One reason you will want your eyes glued to the television screen is to see whether Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert can repeat his exploits from last Sunday at Oakland. In the opener against the Raiders, he had nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. It was Eifert's first game action since dislocating his right elbow just eight plays into the 2014 season opener.
Much like they attempted to use him last season, the Bengals last Sunday regularly placed Eifert in the seams, throwing him passes that could be caught in single coverage against a smaller safety or slower-footed linebacker. That's the matchup nightmare he could pose all this season if he can stay healthy.
Likely to see veteran Chargers safety Eric Weddle often, Eifert will have to do what he can early to exert his dominance over San Diego's secondary. If for whatever reason he struggles to do that, the Bengals feel good about their other passing options.
Eifert probably won't go unnoticed this week after exploding in Week 1. The fantasy TE spot is usually up and down all year outside of the studs. But, receivers A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu could benefit from any extra attention Eifert receives. So, too, could running back Giovani Bernard, who was dangerous in Cincinnati's short-passing game last week.
Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 2. Chris Johnson should lead the backfield in touches, but David Johnson will be in the mix, especially in the passing game.
Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Ellington hasn’t been ruled out but he’s not expected to play. Chris Johnson should lead the backfield in touches, but David Johnson will be in the mix, especially in the passing game.
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm
The Detroit Lions didn't leave Qualcomm Stadium with many positive takeaways after suffering a colossal collapse, but rookie running back Ameer Abdullah is one player who shined in the 33-28 loss versus the San Diego Chargers.
Abdullah carried the ball, caught passes and returned kickoffs for a total of 199 all-purpose yards. Moving forward, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell plans to use the young back in similar fashion.
"What he did (Sunday) is kind of what we see him doing," Caldwell said, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. "He's returning kicks, he's running the ball and he's catching the ball out of the backfield. I'm not certain there's anything more (he can do) than that. He had 199 yards or so of total offense. That's the kind of role that I think you'll see him play, for the most part."
Abdullah recorded 11 offensive touches versus the Chargers (seven rushes, four receptions), which means he touched the ball on 23.4 percent of the Lions' 47 offensive plays. The Lions want to keep Joique Bell and Theo Riddick in the mix, according to the Detroit Free Press, so don't expect a huge spike in Abdullah's offensive touches any time soon. We just posted a news story about how the team will likely phase out Riddick, who will mainly be a pass catcher and didn't get a rush in Week 1. Abdullah sure seems like the back to own in this offense, especially in PPR leagues.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford finished last Sunday's loss against the San Diego Chargers with a protective sleeve on his throwing arm. His status for Detroit's Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings is a legitimate concern.
After a walk-through on Monday, Stafford wore a "big wrap" on his right elbow and said he'll be "good to go" against the Vikings, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Stafford's Week 1 performance, like that of the rest of the team, started out strong but faded as the game went on. He finished with a 63.3 percent completion rate, 246 yards through the air, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Stafford looks like he'll play Week 2 against the Vikigns but it's a situation to monitor for the rest of the week as he may not be 100-percent for Sunday.
The Arizona Cardinals saw the future of their rushing game Sunday night.
And they liked it.
When starting running back Andre Ellington left the game with what the team believes to be a posterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee, Arizona was forced to rely Chris Johnson and David Johnson for the final 11 minutes, 42 seconds of their 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Both proved the Cardinals will be in good hands if Ellington were to miss a game because of the injury.
Chris Johnson took over the every-down role for Ellington, which he’d likely continue if Ellington misses time, and ran for 30 of his 37 yards on seven carries in the fourth quarter, an average of 4.28 yards per rush, including a 12-yard run on his first carry after replacing Ellington. He only carried three times prior.
“I thought Chris looked good,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He’ll get more touches and we will feel very confident if he is our lead dog, and then David has been backing him up.”
David Johnson perhaps had the biggest play of the game, a long TD reception to help put the game away against the Saints. If Ellington misses time, David Johnson should get more touches as a result. But it looks like the team will hand things over to Chris Johnson in terms of the workload.Chris Johnson will be worth at least a short term pickup if he's on your waiver wire and Ellington misses time.
Monday, September 14, 2015, 10:11am
This wasn’t new.
It was more like renewed.
Allen had a career game Sunday in the Chargers season-opening 33-28 victory over the Detroit Lions. His 15 receptions tied Kellen Winslow for most in franchise history. Allen’s 166 yards were the most in his young career. He caught all but two of the passes thrown his way. He made one-handed grabs, leaped for balls, turned back across his body.
Allen in 2013 became the 12th rookie in the modern era (since 1970) to have 1,000 receiving yards. That doesn’t happen by accident. He followed that season of 77 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns with 77 receptions for 783 yards and four TDs in 2014. Fantasy owners have been disappointed with Allen since his rookie year, but this could be a sign he's getting back to form and could provide owners with a ton of value for where they took him in drafts.
Sunday, September 13, 2015, 8:44pm
WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) questionable to return.
Jones never returned to the game.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, questionable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 1. Green still has to pass through the league’s concussion protocol, but it could happen by Sunday. We should have a better idea on Saturday. Newly-signed John Phillips would get the start if Green can’t play. If Green does play, he’s a low-end TE1 option and a Sneaky Start.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Green is very likely to miss Sunday’s game against the Lions. John Phillips will get the start at tight end, but expect the Chargers to utilize Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd more heavily with Green sidelined. It’s a slight downgrade for Philip Rivers.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (possible concussion) was evaluated for a possible concussion at the end of Wednesday’s practice. Stay tuned. If Green is unavailable, it will certainly be a blow to his early season value. He’s expected to play starter’s snaps with Antonio Gates sidelined.
Zach Hocker may have won the New Orleans Saints kicking job coming out of training camp, but the Saints may not be completely comfortable with their place kicker as of yet. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Saints are bringing in former San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak for a visit.
A report also came out today the team is trying out former Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis, so the Saints are building a list - just in case. Hocker converted both field goal attempts this preseason with a long of 53 yards against Houston. But Novak has seven years of NFL experience with the last four years spent in San Diego. It's something for Hocker owners to watch through the early season.