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Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:55
Knee injuries to sideline RB, LB
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 37-22 win against the Buffalo Bills and did not return. Mayo, a captain and signal-caller on defense, was immediately surrounded by teammates after a Boobie Dixon run up the middle on first down, as he wound up on the bottom of the pile. The Patriots also lost RB Stevan Ridley to a knee injury and G Dan Connolly to a head injury. Mayo and Ridley were scheduled to have MRIs Monday to determine the severity of their injuries. (ESPN Boston)
FF Today's Take: Both players could be headed to IR shortly. Mayo (knee) is a three-down linebacker who had graded out well against the run and played all but four snaps entering Week 6. Ridley likely has a torn ACL and is in the final year of his contract, likely meaning offseason standout rookie James White could be in line for a bigger role. Brandon Bolden also should figure into the mix along with Shane Vereen, but the former is more of a core special teamer.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:42
The MRI on Patriots RB Stevan Ridley’s injured knee revealed a torn ACL and MCL. He’s done for the season and will be in a race to get ready for the start of 2015 training camp. It’s a tough break for Ridley, who will be a free agent this offseason. RB Shane Vereen figures to see a bump in usage with Ridley gone, but New England will need James White and/or Brandon Bolden to step into the “big back” role. For more on those guys, check out our Week 6 Free Agent Focus.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:37
Cardinals S Tony Jefferson played only 15 snaps in the Week 6 win over Washington. HC Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that S Tyrann Mathieu has replaced him as the SS in nickel packages, with Jefferson playing the role in the base D. Rookie S Deone Bucannon and FS Rashad Johnson also opened the game on the field and played 50 and 65 snaps, respectively. Although the playing-time percentages figure to fluctuate depending on how the matchups dictate Arizona's defensive packages, it looks like time to dump Tony Jefferson in nearly all IDP leagues. Teams lean toward pass-D packages these days. Jefferson losing time there bodes ill for his participation going forward. We wouldn't consider Mathieu an IDP starting option yet, but the fact that the team deems him well enough for a bigger role bodes well for the defense. Mathieu's ball skills enhance the pass D and add big-play upside to the unit in fantasy.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:30
High ankle sprain
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell did not close the door today on resting receiver Calvin Johnson the next two games and through the team's bye, in order to give his high ankle sprain four weeks of rest. "The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors," Caldwell said. "Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes, what can be done." (Detroit Free Press)
FF Today's Take: Even though fantasy owners are sure not to like it, resting Johnson for a full month would probably be a sound move for the Lions. With Johnson sidelined in Week 6, Golden Tate was targeted 12 times, but finished with seven catches for only 44 yards. Detroit faces New Orleans and Atlanta before its bye week.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:24
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said that QB Robert Griffin (ankle) will take part in individual drills this week. “As far as taking practice reps, that will be at least another week,” Gruden said. “[Wednesday] will be the first step and next week maybe we’ll try to get him in practice situations and see where he is.” There's still no timetable for RG3's return to the lineup, although a previous report said Washington wanted to see him practice for at least 2 weeks before reinserting him. That'd make Week 11 (after the Week 10 bye) Griffin's earliest return date.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:13
The Denver Post reports that Broncos LB Danny Trevathan will miss the next 3-6 weeks after suffering a cracked bone just above his left knee. That's the same leg Trevathan fractured back in training camp, though that break occurred just below his kneecap. The injury thrusts LB Brandon Marshall back into fantasy prominence after he opened the season providing IDP starter value in Trevathan's place.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:57
Bengals HC Marvin Lewis said Monday that WR A.J. Green (toe) has a "shot" to play against the Colts this weekend. Lewis has been overly optimistic about his #1 WR's status this entire time, though. Green has already said that he doesn't expect to play on Sunday. We should find out his Week 7 status after he gets a checkup from his foot specialist on Friday. Owners should not be planning on having him.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:47
Chiefs S Eric Berry joined his team for practice Monday for the 1st time since suffering a high ankle sprain on Sept. 14. We'll see how he progresses through the week while determining his fantasy outlook in a fairly neutral Week 7 matchup with the Chargers.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:37
Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell suffered a calf strain in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. The injury might prove less serious than the initially feared high-ankle sprain, but a calf strain has caused Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks to miss the past 4 games. Maxwell's expected to miss at least most of the practice week and looks highly questionable for Sunday's trip to St. Louis. IDP owners shouldn't be scrambling to replace a fringe option, but the injury could help Rams QB Austin Davis a bit for his Week 7 matchup.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:41
Lions HC Jim Caldwell suggested on Monday that WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) could be held out through the team's Week 9 bye, according to insider Carlos Monarrez. That'd give him 4 weeks to get that ankle right. "The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors," Caldwell said. "Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes, what can be done. Them, in conjunction with Calvin and how he feels, they treat not only symptoms and the situation but also the patient as well, in terms of what he feels. So they'll let us know what's the best avenue to take." Missing Johnson for games against the Saints and Falcons would be tough for fantasy owners, but getting Megatron back to 100% is the most important thing. We're still expecting him to be a stud from Week 10 on.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:45
Avoids ACL tear
Eagles running back Darren Sproles won't miss the rest of the season but will likely be sidelined a few weeks, according to a source familiar with the veteran tailback's condition. Sproles injured his knee late in the third quarter Sunday night against the Giants, (CSNPhilly)
FF Today's Take: Sproles avoided a severe knee injury but will likely be on the sidelines for the Eagles next game in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Philadelphia has a bye in Week 7. With Chris Polk out with a hamstring injury, the team may sign a running back (Matthew Tucker?) in the near future.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:48
Eagles insider Geoff Mosher is hearing that RB Darren Sproles is "probably out a few weeks" with the knee injury he suffered against the Giants last night. Mosher adds that the team feared a torn ACL, but that's not the case. The good news is that Philly has a Week 7 bye, but is sounds like Sproles is unlikely to be ready for Week 8 against the Cardinals. We'll look for more information later today on his diagnosis and timetable.
