Player News

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News: Griffin (ankle) will start for the Redskins on Sunday against the Vikings, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. (Oct 29)
Impact: Griffin participated fully in Wednesday's practice, and has been able to log work on the practice field for just over a week now. He emerged from Wednesday's session feeling good, and will therefore take over the reigns as the starter, delegating Colt McCoy to a backup role. His practice reps Thursday and Friday should be almost exclusively with the first-team offense, but we'll confirm that as the week rolls along. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:10p ET)
Overall Rank: 254 Position Rank: 37
% Started: 13.1 % Owned: 38.6
News: Williams (ankle) will start at running back in Thursday's game against the Saints, NFL.com reports. (Oct 28)
Impact: Williams has been sidelined for six games this season due to hamstring and ankle injuries, but will make his long-awaited return Thursday. The Panthers' franchise-leading rusher will start at running back, with Jonathan Stewart expected to fulfill his usual complementary role. From there, Carolina may roll with the hot hand Thursday versus New Orleans. Nonetheless, minus fullback Mike Tolbert (leg), the Panthers will finally have their preferred backfield rotation available in Week 9. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:26p ET)
Overall Rank: 148 Position Rank: 58
% Started: 15.7 % Owned: 45.8
Brian Quick StL - WR
News: Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Monday that Quick (shoulder) is done for the season. (Oct 27)
Impact: Quick will need surgery to repair what is described as a significant injury to his shoulder. With Quick out for the season, the likes of Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin are candidates to see added looks in the Rams' passing offense going forward. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:19p ET)
Overall Rank: 103 Position Rank: 49
% Started: 2.0 % Owned: 10.9
Michael Vick NYJ - QB
News: Vick will start at quarterback for the Jets on Sunday against the Chiefs, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports. (Oct 27)
Impact: Per Manish Mehta of the Daily News, coach Rex Ryan indicated that Vick's hold on the Jets' starting QB job isn't guaranteed beyond Week 9, but with Geno Smith banged up and having struggled against the Bills in Week 8, the 1-7 Jets will turn to Vick in the hopes of sparking the team's offense. The veteran QB thus merits a speculative add for those looking to boost their depth at QB or who are looking for short-term help in Week 9, which features six NFL teams on bye. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:56p ET)
Overall Rank: 259 Position Rank: 38
% Started: 2.4 % Owned: 4.4
News: Griffin (ankle) will not play in Monday night's game against the Cowboys, NFL.com reports. (Oct 27)
Impact: Griffin returned as a limited participant throughout the practice week, but isn't healthy enough to suit up for game action just yet. As a result, Griffin is slated to miss his sixth straight game, which will allow Colt McCoy to start at quarterback for the Redskins on Monday. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:09a ET)
Overall Rank: 254 Position Rank: 37
% Started: 13.1 % Owned: 38.6
Darren Sproles Phi - RB
News: Sproles (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday in Arizona, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports. (Oct 26)
Impact: This confirms a Sunday morning report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen. With Sproles out of commission, the Eagles will rely upon LeSean McCoy to power the ground game with Chris Polk (hamstring) poised to receive his first touch of the season, as McCoy's primary backup. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:50p ET)
Overall Rank: 83 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 29.8 % Owned: 82.1
Calvin Johnson Det - WR
News: Johnson (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. (Oct 26)
Impact: Though Johnson tested things out before Sunday's game in London, the Lions will err on the side of caution with their star wideout, with the team's Week 9 bye looming. In the absence of Johnson, look for fellow receiver Golden Tate to be a focal point of the Detroit offense in Week 8, while Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross are also candidates for added targets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:01a ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 25.8 % Owned: 99.2
Reggie Bush Det - RB
News: Bush (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. (Oct 24)
Impact: Bush said Tuesday that he expected to play against Atlanta, but he was only able to sneak in a limited practice Wednesday before sitting out the next two days, so the Lions will almost certainly hold him out for the second time in three weeks. Joique Bell is in line to serve as the starting running back for the Lions in Week 8, and Theo Riddick should see extra work in Bush's absence. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:43a ET)
Overall Rank: 48 Position Rank: 21
% Started: 21.4 % Owned: 81.5
Calvin Johnson Det - WR
News: Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. (Oct 24)
Impact: Johnson was able to practice each day this week -- albeit on a limited basis -- so he could suit up for the first time since Week 5. A decision on his status may not come until just before game time, which could lead to an early Sunday wakeup for some fantasy owners, as the Lions are scheduled to kick off against the Falcons at 9:30 AM Eastern. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:37a ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 25.8 % Owned: 99.2
