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The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Texans in Week 8. | 10/22/2014 10:57 PM
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The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans will start sixth-round rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Texans in Week 8.
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Impact
Coach Ken Whisenhunt has officially given up on the season. Jake Locker is in a contract year, and he is too injury prone to commit to long-term. Charlie Whitehurst is not the answer at quarterback either. So Whisenhunt is getting a look at the rookie from LSU.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports teams have been calling the Titans about Nate Washington. | 10/22/2014 9:28 PM
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports teams have been calling the Titans about Nate Washington.
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Impact
This likely just means the Titans would like to trade their wide receiver. Justin Hunter is the team's new No. 2 WR, and Washington is taking up cap and roster space. It is unlikely that Tennessee gets anyone to bite on his 4.8 million base salary since he can't even earn a starting role on the Titans.
Raiders linebacker LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a torn biceps muscle according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. | 10/22/2014 8:54 PM
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Raiders linebacker LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a torn biceps muscle according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
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Impact
Woodley only had five tackles and zero sacks in six games, anyway, so the Raiders really won't miss him. Woodley's sacks totals have been in steady decline since 2009. He has one more season on the deal Woodley signed with Oakland this past offseason, but the Raiders will likely release him this spring.
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (ribs, foot) was limited during Wednesday's practice session. | 10/22/2014 3:57 PM
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Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (ribs, foot) was limited during Wednesday's practice session.
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Impact
There does not seem to be any issues with Ellington's injuries, putting him on track to be an RB1 this weekend against the Eagles.
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. | 10/22/2014 3:52 PM
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Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Impact
He was most likely limited as a result of taking a few big hits in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. The injury is not considered serious, making Bernard an RB1 option for Week 8 against Baltimore.
Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring) was limited during Wednesday's practice. | 10/22/2014 3:12 PM
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Titans running back Shonn Greene (hamstring) was limited during Wednesday's practice.
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Impact
It is a step in the right direction for Greene, as he has failed to practice over the past two weeks. Even if he is able to suit up, Bishop Sankey will most likely lead the team in carries.
Jets receiver Percy Harvin is not expected to be a major factor for Week 8's matchup against Buffalo. | 10/22/2014 3:04 PM
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Jets receiver Percy Harvin is not expected to be a major factor for Week 8's matchup against Buffalo.
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Impact
Coach Rex Ryan declared that it is "unrealistic" to expect Harvin to play 50 offensive snaps, without knowing the entire offense. He will likely handle kickoff and punt return duties, along with seeing around 20-to-25 snaps on the offensive side of the ball. Consider Harvin a WR4 until he is guarenteed more game action.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker (thumb) got in a limited practice during Wednesday's session. | 10/22/2014 3:00 PM
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Titans quarterback Jake Locker (thumb) got in a limited practice during Wednesday's session.
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Impact
Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Locker to return for Week 8, but that will depend on the amount of reps he is able to handle the rest of the week. We should have more clarity on his status after Thursday's practice.
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (hamstring) was absent from Wednesday's practice. | 10/22/2014 2:57 PM
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Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (hamstring) was absent from Wednesday's practice.
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Impact
He played his normal amount of stats during Week 7 against Miami, so it is tough to figure out when he got hurt. Assuming Bennett is able to return to practice this week, he will be a low-end TE1 for Week 8 against the Patriots.
Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. | 10/22/2014 2:28 PM
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Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday.
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Impact
Tampa Bay is seemingly playing it safe with Jackson, as he should be back at practice tomorrow. He is expected to be a full-go for Week 8 against Minnesota, and should be cosidered a WR2 for the matchup.
Coach Jeff Fisher stated that "it'll be a week-to-week thing" at running back, as the season progresses. | 10/22/2014 2:14 PM
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Coach Jeff Fisher stated that "it'll be a week-to-week thing" at running back, as the season progresses.
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Impact
This is terrible news for owners who own Tre Mason, Zac Stacy, or Benny Cunningham. Mason shined during Week 7, but it is anybody's guess who will play well moving forward.
Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart (foot) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday. | 10/22/2014 1:59 PM
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Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart (foot) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday.
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Impact
It will most likely be in limited fashion, and Gerhart should be considered questionable at best heading into Week 8. Denard Robinson has earned his carries, and as a result Gerhart will probably be more of a goaline back.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (ankle) took the first rep amongst the signal-callers during Wednesday's practice. UPDATE: According to Marie Russini of NBC Washington, there is "NO chance" Griffin plays Monday night against Dallas. | 10/22/2014 1:57 PM
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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (ankle) took the first rep amongst the signal-callers during Wednesday's practice. UPDATE: According to Marie Russini of NBC Washington, there is "NO chance" Griffin plays Monday night against Dallas.
