| 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.
| Wheaton out, Coates questionable|
Hand injury for Coates
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 15 2016, 12:00 pm
|The Steelers might be down to three healthy receivers for the game Sunday in Miami. Markus Wheaton will miss the game with a shoulder injury, and Sammie Coates, who has emerged in recent weeks as the No. 2 receiver opposite Antonio Brown, is questionable with a hand injury.
If Coates cannot play, the Steelers will sign Cobi Hamilton from their practice squad to the active roster to give them four healthy receivers on the game day roster.
Coates, who returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, has experienced some swelling with his hand, but he said that’s to be expected because the cut hasn’t completely healed. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Coates is shaping up to be a gametime decision. If he's inactive Eli Rogers could see more targets and would be on the FLEX radar for Week 6. Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown should be heavily involved against the Dolphins.
| Theo Riddick ruled out|
Dwayne Washington and Justin Forsett next up
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 4:00 pm
|Lions RB Theo Riddick out Sunday. Justin Forsett could get quick work in Detroit. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Riddick missed practice all week with an ankle injury. It's a big loss for Matthew Stafford and the passing game that will also be without Eric Ebron. Expect Dwayne Washington (questionable) and newly signed Justin Forsett to share backfield duties. Neither are recommended fantasy options.
| Latavius Murray misses practice Friday|
Expected to miss Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 1:30 pm
|Yes, the Raiders are practicing in the rain. But running back Latavius Murray and right tackle Menelik Watson are not among them. Again. They are likely OUT vs. the Chiefs on Sunday, when it's supposed to rain. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's shaping up to be the DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard once again with both backs splitting the workload against the Chiefs. Given the RBBC, its difficult to trust either players as anything more than a flex option in Week 6.
| Steve Smith listed as Doubtful|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 1:10 pm
|Steve Smith is listed as Doubtful on the injury report. (Baltimore Ravens on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith is going to be inactive on Sunday which should increase the opportunities for Kamar Aiken and tight end Dennis Pitta. Mike Wallace is also in play as a Flex option.
| Arian Foster a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 14 2016, 1:00 pm
|Gase said Reshad Jones and Arian Foster will be game time decisions. (Barry Jackson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster has been nursing a hamstring injury the last few weeks and was able to practice on a limited basis this week. Even if he plays, Foster will be a Flex option only against the Steelers.
|Jamaal Charles looking at limited role yet again?|
Chiefs continue to exercise caution with RB
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2016, 7:45 pm
|"We'll sprinkle him in where we feel he's most effective." - OC Brad Childress on using Jamaal Charles. Chiefs want to work him back in. (Pete Sweeney on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Late drafters knew they were taking a risk he would not contribute much for the first four or so weeks when they used a third- or fourth-round pick on Charles, but even the most patient owners have to be up in arms with the idea of him still being "sprinkled" into the offense heading into Week 6. He's probably a low-end flex, while starter Spencer Ware is probably a midrange RB2 at best despite a plus-matchup in Week 6 against Oakland.
| Jordan Reed diagnosed with concussion|
Status for Week 6 and beyond up in the air
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2016, 7:35 pm
|Redskins TE Jordan Reed was officially diagnosed with a concussion. He’s in the protocol. Team spent since Tuesday evaluating. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's a major blow to the Washington offense and obviously a concern for Reed's long-term health, as he has sustained at least six documented concussions since his college days. For fantasy purposes, he should be considered a long shot for this week and highly questionable for the next 2-3 weeks. Vernon Davis appears to be the most likely replacement for him, but Reed's absence should to more targets for DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder.
| Eric Decker expecting surgery within 1-2 weeks|
Expects 6-8 month rehab
By: Doug Orth | Oct 13 2016, 7:30 pm
|Jets WR Eric Decker, speaking for the first time since his season-ending surgery was announced, said he expects to have surgery in the next week or two. He said it will be a six- to eight-month rehab. Looking ahead to rehab, he said, "It's not a fun time, but obviously it's something that needs to be done to continue my career." He said the pain from the torn rotator cuff is like "someone is stabbing you," adding that it showed no improvement over the last two weeks. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Decker is safe to drop in redraft leagues. It is possible he could miss most of the team's offseason work if he pushes the back end of his estimated timeline. Quincy Enunwa will be a serviceable WR3 in most leagues during his absence, but the real winners in this deal for fantasy purposes are the owners of Brandon Marshall, who should be among the league leaders in targets from here on out.
