Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets
    Posted 10/14/14 7:44pm ET

    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
    Posted 10/14/14 7:44pm ET

    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
    Posted 10/14/14 4:29pm ET

    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
    Posted 10/14/14 4:29pm ET

    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
    Posted 10/14/14 4:15pm ET

    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.

  • Storm Johnson - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 10/14/14 4:15pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars RB Storm Johnson was on a snap count in Week 6 in his first career start. He carried just 10 times, and head coach Gus Bradley said that's exactly what the team had planned for him. Johnson had 21 yards on the ground and also scored a touchdown. "His toughness and things like that were there," Bradley said. "But, there's a couple of areas and just his overall reads and where we actually want the play to hit. He hit it more front side where he could bring it backside, so things like that."

    Huddle Up: It's likely the workload will keep increasing for the rookie given the lack of other options in J'ville, but, in truth, it's hard to see any back having much success behind the continued poor run blocking of that offensive line.

  • Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 10/14/14 4:08pm ET

    Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is not in danger of being benched in favor of QB Colt McCoy after the team lost their fourth straight game in Week 6, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Cousins now leads the league with eight interceptions, with seven of them coming in the last three games.

    Huddle Up: Cousins has been better in fantasy, ranking sixth with an average of 24.11 fantasy points per game, since replacing the injured RGIII in Week 2 and is a low-end QB1/QB2 in 10- and 12-team leagues despite his struggles.

  • Preston Parker - WR - New York Giants
    Posted 10/14/14 4:08pm ET

    New York Giants WRs Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. are acceptable options to replace WR Victor Cruz (knee), according to head coach Tom Coughlin, with WR Preston Parker in the slot position. The Giants are content in not trading for another receiver from outside the organization. The only other healthy receiver on the current roster is WR Corey Washington.

    Huddle Up: Keep an eye on Washington, who was a preseason standout, but the fantasy owners of the top 3 wideouts, particularly Randle's and Beckham's, should see a noticeable uptick in targets.

  • Greg Little - WR - Free Agent
    Posted 10/14/14 3:59pm ET

    The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent WR Greg Little (Raiders) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Oct. 14, according to a league source.

    Huddle Up: In definite need of reinforcements at WR, the Bengals have turned to Little, who caught 155 passes from 2011-13 with the AFC North rival Browns but was cut by the Raiders in training camp this summer. He now starts anew as the low man on the depth chart and doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment.

  • Eddie Royal - WR - San Diego Chargers
    Posted 10/14/14 3:59pm ET

    San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal's (rib) injury isn't considered serious, according to a source. Royal could miss little, if any, time.

    Huddle Up: Royal ranks second on the team with 5 TD catches and ranks third in both targets (34) and receptions (22). See what he can do in practice this week.

  • Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 10/14/14 3:59pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) was placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list Tuesday, Oct. 14. Jones hasn't played this year and only took part in five practices since training camp. The belief is that Jones broke his other foot trying to overcompensate for his right-ankle injury. Surgery is being discussed as a possibility.

    Huddle Up: There will be no payoff for those fantasy owners who had stashed Jones coming off his 51-catch, 10-TD season a year ago. Free-agent Greg Little was signed Tuesday as his replacement.

  • Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 10/14/14 10:41am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) played Sunday, Oct. 13, through a significant injury, according to two sources. Brady rolled his ankle on the foot of one of his offensive linemen Friday, Oct. 10. Brady required a lot of therapy to be ready to play in Week 6.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots are the complete opposite of forthcoming when it comes to injury information, so it's no wonder that after Brady has been on the injury report for the past decade--and played through whatever phantom injury he was listed with--that few took this recent injury seriously. We'll see if he's ready to go this week, but either way you can bet he'll be listed on the injury report as questionable, with limited participation in practice.

  • Doug Free - OT - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 10/14/14 10:38am ET

    Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys OT Doug Free (foot) has a fracture in his foot and will likely miss three to four weeks, according to team owner Jerry Jones.

    Huddle Up: Free's loss would be a blow to the fantasy fortunes of DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo, though he hasn't officially been ruled out just yet. Jeremy Parnell stepped in against the Seahawks and would continue to hold down Free's spot until he returns.

  • Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 10/14/14 10:38am ET

    Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Moreno only had one carry in the second half of the game Sunday, Oct. 12, but the team didn't offer an explanation that an injury was the cause. Moreno (knee) tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which is the same one he tore in 2011.

    Huddle Up: Bad news for Moreno, who had just returned from an elbow injury. Lamar Miller stepped up when Moreno is out and will continue to see the bulk of the workload in Miami.

  • Patrick Willis - LB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 10/14/14 10:38am ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) returned to the sidelines with a walking boot on his left foot after leaving the team's Week 6 game with a toe injury.

    Huddle Up: Another blow to the San Francisco linebacking corps. It remains to be seen how much time Willis might miss, if any, with the toe injury.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 10/14/14 1:20am ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick hit a career-long 80-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Lloyd with 14 seconds remaining in the first half of the Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams. Kaepernick threw 2 more TD passes in the second half and finished 22-of-36 for 343 yards and the 3 TDs. He ran for 37 yards on 3 carries and didn't commit a turnover.

    Huddle Up: It was easily Kaepernick's best fantasy game of the season and the first in which he's topped 250 passing yards since Week 17 of last season. It also comes just in time for those fantasy GMs wondering whether to pull the plug on the QB as a fantasy starter.

  • Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 10/14/14 12:38am ET

    Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) said the pain subsided enough for him to get a good night's rest after the team's Week 6 win Sunday, Oct. 12, and head coach Bruce Arians said Palmer's nerve in his right shoulder didn't regress after playing against the Washington Redskins. "I was concerned until I saw him today," Arians said. "And then now he feels great, so we should just get better and better and just get stronger. Arians is hopeful that Palmer will take part in all practices this week.

    Huddle Up: Palmer came back strong Sunday after a month on the sideline to complete 28-of-44 passes for 250 and two scores without a turnover in the win over Washington. Not so coincidentally, WRs Michael Floyd (4-47) and Larry Fitzgerald (6-98) both caught their first TD passes of the season Sunday, and a healthy Palmer clearly gives them the best chance for fantasy success.

  • Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 10/14/14 12:38am ET

    Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker is still having problems with his bruised thumb and will need to make progress during the week if he wants a chance to play in Week 7, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

    Huddle Up: It's simply too hard to make any fantasy plans based around Locker, who's missed 16 starts and counting since the start of the 2012 season.

  • Patrick Willis - LB - San Francisco 49ers
    Posted 10/13/14 11:13pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's Week 6 game after suffering a toe injury in the third quarter Monday, Oct. 13.

    Huddle Up: More information as to the extent of the injury to the Niners' leading tackler will be available later, and it's another potential hurdle for a short-handed San Fran LB corps already playing without NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith.

  • Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 10/13/14 10:51pm ET

    Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) is not seeing any progress from his injury, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

    Huddle Up: There is talk that Jones may need to undergo surgery for the unspecified ankle injury suffered in practice 2 weeks ago, and that could put the remainder of his season at risk. Jones, who had 10 TD catches among his 51 catches last season, had missed the Bengals' first 3 games due to a foot fracture.

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