Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • Allen Hurns - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 9/20/17 12:48pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: Hurns should be picked up in leagues where he's still available on the waiver wire. That being said, he's not a recommended start in Week 3 facing a Baltimore Ravens defense that has been a stalwart this season.

  • Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 9/20/17 12:43pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (wrist) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: Bortles is a risky start even in a good matchup, but he's up against one of the best defenses in the NFL so far this year in the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore has already picked off eight passes and recovered two fumbles in two games. Stay away from Bortles.

  • Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 9/20/17 12:25pm ET

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: As long as Newton is healthy enough to play then he'll be in QB1 territory. Newton and the Panthers face a New Orleans Saints defense that has allowed 32.5 points per game in its first two games.

  • Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 9/20/17 12:20pm ET

    Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was not a participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: Benjamin is nursing a knee injury and faces an iffy future in Week 3. If Benjamin is unable to take the field or is limited at all then Devin Funchess and Ed Dickson become more attractive starting options against a weak New Orleans Saints defense.

  • Jarvis Landry - WR - Miami Dolphins
    Posted 9/20/17 11:40am ET

    Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry (undisclosed) sat out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: Landry appeared on the injury report late last week with a knee issue before piling up 13 catches for 78 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers. There's no way of knowing at the moment whether or not Landry is just getting some more rest, dealing with some soreness in the knee or something completely different. For now, owners should expect him to play in Week 3 against the New York Jets, although owners should not expect another 15 targets from him.

  • Terrance West - RB - Baltimore Ravens
    Posted 9/20/17 11:26am ET

    Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West (thigh) was unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: West was limited to 15 snaps in Week 2 due in part to the injury. With Danny Woodhead already on the Reserve/Injured list and West likely questionable for Week 3, Javorius Allen may be featured in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Alex Collins is a name to keep in mind to replace West this week, however, as head coach Jim Harbaugh singled him out for his solid play in Week 2.

  • Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
    Posted 9/20/17 11:05am ET

    Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (knee, back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: Perhaps the league's most injury-prone tight end, Eifert has been a victim of the Bengals' woeful offense the first two weeks of the season, as Cincinnati has yet to score a touchdown. Perhaps the change at offensive coordinator to Bill Lazor will spark the offense, but Eifert can be benched in most leagues - assuming he can play in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers - until the offense shows some signs of life.

  • Danny Amendola - WR - New England Patriots
    Posted 9/20/17 10:36am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) and WR Danny Amendola (knee, concussion) were among a group of injured players who were able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Huddle Up: Owners of Gronkowski and Amendola have to be encouraged by this news, as the Patriots would have likely held out both players if there was any concern about setbacks and/or their status for Week 3. For now, it appears both are on the right track to start Week 3 against the Houston Texans. Don't hesitate to start either player, so long as both make it through the week without any further issues.

  • Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 9/20/17 10:16am ET

    Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will not practice at all prior to the team's Week 3 game versus the Cleveland Browns.

    Huddle Up: The fact that Luck still doesn't appear all that close to returning to football activities suggests he won't be ready next week either, which makes it even more confusing why he wasn't put on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to the season. Luck is still worth a hold at the moment, but it may become more difficult to do so as the bye weeks start affecting roster decisions. Jacoby Brissett will get another start but is not worth fantasy consideration in most leagues.

  • Isaiah Crowell - RB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 9/20/17 9:58am ET

    Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell reportedly asked head coach Hue Jackson about the lack of carries through two games, and said Jackson told him he wants to get Crowell the ball more often.

    Huddle Up: In Jackson's defense, Cleveland has faced the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in the first two weeks of the season, and the Browns have been playing from behind most of the time. The Browns' next three opponents (Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets) should offer less resistance and figure to put the Browns in fewer negative game-script situations, so Crowell should start rolling soon. He remains a strong fantasy RB2.

  • Sam Bradford - QB - Minnesota Vikings
    Posted 9/20/17 8:33am ET

    Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) was feeling better Tuesday, Sept. 19, and he's being considered day to day, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

    Huddle Up: Bradford hasn't been a particularly quick healer in his career, and he's anything but a safe bet to play in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If he goes, he's still a backup option in fantasy.

  • Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston Texans
    Posted 9/20/17 7:22am ET

    Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has a tough matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 3 based on historical data. No rookie quarterback has won in New England since head coach Bill Belichick was hired in 2000. They are 0-8 with five touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 50.7 passer rating.

    Huddle Up: Watson is only an option in dynasty leagues or in leagues where you must start two quarterbacks. However, this week isn't a strong matchup.

