Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Alfred Blue Hou - RB
News: Blue had five carries for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Saints, adding one reception for one yard on his only target. (Aug 30)
Impact: According to Larry Holder of, Blue got the start in place of Arian Foster (groin), who will miss at least the first few games of the season. Blue is poised to take on the starting job and lead the Houston backfield, but he'll likely cede passing-down work to Jonathan Grimes and/or Chris Polk. Blue should get the goal-line carries, as he did during the first quarter of Sunday's preseason contest. Week 1 brings a difficult matchup with the Chiefs' excellent front seven. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:36p ET)
Overall Rank: 102 Position Rank: 37
% Started: 44.4 % Owned: 88.7
Brian Hoyer Hou - QB
News: Hoyer completed seven of 11 passes for 82 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Saints. (Aug 30)
Impact: Hoyer only played two drives, with the second spanning 16 plays and 80 yards, capped off by a one-yard Alfred Blue touchdown run. Named the starting quarterback earlier in the week, Hoyer will likely sit out the final preseason game in preparation for a difficult Week 1 matchup with the Chiefs. Though the Texans likely planned on using a run-heavy offense this season, it may make sense to start off with a more pass-oriented approach, as RB Arian Foster (groin) will at least miss the first few games, and Chiefs CB Sean Smith (suspension) won't be available in Week 1. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:30p ET)
Overall Rank: 204 Position Rank: 31
% Started: 0.7 % Owned: 3.2
Tre Mason StL - RB
News: Coach Jeff Fisher indicated Sunday that Mason (hamstring) is out for Thursday's preseason finale against the Chiefs. (Aug 30)
Impact: More importantly, the report suggests that Mason is considered questionable for Week 1 at this stage. Thus, considering the uncertain early-season status of Todd Gurley, Benny Cunningham could merit short-term fantasy attention in the event that Mason is forced to miss any game action beyond Thursday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 109 Position Rank: 39
% Started: 15.5 % Owned: 81.1
Randall Cobb GB - WR
News: An MRI on Cobb's shoulder has revealed an AC joint sprain, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. (Aug 30)
Impact: Per the report, the injury is considered minor and given that Cobb initially feared that he had broken his collarbone Saturday, per, things could obviously have been much worse for the Packers' wideout. While Cobb's Week 1 status has not yet been clarified, a long-term absence does not appear to be in the cards, which has to be of considerable relief to the team in the wake of Jordy Nelson's recent season-ending injury. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:21p ET)
Overall Rank: 24 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 95.9 % Owned: 99.9
Randall Cobb GB - WR
News: X-rays on Cobb's shoulder injury showed no broken collarbone and he said he didn't think it would be a long-term injury, ESPN reports. Cobb will undergo more tests Sunday. (Aug 30)
Impact: Cobb left Saturday's game in the first half with a right shoulder injury. It sounds like he avoided a major injury, but we'll know more about his availability for Week 1 after Sunday's tests. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:00a ET)
Overall Rank: 24 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 95.9 % Owned: 99.9
Andy Dalton Cin - QB
News: Dalton left Saturday's preseason game against the Bears due to a neck injury. (Aug 29)
Impact: Before he departed, Dalton was a perfect 6-of-6 passing for 52 yards with three carries for 16 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run. The severity of the injury is unknown, but AJ McCarron took over the Bengals' offense following Dalton's removal. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:23p ET)
Overall Rank: 117 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 5.8 % Owned: 25.4
Tyrod Taylor Buf - QB
News: Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he will make a decision on his starting quarterback Sunday but will not announce it publicly,'s Albert Breer reports. Taylor is currently competing with Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel. (Aug 29)
Impact: Taylor and Manuel both impressed in Saturday's preseason win over the Steelers, and while the latter may have put his name back into the conversation, Taylor is likely still the favorite. Cassel also can't be ruled out, but he was easily outplayed by Taylor this preseason. Bills head coach Rex Ryan said that No. 4 QB Matt Simms will likely play all four quarters of the final exhibition game, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:11p ET)
Overall Rank: 507 Position Rank: 63
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 1.3
Kirk Cousins Was - QB
News: According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, sources say Washington plans to start Cousins not only Saturday against the Ravens, but also Week 1 of the regular season against the Dolphins. (Aug 29)
Impact: Cousins starting is probably not a done deal, as NFL Network's Albert Breer also tweeted no final call has been made yet. Griffin has suffered at least three concussions going back to his college days at Baylor, so it's possible that his health is playing a large role in whatever plans Washington is making for Week 1. Either way, there are many moving parts in play here, so the situation will likely remain fluid. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:35a ET)
Overall Rank: 265 Position Rank: 36
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 1.9
Martavis Bryant Pit - WR
News: Bryant, who is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, hopes to hear back on his appeal within the next seven to 10 days, reports ESPN. (Aug 28)
Impact: The timeline suggests that Bryant will get the final word on his suspension, which is for marijuana use, before the regular season commences. It's thus all but assured that he'll be out for Week 1 and likely the first four weeks of the season. In his absence, Sammie Coates and/or Darrius Heyward-Bey will step in as the No. 3 wide receiver, with Markus Wheaton also a strong candidate to benefit from extra targets. The remaining two preseason games loom large for both Coates and Heyward-Bey. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:37p ET)
