Time for RotoLance to rise, and give useful information about players trying to rise and grind through injuries, and grind.  Last week, Dez Bryant owners took a big hit and C.J. Anderson owners had a Thursday Night Football decision to make.  This week we’ve got much more of the latter situation, players with injuries that may or may not keep them out a game, or two at the most.  But the worst part is we don’t know how these ailments will affect the players’ performances.  And if the player has a bad performance, we can blame it on the injury without necessarily having a good idea if it really was the injury or just the fact that the player isn’t going to be very good this year.  Injury is just another variable making it difficult to know which players are going to fail to meet expectations through the course of the year and which have just had a couple bad weeks in Fantasy Football.

Drew Brees seems like a player that is fitting this description rather well, which is surprising, because it’s what usually happens to running backs, which he is not.  He put up a fairly respectable stat line on the road against Arizona in week one, then had his shoulder crushed in what was supposed to be a cream puff match up against Tampa Bay.  I could argue he is still going to be a top 5 QB this year (Brady, Rodgers, Ben, Luck, Brees?) or that he finishes out of the top 10 (behind them plus Wilson, Peyton, Ryan, Newton, Palmer, Dalton (sure, why not Dalton..) and any number of others) .

Drew Brees has suffered an injury to his rotator cuff that could keep him out 0+ weeks.  So he might play as quickly as Sunday at the Carolina Panthers or he might miss a game or two.  The problem is we have no idea what his performance will be like if he plays and how it affects the players around him.  I could see a scenario where Brees plays and is basically the same player he always is, another where C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram both have good games and the Saints somehow win the game by mixing in short passes with a whole lot of rushing and of course another where the Saints offense bombs.  Against that solid Panthers D, the latter seems somewhat likely.

Tony Romo has a broken collarbone (aka clavicle) and has been placed on the IR with designation to return.  He will miss at least 8 weeks.  He should probably be dropped in 10 and 12 team leagues because that seems like a long time to hold on to a quarterback that was barely top 10 anyway.  If he came back in week 10 he would fave the prospect of going on the road for three out of the next four games and while it may help that Dez Bryant could be back by then we don’t know if he will be.  That’s not what you want.  One the plus side for Romo, there is this:

Tevin Coleman left Sunday’s game against the Giants with a rib injury.  He was one of the running backs I touted in the preseason and it was looking like he had a great chance to return good value as an 8th round draft pick, and boy do we dislike it when the players we tout fail to produce.  The last rib injury to a starting running back that I can specifically remember is when it happened to LeSean McCoy about four years ago and if I remember correctly McCoy didn’t miss any time and was effective.

Lamar Miller is dinged with an ankle injury.   The Dolphins have moved Jonas Gray from their practice squad to their active roster, which may or may not be a statement as to Miller’s upcoming availability.  I suspect it has as much to do with overall depth concerns as Lamar Miller concerns.  Damien Williams is the handcuff you want, at least for now.

Eric Decker has a knee sprain which could keep him out.. oh who the hell knows how long.  Seriously.  But it has the makings of a short term thing, maybe along similar lines to the PCL injury suffered by Andre Ellington which was reported to keep him out 2-3 weeks.  He’s been spotted as a participant in Thursday morning practice but I doubt he’ll play this week against the Eagles.

Other newly injured players: Jay Cutler has some sort of injury, the Bears are saying it’s a hamstring, but who knows.  He may or not miss any time, whether he plays this week doesn’t really matter because he’s probably ranked outside the top 25 against the SeahawksLorenzo Taliaffero missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury of an undisclosed nature.  A sprained foot landed him on the IR towards the end of the 2014 season.  Denard Robinson is expected to miss a few weeks with a knee injury, which does simplify things for T.J. Yeldon owners. A.J. Green is nursing a knee injury of unkown, but probably minor, severity.  Jason Witten is on two bad ankles but he’s a player that typically plays through all sorts of maladies.  Jordan Cameron has a relatively minor groin injury that could force him to miss a game or two.

Previously Injured Players:

Alshon Jeffery missed last Sunday and could miss this Sunday as well, fortunately it’s easy to bench him on the road against the SeahawksDez Bryant‘s timeline seems to be expanded by the Cowboys to “at least 8 weeks” with knowledge that a bone graft was part of the procedure to fix his Jones fracture.