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Impact
This hardly means that he is at 100 percent, which coach Jay Gruden said he would have to be at, if Griffin wants to start on Monday night. We expect Colt McCoy to get the nod for Week 8, with Griffin having a chance to get back under center for Week 9.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green was unable to practice during Wednesday's session. | 10/22/2014 1:27 PM
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Bengals receiver A.J. Green was unable to practice during Wednesday's session.
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Impact
There was hope that Green would return for Week 8, but that hope took a hit on Wednesday. Owners need to monitor his progress throughout the week.
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. UPDATE: Johnson was able to get in a limited practice session on Wednesday, but is still unlikely to play, according to the Detroit Free Press. | 10/22/2014 1:25 PM
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Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. UPDATE: Johnson was able to get in a limited practice session on Wednesday, but is still unlikely to play, according to the Detroit Free Press.
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Impact
Johnson traveled with the team to London, but there is a slim chance that he plays. Detroit has their bye during Week 9, and owners should hope that he returns for Week 10. In the meantime Golden Tate will continue to be a borderline WR1 for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.
Bills backup running back Bryce Brown was working with the second team in Wednesday's practice according to Bills reporter Mike Rodak. | 10/22/2014 1:13 PM
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Bills backup running back Bryce Brown was working with the second team in Wednesday's practice according to Bills reporter Mike Rodak.
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Impact
Things could, of course, change over the next few days. Brown and Anthony Dixon figure to share the time and we think Brown is the more explosive of the two, but the bigger Dixon is likely to get the goal line work.
Bills running back Anthony Dixon was working with Kyle Orton and the first team in Wednesday's practice, according to Bill reporter Mike Rodak. | 10/22/2014 1:10 PM
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Bills running back Anthony Dixon was working with Kyle Orton and the first team in Wednesday's practice, according to Bill reporter Mike Rodak.
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Impact
Dixon and fellow running back Bryce Brown figure to share the time and we think Brown is the more explosive of the two, but the bigger Dixon is likely to get the goal line work.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took the first rep amongst the signal-callers during Wednesday's practice. | 10/22/2014 12:21 PM
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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took the first rep amongst the signal-callers during Wednesday's practice.
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Impact
This hardly means that he is at 100 percent, which coach Jay Gruden said he would have to be at, if Griffin wants to start on Monday night. We expect Colt McCoy to get the nod for Week 8, with Griffin having a chance to get back under center for Week 9.
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson did not practice on Wednesday. | 10/22/2014 11:23 AM
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Lions receiver Calvin Johnson did not practice on Wednesday.
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Impact
Johnson traveled with the team to London, but there is a slim chance that he plays. Detroit has their bye during Week 9, and owners should hope that he returns for Week 10. In the meantime Golden Tate will continue to be a borderline WR1 for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.
Giants receiver Rueben Randle is expected to see more time in the slot, according to wide receiver coach Sean Ryan. | 10/22/2014 11:20 AM
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Giants receiver Rueben Randle is expected to see more time in the slot, according to wide receiver coach Sean Ryan.
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Impact
This is a good sign for fantasy owners, as Randle has seen close to 10 targets per game, over the past five weeks. Eli Manning loves to utilize his slot receiver, and if Randle does see more time there, his value could be as high as a WR2.
Eagles running back Darren Sproles (slight MCL tear in his left knee) "appears likely" to play in Week 8's contest against Arizona, according to CSN Philadelphia. | 10/22/2014 11:18 AM
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Eagles running back Darren Sproles (slight MCL tear in his left knee) "appears likely" to play in Week 8's contest against Arizona, according to CSN Philadelphia.
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Impact
Sproles dodged a bullet by not tearing his ACL, and after getting through Tuesday's practice, it looks like he has a good chance to suit up. Sproles is getting just 5.5 touches per game, so if owners have better options, he is a player that can be kept on the bench.
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) will be be out for about a month, according to The Boston Globe. | 10/21/2014 7:43 PM
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Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) will be be out for about a month, according to The Boston Globe.
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Impact
This came out of nowhere, and is a huge blow to New England. Jones has 4.5 sacks on the season, and has consistently created pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Expect the Patriots to update his status on Wednesday.
Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has been suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a WTSP 10 news report. | 10/21/2014 3:56 PM
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Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has been suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a WTSP 10 news report.
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Impact
Bowers has been a bust from Day 1 and he's just adding to the wrong side of the ledger.
Bills running back C.J. Spiller was placed on injured reserve/designated for return. | 10/21/2014 2:15 PM
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Bills running back C.J. Spiller was placed on injured reserve/designated for return.
