Player Notes

  • Brandon Williams catches six-yard pass
    Panthers TE Brandon Williams caught a six-yard pass in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: The grab was originally a 12-yard touchdown, but Williams ended up getting ruled down by contact midway through his run. Williams is a high-upside reserve, but has just four total catches this season. His fantasy time doesn't appear to be coming any time soon.
    Today, 9:20 pm
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  • Jerricho Cotchery limited to two catches
    Jerricho Cotchery caught 2-of-5 targets for 59 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: Cotchery could have had a third grab, but let a deep reception get knocked out of his hands as he took a huge shot to the back on an under-thrown ball. A world-class touchdown vulture for the Steelers in 2013, Cotchery has yet to score this season.
    Today, 9:17 pm
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  • Travaris Cadet totals 40 yards vs. Carolina
    Travaris Cadet rushed twice for one yard in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers, adding three catches for an additional 39 yards.

    Advice: Not the night FLEX night streamers had in mind, though it wasn't a total disaster for PPR purposes. The question now for Cadet's middling RB3 value is if Pierre Thomas (shoulder) will be back for Week 10. Cadet is far from a must hold if you're in a roster bind.
    Today, 9:15 pm
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  • Kenny Stills has 5-catch night vs. Panthers
    Kenny Stills caught 5-of-8 targets for 72 yards in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Stills could have had an even-bigger night, but committed a couple of drops. He also tweaked his groin, but played through a "probable" return tag. Stills is coming off one of the better stretches of his NFL career, with 14 grabs for 232 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. He's on pace for 51/799/2 at the season's halfway point after missing Week 1. He's a high-risk, high-reward WR4.
    Today, 9:11 pm
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  • Marques Colston limited to three catches
    Marques Colston caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Another quiet night for Drew Brees' security blanket, who is on pace for a modest 56/888/2 at the season's halfway point. Colston closed strong in 2013, but that may not be in the cards this season with Brandin Cooks fighting for targets over the middle of the field. Colston is a Reggie Wayne-esque WR3.
    Today, 9:08 pm
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  • Brandin Cooks held to three catches in win
    Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-3 targets for 38 yards in the Saints' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: It was a disappointing night coming off Cooks' 6/94/1 Week 8, especially since he seemed to be finding the soft spots in Carolina's secondary. Either way, Drew Brees was spreading the ball around, finding eight different receivers. Cooks has weekly blow-up potential, but his season-long upside seems capped by the Saints' spread-the-wealth passing attack. With half his rookie year now in the books, Cooks is on pace for 86/820/4 four as a receiver, and 136 additional yards as a rusher. He's a boom-or-bust WR3.
    Today, 9:04 pm
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  • Greg Olsen has three-catch night vs. Saints
    Greg Olsen caught 3-of-4 targets for 30 yards in Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints.

    Advice: Olsen's missed connection was the result of an inaccurate throw from Cam Newton. Olsen has just four catches for 46 yards over his past two games, but is still on pace for 90/1,078/10 at the season's halfway point. A 10-day rest for Week 10 should do Olsen and the Panthers' offense some good. He remains locked in as a top-five tight end.
    Today, 9:00 pm
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  • DeAngelo Williams totals 50 yards in return
    Returning from a four-week absence, DeAngelo Williams (knee) started Carolina's Week 9 loss to the Saints, rushing eight times for 20 yards.

    Advice: Williams added a 30-yard catch on a screen, leaving him at 50 total yards. As feared, he rotated near evenly with Jonathan Stewart, out-touching him just 9-8 while out-gaining him 50-46. Neither player was allowed to gain the upper hand or get into a rhythm. The situation is one of the least appealing running-back quagmires in all of fantasy football. D-Will should be bench fodder more weeks than not down the stretch.
    Today, 8:58 pm
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  • Jimmy Graham continues to heat up with 7/83/1
    Jimmy Graham caught 7-of-7 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Both the catches and yards were Graham's most since Week 4. The nice night came despite the fact that Graham appeared to tweak his troublesome shoulder multiple times, though he never checked out of the game. Graham beat blanket coverage from CB Melvin White on his one-yard score, and also dealt with supremely-physical attention from LB Thomas Davis. With half the season now in the books, Graham is on pace for 92/1,036/10 despite playing at less than 100 percent for the better part of a month. The yardage rate should pick up.
    Today, 8:43 pm
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  • Kenny Britt (hip) upgraded to 'full' Thursday
    Kenny Britt (hip) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

