| Carlos Hyde's status still in question|
Wearing non-contact jersey Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 10 2016, 2:00 pm
|As he has for the last several days, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde took non-contact reps with the offensive unit Thursday but it still remains to be seen if he’ll be active and available for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers have said they'll likely make a decision on Hyde's status on Saturday. If he sits, DuJuan Harris would likely lead the team in running back touches. Arizona has been better than average against fantasy running backs making Harris only a Flex play option in Week 10.
| Jets' Fitzpatrick optimistic about playing|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 5:56 pm
|FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he is ''definitely optimistic'' that he'll be able to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams despite having a sprained left knee. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't thrown multiple touchdown passes in a single game since Week 1 (when he was healthy) so don't expect much improvement if his mobility is compromised. 2015 fourth rounder Bryce Petty would be in line for the start if Fitzpatrick isn't given medical clearance. The whole situation puts a damper on the fantasy prospects for Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and the rest of the Jets' pass catchers.
| Bucs RB Doug Martin returns to practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 5:30 pm
|Doug Martin returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in Week 2.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told reporters that Martin was limited in Wednesday's practice session, but he wouldn't speculate on whether Martin would be available to play against the Chicago Bears this week.
FFToday's Take: Tampa Bay desperately needs a healthy running back after the team lost Antone Smith to injury last week. Unless Doug Martin is able to fully participate on Friday the Bucs will turn to Peyton Barber and Mike James to handle the rushing duties versus the Bears in Week 10. Even if Martin is cleared, he may be on a snap count so keep a close eye on his progress as the weekend approaches.
| Mike Evans practices, on track to play Sunday|
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 5:09 pm
|The Bucs also had Mike Evans back at practice today, participating fully after suffering a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. He should be good to go for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. (SB Nation)|
FFToday's Take: Although he missed practice earlier in the week it looks like Mike Evans' fantasy owners can breathe easier knowing he is likely to be available against Chicago's weak pass defense. Chicago has given up the third most points to fantasy wide receivers this year making Evans a sure-fire WR1 for Week 10.
| Will Fuller back practicing for Texans|
Left last week with knee and hamstring injuries
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 9 2016, 2:58 pm
|Texans rookie wide receiver Will Fuller returned to practice Wednesday, an encouraging sign about his status for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The first-round draft pick from Notre Dame left the Texans' game against the Detroit Lions and didn't return. He has dealt with knee and hamstring injuries.
FFToday's Take: Will Fuller has seen his fantasy stock plummet in recent weeks and is now coming off lower body injuries that may impact his deep play potential. If healthy he'll start opposite DeAndre Hopkins but he's a very risky flex option for Week 10. If Fuller isn't up to full speed by the end of the week, Braxton Miller would see a nice boost in fantasy value this week. Miller has moved into third on the depth chart with Jaelen Strong sidelined with an ankle injury.
| Spence Ware practicing, Maclin sits|
Chiefs RB passes concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2016, 12:30 pm
|Spencer Ware is making progress in his recovery from a concussion. He’s set to practice on Wednesday, which should put him on track to return to the lineup in Carolina this weekend.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will not be joining Ware on the practice field. Maclin aggravated a groin injury last Sunday and left the game after playing two snaps. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Ware is expected to play this week against Carolina and should see the bulk of the work with Charcandrick West filling the backup role. Maclin is a longshot to play, leaving Alex Smith with Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley as his top three weapons.
| James Starks on the practice field Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2016, 12:15 pm
|Sounds like James Starks and Jared Cook have a chance to play this week at Tennessee. "James is going to practice (today), we'll see it goes. Same with Jared," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're going to put them in the limited category, but we're going to cut them loose today." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: How Starks responds on Thursday will be key for his availability on Sunday against the Titans. The Packers have all but abandoned the running game since losing Starks and Eddie Lacy to injury. If Starks does return Sunday, he'll be tough to trust as a Flex option given how well Ty Montgomery has performed.