| Starks out until Saturday, Lacy nursing ankle|
Lacy on track to play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2016, 12:30 pm
|McCarthy said James Starks is out of town and will not return to Green Bay until Saturday. It means that Starks will have one day of practice at most to test his knee, if he's cleared, as well as wrap his mind around this week's game plan. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Eddie Lacy is working through his ankle injury and should be able to play this week. Starks is away from the team due to a death in the family. Starks' knee injury could sideline him this week, meaning Randall Cobb could see a few snaps at running back against the Cowboys.
| No practice for Steve Smith, Wallace limited|
Ravens banged up at receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2016, 12:15 pm
|Wide receiver Steve Smith ankle is not present after sitting out Wednesday's session. Two more players who were limited: wide receiver Mike Wallace ribs and cornerback Shareece Wright back spasms are active and practicing. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Smith missed practice Wednesday and is a candidate for the inactive list. Wallace has a better chance of playing but we should know more on his status later in the week. Expect Kamar Aiken to see an increased workload against the Giants.
| Stewart, Newton practice on Thursday|
Panthers should have starting QB and RB in Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 13 2016, 12:00 pm
|The fact that Cam is back out here after his most vigorous exercise in a week and a half is a good sign for Sunday for sure. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart were at practice for the Panthers on Thursday indicating there are on track to play in Week 6 against the Saints. The Saints porous defense makes Newton an easy QB1 and Stewart a viable RB2.
| TE Ladarius Green plans to practice next week|
Coming off PUP list with ankle and concussion issues
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 12 2016, 5:20 pm
|Tight end Ladarius Green, their major free agent signing this year, is eligible to practice for the first time with them next week and he says the plan is for him to do just that. Green was placed on the NFL’s physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp and has yet to practice with the Steelers. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: There was a time when Ladarius Green's status for the season was in doubt so this is encouraging news. Green has missed a ton of practice but it's clear that he has a chance to make a fantasy impact later this year playing in the Steelers' high scoring offense.
| Newton limited in practice|
Still in concussion protocol
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 12 2016, 4:49 pm
|The Panthers franchise quarterback was limited in his return to practice Wednesday as he continued to work through concussion protocol, coach Ron Rivera said. Newton arrived on a cart with his cleats and helmet in tow, putting him possibly on track to play Sunday against the Saints minus any setbacks. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is great news and should give Cam Newton owners a little hope heading into a juicy match up against the Saints. Expect the team to update the status of their quarterback by the end of the week.
| Jordan Reed being evaluated for concussion|
Missed practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2016, 3:45 pm
|Jordan Reed's promising season has taken an ominous turn.
The Redskins tight end is being evaluated for a concussion after experiencing symptoms during Tuesday's workout, per the team's official Twitter account. Reed missed Wednesday's practice and looms as a question mark for Sunday's showdown with the Eagles. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Reed has a long history with concussions, suffering five from 2011 to 2015. If Reed is unable to play, Vernon Davis would take his starting spot in the lineup.
| Positve news on Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett|
Lockett frustrated at snap count past two weeks
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 12 2016, 3:32 pm
|Carroll said QB Russell Wilson “looks great and that’s a great thing for us.” Wilson has been hobbled by a sprained ankle and sprained MCL. But Carroll says Wilson looks the best he has since before suffering the high ankle sprain in week one. Carroll said WR Tyler Lockett, who has been limited in snaps the past two weeks after suffering a sprained knee against the Rams, “looks really good. Felt really good. He feels the best he’s felt (since being injured).” Carrol said Lockett has been “a little frustrated” at being limited in snaps the past two weeks and is hoping to get back to normal this week. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: It's good to know Russell Wilson didn't hurt his knee any more while playing with an MCL injury. He was able to notch his first 300-yard passing game of the season last week against the Jets and is a low end QB1 heading into Week 6. Lockett appears to be nearing full health and should return to being a weekly flex option in deeper formats.
| Eddie Lacy's ankle a lingering concern|
Status versus Cowboys unknown
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 12 2016, 2:07 pm
|GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Eddie Lacy plays on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, he’ll do it without a full week of practice.
The Green Bay Packers running back won’t be on the field for Wednesday’s practice and instead will spend that part of the afternoon trying to strengthen his sprained left ankle.
