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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott eligible to play Week 7

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:05pm - [Full Article]

Ezekiel Elliott is back off suspension.

A U.S. District judge in the Southern District of New York has granted Elliott his temporary restraining order against his six game suspension. Elliott is eligible to play against the 49ers this weekend.

Related players: Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris

Fantasy Impact:

Ian Rapoport's tweet within the story said the suspension "is stayed for 14 days or until further proceedings" so it looks like Elliott can play Week 8 as well. Of course, Elliott's long-term status is still very much up in the air. Basically, this ruling kicks the can down the road two weeks. Owners who picked up Alfred Morris or Darren McFadden should sit tight, if possible.

Skins place kicker Dustin Hopkins on IR

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:31pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

With Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve with a hip injury, Washington will sign kicker Nick Rose, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.

Rose has never kicked in a regular-season game.

Fantasy Impact:

According to the rest of the story, Rose has a big leg, having led the country in touchback rate in 2014 at Texas and finishing third in 2015. But Rose was inconsistent on field goals and PATs. He missed three extra points in his two years as the Longhorns’ primary place kicker and missed four field goals of less than 39 yards in his career.

Mularkey: RB Derrick Henry go-to fourth quarter RB

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:29pm

Cameron Wolfe on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Mularkey said the run game split on MNF (near 50-50 for DeMarco Murray-Derrick Henry) was a good model. Henry is the go-to 4th quarter RB.

Fantasy Impact:

As we also reported, Murray is dealing with some hamstring tightness but should be good to go for Week 7. But, this RB situation continues to confuse owners. In Week 5, Murray got a majority of the work which led to a lot of owners wondering what to do with Henry. If Henry is on your wire, he certainly seems worth grabbing and appears to be the back trending up, especially after an impressive Monday night effort.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray dealing with hamstring

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:25pm

Paul Kuharsky on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Mularkey: DeMarco Murray has some hamstring tightness but didn't miss anything.

Related players: Derrick Henry

Fantasy Impact:

Murray should be good for Week 7, but in Week 6 against the Colts it was more of an even split with Henry, who did out-perform Murray.

Colts RB Robert Turbin (arm) to miss rest of season

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:20pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts HC Chuck Pagano expects RB Robert Turbin to miss rest of season with arm injury he suffered Monday night.

Related players: Marlon Mack, Frank Gore

Fantasy Impact:

This should be good news for Mack owners. The team said they wanted to get Mack more involved heading into Week 6, but that didn't happen. He had just two carries while Turbin carried three times and caught four passes. One would think Mack could eat up a good portion of Turbin's workload moving forward.

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) expects to play Week 7

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12:46pm

Jeff McLane on Twitter - [Full Article]

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood said that he expects to play Monday against the Redskins. Practiced today. Light session.

Related players: Kenjon Barner, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement

Fantasy Impact:

Smallwood missed the last two games because of a knee injury. Barner has only been OK in terms of a pass-catching back, so Smallwood should jump back into the role of third down back as well as splitting time on early downs with Blount and Clement. It's a crowded backfield but Smallwood's use in the passing game should give him a fantasy advantage in PPR leagues.

Cowboys Beat: Rod Smith could emerge at RB

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 11:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Let’s work under the assumption that RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension ruling will be upheld and he will miss the next six games. Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden will get chances to make up for Elliott’s absence, but I wonder if Rod Smith ultimately can do more than anybody currently knows.

Smith was productive in the spring. He had a strong summer. He ran hard in the preseason. He has been the third-down back the last two games.

It’s odd to project somebody with four carries for 13 yards in his career as a lead back. Plus, he was never the guy at Ohio State either (549 career yards). But Smith has ability. He might be the most similar to Elliott among the Cowboys’ runners, but Smith doesn’t have the pedigree of Morris (three 1,000-yard seasons) or McFadden (top-five pick, the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher in 2015).

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously the author is just wondering out loud, in type. However, it may be something to keep in the back of your mind. It's also probably not what fantasy owners of Morris and McFadden want to hear - a possible third option to replace Elliott. Right now, Smith is a stash option.

Skins plan to give WR Josh Doctson more snaps

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:45am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Josh Doctson needs more snaps. The Redskins’ second-year wide receiver has served a limited role through five games, including during Sunday’s 26-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, in which he participated in just 19 of Washington’s 74 snaps on offense.

