Fantasy Football Breaking News

  • DeShone Kizer - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 10/17/17 10:16pm ET

    Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer is expected to start in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN's Pat McManamon, though head coach Hue Jackson won't make an official announcement until Wednesday, Oct. 18.

    Huddle Up: Things are a mess in Cleveland, and a year that was supposed to see positive strides has arguably seen regression -- a difficult thing coming off a 1-15 season. Jackson pulling the plug on Kizer in favor of Kevin Hogan felt like a panic move, and letting Kizer get more reps seems sensible. Nothing is official yet, but be ready to scoop up the rookie if you're in a bad spot at the position.

  • Mohamed Sanu - WR - Atlanta Falcons
    Posted 10/17/17 9:33pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said he is 'hopeful' that WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) will return to practice this week. Sanu has been out since injuring his hamstring in Week 4.

    Huddle Up: Outside of his 85-yard performance in Week 2 Sanu has been pretty quiet this season, so odds are you'll want to see him make a positive contribution before considering him for your lineup, even against a vulnerable Patriots secondary.

  • Alex Smith - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 10/17/17 8:30pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has completed 63 percent of his passes and boasts a 19:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 10 career games against the Oakland Raiders. Since joining the Chiefs, Smith has played in 67 games; in seven of them he finished with better than a 9.89 yards per attempt average, four of which have come versus Oakland.

    Huddle Up: Smith has been throwing downfield more often and with more success than ever in 2017. The Raiders really haven't made too many strides when it comes to stopping quarterbacks from last year, so start Smith with confidence for Thursday Night Football this week.

  • DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 10/17/17 7:21pm ET

    Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters he liked the distribution of work in the backfield during the team's Week 6 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Derrick Henry rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Murray gained 40 yards on 12 carries. Mularkey also said Henry is beginning to establish himself as a big key in the fourth quarter of games. 'That?s probably been the case of late, when we go into a four-minute. Henry's probably a little fresher from not taking a lot of snaps. ? But I really like how it has played out with percentages and how these guys (get along). I mean, the first guy down to congratulate (Derrick) on his (72-yard) touchdown was DeMarco Murray,' Mularkey said.

    Huddle Up: Despite the disparity in Week 6, Murray is still the lead back in this offense. It's also worth noting Henry was having a mediocre day (59 yards on his first 18 carries) before his dash to the end zone. With that said, Murray refuses to take a game or two off to let his hamstring heal, so Henry may continue to see more work moving forward until that changes. Murray is a back-end RB2 at best at this point, while Henry is a high-upside flex option.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 10/17/17 4:51pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was given his temporary restraining order against the NFL Tuesday, Oct. 17. His pending suspension is now delayed two weeks or until further proceedings.

    Huddle Up: Elliott is safe for now, again, but this whole situation has been a wobbly teeter totter. Elliott may eventually be suspended in 2017, but it looks like he'll be able to play at least the next two weeks, so make sure he's back in those starting lineups. The Darren McFadden and/or Alfred Morris hype trains are on stand by for a while.

  • Robert Turbin - RB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 10/17/17 3:37pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin (arm) is expected to miss the rest of the season with an arm injury he suffered against the Tennessee Titans Monday, Oct. 16.

    Huddle Up: Paging Marlon Mack, Mr. Marlon Mack. Frank Gore will start as long as he's healthy, but Mack has made his playmaking ability evident and appears to be making a strong case to take over for Gore whenever that time may be. Mack should be added and stashed if he's available.

  • Dustin Hopkins - PK - Washington Redskins
    Posted 10/17/17 3:10pm ET

    Washington Redskins PK Dustin Hopkins (hip) is being placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 17. Free-agent PK Nick Rose (49ers) was signed by the Redskins in a corresponding move.

    Huddle Up: Hopkins is a big loss for the Redskins as he was/is one of the best kickers in the NFL. Fantasy owners shouldn't have a hard time finding a capable replacement on the waiver wire. Some names to consider are Stephen Hauschka, Chandler Catanzaro and Chris Boswell.

  • Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 10/17/17 2:52pm ET

    Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) made it through the Titans' Week 6 win without any setbacks to his ailing hamstring.

    Huddle Up: It's all systems go for Mariota. He has a talented arm, quick legs and a reliable supporting cast. Barring any future setbacks or other injuries, he'll continue to be in the middle of the QB1 conversation.

  • DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 10/17/17 2:47pm ET

    Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is dealing with hamstring tightness, but head coach Mike Mularkey believes Murray should be fine for Week 7.

    Huddle Up: Murray seems to be ceding more carries to backfield mate Derrick Henry which has naturally caused his production to teeter off some. He has maintained a decent role in the passing game, however, and continues to be a quality RB2 in all formats.

  • Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 10/17/17 2:31pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (neck) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Oct. 17.

    Huddle Up: The Oakland Raiders have defended the wide receiver position well in 2017. Hill, however, is a difference maker and a playmaker that can succeed versus any team despite a recent cold streak. Starting him as a WR2 or flex would be ideal.

  • Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
    Posted 10/17/17 2:25pm ET

    Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (knee) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, Oct. 17.

    Huddle Up: Hunt has been on fire in his inaugural professional season. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders have been one of the league's worst defenses against running backs. Start Hunt as you normally would even on a short week.

  • C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 10/17/17 1:06pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) is expected to take the field this week against the New York Giants.

    Huddle Up: Prosise will not have played for about a month when he suits up this weekend. It's usually best to wait at least a week before starting an injured player who's been out for a while. Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic will all be competing for touches as well, so it's advisable to wait and see how Prosise looks and how involved he'll be.

  • Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
    Posted 10/17/17 12:57pm ET

    Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson is on pace to become the fourth running back ever to rush 100 times and eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in one season. Thompson must average 5.8 carries and 60.0 receiving yards per game.

    Huddle Up: Thompson has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2017 season so far. He has turned into a reliable every-week starter and a household name in PPR leagues, pacing all running backs with 340 receiving yards. Either sell Thompson high or hang on to him and enjoy the ride.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 10/17/17 12:17pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and the rest of the NFL will know his fate by the end of Tuesday, Oct. 17.

    Huddle Up: One would imagine all parties involved will at least be relieved when the situation comes to a close, either way. If Elliott is indeed suspended then Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are immediate high-end waiver wire pickups with McFadden possessing more upside in PPR formats.

  • Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 10/17/17 11:50am ET

    Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and the Titans' offense totaled three passes of at least 25 yards in Week 6. The Titans had produced only four such plays through the first five games of the season.

    Huddle Up: The Indianapolis Colts don't exactly have an elite pass defense, but the return of Mariota indubitably helps. We knew the Titans had a deep and talented receiving corps before the season started and that is becoming more evident. Rookie Taywan Taylor is a legitimate deep threat who is worthy a pickup in deeper standard leagues if available.

  • Coby Fleener - TE - New Orleans Saints
    Posted 10/17/17 11:33am ET

    New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener has caught just three passes for 42 yards in his last three games. Furthermore, he was targeted only once in the Saints' 52-38 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 6.

    Huddle Up: Fleener is clearly not an integral part of New Orleans' game plan on a week-to-week basis. He scored a touchdown in each of his first two games but has been invisible since then. It might be hard to drop him since he's technically the starting tight end in one of the NFL's best offenses, but you certainly can't start him.

  • Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
    Posted 10/17/17 11:08am ET

    Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr and the rest of the offense have yet to hit their stride this year. On the season, there have been 42 300-yard passing games, 44 100-yard receiving games and 32 100-yard rushing games by individual players. The Raiders boast zero of those 118 such games.

    Huddle Up: The struggles of Amari Cooper have been well documented, but it's somewhat of a surprise that Marshawn Lynch and Michael Crabtree have not reached the 100-yard mark in any game. Carr, Lynch, Crabtree and Cooper remain starting options, of course, but don't expect a big breakout in a tough matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night.

  • Wendell Smallwood - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
    Posted 10/17/17 9:37am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles RB1 Wendell Smallwood (knee) told reporters he expects to play in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins after participating in practice Tuesday, Oct. 17.

    Huddle Up: The Eagles have been getting by fine without Smallwood for the last two weeks, but he was starting to come on in the Darren Sproles role of this offense prior to going down. Assuming he is able to return this week, owners should view him as a capable flex option in a game where his abilities as a receiver may be needed more than usual.

  • Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
    Posted 10/17/17 6:29am ET

    Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 87.5 percent of his passes for 145 yards and a touchdown under pressure in Week 6, according to Pro Football Focus.

    Huddle Up: Mariota has a tantalizing matchup with the Cleveland Browns next week. After some of the injuries to quarterbacks, Mariota might be a top-five option in this matchup.

  • Marlon Mack - RB - Indianapolis Colts
    Posted 10/16/17 10:21pm ET

    Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack received just two carries, turning that pair of rush attempts into 18 yards in the team's Week 6 game Monday, Oct. 16, versus the Tennessee Titans. He also failed to haul in either of his two targets through the air.

    Huddle Up: Yikes, so much for the Colts getting Mack more work after his big game in Week 5. Luckily for the rookie and his owners, though, Robert Turbin (elbow) looks like he's going to miss at least a few weeks, so Mack should immediately get more work again as early as next week. It's just hard to trust him as a FLEX outside of the deepest formats after tonight's stinker.

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