Player Notes

  • Christine Michael totals 55 yards in tie
    Christine Michael had 16 carries for 52 yards in Sunday night's Week 7 tie with Arizona.

    Advice: He added three catch for three yards. Michael was held in check most of the night. He had just 15 yards in the first half, but made some plays late in the game and overtime. Michael should have no trouble getting back on track in Week 8 against New Orleans. He remains locked in as an RB1. 29 minutes ago
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  • Le'Veon racks up 149 yards in loss to Pats
    Le'Veon Bell rumbled to 81 yards on 21 carries and caught 10-of-13 targets for 68 yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 7 loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: We knew the Steelers would lean heavily on Bell during Ben Roethlisberger’s absence and that’s exactly what they did Sunday against New England. Bell’s 31 touches were easily a season-high. He didn’t break the big one (his longest gain went for 13 yards) but Bell was involved in every aspect of Pittsburgh’s offense from start to finish. He’s been a yardage machine this year, contributing 589 yards on 99 offensive touches over four games. Bell is a matchup-proof RB1 and should put on a clinic against the Ravens after the Steelers’ bye week. Today, 6:14 pm
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  • James White finds the end zone in Week 7
    James White corralled two-of-five targets for 32 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Patriots' Week 7 win over the Steelers.

    Advice: White got off to a nice start with a 19-yard touchdown in the first quarter but that would prove to be his only highlight of the afternoon. He took a backseat in this one to LeGarrette Blount, who exploded for a season-high 127 yards and two touchdowns. White still plays an important role as the Patriots’ passing-down back but the unpredictability of New England’s offense will hamper him at times. He’ll get the Bills in Week 8. Today, 5:23 pm
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  • Blount rolls to season-high 127 yards in Week 7
    LeGarrette Blount turned 24 carries into 127 yards and two touchdowns and added one catch for seven yards Sunday in the Patriots' Week 7 win over the Steelers.

    Advice: Blount set the tone with 13 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown in the first half. His TD came on a three-yard scamper early in the second quarter. Blount kept the engine running in the second half by contributing his longest run of the day on a 25-yard burst midway through the third quarter. He capped the outing with another touchdown early in the fourth quarter, this time punching it in from five yards. Blount has already established a new career-high in touchdowns with eight, which puts him in a three-way tie with David Johnson and Melvin Gordon for the league lead. He’ll be in play as an RB2 next week against a Buffalo run defense that just allowed 214 yards to Jay Ajayi. Today, 5:17 pm
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  • Peyton Barber goes 12-84-1 rushing vs. SF
    Bucs RB Peyton Barber rushed 12 times for 84 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 7 win over the 49ers.

    Advice: Barber operated as a breather back behind Quizz Rodgers and also closed out the game in clock-killing mode, breaking off an essentially un-touched 44-yard TD in the fourth quarter. A grinder between the tackles, Barber is a name to keep in mind with Doug Martin's (hamstring) return not looking at all imminent. Barber would become a legitimate fantasy asset if Rodgers went down. Today, 4:38 pm
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  • Ivory manages season-best 48 yards in loss
    Chris Ivory rushed five times for 48 yards and caught 2-of-4 passes for three yards in Jacksonville's Week 7 loss to the Raiders.

    Advice: It was his most effective game of the year. Ivory played in an even timeshare with T.J. Yeldon. He was a non-factor outside of a 42-yard run. Jacksonville signed Ivory to improve their red-zone efficiency, but he's converted one goal-line carry since returning in Week 3. Ivory is averaging a plodding 2.7 YPC on 34 touches despite an expanded role the last two weeks. He's a touchdown-dependent RB3 for matchup with Tennessee in Week 8. Today, 3:35 pm
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  • Rob Kelley catches touchdown
    Rob Kelley rushed four times for 15 yards in the Redskins' Week 7 loss to the Lions, adding a receiving touchdown.

    Advice: Kelley's lone grab was a one-yard score. Kelley got a little work after Matt Jones lost yet another fumble, but only managed to match his Week 6 touch total. It was Chris Thompson who saw the biggest uptick in touches after Jones' miscue. Kelley remains a decent handcuff, but will struggle for standalone value even if Jones keeps putting the ball on the ground. Today, 2:40 pm
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  • DeMarco Murray: 127 total yards, TD vs. Colts
    DeMarco Murray rushed 25 times for 107 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-5 targets for 20 yards in the Titans' Week 7 loss to the Colts.

    Advice: Murray was basically the lock of the week in DFS and proceeded to hit, even in a game where the Colts played surprisingly decent run defense and prevented Murray from hitting any runs of longer than 14 yards. On Thursday Night Football in Week 8, Murray will take on a Jaguars defense that has been weaker versus the run than the pass. He is an elite RB1 play every week. Today, 2:20 pm
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  • Ingram scores touchdown, fumbles in Week 7
    Mark Ingram produced 62 yards on 16 carries and caught four passes for 20 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Saints' Week 7 loss to the Chiefs.

    Advice: It was an eventful afternoon for Ingram, though not necessarily for all the right reasons. Ingram was mostly bottled up in the run game, averaging an underwhelming 3.88 yards per carry including 3.29 per attempt in the first half. He shined in the third quarter, extending a drive with a nice catch on third down before punching in a three-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Drew Brees. Ingram was thinking touchdown again in the fourth quarter but committed a costly fumble on the Chiefs’ seven-yard line. That play proved to be the final nail in the Saints’ coffin. Ingram will remain on the RB1 borderline next week against Seattle. Today, 2:19 pm
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  • Chris Thompson: 19 touches for 113 yards
    Chris Thompson rushed 12 times for 73 yards in the Redskins' Week 7 loss to the Lions, adding seven receptions for 40 additional yards.

