Rams Fantasy News

Texans won't reveal starting quarterback until Sunday

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:21pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't revealing who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Ravens.

The Texans can go with Case Keenum, who was signed this week off of the St. Louis Rams practice squad and went 0-8 as a starter for the Texans last season, or they can start mobile former Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

"We're not going to publicly name who's starting," O'Brien said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday. "We'll let everybody see that when the game starts."

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans don't hold much of an advantage in this situation, but they do have the element of surprise. We would guess that Thaddeus Lewis gets the nod since he has been with the team longer, but Case Keenum had some success with Andre Johnson in 2013 and knows the offense well.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:08pm

Rams Inactives
Alex Bayer TE
Alex Carrington DE
Justice Cunningham TE
Lamarcus Joyner CB
Marcus Roberson CB
Brandon Washington G
Ethan Westbrooks DT

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Stanton is not an attractive start given his matchup against a Rams defense that is red hot.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Rams WR Kenny Britt (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Britt is a decent dart throw at receiver given Arizona’s propensity to give up big plays. They are 7th in the league with 11 pass plays of 40-plus yards.

Tests say Colt McCoy's neck injury not serious

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 11:04am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The neck injury that knocked Colt McCoy out of the final two minutes of Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams is not believed to be serious, and the possibility remains that the quarterback could play this week, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

The test results revealed no structural damage. But McCoy’s availability will hinge largely on how quickly the soreness in his neck subsides, and how quickly he regains full range of motion, the story said. The piece added that Washington's coaching staff isn’t expected to have a full idea of whether or not McCoy can or will start until later in the week. At this point, Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins could start if McCoy can't go. The Skins play the Giants in Week 15.

Jay Gruden doesn't rule out Kirk Cousins starting again

Monday, December 8, 2014, 5:53pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Kirk Cousins has been the Redskins’ third-string quarterback ever since Week 9. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay there.

The Redskins’ quarterback situation has been in flux ever since Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle early in the team’s second game of the season. It is now as up in the air as it has been all year and Cousins could have a seat at the table.

Colt McCoy, who has risen from third string to starter over the course of the year, suffered a sprained neck late in Redskins’ 24-0 loss to the Rams. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that Griffin should get the start on Sunday against the Giants if McCoy can’t go.

However, Gruden was not firm about anything involving the quarterbacks and he didn’t rule out Cousins getting another shot at some point during the last three games.

“I could see myself playing with Kirk, no doubt about it.,” said Gruden. “I like Kirk, I think he did some good things when he was in there. Obviously turnovers and third downs have really plagued us pretty hard.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Skins QB situation is a bit of a mess. Reports Sunday said it would depend on McCoy's health, and that he would start if possible. Washington actually has some decent matchups starting with the Giants in Week 15, then the Eagles followed by the Cowboys, but just about any Redskin comes with risk in the fantasy playoff season.

Andre Ellington (sports hernia) out for the season

Monday, December 8, 2014, 8:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that RB Andre Ellington will miss the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Kerwynn Williams came out of nowhere and ran for 100 yards on the first 19 carries of his NFL career as the Cardinals rolled up a season-high 141 yards on the ground. Williams appears to have the inside track at a bulk of the work going forward with that performance. Keep in mind, the Cards close with the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers, which are all tough matchups for running backs. Marion Grice and Stepfan Taylor could also be factors.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:23pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

With reports of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden being at odds with his front office and owner over the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III, a new story from The Washington Post says the rookie coach could be fired over the disagreement.

This is what columnist Jason Reid wrote on Saturday:
"Although it’s unknown whether Snyder and Allen eventually will agree to trade Griffin, what has become clear from recent conversations with Redskins officials is that Gruden believes he needs a clean break from Griffin to focus on fixing Washington’s 3-9 mess. And if Snyder and Allen commit to Griffin as the starter in 2015, Gruden could be “one and done,” a team official said, alluding to Gruden possibly being fired despite four years remaining on his guaranteed five-year contract."

Fantasy Impact:

The Redskins have four games left, beginning with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. If the Redskins and Gruden are as far apart in their plans for RG3 as Reid suggests, it could be a very important stretch for Gruden's career in Washington, the story points out.

Vikings place Jerick McKinnon (back) on injured reserve

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 5:14pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Jerick McKinnon's promising rookie season is over.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Saturday that the rookie running back has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a nagging lower back injury.

