Player Notes

  • Travaris Cadet on track for bigger role
    Travaris Cadet will likely be "heavily involved" in the pass game Sunday.

    Advice: Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is not expected to play and Jimmy Graham (shoulder) could be limited again. Cadet, a strict passing back, has been integrated into the gameplan early over the last three weeks anyway, posting a 15-129-1 line through the air. Owners in full-PPR leagues could stream Cadet into their lineups and safely project 4-6 catches in a game that has the week's highest over/under (56).
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  • Jamaal Charles not on injury report
    Jamaal Charles (head) is not listed on the Chiefs Week 8 injury report.

    Advice: Charles took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Brandon Flowers during Sunday's win at San Diego. On Tuesday, he admitted he saw "this light buzz around my eyes." Of course, that raised eyebrows around the league and Charles was put through concussion protocols by trainer Rick Burkholder. He passed and hasn't had any symptoms since, meaning he'll be a full go for this week's game against the Rams.
    Today, 7:39 am
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  • Ryan Mathews may be out through bye
    The Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken says Ryan Mathews "may" be out through the Week 10 bye.

    Advice: Note that Gehlken was merely responding to a question on Twitter, not necessarily reporting. But Mathews was ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos early on and doesn't seem to be particularly close. Holding him out until Week 11 would make sense, especially with Branden Oliver playing so well.
    Today, 7:28 am
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  • Andre Ellington won't get to 100% health
    Andre Ellington admitted that his foot is "probably not going to feel good until January or February or whenever the season is over with."

    Advice: The partial tendon tear in his foot is something that Ellington has learned to play with. Perhaps it's partially to blame for his disappointing 3.74 YPC one year after exploding for 5.52 YPC. But just because Ellington's foot is not 100 percent doesn't mean he can't sustain durability and volume, as evidenced by his 21.6 touches/game through six weeks. He'll be a borderline RB1 against the Eagles Sunday.
    Today, 7:07 am
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  • Reggie Bush downgraded to missed practice
    Reggie Bush (ankle) is not practicing Thursday.

    Advice: It's a troublesome downgrade from Wednesday, when Bush was a limited participant. It's clear he's nowhere near over his ankle injury after it caused him to sit out in Week 6 and barely play in the second half of Week 7. If Bush can't go against the Falcons, Joique Bell gets a boost and Theo Riddick (questionable, hamstring) would get set for a real role. Note that inactives for this early London game will be coming down at 8:30am ET.
    Today, 6:52 am
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  • Toby Gerhart (foot) back in action this week?
    Toby Gerhart (foot) "appears" ready to return for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

    Advice: Gerhart is practicing on a limited basis this week and said he feels "pretty good" after taking the last two weeks off. However, his role is more uncertain than ever after Denard Robinson put a 22-127-1 line on the Browns last week. "I think we'll continue to mix and match a little bit," said OC Jedd Fisch. "I don't know exactly how that will all play out yet." We'd expect Robinson to start, but he's going to find the sledding very tough against an excellent Dolphins front. Gerhart will be a complementary early-down piece and Jordan Todman will handle a lot of third downs. It's not a terribly high-upside situation.
    Today, 5:52 am
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  • T-Rich expected to practice on Thursday
    The Colts' plan is for Trent Richardson (hamstring) to return to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Despite leaving last week's game early and not practicing on Wednesday, T-Rich fully expects to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. Per Colts beat writer Mike Wells, Richardson "could have returned to the game but he was held out because the outcome had already been decided." Richardson averaged 5.5 YPC against the Bengals, which says more about Cincinnati's pathetic run defense than T-Rich.
    Yesterday, 5:22 pm
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  • Arian Foster limited on Wednesday
    Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run defense in Week 8.
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
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  • Jaguars view Denard Robinson as RB of future?
    ESPN's Michael DiRocco believes the Jaguars could have "found their running back of the future" in Denard Robinson.

