NFL Week 6 – Injury Check Down Report

Odell

Fantasy Owners are in the dark as Odell Beckham is likely to be a game-time-decision

Odell Beckham:  New York Giants wide receiver is questionable this week suffering a hamstring last week in the Giants victory over the 49ers. Fantasy owners are in a tough spot because the Giants are playing Monday night and have a hard decision to make. There will be no else to plug in Beckham sits. Fearless fantasy owners should roll the dice and plug Beckham in, while conservative owners will find a safer alternative.

Percy Harvin:  The Buffalo Bills wide receiver status is questionable this week against the Cincinnati Bengal’s. He dealing with an injured hip. If Percy Harvin does get the start, he will be catching passes from E.J. Manuel.

Davante Adams:  NOT expected to play.

Alshon Jeffery:  After missing 4 weeks, Alshon Jeffery is expected to suit up today against the Detroit Lions. He’s been dealing with a hamstring injury all season and would provide an immediate upgrade to Chicago offense.

Steve Smith: Smith is expected to give it a go today, which will take a bit out of Kamar Aiken’s recent success. Smith was limited at practice and will be certainly be at less than 100 percent for the Ravens matchup against the 49ers.

Randall Cobb:  Cobb will play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. He suffered a shoulder injury September 9th, but expect him to an impact this game along with James Jones.

John Brown:  Arizona Cardinals wide receiver status is probable for Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is battling a hamstring injury and was limited in practice this week. He’s been effective in the offense and is averaging seventy yards receiving during his last three games.

Stevie Johnson:  The San Diego Chargers wide receiver is NOT expected to play against the Chargers this week.

Dion Lewis:  Patriots Running Back status is questionable against the Colts in their Sunday night highly anticipated primetime game. He’s suffering an abdomen injury, but New England is notorious for using the injury report as a tool to mess with opposing defenses. Lewis ranks third among NFL running backs with two hundred and thirty eight receiving yards and should give the Colts defense fits on Sunday night.  

Ryan Mathews:  Philadelphia Eagles running back suffered a groin injury last week and his status is questionable for Monday night’s game against the New York Giants. Despite the injury, expect him to play and be a catalyst for Chip Kelly’s offense as Demarco Murray continues to struggle finding his place in the offense. Mathews leads the team in rush yards with two hundred and five and averages five yards per carry.

Theo Riddick:  Detroit Lions running back status is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bears after suffering a groin injury. He did not practice Friday, and if ruled out Ameer Abdullah will play a major role in the Lions offense getting carries and being targeted on the receiving end. The Bears have been struggling so expect Abdullah to make an impact.

Shady McCoy- Buffalo Bills running back status is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He is expected to get most of the work against a tough Bengals defense.

Isaiah Crowell:  Cleveland Browns running back status is questionable against the Denver Broncos after suffering a toe injury.

T.J. Yeldon:  Jacksonville Jaguars running back status is questionable against the Houston Texans. Even though he missed practice, there is a strong possibly he will play, and is listed as the number two running back. Dennard Robinson could see a lot of carries this week.

Marshawn Lynch:  Pete Carroll expects Lynch to play and have an immediate impact, which will send Thomas Rawls back into nothing more than a backup role.

Carlos Hyde: San Francisco 49ers running back status against the Ravens is questionable. He is dealing with a foot injury, but is expected to play this week against the Ravens.

Andrew Luck:  Luck is listed as questionable but expected to play. 

Tyrod Taylor – OUT

Martellus Bennet: (expected to play)  The Chicago Bears Tight End is questionable against the Lions. He suffered a quad injury and missed practice October 16th. If ruled out, expect backup tight ends Zach Miller and Khari Lee to get some playing time.

Vernon Davis:  Davis is actually expected to play this week against the Ravens. He has been limited in practice all week, but should make it onto the field.

Eric Ebron – OUT

1st Quarter – Fantasy RB Bust Report

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris has been losing ground to rookie Matt Jones since the season started

These running backs have avoided living up to their fantasy potential through 4 games this season. Though all 4 of these players are letting fantasy owners down, some have more potential to breakout of their slump than others.

