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  • Kenyan Drake touches ball twice in loss
    Kenyan Drake rushed twice for 15 yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

    Advice: He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Damien Williams got the start, Jay Ajayi got the work and Drake got nothing. He almost made a catastrophic special teams blunder in the first half, nearly bringing the ball beyond the goal line before retreating for a touchback. Drake has zero trust from the coaching staff, and didn't do anything to earn any more this evening. He'll remain invisible for fantasy purposes going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:54 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.88 (160th)
     
  • Jay Ajayi totals 46 yards vs. Bengals
    Jay Ajayi rushed six times for 33 yards in the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Bengals, adding two catches for 13 additional yards.

    Advice: Ajayi and Kenyan Drake were "benched" for Damien Williams, but Ajayi ended up easily leading the backfield in touches. He was arguably the Dolphins' most effective player this evening, reeling off three 11-yard gains. Ajayi should have gotten the ball more, and likely will against the Titans in Week 5 as the Dolphins desperately try to get something going on the ground. Ajayi will still barely be on the RB3 radar for that one. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.71 (206th)
     
  • Damien Williams 'starts,' totals 15 yards
    Damien Williams rushed two times for nine yards in Miami's Week 4 loss to the Bengals, adding a six-yard catch.

    Advice: The Dolphins made a big production out of Williams "starting," but he ended getting out-touched 8-3 by Jay Ajayi. The Dolphins didn't even use a running back on their first series, going empty. Williams was present for the opening play of drive two then disappeared. The Dolphins' running game is a dumpster fire best avoided at all costs until Arian Foster returns. Even then, it won't be anything to call home about. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (399th)
     
  • Giovani Bernard totals 42 yards vs. Dolphins
    Giovani Bernard rushed 10 times for 18 yards in the Bengals' Week 4 win over the Dolphins, catching 3-of-4 targets for 24 additional yards.

    Advice: The Dolphins had an attackable run defense on paper, but the Bengals turned 37 carries into a woeful 77 yards (2.08 YPC). Bernard had the best play out of the backfield, an acrobatic 13-yard catch down to the Dolphins' two-yard line, but could only watch as Jeremy Hill failed to convert two goal-line carries. Bernard is doing his thing and not much more this season. Through four games, he's on pace for 932 yards from scrimmage, which would easily be a career low. The pace will pick up, but not enough to get Bernard on the RB2 radar in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:44 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.13 (76th)
     
  • Jeremy Hill rushes for 71 yards vs. Dolphins
    Jeremy Hill rushed 21 times for 71 yards in Cincinnati's Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

    Advice: Hill was held without a catch. The Bengals committed hard to Hill against the Dolphins' awful run defense, but Hill proved to be a good matchup for Miami instead of vice versa. Hill simply looked sluggish, either ramming into tackles up the middle or failing to get the edge. He was given two opportunities to score from the Dolphins' two-yard line in the third quarter, but got swallowed up both times. Hill has essentially had one good run this season, his 50-yarder against the Broncos last Sunday. Averaging 3.81 yards per carry, he'll be a low-upside RB3 against the Cowboys in Week 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    11.23 (83rd)
     
  • Jay Ajayi, Drake benched for Damien Williams
    The Dolphins have announced Damien Williams as their Week 4 starter at running back.

    Advice: Jay Ajayi was the closest thing the Dolphins had to a nominal "starter" in Arian Foster's absence, but the Dolphins are going to give Williams a whirl after Ajayi and Drake were ineffective in Week 3. Isaiah Pead should also be involved. Despite the "starter" tag, Williams is best avoided in fantasy leagues. The same goes for Ajayi, Pead and Drake. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:06 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.71 (206th)
     
  • Damien Williams getting Week 4 start at RB
    The Dolphins have announced Damien Williams as their Week 4 starter at running back.

    Advice: Coach Adam Gase is sending shockwaves through his team, benching starters on both sides of the ball. Not that Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake were actual starters. A four-man committee between Williams, Drake, Ajayi and Isaiah Pead remains likely. The situation should be avoided at all costs for fantasy purposes. Williams won't see more than 10-12 touches, and even that might not happen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:02 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (399th)
     
  • Jonathan Grimes out month with broken leg
    Texans reserve RB Jonathan Grimes will be sidelined "roughly a month" with a cracked fibula.

    Advice: Grimes had been running as the Texans' No. 3 running back. At this time, he doesn't appear headed to injured reserve. His absence creates an opening for rookie Tyler Ervin, whose NFL career is off to a very rough start thanks to special teams miscues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    3.98 (265th)
     
  • Matt Forte upgraded to 'full' on Thursday
    Matt Forte (knee) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: The Jets were just managing Forte's reps on Wednesday. He'll be good to go as an RB2 against the Seahawks' typically elite defense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:25 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.18 (75th)
     
  • Chris Ivory upgraded to 'full' on Thursday
    Chris Ivory (knee, ankle) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Ivory will be good to go as a touchdown-dependent RB3 for Jacksonville's London clash with the Colts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • Tevin Coleman gets in another limited session
    Tevin Coleman (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: The Falcons are just managing Coleman's reps after he played through a tweak on Monday. Devonta Freeman has a slight edge in the touch department, but Coleman has firmly established himself as an upside FLEX. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:19 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    8.65 (136th)
     
  • Jamaal Charles gets in another limited day
    Jamaal Charles (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: There's yet to be an indication this will be the week Charles makes his 2016 debut. We should get official word on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:27 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman misses practice with illness
    Devonta Freeman sat out Thursday's practice with an illness.

    Advice: It's just a heads up. Freeman is in zero danger of missing Sunday's game against the Panthers. It's a tough matchup, and Freeman remains in a rotation with Tevin Coleman, but he has too much upside to rank outside the RB2 area of the board. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:31 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.87 (88th)
     
  • McKinnon (toe) practicing in full this week
    Jerick McKinnon (toe) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: The Vikings play on Monday night so this was their first practice of the week. Clearly McKinnon is over the toe injury that bothered him earlier this month. McKinnon collected 45 yards 16 carries in last week's win over Carolina. Though he might lose red zone work to Matt Asiata, McKinnon is still in the RB2/3 conversation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:20 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.39 (58th)
     
  • Steelers pull the plug on RB Daryl Richardson
    Steelers released RB Daryl Richardson.

