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Saints WR Willie Snead officially OUT vs. Falcons

Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:17pm

Saints Inactives
Terron Armstead T
Delvin Breaux CB
Tyeler Davison DE
Dannell Ellerbe OLB
Josh Hill TE
Willie Snead WR
Kenny Vaccaro SS

Related players: Michael Thomas, Coby Fleener

Fantasy Impact:

Michael Thomas should see more targets with Snead (toe) out, but the Falcons are second in allowing fantasy points to WRs so it's not a great matchup on paper, however the Saints are at home. TE Coby Fleener could also benefit and owners are hoping this is the game he gets on track.

Falcons WR Julio Jones ACTIVE vs. Saints

Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:13pm

Falcons Inactives
De'Vondre Campbell OLB
Dashon Goldson DB
Josh Perkins TE
Mike Person OG
Wes Schweitzer OG
Courtney Upshaw DT
Paul Worrilow MLB

Fantasy Impact:

Julio Jones was dealing with an ankle injury and then most recently a calf, but he said all along he would play and he's active Monday night in a great matchup against the Saints.

Cards WR Michael Floyd in concussion protocol

Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:07pm

Darren Urban on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cards WR Michael Floyd will be in concussion protocol. Cleared on sideline but had headache Monday.

Related players: John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson

Fantasy Impact:

We'll know more about Floyd later in the week. If he can't go, John Brown would be next up against the Rams. Ironically, Brown had a concussion in preseason and also suffered from headaches. Jaron Brown was making a push for more snaps and could also have a more significant role.

Lewis: TE Tyler Eifert close to return

Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:03pm

Geoff Hobson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis says TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is close to return.

Fantasy Impact:

It may be tough for Eifert to suit up on a short week for the Bengals in Week 4 as they take on the Dolphins Thursday night. Even if Eifert does play Thursday, he'll likely be on some kind of pitch count, perhaps appearing only in the red zone which obviously still gives him some fantasy value, although limited.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford's knee injury shouldn't be long term

Monday, September 26, 2016, 6:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford suffered a sprained right ankle in Chicago’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, coach John Fox confirmed on Monday.

Langford wore a walking boot in the AT&T Stadium visitors’ locker room after the game, but the injury is not believed to be long term.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie fifth-round pick Jordan Howard replaced Langford and rushed for 45 yards on nine carries, plus he caught four balls for 47 yards. Howard is the logical choice to assume a larger role if Langford misses time, but Fox was not ready to fully commit to the youngster because he's only a rookie. The story said the Bears on Wednesday will re-evaluate running back Ka'Deem Carey, who sat out Week 3 with a hamstring injury. Chicago also recently signed tailback/returner Raheem Mostert after Carey got hurt.

Monday, September 26, 2016, 6:51pm

San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, whose suspension for using performance enhancing drugs just ended, paid an even stiffer penalty Monday: The club released him.

Reece, 30, was in his ninth season with the team. He is a former team captain and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Kelly: QB Colin Kaepernick not healthy enough

Monday, September 26, 2016, 6:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly isn't going to make a change at quarterback right now, in part because he doesn't think backup Colin Kaepernick is healthy enough to handle the job.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelly said Sunday that he didn't consider pulling starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert in favor of Kaepernick during the team's 37-18 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He's spoken in the recent past of Kaepernick's need to gain weight to get back where he needs to be to play a full game.

Giants Beat: RB Bobby Rainey figures to get passing down snaps

Monday, September 26, 2016, 5:25pm - [Full Article]

Shane Vereen is one of the NFL's best pass-catching backs, and he was a safety valve for quarterback Eli Manning. Vereen also was an asset in pass protection. Bobby Rainey figures to inherit many of Vereen's passing down snaps now, but he must do a lot to fill all the roles Vereen played. Rashad Jennings and Orleans Darkwa can also catch passes out of the backfield.

Related players: Paul Perkins

Fantasy Impact:

But the story kind of put a damper on Rainey's potential, saying they may not be able to use the short passing game like the did with Vereen. Instead, they may depend on Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard on screen and bubble passes more. Or, they may commit more to the run. The story added the team feels Perkins is ready to step up in the passing down role but added he struggled in preseason with pass protection.

Giants still unsure if RB Rashad Jennings will play Week 4

Monday, September 26, 2016, 5:20pm - [Full Article]

Rashad Jennings was a late scratch with a thumb injury in Week 3.

Giants HC Ben McAdoo doesn't know yet if Jennings will be ready for the Vikings game.

"It's one day following the game," McAdoo said. "He has a long week to make some progress. We'll take a look at that at the end of the week."

Related players: Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey, Paul Perkins

Fantasy Impact:

The team lost Shane Vereen (tricep) who was played on IR. He may or may not return this season, according to reports, so there's a bigger need for Jennings to come back this week. If he can't go, Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins would make up the running back unit.

Zimmer: WR Laquon Treadwell has to do better in practice

Monday, September 26, 2016, 5:11pm

ESPN 1500 - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings season thus far has included many things that nobody expected – Sam Bradford playing quarterback in Minnesota, for starters – but high on the list of surprises is the fact that first-round pick WR Laquon Treadwell has only been on the field for two plays in three games. He was inactive on Sunday against Carolina.

Fantasy Impact:

Treadwell was selected 23rd overall this April and is struggling to get playing time so far. But HC Mike Zimmer said he's biding his time - like Stefon Diggs did last year - and may be thinking too much about steps to take on each route.

Fox: QB Jay Cutler (thumb) day-to-day

Monday, September 26, 2016, 5:01pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bears coach John Fox told reporters Monday that quarterback Jay Cutler is “day-to-day” with the thumb injury that kept him out of Sunday’s loss at Dallas.

Fantasy Impact:

Fox also gave an interesting answer when he was asked if Cutler will return as the starter when he’s healthy, saying he doesn't think there are any givens. Brian Hoyer started vs. the Cowboys with Cutler out.

Giants RB Shane Vereen may not be out for year afterall

Monday, September 26, 2016, 4:55pm - [Full Article]

It appears that reports of Giants RB Shane Vereen's demise were premature. The team sent out a press release about Vereen's injury later Monday afternoon that removed the "season-ending" characterization.

Vereen will be placed on injured reserve, but there is a chance that he could be activated if he heals before the end of the season. A rule allows teams to activate one player from IR each season.

Fantasy Impact:

A player has to be on injured reserve for at least six weeks before he is eligible to be activated. The player can return to game action after eight weeks. The NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that Vereen's recovery time is "in the area of two months." That means Vereen could possibly return in late November for the stretch run.

Jets sign TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Monday, September 26, 2016, 4:52pm - [Full Article]

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is headed to New York.

The tight end was claimed by the Jets after being waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

ESPN first reported the claim.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bucs released Seferian-Jenkins following an arrest Friday morning on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and a driver's license violation. The Jets have't have a reception from a TE this year, the story said, with the position featuring Kellen Davis and Brandon Bostick as of now. ASJ will need some time to learn the offense but obviously has a chance to have an impact with the Jets at some point.

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.

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