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Impact
Spiller has a broken collarbone and at the earliest might return for Week 16 if the Bills are still in the playoff hunt. Fantasy owners can safely job him.
Former Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner has been signed by the Buffalo Bills. | 10/21/2014 2:00 PM
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Former Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner has been signed by the Buffalo Bills.
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Impact
Not surprising that the Bills would go out an find a running back to replace C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. For fantasy owners he's just insurance behind Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon and has no fantasy value.
The Broncos have added a fifth running back to their roster in Kapri Bibbs. | 10/21/2014 1:03 PM
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The Broncos have added a fifth running back to their roster in Kapri Bibbs.
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Impact
The pass-happy Broncos don't need that many running backs, but Bibbs was likely a target for other teams dealing with injuries in their backfield.
The Titans have signed running back Antonio Andrews from their practice squad. | 10/21/2014 12:58 PM
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The Titans have signed running back Antonio Andrews from their practice squad.
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Impact
He'll be behind both Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene so has little fantasy value. The move could have been made to protect him from getting signed by another team with multiple running back injuries.
Tampa Bay signed KR/WR Trindon Holliday to improve their return numbers. | 10/21/2014 12:54 PM
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Tampa Bay signed KR/WR Trindon Holliday to improve their return numbers.
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Impact
Holliday returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in each of the last two seasons for Denver. He was in the New York Giants camp this summer.
According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce is practicing Tuesday. His original target date wasn't until Week 10. | 10/21/2014 12:45 PM
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According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce is practicing Tuesday. His original target date wasn't until Week 10.
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Impact
Kelce was rated as one of the best centers in 2013. As the Eagles offensive line gets healthier/stronger, Nick Foles, his receivers and LeSean McCoy's numbers should significantly improve.
According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce is practicing Tuesday. His original target date wasn't until Week 10. | 10/21/2014 12:45 PM
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According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce is practicing Tuesday. His original target date wasn't until Week 10.
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Impact
Kelce was rated as one of the best centers in 2013. As the Eagles offensive line gets healthier/stronger, Nick Foles, his receivers and LeSean McCoy's numbers should significantly improve.
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks is practicing and is on pace to play for the first time since Week 2. | 10/21/2014 12:40 PM
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Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks is practicing and is on pace to play for the first time since Week 2.
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Impact
Kendricks' return would be a huge improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
Eagles running back Darren Sproles (slight MCL tear in his left knee) was practicing Tuesday, according to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly. | 10/21/2014 12:38 PM
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Eagles running back Darren Sproles (slight MCL tear in his left knee) was practicing Tuesday, according to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.
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Impact
It was a 2-3 week timetable and it appears in may come out on the low side. It will be important to see how he feels on Wednesday and that he continues to improve over the week of practice.
Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks could see an increase in targets and fantasy value if Reggie Wayne's elbow keeps him out of the lineup for the next game or two. | 10/21/2014 11:25 AM
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Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks could see an increase in targets and fantasy value if Reggie Wayne's elbow keeps him out of the lineup for the next game or two.
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Impact
Nicks has been invisible of late, but would see more snaps. The more likely option, however, is Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener get more work.
Colts receiver Reggie Wayne could miss up to a couple of weeks due to a left elbow issue, according to an rtv6 report. | 10/21/2014 11:23 AM
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Colts receiver Reggie Wayne could miss up to a couple of weeks due to a left elbow issue, according to an rtv6 report.
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Impact
Wayne caught just four for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-0 win. He's only posted fantasy-worthy numbers once this season and is more security blanket for Andrew Luck than fantasy asset.
Lions running back Reggie Bush laid another fantasy egg in Week 7, but part of it was he said his ankle was acting up, according to a MLive report. | 10/21/2014 11:19 AM
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Lions running back Reggie Bush laid another fantasy egg in Week 7, but part of it was he said his ankle was acting up, according to a MLive report.
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Impact
Bush is becoming a pretty big bust in 2014 and with the admission that the ankle still isn't healed shouldn't be started. At this point, Joique Bell is ahead of Bush on fantasy depth charts.
San Francisco starter center Daniel Kilgore broke his leg Sunday night and is done for the season. | 10/21/2014 11:15 AM
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San Francisco starter center Daniel Kilgore broke his leg Sunday night and is done for the season.
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Impact
The 49ers are likely to replace him with a rookie - Marcus Martin. At least they have two weeks to figure out what to do.
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is in London with the team, but it's still no gaurantee that he'll play in Week 8. | 10/21/2014 11:13 AM
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Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is in London with the team, but it's still no gaurantee that he'll play in Week 8.
