Fantasy Football News & Views
Patriots | Shane Vereen questionable (Fri Oct 24, 05:11 PM) [jump to this story]
Ravens | Owen Daniels won't play in Week 8 (Fri Oct 24, 01:16 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | Reggie Wayne won't play (Fri Oct 24, 01:00 PM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | A.J. Green missing from practice (Thu Oct 23, 04:46 PM) [jump to this story]
Titans | Zach Mettenberger named starter (Thu Oct 23, 02:43 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Reggie Bush day-to-day (Thu Oct 23, 02:31 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Calvin Johnson encouraged with progress (Thu Oct 23, 01:21 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Robert Griffin III increases load (Wed Oct 22, 10:38 AM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Anthony Dixon likely the guy (Wed Oct 22, 10:26 AM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Johnny Manziel could play in Week 8 (Tue Oct 21, 02:05 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Colt McCoy to start Week 8 Thu Oct 23, 05:22 PM
Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy will start Week 8, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
|Footballguys view: We'll have to wait just a little while longer for Robert Griffin III to return. With McCoy starting on Monday night against the Cowboys, it downgrades the projections for all Washington skill position players.|
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Vikings | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 05:21 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) and S Antone Exum (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), C John Sullivan (concussion), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), CB Jabari Price (hamstring) and CB Josh Robinson (ankle) were limited, while DE Corey Wootton (back), OG Vladimir Ducasse (knee), SS Harrison Smith (ankle) and TE Chase Ford (foot) practiced in full.Link to story
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Ravens | Steve Smith resting up Thu Oct 23, 05:19 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Just some veteran rest here. Smith should be back in action on Friday.|
Steve Smith player page
Ravens | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 05:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty (wrist) and LB Daryl Smith (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OT Eugene Monroe (knee) and OG Kelechi Osemele (knee) practiced in full.Link to story
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Texans | Andre Johnson limited Thursday Thu Oct 23, 05:17 PM
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: The team is being cautious with the veteran star here. We like him as a WR2 with upside in Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans.|
Andre Johnson player page
Buccaneers | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 05:14 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Brandon Magee (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring), OT Anthony Collins (knee), FS Dashon Goldson (ankle) and CB Keith Tandy (hamstring) were limited. CB Johnthan Banks (neck) was a full participant.Link to story
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Buccaneers | Josh McCown limited in practice Thu Oct 23, 05:11 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: We should see McCown work as Mike Glennon's backup this week if he's healthy enough to play.|
Josh McCown player page
Bengals | A.J. Green missing from practice Thu Oct 23, 04:46 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) sat out of practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: We'll have to watch this. Hopefully he can play as we could see him putting up WR2 numbers in a critical divisional game. But that toe could also hold him back. We'll be watching tomorrow to see if he sits or practices. That will be the telling moment.|
A.J. Green player page
Bengals | Giovani Bernard still limited Thu Oct 23, 04:43 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Right now we have Bernard as an RB2, but if he doesn't go, Jeremy Hill becomes a nice play. Right now, Hill is a RB4, but he could really move up in production if Bernard is out. Keep an eye on this.|
Giovani Bernard player page
Bengals | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 04:37 PM
Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (rest) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OG Clint Boling (rest) and CB Leon Hall (back) were limited, while TE Kevin Brock (neck), LB Vontaze Burfict (neck), DE Robert Geathers (toe), DE Wallace Gilberry (eye), LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder), OT Marshall Newhouse (back), OG Mike Pollak (knee), OT Andre Smith (shoulder) and DT Brandon Thompson (knee) practiced in full.Link to story
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Packers | James Starks limited Thursday Thu Oct 23, 04:33 PM
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after not practicing Wednesday, Oct. 22.
