| Rashaad Penny out for the season|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2019, 4:15 pm
|Pete Carroll said Rashaad Penny will miss the rest of the season after injuring his ACL last night. Carroll said he hasn’t heard about the MRI results but that the doctors “could tell it’s a significant injury.” (Brady Henderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Penny had just started getting significant playing time two weeks ago and now will be lost well into next year if his ACL is torn and surgery is required. Chris Carson will move back into workhorse role with C.J. Prosise mixing in on third downs. The Seahawks play at Carolina and home against Arizona in Weeks 15 and 16.
| Calvin Ridley out for the season|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2019, 1:48 pm
|Calvin Ridley says on Instagram he’s out for the season after suffering ab injury Sunday. (Vaughn McClure on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ridley is currently sitting as the WR14 in PPR leagues but will miss the final three games of the season. Christian Blake and Russell Gage will get more run in Ridley's absence. Blake has seen 9 targets in each of the last two games.
| Guice to have MRI on injured knee|
42 yards on five carries in Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2019, 7:20 am
|Derrius Guice left the game after being tackled awkwardly in the second quarter and was scheduled to have an MRI afterward. Guice declined to speak to reporters following the game, but was seen walking in the locker room without any noticeable distress. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Guice has a history of knee issues including a torn ACL and a torn meniscus in Week 1. Depending on the severity, the Redskins could shut Guice down for the remainder of the season leaving the running back duties to Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.
| D.J. Chark in walking boot|
Foot, ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 9 2019, 7:15 am
|Jaguars WR D.J. Chark’s left foot was in a protective boot and he left the locker room using a scooter, which would indicate this is more serious than just a normal ankle sprain. (Michael DiRocco on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Chark had 10 targets on Sunday and finished with a 9-75 line in Jacksonville's blowout loss to the Chargers. We'll get a better indication of his injury later this week but it sounds like there's a chance Chark could miss the remainder of the season. Keelan Cole would see more opportunities if Chark is out.
| Josh Jacobs a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2019, 7:15 am
|#Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder), who is trying to play through a broken shoulder plate, is a true game-time decision, source say. No guaranteed he can play today, thought he’s trying. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders kick off later this afternoon making it tough on fantasy owners wanting to play Jacobs in their lineups. A mixture of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard would carry the load at running back for the Raiders if Jacobs sits.
| Will Fuller not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 8 2019, 7:00 am
|#Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) is not expected to play today, source said. They’ll miss him today. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller has been battling a hamstring injury since Week 7. Expect DeAndre Hopkins, Kenny Stills and DeAndre Carter to be the main wide receiver options for Deshaun Watson today against the Broncos.
| Le'Veon Bell ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2019, 4:50 pm
|The #Jets have downgraded RB Le’Veon Bell from questionable to out. He’s been dealing with an illness. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Bell out, expect the Jets to use Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery at running back. Powell is probably the better fantasy play but the Jets are 29th in fantasy points scored by running backs suggesting Powell is not a slam dunk play even against the Dolphins.
| Evan Engram, Daniel Jones ruled out for Week 14|
Foot injury for Engram
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 7 2019, 12:01 pm
|Daniel Jones (ankle) officially ruled out Monday night vs. Eagles. Eli Manning starts.
TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), CB Corey Ballentine (concussion) also OUT.
This means Giants will still not have played a game w/all top weapons on the field together (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Engram was trending towards playing after getting in some limited practices this week, but will sit out his fourth straight game. Kaden Smith will get the start and be a middling TE2 option.
| Adam Thielen listed as Doubtful|
Unlikely to play in Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2019, 4:00 pm
|Adam Thielen is DOUBTFUL and Riley Reiff is QUESTIONABLE to play for #Vikings, team announces. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thielin will likely be inactive on Sunday leaving Stefon Diggs the main option at wide receiver for Kirk Cousins. Diggs has disappointed in this role last week (4-25) but gets a decent matchup against the Lions who have given up the 10th most fantasy points to WRs.
