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Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle stiffness) still the starter

Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:49pm - [Full Article]

Ryan Mathews experienced stiffness in his left ankle early in the Eagles’ 34-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that was why Mathews played only eight snaps in the game. Coach Doug Pederson said Mathews will remain the team’s top running back as long as he’s healthy.

Related players: Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews snaps did take a hit after carrying 22 times in Week 1. He was out-carried by Darren Sproles in Week 2, despite rushing for two TDs. The story said Mathews had not been on the injury report and practiced fully leading up to the game. With four different options emerging at RB, Mathews - even when healthy - doesn't seem like a lock to lead the team in carries week-to-week right now. The good news is the team has a bye in Week 4 so Mathews should be ready to go for Week 5.

Reid: Chance RB Jamaal Charles plays Week 4

Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Andy Reid gave his most optimistic answer yet to the weekly question of whether Jamaal Charles would make his long-awaited return for the Kansas City Chiefs in the upcoming game. The Chiefs play against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

“He’s getting closer here,’’ Reid said. “I’m probably being overly cautious. There’s a chance he’s out there this week. We’ll see how it goes.’’

Related players: Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West

Fantasy Impact:

A more definitive answer will come on Wednesday, when the Chiefs begin their practice week in preparation for the Steelers game. Charles has been working mostly with the scout team during the practice week, the story said. Keep in mind, the Chiefs have a bye in Week 5 so it also seems possible he sits one more week to get some extra time off.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (fibula) to miss 'a few weeks'

Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:37pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls fibula injury is more serious than the Seahawks initially thought, according to HC Pete Carroll.

Carroll said Rawls will be out for a few weeks.

Ian Rapoport reported it's a hairline fracture.

Related players: Christine Michael

Fantasy Impact:

Rawls' likely absence means it will be the Christine Michael show for the next few weeks. Michael resigned with the Seahawks late last season after Rawls broke his ankle; he had been traded to and released by the Cowboys earlier in the year. The Seahawks spoke during the preseason of a "reawakening" for Michael, and he's looked excellent in the early going of the season.

Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham's snaps on rise

Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:33pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham continues to be more involved, going from 32 percent to 46 percent to 49 percent of offensive snaps on Sunday. He appears to be ahead of Josh Huff in many cases.

Fantasy Impact:

The team has a bye in Week 5 so Green-Beckham is certainly someone to keep an eye on when the team returns to action Week 5.

Giants lose RB Shane Vereen (tricep) for season

Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:24pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The New York Giants lost more than the game against Washington on Sunday. Running back Shane Vereen is out for the season with a triceps injury that requires surgery, the team announced on Monday afternoon.

Vereen is the team's passing-down back, and he assumed feature duties on Sunday in the absence of Rashad Jennings, who missed the game with an injury of his own. He was off to an excellent start to the season, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and catching eight passes for 75 yards as well.

Related players: Rashad Jennings, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Bobby Rainey

Fantasy Impact:

It's a big loss for the passing game, but the good news is the team is fairly deep at RB. Orleans Darkwa, rookie fifth-rounder Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey could all help to fill the void along with starter Rashad Jennings.

Carroll: Sitting QB Russell Wilson Week 4 'a consideration'

Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:20pm - [Full Article]

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has confirmed that quarterback Russell Wilson has an MCL sprain in his left knee and may miss Sunday's matchup against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Asked on 710 ESPN Seattle if he would sit Wilson Sunday to give the quarterback more time to heal heading into a Week 5 bye, Carroll wouldn't discount the possibility.

"I think obviously there's a consideration for that," he said Monday. "With an extra couple weeks it would help everybody, if they could sit out for a while and they could all get healed. But we'll see what happens. We're going to do the right thing. We're going to make sure that we're very careful. He's an extraordinary person. We have to listen very carefully because he's going to will it and feel that he can do everything. We just got to see through it and make sure we're supporting him properly to help protect him from himself."

Related players: Trevone Boykin

Fantasy Impact:

In fairness, Carroll said sitting everyone a week leading up to the bye would help, so it seems like he tried to get around the specific question about Wilson. But the fact the team has a bye in Week 5 and Wilson has had an ankle and knee injury already this season, it may be what the team decides to do. We likely won't know more until later in the week. Trevone Boykin would get the start if Wilson is out Week 4.

Eagles expect TE Zach Ertz back for Week 5

Monday, September 26, 2016, 1:09pm - [Full Article]

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he expects tight end Zach Ertz to return to action when the team plays the Detroit Lions, Oct. 9.

Related players: Trey Burton, Brent Celek

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles are on their bye this week, which gives Ertz some extra rest. Ertz suffered a displaced rib in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns and missed the last two weeks. It will likely mean downgrades for Trey Burton and Brent Celek in terms of fantasy value.

Report: Saints WR Willie Snead out for MNF

Monday, September 26, 2016, 1:05pm - [Full Article]

WR Willie Snead is not expected to play Monday night for the New Orleans Saints as he recovers from a toe injury, sources told ESPN's Britt McHenry and Mike Triplett.

Related players: Michael Thomas

Fantasy Impact:

Snead labeled himself as a game-time decision after practicing on a limited basis Saturday. But the Saints apparently wanted to give him at least one more week of rest and recovery after he said he stretched ligaments in his toe last week against the New York Giants. If Snead doesn't play, that should provide a great opportunity for rookie receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas has 10 catches for 114 yards on 11 targets this season.

