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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Browns don't plan to force issue with Manziel
    Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel is "frustrated" that he's not starting, but the Browns "don't plan to force the issue."

    Advice: Brian Hoyer has been an effective game manager, but the Browns are starting to consider the opportunity costs of sitting Manziel. "I think we all [want to know how Manziel would perform]. That's a question we need to have answered, but it's not something that you can force," Pettine said. "If it ever gets to the point whether we’re potentially up big, down big, or if there's a situation that calls for him to go in, we'll get an opportunity to see him. There's a lot of football left to be played. You’re looking for an evaluation at some point." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (2657th)
  • Report: RGIII will start Week 9 vs. Vikings
    NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports Robert Griffin III (ankle) will start Week 9 against the Vikings.

    Advice: Russini has had some good info nuggets and been first on all-things Redskins multiple times this season. RGIII practiced in full on Wednesday, with multiple teammates saying he looked like his old self. But coach Jay Gruden has continued to say they won't rush RGIII back until he's 100 percent healthy and ready. That time appears to be now. Colt McCoy can ride high on his Monday night win over the Cowboys for the next few months. Gruden should name a starter Thursday or Friday. Signs continue to point to it being RGIII. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:59 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • Tom Brady practicing in full
    Tom Brady (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 9.

    Advice: Brady will be ready to roll as a locked-in QB1 in this week's shootout with Denver. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:51 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    21.33 (4th)
  • RG3 practices fully, takes first QB rep Wed.
    Robert Griffin III (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: RGIII took the initial first-team rep, but Colt McCoy was in for the second one. Coach Jay Gruden says the two will split first-team reps this week before a decision is made on who will start against the Vikings. Before RGIII is permitted to start, Gruden says the ankle has to be stable and RGIII has to be comfortable with the mental workload. Expect a decision Thursday or Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:24 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • 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)
  • No surprise: Tony Romo not practicing Wed.
    Tony Romo (back) is not practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: Not a surprise. Romo likely won't practice at all this week with the Cowboys calling him day-to-day with his back contusion. Romo is already shaping up as a full-blown game-time decision for Week 9 against the Cardinals. Jerry Jones has said Romo's status will be determined on how much pain Romo can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Romo's status will be based on pain tolerance
    Jerry Jones said Tony Romo's Week 9 status will be based on "pain tolerance," and Romo could be a "game-time decision."

    Advice: Early Wednesday, ESPN's Ed Werder passed along an "emerging possibility" that Romo "will miss time," perhaps 1-2 games. At this point, the Cowboys don't know if Romo will be available to play against the Cardinals. We'd consider Romo very likely to sit out all of the practice week, with Brandon Weeden taking the first-team reps. Fantasy owners should have quarterback alternatives in place. The 6-2 Cowboys can't afford to take chances with Romo. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Report: Romo 'remains in doubt' for Week 9
    Profootballtalk reports Tony Romo (back) "remains in doubt" for Week 9 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: After an optimistic start to the week with the Cowboys saying Romo is dealing with a mere "back contusion" and negative X-rays, reports have become less glowing. While Romo's injury isn't considered severe, now that the pain killers have worn off, Romo is very likely quite sore. NFL Network's Albert Breer adds Romo is "no sure thing" for Week 9, and the Cowboys are taking a "day-to-day approach" with their quarterback. Brandon Weeden would get the start if Romo can't play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:28 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Report: Romo 'questionable at best' for Wk 9
    Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN Radio in Dallas is "told" Tony Romo is "questionable at best" to play in Week 9 against the Cardinals after suffering a back injury in Monday night's loss to the Redskins.

