|Cardinals re-sign Larry Fitzgerald|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 23 2019, 9:30 am
|Larry Fitzgerald's NFL career is not over.
The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that the future Hall of Fame receiver will return for his 16th NFL season by signing a one-year contract. Fitzgerald, who turns 36 in August, has debated retirement the past several offseason but has consistently said Arizona would be the only organization he'd play for in the NFL. Despite his age, Fitzgerald still led the Cards with 69 receptions, 734 yards receiving and six touchdown catches in 2018. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald played all 16 games in 2018 but was saddled with an inept offense much of the season. He finished as the WR30 in PPR leagues with a 69-734-6 line. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be tasked with jump-starting the offense in 2019 with Josh Rosen at quarterback. Fitz will be lingering in WR3/4 territory once early best ball drafts get going this Spring.
| Gurley says he's not injured|
Played 32 snaps in NFC Conference Championship
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2019, 8:15 am
|The Rams' star running back stood on the sideline with his helmet on throughout most of the game and hardly appeared in action as backup C.J. Anderson rushed for 44 yards on 16 carries.
"I was sorry as hell today," Gurley said after the game. "I was sorry. So, C.J. did his thing and the whole team did its thing." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Todd Gurley touched the ball five times making it difficult to believe he's not injured in some fashion. Yes, he didn't play well, but he's head and shoulders a better player than fellow running back C.J. Anderson. Gurley played only 32 snaps allowing Anderson to rush 16 times for 44 yards. Gurley will have two weeks to get ready for the Super Bowl.
|Drew Brees expected to return in 2019|
One year left remaining on his contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 21 2019, 8:00 am
|Drew Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, hopes to still be playing at age 41.
When asked how positive he is that he will be back for a 19th season, the New Orleans Saints quarterback said, "I feel pretty positive." He later said more definitively that, "I plan on being here next year and making another run at it." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Brees has one year left remaining on his contract and coming off season where he threw 32 touchdowns to only five interceptions finishing as the fantasy QB9 on the season. A strong running game and lack of outside weapons outside of Michael Thomas put a lid on the ceiling were used to seeing from Brees, but he'll still be a quality QB1 heading into 2019.
|Multiple teams interested in Kareem Hunt|
Will face league discipline
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2019, 11:45 am
|Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said this past week that his team would not rule out the possibility of signing Kareem Hunt, and it turns out he's not alone.
Multiple teams have expressed interest in Hunt, and it now appears the former Chiefs running back will have a job "sooner rather than later," one league source told ESPN. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The outcry from fans and the media for the Chiefs to release Kareem Hunt won't reach the same peak when he signs with a new team this off-season. It's no surprise a number of teams are interested in Hunt's services. He's one of the better running backs in the league. Hunt will face league discipline and will likely miss some games but he will have some fantasy value in 2019.
| Eric Berry, Spencer Ware taken off injury report|
Ware returns from hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2019, 4:30 pm
|Eric Berry will play for Chiefs on Sunday. He has no injury designation on their final injury report.
The same goes for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Spencer Ware. They will play. The only Chiefs who won't be available because of injury is LB Dorian O'Daniel. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ware's availability cuts into the ceiling of Damien Williams but we still expect Williams to see the bulk of the running back work for the Chiefs against the Patriots. Ware missed the last three games of the regular season and the Divisional Round playoff game with a hamstring injury.
|Lions settle on Darrell Bevell to run offense|
Served as Seahawks' OC from 2011-17
By: Doug Orth | Jan 17 2019, 10:55 pm
|The Detroit Lions announced today that they have hired Darrell Bevell as the team’s offensive coordinator. Bevell comes to Detroit after most recently spending seven seasons (2011-17) with the Seattle Seahawks as the club’s offensive coordinator. (detroitlions.com)|
FFToday's Take: Former OC Jim Bob Cooter was a holdover from the previous staff, so he was always likely to be considered expendable if the offense failed to perform well in 2018. In theory, Bevell will fulfill Patricia's edict to run the ball more often, although the former Seahawks' play-caller also got accused of calling too many passing plays toward the end of his time in Seattle. If Bevell does commit again to the ground game, Kerryon Johnson figures to benefit the most from his hire.
| Chiefs getting healthy ahead of AFC Championship|
Spencer Ware, Eric Berry among those practicing fully
By: Doug Orth | Jan 17 2019, 10:30 pm
|BR Spencer Ware (hamstring) and RB Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were limited in Wednesday’s practice but were upgraded today.
