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Reed progresses to individual drills

Draft Sharks - 2 hours 59 min ago

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) took part in individual drills on Tuesday.  He had previously been limited to side work with trainers.  Reed is making progress and appears to have a chance to play against the Seahawks on Monday night.  Between that matchup and the hamstring, though, he'd be a risky fantasy start.

Tate back at practice

Draft Sharks - 3 hours 21 min ago

Browns RB Ben Tate returned to the practice field on Tuesday for the 1st time since injuring his knee in the opener.  He was wearing a brace while running through individual drills in the portion of practice open to the media.  Tate is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Titans and is expected to be reinserted into the starting lineup.  He figures to lose carries to rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, though, making him a low-end RB2.

Palmer not progressing as hoped

Draft Sharks - 3 hours 24 min ago

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer admitted to ESPN's Ed Werder that his injured shoulder hasn't progressed as much as he'd hoped.  Palmer was confident last week that he'd be back this Sunday, but he now seems no better than 50-50.  If Palmer does play, he'll be a risky fantasy start until we see that his arm strength is back.

McKinnon a "change-of-pace back"

Draft Sharks - 3 hours 27 min ago

The Vikings aren't ready to hand rookie Jerick McKinnon a featured role.  “I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” HC Mike Zimmer said. “I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.”  It's disappointing, but not surprising.  McKinnon is a raw rookie who still needs work in the passing game.  But even if the Vikings commit to getting him 12-15 touches per game, he can be an upside RB3 or flex for your fantasy team.  And we wouldn't be surprised if his role grows beyond that as the season moves along.

Decker avoided setback

Draft Sharks - 4 hours 54 min ago

Jets HC Rex Ryan confirmed that WR Eric Decker avoided a setback with his bum hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Lions.  "He feels better today than he did this time last week," Ryan said Monday.  Decker played 78% of the snaps and caught 4 of 10 targets against the Lions.  He's back to every-week WR3 status.

Jones will help in the red zone

Draft Sharks - 4 hours 58 min ago

The Bengals are expecting WR Marvin Jones, returning from his broken foot this week, to help in the red zone.  "We can't keep settling for field goals. At some point quickly that becomes critical," WRs coach James Urban said. "The natural inclination last year with Marv scoring touchdowns, hopefully that helps. The plays are there, we have the players to make the plays we just haven't made them the way we should. Hopefully Marv can help us."  Nine of Jones' 10 TDs last year came in the red zone.  He won't be a reliable fantasy option right away but could eventually emerge as an upside WR3.  And his return will boost QB Andy Dalton's fantasy stock.

Raiders fire Allen

Draft Sharks - 6 hours 34 min ago

The Raiders fired HC Dennis Allen late Monday night.  Oakland is off to an 0-4 start and went 8-28 in Allen's tenure.  OC Greg Olson, OL coach Tony Sparano and offensive assistant Al Saunders are considered the front-runners for the interim HC job.  Oakland's skill-position players are unlikely to be significantly affected by the change.

What's up with Chancellor's ankle?

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:24

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said last week that S Kam Chancellor might be dealing with ankle trouble all season.  But Carroll spoke more optimistically about the joint after his team returned to the field Monday following a Week 4 bye.  “It bothered him a lot in the San Diego game [Sept. 14],” Carroll said of Chancellor. “But he did a really good job against Denver [Sept. 21] and he looked fine [Monday]. We might be able to put that behind us. We hope so.”  Chancellor delivered 9 tackles, an INT and a forced fumble in that Denver game and will have enjoyed 2 weeks of rest before he faces Washington on Monday night.  We're certainly willing to play him in that rosy matchup while we wait to see if the ankle becomes a problem again.  Even the San Diego game ended with a solid 6 solo tackles for the Seattle SS.

Williams has high-ankle sprain

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:42

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams told fans at a charity event on Monday night that he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain.  That was our guess when a report this morning called Williams "week-to-week."  High-ankle sprains usually cost players 4+ weeks.  Carolina's bye doesn't come until Week 12.  Williams is droppable in shallower leagues.  We'll see if Jonathan Stewart (knee) is able to return this week.  If not, the Panthers will roll with RBs Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya.

