|Mike Gillislee to remain goal-line back|
Backup RB already has six scores in 2016
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2016, 8:35 pm
|Bills OC Anthony Lynn says Mike Gillislee will continue to get red zone carries. "That's his role," Lynn says, praising Gillislee's decisive running. Gillislee had two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to Oakland, getting goal line carries over LeSean McCoy and Jonathan Williams. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The news is a bummer for McCoy's fantasy value but not exactly something that has kept him from being a RB1 all season in one of the run-heaviest offenses in the league. As long as Shady is getting his usual 20-plus touches every week, his RB1 status should be secure.
| Jordan Reed eyeing Week 14 return|
Injured shoulder feeling better
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2016, 8:25 pm
|Jordan Reed believes he'll play Sunday. Feels he's gotten all of his range of motion back. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Don't go dropping Vernon Davis or any of your other tight end options quite yet. A Grade 3 AC joint separation is a "complete separation of the joint" and "both sets of ligaments in the shoulder are torn as well as the capsule that surrounds the joint", so it is highly unlikely Reed has his range of motion back. Consider him a high-risk option with a poor matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14.
| Jamaal Charles not done yet this season?|
Aging RB hoping to return for playoffs
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2016, 8:20 pm
|As his team plays tonight, #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (2 knee surgeries) is doing well, working hard, hopeful to be back for the playoffs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Owners should not be holding their breath on this news, if only because Charles would probably serve a change-of-pace back for Spencer Ware if he does return. The good news is that he is already feeling good and should be fine to play next season even if he cannot make it back in 2016.
|Michael Thomas misses second straight practice|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2016, 8:15 pm
|New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas was not present on field Thursday during the portion of practice open to the media.
Thomas, who did not practice Wednesday, is dealing with a foot injury. It is unclear when Thomas suffered the injury and he played the most offensive snaps (52) among the Saints wide receivers in Week 13. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas has ascended into low-end WR1 territory as a rookie, so this is definitely a story worth tracking this weekend. Owners may remember Willie Snead suffered a supposed minor foot injury earlier in the season and ended up missing a game, and New Orleans has a history of not being the most truthful team when it comes to injuries, so owners should begin making other plans just in case Thomas has to sit against the Tampa Bay Bucs.
|Jeremy Maclin active for Week 14|
Out since Week 9 with groin injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 8 2016, 8:05 pm
|Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin will play Thursday against the Raiders, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. He has missed the last four games with a groin injury. (SI.com)|
FFToday's Take: While it is good news for the Chiefs, Maclin should be limited at best in freezing temps after a month-long absence. Owners should avoid starting him if at all possible. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill should be the only Kansas City pass-catchers considered worthy of a start in fantasy.
|Browns make it official, RGIII to start|
The QB rotation continues
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2016, 10:30 am
|Robert Griffin III will get another chance to prove he can be the Browns' quarterback of the future and bust the Browns' 0-12 slump.
On Thursday, the Browns named him the starter for Sunday's game against the 4-7-1 Bengals. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: This was the expectation all along but now it's official. The Browns have yet to win a game this season and their quarterback play has been barely worth considering in two-QB leagues. The Bengals have given up the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
| Ryan Mathews ready to return|
Missed two games with knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2016, 10:00 am
|Ryan Mathews practiced Wednesday for the first time since he injured his knee Nov. 20. The Eagles' leading rusher is expected to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. "He's good to play," coach Doug Pederson said. "He's cleared and ready to go." (Philadephia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews is back meaning the Eagles add one more running back to their committee. Even in a decent matchup against the Redskins, it's hard to get excited about Mathews as anything more than a Flex option given the current state of the offense but he is the preferred back around the goaline.
| Justin Forsett expected to play for Broncos|
Denver running game in need of help
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2016, 8:00 pm
|No. 3 running back Kapri Bibbs was put on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a high ankle sprain. So the Broncos snagged Justin Forsett off the NFL waiver wire after Detroit cut him Saturday.
