| Dobson misses third straight practice|
Kenbrell Thompkins expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2013, 10:45 am
|CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee) returns to practice. TE Michael Hoomanawanui, WR Aaron Dobson & OT Marcus Cannon absent for 3rd straight day. (Field Yates via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Dobson (foot) is going to sit this one out. Expect Kenbrell Thompkins to replace him in the starting lineup. Thompkins will be a risky fantasy play as he will be competing for targets with Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman.
| Ellington injures knee Thursday|
Status for Sunday uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2013, 10:00 am
|Saw RB Andre Ellington this morn. had knee wrapped, says hopeful of playing Sunday. We'll see. (Kent Somers via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There are very little details at the moment about Ellington's knee injury but we should know more later this afternoon. Stay tuned...
| Gates doesn't practice Thursday|
Mathews, Gates expected to play w/ hamstring injuries
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2013, 5:05 pm
|Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) joined teammates for stretch, but he is not practicing today. Hasn't yet this week. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gehlken later tweeted Gates "could sleep the rest of the week and be fine on Sunday", so he should be considered a go for Week 13. A slightly bigger surprise is Ryan Mathews, who returned to practice on Thursday after sitting Wednesday with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 12. It appears both players are on track to play against Cincinnati this weekend.
| Moreno limited on Thursday|
Expected to practice Friday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2013, 5:00 pm
|The Denver Broncos went through their Thanksgiving practice with every player in uniform and in drills.
That included running back Knowshon Moreno, who took part on a limited basis after being held out of Wednesday practice with a right foot injury. Moreno said "I feel good" before returning to the trainers' room following the workout. The Broncos expect him to practice Friday as well. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Moreno will likely be limited on Friday and it won't be a big surprise if he's labeled a gametime decision for Sunday. The Broncos face the Chiefs in a late afternoon game. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are ready if Moreno can't go.
| Stacy limited on Thursday|
Not cleared for contact yet
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2013, 4:50 pm
|RB Zac Stacy, LG Chris Williams, CB Trumaine Johnson all listed as limited in practice. None of the three did any contact work Thursday. (Jim Thomas on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There is optimism Stacy will receive clearance in the next two days, which means he has better than a 50-50 chance to start against San Francisco in Week 13. The matchup isn't particularly appealing, but Stacy's workload since Sam Bradford was lost for the season has allowed him to assume low-end RB1 status. Benny Cunningham would draw the start if Stacy cannot go and should be expected to take on the same kind of workload.
| Matt Forte expected to play|
Practicing on Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2013, 1:10 pm
|Bears Matt Forte practiced on Thursday is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings. (Peggy Kusinski via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Forte is working through a hyper-extended knee but should be good to go against the Vikings in a plus matchup this week.
| Ryan Mathews practicing Thursday|
Rested hamstring on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2013, 1:00 pm
|Ryan Mathews practicing today. Good sign for Sunday availability. Chargers running back rested hamstring Wednesday. (Michael Gehlken via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mathews left last week's game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. It looks like he will be available for this week's matchup with the Bengals
| No practice for Zac Stacy|
Participated in walkthrough
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2013, 3:00 pm
|Zac Stacy, Trumaine Johnson, Chris Williams (head injuries) listed as non-participants Wednesday. All three did a little work in walk thru. (Nick Wagoner)|
FFToday's Take: Stacy is going through the leagues concussion protocol in hopes of being cleared for Sunday's game. We'll see how much he participates tomorrow and Friday. If Stacy isn't able to go, Benny Cunningham would likely get the start. Stay tuned...
| Nicks returns to practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2013, 12:45 pm
|Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks ran a few routes and did positional drills during the portion of Giants practice open to the media on Wednesday. After being listed as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday, Nicks did not play in Sunday's game, ending a puzzling week for the former first-round draft pick. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Nicks is dealing with an abdominal strain but it appears he will be on the field for Week 13. Despite being a "starter" Nicks is third among the Giants' wide receivers in fantasy points behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle and hasn't scored a touchdown all season.
