| Ladarius Green wants to return|
Played only six games in first year of four-year contract
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2017, 7:05 pm
|TE Ladarius Green wants to return to the Steelers in 2017 and isn't contemplating retirement despite suffering concussion-related issues with two different NFL teams. Green averaged 16.9 yards per catch for the Steelers before missing the last five games after taking a hit in Cincinnati in Week 15. Concussion protocol kept Green out of Sunday's 36-17 AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots.
"Frustrating season, but everybody has one. I hope it's the only one I have," Green said. "I'm going to go train as soon as I get home, and hopefully next season works out a lot better." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Green is a top-five NFL tight end in terms of talent, but his durability is a huge question mark. Regardless of whether he makes it through the spring and summer with no further injury issues, owners will probably be reluctant to invest anything more than a late-round pick into such an injury-plagued player in fantasy drafts. He'll be worth a flier if that is the case and can certainly be a TE1 in fantasy if he could ever put together a 16-game season.
|D-Jax a possibility for the Rams?|
LA has about $40 M in cap space
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2017, 6:55 pm
|The Rams enter the offseason with about $40 million in cap space and a desperate need -- once again -- to beef up at receiver. Alshon Jeffery is the major prize in free agency, and DeSean Jackson seems like a natural fit now that McVay, his former offensive coordinator with the Redskins, is with the Rams. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With a clear need for a top receiver and so much cap space, the Rams will almost certainly land a top free-agent receiver, especially considering they don't have a first-round pick. Jackson is supposedly interested in a return to Philadelphia and getting older, while Jeffery hasn't shown much durability, so getting either one may be a mixed blessing. Kenny Britt is coming off his first 1,000-yard season, but LA would probably only want him back if he is agreeable to be a No. 2 receiver.
|Jamie Collins lands huge extension with Browns|
Four-year deal worth $50 million, $26 M guaranteed
By: Doug Orth | Jan 23 2017, 6:50 pm
|The contract extension for Browns LB Jamie Collins: 4 years, $50M, source said. $26M in guarantees. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Collins was traded from New England around midseason in part because the Patriots knew he was going to land a big contract and in part because they didn't care for his freelancing ways. The Browns have the cap space, so he'll be worth the contract in their mind if he simply lives up to his immense potential in new DC Gregg Williams' attacking defense.
| Ladarius Green expected to sit|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2017, 8:45 am
|For the Steelers, LB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps) should be good to go, while TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) shouldn't be. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green was able to practice twice this week but just like the last four weeks he will sit on Sunday. Jesse James will serve as the Steelers tight end against the Patriots.
| Nelson, Adams expected to play for Pack|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2017, 8:30 am
|Green Bay Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison are all game-time decisions for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons but are expected to play, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has indicated some or all of the players will be evaluated in pregame workouts before a final determination is made. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We won't know for sure until gametime but it appears all three injured receivers could be active for today's game against the Falcons. Nelson will wear a Kevlar vest to protect his ribs. Given their status, it would be difficult for fantasy owners to trust anyone but Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and TE Jared Cook in the passing game.
| McCarthy speaks on Packers receivers|
All three have a chance to play
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2017, 12:30 pm
|On Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison: "All three of the receivers will be given every chance to play in the game," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "They have work to do particularly in the rehab. If we know tomorrow, we'll know tomorrow. If we know Sunday, we'll know Sunday. One or two of those guys are probably going to have to work out Sunday." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are shaping up to be gametime decisions. Nelson missed practice Friday with an illness.
|Paxton Lynch in mix for starting QB job|
Broncos leaving options open at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 20 2017, 9:00 am
|With a new head coach and a new offensive staff in place in Denver, the Broncos have an opportunity to go in a new direction. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the Broncos are prepared to give 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch a chance to win the starting job this offseason, and want to push him toward that goal. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: It makes sense for the new regime as Trevor Siemian proved to be a capable but not outstanding quarterback in 2016. There's been speculation that Tony Romo would like to play in Denver but there's been no indication that the Broncos are interested in the veteran QB.
