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Draft Sharks - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:28
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He still has a few stages of the protocol to pass in order to play against the Dolphins this weekend. At this point, we'd be against him playing. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:26
Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. He'll probably need to get on the field tomorrow to have any chance of playing against the Dolphins this weekend. For now, consider him less than 50-50 to play in that one. If you're deciding between Thomas and Chiefs TE Travis Kelce tonight, go with Kelce.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:02
Browns WR Josh Gordon will be on a "pitch count" in his Week 12 debut, HC Mike Pettine said. "There needs to be a progression," he explained. "The trap to fall into is, 'Hey, he's back and let's just go ahead and throw him out there for a bunch of plays.' There's certainly danger inherent in doing that and we have to be smart with how we do it and have a plan to progress through the week." Gordon won't play a full slate of snaps on Sunday, but he should be featured in the passing game when he is on the field. For more on Gordon, check out the Week 12 Preview podcast.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:56
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Jaguars this weekend. We just bumped Coby Fleener up our Week 12 TE Rankings. He went for 47 yards and a score against the Jags earlier this season (with Allen posting 43 yards and a TD).
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:05
Back-to-back missed practices for Colts' TE
No Dwayne Allen again at Colts practice today. My money's on him sitting out Sunday. (Zak Keefer via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Allen (sprained ankle) missed practice on Wednesday as well. He'll need to get on the field Friday in order to have to play Sunday. If he sits, Coby Fleener moves into TE1 territory facing a Jaguars defense giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to tight ends.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:45
Expected to practice Friday
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (illness) was not at practice today during the portion open to media. Jones missed practice on Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
FF Today's Take: Jones has missed back-to-back practices but is expected to practice tomorrow and be ready for the game on Sunday.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:47
Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Blount was with New England last season as their power back, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and scoring 7 TDs. Blount's signing impacts Jonas Gray more than Vereen. Gray will still be the lead big-back in the offense for the time being with Blount in the mix as an insurance policy.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:34
The Patriots have signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a 2-year deal. Blount enjoyed a renaissance in New England last season, carrying 153 times for 772 yards (5.0 YPC) and 7 TDs. He also had that huge 166-yard, 4-TD explosion in the Patriots' playoff win over the Colts. Blount was a useful early-down pounder -- the same exact role RB Jonas Gray has played over the past 3 weeks. Gray should remain the lead ball-carrier after last week's huge game, but Blount's arrival definitely adds some risk to his rest-of-way outlook. Gray was already a risky weekly fantasy play because of New England's matchup-based game plans.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:46
Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner returned to the practice field Wednesday, though HC Pete Carroll said he's not sure how much Wagner will be able to do in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. IDP owners probably can't use Wagner in that game, but a return to action would give us back a star defender for the stretch run. It's worth noting that Wagner's returning from a more serious injury than originally though. According to Pro Football Talk, Wagner tore the ligament that connects his big toe to the bottom of his right foot and broke his sesamoid bone. He said he expected to miss 8 weeks originally, so his return comes encouragingly soon. We'll see how long it takes Wagner to become a full-time player again.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:20
Bengals OC Hue Jackson declined to name a starting RB for this weekend's game against the Texans. It's notable that he didn't hand the title back to Gio Bernard. In fact, Jackson suggested that Bernard's workload will be scaled back, at least this week. "I think with Gio just coming back, it's going to be hard for me to just say let's just thrust him in there again and let him go again,” Jackson said. “I think we've got to work him back into our process and how we do things. What will determine that is just how fast and how we think he is ready to go.” Hill seems like the best bet to lead the Cincinnati backfield in carries this Sunday. Bernard should also be heavily involved, though, and could still see around 15 total touches. Click here to see where both RBs sit in our Week 12 Rankings.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:14
