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Injury Status: Week 15
Injuries are never good any time of the season, but they are especially bad at this time of the year - playoff time. And this week's list is pretty full, which could make it hard for many playoff teams. There are a lot of key players on this list, making for some tough replacements for fantasy teams. Hopefully, you aren't dealing with too many injuries at this crucial time of the season. Here is the latest. . . .
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles . Wentz is dealing with a back injury and unlikely to play this week. At this point, there is speculation he could be shut down for the season. Nick Foles will serve as the starter for the Eagles while Wentz is out of action.
Odell Beckham, WR, Giants . Beckham was injured late in the week last week with a quadriceps injury and missed the Week 14 game. He is out of practice to start this week and looking iffy to play. He is not being ruled out just yet, but get other options ready. We'll know more about his status later in the week. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 15
Well, the playoffs are finally here. This means less of you are reading this column because not everyone made the playoffs. That is fantasy. If you are reading this, you likely made the playoffs, so good for you. Hopefully, your lineup is setup for success this week. It is never a sure thing in the playoffs, so expect plenty of wildness this weekend. Good luck in all your games.
Now for my random thoughts for the week. . . . .
I hate to keep pointing this out but the quarterback position played out perfect for all of you that waited on the position this year. Look at the top rated guys at the position. Patrick Mahomes is first overall. Ben Roethilsberger is second followed by Matt Ryan and Andrew Luck. You also have Philip Rivers and Jared Goff in the top 10. Again, this position was super deep heading into the season and I'm guessing all of you that waited on a quarterback did a good job of forming your roster this year. Keep this in mind for next year. It is shaping up to be another season with a ton of depth at the position. [Full Story]
Waivering: Week 15
At this time of the year, the waiver wire isn't going to get a ton of action because just a few teams are left. But if you need to stream a player because of injury, the waiver wire can still be a useful tool, especially if you need a defense with a favorable matchup or a kicker that might be setup for more points than your current starter. Now isn't the time to sit on your roster just because you made the playoffs. You still want to put the best team out there if possible. Good luck in all your playoff games this week!
Nick Mullens, 49ers . Mullens had 23-plus fantasy points two straight and three of five games. He had a great showing against a good Broncos defense last week, throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns. He has faced the Seahawks and Broncos his last two but still produced well despite the matchups. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 14
This was a strange week of fantasy. We had some of our usual big performances but also some real duds from top fantasy players. So scores were down across the board in most leagues. The down games from elite players did in a lot of fantasy teams in a crucial week of games. Hopefully, you weren't impacted adversely from those down games.
Titans 30, Jaguars 9
Fantasy Stud : Derrick Henry . Henry had a career game and arguably the best fantasy game of any running back this season. He had 17 carries for 238 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 14.0 yards per carry. This game really came out of nowhere for Henry. He had fewer than 60-rushing yards every game this season before this huge showing. We aren't sure this is going to be a trend for Henry the rest of the way, but this game certainly puts him back on fantasy radars. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Week 14
Last week was a rough one for injuries, seeing some top starters going down with injury and being lost for the year. It is never a good time for injuries, but late-season injuries can really be jarring to fantasy teams. It is hard to find a replacement late in the year. Here is to hoping you didn't get impacted too much by the injuries from last week. Here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals . Green is done for the season, getting placed on Injured Reserve because of a toe injury. He will need surgery on the injury but the good news is he should be ready to go for next season. This brings a disappointing end to Green's season. Tyler Boyd will serve as the No. 1 for the Bengals going forward.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears . Trubisky is expected to return to the starting lineup this week after missing the last two games because of a shoulder injury. He is throwing the ball better and is on pace to play, barring a late-week setback. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 14
For many leagues, this is the last week of the regular season. It is make or break time for many fantasy teams. So get your best lineup out there for Week 14. As always, don't get too cute, meaning go with your studs. I hate to see a game lost because an owner players a marginal player in a favorable matchup over a proven stud in a bad matchup. Go with the guys that got you here and roll with the proven talent. With that said, here are my random thoughts for the week. . . . .
I know Baker Mayfield had a game to forget last week with three interceptions. But even with those picks, he still threw for almost 400 yards in the game and had a touchdown. Mayfield is sixth overall in fantasy quarterback scoring his last three games. I just love his upside going forward. I really think he is the real deal and can be an elite fantasy quarterback, especially if the Browns keep making improvements in the offseason. I'm really excited about his future.
