Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 19, 2012 @ 09:22:24 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has completed 8 of 14 passes of 15 yards or more and is averaging 15.9 yards per attempt with two touchdowns in those situations through two games. The addition of WR Vincent Jackson might be a big part of the reason for Freeman's improvement as Jackson is tied for the league lead with six receptions on passes that traveled 15 yards or more.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has won his last four games against AFC opponents, and he has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,325 yards with 14 touchdowns and only one interception in those games. Stafford plays the Tennessee Titans in Week 3.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he understands QB Cam Newton adds a dimension to the offense as a runner; however, Rivera does have concerns Newton runs too often at times. "A lot of the runs that we have are calculated. He's reading for the most part as to whether or not it's a good idea to hand it off or keep it," Rivera said. "But it doesn't hurt my feelings when he hands it off, though. I'm going to be honest. I do worry about him when he's out there."

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR James Jones defended QB Aaron Rodgers is a "natural-born leader" after TE Jermichael Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, questioned Rodgers' leadership skills on the football field. "He's a natural-born leader, not just by what he says but how he carries himself, how he plays the game, how he handles certain situations," Jones said. "Everybody in this locker room looks up to him as a leader. Everybody in this locker room believes in him."

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said he does not regret yelling at his offensive line in the team's Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but probably should not have bumped anyone. "As far as me yelling at him and trying to get him going in the game, I don't regret that," Cutler said Tuesday on the "Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "(I) shouldn't have bumped him. I'll stick to that." http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8395148/chicago-bears-jay-cutler-bumped-jmarcus-webb

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (gluteus) has no significant damage to his glute muscle, but he'll likely be limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. Gabbert is expected to start against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. "I think it's going to be something that's going to get better each day," head coach Mike Mularkey said. "He'll be stiff and he will loosen up each day."


Running Back

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he has seen significant progress in the last week from RB Adrian Peterson (knee). As a result, Peterson could see more carries in Week 3. "We think he's getting to that point where we can think about a few more carries," Frazier said. "He's getting close to that point, so we'll see how he does this week in practice ... We've been rotating him and Toby every other series, but we're going to see how he does this week in practice."

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (ankle), CB Bill Bentley (concussion) and RB Mikel Leshoure are practicing Wednesday, Sept. 19.

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (knee) said that a range-of-motion examination showed his lateral collateral ligament will not require surgery. Jackson plans to do some light running soon, and his recovery should happen in the earlier part of the three- to eight-week diagnosis spectrum he was initially given.

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Andre Brown will likely see the bulk of the carries in Week 3 in place of RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck). Head coach Tom Coughlin said the chances of Bradshaw playing this week are slim.

RB | Jonathan Dwyer | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (ribs), OT Marcus Gilbert (groin) and RB Jonathan Dwyer (toe) could all be limited in practice this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

RB | Ryan Grant | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Lions worked out free-agents RB Ryan Grant (Packers), RB Steve Slaton (Dolphins) and other undisclosed players, but they are not signing any at this point.

RB | Steve Slaton | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Lions worked out free-agents RB Ryan Grant (Packers), RB Steve Slaton (Dolphins) and other undisclosed players, but they are not signing any at this point.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty was active in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but for the second consecutive game he did not get an offensive snap. "Montario was there if (RB Trent Richardson) needed a break. Trent doesn't ever need a break now, it doesn't look like," head coach Pat Shurmur said.

RB | James Starks | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (turf toe) and DE C.J. Wilson (groin) participated in the team's padded practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) is progressing from offseason knee surgery and has been cleared to take contact in practice for the first time this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. "We'll thud him up a little bit the day we're allowed to carry our pads," Tomlin said. The Steelers rank 30th in the league in overall rushing yardage (141) and average yards per carry (2.6) after the first two weeks.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

RB | Felix Jones | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the team is open to removing RB Felix Jones from the kick return role after he fumbled the opening kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. WRs Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris, RB Phillip Tanner and CB Morris Claiborne could be other options to return kicks.


Wide Receiver

WR | Vincent Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has completed 8 of 14 passes of 15 yards or more and is averaging 15.9 yards per attempt with two touchdowns in those situations through two games. The addition of WR Vincent Jackson might be a big part of the reason for Freeman's improvement as Jackson is tied for the league lead with six receptions on passes that traveled 15 yards or more.

