| Texans expected to rest key starters|
Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins expected to sit
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 29 2019, 7:00 am
|Texans expected to rest multiple starters against Titans in advance of likely playoff game next Saturday, currently slated to host Bills. Among key players who could be rested: Deshaun Watson, Laremy Tunsil, Bradley Roby, DeAndre Hopkins. A.J. McCarron would step in for Watson. (Aaron Wilson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's an outside chance the Texans could move to the 3rd seed if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers (1 pm ET start) but otherwise the Texans are locked into the 4 seed. A.J. McCarron is expected to start at quarterback. At receiver expect to see a lot of Keke Coutee and DeAndre Carter. Kenny Stills (hamstring) is questionable.
| Leonard Fournette downgraded to Doubtful|
Ryquell Armstead expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 28 2019, 11:55 am
|Jags RB Leonard Fournette downgraded to doubtful with an illness. CB A.J. Bouye downgraded to out (wrist) #Jaguars #indvsjax (J.P. Shadrick on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fournette had been listed as questionable with a neck injury but has since been downgraded. Expect him to be on the inactive list tomorrow. In his absence, Ryquell Armstead should get the start and will be a viable DFS salary saver.
| Zach Ertz out for Week 17|
Rib and back injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2019, 3:31 pm
|#Eagles have ruled out Zach Ertz for Sunday. A few important notes:
- Ertz was dealing with the rib injury AND a back injury.
- Pederson has had this exact rib injury himself. He understood the pain well.
- Pederson insisted that he wouldn’t risk Ertz further injuring himself (James Palmer)|
FFToday's Take: Beat writers have been hinting that Ertz wouldn't suit up this week and now we have clarification. With Ertz out, Dallas Goedert is a locked in TE1. Nelson Agholor is also out, meaning Greg Ward and JJ Arcega-Whiteside will start at receiver.
| Packers' Jamaal Williams ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2019, 2:31 pm
|Matt LaFleur says the #Packers will probably hold RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) out on Sunday vs. Lions. (Matt Schneidman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Jones out and the Packers playing for a potential No.1 seed, Aaron Jones could be in for a heavy workload. Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin are next up on the depth chart but Jones is a lock for 20+ touches.
| Josh Jacobs not expected to play|
Skin infection, shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2019, 1:10 pm
|Source: #Raiders RB Josh Jacobs, who is dealing with a skin infection and a shoulder injury, is not expected to play on Sunday. In their improbable race to qualify for the playoffs, sounds like Jacobs is unlikely to join them. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders still have an outside chance at the playoffs so they have motivation to put forth their best effort against the Broncos. Expect DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard to handle the running back duties with Washington being the lead back. The Broncos have allowed just 7 rushing touchdowns all year.
| Vikings expected to rest starters in Week 17|
Cousins, Cook not expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 27 2019, 10:00 am
|While I’m told the Vikings haven’t finalized their plan for Sunday, they’re leaning heavily towards resting a bulk of their starters, including Kirk Cousins, per league source. Team viewing Chicago week as a bye in terms of getting guys rest/healthy for Jan. (Courtney Cronin on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Vikings locked into the 6th seed, there's no reason for Cousins and players nursing injuries to play. Expect Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison to be inactive as well. Sean Mannion will likely be the starter at quarterback with Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah handling the bulk of running back duties.
| Jarvis Landry could need hip surgery|
Intent on playing Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2019, 5:30 pm
|Jarvis Landry says he’ll visit a hip specialist after the decision to determine if he’ll need surgery. Hasn’t considered shutting it down for Bengals game. (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Landry's hip has been an issue for some time now, but it hasn't stopped him from having one of the best seasons of his career. Entering the regular-season finale, he needs 66 more receiving yards to set a new personal best. Owners should continue to view him as a WR2 with a safe floor in Week 17 and in drafts next summer - assuming his hip injury isn't too significant.
