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Peterson's appeal hearing scheduled for Dec. 2

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:08

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing will take place on December 2.  In other words, the earliest he could play even if he wins the appeal is Week 14.  Minnesota's signing of RB Ben Tate on Wednesday is a good sign that they don't expect AP to play again this season.  He's only worth stashing if you have a roster spot to burn.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman limited

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:00

Thigh injury clouds status for Sunday

FOXBOROUGH - Wide receiver Julian Edelman is less than 100 percent following the New England Patriots' 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Edelman (thigh) landed awkwardly on top of a yardage marker in Sunday's game, and was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's walkthrough practice. (Boston.com)

FF Today's Take: It's too early to know whether Edelman will be able to play this week so fantasy owners should prepare for all scenarios while checking back as the week progresses.

TE Delanie Walker still in concussion protocol

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:18

Light participant in practice Wednesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans tight end Delanie Walker still needs to pass a doctor's test to make it out of the NFL concussion protocol, but he was part of a light practice Wednesday. The Titans decided [last] Sunday not to have Walker undergo the final test with an independent doctor required to clear him before their Monday night game against the Steelers. (ESPN.com)

FF Today's Take: Walker is the Titans' leading receiver and is on track to take the final test of the NFL's concussion protocol. If he is cleared, Walker becomes a decent play for fantasy owners against the Eagles for Week 12. If Walker remains sidelined, backup Chase Coffman would find himself with an expanded role for the second straight week.

Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson miss practice

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:33

Detroit offense faced with more injuries

ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are struggling to get all their running backs healthy at the same time. After his season-best rushing performance against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Joique Bell didn't practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The team also continues to take a cautious approach with All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle). (mLive.com)

FF Today's Take: Detroit's backfield has become a week-to-week carousel for fantasy owners this season. With Joique Bell (ankle) missing practice and Reggie Bush (ankle) limited, it is unclear who will receive the bulk of the work come Sunday. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson owners continue to sulk as he now works his way through an ankle injury. In short, several of Detroit's fantasy weapons are banged up and you will need to check back later in the week to see who is able to suit up for Week 12.

Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:27

Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: With Adrian Peterson all but out for the rest of the season, and Matt Asiata working through the league's concussion protocol, the Vikings were in need of running back help. Expect a timeshare with McKinnon and Tate moving forward. This move derails the small value McKinnon currently has and puts both in RB4 territory.

Asiata has concussion

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:19

Vikings RB Matt Asiata missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion.  It's the 1st we've heard of the head injury and obviously puts Asiata's status for Week 12 in doubt.  With RB Ben Tate's arrival, Asiata will soon drop to 3rd on Minnesota's depth chart.  He's not worth rostering in fantasy football.

Vikings claim Tate

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:15

The Vikings have claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers, according to ESPN's Field Yates.  The 4-6 Vikes are essentially out of the playoff picture, so this looks like a 6-game audition for Tate.  Minnesota is clearly planning for life without RB Adrian Peterson in 2015 and beyond.  Tate has a brand new offense to learn and isn't even guaranteed to be active this weekend.  We wouldn't expect him to play a significant role within the next few weeks.  And even if he does, his combination of mediocre talent and poor situation won't make him much of a fantasy asset.  Tate is only worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues.  His arrival does put a dent in RB Jerick McKinnon's outlook for the rest of the season.

Foster still "day-to-day"

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:06

Texans HC Bill O'Brien called RB Arian Foster (groin) "day-to-day."  It's the same exact thing we heard last Wednesday.  Foster, of course, went on to miss last weekend's game.  We'll keep an eye on him the rest of this week, but he's certainly not a lock to play against the Bengals on Sunday.  RB Alfred Blue should still be rostered in all leagues as a RB2 if Foster sits.

Walker limited Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:13

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) put in another limited practice on Wednesday.  He still hasn't received full clearance but is definitely trending in that direction.  Check back tomorrow for another update.  If he plays this weekend, Walker will be a fine fantasy starter against the Eagles.

