| Paxton Lynch likely to start for Broncos|
Siemian dealing with foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:55 pm
|All signs point toward Paxton Lynch getting his second NFL start Sunday at Jacksonville, as Trevor Siemian recovers from a left foot injury. Siemian injured his foot early in the overtime period against Kansas City last Sunday, and missed his third consecutive practice Friday as a result. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos are hoping their defense can carry them to victory over a banged-up Jacksonville squad in Week 13. Lynch went 23-35 for 223 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT in his only start back in Week 5 against the Falcons. The passing game takes a step down with Lynch at QB and makes the Jaguars-D a more attractive punt play.
| DeVante Parker misses practice Friday|
Unlikely to be cleared before Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:45 pm
|Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker did not participate in the portion of practice open to reporters on Friday, more indication that he’s unlikely to be cleared for Sunday’s game at Baltimore.
Parker, who is battling a back issue, rode a stationary bicycle and then ran around the perimeter of the practice field. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Parker will be on the Inactive list this Sunday. Kenny Stills should see an increased workload along with Jarvis Landry and Leonte Carroo. The Dolphins-Ravens game has the makings of a low-scoring affair making this a game to avoid for fantasy owners.
| Jordan Reed ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:15 pm
|Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Arizona because of a shoulder injury. Defensive end Anthony Lanier also is out coach Jay Gruden said. (http://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/n)|
FFToday's Take: Reed is dealing with a serious shoulder injury that could keep him out multiple weeks so it's no surprise he'll miss Week 13. Vernon Davis will get the start and be a viable TE option however, the Cardinals have given up the fewest fantasy points to the tight end position making Davis more of a TE2.
| Watkins practices Friday, expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:05 pm
|Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin was back at practice Friday after leaving Thursday's session early with a wrist injury.
Sammy Watkins, who returned from injured reserve last week but is playing with a broken bone in his foot, was also on the field Friday morning. He was held out of practice Wednesday and was a limited participant Thursday. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: HC Rex Ryan said "He's going to play" regarding Watkins' status for Week 13. He's obviously not 100 percent healthy so starting him comes with a fair amount of risk. His matchup against the Raiders is decent as Oakland has allowed 7th-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
| Chris Ivory, Hurns out, Julius Thomas doubtful|
Jaguars down multiple offensive pieces
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2016, 1:00 pm
|The team ruled out several key players for Sunday’s game against visiting Denver: receiver Allen Hurns, running back Chris Ivory, defensive end Jared Odrick and receiver Rashad Greene.
Tight end Julius Thomas (back) is considered doubtful. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns and Ivory are both dealing with hamstring injuries. Expect T.J. Yeldon (ankle) to play but he's likely to share reps with Denard Robinson. With Hurns and Thomas out, Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee should see the bulk of targets against the Broncos. Neither are recommended fantasy plays given the competition.
| Sammy Watkins unlikely to finish season?|
OC doesn't know if Watkins will play one play or 20 plays
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 7:35 pm
|Bills OC Anthony Lynn bluntly declares Thursday that "last I heard, [Sammy Watkins] has a broken bone in his foot." Lynn doesn't know whether Watkins will play "1 play or 20 plays," and says he is uncertain whether Watkins will be able to finish the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It seems more likely than not Watkins will try to push through his injury as long as the Bills remain in the playoff race, but his availability each week certainly cannot be taken for granted. This news makes him more of a dice-roll WR3/flex moving forward than a possible WR2 with a favorable fantasy playoff schedule.
| Chris Ivory unlikely to play Week 13|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 7:25 pm
|Jaguars RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) did not practice for 2nd straight day. He's unlikely to play vs Broncos. (Mark Long on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ivory has yet to practice since suffering the injury, so owners can figure to see plenty of T.J. Yeldon (ankle) if he continues to make progress. With that said, the smarter move is to bench all Jaguars this week, as the Denver defense should smother Jacksonville and its mistake-prone offense.
