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  • Geno Smith back at practice on Thursday
    Geno Smith (shoulder) returned to full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Jets absurdly claimed Smith's shoulder "injury" was a factor in his Week 8 benching, but anyone with a pulse knew better. Smith isn't injured, and will serve as Michael Vick's backup for Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    59 minutes ago
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2681st)
  • Pagano: We have to get Moncrief the ball
    Speaking Thursday, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he'd like to get third-round receiver Donte Moncrief as many touches as possible.

    Advice: It's an extremely promising statement from a coach who's opened up his offense this season, and an indication that Moncrief might finally be moving ahead of a decrepit Hakeem Nicks on the depth chart. That being said, Moncrief is likely to remain an inconsistent WR3/4 with T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw all scrounging for targets. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:45 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    4.32 (1723rd)
  • Richardson, Vontae Davis practicing Thursday
    RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) and CB Vontae Davis (knee) are practicing Thursday.

    Advice: Richardson was active in Week 8, but only as an emergency back behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Boom Herron. This week, he's on track for a much bigger role in Monday night's game against the Giants. Richardson was averaging 17.1 touches per game through the first seven weeks. Davis' ability to practice is bad news for Eli Manning and the Giants' wideouts, as Davis has emerged as a legit dominator on the perimeter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:10 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Mort: Bengals getting Peerman ready
    According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Bengals are "getting [Cedric] Peerman ready as a complimentary back to Jeremy Hill."

    Advice: Gio Bernard (hip) is in doubt for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He couldn't finish last week's game and did not practice on Wednesday. The change-of-pace type Peerman has been on the fringe of Cincy's roster for the last five seasons, rushing just 54 times. The real winner if Gio sits, of course, would be rookie power back Jeremy Hill. He'd take on feature duties and would be a candidate for 20 touches. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:54 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.21 (2641st)
  • Charles Sims to push for 10+ touches Sunday?
    Bucs beat writer Greg Auman sees 10-plus touches for Charles Sims (ankle) Sunday.

    Advice: It sounds like a lot for a rookie that has been on IR/return all season, but it speaks to the kind of role the Bucs want him to have. Doug Martin (ankle) is in a walking boot and highly questionable, possibly leaving Sims and Bobby Rainey as the top-two backs against the Browns' No. 30 run defense Sunday. "There's no doubt, when (Sims) is ready to go, he will give us a spark," coach Lovie Smith said. "I feel pretty confident in saying that." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:47 am
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
  • Doctors don't know if Pitta will play again
    Doctors do not know yet if Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) will play football again.

    Advice: It's been five weeks since Pitta went under the knife to repair his second dislocated and fractured hip. "In a few months, we'll see how I'm feeling and how things are going, and we'll be able to make some determinations then," he said. Pitta, 29, signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with $16 million guaranteed in February of this year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:30 am
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1795th)
  • Michael Vick says he'll play with control
    New Jets starter Michael Vick says he has "to play with some type of control."

    Advice: After relieving Geno Smith against the Bills last week, Vick committed three turnovers in three quarters. "Last week, I got too greedy," he said Wednesday. "I was trying to play like a 24-year-old Mike Vick." We don't expect Vick to shed his turnover- or injury-prone label, but he does have some fantasy upside thanks to his still dominant legs. Ideally, streamers will use him in a Week 10 home game against the Steelers rather than at Arrowhead against the Chiefs Sunday. Note that while starting for the Eagles in the first four games of last season, Vick averaged 270.0 pass yards, 57.0 rush yards and 1.7 total touchdowns per game. He knows this Marty Mornhinweg offense well after their time together in Philly. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:12 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    14.73 (42nd)
  • Mark Ingram says he feels good on short week
    Mark Ingram said he feels good despite the short recovery time ahead of Thursday's game against Carolina.

    Advice: We're always a little leery of players in the Thursday games, especially running backs who touched the ball 25 times the previous Sunday. But the spot is right again for Ingram as Pierre Thomas is out and Khiry Robinson is highly questionable, leaving Ingram to carry the load against a Panthers team that is giving up 5.22 YPC to opposing running backs. He's a borderline RB1 option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:57 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    14.12 (21st)
  • Marcedes Lewis back on practice field
    Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (ankle) has resumed practicing on a limited basis.

    Advice: Lewis is eligible to come off short-term IR for Week 12. It appears he's on track to do so, which would really ding Clay Harbor's TE2 status. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:47 am
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1749th)
  • Alex Smith (shoulder) practicing in full
    Alex Smith (shoulder) is practicing in full this week.

