| All 3 Broncos' QBs out due to COVID-19 protocol|
Broncos scrambling to find a QB replacement
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2020, 6:03 pm
|All three Broncos QBs have been ruled out. One possible QB: Kendall Hinton. He's on Broncos practice squad as WR but he was a three-year starting QB at Wake Forest. (Won't be coach Rob Calabrese. League won't allow, I'm told). RB Royce Freeman may be up as starting QB. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles are all out due to the COVID-19 protocol. Freeman has been the designated emergency quarterback but it appears that practice squad player WR Kendall Hinton will be playing quarterback. He'll likely be eligible at the Flex position at some league hosting sites.
| Chargers activate Austin Ekeler from IR|
Kalen Ballage questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2020, 4:16 pm
|#Chargers have activated RB Austin Ekeler off IR. (Daniel Popper on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Kalen Ballage questionable due to an ankle injury, fantasy owners of both running backs will need to pay attention to news reports tomorrow morning before lock. At this point, it's unclear how much Ekeler will play.
| Chris Carson off injury report, expected to play|
Should play Monday night
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2020, 3:55 pm
|Chris Carson is off the Seahawks’ injury report for Monday night vs. the Eagles and set to return to the lineup. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carson last played in Week 7 and has been dealing with a foot injury ever since. Being off the injury report indicates Carson should get the start over Carlos Hyde on Monday night. He's in the RB2 low-end RB1 territory for Week 12.
| Tua Tagovailoa downgraded to Doubtful|
Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2020, 1:46 pm
|Dolphins downgrade Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) to DOUBTFUL #MiamiDolphins (Joe Schad on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Tua listed as Doubtful expect to see Ryan Fitzpatrick get the start. This is good news for DeVante Parker owners as Tua has thrown for 255 yards in his last two games combined. The Jets have given up the 4th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Fitzmagic is on the QB streaming radar.
| Jonathan Taylor placed on COVID-19 list|
Out for Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 28 2020, 12:30 pm
|Rookie running back and leading rusher Jonathan Taylor was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and starting center Ryan Kelly was downgraded from questionable to out with a neck injury. Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines will share the running load with Taylor sidelined. (Fox 59 in Indianapolis)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor received 26 touches last week, his first 20-touch game since Week 2. In his place, we should see a lot of Hines and Wilkins with Hines being the preferred option in PPR leagues. The Titans are giving up the 10th most fantasy points to running backs.
| Todd Gurley out, Julio Jones questionable for Week 12|
Knee injury for Gurley
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2020, 4:01 pm
|#Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) is out for Sunday against the #Raiders. WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is questionable. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Gurley out, expect Brian Hill and Ito Smith to handle running back duties for the Falcons against the Raiders. Hill is probably more of a Flex option with higher upside if Julio is active and can make it through the game.
|Ravens-Steelers game moved to Tuesday night|
Week 13 game vs. Dallas Cowboys moved to MNF
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2020, 3:31 pm
|Our Week 12 game at the Steelers has been moved to Tuesday, December 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
Our Week 13 game vs. the Dallas Cowboys will be moved to Monday, December 7, at 5:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on FOX/NFL Net/Amazon. (Baltimore Ravens on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lamar Jackson won't be be playing on Tuesday night but could be available for the Ravens Week 13 matchup against the Cowboys. If the Week 12 game against the Steelers is played on Tuesday, then Robert Griffin III will get the start at QB for the Ravens.
| Adam Thielen not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2020, 2:16 pm
|Vikings WR Adam Thielen (COVID-19 list) not expected to play vs. Panthers, per @JFowlerESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a big blow for the Vikings offense as their receiver depth is limited. Justin Jefferson gets a bump in value with Olabisi Johnson and Chad Beebe helping to pick up the slack. The Panthers have been relatively stingy against fantasy wide receivers, allowing just 9 TDs to the position through 11 games.
| Jaguars rule out receivers D.J. Chark, Chris Conley|
Laviska Shenault expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2020, 1:13 pm
|Jaguars ruled out WRs D.J. Chark (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip) for Sunday’s game vs. Browns. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags will be operating at less than 100 percent against the Browns in Week 12. Mike Glennon will be throwing to the likes of Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole. Both are flex considerations if you're desperate.
