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  • Golden Tate - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 10/22/14 12:07am ET

    Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is one of just two receivers to have at least five receptions in each of the first seven games of the season.

    Huddle Up: That means Tate was even producing way back when Calvin Johnson was healthy and is well on his way to becoming the first pass-catcher to lead the Lions in receiving since Megatron's rookie year of 2007.

  • Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 10/22/14 12:07am ET

    Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) threw at team headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 21 and is 'real close' to 100 percent, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

    Huddle Up: Palmer is a combined 50-of-75 for 503 yards, 4 TDs and a pick in the two games since returning from his month-plus absence and is poised to keep rolling Sunday against a Philly defense surrendering the fourth most fantasy points to opposing QBs.

  • Paul Richardson - WR - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 10/22/14 12:07am ET

    Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson caught four passes on five targets for 33 yards in Week 7. Richardson was targeted just once in the team's first five games.

    Huddle Up: The second-round pick figures to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Percy Harvin trade, but it must also be noted that Seattle WRs have been notoriously tough to trust fantasy-wise given the team's run-first approach.

  • Chandler Jones - DE - New England Patriots
    Posted 10/21/14 11:50pm ET

    New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21 with a hip injury, according to a source. Jones is expected to miss a month or so. The team traded for LB Akeem Ayers earlier Tuesday.

    Huddle Up: Another blow for the Pats' defense as Jones has 26 total tackles and, most importantly, a team-high 4.5 sacks and 15 QB hurries. The timing is particularly troubling as N.E. is entering a brutal stretch of opposing passers that features Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers over the next 6 games.

  • Marcedes Lewis - TE - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 10/21/14 11:50pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) is expected to be able to practice next week. Lewis is on the short-term Reserve/Injured list with a high ankle sprain.

    Huddle Up: Something to keep an eye on, especially for the owners of backup TE Clay Harbor who has 20 catches for 217 yards and a TD over the last 4 games.

  • Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 10/21/14 7:32pm ET

    Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will only return in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons if he's 100 percent healthy, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'It's not going to be a thing of degrees,' Caldwell said. 'When they say he's cleared, he's ready to go and he's feeling great, when they doctors say, OK, that's when it's going to happen. It's not going to be a whole lot of in between.' Johnson has missed six straight practices.

    Huddle Up: Johnson is doing more and getting closer to returning, but the 100 percent threshold is going to be awfully tough to attain this week. Prepare to be without him again.

  • Denard Robinson - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 10/21/14 6:29pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson was recently lauded by head coach Gus Bradley. Bradley said Robinson is extremely competitive and the drive to succeed and get better came from within for Robinson.

    Huddle Up: Robinson rolled up a surprising 127 rushing yards on 22 carries Sunday after coming into the contest will all of 160 career rushing yards on 48 attempts. He'll be a hot pickup this week, but be aware that we very well could've seen Robinson's best game given the season-long struggles the Jags have had running the ball all season.

  • Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 10/21/14 6:29pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington had 88 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving in Week 7, and only four players in franchise history since 1960 to have more yards from scrimmage than Ellington's 653 through six games. Ellington has also been playing with a partially torn tendon in his foot. Head coach Bruce Arians said Ellington will continue to sit out of practice on Wednesdays.

    Huddle Up: Ellington is also dealing with a rib issue coming out of Week 9, but he figures to be good to go Sunday against Philly even if he winds up missing an extra practice or two during the week.

  • Montee Ball - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 10/21/14 6:20pm ET

    Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) was not at practice Tuesday, Oct. 21.

    Huddle Up: Reports have placed Ball's likely return in Week 10 or 11, but in the meantime, Ronnie Hillman looks to be tightening his grip on the No. 1 RB role, coming off back-to-back strong performances.

  • Ryan Mathews - RB - San Diego Chargers
    Posted 10/21/14 6:20pm ET

    San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is not expected to play Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos.

    Huddle Up: A much more likely return date for Mathews is Week 9 as the Chargers will have 10 days after Thursday's night contest to prepare for their Nov. 2 game in Miami.

  • Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
    Posted 10/21/14 6:20pm ET

    San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is not expected to play Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos.

    Huddle Up: With Brown expected to miss a third straight game and Ryan Mathews still out, it'll be Branden Oliver and a little of bit of Ronnie Brown shouldering the RB chores again in Week 8.