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Impact
With the Lions on bye in Week 9, it's more likely that he'll sit again this weekend to be 100 percent down the road.
Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant made his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans a memorable one by catching a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. | 10/21/2014 11:09 AM
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Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant made his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans a memorable one by catching a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
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Impact
Bryant showed elite speed in running by the cornerback. Perhaps he'll become a force opposite Antonio Brown.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued his streak of at least five catches, hauling in nine of 13 targets for 90 yards. | 10/21/2014 11:07 AM
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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued his streak of at least five catches, hauling in nine of 13 targets for 90 yards.
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Impact
Brown's day would be considered pedestrian except for his touchdown pass to Lance Moore in the second quarter.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled early in the Monday night game against Houston, but finished with a solid performance - 23-of-33 for 265 yards and two scores. | 10/21/2014 11:05 AM
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled early in the Monday night game against Houston, but finished with a solid performance - 23-of-33 for 265 yards and two scores.
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Impact
Big Ben wasn't good early on, holding the ball too long, but he rebounded just before halftime in a big way.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues to show the versatility that makes him a threat in every game. | 10/21/2014 11:03 AM
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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues to show the versatility that makes him a threat in every game.
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Impact
It doesn't matter if the Steelers are ahead or behind, Bell is part of the game plan. Monday night he rushed for 57 yards and caught all eight targets for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson caught five balls for 77 yards. | 10/21/2014 11:00 AM
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Texans receiver Andre Johnson caught five balls for 77 yards.
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Impact
Johnson is still the guy Ryan Fitzpatrick looks for first, but defenses key on him too and he's not quite as good as in past seasons.
Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins was busy Monday night, catching six of nine targets for 108 yards. | 10/21/2014 10:59 AM
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Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins was busy Monday night, catching six of nine targets for 108 yards.
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Impact
It was a nice bounce back after being invisible against Indianapolis in Week 6. He's a WR3, but can sometimes surprise with a big number.
If you were forced to use Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick Monday night, he didn't hurt you with a solid 262-yard, two touchdown, one interception effort versus Pittsburgh. | 10/21/2014 10:57 AM
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If you were forced to use Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick Monday night, he didn't hurt you with a solid 262-yard, two touchdown, one interception effort versus Pittsburgh.
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Impact
Fitzpatrick isn't a trustworthy fantasy option, but has played better over the past few games as teams have keyed on Arian Foster.
Texans running back Arian Foster posted another 100-yard game Monday night, his fifth such effort in six games this season. | 10/21/2014 10:52 AM
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Texans running back Arian Foster posted another 100-yard game Monday night, his fifth such effort in six games this season.
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Impact
Fantasy owners are probably a little unhappy Alfred Blue scored the first touchdown of the game, but Foster scored late and posted solid numbers again.
Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is still not starting despite Brian Hoyer's worst outing of the season last Sunday in Jacksonville. | 10/21/2014 10:46 AM
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Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is still not starting despite Brian Hoyer's worst outing of the season last Sunday in Jacksonville.
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Impact
Coach Mike Pettine apparently briefly considered a change, but will stick with Hoyer for another game, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hoyer could bounce back in Week 8 facing Oakland at home.
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will continue to start, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. | 10/21/2014 10:43 AM
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Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will continue to start, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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Impact
Hoyer had a tough day in Jacksonville, but the 3-3 Browns are opting to stay the course. Hoyer has a favorable matchup at home against Oakland this Sunday.
Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) is expected to practice this week, but Mike Glennon is still expected to start. | 10/21/2014 10:37 AM
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Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) is expected to practice this week, but Mike Glennon is still expected to start.
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Impact
Glennon is 1-2 in the last three games, but has produced solid fantasy numbers, so fantasy owners hope he continues to start. McCown failed to crack the 185-yard passing mark in three games.
Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon should continue to start at quarterback despite the return of Josh McCown (thumb) to the practice field. | 10/21/2014 10:34 AM
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Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon should continue to start at quarterback despite the return of Josh McCown (thumb) to the practice field.
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Impact
Although Glennon is just 1-2 in his last three games, his fantasy value has been solid with a pair of 300-yard throwing efforts and six touchdown passes to three interceptions.
Saints running back Travaris Cadet could see addition work for the next few games with Pierre Thomas sidelined. | 10/21/2014 10:31 AM
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Saints running back Travaris Cadet could see addition work for the next few games with Pierre Thomas sidelined.
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Impact
cadet would likely pick up the receiving work out of the backfield. mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will continue to man the running game.
Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game against Detroit with a shoulder injury, and he's expected to miss 2-3 games. | 10/21/2014 10:30 AM
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Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game against Detroit with a shoulder injury, and he's expected to miss 2-3 games.
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Impact
With Mark Ingram back and Khiry Robinson playing well the running game is taken care of, but Travaris Cadet will probably pick up the receiving work.
Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game against Detroit with a shoulder injury, and he's expected to miss 2-3 games. | 10/21/2014 10:29 AM
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Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game against Detroit with a shoulder injury, and he's expected to miss 2-3 games.
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Impact
With Mark Ingram back and Khiry Robinson playing well the running game is taken care of, but Travis Cadet will probably pick up the receiving work.
Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is out for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh. | 10/20/2014 7:35 PM
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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is out for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh.
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Impact
He was questionable coming in, but Houston did not see enough in practice to give Clowney the go-ahead. Consider him questionable for Week 8.
Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant is making his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans. | 10/20/2014 7:34 PM
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Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant is making his NFL debut on Monday night against the Texans.
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Impact
The Steelers have grown impatient with Justin Brown, so Lance Moore moves up into 3-wide sets, and Bryant will be active. Moore and even WR2 Markus Wheaton have made costly mistakes too, so perhaps Bryant gets a chance to steal a few snaps in two-wide sets.
Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy is expected to start during Week 8 against Dallas. | 10/20/2014 6:31 PM
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Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy is expected to start during Week 8 against Dallas.
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Impact
Coach Jay Gruden made the announcement on Monday, and with Robert Griffin III not expected back just yet, McCoy has passed Kirk Cousins on the depth chart. McCoy is no better than a QB2 for next Monday's tilt against the Cowboys.
Texans TE Garrett Graham was held without a catch in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Colts as he continues his slid from fantasy-worthy status. | 10/20/2014 4:21 PM
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Texans TE Garrett Graham was held without a catch in Houston's Week 6 loss to the Colts as he continues his slid from fantasy-worthy status.
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Impact
Graham caught 49 balls for 545 yards and five touchdowns while sharing time with Owen Daniels last season and some thought he could blossom with Daniels in Baltimore. That hasn't happened and we aren't expecting much from him on Monday night against the Steelers.
Former Eagles and now Texans wide receiver and kick returner Damaris Johnson saw a season-high three catches for 62 yards against Indianapolis and might see action with the offense again Monday night. | 10/20/2014 4:15 PM
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Former Eagles and now Texans wide receiver and kick returner Damaris Johnson saw a season-high three catches for 62 yards against Indianapolis and might see action with the offense again Monday night.
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Impact
He's a solid return man and if you can get him in open space he's tough to pull down. He might be useful for the Texans in three-receiver packages, but fantasy owners in non-return leagues should steer clear.
Steelers receiver Lance Moore hasn't caught more than one pas in any game this season. | 10/20/2014 4:10 PM
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Steelers receiver Lance Moore hasn't caught more than one pas in any game this season.
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Impact
Moore's 26-yards reception last week was for a touchdown, but he's totaled just three catches for 64 yards this season. The Steelers may turn to youth Monday night and see if Martavis Bryant can help out Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton.
Pittsburgh rookie wideout Martavis Bryant could actually see the field tonight, according to Lisa Salters. | 10/20/2014 4:07 PM
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Pittsburgh rookie wideout Martavis Bryant could actually see the field tonight, according to Lisa Salters.
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Impact
Bryant has been battling injuries and been buried at the bottom of the Steelers depth chart, but Justin Brown and Lance Moore haven't exactly been producing so Bryant might get a target or two. He won't be fantasy worthy, however. That's only for Antonio Brown and once in a while Markus Wheaton.
Colts running back Trent Richardson will have an MRI on the hamstring that forced him out of Sunday's game. | 10/20/2014 4:03 PM
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Colts running back Trent Richardson will have an MRI on the hamstring that forced him out of Sunday's game.
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Impact
He's said it was just a tweak and nothing serious, but the results of the MRI will tell us more. Richardson led the Colts with 14 carries and 77 yards in Week 7. If he out for any length of time Ahmad Bradshaw becomes a very good fantasy option.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not rule out Robert Griffin III for Week 8, but said he had "a long way to go." | 10/20/2014 3:54 PM
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Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not rule out Robert Griffin III for Week 8, but said he had "a long way to go."
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Impact
That's coach-speak for he's not going to play, but Mr Defensive Coordinator I'm hoping you will waste time in the one-in-a-million chance he does come back early.
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a torn right pectoral in the game against Tennessee and is out for the season, according to ProFootballTalk. | 10/20/2014 1:13 PM
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Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a torn right pectoral in the game against Tennessee and is out for the season, according to ProFootballTalk.
