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Benjamin has a concussion

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:34

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is in the concussion protocol, HC Ron Rivera revealed on Wednesday. It's the 1st we've heard of the head injury.  Benjamin took a few big shots in last week's tie but was still in there at the end of the game.  He's now iffy for this Sunday's game against the Packers, though.  We'll keep tabs on his progress over the next few days.  Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant would be Carolina's top 2 WRs if Benjamin is out.  It'd be a sizable hit to QB Cam Newton's Week 7 outlook.

Stewart expects to play Week 7

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:27

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) said Wednesday that he's feeling much better this week and expects to play against the Packers this weekend.  He's missed the past 3 games but should take back over as Carolina's lead back -- especially with DeAngelo Williams still out with his high-ankle sprain.  It makes Stewart a viable RB3 or flex vs. Green Bay's 22nd-ranked RB defense.

Griffins looks "fine" in return to practice

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:14

Redskins QB Jay Gruden said QB Robert Griffin (ankle) "looked fine" in his return to on-field drills on Wednesday.  He had "a little bounce in his step," Gruden said.  The coach also confirmed that RG3 remains the starter when healthy.  Griffin is clearly making progress, but Washington will not rush him back.  A Week 11 return -- after the bye -- remains the best bet.

Royal practices Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:09

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (ribs) was on the field for practice on Wednesday.  It looks like he'll be able to play through the rib injury he suffered last week.  As always, Royal will be a boom-or-bust WR3 for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Locker feels good in Wednesday's practice

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:56

Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) returned to practice on Wednesday and said afterward that he was "able to do everything" and had no problem gripping the ball.  Locker is optimistic about his chance of returning for this weekend's game against the Browns, but HC Ken Whisenhunt said that it's too early to make a call.  Neither Locker nor QB Charlie Whitehurst should be near your fantasy lineup.

Bush back at practice Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:41

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday.  He'll likely be listed as limited, but this still puts him on track to play against the Saints this weekend.  Bush will be worth getting back into fantasy lineups for that plus matchup.

Green still sidelined Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:34

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) remained sidelined on Wednesday.  We doubt he practices this week considering he's set for a checkup on Friday.  Only if Green receives surprisingly good news then will he have a chance to play against the Colts this weekend.  Fantasy owners need to prepare to be without him again.

Gerhart still out Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:32

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) did not practice on Wednesday.  It's not a good start in his quest to get back for this weekend's game against the Browns.  Jacksonville is deploying a full-fledged 3- or 4-man committee backfield anyway, so the situation is best avoided in fantasy football for now.

Johnson still has "lingering pain" in ankle

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:10

Lions WR Calvin Johnson admitted on Wednesday that he's still dealing with "lingering pain" in his ankle.  That doesn't sound like a guy who's ready to return this weekend.  It's still very possible that Detroit holds Johnson out through its Week 9 bye.  That'd likely get him back to 100% and ready to dominate over the final 8 games.

Giants hoping to get Jennings back for Week 8

Draft Sharks - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:34

Giants HC Tom Coughlin confirmed that RB Rashad Jennings (knee) won't play against the Cowboys this Sunday.  New York then has a bye week, and Coughlin "hopes" to get Jennings back for Week 9.  The veteran should resume feature-back duties when healthy.  Rookie Andre Williams is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry, including a 3.6 mark in last week's start against the Eagles.

Brady's ankle 'doing really well'

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:41

Patriots QB Tom Brady told Jets reporters on a conference call Tuesday that his sprained ankle is "doing really well," according to The Star-Ledger.  "I've been getting a lot of treatment, and I'll be getting treatment up until game time, and I'm going to go out there on Thursday and see what we can do."  Of course, we only learned after Sunday's win over Buffalo that his injury was "significant," and the next time we get a straight answer out of the Patriots will likely be the 1st.  Still, fantasy owners can't get too worried about Brady given his performance against the Bills and the favorable matchup with the Jets' pass D.  Barring some kind of setback this week, start him with confidence Thursday night.

Trevathan hits short-term IR

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:37

The Broncos on Tuesday placed LB Danny Trevathan on IR with the designation to return.  That means he'll be eligible to return to the practice field in 6 weeks (Nov. 26) and to play in a game 2 weeks after that.  The timeframe means you can drop him in any non-dynasty IDP league.  Look for LB Brandon Marshall to jump back into the top 30 when we update our Rest of the Way rankings Wednesday.

