| Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek on the practice field Wed.|
Chiefs getting set for matchup with Browns
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 13 2021, 12:55 pm
|In open portion of today’s practice (no pads), Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill, Mike Remmers, Eric Fisher, Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann & Dorian O’Daniel we’re all on the practice fields.
No Sammy Watkins, Willie Gay & Mitchell Schwartz.
I didn’t see Rashad Fenton. (Nate Taylor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: CEH was last seen doing the splits in an awkward fashion in Week 15 that caused him to injure his hip and ankle. It's a good sign for his availability that he was able to do some work today. The Browns gave up the 4th fewest PPR fantasy points to RBs during the regular season.
| Ronald Jones misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 13 2021, 11:30 am
|#GoBucs RB Ronald Jones (quad) was not at practice during the portion open to the media. RB LeSean McCoy has returned. DT Steve McLendon is back as well. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones missed Wildcard Weekend after his quad tightened up during pregame warmups. Arians said today that he hopes Jones will be able to practice later this week. If Jones ends up sitting, it will be the Leonard Fournette show against the Saints on Sunday.
|Allen Robinson keeping options open|
Bears star WR entering free agency again
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2021, 10:10 pm
|Chicago Bears receiver Allen Robinson can’t say what his future holds or even what jersey he’ll be wearing when the 2021 NFL season begins next fall.
A day after Robinson and the Bears suffered a season-ending 21-9 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, Robinson stressed he will be keeping an open mind and open eyes as he waits for his next contract.
“Right now, everything is pretty much on the table,” Robinson said in a Zoom call Monday morning from Halas Hall. (Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer)|
FFToday's Take: The Bears and Robinson haven't been able to get in the same ballpark during extension talks, and the 27-year-old has already stated he would not be pleased if Chicago franchised him. The team believes it has a future star in Darnell Mooney, but he's nowhere close to ready to become an alpha receiver. If Robinson reaches the open market and can land in a spot where his quarterback isn't Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles, look out.
|Russ unlikely too cook near as much in 2021|
HC hints Seattle will return to run-heavy ways
By: Doug Orth | Jan 11 2021, 8:00 pm
|Pete Carroll said that in all his years in Seattle, the Seahawks almost never saw two-high safeties because of their ability to run the ball, but that it happened far too often in 2020 as the Seahawks kept looking for deep passes and explosive plays.
“We needed to run the football more (down the stretch) and (have) more commitment (to it) to run them out of their fronts. The point is when you can play with two safeties off the football and deep, that means you’re playing seven-man front football … and that’s basically what’s happened,” Carroll said. “We have always run the football and made them (bring) their safeties down … You can force teams to do that. ... That’s a big emphasis in my mind of how we want to control what the game is all about.” (710 ESPN - Brandon Gustafson)|
FFToday's Take: While Carroll's logic about attacking defenses using a heavy dose of two-high safeties is sound, the solution to the Seahawks' offensive struggles over the second half of the season probably isn't giving their $35 million quarterback (Russell Wilson) or the most impressive physical specimen at receiver in the game today (DK Metcalf) fewer opportunities. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are set to hit free agency, so the Seahawks may be giving Rashaad Penny a shot to lead the backfield if nothing gets done between now and the draft.
| Zack Moss out for the remainder of postseason|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2021, 3:01 pm
|#Bills RB Zack Moss is out for the postseason following an ankle injury suffered in last week’s win over the #Colts, source said. @MikeGarafolo had reported that was the fear, and it’s reality. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Moss was carted off the field during the Bills playoff victory against the Colts. Buffalo will turn to Devin Singletary as their lead back with T.J. Yeldon and rookie Antonio Williams filling backup roles.
| Ronald Jones' status for Sunday up in the air|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2021, 12:21 pm
|Arians shares more about Ronald Jones on Saturday -- he had a sore quad, didn't feel right before the game. "We'll wait and see," Arians says, when asked if Jones can play against the Saints. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Arian noted that Jones was "fine" on Thursday and Friday of last week but Jones never got comfortable with his quad injury during pregame warmups against Washington allowing Leonard Fournette (19-93-1, 4-39 to take on a lead role in the Bucs backfield. We'll likely get clarification on this backfield later in the week.
