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Colt McCoy, QB, WAS10/20/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy is expected to start during Week 8 against Dallas.
Insight: Coach Jay Gruden made the announcement on Monday, and with Robert Griffin III not expected back just yet, McCoy has passed Kirk Cousins on the depth chart. McCoy is no better than a QB2 for next Monday's tilt against the Cowboys.
Garrett Graham, TE, HOUCold10/20/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham was held without a catch in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Colts as he continues his slid from fantasy-worthy status.
Insight: Graham caught 49 balls for 545 yards and five touchdowns while sharing time with Owen Daniels last season and some thought he could blossom with Daniels in Baltimore. That hasn't happened and we aren't expecting much from him on Monday night against the Steelers.
Damaris Johnson, WR, HOU10/20/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Former Eagles and now Texans wide receiver and kick returner Damaris Johnson saw a season-high three catches for 62 yards against Indianapolis and might see action with the offense again Monday night.
Insight: He's a solid return man and if you can get him in open space he's tough to pull down. He might be useful for the Texans in three-receiver packages, but fantasy owners in non-return leagues should steer clear.
Lance Moore, WR, PITCold10/20/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Steelers receiver Lance Moore hasn't caught more than one pas in any game this season.
Insight: Moore's 26-yards reception last week was for a touchdown, but he's totaled just three catches for 64 yards this season. The Steelers may turn to youth Monday night and see if Martavis Bryant can help out Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT10/20/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh rookie wideout Martavis Bryant could actually see the field tonight, according to Lisa Salters.
Insight: Bryant has been battling injuries and been buried at the bottom of the Steelers depth chart, but Justin Brown and Lance Moore haven't exactly been producing so Bryant might get a target or two. He won't be fantasy worthy, however. That's only for Antonio Brown and once in a while Markus Wheaton.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND10/20/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson will have an MRI on the hamstring that forced him out of Sunday's game.
Insight: He's said it was just a tweak and nothing serious, but the results of the MRI will tell us more. Richardson led the Colts with 14 carries and 77 yards in Week 7. If he out for any length of time Ahmad Bradshaw becomes a very good fantasy option.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS10/20/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not rule out Robert Griffin III for Week 8, but said he had "a long way to go."
Insight: That's coach-speak for he's not going to play, but Mr Defensive Coordinator I'm hoping you will waste time in the one-in-a-million chance he does come back early.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS10/20/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a torn right pectoral in the game against Tennessee and is out for the season, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: It'ss the third time this injury has happened to him, though the first two were on the left side. It's a huge blow to the Washington defense.
Derrick Coleman, FB, SEA10/20/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman apparently broke his foot while warming up for the game against the Rams on Sunday, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Insight: Seattle used Robert Turbin as the fullback Sunday.
Tharold Simon, CB, SEA10/20/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon sprained an ankle in Sunday's game and did not return.
Insight: No timetable has been announced for when he'll get back on the field.
Brandon Flowers, CB, SDC10/20/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers left Sunday's game due to a concussion and given they are scheduled to play Thursday, that's not much time to pass all the required tests.
Insight: Flowers and Jason Verrett may both miss Thursday's game against Denver. With Peyton Manning on a roll, it's hard to imaging a short-handed Chargers secondary slowing him down.
Jason Verrett, CB, SDC10/20/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett was inactive for Week 7 and with a short work week before Thursday's game is not expected to return to the secondary, according to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego.
Insight: With Payton Manning on the horizon, it's not a good time to be thin in the secondary. Just ask the 49ers.
Bryce Brown, RB, BUF10/20/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Bills backup running back Bryce Brown could end up being the big "winner" after injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
Insight: It's up to Brown and Anthony Dixon to carry the Bills running game for the next few weeks and maybe the next month. We think Brown is the more likely every down back with Dixon the red zone guy.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN10/20/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Receiver Emmanuel Sanders had his second consecutive poor yardage total, but did score to make his fantasy numbers more palatable.
Insight: Sanders has caught just three balls in each of the last two games, after averaging 8.6 recpetions and 119.3 yards for the previous three contests.
Julius Thomas, TE, DEN10/20/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Broncos tight end Julius Thomas posted a disappointing four catches for 27 yards and no touchdowns.
Insight: Thomas' streak of five games with at least one touchdown pass came to an end Sunday night against the 49ers, but no fantasy owner can complain about his production this season.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN10/20/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker caught his first touchdown pass of the season Sunday night against the 49ers.
Insight: Welker is the fourth option these days behind the "Thomas Brothers" and Emmanuel Sanders, so his fantasy value is limited.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DENHot10/20/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big day on Sunday night.
Insight: That's three huge days in a row since Wes Welker came back to play the slot and Thomas moved back to the outside. Sunday he caught eight of nine targets for 171 yards and two scores. That's 521 yards and five touchdowns in three weeks.
Peyton Manning, QB, DENHot10/20/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday night's 42-17 blowout win over the 49ers.
Insight: He's simply the best at what he does and every fantasy owners would like to have him as their quarterback. He's averaging 308 yards and 3.16 touchdown passes per contest.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DENHot10/20/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has taken full advantage of the starting opportunity and Montee Ball may not get it back when he returns from injury.
Insight: Hillman rushed 14 times for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught four balls for 29 yards. Coming on top of last week's 100-yard game, he's going to be tough to move out of the starting lineup.
Stevie Johnson, WR, SFX10/20/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught five for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Johnson has now scored in three of the past four games and he's caught five balls in each of the past two contests. He's becoming more comfortable in this offense, though with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd and Vernon Davis he's got to share with a lot of other guys and his upside is limited.
Anquan Boldin, WR, SFX10/20/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: San Francisco wideout Anquan Boldin caught seven of 10 targets for 50 yards, butdropped a sure touchdown.
Insight: When the 49ers need a big first-down catch they almost always look to wide receiver Anquan Boldin and he usually comes through, but with four quality receivers on this team, none is likely to break out and become an every game fantasy option.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFX10/20/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and one touchdown as the 49ers were demolished by the Broncos.
Insight: Kaepernick had a sure touchdown dropped by Anquan Boldin, but he did about as good as he could, considering the Denver pass rush overwhelmed the 49ers offensive line.
Frank Gore, RB, SFXCold10/20/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore turned in another very quiet game - just 20 yards rushing.
Insight: Again falling behind early didn't help, but the 49ers offensive line could do nothing with the Denver defense.
James Jones, WR, OAK10/20/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Raiders receiver James Jones caught four of a team-leading eight targets for 35 yards.