    Advice: Romo was in so much pain Monday night that he is likely very sore early this week, and could miss all three Cowboys practices. Per Fitzsimmons, Romo's "season is not in jeopardy," but missing Week 9 is a real possibility. The Cowboys are 6-2 and can't afford to a setback that would cost their quarterback significant time. If Romo were unable to go, the Cowboys would start Brandon Weeden and likely ride their already high-volume running game relentlessly. We'll have updates on Romo's outlook throughout the week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:28 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • 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)
  • Rams waive QB Case Keenum
    Rams waived QB Case Keenum.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for trade acquisition Mark Barron. Keenum had yet to be active as the Rams' No. 3 quarterback this season. They'll go forward with Austin Davis and Shaun Hill. Keenum showed play-making ability in 2013. He should resurface as someone's No. 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2492nd)
  • Romo's back injury not related to 2013 issue
    Speaking at Tuesday's presser, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tony Romo's back injury is not related to the back issue that ended his 2013 season and required surgery.

    Advice: "It appears to be a separate injury, not related to what he had last year," were Garrett's exact words. It's obviously encouraging news, but the Cowboys are still awaiting Romo's MRI results. It's not a slam dunk that he'll be ready for Week 9 despite returning to Monday's loss to the Redskins. We should have a much firmer idea of Romo's status 24 hours from now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Washington: We won't rush RGIII's return
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden maintained on Tuesday that "no matter what happens," they will not rush Robert Griffin III's (ankle) return.

    Advice: Gruden did say that Griffin is "very, very, very close," and that he'll be re-evaluated after Wednesday's practice. RGIII looked good working out before Monday's win over the Cowboys, but the 3-5 Redskins wisely aren't taking any chances with their franchise quarterback. The smart money is probably still on Griffin sitting out for Week 9, and returning after the Redskins' Week 10 bye. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • Medical staff 'very confident' with Rodgers
    The Packers medical staff feels "very confident" with Aaron Rodgers' (hamstring) status.

    Advice: Rodgers sustained a mild tweak during Sunday night's loss at New Orleans. The bye week comes at a nice time for him. "So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it," coach Mike McCarthy said. Rodgers should be a full go for the Week 10 game against the Bears. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:21 am
     
    Probable
    Bye
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2499th)
  • Blake Bortles interceptions are piling up
    OC Jedd Fisch said if Blake Bortles can limit his interceptions to eight over the final eight games, "I think we would consider that a win."

    Advice: Bortles leads the NFL with 12 interceptions even though he's only played in 5 1/2 games. The Jags are setting the bar low, hoping he can just finish his rookie season with 20 picks. It's unlikely to happen, especially with a tough schedule that includes a road date at a Cincy defense that's gaining health this week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:39 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    16.17 (29th)
  • Cowboys confident Romo just has a contusion
    ESPN's Ed Werder confirms the Cowboys seem confident Tony Romo only suffered a muscle contusion during Monday night's loss to the Redskins.

    Advice: Romo took a direct hit to the area where his back was twice surgically repaired, but that's not how you injure a disc. He'll have an MRI Tuesday morning to confirm that he just has a bruise near the site of the surgeries, leaving the main concerns as pain tolerance and functional ability. Romo is sure to be very sore this week and will likely need injections in the short-term to keep playing. He said late Monday night that since he was able to come back into Monday's game, he believes he'll be able to play against the Cardinals in Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:33 am
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Romo hurts back, throws for 209 yards in loss
    Tony Romo completed 17-of-28 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the Cowboys' Week 8 overtime loss to the Redskins.

    Advice: The statistical result doesn't matter here. Romo's back is the chief concern. Redskins DC Jim Haslett was blitzing Romo as much as he could, and ILB Keenan Robinson hit home unblocked on a third-quarter sack with his knee drilling Romo in the back on the play. Romo missed two possessions before returning late in the fourth quarter. He didn't look like himself, getting sacked and fumbling on his first dropback before throwing a should-be interception on his first pass back. Romo was probably hopped up on pain killers, so his back is going to be something to watch on a short week before hosting the Cardinals. Coach Jason Garrett said after the game that Romo has a "back contusion," and will be looked at again in the morning. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:52 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Colt McCoy leads Skins to win in MNF thriller
    Colt McCoy completed 25-of-30 passes for 299 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the Redskins' 20-17, Week 8 overtime win over the Cowboys on Monday night.

