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Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE10/25/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Toy Grossi, there is considerbly high internal pressure building up to play Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Insight: Brian Hoyer is coming off a terrible performance against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, and if he cannot produce against Oakland, Manziel's number could be called sooner rather than later.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS10/25/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Redskins running back Alfred Morris is probable for Monday night against the Cowboys.
Insight: Morris played through an ankle issue last Sunday, but he didn't miss any practice time this week. Without Robert Griffin III, however, defenses have been able to concentrate on just stopping him rather the read-option as well. Morris is averaging just 3.45 yards per carry this season.
Dion Jordan, DE, MIA10/25/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: The Dolphins activated defensive end Dion Jordan from suspension.
Insight: Jordan will make his season debut on Sunday against the Jaguars. The Dolphins will likely ease him slowly back into the starting lineup.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL10/25/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is probable for Monday night against the Redskins.
Insight: He is a must-start every week, but especially in Week 8. Bryant is matched up with rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland of Washington. He should have a huge week.
Gerald McCoy, DT, TAM10/25/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year, $98 million extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new deal will average $14 million per year with $51.5 million guaranteed.
Insight: The guaranteed money is the most ever awarded to a defensive tackle in NFL history. McCoy had 9.5 sacks and 35 tackles last year on his way to the Pro Bowl. He is 26-years old.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT10/25/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount will replace Dri Archer as the Steelers kick returner.
Insight: The rookie Archer has been a huge disappointment. The Steelers are averaging 17.5 yards per return and are ranked No. 31st in starting field position. Archer's longest return is 23 yards. Blount averaged 29.1 yards per return in New England last year. This won't be much of a factor in fantasy other than maybe Blount will receive fewer rushing attempts, lowering his overall fantasy value.
Chandler Jones, DE, NEP10/25/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones' hip injury he suffered in Week 7 will cost him at least six weeks according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: The Boston Globe originally reported Jones would return in four weeks, but it now appears it will be at least six. It could be the rest of the season. Jones is a huge loss for the Patriots defense. Of New England's 18 sacks, Jones has 4 1/2 of them.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/25/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is likely to play against the Titans on Sunday according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Clowney has not played since Week 1 due to a knee injury. If he plays, Bill O'Brien will keep Clowney on what he called a "pitch count". The Texans defense is a great start against the Titans, who will be starting rookie third-string quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Denard Robinson, WR, JAC10/25/2014 1:02:00 PM
Description: ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco has heard the coaches "still aren't sure if [Denard] Robinson is capable of handling a heavy workload each week."
Insight: Robinson had 22 carries for 127 yards against the Browns, but we do not expect Robinson to become a workhorse back and average 20 carries per week. At 197 pounds and behind a below average offensive line, Robinson's touches will be somewhat limited even if he is the featured back. Twenty carries is more like his ceiling than his average.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN10/25/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green is unlikely to play in this Sunday according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Insight: This is nothing new. Green is battling a toe injury that appears will keep lingering. Fantasy owners need to find another option for at least Week 8.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN10/25/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene was arrested on Friday night in Franklin, Tennessee according to the Nashville Tennessean.
Insight: Greene was parked in a handicap spot in Franklin. While a parking enforcement officer was writing a ticket for Greene, the running back decided it would be a great idea to flee the scene. Greene eventually turned himself in after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest. He was charged with handicap parking violation, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk. He is out on bail, but his status for Sunday is unknown. Fantasy owners should drop him just for his stupidity.
Jason Kelce, C, PHI10/24/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Eagle center Jason Kelce practice in full on Friday and is questionable for Week 8 against the Cardinals.
Insight: Kelce is still not expected to play this Sunday, but he is on pace to return next week. He will be an immediate upgrade in the middle of the Philadelphia offensive line, which has really struggled without him. LeSean McCoy owners cannot wait for Kelce to get back on the field.
Golden Tate, WR, DET10/24/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate is a must-start in Week 8.
Insight: It is unlikely Calvin Johnson suits up for the game in London on Sunday morning. That leaves Tate as Matthew Stafford's No. 1 target once again. Tate has 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown last week versus the Saints.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET10/24/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is not likely going to play in Week 8 in London according to ESPN's Ed Werner.
Insight: Werder reports Lions coach Jim Caldwell is thinking big picture and with the Lions bye a week away, he will likely sit Megatron and Reggie Bush. We expect the Lions to continue to rely heavily on Joique Bell and Golden Tate. Those guys are must-starts.
Mark Ingram, RB, NOS10/24/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram could be in for a big day against the Packers on Sunday night.
Insight: Ingram will likely get a majority of the carries for New Orleans in Week 8 as Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas have both been ruled out. Ingram had just 16 yards on 10 carries versus the Lions last Sunday, but the Packers are the No. 31 ranked rush defense in the league.
Khiry Robinson, RB, NOS10/24/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers due to a forearm injury.
Insight: Robinson referred to his own injury as "a little boo-boo", but the Saints are obviously taking it more seriously. Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet will get all the work out of the New Orleans backfield against the 31st ranked rush defense versus Green Bay.
Shane Vereen, RB, NEP10/24/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: New England running back Shane Vereen missed Friday's practice due to illness, but is expected to be ready for Sunday's game.
Insight: Vereen took advantage of the injury to Stevan Ridley and posted 114 combined tards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners are expecting another solid effort against the Bears.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, BAL10/24/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Ravens backup tight end Crockett Gillmore is expected to start with Owen Daniels sidelined by a knee injury, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Gillmore has just three catches on the season for 29 yards, but is likely to get a couple of weeks as a starter. Fantasy owners would have to be willing to gamble big to start the untested rookie.
Owen Daniels, TE, BAL10/24/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has his knee scoped on Friday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Insight: The Ravens are likely to use Crockett Gillmore, though you may see more three-wide sets.
Dwayne Allen, TE, INDHot10/24/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen could see additional targets with veteran Reggie Wayne (elbow) out of the lineup.
Insight: Allen is the team's second best pass catcher behind T.Y. Hilton with Wayne sidelined. he has scored in five of seven games this season and we like his chances to go big.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND10/24/2014 2:24:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (elbow) is out for Week 8's matchup against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Wayne has only posted fantasy-worthy numbers once this season and is more security blanket for Andrew Luck than fantasy asset. Donte Moncrief is likelt to see more of an increase than Hakeen Nicks.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, INDHot10/24/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw becomes a very good fantasy option with Trent Richardson likely sideline by a hamstring injury.
Insight: Bradhaw is averaging almost 60 ypg and a touchdown playing behind Richardson. Now he'll likely have the workload all to himself.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND10/24/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson should be downgraded to doubtful after missing Friday's practice and making it a clean sweep for the week.
