|Jeremy Maclin misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2017, 1:35 pm
|Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin isn't practicing Thursday. He was limited with a back injury the previous day. Linebacker C.J. Mosley (neck) returned to practice but didn't appear to be doing much. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin was limited on Wednesday so the downgrade is troubling. We should get a better handle on his status after practice on Friday. Maclin hasn't topped 41 yards in his last three games.
|Matthew Stafford does more in practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2017, 1:00 pm
|Matthew Stafford did much more in open portion of #Lions practice today, including throwing. Spun the ball pretty well, too. I expect him to play Sunday. Still no Ziggy Ansah, T.J. Lang or Rick Wagner at practice. (Tim Twentyman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stafford appears on track to play against the Bucs this week despite his hand injury. The matchup is enticing as Tampa Bay has given up the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
|Mark Ingram expected to play Thursday night|
Missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2017, 7:00 am
|Saints’ RB Mark Ingram, listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs Falcons due to a toe injury, is expected to play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram sat out practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a toe injury and is listed as Questionable for tonight's game with the Falcons. As of now, there's no indication that Ingram's workload will be reduced.
|Doug Martin practices in full Wednesday|
Still in concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2017, 4:30 pm
|DE Robert Ayers and RB Doug Martin practiced fully but are still in concussion protocol. Both players still need to clear concussion protocol so their status for Sunday remains uncertain. (DetroitLions.com)|
FFToday's Take: Martin is on track to play assuming he clears the protocol by this weekend. It's unclear what role he will have given Peyton Barber had a solid game against the Packers last week. Fantasy owners should prioritize Giovani Bernard over Barber on the waiver for now.
|Jordan Reed will sit in Week 14|
Redskins TE can't get over hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2017, 2:45 pm
|Washington TE Jordan Reed will not play Sunday vs Chargers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has played in only six games this season and hasn't played since Week 8 due to a hamstring injury. Vernon Davis has been a disappointment the last two weeks but will once again get the start with Niles Paul filling the No.2 tight end role.
|Mixon misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2017, 2:30 pm
|Starting cornerbacks Adam Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) were injured against the Steelers, as was starting running back Joe Mixon (concussion, shoulder) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion). None of those players participated in practice on Wednesday. (Cincinnati.com)|
FFToday's Take: If Mixon were to sit this week, Giovani Bernard would get the start with Brian Hill filling a backup role. The Bengals face the Bears this week. Chicago represents a neutral matchup for fantasy running backs.
|Adrian Peterson not cleared to practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 12:20 pm
|Bruce Arians said @AdrianPeterson won't practice today because of a neck injury. Will he play vs @Titans? "We'll wait and see. He is not going to practice today and we're still waiting on he and the doctors to clear him." (Jim Wyatt via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adrian Peterson may be in danger of missing another game so his owners will certainly want to have a backup plan in place for Week 14. Kerwynn Williams figures to see more opportunities if AP remains out of action against the Titans.
|Greg Olsen practicing Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 12:15 pm
|Olsen (foot) will take part in the Panthers' practice Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
It's unclear if Olsen will be a full or limited participant in the session, but more clarity on that front should arrive shortly after practice concludes.
FFToday's Take: Greg Olsen continues to deal with issues resulting from foot surgery earlier this season. Getting back into practice certainly increases his shot of playing this week but his playing status for this weekend is still uncertain. A less than ideal matchup against the Vikings combined with a tricky ongoing injury makes him a risky fantasy play heading into Week 14.
|Tyrod Taylor misses practice|
Patellar tendon contusion
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 10:56 am
|Tyrod Taylor's status for Sunday's crucial clash with the Indianapolis Colts is up in the air.
Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters that there is no timetable on a decision on who will start at quarterback this week. Taylor will not practice Wednesday after suffering a patellar tendon contusion in the Bills' Week 13 loss to New England. The starting QB remains day to day.
