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Texans want to feed RB Arian Foster early and often

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:47am

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

On the topic of Texans RB Arian Foster's workload:

"If one of the things that’s important for this team winning in a game is for him to carry the ball 25 to 30 times, 35 times, then that is what we have to do," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "If it’s 10 times and maybe he catches more passes in a game, maybe that is what we have to do. We have to change up how we’re using him every week."

Fantasy Impact:

This is music to his owners' ears, though there's no telling if Foster can hold up to this type of workload. After 29 touches in Week 1, Foster is on pace for 464 touches.

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Colts Beat: Defense struggles against tight ends with speed

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells: Tight ends with speed, like Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham, give the Colts problems because they don’t have linebackers capable of lining up out wide to defend them. D’Qwell Jackson doesn’t have the speed to keep up with fast tight ends and fellow middle linebacker Jerrell Freeman is dealing with a hamstring issue. If Nick Foles is smart, he'll take a page out of Peyton Manning's book from last week and find a favorable matchup and keep going to that player.

Fantasy Impact:

The player that springs to mind is Zach Ertz, who can stretch the field with solid speed in the seam. Ertz turned five targets into a 3-77-1 line in Week 1 and we're expecting the Eagles to use him again in Week 2.

Jets Beat: Secondary in for a 'reality check' against Aaron Rodgers

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini: The patchwork secondary came away from the opener feeling pretty good about itself, but I think they're in for a reality check against Aaron Rodgers & Co. If Dee Milliner sits out again with a high-ankle sprain -- he is a question mark -- the starters will be Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen, a converted safety whose experience at cornerback consists of 48 preseason snaps and one regular-season game. Allen is a big, physical player, a terrific tackler, but he will struggle against a polished route runner like Jordy Nelson. Ryan is a clever defensive coach, but he will have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to slow down the Packers' passing attack.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets have historically been tough to run on -- they posted a league-best 3.4 YPC last season -- but teams have been able to move the ball through the air. The Packers will try to run the ball with Eddie Lacy, but if he doesn't get off to a hot start, expect a lot of Rodgers in on Sunday.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:32pm - [Full Article]

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart sat out practice Wednesday, but did limited work Thursday and is expected to start against the Redskins Sunday.

“It’s progressing a lot faster than an ankle injury that I had in the past,” he said.

NFLPA may vote Friday on new drug policy

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:27pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The NFL Players Association said its 32 player representatives could vote on a new drug policy Friday, union spokesman George Atallah said via Twitter Thursday evening.

"NFLPA Player Representatives have been asked to set aside time tomorrow to review and potentially vote on new drug policies," Atallah wrote.

The NFL and the union have been engaged in negotiations on a revised drug policy all week, and an agreement by Friday could overturn or reduce the current suspensions of several players, including Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, serving a four-game suspension for a positive test for a banned amphetamine, and Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, suspended for the entire season because of multiple substance abuse violations.

Fantasy Impact:

This could impact the availability of Welker and Gordon. Stay tuned.

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) very iffy for Week 2, Marqise Lee returns to practice

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts left last Thursday's practice with tightness in his left hamstring. The next day, he said it wasn't serious and that he expected to play in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. On Saturday, however, the Jaguars announced Shorts was out and he did not make the trip with the team.

Both HC Gus Bradley and Shorts have said this injury has a different feel than the one he suffered on the first day of training camp. Shorts left practice that day with what he said was tightness in his right hamstring but ended up missing the next 23 days. There's no indication that he'll be out that long with this latest injury, but it's logical to speculate that he may end up missing a similar amount of time based on how little he has worked this week.

If Shorts is unable to practice Friday, he won't play against the Redskins, which would mean he'd miss his 13th game since the Jaguars drafted him in the fourth round in 2011.

Fantasy Impact:

We're likely to see Lee and Allen Hurns in the starting lineup against the Redskins.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy: 'I'm definitely still going to run the way I run.'

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:49pm - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy wants to keep running the way he runs without getting any more concussions. He just hasn’t quite figured out how.

“I can only be myself. I was drafted here because of the way I run,” Lacy said. “It’s just trying to alter it, make sure I’m still physical, but keep the concussions out of it somehow. But I’m definitely still going to run the way I run.”

Lacy added he’s ditching the prototype helmet he’s been wearing thus far this season – the one with the hexagon-shaped cutout above the facemask for absorbing contact – and going back to his old helmet for Sunday’s game vs. the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

His owners would like him to avoid contact to the head if at all possible, but it doesn't sound like Lacy is going to change his style in a major way. He did say he wanted to "keep the concussions out of it," so at least he's thinking about how he might do that.

Colts RB Trent Richardson expecting a 'good, equal load' with Ahmad Bradshaw

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:41pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

When the Colts finally are able to achieve the healthier play-selection balance they seek, you can expect to continue to see both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combining efforts in the offensive backfield.

In fact, Richardson – who the Colts traded a first-round pick to Cleveland to acquire last season – would prefer it that way.

"I think it's going to be a good, equal load," Richardson said. "Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. It can be a drive where we have it going. I might have to look to the sideline and say, 'Come get me.' And I know if he does that to go get him. We work well together."

"From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," coach Chuck Pagano said.

"They're both more than capable of being every-down backs. They're both good in pass protection. They're both good out of the backfield. Whether it's Ahmad out there or Trent out there, I feel good about both those guys."

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Bradshaw to outproduce Richardson because he's the better running back. He's also injury prone, so he's not dependable, but as long as he's active and healthy, he holds RB3/flex appeal.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) did not practice Wednesday. Hill’s quad injury may keep him out of Week 2. If that’s the case, Austin Davis would get the start, making the Buccaneers defense a great streaming option.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) took full practice reps again Thursday. HC Ron Rivera said that Newton would start this week against the Lions.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Palmer should be fine to face the Giants.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) took full practice reps again Thursday. Romo’s back will be a concern all season, but it’s a good sign that he has put in back-to-back full practices.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) took limited practice reps Thursday. Bradshaw will get rest throughout the season. He should be fine to play in Week 2.