| 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.
| Jerry Jones now hinting Dak Prescott is starter|
Cowboys owner finally admitting rookie is ahead of Tony Romo
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 1 2016, 11:15 am
|Jon Machota on Twitter: "Jerry Jones on what they'll do when Romo is healthy: 'You want to be very mindful of what you got going. Chemistry has to be recognized.'"
FFToday's Take: It makes plenty of sense to just come out and say that Dak Prescott is the starter going forward until there's a reason for a change. Tony Romo is still recovering from a serious back injury and Prescott is playing very well in his stead.
|Jordan Howard makes case for starting RB job|
Bears committee might be breaking down to workhorse role
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Nov 1 2016, 11:10 am
|Jordan Howard finished with 153 rushing yards on 26 carries with a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He also gained 49 yards on four receptions. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Jeremy Langford had just one catch and no carries, and Ka'Deem Carey wasn't much of factor. Following the team's Week 9 bye, Howard should remain the lead back.
|Patriots deal Jamie Collins to Cleveland|
New England receives compensatory third-round pick
By: Doug Orth | Oct 31 2016, 6:10 pm
|The Patriots traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a compensatory third-round pick on Monday.
The deal comes just one day before the NFL's trade deadline.
Collins, 27, had been a standout on the Patriots defense and was named to the Pro Bowl last season. He has 43 tackles, two interceptions a sack and a forced fumble so far this year. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: Former assistant Michael Lombardi suggested earlier Monday that Collins wasn't coming close to maximizing his unlimited potential in New England and was part of the reason the Patriots' defense hasn't played well as a whole in 2016. The Browns are risking a potential second-day pick by trading for a player who is going to be a free agent after the season, but he is a huge upgrade over Demario Davis and Chris Kirksey in the interim.
| Travis Benjamin battling PCL sprain|
Seeking second opinion after playing through pain for weeks
By: Doug Orth | Oct 31 2016, 5:55 pm
|Travis Benjamin, who has been battling a PCL sprain for weeks, is getting a second opinion, source said. Discomfort has continued. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin is still on track for a career-high 76 catches, but his effectiveness has waned in recent weeks as the injury has lingered and Tyrell Williams has emerged as the top receiver. Considering he is seeking a second opinion, it would be surprising to see him play this week. In such a scenario, Williams would become the clear lead receiver, while Dontrelle Inman and Griff Whalen would become more consistently involved.
|J.J. Nelson now a starter in Arizona|
Moves past Michael Floyd after two-score game in Week 8
By: Doug Orth | Oct 31 2016, 5:40 pm
|J.J. Nelson had a whale of a game for a backup on Sunday against the Panthers. So good, in fact, he’s now a starter.
The second-year wideout hauled in eight catches for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 30-20 loss to the Panthers, showing his talent as an intermediate receiver rather than just a deep threat. Nelson saw a lot of time because of hamstring injuries to John Brown and Michael Floyd, but coach Bruce Arians didn’t want him referred to as a fill-in.
“J.J. didn’t step in,” Arians said. “That’s his job right now, and somebody is going to have to take it back from him.” (azcardinals,com)|
FFToday's Take: It's hard to believe the 5-10, 160-pound Nelson has supplanted the 6-2, 220-pound Floyd, but the latter just has never done enough consistently and always seems to be battling injuries. Nelson is one of the fastest players in the NFL and has drawn 19 targets over the last two weeks, and he's probably the second-best receiver in Arizona at the moment with Brown fighting his own health issues. Much like a young DeSean Jackson, Nelson figures to be a boom/bust WR3 going forward.
|Packers dump Knile Davis|
Traded to Green Bay less than two weeks ago
By: Doug Orth | Oct 31 2016, 5:35 pm
|The Packers need running back help -- but they don't need Knile Davis. The team on Monday released the veteran runner less than two weeks after acquiring Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced. A source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo that the compensation conditions of the trade ultimately were not met, so the Packers will not have to give up anything to the Chiefs. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The fact Davis wasn't long for Green Bay isn't overly surprising, but the fact the team parted ways so quickly given its current running back situation makes it a bit more so. The move suggests the team must be confident both Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb will be ready for Week 9 and also feels good about James Starks making it back in another week or so. Davis should be able to latch onto another team (possibly even Kansas City), but he's going to remain well off the fantasy radar.
| Ankle injury may cost Jacquizz some time|
Antone Smith waiver wire priority
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2016, 11:00 am
|The Bucs, already with their top two running backs sidelined, might have lost starter Jacquizz Rodgers to a foot injury late in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Raiders.