| Manning, Moreno sit Wednesday|
Moreno's satus for Sunday uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2013, 12:30 pm
|Peyton Manning's Wednesday absences are becoming something of a routine for the Broncos. The quarterback, for the third consecutive Wednesday, did not participate in the Broncos' first practice of the week. Yet again, there should be little to no cause for alarm. Also missing from practice was running back Knowshon Moreno, who suffered a bone bruise on his lower leg Sunday. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Manning is in no danger of missing this week's game with the Chiefs. Moreno's status is more unclear. Head coach Jack Del Rio classified him as "day-to-day". Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson would likely handle rushing duties if Moreno doesn't play.
| Matt Flynn to start for Packers|
Rodgers ruled out
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2013, 12:20 pm
|Packers coach Mike McCarthy declared Matt Flynn as his starting quarterback for tomorrow in the NFC North matchup at Detroit.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is still a week away from returning to action. Flynn has a decent matchup against the Lions defense that is in the bottom third against the pass.
| Jordan Reed limited Wednesday|
Expected to play this weekend
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2013, 12:15 pm
|Mike Shanahan: Jordan Reed was limited today. Barring a setback he should be good to go this weekend. (Grant Paulsen via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed missed last week's game with a concussion but should be back on the field Sunday night against the Giants and resume his TE1 status.
| McFadden practices Tuesday|
Likley to play in a backup role to Jennings
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2013, 2:00 pm
|Running back Darren McFadden was taking repetitions at running back and could get playing time along with Rashad Jennings against the Cowboys. (Inside Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders are planning on starting Rashad Jennings this Thursday against the Cowboys even if McFadden is healthy enough to play. This will downgrade Jennings' value but he should still be considered a low-end RB2 for Week 13.
| Crabtree ready to return|
Expected to play in Week 13
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2013, 8:00 am
|The San Francisco 49ers are expected to get a big boost for their passing game Sunday when they host the St. Louis Rams as wide receiver Michael Crabtree is set to make his 2013 season debut. Coach John Harbaugh said Monday after the 49ers defeated the Washington Redskins that Crabtree would be activated from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday and he expects the receiver to play Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With the return of Mario Manningham and now Crabtree, the 49ers are finally getting their full complement of receivers on the field. He's worth a look in deep leagues but don't expect WR1 numbers out of the gate.
| Forte suffers hyperextended knee|
Trestman optimistic about Week 13 status
By: Doug Orth | Nov 25 2013, 7:45 pm
|Bears coach Marc Trestman says Matt Forte suffered slight hyperextension of knee; is optimistic about status. (Chicago Bears on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Forte said after the game he has been dealing with "a couple injuries", but only missed a few snaps against the Rams as a result of this most recent one. Owners need to keep an eye on Forte's status throughout the week, but the fact he returned to the game and Michael Bush did next to nothing in relief probably means Forte will be in line for a full complement of snaps against Dallas' porous run defense in Week 13.
| Cutler eyeing Week 14 return|
HC Trestman doesn't believe Cutler will return vs. Vikings
By: Doug Orth | Nov 25 2013, 7:35 pm
|Marc Trestman was straightforward Monday afternoon in asserting that he didn’t expect quarterback Jay Cutler to play Sunday against the Vikings. On Monday evening, Cutler seemed somewhat surprised that his coach’s declaration was so firm so early in the week. But the quarterback also vowed he will be back in action soon.
Cutler promised – as Trestman did earlier in the day – that he’d be back playing some time before the regular season ends. The target date for a return: Dec. 9. That’s the night the Bears host the Cowboys on “Monday Night Football.” (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Cutler has missed the past two games after suffering a high ankle sprain in a 21-19 loss to Detroit on Nov. 10. Although the Bears have dropped three of five following a 4-2 start, their biggest problem has been an injury-ravaged defense that won't be getting healthy anytime soon. With that said, a healthy return from Cutler would mean good things for receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery down the stretch against a pretty forgiving run of pass defenses.
| Daniel Thomas likely out for season|
Torn ligament in left ankle
By: Doug Orth | Nov 25 2013, 2:45 pm
|Miami Dolphins tailback Daniel Thomas tore a ligament in his left ankle during Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and is likely done for the season. Thomas left Sunday's game on crutches and was in a walking boot. According to a source, Thomas will not have to undergo surgery to repair the injury. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: It's the second time in as many seasons that Thomas' season has been cut short due to injury. It should also allow Lamar Miller to assume the feature-back role he earned in the preseason, although rookie Mike Gillislee and explosive special-teams standout Marcus Thigpen could vie for a few touches.
