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Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:20
Washington TE not 100 percent heading into Week 12
Tight end Jordan Reed strained his right hamstring -- he dealt with a strained left hamstring earlier this season. Linebacker Trent Murphy has a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament, but Gruden said, "It's something he can play with if he can deal with a little bit of soreness." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Reed just can't stay healthy. Expect TE Niles Paul to see more snaps until Reed can get back to 100 percent.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:22
Rookie named starter opposite Cecil Shorts III
Gus Bradley said wide receiver Marqise Lee continues to practice well. Bradley said before the bye the rookie had had his best two weeks of practice, and he said he had another good practice Monday. "He's showing his competitiveness," Bradley said. "I think it's just his mindset and he's really taking advantage of this opportunity." Lee's opportunity is coming in the wake of a season-ending injury to rookie Allen Robinson, who is expected to undergo foot surgery this week. With Robinson out, Bradley on Monday said rookie Allen Hurns and veteran Cecil Shorts III will start, but that Lee will move into the third receiver role. (Jaguars.com)
FF Today's Take: Hurns is a viable deep threat in the Jaguars offense but Cecil Shorts III will likely see a ton of targets this week against the Colts. Hurns is expected to be cleared from the concussion protocol and both he and the veteran Shorts make interesting plays this week in what should be a high-scoring game.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:00
Vikings RB was notified today of NFL decision
Adam Schefter reports Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was notified today that he has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Well, that settles that. Peterson may appeal, but at this point it's unrealistic to expect he'll return to the football field in 2014. He's safe to drop in redrafts and may have played his last snap in Minnesota.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:51
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been suspended by the NFL without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season. Peterson is planning to appeal the suspension right away, Schefter adds. He'll be kept on the Commission's Exempt list during the appeal, though, and won't be allowed to play. His chances of suiting up again this season now appear slim. We'd wait until the appeal plays out before dropping him, but owners certainly shouldn't be counting on getting anything from Peterson down the stretch. Jerick McKinnon will remain locked in as Minnesota's lead back.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:41
Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount didn't register a single touch against the Titans on Monday night. And he wasn't happy about it. Blount apparently left the field before the game was over. And insider Ed Bouchette hears that Blount has been an "internal problem for at least a month." Some players are reportedly pushing for him to be released. Blount obviously shouldn't be in fantasy lineups down the stretch.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:35
RB Adrian Peterson has 2 hurdles to clear if he wants to play again this season: 1.) get reinstated by the NFL; and 2.) have the Vikings welcome him back. It sounds like #2 won't be an issue. Per Pro Football Talk, the team is "ready to welcome him home." PFT hears that the Vikings' front-office -- from the owner to the GM to the coaching staff -- wants AP back. Now we wait on the league's decision, which is expected within the next couple days.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:00
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said during his Monday radio show that MLB Bobby Wagner might return to practice Wednesday and has a chance to play Sunday against Arizona. Wagner has missed the past 5 games with turf toe. We'll certainly keep an eye on the IDP stud's status throughout the week.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:56
Browns HC Mike Pettine said Monday that LB Karlos Dansby could miss "upwards of a month" after spraining his left MCL in Sunday's loss to Houston, according to The Plain Dealer. Dansby's absence will hurt IDP lineups, but his absence should mean more playing time for impressive rookie Christian Kirksey. We'll see how that plays out in a lackluster LB matchup with the Falcons this weekend. The Browns D is also expected to miss OLB Jabaal Sheard for the rest of the season because of an unspecified bone injury in his foot. That removes a pair of key pass-rushers from a unit already mediocre in that area.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:51
"I'm no more banged up than other quarterback in the league," Philip Rivers told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday. "All good." Rivers was responding to reports -- generated by TE Antonio Gates -- that he's dealing with a "very severe" rib injury. HC Mike McCoy also chimed in that Rivers hasn't missed any practice time. "He's good to go," the coach said, acknowledging that he was concerned before hearing the diagnosis from doctors. "He's a warrior. He's one of the best in the business. He's one of the toughest in the business, if not the toughest at that position." Gates also backed off his own initial report on Monday. We're certainly not questioning Rivers' toughness or implying that fantasy owners should forget about starting him in the near future. But Rivers definitely hasn't been himself of his past couple of outings, especially Sunday against a flammable Raiders D. And we can't see why Gates would make something up about his QB's health or go public with such strong words if he were just speculating. We'd try not to use Rivers this weekend in a Rams matchup that would be tough even for a healthy QB. We'll re-evaluate him after Sunday.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:36
Lions RB Reggie Bush told reporters Monday that he expects to play Sunday at New England. He has been dealing with an ankle sprain for 6 weeks and missed 3 contests over that span. According to MLive.com, Bush said he felt nearly 100% healthy before the Week 10 visit by Miami. But Dolphins DT Jared Odrick rolled up on the back of his leg and forced Bush out in the 1st quarter. "The way my ankle got bent, if I didn't have an ankle injury, I would have had one after that play," he said. We'd still try not to use Bush in fantasy in Week 12 -- or at all until he makes it through a game with a decent workload. Bush's presence would also hurt the fantasy outlook for Lions RB Theo Riddick, though Joique Bell's usage and value should remain just fine.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:24