| John Brown out for Week 12|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 27 2020, 9:48 am
|Sean McDermott also said that WR John Brown (ankle) will not practice today and won't play against the Chargers. (Matthew Fairburn on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brown has missed practice all week with an ankle injury and won't suit up against the Chargers. In his place, Gabriel Davis should see more action along with slot-man Cole Beasley. Bills-Chargers (53.0) is currently the third highest total game on the slate.
| Chris Carson opens week with limited practice|
Supposedly set to return in Week 12
By: Doug Orth | Nov 26 2020, 10:50 pm
|Chris Carson (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26. (Seahawks.com)|
FFToday's Take: The limited practice from Carson is notable because it is his first non-DNP since going down in Week 7. With that said, HC Pete Carroll said he was a game-time decision in last Thursday's win over the Cardinals and would be ready for Week 12. Carson will probably play this week, but Carroll has a long history of being exceedingly optimistic about the health of his players. (Carson was a "true 50-50" back in Week 8, per Carroll.) With Seattle playing on Monday this week, fantasy owners would be wise to stash/hold Carlos Hyde wherever possible.
|Salvon Ahmed misses another practice Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 26 2020, 10:40 pm
|Miami Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday, Nov. 26. (Dolphins.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ahmed left Week 11 briefly with a shoulder injury before returning, so it is unclear if these missed practices are the result of him being in too much pain or if Miami is being overly cautious. There's also no word yet on whether or not Myles Gaskin was allowed to shed his non-contact jersey after returning to practice Wednesday. Gaskin appears to have a better chance of playing this week, but Matt Breida may get the start if neither one can go.
|Larry Fitzgerald returns positive COVID-19 test|
Will miss Week 12
By: Doug Orth | Nov 26 2020, 10:30 pm
|WR Larry Fitzgerald has tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Fitzgerald will miss Sunday’s game against the #Patriots. (NFL Network - Mike Garafolo)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald is on the waiver wire in many leagues, but his absence technically opens the door for desperate redraft owners and DFS value-seekers to roll the dice on Andy Isabella. The positive diagnosis also enhances the possibility that another Arizona receiver - such as DeAndre Hopkins or Christian Kirk - may either test positive soon or be labeled as a close contact of Fitzgerald. If this week has been any indication, fantasy owners will need to spend significantly more time over the rest of the season checking for player updates than they have in the past.
|Lamar Jackson tests positive for COVID|
Rescheduled Ravens-Steelers game in limbo
By: Doug Orth | Nov 26 2020, 10:20 pm
|Sources: #Ravens star QB Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson's positive test reportedly pushes the Ravens' count of such cases among players and staff past 10. Thursday's scheduled game between the AFC North rivals was pushed back to Sunday a couple of days ago, and now there are reports Baltimore won't be able to return to its facility until at least Monday. If the Ravens continue to report more positive tests, there's almost no way the game can be played in Week 12. As such, fantasy owners need to have an alternate plan in place with all of their Baltimore and Pittsburgh players. If the game somehow gets played this week, it means Robert Griffin III will draw a start.
| D'Andre Swift not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 26 2020, 9:23 am
|Lions' RB D’Andre Swift, listed as questionable for today due to a concussion, is unlikely to play against the Texans, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions will once again be without their two best playmakers in Kenny Golladay and Swift. Expect Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson to share the workload against the Texans today. Kerryon is the better option in PPR leagues. The Texans have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to running backs.
| Golladay out, D'Andre Swift questionable|
Concussion for Swift
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2020, 3:47 pm
|The Lions don't have a lot of star power, and will be with even less when the nation tunes in on Thursday. Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola are out, and Jeff Okudah too.