Overall Rank: 98 Position Rank: 35
% Started: 11.9 % Owned: 84.8
Martavis Bryant Pit - WR
News: Bryant is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Aug 27)
Impact: While the report notes that the suspension is under appeal, this news sets the stage for the Steelers to open the regular season minus both Bryant and RB Le'Veon Bell, who will sit out the team's first two contests. In the absence of Bryant, look for Markus Wheaton to see added opportunities in the Steelers' passing offense out of the gate opposite top wideout Antonio Brown, while the likes of Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey and C.J. Goodwin could factor in as well. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 98 Position Rank: 35
% Started: 11.9 % Owned: 84.8
Jordy Nelson GB - WR
News: Nelson will miss the rest of the season with what the Packers describe as a significant right knee injury. (Aug 24)
Impact: While the Packers did not confirm that Nelson tore his ACL, ESPN's Adam Schefter has revealed that is indeed Nelson's diagnosis. The bottom line here is that Nelson is done for the 2015 season, which opens the door for second-year player Davante Adams to see expanded opportunities in the team's offense in tandem with Randall Cobb, who now slots in as the team's top wideout. Meanwhile, rookie Ty Montgomery could enter the fantasy equation if he lands the team's No. 3 WR slot, with the likes of Jeff Janis, Larry Pinkard, Ed Williams and possibly Jared Abbrederis (concussion) also competing for depth chart positioning in advance of the regular season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 1002 Position Rank: 371
% Started: 25.8 % Owned: 34.7
Jordy Nelson GB - WR
News: Coach Mike McCarthy did not elaborate on the severity of Nelson's knee injury following Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. (Aug 23)
Impact: There have been reports that Nelson may have torn his ACL on Sunday, but McCarthy suggested that the Packers are awaiting further information on the wideout's knee, once the team returns to Green Bay. Per McCarthy, "I'm not going to get into preliminary tests. Hoping for good news based on the information I've gotten." While the coach is not alone in hoping for good news pertaining to Nelson, the preliminary indications seem to suggest that's an unlikely outcome. In the event that Nelson's injury is indeed serious, Davante Adams would move move up a peg on the Packers' wideout depth chart to a starting role, while Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis could also see added opportunities in the team's offense. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:00p ET)
Overall Rank: 1002 Position Rank: 371
% Started: 25.8 % Owned: 34.7
Kelvin Benjamin Car - WR
News: Benjamin suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday and will miss the entire 2015 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Aug 19)
Impact: Benjamin was carted off the field in the midst of Wednesday's practice, and following an MRI, the worst has been confirmed. With the second-year wideout out of the picture, the Panthers will trot out one of the least talented receiving corps outside of veteran tight end Greg Olsen. No matter, rookie Devin Funchess (hamstring) should receive the requisite bump up cheat sheets in advance of the season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:36p ET)
Overall Rank: 1001 Position Rank: 370
% Started: 17.1 % Owned: 24.8
LeSean McCoy Buf - RB
News: McCoy (hamstring) is expected to be ready for Week 1, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Aug 19)
Impact: The results of the MRI taken on McCoy's injured hamstring have not been revealed, but early indications are the setback that forced him from Tuesday's practice will not prevent him from taking the field for the Bills' season opener against the Colts. It is not clear how much more he will be available for during the rest of training camp, however, so it remains to be seen if he will be 100 percent by the time Week 1 rolls around. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:57a ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 94.9 % Owned: 99.8
LeSean McCoy Buf - RB
News: McCoy left Tuesday's practice with a hamstring strain and will receive an MRI. (Aug 18)
Impact: The Bills' running back corps is already decimated due to a litany of training camp injuries, but no player's health is more critical than that of McCoy, who the team acquired from the Eagles in March before signing him to a five-year, $40 million contract. The MRI should reveal the severity of the injury, with McCoy's availability for the remainder of the preseason unknown until the results are publicized, likely on Wednesday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:01p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 94.9 % Owned: 99.8
Chris Johnson Ari - RB
News: Johnson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cardinals, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports. (Aug 17)
Impact: After passing a physical on Monday afternoon, the waiting game was on for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and Johnson's agent to reach an agreement. Upon his arrival, Johnson will bolster a wavering backfield behind starter Andre Ellington, though rookie RB David Johnson's first appearance of training camp was delayed until Monday due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain. In any case, Johnson will commence learning head coach Bruce Arians' scheme, in which he'll act as a veteran version of Ellington. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 194 Position Rank: 67
% Started: 0.9 % Owned: 7.3
C.J. Spiller NO - RB
News: Spiller has arthroscopic knee surgery performed Friday, but the expectation is a return for Week 1 of the regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Aug 15)