    Advice: Richardson had been working as the Steelers' No. 3 running back behind DeAngelo Williams and Fitzgerald Toussaint. He won't be needed any more now that Le'Veon Bell is back from his three-game suspension. Richardson logged just five snaps during his short stay in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.69 (371st)
     
  • Isaiah Crowell (knee) upgraded to full practice
    Isaiah Crowell (knee) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

    Advice: He was limited on Wednesday. There's no longer any doubt (not that there ever was) about Crowell's status for Week 4. Crowell is tied for second in the league in rushing yards and will be a solid RB2 Sunday against Washington. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:49 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.73 (89th)
     
  • Rivera says J-Stew could miss four weeks
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) could miss up to four weeks.

    Advice: Including this week's absence, Stewart has now missed 25 games since the start of 2012. Stewart is an effective workhorse when healthy but that's rarely been the case. Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker saw similar workloads last week with Artis-Payne going for 58 yards on 13 touches while Whittaker tallied 56 yards on 10 touches. Until a frontrunner emerges from the Carolina backfield, it's hard to endorse either of them as anything more than flex plays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (596th)
     
  • Rashad Jennings expects to know more Friday
    Rashad Jennings (thumb) expects to get a better idea of his Week 4 status on Friday.

    Advice: "I'm doing everything I can," Jennings said. The tea leaves suggest Jennings will sit for his second straight game, but it's certainly possible he has a breakthrough. The Giants are playing in the Monday night game, so hopefully we get some concrete information by Sunday morning. Orleans Darkwa will be in the FLEX mix if Jennings sits. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:36 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Rashad Jennings (thumb) limited at practice
    Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited at Thursday's practice.

    Advice: ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan said earlier today that he expects Jennings to miss Monday night's game against the Vikings. Jennings' thumb injury affects his ability to block and catch passes, which is obviously a huge hindrance. With Shane Vereen (triceps) also out, it looks like Orleans Darkwa will lead the Giants' backfield in Week 4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Charcandrick West sitting out again Thursday
    Charcandrick West (ankle) will not practice Thursday.

    Advice: It is his second missed session in a row, which puts his availability for this weekend in serious doubt. Spencer Ware should dominate work against the Steelers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.34 (296th)
     
  • Cooter: Dwayne Washington building confidence
    Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Dwayne Washington is "building confidence" with the coaching staff.

    Advice: Beat reporters have been talking all week about Washington seeing more carries, and now his coordinator says he is building confidence. All signs are pointing to Washington having a bigger role after outplaying Theo Riddick last week. He is a great upside play in a plus matchup against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:59 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.20 (193rd)
     
  • Jaguars OC vows to 'get this run game fixed'
    Jaguars OC Greg Olson vowed to "get this run game fixed."

    Advice: Running backs have averaged just 2.24 yards per carry for the Jaguars this season, and it did not get any better in Chris Ivory's return last week. The running game has a theoretical "get-right game" against the Colts on Sunday, but Indy played much better against the run last week and are starting to get healthy. With the offensive line in shambles, the Jaguars will struggle to run the ball all season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:32 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.45 (95th)
     
  • Dwayne Washington to see 'uptick in carries'
    DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman expects Dwayne Washington to see "an uptick in carries" against the Bears.

    Advice: Twentyman said Theo Riddick will still be involved, but the smart money is on Washington beginning to monopolize the early-down work. He was much more effective on the same number of carries last week and is a better fit for Ameer Abdullah's old role. Against a Bears front which has been decimated by injuries, Washington is a FLEX play with the upside for a lot more. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.20 (193rd)
     
  • Ben: Le'Veon Bell could see snaps at receiver
    Ben Roethlisberger hinted that Le'Veon Bell could be used more often in the slot this season.

    Advice: "We’re not going to take RB off the front of his name and put WR," Roethlisberger said, "but I definitely think he is one of our best receivers." Roethlisberger added the Steelers will use packages which get both Bell and DeAngelo Williams on the field together. We heard similar things last year, but Bell easily out-touched Williams 125-to-14 in his five healthy games. Bell is going to be the focal point of the offense as long as he is on the field, and some snaps at receiver will do nothing but help his value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:34 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.31 (33rd)
     
  • Report: Rashad Jennings unlikely to play
    ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports Rashad Jennings (thumb) is unlikely to play Monday night against the Vikings.

    Advice: Jennings' thumb has still not healed enough for him to catch the football or pass protect, so he will end up missing another week. Orleans Darkwa should get the start against Minnesota with Bobby Rainey handling some passing-down work. Rookie Paul Perkins could get involved as well. Even in a daunting matchup, Darkwa will be worth FLEX consideration this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:58 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Chris Ivory (ankle/knee) limited Wednesday
    Chris Ivory (ankle/knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Ivory tweaked both his knee and ankle in his first game action of the year after missing the first two weeks with an illness. The limited practice suggests he will be ready to play Sunday, but it is a situation to monitor all week. The Jags get the Colts in an early game in London this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:47 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • C.J. Prosise (hand) practices fully
    C.J. Prosise (hand) practiced in full Wednesday.

    Advice: Prosise will be in a cast for three more weeks, but can practice fully with it. He'll compete with C.J. Spiller for a Week 4 role behind Christine Michael. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:30 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.24 (300th)
     
  • Seattle adds C.J. Spiller to backfield mix
    Seahawks signed RB C.J. Spiller to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Spiller visited with the Jets and Packers before signing. He was a healthy scratch for the Saints in Week 1, and spent the last two weeks out of football. Spiller hasn't been productive since 2013, but lands in a great situation in Seattle. He will be in the mix for a passing-game role behind Christine Michael with Thomas Rawls (fibula) and C.J. Prosise (hand) sidelined. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1052nd)
     
  • Jamaal Charles (knee) still limited at practice
    Jamaal Charles (knee) remained limited at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Another day, another limited practice for Charles. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said it's "difficult to picture" Charles playing against the Steelers on Sunday night unless he returns to a full practice at some point during the week. Look for Spencer Ware to carry the mail again in Week 4. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:56 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • Zeke says he feels 'way more comfortable'
    Ezekiel Elliott said he feels "way more comfortable" in the Cowboys' offense than he did in Week 1.

