Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Doug Martin - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Posted 9/9/14 7:09pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin's unspecified leg injury in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers wasn't the reason why he wasn't on the field during crunch time late in the game, according to head coach Lovie Smith. 'Bobby Rainey had come and had given us a little bit of life, and as I've mentioned we want to play more than one running back throughout. So it was just a perfect time to keep both of them involved,' Smith said. Martin is physically fine, despite having nine carries for just nine yards in Week 1.

    Huddle Up: So Martin's injury apparently isn't anything serious, but having the RB get pulled in Week 1 isn't exactly good news for Martin's fantasy owners -- especially after Rainey wound up outgaining Martin (20-16) on four fewer touches and found his way into the end zone on a 6-yard reception in the fourth quarter. This may be more of a timeshare than originally envisioned, unless Martin can turn around and provide that spark in Week 2.

  • Dion Lewis - RB - Free Agent
    Posted 9/9/14 7:09pm ET

    The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent RB Dion Lewis (Browns) Tuesday, Sept. 9, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Indy was thin on RB depth with only Dan Herron and Zurlon Tipton behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw so this move is hardly a surprise. There are no fantasy ramifications, however, here for the time being.

  • Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 9/9/14 7:05pm ET

    Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) took the cautious approach not to re-enter the team's Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 7, after being injured in the third quarter, and he didn't return in the fourth quarter or for overtime. 'I expected to go,' Jeffery said, 'but we were just being cautious.' Jeffery was mobile enough to celebrate with WR Brandon Marshall after Marshall's touchdown late in the third quarter.

    Huddle Up: Jeffery finished the game with 5 catches for 71 yards on 6 targets, and his fantasy owners will have to see if the hammy continues to be an issue in practice this week.

  • Justin Forsett - RB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 9/9/14 3:56pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens RBs Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett will 'both play a lot' in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Sept. 11, and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro 'will be a big part of it, too,' according to head coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh said Pierce is fine health-wise, but he was benched in Week 1 after fumbling. Forsett has the trust of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak after the two worked together with the Houston Texans.

    Huddle Up: Forsett had 16 of the team's 22 RB touches in Week 1, but don't count out Pierce just yet. His fumble was the first of his career and he's never missed a game in two-plus NFL seasons.

  • Eddie Lacy - RB - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 9/9/14 3:56pm ET

    Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) isn't expected to miss significant time, but head coach Mike McCarthy said he'll need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before returning. RB James Starks would be the starting running back if Lacy can't return in Week 2.

    Huddle Up: Needless to say, Lacy's fantasy owners will need to monitor the updates closely this week. Starks, meanwhile, should be owned in almost all leagues.

  • Jordan Cameron - TE - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 9/9/14 2:51pm ET

    Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) has no injury update on his status for Week 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    Huddle Up: Cameron was in and out of action during the Week 1 loss to the Steelers and finished with only 2 catches for 47 yards, so his owners are going to have to stay on top of the updates coming out of northeast Ohio throughout the week.

  • Ben Tate - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 9/9/14 2:51pm ET

    Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) has no injury update on his status for Week 2, according to head coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    Huddle Up: Tate, who finished Week 1 with 6 carries for 41 yards, left in the second quarter and didn't return with the unspecified knee issue. That's not good news -- especially given his injury history. Meanwhile, the Browns turned out to be more than fine using rookies Terrance West (16 rushes-100 yards) and Isaiah Crowell (5-32, 2 TDs) and might not be inclined to rush Tate back into action even if the injury turns out be minor.

  • Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 9/9/14 2:51pm ET

    Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is still listed as the No. 1 running back over RB Knowshon Moreno on the team's weekly depth chart.

    Huddle Up: Definitely trust your eyes and the stat sheet over the depth chart as Moreno rolled up a league-leading 134 rushing yards and a TD on 24 carries Sunday and should be treated in fantasy as Miami's top back and a solid RB2.

  • Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 9/9/14 2:35pm ET

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford showed improved footwork in his ability to climb the pocket when he was pressured in Week 1 against the New York Giants Monday, Sept. 8, his first start in the Jim Caldwell era. Sloppy footwork has been part of Stafford's problems in the past. He also seemed to make a conscious effort not to force passes to receivers that weren't open. Stafford finished the victory going 22-for-32 for 346 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a rushing touchdown.

    Huddle Up: Stafford came through in a big way for his fantasy owners Monday night, and his mobility shouldn't be a total surprise given that he's rushed for 7 TDs since the start of the 2012 season. With Stafford's apparent improved decision making and the weapons added to his offensive arsenal, though, don't be surprised if he enjoys his best fantasy season since 2011, when he threw for 41 TDs and finished fifth among fantasy QBs.

  • Jordan Matthews - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 9/9/14 2:35pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews is now officially ahead of WR Brad Smith as the No. 3 wide receiver on the depth chart.

