| Cam Newton involved in car crash|
Receiving medical attention at the scene
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2014, 1:05 pm
|According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car wreck near downtown today. Details are few at the moment, but the crash included Newton’s car flipped over on a bridge and another involved, near the intersection of Church Street and I-277, close to Bank of America Stadium.
FFToday's Take: It appears that Newton's truck flipped over at least once. We'll have more when the details are known.
|Jonathan Stewart still not anointed as starter|
Ron Rivera: DeAngelo Williams to remain "part of the mix"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2014, 10:35 am
|As one Carolina Panthers running back starts to look like the rusher of old while the other one gets older, Carolina coach Ron Rivera is still hesitant to name the more effective back the starter.
Jonathan Stewart rushed 20 times for 155 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 41-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints, but it was still not enough for Rivera to definitively name Stewart the team’s starter.
A team source has indicated to the Observer that the coaching staff feels Stewart is better feeding off Williams rather than starting the game, and that he didn’t respond like the staff would have liked him to when he was named the starter midway through the 2012 season.
But with Williams sidelined with a broken hand, Stewart took control of the running game and had the second-best performance of his seven-year career.
“The number (of carries) he got we felt was the number we were looking for,” Rivera said. “Now if he gets more than that, so be it. If he gets less than that, so be it. We’re going to use him the way the flow of the game goes.
“(DeAngelo) certainly is part of the mix of guys we have. He’s part of who we are as a football team.”
Stewart did not start against the Vikings two weeks ago but had 12 carries for 85 yards in the 31-13 loss at Minnesota. Williams fractured a bone in his hand during that game.
Williams has had trouble gripping the ball and hasn’t been able to practice. Rivera reiterated Monday that Williams is day-to-day.
While Williams is on pace for the worst full season of his career, Stewart has rushed for more yards in the past two games (240) than Williams has all season (219 yards in six games).
“(Stewart) has played well the last two weeks, but DeAngelo is a really good runner, too,” Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said. “In my mind, I see it as a good mix and a good changeup. Each of them does a lot of things very similarly and yet they’re kind of different in their own ways.”
When Williams returns, there will be carries for him, Rivera said.
“We’re not going to do things because it’s what everybody expects or thinks,” Rivera said. “We’re going to do things because that’s how things are working and successful.” (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Wow, Ron Rivera. Still with the DeAngelo Williams? Despite Rivera's incoherent squawking, all the empirical evidence points to Stewart being the more effective back and the player with more upside. Williams is still dealing with a hand injury and Stewart should be deployed as a mid-tier RB2 in Week 15.
| Lacy (hip) dinged up in win over Falcons|
"Bobsleddy" Eddie sits out final series in favor of James Starks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 9 2014, 10:30 am
|James Starks did the job at the end, helping the Packers run out the clock, but why wasn't Eddie Lacy in the game? It turned out Lacy sustained a hip bruise late in the game that prevented him from finishing. Lacy said he thought he would be OK despite the short turnaround to Sunday's game at Buffalo, but he couldn't go at the end against the Falcons.
"I mean I tried, but no," Lacy said.
Lacy and Starks combined for 148 yards rushing (Starks had 10 carries for 75 yards, while Lacy had 13 carries for 73 yards) and each scored a rushing touchdown. Lacy also caught a touchdown pass, but it was Starks who was there at the end.
"He had a great game out there tonight," Lacy said of his backfield mate. "And we have to go out and continue to do this for the rest of the season." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy should be fine for Week 15 but James Starks makes a decent waiver wire pickup heading into Buffalo.
| Andre Johnson (concussion) listed as day-to-day|
Veterans Texans WR could miss Week 15
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 9 2014, 10:25 am
|The longest-tenured Texan may not be available for his team’s biggest game of the season.
Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson suffered a concussion during the Texans’ 27-13 victory at Jacksonville on Sunday. After receiving a helmet-to-helmet blow, Johnson left the field and did not return to action.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that Johnson will be evaluated as the team prepares for a critical AFC South matchup at Indianapolis.