    Advice: Smith was slammed to the turf by Robert Quinn on back-to-back plays late in the first half of Sunday's win over the Rams, lightly spraining his throwing shoulder. It's not a concern going forward. Smith has a dream matchup on paper this week against a Jets team that stuffs the run and gets exposed by the pass, but his conservative style caps upside. Just one of Smith's 29 pass attempts traveled more than 10 yards down the field Sunday. Smith hasn't thrown a touchdown to a wide receiver this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:27 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    16.30 (26th)
  • Allen Hurns limited with ankle injury
    Allen Hurns (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Hurns played through his ankle injury in Sunday's loss to Miami. He'll be updated again Thursday. Cecil Shorts (groin) is practicing in full for Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:02 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    4.11 (1731st)
  • Browns claim Phil Bates on waivers
    Browns signed WR Phil Bates.

    Advice: Bates was waived by Seattle this week. He can back up at multiple positions and should contribute on special teams. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1984th)
  • Charles Sims has chance to play in Week 9
    Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Charles Sims (ankle, I.R./return) has a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Browns.

    Advice: Sims has been practicing since last week, and hasn't had any setbacks. With Doug Martin dealing with an ankle injury, he could be used in a committee with Bobby Rainey. The Bucs are hoping Sims can "provide a spark" in the run game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:06 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
  • Seahawks sign DL/FB Tukuafu and LB Fort
    Seahawks signed FB/DT Will Tukuafu and LB L.J. Fort.

    Advice: With FB Derrick Coleman (foot) out, Tukuafu will get some reps as Marshawn Lynch's lead blocker. He may also contribute on defense and special teams. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:40 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2232nd)
  • DeAngelo Williams probable for TNF vs. Saints
    DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is probable for Thursday night's Week 9 game against the Saints.

    Advice: Williams will get the start after missing four weeks, but he and Jonathan Stewart will split the load behind a Carolina offensive line that will be down LT Byron Bell, LG Amini Silatolu, and RG Trai Turner. Both are little more than RB3 options. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:54 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    6.99 (125th)
  • Geno Smith (shoulder) not throwing Wednesday
    Geno Smith (shoulder) did not throw during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media.

    Advice: He was officially limited in practice. Smith suffered a "stinger" prior to his third interception in Sunday's loss to the Bills. The Jets have relegated him to backup duties. Mike Vick will start Week 9 against Kansas City. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:45 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2681st)
  • Alex Smith (shoulder) practicing Wednesday
    Alex Smith (shoulder) is practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith strained his throwing shoulder last week against the Rams, but played through it and remains on track to start Week 9 against the Jets. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:15 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    16.30 (26th)
  • Jags to use more 2-TE sets when Lewis returns
    The Florida Times Union believes it would be in the Jaguars' best interest to use more two-tight end sets when Mercedes Lewis (ankle) returns from short-term I.R.

    Advice: Clay Harbor has posted a couple solid stat lines as Blake Bortles' security blanket in Lewis' absence. Harbor isn't much of a blocker, while Lewis is a stud in-line tight end. If the Jaguars choose to feature more two-tight looks, it could mean fewer snaps for rookie No. 3 receiver Allen Hurns. Allen Robinson and Cecil Shorts are entrenched as the Nos. 1 and 2 receivers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:57 am
     
    Probable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    5.18 (110th)
  • Idzik: I don't know Geno Smith's future
    GM John Idzik admits he doesn't know if Geno Smith is still the Jets' quarterback of the future.

    Advice: "That's still to be determined," Idzik said hopefully. "You don't wanna try to answer that question too prematurely, especially when you're dealing with a younger quarterback in Geno. ... We will continue with the development curve and we will continue searching." Despite Idzik's positive tone, it's as close as he could get to admitting the Smith experiment is over in the Big Apple. Smith has attempted just 676 career passes, but quarterbacks don't get much time to prove themselves in the modern game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:49 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2681st)
  • Seahawks waive two skill players
    Seahawks waived WR Phil Bates and TE Brett Brackett.

    Advice: A third-year undrafted free agent out of Ohio, Bates' first and only NFL appearance came with the Seahawks earlier this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:28 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1984th)
  • 'Not a slam dunk' Sims is activated?
    According to the Tampa Bay Times, it's "not a slam dunk" that RB Charles Sims (ankle, I.R./return) is activated for Week 9.