|Footballguys view: Starks isn't worth much with Eddie Lacy playing well, even if Lacy isn't as good as he played last season. We have Lacy as an RB2 and Starks way back in the RB4 ranks.|
James Starks player page
Packers | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 04:29 PM
Green Bay Packers S Morgan Burnett (calf) and CB Sam Shields (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. DE Datone Jones (ankle) was limited.Link to story
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Saints | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 04:27 PM
New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle) and LB Kyle Knox (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. CB Keenan Lewis (knee, shoulder), LB Ramon Humber (ankle) and DT Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) were limited. CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) fully participated.Link to story
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Panthers | DeAngelo Williams out again Thu Oct 23, 04:26 PM
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) didn't practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: You know what would be news? If Williams wasn't out. Maybe that's the bar to set for whether Williams is newsworthy. Last week Jonathan Stewart was awful and he faces a Seattle defense which, even a shadow of its 2013 self, is still enough to keep him as no more than a weak RB3.|
DeAngelo Williams player page
Saints | Khiry Robinson doesn't practice Thursday Thu Oct 23, 04:22 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Robinson may not play with Ingram (RB2) back. At best, Robinson is an RB5 this week and is best avoided.|
Khiry Robinson player page
Saints | Pierre Thomas sits out of practice Thu Oct 23, 04:21 PM
New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is likely out especially with Mark Ingram back. We see Ingram as a lower-end RB2 with Travaris Cadet as a low-end RB3 play.|
Pierre Thomas player page
Panthers | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 04:21 PM
Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), WR Philly Brown (concussion), OG Nate Chandler (thigh), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee) and RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OT Byron Bell (elbow) and LB Jason Williams (hip) were limited, while LB Thomas Davis (non-injury) and S Roman Harper (non-injury) practiced in full.Link to story
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Redskins | Robert Griffin unlikely to play Thu Oct 23, 04:19 PM
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to play Monday, Oct. 27, against the Dallas Cowboys, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said that Griffin has looked great in practices the last two weeks, but cited the fact that he's rusty and hasn't had meaningful repetitions in six weeks as a factor. "First it starts with the doctors telling me he's full-go, as far as being able to take a hit and all that good stuff," Gruden said. "And then it's gonna be getting more reps, and then I've got to see him comfortable throwing the timing routes, the out routes on time with no hitch, and all the reads and all the progressions. He's going to have to get more and more reps.'
|Footballguys view: As much as Washington needs RG3 back, they cannot afford to rush him and have him hurt himself again. Colt McCoy will get the start. Did you feel that? It's like someone walked over your grave. That chill running up your spine is all you need to tell you to stay away from McCoy this week as he is no better than a QB3.|
Robert Griffin III player page
Saints | Jimmy Graham limited in practice Thu Oct 23, 04:19 PM
New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: If he's playing, Graham is a very good start even with the terrible offensive production of late. He's a low-end TE1 this week.|
Jimmy Graham player page
Bills | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 04:11 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and LB Ty Powell (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. WR Marcus Easley (knee) and FS Aaron Williams (neck) were limited during practice, while LB Brandon Spikes (ribs) and DE Mario Williams (thumb) fully participated in practice.Link to story
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Ty Powell player page
Bills | Sammy Watkins practices Thu Oct 23, 04:08 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Sammy Watkins + Jets secondary = happy dancing Fantasy owners. We could see the rookie putting up almost 100 yards against these "cornerbacks" so get him in and expect WR1 value.|
Sammy Watkins player page
Cowboys | Wednesday practice report for Week 8 Thu Oct 23, 04:08 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE Jack Crawford (calf), OT Doug Free (foot) and S Jakar Hamilton (non-injury) all did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Bruce Carter (thigh) and DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot) both were limited. OT Jermey Parnell (chest) fully practiced.Link to story
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Bills | Fred Jackson does not practice Thu Oct 23, 04:07 PM
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Jackson could return in Week 10 after the Bills Week 9 bye. If you have to put a Buffalo running back in the mix, then try Anthony Dixon as an RB3. The Jets defense hasn't been as good against the run as they were early on so Dixon could have some success.|
Fred Jackson player page
Cardinals | Rashad Johnson has tendonitis Thu Oct 23, 04:05 PM
Arizona Cardinals S Rashad Johnson (knee) underwent an MRI exam on his patellar tendon Monday, Oct. 20, that came back negative. Head coach Bruce Arians said Johnson is dealing with some tendonitis.Link to story
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Jaguars | Alan Ball expected to miss Week 8 Thu Oct 23, 03:52 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars CB Alan Ball (biceps) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and is considered highly unlikely to play in Week 8, according to head coach Gus Bradley.Link to story
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Jaguars | Denard Robinson to start Thu Oct 23, 03:51 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson will start at running back in Week 8 even if RB Toby Gerhart (foot) is active, according to head coach Gus Bradley. Gerhart will receive some playing time if he plays.