“He has to pass the concussion test to be able to be cleared,” O’Brien said at NRG Stadium. “I would say that’s definitely a day-to-day thing.”
FFToday's Take: We're not bullish on Johnson's fantasy prospects heading into Week 15. Even if he plays, the Texans are likely to focus on running the ball and targeting the more explosive DeAndre Hopkins in the passing game.
| RG3 could be in line for another start|
Colt McCoy suffered neck strain in Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2014, 4:05 pm
|Washington HC Jay Gruden said if Colt McCoy can't play Sunday against the New York Giants, then Robert Griffin III would get the start at QB. (Redskins on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It might be for the best for Washington's future. At 3-10 with a top-10 draft pick looking like a sure bet, the Redskins owe it to themselves to see if Griffin can show them enough over the final three games of the season so they can make a decision at the position. Despite the abundance of surrounding talent, however, fantasy owners can safely avoid the quarterback position in Washington for the rest of this season.
| Brandon Marshall placed on IR|
WR released from hospital Monday; lung, rib injuries
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2014, 3:55 pm
|Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall, who was discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Monday, has been placed on the reserve/injured list. Marshall spent three days in the hospital receiving treatment for a collapsed lung he suffered following a 15-yard reception in the second quarter of the Bears' 41-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Marshall also fractured two ribs on the play when Cowboys S Brandon Church kneed the receiver in the back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Monday's announcement that Marshall will go on IR, the Bears will turn to Marquess Wilson opposite Alshon Jeffery. Although he didn't produce much after Marshall left the game last Thursday, Wilson is a unique blend of size (6-4) and speed (4.5) that gives the Bears a deep threat it hasn't had with Jeffery hurt for most of the season. He needs to be added in all leagues this week and should already be on all rosters in dynasty formats.
| Broncos battered in win over Buffalo|
Three key starters limited in Week 14
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2014, 3:30 pm
|Demaryius Thomas, who suffered an ankle injury in practice this past Wednesday when he was stepped on by a teammate, finished the win with two catches for 11 yards. Julius Thomas, who has not played since injuring his left ankle in the first quarter of the team's Nov. 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams, was in uniform for the game but did not play.
C.J. Anderson injured his left ankle in the win and briefly left the lineup. He played with the ankle heavily taped over his shoe in the second half and had 10 of his 21 carries after halftime. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Injuries were not just limited to the skill-position players as G Orlando Franklin, G Louis Vasquez, reserve OT Paul Cornick, DE Derek Wolfe and TE Jacob Tamme were all hurt in some way against Buffalo. The rash of injuries may help to explain the Broncos' conservative game plan. In regards to the relevant fantasy players, all three players (Thomas, Thomas and Anderson) appear to be good to go at San Diego in Week 15.
|Kerywnn Williams has 100 yards for Cardinals|
Cardinals have a new starting running back
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 7:00 pm
|Kerwynn Williams began this week on the Cardinals’ practice squad, imitating the actions of Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles on the scout team. Williams, a little-known second-year running back out of Utah State, had 100 yards on the first 19 carries of his NFL career, helping the Cardinals to a 17-14 victory over the Chiefs. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Bruce Arians stated earlier in the week that Stephan Taylor would get the start which was misleading. Williams started an operated as the main runner in the Cardinals victory. Michael Bush was released in order to bring Williams up from the practice squad. With Andre Ellington out for the year, Williams will can be picked up by running back needy owners.
| Rashad Jennings active, role unclear|
Ankle injury, practiced Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 11:20 am
|Rashad Jennings passes test to play. Giants expect to ease him into game & see how he holds up on 3rd dn. Could expand role if he does well. (Chris Mortensen)|
FFToday's Take: Not really want fantasy owners want to hear as it appears Jennings will be less than 100% but is expected to see action. If you have to choose between Andre Williams and Jennings, I'd lean toward the healthier of the two, Williams.
| Roddy White "no doubts" about playing|
Falcons play Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 7:30 am
|Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who missed last week's game with a left ankle sprain, participated in practice Friday and expressed confidence about playing Monday night versus the Packers. "I don't have any doubts," White said. "I'm just trying to get us a win, man. No doubts. The only doubt in my mind is the cold, man. ... Slight chance of snow, so we're looking good."