On The Mend (players on the upswing health-wise):  Breshad Perriman will probably miss the next two games but could be back October 11th vs Cleveland.  C.J. Anderson was listed as a full participant Wednesday.  Julius Thomas was a limited participant.  The return of Arian Foster is nearly/already upon us.  Chris Polk got the most work on Sunday and is his handcuff de jour, all other Houston Foster “handcuffs” can be dropped.  Andre Ellington will almost certainly not play this Sunday but could be back October 4th.

The Practice Report for Wednesday September 23, 2015

Here are the practice reports for Week 3 of the NFL season.  These are the same reports that each team is required to give the league after every day of practice.  Teams that play Thursday have a full injury report with the “Out/Doubtful/Questionable/Probable” designations due by Wednesday.  Teams that play Sunday (or Saturday) only have a practice report due Wednesday and teams that play Monday have nothing at all due by Wednesday.

Arizona Cardinals
Andre Ellington – RB – No Participation
J.J. Nelson – WR – No Participation

Atlanta Falcons
Tevin Coleman – RB – No Participation
Devin Hester – WR – No Participation
Julio Jones – WR – Limited Participation

Baltimore Ravens
Breshad Perriman – WR – No Participation
Lorenzo Taliaferro – RB – No Participation

Buffalo Bills
Marquise Goodwin – WR – Limited Participation
Percy Harvin – WR – No Participation
LeSean McCoy – RB – No Participation
Tyrod Taylor – QB – Full Participation

Carolina Panthers
Richie Brockel – TE – Full Participation
Jerricho Cotchery – WR – No Participation
Jonathan Stewart – RB – No Participation
Fozzy Whittaker – RB – Limited Participation

Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler – QB – No Participation
Matt Forte – RB – Limited Participation
Alshon Jeffery – WR – No Participation
Marquess Wilson – WR – Limited Participation

Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green – WR – No Participation

Cleveland Browns
Johnny Manziel – QB – Limited Participation
Josh McCown – QB – Limited Participation
Robert Turbin – RB – No Participation

Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant – WR – No Participation
James Hanna – TE – No Participation
Jason Witten – TE – Limited Participation

Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson – RB – Full Participation
Peyton Manning – QB – No Participation

Detroit Lions
Brandon Pettigrew – TE – No Participation
Matthew Stafford – QB – Full Participation

Green Bay Packers
No Practice Information Reported (Monday night game)

Houston Texans
C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Limited Participation
Arian Foster – RB – Limited Participation
Jonathan Grimes – RB – No Participation
DeAndre Hopkins – WR – No Participation

Indianapolis Colts
Dwayne Allen – TE – No Participation
Andre Johnson – WR – No Participation

Jacksonville Jaguars
Toby Gerhart – RB – Limited Participation
Allen Hurns – WR – Limited Participation
Marqise Lee – WR – Limited Participation
Denard Robinson – RB – No Participation
Julius Thomas – TE – Limited Participation

Kansas City Chiefs
No Practice Information Reported (Monday night game)

Miami Dolphins
Jordan Cameron – TE – No Participation
Lamar Miller – RB – No Participation
Dion Sims – TE – Limited Participation
Ryan Tannehill – QB – Full Participation

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees – QB – Limited Participation
Brandin Cooks – WR – No Participation

New York Giants
Victor Cruz – WR – No Participation
Jerome Cunningham – TE – No Participation
Daniel Fells – TE – Full Participation

New York Jets
Eric Decker – WR – No Participation
Chris Ivory – RB – No Participation
Chris Owusu – WR – No Participation
Devin Smith – WR – Full Participation
Geno Smith – QB – Full Participation

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles
Seyi Ajirotutu – WR – Full Participation
Trey Burton – TE – Full Participation
DeMarco Murray – RB – Limited Participation

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green – TE – Limited Participation
Jacoby Jones – WR – No Participation

Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch – RB – No Participation

San Francisco 49ers
Blake Bell – TE – Full Participation
Reggie Bush – RB – No Participation
Bruce Ellington – WR – Limited Participation
Carlos Hyde – RB – Full Participation
Vance McDonald – TE – Limited Participation
Torrey Smith – WR – Full Participation

St. Louis Rams
Chase Reynolds – RB – No Participation

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans – WR – Full Participation
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – No Participation

Tennessee Titans
Antonio Andrews – RB – Limited Participation
Delanie Walker – TE – Limited Participation

Washington Football Team
DeSean Jackson – WR – No Participation

That’s it for this week’s injury report.  Hit me up with your questions, comments, concerns, criticisms, whatever.



