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Eddie Lacy slowed by asthma

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:00

Packers RB missed time in 2nd quarter

The only thing that can put Eddie Lacy on pause is the sub-freezing temperature of the Wisconsin outdoors that inflames his lungs. But while an asthma attack sidelined him for a portion of the second quarter, the Green Bay Packers running back roared back and ended up with 101 yards on 19 carries against the respected Dallas run defense ranked No. 8 in the NFL this season. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FF Today's Take: James Starks played exclusively on a Packers' drive in the 2nd quarter while Lacy was struggling with his breathing. Lacy returned for a few plays before halftime then carried a normal workload in the 2nd half. He should be fine for Sunday's championship matchup with the Seahawks.

Johnson arrested on gun charge

Draft Sharks - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 14:26

Jets RB Chris Johnson was arrested and charged with open carrying of a firearm in Florida on Friday.  He's unlikely to face any jail time or NFL suspension, but it's not a good look for a declining 29-year-old RB.  Johnson averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry this past year but mustered a career-low 2 total TDs.  He's set to make $3.5 million in 2015 -- the last year of his current contract.

Richardson has torn ACL

Draft Sharks - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 13:33

Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reports that Seahawks WR Paul Richardson suffered a torn ACL in Saturday night's win over the Panthers.  It obviously knocks him out for the rest of the playoffs and also puts his availability for the start of the 2015 season in jeopardy.  Richardson tore the same ACL at Colorado back in 2012.

Richardson a healthy scratch

Draft Sharks - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 12:49

Colts RB Trent Richardson is a healthy scratch for today's playoff game against the Broncos. The former 1st-rounder has deservedly fallen behind both Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton on the depth chart.  Richardson is set to make a little over $3 million in 2015, so he's not a lock to be back in Indy.

Richardson has sprained knee

Draft Sharks - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 10:20

Seahawks WR Paul Richardson suffered a sprained knee in Saturday night's win over the Panthers.  HC Pete Carroll didn't have an update on the severity afterward.  Richardson heated up down the stretch, hauling in 13 balls for 142 yards and a score in the final 3 games of the regular season.  WR Ricardo Lockette saw a bump in usage when Richardson left last night's game.

Rodgers active

Draft Sharks - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 09:21

As expected, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) is active for today's game against the Cowboys.  He won't be at 100% but fared just fine playing through the calf issue the last 2 games.  Rodgers is a risk/reward DFS play for the Divisional Round.

Bills expected to hire Rex Ryan as head coach

Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 07:00

49ers Greg Roman expected to be OC

The Buffalo Bills are putting the finishing touches on a deal that will make Rex Ryan their next head coach, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The hiring of Ryan would complete an extensive coaching search for the Bills, who have interviewed 12 candidates since Doug Marrone opted out of his contract on Dec. 31. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: ESPN goes on to say that 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman would be Ryan's OC. Roman would likely bring a run-first offense to Buffalo especially considering the Bills may have no other option but to ride out EJ Manuel at quarterback in 2015. Kyle Orton has retired and the Bills do not have a first-round pick in this year's draft.

Bills to hire Ryan

Draft Sharks - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 05:23

ESPN reports that the Bills will hire former Jets HC Rex Ryan as their new head coach. We'll have to see what decisions he makes at coordinator before evaluating the fantasy impact. It'll be particularly interesting to see what Ryan does on D, where DC Jim Schwartz led one of 2014's best units. Buffalo has questions to answer at QB and free-agency decisions to make at RB, regardless of who's coaching the group.

Update: Buffalo is expected to hire Greg Roman as OC.  Roman spent the last 4 season running the 49ers' offense.

LeBeau leaving Pittsburgh

Draft Sharks - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 17:04

Longtime Steelers DC Dick LeBeau won't be returning to the team in 2015. "I'm resigning this position, not retiring," LeBeau told the Urbana Daily Citizen of Ohio. "I had a great run in Pittsburgh." A source close to LeBeau reportedly said the coach wanted to return next year, which suggests he got forced out. We wouldn't be at all surprised to see him land a DC job elsewhere. That said, the Pittsburgh D has been nothing special lately -- whether that's the fault of the coaches or the players. So the change certainly doesn't hurt the outlook for the Steelers' team D.

Brown active

Draft Sharks - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 16:24

Panthers WR Philly Brown (shoulder) is active for today’s game against Seattle. The rookie missed practice on Wednesday before putting in limited sessions on Thursday and Friday. Strictly a role player, Brown posted 3 catches for 37 yards in last week’s meeting with Arizona.

Gray INACTIVE

Draft Sharks - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:46

Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against Baltimore.  It's a minor surprise, as Gray put in limited practices this week.  LeGarrette Blount will see the majority of early-down work against the Ravens’ stout front 7.  He’s a TD-dependent DFS play.

Edelman active

Draft Sharks - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:40

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) is active for today’s matchup with Baltimore. He hasn’t suited up since Week 15, but he’ll be a full-go for this must-win game. The 28-year-old has snagged 5+ balls in each of his past 6 outings and makes for a fine DFS option.

