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Johnson placed on IR-designated-for-return

Draft Sharks - 3 hours 53 min ago

The Cardinals have placed RB Chris Johnson (leg) on IR-designated-for-return.  He's not eligible to play unless Arizona makes the Super Bowl.  The Cardinals will move forward with RBs David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams.  RB Andre Ellington is week-to-week with turf toe.

Patriots issue statement on Gronk

Draft Sharks - 3 hours 56 min ago

The Patriots issued a typically vague statement on TE Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday. Here it is: "During Sunday night’s game, Rob Gronkowski sustained a bone bruise/sprain of his right knee. His status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis and listed accordingly on the practice participation and injury reports. There is no timetable for his readiness to return, which will be determined in the days or hours prior to the appropriate game. Any timetable reported prior to that final determination would be speculative."  There's no new information here and no specific target date for Gronkowski's return.  The latest reports from the media have him expected to miss 1-2 weeks.  We'll continue to track his status.

Gore 'beat to crap'

Draft Sharks - 5 hours 19 min ago

Colts HC Chuck Pagano didn't exactly have encouraging words Monday night for anyone who owns RB Frank Gore in fantasy: “He’s beat to crap. He’s like everybody else. He took some shots (against the Buccaneers). But he’s a warrior. He’s a tough son of a gun and he finds a way to get himself right by Sunday and he’ll be right come Sunday night (at Pittsburgh) and we’re going to need him.” This seems like a bit more than the usual "everyone's hurt by this point in the season" stuff, especially when you consider that Gore has finished 4 straight games with less than 3.3 yards per carry. That included season-low efficiency in his 34-yard Week 11 at Atlanta and then a new low with 24 yards on 19 carries against the Bucs on Sunday. Gore will remain the feature back in Indy, which keeps him in fantasy-starter territory amid a tattered RB landscape. But his ceiling looks a lot lower now than it did just a few weeks ago. And if Ben Roethlisberger's ready for Sunday night's game in Pittsburgh, then we'd bet on game flow working against the Colts running the ball as well.

Collins plans to play Week 13

Draft Sharks - 5 hours 30 min ago

Patriots LB Jamie Collins plans to play against the Eagles this Sunday, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. Collins missed the past 4 games with a still-unspecified illness, but he did return to practice Friday before the Denver trip. It's not clear how big a role he'll take on right away -- and we're talking about the Patriots, so it probably won't be clear before Sunday afternoon's kickoff. That adds risk to Collins' IDP profile. But he's a top-10 fantasy LB when playing full time. So he'll make sense at least in LB3 range, unless we do hear some specifics on his role in the meantime.

McCown done for year with broken collarbone

Draft Sharks - 6 hours 26 min ago

Browns QB Josh McCown broke his collarbone in Monday night's loss to the Ravens and is done for the season, HC Mike Pettine announced.  All things considered, McCown was impressive this year, completing 63.7% of his passes with 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs.  He couldn't stay healthy, though, and turns 37 next July.  McCown clearly isn't Cleveland's QB of the future, although he is signed for 2 more years.  Pettine refused to say on Tuesday whether Johnny Manziel or Austin Davis will start this weekend's game against the Bengals.

Ertz practices Tuesday

Draft Sharks - 8 hours 30 min ago

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) practiced on Tuesday.  He also practiced last Wednesday before missing the Thanksgiving loss to the Lions.  Ertz seems to be on track to return for this weekend's game against the Patriots.  New England ranks 4th in fantasy points allowed to TEs, but volume could make Ertz a low-end fantasy option.

Tomlin: Roethlisberger does have a concussion

Draft Sharks - 9 hours 2 min ago

Just a couple of hours after Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he didn't sustain a concussion in last week's loss to the Seahawks, HC Mike Tomlin said his QB is in the concussion protocol.  This has been a wacky situation from the start.  We'll just have to keep an eye on Big Ben's practice participation this week.  We're still tentatively expecting him to play against the Colts on Sunday night.

Devonta Freeman expected back this week

Fantasy Football Today - 10 hours 3 min ago

Falcons workhorse RB may lose some touches to Tevin Coleman

Devonta Freeman is expected to clear the league concussion protocol program by the middle of the week, according to Falcons coach Dan Quinn. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FF Today's Take: Rookie Tevin Coleman ran well in his stead during Week 12, but lost a fumble. He should get a few more touches than in previous weeks, but Freeman is the clear workhorse and if he's ready to go, should assume at least 15-20 touches.

Karlos Williams (shoulder) spotted wearing sling

Fantasy Football Today - 10 hours 8 min ago

LeSean McCoy should get full workload in Week 13

ESPN reporter Mike Rodak said Bills RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) is wearing a sling in the locker room Tuesday. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: This means that LeSean McCoy should be upgraded to an RB1 against the Texans this week. He'll likely receive a full workload and is a must-play in all formats, even against the surging Texans.

