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Gresham questionable for playoff opener

Draft Sharks - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:43

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (back) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts.  He didn't practice at all this week, but that's likely a case of Cincinnati getting him some rest.  We're expecting Gresham to play on Sunday -- and in an expanded pass-catching role with WR A.J. Green likely out.

A.J. Green doubtful, Gresham questionable

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:35

Missed practice Friday

The chances A.J. Green plays in this weekend's Wild Card game against Indianapolis took a hit Friday. And now the Bengals wait with hope giving way to reality. He was listed as doubtful on the official injury report.Green suffered a concussion after being stripped of the football Sunday against Pittsburgh. He did not practice Wednesday, practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, was held completely out of practice this Friday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

FF Today's Take: Bad news for the Benalgs as they will be without their best wide receiver. Mohamed Sanu will attempt to fill the void but expect Cincinnati to attempt a run-heavy gameplan with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. TE Jermaine Gresham (back) did practice Friday and is listed as questionable. He will be a gametime decision.

Le'Veon Bell out for wild-card game

Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:30

Josh Harris expected to start

Steelers running back and team MVP Le'Veon Bell has been ruled out of Saturday's AFC wild-card game against the Baltimore Ravens. Bell hyperextended his right knee against the Bengals in the regular-season finale. He did not practice all week. Bell's replacement is Josh Harris, who has 16 yards on nine carries in his professional career. He was inserted into the Bengals game and had a 59-yard run that was nullified by a holding penalty. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

FF Today's Take: It's been the general thinking that Bell would miss this game and now it's official. Harris will get the start for the Steelers with Dri Archer used in a change of pace role. The newly signed Ben Tate is expected to be active but should clearly be the No.3 running back against the Ravens.

Green doubtful for Wild Card game

Draft Sharks - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:17

Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts.  After putting in a limited practice on Thursday, he was held out on Friday.  It looks like he suffered a setback.  We should know by tomorrow whether he's been cleared to play, but that's obviously a long shot at this point.  Green's absence would mean more targets for WR Mohamed Sanu and TE Jermaine Gresham, but look for a run-heavy attack from Cincinnati.

Bell ruled out for Wild Card game

Draft Sharks - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 10:01

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens.  We're a bit surprised that Pittsburgh isn't waiting to see what kind of progress he makes over the next day-and-a-half, but this likely means that he's not anywhere close to being ready.  Bell's absence leaves the Steelers with Josh Harris, Ben Tate and Dri Archer at RB.  Harris is the best bet for touches but is a weak fantasy play against the league's top-ranked RB defense.  Look for a pass-heavy attack from Pittsburgh.

Bell misses practice again

Draft Sharks - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 19:44

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell missed practice for the 2nd straight day Thursday because of his hyperextended knee. Bell had said Wednesday that he felt a lot better, but undrafted rookie Josh Harris still appears on track to start Saturday night's game against the Ravens. Bell's absence would not only take 1 of the league's best runners out of Pittsburgh's lineup but also the team's 2nd-leading receiver for the year.

A.J. Green limited in practice on Thursday

Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 13:25

Suffered concussion in Week 17

The status of A.J. Green for Sunday's playoff game remains in question. He's officially still in the league's concussion protocol, which means he cannot return to practice or speak with the media. Green suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss against Pittsburgh and this was his first opportunity to return to the practice field. For Bengals fans, that means they wait and see. HC Marvin Lewis will have to wait as well. "I don't know," he said when asked whether or not Green would play this weekend. "You'll see on Sunday." (Cincinnati Enquirer)

FF Today's Take: Green must have passed a baseline concussion test with team doctors since he participated in warmups and installation on Thursday. He has two days to be cleared by an independent neurologist, but he's a longshot to be overly productive considering the concussion, the matchup (he should run at least half of his snaps in the coverage of top Colts CB Vontae Davis) and the fact that he could once again be a victim of an infamous Andy Dalton playoff meltdown.

Fitzgerald not expected back w/ Cards in 2015

Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 13:10

Cap number expected to be $23.6 M

Larry Fitzgerald does not expect to be back with the Cardinals next season, a source familiar with the situation told FOX Sports Arizona on Wednesday. That could make Saturday's wild-card playoff game in Charlotte, N.C., the final game of the Valley icon's Arizona career. Last week, GM Steve Keim confirmed a Pro Football Talk report that the Cardinals had no plans to cut Fitzgerald despite an unworkable $23.6 million cap number next season, which would account for about 17 percent of the projected $141 million salary cap. (Fox Sports Arizona)

FF Today's Take: Fitzgerald can still get it done at a fairly high level, but there is simply no reason to have one receiver counting that much against the cap for an offense that spreads the wealth as much as Arizona does now under HC Bruce Arians. The odds are very high that Fitzgerald will play his final game as a Cardinal this weekend.

Lindley will start Wild Card game

Draft Sharks - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 12:03

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians confirmed that QB Ryan Lindley will start Saturday's Wild Card game against the Panthers.  QB Drew Stanton remains out with his knee problem.  Lindley played better in the season finale than he did in Week 16, but the finale still included 3 TDs.  He's not a recommended fantasy play vs. a Carolina defense that's allowed just 10 TDs with 7 INTs over its last 9 games.