|Dennis Johnson excels in Week 12|
Outperformed Ben Tate in loss against Jags
By: Doug Orth | Nov 25 2013, 12:00 am
|The Houston Chronicle dug up the statistic that Ben Tate became the first running back in the league this year to have only 1 yard rushing on seven or more carries. "We had planned on playing [RB Dennis Johnson] some, but when he went in he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more," Texans HC Gary Kubiak said. Johnson finished the game with 74 of the Texans' 77 rushing yards. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tate did save his PPR owners some face by adding five catches for 26 yards, but that was about the only silver lining on his box-score contribution. Tate appears likely to be the starter against next week and has a soft run schedule on paper, but it is very possible the plethora of injuries he is playing through have caught up to him. Johnson needs to be added as a potential flex option down the stretch in most leagues.
| Moreno on crutches after game|
Broncos RB dealing with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 24 2013, 10:00 pm
|Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, who limped off the field in overtime Sunday night, appeared in the Denver locker room on crutches and wearing a boot on his right ankle after the game.
FFToday's Take: Moreno racked up 224 yards on 37 carries Sunday night against the Patriots. We'll know more about the injury later in the week but Montee Ball, who fumbled Sunday night, will be a hot waiver wire add for Week 13.
|Ridley benched after another fumble|
Patriots RB loses a fumble in third consecutive game
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 24 2013, 8:00 pm
|Running back Stevan Ridley lost a fumble for the third consecutive game tonight, and this one ended his shift.
Ridley, who has lost four fumbles this season, was beside himself after the game, but he made sure to also praise his teammates for overcoming the mistakes that led to a 24-0 deficit. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: After losing a fumble in the first quarter, Ridley was replaced by Brandon Bolden (13 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD). The Patriots aren't likely to declare a starting running back ahead of their Week 13 game against Houston but it's likely Ridley won't be in the mix.
| Campbell leaves with head injury|
Replaced by Brandon Weeden
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 24 2013, 5:00 pm
|Browns quarterback Jason Campbell left Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a head injury. Campbell suffered the injury with 7:46 remaining in the third quarter after he took a shot to the head from blitzing cornerback William Gay. Brandon Weeden replaced Campbell, leaving the Browns with one active quarterback. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: If Campbell can't pass his concussion tests this week, then Brandon Weeden would get the start in Week 13 against the Jaguars. Weeden went 13-30 for 209 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in relief of Campbell.
| Not looking good for Julius Thomas|
Decision on his status expected this morning
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 24 2013, 8:10 am
|Broncos expect a decision on TE Julius Thomas (knee) this morning. Still up in the air. Heard last night “it’s not looking good.” (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas injured his knee last week against Kansas City and is listed as Questionable on the Injury Report. Joel Dreessen would see increased playing time if Thomas sits.
| Redskins to be without TE Reed|
Will miss Week 12 with concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2013, 2:00 pm
|Due to a concussion, Redskins TE Jordan Reed will not play Monday night against San Francisco. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Reed out, the Redskins will lean on Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis at the tight end position. Neither are recommended fantasy plays due to the expected committee approach.
| Reed misses practice Friday|
Has yet to pass concussion tests
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2013, 2:05 pm
|Rookie tight end Jordan Reed missed a third straight day of practice because of a concussion that he suffered in last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. “He’ll go through the protocol again tomorrow and we’ll see how he does,” Shanahan said. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: While the Redskins have yet to rule out their tight end, it's looking more and more like he won't play in Week 12. He does have an extra day however, as the Redskins don't play until Monday night. Fantasy owners of Reed should have plan B in place.
| McFadden, Moore unlikely for Raiders|
Both miss practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2013, 2:00 pm
|Running back Darren McFadden was still working with the training staff Friday as the Raiders began practice, an indication he won't play against the Tennessee Titans. Also not practicing for the Raiders on Friday were wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) and Tyvon Branch (ankle). (Inside Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: It will be another week of Rashad Jennings at the running back spot and the loss of Moore, means Rod Streater will be the best option in the Raiders passing attack. Streater is a desperate play however against a Titans defense has given up the fewest fantasy points in the league to wide receivers.