Josh McCown has possible broken collarbone

Fantasy Football Today - 10 hours 13 min ago

Browns will chose between Austin Davis, Johnny Manziel

Josh McCown is probably done for the season with a possible broken collarbone, a league source told Options include veteran QB Austin Davis or the embattled Johnny Manziel. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FF Today's Take: Mike Pettine was not very forthcoming with an answer about who he'll start in Week 13, though after his demotion punichment for Week 12, it might make sense to give Manziel a shot to earn back the trust of the brass. "We'll watch the tape and discuss that (Tuesday),'' said Pettine. "I'm not prepared to answer that just yet."

Roethlisberger ready for Week 13

Draft Sharks - 10 hours 14 min ago

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said in a Tuesday radio appearance that he's healthy and ready to play against the Colts on Sunday night.  He added that he was never officially diagnosed with a concussion.  He'll be a high-end QB1 in that plus matchup.  Roethlisberger has averaged 358.5 passing yards in his 6 full games this season.

Chris Johnson out 6-8 weeks

Fantasy Football Today - 10 hours 18 min ago

Cards will look to David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams

Mike Jurecki on Twitter: "Hearing Chris Johnson (tibia) expected to miss six to eight weeks. RB Kerwynn Williams could be an option from the practice squad." (Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It's likely that this development, coupled with the Andre Ellington injury, gives rookie RB David Johnson the opportunity he needs to excel and reach RB2 value, though Bruce Arians has consistently downplayed his possible use as a workhorse for whatever reason. Johnson is the 1A add this week, with Williams as 1B.

Freeman expected back for Week 13

Draft Sharks - 10 hours 32 min ago

Falcons HC Dan Quinn confirmed that RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Bucs.  “We anticipate getting Free back,” Quinn said. “He was able to participate in all of the meetings and do all of the stuff today. We’re heading into the week anticipating full action with him.”  RB Tevin Coleman played well in spurts against Minnesota last week, but he lost a fumble and dropped 2 passes.  Freeman should return as the clear lead back and will be a good bet for 20+ touches.

Bradford will test shoulder Tuesday

Draft Sharks - 11 hours 33 min ago

Eagles QB Sam Bradford will test his injured shoulder in Tuesday's practice.  "I just don't know exactly where we are from a throwing standpoint," HC Chip Kelly said. "He threw a little bit in Detroit, wasn't ready to play last Thursday obviously . . . And a big test will be [Tuesday], him throwing the ball and seeing there's residual soreness in terms of being able to continue."  We'll keep an eye on Bradford's progress this week, but neither he nor QB Mark Sanchez will be a recommended fantasy play in New England.

Johnson expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Draft Sharks - 11 hours 36 min ago

Cardinals insider Mike Jurecki reports that RB Chris Johnson (leg) is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.  That knocks him out for the rest of the regular season and makes him iffy for the playoffs.  With RB Andre Ellington dealing with turf toe, Arizona is left with RBs David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor.  Johnson will lead the way and will be a good bet for 15+ touches per game going forward.  It makes the rookie a RB2 with upside.

Mathews still dealing with concussion

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 20:19

Eagles HC Chip Kelly said Monday that RB Ryan Mathews has yet to be cleared to return from the concussion he suffered Nov. 15, according to Mathews reportedly hasn't even observed practices since suffering the injury, and Kelly said that'll be the case still come Tuesday, as Philly begins its on-field prep for Sunday's visit to New England. That doesn't seem to bode well for Mathews' chances of participating in Week 13. So it looks like we'll continue to get an ineffective DeMarco Murray leading the backfield, teamed with Kenjon Barner and not enough Darren Sproles.

McCown leaves with shoulder injury

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 20:07

Browns QB Josh McCown injured his right (throwing) shoulder in Monday night's game against the Ravens.  He tried to play through it but left after attempting just 2 more passes.  McCown headed back to the locker room with trainers and was replaced by QB Austin Davis.  Johnny Manziel is active as the #3 QB.

No structural damage for Eifert

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 18:19

Tests on Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's neck revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Eifert's Week 13 status is still "in question," per Schefter, but it at least sounds like he avoided a serious injury.  We'll track his status throughout the week leading up to Sunday's game vs. Cleveland.

Schefter: Gronk likely to miss 2 games

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 15:42

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will miss "a week or 2 most likely."  Schefter adds that Gronk's return will be based on pain tolerance.  It's a slightly more pessimistic report than earlier timelines that had him missing 1 week at most.  Of course, the Pats haven't given us any information.  We'll just need to keep an eye on Gronkowski's practice participation.  Owners should certainly be making backup plans for Week 13.  Scott Chandler will be in the TE1 mix if Gronk doesn't play against the Eagles this weekend.

Hightower has sprained MCL

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 15:25

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. It's not yet clear how much time Hightower might miss, but this injury typically costs players at least 2-3 games. New England has already gone without LB Jamie Collins for weeks because of an illness, but he might be approaching a return after entering last weekend "doubtful" (before being ruled out).