| Vernon Davis ruled out Sunday|
49ers' TE to miss second straight game
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:30 pm
|San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, despite practicing in a limited fashion all week long with a knee injury, has been ruled out of Sunday night's game at the New York Giants. Davis, in his 10th NFL season, sat out last week's game against the Green Bay Packers after suffering the injury the previous week at the Arizona Cardinals. He missed two games last season and one in 2013 but before then he had not missed a game since 2007. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Davis, like virtually every player on the 49ers' anemic offense, hasn't been a fantasy factor this year. With QB Colin Kaepernick struggling mightily of late, Davis is not even worth a bench spot at this point.
|Brian Hoyer gets starting gig back for Texans|
Ryan Mallett will fall back into backup role
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:20 pm
|Brian Hoyer has his job back as Houston's starting quarterback. Hoyer won the job out of camp but was pulled in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to the Chiefs after committing two turnovers. Ryan Mallett has started since then, but he has struggled and Hoyer took over in both of the last two games as the Texans fell to 1-4. Hoyer replaced Mallett in the second quarter on Thursday night and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted by Mike Adams with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the Colts' 27-20 victory. (ABC News)|
FFToday's Take: Aside from a late interception that sealed a Colts' victory, Hoyer looked sharp on Thursday night. The veteran slinger completed 77.1 percent of his passes en route to posting a 116.6 QB rating, and even added a 14-yard run for good measure. Unfortunately, though Hoyer has shown flashes of brilliance over parts of the past few seasons, these sorts of performances have been too few and too far between. He's nothing more than a bye week replacement in two-quarterback leagues.
| Cowboys' Sean Lee cleared to play Sunday|
LB suffered a concussion last week against the Saints
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:05 pm
|The Dallas Cowboys received good news regarding their defense Friday. Linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, will return Sunday when the Cowboys host the New England Patriots. Lee cleared the concussion protocol and had no limitations during practice Friday, according to the six-year veteran. The Cowboys’ defense will have its hands full in Week 5, as the Patriots’ offense has been rolling amid New England’s 3-0 start to the season. Lee’s return certainly will help, especially when it comes to slowing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been an absolute beast. Lee, a second-round draft pick in 2010, has played in just 50 games in his five-plus NFL seasons, but the 29-year-old has 12 career interceptions, second-most among active linebackers. (NESN.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys' are a stronger team with Lee in the lineup, but you'd be better off starting another defense this week with Tom Brady and the high-scoring Patriots' offense coming to town. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount could all conceivably feast on the Cowboys this Sunday.
| Julio Jones listed as questionable|
WR battling nagging toe and hamstring injuries
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 7:00 pm
|Will Julio Jones be ready for Sunday? The Falcons listed their star receiver as questionable for Atlanta's tilt with the Redskins because of the toe and hamstring injuries that limited Jones during Friday's practice. The team's official website noted that Jones saw reduced reps during the session in order to give the league's most dangerous pass-catcher more rest.
FFToday's Take: Perhaps bothered by the toe injury last week, Jones wasn't his usual prolific fantasy self, managing just 38 yards on four catches. Toe injury or not, as long as Jones is in the Falcons lineup, he should be in yours.
| Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy both out|
Anthony "Boobie" Dixon likely to see the bulk of the rushing work
By: John Canario | Oct 9 2015, 6:40 pm
|The Buffalo Bills' backfield remains haggard as we approach the weekend. Both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) missed practice again Friday, per Chris Brown of the team's official website. Both McCoy and Williams are officially out for Sunday's clash with the Titans. Williams remains in concussion protocol. With the injuries mounting, Boobie Dixon likely will get the start, with newly signed Dan "Boom" Herron a candidate to see a heavy workload out of the Bills' backfield. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Anthony Dixon's a bruising back who was serviceable but unspectacular for the Bills' last season. Don't expect much from the 28-year-old this week, even in a favorable matchup with the Titans.
| Marshawn Lynch out for Week 5|
Thomas Rawls expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 9 2015, 3:00 pm
|Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is OUT for Week 5 vs. the Bengals. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch has been dealing with various ailments including calf and hamstring injuries. Thomas Rawls is expected to start in Lynch's place and will be in the RB2 conversation against the Bengals. Rawls averaged 6.5 yards per carry against the Bears but just 2.8 ypc against the Lions.