Insight: Playing part-time behind Richardson, Ahmad Bradhaw is averaging almost 60 ypg and a touchdown. With Richardson out, Bradshaw becomes a very good fantasy option.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN10/24/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green didn't practice Friday and can't be considered anything but doubtful for Sunday.
Insight: Green's fantasy owners should have another plan in place because it's not looking good for him to start in Week 8. Mohamed Sanu owners get a reprieve.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET10/24/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) is expected to be a game-time decision.
Insight: Fortunately for fantasy owners, game-time is 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning so if he doesn't play you have plenty of time to make your alternate plans. Golden Tate will continue to be a borderline WR1 for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons if Megatron sits.
Eric Ebron, TE, DET10/24/2014 2:09:00 PM
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron (hamstring) isn't expected to play, though coach Jim Caldwell said there was a slim chance he or Joseph Fauria could play against the Falcons.
Insight: Seems like Matthew Stafford will be missing another weapon Sunday. Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson and the tight ends are all questionable or worse.
Reggie Bush, RB, DETCold10/24/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush is not practicing again Friday, but claims he'll be ready for Sunday against Atlanta, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Bush has admitted that the ankle still isn't healed and is bothering him and after his invisible performance in Week 7 fantasy owners shouldn't expect anything against Atlanta in Week 8.
Eugene Monroe, OT, BAL10/24/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe is expected to return to the starting lineup in Week 8.
Insight: His return should help quarterback Joe Fkacco significantly as Jame Hurt yielded three sacks in the Colts game and racked up a number of holding penalties against the Falcons.
Eddie Royal, WR, SDCCold10/24/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: San Diego receiver Eddie Royal's caught just three balls for 29 yards in The Thursday night loss to Denver.
Insight: Royal has been quiet over the past four games with just 138 yards and one touchdown over the span. That's not fantasy worthy.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC10/24/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen led the team with 13 targets, catching nine for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: With the Broncos great pass rush, short, quick passes were the strategy for the night which is why Allen finished the day with just an 8.1 yards-per-catch average.
Malcom Floyd, WR, SDC10/24/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: San Diego receiver Malcom Floyd left the game briefly after falling hard on his shoulder but returned to catch four balls for 58 yards.
Insight: He's a boom-or-bust receiver because he's the Charger's deep threat with Keenan Allen the possession receiver and Antonio Gates the red zone guy.
Antonio Gates, TE, SDCHot10/24/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates continues to be Philip Rivers' favorite target in the red zone.
Insight: Some things never change. Gates is adept at getting just enough room for Rivers to stuff it in there. Thursday night he scored twice from inside the 10-yard line.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDC10/24/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Chargers QB Philip Rivers was forced to throw more than he would like and ended up 30-of-41 for 252 yards, three scores and two interceptions.
Insight: It wasn't a great night, but it likely won't kill fantasy owners. Rivers is still producing top-five statistics at the quarterback position and one "off" night won't change that.
Branden Oliver, RB, SDC10/24/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Charger rookie running back Branden Oliver was once again the workhorse (20 touches), but struggled to find any open space.
Insight: Oliver carried the ball 13 times for just 36 yards and caught seven balls for 27 yards and didn't score. The Denver defense doesn't get noticed with their media-fed offense stealing the show, but they are pretty good and Oliver will have better days down the road against weaker teams.
Wes Welker, WR, DENCold10/24/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker's best contributions Thursday noght didn't include catching the ball.
Insight: He blocked well on flanker screens and recovered an Emmanuel Sanders fumble late in the game. Welker is the fourth option these days behind the "Thomas Brothers" and Emmanuel Sanders, so his fantasy value is limited.
Julius Thomas, TE, DENCold10/24/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas posted a second consecutive disappointing output, catching just two of six targets for 23 yards.
Insight: Thomas has been living off touchdown passes without many yards and over the past two games it's caught up with him. It's inevitable that Peyton Manning will start finding him again.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DENHot10/24/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Receiver Emmanuel Sanders was Peyton Mannings No. 1 receiver Thursday night catching all nine targets for 120 yards and three scores.
Insight: Sanders has mostly been used as a "move-the-chains-guy" with Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas doing the scoring - until Thursday night. He is averaging 90 yards per game receiving.
Peyton Manning, QB, DENHot10/24/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Just another solid performance from Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday night's 35-21 win over the Chargers.
Insight: Zero interceptions again for the third consecutive game. He could have easily had five touchdowns and 300 yards, but the team didn't need it. His average game of 304 passing yards and 3.14 touchdown passes has his fantasy smiling.
Juwan Thompson, RB, DEN10/24/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Denver backup running back Juwan Thompson has become the team's short yardage and goal line back.
Insight: In Thursday night's victory over San Diego, Thompson "stole" two touchdowns from starter Ronnie Hillman from inside the 2-yard line.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DENHot10/24/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries and caught three balls for 29 more yards.
Insight: Hillman also had a long touchdown run called back by a holding penalty and he appeared to be the fastest man on the field. Fantasy owners can't be happy, however, when Juwan Thompson vultured two short touchdown runs.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DENHot10/24/2014 9:08:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas' expectations were so high heading into the Thursday night game against San Diego that his eight receptions for 105 yards almost feels like he let fantasy owners down.
Insight: After 521 yards and five touchdowns in the three previous weeks, his night was still a solid points producer and fantasy owners should continue be on him every week.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS10/23/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Redskins coach Jay Gruden indicated Robert Griffin III will return for Week 11 against the Buccaneers.
Insight: There is still a small chance Griffin returns for Week 9 at Minnesota, but the wise choice for Gruden would be to hold his quarterback out through the Week 10 bye. Colt McCoy is expected to start in Week 8 against the Cowboys.
Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI10/23/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett returned to practice on Thursday according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Bennett got a limited practice session in on Thursday, so he is on track to play in Week 8. He has not scored since Week 3, but he continues to get catches and yards. If someone other than Matt Forte scores against New England this week, it will likely be Bennett since the giant Bears receivers draw Darrelle Revis.
Owen Daniels, TE, BAL10/23/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has not practiced yet this week according to The Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he is fine, so the Ravens aren't concerned Daniels will miss Week 8. Daniels remains a sneaky start against the struggling Bengals defense.
Denard Robinson, WR, JAC10/23/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed Thursday Denard Robinson will remain the starting running back for Week 8 even though Toby Gerhart is back.
Insight: Robinson ran 22 times for 127 yards against the Browns, so Bradley is sticking with what works. Gerhart has been disappointing since joining Jacksonville. Gerhart will get some carries, but Robinson is the only Jaguars running back worth starting in fantasy.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS10/23/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham remained limited in Thursday's practice due to his shoulder injury according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.
Insight: Graham will probably remain limited in practice the rest of the week. Unless he suffers a setback, Graham will play, but the question remains how involved will he be. He saw just two targets and no catches last week against the Lions. He has tremendous upside because he is Jimmy Graham, but if owners somehow have another capable tight end, it is worth to consider sitting Graham.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR10/23/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will get another game without having to share carries with DeAngelo Williams who will miss his fourth consecutive contest.