Impact: Spiller was sidelined with an undisclosed ailment in the build-up to the Saints' first preseason game Thursday, and the team will now be without its change-of-pace option for the remaining three exhibitions. His absence will open the door for Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower to solidify spots on the 53-man roster, with an opportunity to affect the regular season opener if Spiller's recovery doesn't proceed as planned. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:36p ET)
Overall Rank: 77 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 21.8 % Owned: 87.2
Kevin White Chi - WR
News: White (shin) will require surgery and miss at least the first six games of the regular season. (Aug 15)
Impact: As if that wasn't bad enough, GM Ryan Pace also says it's possible White will have to miss the entire season. White still has incredible potential in dynasty leagues, but he's nebulous in standard leagues and a stash for late in the season if all goes well. Marquess Wilson figures to step into White's role in the Bears' offense, but there could also be additional targets to Eddie Royal. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:28p ET)
Overall Rank: 150 Position Rank: 51
% Started: 5.2 % Owned: 43.9
Julius Thomas Jac - TE
News: Thomas suffered a fractured finger in Friday's preseason game, but the team "hopes it will affect him minimally," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Aug 14)
Impact: Thomas fractured the middle finger on his left hand after being tackled on a short yardage reception Friday and immediately went to the locker room. It remains to be seen how the injury will affect Thomas for the remainder of the preseason, but the team appears optimistic that the injury won't keep their star tight end on the sidelines for an extended period of time. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 74 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 64.2 % Owned: 96.1
Niles Paul Was - TE
News: Paul suffered a dislocated left ankle during Thursday's preseason opener against the Browns, reports. (Aug 13)
Impact: While Paul is slated to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his injury, he's obviously out indefinitely. His absence paves the way for Jordan Reed, who is dealing with a minor hamstring injury, to move up a notch in the team's TE pecking order. Moreover, with third-stringer Logan Paulsen having suffered a toe injury that could require surgery, Washington could be forced to add another tight end in short order. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:16p ET)
Overall Rank: 992 Position Rank: 197
% Started: 0.0 % Owned: 0.1
Geno Smith NYJ - QB
News: Smith suffered a broken jaw on Tuesday morning and will be out for 6-10 weeks, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports. (Aug 11)
Impact: Smith was sucker-punched in the locker room by linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali, who was promptly and unsurprisingly released by the team. Previously a strong favorite to beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job, Smith will now shoot for a return at some point in September or October, at which point Fitzpatrick will have likely already made a few starts. Unless Fitzpatrick is highly impressive, which doesn't seem too likely, Smith should step back in as the starter once he's healthy. Bryce Petty will likely open the season as the No. 2 quarterback. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:38p ET)
Overall Rank: 372 Position Rank: 44
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 1.1
Shaun Suisham Pit - K
News: Suisham, who has a torn left ACL, will have knee surgery this week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. (Aug 10)
Impact: With Suisham likely headed for injured reserve as a result of his serious knee injury, the Steelers are in line to seek out another kicker. Whoever lands the job -- the report mentions Billy Cundiff, Shayne Graham and Jay Feely as potential options -- should emerge as a fantasy option, thanks to the team's capable offense. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:31p ET)
Overall Rank: 1000 Position Rank: 49
% Started: 0.7 % Owned: 1.8
Nick Foles StL - QB
News: Nick Foles signed a multi-year extension with the Rams on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Aug 7)
Impact: After trading for Foles this past offseason, it looks as if the Rams are ready to make the 26-year-old their quarterback of the near future, as they have reportedly signed him through 2017. Foles is coming off an injury-riddled 2014 season with the Eagles in which he only appeared in eight games and threw 13 touchdowns with a concerning 10 interceptions. He'll look to rebound in 2015, and it looks as though the Rams have faith in him as they move forward past the Sam Bradford era. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:28p ET)
Overall Rank: 130 Position Rank: 25
% Started: 2.7 % Owned: 17.9
Fred Jackson Buf - RB
News: Jackson suffered a hamstring injury during Friday's practice. (Aug 7)
Impact: The initial thought is he could be out for a couple of weeks, but we'll wait for more official word later. The Bills came into training camp with one of the deepest running back situations in the league, but this week all three of their top running backs have been hurt to some degree. Jackson is a durable player and has traditionally been a fast healer, but he is 34 years old and dealt with hammy issues last season as well. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:27p ET)
Overall Rank: 124 Position Rank: 46
% Started: 6.4 % Owned: 42.5
DeSean Jackson Was - WR
News: Jackson sustained a Grade 2 shoulder separation at practice Thursday and appears likely to miss a couple of weeks, reports. (Aug 6)
Impact: Jackson, who suffered the injury during a one-on-one drill Thursday that sent him to the sidelines with his right shoulder wrapped, thus appears destined to miss some preseason action, though with Washington's regular season opener not until Sept. 13, the initial timetable presented by the report bodes well for the wideout's Week 1 availability. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:37p ET)
Overall Rank: 63 Position Rank: 22
% Started: 60.5 % Owned: 96.5
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