  • Jeremy Kerley - WR - New York Jets
    Posted 10/21/14 6:09pm ET

    New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley officially signed a four-year, $16 million extension Tuesday, Oct. 21. Kerley will receive $5.4 million of guaranteed money. He has 22 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown this year.

    Huddle Up: Kerley has sort of been lost in the team's WR shuffle this year with the additions of Eric Decker and, now, Percy Harvin, but he certainly still figures heavily in the Jets' long-term plans. In the meantime, though, Harvin's arrival nixes any fantasy value Kerley still had for this season.

  • Lamar Miller - RB - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 10/21/14 6:09pm ET

    Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller practiced with a brace on his right knee Tuesday, Oct. 21.

    Huddle Up: Something to note, but it's certainly not a serious injury concern at the moment for the RB who has at least a TD and 67 total yards in each of his last 3 games.

  • Darren Sproles - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 10/21/14 2:53pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Oct. 21.

    Huddle Up: According to reports, Sproles didn't appear to be limited during the time the media got to observe practice Tuesday, and he may not end up missing any time thanks to the team's well-timed bye week. But definitely see how the rest of the practice week goes for the RB before getting too excited.

  • C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 10/21/14 2:47pm ET

    The Buffalo Bills placed RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) on short-term Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 21.

    Huddle Up: Spiller's season may not technically be over, but for the majority of fantasy purposes it is as he wouldn't be able to play until Week 17 at the earliest, provided all goes well with his recovery.

  • Phillip Tanner - RB - Buffalo Bills
    Posted 10/21/14 2:47pm ET

    The Buffalo Bills are signing free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

    Huddle Up: Tanner, whose last rushing attempt came almost a year ago (Oct. 27), is simply added depth insurance behind Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 10/21/14 2:40pm ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could see some action in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Mike Pettine. However, Pettine said Monday, Oct. 20, that QB Brian Hoyer is still firmly entrenched as the team's starting quarterback. Hoyer completed a career-low 39 percent of his attempts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7 and threw for 215 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He has completed only 41.3 percent of his passes in the last two weeks. Pettine blamed Hoyer's poor performance on the team's inability to run and set up play-action.

    Huddle Up: Hoyer owners have known this is coming sooner or later, and the QB's poor performance last Sunday against previously winless Jacksonville looks to have jump-started the process. Hoyer, though, still has a chance to stave off the rookie with a strong bounce-back showing against the Raiders this week.

  • Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 10/21/14 2:40pm ET

    Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he is back to running Tuesday, Oct. 21. Johnson sat out in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints and appears to be trying to return sooner rather than later.

    Huddle Up: Megatron did make the flight to London, but it still makes a lot more sense for the Lions to hold the star WR out for another game and then take advantage of the bye in Week 9 to get him another week of rest. Stay tuned, though.

  • Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 10/21/14 2:32pm ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant cut into WR Markus Wheaton's workload in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, and QB Ben Roethlisberger took three 'shot' plays down the field to Bryant. The team is unsettled at receiver behind WR Antonio Brown, with WRs Wheaton, Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey fighting for targets. It was the first game in which Bryant was active this year.

    Huddle Up: Bryant, a fourth-round pick out of Clemson, was targeted 5 times in the game and finished with 2 catches for 40 yards, including a 35-yard scoring reception. And "cutting into Wheaton's workload" is an understatement as he finished with nary a reception or target for the first time this season. Wheaton had only 5 catches for 50 yards in the previous 2 games, so fantasy GMs should definitely be looking at a move if they haven't already.

  • Zach Mettenberger - QB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 10/21/14 2:32pm ET

    Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) will start at quarterback when he's healthy, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. QB Charlie Whitehurst has filled in for Locker three times this year, but buzz continues to mount for QB Zach Mettenberger, the team's sixth-round draft pick this year. "We're trying to get him better as we go, knowing with the way it's gone for us at quarterback this year that's something that could happen at any time," Whisenhunt said. Whisenhunt doesn't sound concerned about playing Mettenberger too soon, either.

    Huddle Up: Locker should be ready to return this week after missing the last 2 games, but it is Locker so his status is always in doubt. Whitehurst has either failed to throw for 200 yards or a TD in each of his three starts, so fantasy owners of Titans' pass-catchers really have nothing to lose if the team decides to go with the rookie.

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