| Josh Jacobs questionable with shoulder injury|
Didn't do much at practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2019, 3:20 pm
|Gruden said Josh Jacobs didn’t do much in practice today, his only workout of the week. We’ll see more Washington, Richard and even some more Ingold if Jacobs can’t go. (Scott Blair on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jacobs has been playing with a shoulder injury for a few weeks now, but after two crushing defeats it may be time for the Raiders to take a more long-term view for their rookie running back. If Jacobs hits the Inactive list on Sunday, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard would handle the running back duties against the Titans.
| Julio Jones, Austin Hooper good to go for Sunday|
Falcons passing game getting healthy
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2019, 12:33 pm
|Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (shoulder) and Austin Hooper (MCL) wi11 play vs. Carolina on Sunday. (Vaughn McClure on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This will be Hooper's first game since spraining his MCL in Week 10. Julio missed last week's game with a shoulder injury. This gives Matt Ryan and the offense all of their weapons in a matchup against the Panthers. The Panthers are more susceptible to the run, making this a sneaky good spot for Devonta Freeman.
| Le'Veon Bell misses second straight practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 6 2019, 10:41 am
|Le’Veon Bell will miss his second straight practice due to an illness. Adam Gase said he’s not sure if Bell will play on Sunday. (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Players usually gut it out during an illness but we've seen Mike Evans and most recently Tyler Lockett produce terrible games during a week they've been sick. Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery would be in line for more work if Bell is limited in some capacity.
| Josh Jacobs sidelined again Thursday|
Consecutive DNPs to begin the week
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2019, 10:00 pm
|No sign of RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder) or RT Trent Brown (pectoral) at start of Raiders practice today. (ESPN - Paul Gutierrez)|
FFToday's Take: Jacobs has been limited in practice for weeks, but it's fair to wonder if Oakland is going to scale back his workload a bit or give him a week or two off. He told reporters Wednesday he's been playing through a fractured shoulder since Week 7. With the Raiders' season suddenly headed in the wrong direction, picking up DeAndre Washington and/or Jalen Richard could be a savvy move.
| Marlon Mack practicing in full|
Parris Campbell likely to return in Week 14 as well
By: Doug Orth | Dec 5 2019, 9:30 pm
|WR Parris Campbell full for a second straight day, and RB Marlon Mack was full, as well, a big step for him. (The Athletic - Zak Keefer)|
FFToday's Take: Mack is likely to return following a two-week absence, but he'll do so against perhaps the toughest run defense in the league in Tampa Bay. Owners may have no choice to start him given the likelihood he'll push for 20 touches, but he's not going to have a ton of upside this week. Although owners can't start Campbell with any confidence this week, he makes for an intriguing stash in an banged-up offense that has been waiting all year to get him involved.
| Greg Olsen misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 5 2019, 12:13 pm
|In addition to Greg Olsen, Panthers rookie tackle Greg Little also still sidelined. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen is dealing with a concussion suffered last week and appears to be headed for the inactive list this Sunday. That would lead to Ian Thomas getting the starting nod at tight end for the Panthers against the Falcons.
| Adam Thielen not practicing Wednesday|
Vikings get limited practice from Dalvin Cook
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 4 2019, 5:55 pm
|Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) on Twitter: "The Vikings, who are effectively going through a walk through this afternoon, already issued their injury report. Adam Thielen, Riley Reiff and Linval Joseph did not practice; Dalvin Cook, Everson Griffen, Eric Wilson, Shamar Stephen and Harrison Smith were limited."
FFToday's Take: Lots of injuries looming for the Vikings, who lost a tough one to the Seahawks on MNF. Alexander Mattison should be on everyone's radar for Wek 14 if Cook can't go, and Diggs remains a lock-n-load WR1 if Thielen is out again.
| Dalvin Cook indicates he'll play in Week 14|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2019, 12:30 pm
|Dalvin Cook’s shoulder injury is a pain tolerance deal, and he said he’s been told there shouldn’t be a risk of injuring it worse. Reiterates he’ll play Sunday vs Lions. “I gotta work on” holding onto the ball when hit there. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cook left last week's game with a shoulder injury but maintains's his stance that he'll play against the Lions. If he sits, Alexander Mattison would become an obvious plug an play in Week 14.