    Advice: Per reporter Rick Stroud, Sims hasn't suffered any setbacks from his preseason injury, but the Bucs "want to be careful." That's understandable, of course, but most signs suggest Sims will be making his NFL debut against the Browns' shaky run defense. With Doug Martin struggling and Bobby Rainey not a difference-maker, Sims could be in for a big role right off the bat, especially in passing situations. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
  • Rivera: DeAngelo Williams starting vs. Saints
    Speaking Tuesday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said DeAngelo Williams (ankle) will "start" Thursday's game against the Saints.

    Advice: We'd guess that Rivera is using "start" in the loosest sense of the word, and that it likely means little more than D-Will will get the first snap or touch after his four-week absence. Williams is going to form a value-draining committee with Jonathan Stewart, leaving both as undesirable RB3s. If forced to choose, Stewart might be the better bet after running well in Week 8. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    6.99 (125th)
  • Bucs rookie Sims has chance to play 'a ton'
    Tom Krasniqi of 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay expects Charles Sims to "play a ton" when he returns from the I.R./recall list.

    Advice: Krasniqi isn't a beat writer, per se, but covers the team in Tampa and has had useful team-related nuggets in the past. He also attended Monday's press conference with coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs have just one win on the season and every incentive to start playing their youngsters. Sims was the 69th overall pick in May's draft. There's an outside chance that Sims could become a flex option as early as Week 10 against the Falcons. The Bucs play the Browns this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:33 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
  • Jets confirm Geno Smith benched
    Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday that Geno Smith has been benched.

    Advice: Rex did clarify that Smith is not necessarily benched for the rest of the season, but Michael Vick will start Week 9 against the Chiefs. To this point in the year, Geno has made eight starts, completing 56.2 percent of his passes with an anemic 5.9 YPA -- down a full yard from his rookie season. Geno has 12 turnovers and eight all-purpose TDs. The Jets currently have a 1-7 record. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:49 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2681st)
  • Jets expected to start Vick against Chiefs
    According to the New York Daily News, "all signs" point to the Jets starting Michael Vick in Week 9 at Kansas City.

    Advice: Per beat reporter Manish Mehta, Vick will start "barring an 11th-hour power play" by GM John Idzik and/or owner Woody Johnson. It'll be a great opportunity for fantasy owners to stream the Chiefs' defense. The game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium, and Vick has become more turnover prone than ever late in his career. He came off the bench in Sunday's loss to Buffalo and took four sacks, threw an interception, and lost two fumbles. Vick can still run a bit, but he's much better at giving the ball to the other team. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:26 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    14.73 (42nd)
  • Trent Richardson was Colts emergency back
    Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed Monday that Trent Richardson (hamstring) was active as the Colts' emergency No. 3 running back in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Richardson didn't play a snap while Ahmad Bradshaw handled feature back duties and Dan Herron was the breather back. Pagano did say Monday he expects Richardson to play against the Giants this week. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't start him until they see T-Rich play at full strength for a full game again. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:48 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Jets not hurrying to make QB decision
    The Jets have yet to decide who will be their Week 9 quarterback.

    Advice: The players have "no idea" who will be under center against the Chiefs. This is being passed off as revelatory amongst the Jets media, but it's really not a surprise. There's no reason for coach Rex Ryan to rush a decision after Sunday's embarrassing loss. Geno Smith was extremely ineffective, but Michael Vick could scarcely be considered better. Ryan should have a decision by the time the team returns to practice on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:00 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2681st)
  • Alex Smith dealing with strained shoulder
    Alex Smith suffered a "strained" throwing shoulder in Sunday's win over the Rams, but is expected to be fine for Week 9.

    Advice: At least that's the Monday assessment. It will definitely be a situation worth monitoring as the week progresses. Smith will likely sit out or earn a "limited" tag on Wednesday before trying to ramp up on Thursday. The good news is, Smith suffered the injury in the first half on Sunday, and played through it in the second. For now, fantasy owners should take coach Andy Reid at his word that Smith will be fine, but back-up plans should be readied. Smith's status will be updated no later than Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:06 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    16.30 (26th)
  • DeAngelo Williams expected back for Thursday
    DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is expected to play in Thursday's game against the Saints.

