Thu Nov 7 8:40am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Green is iffy to play Week 10
This is going to be a tough week for fantasy teams when it comes to setting lineups. There are six teams on a bye, including a few big-time fantasy players, to go along with all the guys on this injured list. The injury list isn’t crazy populated this week, but there are a decent chunk of players on the list. So good luck getting your lineups set. Hopefully, byes and injuries don’t impact things for you too much.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram is out of practice to start the week because of a foot sprain. He is in a boot because of the injury, which isn’t a great sign. He seems a long shot to play this week, so get other options ready. Engram has been banged up in recent weeks, marring what looked like could be a breakout season for him.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets. Bell had an MRI on his knee but received good news on the injury. He is just battling a sore knee at this point. He has rested to start the week and still has a shot to play Week 10. Nothing is guaranteed, though, because Bell has struggled in recent weeks and just doesn’t look like himself. We would get other options ready to be safe. It would not be a surprise if the Jets sit Bell.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings. Thielen was a game-time decision last week and played in the game. He aggravated his hamstring injury early in the game, though, and sat the rest of the game. The Vikings claim the injury isn’t serious, though, and he didn’t have a major setback. Either way, you should expect the Vikings to make sure Thielen is 100 percent before bringing him back. We would expect Thielen to miss the game this week.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Newton is done for the season, getting placed on Injured Reserve because of his foot injury. This makes Kyle Allen the starter for the rest of the season for the Panthers. Newton’s time in Carolina could be done after battling injuries the last few years and underperforming when on the field.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard seemed to be making progress from his concussion, but had a setback late in the week last week. There is speculation he could be placed on Injured Reserve in the near future, ending his season. So don’t expect him to play this week or in the near future. Things aren’t looking great for Shepard right now.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green was set to finally return to the starting lineup this week, but had some sort of setback before practice Wednesday and sat out. He received treatment on the side and is considered day to day. HIs ankle injury is getting better but he’ll need to get in some practice before the week is out if he hopes to play Week 10. Get other options ready once again. Green is looking risky at this point.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts. Brissett was knocked from last week’s game because of a sprained knee. He has not been ruled out for this week and is practicing on a limited basis. He seems to have a pretty good chance to play Week 10. We’ll know more later in the week, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton remains out of practice because of a calf injury. He missed last week and hasn’t been ruled out for this week, but the chances of him playing look pretty slim. He should miss another week, barring a great recovery late in the week.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Ryan has been limited in practice to start the week because of a sprained ankle. He missed the Week 8 game and had last week off because of a bye, so the all the time off should help Ryan get back on the field this week. We would expect him to be ready to go for Week 10. The Falcons should make an official announcement before the week is out, though.
David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Johnson was close to a return last week but the short week (Thursday game) didn’t help his cause to play. He has already stated that he is definitely playing this week, though. We would completely take that to the bank but things look good for Johnson to play right now. His ankle is better, and he is practicing with the team to start the week.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints. Kamara returned to a limited practice Wednesday but is looking good to play this week. HIs ankle injury is improving after sitting out the last game and getting the bye last week to heal up even more. Kamara seems right on track for a Week 10 return to the starting lineup.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams. Cooks has already been ruled out for Week 10 because of a concussion. He is expected to see a specialist because of the injury, which has kept him out the last few weeks. At this points, we aren’t sure when Cooks will return to action.
O.J. Howard, TE, Bucs. Howard is back practicing in full this week after missing the last few games because of a hamstring injury. He is going to return to the starting lineup and has a prime matchup against the Cardinals, a team that struggles to stop the tight end.
