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Danny Woodhead SD - RB
News: Woodhead, who suffered a broken fibula Sunday, is headed to IR, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. (Sep 22)
Impact: With Ryan Mathews (knee) still out, Donald Brown figures to be a busy back for the Chargers in the coming weeks, with Branden Oliver on hand in a backup role. In any case, the team is certainly going to add running back depth sooner rather than later, with Marion Grice a candidate to be promoted from the team's practice squad and/or a free agent addition possibly on tap. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:05p ET)
Overall Rank: 93 Position Rank: 38
% Started: 13.4 % Owned: 54.8
Kyle Rudolph Min - TE
News: Rudolph will need surgery on his groin injury and will be out about six weeks, NFL.com reports. (Sep 22)
Impact: Rudolph had an MRI after Sunday's game and apparently it showed significant damage. The Vikings don't have a clear receiving option at tight end with Rudolph out as Rhett Ellison is more of a blocker. MarQueis Gray could now have a larger role. Chase Ford may be called up from the practice squad as a result. The Vikings may just end up using more three- and four-receiver sets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 90 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 44.8 % Owned: 82.1
Jonathan Stewart Car - RB
News: Stewart is dealing with what Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer describes as a severely sprained right knee. (Sep 22)
Impact: The report adds that Stewart won't practice until at least Friday, but the running back's Week 4 status looks cloudy, at best, for Sunday's game against the Ravens. With Mike Tolbert already ruled out for the game and DeAngelo Williams having been inactive in Week 3, the Panthers' RB depth is currently taxed, with moves to address that situation likely on tap as the week progresses. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 140 Position Rank: 50
% Started: 14.5 % Owned: 40.4
Blake Bortles Jac - QB
News: Entering in the start of the second half, Bortles completed 14-of-24 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions, while adding 30 yards on the ground against the Colts on Sunday. After the game, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said that Bortles would start the team's Week 4 matchup against the Chargers, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports. (Sep 21)
Impact: After vowing throughout the summer that Year 1 would be a redshirt one for Bortles, Bradley decided to change direction at quarterback, after Chad Henne took 13 sacks over his last six quarters and guided the Jaguars to only one touchdown over his last 30 drives. Bortles entered the game in the second half and gave considerably more life to the offense. A subpar supporting cast will probably prevent him to ascending beyond a No. 2 quarterback option in fantasy leagues this season, but Bortles should at least give the Jaguars a flicker of hope on the offensive end. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 245 Position Rank: 39
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 3.0
Matt Cassel Min - QB
News: Coach Mike Zimmer indicated after Sunday's game against the Saints that Cassel has several fractured bones in his foot, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports. (Sep 21)
Impact: While there is no timetable attached to Cassel's recovery just yet, he'll obviously miss a good chunk of time, which sets the stage for Teddy Bridgewater to assume the Vikings' QB duties in the coming weeks. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:20p ET)
Overall Rank: 205 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 1.1 % Owned: 4.2
Jamaal Charles KC - RB
News: Charles (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports. (Sep 21)
Impact: Though he practiced Thursday and Friday, Charles' ankle issue will keep him out of Sunday's game, which sets the stage for Knile Davis to lead the Chiefs' Week 3 rushing attack. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 36.0 % Owned: 99.0
Danny Woodhead SD - RB
News: Woodhead (right ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bills, according to Ricky Henne of chargers.com. (Sep 21)
Impact: With Woodhead having been carted off Sunday, the Chargers are now down to Donald Brown and Brandon Oliver at running back in Week 3. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:25p ET)
Overall Rank: 93 Position Rank: 38
% Started: 13.4 % Owned: 54.8
News: Jones-Drew (hand) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.   (Sep 21)
Impact: With Jones-Drew still out, look for Darren McFadden and perhaps Latavius Murray and fullback Marcel Reece, to a lesser degree, to handle the Raiders' Week 3 rushing attack. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:34a ET)
Overall Rank: 104 Position Rank: 43
% Started: 5.9 % Owned: 57.2
Arian Foster Hou - RB
News: Foster (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. (Sep 21)
Impact: Foster was questionable coming into the game after limited practices all week and he just didn't show enough in warmups to risk playing while banged up. Alfred Blue is expected to lead the backfield, with Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown also likely to get touches. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:28a ET)
Overall Rank: 13 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 63.6 % Owned: 99.7
Jamaal Charles KC - RB
News: Charles (ankle) is not expecting to play Sunday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. (Sep 21)
