Kenny Stills got a boost in value when Brandin Cooks went down with an injury


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1. WR Kenny Stills, NO:

Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills has seen a spark in value as fellow wideout Brandin Cooks will be out for 2-4 weeks with a thumb injury. Stills put up a solid showing last week, going for 4-32-1 against the Bengals. He's likely to be much more involved in the Saints offense as the season comes to a close. As their WR3, he is next in line to start opposite WR Marques Colston, and should still be left open due to defenses focusing on superstar tight end Jimmy Graham. Stills has shown the ability to use his speed and quickness to make big plays, but will now have more opportunities as his snap count is sure to increase drastically. 

2. TE Coby Fleener, IND:

Colts tight end Coby Fleener's stock is on the rise as starting TE Dwayne Allen has sustained an ankle injury, and could possibly miss next week's contest with the Jaguars. Fleener's rapport with former college teammate, and now Colts QB Andrew Luck showed as the two connected on 7 passes and 144 yards. After Allen went down, Fleener was the focal point of their offense as the Patriots defense was purely focused on stopping T.Y. Hilton. Fleener's role in Indy's offense should be present in the weeks to come as he is a reliable check down for Luck, and he can be added as a middle-of-the-pack TE1 in standard leagues.  If available, Fleener is one of the better fantasy pickups around.

3. RB Jonas Gray, NE:

Jonas Gray exploded into the fantasy picture as the Patriots thrashed the Colts, making the term "breakout performance" an overwhelming understatement. The 24-year-old newly relevant New England running back took 38 carries for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, his expectations should be tempered as this is only one impressive showing he's ever had, and against a weak rush defense. Immediately, he should be viewed as a RB2 against the Lions very stout rush defense, but has a major upside as an important piece to the Patriots offense.

4. WR Jarvis Landry, MIA:

Landry has been a solid contributor in Miami for the last 3 weeks, and his role in that offense makes him an intriguing add in fantasy leagues. He's coming off a 5-46-1 line as the Dolphins took down the Bills, scoring a touchdown for the second time in 3 games. He managed to turn the ball over in special teams against Buffalo, yet made up for it by making a nifty move at the goal line to get into the end zone on the very next drive. His rapport with QB Ryan Tannehill is only growing stronger and this could bode well for his value for the end of the season. Consider Landry a WR3 for the next couple weeks, especially in PPR leagues.

Took them long enough - The Raiders finally give Latvius Murray his shot


It may FINALLY be Latavius Murray time. He's been close to the top of fantasy sleeper picks for a long time. The Raiders finally gave Murray some playing time and he answered the bell with 4 carries for 43 yards and 3 catches for 16 yards on 4 targets. The good news, and not shocking to us: He looked so obviously superior to the existing and tired, ancient RB duo in place. He’s going to be a hot name in smarter FF circles. He may even catch heat among the masses this week. If he wasn't on the Raiders, he may even make the list of best fantasy football keepers.  

Here is a list of some trends in the NFL fantasy world.

– Assuming Fred Jackson is cleared, he will waltz in and takeover all the main touch responsibilities. However, there will be a MAT-BACK situation looming. Two weeks ago, when FJax came back from injury quickly, there was a quasi-three-way between him, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon. If you have to bet on one—you go FJax. 

— Just to save us all time: If you have a sit-start question that involves a Cleveland Browns RB, don’t even bother asking me…your guess from one week to the next is as good as mine. This ‘hot hand’/MAT-BACK approach is the wave of the near future…like when the ‘pistol’ QBs were going to take over the NFL a year or two ago.

 — Rams IDP CB E.J. Gaines has six or more tackles in four of his last 5 games…6.4 tackles per game in that span.

 — Don’t lose sight of Chris Hogan as a very viable, decent PPR WR in deeper leagues. See our BUF-MIA recap to get a bio and trending on Hogan.

 – Jerick McKinnon’s targets in games since Teddy Bridgewater became the full starter from Week 6 on: 5-6-4-1-4-7 (4.5 per game). Look past the game with one target, and in the other five games he is averaging 5.3 per game. The awful Norv Turner offense, whatever that is, will dump a lot of passes to the RB.

 — The last three weeks of carries for Steven Jackson: 18-16-17 (17.0 per game). You could do worse in your RB despair.