Also: Amani Oruwariye somehow suffered a back injury this week, even though Detroit hasn't practiced. Additionally, their second-round pick (Swift) is questionable and their fourth-round pick (Stenberg) hasn't played all year. (Kyle Meinke on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Swift missed last week after suffering a concussion in practice. As long as he clears protocol before kickoff he's likely to start. He was limited in practice on Wednesday.
|Ravens-Steelers game moved to Sunday afternoon|
7 Ravens players have tested positive in 3 days
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2020, 12:50 pm
|The #Ravens-#Steelers game previously set for Thursday night is being postponed to Sunday afternoon. The first in several weeks. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: According to Rapoport, 7 players have tested positive in 3 days, including Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins. This move will give JuJu Smith-Schuster more team to heal his foot. Evn with the game pushed back to Sunday, it's still likely that Ingram and Dobbins will miss.
| Randall Cobb, Kenny Stills to miss Week 12 |
Texans down two receivers
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2020, 12:19 pm
|#Texans WRs Kenny Stills and WR Randall Cobb are both out and won’t travel for tomorrow’s game vs. the #Lions. Cobb has a signifcant toe injury and will miss several more games. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb has been placed on IR with a toe injury meaning he will at least miss the next three games. Expect Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee to be the top receivers against the Lions on Thursday.
| Bengals will start Brandon Allen at QB|
Ryan Finley will be the backup
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2020, 10:15 am
|The #Bengals are planning to start QB Brandon Allen on Sunday vs. the #Giants, according to sources. Allen was on the practice squad until the other day when he replaced Joe Burrow on the roster. Ryan Finley, who came in for Burrow against #WashingtonFootball Team, will back up. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bengals lost rookie Joe Burrow to a knee injury in Week 11 and will now turn to Allen against the Giants. This is a decent spot for the Bengals offense but given the uncertainty at quarterback it's hard to trust any of these pieces in fantasy.
| Mike Glennon to start for Jacksonville in Week 12|
Jake Luton to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 25 2020, 9:05 am
|Jaguars are starting Mike Glennon vs. Browns on Sunday. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jake Luton had a rough go of it last week, tossing 4 interceptions against the Steelers while completing just 43 percent of his passes. Glennon is a desperation QB2 play for fantasy owners in two quarterback leagues.
| JuJu Smith-Schuster limited on Tuesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 24 2020, 4:05 pm
|The Steelers injury report is a long one, but nothing is super alarming or unexpected.
The fact that JuJu Smith-Schuster was a limited participant is encouraging for his availability on Thursday. Haden not practicing, though, isn’t a great sign. (Brooke Pryor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: JuJu stepped on a referee's flag in Week 11 and injured his foot. Interesting. We'll have to follow tomorrow's report closely to see if he will be playing on Thursday. He'll likely be listed as Questionable.
| Julio Jones iffy for Week 12?|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 23 2020, 8:10 pm
|Raheem Morris says they don't know right now if Julio Jones will be in or out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Morris said the Falcons could make it a "game-time decision" with Julio if need be. (Falcons.com - Will McFadden)|
FFToday's Take: Jones logged just over 20 snaps in Week 11. Olamide Zaccheaus has stepped up in a couple of spots this season and would seem to be the best target for fantasy owners looking for a direct replacement for Jones if he can't go. Russell Gage flashed a bit as well in Week 11, but his upside has proven to be limited. As per usual, Calvin Ridley would assume the WR1 mantle in this offense if Jones sits.
| Christian McCaffrey to miss more time?|
Coach called RB "week-to-week" on Monday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 23 2020, 8:00 pm
|Panthers coach Matt Rhule seems more optimistic that QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) will play Sunday against Minnesota than RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder). “I would expect Teddy to practice on Wednesday and we’ll take it from there. He was cleared to play yesterday, so I would assume he will be ready to go on Wednesday. Christian, we’ll take it week to week." (ESPN - David Newton)|
FFToday's Take: McCaffrey has already missed two games with his shoulder after missing six with his knee sprain. Taken at face value, Rhule's comments make it sound like he is pessimistic that the stud running back will be ready to play in Week 12 against the Vikings. However, it would make sense for Carolina to give its top back another game off with a bye coming up in Week 13. At least for now, it appears Mike Davis is set up to make at least one more start.
| La'Mical Perine out indefinitely|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 23 2020, 7:50 pm
|Jets rookie RB La’Mical Perine has a high ankle sprain. He will miss some time. (New York Post - Brian Costello)|
FFToday's Take: Perine was supposed to be unleashed in Week 11 as the Jets hoped to see if he could be a prominent part of their future. He went down after eight carries. It should guarantee Frank Gore will handle close to 15 touches for at least thhe next month, although those touches come with virtually no upside. The landscape at running back is sad enough that Gore and that workload probably needs to be rostered in most leagues.