    Advice: And it shows. After a turbulent first two weeks, Elliott exploded for 140 yards on 30 carries Sunday against Chicago. He's now tied for second in the league in rushing yards (274) and third in carries (71). "I'm a very improved player from Week 1," said Zeke. He has a great matchup against the Niners in Week 4. Consider him an RB1 going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (41st)
     
  • Tevin Coleman (ankle) limited at practice
    Tevin Coleman (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Coleman limped off at one point during Monday's blowout win over the Saints but the injury obviously didn't affect him as he finished the night with a career-high three touchdowns. He'll be fine for Week 4 against Carolina. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:34 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    8.65 (136th)
     
  • Arian Foster officially ruled out
    Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Week 4.

    Advice: Foster was never expected to play. He's yet to practice since going down and should be considered questionable at best for Week 5. Miami will continue to go with a four-back committee against the Bengals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:21 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • Prosise will be in cast for three more weeks
    C.J. Prosise (hand) will be in a cast for at least three more weeks.

    Advice: Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that he expected Prosise to return against the Jets in Week 4, but it's going to be hard for him to catch passes with a cast on his hand. He's no threat to Christine Michael's workload. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:20 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.24 (300th)
     
  • Isaiah Crowell (knee) limited on Wednesday
    Isaiah Crowell (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He's probably just dealing with a bruise. Crowell is third in the league in rushing and is averaging a robust 6.1 YPC. He has a splendid Week 4 date with the Redskins, who have been gashed by DeAngelo Williams, Shane Vereen, and Ezekiel Elliott the past three weeks. Crowell is a strong RB2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:36 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.73 (89th)
     
  • Matt Forte limited on Wednesday
    Matt Forte (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Forte simply needs some R&R. He'll be ready for Sunday against Seattle. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:29 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.18 (75th)
     
  • Charcandrick West not practicing Wednesday
    Charcandrick West (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: Spencer Ware badly out-snapped West 45-15 last week against the Jets, and this may be part of the reason. If West sits Week 4 against the Steelers and Jamaal Charles (knee) isn't ready, Ware could have a massive workload. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:54 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.34 (296th)
     
  • Jonathan Stewart (hammy) DNP on Wednesday
    Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: As expected. Stewart is fully expected to miss multiple games with his strained hammy. Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker, and Mike Tolbert will again carry the running-back load Week 4 against the Falcons. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (596th)
     
  • Pederson dumps praise on Wendell Smallwood
    Coach Doug Pederson had nothing but praise for rookie RB Wendell Smallwood's performance following the Week 3 win over the Steelers.

    Advice: "He's the same type of runner that we felt he was coming out of college and what we saw in preseason," said Pederson. "He's a big, powerful guy. He's a downhill guy. He's a one-cut runner. He did a great job for us." At the link below, Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski broke down a bunch of Smallwood's runs from the win, and his burst through the hole was incredible. He also showed great awareness to stay in bounds on a 3rd-and-7 run late in the fourth quarter to keep the clock moving. "To get the first down and stay in bounds as a rookie is tremendous," said Pederson. Smallwood missed much of training camp with a quad injury, but he looks poised to take on a big role in this backfield with Ryan Mathews again banged up and struggling to make plays. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:25 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (609th)
     
  • Steelers happy with Le'Veon's conditioning
    The Steelers are happy with Le'Veon Bell's conditioning coming off suspension.

    Advice: "A guy that is highly conditioned over a 12 month calendar," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We have seen him every day, he has been a part of us, and he has been in the building. He is up to speed on what we are doing from a schematic standpoint and really in tune there." It's further indication the Steelers will have no qualms immediately employing Bell as a bell-cow. Bell is already a top-three option at running back. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:23 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.31 (33rd)
     
  • Arian Foster misses another practice Tuesday
    Arian Foster (groin) remained sidelined Tuesday.

    Advice: Foster will miss Thursday's game against the Bengals. The Dolphins have said they will stick with a four-man rotation at running back, rendering Kenyan Drake and Jay Ajayi RB3 no-gos. Foster should be considered 50-50, at best, for Week 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:18 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • Dolphins will stick with four-man RB rotation
    The Dolphins plan to stick with their four-back rotation for Thursday night's game against the Bengals.

    Advice: It's a situation to avoid for fantasy purposes. Kenyan Drake led the Week 3 backfield in snaps and touches, but only narrowly over Jay Ajayi. Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams both saw more than 10 snaps. Neither Drake nor Ajayi is a recommended RB3 while Arian Foster (groin) remains sidelined. Daily Slant: This is a situation to avoid in terms of DFS in Week 4. Thursday players tend to be a bit more popular than they should, and while it's hard to imagine any of these backs carrying relevant ownership percentages, they are still well worth fading. Drake led the way in Week 3, but the backfield was divided almost evenly which sieves value from each back. If you're targeting the Miami side, Jarvis Landry (at least 10 targets in each game) is your best bet. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:21 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.88 (160th)
     
  • Tomlin promises 'a lot' of Le'Veon in Week 4
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said to expect "a lot" of Le'Veon Bell against the Chiefs in Week 4.

    Advice: Rather than easing him in, it looks like Bell will be full throttle in his return from a three-game suspension. "Rest assured, you're going to see Le'Veon Bell and a lot of him Sunday," said Tomlin when asked about Bell's workload. DeAngelo Williams enjoyed a strong opener but fizzled out over the last two weeks. Bell is going to be heavily involved in every facet of the Pittsburgh offense and makes for a no-brainer RB1 in all formats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:39 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.31 (33rd)
     
  • Dwayne Washington could see more work
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein said "don't be surprised" if Dwayne Washington gets more work this week against the Bears.

    Advice: Coach Jim Caldwell blamed the line for Theo Riddick's struggles against the Packers, so they clearly have not given up the idea a career 3-YPC back handling the early-down work. Still, Washington was notably better as a runner against the Packers, and he should take on a bigger role soon enough. He already matched Riddick with 10 carries last week. Washington will be an upside FLEX play against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:14 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.20 (193rd)
     
  • Tevin Coleman totals 89 yards, 3 TDs in win
    Tevin Coleman rushed 12 times for 42 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints, adding three catches for 47 yards on three targets.

