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2 years agoThe Los Angeles Rams will welcome back Aaron Donald on Sunday. After a prolonged holdout through Week 1 of the season, the defensive lineman returned for a week of practice where he dominated his counterparts. On Friday, head coach Sean McVay told reporters that Donald will now start in Week 2. He did not clarify how many snaps Donald would play, but fantasy footballers should expect nearly an entire game from him, as he stayed in fine athletic form during his holdout.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: Adam Schefter
2 years agoLos Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett is back on the injury report with a knee issue. He's also sitting out of practice for the second day in a row. This will make the former Pro Bowler questionable for Sunday's game against Miami. If he can't go, it could leave a big hole in the LA defense for Jay Cutler to expose.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: Eric D. Williams
2 years agoLos Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has had a long road back from the herniated disk he suffered in May, but his progress seems to be continuing. Williams was seen practicing with his helmet on Thursday. This marks the first time he's done that since the injury. He's still not expected back anytime soon, but since he and the team opted to not go with the surgical solution, many eyes are watching to see if he can truly recover fully without it.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: Eric D. Williams
2 years agoPhiladelphia Eagles running back Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) was placed on Injured Reserve on Friday, ending his season. Pumphrey tore his hamstring in practice earlier this week. While the Eagles certainly wanted Pumphrey to take a red shirt year on IR so he could catch up to the speed of the NFL, they were hoping it would be an "injury" and not an actual injury. The hamstring tear won't allow their fourth-round pick to practice for most if not all of this season, meaning he will be just as behind next training camp and preseason as he was this year. The "Darren Sproles of the Future" has had his future delayed.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: Jimmy Kempski on Twitter
2 years agoMinnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) was limited in practice all week, but he's still expected to suit up against Pittsburgh in Week 2 despite undergoing an MRI exam. He experienced swelling and pain after the team's Week 1 win, but his MRI didn't show any specific damage. The left knee that is bothering Bradford is the same knee that underwent ACL surgeries in 2013 and 2014. The former Ram and Eagle was 27-for-32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the opener, but that could end up being his high-water mark in 2017. Expect him to come down a bit against a tougher defense in the Steelers in Week 2. Bradford was officially listed as questionable.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN - Chris Mortensen
2 years agoAfter being a surprisingly integral part of the Raiders offense last week, Jared Cook is a prime streaming option as the Raiders take on the Jets in Oakland. Cook looked sharp and in-sync with QB Derek Carr, particularly early in the game last week, and with the Jets secondary already preoccupied with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Cook should be in line for a high-catch game, as he exploits the defense underneath. PPR league owners in need of a fill-in should give Cook a long look, but standard owners might be tempted elsewhere. Regardless, Cook should be serviceable as a streamer.--Jacob Valov - RotoBallerSource: Vic Tafur
2 years agoDespite not practicing Friday, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (wrist, groin) was not on the final injury report leading up to Week 2 against the Panthers. McCoy essentially was Buffalo's offense in Week 1, and that should continue this weekend. It appears the Bills coaching staff plans to ride McCoy until the wheels fall off. That's both good and bad for his fantasy owners -- his high volume essentially makes him a top-five back every week, but at that rate, he's unlikely to play a full season at his age. Pencil him in yet again as a high-end RB1 against Carolina, even with the tough matchup.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource:
2 years agoAfter showing last week that he has still got plenty more left in the tank, Marshawn Lynch will be a high-end RB2 against a lowly Jets run defense that let LeSean McCoy run all over them last week. Lynch should only see limited action, as the Raiders should blow the Jets out, but he should be able to do a good deal of damage before his day is over. The Jets struggled to generate pressure against the Bills, and with a Raiders offensive line that can bully defenses into submission, Lynch should find some big holes to run through come Sunday. Expect roughly 15-20 touches, but a solid performance nonetheless from BeastMode.--Jacob Valov - RotoBallerSource: Vic Tafur
2 years agoIndianapolis Colts' center Ryan Kelly (foot) and cornerback Vontae Davis (groin) will both be sidelined when the team plays the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, per Andrew Walker of Kelly and Davis were both expected to miss this week's game, but their absences are major blows to both sides of the ball. Fantasy-wise, the Colts' only seem to be relevant as a defense that can be exploited in a number of different ways. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown owners should rejoice as it's highly likely they will see a large target volume and have plenty of scoring opportunities.--Taylor Maxston - RotoBallerSource: Andrew Walker
2 years agoChicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Buccaneers. However, head coach John Fox said earlier this week that he's not concerned about Howard's injury, which he suffered in Week 1. Howard surprisingly shared more touches than expected in Week 1 with rookie Tarik Cohen, and that could continue throughout the year, making Howard less of a lock for high-end RB1 production. Still, as long as he's playing, Howard should be the focal point of the offense, but he's more of a low-end RB1 moving forward.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley
2 years agoAfter returning from a one-game suspension, Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong was expected to be a key part of the Texans offense. Instead, Strong wasn't targeted in Houston's 13-9 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Anyone thinking Strong would be a sleeper-pick in weekly fantasy leagues was disappointed with the performance. As long as quarterback Deshaun Watson keeps looking toward receiver DeAndre Hopkins as much as he did in Weeks 1 and 2, Strong won't provide fantasy value.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 years agoKevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan reports that Indianapolis Colts' No. 1 cornerback Vontae Davis (groin) practiced on Friday and is "ahead of schedule" according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Davis remains ruled out for the Colts' Sunday matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, but it is promising to hear that he is back at practice. The secondary will largely benefit from his presence if he can return in Week 3, but the multiplicity of holes on the defensive side on the ball make it unlikely that Davis' return could fix all the issues plaguing them. Start all your Cardinals' wide receivers with confidence heading into this game.--Taylor Maxston - RotoBallerSource: Kevin Bowen
2 years agoAfter trying and failing to make the Raiders' roster for years, Giorgio Tavecchio finally landed the starting gig due to a Sebastian Janikowski injury and made the most of his big chance, winning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and nailing two 50+ yard field goals. With Janikowski sidelined until further notice, potentially forever, Tavecchio has proven more than capable of stepping into the Polish Cannon's shoes and is a solid waiver wire pickup for those who missed out on an elite kicker in their drafts. The Raiders clearly trust him on distance kicks, and Tavecchio can make them with ease, he should be a K1 ROS.--Jacob Valov - RotoBallerSource: Vic Tafur
2 years agoThe Cincinnati Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese on Friday after failing to score a touchdown in their first two games, according to sources. The entire Bengals offense has been putrid in starting 0-2, but their offensive line may be the biggest culprit. The firing may have been justified, but things probably won't improve overnight. Expect Cincy to look to shake up their running back by committee led by the ineffective Jeremy Hill in favor of the younger blood in Joe Mixon. Also, expect the disgruntled A.J. Green to see more looks immediately. You aren't very stoked if you own anyone from this offense, though. Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will be promoted as the interim OC in the meantime. Expect him to emphasize getting the passing attack going, which should be good news for the likes of Green and tight end Tyler Eifert.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN - Josina Anderson
2 years agoAfter leading the team in yards and receptions Week 1, Michael Crabtree should replicate, if not overtake, those numbers against a weak Jets secondary Week 2. Amari Cooper will get the majority of the Jets attention, which should leave Crabtree in one-on-one situations with lesser corners and safeties, as was the case last week, and Crabtree should be able to make a solid profit. Unlike Cooper, Crabtree is less likely to be pulled out of the game early, as well, and should see a few more targets because of it. Crabtree will be a rock-solid WR2 option for Week 2.--Jacob Valov - RotoBallerSource: Vic Tafur

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