 — In the past four weeks, Philip Rivers has 6 TD/6 INT and all four games below 255 yards passing, three of them below 210-yards…and a 1-3 record with a lucky win at Oakland.

 — IDP LB Brandon Marshall has three double-digit tackle counts in his past four games, averaging 10.8 tackles per game in that four-game span.

 — Pierre Garcon in RG3’s first two-games back from injury: 2.0 catches for 10.5 yards and 0.0 TDs on 5.5 targets per game. Let’s just put a fork in this one…more on that in the WAS-TB recap slated for Monday. 

 — Jordan Reed vs. Niles Paul in RG3’s two games back from injury:

Reed = 1.5 catches for 19.5 yards and 0.0 TDs on 2.0 targets

Paul = 2.5 catches for 17.5 yards and 0.0 TDs on 3.5 targets

 — How is the NFL takeover by Pistol/running QBs going? RG3, Colin Kaepernick, Tim Tebow, Michael Vick…are all between awful and limited. Russell Wilson isn’t exactly lighting up the airways either, but there is hope there because he is a pass-first QB.

A year or so ago I started readjusting all out scouting metrics to allow more room/grace for the running QB (the ‘wave of the future’ in the NFL). We had slammed these run-first type QBs in our scouting metrics prior. Now, I might just go back to Classic Coke, and ditch New Coke on the QB scouting.

 — The last six weeks of TD passes for Matt Ryan: 1-1-1-2-1-1 (1.2 per game). Two of them Antone Smith screen passes converted into gifts for Ryan. He also hasn’t gone past 275 yards passing in the last five games. He has one 300+ yard game in his last nine games.

 — The last two weeks for Mohammed Sanu: 2.5 catches for 21.5 yards and 0.0 TDs on 6.5 targets. He had a near-miss TD this week, but it still was a flimsy week. Once A.J. Green came back the fade began.

 — Charles Sims’ rushing output in his first two NFL games: 21 carries for 59 yards (2.8 ypc).

 — IDP LB Emmanuel Lamur has averaged 9.7 tackles per game in his last three starts with Vontaze Burfict out.

 – Roy Helu has the 8th most catches among all RBs this season.

 — Last two weeks of Andre Ellington rushing: 37 carries for 65 yards (1.8 ypc).

 — Ahmad Bradshaw limped off Sunday night, which means it’s probably time to try to gin up excitement for Trent Richardson. Some FF-analysts will be clever with dropping some Daniel Herron ‘best NFL fantasy sleepers’ discussion…and that’s reasonable. The real sleeper play…you know who it is: If anyone aside from FFM recommends Zurlon Tipton, I hope they note they heard about him here first in April…May…June…July…

If I do get the due credit, the earth may stop rotating, and we’ll all die. If you don’t know our scouting on Zurlon Tipton…my friend, you need College Football…or all the other Internet places I gave briefer teases. It’s too soon for Tipton, most likely, but he likely sees active duty if Bradshaw is out. Then he gets a couple of heartbeats closer to the prize. Those with deep roster Dynasty leagues, if you haven’t indulged already…you may be getting final chances. Maybe…

Tipton’s more of a 2015+ story, I would suspect.


R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM

Week 10 provided rays of hope for Frank Gore owners


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Frank Gore fantasy RB owners were on the ropes before Week 10. Gore ran the ball just 9 times for 20 yards and no TDs during Week 7 and 14 times for 49 yards and no TDs during Week 9. (Week 8 was a Bye Week)

Between splitting time with Carlos Hyde and a pass first ask questions later offense, Gore’s usage was on the a serious decline. But Week 10 provided rays of hope for what was starting to look like a lost season, landing Gore back in RB fantasy news.

Last week against the Saints, Gore got the ball 23 times rushing for 81 yards and touchdown. A more balanced run and pass attack by the 49ers made all the difference in the world for Gore. It also indicates that was once evolving as a running back by committee approach, is not going to happen. Hyde has clearly taken a backseat to the veteran touching the ball only 12 times during the team’s last three games.

It’s important to keep in mind that Gore’s rushing numbers are NOT setting the world on fire. He’s only averaging 3.5 yards per carry during his last four games, but it’s clear that Niner’s offensive coordinator Greg Roman trusts him over Hyde.