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Impact
It'ss the third time this injury has happened to him, though the first two were on the left side. It's a huge blow to the Washington defense.
Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon sprained an ankle in Sunday's game and did not return. | 10/20/2014 1:10 PM
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Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon sprained an ankle in Sunday's game and did not return.
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Impact
No timetable has been announced for when he'll get back on the field.
Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman apparently broke his foot while warming up for the game against the Rams on Sunday, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. | 10/20/2014 1:08 PM
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Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman apparently broke his foot while warming up for the game against the Rams on Sunday, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
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Impact
Seattle used Robert Turbin as the fullback Sunday.
Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers left Sunday's game due to a concussion and given they are scheduled to play Thursday, that's not much time to pass all the required tests. | 10/20/2014 11:04 AM
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Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers left Sunday's game due to a concussion and given they are scheduled to play Thursday, that's not much time to pass all the required tests.
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Impact
Flowers and Jason Verrett may both miss Thursday's game against Denver. With Peyton Manning on a roll, it's hard to imaging a short-handed Chargers secondary slowing him down.
Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett was inactive for Week 7 and with a short work week before Thursday's game is not expected to return to the secondary, according to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. | 10/20/2014 11:00 AM
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Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett was inactive for Week 7 and with a short work week before Thursday's game is not expected to return to the secondary, according to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego.
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Impact
With Payton Manning on the horizon, it's not a good time to be thin in the secondary. Just ask the 49ers.
Bills backup running back Bryce Brown could end up being the big "winner" after injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. | 10/20/2014 10:55 AM
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Bills backup running back Bryce Brown could end up being the big "winner" after injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
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Impact
It's up to Brown and Anthony Dixon to carry the Bills running game for the next few weeks and maybe the next month. We think Brown is the more likely every down back with Dixon the red zone guy.
Receiver Emmanuel Sanders had his second consecutive poor yardage total, but did score to make his fantasy numbers more palatable. | 10/20/2014 10:49 AM
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Receiver Emmanuel Sanders had his second consecutive poor yardage total, but did score to make his fantasy numbers more palatable.
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Impact
Sanders has caught just three balls in each of the last two games, after averaging 8.6 recpetions and 119.3 yards for the previous three contests.
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas posted a disappointing four catches for 27 yards and no touchdowns. | 10/20/2014 10:46 AM
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Broncos tight end Julius Thomas posted a disappointing four catches for 27 yards and no touchdowns.
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Impact
Thomas' streak of five games with at least one touchdown pass came to an end Sunday night against the 49ers, but no fantasy owner can complain about his production this season.
Broncos receiver Wes Welker caught his first touchdown pass of the season Sunday night against the 49ers. | 10/20/2014 10:43 AM
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Broncos receiver Wes Welker caught his first touchdown pass of the season Sunday night against the 49ers.
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Impact
Welker is the fourth option these days behind the "Thomas Brothers" and Emmanuel Sanders, so his fantasy value is limited.
Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big day on Sunday night. | 10/20/2014 10:40 AM
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Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big day on Sunday night.
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Impact
That's three huge days in a row since Wes Welker came back to play the slot and Thomas moved back to the outside. Sunday he caught eight of nine targets for 171 yards and two scores. That's 521 yards and five touchdowns in three weeks.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday night's 42-17 blowout win over the 49ers. | 10/20/2014 10:37 AM
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Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday night's 42-17 blowout win over the 49ers.
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Impact
He's simply the best at what he does and every fantasy owners would like to have him as their quarterback. He's averaging 308 yards and 3.16 touchdown passes per contest.
Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has taken full advantage of the starting opportunity and Montee Ball may not get it back when he returns from injury. | 10/20/2014 10:33 AM
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Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has taken full advantage of the starting opportunity and Montee Ball may not get it back when he returns from injury.
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Impact
Hillman rushed 14 times for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught four balls for 29 yards. Coming on top of last week's 100-yard game, he's going to be tough to move out of the starting lineup.
San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught five for 79 yards and a touchdown. | 10/20/2014 10:30 AM
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San Francisco wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught five for 79 yards and a touchdown.
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Impact
Johnson has now scored in three of the past four games and he's caught five balls in each of the past two contests. He's becoming more comfortable in this offense, though with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd and Vernon Davis he's got to share with a lot of other guys and his upside is limited.
San Francisco wideout Anquan Boldin caught seven of 10 targets for 50 yards, butdropped a sure touchdown. | 10/20/2014 10:27 AM
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San Francisco wideout Anquan Boldin caught seven of 10 targets for 50 yards, butdropped a sure touchdown.