| Aaron Rodgers limited in practice Thursday|
"Appears on track to play" despite hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 7:20 pm
|Aaron Rodgers' reps were limited during the open portion of practice on Thursday presumably to keep the strain off his ailing left hamstring, but he appears on track to play. He split his time between practice and work with the trainers. Brett Hundley handled the rest. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers was extremely limited with a painful calf injury a couple of years ago and played through it, so he seems like a good bet to play through this injury as well. His mobility will likely be compromised, however, and there is always the possibility he will make the injury worse by pushing through it. Despite his likely limitations, he remains an elite QB1 play in fantasy.
| Rob Gronkowski out indefinitely|
Surgery planned for injured back Dec. 2
By: Doug Orth | Dec 1 2016, 2:05 pm
|Bad news for Rob Gronkowski: Back injury ended up being worse than originally believed. He will have surgery tomorrow, per source. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk is reportedly dealing with a ruptured disk and will be sidelined roughly eight weeks, which would put him out through the week before the Super Bowl. It would seem to be good news for Martellus Bennett owners, but he isn't even close to fully healthy and probably hasn't been since September. With no other tight end capable of picking up the slack, expect James White, Dion Lewis and probably even Malcolm Mitchell to absorb extra targets down the stretch.
| A.J. Green to miss Week 13|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2016, 11:45 am
|Sources close to A.J. Green tell me the Bengals wide receiver will miss his third straight game on Sunday. I'm told his hamstring is healing as expected, but that he won't be ready this week. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Green's absence from the lineup was anticipated. Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell and TE Tyler Eifert will be the top receiving options for Andy Dalton against the Eagles. RB Jeremy Hill saw a season-high six targets with Green out last week.
| Derek Carr puts in full practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 7:45 pm
|ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, three days after dislocating his right (passing) pinkie in two places on a mistimed snap from center Rodney Hudson. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Derek Carr will likely play the majority of this weekend's game out of the shotgun to minimize any potential contact on his injured pinkie finger. The injury makes Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree riskier fantasy options for Week 13. Not only will Jack Del Rio have more incentive to run the ball if Carr's accuracy is off but any hit to the hand may also force him out of the game.
| Colts' Luck on track to play|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 6:15 pm
|It appears Andrew Luck is on track to return to action Monday night against the Jets.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters the quarterback remains in the concussion protocol, but Luck told reporters after practice Wednesday that he participated in the session with no restrictions.
FFToday's Take: This is great news for an Indianapolis offense that struggled to get much going with Scott Tolzien under center last week. Barring a setback, Andrew Luck will be a big boost for the fantasy values of T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
| Trevor Siemian held out of practice|
Foot sprain leaves status for Week 13 up in the air
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 5:27 pm
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian was held out of practice Wednesday due to a foot injury and his status Sunday for the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars is in question.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak called the injury "a foot sprain,'' and Siemian has worn a walking boot on for the past two days.
FFToday's Take: Gary Kubiak indicated that Trevor Siemian could still play even if he missed practice all week so this situation remains very fluid. Rookie Paxton Lynch will continue to see first team reps in practice and would get the chance to start if Siemian can't play on Sunday.
| Dolphins tackle Branden Albert practices|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 30 2016, 5:23 pm
|DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert has returned to practice after missing the past two games because of a dislocated left wrist. Left guard Laremy Tunsil, sidelined last week by a shoulder injury, also practiced on a limited basis. Center Mike Pouncey remained sidelined by a hip injury.
FFToday's Take: Jay Ajayi hasn't been quite as dominant in recent weeks but the return of Branden Albert and Larry Tunsil would only improve an offense that is averaging 26.8 points over its current six game winning streak.
| Jordan Reed sidelined Wednesday|
Separated AC joint in shoulder
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2016, 1:15 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed remained sidelined as the Washington Redskins returned to practice Wednesday following Tuesday’s day off.
Reed, who separated the AC joint in his left shoulder in the Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas, wore his jersey, but only watched as his teammates went through individual and unit drills. Reed hasn’t yet been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Arizona. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: It's going to be a tough for Reed to play but he has yet to be ruled out. It's unlikely he'll get in any full practices this week. Reed owners should be looking for other options (Vernon Davis?) in Week 13.
| Mathews and Matthews miss practice for Eagles|
Jordan Matthews expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2016, 1:05 pm
|Running back Ryan Mathews (knee), Jordan Matthews (ankle) headline the walking wounded.
