| Mariota fractures right fibula|
Expected to need 4-5 months to recover; surgery Wednesday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:30 pm
|Titans QB Marcus Mariota will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula on Wednesday in Charlotte and miss four to five months, HC Mike Mularkey said Monday. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure, which entails placing a plate on the bone to provide stability. The Titans hope he returns in time for OTAs. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Mariota played like a top-five quarterback for most of October and November against the Titans' rather lackluster schedule for most of that time, but he predictably struggled to get much going against Denver or Kansas City before getting hurt. Last year's No. 2 overall pick could use another dynamic receiver to realize his true potential, but Mariota should be considered a low-end QB1 heading into drafts next spring and summer. Matt Cassel will start the season finale against the Texans.
|"Good chance" Paxton Lynch starts finale|
Broncos eliminated from playoffs Week 16
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:20 pm
|With the exception of the most recent game at Kansas City - his only clunker of the season - Trevor Siemian earned the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 quarterback job, one of the most exalted positions in all of sports. But first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch has to start this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
And there’s a good chance he will, even if Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak wasn’t ready to make such a pronouncement Monday, a few hours after returning from his team’s embarrassing Christmas Night performance in Kansas City. (9News)|
FFToday's Take: Kubiak can be excused for not making up his mind yet after the Broncos got back to Denver early Monday morning, but it makes too much sense to give their first-rounder another chance to start in what amounts to a meaningless game for them this weekend. With that said, Lynch has struggled mightily in his limited action, so the Oakland Raiders D/ST makes for a solid play in DFS or Week 17 championships.
| Donte Moncrief suffers another shoulder injury|
Same shoulder that cost him five games earlier this season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 26 2016, 6:00 pm
|HC Chuck Pagano: Donte Moncrief shoulder. MRI (Monday). (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This season was supposed to be Moncrief's coming-out party, but he's been too injured for most of it to celebrate, as he has dealt with shoulder and hamstring ailments. Seeing as how the Colts have nothing to play for in Week 17, don't expect Moncrief to suit up for the finale. Phillip Dorsett will likely get the call, but he has proven time and again he's not worthy of a fantasy start.
|Cowboys to play starters as normal|
"We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:30 am
|Cowboys Jason Garrett tells us he plans to play Dak, Zeke, starters as normal. "We like the rhythm of our offense and how Dak is playing." (Ed Wereder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Jason Garrett is indicating the he has no plans to rest his starters in tonight's game against the Lions. The Cowboys have wrapped up the No.1 seed in the NFC but it appears the head coach doesn't want rust to creep into the game of his rookies. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott should be ready to roll in the final game of Week 16.
| Recovery timetable for Carr, 6-8 weeks|
Raiders QB out with fractured fibula
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:15 am
|Raiders QB Derek Carr expected to undergo surgery on fractured fibula Tuesday in Los Angeles, per source. Recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carr broke his leg on Saturday and will miss the remainder of the season leaving Matt McGloin to quarterback the team in Week 17 and throughout the playoffs. McGloin won't be a recommended option against the Broncos in Week 17.
| Torn MCL for Hyde creates opportunity for Draughn|
Draughn and DuJuan Harris should share the load in Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 26 2016, 11:00 am
|Carlos Hyde had the medial collateral ligament in his left knee severely sprained in Saturday’s win at Los Angeles, a league source said. ESPN first reported the MCL injury Sunday, characterizing it as a tear. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Shaun Draughn (16 touches) got the majority of work Saturday once Hyde exited the game and should get the start Week 17 against the Seahawks. It's less than ideal matchup making him more of a flex consideration in the season finale.
| A.J. Green will sit out today and Week 17|
Doctors won't clear Bengals WR
By: Doug Orth | Dec 24 2016, 9:15 am
|Bengals docs won't let A.J. Green go today. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Not only will Green miss tonight's game with the Texans but according to Adam Schefter, Green will miss the Week 17 game as well. He stated earlier in the week that he would play but it is a wise move to have Green inactive as the Bengals are out of the playoff race. Tyler Boyd is in play as a high-end WR2 with both Green and TE Tyler Eifert on the shelf in Week 16.
