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Falcons sending RB Devonta Freeman to IR

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons will place two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman on injured reserve with a groin injury, coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday.

"Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area," Quinn said. "As the week went on, it continued, so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve."

Related players: Tevin Coleman, Ito Smith

Fantasy Impact:

With Freeman out, the Falcons now will return to Coleman as the starter with rookie Smith as the backup. Coleman is averaging 3.7 rushing yards per game, while Smith set a franchise rookie record this past weekend by scoring a rushing touchdown in his third consecutive game.

Raiders concerned about RB Marshawn Lynch's groin injury

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:46pm

Vic Tafur on Twitter - [Full Article]

Gruden says he is concerned about Marshawn Lynch’s groin strain. Could be long term. He is getting checked out this week.

Related players: Jalen Richard, Doug Martin

Fantasy Impact:

Reports say Gruden called the injury a strain. The Raiders do have bye this week so the hope is he can play Oct. 28 against the Colts. Richard and Martin could have a bigger role if Lynch can't go in Week 8.

Eagles hope to have WR Mike Wallace return this year

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:09pm

NBC Sports Bay Area - [Full Article]

Eagles veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace is on injured reserve after fracturing his fibula in Week 2, but the Eagles are still holding out hope Wallace will be able to return this season.

"Hopefully, Mike's progressing and we get a chance to get him back here this season," Groh said.

Wallace wouldn't be allowed to return until Week 11 against the Saints, which could force the Eagles to make a decision sooner. Both Mack Hollins and Richard Rodgers, placed on IR before the start of the season, would be eligible to return before Wallace. And the team is allowed to bring back just two players from IR each season.

Related players: Shelton Gibson

Fantasy Impact:

So if they get to a point when Hollins and Rodgers could return, the Eagles might have to try to determine if Wallace will be able to come back in Week 11. If he is, it would obviously be worth holding a spot for him. Without Wallace, the Eagles have lacked a consistent deep threat. The story added despite a big catch from Gibson, the Birds don't seem to want to expand his role.

49ers give snaps to RB Raheem Mostert on Monday night

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:03pm

NBC Sports Bay Area - [Full Article]

Raheem Mostert played 23 offensive snaps and produced career-highs with 12 rushing attempts for 87 yards. Mostert was rewarded with playing time behind Matt Breida that had previously been designated for veteran Alfred Morris.

Fantasy Impact:

Morris got just one snap on Monday night. The story said Mostert was challenged by HC Kyle Shanahan after Breida went down in Week 5, but Mostert fumbled on his first attempt. Shanahan called out Mostert for that fumble in front of the team, and it looks like he responded with a very good game against the Packers. The performance now casts a lot of doubt on Morris' fantasy value going forward.

Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (groin) to miss time

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 12:58pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

Tavon Austin isn't expected to play Sunday at Washington. The veteran wide receiver might be out for a while.

During his weekly radio appearance Tuesday morning, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the groin injury Austin suffered in the third quarter on Sunday is similar to the injury former Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne had during the 2016 season.

Claiborne ended up missing nine games.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin had his right groin heavily wrapped as he congratulated players entering the locker room after Sunday's game. Austin has seven catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns to go along with six carries for 55 yards this season. Austin has also been Dallas' primary punt returner, returning 10 for 58 yards.

Report: Le'Veon Bell doesn't plan to report this week

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 12:55pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, LeVeon Bell does not plan to report this week to the Steelers, despite what he previously said.

Related players: James Conner

Fantasy Impact:

The next target date for Bell could be Monday, Oct. 22, when the work week rolls over and the Steelers begin preparations for their Week 8 divisional matchup against the Browns. The story added there is some belief he may wait until after the trade deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to report. Doing so would shut down any opportunity the Steelers have of trading him -- they cannot do so until he signs his franchise tender.

Belichick: Patriots WR Josh Gordon's role expanding

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 12:51pm

Doug Kyed on Twitter - [Full Article]

Belichick on Josh Gordon: "I would just say his role is expanding weekly and we'll just see how it all plays out."

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon saw his snaps increase from 26.1% in Week 5 against the Colts to over 80% against the Chiefs last week. Gordon was targeted nine times and caught five balls for 42 yards. It seems like at this point Gordon is only going to improve on those numbers

Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) could miss weeks

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 10:19am

Dianna Russini on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills rookie QB Josh Allen will not start this Sunday and there is concern he will miss weeks per sources.