WR | Maurice Stovall | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free-agent WR Maurice Stovall (Lions). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Adrian Arrington | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The New Orleans Saints have released WR Adrian Arrington (knee) after reaching an injury settlement with him.

WR | Austin Pettis | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Rams added WR Austin Pettis to the 53-man roster Tuesday, Sept. 18, taking him off of the suspended list.

WR | Ryan Broyles | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (knee) was active in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, but he did not play. Head coach Jim Schwartz said the team did not plan for him to play. "He's not there yet but he's getting closer and you can see that in preseason," Schwartz said. "We had a lot of three- and four-wide type packages and we couldn't be in a position where, if someone had an injury in that game, that we were out of it. That's one of the reasons he was active this game."

WR | Titus Young | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Titus Young has not really been a factor through the first two games this season, but head coach Jim Schwartz did not seem too concerned Tuesday, Sept. 18. "It's like anything else. It's a long season. Guys have fast starts, guys have slower starts," Schwartz said. "You just have to keep playing each game and as the season goes on...obviously Titus got better and better for us last year."

WR | Greg Jennings | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings (groin) was able to take part in the late afternoon practice Tuesday, Sept. 18, wearing full pads. The team does not officially release an injury report until Thursday, Sept. 20, as they are not playing their Week 3 game until Monday, Sept. 24, against the Seattle Seahawks.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) continues to deal with soreness in his right foot, but he doesn't expect to miss the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Sept. 20. "I'm feeling pretty goodm" Nicks said. "I just have to keep taking it day by day and (Wednesday) should feel a little bit better and then Thursday will be game time." Nicks will have a homecoming, as he grew up in Charlotte, and played his college ball at the University of North Carolina.

WR | Brian Robiskie | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Brian Robiskie (Jaguars) had a workout for the New England Patriots Tuesday, Sept. 18.

WR | Deion Branch | New England Patriots | Transaction, Fantasy
The New England Patriots re-signed WR Deion Branch Tuesday, Sept. 18, after cutting him three weeks ago. Branch could become a part of the team's offense immediately with TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) out until October.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR James Jones defended QB Aaron Rodgers is a "natural-born leader" after TE Jermichael Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, questioned Rodgers' leadership skills on the football field. "He's a natural-born leader, not just by what he says but how he carries himself, how he plays the game, how he handles certain situations," Jones said. "Everybody in this locker room looks up to him as a leader. Everybody in this locker room believes in him."

WR | Chad Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles are not conducting a workout with free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Dolphins).

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

WR | Domenik Hixon | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants CB Michael Coe (hamstring), OT David Diehl (knee), DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) and WR Domenik Hixon (concussion) all missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

WR | Randy Moss | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss has just five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in the team's first two games of the season, and he's been on the field for only 40 of the team's 123 total offensive snaps.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he plans to get WR Larry Fitzgerald more involved in the offense after his star receiver had only one catch for four yards in the team's Week 2 win over the New England Patriots. "Larry is going to have his catches," Whisenhunt said. "We're certainly going to make sure we work on that."


Tight End

TE | Stephen Spach | Free Agent | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released TE Stephen Spach.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (ribs), OT Marcus Gilbert (groin) and RB Jonathan Dwyer (toe) could all be limited in practice this week, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

TE | Kellen Winslow | New England Patriots | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, TE Kellen Winslow passed his physical Tuesday, Sept. 18, and is now a member of the New England Patriots. He signed a one-year deal with the team.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Kellen Winslow is expected to team up with TE Rob Gronkowski as part of the team's two tight end sets after the injury to TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) in Week 2. Hernandez is expected to miss at least a month. Winslow's base salary of $3.3 million this year would have only been guaranteed if he was on the roster for Week 1.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jeremy Trueblood | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted OT Demar Dotson to the starting right tackle job over OT Jeremy Trueblood. Head coach Greg Schiano has said any permanent changes in the lineup would be reflected in the team's depth chart, meaning the move is not related to Trueblood's injury, but, rather, is based on performance.

OT | Byron Bell | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell (ankle), LB Thomas Davis (hamstring), S Colin Jones (shoulder) and OG Mike Pollak (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

OT | David Diehl | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants CB Michael Coe (hamstring), OT David Diehl (knee), DE Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) and WR Domenik Hixon (concussion) all missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.


