|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.
| Teddy Bridgewater unlikely to play|
Limited practice the past two days
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2020, 2:51 pm
|After limited practice the past two days, it now appears unlikely #Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater (MCL sprain) will start Sunday against the #Lions, sources tell me and
@TomPelissero. No final call yet, but it’s headed that way. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for official word from the team which could come Friday after practice but Bridgewater owners should be making other plans. P.J. Walker and Will Grier have been splitting snaps at practice according to Tom Pelissero.
| Sammy Watkins expected to play in Week 11|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 19 2020, 1:13 pm
|#chiefs Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is set to return Sunday against the #Raiders. He’s been out since injuring that hamstring in Week 5 against Las Vegas and has looked good in practice this week. (James Palmer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Mecole Hardman on the COVID-19 list we could see a lot of Watkins against the Raiders on Sunday night. Watkins is worthy of Flex consideration against a Raiders defense that's middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.
| Tyler Lockett listed as Questionable|
Carlos Hyde expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2020, 4:12 pm
|The Seahawks list WR Tyler Lockett as questionable, but Pete Carroll said he doesn't "think there's any doubt" he'll play tomorrow. Carroll then qualified that a bit by saying they've got to make sure he's still feeling good tomorrow. (Brady Henderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Lockett will play tomorrow against the Cardinals but we probably won't know for sure until inactives come out 90 minutes before gametime. Carlos Hyde is not on the injury report so he will play. Chris Carson will be a gametime decision.
| Kenny Golladay returns to practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 18 2020, 12:48 pm
|Matthew Stafford is at practice, as promised, but doing absolutely nothing. Didn’t even stretch. Has a small black supportive wrap thing on the thumb of his throwing hand. Did not see him attempt even one pass.
Also out: Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola
Back: Kenny Golladay (Kyle Meinke on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We'll need to follow Stafford (thumb) progress throughout the week. If he does play, he's likely going to be less than 100 percent. Golladay hasn't played since Week 8 due to a hip injury.
| Carlos Hyde, Chris Carson return to practice|
Hyde full, Carson limited
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 17 2020, 8:33 pm
|Good news with the Seahawks' backfield: Chris Carson returned to practice today as limited and Carlos Hyde was a full participant. Pete Carroll was optimistic yesterday about Hyde playing Thursday night.
But eight players didn't practice, including Tyler Lockett. (Brady Henderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Hyde could be the starting running back for the Seahawks on this short week as they get prepared for the Cardinals on Thursday. Carroll indicated yesterday that Hyde was closer to returning to action than Carson. Lockett owners need to have plan B in place in case he's on the inactive list. David Moore could be a viable replacement.
| Tyler Lockett dealing with a knee sprain|
Played 58 of 67 offensive snaps in Week 10
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2020, 7:40 pm
|Tyler Lockett has "a bit of a knee sprain," per MRI. "It's not a serious knee injury...take it to Thursday," Pete Carroll says. (Gregg Bell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carroll is generally unrealistically positive with his injury updates, so take his belief this could be a game-time decision with a grain of salt. The biggest problem for fantasy owners is that Seattle plays on Thursday against the Cardinals, giving Lockett precious even less time to heal up than usual. Fantasy owners would be wise to prepare for the stud receiver to miss the game or at least serve as a decoy. DK Metcalf could be targeted more than usual if Lockett sits.
| Bridgewater may miss Week 11|
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2020, 7:20 pm
|Teddy Bridgewater has an MCL sprain and is day-to-day for a franchise that has been cautious with injuries this season. Still, he hasn't been ruled out for Sunday. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Carolina is 3-7 and has been conservative with how quickly it has brought players back from injury this season, so there's at least a decent chance he'll sit out against the Lions. P.J. Walker came on after Bridgewater's injury late in the fourth quarter and would be the expected starter in his absence should the latter get ruled out. Walker would be a decent option in two-quarterback and superflex leagues after showing off decent mobility during his college days at Temple.
| MRI delivers bad news for Drew Brees|
Total of five fractured ribs, collapsed lung
By: Doug Orth | Nov 16 2020, 7:00 pm
|Drew Brees is suffering from three fractured ribs on his left side and two on the right, possibly more, per Ed Werder. Doctors have cautioned Brees to be especially careful with the damage to his lung. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: The 41-year-old is fortunate he pulled himself out of the game when he did. Werder also notes Brees' injuries were suffered over the last two games. Initial reports have Brees missing at least 2-3 weeks, but that seems optimistic. HC Sean Payton declined to name a starting quarterback Monday, but Jameis Winston should be considered the favorite to start and get the majority of snaps moving forward. He should be considered a solid streaming option in Week 11 versus the Falcons.
