| Geno Smith suffers torn ACL|
Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to start Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 24 2016, 12:21 pm
|Sources: Based on initial MRI, belief is that #Jets QB Geno Smith tore his ACL. Incredible. Players in the locker room are learning about it (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith's time as the Jets No.1 QB was brief. He'll know have to wait a calendar year before getting a crack at a starting job again. Expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the starter Week 8 but given his uneven play it's not out of the question for Christian Hackenberg and/or Bryce Petty to see action toward the end of the season.
| Thomas Rawls expected back in a couple weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 24 2016, 11:45 am
|Carroll: “There’s a difference with Thomas Rawls out.” Said he expects him back in two weeks. (Stephen Cohen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Christine Michael has done a decent job in the absence of Rawls but head coach Pete Carrol's quick comment suggest Rawls will have a significant role when he returns. Rawls is a nice speculative add if he's available in your league.
| Limited workload for Jamaal Charles|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2016, 8:35 am
|Chiefs optimistic Jamaal Charles will be able to play today with a limited workload, per sources, but want to test him pregame to make sure. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Charles popped up on the injury report Friday with swelling in his surgically repaired knee. He's off the radar as a fantasy play with limited action expected. Spencer Ware may lose a few carries to Charcandrick West, but remains a solid RB1 against the Saints in Week 7.
| Terrelle Pryor expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2016, 7:30 am
|Officially a game-time decision, #Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is expected to play vs. the #Bengals, barring a setback, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor missed practice time this week but it appears he will give it a go in Week 7. The Browns are void of very few offensive playmakers so anything Pryor can give them today is much needed. Due to being less than 100 percent, Pryor is a Flex play only.
| McCoy expected to be active, could be limited|
25-35 play pitch count
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2016, 3:05 am
|Bills' RB LeSean McCoy, listed as questionable with hamstring, is expected to play today but could be on 25-35 play pitch count, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reports early this week stated McCoy would miss Week 7 but that appears to be in question as McCoy was able to make it through a limited practice Friday. If McCoy suits up it will take some of the shine off Mike Gillislee.
| Flacco expected to start|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 23 2016, 3:00 am
|Ravens' QB Joe Flacco, listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, is expected to start today vs Jets, per source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Flacco missed practice time this week but is expected to play although likely at less than 100 percent. A matchup with Jets is certainly good news for the Ravens QB and WR Mike Wallace.
| Jamaal Charles has knee swelling|
Chiefs RB now questionable, Ware more likely for huge workload Week 7
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 21 2016, 2:32 pm
|B.J. Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) on Twitter: "Jamaal Charles and Phillip Gaines are questionable for Sunday's game. Charles had some knee swelling and was limited at Friday's practice." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ugh. Charles owners were already dealing with a limited workload, but if they have Spencer Ware, this could be god news. Ware should now be considered an RB1 with more upside than before this news broke.
| Jordan Reed ruled out for Week 7|
Concussion will keep target monster from playing against Lions
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 21 2016, 2:26 pm
|Master Tesfatsian (@MasterTes) on Twitter: "TE Jordan Reed will be out vs. the Lions with a concussion #Redskins" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Master is a trusted source for the Washington Post and it looks like Reed is a scratch for this week. TE Vernon Davis and WR Pierre Garcon will likely pick up more targets.
| Tyler Eifert still not ruled out for Week 7|
Decision should be made before Sunday
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 21 2016, 2:23 pm
|Although tight end Tyler Eifert was limited in both practices this week with a sore back, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis didn’t rule him out of Sunday’s game against the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium after Friday morning’s walk-through. He said it won’t be a game-time decision, but he’ll make the call this weekend on whether Eifert plays for the first time this year. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Eifert, who said Thursday he could play, was on the verge of returning two-and-a-half weeks ago coming off ankle surgery, but hurt his back in the Oct. 3 practice. He'll be hard to trust in fantasy in his first week back even if he goes, but he might be worth a look in DFS.
