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Injury Update: Week 14
There are a ton of players dealing with concussion issues this week. As you know, they have to pass the league mandated concussion protocol before being cleared to play. This usually doesn't happen until late in the week, though, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest with these players. There are several players that can help fantasy teams this week dealing with concussions, so it will be important to know their status for the coming week.
Before getting to all the latest injury news, I wanted to give another quick plug to a new contest we are running, which is our biggest to date. We are very excited to host a Postseason Shootout contest, which gives away more than $150,000 in prizes. The good news is your fantasy season doesn't have to stop when the regular season is over. You can keep playing this year and get a chance to win a bunch of money. Rules of the contest are pretty simple. For an entry of $124.95, you select a roster from all the teams in the NFL playoffs that you think will score the most points this postseason. There is no draft or head-to-head games. It is a total points contest. And if you finish in the top 200, you are going to win some money. First place takes home $50,000 while finishing 200th gets you $125. This should be a really fun contest and I hope you give it consideration to continue your fantasy season in 2013.
Click on this link to see more details about the contest or to sign up: Postseason Shootout [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 14
Before getting to my random thoughts and the rest of the column, I wanted to give a quick plug to a new contest we are running, which is our biggest to date. We are very excited to host a Postseason Shootout contest, which gives away more than $150,000 in prizes. The good news is your fantasy season doesn't have to stop when the regular season is over. You can keep playing this year and get a chance to win a bunch of money. Rules of the contest are pretty simple. For an entry of $124.95, you select a roster from all the teams in the NFL playoffs that you think will score the most points this postseason. There is no draft or head-to-head games. It is a total points contest. And if you finish in the top 200, you are going to win some money. First place takes home $50,000 while finishing 200th gets you $125. This should be a really fun contest and I hope you give it consideration to continue your fantasy season in 2013.
Click on this link to see more details about the contest or to sign up: Postseason Shootout
Now for my random thoughts. . . . . [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 13
After a few weeks with just so-so scoring for most fantasy teams, we had some absolutely huge scores this week because of several monster games from players. It was quite the week of scoring. We had two receivers top 200 yards and another get four touchdowns. There also was a 200-yard rusher and a quarterback that hit the 400-yard mark while throwing five touchdown passes. Needless to say, a lot of fantasy teams enjoyed much success in Week 13. It made for an exciting week for fantasy owners. Hopefully, you had a team on the positive end of all this scoring.
Lions 40, Packers 10
Fantasy Stud : Reggie Bush . Bush had one of his best games of the season. He topped 100-rushing yards and had more than 60-receiving yards. Bush rushed 20 times for 117 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 65 yards, giving him 182 total yards and a touchdown. Bush is having a huge first season with the Lions and is performing like a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams. [Full Story]
Weekend Update: Week 13
First off, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and your fantasy team is sitting pretty after the first three games played this week. I know I had a great day and am feeling good about some of my teams after Thursday, so here is to hoping you experienced something similar. There isn't really any football position or transaction news to update this weekend but plenty of injury situations to update. Here is the latest. . . . .
Rams running back Zac Stacy has been cleared to play and is listed as probable on the Injury Report. His concussion won't be an issue for the Week 13 game. He is fully expected to start and get a normal workload in the game. We consider Stacy a low-end No. 1 back for this week.
It looks like the Broncos will have running back Knowshon Moreno for the game this week. He got in a full practice Friday and is listed as probable on the Injury Report. His ankle injury doesn't seem to be an issue, so he should be good to go for fantasy teams. Moreno is expected to get near about a normal workload in the game. He'll be fine to use for fantasy teams. [Full Story]
Inactives Blog: Week 13
THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES
Green Bay : QB Aaron Rodgers, TE Brandon Bostick, DL C.J. Wilson, WR Chris Harper, LB Jamari Lattimore, DL Jerel Worthy, DL Nate Palmer.
Detroit : CB Chris Houston, OT Corey Hilliard, QB Kellen Moore, OG Leroy Harris, WR Micheal Spurlock, RB Mikel Leshoure, C Rodney Austin. [Full Story]
Injury Update: Week 13
It is Thanksgiving and football is going to start in a few hours, so I'm keeping this lead short and sweet. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day of family, friends, food and football. Now for the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers . Crabtree was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday. He is expected to make his season debut this week. But he is returning from a serious injury and is likely to be eased into action. Crabtree is going to be a risk for fantasy teams until he starts getting near a normal workload.