Impact: Charles will test out his ankle during warmups, and could still suit up, but early indications are that he will not play in Week 3. If Charles sits out as anticipated, Knile Davis would serve as the Chiefs' starting running back in his place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:43a ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 36.0 % Owned: 99.0
Eric Decker NYJ - WR
News: Decker (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Bears, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. (Sep 20)
Impact: Although Decker did not practice Friday, he was seen running and cutting on the injured hamstring during the portion of practice open to the media. His ability to log a limited practice Saturday would seem to suggest his chances of playing against Chicago are at least slightly better than 50-50, especially after coach Rex Ryan said Decker didn't necessarily need to practice in order to play, but Mehta went on to say Decker will likely end up being a true game-time call. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:50p ET)
Overall Rank: 69 Position Rank: 25
% Started: 23.9 % Owned: 87.5
Josh McCown TB - QB
News: McCown will have a second opinion on his thumb and the Bucs may be without his services for an extended period, Fox Sports reports. (Sep 19)
Impact: The second opinion will include an MRI, as the Bucs fear that McCown may have suffered ligament damage during Friday's game. Mike Glennon will take over at quarterback in McCown's absence, while the expectation is that McCown will miss the Week 4 game against Pittsburgh, if not longer depending on what the test reveals. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:45p ET)
Overall Rank: 160 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 4.0 % Owned: 17.3
Doug Martin TB - RB
News: Martin (knee) is inactive for Thursday night's contest against the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. (Sep 18)
Impact: Bobby Rainey is in line to start in place of Martin and is likely to receive plenty of touches against a Falcons' defense that has allowed five TDS on the ground, along with an average of 154.5 rushing yards through two games. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 31 Position Rank: 16
% Started: 35.9 % Owned: 92.8
Roddy White Atl - WR
News: White (hamstring) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Sep 18)
Impact: White's status meandered between will-he or won't-he suit up in advance of Thursday's game, but ultimately, the short week didn't afford enough time for the wideout to work out the kinks in his injured hamstring. His absence should result in a significant target count for Julio Jones (ankle), while Harry Douglas should experience the requisite uptick in looks from Matt Ryan. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 58 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 39.7 % Owned: 95.3
Jonathan Dwyer Ari - RB
News: The Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer following his reported arrest on two counts of suspicion of aggravated assault, ESPN.com reports. (Sep 17)
Impact: "We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully," the Cardinals indicated in a statement released Wednesday. "Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 381 Position Rank: 97
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 0.9
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: The Vikings have placed Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, the team's official site reports. (Sep 17)
Impact: A statement released by the Vikings early Wednesday relayed that the running back will be required to remain away from all team activities while he takes care of his personal situation and until his legal proceedings are resolved. Peterson will thus be out indefinitely. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:00a ET)
Overall Rank: 120 Position Rank: 46
% Started: 20.1 % Owned: 82.4
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: The Vikings have apparently changed their minds and suspended Peterson for Week 3, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. "After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in the statement. (Sep 17)
Impact: Matt Asiata should draw the start again, and at this point Peterson seems to be out indefinitely. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:33a ET)
Overall Rank: 120 Position Rank: 46
% Started: 20.1 % Owned: 82.4
Wes Welker Den - WR
News: Welker is expected to be reinstated from his suspension Tuesday night after the NFL officially revised its drug policy, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports. (Sep 16)
Impact: Welker will be eligible to return to practice immediately, and presumably he'll be on the field for the Broncos for Sunday's Super Bowl rematch with the Seahawks. Though his lack of practice time over the last two weeks could be detrimental to his production in Week 3, it shouldn't take long for Welker to reestablish a rapport with Peyton Manning. In fact, the time off might have actually been beneficial for Welker, as it ended up giving him nearly a full month to recover from the third concussion he's sustained over the last year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:35p ET)
Overall Rank: 73 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 36.1 % Owned: 95.2
Josh Gordon Cle - WR
News: The NFL has officially announced a change to its drug policy Tuesday night, and Gordon's one-year suspension is expected to be formally reduced to 10 games, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. (Sep 16)