    Advice: It's a bit of a shame for Jonathan Stewart, who flashed back to elite form during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Now this will devolve back into the value-crushing committee it's been for the last few years, with both backs rotating and losing goal-line chances to Cam Newton. Williams and Stewart will both be low-upside flex options, even in this plus Week 9 matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:56 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    6.99 (125th)
  • Donte Moncrief played behind Nicks
    Donte Moncrief played on 40-of-66 snaps in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Dead-legged Hakeem Nicks frustratingly played on 60 snaps with Reggie Wayne (elbow) sidelined. Of course Nicks produced 1-27-0 on six targets while the highly impressive Moncrief went 7-113-1 on 12 targets. Although Wayne's injury is more "day to day" than "week to week," Moncrief is still worth an add in most 12-team formats. He should start to ride ahead of Nicks as the No. 3 wideout and has freak natural ability. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:07 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    4.32 (1723rd)
  • Vick to start unless Rex pressured by GM?
    The New York Daily News says the feeling inside the Jets is that Michael Vick will start Week 9 unless Rex Ryan is pressured into starting Geno Smith.

    Advice: The pressure would come from GM John Idzik, who made Smith the No. 39 overall pick in the 2013 draft. He's probably not willing to throw in the towel yet, especially in favor of a 34-year-old quarterback when your team is 1-7. But Rex risks losing the locker room -- and his job -- if he continues to trot out error-repeating Geno. We suspect Vick and his still-dazzling legs will be under center against the Chiefs in Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:24 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    14.73 (42nd)
  • Mark Ingram goes off for 172 yards, TD on SNF
    Mark Ingram had 24 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 8 win over the Packers.

    Advice: He added one catch for three yards. With Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas sidelined, Ingram had his biggest workload of the season. Travaris Cadet mixed in on passing downs, but received just five touches. Ingram has looked like one of the best backs in the league when healthy, and should continue to get the majority of carries going forward. Averaging 5.7 YPC, Ingram will be an RB2 on Thursday night against the Panthers. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:24 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    14.12 (21st)
  • Doug Martin on trade block, Sims rising
    ESPN's Adam Schefter says one reason the Bucs consider Doug Martin "expendable" is that Charles Sims (ankle) is eligible to come off IR/recall this week.

    Advice: Schefter reported Sunday morning that teams have already approached the Bucs about Martin ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. The 25-year-old back was inherited by this Lovie Smith regime, and has been among the league's worst running backs over the last two seasons. Sims, a third-round rookie, is expected to have a major role down the stretch and needs to be owned in 12-team leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:29 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
  • Donte Moncrief posts 7/113/1 line vs. Pitt
    Donte Moncrief caught 7-of-12 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown in Indy's Week 8 loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: Moncrief started the game running behind Hakeem Nicks in the absence of Reggie Wayne, but Indy came to its senses after Nicks turned in some typically-ineffective touches. Moncrief proceeded to make plays all afternoon, with his 31-yard touchdown being the highlight. Moncrief straight whipped Cortez Allen before slithering through Allen and Troy Polamalu at the goal line. Moncrief will be no better than No. 3 on the depth chart once Wayne (arm) returns, but he's a solid flier if you're hurting for receiver help in 12-14 team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:55 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    4.32 (1723rd)
  • Trent Richardson doesn't touch ball in loss
    Trent Richardson (hamstring) was active for Indianapolis' Week 8 loss to the Steelers, but held without a touch.

    Advice: The Colts never made an official announcement, but Richardson was clearly only available in an emergency capacity. Ahmad Bradshaw started and was spelled by Dan "Boom" Herron. The fact that Richardson was active today may not guarantee the same thing for Week 9, as Indy goes on bye in Week 10. It's possible Indy will decide to hold him out in an effort to get him back to 100 percent. Richardson's status will be updated no later than Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:48 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Clay Harbor limited to 27 yards in defeat
    Clay Harbor caught 2-of-4 targets for 27 yards in Jacksonville's Week 8 loss to the Dolphins.

    Advice: Harbor never had a chance to get going as Blake Bortles struggled. Harbor is capable of nice games, but is mostly a daily-league dart throw for fantasy purposes. He's a low-end TE2 in re-draft formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:48 pm
     
    Probable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    5.18 (110th)
  • Allen Hurns has three-catch afternoon
    Allen Hurns caught 3-of-4 targets for 49 yards in Jacksonville's Week 8 loss to the Dolphins.

    Advice: Hurns tweaked his ankle, but remained in the game. The yards were Hurns' most since Week 4. Hurns got off to a hot start this season, but has settled into a WR5 dart throw for re-draft purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    4.11 (1731st)
  • Rex has 'no idea' who he'll start at QB Wk 9
    Coach Rex Ryan said he has "no idea" who he'll start at quarterback in Week 9.