Guard

OG | Brian Waters | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots offered OG Brian Waters a significant pay raise, presumably as a last-ditch effort to get him to report, but he has turned down the offer. Waters, who is on the reserve/did not report list, apparently wishes to be released by the team.


Defensive Line

DL | Juqua Parker | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur did not offer any updates Tuesday, Sept. 18, on the condition of DE Juqua Parker (foot) or DT Billy Winn (concussion). Both players were injured in the Week 2 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

DL | C.J. Wilson | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (turf toe) and DE C.J. Wilson (groin) participated in the team's padded practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

DL | Terrell McClain | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots had free-agent DT Terrell McClain (Panthers) in for a workout Tuesday, Sept. 18.

DL | Andre Fluellen | Miami Dolphins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent DL Andre Fluellen (Lions) Tuesday, Sept. 18. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

DL | Jay Ratliff | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys S Barry Church (quadriceps) will be ready to play in the team's Week 3 game. DL Jay Ratliff (ankle) will miss the game and DE Kenyon Coleman (knee) is unlikely to play.

DL | Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants DL Mathias Kiwanuka thinks the integrity of NFL games has been compromised with the use of replacement officials.

DL | Randy Starks | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins DL Randy Starks is off to a solid start this season, one that may ultimately lead to a contract extension. Starks has gotten praise from his teammates as well. "He's playing at a real high level," fellow lineman Jared Odrick says. "Randy is a whole lot lighter this year. He's moving better. He's in a whole lot better shape this year, him and Paul Soliai, and I think it's really showing."


Linebacker

LB | Niko Koutouvides | New England Patriots | Transaction, Free Agents
The New England Patriots have re-signed free-agent LB Niko Koutouvides. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Clark Haggans | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
San Francisco 49ers LB Clark Haggans was suspended three games Tuesday, Sept. 18, without pay in connection to a 2011 driving under the influence charge.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (elbow), C Ryan Kalil (ankle) and WR Kealoha Pilares (foot) were limited in practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

LB | Thomas Davis | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell (ankle), LB Thomas Davis (hamstring), S Colin Jones (shoulder) and OG Mike Pollak (shoulder) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.

LB | Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (eye) was involved in a serious car accident Friday, Sept. 14, and needed stitches above his right eye. Alcohol was not involved in the accident. However, Smith played every defensive snap of the team's win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

LB | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers still aren't sure if LB James Harrison (knee) and SS Troy Polamalu (calf) will play against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3. Both players will go through informal workouts Tuesday, Sept. 18, before a decision will be made on whether they will practice this week.

LB | Keith Rivers | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants LB Keith Rivers (hamstring) and CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) were both limited in practice Tuesday, Sept. 18.


Cornerback

CB | Chris Houston | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (ankle), CB Bill Bentley (concussion) and RB Mikel Leshoure are practicing Wednesday, Sept. 19.

CB | Prince Amukamara | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) worked with the starters at cornerback in practice Tuesday, Sept. 18, and said he expects to play in Week 3, even if it turns out to be in a rotation with CB Jayron Hosley. "I hope this is the week," Amukamara said. "I feel better than I did last week, so I know that I'm progressing. I did a lot today, so it was a good workout. All the signs are good to me." Amukamara said he still feels pain in his ankle.

CB | Jerome Murphy | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions claimed CB Jerome Murphy (Saints) off waivers Tuesday, Sept. 18. In a corresponding move, the team waived CB Kevin Barnes.


Strong Safety

SS | Gerald Sensabaugh | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys SS Gerald Sensabaugh (calf) is expected to miss Week 3 with a right calf strain. The team is currently listing him as day-to-day.

SS | Barry Church | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys S Barry Church (quadriceps) will be ready to play in the team's Week 3 game. DL Jay Ratliff (ankle) will miss the game and DE Kenyon Coleman (knee) is unlikely to play.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers still aren't sure if LB James Harrison (knee) and SS Troy Polamalu (calf) will play against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3. Both players will go through informal workouts Tuesday, Sept. 18, before a decision will be made on whether they will practice this week.


Free Safety

FS | Jairus Byrd | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills FS Jairus Byrd (foot) suffered a foot injury in Week 2; however, head coach Chan Gailey said the X-rays were negative. Byrd was in a walking boot Monday, Sept. 17.

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