| Arian Foster to have back surgery|
Out for the season
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2013, 8:00 am
|Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has decided to have season-ending surgery for a bulging disk in his back, sources told ESPN. He had hoped to avoid surgery. But Foster has visited with three doctors -- one in the Houston area, and two nationally -- and each has recommended he undergo back surgery at some point. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Foster being out for the season, Ben Tate will take over the starting running back position with Dennis Johnson filling the backup role. Tate is playing with a rib injury but is expected to start today against the Cardinals.
| Jerome Simpson arrested for DWI|
Simpson was suspended for three games during 2012
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2013, 1:00 pm
|Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of drunken driving and was booked into a Hennepin County jail. Simpson was suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after pleading guilty to a drug-related charge in March 2012. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Simpson will likely face discipline from the league for this matter. He's barely hanging onto WR5 value in standard 12-team leagues.
| Marques Colston limited Friday|
Questionable to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2013, 5:30 pm
|Defensive end Cam Jordan, who missed Wednesday and Thursday's practice, was limited on Friday and is also questionable, as is receiver Marques Colston (knee), who was limited all week. (Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Colston sat out last week with a knee injury but has a chance of seeing the field this week. It will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust the Saints receiver who's last decent fantasy outing was Week 4 (7 catches, 96 yds) against the Dolphins.
| Trent Richardson practices Friday|
Ready to go on sore ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2013, 5:00 pm
|Trent Richardson practiced for the first time this week and dismissed any notion he might not be available for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The second-year running back sprained an ankle in last Sunday’s win at Houston, and was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson is expected to play but remains a fantasy disappointment at 3.0 yards per carry. He's got yet another good matchup this week (STL) but remains nothing more than a RB3 or Flex option until he proves otherwise
| Foster out, may need surgery|
May need surgery for back issue
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2013, 2:00 pm
|Injured running back Arian Foster has seen “two or three” back specialists, according to coach Wade Phillips.
Foster left the 27-24 loss to Indianapolis in the first quarter with a back injury. There’s been nothing specific about the injury. Ben Tate, who’s playing with three cracked ribs, will start against Arizona. Undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson will back up Tate. Veteran Deji Karim will probably be the third back ahead of rookie Ray Graham. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Very little details about Foster's injury give us little to go on but this doesn't sound promising. Consider Foster week to week for the time being. Ben Tate (ribs) and Dennis Johnson are on the running backs to own moving forward.
| Jacobs sits, Cruz practices|
Cruz expected to play despite neck injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2013, 11:45 am
|Wide receiver Victor Cruz, minus his red non-contact jersey, returned to practice today but veteran running back Brandon Jacobs sat out once again and appears unlikely to play against the Raiders. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking like Peyton Hillis and Andre Brown will handle the rushing load for the Giants this week. Expect Brown to get eased back into action after missing most of the season with a leg injury. Cruz is expected to play and should be a WR1 against the Raiders pass defense.
| TE Gresham sits with groin injury|
Bengals TE missed practice Thursday and Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 8 2013, 11:15 am
|Tight end Jermaine Gresham (groin) didn't practice for the second straight day Friday, putting his status in serious doubt for Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Baltimore. If Gresham doesn't go, that is going to make the Bengals look a lot different, considering that he's been the field for 94 percent of the snaps, according to profootballfocus.com. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Bengals would lose a lot if Gresham sits as he is a key blocker in the running game. Tyler Eifert would likely see a few more increased targets but would still be in TE2 territory.
| Foster misses practice Thursday|
May not play Week 10; Tate limited
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2013, 6:10 pm
|Running back Arian Foster (back) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, while Ben Tate (ribs) was limited.
Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said he didn’t have any more information about Foster’s status. The star back continues to consult with doctors and may not play Sunday at Arizona.
Dennis Johnson is expected to be the Texans’ third back and could take a more active role if Foster and/or Tate are held back. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster had a nice little run for a short while this season, but it is beginning to appear as if the hamstring and back injuries that limited him in the preseason are rearing their ugly head again. Considering Tate is battling four cracked ribs, Johnson should already be on most rosters in deep leagues and is certainly worth consideration in smaller ones.
| Decision coming soon on Doug Martin|
Bucs reportedly leaning toward placing RB on IR
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2013, 6:00 pm
|The Bucs will make a decision on whether Doug Martin will play again this season prior to Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Indications are the Bucs are leaning toward placing Martin on season-ending injured reserve and scheduling surgery to have the torn labrum his left shoulder repaired within the next few weeks rather than risk further injury to their Pro Bowl tailback with the team off to an 0-8 start.
