This past week had a season ending achilles injury to Arian Foster , a significant knee injury to Vincent Jackson, and Darren McFadden came up big while Joseph Randle missed much of his game due to injury.  With Foster being the big and oft covered news item of the week and the fact that it’s already Thursday, I’m turning my attention to other situations, starting with the newly injured, repeat law breaker (allegedly), the one and only…

Joseph Randle.  Randle’s (oblique) would probably keep him out 1-3 weeks but he will quite possibly be relegated to backup duty when he comes back due to, umm, some more off the field allegations:

Headed into the season I thought that Darren McFadden was done.  That hasn’t been the case and I fully expect to Darren McFadden to be the Cowboys running back to own for as long as he’s healthy.  Joseph Randle is no more valuable than Christine Michael right now.  I’m really not sure which one I’d rather own, probably Michael.  It’s not that hard to envision a scenario where Joseph Randle doesn’t play another snap in the NFL this year.

Two Tampa Buccaneers suffered injuries last week.  First, in the major injury that hardly matters for fantasy category, Louis Murphy (knee, ACL) is out for the season.  More importantly, Vincent Jackson (knee) certainly won’t play this week and according to this report I expect him to miss a total of 2-4 games:

Prior to the injury, Vincent Jackson was doing his best Vincent Jackson impression, having been useful for two out of five weeks but pretty poor in the other three weeks.  I think he should be dropped in 10-team leagues, where he probably wasn’t starting anyway.  For 12-team leagues I think dropping him is also a possibility depending on what other options you have.  This should certainly help Austin Seferian Jenkins, if he can get back on the field soon, and could possibly mean a slight uptick in targets for Doug Martin and Charles Sims.  Wide receiver Donteea Dye could see a boost into relevancy for the very deepest of leagues.

Duke Johnson (shoulder injury from a couple weeks back?) might be one to monitor, or they might have held him out of practice as he tries to get back to 100%.  I didn’t see an explanation for this one.

On The Mend

Tony Romo (shoulder) was earlier placed on the IR with designation to return which means the earliest he can return is week 11, but that also looks very much like his actual date to return.  What’s especially great is Jerry Jones recently saying that he would play week 10, despite him not being eligible:

In fairness, I apparently did the math wrong in my original Romo report and said he could be back week 10, but for a variety of reasons that’s not the same as Jones being confused.  Anyway, now might be the time to go out and grab Tony Romo if you think he’s a significant upgrade over your current QB.  I think his ownership should be at 100% in all leagues where people are really paying attention by week 9.

Dez Bryant (foot) will be an interesting lineup decision this week if he’s active.  He’ll probably need to be started in most leagues but the tough matchup and QB situation make it very ugly and hard to predict.

That’s it for this week, I had to cut it short due to some unexpected vomit… well, and the fact that I was a bit lazy last night and left too much to do for this morning.

So now I leave you with the practice reports for week 8 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.

The Practice Report for Wednesday October 21, 2015

Arizona Cardinals
John Brown – WR – No Participation
Darren Fells – TE – No Participation
Brittan Golden – WR – No Participation

Atlanta Falcons
Leonard Hankerson – WR – No Participation
Nick Williams – WR – Limited Participation

Baltimore Ravens
Breshad Perriman – WR – No Participation
Maxx Williams – TE – Limited Participation

Buffalo Bills
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Carolina Panthers
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns
Isaiah Crowell – RB – Full Participation
Andrew Hawkins – WR – No Participation
Rob Housler – TE – No Participation
Duke Johnson Jr. – RB – No Participation
Johnny Manziel – QB – Full Participation
Josh McCown – QB – No Participation
Marlon Moore – WR – Full Participation

Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant – WR – Limited Participation
Brice Butler – WR – Limited Participation
James Hanna – TE – Full Participation
Joseph Randle – RB – No Participation

Denver Broncos
Owen Daniels – TE – Full Participation
Emmanuel Sanders – WR – Limited Participation
Juwan Thompson – RB – Full Participation

Detroit Lions
Joique Bell – RB – Full Participation
Calvin Johnson – WR – No Participation
Brandon Pettigrew – TE – Limited Participation
Matthew Stafford – QB – Full Participation

Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams – WR – Limited Participation
Ty Montgomery – WR – No Participation
James Starks – RB – No Participation