| Ladarius Green has chance to play Sunday|
Steelers TE could see first action of 2016 against the Cowboys
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 8 2016, 2:05 pm
|Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) on Twitter: "Good news for Steelers: TE Ladarius Green and LB Bud Dupree have a chance to play this week" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green isn't a must-own by any stretch, but he's the kind of talent who could shake up the TE ranks and provide a spark during the final third of the season and the fantasy playoffs. He'll be behind Jesse James with a chance to supplant him as the go-to passing TE.
|Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower will split carries|
Saints plan to keep both backs involved moving forward
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 8 2016, 2:00 pm
|Mark Ingram finally made his way off the bench three series into Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, one week after he was demoted for fumbling for the second game in a row. Now, after a big game from both, Ingram and Tim Hightower will share the load moving forward, according to Saints coaches. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like the Saints will stay committed to the run on Sunday as they have for the past two games -- especially since Denver has the NFL’s No. 1 passing defense., so both make intriguing fantasy plays.
| Spencer Ware still in concussion protocol|
Sat out Week 9
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:30 pm
|As far as HC Andy Reid knows right now, Spencer Ware hasn't passed concussion protocol. (BJ Kissel on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While this news doesn't mean the same thing on a Monday as it would on a Friday, it is still a bad sign for his Week 10 status most non-regularly concussed players seem to be able to pass protocol in about a week, although each case is obviously different. Charcandrick West certainly didn't make any move on making the backfield a two-man show with a disappointing effort versus the Jaguars, so Ware will almost certainly return to fantasy RB1 status once he is cleared.
|Rob Kelley passes Matt Jones on depth chart|
HC: Jones "will have to earn his way back"
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:20 pm
|HC Jay Gruden says for now he thinks Rob Kelley to will get bulk of carries and Matt Jones "will have to earn his way back". (Mike Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While Jones hasn't exactly helped himself with his ball security issues, Gruden has shown virtually no allegiance to one running back since arriving in Washington. It's hard to believe that won't continue, and Kelley will have his work cut out for him against Minnesota and Green Bay the next two weeks. Consider Kelley and Chris Thompson low-end flexes for now, while Jones should be benched in deeper leagues and dropped in shallow leagues.
| Ty Montgomery was on snap count Week 9|
Limited to 10 touches and 31 snaps in loss to Colts
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:15 pm
|HC Mike McCarthy: We had (Ty Montgomery) on a rep count and rightfully so. We like the way he played. (Packers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery missed Week 8 with complications brought on by his sickle-cell trait, but it is hard to imagine why that was enough of a reason for McCarthy to keep their most effective offensive player limited to 31 snaps. Sickle-cell trait has only dramatically affected athletes in high altitude or extreme cold to this point, neither of which was in play Sunday. With James Starks expected back soon, it is unclear how much longer Montgomery will remain Green Bay's "lead back".
|Devontae Booker losing grip on starting job?|
Beat writer suggests Kapri Bibbs could get Week 10 nod
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:05 pm
|RB Devontae Booker took 46-of-56 offensive snaps vs. OA;. Kapri Bibbs had 9. Ratio figures to change in Bibbs' favor vs. NO. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Booker could go from a rookie poised to overtake a veteran (C.J. Anderson) who signed a four-year contract in the offseason about two weeks ago to playing behind an undrafted free agent who has spent two-plus years on the practice squad. It's a bit early to jump to conclusions for Week 10, but if HC Gary Kubiak is willing to put the starting job on the line this week and Bibbs gets the first crack at the Saints' run defense, he could keep the job for a bit.
| Jeremy Maclin could miss more time|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 12:15 pm
|Reid said Maclin could conceivably miss more time with the groin injury, but he is day to day. (Terez Paylor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin came into Week 9 with a groin injury and couldn't make it out of the first quarter. While Andy Reid didn't say so, reading between the lines it sounds like Maclin will likely miss Week 10 against the Panthers. Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley would be the top receiving options for Alex Smith if Maclin sits.
| Jacquizz Rodgers still in walking boot|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 11:45 am
|No word on Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers' foot injury, but he's still wearing a walking boot in locker room today, eight days after his injury. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bucs have cycled through a number of running backs this season with Doug Martinm, Charles Sims and Rodgers all suffering significant injuries. It could be the Peyton Barber show in Week 10 against the Bears. If so, he'll be on the RB2 radar.