    Advice: McCoy rushed seven times for 16 yards and one touchdown. The seven-yard rushing score early in the fourth quarter on a draw play may have been the best play of his career, as McCoy sold out and dove headfirst through traffic into the end zone. It was a rough start to the night for McCoy, as he tossed a brutal interception in the end zone, trying to hit Andre Roberts in double-coverage. He made no mistakes thereafter, taking what the defense gave him and opting for deep shots to DeSean Jackson. Robert Griffin III is said to be eyeing a Week 9 return. But after McCoy's strong performance, the Redskins could opt to hold RGIII out through the Week 10 bye. Washington gets the Vikings next. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:44 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    13.64 (53rd)
  • Tony Romo returns to MNF after back scare
    Tony Romo returned late in the fourth quarter of Monday night's Week 8 game against the Redskins after exiting in the third quarter with a back injury.

    Advice: Romo took a knee to the back from Redskins ILB Keenan Robinson on a third-quarter sack. He was escorted to the locker room after a two-minute stay on the Jerry World turf. On his second play back in the game, Romo was drilled for another sack. The 6-1 Cowboys are playing with fire here after Romo practically begged to go back into the game. It's fair to wonder if he took a healthy dose of Toradol. Brandon Weeden led the Cowboys to ten points on two possessions. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:15 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Uh-oh: Tony Romo re-injures back on MNF
    Tony Romo was forced from Monday night's Week 8 game against the Redskins with a back injury.

    Advice: The Cowboys' worst nightmare? Romo took a knee to the back from Redskins ILB Keenan Robinson on a third-and-long sack. Redskins DC Jim Haslett has been bringing the heat all night with the blitz, and they've been hitting home. On this particular play, Robinson was left unblocked and twisted Romo to the turf. Upon arrival to the quarterback, Robinson's knee hit Romo right in the back where he had offseason surgery for a disc issue. Romo laid on the turf for a couple minutes before getting up with assistance from the training staff and gingerly walking to the locker room. Brandon Weeden is in the game. Romo completed 13-of-21 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown to Dez Bryant before leaving. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:27 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • RGIII inactive, McCoy will start MNF at DAL
    Robert Griffin III (ankle) is inactive for Monday night's Week 8 game against the Cowboys.

    Advice: Colt McCoy will get the start, as expected. There's belief RGIII has a good chance to return for Week 9 against the Vikings. The Dallas defense is an elite streaming option Monday night. Also inactive for the Redskins are RT Tyler Polumbus, WR Aldrich Robinson, CB Greg Ducre, OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, OL Spencer Long, and DE Clifton Geathers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:12 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • Bucs waive QB Mike Kafka
    Bucs waived QB Mike Kafka.

    Advice: They'll move forward with a healthy Josh McCown behind Mike Glennon. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:03 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2517th)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Giants GM: Offense sometimes too cautious
    Giants GM Jerry Reese believes the team has been "too cautious" on offense this season.

    Advice: "We need to be more aggressive," Reese said at Monday's presser. "You need to score points in this league to win." The Giants are walking a fine line, as the caution is by design after Eli Manning and the offense's abysmal 2013. Riskier passes and deeper drops have been eliminated in favor of quick-hitting, high-percentage throws. It's undoubtedly a cautious approach, but worlds better than the one the G-Men took in 2013. We'd ultimately expect Reese's words to be little more than lip service. OC Ben McAdoo is going to stay the course. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:56 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    16.60 (24th)
  • 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)
  • Colt McCoy to start Monday night, as expected
    Colt McCoy will start Monday night's game at Dallas, as expected.