C.J. Anderson: Anderson is the single most disappointing Running Back during the 1st Quarter of the 2015 season.

Marshawn Lynch:  Lynch has not produced any noteworthy performances this season, even missing the Seahawks’ Week 4 win against the Detroit Lions, his second missed game in 6 years with the team. Before sustaining a hamstring injury, Lynch’s best game was in Week 1 against the Rams, taking 18 rushes for 71 yards (4.1 yards per carry), and hauling in 5 receptions for 31 yards. Owners should not be too worried about Lynch’s status moving forward, as he is already expected to play Week 5. The Seahawks entire team has been in a bit of a slump, but with that likely to turn around due to Kam Chancellor’s return, and Wilson’s usage of veteran Jimmy Graham and youngster Tyler Lockett, Lynch should be put in a position to score multiple times per game moving forward.

DeMarco Murray:  DeMarco Murray’s abysmal play is certainly a cause for concern, as he has not been able to help move the chains in what was supposed to be a powerhouse Philadelphia offense. Murray has rushed 29 times for just 47 yards, amounting to 1.1 yards per carry. Murray’s hamstring injury kept him out of a Week 3 matchup with the New York Jets, and back-up RB Ryan Mathews propelled the Eagles to a 24-17 win behind his 108 rushing yards on 24 carries, and 2 receptions for 20 yards and a TD. If Mathews can be successful against a stout Jets defense, and Murray could not be serviceable against the Redskins, Falcons or Cowboys, then maybe he just isn’t fit to be the feature back on a team with a less than stellar offensive line. Consider DeMarco Murray’s status as an RB1 highly questionable moving forward, with a major potential drop-off.

Alfred Morris:  Alfred Morris’ value has fluctuated heavily due to rookie Matt Jones’ push for more carries. After Morris led the team with 17 carries for 62 yards, it looks like he’s atop the depth chart, but his spot isn’t safe by any means. Morris’ numbers don’t look too bad, as he has rushed for 4.0 yards per carry thus far, but Matt Jones, and his 4.7 yards per carry, has much more appeal moving forward. All it takes is one more solid game from Jones to push Morris further back, securing the starting tailback position. Jones runs with more explosiveness than Morris does, and has displayed his ability to break tackles, more so than Alfred Morris. Though this situation is clearly a timeshare for now, expect Jones to emerge as the lead back in weeks to come, making Alfred Morris close to irrelevant in standard fantasy leagues.

LeSean McCoy:  LeSean McCoy is dealing with a significant hamstring injury, and could miss 3-4 weeks. Despite his inability to play in the near future, his fantasy value has plummeted, as he has made close to zero impact in Rex Ryan’s run-heavy Bills offense. There’s no reason he has not found the end zone on any of his 43 carries (but caught 1 TD against the Dolphins), rushing for 146 yards (3.4 yards per carry). Even his YPC statistic is deceiving, as his Week 2 performance was the only one in which he rushed for more than 2.4 yards per carry. McCoy can’t blame anyone other than himself for his early-season struggles, as Bills rookie tailback Karlos Williams has been very effective thus far, rushing for 226 yards and 3 TDs on 42 carries, one less than McCoy. With McCoy sidelined, Williams will continue to lead the charge, and at this rate, establish himself as the more efficient rusher, making breakout performances from McCoy hard to come by in the future.

NFL Week 4 – Injury Check Down Report

Lynch

An MRI shows that Lynch has a “damaged” hamstring and is questionable for Monday Night

RUNNING BACK

Marshawn Lynch: Through out the week, it has seemed less and less likely that Marshawn Lynch will play during Week 4. An MRI revealed unspecified damage to his hamstring and this leaves fantasy owners with a real problem. To make matters worse, this is a Monday Night affair that would leave fantasy owners stranded if Lynch can’t suit up. Even if he does play, don’t expect Beast-Mode to kick in until he has had more time to recover from his injury.

Lesean McCoy – OUT

Arian Foster: Arian Foster owners are in a serious holding pattern this morning – Check back with us at 11:45 this morning to see if Foster will play.

Andre Ellington: Ellington is expected to play today, but Bruce Arians has named Chris Johnson as his starting back.