|Rick Dennison set to become Bills' new OC|
Longtime Broncos OL coach/play-caller
By: Doug Orth | Jan 19 2017, 7:25 pm
|The Buffalo Bills have announced that the team has agreed to terms for Rick Dennison to become the team's offensive coordinator. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FFToday's Take: After flirting with Greg Olson initially, Buffalo lands a solid veteran play-caller in Dennison, who helped mold some of Denver's great offensive lines in the late 90s. He was the QB coach in Baltimore in 2014 when Tyrod Taylor was still Joe Flacco's backup, so perhaps Taylor will stick around after all. Dennison has been more of a run-oriented play-caller throughout his career, so LeSean McCoy owners should be fine with this hire.
|Raiders file paperwork to move to Las Vegas|
Owners (24-of-32) must approve move to become official
By: Doug Orth | Jan 19 2017, 2:10 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak told The Associated Press on Thursday that he learned from Raiders officials that the team was asking NFL owners to approve the move. (AP)|
FFToday's Take: The franchise returned to Oakland in 1995 but have been based in California since their inception in 1960. It seems only a matter of time before the Raiders will officially call Las Vegas home, which will be a sad day for one of the strongest and most unique fan bases in the league. The Raiders will reportedly continue to play in Oakland for at least the next two seasons, so there figures to be plenty of awkward moments in the meantime.
| Julio Jones misses second straight practice|
Expected to play in NFC Championship
By: Doug Orth | Jan 19 2017, 2:05 pm
|Julio Jones (toe) won't practice for the second consecutive day today but says he'll be ready to go Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Reports concerning Jones' progress throughout the week will be important to track. If active, Jones is expected to see a lot of Ladarius Gunter, who gave up the bulk of Dez Bryant's 9-132-2 line last week. A mostly healthy Jones could easily match that production.
| Shoulder surgery for Andrew Luck|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 19 2017, 10:00 am
|Andrew Luck recovering from successful outpatient surgery to fix right shoulder injury that had lingered since 2015. Will be ready for season! (Jim Irsay on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Further reports suggest that Luck will miss most of the off-season but should return to full throwing by mid-July. For now, fantasy can expect to be ready to go for Week 1. Luck was a top 5 fantasy quarterback in 2016.
| Davante Adams may not practice until Saturday|
Packers dealing with multiple WR injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2017, 2:00 pm
|What's the concern level for Packers WR Davante Adams and his left ankle injury? "We'll see," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I'm curious to see him move. I don't think he'll practice until Saturday." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers are dealing with multiple injuries to their receiving corps as Jordy Nelson (ribs), Geronimo Allison (hamstring) and Adams missed practice on Wednesday. Nelson did practice on a limited basis but it would be surprise if he plays this weekend.
|Texans to promote Mike Vrabel to DC|
Announcement follows promotion of Romeo Crennel to Assistant HC
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 18 2017, 10:19 am
|The Houston Texans are promoting linebackers coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Romeo Crennel, the Texans' defensive coordinator for the past three seasons, will stay with the team as assistant head coach. His contract as defensive coordinator was set to expire next Tuesday.
FFToday's Take: This marks another weird turn for a coaching staff coming off a division title. Houston was able to keep Romeo Crennel by offering him a promotion to Assistant HC and will now back fill the DC position with former Patriots linebacker, Mike Vrabel, who played under Crennel. The duo have done well keeping the Texans defense amongst the best in the league despite the absence of J.J. Watt for most of the 2016 season.
|49ers expected to offer Kyle Shanahan HC job|
Second interview coming after NFC Championship game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 18 2017, 8:31 am
|The San Francisco 49ers plan to offer their head-coaching job to Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan once Atlanta's season ends, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Shanahan is interested in the job but is currently focused on Sunday's NFC Championship Game. The Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Shanahan is expected to have interview number two with San Francisco next week. He's been the hottest name in head coaching circles for the last two weeks. Shanahan has been Atlanta's offensive coordinator the last two seasons and has been an offensive coordinator in the league since 2008.
| WR Chris Hogan avoids serious injury|
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 17 2017, 5:37 pm
|FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s good news on the Chris Hogan injury front. The Patriots receiver seems to have avoided a serious injury Saturday night, when he left New England’s 34-16 divisional-round win over the Houston Texans in the third quarter with a thigh injury.
