Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings announced RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list Wednesday, Sept. 17, which will keep him away from the team indefinitely.
Huddle Up: The time-table for Peterson's return now falls to the legal process - which is likely to take a while. His first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8th. The Vikings will now roll with Matt Asiata as their starter in the backfield, but don't sleep on the talented Jerick McKinnon.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) has a deep bone bruise but no structural damage to his ankle, and the team is optimistic he will be able to play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Rare good injury news in a week filled with carnage. Davis will likely have to show something in practice this week, but plan on having him available Sunday for now.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's (shoulder) timetable to return from a nerve injury in his shoulder could vary greatly, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'It takes some time,' Arians said. 'Could be a day, could be a month.'
Huddle Up: Not what the fantasy owners of the Cards' pass-catchers needed to hear as it's certainly a drop-off down to No. 2 QB Drew Stanton. Maybe, though, Palmer's absence will fall on the short end of the range or Stanton will show marked improvement in his next start, so don't go making any rash moves just yet.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon had his season-long suspension officially cut to 10 games Tuesday, Sept. 16. He could also avoid serving the mandatory two-game suspension for his DWI because he pled guilty to his drunken-driving charge early Tuesday before an agreement on the new-drug testing policy was reached, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: This is the best-case scenario for those holding on to last season's top fantasy wideout and, if there are no further alterations, that makes him eligible to return in Week 12.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has targeted WR Jordy Nelson 30 times in two games so far this year. Rodgers has never targeted one of his wideouts more than 8.3 times per game in a season.
Huddle Up: Nelson's 30 targets are 5 more than the next closest player (Ravens' WR Steve Smith Sr.). This rate will decline, of course, and probability also says Nelson has already put up his best yardage total (a career-high 209 in Week 2) of the season. All this makes him a prime sell-high candidate if you need help at other positions, but if not, you're locking Nelson in your lineup until the Pack's Week 9 bye or -- forbid -- he gets hurt.
Wes Welker - WR - Denver Broncos
With the NFL finally ratifying its new drug-policy Tuesday, Sept. 16, the remainder of Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker's 4-game suspension has been lifted and he'll be able to practice with the team this week and play in Week 3.
Huddle Up: It's time to add Welker to back into the Broncos' offensive mix, and he'll return to his customary role as a between-the-numbers target for Peyton Manning. He figures to take a few targets away from Emmanuel Sanders and RB Montee Ball, but nobody really takes a deep hit with Welker's return. The specter of a hard hit and another concussion, however, remains a big issue for the diminutive slot man.
Lance Moore - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) practiced in full Tuesday, Sept. 16, and the team will keep tabs on how he responds this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Moore has missed the first two regular season games.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Moore is likely to make his Steeler debut Sunday night in Carolina, and if so, his targets figure to come at the expense of second-year wideout Justin Brown who's seen 8 passes directed his way in 2 games.
Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) was limited at practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: It's a short week but there's still no indicator whether Martin will return to action after missing Week 2. Either way, expect Bobby Rainey to still be steadily involved in some capacity after his 174-total-yard performance Sunday.
Jerrel Jernigan - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan (foot) has been placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: Tough break for Jernigan, who will finish the year with 6 catches for 40 yards. Going forward, though, this figures to mean more targets for Preston Parker, Corey Washington and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., if his hammy ever gets right.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: It's looking like the rook will miss a second straight game, meaning more looks for Brandon Myers, who's still a TE2 at best.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: Strong sign after Jones was limited Monday, so expect to have the wideout at or near full strength Thursday night. That might be especially important to the Atlanta passing game as fellow wideout Roddy White (hammy) has been unable to practice at all so far this week.
Marcedes Lewis - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) was placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: With 8 catches for 106 yards and a TD in the first two games, Lewis was making his annual push for TE1 relevancy, but that's now been put on a 2-month hold. Clay Harbor, who is just now returning to practice after a late-July calf injury, Mickey Shulder and Marcel Jensen are the other TEs on the J'ville roster but none are usable in fantasy at the time being.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was dealing with a bit of soreness in his foot after the Week 2 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. However, Rivera thinks it's a good sign after Newton had offseason ankle surgery back in March. "Because it's more sore than his back," Rivera said. "Which is good. At least, I think it's good. He's moving around pretty good and he's feeling pretty good about himself."
Huddle Up: Newton (281 passing yards, passing TD, 4-19 rushing) had a solid debut Sunday and appears no worse for wear. Definitely have high hopes for his Week 3 start Sunday night against a Steeler defense that has struggled since holding the Browns to a field goal in the first half of the season opener.
DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is expected to return to practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, and be ready to play in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Williams sat out in Week 2 with a thigh injury that flared up earlier in the week. Williams led the team with 14 carries and 72 yards rushing in Week 1.
Huddle Up: Hope you used Jonathan Stewart in Week 2 while the using was good.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 3-for-20 on passing attempts of 15 yards or more in the first two weeks.
Huddle Up: Maybe when/if Gronk gets healthier or the protection improves, things will get brighter, but Brady (398 yards, 28 fantasy points in 2 games) isn't exactly off to the fast start many fantasy pundits had hoped for. Don't completely cut bait unless you absolutely need to but don't shy away from sizing up other QB options, either.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson doesn't have the support of Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. Dayton thinks the Vikings should suspend Peterson after the team announced Monday that he's cleared to play in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was indicted Friday, Sept. 12, on charges of negligent or reckless injury to a child, and he sat out in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Even though the Vikings have made their announcement, don't be the least bit surprised if the suddenly image-conscious NFL intervenes this week and suspends Peterson.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon pled guilty to driving while intoxicated in North Carolina Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to the Wake County Clerk of Court. He received 12 months unsupervised probation and will have to pay $290 in court costs, as well as a $100 fine. Gordon's year-long suspension is expected to be reduced to 10 games once a final agreement on a new drug-testing policy is in place.
Huddle Up: Most reports indicate -- and, hey, they've been off base on this before -- that Gordon will receive an extra 2 games tacked on to his expected 10-game ban if and when this new drug policy is finally approved. So if you're stashing Gordon and don't feel you can spare the roster space until the fantasy playoffs, move on and find someone else.
Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) is not practicing Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: That's 2 missed practices in 2 days this week for White so things are starting to look somewhat sketchy for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. However, don't write off the veteran's chances just yet as this wouldn't be the first time he's missed practice and still played that week.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' (ankle) high ankle sprain does not appear to be severe, according to head coach Andy Reid. His status is unknown.
Huddle Up: See if Charles can do anything on the ankle this week, and hopefully you have ultimate handcuff Knile Davis to fall back on if he can't.
Darren Sproles - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles had seven receptions for a career-high 152 yards in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Sept. 15. He also had four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Philly wanted to get Sproles the ball in space against the Indy LBs, and the plan worked to perfection with the RB averaging 21.7 yards per catch with a long gain of 57. He wound up easily outgaining starter LeSean McCoy (178-101) and will continue to have fantasy value as a RB2 or flex option, especially in PPR leagues, although this likely will turn out to be his best total-yardage game of the season.
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