| 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.
| Stefon Diggs misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2016, 1:15 pm
|Receiver Stefon Diggs has also been held out all week due to a lingering groin injury. With the bye week coming up, the Vikings may decide to shut him down for two weeks to heal.
Should Diggs be held out, receiver Jarius Wright could be involved once again as the team’s former primary slot receiver from 2013-2015. Wright has been a healthy scratch three of four weeks this season. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs' owners need to have plan B in place as he's a candidate for the inactive list in Week 5. Charles Johnson and Adam Thielen could be the top wideouts but neither would be recommended fantasy starters. TE Kyle Rudolph makes for a solid TE1 play.
| Eric Decker out Week 5|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2016, 1:00 pm
|Wide receiver Eric Decker has been ruled out for the second straight week due to a partially torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa is questionable with a knee injury after not appearing on the injury report earlier in the week, so the Jets could be quite shorthanded at wideout if things don’t go his way. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: With Decker out, Enunwa would be counted on to see an increase in targets but this new knee injury is concerning. Brandon Marshall is shaping up to be a high-end WR1. Robby Anderson could see an increase in targets if Enunwa is ruled out.
| Cam Newton expected to miss Week 5 |
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 7 2016, 9:00 am
|Cam Newton and left tackle Michael Oher are expected to miss Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay as they remain in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Carolina also will likely be without No. 1 cornerback James Bradberry (turf toe), running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and defensive tackle Vernon Butler (high ankle sprain). (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers don't play until Monday night so the possibility exists that Newton could be cleared in time but for now, Derek Anderson should be the expected starter. Anderson will be a worthwhile QB streamer going up a Bucs defense that's giving up 300-yard passing days to Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer.
| Eric Decker not ruled out yet for Week 5|
Partially torn labrum; WR will decide on playing status by Friday
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2016, 7:50 pm
|For all of the “progress” Eric Decker has made since last week, the Jets receiver still can’t say whether he’ll suit up Sunday — or even again this season.
Decker said Thursday that surgery to repair the slightly torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder has “been in discussion. But that’s something down the road when we have the conversation we’ll look at it again. And they’ll let me know what the right thing to do is.” (Newsday)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets tweeted Decker's declaration Thursday morning. The truth of the matter is his situation is truly up in the air, with some reports suggesting he is a possibility for Week 5 versus Pittsburgh, while others seem to doubt he'll be able to return this season. Owners should expect him to sit out at least this week and would be wise to sell high if he is able to have a good game if he can return. Until Decker plays, Quincy Enunwa is a high-end WR3 at worst.
| Julian Edelman lands on injury report|
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2016, 7:45 pm
|The Patriots made an addition to their injury report after Thursday’s practice.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman wasn’t on Wednesday’s report, but popped up as a limited participant in practice with his foot given as the reason. There aren’t any details about the reason for the change in status. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: No cause for alarm yet, but it is a bit troubling considering Edelman has had two foot surgeries in the last year and wasn't on Wednesday's injury report. With Tom Brady back from suspension, Edelman is a high-end WR2 in PPR formats. If he has to sit out this game, however, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola stand to benefit the most, especially since Rob Gronkowski isn't 100 percent yet.
|Dez Bryant likely out at least one more week|
Missed Week 4 with knee injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2016, 7:35 pm
|WR Dez Bryant is described as unlikely to play Sunday, source said, though he'll try to test his knee tomorrow in practice. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Outside of a hiccup against the Broncos in Week 3, the Bengals' defense is usually very tough on receivers, so Bryant owners shouldn't have trouble replacing the production they may have otherwise gotten from him at less than 100 percent. Cole Beasley should push for 10 targets, while Brice Butler and Terrance Williams are serviceable - if low-end WR3 - options.
| Carson Palmer ruled out for TNF|
Concussion; did not make the trip to San Francisco
By: Doug Orth | Oct 6 2016, 7:20 pm
|Carson Palmer will not play Thursday night versus the San Francisco 49ers. Drew Stanton will make his first start of the season.