At this point, I really wonder if Greg Olsen plays another down in the NFL. He goes down with another foot injury last week and is done for the year. And even when he was playing this year, Olsen wasn't quite himself. He was scoring touchdowns but had more than 50 yards just two of nine games. If he did indeed play his last game, Olsen had a tremendous career as one of the top fantasy tight ends in the game for several years. He was about as tough to cover as any tight end in the game for several seasons. [Full Story]
Waivering: Week 14
With the bye weeks over and many fantasy teams out of the playoff hunt, the waiver wire can be a quiet place these days. There isn't a whole lot of activity, which can be a good thing for teams still fighting for that playoff spot or trying to field their best team possible for the playoffs. The waiver wire can be a little easier to navigate. The only issue is there aren't a ton of top options out there this late in the year. It can be slim pickings, but that doesn't mean you should just ignore the waiver wire. You can find some help if needed. Here are some options for Week 14.
Derek Carr, Raiders . Carr had a great showing last week, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. This was his third three-touchdown game of the season. Carr isn't a sure thing by any means but has shown he is a player worth using in the right matchup. And he plays the Steelers and Bengals the next two weeks, which are both favorable matchups for success. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 13
This week was a little up and down for fantasy owners. A few top players didn't play well (i.e Andrew Luck, Drew Brees) while some others posted huge numbers (i.e. Antonio Brown, Phillip Lindsay) posted great numbers. You could call Week 13 a mixed bag in fantasy land. Some of those down games by players that had been playing very well did in a little of fantasy teams. Hopefully, you didn't have many of those down showings on your team and you came out on the right side of things in Week 13.
Cowboys 13, Saints 10
Fantasy Stud : Ezekiel Elliott . Elliott continued his hot ways with another good total yardage game. He ran 23 times for 76 yards, and caught six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. So he finished with 136 total yards and a touchdown. Elliott has touchdowns four straight and more than 100 total yards five straight. He is producing as well as any fantasy back in the game right now. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Week 13
The byes are finally done, which is great news for fantasy owners. But all the teams playing this week makes this injury list longer than it has been in recent weeks. We have a lot of players listed here this week. Hopefully, the injury bug hasn't hit your team at this critical time of the season. Here is all the latest injury news from around the league.
Alex Collins, RB, Ravens . Collins missed the game last week because of a foot injury and the Ravens are calling him day to day. He is not practicing to start the week, which is not a great sign for his status. We would expect Collins to miss another game, which could leave the Ravens really thin at running back with Gus Edwards also hurting.
Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens . So not only is Collins hurt, but so is Edwards. He is dealing with an ankle injury and is out of practice right now. We don't know a ton about this injury just yet, but missing practice is never a good sign. Don't rule him out but get other options ready. Edwards is looking iffy to play at the moment. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 13
The best news of the week is the byes are finally over. No more byes to deal with the rest of the year. Now if you are missing a player, it is because of injury, suspension or whatever other reason there could be. So your team should be at full strength going forward as we near the playoffs. Good luck in your final push.
Here are my random thoughts for the week. . . . . .
I really wish the Bengals were a better team right now. I think Joe Mixon would be having a huge season in different circumstances. Unfortunately, his team keeps getting down big, which is getting him off the field a little more than I would like and limiting his carries some. But when he touches the ball, good things happen. I still think he has a bright future as a top fantasy player as long as that defense gets better. Mixon has impressed when getting his chances this year. [Full Story]
Waivering: Week 13
You might find a few more options on the waiver wire this week. There are a few players emerging late in the year and a few other key players have been ruled out for the season, giving new players a chance to start. There actually might be a few players on this list that could really be a help down the stretch. You can't guarantee anything but things are looking up for a few of these guys.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens . Jackson is making the most of his chances to start and should keep staring going forward, sparking the offense with his playmaking ability. He is making more plays as a runner but also can do some damage throwing the ball. Jackson has run for 190 yards his first two starts. He also threw for 178 yards and a touchdown pass last week, showing more progress as a thrower. He has real weekly fantasy value because of his huge rushing totals. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 12
Scoring was as high as ever in Week 12. This might have been the highest fantasy scoring week of the season, which is a surprise considering the Rams and Chiefs were off. But those two high-powered offenses didn't stop the rest of the league from posting big numbers. We had two quarterbacks throw four touchdown passes. A running back hit the 100-yard mark both as a runner and receiver. And two receivers had 180-plus yards and four players had double-digit receptions. It was quite the week of scoring. Hopefully, you were involved in the fun and came out on the winning side of things in Week 12.
Bears 23, Lions 16
Fantasy Stud : LeGarrette Blount . Blount had his best game of the season, setting a season high in rush attempts and yards. He ran 19 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 15 yards, giving him 103 total yards and two scores. This was the first game all season he had more than 50 rushing yards. He does have double-digit carries four games, though. Blount just hasn't done much with his chances until this showing. This game gives fantasy owners hope going forward as long as Kerryon Johnson is out for the Lions. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Week 12
The good news is there are just two teams on a bye this week. The bad news is those two teams are the Rams and Chiefs, two of the best offensive teams in football. Hopefully, you can make up for those big losses with some suitable replacements. The other good news of the week is there are very few players on this injury report. We don't have a ton of players battling injury right now, which is a bit of a surprise at this time of the year. Here is the latest. . . . .