Insight: Stewart rushed for 50 yards on 13 carries and the only other running back to carry it last Sunday was Chris Ogbonnaya (five times). He's a viable low-end fantasy option.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR10/23/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams will miss Week 8 due to his ongoing ankle issues.
Insight: Williams will miss his fourth consecutive game. With Jonathan Stewart returning to the starting lineup last weekend, Williams can take his time getting better and not try to rush back too soon. The injury to Williams makes Stewart a viable fantasy option.
Kendall Wright, WR, TEN10/23/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Titans receiver Kendall Wright caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins in Week 7, but will be hard-pressed to match that in Week 8 against Houston.
Insight: Wright will be receiving passes from untested sixth-round rookie QB Zach Mettenberger, who will likely be running for his life from J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN10/23/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger will start in Week 8 against Houston with Jake Locker (thumb) as the backup.
Insight: This can't be good for anyone on the Tennessee offense and fantasy owners should avoid Titans receivers unless forced at gunpoint.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, TEN10/23/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: The Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday.
Insight: Jake Locker is in a contract year and is too injury prone to commit to long-term. Charlie Whitehurst is not the answer at quarterback either. Everyone should jump on the Houston Texans defernse, particularly if Jadeveon Clowney returns.
Donte Moncrief, WR, IND10/23/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: If Colts starter Reggie Wayne (elbow) misses Week 8, rookie Donte Moncrief could see additional work.
Insight: Moncrief actually saw more snaps than veteran Hakeem Nicks. Still, he's not likely going to be fantasy worthy. The Colts use tight ends like wideouts and it's more than likely that Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener would see increased targets than the rookie.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN10/23/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu was a big fantasy disappointment in Week 7 against the Colts, but he likely gets another chance to star with A.J. Green not expected to go in Week 8.
Insight: Sanu only had three catches for 54 yards last weekend, but he did see nine targets. Andy Dalton has looked his way often when Green has been sidelined as indicated by his 32 targets in the past three games.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN10/23/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green did practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session, according to Geoff Hobson of bengals.com.
Insight: Green's fantasy owners should have another plan in place because it's not looking good for him to start in Week 8. Mohamed Sanu owners get a reprieve.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND10/23/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (elbow) didn't practice Thursday, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.
Insight: Wayne has only posted fantasy-worthy numbers once this season and is more security blanket for Andrew Luck than fantasy asset. Expect him to miss one or two weeks with this injury.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/23/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has his knee is still sore, but he can push through it, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Clowney was close to returning in Week 7 and listed as questionable for Week 8, but it sounds like he's ready to give it a try. The addition of Clowney to the Texans defense would make them a top Week 8 choice against a suspect Tennessee offense.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL10/23/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones was limited in Wednesday's practice, but was a full participant in Thursday's session and should be in all fantasy lineups Sunday morning.
Insight: Many players take Wednesday's practice off and it's not a real indicator of whether a player is ready for Sunday. Jones and the Falcons face a Lions defense which has stubbornly yielded a league-low seven touchdown passes this season (tied with Baltimore).
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI10/23/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (partial tendon tear) says his foot isn't going to feel better until after the season is over., according to Cardinals reporter Mike Jurecki.
Insight: Ellington's injury isn't hurting his workload, he's averaging 26 touches and 108 combined yards per game, but he's only averaging 3.7 ypc in 2014 versus 5.5 ypc last season.
Joique Bell, RB, DET10/23/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell may have the bulk of the backfield work to himself in Week 8 as reggie Bush continues to struggle with an ankle injury.
Insight: Bush has admitted that the ankle is bothering him. His absence would make Bell a solid fantasy option.
Reggie Bush, RB, DETCold10/23/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush is not practicing Thursday, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.
Insight: Bush has admitted that the ankle still isn't healed and is bothering him and after his invisible performance in Week 7 fantasy owners shouldn't expect anything against Atlanta in Week 8. His absence would make Joique Bell a solid fantasy option.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN10/23/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) did a little stretching and running Wednesday, according to a FOX Sports report.
Insight: It's the first we have heard of his rehab progress. He was expected to miss 6-8 weeks after the late-September surgery.
Darrelle Revis, CB, NEP10/23/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was late for Tuesday's practice, but is not expected to miss any game time over the issue.
Insight: Revis appologized to coach Bill Belichick for oversleeping. I guess when you are the best cover corner in the NFL and your team is facing one of the toughest pair of receivers in the league (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery) a little extra rest isn't a bad thing.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN10/23/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles took a huge hit from Brandon Flower in Week 7, but it doesn't appear it will have a lasting effect.
Insight: Charles rushed 22 times for 95 yards and a score, but on Tuesday admitted the blow had him seeing "light bulbs around my eyes" for a couple of plays. Coming from a guy who suffered a concussion in the Chiefs January playoff game its a concern. But for now keep starting him.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, TEN10/22/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Texans in Week 8.
Insight: Coach Ken Whisenhunt has officially given up on the season. Jake Locker is in a contract year, and he is too injury prone to commit to long-term. Charlie Whitehurst is not the answer at quarterback either. So Whisenhunt is getting a look at the rookie from LSU.
Nate Washington, WR, TEN10/22/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports teams have been calling the Titans about Nate Washington.
Insight: This likely just means the Titans would like to trade their wide receiver. Justin Hunter is the team's new No. 2 WR, and Washington is taking up cap and roster space. It is unlikely that Tennessee gets anyone to bite on his 4.8 million base salary since he can't even earn a starting role on the Titans.
LaMarr Woodley, LB, PIT10/22/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Raiders linebacker LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a torn biceps muscle according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Insight: Woodley only had five tackles and zero sacks in six games, anyway, so the Raiders really won't miss him. Woodley's sacks totals have been in steady decline since 2009. He has one more season on the deal Woodley signed with Oakland this past offseason, but the Raiders will likely release him this spring.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI10/22/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (ribs, foot) was limited during Wednesday's practice session.
Insight: There does not seem to be any issues with Ellington's injuries, putting him on track to be an RB1 this weekend against the Eagles.
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN10/22/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Insight: He was most likely limited as a result of taking a few big hits in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. The injury is not considered serious, making Bernard an RB1 option for Week 8 against Baltimore.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN10/22/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring) was limited during Wednesday's practice.
Insight: It is a step in the right direction for Greene, as he has failed to practice over the past two weeks. Even if he is able to suit up, Bishop Sankey will most likely lead the team in carries.
Percy Harvin, WR, NYJ10/22/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Jets receiver Percy Harvin is not expected to be a major factor for Week 8's matchup against Buffalo.