FFToday's Take: White was able to practice on Saturday this week and barring a setback should be good to go Monday night. He'll be WR3 or FLEX option against the Packers.
| Justin Forsett expected to play|
Listed as Questionable with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2014, 5:38 am
|Despite being listed as questionable with a knee injury, Ravens RB Justin Forsett will play today vs Miami, per source. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Forsett has been expected to play despite missing practice Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Miami gives up the 19th-most fantasy points to running backs.
| Julius Thomas status uncertain for Sunday|
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2014, 7:45 pm
|There is a chance the Broncos will have to play one more game without tight end Julius Thomas.
"I don't know, man," Thomas said. "I'm not sure yet."
Thomas suffered a sprained left ankle during Denver's game at St. Louis on Nov. 16. He missed the next two games before returning to practice on a limited basis this week. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos play a late-afternoon game against the Bills in Week 14 and Thomas is likely to be a gametime decision. Jacob Tamme (ribs) is also questionable to play. Thomas owners should have Plan B in place.
| McKinnon place on IR, back injury|
Asiata expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2014, 6:00 pm
|The Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve, ending his rookie season.
McKinnon hurt his lower back and missed the last game against Carolina. He was already ruled out for Sunday, when the Vikings host the New York Jets. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: McKinnon can be safely dropped in all redraft leagues. Expect the Vikings to use Matt Asiata and Ben Tate on Sunday against the Jets. Asiata would be a desperation FLEX play against a solid Jets run defense.
| Jennings practices Friday, questionable|
50-50 split with Williams if he plays
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2014, 8:00 pm
|Giants running back Rashad Jennings is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee with an ankle injury. Jennings practiced for the first time this week on Friday. He was a limited participant and looked somewhat hobbled by the sprained right ankle. It probably would be closer to a 50-50 split with rookie Andre Williams if he's able to play on Sunday. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Even if Jennings plays he's not going to be 100%. Fantasy owners with Williams on their roster would be best served if Jennings is made Inactive on Sunday. If Jennings does play it would be hard to trust either as a RB2 or FLEX.
| Marshall likely out rest of the season|
Two fractured ribs and lung injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2014, 7:30 pm
|Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall will not play again this season after suffering two fractured ribs and a lung injury during the team's 41-28 loss Thursday night to the Dallas Cowboys, two sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Marshall remained hospitalized Friday receiving treatment.
FFToday's Take: Marshall has already been ruled out for Week 15 and it appears his season is over. Look for Marquess Wilson to move into Marshall's spot on the outside with Josh Morgan filling the slot receiver's role.
| Ellington out with hip pointer, Taylor to start|
Ellington misses third straight practice
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2014, 6:00 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals will be without starting running back Andre Ellington against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The second-year back will miss the game because of a hip pointer suffered last weekend in Atlanta. Without Ellington in the lineup, the Cardinals will start Stepfan Taylor, coach Bruce Arians said. Marion Grice and fullback Robert Hughes, who didn't play an offensive snap against the Falcons, will fill out the backfield rotation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor has been named the starter but head coach Bruce Arians gave a response about playing the committee "by ear". Expected and Grice to see a fair amount of work. The uncertainty makes this a fantasy situation to avoid.
|Ravens DT Haloti Ngata suspended four games|
Admits to using Adderall
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 8:05 pm
|Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata has been suspended for the rest of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Thursday.
Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowl defender, received a four-game suspension from the NFL, and he's eligible to return for the playoffs if the Ravens make the postseason. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens have a capable replacement in Timmy Jernigan, but Ngata is an elite interior defensive player. Baltimore's fourth-ranked run defense will take a hit as a result, upgrading the matchup this week for Lamar Miller as well as Denard Robinson and Arian Foster in the coming weeks.
| Forsett, Torrey Smith miss Thursday practice|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 7:45 pm
|The Ravens were again without two key skill-position players on Thursday, as RB Justin Forsett and WR Torrey Smith sat out the club’s second workout of the week with knee injuries. The Ravens’ leading rusher, Forsett previously indicated he believes he will play. And on Thursday, Smith said his knee was healing, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens’ final major practice of the week is Friday, with the injury report also to be released tomorrow. By then, there could be more clarity on the statuses of both players for Sunday’s game at Miami. For now, it obviously looks good for both players, although the age-old advice of owners needing to be prepared for alternate options obviously applies.
| Jadeveon Clowney to go on IR|
No sacks and seven total tackles for No. 1 overall pick
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 7:35 pm
|Jadeveon Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an abrupt conclusion. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Thursday that Clowney will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. The No. 1 overall pick is set to undergo further surgery on his right knee. The news comes after Clowney visited with Dr. James Andrews, who determined that a second procedure would be necessary. Clowney underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear after hurting his knee in the second quarter of Week 1. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: There will be plenty of people that will call Clowney a "rookie bust", but the truth of the matter is that he was never healthy enough to get going in 2014. The future is still plenty bright for him and at least he'll have the benefit of having experienced a training camp and a year in the Texans' defensive system.
|Washington "done" with RG3?|
Local paper believes team "must part ways" with QB in 2015
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 7:20 pm
|Although HC Jay Gruden had doubts about Robert Griffin III before coming to Washington in January, Griffin was his unquestioned starter from the offseason workouts through training camp to Week 1 of this season. After working with Griffin for more than 10 months, however, Gruden is now done with him, according to multiple people within the organization.
Through three preseason games and five starts in the regular season, Gruden has seen enough to realize that Griffin is at best a long-term project as a pocket passer. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: There has been plenty of speculation to support the notion that RG3 may be nearing his end in Washington and this only serves to further it. Griffin's inability to develop as a pocket passer and off-field comments haven't helped his cause in keeping his job either. Washington is on track to get a top-10 pick in next year's draft, so look for plenty of reports of a trade-up in the coming months as the team likely prepares to select another "franchise quarterback".
| Kendall Wright questionable for Week 14|
Suffered cracked bone in hand; day-to-day
By: Doug Orth | Dec 4 2014, 6:55 pm
|Already without Justin Hunter, out for the year with a lacerated spleen, the Titans are now dealing with an injury to Kendall Wright. The team’s top wide receiver suffered a hand injury when he slipped at practice Wednesday and did not practice Thursday.
“He finished practice [Wednesday] and today he came in and it was sore and we just gave him the day off because I didn’t want him trying to catch a ball and aggravating it,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s going to depend on how much better it gets tomorrow.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wright is coming off his best game of the year and could still be a solid WR3 play - especially in PPR leagues - He should be a target hog following the loss of Hunter, but this is shaping up to be a game-time decision. If Wright sits, downgrade Zach Mettenberger and upgrade Nate Washington and Delanie Walker, each of whom will likely get flooded with targets.
| Julius Thomas limited in practice|
Remains optimistic about playing against Bills
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 7:45 pm
|''Julius is one of our top players and when you have one of your top players go out, you are going to miss him,'' Peyton Manning said Wednesday. ''We hope to get Julius back out there. There's no question when he's out there he makes a difference, he makes a lot of plays for us.''
Thomas leads the league with a dozen TD catches even though he hasn't scored since Nov. 9. He was limited at practice Wednesday and hopes to return to action this weekend against the Buffalo Bills (7-5).
FFToday's Take: The Broncos' week 14 opponent, Buffalo, ranks fifth against the pass this season and Denver has rekindled their running game of late. Nonetheless, it will be tough to sit Julius Thomas if he is cleared to play so check back later in the week for an update on his playing status.
| TE Olsen misses practice, but Sunday ‘no concern’|
Resting swollen knee
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 6:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was uncharacteristically out of practice on Wednesday with an injury, but coach Ron Rivera is confident he’ll play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Olsen had swelling in his knee following the game and did not practice with the team. In the locker room after practice, Olsen told several teammates that he’d be fine to play Sunday.
