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Chargers TE Antonio Gates likely to see double coverage vs. Jets

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:47am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Seattle Seahawks underestimated Antonio Gates, and he scorched them for it.

The Jets probably won't make that mistake Sunday.

"He is a guy that, you have to somebody underneath, and over the top, at all times," linebacker David Harris said.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like Gates will see plenty of attention from the Jets, which may make for another quiet week from the future Hall of Famer. It should also allow the other San Diego receivers -- Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd -- plenty of one-on-one opportunities.

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Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) out until Week 10, at least

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:45am

Bill Williamson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Agent for Raiders WR Rod Streater said now that screws been put on foot he could be back in 5-6 weeks. He says the best case is Nov. 8 game.

Fantasy Impact:

So the best case is that Streater returns Week 10. It's a tough blow for one of our late-round favorites here at 4for4, but it opens up the door for another site favorite -- Andre Holmes -- who should see plenty of work with Streater sidelined and Denarius Moore seemingly on the outs. Holmes has produced when given starter's snaps and targets. The quarterback situation is a problem in Oakland, but the Raiders figure to trail a lot, so Holmes should see plenty of work.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) advised not to have surgery

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:41am

Fox Sports 910 - [Full Article]

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer visited Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins for additional information regarding the nerve issue in his shoulder. He's suffering from "axillary nerve contusion" a numbness over part of the outer shoulder, shoulder weakness, especially when lifting the arm up and away from the body. He’ll should be able to continue his current rehab with the team.

Fantasy Impact:

It does not sound as if Palmer has much (if any) chance of playing this week, so plan on Drew Stanton getting the start. Palmer can be cut for better options on the waiver wire. Stanton's presence under center is a downgrade for the Arizona passing game, though he looked comfortable in Week 3 against the 49ers.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson benched because he 'mouthed off' to OC Josh McDaniel

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:35pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Patriots scratched wide receiver Aaron Dobson in each of the last two games.

We now reportedly have an idea why.

According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, the Patriots benched Dobson for the Sept. 21 win vs. Oakland and the Sept. 29 loss at Kansas City after the second-year wide receiver “mouthed off” to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson was penciled in as the starter opposite Julian Edelman, but that hasn't gone to plan. Now we know why. Dobson's punishment should be over quickly, especially since the team is desperate for playmakers in the passing game.

Arians: Nerve in Carson Palmer's shoulder 'went back to sleep'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:31pm

AZ Cardinals - [Full Article]

The Cardinals thought their starting quarterback was nearing a return last week, when Carson Palmer chucked balls 30 and 40 yards down the field preceding the bye weekend.

After a frustrating few days, his reappearance is not imminent.

Palmer missed practice on Wednesday to see another specialist for a shoulder injury which has regressed, coach Bruce Arians said. Palmer hopes to find a treatment which can effectively awaken the nerve problem which has kept him sidelined since the season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 8.

“He threw a bunch last Thursday and Friday and then regressed, so we’re hoping we can find out why,” Arians said.

“It was afterwards (when) something swelled back around that nerve, and it went back to sleep,” Arians added.

Fantasy Impact:

Drew Stanton is likely to draw his third start for the Cardinals. He has been serviceable, but Palmer's absence is a downgrade for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:28pm

Panthers.com - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said the Panthers will likely need Chris Ogbonnaya, who has started at both running back and fullback, to spell running back Darrin Reaves and play a role on special teams when Carolina hosts the Chicago Bears.

"Chris had a good day. He's a smart young man. He's been in a very similar system. There is a lot of overlap with the terminology," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He seemed to assimilate very nicely to it."

Fantasy Impact:

Fozzy Whittaker is still out with an injury so we might see a backfield of Reaves and Ogbonnaya on Sunday if Jonathan Stewart (knee) isn't healthy enough to play.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski a full participant in practice for first time this season

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:48pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

The Patriots just released their practice report. The biggest news was seeing Rob Gronkowski as a full participant for the first time as he continues to get back to full strength from ACL surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a good sign that Gronkowski's practice activity is trending upward. He played a season high 62% of the snaps in Week 4, and with the Patriots struggling to move the ball, he may see an increased workload against the Bengals in Week 5.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:38pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Bills are moving on from E.J. Manuel.

The Kyle Orton era has begun in Buffalo, and Bills players already see the difference with the veteran passer running the show.

"We just had a different approach to practice," wide receiver Sammy Watkins said, according to ESPN.com. "(Orton) demands what he wants out of us. He's more of a veteran guy. The way he talked, the way he handles business, the way he looks at plays and breaks down defenses, it's kind of different than EJ.

"He reads it quicker, the ball is coming out faster. That's just some things that we have to adjust to."

Wide receiver Robert Woods has also picked up on the change.

"His directness in the huddle," he said, "telling us what to look for and be ready for when we're breaking the huddle when he calls the play."

Fantasy Impact:

The hope is that Orton infuses life into the Bills' passing game, which would help Watkins, Woods and the rest of the Buffalo receivers.

Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon has voluntarily entered a treatment facility

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s early in the process and there is still a long way to go, but the fact that Justin Blackmon has voluntarily entered a treatment facility is a good sign that the troubled receiver may finally be turning his life around.

That should make the Jacksonville Jaguars cautiously optimistic that there’s a chance he could one day be back on the field.

Since Blackmon is currently serving an indefinite suspension for his third violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse program, he isn’t being paid and doesn’t count against the salary cap or roster limit. His contract is essentially paused, meaning he still owes the team 2 1/2 years of service if he were to ever return. Plus, if the Jaguars did cut him they would have been unable to recover any bonus money they have already paid.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jaguars have elected not to cut Blackmon despite his transgressions, and the article explains why. He still has a long road back to the NFL, but there are positive signs.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) misses Wednesday practice, not limping

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:49pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

It’s believed that Bengals WR Marvin Jones tweaked his ankle when he returned to work in Monday’s practice, so it’s not related to the broken foot that has taken him out of action since Aug. 9.

Jones didn’t look like he was limping when he went on the field in sweats early in practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones’ Week 5 status is now up in the air after tweaking his ankle on Monday. He wouldn't be a good start this week regardless of the injury, but hopefully he'll be able to play on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bridgewater is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Thursday night’s game against the Packers. It’s not a particularly good matchup, so owners should look elsewhere if possible.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) practiced fully Wednesday. Austin Davis is the Rams’ starter moving forward. He’s not a bad streaming option this week against the Eagles.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Titans QB Jake Locker (right wrist) practiced fully Wednesday. Locker may be able to make it back to face the Browns in Week 5.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb) did not practice Wednesday. McCown is trying to avoid surgery, but it doesn’t look like the Bucs will rush him back in Week 5. Mike Glennon pulled out a nice comeback win in Pittsburgh last week.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. Romo is just getting a day of rest.