| LeSean McCoy practices Friday, questionable|
Ryan: "We're not ruling Shady out at all"
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 21 2016, 11:45 am
|LeSean McCoy was front and center in the stretching line at Bills practice Friday and went through some basic pass-catching drills during the portion of practice that was open to media. Receiver Robert Woods and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus were not at the start of Friday's practice. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Rex Ryan went on to say: "We're not ruling Shady out at all. We'll be smart with him, but he looked pretty good [today]." It sounds like McCoy will be a gametime decision. If he sits, Mike Gillislee would get the start and be a solid RB2 against the Dolphins defense.
| Pryor could be limited if active in Week 7|
Hamstring injury; WR has yet to practice this week
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2016, 6:55 pm
|Terrelle Pryor suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter of a Week 6 loss to the Titans. He has not practiced this week, but Jackson said he'll need to see Pryor run before the end of the week to determine whether he can face the Bengals.
Perhaps Jackson inadvertently revealed Pryor will at least be limited against the Bengals when the coach said “obviously we will see more of (rookie receiver) Rashard (Higgins) this week.” (Akron Beacon Journal)|
FFToday's Take: It looks as though owners may need to make other plans. Jackson has reportedly "been dying" to give Higgins some playing time, so perhaps "Hollywood" has a shot at establishing a role behind Pryor and fellow rookie Corey Coleman with a solid performance against the Bengals in Week 7. That doesn't mean owners should rush out to add him, but his college pedigree is such to suggest he could be a player of interest next week.
|C.J. Fiedorowicz's pass-game role expanding|
Third-year TE drawing praise from coach, play-caller
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2016, 6:40 pm
|C.J. Fiedorowicz has become a larger factor in the Texans' passing game. Fiedorowicz is having a career breakthrough year. He's already caught 16 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-tying score during an overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts last weekend.
"He's gotten much better as a route runner. Obviously, Brock (Osweiler) has a lot of faith in him," HC Bill O'Brien said.
"We always talk to the players about expanding and creating their role and defining it. He's defining his role a little bit more in the passing game," OC George Godsey said. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Owners have been slow to warm up to Fiedorowicz, but this should help change that. The third-year tight end has drawn 20 targets over the last three weeks and caught 14 of them for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Fiedorowicz was already a strong blocker, so his improvement in the passing game should allow him to become a full-time player. Given the current landscape at his position, he could enter the TE1 discussion pretty soon. He's definitely worth streaming this week versus the Broncos.
| No practice for T.Y. Hilton on Thursday|
Hip injury; was limited in practice on Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2016, 6:00 pm
|After getting in a limited practice on Wednesday, T.Y. Hilton (hip) did not practice on Thursday. (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Anytime a player takes a step back on the injury front during the middle of the week, it's noteworthy. Owners need to keep an eye on Hilton's practice reports over the next two-plus days before deciding on locking him into their lineups. With Hilton hurt and Phillip Dorsett (foot, hamstring) also ailing, Andrew Luck could be throwing to Chester Rogers, Devin Street and Jack Doyle against Tennessee this weekend.
| McCoy not expected to play Week 7|
Could miss multiple weeks with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2016, 4:40 pm
|I'm told Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not playing this Sunday and could miss more time thereafter, depending on healing. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy also battled hamstring injuries last season as well. Owners should be prepared for a multi-week absence, although there has been no indication yet this injury is anywhere near as serious as the one that sidelined McCoy for four weeks in 2015. Mike Gillislee is the next man up and should be expected to receive a fairly heavy workload, getting the occasional breather from Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams. Gillislee should be treated as a RB2 until McCoy returns.
| Don Jackson likely to start Week 7 vs. Bears|
Eddie Lacy expected to miss most of regular season
By: Doug Orth | Oct 20 2016, 1:50 pm
|The Packers will determine later if Eddie Lacy’s season is over. But tonight, newly promoted RB Don Jackson will be the main back. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Owners can pretty much stick a fork into the impending free agent for 2016 as IR will keep him out until late into December. Even though the Packers traded for Knile Davis on Tuesday, Jackson is the right choice to start against the Bears if only because he has been around the team and should know the offense. Ty Montgomery, Knile Davis and perhaps even Randall Cobb might get some backfield work, so Jackson is a desperation start at best tonight. Davis is the better long-term bet, however.
