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Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:40
Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas sit out; Graham limited
Saints RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas held out of practice again Thursday. Jimmy Graham, Keenan Lewis limited again. No changes from Wednesday. (Mike Tripplett on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Graham's shoulder injury is reportedly similar to the one Jordan Cameron has dealt with for most of the season, but the Saints' standout is expected to play Sunday night versus Green Bay after doing so in worse shape last week. Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, so fire up Travaris Cadet as a solid flex play regardless of whether or not Robinson can go.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:25
WR (ankle) encouraged with recovery
Calvin Johnson is more encouraged about his progress this week in returning from a high right ankle sprain than he has been the past two weeks. He practiced for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday, although on a limited basis, and said he has been moving better than in prior weeks. He was also able to practice Thursday. However, he said a decision on whether he'll play could go all the way to Sunday inside Wembley Stadium. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the most important thing to see is how Johnson responded Thursday. But Caldwell said the decision will come down to doctors. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The early Sunday morning start in England will give owners more time than usual to consider other options, but the Lions would probably be best-served to sit their star receiver and give him two more weeks to completely recover as they head into their Week 9 bye after returning from London.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:00
Recovering from double sports hernia surgery
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, who has been out since Week 3 after double sports hernia surgery, participated in the team stretch at the beginning of practice for the first time since surgery and did running on the side with an athletic trainer. (Fox Sports)
FF Today's Take: Given the current state of the Vikings' offense (Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of involvement, for example), it is not a stretch to think that Rudolph could be a second-half stud given the fact that Teddy Bridgewater is a short and intermediate thrower. Rudolph will probably remain out through Minnesota through the team's Week 10 bye, but appears to be on track to go after that.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:50
Gerhart to draw some reps
No surprise, Jaguars HC Gus Bradley says Denard Robinson will start at RB against the Dolphins. Toby Gerhart (foot) will get some reps though. (Mark Long on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: This hardly qualifies as a shock, although it needs to be noted that Robinson draws a pretty difficult matchup. Despite last week's 100-yard game, Robinson needs a strong showing this week to get a firm hold on the job because Gerhart was the hand-picked feature back of this regime and could be given another shot if Robinson falters now that he is nearing full health.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:17
Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday. It's tough to get a read on just how much healthier he is now than he was last week. We'd love to see him get in a full practice on Friday. For now, consider Graham a risk/reward Week 8 fantasy play. We'll have another update tomorrow afternoon.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:08
Redskins HC Jay Gruden confirmed that QB Colt McCoy will start Monday night's game against the Cowboys. QB Robert Griffin (ankle) has a chance to return for Week 9, but a post-bye Week 11 return is more likely. McCoy led Washington to a comeback win on 11-of-12 passing last week. But there's no way we're starting him in any type of fantasy game this week. For his career, McCoy has completed 59% of his passes, averaged 6.3 yard per attempt and tossed 22 TDs vs. 20 INTs. Expect a run-heavy attack from Washington on Monday night.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:58
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday. He's still on track to play against the Cardinals this weekend, but we'd feel more comfortable about his Week 8 fantasy outlook if he's a full participant on Friday.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:58
After sitting out on Wednesday, Packers RB James Starks (ankle) got back on the practice field on Thursday. It puts him on track to play in a plus matchup against the Saints on Sunday night. Starks has totaled 27 carries and 5 catches over his last 3 games, putting him on the low-end RB3 radar.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:42
Redskins HC Jay Gruden hinted that QB Robert Griffin (ankle) might be held out through the Week 10 bye. “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready," Gruden said. “He’s progressing at a great rate, like we knew he would." Gruden went on to explain that RG3 will need to receive medical clearance and then prove that he's comfortable in the offense again before he returns. “You know, it’s a very difficult position to play, and just because he’s healthy, he hasn’t taken a meaningful rep in about six weeks,” Gruden said. "You need your reps to play, and play successfully. You can’t just throw a guy out there without the reps, and the practice time, and the continuity with the receivers and the backs and the tight ends. So it’ll be a little bit of a process — probably a little bit more than people think — but we’ll play it by ear and see how he’s doing on a daily basis.”