Mathews remains officially listed as day-to-day and Pederson explained that he is "doing good," but was held out of practice as a precaution.
Pederson said that Matthews will be fine for the game after X-rays on his ankle were negative. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan Mathews is likely to miss Week 13 with his knee injury but it sounds like WR Jordan Matthews will be available after spraining his ankle Monday night. Matthews will be on the WR3 radar against the Bengals.
| Jeremy Maclin back on practice field|
Testing out injured groin
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2016, 1:00 pm
|WR Jeremy Maclin and LB Dee Ford are back to practice today for the Chiefs. Both may be limited in their participation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin will "test things out" according to head coach Andy Reid. Maclin will likely be listed as a limited participant. Maclin has been out of action since very early in Week 9.
|No plans to reduce Ezekiel Elliott's workload|
Cowboys owner will continue to feed rookie RB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 29 2016, 10:27 am
|Drew Davison (@drewdavison) on Twitter: "On @1053thefan, Jerry Jones says there's no concern about Ezekiel Elliott's workload and no plans to reduce it going forward." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There might be a change in atitude once the Cowboys clinch their various playoff milestones (spot, division, bye, home field) but for now, Elliott is producing and Alfred Morris is handling every third series or so. Make sure you have Morris if you're an Elliott owner.
| Sammy Watkins making impact, primed for breakout|
Bills WR over foot injury and ready for Week 13 at Oakland
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 29 2016, 8:40 am
|"I didn't really care about catching the ball," Sammy Watkins said after the Bills' 28-21 win at New Era Field. "I just wanted to feel good. Go out there, block a couple of plays, just get the feel of the game." (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins seems to be over the foot injury. He played a little less than half of the snaps in Week 12 but should be heavily involved against the Raiders. Expect 8+ targets and WR value from the oft-injured WR.
| Jordan Matthews leaves game with ankle injury|
WR Dorial Green-Beckham picks up slack (5-82-0) in loss to Packers
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 29 2016, 8:33 am
|Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews is dealing with an ankle injury in the aftermath of Monday's 27-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. His playing status for Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals is unclear. (Bleacher Report)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews left the game and briefly returned before leaving for good shortly after the start of the second half. Dorial Green-Beckham is still a pretty raw receiver who frequently makes costly mistakes -- as he did on an offensive interference penalty that wiped out a long catch-and-run by Darren Sproles in the second half. If Matthews misses time, he'll be the Eagles default WR1, but expect Sproles and doghouse-occupying Nelson Agholor to get more targets in Week 13.
| Derek Carr expecting to push through finger injury|
Dislocated right pinkie finger on snap in Week 12
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 8:00 pm
|Derek Carr to 95.7 on his Week 12 finger injury: "It's a little sore, but that's expected. But should be good. Just get some swelling down & we'll be all right." (Jimmy Durkin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carr looked as sharp as ever after missing only one series, so it as problematic as a dislocated digit on a quarterback's throwing hand sounds, owners shouldn't expect it to be much of an issue for him moving forward. Carr should be considered a rock-solid QB1 in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills.
| David Johnson has dislocated finger|
Expected to play without limitations
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 7:50 pm
|Head coach Bruce Arians: David Johnson (has a) dislocated finger, he'll be fine. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Opposing defenses haven't been able to stop him, so why would a dislocated finger? Seriously, Johnson is averaging over 139 total yards per game and has 55 receptions, making him a PPR goldmine. He also has 11 touchdowns, so he is doing it all and then some. He should be considered a top-three play virtually every week.
|Goal-line work in Derrick Henry's future?|
DeMarco Murray averaging less than 3.3 YPC over last two weeks
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 7:40 pm
|Mike Mularkey said the Titans have discussed using Derrick Henry more in short-yardage situations. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It was thought the 247-pound Henry was going to steal at least some of the goal-line carries when he was drafted and again when he impressed in the preseason, but Tennessee opted to give DeMarco Murray a league-high 274 touches through the first 12 weeks of the season. Now it appears the Titans, at the very least, may want to take away the potential high-impact touches from Murray. Look for Henry to steal at least 8-10 touches from Murray moving forward, putting him on the flex radar.
| Tyrell Williams should be OK for Week 13|
HC: "He's good. He's a little sore."
