NFL Week 13 – Injury Check Down Report

Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert missed practice all week and is NOT expected to suit up against Cleveland

Tyler Eifert – OUT:  Eifert did not practice all week and is very doubtful this week against the Cleveland Browns. Tyler Kroft will get the start.

Rob Gronowski – OUT:  New England Patriots Tight End will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Heath Miller – Doubtful:  Miller is VERY unlikely to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Jesse James is expected to get the start.

Maxx Williams – OUT:  Will not play against the Miami Dolphins. Crockett Gilmore will be the starter and Nick Boyle will be the backup.

Zach Miller – Miller is listed as questionable this week. He practiced on a limited basis, but should play against the San Francisco 49ers. If he plays, his upside is capped by the return of Matellus Bennett.

Devonta Freeman – Freeman is expected to return this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Start him with confidence.

Ryan Mathews – OUT:  Mathews will not play this week against the New England Patriots, Demarco Murray and Darren Sproles will be in the backfield.

Carlos Hyde – OUT:  Hyde will not play this week against the Chicago Bears.

Charcandrick West – West will play against the Oakland Raiders. Expect him to split carries with Spencer Ware.

Allen Hurns – OUT:  Hurns will not play against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. Expect Julius Thomas and Allen Robinson to get more looks from Blake Bortles.

Michael Floyd – Floyd is questionable this week and was limited in practice, but should start against the Rams.

Danny Amendola – Amendola is questionable this week and should play against the Philadelphia Eagles. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan just in case.

DeAndre Hopkins – It’s all systems go for Hopkins who will play against the Buffalo Bills this week.

Leonard Hankerson – OUT:  Hankerson was placed on IR and is done for the year. Jacob Tamme will become the number one tight end and should be owned by fantasy owners in Hankerson’s absence.

Marquess Wilson – OUT:  Wilson will not play against the 49ers as he deals with a foot injury, expect Alshon Jeffrey to be targeted even more by Cutler.

Willie Snead – OUT:  Snead will not play this week against the Carolina Panthers. Expect him to return within the next week or so.

Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben is not only expected to play, but put up top fantasy numbers this week against a beatable Colts secondary.

Sam Bradford –  Bradford is expected to return this week. If he can’t go, Mark Sanchez will lead the Eagles stumbling offense against the Patriots.

 

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Thanksgiving: Lions/Eagles Sit Start Report

Matt

Matt Stafford is looking to pull it all together against the Eagles

The Detroit Lions are taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in a showdown between two teams clawing for a chance to save their seasons. While the Eagles are only 1 game out of first place in the dismal NFC East, the Lions have all but eliminated themselves from postseason play with a 3-7 record. Despite the outlook on their respective seasons, this matchup should prove entertaining. For fantasy owners, here are a few players from these teams that should start and sit.

Start – Matthew Stafford:  Stafford seems to be getting himself back on track after a terrible start to the season for his squad. Stafford hasn’t really had a horrible season. He’s averaging well over 200 yards on about 35 pass attempts a game. The problem is that he has had multiple games with multiple interceptions. But, a team winning doesn’t matter in fantasy, only a player’s production numbers. That is good for fantasy owners in a year where quarterback play is very unpredictable; just ask Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck owners. Look for Stafford to bring some holiday cheer to the Lions home crowd and put up some good numbers come Thursday.

Start – Theo Riddick:  Riddick hasn’t played much of the season. He is the Lions’ third string running back and yet he has managed to become the leading pass catcher of all running backs in the league. Last week against the Raiders, Riddick pulled in 66 yards in the fourth quarter alone. Riddick wont get much in the running attack, but he’s averaging 8.9 yards per carry. And on a team that has players like Calvin Johnson who are often double teamed, Riddick should be wide open for Stafford to rely on.

Sit – Joique Bell:  Bell shouldn’t start in any league this season…ever. He’s averaging 2.8 yards per carry on the season. For the entire season to date, he only has 138 yards total in the rushing category. Those numbers wont due for a running back in the NFL and certainly wont cut if for fantasy owners. His Lions teammate Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are much more productive and are the ones who owners should start, not Bell.

OUT – Ryan Mathews:  Mathews was inactive last game due to a concussion and will NOT play today against the Lions. Philadelphia’s high-tempo offense also fares better for the passing game than the ground attack. Mathews is averaging 5.7 yards per carry, but he has many games this year where he was held to under 20 yards total.

NFL Week 11 – Injury Check Down Report

Sam Bradford actually avoided injury longer than expected

Sam Bradford actually avoided injury longer than most people expected

Alshon Jeffery – OUT

Emmanuel Sanders – OUT

Matt Forte – OUT

Sam Bradford – OUT:  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mark Sanchez will start in his place until his return.

