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Injury A.J. Green has "a little bit more than turf toe"
WR almost certainly out Week 6, if not beyond
By: Doug Orth | Oct 9 2014, 5:25 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green’s Pro Bowl toe is now in the hands of a blue-ribbon panel of doctors and while Bengaldom holds its collective breath. Wednesday’s MRI is going to send him to another consultation with one of the nation’s leading foot specialists when he meets with Cincinnati doctor James Amis on Thursday. It’s believed the MRI again showed no tears or breaks, but he’s obviously still having discomfort in the ligament under the sesamoid bone in the ball of the foot underneath the big toe. (Bengals.com)

FFToday's Take: HC Marvin Lewis told former NFL player Ross Tucker on his podcast that Green has "a little bit more than (turf toe)". Turf toe is a difficult enough condition to play through, so an injury more serious than that could be damning for Green's 2014 prospects. In the short term, Mohamed Sanu should be the clear top option among Bengals' receivers, especially since Marvin Jones is not close to returning. Dane Sanzenbacher is also worth considering in PPR leagues as well.
Injury QB Locker misses practice
Titans' quarterback hopes to play despite sore thumb
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 7:17 pm

Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Jake Locker didn't practice Wednesday with a sore and swollen right thumb on his passing hand. He managed to throw some passes hopes to practice as much as possible the rest of the week. (AP)

FFToday's Take: The Titans Week 6 opponent, Jacksonville, has been pretty generous to opposing quarterbacks this season. As a result, Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst may prove to be a useful plug and play option.
Injury Vincent Jackson sits with sore ribs
Bucs wideout expected to play this weekend
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 6:35 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is expected to play Sunday, according to league source. Jackson sat out of Wednesday's practice with a rib injury and is experiencing discomfort, but the Buccaneers expect him to be active for Sunday's game against visiting Baltimore. (CBS Sportsline)

FFToday's Take: Despite being heavily targeted, Vincent Jackson has been a boom or bust fantasy option to this point in the season. His rib injury makes him an even riskier choice for fantasy owners in Week 6.
Injury Jordan Reed ‘shooting for Sunday’
Hamstring
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 5:40 pm

Washington Redskins
As the Washington Redskins left the practice field on Wednesday, tight end Jordan Reed lingered a couple of minutes longer to run some extra routes and catch passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Redskins again classified Reed as limited following Wednesday’s session because he didn’t handle a full workload. But the second-year tight end expressed optimism, however, over the progress he has made and also said he hopes to play on Sunday if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: The Redskins were banking on big things from Jordan Reed this season so it is good news to see him practicing even if only on a limited basis. Even if he suits up this weekend he may be on a snap count.
Injury Cordarrelle Patterson limited in practice
Teddy Bridgewater practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 8 2014, 4:57 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Limited in today’s practice for the Vikings were: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow). Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on the injury report but had full participation. (Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: It appears Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on track to start this weekend but he draws a tough matchup against the Lions. That's good news for Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) owners. Even though talented Vikings wideout has seen his fantasy value diminish in recent weeks he has a much better shot of producing with Bridgewater under center making him worthy of flex consideration for Week 6.
Injury A.J. Green leaves practice on cart
Aggravated his toe injury
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 8 2014, 2:05 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green appeared to aggravate the toe injury that kept him out against the Falcons. During the stretching period of practice open to the media, Green appeared injured and visibly upset. He threw off his helmet and shoe in disgust and was eventually taken off on a cart. He was able to walk, but with a limp. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for further information but it appears Green aggravated his toe injury. Marvin Jones (ankle) also missed practice today and doesn't appear close to playing. Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbacher would likely be the starting receivers if both Green and Jones are out.
Lions sign Kicker Matt Prater
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2014, 7:16 pm

Detroit Lions
Former Broncos K Matt Prater is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Lions released Alex Henery yesterday after he missed three field goals in a loss to the Bills. Prater was released by the Broncos last week after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He's certainly a viable K1 option for your fantasy team.
Injury Coughlin: Andre Williams ready for bigger role
Jennings injury opens door for rookie RB
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 7 2014, 10:30 am