Gore should produce another strong game during Week 11 as the 49ers travel to the Meadowlands to take on a struggling Giants defense. The biggest obstacle for Gore owners right now is the 49ers remaining schedule with two of the team's next five games against the Seahawks.

For the most up to date RB news, keep following ASL!


Fantasy owners need Rivers to redeem himself after posting 138 YDS & 0 TDS against the Fins



1. QB Philip Rivers, SD:

Rivers has an ideal matchup ahead of him, as the Chargers host the 0-9 Raiders. After a horrid performance with 3 interceptions and 1 lost fumble against the Dolphins, Rivers will look to bounce back against Oakland's mediocre pass defense (ranked 18th giving up 241.6 passing yards per contest). The Chargers will most likely look to throw early on as they try to impose their will on Oakland. Expect Rivers to throw for at least 2 or 3 touchdowns, and possibly break 300 yards through the air as well. Rivers should be used as a top 10 QB1 for this week.

2. WR Mike Evans, TB:

Mike Evans has been playing very well as of late, going for14-249-3 during his last two games combined and will look to keep the ball rolling against the Redskins for Week 11. The rookie wideout has really come into his own and has proven his ability to make big plays for the lackluster Buccaneers offense. Against a solid Redskins defense (ranking 7th in allowing 222.9 passing yards per game), it may be tough for him to get open, but he should be able to make the most out of his limited opportunities. Evans is a decent fantasy football start for Sunday's contest and can comfortably be utilized as a WR2. 



1. WR Michael Floyd, ARI:

Floyd should be avoided in all fantasy leagues this week. The Cardinals will be hosting the number one defense on Sunday, as the Lions are first in the league allowing only 283.4 total yards per game (and 3rd in allowing 212.1 passing yards game). Floyd will also be working with QB Drew Stanton since Carson Palmer went down with a torn ACL, and that does not bode well for his performance ceiling. Expect Drew Stanton to struggle heavily with this Lions defense, and Floyd to be nothing better than a weak WR4 for Sunday.

2. RB Bobby Rainey, TB:

Tampa Bay halfback Bobby Rainey's fantasy value is on the decline with Charles Sims starting to play now, and he is no longer a safe play in standard fantasy formats. Last week, Rainey only managed to pick up 14 rushing yards off 6 carries, and he may have opened a greater window of opportunity for the rookie Sims. They will most likely split carries for Week 11, not allowing Rainey to get too much of a rhythm going at Washington. Sims is the better running back for the Bucs, and as a result, Rainey should no longer be seen as a relevant fantasy option.

For the latest fantasy sit start advice, stay tuned to ASL!

Browns star receiver Josh Gordon is finally coming in from the cold


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Josh Gordon, the number one scoring fantasy WR in 2013, is primed to make his 2014 debut during Week 12 against the Falcons. Surprisingly, Gordon is still not owned in 100% of fantasy leagues, and he absolutely needs to be. In 2013, Gordon posted the tenth most receiving yards in a single season in NFL history in only 14 games. In WR news, Gordon missed the first two games of 2013 due to another suspension and put up historic numbers with four different quarterbacks throughout the season. 

It's a bit of a stretch to predict the same type of production for Gordon this season after sitting out nearly three quarters of the year, but that's a risk every fantasy owner fortunate enough to own Gordon needs to take. Gordon put up monster numbers last year with several no-name quarterbacks and will instantly morph into the number one option for a Browns team that is surprisingly in first place 10 weeks into the season.

Some owners may want to see what type of numbers Gordon produces in his first game of the season before plugging him into their lineup, but it's hard to imagine that many owners couldn't use Gordon as a high-end WR2 or Flex play in Week 12.

There's a lot of speculation going around about what Gordon can accomplish once he returns to the playing field this season, but I've got a strong feeling I'll be hearing a lot of buzz about how "Josh Gordon won me my fantasy league this year" when it's all said and done. 

Look for Josh Gordon to put up top 10 fantasy WR numbers in Week 12 and for the remainder of the season which will make him a low-end WR1 and high-end WR2 starting in Week 12. The biggest concern for Gordon owners might be the fact that the Browns will likely be winning many of their remaining games and won't have to air it out on every down like they have in previous years when they had no running game.

