Fantasy Football For Breakfast is the place where you can wake up and take in the latest NFL news with a touch of Fantasy insight to go along with it. Every morning, look forward to a recap of each of the Fantasy-relevant headlines.
Tuesday, November 13
James Conner remains in concussion protocol
The stud RB is listed as questionable for Week 11. He is expected to practice on Wednesday but why rush him back? Jaylen Samuels is definitely worth an add if you want to protect Conner with a handcuff. Le’Veon Bell’s deadline to report to the team is today but all signs point to him not reporting. Conner is in line to play this week, but you never know and now is not the time to be aloof. Take the necessary precautions because we’re coming down to the stretch!
Nathan Peterman cut
The Buffalo Bills have finally moved on from historically-bad QB Nathan Peterman. You know you’re bad when a team brings in Matt Barkley and suddenly feel confident enough to let you go.
D’Onta Foreman status unclear
Head coach Bill O’Brien still won’t say one way or another whether Foreman will play this season. “He had a good year last year, but that was a long time ago,” said O’Brien. “Let’s just see where he’s at.” Foreman should come off the PUP list soon.
Ravens haven’t yet named Week 11 starter
Joe Flacco has not yet cleared to start in Week 11. He was last seen on crutches during the team’s Week 10 bye. Head coach John Harbaugh is “hopeful” he will be healthy enough to return. If Lamar Jackson plays, start him at your own risk. Don’t take a chance on Lamar Jackson if he starts unless you have no shot at the playoffs.
Chris Carson on track to play Thursday Night
It’s going to be a crowded backfield between Carson, Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis. I like Mike Davis in PPR but none of these guys have a strong ceiling for scoring. Penny looked great last week but he didn’t see enough attention (or any at all) in the pass game to get me excited.
Head coach wants backup more involved
Eagles HC Doug Pederson wants rookie Josh Adams to get the ball more often. He has (only) 20 carries over his last three games. The Eagles inability to establish both the ground and pass game is really holding them back offensively.
Julian Edelman not expected to miss time
Edelman has been hot since his return a few weeks ago. Despite not scoring a TD since his return in Week 8, in those three games since, he has 24 catches for 279 yards. The Pats have a Week 11 bye so those extra rest days should help his tender foot & ankle injuries.
Brandon Marshall joins Saints
Marvin Jones day-to-day due to a bone bruise
Jakeem Grant did not tear his Achilles tendon
DeVante Parker ‘week-to-week’ with sprained AC joint
Jamison Crowder needs another MRI
Royce Freeman to return Week 11
Panthers release C.J. Anderson
Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Week 11
Sam Darnold on track for Week 12 start
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Monday, November 12
Jordy Nelson retires
Not a fun year to be a Raiders fan. A report released late Sunday night says Nelson is retiring from the NFL. The 33-year-old apparently has had enough of the Raiders drama. In his last four games, Nelson only had five catches for 36 yards so I don’t blame him for being frustrated. The Raiders are now down to Seth Roberts, Martavis Bryant (who may have torn his PCL), Dwayne Harris, Brandon LaFell and rookie Marcell Ateman. It’s a firm no from for everybody on this list. I don’t mind owning Roberts but I wouldn’t fork over many blind bidding bucks for him.
Martavis Bryant may have torn PCL
Bryant needs an MRI to confirm the injury one way or another. With Nelson retiring, this is huge for Bryant even though he hasn’t been able to capitalize on much success this season. So far he has 19 receptions for 266 yards and no TDs. It’s pretty pathetic honestly how far he’s fallen off. I wouldn’t take a chance on him even if he’s 100%.