| Eddie Lacy headed to IR, ankle surgery|
Don Jackson expected to be activated from practice squad
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 20 2016, 1:45 pm
|Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy needs ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday. The Packers are unsure if Lacy will miss the remainder of the season, the source said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers are expected to promote Don Jackson from the practice squad in time for tonight's game against the Bears. Lacy can be dropped from re-draft leagues once he officially goes on IR. Expect Ty Montgomery and Knile Davis to handle most of the work in the backfield tonight with Davis possessing more upside moving forward.
| Terrelle Pryor misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 20 2016, 1:00 pm
|Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor and cornerback Joe Haden both sat out practice Thursday for the second day in a row.
Pryor suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Titans, and Haden pulled a groin muscle the Thursday before the game.
Coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he's hopeful both can play Sunday in Cincinnati. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: If Pryor is at least limited on Friday, he'll have a good shot of playing Sunday against the Bengals. The Browns are thin at receiver, leaving Andrew Hawkins as a desperation play if Pryor sits.
| McCoy, Woods miss practice Thursday|
Bills bitten by injury bug
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 20 2016, 12:45 pm
|Running back LeSean McCoy was not on the field during the open portion of Thursday's Bills practice after sustaining a hamstring injury Wednesday that put his availability for this week's game in question. If Robert Woods can't play Sunday, the Bills receiving corps would be comprised of Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter, Walter Powell and Brandon Tate. Ryan has said previously that the team also has plays for running back Reggie Bush to be used as a slot receiver. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: The big news here is McCoy's hamstsring injury. Mike Gillislee would get the start against Miami if McCoy can't go. Given the run-heavy scheme in Buffalo, Gillislee would be on the RB2 radar.
| LeSean McCoy exits practice early|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 4:06 pm
|LeSean McCoy left practice early with a hamstring injury.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday the running back's hamstring was tight and will be checked by the medical staff.
Ryan said he wasn't immediately sure of the severity of the injury.
FFToday's Take: This is a noteworthy development considering LeSean McCoy's injury history and the Bills reliance on their star rusher. He'll likely miss practice Thursday and be questionable heading into the Bills' week 7 tilt with the Dolphins. Backup Mike Gillislee and his 5.7 YPC would see more touches in the event McCoy is unable to play.
| Doug Martin suffers setback|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 4:00 pm
|Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: "Doug Martin did unfortunately suffer a little setback a week ago Sunday and we'll just have to see when he can make it back. There's no timetable on that right now." Koetter emphasized that these injuries are no one's fault and that no one feels worse about it than the player. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Time to fire up Jacquizz Rodgers in Week 7. He's likely to see the bulk of backfield duties after receiving 35 touches in Week 5 against the Panthers. Rodgers has a decent matchup on the road against the 49ers making him a solid RB2.
| Odell Beckham, Jr. misses practice |
Considered day-to-day with hip pointer
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 3:55 pm
|EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has missed practice with a hip injury.
Coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday that he is taking a day-to-day approach as the star wide receiver deals with a hip pointer sustained in Sunday's 27-23 win over Baltimore.
FFToday's Take: The Giants are taking a cautious approach with their stud receiver as the team gets ready to cross the pond for a date with the Rams in London. This injury doesn't seem too severe but could be a game-time decision situation considering the travel.
| Latavius Murray returns to practice|
Tailback has missed last two weeks with toe injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 2:49 pm
|Running back Latavius Murray has returned to practice. (Raiders.com via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Latavius Murray is on the mend and could suit up as early as this weekend. His status for this weekend will likely depend on whether he can get in a full practice before the end of the week so monitor his progress over the next couple of days. Once cleared, Murray figures to retain his status as the team's top fantasy running back, albeit with limited upside in Oakland's RBBC trio with DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
| Carlos Hyde in danger of missing Week 7|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 1:45 pm
|Chip Kelly: It would be a "stretch" for RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) to play Sunday. #49ers (Eric Branch on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hyde is dealing with a shoulder injury and if he's unable to go, Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn would handle the running back duties for the 49ers. Davis has the more fantasy upside and should work most on early downs.