| Steve Smith ruled out for Week 5|
Sustained four small fractures in his back in win vs. Steelers
By: Doug Orth | Oct 8 2015, 6:00 pm
|As if there was any thought that Steve Smith would play, Ravens OC Marc Trestman confirms that Smith is out Sunday. (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As expected. Kamar Aiken will serve as the de facto top receiver for the Ravens and probably line up opposite Marlon Brown. The Ravens also figure to get ex-Ram Chris Givens, who they acquired last weekend, a healthy amount of snaps. Aiken is shaping up to be a low-end WR3 this week while Givens may ultimately serve in the role the team expected the injured Breshad Perriman to play.
| Karlos Williams, McCoy miss practice Thu.|
Anthony Dixon likely to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 12:15 pm
|All signs continue to point to Boobie Dixon being the Buffalo Bills' starting running back Sunday in Tennessee. Granted, Cierre Wood or Dan "Boom" Herron could also be mixed in. But rookie Karlos Williams (concussion) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) were not at Thursday's practice. (The Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: If Williams can't get cleared by this weekend, Anthony Dixon would get the start with Cierre Wood filling a backup role. Dixon is more of a RB/FB hybrid and lacks big play ability but can be in the RB2 discussion this week against the Titans based on volume.
| DeSean Jackson limited on Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 12:05 pm
|The Redskins could receive some key reinforcements on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback DeAngelo Hall were both out on the field during Thursday’s practice. Jackson and Hall both participated during individual drills. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson is was limited on Wednesday as well as and is still very questionable to play this week. Jamison Crowder (7-65) was used over Andre Roberts last week against the Eagles and could see increased snaps this week if Jackson is out.
| Hasselbeck expected to start, Luck Questionable|
Luck to test arm in pregame warmup
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2015, 10:17 am
|Matt Hasselbeck flew to Houston planning to start for Colts, source says. Andrew Luck will throw pregame, but Hasselbeck expected to start (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Luck sat out last week's game with a shoulder injury and it appears the Colts are leaning towards resting him this week as well. T.Y. Hilton posted a 7-67 line while Donte Moncrief went 6-75 with Hasselbeck at the controls last week.
| RB Ellington set to return|
Role may be reduced in wake of sprained knee injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 8:00 pm
|Running back Andre Ellington primes for his return from a sprained knee on Sunday against the Lions, giving coach Bruce Arians his full complement of backs for the first time since the season-opening win over the Saints. Bruce Arians likes to spread the ball around, which is why 25 touches for any one player are unlikely at this point. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Cardinals will move forward under a RBBC that should be led by Andre Ellington with Chris Johnson and David Johnson splitting the rest of the workload. Ellington and Chris Johnson have the most fantasy value and remain worthy of starting in what has been a very productive scoring offense to open the year.
| Jordan Reed sits out of practice Wednesday|
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 5:30 pm
|Tight end Jordan Reed also did not practice because of a concussion and his availability for Sunday remains uncertain. (Redskins.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jordan Reed's status for Week 5 remains in limbo. Reed is in concussion protocol and his owners will need to have another option ready to go if he is declared out for Sunday. Derek Carrier caught a couple of passes while filling in for Reed last week and would be in line for similar production if asked to do so again.
| DJax says return against Atlanta is ‘possible’|
Limited in practice, returning from hamstring injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 3:55 pm
|DeSean Jackson declared himself pain-free after his first, limited practice Wednesday since straining a hamstring Sept. 13 and didn’t rule out the possibility that he might play Sunday at Atlanta.
Asked if he was optimistic about suiting up Sunday, Jackson said: “Trying to be. But it’s Wednesday. I got two more days to really be able to determine that. I think tomorrow will be a good day to find that out, and Friday will be another good day.