Doug Martin: Had a minor knee tweak, but will play a Sunday, and Martin claims to be in perfect health.

Todd Gurley: Gurley made his debut last week and should play again against the Cardinals, I expect him to have a tough day against a stout Arizona defense.

QUARTERBACK

Drew Brees: Drew Brees has been dealing with a shoulder issue but is expected to play on Sunday against the Cowboys.

WIDE RECEIVER

Eric Decker – Is expected to play, but is officially a game time decision for an EARLY GAME in the U.K.

Sammy Watkins – OUT

Alshon Jeffries – OUT

Victor Cruz – OUT

Charles Johnson – OUT

Desean Jackson – OUT

 

 

 

NFL Week 3 – Injury Check Down Report

Double trouble for fantasy owners - Lacy is questionable and the game is Monday night

Double trouble for fantasy owners: 1) Lacy is questionable 2) Green Bay plays Monday Night

BREAKING NEWS – DeMarco Murray is OUT for Week 3

Eric Decker OUT

Chris Ivory – ACTIVE

RUNNING BACK

Eddie Lacy: The Eddie Lacy situation is shaping up into the dreaded Game-Time-Decision and that’s bad news for fantasy owners because Green Bay plays Monday night. Lacy is actually expected to play against the visiting Chiefs, but the question is how many snaps he will play? He’s been dealing with an ankle injury that forced him out of last week’s game against Seattle. James Starks, a competent and proven runner may get the majority of carries as the Packers could go to great lengths to ensure that Lacy doesn’t make his ankle injury worse.

Chris Ivory: Ivory has a nagging groin injury which limited participation all week, according to Head Coach Todd Bowles, Ivory will be a game-time decision. Even if Ivory plays, Bilal Powell will more than likely usurp many of the carries as the Jets want to be careful with Ivory’s work load.

Marshawn Lynch: Lynch has been limited all week with a calf injury, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t play this weekend. He is also listed as a game time call, but is more than likely to suit up and play against a struggling Bears defense.

DeMarco Murray (hamstring) Murray is expected to play, but gets a terrible matchup against a RUGGED Jets defense. For fantasy purposes, he is nothing more than a desperation play.

Reggie Bush: Most likely will not play, even if Bush does decide to fight through the injury, Carlos Hyde will receive most of the carries, making Bush a shot in the dark option.

Todd Gurley: Gurley should make his NFL debut this weekend, the question is how much volume will he get. I suspect they will ease him into the offense by splitting carries 50/50 with Tre Mason.

QUARTERBACK 

Drew Brees – OUT

Jay Cutler – OUT 

Matthew Stafford: Stafford is far from 100% after getting roughed up by the Minnesota defense last week and things will get no better against the visiting Broncos. Denver has a shut-down pass defense and Stafford has little fantasy upside for this SNF encounter.

WIDE RECEIVER

Davante Adams: Unlike his team mate Eddie Lacy, Davante Adams is almost a sure thing to play Monday night against the visiting Chiefs. He will not be a hundred percent, but it would be hard not play him with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

Alshon Jeffrey – OUT

TIGHT END

Julius Thomas – OUT

Dwayne Allen – OUT

 

 

 

Big Trouble In Big D

Dallas

The only good news for the Cowboys is that the NFC East is leagues worst division

Early last season, the Dallas Cowboys were picked to finish last in their division and ended up being a catch away from the NFC Championship game. This year, the Cowboys were picked as one of the early favorites to make it all the way to Santa Clara, but lady luck hasn’t been on their side. In the offseason, the team lost the league’s leading rusher Demarco Murray to their division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas signed Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain, but the two were suspended for the first four games of the season. Then, towards the end of training camp, defensive captain Orlando Scandrick tore his ACL in practice and was deemed to be out for the year.