Insight: Jones has scored double-digits in three of six weeks, but wasn't a big part of the game plan in this one.
Andre Holmes, WR, OAKCold10/20/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Typical of Raiders receiver Andre Holmes he followed up a big game by being the "Invisible Man."
Insight: Holmes had 121 yards and two score in Week 6, but just 34 yards on three catches in Week 7. He can't be trusted to produce on a consistent basis,
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAKCold10/20/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Once again Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew was ignored.
Insight: MJD saw three carries for six yards and no targets. It's time to let go.
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK10/20/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 48 yards.
Insight: Not pretty, but at least he's getting the opportunities. Maurice Jones-Drew was supposed to get a larger share of the rushing attempts, but that isn't happening. McFadden is the only fantasy option out of the Raider backfield.
Michael Floyd, WR, ARI10/20/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd's poor day was saved by a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Insight: Floyd has caught just 47 yards worth of passes in each of the past two games, but he's scored in each game so give fantasy owners double-digits.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI10/20/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was dull on Sunday against Oakland, catching just four short balls for 21 yards.
Insight: Fitzgerald is no longer the Cardinals' deep threat, but he can still give fantasy owners solid production most of the time. Chalk this one up to not being needed to beat the Raiders.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI10/20/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was solid Sunday against Oakland, throwing for 253 yards and two scores.
Insight: The Arizona offense runs so much more efficiently with Palmer under center. He's thrown two touchdowns passes in all three games he's played this season. Oh, and the team is 3-0 under his direction.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI10/20/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington saw another full workload, rushing 24 times and seeing nine targets.
Insight: Ellington rushed for 88 yards (3.7 ypc) and caught six for 72 yards, but failed to get into the end zone. Fantasy owners love the workload as long as his foot injury doesn't get any worse. They can't be happy that backup RB Stepfan Taylor scored twice.
Jason Witten, TE, DALCold10/20/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten continues to be ignored in the Dallas offensive game plans.
Insight: Witten was targeted just twice against the Giants. The Cowboys did hit backup tight end Gavin Escobar for two touchdowns. Those used to go to Witten. It's time to move on from the two-time All-Pro.
Gavin Escobar, TE, DAL10/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: For the first time this season Cowboys backup tight end Gavin Escobar produced fantasy worthy statistics.
Insight: Escobar caught three balls for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He'll have to do it more than once before we declare him fantasy worthy, but its a start.
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL10/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was once again ignored for most of the game, but did manage to score to give his fantasy owners a respectable total.
Insight: Williams has scored in five of seven games this season which makes up for the fact that he's failed to crack 80 yards receiving in any game this season.
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL10/20/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant caught nine balls for 151 yards, but did get into the end zone.
Insight: It was a great comeback for fantasy owners considering he had just two receptions for 15 yards at halftime. After scoring in four consecutive games, Bryant has now gone two games without a touchdown catch.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL10/20/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was efficient, throwing just 23 times, but racking up 279 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.
Insight: The 23 passing attempts ties for his low of the season. Romo has thrown for two or more touchdowns in five straight games and continues to be a solid fantasy option.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DALHot10/20/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Anther game, another 100-yard day and a touchdowns for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
Insight: He's posted seven consecutive 100-yard games and scored in six of the seven. He's the top fantasy running back through seven games and the only worry for fantasy owners is the heavy workload. He's on pace for 427 rushing attempts and 477 touches.
Larry Donnell, TE, NYG10/20/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Giants tight end Larry Donnell was effective against the Cowboys, rebounding from an ugly outing against the Eagles.
Insight: Donnell caught all seven targets for a team-leading 90 yards. Unfortunately he fumbled twice in the fourth quarter.
Rueben Randle, WR, NYG10/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle led the Giants in targets on Sunday night against the Cowboys.
Insight: he didn't do much with them, managing just 74 yards and zero touchdowns. Odell Beckham appears to be Eli Manning's red zone target which limits Randle's fantasy upside.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYGHot10/20/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Giants receiver Odell Beckham has made an immediate impact since finally getting to play.
Insight: Beckham and Eli Manning have already become a red zone item. Sunday he caught just four balls for 34 yards, but two went for scores. He has three touchdown receptions in three games. Now if he can just start seeing the ball a little more he could become a solid WR2.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG10/20/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Giants QB Eli Manning rebounded from the game with the Eagles and posted solid fantasy statistics against Dallas.
Insight: Don't blame this loss on Eli. Manning was 21-of-33 for 248 yards, three touchdowns and zero turnovers. Fantasy owners will take that every time.
Andre Williams, RB, NYGCold10/20/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: New York running back Andre Williams posted mediocre numbers again as the Giants starter and has not taken advantage of his opportunity.
Insight: Williams rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries against the Cowboys. That's 35 carries for 110 yards (3.1 ypc) and no touchdowns over the past two games. Rashad Jennings should have no trouble regaining the starting job when healthy.
Keenan Allen, WR, SDC10/20/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen led the team with 10 targets, but ended up with a mediocre six receptions for 58 yards.
Insight: Allen has been a disappointment for all but one game this season and we're beginning to think last season was a fluke. With Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal along with Antonio Gates, Allen has become "just another receiver" in the stable versus last season when he was "the guy."
Antonio Gates, TE, SDC10/20/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a couple of All-Pro catches, but his game numbers were just average - three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: It all came down to the fact the Chiefs held the ball for 39 minutes and the Chargers offense didn't get enough chances.
Philip Rivers, QB, SDC10/20/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Chargers QB Philip Rivers had a hot first half (11-of-16 for 122 yards and two scores), but the San Diego defense couldn't get off the field in the second half and Rivers did little after the break.
Insight: Rivers finished with 205 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, but fantasy owners have come to expect much more.
Branden Oliver, RB, SDC10/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Charger rookie running back Branden Oliver was once again the workhorse, but for the first time he didn't produce top numbers.
Insight: Oliver carried the ball 15 times with Ronnie Brown getting just one carry. Unfortunately, he totaled just 78 combined yards and no scores.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KAN10/20/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe finished Week 7 as the team's top targeted receiver with seven.
Insight: He caught five for 84 yards. After a first half in which no receiver caught more than one ball, Bowe broke away from the pack. He's still not a great fantasy option with 19 receptions for 279 yards and zero touchdowns.
Alex Smith, QB, KAN10/20/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith's Week 7 production is what you have come to expect.
Insight: He threw for 221 yards and one touchdown, didn't turn the ball over and led his team to the win. Look in the dictionary under "game manager."