| Rams optimistic Cooper Kupp will play|
Bursitis in his knee
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 11 2021, 7:00 am
|Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has a rib injury, wide receiver Cooper Kupp has bursitis in his knee, quarterback John Wolford has a stinger and quarterback Jared Goff is continuing to recover from thumb surgery that he underwent on Dec. 28. Rams coach Sean McVay expressed optimism Sunday evening that Donald and Kupp can return for next Saturday's contest, but the quarterback situation remains unclear. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McVay isn't likely to name a starting quarterback anytime soon but the smart money is on Goff getting the start after he stepped in for the injured Wolford in the first quarter of the Rams Wildcard game against the Seahawks. McVay did acknowledge that Goff's thumb injury did hamper the QBs play. Kupp will likely be limited in practice this week but should suit up.
| Washington QB decision yet to be made|
May not know until early afternoon
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2021, 9:08 am
|Still no QB decision. Which is telling. Might not fully know until early afternoon. See if Smith is feeling any better. Again: losing one day impacts. Stay tuned. (John Keim on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It was obvious last week that Alex Smith (calf) was limited in his mobility. Head coach Ron Rivera indicated earlier this week that Smith and Taylor Heinicke could both play in the game. Smith was limited in practice this week with Heinicke taking the majority of first team reps.
| Stefon Diggs questionable for playoff opener|
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2021, 10:30 pm
|Bills WRs Cole Beasley an Stefon Diggs listed as questionable for the Wild Card game Saturday against the Colts. (WGR550 - Sal Capaccio)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs has insisted via social media that he is fine, but multiple sources believe HC Sean McDermott is unsure he'll have the services of their top receiver. With Cole Beasley (knee) certain to be limited at best against the Colts, John Brown could be asked to serve as the No. 1 receiver this weekend.
| JuJu absent from practice Thursday|
Knee injury; began week with a full practice
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2021, 10:20 pm
|Something to monitor on the Steelers injury report: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't practice with a knee injury today. (ESPN - Brooke Pryor)|
FFToday's Take: There's no word yet on how serious of an issue this is, but it is a situation well worth tracking. The Steelers play the Browns in the last game of the weekend, so fantasy owners and DFS players may just want to avoid the potential headache and avoid him altogether. It should be noted the 24-year-old did not miss a game during the regular season, so it seems likely he'll be available Sunday. If he is ruled out, James Washington would be a smart pivot that comes with some decent upside.
| Amari Cooper undergoes minor surgery|
Ankle injury bothered him throughout 2020
By: Doug Orth | Jan 7 2021, 10:15 pm
|Cowboys WR Amari Cooper, who posted a picture on Instagram following surgery, had an ankle scope, source said. Some post-season maintenance with minimal rehab. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: As Rapoport suggests, Cooper is expected to be fine for offseason work. The 26-year-old finished 2020 with a career-high 92 catches despite only playing with Dak Prescott for about 4 1/2 games. Assuming Prescott returns to full health in 2021 and doesn't miss significant time again, Cooper has a realistic shot at moving into the elite group of fantasy receivers.
| Cooper Kupp expected to practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 5 2021, 6:11 pm
|Sean McVay confirms both would be back this week, with Cooper Kupp returning tomorrow. Brockers can come back a little later in the week provided both continue to be asymptomatic. (Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kupp missed Week 17 after being placed on the COVID-19 list. It's still unclear who the Rams quarterback will be this week against the Seahawks. Jared Goff (thumb) is expected to get some practice time in this week. John Wolford had a mediocre showing in Week 17 (22-38, 231-0-1; 6-56) against the Cardinals.