Update: The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane confirms that Sproles will miss "at least 2 weeks" with a "slight" MCL tear. So he's out for Week 8 and should be considered questionable for Week 9. Sproles is certainly droppable in smaller fantasy leagues. He's averaged just 36.5 yards with 1 total TD over his last 4 games.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:12
Broncos LB Danny Trevathan left Sunday's win over the Jets after just 2 snaps with a left knee injury. X-rays proved negative, but he'll have an MRI on Monday to determine whether there's ligament damage. "I think it will be good, but we won't know until (Monday) when I get the MRI," Trevathan told The Denver Post on Sunday. We'll see what the test says. It's worth noting that Trevathan reportedly wasn't limping in the locker room after the game despite leaving the sideline on a cart. He had started the game at weak-side LB, which Brandon Marshall took over following Trevathan's injury. Marshall would remain a solid IDP option if Trevathan has to miss any more time.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:07
Bills WR Mike Williams has been given permission to seek a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Williams served as Buffalo's #3 WR for the fist 5 weeks but was a healthy scratch yesterday. With 5 years and about $27 million left on his contract, Williams will have trouble finding a team willing to take him on. He's not worth rostering in fantasy football right now.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:04
Bengals insider Geoff Hobson hears that the team "may think about surgery" for WR Marvin Jones' ankle. Jones injured the ankle in practice a couple weeks ago and has yet to get back on the field. We haven't heard any details, but it's obviously more than a minor injury. Jones is only worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues at this point. Mohamed Sanu's stock continues to rise in the meantime.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 04:35
Eagles RB Darren Sproles will undergo an MRI on the left knee he injured in Sunday night's win over the Giants. The NBC TV crew suggested that it could be a serious injury based on Sproles and his teammates' reactions on the sidelines. The training staff was reportedly concerned with the stability of Sproles' ACL and MCL. He told HC Chip Kelly after the game that he was fine, but we'll see what the MRI says. The Eagles have a Week 7 bye.
Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 22:03
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Patriots LB Jerod Mayo suffered a "significant" knee injury in Sunday's win over the Bills. Patriots CB Darrelle Revis also told Albert Breer after the game that the injury was "tragic," which certainly indicates something severe. New England used no clear fill-in for Mayo on Sunday, when the D was already without starting LB Dont'a Hightower. We'll see just how long Mayo will be out and how the team will adjust for his absence.
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 20:30
Vikings shake up running back depth chart
Jerick McKinnon was informed during the week that he would start against the Lions, and he did. "I tried to prepare myself the best for it, really dial in, focus in on my assignment and make sure that I was on top of everything," McKinnon said. McKinnon gained 40 yards on 11 rushes and had a team-high six catches for 42 yards. Matt Asiata, meanwhile, got two carries for minus-5 yards. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
FF Today's Take: The Vikings kept their depth chart change quiet leading up to Week 6. McKinnon has more athletic ability than Asiata and provides a home-run threat that Asiata doesn't possess. McKinnon has RB3 value until the Vikings prove they can move the ball on a consistent basis.
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 20:00
Giants lose starting receiver
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was carted off the field sobbing with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the third quarter of the team's game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Tough break for Cruz and the Giants. The patellar injury requires a lengthy rehab process and is very difficult to come back from. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. will join Rueben Randle in the starting lineup.
Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:54
Eagles RB Darren Sproles injured his left knee in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game. He got his leg trapped underneath himself in a pile but was able to walk off under his own power. He wasn't limping as he headed to the locker room. Sproles is considered questionable to return, but we doubt we see him again with the Eagles up 27-0.