Lance is also on Twitter @RotoLance.

  1. WillisReid says:

    In a pinch this week. My RB’S are Lacy Murray Ellington and Spiller. Grabbed Starks and Taliaferro(as a stash).

    Take a 1 Week flier on Williams or another ‘cuff for this weekend? Like to use a RB at flex since the back end of my WR are pretty weak(A Johnson Roddy W)

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @WillisReid: Karlos Williams is interesting, I would probably prefer him to Taliaferro due to the foot injury he’s dealing with. Maybe the Ravens practice report for today is out there, that may help. Or do you have someone else you can drop for Williams?

      • WillisReid says:

        Someone in my league dropped Blount for Matt Jones. Is he a better play than Williams or Talliefiero?

        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:

          @WillisReid: Blount > Williams or Talliaferro this week, and possibly for the season. Taliaferro because of his foot injury would be the easiest to drop. He missed practice again today. You could probably pick him back up next week if for some reason you wanted to, I’m not sure he’ll be worthy of a rostering at that point, again, all about the injury.

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:

            @RotoLance: dropping smoke some RB after one week is nutty.

            • RotoLance

              RotoLance says:

              @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Yeah it probably is nutty, depends on the format. He’s harder to predict at the beginning of the season than at any other time because it’s less clear which teams the Patriots will go pass happy against.

              Specifically, I can see Blount as a drop for Matt Jones but if Blount’s truly your worst player.. you did pretty well for yourself.

  2. Barker says:

    10 team 1/2 ppr

    Have a Rb and a wr 3 predicament

    Who to start gore d murray coleman blount matt jones
    Have gore and jones in tentatively — coleman and blount no way — murray is hurt has been terrible and faces the jets defense

    For wr 3 — garcon or davante adams — i have cooks and allen robinson at wr 1 wr 2

    • Barker says:

      @Barker: another option drop mathews or blount for crowell and start crowell over jones?

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:

        @Barker: I don’t know. I think Blount could be moved up past “no way”, he’ll get his eventually. Much better matchup for him but I understand the risk in playing him. With Murray hurting I don’t think this is the time to drop Ryan Mathews, although yeah you have to be concerned about Murray’s abysmal showing so far. For non Murray owners I think Crowell is the player to own right now over Mathews, sorry if I told you to drop Crow last week, I may have.

        I’d like to see more of Jones before I use him but in this pinch.. these are such close calls, which is the point, I suppose. In this case, ultimately, I’m fine with Gore and Jones.

        I’d go Garcon over Adams unless we have clarity on Davante’s ankle injury by Sunday (he plays Monday).

        PS I don’t know why I didn’t have a paragraph on Murray up there, pressed for time I guess.

        • Barker says:

          @RotoLance: yea i traded marshall graham for cooks adams mathews and dropped crowell so that trade didnt quite work out

          Made a panic trade after dez got hurt should have stayed course with marshall robinson garcon and kept graham as a trading chip

          Whatevs had a bad draft bad luck and a bad trade to make a trifecta

          Yea on blount i dont mean no way for the season but i dont know how much i trust him even in a matchup with jax because of lewis and belichick who always messes around

          • RotoLance

            RotoLance says:

            @Barker: Somehow I remembered that Matt Jones played tonight but didn’t make the connection with Garcon. So you’d have to know before today that Adams is going to play which seems impossible.

            Sorry for the bad trade advice. It still has a good chance to work out for you. Graham’s been a bust but Marshall’s been good. Adams will rebound, he’s been out targeting Jones, I think. Cooks will rebound, given his health returns, because the Saints offense won’t be bad all year.

            I think last week was a Dion Lewis matchup and this is more of a Blount matchup, but I understand it’s tough to start him when we haven’t seen anything from him yet.

            • Barker says:

              @RotoLance: its all good at the end of the day its my team — i think malamoney was the only one who said no go on that trade so like 5/6 razzballians approved it — i am still hopeful i can retain some value out of the deal

              I would have lost last week no matter what even if i had played robinson and had marshall still

              I am just grateful for the content and great service all you guys provide

              And i am hoping my team can make the playoffs ( not looking good right now )

              So should i get crowell for blount or mathews or hold on that?

              And i am throwing the hailmary with jones and garcon tonight
              Actually starting jordan reed over bennett and d walker in my other money league so all in on skins this week

              • RotoLance

                RotoLance says:

                @Barker: Crowell > Mathews short term, even for a Murray owner.