Insight: Coach Rex Ryan declared that it is "unrealistic" to expect Harvin to play 50 offensive snaps, without knowing the entire offense. He will likely handle kickoff and punt return duties, along with seeing around 20-to-25 snaps on the offensive side of the ball. Consider Harvin a WR4 until he is guarenteed more game action.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN10/22/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (thumb) got in a limited practice during Wednesday's session.
Insight: Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Locker to return for Week 8, but that will depend on the amount of reps he is able to handle the rest of the week. We should have more clarity on his status after Thursday's practice.
Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI10/22/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (hamstring) was absent from Wednesday's practice.
Insight: He played his normal amount of stats during Week 7 against Miami, so it is tough to figure out when he got hurt. Assuming Bennett is able to return to practice this week, he will be a low-end TE1 for Week 8 against the Patriots.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM10/22/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Tampa Bay is seemingly playing it safe with Jackson, as he should be back at practice tomorrow. He is expected to be a full-go for Week 8 against Minnesota, and should be cosidered a WR2 for the matchup.
Tre Mason, RB, STL10/22/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Coach Jeff Fisher stated that "it'll be a week-to-week thing" at running back, as the season progresses.
Insight: This is terrible news for owners who own Tre Mason, Zac Stacy, or Benny Cunningham. Mason shined during Week 7, but it is anybody's guess who will play well moving forward.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC10/22/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart (foot) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday.
Insight: It will most likely be in limited fashion, and Gerhart should be considered questionable at best heading into Week 8. Denard Robinson has earned his carries, and as a result Gerhart will probably be more of a goaline back.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS10/22/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (ankle) took the first rep amongst the signal-callers during Wednesday's practice. UPDATE: According to Marie Russini of NBC Washington, there is "NO chance" Griffin plays Monday night against Dallas.
Insight: This hardly means that he is at 100 percent, which coach Jay Gruden said he would have to be at, if Griffin wants to start on Monday night. We expect Colt McCoy to get the nod for Week 8, with Griffin having a chance to get back under center for Week 9.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN10/22/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green was unable to practice during Wednesday's session.
Insight: There was hope that Green would return for Week 8, but that hope took a hit on Wednesday. Owners need to monitor his progress throughout the week.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET10/22/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. UPDATE: Johnson was able to get in a limited practice session on Wednesday, but is still unlikely to play, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Johnson traveled with the team to London, but there is a slim chance that he plays. Detroit has their bye during Week 9, and owners should hope that he returns for Week 10. In the meantime Golden Tate will continue to be a borderline WR1 for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.
Bryce Brown, RB, BUF10/22/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Bills backup running back Bryce Brown was working with the second team in Wednesday's practice according to Bills reporter Mike Rodak.
Insight: Things could, of course, change over the next few days. Brown and Anthony Dixon figure to share the time and we think Brown is the more explosive of the two, but the bigger Dixon is likely to get the goal line work.
Anthony Dixon, RB, BUF10/22/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Bills running back Anthony Dixon was working with Kyle Orton and the first team in Wednesday's practice, according to Bill reporter Mike Rodak.
Insight: Dixon and fellow running back Bryce Brown figure to share the time and we think Brown is the more explosive of the two, but the bigger Dixon is likely to get the goal line work.
Rueben Randle, WR, NYG10/22/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle is expected to see more time in the slot, according to wide receiver coach Sean Ryan.
Insight: This is a good sign for fantasy owners, as Randle has seen close to 10 targets per game, over the past five weeks. Eli Manning loves to utilize his slot receiver, and if Randle does see more time there, his value could be as high as a WR2.
Darren Sproles, RB, PHI10/22/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles (slight MCL tear in his left knee) "appears likely" to play in Week 8's contest against Arizona, according to CSN Philadelphia.
Insight: Sproles dodged a bullet by not tearing his ACL, and after getting through Tuesday's practice, it looks like he has a good chance to suit up. Sproles is getting just 5.5 touches per game, so if owners have better options, he is a player that can be kept on the bench.
Chandler Jones, DE, NEP10/21/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) will be be out for about a month, according to The Boston Globe.
Insight: This came out of nowhere, and is a huge blow to New England. Jones has 4.5 sacks on the season, and has consistently created pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Expect the Patriots to update his status on Wednesday.
Da'Quan Bowers, DE, TAM10/21/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has been suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a WTSP 10 news report.
Insight: Bowers has been a bust from Day 1 and he's just adding to the wrong side of the ledger.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF10/21/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller was placed on injured reserve/designated for return.
Insight: Spiller has a broken collarbone and at the earliest might return for Week 16 if the Bills are still in the playoff hunt. Fantasy owners can safely job him.
Phillip Tanner, RB, BUF10/21/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Former Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner has been signed by the Buffalo Bills.
Insight: Not surprising that the Bills would go out an find a running back to replace C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. For fantasy owners he's just insurance behind Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon and has no fantasy value.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, DEN10/21/2014 1:03:00 PM
Description: The Broncos have added a fifth running back to their roster in Kapri Bibbs.
Insight: The pass-happy Broncos don't need that many running backs, but Bibbs was likely a target for other teams dealing with injuries in their backfield.
Antonio Andrews, RB, TEN10/21/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: The Titans have signed running back Antonio Andrews from their practice squad.
Insight: He'll be behind both Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene so has little fantasy value. The move could have been made to protect him from getting signed by another team with multiple running back injuries.
Trindon Holliday, WR, TAM10/21/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay signed KR/WR Trindon Holliday to improve their return numbers.
Insight: Holliday returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in each of the last two seasons for Denver. He was in the New York Giants camp this summer.
Jason Kelce, C, PHI10/21/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce is practicing Tuesday. His original target date wasn't until Week 10.
Insight: Kelce was rated as one of the best centers in 2013. As the Eagles offensive line gets healthier/stronger, Nick Foles, his receivers and LeSean McCoy's numbers should significantly improve.
Mychal Kendricks, LB, PHI10/21/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks is practicing and is on pace to play for the first time since Week 2.
Insight: Kendricks' return would be a huge improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
Darren Sproles, RB, PHI10/21/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles (slight MCL tear in his left knee) was practicing Tuesday, according to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.
Insight: It was a 2-3 week timetable and it appears in may come out on the low side. It will be important to see how he feels on Wednesday and that he continues to improve over the week of practice.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND10/21/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks could see an increase in targets and fantasy value if Reggie Wayne's elbow keeps him out of the lineup for the next game or two.
Insight: Nicks has been invisible of late, but would see more snaps. The more likely option, however, is Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener get more work.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND10/21/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne could miss up to a couple of weeks due to a left elbow issue, according to an rtv6 report.
Insight: Wayne caught just four for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-0 win. He's only posted fantasy-worthy numbers once this season and is more security blanket for Andrew Luck than fantasy asset.