|Dak Prescott to start vs. Eagles in Week 8|
Romo may not be ready after Cowboys' bye week
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 19 2016, 1:30 pm
|NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday Dak Prescott will start Week 8 versus the Philadelphia Eagles, per a source informed of the situation. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 5-1 record and has been a top ten fantasy quarterback over the past three weeks. This news would indicate that Tony Romo isn't likely to be back until the calendar flips to November.
| Flacco dealing with shoulder injury|
Missed practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 1:10 pm
|Ravens coach John Harbaugh said QB Joe Flacco has a right shoulder injury. "He has a legitimate shot at playing Sunday. I don't know what the percentage is, " Harbaugh said. Flacco didn't practice Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Flacco will be able to go this Sunday against the Jets but we should get a better idea of his availability on Friday. Ryan Mallett would start if Flacco can't go.
| Terrelle Pryor misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 1:00 pm
|#Browns Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) says he won't practice today but is doing everything possible to play vs. #Bengals (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor is sole focus of the Browns passing game, so he would be sorely missed if he can't suit up against the Bengals. More updates to come...
|Geno Smith to start for Jets|
Jets need a spark
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 19 2016, 11:45 am
|Desperate for a spark, the New York Jets are turning to Geno Smith as their quarterback.
League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Smith will replace Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has compiled an 11-11 record as the Jets' starter over two seasons. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets season is circling the drain and with Ryan Fitzpatrick struggling with interceptions, the team is shifting to Smith who promptly through an interception on his one of his six attempts last week. Smith won't be a fantasy option. The Ravens-D makes for a nice streaming option in Week 7.
| Vincent Jackson lands on IR, knee injury|
Bucs thin at WR
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2016, 3:00 pm
|Just when it looked like the Buccaneers would be starting to get key players back from injury, the team announced Tuesday that veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with an ACL injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: At minimum, Jackson is out for 8 weeks, meaning he's droppable in all redraft leagues. The Bucs will press forward with Adam Humphries as the No.2 option in the passing game. Cecil Shorts is set to return to practice this week.
| Lacy misses practice Tuesday|
Status for Thursday up in the air
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2016, 2:30 pm
|Eddie Lacy didn't practice Tuesday, and a source told @Edwerderespn , "I can't see him playing'' Thursday against the Bears. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers traded for Knile Davis today and it's not out of the question for him to be the main ball carrier for the Packers on Thursday given the injuries at the position.
| Eric Decker undergoes hip surgery|
Shoulder surgery needed as well
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 18 2016, 2:00 pm
|The hip surgery was deemed necessary during an evaluation that occurred when Eric Decker was placed on injured reserve for a torn rotator cuff on October 12. The anticipated recovery time for the surgery is six months. Once Decker is off crutches, he will subsequently undergo a procedure on his shoulder. The estimated recovery for his shoulder surgery is eight months.
(New York Jets)|
FFToday's Take: Considering Decker's shoulder surgery is delayed, his status for the start of the 2017 season is in question. Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa remain the top two receivers for the Jets although the team is on the verge of spiraling out of control given the bad play at the quarterback position.
|Charles still not ready for heavy workload|
HC impressed with RB in first extensive action
By: Doug Orth | Oct 17 2016, 5:40 pm
|While Chiefs HC Andy Reid noted Monday that what it was good to have Jamaal Charles back “in all areas,” Spencer Ware still out-touched Charles 26 to 11 and logged more snaps, 40 to 15, an indication the Chiefs are still cautious with their star as he works his way back from a second torn ACL.