  3. RotoLance

    RotoLance says:

    Heard a report that Lamar Miller’s ankle is clearly bothering him in practice.

  4. Dom B says:

    Who should I start Eli Manning or Phillip Rivers this week and Is Eli a QB1 or 2 and Is Phillip Rivers a QB1 or 2

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Dom B: They are both in the QB1 mix with a guy like Ryan Tannehill, and Andy Dalton just below players like Matt Ryan and Cam Newton.

      It’s basically a toss up this week, but I favor Eli.

  5. Josh says:

    Half ppr 10 team

    qb- brady
rb- lamar
rb- woodhead
wr- antonio

    wr- julio

    te- delanie
flex- j. matthews
    bench- ellington

    bench- andre johnson
bench- gates
bench- sam bradford
bench- david johnson

    Just got offered any of Hyde, Mccoy, or Hill for Brady straight up

    free agent qbs-tannehill, romo, tyrod, kaepernick, dalton, mariota

    should i pull the trigger on the deal and if so what running back and who to pick up? Thanks

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Josh: I’m not sure you want to do that. It’s a very good question though. But all of those players except Brady have big questions. I no longer trust Hill with what looks like it could be a 50/50 timeshare with Bernard and McCoy with his bothersome hamstring.. that’s troubling. I might actually like Hyde the best but even though you are hurting now at RB I think you will be fine once Ellington returns, although it’s somewhat likely he’ll be injured again. I just see you as the one assuming all the risk if you trade Brady. I don’t think it’s too early to upgrade your 2nd QB though, or just drop Bradford for a player at another position. Maybe grab Damien Williams (for the short term) if he’s still out there in your league.

      Brady is now legitimately in the same class that Luck and Rodgers were in the preseason. If we were drafting again he’d be a 3rd-ish round value.

      • Josh says:

        @RotoLance: Ok thanks

  6. Dom B says:

    Ok so I have Eli Manning if I don’t want to lose Phillip Rivers on the wavier wire is it okay to drop Legartte blount for him. All so on the wavier wire is Isaiah Crowell and Shane Verren. Whow do I drop for rivers and do I add one of those guys or just drop blount for rivers.
    My roster
    RB Leveon Bell
    RB Jonathan Stewart
    WR Julio Jones
    WR AJ Green
    TE Jason Witten
    Flex Latavius Murray
    Either Phillip Rivers or Legartte Blount

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Dom B: Between the two RBs, Crowell and Blount I’d rather own Crowell right now. Deciding between Rivers and Crowell is more difficult. With your depth at RB (and WR for that matter) being what it is, Crowell is mainly just a stash whereas Rivers is a guy you can play matchups with when deciding between him and Eli. I mean, is Crowell going to start over Stewart, Murray, Bernard or John Brown? It’s hard to see it.

      If anything I have to wonder if you really need Crockett Gilmore. Is he just there in case Witten can’t go Sunday? And maybe because you are worried Witten will be terrible with Weeden at QB? I think if Witten is going to play Sunday, and it looks like he will, then you don’t need Gilmore. If Witten plays and is crap then I think, maybe, you go get a 2nd TE for next week. Just throwing some things out there for you.

  7. Dom B says:

    I think I’m gonna alternate by match up for Rivers and Eli and I’m gonna keep Gilmore for the chance he is breakout star

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Dom B: Understood.

  8. Qbert says:

    Julius Thomas is a free agent in my league right now. My TE situation is pretty bad. Missed out on Reed last week. Should I add Thomas for the future? Or just wait till he is producing…

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Qbert: In a 10 team league, which is what it sounds like you are in, I could see you waiting until after this weekend to pull the trigger on Thomas. He’s not playing this week. It depends on who else is out there/who you have to drop.

      • Qbert says:

        @RotoLance: 12 teamer. Drop candidates would be James jones or Ronnie hilman

        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:

          @Qbert: Your not dropping James Jones right now, especially with Davante dinged up with an ankle injury. Jones’ production has been a little bit fluky so far given his low number of targets but you can’t even consider dropping him.

          Hillman is a different story, depending on what happens this week, you may want to discard him. Look at not just his production but the overall production of the offense before deciding.

          • Qbert says:

            @RotoLance: haha yea I see what you mean with jones. I also have Cobb, Adams, jarvis, Mike Evans and Allen Robinson…so as far as WR to let go, I figured jones was the safer call pending Adams improvement. But I guess it’d be smart to hold for now. Just didn’t want to miss out on julius

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