While no final decision was announced Thursday, Martin did not practice and has not played since injuring his left shoulder trying to make a catch in a 31-23 loss at Atlanta Oct. 20. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: With little left to play for this season, the prudent move would be for Martin to get a head-start on a surgery that usually carries a six-month recovery timetable. Rookie Mike James is coming off his best day as a pro in Week 9 and will continue to serve as the feature back in Tampa.
| Wilson officially placed on IR|
Andre Brown takes his place on roster
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2013, 4:35 pm
|The Giants had two players they needed to make decisions on before today's 4 p.m. deadline, and they decided to add both to the 53-man roster. RB Andre Brown and DT Markus Kuhn were brought back from the short-term injured reserve and physically unable to perform (PUP) lists, respectively. The corresponding moves: Shaun Rogers (knee) and David Wilson (neck) will be headed to IR.
The Wilson move wasn't surprising. As we noted earlier today, Wilson did not get clearance following a recent MRI despite some signs of healing in the herniated disc. (Newark Star-Ledger)|
FFToday's Take: The long-term prognosis on Wilson appears to be good and it sounds if he should be cleared well in advance of training camp next summer. As for Brown, Peyton Hillis is expected to see the most touches this week, but all bets are off after that. Brown should give the Giants more juice than they've had in their backfield since Wilson's injury and could emerge as a strong second-half flex option.
| Cutler expected to start Week 10|
Suffered torn groin in Week 7
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2013, 2:30 pm
|Jay Cutler will start Sunday’s game against the Lions, HC Marc Trestman said, after he took every repetition in practice Thursday. Cutler, who suffered a torn left groin Oct. 20 against the Redskins, was cleared to play by team doctors Thursday morning. He said Cutler’s ability to recover was unique, and that he spent every available moment rehabbing.
“If he’s cleared to go, we’re doing everything,” offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. “We’re running the offense. (Chicago Sun-Times)|
FFToday's Take: It is a slightly stunning turn of events as Cutler will end up missing only one game with an injury that was supposed to sideline him at least four weeks. Based on the report, it is clear Cutler isn't convinced he is fully healed yet, so owners would be wise to give him a week to prove his health. If he comes out of Week 10 without a setback, he should be in good shape to finish out the season strong in fantasy.
| Roddy White expected to play|
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there Sunday''
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2013, 12:30 pm
|Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who missed the last three games with hamstring and ankle injuries, announced his intent to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there Sunday,'' White said Thursday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: White was limited on Wednesday but barring a setback should suit up Sunday against the Seahawks. He won't be a recommended fantasy play due to the matchup and questionable health.
| Sproles practices in full|
Saints running back is back after concussion in Wk 9
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2013, 3:55 pm
|Darren Sproles practiced fully despite leaving Sunday's game against the New York Jets with a concussion. (Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like the Saints running back will be ready for Week 10 after suffering a concussion in Week 9. He's got a good fantasy matchup against the Cowboys.
| Julius Thomas returns to practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2013, 3:25 pm
|At Wednesday's practice, the Broncos were healthier than they'd been in weeks. Notable returns were safety Duke Ihenacho, offensive tackle Orlando Franklin and tight ends Julius Thomas and Joel Dreessen. Ihenacho and Thomas both hurt their ankles against Washington.
FFToday's Take: Good news for Thomas owners. He injured his ankle in Week 8. We'll follow his practice status throughout the week.
| Pryor practices, McFadden sits Wed.|
Raiders QB should be fine for Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2013, 3:20 pm
|Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was practicing and appeared to be moving without pain Wednesday, an indication a knee sprain won't keep him out of the Raiders' game against the New York Giants. Running back Darren McFadden, who left in the second quarter because of a hamstring strain, was not at practice. (Inside Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like Pryor will be fine and ready to suit up against the Giants. McFadden is less likely to play after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. Expect Rashad Jennings to get the start at running back and be a viable RB2 or Flex play in Week 10.
| Foster, Tate miss practice Wednesday|
Tate expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2013, 3:10 pm
|Arian Foster, who’s battling back and hamstring issues that first surfaced during training camp, didn’t even make an appearance at practice Wednesday, so Ben Tate seems the likely starter at running back against the Cardinals Sunday, his four broken ribs notwithstanding. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foster is reportedly seeing a doctor for his back issues which explains his absence from practice. Tate will likely practice on a limited basis later in the week and should start on Sunday against Arizona with Dennis Johnson serving the backup role.
| Spiller not on injury report|
Head coach indicates Spiller's injury is behind him
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2013, 1:30 pm
|C.J. Spiller is no longer on the injury report and Marrone implied the injury is behind the HB. He's excited to get Spiller more touches. (Joe Buscaglia)|
FFToday's Take: Spiller rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries last week against the Chiefs but came up limping at the end of a couple runs. In any case, Spiller is expected to see more touches and will be a borderline RB2 as he shares carries with Fred Jackson.