McKinnon, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern, was leading the Vikings in carries (113), rushing yards (538) and yards per carry (4.8). Among rookie backs, he ranks third in rushing yards, behind Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason.

The runner will have a procedure done on his back with a recovery time of about eight weeks, ESPN.com's Adam Caplan reported.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon is still a nice dynasty/keeper value for next season given Adrian Peterson's up-in-the-air status with the Vikings. Peterson could win his appeal and be reinstated as soon as Week 15, assuming the Vikings want to welcome him back when there's not much to play for. Matt Asiata figures to continue as the lead back for now, with Ben Tate and Joe Banyard in the mix.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Rams WR Tavon Austin (back) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo reveals that he's been playing through a broken rib

Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tony Romo has been dealing with the effects of back surgery this past offseason and two transverse process fractures, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback let it slip Thursday night that he also has been playing through a broken rib for the better part of two months.

Romo said he was not sure in which game he suffered the injury, either Sept. 21 against the St. Louis Rams or Oct. 5 against the New Orleans Saints.

"I took a [pain-killing] shot this week," Romo said. "I didn't last week in the Eagles game, and that was a poor decision I think."

Fantasy Impact:

Setting aside the problems with the NFL injury reporting system (where this can go unreported for two months), the revelation may be encouraging to his owners who were worried about his poor play against the Eagles on Thanksgiving. He faces the Eagles and the Colts in the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs.

Raiders plan to stick with Derek Carr at QB

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 2:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Interim Oakland Raiders coach Tony Sparano has no intention of sitting Derek Carr the remainder of the season, one day after pulling the rookie quarterback in the fourth quarter of Oakland's blowout loss to St. Louis.

Carr had arguably his worst game as a pro against the Rams, throwing two costly interceptions while failing to engineer a single scoring drive. He failed to complete a pass longer than 18 yards and finished with a season-low 50.5 passer rating.

Don't read much into the move. Sparano said Carr will remain the team's starter and that there have been no discussions about resting the rookie.

"There hasn't been really any thought about that," Sparano said. "I didn't get a lot of those questions [when the Raiders won], so there really hasn't been a lot of that kind of thought. There was a thought about that in the fourth quarter of the game when I decided to do that and that was purely my decision to do that at that point. There was just no need to keep Derek out there at that point any longer. Give Matt an opportunity to go out there and let Matt play a little bit and that was that."

Fantasy Impact:

Sparano removed Carr early in the fourth quarter and replaced him with veteran Matt Schaub, who had an even rougher time than Carr. Schaub lost a fumble on his first drive then threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his second drive the story pointed out.

Report says DeSean Jackson should play Week 14

Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:47pm

Dianna Marie Russini on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson probably won't practice this week but he should play on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Not practicing all week probably doesn't make Jackson a sure thing by any means. We'll monitor his status but owners shouldn't be shocked if he's a game-time call. The Redskins host the Rams in an early afternoon game so owners will have time to adjust.

Rapoport: Rashad Jennings shouldn't miss time

Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:37pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

The ankle injury suffered by Giants RB Rashad Jennings is not believed to be serious, source says. Unlikely to miss time.

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for owners. This week's matchup is a great one against the 32nd ranked Titans - in terms of allowing fantasy points to RBs. Week 15 and 16 matchups get a little tougher with the Redskins and Rams, who are both in the top-10. With the Giants out of the race, don't be surprised if they give Andre Williams a few more looks as there's no point in risking further injury to Jennings.

Andre Ellington aggravates hip injury

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 7:41pm

Fox News - [Full Article]

Arizona running back Andre Ellington aggravating a hip injury.

Ellington left the field slowly with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter. He had five carries for 12 yards before the injury. He had 10 carries for only 24 yards in the Cardinals' 19-3 loss to Seattle last week and was probable on Arizona's final injury report of the week with foot and hip injuries.

Fantasy Impact:

Marion Grice had three catches for 24 yards and was the only other back to get carries - five for 16 yards as the Cards trailed early on in this contest. Stepfan Taylor ended up with a late TD. The team also signed Michael Bush last week but he was inactive for Week 13. We'll continue to monitor Ellington's status this week, but this was pretty much the last favorable matchup for Arizona RBs for the rest of the season. The team finishes with the Chiefs, Rams, Seahawks and 49ers to close the season and while the Chiefs ranked 15th, the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers are all in the top-five in allowing fantasy points to RBs.