Fantasy News Home
Falcons want to increase Steven Jackson's workload
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:50am
If anything, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jackson get even more carries Sunday at Tampa Bay, if the Falcons can avoid falling behind and having to rely on the passing game.
Although Jackson managed just 11 yards on nine carries in a 33-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter sees the need to give Jackson more opportunities.
"My opinion is Steven Jackson is a workhorse running back and we haven't been able to work him," Koetter said. "I mean, I think Steven is one of those guys that gets better the more he touches it.
"We're not running it successfully enough to get him enough carries. If he's carrying in multiple times, he's going to need to come out and then that's going to lead to [Rodgers] and Jason getting more carries, too. But unfortunately, because we're not doing anything successfully right now and we're getting behind on the scoreboard, [the running game] sometimes gets away from us."
The Falcons' running game is in the toilet. They haven't cracked 80 yards rushing since Week 3 and the Bucs are 5th in the league against the run. This doesn't add up to much heading into Week 11.
FREE 4for4 EMAIL SERVICE
Receive breaking news and fantasy analysis straight to your inbox.
Note: This service comes automatically with a paid subscription.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:46am
During an interview with The Inquirer, Michael Vick said he did not know if he was still the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback. But sources close to the 33-year old have said that even when Vick returns, they expect Nick Foles to remain the starter.
This is not really news, but it should put Foles's owners at ease. Other than a tough outing against the Cowboys, Foles has played very well as the starter.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 10:25pm
Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. Austin is running and doing some cardio work in rehab but his return is also uncertain.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 8:07pm
It sounds like there's a good chance Davis is able to play Week 11. It's a pretty tough matchup on paper for Davis as the 49ers are 8th in allowing fantasy points to TEs.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:31pm
However, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined to say definitively whether Simpson will be available. Frazier acknowledged that Simpson’s guilty plea to a felony drug charge in Kentucky before Simpson joined the Vikings will “definitely factor in to what happens going forward” in terms of a possible additional punishment by the NFL and/or team.
“We’ll have further clarification as we learn more from the league as well as what we’re going to do internally,” Frazier said. “But from my standpoint there isn’t a whole lot more that I can add regarding his situation as we are continuing to gather more information.”
The Vikings returned to work Monday after a three-day break following their 34-27 victory against the Washington Redskins on Thursday. Simpson addressed reporters for about two minutes after a short practice.
“I sincerely apologize for the attention that I have brought to the fans, our community and myself,” he said.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:26pm
Vick has missed the last two games after he re-aggravated his hamstring in the first quarter of the N.Y. Giants game. In his place, Nick Foles has bounced back from a disappointing performance against the Cowboys and led the Eagles to back-to-back victories.
While Chip Kelly has not deemed Foles his starter, he did intimate on Monday that he planned to stick with the hot hand. But until Vick is 100 percent, there has been no reason for him to name his starter. Vick was limited at practice on Tuesday and isn't expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 2:18pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:13am
Dwayne Bowe arrested for speeding, possession of controlled substance
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00am
Riverside police confirmed to FOX 4 Tuesday morning that an officer arrested Chiefs’ wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Sunday for speeding and possession of marijuana.
Inside a black bag the officer discovered the wallet of the driver and vehicle owner, Bowe, and two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them. A black backpack was also found with a container that had 4.2 grams of what is believed to be marijuana in it. However, one of the passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him. Bowe's court date is Dec. 18. Bowe is coming off one of his better games in Week 9 where he had seven catches for 67 yards on 12 targets. All were season highs. However he's not been a very productive fantasy player despite the Chiefs being 9-0. Bowe likely wont miss any time this year as Andy Reid and the Chiefs let this drag out in the courts. But remember, Bowe was suspended four games in 2009 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 10:09am
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked Monday about the team's plans to fill it, and his answer provided insight as to how the coaching staff currently views the receiver depth chart.
First, McDaniels said that the idea of settling on a top three (Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola) has been part of the mindset, with the idea of "being able to try to have some consistency in terms of the things we are doing with those guys."
So that puts rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce as the top candidates to vie for Collie's playing time in the No. 4 spot, which averaged 22 snaps per game over the past three weeks. Both were healthy scratches last week against the Steelers.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 10:05am
Patriots running back Shane Vereen, who broke his wrist in the season opener against the Bills and was placed on injured reserve/designated to return, is eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster this week.
OC Josh McDaniels will be happy to have him back.
“As soon as he’s ready and able to help us and we are able to play him, certainly he will have a role in the game,” McDaniels said. “He definitely did make a big impact in Game 1.
“I don’t know if we can expect him to do that right off the bat in his first game back, whenever that is, [but] we’ll look forward to having him back.”
Vereen is eligible to play in Week 11, but it remains to be seen if he will. And if he does, how much he will be used. To make matters worse, the Pats play on Monday night at Carolina, so if you're planning to use Vereen you'll most likely need to have a backup plan, assuming we won't know in advance from the tight-lipped Patriots if he'll be active. Vereen is expected to take work away from Brandon Bolden when he does play.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:58am
Tate carried 15 times for 56 yards in Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Arizona. He wanted to carry the ball more. He’s playing with pain but learning to deal with it.
“There’s not much you can do,” he said today. “It’s just the same thing each week.”
Tate added that it is getting easier to play and deal with the ribs. He has yet to miss time because of the injury. Tate will likely get a bulk of the carries going forward as long as he can tolerate any pain. Dennis Johnson had just four carries for seven yards last week.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:53am
Ponder also said he expects to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, provided his shoulder keeps improving throughout the week.
Ponder dislocated his shoulder while diving for the end zone on a 13-yard run last Thursday against the Washington Redskins, but an MRI showed no further damage to his shoulder.
A final decision is expected later this week. Either way, it's not a great matchup to have Ponder in your lineup. The Seahawks are the toughest aFPA matchup for quarterbacks. Ponder may not even hold QB2 value when our rankings come out later today.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:42am
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:31am
“Oh yeah,” Arians said. “There's no doubt.”
Rookie RB Andre Ellington had 15 touches Sunday - and the Cardinals want to get him about 20 a game. Ellington is clearly the most skilled back of the two, and more productive. But the Cards want to limit his work due to his size, so Ellington's fantasy upside appears capped thanks to Mendy.