|McCaffrey will get chance to chase history|
Needs 67 yards receiving in Week 17 for 1K/1K season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2019, 5:20 pm
|Panthers OC Scott Turner says he will try to get the ball to Christian McCaffrey in any way he can on Sunday. McCaffrey needs 67 yards receiving against the Saints to become the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. (ESPN - David Newton)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers have not been shy about riding McCaffrey all season (387 touches), so there's no reason to keep him from joining Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig as only the third player in league history with 1,000 yards running and receiving in the same season. Fantasy owners should not expect him to play the whole game, however, as the Panthers are already being irresponsible by feeding him 400 touches during a season in which they has been out of the playoff race for some time.
| Zach Ertz misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2019, 11:00 am
|No practice again for #Eagles TE Zach Ertz but Doug Pederson says he's progressing. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ertz is in danger of missing this week's game with a rib injury. Eagles' beat reporters are pessimistic that he will play this week but his status will likely come down to a gametime decision. If he sits, Dallas Goedert would be an easy TE1 against the Giants.
| Kyler Murray will practice on Tuesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2019, 12:16 pm
|Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) will practice today. How much remains to be seen but it's supposed to be a light workout for everyone.
Kingsbury said team will be smart when determining if Murray can/should start Sunday vs. Rams. (Bob McManaman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray missed a portion of Week 16 with a hamstring injury. It remains to be seen if he'll suit up for the season finale against the Rams. The Cardinals will not practice on Wednesday due to the holiday. If Murray sits, Brett Hundley would likely get the start.
| Big Ben expecting full recovery|
Expects to play in 2020 and likely beyond
By: Doug Orth | Dec 23 2019, 10:50 pm
|Clarity to calm down the masses - the Steelers are now optimistic Ben Roethlisberger will recover from elbow surgery to reattach three tendons. Not cleared to throw yet but he is tracking better and Ben himself wants and expects to play in 2020 and beyond, per sources. (ESPN - Chris Mortensen)|
FFToday's Take: While the news that Roethlisberger had three tendons that needed to be attached is a bit unsettling, there is obviously optimism he is going to make a full recovery if he is talking about playing next year and beyond. The Steelers have greatly missed their quarterback this year, but he'll be little more than a QB2 for fantasy purposes in 2020 as he first recovers from his injury and then gets reacclimated to his young receivers.
| Jordan Howard set to return|
Shoulder injury has sidelined him since Week 9
By: Doug Orth | Dec 23 2019, 10:40 pm
|Eagles are releasing RB Jay Ajayi today, per source. They are getting RB Jordan Howard back this week. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: It's not great news for Miles Sanders' fantasy owners, but the Eagles are likely happy to have him back so they can be a bit more judicious with the rookie's workload. Sanders has earned more work with his recent play, but owners should expect this backfield to return to a committee based on Doug Pederson's history. Consider Howard a volatile flex touchdown-or-bust play this week.
| Derrick Henry expected to go Week 17|
Rested hamstring injury in Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 23 2019, 10:30 pm
|The Titans did something very smart, resting RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) for a game that didn't mean anything and on Sunday, he'll be as healthy as he's been in a long time. (NFL Network - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: This comes as little solace to his fantasy owners in leagues that get decided in Week 16, but Henry should be primed for a huge workload in a very meaningful game for the Titans'playoff hopes against the Houston Texans. It's not a great matchup, but he's almost certain to be a top-eight play given all the uncertainty that usually comes along with Week 17.
| Dwayne Haskins out for Week 17|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2019, 3:00 pm
|Dwayne Haskins has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Dallas because of an ankle injury. (John Keim on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Haskins left midway through Week 16 with a sprained ankle giving way to Case Keenum. Haskins wasn't a viable fantasy player in his rookie year, turning in just one QB1 performance (Week 15). He'll be an afterthought in redraft leagues next season.
| Calf injury for Mark Ingram|
Hope to have him back for playoffs
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2019, 12:28 pm
|#Ravens RB Mark Ingram suffered a calf strain, source said after his MRI. The team will be cautious with the strain (or partial tear), but the hope is Ingram is back on the field for the playoffs based on the severity of the injury. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ingram will miss Week 17 and the Ravens will have a bye in the playoff thanks to their No.1 seed giving Ingram three weeks to get healed. Look for Gus Edwards and Justice Hill to get the bulk of the rushing work in a meaningless game for Baltimore against the Steelers.