Reggie Bush, RB, DETCold10/21/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush laid another fantasy egg in Week 7, but part of it was he said his ankle was acting up, according to a MLive report.
Insight: Bush is becoming a pretty big bust in 2014 and with the admission that the ankle still isn't healed shouldn't be started. At this point, Joique Bell is ahead of Bush on fantasy depth charts.
Daniel Kilgore, G, SFX10/21/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: San Francisco starter center Daniel Kilgore broke his leg Sunday night and is done for the season.
Insight: The 49ers are likely to replace him with a rookie - Marcus Martin. At least they have two weeks to figure out what to do.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET10/21/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is in London with the team, but it's still no gaurantee that he'll play in Week 8.
Insight: With the Lions on bye in Week 9, it's more likely that he'll sit again this weekend to be 100 percent down the road.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT10/21/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant made his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans a memorable one by catching a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Insight: Bryant showed elite speed in running by the cornerback. Perhaps he'll become a force opposite Antonio Brown.
Antonio Brown, WR, PITHot10/21/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued his streak of at least five catches, hauling in nine of 13 targets for 90 yards.
Insight: Brown's day would be considered pedestrian except for his touchdown pass to Lance Moore in the second quarter.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT10/21/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled early in the Monday night game against Houston, but finished with a solid performance - 23-of-33 for 265 yards and two scores.
Insight: Big Ben wasn't good early on, holding the ball too long, but he rebounded just before halftime in a big way.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PITHot10/21/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues to show the versatility that makes him a threat in every game.
Insight: It doesn't matter if the Steelers are ahead or behind, Bell is part of the game plan. Monday night he rushed for 57 yards and caught all eight targets for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU10/21/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson caught five balls for 77 yards.
Insight: Johnson is still the guy Ryan Fitzpatrick looks for first, but defenses key on him too and he's not quite as good as in past seasons.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU10/21/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins was busy Monday night, catching six of nine targets for 108 yards.
Insight: It was a nice bounce back after being invisible against Indianapolis in Week 6. He's a WR3, but can sometimes surprise with a big number.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, HOU10/21/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: If you were forced to use Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick Monday night, he didn't hurt you with a solid 262-yard, two touchdown, one interception effort versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: Fitzpatrick isn't a trustworthy fantasy option, but has played better over the past few games as teams have keyed on Arian Foster.
Arian Foster, RB, HOUHot10/21/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster posted another 100-yard game Monday night, his fifth such effort in six games this season.
Insight: Fantasy owners are probably a little unhappy Alfred Blue scored the first touchdown of the game, but Foster scored late and posted solid numbers again.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE10/21/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is still not starting despite Brian Hoyer's worst outing of the season last Sunday in Jacksonville.
Insight: Coach Mike Pettine apparently briefly considered a change, but will stick with Hoyer for another game, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hoyer could bounce back in Week 8 facing Oakland at home.
Brian Hoyer, QB, PITCold10/21/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will continue to start, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Hoyer had a tough day in Jacksonville, but the 3-3 Browns are opting to stay the course. Hoyer has a favorable matchup at home against Oakland this Sunday.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM10/21/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) is expected to practice this week, but Mike Glennon is still expected to start.
Insight: Glennon is 1-2 in the last three games, but has produced solid fantasy numbers, so fantasy owners hope he continues to start. McCown failed to crack the 185-yard passing mark in three games.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM10/21/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon should continue to start at quarterback despite the return of Josh McCown (thumb) to the practice field.
Insight: Although Glennon is just 1-2 in his last three games, his fantasy value has been solid with a pair of 300-yard throwing efforts and six touchdown passes to three interceptions.
Travaris Cadet, RB, NOS10/21/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Travaris Cadet could see addition work for the next few games with Pierre Thomas sidelined.
Insight: Cadet would likely pick up the receiving work out of the backfield. mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will continue to man the running game.
Pierre Thomas, RB, NOS10/21/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game against Detroit with a shoulder injury, and he's expected to miss 2-3 games.
Insight: With Mark Ingram back and Khiry Robinson playing well the running game is taken care of, but Travaris Cadet will probably pick up the receiving work.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/20/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is out for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He was questionable coming in, but Houston did not see enough in practice to give Clowney the go-ahead. Consider him questionable for Week 8.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT10/20/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant is making his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans.
Insight: The Steelers have grown impatient with Justin Brown, so Lance Moore moves up into 3-wide sets, and Bryant will be active. Moore and even WR2 Markus Wheaton have made costly mistakes too, so perhaps Bryant gets a chance to steal a few snaps in two-wide sets.
Colt McCoy, QB, WAS10/20/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy is expected to start during Week 8 against Dallas.
Insight: Coach Jay Gruden made the announcement on Monday, and with Robert Griffin III not expected back just yet, McCoy has passed Kirk Cousins on the depth chart. McCoy is no better than a QB2 for next Monday's tilt against the Cowboys.
Garrett Graham, TE, HOUCold10/20/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham was held without a catch in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Colts as he continues his slid from fantasy-worthy status.
Insight: Graham caught 49 balls for 545 yards and five touchdowns while sharing time with Owen Daniels last season and some thought he could blossom with Daniels in Baltimore. That hasn't happened and we aren't expecting much from him on Monday night against the Steelers.
Damaris Johnson, WR, HOU10/20/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Former Eagles and now Texans wide receiver and kick returner Damaris Johnson saw a season-high three catches for 62 yards against Indianapolis and might see action with the offense again Monday night.
Insight: He's a solid return man and if you can get him in open space he's tough to pull down. He might be useful for the Texans in three-receiver packages, but fantasy owners in non-return leagues should steer clear.
Lance Moore, WR, PITCold10/20/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Lance Moore hasn't caught more than one pas in any game this season.
Insight: Moore's 26-yards reception last week was for a touchdown, but he's totaled just three catches for 64 yards this season. The Steelers may turn to youth Monday night and see if Martavis Bryant can help out Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT10/20/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh rookie wideout Martavis Bryant could actually see the field tonight, according to Lisa Salters.
Insight: Bryant has been battling injuries and been buried at the bottom of the Steelers depth chart, but Justin Brown and Lance Moore haven't exactly been producing so Bryant might get a target or two. He won't be fantasy worthy, however. That's only for Antonio Brown and once in a while Markus Wheaton.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND10/20/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson will have an MRI on the hamstring that forced him out of Sunday's game.
Insight: He's said it was just a tweak and nothing serious, but the results of the MRI will tell us more. Richardson led the Colts with 14 carries and 77 yards in Week 7. If he out for any length of time Ahmad Bradshaw becomes a very good fantasy option.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS10/20/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not rule out Robert Griffin III for Week 8, but said he had "a long way to go."
Insight: That's coach-speak for he's not going to play, but Mr Defensive Coordinator I'm hoping you will waste time in the one-in-a-million chance he does come back early.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS10/20/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a torn right pectoral in the game against Tennessee and is out for the season, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: It'ss the third time this injury has happened to him, though the first two were on the left side. It's a huge blow to the Washington defense.