That means Doctson, the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick, was on the field for just more than 25 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. And during Monday’s news conference, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden addressed the deficiency, saying the coaching staff will look at getting Doctson more playing time moving forward.

“We are going to actively expand [his role], without a doubt,” Gruden said. “He didn’t get as many reps as I would like at the end of the day when you look at the numbers, but it’s our job. We have got to get him in there more and expand it.”

Fantasy Impact:

Doctson, 24, once again flashed his potential in a reserve role Sunday. He scored his second career touchdown during the opening drive on an 11-yard reception, his only catch in the game. Two of Doctson’s four catches this season have resulted in touchdowns. If you're looking to stash a player, Doctson might be worth it. However he won't be a safe play until the snap count rises.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston's (shoulder) status depends on pain tolerance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The team will make a decision to determine if QB Jameis Winston can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills later this week. The issue is more about pain tolerance than anything. HC Dirk Koetter said there is no risk of further injury.

Related players: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fantasy Impact:

The story said there is no danger to further damage the shoulder so it's all about the pain. It added Winston would have struggled to push the ball down field which is why Fitzpatrick remained in the game. He'll throw later in the week, but he's not ruled out as of yet, which the team thinks is good news.

Jags making a change at kicker

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:50am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Jaguars had a miserable special teams day against the Rams in Week Six and one member of the group lost his job on Tuesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is cutting kicker Jason Myers. Myers missed two field goals against the Rams, including a 54-yarder late in the game that would have cut the Jags’ deficit to one score with time for an onside kick.

The team is signing Josh Lambo.

Fantasy Impact:

Lambo was 52-of-64 on field goals for the Chargers the last two seasons, but got beaten out by Younghoe Koo this summer. The Chargers have since cut Koo and signed Nick Novak.

Dolphins Beat: Heavy dose of RB Jay Ajayi works best

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dolphins provided a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi on Sunday and it paid major dividends in a 20-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Pro Bowl tailback rushed for a season-high 130 yards on 26 carries. Ajayi also averaged a season-high 5.0 yards per carry and took the pressure off Miami's often-criticized passing game.

Miami’s coaching staff provided a clear blueprint of running the ball to keep the Falcons’ explosive offense off the field. Even when the Dolphins trailed 17-0 at halftime, Miami stuck with its running game. That wore down Atlanta (3-2) and spurred a surprising comeback -- 20 unanswered points by the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact:

The story backed this up with impressive numbers as well: Miami is 6-0 overall -- including 2-0 this season -- when Ajayi rushes for more than 100 yards. Ajayi had just 48 rushes for 139 yards the first three games. The story added the ankle injury to DeVante Parker simplified the game plan as the team ran more power sets.

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:10pm

Colts Inactives
Tarell Basham LB
Matt Jones RB
Henry Kreiger-Coble TE
Andrew Luck QB
Anthony Walker LB
Isaiah Williams OT
Quincy Wilson CB

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) ACTIVE as expected

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:09pm

Titans Inactives
Johnathan Cyprien SS
Corey Davis WR
Darius Jennings WR
Corey Levin OG
Kalan Reed DB
Kevin Dodd OLB
Sylvester Williams NT

Related players: Marcus Mariota

Fantasy Impact:

Mariota likely isn't 100-percent with the hamstring injury, which could affect his running statistics and ability to buy time and move around, but he's got a nice home matchup against the Colts.

Falcons not satisfied with WR Julio Jones' touches

Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

"No,'' Dan Quinn said when asked if he's satisfied with how much Julio Jones is getting the ball. "No I'm not.''

Fantasy Impact:

Quinn mentioned that more offensive plays will help that situation, with Jones being such a dynamic player, the piece said. It's a good matchup against the Pats this week. The good news is teams have been lighting up the Pats D through the air, but the bad news is NE is known for taking away a team's top player. Jones is without a TD this year.

Skins K Dustin Hopkins dealing with hip injury

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:57pm

Redskins on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins has a right hip rotator muscle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

The tweet added that the team will work out kickers this week, according to HC Jay Gruden. It's a significant K injury as Hopkins was our top-rated kicker for Week 6.

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