Peyton Manning – OUT:  Denver Broncos quarterback is ruled out against the Chicago Bears with a foot injury. Brock Osweiler will get the start.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets quarterback will play this week against the Houston Texans.

Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks running back is expected to play this week against San Francisco even though he was limited in practice this week.

Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys Running Back is expected to play against the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys may scale back his usage during this Week 11 matchup against the

Ryan Matthews – OUT:  Philadelphia Eagles running back suffered a concussion is ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Expect Demarco Murray and Darren Sproles to be used in the offense a lot in his absence.

Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers running back is listed as probable this week and should see some playing time. James Starks will get the start according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Matt Forte – Chicago Bears running back is a game time decision against the Denver Broncos. He has been practicing day by day but may need more time to recover expect Langford to start and carry a load in the offense.

Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Wide Receiver will be a game time decision against the Philadelphia Eagles. Fantasy owners should have a backup just in case he does not play. Once again, expect Mike Evans be the focal point of the offense.

Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver is a game time decision Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Expect him to play in this game in this big matchup.

DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans wide receiver will play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears wide receiver is listed as questionable. Eddie Royal is out, so expect Marques Wilson to be the number one receiver if he does not play.

Eddie Royal – OUT

Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver is listed as questionable against the Seattle Seahawks. Expect him to be ready to go and play in this divisional matchup.

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos wide receiver will play against the Chicago Bears.

Malcom Floyd – OUT:  San Diego Chargers wide receiver will not play Sunday against the Chiefs.

Cutler Gets First Shot at Former Team

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler is facing a hard-nosed Broncos defense, but Denver is vulnerable

Despite playing four seasons for the Broncos from 2006 through 2009, Cutler has never actually played a regular season game against Denver. The two teams met in 2011, but Cutler was injured and Tim Tebow was the Broncos quarterback.

This time, Cutler is facing a shutdown Broncos defense that has shown some cracks lately. With Peyton Manning ruled out and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler expected to start, Cutler and the Bears have a chance to make a statement riding a two game winning streak.

Bear OC Adam Gase is having a positive impact on Cutler and is helping him to better read opposing defenses. Similar to the St. Louis Rams, the Broncos are ranked high in defense in multiple categories such as rush defense, pass yards per game, and yards allowed per play.

The Bears have their hands full and will have to make big plays down the field to open up the defense. To be successful, Gase will have to mix up the play calling and keep Cutler focussed. In the final equation, Alshon Jeffrey and running back Jeremy Langford need to make big plays to help Cutler overcome the top-ranked Denver defense.

NFL Week 10 – Injury Check Down Report

Emmanuel Sanders is listed as a dreaded game-time-decision for fantasy owners

Fantasy owners stuck with a GTD situation with Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos Wide Receiver is listed as a game time decision against the Chiefs. He suffered an ankle injury and hasn’t practiced for three days in a row. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan ready just in case he can’t suit up.

Matt Forte – OUT (more below)

Eddie Lacy – OUT (more below)

Eddie Royal – OUT:  Chicago Bears Wide Receiver will not play Sunday against the Rams.

Vincent Jackson – OUT:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver will not play against the Dallas Cowboys.

Kendall Wright – OUT:  Tennessee Titans Wide Receiver will not play against the Carolina Panthers.

John Brown – Cardinals Wide Receiver inadvertently destroyed fantasy owners during Week 8 when he was activated 45 minutes before game time but never took the field at all. This left fantasy owners with a big fat zero. Once again, Brown is listed as a game time decision with a hamstring injury. Expect him to play in this big division game against Seattle, but TEMPER your expectations.

Davante Parker – Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver is listed as questionable this week against the Eagles. Even if he plays, he is the fourth receiver on the depth chart and doesn’t need to be picked up in fantasy.

Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions Wide Receiver is listed as questionable against the Packers. He is confident that he will play even though he has been limited in practice all week. Expect him to play barring any setbacks.

Josh McCown – The Browns quarterback is listed as questionable against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has a rib injury and Johnny Manziel has been practicing all week and is likely to start. Mike Pettine has yet to name the starter. If active and healthy, McCown will play, but expect Manziel to start.

Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings Quarterback is listed as questionable this week against the Raiders. After a full practice Friday, Head coach Mike Zimmer has full confidence that Bridgewater will be able to make the start.

Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to back up Landry Jones against Cleveland this week. He is not expected to play unless Jones goes down with an injury.

Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos Quarterback is listed as probable with a foot injury, but should start against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Kubiak expressed some concern, but barring an unlikely setback, Manning will play.

Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks Running Back is listed as questionable against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite battling injuries all season, Pete Carroll said that he expects him to play. If he does not play, rookie Thomas Rawls will be the starter and currently leads the team in rushing.

DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back is listed as probable against the Browns. Expect him to play and is a high end option in this favorable matchup against Cleveland.

