| No change in status for Corey Davis|
Already ruled out for Week 5 with hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2017, 6:00 pm
|HC Mike Mularkey said Corey Davis still out for (Week 5). (Titan Insider - Terry McCormick)|
FFToday's Take: It's never a good sign when a player is ruled out this far ahead of the team's next game and suggests he's at least another week or two away from returning. The Titans have yet to see their upgraded receiving corps, as Davis have seemingly been recovering from injuries since he was drafted and Eric Decker spent most of the offseason sidelined as well. Deep-league owners are advised to hold, but others may need to part ways if the bye-week crunch becomes too much.
| Marcus Mariota day-to-day|
Suffered hamstring injury in Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2017, 5:50 pm
|The Titans consider QB Marcus Mariota day-to-day with his hamstring injury. That’s good news for their star. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: If Mariota is able to return this week, he gets a nice matchup against a weary Miami defense that has allowed quarterbacks to complete 79 percent of their passes. The Dolphins will be returning home from London after playing the previous two weeks in Los Angeles and New York and still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Irma in their day-to-day lives. If he can go, Mariota needs to be in lineups this week.
| Chris Carson lands on IR|
Suffered broken leg and high-ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Oct 2 2017, 5:40 pm
|Source: it's official, Seahawks RB Chris Carson has been placed on IR after breaking his leg in Week 4. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's possible Carson can make it back before the end of the regular season, but a return around the NFL Playoffs seems more likely. HC Pete Carroll seemed to suggest Thomas Rawls will get the first shot at reclaiming the starting job, but the whole Seattle backfield is a mess at the moment. Eddie Lacy will likely steal carries from Rawls, while oft-injured C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic could share work on passing downs.
| Vikings confirm Dalvin Cook has torn ACL|
Done for the season
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2017, 12:05 pm
|Mike Zimmer confirms: Dalvin Cook torn ACL. Done for season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's a brutal injury for a team and offense that was centered around the rookie running back who rolled up 444 yards and 2 TDs through 3.5 games. Latavius Murray (ankle) and Jerick McKinnon will likely form a timeshare moving forward. Both are viable waiver wire adds for Week 5.
| Bears make switch to Mitchell Trubisky|
Mike Glennon headed to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2017, 11:15 am
|Bears have made a QB change and are going with Mitchell Trubisky, sources tell @DanGrazianoESPN and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mike Glennon will head to the bench after throwing 4 TDs and 5 INTs in four games. Trubisky was pre-season darling but it remains to be seen what kind of value he will offer fantasy owenrs. With the offense focused on the running backs, he'll likely be a streaming option rather than a viable QB1.
| X-Rays on Derek Carr turn up negative |
Back injury not considered long term
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2017, 7:45 am
|Head coach Jack Del Rio said Carr had back spasms. “It should be something that cleans up quickly,” Del Rio said. Derek Carr remains optimistic he’ll get a green light next week against Baltimore. He had X-Rays during the game that turned up negative for structural damage. Carr tried to loosen his back, but didn’t feel comfortable enough to return. (NBC Sports Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Carr got kneed in the back and neck and left the Raiders-Broncos game in the 3rd quarter. EJ Manuel replaced Carr but it sounds like Carr could play next week against the Ravens. He'll be a mid-range QB2 if he does suit up in Week 5.
| Julio Jones not expected to miss time|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2017, 7:30 am
|Falcons WR Julio Jones has a hip flexor injury but with a bye this week, Atlanta does not expect him to miss playing time, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Julio missed a good portion of Week 4 with a hip injury but will get to rest during the team's bye in Week 5. He's expected to have an MRI today.
| Jordan Matthews out at least a month|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2017, 7:15 am
|Bills WR Jordan Matthews will undergo thumb surgery and is expected to miss at least a month. (Sal Capaccio on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The loss of Matthews depletes an already weak receiving corps. Zay Jones and Andre Holmes appear to be Tyrod Taylor's top targets on the outside, but it may TE Charles Clay who sees an increase in target share.