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Impact
When the 49ers need a big first-down catch they almost always look to wide receiver Anquan Boldin and he usually comes through, but with four quality receivers on this team, none is likely to break out and become an every game fantasy option.
San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and one touchdown as the 49ers were demolished by the Broncos. | 10/20/2014 10:25 AM
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San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and one touchdown as the 49ers were demolished by the Broncos.
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Impact
Kaepernick had a sure touchdown dropped by Anquan Boldin, but he did about as good as he could, considering the Denver pass rush overwhelmed the 49ers offensive line.
San Francisco running back Frank Gore turned in another very quiet game - just 20 yards rushing. | 10/20/2014 10:23 AM
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San Francisco running back Frank Gore turned in another very quiet game - just 20 yards rushing.
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Impact
Again falling behind early didn't help, but the 49ers offensive line could do nothing with the Denver defense.
Raiders receiver James Jones caught four of a team-leading eight targets for 35 yards. | 10/20/2014 10:21 AM
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Raiders receiver James Jones caught four of a team-leading eight targets for 35 yards.
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Impact
Jones has scored double-digits in three of six weeks, but wasn't a big part of the game plan in this one.
Typical of Raiders receiver Andre Holmes he followed up a big game by being the "Invisible Man." | 10/20/2014 10:19 AM
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Typical of Raiders receiver Andre Holmes he followed up a big game by being the "Invisible Man."
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Impact
Holmes had 121 yards and two score in Week 6, but just 34 yards on three catches in Week 7. He can't be trusted to produce on a consistent basis,
Once again Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew was ignored. | 10/20/2014 10:17 AM
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Once again Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew was ignored.
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Impact
MJD saw three carries for six yards and no targets. It's time to let go.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 48 yards. | 10/20/2014 10:16 AM
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Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 48 yards.
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Impact
Not pretty, but at least he's getting the opportunities. Maurice Jones-Drew was supposed to get a larger share of the rushing attempts, but that isn't happening. McFadden is the only fantasy option out of the Raider backfield.
Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd's poor day was saved by a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. | 10/20/2014 10:14 AM
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Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd's poor day was saved by a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
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Impact
Floyd has caught just 47 yards worth of passes in each of the past two games, but he's scored in each game so give fantasy owners double-digits.
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was dull on Sunday against Oakland, catching just four short balls for 21 yards. | 10/20/2014 10:11 AM
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Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was dull on Sunday against Oakland, catching just four short balls for 21 yards.
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Impact
Fitzgerald is no longer the Cardinals' deep threat, but he can still give fantasy owners solid production most of the time. Chalk this one up to not being needed to beat the Raiders.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was solid Sunday against Oakland, throwing for 253 yards and two scores. | 10/20/2014 10:10 AM
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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was solid Sunday against Oakland, throwing for 253 yards and two scores.
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Impact
The Arizona offense runs so much more efficiently with Palmer under center. He's thrown two touchdowns passes in all three games he's played this season. Oh, and the team is 3-0 under his direction.
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington saw another full workload, rushing 24 times and seeing nine targets. | 10/20/2014 10:07 AM
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Cardinals running back Andre Ellington saw another full workload, rushing 24 times and seeing nine targets.
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Impact
Ellington rushed for 88 yards (3.7 ypc) and caught six for 72 yards, but failed to get into the end zone. Fantasy owners love the workload as long as his foot injury doesn't get any worse. They can't be happy that backup RB Stepfan Taylor scored twice.
For the first time this season Cowboys backup tight end Gavin Escobar produced fantasy worthy statistics. | 10/20/2014 10:04 AM
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For the first time this season Cowboys backup tight end Gavin Escobar produced fantasy worthy statistics.
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Impact
Escobar caught three balls for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He'll have to do it more than once before we declare him fantasy worthy, but its a start.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten continues to be ignored in the Dallas offensive game plans. | 10/20/2014 10:03 AM
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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten continues to be ignored in the Dallas offensive game plans.
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Impact
Witten was targeted just twice against the Giants. The Cowboys did hit backup tight end Gavin Escobar for two touchdowns. Those used to go to Witten. It's time to move on from the two-time All-Pro.
Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was once again ignored for most of the game, but did manage to score to give his fantasy owners a respectable total. | 10/20/2014 10:00 AM
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Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was once again ignored for most of the game, but did manage to score to give his fantasy owners a respectable total.
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Impact
Williams has scored in five of seven games this season which makes up for the fact that he's failed to crack 80 yards receiving in any game this season.
Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant caught nine balls for 151 yards, but did get into the end zone. | 10/20/2014 9:58 AM
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Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant caught nine balls for 151 yards, but did get into the end zone.
