Fantasy Football News & Views
Chiefs | Knile Davis has 100-yard game Tue Sep 30, 12:02 AM
Kansas City Cheifs RB Knile Davis rushed for a team-high 107 yards on 16 carries in Week 5 and added one catch for 12 yards.
|Footballguys view: This game got out of hand early, and the Chiefs turned the game over to backups. Davis was able to work behind Jamaal Charles, and he had a big day. We're not expecting that going forward so long as Charles is healthy--unless the Chiefs blow out another team again.|
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Patriots | Brandon LaFell shines in loss Mon Sep 29, 11:50 PM
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell had a team-high six receptions for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. It was LaFell's first TD with the Patriots.
|Footballguys view: LaFell had a big grab late in the game during garbage time. He's one of the few bright spots on this Patriots offense.|
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski scores late TD Mon Sep 29, 11:49 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hauled in two receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. Gronkowski played in 31 of 49 snaps in the loss.
|Footballguys view: Gronkowski's touchdown helped salvage his fantasy day. This Patriots offense looks off, so fantasy owners need to dial back expectations for all skill position players in New England--including Gronk.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Chiefs | Travis Kelce has big night Mon Sep 29, 11:32 PM
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce had eight catches on nine targets for a season-high 93 yards and a touchdown Monday, Sept. 29.
|Footballguys view: Kelce keeps getting better and better every week. He's looking good as a primary target in this offense, and Kelce creates mismatches every time he's on the field. We like him as a TE1 each week.|
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Chiefs | Donnie Avery out for game Mon Sep 29, 11:09 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's Week 4 game with a groin injury.Link to story
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Patriots | Tom Brady lifted early Mon Sep 29, 10:27 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown.
|Footballguys view: Wow. Just wow. Something looks off with Tom Brady, but we didn't expect his night to end prematurely in a blowout loss to the Chiefs. We'll see if the team can get this offense back on track.|
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Patriots | Julian Edelman shaken up Mon Sep 29, 10:26 PM
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (undisclosed) was shaken up in the third quarter of the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs after making a tackle following an interception. His exact injury is unclear.Julian Edelman player page
Bengals | Bengals ready to use Marvin Jones Mon Sep 29, 10:24 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) is expected to return in Week 5, and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he 'can't wait' to use Jones in the offense.
|Footballguys view: Getting Jones back gives the Bengals another big play option to go with superstar A.J. Green.|
Marvin Jones player page
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles cramping up Mon Sep 29, 10:03 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (cramps) was taken to the locker room in the third quarter of the Week 4 game against the New England Patriots, and it is believed he cramped up on his touchdown reception. Charles has three touchdowns (one rushing, two receiving).Jamaal Charles player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski busy in first half Mon Sep 29, 10:02 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was on the field for 18 of his team's 23 offensive snaps in the first half of the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gronkowski had just one catch for 18 yards, however, and he has been targeted twice.Link to story
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Patriots | Shane Vereen leading RBs in snaps Mon Sep 29, 09:54 PM
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen was on the field for 17 offensive snaps in the first half of the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29, with RB Stevan Ridley in for six snaps, and RB James White in for two. The team ran two plays with two running backs on the field simultaneously.Link to story
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Eagles | No LeSean McCoy at goal line Mon Sep 29, 09:48 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy didn't carry the ball on third or fourth down from the San Francisco 49ers' 1-yard line in fourth quarter of the team's Week 4 loss, and head coach Chip Kelly said he didn't trust the offensive line in the situation. 'We weren't really getting a ton of push at the point of attack,' Kelly said. 'I didn't think we were going to be able to pound it in in that situation.'Link to story
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles looking good Mon Sep 29, 09:31 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) had a strong first half in Week 4 against the New England Patriots. At halftime, he has 10 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown, while also added one catch for five yards and a score.Link to story
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Jets | Rex Ryan backs Geno Smith Mon Sep 29, 09:20 PM
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan publicly remained supportive of QB Geno Smith Monday, Sept. 29. He said he talked to the quarterback about his incident with yelling a profanity at a fan. 'Unfortunately, I made the same mistake,' Ryan said. 'Obviously, it's something I regretted when I did it, and I know Geno feels the same way.' Ryan said he is sticking with Smith, who has thrown at least one interception in 16 of his 20 career starts, despite the fact fans are clamoring for backup QB Michael Vick to get a chance.