| Chris Carson has "significant" ankle injury|
Mixed backfield moving forward
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 2 2017, 7:00 am
|Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson could be sidelined for an extended period of time after suffering what coach Pete Carroll called “a significant’’ ankle inury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 46-18 win over the Colts. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Carson was placed in an air cast late in the fourth quarter. Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic we're both used after Carson's departure. It's not out of the question that Thomas Rawls works his way back into mix after being a healthy scratch in Werk 4.
| Will Snead inactive|
Saints WR will sit out Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2017, 8:15 am
|Saints WR Willie Snead is inactive today in London vs Dolphins. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coming off suspension, the Saints will hold out Snead in Week 4 and the team has a bye in Week 5 meaning Snead won't see the field until Week 6. Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Coleman will be the top three receivers this week.
| Doug Baldwin expected to play|
Groin injury still an issue
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2017, 7:15 am
|Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin is going to try to play Sun night vs. Colts with groin injury, per source. Injury been an issue. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If Baldwin plays, he'll likely be less than 100 percent and could be limited Sunday night. It's tough spot for Baldwin fantasy owners, especially in a good matchup against the Colts. Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson could see more opportunities if Baldwin is limited.
| Crabtree downgraded to doubtful|
Will not play
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 1 2017, 7:00 am
|Raiders WR Michael Crabtree, who is dealing with a lung bruise from a hit last week, was downgraded to doubtful last night. He won't play. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Crabtree was limited in practice this week but is expected to miss Week 4 with a bruised lung. Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts should see more targets on the outside, but the matchup is poor against a tough Broncos secondary.
| Jordan Reed listed as questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 30 2017, 1:10 pm
|The Washington Redskins head into Monday night’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs with running back Rob Kelley (rib), wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) tight end Jordan Reed (rib/sternum) as questionable. The Pro Bowl tight end is confident he can play Monday evening as he’s been regaining strength and functionality in his core. As he’s been limited in practices recently, Reed’s worked with the wide receivers during individual drills. (Redskins.com)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like both Kelley and Reed will give it a go Monday night. It would be wise for Reed owners to grab Vernon Davis off the waiver wire (if possible) in case he's a surprise inactive. Kelley should slide back into the starting role over Samaje Perine.
| Jamaal Williams avoids serious knee injury|
Could miss next game, not more
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2017, 1:30 pm
|Packers RB Jamaal Williams MRI results came back negative - no ligament damage, purely muscular, per source. Could miss next game, not more. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Ty Montgomery likely on the shelf for a few weeks with broken ribs, the Packers will need their rookie running backs to fill in. It sounds like Aaron Jones could be the featured running back in Week 5 while Williams recovers from his sprained knee injury.
| Doug Baldwin a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2017, 1:15 pm
|Pete Carroll said in his weekly interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio 97.3 FM that the Seahawks probably won't know until Sunday if WR Doug Baldwin (groin) will be available against the Colts. Baldwin said this week that he plans to play. Carroll said RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) is still hobbling and that it would take an "enormous jump" for him to make it back by Sunday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Unfortunately, the Seahawks and Colts play Sunday night, meaning we likely won't know Baldwin's status until late in the day. There is optimism that Baldwin will play but if he doesn't, Paul Richards, Jimmy Graham and Tyler Locket will be Russell Wilson's top targets.
| Kenny Golladay misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2017, 12:10 pm
|Two missed practice days in a row doesn't bode well for Kenny Golladay's availability Sunday against the Vikings. If he can't go, TJ Jones could get a lot more reps and is an intriguing fantasy flier. Also could lead to more two TE sets against Minnesota. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Golladay missed practice on Thursday as well, suggesting he'll like be inactive on Sunday. With Xavier Rhodes expected to cover Marvin Jones, Golden Tate should be heavily targeted by Matthew Stafford in Week 4. T.J. Jones should also see increased snaps if Golladay sits.
| Davante Adams MRI comes back clean|
Consussion could cause him to miss Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 29 2017, 11:45 am
|NFL’s Joe Lockhart says Dr. Allen Sills reports #Packers WR Davante Adams suffered a concussion & is in the hospital. I’m told MRI was clean (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adams took a vicious hit on Thursday and has been officially diagnosed with a concussion. His availability for Week 5 is in question. Geronimo Allison would fill in and be a worth waiver wire claim if Adams sits.