Jamaal Charles, RB, KAN10/20/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles appears healthy and is back to running as we have come to expect from him.
Insight: Charles rushed 22 times for 95 yards and a score. He wasn't involved in the passing game as much as we'd like, but he's returned to RB1 level.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF10/20/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson left Sunday's game against the Vikings with a groin injury and early estimates are from 2-4 weeks.
Insight: The running back had to be carted off the field. With C.J. Spiller out for the season, the Bills will turn to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR10/19/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen led the team with eight catches and 105 receiving yards in Week 7.
Insight: Carolina really struggled on offense, so Olsen was one of the bright spots. He caught all eight of his targets.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR10/19/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Packers.
Insight: Although it was a very disappointing day for the Panthers offense, Benjamin salvaged his fantasy day with a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Benjamin has five touchdowns through seven games in his rookie season.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP10/19/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson continued his dominant play on Sunday.
Insight: Nelson started Week 7 fast with a 59-yard touchdown catch on the first drive. He was quiet for much of the remainder of the game, but he still had four catches, 80 yards and the score.
Randall Cobb, WR, GBP10/19/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb scored another touchdown in Sunday's win over Carolina.
Insight: He now has eight touchdowns in 2014. Cobb finished the day with six catches for 121 yards, on seven targets. He is a WR1 in nearly all formats.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR10/19/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart had 14 carries and 55 rushing yards against the Packers in Week 7.
Insight: Carolina cannot effectively run the ball, which is causing problems in the passing game and on defense. Stewart needs to improve if the Panthers expect to win and if owners expect to continue starting the Carolina running back.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP10/19/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy had 12 carries for 63 yards and scored for Green Bay on Sunday.
Insight: Lacy is still not getting a ton of work, but he scored and averaged over five yards per carry. Do not give up on Lacy. He is just warming up.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR10/19/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did not build upon his performance in Cincinnati last week.
Insight: Owners were hoping Newton would be able to repeat, or at least get close, to his 200-plus passing yards, 100-plus rushing yards and three totals touchdowns, which he had in Cincinnati last week. Against Green Bay, however, Newton threw for 205 yards, gained 41 yards on the ground, threw a touchdown and pick.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP10/19/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 19-for-22 with 255 yards and three touchdowns against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Rodgers was spectacular again as he spread the ball to all his receivers. Three different wide outs caught the touchdowns, and the running back averaged over four yards per carry. Rodgers is officially back although he didn't really go anywhere.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS10/19/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did not catch a pass against the Lions in Week 7.
Insight: Graham played just 30 snaps due to his shoulder injury. Drew Brees targeted him twice, and Graham caught neither. The good news is he did not appear to suffer any setbacks.
Reggie Bush, RB, DET10/19/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush laid another fantasy egg in Week 7.
Insight: Bush is becoming a pretty big bust in 2014. He carried the ball just four times for 10 yards and caught five passes for 22 yards. At this point, Joique Bell is ahead of Bush on fantasy depth charts.
Marques Colston, WR, NOS10/19/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston led the team in catches, receiving yards and targets in Week 7 against the Lions.
Insight: Colston had six catches for 111 yards on 10 targets. He did not score, but fantasy owners will still take the production if Colston was in the lineup.
Golden Tate, WR, DET10/19/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Golden Tate had another huge game with Calvin Johnson sidelined in Week 7.
Insight: Tate finished with 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown, but his big 73-yard touchdown grab did not come until there was four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Over half his fantasy points came on one play.
Mark Ingram, RB, NOS10/19/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram led the team with 10 carries but only gained 16 yards.
Insight: It was Ingram's first game back from his injury, but it was a big disappointment. Many speculated Khiry Robinson would be involved just as much as Ingram was. That wasn't the case as Robinson only had three carries, but Ingram, obviously, did not take advantage.
Joique Bell, RB, DET10/19/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had 48 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown against the Saints.
Insight: Although that is an average of below 3.0 yards per carry, Bell looked better than Reggie Bush. Bell is ahead of Bush on fantasy depth charts.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS10/19/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still not performing up to his standards.
Insight: It is a little bit unfair because the expectations for Brees are sky-high. That being said, owners expect a first-round quarterback to perform at a very high level. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have turned it around after slow starts, but Brees has not. Brees was 28-for-45 with 342 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET10/19/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford really struggled, throwing two interceptions on Sunday against the Saints.
Insight: Stafford salvaged the game with two late touchdown throws. He was 27-for-40 with two touchdowns. Stafford was one yard short of the 300-yard bonus as he finished with 299.
Charles Clay, FB/TE, MIA10/19/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Dolphins tight end Charles Clay had four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: After being fantasy irrelevant for much of this season, Clay showed up in Chicago during Week 7. It was nice to see though Clay was likelt no in many lineups.
Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI10/19/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had 58 receiving yards on Sunday versus Miami.
Insight: Bennett had five catches but did not score as Matt Forte scored both of the Chicago touchdowns. He is still a TE1 in all formets.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA10/19/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace caught his fifth touchdown of 2014.
Insight: Wallace has been one of the most consistent fantasy wide receivers this season. He had five catches for 46 yards against the Bears and scored again. He is a solid WR2 in a 12-team league.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI10/19/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall caught six balls for 48 yards against the Dolphins.
Insight: Marshall had a huge size advantage over the Miami corners, but he and Alshon Jeffery could not take advantage. The two receivers combined for 57 receiving yards.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA10/19/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller ran for 61 yards on 18 carries against the Bears.
Insight: In the first game since Knowshon Moreno's season-ending injury, Miller was just OK, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He did add a touchdown.
Matt Forte, RB, CHIHot10/19/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte scored two more touchdowns against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Insight: Forte had 18 touches for 109 yards. He had a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown. Forte is up there with DeMarco Murray as the best fantasy running back of the first half.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA10/19/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill played perhaps his best game as a pro on Sunday against the Bears.
Insight: The read option was working very well against the aggressive Bears defense, but Tannehill also completed 25-for-32 passes for 277 yards. He added 48 rushing yards.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI10/19/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had two more turnovers against the Dolphins.
Insight: Cutler threw an interception and lost a fumble, which set up the Dolphins in great field position. Cutler was 21-of-34 with 190 yards and a touchdown as well.
Scott Chandler, TE, BUF10/19/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Bills tight end Scott Chandler caught three passes for 36 yards on Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Chandler, like most tight ends, is sort of boom-or-bust. He will occasionally have a big game but will mostly sit between the 30-60 yard range.