"I don't think it's probably good," coach Dirk Koetter said after the game. "But I don't know for sure. It's something to do with his ankle." (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Peyton Barber and veteran Antone Smith are next up on the roster, with Smith handling most of work when Rodgers went down yesterday. Smith should be the favored waiver wire priority until we get a better handle on the Bucs RB rotation.
|RBBC in New Orleans?|
Tim Hightower earning more snaps
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2016, 10:45 am
|#Saints RB Tim Hightower earned more carries for next week's gm vs #49ers, per source. Said team has committee approach no matter starter (Britt McHenry on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tim Hightower touched the ball 27 times in Week 8 after Mark Ingram had fumbling issues. Obviously the RBBC is a drain on Ingram's value however both backs have a prime matchup in Week 9 against the 49ers.
|Andre Johnson to retire|
Following in Foster's footsteps
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 31 2016, 10:09 am
|Titans WR Andre Johnson is retiring today, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 35 year-old receiver has decided to hang it up after posting only 9 catches through six games in 2016. Johnson made his name in Houston delivering seven 1000-yard receiving seasons including three (2008,2009,2012) over 1500 yards. The Titans are piecing together their receiving corps with Tajae Sharpe, Rishard Matthews and Kendall Wright.
| Lamar Miller expected to be active|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 30 2016, 10:30 am
|Texans RB Lamar Miller will be active today against Detroit. He's been bothered by a shoulder injury. (John McClain on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Miller could be limited with his shoulder injury making him a risky play against the Lions. Alfred Blue could see more work. Miller is a risky RB2.
| Michael Floyd "uphill battle" to play |
John Brown expected to be active
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 30 2016, 8:15 am
|#AZCardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) is slated to play after a week out, source said, but WR Michael Floyd has an uphill battle to do so (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd has been battling a hamstring injury and didn't practice much this week. The Cardinals play early so we'll know his status an hour and a half before kickoff. Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson should make up the Cardinals receiving corps against the Panthers.
| Randall Cobb not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 30 2016, 8:00 am
|Packers' WR Randall Cobb is not expected to play Sunday vs. Falcons due to a hamstring injury, per source. Packers being careful with Cobb. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cobb's absence means Ty Montgomery and Davante Adams should see more opportunities against the Falcons. Both are worthy WR2 plays in a game with the highest total (52) on the board.
| Jerick McKinnon sits Saturday|
Asiata shaping up to be a RB2
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 29 2016, 11:45 am
|No Jerick McKinnon or Andrew Sendejo during start of today's practice. Wouldn't expect either to play. (Andrew Krammer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Matt Asiata is shaping as a RB2 on Monday night against the Bears if McKinnon isn't able to play. The Vikings will release their injury report later today so we should get a better idea of McKinnon's status then.
| Jamaal Charles ruled out for Week 8|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2016, 2:30 pm
|Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Jamaal Charles will miss Sunday's game with knee issues. (Terez Paylor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Charles has experienced swelling in his knee last week and with Andy Reid playing it safe with Charles up to this point, it's not surprising Charles will miss Week 8. Spencer Ware will continue his role as the lead back in the Chiefs offense with Charcandrick West filling a backup role.
| McCoy doubtful, Gillislee expected to start|
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2016, 12:30 pm
|Bills running back LeSean McCoy didn't practice all week after aggravating his hamstring injury in last Sunday's loss at Miami and is officially listed as doubtful to play this week against the Patriots.
"Obviously he never practiced," Rex Ryan said, "so I think you guys can figure that out." (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Mike Gillislee is expected to get the start and is on the RB2 radar in Week 8 against the Patriots. Reggie Bush and rookie Jonathan Williams will fill backup roles. The Patriots have given up 2 rushing TDs to running backs this season.
| Matt Jones misses practice Friday|
Rob Kelley expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Oct 28 2016, 10:00 am
|Josh Norman has his helmet on, participating in the team portion of this light practice. Same for TE Jordan Reed. RB Matt Jones a no-go. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Jones is going to sit this week leaving the running back duties to Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson. Thompson is the preferred option in PPR leagues with Kelley handling early-down work. RB Mack Brown has been activated from the practice squad.