    Advice: The Redskins tried to keep everyone guessing by listing Robert Griffin III (ankle) as questionable, but he was never a realistic bet to suit up. It will be the McCoy show on a national stage, leaving the Cowboys defense to lick its chops. In 21 career NFL starts, McCoy has thrown 20 interceptions, fumbled 12 times and taken 55 sacks. Griffin will either be back for Week 9 against the Vikings or immediately following the Week 10 bye. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:40 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    13.64 (53rd)
  • RG3 closer to doubtful than questionable
    Sources tell NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Robert Griffin III (ankle) is closer to doubtful than questionable for Monday night's game at Dallas.

    Advice: No one has expected Griffin to play in this game all week, leaving popgun-armed Colt McCoy as the starter. RG3 does have a chance to return for Week 9 against Minnesota, but the smarter play could be to hold him out through the Week 10 bye. Coach Jay Gruden has already said that the latest Griffin would return is Week 11 against the Bucs. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:48 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • 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)
  • Aaron Rodgers downplays his hamstring tweak
    Aaron Rodgers said he won't miss any time due to the hamstring tweak he sustained during Sunday night's loss at New Orleans.

    Advice: Rodgers clearly pulled his hammy in the third quarter, completely changing the complexion of the game. Luckily, the Packers have a bye in Week 9 so he'll have two full weeks to get ready for another Sunday Night Football game in Week 10, this time against the Bears. It sounds like a Grade 1, or most mild, kind of strain. "We had to do a little more in the shotgun but it wasn't a big deal, ultimately," Rodgers said. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:19 am
     
    Probable
    Bye
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2499th)
  • Rodgers throws for 418 yards in loss
    Aaron Rodgers completed 28-of-39 passes for 418 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in Sunday night's Week 8 loss to the Saints, adding two carries for 21 yards and a rushing touchdown.

    Advice: Rodgers led the Packers to five scoring drives in the first half, but wasn't the same after injuring his hamstring in the third quarter. Both of the interceptions came after the injury, which was affecting his throws. His only touchdown was a 70-yard pass to Randall Cobb on Green Bay's opening possession. Rodgers is now on pace for 4,184 yards and 38 touchdowns through eight games. He'll have a chance to get fully healthy with the Packers on a bye in Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:17 pm
     
    Probable
    Bye
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2499th)
  • Brees outduels Rodgers in Sunday night win
    Drew Brees completed 27-of-32 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night's 44-23 win over the Packers.

    Advice: It was a highly effective game from Brees, who didn't throw an incompletion in the second half. His best throw was a 50-yard touchdown to rookie Brandin Cooks against broken coverage. Jimmy Graham and backup TE Josh Hill were on the receiving end of Brees' other two scores. Brees is averaging 318 yards per game, with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He'll be a top-three quarterback in Week 9 against Panthers. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:06 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    19.59 (5th)
  • Andrew Luck piles up 400 yards in defeat
    Andrew Luck completed 26-of-45 passes for 400 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Indianapolis' 51-34, Week 8 loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: Luck also fumbled and took a safety in a game made ragged by abysmal protection. Luck was officially only sacked twice, but took thundering hits all afternoon. The Colts' offense started out in the gutter as it attempted to go with Hakeem Nicks in the absence of Reggie Wayne, but started humming once Nicks was pushed aside for third-rounder Donte Moncrief. Luck found Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton for a combined 13/228/2. The 300-yard effort was Luck's sixth straight, a new Colts record. With half the season in the books, the third-year phenom is now on pace for 5,462 yards and 44 touchdowns. The yardage total would be 15 shy of Peyton Manning's NFL record from 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:03 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    22.63 (3rd)
  • Brian Hoyer throws for 275 yards, TD vs OAK
    Brian Hoyer completed 19-of-28 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 8 win over the Raiders.

    Advice: After last week's debacle, Hoyer righted the ship against Oakland, playing with more pocket poise and command, and delivering the football with plus accuracy. Getting another win for the now 4-3 Browns, Hoyer has bought himself extra time, and now gets to go to work on the one-win Buccaneers in Week 9. He'll be a viable two-quarterback-league starter against Tampa Bay, although Hoyer's outlook would be significantly improved if Jordan Cameron (concussion) can play. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:03 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    15.75 (30th)
  • Derek Carr throws for 328 yards, touchdown
    Derek Carr completed 34-of-54 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 8 loss to the Browns.

