Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • 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.

  • Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 10/21/14 2:32pm ET

    Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson had five catches for 77 yards in a Week 7 loss Monday, Oct. 20, to move past Hall of Famer Steve Largent and into 14th place on the all-time receiving yards list.

    Huddle Up: Johnson is still a low-end WR 2 or flex starter in PPR leagues, but he's had only one scoring reception in his last 14 games dating back to last season and his owners in standard-scoring leagues can hardly be blamed if they've sought out other starting options.

  • Dwayne Allen - TE - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 10/21/14 11:06am ET

    Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) said he is still working his way back to pre-injury form, but he looks a lot better than he did in training camp, according to beat writer Stephen Holder. Allen has 33 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns thus far.

    Huddle Up: Even with the injury Allen has emerged as the scoring tight end in Indy's rotation, surpassing Andrew Luck's former college teammate Coby Fleener for that role.

  • Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 10/21/14 11:06am ET

    Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) could miss time with his elbow injury. Beat writer Stephen Holder tweeted that he isn't receiving good vibes from the situation, but it doesn't sound major. The team is receiving multiple opinions on the injury.

    Huddle Up: The Colts have some depth at the position, but Andrew Luck would miss Wayne's veteran presence should he be down for any extended length of time.

  • Ben Tate - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 10/21/14 11:06am ET

    Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were held to 69 yards on 33 carries in Week 7, and head coach Mike Pettine suggested a change was coming for the trio. 'We'll have a discussion this week as to how to best rotate those guys,' Pettine said. West was benched Sunday, Oct. 19, after failing to pick up a first down in two short-yardage situations. He had room to run on both carries but danced in the hole on one carry and ran into his lineman on the other.

    Huddle Up: Tate had been mostly effective until last week; in his absence the tag-team of Crowell and West had success as well. Based on recent events--including Sunday's benching--the best guess is that Crowell and Tate will battle for the lead role with the other serving as a change of pace, with West the odd man out. It's a volatile fantasy situation at best.

  • Pierre Thomas - RB - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 10/21/14 11:06am ET

    New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss two to three weeks due to a shoulder injury, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Fortunately for the Saints they have a thousand other backs they can (and often do) rotate in and out of the lineup. Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet are the most likely candidates to pick up Pierre's workload, but good luck trying to figure out how Sean Payton will use his backs on a week-to-week basis.

  • Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
    Posted 10/21/14 1:26am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell rushed 12 times for 57 yards and caught 8 passes for 88 yards and a TD Monday, Oct. 20 in a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans.

    Huddle Up: Thanks to his career-high 8 catches for 88 yards -- also matching a career single-game best -- Bell totaled 145 yards from scrimmage and now has at least 105 in every game this season. His fantasy owners, though, were probably the most pleased to see him find his way into the end zone for the first time since Week 1.

  • A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 10/21/14 12:47am ET

    Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said he will play Sunday, Oct. 26, against the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

    Huddle Up: Welcome news for the fantasy GMs who have been without Green over the last 2 games. Double that considering the opponent as Green has caught 18 passes for 343 yards and 3 TDs in his last 3 games against the Ravens, including a 6-131-1 showing in last month's season opener.

  • Brian Hoyer - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 10/21/14 12:47am ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed only 39 percent of his passes in the team's Week 7 game, which is the worst completion percentage by any quarterback this season. The Browns, however, said Hoyer remains the starting QB.

    Huddle Up: While Hoyer has certainly bought himself some time with the 3-2 start, he had best take advantage of favorable matchups against the Raiders and Bucs the next two weeks, or we might see Johnny Football starting in November.

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