Lions Beat: RB Dwayne Washington may see bigger role

Monday, September 26, 2016, 11:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

By the end of the first month of the season, Dwayne Washington might end up being Detroit’s starting running back. Or at the very least, he’s putting himself in a position to have a true timeshare with veteran Theo Riddick.

“I still think you’re going to see a mix between he and Theo,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “Those are the guys that will carry the mail for us most of the time. You may see a little bit of Zach Zenner as well.”

Fantasy Impact:

Riddick gained 9 yards on 10 carries and was ineffective as a runner. Washington, meanwhile, had 38 yards on his 10 carries. Washington showed something Riddick didn’t. He was able to make something out of seemingly nothing. Against the Packers on Sunday, that was noticeable enough, the story said. Zenner didn’t have a single carry Sunday against Green Bay.

Dolphins Beat: RB Arian Foster (groin) may miss Week 4

Monday, September 26, 2016, 11:39am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins running back Arian Foster missed Sunday's game with a groin injury. Gase said he might not play Thursday. Not shocking. He came to the Dolphins with an injury history that notably included soft tissue injuries.

Related players: Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead, Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams

Fantasy Impact:

It was pretty much a committee situation for the Dolphins in Week 3, and that would seem likely to continue in Week 4. Kenyan Drake (9-37-0), Jay Ajayi (7-28-1), Isaiah Pead (5-17) and Damien Williams (1-15) all saw carries in the game. Ajayi did score the lone rushing TD.

Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron already out Week 4

Monday, September 26, 2016, 11:34am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Coach Adam Gase said today tight end Jordan Cameron is out because he does indeed have a concussion and he's in the NFL concussion protocol.

Related players: Dion Sims, MarQueis Gray

Fantasy Impact:

There simply is not enough time for Cameron to be cleared from the protocol by Thursday, the story said. That means Dion Sims and MarQueis Gray will be the active tight ends Thursday.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews dealing with bad ankle

Monday, September 26, 2016, 11:24am - [Full Article]

The most promising news under-reported from Sunday’s 34-3 stunner of the Steelers? How about this one: Wendell Smallwood, 17 rushing attempts, 79 yards. Or this one: Kenjon Barner, eight attempts, 42 yards.

With Ryan Mathews limited to two carries because of a bad ankle, their combined effectiveness may have been as important as Carson Wentz’s passing and the four-sack, two-turnover, touchdown-denying Eagles defense.

Related players: Darren Sproles

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles run game approach more resembles the Patriots over the years - varying backs getting the work depending on the opponent. Mathews has 22 carries in Week 1, but it was Sproles who led the way in Week 2. This week, Smallwood. Keep in mind Darren Sproles had a 70-yard TD reception. But, it does seem to indicate something we concluded back in summer: if Mathews isn't 100-percent it's Smallwood who could find himself with a big workload. Until Mathews is back close to 100-percent, this backfield appears to be a full-on committee situation. The Eagles have a bye in Week 4.

Pats Beat: Team not planning to add another QB

Monday, September 26, 2016, 11:05am - [Full Article]

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots currently have no plans to bring in QB T.J. Yates.

As it currently stands, the availability of the Patriots' quarterbacks are all very much in question. Tom Brady is suspended for one more week. Jimmy Garoppolo is coming back from an AC joint sprain (timetable unclear). Jacoby Brissett reportedly sustained a thumb injury on his throwing hand during last week's game (though it looks like it doesn't require surgery).

This combination of factors has lead to the reasonable conclusion that the Patriots would likely be in the market for the services of a fill-in quarterback if either (or both) non-suspended QBs aren't able to play Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

At least for the time being, it seems that the team is confident that either Garoppolo or Brissett is in good enough shape to take the job in Week 4. At 3-0, there probably isn't a lot of reason for the Pats to panic and make a big move. The story said Yates would be a leading candidate.

Colts use more two-TE sets in Week 3

Monday, September 26, 2016, 10:44am - [Full Article]

How would the Colts adjust their offensive personnel with Donte Moncrief out of the lineup?

Well, Sunday, the Colts leaned heavily on their reliable tight ends.

Jack Doyle (6 catches for 65 yards) and Dwayne Allen (3 catches for 35 yards) received ample playing time with the Colts opting to utilize more two tight end looks, versus three receiver sets.

Doyle continues to produce in 2016. The Indy native has caught 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) targets on the year, the top percentage in the NFL for tight ends with at least 11 targets.

“He is a dependable, dependable guy,” Chuck Pagano said of Doyle.

Related players: Phillip Dorsett, T.Y. Hilton

Fantasy Impact:

This was something we actually projected leading up to Week 3. WR Phillip Dorsett was/is a guy to pick up at the WR position with Moncrief out, but so is Doyle at TE, who seems like he could benefit the most. Pagano went on to call Doyle a trustworthy guy who finds a way to get open.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford has ankle injury

Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:31am

CSN Chicago - [Full Article]

Add Jeremy Langford to the Bears' injury report.

The Bears running back left Sunday's game on a cart with an ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. He did not return.

Fantasy Impact:

Coach John Fox isn't sure about the severity of the injury. Langford was in a walking boot at the end of the game. Langford rushed for 31 yards on three carries and had two receptions for 15 yards in the team's 31-17 loss. Jordan Howard has been a popular pickup even before this injury and certainly seems to be a must-get this week. Howard rushed nine times for 45 yards but did fumble twice. He added four catches for 47 yards.

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