    Advice: Carr made a number of tough throws down both sidelines and in the seam, but didn't have the benefit of a consistent running game due to shoddy playcalling, and lost a fumble deep in Raiders territory with under three minutes left to go, locking up Cleveland's victory. The 0-7 Raiders play at Seattle, versus Denver, at San Diego, and versus Kansas City in their next four games. Oakland's next-best shot at a win probably won't happen until they travel to St. Louis in Week 13. Carr is a promising prospect, but the talent around him is an embarrassment. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:48 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    13.44 (55th)
  • 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)
  • Flacco takes big step back in loss to Cincy
    Joe Flacco completed 17-of-34 passes for 195 yards and two interceptions in the Ravens' Week 8 loss to the Bengals.

    Advice: Not pressured at all, Flacco's worst play of the game was an interception thrown directly to Emmanuel Lamur to open the second half. Flacco was picked again on the ensuing drive, giving Cincinnati the ball in the red zone. This game was a huge step back for Flacco, who entered it ranked ninth among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring. He'll continue to be more of a two-QB-league play than advisable QB1 streamer when the Ravens face Pittsburgh in Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:43 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    15.66 (31st)
  • Bortles commits three more turnovers in loss
    Blake Bortles completed just 18-of-34 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Jacksonville's 27-13, Week 8 loss to the Dolphins.

    Advice: He also lost a fumble. Both of Bortles' picks were of the "six" variety, and should have never been thrown. For the first, he tossed a blind play action shot to TE Nic Jacobs, but never saw Louis Delmas. On the second, Bortles had no clue what route Cecil Shorts was running, and Brent Grimes turned an easy pick into a 22-yard score. Bortles now has 12 interceptions, which "leads" the league. He's thrown multiple picks in 5-of-6 appearances. He'll be off the streaming radar in next week's road jaunt to Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    16.17 (29th)
  • Austin Davis takes seven sacks in Week 8 loss
    Austin Davis completed 15-of-25 passes for 160 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Rams' blowout Week 8 loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: Davis took a whopping seven sacks and lost three of his starting offensive linemen to injury. He found Lance Kendricks for an opening-drive, one-yard touchdown, but it was all downhill from there. On the second series, Davis heaved one into double-coverage to Kenny Britt for an easy Chiefs interception. Davis has been held under 236 yards passing in each of his past three starts to go along with a 4:2 TD:INT ratio. He's safely on the back end of the QB2 spectrum. Good luck against the 49ers in San Fran next week. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    15.39 (33rd)
  • 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)
  • Ryan Tannehill totals 244 yards vs. Jaguars
    Ryan Tannehill completed 16-of-29 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Miami's 27-13, Week 8 win over the Jaguars, adding five rushes for an additional 48 yards.

    Advice: Tannehill and the Dolphins stumbled through an abysmal first half, but used continual Jags turnovers to get into a rhythm. Tannehill's TD was a three-yard strike to Rishard Matthews, while his pick came on a tipped pass in the red zone. True to form, Tannehill found Mike Wallace for one deep strike (50 yards), but missed him on another. Tannehill has now notched at least 35 yards rushing in four straight games, upping his weekly floor. His ceiling remains that of a high-end QB2, however. He gets the Chargers' banged-up secondary in Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:36 pm
     
    Probable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    18.09 (12th)
  • Mettenberger struggles before garbage time
    Making his first NFL start, Zach Mettenberger completed 27-of-41 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Titans' 30-16, Week 8 loss to the Texans.