    Advice: Coleman and Devonta Freeman continued to split the snaps and touches Monday night, but Coleman was the one getting all the scoring chances inside the 10-yard line, with touchdown runs of two, two, and six yards. Freeman owners still have plenty to be happy about after Freeman piled up 207 total yards and a touchdown of his own on 19 touches to Coleman's 15 touches. This offense can support both backs with the tempo it plays at and all the touches it funnels to the two runners. Coleman will be back on the RB2 map next week in a home date with the Panthers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:45 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    8.65 (136th)
     
  • Devonta Freeman piles up 207 yards, TD on MNF
    Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 152 yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 55 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: It was about as perfect a stat line as one can have against the Saints' not-there defense. Freeman and Tevin Coleman continued to split snaps as they had the first two weeks, but Freeman ran with anger right out of the gates. On his first carry, Freeman shoved CB Sterling Moore to the ground with a violent stiff-arm, and it only got better from there. Two of Freeman's three longest career runs came Monday night, as he broke off 36- and 48-yard gains, running through gaping holes all evening. His touchdown came on a walk-in, 13-yard swing pass. Backfield mate Tevin Coleman did have three rushing scores of his own, but Freeman owners will be extremely happy with this performance. Keep firing him up as an RB2 next week vs. Carolina. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:40 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.87 (88th)
     
  • Jets to work out FA C.J. Spiller on Tuesday
    Free agent C.J. Spiller will work out for the Jets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Spiller played for OC Chan Gailey in Buffalo and had the best season of his career in Gailey's final year as the Bills' head coach in 2012. Spiller amassed 1,703 total yards and eight touchdowns in Gailey's spread scheme that season. In New York, he'd be insurance behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:30 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1052nd)
     
  • 'Optimism' Rashad Jennings returns this week
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports there is "optimism" Rashad Jennings (thumb) returns for Week 4.

    Advice: There's optimism and urgency, as the Giants' unsettled backfield has lost Shane Vereen (triceps) for the season. Jennings was a surprising scratch on Sunday, so we'd still consider his status far from certain. He's unsure of his ability to contribute in the passing game, something that will be even more of a necessity with Vereen out. The Giants will issue their first injury report on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:30 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • McAdoo: We'll evaluate Jennings all week
    Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Rashad Jennings (thumb) will be "evaluated throughout the week."

    Advice: Spoiler alert. Every injured player is evaluated throughout the week. The problem is Jennings' ability to contribute in the passing game, something that won't be magically cleared up after only one absence. There's likely renewed urgency to get Jennings back on the field, however, with the news that Shane Vereen is done for the season. The Giants don't have to issue an injury report until Thursday because they're playing on Monday Night Football. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:31 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Reid: 'Chance' Jamaal Charles back for Week 4
    Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "there's a chance" Jamaal Charles (knee) returns for Week 4.

    Advice: It's basically what Reid's been saying for weeks. We'd bet on Charles missing his fourth straight game, and for Spencer Ware to once again carry the mail in Kansas City's backfield. Charles' status will be updated no later than Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:22 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • Arian Foster not expected to play Thursday
    Coach Adam Gase suggested Arian Foster (groin) is not going to play Thursday night against the Bengals.

    Advice: "We're going to make sure he's at the right place for us," Gase said. It was never likely Foster would return on a short week, but he could make it back for the Dolphins' Week 5 clash with the Titans. Miami will again turn to an underwhelming committee featuring Kenyan Drake, Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, and Isaiah Pead. This is a situation to avoid. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:26 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • Jennings sat because of pass-game concerns
    Rashad Jennings (thumb) said he sat out Week 3 against the Redskins because of concerns about his ability to contribute in the passing game.

    Advice: Jennings said he has no problem holding the ball in his right hand when rushing, but the thumb injury does affect his ability to catch and pass protect. Jennings said he is "going to do everything I possibly can" to be ready for Monday night's matchup with the Vikings, but it would not be surprising if he sat out again. Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen split work with Jennings sidelined. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:20 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Kenyan Drake leads backfield in snaps
    Kenyan Drake played 27-of-67 snaps in the Dolphins' Week 3 win over the Browns.

    Advice: Drake led the backfield in snaps, but it was not a convincing win. Jay Ajayi played 18 snaps, Isaiah Pead saw 13, and Damien Williams was in on 11. Even with Arian Foster likely to sit again on a short week, the Dolphins' backfield is a situation to avoid. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:44 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.88 (160th)
     
  • Le'Veon Bell (suspended) set to return Week 4
    Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension has ended.

    Advice: Bell will rejoin the team this week and should start on Sunday night against the Chiefs. He's said his knee is 100 percent. DeAngelo Williams played well while Bell was suspended, but Bell will return to a massive workload as the clear lead back. He is a locked-in RB1 moving forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:57 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.31 (33rd)
     
  • Elliott runs for 140 yards in workhorse role
    Ezekiel Elliott had 30 carries for 140 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards in the Cowboys' Week 3 win over Chicago.

    Advice: Elliott had two touchdowns vultured, including one to Lance Dunbar. Even with the offensive line missing multiple starters, he had a ton of running room all game. Elliott’s highlight was a hurdle over S Chris Prosinski at the end of a third quarter run. He didn't have any ball security issues after two fumbles last week. Elliott is locked in as a RB1 for Week 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:07 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (41st)
     
  • Smallwood unleashed in win over Pittsburgh
    Wendell Smallwood racked up 79 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries Sunday in the Eagles' Week 3 win over the Steelers.

    Advice: The Eagles’ No. 4 running back (according to their most recent depth chart) announced his presence with a big second half, gashing the Steelers for 64 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries after the intermission. Smallwood saw the vast majority of Philadelphia’s rushing work with Ryan Mathews sidelined for most of the game. It’s notable that Smallwood also got first dibs on goal-line carries with Darren Sproles limited to a receiving role and Kenjon Barner handling change-of-pace work. Obviously Philadelphia’s huge lead afforded Smallwood a longer leash but it will be interesting to see how the backfield duties shake out after the Eagles come off their bye week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:20 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (609th)
     
  • Matt Forte held in check in Week 3 loss
    Matt Forte rushed 15 times for 65 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for -1 yard Week 3 against the Chiefs.