    Advice: Geno Smith's minor right shoulder issue was not the reason he was benched early in Sunday's ugly loss to the Bills. It was because he threw interceptions on three straight drives, further regressing in his second NFL season. Michael Vick came to complete 18-of-36 passes for 152 yards and an interception, adding 69 yards on eight carries. If Rex wants to win games, Vick would give him a slightly better shot. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:48 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2681st)
  • Mike Vick replaces Geno Smith against Bills
    Michael Vick completed 18-of-36 passes for 152 yards and an interception in Sunday's Week 8 loss to the Bills, adding 69 yards on eight carries.

    Advice: The Jets benched Geno Smith after he threw three straight interceptions in the first quarter. Vick led to the offense to 17 points on five drives before getting shut down in the second half. The Bills defense dominated at every level against the Jets. Vick lost two fumbles and was sacked four times in addition to his interception, and had a second pick overturned. If Smith doesn't get the starting job back, Vick's rushing ability will make him a streaming option in Week 9 against the Chiefs. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:19 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    14.73 (42nd)
  • Alex Smith has easy day in Week 8 win
    Alex Smith completed 24-of-28 passes for 226 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Chiefs' Week 8 win over the Rams.

    Advice: Smith dinked and dunked his way down the field with ease against a Rams defense that was without its top two cornerbacks. He was inches away from a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, but Kelce was stopped at the one-yard line before Jamaal Charles pounded in the score on the ground. The Chiefs scored 34 straight points after the Rams' opening-drive touchdown. Smith will have some streamer appeal Week 9 vs. the Jets. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:37 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    16.30 (26th)
  • T-Rich surprisingly active versus Steelers
    Trent Richardson (hamstring) is active for Week 8 against the Steelers.

    Advice: It's a surprise after T-Rich failed to practice all week, and media reports suggested he'd sit. Ahmad Bradshaw is listed as the Colts' starter, however. We'd very much expect Richardson to be on a snap count, and for Dan "Boom" Herron to be involved in the offense. T-Rich can't be trusted as an RB3. Inactive for the Colts are CB Jalil Brown, OG Lance Louis, C Khaled Holmes, OT Jamon Meredith, DT Kelcy Quarles, WR Reggie Wayne and DT Montori Hughes. Hakeem Nicks, and not Donte Moncrief, is getting the "start" in place of Wayne. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:01 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Geno Smith benched after three straight picks
    Geno Smith was benched in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills.

    Advice: Smith was pulled after throwing interceptions on three straight drives. He opened the game just 2-of-8 for five yards, with most of his incompletions coming on bad overthrows. Michael Vick has replaced Smith and could make a case for the job going forward. Smith has thrown an interception in 19 of 24 games in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:42 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (2681st)
  • DeAngelo Williams expected back in Week 9
    According to the Charlotte Observer, it's "looking good" for DeAngelo Williams' (ankle) chances of returning in Week 9 against the Saints.

    Advice: Williams was running full-speed sprints ahead of Sunday's clash with Seattle. The Panthers play the Saints on Thursday Night Football next week. Williams isn't a huge fantasy producer, but his loss has been felt in Carolina's running game. He's worth grabbing for fantasy owners desperate for immediate running back help. Williams will immediately return as a flex option. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:20 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    6.99 (125th)
  • Report: Colts 'leaning toward sitting' T-Rich
    The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder reports the Colts are "leaning toward sitting" Trent Richardson (hamstring) for Week 8 against the Steelers.

    Advice: If so, it'll be the Boom Herron and Ahmad Bradshaw show for the Colts. Herron, a downhill runner at 5'10/212, managed 112 yards on 22 preseason carries, chipping in 11 catches for 55 yards and a score. Bradshaw would receive a bump up the ranks into RB1/2 consideration. The Colts and Steelers don't kick off until later this afternoon at 4:25 PM ET. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:17 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Charles Sims to play big stretch-run role?
    ESPN's Dan Graziano suggested on NFL Insiders Friday that rookie Charles Sims could play a big role down the stretch.

    Advice: Eligible to return from I.R./recall in Week 9, Sims has resumed practicing after fracturing his ankle in August. "He may get a shot to get some serious carries in the second half (of the season)," were Graziano's words. Sims is worth stashing in 12- and 14-team leagues. Doug Martin has been ineffective for a sustained stretch, while Bobby Rainey has been prone to fumbles. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:25 pm
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
  • T-Rich (hammy) questionable for Wk 8 at PIT
    Trent Richardson (hamstring) is questionable for Week 8 against the Steelers after missing practice every day this week.