|Footballguys view: He should start as he's been much more effective than Toby Gerhart. Even when healthy, Gerhart seemed to be wearing molasses shoes. At best, Robinson is a low-end RB2 with upside which really tells you all you need to know about those molasses shoes Gerhart wore (which Nike should not put out for the public).|
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant fully practices Thu Oct 23, 03:50 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: We weren't worried. Were you? Of course not. Get him in your lineup as a WR1.|
Dez Bryant player page
Broncos | John Boyett cut Thu Oct 23, 03:27 PM
The Denver Broncos released FS John Boyett from their practice squad Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Don't allegedly get drunk, threaten a bartender, punch a cabbie, run from the cops, steal a shovel to hide from cops by covering yourself in mulch then tell the arresting officers to get Elway on the phone. It's not the plot for a South Park episode....that's what Boyett was charged with doing Wednesday.|
Colts | Thursday practice report Thu Oct 23, 03:24 PM
Indianapolis Colts LB Erik Walden (rest) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. TE Jack Doyle (knee) was limited during practice, while CB Darius Butler (ankle), OT Gosder Cherilus (rest) and DT Arthur Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice.Link to story
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Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson practicing Thu Oct 23, 03:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) was on the practice field during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: We're glad to see this, and it's a good sign he'll be playing this weekend against Minnesota. It's a good matchup for him, and he should put up borderline WR1 numbers, though on the low end of the spectrum.|
Vincent Jackson player page
Colts | Trent Richardson misses practice Thu Oct 23, 03:15 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Richardson actually showed up last week but we don't know that we trust it as a trend. We're cautiously optimistic about him but would only try him as a RB3/flex.|
Trent Richardson player page
Redskins | Perry Riley will start when healthy Thu Oct 23, 03:11 PM
Washington Redskins LB Perry Riley (knee) will start as soon as he is healthy enough to do so, according to head coach Jay Gruden.Link to story
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph works off to the side Thu Oct 23, 03:07 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) participated in the team stretch before practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Rudolph did some running off to the side with a trainer.
|Footballguys view: Still a ways off, we might see him after the Vikings bye. Don't grab him now unless you have a lot of roster room, but keep an eye on this as he might be worth a snag soon.|
Kyle Rudolph player page
Raiders | Brice Butler could see more time Thu Oct 23, 03:05 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler could receive more playing time moving forward after making a big play in each of the last two weeks. Butler said he has not lobbied for more playing time but hopes his play speaks for itself.
|Footballguys view: It's great that he earned more time in their lineup, but keep him away from yours. At best he is the most desperate of hail mary's and one which will leave you facepalming yourself for ever trying him in your lineup.|
Brice Butler player page
Browns | Two options to start at RG Thu Oct 23, 02:59 PM
Cleveland Browns OG Paul McQuistan and OT Vinston Painter are options to start at right guard in Week 8 if OG John Greco starts at center.Link to story
Browns | Not naming starter at center Thu Oct 23, 02:54 PM
Cleveland Browns OG John Greco started at center in Week 7, but head coach Mike Pettine has not said if Greco will stay at the position or if C Nick McDonald will receive the starting job.
|Footballguys view: The Browns averaged 146 yards rushing per game with Mack in at center. Last week against Jacksonville, the Browns only managed 69 yards. Without Mack, the wheels for the ground game fell off.|
Vikings | John Sullivan still not cleared Thu Oct 23, 02:53 PM
Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (concussion) is still in the testing phase to be cleared for a concussion, but he has not been cleared to this point. Head coach Mike Zimmer thinks Sullivan will be ready for the team's Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
|Footballguys view: Sullivan is one of the few players on the offensive line who isn't terrible right now. Which is actually a low bar, given how awful the group is overall. This could spell trouble for the Minnesota offense.|
Eagles | Darren Sproles limited Thu Oct 23, 02:52 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: With the knee injury and a suddenly effective LeSean McCoy, Sproles might be limited this weekend. He's a RB4 start if you need him, but try to find something else if possible.|
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Titans | Zach Mettenberger named starter Thu Oct 23, 02:43 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger has been named the starting quarterback for Week 8, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. QB Jake Locker will serve as the backup quarterback.