Stay tuned to ASL for the best WR fantasy news.


An inept Jets defense made hamburger out of Roethlisberger


With the fantasy football playoffs inching ever closer, it's time to take a look at four impact players who suffered severe setbacks during Week 10 and made NFL player news.

Ben Roethlisberger

Although the New York Jets have a defense that is far superior to their offense, they are a mess of a team that had one win going into Sunday. Factor that in with the fact that Big Ben had racked up 12 TD’s in the last two weeks and fantasy owners thought they had a sure thing going. Well, welcome to the NFL. On Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger was all over the place and while he managed at least one touchdown pass, he also had two interceptions. Oh, and the Steelers LOST to the Jets.

It was ugly, but Roethlisberger most likely had a bad week and will rebound going forward.

Carson Palmer

Success and optimism are ever fleeting at the professional level. The Arizona Cardinals sit at 8-1, with the best record in the NFL. However, Palmer, re-energized after a bizarre stint in Oakland, is out for the year with a torn ACL. The injury occurred early in the fourth quarter, and although he has been steady while healthy this season, Sunday’s game against the Rams produced one of Palmer’s weakest efforts of the year. No touchdowns, one pick, and three sacks. In fact, the Cardinals were losing when Palmer went down only to rally for a 17 point victory.

But, the biggest reason for that victory was the defense. Drew Stanton will be inserted as Arizona’s QB for the remainder of the campaign, and you’d have to be pretty desperate to use him on a fantasy roster.

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.

Although the Ravens beat the Titans 21-7 on Sunday, Flacco didn’t exactly light up the stat sheet. He didn’t throw an interception, but only tossed one TD, and totaled a measly 169 yards through the air. No turnovers is an admirable accomplishment, but with the amount of money Flacco is making and the passing stats elite quarterbacks are putting up, 169 yards and 1 TD is not acceptable for those owners who count on him.

Flacco still ranks tied for 10th in touchdown passes, but he’s always liable to throw up a dud like Sunday’s.

Matt Forte

Somebody tell the Bears they were supposed to play on Sunday night, because the Packers were the only team that showed up. Instead of trying to control the clock, run the ball and keep Aaron Rodgers off of the field, the Bears coaching staff did the EXACT OPPOSITE. They abandoned the run at the beginning of the game and got humiliated on national television.

The Bad News Bears took to the air and gave Chicago a black eye that they will be talking about for years. Forte is one of the best backs in the league, yet he was a forgotten man in the first half finishing with 8 points in standard scoring, when owners needed a 20-point or more performance from a typical NFL fantasy stud.

Forte will keep grinding, but he should be monitored because the Bears coaching staff is a complete train wreck and it may get uglier before it sorts itself out.

Giants DE Robert Ayers is starting to make opposing quarterbacks very nervous

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DE Robert Ayers, New York Giants

Ayers was a mostly (Fantasy) mediocre DE for the past five years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, but he appears to have found new life with the New York Giants. Every time I re-watch the Giants games, of late, it seems like every other play Ayers is rushing the quarterback like he is shot out of a cannon. He looks scary-good at times as a pass rusher. He's also playing the run better than I expected—he looks totally engaged and healthy…and very quick. Playing on the other side from Jason Pierre-Paul is a good thing for him.

He has a sack in each of the last two games with several QB hits and QB hurries. In the next three weeks, the Giants have games with the 49ers and Jaguars, two of the most opportune quarterbacks to sack in recent weeks. If your scoring system is sack friendly, then Ayers might ring up one or two of them per game during the next couple of weeks, and could prove to be one of the better fantasy pickups.

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Seattle

Pierre-Louis is an IDP rookie just starting to get playing time.  In our 2014 NFL draft scouting, we thought Pierre-Louis was one of the best linebacker prospects entering the NFL and was a first round worthy player (was drafted 4th-round). He had a career high five tackles this week against NYG. I saw lining up as an ILB, OLB, and even DE against the Giants this past week…which he can play all three positions—he’s a special talent.

In 2013, he registered 108 tackles for Boston College. He is a 4.45+ runner with sensational agility. Why he wasn’t a 1st or 2nd-round pick, I have no idea. There are no issues off the field that we have uncovered.