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears . Trubisky will miss the Week 12 game because of a shoulder injury. He has been out of practice and is listed as doubtful on the Injury Report. Chase Daniel will start for the Bears and might be a decent streaming play. He has a firm grasp of the offense because of past experience and has the ability to make plays with his legs.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins . Tannehill has already been named the starter for Week 12. His shoulder injury is finally much better. He has been practicing and making all the throws in practice. He isn't a top fantasy play because of inconsistency but has some upside when things are going right for him. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 12
In keeping with tradition, below is my annual Thanksgiving column. In this column, I will give you all the things I'm thankful for - fantasy edition. Here is to hoping you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for the NFL cracking down on penalties this year, which has led to a ton of fantasy points for all of us. Games are at an all time high in most fantasy leagues. Sure, defenses hate all these rules and football purists don't like all the penalties, but these calls are leading to more points and more explosive offenses. It has been a fun year for fantasy.
I am thankful for creative NFL minds. Guys like Sean McVay, Frank Reich and even Andy Reid have done great things with all their offenses, leading to huge numbers for many of their fantasy players. It is great to watch these guys create for their teams and put their top offensive players in positions to succeed. We are having a bit of a resurgence with offenses this year, seeing these guys do different things than past years, leading to big offensive production. [Full Story]
Waivering: Week 12
Some rookie players are making a name for themselves in recent weeks, giving some fantasy owners new options on the waiver wire. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, though, as some rookies take a while to get up to speed. So don't discount some of these rookies to keep playing well and help fantasy teams down the stretch.
Jameis Winston, Bucs . The revolving door at quarterback in Tampa continued over the weekend, seeing Ryan Fitzpatrick head to the bench after a turnover filled performance. Winston entered the game and almost led his team to a comeback victory, going 12-of-16 for 199 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. We would expect Winston to start going forward. He has the potential for the big game any given week in this offense, making him a guy to consider grabbing for fantasy teams. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 11
For some reason, it seemed scores from around fantasy land were a little down this week despite some big fantasy performances in the league. There were a lot of rookies or younger players that performed well, which might have led to the lower scores. Some of these guys might not have been in lineup (i.e. Gus Edwards, D.J. Moore). Overall, we had just five 300-yard passers, which might have been a low for the season. There also were just 10 100-yard receivers, which was another low number for the season. And seven players hit the 100-yard rushing mark. It wasn't quite the huge week of scoring. Hopefully, you were on the positive end of things in Week 11.
Seahawks 27, Packers 24
Fantasy Stud : Aaron Jones . It took some time but the Packers are finally featuring Jones, which is paying off for the team and his fantasy owners. Jones ran 11 times for 40 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 103 total yards and two scores. Jones has 85 or more total yards four straight games and touchdowns three of those games. He is quickly becoming an elite fantasy back. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Week 11
It is another busy week with the byes, having six teams off once again. If you combine byes and the injuries, it might be a tough week for some to put a top lineup out there. The good news is we don't have a ton of guys on this injury list this week. And a few of the guys on this list are expected to return from injury. So this report isn't all bad. Here is to hoping you can navigate the byes and injuries to a win in Week 11.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks . Carson is already practicing in full this week. He is right on track to return from his hip injury and assume the starting duties for the Seahawks. He should get his usual workload in his first game back from injury. His hip doesn't seem much of an issue.
Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens . Flacco is battling a hip injury and is yet to practice this week. Coach John Harbaugh said that Flacco doesn't need to practice to play this week, so we might not have an answer on him until game time. If Flacco doesn't start, rookie Lamar Jackson likely would start, but there are talks it could be Robert Griffin. So any way you look at this situation, your probably want to just avoid it. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 11
I think I say this every year because I'm getting older, but this season sure is flying by in a hurry. I can't believe we are already in Week 11. The playoffs start Week 14 or 15 in many leagues, meaning there are just a couple regular season games left. Wow, time flies. Hopefully, your season has played out as expected. It has been a season filled with a lot of fantasy points, making it as competitive of a year as I can remember in all my leagues. It sure seems the standings are as jumbled up as ever. Let's hope you are at the top or near the top of the standings in your league.
Now for my random thoughts for the week. . . . .
So we finally have some closure on Le'Veon Bell. He is done for the year. I never in a million years thought it would play out this way. I'm shocked how this went down. And I don't blame anyone for drafting him in the first round this year. I think most everyone thought it might be a game or two at most that he holds out, but not this. This situation will certainly give pause to fantasy owners going forward, though, and for good reason. Is it worth taking a risk on a player holding out or suspended to start the year? For me, it really depends on price tag. Everyone is worth drafting for the right price. Just figure out that price before heading into your draft. [Full Story]
Jarvis LandryJan 25 02:43p
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Jarvis Landry said contract negotiations are moving along, but slowly. Landry said he's not worried about the negotiation process and will let it take [ More ]
Mason FosterJan 25 01:53p
Washington Redskins impending free-agent LB Mason Foster was re-signed to an undisclosed contract Thursday, Jan. 25.