    Advice: Mettenberger was pretty awful before padding his stats in garbage time, displaying inconsistent accuracy and timing with his receivers. He also could have been picked off a number of times. Mettenberger took a couple deep shots, but overthrew Justin Hunter by a few yards on one. Mettenberger's first career TD pass went to a wide-open Delanie Walker from six yards out late in the third quarter. Mettenberger then found Hunter for a 12-yard score late in the blowout loss. He's obviously the Titans' best QB, but has a ways to go. The Titans head into their bye before taking on the Ravens in Week 10. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:29 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
  • Embattled Bears get destroyed in New England
    Jay Cutler completed 20-of-30 passes for 227 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Chicago's 51-23, Week 8 loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: He also lost a fumble, one the Pats housed to go up 38-7 just before halftime. It was an inept display, with two of Cutler's three scores coming deep into garbage time. The Pats had lockdown coverage, but Cutler couldn't fit passes into tight windows while the game was still in doubt. Cutler's pick was a first-half hail mary, but he was lucky to escape with only one, as another was undone by illegal contact. If there's a silver lining, it's that the three-touchdown day was Cutler's first since Week 2, but it obviously comes with an asterisk. Cutler gets the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 10. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:24 pm
     
    Bye
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2448th)
  • Brady embarrasses Bears with five touchdowns
    Tom Brady completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns in New England's 51-23, Week 8 beatdown of the Bears.

    Advice: Brady faced absolutely zero resistance from the Bears' banged up and struggling defense, having all day to throw as he found Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell for 20 combined receptions. Three of Brady's TDs went to Gronk, whose return to full health has coincided with Brady's resurrection. Since getting humiliated by the Chiefs in Week 4, Brady boasts a 14:0 TD:INT ratio across four starts. He's locked in as a QB1 for next week's grudge match with the Broncos. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    21.33 (4th)
  • Cam Newton held in check by SEA D
    Cam Newton completed 12-of-22 passes for 171 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 8 win at Carolina.

    Advice: Newton was mistake-prone all day while often running for his life. He held the ball too long on a read-option which led to a fumble, threw an ill-advised pick and missed an open Kelvin Benjamin for a long touchdown. But he also continued to look really healthy while running and had Benjamin drop a well-throw dart in the end zone in the first half. With the schedule softening up tremendously down the stretch, Newton is going to be in the top-half of the QB1 ranks the rest of the way. The Panthers host the Saints on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    18.85 (8th)
  • Dalton scores 2 rushing TDs as Bengals win
    Andy Dalton completed 21-of-28 passes for 266 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception, but rushed six times for 14 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' Week 8 win over the Ravens.

    Advice: After hitting Mohamed Sanu in stride for a 48-yard gain on Cincy's first possession, Dalton polished off the drive with a goal-line TD sneak. The Bengals' offense was largely stagnant from that point on, and Dalton made the biggest mistake of the game in the fourth quarter when he attempted to throw a pass left-handed under pressure, and the ball was stripped by Baltimore, before being returned by Daryl Smith deep into Bengals territory. Dalton came back to lead the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, again sneaking in after three failed red-zone attempts by Jeremy Hill. Although there were long bouts of inability to move Cincinnati's offense, this was a much-needed win for the 4-2-1 Bengals. Dalton will remain a QB2 only in Week 9 against the Jaguars. He is tentatively expected to get A.J. Green (toe) back. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:05 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    14.75 (41st)
  • 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)
  • Stafford goes for 325 & 2 in comeback win
    Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-47 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Falcons in London Week 8.

    Advice: The Lions' offense sleepwalked through the first half in London, but came alive in the second to score 22 unanswered points. Stafford struggled all game, but was able to put it together when it mattered, leading a 63-yard game-winning drive with only 1:38 to go in the fourth. After eight games, Stafford is on pace for 4,432 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:47 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2529th)
  • Browns feeling pressure to start Manziel
    ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports that internal pressure to play Johnny Manziel has "turned up considerably."