New York Giants
Giants RB Andre Williams carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a score and caught both of his passes despite coming into the league with a reputation as a poor receiver. With running back Rashad Jennings out at least a few weeks with an MCL sprain, Williams will have to take a bulk of the carries and handle a bulk of the blitz pickup duties when Eli Manning drops back to pass. Peyton Hillis is a nice second option, but the Giants sound like a team prepared to ride the hot hand. "I am very confident (in Williams taking a bigger role)," coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "The other thing that he did that was great was the third-and-7 first down run. A lot of that was on his own outside the flank of our blockers. He was able to pick up that first down. That was really indicative of people trying to tackle the ball and get the ball out, and he made that play. When you have a young guy, you really get into great, great detail even more about pass protection. He has done a good job when he has been in there. He is going to have to do even better." (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Williams has been working hard at becoming a complete running back, and with favorable matchups in weeks 6 and 7, he's worth plugging in as an RB2.
Injury Fisher: Zac Stacy likely to play in Week 6
Calf strain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:35 pm

St. Louis Rams
On Zac Stacy, Fisher said he will probably miss some practice time this week because of calf injury, but doesn't think he will miss game. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Rams play on Monday Night Football in Week 6 in a difficult matchup against San Francisco, which means owners need to make plans to be without him just in case. Benny Cunningham became the featured back after Stacy left in Week 5 and would probably be in line for at least 15 touches if Stacy cannot go. Trey Watts would also be in the mix.
Injury Montee Ball likely to miss several weeks
Groin strain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:30 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos running back Montee Ball will not require surgery to repair the strained groin he suffered during a non-contact play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. However, Ball is expected to be sidelined several weeks, according to two NFL sources. Ball underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: While HC John Fox would only say that he would "kind of update" the media on Wednesday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reported that the second-year back's teammates expected him to miss 2-3 weeks. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, who was inactive in Week 5 because he doesn't play special teams, figure to get the first shot at leading a likely committee backfield while Ball is out. Impressive UDFA Juwan Thompson could also be in the mix as well.
Injury Rashad Jennings likely out "a few weeks"
Sprained MCL
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 6:20 pm

New York Giants
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings won't need surgery to repair his injured left knee, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained MCL, and Jennings is expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injury. Rookie Andre Williams will take over in the meantime as the Giants' starting running back, with Peyton Hillis serving as his backup. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Giants have a Week 8 bye, so it makes some sense that Jennings will sit out the next three games. Williams isn't much of a receiver out of the backfield, but has more than enough ability as a runner to perform at a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 level while Jennings is out. Peyton Hillis might become a bit of a factor on third down as well.
Injury Moreno to return in Week 6?
Practicing on limited basis Monday
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:25 pm

Miami Dolphins
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno, out the past three weeks with an elbow injury, is practicing today at least on a limited basis. He hopes to play on Sunday against Green Bay although no final determination has been made on that front. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: Reports on Moreno's return have been all over the map in the last two weeks, with one suggesting he may be sidelined until about Week 10 last week. Moreno should return to split carries with Lamar Miller when he does make it back to the field, although Miller did show well in the Dolphins' pre-bye win over Oakland. Whenever he makes it back, he should benefit from the return of C Mike Pouncey, who is expected to make his season debut in Week 6.
Adrian Peterson in court on Wednesday
Hopes to speed up trial in order to return to field in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:15 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be present at his hearing Wednesday in a Texas courtroom to defend himself against child abuse charges. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It is a longshot that Peterson plays another snap in 2014 as his chances for a return to the field hinge on essentially speeding up the legal process and hoping he can get a non-guilty verdict. In such a case, the NFL will likely count whatever number of games he has missed up to that point against the length of suspension it deems appropriate. Owners are advised to continue holding AP until this process plays itself out a bit more.
Injury Lions could be without Megatron, Bush in Week 6
Ankle injuries
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 5:05 pm

Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury against Buffalo and he could miss a week or two because of it. That would probably be a smart move by Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, because in 37 snaps two Sundays ago against the Jets and 28 snaps Sunday against the Bills, Johnson was invisible. Detroit also could be without Reggie Bush (ankle) Sunday at Minnesota. The Lions finished the game with a running back named George Winn on Sunday. He’s on his sixth team in 17 months, and the Lions may have to ride him until Bush and the concussed Joique Bell are ready to return. (SI.com)