Jason Campbell, QB, Browns . Campbell will not play this week because of a concussion suffered in the Week 12 game. He isn't practicing and Brandon Weeden has already been named the starter for Week 13. Weeden isn't much of a fantasy option unless you are desperate for help this week. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 13
For most leagues, we have either a week or two left in the regular season. Hopefully, you are still alive in your league. It is do or die for many teams this week. And with Thanksgiving this week, we have three games to deal with on Thursday. Some fantasy teams are going to need to make tough lineup decisions early in the week. We'll keep you up to date with the inactives and any player news for the Thursday games, so get your lineup ready before feasting that day. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Now for my random thoughts for the week. . . . . .
First off, I have mentioned this in the past but please keep playing out your season even if you are out of it. Do it for the good of your league. It isn't fair to the other owners if you are giving games away at the end of the season. You wouldn't want to miss out on the playoffs if a team you are fighting for a playoff spot wins because their opponent is starting Michael Vick. Be a good owner. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 12
Well, it was quite the week of action in the NFL. There were two games that went to overtime and several that were decided late. This made for some exciting action to watch. It also made for some big fantasy performances. We had a running back and receiver top 200 yards. And we didn't have a quarterback with a performance like that, but there were four quarterbacks that had three touchdown passes. So it was a pretty good week for fantasy scoring but not off the charts for most teams.
Saints 17, Ryan 13
Fantasy Stud : Jimmy Graham . Graham caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. This was his sixth 100-yard game of the season. He played more than recent weeks and seems to be getting closer to full strength. And even at less than full strength, Graham is still producing fine for fantasy teams. He has double-digit scores and is nearing a 1,000-yard season. Graham remains the top fantasy tight end in the game. [Full Story]
Inactives Blog: Week 12
1 PM GAMES
Carolina : TE Ben Hartsock, DL Charles Johnson, LB Chase Blackburn, OG Chris Scott, RB Kenjon Barner, WR Marvin McNutt, WR Tavarres King.
Miami : OG Danny Watkins, CB Dimitri Patterson, DL Isaako Aaitui, OT Jonathan Martin, C Mike Pouncey, RB Mike Gillislee, QB Pat Devlin. [Full Story]
Weekend Update: Week 12
As always, we have some injuries to update and a few notes from around the league. The good news is we have some guys that have been injured a while coming back this week and the next. This is good news for fantasy teams as they get ready for the stretch run and look for a spark as the playoffs get ready to start. You can never expect a guy that has been out a while to make a big impact right away but they should be able to round into form in a week or two. With that said, here is the latest. . . . . .
The Redskins have ruled out tight end Jordan Reed for the Week 12 game. His concussion will keep him out of the game. He still hasn't been cleared to play. This is a big loss for the passing game and Robert Griffin III , who was already missing Leonard Hankerson in the game. You might want to downgrade Griffin for the week a little because of his losses at receiver.
Broncos receiver Wes Welker has been cleared to play, though, and will start the Week 12 game. He practiced in full late in the week and is listed as just probable on the Injury Report. He will be fine to play. His concussion was pretty minor last week. [Full Story]
Injury Update: Week 12
It really seems this injury list keeps getting smaller and smaller as the season gets closer to a close. There is nothing wrong with that, though. Hopefully, this trend continues so teams head into the playoffs relatively healthy. For the most part, teams that are able to stay healthy have the best shot to win it all (thank you captain obvious, right?). Here is to hoping you are one of those teams. Now for the latest injuries from around the league. . . . .
Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens . Pitta has returned to limited practice after missing much of the season because of hip surgery. He has a shot to return in a few weeks. He'll likely be eased back into action, though, and seems a long shot to help fantasy teams the rest of this season.