Houston Texans
Chris Polk – RB – Full Participation
Jay Prosch – RB – Full Participation
Cecil Shorts III – WR – No Participation

Indianapolis Colts
No Practice Information Reported (Monday Night Football)

Jacksonville Jaguars
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce – TE – Full Participation
Jeremy Maclin – WR – Full Participation
Alex Smith – QB – Full Participation
Charcandrick West – RB – Full Participation

Miami Dolphins
Matt Moore – QB – Limited Participation

Minnesota Vikings
Rhett Ellison – TE – Limited Participation
Zach Line – RB – Limited Participation
Adrian Peterson – RB – No Participation
Adam Thielen – WR – Limited Participation
Jarius Wright – WR – No Participation

New England Patriots
Brandon Bolden – RB – Limited Participation
Dion Lewis – RB – Limited Participation
Keshawn Martin – WR – Limited Participation

New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston – WR – No Participation

New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – Full Participation
Victor Cruz – WR – No Participation

New York Jets
Eric Decker – WR – No Participation
Chris Ivory – RB – Full Participation
Chris Owusu – WR – No Participation
Bilal Powell – RB – No Participation
Devin Smith – WR – Limited Participation

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)

Pittsburgh Steelers
Heath Miller – TE – No Participation
Ben Roethlisberger – QB – Full Participation
Matt Spaeth – TE – No Participation
Mike Vick – QB – Limited Participation

San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates – TE – No Participation
Melvin Gordon – RB – Full Participation

Seattle Seahawks
Derrick Coleman – RB – Limited Participation
Marshawn Lynch – RB – No Participation
Thomas Rawls – RB – No Participation

San Francisco 49ers
Carlos Hyde – RB – No Participation
Colin Kaepernick – QB – Full Participation

St. Louis Rams
Lance Kendricks – TE – Full Participation
Tre Mason – RB – No Participation

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson – WR – No Participation
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Limited Participation
Russell Shepard – WR – Full Participation

Tennessee Titans
Harry Douglas – WR – No Participation
Marcus Mariota – QB – Limited Participation

Washington Football Team
No Practice Information Reported (bye week)


Every week I either forget something or leave something out due to time constraints.  I’m happy to discuss situations I missed or anything else in the Comments section below.  Thanks for reading!



Lance is also available on Twitter @RotoLance.

  1. Nick says:

    So your completely done with J Randle, in a 10-teamer? I have AP/DeMarco/Duke J as my RBs (start 2 & can flex 1 if I choose) so my depth is not looking good. Only RB options on waivers are A Andrews, D Cobb, McCluster, K Robinson, David Johnson & Sproles…

    WRs available on waivers are Marvin Jones, Tate, T Austin, Nate Washington, Lockett, Roddy, Desean Jax, T Smith, R Woods, Baldwin & Wheaton…however I think I should be focusing on RB since I have Ty/Cooper/D Adams starting & Garcon on my bench…

    My main issue is with roster space as I’m carrying Stafford [to start this week], Taylor & Peyton while at TE I have Bennett, Gates & Green (plugging in Green at flex this week)…I should have more free space next week when I can drop a QB & TE, but for now, would you make a move dropping Randle for any of the above?


    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Nick: I mean, I’d be tempted to be done with him. You don’t have to be. He’s at best a stash at this point, right?

      I think Randle for Andrews would be an upgrade. DeSean Jackson piques my interest as well.

  2. SheriffMcRawDawg says:

    Yo Lance!

    I need a qb this week in a 20 teamer (have Bradford) and the only willing trade partner I’ve found has Kaepernick and said I can give up any of the following for him:

    Khiry Robinson

    which one am I shipping away? it is a 1/4 pt ppr… but I kind of want to go with McCluster, b/c of Andrews and Cobb coming back – thoughts?

    thanks man!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @SheriffMcRawDawg: I’m fine with the McCluster exchange for Kaep. Do what you gotta do. And because Darkwa should probably be held for a week or two in a league that deep, McCluster is probably correct..

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:

        @RotoLance: thanks Lance – and in another league, what do you think?

        current squad, 12 teamer

        Q – Ryan
        WR – ODB Jr
        Wr – Larry Fitz
        RB – Gurley
        RB – Woodhead
        TE – Gronk
        Flex – Dion Lewis

        bn – Hillman
        bn – Amari Cooper
        bn – Ellington
        bn – James Jones
        bn – Dalton
        bn – Rishard Matthews
        bn – David Cobb

        Just traded Eifert for Hillman, and I have the following offer on the table – do I take this?