Cooper Kupp tears ACL
(Update: Kupp tore his ACL. He’s out for the year.) Kupp went down with a non-contact injury. He’ll need an MRI to confirm the torn ACL. Head coach Sean McVay said that the injury “doesn’t look good.” Kupp seems to have a special mojo with Jared Goff that adds a certain spark to the offense. They can obviously be explosive just with Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and of course Todd Gurley, but Kupp seems to put them over the top. I don’t know that Kupp’s absence would really do much to boost his teammates’ stats significantly. Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett are basically splitting the TE numbers. Cooks and Woods are taking turns having big weeks. Gurley eats no matter what. But the next WR on the depth chart is Josh Reynolds and he’s certainly worth an add. If there’s another injury to a WR, Reynolds would be a top two WR in this offense and that’s huge.
Rashaad Penny has his day
Penny had 12 carries for 108 yards with a TD. Chris Carson didn’t play and Mike Davis put up 58 yards on 11 carries and added four catches for 22 yards and a TD. Penny definitely played well enough to stay in the mix but he’ll need Carson out to have a legit Fantasy impact. Penny looked the part and ran with tempo. He had a real nice burst getting through the line and to the next level.
Nick Chubb “trying to make the most” of carries
Chubb had a huge week, highlighted by a 92 yard TD run. He went for 176 yards on 20 carries and added three receptions for 33 yards and two TDs. Chubb has at least 18 touches in each of the last four weeks. For those who were patient with Chubb, you’re certainly being rewarded now! He could be carrying a lot of teams to a league title.
Brandon Marshall meeting with Saints
Dez Bryant was supposed to fill the void but that vacancy is back open due to his Achilles injury. The Saints will now meet with Brandon Marshall. It’s gonna be a no from me. We’re one too many years removed from his good old days.
Bengals fire defensive coordinator Teryl Austin
Friday, November 9
Thursday Night reaction
Wow! Big Ben had the Steelers offense rolling. He had five TD passes and just three incompletions all night. Antonio Brown had a TD. JuJu had a TD. James Conner had a TD. Jesse James? Yep. Vance McDonald? Yep. Meanwhile, the the Panthers didn’t exact struggle offensively, there was just no way to keep up and as since this game was so quickly out of hand, the Panthers’ dink and dunk style of play couldn’t keep up. Christian McCaffrey to his credit continues to be a nightmare for defense as he accumulated 148 combined yards and three TDs. The problem is that the Panthers don’t have another soul on offense who is worth a damn. Needless to say, the Steelers have the opposite in their offense.
Carolina obviously counts on their defense to keep teams honest. That went out the window quickly. I think an aspect of this game not given enough airtime is the pass rush. Mario Addison went nuts a week ago with 3 sacks. Last night, he didn’t record a stat unless the stat correction gods do him a favor. He entered the game questionable so he may not have been 100 percent last night. Julius Peppers recorded a sack, but the pass rush just wasn’t there. And on the other side of the trenches for Carolina, the pass protection wasn’t great either. Newton was sacked five times and the Steelers had a total of seven QB hits. It was a total beat down. The Steelers took their foot off the gas in the third quarter.
For Fantasy owners, Pittsburgh is on a serious run. After a shaky opening tie to Cleveland, then two losses in their next three games for a 1-2-1 start to the season. They now find themselves 6-2-1 on a five-game winning streak, scoring 177 pts or about 35 pts per game in that stretch. Antonio Brown has an absurd 10 TDs on the season. JuJu, to his credit, is actually the team’s leading receiver by yards (762 for JuJu and 690 for Brown). Conner has an astonishing 1158 combined rushing and receiving yards plus 13 TDs. That’s not quite on pace with the guys from the mid-2000s (LaDainian Tomlinson had 31 in 2006, Shaun Alexander had 28 in 2005). Nobody’s had more than 20 in about a decade. Last time someone had more than 20 was Randy Moss during his crazy 2007 season (23). Todd Gurley has 16, on pace for 28 over 16 games. Point being, Conner is having a crazy good season considering he was Le’Veon Bell’s backup. Has anybody destroyed their own value worse than Bell by holding out in the history of the NFL? Topic for another day.