Matt Forte – Chicago Bears Running Back suffered an MCL sprain injury and is listed as questionable. Don’t expect him to play this week or for Chicago coach John Fox to EVER provide a realistic time line for his return.

Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers Running Back is listed as questionable with a groin injury, but expect him to play this week and split carries behind the team’s new starter, James Starks.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End will not play against the Dallas Cowboys. Expect Mike Evans to carry a heavy workload on offense once again.

Larry Donnell – New York Giants Tight End will not play against the New England Patriots. Will Tye will get the start and play.

Jets/Bills: TNF Sit-Start Report

Chris Ivory

Chris Ivory scored twice last week, but is fading down the stretch

Any game that features coach Rex Ryan is expected to be entertaining and this tonight is no different. Ryan and his Buffalo Bills are heading to the Meadowlands to take on his former team, the New York Jets. These division rivals meet for the first time this season as both are pushing for playoff spots. The Bills (4-4) are looking to even up the standings with the Jets (5-3)as the two teams could easily grab both wildcard spots in a close AFC. Here is a list of players in this matchup who should start or start for your team.

Start – Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Fitzpatrick has had a pretty good year and with unpredictable quarterback play around the league, that translates into a great year for some fantasy owners. Even against the Patriots this year, Fitzpatrick almost led the Jets to the upset of the year. The former Harvard grad has a 89.3 QBR for the year. He has 7 interceptions on the year, but has posted none in the last three games. Fitzpatrick is nursing a thumb injury, but that doesn’t seem to be bothering his throwing motion one bit.

Start – Brandon Marshall:  Marshall only had 44 yards against the Jaguars last week, but he did average 11 yards per reception and pulled in a touchdown. Not counting that game, Marshall has had an amazing season with Jets. He’s easily the offense’s number one option and his ability to make incredible catches in the clutch is always a problem for defenses. In what could be a close game against two teams trying to kill one another, Marshall should factor heavily in New York’s game plan. Look for Marshall to get back on track against the Bills.

Sit – Chris Ivory:  Ivory was once looked upon as a go-to guy for some fantasy owners. Now, his lackluster performances have many jumping off the bandwagon. Ivory has 6 touchdowns on the year, but only averaged 1.1 yards per carry in the last two games. Ivory had two good games this season, but those came against an uninspired Dolphins team and a confused Redskins squad. Rex Ryan’s Bills will not be so easy on the running game. Ivory’s lack of quality performances is making the Jets, and fantasy owners, wish they put more faith in Chris Johnson.

Sit – LeSean McCoy:  McCoy has had some injuries this season. The veteran back left last week’s game with a shoulder injury, but is insistent that he should be ready come Thursday night. Sometimes players think they’re ready before they are and just want to play. Whether or not he’s is completely healthy, I can’t imagine Shady McCoy lighting up the scoreboard against the Jets defense. McCoy seems to be forcing a lot of his plays in an effort to prove to the Eagles (and Chip Kelly) that they made a mistake with him. This translates on the field with his inconsistent play. Last week, he head a good game with over 100 yards, but this was the first time all season. The only way I’d play McCoy is if I was lacking a running back due to injury a la LeVeon Bell.

Patriots/Dolphins: TNF Sit-Start Report

Ryan Tannehill wants to prove that last week’s game against the Texans was no fluke.

Ryan Tannehill wants to prove that last week’s game against the Texans was no fluke.

This Thursday’s football scene will feature the vaunted New England Patriots against the rejuvenated Miami Dolphins. The Pats are trying to stay perfect in their campaign to reach back-to-back Super Bowls while Miami seems to be steering the ship in the right direction. For fantasy owners, this AFC showdown had the potential to be a good one. Here are the players that should start and sit for this matchup.

Start – Ryan Tannehill:  Ryan Tannnehill humbled the lowly Texans last week with a 94.7 completion percentage. The fourth year QB has had some great games in terms of fantasy production numbers this season, but his good fortune could be a side effect of the quality of his opponents. Against some of the better defenses in the league (the Bills and the Jets), Tannehill had multiple interceptions, so look for the Pats to try to put pressure on him to throw the ball more and make mistakes. New England has been winning, but it’s defense has given up some big plays this season. If Tannehill can come out guns blazing, he should put on another solid performance.

Start – Lamar Miller:  Miller had 175 rushing yards last week against a defense that features J.J. Watt. He even had 35 fantasy points in the first half alone. The Pats defense had been giving up huge rushing yards in the beginning of games( they let Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle have his way with them in the first quarter) and Miller is poised to take advantage of that. After having a shaky start in the beginning of the season, Miller has put up two solid performances in the last few games. He has an even bigger chance to do some damage if Tannehill starts to tear New England’s secondary apart, which will open up the ground attack.