Derrick Coleman, FB, SEA10/20/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman apparently broke his foot while warming up for the game against the Rams on Sunday, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Insight: Seattle used Robert Turbin as the fullback Sunday.
Tharold Simon, CB, SEA10/20/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon sprained an ankle in Sunday's game and did not return.
Insight: No timetable has been announced for when he'll get back on the field.
Brandon Flowers, CB, SDC10/20/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers left Sunday's game due to a concussion and given they are scheduled to play Thursday, that's not much time to pass all the required tests.
Insight: Flowers and Jason Verrett may both miss Thursday's game against Denver. With Peyton Manning on a roll, it's hard to imaging a short-handed Chargers secondary slowing him down.
Jason Verrett, CB, SDC10/20/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett was inactive for Week 7 and with a short work week before Thursday's game is not expected to return to the secondary, according to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego.
Insight: With Payton Manning on the horizon, it's not a good time to be thin in the secondary. Just ask the 49ers.
Bryce Brown, RB, BUF10/20/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Bills backup running back Bryce Brown could end up being the big "winner" after injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
Insight: It's up to Brown and Anthony Dixon to carry the Bills running game for the next few weeks and maybe the next month. We think Brown is the more likely every down back with Dixon the red zone guy.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN10/20/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Receiver Emmanuel Sanders had his second consecutive poor yardage total, but did score to make his fantasy numbers more palatable.
Insight: Sanders has caught just three balls in each of the last two games, after averaging 8.6 recpetions and 119.3 yards for the previous three contests.
Julius Thomas, TE, DEN10/20/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas posted a disappointing four catches for 27 yards and no touchdowns.
Insight: Thomas' streak of five games with at least one touchdown pass came to an end Sunday night against the 49ers, but no fantasy owner can complain about his production this season.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN10/20/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker caught his first touchdown pass of the season Sunday night against the 49ers.
Insight: Welker is the fourth option these days behind the "Thomas Brothers" and Emmanuel Sanders, so his fantasy value is limited.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DENHot10/20/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big day on Sunday night.
Insight: That's three huge days in a row since Wes Welker came back to play the slot and Thomas moved back to the outside. Sunday he caught eight of nine targets for 171 yards and two scores. That's 521 yards and five touchdowns in three weeks.
Peyton Manning, QB, DENHot10/20/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday night's 42-17 blowout win over the 49ers.
Insight: He's simply the best at what he does and every fantasy owners would like to have him as their quarterback. He's averaging 308 yards and 3.16 touchdown passes per contest.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DENHot10/20/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has taken full advantage of the starting opportunity and Montee Ball may not get it back when he returns from injury.
Insight: Hillman rushed 14 times for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught four balls for 29 yards. Coming on top of last week's 100-yard game, he's going to be tough to move out of the starting lineup.
Stevie Johnson, WR, SFX10/20/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught five for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Johnson has now scored in three of the past four games and he's caught five balls in each of the past two contests. He's becoming more comfortable in this offense, though with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd and Vernon Davis he's got to share with a lot of other guys and his upside is limited.
Anquan Boldin, WR, SFX10/20/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: San Francisco wideout Anquan Boldin caught seven of 10 targets for 50 yards, butdropped a sure touchdown.
Insight: When the 49ers need a big first-down catch they almost always look to wide receiver Anquan Boldin and he usually comes through, but with four quality receivers on this team, none is likely to break out and become an every game fantasy option.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX10/20/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and one touchdown as the 49ers were demolished by the Broncos.
Insight: Kaepernick had a sure touchdown dropped by Anquan Boldin, but he did about as good as he could, considering the Denver pass rush overwhelmed the 49ers offensive line.
Frank Gore, RB, SFXCold10/20/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore turned in another very quiet game - just 20 yards rushing.
Insight: Again falling behind early didn't help, but the 49ers offensive line could do nothing with the Denver defense.
James Jones, WR, OAK10/20/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Raiders receiver James Jones caught four of a team-leading eight targets for 35 yards.
Insight: Jones has scored double-digits in three of six weeks, but wasn't a big part of the game plan in this one.
Andre Holmes, WR, OAKCold10/20/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Typical of Raiders receiver Andre Holmes he followed up a big game by being the "Invisible Man."
Insight: Holmes had 121 yards and two score in Week 6, but just 34 yards on three catches in Week 7. He can't be trusted to produce on a consistent basis,
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAKCold10/20/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Once again Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew was ignored.
Insight: MJD saw three carries for six yards and no targets. It's time to let go.
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK10/20/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 48 yards.
Insight: Not pretty, but at least he's getting the opportunities. Maurice Jones-Drew was supposed to get a larger share of the rushing attempts, but that isn't happening. McFadden is the only fantasy option out of the Raider backfield.
Michael Floyd, WR, ARI10/20/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd's poor day was saved by a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Insight: Floyd has caught just 47 yards worth of passes in each of the past two games, but he's scored in each game so give fantasy owners double-digits.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI10/20/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was dull on Sunday against Oakland, catching just four short balls for 21 yards.
Insight: Fitzgerald is no longer the Cardinals' deep threat, but he can still give fantasy owners solid production most of the time. Chalk this one up to not being needed to beat the Raiders.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI10/20/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was solid Sunday against Oakland, throwing for 253 yards and two scores.
Insight: The Arizona offense runs so much more efficiently with Palmer under center. He's thrown two touchdowns passes in all three games he's played this season. Oh, and the team is 3-0 under his direction.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI10/20/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington saw another full workload, rushing 24 times and seeing nine targets.
Insight: Ellington rushed for 88 yards (3.7 ypc) and caught six for 72 yards, but failed to get into the end zone. Fantasy owners love the workload as long as his foot injury doesn't get any worse. They can't be happy that backup RB Stepfan Taylor scored twice.
Jason Witten, TE, DALCold10/20/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten continues to be ignored in the Dallas offensive game plans.
Insight: Witten was targeted just twice against the Giants. The Cowboys did hit backup tight end Gavin Escobar for two touchdowns. Those used to go to Witten. It's time to move on from the two-time All-Pro.
Gavin Escobar, TE, DAL10/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: For the first time this season Cowboys backup tight end Gavin Escobar produced fantasy worthy statistics.
Insight: Escobar caught three balls for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He'll have to do it more than once before we declare him fantasy worthy, but its a start.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL10/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was once again ignored for most of the game, but did manage to score to give his fantasy owners a respectable total.
Insight: Williams has scored in five of seven games this season which makes up for the fact that he's failed to crack 80 yards receiving in any game this season.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL10/20/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant caught nine balls for 151 yards, but did get into the end zone.