FFToday's Take: This looks like a case of a veteran player getting an extra day of rest and not something that will keep Greg Olsen sidelined. Olsen remains one of the more consistently targeted players at his position and should be good fantasy play in week 14.
| Demaryius Thomas dealing with sore ankle|
Denver's top wideout limited in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 5:30 pm
|Demaryius Thomas walked gingerly through the locker room after his right ankle was stepped on during the workout.
"It hurt, too," Demaryius Thomas said.
There's no concern yet over Demaryius Thomas' injury, but it bears watching given how much he was favoring it.
FFToday's Take: For now it seems the team is downplaying the injury, but Demaryius Thomas' ankle injury bears monitoring. With critical week 14 lineup decisions upcoming fantasy owners will surely want to follow his progress as the week progresses.
|Big Ben denies wrist is injured|
Misses practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 5:04 pm
|Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday amidst a report that he has a fractured wrist, and through the years he talked all too bluntly about his injuries to suit his coaches.
He weighed in on this one, too, but will not be accused of overstating an injury this time.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with my wrist,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after practice.
FFToday's Take: The team insists that Roethlisberger's absence from practice is not injury related yet he clearly played hurt last weekend. Until more concrete evidence proves Roetlisberger's right hand and wrist will not limit him on Sunday fantasy owners will want to have a backup plan ready to go for week 14.
|QB Brian Hoyer remains starter for Browns|
Cleveland not ready to hand reins to Manziel
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 3 2014, 2:43 pm
|CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer has held off Johnny Manziel and will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, a league source confirmed for Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Hoyer has been informed by Browns coach Mike Pettine that he will take the field against the 8-4 Colts on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
(Northeast Ohio Media Group)|
FFToday's Take: With the Browns in the playoff hunt it isn't too surprising that the veteran Hoyer would get the nod to start week 14. Operating under what is expected to be a short leash, Hoyer will be a very risky fantasy option for week 14. With only a few weeks left in the fantasy season, Manziel's fantasy upside is greatest in dynasty and keeper formats.
|K Robbie Gould doubtful, Bears sign Jay Feely|
Bears make change at K
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2014, 12:35 pm
|The Chicago Bears on Wednesday signed free-agent kicker Jay Feely. He probably will replace Robbie Gould, whom the team listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Gould missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a sore quadriceps muscle. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Feely will handle field goal and extra point duties for the Bears against the Cowboys on Thursday night. Time to look for another kicking option if you have Gould.
| Rashad Jennings misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2014, 12:30 pm
|Running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday and his chances of being ready for Sunday in Tennessee don't appear promising. The Giants signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya on Tuesday to brace for his absence (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Not good news for Jennings' owners. If Jennings does miss Week 14, Andre Williams would be the beneficiary of a juicy matchup against a Titans run defense that gives up the second-most fantasy points to running backs.
| Ellington not expected to practice this week|
Gametime decision for Cardinals starting RB
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2014, 9:45 pm
|Tailback Andre Ellington isn’t expected to practice this week because of a “severe” hip pointer suffered in Sunday’s loss at Atlanta, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday night, according to Fox reporter and SiriusXM host Alex Marvez. According to Marvez, Ellington’s status will be determined on Sunday, with Arians hopeful he can play. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington has been dealing with a number of injuries this season and even though it's early in the week, it sounds like Ellington may be a scratch for Week 14. Marion Grice would get the start but would likely share carries with Stepfan Taylor. The Cardinals play a late-afternoon game on Sunday against the Chiefs.
|Giants sign RB Chris Ogbonnaya|
Former Panther joins G-men
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2014, 9:30 pm
|The Giants also signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya, who has played in 51 regular-season games for St. Louis, Houston, Cleveland and Carolina with 12 starts. Ogbonnaya played in five games for the Panthers earlier this season and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. He was released on Nov. 3. (Giants.com)|
FFToday's Take: Starting running back Rashad Jennings is nursing an ankle injury so this move may be insurance in case Jennings isn't ready to play on Sunday. If Jennings does sit, rookie Andre Williams would get the start in a plus matchup against the weak Titans run defense.