  • Jacquizz Rodgers - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Posted 9/20/17 6:50am ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (illness) started in Week 2 despite batting with the flu.

    Huddle Up: Rodgers had a 19-67-1 showing and has a couple more games as the featured back until Doug Martin returns from suspension. He's a flex option against the Minnesota Vikings this week.

  • Tarik Cohen - RB - Chicago Bears
    Posted 9/19/17 8:33pm ET

    Chicago Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen is averaging 6.6 yards per carry on his 12 rushing attempts through two games but is spending an average of 4.17 seconds per run before crossing the line of scrimmage - nearly a full second more than any other player in league with at least 10 carries this season.

    Huddle Up: Cohen is already one of the more elusive backs in the league, but most of the credit for his league-high time in the backfield is due to the fact he is being used primarily on tosses and sweeps. Nevertheless, it's still a very long time for any back - Le'Veon Bell led the league in 2016 at 3.09 seconds - and obviously unsustainable. The Bears' dearth of wideouts has forced them to rely heavily on Cohen in the passing game, and the rookie has quickly moved into RB2 consideration in PPR formats.

  • Chris Ivory - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Posted 9/19/17 8:14pm ET

    Jacksonville Jaguars RBs Chris Ivory (73.3 percent) and Leonard Fournette (52.5) rank first and fifth, respectively, in the NFL in regards to how often they face eight defenders in the box.

    Huddle Up: Two games is obviously a very small sample size, but it highlights just how little regard defenses have the passing game's ability - namely Blake Bortles - to beat them. Since Jacksonville's passing game doesn't figure to improve with Allen Robinson out for the year, owners should get used to seeing Ivory and Fournette facing eight men in the box on a regular basis. Thankfully, both have volume on their side, meaning Fournette should remain a quality RB2 and Ivory a matchup-based flex option.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE - Green Bay Packers
    Posted 9/19/17 7:33pm ET

    Green Bay Packers TE Martellus Bennett finished with five catches for 47 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons but committed four drops - a problem offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett believes is rooted in fundamentals. 'It really just always goes back to being fundamentally sound, trusting his training. He has really good hands. We just have to be fundamentally sound in those situations, not allowing the ball to cross your eyes, things like that, extending for the football,' Bennett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    Huddle Up: The good news is only two tight ends - Jason Witten (22) and Zach Ertz (18) - have been targeted more often than Bennett (17). The bad news is Bennett only has eight catches for 90 yards so far. While it is troubling Bennett would be struggling with fundamentals in his age-30 season, his track record is far too good to believe he won't eventually get things figured out. Owners should stick it out with him and buy low on him if possible.

  • DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
    Posted 9/19/17 7:31pm ET

    Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 29 targets through Week 2, making him easily the most targeted receiver in the league through two games.

    Huddle Up: To give you some sense of how much the Texans are relying on him, 24 of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson's 47 pass attempts in six quarters of action have been thrown in direction of Hopkins. The fifth-year wideout has responded with seven receptions in each of his first two games but is averaging only 9.1 yards per catch. Life won't get any easier in Week 3 when the New England Patriots will almost certainly force Watson to rely on his other receivers. Nevertheless, Hopkins is a solid WR2 in fantasy.

  • Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 9/19/17 5:31pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook and Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt lead the NFL with six big-play rushes - defined as runs that cover more than 10 yards - through two games.

    Huddle Up: Unsurprisingly, Hunt leads the league in rushing with 229 yards, while Cook is third with a NFC-best 191. Hunt's five total touchdowns are tied for the second-most by any player in his first two career games, while his 355 scrimmage yards is the fourth-highest total by a rookie in his team's first two games in league history. Cook only needs to find the end zone - he has yet to do so - with some regularity before ascending into fantasy RB1 territory.

  • Corey Coleman - WR - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 9/19/17 1:07pm ET

    Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hand) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    Huddle Up: Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis look to benefit the most from Coleman's misfortune. Kenny Britt is seemingly an afterthought in the Browns' offense now and should also be an afterthought in fantasy lineups. Higgins takes precedence on the waiver wire.

  • Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
    Posted 9/19/17 11:33am ET

    Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 19, after having surgery on his broken foot Monday, Sept. 18. Specifically, Olsen broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot and had a screw inserted to repair the fracture, according to Carolina's head athletic trainer.

    Huddle Up: It's a tremendous loss for an already struggling offense. Ed Dickson will take over as the starting tight end, but his fantasy value doesn't hold a candle to Olsen's. Don't add him to replace Olsen unless you're desperate.

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