Greg Jennings, WR, MIN10/19/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Vikings wideout Greg Jennings led the team with six catches, seven targets and 77 yards on Sunday.
Insight: The Minnesota offense continues to frustrate fantasy owners. At least Norv Turner has figured out Jerick McKinnon is better than Mass Asiata, but he is still featuring Jennings more than Cordarrelle Patterson. That is fine with Jennings' owners, but for owners thinking about picking up Jennings, it is hard to start him with any confidence.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF10/19/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for 122 yards against the Vikings in Week 7.
Insight: Owners were likely frustrated with Watkins' poor performance against New England last week, but he was stuck on Revis Island. Back on the main land now, Watkins lit up the Vikings cornerbacks. Kyle Orton and Watkins seem to have great chemistry and it is getting better every week.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN10/19/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson scored his first touchdown since Week 1.
Insight: That should be an encouraging sign, but since he still only received three touches and four targets, we are pretty much done with dealing with the headache that comes with Patterson. He is a tremendous talent, but the Vikings do not seem to care to feed him the ball.
Tre Mason, RB, STLHot10/19/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Rookie Tre Mason has become the Rams primary running back.
Insight: Mason rushed 18 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. He's taken over for Zac Stacy who no longer has a role in the offense. Benny Cunningham is the team's receiving back.
Boobie Dixon, RB, BUF10/19/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Bills running back Anthony Dixon rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries after C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson left Sunday's game with injuries.
Insight: Spiller could be out for some time with a broken collar bone. Jackson suffered an injury to his groin. Dixon and fellow running back Bryce Brown will be top waiver wire pickups this week if Jackson cannot go in Week 8.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN10/19/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater regressed a little bit in his development at Orchard Park on Sunday.
Insight: Bridgewater was 15-for-26 with 157 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Vikings lost its third game in a row.
Austin Davis, QB, STL10/19/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Austin Davis was good at what they asked him to do.
Insight: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, that was be mistake free. He threw 21 times, mostly short, and completed 18 for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He was most importantly, mistake and sack free in leading the Rams to the victory.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF10/19/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton led Buffalo back to defeat the Vikings, 17-16, on Sunday.
Insight: Orton was 31-for-43 with 283 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. He and Sammy Watkins seem to have really developed some nice chemistry.
Zac Stacy, RB, STLCold10/19/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Say goodbye to any remaining fantasy value for Rams running back Zac Stacy.
Insight: It appears the Rams are ready to hand over the keys to the backfield to rookie Tre Mason. Mason finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and the touchdown and Benny Cunningham did the receiving work. Meanwhile, Stacy and his fantasy owners could only watch.
Owen Daniels, TE, BAL10/19/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels caught a touchdown pass in Week 7 against the Falcons.
Insight: Daniels led the team with six receptions and nine targets on Sunday. It was Daniels' third touchdown of the season, and we expect him to continue to be involved in the passing game.
Antone Smith, RB, ATL10/19/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Falcons backup running back Antone Smith had five touches against the Ravens on Sunday.
Insight: Smith broke his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown at five. It appeared the Falcons were trying to get Smith more involved, but the Atlanta rushing attack was horrible, not giving Smith many opportunities.
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL10/19/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith caught a late touchdown in a blowout victory to avoid another fantasy dud.
Insight: Smith finished with three catches, 81 yards and a touchdown for a solid fantasy day, but 39 of the yards and the score came with under three minutes left and Baltimore ahead by three scores. The Ravens threw the deep pass to Smith on fourth down because the team's long snapper was injured. Smith still has quite a bit of risk involved going forward.
Doug Baldwin, WR, SEAHot10/19/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was rumored to be a target for Percy Harvin's anger.
Insight: With Harvin traded to the Jets, Baldwin excelled on the field as Seattle's No. 1 receiving target. He caught seven of 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Harvin had just 133 yards in receptions in five games.
Roddy White, WR, ATL10/19/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White was not at all a decoy on Sunday against the Ravens.
Insight: In fact, he was the only worthy Falcons fantasy player to start. He had nine catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. White also had 15 targets, seven more than his buddy Julio Jones.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEAHot10/19/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Russell Wilson owners will be very happy with his 300-yard passing game and 100-yard rushing game. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for another.
Insight: Wilson is normally a guy who puts up around 200 yards passing a 50 yards rushing so for him to hit both bonuses is unexpectedly huge production.
Steve Smith Sr, WR, BAL10/19/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. caught three passes for 67 yards.
Insight: He was kind of the forgotten man in the Ravens receiving core in Week 7, but he still put up a decent total for fantasy purposes.
Steven Jackson, RB, ATLCold10/19/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: The Falcons rushed for 68 yards against the Ravens and has not had a 100-yard rusher in the last 33 games.
Insight: That almost directly coincides with Steven Jackson's tenure as the starting running back in Atlanta. He has eight carries for 22 yards in Baltimore in Week 7.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL10/19/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Ravens running back Justin Forsett is still the leading rusher for the Ravens.
Insight: He had 23 carries for 95 yards, but Bernard Pierce vultured the one Baltimore rushing touchdown. Forsett is still the guy to owner and start out of the Ravens backfield.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL10/19/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was disappointing for fantasy owners hoping for an encore after last week's five touchdown performance in the first half.
Insight: Flacco did throw a deep touchdown pass to Torrey Smith to help pad his stats. The former Fighting Blue Hen threw for 258 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL10/19/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 29-for-44 for 228 yards and threw one touchdown.
Insight: Ryan and the Falcons offense was pretty bad. Atlanta scored just one touchdown, averaging 3.9 yards per play in the game. At least Ryan did not throw an interception.
Jordan Reed, TE, WAS10/19/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Redskins tight end Jordan Reed had five catches for 54 yards on Sunday versus the Titans.
Insight: Reed had a nice day as he tied Pierre Garcon for the team lead with six targets, but Niles Paul had the big play out of the tight ends. Paul had a 50-yard catch and outgained Reed in the passing game, 58 to 54, even though Reed had three more catches.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN10/19/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Titans tight end Delanie Walker had a disappointing game against the Redskins.
Insight: Walker had two catches for 17 yards. Unfortunately, the magic Walker had at the beginning of the season seems to have faded. Walker also seems more productive when Jake Locker is under center.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS10/19/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon caught a 70-yard touchdown against the Titans in Week 7.
Insight: Garcon finished with five catches and 87 yards, but a vast majority of the yards came on the big touchdown grab. Garcon remains a high-upside WR2 no matter who is playing quarterback for the Redskins.