| Dolphins release Jordan Howard|
No dead money for Miami
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2020, 2:01 pm
|Dolphins release Jordan Howard in mutual parting. Flores said he was consummate professional (Barry Jackson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Howard amassed 33 carries through the first ten weeks of the season and was inactive this week. Salvon Ahmed posted a 21-85-1 line as the lead running back in Week 10 against the Chargers. The Dolphins will not take a dead money hit to their salary cap as a result of the Howard release.
| Christian McCaffrey unlikely to play in Week 11|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2020, 10:16 am
|Panthers’ RB Christian McCaffrey is unlikely to play Sunday against the Lions due to his shoulder injury and the team still is preparing got a multi-week absence, per source.
So likely no McCaffrey and uncertainty about QB Teddy Bridgewater, too. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Not good news. It was reported last week that McCaffrey might be able to play this week, but it looks like we'll be seeing more of Mike Davis as the lead back in Carolina. Davis has been the RB29, RB31, RB32, RB30 the last four weeks.
| Sprained MCL for Teddy Bridgewater|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2020, 10:06 am
|#Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered an MCL sprain on Sunday, source said, and he’s considered day-to-day. All things considered, pretty good news. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bridgewater finished with a 136-2-1, 3-16-1 line against the Bucs. P.J. Walker would get the start against the Lions in Week 11 if Bridgewater is unable to go. Expect Bridgewater to be limited in practice this week.
| Rib contusion for Drew Brees|
Could miss some time
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 16 2020, 9:47 am
|#Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion in yesterday’s game, and he’ll have an MRI for cartilage damage today. But sources tell me and @TomPelissero that New Orleans is bracing for Brees to miss some time to fully heal. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Brees missed the second half of Week 10 which allowed Jameis Winston to get some run. Winston would be a viable streamer in Week 11 against the Falcons is Brees does sit. It's worth noting Taysom Hill got 8 carries yesterday. He could see his role increased if Brees sits.
| Fractured collarbone JaMycal Hasty|
Mostert, Coleman should be back after the bye
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2020, 7:52 pm
|#49ers RB JaMycal Hasty sustained a fractured collarbone, Kyle Shanahan said. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers have been decimated with injuries this season and so it continues. Jerick McKinnon was the main ball-carrier in Week 10 with an 18-33 line against the Saints. The 49ers have a bye in Week 11 and should get back Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) in Week 12.
| T.J. Hockenson expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 15 2020, 7:15 am
|#Lions TE T.J. Hockenson, who popped up on the injury report this week because of his toe, is expected to play today vs. the Washington Football Team, I’m told. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Lions tight end was added to the injury report on Thursday but should be able to gut it out today against Washington. Already down Kenny Golladay, the Lions need all the playmakers they can get.
| Cardinals sound optimistic on Kenyan Drake|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2020, 11:30 pm
|Cardinals’ RB Kenyan Drake, listed as questionable due for Sunday to an ankle injury, has a good chance to play vs. the Bills, per source. Arizona sounds optimistic and hopeful about his availability, but the Cardinals want to test Drake in pre-game warmups and see how he feels. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Positive signs for Drake but this muddies the waters for Chase Edmonds owners. Hopefully we'll get further clarification on Drake's status before lock of the early games on Sunday.
| Seahawks downgrade Carson, Hyde to Out|
Alex Collins elevated from practice squad
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2020, 4:11 pm
|Seahawks downgraded running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde to out for Sunday’s game vs. Rams. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We're getting more clarity on the Seattle running game which is good news for fantasy owners. We can expect DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer to handle the bulk of the running back duties against the Rams with Alex Collins mixing in as well. This is largely a situation to avoid with Dallas being the most fantasy viable if you must play one from this group.
| David Montgomery out for Week 10|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2020, 2:39 pm
|Bears RB David Montgomery (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday’s game vs. the Vikings. TE Cole Kmet (groin), OT Jason Spriggs (knee), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) & WR Allen Robinson (knee) are questionable. (Jeff Dickerson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lamar Miller could be an option but he would need to be called up from the practice squad. Ryan Nall and Cordarrelle Patterson would currently project to handle the bulk of the running back work on Monday night against the Vikings.
| David Johnson placed on IR|
C.J. Prosise promoted to active roster
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 14 2020, 2:19 pm
|Texans placed David Johnson on injured reserve with a concussion, activated A.J. Moore (hamstring) from injured reserve-designated for return, signed C.J. Prosise to active roster, elevated Nate Hall (COVID-19 replacement), elevated Corey Liuget and Greg Mancz (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The addition of Prosise will give the Texans some depth behind starter Duke Johnson. Duke projects to see the bulk of the running back work in Week 10 which could be a windy, weather game against the Browns.