    Advice: Thompson led the backfield in touches and carries, and the team in yards from scrimmage (113). His involvement was increased after Matt Jones fumbled a ball into the end zone for a Lions touchback. Coach Jay Gruden implemented a three-man timeshare, with Rob Kelley the third man, but Thompson was leading the way. Thompson was consistently getting the edge, and freeing himself over the middle for checkdowns. Gruden has insisted Jones remains the starter, but Thompson seems like a good bet for at least 12-15 touches in Week 8 against the Bengals. He's a PPR RB2, and on the RB3 radar in standard leagues. Today, 1:58 pm
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  • Bernard runs for 80 yards, TD in Week 7 win
    Giovani Bernard rushed 17 times for 80 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' Week 7 win over the Browns.

    Advice: He added one catch for seven yards. Jeremy Hill had the huge numbers with 168 yards and one touchdown, but Bernard actually out-carried Hill 17-9 in this one. Hill set up Bernard's early five-yard touchdown with a 40-yard run on the play before. Bernard has been getting more work than Hill for the past few weeks. Both are RB2 plays in a plus date with the Redskins in Week 8. Today, 1:50 pm
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  • Zach Zenner starts, but rotates with Forsett
    Lions RB Zach Zenner rushed nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 7 win over the Redskins.

    Advice: Zenner failed to catch a pass on two targets. Zenner got the "start," but rotated evenly with Justin Forsett, getting out-touched 10-9. Per Pro Football Focus, Zenner did out-snap Forsett 32-16. His score was a one-yard plunge. Zenner wasn't overly impressive, looking a bit stiff and slow side-to-side. His touchdown was actually a fullback dive. With at least one of Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington likely back for Week 8, Zenner should continue to be a low-reward own in re-draft leagues. Today, 1:49 pm
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  • Bilal Powell goes 4-18 against Ravens
    Bilal Powell rushed four times for 18 yards in the Jets' Week 7 win over the Ravens.

    Advice: He was not targeted in the passing game. Powell had out-snapped and out-targeted Matt Forte several consecutive weeks entering Sunday's contest, but he was little more than a "breather" back against the Ravens. Powell can only be viewed as Forte's handcuff entering a Week 8 date with the Browns. Today, 1:46 pm
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  • Crowell runs for 63 yards, TD in loss to CIN
    Isaiah Crowell rushed 12 times for 63 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' Week 7 loss to the Bengals.

    Advice: He caught 3-of-4 targets for 16 yards. Crowell snapped a streak of two bad games with this one, but the Browns were far behind on the scoreboard for much of the second half, and rookie QB Kevin Hogan was no threat as a passer. Cleveland's best offense was the read-option with Hogan and Crowell. Hogan scored from 28 yards out on it, and Crowell found the end zone from one yard away in the second quarter. Crowell gets a tough Week 8 date with the Jets. Today, 1:43 pm
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  • Taliaferro goes for 10 yards on 4 touches
    Lorenzo Talieferro gained zero yards on his lone carry and caught three passes for ten yards in the Ravens' Week 7 loss to the Jets.

    Advice: He out-touched Kenneth Dixon 4 to 2 in this one. Taliaferro was active over Buck Allen and now appears to be even with Dixon on the depth chart behind Terrance West. West remains the Ravens' clear-cut feature back. Today, 1:33 pm
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  • Wendell Smallwood gets 4 carries Week 7
    Wendell Smallwood rushed four times for 13 yards Week 7 against the Vikings.

    Advice: Smallwood did see a handful of snaps, but he is clearly behind Ryan Mathews. Perhaps that changes after Mathews fumbled again late in a game, but for now, he is just a handcuff and a weak one at that. Today, 1:24 pm
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  • Bucs declare Week 7 inactives
    Bucs declared RB Doug Martin, DT Clinton McDonald, DE Robert Ayers, OL Leonard Wester, OL Caleb Benenoch, CB Johnthan Banks, and QB Ryan Griffin inactive for Week 7 against the 49ers.

    Advice: Martin is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury with which he has endured setbacks. Jacquizz Rodgers will be the Bucs' workhorse against the 49ers. Today, 11:55 am
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  • Paul Perkins had five touches in Week 7 win
    Paul Perkins rushed four times for 12 yards and added four yards on his only target Week 7 against the Rams.

    Advice: Perkins was the main back on the Giants' only respectable drive of the game, but he was nowhere to be found as Rashad Jennings ran into brick wall after brick wall in the second half. Perkins might not have been able to do better, the Giants might as well try something new. He could have a bigger role coming out of the bye. Today, 10:52 am
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  • Bills sit No. 3 back; Good sign for Shady?
    Bills No. 3 back Jonathan Williams is a healthy scratch for Week 7 at Miami.

    Advice: It's notable because the Bills almost certainly would have activated Williams were they deeply concerned about LeSean McCoy's (hamstring) health. Mike Gillislee seems likely to play a bigger Week 7 role than usual, but McCoy is active and should be in season-long fantasy lineups. On Sunday morning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported McCoy "should be his normal self" against the Fins. Today, 8:55 am
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  • Dwayne Washington officially inactive vs. WSH
    Lions RB Dwayne Washington (ankle) is inactive for Week 7 against the Redskins.

    Advice: As is Theo Riddick (ankle), leaving Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett to form an unpredictable committee. Neither player is a legitimate RB3. Also inactive for the Lions are NT Haloti Ngata, CB Adarius Barnes, TE Eric Ebron, LB DeAndre Levy and OT Corey Robinson. Today, 8:35 am
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