only say that he would "kind of update" the media on Wednesday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reported that the second-year back's teammates expected him to miss 2-3 weeks. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, who was inactive in Week 5 because he doesn't play special teams, figure to get the first shot at leading a likely committee backfield while Ball is out. Impressive UDFA Juwan Thompson could also be in the mix as well.
| Rashad Jennings likely out "a few weeks"|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:20 pm
|New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings won't need surgery to repair his injured left knee, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained MCL, and Jennings is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injury.
Rookie Andre Williams will take over in the meantime as the Giants' starting running back, with Peyton Hillis serving as his backup. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants have a Week 8 bye, so it makes some sense that Jennings will sit out the next three games. Williams isn't much of a receiver out of the backfield, but has more than enough ability as a runner to perform at a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 level while Jennings is out. Peyton Hillis might become a bit of a factor on third down as well.
| Moreno to return in Week 6?|
Practicing on limited basis Monday
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:25 pm
|Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno, out the past three weeks with an elbow injury, is practicing today at least on a limited basis. He hopes to play on Sunday against Green Bay although no final determination has been made on that front. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Reports on Moreno's return have been all over the map in the last two weeks, with one suggesting he may be sidelined until about Week 10 last week. Moreno should return to split carries with Lamar Miller when he does make it back to the field, although Miller did show well in the Dolphins' pre-bye win over Oakland. Whenever he makes it back, he should benefit from the return of C Mike Pouncey, who is expected to make his season debut in Week 6.
|Adrian Peterson in court on Wednesday|
Hopes to speed up trial in order to return to field in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:15 pm
|Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be present at his hearing Wednesday in a Texas courtroom to defend himself against child abuse charges. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is a longshot that Peterson plays another snap in 2014 as his chances for a return to the field hinge on essentially speeding up the legal process and hoping he can get a non-guilty verdict. In such a case, the NFL will likely count whatever number of games he has missed up to that point against the length of suspension it deems appropriate. Owners are advised to continue holding AP until this process plays itself out a bit more.