|Footballguys view: For the second week in a row, Ryan is giving Smith the dreaded vote of confidence. The Bills have already pulled the rug out from under their young quarterback E.J. Manuel. The Jets may be the next team to follow suit if Smith doesn't start playing better.|
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49ers | Vernon Davis still having tests Mon Sep 29, 09:20 PM
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) had a 'positive mindset' Monday, Sept. 29, but general manager Trent Baalke said the extent of his injury is 'not fully known.'
|Footballguys view: This injury seems minor, but it's too soon to tell. We'll see if Davis can practice later in the week.|
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Chargers | Chargers won't give up on run game Mon Sep 29, 09:14 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown and RB Branden Oliver combined for 42 yards on 29 carries in Week 4, and although head coach Mike McCoy bashed the running game during a press conference Monday, Sept. 29, he also said that the team is committed to improving it. 'We're going to be forced to run it more down the road, and we're going to run the football,' McCoy said. 'So we'll be successful, we just have to do a better job doing it. You've got to have balance without a doubt.'
|Footballguys view: Brown is dead last in the NFL with .44 yards before contact per rush. He is only gaining 1.56 yds after contact per rush (32nd) this year as well. The sooner Ryan Mathews can come back, the better this ground game will look.|
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Eagles | No treatment for LeSean McCoy Mon Sep 29, 09:07 PM
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (toe) is not injured, head coach Chip Kelly said Monday, Sept. 29. 'He's not on the treatment list,' Kelly said. 'He does normal maintenance like everybody else, but he hasn't had any injuries where we've done anything with him.' McCoy struggled again in Week 4, and there were rumors his struggles this season have been linked to a turf toe injury suffered during the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Of all qualifying backs, McCoy is dead last (47th) in yards after contact per rush (.71). He's 31st in yards before contact per rush (2.03). Both of these stats show how poorly the Eagles offensive line is blocking for the ground game.|
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Patriots | Stevan Ridley invisible in first quarter Mon Sep 29, 09:06 PM
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was on the field for just one of his team's seven offensive snaps in the first quarter Monday, Sept. 29, in the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.Link to story
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Falcons | Roddy White expecting shootouts Mon Sep 29, 08:55 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he expects the team to be involved in high-scoring shootouts all year, and head coach Mike Smith agreed to an extent. 'I don't like to think in terms of shootouts,' Smith said. 'But I definitely think we've got to score more than the other guy. We have to do whatever it takes.'
|Footballguys view: We're expecting shootouts too. The Falcons defense is not that good, so the offense will have to shoulder the load. This means a lot of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White...with a dash of Devin Hester.|
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49ers | Frank Gore set to shoulder load? Mon Sep 29, 08:36 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore had a season-high 24 carries in Week 4, and WR Anquan Boldin said that making sure Gore saw plenty of touches was the game plan from the start. 'That was our mindset, just getting him back on the ball and getting him touches, making sure we controlled the line of scrimmage,' Boldin said.
|Footballguys view: It worked for the 49ers on Sunday against the Eagles....and they should go back to the well.|
Frank Gore player page
Patriots | Gronk on field frequently so far Mon Sep 29, 08:11 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was on the field for six of his team's seven offensive snaps in the first quarter of the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29.Link to story
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Jets | David Nelson might have serious injury Mon Sep 29, 08:00 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR David Nelson (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in Week 4, and the signing of WR Chris Owusu could be an indication Nelson's injury is significant. Head coach Rex Ryan hinted as much in his press conference Monday, Sept. 29.Link to story
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles active for MNF Mon Sep 29, 07:52 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is active for the Week 4 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29.Link to story
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Patriots | Two to see time on kickoffs in Week 4 Mon Sep 29, 07:49 PM
New England Patriots SS Patrick Chung and RB James White were back taking kickoffs in pregame warm-ups Monday, Sept. 29, before the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.Link to story
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Patriots | James White set to make debut Mon Sep 29, 07:47 PM
New England Patriots RB James White is expected to make his NFL debut in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He is not listed on the team's inactive list.Link to story
Patriots | Aaron Dobson well down depth chart Mon Sep 29, 07:39 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson was on the inactive list for the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29, but he is a healthy scratch.
|Footballguys view: Dobson is not a difference maker. He dropped a lot of passes in college at Marshall, yet some blamed that on bad quarterback play. He dropped a lot of passes with Tom Brady...and that most certainly is not bad quarterback play. Fantasy owners need to move on. Dynasty league owners don't have the "gem" some thought they would have.|
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Patriots | Kenbrell Thompkins not injured Mon Sep 29, 07:37 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins was on the inactive list for the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29, but he is a healthy scratch.