Rob GronkowskiJan 25 01:20p
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (concussion) did not practice Thursday. It is not a surprise the Patriots are taking it slow, but it is at least mildly [ More ]
Nelson AgholorJan 25 01:20p
Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner did not practice on Thursday. The reason is unknown so far. Barner plays a bit role on offense as the fourth running back, [ More ]
Terrell WatsonJan 25 12:53p
Free-agent RB Terrell Watson (Steelers) was signed to a Reserve/Future contract by the New York Giants Thursday, Jan. 25.
Demarcus LawrenceJan 25 12:33p
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent DE Demarcus Lawrence will sign to a long-term deal if the Cowboys have their way with their star pass-rusher. Dallas would like to avoid using [ More ]
Sammy WatkinsJan 25 12:23p
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins could be given a franchise tag or transition tag this offseason if he and the Rams can't agree on a long-term [ More ]
Dez BryantJan 25 11:40a
Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones called out wide receiver Dez Bryant again on Thursday, saying, "I think he needs to understand that it's not something that's just [ More ]
Sammy WatkinsJan 25 11:00a
Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said the team would like to re-sign impending free-agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins this offseason. If a long-term deal cannot be reached, [ More ]
Kirk CousinsJan 25 10:00a
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent and Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he wants Cousins to be more aggressive. Unsurprisingly considering he lost [ More ]
Eli ManningJan 25 09:50a
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said he will "take the best player" with the No. 2 overall pick. The Giants have been widely expected to take a [ More ]
Pat ShurmurJan 25 09:43a
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur will call plays on offense, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
Josh McDanielsJan 25 09:23a
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will meet with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard for a second time Friday, Jan. 26.
Marshawn LynchJan 25 03:53a
The Oakland Raiders are 'undecided' on whether or not they will retain RB Marshawn Lynch, who has one year remaining on his contract. 'I'd be doing Marshawn (Lynch) a [ More ]
Joe PhilbinJan 25 01:53a
The Green Bay Packers hired offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, pass game coordinator Jim Hostler and special teams assistant Maurice Drayton on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Jay AjayiJan 24 08:50p
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (ankle) is practicing in full this week. The ankle injury is new, but there is no concern for Ajayi's status. Ajayi is coming [ More ]
Tom BradyJan 24 08:33p
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) was removed from the injury report for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4, versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Justin HardyJan 24 07:50p
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Justin Hardy (shoulder) underwent right shoulder surgery and is expected to face a recovery of "a few weeks," according to a source. Hardy had only [ More ]
Kavon FrazierJan 24 07:43p
Dallas Cowboys S Kavon Frazier (knee) underwent surgery this offseason but is not expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Drew BreesJan 24 07:40p
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said they haven't started negotiations on a new deal for impending free-agent quarterback Drew Brees, but the Saints want him back. Loomis [ More ]
Tom BradyJan 24 07:30p
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (hand) has been removed from the team's injury report. Brady had a bandage over his hand in the AFC title win over the [ More ]
Rob GronkowskiJan 24 07:30p
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (concussion) wouldn't have practiced if the team had worked out on Wednesday. The Patriots are taking it slow with Gronk after he [ More ]
Mike GillisleeJan 24 05:03p
New England Patriots DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 24. DL Malcom Brown (foot), RB Mike Gillislee (knee) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) were limited. [ More ]
Rob GronkowskiJan 24 04:53p
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) was listed as a non-participant in practice Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Patriots did not practice; Gronkowski's status is an estimation.
Jay AjayiJan 24 04:43p
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (ankle) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Dannell EllerbeJan 24 04:43p
Philadelphia Eagles LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Eagles did not practice; Ellerbe's status is an estimation.
Jarvis LandryJan 24 04:40p
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is coming off of a strong 2017 season, but the Miami Herald does not expect the Dolphins to re-sign Landry. The Dolphins have [ More ]
Raekwon McMillanJan 24 04:23p
Miami Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan (knee) is expected to recover in time for organized team activities after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season.
Justin HardyJan 24 04:13p
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy (shoulder) is expected to need a few weeks to recover from surgery on his right shoulder, according to a source.
Jarvis LandryJan 24 04:03p
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has a better chance of being re-signed if his asking price is around $11-12 million per year. If the asking price is more around [ More ]
Jarvis LandryJan 24 03:03p
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Jarvis Landry is set to hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero pointed out that the Dolphins have not once [ More ]
Nick FolesJan 24 02:43p
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (ribs) said he did have X-Rays on his injured ribs but said the ribs are 'great.'