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Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 06:05
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora hears that RB Ray Rice could be reinstated within the next 4 weeks. A date for Rice's appeal hearing has been set, and a decision is expected quickly. Rice's legal team is arguing that, as a 1st-time offender, his suspension should have been no more than 6 games. La Canfora has spoken to multiple legal experts who believe that Rice has an "exceedingly strong case." Of course, even if he's reinstated, Rice would need a team to take on the PR nightmare that would come with signing him. Considering he's no longer an elite RB, that's no lock to happen. We wouldn't bother adding Rice to fantasy rosters.
Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:58
Bengals HC Marvin Lewis confirmed to ESPN's Lindsay Czarniak that WR A.J. Green (toe) will not play against the Colts today. Green was listed as doubtful but didn't practice all week and never had a shot to play. There's still no timetable for his return.
Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:22
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play against the Packers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He put in a full practice on Friday, so we're not worried about the rookie being rusty. Benjamin is a strong WR2 against a Packers secondary definitely without CB Sam Shields (knee) and possibly without CB Tramon Williams (ankle).
Draft Sharks - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:17
Insiders Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer all report that Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is expected to play against the Lions today. All 3 guys add that a final decision won't be made until after pregame warmups. And Schefter hears that Graham is not expected to start. He'll likely be limited to obvious passing downs and red-zone snaps. But he's still capable of doing plenty of damage. Note that in 5 games playing less than 55% of the snaps last year, Graham posted lines of 10-135, 3-37-2, 5-59, 5-73-1 and 5-71-1. Click here to see where he sits in our Week 7 TE Rankings.
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 02:11
Panthers WR gets concussion clearance from doctor
Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared, source says. He'll play today vs. the Packers. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Benjamin will be on the field today against Green Bay. He's a solid WR2 but keep in mind the Packers haven't allowed any wide receiver to gain more than 82 yards (Calvin Johnson).
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 01:27
Will test shoulder in pregame warmups
So for now, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is expected to play, though not expected to start due to shoulder injury. Will test injury in pregame. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The good thing here is, we will know soon whether or not Graham is active for the game. If he is, it will difficult for Graham owners not put him in their lineups considering he will likely be used around the goaline. More to come on Graham's status later this morning...
Draft Sharks - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 16:06
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin made the trip with his team to Green Bay for Sunday's game against the Packers. We still haven't heard if the rookie has been cleared to play, but it sure looks like he has. "All signs point to him playing," insider Joe Person tweeted Saturday. We'll find out Benjamin's official status by noon ET on Sunday. He'l be a solid WR2 play if active.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:47
The Chiefs have ruled S Eric Berry out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. After returning to practice early in the week following the team's bye, Berry found that his high ankle sprain has not yet healed enough to allow him to play. His absence hurts the upside of the Chiefs' team D in fantasy, as he's easily the team's biggest playmaker in coverage.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:39
The Bengals have ruled out MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) for Sunday's visit to Indianapolis. The team also will likely go without strong-side LB Emmanuel Lamur, who's doubtful with a shoulder injury. That would leave Vontaze Burfict as the only regular starter in the lineup, with Vincent Rey likely stepping in for Maualuga and filling a 3-down role. (The other starter won't matter for IDP puropses.) Rey presents intriguing sleeper potential in a top-10 matchup for fantasy LB scoring. The Bengals' team D outlook for the game doesn't change significantly with these 2 injuries.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:33
For the 2nd straight week, a rib injury will keep Bears OLB Lance Briggs on the sideline. Briggs again missed practice all week with the injury. HC Marc Trestman said Friday that it's mere soreness and not a fracture or cartilage damage but refused to give further details. “I can’t be specific because there’s no reason to be here,” Trestman said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “He has some soreness in his ribs. He’s not ready to play. I’m not keeping anything from anybody, but that’s where it is, and we’re hoping he’s close and hoping that he’ll be ready to go next week.” Guess we'll see. The Bears also might miss strong-side LB Jon Bostic (back) again. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:29
Titans RB Shonn Greene has been downgraded from doubtful to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. He didn't practice at all this week, so he's no lock to return for Week 8. RB Bishop Sankey will again serve as Tennessee's lead runner after toting it 18 times last Sunday. RB Dexter McCluster will see action on passing downs.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 06:32
Bucs RB Charles Sims (ankle) is eligible to make his NFL debut in Week 10 after being placed on short-term IR to start the season. The rookie is hoping to get cleared to practice next week. Sims was a pass-catching extraordinaire in college, and insider Pat Yasinskas believes he'll "take on a big role in the backfield" once healthy. Tampa's 27th-ranked rushing offense could certainly use a boost. Sims probably isn't worth rostering just yet, but stick him on your watch list in PPR leagues.
Draft Sharks - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 06:25
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) confirmed that he's targeting a Week 9 return, following the team's Week 8 bye. That's been his expected return date all along. Jennings expects to begin running in a pool next week. RB Andre Williams has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry over the past 2 games, so Jennings should get the lead job back when healthy. He should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:50
Seahawks receive conditional mid-round pick
BREAKING: The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: This one is a stunner and has fairly far-reaching implications for both teams. By making this move, the Seahawks essentially are scrapping the misdirection part of their offense and likely recommitting themselves to Marshawn Lynch. Doug Baldwin should see his stock increase the most among Seattle wideouts. The Jets now have a dynamic (albeit injury-prone) playmaker opposite Eric Decker that should aid Geno Smith's development.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:38
The Jets have traded a conditional pick to Seattle for WR Percy Harvin. Obviously, the Seahawks weren’t thrilled with how Harvin fit into their offense. Their loss is Geno Smith’s gain, as he gets a legitimate weapon to pair with Eric Decker. When you factor in Smith’s rushing upside, he certainly has the ability to re-emerge as a matchup fantasy option. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are down to Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse as their top-2 WRs. While Baldwin’s the more appealing fantasy prospect, Russell Wilson’s always been one to spread the ball around. The 3rd-year QB is the biggest fantasy loser in this deal, although his legs keep him in the QB1 mix.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:14
Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) put in a full week of practice and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Lions. He said early in the week that he’ll be a “full go.” There’s still plenty of risk here in his first action since Week 2, though. And Detroit is allowing just 3.2 yards per carry to RBs. Consider Ingram a RB3 or flex option for Week 7.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:08
Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Lions. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and will be a game-time decision. "I think (coach) Sean (Payton) might try to see how I'm doing on Sunday and maybe work me before the game to see where I'm at," Graham said Friday afternoon. "As of right now I don't know." The good news is that we'll find out Graham's status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he'll be a top-5 TE play. It's possible -- maybe even likely -- that his snaps would be limited, but Graham had outings with 10 catches and 2 TDs while playing less than 55% of the snaps last season.
Draft Sharks - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:01
Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is doubtful for this weekend’s game against the Saints. He injured the hamstring on Wednesday and was unable to practice on Thursday or Friday. With TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) also out, Brandon Pettigrew is the last man standing in Detroit’s TE group. He’s still just a desperation fantasy play.