| Sam Bradford ruled out again|
Knee injury; Case Keenum to start Week 4
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2017, 6:50 pm
|Sam Bradford (knee) is out Sunday. HC Mike Zimmer: "He's feeling better, he's just not ready to play." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: Case Keenum took advantage of an undermanned Tampa Bay defense in a big way last weekend, but it is fair to wonder if he can do the same against what has been an opportunistic Detroit defense thus far. If last week proved anything though, it might be that owners can feel good about keeping Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in their lineups.
| Will Fuller set for return Week 4|
Suffered preseason shoulder injury
By: Doug Orth | Sep 28 2017, 6:35 pm
|HC Bill O'Brien on WR Will Fuller: "I would see him being ready to go on Sunday." (Texans TV - Drew Dougherty)|
FFToday's Take: Fuller adds an element of speed to the Texans' offense it doesn't otherwise have, and owners only need to go back to last September to see how much of an impact he can have. Unfortunately, his hands are questionable at times, and the mix of a rookie quarterback (Deshaun Watson) and typically conservative play-calling figures to put a cap on his statistical ceiling. However, he is worth adding as a high-upside WR4 in most leagues.
| Giants missing two RBs at practice|
Darkwa and Vereen sit for second day in a row
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2017, 11:45 am
|Giants not practicing: Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Jonathan Casillas, Brett Jones, J.T. Thomas (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If Darkwa and Vereen both miss Week 4, we could see a lot of Paul Perkins and perhaps a little of rookie Wayne Gallman. That being said, the Giants running game has been woeful to start the season making Perkins nothing more than a Flex consideration against the Bucs.
| Kelvin Benjamin back at practice|
Normal participation in drills
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2017, 11:23 am
|Kelvin Benjamin appears to be feeling fine. Normal participation in drills and no knee brace. (Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin missed practice Wednesday after suffering a knee injury in Week 3 but his participation is an encouraging sign for his Week 4 availability. Given the state of the Panthers offense and Cam Newton specifically, it will be hard to trust Benjamin if he plays.
| Adrian Peterson misses practice Thursday|
Tweaked knee in practice Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 28 2017, 9:45 am
|New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson suffered a tweaked knee during Wednesday's practice, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Rapoport points out Peterson's absence from Thursday's practice could be a combination of the tweaked knee and a veteran rest day. (Times Picyanue)|
FFToday's Take: There's no official word on his status for the London game in Week 4, but this doesn't sound like a serious injury. Peterson remains third on the depth chart from a fantasy perspective behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
| Prosise unlikely to play, ankle injury|
Carroll: "He’s got a significant ankle”
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 27 2017, 3:45 pm
|The Seahawks will likely play without running back C.J. Prosise against the Indianapolis Colts due to an ankle injury suffered late in Sunday’s game at Tennessee. “He’s got an ankle that we are concerned about,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how it goes, give him a couple days before we have to declare what’s going on with him. But he’s got a significant ankle.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like Prosise could be dealing with a multi-week injury, leaving Chris Carson to see the bulk of the work in Week 4 against the Colts. Prosise is mainly a third-down back and that role could go to J.D. McKissic. Carson is shaping up as an RB2.
| Forte not likely to play in Week 4|
New York signs Travaris Cadet
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 27 2017, 11:46 am
|The Jets may not have Matt Forte this week because of a toe injury, so they’ve added some reinforcements to their backfield by committee.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Jets have signed former Saints running back Travaris Cadet.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Matt Forte is being labeled as week-to-week and appears doubtful to play Week 4. Toe injuries have a way of lingering so don't anyone owning Forte may want to amend their roster accordingly. Bilal Powell becomes a stronger fantasy play as a result of the expected increase in workload not only this week but for the remainder of the season. If Forte were to miss extended time, Travaris Cadet could become an attractive add in deeper PPR formats as the bye weeks approach.
|Jarvis Landry will not face charges |
State will not prosecute WR following April incident
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 27 2017, 10:00 am
|The Broward State Attorney’s Office has declined to press any charges, determining there was “no reasonable likelihood” of a conviction if the case was brought to court. The NFL could still look into the situation themselves, having already established the precedence that they can and will suspend a player for domestic incidents without legal charges or a conviction. There has not been any indication of what the league may do in Landry’s case. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: Jarvis Landry can breathe a little easier after this ruling. He won't face any criminal prosecution, however the NFL still has the choice to investigate the matter further. Landry's fantasy value remains unchanged for the moment as he continues to pile up targets. Landry comes into the weekend ranked twelfth in targets despite missing the season opener.