| Fitzpatrick suffers MCL sprain|
No decision on starting QB
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 11:30 am
|Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick sprained his MCL in Sunday vs. Miami, per source. Injury not considered serious, but could impact Jets QB decision. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick was replaced by Bryce Petty for a short period before returning to action. The Jets have yet to name a starting quarterback for Week 10, but neither Fitzpatrick or Petty would be a recommended play against the Rams.
| Roethlisberger will start|
Won't be 100 percent
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 11:35 am
|Steelers confirm Ben will start. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger is going to give it a go. He's an obvious upgrade for Antonio Brown and the Steelers offense as long as he is in the game. He's had a notable history of not playing his best in games returning from injury.
| Gametime decision for Carlos Hyde|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 8:30 am
|49ers expect RB Carlos Hyde's status to be a pre-game decision, but it does not sound promising that he will be active, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hyde has been on the wrong side of the questionable tag all week and it seems to be a longshot for him to suit up. If the doesn't play, we could see a three-man committee of DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn at running back for the 49ers with Harris having the most fantasy value.
| DeMarco Murray good to go|
Toe injury shouldn't keep Murray off the field
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 8:15 am
|Titans RB DeMarco Murray is good to go vs. Chargers despite foot injury that limited some practice time this week, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Murray injured his toe in last week's game but should suit up an play today against the Chargers after practicing Thursday and Friday. There's some concern that Derrick Henry could eat into Murray's workload this week after the rookie posted 97 total yards and a TD against the Jaguars.
| Roethlisberger a gametime decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 8:00 am
|Steelers have not yet decided which QB will start Sunday at Baltimore, per league sources. It is expected to be "a true gameday decision." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger has been limited in practice this week but the prevailing wisdom is that he will play today against Baltimore. Luckily, the Steelers-Ravens game is an early kickoff so we should know the QB's status soon.
| Rex Ryan confident McCoy will play|
Bills RB listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2016, 12:30 pm
|Rex Ryan says he's confident LeSean McCoy will play Monday night in Seattle. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McCoy was able to practice this week on a limited basis and it sounds like he'll be a go for Monday night. The Seahawks don't provide a stellar matchup but McCoy should be in line for 20 touches making him a solid RB2.
| Tight End Hunter Henry ruled out|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 4 2016, 3:00 pm
|Credit rookie Hunter Henry for playing through a knee injury last Sunday in Denver. It is serious enough to sideline him now. The Chargers tight end missed his third straight practice Friday and will not play Sunday. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: With Henry out and Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin nicked up, Antonio Gates could be used a bit more this week against the Titans. He'll be a sneaky DFS play with a better than average chance at a touchdown.
| Spencer Ware ruled out, West to start|
Bishop Sankey expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 4 2016, 2:30 pm
|Running back Spencer Ware, the Kansas City Chiefs' leading rusher, has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a concussion. The Chiefs will go with Charcandrick West as their main featured back against the Jaguars. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: West is locked in as the Chiefs main ball carrier this week. Newly signed Bishop Sankey will be the No.2 back as practice squad player Darrin Reaves suffered a groin injury this week. West has RB1 value against the Jags and should be a wildly popular play in DFS.
| Cobb will be a game-time decision|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 4 2016, 11:00 am
|Randall Cobb looks like a bigger question mark than Ty Montgomery to play Sunday against the Colts. "Ty's looking good," coach Mike McCarthy said. But he added that Cobb will be a game-time decision. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb has been limited in practice this week and making matters worse for fantasy owners, the Packers and Colts play late afternoon on Sunday. It sounds like Cobb is on the wrong side of the questionable tag so Cobb owners should have plan B in place. WR/RB Ty Montgomery is expected to play.
| Carlos Hyde dealing with sprained AC joint|
RB still sore and unsure about Week 9 status
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2016, 8:15 pm
|Carlos Hyde indicated he has sprained AC joint; he's still sore and doesn't know if he'll play Sunday. (Eric Branch on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sprained AC joints tend to lead to multi-week absences, so it is likely San Francisco's Week 8 bye didn't give him enough time to heal. OC Curtis Modkins stated earlier in the week that he felt DuJuan Harris "earned more opportunities" after posting 57 total yards on 13 touches in Week 7, so he should be the target for desperate Hyde owners looking for a handcuff. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn will also steal snaps if Hyde misses this week, making all three backs low-end options at best.
| Ty Montgomery expected to be Week 9 lead RB|
James Starks, Jared Cook making progress
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2016, 8:05 pm
|RB James Starks and TE Jared Cook made their return to practice Thursday, taking part in some individual drills at the start of the workout. While their return signals they are making progress toward a return, it's unlikely it would happen this week against Indianapolis.