“I’m feeling good,” Hogan said Tuesday. “I just had a little minor setback in the game, but I’m working back every single day and feeling better every day.”
FFToday's Take: Chris Hogan had four catches for 95 yards before being sidelined due to a thigh injury last week. He seems to be progressing with treatment and will likely be considered questionable entering this weekend's AFC Championship game. With fewer options available to fantasy owners this week, Hogan would be a flex consideration for DFS managers if cleared to play.
| Jordy Nelson has a small chance to play|
Will likely miss Championship game
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 17 2017, 11:30 am
|Jordy Nelson is still considered a bit of a long shot to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
According to a source, the Green Bay Packers receiver has a chance to play against the Atlanta Falcons, but it's only a small chance. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Nelson suffered broken ribs during the Wild Card game against the Giants and missed last week's game against the Cowboys. Without Nelson, The Packers receiving corps is in capable hands of Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, TE Jared Cook and rookie Geronimo Allison.
| Jordy Nelson uncertain to practice Wednesday|
Status for NFC Championship unknown
By: Doug Orth | Jan 16 2017, 7:15 pm
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy on WR Jordy Nelson: Not sure if he'll practice Wednesday but did workout today. (Packer Report)|
FFToday's Take: ESPN reported Sunday there was "legitimate hope" Nelson would be able to return for the NFC Championship game, but Nelson himself also said he would just like to get back to "normal breathing", suggesting he is more of a long shot to play against the Falcons. Until something more definitive comes out, owners should assume an injured Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison will be Green Bay's top receivers as the Pack tries to pull another upset.
| J.J. Watt ahead of schedule|
Recovering from surgically repaired back
By: Doug Orth | Jan 16 2017, 7:05 pm
|Texans star DE J.J. Watt is considered ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from back surgery to repair a herniated disc. He had a pair of procedures to address his back problems and was limited to three games this season, but is expected back for next season. Although it's unclear what type of activities Watt will be cleared to participate in this offseason, there's hope that he'll do some work during OTAs. Watt has been gaining weight back now that he's cleared to lift weights. He had gotten much lighter to reduce the strain on his back and hadn't been able to maintain his bulk during his initial convalescence. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Watt was seen doing some sprints prior to the Texans' Wild Card game win over the Raiders, so he's definitely on the right track. Houston finished No. 1 in total defense this season - an amazing feat without the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year - so a return to form by Watt could easily take this defense from great to dominant.
| Malcolm Mitchell expected to be inactive|
Pats WR listed as questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 14 2017, 8:30 am
|Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell, listed as questionable for tonight's Divisional Playoff with knee injury, will not play vs Texans, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Mitchell's knee injury will likely land him on the inactive list. Expect Michael Floyd and Danny Amendola to be active and fill the secondary receiver roles for the Patriots. Neither will be viable fantasy options.
| C.J. Prosise expected to be game-time decision|
Rookie RB was able to practice this week
By: Doug Orth | Jan 12 2017, 6:05 pm
|C.J. Prosise (fractured scapula) is "getting back" per (HC Pete) Carroll but will go all the way to game day. Made it through practice this week. (Liz Mathews on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: His return is a big deal for Seattle, which needs all the weapons it can get in a likely shootout in the Divisional Round with the Falcons. Atlanta has struggled against capable receiving backs all season and Prosise is certainly that and then some. If he is cleared for Saturday, don't hesitate investing a few DFS shares into him. If he can't play, expect a heavy does of Thomas Rawls with Marcel Reece getting a bit of work in the passing game.
|Sean McDermott takes over in Buffalo|
Ex-Panthers DC expected to have "shared say" over roster
By: Doug Orth | Jan 12 2017, 6:00 pm
|The Buffalo Bills ended their latest head-coaching search on Wednesday, agreeing to hire Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to succeed the fired Rex Ryan.