|Willie Snead rejoins team, workload unknown|
Returning after three-game suspension
By: Jake Gordon | Sep 27 2017, 1:00 am
|On conf call, Sean Payton said they’re going to see how Willie Snead handles this week of work. Then see how much they can use him Sunday (James Palmer via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: As the third receiver on the depth chart last season, Snead saw less than five targets in a game only twice. Ted Ginn, Jr. hasn't done anything extraordinary in Snead's absence (9 catches for 121 yards and a score over three games) so it shouldn't take long before Snead reclaims a quality role within the offense.
|Reed: Chiefs will keep feeding Kareem Hunt|
Team has no plans to scale back rookie's workload
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 26 2017, 10:31 am
|The Chiefs don't plan on reducing rookie running back Kareem Hunt's workload anytime soon. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked Monday if the Chiefs have to be careful with how much they work they give the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Hunt - who leads in the NFL in rushing and is on pace to record 299 touches this season.
“No, I think we’re OK with how we’re using him,” Reid said, adding that they're still getting Charcandrick West his for reps, and have plans to mix in Akeem Hunt as a third back if he develops. (Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Hunt is a Top 5 back right now for fantasy purposes and there's no reason to assume he's going to lose any touches moving forward.
| Rob Kelley still "lead dog" when healthy|
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sep 26 2017, 10:26 am
|Rob Kelley is still nursing sore ribs stemming from the Week 2 win over the Rams, but when he returns, he'll be the No. 1 back. "He got  yards rushing in a quarter and a half last week, so he's still our No. 1 lead dog," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Kelley should practice Wednesday, albeit in a limited role. The Redskins don't play again until Monday night at Kansas City. Samaje Perine also bruised his hand in Sunday night's win over the Raiders and fumbled on the same play. For now, it appears that Kelley's status as the starter is safe. Chris Thompson saw 14 touches on Sunday, which is on the higher end of how much work they want to give him. They're well aware of his value, which is why they want to make sure he plays 16 games, Gruden said.
| Melvin Gordon dealing with bone bruise|
Reportedly minor but sat out most of second half in Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2017, 8:40 pm
|RB Melvin Gordon is dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, which limited him Sunday. Very minor. He wanted to go back in. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: As of right now, there is no word whether or not Gordon is expected to miss Week 4 or not. Gordon was having himself a solid game on the ground before the injury, which has to come as good news for his owners. Branden Oliver would make for a fringe flex starter at best if Gordon needs to miss a game or two, but he he didn't do much with his carries after Gordon exited and really hasn't produced when given the chance outside of a short spell as a rookie in 2014.
| Tyler Eifert out "multiple weeks"|
No back surgery needed at this time
By: Doug Orth | Sep 25 2017, 8:30 pm
|Bengals TE Tyler Eifert expected to miss multiple weeks while recovering from back injury, per source. No back surgery needed at this time. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)|
FFToday's Take: Another year, another season in which Eifert doesn't come close to playing 16 games. Owners in deeper leagues should probably hold him, but all others may want to cut ties. His absence means more snaps for C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft, but neither one of those figure to be a fantasy factor either. As a result, look for the offense to lean toward A.J. Green even more as the focal point in the passing game.
| No structural damage to Kelvin Benjamin's knee|
Panther WR left early in Week 3
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2017, 12:30 pm
|#Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirms WR Kelvin Benjamin’s MRI on his knee showed no structural damage. Good news. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin finished Sunday with 2 catches for 8 yards after leaving in the first quarter with a knee injury. While no structural damage is good news, Benjamin could still miss some time depending on the diagnosis. We should know more about his availability for Week 4 later in the week.
| Broken arm, torn ACL for Darren Sproles|
Surgery on arm scheduled for Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 25 2017, 10:45 am
|Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles tore an ACL and broke an arm on the same play Sunday, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.