|Gary Kubiak expected to retire|
Vikings will begin season with new OC for fifth straight season
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2021, 9:40 pm
|Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak plans to retire. Kubiak, 59, became assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2020, a year after joining the team as assistant head coach and offensive advisor. (Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio)|
FFToday's Take: Plenty of folks had issues with the Vikings in 2020 as they struggled to overcome a young defense in a rebuilding year, but there's no question Kubiak played a role in Dalvin Cook enjoying a career year and Justin Jefferson breaking Anquan Boldin's 17-year-old NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie in the Super Bowl era. While Cook and Jefferson should be able to thrive in just about any offensive system, it's fair to expect both to take a hit statistically in 2021.
|Josh Jacobs booked for DUI|
Released from hospital after accident
By: Doug Orth | Jan 4 2021, 8:40 pm
|Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was arrested for DUI after a single-vehicle collision near the McCarran Airport Connector and East Sunset Road in Las Vegas this morning, per Las Vegas Metro Police. LVMPD Traffic responded to a single-car crash at approximately 4:42 a.m. Jacobs was transported to a local hospital due to minor injuries resulting from the collision. After treatment, he was transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he was booked for DUI. (ESPN - Paul Gutierrez)|
FFToday's Take: Jacobs' lawyers are fighting the charge, suggesting no complaint has been filed and that no blood test results suggesting any level of impairment exist. It's fortunate that no one appears to have been seriously hurt, and it obviously remains to be seen if Jacobs is eventually found guilty. If he is, he will likely be looking at something approaching a four-game suspension to start the 2021 season.
| Cam Akers a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2021, 7:15 am
|#Rams RB Cam Akers (ankle) is a game-time decision and listed as questionable vs. the #AZCardinals. His status will be determined by a pregame workout. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adam Schefter has noted that Akers will try and play. Malcolm Brown is a popular cheap DFS option this week so Akers' availability will be key to the slate. It would be tough for fantasy owners to trust Akers if he suits up given he'll be gutting out a high-ankle sprain.
| Darwin Thompson expected to be lead RB for KC|
Le'Veon Bell will be active
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 3 2021, 7:00 am
|#Chiefs RB Le’Veon Bell (knee) is expected to dress vs. the #Chargers, but if he plays it’ll be very little, source said. RB Darwin Thompson is slated to get the bulk of the carries. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like Darwin will get his opportunity in Week 17 to show what he can do. Darrel Williams will likely be active but may be used sparingly as well.
| Christian Kirk lands on COVID-19 list|
Arizona limping into Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2021, 11:30 pm
|We have placed WR Christian Kirk on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. (Arizona Cardinals on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Kirk down, Kyler Murray nursing a leg injury and Chase Edmonds battling a hip issue the Cardinals will be at less than 100 percent when the face the Rams in Week 17. Edmonds is a gametime decision but their is optimism he will play. The Rams will be without Cooper Kupp and Jared Goff.
| Seahawks downgrade Carlos Hyde to Out|
Rashaad Penny and Alex Collings will backup Carlos Hyde
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2021, 4:06 pm
|Seahawks have also downgraded RB Carlos Hyde, battling an illness all week, to out for Sunday's game. So, Rashaad Penny will back up Chris Carson with Alex Collins as the third back. (Bob Condotta on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Projecting usage of Carson and Penny in Week 17 is tricky. With the No.3 seed locked up and unlikely scenarios of achieving the No.1 seed (both Packers and Saints lose), we may see more of Penny in this game than normal, especially in the second half.
| Entire Saints RB group placed on COVID-19 list|
Only Kamara tested positive, others are close contacts
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 2 2021, 11:36 am
|The entire Saints RB room won’t be available tomorrow bc of close contact to Alvin Kamara. Latavius Murry, Michael Burton, Dwayne Washington, RB coach all out tomorrow @NFLonFOX. They are moving Ty Montgomery to RB and calling up practice squad R.B (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't the same situation Denver faced with their quarterback room a few weeks ago but it's close. Ty Montgomery will be shifted to running back and the team is calling up Tony Jones Jr. from the practice squad. Taysom Hill is also capable of carrying the football. Montgomery is a consideration in DFS at the stone minimum on DraftKings.