| Will Fuller out for Week 17|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2019, 9:10 am
|Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is out for the Titans game due to a groin injury suffered Saturday and his status for the playoffs is in doubt with some possibility he could return within two to three weeks, league sources confirm. (Aaron Wilson)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller left Saturday's game and is in danger of not being ready for the Texans wildcard game. Keke Coutee had 8 targets while DeAndre Carter had 2 targets on against the Bucs. Expect Coutee to get the start in the slot in Week 17 against the Titans.
| Chris Carson (hip) doesn't return after Q2 injury|
C.J. Prosise (arm) also out, Travis Homer takes over
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 22 2019, 8:07 pm
|Jessamyn McIntyre (@JessamynMcIntyr) on Twitter: "Just now
@JenTalksSports reports Chris Carson is out for the rest of the #Seahawks game" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carson was injured in the second quarter and ruled out after halftime. He converted nine touches into 60 scoreless yards prior to exiting. C.J. Prosise (arm) was also ruled out, leaving the Seahawks with just RB Travis Homer and FB Nick Bellore. We'll see who's available in practice this week.
| Kyler Murray leaves early in Cards win|
Rookie QB suffers hamstring injury, Brett Hundley fills in
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 22 2019, 8:03 pm
|Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray got hurt early in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, but that didn’t stop Arizona from grabbing a road win in Seattle. Brett Hundley took over for Murray after the first overall pick injured his hamstring on a scramble and made several key plays on a late scoring drive.
FFToday's Take: Hundley would get the start in Week 17 if Murray is unavailable.
| LeSean McCoy inactive for Chiefs|
Veteran RB a healthy scratch for SNF
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 22 2019, 7:59 pm
|LeSean McCoy is inactive for Sunday night's game vs. the Bears. McCoy hasn’t had more than 12 carries in a game this year, and he had six touches in last week’s game against the Broncos. That leaves the Chiefs with Damien Williams, Spencer Ware, and Darwin Thompson in the backfield tonight. (NBC)|
FFToday's Take: Damien Williams will likely lead the committee and projects for RB2 value.
| Derrick Henry officially inactive|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2019, 11:30 am
|All the @Titans inactives today vs #Saints: RB Derrick Henry, DL Jeffery Simmons, CB Adoree’ Jackson, WR Adam Humphries, LB Daren Bates, DL Isaiah Mack, OLB Reggie Gilbert (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Henry inactive, it will be the Dion Lewis show against the Saints. This games doesn't mean much to the Titans and there playoff seeding. Lions checks in as a mid-tier RB2.
| D.J. Chark expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2019, 7:00 am
|#Jaguars WR DJ Chark (ankle) is listed as questionable, but he’s expected to play vs the #Falcons, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Chark is missing just one game after spraining his ankle in Week 14. The Jaguars will have Chark, Chris Conley and Dede Westbrook at wideout against the Falcons. Assuming Chark doesn't have any limitations he could post WR2 numbers against a Falcons defense that's given the 13th most fantasy points to wide receivers.
| Derrick Henry downgraded to questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2019, 5:10 pm
|Titans’ RB Derrick Henry has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday’s game vs. Saints. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Henry did practice on Friday and wasn't listed on the final injury report. Now, after the Texans victory on Saturday, Henry is questionable and the team called up running back Dalyn Dawkins from the practice squad. This isn't a great sign for Henry's availability on Sunday. Dion Lewis should be added by Henry owners if possible.
| Christian Kirk a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2019, 3:45 pm
|Kliff Kingsbury said both G Justin Pugh (back) and WR Christian Kirk (ankle) will be game-day decisions whether or not to play for the @AZCardinals. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kirk got in limited practices this week, so it's likely he will suit up, but we'll need to keep an eye on his status on Sunday. The Seahawks have given up the 14th most fantasy points to wide receivers.