    Advice: Forte again looked good, getting everything that was blocked and creating yards on his own with great moves in the backfield. Unfortunately, the offense struggled to get anything going all game, and OC Chan Gailey apparently forgot Forte existed when the team was in the red zone. Gailey did, on the other hand, allow Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw three end-zone interceptions. Things will not get any easier against the Seahawks next week, but Forte’s workload keeps him in the RB1 conversation. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:39 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.18 (75th)
     
  • Jerick McKinnon bottled up for 47 yards
    Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 3 win over the Panthers, adding one catch for two yards.

    Advice: Matt Asiata got the "start," but McKinnon out-touched him 17-7 and out-snapped him 36-19. Yards were just extremely hard to come by behind the Vikings' truly pathetic offensive line, which lost LG Alex Boone to a hip injury early in the proceedings. McKinnon has a major leg up on Asiata — except for perhaps in short-yardage situations — but will face more tough sledding against the Giants' improved defense in Week 4. He'll remain on the RB2 borderline. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:36 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.39 (58th)
     
  • Crowell runs for 79 yards on Miami
    Isaiah Crowell had 15 carries for 79 yards in Week 3 against Miami.

    Advice: Crowell was mostly held in check outside of a 25-yard run. He lost 10 carries to Duke Johnson, who was more effective on fewer touches. Crowell has a solid floor in Hue Jackson's run scheme in the few games where Cleveland isn't playing from behind, but is due for some regression. He remains a prime sell high candidate. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:16 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.73 (89th)
     
  • Kenyan Drake starts, rushes for 37 yards
    Kenyan Drake rushed nine times for 37 yards in Miami's Week 3 win over the Browns.

    Advice: He added two catches for 11 yards. Drake started and had the most touches, but was in a full-blown committee with Jay Ajayi and Isaiah Pead. Ajayi scored the game-winning touchdown, so it's possible Miami will get him more touches next week. Even if Drake remains the starter, the Dolphins running back situation should be avoided. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:10 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.88 (160th)
     
  • Jay Ajayi scores game-winning TD
    Jay Ajayi had seven carries for 28 yards and a touchdown in Miami's Week 3 win over the Browns.

    Advice: Ajayi scored the game-winning touchdown on an 11-yard run in overtime. Kenyan Drake started, but he was part of a three-back committee. None of Miami's running backs stood out this week in place of Arian Foster. Ajayi's performance makes him the favorite to lead the backfield in Week 4 snaps. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:05 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.71 (206th)
     
  • T.J. Yeldon held to eight touches in Week 3
    T.J. Yeldon turned six carries into 17 yards and caught two-of-three targets for 11 yards Sunday in the Jaguars' Week 3 loss to the Ravens.

    Advice: Yeldon drew the start but was ultimately out-touched by Chris Ivory 13-8. He had zero running room behind Jacksonville’s non-existent offensive line. At least he was on the field when Jacksonville was trailing in the fourth quarter, which figures to be a frequent occurrence this year. There hasn’t been much to like about Jacksonville’s running game this season. Yeldon should probably be avoided in fantasy next week, even in a plus matchup against the Colts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:04 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.45 (95th)
     
  • Dwayne Washington sparks rushing game in 1H
    Dwayne Washington rushed 10 times for 38 yards and caught his only target for -3 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

    Advice: The final line does not look great, but Washington sparked a struggling running game once he was finally given a chance in the first half and looked like a dynamic weapon on the ground. He is clearly a much better option on early downs than Theo Riddick, and he should start to see more work moving forward. He will be a FLEX option in a great matchup next week against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:01 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.20 (193rd)
     
  • Ivory limited to 23 yards in Jaguars debut
    Chris Ivory tallied 14 yards on 12 carries and secured his only target for nine yards Sunday in the Jaguars' Week 3 loss to the Ravens.

    Advice: Ivory was absent for the Jaguars’ opening drive but resurfaced on the following possession. The good news is that Ivory out-touched T.J. Yeldon by a comfortable 13-8 margin. The bad news is that he was horribly inefficient and the Jaguars’ offensive line did almost nothing to protect him, standing idly by while Ivory and Yeldon spent the afternoon running into brick walls. Jacksonville’s running game has been stagnant all season and that probably won’t change even with Ivory back in the lineup. Ivory will be a touchdown-or-bust RB3 next week when the Jags travel to London to face the Colts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:01 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • Jeremy Hill comes alive with 17-97-2 rushing
    Jeremy Hill rushed 17 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Broncos.

    Advice: Hill's big fantasy game was the unlikeliest one on a day full of highs and lows. Hill busted an early 50-yard run and scored twice from short distance to give the Bengals an early lead, but faded into the background as Cincinnati fell behind in the second half. Hill has been highly inconsistent early in the year and will remain that way in an RBBC with Gio. With that said, Hill will be a stronger RB2 play when the Bengals host the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football in Week 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:44 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    11.23 (83rd)
     
  • Gio Bernard gets 10 touches in Week 3
    Giovani Bernard rushed five times for eight yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 36 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Broncos.

    Advice: Jeremy Hill (17-97-2) dominated the backfield work early, and Gio never got going even in a seemingly reasonable spot for OC Ken Zampese to feature him against a stout Broncos defensive front. Bernard is locked into a running back committee, which is going to render his fantasy production volatile week to week. He'll be a shaky flex option next Thursday night against Miami. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:41 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.13 (76th)
     
  • Jamaal Charles among Chiefs' Wk 3 inactives
    Chiefs declared RB Jamaal Charles, OL Parker Ehinger, OL Jah Reid, QB Tyler Bray, LB Sam Barrington, WR De'Anthony Thomas, and CB Kenneth Acker inactive for Week 3 against the Jets.

    Advice: The Chiefs will get RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back after he sat out last week with an ankle injury, but he will not start. Charles saw some practice reps with the first-team and coach Andy Reid suggested he could be back next week, but his return date is still up in the air. Spencer Ware will continue to start as long as Charles is out. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:57 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • Chris Ivory (illness) active against Baltimore
    Chris Ivory (illness) is active for Week 3 against the Ravens.