| Alvin Kamara lands on COVID-19 list|
Could play in Wildcard game is Saints play on Sunday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2021, 4:50 pm
|Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara tested positive again and will be placed on Reserve/COVID, per source. He’s out Sunday and now the question will be whether he reruns for the first playoff game. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kamara will miss the regular season finale and could miss the Saints Wildcard game unless the Saints play on Sunday. New Orleans would have to get a break from the schedule maker and Kamara would need to remain symptom free in order for that to happen. Latavius Murray becomes a very viable DFS play against the Panthers this week.
| Chiefs rule out Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins|
JV-Team scheduled to play against Chargers
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2021, 3:16 pm
|Chiefs ruled out Tyreek Hill,, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Sammy Watkins, to go along with Patrick Mahomes, for Sunday’s game vs. the Chargers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs will be rolling out the JV-team against the Chargers in the season finale. QB Chad Henne, RB Darrel Williams, RB Darwin Thompson, WR Demarcus Robinson, WR Mecole Hardman and WR Byron Pringle should be the main offensive contributors for Kansas City.
| Gametime decision for Chase Edmonds, Larry Fitzgerald|
Hip injury for Edmonds
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2021, 2:30 pm
|Kingsbury said it'll be game-day decisions whether RB Chase Edmonds and WR Larry Fitzgerald will play Sunday.
S Budda Baker is "sore" but Kingsbury is hopeful he will play. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both missed practice on Friday and haven't practiced all week making them on the wrong side of questionable. If Edmonds misses, this will lock Kenyan Drake into a workhorse role against the Rams. Los Angeles has done well against running backs this season allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to the position.
| D.J. Chark ruled out with shin injury|
Jags down key pieces in season finale
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2021, 1:18 pm
|Jaguars ruled out WRs D.J. Chark (shin) and Collin Johnson (hamstring) for Sunday’s game against the Colts, to go along with RB James Robinson (ankle), who also is out. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags will be without two key pieces of their offense on Sunday. Both James Robinson and Chark will miss the Week 17 game against the Colts. DFS fliers on Dare Ogunbowale and Laviska Shenault are risky propositions with the Jags coming in as 14-point underdogs.
| DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant listed as questionable|
Limited on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 1 2021, 12:45 pm
|DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Shaq Lawson and Solomon Kindley will all be questionable Sunday vs. Bills. (Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We'll likely have to wait for inactive to come out before we know for sure if either Parker and/or Grant (ankle) will play in Week 17. It seems like Parker (hamstring) has the better chance of the two. Miami is fighting for a playoff berth.
|Browns get WRs back from COVID list|
Four WRs forced to miss Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2020, 9:10 pm
|Browns WRs Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Jarvis Landry were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Dec. 31. (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: Landry's placement on the list undoubtedly wrecked the plans of many fantasy owners last Saturday when his consecutive-games streak of 110 was ended. Prior to that absence, Landry had just started catching fire with four straight double-digit fantasy efforts after having posted a total of three over the first 11 weeks. He'll be back in the low-end WR2/WR3 discussion this week against the Steelers.
|Chase Claypool's snaps reduced deliberately|
HC wanted WR to avoid "rookie wall"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2020, 8:40 pm
|Talking to reporters during his Tuesday press conference, Mike Tomlin said Chase Claypool’s reduced snap count and role is prevention against him hitting the rookie wall.