Pro Football Talk hears that Sunday's Jets-Bills game could be moved because of the massive snowstorm that hit Buffalo this week. The game could be played anywhere between Sunday night and Tuesday, per PFT. Four years ago, a Titans-Eagles game was moved from Sunday to Tuesday night due to weather. The Bills weren't even able to practice on Wednesday because the coaches and players couldn't get to the facility. A final decision on the Week 12 game time is expected by Friday.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:08
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing will take place on December 2. In other words, the earliest he could play even if he wins the appeal is Week 14. Minnesota's signing of RB Ben Tate on Wednesday is a good sign that they don't expect AP to play again this season. He's only worth stashing if you have a roster spot to burn.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:00
Thigh injury clouds status for Sunday
FOXBOROUGH - Wide receiver Julian Edelman is less than 100 percent following the New England Patriots' 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Edelman (thigh) landed awkwardly on top of a yardage marker in Sunday's game, and was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's walkthrough practice. (Boston.com)
FF Today's Take: It's too early to know whether Edelman will be able to play this week so fantasy owners should prepare for all scenarios while checking back as the week progresses.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:18
Light participant in practice Wednesday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans tight end Delanie Walker still needs to pass a doctor's test to make it out of the NFL concussion protocol, but he was part of a light practice Wednesday. The Titans decided [last] Sunday not to have Walker undergo the final test with an independent doctor required to clear him before their Monday night game against the Steelers. (ESPN.com)
FF Today's Take: Walker is the Titans' leading receiver and is on track to take the final test of the NFL's concussion protocol. If he is cleared, Walker becomes a decent play for fantasy owners against the Eagles for Week 12. If Walker remains sidelined, backup Chase Coffman would find himself with an expanded role for the second straight week.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:33
Detroit offense faced with more injuries
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are struggling to get all their running backs healthy at the same time. After his season-best rushing performance against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Joique Bell didn't practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The team also continues to take a cautious approach with All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle). (mLive.com)
FF Today's Take: Detroit's backfield has become a week-to-week carousel for fantasy owners this season. With Joique Bell (ankle) missing practice and Reggie Bush (ankle) limited, it is unclear who will receive the bulk of the work come Sunday. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson owners continue to sulk as he now works his way through an ankle injury. In short, several of Detroit's fantasy weapons are banged up and you will need to check back later in the week to see who is able to suit up for Week 12.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:27
Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson
The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: With Adrian Peterson all but out for the rest of the season, and Matt Asiata working through the league's concussion protocol, the Vikings were in need of running back help. Expect a timeshare with McKinnon and Tate moving forward. This move derails the small value McKinnon currently has and puts both in RB4 territory.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:19
Vikings RB Matt Asiata missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of the head injury and obviously puts Asiata's status for Week 12 in doubt. With RB Ben Tate's arrival, Asiata will soon drop to 3rd on Minnesota's depth chart. He's not worth rostering in fantasy football.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:15
The Vikings have claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers, according to ESPN's Field Yates. The 4-6 Vikes are essentially out of the playoff picture, so this looks like a 6-game audition for Tate. Minnesota is clearly planning for life without RB Adrian Peterson in 2015 and beyond. Tate has a brand new offense to learn and isn't even guaranteed to be active this weekend. We wouldn't expect him to play a significant role within the next few weeks. And even if he does, his combination of mediocre talent and poor situation won't make him much of a fantasy asset. Tate is only worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues. His arrival does put a dent in RB Jerick McKinnon's outlook for the rest of the season.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:06
Texans HC Bill O'Brien called RB Arian Foster (groin) "day-to-day." It's the same exact thing we heard last Wednesday. Foster, of course, went on to miss last weekend's game. We'll keep an eye on him the rest of this week, but he's certainly not a lock to play against the Bengals on Sunday. RB Alfred Blue should still be rostered in all leagues as a RB2 if Foster sits.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:13
Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) put in another limited practice on Wednesday. He still hasn't received full clearance but is definitely trending in that direction. Check back tomorrow for another update. If he plays this weekend, Walker will be a fine fantasy starter against the Eagles.