FFToday's Take: Golden Tate would continue to serve as Detroit's leading receiver if Johnson is forced to sit, which appears likely. Joique Bell (concussion) was cleared for physical activity late last week and should tentatively be expected to be the lead back for the Lions when they travel to Minnesota in Week 6.
Injury Ryan Mathews likely out 1-2 more weeks
Branden Oliver explodes for 182 total yards in Week 5 win
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2014, 4:55 pm

San Diego Chargers
Already down Ryan Mathews (out probably at least another week and more likely two with a knee sprain) and Danny Woodhead (lost for the season to a fractured leg), the Chargers had to rely on Branden Oliver on Sunday after Donald Brown suffered a concussion. Oliver’s 182 total yards were most by a Chargers running back since a guy known by two letters was the Chargers’ face and the league’s biggest force. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: There isn't much question (yet) that Mathews will return as the starter when healthy, but Oliver should have solidified Danny Woodhead's old complementary-back role with his dominant all-around performance against the league's stingiest run defense in Week 5. Oliver stands a great chance of being San Diego's featured back in Week 6 against Oakland and potentially Week 7 versus Kansas City.
Injury Foster, Johnson active for Texans
RB2 and WR2 ready for Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2014, 11:35 am

Houston Texans
Texans RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson officially active. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Both Texans stars will start and have decent matchups against the Cowboys.
Injury Calvin Johnson is active
How much he plays is another story
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2014, 11:25 am

Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson officially active. As are Baltimore's Terrell Suggs and Lardarius Webb. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Johnson played last week but was used as a decoy much of the game. Fantasy owners have a tough decision to make but it's expected that Johnson will have a bigger role in the offense this week. We're expecting him to be at least a WR2.
Injury McDonald, Carrier to handle TE duties for 49ers
Vernon Davis misses practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2014, 7:00 am

San Francisco
Tight end Vernon Davis, right offensive tackle Anthony Davis and cornerback Tramaine Brock are not at practice Friday. Fortunately for the 49ers, backup tight end Vance McDonald (knee) is at practice for the third straight day. It’s likely that McDonald and Derek Carrier are going to get the bulk of the action at tight end Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. (San Jose Mercury News)

FFToday's Take: Davis hasn't officially been ruled out but he's a candidate for the Inactive list after not practicing at all this week. Neither Carrier or McDonald will be recommended fantasy plays against the Chiefs.
Injury Reggie Bush to see bulk of backfield work
Joique Bell and Theo Riddick ruled out
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 8:00 pm

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (concussion) has been cleared for physical activity but has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m., Fox). With Bell out, Reggie Bush will get the bulk of the backfield work against the NFL's No. 3-ranked rush defense. George Winn will be the backup. (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: In addition to Bell, running back Theo Riddick (hamstring) has also been ruled out meaning Bush may be in a workhorse role for the Lions this weekend. He's a solid RB2 in Week 5.
Injury Niles Paul expected to play Monday night
Full practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 3:50 pm

Washington Redskins
Tight end Niles Paul passed the final stage of testing in accordance with the NFL’s concussion protocol and practiced fully on Friday. The fourth-year veteran sustained a concussion in last Thursday’s game against the New York Giants and had been limited in practice all of this week. Paul is now expected to play in Monday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. (Washington Post)

FFToday's Take: Jordan Reed was limited Friday with a hamstring strain. His availability for Monday remains uncertain. Paul appears to be the tight end to own in Washington this week assuming he has no setbacks.
Injury Brandon Marshall: "I feel more explosive"
Practiced in full this week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 1:55 pm