Johnson has hip injury

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:36

Panthers DE Charles Johnson came away from Sunday's loss to the Ravens with a hip-flexor injury.  It's not yet clear how serious the issue is or whether it will cost him any game time.  We'll keep an eye on his status this week.  The Panthers D has struggled lately anyway and would only plunge further without its left DE on the field.

Panthers add Ogbonnaya

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:14

The Panthers have added RB Chris Ogbonnaya to their banged-up backfield.  Ogbonnaya was quietly solid for the Browns last year, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and catching 48 balls.  He figures to play mostly on passing downs if active this weekend.  It looks like Carolina will deploy a committee backfield with Ogbonnaya, Darrin Reaves and Fozzy Whitaker against the Bears if DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are both out.

Dobson and Thompkins inactive

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:10

The Patriots have deactivated both WR Aaron Dobson and WR Kenbrell Thompkins for tonight's game against the Chiefs.  They're both healthy scratches.  Thompkins has hauled in just 6 of 10 targets for 53 yards in 2 games.  Dobson was 1 of 2 for 13 yards in his lone appearance this year.  New England has only 3 WRs active tonight: Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola.

Charles active

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:00

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Patriots.  It's possible that his workload is scaled back a bit, but he's easily the top fantasy option among the RBs in this game.

Burfict expected back

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:55

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis said he expects OLB Vontaze Burfict to return to action this week following the team's Week 4 bye.  Burfict missed time each of the 1st 2 weeks with a concussion and a shoulder injury, and then sat out Week 3 with concussion symptoms.  A full return would obviously be good news for IDP owners.

Allen back with team, 'day-to-day'

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:48

Bears DE Jared Allen worked out with teammates and attended meetings Monday after sitting out Sunday's loss with pneumonia.  “He was working out,” HC Marc Trestman said, per ESPN Chicago. “It’s going to be day-to-day and we’ll see where he is on Wednesday. It was good to see him in the building, good to see him in all the meetings. He got some work in the weight room. That’s encouraging.”  The Bears are solid at DE even without Allen, but we'll see if IDP owners get him back for Sunday's trip to Carolina.

Locker expected back for Week 5

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:45

Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt said during his Monday press conference that he's optimistic about QB Jake Locker's chances of returning this week.  Locker missed Week 4 after hurting his throwing wrist the week before.  Even if he's ready to return, however, Locker did little the previous 2 weeks to make fantasy football owners feel comfortable about using him in Week 5 -- even in a decent matchup with Cleveland.

Bridgewater misses practice

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:41

Unsurprisingly, Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater missed practice Monday because of the ankle he sprained in Sunday's win over Atlanta.  The team only took the field today because of the short week to prepare for a Thursday night trip to Green Bay.  HC Mike Zimmer said he hopes Bridgewater will be ready for that game.  We'll see what the next 2 practice days have to say.  The Vikings also practiced without LB Chad Greenway and CB Captain Munnerlyn on Monday.

Carter day-to-day

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:31

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that LB Bruce Carter is day-to-day with the quad strain that forced him out of Sunday night's win over New Orleans.  That means we'll need to watch the practice reports this week to see if Carter will make it back for a Week 5 meeting with Houston.  He might prove a risky IDP option even if active.  The Texans have provided a slightly positive matchup for LB scoring so far.

Landry docked 4 games for PEDs

Draft Sharks - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:14

In possibly the most unsurprising league drug suspension ever, Colts S LaRon Landry will have to sit out 4 games for violating the PED policy.  It's not yet clear what Landry's violation entailed.  Fortunately for IDP owners, Landry hadn't been contributing much in the way of numbers.  His absence could raise the tackle ceiling for fellow S Mike Adams, who has been outperforming Landry in fantasy anyway.  The team website lists Sergio Brown as Landry's backup.  Brown last started a game -- 3, actually -- for the 2011 Patriots.

Vikings optimistic about early return from Rudolph

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:05

Underwent sports hernia surgery after Week 3

Mike Zimmer still feels like TE Kyle Rudolph out less than eight weeks from when hurt. That's why no injury with designation to return. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Rudolph admitted his injury had bothered him since early August and was given a 4-to-6 week timeline for recovery. As proof of Rudolph's upside when healthy, Jarius Wright ended up taking many of the slot snaps in Week 4 that Rudolph would have received. The Vikings' bye is in Week 10, which makes the following week a realistic return date. Any time before Week 11 should be considered a bonus.