Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) did not practice on Wednesday. It's unclear if he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Rams. With Julio Jones dealing with turf toe, Atlanta's WR corps is banged up. Taylor Gabriel could be in for a bigger role on Sunday.
Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jets. Even at less than 100%, he’s an elite fantasy play in the plus matchup.
Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) will play against the Jets today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms. Brady only practiced on Friday, but there was never much concern about his status. He's a high-end QB1 in today's plus matchup.
Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets. He sat out the first 2 practices of the week before returning to a limited workout on Friday. It looks like Brady is legitimately at less than 100%, but we’ve seen nothing to suggest that he won’t play on Sunday. He’s fine to keep penciled into fantasy lineups for now.
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. QB Josh McCown draws the start but is only a lower-end option in 2-QB leagues.
Patriots QB Tom Brady missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It's the 1st time he's missed 2 practices in a week since 2010. He played that weekend -- and posted a perfect passer rating. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe says "the working assumption" is that Brady will play against the Jets on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Patriots QB Tom Brady was held out of Wednesday's practice with a knee injury that doesn't seem serious. "Initial sense I get on knee injury that kept Tom Brady out of practice is that it is not of great concern and shouldn't affect availability," ESPN's Mike Reiss tweeted. We'll keep an eye on the situation over the next few days, but Brady is fine to keep penciled into fantasy lineups.
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects RB Rex Burkhead to replace Gio Bernard as the "jack-of-all-trades-third-down back that must catch run, catch, and block." Cincinnati lost a combined 151 targets -- 15.1 per game -- when Bernard and WR A.J. Green went down last week. Bernard accounted for 51 of those (5.1 per game). Burkhead has flashed some pass-catching chops in limited chances, hauling in 19 of 27 career targets (70.4%) for 167 yards (8.8 YPC). He's unlikely to be play a big enough role to turn into a fantasy option, but we'll keep an eye on him in Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Browns QB Cody Kessler sustained a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Steelers. It's his 2nd concussion of the season. We'll track his progress through the league's protocol.
Browns HC Hue Jackson said after Thursday night's loss that Cody Kessler remains his starting QB. "Cody's still the QB. I took Cody out because I wanted a spark," Jackson said. "I wanted to try a veteran." The move to Josh McCown backfired big time. The veteran completed just 6 of 13 passes for 59 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs over the game's final 30 minutes. The Browns might go 0-16.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick suggested Friday that James White could remain the team's primary passing-down back even with Dion Lewis back in the mix. "I think James White is a good player. What he does is good. Could somebody do it better? I don't know. But it would take quite a bit, I would say, based on where he is and how consistent he's been with what he's done," Belichick said. "It would take somebody playing pretty good to be better than him." White has tallied 29 catches for 258 yards and 3 scores, adding another 107 yards on 26 carries. The Lewis we saw last year was better than White, but it remains to be seen if he'll rediscover pre-injury form. ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to take a "conservative approach" to Lewis' return and confirms that White will play ahead of him on Sunday night. White is certainly the better Week 10 fantasy play. We'll see beyond that.
Browns QB Cody Kessler was benched at halftime of Thursday night's game against the Ravens. The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich confirms that Kessler is not injured. That was our 1st guess because the rookie wasn't bad in the first 30 minutes, completing 11 of 18 passes for 91 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. Cleveland scored just 7 points, though, and has turned to veteran QB Josh McCown.
Cleveland.com reports that the Browns expect to start LB Jamie Collins Sunday against Dallas after acquiring him from the Patriots on Monday. DC Ray Horton reportedly plans to keep him on the field for most of the snaps as well, specifically saying: "We're going to ask a lot of him and obviously see what he can handle, but so far, I have been really impressed with his smarts and his savvy and athleticism on the field and really off the field, too, of just learning something and not hesitating to translate it in his mind." Collins carries some risk by virtue of his relatively unknown role, but he has showed us all his cross-category upside. This is probably a chance worth taking for most IDP owners who have counted on Collins as a regular starter to this point. Expect Collins to take the place of veteran ILB Demario Davis and play next to Christian Kirksey.
Browns HC Hue Jackson announced on Friday that QB Cody Kessler will start this weekend's game against the Cowboys. It's a smart move for a team already looking ahead to 2017 to get another look at its rookie. Kessler has played surprisingly well this season, completing 66.9% of his passes, averaging 7.1 yards per attempt and tossing 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. He remains a low-upside QB2 in fantasy football, though, and is a slight downgrade for Cleveland's pass-catchers.
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That suggests he's been fully cleared, although we haven't gotten confirmation on that. We also haven't heard who Cleveland will go with against the Cowboys this weekend if both Kessler and Josh McCown are available. We'll continue to monitor the situation.
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) has received medical clearance. HC Hue Jackson wouldn't say Monday who will start against the Cowboys this weekend. QB Josh McCown played reasonably well against the Jets, completing 25 of 49 passes (51%) for 341 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. It'd make sense, though, for the 0-8 Browns to continue to evaluate Kessler.
The Patriots have traded LB Jamie Collins to the Browns. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cleveland's giving New England a 3rd-round compensatory pick. (The upcoming NFL Draft marks the 1st time those picks will have been tradeable.) Collins is in the final year of his contract, so New England clearly didn't believe it would re-sign the young LB. The trade also indicates that the Patriots figured the league compensatory-pick system would have given them something later than a 3rd-rounder for losing Collins. Thirdly, this suggests the team is happy with rookie LB Elandon Roberts, who has seen his role grow this season. Collins should start quickly for Cleveland. We'd guess he'll take over for veteran ILB Demario Davis. The Browns will also need to re-sign Collins to make this a worthwhile move. New England gets a Week 9 bye before a Week 10 game against Seattle. Dont'a Hightower figures to be the top Pats LB for IDP owners in that game and likely the rest of the way. Keep an eye on Roberts' role and production, however. The move takes a playmaker out of New England's defense, though FOX's Michael Lombardi pointed out that Collins has done more freelancing this year than the Pats would like. For now, we're not adjusting the team D's outlook.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is not on the final Week 8 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. He's set to return for this weekend's game against the Chiefs but will do so as the #3 WR behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
Browns Cody Kessler (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jets. QB Josh McCown (shoulder) put in a full week of practice and will move back into the starting lineup. He’s on the Week 8 spot start radar vs. the league’s 24th-ranked QB defense.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (foot, hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since going down in Week 6. It gives him a shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend, but it might be as the #3 WR with WR Donte Moncrief expected back. The real winner here is QB Andrew Luck, who might have his WR corps at full strength for the 1st time since Week 2.
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