Chicgao Bears
Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall believes his sprained right ankle has healed enough for him to be his typical threatening self against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.. Marshall fully participated in all three practices this week, the first time he has done so since prior to the season-opener in which he was injured. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Marshall aggravated his ankle injury in Week 3 then posted two catches for 19 yards in Week 4. Marshall should be a WR1 this week against the Panthers.
Broncos to release K Matt Prater
Team going with Brandon McManus
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 3 2014, 12:45 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos releasing K Matt Prater, who's coming off 4-game suspension, per source. Brandon McManus wins Denver kicking job. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: For those holding Prater during his four-game suspension you can safely release him. The Broncos will move forward with McManus who currently ranks 29th among kickers with 5.7 fantasy points per game. It's likely Prater could land with a new team in the coming weeks.
Injury Bridgewater to sit, Ponder to start Thursday
Ankle injury sidelines rookie
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:55 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Christian Ponder will get the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night when they take on the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive, according to a source informed of the situation. Bridgewater was incredibly impressive in his first start last week, completing 19-of-30 passing for 317 yards. He added 27 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. The first-round pick played a turnover-free game and pushed the ball downfield before going out with an ankle injury. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: The Vikings - on their third different starting quarterback entering Week 5 - are without their two most established offensive players (Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph). Cordarrelle Patterson has been virtually invisible since Week 1, so Ponder is going to have his work cut for him versus the Packers. Expect Minnesota to ride Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon as long as possible in Week 5, hoping that Bridgewater is ready to return against Detroit next week.
Injury Eric Decker uncertain for Week 5
Hamstring tightness
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:40 pm

New York Jets WR Eric Decker sat out practice with tightness in his balky right hamstring, leaving his status uncertain for the team's game San Diego on Sunday. Decker was limited Wednesday, but participated only in individual drills Thursday before he was told to sit out the rest of practice as a precaution. Decker has been bothered by the hamstring since injuring it in Week 2 at Green Bay. He has been listed as questionable before each of the last two games, but played in both. (USA Today)

FFToday's Take: To his credit, Decker has been reasonably productive despite being dogged by his hamstring. With that said, the Jets would be well-advised to give their top receiver the 1-2 weeks he needs to completely heal. New York isn't going to speed up Geno Smith's learning curve by giving him a top receiver that is far from 100 percent. Jeremy Kerley would likely serve as the Smith's favorite receiver if Decker is forced to sit.
Arian Foster remains day-to-day
Hamstring injury continues to linger
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:30 pm

Houston Texans
Arian Foster was held to just six yards on eight carries during a home victory versus the Bills, the first time in Foster’s six-year career he was held to less than one yard per carry. Texans HC Bill O’Brien said Monday that Foster continues to be day-to-day. He was held out of practice Wednesday due to an injured hamstring. Asked if he’ll be a game-time decision against the Cowboys, Foster said he’ll again evaluate his hamstring and then make a decision about his status. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: In all likelihood, Foster and his owners are headed towards a third straight game-time decision. Given how he looked against Buffalo, it could be in the Texans' best long-term interest to rest him again and take their chances at beating Dallas with rookie Alfred Blue.
Injury Joique Bell yet to be cleared from concussion
Theo Riddick also sidelined with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:25 pm

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell has yet to be cleared after suffering a concussion during Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Bell, who was in the locker room for a brief moment Thursday but was not allowed to talk to the media, has 48 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown this season. He also has nine receptions for 73 yards. He did not practice Thursday. RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) missed practice for the second day in a row as well. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Should Bell and Riddick both miss this week, the Lions would look to give more carries to Reggie Bush and use George Winn, who was brought up from the practice squad this week. Bell hasn't been overly productive over the last two weeks after scoring a touchdown in Week 1 and amassing 97 total yards in Week 2, but needs to remain on rosters. The Lions will face the Vikings and Falcons in Weeks 6 and 8, respectively.
Injury Carson Palmer advised to rest shoulder
Surgery unlikely
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 5:05 pm

Arizona Cardinals
After visiting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins for additional information regarding his shoulder, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has been diagnosed with an "axillary nerve contusion" - a numbness over part of the outer shoulder, shoulder weakness, especially when lifting the arm up and away from the body. HC Bruce Arians mentioned on Wednesday that Palmer could be doubtful for Thursday practice but it is possible he still could be the backup QB this weekend. A lot will depend on his condition Thursday through Sunday. (Fox Sports 910)