Insight: It was a great comeback for fantasy owners considering he had just two receptions for 15 yards at halftime. After scoring in four consecutive games, Bryant has now gone two games without a touchdown catch.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL10/20/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was efficient, throwing just 23 times, but racking up 279 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.
Insight: The 23 passing attempts ties for his low of the season. Romo has thrown for two or more touchdowns in five straight games and continues to be a solid fantasy option.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DALHot10/20/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Anther game, another 100-yard day and a touchdowns for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
Insight: He's posted seven consecutive 100-yard games and scored in six of the seven. He's the top fantasy running back through seven games and the only worry for fantasy owners is the heavy workload. He's on pace for 427 rushing attempts and 477 touches.
Larry Donnell, TE, NYG10/20/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Giants tight end Larry Donnell was effective against the Cowboys, rebounding from an ugly outing against the Eagles.
Insight: Donnell caught all seven targets for a team-leading 90 yards. Unfortunately he fumbled twice in the fourth quarter.
Rueben Randle, WR, NYG10/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle led the Giants in targets on Sunday night against the Cowboys.
Insight: he didn't do much with them, managing just 74 yards and zero touchdowns. Odell Beckham appears to be Eli Manning's red zone target which limits Randle's fantasy upside.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYGHot10/20/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham has made an immediate impact since finally getting to play.
Insight: Beckham and Eli Manning have already become a red zone item. Sunday he caught just four balls for 34 yards, but two went for scores. He has three touchdown receptions in three games. Now if he can just start seeing the ball a little more he could become a solid WR2.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG10/20/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Giants QB Eli Manning rebounded from the game with the Eagles and posted solid fantasy statistics against Dallas.
Insight: Don't blame this loss on Eli. Manning was 21-of-33 for 248 yards, three touchdowns and zero turnovers. Fantasy owners will take that every time.
Andre Williams, RB, NYGCold10/20/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: New York running back Andre Williams posted mediocre numbers again as the Giants starter and has not taken advantage of his opportunity.
Insight: Williams rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries against the Cowboys. That's 35 carries for 110 yards (3.1 ypc) and no touchdowns over the past two games. Rashad Jennings should have no trouble regaining the starting job when healthy.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC10/20/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen led the team with 10 targets, but ended up with a mediocre six receptions for 58 yards.
Insight: Allen has been a disappointment for all but one game this season and we're beginning to think last season was a fluke. With Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal along with Antonio Gates, Allen has become "just another receiver" in the stable versus last season when he was "the guy."
Antonio Gates, TE, SDC10/20/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a couple of All-Pro catches, but his game numbers were just average - three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: It all came down to the fact the Chiefs held the ball for 39 minutes and the Chargers offense didn't get enough chances.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDC10/20/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Chargers QB Philip Rivers had a hot first half (11-of-16 for 122 yards and two scores), but the San Diego defense couldn't get off the field in the second half and Rivers did little after the break.
Insight: Rivers finished with 205 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, but fantasy owners have come to expect much more.
Branden Oliver, RB, SDC10/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Charger rookie running back Branden Oliver was once again the workhorse, but for the first time he didn't produce top numbers.
Insight: Oliver carried the ball 15 times with Ronnie Brown getting just one carry. Unfortunately, he totaled just 78 combined yards and no scores.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN10/20/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe finished Week 7 as the team's top targeted receiver with seven.
Insight: He caught five for 84 yards. After a first half in which no receiver caught more than one ball, Bowe broke away from the pack. He's still not a great fantasy option with 19 receptions for 279 yards and zero touchdowns.
Alex Smith, QB, KAN10/20/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith's Week 7 production is what you have come to expect.
Insight: He threw for 221 yards and one touchdown, didn't turn the ball over and led his team to the win. Look in the dictionary under "game manager."
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN10/20/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles appears healthy and is back to running as we have come to expect from him.
Insight: Charles rushed 22 times for 95 yards and a score. He wasn't involved in the passing game as much as we'd like, but he's returned to RB1 level.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF10/20/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson left Sunday's game against the Vikings with a groin injury and early estimates are from 2-4 weeks.
Insight: The running back had to be carted off the field. With C.J. Spiller out for the season, the Bills will turn to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR10/19/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the team with eight catches and 105 receiving yards in Week 7.
Insight: Carolina really struggled on offense, so Olsen was one of the bright spots. He caught all eight of his targets.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR10/19/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Packers.
Insight: Although it was a very disappointing day for the Panthers offense, Benjamin salvaged his fantasy day with a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Benjamin has five touchdowns through seven games in his rookie season.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP10/19/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson continued his dominant play on Sunday.
Insight: Nelson started Week 7 fast with a 59-yard touchdown catch on the first drive. He was quiet for much of the remainder of the game, but he still had four catches, 80 yards and the score.
Randall Cobb, WR, GBP10/19/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb scored another touchdown in Sunday's win over Carolina.
Insight: He now has eight touchdowns in 2014. Cobb finished the day with six catches for 121 yards, on seven targets. He is a WR1 in nearly all formats.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP10/19/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy had 12 carries for 63 yards and scored for Green Bay on Sunday.
Insight: Lacy is still not getting a ton of work, but he scored and averaged over five yards per carry. Do not give up on Lacy. He is just warming up.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR10/19/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did not build upon his performance in Cincinnati last week.
Insight: Owners were hoping Newton would be able to repeat, or at least get close, to his 200-plus passing yards, 100-plus rushing yards and three totals touchdowns, which he had in Cincinnati last week. Against Green Bay, however, Newton threw for 205 yards, gained 41 yards on the ground, threw a touchdown and pick.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP10/19/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 19-for-22 with 255 yards and three touchdowns against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Rodgers was spectacular again as he spread the ball to all his receivers. Three different wide outs caught the touchdowns, and the running back averaged over four yards per carry. Rodgers is officially back although he didn't really go anywhere.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS10/19/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did not catch a pass against the Lions in Week 7.
Insight: Graham played just 30 snaps due to his shoulder injury. Drew Brees targeted him twice, and Graham caught neither. The good news is he did not appear to suffer any setbacks.
Reggie Bush, RB, DET10/19/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush laid another fantasy egg in Week 7.
Insight: Bush is becoming a pretty big bust in 2014. He carried the ball just four times for 10 yards and caught five passes for 22 yards. At this point, Joique Bell is ahead of Bush on fantasy depth charts.
Marques Colston, WR, NOS10/19/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston led the team in catches, receiving yards and targets in Week 7 against the Lions.
Insight: Colston had six catches for 111 yards on 10 targets. He did not score, but fantasy owners will still take the production if Colston was in the lineup.
Golden Tate, WR, DET10/19/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate had another huge game with Calvin Johnson sidelined in Week 7.
Insight: Tate finished with 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown, but his big 73-yard touchdown grab did not come until there was four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Over half his fantasy points came on one play.