    Advice: He's going to be a game-time decision. Richardson is already sluggish at 100 percent, so he'd be nothing more than a borderline RB2/3 at less than full health. If he can't play, Dan Herron is expected to handle some of Richardson's workload. "Boom" is a north-south runner who showed he's hard to bring down in the preseason. Ahmad Bradshaw would gobble up a few extra looks. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:01 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • T-Rich (hammy) misses another practice Fri.
    Trent Richardson (hamstring) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

    Advice: Colts beat writers are puzzled by Richardson's absence again Friday after coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday that Richardson would likely be limited. Richardson didn't practice at all this week, leaving his status for Week 8 against the Steelers in serious doubt. Ahmad Bradshaw would get a serious boost. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:49 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Richardson (hamstring) still not practicing
    Trent Richardson (hamstring) remained sidelined at Colts practice Thursday.

    Advice: The plan had been for Richardson to return on Thursday, so Friday has become all important for his Week 8 status. If he can't get in at least a limited session, he'll be looking very dicey for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:44 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Panthers targeting Week 9 for D-Will (ankle)
    DeAngelo Williams (ankle) will miss Week 8, but the Panthers are "hopeful" he can return for next Thursday's game against the Saints.

    Advice: Sunday will be D-Will's fourth-straight absence. He's yet to resume practicing, so a Week 9 return is far from a sure thing. The injury-prone Williams is a weak stash in 10-12 team re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:43 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    6.99 (125th)
  • Pep: Moncrief is 'ahead of schedule'
    Speaking Thursday, Colts OC Pep Hamilton called third-round WR Donte Moncrief "ahead of schedule."

    Advice: Moncrief will be in for an increased Week 8 role if Reggie Wayne (elbow) can't go. "He’s a guy that we feel like at any given moment we can plug in and he can perform," Hamilton said of his rookie wideout. Moncrief is an intriguing talent — and out-snapped Hakeem Nicks 23-19 in Week 7 — but is still a tough sell as anything more than a WR5. He's more of a daily-league dart throw than re-draft option. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:54 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    4.32 (1723rd)
  • T-Rich expected to practice on Thursday
    The Colts' plan is for Trent Richardson (hamstring) to return to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Despite leaving last week's game early and not practicing on Wednesday, T-Rich fully expects to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. Per Colts beat writer Mike Wells, Richardson "could have returned to the game but he was held out because the outcome had already been decided." Richardson averaged 5.5 YPC against the Bengals, which says more about Cincinnati's pathetic run defense than T-Rich. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:22 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • Trent Richardson (hamstring) not practicing
    Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Richardson's hamstring injury isn't considered serious, but not being able to practice puts his Week 8 status in question. Ahmad Bradshaw would be a feature back if Richardson is held out, with Dan Herron mixing in for change-up carries. Richardson "hopes" to get some work in on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:00 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    11.02 (52nd)
  • DeAngelo Williams (ankle) remains sidelined
    DeAngelo Williams (ankle) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Williams has missed three straight games and isn't expected to return in Week 8. Jonathan Stewart will continue to start against Seattle. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    6.99 (125th)
  • Charles Sims (ankle) cleared for practice
    Bucs RB Charles Sims (ankle) is practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: Barring any setbacks, Sims could return in Week 9. He's a candidate for the Bucs' third-down role immediately and could eat into the workload of Doug Martin before too long. Martin, inherited by the Lovie Smith regime, hasn't played good football since 2012. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:17 am
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2284th)
  • Lewis expected to practice Oct. 28
    Marcedes Lewis (ankle) is expected to resume practicing Oct. 28.

    Advice: Lewis is on short-term IR and eligible to return Week 12. It appears he's on that path. Athletic Clay Harbor will hold solid TE2 value until then. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:28 am
     
    Injured Reserve
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1749th)
  • DeAngelo Williams 'might' practice Wednesday
    DeAngelo Williams (ankle) "might" practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Ron Rivera made the disclosure at Monday's presser. Owners shouldn't hold their breath. D-Will won't be returning to any fantasy value, but the Panthers badly need him behind fellow injury-prone veteran Jonathan Stewart. Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves are not NFL-caliber rushers. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 12:01 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    6.99 (125th)
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