| Tyrann Mathieu's broken thumb needs surgery|
Honey Badger expected to miss three weeks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 12:05 pm
|Ed Werder is reporting that Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu has a fractured and dislocated thumb that will require surgery. The dynamic DB is likely to miss about three games with his hand in cast, per Werder's source. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's a tough blow for a defense that's had its share of devastating injuries this season, but remains a relatively well-run unit. Expect Tony Jefferson to get a bump in IDP and downgrade the Cards team D/ST to the second tier.
| Jonathan Stewart set for expanded role|
DeAngelo Williams hand injury could open door for more touches
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2014, 11:44 am
|Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams fractured a bone in his right hand in Sunday’s 31-13 loss to Minnesota, and his availability is day-to-day.
It’s yet another injury for Williams this season, who has dealt with hamstring and ankle injuries, and it opens the door for Carolina to use Jonathan Stewart more in the backfield.
The injury occurred when Minnesota linebacker Jasper Brinkley’s helmet hit Williams hand on a second-quarter rush for 3 yards. Williams motioned to sideline for a substitute and did not return to the game.
X rays showed the fracture to be in the hand at the base of the middle finger. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Williams could play with the injury, but the swelling has to go down. He said Williams could see a hand specialist this week.
But after the game and again Monday, Rivera indicated that if Williams is healthy, he’ll be the starter. The franchise’s all-time leading rusher, Williams has not been as effective on the ground as Stewart.
Stewart rushed 12 times for 75 yards against the Vikings, good for a 7.1-yards-per-carry clip that was Carolina’s best all season.
A team source told the Observer recently that when Stewart was named the starter in 2012, he didn’t take ownership of the role. The coaching staff saw that Stewart runs better when he feeds off Williams, the source said, and believed Williams is more suited for the starting role.
Williams is on pace for the second least-productive season of his career. He has 219 rushing yards on 63 carries and no touchdowns. Only 2010, in which he played six games before being sidelined with a foot injury, was worse.
Should Williams be unavailable for this week’s game at New Orleans, he would be missing out on one of his favorite places to play. Williams has rushed for 401 yards on 54 carries - 7.4 yards per carry - in the past four years at the Superdome against the Saints. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart has been the far superior back for a while now, and has looked explosive when given the opportunity to carry the load for Carolina. He makes a solid RB2 in New Orleans this week.
| Reggie Bush expected to play in Week 14|
RB's ankle good enough for limited practice on Monday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 10:33 am
|As is his custom, Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn't shed much light Monday on the team's four injured starters — offensive guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and left tackle Riley Reiff (knee).
Bush has been practicing and is expected to play this week. (Detroit News)|
FFToday's Take: That's what they said last week, only to have Bush be a surprise inactive on Turkey Day. PPR maven Joique Bell is really the only Lions RB we'd trust in standard 12-team leagues.
| Marion Grice could start at RB on Sunday|
Cards rookie to get first crack if Andre Ellington is inactive
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 9:17 am
|Marion Grice likely will be the first one in if Andre Ellington cannot play, but Stepfan Taylor and Robert Hughes will be in the mix, Arians said, while the Cardinals will use a Wednesday padded practice to see where newcomer Michael Bush might fit into the equation. (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Grice, a 22-year-old Arizona state product drafted in the sixth round by the Chargers, lost out to Branden Oliver in camp and made the move to Arizona when the Cards signed him off the practice squad. While he’s clearly not a world-beater, Grice could see a high number of touches if he gets off to a good start, and will serve as a decent RB3/flex PPR option in deeper formats if Ellington is inactive.
|Chris Johnson eclipses 100-yard mark|
Jets total 277 rushing yards but lose to Dolphins
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 2 2014, 8:33 am
|It was the best game of Chris Johnson's first season with the Jets -- 105 yards rushing on 17 carries as part of a running game that totaled a whopping 277 yards. But when the Jets had to have points at the end of the game to overcome Miami's 16-13 lead Monday night at MetLife Stadium, Johnson wasn't on the field and quarterback Geno Smith suddenly found himself in desperation mode.
