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Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:29
Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. No surprise there. Cameron sustained his 3rd concussion in 3 years on Sunday. He's an extreme long shot to be cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Bucs and should be considered questionable for Week 10.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:08
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports that Cincinnati OLB Vontaze Burfict will miss a "couple of games" after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The team reportedly "hopes" to have him back for the Week 11 trip to New Orleans. Burfict has dealt with multiple injuries this year and been a big disappointment for anyone who drafted him relatively high in an IDP league. His absence should make LB Vincent Rey a 3-down player and the weak-side starter. That gives Rey lots of upside, starting this week against the Jaguars.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:00
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said QB Tony Romo's Week 9 status will come down to "soreness, stiffness and pain tolerance." He can't do any additional damage to his back by playing, and Romo has a history of playing through pain. The question is how effective he can be. Jones admitted that Romo could be a game-time decision. Cowboys-Cardinals kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:57
Falcons insider Vaugh McClure reports that RB Antone Smith suffered a neck stinger in last weekend's loss to the Lions and is "going to be fine." He has an extra week to heal up with Atlanta on bye. Smith has still yet to top 6 touches in a game, though, and isn't worth rostering in most fantasy leagues.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 19:45
ESPN's Ian Fitzsimmons hears that Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is "at best questionable" for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Romo was able to return on Monday night, but it took a pain-killing shot to get him back out there. And he undoubtedly woke up sore on Tuesday. Of course, Romo has a history of playing through injuries, so don't count him out for Week 9. But he'll be a risky fantasy start if he plays. QB Brandon Weeden will start if Romo can't. Fitzsimmons adds that Romo's season "is not in jeopardy."
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:30
Will "start" but should split time with Stewart
Rivera is expecting running back DeAngelo Williams to start against the Saints. Williams is returning from a four-game absence due to an ankle injury. "He is a little ahead of schedule, to be honest with you," Rivera said. (Panthers.com)
FF Today's Take: Even though Rivera said he expects Williams to start you can expect in typical Panthers timeshare between Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Stewart rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries last week. Neither RB can be counted on for anything better than a FLEX option in Week 9.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:08
Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) remained sidelined on Tuesday. He looks like a long shot to play against the Panthers on Thursday night. That'll mean another feature-back workload for Mark Ingram. He's a strong RB2 in the plus matchup.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:05
Eagles RB Darren Sproles said Tuesday that he expects to play in Sunday's game at Houston. "I'm good," Sproles told NJ.com. "Today I felt good. I'll come out here and get another practice." He said he put in his 1st full practice Tuesday since hurting a knee against the Giants before the bye. Sproles sat out Sunday's loss at Arizona. An inconsistent Philly offense could use his presence as both a runner and receiver. Sproles' low-volume role, however, makes him a risky fantasy prospect.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:42
The Bucs traded S Mark Barron to the Rams on Tuesday for 4th- and 6th-round picks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's a somewhat odd move for a Rams team that already seemed stronger at safety than many other spots. Our guess is that DC Gregg Williams (and maybe HC Jeff Fisher, a former DC) bought into the talent of Barron -- a former #7 overall pick -- after finding him available, as opposed to hitting the market in search of a safety. We'll see whether Barron takes over for T.J. McDonald or Rodney McLeod, but his skill set would seem to fit McDonald's role more. The SS has ranked 3rd among safeties so far in percentage of run snaps spent "in the box." Don't expect Barron to start right away. We'll see how quickly the Rams can work him in. Tampa, meanwhile, has Bradley MacDougald and Major Wright as options to step in at safety.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:01
Test results on Cowboys QB Tony Romo have not yet come back, according to HC Jason Garrett. But Garrett did say on Tuesday that it's "a separate injury, not related to what he had last year." That's excellent news. It sounds like Romo is dealing with a run-of-the-mill bruise. We're expecting him to play against the Cardinals this Sunday, although the back could still cause some trouble. He didn't look comfortable after returning on Monday night. Romo is shaping up as a risk/reward Week 9 fantasy starter.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:57
