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Titans expect Locker back for Week 8

Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:48

Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt expects to get QB Jake Locker (thumb) back for Week 8.  He practiced last week and was listed as questionable on the injury report.  QB Charlie Whitehurst has predictably failed to impress in Locker's place, completing 60% of his passes and reaching 200 yards in just 1 of 3 starts.  Unfortunately, we can't say for sure that Locker will be an upgrade for the Titans' offense.  He's completed 58% of his throws with 4 TDs and 4 INTs in 4 appearances so far this year.

Johnson wasn't close to playing Week 7

Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:47

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) "wasn't particularly close to playing" against the Saints on Sunday, according to the Detroit Free Press.  That obviously leaves him iffy to return for this coming weekend's game against the Falcons.  The Lions have won 2 straight without Johnson.  And if they can go 1 more game without him, he'll get a Week 9 bye to heal up.  Consider Johnson no better than 50-50 to play against Atlanta this Sunday.

Bush bothered by ankle

Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 05:44

Saints RB Reggie Bush's ankle was an issue in Sunday's game against the Saints.  He appeared to aggravate the injury in the 1st half and ended up playing just 18 of 72 snaps (25%).  Bush finished with 4 carries for 10 yards and 5 catches for 22 yards -- just 3.6 yards per touch.  He has a plus matchup against the Falcons this weekend, but it won't matter if he's not closer to 100%.  We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this week.

Stacy goes touch-less Week 7

Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:46

Rams RB Zac Stacy didn't register a single touch in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.  He was on the field for 1 of St. Louis' 51 snaps.  Meanwhile, RB Tre Mason seemed to put a stranglehold on the starting job with his 18-85-1 line.  It's worth noting that the rookie lost a fumble late in the game.  But he's so clearly the team's most talented RB that we can't see them turning away from him now.  That leaves Stacy as a pure backup -- quite a fall for a guy who averaged almost 21 carries over last year's final 12 games.  We won't call Stacy a must-drop in fantasy because of how weak the RB position is.  But he's clearly just a bench guy for now.

Burfict suffers neck injury

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:17

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday's loss to the Colts early with a cervical strain in his neck. Burfict hurt himself when lowering the crown of his helmet into Colts QB Andrew Luck's chest while making a tackle on a Luck run. Burfict has already suffered a pair of concussions and a stinger in the neck/shoulder area. There's no word yet on his status for Week 8, but any missed time for Burfict would only help Vincent Rey continue to find a role.

Both Spiller, Jackson injured in Week 7

Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:30

Spiller likely out for the year with broken collarbone

C.J. Spiller's shoulder and emotions were wrecked. Ten minutes earlier, Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood helped running back Fred Jackson limp off the field with a groin injury. Spiller's collar bone reportedly was broken. The Bills could be without Spiller and Jackson for a long time. (Buffalo News)

FF Today's Take: Spiller will have surgery on his collarbone and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Jackson will have an MRI on his groin on Monday. He's likely out for Week 8 and the Bills have a bye in Week 9. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will be the top two running backs next week and perhaps for the next few weeks until Jackson can return.

Jackson out 2-4 weeks

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:12

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Bills RB Fred Jackson will be out "at least 2 weeks" with the groin injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Vikings.  NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that the "worst-case" for Jackson is a 4-week absence. Buffalo has a Week 9 bye, so it's possible that Jackson misses just 1 game.  It sounds like it'll be a 3-game absence at most.  Hopefully we'll learn more tomorrow.  We worry about how a 33-year-old RB will return from a groin injury, but Jackson could still be a fantasy factor down the stretch.  In the meantime, next Sunday's game against the Jets will be a big opportunity for RB Bryce Brown to prove that he should be a part of the backfield mix the rest of the way.  Unfortunately, that's an extremely tough matchup.

Spiller reportedly out for the season

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:09

Pro Football Talk reports that Bills RB C.J. Spiller will miss the rest of the season.  He's undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone tomorrow.  Spiller has a player option for about $2 million in 2015 but might choose to hit free agency.  He's been misused by Buffalo's current coaching staff.  We'll see how long RB Fred Jackson will miss with his groin injury, but expect Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon to handle RB duties for the Bills for the foreseeable future.

Richardson leaves with hamstring injury

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:06

Colts RB Trent Richardson left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.  He didn't return, but that might have been because Indy had a big lead.  Consider Richardson questionable for next Sunday's game against the Steelers.  We'll track his status throughout the coming week.

Kuechly ejected

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:48

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly got ejected from Sunday's game at Green Bay. An official approached Kuechly from behind to pull him away from a Packers offensive lineman. Kuechly threw an elbow, made contact and got booted. It's not an incident that should affect Kuechly beyond this week, but it cost IDP owners some points.

Thomas injures shoulder

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:44

Saints RB Pierre Thomas injured his shoulder in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Lions.  He took a big hit at the end of a catch and was clearly in pain.  We'll pass along an update when we get one.

Cousins benched

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:56

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime of Sunday's game against the Titans.  He went 10-of-16 for 139 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT in the first 30 minutes.  Washington entered the break trailing 10-6.  Cousins was replaced by QB Colt McCoy, who connected with WR Pierre Garcon for a 70-yard TD on his first possession.

Spiller has broken collarbone

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:53

Bills RB C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone in Sunday's game against the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  That'll likely sideline him at least 6 weeks and might even send him to IR.  It looks like RB Fred Jackson will also miss time with a groin injury that "appears serious," per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That'll leave Buffalo with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon at RB.

Fuller hurts hip

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:51

Bears CB Kyle Fuller has left the game against the Dolphins with a hip injury. The team deemed his return questionable.

UPDATE: The team has ruled Fuller out for the rest of the day.

Royal active

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:38

As expected, Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) is active for today's game against the Chiefs.  He's a WR3 flier in fantasy.

Spiller out with shoulder injury

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:25

Bills RB C.J. Spiller injured his left shoulder at the end of a long run in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game.  He was in obvious pain, had to be carted off the field and was quickly ruled out for the game. This looks like a significant injury.  Buffalo already lost RB Fred Jackson today.  That leaves Anthony Dixon as the only healthy RB for the Bills.  RB Bryce Brown is a healthy scratch today but will be the best fantasy bet if Spiller and Jackson miss time.

Jackson leaves with groin injury

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:48

Bills RB Fred Jackson left Sunday's game with a groin injury.  He was reportedly in tears on the sidelines before being carted back to the locker room.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Jackson has been ruled out for the rest of the game.  Signs point to a significant injury here.  C.J. Spiller will step in as Buffalo's lead back.

Morris injures left ankle

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:44

Redskins RB Alfred Morris injured his left ankle in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Titans.  He's considered questionable to return.  RB Roy Helu will serve as Washington's lead back if Morris remains sidelined.

Update: Morris returned on Washington's next series.

Green "has a shot" to play Week 8

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:53

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) "has a shot" to return for Week 8, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. Green received "positive" news when he visited his specialist on Friday.  He was able to get on the field in pregame warmups today.  Cincinnati would love to get Green back for next week's showdown with the Ravens.

Shazier questionable for Monday night

Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:29

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier remained limited Saturday in his return from a knee sprain and is questionable for Monday night's game against the Texans.  There's certainly IDP upside in the matchup if he returns, but the late kickoff means that you probably can't wait for him.  Let's hope that Shazier at least puts in a full game to make himself useful for IDP owners in the coming weeks.