Let’s loop back around to Ben Roethlisberger. Ben has 21 TDs and 2888 passing yards on the year through 9 games. This puts him on pace for career highs in both categories (37 TDs and 5134 yards through 16 games, career bests are 32 (2007 & 2014) and 4952 (2014)). Have to feel pretty good about having him if you’re in a favorable position to make your league’s postseason!
Thursday, November 8
Dez Bryant joins Saints
Ameer Abdullah picked up by Vikings off waivers
- QB Josh Allen (elbow)
- RB Doug Martin (hip)
- RB Marlon Mack (foot)
- RB LeGarrette Blount (knee)
- RB Sony Michel (knee)
- RB Kerryon Johnson (ankle)
- RB Peyton Barber (ankle)
- RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder)
- RB Giovani Bernard (knee)
- WR Ryan Grant (ankle)
- WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee)
- WR Tajae Sharpe (ankle)
- WR Cordarrelle Patterson (neck)
- WR Julian Edelman(ankle)
- WR Taylor Gabriel (knee)
- WR Kenny Stills (groin)
- TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back)
- TE Jordan Reed (back)
- TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder)
- TE David Njoku (knee/ribs)
DID NOT PRACTICE
- RB Chris Ivory (shoulder)
- RB Chris Thompson (ribs)
- RB Chris Carson (thigh/hip)
- WR Doug Baldwin (groin)
- WR Mohamed Sanu (hip)
- WR Chad Williams (ankle)
- WR Taywan Taylor (foot)
- WR Cameron Meredith (knee)
- WR Jamison Crowder (ankle)
- WR Mike Evans (knee)
- WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle)
- WR Robby Anderson (ankle)
- WR Sammy Watkins (foot)
- WR Torrey Smith (foot)
- TE Jimmy Graham (knee)
- QB Sam Darnold (foot)
- QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder)
- WR Geronimo Allison (IR, groin)
Wednesday, November 7
Saints in negotiations with Dez Bryant
It’ll be interesting to see Dez lining up against a team’s No. 2 or No. 3 corner depending on the formation. At best I think he would be Brees’ fourth target after Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Tre’Quan Smith so don’t expect him to come in and immediately perform.
J.D. McKissic a week away from a return
McKissic has been on IR due to a foot injury and he’s still a week away from a potential return. He can be a threat on third down as a pass catcher but he’ll need time to carve out a significant role. The Seahawks backfield has been a bit messy as of late anyway.
Geronimo Allison placed on IR
Allison will have core muscle surgery and he could possibly return this season but it wouldn’t be until the postseason. As many are likely aware by now, Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the name to know and the player to acquire off the waiver wire if he’s still available. Allison did have a pretty good year, considering he only played in five games (20-303-2).
Nick Mullens to start again, Eli Manning also will start
The new 49ers QB will make his second consecutive start after first torching the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. Mullens has another cupcake opponent, the New York Giants. I don’t mind starting him in a pinch but hopefully you have a better option than a borderline Top 24 QB like Mullens. Eli Manning was also confirmed to be the starter for the Giants in Week 10.
Ameer Abdullah waived, Lions sign Bruce Ellington
Both players have similar styles of play. Ellington has been a disappointment for the most part since entering the league and Abdullah has been the bigger bust between the two. The Lions definitely need someone shifty who can work the short areas of the field. Teams are trying to copy players like Christian McCaffrey and Tyreek Hill and Tarik Cohen, etc. Ellington can be that short area PPR guy but he’s never been good enough at it to stick on an NFL roster.
Sony Michel likely to return this week
Michel hasn’t played since Week 7 and that was the game he got hurt in. In only six games, Michel has 422 rushing yards and four scores. Put those numbers up for a full season and it ends up being about 1125 rush yards and 11 TDs. Not too shabby! Hopefully Michel can finish strong and continue to build up his reputation as a quality Fantasy option. You definitely need to start him every week once he’s returned and healthy.