Sproles is having surgery on his arm Monday and will require surgery on his knee, sources said. His season is over. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This could be the end of the line for Sproles (34) who was playing a key role in the Eagles offense. LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement are next up on the depth chart. This will likely be a backfield by committee with Smallwood and Blount holding similar value. Smallwood is the better option for PPR leagues.
| DeMarco Murray more than likely to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2017, 7:30 am
|Titans RB DeMarco Murray, listed as questionable for Sunday, is “more than likely” to play vs Seattle, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was limited in practice this week, but it sounds like he will be on the field. His role remains to be seen, but smart money would be on Derrick Henry receiving the bulk of reps at running back. Murray can't be trusted in Week 3.
| Jordan Reed, gametime decision|
Vernon Davis becomes viable TE2
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2017, 7:15 am
|Washington TE Jordan Reed (rib) is considered a game-time call, per source, but is more unlikely to play vs. Raiders. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins and Raiders play Sunday night, leaving Reed owners in a bind but grabbing Vernon Davis off the waiver wire would be a prudent move. Reed injured his ribs and suffered a SC joint ligament sprain in his shoulder last week against the Rams.
| Rob Kelley not expected to play Week 3|
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 24 2017, 7:00 am
|Washington RB Rob Kelley, listed as questionable with rib injury, is not expected to play Sunday night vs Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kelley was able to practice on a limited basis this week, but it appears he will gives his ribs another week to heal. In his absence, expect Samaje Perine to see the bulk of early-down work with Chris Thompson handling third downs. Both are flex considerations against the Raiders.
| Cobb doubtful, Jordy expected to play|
Chest injury for Cobb
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2017, 2:00 pm
|It appears the Green Bay Packers will be without a number of key starters and contributors for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, despite the optimism of coach Mike McCarthy. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring), safety Kentrell Brice (groin), wide receiver Randall Cobb (chest), defensive end Mike Daniels (hip), cornerback Davon House (quadricep), outside linebacker Nick Perry (hand) and inside linebacker Jake Ryan (hamstring/concussion) are all listed as doubtful after being unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Jordy Nelson (quad) is expected to play. Cobb's absence should mean more work for Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison. Adams moves into the viable WR2 category against the Bengals.
| Bradford headed to see Dr. James Andrews|
Still having pain in knee
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2017, 12:02 pm
|Vikings QB Sam Bradford seeking second opinion on knee from Dr. James Andrews, per @mortreport. Has pronounced pain in knee. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This doesn't sound good. Bradford is not expected to play in Week 3 meaning Case Keenum will make his second-straight start. Keenum went 20-37 for 167 yards with zero TDS last week against the Steelers. Keenum represents a downgrade for the Vikings offense as a whole. Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs are viable players, but expectations should be tempered.
| Tyler Eifert ruled out for Week 3|
Back and knee injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Sep 22 2017, 11:45 am
|Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is out Sunday vs Packers due to back and knee injuries. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Same story, different year for Eifert. He's struggled to stay healthy during his five-year career, playing in only 10 games the last two seasons. The Bengals will roll with C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft at tight end this week but neither are fantasy options.
|Carolina to ride "hot hand"?|
HC: Game flow to determine playing time
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2017, 8:15 pm
|HC Ron Rivera said balance with playing time between Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart is "about the flow of the game" and who is doing well. (Associated Press)|
FFToday's Take: It's unclear what exactly prompted Rivera to make this statement. McCaffrey and Stewart are two very different backs who complement each other well, which is pretty much how they have been used to this point. The Panthers would be silly to wear out an injury-prone back like Stewart or put too much on McCaffrey's plate when Stewart is around to be the hammer for this offense. Both players have a enticing matchup in Week 3 against New Orleans.
| No practice for DeMarco Murray on Thursday|
Sat out Wednesday as well; still day-to-day
By: Doug Orth | Sep 21 2017, 8:05 pm
|DeMarco Murray (hammy) didn't practice today. He was inside on the treadmill during the viewing period. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Tennessee seems willing to let Murray play and start if he can show the coaching staff something before the end of the week, but owners probably need to consider other alternatives considering he is obviously less than 100 percent and the matchup (Seattle). If he ends up sitting, Derrick Henry figures to be a strong candidate for 20 touches and should be trusted as a RB2, even in a difficult matchup.