The Chiefs have reached a 5-year deal with LB Anthony Hitchens worth about $9 million a year, according to multiple reports. Hitchens played well across 4 seasons with the Cowboys, playing all 16 games in each of the 1st 3. The deal with K.C. obviously indicates he'll line up as the team's new top ILB. Hitchens should be in for much bigger stats and more IDP value with the Chiefs than he's posted to this point. We'll see whether Dallas seeks a replacement or believes Jaylon Smith is ready to step in as a full-timer.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday night's game against Washington. Hitchens played through the issue on Thanksgiving and totaled 7 tackles. We expect him to play. LB Sean Lee will miss his 3rd straight game with a hamstring injury.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is active for today's game against the Chargers. There's tackle upside with LB Sean Lee out, but Hitchens isn't a high-level IDP option.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice the past 2 days after sitting out Monday. Hitchens looks like a shaky IDP bet, especially given that he hasn't been a high-upside fantasy option when healthy.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens left in the 2nd half of Sunday night's loss to the Eagles with what Jerry Jones called a groin pull, according to Pro Football Talk. Hitchens was due for an MRI Monday, though we have yet to see any results from that. Dallas will already be without lead LB Sean Lee for Thursday's game against the Chargers.
The Cowboys will start Anthony Hitchens at MLB and Sean Lee on the weak side Sunday against the 49ers, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That means 2nd-year LB Jaylon Smith will return to a reserve role. The Dallas plan had reportedly been to bring Smith along slowly in his 1st season of on-field action, but Hitchens' August knee fracture and Lee's recent hamstring injury forced him to play more snaps and make the defensive calls. “I don’t see a lot of physical limitations,” DC Rod Marinelli said this week. “It’s just a lot for a young guy, a rookie, coming in at that position. It’s a lot and the communication and all the things you have — close calls, adjustments — it can wear you out as you go. It’s a lot to it.” Smith remains interesting long term. Hitchens' contract runs out after this season, so we could see the youngster back in the middle to open 2018. But Smith is safe to drop in redraft IDP leagues.
The league has suspended Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain for 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. That comes after Dallas re-signed McClain to a 1-year, $4 million deal. The most likely path for the defense seems to be moving Anthony Hitchens from the strong side to the middle, which he did previously, with Kyle Wilber or Andrew Gachkar filling in outside. We'll see how the Cowboys adjust and whether McClain has a shot at reclaiming a starting spot when he returns.
Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain will miss Saturday night's game against the Jets because of a concussion. That likely means Anthony Hitchens will start for him in the middle and play more snaps. He's not a trustworthy IDP candidate, though.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee completed the league's concussion protocol Monday and is expected to practice with the team Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News. That should have him back for Sunday's game at Miami in his full-time role, pushing Anthony Hitchens back to the strong side.
The Cowboys will have LBs Rolando McClain (hand) and Anthony Hitchens (ankle) for today's game at Tampa Bay. We can't necessarily trust either to play full time, though, which makes both shaky IDP bets. If you're desperate, McClain probably makes the most sense. Sean Lee is out with a concussion, and Andrew Gachkar will join them in the starting lineup.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee left Sunday night's loss with a concussion, his 2nd of the season. The veteran previously suffered 1 back in Week 4 but didn't miss a game then. We'll see what happens this time. Shortly after Lee's departure, replacement Anthony Hitchens left with an ankle injury. We'll see about the severity of that as well. Andrew Gachkar followed Hitchens into the lineup but wouldn't be worth much IDP attention if Lee and Hitchens miss further time.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens is officially probable for Sunday night's opener against the Giants after putting in a full practice Friday. He should be OK to use in deep IDP formats. Make him prove himself before considering him in shallower fantasy football leagues.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens told the Dallas Morning News that he expects to return to practice Wednesday. The 2nd-year man has been sidelined since suffering a right foot sprain on Aug. 15 but seems hopeful for the opener. "I've been doing a lot," Hitchens said. "I've been with the trainers on the sideline doing a lot with the [resistance] bands, cutting and running and linebacker drills. They're going to take it easy, ease me into practice and see how it goes." If practice goes well this week, he should be in line to start int he middle against the Giants on Sunday. You'd be better off waiting before using him in an IDP league, though, so we can make sure he's back to full playing time and moving around well.
Dallas might have to go with LB Andrew Gachkar in the middle to open the season. Rolando McClain will start the year with a 4-game suspension, and Anthony Hitchens is dealing with a foot sprain. Hitchens might return in time for the opener, but if he doesn't, it'll be Gachkar's job. IDP owners shouldn't go picking up the former Charger. The situation could further add to weak-side LB Sean Lee's tackle upside. It certainly doesn't help a team D that already looked shaky at best.
Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens has been out since Aug. 15 with a bruised foot, and the Dallas Morning News reports that he won't get back onto the field until the end of the preseason. Hitchens had been in a walking boot but got out this week and still appears to be on track to start in the middle for the Cowboys. He's an OK shot to take as an IDP reserve but not a player to get excited about at this point.
The league has suspended Cowboys LB Rolando McClain for 4 games for violating the substance-abuse policy. The move doesn't make much of a team-defense ripple for fantasy football drafts, because Dallas isn't a strong option even with all of its starters around. We'll be interested to see, however, if the Cowboys slide Sean Lee into the middle from his new weak-side spot or 2014 rookie Anthony Hitchens in from the strong side. Hitchens would seem to make more sense from here. Dallas played him there 4 times last season and could give the youngster a tryout to see if he fits there long term. Of course, the Cowboys could just slot in backup Jasper Brinkley and leave the outside guys in their spots. McClain didn't look particularly attractive as an IDP option to begin with and should certainly go undrafted in nearly all redraft leagues at this point.
Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford (illness) and LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle) are active for today's game against the Lions after entering Sunday questionable. They're down-the-list options in playoff fantasy football leagues but help the Dallas team D overall.
The Cowboys made LB Rolando McClain active for Sunday's win over the Jaguars despite an MCL sprain that kept him out of practice all week. But the veteran didn't play at all, instead sitting behind rookie Anthony Hitchens. "Oh it's always good when you can get guys rested up going into the bye week," Hitchens told the Dallas Morning News. "It was good for our team and hopefully he'll come back healthy and ready to go." That seems to indicate coaches will re-insert McClain once he's at or close to 100%, and the former Raiders 1st-round pick has performed well. Look for Hitchens to remain on the field at some LB spot, though, after earning the team's best run-D grades from Pro Football Focus each of the past 2 weeks -- once on the weak side and once in the middle.
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