|Adam Thielen latest to hit COVID list|
Sixth Minnesota player to land on list in the last month
By: Doug Orth | Nov 23 2020, 7:45 pm
|The Vikings have placed WR Adam Thielen on Reserve/COVID-19. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's not known if Thielen tested positive or was deemed a close contact - the distinction being that the former would rule him out for Week 12 while the latter would give him a chance to play against the Carolina Panthers. If Thielen misses Week 12, Justin Jefferson would step up into the lead role and a strong high-end WR2 consideration. Irv Smith might stand to benefit the most from a fantasy perspective, however.
| Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins placed on COVID-19 list|
Gus Edwards expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2020, 2:47 pm
|#Ravens RBs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be placed on the reserve list later today, according to sources. All aboard the Gus Bus for Thursday vs. the #Steelers. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking like Gus Edwards will get the start for the Ravens on a short week. We could also see more of Justice Hill in a backup role. The Steelers represent a terrible matchup on paper but based on volume, Gus will be in the RB2 mix for Week 12.
| ACL, MCL tears for Joe Burrow|
Ryan Finley expected to start in Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2020, 2:04 pm
|MRI revealed more damage than anticipated: Bengals’ QB Joe Burrow tore his ACL, MCL, and suffered other structural issues in his knee as well, per @Ben_Baby and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bengals are expected to call up Brandon Allen from the practice squad. Ryan Finley is expected to start for the Bengals in Week 12 against the Giants. It's no certainty that Burrow will be ready Week 1 of the 2021 season. The loss of Burrow dings the value of Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green.
| Dolphins expected to stick with Tua in Week 12|
Tua Tagovailoa benched in Week 11
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 23 2020, 7:00 am
|Tua Tagovailoa was benched by coach Brian Flores early in the fourth quarter of Miami's 20-13 loss at Denver on Sunday. "Tua wasn't injured," Flores said after the game. "We just felt it was the best move at that point in the game. Will Flores start Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Jets next Sunday in New Jersey?
"No changes," Flores said. "It's very clear this is Tua's team," Fitzpatrick said. "Tua is going to continue to get better and grow." (Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: Tua was 11-20 for 83 yards and 1 TD when he got yanked and admitted he couldn't get in a rhythm. Tua is only in consideration in two quarterback leagues after finishes of QB17, QB18 and QB25 the last three weeks.
| Panthers declare Teddy Bridgewater inactive|
P.J. Walker to start
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2020, 11:35 am
|After initially saying Teddy Bridgewater would be active, the Panthers decided to deactivate him, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers waited as long as the could, evaluating Bridgewater during warmups before making him inactive. In his absence, P.J. Walker will get the start.
| Drew Lock, Fant expected to play for Broncos|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2020, 7:15 am
|#Broncos QB Drew Lock, dealing with a painful muscle strain by his ribs, is expected to play today, source said. He steadily improved throughout the week. As for TE Noah Fant (ribs), he’s also expected to play, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both players are dealing with rib injuries but it sounds like they're going to give it a go. Lock has thrown 6 INTs in the last three games making Miami a nice D/ST pick in Week 11.
|Allen Lazard expected to play on limited basis|
Core muscle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 22 2020, 7:00 am
|#Packers WR Allen Lazard, activated this week following surgery for a core muscle injury, is expected to play today, source said. Lazard will be on a pitch count, as GB eases him in. But he should play. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Givin Lazard is expected to be limited he's not a good a fantasy option in Week 11 against the Colts. Despite back to back solid outings from Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Davante Adams will be continue to be the lone Packers receiver fantasy owners can trust.
| Sammy Watkins ruled out, Hardman activated from COVID list|
Calf, Hamstring injuries for Watkins
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 21 2020, 3:00 pm
|Sammy Watkins has been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game.
Taco Charlton and Mitchell Schwartz have been placed on IR.
Alex Okafor and L’Jarius Sneed have been activated from IR.
Gehrig Dieter and Bryan Witzmann have been activated from the practice squad.