Joique Bell, RB, Lions . Bell is battling an ankle injury, which forced him from last week's game. He isn't practicing yet and is no sure thing to play this week. We should know more later in the week but get other options ready. Bell looks pretty iffy to play right now, which would give Reggie Bush a bigger workload in the Week 12 game. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 12
If you haven't noticed, the fantasy regular season is about over. Crazy, right? Where did the time go? Either way, if you are trying to make that playoff push, you better make that move now. And even if you are really out of the playoff hunt, please keep putting your best team out there for the good of your league. Don't be that owner that ignores his team and impacts the outcome of your league because of neglect. It isn't fair to the rest of your league. Be a good owner. With that said, here are my random thoughts for the week. . . . .
Before the season, all the talk was how deep the quarterback position is this season. Well, I hate to say it but I'm not sure it is as deep as I thought it would be. The position is top heavy with many of the guys that were expected to have good seasons and produce well in a starting role for fantasy teams aren't living up to their preseason expectations. Guys like Eli Manning, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Joe Flacco are disappointing many fantasy teams. These guys were drafted to be No. 1s or spot starters for fantasy teams but haven't helped much. This leaves the position top heavy, much like recent seasons. Teams with Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford have a pretty good advantage over the rest of the league right now. I didn't expect the gap to be that wide between the top three but that is the case right now.
Rookie Gio Bernard is finally living up to his preseason hype. He has the sixth most fantasy points at running back his last three games. Bernard is getting more and more carries/touches in the offense and producing with his chances. He is the future at the position for the Bengals. I consider him a top No. 2 fantasy back right now. It is a bit baffling that the Bengals are still giving Green-Ellis more carries than Bernard. Green-Ellis is plodding along, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. Bernard is the much better option right now and should be getting more weekly chances than Green-Ellis. Bernard is a very exciting fantasy player going forward. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 11
This week seemed to be the week of the little used fantasy player leading the way around the league. Carson Palmer led quarterbacks in passing by hitting the 400-yard mark. Bobby Rainey was the leading rusher with a 163-yard showing. And Michael Floyd was the top receiver, barely missing the 200-yard mark (193). Hopefully, you had the insight to use some of these players that produced big for fantasy teams. If not, we still had some good games by marquee players, but it wasn't the huge fantasy week as recent weeks for most fantasy teams.
Colts 30, Titans 27
Fantasy Stud : Donald Brown . Brown seemed to grab hold of the starter's job for the Colts in this game. Brown ran 14 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 14 yards, giving him 94 total yards. Brown has clearly outplayed Trent Richardson in recent weeks and indications after the game were Brown likely takes over the starting duties at running back. The Colts will still rotate backs but Brown is the only back to use for fantasy teams right now. [Full Story]
Inactives Blog: Week 11
1 PM GAMES
Arizona : WR Brittan Golden, LB Dontay Moch, OG Earl Watford, TE Kory Sperry, DL Ron Talley, QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ryan Williams.
Jacksonville : DL Abry Jones, CB Jamell Fleming, LB Paul Posluszny, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Stephen Burton, WR Stephen Williams, OG Will Rackley. [Full Story]
Weekend Update: Week 11
We don't have a ton to update this weekend, which is actually good news. But there are a few game-time decisions to watch and couple guys that should return this week, which could impact fantasy teams going forward. So here are the latest news and notes around the league. As always, keep an eye on our player notes for the latest and check the inactives Sunday before setting your lineup. Good luck in Week 11!
If you can believe this, Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin is listed as just probably on the Injury Report for Week 11. Seattle still hasn't officially said Harvin will play but all indications sure point that way. Harvin is expected to make his return from hip surgery and should get a decent amount of work in his first game back.
The Raiders have officially ruled out quarterback Terrell Pryor for Week 11. Matt McGloin is going to get the start for the Raiders. Pryor was struggling in recent weeks and his sore knee wasn't helping his play. The Raiders are going to give him a break to try to right the ship going forward. McGloin is a huge reach for fantasy teams, though. He has very little experience and hasn't looked good with his few chances this season. [Full Story]
Injury Update: Week 11
For once, the injury news isn't too daunting this week. Sure, we have our fair share of injuries but nothing like recent weeks. The list is a lot shorter than the past few weeks when several big-name players were on this list. This is a good thing for fantasy teams with the season winding down. Fantasy teams still aren't at full strength by any means but if you have a relatively healthy team, the chances sure look a lot better for you to make the playoffs. Let's hope this trend continues.