FFToday's Take: If Desean Jackson can find his way back to the field it would give the Redskins a huge lift on a passing offense that has only average 243 passing yards per game over the first month of the season. If Jackson is cleared to play he would be worth WR3/flex consideration for Week 5.
|HC Quinn to speak with Roddy White|
WR misses practice following displeasure over targets
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 7 2015, 3:00 pm
|FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Roddy White was excused from Wednesday's practice for personal reasons, but Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he would speak to the wide receiver about his desire for more touches when he returns. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: After missing Weeks 2 and 3 Roddy White saw four targets against the Texans in Week 4. He is clearly looking to re-establish his role in the offense and could take away opportunities from Leonard Hankerson in the process.
| Dixon to start if Karlos Williams can't play|
Williams in cocussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2015, 9:58 am
|Rex Ryan says Boobie Dixon is the No. 1 RB if McCoy/Williams cannot play but adds "hopefully we'll have one of those guys (vs Titans)." (Tyler Dunne on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Karlos Williams along with Sammy Watkins (calf) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. There's still hope that Williams will be cleared before Sunday but if he isn't, Anthony Dixon would get the start and be on the RB2 radar against the Titans.
| Eric Ebron exits with knee injury|
Lions TE backed up by journeyman Tim Wright
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 6 2015, 9:12 am
|Eric Ebron exited Monday night's Week 4 game against the Seahawks with a left knee injury. He was replaced in most sets by veteran TE Tim Wright.
FFToday's Take: TE Brandon Pettigrew missed Week 4 with a hamstring injury. Ebron was hurt while blocking when C Travis Swanson tumbled into the side of Ebron's leg. Luckily, Ebron pulled his leg out while Swanson was falling on it, but it had the looks of a bad sprain. Before exiting midway through the second quarter, Ebron caught 2-of-3 targets for 22 yards. This comes as a big blow to an offense looking for consistent targets aside from Calvin Johnson. Wright isn't worth a waiver wire pick.
| Marshawn Lynch expected to return Week 5|
Beast Mode had "best day" Monday -- but was inactive
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 6 2015, 9:06 am
|The Seahawks played Monday night’s game against the Detroit Lions without running back Marshawn Lynch, just the second time he's missed a game since coming to Seattle in 2010. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he could return versus Cincinnati.
He was replaced on Monday night by Thomas Rawls and veteran Fred Jackson. (Seahawks.com)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch had been listed as questionable on Saturday’s injury report with a hamstring injury, then was downgraded to out a day later.
“He wasn’t quite right,” Carroll said. “His best day was today. He ran pretty well in pregame, but they did not think he could sustain through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here, that he’ll be ready to go this next week.”
| Karlos Williams in concussion protocol|
Bills RB is questionable for Week 5
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 6 2015, 9:02 am
|Karlos Williams sustained a concussion during the Week 4 game against the Giants, but was not diagnosed until Monday night. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's possible to pass through the protocol in less than a week, but Williams should be considered questionable for Week 5. With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) out at least another couple weeks, the Bills would turn to Boobie Dixon, Cierre Wood and likely another live body if Williams can't go. It's also not outside the realm of possibility that the Bills put some running plays in for Percy Harvin.
| Luck has mild dislocation in right shoulder|
Report suggests doctors are concerned about labrum
By: Doug Orth | Oct 5 2015, 6:10 pm
|Andrew Luck suffered a subluxation of his throwing shoulder. A source close to the situation says at least three out-of-state experts have looked at the injury and given their input. Luck had an MRI a week ago. The injury is also known as a partial separation of the shoulder.
Doctors are concerned about Luck’s labrum, which is hard to read from the MRI with this type of injury. The biggest concerns about Luck at the moment are pain and arm strength. (Indy Sports Central)|
FFToday's Take: With two games in five days, the Colts likely made an organizational decision to rest Luck this weekend in order to give him nearly three full weeks to recover. If the injury is "just" a subluxation, he could be in line for Week 5. If his labrum is the problem, it could be a much more long-term problem for the Colts and fantasy owners. Matt Hasselbeck needs to be owned in most leagues by the end of the week.
|Kubiak: Hillman has the "hot hand"|
"Ronnie deserves more touches"
By: Doug Orth | Oct 5 2015, 6:05 pm
|Gary Kubiak on C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman: "I think deserve Ronnie deserves some more touches. He's got the hot hand right now." (Sirius XM Radio)|
FFToday's Take: The constant unrest within the Broncos' offensive line hasn't really given Anderson - an inside runner - a chance to get his season off the ground. Hillman's big runs this season have come mostly on perimeter runs - an area where he gets to exhibit his game-breaking speed - so he's the better fit for Denver right now. Consider Hillman a low-end RB2 that is big-play reliant and keep Anderson stashed. If Denver finds some continuity up front, he'll have value down the road.
