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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: 37.1 % Owned: 87.1
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: 37.1 % Owned: 87.1
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: 42.6 % Owned: 84.2
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: 37.1 % Owned: 87.1
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: 50.5 % Owned: 99.5
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: 8.5 % Owned: 93.7
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: 50.5 % Owned: 99.5
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: 32.5 % Owned: 99.2
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: 34.1 % Owned: 99.6
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: 34.1 % Owned: 99.6
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: 12.6 % Owned: 32.3
Marvin Jones Cin - WR
News: Jones (ankle) was placed on the Bengals' injured reserve list Tuesday, ruling him out for this season, ESPN reports. (Oct 14)
Impact: Jones' 2014 season comes to a close with zero games played after a broken foot during training camp was compounded by an ankle injury upon his return to practice this month. The third-year wideout's ankle problem reportedly dates back to February and caused Jones to visit a foot specialist Tuesday in North Carolina. Following 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns in a breakout year last season, Jones will now be forced to prepare for a comeback year in 2015. As a result, emerging receiver Mohamed Sanu should continue to enjoy an expanded role in the Bengals' offense, particularly while A.J. Green (toe) remains sidelined. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 255 Position Rank: 101
% Started: 0.2 % Owned: 5.9
Knowshon Moreno Mia - RB
News: Moreno was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn ACL, according to the Dolphins' official website. (Oct 14)
Impact: The announcement is very surprising, as there had been no report of Moreno even suffering a knee injury, let alone one that would end his season. Moreno, in his first year with the Dolphins after spending the first five years of his career with the Broncos, suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 2 against the Bills and had just returned last Sunday against the Packers, rushing six times for 10 yards. With Moreno now out for the season, the Dolphins' backfield belongs to Lamar Miller, with Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas battling for backup touches. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 8:59a ET)
Overall Rank: 387 Position Rank: 99
% Started: 5.6 % Owned: 29.9
Stevan Ridley NE - RB
News: An MRI revealed that Ridley suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee Sunday against the Bills, the Boston Herald reports. (Oct 13)
Impact: Ridley is out for the season, and given that he is in the final year of his rookie contract, it's quite possible that he has played his last snap for the Patriots. In his absence, the team will turn to some combination of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and James White, with Jonas Gray a candidate to be promoted from the Patriots' practice squad. Given that the team will likely employ a committee approach at running back starting Thursday against the Jets, neither of the team's backs are sure things this week, though Bolden and White are worthy of speculative pickups, with Vereen presumably already rostered in most cases. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:52p ET)
Overall Rank: 88 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 13.2 % Owned: 47.0
Darren Sproles Phi - RB
News: Sproles (knee) suffered a slight MCL tear in his left knee and is expected to be out at least two weeks, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. (Oct 13)
Impact: Sproles twisted his left knee during Sunday night's blowout win, but was able to walk off the field under his own power. Nonetheless, the speedy running back required an MRI on Monday, when a slight MCL tear was revealed. Fortunately, the Eagles are entering their bye week, so although Sproles has been ruled out for at least two weeks, the best case scenario would only result in him missing Philadelphia's Week 8 game against the Cardinals. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 12:31p ET)
Overall Rank: 83 Position Rank: 27
% Started: 12.0 % Owned: 79.7
Victor Cruz NYG - WR
News: Cruz tore his patella tendon during Sunday night's game against the Eagles, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Oct 12)
Impact: The diagnosis has been confirmed by the Giants, with Cruz presumably done for the season, as a result of the serious knee injury that he sustained Sunday night. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:38p ET)
Overall Rank: 995 Position Rank: 363
% Started: 21.9 % Owned: 42.6
Stevan Ridley NE - RB
News: There are fears that Ridley, who will have an MRI on his knee Monday, may have torn his ACL, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports. (Oct 12)
Impact: Though fellow RB Shane Vereen is unlikely to be available in most leagues, Ridley owners scrambling for a replacement may want to look into securing Brandon Bolden and/or James White. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:57p ET)
Overall Rank: 88 Position Rank: 32
% Started: 13.2 % Owned: 47.0
Carson Palmer Ari - QB
News: Palmer (shoulder) was named the starting quarterback for Sunday's game versus Washington, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. (Oct 12)