Kendall Wright, WR, TEN10/19/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Titans receiver Kendall Wright caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins in Week 7.
Insight: Wright has frustrated fantasy owners this season, but if owners have remained patient with him, he put up a solid fantasy day in Week 7. With this performance, Wright, at the very least, has kept his bench spot on your roster.
Colt McCoy, QB, WAS10/19/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Redskins backup quarterback Colt McCoy played the second half against the Redskins and completed 11-of-12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: More importantly, he won the game. That may not be important for fantasy owners, but we are guessing no one started McCoy anyway. McCoy could be in line to take the starting role until Robert Griffin III returns.
Charlie Whitehurst, QB, TEN10/19/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was 17-for-26 with 160 yards, two touchdowns and a pick against the Redskins on Sunday.
Insight: Whitehurst seems to have a connection with Kendall Wright, which will make the receiver's fantasy owners pleased. It still wasn't enough to win though.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS10/19/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Redskins running back Alfred Morris had 18 carries for 54 yards against the Titans on Sunday.
Insight: It was the second worst rushing average, 3.0, Morris has posted this season with the other coming against the Seahawks. He did suffer an ankle injury in the second quarter and played through it, so perhaps that effected Morris' performance.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN10/19/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Titans running back Bishop Sankey had 16 carries for 56 yards (3.5 ypc) and nothing in the passing game.
Insight: Sankey has moved into the starting role at running back, but he has done little to prove he deserves to stay there. We would look elsewhere for fantasy running back production.
Clay Harbor, TE, JAC10/19/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Jaguars tight end Clay Harbor led the team with six catches on Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: Harbor did not get many yards on those catches as he finished with 34 receiving yards, but it was nice to see him involved in the offense.
Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE10/19/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had one catch for five yards in Jacksonville.
Insight: We thought Cameron turned the corner last week against the Steelers. Turns out he still has some fantasy busts in him.
Allen Robinson, WR, JAC10/19/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson had four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown against the Browns on Sunday.
Insight: Cecil Shorts still had more targets than Robinson, but the rookie had the more productive day, averaging 15 yards per catch versus Shorts' 4. Robinson is a FLEX possibility in deep leagues moving forward.
Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE10/19/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins was the only worthy fantasy player for Cleveland on Sunday.
Insight: Hawkins had five catches for 112 yards against the Jaguars. He led the team with nine targets. Unfortunately, the rest of the offense struggled, so Hawkins did not have a shot at the end zone.
Denard Robinson, WR, JAC10/19/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Jaguars running back Denard Robinson rushed 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Browns.
Insight: The Jaguars likely believe they have found their answer to their running blues. Fantasy owners have the answer to who they should start out of the Jacksonville backfield moving forward.
Cullen Jenkins, DL, NYG10/19/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins (calf) left Sunday's game against Dallas and his return is doubtful.
Insight: Jenkins hasn't contributed much statistically this season with 10 tackles and zero sacks.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE10/19/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate was one of the most disappointing fantasy players in Week 7.
Insight: Tate had 202 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games, so to run for only 36 yards on 16 carries against Jacksonville is a huge bust. The Browns did not score a touchdown.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND10/19/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson led the Colts with 14 carries and 77 yards in Week 7, but also left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return.
Insight: Because the Colts were up 24-0, we don't know if he didn't return because its serious or they just didn't need him with the big lead.
Brian Orakpo, LB, WAS10/19/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a pectoral injury in the game against Tennessee.
Insight: He'll likely have an MRI Monday.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC10/19/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was 17-for-31 with 159 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions on Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: Bortles continues to struggle, but he led his team to its first victory of the season. He is still not worth more than a QB2 in deep leagues.
Brian Hoyer, QB, PIT10/19/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was 12-of-34 for just 192 yards and couldn't get his team into the end zone.
Insight: It was a hugely disappointing game for Cleveland, who was hoping to win its third straight game. Instead, the offense was help without a touchdown against the winless Jaguars.
Dwayne Allen, TE, IND10/19/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen caught three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals on Sunday.
Insight: Allen has found the end zone in five of seven games this season. With that large of a sample size, owners really need to consider picking this guy up off the waiver wire.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN10/19/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham led the team with 10 catches on Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: Without A.J. Green, Gresham had his breakout game with catches. He led the team with 12 targets. Unfortunately, he only averaged 4.8 yards per catch and Cincinnati was shutout.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND10/19/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is hitting his stride midway through the 2014 season.
Insight: Hilton had seven catches for 107 yards after his huge performance last Thursday night. He is a must-start from here on out.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN10/19/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu was a big fantasy disappointment in Week 7 against the Colts.
Insight: Sanu had three catches for 54 yards. Without A.J. Green, owners were hoping for a huge day. It didn't help the Bengals were shutout.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND10/19/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored two touchdowns against the Bengals in Week 7.
Insight: Bradshaw scored a rushing and receiving touchdown. He now has seven scores on the season. Richardson still receives more touches, but Bradshaw gets all the scores, which makes him the better fantasy play.
Trent Richardson, RB, IND10/19/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson led the Colts with 14 carries and 77 yards in Week 7.
Insight: Richardson is still running with a purpose, and the Colts are rewarding him by keeping him their top back despite the production from Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson still needs to consistently find the end zone though in order to be considering a true RB1.
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN10/19/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard had his worst statistical game of 2014 against the Colts in Week 7.
Insight: Bernard was one of a handful of running backs who had scored at least five points in every single week going into Sunday. Bernard had just seven carries for 17 yards and a negative yard in the passing game.
Andrew Luck, QB, INDHot10/19/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Colts QB Andrew Luck was 27-for-42 for 344 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals in Week 7.
Insight: Luck continued his stellar season with another 300-plus passing day as the Colts won its fifth game in a row.
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN10/19/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was 18-for-38 for 126 yards on Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: Cincinnati was shutout in Indianapolis, so no one on offense did well. The Bengals were obviously effected by the absence of A.J. Green, but not being able to establish the running game against the Colts is more concerning. Dalton has proved throughout his career that his success hinges on an effective rushing attack.
DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS10/19/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson left the game for a short period of time due to a knee injury, but has returned.
Insight: Jackson has been dull, catching three of five targets for 49 yards at the start of the fourth quarter.
Colt McCoy, QB, WAS10/19/2014 3:09:00 PM
Description: Journeyman Colt McCoy, the backup quarterback in Washington, started the second half against the Titans.