He’s likely not ready for consistent IDP just yet, but he is one to keep an eye on in a deeper roster dynasty league as he plays more snaps.  Eventually, we feel he is going to make a huge IDP impact, but it might be more 2015.

LB Kyle Van Noy, Detroit

IDP rookie Kyle Van Noy is the Lions second round draft pick who missed the first eight games of the season due to injury, but he’s back now. He made his debut in Week 10, and had two tackles in just a handful of snaps.  He is a talent, as a tackler and pass rusher (a la rookie IDP Anthony Barr) and should be playing a lot more snaps ahead. He’s one to watch, and one you might have slight concerns about if you are a DeAndre Levy owner. Not that Levy is going to get bumped by Van Noy, just that he could have some of his numbers cut into in 2014…and beyond.

R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM


Mark Sanchez looked right at home in Chip Kelly's Offense

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1. RB C.J. Anderson, DEN:

Rookie C.J. Anderson's breakout game now makes the Broncos backfield situation much more difficult to predict. Anderson had a very impressive performance in Week 10 picking up 163 total yards and 1 receiving touchdown on 17 touches. With Ronnie Hillman listed as day-to-day, Anderson may only have to compete with Montee Ball for touches. Ball is still recovering from injury, so Anderson could end up being the lead back by default. If Anderson can string together another solid showing, he could potentially retain the starting job. The rookie tailback has an advantageous matchup ahead of him as he and the Broncos take on an up and down Rams defense, which is 25th in the league allowing 124.2 rushing yards per game. Anderson is one of the best fantasy pickups in all formats as a possible RB2 with high upside and value in keeper leagues.

2. TE Mychal Rivera, OAK:

After being virtually non-existent for the first 7 weeks of the season, second-year tight end Mychal Rivera has put together 3 straight solid performances (a combined total of 21 catches, 185 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns). A week ago, reports stated that the Raiders considered Rivera a key piece of their offense, as QB Derek Carr continued to get him involved against the Broncos in Week 10. Rivera has shown his ability to put up decent numbers, and to find his way into the end zone, but his production ceiling is limited by the lackluster Raiders offense. Rivera can be added as a touchdown-dependant low-end TE1 in standard fantasy formats.

3. QB Mark Sanchez, PHI:

Mark Sanchez showed Monday night that given the right opportunity, he can lead an offense to victory. In his first start in nearly 2 years, Sanchez and the Eagles destroyed the Panthers 45-21. The former New York Jets QB had 20 completions for 332 yards, adding 2 touchdowns and 0 turnovers in the one-sided affair. He and wide receiver Jordan Matthews connected for both scores, as they were already very comfortable, after building rapport in the second unit. Look for them to continue to play well together, and for Sanchez to begin to utilize the rest of his weapons (Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Brent Celek, etc.) as they get more time on the field in coming weeks. Sanchez should be added in all formats, as he is already a QB2 with QB1 potential.

4. RB Terrance West, CLE:

It looks as though Terrance West has regained control over the Browns backfield, and in turn could be worth a look in most fantasy leagues. To say that he carried the bulk of the workload is an understatement. He received 26 carries in Cleveland's Week 10 win over the Bengals. West turned those 26 carries into 94 rushing yards and a score, as Cincinnati had no answer for him. West and the Browns will take on an easy opponent in the Texans defense, that ranks 21st in allowing 117.3 rushing yards per contest. Terrance West is worth an add as he can be used as a high-end RB2 this week and a solid RB2 going forward.



Carson Palmer's injury is not the end of the road for the Cardinals


I’m guessing Carson Palmer is done for 2014, and you may or may not know…but I believe Drew Stanton is better than Carson Palmer, watching/scouting their preseason and regular season work. I’ll use him as a QB2 for BYE week/injury emergency needs. I’d also rather have Stanton than Mark Sanchez for FF-purposes.