Stevie Johnson, WR, Bills . Johnson is battling a groin injury and is iffy to play right now. He could be ruled out for Week 11 before the week is out. If not, he'll be a game-time decision. At this point, we would just count on other options. Johnson is likely to be limited even if active for the game.
Robert Woods, WR, Bills . Woods has an ankle sprain and has already been ruled out for Week 11. Marquise Goodwin sees a bump in playing time with Woods out of the lineup. He isn't much of a fantasy play unless you are pretty desperate for options. It isn't certain when Woods will return to the lineup as he is pretty banged up. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 11
When we get to this point of the season, there are plenty of trends we are seeing from our fantasy players. It is pretty safe to say some guys are having a great season while others just aren't getting it done. If you stuck with struggling guys this long, please pull the plug now. Guys like Ray Rice belong on your bench. There isn't a light at the end of the tunnel for Rice right now. And players like Knowshon Moreno should be in your lineup every week. Moreno is a legit elite fantasy back for this season. You can't go on past seasons anymore.
Trends are certainly formed for this year, making setting your lineup a tad easier. We always say start your studs and don't get too cute. Well, you should have a pretty good idea who your studs are for this season. Go with those guys down the stretch.
Now for my random thoughts for Week 11. . . . . [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 10
Another week and another huge set of performances by several players. It was another big week for fantasy teams. There were two quarterbacks that scored four touchdowns. Six receivers scored at least two touchdowns. And running backs didn't have huge touchdown games but did pile up some yards for once with three guys topping 140 yards. It was another high-scoring affair in many fantasy leagues. And once again, we hope you were on the positive end of things in Week 10.
Vikings 34, Redskins 27
Fantasy Stud : Robert Griffin . Griffin continues to hit his stride for fantasy teams. He threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also ran for 44 yards. It was another big showing for Griffin in Week 10. Griffin has thrown for 280-plus yards three of the last four games. He is more confident on his knee and it is showing in his play. [Full Story]
Inactives Blog: Week 10
1 PM GAMES
Buffalo : OG Antoine McClain, CB Brandon E. Smith, QB Jeff Tuel, CB Justin Rogers, WR Robert Woods, RB Ronnie Wingo, LB Ty Powell.
Pittsburgh : LB Chris Carter, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, WR Derek Moye, LB Kion Wilson, QB Landry Jones, DL Loni Fangupo, TE Richard Gordon. [Full Story]
Weekend Update: Week 10
Just like every week, we have plenty of injuries to update for you this weekend. Unfortunately, most of the news is bad new with several players already being ruled out in the Injury Report released Friday. As always, keep an eye on the notes for the latest and check out the inactives Sunday before filling out your lineup. Good luck in this critical week of the games. Here are the latest news and notes from around the league. . . . . .
The Texans have already ruled out running back Arian Foster for this week's game. Foster is battling back and hamstring injuries. He didn't practice all week. Ben Tate should start the game for the Texans but might not get a huge workload because he has some pretty sore ribs. He played last week with the injury but didn't look 100 percent in the game.
Minnesota already played this week, which probably led to Jerome Simpson finding off the field trouble. Simpson was arrested for driving while intoxicated Saturday morning. He could face a suspension from this but if that happens, it probably won't be for a while. Stay tuned to this one. [Full Story]
Austin CollieDec 5 10:02a
The New England Patriots will re-sign WR Austin Collie Thursday, Dec. 5.
Aaron RodgersDec 5 08:53a
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is unlikely to return for Week 14. QB Matt Flynn is likely to start.