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:31
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. His injury isn't serious, but there's a good chance he's held out of this weekend's game against the Steelers. That'd mean increased snaps for WRs Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:29
Lions TEs Brandon Pettigrew (foot), Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are unlikely to play against the Falcons this weekend. All 3 guys sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday. It'll leave Detroit with Kellen Davis and Jordan Thompson at TE. Neither guy is a fantasy option. WR Golden Tate is a good bet for double-digit targets on Sunday even if WR Calvin Johnson returns. If Johnson sits out, WR Corey Fuller will be an intriguing Week 8 flier.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:46
Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) put in a limited practice on Thursday. Atlanta’s #3 WR has missed the past 4 games, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. He’s made the trip to London, and there's a chance he suits up Sunday vs. Detroit. Even if that happens, Douglas won't be a fantasy option as a guy who would be highly likely to play limited snaps.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Running back Reggie Bush sat out Thursday's practice with an ankle injury after sIt's a concerning downgrade for Bush, who told WXYT-FM before practice that he's "going to do everything (he) can to be out there on the field Sunday" after sitting out much of the second half of last week's win over the Saints. (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take: After watching Bush miss must of the fourth quarter due to his ankle injury, it will be hard for fantasy owners to trust Bush this week even if he does suit up. Joique Bell should do most of the damage out of the backfield against the Falcons.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:10
Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was held out of Thursday's practice after putting in a limited workout on Wednesday. It's unclear if he suffered a setback or if this was a planned day off. Either way, he won't be at 100% if he plays against Atlanta on Sunday. He'll be a risky fantasy starter, despite the plus matchup.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:08
Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday and reportedly did even more in Thursday's workout. Johnson was "cutting and running routes," according to insider Tim Twentyman. "We're doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well," Johnson said. "Things are going good. We're moving in a positive direction." He added, though, that he still hasn't fully tested the ankle and that a final decision on his Week 8 status might not be made until pregame warmups on Sunday. We'll continue to track his progress. If Johnson does play, we have to believe he'll be much more effective than he was in his last couple outings.
Draft Sharks - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:45
Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) is expected back for this weekend's game against the Dolphins, according to insider Hays Carlyon. Gerhart has missed the past 2 games, watching Denard Robinson turn in the best performance by a Jags RB this season last Sunday. But HC Gus Bradley said the team will "continue to mix and match" in the backfield. Robinson is still the best bet to lead the team in touches against Miami this weekend, but Gerhart will likely play in short-yardage and goal-line situations. And Robinson probably won't be on a long leash if he struggles early on.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:00
Titans will go with rookie QB in Week 8
The Titans plan to start rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger against the Texans on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the situation. The move could also signal the beginning of the end for quarterback Jake Locker in Tennessee. The fourth-year pro has missed the last two games with a thumb injury and has struggled with injuries throughout his career. (The Tennessean)
FF Today's Take: With Tennessee sitting at 2-5 the team has decided to give their rookie quarterback some playing time. It will be difficult to trust and Titans' receiver against the Texans defense this week. Delanie Walker will be a low-end TE1 consideration.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:44
The Titans are planning to start rookie QB Zach Mettenberger against the Texans this weekend, according to insider Jim Wyatt. It signals a shift to full-on rebuild mode for the 2-5 Titans. QB Jake Locker can't stay healthy and has been inconsistent when on the field. QB Charlie Whitehurst certainly isn't the answer. So Tennessee will get a look at its 6th-round rookie. Mettenberger is a 6'5, 224-pounder with a big arm who played in a pro-style offense at LSU. He completed 69% of his passes with a 9.7 yards-per-attempt average this preseason, but that came against scrubs. Mettenberger went 2-of-5 for 17 yards and an INT in a brief Week 4 appearance. He can't be much worse than what Tennessee has gotten out of its QBs so far, but we doubt he'll be an upgrade, either.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:43
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and his coach Bruce Arians each told reporters Wednesday that the nerve in his right shoulder is no longer an issue, according to AZCentral.com. Palmer says he has returned to lifting with his upper body in the weight room, which required some strength rebuilding after his time away. And Arians added that Palmer is "full-tilt" in practices. The Cardinals QB has thrown for 250+ yards and 2 TDs in each of his 3 games this season and looks like a platoon play the rest of the way. He's a good fantasy football option against the Eagles this weekend.