Originally posted: October 10, 2017
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (AFC)
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West (calf) is expected to miss multiple games, according to multiple reports. It was confirmed by the fact the team signed RB Bobby Rainey as a new #3 for depth.
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor isn’t in danger of being benched anytime soon despite his shaky performance in Cincinnati, HC Sean McDermott told reporters. Taylor’s play dropped off as soon as he lost go-to guy TE Charles Clay (knee) to what’s now known to be a long term injury. With Clay and WR Jordan Matthews (thumb-out), Taylor has no reliable downfield receivers for his big arm, which will further allow teams to focus on containing RB LeSean McCoy.
Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer looks headed to remain on the bench, as HC Hue Jackson hinted that he’s leaning toward starting QB Kevin Hogan instead in Houston in Week 6. Jackson insisted to reporters that not starting for a while will benefit the development of the second-round rookie. If Hogan goes, WR Ricardo Louis and TE David Njoku would likely remain his top two targets.
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack has earned a bigger role in the team’s offense, HC Chuck Pagano confirmed with reporters after Mack, back healthy from a shoulder injury, shot past RB Frank Gore to be the team’s most dynamic back in Week 5 vs. San Francisco. Thanks to help from Mack, the team leads the league in rushing TDs, and there’s not much upside to playing RB Robert Turbin beyond a direct veteran backup to Gore.
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, despite being tested during midgame in Houston, is in the league’s concussion protocol and needs to be cleared to play in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh. According to HC Andy Reid, removing Kelce from the Texans game, a blowout, was the most reasonable measure. There’s a good chance Kelce goes against the Steelers.
MIami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (ankle) had to leave Week 5’s game vs. Tennessee with injury and didn’t return, but according to the NFL Network, the team considers his injury to be minor, giving him a chance to play in the Week 6 game at Atlanta.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) is dealing a sprained AC joint in his left, non-throwing shoudler, NBC Sports Boston reports. With the results of an MRI being negative, it won’t affect Brady’s playing status against the Jets.
New York Jets RB Elijah McGuire is expected to see plenty of touches in Week 6 vs. New England, the New York Daily News reports. With RB Matt Forte (knee/toe) set to miss another game and RB Bilal Powell (calf) day-to-day at best, there’s no choice but to feature the dynamic rookie as much as possible against a bad Patriots run defense.
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) is expected to be back starting for them against the Chargers on Sunday, HC Jack Del Rio told reporters. Carr may end up just missing that one game against Baltimore.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger still has confidence in himself that he can return to being of the best quarterbacks in the league this season, the NFL Network reports. Roethlisberger is looking to rebound from his five-interception game at home in his latest tough road test in hostile Kansas City.
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is still considered day-to-day and may be trending toward a game-time decision for Monday night’s game vs. Indianapolis, HC Mike Mularkey told reporters.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (NFC)
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) wasn’t able to practice in the team’s first post-bye session on Monday, while WR Julio Jones (hip) was. Sanu will be missing Miami, Jones will not. WR Taylor Gabriel and TE Austin Hooper will see larger receiving roles with Sanu down for at least one week.
Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson was acquired in a trade from the Saints and in a subsequent move, the team parted ways with RB Chris Johnson. Peterson is built better for his new team’s power running scheme, but still old and showing little burst, will get an immediate crack at early-down carries. Run blocking woes are bound to hold him back, just like they didn’t help Johnson in trying to replace the irreplaceable RB David Johnson.
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (knee) is fully expected by the team to play and be fine for Thursday’s game vs. Philadelphia, the Associated Press reports.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (ankle/hamstring) has full optimism from the team that he’ll able to start in the favorable Week 6 matchup at New Orleans, the NFL Network reports.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones earned more opportunities to play and touch the ball with his breakout performance in Dallas, HC Mike McCarthy told reporters. The rookie draws a tricky matchup with the Vikings in Minnesota in Week 6.
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins remains an integral part of the offense despite not doing much against Dallas and not having a reception against Seattle, HC Sean McVay told reporters. It’s clear, however, that rookie slot WR Cooper Kupp is considered more like the #1 for QB Jared Goff.
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) will get reevaluated by the team to see whether he’s progressing enough to possibly play this season. In the short term, QB Sam Bradford (knee) is still dealing the same issues, also per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, meaning QB Case Keenum is likely locked into starting vs. Green Bay and beyond.
New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) has joined WR Odell Beckham Jr (ankle) in having season-ending surgery, but there’s good news on WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), who’s more day to day with a good chance to play in Denver. WR Roger Lewis Jr. will be a new starter in the wake of the ailments. The team’s new wideout options include WR Tavarres King, WR Travis Rudolph and WR Ed Eagan, the latter two promoted from the practice squad.
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde will not be guaranteed feature duties going forward as HC Kyle Shanahan told reporters the team is taking a “hot hand” approach with its backfield forward after rookie RB Matt Breida (35) had more snaps than Hyde (33) in Week 5’s loss at Indianapolis. With the team at 0-5, it’s an indication the Niners are turning the page more to see what more young players can do.
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) is expected to return to action as the team’s third-down back after the Week 6 bye, HC Pete Carroll told reporters.
Source: Fantasy Guru
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