Arian Foster practices Wednesday

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:10

Groin injury

Arian Foster returned to practice today for the Texans. (Houston Texans via Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Foster missed Week 10 with a groin injury. In his place, Alfred Blue rushed for 156 yards on 36 carries. For now, you can pencil Foster into your starting lineup. More updates to come later this week.

Fitzgerald held out Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:46

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.  "We'll see how he progresses," HC Bruce Arians said.  Fitz plans on playing against the Seahawks this weekend, but we wouldn't consider it a lock.  If he does suit up, he'll be a shaky fantasy play at less than 100% in a tough matchup.

Sanders, Thomas held out of Broncos' practice

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:40

Two receiving stars watching from the sidelines Wedensday

Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas attended Wednesday's practice. But they did not practice. Sanders suffered a concussion Sunday when absorbing a violent hit by Rams safety Rodney McLeod. Thomas suffered a sprained left ankle Sunday. (Denver Post)

FF Today's Take: Sanders will need to get through the NFL's concussion protocol before being allowed to play. Thomas is not on crutches or in a walking boot, both of which are good signs for his availability. More updates to come on both players later this week.

Observers: Gordon in good shape

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:39

Browns insiders Mary Kay Cabot and Scott Petrak separately noted that WR Josh Gordon appeared to be in good shape at Wednesday's practice.  (Cabot's Twitter has a few good pictures of Gordon.)  Petrak added that Gordon dropped a pass in the 15 minutes of practice open to the media.  That's less of a concern than was his physical standing considering he hadn't practiced since August.  It sounds like Gordon is ready to roll, though.  He told the NFL Network's Nate Burleson that he plans to "tear this league up."  Added Gordon, "I’m going to outwork everybody on the field. I’m going to try to evoke a pride in Cleveland that can hopefully lead us to the playoffs."

Giovani Bernard back at practice

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:26

Expected to play against Houston on Sunday

Giovani Bernard was back at practice for the team after missing the last three games with hip and collarbone injuries. He appears to be on track to return to the lineup against the Texans. (ProFootballTalk)

FF Today's Take: Jeremy Hill has been a capable fill-in while Bernard has been out so it remains to be seen how the touches will be split on Sunday. Both will be risky plays against the Texans due to the workload uncertainty.

Bowman returns to field

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:23

49ers NaVorro Bowman returned to the practice field Wednesday for the 1st time since tearing up a knee in the playoff loss to the Seahawks. He's taking part on only a limited basis, but it's obviously a big step. The team still has 3 weeks to decide whether to return Bowman to the active roster or place him on IR, and the veteran LB is no lock to reclaim his starting job. But his talent obviously makes his progress worth watching for IDP owners, even at this relatively late stage in the season.

Jordan Reed misses practice Wednesday

Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:07

Tight end dealing with hamstring issue again

Jay Gruden confirms Baker, Trent Williams, Lauvao and Jordan Reed did not practice. ..As for Williams "a long road" to play. (ESPN 980 via Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Reed injured the other hamstring last week and remains iffy to play this week. Reed missed a month earlier this season with a hamsting injury in the opposite leg. Reed owners should have Plan B in place.

Thomas sidelined Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:52

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.  He was at least able to get on the field for some stretching.  Thomas' injury isn't considered serious, but his status for this weekend's game against the Dolphins is certainly in question.  Check back tomorrow for another update.

Sanders misses Wednesday's practice

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:51

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.  It's not a big surprise -- players rarely practice the Wednesday after a concussion.  We'll see if he's able to get back on the field tomorrow.  Consider Sanders no better than 50/50 for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Cameron still out Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:50

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) was still unable to practice on Wednesday.  Fantasy owners can't be counting on him playing against the Falcons this weekend.  It's possible that Cameron misses the rest of the season.

Reed held out Wednesday

Draft Sharks - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:49

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday.  The team hasn't provided much info on his status, but he's obviously in danger of missing this weekend's game against the 49ers.  Remember that Reed missed 4 games earlier this season with a bum hammy (although it was the opposite hammy).  Niles Paul will serve as Washington's pass-catching TE if Reed can't play Sunday, but he'd be tough to trust considering how poorly QB Robert Griffin played last week.