Also, working extensively was WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness). He didn't appear to be slowed at all and worked with the running backs in all their individual drills. Assuming he's cleared to play, Montgomery will probably be the lead running back Sunday with Don Jackson and fullback Aaron Ripkowski also seeing action in the backfield. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: Montgomery could conceivably be the lead runner in Green Bay for the rest of the season based on how Starks played prior to his injury. As for now, Montgomery warrants WR2/RB2 consideration (assuming he has dual eligibility), especially in PPR leagues. If Starks returns to a starting job, he'll likely be a low-end flex option, while Cook will be in the TE2 discussion.
| Host of Chargers miss practice Thursday|
WR Tyrell Williams, WR Travis Benjamin, TE Hunter Henry all sit
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2016, 2:30 pm
|Chargers not practicing in early session include TE Henry, LB Perryman, LB Brown, CB Mager, WR Benjamin, WR Tyrell Williams. (Tom Krasovic on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers are in a good spot, facing a middling Titans pass defense but we'll have to wait until Friday to get a better handle on who will suit up. For now, it appears Travis Benjamin is the most likely to sit. Antonio Gates would have increased value if Hunter Henry sits.
| Jerick McKinnon returns to practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 2:10 pm
|Jerick McKinnon (ankle) returned to practice today for the Vikings (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings have been woeful on offense the last two weeks so any help in the running game would be appreciated. The Lions have been decent against fantasy running backs allowing just one rushing touchdown this season.
| Carlos Hyde still in non-contact jersey|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 2:00 pm
|Kelly: Carlos Hyde is still in non-contact jersey, hasn't taken any hits on shoulder. Sunday status TBD, will monitor end of week. (49ers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Coming off a bye, most expected Hyde to be ready for Week 9 but as of Thursday his status is in doubt. This may be gamesmanship by the 49ers but Hyde owners should have plan B in place. DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn are next up on the depth chart.
| James Starks to practice on limited basis|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 11:45 am
|HC Mike McCarthy: RB James Starks (knee) will practice on a limited basis today. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Starks hasn't played since injuring his knee in Week 5. His availability is still in question for Week 9 but given the state of the running back position in Green Bay, he's worth a speculative add in preparation for Week 10.
| Steve Smith misses practice Thursday|
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 11:30 am
|Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. didn't practice Thursday, which puts his availability in doubt for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Smith hasn't been on the field since injuring his ankle on Oct. 9. He would likely need more than one day of practice to get ready to play a game again. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Smith hasn't played since Week 5 and it appears he will miss this week's game against the Steelers leaving WR duties to Mike Wallace, Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman. TE Dennis Pitta gets a slight bump in value with Smith out.
|Jets sign C.J. Spiller|
New York waives Knile Davis a day after claiming him off waivers
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 2 2016, 9:07 pm
|FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets hope C.J. Spiller can help boost their backfield with some speed and versatility.
The veteran running back was officially signed Wednesday, and the Jets waived running back Knile Davis a day after claiming him off waivers.
FFToday's Take: After being jettisoned by the Seahawks, C.J. Spiller will add some much needed depth behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Meanwhile, Knile Davis's fantasy prospects are back on the decline after being let go by two teams in one week.
| RB Dion Lewis may return Week 10|
Returned to practice last week
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 2 2016, 6:15 pm
|The New England Patriots are holding out hope that running back Dion Lewis will be ready to re-join the backfield rotation for next week's showdown with the Seattle Seahawks, the Boston Herald reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: This is great news for anyone who stashed away Dion Lewis. However, it will be tough for fantasy owners to gauge not only how effective Lewis can be after his second knee surgery but also how many touches he will receive in a backfield that already features LeGarrette Blount and James White. Lewis averaged 12.1 fantasy points per game when healthy last season.
| Jacquizz Rodgers ruled out by Bucs|
Foot injury leaves Bucs with RBBC
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 2 2016, 2:49 pm
|The Buccaneers won’t have Jacquizz Rodgers in the lineup against the Falcons on Thursday night.