McDermott, 42, was one of four coaches to interview for the Bills' vacancy, along with interim coach Anthony Lynn, Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Although Lynn was long considered the front-runner, the Bills did well to land McDermott, who is expected to make Buffalo a 4-3 defense again. More importantly, the former Carolina defensive boss should be exactly the disciplinarian players such as Sammy Watkins asked for following the firing of Ryan. McDermott's got some work to do - such as figuring out who his quarterback will be - but the Bills should now be headed in the right direction.
|Rams name Sean McVay new head coach|
Washington OC to become youngest HC in modern NFL history
By: Doug Orth | Jan 12 2017, 5:45 pm
|A few hours after the Chargers officially declared their move to the City of Angels, the Rams followed that up Thursday by announcing Sean McVay as their new coach. McVay signed a five-year contract with the team, a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old former Redskins offensive coordinator turns 31 on January 24, making him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. He takes over the youthful title from Lane Kiffin, who was hired by the Raiders in 2007. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: McVay reportedly received glowing recommendations from Jon and Jay Gruden. Denver DC Wade Phillips is expected to come onboard shortly to serve as his defensive coordinator. McVay is credited with helping Kirk Cousins develop into a upper-level NFL quarterback and the Rams desperately hope he can work the same magic on 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. An equally pressing concerns is addressing the talent on the offensive line and at receiver.
|Chargers announce move to Los Angeles|
Chargers leave their 56-year home in San Diego
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2017, 12:05 pm
|"Today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers," Spanos wrote in a letter on the Chargers website. "L.A. is a remarkable place, and while we played our first season there in 1960 and have had fans there ever since, our entire organization knows that we have a tremendous amount of work to do." (Chargers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers will play their home games the next two seasons at the StubHub Center in Carson, California which holds 30,000 seats. The Chargers leave their 56-year home in San Diego and will join the Rams in the Los Angeles market.
| Blount misses practice again with illness|
Missed practice on Wednesday also
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 12 2017, 11:45 am
|Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is out of practice for the second day in a row.
Blount went to work this morning at Gillette Stadium but left before practice because of an illness, according to reporters on the scene. He missed practice yesterday as well. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: It's assumed Blount will be ready to go for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans but fantasy owners considering using the power back in daily formats need to keep an eye on his status. Should he play, he's a heavy favorite to find the endzone in a game the Patriots are favored by 15 points.
| Big Ben to test foot injury in practice|
Steelers QB expected to practice in full throughout week
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 11 2017, 12:29 pm
|PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walked with no noticeable limp three days after injuring his right foot in Sunday's AFC wild-card game. Roethlisberger is expected to get a full practice workload this week. Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers would monitor Roethlisberger's foot closely, but he doesn't anticipate any setbacks. (ESPN.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ben Roethlisberger is always dealing with some sort of ailment and always seems to play when the games matter most. Fantasy owners should be more concerned with the Kansas City defense. The Chiefs have only allowed two passing touchdowns over their past four games.
|Ezekiel Elliott uninjured in minor car crash|
Two-car accident in Fresno, TX
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 11 2017, 10:46 am
|Ezekiel Elliott had an eventful Wednesday morning on his way to work.
The Dallas Cowboys rookie running back was involved in a minor, two-car crash at 7:05 a.m. CST in Frisco, Texas, Frisco Police Dept. spokesman Benito Valdez confirmed to NFL.com.
No injuries were reported and both parties involved in the crash went on their way a short time later, Valdez said.
FFToday's Take: It looks like Ezekiel Elliot avoided injury and any infractions with the law. Fantasy owners should consider this a non-issue with the Cowboys gearing up to host the Packers on Sunday afternoon.
|Bills ready to take second look at Sean McDermott|
Buffalo continues search for Head Coach
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 11 2017, 1:00 am
|BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills will interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for the second time in a week in their head-coaching search.
A person with direct knowledge of the discussions says the meeting will take place on Wednesday
FFToday's Take: In giving Sean McDermott another interview it would seem that the Bills have narrowed their list of candidates and could look to name a successor to Rex Ryan ahead of the Super Bowl.
|Geronimo Allison facing marijuana charge |
Misdemeanor possession in early September
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 10 2017, 5:00 pm
|Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana last month after a traffic stop and subsequent arrest in early September. Allison was originally pulled over for speeding on Sept. 4, 2016 according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Journal Sentinel. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers are aware of this issue and it likely won't have any affect on Allison's availability for this week's game against the Cowboys. He should see a bigger role in the passing if Jordy Nelson (ribs) is out.
| Jordy Nelson suffered at least two fractured ribs|
HC: "It will take a tremendous effort for him to play."