Related players: Derek Anderson, Nathan Peterman

Fantasy Impact:

On Monday when we reported on this, the team had not committed to Peterman as the starter. The team signed Anderson last week, so this obviously leaves the door open to move away from the struggling Peterman and instead go with the veteran Anderson.

Rams think WR Cooper Kupp will miss Week 7

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 10:08am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a knee sprain Sunday and could be sidelined for this week's game against the San Francisco 49ers, coach Sean McVay said.

"Most likely he probably will miss this game," McVay said Monday. "And then dependent on how he responds it will just kind of be on a week-to-week basis."

Related players: Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks

Fantasy Impact:

Kupp was carted off the field in the first half of the Rams' victory over the Denver Broncos after safety Darian Stewart brought him down with a horse-collar tackle. McVay said he initially thought the injury appeared as though it could have been season-ending. After evaluation, Kupp started the second half but played only one series after the training staff determined it was in his best interest to sit out, the story went on to say.

49ers RB Matt Breida, TE George Kittle, WR Pierre Garcon ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:05pm

49ers Inactives
WR Dante Pettis
TE Cole Wick
DL Jullian Taylor
OL Joshua Garnett
OL Shon Coleman
WR Trent Taylor
DL DJ Jones

Related players: Matt Breida, George Kittle, Pierre Garcon, Alfred Morris

Fantasy Impact:

As Adam Schefter reported earlier, Breida, Kittle and Garcon were expected to play against the Packers on Monday night, and now it's official. It's a bit of a surprise for Breida, especially, who seemed to be in doubt. This brings down the value of Morris.

Packers WRs Geronimo Allison, Randall Cobb are OUT for MNF

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:59pm

Packers inactives
QB Tim Boyle
WR Randall Cobb
CB Jaire Alexander
CB Bashaud Breeland
T/G Alex Light
T Jason Spriggs
WR Geronimo Allison

Related players: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown

Fantasy Impact:

As reported earlier, Allison and Cobb won't play against the 49ers meaning Valdes-Scantling becomes an interesting play for those in need. St. Brown could also be in the mix.

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa has high ankle sprain

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:54pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Jets will play without receiver Quincy Enunwa the next few weeks. An MRI on Monday revealed a high-ankle sprain for Enunwa, Manish Mehta of the Daily News reports.

The team calls it a week-to-week injury with Enunwa’s pain tolerance factoring into his recovery time, but high-ankle sprains generally require three to four weeks.

Related players: Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor

Fantasy Impact:

Kearse put up a line of 9-94 last week and even Pryor went for 5-57-1 against the Colts, both, along with Anderson should see more targets. Enunwa, who missed all of last season with a neck injury, leads the team in targets (48), receptions (22) and receiving yards (287) through six weeks.

Schefter: Banged up 49ers expected to play Monday night

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:48pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers' RB Matt Breida (shoulder, ankle), WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee) and TE George Kittle (knee) -- all listed as questionable for tonight's game in Green Bay against the Packers -- all are expected to play, per source.

Related players: Alfred Morris

Fantasy Impact:

Breida is perhaps the biggest surprise of the group. We had a report earlier today that he was really pushing to play tonight and it seems like he's going to get his wish. An active Breida would hurt the fantasy value of Morris.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (MCL) could miss time

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:45pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams’ WR Cooper Kupp suffered an MCL sprain Sunday and his team thinks he “could miss some time, but not sure yet,” per source.

Related players: Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods

Fantasy Impact:

If Kupp misses time, it would mean more targets for Cooks and Woods. MCL sprains can mean missing multiple weeks, but that's certainly doesn't seem official yet based on the tweet. However, he seems unlikely for Week 7, which is against the 49ers.

Report: Steelers don't expect RB Le'Veon Bell to show up this week

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:41pm

Ed Bouchette on Twitter - [Full Article]

This just in from Steelers source : The Steelers are not expecting Le’Veon Bell to show up this week despite previous reports.

Related players: James Conner

Fantasy Impact:

And here we go again. The timing to show up this week made a lot of sense with the team's bye week, giving Bell extra time to get up to speed - if he even remained with the team. But for now, Bell remains out. It's possible he still actually shows up this week.