Insight: Starter Kirk Cousins was 10-for-16 for 139 yards for zero touchdowns and Washington was down at the half 10-6. McCoy started the second half by hitting Pierre Garcon for a 70-yard score so this might get interesting for next weekend.
Kirk Cousins, QB, WASCold10/19/2014 3:05:00 PM
Description: Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was pulled at halftime of Week 7 versus Tennessee.
Insight: Cousins was 10-for-16 for 139 yards for zero touchdowns and Washington was down at the half 10-6. Colt McCoy started the second half by hitting Pierre Garcon for a 70-yard score so this might get interesting.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUFCold10/19/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller had to be carted off the field on Sunday against the Vikings. UPDATE: Spiller has been diagnosed with a broke collarbone according to Jason La Confora of CBS Sports.
Insight: Spiller has a shoulder injury. We do not yet know if he will return. Fred Jackson is already out of the game with a groin injury.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN10/19/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has left the Week 7 game against Indy with a neck injury.
Insight: Burfict has been dealing with concussion and neck issues all season, though this looked like a stinger on a hit of Andrew Luck.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS10/19/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Washington running back Alfred Morris has left the game in the second quarter due to a sprained left ankle, but has returned.
Insight: Morris already has rushed the ball 10 times for 40 yards, so if he can stay healthy he could have a heavy workload.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF10/19/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson left Sunday's game against the Vikings with a groin injury.
Insight: Jackson is out for the game. The running back had to be carted off the field and his hands were covering his face. This gives C.J. Spiller an obvious fantasy boost.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS10/19/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Washington running back Alfred Morris has left the game in the second quarter due to a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Morris has eight rushes for 34 yards, but his return is questionable.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE10/19/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate was on the injury report with a finger injury, but as expected will be ready for the optioning whistle.
Insight: He is locked and loaded as a low-end RB1 this week against the Jaguars.
Zac Stacy, RB, STLCold10/19/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy is active for Week 7, but will likely split time with Bennie Cunningham.
Insight: Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer confirmed that the team will use the "hot hand" approach at running back, moving forward. The backfield also has rookie Tre Mason who was active for the first time in Week 6.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC10/19/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart (foot) is officially inactive Sunday in Week 7
Insight: Storm Johnson and Denard Robinson are expected to share time and neither is a great fantasy option.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR10/19/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams' ankle will force him to miss Week 7.
Insight: Williams' absence won't hurt the Panthers as much this weekend with Jonathan Stewart returning to the starting lineup.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR10/19/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is active as expected.
Insight: Olsen didn't miss any practice time to his sore ankle and should be started as always.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR10/19/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is active against the Packers in Week 7.
Insight: Stewart is a worthy fantasy flier at the FLEX position this week. He will get the bulk of the carries again with DeAngelo Williams and Fozzy Whittaker inactive.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIAHot10/19/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller is active for Week 7 against the Bears.
Insight: With the injury to Knowshon Moreno, Miller has increased value as the every-week starter. He is a solid RB2 versus the Bears.
Owen Daniels, TE, BAL10/19/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels is active for Week 7.
Insight: Daniels appeared on the practice report for non-injury reasons. Start him as you normally would.
Harry Douglas, WR, ATL10/19/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas is inactive for Sunday's game in Baltimore.
Insight: For a second straight week, Devin Hester will be the No. 3 wide out, behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR10/19/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been cleared to play in Week 7 against the Packers and is active. UPDATE: Benjamin is active on Sunday.
Insight: The Panthers receiver is pretty much a must-start against the Packers. He scored his fourth touchdown last week on the road against the tough Bengals defense, and Green Bay will be without top cornerback Sam Shields and could also be missing No. 2 corner Tramon Williams, who is a game-time decision.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, GBP10/19/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin is active again in Week 7, but he's been surpassed by rookie Davante Adams.
Insight: Boykin has not had a very good start to the season due to injuries and being beaten out by Adams who will continue to run as the No. 3 receiver. Boykin has little fantasy value.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA10/19/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's ankle was always a minor issue and he will play Sunday as expected.
Insight: He had 244 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in his last game and had thrown for two scores in each of the past two games. despite that, Tannehill is no more than a QB2.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIAHot10/19/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Dolphins running back Lamar Miller has been dealing with a sore knee that limited him in practice, but there was never a real thought that he wouldn't play Sunday
Insight: With the injury to Knowshon Moreno Miller has top-notch fantasy value. He totaled 94 yards and a score last weekend and has three touchdowns in his last two games.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN10/19/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Colts according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: This was expected. Green has been pretty much insinuating all week that he would not play this Sunday.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR10/19/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been cleared to play in Week 7 against the Packers according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: We will send out another update when the official inactive list comes out at about 12 ET, but all signs point to Benjamin suiting up. The Panthers receiver is pretty much a must-start against the Packers. He scored his fourth touchdown last week on the road against the tough Bengals defense, and Green Bay will be without top cornerback Sam Shields and could also be missing No. 2 corner Tramon Williams, who is a game-time decision.
Ray Rice, RB, BAL10/19/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: The final decision of whether running back Ray Rice will be reinstated this season will come in mid-November according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Insight: That means Rice could sign with another team and become fantasy relevant just in time for the fantasy playoff run. The running back continues to stress that he did not lie to Roger Goodell when interviewed about the elevator incident and should, at the maximum, be suspended for six games as a first-time offender. La Confora speculates the Colts and Patriots may be interested in Rice, but The Sports Network believes the Panthers are a great fit if their running back cannot get healthy.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS10/19/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham plans to play in Week 7 against the Lions according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Graham plans to test out his shoulder to make sure. He will have a limited role, likely playing in red zone packages. The Saints used Graham the same way for a few games last year, and he still managed to lead the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns. Graham is still a must-start.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUFCold10/18/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett told ESPN he "wants to continue feeding" C.J. Spiller.
Insight: That slightly puts a damper on Fred Jackon's big game last week. Owners of either Bills running back should continue to expect a split backfield. Spiller played just 12 snaps last week, but in every previous game, he had at least 13 touches. He likely saw only 12 snaps against the Patriots last week because he lost a fumble.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR10/18/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin is expected to play on Sunday, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Insight: He traveled with the team to Green Bay, and barring any setbacks, Benjamin is expected to be full-go for Week 7. He is a WR2 this week against the Packers.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN10/18/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Week 7.
Insight: Bishop Sankey will be the lead back, with Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington mixing in as well.
Montee Ball, RB, DEN10/18/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball (groin) may not retain his role as the featured back upon his return, according to The Denver Post's Mike Klis.