 — The Tampa Bay backfield is going beyond MAT-BACK (menage’ a trois backfield)…they’re headed into whatever clever thing I might think of for four RBs working in a stew of FF-confusion. I still Doug Martin is their main guy, but that will be mostly meaningless because the team is so embarrassingly bad. I suspect the whole Charles Sims hysteria will get a big time look the next few weeks…a hunch that the team tries to give proof for all the praise they’ve heaped his way. I don’t see it. Please, see your College Football Metrics scouting report for more info on why Sims is not likely a future star. Mike James is even getting specific situation touches (and has been successful as one of the better NFL fantasy sleepers).  Here is a list of some trends in the NFL fantasy world.

 —  I know we all hate Torrey Smith, but he has 6 TDs in the last 7 games. Steve Smith has one TD in his last six games.  

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 —  Colin Kaepernick is fading fast, and (surprisingly) the media is talking up that he may not be ‘the guy’ for the 49ers. His numbers are getting weaker and weaker each week. I wonder when Harbaugh leaves if this will be some serious QB chaos in 2015+.

 — Charles Clay the past two weeks: 6.0 rec. for 55.0 yards and 0.5 TDs on 8.5 targets per game. He’s bumped back up to top-12 useful all the sudden.

 —  Jarvis Landry is right on the edge of being called ‘Ryan Tannehill’s favorite WR‘. Season high 7 catches/10 targets this week.

 —  Bryce Brown may have started the re-arrival process: 6 catches for 52 yards (and one goal-ine fumble) this week…and a very purposed attempt to get him the ball in the passing game. He also had 7 carries. This puts a ding in Fred Jackson’s PPR production. Spiller-FJax now becomes FJax-Bryce…and it will be tough figuring out how they will be used. Bryce was the #1 guy in this game once he started to pop…and it was the end of Anthony Dixon. FJax is always going to get work, but Brown can be so special…he might take a bigger bite than many expect.

 —  Cincy IDP LB Emmanuel Lamur in two full starts (with V. Burfict out): 9.5 tackles per game.

 — If you didn’t already, you missed your ‘trade Hillman high’ window. It’s over. Montee Ball will be back this week, and who knows who will get carries one drive to the next, but it won’t be anywhere near enough for Hillman to matter for FF.

 —  Take away the one game IDP LB Danny Trevathan started, and IDP LB Brandon Marshall has averaged 9.1 tackles per game. He has 10 or more total tackles in two of his last three games.

 — Mychal Rivera’s last three games: 7.0 rec. for 61.7 yards and 1.0 TDs on 9.3 targets per game…making him one of the top TEs in Fantasy Football all the sudden. He has been one of the best fantasy sleeper picks all season and is really starting to shine.

 – This was the best possible WR-TE-RB group + best Head Coach…i.e best situation Jay Cutler could ever be in for his career, and he has butchered it (like all his other opportunities).

The only reason anyone would care about WR Brandon Marshall is because of Cutler, but this all appears dead. How exactly does Cutler turn this around to suddenly be good…when he never really has been, but for a flash earlier this year. As Cutler fades, so does Marshall to a 2nd or 3rd-tier WR. This could be the last season for Cutler in Chicago…he might even get the hook this season, but Chicago has no other viable QB of the future. This is going to be ugly considering $19M still due to Cutler, and no QB on the horizon right now. 

The Bears management sold their soul to Cutler…and heads should roll for it. The football media has more angst for Andy Dalton and Alex Smith…but at least they get their teams to the playoffs. 


R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football, and a football projections analyst for Fantasy Football His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.” See “The Machine” here: The Machine via FFM


Tight End Maretellus Bennett leaves fantasy owners with a tough decision


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Martellus Bennett – Questionable (Night Game)

Martellus Bennett is no lock to play Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers and that is BAD NEWS for fantasy TE owners.

Bennett popped on Thursday’s injury report with sore ribs and has been practicing lightly ever since. To make matters worse, ESPN reports that the Bears have activated backup tight end Blake Anned off of the practice squad.

Did the Bears activate Anned as a precaution or did they do it because they know they are holding Bennett out of the game?

Bennett says he’s going to play, but that’s no guarantee that he will be active in tonight’s game. The Bears have been tight-lipped on Bennett’s playing status on Sunday morning, so fantasy football TE owners have an uncomfortable choice to make.  

Owners can either pull the plug on Bennett for Week 10 and stick in a replacement or they can roll the dice, cross their fingers and hope that Bennett can take the field.