“I’m not acknowledging that he has [hit the rookie wall] but I’m acknowledging that there’s a potential for that,” Tomlin said. “One of the ways you help a young man through that is you reduce his number of snaps. Which is what you see us doing.” (Steelers Depot)|
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners would have appreciated this information a few weeks ago, but it stands to reason with the unique challenges 2020 presented to rookies. It probably didn't help matters that James Washington has played well when given the chance this year either. Claypool saw 79 percent of the team's snaps in Week 16, suggesting we may see a return of his early-season production in the playoffs. Looking ahead, he stands to be a prime WR3 target in fantasy drafts next summer.
| Keenan Allen placed on COVID list|
Will miss season finale
By: Doug Orth | Dec 31 2020, 8:30 pm
|The Chargers have placed WR Keenan Allen on the COVID-19 list. He’s officially out for Week 17. (ESPN - Field Yates)|
FFToday's Take: Allen was already dealing with a hamstring injury that significantly limited him in Week 15 and kept him from playing Week 16. Assuming he proves to be asymptomatic or deemed only a close contact, it's a bit of shame he'll fall eight yards of his fourth straight 1,000-yard season. Nevertheless, Allen did more than enough to solidify himself in 2020 as a solid WR1 play moving forward as Justin Herbert's favorite target.
| Ryan Fitzpatrick lands on COVID-19 list|
Out for Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 31 2020, 2:44 pm
|If Dolphins make the playoffs, Ryan Fitzpatrick's availability could be in jeopardy for WC game. Minimum 10 days away from team means earliest Fitz could return would be Sunday Jan. 10 only if he travels separately from team. 3 playoff games on Saturday, 3 on Sunday this year. (Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick's absence is only significant for Week 17 due to the fact he made an appearance in Week 16 against the Raiders with Tua Tagovailoa no worse for the wear. For better or worse, the Dolphins will be stuck with Tua in a must-win game against the Bills.
|Chad Henne to start for KC|
Patrick Mahomes will sit
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2020, 2:41 pm
|Chiefs’ QB Chad Henne will start Sunday vs. the Chargers. Time to get Patrick Mahomes and Co. ready for the postseason title defense. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs have nothing to play for in Week 17. It remains to be seen how much Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will play. Expect to see a lot of Darrel Williams and perhaps some Darwin Thompson at running back.
| Cooper Kupp out for Week 17|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2020, 11:40 am
|#Rams WR Cooper Kupp was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list because of a positive test and he’s out for Sunday, source said. So, no Jared Goff and no Cooper Kupp vs. the #AZCardinals. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams still need a win to clinch a playoff birth but will now be down Jared Goff, Darrell Henderson and Cooper Kupp. John Wolford will be starting at QB and will have Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds as his main weapons outside. Malcolm Brown should see the bulk of the work at running back unless Cam Akers is able to make a return from his sprained ankle.
|Dalvin Cook out Week 17 due to personal matter|
Death in the family
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2020, 11:35 am
|#Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has returned home to Miami after his father, James, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday.
Cook wanted to finish out an All-Pro caliber season, but felt it was best to be back home with his younger siblings. He won't play Sunday against the #Lions. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Alexander Mattison (concussion) missed Week 16 but would presumably get the start if he's able to clear the protocol. Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah will also be available.
| James Robinson out for Week 17|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 30 2020, 9:10 am
|Jaguars RB James Robinson (ankle) won't play against the Colts. Coach Doug Marrone: "I think it's safe to say he'll be out." So Robinson will finish his rookie season with 1,070 yards rushing. (Michael DiRocco on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson was a fantasy football difference maker in 2020 finishing with 1070 rushing yards, 10 TDs and 344 receiving yards. Dare Ogunbowale and Devine Ozigbo should handle the rushing duties in the season finale against the Colts with Dare being the lead back.
| Harrison Bryant hits COVID-19 list|
Browns add both rookie TE and Andrew Sendejo to inactives
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 30 2020, 8:56 am
|Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) on Twitter: "#Browns place TE Harrison Bryant and S Andrew Sendejo on Reserve/COVID-19 list" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: They still have a healthy Austin Hooper at TE, so this doesn't have huge fantasy ripples. Hooper remains a low-end TE1 for Week 17.