Palmer suffered a concussion on Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Coach Bruce Arians said Palmer made progress in recovery, but won't travel with the team out of precaution. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Despite Arians' optimism earlier in the week, Palmer wasn't going to play less than four full days after suffering a concussion. Stanton should be good enough to keep the Cardinals' playmakers afloat in fantasy, but don't expect any huge performances from anyone outside of perhaps David Johnson. Stanton can be ignored even in two-quarterback leagues.
| Latavius Murray doubtful for Week 5|
DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard to split time
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2016, 10:00 pm
|Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who injured his right foot in Sunday's 28-27 victory at the Baltimore Ravens and was wearing a protective boot on Tuesday and Wednesday, is doubtful to play Sunday at home against the San Diego Chargers, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are likely to split carries against the Chargers with Washington being the lead back in the committee. Both are worth a look in Week 5 against a Chargers defense giving up the second most fantasy points to running backs.
| Revis and Decker miss Jets' practice|
Both players uncertain for Sunday
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 5 2016, 7:22 pm
|FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and wide receiver Eric Decker sat out practice Wednesday with injuries, and they're both uncertain for New York's game at Pittsburgh on Sunday. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: Eric Decker's shoulder injury is worrisome for his fantasy owners. At best, he is a game-time decision if he can practice later in the week. Darrelle Revis' injury could open the flood gates for Pittsburgh's passing attack. The Jets have already allowed seven plays of over 40 yards this year (most in the NFL).
| Eric Ebron likely out Sunday|
Did not practice Wednesday
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 5 2016, 6:17 pm
|ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron is not expected to play this upcoming Sunday against the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles after suffering injuries to his knee and ankle against the Chicago Bears this past Sunday, a source told ESPN Insider Adam Caplan.
Ebron briefly left Sunday's game against the Bears, but he returned and was able to finish the game. He did not practice Wednesday, and he was not spotted at all during the open portion of practice.
FFToday's Take: Ebron came into the year nursing an apparent ankle injury suffered in early August. Whether he tweaked that same injury or is dealing with something new, it looks like the Lions may choose to let him rest rather than continue to play through his maladies. Detroit lacks a capable backup for fantasy owners to consider as Cole Wick is the only other tight end on the Lions roster with at least one target this season.
| Chargers corner Jason Verrett to miss season|
Partially torn ACL
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 5 2016, 5:28 pm
|Cornerback Jason Verrett is expected to miss the rest of the season with a partially torn ACL, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported via a source informed of the situation. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers have already lost two impact players on offense (Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead) and now lose one on the defensive side of the ball. Prior to being shutdown, Jason Verrett was well on his way to another Pro Bowl this season even with the bum knee. San Diego has already been without fellow CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) so what used to be a relative strength is now looking like a giant hole as the team prepares to face Derek Carr and the Raiders Sunday.
| Drew Stanton to start Thursday night|
Palmer won't make the trip
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 5 2016, 2:45 pm
|Quarterback Carson Palmer will not travel with the Arizona Cardinals to the Bay Area and has been ruled out against the San Francisco 49ers, coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Palmer suffered a concussion in Week 4 so it's not surprising on a short week that Drew Stanton will get the call. Palmer has thrown six TDs in four games so Stanton may not be as big of downgrade as it may appear. That said, even in a plus matchup against the San Francisco Stanton is more of a QB2.
| Bears receiver Kevin White to go on IR|
Fracture in leg, considering surgery
By: Jake Gordon | Oct 5 2016, 12:48 pm
|LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White will be placed on injured reserve with a fractured left fibula, one year after missing his entire rookie season with a stress fracture in the same leg. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: Kevin White sees his fantasy value floored for the second consecutive season as he ends up on the IR with an injury to the same leg that caused him to miss his entire rookie year. Chicago was already starting to lean on veteran Eddie Royal in the passing attack so the largest increase in fantasy value will likely be seen with TE Zach Miller and WR Cameron Meredith. Miller has been gold in the red zone over the past two weeks and should now see a few more targets pushing him into TE1 territory. Meanwhile, Meredith is a six-foot three-inch receiver out of Illinois State in his third pro season. He will only be the fourth or fifth option in the passing game but is worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats. Chicago's best cornerback, Kyle Fuller, is also on IR and the Bears would only be able to bring back one player later this season. This could influence the White's decision on whether or not to have surgery on his leg and effectively ending his season.