“He can help us quick,” Kubiak said, adding that he expects Forsett will play Sunday at Tennessee. “We need somebody to step in and contribute. It was a blessing he was let go the week before what we just went through.” (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Forsett is familiar with Kubiak's system from their days together in Houston and Baltimore. He should immediately step into a timeshare with Devontae Booker. Forsett is definitely someone RB-needy fantasy owners can scoop up off the waiver wire.
| Julio, Sanu miss practice Wednesday|
Jones has MRI on toe
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2016, 1:30 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn says WR Julio Jones, LT Jake Matthew, WR Mohamed Sanu, DE Dwight Freeney will not practice today. Jones had a MRI on his turf toe. Has a chance to play vs. Rams (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: With the Falcons playing the lowly Rams, it's possible the Falcons may rest Julio this week but we should know more on his status after Thursday's practice. If Sanu misses, Taylor Gabriel and the Falcons running backs would likely play a large role in Week 14.
|Jordan Matthews returns to practice|
WR dealing with ankle injury but expected to play Week 14
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 7 2016, 11:42 am
|Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) on Twitter: "Doug Pederson: DGB (oblique contusion) and Big V (knee) won't practice today. Jordan Matthews and Ryan Mathews will, expected to play Sun." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Dorial Green-Beckham suffering the ill effects of a Vontaze Burfict collision, Matthews makes for a fine WR3 play this week. Fire up Ryan Mathews (sprained MCL) as well.
| Jason Pierre-Paul has sports hernia|
Giants DE will miss 6-8 weeks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 7 2016, 9:55 am
|Jason Pierre-Paul will miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the entire postseason, too. The Giants defensive end had surgery to repair a sports hernia on Wednesday morning and his recovery is expected to take at least six weeks, according to a source. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants defensive line won't be able to apply the same kind of pressure with JPP out of commission. Dak Prescott gets a huge bump this week with the Giants, as the Cowboys can use more double-teams to stymie Olivier Vernon.
| Vikings S Harrison Smith has high ankle sprain|
Defense hurting as safety may miss rest of season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 7 2016, 9:52 am
|Vikings Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith will miss Sunday’s game at Jacksonville because of a high left ankle sprain and it’s not out of the question he could be out the remainder of the regular season, a source said Tuesday. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: This is a big blow to the Vikings secondary, and gives the Jacksonville offensive pieces a slight upgrade in Week 14.
|John Fox rumored to be returning in 2017|
Changes to coaching staff looming
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2016, 6:47 pm
|Fox, insiders say, will return for a third season despite the team's failures this year. He will be reworking his offensive staff and now may also be looking at changes in his defensive staff. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Chicago has dealt with a significant amount of injuries (and suspensions) this year so it isn't too surprising to see a well respected coach like John Fox get another chance to right the ship. However, there could be major changes that affect this team's fantasy outlook heading into 2017. New faces at quarterback, receiver and both coordinator positions make this team tricky to project for dynasty league managers.
|Niners to start Kaepernick|
QB was benched during pitiful Week 13 loss
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 6 2016, 3:57 pm
|San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick will remain in the starting lineup this week against the New York Jets. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Colin Kaepernick had been a serviceable fantasy quarterback for a month before last week's dreadful outing in the snow. He'll be a low end QB1 this week playing at home against the Jets.
| Leonard Fournette turning pro|
LSU RB expected to be high first-round pick
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2016, 11:00 pm
|Running back Leonard Fournette’s days as a college football player will come to an end after LSU plays in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville. Fournette announced his intention to enter the 2017 draft with a statement on Monday, although it would be hard to find anyone who thought that the running back would return to Baton Rouge for another season. Fournette ran for 2,987 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Tigers and has added 843 more yards and another score this season despite missing four games with a high-ankle sprain that has dogged him for most of the season. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: At 6-1 and 235 pounds, Fournette has already garnered comparisons to Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson. While he needs to refine his skills in the passing game, dynasty owners would be wise to start doing whatever they can to secure the No. 1 overall pick in their rookie drafts. Fournette is very likely to be a first-round pick in redraft leagues as well almost regardless of where he lands. His final college game will come on Dec. 31 at the Citrus Bowl against Louisville. Watch it.
| Charles Sims due back Week 14|
Set to come off IR
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2016, 7:40 pm
|Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he expects RB Charles Sims to be activated to the 53 man roster this week vs. Saints. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sims' return is good news for an offense that once was down to Peyton Barber, but it is unclear if Jacquizz Rodgers has taken his pass-catching role from him or not. Rodgers has been the Bucs' most efficient runner this season by a wide margin, so owners shouldn't assume Sims is going to come back and tear it up in the same way he did late last season. Sims is worth an add in all leagues, but his role needs to be defined before he should be started in fantasy.