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Impact
It was a great comeback for fantasy owners considering he had just two receptions for 15 yards at halftime. After scoring in four consecutive games, Bryant has now gone two games without a touchdown catch.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was efficient, throwing just 23 times, but racking up 279 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. | 10/20/2014 9:55 AM
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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was efficient, throwing just 23 times, but racking up 279 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.
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Impact
The 23 passing attempts ties for his low of the season. Romo has thrown for two or more touchdowns in five straight games and continues to be a solid fantasy option.
Anther game, another 100-yard day and a touchdowns for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. | 10/20/2014 9:52 AM
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Anther game, another 100-yard day and a touchdowns for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
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Impact
He's posted seven consecutive 100-yard games and scored in six of the seven. He's the top fantasy running back through seven games and the only worry for fantasy owners is the heavy workload. He's on pace for 427 rushing attempts and 477 touches.
Giants tight end Larry Donnell was effective against the Cowboys, rebounding from an ugly outing against the Eagles. | 10/20/2014 9:49 AM
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Giants tight end Larry Donnell was effective against the Cowboys, rebounding from an ugly outing against the Eagles.
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Impact
Donnell caught all seven targets for a team-leading 90 yards. Unfortunately he fumbled twice in the fourth quarter.
Giants receiver Rueben Randle led the Giants in targets on Sunday night against the Cowboys. | 10/20/2014 9:47 AM
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Giants receiver Rueben Randle led the Giants in targets on Sunday night against the Cowboys.
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Impact
he didn't do much with them, managing just 74 yards and zero touchdowns. Odell Beckham appears to be Eli Manning's red zone target which limits Randle's fantasy upside.
Giants receiver Odell Beckham has made an immediate impact since finally getting to play. | 10/20/2014 9:45 AM
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Giants receiver Odell Beckham has made an immediate impact since finally getting to play.
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Impact
Beckham and Eli Manning have already become a red zone item. Sunday he caught just four balls for 34 yards, but two went for scores. He has three touchdown receptions in three games. Now if he can just start seeing the ball a little more he could become a solid WR2.
Giants QB Eli Manning rebounded from the game with the Eagles and posted solid fantasy statistics against Dallas. | 10/20/2014 9:42 AM
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Giants QB Eli Manning rebounded from the game with the Eagles and posted solid fantasy statistics against Dallas.
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Impact
Don't blame this loss on Eli. Manning was 21-of-33 for 248 yards, three touchdowns and zero turnovers. Fantasy owners will take that every time.
New York running back Andre Williams posted mediocre numbers again as the Giants starter and has not taken advantage of his opportunity. | 10/20/2014 9:40 AM
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New York running back Andre Williams posted mediocre numbers again as the Giants starter and has not taken advantage of his opportunity.
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Impact
Williams rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries against the Cowboys. That's 35 carries for 110 yards (3.1 ypc) and no touchdowns over the past two games. Rashad Jennings should have no trouble regaining the starting job when healthy.
Chargers receiver Keenan Allen led the team with 10 targets, but ended up with a mediocre six receptions for 58 yards. | 10/20/2014 9:36 AM
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Chargers receiver Keenan Allen led the team with 10 targets, but ended up with a mediocre six receptions for 58 yards.
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Impact
Allen has been a disappointment for all but one game this season and we're beginning to think last season was a fluke. With Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal along with Antonio Gates, Allen has become "just another receiver" in the stable versus last season when he was "the guy."
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a couple of All-Pro catches, but his game numbers were just average - three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. | 10/20/2014 9:33 AM
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Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had a couple of All-Pro catches, but his game numbers were just average - three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.
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Impact
It all came down to the fact the Chiefs held the ball for 39 minutes and the Chargers offense didn't get enough chances.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers had a hot first half (11-of-16 for 122 yards and two scores), but the San Diego defense couldn't get off the field in the second half and Rivers did little after the break. | 10/20/2014 9:31 AM
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Chargers QB Philip Rivers had a hot first half (11-of-16 for 122 yards and two scores), but the San Diego defense couldn't get off the field in the second half and Rivers did little after the break.
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Impact
Rivers finished with 205 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, but fantasy owners have come to expect much more.
Charger rookie running back Branden Oliver was once again the workhorse, but for the first time he didn't produce top numbers. | 10/20/2014 9:28 AM
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Charger rookie running back Branden Oliver was once again the workhorse, but for the first time he didn't produce top numbers.
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Impact
Oliver carried the ball 15 times with Ronnie Brown getting just one carry. Unfortunately, he totaled just 78 combined yards and no scores.