| Daniel Jones in walking boot with ankle sprain|
Eli Manning likely to start Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 4 2019, 10:53 am
|Daniel Jones in a boot + has moderate high ankle sprain, per Pat Shurmur. He couldn’t play if Giants had game today. Shurmur compared it to what Saquon Barkley had, slightly less severe. Barkley missed three games. So get ready for the return of Eli Manning on Monday vs Eagles. (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It will be Eli Manning this week against the Eagles. On a positive note for the Eagles offense, it sounds like TE Evan Engram and WR Golden Tate could be back in action. This is a decent matchup for Manning against the Eagles who've given up the 16th most FPts to quarterbacks and the 4th most FPts to wide receivers.
| Damien Williams has a chance play Week 14|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2019, 7:25 pm
|On the Spencer Ware signing, my understanding is that Damien Williams has a chance to play Sunday at Patriots. So Ware at this point is more an emergency signing but Chiefs will see how the week works out for Williams. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Damien injured his ribs in Week 11 and hasn't played since and with Darrel Williams suffering a knee injury in Week 13, the Chiefs are suddenly thin at running back. Free agent Spencer Ware has been signed and Darwin Thompson figures to get some work even if Damien plays against the Patriots. We'll have a better idea of the Chiefs RB situation after practice on Friday.
| Kalen Ballage placed on IR|
Zach Zenner signed
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 3 2019, 5:00 pm
|Dolphins placed RB Kalen Ballage on injured reserve and claimed RB Zach Zenner off of waivers from the Cardinals. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We're not sure yet what injury Ballage has but at any rate his season is over. Patrick Laird and Zenner should handle the bulk of rushing work for the Dolphins but neither are a big priority off the waiver wire as the Dolphins are typically scripted out of running the ball early in games.
| T.Y. Hilton's return in doubt|
Calf injury has caused him to miss four of five games
By: Doug Orth | Dec 2 2019, 5:15 pm
|Reich: T.Y. Hilton. Hopeful he'll return this season. (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This sounds ominous. The Colts' season is trending downward pretty quickly, so it may not make a lot of sense for him to rush back. Indianapolis has turned run-heavy without Jacoby Brissett still hurting and without a healthy Hilton in the lineup. With Brissett at less than 100 percent and the season getting away from them, don't be surprised if Indianapolis shuts him down soon.
| Julio Jones likely to play in Week 14|
Missed Thanksgiving night game with shoulder injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 2 2019, 5:05 pm
|Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (shoulder) is trending upward in terms of his availability for Sunday's game against Carolina. Mentioned Julio would have had a much better chance to play this past week if the game was on a Sunday instead of a Thursday. (The Athletic - Jason Butt)|
FFToday's Take: While the news doesn't figure to comfort any owner who wasn't able to make the fantasy playoffs because they were without their top receiver, it seems likely Jones will be able to go versus the Panthers. Jones had six catches for 91 yards in Week 11 against Carolina in a game Atlanta controlled. Owners can probably expect similar production this week. He'll be looking to end an eight-game streak without a touchdown if he plays.
| John Ross expected back in Week 14|
Sidelined since Week 4 with clavicle injury
By: Doug Orth | Dec 2 2019, 4:55 pm
|Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he expects WR John Ross to be active this week. Will be the first game eligible after being on IR. (ESPN - Ben Baby)|
FFToday's Take: Ross started out the season on fire, but it would be unwise to expect similar production anytime soon, especially given the way Auden Tate has emerged in his absence. With that said, Ross' speed should open up the field for Tate and Tyler Boyd. Ross can be added off waivers in deeper leagues, but he's a high-risk flyer - especially during the fantasy playoffs - at best at this point.
| T.J. Hockenson headed to IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2019, 1:35 pm
|T.J. Hockenson is headed to injured reserve with an ankle injury. His rookie season is over. (Kyle Meinke on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hockenson started the year with a bang (6-131-1) but never topped 56 yards in a game since and currently sits as the TE20 overall. Jesse James and Logan Thomas are next up on the Lions depth chart but neither are recommended fantasy options with Matthew Stafford still sidelined with a back injury.