And with S Eric Berry getting in a second straight day of full participation, he looks like he’s ready to go against the Patriots. (Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt)|
FFToday's Take: Ware has been sidelined since Week 14. Damien Williams has emerged as the clear lead back in Kansas City, but the threat of Ware stealing even a handful of touches could put a sizeable dent in Williams' fantasy upside. Berry's return figures to be bad news for Rob Gronkowski this weekend, as the Chiefs made a habit of using him to shadow tight ends when he was last healthy in 2016. Given their struggles against tight ends in his absence, the Chiefs figure to ask him to resume that role.
| J.J. Watt gets cleanup work done on knee|
Bothered by knee discomfort throughout last season
By: Doug Orth | Jan 17 2019, 10:20 pm
|J.J. Watt had a minor knee cleanup following the season, source said. Sounds like he’s fine now, just some maintenance on an injury that bothered him during the season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This news is notable because it is Watt, who missed 13 games in 2017 with a tibial plateau fracture. However, he is coming off a 16-sack season, so this appears to be a non-issue. Owners should expect another high-impact season from the five-time All-Pro, who turns 30 in March.
| Kirkwood, Watson miss practice Thursday|
Saints receiver dealing with calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2019, 7:00 pm
|The New Orleans Saints injury report contained some good news and some bad news Thursday (Jan. 17).
Receiver Keith Kirkwood (calf) and tight end Ben Watson (illness) both missed practice for the second consecutive day, but offensive linemen Andrus Peat (hand), Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and center Max Unger were all upgraded to full participants. (Times Picyanue)|
FFToday's Take: Kirkwood played 53 snaps last week against the Eagles so if he misses, its likely Tre'Quan Smith will see increased reps against the Rams. It's likely Watson will be active this week but the Saints do not involve their tight end much in the passing game making Watson or Dan Arnold fantasy afterthoughts.
|Doug Marrone, Leonard Fournette clear the air|
A bumpy 2018 season for the Jags starting running back
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2019, 7:00 am
|Doug Marrone is optimistic about Leonard Fournette. “We had a good meeting. I’m not going to speak for Leonard, but when he left that meeting ... I think he’s in a really good place. That’s encouraging and I’m excited about that.” “We just talked: where we’re going, where we want to go, what we want to do,” Marrone said. “We set out a plan, and I feel good about it.” (Jaguars.com)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette missed 7 games this season mostly due to a hamstring injury but also didn't do himself any favors at times by involving himself in a fight against Buffalo in Week 12 which drew the wrath of Tom Coughlin. For what it's worth, Terry Robiskie has replaced Tyrone Wheatley as the team's running back coach. Given what transpired this past season and his injury history, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Fournette as anything other than a RB2 heading into 2019.
|Jaguars name John DeFilippo new OC|
Former Vikes OC takes same role in Jacksonville
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 16 2019, 11:30 am
|Coach Doug Marrone on Wednesday is expected to hire John DeFilippo as the team’s offensive coordinator, a position left vacant after Nathaniel Hackett was fired Nov. 26 amid sweeping changes. DeFilippo, 40, is an experienced offensive mind with a lengthy track record of working with quarterbacks. He most recently served as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator for 13 games during the 2018 season before being fired by coach Mike Zimmer amid offensive struggles and seeming philosophical differences. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: DeFilippo was the Eagles QB coach for two years before becoming the Vikings offensive coordinator last season. The Jaguars struggled on offense ranking 27th in total yards and 26th in passing yards. They'll likely be making a change at quarterback, moving on from Blake Bortles in free agency.
| Eagles confirm Carson Wentz as starting QB|
Foles likley to test free agent waters
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 15 2019, 11:00 am
|Eagles coach Doug Pederson put an end to the Carson Wentz-Nick Foles quarterback debate during his season-ending press conference on Tuesday. “Yes, Carson is the quarterback going forward,” Pederson said. “And in Nick’s case, we’d love to have everybody back throughout the roster but -- as I’ve said many, many times -- it’s not about one guy. It’s about the team and we’re going to do what’s best for the team.” (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Foles will be switching teams this off-season and Wentz, who missed five games with a bad back will return as the starting QB in 2019. Wentz is expected to make a full recovery this off-season. With more than a few teams searching for a quality quarterback, Foles should have no trouble finding a starting gig on the open market.