| Damien Williams cleared to play Week 16|
Crowded mess in KC backfield
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2019, 3:30 pm
|RB Damien Williams (rib) has been cleared to play Sunday night against the Bears. He has no injury designation for the game on Chiefs' final injury report of the week, which means he's good to go. That's also true for WR Mecole Hardman, who turned up on injury report this week (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Williams back, the Chiefs will now have four running backs available to see touches including LeSean McCoy, Spencer Ware and Darwin Thompson. Given the uncertainty surrounding their workload, this is a situation to avoid for fantasy owners.
| Cook, Mattison miss practice Friday|
Mattison dealing with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2019, 1:10 pm
|I’m told Alexander Mattison dealing with an ankle sprain that happened on first play of last drive vs Detroit. Dealing with swelling and pain right now, hasn’t practiced. Seems like a long shot to play. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings don't play until Monday night giving all of their injured players another day to heal but at this point in time it seems likely that Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah will handle the majority of running back touches against the Packers. Boone is shaping up as a mid-range RB2 in Week 16.
| JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 20 2019, 1:00 pm
|#Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster practiced fully today and was taken off the injury report. He still spoke cautiously in the locker room, but officially, he’s playing. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: JuJu hasn't played since Week 11 due to his knee injury and doesn't sound like he's going to be 100 percent this week. Still, his presence should give the offense a boost but given the quarterback situation he's no more than a Flex consideration in Week 16.
| Kerryon Johnson hopeful for Week 16|
Decision to come off IR "not up to him"
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2019, 9:15 pm
|Kerryon Johnson said he "hopes to" play Sunday against Denver, which would mean coming off injured reserve. Said that decision is not up to him. But said he's been getting stronger by the week. (ESPN - Michael Rothstein)|
FFToday's Take: Oners that were either patients enough to hold Johnson or had the room to stash him could be rewarded with a player who could be in line for 15-18 touches. However, the matchup with the Broncos is not an ideal one, nor was Johnson overly productive when the offense was healthy. The Lions currently have David Blough starting at quarterback, further lowering Johnson's floor and ceiling.
| Chris Godwin a no-go for Week 16|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2019, 9:00 pm
|Bruce Arians says three Bucs have been ruled out for Saturday’s game: Beau Allen, Chris Godwin and Tanner Hudson. (Scott Smith on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Godwin joins Mike Evans and Scott Miller as Bucs receivers on IR, leaving behind only Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Ishmael Hyman. Perriman is a prime position to dominate targets this weekend versus the Texans, although one has to wonder at what point he and Jameis Winston fall flat after a career of inconsistent play. It wouldn't be overly surprising if O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate go off either.
| Dalvin Cook unlikely to play vs. Packers|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2019, 7:00 am
|Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is unlikely to play in the big showdown with the Green Bay Packers on Monday night because of a shoulder injury, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday. The Vikings are even leaning toward shutting down Cook for the last two regular-season games, hoping to have him ready for the playoffs. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We've been under the assumption this would be the case for Cook ever since Schefter suggested at halftime of Monday night football that Cook wouldn't play in Week 16. Alexander Mattison dealing with an ankle injury, Minnesota is likely to roll with Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah at running back with Abdullah playing on some passing downs. Boone is shaping up as an RB2.
| Josh Jacobs out for Week 16|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2019, 4:30 pm
|#Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters that Pro Bowl OT Trent Brown is headed to Injured Reserve and that RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder) will be out vs the #Chargers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jacobs has been battling a shoulder injury for some time now and will miss Week 16. Gruden noted he hoped to have Jacobs back for Week 17 but it wouldn't make a lot of sense play the rookie in a meaningless game. DeAndre Washington becomes a viable RB2 play against the Chargers.
| Daniel Jones takes first team reps|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2019, 1:00 pm
|Daniel Jones (ankle) a full participant in practice. Took “most” of the first-team reps at practice. Did fine. Coach Pat Shurmur said they’ll see how he does at practice this week before knowing for sure if he’ll start vs. Redskins. #Giants (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jones is expected to start this week against the Redskins pushing Eli Manning back to the bench. Jones will be missing TE Evan Engram but will have all three of his starting receivers, Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
| Mike Evans placed on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2019, 12:30 pm
|Bucs officially placed WR Mike Evans on IR. Tampa Bay also signed WR Spencer Schnell to its active roster. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tampa has lost their top two receivers along with Scotty Miller to hamstring injuries in recent weeks. Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Ishmael Hyman will make up the three wide receiver sets for Jameis Winston on Saturday against the Texans with Perriman being a solid WR2 option.
