Packers Fantasy News

Vikings RB Ben Tate struggling to adjust to new team

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:18pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

“I just got here; I don’t even know if I’ve been here for six hours yet,” new Vikings RB Ben Tate said after practice when asked about his new teammates. “You’re asking me questions I really can’t answer.”

Tate practiced for the first time since the Vikings claimed him off waivers Wednesday from the Browns, which came as a surprise to him. He’ll have only three days to get acclimated to a new scheme before his first game in purple against the Packers on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

“It was tough,” said Tate, describing the past two days. “After being claimed, I’ve got a girl and a little boy so it’s definitely tough trying to get situated with that. Just traveling, not much sleep and not much eating. I’m starving.”

The 26-year-old might be relied on because of injuries to running backs Matt Asiata, who missed his second consecutive practice going through the league’s concussion protocol, and Jerick McKinnon, who was limited because of a lower back injury.

Tate has never played in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s not sure if Tate will be active Sunday.

“He practiced some today,” Zimmer said. “He got some reps and was in the blitz pickup. He was in everything, so we’ll see how fast he gets. It was a quick day for him.”

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't sound like a player who is going to cut into Jerick McKinnon's workload this week. With Matt Asiata already ruled out, owners should start McKinnon with confidence.

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone, out) has been ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. It now looks like Jennings will play against his old team, but he has not had much success against the Packers. He has just 69 yards — total — in three games against Green Bay.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. Wright should play against the Packers, though he’s no sure thing given the questionable tag.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (hip, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. It looks like Wright is back on track to face the Packers.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (hip) missed practice again Thursday.

Jets WR Eric Decker finally back to full health

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11:01pm

NY Post - [Full Article]

Jets WR Eric Decker initially hurt his hamstring early in training camp. The injury then flared up in Week 2 against the Packers. Since then, Decker has been managing the pain. But after the bye week, Decker said he now feels as if he’s healthy again.

“I feel like I’m back how I felt prior to the injury in the Green Bay game,” Decker said. “I feel like I’ve got a little more bounce in my step and I’m not thinking about it every time I make a cut with my hamstring that it’s going to get aggravated. It’s back to where I’m just playing football and just having fun.”

Fantasy Impact:

Decker has seen 9.0 targets per game since the arrival of Percy Harvin (who has also averaged 9.0 targets since joining the Jets), so as long as he's fully healthy, and Michael Vick can provide capable quarterback play, then he should be a decent start in most matchups.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Wright seems unlikely to play against the Packers. Charles Johnson would see extra work if Wright misses.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (hip) did not practice Wednesday.

Vikings claim RB Ben Tate on waivers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates.

Unless he is able to win an appeal of his suspension, Adrian Peterson will miss the rest of the season. The Vikings have used rookie running back Jerick McKinnon as their primary ballcarrier in Peterson's absence, and have also given Matt Asiata plenty of work in passing and goal-line situations.

McKinnon, though, has been dealing with a low back injury, and did not practice on Wednesday. Asiata also missed practice with a concussion, and the health of both backs -- as well as the loss of Peterson -- could explain the Vikings' quest for more running back depth.

Fantasy Impact:

Since McKinnon played through his back injury last week, Asiata seems less likely to play in Week 12, and that may thrust Tate into a backup role against the Packers. McKinnon's workload is fairly safe, though the arrival of Tate doesn't help. It's a sign that the team is not optimistic about Adrian Peterson's chances of winning his appeal.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:35am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Something still is wrong with the Eagles' running game, 2 weeks into the return of Evan Mathis from an MCL injury and 3 weeks since Jason Kelce returned from abdominal surgery.

LeSean McCoy gained 155 yards on 25 carries when the Eagles won at Green Bay last November. Sunday, he slogged to 88 on 23. Same defense, except Clay Matthews had two healthy hands this time and was playing inside most of the time Sunday. Same offensive line, except for Matt Tobin replacing Todd Herremans.

"It was just a combination," HC Chip Kelly said yesterday, asked what he saw hindering the run game when he reviewed film of Sunday's 53-20 loss to the Packers, who came in ranked 30th in the NFL against the run. "There were times where it was blocked up pretty good and we hit a couple in there, and then there were some other times where we're just slipping off of blocks. We're not sustaining blocks or hitting it the right way."

Fantasy Impact:

Asked what McCoy can do better, Kelly said he couldn't specify one thing, but did think McCoy was patient, something that hasn't always been the case with the RB this season. Darren Sproles is averaging 6.8 yards per carry in very limited work behind the same line, but Kelly spoke enigmatically of "the rotation" and asserted that "LeSean is our guy." Asked why Sproles gets so few touches, Kelly said: "Yeah, I just don't think we're running the ball well overall." McCoy continues to get his 20-plus carries and while the yards have been OK as of late, he has just one TD in his last five games and just two overall. Sproles has just been getting a handful of touches since seeing double-digit touches very early in the season.

Nick Foles cleared to work out

Monday, November 17, 2014, 1:50pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Reports or suggestions that Eagles quarterback Nick Foles missing the remainder of the season due to a broken clavicle might have been premature.

One day after Foles was seen warming up and throwing with the practice squad on the field in Green Bay prior to Sunday's 53-20 Packers victory, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly announced that the quarterback has been cleared to resume working out.

"He can work out now, but it comes down to 'does the bone heal,'" Kelly said Monday. "That's the biggest question. He'll get a re-check at some point in time. They said it's usually three or four weeks before he takes another X-ray. He has not had that done yet.

"Until they get an X-Ray done, he'll continue to work out. Try to stay in shape. He did some running at the hotel in the fitness center early in the morning. He'll continue to do those things to make sure when he does get cleared that the bone is healed, it isn't 'Oh, now we have to take a couple weeks to get in shape.'"

"He's been cleared to workout," Kelly clarified. "But it isn't anything in terms of contact."

Fantasy Impact:

Foles elected not to have surgery when he suffered the injury two weeks ago against the Houston Texans thus leaving the door open to a return this season. Whether or not the clavicle bone has healed by the time Foles' follow up X-Ray takes place appears to be the lone hurdle standing between him and a return to action this season. When that follow up occurs though, remains to be seen. Sanchez has put up solid fantasy numbers in his two games, but it's been a lot of same in terms of turnovers, missed opportunities and leaving plays on the field.