As much as the Jets would like to believe the ground-and-pound approach they took against the Dolphins worked superbly, it underlined an NFL axiom that says teams have to run to win but they have to pass to score points.
The running game was effective from the start, mixing in several wide receiver reverses with the running of Johnson, who broke a 47-yarder that set up a 20-yard touchdown by Greg Salas on a reverse for a 7-0 lead, and Chris Ivory, who had 62 yards on 16 carries.
"The offensive line was pushing those guys around," Johnson said. "They were giving all the running backs, not just myself, lanes to run. But the main thing is that we didn't get the victory." (Newsday)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson looked like the CJ2K of old as he slashed through the Miami defense, but the presence of Ivory and the lack of scoring ability seriously dampens his prospects down the stretch.It's better just to avoid all the Jets offensive players at this point.
| Roddy White expected back in Week 14|
Ankle injury sidelined him vs. Arizona
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2014, 6:50 pm
|Mike Smith said Roddy White's ankle sprain isn't as severe as the high ankle sprain suffered last year. Anticipates him back vs. Green Bay. (Vaughn Mcclure on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Julio Jones dominated in Week 13 without White around, but expectations for both players should be tempered in Week 14 as the Falcons travel to Green Bay. Not only are the Packers playing well, but QB Matt Ryan is a notoriously poor quarterback away from home.
| Julius Thomas nearing return|
"Encouraged" with healing process
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2014, 6:45 pm
|As Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas recovers from a left ankle injury, Thomas said Monday that it’s a yes-and-no proposition. As in yes, Thomas believes he’s closing in on his return to the lineup. And no, this current injury is not, in any way, similar to the right ankle injury that essentially cratered his first two NFL seasons. This time Thomas suffered an injury to his left ankle in the first quarter of the Broncos’ loss in St. Louis. He has practiced just once, having taken part in this past Friday’s practice on a limited basis.
“I’m encouraged with how it’s going, we’ll see how it’s going this week," Thomas said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos will be happy to welcome him back, not only because he has 12 touchdowns on 40 catches, but also because the Buffalo Bills' stout defense will visit Denver in Week 14. "Orange Julius" is a no-brainer starting option every time he is in the lineup, so fantasy teams that were able to squeeze into the fantasy playoffs despite his two-game absence should get a nice shot in the arm this week if he can go.
| Bruised right fibula for DeSean Jackson|
Redskins wideout injured in 3rd quarter
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2014, 7:15 pm
|DeSean Jackson left the Washington Redskins‘ 49-27 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday with a bruised right fibula, as X-rays did not show any breaks in the bone. “I’m in definite pain, but hopefully, throughout the week, I get better,” Jackson said. “I didn’t think it was good, but I’m just fortunate that it’s nothing too serious. It’s just a contusion in the fibula, so we’ll just take it day-by-day and get better, man.”
FFToday's Take: Jackson finished with five catches for 84 yards and a TD on Sunday. It remains to be seen whether or not Jackson will be ready for Week 14. Andre Roberts would see increased work if Jackson can't go.
| Ellington leaves in first half with hip pointer|
Marion Grice fills in
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2014, 7:00 pm
|Already dealing with a hip flexor, Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington said he suffered a hip pointer after getting kneed in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
"Got a little bruise, wasn't able to put no pressure on it, so that's pretty much it," Ellington said.
FFToday's Take: Marion Grice came off the bench and rushed five times for 16 yards. The Cardinals were short-handed without Ellington and Larry Fitzgerald (knee). Ellington's been bothered by foot and hip injuries during the year.
| Jordan Reed active|
Redskins get starting TE back
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2014, 11:30 am
|Tight end Jordan Reed also missed the 49ers game with a hamstring injury. He is active today as well. (CSN Washington)|
FFToday's Take: With a number of tight ends sitting this week, Reed moves into the TE1 discussion now that he is active. The Colts have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.