|Free agent Ingram wants to stay in New Orleans|
Sunday could be final game Mark Ingram plays for Saints
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2019, 8:00 pm
|The home playoff game Sunday could be the final time Mark Ingram plays for the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Due to become a free agent this offseason, the eight-year veteran who joined the Saints as a first-round drafted running back out of Alabama in 2011 has no obligation to stay in New Orleans beyond this season. “I’m not looking just to leave New Orleans,” Ingram said Monday (Jan. 14). My squad, you know we got a good squad. I feel like we could do this type of thing for many more years. I’m not looking just to bail out of New Orleans.” (Times Picyanue)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints would likely prefer to keep their one-two punch at running back for the right price however, Ingram could receive a better offer with a team needing a powerful lead back. Ingram is 29 and served a 4-game suspension to start the season.
|Beasley, Jarwin expected to be active|
Jarwin the healthier of the two
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2019, 7:30 am
|Despite being listed as questionable, Dallas Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley and tight end Blake Jarwin will be active for Saturday night's NFC divisional game against the Los Angeles Rams, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Beasley and Jarwin didn't practice this week because of ankle injuries. The players will workout pregame, with Jarwin having a better chance of playing, according to the source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Both Beasley and Jarwin missed practice all week so it remains to see how effective they will be against the Rams. Neither are viable fantasy plays given their low target volume and injury status.
| Sammy Watkins expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2019, 7:00 am
|Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins, questionable for Saturday's divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a foot injury, is expected to play, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Watkins has played in just one game since injuring his right foot in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins played all of one series in Week 11 against the Rams and hasn't played since with his foot injury. It's anybody's guess how healthy he is or how many snaps he'll see but it's likely he'll be limited in some fashion. His presence throws cold water on dart throw plays like Demarcus Robinson and Chris Conley.
|Releasing Antonio Brown not an option for PIT|
Team president: "All other options are on the table"
By: Doug Orth | Jan 10 2019, 7:00 pm
|Steelers President Art Rooney II said Thursday the team is not going to release Antonio Brown, but “all other options are on the table” following the wide receiver’s insubordinate behavior before and after the final regular-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He even went so far as to say it would be “hard to envision” Brown being with the Steelers when they report to training camp in July. Nobody in an official capacity with the Steelers has spoken with the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver since he left Heinz Field shortly after the game against the Bengals began (in Week 17). Brown has refused to return repeated phone calls from Rooney and coach Mike Tomlin. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: What first appeared to be a bit of a tantrum during a Week 17 practice now looks like it will result in Brown having played his final snaps as a Steeler. Rooney appears willing to figure out what has upset Brown, and Pittsburgh can't officially move him until at least March 13. Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, so that would seem to be the window for a trade. JuJu Smith-Schuster figures to become a high-end fantasy WR should Brown get dealt.
|Jags, Fournette "headed in the right direction"|
Team, RB clear the air about disappointing 2018
By: Doug Orth | Jan 10 2019, 6:45 pm
|Sources: RB Leonard Fournette met executive VP Tom Coughlin and the rest of the team’s brass to clear the air and move forward together for 2019, sources say. Sounds like it went well for both sides and things are headed in the right direction. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette's last transgression was not sitting on the bench the way Coughlin would have preferred in Week 17, but this meeting most likely had to do with his propensity for missing games and lack of conditioning when he did play in 2018. It would not be a surprise if Fournette slips into the third round of drafts this summer, mostly because his durability continues to be an issue. With that said, few backs possess his combination of expected workload and talent.
| Beasley, Jarwin listed as questionable|
Both missed practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2019, 4:00 pm
|Cole Beasley, Maliek Collins, Blake Jarwin and Xavier Su’a-Filo are questionable for Saturday night (John Machota on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both Beasley and Jarwin have missed practice this week making their status for Saturday iffy at best. Beasley aggravated his ankle injury last week and if he misses, Tavon Austin could see more reps in the slot. The Cowboys would likely used TE by committee if Jarwin sits, with Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers filling the void.
