Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott did not sustain a concussion in Sunday's car accident, at least according to RBs coach Gary Brown. Zeke is being held out of OTAs this week with what HC Jason Garrett termed "soreness and neck stiffness." The team is hoping to get him back on the field next week. For now, consider this a non-issue for Elliott's 2017 fantasy outlook.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was a passenger in a car involved in a minor accident on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott didn't sustain any serious injuries, but he did take a hit to the head and is being evaluated. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, that could come into play if he suffers another one down the line. Elliott is being held out of OTAs this week. The story won't impact his spot in our 2017 fantasy football rankings, but it's at least something to file away.
The Jets have waived/injured WR Devin Smith. He'll likely go unclaimed and land on IR. Smith tore his ACL for the 2nd time as a pro in April. He's appeared in just 14 games since being selected in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft. He's still just 25, but his dynasty stock is fading fast.
If you're comfy with Raiders WR Amari Cooper going consistently in the 2nd round of fantasy football drafts, then GM Reggie McKenzie probably agrees with you. According to the team website, he had this to say during a conference call with season-ticket holders: “We’re definitely hoping that he takes a big leap. He started off really good last year, and at the end we kind of fell off a little bit, but we’re expecting huge things from Amari this year. He’s doing great, he’s coming into his own, and I think he’s definitely going to put himself among the best of the best by the end of this season.” Cooper finished top-14 across fantasy formats in his 2nd season but ranked outside the top 40 over the 2nd half, while reaching 60 yards just once. He has displayed the ceiling that made him the 4th overall pick in 2015, but Cooper needs to get more consistent. The talent and opportunity is certainly there, especially if he can pass Michael Crabtree in targets in his 3rd season.
Jets GM Mike McCagnan said Saturday that WR Devin Smith has torn his right ACL in OTA workouts. It's the 2nd tear of that ligament for Smith, a 2nd-round pick in 2015. It's tough to find optimism in the fantasy outlook for a deep threat with 2 tears in the same knee, especially when you combine that with a low-ceiling situation. Looks like time to give up on Smith even in dynasty leagues. We'll see where things go from here. The rest of the WR corps, meanwhile, looks quite open -- especially as we await Eric Decker's return from a pair of surgeries.
The Cowboys defense will have some prominent players back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Packers. CB Morris Claiborne will return from a groin injury that cost him the season's final 9 games. That figures to mean some rust but also returns arguably the secondary's best cover man. DE Demarcus Lawrence will also return after missing the final 3 games with a back injury. DT Tyrone Crawford returns as well, after missing the final 2 games with a left shoulder injury. And DT Terrell McClain sat out the final game with an ankle injury. All 4 players help a Dallas defense that's about to run into probably the league's hottest QB. However, we're not sure the returns significantly alter the fantasy outlooks for the team D or any particular Packers.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee (knee) is active for today's game against the Eagles. We're certainly expecting him to start, which would mark the 1st time he has started all 16 games in a season. But we'll also be shocked if he plays anything close to a full game in the meaningless finale. Dallas' playoff situation makes Lee a high-risk play in your IDP lineup.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott isn't expected to play more than 1-2 series in Sunday's finale against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. It's a smart move for a team with nothing to gain. Elliott only figures to see a handful of carries, making him a weak fantasy play. It's unclear exactly how the backfield touches will be divvied between Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar after Elliott exits.
Cowboys S Barry Church (forearm) and OLB Sean Lee (knee) are active for Monday night's game against the Lions. Each guy entered day questionable. We'll see how much Dallas elects to play either starter -- and plenty others -- as the team plays the 1st of 2 games after locking down the NFC's top seed.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett confirmed to ESPN's Ed Werder that he won't rest starters in tonight's game against the Lions. Dallas has clinched the NFC's #1 seed and could limit or hold out some guys in the regular-season finale. But doing so tonight would mean 3 weeks off between games. QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are all safe to use in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (foot) is active for today's game against the Saints. The Bucs will be without DL William Gholston, though, who was ruled out earlier with an elbow injury.
Cowboys S Barry Church (forearm) and LB Sean Lee (knee) are active for Sunday night's game against the Buccaneers. Both entered the day questionable but are ready for normal use in your IDP lineups.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) and S Barry Church (forearm) are questionable for Sunday night's game against the Buccaneers. Church has been playing through the issue since his return to the lineup, though. And Lee's not a good bet to sit out unless he absolutely needs to. Dallas has already ruled DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) out for the game.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed just 17 of 37 passes in Sunday night's loss to the Giants, compiling 165 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Prescott added just 1 yard on his lone rushing attempt and took sacks on 3 of his dropbacks. The game marked Prescott's 3rd straight with less than 200 yards and just 1 TD. Next up: Defenses from Tampa and Detroit that have played better lately but remain non-scary. Prescott's previous 2 low-yardage games came on his 2 lowest pass-attempt totals of the year (1 tied). He still finished each of those contests with QB ratings above 108.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Ellliott ran for 107 yards in 24 carries in Sunday night's loss to the Giants. That snapped a 3-game streak of less than 100 yards and marked just his 2nd triple-digit line among the past 7 games. Of course, Elliott surpassed 90 yards in 5 of 6 games before Sunday night and reached 86 yards in the other. He hasn't been a problem for any of his fantasy football owners.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton was efficient in Sunday's win in Cleveland, completing 20 of 28 passes for 180 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. Both TDs went to TE Tyler Eifert in the 1st half. Dalton didn't need to do much in the 2nd half with Cincinnati nursing a big lead. He has a tougher task next week against a surging Steelers defense. Dalton will be just a mid-range QB2 for that one, assuming WR A.J. Green remains out.
Panthers CB Daryl Worley cleared the concussion protocol Saturday and is expected to play Sunday against the Chargers. As long as he's active, Worley will be a top play among fantasy DBs.
Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Giants, but the team expects him to play, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Lawrence actually sat out the past 2 days of practice after a limited workout Wednesday. He has been playing through the issue despite "questionable" tags but has just 1 sack on the year. Lawrence makes for a weak IDP option this week.
Raiders WR Amari Cooper botched a plus spot against the Chiefs on Thursday night. As expected, he didn't see much of CB Marcus Peters. But he still struggled to create separation and was also hurt by an uncharacteristically inaccurate Derek Carr. Cooper hauled in just 5 of 10 targets for 29 yards. He broke free for what could have been a 72-yard TD in the 4th quarter but either lost the ball in the lights or lost his footing and couldn't come down with it. Cooper has now been held under 60 yards in 5 straight games. There'll at least be some bounce-back appeal in Week 15 against a thin Chargers secondary. Cooper torched them for 138 yards and a score back in Week 5.
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Panthers. The team has expected him to return all week, though Bennett entered Sunday questionable after limited practices Thursday and Friday. He's risky to use after 5 games off following knee surgery but is also a high-upside pass rusher when healthy.
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