| Lamar Miller may sit tonight|
Expected to play Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2016, 8:30 am
|#Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle), who didn't practice this week, is iffy at best for tonight, sources say, He should be good for Week 17, tho (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Miller has been banged for some time now but has gutted through the last few weeks, often making multiple trips to the sidelines during games. If he's inactive in tonight's game against the Bengals, Alfred Blue, Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes should form a committee approach at running back.
| Jordan Reed out with shoulder injury|
Vernon Davis expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 24 2016, 8:15 am
|Washington TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) is out today vs Chicago, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kirk Cousins will be without his best weapon on Saturday against the Bears. Reed has played the last couple weeks but has been limited an ineffective. with Reed out, Vernon Davis will get the start and is a viable punt TE play.
| Matt Forte doubtful, knee shoulder injuries|
Bilal Powell, great play in Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 2:00 pm
|New York Jets running back Matt Forte is doubtful to play against the New England Patriots on Saturday because of knee and shoulder injuries. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: With Forte out, Bilal Powell becomes an easy RB1 even against the Patriots given the amount of volume he should see. Powell has racked up 61 touches in the last two weeks.
| Adrian Peterson out for Week 16|
McKinnon and Asiata to handle rushing load
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 1:30 pm
|After a one-game return, Adrian Peterson has been ruled out again. The Vikings running back will not play in Minnesota's Week 16 matchup against the Packers after aggravating a groin injury against the Colts. Peterson did not participate in practice all this week because of groin and knee ailments. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: With Peterson out, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle the rushing load against the Packers. Neither are recommended fantasy plays given the state of the Vikings running game.
| Tyler Eifert ruled out, A.J. Green questionable|
Bengals will be without star TE
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 23 2016, 1:00 pm
|In the wake of Friday’s star-studded injury report, the Bengals have no choice but to find out if the kids are OK with starting Will linebacker Vontaze Burfict and starting tight end Tyler Eifert ruled out for Saturday night’s game and wide receiver A.J. Green categorized as questionable despite having a full practice. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: C.J. Uzomah, who has missed the last five games with a calf injury will likely fill in for Eifert. A.J. Green is expected to play but check inactives tomorrow before inserting him into your lineup.
| Lamar Miller misses second straight practice|
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2016, 7:05 pm
|Lamar Miller did not practice in the portion open to the media for the 2nd day in a row Thursday. He "tweaked" his ankle at the end of Sunday's game. (Sarah Barshop on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Miller vowed to play through the injury earlier in the week, but consecutive missed practices leading into a Saturday game means owners need to consider other options. For as much as his season has been a slight disappointment, Miller has been a solid RB2 with a consistent workload. Alfred Blue would likely lead the backfield in touches against Cincinnati if Miller sits, although Akeem Hunt and Jonathan Grimes should also see some touches.
| Melvin Gordon likely out Week 16|
Farrow, Hillman expected to work in tandem again
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2016, 7:00 pm
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon isn't practicing today. Looks like he'll be ruled out for game Saturday against the Browns. RBs Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman to play. (Tom Krasovic on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: No surprise here, and it is fair to wonder if the Chargers will bother bringing him back for Week 17 either. Farrow disappointed in a plus-spot against Oakland last week, but he'll have the matchup of a lifetime in a game San Diego should control throughout. A case can even be made to play Hillman as a low-end flex in really deep leagues.
| No more clarity regarding Jordan Reed's status|
No practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Dec 22 2016, 6:55 pm
|HC Jay Gruden didn’t commit one way or the other when asked about Jordan Reed.
“He didn’t do much today, obviously. Did not participate today,” Gruden said. “So, I really don’t have anything to compare it to. Obviously, (the shoulder) still bothering him a little bit, and we’ll have to gauge it tomorrow before we leave.” (The Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Owners should plan on being without Reed again, as he clearly wasn't right in Week 15 before getting ejected on Monday night and will only have four full days of rest before facing the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Vernon Davis is probably the best replacement option owners have in most leagues, but it should be noted Chicago has been among the stingiest defenses against tight ends this season.
| A.J. Green says he's playing this week|
Missed last four games with hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 22 2016, 11:55 am
|The Bengals don’t have anything to play for, but A.J. Green wants to play anyway.