| Jermichael Finley placed on IR|
Packers tight end officially out for the season
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2013, 11:45 am
|Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is done for the season after the team placed him on injured reserve. Finley had to be carried off on a stretcher after suffering a spinal cord contusion while being tackled Oct. 20 against the Browns. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers have seen Randall Cobb, Finley and QB Aaron Rodgers go down with significant injuries this season. Finley has stated he wants to return to football and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
| Victor Cruz not practicing Wednesday|
Held out as a precaution
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2013, 11:30 am
|Victor Cruz returned to the Eagles game after receiving X-Rays on his neck, but the Giants are still holding him out of practice today as a precaution. "I wouldn't call it a setback but when a guy's not practicing, obviously, it's an issue," Coughlin said. "They're just going to hold him to make sure he doesn't have any further incidents today. He feels better, quite frankly. He probably could practice if we needed him to practice today, but we're going to err on the side of caution here in hopes that he will be prepared to go tomorrow." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like Cruz isn't in any danger of missing this week's game against the Raiders even though he may be limited during practice. We'll check his practice status again tomorrow.
| Crabtree cleared for practice|
Team has three weeks to activate him
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2013, 1:20 pm
|The San Francisco 49ers will have Michael Crabtree at practice for the first time in 2013.
The fifth-year wideout has been cleared to practice with the 49ers as of Tuesday.
Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles during Organized Team Activities and is now able to join his teammates as they prepare for a Nov. 10 home game against the Carolina Panthers. (49ers.com)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers have three weeks to active him from the team’s Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. Best-case scenario is Crabtree returns during fantasy playoff time.
| Rodgers has fractured collarbone|
Timetable for return uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2013, 1:00 pm
|On his weekly radio program with ESPN Milwaukee, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he suffered a fractured collarbone in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. But, contrary to reports, he said multiple times there is no timetable for his return. Rodgers called it a "significant injury."
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Speculating here, but it's likely that Rodgers will miss three games and with the team content on going to war with Seneca Wallace, you have to downgrade the Packers passing game as a whole. Jordy Nelson will remain a viable WR2 but James Jones and Jarrett Boykin become dicey WR4s until Rodgers returns.
| Burleson returns to practice|
Not likely to play in Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2013, 11:00 am
|Nate Burleson returned to practice today for the first time since breaking his left forearm in a single-car accident Sept. 24 but Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said it’s too early to say whether his No. 2 receiver will play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. “I’d caution reading too much into being out there and being back, but he is progressing well, and everybody’s pleased with his progression,” Schwartz said. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Don't expect to see Burleson on the field this week. He took part in position drills on Tuesday. Kris Durham is likely to be the teams No.2 receiver opposite Calvin Johnson.
| Aaron Rodgers out with shoulder injury|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 4 2013, 9:30 pm
|The one player the Green Bay Packers probably can't afford to lose is out of Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers landed on his left shoulder when he was sacked by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin on the game's opening series. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: Seneca Wallace is in the game and the Packers have turned to a run-heavy gameplan. The Packers are currently carrying just two QBs (Rodgers and Wallace) on the roster.
| Andre Brown to return in Week 10|
Distribution of carries among Giants RBs to be determined
By: Doug Orth | Nov 4 2013, 4:30 pm
|Andre Brown was given a package of plays in practice today but how the carries will be split among the team’s four running backs on Sunday against the Raiders has yet to be decided.
Brown, who suffered a second fracture of his left fibula in the final preseason game, and veteran Brandon Jacobs practiced today, as did Peyton Hillis and rookie Michael Cox. Running back David Wilson’s injured neck was re-examined today, coach Tom Coughlin said. (Newark Star-Ledger)|
FFToday's Take: First things first: the Giants issued a statement on Monday saying Wilson's neck has made "significant improvement". However, he has not been cleared for football activities and there is no guarantee he will be anytime soon. As for Brown, it is possible that he'll be featured as soon as Week 11 if he shows well with his package of plays this week. Either way, Brown has a very good shot at being a very good flex play in fantasy for owners down the stretch if he can remain healthy.
| Roddy White worked out prior to Wk 9|
Has missed three straight games
By: Doug Orth | Nov 4 2013, 2:30 pm
|Roddy White was inactive for the third straight game coming off hamstring and ankle injuries. White ran some routes before the game but went back to the locker room after discussing his status with head coach Mike Smith and receivers coach Terry Robiskie. "I'm not going to speculate in terms of our injured players with Roddy," Smith said. "We did work Roddy out before the game. We made a decision that we felt like it was in the best interest for Roddy and our football team, long term, not to go." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: White is close, although it is debatable how useful he might be in fantasy right away if Seattle (Week 10) and Tampa Bay (Week 11) opt to use Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis in shadow coverage, respectively, although that appears unlikely given how their teams have used their top cornerbacks to this point. Owners are unlikely to have much better options to start down the stretch in front of White, who should be a target monster upon his return.