Insight: He has not played well during the time he has been healthy, and now with Ronnie Hillman running well, it is looking likely that Denver will employ a committee approach. If that is the case, Ball will be a player dependent on scoring touchdowns. Owners should hang onto Ball, and expect him to return Week 9 at the earliest, but may be disappointed in his production for the rest of the season.
Zac Stacy, RB, STLCold10/18/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer confirmed that the team will use the "hot hand" approach at running back, moving forward.
Insight: We essentially knew this already, but now that Schottenheimer delcared it, it makes Stacy's value plummet even more. With Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason in the mix, Stacy is a borderline droppable player.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU10/17/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (anke) has been limited in practices all week.
Insight: He is still expected to play, and should be considered a WR2 for Week 7.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU10/17/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (groin) was a full participant in Friday's practice.
Insight: He is locked and loaded as an RB1 for Monday night's tilt versus Pittsburgh.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, HOU10/17/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) returned to practice on Friday.
Insight: This was the first time he practiced since going under the knife after Week 1. He will be a game-time decision for Monday night's game against the Steelers.
Patrick Willis, LB, SFX10/17/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) has been declared out for Week 7 against Denver.
Insight: With the 49ers already missing Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith at linebacker, this is a huge loss for the team. Rookie Chris Borland will make his first career start.
Percy Harvin, WR, NYJ10/17/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: The Seahawks have traded Percy Harvin to the Jets for a conditional pick, according to Jay Glazer. UPDATE: The coniditional pick will be in the range from a second-to-fourth-round pick, according to John Clayton.
Insight: The timing is weird, as Harvin is dealing with a thigh injury, but it is a nice pickup for the Jets nonetheless. Harvin has not produced much from a fantasy standpoint, and his value takes even more of a hit with this move to New York.
Vernon Davis, TE, SFX10/17/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (back) is listed as probable entering Week 7 against Denver.
Insight: He didn't have any setbacks this week in practice, as he was able to be a full participant throughout. He will be a TE1 for Sunday night's matchup.
Percy Harvin, WR, SEACold10/17/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: The Seahawks Percy Harvin have put Percy Harvin on the injury report due to a thigh injury.
Insight: Harvin has only once totaled more than 50 combined yards in a game this season. At this point he's not worthy of a fantasy start. He has loads of talent, it's just not being used.
Jimmie Ward, DB, SFX10/17/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: 49ers safety Jimme Ward is expected to miss the Week 7 game against Denver.
Insight: Anytime you are short-handed in the secondary while facing Peyton Manning its not a good thing. The 49ers are hoping Trumaine Brock will be ready to go.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DALHot10/17/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray missed Wednesday's practice but practiced in full Thursday and Friday and is ready to go.
Insight: Considering his workload the first six games, he just needed the extra day off. The last person to start the season with six consecutive 100-yard games was the great Jim Brown. Murray has also scored in five of the six contests. He's the top fantasy running back through six games and will be in Week 7 against the Giants.
Jimmy Graham, TE, NOS10/17/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham isn't sounding optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday.
Insight: Graham was expected to miss a couple of weeks with his shoulder injury, but is hoping it will get better by Sunday pre-game. Our best guess is that Ben Watson will be the Saints starter come kickoff.
Eric Berry, DB, KAN10/17/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) will miss Week 7 against San Diego.
Insight: With Philip Rivers playing at an MVP level, it's not a good time for Berry to be out of the lineup.
Branden Oliver, RB, SDCHot10/17/2014 2:31:00 PM
Description: Charger rookie running back Branden Oliver should be a workhorse again in Week 7.
Insight: Oliver carried the ball 26 times last weekend and the Chargers still don't have a viable option behind him.
Donald Brown, RB, SDC10/17/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Donald Brown (concussion) has yet to be cleared for practice, so it looks like another good week for Branden Oliver fantasy owners.
Insight: It's always a crapshoot when dealing with concussion and trying to figure out a timetable.
Sam Shields, CB, GBP10/17/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Packers left cornerback Sam Shields (knee) has been ruled out for Week 7 against Carolina.
Insight: The Packers secondary could be in trouble with RCB Tramon Williams (ankle) likely a game-time decision. If Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is active, he could be in line for a big day.
Charlie Whitehurst, QB, TEN10/17/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Tennessee quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is still taking the majority of the reps with the first team and it appears he'll get one more start before Jake Locker returns to the lineup.
Insight: Whitehurst doesn't hold much value for fantasy owners having yet to crack the 240 passing yard mark in any game this season.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN10/17/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (thumb) was limited in practice again on Friday and it appears unlikely that he'll be ready for Sunday.
Insight: His status is still completely up in the air for Week 7, but Charlie Whitehurst did take the bulk of practice reps on today, leading us to believe Locker will be out for one more week.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR10/17/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has made it three consecutive full days of practice and is now in line for a heavy workload Sunday.
Insight: Stewart has been dealing with a knee problem for most of the season, but he's the healthiest back the Panthers have at this time and the Packers have given up the most rushing yards this season - 927 (154.5 ypg).
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR10/17/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin returned to the practice field on Thursday (concussion symptoms) though he still must be cleared before he can play Sunday.
Insight: He should be considered questionable for Week 7, but this is at least headed in the right direction.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN10/17/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green did not practice again on Friday and fantasy owners must plan on being without him on Sunday.
Insight: Green and coach Marvin Lewis have contradicted each other with the player saying he is week-to-week and the coach trying to hide the fact that his star isn't an option for Week 7. Obviously the player knows his own health better than the coach.
Brice McCain, CB, PIT10/17/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Backup cornerback Brice McCain will start this week as the Steelers have benched starter Cortez Allen.
Insight: McCain will face the team he played for last season. This may not be a trade up in quality and Houston receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins should be viable fantasy options.
Cortez Allen, CB, PIT10/17/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh cornerback Cortez Allen, he of the big contract, has been benched in favor of free agent signee Brice McCain, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Though Allen isn't playing well, this isn't the only problems for a Steelers defense that yielded 31 points to the Cleveland Browns. McCain started four games for Houston last season, Monday night's opponent.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET10/17/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Coach Jim Caldwell Lions on receiver Calvin Johnson chances to play in Week 7 - "miracles can happen."
Insight: The translation for fantasy owners is get your backups in the lineup Megatron isn't playing. Yes, miracles can happen and you might hit the lottery tonight, but the odds are extemely tilted against you.
Chad Greenway, LB, MIN10/17/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Vikings LB Chad Greenway hasn't played since Week 3 against New Orleans, but after practicing all week should be ready to go in Week 7.