Jared Cook, TE, Saints. Cook has missed has missed the last few games because of a sprained ankle. He is practicing in full to start the week and will return to the starting lineup for the Saints.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs. Mahomes has missed the last two games because of a dislocated kneecap. The good news is he already is practicing in full this week. The Chiefs haven’t named him the starter just yet, but it sure seems like he will return to action this week. He seems near 100 percent.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (hand) threw without a wrap on his hand at Friday's practice and "looked good" according to beat reporters covering the session. It was also reported that there is no visible bruise on the back of the quarterback's hand after he dinged it on a defender's facemask during Week 13's loss. Mayfield has ramped up his activity as the week has gone on, a good sign for his availability for Sunday's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. If Mayfield does suit up, which looks likely, he can be treated as a high-upside QB2 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley figures to see a boost playing alongside former, and new, starter Eli Manning. It's not because Manning will make the Giants offense more effective, but because he's essentially a statue in the pocket. The Eagles run defense is 9th in PPR-points allowed to running backs, so Barkley isn't likely to carve them up on the ground, but Manning's lack of mobility has historically lead to more dump-off passes to running backs. While Daniel Jones would use his legs to create yardage, Manning will likely use Saquon Barkley more. Barkley's lack of receiving game usage has lowered his fantasy ceiling, but its return may now bump up his fantasy floor. You're starting him in season-long leagues, and he might be a sneaky captain for DFS tournaments in a showdown slate with the Giants figuring to be trailing often in this game.
The Cleveland Browns Defense draws an excellent Week 14 matchup at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cleveland comes into the game installed as seven-point favorites in a game with a low 41.5-point over/under. The Bengals have not been very effective on offense, while their leaky offensive line has allowed 40 sacks this season, seventh-most in the league. Cleveland is without the suspended Myles Garrett but Olivier Vernon is plenty capable of taking advantage of Cincy's QB protection issues. Treat Cleveland as a top-five fantasy defense in Week 14.
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) figures to be back in the lineup just in time for a juicy matchup against an Eagles secondary that has been susceptible to big plays to slot wide receivers. However, Tate has never played a game with Eli Manning under center since Manning was benched before Tate was activated from suspension. Eli likes to throw the ball underneath and over the middle, so Tate figures to be a good security blanket, but their lack of comfort with one another, and the return of Evan Engram (foot), may cap Tate's upside. He's more of a low-end WR3 in PPR and half-PPR leagues.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. draws an excellent Week 14 matchup against a weak Cincinnati Bengals secondary. Cincinnati's pass defense ranks 31st in DVOA while allowing the 18th-most fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. Beckham draws an excellent matchup as he will see primary coverage from Cincy cornerback B.W. Webb. Webb has struggled in coverage this season, giving Beckham a decided advantage on Sunday. Treat Beckham as a high-upside WR2 for Week 14.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was seen at practice on Friday no longer wearing a boot on his injured ankle. However, he is still not participating but is on the bike and doing strength work. This provides even further confirmation that Eli Manning will likely be under center for the Giants this week. However, with the game on Monday night, Jones could still play if he is able to return to full practice tomorrow. It just seems unlikely.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been on quite the hot streak over his past six games, having hauled in 40 catches and five touchdowns over that span. Landry has overtaken Odell Beckham Jr. as the team's No. 1 wide receiver and should see a healthy target share against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. Cincinnati doesn't allow many points to opposing wideouts but their pass defense ranks just 31st in the league in DVOA. This is most likely a result of teams building big leads and running the ball heavily in the second half of games. Landry can be trusted as a rock-solid WR2 in all formats for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will likely be under center when the Giants take on the Eagles on Monday night. Manning was not particularly good when he played early in the season and lacks Daniel Jones' mobility. He's also playing against an Eagles team looking to make up for an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins and still fighting for the playoffs after the Cowboys loss on Thursday. All logic suggests that Manning will not be fantasy relevant. However, a fading star given one last chance against a rival on primetime TV has all the makings of fantasy and Hollywood drama, so Eli could simply torch the Eagles' suspect secondary. He's not a recommended play in one QB leagues or DFS cash games, but if you wanted to throw him in a GPP lineup or slide him into the starting spot in a two-quarterback league, it might be a fun night.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt draws a mouth-watering Week 14 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have struggled to stop the run this season, ranking 27th in run-defense DVOA while allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to the running back position. Hunt has basically established himself as the No. 3 wide receiver in Cleveland, in addition to the handful of carries he has been seeing on a weekly basis. Fantasy GMs can tab Hunt as a low-end RB2 for the first round of the fantasy playoffs this Sunday.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb draws a fantastic matchup against a struggling Cincinnati Bengals Defense in Week 14. Chubb should see at least 20 touches against a Cincy run defense that ranks 27th in DVOA and is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to the running back position. The Browns are likely to jump out to a big lead in this one, which means there should be plenty of second-half, clock-killing carries on tap for Chubb. Fire him up as a locked-in RB1 for the first round of the fantasy playoffs.
Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith (pectoral) is feared to have suffered a torn pectoral muscle Thursday, Dec. 5. If the MRI confirms the injury, he would be out for the season.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller recorded just three catches for 42 yards against the Cowboys but hauled in a touchdown toss from Mitch Trubisky midway through the third quarter. Though the 25-year-old had a much more efficient outing on Thanksgiving against the Lions, he continued to benefit from the absence of Taylor Gabriel (concussion), who has now missed the last two games. Keep on eye on Gabriel's status moving ahead, and if he is out against the Packers in Week 15, Miller should continue to have a place on fantasy rosters in deeper formats.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson had five catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns during the win over Dallas on Thursday. Robinson picked up both of his touchdowns in the second quarter and has now scored four times over the last three weeks while also combining for 30 targets during that span. He should continue to benefit from the absence of Taylor Gabriel (concussion), who has sat out the last two games, so keep an eye on his status leading up to the Week 15 matchup against Green Bay.
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen pulled in all six of his targets for 24 yards in the win over the Cowboys. He also had seven yards off of three carries. Once again, Cohen did little on the ground as David Montgomery served as the workhorse on Thursday by logging 86 yards on 20 attempts. After scoring a touchdown in each game against the Lions and Rams, the 24-year-old hasn't done much over the last three weeks outside of picking up the scraps left over by Montgomery, Allen Robinson, and Anthony Miller. He is good for the occasional score, but don't expect much against the Packers in Week 15 or throughout the remainder of the year, for that matter.
Chicago Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski had 10 tackles (eight solo) against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith (pectoral) sustained a pec injury during the team's Week 14 win over the Dallas Cowboys that 'does not look good,' according to head coach Matt Nagy.
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery ran for 86 yards on 20 carries during the win over the Cowboys on Thursday night. Montgomery once again outpaced Tarik Cohen, who had just three carries for seven yards, and maintained a respectable 4.3 yards per carry against a Cowboys Defense that has played decently against opposing backs this season. Next up for him is a Week 15 matchup against Green Bay, with the 22-year-old rushing for just 18 yards on six carries against the Packers back in Week 1.
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Spin: After teasing fantasy owners earlier this season, Miller looks to have arrived as the clear No. 2 target behind Allen Robinson, racking up 24 receptions, 313 yards and a TD in his last four games. Miller is still a WR3/flex type receiver, but he's worth owning in all leagues.
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky finished with 244 yards on 23-for-31 passing while adding four touchdowns and an interception during the win over the Cowboys on Thursday. Trubisky shook off an early interception by tossing three touchdowns on the night, two of which went to Allen Robinson in the second quarter, before running one in off of a 23-yard attempt early in the fourth. While turnovers have been an issue (at times) for the 25-year-old, he has now compiled seven total touchdowns over the last two games. Nonetheless, things will get tougher in Week 15 against Green Bay, with Trubisky going 26-for-45 for 228 yards and a pick against the Packers back in Week 1.
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson tallied five receptions, 48 yards and two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Fantasy Spin: While other Bears receivers have risen and fallen this year, Robinson has been consistently the top guy with nearly 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on the season, including four in the last three games. He should be a borderline WR2/WR3 candidate over the season's final few weeks.