“Is he ready to carry it every down? I don’t think that’s where we're at right this minute. But he got more carries than he did against Pittsburgh, and his attitude — from the get go — has been give me the ball, I want to play. The attitude is awesome,” Reid said of Charles. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: It has been made very clear Ware is going to continue having a role, but his time as the lead back in the Chiefs' backfield is likely coming to an end soon. Charles is probably going to take over the lead role sometime in the next couple of weeks, making now a great buy-low opportunity for the 29-year-old back and a good time to see what Ware's trade value is.
| Terrelle Pryor dealing with hamstring injury|
Will be evaluated throughout the week
By: Doug Orth | Oct 17 2016, 5:25 pm
|Terrelle Pryor has a hamstring injury. HC Hue Jackson says they’ll see how that goes through the week. (Cleveland Browns on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Literally all five players who have received snaps at quarterback for Cleveland this season have missed game action, been released or are currently hurt. The team's top three receivers are either currently out or hurt as well. Pryor has emerged as the team's go-to receiver with Josh Gordon away and rookie Corey Coleman injured. Be sure to monitor his status throughout the week, but he's a WR3 with obvious WR2 upside if this ends up being a minor issue.
| Dez says he's playing against Philly|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 17 2016, 8:00 am
|As Dez Bryant walks off field he finds me and tells me "Don't have to ask me anymore, I'm good...playing against Philly" (Jane Slater)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7, which means Bryant should return in Week 8 against the Eagles. Bryant hasn't played since Week 3 but will be on the WR2 radar when he returns.
| Roethlisberger has torn meniscus|
Knee surgery required
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 11:00 pm
|The Post-Gazette learned Sunday night Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will have surgery this morning. There is no timetable for his return to the team. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Landry Jones will start Week 7 against the Patriots. Roethlisberger was injured in the 2nd quarter but returned to play in the second half. A more definitive update on Roethlisberger's recovery time will likely come later this week.
| Sammie Coates active, role unclear|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 11:20 am
|Steelers WR Sammie Coates is active with his fractured finger, as @JFowlerESPN reported. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Coates is shaping up a risky fantasy play given his injury situation. His exact role is unclear. Expect a heavy dose of Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown against the Dolphins.
| Arian Foster expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 10:30 am
|Here in Miami, the #Dolphins get a boost. Told both Arian Foster, S Reshad Jones to play. Secondary needs all help it can get vs #Steelers (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster was limited in practice this week with a groin injury. Given his fragileness and mediocre matchup, he's only a recommended fantasy play for desperate owners. His value comes in PPR leagues.
| Eddie Lacy expected to play|
Cobb to see snaps as backup RB
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 7:30 am
|Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is expected to play… but he’s the only RB who’ll be active. Expect WR Randall Cobb(!) to be the backup RB. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: James Starks was ruled out yesterday. Lacy should be a workhorse as long as he remains healthy. We've noted all week during Lacy updates that Cobb would likely see some extra touches from the backfield, increasing his fantasy value in Week 6.
| Zach Zenner, Justin Forsett to share workload|
Dwayne Washington not expectedt to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 7:15 am
|Lions' RB Dwayne Washington, listed as questionable with ankle injury, will not play today, per source. Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett carry (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions are depleted at running back with Theo Riddick (ankle) and now Washington (ankle) ruled out. Neither Zenner or Forsett are fantasy options. Golden Tate might be used a bit more in the short passing game as a result.
| Will Fuller unlikely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 16 2016, 7:00 am
|Texans' WR Will Fuller is unlikely to play tonight vs Colts due to a hamstring injury, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller was limited in practice this week but it appears will miss tonight's game with Colts. DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong and Braxton Miller should be the top three wideouts for Brock Osweiler.
| James Starks ruled out|
Lacy remains Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2016, 2:30 pm
|The Green Bay Packers will be without running back James Starks (knee) and may be without cornerback Quinten Rollins (groin) Sunday when they take on the Dallas Cowboys. (Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Starks is dealing with a knee injury and also missed time with the team this week due to a death in the family. Eddie Lacy remains questionable. With Starks out, don't be surprised if Randall Cobb sees a few extra snaps at running back in Week 6.