FFToday's Take: Palmer suffered the injury 25 days ago. The article goes on to say this type of injury tends to get better on its own and that some people do not need treatment (depending on the cause of the disorder), but that it can take months to recover in certain cases. As of now, Drew Stanton should be considered the starter for most of October, if not into November.
Watkins, Woods already notice change at QB
Bills' top WRs react to Orton as the new starter
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2014, 4:50 pm

Buffalo Bills
We're just one practice into the Kyle Orton era, but the Buffalo Bills' top receivers have already noticed a difference in Orton from former starter EJ Manuel. "We just had a different approach to practice. [Orton] demands what he wants out of us," rookie Sammy Watkins said. "He reads it quicker, the ball is coming out faster. That's just some things that we have to adjust to." Fellow receiver Robert Woods saw the same: "His directness in the huddle, telling us what to look for and be ready for when we're breaking the huddle when he calls the play." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This isn't exactly a shocking revelation, but notable that both receivers were so quick to say something to the media about it. Orton isn't going to turn this offense into a passing-game juggernaut, so the numbers of Watkins and Woods aren't going to skyrocket. However, both players should see a noticeable rise in fantasy value with a more consistently accurate quarterback.
Ben Tate expected to start for Browns
Assuming no setbacks in practice this week
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2014, 2:58 pm

Cleveland Browns
Ben Tate is "on course" to start at running back Sunday for the Cleveland Browns when they play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, coach Mike Pettine said. How the running back rotation goes from that point is to be determined. "We know Ben will start," Pettine said. "But that's all we have at this point. And that's assuming that [Tate] comes out of this week as we expect." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Tate will get first crack to be the hot hand however if he struggles early, you could see a combination of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. Crowell has showed more ability of the first four weeks and could be inline surpass West in the pecking order. Tate is a risky RB2 heading into Week 5.
Injury Jake Locker expects to play versus Browns
Practices with wrist injury
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 6:30 pm

Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the Tennessee Titans, and now the quarterback will see how his right wrist responds to a full session of throwing the ball. Locker isn't overly concerned, he expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Ken Whisenhunt still wants to see how Locker feels Thursday after a full practice. (AP-Sports)

FFToday's Take: The Titans could only muster up 261 total yards against the Colts last Sunday with Charlie Whitehurst under center so fantasy owners should be hoping for Locker's return. Nonetheless, the entire passing game outside of TE Delanie Walker is a risky play against the Browns for week five.
Austin Davis announced as Rams' starting QB
Shaun Hill "frustrated" in backup role
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 4:58 pm

St. Louis Rams
Third-year undrafted quarterback Austin Davis has been one of the most pleasant surprises of this young NFL season. The St. Louis Rams want to see if he has staying power. Davis will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it's now his job to lose. Coach Jeff Fisher announced the news Wednesday, and said that he spoke with both Davis and the team's Week 1 starter Shaun Hill about the decision. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: Completing over seventy percent of his passes in three games this season has spearheaded Davis' success. Davis will need to prove his worth in the coming weeks before fantasy owners can begin to trust him as more than a fantasy backup.
Injury Joique Bell suffered concussion
Misses practice
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 3:33 pm

Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell has repeatedly declined to comment on Joique Bell's status after the running back was forced from the team's 24-17 win over the New York Jets with a head injury, but Wednesday's practice report confirms he did suffer a concussion. (mlive.com)

FFToday's Take: There is still no word on the severity of Bell's concussion or whether he will be available to play this weekend. Until more positive news surfaces, Bell's owners should not count on him for week 5.
Injury Brandon Marshall practices in full
LB Lance Briggs sits with sore knee
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 1 2014, 1:52 pm