Rodgers injured his foot in last Sunday’s loss to the Raiders and there was enough concern about his condition that the Bucs moved quickly to bring Mike James back into the organization. Rodgers was ruled out with the release of the Buccaneers’ official injury report for the NFC South matchup.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: After losing their top three running backs, Tampa Bay heads into Thursday night hoping that Peyton Barber, Antone Smith and Mike James can form a productive RBBC. Both Barber and Smith received touches last week and would likely split the bulk of the workload Week 9.
| Coleman, Tamme ruled out for Falcons|
Devonta Freeman locked in as RB1
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2016, 1:15 pm
|Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, defensive end Dwight Freeney and tight end Jacob Tamme were all declared out for Thursday night’s game against Tampa Bay by the team on Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Coleman will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury leaving Devonta Freeman and Terron Ward to handle running back duties. Freeman should handle 70 percent of the RB workload Thursday against the Bucs. Rookie Austin Hooper will start at TE.
| Nick Foles to start at QB for Chiefs|
Alex Smith expected to return Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2016, 1:00 pm
|Coach Reid confirms that Nick Foles will start at QB Sunday vs. Jacksonville. (Chiefs on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Alex Smith was knocked out of Week 8 twice going through concussion protocol both times. He passed and would likely be cleared to play this week but the Chiefs will take a cautious approach and go with Foles this week against the Jaguars. Foles will be on the QB2 radar.
|Pat Shurmur in as Vikes OC, Norv Turner out|
Vikings make switch at offensive coordinator
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2016, 10:30 am
|Vikings announce Pat Shurmur will assume the duties as Interim Offensive Coordinator effective immediately. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's unclear why Norv Turner resigned today but the Vikes have struggled the last two weeks on offense registering 10 points against the Bears and Eagles the last two weeks. Given the injuries to the offensive line and injury to Adrian Peterson it's unlikely the offense is going to get out their funk.
| Jamaal Charles headed to IR|
May need another surgery on knee
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2016, 5:30 pm
|The Chiefs on Tuesday placed running back Jamaal Charles on injured reserve, a league source told ESPN's Field Yates.
Charles has had soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
The move to IR means he will miss at least eight weeks. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Charles missed last week's game after suffering a setback in Week 7. He was scheduled to see Dr. Andrews today. Charles can be dropped in redraft leagues as the Chiefs will move forward with Spencer Ware (concussion) and Charcandrick West. Ware isn't expected to play this week and the team is signed Bishop Sankey from the Packers practice squad.
|Percy Harvin signs with Bills|
WR emerges from retirement to ink one-year, $1.5M deal
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 1 2016, 11:22 am
|Sports agent Greg Barnett on Twitter: "My client Percy Harvin has come out of retirement to sign with the Buffalo Bills for the remainder of the season!" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. If this were 2011, the Bills would be looking stacked with LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush and now Harvin, who will be getting around $1 million prorated. Harvin finished 2015 on IR and mulled a comeback before retiring. He's 28 years old and hasn't been fantasy relevant in years, so he's probably left on the waiver wire until he gets in some games and we see what he can do.
|Jets might cut Darrelle Revis in 2017|
Once-great CB declining -- and due a whopping $15 million next season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 1 2016, 11:17 am
|Rich Cimini on ESPN: "Once considered a transcendent talent at cornerback, Darrelle Revis' play has deteriorated to the point that the Jets may skip the switch to safety and simply release him after the season." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Revis is due to make $15 million in 2017, including a $2 million roster bonus on the second day of the league year in March -- a deadline that will force the Jets (and Revis) to make a decision. At this point, the Jets are a team to target with opposing QBs and WRs.