Their star wide receiver told reporters today he was healthy enough to play this week, via Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website.
Green has missed the last four games because of a hamstring injury. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Green will be difficult to trust during fantasy championship week given his layoff but he's got WR1 potential in a matchup against the Texans. Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell take a ding to their fantasy value.
| Melvin Gordon misses practice Wednesday|
Knee, hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2016, 3:00 pm
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) not practicing today. Yet to this week. Saturday would mark his second game missed to injuries. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gordon is dealing with knee and hip injuries. In his place last week, Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman combined for 24 touches and 87 total yards with no touchdowns against the Raiders. Even against the Browns, its going to be difficult to trust Farrow in a fantasy championship of DFS against.
| Jets aren't sure if Matt Forte will play|
Shoulder injury sustained last week
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2016, 2:15 pm
|Bowles isn't sure if Matt Forte will be available Saturday. Forte entered the Dolphins game with a knee injury. He sustained a shoulder injury in that game. At this point, Bowles hasn't ruled out anybody for Saturday's game in New England. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Forte had his snaps limited in Week 15 thanks to a knee injury and considering he picked up a shoulder injury last week as well, it's difficult to see him making a big impact against the Patriots this week. Expect to see Bilal Powell get the majority of touches out of the backfield for the Jets.
| Julio Jones back on the practice field|
Ran full speed but only in limited parts of the session
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 21 2016, 2:00 pm
|Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones moved closer to his return from a toe injury by joining full-speed drills in Wednesday's practice.
Jones has missed two straight games with a sprained toe. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Jones ran full speed but only in limited parts of the session.
"It was his first time back in a few weeks,: Shanahan said. "You don't want him to just take all the reps. We were being careful with him and hopefully he'll be able to go on Sunday." (Yahoo Sports)|
FFToday's Take: The Falcons actually play on Saturday in a great matchup against the Panthers. It sounds like Julio may be active this week but we should be better picture of his status after practice on Thursday.
| Darren Sproles (concussion) practicing Tuesday|
Eagles RB could be PPR factor in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 1:42 pm
|Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroCSN) on Twitter: "Allen Barbre, Big V, Darren Sproles, Jordan Matthews all at practice. #Eagles" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Darren Sproles would be a decent RB3/flex if he can play this week against the Giants. He'll still have to clear the NFL concussion protocol, but this is good news.
| Julio Jones to "participate some" in practice|
Falcons WR could return in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 1:39 pm
|Knox Bardeen (@knoxbardeen) on Twitter: "Jalen Collins and Julio Jones will "participate some" in practice today, per Dan Quinn. No official #Falcons injury report until Wednesday." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Looks like Julio Jones has a shot to play this week, even if his practice is limited. If not, Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson would get a bump in value. Stay tuned.
| Heyward-Bey is moving closer to return|
By: Jake Gordon | Dec 20 2016, 11:08 am
|Steelers receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has missed the past six games with a foot injury after getting hurt last month in the first meeting against the Ravens. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday Heyward-Bey ran in a straight line last week. He will attempt to move laterally this week as his rehabilitation continues. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: This is a good step for Darius Heyward-Bey as the Steelers continue to look for depth behind Antonio Brown. His return, however, may not be soon enough to make a fantasy impact with only two games left to play in the regular season.
|Blake Bortles still the Jags starter|
Interim coach Doug Marrone
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 9:48 am
|Jaguars interim HC Doug Marrone said Monday he would listen to the team’s coordinators for input along with his own adjustments, but emphasized that barring injury quarterback Blake Bortles will be the team’s starter against Tennessee and Indianapolis. (Florida Times-Union)|
FFToday's Take: While there will be changes to the Jaguars over the final two weeks of the season, it looks like a QB change won't be among them.
| Derek Carr and offense limited by finger injury|
Raiders HC says QB can't take snaps under center
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 20 2016, 9:45 am
|Derek Carr has taken every snap for the past three-and-a-half games out of either the shotgun or pistol formation since dislocating his right pinkie finger on a mistimed exchange from center Rodney Hudson.