| Carlos Hyde practices Friday, Carson questionable|
Muddy RB mix in Seattle
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2020, 4:30 pm
|8 other players are questionable, including RBs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde and CB Quinton Dunbar. Others questionable are: Mayowa, KJ Wright, Penny Hart, Freddie Swain and Alton Robinson. (Bob Condotta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carson was running on the sideline during practice today. It's tough to judge who is going to be active on Sunday. If Carson is active he would likely be the only viable play. If he's inactive, then any one of Hyde, DeeJay Dallas or Travis Homer could be viable. Fantasy owners wanting to play a piece of the Seattle backfield will need to keep track of news on Sunday morning.
| Kenyan Drake limited Friday, listed as Questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2020, 3:15 pm
|Kingsbury said he feels strong that S Budda Baker will play Sunday but they do want to run him around pregame to make sure.
RB Kenyan Drake must show on game day he's able to do all the things he normally would, otherwise he will be inactive. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like Drake will be a gametime decision which is problematic for fantasy owners since Arizona and Buffalo play in the late-window on Sunday afternoon. Chase Edmonds received 28 touches with Drake out in Week 9.
| Justin Jackson ruled Out for Week 10|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2020, 3:00 pm
|#Chargers game status report vs. Dolphins
OUT: DE Joey Bosa (concussion), RB Justin Jackson (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RT Bryan Bulaga (back), RB Troymaine Pope (neck), RG Trai Turner (groin) (Daniel Popper on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson got injured on the first play in Week 9 and will now miss Week 10 against the Dolphins with a knee injury. The running back duties are expected to be a committee of Kalen Ballage, Troymaine Pope and Joshua Kelley. It's difficult to trust any of them in your fantasy lineup.
| Joe Mixon Doubtful for Week 10|
Missed practice on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2020, 2:00 pm
|Zac Taylor says Joe Mixon (foot) is doubtful for Sunday.
Geno Atkins is out for personal reasons. (Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Another missed week for Mixon which is disappointing coming off the Bengals bye. Expect Giovani Bernard to handle most of the work with Samaje Perine mixed in against the Steelers. Given the difficult matchup, Gio is the RB2 territory for Week 10.
| Lazard, Tonyan miss practice on Friday|
Tonyan added to injury report on Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2020, 1:15 pm
|Christian Kirksey practiced again but Allen Lazard did not go. That's the first time Lazard hasn't worked since the three-week window to return off IR opened Oct. 28. TE Robert Tonyan (ankle) also didn't go. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tonyan was added to the injury report yesterday with an ankle injury. The missed practice on Friday suggests he won't play this week but we'll get further clarification once the injury report comes out later today.
| Laviska Shenault out with hamstring injury|
Jags down one of their playmakers against Packers
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 13 2020, 12:25 pm
|Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring) will not play Sunday against the Packers. (Michael DiRocco on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jaguars will be down one of their playmakers against Packers. Minus Shenault, Jacksonville will feature D.J. Chark, Chris Conley and Keelan Cole in three wide receiver sets. Conley posted a 7-52 line on 8 targets last week against the Texans.
| Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery practicing in full|
RB out since Week 6; WR has yet to play
By: Doug Orth | Nov 13 2020, 12:20 am
|Miles Sanders (knee) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) should be back this week, according to @RapSheet. (John Clark on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sanders has been sidelined since Week 6, so his return is welcome news for his fantasy owners. The second-year back has been a top-20 back in four of the five games he has played this year. While he may cede a few touches to Boston Scott, he should immediately return to fantasy lineups. Jeffery's return is far less important to the offense given the recent emergence of Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor.
| Nick Chubb looking good for Week 10|
Ditches knee brace Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Nov 12 2020, 11:55 pm
|Nick Chubb practicing without his knee brace today. Looks to me like he’s ready to play. (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It looks likely Chubb will see his first action since Week 4 on Sunday against a woeful Houston Texans run defense. There is a chance he gets eased in after such a long layoff, but even 15 carries against the Texans should be more than enough for him to return RB1 value. If he plays this weekend, he and Kareem Hunt both need to be in lineups.
| Devonta Freeman aggravates ankle injury|
RB still hopeful he'll play in Week 10 after "minor aggravation"
By: Doug Orth | Nov 12 2020, 11:50 pm
|Giants RB Devonta Freeman suffered what was described as a minor aggravation of his ankle injury today, source said. That cut short his practice. His hope is still to play Sunday. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Freeman was handling roughly 20 touches in each of the last two full games he played before getting hurt in Week 7. Wayne Gallman has filled in about as well as anyone could have expected in a bad offense, but it is unclear if he's done enough to force a committee. With the Giants going on a bye next week and having little to play for, they may decide to exercise caution and hold out Freeman for one more game.