| Kyler Murray expected to enter 2019 draft|
Oklahoma QB was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2019, 2:20 pm
|The Oakland Athletics expect Heisman Trophy-winning QB Kyler Murray, the team’s top pick in June, to declare for the NFL draft Sunday, multiple sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder whom Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A’s outright. Should Murray opt to enter the NFL draft, the real question will come Feb. 15 when A’s position players report to Mesa, Ariz. - Murray has an invite to big-league camp. That’s when Murray would have to make a decision between football and baseball. One source told The Chronicle that Murray is leaning toward football. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: It was assumed for most of the college football season that Murray would play one year with Oklahoma before beginning his baseball career this spring. He appears to be torn now, and playing both sports is not an option given the time investment quarterbacks must make. Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have helped change the narrative of quarterbacks under 6-0, but Murray is shorter (5-9). Even with his exceptional mobility, he'll face a hard road joining that group at his size.
| Todd Gurley feeling no pain|
Rams RB practices on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2019, 5:45 pm
|Rams RB Todd Gurley is participating in practice today for the first time since Week 15. Sean McVay said Gurley told him he felt no pain in his knee when he arrived today. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley hasn't played or practiced since Week 15 but it would be a shock if he's not on the field Saturday against the Cowboys. He'll be the top fantasy running back on the board this week in a similar tier with Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara.
| Chiefs' Ware and Watkins limited on Wednesday|
Status uncertain for Saturday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2019, 4:00 pm
|Spencer Ware and Sammy Watkins were limited at practice today. (Chiefs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ware has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury while Watkins hasn't played any meaningful snaps since Week 9 with a foot injury. Both are trending towards being active this week but we won't know for sure until Friday. Both will be undesirable fantasy options for the Divisional round.
|Vic Fangio lands HC job in Denver |
Denver sticks with defensive minded head coach
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2019, 11:55 am
|The Denver Broncos have reached an agreement with Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become the team's next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano.
Fangio will receive a four-year contract that includes a team option for a fifth year, a source said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This will be Fangio's first crack at a head coaching position after 33 years in the league. He and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will need to resurrect an offense in Denver that struggled with Case Keenum at quarterback. The Broncos ranked 24th in total points and 19th in passing yards in 2018.
|Browns name Freddie Kitchens head coach|
Gregg Williams let go
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2019, 11:30 am
|The Browns on Wednesday will name Freddie Kitchens, 44, their ninth full-time head coach in the expansion era, a league source confirmed for cleveland.com. Kitchens beat out co-finalist and Vikings interim coordinator Kevin Stefanski, 36, for the job. Stefanski, who came to Cleveland for a second interview on Tuesday, will return to Minnesota as offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: In a corresponding move, the Browns fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator mid-season and has drawn praise from GM John Dorsey for his play-calling and giving the offense a boost in the second half of the season. Kitchens has NFL experience but 2018 was the first time he's reached the coordinator level.
|Cardinals set to hire Kliff Kingsbury as HC|
No NFL experience for Kingsbury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2019, 3:30 pm
|Kliff Kingsbury, who met with Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and General Manager Steve Keim thoughout the morning on Tuesday after interviewing with the Jets on Monday, is finalizing a deal with Arizona and could be introduced as the team’s new head coach as early as this afternoon. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: The NFL is falling all over themselves trying to find the next Sean McVay. The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks after one year while Kingsbury was recently hired to be USC’s offensive coordinator after being fired as the head coach at Texas Tech. Kingbury will have his work cut out for trying to get Josh Rosen up to speed as an NFL quarterback.
| Dwayne Haskins declares for draft|
Ohio State QB threw for 50 TDs in 2018
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2019, 8:30 pm
|Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has declared for the NFL Draft.
Good chance he'll be QB1 in Class of 2019. (The Record - Art Stapleton)|
FFToday's Take: Haskins threw for 50 touchdowns versus eight interceptions this past season and enters a class lacking much in the way of blue-chip talent at his position. As Stapleton suggests, it would be a mild surprise if he isn't the first quarterback taken. Quarterback-needy teams will almost certainly start targeting the No. 5 pick - one spot ahead of the New York Giants - in the days leading up to the draft if the top part of the draft board remains intact.
|Packers in on Matt LaFleur as head coach|
Tennessee OC makes the jump to HC in Green Bay
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2019, 5:35 pm
|The Green Bay Packers are expected to hire Matt LaFleur as their next head coach, sources told ESPN.
