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Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw preparing to face his old team

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:41pm

NY Post - [Full Article]

On Monday night — with no hard feelings, Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw insists — he’s poised to break the hearts and playoff hopes, of the Giants with a big performance.

Bradshaw, who was not brought back after the 2012 season, and Hakeem Nicks, who was not re-signed after last season, will surely be determined to show their former team they made a mistake not keeping them. Because neither, particularly Bradshaw, ever wanted to leave.

Fantasy Impact:

This is an example of the #OldTeamTheorem that Senior Editor John Paulsen likes to talk about on Twitter (@4for4_John). Players are generally extra motivated to stick it to their old teams. It doesn't always result in a big game, but more often than not, players seem to outperform their usual production. We expect Bradshaw to play well. If Reggie Wayne misses another game, Nicks could be in the mix for a surprising game as well, though Donte Moncrief has been outplaying him thus far.

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Rex Ryan claims Jets RB Chris Johnson is not being phased out

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:35pm

NY Post - [Full Article]

“Of course I’m frustrated,” Jets RB Chris Johnson told The Post on Wednesday. “On top of having a limited role, not playing as much as I want to play and then on top of that we’re 1-7. It’s frustrating.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan said he believes Johnson’s limited role last week was because of the lopsided score, but the game did not get out of hand until the fourth quarter. Ryan was asked if the Jets are phasing Johnson out.

“No, I don’t believe so,” Ryan said. “I think he will get plenty of shots at it this week.”

Fantasy Impact:

Chris Ivory is out-touching Johnson at a 2-to-1 clip over the past four weeks. After seeing an average of 12.3 touches in his first four games with the Jets, Johnson has received just 8.0 in his last four. Ivory is outperforming Johnson, which is the reason for the shift in workload. Johnson is cuttable at this point, but still has some upside as a talented back who would see a large workload if the injury-prone Ivory were to get injured.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 in Washington, D.C. reported via Twitter that Griffin will indeed start against the Vikings.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. Owner Jerry Jones said that the injury is a “function of pain tolerance,” and that it would come down to a game-time decision. The Cowboys play early on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Smith should be fine for a great matchup against the Jets. He had a great matchup in Week 8, but failed to score a touchdown as the Chiefs found other ways to score.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Jets QB Geno Smith (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Michael Vick is expected to start against the Chiefs.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like Ball will miss another week, but we’ll continue to monitor his progress. Ronnie Hillman is a strong play against a Patriots defense that has struggled against running backs this season.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip) did not practice Wednesday. The injury isn’t considered to be serious, but we’ll monitor his practice activity this week. If he can’t play, Jeremy Hill would be a very good start against the Jaguars. The Bengals play early on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Texans RB Alfred Blue (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (back) practiced fully Wednesday. Charles should be fine for a so-so matchup against the Jets.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Ravens RB Justin Forsett (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Forsett says he has a “minor” ankle injury and is expected to play in Week 9. He finished Sunday’s game against the Bengals, so we believe him. Lorenzo Taliaferro appears to be the team’s RB2 at this point.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Texans RB Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. This is probably just a day of rest for Foster, who has been seeing a huge workload on Sundays.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chiefs RB Cyrus Gray (hand) practiced fully Wednesday.