Mecole Hardman has been activated from Reserve/COVID. (Chiefs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sammy Watkins continues to struggle with injuries. He reportedly injured his calf in practice this week. He last played in Week 5. The return of Hardman off the COVID-19 list and the rule out of Watson gives Hardman some Flex appeal in Week 11.
| Davante Adams good to go, Lazard questionable|
Removed from the injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2020, 3:15 pm
|Davante Adams has "made good progress and should be good to go" Sunday vs. the Colts per Matt LaFleur.
LaFleur wouldn't go quite that far with Allen Lazard yet. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adams (ankle) was limited in practice Friday but it sounds like he is going to suit up. Lazard is setting up to be a gametime decision and would be a risky fantasy play even if he is active. Marquez Valdes-Scantling has scored three touchdowns in the last two weeks.
| Swift, Golladay, Amendola out for the Lions|
Matthew Stafford is Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2020, 3:00 pm
|Lions Friday practice report with game designations: D’Andre Swift, Kenny Golladay & Danny Amendola are OUT. Matthew Stafford is QUESTIONABLE (Tim Twentyman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions will be rolling out their JV team against the Panthers this week. Expect Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson to handle most of the running back duties while Marvin Jones Marvin Hall and Quintez Cephus will be the top three wideouts. Stafford is expected to start despite his thumb injury but will have depleted weaponry to aid in his fantasy efforts.
| Joe Mixon Out for Week 11|
No timetable for return
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2020, 1:49 pm
|Zac confirms Joe Mixon is out this week. Making no predictions on timeline going forward. (Jay Morrison on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's another week of Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine at running back for the Bengals. Mixon last played in Week 6 but came down with a foot injury and has no timetable for a return. Bernard is a viable RB2 in PPR leagues but expect Perine to get 8-10 touches against Washington.
|Taysom Hill to start at QB for Saints|
Winston not likely to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 20 2020, 10:22 am
|Jameis Winston will not be part of any offensive packages Sunday vs. the Falcons, per @diannaESPN. The Saints’ QB now is Taysom Hill. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is huge news as Hill is TE eligible on some fantasy platforms including Fanduel. With Winston not expected to get any playing time, Hill is a viable streamer at the QB position given his rushing ability and great matchup against a Falcons defense that gives up the 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
| Davante Adams a no-go Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 19 2020, 10:10 pm
|Packers' WR Davante Adams did not practice today due to an ankle injury. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: It's the dreaded mid-week downgrade after Adams was limited in practice Wednesday. As is usually the case, Friday's injury report figures to let fantasy owners know if they need to plan to be without this year's most dominant receiver. Adams stayed in the game in Week 10 after getting hurt, but Green Bay's medical staff has earned a reputation for being very conservative in terms of having players play through injuries. Stay tuned.
|Cam Akers closing in on Darrell Henderson?|
RB coach hints at young RBs splitting carries
By: Doug Orth | Nov 19 2020, 10:00 pm
|With Cam Akers now healthy and catching up on reps during the week, it’s likely we’ll see more of him during the latter stretch of the season, and it would not be surprising to see his carries start to draw closer to those of Darrell Henderson. (The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue)|
FFToday's Take: Many fantasy owners lost patience with Akers shortly after he missed two games with a rib injury, but he wasn't even close to being ready for at least another two weeks after that. Now that he's had a few weeks of full practice reps, he is apparently ready to fulfill the promise the Rams had for him when they drafted him in the second round. The lead runner in this backfield will have low-end RB1 potential most weeks, but there may be no rhyme or reason to figuring out which back it will be. For that reason, Anderson, Akers and Malcolm Brown should be considered high-end flex plays most weeks.
| Alvin Kamara misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2020, 4:28 pm
|Saints running back Alvin Kamara (foot) says he's doing good, he's all right, and that the foot injury is indeed the same thing he was dealing with last week.
He did not practice today. (Amie Just on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like the Saints are just resting their star running back. Expect him to be listed as questionable on the injury report Friday but play on Sunday against the Falcons.
| D'Andre Swift misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2020, 3:47 pm
|Lions' RB D'Andre Swift did not practice today due to a concussion, putting his availability for Sunday’s game in question. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This sounds like bad news for Swift's chances of playing on Sunday. He doesn't have enough practices left in the week for him to clear the protocol. We could be looking at Adrian Peterson as the starter with Kerryon Johnson and Jonathan Williams filling backup roles.