FFToday's Take: Even if the finger is taped during games, he can't take snaps from directly under center, which is limiting the offense. It may seem like a small problem, but the NFL's convoluted offensive scheming requires a bevy of offensive looks to execute an effective game plan. The offense just doesn't look the same since the injury.
| Vereen re-injures triceps|
Same injury cost him nine games earlier this season
By: Doug Orth | Dec 19 2016, 6:40 pm
|HC Ben McAdoo on RB Shane Vereen: "Shane re-injured his triceps. It's unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was." (Art Stapleton on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Vereen only saw five touches in the two games he returned for, so he wasn't exactly being asked to take over his early-season role, which had him working as the lead back at times. He's likely to be placed on IR shortly. Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins will likely continue sharing work in his absence, but neither back should be expected to emerge as a fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.
|Texans make switch to Tom Savage|
Osweiler to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2016, 2:00 pm
|"It's a football decision," O'Brien said. "It's about what's best for the team.
You have to go with what's best for the team."
O'Brien said that Osweiler handled the news "like a professional," and understands he needs to stay ready and continue to prepare. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Brock Osweiler has been brutal this season sporting a 59.6 competition percentage while throwing 16 interceptions in 14 games. Tom Savage gave the offense some signs of life with 260 yards in three quarters of play. The Texans have the Bengals and Titans left on the schedule.
| Pryor wants to play through finger injury|
Torn ligament in his finger
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 19 2016, 10:00 am
|Terrelle Pryor suffered a torn ligament in his finger during Sunday's 33-13 loss to Buffalo and might need surgery to repair it. He will undergo an MRI and is getting a second opinion on the finger. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor wants to play through his finger injury but his status for the last two games remains uncertain. It would probably be the best for Pryor to sit out the final two games if he's at risk for further injury. We should get a better handle on his status later in the week.
| Theo Riddick to sit, Zach Zenner to play Week 15|
Dwayne Washington to get "lion's" share of carries versus Giants
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Dec 18 2016, 12:25 pm
|The Detroit Lions held out a sliver of hope Theo Riddick could play against the New York Giants, listing him as doubtful on Friday's injury report. But his injured wrist didn't show enough improvement over the weekend and the starting running back has been scratched from the lineup for a second consecutive week.
FFToday's Take: Running back Zach Zenner, who suffered a concussion during last weekend's win over the Bears, has cleared protocol and is active against the Giants. He's expected to back up rookie Dwayne Washington.
|Darren McFadden to be No.2 RB in Dallas|
Alfred Morris could be inactive
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2016, 8:00 am
|#Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is the team's No. 2 back today, taking carries from Alfred Morris, not Zeke Elliott. Morris could be inactive. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is somewhat a puzzling move considering Morris has performed well in the backup role behind Elliott. Zeke owners should considering McFadden on the waive just in case something happens to rookie in Week 15.
|Michael Floyd will not be active|
Did travel with the team
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 18 2016, 7:15 am
|New England WR Michael Floyd will not be active today vs. Denver, per source; his Patriots debut will have to wait. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The newest New England Patriot wide receiver did travel with the team but will not be active against the Broncos. Even if he plays in Week 16 against the Jets he will be hard to trust as his snaps will likely be limited.
| Matt Forte is active|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 17 2016, 7:00 pm
|For the #Jets, RB Matt Forte (knee) is officially active vs #Dolphins. Good news. He worked out pregame to be sure (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It doesn't make a lot of sense for Forte to be active given his knee injury last week and the Jets season circling the drain but nonetheless he's going to suit up against the Dolphins. It's hard to imagine Forte getting more snaps than Bilal Powell but this is certainly a ding to Powell's upside.
| Adrian Peterson says he's playing this weekend|
AP: "Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll"
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2016, 2:30 pm
|After three practices on his surgically-repaired knee, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he’s “ready to roll.”
