Player Notes

  • Palmer will continue spreading ball around
    Carson Palmer said coach Bruce Arians' offense is designed to spread the ball around.

    Advice: "I've been in offenses where the majority of the plays are designed to go to one guy," Palmer said. "This system is not designed to go to the 'X' or the 'Z' or the 'Y.' It depends on the coverage." Palmer hit nine different pass catchers against Oakland last week, and connected with 11 and eight different receivers in his first two starts of the season. The emphasis on spreading the ball around has led to disappointing seasons for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who are both on pace to fall below their statistical output from last season. Unless something changes, Arizona's offensive philosophy makes Floyd nothing more than an upside WR2, while Fitzgerald is a WR3 moving forward.
    44 minutes ago
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  • A.J. Green (toe) not expected to play Week 8
    The NFL Network's Albert Breer reports A.J. Green (toe) is unlikely to play against the Ravens Week 8.

    Advice: Green did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. Breer reports Green is dealing with "lingering" ligament damage under his big toe, and he expects the Bengals to be careful with the injury. Green should be viewed as questionable for Week 9.
    Today, 9:04 am
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  • Jaguars waive WR King, add CB Thompson
    Jaguars waived WR Tavarres King.

    Advice: A 2013 fifth-round pick, King has now been released by three teams in two seasons. King's combination of size and speed will likely land him on someone's practice squad. The Jaguars signed CB Peyton Thompson in a corresponding move. Thompson will serve as insurance in case Dwayne Gratz (hip) cannot play.
    Today, 8:57 am
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  • Shonn Greene arrested on Friday night
    Titans RB Shonn Greene was arrested for fleeing the scene of a parking incident on Friday night.

    Advice: Greene was parked in a handicap parking space in Franklin, Tennessee on Friday evening. When a parking enforcement officer tried to issue Greene a ticket, he got into his car, maneuvered around the officer's vehicle and left the scene. Greene was charged with a handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk. Green turned himself in Friday night after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest, and was released after posting a $2,000 bond. His status for Sunday's game against the Texans is unknown.
    Today, 8:51 am
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  • Browns will not force the ball to Cameron
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team will not force the ball to Jordan Cameron.

    Advice: "If he’s open in the read and the ball gets thrown to him, he needs to catch it," Pettine said, "but we’re not going to force a ball to somebody." Cameron has seen 5.2 targets a game this year after seeing the ball come his way 7.9 times a contest last season. He has also been far less efficient, catching just 38% of his targets on the season. Cameron has the talent to turn it around, but he will need more consistent targets and more consistent quarterback play to regain top-five tight end status.
    Today, 7:59 am
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  • Jets plan to use Harvin as 'downfield threat'
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said New York wants to make Harvin a "downfield threat."

    Advice: Harvin was used as essentially a pass-catching running back in Seattle, catching balls at or near the line of scrimmage and being asked to make plays himself. The Jets will likely push Harvin downfield more, which should help his fantasy value in the long run. With his role in the offense still unclear, Harvin is a risky fantasy start this week, but his outlook moving forward is a couple shades brighter.
    Today, 6:10 am
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  • Jonas Gray the Patriots top big back
    ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss confirms Jonas Gray now projects as the Patriots top "big back."

    Advice: Gray is ahead of both Brandon Bolden and James White. The 2012 UDFA out of Notre Dame was expected to have a bigger role than the three carries he got in Week 7, but the Patriots got absolutely dominated in time of possession and didn't want to challenge the Jets' elite run defense. In different game-flow situations, Gray could have a real role. He's worth adding in deeper formats.
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
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  • Jags not sure if Denard can handle big work
    A source tells ESPN Jags reporter Mike DiRocco that the coaches "still aren't sure if [Denard] Robinson is capable of handling a heavy workload each week."

    Advice: Robinson ripped apart the Browns' atrocious run defense last week for 22-127-1 and has earned another start. Don't expect 20-carry games to become the norm. The 197-pound "Shoelace" typically won't have gameflow on his side and also Toby Gerhart (foot) is coming back this week to pair with third-down back Jordan Todman. Furthermore, the Jags bottom-five offensive line is going to have its hands more than full with a very strong Dolphins front this week.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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  • Shane Vereen expected to play through illness
    ESPN Boston says it would be a surprise if Shane Vereen (illness) doesn't play in Sunday's game against the Bears.