    Advice: Ivory is finally ready to make his Jaguars debut after missing the first two games with what the team is calling a "general medical issue." He won't see a full workload in his first game back but Ivory is still the favorite for goal-line carries. That makes him a touchdown-or-bust RB3. Obviously Ivory's return will put a major dent in T.J. Yeldon's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:54 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • Damien Williams active vs Cleveland
    Damien Williams is active for Week 3 against the Browns.

    Advice: There was speculation Williams could be a healthy scratch, but Miami has all four of their running backs active. Kenyan Drake is starting in place of Arian Foster and is the safest bet for touches. Also out for Miami are WR Justin Hunter, CB Jordan Lucas, LB Spencer Paysinger, C Mike Pouncey, OG Dallas Thomas, and DE Terrence Fede. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:51 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (399th)
     
  • C.J. Prosise not expected to play Sunday
    C.J. Prosise (hand) is not expected to play Sunday versus San Francisco.

    Advice: Prosise has practiced fully in two straight weeks, but he was listed as questionable both times and will miss both games. Thomas Rawls (shin) will also miss Sunday's game, setting up Christine Michael for a heavy workload. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:47 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.24 (300th)
     
  • Jonathan Stewart among Panthers' inactives
    Panthers declared RB Jonathan Stewart, WR Brenton Bersin, WR Damiere Byrd, LB Jeremy Cash, CB Teddy Williams, OG Tyler Larsen, and DE Ryan Delaire inactive for Week 3 against the Vikings.

    Advice: There are no surprises on this list. Stewart is expected to miss at least a couple games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:44 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (596th)
     
  • Rashad Jennings officially inactive vs. WSH
    Giants declared Rashad Jennings (thumb) inactive for Week 3 vs. the Redskins.

    Advice: Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen will supposedly split work in Jennings' absence, but Vereen is the only player we feel comfortable firing up in fantasy. Darkwa has a low ceiling and lower floor. Also inactive for the Giants are QB Josh Johnson, WR Roger Lewis, DT Montori Hughes, OT Marshall Newhouse, S Darian Thompson and DT Robert Thomas. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:32 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Ajayi won't start against Cleveland in Week 3
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins will "mix in other runners" behind starter Kenyan Drake against the Browns in Week 3.

    Advice: Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams will be left to fight for Drake's scraps on Sunday. All three of those players have been in coach Adam Gase's doghouse at some point this year. Ajayi showed nothing in his season debut against the Patriots last week, plodding his way to 14 yards on five carries while committing a costly fumble. Even with Arian Foster (groin) on the shelf, it doesn't look like he'll have much of a role. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:53 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.71 (206th)
     
  • Shocker: Rashad Jennings (thumb) will sit
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Rashad Jennings (thumb) is expected to miss Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins.

    Advice: It's a stunner as Jennings attended practice throughout the week and never looked to be in serious danger of missing Week 3. His thumb injury is obviously more severe than the Giants were letting on. He's week to week. It's unclear how the backfield will shape up in his absence, though Shane Vereen logged 17 touches with Jennings ailing against the Saints in Week 2. Vereen is suddenly a strong RB2 play in PPR leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:11 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Jamaal Charles (knee) officially out for Week 3
    Jamaal Charles (knee) is out for Week 3 against the Jets.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful on Friday despite seeing some practice reps with the first-team offense this week. Coach Andy Reid suggested Charles could play in Week 4 against Pittsburgh. Spencer Ware will carry the rushing load again on Sunday. For the season, he's out-touched Charcandrick West 30-16. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:05 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • RapSheet: Dolphins will start Kenyan Drake
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins are "treating Kenyan Drake as the starter today" in the absence of Arian Foster (groin).

    Advice: RapSheet does acknowledge the Dolphins will "mix in other runners" against the Browns. Jay Ajayi is understandably in coach Adam Gase's doghouse due to his total ineffectiveness and last week's lost fumble against the Patriots. The Dolphins used a third-round pick on Drake and want him to succeed. RapSheet reports Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead "missed a meeting" prior to the Dolphins-Pats game, which is why they were both inactive. We'd expect at least one of Williams and Pead to play against the Browns. Even against the Browns, Drake is a low-floor flex option in season-long leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:01 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.88 (160th)
     
  • Damien Williams could be odd man out
    Damien Williams could be a healthy scratch this week.

    Advice: Jay Ajayi is expected to start and get the majority of Arian Foster’s snaps. Miami should also keep Kenyan Drake involved in a COP/pass-down role. The Dolphins will go with either Isaiah Pead or Williams as their No. 3 back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:20 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (399th)
     
  • Isaiah Crowell should keep lead-back job
    ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon believes Isaiah Crowell will continue to be the lead back moving forward.

    Advice: There was some concern Duke Johnson would take over as the lead back before the season, but Crowell has impressed with 195 yards and two scores through two weeks. Those numbers do not tell the whole story, however. Crowell earned 40 yards on three meaningless draws at the end of a loss Week 1, and he had an 85-yard touchdown last week. He has averaged just 2.7 yards on his other 26 carries. With the offense sure to nose dive with Cody Kessler under center, Crowell is a great sell high. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:42 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.73 (89th)
     
  • Bowles also not worried with Forte's workload
    Jets coach Todd Bowles said he is not concerned about Matt Forte's early-season workload.

    Advice: Forte is on pace for 472 touches, but neither OC Chan Gailey nor Bowles seems to care. "I like to see us successful," Bowles said. "If we can ride somebody, we’ll ride him, whether it be a receiver, quarterback or running back. It really doesn’t matter." Bilal Powell has been an afterthought this season, but he is a hold with the Jets seemingly intent on running the 30-year-old Forte into the ground. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:06 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.18 (75th)
     
  • Giants confident Jennings can play with cast
    Giants OC Mike Sullivan said the team is confident Rashad Jennings (questionable) can adjust to the cast on his injured thumb.

    Advice: "It’s something that’s not natural. He’s used to doing that without the cast," Sullivan said. "It’s definitely an adjustment that we have great confidence he’ll be able to make." Coach Ben McAdoo also said he is "comfortable" with his No. 1 back. It seems clear Jennings is going to play, but he could see limited touches after playing fewer snaps than Shane Vereen last week. Even in a good matchup, he is more of a FLEX play this week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:53 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Prosise listed as questionable for Week 1
    C.J. Prosise (hand) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

    Advice: Prosise was also listed as questionable last week, then didn't play against the Rams. His status is wholly uncertain for Sunday's showdown with the 49ers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:43 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.24 (300th)
     
  • Jamaal Charles (knee) doubtful for Week 3
    Jamaal Charles (knee) is doubtful for Week 3 against the Jets.

