Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) donned full pads and is participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Stewart is a good bet to return this week after missing the last 3 games and supplant the Darrin Reaves-Fozzy Whittaker-Chris Ogbonnaya contingent as the Panthers' No. 1 RB option.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, because he is believed to be sick.
Huddle Up: No worries, just a temporary illness and a well deserved day off for fantasy's top back.
Zac Stacy - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Zac Stacy (calf) had no injury issues in Week 6 when the team decided to use a three-man rotation at running back, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Huddle Up: A three-man committee spells trouble for Stacy's fantasy value. Then again, Stacy hasn't played well enough to remain the lone feature back. To wit, in the Week 6 loss to San Francisco he had the most attempts of the three Rams backs yet rushed for the fewest yards.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Oct. 15, on marijuana possession and driving under the influence chargers. That means he and his attorney acknowledge police have enough evidence for the charges to go to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, where Bell must either plead to all or some of the charges or stand trial.
Huddle Up: There certainly seems to be a preponderance of evidence in this case; fantasy owners have to hope the wheels of justice spin slowly enough that Bell's suspension doesn't come down at a critical juncture of the fantasy season. Is Marshawn Lynch's lawyer available?
Demarcus Lawrence - DL - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (foot) said his surgically-repaired foot feels excellent, and he doesn't believe he will be way behind when he practices this week for the first time since training camp.
Huddle Up: IDP league owners definitely shouldn't forget about the sidelined 2nd-round pick who could provide the improved Dallas D with the pass-rushing spark it needs.
Darren McFadden - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden carried the ball on 14 of the team's 20 rush attempts in Week 6, and interim coach Tony Sparano said he wants to emphasize the run going forward.
Huddle Up: As long as -- or if -- he can remain healthy and the Raiders don't keep falling too far behind and remain committed to the run, McFadden could find himself with some sneaky value as a low-end RB3/flex option.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray said he is not concerned about his heavy workload this year and isn't letting it affect the way he runs.
Huddle Up: Hey, so far so great for Murray, but -- again -- keep in mind that he's never played more than 14 games in a season or had more than 270 touches in a year. At his current rate of 30 touches per game, he's on pace for 480 this season.
Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry was the team's starting slot receiver in Week 6 in place of WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring), and he caught a team-high six passes for 75 yards and touchdown. His eight targets were the second most on the team, and the rookie might have a larger role for the remainder of the season.
Huddle Up: Landry, the second-round pick out of LSU, has been targeted 25 times over the Fins' last four games and he's reeled in 18 for 186 yards and a score. Expect the Dolphins to ride the hot hand and make him the second-most targeted WR behind Mike Wallace going forward.
Dwayne Allen - TE - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen is currently in the top eight among tight ends in non-PPR leagues. Most of Allen's production has come in the form of touchdowns (4).
Huddle Up: Allen has been targeted a modest 27 times so far and shares the team's TE workload with Coby Fleener (25 targets). Allen does have 5 more catches, 103 more yards and one more TD catch than Fleener so he should definitely be your choice if both Indy TEs are among your low-end TE1 options.
Patrick Willis - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is unlikely to play against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Oct. 19, according to a source. Willis sprained his toe Monday, Oct. 13, against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: Just another blow for the already short-handed Niners defense, but they've weathered the storm so far, ranking as the ninth best fantasy D and sixth-best overall D, in terms of total yards allowed. Third-round pick Chris Borland will likely get the starting call if Willis can't go Sunday night in the Mile High City.
Zac Stacy - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RBs Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason may continue to head a three-man rotation in the backfield, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Huddle Up: Translation: Not good news at all for fantasy GMs, especially Stacy owners. In Monday night's loss to the Niners, Stacy got 10 touches, Cunningham received 9 and Mason had 6, but the latter gained the most total yards out of the trio with 52, while Cunningham had a rushing TD. It might be best to steer clear until there's some clarity.
Vincent Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson is fifth among wide receivers in targets (60) but has converted just 25 of them into catches.
Huddle Up: The Bucs' downer of a season certainly applies to V-Jax, who's tied for 30th among fantasy wideouts with 46 points in standard-scoring leagues. At least, though, he's still getting the looks, and maybe the passing offense can work out some of the kinks during the bye this week.
Kevin Ogletree - WR - Free Agent
The New York Giants are signing free-agent WR Kevin Ogletree (Lions) Tuesday, Oct. 14, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Ogletree, best remembered for his 11-catch, 114-yard, 2-TD performance in the Cowboys' 2012 season opener, is being added strictly for depth purposes behind Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr., Preston Parker and Corey Washington.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Huddle Up: Nothing really new here as the Jets' receiving yardage leader should be good to go Thursday night in Foxborough.
Danny Trevathan - LB - Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos placed LB Danny Trevathan (knee) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 14, with a designation to return.
Huddle Up: Trevathan's second knee-area bone fracture will cost him 8 weeks this time, and the Broncoss' 2013 leading tackler won't be eligible to return until the team's Week 15 game at San Diego.
Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Huddle Up: Since putting up 61 total yards and a TD in Week 4, Johnson has only 33 total yards on 12 touches over the last 2 games as the Jets have been running in place. He shouldn't come anywhere near a starting lineup -- or even a roster in smaller leagues -- until he shows some signs of life.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Huddle Up: Brady' ankle injury last week was more serious than most realized, but he appeared to get through Sunday's game OK and should be fine for Week 7 -- even on the short week.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is back in full force, according to QB Tom Brady. Gronkowski played limited snaps in the first four weeks while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he has emerged in the last few weeks. He had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 94 yards in Week 6. Gronkowski took some big hits and showed added strength in the game against the Buffalo Bills. "He's a great option out there," Brady said. "So if they don't cover him, he usually gets it. If they put extra guys on him then it frees everybody else up. He's tough to stop. You put a safety on him, he's got size. You put a linebacker on him, he's got speed. He's been that way since he got into the NFL."
Huddle Up: Gronk ranks fourth in TE targets (46) and TD catches (4) among all league TEs and will remain a must-start as long as he keeps getting through games with a semblance of health.
Tre Mason - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams rookie RB Tre Mason was active Monday night for the first game this year as he backed up Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick actually wound up leading the Rams with 40 rushing yards on 5 carries and adding a 12-yard reception. That performance likely earned Mason a continued share of the workload in St. Louis, but that only makes for a three-headed fantasy mess. Try to avoid all three of the St. Louis backs unless you're out of options.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) won't ever be the same after his season-ending knee injury, according to Dr. David Chao. "He can return to 100 percent, but it (his knee) is a car in a car accident," said Chao, a former NFL team physician. "Never brand new when fixed." There is no timetable for Cruz's rehab, and there is no prognosis for the rest of his career. His injury could rob him of his explosiveness and change-of-direction ability. A handful of NFL players have returned from this type of injury, but none of them discovered their elite form. A torn patellar tendon can't be fixed arthroscopically, so it needs a massive open procedure that will require lengthy and painful rehab. Cruz will need to rebuild the muscles around the tendon, and it'll likely be 6 months before he can even try to run again.
Huddle Up: Just a crushing turn of developments for the undrafted free agent who took the NFL by storm in 2011 when he debuted with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and 9 TDs. He was off to a 23-337-1 start this season.
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