| TE Julius Thomas questionable|
Limited on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2013, 1:50 pm
|Another one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets this year, tight end Julius Thomas, was listed by the team as limited during Friday’s practice and is questionable for the game this weekend. (Cover32)|
FFToday's Take: This will be a tough one for fantasy owners as it's unclear if Thomas will play on Sunday night and if he does play, he may be limited. Thomas was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday.
| Welker passes concussion tests|
Probable for Sunday night
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2013, 1:45 pm
|Jack Del Rio announced today Wes Welker has passed his concussion tests and is probable for Sunday. (Jeff Howe via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As expected, Welker will be ready to face his former team on Sunday night. He participated in practice on Thursday and Friday and should be in fantasy lineups as normal.
| Jordan Reed sits out Thursday practice|
Suffered concussion in Week 11
By: Doug Orth | Nov 21 2013, 5:00 pm
|Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was held out of practice on Thursday. Reed sustained a concussion in Week 11 versus the Philadelphia Eagles and was subsequently held out for the rest of the game. He will need to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before suiting up again. Because of the Monday night game time versus the San Francisco 49ers, Thursday marked the Redskins' first practice of the week, which allows plenty of time for Reed to get clearance. However, there is no guarantee of that happening. (WSOC-TV)|
FFToday's Take: With Washington playing on Monday night, owners would be wise to have another option in place for Reed. So unless there is a definitive report before Sunday that suggests he will suit up, it is probably best to assume he will not. Two solid fantasy options for this week that are likely readily available in leagues are Tennessee's Delanie Walker and Houston's Garrett Graham.
| Crabtree to be added to roster soon|
Return to field remains unknown
By: Doug Orth | Nov 21 2013, 4:40 pm
|Michael Crabtree will be added to the 49ers’ 53-man roster within the next six days. It’s even possible Crabtree could be on the roster prior to the 49ers’ game Monday night at Washington, but that does not mean he will suit up for the game. After one week of practices leading up to the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers, the organization decided to back off on Crabtree’s participation a week ago. The 49ers expect Crabtree to play this season and, perhaps, return to his No. 1-wideout form for the playoffs. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners are at the same place with Crabtree now as they were at the beginning of the season - wait-and-see mode. It is highly doubtful he can flash the form that made him a 2012 fantasy stud at any point this season. As such, owners will be hard-pressed to get anything more than low-end WR3 production from him if/when he returns before the NFL Playoffs.
| RB Bell practices Thursday for Lions|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 21 2013, 11:45 am
|Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and running back Joique Bell (Achilles) also returned to practice today, after sitting out Wednesday. Bell suffered his injury in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The exact diagnosis of Bell's foot issue isn't known but it appears he should be fine to backup Reggie Bush this Sunday against the Bucs.
| McGloin gets another start for Raiders|
Pryor could be be the backup on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2013, 5:00 pm
|The promising start of rookie quarterback Matt McGloin will continue when he starts against the Tennessee Titans. McGloin was named the starter by Allen, who said the health of Terrelle Pryor would be monitored to see if would be available to be the backup Sunday when the Raiders host the Titans at O.co Coliseum. (Inside Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor has been bothered by a knee injury the last couple weeks, giving McGloin the chance to show his credentials. He finished as a top ten QB in Week 11 but will have a more difficult test against the Titans in Week 12.
| Hankerson out, Morgan to start|
Hankerson placed on IR with torn LCL
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2013, 2:00 pm
|Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn lateral collateral ligament in his left knee, coach Mike Shanahan said. Shanahan said Josh Morgan will start in Hankerson’s place. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Morgan will be third in line for targets in the passing game behind Pierre Garcon and TE Jordan Reed so his fantasy value will hover in the WR4/5 range.
| Sproles iffy for Thursday night|
Sproles listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2013, 1:30 pm
|Running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) may be the two players most likely not to play Thursday as both players missed practice all week, including Wednesday. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Sproles injured his knee/ankle in last week's game and even he returned to action, he was obviously bothered by the injury. He will be a gametime decision for Thursday Night Football against the Falcons.