Impact: Momentum for a new drug policy had been building for the past couple of weeks, and as anticipated, Gordon's season will not be completely lost. While many of the other players that were under suspension will be immediately reinstated after Tuesday's news, Gordon's status as a repeat offender won't allow him to join the Browns until Nov. 23. In pleading guilty to a DWI charge earlier in the day, Gordon likely shaved an additional two games off his banishment, since drunk driving charges won't be considered retroactive under the new policy. Given his overwhelming numbers over 14 games last season with subpar quarterback play, Gordon is probably worth stashing in most formats until he's eligible to return. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 1007 Position Rank: 366
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 44.0
Tavon Austin StL - WR
News: Austin (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to be sidelined for roughly two weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Austin twisted his knee during the first quarter of Sunday's game and didn't return following the incident. With Monday's MRI revealing a sprained MCL, he figures to be out a couple weeks. However, considering the Rams' Week 4 bye, owners may fortunately only be without Austin for next week's game versus the Cowboys. Nonetheless, while Austin is sidelined, Austin Pettis should move up St. Louis' depth chart at wide receiver. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:48p ET)
Overall Rank: 135 Position Rank: 52
% Started: 0.6 % Owned: 13.0
Jamaal Charles KC - RB
News: Charles suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday, according to Chiefs' coach Andy Reid, Lindsey Jones of USA Today reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Charles' sprain was initially thought to be mild, but Reid disclosing his star running back actually sustained a high ankle sprain is certainly of concern. The variety of sprain typically forces players to miss time, putting Charles' Week 3 status moving forward in question. While a timetable for his return has not yet been outlined, it appears as though Knile Davis could be in line for an extended role in the Chiefs' offense Sunday against the Dolphins. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:15p ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 36.0 % Owned: 99.0
Marcedes Lewis Jac - TE
News: Lewis (ankle) will be out for 6-to-8 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain Sunday. (Sep 15)
Impact: Lewis ran free for a 63-yard touchdown before leaving Sunday's game with the dreaded sprain. As a result, the Jaguars' No. 1 tight end will now miss significant time, opening an opportunity for Clay Harbor to see extended snaps, provided he overcomes a current calf issue. Other than Harbor, Mickey Shuler is the only remaining tight end on Jacksonville's roster. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:03p ET)
Overall Rank: 233 Position Rank: 35
% Started: 0.3 % Owned: 2.5
Mark Ingram NO - RB
News: Ingram is slated to sit out about a month due to a hand injury he suffered during Sunday's game, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Ingram once again led the Saints in rushing Sunday against the Browns, when he totaled 83 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. However, in a surprise development, he'll now be sidelined because of a hand injury he picked up along the way Sunday. As a result, Ingram's encouraging early-season production of 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns will be put on hold. While his time off will include New Orleans' Week 6 bye, both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson figure to carry the bulk of the Saints' backfield touches moving forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:34p ET)
Overall Rank: 228 Position Rank: 73
% Started: 4.4 % Owned: 63.6
Ryan Mathews SD - RB
News: Mathews (knee), who suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday, is expected to be sidelined for four or five weeks following MRI results Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. (Sep 15)
Impact: Mathews went down while attempting to recover a fumble Sunday and was subsequently carted off the field. The Chargers' starting running back has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will now miss around a month of action. Last season was Mathews' only complete campaign since joining the league in 2010, but the team prudently opted to sign Donald Brown this offseason to safeguard against another Mathews injury. With that situation unfolding Sunday, Brown's role within San Diego's offense should be expanded moving forward, with Danny Woodhead also receiving touches out of the backfield. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 226 Position Rank: 71
% Started: 17.2 % Owned: 69.8
Adrian Peterson Min - RB
News: Peterson, who will fully participate in this week's practices and meetings, is expected to play this Sunday in New Orleans, the Vikings announced on their official website. "To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action," Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. (Sep 15)
Impact: Peterson was arrested on a felony charge of injury to a child in Montgomery County, Texas on Saturday and was deactivated from Sunday's game. The Montgomery County district attorney said the next court appearance for Peterson's case won't be for several weeks, and a trial won't be scheduled for several months. It's possible that he could face a suspension from the NFL before his legal proceedings are resolved, but at this point, the Vikings will let him play while the situation unfolds. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:56a ET)
Overall Rank: 120 Position Rank: 46
% Started: 20.1 % Owned: 82.4
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