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Vikes leave 'all options on the table' with Adrian Peterson

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:23am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Vikings have initially taken an “all options on the table” approach to the future of running back Adrian Peterson, but one report says the scope is narrower than that.

According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, the “only certainty is Peterson won’t be released” as a result of his indictment on felony child abuse charges in Texas.

That leaves continued deactivation as an option (at least for three weeks, since it’s a de facto suspension), and the possibility exists for a trade as well.

A trade would be difficult to pull off because of finances and public image, but it doesn’t seem out of the question. Owner Zygi Wilf scheduled a conference call Sunday night with General Manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer to discuss their next move.

Fantasy Impact:

It's expected the Peterson situation is addressed today, either by the team or the league. It's going to be filed under domestic violence and the minimum suspension is six games according to the new league rules. It certainly has the potential to be more than that. We will keep you updated.

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Washington will have decision to make at QB

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:13am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

The Redskins will come to a major decision point regarding Robert Griffin III next May. He has the 2015 season remaining on his contract. After that, the team has an option to pick up a fifth year at a salary that would be roughly $15 million. That 2016 option would be guaranteed for injury only.

Sunday morning the notion that the Redskins would not exercise that option was out of the question. Even if he struggled in evolving into a pocket passer as coach Jay Gruden envisions, they would give the player they spent three first-round picks and a second to acquire another couple of years to get it right.

But the nature of the injury to Griffin will undoubtedly gives them pause when it comes to committing to that $15 million option. If your ankle gets dislocated in a pile of bodies or when a player falls on it, that’s one thing. But an injury like that sustained with minimal contact is cause for concern.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin could be out as little as 4-5 weeks according to reports. If that's the case, the team will have a decision to make even sooner. If Cousins plays well in any amount of time he's the starter, will the team give RGIII the job back when he's healthy? Chances are if Cousins plays well the team will slow down Griffin's recovery process to avoid that decision. While this piece is just one opinion, it's a good point about Griffin's injury coming without contact. And, it makes you wonder if Griffin has already played his last game in Washington. For now, from a fantasy perspective, Cousins is a nice pickup with a very good matchup against the Eagles in Week 3...

Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini feels RB Chris Johnson's stock took a hit in Week 2:

Johnson suffered one of the worst statistical games of his career, managing only 21 yards on 12 carries. He got the ball in a variety of positions, including a jet sweep, but he couldn't get to the second level. He looked a half-step slow hitting the hole.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson and Ivory essentially split carries but Ivory rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries and did have another touchdown. We knew Ivory would get in-close touches but if he continues to take advantage the Jets could increase his workload.

WR Davante Adams steps up for Packers

Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In the Packer's 31-24 comeback win over the New York Jets, rookie receiver Davante Adams made his first appreciable contribution to the Packers' offense. The second-round pick from Fresno State caught five passes for 50 yards, including 24 on a third-down slant during the Packers' 97-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter.

"It's plays like that that give you a lot of confidence as a young player, and I'm really proud of him," Rodgers said. "He stepped up. He played really well. I think he'll start to settle in, and you'll see even more big plays from him."

In the process, Adams supplanted Jarrett Boykin as the No. 3 receiver, at least for the remainder of the game.

"It was big," said Adams, who did not have any passes thrown his way in Week 1. "I feel like I'm just scratching the surface though. I've just got to continue to grow from here and that type of stuff is only going to make me better."

Fantasy Impact:

Adams appeared to be pushing for the No. 3 receiver spot early in training camp but never made a serious run at Boykin. At times, but WRs struggled but Adams eventually got hurt in a preseason game. However, after Boykin dropped one pass and couldn't connect with Rodgers on another during the same second-quarter drive, Adams got the call. We'll see if this leads to Adams climbing the depth chart heading into Week 3. We had Boykin as a sleeper this year, but he just can't seem to shake Adams. In an offense like Green Bay's, Adams would certainly have fantasy value if he does take over the job.

Jeff Fisher says QB Shaun Hill starts when healthy

Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:42am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams QB Austin Davis was 22-of-29 for 235 yards and didn’t turn the ball over while directing the Rams to victory, a far better outing than either he or Week 1 starter Shaun Hill turned in against the Vikings.

It wasn’t enough to force coach Jeff Fisher to rethink who will start at quarterback once Hill has recovered from the thigh injury that kept him off the field against Tampa.

“No,” Fisher said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “When Shaun comes back, he’s our starter. I’m really proud of Austin, but Shaun’s our starter when he can play.”

Fantasy Impact:

Starters aren't supposed to lose their job to injury, as the story points out, but if Hill comes back and struggles the Rams could turn back to Austin rather quickly after this performance.

Eric Decker reaggravates hamstring

Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New York Jets suffered a potentially costly injury Sunday, as wide receiver Eric Decker exited in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.

It's the same hamstring that nagged Decker throughout training camp, except this time the injury is believed to be more severe. He will have tests Monday, presumably an MRI.

Asked the severity, Decker said curtly, "Don't know. Find out tomorrow." He said the injury is "hard to gauge."

Fantasy Impact:

Decker walked off the field clutching his right hamstring. He went to the trainers' table on the sideline, where doctors tried to stretch out his leg. He was their leading receiver in the 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, catching four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. The passing attack revolved around Decker and Jeremy Kerley. They were targeted 15 times; the other wideouts and tight ends were targeted a total of seven times. David Nelson was a non-factor with only one late catch, but could get more snaps if Decker is out.

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:48pm

Redskins on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr. has a quad strain; considered day to day.

Fantasy Impact:

Silas Redd would be next in line to back up Alfred Morris.