|Ponder to start for Vikes|
Ponder was pulled for Matt Cassel in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2013, 1:00 pm
|Three days after Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier pulled Christian Ponder from a game against the Seattle Seahawks, he announced Wednesday the quarterback will start the team's next game, against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Frazier touted Ponder's success(?) against the Packers as reason for him getting the start. Ponder has racked up a 50.7% completion percentage with 907 yards, 6 TDs, 5 INTs in five games against the Pack. He's a QB2 in Week 12.
| Burleson likley to play in Week 12|
"He's on a good track"
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2013, 7:00 am
|Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson wouldn't go as far as to say he's playing Sunday against Tampa Bay, but he sounded fairly optimistic Tuesday about his chances. For Burleson not to play Sunday, there would have to be a "major setback," he said. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday there is a possibility of Burleson returning and that "he's on a good track."
FFToday's Take: Burleson still needs to be cleared by doctors but should be back on the field this week, starting opposite Calvin Johnson. "If I'm going to play on Sunday, I want to be in the game plan," he said. "I don't want to be limited. I've got to do my part this week, and show that I can uphold, withstand the physical play of the game and go out there and make some plays on Sunday."
| Miles Austin ready to return|
Team has been cautious with wide receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2013, 1:00 pm
|The Cowboys owner and general manager went on to say that he expects defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Morris Claiborne and wide receiver Miles Austin to be on the field Sunday when Dallas plays the division rival New York Giants. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Austing has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. It's been his calling card over the last couple years. His return will put a drag on Terrance Williams' value, so both will be risky WR3 plays until their roles are determined.
| Keenan Allen expected to play Wk 12|
Knee injury in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2013, 8:00 am
|Mike McCoy said rookie receiver Keenan Allen, who appeared to suffer a knee injury in the second half, should be available this week. “He’s fine,” McCoy said. “He’ll be playing, which is great.” (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Allen missed a handful of plays in the fourth quarter of San Diego's loss to Miami in Week 11 due to what appeared to be a hyper-extended knee. He'll be facing the Chiefs in Week 12.
| Jordan Reed questionable for Week 12|
Concussion; Leonard Hankerson likely out for season
By: Doug Orth | Nov 18 2013, 6:15 pm
|Rookie TE Jordan Reed sustained a concussion Sunday. HC Mike Shanahan said Reed was undergoing the normal concussion protocol, and it won’t be known until later in the week if he’ll play Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Shanahan also said Leonard Hankerson injured the LCL in his left knee during Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia, and MRI exam results were positive. The coach said it wouldn’t be known for a couple days whether the injury would require surgery, which would end Hankerson’s season. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Reed was in on just 33 snaps in Week 11, his lowest total in eight weeks and the results for Washington were predictable, especially since Pierre Garcon complained his ankle was "hurting him badly" following the team's loss to Philadelphia. Reed has emerged as an every-week starter in fantasy, making his potential absence next week a damaging one. Hankerson's loss likely clears the way for more playing time for Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and/or Aldrick Robinson.
| Julius Thomas day-to-day|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 18 2013, 6:05 pm
|Broncos interim HC Jack Del Rio says Julius Thomas is "day to day" with knee strain. (Lindsay Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The day-to-day tag is encouraging given how close Thomas' right leg was to being planted on the hit that took him out of the game. Thomas became the first tight end to score against Kansas City this season earlier in the game and could see an increased role in Week 12 if Wes Welker isn't cleared in time from his concussion. Denver travels to New England next.
| Vereen activated off short-term IR|
Patriots plan to ease in third-year back on MNF
By: Doug Orth | Nov 18 2013, 5:55 pm
|The New England Patriots activated RB Shane Vereen from short-term injured reserve prior to Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots plan to ease Vereen, who has been sidelined since Week 1, back into their offensive game plan Monday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter
Vereen was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after suffering a broken wrist in New England's season-opening victory against the Buffalo Bills. (ESPN Boston)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants also planned to "ease in" Andre Brown in Week 10 before giving him 30 carries in his season debut, so game flow will have a lot to do with how much Vereen sees the field in his return. Either way, Vereen can be a difference-maker down the stretch in fantasy - especially in PPR formats - if he can stay healthy. Brandon Bolden may split passing-down snaps with Vereen tonight, but his run at fantasy relevancy is likely over.