Injuries have been dominating NFL fantasy news all year. This week, it was one particular injury that had fantasy players crying. Aaron Rodgers, last season’s top NFL fantasy points player, is probably out for the year with a fractured collarbone on his throwing side. Third-year backup Brett Hundley did not look good in relief, although injuries to three of his offensive linemen hurt.
But that brings me to my big scoop of the week. Brett Hundley will be a top-ten quarterback this week. His two interceptions won’t matter as two touchdowns and 50 yards rushing get tacked on to about 250 passing yards. You heard it here first. Now here’s the rest of this week’s news, notes, and other craziness:
Judge says we can have Ezekiel Elliott for 2 more weeks
If I am following this correctly, the NFL Players’ Association convinced a judge to give them a temporary injunction against the injunction that nullified their previous injunction against the six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott. Or at least the judge was so confused he said he needed two more weeks to figure it out. So, Ezekiel Elliott can start for your NFL fantasy team for at least two more games. By the way, if anyone else already googled “injunction”, can you message me so I don’t have to waste more time?
Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs, Michael Floyd out
Minnesota quarterback, Sam Bradford, did not practice Wednesday with his sore knee. It looks like a good bet Case Keenum will play again this week. His targets might be limited, though, as Stefon Diggs and Michael Floyd both sat out practice with groin injuries. Jarius Wright could see considerable action alongside Laquon Treadwell and Adam Thielen should neither of the injured receivers make it back in time to play Sunday.
At least Terry Bridgewater can practice
Doctors cleared Teddy Bridgewater to practice with Minnesota this week. Bridgewater is recovering from a devastating knee injury and reconstruction surgery. The Vikings have three weeks to decide if they will activate him this year or keep him on season-ending injured reserve. Their decision may involve more than Bridgewater’s ability to get back on the field this year. The quarterback is a free agent at the end of this season. If he plays and especially if he plays well, it will cost the Vikings a lot more money to bring him back, if he doesn’t sign somewhere else. It’s a longshot to think Teddy will help the quarterback situation this year.
Jameis Winston resting arm
Tampa Bay reported Jameis Winston as a limited participant in practice today. The only thing he couldn’t do was throw, which seems kind of important since he is a quarterback. It could be as late as Friday before they let him try to make throws with his sprained throwing shoulder. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Buffalo.
DeShone Kizer is back
Hue Jackson sat DeShone Kizer to let his rookie watch and learn from another quarterback. Hopefully, Kizer spent more time watching Deshaun Watson than Kevin Hogan Sunday because Hogan was brutal. In fact, he was brutal enough that Kizer will be back behind the center in Week 7.
CJ Beathard, Brett Hundley get first starts
CJ Beathard and Brett Hundley saw their first professional quarterback action last week, under different circumstances. Beathard replaces San Francisco’s ineffective veteran Brian Hoyer, while Hundley only has to replace an injured legend. Beathard is being widely touted as a sneaky sleeper this week while I seem to be the only pundit who believes in Hundley.
Trevor Siemian next out?
Meanwhile, the next quarterback change could be brewing in Denver. Coach Vance Joseph called out Trevor Siemian’s decision making and turnovers under pressure. Siemian will do well to hand the ball off to CJ Anderson all day Sunday to limit mistakes.
Andrew Luck done for the season?
Indianapolis announced that they shut down Andrew Luck after he experienced shoulder soreness. He received a cortisone shot and will not throw for a while. Jacoby Brissett will be your Colts quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Eli Manning… over-rated?
In an ESPN.com poll, players said they thought the Giants Eli Manning was the most overrated quarterback in the league. He took 14% of the votes, while Andrew Luck (11%) and Joe Flacco (10%) finished behind him. But at least they like Manning. Jay Cutler was named by 44% of respondents as the quarterback they would least like to have as a teammate. There is no NFL fantasy impact in that. It just made me smile, so I share.
Travis Benjamin pulled out of practice
The Carolina Panthers reported that Travis Benjamin did not practice, but he showed up and dressed. Shortly after practice began, he left the field with an undisclosed knee problem. There was no injury reported during the game. If this keeps him from playing Sunday, Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, and Ed Dickson will see an uptick in their NFL fantasy value.