Chicgao Bears
Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive linemen Jared Allen and Jeremiah Ratliff, offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson and cornerback Sherrick McManis returned to practice Wednesday. Marshall practiced in full; the others players were limited. Linebacker Lance Briggs sat out to rest a sore knee. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Brandon Marshall has salvaged his fantasy worth by being used primarily as a red zone threat while nursing a sore ankle. A full week of practice without any setbacks should see Jay Cutler's favorite target become much more involved in the passing game this weekend against Carolina.
Injury Bridgewater doesn't practice Tuesday
Vikings hope to have rookie QB for Wednesday jog-through
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 30 2014, 3:25 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) was held out of Tuesday's practice. The "hope" is that he'll be ready for Wednesday's walk-through, but Bridgewater himself has made it clear that he's no sure thing for Thursday's game against the Packers. The short week couldn't be coming at a worse time for the Vikes, who could be forced to turn to Christian Ponder in an important divisional tilt. (Rotoworld via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ponder doesn't offer much fantasy value, and a less-than-100 percent Bridgewater doesn't excite us that much, either. We'd recommend steering clear of the Vikings WRs on Thursday unless Bridgewater looks healthy and ready to go.
Injury Vikings optimistic about early return from Rudolph
Underwent sports hernia surgery after Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2014, 4:05 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Mike Zimmer still feels like TE Kyle Rudolph out less than eight weeks from when hurt. That's why no injury with designation to return. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Rudolph admitted his injury had bothered him since early August and was given a 4-to-6 week timeline for recovery. As proof of Rudolph's upside when healthy, Jarius Wright ended up taking many of the slot snaps in Week 4 that Rudolph would have received. The Vikings' bye is in Week 10, which makes the following week a realistic return date. Any time before Week 11 should be considered a bonus.
Bills name Kyle Orton starter for Week 5
Replaces EJ Manuel
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2014, 4:00 pm

Buffalo Bills
Bills HC Doug Marrone announces that Kyle Orton will replace EJ Manuel at QB. (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This was a predictable outcome since August, when the Bills lured Orton out of retirement with a two-year, $11 million deal. The ex-Bear, Bronco and Cowboy isn't likely to change the face of the Bills' run-heavy offense, but it does seem like a pretty good bet he'll be a boon for the fantasy fortunes of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Mike Williams. Any improvement in the passing game figures to also help out C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson as well.
Zimmer: McKinnon still change-of-pace back
Rookie rushed for 135 yards in Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2014, 3:35 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, HC Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back. Zimmer said he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses. “I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Matt Asiata has scored three touchdowns in a game twice through four career starts, yet just about all anyone wants to talk about McKinnon. At the moment, Zimmer's statement is probably more telling about Adrian Peterson's future than it is about Asiata's lead-back role. With that said, McKinnon needs to be added in whatever leagues he was available in because there is no question he should see roughly 10-15 touches per week in an offense that will feature the running game.
Injury Panthers running game a complete mess
Rivera: "Darrin Reaves is our starter"
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2014, 11:46 am

Carolina Panthers
DeAngelo Williams injured his right ankle on a first-half rush and did not return. After the game he had a protective boot on his right foot. “We’re playing two undrafted free agents right now at running back,” Rivera said. “As of right now, Darrin Reaves is our starter.” (Charlotte Observer)

FFToday's Take: The Panthers have lost their top three running backs to injury. Williams sprained ankle will be re-evaluated today but he likely won't be available for Week 5. Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves will likely handle the rushing workload moving forward holding RB4/5 value.
Injury Mike Evans sidelined 2-3 weeks
Groin strain
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2014, 10:37 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers rookie WR Mike Evans out an estimated 2-3 weeks with a groin strain suffered yesterday, source says. Bye is 3 weeks away. (Mike Garafolo via Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Evans had his best fantasy day of the season (65 yards, 1 TD) but could easily be sidelined through the bye week and return to the field in Week 8. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and WR Louis Murphy could see increased opportunities while Evans is out.
Injury Cecil Shorts aggravates hamstring injury
MRI scheduled for Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2014, 7:00 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts’ star-crossed season continued when he sustained a left hamstring injury in the third quarter and left the game. "I felt a pull,” Shorts said. "It actually happened on the play before [the interception] when I was getting off the line. I beat [the defender] and was running when he grabbed me and I felt something pull." (Florida Times-Union)

FFToday's Take: Shorts will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. If and when he's cleared to play, the amount of injuries he's suffered through this season makes him unreliable for fantasy owners. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson will likely be the leading receivers for Jacksonville in Week 5.