A.J. Green Cin - WR
News: Green (toe) will not practice Friday, but could play in Sunday's game against the Ravens, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' website reports. (Oct 24)
Impact: Green did not practice at all this week, but he said his status for Sunday's game is "up in the air," so there is a chance he could take the field. A final call on his availability may not come until game day, but the Bengals will provide an update on his status when they release their final injury report of the week Friday afternoon. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:21a ET)
Overall Rank: 17 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 53.0 % Owned: 99.0
Jake Locker Ten - QB
News: Though Locker (thumb) practiced Wednesday, Zach Mettenberger is in line to start for the Titans in Sunday's game against the Texans, The Tennessean reports. (Oct 22)
Impact: Locker seemed likely to start Sunday as long as he made it through practice this week without setback, but it appears the Titans want to give Mettenberger a chance to show what he can do. The Titans have not officially announced who will get the start Sunday, but expect them to provide further details sometime soon. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:58p ET)
Overall Rank: 215 Position Rank: 29
% Started: 0.5 % Owned: 3.4
News: The Titans plan to start Mettenberger in Sunday's game against the Texans, The Tennessean reports. (Oct 22)
Impact: The move has not been confirmed by the Titans, but Mettenberger was apparently informed of the decision to give him the nod over Jake Locker on Tuesday night. With this report being released, the Titans figure to provide some clarification on their starting quarterback situation in the near future. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 985 Position Rank: 120
% Started: 0.1 % Owned: 0.9
Reggie Wayne Ind - WR
News: Wayne (elbow) did not practice Wednesday, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports. (Oct 22)
Impact: Meanwhile, Holder relays that coach Chuck Pagano is calling Wayne day-to-day, though the report encouragingly suggests that the wideout's MRI didn't reveal a significant injury. That said, Pagano didn't commit to Wayne practicing later this week, thus clouding the receiver's availability for Sunday's game against the Steelers. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:11p ET)
Overall Rank: 93 Position Rank: 39
% Started: 20.3 % Owned: 72.6
A.J. Green Cin - WR
News: Green (toe) wasn't present at the start of Wednesday's practice. (Oct 22)
Impact: This won't decide whether Green will play or not Sunday against the Ravens, but obviously practicing would be a better sign. That said, the Wednesday practice is the least important of the three for the week. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:02p ET)
Overall Rank: 17 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 53.0 % Owned: 99.0
Fred Jackson Buf - RB
News: Jackson (groin) will not require surgery, but said that his injury is typically one that requires a four-week absence, ESPN Buffalo's Mike Rodak reports. (Oct 20)
Impact: C.J. Spiller is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, leaving Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown with opportunities for an expanded role in the Buffalo backfield. Presumably, Dixon will have the larger role, as Brown was inactive for the Week 7 game against Minnesota, but it's possible that Brown will end up carving out the larger role. With a four-week absence, Jackson may be out until Week 12 against the Jets. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:05a ET)
Overall Rank: 211 Position Rank: 74
% Started: 7.9 % Owned: 58.5
Fred Jackson Buf - RB
News: Jackson (groin) will not return any sooner than Week 10 against the Chiefs, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. (Oct 19)
Impact: Buffalo faces the Jets in Week 8, followed by a Week 9 bye. With C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) facing an even longer absence than Jackson, the Bills will turn to Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown, the latter of whom has not been active for a game this season. While his short-term value obviously takes a big hit, Jackson could see some extra touches later this season, if he makes it back to the field before Spiller. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 211 Position Rank: 74
% Started: 7.9 % Owned: 58.5
C.J. Spiller Buf - RB
News: After being diagnosed with a broken collarbone, Spiller is slated to undergo surgery Monday, according to ESPN.com. (Oct 19)
Impact: In any case, coach Doug Marrone confirmed Sunday that Spiller will be out an "indefinite" amount of time and with Fred Jackson dealing with a groin injury, it looks like the Bills may have to turn to a combo of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown next Sunday against the Jets, and possibly beyond. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:42p ET)
Overall Rank: 999 Position Rank: 241
% Started: 25.5 % Owned: 43.6
Fred Jackson Buf - RB
News: Jackson's groin injury appears serious, but the Bills will have a better understanding of the severity of the injury, after the running back undergoes an MRI on Monday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. (Oct 19)