The Cowboys has the mantra of “Finish the Fight” and “Next Man Up,” but pretty soon, there won’t be any men left. Dez Bryant sat out in the offseason in order to get a big contract ($70 million, $45 million guaranteed to be exact), but in the first game against the Giants, he broke his foot and is out anywhere from 4 weeks to the entire season. The Cowboys weathered the storm, pulled out a win against the G-Men, and moved on to Philly the next week. During the Eagles game, Dallas lost its most valuable player, Quarterback Tony Romo, to a broken clavicle. Romo is set to miss 8 weeks and was placed on injured reserve. Relying on backup QB Brandon Weeden wouldn’t seem so bad if the Cowboys weren’t also lacking a consistent running game and in danger of missing other key players, like offensive linemen Ronald Leary, Terrell McClain (who played great in the Eagles game), and Jason Witten (who sprained both ankles and a knee last week).

What will Dallas do? Well, the team has no choice but to move on. Not having Murray this season might not be so bad considering he had 2 yards on 13 carries against the Cowboys in Week 2. All Weeden has to do is not screw up and he’ll be just fine. Weeden was efficient last year when he was called in to fill in for Romo against the Redskins, and he didn’t skip a beat when called in this time. Hopefully, he wont be the Brandon Weeden that was drafted to Cleveland or the Brandon Weeden who couldn’t move the offense against the Arizona Cardinals last season. Randle and McFadden have to get more than 3 yards a carry and Terrance Williams has to embrace his new role as the number 1 target. Dallas will most likely rely on its much-improved defense (yes its DEFENSE is the most reliable source at this point) in order to control games. If Dallas can make it to Thanksgiving at least 4-4, expect the team to somehow make the playoffs in the much-maligned NFC East.

No Fantasy Love for Arizona Running Backs

David Johnson is bursting with talent, but still playing behind Chris Johnson

David Johnson is bursting with talent, but still playing behind Chris Johnson

As Andre Ellington struggles with his injury issues, the Arizona Cardinals have some decisions to make at the running back position. Even though Chris Johnson and David Johnson are waiting in the wings, expect Arizona to rely more heavily on its passing game with its starter missing in action. This past Sunday, Arizona’s offense shined against Chicago, so the team should hold over until Ellington returns.

However, the Cardinals will have to answer the question of who gets the permanent starting position once Ellington recovers. Ellington is known for his lingering injuries and could miss more games than expected. Arizona has good depth at the running back spot this year, which means more than one player is vying for the role.

Chris Johnson seems to have a new lease on life after narrowly escaping death in the offseason when he was involved in a shooting that left him injured and a friend of his dead. The eight-year veteran is well regarded for his record-setting performances early on in his career, but his production has fizzled in the past few years. Arizona is hoping that he can show flashes of his former self in the coming season. On Sunday, he rushed for 72 yards against the Chicago Bears.

Another Johnson on the Cardinals squad, David Johnson is set to make an impact in the immediate future. Arizona Coach Bruce Arians believes that David will have an increase in the number of carries he is given. It seems to be that every time he gets the ball, he scores, as evident by the 55-yard touchdown catch he pulled off against the New Orleans Saints on opening weekend. The third round pick from Northern Iowa has made a name for himself, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. He rushed for 42 yards on five attempts against the Bears, and recorded a 108-yard kickoff return. David has many talents that should propel his stock even higher as the weeks go on.

Look for Chris to keep the starting position. He’s a trusted veteran who understands situations. But, David takes advantage of his opportunities and should have a breakout season.

3 Quarterbacks for Fantasy Football Survivalists

Derek Carr looking to build momentum after stunning the Ravens in Week 2

Derek Carr looking to build momentum after stunning the Ravens last week

  1. Derek Carr, OAK:

Derek Carr’s rookie season was impressive, but not to the point where one could expect him to breakout as a sophomore in the NFL. That mindset changed once the Raiders selected WR Amari Cooper in this year’s draft and signed veteran wideout Michael Crabtree. With significant upgrades in his wide receiver corps, Carr’s job has become much easier. Instead of being forced to work with mediocre talents in Andre Holmes and Rod Streater, Derek Carr can now look to his new targets to make big plays for him. Carr can be considered a high-end QB2 currently, with the potential to be a QB1 towards the end of the season.