FFToday's Take: The Bills offense has not been fantasy friendly lately and it will be even tougher to trust anyone in this offense with Tyrod Taylor at less than full strength or rookie Nathan Peterman getting his second career start this weekend against the Patriots.
|QB Stafford dealing with bruised hand|
HC Jim Caldwell: "Not out of the woods yet"
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2017, 10:00 am
|Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said quarterback Matthew Stafford is making progress in recovering from the bruise he suffered to his right hand during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Caldwell, however, cautioned that Stafford is "not out of the woods yet" and said the team will monitor his progress in practice this week. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is an injury to watch with the Lions in the thick of a playoff berth and a juicy matchup with the Bucs on the docket for Week 14. Matthew Stafford would be a great fantasy play if healthy but his owners will need to check back later in the week for an update on his availability for Sunday.
|Bruce Ellington, Fiedorowicz land on IR|
Stephen Anderson expected to be starting TE
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2017, 4:10 pm
|The Texans shut it down with frequently injured tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, placing him on injured reserve with his third concussion of the season.
They also placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on IR with a hamstring injury. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: This marks three concussions this season for Fiedorowicz who may consider retirement. Stephen Anderson is expected to start at tight end and will be on the streaming radar for Week 14 after a 5-79-1 line against the Titans. Tight end MyCole Pruitt and wide receiver DeAndre White will be called up from the practice squad.
|Bills place Jordan Matthews on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2017, 4:00 pm
|The Buffalo Bills Tuesday placed defensive end Shaq Lawson and wide receiver Jordan Matthews on their injured-reserve list, ending the season for both players.
Lawson suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots. Matthews had been dealing with a knee issue. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews had a disappointing first season in Buffalo (25-282-1) battling both knee and thumb injuries. Zay Jones will operate as the Bills No.1 receiver with Kelvin Benjamin nursing a knee injury of his own. Wide receiver Brandon Reilly will be called up from the practice squad.
|George Iloka, JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended|
Each player suspended one game for hits in brutal MNF contest
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 5 2017, 2:35 pm
|The league suspended Pittsburgh receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati safety George Iloka each for one game without pay for violations of safety-related playing rules.
Both players are appealing the ban, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan handed down the punishments. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Smith-Schuster has been a great second receiver for the Steelers this season, but it appears as though Martavis Bryant could get more targets if the appeal hearing upholds his suspension for Week 14.
|Alex Collins dealt with migraines in Week 13|
Status uncertain for Ravens' RB
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2017, 8:00 pm
|Ravens running back Alex Collins dealt with migraines after Sunday's 44-20 win, and coach John Harbaugh deferred any questions about that issue to the team's leading rusher. "I can tell you this, migraines are very real," Harbaugh said. "They're tough." (ESPN - Jamison Hensley)|
FFToday's Take: Sterling Shepard missed a pair of games with migraines before returning in Week 13. Going back a few years, Hall-of-Famer Terrell Davis famously dealt with them as well. In other words, migraines aren't a career-ending condition, but they are obviously a concern for any player that has to deal with them. If Collins must sit this week or beyond, Danny Woodhead and Javorius Allen would likely assume most of the workload.
|Aaron Rodgers to undergo tests after Week 14|
Medical clearance won't be an option until next week
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2017, 7:50 pm
|Mike McCarthy stressed that Aaron Rodgers has not been medical cleared for a full return and won't be this week. "That's why we call it trial return because he's not cut loose for a full practice," McCarthy said. "The medical clearance will be (an option) until next week." (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers can't return until Week 15 anyway, so it doesn't make much difference whether he gains clearance this week or next. Given the fact he is throwing the ball without incident now makes it likely he will be cleared, so owners hoping for his Week 15 return have to hope Green Bay can beat winless Cleveland next week so the Packers will be that much more willing to bring him back. He'll obviously be a top-three play if he returns.
|Antonio Brown, Smith-Schuster active for MNF|
Toe and hamstring injuries, respectively
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2017, 7:00 pm
|Steelers Antonio Brown (toe) will suit up for tonight's game. NOT among the inactives but all the wide receivers are active, which is unusual. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: There is really no telling how this is going to go. The fact all of the receivers are dressing could be an indication Brown will be on a snap count, merely a precaution or a hint that he will be a decoy only. JuJu Smith-Schuster is also less than 100 percent. At this point, most owners probably have no great alternatives to replace either one, so they might as well keep both in the lineups and hope for the best.
|Gronk suspended one game for late hit|
Gronkowski will appeal the penalty
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2017, 3:30 pm
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been suspended one game by the NFL without pay for his late hit on defenseless Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White in Sunday's 23-3 victory.