| Chris Johnson placed on IR|
Groin injury, could return later this season
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2016, 3:00 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals announced a flurry of roster moves Tuesday morning, including placing running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch on injured reserve. The moves with Johnson, Branch and Butler don’t necessarily mean they are done for the season. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson will miss at least the next 8 weeks meaning fantasy owners can safely cut him. Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor are next up on the depth chart. Kerwynn Williams has also been signed for depth.
|Ravens release RB Justin Forsett|
Kenneth Dixon set to make his debut Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 4 2016, 1:00 pm
|Two days after deactivating Justin Forsett and one day after coach John Harbaugh was non-committal about Forsett’s future, the Ravens parted ways with the veteran running back. The organization informed Forsett of his release on Tuesday. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Forsett was released prior to Week 1 in a move to the help the team with the salary cap. This time it's permanent. With Forsett out, Terrance West and rookie Kenneth Dixon are the frontrunners to be fantasy relevant with Javorius Allen filling a change of pace role.
| Dan Bailey dealing with back injury|
Cowboys K might be worth sitting until he's 100 percent
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 4 2016, 11:07 am
|While kicker Dan Bailey played on Sunday in San Francisco, his ailing back has the Cowboys at least working on contingency plans in case he can’t play this week against the Bengals.
Head coach Jason Garrett said on Monday there is no immediate plan to bring in other kickers this week, but didn’t rule it out. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: It might be a good idea to pick up a kicker before lineups lock, especially if you're in a league that penalizes for missed kicks. Bailey has uncharacteristically missed kicks in consecutive week sand could be liability. Mason Crosby and Caleb Sturgis are available in plenty of leagues since they are both coming off byes.
| Bucs hint at reduced workload for Charles Sims|
More touches for Jacquizz Rodgers not really an inspiring theme
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Oct 4 2016, 11:03 am
|After Charles Sims gained just 28 yards on 15 carries in the Bucs loss to Denver Sunday, coach Dirk Koetter said all options remain on the table going forward in regards to the running back position. (Pewter Report)|
FFToday's Take: Yuck. Sims’s issues hitting the hole has made the Bucs offense one-dimensional, and Koetter will look to adjust some things - including personnel - while waiting for Doug Martin to get back on the field. In the meantime, the Bucs could look to former Falcon Jacquizz Rodgers, signed after Week 1, to handle more of the inside-running work. Rodgers rushed for 20 yards on five carries in the first half Sunday, but was curiously shutdown by the Bucs in the second half. Rodgers isn't a special player and there's just not a ton of value in Tampa's struggling offense right now.
| Optimism Carson Palmer will play Week 5|
Suffered concussion in Week 4 loss to Rams
By: Doug Orth | Oct 3 2016, 6:05 pm
|HC Bruce Arians more optimistic (today) that Carson Palmer (concussion) could play Thursday. Day to day. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Arians tends to be more optimistic than most coaches regarding injuries, so it is fair to be skeptical of his endorsement. It's hard to feel great about using Palmer this week given how much Thursday night games seem to affect passing games because Drew Stanton isn't going to carry Larry Fitzgerald or John Brown to fantasy glory. Unless there is a glowing report about Palmer's status over the next 48 hours, owners should probably plan on playing another quarterback in Week 5.
|Ravens won't commit to Terrance West|
Baltimore backfield in flux
By: Doug Orth | Oct 3 2016, 6:00 pm
|Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn't commit to Terrance West as the featured back going forward. "If you're playing hard, smart and is fundamentally sound and is productive, you'll be out there again," Harbaugh said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: West gave the Ravens 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries against the Raiders in Week 4, so it is fair to say he'll get a shot to further solidify his hold on the job against the Redskins in Week 5, when rookie Kenneth Dixon is expected to make his NFL debut. Expect West to handle the early-down work for now, while Dixon takes over the passing-down duties as early as this week. West is now on the flex radar and Dixon needs to be added in all leagues.
| Tevin Coleman expected to go Week 5|
RB has sickle cell trait; Falcons head to Denver
By: Doug Orth | Oct 3 2016, 5:30 pm
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said team expects RB Tevin Coleman to play in Denver (sickle cell trait). (D. Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect a very light workload. Former NFL safety Ryan Clark famously played in Denver back in 2007 without knowing he had sickle cell trait and ended up needing emergency surgery to remove his spleen and gall bladder. The Broncos' defense is among the best in the league again, but it has shown a slight weakness against the run. Devonta Freeman isn't likely to have a huge game, but he should be the best bet of all the Falcons to have a decent game next weekend.