Impact: A week of suspense has ended with Palmer earning the nod, even after failing to practice fully, coach Bruce Arians' one requirement to start. Alas, he'll face a Washington defense that has surrendered 11 touchdowns through the air this season, good for fourth-most in the league. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 4:23p ET)
Overall Rank: 150 Position Rank: 19
% Started: 15.1 % Owned: 33.8
Jimmy Graham NO - TE
News: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Graham is expected to miss two-to-three weeks after the Saints' Week 6 bye due to a shoulder sprain. (Oct 12)
Impact: We'll continue to track Graham's status, as Week 7's contest against the Lions approaches, but based on the report, the tight end's fantasy owners will now have to look into securing a replacement for him beyond the Saints' current bye. Next up for the Saints' tight end snaps are Ben Watson, Josh Hill and newcomer Tom Crabtree. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:01a ET)
Overall Rank: 9 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 50.5 % Owned: 99.5
Toby Gerhart Jac - RB
News: Gerhart (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Titans. (Oct 10)
Impact: Meanwhile, coach Gus Bradley indicated that the team will determine a starting running back for the contest later Friday, with Storm Johnson, Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman candidates for the assignment. While some form of committee is a plausible scenario, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Johnson (who had four carries for 27 yards last Sunday) get a chance to be a key cog in the team's Week 6 ground game. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:14p ET)
Overall Rank: 163 Position Rank: 60
% Started: 13.5 % Owned: 49.5
A.J. Green Cin - WR
News: Green (toe) will not play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports. (Oct 10)
Impact: The Bengals have not officially ruled Green out as of yet, but it appears he will not be able to give a go this week after showing up at Friday's practice wearing sweats and a boot on his injured right foot. Expect the Bengals to provide an official update on Green's status when they release their final injury report of the week Friday afternoon. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:11a ET)
Overall Rank: 17 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 32.5 % Owned: 99.2
Percy Harvin NYJ - WR
News: Harvin (thigh) did not practice Thursday, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. (Oct 9)
Impact: Harvin's addition to the injury report clouds his Week 6 status, though the extent of the thigh issue is uncertain. Regardless, it intensifies the frustration of his fantasy owners, after Harvin had three touchdowns wiped out by penalty last week. We'll revisit his status after Friday's practice, but if Harvin is unable to go, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kerse would likely serve as the top targets against Dallas. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:05p ET)
Overall Rank: 108 Position Rank: 51
% Started: 8.5 % Owned: 93.7
Calvin Johnson Det - WR
News: Johnson (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, after which Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press suggested that the wide receiver isn't expected to play Sunday in Minnesota. (Oct 9)
Impact: Johnson admitted Wednesday that sitting out is likely the best call in order to give his high ankle sprain the requisite rest. The final injury report of the week could reveal his lack of availability, but the Lions could hold out on a decision until close to Sunday's 1 PM ET kickoff, which would force the Vikings to game plan for his potential presence. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:23p ET)
Overall Rank: 11 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 34.1 % Owned: 99.6
Mike Evans TB - WR
News: Evans (groin) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. (Oct 8)
Impact: Clad in full pads, Evans appeared to be going through the motions, as his top flight speed wasn't evident while catching passes, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. More significant, though, was his ability to practice less than two weeks removed from sustaining a groin strain, which was expected to keep him sidelined for 2-to-3 weeks. Nonetheless, his status should be viewed closely as the week carries on in order to learn his availability for Sunday's game against the Ravens. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:17p ET)
Overall Rank: 74 Position Rank: 29
% Started: 3.0 % Owned: 36.4
A.J. Green Cin - WR
News: Green has an MRI on tap after aggravating his big toe injury Wednesday, the Bengals' official site reports. (Oct 8)
Impact: We'll await the results of Green's MRI, but he looks iffy for Sunday's game against the Panthers, with the report speculating that it's possible that the Bengals may have to consider shutting Green down for a few weeks if the results of his MRI aren't favorable. With fellow wideout Marvin Jones also ailing, the likes of Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher could be in line for expanded opportunities (behind Mohamed Sanu), if Green is indeed forced to miss time. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:55p ET)
Overall Rank: 17 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 32.5 % Owned: 99.2
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