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Injury Spence Ware practicing, Maclin sits
Chiefs RB passes concussion protocol
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2016, 12:30 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
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.
Injury James Starks on the practice field Wednesday
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 9 2016, 12:15 pm

Green Bay Packers
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.
Injury 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

Pittburgh Steelers
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

New Orleans
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.
Injury Spencer Ware still in concussion protocol
Sat out Week 9
By: Doug Orth | Nov 7 2016, 5:30 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
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

Washington Redskins
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.
Injury 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

Green Bay Packers
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

Denver Broncos
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.
Injury Jeremy Maclin could miss more time
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 12:15 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
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.
Injury Jacquizz Rodgers still in walking boot
Foot injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 11:45 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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.
Injury Fitzpatrick suffers MCL sprain
No decision on starting QB
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 7 2016, 11:30 am

New York Jets
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.
Injury Roethlisberger will start
Won't be 100 percent
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 11:35 am

Pittburgh Steelers
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.
Injury Gametime decision for Carlos Hyde
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 8:30 am

San Francisco
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.
Injury DeMarco Murray good to go
Toe injury shouldn't keep Murray off the field
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 8:15 am

Tennessee Titans
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.
Injury Roethlisberger a gametime decision
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 6 2016, 8:00 am

Pittburgh Steelers
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.
Injury Rex Ryan confident McCoy will play
Bills RB listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 5 2016, 12:30 pm

Buffalo Bills
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.
Injury Tight End Hunter Henry ruled out
Knee injury
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.
Injury Spencer Ware ruled out, West to start
Bishop Sankey expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 4 2016, 2:30 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
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.
Injury Cobb will be a game-time decision
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 4 2016, 11:00 am

Green Bay Packers
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.
Injury 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

San Francisco
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.
Injury Ty Montgomery expected to be Week 9 lead RB
James Starks, Jared Cook making progress
By: Doug Orth | Nov 3 2016, 8:05 pm

Green Bay Packers
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.
Injury 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.
Injury Jerick McKinnon returns to practice Thursday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 2:10 pm

Minnesota Vikings
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.
Injury Carlos Hyde still in non-contact jersey
Shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 2:00 pm

San Francisco
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.
Injury James Starks to practice on limited basis
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 11:45 am

Green Bay Packers
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.
Injury Steve Smith misses practice Thursday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 3 2016, 11:30 am

Baltimore Ravens
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

New York Jets
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. (AP Sports)

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.
Injury RB Dion Lewis may return Week 10
Returned to practice last week
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 2 2016, 6:15 pm

New England Patriots
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. (

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.
Injury Jacquizz Rodgers ruled out by Bucs
Foot injury leaves Bucs with RBBC
By: Jake Gordon | Nov 2 2016, 2:49 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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.
Injury Coleman, Tamme ruled out for Falcons
Devonta Freeman locked in as RB1
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2016, 1:15 pm

Atlanta Falcons
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.
Injury Nick Foles to start at QB for Chiefs
Alex Smith expected to return Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 2 2016, 1:00 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
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

Minnesota Vikings
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.
Injury Jamaal Charles headed to IR
May need another surgery on knee
By: Mike Krueger | Nov 1 2016, 5:30 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
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

Buffalo Bills
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

New York Jets
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.
Injury 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

Dallas Cowboys
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.'" (Twitter)

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

Chicgao Bears
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

Cleveland Browns
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.
Injury 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

Arizona Cardinals
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.