Falcons Fantasy News

Cowboys Beat: DeMarco Murray 'too good' to take off the field

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:53am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer on DeMarco Murray's heavy workload: There’s some concern about it, and they have rested him at different times for a series or a few plays in the first half of the past three games, but he is their bell cow. He is their guy. They will be mindful of how much work he gets, but he’s too good to take off the field for extended spells. They like backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, but those guys can’t do what Murray does in the run and pass game. He doesn’t look like he’s wearing down. He had 19 carries for 141 yards against the Redskins, so his carries were down from what they had been. But I’d maintain he took more of a beating in that game than he did when he had 29 carries in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans. Jason Garrett was around Emmitt Smith for the bulk of his career, so I think he has a watchful eye to this sort of thing, as does Scott Linehan, who was around Steven Jackson in St. Louis. They will be smart with Murray, but not to the point that it costs them games.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray is averaging 29.0 touches per game, which is a big increase from the 19.3 touches he averaged in 2013. So far, he hasn't shown any signs of wearing down, but Murray owners should try to secure Joseph Randle just in case. Those owners who don't own Murray would be wise to stash Randle (or hold him ransom) in case Murray breaks down.

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Rashad Jennings doesn't practice Monday

Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:49pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

RB Rashad Jennings was among a handful of Giants to not practice Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

It was just a light workout so not a lot of reason for concern just yet. However HC Tom Coughlin was quoted as saying he's not ready to go. The story said Jennings had hoped to be back on the field by Wednesday. Jennings planned to spend last week (the Giants' bye) running and cutting on the knee he injured against the Atlanta Falcons several weeks back. It would help owners if they also had Andre Williams, as the Giants play the Colts on Monday night in Week 9 and it's possible we don't know Jennings' status until right before the game.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Riddick might be in for a big role if Reggie Bush can’t play against the Falcons, as expected. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 8. Douglas has a chance to play this week, but we won’t know until early Sunday morning. He’s not a good fantasy option even if he does play.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. Johnson is a true game-time decision, per the team’s website reporter, Tim Twentyman. Owners will need to set their alarms for Sunday morning since the game kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. If Calvin is active, he’ll be a top 10 play while Golden Tate will probably be ranked in the #16-#20 range in a great matchup against the Falcons.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Jones will be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. He has already said not to expect a lot of deep balls with the current state of the Atlanta offensive line.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) questionable, RB Reggie Bush (ankle) doubtful

Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:31am

Lions.com - [Full Article]

All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson will truly be a game-time decision for the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s game vs. Atlanta at Wembley Stadium.

Running back Reggie Bush, however, isn’t likely to play.

Bush, who practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday, but sat out Thursday and Friday because of a sore ankle, is listed as doubtful to play on Friday’s injury report.

Fantasy Impact:

If Johnson plays, owners are obligated to start him against a bad Falcons pass defense. We'll know for sure if he's active around 8:00 a.m. Eastern on Sunday morning, so owners should set their alarm clocks. As for Bush, the doubtful tag means that he's very likely out for Week 8. That means Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup against Atlanta. With Bush sidelined against Minnesota, he had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before injuring his hamstring). Joique Bell is also a top 12 play with the Lions' other primary rusher sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. Midweek downgrades are usually a bad sign, but we’ll see if Bush is able to practice on Friday before making any assumptions about his availability in a great matchup against the Falcons. If he can’t play Theo Riddick would assume the pass-catching role in the Lions backfield and would be a Sneaky Start given the matchup. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Riddick might be in for a big role if Reggie Bush can’t play against the Falcons. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Douglas may make his return this week, though he’s not much of a fantasy option at this point.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. He has already said not to expect a lot of deep balls with the current state of the Atlanta offensive line.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's an interesting side story in terms of defending Lions WR Golden Tate. Falcons free safety Dwight Lowery, who played with Jacksonville last year, was unable to finish the season due to an illegal block thrown by Tate when Tate played with Seattle. I don't see Lowery going the cheap-shot route to get back at Tate, but you better believe he'll try his best to make sure Tate doesn't beat the secondary with a long ball.

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) misses, Calvin Johnson (ankle) back at practice on Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:07am

Tim Twentyman, Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush sat out of practice on Thursday. WR Calvin Johnson practiced for the second straight day, and did "much more," per Twentyman.

Fantasy Impact:

Midweek downgrades are usually a bad sign, but we’ll see if Bush is able to practice on Friday before making any assumptions about his availability in a great matchup against the Falcons. If he can’t play Theo Riddick would assume the pass-catching role in the Lions backfield and would be a Sneaky Start given the matchup. As for Johnson, it looks like he's a game-time call, which means owners will need to set their rosters at around 8:30-9:00 a.m. ET for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff in London on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bush is expected to play in a great matchup against the Falcons.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Douglas once again seems doubtful to play in Week 8.