|Footballguys view: Thompkins has amazing natural talent, but he's too inconsistent as a pass-catcher.|
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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon limited in practice Mon Sep 29, 07:17 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited in practice Monday, Sept. 29.
|Footballguys view: The rookie back showed great acceleration in the game against the Falcons. Watch his practice status for the Thursday night game against the Packers in Week 5.|
Vikings | Monday practice report Mon Sep 29, 07:15 PM
Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) and CB Captain Munnerlyn (illness) did not practice Monday, Sept. 29. CB Josh Robinson (hamstring) was limited, while FB Jerome Felton (knee), LB Michael Mauti (foot), WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) and LB Brandon Watts (knee) practiced in full.Link to story
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Packers | Monday practice report Mon Sep 29, 07:14 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Sam Barrington (hamstring), DT Josh Boyd (knee) and WR Jarrett Boykin (groin) did not practice Monday, Sept. 29. LBs Brad Jones (quadriceps) and Clay Matthews (groin) were limited. The team didn't actually practice Monday, so the designations are an estimation.Link to story
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Patriots | Week 4 Inactives Mon Sep 29, 07:05 PM
The New England Patriots have declared WR Aaron Dobson, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DL Casey Walker, OT Jordan Devey, OL Josh Kline, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, DE Zach Moore inactive for Week 4.Aaron Dobson player page
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Chiefs | Week 4 Inactives Mon Sep 29, 07:03 PM
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Aaron Murray, WR Albert Wilson, DL Damion Square, RB De'Anthony Thomas, SS Eric Berry, RB Joe McKnight, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif inactive for Week 4.Joe McKnight player page
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Panthers | Panthers adding Chris Ogbonnaya Mon Sep 29, 06:49 PM
The Carolina Panthers will sign free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Browns).
|Footballguys view: Yes! Our man "Silent G" is back in the NFL. He's a running back/fullback 'tweener who can produce as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. The Panthers are desperate at the running back position because Mike Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are all banged up.|
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Seahawks | Luke Willson expected to start Mon Sep 29, 06:44 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson is expected to take over as the starting tight end while TE Zach Miller (ankle) is out.
|Footballguys view: Willson is a talented move tight end who can create mismatches against linebackers or safeties. He's worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues, and he may have a bit of re-draft value in deeper leagues.|
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NFL | Neutral arbitration in Ray Rice case Mon Sep 29, 06:38 PM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice's (Ravens) appeal of his suspension will be heard by a neutral arbitrator after the NFL agreed to the change. The NFL and NFL Players Association have exchanged names of potential arbitrators.Link to story
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Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater misses practice Mon Sep 29, 06:06 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 29. QB Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense during practice.
|Footballguys view: It's a short week for the Vikings as they play against the Packers on Thursday night in Week 5. Check back to see if Bridgewater can practice on Tuesday or Wednesday.|
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Panthers | Tauren Poole waived Mon Sep 29, 05:59 PM
Carolina Panthers RB Tauren Poole was placed on no-recall waivers Monday, Sept. 29.Tauren Poole player page
Eagles | Nick Foles not hitting deep passes Mon Sep 29, 05:44 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles did not complete any of his 10 passes that traveled at least 20 yards down the field in Week 4, and two of those passes were intercepted. Foles completed 35.3 percent of his passes that went at least 20 yards last season but is completing only 17.2 percent of those throws this season. Head coach Chip Kelly said he does not believe his deep passes are being affected by his banged up left shoulder because the passes are not being underthrown.
|Footballguys view: Foles is getting beat up...that's why his deep passes are off. Foles ranks next to last in blitz percentage per dropback (16 percent), and the league average is 29.6 percent. However, his pressure rate (26.9 percent) ranks 8th-highest in the NFL. This means opponents aren't sending extra rushers, but they're still putting Foles under duress.|
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Titans | Jake Locker to return to practice this week Mon Sep 29, 05:40 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (wrist) is expected to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
|Footballguys view: With Locker back, the Charlie Whitehurst era is over (for now) in Tennessee. We'll see if Locker can get his game--and this offense--back on track.|
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Eagles | LeSean McCoy not injured Mon Sep 29, 05:27 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is not dealing with any injuries at this time, according to head coach Chip Kelly. McCoy rushed for only 17 yards on 10 carries in Week 4.