Gronkowski, who was penalized on the play but not ejected from the game, can appeal the suspension. It is the first NFL suspension for Gronkowski since he entered the league as a second-round draft choice with the Patriots in 2010. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The late hit was egregious and he should be suspended. He's lucky he wasn't kicked out of the game. The Pats play the Dolphins in Week 14. Dwayne Allen would start in Gronk's absence but hasn't been involved in the offense for much of the season.
|Giants fire HC Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2017, 11:45 am
|The New York Giants cleaned house on Monday, firing head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese in the midst of a 2-10 season.
McAdoo told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he was out after two seasons on the job, while sources confirmed the Reese firing.
Reese has been with the Giants in various roles since 1994, serving as general manager since 2007. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: As their record indicates, the Giants have been a mess all season including the Eli Manning benching debacle last week. The Giants have also suffered their fair share of injuries including WR Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and DB Janoris Jenkins. DC Steve Spagnuolo will serve as the interim head coach
|Peyton Barber shines in Bucs loss|
First Bucs RB to rush for 100+ yards
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2017, 7:00 am
|Playing behind a makeshift offensive line, Peyton Barber rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 23 carries, becoming the first Bucs player to reach the century rushing mark this season. Barber had been the fourth running back for most of the season. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Barber was announced as the starter roughly an hour before kickoff and he made the most of his opportunity, operating in a lead back role. Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims handled 3 carries a piece. It remains to be seen how much work Barber will receive when Doug Martin (concussion) returns but Barber has certainly earned more snaps moving forward.
|Ameer Abdullah expected to sit, Riddick to start|
Riddick in play in PPR leagues
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2017, 8:30 am
|Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) is not expected to play today vs. #Ravens. Trying to spark their run game, Theo Riddick will be treated as the starter. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Abdullah missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. The Lions running game has been dismal this season but Riddick should see an increased role against the Ravens with Abdullah out. Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington should also see some action in the backfield
|Andy Reid won't call plays for Chiefs today|
OC Matt Nagy takes over play-calling duties
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2017, 8:20 am
|Chiefs coach Andy Reid is benching....himself. He has has planned to hand over play calling to OC Matt Nagy for today's game vs. Jets although Reid will continue to have oversight, per team sources. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs offense has been in a funk recently and Andy Reid has been part of the problem. Perhaps turning over the play-calling duties will give the offense a spark. If not, it won't be long before we see Patrick Mahomes under center.
|Cardinals not optimistic on Adrian Peterson|
Missed practice all week with neck injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2017, 8:15 am
|Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) a game-time decision vs Rams, but team pessimistic, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If Peterson sits, the Cardinals could go with a committee at running back against the Rams including Kerwynn Williams (ribs)D.J. Foster, and Elijhaa Penny. Even in a decent matchup it's difficult to trust any other these RBs given the workload uncertainty. If you want to take a flier, Foster is likely your best bet.
|Aaron Jones expected to play|
Jamaal Williams expected to get most of the work
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2017, 8:10 am
|Packers’ RB Aaron Jones, questionable for Sunday due to knee injury, is expected to play, per source, but Jamaal Williams still expected to get most of work vs. Bucs. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Jones in the mix, Williams' fantasy value takes a slight hit but owners can still feel safe starting him based on Shefter's report. Williams feels like a middling RB2 today against Tampa Bay.
|Greg Olsen not expected to play|
Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2017, 8:00 am
|#Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is not expected to play vs. the #Saints, source said, as he battles through soreness. There is no structural issue, no long-term issue, but Carolina is being cautious on the turf. Should be a short absence. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday then returned to a limited session on Friday. His absence will give Ed Dickson the start at tight end who's been mainly an afterthought in the offense even with Olsen out, registering only two serviceable fantasy weeks (Week 5 and Week 10).