LaFleur spent last season as the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator and previously worked under Sean McVay for the Los Angeles Rams and Kyle Shanahan with the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The trend of hiring young offensive-minded coaches continues. The Titans certainty didn't perform well offensively in 2018 but it's safe to assume LaFleur has a better shot at producing a high-octane offense with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. This move is boost for Rodgers and hopefully Aaron Jones.
|Bruce Arians the next Bucs head coach?|
Two sides yet to have contract negotiations
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2019, 1:45 pm
|Bruce Arians remains the front runner for the Bucs HC job and it sure looks like it’s going that way. However, I’ve been told they’ve not entered into contract negotiations yet with Arians yet. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Various media reports suggest the Bucs and Arians on the path to Arians becoming the next head coach. Arians favored a vertical passing offense in Arizona which would be music to the ears Jameis Winston fantasy owners.
| Chargers activate Hunter Henry off IR|
LB Jatavis Brown placed on injured reserve
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2019, 1:00 pm
|After he practiced for three weeks, the Los Angeles Chargers placed tight end Hunter Henry on the active roster Monday, which means he could see action in an AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
To make room on the roster, the Chargers placed linebacker Jatavis Brown on season-ending injured reserve with an ankle injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Henry tore his ACL in May and has a chance to play eight months later. He participated in team drills last week and barring a setback should be on the field against the Patriots. Given the comments from head coach Anthony Lynn last week, expect Henry to be on a pitch count.
| Keke Coutee expected to play|
Missed last 5 games with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 5 2019, 9:00 am
|Texans WR Keke Coutee, listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is expected to be active and play in Saturday's playoff game against the Colts, per source. Coutee has missed the Texans' last five games. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coutee is a salary saver in DFS this week but comes with some risk given he's missed the last five games with a hamstring injury. He's been dealing with this injury since August but has been productive when on the field including a 11-109-0 line against the Colts back in Week 4.
| Ekeler limited Friday, expected to play|
Melvin Gordon off injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2019, 2:41 pm
|Chargers injury report - OUT: LB Jatavis Brown (ankle). DOUBTFUL: NT Brandon Mebane (not injury related). QUESTIONABLE: Austin Ekeler (groin). Ekeler was a limited participant in practice on Friday but expected to play on Sunday. (Eric Williams on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Melvin Gordon has been removed from the injury report which is a good sign although it's likely he's not at 100 percent. Ekeler will be a flex option against the Ravens who gave up 7 catches and 47 yards to Justin Jackson in the receiving game when these two teams met two weeks ago.
| All key Bears receivers expected to play|
Robinson, Gabriel, Miller practiced all week
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2019, 1:27 pm
|Receivers Allen Robinson (ribs), Taylor Gabriel (ribs) and Anthony Miller (dislocated left shoulder) will all play Sunday after practicing all week. (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson sat out last week's game but he and the rest of the key receivers are expected to go for Chicago against the Eagles. Philadelphia has given up the 5th most fantasy points to the position this season making the Bears wideouts attractive DFS options on a short slate.
| Hunter Henry will be on pitch count, if he plays|
TE doing individual work on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2019, 2:30 pm
|Anthony Lynn said a decision has not been made on if Hunter Henry will play, but if he is active the Arkansas product will be on a pitch count. (Eric Williams on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If Henry is going to make a fantasy impact, it's likely going to be on limited snaps. Henry is coming off an ACL injury and shouldn't be counted on as a fantasy contributor in the playoffs.
| T.Y. Hilton misses practice Wednesday|
Expected to play Saturday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2019, 2:00 pm
|Worth nothing Ryan Kelly, Clayton Geathers worked. Not least bit surprised T.Y. Hilton did not. He's not missing Saturday. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton's been bothered by an ankle injury for the last few weeks missing the majority of practice time. He's expected to play on Saturday and has WR1 value against a beatable Texans' secondary with no weather concerns.
|Antonio Brown requests trade|
Dispute with Big Ben leads to AB being inactive in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2019, 11:58 am
|Antonio Brown has requested a trade. Im told it was not a demand but he has asked to be dealt. Very unlikely Rooney would capitulate. Brown has issues with Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. Feels like the coach is too aligned with the QB. (Jason La Canfora on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown was inactive in a must-win finale for the Steelers after apparently getting into a tiff with Ben Roethlisberger earlier in the week then subsequently missing team practices and meetings. It's unlikely a trade will materialize but it's possible the Steelers have grown tired enough of Brown's diva attitude to explore their options. Stay tuned...