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2017, 6:35 pm
|Jordy Nelson suffered at least two fractured ribs in their wild-card win over the Giants, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Rapoport adds it will take a tremendous effort for Nelson to play. Nelson spent Sunday night in the hospital after taking a vicious shot to the ribs from Giants CB Leon Hall in the first half of Green Bay's 38-13 win over New York. The All-Pro pass-catcher will work this week with the team's rehab group, per HC Mike McCarthy. If Nelson can practice successfully on Saturday, the Packers would consider playing him against Big D.
FFToday's Take: Owners should consider him highly unlikely to go. Randall Cobb exploded for a 5-116-3 line, while Davante Adams countered with 8-125-1, and both players will likely need to play at a high level against Dallas. Geronimo Allison will see the biggest increase in value, however, as he should assume the bulk of snaps created by Nelson's absence. He should be a low-cost, high-upside option in DFS.
|Doug Marrone named Jags HC|
Tom Coughlin to join team as executive vice president
By: Doug Orth | Jan 9 2017, 6:20 pm
|Doug Marrone, who finished the 2016 season as the Jaguars interim head coach, has accepted the team's full-time head coaching job, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday. The deal is expected to be finalized soon, Rapoport added. The team also is hiring Tom Coughlin, their first head coach, as the team's executive vice president. They also extended general manager Dave Caldwell's contract. All three contracts will run through 2019. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Marrone is the only coach to guide the Bills to a winning record since 2004, so maybe he deserves a shot here. It just feels like an uninspired choice for a team that theoretically has enough talent to make a move in the AFC South. There seems to be little question his backing of Blake Bortles was probably a key reason as to why he got the job. Whether or not Marrone can help improve Bortles' mechanics is another story.
| Ravens want to add another running back|
Looking for more big plays
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2017, 10:30 am
|Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West proved themselves this past season. He feels those running backs made names for themselves.
"We need another back," Harbaugh said. "What type of back that is? I think we’re talking about it. We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens are displeased with their running game the past two seasons and apparently Dixon didn't show enough this season to make them comfortable making him their franchise running back. Harbaugh did mention Buck Allen who was inactive the second half of the season. The Ravens could be looking to add a back in this year's draft.
| Ankle injury to Big Ben not considered serious|
Expected to play against Chiefs
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 9 2017, 10:00 am
|The Steelers quarterback arrived to his postgame news conference Sunday with a boot on his right foot following Pittsburgh's 30-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Wild Card Weekend. He said that he hurt his ankle on his second-to-last play of the win. After the game, Ben Roethlisberger underwent tests on his ankle, which confirmed the injury is not serious, sources informed of the injury told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Regardless of his ankle or shoulder injuries, Roethlisberger will be on the filed this Sunday against the Chiefs. His home/road splits are notable but he'll be a viable QB1 in daily formats.
| Steelers will be without Ladarius Green|
TE still in concussion prototcol
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 8 2017, 10:30 am
|Told no last minute surprise. Steelers' playmaking TE will be out. (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Once Ladarius Green missed practice on Friday we knew it was unlikely he'd suit up against Miami on Sunday. In his absence Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will handle the tight end duties.
|Carroll wants Rawls to get 20 touches|
Seahawks head coach talks up RB
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 7 2017, 10:15 am
|Rookie Alex Collins will see some action, but Carroll has made it clear that Thomas Rawls will be the primary back.