Browns HC Mike Pettine on Monday said that talent has led to rookie RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell passing Ben Tate on the depth chart. "There's an explosiveness there with the young backs, just a little bit more pop," Pettine said, per ESPN.com. "We wanted to see those guys out there. Sometimes it's not a matter of a negative against a guy, it's more of a positive with the other ones. We take everything into account." Pettine also danced around the question of whether Tate's attitude has factored into the decisions, saying only that it's "nothing that I would speak on here." Whatever the exact motivations at play here, Crowell's clearly the best back in Cleveland and finally seems to be taking the lead in the workload split. He's the guy to own on your fantasy team, with West next and Tate not worth a roster spot.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:13
Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) is inactive for tonight's game against the Steelers. He was able to practice on Saturday, which bodes well for his chances of returning for Week 12. Walker's absence tonight could mean a few extra short-range targets for WR Kendall Wright. RB Dexter McCluster (knee) is active but isn't a fantasy option.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:11
Broncos insider Mike Klis confirms that the team has not ruled out TE Julius Thomas (ankle) playing against the Dolphins this Sunday. Thomas was walking without a boot or noticeable limp on Monday, per Klis. We'll keep a close eye on Thomas' progress throughout this week.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:10
Broncos RB Montee Ball is expected to miss 2-3 weeks after re-injuring his groin in Sunday's loss to the Rams, according to insider Mike Klis. It sounds like this issue is less serious than the 1st, which cost Ball 5 weeks. But we also wouldn't consider him a lock to return within that 2-3 week timetable. Ball is droppable in fantasy if you need to free up a roster spot. He'd be tough to trust if he returns during the fantasy playoffs. Meanwhile, C.J. Anderson is left as Denver's clear-cut lead back. He played 93% of the offensive snaps this past weekend, finishing with 9 carries and 8 catches. Volume and supporting cast will make Anderson a strong fantasy play as long as Ball and Ronnie Hillman remain sidelined.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:40
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw's season is in serious jeopardy after he suffered what the Colts believe to be a broken ankle against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, a league source told The Indianapolis Star. (Indianapolis Star)
FF Today's Take: Beat writer Mike Chappell later revealed on Twitter that Bradshaw's injury is a fractured fibula, meaning a trip to season-ending IR is imminent. It is a crushing blow to the Colts, who lose an integral part of the running game and the short-passing game in the process. Trent Richardson should move into more of a lead-back role while Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne should see their red-zone opportunities increase.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:15
Day-to-day; appears to have avoided high ankle sprain
The early diagnosis is the ankle injury to Broncos TE Julius Thomas is not as bad as initially feared. Thomas injured his ankle in the first quarter of the Broncos' 22-7 loss at St. Louis on Sunday and did not return. He underwent a MRI Monday morning. It might be difficult for Thomas to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in the Broncos' first home game in a month, but his injury status is considered day-to-day. (Denver Post)
FF Today's Take: He appears to have avoided the dreaded "high ankle sprain", which is what was initially feared. Even with that bit of good news, the rash of injuries - including the concussion suffered by Emmanuel Sanders - comes at a bad time for Denver with Miami playing so well on defense lately. Thomas' owners in a pinch could opt for Peyton Manning favorite Jacob Tamme, although he is a replacement-level player at best at this stage of his career.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:12
Redskins HC Jay Gruden revealed that TE Jordan Reed suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's loss to the Bucs. Gruden didn't elaborate, but remember that Reed missed 4 weeks earlier this season with a bum hammy. Consider him questionable for Week 12 for now. We'll see if he's able to practice on Wednesday.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:08
Colts HC Chuck Pagano announced on Monday that RB Ahmad Bradshaw has a fractured fibula. Bradshaw is set to visit "a couple more specialists," per Pagano, but will almost certainly need surgery and be done for the season. It leaves the Colts' backfield to Trent Richardson. He's averaging just 3.4 yards per carry this season but was already seeing a little more than 15 touches per game. That rate could rise to around 20 with Bradshaw out, making T-Rich a weekly RB2 the rest of the way. Dan Herron steps in as Indy's #2 RB but is unlikely to see more than a handful of touches per game.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:00
Earlier reports suggested 2-4 week timetable
Saints WR Brandin Cooks had surgery on his injured thumb and is actually out 4-6 weeks, per his agent. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: This report, if true, makes Cooks droppable given the fact there are five weeks remaining in most fantasy leagues. It may be worthwhile to hold on to him until an official announcement is made, but owners should plan to be without the rookie for the rest of the year.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:45
Expects to play in Week 12
Larry Fitzgerald has a grade 2 MCL sprain. Expects to play vs. Seahawks. (Kent Somers on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Fitzgerald has not missed a game since 2007 and suffered his fair share of injuries over that time, although that doesn't mean owners should share his optimism. The Cardinals have been spreading the wealth all season long and the matchup in Seattle is far from favorable. Furthermore, Fitzgerald is unlikely to be anywhere close to 100 percent by the end of the week.