Harris expected to start Wild Card game

Draft Sharks - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 11:23

Steelers RB Josh Harris is in line to start Saturday night's game against the Ravens, according to ESPN's Scott Brown.  RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is unlikely to be available, and Harris will get the nod over newly signed Ben Tate.  Harris is an undrafted rookie who spent half of the season on the practice squad and finished with just 9 carries for 16 yards.  The Steelers figure to go pass-heavy against the Ravens this weekend, while mixing in Tate and Dri Archer behind Harris.  We wouldn't use Harris in fantasy lineups against Baltimore's top-ranked RB defense.

Green returns to limited practice Thursday

Draft Sharks - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 11:17

Bengals WR A.J. Green (concussion) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.  Per insider Geoff Hobson, Green "went through warmups, stretching and installation of the offense."  He's hoping to be cleared for a full practice on Friday and then receive final clearance from an independent doctor on Saturday.  Green appears on track to play against the Colts on Sunday.

Marrone out as Bills HC

Draft Sharks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 15:32

Doug Marrone has opted out of his contract as Bills HC. It’s somewhat of a surprising move, as he was widely expected to return in 2015. He ends his tenure in Buffalo with a 15-17 record across 2 seasons. Per ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Jets are the front-runners to land Marrone as their next HC. Stay tuned.

Doug Marrone leaving Bills

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 15:20

Coach exercises opt-out clause

STATEMENT FROM BUFFALO BILLS OWNER TERRY PEGULA: "Doug Marrone informed me late today that he has decided to exercise the option clause in his contract and relinquish his responsibilities as our head coach." (BuffaloBills.com)

FF Today's Take: Add the Bills to the list of teams looking for a new coach this offseason. Buffalo is coming off a disappointing year and will also need to figure out what to do at the quarterback position where EJ Manuel has struggled when healthy and Kyle Orton has retired.

Bell feeling better Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 14:36

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) did not practice on Wednesday, but he was walking around the facility without a noticeable limp.  He rode the stationary bike and did some light jogging. "I feel great," Bell said.  But he wouldn't commit to being ready for Saturday night's game against the Ravens, only saying, "obviously, I'm taking it day by day."  Bell still seems worse than 50-50 to play this weekend.

Wayne limited in Wednesday's practice

Draft Sharks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 14:01

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (groin) put in a limited practice on Wednesday.  It puts him on track to play against the Bengals this weekend, but Wayne would be a weak fantasy play.  He didn't top 4 catches or score in any of his last 6 games.

Allen puts in full practice Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 13:58

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (knee) put in a full practice on Wednesday.  He'll be ready to roll for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Bengals' 16th-ranked TE defense.  Allen will be a TD-dependent fantasy play.

Washington seeks new DC

Draft Sharks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 07:21

Washington announced today that it has parted ways with DC Jim Haslett. That's certainly not bad news necessarily for a defense that hasn't been good in recent seasons. We'll see what it means for the scheme, however. OLB Brian Orakpo will be a free agent in March, and fellow OLB Ryan Kerrigan has just 1 expensive year left on his contract. Both guys also played 4-3 DE in college. Washington HC Jay Gruden came from a Bengals team that runs a 4-3 front.

No guarantee Cruz returns to form

Draft Sharks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 07:02

Giants GM Jerry Reese conceded that there's no guarantee that WR Victor Cruz returns to pre-injury form after tearing his patellar tendon in October.  “Any guy who has a significant injury — and that was a significant injury — you’ve gotta prepare as if, ‘What if Victor doesn’t come back?’” Reese said. “That’s always in the back of your head. What if this guy doesn’t come back and be the player that we think he is?”  We've seen torn patellar tendons ruin guys' careers, including RBs Ryan Williams and Cadillac Williams.  Cruz's rehab will need to be closely monitored this offseason, but he'll be a risky pick in 2015 fantasy football drafts.

Suh suspension overturned

Draft Sharks - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 20:10

The league had suspended Lions DT Ndamukong Suh for 1 game after he purposely stepped on the ankle of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers during Sunday's Packers win. But Suh had the suspension changed to a $70,000 fine on appeal Tuesday, meaning that he'll play against the Cowboys this weekend. That provides a big boost to the Detroit defense and chips away at the upside for Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray. We've also added Suh to our playoff IDP rankings -- for the truly serious fantasy player.

Rodgers' calf feeling "a little better"

Draft Sharks - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:26

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that his injured calf is feeling "a little better."  He also revealed that the injury he suffered in the regular-season finale was more severe and in a different spot than the injury he suffered a week earlier.  "Fortunate that we have two weeks here because I feel confident that I'll be in a better spot than I was going into the Lions game with an extra week of rest," Rodgers added.  "Can't say either way what percentage it will be, but I hope it's going to be feeling better than it was last weekend." It sounds like there will still be some risk of re-injury in the Divisional Round, but Rodgers should be as dominant as ever as long as he's on the field.  Over the past 2 weeks, he's completed 77% of his passes, averaged 8.8 yards per attempt and tossed 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs.