Injury Notes

Michael Floyd was forced from Sunday night’s game with a hamstring injury after shredding Seattle for 113 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. … Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) was active on Sunday night and turned in 50 total yards and a score on nine touches after concern was raised about his playing status over the weekend. … Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was active on Sunday but didn’t catch a single pass and was evaluated for a concussion during Denver’s loss to Kansas City. … John Brown (hamstring) was active on Sunday night but couldn’t haul in any of his three targets and has been ineffective since the hamstring issues popped up. … Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion on Sunday as Philadelphia played Miami. Look for updates on Mathews’ status this week. … Sam Bradford sprained his non-throwing shoulder and suffered a concussion on Sunday. Mark Sanchez could see action if Bradford misses time. … Justin Hunter fractured an ankle on Sunday and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Tuesday Morning Headlines

  • Woodhead totals 111 yards, TD in MNF defeat
  • Alshon posts 10-151 line on 15 targets in win
  • Langford piles up 142 yards, TD in MNF win
  • Cutler’s 345 yds, 2 TDs engineer comeback win
  • Malcom Floyd exits with shoulder injury in 2Q
  • 49ers giving Gabbert another start Week 11
  • Packers OC: We need to get Eddie Lacy going

News and Notes after Week 9

Latavius Murray (concussion) left Oakland’s Week 9 game early to be evaluated for a potential concussion. Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones, and Roy Helu would be left to pick up the slack if Murray misses time. … Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) took a vicious hit on Sunday and was forced to sit out the final quarter of Minnesota’s win over St. Louis. More news will surface this week regarding Bridgewater’s status. … Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns racked up 122 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, his sixth consecutive game with a touchdown reception. … Sammy Watkins was on the field for the first time since Week 6 and delivered a huge performance, catching eight passes for 168 yards and a score. With his ankle now apparently healthy, Watkins will be a solid fantasy contributor down the stretch. … Devonta Freeman struggled with just 12 yards on 12 carries this week, but salvaged his fantasy line by adding eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Freeman’s receiving skills give him a solid weekly floor. … Both C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman handled seven carries on Sunday, with Hillman registering one yard, and Anderson running for 34 yards. Anderson has looked solid over the last two weeks although he will remain a RBBC member with Hillman for the time being. … Shaun Draughn led the San Francisco backfield on Sunday, with 20 touches and 96 total yards. Draughn appears to have the upper hand in the 49ers’ backfield while Carlos Hyde is out. … Dorial Green-Beckham was targeted 10 times by Marcus Mariota on Sunday, catching five passes for 77 yards. Hopefully this is the start of DGB being worked into the Tennessee offense on a more regular basis. … The New York Giants’ backfield remained a muddled mess on Sunday, as four separate backs were mixed into the rotation behind Eli Manning on Sunday. Rashad Jennings led the rushing work while Shane Vereen did the most damage in the receiving game.

LeSean McCoy Out With Shoulder Injury

The Buffalo Bills handled the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with relative ease, but running back LeSean McCoy suffered a shoulder injury after chipping in with 119 total yards and a touchdown. A Monday MRI awaits, but the Bills play on Thursday night this week so the quick turnaround could give McCoy problems even if the shoulder injury is minor. If McCoy misses time, Karlos Williams stands to benefit and the rookie was mighty impressive on Sunday, running for 110 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Williams now has five touchdowns in five games and would approach RB1 status if McCoy misses extended time.


Monday Morning Headlines

  • Report: Big Ben should only miss 1-2 weeks
  • Blaine Gabbert engineers upset of the Falcons
  • Report: Dion Lewis has ‘loose’ ACL, needs MRI
  • Shady (shoulder) expected to undergo an MRI
  • Sammy Watkins goes off: 8-168-1 on 8 targets
  • ‘Hope’ is Dion Lewis suffered just MCL sprain
  • Antonio Brown posts stratospheric 306 yards


  • Mariota (knee) does all team drills Wednesday
  • Brandon Marshall (ankle) DNP on Wednesday
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick cleared to start vs. Jaguars
  • T.Y. Hilton underwent MRI on foot this week
  • Mularkey: Andrews is Titans ‘workhorse’ at RB
  • T.Y. Hilton misses practice with foot sprain
  • 49ers confirm Gabbert will start vs. Falcons

Notes and News

Jacob Tamme had a solid day for Atlanta, hauling in 10 of 12 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown as he benefited from Leonard Hankerson’s absence. … Rookie Stefon Diggs continued his hot streak, catching six passes for 95 yards and a score. … Brian Hartline made a splash on Sunday with two touchdowns but doesn’t deserve waiver wire attention this week. … C.J. Anderson finally had a productive outing, running for 101 yards and a score on 14 carries. Ronnie Hillman still got more work, but Anderson looked great on Sunday night. … Darren McFadden was the Dallas workhorse as expected, tallying 113 total yards on 26 touches. … Malcom Floyd scored twice on Sunday, including one bomb from Philip Rivers on his way to 92 yards on four catches. Floyd remains an excellent deep ball threat. … Derek Carr shredded the New York Jets on Sunday to the tune of 333 yards and four touchdowns and was impressive in a difficult matchup.

Latest Week 8 Headlines

  • Cowboys say Dez ‘on target’ to face Seahawks
  • Bengals LB Burfict (knee) ‘ready to practice’
  • Dez Bryant (foot) returns to practice Wednesday
  • No clarity: Dion Lewis questionable for TNF
  • Mariota does all individual drills Wednesday
  • Antonio Gates still not practicing for Bolts
  • Big Ben practicing in full for Week 8 vs. CIN

Patriot’s Dion Lewis To Play Thursday?

After Dion Lewis missed Week 7 with an abdomen injury, he returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis. He did the same last week before ultimately sitting, so we’re not going to get 100 percent clarity likely until Thursday afternoon ahead of the night game with the Dolphins. Tentatively, Lewis is expected to play against Miami. With Brandon LaFell back and Danny Amendola picking up his game, there are a lot of mouths to feed in New England. Treat Lewis as a mid-range RB2 if he plays.

Cowboy Running Back Situation

Following his 31-touch, 162-yard, one-touchdown Week 7 against the Giants, Darren McFadden has been named the Week 8 starter in the Cowboys’ backfield. The matchup isn’t ideal against the Seahawks, but based on the Cowboys’ top-notch offensive line, Matt Cassel being at quarterback, and Dallas playing at home, McFadden is a solid RB2 play. Joseph Randle is nursing an oblique injury, and the whole Christine Michael thing proved to be empty. He played just seven snaps Week 7. McFadden needs to be added in all formats he’s available. Michael can again be cut loose.

QB and RB Slants

Seahawks signed RB Bryce Brown. Long on talent, Brown hasn’t been able to get out of his own way in Philadelphia and Buffalo. He’s a freak athlete, but has ball-security issues and shown an inability to run inside. … Texans officially placed Arian Foster (Achilles’) on season-ending I.R. The Texans are expected to employ a committee approach in Foster’s absence. … The Titans are hopeful Marcus Mariota (knee) will practice Wednesday after he sat out Week 7. … Coach Gus Bradley said T.J. Yeldon may start to see more goal-line work. Bradley also wants Denard Robinson to get more work. … CoachJay Gruden said he wants to use the bye week to fix the running game. …Carlos Hyde (foot) is expected to play Week 8 against the Rams. … CoachJim Caldwell said he promoted QBs coach Jim Bob Cooter to OC because of his relationship with Matthew Stafford. The Lions likely want to push the ball downfield more.

Big Ben Update

Ben Roethlisberger has missed the past four-plus weeks with a badly sprained MCL and bruised knee suffered Week 3 in St. Louis. The Steelers have managed to go 2-2 in his absence, but Big Ben appears set to make his return Week 8 against the undefeated, division-rival Bengals.

Despite Roethlisberger admitting he experienced some aching and pain in his knee after returning to practice last week, coach Mike Tomlin said there will be restrictions or reservations on his quarterback this week, and the expectation is for him to start Sunday, pushing Landry Jones back to the bench. We’ll have to wait to pen Big Ben into lineups until he gets in a few practices, but it sounds as if owners will have their starting quarterback back for the stretch run.

Once Big Ben returns, he’ll be a locked-in QB1, and it’ll be the first time all season that he, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Martavis Bryant will all play together. Bell debuted Week 3 when Roethlisberger was injured, and Bryant didn’t play until Week 6 after serving a four-game suspension and hurting his knee in a Week 5 practice. This offense was one of the most potent attacks over the course of the second half of last season and should become that unit again when Big Ben returns. Brown, particularly, gets a massive boost after not scoring a touchdown and topping 45 yards receiving just once the past four games. Brown is now priced low on DFS sites and has as high an upside as anyone with Roethlisberger under center. Bell also should see more running room.


  • Pierre-Paul officially signs one-year deal
  • Texans officially place Arian Foster on I.R.
  • O’Brien wins: Texans release Ryan Mallett
  • NYG ‘comfortable’ with Pierre-Paul’s health
  • No limitations on Roethlisberger this week
  • Texans ink T.J. Yates to replace Ryan Mallett
  • Titans hopeful Mariota practices on Wednesday

Quick Notes Following Week 7

The Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi after Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. Offensive line coaches Terry Heffernan and Jeremiah Washburn were also let go. The Lions are 1-6 this year … Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken “wouldn’t be surprised” if Antonio Gates missed multiple games with his sprained MCL. Gates could be headed for an MRI later this week … Joseph Randle is dealing with an oblique injury. He was limited to six snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Giants … Jason Garrett said Darren McFadden has “absolutely” earned more work in the Cowboys’ backfield. It would be hard to get more than the 31 touches he logged in Week 7 … Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on Monday. He sprained his AC joint before the Broncos went on bye … Davante Adams is expected to play this week. He’s missed the Packers’ last three games with a sprained ankle … Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has no plans to increase Dorial Green-Beckham’s role. He said: “the more things you put on his plate, the harder it is for him to play fast” … Marcus Mariota will test out his knee on Tuesday. Zach Mettenberger started in his place Sunday against the Falcons … According to the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Bill O’Brien wanted to cut Ryan Mallett after he missed the team’s flight to Miami but GM Rick Smithwouldn’t sign off on it. Mallett, who previously slept through practice during training camp, said he was stuck in traffic. Did I mention Arian Foster (torn Achilles) is out for the year? Not a good week for the Texans … Ryan Mathews tweaked his groin Sunday against Carolina but should be good to go after the Eagles’ bye week … Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) was at the Giants’ facility on Monday. He still hasn’t signed a contract … Andrew Hawkinssuffered a concussion Sunday in a loss to St. Louis. Hawkins led the Browns with 824 receiving yards last year but only has 207 through seven games this season … Josh McCown (shoulder) won’t be available when the Browns return to practice on Wednesday. Johnny Manziel would start if McCown can’t go Sunday against the Cardinals … Louis Murphy tore his right ACL Sunday against the Redskins. He’ll finish the year with 10 catches for 198 yards …Keenan Robinson left Sunday’s game with a slightly fractured rib but should be ready to go when the Redskins return from their bye week … Ryan Kerrigan had surgery to repair a broken hand on Monday. It’s unclear if he’ll miss any time … Chris Ivory vows to play against the Raiders in Week 8. He battled quad tightness Sunday against the Patriots … X-rays on Nick Mangold’s neck came back negative. The Jets center was wearing a neck brace after Sunday’s loss to New England … The Patriots didn’t practice Monday but if they had, Dion Lewis would have been a limited participant. Lewis missed Sunday’s game with an abdomen injury … Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain has one of the more bizarre Twitter avatars you’ll see. His default photo shows him crushing Tom Brady’s head. Rob Gronkowski’s response was perfect: “I think that would be a penalty if he does that. If he wants to do that and give us 15 yards, that’s fine.” The Patriots host the Dolphins on Thursday night.

Week 7 Headlines

  • CJ2K runs for 122 yards, TD in MNF victory
  • Cardinals survive near-collapse to top Ravens
  • O’Brien wanted to cut Mallett; GM vetoed move
  • Gates (MCL sprain) could miss multiple weeks?
  • John Brown officially a go for MNF vs. Ravens
  • Lions fire offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi
  • Garrett: McFadden absolutely earned more work


  • Marcus Mariota headed for MRI on Monday
  • JPP expected to be examined by Giants Tuesday
  • Big Ben will not rule out playing Week 7
  • Melvin Gordon benched after pair of fumbles
  • Gruden stands behind Kirk Cousins as starter
  • Starks totals 117 yards, 2 TDs in Packers win
  • Patriots stay undefeated behind Brady’s 3 TDs

Nothing But The Truth? DraftKings Faces New Class-Action Lawsuit For Alleged False Advertising

Cause for complaint?
The latest complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, was brought by plaintiffs against DraftKings, last week.
At issue in the case, and in other similar cases, is the promise of a 100% match of deposits vis a vis truth in advertising laws that exist in several states. In this specific case, the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act were cited in the complaint.
Deposits being matched in the manner done by DraftKings and FanDuel is nothing new — in fact it is the industry standard. Deposit bonuses are released over time, as a player enters more real-money contests. What is at issue is how the deposit bonus is advertised.
From the complaint, one of the plaintiffs’ claims: “during the 2014 National Football League season made an initial deposit of $25 on the DraftKings website,, after receiving a promise from DraftKings that he would receive a “100% First-Time Deposit Bonus,” and despite that promise did not receive the entirety of the bonus.”
Doubling up
The plaintiffs’ filing goes on to detail how DraftKings’ claim of a 100 percent deposit match does not satisfy truth in advertising laws in Illinois and Missouri:
Indeed, consumers receive no money upon depositing. They discover, instead, that they are required to incur additional and substantial monetary obligations to obtain the “bonus” and that they will never “DOUBLE [THEIR] CASH.”
Specifically, to receive their so-called “bonus,” consumers have to pay to enter contests and then receive only a small amount, four percent or less of every dollar they spend within four months, until those small returns total the initial deposit or the four months expire.

At the high end, a consumer who had deposited $600 would have to spend at least $15,000 on contests, and do so within four months, to obtain what was promised as a “100% First-Time Deposit Bonus” or “DOUBLE YOUR CASH” bonus of $600; that would be $14,400 more than his or her initial payment.
How are bonuses actually unlocked at the two big DFS sites?
According to DraftKings’ website: “Deposit bonuses release in increments of $1 for every 100 Frequent Player Points (FPPs) that you earn by playing in paid contests. All deposit bonuses expire four months after they are created.”
According to FanDuel’s website: “Deposit bonus is released as real cash at a rate of 4% of the entry fee of the contest you enter. For example, if you enter a $25 contest, $1 of deposit bonus will be released into your main funds account. Users collect deposit bonus upon settlement of the contest entered.”
The complaint also argues that DraftKings’ terms of use constitutes an “illusory contract” that should not be enforced by the court, calling it “a maze of fine print that consists of nearly 6,000 words in single-spaced tiny print.” A separate filing was made for class certification for the plaintiffs.
Not the only case
Sports law and gaming law attorney Daniel Wallach originally reported the existence of this case. He also noted the status of three class action cases against FanDuel that have apparently been resolved, and two other cases against DraftKings that are still pending:
A case in Illinois‘ Northern District, Izsak v. Draftkings, Inc., remains active.
A case in Florida‘s Southern District, Aquirre vs. DraftKings, was brought in January, and remains unsettled. According to Wallach, the case will be dismissed this week unless the summons and complaint have been served to DraftKings.
Cases against FanDuel in Florida (Carroll v. FanDuel), California (Sidisin Jr., et al v. Fanduel, Inc., et al) and New York (Buzin et al v. Fanduel, Inc.) have have been voluntarily dismissed, according to Wallach, meaning the cases were likely settled.
All of those cases involved truth in advertising laws, as well. Since similar laws are in the books in many states, it will be interesting to see if even more lawsuits pop up in coming months.
Interestingly, Illinois is also one of the states considering legislation to deal with possible regulation of daily fantasy sports.

Draft King Values Week 5

DeAndre Hopkins ($7,700) vs. Jacksonville “Houston has #1 offense in terms of plays per game and Jacksonville ranks 21st against the pass in terms of yards per game and yards per play.”

Willie Snead ($3,300) “Second favorite passing target, targets on 3rd down, got 10 changes last week, going to over perform his price.”

Andy Dalton ($5,700) vs Buffalo who give up 16th most passing yards per game.


Stock Down

Jimmy Graham: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 30 yards vs Bengals, 100+ rec yards once in last 26 games, fewer than 10 targets in 6 straight games

Jeremy Maclin: 12 targets, 8 receptions, 85 yards vs Bears, 1 receiving TD in last 8 games, fewer than 9 fantasy points in 3 of last 15 games

Demaryius Thomas: 8 targets, 5 receptions, 55 yards vs Raiders, 1 receiving TD in last 7 games, 100+ receiving yards once in last 5 games

Eddiy Lacy: 14 touches , 35 scrimmage yards vs Rams, 1 rushing TD in last 6 games, fewer than 10 fantasy points in 4 straight games

Stock Up

Todd Gurley: 30 rushes, 159 yards vs. Packers, 15+ points last 2 weeks, 305 rush yards in last 2 weeks (most in NFL)

DeMarco Murray:  27 touches, 120 scrimmage yards, TD vs Saints, 18.00 fantasy points vs Saints, 4.35 yards per rush in last 2 games

Giovani Bernard:  20 touches, 101 scrimmage yards vs Seahawks, 86 touches this season, 5.46 yards per rush this season (4th most in NFL)

Andy Dalton: 331 pass yards, 2 TD, INT, rush TD vs Seahawks, 18+ fantasy points in each of 5 games this season, 11 pass TD this season (T-3rd most in NFL)


Top Waiver Wire Pickups Week 6

  1. Charcandrick West – RB Chiefs
  2. Blake Bortles – QB Jaguars
  3. Allen Hurns – WR Jaguars
  4. Gary Barnidge – TE Browns
  5. Willie Snead – WR Saints
  6. Thomas Rawls – RB Seahawks
  7. Tavon Austin – WR Rams
  8. Kamar Aiken – WR Ravens
  9. Jamison Crowder – WR Redskins
  10. Knile Davis – RB Chiefs


  • Arians expects Ellington (PCL) to play Sunday
  • Luck: I’m preparing to start Thursday’s game
  • Panthers on board with Newton’s running pace
  • NFL discussing reducing preseason to 3 games
  • Report: Fins not firing DC Coyle ‘right now’
  • Niners land LB Gerald Hodges from Minnesota
  • Jerry Jones: Dez could return after the bye

Look Familiar Miami?

Hard to tell the difference between these two fired Miami football coaches unless you’re from Miami, right?  One is former Miami Hurricane coach, Larry Coker, and the other is recently fired Joe Philbin who was fired yesterday.  Both not the best at being a HEAD coach.


Can you tell which one is which yet?


That should help!

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