| Ronald Jones activated from COVID-19 list|
Bucs RB still nursing broken finger but could play Week 17
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 30 2020, 8:51 am
|Ronald Jones was activated Tuesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list and is expected to practice Wednesday. He could be back in the Bucs’ lineup for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Falcons -- and he's still looking for the 1,000-yard milestone. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Jones has missed the last two games and hasn’t practiced since breaking the pinky finger on his left hand in the Bucs’ 26-14 win over Minnesota on Dec. 13. He had surgery to insert a pin in that finger. HC Bruce Arians said he would like for Jones to get some action Sunday. If he doesn't suit up, we can expect another big workload for Leonard Fournette and some touches for Ke'Shawn Vaughn.
|Ben Roethlisberger to sit Week 17, Mason Rudolph to start|
Steelers at Browns
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2020, 12:09 pm
|Mike Tomlin says they may also rest more starters, but will only acknowledge right now that Ben Roethlisberger will not play vs. Browns. Positional health will dictate who else gets a rest. May go more rotational at other spots than fully sitting other players. (Brooke Pryor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Any fantasy owners wanting to start the skill players from Pittsburgh will need to rethink their options. Mason Rudolph will get the start at QB. The Steelers (12-3) have clinched a playoff spot but the Browns (10-5) still need to get a win. It's quite possible that Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster could see limited action.
| Jared Goff undergoes thumb surgery|
Unlikely to play Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Dec 28 2020, 7:25 pm
|Rams’ QB Jared Goff underwent surgery today on his broken right thumb in LA and is unlikely to play Sunday vs. Arizona, sources tell ESPN. If he can’t play Sunday, Goff could return for the playoffs if Rams advance there. John Wolford is Goff’s backup and now in line to start. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Goff hasn't struggled for long stretches of this season, so it's hard to imagine he'd be overly effective in the off chance he plays in Week 17. Even if he is cleared in time for a potential playoff - which is not a given for the Rams - it's hard to be overly excited about Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods either. Wolford enjoyed success in the AAF last year but obviously needs to be viewed as a downgrade until he proves otherwise.
| Kyler Murray "hopeful" for Week 17|
Suffered leg injury late in Week 16 loss
By: Doug Orth | Dec 28 2020, 7:20 pm
|Kingsbury is "hopeful" QB Kyler Murray (leg) will play against the Rams. On the possibility of Murray playing with limited mobility: "If he has to adjust his style, he can definitely play from the pocket." (AZcardinals.com - Kyle Odegard)|
FFToday's Take: The NFL saw one a limited Murray was like in November, so there is reason for concern from fantasy owners in leagues with Week 17 championships. If Murray plays, his scrambling ability figures to be compromised.Chris Streveler would likely draw the start if Murray doesn't play and obviously cannot be trusted in Week 17 lineups.
| Brandon Aiyuk done for the year|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 28 2020, 7:00 pm
|49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday's game. OT Trent Williams has a sprained elbow. Both will miss the season finale. (ESPN - Nick Wagoner)|
FFToday's Take: Aiyuk wraps up his banner rookie campaign with 60 catches and seven total touchdowns despite playing in only 12 games. He proved more than capable of lighting up defenses despite average quarterback play and figures to be a hot commodity in 2021 redrafts as a result, even with the returns of Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. Aiyuk figures to be ranked as a WR2, but he should be viewed as a high-upside WR3 when everyone is healthy.
|Washington says bye-bye to Dwayne Haskins|
QB released after two seasons
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2020, 12:44 pm
|Washington waived QB Dwayne Haskins. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: In a statement, head coach Ron Rivera stated: “I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways.” Washington drafted Haskins in the first round (15th overall) in the 2019 draft. After two seasons, he's been released. This move indicates Alex Smith will be ready to play in Week 17 against the Eagles.
| High ankle sprain for Darrell Henderson|
Likely out for Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2020, 11:47 am
|#Rams RB Darrell Henderson is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain in yesterday’s loss, making it unlikely he plays Sunday, source said. He’s having tests today to determine the severity. But LAR will be short-handed heading into a huge game vs. the #AZCardinals. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is back to back weeks with Rams' running backs suffering high ankle sprains. With Cam Akers and now Henderson out, we could see a whole lot of Malcolm Brown in Week 16 against the Cardinals.