    Advice: Coach Andy Reid gave Charles owners some false hope Friday by hinting at a return in Week 3, but his doubtful listing confirms that won't be the case. Spencer Ware is looking at another week atop the Chiefs' running back depth chart. Charles has worked with the first-team offense at practice the past few days after being relegated to scout team duty the previous two weeks. He's getting close. Daily Slant: The backfield will very likely be left to Ware and West yet again, although this is the toughest draw they've faced so far. The Jets haven't allowed much to opposing backs this year, holding them to a shade under 4.0 YPC on 29 totes, and they've struggled to get pressure on opposing QBs. They managed to hit Tyrod Taylor just once (no sacks) last week, setting up Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin as sneaky GPP plays. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:45 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • Update: Rashad Jennings listed questionable
    The Giants updated their injury report to show that Rashad Jennings (thumb) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Redskins.

    Advice: He was originally not listed on the injury report. Per NJ.com's Jordan Raanan, the "expectation remains he'll play with small cast on his left thumb." Jennings' passing-game and ball-carrying usage could be limited by the injury. Particularly after Jennings flopped in a best-case matchup versus New Orleans last week, we'd have a hard time trusting him an RB2 against Washington. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:42 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (833rd)
     
  • Reid leaves door open for J. Charles to play
    Chiefs coach Andy Reid left the door open Friday for Jamaal Charles (knee) to play in Week 3 against the Jets.

    Advice: "I think he feels like he can do it," said Reid. Reid also revealed that Charles began practicing with the first-team offense after working only with the scout team in the first two weeks of the season. Charles' role would undoubtedly be limited were he able to play against the Jets, but his progress is a very good sign. Spencer Ware should remain the Chiefs' lead back in Week 3. Charcandrick West would be more likely to lose snaps to Charles. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:24 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • Gase declines to name starter for Week 3
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he has not "narrowed down" who will start at running back against the Browns in Week 3.

    Advice: Obviously it won't be Arian Foster, who has already been ruled out with a groin injury. We're guessing Jay Ajayi will get the nod, though he might share work with third-round rookie Kenyan Drake. For what it's worth, Ajayi out-touched Drake 9-4 against New England in Week 2. Ajayi is the better fantasy play and should be considered an RB3 in a plus matchup against Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:08 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.71 (206th)
     
  • Arian Foster (groin) ruled out against Browns
    Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Week 3 versus Cleveland.

    Advice: He should be considered week to week. Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Friday that he hadn't figured out which running back will start in Foster's place. The Fins have four other backs on their 53: Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, Isaiah Pead, and Kenyan Drake. None of them is a reliable Week 3 fantasy play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:03 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • J-Stew (hamstring) officially out for Week 3
    Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is officially out for Week 3 against the Vikings.

    Advice: Coach Ron Rivera said he expects Stewart to miss about 2-3 weeks. Cameron Artis-Payne will serve as the starter during his absence, though Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert are also expected to have roles. Artis-Payne will be little more than an RB3/4 against the Vikings' stout run defense. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:13 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (596th)
     
  • Arian Foster (groin) not seen at Friday's practice
    Arian Foster (groin) wasn't present for the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media.

    Advice: He hasn't practiced all week and is headed for another DNP on Friday. Unless something miraculous happens, Foster won't be on the field for Week 3 against the Browns. Expect Jay Ajayi to get the lion's share of carries with rookie Kenyan Drake playing a change-of-pace role on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • Chris Ivory questionable, on track to play
    Chris Ivory (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Ravens.

    Advice: Coach Gus Bradley said Ivory is on track to make his Jaguars debut. He could be on a bit of a snap count, but Ivory should handle any goal-line work. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:21 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • Chris Ivory upgraded to 'full' on Thursday
    Chris Ivory (illness) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Ivory is ready to return from his mysterious ailment and lead the Jaguars' backfield. T.J. Yeldon flopped hard in Ivory's absence. Ivory immediately steps in as the preferred standard league option, but is a mere RB3. He'll hurt fantasy owners if he doesn't find the end zone. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:06 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • Arian Foster (groin) missing again Thursday
    Arian Foster (groin) remained absent from Dolphins practice Thursday.

    Advice: There's yet to be a reason to expect Foster to suit up against the Browns. The Dolphins will hold him out of a cakewalk matchup with an eye toward getting him 100 percent for Week 4. Jay Ajayi will lead a committee in Foster's absence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:37 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • OC: Too early to worry about Forte's workload
    Jets OC Chan Gailey believes it's too early to start monitoring Matt Forte's workload.

    Advice: Forte has gotten the ball 59 times through two games, but Gailey evidently hasn't seen any sign of early-season wear and tear. It's inevitable that Forte's workloads will be curtailed, especially with a competent backup in Bilal Powell, but Week 3 won't be it. Forte is playing on 10 days' rest after getting the ball 32 times against the Bills in Week 2. Forte is locked in as a high-end RB1 while he dominates touches. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:13 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.18 (75th)
     
  • Chris Ivory practicing again on Thursday
    Chris Ivory (illness) is practicing again on Thursday.

    Advice: Ivory looks set to play, but his workload could be limited coming off the illness. He will also be playing behind a line likely missing its starting center and left tackle. Ivory is shaping up as a touchdown-or-bust RB3. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:42 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • Jerick McKinnon (toe) practicing in full
    Jerick McKinnon (toe) is practicing in full for Week 3.

    Advice: McKinnon isn't fully healthy, but it hasn't cost him any games. He'll start and get the first chance at replacing Adrian Peterson against Carolina. Matt Asiata remains the favorite for short-yardage and red-zone work. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:32 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.39 (58th)
     
  • Reid thinks 'another week' will help Charles
    When asked about Jamaal Charles' (knee) status for Week 3, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "another week is going to help him."