        I get Beast mode
        I give up Woodhead, Fitzgerald and Dalton

        This is a .5 PPR AND .5 PER CARRY so I’m thinking it makes sense to deal out of my depth. I can slot Amari in at WR2 and pick up Carr, Tannehill, Fitzpatrick as my backup QB after….


        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:

          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Good use of CAPS LOCK. So yeah, in that format, QBs are even less important. RB workload is such a big deal. I would take the chance, do the deal.

          • SheriffMcRawDawg says:

            @RotoLance: ha thanks. do you like Dalton or Ryan more rest of season? and if I traded Dalton, which of those QBs do you like as a backup?

            thanks again

            • RotoLance

              RotoLance says:

              @SheriffMcRawDawg: Probably Dalton. For one thing, the AFC North defenses aren’t what they usually are. Also, even though I think Ryan will rebound (he’s suffered because of the abnormal number of RB TDs they’ve scored) it’s hard to say him when Dalton has outperformed him by a mile so far.

              Gosh I might actually like Carr as the backup, I don’t think it matters though. You’ll be playing Ryan/Dalton (whichever one you keep) almost every week, I think.

              • SheriffMcRawDawg says:

                @RotoLance: thanks man

  3. Scooter G says:

    I currently don’t have a D or kicker for this week so I need to drop two players. Also Melvin Gordon was dropped so I should drop someone else too.

    Which 3 players would you drop in 10 team standard?

    QB M Ryan
    QB Fitzpatrick
    RB Forte
    RB Hyde
    WR J Landry
    WR A Robinson
    TE Gronk
    D. ?
    K. ?

    Bn: Cooper, Hilton, Moncrief, Tate, Diggs, Cutler, Mariota
    McFadden, c Michael, Duke Johnson, cj Anderson, A Blue,

    I appreciate the advice!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Scooter G: Cutler, Mariota, Michael, CJ A, Ameer Abdullah all seem pretty drop-able to me. Personally, I’d probably be dropping one of the QBs, CJ A and C Michael.

  4. FrankGrimes says:

    The layout of this is quick and easy to read thanks!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @FrankGrimes: You’re welcome. I appreciate the feedback. I usually have the names of all the injured players in bold to help with readability. This post was short which can be good but I also left some players out.

  5. b says:

    What do you think of Peterson this week? My back-up options are Martavis Bryant and Eddie Lacy. I’m nervous about Peterson – feeling like he’s going to pull an Antonio Gates from last week and go IA.

  6. Zandy says:

    Close to getting Lacy or too risky?
    RB: Ivory gore Dion Jstew west DMC mjones
    WR: Julio Demaryius Hilton ARob Jbrown

    He rejected gore and DMC for lacy bc doesn’t like DMC
    Just got offered Lacy for gore & Hilton
    Accept or counter?
    Gore and Brown for Lacy?
    Gore Hilton Demaryius for Lacy and AJ Green?
    Other ideas?

    • Zandy says:

      @Zandy: Standard scoring. Start 2 RB. 2 WR. 1 flex

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:

        @Zandy: I think getting Lacy is risky. Other people around here may disagree. The thing with Lacy is, shouldn’t we be thinking it’s going to be a time share between he and Starks going forward? What kind of time share, I don’t know, it could go a few different ways.

        You do have plenty of depth, so I could see you making a deal. I probably wouldn’t, because you’re just fine trotting out Ivory nearly every week plus two of Gore, D Lewis, J Stew.

        I would possibly rank J Brown over HIlton, close call, so I don’t really see a problem with Gore + Hilton for Lacy, I just wouldn’t because I’m down on Lacy.

        • Zandy says:

          @RotoLance: thanks man! It’s 2rb 2wr 1flex so it’s really even Ivory and one of those RBs plus a flex
          I think I’ll hold for now

  7. Fella says:

    Drop CJ Spiller for Christine Michael??

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:

      @Fella: I don’t particularly like either one at this point. In theory Michael should have the higher ceiling, but I can’t actually see either one getting to the point where your considering starting him week in, week out. I’d rather own Spiller in PPR, Michael in standard. Good luck.

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