| Evan Engram placed on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2019, 1:40 pm
|Evan Engram has been placed on IR among roster moves heading into Week 16. (Giants on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Engram hasn't played since Week 9 due to a mid-foot sprain. The team will move forward with Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson but neither are viable fantasy options. Engram missed five games last season with knee and concussion issues.
|Jake Kumerow to see more time?|
Coach believes WR flashed in Week 15
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2019, 11:30 pm
|LaFleur on WR Jake Kumerow: We have to make sure we get him on the field. That's what we talked about today. I think you'll see more of him in the future. (Tom Silverstein on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's not December anymore unless someone in Green Bay is touting Kumerow. The big question: why are they just getting around to Kumerow? Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard and Geronimo Allison have all had their moments in 2019, but none of them seem have enjoyed much staying power. Most owners already know Aaron Rodgers loves himself some Kumerow. Owners should file this nugget away for future reference, but Kumerow is much too risky for fantasy use in Week 16.
| A.J. Green meets with foot specialist|
Foot/ankle drama continues
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2019, 11:20 pm
|Bengals’ WR A.J. Green visited today with noted foot specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, per source. If Green is in Green Bay today with a foot doctor, hard to imagine he’ll return this season. He’s scheduled to be a free agent this off-season. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Much like James Andrews and ACL tears, players who visit Dr. Anderson tend to do so expecting the worst regarding foot injuries. Green was unlikely to return this season after missing the first 15 weeks and this visit pretty much slams the door on it unless the visit was a recheck of some sort. Green's priority at this point is to be healthy by the time free agency begins in March.
| Dalvin Cook fine for Week 16?|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2019, 8:15 pm
|“Yeah, it feels good today.” - HC Mike Zimmer on if Dalvin Cook could play through injury suffered (in Week 15).
“It’s too early, but the extra day helps. We’ll just have to see how the week goes," Zimmer said. (Vikings.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings play on Monday night in Week 16, which means owners who don't have the entire backfield locked up (Cook, Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone) may be forced to go in another direction if Cook's status hasn't been resolved by the weekend. Owners are advised to keep an eye out for updates throughout the week, especially on Cook and Mattison.
|Josh Gordon suspended yet again|
Violated league's substance abuse policy for fifth time
By: Doug Orth | Dec 16 2019, 8:00 pm
|NFL announced: Josh Gordon of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon's talent allows him to keep getting opportunities, but he is about to run out of chances as a receiver who will 29 years old in April. His season with the Seahawks will end after posting seven receptions for 139 scoreless yards in five games.
| T.Y. Hilton expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2019, 5:46 pm
|Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton, who has missed the past two games with a calf injury, is expected to play tonight, per sources. Hilton wants his team to know it can count on him. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It will be hard for fantasy owners to trust Hilton tonight but he's worth consideration in what could be a negative game script against the Saints. New Orleans has given up the 7th most fantasy points to wide receivers.
| Greg Olsen clears concussion protocol|
Expected to play in Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2019, 1:43 pm
|Greg Olsen said he’s cleared from the protocol. Greg Olsen says he probably could have been cleared last week, but medical staff wanted to give him an extra few days to be on the safe side. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen missed Week 14 and 15 with a concussion but should be able to play Week 16 against the Colts. The Panthers are contemplating a QB change this week to Will Grier so Olsen and the D.J. Moore could be on shaky ground during fantasy championship week.
| Josh Jacobs expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2019, 7:15 am
|#Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder) was clear earlier in the week on Twitter that he plans to play today despite a broken shoulder plate, and that is the case. He’s good to go. Meanwhile, LT Trent Brown (pectoral) is a game-time decision. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jacobs sat out last week as he battles his shoulder injury but gets a great matchup this week against a Jaguars team that's thrown in the towel. The Jags have given up the fourth most PPR points to running backs this season.