Niners TE Jordan Reed (illness) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. Reed missed practice Thursday and Friday. We'll see about his status on Sunday. If he's inactive, Ross Dwelley would take lead-TE snaps for the 49ers.
Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. His status beyond Week 12 is uncertain after he missed practice all week. Gurley's absence on Sunday leaves the starting job to RB Brian Hill, who's averaged 4.4 yards per carry and caught 16 of 20 targets for 111 yards this season. He's a good bet for 15+ touches vs. Vegas' 27th-ranked RB defense.
The Texans are releasing WR Kenny Stills, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. Still has caught just 11 balls this season and missed Week 12 with a quad injury. We'll see where he latches on, but he's obviously a long shot to provide any fantasy value the rest of the year.
Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We have no details on the injury, but Gurley has a long history of knee issues. If he's unable to play vs. the Raiders this weekend, Brian Hill would step in as Atlanta's lead back.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has tested positive for COVID and will miss at least Sunday's game against the Patriots. Fitz has played 80% of Arizona's offensive snaps and averaged 5.7 targets per game this season, so it's not an insignificant loss. His absence this weekend should mean more playing time for WR Andy Isabella, who becomes an intriguing season-long and DFS flier. When WR Christian Kirk missed Week 3, Isabella posted a 4-47-2 line on 4 targets.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead suffered a 3rd-quarter knee injury and was quickly ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Texans. That usually suggests a serious injury. We'll update Burkhead's status when we know more.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Lions RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will split carries against the Panthers today. Peterson has played well ahead of Johnson all season, but Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey said earlier this week that Johnson "will fill [D'Andre Swift's role] as much as possible." This situation might just evolve throughout today's game. We lean toward Peterson as the play in non-PPR leagues; Johnson in PPR.
The Saints have placed QB Drew Brees (ribs, lung) on IR. So he'll miss at least the next 3 games and can be dropped in most fantasy leagues. QB Taysom Hill is expected to start vs. the Falcons and should keep that job until Brees is back unless he bombs.
Seahawks TE Greg Olsen ruptured the plantar fascia in his left foot in Thursday night's win over the Cardinals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Olsen is expected to miss about 2 months. That means he's done for at least the regular season and can be dropped from all fantasy rosters. Olsen's absence leaves Seattle with TEs Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly. Hollister out-targeted Dissly 3 to 1 on Thursday night and 16 to 9 over the last 5 games. Neither guy figures to emerge as a reliable fantasy play.
Seahawks TE Greg Olsen left early the 4th quarter of Thursday night's game against the Cardinals after suffering an apparent left ankle injury. It was a non-contact injury that left Olsen not able to put any weight on it, a worrisome situation. We'll watch for updates on his status. His absence would obviously help TEs Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister.
The 2nd opinion confirmed that Saints QB Drew Brees suffered multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung, with no new findings. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Brees is likely to miss at least 2 games, with re-evaluation after that. ESPN's Ed Werder reports that doctors have not yet determined a timeline for his return. It sounds like we need to plan for Brees being out at least the next 2 weeks. We'll see beyond that.
Jaguars RB Chris Thompson has been placed on IR with the back injury he suffered in last week's loss to the Packers. He'll miss at least the next 3 games. Dare Ogunbowale replaced Thompson as Jacksonville's chance-of-pace back vs. Green Bay, but James Robinson will continue to dominate backfield work here.
The Rams are placing K Kai Forbath (ankle) on IR. They have K Austin MacGinnis on the roster and will sign K Matt Gay. We'll see who gets the nod against the Bucs on Monday night, but it's a situation to avoid in Week 11 fantasy lineups.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Saints QB Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides and a collapsed right lung. Brees reportedly entered Week 10 with a rib fracture and wore a flak jacket during the game. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that Brees has been battling injuries "for several weeks." It seems like Brees will at least miss the Week 11 clash with Atlanta. We'll see beyond that. Jameis Winston looks like a waiver-wire add in fantasy football this week.
Update: ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that a source told him "the most optimistic recovery time would be 2-3 weeks; emphasis on optimistic. ... There is hope he's back in time for the playoffs." Rapoport reported earlier that the team isn't currently considering IR for Brees, which would force him to miss at least 3 games.
Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion in Sunday's game against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brees is getting an MRI on Monday to check for cartilage damage. "New Orleans is bracing for Brees to miss some time to fully heal," Rapoport adds. We'll see exactly how long Brees will be sidelined, but expect QB Jameis Winston to get at least 1 start. The Saints have a great passing schedule upcoming: vs. Atlanta, at Denver, at Atlanta.
Saints QB Drew Brees is on the sidelines for the start of the 2nd half of the 49ers game. The team announced him as questionable to return with a rib injury. That presumably happened when Brees took a big hit in the 2nd quarter. We'll update his status when we know more. QB Jameis Winston is in for New Orleans.
Lions WR Danny Amendola was knocked out of Sunday's win over Washington with a hip injury. We'll look for an update on the severity.
Chargers RB Troymaine Pope (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He joins Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley in a backfield that’s tough to project.
Jaguars RB Chris Thompson suffered a back injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Packers and is officially questionable to return. If he doesn't, James Robinson figures to handle 100% of Jacksonville's RB touches.
The Dolphins on Saturday elevated WR Antonio Callaway from the practice squad. We wouldn't consider the former Cleveland Brown a fantasy option for Week 10, but his role will be interesting to watch as the team deals with Preston Williams landing on IR.
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