FFToday's Take: There is a real chance that Eddie Lacy sits out this week. Plan on him being a game-time decision with backup James Starks waiting on standby. Starks posted 103 total yards and two touchdowns against Dallas last December.
| Jamaal Charles full participant in practice|
Workload ready to increase
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2016, 1:30 pm
|The Chiefs plan for Jamaal Charles to be a full practice participant today for the first time this season. They also plan to use him more on Sunday than he did in his season debut against the Steelers. "As long as there are no setbacks, he'll probably do a little bit more," coach Andy Reid said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Reading between the lines, the original plan for Charles called for him to sit out through the Week 5 bye but he needed to be active in Week 4 due to an injury to Charcandrick West. At worst, expect Charles and Spencer Ware to split touches evenly but don't be surprised if Charles resumes his role as the featured back as long as his stamina isn't in question.
| Jets place Eric Decker on IR|
Expected to have shoulder surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2016, 11:00 am
|The Jets will likely be without one of their biggest offensive weapons the rest of the way.
Wide receiver Eric Decker is being placed on injured reserve, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. Decker is expected to have shoulder surgery, which will likely result in his season being over. He tried to get back on the field but couldn't do it, Rapoport added. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is a big loss for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets offense. Quincy Enunwa will continue to fill the No.2 wide receiver role with Decker out and expect Robby Anderson to see slight bump in snaps but he won't be a fantasy option. the Jets recently claimed Jeremy Butler off the Buccaneers practice squad.
| Trevor Siemian expected to start|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 12 2016, 7:00 am
|Barring an unexpected setback to his left shoulder, Trevor Siemian will be the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback Thursday night at San Diego, multiple sources told 9News. (9 News Denver)|
FFToday's Take: He'll be listed as questionable but should start against the Chargers Thursday night barring a setback. Siemian will be a risky QB2 play even though the Chargers have given up the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
|49ers names Colin Kaepernick starting QB|
Gabbert to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 11 2016, 1:30 pm
|After five weeks of watching quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggle, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly is making a change.
After weeks of speculation, Kelly named Colin Kaepernick his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Buffalo on Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This move was coming sooner or later as Blaine Gabbert has been less than mediocre in his first five games averaging 178 yards and 1 TD per contest. Kaepernick won't hold much fantasy value but the bar is so low in San Francisco he can't be much worse. He's got QB2 upside against the Bills in Week 6.
| Tony Romo not yet ready for team drills|
Cowboys QB return possibly delayed, Prescott maintaining value
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 11 2016, 11:28 am
|Quarterback Tony Romo underwent an MRI exam on his back Monday, but coach Jason Garrett did not have an update on the results when he met with reporters. He did say that he felt it would be “a little bit further down the road” before Romo would be able to work his way into team drills on a limited basis. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: Looks like Week 8 might have been a tad optimistic for a Romo return. the Cowboys can take their time with rookie Dak Prescott playing like a veteran signal caller in the interim.
|Matt Jones could lose some carries|
Washington coaches eyeing more carries for Rob Kelley
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 11 2016, 11:22 am
|CSN reporter JP Finlay: "In wins against the Giants and Browns, Matt Jones played a decisive role for the Redskins, running the ball downhill on drives that would seal wins for Washington. Last Sunday in a win over Baltimore, Jones struggled, and while the Ravens defense played well, No. 2 running back Rob Kelley looked sharp."
"I think you’ll see more of Robert. I think Robert shows that he’s deserving of some carries," 'Skins coach Jay Gruden said Monday. "You know, we like Matt Jones, but I think there’s a good combination there where the both of them can get the ball. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't great for Jones owners, and it's not going to be an immediately huge impact. But the more Kelley -- a rookie back out of Tulane -- comes along in his development, the less of a workhorse role we'll see from Jones.
| Julius Thomas practices Monday|
Jags TE looking like a safe bet for Week 6
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 11 2016, 11:16 am
|Per a report out of Jacksonville, Defensive end Jared Odrick (triceps), tight end Julius Thomas (elbow) and linebacker Dan Skuta (hip) all returned to practice on Monday. (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: It appears that the Jags took advantage of teh week off to get some players healthy. Thomas will be ready to roll as a TE1 this week against the Bears.
|Chargers standing behind Melvin Gordon|
Lost late-game fumble in consecutive weeks
By: Doug Orth | Oct 10 2016, 5:55 pm
|HC Mike McCoy on Melvin Gordon: "He can't put the ball on the ground." Added fumbles won't affect usage now. "He's our back.He's going to get going.?McCoy on Melvin Gordon: "He can't put the ball on the ground." Added fumbles won't affect usage now. "He's our back. He's going to get going." (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The truth of the matter is that San Diego, which hasn't had a problem sharing carries for years, has no other realistic options behind Gordon. The fact he has scored at least once in every game so far has kept his fantasy value high, but his long line of soft matchups is about to come to an end with two of his next three games against the Broncos. In the event the Chargers were to make a change, they would likely opt for Kenneth Farrow over Dexter McCluster.
