Browns QBs Robert Griffin (shoulder) and Cody Kessler (concussion) have both received full clearance. The team hasn't announced who will be under center after the Week 13 bye. With solid matchups vs. Cincinnati, Buffalo and San Diego, RG3 or Josh McCown could be options in 2-QB leagues. McCown remains the most reliable guy for Cleveland's pass-catchers.
The Ravens will have DE Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), DL Brandon Williams (back) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot) active for today's game against the Bengals. All 3 entered the weekend questionable. Jernigan's the only real IDP option among the trio for most fantasy outfits.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He’s safe to get into fantasy lineups as a RB2 with upside.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) has received medical clearance and will play against the Rams today. He had taken back over as New Orleans' lead back before last week's head injury and is a better fantasy bet than RB Tim Hightower today. Check out where both guys sit in our Week 12 RB Rankings.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. He was limited in practice all week, so it looks like he still hasn't received full clearance. Rams-Saints kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday, so we'll know Ingram's status by noon. If active, he'll be a RB2 as the likely leader of New Orleans' backfield committee. If not, RB Tim Hightower will dominate touches.
Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) will practice on Wednesday, HC Sean Payton said. That tentatively puts Ingram on track to play against the Rams this weekend, but we'll need to continue tracking his progress over the next few days.
Ravens CB Shareece Wright (thigh), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) and DL Timmy Jernigan (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Cowboys. Use them as you normally would in IDP situations. Wright returns from 3 games lost to injury and has played in just 1 of Baltimore's past 5 contests. He has only delivered 2 quality fantasy outings for the year. Baltimore will be without top CB Jimmy Smith (back) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot).
Chiefs CB Marcus Peters will "try" to play today against the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but will likely be limited if he is active. Peters missed practice all week with a hip injury. The uncertainty about how much he'll actually be able to stay on the field obviously adds a lot of risk to his IDP outlook even in a positive matchup. Weigh the upside vs. your other DB/CB options. We've moved Peters down the Week 11 DB rankings.
The Ravens will likely miss at least CB Jimmy Smith (back) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot) Sunday against Dallas. Both players are doubtful. Smith put in just a limited practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. Dumervil put in full workouts Wednesday and Thursday before a limited Friday. HC John Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun that Dumervil looked good in practice this week but that his status would be up to the doctors. DE Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) and CB Shareece Wright (thigh) are all questionable for the game. Jernigan joined the injury report Thursday and missed the final 2 workouts. He looks like a weak bet to play. Mosley, on the other hand, put in full practices Thursday and Friday, while Wright practiced in full every day. Both appear likely to play.
Saints RB Mark Ingram sustained a concussion in Thursday night's loss to the Panthers. It's the 1st known concussion of his pro career, and he'll have an extra few days to get cleared ahead of next weekend's game vs. the Rams. If he can't, Tim Hightower will operate as New Orleans' lead back.
Browns QB Robert Griffin (shoulder) is "on pace" to return this season, VP Sashi Brown said. RG3 is eligible to be activated from the IR at any time now. ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that he could return to practice as early as this week. Brown wouldn't say, though, whether the team will stick with QB Cody Kessler the rest of the way or give Griffin another shot. “First we’ve got to get him healthy,” he said of RG3. “He’s in the process of going back to the docs. He looks like he’s on pace to be able to come back later this year. Cody also is playing well, so we want to give Hue the opportunity to make that decision at the time we know Robert’s an option. Until then, we’re happy with and will look to Cody to continue to push forward.” Griffin is only worth a grab-and-stash in deep 2-QB leagues.
ESPN's Britt McHenry reports that the Saints will go with a "committee approach" in their backfield going forward. RB Tim Hightower "earned more carries" with his 26-102 rushing line vs. the Seahawks. That, of course, came after RB Mark Ingram was benched for his 2nd fumble in as many weeks. It at least sounds like New Orleans will go back to Ingram, who remains the superior fantasy play for now. But his leash will be short. The good news is that the Saints draw the 49ers' 31st-ranked RB defense in Week 9.
Saints RB Mark Ingram coughed up a 1st-quarter fumble on Sunday that Seahawks S Earl Thomas took the other way for a TD. Ingram didn't get back on the field the rest of the game. It was his 2nd fumble in the last 2 quarters -- but also the 1st time in his career that he's lost 2 fumbles in a season. HC Sean Payton seemed to deflect criticism away from Ingram afterward. "Those guys do as good a job [ripping the ball loose] as anyone," Payton said of the Seahawks defense. "He wasn’t carrying it loose. They were just able to pull it free. So we’ll be back to work with him. He knows that. He’ll grind through it, we’ll go through some ball-security situations, like we do each week, but that’ll be that much more important." RB Tim Hightower played well in relief of Ingram on Sunday, taking 26 carries for 102 yards. We're guessing that the Saints will go back to Ingram as their lead back next weekend vs. the 49ers, but we might not know for sure until kickoff. And Ingram will certainly be on a short leash. He'll make for a high-risk, high-reward Week 9 fantasy play.
Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (concussion) is active today against the Jets despite entering the weekend questionable. Baltimore will be without other starting CB Shareece Wright (thigh), however, along with OLB Terrell Suggs (biceps) and ILB C.J. Mosley (thigh), who had already been ruled out.
The Bears on Thursday activated OLB Pernell McPhee from the PUP list. McPhee had been out since having offseason knee surgery but should get worked back into the OLB rotation. Willie Young has played well recently, including 5 sacks over the 2 games leading up to Thursday night's visit to Green Bay. Rookie Leonard Floyd has been dealing with a calf injury and has lacked the time to grow in the defense this season. Chicago entered Week 7 tied for 12th in the league in sacks.
Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) told reporters on Thursday that he's "close to 95%." It's a bit disconcerting that he's not 100% after the bye week. Snead sat out Week 3 and then played just 67% of the snaps in Week 4. He should at least be closer to his usual role this Sunday. And a home game vs. a burnable Panthers secondary makes Snead worth getting into fantasy lineups.
The Ravens have fired OC Marc Trestman. It feels like a panic move after the offense laid an egg in Sunday's home loss to the Redskins. Granted, Trestman abandoned an effective running game. But he's a proven offensive mind that's produced lots of fantasy goodness. Trestman will be replaced by Marty Mornhinweg, who has leaned toward the pass throughout his career. His offenses have ranked higher in pass attempts than rush attempts in 11 of his 15 seasons as a HC or OC.
Windy conditions are expected for today's Redskins-Ravens game. The forecast calls for winds of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 35-40 mph. That's certainly enough to impact the passing games, particularly deep threats like DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace. We've nudged both those guys down the Week 5 rankings. Ks Dustin Hopkins and Justin Tucker might also be hindered.
Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) is active for today’s game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week but sounded optimistic about his status on Friday. The toe issue adds some risk, but Snead has enough upside to be worth getting into fantasy lineups.
Saints WR Willie Snead (toe) will play against the Chargers later today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Snead got in 3 limited practices this week and sounded optimistic about his status on Friday. The toe issue adds some risk to his Week 4 profile, but he's fine to get into fantasy lineups as a borderline WR2.
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