Start – Jarvis Landry:  Something about Landry makes me start him every Sunday. Good thing I’ve gone against my better judgment because, like the rest of his team, Landry has turned around his level of play with the departure of Joe Philbin. Jarvis put up only 86 yards last week, but he also pulled in 2 TDs in the process. As a solid target for Tannehill, look for Landry to have a good showing as long as Malcom Butler continues to ease off his coverages.

Sit – LaGarette Blount:  Blount seems to be suffering from the same problem a lot of players deal with after having a great season. Like them, Blount can’t seem to get back to the type of productivity he displayed in his 2014 campaign. Last week, Blount recorded -3 yards on 3 attempts. His highest total this season has been 93 yards against a troubled Colts team. Even if Blount manages to pull out a monster game, I wouldn’t risk a roster spot for him, especially with New England deciding to abandon the run game at times.

Sit – Danny Amendola:  Amendola has a chance to put up great numbers. He is always good for a big play every now and then. But, unlike most QBs who throw to the open guy when their main target is double covered, Tom Brady still throws to the main guy. On Thursday night, you can bet on Brady looking to Gronkowski or Edelman for a a huge gain before anyone, especially late in the game. Don’t waste a start on Amendola when there are plenty or other quality wideouts playing on Sunday.

NFL Week 7 – Injury Check Down Report

Fantasy owners depending on Antonio Gates are on shaky ground this week

Fantasy owners depending on Antonio Gates are on shaky ground this week

Brandon LaFell – Active

Dion Lewis – Doubtful

Ben Roethlisberger – Game Time Decision

Dez Bryant – OUT

Chris Thompson – Doubtful

Nelson Agholor – OUT

Antonio Gates : Gates suffered an MCL sprain last week against the Packers and is a game time decision against the Raiders. If he can’t play, expect Ladarius Green to get the start.

Ben Roethlisberger: The Steelers QB suffered and MCL injury and is traveling with the team as they play Kansas City, but do not expect him to play.

John Brown: Brown suffered a hamstring injury in both legs, but expect him to get the start Monday as they play the Baltimore Ravens.

Jeremy Maclin: Kansas City Chiefs Receiver suffered a concussion and passed all exams and will play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dez Bryant – OUT

Brandon LaFell: New England Patriots Wide Receiver has been activated from the PUP list and is expected to play this week against the New York Jets. Expect him to make an impact in his debut game back.

Odell Beckham: Beckham is still battling a hamstring injury in practice and was limited this week, but expect him to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Keenan Allen: Allen suffered a hip injury and will play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders; he says he does not feel the injury at all expect him to make an impact.

Matt Jones: Jones will play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Expect him to be heavily involved in the passing game as Chris Thompson is doubtful for Week 7.

Melvin Gordon: Gordon is listed as questionable this week against the Oakland Raiders. He is suffering a toe injury, but expect him to play in this favorable matchup.

Dion Lewis: Lewis is listed as questionable as he is dealing with an abdomen injury. He was limited in practice. Expect him to play against the New York Jets on Sunday.

T.J. Yeadon: The Jacksonville Jaguars running back is battling a groin injury. After managing back-to-back practices this week, expect him to play against the Buffalo Bills.

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

Falcons/Saints Preview: Shootout in the Superdome

Thursday night could be just what Brees fantasy owners have been looking for

Thursday night could be just what Brees fantasy owners have been looking for

This Thursday could prove to be a gunslinger show as the Atlanta Falcons are set to take on the New Orleans Saints. The two NFC South rivals’ clash this week could produce big points for across the board. Here’s a look at the players who will have an impact on not only the game, but the scoresheets of fantasy owners as well.

Must Start – Drew Brees:  The 14-year veteran is trying to bring himself back to the heights of glory that is bestowed upon the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. The past few years, New Orleans has looked more like a disaster than a powerhouse. Early this season, Brees suffered from a shoulder injury that kept him out of one game, but his numbers have actually improved since then. Last week, Brees put up 335 yards and 2 TDs against Philadelphia. He also lost two fumbles, but if he can clean up his mistakes, Brees should be back on track for a high-performing season.

Must Start – Matt Ryan:  This season have been brutal on QBs and their injuries. Only a few of the quarterbacks left playing  are reliable to put up consistent fantasy numbers. Ryan is one of them. Matty Ice laid an egg for fantasy owners last week, but should bounce back against a porous Saints secondary. He is currently boasting a 90.7 QBR while averaging 291 yards a game. Against Rob Ryan’s defense, Ryan should be able to drive down the field with ease.

Must Start – Julio Jones:  Jones has been a fantasy stud, but has too been bitten by the injury bug. The veteran wideout has a hamstring issue that could keep him out of the game, but there are reports that he actually feels better this week than he did last week. Julio is averaging 109 yards per game, which is down because of his injury last week, where the wide receiver still managed to pull in a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Jones is obviously a must-start assuming he plays.