|Gardner Minshew to start in Week 14|
Nick Foles back to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 2 2019, 1:00 pm
|Gardner Minshew II will start at quarterback for Jaguars against Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, HC Doug Marrone says... (John Oehser on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Doug Marrone is citing Minshew's mobility as a main factor for making the switch back to the mustached one. If the Jags consider mobility a main ingredient they want from their quarterback, then perhaps they shouldn't have spent $88 million on Nick Foles him in the off-season with $50 million worth of guarantees. The Jags host the Chargers in Week 14.
| Matt Breida expected to miss Week 13|
Should return in Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 1 2019, 8:40 am
|Update on RB Matt Breida: 49ers want a fully healthy Breida for New Orleans next week, so he will be out today vs Ravens. One more week for Breida. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter had reported earlier in the morning that Breida was going to play but apparently the 49ers had a change of heart. With Breida out, Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert will handle the bulk of the running back duties against the Ravens. Both are Flex plays in a rainy environment.
| Jordan Howard ruled out|
All systems go for Miles Sanders
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 30 2019, 12:15 pm
|#Eagles injury update: RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Eagles promoted TE Josh Perkins from the practice squad, activated CB Cre'von LeBlanc from Reserve/Injured and waived DT Albert Huggins. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Howard was limited in practice this week but still needs to get cleared for contact before he can play. The Eagles will roll with Miles Sanders, Jay Ajayi and Boston Scott at running back against the Dolphins. The call-up of Perkins is concerning for the status of Zach Ertz (hamstring). Ertz owner should pay close attention to early morning reports tomorrow.
| TE Gerald Everett out for Week 13|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2019, 4:30 pm
|Rams TE Gerald Everett is OUT Sunday. (Lindsey Thiry on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Everett batting a knee injury, Tyler Higbee will start at tight end for the Rams. In case you haven't heard, the Cardinals give up the most fantasy points to tight ends making Higbee a viable TE streamer in Week 13.
| Ertz, Howard listed as questionable|
Hamstring injury for Ertz
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2019, 3:30 pm
|Zach Ertz hasn’t practiced much all this week because a hamstring injury he first suffered last week. He declined to speak today, but said, “See ya Sunday.” Would imagine he’ll soldier through as he did vs. the Seahawks. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ertz reportedly played through his hamstring injury last week so it's safe to assume he'll suit up in Week 13. Jordan Howard hasn't been cleared for contact so it's unlikely he plays, leaving Miles Sanders in another good spot against the Dolphins this week. Sanders has yet to capitalize on his opportunity while Howard's been out, but it doesn't get much better than a meeting with the lowly Dolphins.
| JuJu Out, Conner Doubtful for Steelers|
Knee injury for Smith-Schuster
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2019, 3:00 pm
|The Steelers will be without wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for the second week in a row, and running back James Conner likely won't play, either. Conner was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, but Smith-Schuster didn't practice at all during the week. He cleared concussion protocol Wednesday but is still dealing with a knee injury that requires a brace. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers will feature James Washington and Diontae Johnson at receiver with Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels getting the bulk of the running back work with Trey Edmunds mixing in. It will hard to trust anyone but Washington at receiver with both Samuels and Snell middling Flex options against the Browns.
| Tate, Engram, Ellison ruled out for Week 13|
Giants short-handed against the Packers
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 29 2019, 12:01 pm
|OUT for Sunday vs. Packers: WR Golden Tate (concussion), TE Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), LS Zak DeOssie (back/wrist) and S Jabrill Peppers (back). (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants will be short-handed against the Packers this week with Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Cody Latimer working as the top three wideouts. Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson will fill the void at TE but neither are viable fantasy options.
| Adam Thielen eyeing Week 13 return?|
Missed most of last five games with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2019, 11:55 pm
|Adam Thielen remains on track for possible Monday return. Has missed 4 of the past 5 games with a hamstring injury. The Vikings didn't practice Thursday but he was estimated as a limited participant. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thielen reportedly suffered a "slight scare" with his injury earlier in the week, so it remains to be seen if he limited designation is a good thing or not. Considering he's already had one setback with a hamstring, owners would be wise to make prove he can make it through a full game without aggravating it before plugging him back into fantasy lineups. Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith figure to benefit the most from another absence.