| Cam suffers concussion in loss to Falcons|
Week 5 status uncertain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 3 2016, 5:25 pm
|Ron Rivera said he has no idea about Cam Newton's status for next Monday night. (Steve Reed on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: About the only thing working in Newton's favor is that Carolina will have one more day than usual to gain clearance as the Panthers host the Bucs on Monday night. Unfortunately, that doesn't do much for his owners, who aren't going to have any realistic options outside of backup Derek Anderson to turn to if he can't go. As such, owners should prepare to be without Newton this week.
| Zach Ertz planning to play Week 5|
MRI came back clear on rib "displacement"
By: Doug Orth | Oct 3 2016, 5:20 pm
|Zach Ertz said MRI was clear and he is practicing today and plans to play Sunday in Detroit. (Reuben Frank on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ertz's likely return coincides with the Eagles visiting Detroit, which has been dreadful against tight ends this season. Ertz has visited the end zone only nine times in three-plus seasons with Philly, but he'll have a good chance to change that for one week against the Lions. He's sure to be a popular pick in DFS as well.
| Doug Martin expected to sit through Week 6 bye|
Beat writer admits there is "some window" for Week 5 return
By: Doug Orth | Oct 3 2016, 5:15 pm
|No word on Doug Martin. Has not practiced in last two weeks. Some window to return for Carolina, but after bye seems more likely. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The key phrase above would be "not practiced in two weeks". With a bye coming up next week after a visit to the Carolina on Monday night, it makes little sense to rush Martin back, especially considering the Panthers could be without Cam Newton. Expect Charles Sims to serve as the featured back one more week.
| Willie Snead expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2016, 10:00 am
|Saints WR Willie Snead, out last game with a toe injury, will return and play vs. the Chargers, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Snead won't be at full strength but is a viable WR3 this week against the Chargers in a game with the highest total on the board (54).
| Dez Bryant not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2016, 8:30 am
|Nothing has changed for Cowboys WR Dez Bryant. He’ll warmup, but not expected to play. CB Orlando Scandrick (hamstrings) not expected to go (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys will wait for the inactive list to make it official but Bryant owners need to have plan B in place. The good news is, Bryant's injury may just be a bone bruise and could return to action in Week 5.
| Terrance West to start for Ravens|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2016, 8:15 am
|A game-day stunner: The Ravens are benching starting RB Justin Forsett, going younger in the backfield. Expect Terrance West to start. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens run game has been dismal over the first three weeks. West is worth of Flex consideration against the Raiders. There's a chance Javorius Allen could be active for the first time this season.
| Julius Thomas inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2016, 8:00 am
|Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is out today vs Colts due to elbow injury, per source. Marcedes Lewis expected to start. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas made the trip to London but unfortunately won't be available in Week 3. Lewis is a TE2. Better options for Thomas owners include Hunter Henry, Zach Miller, Jacob Tamme and Jack Doyle.
| Rashad Jennings limited Friday|
Likely a gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2016, 7:00 pm
|Running back Rashad Jennings was a limited participant in Friday's practice as he deals with a thumb injury that sidelined him in Week 3. McAdoo said Jennings is progressing, but a decision about the running back's status may not come until game day. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jennings was inactive last week because the Giants were worried about his ability to catch and pass protect. The Giants and Vikings play Monday night so we should learn a bit more about Jennings' status on Saturday.
| West out, Jamaal Charles expected to play|
Charles ot make season debut
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2016, 3:00 pm
|Despite being listed as questionable (knee), Chiefs' RB Jamaal Charles will make 2016 season debut Sunday night in Pitt, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Charcandrick West (ankle) out, Charles will get his first action of the season on Sunday night against the Steelers. There's no definitive word on Charles role, but its likely he will be limited and be in a backup role to Spencer Ware. Ware's value dips to RB2 level while the uncertainty makes Charles a FLEX dart throw.
| Eric Decker out with shoulder injury|
Tear in his rotator cuff
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2016, 1:00 pm
|Jets WR Eric Decker has a partial tear in his rotator cuff and won't play Sunday, the team announced. Todd Bowles said it's a week-to-week injury. He didn't rule out surgery down the road; it depends on healing and rehab. This a big blow to the Jets' struggling passing attack. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Decker has been a model of consistency since 2015 but his injury will put fantasy owners in a bind. Quincy Enunwa will move into a starting role and has immediate WR3 and Flex appeal.
| Marvin Jones back at practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2016, 12:30 pm
|Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones was practicing with the team on Friday, just one day after he popped up on the team's injury report with a hamstring problem.