Peterson said he’ll play Sunday against the Colts, his first game action since suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee Week 2, he told Dash Radio during an interview on Friday afternoon. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Interesting. It's tough to gauge how much Peterson will play and while he's definitely worth an add if he's available in your league, the Vikings run game has struggled this season. Peterson (31-50) averaged 1.6 yards per carry in his first two games this season.
| Julio Jones ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2016, 1:00 pm
|Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones (sprain toe) will not play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, coach Dan Quinn said on Friday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: While Jones is out, WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) is expected to play leaving Matt Ryan with Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson as his main weapons on the outside. Sanu and Gabriel are worth WR3 or Flex consideration.
| Darren Sproles out for Week 15|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 16 2016, 11:00 am
|Eagles RB Darren Sproles out Sunday vs. Ravens. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Sproles missing the game due to a concussion suffered last week, expect Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner to handle rushing duties. Mathews will have a difficult matchup going against a Ravens defense that's allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
| Falcons will try to "push" Julio Jones on Friday|
WR still not practicing
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2016, 7:40 pm
|Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) sat out practice for a second consecutive day Thursday and is questionable to play against the 49ers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Coach Dan Quinn said Jones participated in Thursday’s light walk-through session. The Falcons plan to have Jones “push it” Friday and will clear him to play when Jones is “able to explode pain-free,” Quinn said. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like he has a chance to play this week, but the Falcons will probably err on the side of caution if they have any doubts with the 49ers next up on the schedule. Jones will be an elite WR1 play if he goes, but Taylor Gabriel has been producing like a low-end WR1 for a while now and would be a solid start once again if Jones sits.
| Clay Matthews may require surgery after season|
Hasn't seen more than 29 snaps since injuring shoulder Week 12
By: Doug Orth | Dec 15 2016, 7:30 pm
|Clay Matthews’ separated left shoulder has turned him into a part-time player for the Green Bay Packers and while he hopes he will be able to do more each week, he believes it will be problematic for the rest of the season. And it may take surgery after the season to fix it. But for now, he plans to try to increase his workload as much as possible. He hasn’t played more than 29 snaps in a game since he was injured on Nov. 28 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’ll see a specialist, and he’ll let me know,” Matthews said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It would qualify as a surprise if he is able to ramp up his snaps much, as he admitted he "did a number" to his shoulder. The Packers D/ST does catch a break over the next two weeks, however, as Green Bay faces the Bears and Vikings.
|Patriots claim Michael Floyd off waivers|
Pats take flier on former Cardinal
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2016, 3:45 pm
|Source: the Patriots have claimed WR Michael Floyd off of waivers. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd is coming off a DUI arrest and release from the Cardinals. His play on the field has been questionable at best this season and its difficult to see him making a big impact for the Patriots especially over the next two weeks.
| Matt Forte to play Saturday night?|
Limited in practice Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2016, 2:15 pm
|Six players didn't practice today for the Jets, including CB Buster Skrine, RT Brent Qvale, LB Lorenzo Mauldin and DT Steve McLendon, who has been ruled out for Saturday night. Qvale will be a game-time decision. RB Matt Forte (knee) was limited; the sense is he will play. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Forte is dealing with a torn meniscus but the team is labeling Forte as a gametime decision. Even if he plays, its hard to imagine Forte getting the lead share of carries with Bilal Powell fully capable of handling a heavy load. The Jets and Dolphins play Saturday night so we should get a clearer picture of his true status on Friday.
| Brandon Marshall will be on pitch count|
Back and knee issues
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 15 2016, 2:15 pm
|Jets WR Brandon Marshall, banged up, said he will be on a "pitch count" on Saturday. He will sit out some plays. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Marshall is bothered by back and knee issues and is losing targets to Robby Anderson ever since Bryce Petty became the starting quarterback. As a result, it's difficult to trust Marshall as anything more than a Flex option against the Dolphins Saturday night.
| Cardinals release WR Michael Floyd|
By: Mike Krueger | Dec 14 2016, 2:15 pm
|David Johnson288/Michael_Floyd">Michael Floyd two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.
Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at a Scottsdale intersection early Monday morning, police said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd has flopped this season and has lost playing to Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson throughout the season. J.J. Nelson should see increased playing time although with Cardinals focusing on David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and TE Jermaine Gresham in the passing, Nelson is likely to be overvalued in Week 15.