| Eddie Lacy suffers ankle injury on SNF|
HC: Injury "not serious"; RB should be fine for Week 6
By: Doug Orth | Oct 10 2016, 5:40 pm
|Eddie Lacy's injury is "not serious" but not sure of his availability for this week. Cobb is sore and should be fine for Sunday. (Packer Report)|
FFToday's Take: Lacy got rolling a bit against the Giants (11 carries for 81 yards) and is averaging 5.5 YPC through four games, which makes it a bit mysterious as to why Green Bay hasn't called more runs. James Starks has been dreadful thus far and HC Mike McCarthy recently talked about getting Lacy more touches going forward, so this injury - and the fact a Green Bay RB has yet to score a touchdown - may present of a buy-low window for Lacy, who has always been a bit of a slow starter anyway.
| Charles Sims placed on IR|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 10 2016, 5:20 pm
|The Bucs announced they have placed RB Charles Sims on injured reserve with a knee injury. The team promoted rookie tailback Russell Hansbrough from the practice squad. Doug Martin has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful to return this week. Sims suffered a knee injury in last week's loss to the Denver Broncos. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This one is a bit of a shocker, as there was absolutely no panic that Sims could be facing a serious enough injury to miss at least the next eight weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers, who will draw the start in Martin and Sims' stead tonight against the Panthers, should immediately slide into Sims' role as a complementary back when Martin returns. Rodgers is a steep downgrade from Sims, but at least he should be utilized in a "space role" that suits his game.
| Cody Kessler expected to play Week 6|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 10 2016, 10:43 am
|After a scare yesterday, #Browns QB Cody Kessler (ribs) is expected to be back under center vs. the #Titans, I’m told. He checked out OK. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns QB left in Week 5 with a rib injury allowing Charlie Whitehurst into the game. Whitehurst (knee) left the game as well causing the Browns to finish the game with Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. Kessler won't be a fantasy option against the Titans in Week 6.
| Eddie Royal a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 9 2016, 9:15 am
|Bears pass-catchers Alshon Jeffery (knee) & Zach Miller (ribs) are good to go, but Chicago doesn’t know about Eddie Royal (calf). Game-time (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Royal missed practice all week so he's a true gametime decision. If he can't go, Cameron Meredith would get the start and be a viable streaming option against the Colts weak secondary.
| Antonio Gates expected to play, could be limited|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 9 2016, 9:00 am
|Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is expected to return today, barring a setback. But his snaps may be on the limited side, I’m told. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like Gates will be active against the Raiders. His return cuts into the value of Hunter Henry. Expect to see Gates on third downs and inside the redzone.
| Paxton Lynch to start for Broncos|
Trevor Siemian out with shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2016, 5:00 pm
|Paxton Lynch will get the first start of his NFL career Sunday when the rookie quarterback leads the Denver Broncos in their non-conference game against the Atlanta Falcons. (9 News Denver)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch went 14 of 24 for 170 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers in relief of Trevor Siemian last week. The Falcons defense is an enticing matchup for the rookie QB. They given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks through the first four weeks.
| Latavius Murray ruled out for Week 5|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2016, 5:30 pm
|The Raiders will be without Latavius Murray against the San Diego Chargers, as their leading rusher was ruled out Friday with a toe injury. “Latavius is the smartest one we have in terms of pass protection,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: With Murray out, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are expected to share work in the backfield with Washington having a slight edge in fantasy value. The Chargers have given up the third most fantasy points to running backs mostly due to six rushing TDs allowed.
| Gates may give it a go Sunday|
Chargers TE a gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2016, 5:10 pm
|Chances are Antonio Gates (hamstring) gives it a go Sunday, but we'll see what he can do. Hunter Henry to stay busy. May lead TEs in snaps. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gates hasn't played since Week 2 and will likely be limited if he does suit up. His presence will limit the upside of Hunter Henry making both TE2's.
| Charles Sims misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2016, 5:00 pm
|At running back, the situation is no better, with starter Doug Martin expected to miss a third straight game with a hamstring injury, and his replacement, Charles Sims, held out of practice again Friday with a knee injury. That leaves Jacquizz Rodgers -- signed off the street in Week 2 as a free agent -- and rookie Peyton Barber, who hasn't taken an offensive snap in the first four games. (Tampa Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking more and more like Rodgers will get the start Monday night against the Panthers although Sims has yet be ruled out. Rodgers would have a RB2 ceiling as the Bucs project to be playing from behind.