|Footballguys view: We're a little excited to see what Mettenberger can do. The strong-armed quarterback has some wrinkles to his delivery but could become a solid starter down the road. Certainly they might as well see what he can do. You should keep him away from your lineup at all costs though as we think the Wooderson-from-Dazed-and-Confused lookalike will be a low-point earner this week.|
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Eagles | Thursday practice report for Week 8 Thu Oct 23, 02:35 PM
Philadelphia Eagles C Jason Kelce (hernia), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf) and G Evan Mathis (knee) all were limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. RB Chris Polk (hamstring), LB DeMeco Ryans (groin) and CB Jaylen Watkins (wrist) all fully practiced.Link to story
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Cardinals | John Brown expects to play Thu Oct 23, 02:33 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (ankle), who twisted his right ankle in Week 7, said he fully expects to play in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
|Footballguys view: Brown is a WR6 play this week and will have some trouble getting targets behind Micheal Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.|
John Brown player page
Lions | Reggie Bush day-to-day Thu Oct 23, 02:31 PM
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle), who missed practice Thursday, Oct. 23, said he will do his best to push through his injury and suit up for the team's Week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London. "The ankle's good -- just taking it day by day," Bush said. "I'm trying to do my best to just be smart, make sure I'm healthy. Obviously I want to be out there on the field Sunday, and I'm going to do everything I can to be out there on the field Sunday, but I'm also going to be smart about it, too, so it feels good , practiced yesterday, and we'll see how it goes today.'
|Footballguys view: Of he plays we have him as no more than an RB3 and as his game is 9:30am EST (that's 6:30am for you poor folks out west), this is a risky play unless you know for sure he will be in the game or that you can avoid hitting the snooze alarm so you can get up and check the inactive list.|
Reggie Bush player page
Dolphins | Koa Misi not practicing Thu Oct 23, 02:29 PM
Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi (undisclosed) was not participating during the media-access portion of practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Misi was not on the injury report Wednesday, Oct. 22.Link to story
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Vikings | Josh Robinson exits Thu Oct 23, 02:24 PM
Minnesota Vikings CB Josh Robinson (ankle) exited practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after suffering what appeared to be an ankle injury during the individual portion of practice.Link to story
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Jets | Trevor Reilly, Greg Salas unlikely to play Thu Oct 23, 02:23 PM
New York Jets LB Trevor Reilly (knee) and WR Greg Salas (ankle, wrist) are both unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills.Link to story
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Texans | Jadeveon Clowney may not start Thu Oct 23, 02:21 PM
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is not guaranteed a starting job when he returns, because LB Whitney Mercilus has played well during his absence. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney will be limited when he returns to the field.Link to story
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Jets | Full practice for Chris Johnson Thu Oct 23, 02:21 PM
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Johnson has been a bust in this offense and even when they use him correctly, he hasn't performed. He's a bench warmer for fantasy purposes, no better than a RB4 right now. Ivory aka "a bowling ball made of knives" is the guy to own in this offense and is a low-end RB2 or a great RB3/flex.|
Chris Johnson player page
Buccaneers | Derrius Brooks suffers injury Thu Oct 23, 02:20 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Derrius Brooks (knee, leg) suffered what appeared to be a serious knee or leg injury in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.Link to story
Jets | Eric Decker limited Thu Oct 23, 02:10 PM
New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) was limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: One of the many reasons the team traded for Percy Harvin is because Decker has almost never been healthy this year. We see Decker as a low-end WR2 play this week if he plays, while Harvin is no better than a WR4 right now until we see him in this offense.|
Eric Decker player page
Bears | Martellus Bennett practices Thu Oct 23, 02:07 PM
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Bennett owners, though with that locker room who knows what might happen. We do expect Bennett to put up borderline TE1 numbers this week against New England. but keep your expectations humble.|
Martellus Bennett player page