Mark Ingram, RB, NOS10/19/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram led the team with 10 carries but only gained 16 yards.
Insight: It was Ingram's first game back from his injury, but it was a big disappointment. Many speculated Khiry Robinson would be involved just as much as Ingram was. That wasn't the case as Robinson only had three carries, but Ingram, obviously, did not take advantage.
Joique Bell, RB, DET10/19/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had 48 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown against the Saints.
Insight: Although that is an average of below 3.0 yards per carry, Bell looked better than Reggie Bush. Bell is ahead of Bush on fantasy depth charts.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS10/19/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still not performing up to his standards.
Insight: It is a little bit unfair because the expectations for Brees are sky-high. That being said, owners expect a first-round quarterback to perform at a very high level. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have turned it around after slow starts, but Brees has not. Brees was 28-for-45 with 342 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET10/19/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford really struggled, throwing two interceptions on Sunday against the Saints.
Insight: Stafford salvaged the game with two late touchdown throws. He was 27-for-40 with two touchdowns. Stafford was one yard short of the 300-yard bonus as he finished with 299.
Charles Clay, FB/TE, MIA10/19/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Dolphins tight end Charles Clay had four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: After being fantasy irrelevant for much of this season, Clay showed up in Chicago during Week 7. It was nice to see though Clay was likelt no in many lineups.
Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI10/19/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had 58 receiving yards on Sunday versus Miami.
Insight: Bennett had five catches but did not score as Matt Forte scored both of the Chicago touchdowns. He is still a TE1 in all formets.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA10/19/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace caught his fifth touchdown of 2014.
Insight: Wallace has been one of the most consistent fantasy wide receivers this season. He had five catches for 46 yards against the Bears and scored again. He is a solid WR2 in a 12-team league.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI10/19/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall caught six balls for 48 yards against the Dolphins.
Insight: Marshall had a huge size advantage over the Miami corners, but he and Alshon Jeffery could not take advantage. The two receivers combined for 57 receiving yards.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA10/19/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller ran for 61 yards on 18 carries against the Bears.
Insight: In the first game since Knowshon Moreno's season-ending injury, Miller was just OK, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He did add a touchdown.
Matt Forte, RB, CHIHot10/19/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte scored two more touchdowns against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Insight: Forte had 18 touches for 109 yards. He had a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown. Forte is up there with DeMarco Murray as the best fantasy running back of the first half.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA10/19/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill played perhaps his best game as a pro on Sunday against the Bears.
Insight: The read option was working very well against the aggressive Bears defense, but Tannehill also completed 25-for-32 passes for 277 yards. He added 48 rushing yards.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI10/19/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had two more turnovers against the Dolphins.
Insight: Cutler threw an interception and lost a fumble, which set up the Dolphins in great field position. Cutler was 21-of-34 with 190 yards and a touchdown as well.
Scott Chandler, TE, BUF10/19/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Bills tight end Scott Chandler caught three passes for 36 yards on Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Chandler, like most tight ends, is sort of boom-or-bust. He will occasionally have a big game but will mostly sit between the 30-60 yard range.
Greg Jennings, WR, MIN10/19/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings led the team with six catches, seven targets and 77 yards on Sunday.
Insight: The Minnesota offense continues to frustrate fantasy owners. At least Norv Turner has figured out Jerick McKinnon is better than Mass Asiata, but he is still featuring Jennings more than Cordarrelle Patterson. That is fine with Jennings' owners, but for owners thinking about picking up Jennings, it is hard to start him with any confidence.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF10/19/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for 122 yards against the Vikings in Week 7.
Insight: Owners were likely frustrated with Watkins' poor performance against New England last week, but he was stuck on Revis Island. Back on the main land now, Watkins lit up the Vikings cornerbacks. Kyle Orton and Watkins seem to have great chemistry and it is getting better every week.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN10/19/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson scored his first touchdown since Week 1.
Insight: That should be an encouraging sign, but since he still only received three touches and four targets, we are pretty much done with dealing with the headache that comes with Patterson. He is a tremendous talent, but the Vikings do not seem to care to feed him the ball.
Tre Mason, RB, STLHot10/19/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Rookie Tre Mason has become the Rams primary running back.
Insight: Mason rushed 18 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. He's taken over for Zac Stacy who no longer has a role in the offense. Benny Cunningham is the team's receiving back.
Boobie Dixon, RB, BUF10/19/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Bills running back Anthony Dixon rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries after C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson left Sunday's game with injuries.
Insight: Spiller could be out for some time with a broken collar bone. Jackson suffered an injury to his groin. Dixon and fellow running back Bryce Brown will be top waiver wire pickups this week if Jackson cannot go in Week 8.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN10/19/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater regressed a little bit in his development at Orchard Park on Sunday.
Insight: Bridgewater was 15-for-26 with 157 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Vikings lost its third game in a row.
Austin Davis, QB, STL10/19/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Austin Davis was good at what they asked him to do.
Insight: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, that was be mistake free. He threw 21 times, mostly short, and completed 18 for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He was most importantly, mistake and sack free in leading the Rams to the victory.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF10/19/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton led Buffalo back to defeat the Vikings, 17-16, on Sunday.
Insight: Orton was 31-for-43 with 283 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. He and Sammy Watkins seem to have really developed some nice chemistry.
Zac Stacy, RB, STLCold10/19/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Say goodbye to any remaining fantasy value for Rams running back Zac Stacy.
Insight: It appears the Rams are ready to hand over the keys to the backfield to rookie Tre Mason. Mason finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and the touchdown and Benny Cunningham did the receiving work. Meanwhile, Stacy and his fantasy owners could only watch.
Owen Daniels, TE, BAL10/19/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels caught a touchdown pass in Week 7 against the Falcons.
Insight: Daniels led the team with six receptions and nine targets on Sunday. It was Daniels' third touchdown of the season, and we expect him to continue to be involved in the passing game.
Antone Smith, RB, ATL10/19/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Falcons backup running back Antone Smith had five touches against the Ravens on Sunday.
Insight: Smith broke his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown at five. It appeared the Falcons were trying to get Smith more involved, but the Atlanta rushing attack was horrible, not giving Smith many opportunities.
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL10/19/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith caught a late touchdown in a blowout victory to avoid another fantasy dud.
Insight: Smith finished with three catches, 81 yards and a touchdown for a solid fantasy day, but 39 of the yards and the score came with under three minutes left and Baltimore ahead by three scores. The Ravens threw the deep pass to Smith on fourth down because the team's long snapper was injured. Smith still has quite a bit of risk involved going forward.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEAHot10/19/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was rumored to be a target for Percy Harvin's anger.
Insight: With Harvin traded to the Jets, Baldwin excelled on the field as Seattle's No. 1 receiving target. He caught seven of 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Harvin had just 133 yards in receptions in five games.


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