    Advice: Brian Hoyer is coming off a highly-unproductive loss to the Jaguars, leading the Browns to briefly consider going to Manziel in the second half. Hoyer has been mostly solid managing Kyle Shanahan's offense prior to last week, but his leash on the starting job is now in question. It could be only a matter of time before the Browns turn to Manziel. Hoyer is in danger of getting benched if he can't move the offense against the winless Raiders. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:58 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (2657th)
  • Tony Romo (ribs) probable for Week 8
    Tony Romo (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 8.

    Advice: He'll be all systems go for Monday night's game with Washington. Romo is averaging 279 yards and 2.5 touchdowns over his last four games. He's a top-eight quarterback play this week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
     
    Questionable
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    17.44 (17th)
  • Robert Griffin III officially questionable
    Robert Griffin III (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Cowboys.

    Advice: Griffin was able to practice on a limited basis, but isn't expected to return this week. There's a chance he'll back for Week 9 against the Vikings. Coach Jay Gruden suggested Griffin could be held out through Washington's Week 10 bye. Colt McCoy will start on Monday night in Dallas. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:58 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • Tom Brady (ankle) officially probable
    Tom Brady (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8.

    Advice: Brady will be a top-seven quarterback for Sunday's game against the Bears. He's averaging 305 yards with nine touchdowns over the last three weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:24 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    21.33 (4th)
  • Tom Brady (ankle) practicing in full
    Tom Brady (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 8.

    Advice: He's a top-eight quarterback for Sunday's home matchup with the Bears. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:47 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    21.33 (4th)
  • Colt McCoy locked in as Week 8 starter
    Colt McCoy will be the Redskins' Week 8 starter.

    Advice: Although Robert Griffin III (ankle) is "steadily progressing," he's not ready for Monday Night Football against the Cowboys. Starting over Kirk Cousins, McCoy is in a Week 8 race to the bottom with newly anointed Titans starter Zach Mettenberger. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:55 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    13.64 (53rd)
  • Titans confirm Jake Locker's benching
    Speaking Thursday, coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed the Titans have benched Jake Locker for sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger.

    Advice: "We are searching to find out what's best," were the words of OC Jason Michael. "(Mettenberger is a) confident guy who has played in a big environment. We are confident in him." That may be true, but it doesn't get more desperate than throwing a sixth-rounder to the J.J. Watt-led wolves in his first NFL start. Mettenberger isn't on the Week 8 daily-league radar. He'll be backed up by Locker, with Charlie Whitehurst serving as the No. 3. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:46 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
  • Gruden says RG3 will be back Wk 11 at latest
    Coach Jay Gruden would "guarantee...most likely" that Robert Griffin III (ankle) returns for the Week 11 game against the Bucs.

    Advice: There's still a chance Griffin returns for Week 9 at Minnesota, but holding him out through the Week 10 bye is firmly on Gruden's radar. "You've got a good bye week, you've got a couple weeks to make sure it's ready. ... You know, it's a very difficult position to play, and just because he's healthy, he hasn't taken a meaningful rep in about six weeks," Gruden said. All we know right now is that Colt McCoy will almost certainly start in Dallas on Monday night, making the Cowboys an excellent D/ST streamer. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:28 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • Titans insert rookie Zach Mettenberger at QB
    The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback in Week 8 against the Texans.

    Advice: Having already lost hope for the 2014 season, the Titans will start playing their pups. Injury-prone, contract-year quarterback Jake Locker has been formally demoted. It's believed Mettenberger was informed of coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to start him on Tuesday night, which perhaps explains why none of Tennessee's quarterbacks were allowed to speak with the media on Wednesday. A strong-armed LSU product albeit with zero mobility, Mettenberger will make his first NFL start against J.J. Watt's Texans in a home game. With Jadeveon Clowney (knee) tentatively due back this week, the Houston defense is worth a look as a Week 8 streamer. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
  • Report: 'No chance' RG3 plays MNF vs. Dallas
    Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington reports there's "NO chance" Robert Griffin III (ankle) plays Monday night's Week 8 game against the Cowboys.