Marcedes Lewis out 6-8 weeks with high ankle sprain

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:44pm

John Oehser on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jags TE Marcedes Lewis sustained a high-ankle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

Lewis will miss six to eight weeks and now looms as a candidate for Jacksonville's injured reserve-designated to return list unless the team is hopeful he can make it back sooner than later. Lewis had the team's only TD in the ugly loss to Washington. He finished with two catches for 71 yards after six catches for 35 yards in Week 1. Clay Harbor and Brandon Barden are next up on the depth chart, but the Jaguars offense is looking more and more like one to just stay away from.

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:39pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams WR Tavon Austin says he wanted to play after lightning delay but knee stiffened up. Says he'll have MRI Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

The game went into a delay because of a thunderstorm but Austin was unable to return.

Jags WR Allen Hurns seen on crutches

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:35pm

Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns was on crutches after game with an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Hurns is considered day-to-day with a sprained ankle. He was carried off the field and never returned to the game. He also dropped a pass where he was wide open in what ended up as an ugly loss to the Redskins. If Hurns can't go in Week 3, and Cecil Shorts remains out, the Jags WR duties fall on Marquis Lee and Allen Robinson, both rookies drafted back in May. Lee had just two catches in the game while Robinson was a lone bright spot catching four balls for 75 yards.

Jamaal Charles has sprained ankle

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:27pm

Terez A. Paylor on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Andy Reid says RB Jamaal Charles has sprained ankle.

Fantasy Impact:

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, it's considered to be mild. Charles hurt the ankle, limped to the sideline, went to the locker room and never returned to the game. Reid apparently gave no other information on the severity, but one has to wonder just how bad it is, even if it's being called "mild," as Charles was likely scheduled for a big workload against Denver. Knile Davis took over and had a huge game for the Chiefs and makes for a must pickup whether you're a Charles owner or simply in need of a RB. Cyrus Gray and DeAnthony Thomas are next up on the depth chart but Davis should see a bulk of the work if Charles is out. The Dolphins and Patriots are next up for the Chiefs and both are favorable matchups against the run. Owners should assume Charles won't be playing Week 3 going into waiver deadlines...

Ryan Mathews said to have sprained MCL

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:18pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews scheduled to undergo an MRI on injured knee, per source. Concern it could be sprained MCL.

Fantasy Impact:

Updates overnight confirm it's a sprained MCL which owners should consider somewhat good news for now. Mathews was carted off the field in the team's victory over the Seahawks. If Mathews can't play, Donald Brown would likely see more touches with Danny Woodhead mixing in and remaining a presence in the passing game. Branden Oliver is next up on the depth chart and could figure in as well. The good news for the Bolts in their schedule eases up with favorable matchups against the run the next two weeks (Buffalo, Jacksonville).

Knowshon Moreno out 4-8 weeks

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:06pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno suffered a dislocated left shoulder and possible fracture that will keep him out of the lineup at least four weeks but up to eight weeks if there is a serious fracture, a source told The Herald Sunday.

Moreno, the Dolphins running back, injured himself on his first carry of the game. He gain four yards and did not play the rest of the game.

It is likely general manager Dennis Hickey will go hunting for a running back tonight or Monday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

It was a blow to the Miami running game because in Week 1 Moreno rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in a win over the Pats. The Dolphins will have to rely on Lamar Miller now who finished with 11 carries for 46 yards against the Bills. The Dolphins also used Damien Williams on Sunday, giving him five carries. With a bye in Week 5, Miller has favorable matchups straight through Week 8: Chiefs (Week 3, 26th), Raiders (Week 4, 30th), Packers (Week 6, 27th), Bears (Week 7, 24th), Jaguars (Week 8, 23rd).

DeSean Jackson day-to-day with AC joint sprain

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson also left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. He was diagnosed with an AC joint sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is considered day-to-day. If he's available Week 3, which happens to be against his former team, the Eagles, he'll have Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball as Robert Griffin III is out indefinitely with a dislocated ankle. If Jackson can't go, Andre Roberts likely gets the WR2 role and makes for a potentially sneaky start as the Eagles rank near the bottom in allowing fantasy points to WRs. Guys like Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson and Santana Moss now possibly pop up on the fantasy radar if Jackson can't go.

RGIII has dislocated ankle

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington QB Robert Griffin III has a dislocated left ankle, an injury that will sideline the Washington Redskins star quarterback indefinitely.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced the diagnosis following Washington's 41-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Griffin suffered the injury while rolling to his right toward the sideline in the first quarter. Although he was not touched on the play, Griffin fell awkwardly out of bounds and was carted to the locker room.

After his leg was placed in a splint, Griffin waved, saluted and gave a thumbs-up signal to the crowd as he was carted along the sideline and down the players' tunnel.

Fantasy Impact:

Pro Football Talk is reporting Griffin could only miss 4-5 weeks. Griffin was replaced by Kirk Cousins, who passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Griffin is less than two years removed from reconstructive knee surgery and visibly struggled in his recovery from the operation last season. Cousins immediately becomes an interesting story for the Skins. RGIII had mostly struggled to this point and there was some talk that Cousins was a much better fit for Gruden's offense. It looks like we'll get to find out... For those struggling at QB, Cousins makes for a potential solid pickup and a safe backup if that's what owners are in the market for. Cousins steps right in to a very favorable Week 3 matchup against the Eagles, but it's followed up with tougher games against the Giants, Seahawks, Cardinals and Titans. If Cousins plays well over this stretch and Washington wins games, it's very like RG3 is not rushed back.