  1. Blake Bortles, JAC:

Blake Bortles did not have a stellar rookie season in 2014, but he has proven recently that he has grown and matured as an NFL quarterback. After struggling against a stout Panthers defense during Week 1, Bortles came back and put up 273 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions on 18 completions in a surprising win against the Miami Dolphins. Bortles showed great chemistry with second-year wideout Allen Robinson, as the two connected for 155 yards and 2 TDs against Carolina on six receptions. Blake Bortles will also get another strong target in Julius Thomas in a few weeks back from his hand injury, giving him someone to look toward when in red-zone situations. Expect Bortles to be a middle-of-the-pack QB2 with major upside, especially once Julius Thomas returns to the starting lineup.

  1. Jameis Winston, TB:

Jameis Winston has not been spectacular in his first two NFL games, but his level of play will rise in weeks to come. His production should increase heavily with the implementing of WR Mike Evans into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. Winston has only had veteran WR Vincent Jackson to turn to thus far, and a less-than-100% Mike Evans in Week 2. Now that his hamstring has fully healed, his pitch count will be reduced, and he can be counted on to make big plays for the rookie QB in games moving forward. While gaining NFL experience, and working with stud WRs in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, Jameis Winston should be considered a QB2 with upside as the season progresses.

NFL Week 2 – Injury Check Down Report

Chris Ivory might leave fantasy owners with a game-time decision on Monday night

Chris Ivory might leave fantasy owners with a game-time decision tag on Monday night

BREAKING NEWS – Dez Bryant – OUT 10-12 WEEKS

Alshon Jeffrey – OUT

C.J. Spiller: Will play today, but likely be on a limited snap count.

Tre Mason: Will make his debut on Sunday against the Redskins.

Mike Evans: Will make his debut on Sunday against the Saints.

Chris Ivory:  Ivory has been hampered all week with a groin injury, but it sounds like he will play this week. Just because he may play does not mean he will be 100%, most likely will have reduced volume so is a risky start this week.

Todd Gurley:  It sounds like Gurley may technically make his NFL debut this weekend, but even if he does I doubt he’ll see many touches. Gurley may slowly be introduced into the Rams offense; in the next couple of weeks he will become a more viable option.

T.Y Hilton:  Like Ivory, as the week has gone on Hilton sounds more likely to play, but even if he does play I’d avoid him, not only because he won’t be a 100%, but because Darrelle Revis most likely will be following him all over the field. Darrelle Revis is arguably the best cornerback in football, even if T.Y. was 100% I’d be hesitant on starting him.

Lesean McCoy:  Will definitely be playing this weekend, the question is whether or not he’ll be 100% with a hamstring injury. Going against the Patriots defense makes it hard to predict how well he will play. The uncertainty is bountiful here, but it’s hard to not start Lesean McCoy, as the Bills like to run the ball.

Delanie Walker:  Delanie Walker is listed as questionable due to a wrist injury. One can find more certainty and production this weekend with a healthier TE, even if Walker is healthful, we don’t know if Marcus Mariota’s performance was an anomaly. I’d avoid till 100%.

Dancing Days May be Over for Victor Cruz

There are no guarantees that Cruz will be ready for the start of the season

There are no guarantees that Cruz will be ready for the start of the season

Reports are swirling that Victor Cruz may never fully regain the form that made him one of the most explosive players in the NFL before a patellar tendon injury sent him to the sidelines. Cruz is 5 months removed from season-ending surgery and may not be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

Cruz just started running at the Giants facility last week, but it looks like the Giants are going to ease Cruz back into action to ensure that the receiver doesn’t have a setback. Coach Tom Coughlin has already hinted at the fact that the organization would make sure Cruz was fully healed before he was thrust back into action.

The Giants followed a slow and precise recovery plan with Odell Beckham Jr. last year when he was dealing with an injured hamstring. That plan obviously worked as ODB went on to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. During the 2014 season, Beckham missed the entire pre-season and the first four weeks of the year with a hamstring injury.

Cruz thinks that he will back at 100% by May or June, but outside sources say he is not even close to a return to the field.

If Cruz can get back to his old ways, the Giants will have one of the better one-two punches at wide out in the league. But that is far from certain given that Cruz’s success relies on short routes, quick cuts and is coming off one of the worst possible knee injuries.

It will be interesting to see how Cruz progresses through the off-season and if he can ever regain fantasy relevance.