| T.J. Hockenson draws a DNP on Thursday|
TE added to injury report with toe issue
By: Doug Orth | Nov 12 2020, 11:40 pm
|It’s a toe injury for T.J. Hockenson. (ESPN - Michael Rothstein)|
FFToday's Take: Kenny Golladay (hip) also missed another practice Thursday. If both players sit this weekend, it would leave Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola as Matthew Stafford's top target against Washington. Hockenson has been one of the few dependable options at tight end in fantasy this year, so Stafford won't be the only one fielding the pain if he sits. Jesse James would presumably step up in his place and would be a reasonable pivot if Hockenson's owners are forced to go in another direction.
| Deebo Samuel not expected to play in Week 10|
Sidelined since Week 7 with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Nov 12 2020, 11:35 pm
|Kyle Shanahan on KNBR said Deebo Samuel (hamstring) was a longshot for the upcoming game in New Orleans. It's looking as if Week 12 is more realistic for him. (The Athletic - Matt Barrows)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers have an open week after facing the Saints, so it doesn't make much sense to rush Samuel back. Brandon Aiyuk should be good to go in Week 10 and figures to be the focal point of the passing attack. Hopefully, the extra time allows Samuel to come back healthy and stay that way for a San Francisco offense that needs some good news during a season that has seen injury wipe out most of its offensive stars.
| Austin Ekeler's return imminent?|
Sidelined since Week 4 with severe hamstring strain
By: Doug Orth | Nov 12 2020, 11:30 pm
|Austin Ekeler tweeted "To all my fantasy owners that didn’t drop me... the time draws near." (Austin Ekeler on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ekeler posted a video of himself running near full speed Thursday. He obviously has not returned to practice yet, but it appears as if he believes he is not far away from doing so. In his absence, the Chargers have turned to an impossible-to-predict committee in which Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, Troymaine Pope and Kalen Ballage have taken turns leading the backfield. When Ekeler returns, it's almost certain he'll be given enough work to return to RB1 status.
| David Johnson misses practice Thursday|
Not expected to play in Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2020, 2:00 pm
|Not practicing for Texans: David Johnson (concussion), Senio Kelemete (concussion) and Charles Omenihu (strained hamstring). Dylan Cole (back) returned to practice Thursday. Johnson is expected to be out Sunday. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With David Johnson out, we should get a healthy dose of Duke Johnson who posted a 16-41-1, 4-32 line last week against the Jaguars. The Browns are middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
| Golladay, Hockenson miss practice Thursday|
Hip injury for Golladay
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 12 2020, 1:00 pm
|From the pool: Kenny Golladay and T.J. Hockenson both sitting out practice today. Tracy Walker did return and did a little during the portion open to media. Same with Vaitai. Everson Griffen and Nick Williams appeared to do all individual work. (Kyle Meinke on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's looking like Golladay is trending towards missing another game with his hip injury. The reason for Hockenson's absence isn't known yet. The Lions tight end has seen 18 targets in the last two weeks and will be on the TE1 radar this week against Washington if he plays.
| Full practice for T.Y. Hilton, will play Thursday night|
Mo Alie-Cox Questionable, Jack Doyle Out
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 11 2020, 3:43 pm
|Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton had a full practice again today and will play Thursday night vs. Titans.
TE Jack Doyle (concussion) is out.
TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee) had a full practice today but is questionable. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hilton has been a fantasy bust this season, never topping 70 yards in a game and has yet to find the endzone. He's a very weak Flex option against the Titans. With Jack Doyle out and Alie-Cox questionable, tight end Trey Burton is on the radar as a low-end TE1 play.
|La'Mical Perine to finally assume starting RB role|
Rookie will get an extended look as Jets plan future
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2020, 11:14 am
|Jets rookie RB La'Mical Perine is reportedly set to assume a starting role, sending Frank Gore to a lesser role in the fledgling offense. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's about time. Perine has been more explosive and projects to be a more productive fantasy producer than Gore right off the bat.
| Baker Mayfield activated from COVID-19 reserve list|
Browns QB will resume starting role in a solid Week 10 matchup
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 11 2020, 11:10 am
|The Cleveland Browns have activated Baker Mayfield from reserve/COVID-19 list, clearing the way for him to return to practice Wednesday. The Browns play the Houston Texans on Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Mayfield is a solid waiver wire pickup if available and has a favorable Week 10 matchup against the Texans.