| James Conner gets some work in Thursday|
JuJu still out of practice
By: Doug Orth | Nov 28 2019, 11:30 pm
|Some good and bad on today's Steelers injury report. James Conner got in a limited practice, but still no JuJu Smith-Schuster. A DNP entirely. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: This is a bit of an interesting revelation considering Conner told reporters Monday "it'll be a little longer" before he's ready to play. That still may be true, but now it appears he at least has a shot to play in Week 13. Owners would be wise to make other plans though. As for JuJu, he's almost fallen off the fantasy map with multiple changes at quarterback and his injuries. Until Ben Roethlisberger returns next year, it's going to be hard to start any Steelers receiver again.
| Julio Jones inactive for Week 13|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2019, 6:30 pm
|#Falcons WR Julio Jones is inactive for tonight’s game against the #Saints. They planned to test his shoulder for strength before the game and the verdict left him out. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Jones out, the Falcons will lean on Calvin Ridley and Justin Gage at receiver. Devonta Freeman could see an uptick in receiving opportunities as well.
| T.Y. Hilton ruled out for Week 13|
Setback in practice yesterday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2019, 1:00 pm
|TY Hilton suffered a slight setback in practice yesterday, and is OUT for Sunday’s game vs Tennessee. He’ll remain week-to-week. (Zak Keefer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton has been battling a calf injury the last few weeks and was limited to a 3-18 line on six targets last week. Zach Pascal and Chester Rogers should be the top targets on the outside with Jack Doyle commanding a lot of opportunities at tight end.
| Falcons optimistic Julio will play|
Assuming his shoulder is strong enough
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2019, 8:14 am
|The #Falcons are optimistic about having WR Julio Jones (shoulder) today, assuming his shoulder is strong enough... Meanwhile, the #Saints are slated to get CB Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) back today. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't a ringing endorsement but it sounds like Julio is on the good side of his gametime decision. He will likely see a lot of Lattimore if both are active but that isn't a deterrent to putting him in your lineup.
| David Blough will start at QB for Lions|
Driskel will serve as the backup
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2019, 7:45 pm
|David Blough will start at quarterback for Thursday’s game vs. Chicago. Jeff Driskel will serve as the backup quarterback. (Lions on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Who? If you don't know who David Blough is, don't feel bad; neither do 95 percent of the people following the NFL to any degree. Blough doesn't have the rushing ability of Driskel so his fantasy stock is the lowest of the QB2 variety. I'll be pushing Kenny Golladay down to WR3 territory on this news.
| Zach Ertz misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2019, 5:00 pm
|Eagles tight end Zach Ertz did not participate in practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury, the team announced in its injury report. Ertz was at practice Wednesday and stretched, but he did not work with the tight ends during individual drills in the portion open to the media. (Penn Live)|
FFToday's Take: We'll have a better idea of Ertz's true status after practice on Thursday. Dallas Goedert would be a no-brainer TE1 if Ertz were to miss Week 13 against the Dolphins. Alshon Jeffery was limited but is expected back this week.
| Julio Jones listed as questionable|
Austin Hooper out
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2019, 1:10 pm
|Dan Quinn the decision with Julio Jones will come down to how he feels before the game, that he has full strength in shoulder and contact.|
FFToday's Take: Austin Hooper is officially out for Thursday night. Julio went through the walkthrough today which puts him on track to play. He'll be a gametime decision but it sounds like he'll give it a go against the Saints.
| Delanie Walker placed on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2019, 1:00 pm
|The Titans have placed veteran tight end Delanie Walker on Injured Reserve. Also on Wednesday, the Titans signed kicker Ryan Santoso to the team’s 53-man roster. The team intends to carry two kickers, including veteran Ryan Succop, on the roster heading into Sunday’s game against the Colts. Walker, who struggled health-wise this season with the ankle he had surgery on last year, ended up playing in seven games in 2019. (Titans Online)|
FFToday's Take: Jonnu Smith, MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser will hold down the tight end position for the remainder of the season. Smith is a middling TE2 option at a weak position.