Cowboys confirm Dak Prescott is QB of future
Because when you have a QB of the future, that’s how you address him and talk about him. Know how the Pats are always reassuring the public how Tom Brady is their starter and QB for the future. Same goes for Dak (sarcasm). In all seriousness, this offense just lacks charisma. It’s boring. It’s simplistic. It is a “game manager” approach almost every drive on every drive. Something does need to change!
Tuesday, November 6
Monday Night Football thoughts
The Cowboys continue to show they don’t know what they are doing. Dak looks lost to me. The defense is inconsistent. Ezekiel Elliott gains a ton of yards but the offense can’t seem to punch it in often enough in or around the red zone. Marcus Mariota started ugly and finished strong. Dion Lewis had a ton of touches for a total of 122 combined yards and a TD. Derrick Henry scored and rushed for 27 yards on six carries. Corey Davis is getting a ton of targets but he’s not doing anything with them. I really, really do not like the Titans offense but you have to keep putting him in your starting lineup and hope he hits. I don’t have many opinions to share from this game. Well at least nothing polite to say. Both teams are mediocre but I feel the Titans made fewer glaring mistakes and squeezed ahead in the second half. If you thought Amari Cooper was going to have an instant impact, you weren’t wrong. I was mostly hoping Cooper would open things up for the other receivers but that didn’t happen regularly enough to affect the result of the game. This offense still looks flat and seems to always be trying to convert third downs.
Saints working out Dez Bryant
New Orleans can’t count on Cameron Meredith and lack depth at the WR position. I think Dez would be a great pickup for the right price. Unfortunately, he seems set on a big payday. I wouldn’t add him to my roster unless I was extremely desperate for a depth player with some serious upside because he needs an injury to have an impact.
Brandon Marshall working out for Lions
Marshall was let go by the Seahawks a week ago and now is back looking for work. We are long removed from his consecutive 100-catch seasons so don’t get your hopes up. You’d think the Lions liked their backups since they traded Golden Tate.
Chris Carson injured
Carson is dealing with a thigh injury after an early exit from Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Head coach Pete Carroll doesn’t expect much from Carson this week during practice leading into Week 10. Carson was doing pretty well on Sunday as he had 40 yards on just eight carries. If only he had more time on the field. He has three 100-yard games this season. He just needs to stay on the field!
Geronimo Allison could need surgery
Head coach Mike McCarthy says Allison is recovering from a “big” and “significant” injury. Allison recently visited a groin and core-muscle specialist in Philadelphia. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the new WR2 for Green Bay. MVS is a guy who should be close to 100% owned now so pounce on him if he’s available.
Charles Clay week to week with hamstring injury
Clay hasn’t done much of anything this year. He hasn’t had 5 or more receptions, eclipsed 50 receiving yards or scored a TD yet this year. TE2 Logan Thomas caught seven passes for 40 yards last week so maybe there’s a hint of potential at the position for the Bills.
Ravens HC doubles-down on Joe Flacco
John Harbaugh reiterated that Flacco will be the Ravens’ starter after their Week 10 bye week. Sorry Lamar Jackson. I’d like to remind everyone I thought Jackson had no real shot starting at all this year. Talk to me again about it in Week 1 of 2019.
Kenneth Dixon still not cleared to practice
Dixon has had a disjointed NFL career and now he is having “issues” beyond the Ravens’ control, which sounds suspicious but it just means he may have another suspension coming down from the league.
Keke Coutee will not return until he feels 100%
“Until I’m 100 percent, I won’t be back out there,” Coutee said. “We’re taking it day by day. I’m doing a little bit better every day. I’m definitely taking a little time during the bye.”
Steelers still have no contact with Le’Veon Bell
Bell must report in eight days if he wishes to return to the field this season. I wouldn’t count on it since James Conner is playing so well.
Ryan Tannehill in “weird” situation
HC Adam Gase says Tannehill is having “good days and bad days” as he continues to struggle to throw the football with coaching staff. Think this season is a bust season for Tannehill.