| Harvin "will run really hard" today|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 4 2013, 2:20 pm
|HC Pete Carroll said of WR Percy Harvin that he will “run really hard” today and then the team will assess where he is, saying that he remains “day-to-day-to-day.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: It's hardly surprising news, but the Seahawks may choose to preserve him this week in a game they should win against Atlanta before reaching a decision on whether they should bring him back on a limited basis next week against his former team (Minnesota) or keep him out through the team's Week 12 bye. Owners need to keep him stashed away as a potential top-20 WR during fantasy playoff time.
| Kyle Rudolph to miss a month|
Fractured left foot
By: Doug Orth | Nov 4 2013, 2:05 pm
|Vikings HC Leslie Frazier said TE Kyle Rudolph has a fractured left foot and will miss the next month. Starting RT Phil Loadholt (concussion) won't practice today. The team's "practice" will be a walkthrough.
Frazier also said today, in his press briefing at Winter Park, that Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback on Thursday night against Washington at the Metrodome. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Given his level of production with the inadequate quarterbacking in Minnesota this season, most owners can probably part ways with Rudolph in redraft leagues. A four-week absence would put his probable return around Week 13 - much too long for teams to hold on to a TE2. John Carlson will likely absorb most of his snaps, but isn't a realistic fantasy option. As for Ponder, the Vikings didn't have much of a choice other than to stick with Ponder on a short week.
| EJ Manuel cleared for return|
Bills expected to get rookie QB back for Week 10
By: Doug Orth | Nov 4 2013, 11:10 am
|Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has been cleared by doctors to return from a knee injury that has sidelined the rookie for more than a month. Manuel will practice this week but the decision to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers remains up to coach Doug Marrone, the quarterback said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Manuel suffered a sprained LCL in his right knee in an Oct. 3. The Bills released QB Matt Flynn today which is a sign that they expect Manuel to be ready in Week 10.
| Foster, Tate both active|
Dennis Johnson will the third running back
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2013, 7:10 pm
|Arian Foster is officially active. Dennis Johnson gets the call to be the Texans third active running back. (Tania Ganguli via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) were both limited in practice this week. Neither will be 100% and Tate's value will now be limited with Foster active.
| McFadden, Pryor hurt in loss|
McFadden re-aggravates hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2013, 6:10 pm
|Running back Darren McFadden, meanwhile, aggravated the right hamstring he strained against Washington on Sept. 29. McFadden was injured on a 5-yard carry early in the second quarter. It would appear as though Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor's pride was hurt more than his right knee. Pryor was taken out of the game midway through the fourth quarter after being hit going out of bounds. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Pryor was removed from the game simply as a precaution. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. McFadden may be a different story. His troublesome right hamstring flared up again and he might have a difficult time returning to the field in Week 10. Rashad Jennings will be a hot waiver wire pickup this week.
| Sproles leaves early with concussion|
Injured in first quarter
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2013, 5:00 pm
|The Saints lost a piece to their offensive puzzle on the third play from scrimmage. Running back Darren Sproles sustained a concussion after being hit on a 2-yard reception. (The Times Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Sproles early exit left many fantasy owners with a goose egg on the scoreboard. The Saints did very little rushing in the game. Pierre Thomas lead the charge with six carries for 24 yards.
| White and Colston, inactive|
Big name wide receivers will sit this week
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2013, 11:25 am
|Falcons WR Roddy White and Saints WR Marques Colston both inactive. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Harry Douglas remains a solid WR2 while Lance Moore should see increased targets with Colston on the sidelines.
| James Jones likely to play|
Packers play Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2013, 9:55 am
|Packers believe WR James Jones, listed as questionable with a knee injury, is likely to play Monday night vs. the Bears. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones was limited in practice on Friday and Saturday. He'll be a risky play consider the Monday night start time.
| QB Jeff Tuel to start for Bills|
Matt Flynn expected to be the backup
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2013, 8:45 am
|Jeff Tuel will start for the Bills, per source. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With EJ Manuel (knee) and Thaddeus Lewis (ribs, flu) unable to go, the Bills will start Tuel at home against Kansas City in Week 9. He should be no where near your fantasy lineup. Downgrade WR Steve Johnson as well.
| James Jones 50/50 for Monday night|
Packers receiver listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2013, 3:00 pm
|James Jones (knee) is nearing his return. The wide receiver did more at practice this week for the Green Bay Packers and is officially listed as "questionable" for Monday night's game against Chicago.
After doing more at practice Saturday, he'll see how the knee responds Sunday morning and the team will make a decision from there.
"I don't know if I'll go this week, next week, but it felt better," Jones said. "It felt a little better than last week so I'm excited about that.
"If I was a betting man, 50/50."
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Jones was limited in Saturday's practice and will be a gametime decision. If he plays, his presence will have a negative effect on Jarrett Boykin's fantasy value. We probably won't know Jones' official status until the Inactives come out on Monday night.