Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.
Tom Brady NE - QB
News: U.S. District Judge Richard Berman has nullified Brady's four-game suspension, NFL.com reports. (Sep 3)
Impact: Now that his NFL-imposed ban -- which stemmed from the quarterback's alleged role in "Deflategate" -- has been overturned, Brady is eligible to play in the Patriots' Sept. 10 regular-season opener against the Steelers. While the report notes that there is no word yet on whether or not the NFL intends to file any sort of appeal, the bottom line here is that Brady is now in line to start the season at QB for the Patriots out of the gate, which clearly results in an immediate uptick in his fantasy value. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:33a ET)
Overall Rank: 72 Position Rank: 12
% Started: 17.4 % Owned: 97.1
Julius Thomas Jac - TE
News: Thomas will undergo surgery on his injured finger and could be out a month, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. (Sep 1)
Impact: It was thought just a few days ago that Thomas could be ready for Week 1, but the second opinion he received on his finger was the same as the first, and he has decided to go under the knife. While it's almost certain Thomas will not play in the Jaguars' season opener, it seems likely he could return in either Week 3 or Week 4 if his recovery goes as planned. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:19p ET)
Overall Rank: 81 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 47.2 % Owned: 91.7
Julius Thomas Jac - TE
News: Thomas will get a second opinion before he decides to have finger surgery, the Florida Times-Union reports. (Aug 31)
Impact: GM Dave Caldwell said Thomas would miss the first three games if he has surgery to repair a tendon in the finger her broke in mid-August. "My understanding is that if he does need it, it only pushes him back a couple of weeks in terms of his return time," Caldwell said. "He was going to be 50-50 for the opener. We would hope if everything went well it should be four weeks from the surgery where he'd be back to full strength." (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:28p ET)
Overall Rank: 81 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 47.2 % Owned: 91.7
T.Y. Hilton Ind - WR
News: Hilton is going through the NFL's concussion protocol. (Aug 31)
Impact: The wideout was evaluated after Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, with the report noting that coach Chuck Pagano "expects Hilton to be okay." While that wording sounds vaguely encouraging, Hilton's status must now be monitored in advance of the Colts' Sept. 13 regular season opener against the Bills. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:28p ET)
Overall Rank: 35 Position Rank: 11
% Started: 94.0 % Owned: 99.9
Joique Bell Det - RB
News: Bell (knee/Achilles) was activated from the PUP list Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. (Aug 31)
Impact: After head coach Jim Caldwell relayed Sunday that the Lions would play Bell's activation from the PUP list "by ear," the 29-year-old running back was removed from the list just one day later. Bell's activity level will likely be capped off the bat, clouding his availability for Thursday's exhibition finale against the Bills. However, he can now embark upon regaining his standing as the Lions' No. 1 back, which has been held down by rookie Ameer Abdullah throughout the preseason. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:50p ET)
Overall Rank: 76 Position Rank: 33
% Started: 40.7 % Owned: 91.6
Kirk Cousins Was - QB
News: Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday that Cousins will be Washington's starter at QB for the upcoming season, ESPN.com reports. (Aug 31)
Impact: Previous reports had relayed that Cousins was slated to start the team's regular-season opener against the Dolphins, but it's now been made clear that the assignment will stick beyond Week 1, with Gruden saying that Washington is "Kirk's team." Per Gruden, "when it's all said and done...we feel like at this time Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win." While Cousins now has a degree of job security, at least in the short term, the team remains in the process of deciding whether Robert Griffin or Colt McCoy will serve the Cousins' top backup. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:09p ET)
Overall Rank: 167 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 4.9
Tyrod Taylor Buf - QB
News: According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Bills plan to go with Taylor as their starting quarterback. (Aug 31)
Impact: While the Bills have not yet publicly confirmed their Week 1 QB plans, it appears as though they will roll with Taylor, who had been competing with Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel for the assignment. From a fantasy perspective, Taylor is a speculative option, but his mobility adds a degree of intrigue/upside on that front. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:45a ET)
Overall Rank: 185 Position Rank: 30
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 4.6
Fred Jackson Buf - RB
News: Jackson was released by the Bills on Monday, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports. (Aug 31)
Impact: Jackson has been a long-term member of the Bills' backfield, but with both Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon available, he's now been cut loose. The veteran running back has shown the ability to produce on a yearly basis despite a limited role in the offense. While it's no guarantee, it seems likely Jackson will find work elsewhere as a secondary back. With him out of the picture in Buffalo, Dixon, Brown and Karlos Williams stand increased chances of earning both a roster spot and some playing time behind LeSean McCoy. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:25a ET)
Overall Rank: 201 Position Rank: 70
% Started: 4.6 % Owned: 34.7
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 NOLA.com, 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: 95 Position Rank: 38
% Started: 43.2 % Owned: 88.3
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: 194 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 0.7 % Owned: 3.3
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: 106 Position Rank: 40
% Started: 13.1 % Owned: 78.8
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 ESPN.com, 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: 22 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 93.6 % Owned: 99.8
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: 22 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 93.6 % Owned: 99.8
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: 121 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 5.4 % Owned: 24.9
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, NFL.com'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: 185 Position Rank: 30
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 4.6
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: 167 Position Rank: 28
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 4.9
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: 34
% Started: 8.5 % Owned: 84.4
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: 34
% Started: 8.5 % Owned: 84.4
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: 657 Position Rank: 214
% Started: 19.0 % Owned: 26.4
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: 657 Position Rank: 214
% Started: 19.0 % Owned: 26.4
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: 999 Position Rank: 370
% Started: 12.8 % Owned: 19.3
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: 12 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 93.3 % Owned: 99.9
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: 12 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 93.3 % Owned: 99.9
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: 198 Position Rank: 68
% Started: 0.8 % Owned: 7.1
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: 68 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 21.1 % Owned: 86.6
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