Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
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: 16.0 % Owned: 86.8
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: 16.0 % Owned: 86.8
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: 35.1 % Owned: 45.0
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: 35.1 % Owned: 45.0
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: 22.4 % Owned: 31.0
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: 94.8 % 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: 94.8 % 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: 7.5
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: 21.4 % Owned: 87.6
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: 6.0 % Owned: 50.9
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: 63.6 % 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: 0.2
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: 0.3 % Owned: 1.3
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: 0.9 % Owned: 2.1
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: 2.6 % Owned: 16.4
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: 6.1 % Owned: 40.8
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: 60.4 % Owned: 96.6
Michael Floyd Ari - WR
News: Floyd suffered three dislocated fingers in Wednesday's practice, and his recovery timetable has been amended to 3-to-4 weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Aug 5)
Impact: Per an NFL source, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports initially reported that Floyd would miss six weeks due to broken fingers. However, with further clarification of the injury, the time line has decreased in kind. Floyd's recovery will continue to be monitored closely as Week 1 approaches, but there's a chance that he could be ready for the start of the regular season. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:32p ET)
Overall Rank: 89 Position Rank: 33
% Started: 17.3 % Owned: 81.3
Arian Foster Hou - RB
News: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport speculates that the groin injury suffered by Foster means that the running back is "almost certainly headed to short-term IR." (Aug 4)
Impact: While the Texans have yet to confirm the severity of Foster's injury, multiple reports indicate that his injury is major, with the running back apparently trending toward a multi-game absence, at a minimum. For now, the Texans' top in-house replacement option is Alfred Blue, with Jonathan Grimes, Chris Polk and Kenny Hilliard also on hand. Moreover, several big names -- such as Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Johnson, Ray Rice and Pierre Thomas -- remain unsigned and could possibly draw interest from the Texans. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:12p ET)
Overall Rank: 57 Position Rank: 23
% Started: 16.6 % Owned: 86.6
Russell Wilson Sea - QB
News: Wilson agreed to a four-year, $87.6 million extension Friday morning that includes $60 million guaranteed, the Seattle Times reports. The deal also includes a $31 million signing bonus. (Jul 31)
Impact: Wilson's camp gave the Seahawks a Friday deadline, the first day of training camp, to finalize a deal or he said he would play this season under the last year of his $1.5 million rookie contract. The two sides took it to the last minute. The contract will take him through 2019. The guaranteed money, which was said to be the prime sticking point in negotiations, is the second most in football to Colin Kaepernick's $61 million. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:12a ET)
Overall Rank: 29 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 84.0 % Owned: 99.8
Le'Veon Bell Pit - RB
News: Bell's suspension has been reduced to two games, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. (Jul 28)
Impact: The suspension is the only thing limiting Bell's draft stock, and while he'll still have to miss two games, the decreased punishment makes him that much more attractive to prospective owners. He's almost fully recovered from the knee injury that held him out of last season's playoff game, with various reports suggesting he has regained all of his explosiveness. If not for the suspension, Bell would be the first player off the board in the vast majority of drafts. Even with the two-game ban, a strong case can be made for Bell to be the first running back, or even first player, selected. Boasting superstars at quarterback and wide receiver, along with an excellent offensive line, the Steelers provide their immensely talented running back with the perfect context to succeed. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:19p ET)
Overall Rank: 1 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 46.5 % Owned: 99.8
Tom Brady NE - QB
News: The NFL has upheld Brady's four-game suspension to start the 2015 season, the Boston Herald reports. (Jul 28)
Impact: Brady was suspended for the Patriots' first four games of the coming campaign for "violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game," and the league has elected not to overturn or reduce the quarterback's punishment. Now that the NFL has held firm on Brady's four-game suspension, stemming from his alleged role in "Deflategate," we'd imagine that the QB will pursue some sort of legal action against the league. However, factoring in the team's Week 4 bye, Brady remains in line to miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys and would be eligible to return to action in Week 6 against the Colts. Second-year signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo is thus on track to start at QB for the Patriots when they open their 2015 regular season slate. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:53p ET)
Overall Rank: 65 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 15.3 % Owned: 97.1
Demaryius Thomas Den - WR
News: Thomas agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Broncos on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. (Jul 15)
Impact: Dez Bryant got most of the headlines, but Thomas and the Broncos took things even closer to Wednesday's 4 PM ET deadline before reaching an agreement. The two wideouts both signed 5-year, $70 million deals, though Bryant's reportedly contains $45 million guaranteed, whereas Thomas' contains $43.5 million. Coming off three straight seasons with 92-plus receptions, 1,430-plus yards and 10-plus touchdowns, Thomas shouldn't suffer too much from a Broncos offense that became more run oriented late last season, as there's also less competition for targets than in past years. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:44p ET)
Overall Rank: 10 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 99.6 % Owned: 100.0
Dez Bryant Dal - WR
News: Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports. (Jul 15)
Impact: The average annual value of $14 million pales in comparison to what Bryant might eventually have gotten as a free agent in 2016 or 2017, but with 64.3 percent ($45 million) of the contract guaranteed, he undoubtedly has the long-term security he was seeking. Coming off three straight seasons with 88+ catches, 1,233+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, Bryant is one of the top wide receivers -- and a likely first-round selection -- in any format. He did his damage on a modest 138 targets last season, and with DeMarco Murray now in Philadelphia, Bryant could be quite a bit busier this year. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:29p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 98.7 % Owned: 100.0
Antonio Gates SD - TE
News: Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy. (Jul 2)
Impact: With the suspension of Gates, the Chargers will look to Ladarius Green and David Johnson to fill the TE void at the onset of the season. Gates' value will take a hit come draft day, but his 12 touchdowns and 821 receiving yards from last season proves that he can still be a legitimate pick in the final rounds of standard-sized leagues for the upcoming campaign. The first opportunity for the veteran to make his 2015 debut comes against the Steelers on Oct. 12. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:19p ET)
Overall Rank: 119 Position Rank: 15
% Started: 11.8 % Owned: 79.1
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