| Jordan Reed dealing with sprained MCL, concussion|
No timetable for return
By: Doug Orth | Oct 5 2015, 4:00 pm
|Washington HC Jay Gruden says Jordan Reed has a sprained MCL, but came back from that. He also has a concussion and is in the protocol. No timetable. (ESPN 980 on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Obviously, the concussion is the bigger issue here. Reed has reportedly suffered at least five concussions dating back to his college days at Florida, so Washington and fantasy owners could be looking at an extended absence - perhaps through the team's Week 8 bye. Derek Carrier is next up on the depth chart behind Reed.
| Cowboys fear torn ACL for Lance Dunbar|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2015, 1:39 am
|Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar tore his left ACL and MCL on opening kickoff of the second half. Dunbar will have an MRI on Monday. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins gave Darren McFadden extra playing time in the second half of Sunday's game against the Saints. Even Christine Michael got a carry. Dunbar's role in the passing game will be missed. Joseph Randle remains the RB to own in Dallas.
| Andrew Luck out for Week 4|
Hasselbeck to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2015, 7:54 am
|Andrew Luck will not play today, per a team source. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Luck was "limited" in practice all week but in reality did very little on the field. Head coach Chuck Pagano's comments during the week stating he was confident Luck would play turned out to be gamesmanship nonsense. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start and the Colts receiving corps should be downgraded a notch.
| Arian Foster expected to play, barring setback|
Texans RB has missed first three games with groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2015, 7:34 am
|Barring pregame setback, Texans RB Arian Foster is expected to play today vs. Atlanta, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster has missed the first three games after having groin surgery in early August. He's been practicing this week but may be limited today against Atlanta according to media reports. Foster owners should expect no better than RB2 value if he plays.
| Marshawn Lynch 40-60 to play Monday night|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2015, 4:00 pm
|On Saturday, the Seahawks will issue their final injury report in advance of Monday night’s game against the Lions. Running back Marshawn Lynch likely will be listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, which will mean there’s a 50-50 chance he plays.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the current estimate is that Lynch’s chances of playing are more like 40-60.
FFToday's Take: Lynch owners need to be making other plans considering the game is Monday night. Thomas Rawls would likely get the start if Lynch doesn't play an be a nice alternative for Lynch owners. We likely won't know Lynch's status until gametime.
|Josh Scobee on the outs in Pittsburgh?|
Steelers to try out Chris Boswell
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 7:30 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the lookout for alternatives to struggling kicker Josh Scobee. NFL Media's James Palmer reports the Steelers will try out free agent Chris Boswell, who was with the New York Giants in training camp. Less than two weeks ago, coach Mike Tomlin insisted he had no concerns about Scobee after the kicker missed two field goals in the season opener and an extra point in Week 2. It certainly appears that Tomlin has changed his mind after Scobee missed two more field goals in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter in last night's crushing loss to the Baltimore Ravens. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: After last night, this should come as no surprise. Boswell is a bit of an unknown having yet to kick in an NFL season game, but if he supplants Scobee he could become a reliable fantasy kicker once Ben Roethlisberger returns to the lineup.
| Victor Cruz receives PRP injection|
No timetable for return
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 7:20 pm
|Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Thursday in his injured left calf. PRP is supposed to promote healing in the affected area. The procedure occurred at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "Hopefully it's able to make me feel better, and hopefully advance the recovery process in any way, shape, or form," Cruz said. Cruz aggravated a calf strain Wednesday in his first practice back. He lasted three plays after originally hurting the calf last month, admittedly a result of overcompensation following a serious knee injury he suffered last year. The MRI showed that the most recent aggravation of the calf isn't anywhere near as severe as the original injury, according to Cruz. He has yet to appear in a game, preseason or regular season. There remains no timetable for his return, but it does not appear it's on the horizon. Cruz will shut it down at least through this weekend as a result of the procedure. He will be evaluated Monday before a plan is devised. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz probably doesn't even deserve a bench spot at this point. He appears to be a ways away from returning, and Rueben Randle has shown that he is a more than capable WR2 for the Giants.