    Advice: "It may be the Denard Robinson show going forward," DiRocco said. "The Jaguars are going to limit his workload in the 15-20 carry range…but I think the main job is going to be Robinson's." Toby Gerhart resumed practicing Wednesday, and could return this week in a complementary role. Robinson has long-term upside, but will be just an RB3/FLEX in Week 8 against Miami.
    Yesterday, 3:09 pm
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  • Khiry Robinson (forearm) not practicing Wed.
    Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Robinson said he has a "little boo-boo," but he's "straight." We'll see if he gets back to practice Thursday. If Robinson can't play, Mark Ingram would likely handle 15-18 carries as a solid RB2 against the Packers' No. 31 run defense.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
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  • Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson not practicing
    Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Thomas is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Travaris Cadet will see an increased role in the passing game. Khiry Robinson (forearm) also missed practice Wednesday, though his injury isn't believed to be serious. Cadet is worth looking at in deeper PPR leagues after producing a 15-129-1 receiving line the past two weeks.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
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  • Fozzy Whittaker (quad) unable to practice
    Fozzy Whittaker (quad) did not practice Wednesday.

    Advice: He remains week to week. With DeAngelo Williams (ankle) also sidelined, the Panthers will continue to go with Chris Ogbonnaya and Darrin Reaves behind Jonathan Stewart.
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
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  • Donald Brown officially ruled out
    Donald Brown (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos.

    Advice: Brandon Oliver will make his third straight start. Ryan Mathews (MCL) has also been ruled out for Week 8.
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
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  • Shonn Greene (hamstring) returns to practice
    Shonn Greene (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Greene said he felt like he was able to do "just about everything" at practice. He should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Bishop Sankey is going to remain the Titans' lead back even when Greene returns.
    Yesterday, 11:51 am
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  • Darren Sproles (knee) limited Wednesday
    Darren Sproles (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: As expected. Sproles is off on the right foot to play Week 8 against Cardinals. But at less than 100 percent against a good defense, he's merely an RB3.
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
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  • Fisher on RBs: It'll be a week-to-week thing
    Coach Jeff Fisher said "it'll be a week-to-week thing" at running back for the Rams.

    Advice: "Zac [Stacy] could get 25 carries this week," Fisher continued. "We had some things in early this week. It was working so we decided to stay with [Tre Mason]. It’s nothing that Zac has done or hasn’t done." Fisher clearly hates fantasy football. He's also never been a coach who favors a committee approach in the backfield. Most weeks, it's going to either be Mason or Stacy. And beat writer Nick Wagoner expects Mason to get the first look Week 8 against the Chiefs.
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
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  • DeAngelo Williams (ankle) remains sidelined
    DeAngelo Williams (ankle) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Williams has missed three straight games and isn't expected to return in Week 8. Jonathan Stewart will continue to start against Seattle.
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
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  • Dixon with 1s, Brown with 2s for Bills on Wed.
    Anthony Dixon was working as the Bills' starting running back at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Dixon ran with Kyle Orton's group, while Bryce Brown worked alongside E.J. Manuel with the No. 2 offense. It's not a huge surprise, as Dixon has been ahead of Brown on the depth chart all season. And we project this backfield to open as a timeshare in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller's absence. But we still prefer Brown as the add off the waiver wire, though both need to be owned. Brown can hit the home run, while Dixon is merely a plodder who's going to average 3.5-4.0 YPC. Both backs have a tough matchup Week 8 against the Jets, anyway.
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
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  • Marcus Lattimore cleared to practice Monday
    49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee, NFI) has been cleared to practice next Monday when the team returns from its bye week.

    Advice: It'll be the first time he's been cleared to practice since wrecking his knee on October 27, 2012 at South Carolina. "I’m still going through the process. But I feel great," Lattimore said. "It's been a long road." Once Lattimore steps on the practice field, it will start a 21-day clock for him to either be activated or shut down for the remainder of the season. He's determined to play in 2014, but it remains to be seen if it'll happen. Lattimore says he feels better than ever. He'll turn 23 next Wednesday. With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter free agents after the season, Carlos Hyde and Lattimore could be the 2015 tandem.
    Yesterday, 8:13 am
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  • Marshawn's agent calls 'bus' report bogus
    Marshawn Lynch's agent called the report of his client "almost not getting on the team bus" to head to St. Louis after learning of Percy Harvin's trade "bogus."

    Advice: The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta had the original report, saying Lynch "went off" before almost not boarding the bus. Lynch ended up rushing for 53 yards on 18 carries against the Rams. But he had a 15-yard touchdown and 18-yard run called back on penalties. Lynch is locked in as a workhorse RB1 for Week 8 against the Panthers. Carolina is allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to running backs.
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
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