Giants add Ogletree

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:41

The Giants have signed veteran WR Kevin Ogletree to fill the roster spot left open when they put Victor Cruz on IR Tuesday.  Ogletree has flashed for a game with several teams but never sustained any production or even given a team reason to keep him around.  Don't expect any fantasy value out of him at this stop.

Willis expected to miss Week 7

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:37

49ers LB Patrick Willis suffered a toe sprain in Monday night's win over St. Louis and is expected to miss this Sunday's meeting with the Broncos, according to Pro Football Talk.  Willis will reportedly get a 2nd opinion from the same foot specialist who recently examined Bengals WR A.J. Green.  If Willis sits out, rookie Chris Borland would start next to Michael Wilhoite at ILB.  Neither is worth chasing in your IDP league.

Carter expects Week 8 return

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:33

Cowboys LB Bruce Carter said Tuesday that he won't play Sunday against the Giants but expects to return for the Week 8 game against Washington.  Carter suffered a quad strain in the win over New Orleans and will miss his 3rd straight game this weekend.  "I feel good," he said, according to the Dallas Morning News.  "It's just a matter of getting my strength back and getting myself back in shape.''  Carter has been the highest-upside IDP option among Dallas LBs this year, though the whole group has dealt with injuries.

Jones placed on IR

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:14

The Bengals have placed WR Marvin Jones on IR, ending his 2014 season.  He played in exactly 0 games this year, missing the first 3 with a broken foot and the last 2 with an ankle injury.  We still don't know the extent of the ankle injury and whether he'll need surgery, but Jones should be back to 100% for the offseason program.  He'll have a battle on his hands with Mohamed Sanu for #2 WR duties.  Jones is still worth stashing in dynasty leagues.

Toby Gerhart still in mix for bulk of carries?

Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:15

With Storm Johnson on carry count, Gerhart could reclaim job

Running back Storm Johnson carried 10 times in Sunday's loss, his first career start and second game. That was exactly the amount of work Bradley planned for the rookie to handle. "Our whole intent was to get Storm 10 carries and he got 10 carries," Bradley said. Johnson gained 21 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. His longest carry went for 7 yards. The seventh-round pick from Central Florida also caught a screen pass for a 4-yard loss. "His toughness and things like that were there," Bradley said. "But, there's a couple of areas and just his overall reads and where we actually want the play to hit. He hit it more front side where he could bring it backside, so things like that." On the season, Johnson has carried 14 times for 48 yards. Running back Toby Gerhart (foot) will also be evaluated Wednesday after missing Sunday's game. (Florida Times-Union)

FF Today's Take: It appears that Gerhart isn't quite dead in the water, but you'll have to suspend disbelief a bit to imagine him meeting even 80 percent of the preseason expectations heaped on him. It's a fluid situation, but the entire backfield is a mess.

Randle arrested for shoplifting

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:48

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting on Monday night.  He reportedly tried to steal cologne and underwear.  The guy is making $495K this year, by the way.  We doubt he faces any discipline from the league for the incident.  Randle topped 4 touches last week for the 1st time this season.  He's just a DeMarco Murray handcuff.

Jones dealing with minor ankle injury

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:42

Falcons WR Julio Jones has been dealing with a minor ankle injury that he suffered in Week 4.  Note that it's the opposite ankle from the foot that he's had surgically repaired twice.  He's been getting treatment since and been limited in practice, but it hasn't been an issue on Sundays.  Jones has played 123 of a possible 130 snaps over the past 2 weeks.  The ankle is something to monitor but not worry about.

Wagner dealing with turf toe

Draft Sharks - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:44

Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN reports that Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner came away from Sunday's loss to the Cowboys with turf toe.  "Not sure on severity or time for return," she tweeted Monday night.  Missing Wagner for any game time could prove a significant blow to a defense that has already shown some recent cracks.  IDP owners will need to see if Wagner takes the field at all this week, but secure a Week 7 insurance option in the meantime.  LB K.J. Wright has slid over from the outside to the middle in Wagner's absence before.