    Advice: RGIII took the first rep at Wednesday's practice, but the Redskins don't start their official practice week until Thursday this week because of Monday night's game. Coach Jay Gruden made Colt McCoy instead of RGIII available to the media, and said he wants to have a starter in place by Thursday afternoon, suggesting it will be McCoy. RGIII will shoot for a Week 9 return at Minnesota. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • RG3 takes first QB rep at practice Wednesday
    Robert Griffin III (ankle) took the first quarterback rep at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: In the first individual drill, RGIII was No. 1 and Colt McCoy No. 2. Kirk Cousins has been demoted to No. 3. This doesn't mean Griffin will get the start Monday night against the Cowboys, as coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly said RGIII has "got to be 100 percent" before he plays. We won't get an official practice status from RGIII until Thursday. We'd still consider him unlikely for Week 8. But Griffin is making strides in the right direction and may be targeting Week 9. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
  • It's not Johnny Football time quite yet
    Coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer is "still firmly our starter."

    Advice: Hoyer laid an egg in a loss to the previously winless Jaguars in Week 7, looking uncomfortable in the pocket and displaying concerning inaccuracy. But he earned enough leash early in the year to get another start, this time against the 0-6 Raiders. If Hoyer loses that game, the calls for Johnny Manziel will become deafening. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:35 am
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (2657th)
  • Browns 'briefly' considered going to Manziel
    Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "briefly" considered benching Brian Hoyer in favor of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland's 24-6 loss to Jacksonville.

    Advice: How could they not have thought about it? Hoyer dropped the worst game of his career on the Jaguars, going 16-of-41 passing, turning it over twice, and taking three sacks. He missed a number of throws. "It was discussed briefly, but it was a situation where we still wanted to at least try to end the game with Brian on a positive note,'' Pettine said. Pettine went on to say Hoyer is "firmly our starter," but that's hard to believe. Once you start thinking about going to the backup, it's just a matter of time. Hoyer can't afford to lose to the 0-6 Raiders. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:00 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    15.75 (30th)
  • Skins 'planning' to start Colt McCoy Week 8
    Coach Jay Gruden announced Monday he is planning to start Colt McCoy at quarterback in Week 8 against the Cowboys.

    Advice: NBC's Dianna Marie Russini passes along that Robert Griffin III (ankle) "has been medically cleared to add to his workload," but the plan for now is to give McCoy the nod. After facing the Cowboys, the Redskins will play the Vikings in Week 9. That seems like Griffin's earliest-possible return date. In a home game against noodle-armed career journeyman backup McCoy, Dallas' fantasy defense will be worth a look as a Week 8 streamer. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:44 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    13.64 (53rd)
  • Austin Davis completes 86% of passes in win
    Austin Davis completed 18-of-21 passes for 152 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Rams' Week 7 win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Davis dinked and dunked his way down the field all afternoon, settling for short passes to his running backs and tight ends. It wasn't flashy by any means, but successful after struggling badly in Week 6 against San Francisco. The lone shot he took downfield was a 30-yard completion to Chris Givens. Davis completed 86 percent of his passes and hooked up with Benny Cunningham and Lance Kendricks for five- and four-yard scores, respectively. Davis is a back-end QB2 with a dreadful schedule (at KC, at SF, at ARZ, vs. DEN, at SD) ahead. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:16 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    15.39 (33rd)
  • Redskins not ruling Griffin out for Week 8
    The Redskins aren't ruling Robert Griffin III (ankle) for Week 8, but he has a "long way to go."

    Advice: "He's got to be 100 percent," coach Jay Gruden said at Monday's presser. Gruden went on to say that Colt McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and be under center against the Cowboys if RGIII isn't ready to go. It sounds like Griffin is highly unlikely for Week 8, though he does have an extra day to heal up with the Redskins playing on Monday Night Football. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:13 pm
     
    Week 9 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2475th)
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