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2016, 7:00 pm
|Mike McCoy on WR Tyrell Williams' shoulder injury: "He's good. He's a little sore. He's a little sore when he came down on it." (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams caught 8-of-14 targets in just over three quarters, so he easily could have had a bigger day. Expect him to suit up in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Bucs, who don't have an answer for a player with his size and skill. He'll be a high-upside WR2 at worst in that contest.
| Stefon Diggs returns to practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2016, 1:30 pm
|Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who missed last week’s loss to the Lions with a knee injury, returned to practice this morning, albeit on a limited basis. He seemed to be feeling good, too. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs has been heavily targeted since the Vikings made a switch at offensive coordinator. He's trending in the right direction for a Thursday night contest with the Cowboys.
| T.Y. Hilton: "I should be fine"|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2016, 12:30 pm
|T.Y. Hilton on how much better his back feels today versus late Thursday/Friday:
“I feel way better than I did then. I should be fine.” (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton landed heavily on his back in Week 12 but should be able to go in Week 13. Assuming Andrew Luck (concussion) is back under center, Hilton will have a tasty matchup against the Jets.
| Michael Floyd will play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2016, 11:00 am
|Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is playing today. He just told me. (Britt McHenry on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd has been dealing with a hamstring injury but after going through pre-game warmups declared himself a go. His matchup is a great one playing against a Falcons defense minus DB Desmond Trufant that's given up the 7th-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
| Mark Ingram expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2016, 8:30 am
|Saints' RB Mark Ingram, recovering from a concussion and listed as questionable for today's game vs. Rams, will play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: After practicing all week, Ingram need to be cleared by an independent doctor in order to clear the final hurdle of the league's concussion protocol. He'll split time with Tim Hightower as the Saints battle the Rams.
| Sammy Watkins expected to start|
Percy Harvin dealing with migraines
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2016, 8:15 am
|#Bills WR Sammy Watkins, activated off IR on Sat, will not only play but start, source said. His playtime will depend on how his foot feels. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Percy Harvin (migraines) and Robert Woods (knee) expected to miss this week's game, Watkins will be in the starting lineup and play as much as his foot will let him. He's a risky start but could help owners is a bind at the wide receiver position.
| Gronkowski expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2016, 8:00 am
|After missing last week's game, #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (lung) is expected back vs. the #Jets, sources say. This was the hope all along. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk was limited in practice this week but it appears he's going to give it a go. The Pats/Jets kickoff late this afternoon making Gronk a risky start for fantasy owners. He's wroth the roll of the dice against the Jets.
| Jordan Reed could miss time, sprained shoulder|
Grade 3 AC joint separation
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2016, 4:45 pm
|Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, the team’s leading receiver, suffered a Grade 3 AC joint separation in his left shoulder. Reed’s left arm is in a sling, and the team is taking his situation “day by day,” Gruden said. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Reed does have a few extra days to heal but it won't be a surprise if he sits out Week 13. Reed owners should be eyeing Vernon Davis on the waiver wire.
| Gronk questionable, limited in practice Friday|
Tight end's status unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2016, 4:30 pm
|Tight end Rob Gronkowski was also a limited participant on Friday to wrap up a week of practices after missing last Sunday’s game with a chest injury. There was a report Thursday that Gronkowski will miss this week’s game as well, but the Patriots have listed him as questionable along with Brady. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Basically all of the Patriots fantasy relevant players in the passing game are questionable. Tom Brady, Gronk, Julian Edelman, Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan. It would be a complete shock if Brady, Edelman and Bennett didn't play. Gronk and Hogan are still up in the air. Perhaps we'll get more clarification before the late-afternoon kickoff on Sunday.
| Ryan Mathews misses practice Friday|
More reps for Smallwood?
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2016, 12:10 pm
|Still no Ryan Mathews. Even if he plays, likely won't be in similar role. Expect to see more Smallwood. (Zach Berman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews sprained his knee last week and even though the Eagles play on Monday night, Mathews is shaping up to be on the inactive list. Wendell Smallwood should get a bump in usage but Darren Sproles (ribs) and Kenjon Barner will also see action limiting the fantasy upside of all Eagle RBs.
| Julius Thomas out, Yeldon questionable|
Jaguars down two at tight end
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2016, 11:45 am
|The Jaguars already knew they’d be without tight end Marcedes Lewis for Sunday’s game at Buffalo.