Julio Jones to see more targets?
When Atlanta’s head coach Dan Quinn replaced Kyle Shanahan with Steve Sarkisian, he announced that his new offensive coordinator would adapt to the current Falcons offense, not the other way around. But apparently, Sarkisian isn’t doing it exactly right. Quinn told reporters Wednesday that he wants Julio Jones to catch more passes. Why Quinn couldn’t make that happen before Week 7 is anybody’s guess. But this bodes well for Jones’ fantasy value in what is already a positive matchup in New England this week.
DeVante Parker still saddled
Miami’s wide receiver DeVante Parker did not return to practice this week. Kenny Stills had a late touchdown during the Dolphins second half come-from-behind rally against Atlanta. But Jarvis Landry, who also scored against the Falcons, will probably be more affected.
Emmanuel Sanders out; Demaryius Thomas DNP
Demaryius Thomas gutted out a lower leg injury Sunday, but Wednesday, he could not practice. He has a noticeable limp. Fellow starter Emmanuel Sanders is already ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Chargers, as is backup receiver Isaiah McKenzie. The next man up is Cody Latimer, but he missed the last two games with a knee injury and did not practice again today. Denver promoted and activated Hunter Sharp from their practice squad to join Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor. It’s possible the Broncos were inspired by the results the Giants had without their starting wide receivers and want to try it.
Sterling Shepard running full speed
Sterling Shepard excitedly told every reporter in sight how he ran full speed and felt great Wednesday. Giants coaches explained that he ran on the side and did not cut or face contact. He is listed as questionable for Sunday. With a bye week coming up, it would make more sense for the Giants to sit him against the Seahawks and give his ankle the extra week to heal.
Jordan Matthews cleared to practice
Team doctors cleared Jordan Matthews to practice today with his surgically repaired thumb. Matthews reported that he was still tentative about catching a pass using both hands, so it is not a lock he will be active against the Buccaneers this weekend.
Mike Wallace limited; Perriman and Maclin out
Baltimore is the latest team with a slew of injured wide receivers. They signed Griff Whalen to the roster today after Mike Wallace (back injury), Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Brett Perriman (concussion) were all limited or not taking part in practice. Tight ends Maxx Williams and Ben Watson also did not practice.Lead runner Terrance West will miss at least two more games. Mike Campanaro returned Wednesday, joining fellow backups Chris Moore and Chris Matthews.
Robert Turbin’s season probably over
Indianapolis’ Robert Turbin injured his elbow falling awkwardly after a catch and is reportedly done for the year. Turbin did not pile up stats, but he converted 100% of his third-and-one carries over the past two seasons. It is unclear whether Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, or Matt Jones would handle those duties Sunday.
Leonard Fournette did not practice
Although he was cleared to go back into the game after injuring his ankle Sunday, Leonard Fournette dealt with some swelling after the game. He did not practice Wednesday as a precaution and is questionable for Sunday. Chris Ivory has developed into the passing down back but could see more time on early downs. Corey Grant has seen limited opportunities and TJ Yeldon has yet to be active for any game.
Raider OC says offense is almost ready
The Raiders’ offensive coordinator, Todd Downing says his NFL fantasy football-playing friends are really getting on him about Marshawn Lynch’s lack of production. Lynch started last week’s game with a 15-yard run and had 54 yards at halftime. In the second half, he collected only 14 more yards on 5 carries. Derek Carr has not had a 300-yard game yet and everyone wants to know what happened to Amari Cooper. “We are this close to exploding,” said Downing.
Assuming he means that they are close to exploding with points and is not about to blow up his offense, I guess that means we all should start Lynch and Cooper this week, eh?
New kickers in DC and Jacksonville
Jason Myers was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars this week and replaced by veteran Josh Lambo. Meyers missed two field goals last week and already had two missed extra points. Lambo, the former Charger, lost his job to rookie Younghoe Koo, who flopped in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Washington placed Dustin Hopkins on short-term injured reserve with a strained hip rotator. The team signed Nick Rose who has never kicked in an NFL game before. His claim to fame is that he kicked a field goal while doing a backflip which went viral on YouTube. He also kicked an 80-yard field goal in practice during his college years. He becomes the 22nd kicker in 24 seasons for the Redskins.
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