|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.