    Huddle Up: Intrepid fantasy owners havebeen banking on the rookie's upside and potential since the draft, and believe there are better days ahead after his 4-target, 2-catch, 37-yard outing in Week 1. Definitely swoop him up if you need WR help and he's there for the plucking on your waiver wire.

  • Antonio Gates - TE - San Diego Chargers
    Posted 9/9/14 2:35pm ET

    San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates had a game-high six receptions with a team-high 81 yards in the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals, while fellow TE Ladarius Green managed just two grabs for 24 yards.

    Huddle Up: After all these years, fantasy GMs should know better than to sell the 34-year-old Gates short, and if he's playing he'll usually be as involved as anyone in the Bolts' pass-catching mix.

  • Ray Rice - RB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 9/9/14 10:38am ET

    Updating an ongoing story, free-agent RB Ray Rice's (Ravens) description of what happened in the domestic dispute to the Baltimore Ravens is consistent with the elevator video, according to sources. However, seeing the video stunned the team owner and prompted Rice's release.

    Huddle Up: There's no question the video is shocking, and it's not surprising that seeing it prompted the owner to call for Rice's release. It hasn't helped that the league has mishandled the situation from the beginning.

  • Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 9/9/14 10:38am ET

    Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) will receive treatment on his right ankle in Chicago Tuesday, Sept. 9, despite having to fly to New York to tape an episode of 'Inside the NFL.'

    Huddle Up: Marshall was in and out of the Bears' Week 1 loss to Buffalo while dealing with the injury, but barring an aggravation of the injury during the week he should be back in the lineup this week.

  • Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 9/9/14 10:38am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (ankle, foot) was able to play in the Week 1 game against the San Diego Chargers, and he posted a game-high 13 carries and 53 rushing yards while also adding five receptions for 27 yards.

    Huddle Up: Apparently rumors of Ellington's demise have been greatly exaggerated, though his performance--which most likely happened on fantasy benches due to his injury situation and the game being on Monday night--wasn't so great as to cause extreme anguish for not having him available. Hopefully his situation will now be more clear heading into Week 2.

  • Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 9/9/14 10:38am ET

    Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald managed just one reception for 22 yards in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers Monday, Sept 8, and that catch did not come until the fourth quarter.

    Huddle Up: Fitzgerald was lightly targeted, not even seeing the ball until late in the second half. Whether it was a case of Michael Floyd being more open, the Chargers rotating coverage to Fitzgerald, or something else it's one more sign of the changing of the guard in Arizona's passing game pecking order.

  • Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 9/9/14 10:38am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury related) was listed as having limited participation in practice Monday, Sept. 8. The team is required to release an injury report for their Week 2 game Thursday, Sept. 11, against the Baltimore Ravens, even though they did not officially take the practice field Monday.

    Huddle Up: Big Ben was listed alongside just about every other notable Steeler as a limited participant in Pittsburgh's non-existent Monday practice. In other words, nothing to see here.

  • Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 9/9/14 2:05am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington led the team with 53 rushing yards on 13 carries and added 27 yards on 5 receptions Monday, Sept. 8 in an 18-17 Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers.

    Huddle Up: Ellington, questionable with a foot injury up until an hour or so before kickoff, played throughout the contest and displayed no obvious signs of discomfort. Monitor reports to see how Ellington feels in the coming days -- especially with one fewer day of rest this week -- but, right now, plan on having him available for Week 2.

  • John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 9/9/14 1:51am ET

    Arizona Cardinals rookie WR John Brown caught 2 passes for 29 yards and the game-winning TD Monday, Sept. 8 in an 18-17 Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers.

    Huddle Up: The third-round pick from FCS Pittsburg State was targeted 5 times, tying RB Andre Ellington for the second most on the team, and showed up off his short-space quickness in juking through the Charger D on the 13-yard scoring catch and run. He might have trouble finding his way on to the stat sheet a lot of weeks with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd ahead of him, but he's definitely a waiver-wire WR to target in deep and keeper leagues this week.

  • Larry Donnell - TE - New York Giants
    Posted 9/8/14 11:13pm ET

    New York Giants TE Larry Donnell caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown Monday, Sept. 8 in a 35-14 Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions.

    Huddle Up: The second-year undrafted free agent was the surprise receiving leader for the G-Men, garnering a team-high 8 targets and finishing with more catches and and yards than WRs Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle (4-25) combined. Overall, though, the poor performances from 2013 and the 2014 preseason carried over into a dismal passing night (144 net yards, 2 interceptions) for the Giants' passing attack.

  • Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions
    Posted 9/8/14 10:43pm ET

    Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson finished Monday night's game with 7 catches for 164 yards and 2 TDs, topping 100 receiving yards for the 40th game in his career. He is the third fastest in NFL history to 40 career 100-yard games (107 games).

    Huddle Up: Yeah, Johnson delivered in a big way for those fantasy owners who went into Monday night's doubleheader needing a Megatron-sized night from fantasy's top-ranked WR. Johnson looked like he was clearly past last season's nagging health issues and both of his TD catches (67 & 16 yards) came in the opening 10 minutes of the game.

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