|RB Christine Michael set to debut for Cowboys|
Dallas managed -4 rushing yards in the second half last week
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 6:55 pm
|Christine Michael has worked with the first-team offense this week for the first time since the Dallas Cowboys acquired the enigmatic tailback from the Seattle Seahawks early last month. "That's good to see him work with our first group," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday, via USA Today. "I think he's up to speed with the offense ... He's been coming along really good." A healthy scratch in all three games to date, Michael says he finally "has the plays down" now. "He's done well. He's working hard," coach Jason Garrett said Friday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "... There are a lot of things to like about him." Although the Cowboys' backfield committee of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar combined for 245 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in last week's loss to the Falcons, they rushed for minus-4 yards after halftime. If the coaching staff is confident that Michael is ready to contribute on offense, he can offer a power-speed combination missing in the other three backs. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Randle remains the RB to own in the Cowboys' backfield, with Dunbar having value in PPR leagues. Michael isn't even worth a bench spot at this point.
| Ellington to play, but CJ2K to start|
Cardinals likely to use committee approach this weekend
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 6:05 pm
|Chris Johnson’s career prospects didn’t look like all that promising this offseason when he was recovering from a gunshot to the shoulder after a mediocre 2014 season with the Jets, but he landed with the Cardinals in August and got a chance to run as the team’s lead back when Andre Ellington hurt his knee in the season opener. Johnson’s made the most of it. He’s gained 182 yards on 42 carries the last two weeks and scored two touchdowns in last week’s rout of the 49ers. That production has earned Johnson an extended look as the starter. Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Johnson will remain the team’s starter against the Rams this Sunday even if Ellington returns to the lineup. Arians said Ellington is a game-time decision and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the back is expected to play this weekend. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: After a week where CJ2K turned in an impressive fantasy performance, it's anyone's guess which Cardinals' RB will be the one to shine this weekend. You'd have to think Chris Johnson is the favorite, but expect Ellington and rookie David Johnson to eat into his touches.
| Drew Brees expected to start Sunday|
QB to return to lineup following shoulder injury
By: John Canario | Oct 2 2015, 5:50 pm
|New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will start on Sunday after successfully testing his injured right shoulder in practice this week, coach Sean Payton said after Friday's practice. "I think he's planning on starting and we're planning on starting him," Payton said. "He looked crisp today. I think he's going to end up starting and based on the way the week unfolded each day, I felt like he's made the progress we're looking for." Payton said Brees did not have a torn rotator cuff. "The diagnosis was never a tear," he said. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints are looking to chalk up their first victory in 2015, and are hoping for better from Brees than they've received thus far. He'll be in tough against the Cowboys' stingy defense. It's worth noting that over his last two meetings with Dallas, he's amassed 732 passing yards and six touchdowns, but both performances came with Jimmy Graham in the lineup.
| Lynch expected to be gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 12:45 pm
|Reiterating much of what he said during his Thursday press conference on the status of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring), Carroll said the decision on whether or not to play the Seattle running back against the Lions is "probably going to go to game-time." "He’s got a slight hamstring pull, but for a running back that runs as crazy as he does it’s really important and crucial to him. But we’ll see how he goes, he’s working hard for us.” (Seahawks.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks don't play until Monday night so Lynch owners having to make a decision on Sunday should play it safe and look for other options. If Lynch sits, Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would see increased action.
| Andrew Luck limited in practice Friday|
Shoulder injury to Luck may give Hasselbeck the start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 12:05 pm
|Via Mike Chappell of IndySportsCentral.com, Andrew Luck was not out with the other quarterbacks at the start of practice Friday. He was limited both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. If he can’t go, the Colts would start veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who hasn’t started a game since Nov. 4, 2012. They signed journeyman Josh Johnson today since they were carrying only two on the active roster going into the week. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: The signing of Johnson tells is the Colts are concerned about Luck's availability for Sunday against the Jaguars. He's officially listed as Questionable. If Luck doesn't play, it would be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Hasselbeck who hasn't played in a regular season game since 2012. The Colts passing game as would also be devalued but RB Frank Gore would get a slight boost.