Now, they’re without Julius Thomas as well.
The Jaguars (2-8) announced the two-time Pro-Bowl tight end will miss Sunday’s game with the Bills (5-5) because of a back injury. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: With Thomas and Lewis out, the Jaguars are down to Ben Koyack at the tight end position. He won't be a recommended fantasy option against the Bills. Yeldon is battling a sprained ankle and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. If Yeldon, sits Denard Robinson would see increased playing time but Chris Ivory would remain the lead back.
| Bucs welcome pair of RBs back to practice|
Bucs must decide on Charles Sims within next 21 days
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 23 2016, 7:23 pm
|TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers running backs Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers returned to practice Wednesday.
Sims has been on injured reserve since suffering a knee injury in Week 4, but he has been designated as the team's player to return from IR. The Buccaneers have 21 days to decide whether to activate Sims and add him to the 53-man roster.
FFToday's Take: Doug Martin has 40 carries in the two games he has played since returning from his own injury and is locked in at the top of the depth chart. He should continue to be a RB2 even after reinforcements arrive but fantasy owners should be weary of the potential for a RBBC to develop in the coming weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers is nearing a return and could step into a complementary role similar to Sims' earlier this season but his status for Week 12 remains up in the air. A return by Charles Sims in the next three weeks would only add another useful option for Tampa to mix into the offense so stay tuned as this situation evolves.
| Safety Earl Thomas not expected to play|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 23 2016, 6:46 pm
|Coach Pete Carroll said before Wednesday’s practice that Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead are each unlikely to play Sunday at Tampa Bay due to hamstring injuries either suffered or aggravated in Sunday’s win over the Eagles. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Earl Thomas is typically one of the easier defensive back choices for IDP league owners but they will need to find a replacement for Week 12. Thomas has 22 tackles on the season and has already tied his career mark for pass defenses in a single season with nine.
| Stefon Diggs unlikely to play|
Listed as questionable, knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2016, 4:35 pm
|Even though he is listed as questionable for Thur vs. Detroit, Vikings WR Stefon Diggs is unlikely to play due to knee injury, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs knee injury apparently is going to cause him to sit this week. In steps Adam Thielen who is definitely worth a look against a mediocre Lions defense. These teams faced each other back in Week 9 where Thielen went for 4-68 with Diggs in the lineup.
| John Fox says Cutler is day-to-day|
Shoulder injury could sideline Bears QB for the rest of the season
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 23 2016, 4:24 pm
|The Bears don't think quarterback Jay Cutler is done for the season just yet.
Coach John Fox said that Cutler's right shoulder injury is "not season-ending, contrary to the reports you hear." He added that he is not sure if Cutler will definitely be out against the Titans on Sunday.
FFToday's Take: John Fox is simply trying to cast a smoke screen in the direction the Titans. Actions tell the story here with Cutler reportedly seeking out a second opinion and the team signing David Fales to serve as Matt Barkley's backup.
| Browns designate RG3 to return from IR|
QB takes part in non contact drills Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 23 2016, 1:45 pm
|CLEVELAND, Ohio -Robert Griffin III took another major step back to the playing field Wednesday when he was designated for return from injured reserve.
He practiced Wednesday for the first time since fracturing the coracoid bone in his left shoulder during the season opener at Philadelphia.
FFToday's Take: Robert Griffin III could find himself quarterbacking an improved offense as the Browns evaluate the future of the franchise. RG3 hasn't been cleared for contact yet but there is a real chance that he could return to give Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman and Gary Barnidge a boost leading into the fantasy playoffs.
| Rob Gronkowski expected to miss Week 12|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2016, 8:45 am
|Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play this Sunday against the Jets. The Patriots staff is prepping the offense without him per sources. (Dianna Russini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk took a vicious hit to the chest in Week 10 that caused him to miss Week 11. Martellus Bennett will once again be on the TE1 radar in a matchup with the Jets who are right in the middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to the position.