|Footballguys view: The Eagles offensive line might as well be manned by a group of employees from the Geek Squad at Best Buy. McCoy ranks 31st in the league averaging only 2.03 yards before contact per rush.|
LeSean McCoy player page
Jets | David Nelson sprains ankle Mon Sep 29, 05:02 PM
New York Jets WR David Nelson (ankle) has a sprained ankle. His status for Week 5 was undisclosed.Link to story
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Vikings | Jarius Wright has chemistry with QB Mon Sep 29, 04:58 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he created a solid chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater during the preseason, which is why he caught eight passes for 132 yards in Week 4. 'Teddy knew where to put the ball to me on a couple throws,' Wright said. 'I kind of knew where to expect the ball. Our reps paid off. A lot of trust.'
|Footballguys view: We can expect this type of chemistry at times when a backup quarterback takes over. Bridgewater has taken plenty of reps with the second team, and that's why he knows where to put the ball with Wright. Going forward, we'll see if they can maintain this chemistry.|
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Seahawks | Hope Zach Miller could return soon Mon Sep 29, 04:57 PM
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller (ankle) is only expected to miss two games after he underwent ankle surgery last week.
|Footballguys view: This timetable varies widely from the earlier reports which indicated Miller could be out four or more weeks. We'll know more about his injury in a couple of weeks.|
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Bears | Martellus Bennett was hurt in 2013 Mon Sep 29, 04:26 PM
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett said he played most of the 2013 season with a torn medial collateral ligament and a separated shoulder. He said he did not have surgery to repair either injury during the offseason. Bennett has caught 29 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns this season.
|Footballguys view: The Black Unicorn has been dominant this year for the Bears. Fantasy owners are thankful to have him in the lineup each week. He's gotten off to a hot start before, only to see his numbers plummet. Bennett has 10 TDs in his team's first three games over the last three years. He only 4 TDs from Weeks 4-17 in that time.|
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Saints | Marques Colston struggling Mon Sep 29, 04:25 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston has struggled quite a bit during the first month of the season and seems to disappear at times. He had a late-game fumble against the Atlanta Falcons, was completely invisible against the Cleveland Browns and his play against the Dallas Cowboys was up and down.
|Footballguys view: The entire Saints offense struggled against a better-than-expected Cowboys defense. We'll see if he can get back on the right track, but fantasy owners have to start looking elsewhere when considering a WR2 or flex play each week.|
Marques Colston player page
Saints | Running game in neutral? Mon Sep 29, 04:20 PM
On paper, the New Orleans Saints running game looks good against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. The team had 13 carries for 104 yards. However, outside of RB Khiry Robinson's 62-yard run in the fourth quarter, the Saints rushed 12 times for just 42 yards.
|Footballguys view: The running game is in neutral because the entire offense is stalling. Sure, the Saints put up some numbers in garbage time, but they struggled to move the ball when the game was at hand.|
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Cardinals | Practice important for Carson Palmer Mon Sep 29, 04:14 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's (shoulder) status for Week 5 will depend on if he is able to participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
|Footballguys view: Palmer probably will play if he is able to practice Wednesday. Keep an eye on the practice report to see if Palmer can get out there.|
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Vikings | Donte Foster cut Mon Sep 29, 04:10 PM
The Minnesota Vikings released WR Donte Foster from their practice squad Monday, Sept. 29.Link to story
Colts | Release one, promote one Mon Sep 29, 03:46 PM
The Indianapolis Colts have released WR Da'Rick Rogers and promoted FS Dewey McDonald to their 53-man roster Monday, Sept. 29, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
|Footballguys view: Rogers has incredible natural talent, but he lacks the refinement necessary to make it in the pros.|
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Bills | Kyle Orton to start Mon Sep 29, 03:39 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton will start Week 5 in place of QB EJ Manuel, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
|Footballguys view: Wow, just wow. Orton is a seasoned veteran, but Manuel was supposed to be the franchise quarterback for the Bills. We'll get more information about this in the near future, but right now it's a shocking move. Manuel has struggled this season, but most young quarterbacks are allowed the time to work through these issues. Orton's insertion into the starting lineup doesn't mean the team will fill the air with footballs. He should heavily target rookie WR Sammy Watkins..and the checkdown options.|
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