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Tuesday that QB Robert Griffin (ankle) is "very, very, very close" to returning. (A 4th "very" would have made him a lock to play against the Vikings this weekend.) Gruden added that the doctors want to make sure he's healed and the team doesn't want to rush him back. The coach expects to make a decision on his Week 9 QB after Wednesday's practice. We're still betting on Washington holding Griffin out through next week's bye, but he has a chance to play this Sunday.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:48
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said RB DeAngelo Williams looked good in practice on Tuesday and will start Thursday night's game against the Saints. It's surprising and disappointing after RB Jonathan Stewart looked good the past 2 weeks. The 31-year-old Williams offers much less at this point of his career. We're still expecting Williams and Stewart to split backfield duties against New Orleans, but J-Stew now looks like more of a RB3 or flex for Week 9. Same goes for Williams.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:01
Lions HC Jim Caldwell said that he'll use both Theo Riddick and Reggie Bush going forward. Riddick has clearly been the more effective player this season, averaging 11.5 yards per catch and scoring on 2 of his 13 grabs. Bush has averaged just 6.6 yards per catch without a TD (not to mention 3.5 yards per carry). We'll have to see exactly how the workload is split between these 2 guys going forward, but Bush is becoming tough to trust in fantasy lineups. Riddick could be a RB3 or flex option if he can get 8-10 touches per game.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 06:29
There's "serious doubt" about Giants RB Rashad Jennings' Week 9 availability, according to insider Jordan Raanan. Jennings just resumed running on Monday and is hoping to do some cutting on Wednesday. That doesn't sound like a guy who will be ready to play against the Colts on Monday night. Look for Andre Williams to get another game as New York's lead back.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 06:00
Third concussion in two years for Browns tight end
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron suffered his third concussion in less than two years, and his status for the next two games is uncertain. With the Browns playing two games over the next 11 days - at home Sunday against Tampa Bay and Thursday Nov. 6 in Cincinnati - it remains to be seen if Cameron will play in either one. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
FF Today's Take: Gary Barnidge caught 4 passes for 41 yards in Cameron's absence during Week 2 but he would be desperation play only for Cameron owners. It remains to be seen if Cameron can gain clearance for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:19
ESPN Dallas reports that Cowboys LB Justin Durant will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right biceps in Monday night's loss to Washington. His absence should make it easier for LBs Bruce Carter and Rolando McClain to find full-time snaps going forward.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:04
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett confirmed after Monday night's game that x-rays on QB Tony Romo's back came back negative. That was obviously the case since Dallas allowed Romo to re-enter. Owner Jerry Jones said that his QB was diagnosed with a "contusion," but Garrett said more tests are planned. Romo looked uncomfortable after returning from the injury. That'll make him a shaky Week 9 fantasy start, assuming he plays against the Cardinals.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:28
Cowboys QB Tony Romo appeared to re-injure his back in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against the Redskins. He took a knee to the lower back and was in obvious pain. He gingerly limped off the field and back into the locker room. Remember that Romo has undergone a pair of back surgeries since April 2013, so this is obviously a major concern. Brandon Weeden is Dallas' backup QB.
Update: Romo returned with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:16
The Cardinals watched 2 DBs leave Sunday's win over the Eagles with concussions. CB Patrick Peterson suffered his injury in a 1st-half collision with Jeremy Maclin. Jefferson played 75 of the 94 snaps and had his injury revealed Monday. Both will need to pass through the league protocol before returning to action. Fortunately, neither is much of an IDP factor. Jefferson's recent playing time hasn't proved consistent enough for fantasy owners to trust him. Losing him for Sunday's trip to Dallas wouldn't affect the outlook for the team D. Peterson has failed to live up to his reputation in coverage this year, but missing him would still only make Arizona a more positive passing matchup for Tony Romo and the Dallas WRs in Week 9.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:01
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson came away from Sunday's win over Tampa with a walking boot on his left foot. But he had shed the boot by Monday, and HC Mike Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it was just a bruise and that "he's fine." Zimmer expects Patterson to be ready for a Week 9 visit by Washington. We'll keep an eye on the underachieving receiver's status in practice this week.