    Advice: Reid said Charles could play "today or tomorrow," but it looks like the Chiefs will err on the side of caution by keeping him out one more week. Charles practiced with the scout team on Wednesday, just as he did last week. With Charles a long shot for Sunday, Spencer Ware should see another heavy workload against the Jets in Week 3. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:20 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • Matt Forte limited on Wednesday
    Matt Forte (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Forte balled out last Thursday night with 109 total yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 32 touches, so he's likely just getting some veteran rest during practice. He's a locked-in RB1 this week against the Chiefs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:29 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    12.18 (75th)
     
  • Fins could use full-blown RBBC without Foster
    Coach Adam Gase suggested the Dolphins could use a full-blown running back by committee with Arian Foster (groin) likely out Week 3 against the Browns.

    Advice: Gase added that practice this week will determine who gets the start. With Foster expected to sit, the Dolphins are left with Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams, and Isaiah Pead. Gase went on to talk about each back's strengths on Wednesday. It's conceivable it could be a straight-up rotational backfield and hot-hand approach. Through two games, the Dolphins have the third-fewest rushing attempts as a team. This is simply a situation to avoid. Ryan Tannehill and the receivers are far more attractive fantasy options Week 3. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:03 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.71 (206th)
     
  • Ron Rivera says Stewart could miss 2-4 weeks
    Coach Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) could be out "two weeks, three weeks, four weeks."

    Advice: This sounds like a classic coach answer. Rivera is simply being facetious with his answer and not trying to tell the whole truth. Stewart has long been a slow healer, however, and hamstring issues in running backs and receiver can linger. Stewart seems pretty certain to miss multiple games. In his absence, OC Mike Shula said the Panthers will use a committee in the backfield. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:46 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (596th)
     
  • Report: Arian Foster a 'long shot' for Week 3
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Arian Foster (groin) is a "long shot" to play Week 3 against the Browns.

    Advice: Foster's injury isn't believed to be serious, but expect the Dolphins to err on the side of caution with him, especially this week against a lowly Browns team. RapSheet reports there's a "chance" he plays Week 4. With Foster likely to sit, Jay Ajayi will get the start with Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams to follow. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:07 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • Arian Foster (groin) not practicing Wednesday
    Arian Foster (groin) is not practicing Wednesday.

    Advice: Foster hasn't practiced on Wednesdays all month, so it's hard to read too deep into this one. However, it doesn't sound like he'll play Week 3 against the Browns after straining his groin early in the Week 2 loss at New England. If he sits, Jay Ajayi and Isaiah Pead will lead a backfield committee. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:34 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • Jamaal Charles again w/ scout team Wednesday
    Jamaal Charles (knee) is again working with the scout team at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Coach Andy Reid said Charles is getting better every day, and he'll get a couple first-team reps at Wednesday's practice. But he's still not ready. Odds are it will be Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West against the Jets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.63 (56th)
     
  • McKinnon officially named Vikings starting RB
    Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Jerick McKinnon will be the Vikings' starting running back moving forward.

    Advice: As expected. McKinnon will get the first crack at replacing Adrian Peterson after it was revealed he needs likely season-ending surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. Expect McKinnon and Matt Asiata to form a sort of committee with Asiata the favorite for short-yardage and goal-line work, though that's not set in stone. McKinnon is the top waiver add this week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:40 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    13.39 (58th)
     
  • Chris Ivory (illness) back at Jags practice
    Chris Ivory (illness) returned to practice Wednesday, getting in a limited session.

    Advice: He's expected to play this week after missing the first two games of the season with a mysterious illness. T.J. Yeldon didn't do much in Ivory's absence, turning 28 carries into 67 yards (2.8 YPC) and one touchdown, while also catching 12 passes for 40 yards (3.3 YPR). Ivory should slide in as the early-down hammer and preferred goal-line back in Jacksonville. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.00 (125th)
     
  • Zeke Elliott's conditioning still an issue?
    Cowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus suggested that Ezekiel Elliott "doesn't look as explosive" as he did in college.

    Advice: It's hard to argue against for a back averaging 3.3 yards per carry after Elliott averaged 6.7 YPC at Ohio State. Elliott got nothing going against the Giants in Week 1 and only had a few nice runs in Week 2 against the Redskins. Broaddus suggested that Elliott's "conditioning doesn't look right" and later tweeted Elliott may be "kinda living life too much." There have been rumors Elliott isn't fully focused on football for awhile now. Elliott does have major breakout potential on Sunday Night Football against the Bears' injury-depleted defense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:15 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (41st)
     
  • Dolphins 'cautiously optimistic' about Foster
    ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Dolphins are "cautiously optimistic" about Arian Foster's (groin) Week 3 status.

    Advice: Per Graziano, Foster is unlikely to practice Wednesday, but the Dolphins had already been giving Foster Wednesdays off. This being Foster, it would be unwise to form a concrete opinion about his weekend status until Friday, or perhaps even Sunday. Owners definitely need to be making other plans in the event he doesn't suit up. Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams form a committee if Foster doesn't go. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:24 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • FA C.J. Spiller visiting the Packers Tuesday
    Free agent C.J. Spiller is visiting the Packers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Packers' rushing attack is off to a slow start, but Spiller wouldn't help with that. Eddie Lacy and James Starks have combined for only five passing-game targets. Spiller would help with that. Of course, Spiller didn't help with anything during his brief time in New Orleans. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:46 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1052nd)
     
  • Report: Arian Foster dealing with strained groin
    Arian Foster's injury is believed to be a groin strain.

    Advice: Per Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Foster's status for Sunday is "iffy" but he shouldn't miss more than a game or two. Foster hasn't shown much through two weeks, averaging a mere 2.9 yards per carry on 16 rushing attempts. Jay Ajayi would likely draw the start if Foster has to sit out against Cleveland in Week 3. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:38 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (840th)
     
  • Jerry: Fumbles will not affect Elliott's work
    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said fumbling issues "will not at all" affect Ezekiel Elliott's workload.

    Advice: Elliott was pulled after his second fumble against the Redskins on Sunday, but the Cowboys do not seem worried it is a long-term issue. "He fundamentally carries the ball really sound," Jones said. "He carries it. He carries it up against him. We won't get into all of that detail, but if you asked the question: Is he very sound in the way he holds the football? He is." Alfred Morris might be in line for more work, but Elliott will remain the clear workhorse moving forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:07 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (41st)
     
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