    Advice: Vereen was under the weather and sat out Friday's practice. It shouldn't affect his role in a fine matchup at home Sunday. Vereen, who played on a career-high 80 percent of the snaps in the first game after Stevan Ridley's season-ending knee injury, is RB2 even in non-PPR formats.
    Yesterday, 8:45 pm
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  • Chris Polk (hamstring) probable for Week 8
    Chris Polk (hamstring) is probable for Week 8 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Polk has been cleared to return from his hamstring injury. He would back up LeSean McCoy if Darren Sproles (questionable, knee) is held out.
    Yesterday, 7:40 pm
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  • Report: Megatron not likely to play in London
    ESPN's Ed Werder reports Lions coach Jim Caldwell is thinking "big picture" with Calvin Johnson (questionable, ankle), and is not expected to allow Johnson to play Sunday morning in London.

    Advice: Per Werder, Megatron and Reggie Bush (ankle, doubtful) are both "not likely" to play against the Falcons. The Lions are 5-2 with a Week 9 bye, and could get both playmakers two more full weeks of rest before unleashing them for the stretch run. Holding Johnson and Bush out against Atlanta would be the savviest move by Caldwell, even if the Lions lose to the Falcons. Look for the Lions to continue to lean heavily on Joique Bell and Golden Tate in Week 8.
    Yesterday, 6:35 pm
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  • Donald Brown remains in concussion protocol
    Donald Brown (concussion) still hasn't been medically cleared.

    Advice: Brown has missed the last three games due to his concussion. He remains without a timetable for return. The Chargers will likely hold Brown out through their Week 10 bye.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
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  • John Brown (ankle) probable for Week 8
    Cardinals WR John Brown (ankle) practiced fully on Friday and is probable for Week 8 against the Eagles.

    Advice: He won't miss any time with his ankle injury. A situational deep threat, Brown has a 17/197/3 line through six games.
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
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  • Martellus Bennett probable for Week 8
    Martellus Bennett (hamstring) was upgraded to full in Friday's practice and is listed as probable for Week 8.

    Advice: Bennett will be fine for Sunday's game against the Patriots. With Brandon Marshall expected to be covered by Darrelle Revis, Bennett should see an increase in red-zone targets.
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
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  • Jimmy Graham listed as questionable
    Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Packers, but is expected to play.

    Advice: He was limited in practice all week. Expect more usage for Graham against Green Bay after he was targeted just twice in last Sunday's loss to Detroit, and played fewer than 50 percent of New Orleans' offensive snaps. Rotoworld's Pat Daugherty ranks Graham as this week's No. 4 overall tight end play, behind only Julius Thomas (played Thursday), Rob Gronkowski, and Greg Olsen.
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
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  • Vincent Jackson (ribs) listed as questionable
    Vincent Jackson (ribs) is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Vikings.

    Advice: V-Jax practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is expected to play against Minnesota. His status will be worth rechecking Sunday morning, however. On the off chance Jackson were unable to suit up for Week 8, the Bucs would turn to Mike Evans and Louis Murphy as their starting wideouts.
    Yesterday, 12:03 pm
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  • Kenny Britt listed as probable
    Kenny Britt (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8 at Kansas City.

    Advice: Although Britt is no longer a useful on-field player, the Rams have justified his presence in the starting lineup as critical to their team "leadership."
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
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  • Colts won't name starter in place of Wayne
    Coach Chuck Pagano was "noncommittal" Wednesday when asked who will start in place of Reggie Wayne (elbow) against the Steelers.

    Advice: Donte Moncrief played more Week 7 snaps than Hakeem Nicks, who has appeared done and then some while seeing decreased playing time in recent weeks for Indy. Third-round pick Moncrief offers a lot more big-play ability and upside at this stage of their respective careers. We're guessing Pagano's refusal to name Nicks the starter hints Moncrief has a real chance to get the nod.
    Yesterday, 10:12 am
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  • Brandon Pettigrew (foot) doubtful for Week 8
    Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is doubtful for Week 8 against the Falcons.

    Advice: It'll be Jordan Thompson and Kellen Davis at tight end for the Lions with Pettigrew, Eric Ebron (hamstring), and Joseph Fauria (ankle) all hurt.
    Yesterday, 7:46 am
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  • Wes Welker held to two catches vs. Chargers
    Wes Welker caught 2-of-2 targets for five yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

    Advice: Welker's biggest impact of the night came when he fell on Emmanuel Sanders' fourth-quarter fumble. Welker has now been limited to six grabs for 63 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. We know Peyton Manning likes to get his weapons going after slow stretches, but Welker is shaping up a distant fourth on the Broncos' targets totem pole. He's settling in as a low-upside WR3/4.
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
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