|Antonio Brown misses practice Saturday|
Availability for Monday night in question
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2017, 12:30 pm
|Antonio Brown injury not considered major but toe issues can be tricky - didn’t practice for second straight day, teammate confirmed. Steelers hopeful Brown plays but are preparing in case he doesn’t - Martavis Bryant would stay in his role while JuJu/DHB/Justin Hunter could split AB’s role (Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown missed practice on Friday and then again Saturday raising questions for his availability on Monday night against the Bengals. If he sits, it sounds like the Steelers will rotate Darrius Heyward-Bey and Justin Hunter into the mix. JuJu Smith-Schuster is expected to play after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury.
|Charcandrick West out, personal reasons |
Kareem, Akeem Hunt to handle RB duties
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2017, 7:00 pm
|Andy Reid says Dee Ford (back, Eric Murray (ankle) and Charcandrick West (personal reasons) will not play Sunday vs the Jets. (Terez Paylor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kareem Hunt and Akeem Hunt will handle running back duties for the Chiefs this week. With West out, Kareem will should see a few extra touches this week making him more appealing in DFS tournaments. The Jets represent a neutral matchup for fantasy running backs.
|Ty Montgomery lands on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2017, 3:00 pm
|By the way, #Packers put Ty Montgomery on injured reserve because of a wrist injury NOT his rib injury. (Tom Silverstein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery has been dealing with a rib issue much of the season but he lands on the injured reserve due to a wrist injury. Aaron Jones (MCL) was limited in practice Friday and is listed questionable for Sunday.
|Rishard Matthews a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2017, 1:15 pm
|@_RMatthews was limited in practice today. Questionable. Will be game-time decision for @Titans (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Rishard Matthews missed last week's game against the Colts. If he sits, Corey Davis and Delanie Walker should be the top targets for Marcus Mariota.
|Decision on Olsen, McCaffrey coming Saturday|
Both Panthers practiced today
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2017, 1:00 pm
|A decision on the playing status of Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen (foot) and running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) will likely be made on Saturday. Both were at practice today. Coach Ron Rivera wouldn't elaborate. McCaffrey has been on the field the last two days. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCaffrey practiced on Thursday so it would be somewhat of a surprise if he's unable to play this week. Olsen missed Wednesday and Thursday resting his foot injury. The Panthers / Saints game kicks off at 4:25 PM eastern on Sunday.
|LeSean McCoy misses practice Friday|
Expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2017, 11:30 am
|LeSean McCoy has knee soreness and will not practice today. Doesn't look like he'll miss the game. Kelvin Benjamin OUT Sunday. (Sal Capaccio on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy practiced in full Thursday then popped up on the injury report with a knee issue. It sounds like the Bills will give their veteran RB some rest today and he's expected to start on Sunday. Mike Tolbert has been ruled out, meaning Travaris Cadet will again be McCoy's backup.
|Josh Gordon to draw Week 13 start|
Will see first NFL action since Dec. 21, 2014
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2017, 11:55 pm
|Browns HC Hue Jackson on Josh Gordon: "Yeah, he's going to start right away." (Akron Beacon Journal)|
FFToday's Take: This should be interesting, as Gordon will almost certainly see a lot of Casey Hayward in coverage. Although he figures to play a limited number of snaps, there may not be a better cornerback for him to face this close to the fantasy playoffs. Any success he has against Pro Football Focus' highest-graded corner would make for a compelling case for receiver-needy owners to start him in Week 14 against the Packers. For this week, however, owners should play the wait-and-see game.
|Rishard Matthews misses another practice|
Limited to light jogging Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2017, 11:45 pm
|Rishard Matthews (hamstring) didn’t practice for the second straight day. He did test his hammy with some solo jogs/runs though. (ESPN - Cameron Wolfe)|
FFToday's Take: Friday's practice participation will be telling, but it's not looking good for Matthews in what would be a good matchup for him this week. If he is forced to sit for a second straight game, rookie Corey Davis could finally be ready to break out in what should be the best matchup he is going to see this season.
|Christian McCaffrey expected to play Week 13|
Returned to limited practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2017, 10:30 pm
|Christian McCaffrey said he took all of his necessary practice repetitions (Thursday) and that his shoulder felt good. He added that it had just been sore after Sunday’s game. (The Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Owners can take a deep breath and relax after he was held out of practice Wednesday. The Saints - Carolina's Week 13 opponent - are middle of the pack in terms of allowing fantasy points to running backs but have yielded the 10th-most receptions to running backs. Given McCaffrey's recent increased involvement in the running game, he should be a pretty solid RB2 play at worst against New Orleans.
|Titans remain stubborn on two-headed backfield|
Mularkey: "I think we have two starters."