Chris Johnson arrested on weapons charge

Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:10

Open carrying of weapons/firearms, second degree misdemeanor

Jets running back Chris Johnson has been arrested in his hometown of Orlando, Florida. PFT has confirmed a report that Johnson was arrested on Friday for open carrying of a firearm, a second degree misdemeanor. A league source tells PFT that Johnson does have a license to carry in Florida. But this arrest wasn't just for carrying, it was for open carrying. (Pro Football Talk)

FF Today's Take: The team is aware of the situation but isn't commenting. Johnson split time with Chris Ivory this past season and signed a 2-year deal prior to last season.

Edelman, LaFell listed as Probable

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:10

Pats receivers expected to play

RB Jonas Gray (ankle), QB Tom Brady (ankle); WRs Brandon LaFell (toe)/Julian Edelman (concussion) listed as probable on final injury report. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: LaFell was limited in practice this week but should be in the starting lineup along with Edelman who was also limited this week and hasn't played since suffering a concussion in Week 15. Edelman will be a nice daily league play as it's likley the Patriots will go with a pass-heavy approach against the Ravens who allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs on the season.

Philly Brown limited Friday, questionable

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:00

Gametime decision

On their final injury report, the Panthers listed wide receiver Philly Brown as questionable for their divisional round game against the Seahawks. Brown was limited in Friday's work with a shoulder injury. He was hurt in last week's win over the Cardinals. (ProFootballTalk)

FF Today's Take: Joe Webb (QB) may be forced into wide receiver duty if Brown is made Inactive on Saturday. Newly signed Stephen Hill may be active as insurance.

Rodgers probable for Divisional Round

Draft Sharks - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:15

The Packers listed QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) as probable for this weekend's game against the Cowboys.  He got in some practice reps on Thursday and is expected to get some work in on Saturday, too.  We know Rodgers will start the game, and we know he won't be at 100%.  What we don't know is exactly how limited he'll be.  We'd avoid Rodgers in DFS 50/50s, but he's still in play in tournaments.

Bucs hire Koetter as OC

Draft Sharks - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 15:51

The Bucs have hired Dirk Koetter as their new OC.  Koetter has spent the past 8 seasons running NFL offenses -- 5 in Jacksonville and the last 3 in Atlanta.  Only 1 of his Jaguars squads finished in the top half of the league in total offense, but he didn't have much talent to work with.  His Falcons teams ranked 7th, 20th and 12th in total offense.  Koetter has some intriguing young prospects to work with in Tampa Bay, specifically WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  We'll have more on Koetter's impact on the Bucs throughout the offseason.

Rodgers has "slight tear" in calf muscle

Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 14:20

Packers QB expects to play Sunday in divisional round

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' calf muscle has a slight tear in it in addition to being significantly strained, according to league sources. The injury is not expected to prevent Rodgers from playing in Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, but it could affect how mobile and effective he is. "There's no question he will play, but there's also no question he will not be 100 percent," said one doctor familiar with the injury. "The question is whether he'll be 95 percent or 50 percent." (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: This should not come as much of a surprise to anyone that has been tracking this story for the last couple of weeks. Rodgers was limited to team drills on Thursday and Green Bay will not practice again until Saturday, making him a very questionable play in playoff leagues or daily-fantasy formats. Rodgers is more than capable of beating a lot of teams solely as a pocket quarterback, but his injury is one that could give out on him at any time, just like it did in Week 17. Matt Flynn is the next man up.

Browns, OC Kyle Shanahan part ways

Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 14:15

Split reportedly due to disagreement over Manziel

The Cleveland Browns' tradition of change continues, as a team source told ESPN.com Thursday that OC Kyle Shanahan and QBs coach Dowell Loggains will not return next season. Shanahan resigned and Loggains was fired, according to a league source. Both spent one year with the Browns, and both were under contract for 2015. Sources familiar with the situation said the split was caused because the pair did not see eye to eye with the front office about QB Johnny Manziel. The front office wants Manziel to be the starter, and the source said the coaches do not believe they can win with him. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Good luck to the Browns finding another offensive mind that did what Shanahan did for their offense in 2014. The Browns were without three Pro Bowlers on offense for large portions of the season: C Alex Mack, TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon. Despite that, the Browns scored at least 21 points in nine of the first 11 games. Shanahan's departure figures to have a significant impact on the fantasy values of every Cleveland player, particularly Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West.

Rodgers dealing with slight tear in calf

Draft Sharks - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:12

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a "slight tear," in his calf, in addition to a significant strain, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.  This is more confirmation than news, but it's a reminder that Rodgers won't be at 100% for this weekend's game against the Cowboys.  “There’s no question he will play, but there’s also no question he will not be 100 percent,” a doctor familiar with the injury told Schefter. “The question is whether he’ll be 95 percent or 50 percent.”  Rodgers still has as much upside as any QB this weekend, but he's also much riskier than usual.  We'd only use him in DFS tournaments, not 50/50s.