Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has thrown just two interceptions this year, and both came in the Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: That stat goes a long way towards explaining Brady's fantasy resurgence. No turnovers equal longer possessions, which equal more yardage and more opportunities for scoring.
Eli Manning - QB - New York Giants
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has completed 65 percent of his passes, which would be a career high. He also has 14 touchdown passes to just five interceptions, compared to 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions at this point last season. '(The difference is) probably in his football,' quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Wednesday, Oct. 22. 'I think he is playing at a high level and I think improved football has really helped out.'
Huddle Up: It took all of the preseason and the first couple regular season games for Manning to find his groove, but aside from last week's hiccup against the Eagles he's been as effective as ever. With the bye week to get acclimated to his receivers san Victor Cruz, the second half looks bright for Manning and the Giants' offense.
Preston Parker - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Preston Parker took almost all of his snaps as the slot receiver in Week 7 game against the Dallas Cowboys, while WR Odell Beckham Jr. was sprinkled in at the spot for a few plays. Rueben Randle could also be used in the slot over the final nine games, as the team works to replace WR Victor Cruz (knee). 'The other guy that can do certain things in the slot for us is Rueben because he's smart and he's a big target in the middle of the field,' receivers coach Sean Ryan said Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: New York's receiver rotation likely hinges on how quickly Beckham can pick up other spots in the offense. If he's able to play X, Y and Z the Giants can interchange their receivers to take advantage of matchups--a benefit not just to Beckham but to Randle and Parker and Eli Manning as well.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that he expects to play in the Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was injured in the second half of the Week 7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, and could have returned. However, he was held out because the game had already been decided.
Huddle Up: Richardson is still the Colts' volume back, though Ahmad Bradshaw is the more efficient and effective of the tandem.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Updating a previous report, there is no chance Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) plays in the Week 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, Oct. 27, multiple sources said Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Looks like all systems go for Colt McCoy to lead Washington against the Cowboys. McCoy's run as the starter may be short-lived, however, as it appears RG3 is very close to returning.
Zach Mettenberger - QB - Tennessee Titans
Updating a previous report, the Tennessee Titans plan to start QB Zach Mettenberger in Week 8 against the Houston Texans, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday, Oct. 22. Indications are Mettenberger was informed of the decision Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: The Titans are looking to the future and will give the rookie Mettenberger a shot to start. He has a strong arm but not much mobility. Jake Locker has been demoted in his contract year and is likely done in Tennessee. Mettenberger's first start is at home but he'll face potential league MVP J.J. Watt and the Texans. Jadeveon Clowney could also return on Sunday, so the Texans defense is an option this week if you need them.
Brian Cushing - LB - Houston Texans
Updated a previous report, Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) will miss at least a week due to his knee injury. The ailment has been bothering him for the past two games.
Huddle Up: Cushing's absence is a blow to Houston's run defense. Tennessee's Bishop Sankey should have a nice fantasy day against a Texans defense giving up just under 119 yards per game on the ground.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Ellington has been playing through his foot injury but will be fine to start on Sunday. He has a strong matchup this week against the eagles.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) wasn't feeling good enough to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Head coach Marvin Lewis said Green won't play in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens unless he's 'significantly healed,' but left the door open for Green to play. "It's hard for me to put a guy out there Sunday that I don't think can last a full game," Lewis said. "If we have A.J. for part of the game doing certain things, that would be great. I think we could operate offensively, and I guess we'll cross that bridge when the time comes."
Huddle Up: A few days ago, Green sounded determined to return this week after a 2-game absence but his nagging foot issue might have other ideas. His Week 8 status is very much still to be decided by his progress -- or lack of it -- the next few days.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said he should be blamed for the team's offensive struggles, because he needs to make plays when given the chance. 'It starts with me,' Jones said. 'I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. ... We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It's nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here.'
Huddle Up: Jones has been targeted 44 times over the last 4 games but has a modest 26 catches for 311 yards and no scores following a blazing 23-365-3 start in Weeks 1-3. He remains a WR1, but he's certainly overdue for a big game.
Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Graham owners were left in a tough spot last Sunday as the TE was well enough to play but clearly not well enough to contribute as he finished without a catch on only 2 targets. Look for signs he's making some health strides this week in practice.
Khiry Robinson - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: It's still early in the week, and the Saints just might be playing it cautious with fellow RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) already on the shelf this week. Stay tuned ...
Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Another week, same story for Locker, and he'll have to do more in practice over the next couple days to avoid missing a third straight start.
Trent Richardson - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: Something to keep on the rest of the week after Richardson departed last Sunday's game early with the balky hammy. Dan Herron would spell Ahmad Bradshaw in Week 8 if Richardson is unable to go.
Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RBs Donald Brown (concussion) and Ryan Mathewws (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, and has been ruled out for the team's Week 8 game.
Huddle Up: As fully expected, there will be a third straight start for undrafted rookie Branden Oliver, who's averaged 128 total yards a game and has scored a trio of TDs over the last 3 contests.
Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has moved ahead of WR Brandon Gibson on the team's depth chart. Gibson said no one has explained to him why he was inactive for Week 7.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick has been targeted 13 times over the last 2 games and has led the team with 10 receptions for 121 yards during that span. A definite pick-up in deeper leagues and a wideout to watch in 10-team leagues.
Tre Mason - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason could be the top candidate for a majority of carries since he is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Mason rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in Week 7 and received most of the carries because he had the hot hand, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. RB Zac Stacy was announced the starter for Week 7 but only played one snap. RB Benny Cunningham only rushed for three yards during the game. Stacy is averaging 3.93 yards per carry this season, while Cunningham is averaging 3.78 yards per carry.
Huddle Up: Mason, the team's third-round pick and a hot waiver-wire pickup this week, is the best bet to get the most work Sunday in K.C., but another fumble -- like the one that was allegedly recovered by a teammate late in Sunday's win over the Seahawks -- or poor pass-blocking if the Rams fall behind by a couple of scores, could send him back to the bench, no matter if he is posting the most impressive rushing numbers.
Anthony Dixon - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is working with the starters in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. RB Bryce Brown is working with the second-string offense.
Huddle Up: It's sounding like Dixon is headed toward a start Sunday for the Fred Jackson- and C.J. Spiller-less Bills, but do expect Bryce Brown to get a cut of the work as well.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's (ankle) status for Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys will be determined by team doctors, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'It's up to the trainers and doctors right now, they gotta clear him, No. 1, like I said,' Gruden added. 'No. 2, he's got to feel good. But it's gonna be a process of how he feels tomorrow, how he feels the next day, and how he's throwing and how he's playing the position.' Griffin took part in individual drills in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, and took repetitions in the team portion. Gruden said Griffin looked good doing the drills.
Huddle Up: Griffin is certainly getting closer, but we're betting it's another game or two before he's back in the D.C. saddle. Definitely expect Colt McCoy to get the start Monday night vs. the Cowboys.
Marcus Lattimore - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) will be cleared to practice from the Non-Football Injury list following the team's Week 8 bye. The team plans to activate him to their 53-man roster for the first time in his career. Lattimore has been working his way back from a gruesome right knee injury while in college in October of 2012. He is now weighing 220 pounds after reporting to training camp at 225 pounds, and he thinks he has added quickness.
Huddle Up: Get ready to add another RB to the mix in San Fran, further trimming Fran Gore's touches and fantasy value.
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