| Earl Thomas done for the season|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2016, 7:30 pm
|Seahawks S Earl Thomas will be out for season and will not return for postseason, no matter how far Seattle advances. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It is a huge blow for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. It is telling Seattle was burned for a deep score on the only touchdown Carolina scored in Week 13 on the play immediately following Thomas' injury. Fourth-year UDFA Steven Terrell will do his best to replace the enormous void Thomas leaves behind. While Seattle should still be remain among the NFL's best defenses, its pass defense may be more susceptible through the air than usual.
| Julio dealing with turf toe|
Missed time during fourth quarter
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2016, 2:15 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones has turf toe injury. Quinn said it doesn't appear to be serious but it will be monitored. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jones was on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the Falcons loss to the Chiefs. While the injury isn't considered serious, Jones has a history spending time on the sidelines during games nursing injuries. He'll likely suit up against the Rams.
| Chiefs optimistic on Maclin for Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2016, 2:10 pm
|Chiefs optimistic that WR Jeremy Maclin, who has missed past 4 games due to groin injury, will return for Thursday vs. Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin has missed the last four games with a groin injury and practiced on a limited basis last week. With the Chiefs playing Thursday night, we'll get a good indication of his true status by Wednesday.
| Robert Griffin III could start Week 14|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2016, 2:00 pm
|Depending on how practice goes this week, there's a real chance Browns QB Robert Griffin III starts Sunday against Cincinnati. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns have yet to name a starting QB for their game against the Bengals, however barring a setback it appears that RGIII will get the nod over Josh McCown and Cody Kessler. Griffin was cleared for contact last week during the team's bye.
| DeVante Parker will be active|
Showed well in pregame warmups
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 11:05 am
|Dolphins Parker just worked out and is good to go! He will be up and play (Jay Glazer)|
FFToday's Take: DeVante Parker went through pregame warmups is good enough to be active despite a back injury. He's not a recommended fantasy play given he's playing at less than 100%.
| Not looking good for Marvin Jones|
Expected to sit with thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 8:15 am
|Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) is a long-shot to play vs. Saints, source said. Promoting WR TJ Jones from the practice squad spoke to that (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: WR T.J. Jones has been called up from the practice squad giving an indication that Marvin will be on the Inactive list today. If he sits, expect Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick and Anquan Boldin to receive the most targets from Matthew Stafford against the Saints.
| Jordan Matthews expected to sit|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 8:05 am
|Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews is not expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals because of a sprained ankle, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews suffered a sprained ankle Monday night against the Packers. His absence means Nelson Agholor should be active this week. Dorial Green-Beckham becomes a viable WR3 with Matthews out.
| Mark Ingram expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2016, 8:00 am
|Saints' RB Mark Ingram, questionable for today with a toe injury, is playing vs Lions, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram missed practice time this week with a toe injury but it appears he will give it a go. It won't e a surprise if Tim Hightower out-snaps Ingram today but both running backs are worthy of flex consideration against the Lions.
|Charles Clay doesn't travel with team|
Expecting birth of his child
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2016, 12:30 pm
|Bills starting TE Charles Clay did not travel to Oakland with the team as he's expecting the birth of his child. He remains questionable for Sunday’s game.
As insurance the Bills called TE Gerald Christian up the practice squad in the event that Clay cannot reach Oakland in time for kickoff. (Buffalo Bills)|
FFToday's Take: Clay could still make it in time for the game Sunday but we likely won't know his official status until Sunday morning. Hopefully you have other options as Clay is nothing more than a backend TE2.
|Steelers add K Randy Bullock|
Boswell added to injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2016, 11:15 am
|The Steelers signed an emergency kicker Saturday morning shortly after declaring Chris Boswell as questionable for today’s game with an abdominal injury.
Randy Bullock, drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round in 2012, likely will kick against the New York Giants on Sunday (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners counting on Boswell need to find another option. The Steelers tend to go for two more than most teams so rostering Boswell or any other Steelers kicker isn't recommended.
| Jeremy Maclin downgraded to Out|
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2016, 10:39 am
|Jeremy Maclin won’t play for the fourth straight week, the Chiefs announced Saturday, the day before their game at Atlanta.
Maclin returned to practice this week but was downgraded from questionable to out on the Chiefs’ final injury report. He has been recovering from a groin injury since the Chiefs’ Nov. 6 game vs. Jacksonville. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin was limited in practice this week with a groin injury but will miss this weekend's tilt with the Falcons. The Chiefs play the Raiders on Thursday night next week. With Maclin out, Tyreek Hill becomes a viable WR3 for fantasy owners with WR1 upside in a game the Chiefs are likely to be playing from behind.
| 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.