| Gordon, Hunter Henry likely to go in WC game|
RB injured knee in Week 17, TE set to return from ACL surgery
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2018, 6:00 pm
|Despite limping off in Sunday’s fourth quarter, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, per source.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry, who tore his ACL during the off-season, also is expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: For the second time this season, Gordon got hurt on a needless play (Chargers knew they likely had nothing to gain from a win or loss when the injury happened). Fortunately, it appears they avoided a multi-week injury this time. The bigger story here is Henry, who tore his ACL in May. It's hard imagining him being all that effective after returning to practice only two weeks ago and not playing a regular-season snap, but his presence could be a bit of a boost against a very good defense.
|Antonio Brown benched, not injured in Week 17|
Reportedly had headed dispute with QB during week
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2018, 5:45 pm
|Steelers WR Antonio Brown did not play in the season-ending game against the Cincinnati Bengals because he elected to sit out practice last week after a dispute with Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned. Several sources said the Steelers’ decision to not play Brown against the Bengals had nothing to do with any type of knee injury.
The disagreement occurred Wednesday morning during a routine walk-through practice that precedes their regular afternoon practice. Brown was disgusted and threw a football in Roethlisberger’s direction, several sources said. After that, Brown did not practice the rest of the week. According to a source, it was Brown’s decision not to practice with his teammates. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: While the fact Brown was benched (and not injured) is surprising, the fact he is again dealing with some drama is not. It's a shame of the league's best (and hardest-working) receivers cannot seem to grow up, but it's probably going to take something more than this for the team to move on from a player who tallied 104 catches, 1,297 yards and a team-record 15 touchdowns. Expect this "issue" to get ironed out in the offseason and for Brown to be an elite WR1 yet again.
|Cowboys will rest Ezekiel Elliott|
Darius Jackson and Rod Smith to split reps
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2018, 8:30 am
|Cowboys team sources tells me they will rest RB Ezekiel Elliott today. Expect backups Darius Jackson and Rod Smith to split reps instead against the Giants. RG Zack Martin also not expected to play ahead of playoffs (https://twitter.com/SlaterNFL/st)|
FFToday's Take: Despite Jerry Jones indicated earlier in the week that healthy players would play in a meaningless finale, it appears the Cowboys will indeed rest their star running back. It won't be a surprise if many of the other Dallas starters play limited snaps as well. Smith and Jackson will be difficult to trust in DFS given their unknown workload.
| Marcus Mariota not expected to play|
Blaine Gabbert to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2018, 8:15 am
|Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is not expected to play Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts primarily because of a nerve condition caused by a stinger, which has his overall playing status in jeopardy, sources familiar with his injury told ESPN.
Mariota is officially listed as questionable and reportedly will test his arm in pregame warm-ups. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This means that Blaine Gabbert will likely get the start tonight for the Titans in a must-win game against the Colts. The winner advances to the playoffs with the loser goes home. Gabbert under center decreases the value of Corey Davis as a flex consideration.
| Antonio Brown a gametime decision|
Doesn't look good
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2018, 11:22 pm
|Not a lot of optimism that WR Antonio Brown, listed as questionable for Sunday due to knee soreness, will play against the Bengals, per sources. Brown’s knee has not responded well to last week’s game on turf, and he did not take part in Saturday practice. Final decision Sunday. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Brown is trending toward being on the inactive list but we won't know for sure until pre-game warmups. Unfortunately for fantasy owners the Steelers play at 4:25 pm Eastern. If Brown sits, JuJu Smith-Schuster will be locked into a premium role.
|Teddy Bridgewater to start for Saints|
Saints have clinced the No.1 seed
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2018, 2:00 pm
|The New Orleans Saints plan to start Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in place of Drew Brees in Sunday’s season finale against the Carolina Panthers. “He’s had a good week, and he’ll play well," Payton said. The Saints have already clinched the No. 1 seed, so there are no playoff implications, which explains why the coaches want to rest Brees. (The Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Bridgewater hasn't started a game since 2015. He'll face a Panthers team with nothing to play for as well. This is a tricky spot for Bridgewater who will likely be playing with backup personnel on offense. It's likely Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Michael Thomas will be limited in this game if they play at all.