| Alshon Jeffery expected to miss Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 11:01 am
|Filed to ESPN: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) expected to miss Sunday's game vs. #Raiders, per source. Team hopes he returns next week. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It was reported earlier this week that Jeffery had a good chance of playing against the Raiders but that won't happen. The Bears will have Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson at the starting wideout positions but neither are intriguing fantasy options.
| DeSean Jackson out for Week 4|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2015, 7:30 am
|Redskins source tells me DeSean Jackson is out Sunday and possibly longer. Said "not even close." (Britt McHenry on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson will miss his grudge game against the Eagles leaving Pierre Garcon and TE Jordan Reed to be the top targets in the passing game for Kirk Cousins. Garcon is a WR3 consideration while Reed is a mid-range TE1.
| McCoy, Watkins likely out for Bills in Week 4|
RB could rest until hamstring is 100 percent
By: Doug Orth | Oct 1 2015, 7:15 pm
|The Bills won’t officially rule out either player, but there appears to be little chance that running back LeSean McCoy or wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the lineup against the Giants this weekend. McCoy has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks and said earlier this week that he thought there would be some benefit to sitting out this week’s game in hopes of getting himself closer to 100 percent for Week Five and beyond. Watkins suffered a calf injury last Sunday and, like McCoy, hasn’t practiced this week.
“We won’t say out. But yeah, you guys can figure it out,” Ryan said, via Joe Buscaglia of WKBW. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills are taking the approach with McCoy they probably should have used in Week 1, but at least they sound committed to getting "Shady" healthy. Karlos Williams should be considered a must-start, even against a Giants' defense that has been pretty stout so far. Robert Woods and Percy Harvin should see extensive action in Watkins' absence, although Charles Clay is likely to be the best fantasy play of the pass-catching options.
| Stewart, Tolbert miss practice Thursday|
Leg injury for Stewart
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2015, 12:30 pm
|Mike Tolbert (groin), Jonathan Stewart (tibia), Josh Norman (personal day) and Charles Tillman (vet day) did not practice today. #CAR (Carolina Panters on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart missed Wednesday's practice as well and while there was some belief that he would be available for Sunday's game against the Bucs, his status is now in question. Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker would likely form a committee if both Stewart and Tolbert aren't able to go. Neither would be worth your fantasy lineup.
| Kenny Britt misses practice again|
Shoulder injury has Week 4 status uncertain
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 7:30 pm
|Wide receiver Kenny Britt missed his second day of practice with a shoulder issue. "He banged his shoulder a little bit in the (Pittsburgh) game," Fisher said on Tuesday.
FFToday's Take: Kenny Britt has struggled to sustain any fantasy value over the past few seasons. He appeared to have taken a step a week ago seeing double-digit targets for just the second time in his career to lead the Rams' wide receiving corps. His shoulder injury puts his week 4 status in doubt but he retains value in deeper formats.
| Cutler and Jeffery return to practice for Bears |
Both limited in practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 6:16 pm
|The down-and-out Chicago Bears saw a pair of offensive starters return to the field on Wednesday. Quarterback Jay Cutler and wideout Alshon Jeffery both practiced on a limited basis after missing time with hamstring injuries, per Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
FFToday's Take: The Oakland Raiders are one of three teams yielding over 300 passing yards per game so getting either player back this week would be a huge lift for Chicago's offense. Jeffery seems a little closer to returning than Cutler but fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on the practice reports this week.
| Marshawn Lynch '50-50' to play MNF|
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 5:15 pm
|Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is dealing with a hamstring injury that, according to a source, makes him "50-50" to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions.
The Seahawks might not have clarity on whether Lynch will be able to play until this weekend. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Lynch would undergo an MRI this week.
FFToday's Take: Unless more information following the MRI becomes available prior to Sunday, fantasy owners may have to play it safe with Marshawn Lynch this week. Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would filled the void last week and a similar role would be in store for them if Lynch is limited or unable to play entirely.
| Andrew Luck day-to-day|
Colts' QB lands on injury report with shoulder injury
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 30 2015, 4:44 pm
|INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is day-to-day with a right shoulder injury, coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday.
Pagano said he has "supreme confidence" that Luck will play in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
FFToday's Take: This injury doesn't seem serious enough to keep Andrew Luck from suiting up in Week 4. Expect Indianapolis to give their quarterback a lighter practice week and update his status on Friday.