Impact: The Bills have had a devastating day on the injury front, as C.J. Spiller was injured just minutes after Jackson and reportedly has a broken collarbone. If Jackson is forced to miss significant time, Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown, who was inactive Sunday, figure to see a major uptick in carries. The Bills may also look for help from outside the organization, to reinforce a suddenly threadbare running back depth chart. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:45p ET)
Overall Rank: 211 Position Rank: 74
% Started: 7.9 % Owned: 58.5
Jimmy Graham NO - TE
News: Graham (shoulder) will get a pain-killing injection before Sunday's game against the Lions and will try to play around 30 snaps, Fox's Jay Glazer reported on their pregame show. (Oct 19)
Impact: This falls in line with earlier reports about Graham's potential workload. Hence, don't look for him to be in there in running downs, but Graham should play in red zone situations and obvious passing downs, where he doesn't have to block. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:25p ET)
Overall Rank: 9 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 78.6 % Owned: 99.6
Percy Harvin NYJ - WR
News: The Seahawks agreed to trade Harvin (thigh) to the Jets on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports. (Oct 17)
Impact: It's a surprising development, but one that would make sense for one or both teams depending on the compensation involved. Harvin only played 59.5 percent of Seattle's snaps this year -- nearly 30 percent less than both Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse -- and Harvin doesn't have the blocking skills a run-heavy offense like Seattle's would ideally feature at receiver. If the Seahawks look to replace Harvin's speed on offense, they might look to rookie second-round pick Paul Richardson. While the inconsistent Jets offense isn't an ideal setting for Harvin's fantasy value, he might see an increase in his play count, which will hopefully offset any efficiency decreases. Harvin's arrival should allow the Jets to generate more yardage and points if used properly. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:43p ET)
Overall Rank: 108 Position Rank: 51
% Started: 21.0 % Owned: 82.0
Jimmy Graham NO - TE
News: Graham (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday. (Oct 17)
Impact: Coach Sean Payton expressed some optimism regarding Graham's status earlier this week, and two limited practices to close out the week give reason to take him somewhat seriously. Meanwhile, according to ESPN NFL Nation's Mike Triplett, Graham said that he did not know whether he'd play against the Lions, saying it could come down to a game-time evaluation made by New Orleans' coaches. If Graham ends up sitting, Ben Watson would likely be the lead replacement, though Josh Hill would also see snaps. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:22p ET)
Overall Rank: 9 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 78.6 % Owned: 99.6
A.J. Green Cin - WR
News: Green (toe) is not practicing Friday, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports. (Oct 17)
Impact: This makes a full week of missed practice, and although it is not unheard of, most teams rarely play guys who are unable to hit the practice field at least once. Expect another update on Green's status when the Bengals release their official injury designations, but consider him highly questionable at this point. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:00p ET)
Overall Rank: 17 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 53.0 % Owned: 99.0
Calvin Johnson Det - WR
News: Head coach Jim Caldwell is not optimistic that Johnson (ankle) will be able to play in Week 7. "I've been surprised before because he's an unusual guy," Caldwell said. "Miracles have happened." (Oct 17)
Impact: Caldwell refused to rule Johnson out while speaking Friday morning, but judging by his comments, it appears Johnson's health would need to improve markedly in the next day or two for him to play this week. Expect another update on Johnson's status when the Lions release their final injury report of the week Friday afternoon. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:54a ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 25.8 % Owned: 99.2
Calvin Johnson Det - WR
News: Johnson (ankle) didn't take part in practice Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. (Oct 16)
Impact: Owners should brace for another absence Sunday against the Saints, especially since Johnson has acknowledged that time off is likely the best medicine to achieve full health. While he attempts to strengthen his ankle away from the practice field, his status should ultimately receive clarity via the release of Friday's injury report. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:51p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 25.8 % Owned: 99.2
Jonathan Stewart Car - RB
News: After practicing fully Wednesday, Stewart (knee) indicated that he expects to play, and start Sunday's game against the Packers, the Charlotte Observer reports. (Oct 16)
Impact: To that end, Stewart continued to practice Thursday, and barring any setbacks, he looks poised to draw a probable designation Friday and return to the Panthers' backfield mix Sunday, after a three-week absence. With DeAngelo Williams still hurting, and both Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves banged up as well, we suspect that the Panthers will be inclined to give Stewart as much work as his knee can handle this weekend. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:10p ET)
Overall Rank: 129 Position Rank: 51
% Started: 23.5 % Owned: 42.8
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