Insight: Greenway's return will certainly be a boost to the Minnesota defense which is 22nd against the run and 11th against the pass.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN10/17/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Titans running back Bishop Sankey managed 61 yards on Sunday and will get another chance to shine with Shonn Greene not expected to play in Week 7.
Insight: It wasn't a great afternoon, but Sankey was given 18 carries and with volume comes a chance to produce decent numbers against Washington.
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN10/17/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring) is not expected to play in Week 7 and hopes to start practicing next week, according to John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Insight: He has 44 carries for 190 yards and one touchdown this season. This was expected, and it gives rookie tailback Bishop Sankey another huge opportunity.
Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ10/17/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Jets running back Bilal Powell left Thursday night's game in the second half due to a foot injury.
Insight: Powell is No. 3 on the depth chart behind Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson and has no value for fantasy owners.
Danny Amendola, WR, NEP10/17/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has been a non-factor for most of the season and Thursday night was another example.
Insight: Amendola caught one pass for 19 yards and a score. He has just five catches for 42 yards this season and there is no indication that his workload is going to increase so fantasy owners can continue to ignore him unless Julian Edelman is injured.
Brandon LaFell, WR, NEP10/17/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell caught just four balls for 55 yards Thursday night against the Jets.
Insight: The excitement of Week 6's huge game against Buffalo (4-97-2) has quickly faded, but at least he's still involved in the offense. It's just going to be hard to figure out when he's going to go big.
Julian Edelman, WR, NEP10/17/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman was given a solid nine targets, but caught just four for 44 yards.
Insight: He continues to be one of Tom Brady's go-to guys, but he's been extremely inconsistent this season with three games under 45 yards and four games over 80 yards.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP10/17/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't produce big numbers Thursday night, but not because Tom Brady didn't try to get him the ball.
Insight: Gronkowski led the Patriots with 10 targets, but caught just five of them for 68 yards. He's healthy and this was just a game in which the Pats featured Shane Vereen, so no need to panic.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP10/17/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady managed to put up solid numbers despite running just 53 plays to the Jets 80.
Insight: Brady went 20-of-37 for 261 yards and three touchdowns and has now thrown nine touchdowns without an interception over his last three games. He appears to have righted the ship and should be a viable fantasy option from here on out.
Brandon Bolden, RB, NEPCold10/17/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: New England running Brandon Bolden was a complete non-factor in Thursday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Fantasy owners who picked him up thinking he would take over the Stevan Ridley role were extremely disappointed with his no carries, one-catch effort.
Shane Vereen, RB, NEP10/17/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: New England running back Shane Vereen was the running back to have last night as he posted 43 yards rushing and caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: We weren't sure how things would play out with Stevan Ridley sidelined, but Vereen saw 11 of 14 running back carries and was a force in the passing game. Brandon Bolden and Jonas Gray were non-factors.
Jace Amaro, TE, NYJ10/17/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro had a tough night against New England catching just three passes for 22 yards.
Insight: Like all rookies, Amaro is inconsistent and it doesn't help that he's got Geno Smith as his quarterback.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, NYJ10/17/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland has taken a backseat to Jace Amaro of late, but he was the better tight end Thursday night.
Insight: Cumberland caught 3-of-4 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown. He's still not fantasy owrthy.
Eric Decker, WR, NYJ10/17/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker saw a team-high seven targets en route to his four-catch, 65-yard game.
Insight: Decker had Darrelle Revis on him for much of the night which is why he wasn't a great play.
Geno Smith, QB, NYJ10/17/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Jets quarterback Geno Smith was mistake-free while throwing for 226 yards and a touchdown in a tough loss to New England.
Insight: Smith played well, but these totals are the upper limit for fantasy owners which is why his value in minimal.
Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ10/17/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Jets running back Chris Ivory reappeared after being two ugly games to post 107 yards and a score on 21 carries and catch four balls for 18 yards.
Insight: Ivory was "the guy" with Chris Johnson as an afterthought and we liked what we saw.
James White, RB, NEP10/16/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Patriots rookie running back James White is healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Some thought he would be mixed in at running back due to the Stevan Ridley injury. However, with rainy conditions at Foxboro, New England is holding White out. Brandon Bolden is in line for more work, with Jonas Gray mixing in as well. Shane Vereen will have the best opportunity to be a RB2 moving forward.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN10/16/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (thumb) was limited in practice for the second consecutive day.
Insight: His status is completely up in the air for Week 7, but Charlie Whitehurst did take the majority of practice reps on Thursday, leading us to believe Locker will be out for one more week.
Ben Tate, RB, CLE10/16/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate was on the injury report with a finger injury, but still practiced in full.
Insight: He is locked and loaded as a low-end RB1 this week against the Jaguars.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET10/16/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford could be down a trio of receiving weapons for Saturday's game with New Orleans.
Insight: Likely missing will be Calvin Johnson, Joseph Fauria and Eric Ebron. He could get Reggie Bush back which would certainly help, but beware of overvaluing Stafford in Week 7.
Eric Ebron, TE, DETCold10/16/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron has a hamstring injury from practice Wednesday and did not practice Thursday.
Insight: Seems like Matthew Stafford will be missing another weapon Sunday. He's already likely to be without WR Calvin Johnson and TE Joseph Fauria.
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET10/16/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson missed Thursday's practice and with his announcement of lingering pain yesterday we don't see him playing Sunday.
Insight: It's possible that with the team still winning football games (4-2 and leading the division), they won't rush him back and could even wait until after their Week 9 bye.
Theo Riddick, RB, DET10/16/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Theo Riddick (hamstring) has yet to return to practice and is not going to play this weekend.
Insight: With Reggie Bush likely to join Joique Bell in the backfield, the Lions won't miss Riddick.
Reggie Bush, RB, DET10/16/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Lions running back Reggie Bush has now practiced two straight days (limited) and seems to be on track to play Sunday.
Insight: If Bush does play we will be back to a shared situation to the dismay of Joique Bell owners. Bush has not been very good this season, with 302 yards and one touchdown split over five games.
Storm Johnson, RB, JAC10/16/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Jacksonville rookie running back Storm Johnson has been spliting first string reps with Denard Robinson, according to Jaguars beat writer Mark Long.
Insight: Johnson rushed 10 times for 21 yards and a touchdown against the Titans and coach Gus Bradley said that was the plan ... to give him 10 carries. Sounds like a shared situation which won't make either fantasy owner happy.


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