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2017, 8:25 pm
|Titans HC Mike Mularkey likes both (DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry), and plans to continue using them as a one-two punch.
“I think the way it has worked out, it has worked just fine,” Mularkey said on Thursday. “I think we have two starters, and if somebody wants to just line up on the first play of the game to justify, ‘This guy is the starter,’ I don’t know. It is not something we are worried about. They are both really good at what they do.” (TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt)|
FFToday's Take: It seems pretty clear at this point Murray isn't going to be completely healthy this season. It is also completely possible he isn't going to return to his 2016 form either. Henry hasn't been nearly as good as some are making him out to be and the line hasn't blocked nearly as well this season, but he has consistently proven to be the better runner this season. However, until Mularkey's mind changes, both backs will be little more than low-end RB2s.
|JuJu Smith-Schuster practices fully Thursday|
Hamstring injury, likely to return Week 13
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2017, 8:15 pm
|Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) practiced in full Thursday, Nov. 30. (Steelers.com)|
FFToday's Take: If he plays, Smith-Schuster will be returning to a difficult matchup, as the Bengals have surrendered only 75 yards to a receiver once this season and held the duo of Antonio Brown and Smith-Schuster to a total of 104 yards in their first meeting back in Week 7. The rookie probably needs to start in most fantasy leagues, but the Steelers will almost certainly rely heavily on Le'Veon Bell this week.
|Aaron Jones moving "pretty well" in practice|
Decision on Week 13 status could come Friday or Saturday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 30 2017, 8:05 pm
|Packers RB coach Ben Sirmans says Aaron Jones (knee) moving pretty well in practice: "I think it's going to come down to a call maybe Friday, or maybe Saturday." (Green Bay Press-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: For now, it should be treated as a good sign for his Week 14 status and nothing more. HC Mike McCarthy seems happy enough with Jamaal Williams at the moment, but it wasn't long ago Jones had a vise-grip hold on early-down work in Green Bay. Jones is a good stash who could pay off handsomely in the fantasy playoffs, but owners would be wise to see him in action before putting him in lineups.
|Aaron Jones limited on Thursday|
Ty Montgomery misses
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2017, 11:45 am
|#Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) did very little in drills media got to watch. Kevin King (shoulder) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) did not work. (Tom Silverstein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones' availability for Week 13 is key as without him, Jamaal Williams will see the bulk of the work in the backfield for the Packers. We should get a better handle on Packers running back workload after tomorrow's practice.
|Greg Olsen misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2017, 11:30 am
|Devin Funchess caught passes today (from Cam Newton). Christian McCaffrey full participation. No Greg Olsen. Thomas Davis worked on the side with trainers. (Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen isn't off to a great start this week after leaving last week's game early with pain in his foot. He reportedly didn't suffer an new damage but he appears to be a long shot to play against the Saints in Week 13. Veteran Ed Dickson would start if Olsen sits.
|Sterling Shepard back at practice Wednesday|
"Back to normal"
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2017, 2:30 pm
|Giants WR Sterling Shepard said he’s "back to normal" after an unusually strong bout with migraines - something he said used to happen a lot when he was a kid. (Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Shephard has missed the last two weeks with migraines but appears to be on track to play this week against the Raiders. Unfortunately, Geno Smith will be his quarterback making Shepard more of a Flex option in Week 13.
|Jordan Reed ruled out|
Vernon Davis will start at TE
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2017, 1:30 pm
|The Redskins will once again look to Vernon Davis to fill the void of the injured Jordan Reed, who has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cowboys. (Redskins.com)|
FFToday's Take: Reed hasn't played since Week 8 and will once again sit due to a hamstring injury. Vernon Davis will get the start on Thursday against the Cowboys and is in a good sport for a bounce back game after a goose-egg in Week 12.