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Jackson active

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:39

As expected, Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) is active for tonight’s showdown with the Jets. Jackson sat out Buffalo’s last game – a Thursday night tilt in Miami – and he's probably not close to 100%.  Still, he’s poised to see 10+ touches in a must-win game.

Chiefs lose S Eric Berry for season

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:35

Early reports suggest Berry has lymphoma

Surprise of the day: Chiefs put S Eric Berry on Non-Football Illness List, which means he is out for the year, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: We wish him the best. Chiefs ESPN Nation reporter Adam Teicher tweeted earlier in the day that a MRI "showed a mass in his chest" and that while there has been no definite diagnosis, Kansas City thinks he has lymphoma. From a football perspective, the Chiefs may have to reinsert Marcus Cooper as a starting corner after moving Ron Parker from safety a few weeks ago.

Dwayne Allen "trending in right direction"

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:50

Team unsure when TE will return to practice

Colts HC Chuck Pagano on TE Dwayne Allen: "He's trending in the right direction but he's going to be day-to-day." Doesn't know if Allen will practice. (Kevin Bowen on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: With Andrew Luck taking as many hits and sacks as ever and Coby Fleener (predictably) coming up short in the box score in Week 12, the Colts need Allen back ASAP. If he can make it back this week from his ankle injury, he has a very favorable matchup against Washington.

Foster "could return" for Week 13

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:02

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Monday that RB Arian Foster (groin) "could return" for this weekend's game against the Titans.  Of course he could return.  But Foster appeared to be on track to play this past week before missing practice on Thursday and Friday.  Consider him questionable for Week 13 for now.  We'll track his progress this week.  Houston has a juicy matchup against Tennessee's 29th-ranked defense on Sunday.

McManus on the ropes

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:59

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos are considering a kicker change.  Brandon McManus missed a 33-yarder yesterday and is now 9 for 13 (69.2%) on the season.  Denver is reportedly planning on working out kickers this week.  We'll see if they sign one, but McManus isn't a reliable fantasy option regardless.

Fitzgerald iffy for Week 13

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:42

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that the team is still "waiting to see" if WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will be ready for this weekend's game against the Falcons.  Fitz didn't seem particularly close to playing yesterday, and Arians admitted that he wouldn't be able to go if there was a practice on Monday.  Fitzgerald's Grade 2 MCL sprain is a 2-4 week injury, so consider him worse than 50-50 to play against Atlanta.

Gipson likely out until playoffs

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:21

Cleveland.com reports that Browns S Tashaun Gipson suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain in Sunday's win over the Falcons, but no ACL damage. Returning for the playoffs reportedly remains a "possibility," but that indicates the team doesn't expect to have Gipson back at all for the regular season. IDP owners lose the league INT leader. Jim Leonhard stepped in vs. Atlanta and figures to start in Gipson's place, but he's not an immediate IDP option.

Mallett done for the season

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:14

An MRI confirmed that Texans QB Ryan Mallett suffered a torn pectoral on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Mallett is done for the season.  He flashed his big arm in 2 starts, with 3 completions of 20+ yards.  But Mallett's accuracy was erratic, resulting in a 54.7% completion rate and 2 INTs.  He's a free agent this offseason.  We'll see if Houston goes back to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick or give 4th-round rookie Tom Savage a shot.  Neither guy will be a fantasy option.  Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins owners should be hoping for Fitzpatrick.

Ryan Mallett out for the season

Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:30

Pectoral injury

Quarterback Ryan Mallett is out for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle that will require surgery, according to two familiar with the situation. (Houston Chronicle)

FF Today's Take: Mallett reportedly played through the injury on Sunday. We haven't received an official word on who the Texans will start at quarterback in Week 13 against Tennessee but it's likely to be Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rookie Tom Savage is also on the roster

Gray doesn't play in Week 12

Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 05:41

Patriots RB Jonas Gray didn't play a single snap in Sunday's win over the Lions.  HC Bill Belichick didn't give much of an explanation afterward, saying only, "We do what we think is best. That's what we did today."  But ESPN's Josina Anderson hears that Gray was told Friday that he wouldn't start against Detroit.  And Belichick reportedly told the team after the win that he doesn't tolerate tardiness.  Gray showing up late to practice on Friday certainly played a big part in his empty Week 12.  But it was also easier to keep him on the bench with LeGarrette Blount playing so well (12-78-2).  What New England's backfield will look like this coming weekend against the Packers is anyone's guess.

Two Broncos defenders get hurt

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 19:53

The Broncos lost a pair of key defensive players to injuries Sunday. OLB Brandon Marshall left with a concussion. He'll obviously need to pass through the league protocol before returning, and we'll keep an eye on the top-shelf IDP performer's status. CB Aqib Talib, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring injury. He initially returned from the injury before halftime but then didn't play a snap in the 2nd half. Talib's a boom/bust IDP prospect who's not worth rostering in most fantasy football leagues, but his cover skills undeniably help the Broncos' D overall. We'll see about his status going forward. Denver heads to Kansas City on Sunday night in Week 13.

Mallett has pectoral injury

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 18:25

Texans QB Ryan Mallett played against the Bengals on Sunday with a pectoral injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  The injury reportedly occurred in pregame warmups.  He'll undergo an MRI on Monday.  If the pec is torn, Mallett would likely be done for the season.  It's a brutal break for a guy who waited 4 years to get his shot at a starting job.  If Mallett misses time, Houston would either go back to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick or give 4th-round rookie QB Tom Savage a shot.  Neither guy would be an appealing fantasy option.

Mathews suffers shoulder injury

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 15:37

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews injured his shoulder on a 3rd-quarter TD run against the Rams.  He went back to the locker room but is now back on the sidelines with his helmet.  He's considered questionable to return.

Update: Mathews returned in the 4th quarter.

Gipson hurts knee

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 13:06

Browns S Tashaun Gipson left Sunday's game at Atlanta with a knee injury and did not return. Gipson entered the day as the league INT leader, so his absence would be felt by both the Browns D and IDP owners. We'll see about his status in the coming week.

Miller active

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:08

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (shoulder, knee) is active for today’s game against the Broncos. The shoulder isn’t a concern, but it’s unclear how big a factor the knee will be. Throw in a matchup with a Denver defense allowing just 3.0 yards per carry to RBs, and Miller is just a low-end fantasy starter.

Clay inactive

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:07

Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. TE Dion Sims could see a slightly bigger pass-catching role, but he’s not a fantasy option.

Sanders active

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:03

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He remains a must-start in fantasy football.

Thomas inactive

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:02

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Dolphins. His injury isn’t believed to be serious, so owners can tentatively expect him back for Week 13. Jacob Tamme will serve as Denver’s pass-catching TE today and is a fine Week 12 spot start.

Fitzgerald inactive

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:59

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is inactive for today’s game the Seahawks. That leaves John Brown and Michael Floyd as Arizona’s clear top 2 WRs. We prefer Brown against a Seattle secondary that struggles against smaller, speedy WRs, but both he and Floyd are just WR3s.

Cook active

Draft Sharks - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:55

Rams TE Jared Cook (back) is active for today’s game against the Chargers. We haven’t heard that the back will be an issue, but Cook is still a weak fantasy play. He’s topped 25 yards in just 1 of his past 5 games, and San Diego ranks 4th in fantasy points allowed to TEs.