Trent RichardsonDec 5 08:32a
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne said RB Trent Richardson came to him after his demotion and said he never grasped the offense. 'He came to me, he wasn't pouting [ More ]
Quinton PattonDec 4 09:23p
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton (foot) does not appear on the injury report this week. He is expected to be active in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jeff AllenDec 4 09:03p
Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert (knee), TE Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee), LB Justin Houston (elbow) and WR Dexter McCluster (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. DE Mike [ More ]
Percy HarvinDec 4 08:53p
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Brandon BrownerDec 4 08:53p
Seattle Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin (thigh) and WR Golden Tate (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. CB Brandon Browner (groin) was listed as a limited participant, [ More ]
Aldon SmithDec 4 08:43p
San Francisco 49ers OG Mike Iupati (knee), TE Vance McDonald (ankle), DT Justin Smith (shoulder) and OT Joe Staley (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. WR [ More ]
Dave ZastudilDec 4 06:53p
Arizona Cardinals LB Marcus Benard (shoulder), TE Jim Dray (back), TE Rob Housler (ankle), S Rashad Johnson (ribs), LB Kevin Minter (shoulder) and P Dave Zastudil (ankle) all were [ More ]
Andre EllingtonDec 4 06:53p
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Michael FloydDec 4 06:53p
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Julius ThomasDec 4 06:33p
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Dee MillinerDec 4 06:33p
New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie (hip) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist) both were limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. G Willie Colon (calf), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), C [ More ]
Darren McFaddenDec 4 06:33p
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) missed practice with an ankle injury Wednesday, Dec. 4, after he missed three games this season with a strained right hamstring. 'He actually [ More ]
Jason HunterDec 4 06:23p
Oakland Raiders G Mike Brisiel (ankle, knee), LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs, calf), RB Jeremy Stewart (ankle, knee), T Menelik Watson (illness) and S Usama Young (neck) all did not [ More ]
Kayvon WebsterDec 4 06:23p
Denver Broncos TE Joel Dreessen (knee), WR Trindon Holliday (shoulder) and DE Derek Wolfe (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. CB Champ Bailey (foot), DE Malik X. Jackson [ More ]
London FletcherDec 4 06:13p
Washington Redskins S Reed Doughty (concussion, shoulder) and T Trent Williams (foot) both did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. LB London Fletcher (ankle), CB DeAngelo Hall (hip, [ More ]
Scott WellsDec 4 06:13p
St. Louis Rams LB Daren Bates (concussion), OT Jake Long (concussion), CB Brandon McGee (foot) and C Scott Wells (leg) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. DE Eugene Sims [ More ]
Wade SmithDec 4 06:03p
Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson (ribs), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), LB Joe Mays (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (hip), LB Mike Mohamed (hamstring), C Chris Myers (elbow), LB Darryl Sharpton [ More ]
Chris HoustonDec 4 06:03p
Detroit Lions S Louis Delmas (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. CB Chris Houston (foot) was limited.
Sean WeatherspoonDec 4 05:53p
Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (ankle), S Zeke Motta (hand) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Mike NealDec 4 05:53p
Green Bay Packers DE Mike Neal (abdomen) and DE C.J. Wilson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee, ankle) and LB Nick Perry (foot) were [ More ]
Davin JosephDec 4 05:53p
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Davin Joseph (knee) and OG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. CB Darrelle Revis (chest, shoulder) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced in full.
Kendall WrightDec 4 05:43p
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Delanie WalkerDec 4 05:43p
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
David StewartDec 4 05:43p
Tennessee Titans P Brett Kern (back), TE Craig Stevens (concussion) and OT David Stewart (shoulder) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. WR Damian Williams (hip) was limited in practice.
Desmond BryantDec 4 05:43p
Cleveland Browns DT Desmond Bryant (heart) will miss the rest of the season after experiencing an irregular heartbeat. Bryant had started all 12 games this year and had 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Percy HarvinDec 4 05:38p
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. Harvin will run on the side though, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Adrian PetersonDec 4 05:23p
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Jared AllenDec 4 05:23p
Minnesota Vikings LB Larry Dean (knee), CB Josh Robinson (chest), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) and S Jamarca Sanford (ankle) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. DE [ More ]
Alfonzo DennardDec 4 05:13p
New England Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), OT Will Svitek (ankle), CB Kyle Arrington (groin), CB Marquice Cole (shin), CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee), CB Aqib Talib (hip) and SS [ More ]
Brandon StokleyDec 4 05:13p
Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (ankle) and S Brynden Trawick (ankle) both did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. DE Chris Canty (shoulder), CB Asa Jackson (thigh), CB [ More ]