"He’s been ready for about four or five weeks, and we can really see that he can turn it around and count on his legs and count on his quicks and all that kind of stuff," Carroll said. "We haven’t gotten him the ball as consistently as we would like, and any runner needs to get the football to start to get a feel for it. "I hope, like I said last week -- I want him to get the ball 20 times this week. We’ll see what happens, we’ll see how the game goes. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Carroll routinely talks up his players and while it's nice that be would like to get his running back 20 touches, it's difficult for fantasy owners to put a lot of stock in his words. The matchup is decent but with Alex Collins likely to see action and Rawls being inefficient lately, its hard to trust him as anything more than a DFS tournament play.
| Ladarius Green remains in concussion protocol|
Missed practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 6 2017, 1:00 pm
|Ladarius Green did not practice Friday, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after practice Green is questionable for the AFC wild-card game Sunday afternoon against the Dolphins. "He's in the protocol," Tomlin said. "Part of the protocol is practice. He practiced yesterday. We didn't get the type of results we wanted. He remains in the protocol. His status for the game is questionable." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: After early week optimism, it appears that Green will miss the wildcard game against the Dolphins. He missed the final two regular season games as well. In his absence, Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will handle the tight end duties but neither is a recommended fantasy option.
|Lions open to letting Zenner be every-down RB|
Played 64 of 66 snaps in Week 17
By: Doug Orth | Jan 5 2017, 5:30 pm
|Zach Zenner played 64 of a possible 66 snaps in Week 17 and was the only running back to see time on offense. He ran for a career-high 69 yards and had another 41 yards receiving.
"Zenner’s in phenomenal shape," OC Jim Bob Cooter said. "As the game wore on, kind of felt like he could keep going and felt like it made sense for us to do that, hopefully kind of adjusting to a stance (that backs can't play 70 snaps) I made earlier in the week. So obviously my lack of playing competitive NFL running back hurt me there from a knowledge base ... who knows what could happen in the future. I’ll keep it open-ended." (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: The absence of Ameer Abdullah for most of the season and Theo Riddick recently has forced the Lions' hand somewhat, but it shouldn't be all that surprising a back that rushed for over 2,000 yards three times at the FCS level may be able to handle the rigors of full-time duty. Zenner has a difficult matchup this weekend in Seattle, but he's among the top five RB plays on the board.
|Giants to stick with RBBC|
Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings expected to split carries
By: Doug Orth | Jan 5 2017, 5:15 pm
|Giants OC Mike Sullivan says Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings complement each other well. Expect the Giants to use both a good amount. (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This makes perfect sense, as Jennings has 198 yards rushing on 66 carries since the start of December, while Perkins has 309 yards on 69 attempts over the same five-game stretch. A recent re-commitment to the running game has allowed the Giants to move up to 29th in the league in rushing, so it is fair to say owners should be shying away from this duo in playoff leagues anyway. This news just makes starting either one less attractive than it already was.
| Ladarius Green close to return|
Practiced on Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2017, 2:14 pm
|Tight end Ladarius Green, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a concussion, is one step closer to being cleared to return for the playoffs after going through a full practice with the rest of his Steelers teammates Wednesday. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers tight end needs to be cleared by an independent doctor but all signs point to him being back on the field this Sunday against the Dolphins. he'll be a top fantasy tight end option behind Jimmy Graham. WR Sammie Coates was also at practice Wednesday and should play as well.
| Tom Savage out for Wildcard game|
Brandon Weeden to backup Osweiler
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 4 2017, 2:00 pm
|Texans quarterback Tom Savage will not back up Brock Osweiler in Saturday's playoff game against the Oakland Raiders because he is still in the concussion protocol. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien named Osweiler the starter on Tuesday. Now, Brandon Weeden will be active as the backup quarterback Saturday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans will turn back to Osweiler who was benched for poor play just a couple weeks ago. Weeden has been active for just two games this season.
| Sam Bradford to remain starter next season?|
Teddy Bridgewater recovering from dislocated knee, torn ACL
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 4 2017, 10:54 am
|Should Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater not be able to play in 2017, Sam Bradford will be the team's starting quarterback.
Head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to make that clear on Tuesday. "I think Sam has played great this year, No. 1," Zimmer said, via Twincities.com. "I think he's earned the right to be the starting quarterback, and right now all I'm worried about is Teddy getting better ... Sam has done remarkable, the things he's done this year with all the things that he's had to do." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings have been happy with Sam Bradford and knowing he is under contract for 2017 will allow them to be patient with Teddy Bridgewater's recovery from knee surgery. Dynasty league owners should take note as Bridgewater's availability for the start of the 2017 campaign appears to be in question.