Jones was limited on Thursday by the injury, but seemed fine while working out with the other receivers during the 15 or so minutes of practice that were open to the media. (MLive.com)|
FFToday's Take: Jones inclusion on the injury report yesterday raised eyebrows of fantasy owners. It seems like he'll be good to go but check reports later this weekend for confirmation. He'll be a WR1 if he plays against Chicago.
| Sammy Watkins out with foot injury|
Missed practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2016, 12:10 pm
|Rex Ryan says Bills WR Sammy Watkins is out for Sunday's game. (Vic Carucci on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan indicated that Watkins foot injury may keep him out beyond Week 4. This is not only based news for Watkins' owners but Tyrod Taylor owners as well. With Greg Salas also out, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Walter Powell and Brandon Tate round out the WR depth chart.
| Julius Thomas a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2016, 11:30 am
|Limited practice today and questionable for Sunday: Tight end Julius Thomas (elbow) and linebacker Dan Skuta (hip).
“Those guys will be game-time decisions,” coach Gus Bradley said. If Thomas is inactive, the Jaguars would have only two healthy tight ends: Marcedes Lewis and Neal Sterling (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas did make the trip to London so it's likely he is true gametime decision. He'll be a low-end TE1 option against the Colts defense if he's able to suit up.
| Marvin Jones shows up on injury report|
Limited practice; hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2016, 7:50 pm
|Marvin Jones is on Thursday’s injury report as a limited participant in practice after not being on the report at all after Wednesday’s practice. That suggests that Jones may have come down with the injury during practice and will make Friday’s practice one to watch for a better idea about how much the hamstring might affect him against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The WR1 after three weeks, Jones will need to get a full practice in on Friday in order to quell fears of him missing time against the Bears in Week 4. If he is forced to sit out, Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate become much better fantasy options against Chicago's shell of a defense, while Eric Ebron could also be nearing must-start territory as well.
|Josh Gordon entering rehab|
Future with Browns in jeopardy
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2016, 7:30 pm
|Josh Gordon's Cleveland Browns comeback has hit another roadblock.
The wide receiver announced Thursday that he is entering an in-patient rehabilitation facility in an effort to "gain full control of my life." Gordon is eligible to play in the Browns' Week 5 contest against the New England Patriots as part of the terms of his NFL reinstatement for a substance abuse violation. Gordon's decision to enter rehab, however, puts his comeback on hold indefinitely. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Another setback for the surpremely talented wideout, although it shows progress he's confronting the problem personally this time around. There's simply no way of knowing how long Gordon will be away from the team and whether or not Cleveland will continue to stick with him. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport stated there is a "real chance" Gordon will never play another snap for the Browns. Given what we know at the moment, redraft owners should probably accept that possibility as well and move on.
|Dolphins making changes prior to Week 4|
Damien Williams named starter for TNF; Byron Maxwell benched
By: Doug Orth | Sep 29 2016, 7:20 pm
|Byron Maxwell, who has struggled in three games with the Dolphins, has been demoted, the Miami Herald first reported. Tony Lippett, who has not gotten a snap on defense this season, will start at corner against the Bengals. Maxwell will play off the bench.
Damien Williams will start for Arian Foster. Laremy Tunsil will slide from guard to left tackle; Billy Turner will start at left guard. Kraig Urbik will be the Dolphins’ center. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Maxwell is one of seven starters who have either been demoted or are injured. He tends to struggle in off coverage and that is exactly what he has been asked to do too much in Miami. As for the running back situation, it has become clear new HC Adam Gase does not really care/trust any of his options. So while Williams will get the start, he may be sharing the backfield with three other players. He's worth an add in deep leagues, but he's a Hail Mary start at best.