    Advice: The Rams' nominal No. 1 receiver will be good to go as a WR5 against the 49ers' now-healthy secondary.
    Today, 4:40 pm
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  • Allen Hurns (ankle) upgraded to 'full' Thurs.
    Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

    Advice: The WR5/6 will be fine for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
    Today, 3:36 pm
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  • CJ?K moping about reduced role for Jets
    Jets RB Chris Johnson says he has "nothing to be excited about or look forward to" because he isn't playing enough.

    Advice: Ever the team player, Johnson said he doesn't want to be viewed as a "complainer," but then went on to heartily complain about his role. "This is the first time I've ever felt this type of frustration, but there's nothing I can really do about it right now," Johnson said. Averaging just eight touches over his past five games, Johnson is managing a modest 4.0 yards per carry this season. Considering his usage, that number should be much higher. A shell of the player who rushed for 2,000 yards in 2009, Johnson will soon be out of the league if he can't accept that he's a role player at this stage of his career.
    Today, 3:09 pm
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  • Donald Brown (concussion) practicing in full
    Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 9.

    Advice: Brown is finally ready to return after missing the Chargers' past three games. It's unclear what his role will be against the Dolphins, as Branden Oliver has performed well as an every-down back in Brown's absence. We wouldn't expect Brown to handle more than 5-6 touches.
    Today, 1:58 pm
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  • Arian Foster back at Texans practice Thursday
    Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

    Advice: The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1 back.
    Today, 1:39 pm
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  • Darren Sproles 'full' again on Thursday
    Darren Sproles (knee) remained "full" in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Barring a setback, Sproles will be good to go as an RB3 in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 11:43 am
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  • Bengals' Green (toe) practicing on Thursday
    A.J. Green (toe) participated in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: It was another "limited" session for the long-sidelined receiver, but it's a step in the direction for his Week 9 status. Even if Green practices again on Friday, he's likely trending toward a game-time decision, but owners can be cautiously optimistic he'll suit up. CIN/JAX kicks off at 1ET, so thankfully we'll have a Green answer no later than 11:30 AM ET.
    Today, 10:26 am
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  • Rashad Jennings already ruled out of Week 9
    Rashad Jennings (knee) will not play in Monday's game against the Colts.

    Advice: Jennings rehab from a Week 5 MCL sprain is not going as expected -- he hasn't even resumed practicing yet. We'll consider him questionable for Week 10. In the meantime, rookie Andre Williams will try to rebound from two ineffective and disappointing starts prior to the bye. Showing a lack of vision and a tendency to run to contact, Williams will only be a borderline RB2.
    Today, 8:04 am
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  • Mort: Bengals getting Peerman ready
    According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Bengals are "getting [Cedric] Peerman ready as a complimentary back to Jeremy Hill."

    Advice: Gio Bernard (hip) is in doubt for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He couldn't finish last week's game and did not practice on Wednesday. The change-of-pace type Peerman has been on the fringe of Cincy's roster for the last five seasons, rushing just 54 times. The real winner if Gio sits, of course, would be rookie power back Jeremy Hill. He'd take on feature duties and would be a candidate for 20 touches.
    Today, 7:54 am
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  • Tate blames lack of holes for poor numbers
    Ben Tate suggested that a lack of running lanes is the reason for his brutal two-game stretch.

    Advice: Over the last two weeks, Tate has rushed 31 times for 62 yards (2.0 YPC). He was asked if there were any holes against the Raiders last week. "Did you watch the game?" he replied. Tate now has another favorable matchup against Tampa Bay's leaky run defense this week, but is just an RB2 post-Alex Mack.
    Today, 7:29 am
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  • Doctors don't know if Pitta will play again
    Doctors do not know yet if Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) will play football again.

    Advice: It's been five weeks since Pitta went under the knife to repair his second dislocated and fractured hip. "In a few months, we'll see how I'm feeling and how things are going, and we'll be able to make some determinations then," he said. Pitta, 29, signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with $16 million guaranteed in February of this year.
    Today, 6:30 am
    Injured Reserve
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