Originally posted: October 13, 2017
Cowboys beat writer guesses RB Darren McFadden would start in Elliott’s place
Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:41pm
This isn’t a confirmation from the team, but Bryan Broaddus is a knowledgeable Cowboys source and his guess is that Darren McFadden, not Alfred Morris, would replace Ezekiel Elliott if the Cowboys’ starting RB were to miss time due to a suspension.
McFadden hasn’t suited up during the regular season. He was last seen in the preseason rushing 20 times for 102 yards for a yards-per-carry average of 5.1. McFadden is a more versatile back than Morris, and could provide a bigger spark to the offense over the former Washington back, but it’s all a guessing game at this point. We currently have Morris ranked ahead of McFadden in our rest-of-season rankings.
Raiders QB Derek Carr to start in Week 6
Friday, October 13, 2017, 4:00pm
Carr was a full participant in Friday’s practice and has been officially named the starter for the Raiders’ Week 6 showdown versus the Chargers.
Carr wound up missing only one game and returns to face a Chargers defense allowing nearly 16 fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. In a neutral matchup, according to our aFPA metric, we have Carr ranked as our No. 15 QB for the week.
Packers RB Ty Montgomery ruled questionable for Week 6
Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:56pm
On the Packers’ official Week 6 injury report, Ty Montgomery was listed as questionable. However, he has been a full participant in practice all week.
One thing to watch out for is that while Montgomery practiced, he did so through the use of a flak jacket and didn’t take on much contact. It wouldn’t be a surprise to us if he missed another game. If Montgomery plays, he might be limited and Aaron Jones could take on more work.We currently have Jones ranked as our No. 11 RB in standard leagues and No. 21 RB in PPR leagues. Check back closer to Sunday morning for an update to our rankings.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota hopefully on track to play Monday
Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:50pm
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) returned to practice on Friday, and while he’s been able to do more on the field each practice session, he’s most likely going to be a game-time decision.
Whoever starts at QB for the Titans on Monday Night versus the Colts—Mariota or Matt Cassel—has a great matchup. In fact, according to our aFPA metrics, it’s the third-best matchup of the week.We have Cassel ranked as our No. 24 QB for the week, but, in the event Mariota is out, the better pivot would be to stream Jacoby Brissett in an even better matchup.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski ‘ready to go’
Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:46pm
Talking to reporters on Friday, Rob Gronkowski said: “I’m good to go, ready to play.”
We have Gronkowski ranked as our No. 1 TE in standard leagues and as our No. 3 TE in PPR leagues (behind only Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce). If Gronk is playing, you are starting Gronk.
Vikings rule OUT QB Sam Bradford and WR Stefon Diggs
Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:31pm
The Vikings will be without Bradford and Diggs this week when they face the Green Bay Packers at home.
No Bradford means another start for Case Keenum, who we have ranked as our No. 16 QB this week in a neutral matchup versus the Packers.Losing the services of Diggs hurts more than Bradford. Diggs, the No. 3 fantasy WR, is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards (395) and fourth in TDs (4). No Diggs means a bump up for Adam Thielen, who we have ranked as our No. 10 WR for the week in a great matchup.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard ruled OUT for Week 6
Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:41am
The Giants released a list of players ruled out for this week and Shepard was on it.
The Giants already lost Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall to season-ending injuries, and they will now be without the services of Shepard for at least this week. That means all three of the Giants’ top WRs are missing in Week 6. The team’s depth chart at WR now consists of Roger Lewis, Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph, and Ed Eagan. In a neutral matchup versus the Broncos, Lewis is our highest ranked Giants WR, but it’s most likely in your best interest to look elsewhere.
RB Paul Perkins ruled OUT for Week 6
Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:36amGiants RB Paul Perkins (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 6, leaving Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman to share lead RB duties, while Shane Vereen will be used in the passing game.
NFL spokesman: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ‘is now suspended’
Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:19am
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart on the latest Ezekiel Elliott suspension news:
“Mr. Elliott is now suspended. He will not play over the next six games unless there’s some other affirmative judgement.”
The Cowboys are on a bye this week, which gives fantasy owners a week’s reprieve of making any Elliott lineup decisions. Until there’s an update on the situation, prepare for an NFL without Elliott until Week 13.
Bucs RB Doug Martin prepared for an increased workload
Friday, October 13, 2017, 9:55am
Martin made his debut last week, playing on 26 of the team’s 72 snaps—second-most at the RB position behind Charles Sims (32)—but he’s ready to take on more work this week.
“I feel like I can handle anything coach asks me to do,’’ Martin said. “I’m prepared to do everything.’’
While Martin was second in snaps to Sims last week, he led the team in carries (13) and rushing yards (74). He also scored a touchdown—something he didn’t do much of last season, scoring only 3 TDs in eight games. It’s good to hear Martin is ready for more work as fantasy owners could use another reliable option at RB each week. In a somewhat difficult matchup versus Arizona this week, according to our aFPA metric, we have Martin ranked as our No. 15 RB in standard leagues.
Washington TE Jordan Reed not ‘100%’ but says he’s ready to play
Friday, October 13, 2017, 9:46am
Reed isn’t listed on the team’s injury report and Washington was just on a bye, so perhaps Reed is fully healthy, but we never really know with him.
Drafted as a top-three tight end this offseason, Reed has disappointed to date, catching 14 passes for 105 yards and 0 touchdowns. In what is a very difficult matchup versus the 49ers, according to our aFPA metric, we have Reed ranked as a top-7 tight end in both standard and PPR formats. At a position barren of options, you’re most likely starting Reed this week.
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